First TV Spot for Brett Ratner’s HERCULES Starring Dwayne Johnson

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The first TV spot for Brett Ratner‘s Hercules has gone online.  Not to be confused with the Hercules movie that came out earlier this year, Ratner’s take on the Greek legend is billed as “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist.”  The story takes place after Hercules’ famous twelve labors, and has him “traveling with a group of mercenaries and cashing in on his famous name until he’s hired to train an army for an epic battle.”  This TV spot contains some new footage including Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) throwing a goddamn horse.

Hit the jump to check out the Hercules TV spot.  The film also stars John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph FiennesPeter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina ShaykHercules opens in 3D on July 25th.

First Clip from HERCULES Starring Dwayne Johnson

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On the heels of the first trailer, Paramount has released a Hercules clip with new footage.  Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) and his army walk into a trap set by ferocious, painted warriors.  Hercules puts on his lion head, declares he is not afraid, and then . . . the clip cuts away.

John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph FiennesPeter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina Shayk also star.  Brett Ratner directed the July 25 release.  Check out our interview with Johnson here and watch the Hercules clip after the jump.

Dwayne Johnson Talks HERCULES, Using Yak Hair, Working with Brett Ratner, Almost Getting Russell Crowe on Board, and More

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Last week at CinemaCon, I was able to participate in a great roundtable interview with Dwayne Johnson for his upcoming film Hercules.  Not to be confused with the Hercules movie that came out earlier this year, Brett Ratner’s take on the Greek legend is billed as “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist.”  The story takes place after Hercules’ famous 12 labors, and has him “traveling with a group of mercenaries and cashing in on his famous name until he’s hired to train an army for an epic battle.”  As you can see in the trailer, Johnson looks like he’s having a lot of fun in the role.  The film also stars John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph FiennesPeter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina ShaykHercules opens in 3D on July 25th.

During the extended interview Johnson talked about how the project came together, the tone (which he compares to Gladiator and 300), his look in the film and why he wanted it to stay under wraps during production, why he wanted Ratner to direct, how it’ll be PG-13 but they “pushed the limit,” why they filmed in Budapest, and so much more.  In addition, Johnson revealed they almost got Russell Crowe in the film but “we just couldn’t make the schedules align.”  Hit the jump for the interview.

CinemaCon Video Blog: TRANSFORMERS 4,TMNT, LUCY, FAST & FURIOUS 7, UNBROKEN, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, MINIONS, JURASSIC WORLD, and More

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With CinemaCon in full swing in Las Vegas, over the past 24 hours I’ve managed to see the first footage from a lot of upcoming movies from Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios.  Yesterday, Paramount unveiled the first teaser trailers for Hercules and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a lot of footage from Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Today, Universal showed attendees footage from Luc Besson’s Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken (which looks like it’s going to be an awards contender), Fifty Shades of Grey, Fast & Furious 7, Minions, Dumb and Dumber To, a CGI-only trailer with voice over for Jurassic World, and a lot more.  Like previous years, Universal’s presentation really impressed me with the wide variety of great looking movies.  Hit the jump for more.

First Trailer for HERCULES Starring Dwayne Johnson

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The first trailer for director Brett Ratner‘s Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson in the title role, is now online.  The trailer features Hercules fighting off a lot of CGI monsters while grandiose narration builds up the big reveal of Johnson as the Greek demigod.  It’s also a bit strange since the movie was previously billed as “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist,” and I’m pretty sure I spotted a hydra and Cerberus.  However it pans out, this looks like it could be a lot of dumb fun.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, and click on the corresponding links for Johnson talking about Fast & Furious 7, DC superheroes, and G.I. Joe 3.  The film also stars John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph FiennesPeter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina ShaykHercules opens in 3D on July 25th.

