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Today’s New York Film Critics Circle prizes are a big boost to Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave” and Warner Bros.’ “Gravity.” Not because they won big — “12 Years” won director for Steve McQueen, while there were none for “Gravity” — but because the critics prizes take the pressure off each of the films as the One To Beat.
The studios have done a great job of keeping heat on those films since early September, which is not an easy thing to do; so with another three months to go, it’s an advantage to be just one of many frontrunners.
Critics awards are notoriously unreliable as Oscar bellwethers. But by voting both screenplay and best film awards for Sony’s “American Hustle,” the N.Y. group brought David O. Russell’s pic to the front of the conversation.
- Tim Gray
The second trailer for the upcoming Hercules: The Legend Beings has been released and, truth be told, it's basically just a shorter, slightly-less violent version of the first trailer -- but there is more of Kellan Lutz shirtless!
The story tells of Hercules' (Lutz) early gladiator days as he fights for the love of his life and battles massive armies of 300-esque villains. Seeing as he's the son of Zeus, his sword is a lighting whip that looks pretty cool when used in slow motion!
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While the film looks like it's going to be full of memorable action, it can also seem like a cross between the 2000 flick Gladiator and the 2006 movie 300, sprinkled with a bit of Starz's Spartacus series.
This happens every couple of years, two movies are released which share pretty much the same story. We've had Armageddon and Deep Impact before, and most recently Olympus has Fallen and White House Down. Now it's the legend of Hercules' turn with The Rock flexing his considerable muscles in the role for Hercules (sometimes known to have the subtitle The Thracian Wars) in the summer of 2014, and this film, Hercules: The Legend Continues, which beats it by six months, coming out in January (in the U.S., august on this side of the pond). Kellan Lutz (Twilight) plays the demi-god who must reunite with his true love after being sold into slavery. Director Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger, Deep Blue Sea) is definitely going for a 300/Gladiator vibe, but it'll be interesting to see how this fares against a charismatic, giant box office guarantee like Dwayne Johnson. Seriously, even if the movies aren't that good, »
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I’ve always had a soft spot of director Renny Harlin (and not only because he was lucky enough to share a bed with Geena Davis). He’s previously brought us guilty pleasures actioners such as Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, Deep Blue Sea and The Long Kiss Goodnight. However, his name is no longer amongst the Hollywood elite following so woeful genre efforts, which is why he’s effectively at the helm of the low-budget adaptation of Hercules: The Legend Begins as opposed to the epic version, Hercules: The Thracian Wars, being led by Dwayne Johnson (although the name Brett Ratner is equally fearful).
In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. »
- Craig Hunter
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
Actress Annabeth Gish (below) who can currently be seen starring in FX's new crime series 'The Bridge' has joined writer/director Mike Flanagan's ('Oculus', 'Absentia') new horror project 'Somnia' which is currently shooting. Gish will play the case worker in charge of the case of an orphaned boy whose dreams and nightmares become reality while he sleeps. Gish joins the already cast Kate Bosworth ('Straw Dogs') and Thomas Jane ('Deep Blue Sea') who play the foster parents of the talented kid. Kyla Deaver, Lance E. Nichols and Justin Gordon also star. »
Things are looking quite grim for Agent Coulson as Episode 7 of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets underway this Tuesday at 8/7c — and we’ve got your first look at the twisty opening two minutes.
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In “The Hub,” as dangerous secrets are kept from Coulson’s team, he works the system to save Ward and Fitz when they are sent on a Level 8 mission that may end in tragedy. The installment also introduces Saffron Burrows (you say Boston Legal, I say Deep Blue Sea) as Victoria Hand, »
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'Absentia' and 'Occulus' director Mike Flanagan is busy prepping his newest horror project 'Somnia'. Production on the new horror/thriller kicks off this week and is scheduled for a 2015 release. The project, co-penned by Jeff Howard along with Flanagan, stars Kate Bosworth -below ('Straw Dogs') and Thomas Jane ('Deep Blue Sea') as husband and wife whom take in an orphaned child (played by Jacob Tremblay) who happens to have the ability to manifest his own dreams and nightmares when he sleeps. Kyla Deaver, Lance E. Nichols and Justin Gordon also star. I guess we should think of 'Somnia' as a more terrifying version of Eddie Murphy's 'Imagine That'? »
Though it is shedding ratings quickly, Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." series hasn't begun to run out of its bag of tricks just yet.
In the comics, she was a S.H.I.E.L.D. accountant who vocally opposed the policies of Nick Fury. When Norman Osborn took over the group and remodelled it as H.A.M.M.E.R., she was promoted to Deputy Director.
There presently is no official confirmation from Burrows or her representatives about the casting. »
- Garth Franklin
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, Punisher, Black Panther, The Avengers 3, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Batman vs. Superman, Man of Steel, Arrow, Beware the Batman, Justice League: War, Marvel Disk Wars and more...
There's just four days to go before UK moviegoers get to head back to Asgard courtesy of Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor with the release of Marvel Studios' Thor: The Dark World, and this past week saw Taylor and cast members Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis), Christopher Eccleston and Marvel chief Kevin Feige heading to these shores for the UK press conference, »
- Gary Collinson
Since the end of the 1990s, lovers of animal attack films have been subjected to copious amounts of uninspired Nu Image, Syfy Channel and Syfy Channel-like dreck like Silent Predators (1999), Maneater (2007) Croc (2007), Grizzly Rage (2007) and a stunning amount of terrible shark attack films to name a few that barely scratch the surface of a massive list.
