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Ask any self-respecting slasher buff about the genre’s ‘golden age’ and they will doubtlessly wax poetic about the plasma-packed pot-boilers of the 1980s – the decade of destruction that gave us Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and the transsexual teen-tormenter of the Sleepaway Camp series. Given the label’s name, what better way for 88 Films to celebrate this halcyon era of horror than with a series of numbered and collectible sanguine-splashed shockers from the period of VHS and video nasties?
88 Films is proud to announce the launch of a new “Slasher Classics” line – kicking off with a digitally re-mastered DVD release of Don Gronquist’s notorious censor-baiting backwoods sickie Unhinged (1982). Further fearful fun will be delivered with Don’t Go in the Woods (1981) – the effortlessly enjoyable “hunt ‘em and kill ‘em” epic that once had British authorities outlawing its very exhibition! Directed by James Bryan, Don’t Go in the Woods »
- Phil Wheat
Zulay Henao, who co-starred in Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club, has signed on to portray Vanessa del Rio in an untitled biopic centering on the adult film legend. The indie will mark the feature directorial debut of Thomas Mignone, a music video director for such bands as Mudvayne and Slipknot. Mignone also wrote the script. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Datari Turner (Kilimanjaro) and Arthur Sarkissian, best known for the Rush Hour movies, are producing the drama, which is eyeing a production start in October and will shoot in Los Angeles and New York. With the cheap, crime-
- Borys Kit
The weekend box office pitted Scarlett Johansson against Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson; a female action hero versus a mythological Greek warrior; Luc Besson of The Fifth Element versus Brett Ratner of ... Rush Hour. Ultimately, it wasn't even close: Johansson's Lucy, a movie about a woman dosed with a drug that allows her to access her entire brain, easily outperformed the Rock's Hercules, raking in $44 million — well above its $40 million price tag. Hercules brought in $29 million, and will have to recoup the $100 million it cost to make overseas. Meanwhile, two-time box-office winner Dawn of the Planet of the Apes came in third with $16.3 million for a cumulative gross of $172 million domestically. The Purge: Anarchy came in fourth with $9.9 million, and Planes: Fire and Rescue held on to the fifth spot with $9.3 million. But, overall, the box office is still down 13 percent from »
- E. Alex Jung
Thankfully, Hercules is not an origin film. Though it is about the titular hero from Greek myth, The Legend of Hercules (2014) from earlier this year already took that approach so it is just as well. Here, the fabled strong-man (Dwayne Johnson) has already performed all but one of his legendary labors when the story opens.
The newHercules was directed by Bret Ratner of Rush Hour (1998) fame and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) infamy. The screenplay was written by Ryan Condal and Evan Spillotopoulus. This is the former’s first feature film. The latter has primarily worked on Disney animated films like Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007). The storyline the screenplay is based on is a comic by Steve Moore. You might be thinking that this combination of folks behind the camera is a bit like the “potpourri” category on Jeopardy, and you would not be wrong – sounds weird, could be awful. »
- Steven Gahm
“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
Originality in any form is not something you're going to find in Brett Ratner's Hercules. Take any PG-13 sword and sandal film you've seen lately -- glossy and gritty, drenched in black blood -- and add touches of Gladiator and Braveheart and you have this supposed "new" tale of the son of Zeus, or, as the film tells us... like... the real Zeus. You know, the Greek God and stuffc You know the one... rightc Yeah, we get it! The easiest comparison is to say Ratner has "updated" Hercules in the same way Marcus Nispel updated Conan, though this film does seem better than that one if only because it's shorter. The Nispel comparison seems apt, though, if you consider the visual palette Ratner is working with and the overall blunt force numbness of the plot. Adapted from Radical Studios' graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars", Hercules finds our »
- Brad Brevet
Hercules stars Dwayne Johnson as the titular mythic hero – a being more man than immortal that catapults himself to a position of renown and respect via tales that tell of his godlike prowess on the battlefield.
Directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand), this iteration of the Hercules story closely follows Steve Moore’s five-issue Radical Comics series Hercules: The Thracian Wars – replacing the idea of gods with the idea of a shrewd spin doctor and biographer Iolaus (Reece Ritchie). For every feat of Hercules the god, a new reality is depicted: the multi-headed hydra becomes a small army of men donning masks bearing the resemblance of a serpent.
