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.

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.

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.

Zack Snyder, Eva Green, and More Discuss 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE in New Featurette

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Warner Bros. has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for director Noam Murro’s actioner 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).  It’s been said before that Rise of an Empire isn’t necessarily a sequel to 300, and indeed writer/producer Zack Snyder says in this featurette that it’s really more of a companion film to the 2007 actioner.  Unfortunately this featurette doesn’t contain any footage of how Murro put this film together on set, but it does interlace a fair amount of new finished footage amongst the interviews with the cast and crew.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  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.

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.

Saoirse Ronan Confirms She Read for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII; Sullivan Stapleton Rumored to Have Read for Role

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A couple weeks ago, it was rumored that Saoirse Ronan had gone in to read for a role in J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII.  It was supposedly for one of the main characters and possibly the leading role.  In a recent interview with Sky News, Ronan confirmed that she had indeed read for the role, but added “so has everyone.”  And that’s the beauty of taking names, having meetings, and making lists.  So many actors are going in and out to read for these roles, and then plenty of expectations are attached to them just by virtue of their name being mentioned at one point in the process.  I’m a fan of Ronan’s past work, so I’d like her to bring her talent to a blockbuster film.  I say this without knowing the character, the details of the plot, or how the two will fit together.  But I like Ronan, so I’ll root for Ronan.

If you like actor Sullivan Stapleton, then hit the jump because he’s the latest actor to join the Star Wars rumor game.

Kelsey Grammer Enlists for THE EXPENDABLES 3; Teresa Palmer and Luke Hemsworth Join Simon Pegg in KILL ME THREE TIMES

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Filming is already underway in Bulgaria on the action sequel The Expendables 3, but there’s still one more actor to add to the cast.  Deadline reports that Kelsey Grammer is signing on to the pic to play Bonaparte, an ex-mercenary who aids the titular aging heroes in their mission.  This is the part that was initially earmarked for Nicolas Cage, but now Grammer will be handling the role.  This is the second franchise film in a row for the Frasier actor, as he recently wrapped Michael Bay’s upcoming Transformers 4.

The Expendables 3 cast now includes Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, and Wesley Snipes.  Directed by Patrick Hughes, The Expendables 3 is slated to open in theaters on August 15, 2014.  Hit the jump for casting news regarding the “Simon Pegg assassin” movie Kill Me Three Times.

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.

Comic-Con: 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Panel Recap; Cast and Crew Show off Impressive Naval Battles and Discuss Connection to 300

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The wait for a sequel to director Zack Snyder’s 300 has been lengthy, but the follow-up 300: Rise of an Empire finally hits theaters next year.  Director Noam Murro takes the helm this time around, as the pic takes place both before and during the events of 300, centering on the naval battles between Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and Artemisia (Eva Green).  During the film’s Hall H panel at Comic-Con today, Murro took the stage with Stapleton, Green, and Rodrigo Santoro (Xerxes) to show off some footage from the pic that actually turned out to be quite promising, not to mention intense.  The panelists also talked about the flashback elements of the film and revealing Xerxes’ backstory, Artemisia’s drive for vengeance, shooting the naval battles, differentiating the film from 300, and more.

Hit the jump for my full recap of the Comic-Con panel for 300: Rise of an Empire.

First Trailer for 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

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The first trailer for director Noam Murro’s sequel 300: Rise of an Empire has been released online.  If you loved the first movie for all of its oiled-up muscles, slow-motion battles and endless bloodletting, then it looks like the sequel is going to be right up your alley.  The trailer, expertly narrated by Lena Headey during what appears to be the aftermath of 300′ultimate battle, reveals that the look and tone of Rise of an Empire appear to be quite consistent with the original.  This time around, however, we get new looks at Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) on his home turf, General Artemisia (Eva Green) in all her fury and leagues upon leagues of sea battles.  And if I’m not mistaken, is that some dialogue from Ephialtes (Andrew Tiernan) we hear?

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Starring Sullivan Stapleton300: Rise of an Empire opens on March 7, 2014.

New Poster for 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

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We’ve got a new poster for director Noam Murro’s 300 sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire which features star Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) in military dress in front of a bloody wave.  That about says it all.  Co-written by Zack Snyder, 300: Rise of an Empire features a sea battle between the Greeks and the invading Persians, with Greek general Themistocles (Stapleton) leading his soldiers against the vast army of the self-proclaimed god, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his own general, Artemisia (Eva Green).

Also starring Lena Headey and David Wenham, 300: Rise of an Empire opens March 7, 2014.  Hit the jump to view the new poster and be sure to check back here tomorrow for the sequel’s new trailer.

First Images and Plot Details for 300 Sequel, 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Starring Sullivan Stapleton

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The first images from director Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire are now available. We get a close-up of Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) who stars as Themistocles, a Greek general who battles against the invading Persian army.  The sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300 takes place at roughly the same time but will visit a variety of different locations (including the sea) and showcase appropriate tactics as the outnumbered Greeks attempt to defend their homeland.

Also starring Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green and Lena Headey, 300: Rise of an Empire opens August 2nd.  Hit the jump to check out the pictures and quotes.

First Logo for 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

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The official Facebook page of the comic book sequel 300: Rise of an Empire was updated with a new image showcasing the film’s title in typical Spartan fashion.  The title image shares many similarities with its predecessor, the Gerald Butler blockbuster 300, but fails to offer any new information aside from indicating that they intend to stick to this title (the follow-up was previously called 300: Battle of Artemisia).  300: Rise of an Empire is set to hit theaters August 2nd 2013 and stars Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton, and is loosely based on the comic ”Xeres” by Frank Miller.  Hit the jump for the full res image and for more information on the spin-off/sequel.

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