Every young adult fantasy series, be it in the form of a book or film, will have a fight on its hands to be recognised. With Twilight and the Harry Potter phenomenons petering out the hunt is on for the next big thing and the movie adaptation of Percy Jackson tries very hard to emulate the success of its forebears.
Sadly Chris Columbus and his creative team fly a little too close to the Sun of Potter and Narnia and come out with their wings burnt by the comparison, but for younger fans with minds unclouded by thoughts of Tumnus and Hagrid Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief may prove enjoyable.
Dave put up his comprehensive review here, and I’ll add my take on the film in this review of the Blu-ray, but both Dave and I agree that Percy Jackson will appeal to fans of the fantasy genre, »
- Jon Lyus
Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief star Logan Lerman has said that he is "flattered" by comparisons to Leonardo DiCaprio. The actor - who plays the title character in the action movie - told Live From Studio Five that he was honoured to be likened to a young DiCaprio by the film's director Chris Columbus. "That's very nice of him. It's just really flattering to hear that," he said. "I'm a huge fan and I really idolise directors, and someone like Chris Columbus is someone I really idolise, (more) »
- By Lara Martin
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is scheduled for release in the UK next Monday, 5th July and since we know how much readers of HeyUGuys like it, we’ve managed to get 3 copies of the DVD to give away from our friends at Twentieth Century Fox.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is based on the book by Rick Riordan and also stars Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Sean Bean, Kevin McKidd, Pierce Brosnan, Steve Coogan and Rosario Dawson. If you missed the exclusive clip from the DVD extras that we posted last week, you can watch it here. In fact, you’ll need to use that post to answer the question which to win the prize.
To be in with a chance of winning one of three copies of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, you need to become a fan of the HeyUGuys Facebook Page and »
- David Sztypuljak
It’s a brave director who takes on a movie franchise that’s intrinsically linked to someone else. But that’s just what this collection of helmers did. So, how did they get on?
It can be one of the toughest directorial assignments in the world: how, as a director, do you take on a franchise that's been strongly the domain of another helmer? We pity, for instance, whoever takes on the Batman franchise from Christopher Nolan.
Here then are some directors who did indeed take the helm on someone's else's franchise...
How's this for a poisoned chalice? Under the stewardship of writer/director James Cameron, the first Terminator movie became a science fiction classic that launched the career of Arnold Schwarzenegger into the world at large. The second? That's regarded as one hell of a sequel, again showcasing Cameron's astonishing eye for action and special effects. But »
Rumours suggest that Sony is about to cast its new Spider-Man. So who’s left in the running?
It's getting close to make-your-mind-up time for Sony with its forthcoming reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. The film is set to go before the cameras before the end of the year under the stewardship of (500) Days Of Summer director Marc Webb, and Deadline has been reporting that the studio is down to the viewing of what should be the final screen tests for the lead role.
So, who are the candidates still in the running to play the webslinger? Right now, the names on Sony's list are reportedly Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass), Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief), Michael Angarano (Lords Of Dogtown), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince) and Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro).
Of those, »
Twentieth Century Fox have given us this special exclusive look at one of the new featurettes which will appear on the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Dvd & Blu ray when it’s released in the UK 5th July. The featurette is called Inside Camp Half Blood and features interviews with director, Chris Columbus and stars of the movie, Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson who talk about how they had to learn to sword fight against one another.
Keep your eyes peeled for your chance to win Percy Jackson on DVD which will be up on HeyUGuys next week. If you’ve not already seen it, check out the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Foosball game here. »
- David Sztypuljak
Although a great many children of actors and actresses eventually follow in their Hollywood parents. footsteps, rarely do we see parent and child on screen together. Most kids are trying to make names for themselves without mommy and daddy.s help, but sometimes they end up working together. So is the case with Pierce Brosnan and actor son Sean. According to The Wrap, the two will star on screen together in their next film Bonded. Sean is also on board as a producer for the film, which will be directed by his friend Mo Ramchandani.s (Devil.s Creek). Bonded tells the story of a Mexican boy who is sold as a slave and comes to America to work in a sweatshop. Both Brosnans will play police officers. Elder Brosnan recently starred in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and is currently filming Salvation Boulevard with Marisa Tomei and Jennifer »
The fourth installment of Wes Craven's seemingly never-ending horror saga seems to be attracting potential slasher fodder left, right and centre.
