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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
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 75 pairs of advance-screening IMAX movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated “Hercules” starring Dwayne Johnson!
“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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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
"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
It was only back in April when Breck Eisner (The Crazies) had signed on to direct a sequel to the reboot of The Karate Kid, but it looks like he has already parted ways according to Deadline. Although it’s not what you’d think, it’s just because of scheduling difficulties. No new director has been announced nor has a shortlist.
In other Karate Kid news, the studio have also hired two new writers to punch up the script. Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer (neither of whom have writing credits to their names) have been brought on to re-write the Karate Kid 2 script which was originally penned by Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Ethan Reiff (Kung Fu Panda) and Cyrus Voris (Bulletproof Monk).
- Luke Owen
Walker was killed in a car accident in California in November 2013, leading to tributes from fans and friends around the world.
The actor reflected on the moment that he learned of Walker's tragic death in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
"I was driving with [my girlfriend] Lauren when she immediately turned very quiet and was looking at me, studying, wondering if I knew," Johnson said.
"I pulled over and looked at my messages and had a moment where I just caught my breath. We said a prayer right then to give his daughter strength - because we had talked about our daughters.
"That's what we would talk about. Both of us were divorced, and we talked about the power of being a dad and the strong connection of a dad and his girl. Then once we got home, »
Point Break or Bad Boys II? L.A. Confidential or Se7en? Everybody has a favourite buddy cop movie, and everybody -- even Elvis Presley! -- has wanted a badge, if only to recreate their favourite scenes from Rush Hour.
To celebrate the buddy cop genre and this weekend's 22 Jump Street, we put together a supercut of all your favourite buddy cop movies, where Starsky & Hutch, the Beverly Hills Cop, and the guys from Hot Fuzz chase cars, crack wise, and get the bad guys. Check it out below, and don't forget to reunite with Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) as they go to college undercover in this weekend's sequel, 22 Jump Street.
- Sasha James
When director Jan de Bont set about casting the various faces and secondary characters that populated bus #2525 in his 1994 actioner "Speed," it was very important to him that they reflect the multicultural identity of Los Angeles. Not only that, but he wanted there to be a heavy dose of realism in his choices, actors who seemed to be people you could look over on a morning commute and see reading the paper, sipping coffee, gazing out the window and starting their day. On the occasion of the film's 20th anniversary, I thought it would be interesting to track down as many of those actors as possible and tell the story of "Speed" from their perspective. It was a gargantuan task. While a number of them have remained in the industry in some way, many have moved on to other careers. But their individual stories are nevertheless as fascinating as the »
- Kristopher Tapley
Now that we’ve had some time to forget about Renny Harlin’s The Legend of Hercules, Paramount Pictures has dropped a new trailer and poster for its own fantasy epic Hercules, which sees Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) directing Dwayne Johnson (Pain & Gain) as the mythological hero….
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. This 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
After a year of serving as president of creative advertising and research, Dana Precious is leaving Relativity Media. Taking on many of her duties will be Laura Carrillo, who is leaving Open Road Films to join the company.
Carrillo will serve as executive VP of creative advertising for Relativity and report to Russell Schwartz, Relativity’s president of theatrical marketing. The new post essentially reunites her with Schwartz after having worked together at New Line Cinema.
One of her first projects will be the family film “Earth to Echo,” out July 2.
Schwartz and Precious were tapped to serve as a team and replace marketing chief Terry Curtin in 2013.
Carrillo, who joins Relativity on May 27, has been executive VP of creative advertising at Open Road since 2011, where she helped launch hits like “The Nut Job,” “Side Effects” and “End of Watch.” Before that, she was president of Paradiso Entertainment, and exec »
- Marc Graser
The X-Men movies are important. They make a lot of money and they helped create Superhero-Era Hollywood and they incepted a certain kind of lucrative career arc in the heads of a generation of young actors. (Do the franchise, take the money, spend a year on greenscreens and the press circuit pretending you understand anything that’s happening, try for the Oscar, repeat.)
And the X-Men movies are important to me. I grew up loving superhero comic books and I grew up loving movies. These two fascinations were not mutually exclusive; but now, more and more, they feel diametrically opposed. »
- Darren Franich
Warner Bros have been developing a new adaptation of Stephen King’s clowns ‘n coming of age horror novel for a few years now – this appears to be a giant shoe, sorry step, closer with the news that the film has shifted production to the studio’s dedicated horror division. New Line made their name with A Nightmare On Elm Street before branching out into the Rush Hour and Lord Of The Rings franchises. However with The Conjuring and this latest move it seems they are once again becoming a bespoke home for the genre.
You may be familiar with It via the 1990 miniseries directed by Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III), featuring a terrifying Tim Curry as Pennywise, the clown who lives in the sewers and lures children to their deaths with the promise they will “float”. That was split into two hefty chunks and the new movie will be »
- Steve Palace
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