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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
To celebrate the UK DVD and Blu-ray release of The Legend of Hercules on August 4th, we’ve got two Blu-ray copies of the film up for grabs! Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…
“Kellan Lutz (The Expendables 3) stars as the mythical Greek hero, Hercules, in this epic origin story. The son of Zeus is betrayed by his stepfather, a tyrant King (Scott Adkins; The Expendables 2) and sold into slavery. Hercules must then embark on a legendary odyssey using his extraordinary strength to overthrow the king and restore peace to the land.
The Legend Of Hercules is an epic action adventure with mind-blowing thrills and an all-star supporting cast including Liam McIntyre (Spartacus: War of the Damned), Roxanne McKee (Game of Thrones) and Gaia Weiss (Vikings).”
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- Gary Collinson
According to the action sci-fi thriller Lucy, using more than 10% of your brain's full capacity can allow you to bend the laws of physics and stop time. It also allows Scarlett Johansson to thoroughly trounce Dwayne Johnson in the battle for box-office supremacy.
1. Lucy – $44 million. Who could have guessed that a lot of people would want to watch Scarlett Johansson beat the hell out of a bunch of dudes? That's exactly what happened this weekend. While $44 million isn't record setting, director Luc Besson – creator of The Fifth Element and Leon: The Professional – was able to create a blockbuster epic on a relatively modest $40 million budget.
2. Hercules – $29 million. While Dwayne Johnson beating up boars, lions and tattooed zombie people didn't draw as many people to the theaters as ScarJo punching gangsters »
A new featurette for The Expendables 3 explores the many "icons" of the action movie genre that appear in the film.
The Expendables 3 leaks online, downloaded 189,000 times in 24 hours
"Icons on top of icons. You've got a pile of icons," Ford declares in the featurette.
Snipes adds: "Is it going to be bigger? Yeah, yeah, yeah!"
Gibson stars as the vengeful Expendables founder Conrad Stonebanks, who tries to take revenge on Barney Ross (Stallone) by kidnapping the group's new recruits.
The Expendables 3 opens on August 14 in the UK and August 15 in the Us. »
Chicago – I empathize with Dwayne Johnson and simultaneously don’t. Most people never get rich and famous once, let alone twice. Sure, it’s hard to re-brand people from the wrestling superstar you once were into the dramatic action star you’re trying to become, but your past is forever immortal.
Like Jackie Chan wants to be viewed as a dramatic actor instead of a funny karate man, so too does Dwayne Johnson want to drop his wrestling image as The Rock and be taken seriously as a real actor. The problem is he’s all over the place. It’s hard to be Hercules when you’re being remembered as campy in films like “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” and the upcoming “Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon”.
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“The Expendables 3″ has taken over the San Diego Comic-Con! Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Randy Couture, Kellan Lutz and director Patrick Hughes were at the biggest geek culture events of the year signing autographs at the Lionsgate Booth. We’ve got the pictures below! “The Expendables” will open in theaters Aug. 15. The film, also starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford, Terry Crews, Ronda Rousey and Arnold Schwarzenegger, is the latest installment in “The Expendables” film series. “In The Expendables 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with [ Read More ]
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This week's big new release is Hercules, an action-packed movie featuring The Rock. Now, you may be thinking, "Didn't that movie already come out?" Nope! However, The Legend of Hercules, starring Kellan Lutz, was released earlier this year. As Hollywood has proven, it's not the first time the "twin movie" phenomenon has occurred. Fairy tales, natural disasters, and the wondrous hidden world of insects have also provided fodder for movies with unfortunately coinciding release dates. Let's take a look back at some of the more memorable twin movies! Source: Paramount Pictures and Summit Entertainment »
- Maggie Pehanick
“Lucy” roared to $2.7 million at the Thursday box office, with “Hercules” just behind, muscling its way to $2.1 million.
The two films are targeting similar action-loving ticket-buyers, which means competition will be fierce. For now, give the edge to Universal Pictures’ “Lucy,” which stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman injected with drugs that turn her into a superhuman. You know, standard trip. Universal acquired the film for around $40 million and the picture should make north of $30 million this weekend.
