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The Purge: Anarchy looks set to draw decent box office this weekend in the UK, as social networks were buzzing with chat of the horror sequel.
Nearly 4,000 comments were made across social networks from July 17-23 about the film, with more than 1,500 of those expressing intent to view.
Dwayne Johnson’s turn as Hercules could not quite match that performance with more than 3,000 comments, with around just 10% of those expressing intent to view.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continued to rule all with well over 13,000 comments, of which a healthy 4,000+ expressed intent to view.
Ahead of its release next week, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is starting to generate buzz with nearly 6,800 comments across the period.
Click here for a full explanation of Way to Blue’s charts. »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
“Lucy” roared to $2.7 million at the Thursday box office, with “Hercules” just behind, muscling its way to $2.1 million.
The two films are targeting similar action-loving ticket-buyers, which means competition will be fierce. For now, give the edge to Universal Pictures’ “Lucy,” which stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman injected with drugs that turn her into a superhuman. You know, standard trip. Universal acquired the film for around $40 million and the picture should make north of $30 million this weekend.
“Hercules,” arrives via a partnership between Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and was directed by Brett Ratner. Dwayne Johnson stars as the son of Zeus and he’s the big draw given that not every ticket-buyer was weaned on tales of Mount Olympus (witness the »
- Brent Lang
Paramount Pictures has released a new featurette "Bringing The Legend To Life: An Exclusive Hercules IMAX Featurette" for the film. Based on Radical Comics' Hercules by Steve Moore, the film is a new take on the classic myth. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and John Hurt. The IMAX 3D release of Hercules will only be in theaters for one week, beginning today (July 25th). Tickets are on sale now! For mor information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.imax.com/movies/m/hercules-an-imax-3d-experience/tickets/#1 »
I was shocked to see the $33 million tracking number for Lucy. An R-rated movie from Luc Besson starring Scarlett Johanssonc I mean, I had fun with it, but what about that suggests such a high turn outc Is it carryover from Johansson's role in The Avengersc Either way, it's on its way to hitting that number after $2.5 million from Thursday night showings and that's a number without any kind of 3D ticket inflation. Speaking of... Dwayne Johnson's Hercules is going to largely fizzle and fade domestically, kicking off its 3D and IMAX 3D ticket gouging with only $2 million last night, on its way to a $20+ million weekend, pretty much lining up with the predictions below. Otherwise, no one is talking about And So It Goes and no one will after this weekend. I've included Laremy's predictions and the average reader predictions directly below and I'll be back on Sunday with box office estimates. »
- Brad Brevet
This weekend marks Hercules’ return to the big screen. A staple in the hero canon, the half man, and half god has slayed lions, bedded mortal women, and even hung out with the Three Stooges. Over the past seven decades, the hero has transformed from an Italian Stallion of the 1950s to the Blockbuster Beefcake we see today thanks to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kellan Lutz taking on the title role. With the former’s film (Hercules directed by Brett Ratner) opening this weekend, we thought it was a good time to look at the evolution of Hercules on the big screen.
’50s: The Italian Stallion
A star of the “sword and scandal” genre, Hercules became a regular fixture in Italian cinema during the 1950s. These historical epics were seen as the country’s answer to successful big-budget Hollywood films, such as Spartacus and The Ten Commandments.
Subsequently, the »
- Stacy Lambe
In Hercules, the eponymous super-strong warrior (Dwayne Johnson) has become a legend for (supposedly) being the son of Zeus and having performed his twelve labors, though he and his loyal band of fellow mercenaries now spend their days working to earn gold – and not much else. Herc and his buddies are then approached by Ergenia (Rebecca Ferguson), the daughter of Cotys, King of Thrace (John Hurt), who offers a substantial payment, in return for Hercules and the others to train the King’s army to do battle with a dangerous – and possibly supernatural – warlord named Rhesus (Tobias Santelmann).