Following the news that Neve Campbell, Ashley Greene, Courteney Cox, Hayden Panettiere, David Arquette, Lake Bell, Rory Culkin, Lauren Graham and Emma Roberts have all signed up for death-defying duties, we're hearing that Anthony Anderson and Marielle Jaffe are on board too.
While you'll recognise Anderson from a number of high-profile gigs, you probably won't know Jaffe from Adam - her biggest gig thus far has been as one of the eight 'Aphrodite Girls' in Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief.
You may remember that Anderson made a few small appearances in Screams 2 and 3, so we're expecting an bigger role (or at least a spectacular death) from him this time around.
Scream 4 starts shooting in Michigan at the end of this month.
>> Real the whole »
Ancient history and mythology is one of Hollywood's current trends, with entries including Clash of the Titans and its just-announced sequel, next year's Immortals and the recent children's book adaptation Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.
Released in UK cinemas in February, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is heading to Blu-ray and DVD on July 5, it's been announced by 20th Century Fox.
Here is the official description and disc details.
Epic fantasy-adventure Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief will bring Greek mythology to life this summer when it's released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 5.
The film follows teenager Percy Jackson, as an ordinary 21st century school day turns into a race against time, filled with warring Greek gods and creatures straight from the pages of his mythology textbooks.
- David Bentley
Paul W.S. Anderson has selected two more stars to join the already impressive cast of his 3D adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Orlando Bloom and James Corden have signed on to the swashbuckling remake, playing the Duke of Buckingham and the servant Planchet respectively.
Bloom and Corden will work alongside Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief's Logan Lerman, who is playing D'Artagnan, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans and Matthew MacFadyen, who are Porthos, Athos and Aramis respectively, Christoph Waltz as Cardinal Richelieu, Mads Mikkelsen as Rochefort and Milla Jovovich as Athos' former lover, Milady de Winter.
Anderson has co-written the script with Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones's Diary) and is aiming for a comtemporary reimagining of the classic tale: "We are definitely modernizing The Three Musketeers without compromising the fun of shooting a period piece... in our film, corsets and feathered hats don't take center stage. Our version is rich in eye-popping action, »
Unlike her Hogwarts cohorts Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, Emma Watson has chosen to stay away from films outside of the Harry Potter franchise over the years, instead devoting her non-magical time to her studies at university in America. But now that work on the Hp films is complete, it looks like she's locked down her first project, aiming to star in the indie coming-of-age drama The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.
She will star alongside Logan Lerman, who was last seen in Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief and has just been cast as D'Artagnan in Paul W.S. Anderson's 3D version of The Three Musketeers. Lerman will play the titular character in Wallflower, a nervy, unpopular teen who chronicles his difficulties in a series of letters to an anonymous correspondent.
The film is adapted from a novel by Stephen Chbosky, who has also written the film's script and »
Because we enjoy whimsy, we like to imagine that hotshot director Paul W.S. Anderson has just sounded a very loud trumpet to round up his cast of actors set to star in his upcoming 3D version of the classic tale The Three Musketeers. And what an exciting cast it is...
For the main characters in the story Anderson has actually gone with mostly relative newcomers and rising stars, with Logan Lerman, who recently played the title character in Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief, in negotiations to play D'Artagnan, and Ray Stevenson (The Book Of Eli), Luke Evans (Clash Of The Titans) and Matthew MacFadyen (Frost/Nixon) cast as Porthos, Athos and Aramis respectively.
Anderson has chosen to round out the cast with some big names, naming Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) as Cardinal Richelieu and Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) as Rochefort. Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil... and Anderson's »
There are two — count’em two — movies based on the Alexandre Dumas “Three Musketeers” novel currently in development. They’re essentially the same movie, but made by two different studios, and they’ll probably get released the same year, or very close to it. That’s Hollywood for ya. Monkey see, monkey do, ala the current Gold Rush that is making everything in 3D thanks to James Cameron’s Smurfs in Space movie. But I digress. One of the “Musketeers” movie is over at Warner, with Doug Liman of “Bourne Identity” fame directing, and the other is over at Summit, with Paul W.S. Anderson helming. This news concerns the Anderson version, which Heat Vision Blog reports has added to its cast. “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’s” Logan Lerman (above) has signed on to play D’Artagnan, the young Musketeer wannabe who joins up with the famous three Musketeers of the title — Ray Stevenson, »
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Logan Lerman, who recently played the title character in "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," is in negotiations to play D'Artagnan, a young man who leaves home to become a member of the fighting force of the French king’s royal household. »
Playboy tycoon rescues iconic nine letters from property developers
It has had its ups and downs, but the Hollywood sign that has loomed over Los Angeles since 1923 from its perch on Mount Lee in the Santa Monica mountains is no longer under threat from development, thanks to an $800,000 (£520,000) donation from that old movie-glamour fetishist, Hugh Hefner.
