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. 

New to Blu-ray: 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, ENEMY, A HARD DAY’S NIGHT Criterion, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the bloody 300 sequel, one of the weirdest and underseen movies of the year (with double the Jake Gyllenhaal), a Beatles entry to the Criterion Collection, and more.  Briefly:

Amazon Suspends Pre-Orders on THE LEGO MOVIE and other Warner Bros. Home Video Titles

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If you’re hoping to pre-order some of Warner Bros. upcoming films through Amazon, you’re going to be out of luck.  The mammoth online retailer is in a contract dispute with Warner Bros. Home Video over the price of their Blu-rays and DVDs.  According to The New York Times “The retailer’s refusal to sell the movies is part of its effort to gain leverage in yet another major confrontation with a supplier to become public in recent weeks.”  Amazon has already been flexing its muscle with the publishing industry, and its standoff with Hachette Book Group has led the retailer to stop accepting pre-orders and delay shipments on Hatchette’s books.

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Composer Junkie XL Talks 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, DIVERGENT, Possibly Collaborating with Hans Zimmer on INTERSTELLAR, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, and More

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Grammy nominated, multi-platinum producer and composer Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, is a skilled multi-instrumentalist whose versatility and mastery of studio technology put him on the cutting edge of contemporary music.  His ability to combine electronic, pop, and classical influences has made him a highly sought after Hollywood composer.  Most recently, he drew from his extensive knowledge of classical forms combined with his work in contemporary music to create the cool, exciting scores for the action thriller 300:  Rise of an Empire and the futuristic action-adventure Divergent opening in theaters March 21st.

I recently landed an exclusive interview with Junkie XL who spoke about how he created a score for 300 that combined the film’s intense action and character themes with a thematic tone influenced by the sea, the challenge of capturing the world of Divergent from the first person perspective of its heroine, how he works with directors and draws on his eclectic background as an artist to craft the right sound, his Dutch roots and their influence on his music, his musical inspirations that include Pink Floyd and Nirvana, his collaborative relationship with Hans Zimmer and the possibility of working with him on Interstellar, and his upcoming projects:  Mad Max: Fury Road and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  Check out the Junkie XL interview after the jump.

Friday Box Office: NEED FOR SPEED Slows into Top Spot with Soft Opening; MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN Holds Strong with Eye on the Prize

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DreamWorks Pictures’ Need for Speed took the trophy for the Friday box office, but it’s not exactly a Daytona 500 performance.  The 3D racing film had been projected to win the weekend box office with a total take of $25 million to $30 million, but its Friday number is a soft $6.6 million, on track for a weekend take of $21 million or less.  The streak of subpar video game adaptations continues with director Scott Waugh’s racing pic, which has suffered brutal reviews (it’s both dumb and boring) and failed to muster up enthusiasm from general audiences.  Hot on Need for Speed’s tail is a film in its second week of release, DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman.  While the film was bested by 300: Rise of an Empire last weekend, it brought in $5.4 million this Friday and should enjoy a nice family boost today, topping off at around $22 million for a photo-finish with Need for Speed.  The 300 sequel came in second on Friday with $5.8 million and should gross a solid $18 or $19 million this weekend, while Veronica Mars opened to just over $1 million for the number 9 spot.

Title Friday Total
1. Need for Speed $6,642,000 $6,642,000
2. 300: Rise of an Empire $5,800,000 $65,006,000
3. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $5,450,000 $47,430,000
4. Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club $3,200,000 $3,200,000
5. Non-Stop $3,200,000 $61,390,000

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

by     Posted 175 days ago

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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.

Friday Box Office: 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Slays Competition with Solid Debut

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While many wondered whether the opportune time had passed to capitalize on the massive success of 2006’s 300 with a sequel, it appears that a sizable audience for the franchise still exists.  300: Rise of an Empire earned an impressive $17.7 million on Friday, and while that won’t come close to 300’s insane $70 million weekend, it should be enough to hit a solid $40-$45 million for the weekend.  Again, that’s a notable feat given the large time gap in between the original film and the pic’s R-rating, but it was no doubt given a boost by 3D ticket prices.  The other new wide release of the weekend was DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which debuted with $8 million on Friday and is on track for a modest $30 million weekend.  DreamWorks has been pretty hit and miss at the box office lately, but Peabody and Sherman looks to fall somewhere in between.

On the returning films front, Non-Stop dipped 54% in its second week and took in $4.6 million on Friday, while the Biblical saga Son of God saw a large 70% drop from its opening weekend to a $3.2 million take on Friday.

Title Friday Total
1. 300: Rise of an Empire $17,705,000 $17,705,000
2. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $8,000,000 $8,000,000
3. Non-Stop $4,700,000 $41,439,000
4. Son of God $2,700,000 $34,195,000
5. The LEGO Movie $2,660,000 $216,627,000

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

by     Posted 177 days ago

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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.

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Review

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When Zack Snyder’s 300 was released in 2007, it was a vibrant explosion of exhilarating bloodshed and goofy earnestness.  Although its impact has been somewhat diminished by imitators and a more widespread reliance on predominantly CGI environments, it’s still a memorable picture, and providing a sequel isn’t completely unwarranted.  However, 300: Rise of an Empire has trouble expanding beyond “300 with boats”, and while it’s still packed with fun kills and a similar tone, some of the key elements are missing, and all it really has to add to the mix is a delightful performance from Eva Green.

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

by     Posted 179 days ago

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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

by     Posted 180 days ago

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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 6 Clips and Over 7 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

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With director Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire opening March 7th, WB. has provided us with 6 clips and over 7 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film.  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.  Hit the jump to watch the clips and behind-the-scenes footage, and here’s all our previous coverage on the film.

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