300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Blu-ray Review

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As the supplements suggest, 300: Rise of an Empire is not a straight sequel to Frank Miller and Zack Snyder’s 300, as it can also be described as a prequel, sidequel, and probably some other words that have been invented to describe modern spin-off films that don’t pick up after the last film ended.  Rise of an Empire is meant to be like a glove to the first film, as it surrounds the original narrative with new material.  The results are a film that doesn’t totally work on its own terms, but does offer a delicious scene-stealing performance from Eva Green.  My 300: Rise of an Empire Blu-ray review follows after the jump. 

Jack O’Connell and Callan Mulvey Talk 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, Filming in Bulgaria, 3D, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire.  In the sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300, Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.  The film also stars Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Igal Nao, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, and Andrew Tiernan.  I’ve seen the film twice now and am happy to report the sequel kicks ass.  The fight scenes are extremely well done, the 3D actually adds to the story, and Eva Green’s performance is worth the price of admission.  It also might have the best sex scene of 2014, and it’s only February.  While many might have wondered if we needed a sequel to 300, I’m very happy they made it.

At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Jack O’Connell and Callan Mulvey.  They talked about their reaction to the finished film, the use of 3D, what it was like filming in Bulgaria, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office: New Releases 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE and DreamWorks Animation’s MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN Go One-Two; 12 YEARS A SLAVE Moves Up

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300: Rise of an Empire rose to the top of the box office, easily besting the weekend’s second new release, DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman.  Another new release of note, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, notched a 17th spot on the box office listing, having opened in a four-theater limited release.  Animated features The LEGO Movie and Frozen lead the total box offices to date this weekend, and newly minted Oscar-winner 12 Years a Slave gets a post-Academy Awards box office bump.  Hit the jump for more.

Title Weekend Total
1 300: Rise of an Empire $45,050,000 $45.1
2 Mr. Peabody & Sherman $32,500,000 $32.5
3 Non-Stop $15,378,000 $52.1
4 The LEGO Movie $11,005,000 $225.0
5 Son of God $10,000,000 $41.5
6 The Monuments Men $3,100,000 $70.6
7 3 Days to Kill $3,062,000 $25.6
8 Frozen $3,010,000 $393.1
9 12 Years a Slave $2,175,000 $53.1
10 Ride Along $2,004,000 $130.0

Producer Mark Canton Talks 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, the Sex Scene, POWER, THE LAST WITCH HUNTER with Vin Diesel, an IMMORTALS Sequel, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire.  In the sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300, Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.  The film also stars Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Igal Nao, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, and Andrew Tiernan.  I’ve seen the film twice now and am happy to report the sequel kicks ass.  The fight scenes are extremely well done, the 3D actually adds to the story, and Eva Green’s performance is worth the price of admission.  It also might have the best sex scene of 2014, and it’s only February.  While many might have wondered if we needed a sequel to 300, I’m very happy they made it.

At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with producer Mark Canton.  He talked about working with Harold Ramis early in his career, making Rise of an Empire, the use of 3D, more sequels, Eva Green’s amazing performance, the sex scene, and future projects like Power (which will air on Starz), The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel, the possibility of a sequel to Immortals (they’re trying to find the right story), a trilogy of films about a young Julius Caesar, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Eva Green Talks 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, Filming the Sex Scene, Shooting in Bulgaria, PENNY DREADFUL, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire.  In the sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300, Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.  The film also stars Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Igal Nao, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, and Andrew Tiernan.  I’ve seen the film twice now and am happy to report the sequel kicks ass.  The fight scenes are extremely well done, the 3D actually adds to the story, and Eva Green’s performance is worth the price of admission.  It also might have the best sex scene of 2014, and it’s only February.  While many might have wondered if we needed a sequel to 300, I’m very happy they made it.

At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Eva Green. She talked about her reaction to the finished film, shooting in Bulgaria, filming the sex scene, why she got involved with the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Lena Headey Talks 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, DREDD, GAME OF THRONES Season 4, and the Status of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS Sequel

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Opening this weekend is director Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire.  In the sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300, Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.  The film also stars Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Igal Nao, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, and Andrew Tiernan.  I’ve seen the film twice now and am happy to report the sequel kicks ass.  The fight scenes are extremely well done, the 3D actually adds to the story, and Eva Green’s performance is worth the price of admission.  It also might have the best sex scene of 2014, and it’s only February.  While many might have wondered if we needed a sequel to 300, I’m very happy they made it.

At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Headey. She talked about her reaction to the finished film, shooting in Bulgaria, when she first heard they were finally going to make a sequel, Dredd, Game of Thrones season 4, and the status of The Mortal Instruments sequel (which sounds like it isn’t happening). Hit the jump to watch.

Director Noam Murro Talks 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, How he Landed the Job, the Use of 3D, the Intense Sex Scene, the MPAA, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire.  In the sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300, Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.  The film also stars Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Igal Nao, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, and Andrew Tiernan.  I’ve seen the film twice now and am happy to report the sequel kicks ass.  The fight scenes are extremely well done, the 3D actually adds to the story, and Eva Green’s performance is worth the price of admission.  It also might have the best sex scene of 2014, and it’s only February.  While many might have wondered if we needed a sequel to 300, I’m very happy they made it.

