The Pirates! Band of Misfits

(PG) ★★★☆☆

From the folks behind Wallace & Gromit comes this enjoyable pirate tale, an interesting and funny mix of stop-motion and digital animation. The Pirate Captain (voiced by Hugh Grant) leads a gaggle of high seas scalawags. The crew runs into Charles Darwin (David Tennant), who takes a liking to the Captain’s “big-boned” parrot, Polly, actually a dodo. Hilarity ensues. The trademark droll humor and maniacal attention to detail make this worth seeing.

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During his more than 50 years as an actor, Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon, Dracula) has met and known such luminaries as Jackie Kennedy, Rita Hayworth, the Queen Mother, Arthur Miller and Elizabeth Taylor. In his first book, Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them (Harper, $26), he shares details of his encounters with more than 50 famous people, revealing intimate details of them, as well as of himself. Written with humor, tenderness and honesty, Langella’s book is both very entertaining and very personal.

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