This latest iteration of the Hercules story dares not take itself too seriously, peppering Americanisms and jokey asides throughout the epic feature, much to many critics’ pleasant surprise. Hercules also has the benefit of Johnson as »
On paper, Brett Ratner sounds like such an improbable choice to direct a large-scale ancient Greek epic that, going into his “Hercules,” one could only hope for a less aggressively preposterous affair than Renny Harlin’s bargain-basement “The Legend of Hercules” from earlier this year. The happy surprise is that Ratner’s “Hercules” is more than a mere improvement on its predecessor. It’s a grandly staged, solidly entertaining, old-fashioned adventure movie that does something no other Hercules movie has quite done before: it cuts the mythical son of Zeus down to human size (or as human as you can get while still being played by Dwayne Johnson). The result is a far classier pic than Paramount’s frenetic trailer — and decision to hide the film from reviewers until the eleventh hour — foretold, albeit one that will struggle to find its sea legs at a crowded and underperforming summer box office. »
- Scott Foundas
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson transforms himself into the legendary Hercules, in a passion project that’s a dream come true for the actor.
This isn’t the typical Hercules that’s the stuff of legend or what we’re used to seeing on-screen when we think of the mythical half-mortal son of Zeus. Johnson’s Hercules is a man beaten down after the Twelve Labours that made him famous, working as a sword-for-hire with a really cool lion hat as he struggles with the sins of his past.
Directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour), this Hercules draws more from the graphic novel by Steve Moore than it does directly out of legend, or say, the animated Disney film. In his latest big screen incarnation, Hercules (Johnson) has his life tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter call upon the legendary swordsman to defeat a tyrannical warlord.
Co-starring John Hurt, »
- Rachel West
Poor Kevin Sorbo. The former star of "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," a syndicate series Sorbo says passed "Baywatch" in terms of popularity in the '90s, just wanted a cameo in the upcoming "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson. But nobody wanted him to make an appearance.
While talking to Dish Network, Sorbo said, " We were sort of taken aback that they wouldn't let me in that movie. Not even to do a cameo. I think it's kind of stupid, really." Stupid you say? How far did he go to try to secure a role, you ask? Well, pretty far. "We approached the director. I don't know what his reasons are. I don't know if it was political or ego or what it is? But to not put me in for a stupid little cameo? The audience would have loved it." Well, considering the director was "Rush Hour" auteur Brett Ratner, it's »
- Drew Taylor
Legendary graphic novel writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, V For Vendetta) has called for fans to boycott the forthcoming Hercules movie directed by Brett Ratner (X:Men The Last Stand, Rush Hour), produced by Paramount/MGM and starring Dwayne Johnson. The latest adaptation of the Greek demigod is based on Radical Comics Hercules: The Thracian Wars written by longtime friend Scott Moore (no relation to Alan).
Alan Moore’s issue has nothing to do with the quality of the final piece or even how faithful it’s been to the original source material – like his similar qualms with his own graphic novel adaptations – it is simply to do with how his friend’s name – following his untimely death in March of this year – has been used to help promote the movie. Speaking to Bleeding Cool, Alan Moore explains that following unsuccessful negotiations regarding the rights of the comic books Scott Moore received »
- Gavin Logan
Tom Jolliffe digs deep into The Dusty VHS Corner for a trio of straight to video actioners featuring some of the biggest stars of the squared circle…
During the 80’s when the WWE was developing into the larger than life, sometimes cartoony drama that introduced the world to things like Hulkamania and story arcs straight out of soaps, to be one of the top wrestlers you needed presence, personality and showmanship. There were some strong personalities in the wrestling arena, and the immense popularity of Vince McMahon’s entertainment machine seemed to suggest that for a select few, the transition from wrestler to acting superstar could be an easy, and potentially lucrative one.
Long before Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson broke into movies and became the big box-office draw that he is today, a host of grapplers in years gone by have attempted the same, without hitting those heights. Arguably the »
- Gary Collinson
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“Hercules,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens on July 25, 2014, also stars Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Peter Mullan, Issac Andrews, Ingrid Berdal, Rebecca Ferguson, Aksel Hennie, Reece Ritchie and Tobias Santelmann from director Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour” films, “Red Dragon,” “X-Men: The Last Stand”) and writers Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos.