Hefner already has form in the area, hosting a refurbishment "auction" when the sign was dilapidated in the late 70s (Alice Cooper paid $27,000 to restore a missing "O", and Andy Williams the same amount for the "W"). Originally, as is well known, there were four more letters – advertising the Hollywoodland housing development being constructed below by La Times mogul Harry Chandler, but they were removed when the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce undertook the first restoration of the sign in 1949. The letters are now made of steel and enamel, not the original wood and iron »
- Andrew Pulver
Judging from current movies and casting rumours, it's a great time to be a young actor in the world of the comic book geek.
We have Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz kicking ass in Kick-Ass; Josh Hutcherson and Logan Lerman linked to playing the next Spider-Man; and Fox's plans for a young mutant prequel called X-Men: First Class.
Lerman himself was a demigod hero in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, while others linked to the Spider-Man role on gossip sites include Zac Efron, Jim Sturgess, Michael Cera, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, David Henrie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
And who could forget the Captain America casting frenzy, with Chace Crawford, Ryan Philippe, Wilson Bethel, Scott Porter, Garrett Hedlund, Mike Vogel, Michael Cassidy, Patrick Flueger and John Krasinski all reportedly considered before Chris Evans got the role.
No surprise then that upcoming young actor James Holzier is interested in playing a superhero. »
- David Bentley
Sources have denied earlier claims that Logan Lerman will star in the upcoming Spider-Man films. Last Saturday, various media reports claimed that the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief actor would take over the role of Peter Parker in the franchise. However, according to Deadline, no definitive deals have been reached for the cast. "These sources were very definitive (more) »
- By Shannon McGarvey
So who is the new Spidey? Tobey Maguire’s out of the question now that Spidey has gone back to basics, which means once again nerding up the hallways of an American high school and lusting after redheaded girls. According to the boys at Hitfix, “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief” star Logan Lerman is “almost 100% locked” to be the new webslinger. As their source, they cite someone “close to the production”. So, Logan Lerman is your new Spidey, right? Not so fast, says Deadline. Citing their own “insiders at Sony”, Deadline claims that they have been told Lerman is “100% not going to be Spidey and that he is not on the list of candidates being seriously considered.” Which basically means either Hitfix is completely wrong, or Deadline is completely wrong. Obviously they can’t both be right, since there isn’t even any middle ground in terms of agreement. »
Back during publicity for "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief" in which he played the titular 'Percy', actor Logan Lerman ("Jack & Bobby," "Gamer," "3:10 to Yuma") let slip that there had "been a few discussions" about him playing the next Peter Parker in the upcoming reboot of the "Spider-Man" franchise.
Sony quickly responded saying no offers or discussions had been made, but the 18-year-old actor was on the list of potential candidates.
Now two months on, HitFix reports that Lerman has become studio's first choice with a source saying the actor is "almost 100% locked" for the role but hasn't begun contract negotiations as yet.
If correct, Lerman has beat out other rumored contenders including Anton Yelchin, Jesse Eisenberg, Patrick Fugit and Johnny Simmons. Marc Webb ("500 Days of Summer") directs the lower-budget, more teen-friendly incarnation of the webslinger from a script by James Vanderbilt ("Zodiac," "The Losers").
Filming is expected to »
- Garth Franklin
According to HitFix, it looks like Logan Lerman has become the forerunner to play Peter Parker in Sony’s Spider-Man reboot, despite not having entered formal negotiations for the role. Lerman was rumored to be up for the role in February upon release of his last film Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, along with nearly every young male actor in Hollywood including Anton Yelchin, Jesse Eisenberg, and Patrick Fugit.
The reboot, which Sony insists will be in 3D, is being directed by Marc Webb, whose first film (500) Days of Summer went down a storm last year. The script, which comes from Zodiac scribe James Vanderbilt and is said to be a grittier version of the Peter Parker tale, will see the character return to high school. Many are speculating that the new film is based on Brian Bendis’ Ultimate Spider-Man comic book, which itself rebooted the Spider-Man mythos in comics. »