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Chicago – Every element of “Jack the Giant Slayer,” released today on Blu-ray and DVD, feels like a subpar version of something done better in a superior film. There’s the epic scope and final siege of a “Lord of the Rings” film. There’s the reimagined fairy tale not unlike “Alice in Wonderland” or “Oz the Great and Powerful.” And there’s the over-reliance on CGI like so many failed blockbusters.
Director Bryan Singer finds the visual awe in some of his set pieces and none of the performances are bad by any stretch. It’s just that the film never taps into that magical fantasy vein that it needed to in order to feel like more than a hollow Hollywood exercise. It’s a film that jumps on a trend more than feels creatively vital in any way. Even little ones, who can’t see it because of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Running Time: 1 hr 52 mins
Due Out: June 11, 2013
Own Jack the Giant Slayer on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download 6/11
Plot: Yes, it’s that Jack, the one with a beanstalk. Jack (Hoult) finds himself in the middle of the war between humans and giants. He’s trying to save the princess (Tomlinson), while the giants are trying to take over the world.
Who’S It For? If you like big adventure films, with good looking special effects, this fast-paced film will provide just enough entertainment.
The pieces of this movie puzzle don’t exactly fit together, which makes it so odd that I had a pretty good time watching Jack the Giant Slayer. While I never fell in love with Jack, or the object of his affection, »
- Jeff Bayer
Bryan Singer has never been a filmmaker whose work I've celebrated and adored. It's not that his films aren't entertaining to some degree. However, they always seem to have an issue with pacing, which could just as well be blamed on the writers he chooses to work with. Most of them feel as if they lose their footing in the last act. His latest movie, Jack The Giant Slayer is no different.
A younger farmer named Jack (Nicholas Hoult) accidently drops a magic bean under the floorboard of his shack, resulting in a monstrous beanstalk growing into the heavens and bridging the gap between a world of giants and the Earth. The giants want their land back, which was taken from them in battle centuries before. When a princess is caught by the vengeful behemoths, Jack joins the King's(Ian McShane) rescue team to get her back.
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
This week: Bryan Singer adapts the British fairy tale of "Jack and the Beanstalk" into the underappreciated action-adventure "Jack the Giant Slayer," starring Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson and Ewan McGregor.
Also new this week is the coming-of-age comedy "21 & Over," the psychosexual drama "Stoker" with Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska, the quirky morality play "The Brass Teapot" with Juno Temple and the celebrity-riddled anthology film "Movie 43" starring, well, half of Hollywood.
Box Office: $65 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 52% Rotten
Storyline: Bryan Singer's update on the classic fairy tale has the titular farmhand (Nicholas Hoult) unwittingly reigniting an ancient war between humans and giants when his magical beanstalk bridges their two worlds. As the giants try to reclaim the land they once lost, Jack is forced to fight for his kingdom and the love of a princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) as he comes face-to-face with towering warriors »
- Robert DeSalvo
New Hercules 2014 movie official spoilers,plotline released plus filming has started. Two days ago,June 10th, MGM and Paramount Pictures ,dropped a new press release for their big remake of the "Hercules" film with WWE star/actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. In the press release, they revealed the official synopsis/plotline for the film. It reads like this: "Based on the graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars," the ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist. The screenplay is by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos. 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. »
Just yesterday, MGM and Paramount Pictures announced that "Hercules," which is directed by Brett Ratner (X-Men: The Last Stand, Rush Hour) and stars Dwayne Johnson, officially started filming in Budapest, Hungary. And now, Johnson posted a photo of himself (with long hair and covered-up tattoos) as the title character. Check out the photo below. Plot: 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, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail he must again become the hero he once was. He must embrace his own myth. He must be Hercules. The new movie co-stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, »
On Tuesday, Johnson tweeted a pic that teased his look like for the MGM and Paramount co-production “Hercules: The Thracian Wars.” The photo, taken while he was in make up, teases a grungy hair style and tattoo for the mighty character.
“3 hr daily process w/ multi-time Academy Award nominated hair & make up artists,” Johnson tweeted. “Love the transformation.”