First Images from Brett Ratner’s HERCULES Starring Dwayne Johnson [Updated with First Poster]

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The first images have been released from Brett Ratner’s Hercules.  Not to be confused with the Hercules movie that came out earlier this year, Ratner’s take on the Greek legend is billed as “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist.”  The story takes place after Hercules’ famous 12 labors, and has him “traveling with a group of mercenaries and cashing in on his famous name until he’s hired to train an army for an epic battle.”  Dwayne Johnson stars as the eponymous “first superhero” and tells USA Today, “The No. 1 goal is to make the definitive version of Hercules.  We know we’re going to be under a microscope.”  At the very least, no one’s going to doubt he’s right for the part.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here for a picture of the logo that Steve took at CinemaCon.  The film also stars Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joe Anderson, Peter Mullan, and Rufus SewellHercules opens July 25th. [Update: Johnson has now released the first poster for the film, which is included after the jump as well.]

First Posters for THE EQUALIZER, HERCULES, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, DRACULA UNTOLD, and UNBROKEN

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With CinemaCon starting tomorrow in Las Vegas, I arrived earlier today to take pictures of the new posters on display.  For those unaware, CinemaCon is a convention put on for theater owners in order to get a look at what the studios have to offer for the rest of the year, and where vendors can show new products for theaters to buy.  It’s basically Comic-Con for theater owners.  Besides showing off never before seen footage, the studios often bring the cast and the filmmakers.  Over the course of a few days, Hollywood comes to Las Vegas.  So over the next few days expect tons of updates.  I’ll have new posters, thoughts on the new movie footage, and exclusives interviews.  It should be a fun week.

While walking around, I located the first posters for director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington, Brett Ratner‘s Hercules starring Dwayne Johnson, Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold, and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken.  While the posters are just the logos of the movies, I figured you’d like to see them.  Hit the jump to check them out.

Rotten Tomatoes Users Rank X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST as the Most Anticipated Movie of the Summer

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The summer movie season is just around the corner, and while 2014 isn’t as overloaded with crazy releases as 2015, there is still plenty to look forward to.  We’ve got sequels, reboots, sequel-reboots, remakes, and even the rare original story all slated to open, and the folks over at Rotten Tomatoes have put together a ranked list of the most anticipated films based on the site’s user rankings.  Coming in at #1 on the list with 100% “want to see” from a total of 110,869 votes is director Bryan Singer’s superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Having helmed the first X-Men in 2000, Singer is one of the godfathers of the modern superhero movie era.  It’s not exactly a shock that fans are eager to see his return to the X-Men franchise, since the time-bending DOFP infuses the new X-Men: First Class cast with the classic X-Men actors from the original films.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Top 10, which includes a couple of surprises.

Kellan Lutz Talks THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, the Dueling Hercules Movies, Landing His Dream Role, THE EXPENDABLES 3, and More

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From director Renny Harlin, the action-adventure film The Legend of Hercules is a re-imagining of the hero’s epic origins, telling the story from the perspective of a young man struggling with his destiny.  Planning to run away and marry the woman he loves, Hercules (Kellan Lutz) is instead sent off to die at war.   While gone, he unites with fellow warrior Sotiris (Liam McIntyre) and returns to the kingdom to take his place as the greatest of Greek heroes.

At the film’s press day, actor Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about being obsessed with mythology movies, why this was a dream role for him, working with a director as passionate as Renny Harlin, shooting in 3D, how much he enjoyed working with Liam McIntyre, and what it was like to shoot in Bulgaria.  He also talked about working with so many action icons on The Expendables 3, why the project was a dream come true, playing the leader of the young Expendables, and why he thinks the third film will be the best one.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

THE COLLISION: Episode 67 – FROZEN and the History of Disney Animation

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This week on The Collision, the release of Frozen has us looking back at the history of Disney Animation Studios.  We discuss the studio’s Golden Ages, growing up during the second golden age, the recent resurgence over the past several years, comparisons to other animation studios, the loss of 2D animation, and much more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“State of the Oscar Race, November 2013”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore).

