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Review: Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 6, 2013 4:49 PM
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The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug
If the “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was a bloated 2 hour and 49 minute slog, replete with dull merriment, songs and a distended prologue that threatened to put you to sleep, then in contrast, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a brisk, engagingly paced 2 hours and 41 minutes which goes to show that length never matters—it’s how well your narrative engine runs.

Watch: Two New TV Spots For 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 29, 2013 10:00 AM
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The Desolation Of Smaug, Hobbit, Legolas
If you didn't have your fill of Middle Earth adventures with last year's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," well, you're in luck, because for the next two Christmases we'll be treated with a new J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired odyssey (captured, for some reason, in ultra-fluid 48 fps 3D). The first sequel, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (too many definite articles!) will be out this December, and two new TV spots have debuted for the film, which emphasize director Peter Jackson's frantic grasp of action and the connection to the later "Lord of the Rings" trilogy (via Flicks and Bits).

Watch: NSFW First Trailer For Forest Whitaker, Orlando Bloom Crime Movie 'Zulu'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 11, 2013 12:51 PM
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Though Forest Whitaker looks he’s headed back to the Kodak Theater with the sincere “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” the Oscar-winning actor looks to be getting into rough-and-tumble mode with the Jérôme Salle-helmed “Zulu.” A French (and somewhat NSFW) trailer (via Shadow and Act) has arrived online for the South Africa-set crime thriller, and it looks like pretty compelling stuff. Watch it below.

Watch: Cannes Clips Including 'Zulu' With Orlando Bloom & Forest Whitaker, Claire Denis' 'Bastards,' Jia Zhangke's 'A Touch of Sin' & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 23, 2013 6:31 PM
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Zulu, Orlando Bloom
To the outsider, the Cannes Film Festival can be a nebulous thing. Even if you know the filmmaker or the cast, sometimes you need more context than a review to give you a sort of firmer grasp of the shape, texture and tone of a movie. Clips from the festival are landing left and right, so we thought we'd grab a smattering and ground you a little deeper than some of the reviews and pictures your may or may not have seen. So here we go.

New Pics From Cannes Closer 'Zulu' Starring Orlando Bloom & Forest Whitaker

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 14, 2013 10:47 AM
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We may not be head over heels excited about Jérôme Salle’s “Zulu,” which will be the closing film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but what’s great about Cannes are all the hidden possibilities. A greatly anticipated film might get booed at, while a film under everyone’s radar can be the talk of the town. “Zulu” might not fall under either category, but it’s at least fun to entertain the idea. Now two clips from the film have arrived, giving you an opportunity to get a better sense of what the movie’s all about.

Jérôme Salle's 'Zulu' Starring Orlando Bloom & Forest Whitaker To Close 66th Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2013 11:31 AM
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There's a reason no one really remembers or talks about the Cannes Film Festival closing films...they usually aren't very good. The past few years have seen the Audrey Tautou starring "Thérèse Desqueyroux," Christoph Honoré's "The Beloved" and Charlotte Gainsbourg led "The Tree" all cap off the festivities...see what we mean? So, while any news from the Croisette is something we'll zero in on, forgive us if we're not holding our breath on this one...

Watch: First Footage Of Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans & Evangeline Lily In 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 1, 2013 12:00 PM
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In case you hadn't heard, diehard fans of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" received a treat last week with a behind-the-scenes look at the sequel, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." However, you could only participate in the Peter Jackson-led Q&A if you had purchased the 'Unexpected Journey' Blu-Ray and entered a code from the DVD package (nifty way to make you spend that extra dough for what will be a double dip release, no?). Well, some of that footage has made it's way online now and it shows a few small first-look reveals of the cast in action.

First Look: Luke Evans & Orlando Bloom In 'The Hobbit: There And Back Again'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2012 3:56 PM
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Orlando Bloom & Luke Evans from 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again'
Well, movie marketing has reached a whole new level. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" isn't even in theaters yet and we're already getting the first look at the last movie in the trilogy that doesn't come out for two years. Hooray? So here we go, take a look at Orlando Bloom reprising Legolas alongside Luke Evans as the Laketown warrior Bard the Bowman.

Orlando Bloom & Djimon Honsou Team For Cape Town Set Thriller 'Zulu'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2012 12:48 PM
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If the name Jerome Salle isn't familiar, that may be about the to change. The French writer and filmmaker was behind "Anthony Zimmer," which was remade into a movie you remember as "The Tourist." He also helmed the franchise efforts "Largo Winch" and its followup "The Burma Conspiracy." But for this next effort, he's taking a bit more of a serious path in what could be his international breakthrough.

'Elizabethtown' Duo Kirsten Dunst & Orlando Bloom Reunite For Financial World Drama 'Cities'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 29, 2011 5:01 AM
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Watch: Kirsten Dunst Stars In R.E.M.'s Final Video: "We All Go Back to Where We Belong"It's okay if you forgot about this movie, because we did too. Way back in the spring, it was announced that Clive Owen and Anil Kapoor were being lined up to star in Roger Donaldson's "Cities." And then...we didn't hear much after that. But the film is getting a couple of fresh faces who haven't worked together since they first paired up six years ago in Cameron Crowe's not-so-hot "Elizabethtown."

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