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Simon Russell Beale, acclaimed as one of the finest stage actors of his time, celebrated his 57th yesterday. Born in present-day Malaysia, he studied literature at Cambridge, and began working in British theater in the 1980s. He has, as you’d expect, had a noted career as a Shakespearean. He has played the title roles in Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, and Richard III, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Iago in Othello, and both Prospero and Ariel in The Tempest. He is a three-time Olivier Award winner—for Best Performance in a Supporting role in a revival of Ben Jonson’s Volpone, Best Actor in a Musical in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, and Best Actor in the title role of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.
Beale has appeared in supporting roles in films such as The Deep Blue Sea, My Week with Marilyn, Into the Woods, and The Legend of Tarzan. Recently he gave an acclaimed performance as Lavrentiy Beria in The Death of Stalin. He has worked regularly on television since the late 1980s. He has had regular roles on series such as the BBC’s Spooks and Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. He has won two BAFTA Television Awards, one for playing Kenneth Widmerpool in an adaptation of Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the Music of Time, and the second as Falstaff in the Henry IV segments of the BBC’s The Hollow Crown.
After a solid opening weekend, Disney latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Dead Men Tell No Tales aka Pirates 5, has behaved like a sinking ship at the box office. Lucky for Jack Sparrow that the Pirates franchise is a big performer overseas. Thanks to strong international box office, the latest entry in the series has crossed half a billion dollars in global grosses in two weeks. So you may want to brace yourself for Pirates 6 some time in the future.
Until that happens, let’s see how the readers ranked the first four Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
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:
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?