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News Simon Brew 4 Dec 2013 - 06:25
Last summer's The Wolverine movie, in spite of a few problems, turned out to be the second most successful X-Men movie to date at the worldwide box office. It's not budged, er, Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand from first place there, but it had a good go.
As such, Fox is already looking for another Wolverine movie, and it's re-recruiting director James Mangold to make it. This hasn't been made official yet, but in a new interview with The Wall Street Journal, he's been talking about the last film and the next one.
Recalling his pitch to Fox that landed him The Wolverine job in the first place, Mangold said that "I told them I was interested in making a movie about someone who feels like anyone they love will die, »
Paramount Pictures Australia has closed its Perth office and eliminated the sales function in its Brisbane office, while marketing for South Australia is now being handled out of Victoria.
As a result, seven permanent employees have departed.
Sales for Queensland and Wa are now being handled out of Sydney but the Brisbane office will continue to run marketing in that State. Paramount was the last of the major distributors to maintain an office in Perth.
In October the studio laid off 110 employees globally in areas such as international theatrical and home media distribution, marketing, legal and finance.
Paramount has the smallest release slate of the Hollywood studios, although it has scored at the global box-office this year with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Star Trek Into Darkness, World War Z and Bad Grandpa, »
- Don Groves
The studio had decided two weeks ago to move the U.S. release for the film forward a month to Jan. 10, where the actioner will be the only new wide release. “The Legend of Hercules” is opening six months before Paramount opens “Hercules,” starring Dwayne Johnson.
“The Legend of Hercules” is directed by Renny Harlin from Daniel Giat’s screenplay and will be released in 3D and 2D nationwide. The origins story will track Hercules as he’s betrayed by his king, sold into slavery and fighting for his freedom to return to his true love, the Princess of Crete (played by Gaia Weiss).
- Dave McNary
The latest trailer has arrived for Summit's "The Legend of Hercules," slated for a January 10 release. It stars Kellan Lutz (of the "Twilight" franchise) in the title role as the Greek half-man half-god who must overcome his existence as a slave by using his outsized strength. Gaia Weiss stars as the Princess of Crete, along with Scott Adkins, Liam McIntyre, Liam Garrigan, Johnathon Schaech, Roxanne McKee and Rade Serbedzija. Watch below. At the helm is Renny Harlin ("Die Hard 2," "Cliffhanger"). Meanwhile, another Hercules project is in post-production over at Paramount, with the Herculean-proportioned Dwayne Johnson headlining, and Brett Ratner directing. That film is currently eyeing a July 25, 2014, release. »
- Beth Hanna
Millennium/Lionsgate have changed the name of Renny Harlin's upcoming "Hercules" film, though the change is more a re-ordering of words than anything.
Originally titled "Hercules: The Legend Begins," the film will now go by the moniker of "The Legend of Hercules". Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero and demigod in the film which was recently moved up from an early February to a January 10th 2014 release.
Paramount/MGM, who will release the Ratner version, say they have "title protection" for their film based on the registration of a 1983 film starring Lou Ferrigno as the character. Lionsgate argues that a title as commonly used as Hercules cannot be protectable considering dozens of other »
- Garth Franklin
RatPac-Dune Entertainment, the partnership between filmmaker Brett Ratner, Australian businessman James Packer and Wall Street financier Steven Mnuchin, on Friday closed a $300 million credit facility that will be used, along with an equity investment, to finance as many as 75 upcoming Warner Bros. movies. The slate co-financing deal with Warner Bros. was first revealed when The Hollywood Reporter broke the news in September. It in part will replace co-financing that in past years was provided by Legendary Entertainment, which ended its association with Warner’s earlier this year. The new partnership has already taken off with the
- Alex Ben Block
A new trailer has surfaced for Hercules: The Legend Begins, the first of two upcoming films which will take on the epic Greek legend within the next year.
Director Renny Hariln’s upcoming film is set in Ancient Greece and finds Hercules (Kellan Lutz), born out of wedlock to a queen who had an affair with Zeus, unaware of his own identity and destiny. Hercules soon learns of his destiny and realizes he must choose between fulfilling that destiny or running away with his true love, the Princess of Crete (Gaia Weiss), who has been promised to his own brother. »
- Pamela Gocobachi
The movie formerly known as Hercules 3D has been rechristened Hercules: The Legend Begins, though a brand new trailer does little to distinguish it. Kellan Lutz stars as the titular -- and taciturn, apparently -- character, the half-god, half-man whose origin story will be told. The great Scott Adkins also stars, along with Liam McIntyre, from TV's Spartacus. Renny Harlin directed; the trailer drenches the action in color tinting that's strongly reminiscent of Zack Snyder's 300, a notion that's reinforced with the extreme slow-motion jabs and thrusts. This is one of two Hercules movies due out next year. The other one stars Dwayne Johnson and is directed by Brett Ratner, and reportedly has a much bigger budget, but obviously that's no guarantee of success. Last...
