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Lena Headey is fast becoming the reigning queen of genre stories. She's played Queen Cersei in Game of Thrones and Queen Gorgo in 300 and its follow-up, 300: Rise of an Empire (out today). The latter isn't a sequel in traditional terms: It's not about what happens next; it's about what was happening at the same time that the original took place, only from a different location. This allows us to know before Gorgo does that her husband, King Leonadis, and his 300 Spartans failed to fend off the Persian army. Although Headey's two queens couldn't be more different, Cersei and Gorgo both know what it's like to wait for the love of your life to come home. Headey chatted with Vulture about training to fight, Cersei's sword-envy, and the crazy things grief might make you do.When we last talked, you mentioned your son Wylie joined you on set, and »
- Jennifer Vineyard
Following a matrimonial slaughter, Game of Thrones remerges for a 10 episode fourth season on HBO.
Encouraged by the Red Wedding slaughter in the Riverlands that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses, the Lannisters’ hold on the Iron Throne remains intact…but can they survive their own egos, as well as new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east? While an unbowed Stannis Baratheon continues to rebuild his army in Dragonstone, a more immediate danger comes from the south, as Oberyn Martell, the Lannister-loathing “Red Viper of Dorne,” arrives at King’s Landing to attend Joffrey’s wedding to Margaery Tyrell, and perhaps act on an ulterior agenda. In the north, a depleted Night’s Watch seems overmatched against the inexorable Wall advances of Mance Rayder’s army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe: the undead White Walkers. As if that weren’t enough, »
The new film 300: Rise of an Empire is a follow-up, of sorts, to 300 (2006). Zack Snyder is still the lead writer on this new incarnation but the director of the new film is Noam Murro. Murro’s only prior feature directing experience was a film called Smart People (2008) and it is a good guess you didn’t see it as it grossed less than $10M domestic. It is interesting that the new film bookends its predecessor. The timeline of 300: Rise of an Empire starts prior to 300 and ends after it. You don’t see that very often. The people making this movie clearly expect the audience to grasp that complexity with little difficulty and in the current spoon-fed culture that Hollywood is known for that is a bit impressive. The creators here boldly launch into a visceral tale that parallels not only the initial film’s violence and visual »
- Steven Gahm
By now, everyone knows Lena Headey for her two onscreen personas: Queen Gorgo of the 300 franchise and Cersei Lannister of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Both are tough female characters that has Headey swinging swords, lashing tongues, and tempting men but ultimately one is the badder bitch.
On one hand you have Cersei Lannister. Headey’s character on HBO’s Game of Thrones is the former queen of King’s Landing. She’s ruthless, ill-tempered, full of pride and lives on a diet of wine and bitter contempt for those less fortunate than her. Then there’s Gorgo from 300. The queen of Sparta, now a widow, is a fierce leader with little regard for the city-states in Greece. Her main focus is maintaining the spirit of her former king and husband, Xerxes.
Ahead of the premiere of 300: Rise of an Empire, we ask Headey to pick who is tougher, »
- Stacy Lambe
"300: Rise Of An Empire" isn't just a battle of Greeks: it's a battle of the sexes. That is, at least, according to Eva Green and Lena Headey, the two female stars of the blockbuster sequel. "The biggest challenge was to be believable as a woman commander," said Green, who plays the maniacal Artemisia in the sequel. "How are these men going to obey a woman like me? In real life, I'm like a little ...
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“300: Rise of an Empire” has launched impressively with $3.3 million in late-night showings Thursday in the U.S.
The sword-and-sandals sequel, from Warner Bros.-Legendary Entertainment, is expected to win the domestic weekend box office battle with tracking in the $40 million to $43 million range.
The opening of Fox-DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” has been forecast to finish the weekend with a solid $30 million.
“300: Rise of an Empire” is arriving seven years after the original “300,” starring Gerard Butler, became a surprise hit with $456 million worldwide. The sequel stars Aussie actor Sullivan Stapleton (TV’s “Strike Back”), Eva Green and Lena Headey.
Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel “Xerxes” and directed by Noam Murro in the same style as “300,” the new film centers on Greek general Themistocles (Stapleton) and his attempts to unite all of Greece against the Persian invaders with much of the battling at sea.
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- Dave McNary
Chicago – The rewriting of history in comic book movie form – not that’s anything wrong with that – continues with “300: Rise of an Empire.” Ancient wars are brought to life through a combination of mythology, six-pack abs, 3D blood spurts and comprehensive special effects, which can be better than history.
