HERCULES Images: Dwayne Johnson Battles a Lion, a Giant Boar, and Puny Humans

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Paramount Pictures has released a collection of high-resolution Hercules images from director Brett Ratner’s upcoming sword-and-sandals actioner.  The film is a revisionist take on the classic myth and takes place after Hercules’ famous twelve labors, as we find 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 takes on the lead role this time around, and as gleaned by these new images, he looks to have his hands full with plenty of foes—both human and non-human.  Also clear from these new images: the man can wear the hell out of a lion hat.

Hit the jump to check out the new Hercules images.  The film also stars John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph FiennesPeter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina Shayk.  Hercules opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 25th.

Extended HERCULES TV Spot: Dwayne Johnson Battles a Hydra

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Paramount Pictures has released a new, extended Hercules TV spot for director Brett Ratner’s upcoming actioner.  The “revisionist take” on the classic myth takes place after Hercules’ famous twelve labors, as we find 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 new footage sells the film’s action angle quite hard, while also revealing that Johnson won’t be denied a few entertaining quips here and there.  I’m a big fan of Johnson, but I’m finding it hard to get excited about Hercules.  The phrases “Inspired” and “Directed by Brett Ratner” don’t exactly go together, but I was hoping for at least some sense of something new or interesting here.  Johnson’s charisma goes a long way, though, so hopefully his presence makes the pic worthwhile.

Hit the jump to watch the new Hercules TV spot.  The film also stars John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph FiennesPeter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina ShaykHercules opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 25th.

Emma Thompson & Ray Winstone Lead THE LEGEND OF BARNEY THOMPSON; Gabourey Sidibe & Ian McShane Join GRIMSBY; Adam DeVine Joins THE INTERN

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Here’s a look at today’s latest casting news:

  • Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone will topline Robert Carlyle’s feature directorial debut, The Legend of Barney Thompson.
  • Gabourey SidibeIan McShaneDavid Harewood, and Johnny Vegas join Sacha Baron Cohen in Louis Leterrier’s spy spoof, Grimsby.
  • Adam DeVine joins Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro in Nancy Meyers’ comedy, The Intern.

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New HERCULES Trailer: Dwayne Johnson Is the Demigod of War

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Paramount has released a new Hercules trailer and poster.  Director Brett Ratner‘s “revisionist take on the classic myth” 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.”  As this new trailer shows, there’s a bit of God of War in the mix as the violent hero’s innocent family is killed by the gods, so the hero goes to take violent revenge.  And while I’m sure Hercules will be far less of a dick than God of War‘s Kratos, there will still be plenty of battles against Greek mythological monsters.

Hit the jump to check out the Hercules trailer and poster.  The film opens in 3D on July 25th and stars Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph FiennesPeter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina Shayk.

First Look at Tom Hanks in A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING; Plus Debut Images from THE KEEPING ROOM and THE MAN ON CARRION ROAD

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As the Cannes Film Festival heats up, debut images from a number of films are starting to surface.  We now have our first looks at the following films:

  • A Hologram for the KingTom Hanks stars in Cloud Atlas co-director Tom Tykwer’s comedic drama adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel, which finds a down-on-his-luck American salesman venturing to Saudi Arabia in a last-ditch effort for success.
  • The Keeping Room – A Civil War drama from director Daniel Barber that revolves around three Southern women who must defend their home and family from an onslaught of soldiers that have broken off from the Union Army.  Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice), Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru, and Sam Worthington star.
  • The Man on Carrion Road – Director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s (Open Grave) drama tells the story of a retired sheriff (Ian McShane) and his replacement (Patrick Wilson) who investigate a botched cartel deal.

Hit the jump to check out the debut images from the aforementioned films.

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.

New Trailer for CUBAN FURY Starring Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd, and Rashida Jones

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A new U.S. trailer for director James Griffiths‘ salsa dancing comedy Cuban Fury has been released online.  The film stars Nick Frost as a former salsa-dancing prodigy who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones).  He runs across formidable competition by way of his co-worker, played by Chris O’Dowd.  The chemistry between Frost and O’Dowd continues to look great, and Frost appears more than comfortable carrying the comedic lead role.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Ian McShane and Olivia ColemanCuban Fury will be released April 11.

Salma Hayek to Star in THE SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ; Ian McShane Joins THE MAN ON CARRION ROAD; Gregg Allman Biopic MIDNIGHT RIDER Adds Cast

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Here’s more of today’s casting news:

  • Salma Hayek and Shoreh Aghdashloo (X-Men: The Last Stand) are set to star in The Septembers of Shiraz, an adaptation of the novel by Dalia Sofer.
  • Ian McShane will join Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s The Man on Carrion Road, starring Patrick Wilson.
  • Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford and Joel David Moore have signed on for the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider.