New Trailer for HERCULES: THE LEGEND BEGINS Starring Kellan Lutz [Updated with New Title and Poster for THE LEGEND OF HERCULES]

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Summit Entertainment has released a new theatrical trailer for Hercules: The Legend Begins (update: now retitled The Legend of Hercules).  The film stars Kellan Lutz as the titular demigod and aims to tell the origin story of Hercules, as we follow the character’s quest to claim his one true love, Hebe, who has been promised to his own brother.  This trailer is definitely an improvement over the film’s awful first trailer, as it sells a historical epic in the vein of Gladiator rather than a 300 ripoff.  It’s still rather telling that we only see Lutz speak two lines in the trailer and there’s another larger-budget take on Hercules starring Dwayne Johnson set for release next summer, but The Legend of Hercules is first out of the gate.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Scott AdkinsGaia WeissLiam McIntyreLiam GarriganJohnathon SchaechRoxanne McKee, and Rade Serbedzija.  The Legend of Hercules opens in 3D on January 10, 2014.

PADDINGTON Set for December 14, 2014 Release; HERCULES: THE LEGEND BEGINS Moved Up to January 10, 2014

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An adorable Christmas gift is being planned for next Christmas.  TWC-Dimension announced today that Paddington, based on the fancy coat-wearing orphan Paddington Bear character, will open in U.S. theaters on December 14, 2014.  The film was initially announced for an early 2015 U.S. release date following a Christmas U.K. bow, but the film will now square off directly against Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic Exodus on that December date according to DeadlineColin Firth and Nicole Kidman lead a cast that includes Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, and Hugh Bonneville also star.

Additionally, just days after announcing a February 2014 release, Summit has decided that January 10, 2014 is a better fit for the 3D Kellan Lutz-fronted sword-and-sandals origin story Hercules: The Legend Begins.  The film now opens directly opposite the nationwide expansions of Her and Lone Survivor and a week after Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.

Summit Sets HERCULES: THE LEGEND BEGINS for February 7, 2014 Release

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Summit Entertainment has acquired that other Hercules movie and slated it for release.  The non-Dwayne Johnson film is titled Hercules: The Legend Begins and stars Kellan Lutz as the titular demigod.  The film aims to tell the origin story of Hercules, as we follow the character’s quest to claim his one true love, Hebe, who has been promised to his own brother.  We saw a pretty awful first trailer last month, but Summit apparently took a liking to the pic and has set it for release in 2D and 3D on February 7, 2014.  The film will open opposite George Clooney’s WWII film The Monuments Men and the excellent-looking animated pic The LEGO Movie, so good luck.

Read the full press release after the jump.  The film also stars Scott Adkins, Gaia Weiss, Liam McIntyre, Liam Garrigan, Johnathon Schaech, Roxanne McKee, and Rade Serbedzija.

First Images of Dwayne Johnson in FAST & FURIOUS 7 and HERCULES

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Dwayne Johnson‘s movies seem to do well when he’s part of an ensemble (Fast & Furious movies, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and less well when it’s all on him (Snitch, Faster).  Either way, he’s still a charismatic presence, and we’ll see him in both kinds of films next year with James Wan‘s Fast & Furious 7 and Brett Ratner‘s Hercules.  Plot details on Fast 7 are being kept under wraps beyond the gang squaring off against a new villain played by Jason Statham.  As for Hercules, the movie is billed as “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist.”  Johnson has been tweeting out set photos from Hercules, but now he’s given us our first good look at him in the movie.  Also, as a sweetener, he’s tweeted out the first image of Hobbes in Fast 7.  Or maybe I have them mixed up and both films are going in wildly unexpected directions.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  Fast & Furious 7 opens July 11, 2014.  Hercules opens July 25, 2014.

First Look at HERCULES: THE LEGEND BEGINS Starring Kellan Lutz

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While on set of The Expendables 3 (which is a little teaser in and of itself), Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga) introduced this brief teaser trailer for director Renny Harlin’s Hercules: The Legend Begins.  Lutz stars as the title hero in an action/adventure flick which will feature gladiatorial style battles, although the plot remains under wraps.  Lutz will appear at New York Comic-Con this Saturday and will likely screen this teaser for the attendees.  Also starring Gaia Weiss, Liam McIntyre, Scott Adkins, Roxanne McKee and Luke NewberryHercules: The Legend Begins is due out next March.  Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer.

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