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When Johnny Depp appeared at a Disney fan convention in the fall of 2009 to hype the announcement of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, it looked like fair weather-sailing for the fourth movie in the blockbuster franchise. But as the cover story of this week's special 2011 preview issuereveals, the subsequent journey was anything but squall-free. Indeed, for a while, it looked like Depp himself was about to jump ship. "Things became a little creaky," admits the superstar. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced operation also had to deal with bad weather of a literal stripe while shooting in Hawaii and the pregnancy of franchise newcomer Penélope Cruz, though Depp says the blooming actress could hardly have been more game. "It was funny to see a pregnant woman f—ing sword-fighting," he laughs.

Audiences will be able to see the end result of Depp, Bruckheimer, Cruz, and director Rob Marshall's endeavors when On Stranger Tides opens May 20. These days, Depp says he would be happy to play Captain Jack again, and that there have already been discussions about a fifth movie. "As long as we can put all the puzzle pieces together, I would most definitely consider it," he says.

On Stranger Tides is just one of a veritable armada of projects featured in this week's issue. We take a look at forthcoming TV shows — including The X Factor,  albums, books, and dozens of other films from Thor to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. You'll also find an exclusive sneak peak at The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.  If it's hot and about-to-happen — and in the case of Tina Fey's forthcoming book of essays, features grotesque man-arms on the cover — then we've covered it.

For more about On Stranger Tides, and all the rest of the stuff you'll be watching, hearing, and reading in 2011, pick up the new 2011 Preview! issue of Entertainment Weekly, which hits stands Friday, Jan. 14.

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