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Director: Brett Ratner
Running Time: 98minutes
Synopsis: Both man and myth, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) leads a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne. A tormented soul from birth, Hercules has the strength of a God and a reputation that precedes him, but is his legend everything it appears?
Let’s be honest, Hollywood’s recent attempts to revive the glorious sword & sandal epics of yesteryear have been uninspired, style over substance, CG puff pieces that (bar a few exceptions) have failed to impress. We’ve had far more stinkers than stonkers and Thn is sad to say that Hercules does nothing to boost the numbers in the latter’s favour. Hercules takes the best elements of films like »
- Joe Upton
Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are: The Humbling (Directed by Barry Levinson) starring Al Pacino, Mandy Patinkin, Dianne Wiest, and Greta Gerwig. The Keeping Room (Directed by Daniel Barber) starring Sam Worthington, Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru, and Kyle Soller. The Last Five Years (Directed by Richard Lagravenese) starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. Learning to Drive (Directed by Isabel Coixet) starring Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 - 14th. Via Tiff. The Humbling The Humbling tells the story of a legendary stage actor who has an affair with a lesbian woman half his age at a secluded country house in Connecticut. Based on Philip Roth’s final novel, it is a tragic »
- Matt Goldberg
Based on Kevin Wignall's novel, Worthington plays a solitary assassin who is hired to kill a young girl but can’t bring himself to do it. After he fails to carry out the task, both are marked for death and hunted across Europe.
Their only hope is to find out why her family were killed and bring those responsible to justice. Emma Roberts and Hailee Steinfeld were both previously linked to the project but are no longer in the frame, so casting continues for the female lead.
Source: Screen »
- Garth Franklin
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Heaven Is for Real (drama; Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly; rated PG) Sabotage (action; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard; rated R) Transcendence (sci-fi; Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman; rated PG-13) The Single Moms Club (Tyler Perry-directed comedy; Nia Long, Amy Smart; rated PG-13) Cesar Chavez (drama; Michael Peña, America Ferrera; rated PG-13...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Arnold Schwarzenegger fans have plenty to celebrate today with the Blu-ray and DVD release of his new action-thriller Sabotage. The action icon stars as Breacher Wharton, who leads a corrupt team of DEA agents on a raid where they steal $10 million in drug cartel money. The plot thickens when these team members start getting picked off, one by one in director David Ayer's intense thriller.
In honor of the Sabotage Blu-ray, and Arnold Schwarzenegger's upcoming 67th birthday in just a few short days, we have a contest lined up where fans can take home a three-pack of Arnold Schwarzenegger movies on Blu-ray, Sabotage, Conan the Barbarian and Total Recall. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so take a look at how you can win below.
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We're about to lose Sam Worthington for a couple of years. Soon, he'll be headed back to Pandora for a set of Avatar sequels, losing himself in James Cameron's fanciful world of cat people and uncaring military types. But first, the guy's gonna cram some real acting roles in there, and one of them is that old standby: the hitman. Sam Worthington will be starring in Hunter's Prayer, according to Screen Daily. Formerly going by the title For The Dogs (yikes, terrible title), this action thriller should sound mighty familiar to anyone fond of scouring the direct-to-dvd bin. Worthington will play an assassin assigned to kill a beautiful young girl. Once he decides he can't go through with it (because he has a penis), the two of them go on the run and learn exactly why she's being targeted and by whom. At $25 million, this is basically the mid-budgeted »
Screen Yorkshire wouldn’t reveal the amount that it has invested, but said it was its biggest investment to date. From this year it has been able to invest in excess of £1 million ($1.7 million) per project.
The $25 million pic, which was previously known as “For the Dogs” and will be helmed by Jonathan Mostow (“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”), will shoot in Northern England and Hungary from this autumn.
The fast-paced action pic focuses on Lucas (Worthington), an assassin hired to kill a young girl. When he can’t bring himself to carry out the task, both are marked for death and hunted across Europe. Their only hope is to find out why her family were wiped out, and bring those responsible to justice. »
- Leo Barraclough
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
International titles world-preeming on the »
- Jennie Punter
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You »
- Gregory Ellwood
Exclusive: Co-pro Hunter’s Prayer marks largest investment and first Us production for fund.
The film is the first Us production to get backing from Screen Yorkshire, which would not reveal the amount invested but confirmed it to be above £1m.
Producers are [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Jude Law dons impressive chops and gold teeth to play a sleazy
safecracker fresh out of jail. Dom took the fall without ratting out his boss (Demián Bichir), and now it's time to pay the piper. Richard E. Grant co-stars as his best friend, whom Dom enlists on his quest to get paid. Emilia Clarke (the mother of dragons!) plays Dom's estranged daughter, Evelyn.
Why We're In: We love darkly funny crime thrillers, and it's cool to see Jude Law back in action.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
The Essential Jacques Demy (Criterion)
What's It About? This box set comes with the most beloved movies by the French auteur: "Lola," "Bay of Angels," "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," "The Young Girls of Rochefort," "Donkey Skin," and "Une Chambre en Ville."
