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Sword fights. Everyone loves a good sword fight. They combine the best thing about chess – the strategy and fitness of a well-timed and executed move – with the ferocity of a wrestling match. Plus, they’re normally really well scored. They’re like a dance off with more equipment and less impressive footwork. With that in mind, we thought that it’s important to take a couple of minutes to go through five of the best sword fights in movies.
5. Aragorn Vs The Nine Ringwraiths – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
While the Hobbit films were somewhat “less than stellar” there’s no doubt that Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films were, on the whole, quite good. The Fellowship of the Ring especially. There were a lot of things in that film that worked really well – Saruman’s new orcs, the Balrog, the secret council, but the thing that really sold the film was the battle between Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and the Ringwraiths. It may have been short, but it set the tone for the film and it ends with an evil ghost getting a flaming torch to the face. What more does a film need than that?
4. Captain Jack Sparrow Vs Captain Hector Barbosa – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Geoffrey Rush, playing the role of Hector Barbosa, described this fight as an epic battle between two immortals and is it ever. The choreography is pure Flynn-like. It’s over the top and quicker than a ship at full mast. Intercut with this scene is another sword fight: Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) versus the undead crew of the Black Pearl. Plus, bringing back what we said about being really well scored, Hans Zimmer is on point with the theme for both this fight and the entire scene. The series may have gone off the map in later films, but The Curse of the Black Pearl really was treasure.
3. Hector Vs Achilles – Troy (2004)
Okay, so this one is definitely a controversial choice. Classics Students hate this film because it’s not the Illiad; Lord of the Rings fans hate it because Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is a coward in it; and cinema-philes hate it because… Well, its quality is debatable. But, 2004’s Troy is notable because: every single actor seems to be chewing the scenery in every single scene and it has Eric Bana and Brad Pitt fighting with spears. Taking place the day after Hector (Bana) killed Patroclus – Achilles’ cousin-in-this-version-but-lover/protege-in-the-Illiad, it features some of the best choreography in a film that’s pretty much built upon its sword-to-sword choreography and the bankability of Brad Pitt. The fact that most of the fight is actually one that’s between two spear wielders – something which is rare in the medium, for some reason – only makes the whole thing even better. Plus, Pitt’s Achilles really lays on the smack talk. Hard.
2. The Bride Vs The Crazy 88 – Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (2003)
As the titular Bill (David Carradine) says in Kill Bill Vol. 2, Uma Thurman’s character wasn’t really fighting eighty-eight bodyguards during this fight. According to the Kill Bill Wiki, there are only forty-four of them. Still, that’s a considerable number of bodyguards for one woman to fight by herself and Thurman does it stylishly. She’s called the world’s deadliest woman throughout the film, but it’s this scene in which the thesis is tested. It’s one of the most stylish scenes Quentin Tarantino ever shot and we’d argue still holds up compared to his later work. There’s so much to say about this fight but we’ll just let the fact that the Bride fought forty-four bodyguards (as well as two bosses) and won speak for itself.
There were a lot of options that we could have gone with for our ultimate battle of the blades. Hell, there were a lot of options we could have gone with from the Star Wars franchise. But, after going through all seven films again, we’ve decided that the top of them all has to be what was – for a long time – the final battle in the Star Wars trilogy. While not as technically flashy or quick as some of the fights from the prequel trilogy, the fight between Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Darth Vader (David Prowse/James Earl Jones) more than makes up for it in terms of both emotional impact, thematic appropriateness, and score. And wow, what a score it is. John Williams is known for his scores but we think this just takes the cake.
Are there any sword-fights you think we missed? Let us know in the comments below. »
- Ian Bailey
The fifth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is showing some steady sea legs at the box office, with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales having pushed its worldwide haul to $650 million this past weekend.
The film, directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg and released in the UK as Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, has grossed a modest $150 million domestically – over $90 million less than the previous instalment On Stranger Tides, which was itself a franchise low. However, it has been performing very well on the international stage, where is has grossed a further $500 million, including $145 million from China alone.
Worldwide, Dead Men Tell No Tales is now just $4 million short of the total haul of the first instalment, The Curse of the Black Pearl, which earned $654.3 million back in 2003.
See Also: Pirates of the Caribbean won’t continue without Johnny Depp
- Gary Collinson
Orlando Bloom is giving fans a rare look at his son, Flynn!
The 40-year-old actor took to Instagram on Friday to share an adorable pic of himself and Flynn cuddled up "leading into #dad day."
Six-year-old Flynn, whom Bloom shares with ex Miranda Kerr, sweetly shows off his missing tooth in the snap, as he wears a hooded sweatshirt that only shows his nose and mouth. »
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Bachelor in Paradise suspended over alleged sexual misconduct
Production on the next season of Bachelor in Paradise was brought to a halt this week, after a producer raised concerns about an alleged sexual encounter between contestant DeMario Jackson, 30, and Corinne Olympios, 25
Warner Bros. first announced news of the show’s suspension on Sunday, blaming it on an unnamed “misconduct.”
