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The internet was sent into uproar last year when Ben Affleck was announcing as the next Dark Knight for Zack Snyder's upcoming Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman, with the backlash harking back to the late 80s when Warner Bros. received over 50,000 letters of complaint about Tim Burton hiring Beetlejuice star Michael Keaton for 1989's live action movie.
"He's going to be great," Keaton told The Today Show, via Metro. "I don't follow it much, but I guess there was some sort of... I don't know why people get excited about things. Frankly, I don't understand it."
- Gary Collinson
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. »
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
The new film 300: Rise of an Empire is a follow-up, of sorts, to 300 (2006). Zack Snyder is still the lead writer on this new incarnation but the director of the new film is Noam Murro. Murro’s only prior feature directing experience was a film called Smart People (2008) and it is a good guess you didn’t see it as it grossed less than $10M domestic. It is interesting that the new film bookends its predecessor. The timeline of 300: Rise of an Empire starts prior to 300 and ends after it. You don’t see that very often. The people making this movie clearly expect the audience to grasp that complexity with little difficulty and in the current spoon-fed culture that Hollywood is known for that is a bit impressive. The creators here boldly launch into a visceral tale that parallels not only the initial film’s violence and visual »
- Steven Gahm
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 stormed theaters late last night to unfurl another gory tale or war, revenge and shirtless men with capes. And with strong box office returns, it appears that the seven years between this sequel and the theatrical release of 300 hasn't cooled fan fervor for the Zack Snyder's vision of this Greek/Persian conflict. THR reports 300: Rise of an Empire pulled in an impressive $3.3 million at Thursday night screenings in North America, plus another $1.83 million in France since its Wednesday debut there. These figures are leading to speculation that this bloody and brawny epic could make $40 million in the Us over the course of its opening weekend. Notably, that would be roughly $30 million less than 300 made its opening weekend, but Warner Bros. is said to have expected some drop off in initial moviegoer turnout for a number of reasons. One concern is how the number »
“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
When producer Mark Canton began broaching a follow-up to the edgy ancient epic 300, he kept getting the same response from Warner Bros. executives: "Everyone died, so how can there be a sequel?" But Canton, along with fellow 300 producers Gianni Nunnari, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Bernie Goldmann, were determined (Nunnari and Canton shepherded the original film from the start, as well as the sequel). They found their answer when Frank Miller, upon whose graphic novel the first movie was based, came up with an idea for continuing the story. Snyder said he would return to direct the
- Pamela McClintock
Even with middle-of-the-road reviews and decent box office, a sequel to 300 always seemed inevitable. The art of Frank Miller's comic book brought to cinematic life by director Zack Snyder with all the slow motion and speed ramping he could muster seemed justified enough for a follow-up. That sequel is 300: Rise of an Empire, and though Snyder isn’t sitting in the director’s chair this time around, the trademark look and feel of his 300 is present in every frame. That’s not all. Despite the familiar look, and the all-too familiar narrative points we have to go back over, 300: Rise of an Empire also has a familiar way of kicking the audience’s ass, loading the screen with epic battles brought to life this time around with the very best in digital effects hard at work. That’s to say nothing of the awesome villainy on display from Eva Green. »
- Jeremy Kirk
The best thing about the new 300: Rise of an Empire is that Zack Snyder didn’t direct it. And the worst thing about it is that Zack Snyder didn’t direct it. Allow me to explain myself. Back in 2006, Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s comic book 300, a macho reimagining of the battle between a small band of Spartans and the Persian army in Thermopylae, made for a most unlikely hit. Sword and sandal movies weren’t exactly big business, but 300 captured something in the culture: The Iraq War was raging, and the film portrayed the beefy, noble Spartan warriors as brave Western heroes holding off a decadent, grotesque, beyond-Orientalized Persian army. Don’t ask me how we managed to see ourselves in the outnumbered. outgunned resistance and our scattered and desperate enemy in the massive, well-armed invading horde; it was a dark time for everybody.Did Snyder »
- Bilge Ebiri
Chicago – The rewriting of history in comic book movie form – not that’s anything wrong with that – continues with “300: Rise of an Empire.” Ancient wars are brought to life through a combination of mythology, six-pack abs, 3D blood spurts and comprehensive special effects, which can be better than history.
