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One could imagine that Brett Ratner is not in the greatest of places right now. While his 2011 action comedy Tower Heist was a modest success, the director's latest movie, Hercules starring Dwayne Johnson, has been under-performing since it was released in late July. Given this bad fortune, it would surprise nobody if Ratner tried to jump back to his most reliable franchise, the Rush Hour series, and make a new sequel and grab some quick cash. The bad news is that if he wants Jackie Chan on-board, he would have to produce one hell of a script. The legendary Chinese action star was in London, England this week for the premiere of his latest directorial effort, Chinese Zodiac, and following the screening he participated in a Q&A with British television host Jonathan Ross. It was at this time that Chan began talking about doing both a Rush Hour 4 »
As negotiations evolved (the basics of the pact were announced in April), it’s clear that the strategy here is more ambitious, the content more diverse, the numbers more exotic (potentially involving as much as $1 billion) — and a filmmaker, not a banker, will be calling the shots. That filmmaker, Brett Ratner, is off to China this week to expand the venture’s involvement in that skyrocketing territory, but before he left, we sat down to discuss the deal’s particulars.
At a time when the flow of Hollywood product is not only shrinking but also suffering from creative atrophy, RatPac clearly deserves scrutiny. It envisions not only co-funding studio features, but also backing midbudget films, documentaries and high-end television miniseries. »
- Peter Bart
Marvel soared while Adam Sandler floundered. Simon takes a closer look at the winners and losers of 2014's summer blockbuster season...
As another summer blockbuster season comes to an end, here's our annual reflection on what worked, what didn't, and who was left with egg on their face.
It's been a surprisingly strong summer season, in truth. Sure, there've been a few misses here and there, but we've found much to enjoy in many of the season's big releases, both in terms of widescreen spectacle and thought-provoking ideas.
So as the summer of 2014 winds to a close, here's what we took out of it...
Taking its usual place in the 'winners' section of articles like these is Marvel Studios, which opened and closed summer blockbuster movie season this year with considerable style.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier garnered strong reviews, and comfortably outperformed its predecessor at the box office. »
With the passing of Robin Williams (see what we chose as his 10 Best Performances here), perhaps this is a good moment to reflect on actors who died unexpectedly. A documentary on the brief, tragic life of Montgomery Clift has surfaced, and today happens to the birthday of the great John Cazale, an immense talent who died too young, laid low by lung cancer at the age of 42. In 2009, HBO released "I Knew It Was You: Remembering John Cazale," a terrific 40-minute look at his life, career and legacy. Featuring Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman and many more, produced by Brett Ratner (yup), and directed by Richard Shepherd ("The Matador," "Dom Hemingway") the doc takes a look at the man whose brief film career included the first two "The Godfather" films, "Dog Day Afternoon" and "The Deer Hunter." And he was fantastic in all of them. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The good news is that now that all the singing and the farting around is done in Hobbiton and the story has kicked in good and proper, the majority of this second in Peter Jackson’s portrayal of a slim Tolkien story overblown to epic proportions is mostly action with a minimum of plot. It’s still got various story beats it has to hit of course and is very much a middle chapter, but this has a momentum which was really missing from An Unexpected Journey.
In this second Hobbit film you can start to see the stuff that was added in to pad out the two films into a trilogy with characters who do not appear in the books introduced and a weird elf/dwarf romance along with a more angsty and badass Legolas, strangely enough it doesn’t feel out-of-place. Once »
- Chris Holt
Looks like DC have blinked first in their game of chicken against Marvel. As expected, to be honest, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice has had its release date brought back from May 6, 2016 to March 25 of the same year, in order to stop in clashing with the third Captain America film. It’ll now go head-to-head with Brett Ratner’s Beverly Hill Cops reboot/sequel/remake/whatever, which we’re pretty sure the combined might of the World’s Finest superheroes can deal with.