Sources later confirmed to People that the incident involved Jackson and a female cast mate — Olympios’ name not identified out of respect to the privacy of victims of alleged sexual assault. »
- Lindsay Kimble
Leonardo DiCaprio took a break from speaking Italian with the pope and saving us all from climate change to link up with pals Tobey Maguire and Orlando Bloom for what appears to be a casual, no-nonsense dudes' day out in NYC on Wednesday. The trio was spotted walking off their dinner after leaving a restaurant in Manhattan. Sure, it all looks pretty innocent: just three newly single dudes, sipping iced coffee and walking an adorable dog down the street. . . but look at all that phone stuff going on - plans are being made. Models are being texted. Maybe they're hitting up Jennifer Lopez about where they should all go "tonight, boo boo, club-wise." RelatedA Guide to Leonardo DiCaprio's Group of Dedicated Famous Friends Leo recently ended his yearlong relationship with model Nina Agdal, while Orlando split from Katy Perry in February and Tobey parted ways with Jennifer Meyer, his wife of nearly a decade, »
- Brittney Stephens
Lionsgate has extended its longstanding partnership with Grindstone Entertainment Group and signed new long-term agreements with Grindstone President and CEO Barry Brooker and principal Stan Wertlieb.
Steve Beeks, Lionsgate co-coo and president of the Motion Picture Group, made the announcement Thursday. Grindstone specializes in titles with recognizable stars in the action and thriller categories.
“We’re pleased to extend our relationship with Barry, Stan and the rest of the Grindstone team,” said Beeks. “They are consistently profitable with strong brand recognition and serve as a reliable supplier of star-driven event films.”
The extended agreement covers movies from Grindstone’s long-term collaboration with producers Emmett/Furla, including upcoming releases “Gotti,” starring John Travolta; “Escape Plan 2” with Sylvester Stallone; and the thriller “First Kill” with Bruce Willis and Hayden Christensen.
- Dave McNary
Watch: Exclusive: Orlando Bloom Gushes Over Son Flynn -- I Never Thought I'd 'Open My Heart' Like This
The three bros went casual for the outing, with DiCaprio in a camo hat with a gray shirt and khaki shorts, Maguire in a black shirt and pants, and Bloom in a chambray button-down and jeans.
The trio walked around Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood after grabbing a late lunch together. And the BFFs even got some ice cream together.
All three of the bros are currently single bachelors on the town. DiCaprio split from his model girlfriend, Nina Agdal, in May, Maguire and his wife, Jennifer Meyer, separated last fall, and Bloom was last linked to Katy Perry earlier this year.
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Could this be the summer of friendship for Leonardo DiCaprio?
The Oscar-winning actor, 41, was seen grabbing lunch in New York City with his pals Tobey Maguire and Orlando Bloom on Tuesday. The trio went for a stroll around the East Village before stopping for ice cream.
The group kept cool in the hot sun, sipping on drinks as they walked through the city.
DiCaprio has been spending more time with friends following his split from Nina Agdal last month after a year of dating.
Earlier in the week, DiCaprio was seen hanging out with Maguire and the Spider-Man actor’s ex, »
- Jodi Guglielmi
Katy Perry isn't in it for the accolades.
Prior to holing herself up in a house for 96 hours in promotion of her album, Witness, the 32-year-old pop star gave a candid interview to The New York Times and revealed what she thinks of all the awards shows she had to attend over the years.
“All the awards shows are fake, and all the awards that I’ve won are fake,” she insisted, adding that they don't represent the audiences at home. “They’re constructs.”
Perry has won quite a few awards during the course of her career. She has three Kids' Choice Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, four People's Choice Awards and one Teen Choice Award. Perry is also a seven-time Grammy nominee.
More: Katy Perry Reveals Past Suicidal Thoughts in Emotional Live Streamed Therapy Session
The "Swish Swish" singer »
It's not next season's 'Bachelorette' cast ... it's just Leo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Orlando Bloom kicking it in NYC. Nbd. We're used to seeing BFFs Leo and Tobey hang out, but Wednesday afternoon Orlando was suddenly part of the crew. No word where the trio was headed, but there's a good chance they had a trail of female fans following. Tobey and Leo's group of friends have been known as the "P***y Posse" for »
- TMZ Staff
Taking his defeat like a champ! Diplo seems to be just fine with his ex Katy Perry’s recent unintentional diss. The 38-year-old American DJ took to Instagram on Wednesday where he posed with The Late Late Show host James Corden.
