• ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ sails into new franchise waters

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Captain Jack Sparrow might be a household name, but despite the cultural clout, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise has gone adrift. In some ways, it’s been a series of diminishing returns, and they’re not done yet. As the fifth film, “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” prepares to set sail Friday, it’s already facing a few hurdles, including a changed blockbuster landscape, a star with a diminished profile and a six-year gap between installments.

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