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HBO has cast Ed Harris and James Marsden in the pilot for their upcoming new series Westworld. It's inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 Western thriller, and it's described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."
Harris will play one of the central leads in the story known as The Man in Black, "the distillation of pure villainy into one man." Marsden is will play a character named Teddy Flood, "a mysterious new arrival to a small frontier town. Teddy quickly proves both his charm — and his talent with a revolver — while his pursuit of a local beauty launches him on a dark odyssey." Eddie Rouse has also joined the production and will play Kissy, "a laconic American-Indian who deals cards and contraband from the town saloon."
- Joey Paur
As production looms for the pilot episode of HBO’s televisual Westworld adaptation, the cast continues to grow. When you have to create a whole creepy theme park and fill it with people, a large cast is to be expected.
Last week we brought you the news that Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), Rodrigo Santoro (both 300 movies and Dominion), Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Hercules), Angela Srafyan (The Good Guys) and Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside) were all joining Anthony Hopkins on the show. Cyclops himself, James Marsden, also joined the ranks yesterday (although Film Divider had revealed his involvement some time ago).
The androids at the adult amusement park Westworld began to think for themselves one day, with murderous results. In the late Michael Crichton’s 1973 directorial debut Westworld, the beginning of independent artificial intelligence means the end for some humans. Inspired by Crichton’s film and also titled Westworld, HBO’s upcoming pilot just added Ed Harris to its A-list cast.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ed Harris has signed on to play a villain in HBO’s Westworld, described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.” Harrris will play a character called “The Man in Black”, described as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.” The cast also includes Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Shannon Woodward, and Jeffrey Wright. We have the backgrounds of the other core characters (via The Hollywood Reporter):
“Hopkins is set to play Dr. »
- Derek Anderson
From Marlon Wayans to Eddie Murphy to Nick Cannon, it seems every six months or so a new name surfaces as the potential lead for the forever developing Richard Pryor biopic. And with Lee Daniels now attached to direct, another contender is now in the pole position for the job —Mike Epps, who recently aced a screen test. The actor had been in the mix for the part a while ago, and his name has emerged as such again. And the likes of Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson are being tossed around for the role of Pryor's widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor.[Deadline] This is should be probably be filed in the "Duh, no kidding" category, but "Star Wars: Episode 7" newcomer Daisy Ridley will be returning for "Star Wars: Episode 8" and "Star Wars: Episode 9," because obviously. [Deadline] Get ready: Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The one-hour drama is inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 Western thriller about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.
Marsden is set to play Teddy Flood, a mysterious new arrival to a small frontier town. Teddy quickly proves both his charm — and his talent with a revolver — while his pursuit of a local beauty launches him on a dark odyssey.
Eddie Rouse has also been cast for the role of Kissy, a laconic American-Indian who deals cards and contraband from the town saloon.
Marsden can be seen in the upcoming Nicholas Sparks film “Best »
- Nikara Johns
Tis the season to reveal your pilot episode cast. Yesterday we learnt who’d be starring in the Scream TV adaptation, and today we’ve heard who’ll be visiting Westworld in the TV remake’s pilot.
There are some surprisingly sizeable names in there, too. Jeffrey Wright of Boardwalk Empire will play Bernard Low, described as “the brilliant and quixotic head of the park’s Programming Division,” while Rodrigo Santoro (both 300 movies and Dominion) will be Harlan Bell, “Westworld’s perennial Most Wanted bandit.”
Shannon Woodward of Raising Hope has been cast as “a sardonic rising star in the programming division,” while Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Hercules) plays “a savage fighter and brutal bandit” and The Good Guys’ Angela Srafyan has signed up for the role of “one of Westworld’s most popular attractions” Clementine Pennyfeather. »
HBO’s Westworld is filling out its cast. The sci-fi drama series from producers J.J. Abrams and Jerry Weintraub has enlisted actors from The Hunger Games saga, Fox’s Raising Hope, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, among others.
