April 26, 2012 |
The Pirate Captain, the lead swashbuckler voiced by Hugh Grant in the new stop-motion animated film"The Pirates! Band of Misfits," possesses an overweening sense of optimism and some spectacular facial hair. It was the latter - a dense nest of curlicues that the character repeatedly refers to as his "luxuriant beard" - that kept the filmmakers up at night. Model makers labored for months to find a natural way to animate the rubber whiskers, eventually fashioning a mechanism out of the tuning head of a guitar to make the beard spring to life.
September 14, 2011
WHERE TO STAY IN SAN FRANCISCO Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St.; (888) 717-3564, thehotelrex.com . This literary-themed boutique hotel near Union Square is offering Litquake attendees a 15% discount (book online and use discount code LQSF). Its Library Bar is the perfect spot for a pre- or post-event cocktail. Rates begin at $289 a night, without the discount. OTHER LITERARY ATTRACTIONS City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave.; (415) 362-8193, http://www.citylights.com . This landmark bookstore (and publishing house)
June 13, 2011 |
If "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" left you stoked for an adventurous sailing trip (without the pillaging and scheming), you won't have to go far to find one. The Californian will set sail from San Diego to Catalina Island in July and October on trips that mix tall ship sailing with kayaking. Sleeping in snug bunks and standing watch on the ship are part of recapturing the spirit of what life was like aboard a 19th century vessel. The Californian (no, it isn't a pirate ship)
June 27, 2010
Camp Jabulani, South Africa: http://www.relaischateaux.com Ultimate USA Weddings, http://www.ultimateusaweddings.com Inn at Aberdeen, Valparaiso, Ind.: http://www.innataberdeen.com Pearson's Pond, Juneau, Alaska: http://www.pearsonspond.com Mayhurst Inn, Orange, Va.: http://www.mayhurstinn.com More out-of-the-ordinary wedding venues: L.A. Live, which offers several venues, including a street plaza: http://www.lalive.com Santa Anita Park, Arcadia: http://www.
April 17, 2009 |
Earlier this week, sharpshooters on the fantail of the U.S. Navy destroyer Bainbridge picked off three pirates with single bullets to the head, freeing a hostage merchant marine captain. Two days later, the Bainbridge sailed to the aid of another American merchant ship attacked by pirates. William Bainbridge, the naval officer for whom the ship is named, would be pleased.
February 6, 2009 |
Somali pirates released a Ukrainian freighter carrying heavy arms Thursday and sped away with a $3.2-million ransom as U.S. Navy ships watched, ending a four-month standoff that focused world attention on piracy off Somalia's lawless coast. The Navy said it couldn't seize the bandits for fear of endangering 147 seamen held hostage on other hijacked ships.