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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
Grab your eyeliner and whimsical headscarves, because the dread pirate Jack Sparrow will be hitting the high seas in 2017. It seems like just yesterday that Johnny Depp debuted his Keith Richards swagger for "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."
Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, who co-directed the oceanic adventure "Kon-Tiki" in 2012), will take a crack at directing "Pirates 5," which is tentatively named "Dead Men Tell No Tales." Jeff Nathanson, who also penned "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "Rush Hour 3," and "The Terminal," is working on the script. "Pirates 5" was initially slated for 2015, but "The Lone Ranger" certainly took a bite out of Disney's bottom line. The bad press and even worse reviews of "The Lone Ranger" definitely left a bad taste in movie-goers' mouths, so perhaps it was wise to push off "Pirates" another year.
It's hard to believe »
- Jenni Miller
Blockbuster producer Jerry Bruckheimer always has marquee projects in the works. One of his biggest, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, was set to release its fifth entry—reportedly titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales—on July 10, 2015. But the film was delayed so that directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) would have more time to work on the script with screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 3). In a recent interview, Bruckheimer provided an update on the film saying he '"hopes to 'get that going" by this fall or end of the year' if everything lines up properly." I can't imagine Disney wanting to let the franchise rest for long, especially since its latest entry, On Stranger Tides, raked in over a billion dollars worldwide. Bruckheimer also said Johnny Depp is expected to come back (I don't see how you make these movies without him »
- Matt Goldberg
Exclusive: After four years at Turner, Kathryn Ann Busby has joined Sony Pictures Networks as Svp Programming & Production at a time when the international channel division of Sony Pictures TV is looking to ramp up its original series portfolio. Busby will oversee sourcing, development and early production of Spt Networks’ original series slate, working with the Evp Programming and Production and Network Programming heads around the world on all aspects of original development for the three main Sony channel brands – Axn, Set (Sony Entertainment Television) and Animax. Busby most recently served as VP of TNT and TBS Original Productions after a stint as VP Comedy Development for TBS, overseeing the network’s scripted development. Before that, Busby was supervising producer for The Aisha Tyler Show and Svp Production at New Line Cinema, where she served as exec producer on the Sex And The City movie and senior executive on Rush Hour 3. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The Voice UK topped the ratings for its first live show of the current series, according to overnight data.
An average of 6.21 million (27.6%) tuned in to the quarter-finals of the BBC One singing competition from 6.45pm.
After a short break for the National Lottery, the show returned to announce the results of the public vote at 8.50pm, with 5.89m (27.6%) watching as four contestants were eliminated.
Afterwards on BBC One, Casualty's latest episode brought in 5.61m (29%) at 9.25pm.
The Perfect Morecambe & Wise continued with 1.39m (6.1%) at 8pm, while history documentary The Plantagenets interested 1.16m (5.48%) at 8.30pm.
Over on ITV, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway continued to impress with 6.17m (26.9%) tuning in at 7pm, as well as an added 316k (1.4%) an hour later on ITV+1.
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
Paris – Bowing Jan.10 at the august Hotel Intercontinental Le Grand, abutting the Place de l’Opera, the 16th Unifrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris will be one of the biggest market-junkets ever for a national cinema.
Only France, which with the U.K. hosts one of Europe’s two biggest industries, could organize an event of this magnitude or allure.
110 French movies will screen, a Rendez-vous record, at three Gaumont cinema-theaters just across the Square,
Distributors will attend from 50 countries, principally from Europe, but also for the first time officially from Latin America as well.
In hallowed tradition, UniFrance uses its Rendez-vous to announce and analyze in admirable detail the previous year theatrical box office numbers for French films abroad. 2013’s total trawl looks set to be way down on 2012, an all time high when three juggernauts - “Taken 2” (Euros 265.8 million: $354.8 million), “The Intouchables” ($268.9 million) and “The Artist »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
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