At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Murro.  He talked about how he landed the job, the long production process (they shot for 80 days), how the film takes place at the same time as 300, the intense sex scene, his hope that the fanbase will re-edit 300 and Rise of an Empire into one long movie, his thoughts on another sequel, the use of 3D, future projects, and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Giveaway

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Fans have waited a long time for the follow-up to Zack Snyder’s 2006 film 300, but the wait is almost over as director Noam Murro’s “inbetweenquel” 300: Rise of an Empire is poised to hit theaters in a matter of days.  For those unfamiliar, the film finds Greek general Themistokles attempting to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the way against the massive invading Persian forces, led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and Artemisa (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.  In anticipation of the film’s release, we’ve got some fun 300: Rise of an Empire-related materials to give away to some lucky readers, including an Android tablet, a pair of IMAX tickets, gorgeous-looking coffee table book 300: Rise of an Empire: The Art of the Film, a mini replica of one of the ships, t-shirts, hoodies, a duffel bag, and more.

Hit the jump to find out how you can win and to get a closer look at some of the materials.  300: Rise of an Empire opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D in special 8pm screenings on Thursday, March 6th and starts everywhere March 7th.

Watch a New Featurette about the Villains of 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

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With director Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire opening March 7th, WB. has released a new featurette that focuses on the villains.  In the sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300, Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.  The film also stars Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Igal Nao, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, and Andrew Tiernan.

I caught a screening a few days ago and am happy to report the sequel kicks a lot of ass.  The fight scenes are extremely well done, the 3D actually adds to the story, and Eva Green’s performance is worth the price of admission.  While many might have wondered if we needed a sequel to 300, I’m very happy they made it.  Hit the jump to watch the featurette and here’s all our previous coverage on the film.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

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Zack Snyder‘s 300 is goofy fun, and while he didn’t direct the new sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire, the visual aesthetic, straight-faced melodrama, and ridiculous action appear to have remained in place.  I’m not expecting a radical leap forward from the first movie; I’m expecting a delightfully silly picture where spear-wielding guys in loincloths try to kill other spear-wielding guys in loincloths.  There’s no need to over-complicate things here.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 20 pairs of passes to the Atlanta screening of 300: Rise of an Empire.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro, Lena Headey, Jack O’Connell, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Igal Nao, and Andrew Tiernan300: Rise of an Empire opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on March 7th.

WB Screens the First 13 Minutes of 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE; Here’s Our Recap and Thoughts on the Footage

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Back in the distant past (err… 2007), Zack Snyder’s 300 hit theaters and became a surprise hit, grossing over 300 million dollars domestically whilst also igniting heated cultural and political debate.  Deep in the midst of the Iraq war, 300 became a lightening rod for both liberal and conservative agendas.  Was the film a celebration of war jingoism or were it’s very excesses satirizing such displays of patriotism?  The film’s reach extended far beyond mere water cooler talk though, it’s potent hyperkinetic visual palette (much of which was taken panel for panel from Frank Miller & Lynn Varley’s graphic novel) serving as ‘inspiration’ for a bevy of imitators – Immortals, Clash of the Titans (2010), and, hell, even Frank Miller’s own The Spirit.  So it’s shocking to think that it’s taken nearly seven years for a sequel to finally reach the big screen.

Originally scheduled for release late last year, 300: Rise of An Empire finally hits the big screen March 7th.  Last night in anticipation/promotion of the sequel’s impending release, Warner Brothers hosted the first thirteen minutes of the new film in front of a screening of 300.  For a full report on just what to expect from the first thirteen minutes of 300: Rise of An Empire, hit the jump.

First 13 Minutes of 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Attached to February 4 Screenings of 300

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300: Rise of an Empire is scheduled for release on March 7.  To whet fans’ appetites, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have planned screenings of the original 300 February 4 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Dallas, Washington DC, Phoenix, Toronto, and Montreal.  To make it extra special, the first 13 minutes of 300: Rise of an Empire will screen in 3D IMAX prior to the screening.  It’s a neat and logical promotion.

Hit the jump for the press release with all the details.  Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Rodrigo Santoro, David Wenham, Igal Nao, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, and Andrew Tiernan star in 300: Rise of an Empire, directed by Noam Murro.

New Posters for FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, CESAR CHAVEZ, and 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

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New posters for the following films:

  • Fifty Shades of GreySam Taylor-Johnson’s steamy adaptation stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Marcia Gay Harden, and Rita Ora, and opens February 15, 2015.
  • Cesar ChavezDiego Luna’s biopic starring Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, and John Malkovich opens March 28th.
  • 300: Rise of an Empire – Noam Murro’s Spartan sequel stars Eva Green, Lena Headey, Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O’Connell and David Wenham, and opens March 7th.

Hit the jump to check them out.

New Trailer and Posters for 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Starring Sullivan Stapleton

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A new trailer for Noam Murro’s Spartan sequel 300: Rise of an Empire has dropped today.  The latest cut features quite a bit of footage from the Greek hero Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) along with the odd decision to remix Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” in the midst of all the bloody battles.  At this point, I feel like audiences are already decided on whether or not they’ll be checking out the film, so I don’t know what else the marketing team can do to sell it.

Also starring Eva Green, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O’Connell and David Wenham, 300: Rise of an Empire opens March 7th.  Hit the jump to check out the final trailer and two new posters.

New Posters for NEED FOR SPEED; 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE; I, FRANKENSTEIN and THAT AWKWARD MOMENT

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Here’s a look at the latest posters for some upcoming films:

  • Need for SpeedScott Waugh’s high-octane racing game adaptation stars Aaron Paul, Dakota Johnson, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, and Kid Cudi, and opens March 14th.
  • 300: Rise of an EmpireNoam Murro’s Spartan sequel stars Eva Green, Lena Headey, Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O’Connell and David Wenham, and opens March 7th.
  • I, FrankensteinStuart Beattie’s epic fantasy adventure starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney, Miranda Otto and Kevin Grevioux opens January 24th.
  • That Awkward Moment – Writer-director Tom Gormican’s R-rated comedy starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Imogen Poots opens January 31st.

Hit the jump to check them out.

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