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RatPac-Dune Entertainment and Bank of America Merrill Lynch have closed on a $300 million credit facility that will be used to fund upcoming titles from Warner Bros. Pictures.
The multi-year agreement, first announced in September, will be used by Warner Bros. and RatPac-Dune to co-finance as many as 75 upcoming titles. The studio’s hit “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock, was the first title to receive the coin.
The RatPac-Dune financing comes five months after the studio and longtime partner Legendary Entertainment agreed to terminate their longtime co-financing partnership at the end of the year.
The co-financing arrangement also covers boxing comedy “Grudge Match,” which opens on Christmas and stars Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone. It includes films from all genres and all budgets including New Line — but will exclude projects from other WB’s co-financing deals with Village Roadshow and Gulfstream, the studio’s distribution pact with Alcon and titles derived from the Harry Potter, »
- Dave McNary
Warner Bros. new financing partner RatPace-Dune Entertainment has secured a $300 million credit facility to fund as many as 75 new movies, the company announced on Tuesday. RatPac-Dune Entertainment already agreed to provide $450 million in financing for Warner Bros. movies under a deal the two signed in September. This line of credit, arranged by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and a couple of other firms, helps ensure the financing entity has money to fall back on. Filmmaker Brett Ratner and Australian mogul James Packer formed RatPac Entertainment last December, and then allied with Steven Mnuchin’s Dune Entertainment to form the »
- Lucas Shaw
Next year comes another installment in the long-running Hollywood trend of dueling films from similar studios. Last year it was Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror, and this year it's Brett Ratner's Hercules and Hercules: The Legend Begins from director Renny Harlin. Now we have a theatrical trailer for the latter which has been given a telling release date in early January, trying to get a leg up on Ratner's summer release about the Greek hero. Kellan Lutz plays the title hero who must choose to flee with his true love, the Princess of Crete, or to fulfill his destiny by overthrowing the tyrannical rule of the king and restoring peace. This looks just like a bad 300, but with Hercules instead of the Spartans. Watch? Here's the theatrical trailer for Renny Harlin's Hercules: The Legend Begins, originally from Yahoo: And here's the first poster for the »
- Ethan Anderton
I’ve always had a soft spot of director Renny Harlin (and not only because he was lucky enough to share a bed with Geena Davis). He’s previously brought us guilty pleasures actioners such as Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, Deep Blue Sea and The Long Kiss Goodnight. However, his name is no longer amongst the Hollywood elite following so woeful genre efforts, which is why he’s effectively at the helm of the low-budget adaptation of Hercules: The Legend Begins as opposed to the epic version, Hercules: The Thracian Wars, being led by Dwayne Johnson (although the name Brett Ratner is equally fearful).
In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. »
- Craig Hunter
I gotta say, the two trailers I’ve seen for Renny Harlin’s “Hercules: The Legend Begins” so far really isn’t doing the film any favors. It looks, well, kind of cheap. Which is amazing, since this thing has a reported $70 million dollar budget. But to look at it, you’d think it was an extended episode of Starz’s “Spartacus” or maybe a slightly better version of the old Hercules TV show starring Kevin Sorbo. And Kellan Lutz, yeah … Kellan Lutz. He’s got big muscles, and … wow, look at those big muscles! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the Brett Ratner Hercules movie has got to be better than this one, right? Anyhoo. Take a gander at a new, shorter trailer for the film. For those interested, a longer trailer for “Hercules: The Legend Begins” can be found here. In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C. »
300: Rise of an Empire
The official site for the "300" follow-up has gone online and it includes various new bits footage in the interstitials
Today, the film's Facebook page has revealed that the trailer is set to premiere a full week early - Wednesday, December 5th in fact.
