5 items from 2014
On the day I was scheduled to talk to both Lena Headey and Eva Green about their work in "300: Rise Of An Empire," there was also a morning screening of "Mr. Peabody & Sherman." Both of my sons were eager to see that, and that meant they would need to come to the interviews with me as well. As a result, they got a chance to meet Green, and by the time we walked out of that room, both of them had grown full beards and their voices had dropped an octave. Green gives off a powerful feminine vibe in person, and seems well aware of the effect she has on people. It's interesting how similar the roles are that she played in "Dark Shadows" and in "300," right down to a scene that happens in both films. It wouldn't surprise me if she got cast in "300" specifically because of "Dark Shadows. »
- Drew McWeeny
In 300: Rise Of The Empire, the stunningly beautiful Eva Green proves to be one hell of a warrior. The actress has appeared as a Bond Girl in Casino Royale, she shined in The Dreamers and frankly, 2014 looks to be a great year for her. With the upcoming White Bird In A Blizzard, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For as well as the Showtime series “Penny Dreadful” expect this to be the year of Ms. Green. It all begins with 300 where she is absolutely electrifying. I’ve »
Empire Strikes Back: Murro Piggy-back’s Off Snyder’s Initial Action Epic
Though director Zach Snyder may not be returning for director duties of 300: Rise of an Empire, fans of the first film should certainly be sated by the similar Frank Miller inspired spirit of the predecessor, helmed by relative newcomer Noam Murro (this is his sophomore film feature, which the first film also happened to be in Snyder’s filmography). This time around, we’re in the concurrent time frame of when the initial film is set, witnessing a brooding back story that boils into revenge driven violence both before, during, and after King Leonidas guides his fateful Spartans into the Hot Gates, where all does not end well (and Butler fans get to catch a glimpse or two of him in flashback). But what this latest chapter has that its predecessor does not is twin flames of »
- Nicholas Bell
The first question that would seem to apply when regarding any sequel is "Does this feel like it is of a piece with the first film?" It doesn't have to be the same movie to be a successful sequel, but it should do something interesting. It should either be a response to the first film or a deliberately different type of film or it should build on some interesting story thread or it should enhance our understanding of the world or the characters. By that standard, "300: Rise Of An Empire" is a worthy sequel to "300," stylistically consistent and equally loony, featuring what may well be the first truly can't-miss performance in a film this year. It would not shock me if, twenty years from now, people talk about this film the way they talk about "Poltergeist" now, simply accepting it as common knowledge that Zack Snyder "really" directed the film. »
- Drew McWeeny
News Louisa Mellor 3 Feb 2014 - 07:44
"Stay away from Hannibal Lecter"
So says the latest teaser trailer for Hannibal season two (below). Sound advice, but one character not heeding it will be Mason Verger, a wealthy patient of Lecter's due to appear in the second season of Bryan Fuller's psychological horror series.
Playing Verger, who was depicted by a heavily disguised Gary Oldman in Ridley Scott's 2001 Hannibal, will be Michael Pitt, an actor best recognised for his central role in Boardwalk Empire and whose first major TV part came as callow Henry Parker in Dawson's Creek.
Hannibal returns to NBC on Friday the 28th of February. Read our spoiler-filled season one reviews, here.
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5 items from 2014
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