Nothing is unexpected in “300: Rise of an Empire” that wasn’t expressed in the previous “300” film. The sequel is a series of war proclamations and battle, only to regroup for more speeches and then more conflict. Most of it happens on the sea, which allows for some exaggerated computer generated ships and their minions – at one point a horse rides among the rolling vessels. But all the blood, bodies and baring breasts are intact, richly presented in action packed 3D. For fans of the previous film, there is everything expected in the sequel, with no subtlety or explanations necessary. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
300 was the film that put Scottish actor Gerard Butler on the map. Directed by Zack Synder, the film was based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel and followed 300 Spartans as they went to war. Brutal, bloody and beautifully stylistic in appearance, the film was overflowing with testosterone, with only Lena Headey adding any femininity.
This week sees sequel 300: Rise Of An Empire burst onto our cinema screens, this time with a touch more feminine grace. We have the introduction of Eva Green as Artemisia, the vengeful commander of the Persian army, alongside a returning Headey who reprises her role as Queen Gorgo who is also seeking revenge.
The trailers and posters point to the fact that these two powerful armies are going to be headed by these intimidating women. This got us thinking back to the other strong-willed, battle-hardened women of television and film – what follows is our Top Ten of the best. »
- Kat Smith
Warner Bros. Pictures' 300: Rise of an Empire is now playing in theaters worldwide and we've created this spot for you to tell us and your fellow moviegoers what you thought about the Noam Murro-directed film, starring Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Igal Naor, Callan Mulvey, Jack O'Connell and Andrew Tiernan. You can use the comments below to write your mini-review of the film! You can also check out our review here . »
In 2006 audiences were thrilled with the unexpected mega hit 300. Now eight years later the world of Sparta marches back onto the silver screen with the highly anticipated follow up: 300 Rise of an Empire.
Telling a new story that runs in parallel with the original film, ‘Rise’ introduces the Athenian General Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) during his naval confrontation with Xerxes’ commander Artemisia (Eva Green). Adding new characters and new setting to the 300 universe this exciting entry into the franchise also brings back returning players Lena Headey as The Spartan Queen Gorgo, Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes and David Wenham as Dilios. HeyUGuys recently caught up with Director Noam Murro and screenwriter Kurt Johnstad to discuss the challenges and hard work that went into making the epic sequel.
Check out our exclusive interview below!
- David Sztypuljak
Ever since breaking out in the states in "300," Lena Headey has been lighting up the small and silver screen playing strong, iconic women.
Over 20 years ago, Headey's film career was jump-started by a chance encounter at the Royal National Theatre in high school. Today, the actress plays character-you-love-to-hate Cersei Lannister in the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones," but, this Friday, the actress will return to theaters as the popular warrior queen for another go-round in "300: Rise of an Empire."
From hilarious fan encounters to her love of horror films, here are 15 things you probably don't know about Lena Headey.
1. Headey was born in Bermuda, where her father -- a Yorkshire police cadet -- was stationed. She grew up on the island country before her family moved back to Huddersfield, Yorkshire, when she was five.
- Jonny Black
Film: "300: Rise of an Empire"; Cast: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O'Connell, Andrew Tiernan, Igal Naor and Andrew Pleavin; Director: Noam Murro; Rating: **1/2
Wonder how many viewers would be interested in another version of the oft repeated history of ancient Greece? It's the story of how the Persian King Xerxes, with over 1,000 ships in his fleet, could have easily conquered the divided Greeks in Circa 480 BC.
Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel "Xerxes", the film takes off on a very verbose expository note by the Spartan Queen Gorgo. Her explanations weave in the loose ends as well as the backstory of the characters, giving an insight into the history. »
- Shiva Prakash
Are you ready for more intense stylized action and gobs of blood flying at the camera? 300: Rise of an Empire arrives minus 300 ab-tastic star Gerard Butler but with Lena Headey back as Queen Gorgo and with the addition of Eva Green as the lead villain. Yes, Rodrigo Santoro's back as Xerxes, but trust me, Eva Green's Artemisia is far more intimidating and scary. Also opening this weekend is the feature film adaptation of a classic cartoon series. Mr. Peabody and Sherman is the story of a genius dog (voiced by Modern Family's Ty Burrell) and his best two-legged friend (voiced by Max Charles) and the troubles they get into with their time machine.
