5 items from 2014
With one Hercules film, Renny Harlan's The Legend Of Hercules, already been and gone with little box office glory in the Us, Paramount and Brett Ratner are hoping for bigger and better things from their own take on the legendary hero. So who better to lift the promotional barbell than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, debuting a poster for the film via his busy Twitter account.This take on Hercules, adapted from the Radical Comics title, finds him as a battle-weary warrior instead of the usual demi-god. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules' help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail, he has to become a hero again – and discovers that the real battle will be for his soul...With Ian McShane, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Aksel Hennie, Tobias Santelmann, »
Update: A new poster has been released as well, it can be seen below.
We’ve already seen one of the two competing Hercules films this year in the form of Renny Harlin’s The Legend Of Hercules. Unfortunately, it was a complete failure, bombing at the box office and receiving scathing reviews from critics. Now, Brett Ratner is looking to deliver his take on the story with Hercules, which stars Dwayne “Franchise Re-Starter” Johnson as the titular hero.
Said to be a more grounded version of the legend and set in a world where “the supernatural does not exist,” the film will see Hercules “travelling with a group of mercenaries and cashing in on his famous name until he’s hired to train an army for an epic battle.” It sounds like an interesting premise, but I think it’s safe to assume that this one is going to »
- Matt Joseph
The first images have been released from Brett Ratner’s Hercules. Not to be confused with the Hercules movie that came out earlier this year, Ratner’s take on the Greek legend is billed as “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist.” The story takes place after Hercules’ famous 12 labors, and has him “traveling with a group of mercenaries and cashing in on his famous name until he's hired to train an army for an epic battle.” Dwayne Johnson stars as the eponymous “first superhero” and tells USA Today, "The No. 1 goal is to make the definitive version of Hercules. We know we're going to be under a microscope.” At the very least, no one’s going to doubt he’s right for the part. Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here for a picture »
- Matt Goldberg
Shiva & May
Director: Diane Bell
Writer: Diane Bell
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Diane Bell’s highly inventive, stylistically unique, microscopic Obselidia was among Sundance ’10 most oddest entities. If Diane Be”It’ll be curious if much of this DNA finds itslef in her sophomore film which magnetically caught the attention of name-talent in Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet. Shiva & May will bring out the kink and thriller elements.
Gist: Biel stars as a peaceful yoga instructor who finds herself behaving in ways she never imagined in an effort to protect her newly discovered sister Shiva (Zosia Mamet), who is a sex worker, from a less-than-savory boyfriend (Joe Anderson).
Release Date: Shoring up for the production in the month of October, this will technically be well ready for the fall festival season, »
- Eric Lavallee
Sam Rockwell is one of the greatest actors working today. If you’re not already in agreement with me, look over his diverse body of work. Rockwell has killed roles, both lead and supporting, in movies as weird as Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, as shattering as Conviction, and as breathtakingly original as Moon. Along the way, he’s played integral parts in classics like The Green Mile and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. He’s one of my favorite actors because, no matter how many great roles I see him in, he just sells it every time.
A Single Shot, a relentlessly bleak and atmospheric noir drama, is no exception. As hunter John Moon, who accidentally shoots and kills a young woman, only to uncover a huge amount of money she was guarding, Rockwell is absolutely terrific. It’s a very physical part for the actor, »
- Isaac Feldberg
5 items from 2014
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