Weekly Recap: Pirates, Peaks and Pacino
I hope all of you are enjoying the holiday weekend. I suspect Johnny Depp and the folks at Disney are smiling. The fifth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise topped the box office over the Memorial Day weekend. It appears Johnny Depp isn’t box office poison after all. At least not when he’s playing Jack Sparrow. Pirates is just the latest good news for Disney. While the weekend’s other big release, Baywatch, is falling short of expectation, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues to perform well and the studio’s live action Beauty and the Beast became one of the few movies to gross over half a billion dollars domestically. Without adjustments for inflation, it’s the eighth highest grossing movie in US history!
Let’s get out our treasure maps and see if we can dig up this week’s recap of activity here at Le Blog.
While we’re on the subject of Pirates, I ranked the four previous entries in the series from worst to first. But what really matters is what you readers think. That’s why the article ends with an opportunity for you to rank the Pirates movies. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to make your voice heard. We’ll have reader rankings next week along with another worst to first article.
Jestak was on the birthday beat as always. This week had a day with two cinematic supervillains, an Avenger, the not-so-secret lover who taught Jean-Claude Van Damme how to do the locomotion, the voice of a cartoon rabbit and one of the most respected actors of stage or screen to ever win a Golden Raspberry Award.
- May 22: Ginnifer Goodwin and Laurence Olivier
- May 23: Joan Collins and Douglas Fairbanks
- May 24: Bob Dylan and Kristin Scott Thomas
- May 25: Cillian Murphy and Ian McKellen
- May 26: Miles Davis and John Wayne
- May 27: Paul Bettany and Louis Gossett, Jr.
- May 28: Kylie Minogue and Carey Mulligan
Since Jestak’s write-up of Kylie Minogue’s birthday included the catchy hit “Locomotion” which has been stuck in my head all day, I offer up Minogue’s other big US hit, “Cant’t Get You Out of My Head”.
Speaking of things you can’t get out of your head, this week’s Daffy Does Disney vlogs featured yet another Pillow Talk with Daffy Stardust segment. Ladies, try to contain your enthusiasm. There’s enough Stardust to go around. For the last several weeks, our Orlando correspondent has been documenting his Spring Break spent at Walt Disney World. This week’s videos cover his last full day at the parks. That day started out with another early morning at the Magic Kingdom, followed by lunch in Adventureland and a whirlwind tour of all four of Disney’s Orlando theme parks.
Kev the Writer asked why Ted 2 bombed leading readers everywhere to remember, oh yeah, there was a Ted 2. Then he did something unexpected. He flipped his own series upside down and asked why Boss Baby was a hit. I gotta admit, that was pretty genius move. Turn one series into two. Well played, Kev. Well played.
As May comes to a close, we’re getting to the final Movieline articles of the month. This week, we saw an interview with Morgan Freeman from 1997. After trying for decades to make a name for himself, Freeman became one of the hardest working supporting actors in Tinseltown. From the May 2002 issue of the magazine, we had an interview with Al Pacino in which all the questions were asked by students in a journalism class. The students managed to get Pacino to open up about his feelings on The Godfather Part III.
Regular readers probably noticed I did a bit of redecorating. The site looks a little like the Red Room from Twin Peaks. It’s been more than twenty-five years since the show was cancelled and now over a quarter of a century later, the story continues on Showtime. The first two episodes aired last weekend and they exceeded my expectations. Parts 3 and 4 are airing right now, but I have already seen them thanks to the magic of streaming. As a result, tomorrow morning’s write-up will be more detailed than usual. Sadly, Showtime will air the rest of the episodes live which means I’ll just be winging it from here on out.
Next Week: Mr. Jackpots, a day with three WTHH subjects sharing a birthday, ranking X-Men and bombing Men in Black, and Daffy’s just about done doing Disney (at least Spring Break edition).