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Since the super-stylish Sin City (2005) first splashed itself across screens almost a decade ago, graphic novel writer Frank Miller's reputation has flourished in the world of cinema. Robert Rodriguez's film, which Miller helmed segments of, went down a storm and, following Zack Snyder's adaptation of Greek odyssey 300 (2006), Miller took to the director's chair solo for The Spirit (2008). With sequel 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) assailing UK screens at this very moment, the timing couldn't be any better for a first glimpse of the long-gestating follow-up to that original box office outing in Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (2014). A first trailer has now arrived and submerges us once again into the noirish hell of Miller's despicable, monochrome underworld.
- CineVue UK
In 2005 director Robert Rodriguez brought life to Frank Miller‘s Sin City in an unimaginable way. Literally adapting the style of that highly stylized series was a risky choice. Broad audiences hadn’t experienced a movie with such a heightened aesthetic to that degree yet, but it worked for both audiences and critics. A sequel was announced and then…it took longer to get made than it should have. But that long-awaited sequel finally comes out this summer in 3D with most of the original cast in place and a few welcomed additions. Another Rodriguez project returning is From Dusk Till Dawn. The proud Texas filmmaker now has his own network, El Rey, which kicks off with a serialization of his 1996 vampire film. The pilot is basically the film’s first 10 minutes stretched out to 40 minutes with a few tweaks. Rodriguez directed the first episode and he will continue to have a strong hand in the series »
- Jack Giroux
New York (AP) — The shirtless warriors of the "300" sequel "Rise of an Empire" ravaged the post-Oscars box-office weekend with a domestic debut of $45.1 million but an even bigger international haul of $87.8 million. Seven years after the original "300" became an unlikely, ultra-stylish, blood-soaked sensation, Warner Bros.' 3-D follow-up showed considerable might at the box office. While "300: Rise of an Empire" didn't come close the North American debut of Zack Snyder's 2007 original ($70.9 million and without the benefit of 3-D ticket prices), it performed like a blockbuster overseas. "Rise of an Empire," which with flexed torsos and R-rated blood further chronicles the ancient battles of the Greeks and Persians, led a busy box-office weekend that also saw an Academy Awards bump for "12 Years a Slave" and one of the highest per-screen averages ever for Wes Anderson's European caper "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Though "300: Rise of an Empire" is excessively macho, »
- Jake Coyle (AP)
So far the 2014 box office keeps surging on, at least compared to 2013--beating last year's numbers for 15 weeks in a row. As expected, two decent openers, sequel "300: Rise of an Empire" (Warner Bros.) and Fox/DreamWorks' "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" fell short of their precursors but showed enough life to push the Top 10 total to around $126 million. Both new entries are scoring even better overseas. The weekend's biggest success story is the limited four-theater opening of Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Fox Searchlight), which scored around $800,000 for a staggering $200,000 per screen average. More on this and other specialized grosses in Arthouse Audit, anon. 1. 300: Rise of an Empire (Warner Bros.) New - Cinemascore: B; Criticwire:; Metacritic: $45,050,000 in 3,470 theaters; PSA (per screen average): $12,893,000; Cumulative: $45,090,000 This long-gestating sequel to 2007's Frank Miller graphic novel adaptation returned neither director Zack Snyder (who »
- Tom Brueggemann
Week after week, the shelves of local comic book stores nationwide are packed to brim with shiny new comics. Sure you’re a smart cookie and probably have tonnes of grabs already but many books do go unnoticed and its my job to make sure you are getting your moneys worth. I could ramble on for a bit but I sincerely doubt you’re still reading this paragraph and have long since scrolled down to the good bits– So without further to do, enjoy and note this is preference, what’s exciting to me may not be exciting to you and hey friend, I’m Ok with that:
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Boom!’s fantastic adaption of Frank Miller’s Robocop 3 script is wrapping up this week. Society seems to have let the ill-fated reboot slip into obscurity meaning its safe to like Robocop again. If you missed out on the series, »
- Sean Tonelli
