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Fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean rides at Disney theme parks have always known that dead men tell no tales. Amazingly Disney managed to release four Pirates movies without using the memorable catch-phrase as a subtitle. Today sees the release of the fifth and supposedly final entry in the Pirates franchise. So it seems like as good of a time as any to rank the Pirates of the Caribbean movies from Worst to First.
Movieline magazine was always a bit obsessed with youth culture. Not only did they publish an annual Young Hollywood issue, but eventually they began hosting their own awards ceremony honoring up-and-coming stars. In the April 2002 issue of the magazine, the staff elaborated on some of the nominees from the prior year. As an added bonus, I have added the actual winners from the 4th Annual Young Hollywood Awards.
I hope everyone is enjoying their three-day weekend (for those of you who are off work tomorrow anyway). Last week was another busy one here at Le Blog. Just in case you missed any of the fun and excitement, here’s your weekly recap.
Orlando Bloom celebrates his 40th today. He began acting in his teens, spending two years with London’s National Youth Theatre and appearing on the BBC series Casualty. He had a small role in a 1997 biopic of Oscar Wilde and then attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Following his graduation, he would up spending some time down in New Zealand, for the shooting of the films which gave him his first big role:
Ten years ago, things were different. Audiences were very excited to see the sequel to the surprise hit, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Johnny Depp’s eccentricities were viewed as fresh and exciting. And Orlando Bloom was a star on the rise having recently completed the Lord of the Rings trilogy as the Pirates series was kicking off. A decade later, we don’t see much of Bloom. He reprised his role as Legolas in the Hobbit movies, dated Katy Perry and is set to make an appearance in the fifth not-so-anticipated Pirates movie.
In the December 2006 issue of Starlog Magazine, Bloom discussed the then-hot Pirates series.
What a difference a decade makes! Ten years ago, audiences were eagerly anticipating the second installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. Three years earlier, the first movie was a pleasant surprise and Johnny Depp was a revelation. Audiences couldn’t get enough of his eccentric performance as Captain Jack Sparrow. Three disappointing sequels later, the Pirates series has carried on longer than it should have and Depp has squandered his box office appeal. The July 2006 issue of Starlog devoted a cover story to the second Pirates movie back when people really cared about such things.
Orlando Bloom starred in one of the biggest movie trilogies of all time, and followed it up by starring in another one of the biggest trilogies of all time. He’s worked with Peter Jackson, Ridley Scott, and Cameron Crowe. He was supposed to be the next big thing.
What the hell happened?