However, even as he transforms the Thracian peasants into the deadliest of fighters imaginable, Hercules finds that he cannot escape a tragedy from his past that has come to define him – nor ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Originality in any form is not something you're going to find in Brett Ratner's Hercules. Take any PG-13 sword and sandal film you've seen lately -- glossy and gritty, drenched in black blood -- and add touches of Gladiator and Braveheart and you have this supposed "new" tale of the son of Zeus, or, as the film tells us... like... the real Zeus. You know, the Greek God and stuffc You know the one... rightc Yeah, we get it! The easiest comparison is to say Ratner has "updated" Hercules in the same way Marcus Nispel updated Conan, though this film does seem better than that one if only because it's shorter. The Nispel comparison seems apt, though, if you consider the visual palette Ratner is working with and the overall blunt force numbness of the plot. Adapted from Radical Studios' graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars", Hercules finds our »
- Brad Brevet
Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) and his band of mercenaries have been summoned by Cotys, the King of Thrace (John Hurt), as he’s in a bad way and under threat from a head-chopping despot named Rhesus (Tobias Santelmann). Yet Thrace has no army, and Rhesus’s extremely substantial forces won’t stop until every last Thracian neck has a blade in it or a chain around it. Is Hercules man (or demigod) enough to train an army and save Thrace from the grip of totalitarian power? Why are we even asking — this is Hercules! Slayer of the Nemean Lion! Decapitator of the Hydra! No doubt you’ve heard of him, if not from his many tales of valor, then from the onslaught of ads that have been pimping Johnson in lionskin for weeks. Except Hercules battles through all those labors (and all that CGI beast footage) in about two minutes in an opening montage/summary of the hero »
- Adam Bellotto
If there’s one role that Dwayne Johnson was born to play, it’s that of the titular hero in Brett Ratner’s Hercules. At a towering 6’5″ and 260 pounds, the actor has a massive screen presence and an imposing physicality. It’s actually surprising that it took Johnson this long to take on the role of the famous Greek god, but as he says in this exclusive interview, “I couldn’t of played this man at any other age than the age I’m at today.”
For this take on the classic myth, the story is set after Herc has completed his legendary twelve labors and sees him as a “sword-for-hire” who’s asked by King Cotys of Thrace to help him defeat a tyrannical warlord. In return, he’ll pay Hercules his weight in gold.
Last week, while Johnson was in Toronto promoting his new film, I had the »
- Matt Joseph
Yesterday, Paramount surprised Hall H at San Diego Comic Con 2014 with a new Interstellar trailer and an appearance by Chirstopher Nolan. We have the full transcript of the highlights, including a monologue from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Aka Hercules.
I cut the SpongeBob stuff as an editorial decision, folks. Not only did they mostly show a trailer that went over weird, but Nickelodeon pulled one of my favorite cartoons, The Legend of Korra, off television yesterday to switch it over to a Nick.com Digital Series. So Nicktoons ain't getting no love here. Not with a live-action Turtles movie in 2 weeks.
Transcript by the amazing fingers on the keyboard on the ground: Jeri Jacqui!
Keith Staskiewicz (moderator): How’s it going Hall H. I’m super excited and we have a lot of stuff. »
Yesterday afternoon we gave you taste of just some of the people who were at Comic Con on Thursday, but the stars just kept on appearing. So, here we are with another dozen images of some of the big names who were there yesterday. Click through the gallery and you'll see Megan Fox, Matthew McConaughey, Joel McHale, Dwayne Johnson, Robert Rodriguez, and more. They are all part of the extravaganza that is Comic Con in San Diego, and all on hand to talk about projects, have a good time, and generally amaze those in attendance. Of course, it is still early here on Friday and the event runs for the entire weekend. Keep checking back here as we continue to cover every last little bit of Comic Con that we can cover. There is still plenty of news to come. »
- Josh Lasser
"...fourteen hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the earth...
"...that was neither man nor god.
"Hercules', the powerful son of the god king 'Zeus'...
"... received nothing but suffering his entire life.
"After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in battle.
Shayk co-stars as 'Megara', wife of 'Hercules'.
Shayk is also noted as the 'the face' of "La Clover" and "Avon" super drama mascara.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Hercules"...
- Michael Stevens
Hot town, "scummer" in the city — Peter Travers is back once again to count down the worst movies of the month, and July was particularly rife with garbage. Our trusty critic says he could've tossed 25 movies into the Scum Bucket, but he's gracious enough to leave us with only 10.