It was a tale of two time-travel movies at the Us box office this weekend. Admittedly, no one in the battle-crazed 300: Rise Of An Empire hops into a modified DeLorean at any point, but it does take us back in time, via Frank Miller’s work, to a pseudo-historical era. The blood-splattered sequel overcame the worries that it was eight years too late to capitalise on the success of Zack Snyder’s original, earning $45 million and a spot atop the chart.Admittedly, it’s not a patch on the 2007 parent film's huge $70 million launch, but given the gap between the two and the fact that Snyder handed over directing chores to Noam Murro, it’s still an impressive feat. It was enough to overcome the family appeal of DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which nonetheless managed a $35 million start. Hopes hadn’t been quite as high for this as, »
Sullivan Stapleton is about to become a big ticket in the U.S. Warner Bros. Pictures' "300: Rise of An Empire" where he plays Themistokles alongside Eva Green as Artemisia, has now earned an estimated $45 million on its debut weekend. The film which as a $110 million production budget, averaged $12,983 from 3,470 theaters, while overseas the adventure has grossed over $87.8 million. "Smart People" helmer Noam Murro directs from the script by original "300" director Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad, based on the graphic novel by "Xerxes" by Frank Miller. In second, DreamWorks' "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" also performed well with around $32 million grossed from 3,934 theaters, averaging $8,261. The animation voiced by Ty Burrell, Max Charles and Stephen Colbert, has earned $65.8 million from international territories, and holds $145 million production budget. Third place "Non-Stop" from Universal showed a 46% change in its sophomore weekend with $15.3 million earned. Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore star in the Jaume Collet-Serra action »
While Zack Snyder's 300 made a camp but coherent fist of Frank Miller and Lynn Varley's graphic novel, this turgid companion piece offers nothing but lumpen CGI bloodletting and headbangingly boring quasi-historical exposition. Starting in soul-draining fashion with a tedious voiceover that makes the opening scroll of The Phantom Menace seem positively Wildean, this pitches Sullivan Stapleton's Themistokles of Athens (and no fixed accent) against Eva Green's psycho-goth Artemisia, with Lena Headey waiting in the wings to bore us all into submission whenever the story runs out – which is often.
Lacking the visual wit of its predecessor, Noam Murro's stereoscopic (non)sequel simply presents a moshpit of men in leather skirts going "Graaaaaarrrgjhhhhh!" while splattering post-Zatoichi digital blood with their sloshing swords and glistening chests. In a half-hearted »
- Mark Kermode
300: Rise of an Empire, 2014.
Directed by Noam Murro.
Athenian general Themistokles leads a united Greek army against the might of the Persian Empire, and finds a formidable foe in the face of Artemisia, a powerful female commander with a thirst for Greek blood.
Fans of Frank Miller’s epic graphic novels and the 2006 film rejoice; 300: Rise of an Empire will quench your thirst for 3D blood while paying absolute respect to the original film both aesthetically and through the story. 300: Rise of an Empire complements the first 300 film by filling in the gaps of what was happening in Athens and the rest of Greece while Leonidas’ battle raged at the “Hot Gates” (Thermopylae). It’s not so much a sequel as a companion film, which true fans of the original will surely appreciate. »
- Gary Collinson
“300: Rise of an Empire” has waged war on its box office competition with a projected $42 million-plus opening weekend.
Warner Bros.-Legendary Entertainment’s actioner muscled $17.7 million Stateside on Friday, including an impressive $3.3 million in late-night showings on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Fox-DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” scored $8 million Friday. It will likely be relegated to second place with a $31.5 million weekend debut.
The toon, which reportedly cost $145 million to make, is based on characters from the 1960s TV show “The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show.” The animated pic is on track to overtake the company’s last film, “Turbo,” which disappointed domestically, grossing $83 million. However, it more than doubled that figure overseas.
Despite the solid openings, the two films are expected to fall short of “Oz the Great and Powerful,” which bowed to a magical $79 million this time last year.
“300: Rise of an Empire” comes seven years after the Gerard Butler-starrer “300” hit theaters, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Eight years after Zack Snyder revived the sword-and-sandal subgenre and inspired millions of men to revisit the gym with his adaptation of Frank Miller's 300, he has scripted a return to ancient Greece. Directed by Noam Murro (Smart People), the movie 300: Rise of an Empire is a self-indulgent video game fantasy at best.
The film opens with a recap of the events of 300 and an introduction to Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton), the new lead, who's head of the Greek army. The action proceeds to explain how Themistokles is not just the hero who led the Greeks to victory over Xerxes, but was himself responsible for the enmity held by Xerxes toward the Greeks.