Taking another leaf out of Marvel’s book, Warner Bros have also gone and announced the release dates for nine DC superhero movies, running all the way up until 2020. Which is ambitious, considering Batman V Superman will only be the second entry in the “shared universe” they’re looking to build up to rival the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course they’ve not actually »
- Tom Baker
When it was announced that Marvel set its "Captain America 3" on May 6th, 2016, the same time as Warner Bros' "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," it was clear that someone would have to move. But every time each studio commented on the topic, it was clear that neither was willing to budge, despite the fact that two big-budget films being released on the same day and going after the same audience would never work. Now comes word that Warner Bros backed down, announced that "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" will be released on March 25th, 2016. The superhero film will now go up against Brett Ratner's "Beverly Hills Cop." Warner Bros went on to announce that it has scheduled nine other DC superhero films up to the year 2020. It's not clear which movies these are, but we've already heard about "Justice League," "Wonder Woman," "Man of Steel 2" and »
Hollywood loves bringing big brawny Greek warriors to life, especially the iconic hero Hercules. Consider this: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and Twilight’s Kellan Lutz have all flexed their muscles as the demigod on the big screen. And in Hercules, in theaters now, manly man Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson takes on the role under the direction of Brett Ratner (of Rush Hour and X-Men: The Last Stand fame). While these movies can be great fun for grown-ups and teens who love a good Greek tragedy, some adaptations aren’t ideal for younger viewers. Those ancient Greeks could get pretty dark, what with the depictions of murder, sacrificial acts and beheadings of hydra. So if your kids loved the latest Hercules, or they’re too little for the PG-13...
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Earlier this summer we reported that 88 Films will be releasing Graduation Day and Mother’s Day to Blu-ray in the UK, and now 1981′s Don’t Go in the Woods… Alone will also be given the UK high-definition treatment. Together, these three releases make up the first wave of 88 Films’ Slasher Classics Collection, and the documentary, Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed!, has been included on Graduation Day‘s special features.
Graduation Day will hit Blu-ray in the UK on October 13th, while Mother’s Day will be available in the high-definition format sometime in early 2015. An official release date for Don’t Go in the Woods… Alone has not yet been announced. Below are two official press releases and a look at the Blu-ray cover art. The first release has full details on Graduation Day‘s special features, including the documentary, Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed! (thanks to Blu-ray. »
- Derek Anderson
The motley crew of rebels and mercenaries in Guardians of the Galaxy make their theatrical debut this weekend, and all signs point to a stellar opening. They might not be the most popular or well-known Marvel characters, but strong reviews and an even stronger marketing campaign have helped to drum up interest for these unlikely superheroes, which include an earthling (Chris Pratt), a talking raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and tree (Vin Diesel). As the widest August release in history with a 4,080 screen launch, Guardians is tracking at $65 million, but many analysts think that it has the potential to earn much more. »
- Lindsey Bahr
• Jamie Foxx will reportedly play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic. Terence Winter is set to write. Rick Yorn, Foxx’s manager, will produce. The project is still in the works and is currently without a studio. Though HBO released 1995’s Tyson, this is the first feature film to follow the controversial boxer. [Variety]
• Dakota Johnson will star in the Luca Guadagnino-directed A Bigger Splash. Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes have signed on as well, and Michael Costigan will produce. The film, based on the 1969 French crime drama La Piscine, follows a triangle that develops between a couple and a »
- C. Molly Smith
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Pic will shoot this fall.
Based on the Michael Punke novel, “The Revenant” centers on a 1820s frontiersman on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. Mark L. Smith and Inarritu penned the adaptation.
- Justin Kroll
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest Liam O'Donnell of Hydraulx Entertainment to talk about their latest picks of the week and much more. For the main topic of the night the guys spend some time discussing the film career of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in honor of Brett Ratner's interpretation of Hercules in theaters this past weekend. The guys talk over some of his best and worst career moves as he transitioned back and forth from the ring to the screen and remained the People's Champ through it all! They also talk about other films / roles they would like to see him show up in. Download #197 or Listen Now: [audio href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/firstshowing/EP197.mp3" title="What is The Rock Cooking (Guest: Liam O'Donnell)"]The Golden Briefcase #197[/audio] Subscribe via: RSS or iTunes Previous Episode: #196 - And We're Back At It Again! Our Guest: Liam O'Donnell: @LiamODin Picks of the Week: Jeremy: My Soul To Take »
- Tim Buel
Captain America: The Winter Soldier taps into current fears about surveillance and data-mining. Ryan looks at its subversive undertones...