Why We're In: In addition to the digital restorations of these delightful classics, »
- Jenni Miller
A film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger comes with a decently hefty amount of expectations, due to his filmography being completely full of films that helped establish his role as the guy who has blown more buildings up, delivered more one liners, and muscled his way through more bad guys than any other badass working today. When an actor gets that insanely huge amount of baggage, it’s hard for viewers to think of him as anything other than that, causing any testing of the waters to be less successful and well received. Thankfully though, Schwarzenegger is able to rise above that and give fans a very unexpected yet interesting performance in David Ayer’s gritty as hell film Sabotage.
Following a covert operation that ends with 10 million dollars of drug cartel money missing, DEA Agent Breacher (Schwarzenegger) and his hardcore team of undercover agents are put under investigation, with each member »
- Jerry Smith
Big screen icon Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an all-star cast, including Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway and Mireille Enos, into action in Sabotage, arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD formats on July 22. David Ayer directs this explosive thriller, which centers on a crooked team of DEA agents, lead by John Breacher (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who start getting picked off one by one after they stole $10 million during a drug raid.
We have a contest lined up where our readers can win a copy of the Sabotage Blu-ray, to experience this thrill ride in high definition. These prizes will be gone faster than you can say Schwarzenegger, so take a look at how you can win.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the big screen can’t be called much of a comeback as The Last Stand, Escape Plan and Sabotage were all bombs. Sabotage tanked the hardest as it was barely able to cross the ten million dollar mark. Perhaps Arnie will regain his footing from his role in the upcoming Terminator sequel, but it seems unlikely that he will ever front a non-sequel again (or at least for another five years). That’s too bad as Sabotage is a fun throwback to his early eighties action movies which delivers the “red meat city” PG-13 action movies of late are unable to do. Mixing Commando with a slasher sensibility, Sabotage has Schwarzenegger leading a team of DEA agents (including Mireille Enos, Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, and Sam Worthington) who are being hunted and by a mysterious killer. My Sabotage Blu-ray review follows after the jump. »
- Andre Dellamorte
Between Guardians of the Galaxy and 2015's Jurassic World, Chris Pratt is ready to break out as one of the biggest movie stars in the world. After years of putting in amazing work on the small screen, playing the hilarious Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation, Hollywood is finally realizing his true potential as a leading man. The reality, however, is that this could have happened a while ago - provided that J.J. Abrams and James Cameron actually paid attention to the talent that was right in front of them. The most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly features a spotlight interview on Chris Pratt, and in the feature the actor reveals that he has been auditioning for blockbuster roles for a long time, and was among the candidates considered for Avatar (playing Jake Sully - a part that was eventually played by Sam Worthington) and Star Trek (playing the »
When 20th Century Fox Korea announced last week that Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes would open locally on July 10, one week earlier than previously planned, the South Korean film industry cried foul.
The date change has since drawn fire from local film-makers and press alike and caused at least three films to change their distribution dates.
On the same day as Fox’s announcement on July 4, film importer Main Title Pictures and the Korean Film Producers Association (Kfpa) quickly sent out statements condemning the sudden change in release dates and urging Fox to go back to its original date.
Kfpa cited the long-standing practice of distributors sharing line-up release dates with one another “several months or one year in advance” so that they could prepare and follow through on costly post-production and marketing plans.
“The sudden release [date] change of a Hollywood blockbuster film based on immense capital strength goes against the trade ethics of the »
- email@example.com (Jean Noh)
Escape to Victory didn't set the world alight on its initial release in 1981, but as the decades have ticked on the film has firmly cemented itself as a cult favourite among fans of film and football.
Now, this potent mix of The Great Escape and underdog sports tale is in line for a remake with Edge of Tomorrow's Doug Liman at the helm. Liman will surely play it straight in the redo, but the original film featured a glorious mix of big movie stars of the day (Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine), ageing football icons who'd taken a paycheque in the Us (Pelé) and Ipswich Town players (hey, they were big in the '80s!).
With that in mind, Digital Spy has picked a brand new Victory 2014 starting XI ready for 90 minutes of life-or-death football. Fyi, we're playing 4-4-2 - the Nazis might overrun us in midfield but we're old school! »
Aniston, who hasn’t attended a premiere in several months, stunned in a black miniskirt paired with a black button up shirt. The Friends alum accessorized with earrings, a gold watch and her engagement ring. Her husband-to-be dressed for the occasion in a navy wool Dior Homme suit with a white shirt and no tie.
Asked how he felt to have Aniston by his side for the premiere, Theroux told Us Weekly, “It feels great!”
Onlookers noted that the engaged pair looked as happy as ever – both on the red carpet and inside the event. "Jen and Justin were really sweet together," an source told Us. "They were both absolutely beaming. Inside the event, Jen was »
With an Oscar in his hands, presumably Jared Leto has his pick of movies, and it looks like he's eyeing former Will Smith gig "Brilliance." The Fresh Prince dropped out last month, but Leto is in early talks for the movie that's based on the novel by Marcus Sakey, set in "a world where a rare set of people are born with extraordinary abilities and are called 'brilliants.' At the center of the story is a federal agent with great hunting gifts who is drafted to track down a terrorist, another such brilliant who intends to start a civil war." Woo. Noomi Rapace is still attached in a supporting role with Julius Onah to direct. [Deadline] Before he spends the next forever making "Avatar" sequels, Sam Worthington has started production Down Under on the TV miniseries "Deadline Gallipoli." Hugh Dancy, Rachel Griffiths, Bryan Brown, Ewen Leslie, Jessica De Gouw, Anna Torv, »
- Edward Davis
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