These movies fail miserably to capture the intensity of the unforgettable films they are imitating and the recent wave seems to carry with it the intent of giving the Revolt of Nature horror film a bad name. »
- Terek Puckett
I skimmed this new trailer for Hercules: The Legend Begins for only a couple seconds and it would appear instead of creating an aesthetic of its own, director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Deep Blue Sea) has decided to mine the likes of Gladiator and 300, but with a third-rate Twilight actor (Kellan Lutz) in the lead and what would appear to be a shoestring budget. It's all but missing the "Are you not entertainedc!c!" exclamation, but Lutz does get a chance to speak a little and it's just as unimpressive as you would assume. Check it out below along with the first poster. »
- Brad Brevet
The success of HBO’s Game Of Thrones and Starz’s Spartacus franchise has saw Hollywood finally decide swords, sandals and sorcery are back on the blockbuster menu. Of course, they themselves owe a debt of gratitude to the likes of Gladiator and 300 for proving the genre was far from dead.
Cliffhanger and Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin will be hoping his forthcoming 3D action-adventure Hercules: The Legend Begins gets his career back on track after his enjoyable and underrated Cutthroat Island saw him (and Carolco Pictures) thrown on the Tinseltown scrap heap, despite going on to give us the ace The Long Kiss Goodnight and guilty pleasure Deep Blue Sea. It’s one of two big-screen efforts due, centring on the the hulking, mythic Greek god and has Twilight’s Kellan Lutz leading.
Following swiftly on from yesterday’s full trailer debut, we’ve an epic, imposing new »
- Craig Hunter
With leading man Kellan Lutz taking to New York Comic-Con over the weekend, Millennium has launched the first trailer for next spring’s action blockbuster, Hercules: The Legend Begins, a title which suggests that the studio might be eyeing a franchise with this next year.
Previously known simply as Hercules 3D, Renny Harlin’s action/fantasy blockbuster will be hitting cinemas a good few months ahead of Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars, and it will be interesting to see how the two films compare come the end of summer.
Lutz takes the lead in Harlin’s movie, starring of course as the eponymous Hercules, son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmene. He stars alongside Scott Adkins, Roxanne McKee, Gaia Weiss, Liam Garrigan, Liam McIntyre, Luke Newberry, and Rade Serbedzija.
- Kenji Lloyd
Kellan Lutz, Scott Adkins, Gaia Weiss and "Spartacus" star Liam McIntyre feature in the new full movie trailer for Millenium Film's upcoming action fantasy, "Hercules: The Legend Begins."Directed by by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Deep Blue Sea), the film should not be mistaken for the big budget Paramount Pictures "Hercules" film also released next year. That version is titled "Hercules: The Thracian Wars" and stars Dwayne Johnson.This take on the Greek legend, titled "Hercules: The Legend Begins," also stars Liam Garrigan, Johnathon Schaech Roxanne McKee, Rade Serbedzija, Luke Newberry, Kenneth Cranham and Sarai Givaty.A release date for "Hercules: The Legend Begins" has yet to be announced, but it is expected for release in the early part of 2014.In »
- Anthony Pearson
In an age where people blame movies, television shows and video games for just about everything that goes wrong in the world, this Funny or Die video -- in which a flurry of parents blame Samuel L. Jackson (and his movies) for the awful things that happened to their children -- says a lot about our need to blame everyone but ourselves when it comes to properly raising our kids, while also being, ya know, funny and stuff. Our favorite line: "My kid was attacked by a shark because he saw you in Deep Blue Sea!" Sam Jackson's advice: "If my picture is on the poster, maybe your kid shouldn't watch it!" Everything is Samuel L. Jackson's Fault from Samuel L Jackson In other Samuel L. Jackson news, Marvel copresident Louis...
- Erik Davis
These days you can watch any movie you desire online. Yet there's still one thing the magical wonders of instant streaming haven't solved for indecisive movie-lovers: what the heck to watch! Moviefone is here to recommend the best streaming movies from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant each week in the Moviefone Stream.
This week's Moviefone Stream picks range from a goofball summer camp comedy to a violent shark thriller. We know you need something to help ease you out of your summer vacay, so check out our picks below. Happy streaming!
Comedy: 'Wet Hot American Summer'
The best way to end the summer is to go back to summer camp . This cult comedy may have been under your radar due to its handful of bad reviews, but "Wet Hot American Summer" has some ridiculously funny moments. It stars comedy favorites Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, »
- Erin Whitney
Very recently Benedict Cumberbatch dropped out of Guillermo del Toro's next project, Crimson Peak, which only fueled rumors that he'd be joining the cast of the next Star Wars film. No one was sure who'd come in to fill his position on the huanted house style film, but Legendary Pictures just announced that Tom Hiddleston will be taking over. Honestly, that's about the only person good enough to fill in for Cumberbatch. Come inside for what scant details we have.
Details on the film itself are fairly scarce but Legendary Pictures' has issued a press release announcing the new casting and that the film will start rolling cameras in January 2014.
Legendary will produce and be a participating financing partner on the movie with Universal Pictures retaining an option to »
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Reports have Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) set to replace Benedict Cumberbatch in Guillermo del Toro's haunted house picture, Crimson Peak. Cumberbatch left the picture very recently, fueling rumors that he'd be starring in the much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII. Few details are available as to the film's plot or characters, except to say that Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) would play aristocratic siblings. Del Toro called it a “classical gothic romance ghost story” and described it as “very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.” Crimson Peak also stars Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam, and expects to start shooting in January 2014. Hit the jump for more. Here are the details via Legendary's press release: Crimson Peak »
- Dave Trumbore
Not many of us would shoot a film in the Russian mountains. Particularly when learning the director is Renny Harlin, the Finnish daredevil director behind such “that looked tough to make” action epics as Cliffhanger and Deep Blue Sea. But, British actresses Gemma Atkinson and Holly Goss like a challenge and can be seen in Harlin’s “Blair Witch on ice” horror The Dyatlov Pass Incident. »
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