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On the day I was scheduled to talk to both Lena Headey and Eva Green about their work in "300: Rise Of An Empire," there was also a morning screening of "Mr. Peabody & Sherman." Both of my sons were eager to see that, and that meant they would need to come to the interviews with me as well. As a result, they got a chance to meet Green, and by the time we walked out of that room, both of them had grown full beards and their voices had dropped an octave. Green gives off a powerful feminine vibe in person, and seems well aware of the effect she has on people. It's interesting how similar the roles are that she played in "Dark Shadows" and in "300," right down to a scene that happens in both films. It wouldn't surprise me if she got cast in "300" specifically because of "Dark Shadows. »
- Drew McWeeny
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 »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Lots of Blood, Lots of muscle, and Lots of Eva Green.
It's been 8 years since director Zack Snyder wowed audiences with his break-through, ultra-violent action flick 300. Now, Warner Bros. adds a new chapter to the highly stylized, R-rated world with 300: Rise of an Empire.
Snyder doesn't return as director for this one, but acts as writer and producer. 300: Rise of an Empire still has the feel of a Snyder film. Although Gerard Butler's character of King Leonidas was killed off at the end of 300, there are several returning characters that seamlessly bridge this chapter to the 2006 film. Lena Headey returns as King Leonidas' widow, seeking revenge for her husband's violent death. Actor Rodrigo Santoro reprises his role as the all-powerful God King Xerxes who is determined to conquer the world, wiping out all that stand in his way.
The movie spans the time before, during, and after »
- Kristian Odland
Warner Bros.-Legendary Pictures’ swords-and-sandals epic “300: Rise of an Empire,” tracking in the low-$40 millions, and Fox-DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” which should gross somewhere in the $30 millions, will keep the overall box office healthy, though likely not muscular enough to compete with this time last year, when “Oz the Great and Powerful” scored a robust $79 million opening.
By mid-afternoon Thursday, “300″ continued to hold onto a notable edge over “Peabody,” based on the 1960s TV kids series. Though “Peabody” should appeal to tots, it’s not clear how many non-parents the toon will attract since the demographic that most recalls the series is mostly over 40.
Fox Searchlight gives Wes Anderson his first springtime release in many years with “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” since the director’s feature debut “Bottle Rocket” bowed around this time nearly two decades ago.
“Budapest Hotel,” which just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival garnering solid reviews, »
- Andrew Stewart
This kind-of parallelquel to Zack Snyder's Thermopylae outing is both bloody and dull, even if camply entertaining
Hollywood publicist Bumble Ward was once interviewed about her desire for action king Michael Bay to show his softer side: what she called the "gay Bay". The 300 movies are the nearest thing to the "gay Bay" genre. This is a sort of parallelquel to Zack Snyder's original 300, which was about the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC: this shows what happens around the same time when the Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) is battling the Persian naval forces, commanded by the super-sexy Artemisia. She is played with a good deal of frowning, pouting and strutting by Eva Green, a performer who is becoming so eccentric she may be the Sarah Miles of her generation. Snyder co-writes with Kurt Johnstad; Noam Murro directs and again it is based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Can it really be seven years? Yes indeed, it’s almost seven years to the day that Zack Snyder’s big screen adaptation of Frank Miller’s historical graphic novel 300 exploded at theatres with a roar to rival a platoon twice the size. It utilized modern movie tech wizardry to re-energize the sword and sandal epic. This was not your father’s Spartacus. Fighters leaped and fought with tremendous ferocity (and lots of gore) against stylized backdrops which brought Miller’s bigger-than-life heroes and villains to cinematic life. And it made Gerard Butler a big-time movie star (soon to be mired in rom-com Hell). Just this year we’ve gotten some lesser works, no doubt inspired by 300′s box office power, such as The Legend Of Hercules and Pompeii (along with a new cable TV spin on the aforementioned Spartacus). You might’ve thought it was a shame that there »
- Jim Batts
Back in 2005, Robert Rodriguez gave us the affected world of Sin City, Frank Miller's graphic novel brought to cinematic life, and very much in the style of its source material. Two years later Zack Snyder did something similar to even greater acclaim, delivering Miller's ultra-violent, ultra-sytlized, super-slo-mo 300, creating something of a visual stamp for the director he would then mimic in his next graphic novel effort, Watchmen. Seven years removed from 300's release, these films -- 300 more than Sin City -- look more like feature length trailers than feature length films, but even 300 had more of a narrative than 300: Rise of an Empire, though Rise of an Empire certainly talks a big game. Replacing 300's narration by David Wenham's character with that of Lena Heady as Queen Gorgo, who lives on after the death of her husband (Gerard Butler) and his men who died fighting the Persians in the first movie, »
- Brad Brevet
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