"This is the thing. We were all a little burnt out on it, I think and now I'm starting to see a little bit of excitement about it because of the fact that China, there's a huge Chinese thing going on. »
- Garth Franklin
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes trailers for Zombie Hamlet, Cowboy Zombies, and Antisocial, details on an apocalyptic card game, release information for 7E, and much more:
Zombie Hamlet Trailer and Release Details: “The All-Star comedy feature film, Zombie Hamlet, will be available exclusively on DVD from Level 33 Entertainment beginning on December 31, 2013. Following a successful film festival run, the movie sets its sights on entertaining audiences everywhere that DVDs are available for rental or sale by capitalizing on a uniquely funny story and a long list of recognizable names and faces including: Travis Wester, Jason Mewes (Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back), Emmy Award winner Shelley Long (“Cheers”), Vanessa Lee Evigan, with Emmy® Award nominee John Amos (“Good Times”) and June Lockhart (“Lost In Space”).
- Tamika Jones
Brett Ratner, the director of the "Rush Hour" films and, most recently, "Tower Heist," isn't someone who you would imagine as being BFFs with Roman Polanski, the arty filmmaker behind such classics as "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby." But this is exactly the case. The two have been great friends for a very long time (Polanski even co-starred in "Rush Hour 2") and their latest collaboration is "Weekend of a Champion," the commercial re-release of a 1971 racing documentary that Polanski produced and co-starred in but was barely released at the time. The doc follows racing legend Jackie Stewart at the height of his racing prowess (and in the midst of his intense friendship with Polanski), and the results are kind of like a documentary version of Ron Howard's recent drama "Rush." Stewart was an F1 racer from Scotland who was racing during the sport's most dangerous period (in a taped epilogue, »
- Drew Taylor
2012 brought us the Snow White showdown between Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman. Then, 2013 marked the face-off between White House under siege thrillers Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down. Let it be set down that 2014 will be the year of Hercules, wherein Renny Harlin's Hercules: The Legend Begins will do box office battle with Brett Ratner's Hercules. The former will star Twilight's Kellan Lutz as the legendary hero, while the latter will have box office behemoth Dwayne Johnson in the title role. But star power aside, Hercules: The Legend Begins might just have the edge on its competition, as its bumping up its release schedule to hit theaters a full seven months before its competitor. Box Office Mojo reveals Hercules: The Legend Begins has shifted its release date from February 7th, 2014 to January 10th, 2014. Lionsgate hasn't offered an explanation for the month-earlier release date. But »
During a press conference at the Crosby Street Hotel in downtown Manhattan for Weekend Of A Champion, Jackie Stewart, co-producer Brett Ratner, and Roman Polanski via Skype discussed how little and how much has changed in Formula One racing, the sport's safety, style, and their friendship. The dyslexia Stewart has in common with George Lukas and Steven Spielberg, how Polanski analyses joyfulness then and now, and why Ron Howard's Rush should not be overlooked were among the topics conferred. For all the crucial information about racing, it is the genuine friendship between Polanski and Stewart that is most poignant for over 40 years since they met at the time of Rosemary's Baby.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Oscar season is in full swing and is dominating attention, but the most important discussions taking place in town are being done with bankers in back rooms as heavyweight producers and co-financiers move around and will dramatically shape the future of studio event film slates for years to come. The players in the drama still to formalize landing places are Jeff Robinov and Graham King, Jerry Bruckheimer, John Laviolette and Joseph M. Singer’s Blue Anchor Entertainment. This after Thomas Tull’s Legendary Pictures left Warner Bros for Universal, and was replaced by Brett Ratner, James Packer and Steve Mnuchin’s RatPac Dune, which will co-finance the slates of Warner Bros going forward. Two of the next big moves seem to squarely involve Sony Pictures, whose heads Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal head into investor meetings on the Sony lot in Culver City on Thursday with some pending alliances that will greatly reshape their operations. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
In Universal Home Entertainment’s 2 Guns, when an attempt to take down a drug cartel blows up in their faces, two undercover operatives are forced to go on the run together, though neither knows that the other is a federal agent. Suddenly, everyone on both sides of the law wants them dead, and their only hope is to trust each other. Featuring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, we celebrate the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD release on November 19, by revisiting some of the most memorable buddies in blue.
Axel Foley & Detective Rosewood – Beverly Hills Cop
While Eddy Murphy and Judge Reinhold have made names for themselves in today’s pop culture, it’s easy to argue that Beverly Hills Cop launched their now successful film careers. With Axel as the mouth behind the duo, and Rosewood as the partner getting him out of trouble each time, there match up is as timeless as the film. »
- Robert Greenberger
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