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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.
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- 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
Starring Jackie Chan (Rush Hour, The Karate Kid), Seann William Scott (American Pie, Role Models) and Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3), Skiptrace is written by Jay Longino with revisions by Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka and Geoff Moore & David Posmentier and BenDavid Grabinski.
Skiptrace follows a Hong Kong detective Bennie Black (Chan), who has been tracking a dangerous crime boss, Victor Wong, for over a decade. When Bennie’s beautiful young niece Bai (Fan Bingbing) gets into trouble with Wong’s crime syndicate, he comes to the rescue and must track down the only man who can help her – a fast-talking American gambler named Connor Watts (Scott) who is also on the run from the mob. The unlikely pair embarks on a hilarious adventure from the wind swept »
- Michelle McCue
Back in March, it looked like Renny Harlin was ready to put the disappointment of The Legend Of Hercules behind him for crime action thriller Fallen Cross. It would seem he’s instead been lured by the prospect of working with Jackie Chan on the martial arts icon’s new comedy Skiptrace.Clearly looking to replicate what he got from the Rush Hour films, the new movie finds Chan as a Hong Kong detective who discovers that his niece (X-Men: Days Of Future Past’s Fan Bingbing) is in trouble with a crime lord. With regular legal channels closed to him, our hero must instead turn to a loudmouth American (Seann William Scott), who himself is having some issues with the mob, as the one person who can actually help.Worryingly, although the script originated with Jay Longino it has since been through the word processors of many writers including Brian Gatewood, »
The seemingly indestructible Jackie Chan has had a long and intermittent association with Western cinema. Hollywood studios appear to prefer him teamed up with a foil, be it Chris Tucker in Rush Hour or Owen Wilson in Shanghai Noon. When Chan does get his own crack of the whip in English language projects it’s for underwhelming fare like The Spy Next Door. Chan famously made three Rush Hour films before admitting he didn’t really get the joke, which hasn’t stopped him considering a return to the franchise.
The last big movie of this sort he was part of was The Karate Kid reboot and even that saw him share the screen with the expanding Will Smith family dynasty. But his latest role, announced at Cannes, will see him out on his own and dishing out his brand of expertly-choreographed mayhem to a bunch of no good terrorists »
- Steve Palace
International rights are represented by Im Global. U.S. rights are handled by Wme.
The action follows a salesman who finds himself in the middle of a terror attack at arms convention.
Finance is by PalmStar Media Capital and Ebf & Associates.
Chan is also set to star in Us-Chinese action adventure “Skiptrace,” alongside Fan Bingbing and Seann William-Scott. He is also rumoured to be circling additions to the “Karate Kid” and ‘Rush Hour” franchises.
- Patrick Frater
Rumours about a fresh sequel to Beverly Hills Cop have been circulating for a few years, but now Paramount have bitten the bullet and announced that a fourth film will hit theatres on March 25th 2016. Eddie Murphy will return as Axel Foley and the oft-mooted Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) is lined up to direct.
A TV pilot was produced with Brandon T.Jackson (Tropic Thunder) starring in what was effectively Son Of Beverly Hills Cop, with Murphy putting in an appearance to wish his offspring well, but a series failed to materialize. The franchise has a patchy history, with Beverly Hills Cop 3 one of the most unusual entries in the canon, being wildly different in tone and story.
Murphy reportedly wanted Bhc 4 to be his screen acting swansong, though whether this would still be the case remains to be seen. Does the world want to see an ageing Axel Foley »
- Steve Palace
Paramount Pictures has released a new still of Dwayne Johnson (Pain & Gain) as the mythological hero Hercules in director Brett Ratner’s (Rush Hour) upcoming adaptation of the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars….
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.
Hercules is set for release on July 25th in North America »
- Gary Collinson
After decades of talking about this project, and the failure of the TV pilot last year, Paramount has roped in Eddie Murphy to finally return to the big screen in March of 2016, as maverick detective Axel Foley, for a fourth Beverly Hills Cop adventure, directed by Brett Ratner.
When the first Beverly Hills Cop was originally planned, it was meant to be a straight-on action film, starring Sylvester Stallone as Axel Foley. Plans changed and the film evolved into a comedy starring Eddie Murphy as Foley. The film was a massive success, becoming one of the top-10 money-makers of all time when it was released in 1984, and Eddie Murphy became an A-List star. He made a popular sequel in 1987 and a not-so-popular third film in 1994.
Since then, there has been occasional talk of sequel. The project would sporadically be revived, only to fade again. The franchise was meant to be »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
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