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Jesse Plemons Joins 'Black Mass'; Is He Out for 'Star Wars 7'?

2 April 2014 2:44 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Breaking Bad star Jesse Plemons is in talks to star in Warner Bros.' crime drama Black Mass, which likely rules him out to play a role in the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.

Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams confirmed in January that Jesse Plemons was one of the actors he had met with for a role rumored to be a Jedi apprentice. Since both Black Mass and Star Wars: Episode VII are scheduled to begin production around the same time in May, it seems clear that he will not be a part of the sci-fi sequel. The Hollywood Reporter's sources indicate the actor did have a meeting for the Star Wars: Episode VII role, although has nothing materialized since then.

J.J. Abrams is reportedly meeting with "tons of actors," while going through script revisions, although nothing seems to have come from any of these meetings.

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'Divergent' Tops 'Muppets' Sequel with $56 Million Debut at Domestic Box Office

23 March 2014 8:49 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Summit Entertainment's "Divergent" easily topped the charts this weekend with a solid $56 million estimate from its opening theater count of 3,936 theaters. The Neil Burger film starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet averaged $14,228 per theater. The film also performed well on the IMAX front from $4.8 million of that total earned. In second, Disney's beloved "Muppets" returned in "Most Wanted," a film with more cameos than funny moments, posting a $16.5 million opening from 3,194 theaters. Third-placed "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" grossed $11.7 million as it advances towards the $100 million mark with over $81 million accumulated domestically so far from three weeks at play. Overseas the animated film from 20th Century Fox has coined over $102 million, covering its production budget of $145 million. In fourth, Warner Bros.' "300: Rise of An Empire" added $8.66 million on its third weekend trial as the Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green adventure closes in on $100 million Stateside with $93.7 million thus far. »

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Film Review: 300: Rise Of An Empire (2014): 3D Blood & Gore Overwhelm

22 March 2014 4:53 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  300: Rise of an Empire (2014) Film Review, a movie directed by Noam Murro, and starring Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O’Connell, Andrew Tiernan, Igal Naor, Andrew Pleavin, Ben Turner, Christopher Sciueref, and Steven Cree. The long-awaited [...]

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- Drew Stelter

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Book Review: 300: Rise of an Empire: The Art of the Film

17 March 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Author: Peter Aperlo

Hardcover: 160 pages

Publisher: Titan Books

Isbn-10: 1781167826

Isbn-13: 978-1781167823


The action adventure 300: Rise of an Empire is the highly anticipated follow-up to the 2007 international blockbuster 300.

Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, 300: Rise of an Empire is produced by Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Bernie Goldmann, and directed by Noam Murro from a screenplay by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad. Told in the breathtaking visual style of 300 this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield–on the sea–as Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. 300: Rise of an Empire pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

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- Jess Orso

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Glorious 300: Rise Of An Empire Concept Art By Christian Lorenz Scheurer

14 March 2014 10:46 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Concept Art by Christian Lorenz Scheurer Click Here To See More Images 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. 300: Rise of an Empire - directed by Noam Murro, from a screenplay written by Kurt Johnstad and Zack Snyder. The film stars: Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles, Eva Green as Artemisia, Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo of Sparta, Rodrigo Santoro as King Xerxes, Hans Matheson as Aeskylos, Andrew Pleavin as Daxos, Callan Mulvey as Scyllias, David Wenham as Dilios, Jack O'Connell as Calisto, »

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Sullivan Stapleton Wants 300: Rise of an Empire Sequel

13 March 2014 3:37 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Zack Snyder's "300" hit theaters back in 2007 and went on to gross $456 million worldwide on a budget of $65 million. The sequel, called "300: Rise of an Empire," was released last weekend. And even though it has a budget of $110 million, it was able to earn $140 million during its global debut. At this point, Warner Bros has yet to make a decision whether to move forward with a third installment, but "300: Rise of an Empire" star Sullivan Stapleton says there are still plenty of stories to tell and he would love an opportunity to reprise his role. "As for the sequel, it's a huge story. And those battles between the Greeks and Persians went on for years and years," he said. "I hope to God we do another sequel." Question: Do you want to see a third "300" film? »

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Sequel Bits: ‘Fast & Furious 7′, ‘Raid 3′, ‘Transformers 4′, ‘Insidious 3′, ‘Frozen 2′

13 March 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Whether you like family-friendly animated adventures or hard-r action thrillers, someone out there is trying to make a sequel for you. After the jump: Kristen Bell would do Frozen 2 “in a heartbeat” Sullivan Stapleton really wants there to be another 300 Jean Claude Van Damme would like to be in Expendables 4 The Raid […]

The post Sequel Bits: ‘Fast & Furious 7′, ‘Raid 3′, ‘Transformers 4′, ‘Insidious 3′, ‘Frozen 2′ appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Will ’300: Rise Of An Empire’ Get A Sequel?