The Brett Ratner-directed actioner looks to be another opportunity for Johnson to show off his larger than life physique in portraying the powerful son of Zeus.
Johnson regularly uses his Twitter feed to give fans a glimpse of his on set training regiment and set photos.
- Justin Kroll
As reported yesterday, Hercules: The Thracian Wars has begun its principal photography. Less than 24 hours later, and we can now give you the first behind the scenes image of what Hercules will look like…from behind. These film folk love to tease us using Twitter (nearly wrote ‘Twister’ there, that would’ve been weird). Dwayne Johnson can be seen sat in a make-up chair with his luscious locks bellowing over his shoulders like a L’Oreal advert.
Hercules: The Thracian Wars will be a grounded telling of the Hercules myth that does away with all the magic and stuff. It wont be the only Hercules film, as Hercules 3D is also coming next year. That interpretation will star Kellan Lutz, who appears to be trying to ruffle everyone’s feathers, as he is also starring in Tarzan, which will also have a similar themed counterpart in the near future.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Yesterday production began on director Brett Ratner’s actioner Hercules, with Dwayne Johnson playing the titular role. The ensemble is described as “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist,” and finds Hercules traveling Greece with five faithful companions until they are called upon by the benevolent ruler of Thrace to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord. The pic has been a bit of a passion project for Johnson, and the actor has taken to Twitter to tease a bit of his transformed look for the character, for which he undergoes three hours of makeup every day. Intimidating is probably going to be an understatement as soon as we see Johnson’s Hercules in full. Hit the jump to take a look at the image of Johnson in the makeup chair. The film also stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, »
- Adam Chitwood
Dwayne Johnson has revealed the first photo from the set of Hercules through his Twitter account, just one day after production started on this fantasy adventure that plans to reinvent the mythical legend for modern audiences. While we can't quite see the actor in his full Hercules wardrobe, this behind-the-scenes sneak peek hints at the three-hour hair and make-up job our action hero goes through every day on set. Hopefully, The Rock will be posting more photos as shooting continues in Budapest, Hungary. For now, enjoy this first look at what promises to be one of next year's biggest adventures.
3 hr daily process w/ multi-time Academy Award nominated hair & make up artists. Love the transformation.. #HERCULESpic.twitter.com/LEpPXouae1
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) June 11, 2013
Hercules comes to theaters July 25th, 2014 and stars Dwayne Johnson, Aksel Hennie, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Antje Traue, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt. The film is directed by Brett Ratner. »
It was announced yesterday that Brett Ratner's Hercules officially started production with Dwayne Johnson in the titular role. Today, Johnson has revealed a tease of his make-up for the role via his Twitter account. Johnson captioned the photo with this: "3 hr daily process w/ multi-time Academy Award nominated hair & make up artists. Love the transformation.. #Hercules." Check out the image below and let us know what you think! Hercules also stars Golden Globe-winner Ian McShane (.Deadwood,. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ), Rufus Sewell ( Legend of Zorro ), Joseph Fiennes ( Shakespeare in Love , .American Horror Story.), Peter Mullan ( War Horse, Top of the Lake ) and Academy Award-nominee John Hurt ( Harry Potter and the Deathly »
MGM and Paramount Pictures announced that "Hercules," which is directed by Brett Ratner (X-Men: The Last Stand, Rush Hour) and stars Dwayne Johnson, has officially started filming today in Budapest, Hungary. Plot: 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, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail he must again become the hero he once was. He must embrace his own myth. He must be Hercules. The new movie co-stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, and John Hurt. It's set to hit theaters on July 25th, 2014. »
If there is one actor that I can actually imagine playing Hercules, it’s probably Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. That’s exactly what Brett Ratner thought too, when he cast Johnson in his upcoming film Hercules. The project has just started filming in Hungary and as a result we finally have a cast list and plot synopsis.
Hercules will apparently follow Herc after his famed labors. He’s now a mercenary with five ‘faithful companions,’ strolling around Greece selling his services and intimidating people with his legendary name. But wait! The ruler of Thrace and his (presumably) comely daughter need Herc’s help to defeat a warlord. So Hercules must own up to his past and become the hero that everyone knows he should be.
