It’s been a long time since the original Bourne trilogy, and terrorism thrillers – even last year’s continuation of that franchise, Jason Bourne – don’t have quite the same appeal that they used to. I don’t know if it’s because we’re too far from the events of September 11, 2001, or if these movies can sometimes feel too fresh because we’re sadly never far enough from the latest devastating attack somewhere in the world, but a low-level B-movie about preventing a terrorist attack doesn’t feel like the norm anymore. And it feels especially weird when when a movie like that, in this case a film called Unlocked, is directed by an acclaimed documentary filmmaker like Michael Apted (the Up series).
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James Marsden looks right at home as an on-air sports journalist in the 1980s. With the big framed glasses and colorful attire, the actor, who typically shines in comedies, is covering the 1982 Tour De Pharmacy. A dangerous year in cycling, with everybody doping. In HBO’s new sports mockumentary, Andy Samberg, John Cena, Orlando Bloom, and a long list of other familiar faces play athletes competing in the 1982 race – which looks every bit as ridiculous and as fun as 7 Days in Hell.
Below, watch the Tour De Pharmacy trailer.
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Back in 2015, HBO debuted a sports mockumentary called 7 Days in Hell that chronicled fictional tennis players Aaron Williams (Andy Samberg) and Charles Poole (Kit Harington) who played a match to end all tennis matches: a seven-day, five-set marathon that took everything out of them. It was a hilarious 45-minute foray into tennis presented in the style of HBO Sports documentaries, and now the world of competitive cycling is getting the same treatment.
Tour De Pharmacy focuses on five cyclists in 1982 as they dealt with the controversy of nearly every athlete doping in order to get an edge on competition. The cast includes Andy Samberg, John Cena, Freddie Highmore, Daveed Diggs, Orlando Bloom and they somehow got Lance Armstrong to appear and even poke fun at his own relationship with doping.
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The next chapter of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise doesn’t arrive until the end of May, but Disney is making a big marketing push for the high seas adventure. The Final Four will have the eyes of millions of sports fans this weekend, so that means we get a new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales TV spot. This one gives us just a little extra snippet of Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, who now appears to be among a band of cursed pirates, meeting Brenton Thwaites as his son, Henry Turner. However, there is surprisingly little Johnny Depp, which hopefully means the series goes back to being more of a proper ensemble adventure.
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Posted on Sunday, February 12th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Unlocked was originally conceived over a decade ago – the trailer feels like something we’d be seeing in theaters around 2004 or so, at the height of Hollywood’s attempt to come to grips with the events of September 11, 2001. You have a heroic CIA interrogator (which has become something of an oxymoron) battling Islamic terrorists to prevent a biological attack in London. This thing looks like a throwback to the days when Jack Bauer was shooting out kneecaps and beating up ACLU lawyers on Fox’s 24. It feels positively ancient.
But maybe that’s part of the appeal? After all, 24 is back. Maybe it will be fun to watch Noomi Rapace and Orlando Bloom running around London shooting people while respected character actors furrow their brows in expository scenes where they have to talk about where bombs are located and who sold them out and so on. Maybe?
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We last saw Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) almost six years ago in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, a fairly bloated, lifeless and forgettable sequel. At the time, though, audiences welcomed the return of Jack Sparrow. The sequel made over a billion dollars worldwide, making Depp’s last legit hit. Now, almost 14 years after first playing the character, the actor is back as the shifty pirate.
Below, watch the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Super Bowl spot.
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This past December marked the 15th anniversary of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the first chapter in one of the greatest film trilogies of all time. Since that’s not exactly a celebratory, milestone anniversary, there wasn’t much pomp and circumstance. But a little over a month later, a mini-reunion of some of the members of the fellowship has taken place.
In what appears to be an impromptu reunion, Aragon (Viggo Mortensen), Frodo (Elijah Wood), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) all got together for a meal, and they took some time to snap a few pictures of the occasion as well. Check out the Lord of the Rings reunion photo after the jump. Read More »
Production on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth film in the multi-billion dollar franchise, has been done for awhile now. But it appears there may be one more addition to the cast that we hadn’t heard about, someone from one of the previous films in the franchise who will be brought back alongside other returning cast members like Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and Orlando Bloom as Will Turner.
However, revealing who this returning cast member might be is a bit of a spoiler for those wanting to stay in the dark regarding any surprises, so you’ll have to find out who it is after the jump. Read More »
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Walt Disney Pictures has released the first Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales teaser trailer. Hit the jump to watch the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales trailer and leave your thoughts in the comments.
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Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
As if you don’t have enough fall TV to catch up on already, Netflix is throwing another new series our way next week. Easy is an eight-episode anthology series created by Joe Swanberg, following several adults as they try to navigate love and sex in modern-day Chicago. The characters include long-term couples trying to spice up their relationships, singles looking for a connection, and everything in between.
The extensive cast includes Malin Akerman, Jane Adams, Andrew Bachelor, Orlando Bloom, Hannibal Buress, Aya Cash, Michael Chernus, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kate Micucci, Emily Ratajkowski, Elizabeth Reaser, and many many more. Watch the Easy trailer below. Read More »