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New Trailer for CUBAN FURY Featuring Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, and Chris O’Dowd

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A new trailer for the upcoming comedy Cuban Fury has landed online.  Based on an original idea by Nick Frost, the story revolves around a former salsa-dancing prodigy (Frost) who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones).  This trailer focuses more on the chemistry between Frost and his bitter rival Chris O’Dowd, and it’s pretty great.  The two make a formidable comedic duo, and it’s quite fun seeing Frost lead a film all his own.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Ian McShane and opens in the UK on Valentine’s Day.  It’s currently awaiting a U.S. release date.

First Trailer for CUBAN FURY Starring Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, and Chris O’Dowd

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The first trailer for director James Griffiths’ upcoming comedy Cuban Fury has been released online.  Based on an original idea by Nick Frost, the story revolves around a former salsa-dancing prodigy (Frost) who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones).  The pic looks to be an excellent showcase of Frost’s talents in a leading role, and the highlight of this trailer is definitely the chemistry between Frost and Chris O’Dowd, who plays his office nemesis.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Ian McShane and Olivia ColmanCuban Fury opens in the UK on Valentine’s Day and is still awaiting a US release date.

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER Blu-ray Review

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Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer was doomed to failure.  The film was delayed from summer of 2012 until March of 2013, and the advertising could never find the right tone to sell the film.  And so its eventual release was met with yawns.  But it’s actually a moderately entertaining little adventure film.  Nicholas Hoult stars as the titular Jack, who comes across some magic beans that change his life.  The film also stars Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy, Eleanor Tomlinson, and Ian McShane, and my review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Filming Begins on Brett Ratner’s HERCULES Starring Dwayne Johnson; Revisionist Take Does Away with the Supernatural Aspect of the Character

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MGM and Paramount Pictures have announced that principal photography is currently underway on director Brett Ratner’s ensemble-action film Hercules.  The film stars Dwayne Johnson as the titular demigod and is based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, but the official logline describes the pic as “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist.”  Making a Herclues movie without any semblance of the supernatural is a bit odd, but the story of Ratner’s film finds the titular character traveling ancient Greece with five faithful companions sometime after “the legend” that we’re familiar with.

Hit the jump to read the full official synopsis for the film.  Written by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos, the pic also stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Askel Hennie, and Reece RitchieHercules opens on July 25, 2014.

Ian McShane, John Hurt, and Joseph Fiennes Join Brett Ratner’s HERCULES [Updated]

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The cast is filling out for director Brett Ratner’s new take on HerculesDwayne Johnson is set to star as the titular hero, and MGM announced today (per The Wrap) that Ian McShane, John Hurt, Joseph Fiennes, and Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen) will be rounding out the cast.  This film takes a grounded approach to the story, as Johnson’s titular character is portrayed as a mortal with a fearsome reputation rather than as the demigod son of Zeus.  In addition to the aforementioned actors, we learned yesterday that Rufus Sewell (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) is joining the cast as well, and Askel Hennie (Headhunters) signed on last month to play a warrior devoted to Hercules.  Production on Hercules is slated to begin this November, with a July 25, 2014 release date planned. [Update: Hit the jump to see who the new additions will be playing.]

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER Review

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There are two ways to read a bedtime story to a child.  The first is to be animated, and to draw the child into the world.  You move around, you do the voices of the characters, you pause for dramatic affect, and you help the child craft a dream.  The other way is to lethargically read the words on the page, and hope the damn kid goes to bed already.  Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Slayer plays like bored parent who begrudgingly recites the same familiar tale.  Most of the cast seems to have no idea what to do with their one-dimensional characters, and they’re stuck in a bland world that offers few challenges.  Furthermore, the film looks astoundingly cheap from the CGI effects right down to the costumes.  There’s no imagination to Jack the Giant Slayer, and it fails to make a case for why it even needs to exist.

Over 50 New High-Resolution Images from Bryan Singer’s JACK THE GIANT SLAYER

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Warner Bros. has released a slew of high-resolution images from director Bryan Singer’s upcoming fantasy adventure epic Jack the Giant Slayer.  The images highlight the film’s massive scale and large amount of visual effects, as well as the impressive ensemble cast which includes Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, and Bill Nighy.  There’s a lot to sift through, but they definitely give us a good idea of what to expect from the full film.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  If you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage, be sure to check out 15 things to know plus a video blog recap, and his interviews with SingerNicholas HoultEwan McGregor, and Eleanor TomlinsonJack the Giant Slayer opens in 3D on March 1st.

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