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Taika Waititi is diabolically funny as Blackbeard in Our Flag Means Death trailer

Rhys Darby and Taika Waititi star as Stede Bonnet and Blackbeard, respectively, in HBO Max’s new comedy series, Our Flag Means Death. HBO Max has released the full official trailer for Our Flag Means Death, the streaming platform’s new period comedy, featuring Taika Waititi’s hilariously deadpan portrayal of the infamous 18th-century pirate Blackbeard. As I’ve written […]

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The real-life gentleman pirate behind HBO Max’s new series Our Flag Means Death

Enlarge / Rhys Darby stars as gentleman pirate Stede Bennett in the upcoming HBO Max comedy series Our Flag Means Death. (credit: YouTube/HBO Max) It’s no secret that Ars staffers are big Taika Waititi fans. He always brings his distinctly quirky sensibility to his projects, from What We Do in the Shadows, Wellington Paranormal, and Hunt for […]


17th-century pirates might have stashed Middle Eastern coins in New England

Enlarge / A Yemeni khamsiyat (top left), a Spanish real (top right), and an English shilling (bottom) from the 17th century. (credit: Associated Press) According to historian and metal-detector enthusiast Jim Bailey, the handful of 17th-century Arabic coins unearthed at sites across New England could be remnants of an infamous pirate’s last big score—or, to […]