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• Sigourney Weaver has signed on for A Monster Calls, the feature adaptation of Patrick Ness’ children’s fantasy novel. Weaver joins Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson. In the Juan Antonio Bayona-directed film, a boy retreats to a fantastical world through a tree monster, attempting to escape from bullies and his mother’s terminal illness. Weaver will play the boy’s grandmother, while Jones will play the mother and Neeson the monster. River Road’s Bill Pohlad and Mitch Horwits, Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger will executive produce the film, »
- C. Molly Smith
Exclusive: Hot off his turn as the bounty hunter Yondu in Marvel’s hit Guardians Of The Galaxy, Michael Rooker is returning to Bolden. After starting production seven years ago and doing reshoots in 2009, the film’s writer, director, and financier Dan Pritzker lost key stars to scheduling including lead Anthony Mackie, who went on to superhero heights in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Now filming is set to start again this fall with Downton Abbey‘s Gary Carr in the title role as New Orleans cornet player Buddy Bolden. Rooker will resume the role of Pat McMurphy, sidekick to Bolden’s nemesis Judge Perry, when production kicks off in North Carolina.
The third time’s the charm for Pritzker’s passion project about the ragtime musician many consider to be the father of jazz. Rooker had filmed scenes before Bolden reset, »
- Jen Yamato
The 42-year-old actor was spotted wearing an England shirt and a red and white novelty hat while sporting an uneven fringe and long sideburns, as he shot scenes in Cape Town.
The Malay quarter was transformed into a city in Chile during filming of a fictional football match between the South American country and England.
Baron Cohen and Pitch Perfect star Wilson were seen kissing tenderly on the lips, surrounded by fellow football supporters cheering and waving flags while milling around after the match.
The Louis Leterrier-directed spy spoof stars Mark Strong as a black ops agent who goes on the run with his long lost hooligan brother (Baron Cohen). The Borat star co-wrote the screenplay along with Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham.
Strong was »
How do you rank perfection? Duncan has a go, as he lists the top 25 Jason Statham films...
For regular Den Of Geek readers, it will come as little surprise to see this list come round. We've chosen our favourite Statham films before, but such is the productivity of the great man, it was decided that a mere top ten was no longer large enough to contain his ever growing body of work. Last time I mentioned updating this piece to the man himself back in 2012 due to his insane workload, he cracked up and responded, “My productivity is overwhelming! 'Have a fucking day off!'”
Since this list has now expanded to encompass 25 of his movies, it seemed only right to include multiple sequels, with his big trio of action franchises all spawning some thoroughly entertaining fare worthy of mention, though I’ve tried to exclude the personal bias that »
The story follows an American soldier and a French foreign aid worker who team up in Africa amid humankind’s last stand against a cataclysmic alien invasion. Filming begins in September in South Africa. [Source: Deadline]
Peter Pan Live
Tony-winning actor Christian Borle is in talks to play both Smee and Mr. Darling in NBC's live production of "Peter Pan" this Fall.
Traditionally in some productions, the actor who plays Captain Hook also plays Mr. Darling, but Christopher Walken is only doing Hook this time - leaving Borle to take on the double duty role. [Source: EW]
- Garth Franklin
• Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to play the title role in The Black Phantom, replacing Jamie Foxx, who left the project due to scheduling conflicts. Jackson would join Kevin Hart in Screen Gems’ action comedy, which is being directed by Tim Story. The film follows a hit man (Hart) who strikes an unlikely partnership with the hit man hired to kill him, The Black Phantom. Dave Lease and Megan Hinds wrote the script. Will Packer and Will Gluck will produce. [Deadline]
- C. Molly Smith
Fanning will play Merry Levov, the daughter of a second-generation immigrant who shatters her parents’ American dream when she blows up a post office in protest over the Vietnam War.
Philip Noyce will direct and Lakeshore is anticipated to commence pre-sales at Afm in association with Sierra/Affinity.
Dan Pritzker has cast Ian McShane and Nelsan Ellis in the Buddy Bolden jazz biopic Bolden. Gary Carr will play the title role and Wynton Marsalis compses the score.Ving Rhames has joined Mischa Barton, Michael Pare and Luke Goss in the action-thriller Operator, currently shooting in Georgia. The Brothers Olson direct. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Ian McShane and “True Blood” star Nelsan Ellis have joined jazz biopic “Bolden,” it was announced on Wednesday. “Downton Abbey” star Gary Carr is playing Buddy Bolden, who is considered one of the leading forces behind the New Orleans rag-time music that gave way to jazz. The film follows Bolden as he's awash in memories of his long-forgotten youth as a groundbreaking cornetist, when he played and improvised his way to the forefront of a new musical style, ultimately creating what would evolve into jazz. Bolden was later diagnosed with schizophrenia. Also read: Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt. »
- Linda Ge
Ian McShane (Hercules, Deadwood) and Nelsan Ellis (Get On Up, True Blood) have joined Dan Pritzker’s biopic Bolden. Gary Carr (Downton Abbey) stars as legendary musician Buddy Bolden, whom many consider the father of jazz. Pic is set in 1931 New Orleans, when Buddy Bolden, a long-time asylum inmate, hears the strains of a Louis Armstrong concert drift into his room from the radio in a nearby nurse’s station. The sound evokes memories of his long-forgotten youth as a ground-breaking cornetist, when he played and improvised his way to the forefront of a new musical style, ultimately creating what would evolve […] »
Dan Pritzker is directing from his own script. He completed the first round of filming for “Bolden” in 2010 and will finish the movie with new scenes this fall.