13 March 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It’s a wonder that it took seven years to get a sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300 into theatres after the original was so financially successful at the worldwide box office. Just short of one week in theatres and Noam Murro’s sequel 300: Rise Of An Empire has already made its entire $100 Million budget back, which isn’t entirely surprising given the popularity of the original Gerard Butler vehicle. However without Butler and such a long gap between the sequel and its predecessor Warner Bros must have been (understandably) a little worried.

With any previous fears of the films success now proven unwarranted, sequel talks will no doubt be occurring as we speak within Warner Bros’ headquarters. In a brand new interview with Strike Back star Sullivan Stapleton (who plays the lead in 300: Rise Of An Empire) the Australian star has expressed his keen interest in a sequel. »

- Ben Read

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Sullivan Stapleton Open To A Third "300"

12 March 2014 9:30 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sullivan Stapleton, the star of this past weekend's hit "300: Rise of an Empire," tells Deadline that he hopes there will be another follow-up as there's plenty of story left to tell:

"As for the sequel, it's a huge story, and those battles between the Greeks and Persians went on for years and years. I hope to God we do another sequel. If we don't, hopefully they put me in another film."

Budgeted at $110 million, "300: Rise of an Empire" took in $140 million in global box-office in its first weekend.

Stapleton, who plays General Themistocles in the film, is currently recuperating from an injury in Bangkok ahead of finishing his filming commitments on the final season of Cinemax's "Strike Back". »

- Garth Franklin

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'300: Rise of an Empire' Sequel a Possibility Teases Sullivan Stapleton

12 March 2014 12:39 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following its big box office win over the weekend, its possible that we could be seeing a sequel to 300: Rise of an Empire, which has already earned over $140 million worldwide in just a few short days. Although a follow-up has not been confirmed yet, star Sullivan Stapleton, who plays General Themistokles in the big-screen adventure, revealed that he hopes Warner Bros. brings him back, since there is much more story to be told.

"As for the sequel, it's a huge story, and those battles between the Greeks and Persians went on for years and years. I hope to God we do another sequel. If we don't, hopefully they put me in another film."

While it took almost exactly seven years to get this follow-up to 2007's 300 off the ground, the box office numbers prove that there is still an audience waiting for stylized action like this. 300 director Zack Snyder »

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Movie Review: '300: Rise of an Empire'

12 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

300: Rise of an Empire

Starring Eva Green, Lena Headey, Sullivan Stapleton

Directed by Noam Murro

Rated R

I wasn’t a fan of 300 when it came out.  Well, let me clarify that statement.  I was sort of indifferent towards the movie.  That indifference though turned sour as it seemed that everyone I knew loved the movie and would heap praise upon praise like it was Empire Strikes Back.  That led me to start picking the movie apart scene by scene and at one point down right hating the film.  It certainly isn’t the best course of action to take with a movie but at the time that was my reaction.  After seeing the trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire and instantly thinking to myself “why bother”, I decided to rewatch 300 again.  That indifference I felt the first time is still there but I can now see why people really like it. »

- Craig Dietz

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Meet ‘300’ Hero Sullivan Stapleton; Is He Hollywood’s Next Leading Man?

12 March 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

After 300: Rise Of An Empire had an opening-week global gross of $136 million and resuscitated the franchise potential of a first film that ended with a bloody pile of 300 dead Spartans, the town is asking: who the heck is this Sullivan Stapleton, avenger of Spartans, scourge of Persians and the latest guy in town with a star look and a six-pack? And more importantly, when is he available to reinforce to Hollywood that he’s got the goods to become its next leading man? I caught up with Stapleton as he was home in Melbourne, recuperating from a concussion suffered in Bangkok while he was there filming Strike Back, the Cinemax series he stars in with Philip Winchester. He has done barely any press. That knock on the head kept him from being able to fly, which knocked him out of the chance to do the tour for the 300 sequel. »


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300: Rise of an Empire – doesn't know its Artemisia from its elbow

12 March 2014 6:41 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Scarred by racist political stereotyping, the mighty Persian empire is dealt a blow by plucky freedom-loving Greeks – with the help of Bondage Nymphomaniac Revenge Barbie

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300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

Director: Noam Murro

Entertainment grade: D–

History grade: Fail

The battle of Salamis in 480Bc was the major turning point in the Greco-Persian wars.