More: Diplo Responds With Hilarious Humility to Katy Perry's Sexual Ranking: 'I Won the Bronze Medal'
In the funny pic, both men held up the number “three,” referencing Perry’s admission that of her celebrity exes, Diplo came in third when it came to best lovers.
“At least I tried,” Diplo captioned the shot.
Perry made the confession last weekend during her live stream when she and Corden played a game of “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts.”
"They're all amazing lovers and I would have sex with all of them after I get out of this place!" Perry insisted before placing Diplo in third, Orlando Bloom in second, and [link=nm »
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- Lydia Price
Katy Perry sat down with James Corden on Sunday during her weekend-long livestream and ranked the bedroom skills of three of her famous boyfriends: John Mayer, Orlando Bloom and Diplo. Unfortunately, the Major Lazer and Jack Ü powerhouse came in at the bottom of her list.
Though that doesn’t automatically mean he’s bad — Perry, 32, admitted that they were “all amazing lovers” — losing out to Mayer and Bloom appears to have stung the producer, who served some truly awesome shade on Twitter.
Commenting on a tweet from Thump sharing an article on Perry’s ranking, he wrote, “I don’t even remember having sex. »
- Jordan Runtagh
Johnny Depp is having the time of his life!
The 54-year-old actor was all smiles while on vacation in French Polynesia, where he stayed at The Brando, a luxury resort on the Tetiaroa atoll, which was once home to Depp’s idol and mentor Marlon Brando.
He posed for a photo alongside a group of performers at the picturesque location. He wrapped his arms around two women dressed in long, red garments as he sported a wide grin.
A source recently told People that Depp has been getting his life back on track in the wake of his nasty divorce »
- Char Adams
Diplo ain't mad at her!
The Major Lazer DJ responded to his ex-girlfirend Katy Perry's recent ranking of her exes in bed to James Corden -- "working on the notion that they're all good" -- where Diplo came in third, behind John Mayer and Orlando Bloom at first and second, respectively.
"I won the bronze metal in sex Olympics," the 38-year-old artist hilariously tweeted on Monday.
Watch: Katy Perry Ranks Her Ex-Boyfriends in Bed, Reveals the Surprising 'One That Got Away'
And, to be fair to Katy, she in no way said her former lover was bad in bed.
"They're all amazing lovers and I would have sex with all of them after I get out of this place!" the "Swish Swish" singer adamantly stated.
Watch: Katy Perry Previews New Album 'Witness,' Goes Live on YouTube in 'Big Brother'-Style House
At the end of the day, third place isn't something to get worked up over »
Diplo is throwing shade Katy Perry's way. In case you missed it, James Corden appeared as a special guest on Perry's four-day "Witness World Wide" YouTube live stream (in promotion of her new album) during which he proceeded to play a Truth or Dare-like game with the singer. Corden asked Perry to rank three ex-lovers by how good they are in bed, from worst to best. She ranked Diplo—who she dated for several months in 2014—as the worst followed by Orlando Bloom—her most recent boyfriend who she dated for about 10 months until earlier this year—and finally John Mayer—who she dated for three years until 2015—came out on top (no pun intended) as the »
Katy Perry has had a number of famous beaus over the years, ranging from ex-husband Russell Brand to musician John Mayer to, most recently, “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Orlando Bloom. Yet of all her ex-lovers, which of the men proved to be the best performer between the sheets? That’s what James Corden wanted to […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Katy Perry is single again after calling off her yearlong relationship with Orlando Bloom, and the breakup got us thinking about the other men who have stolen the sexy singer's heart over the years and inspired a few of her hit songs, too. From her early relationships and marriage to Russell Brand to her on-and-off romance with John Mayer, look back on Katy's dating history here. RelatedKaty Perry Has Changed Quite a Bit After More Than a Decade in the SpotlightFamous Friends Who Also Share Exes »
- Brittney Stephens
Fans who thought Katy Perry‘s YouTube stream was going to be a look into the normal life of a pop super star may have gotten even more than they were hoping for.
While live streaming her life for the entire weekend as part of the release of her brand new album, Witness, the singer proved that there’s rarely a dull moment in her life. When she’s not getting some shuteye with her dog Nugget, Perry keeps things interesting with her gaggle of pals.
Check out some of the moments from Perry’s live stream event that has everyone talking below. »
- Stephanie Petit
Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are two of the biggest pop stars (and, equally important, cat lovers) in the world, which means a lot of people have a lot of thoughts on their lives. A popular fan theory is that the two have been embroiled in a long-running feud, but most of the supposed drama has really played out through elusive quotes in magazine profiles and subtweets that don’t really say anything at all – until now.
In October, both Perry and Swift attended Drake’s birthday party, with no drama to report. Yet a few days later at a Kanye West concert, »
- Laura Cohen and Maria Yagoda
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