Artemisia (Eva Green) is introduced as the leader of Xerxes' forces, and the two commence with a series of battles consisting of ships crashing into each other as warriors fight to the death on top of the sinking wrecks. »
- Mike Saulters
It's been nine years since we took a trip to "Sin City," but in August we're headed back!
A trailer for "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" has debuted and it's loaded with guns, sexy ladies, grizzled old dudes and a heaping amount of extra violence!
Photos: Hot Shots Of Jessica Alba!
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- email@example.com (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
The wait is finally over as we finally clap our aching eyes on the new official teaser trailer for Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's ('From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series') new live-action comic book sequel 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'. So it's time to slip comfortably back into the neo-noir black and white world of Frank Miller's vision which is once more bought to life from the page to the big screen with plenty of new action, thrills and jaw-dropping violence. As usual Rodriguez manages to pull together an impressive line-up that includes Joseph Gordon-Levit ('Looper'), Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin (below), Jamie Chung, Eva Green, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Crystal McCahill, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Juno Temple and Alexa Vega. Check out the new trailer below. »
After its victory over Leonidas' 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches south towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes' army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land. Starring Lena Headey, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro, Sullivan Stapleton, Andrew Tiernan and Callan Mulvey. Directed by Noam Murro. Written by Kurt Johnstad and Zack Snyder based on the fictional work of Frank Miller. Produced by Thomas Tull, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Stephen Jones, Jon Jashni, Craig J. Flores and Marty P. Ewing for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Studios. 300: Rise of an Empire will bring war to the U.S. on March »
The cast includes a whopping Josh Brolin, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert, Jamie Chung, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Julia Garner, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Jeremy Piven and Stacey Keach.
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning "Sin City" graphic novels back to the screen in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is the follow up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 grou [Continued ...] »
After its victory over Leonidas' 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches south towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes' army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land. Starring Lena Headey, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro, Sullivan Stapleton, Andrew Tiernan and Callan Mulvey. Directed by Noam Murro. Written by Kurt Johnstad and Zack Snyder based on the fictional work of Frank Miller. Produced by Thomas Tull, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Stephen Jones, Jon Jashni, Craig J. Flores and Marty P. Ewing for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Studios. The film is set for U.S. release on August 2nd. »
"Sin City is where you go in with your eyes open – or you don't come out at all." So says Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) during the trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the long-awaited sequel to Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez' acclaimed 2005 noir-thriller. Though barely over a minute long, the clip offers a gripping preview of the seedy brilliance that lies ahead – including lots of sex, gun-wielding "dames," creepy color schemes and hair-raising one-liners.
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The trailer's highlights include Ray Liotta's terrifying eyes, »
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Seize your glory! Now in theaters everywhere is 300: Rise of an Empire, the sequel/prequel/side-story to Zack Snyder's 300 based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, which raged on the big screen seven years ago in early 2007. While Leonidas isn't back, this time we follow Sullivan Stapleton as Themistokles, fighting off Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, played again by Rodrigo Santoro, and Artemisia, played by Eva Green. So how is this one? As good as the first one? Any better? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on 300: Rise of an Empire. To fuel the fires of Sparta, 300: Rise of an Empire is actually an impressively entertaining action movie that sort of, for the most part, lives up to the original. Director Noam Murro replicates the style and the feel, but he doesn't »
- Alex Billington
Some films are content being a prequel, and others are happy being a sequel. But 300: Rise of an Empire is having none of that. Instead, the film begins in the first act of Zack Snyder‘s original 300 and carries on past that film’s mass Spartan demise. So yes, it’s essentially The Bourne Legacy of films about Greek warfare. Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) is a Greek general aware of Xerxes’ (Rodrigo Santoro) imminent invasion and struggling to rally the various Greek states together to present a uniform front. Sparta ignores his pleas and instead sends 300 of their bravest off to battle (and we all know how that turned out), so Themistokles is forced to make do and form the best navy he can muster. His enemy equal on the sea, Artemisia (Eva Green), leads the Persian naval forces that once again outnumber their Greek foes by a wide margin. The »
- Rob Hunter
“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.
Zack Snyder, »
- Dave McNary
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