Because of the four-year hiatus, the title role was recast with Carr replacing Anthony Mackie, who could not accommodate the new shooting schedule. McShane will portray Bolden’s nemesis Judge Perry while Ellis will play the role of the wily entrepreneur who manages the Bolden Band.
Jackie Earle Haley had formerly portrayed the Judge Perry role.
- Dave McNary
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Lauren Hashian looked great at the Hercules Premiere on the arm of the star of the movie, her hunky boyfriend Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The actor showed off his beautiful girlfriend as the movie opened and Ian McShane said he believed The Rock was the perfect choice to play Hercules. Former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson portrays Hercules in Brett Ratner's big-screen adaptation of the Radical Studios graphic novel, and McShane - who plays part seer, part warrior Amphiaraus - thinks no one else could have done the role justice. He told Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2: "Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson plays Hercules. Well who else are you going to get to play Hercules? It has to be Mr Muscles." Although McShane, 71, enjoyed working on the movie, he admitted it was "a long slog". He explained: "They did most of the special effects afterwards but it was 19 weeks, »
Dwayne Johnson is showing his strength as the title character in three new television spots for his latest adventure film, ‘Hercules.’ The videos, titled ‘Born,’ ‘Epic’ and ‘Rock,’ follows Hercules, the leader of a band of mercenaries, as he and his followers are fighting in action. The three clips are the most recent chronicle of the actor’s portrayal of the Greek hero in the film from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ director, Brett Ratner. The Paramount Pictures and MGM adaptation of ‘Hercules,’ which is now playing in theaters, also stars Ian McShane, Reece Ritchie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt. The epic movie is based on Radical Comics’ ‘Hercules’ [ Read More ]
The post See the Power of Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules In New TV Spots appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
MGM and Paramount Pictures released their new "2014 Hercules" remake/action/fantasy flick into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out and thought it was very entertaining, serving up plenty of hardcore action, drama, and more. It stars: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Aksel Hennie, and Reece Ritchie. In the new flick, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) is the leader of a band of mercenaries formed by the prophet Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), the thief Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), the warrior Tydeus (Aksel Hennie), the archer Atalanta (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) and the storyteller Iolaus (Reece Ritchie). Hercules is believed to be the demigod son of Zeus, who completed the legendary Twelve Labors, only to be betrayed by Hera, who drove him insane and caused him to murder his wife Megara and their children when he visited King Eurystheus. After that drama, Hercules »
Chicago – I empathize with Dwayne Johnson and simultaneously don’t. Most people never get rich and famous once, let alone twice. Sure, it’s hard to re-brand people from the wrestling superstar you once were into the dramatic action star you’re trying to become, but your past is forever immortal.
Like Jackie Chan wants to be viewed as a dramatic actor instead of a funny karate man, so too does Dwayne Johnson want to drop his wrestling image as The Rock and be taken seriously as a real actor. The problem is he’s all over the place. It’s hard to be Hercules when you’re being remembered as campy in films like “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” and the upcoming “Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon”.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Thankfully, Hercules is not an origin film. Though it is about the titular hero from Greek myth, The Legend of Hercules (2014) from earlier this year already took that approach so it is just as well. Here, the fabled strong-man (Dwayne Johnson) has already performed all but one of his legendary labors when the story opens.
The newHercules was directed by Bret Ratner of Rush Hour (1998) fame and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) infamy. The screenplay was written by Ryan Condal and Evan Spillotopoulus. This is the former’s first feature film. The latter has primarily worked on Disney animated films like Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007). The storyline the screenplay is based on is a comic by Steve Moore. You might be thinking that this combination of folks behind the camera is a bit like the “potpourri” category on Jeopardy, and you would not be wrong – sounds weird, could be awful. »
- Steven Gahm
MGM and Paramount Pictures released their new action/fantasy remake flick, "Hercules" into theaters yesterday, July 24th, 2014. And the top, major movie critics have submitted their reviews. It ended up, getting mixed results with an overall 49 score out of 100 at the metecritic.com site. The movie stars: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Aksel Hennie and Reece Ritchie. We've posted blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Gary Goldstein at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a decent 70 score, stating: "The mythically powerful demigod is back on the big screen in the simply titled Hercules and the results are canny, fast-paced, and, for what the film attempts to accomplish, enjoyable." Stephen Farber at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 70 grade. He said: "It may sound like a backhanded compliment to praise this sometimes cheesy movie for never taking itself too seriously, »
Director Brett Ratner explains why you should see Hercules on the biggest screen possible in a new IMAX featurette for this action-adventure, which opens in theaters today. Dwayne Johnson stars as the mythical demi-god, who now serves as a mercenary, fighting battles for others alongside his five trusted warriors. Watch the latest footage as the filmmaker discusses how he created massive sets for this 3D epic and describes why the IMAX format is perfect for Hercules.
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend...
Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules' help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, »
This weekend sees the release of Hercules, the latest Hollywood attempt to cash in on the popularity of the Greek Myths in the absence of another Percy Jackson film. Picking up after his legendary twelve labours have been completed, the film sees Hercules (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) as a sword-for-hire to the King of Thrace (John Hurt). Directed by Brett Ratner of X-Men 3 notoriety, Hollywood executives will be hoping it fares a lot better (commercially at least) than The Legend of Hercules, which bombed back in January.
While other writers on WhatCulture! have already written the film off, there is one grain of hope for film fans: a supporting performance by the eminently watchable Ian McShane. The graduate of British TV may not have reached the stratospheric heights of Hollywood in the way that his early career may have suggested, but even in his seventies he is still capable of turning in eye-catching, »
- Daniel Mumby
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 »
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