The Best and Worst Movies of 2014 So Far
Two big films are out this weekend, which one is worth your time and money? First, we have .Hercules. starring Dwayne Johnson based on the graphic novel by Steve Moore. From director Brett Ratner, is this .Hercules. much better than .The Legend of Hercules. starring Kellan Lutz from director Renny Harlin?
We also have .Lucy. starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. This one.s from director Luc Besson who gave us memorable female characters in .La Femme Nikita,. .The Professional,. and .The Fifth Element.. Is .Lucy. worthy of Besson.s booty-kicking heroines? Find out in my movie review below:
Official .Hercules. synopsis
Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' film Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, bows on July 25th. Based on Radical Comics' Hercules by Steve Moore, this ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth, Hercules. The epic action film also stars Golden Globe Winner Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, »
No matter the stage, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is one of the best performers of his generation.
Breaking out on the WWF circuit in the mid-90s as the smack-talking "The Rock," Johnson eventually outgrew the ring and brought his talents to the big screen. The starring roles came immediately with sleeper hits such as "The Rundown" (2003) and "Walking Tall" (2004), and it wasn't long before the big blockbusters came calling. This summer, Johnson is (extra) bulked up and portraying the mythical hero in "Hercules".
From his incredible wrestling lineage to his surprising NFL teammate, here are 29 things you probably don't know about Dwayne Johnson.
2. Johnson's grandfather was also a professional wrestler, "High Chief" Peter Maivia, making The Rock a third-generation wrestler. In fact, he was the WWF's first third-generation wrestler, and was heavily hyped upon his professional arrival. »
- Jonny Black
Having posted an interview a day this week, from the mega Hercules junket that took place in London, we conclude our coverage with some time with the man at the helm, as we sat with director Brett Ratner to discuss his latest endeavour.
We asked what it was about the story of Hercules that he wanted to explore and why he felt the time was right to do so. Ratner also tells us the benefits from shooting on location, why Dwayne Johnson is so perfect for the role, and whether there is potential in expanding on this feature, and turning Hercules into a franchise.
Hercules is out in cinemas now, and you can read our review here.
The post The HeyUGuys Interview: Director Brett Ratner on his latest project Hercules appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Stefan Pape
A few days ago, Dwayne Johnson hinted that he's in talks with Warner Bros to play a DC superhero. He didn't reveal which superhero, but said that he's as powerful as Superman and is not Green Lantern. Many immediately assumed he's talking about a "Shazam" movie, which is currently in the works. And now it turns out that that's exactly what he was talking about, because he just posted a new image on his Twitter account, showing Captain Marvel fighting Black Adam (see below). It's not clear which role he'll end up taking, but back in 2007, Johnson was planning to play Black Adam in the film. Stay tuned. Image: (click to enlarge) »
Although there hasn't been an official announcement, we do know Dwayne Johnson will be appearing in an upcoming DC movie. The actor's comments earlier this week led many people to believe he will be playing Shazam, since it's also been rumored a Shazam movie will be released in 2016. While this obviously isn't a confirmation Dwayne Johnson will definitely play the character, Johnson did tweet this picture yesterday. Someone's gonna get it.. »
- Jesse Giroux
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Morgan Freeman made an appearance on "The Tonight Show" to inhale some giant helium balloons with Jimmy Fallon, and in case you're wondering, yes, it was the most entertaining thing ever. And yes, he still managed to sound classy.
Also on "The Tonight Show " was everyone's favorite songstress, Kesha (no longer Ke$ha), who showed up to chat about the time she broke into Prince's house, checked out all his purple velvet, and found the man himself playing guitar in a beanie.
- Mehera Bonner
A bore, a drag, an eyesore, a trifle: Brett Ratner‘s ‘roid-brained “Hercules” is all of these, but most of all it's a self-satisfied smirk drawn on a 64-ounce protein shake. It's a supernatural epic that never feels quite colossal or consequential enough, as well as an utter waste of Dwayne Johnson‘s unique dopey-flirty charm in a starring role that requires him only to open his mouth very wide when yelling and look unmistakably masculine while wearing nothing but a leather miniskirt and one of those animal-head hats popular with middle-school girls. Adapted from the comic book by the recently deceased. »
- Inkoo Kang
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