HBO Orders WESTWORLD to Series for 2015 Debut; Watch the First Brief Teaser

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Jonathan Nolan officially has another show on the air.  HBO announced today (via Twitter, obviously) that is has ordered to series Nolan’s adaptation of writer/director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film Westworld, which revolved around a malfunctioning Wild West robot at a futuristic adult amusement park.  The official, cryptic logline for this HBO series is as follows:

Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.

Nolan, of course, is the brother of Christopher Nolan and has co-written the screenplays for films like The Dark Knight and Interstellar, but he also acts as the creator/executive producer of the CBS series Person of Interest and is developing another potential HBO show in the form of an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi series Foundation.  Hit the jump for more on the Westworld TV show and to watch the first brief teaser trailer for the series, which is poised to debut in 2015.

FOCUS Trailer: Will Smith and Margot Robbie Are Con Artists

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Warner Bros. has released the first Focus trailer for Crazy, Stupid, Love. directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s upcoming “comedy-caper-love story”.  The film revolves around a seasoned con man named Nicky (Will Smith) who becomes romantically involved with Jess, a novice con artist (Margot Robbie), only to subsequently break things off when she gets too close for comfort.  Three years later, Jess—now an accomplished femme fatale—pops back into Nicky’s life, throwing his latest scheme into jeopardy.  I’m not exactly sure what to make of the film from this trailer.  It’s much more dramatic than I was expecting from its description as a comedy caper, and there seems to be a heavy amount of weight to the proceedings.  It’s too early to tell if the chemistry between Smith and Robbie is solid, but I imagine the quality of the film hinges on that fact alone.

Watch the first Focus trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro and Gerald McRaneyFocus opens in theaters on February 27, 2015.

Ed Harris Set as WESTWORLD Villain; James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright, and More Join HBO Pilot

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The HBO pilot Westworld is coming together quite nicely.  Person of Interest creator and The Dark Knight screenwriter Jonathan Nolan is spearheading the adaptation of writer/director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film of the same name, which revolved around a malfunctioning Wild West robot at a futuristic adult amusement park.  Anthony Hopkins is already set to lead the potential series as the creator of the park with Evan Rachel Wood co-starring as a “sassy farm girl”, and now THR reports that Ed Harris has signed on to play the show’s primary antagonist, The Man in Black.  The character is described as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.”  Hit the jump for more on the latest Bad Robot series, including further casting.

First Trailers for the Anthology Film RIO, I LOVE YOU Directed by Fernando Meirelles, Paolo Sorrentino, Jose Padilha, and More

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The first Rio, I Love You trailers have gone online.  The movie is the latest in the “Cities of Love” series, which includes Paris, je tamie and New York, I Love You.  This latest anthology includes short segments from directors Fernando Meirelles (City of God), Carlos Saldanha (Rio), Im Sang-soo (The Housemaid), Stephan Elliott (Easy Virtue), Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), Guillermo Arriaga (Babel), Andrucha Waddington (Party Crashers), Nadine Labaki (Where Do We Go Now?), José Padilha (Elite Squad), and John Turturro (Fading Gigolo).  Vincent Cassel, Rodrigo Santoro, Jason Isaacs, Ryan Kwanten, Emily Mortimer, Harvey Keitel, and more appear in the segments.

Hit the jump to check out the Rio, I Love You trailer.  The movie opens in Brazil on September 11th, and while it doesn’t have a U.S. release date, I’m sure it will open here eventually.  I also wouldn’t be surprised to see it pop up during the fall festivals.

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. 

Rhys Ifans in Talks for ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2; Katie Holmes Joins WOMAN IN GOLD; Rodrigo Santoro to Lead DOMINION; INSURGENT Adds Two

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We’ve got a number of casting announcements to attend to this evening.  Briefly:

  • Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) will join Johnny Depp in the Alice in Wonderland sequel Through the Looking Glass.
  • Katie Holmes has signed on to star opposite Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren in the Holocaust drama The Woman in Gold.
  • Rodrigo Santoro (300) has joined Dominion, a film about the last day of poet Dylan Thomas’ life.
  • The currently-filming Divergent sequel Insurgent has added Jonny Weston (Chasing Mavericks) and Suki Waterhouse (Pusher).
  • The Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal has Emily Blunt in the cast of Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve‘s upcoming film Sicario.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.


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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.

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.

Over 40 New Images from 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Starring Eva Green, Sullivan Stapleton, Lena Headey, and Rodrigo Santoro

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Warner Bros. has released a slew of new high-resolution images from director Noam Murro’s upcoming stylish actioner 300: Rise of an Empire.  The story takes place before, during, and after the events of director Zack Snyder‘s 2006 film 300, centering on the naval battles between Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and Artemisia (Eva Green) and the latter’s control over Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro).  These new images give us a look at the expanded 300 universe, from Xerxes’ origin to the intense naval battles between Artemisia’s army and Themistokles’ crew.  We also get a brief look behind-the-scenes by way of a few official set photos, confirming that there is indeed a lot of blue screen involved in bringing Rise of an Empire to life.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars 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.

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 Trailer for 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Starring Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for director Noam Murro’s action sequel 300: Rise of an Empire.  The story takes place before, during, and after the events of 300, centering on the naval battles between Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and Artemisia (Eva Green) and the latter’s control over Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro).  This trailer shows more of what we’ve seen from the previous trailers, highlighting the slow-motion action and rousing speeches.  I was pleasantly surprised by the extended footage that Warner Bros. showed off at Comic-Con this summer, so hopefully Murro delivers a film that does the legendary Battle of Artemisum justice.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  300: Rise of an Empire also stars Lena Headey and opens in 3D on March 7, 2014.

PELÉ Biopic Adds Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta, Colm Meaney and Seu Jorge at Start of Principal Photography

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Principal photography on Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s biopic Pelé started earlier this week, and an extensive cast list has been revealed.  Vincent D’Onofrio (Men in Black) and Rodrigo Santoro (300) are in final negotiations to join the picture.  D’Onofrio would star as the Brazilian team’s World Cup coach, Vicente Feola.  Other additions include Colm Meaney (Hell on Wheels), who would play George Raynor, the Swedish World Cup coach.  Newcomer Kevin de Paula will play Pelé from age 13-17.  Hit the jump for more.

Rodrigo Santoro Finds FOCUS with Will Smith; Bobby Cannavale Joins ANNIE; Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk and Ian Roberts Join KITCHEN SINK

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each film.

Comic-Con: Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, Sullivan Stapleton and Director Noam Murro Talk 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

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While at Comic-Con this weekend for a presentation in Hall H, co-stars Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, Sullivan Stapleton and director Noam Murro spoke to the press about 300:  Rise of an Empire, their exciting action adventure based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel, Xerxes.  Told in the breathtaking visual style of 300, this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield — on the sea — as Greek general Themistokles (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 (Santoro), and Artemisia (Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

During the interview, they talked about how the distinct visual style of the first film informed the second one, how technology allowed them to create a world stylistically that wasn’t possible six years ago, the complexity of shooting a naval movie that happens in the water using green screen and creating epic sequences in post, how the cast felt about returning to characters they’d played before, having a strong female role that’s unapologetic, the awesome trailer that blew up all over the internet, Zack Snyder’s involvement, the musical choices that carried over from the first film, and more.  Check out the interview after the jump.

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