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"Rush Hour" director (and super nice guy) Brett Ratner has teamed up with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to right the wrongs of this year's earlier "Hercules Movie That Shall Not Be Named," with the more simply titled and far more promising "Hercules," out July 25, from Paramount. We have an exclusive preview to share with you today, and trust me, it's a lot more dreamy than one of the 12 labors.
In the preview, we get introduced to Irina Shayk, a Sports Illustrated model making her acting debut in "Hercules." It's safe to say that she would probably be worth fighting some kind of horrible Greek myth monster just to stand beside, let alone marry. As Ratner explains in the clip: "Hercules is a superstar. He's the most famous man in all of Greece. And he would have the most beautiful woman on his arm." Shayk certainly fits the bill.
She looks exotic and gorgeous, »
- Drew Taylor
"My time has not come yet. Not sure about yours." We're anxious to see if anything that Brett Ratner has done with the Greek epic Hercules can get us interested in the film, and if the latest extended TV spot for the film starring Dwayne Johnson is any indicator, we're going to be very disappointed. The film just looks like a dud, with dialogue that feels contrived, forced and phony. Johnson's charisma just isn't working this time, and it actually seems to be working against him here. Not even John Hurt or Ian McShane seem to be able to offer anything of value to the proceedings. It's like The Scorpion King all over again. Watch now! Here's the extended TV spot for Brett Ratner's Hercules from YouTube: Hercules is directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand), written by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos, and based on »
- Ethan Anderton
Dwayne Johnson has taken to Twitter to debut a new TV spot for Hercules, director Brett Ratner’s (Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand) upcoming adaptation of the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars; check it out below…
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.
Be sure to listen to the »
- Gary Collinson
The 2014 Wimbledon men's final attracted a peak audience of 9.86 million (54.3%) on Sunday, according to overnight figures.
On BBC Two, the British Grand Prix attracted an average score of 2.82m (22.6%) at 12pm. The Quest for Bannockburn continued with 1.26m (6.1%) at 8.15pm, followed by A Cabbie Abroad with 1.38m (6.5%) at 9.15pm.
On ITV, Despicable Me entertained 2.00m (10.1%) at 7pm (333,000/1.6% on +1), followed by The Nation's Favourite Motown Song with 2.13m (10.3%) at 9pm (190k/1.2%).
Brett Ratner, the man behind Rush Hour and X-men: The Last Stand, was in London this week to present the first footage from his latest blockbuster Hercules. Still editing the footage as we speak, Ratner introduced the 15-minute clip in 2D, but 3D and IMAX versions will also be released.
From what we saw during our preview, Hercules looks set to be an action-packed, battle-filled adventure with plenty of screen time dedicated to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson being suitably large and in charge. Three of Hercules’ twelve trials were shown in the footage (all of which are previewed in the trailer) with impressive demonic fights – if the 3D transformation is of a high quality, said action sequences could make for a tantalising prospect. We saw Hercules’ sheer power on display and a small glimpse of the warriors who fight alongside him, particularly Atalanta (Ingrid Bolso Berdal), who proves to John Hurt »
- Victoria Bull
Luke Owen with some thoughts on Hercules after seeing some sneak-peak footage…
The words “directed by Brett Ratner” do not inspire a lot of confidence in movie lovers. Many have argued that the success of the Rush Hour movies was down to Jackie Chan “directing” them and he will always be remembered as the man who ruined the X-Men franchise with X-Men: The Last Stand. But based on the footage seen for his latest blockbuster Hercules starring Dwayne Johnson, he looks like he might be onto a winner.
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 »
- Luke Owen
The theatrical trailer for MGM and Paramount's epic Hercules didn't really do much to turn our crank. Part of the problem seems to be Dwayne Johnson looking the part, but not really fitting the role of the Greek mythological hero. Johnson just doesn't have the right presence as an actor to make it work, despite his hulking presence as an action star. Alas, the film is still coming this summer, and it'll be the first one from director Brett Ratner we've gotten in quite some time. Now a new TV spot shows off a bit more from the film, including Johnson heading off to do something foolish, like starring in a Hercules movie. Watch! Here's the first TV spot for Brett Ratner's Hercules from the film's YouTube page: Hercules is directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand), written by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos, and based »
- Ethan Anderton
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