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In 'Crossbones,' John Malkovich as Blackbeard is the lure
In 'Crossbones,' John Malkovich as Blackbeard is the lure

John Malkovich as a low-talking, pajama-wearing Col. Kurtzian Blackbeard is certainly the main draw of NBC's new pirate drama, "Crossbones," but he's not the only attraction. Slipstreaming the more hyper-paced and R-rated "Black Sails" on Starz, "Crossbones" may have a similar conceit — pirates are people too! — but its narrative ambitions are a bit loftier, driven more by character than plot. The series premieres Friday. ------------ FOR THE RECORD: "Crossbones": A May 30 Calendar section review of the new NBC series "Crossbones" did not list all the show's creators. In addition to Neil Cross, James V. Hart and...

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