“Hercules,” arrives via a partnership between Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and was directed by Brett Ratner. Dwayne Johnson stars as the son of Zeus and he’s the big draw, given that not every ticket-buyer was weaned on tales of Mount Olympus (witness the »
- Brent Lang
This weekend marks Hercules’ return to the big screen. A staple in the hero canon, the half man, and half god has slayed lions, bedded mortal women, and even hung out with the Three Stooges. Over the past seven decades, the hero has transformed from an Italian Stallion of the 1950s to the Blockbuster Beefcake we see today thanks to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kellan Lutz taking on the title role. With the former’s film (Hercules directed by Brett Ratner) opening this weekend, we thought it was a good time to look at the evolution of Hercules on the big screen.
’50s: The Italian Stallion
A star of the “sword and scandal” genre, Hercules became a regular fixture in Italian cinema during the 1950s. These historical epics were seen as the country’s answer to successful big-budget Hollywood films, such as Spartacus and The Ten Commandments.
Subsequently, the »
- Stacy Lambe
Over the past seven decades, the hero has transformed from an Italian Stallion of the 1950s to the Blockbuster Beefcake we see today thanks to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kellan Lutz. With the former’s film (Hercules directed by Brett Ratner) opening this weekend, we thought it was a good time to look at the evolution of Hercules on the big screen. »
- Stacy Lambe
In what is sure to be the most notorious case of piracy since the early leak of X-Men Origins: Wolverine five years ago, the Sylvester Stallone-led action blockbuster The Expendables 3 has leaked online, weeks before its release and even its world premiere here in London at the start of next month.
The sequel started appearing on torrent sites on Wednesday, with downloads starting to spike yesterday, and piracy analytics estimate that the film had been downloaded 189,052 times as of 6pm Et Thursday, within twenty-four hours of it landing online.
Whereas Origins was a rough copy of the movie, it’s believed that The Expendables 3 is a DVD-quality copy, which is sure to fuel the rate at which it gets downloaded in the coming weeks even further as fans of the franchise clamour to torrent sites to get an early viewing.
A lot of the time, fans don »
- Kenji Lloyd
Two big films are out this weekend, which one is worth your time and money? First, we have .Hercules. starring Dwayne Johnson based on the graphic novel by Steve Moore. From director Brett Ratner, is this .Hercules. much better than .The Legend of Hercules. starring Kellan Lutz from director Renny Harlin?
We also have .Lucy. starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. This one.s from director Luc Besson who gave us memorable female characters in .La Femme Nikita,. .The Professional,. and .The Fifth Element.. Is .Lucy. worthy of Besson.s booty-kicking heroines? Find out in my movie review below:
Official .Hercules. synopsis
Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' film Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, bows on July 25th. Based on Radical Comics' Hercules by Steve Moore, this ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth, Hercules. The epic action film also stars Golden Globe Winner Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, »
For the last few years, Summertime has been super-hero time at the multiplexes. It seems ever other week another costumed character with incredible abilities is battling away for a big chunk of the box office pie. But what about the original amazing avenger? Sure the Man Of Steel was here last Summer and is gearing up for his return (when he’ll face off against another hero). Nope let’s go way, way back to the real original, that demigod Hercules. The superstar of Greek mythology has been a cinema staple since the late 1950′s when American Steve Reeves laced up his sandals in two surprise hits imported from Italy. Reeves was the first of many famed body-builders to portray him right through 1969 with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Hercules In New York and 1983 with TV’s Hulk Lou Ferrigno in a pair of low-budget epics from Cannon Films. The man of muscle also went animated, »
- Jim Batts
Hercules, out Friday, follows the indomitable Dwayne Johnson as the eponymous Greek demigod-turned-mercenary who must save a beautiful princess' kingdom from civil war. Produced and directed by Brett Ratner and based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, the general consensus remains that what you see is what you get — and at the very least, it's not Renny Harlin and Kellan Lutz's The Legend of Hercules, widely panned by critics earlier this year. Photos Exclusive Portraits of 'Hercules' Star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson The Paramount and MGM film is expected to earn in the mid-$20
- Justin Krajeski, Ashley Lee