The six new hires join previously cast stars Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood. The pilot is based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film set in a futuristic theme park where androids fulfill dark human desires. Below are the actors and their official role descriptions from producer Warner Bros., which provide more description about the show than what’s been released previously. »
- James Hibberd
Dwayne Johnson is showing his strength as the title character in three new television spots for his latest adventure film, ‘Hercules.’ The videos, titled ‘Born,’ ‘Epic’ and ‘Rock,’ follows Hercules, the leader of a band of mercenaries, as he and his followers are fighting in action. The three clips are the most recent chronicle of the actor’s portrayal of the Greek hero in the film from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ director, Brett Ratner. The Paramount Pictures and MGM adaptation of ‘Hercules,’ which is now playing in theaters, also stars Ian McShane, Reece Ritchie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt. The epic movie is based on Radical Comics’ ‘Hercules’ [ Read More ]
The post See the Power of Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules In New TV Spots appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
MGM and Paramount Pictures released their new "2014 Hercules" remake/action/fantasy flick into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out and thought it was very entertaining, serving up plenty of hardcore action, drama, and more. It stars: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Aksel Hennie, and Reece Ritchie. In the new flick, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) is the leader of a band of mercenaries formed by the prophet Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), the thief Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), the warrior Tydeus (Aksel Hennie), the archer Atalanta (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) and the storyteller Iolaus (Reece Ritchie). Hercules is believed to be the demigod son of Zeus, who completed the legendary Twelve Labors, only to be betrayed by Hera, who drove him insane and caused him to murder his wife Megara and their children when he visited King Eurystheus. After that drama, Hercules »
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”.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Director Brett Ratner explains why you should see Hercules on the biggest screen possible in a new IMAX featurette for this action-adventure, which opens in theaters today. Dwayne Johnson stars as the mythical demi-god, who now serves as a mercenary, fighting battles for others alongside his five trusted warriors. Watch the latest footage as the filmmaker discusses how he created massive sets for this 3D epic and describes why the IMAX format is perfect for Hercules.
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend...
Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules' help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, »
“Hercules,” the latest movie to send Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on a mission to wrestle bad guys on the big screen, is now playing in theaters and is being hailed as Ok, at best. The Paramount release directed by Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour”), a favorite target for critics, has garnered a 65 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, at the moment. Also read: ‘Lucy’ Review: Scarlett Johansson Grows Smarter As the Movie Gets Dumber Based on Radical Comics’ “Hercules” by Steve Moore, the PG-13 action flick follows Johnson and a few fighting friends (Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) on a mission to. »
- Greg Gilman
Brett Ratner may have finally found his niche. Freed of a modern-day setting and any thought of realism, the director's inclination toward outlandish action takes flight almost immediately. The opening moments of Hercules are narrated efficiently; the story takes place a long time ago in a fantasy world far, far away from ancient Greece. Thrace is the place, a mythical land filled with warfare and strife, a land where a mercenary Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) can stride freely with his small band of warriors, including his trusted lieutenant (Rufus Sewell), his prophet and advisor (Ian McShane), his trusty archer and token female (the very fit Norwegian actress Ingrid Bolsø Berdal), his nephew and storyteller (Reece Ritchie), and his mute and loyal friend (the great Aksel Hennie,...
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There aren’t many things less likely to inspire passion than the words “directed by Brett Ratner.” Say what you want about crowd pleasing blockbuster factories like Michael Bay, Zack Snyder or Justin Lin, but at least their work has a clearly defined style and inspires debate. Not Brett Ratner. Renowned as a workmanlike director, his main claim to fame is his ability to bring a project in on time and under budget. So the prospect of a new addition to the Ratner filmography wasn’t exactly setting my world on fire. Adding an additional note of sourness to proceedings is the widely publicized artist-led boycott of the film on the basis that the studio has bilked the late Steve Moore, (author of the comic books that this version of Hercules is based on), out of every penny he was due through sneaky contractual finagling.
Determined to stay optimistic, I »
- David James
Irina Shayk, the fetching swimsuit and lingerie model, made her debut on the red carpet at the premiere of “Hercules” in Hollywood, her first feature role in a motion picture. Shayk is best known for her exotic looks in dozens of swimsuit and lingerie campaigns as well as seven straight appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue (2007-14). The action-adventure flick, directed by Brett Ratner also stars Ian McShane, Reece Ritchie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt. ...Read More »
Brett Ratner’s (X-Men: The Last Stand) comic book adaptation Hercules arrives in North American theaters tomorrow, and ahead of its release, we’ve got a couple of new clips for you below (and don’t forget to check out our review here)…
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend… Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. 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 must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.
- Gary Collinson
With just a few days left until Brett Ratner's mythical adventure Hercules hits theaters, Paramount Pictures unveils yet another TV spot featuring Dwayne Johnson taking "badass" to the next level. Get a glimpse at some of the intense action scenes in this latest look.
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend. Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. 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 must again become the hero he once was... he must embrace his own myth... he must be Hercules. »
Dwayne Johnson once again gets to flaunt his WWE Superstar skills as he goes toe-to-toe with a legendary sea beast, the Hydra, in this fourth scene from Hercules. In order to ensure his demi-god status, the iconic muscle man of Greek myth must defeat this nasty multi-headed serpent. Only problem is, cut off one of its heads and two more grow back...If Dwayne Johnson can't kill it, no one can!
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend. Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. 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 »
Dwayne Johnson's Hercules faces his second labour - the four-headed Lernean Hydra - in a new clip from the action blockbuster.
Hercules will be released in cinemas on July 25. Watch The Rock speak to Digital Spy about the film below: »
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
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