This sounds vaguely like the plot of Conan the Barbarian, but we’ll let that pass. Hercules is actually based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian War, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Director Brett Ratner has been developing his adaptation of Hercules for years now. First entering talks for the gig back in July of 2010, he got a bit sidetracked making the 2011 crime comedy Tower Heist, but has been focused on Greek myth since then, hiring box office superstar Dwayne Johnson to play the titular hero and collect a supporting cast that includes Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, Aksel Hennie and John Hurt. And now cameras are finally ready to start rolling. Paramount has issued a press release announcing that production has officially begun on Ratner's Hercules. Adapted by screenwriters Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos, the new film is based on the graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars" and follows the titular hero's adventures as a mercenary. He and his companions travel the coast of Greece looking for work, but find trouble when he is hired to defeat a »
Dwayne Johnson is seeking justice as principal photography on ‘Hercules: The Thracian Wars’ has begun in Budapest. MGM and Paramount Pictures confirmed the news that ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ helmer Brett Ratner, who’s directing and producing ‘Hercules,’ started filming the anticipated action adventure. ‘Hercules,’ which also stars Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt, will be distributed worldwide on July 25, 2014 by Paramount. The film’s television distribution will be handled by MGM. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, the screenplay for ‘Hercules’ was written by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos. The ensemble film is a revisionist take on the classic myth, and is set in a [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Founded in 2007, Radical Studios is a multimedia company that incubated comic books for exploitation in other forms. Among their earliest releases was Hercules, boasting a Steranko cover, and it came with high production values and a bit of a buzz., The character returned for a second miniseries in and this interpretation captured Hollywood’s fancy. After years in development, production on the movie adaptation began today. Thew film enters a crowded summer 2014, especially for super-hero films, coming after Captain America: The Winter Solider and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and just before X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guardians of the Galaxy (raising the question whether or not four Marvel Universe films in five months will reach the saturation point).
Here’s the formal release:
Hollywood, CA (June 10, 2013) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, a division of MGM Holdings, Inc., and Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced principal photography began today on “Hercules, »
- Robert Greenberger
Brett Ratner’s down to Earth Hercules adaptation, starring Dwayne Johnson, has started principal photography. The film is based on the graphic novel ‘Hercules: The Thracian Wars’, and explores the man behind the myth, in a similar way to 2004′s King Arthur, removing all talk of magic and gods. See below for the complete press release.
I like the idea of removing magic from magical stories, but it can also just be a bit of a gimmick as well as showing the story as being pretty boring. What next? The legend of St. George where he slays, not a dragon, but a gecko? Or perhaps we’ll see Harry Potter as a wizard…a Maths wizard that is!
Hollywood, CA (June 10, 2013) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, a division of MGM Holdings, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
News Glen Chapman 11 Jun 2013 - 07:10
Things have been a bit quiet regarding the Dwayne Johnson headlined Hercules movie of late, but it seems as though quite an impressive cast has been assembled and it's now at the point where production has officially started.
The film will be based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars and will be more grounded than the myth we're familiar with, as it has done away with the supernatural elements of the story. We find Hercules after his twelve labours as a disillusioned mercenary, who with his band of companions travels ancient Greece selling his services. But soon he comes up against a challenge that leads him to embrace his own myth.
Brett Ratner has commenced shooting his newest movie, "Hercules." The film, which stars Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson as the titular Hercules is based on the graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars" written by Steve Moore and is described as a 'revisionist take' on the myth, and one which will feature no supernatural elements. "Hercules," which is being distributed worldwide by Paramount, also stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, and John Hurt amongst others. The full synopsis reads as follows: Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend… Haunted by »
- Josh Lasser
Paramount has earmarked a Jul 25 2014 release and handles the bulk of worldwide theatrical distribution. MGM handles select territories and all television rights.
Hercules is based on Radical Studios’ graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars and repositions the titular hero as a mercenary in a world where the supernatural does not exist. Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos adapted the screenplay.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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