Friday Am Update: Lucy and Hercules both did solid business on Thursday night. Lucy earned an estimated $2.75 million, while Hercules scored an estimated $2.1 million. Among Summer releases, Lucy is above The Purge: Anarchy ($2.6 million), while Hercules topped Edge of Tomorrow ($1.8 million). For the weekend, both movies are going to earn at least $20 million.Forecast: On the final weekend of July, two very different action movies will try to reverse the domestic box office's downward trend. Hercules has a much bigger budget and arguably more star power in Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, but the sword-and-sandals epic doesn't appear to be connecting with moviegoers. In contrast, Lucy's eye-catching visuals and intriguing "what if" story has put it on pace for an opening north of $30 million, which should be enough to take first place this weekend.At the start of Summer, Lucy's box office potential didn't look so hot. The movie was scheduled for August 8th, »
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Stars: Kellan Lutz, Scott Adkins, Gaia Weiss, Roxanne McKee, Liam Garrigan, Liam McIntyre, Rade Serbedzija, Johnathon Schaech, Luke Newberry, Kenneth Cranham, Mariah Gale, Sarai Givaty | Written by Sean Hood, Daniel Giat | Directed by Renny Harlin
One of Three films released this year (the other two films surprisingly both star former WWE wrestlers) based on the classic character from Greek mythology, The Legend of Hercules stars Kellan Lutz as the titular hero Hercules, in an epic origin story from iconic action director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Long Kiss Goodnight) and writer Sean Hood – who co-wrote the recent Conan the Barbarian remake as well as penning the original story for a personal horror favourite of mine, Midnight Movie.
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 (played by the always awesome Scott Adkins). Borne of god and mortal, »
- Phil Wheat
We only brought you the new, colourful character posters yesterday, but we can’t help serving up more Expendables goodness, today in the form of a behind-the-scenes featurette.
Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham return as Barney and Christmas, who just happen to run into Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), former co-founder of The Expendables. However, Stonebanks and Barney didn’t end their friendship on ‘good terms’, with the pair now looking to end each other through any possible means. The endless list of co-stars includes Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Wesley Snipes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, Kellan Lutz, Victor Ortiz, Ronda Rousey, Kelsey Grammer and Glen Powell – now that’s one hell of a cast!
Interspersed with clips from the film, this featurette gives us a quick glimpse into what it’s like on set. By the looks of things there’s a lot of laughs and practical jokes, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Sneak Peek special Comic-Con images, plus footage from "The Expendables 3" starring Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammer, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell and Robert Davi :
"...the mercenary group, the 'Expendables', led by 'Barney Ross' (Stallone)...
"... come face to face with the team's co-founder 'Conrad Stonebanks'.
"Ross was forced to kill Stonebanks after he became a ruthless arms trader...
"...but Stonebanks survived and has now made it his mission to destroy the Expendables.
"Ross resorts to recruiting a new and younger generation of Expendables to help the team overcome his old adversary..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Expendables 3"...
- Michael Stevens
Grading on the Ratner Curve, this is a positive triumph. The cheesy clichés are at least passingly entertaining. You could do worse. I’m “biast” (pro): love Dwayne Johnson
I’m “biast” (con): hate Brett Ratner
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
You think you know the truth about him? You know nothing!” This from the very shouty narrator who opens Hercules for us, presumably in case you saw the hilariously awful The Legend of Hercules earlier this year and were suckered into believing that Kellan Lutz is a demigod. What’s sort of funny and sort of the best thing about this second attempt in a few months to pass off a superhero of the ancient world as one for the 21st century is that the shouty narrator turns out to be Herc’s publicist, and that »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Director: Brett Ratner; Screenwriters: Ryan Condal, Evan Spiliotopoulos; Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Irina Shayk, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Joseph Fiennes, Rebecca Ferguson, Rufus Sewell; Running time: 98 mins; Certificate: 12A
"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
Believe it or not, the above quote from John Ford's 1962 Western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance applies tellingly to Brett Ratner's fresh take on Hercules. Despite having the larger-than-life figure of Dwayne Johnson fronting the endeavour, it moves quickly to puncture the myth surrounding the Greek hero and root itself in some kind of tangible reality.
Those legendary twelve labours? Total bulls**t, tall tales weaved by Reece Ritchie's Iolaus to turn a mortal into a legend and strike fear into the hearts of those who oppose him. This Hercules is a man fleeing from a traumatic past, leading a team of outcasts (among them Rufus Sewell, »
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