Nothing is unexpected in “300: Rise of an Empire” that wasn’t expressed in the previous “300” film. The sequel is a series of war proclamations and battle, only to regroup for more speeches and then more conflict. Most of it happens on the sea, which allows for some exaggerated computer generated ships and their minions – at one point a horse rides among the rolling vessels. But all the blood, bodies and baring breasts are intact, richly presented in action packed 3D. For fans of the previous film, there is everything expected in the sequel, with no subtlety or explanations necessary. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The first 300 was an uncompromising paean to glorious graphic-novel imagery, infused with music-video sensibility and CGI magic. Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s bloody tale, which chronicles the Spartans’ noble defeat at Thermopylae in 480 B.C., splattered the box office in 2007, grossing $201.6 million and making Gerard Butler’s abs more famous than Gerard Butler. 300: Rise of the Empire is a prequel, sequel, and side-quel to that tale.
- Jeff Labrecque
If "300" was all about blood and guts and gore, then it appears that "300: Rise of an Empire" boasts more of the same — except this time, it's a sexier affair. In fairness, director Zack Snyder's "300" had its fair share of half-naked men and women, of course. But to hear critics tell it, there's a sex scene in "Rise of an Empire" that is absolutely unforgettable — an "all-timer," according to one review. ...
By Josh Wigler »
Zack Snyder's résumé used to contain car commercials and a few music videos. But now, Snyder's adaptation of comic book legend Frank Miller's "300" mini-series earned more than $456 million around the globe, thanks to its stylized look and feel, high-stakes story line and cast of mostly unknown but extremely buff actors. Warner Bros. entrusted Snyder with a $65 million budget, based on the modest budget of his feature film debut, the moderately successful remake ...
By Ryan J. Downey »
“300: Rise of an Empire” is a new chapter of the epic saga based on the graphic novel “Xerxes” by Frank Miller and directed by Noam Murro from a screenplay by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad. Told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” the story takes the action to a new battlefield […]
The post 300 Rise of an Empire Cast Interview appeared first on MoviesOnline. »
- Sheila Roberts
Welcome to Thn’s premier podcast The Hollywood Booze! We’ve hit episode 92, and this week it’s just Dave and Dan. We talk Oscars and Jurassic World casting while Joel Silver and Zack Snyder duke it out while poor old Terry Gilliam is collateral damage.
We also have reviews of 300: Rise Of An Empire and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Here it is for your aural pleasure..
The post The Hollywood Booze Episode #92 appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
Opening this weekend is director Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire. In the sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300, Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy. The film also stars Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Igal Nao, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, and Andrew Tiernan. I’ve seen the film twice now and am happy to report the sequel kicks ass. The fight scenes are extremely well done, the 3D actually adds to the story, and Eva Green’s performance is worth the price of admission. It also might have the best sex scene of 2014, and it’s only February. While many might have wondered if we needed a »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Åkerman's acting career began in Canadian TV, followed by "The Utopian Society" (2003) and "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" (2004).
...receiving a nomination for a 'Saturn Award' for 'Best Supporting Actress'.
Since 2012, she has had a recurring role on the sitcom "Suburgatory" and currently plays the lead »
- Michael Stevens
Speaking to Empire, Spacey defended the casting of Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
"First of all, I think [Jesse Eisenberg] is a remarkable actor," Spacey said.
The star continued: "He's just going to f**king own it. I think it's a great idea and I wish him the best with it."
Batman vs Superman will open in cinemas on May 6, 2016.
Jesse Eisenberg: Career in Pictures »
Lots of Blood, Lots of muscle, and Lots of Eva Green.
It's been 8 years since director Zack Snyder wowed audiences with his break-through, ultra-violent action flick 300. Now, Warner Bros. adds a new chapter to the highly stylized, R-rated world with 300: Rise of an Empire.
Snyder doesn't return as director for this one, but acts as writer and producer. 300: Rise of an Empire still has the feel of a Snyder film. Although Gerard Butler's character of King Leonidas was killed off at the end of 300, there are several returning characters that seamlessly bridge this chapter to the 2006 film. Lena Headey returns as King Leonidas' widow, seeking revenge for her husband's violent death. Actor Rodrigo Santoro reprises his role as the all-powerful God King Xerxes who is determined to conquer the world, wiping out all that stand in his way.
The movie spans the time before, during, and after »
- Kristian Odland
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