The first few minutes of 300: Rise of an Empire set out its wares: there's beheading, jiggling breasts, rape, a world view derived from Fox News (Darius the Great of Persia invaded Greece, we learn, because he was "annoyed by Greek freedom"), macho military anachronism (Greek hero Themistocles is skilled in something called "Athenian shock combat"), blood and mud both spurting around in 3D on the screen like thick black slime, waxed chests, teeny tiny leather man-panties, a portentous voiceover and racism. If you love all that stuff, saddle up your »

- Alex von Tunzelmann

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Sullivan Stapleton Hints at 300: Rise of an Empire Sequel

12 March 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' long-awaited sequel 300: Rise of an Empire debuted this past weekend and has already grossed over $140 million at the global box office, despite opening seven years since the original film's release. Though there's been no official word on the matter from the studio, star Sullivan Stapleton says there's plenty of room for another sequel should they decide to move forward. "As for the sequel, it’s a huge story," he said in an interview with Deadline .  "And those battles between the Greeks and Persians went on for years and years. I hope to God we do another sequel. If we don’t, hopefully they put me in another film." »

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300: Rise of an Empire smashes The Lego Movie off top UK spot

11 March 2014 8:55 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Togas-to-go and abs to die for atop the UK box office, while Grand Budapest Hotel books in a surprise third

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The winner

Seven years after the original 300 film, and with Gerard Butler's slain character missing this time around, it was by no means certain that audiences had an appetite for second helpings. But backers Warners and Legendary Pictures will be plenty happy with the opening numbers for 300: Rise of an Empire in the Us and internationally. In the UK, the film, from director Noam Murro (Smart People) and starring Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom), achieved a robust £2.76m debut. While that's well down on 300's opening salvo – £4.75m including previews of £784,000 – it's not bad for a film that seemed short of marketable elements other than the 300 brand name.

Rise of an Empire knocked The Lego Movie off the top spot after a three-week run. »

- Charles Gant

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Review: 300: Rise of an Empire

11 March 2014 7:23 AM, PDT | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

Rated R for strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language Cast: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham and Rodrigo Santoro Written By: Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad (based on the graphic novel Xerxes by Frank Miller) Directed By: Noam Murro The 2006 swords-and-sandals […]

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- Andrew Shuster

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What’s the Bloody ‘300’ Sequel’s Beef With Anti-War Movies?

10 March 2014 7:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Yes, “300” and its sequel originated as graphic novels, and yes, their highly stylized aesthetic resembles the look of certain videogames. Critics love to make such connections — as dismissively as possible, in most cases — but they aren’t terribly helpful when it comes to analyzing the film.

What intrigues me about “300: Rise of an Empire” (let’s call it “300.2” for short) aren’t such over-obvious comparisons but the more revealing contrasts, starting with just how different it is from other recent military movies. In the four decades since the U.S. withdrew from Vietnam, the war movie has been almost entirely replaced by the anti-war movie, except in cases where Orcs or alien invasion are involved. Hollywood, which had served as a patriotic extension of the American propaganda machine during earlier conflicts, changed its tune in the ’70s, responding with such openly critical films as “The Deer Hunter,” “Apocalypse Now” and “Platoon, »

- Peter Debruge

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Box Office Democracy: “300: Rise of an Empire”

10 March 2014 6:17 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

300: Rise of an Empire is a movie that made me doubt my own sanity.  I watched that movie and wondered if I had completely imagined the ending of the original movie and, for that matter, the graphic novel it was based on.  I distinctly remembered that story closing with a mass of people being told the story of the brave 300 and how their sacrifice inspired the Greeks to band together and now they would fight the Persians and now their victory was assured.  I had to run to YouTube to find this clip to assure myself that that is how the movie ended.  It’s too bad no one involved with 300: Rise of an Empire bothered to do 40 seconds of searching because they could have avoided completely negating their entire first movie.

300: Rise of an Empire takes place before, during, and after the original film and tells »

- Arthur Tebbel

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Second Opinion - 300: Rise of an Empire (2013)

10 March 2014 12:52 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

300: Rise of an Empire, 2013.

Directed by Noam Murro.

Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Rodrigo Santiago, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham and Jack O’Connell.



A Greek general leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by the vengeful demi-god Xerxes.

It has been nearly 8 years now since Gerard Butler so violently reminded us all that ‘this’ was in fact Sparta, in Zack Snyder’s 300. This time around Snyder only returns in the role of producer, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that he’s back in the director’s chair, given the superficial ethos of 300: Rise of an Empire.

The film’s narrative occurs simultaneously to that of the first film, making this much more of a spin-off rather than a direct sequel. As it turns out, while Leonidas (Butler) and his Spartans were making their stand at Thermopylae, there were equal amounts »

- Gary Collinson

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Jack O’Connell and Callan Mulvey Talk 300: Rise Of An Empire, Filming in Bulgaria, 3D, and More

10 March 2014 12:23 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in theaters 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 »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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