Every generation carries with it a heavy payload of shared anxiety. A fear of nuclear annihilation permeated the Cold War era. The 1970s brought with it a distrust of leadership, as Richard Nixon's presidential authority crumbled in the wake of the Watergate scandal.
These collective preoccupations constantly find their way into the stories we share, not least in movies: Cold War paranoia manifested itself in 50s invasion science fiction; the distrust of the 1970s found its expression in such conspiracy thrillers as The Parallax View, The Marathon Man and Capricorn One.
For several years after the global financial crisis of 2008, a resentment towards banks, billionaires and corporate types became a common sight in movies. The comedy »
Ask any self-respecting slasher buff about the genre’s ‘golden age’ and they will doubtlessly wax poetic about the plasma-packed pot-boilers of the 1980s – the decade of destruction that gave us Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and the transsexual teen-tormenter of the Sleepaway Camp series. Given the label’s name, what better way for 88 Films to celebrate this halcyon era of horror than with a series of numbered and collectible sanguine-splashed shockers from the period of VHS and video nasties?
88 Films is proud to announce the launch of a new “Slasher Classics” line – kicking off with a digitally re-mastered DVD release of Don Gronquist’s notorious censor-baiting backwoods sickie Unhinged (1982). Further fearful fun will be delivered with Don’t Go in the Woods (1981) – the effortlessly enjoyable “hunt ‘em and kill ‘em” epic that once had British authorities outlawing its very exhibition! Directed by James Bryan, Don’t Go in the Woods »
- Phil Wheat
After Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes ruled over the Us box-office for two weekends running it was about time someone challenged them for the number one spot. Its competitors were more than worthy but there could only be one winner…
Luc Besson’s latest outing Lucy saw off Brett Ratner’s Hercules by more than $15 million. Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as the telepathic title character, opened in 3,173 cinemas across the country, earning around $44 million. Meanwhile, Hercules, featuring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as the mythical legend, opened in 3,595 cinemas and raked in $29 million. To add insult to injury, Lucy cost $40 million throughout its production, while her heavily CGI-ed competition cost around $100 million – ouch! You can read our Hercules review here.
Here’s the Us top five from last weekend:
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
They don’t get more down to earth in Hollywood than Dwayne Johnson (aka the Rock), the star of Hercules — Brett Ratner’s adaptation of the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Johnson plays the mythological hero, whose adventures have been the subject of numerous stories through the ages. Ratner’s film opened last weekend and focuses on Hercules' battle against a tyrannical warlord in order to help the King of Thrace and his daughter. The film picks up after Hercules completes his legendary Twelve Labors, a series of tasks the demigod endured as penance for slaying his wife and sons in a fit of madness. Since Hercules had to overcome some difficulties in his past, writer and actor Nick Mundy (for Screen Junkies) wanted to discuss his...
- Alison Nastasi
Zero to hero! No, not that “Hercules.” This is the Brett Ratner “Hercules” starirng The Rock, based on the comic series “Hercules: The Thracian Wars.” And Ryan traveled all the way to Boston to see it with Newcomb. Enjoy!
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- Ryan Clagg
The second Hercules movie we’ve reviewed here in the space of a week, Hercules Reborn is a product of mockbuster kings The Asylum and unlike The Legend of Hercules, which told the story of Hercules discovering who he is, this iteration of the mythical hero’s take takes place after he kills his wife and children in a fit of madness and is now living in exile, banished for the murders. However when the bride of Arius, an officer in the Greek army, is seized during a bloody coup by a ruthless Greek general, the soldier turns to the legendary Hercules for help. Initially Hercules refuses, but when he sees this as a chance for salvation, he agrees to help Arius. Together they must battle the general’s army, »
- Phil Wheat
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