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Alexandre Aja and Sam Raimi team for horror-thriller Crawl

Paramount Pictures is looking to replicate the success of A Quiet Place with another low-budget horror-thriller, with the studio fast-tracking Crawl from director Alexandre Aja and producers Sam Raimi and Craig Flores.

Originally penned by Shawn and Michael Rasmussen, with rewrites from Aja, Crawl follows “a young woman who, while struggling to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped inside a flooding house and fighting for her life against Florida’s most savage and feared predators.”

The project had previously been in development at Lakeshore Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures before making its way to Paramount. Pre-production is underway, with filming slated to take place this year.

In addition to Crawl, Raimi is also attached as producer on a remake of The Grudge, which has Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother) directing.

Source: THR

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Alexandre Aja, Sam Raimi Team for Paramount Horror Thriller 'Crawl' (Exclusive)

Alexandre Aja, Sam Raimi Team for Paramount Horror Thriller 'Crawl' (Exclusive)
After the success of A Quiet Place, Paramount is once again moving into the low-budget horror field, picking up the self-contained thriller Crawl.

Alexandre Aja, the horror filmmaker behind Piranha 3D and the Joe Hill adaptation Horns, is on board to helm the project, which is already in preproduction as the studio is moving fast on this one.  

Sam Raimi, the horror maestro behind the Evil Dead and Spider-Man movies, is producing with Craig Flores, whose credits range from the drama Fathers and Daughters to the sword-and-sandals epic 300: Rise of an Empire.  

Crawl centers on a young...
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Eva Green: "The Edit"

Take a look at actress Eva Green ("300: Rise Of An Empire") in "The Edit" magazine, photographed by Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello:

Green started her career in theater before making her film debut in director Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Dreamers" (2003).

She then achieved international recognition as 'Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem' in director Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005).

Green then played 'Bond Girl' 'Vesper Lynd' in "Casino Royale" (2006).

Since 2006, Green has starred in the independent films "Cracks" (2009), "Womb" (2010) and "Perfect Sense" (2011).

She has also appeared in the TV series "Camelot" (2011)...

...followed by the role of 'Angelique Bouchard' in director Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" (2012).

In 2014, Green played 'Artemisia' in "300: Rise of an Empire"...

...followed by the character 'Ava Lord' in the Frank Miller/Robert Rodriguez- directed "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For".

Green also stars in Showtime's "Penny Dreadful"...

...and "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
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Chantal Nong Named VP of Production for Warners’ DC Film Group

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Warner Bros. has named Chantal Nong as vice president of DC Films Group, an individual with knowledge of the hire tells TheWrap. Nong will now work on the development and production management of the DC film slate. She has been with the studio since 2011 and most recently oversaw the development of “Crazy Rich Asians.” She also worked previously on “The Meg” as well as “300: Rise of an Empire.” The move follows the promotion of Walter Hamada to president of the DC Films production unit. Also Read: DC Films Shakeup: Warner Bros Promotes Walter Hamada to Production Head of Unit Hamada will oversee...
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Maleficent 2 Begins Shooting with Angelina Jolie This Spring

Disney's Maleficent 2 is finally moving forward after several years in development, with Angelina Jolie returning as the main character, and now we know when production will begin. While this has yet to be confirmed by the studios, a new report reveals that director Joachim Ronning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) has started the pre-production process, with principal photography slated to begin April 16 in London, which will run until August. Angelina Jolie was said to be deciding between this project and the Universal monster movie Bride of Frankenstein as her next movie, and it seems that Maleficent 2 has come out on top.

This new report also claims that Patrick Tatopoulous has been enlisted as the film's production designer, following his most recent work on Justice League, Batman v Superman and 300: Rise of an Empire. The sequel finally started moving forward in August, when
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Sullivan Stapleton to Star in ‘The Lake’ for EuropaCorp

Sullivan Stapleton to Star in ‘The Lake’ for EuropaCorp
300: Rise of an Empire” star Sullivan Stapleton will star in EuropaCorp’s action-thriller “The Lake,” set to start shooting in April.

Variety reported in September that “Into the Storm” director Steven Quale was attached to the project, written by EuropaCorp topper Luc Besson and “The Equalizer” screenwriter Richard Wenk. The story focuses on a group of Navy SEALs attempting to solve a long-forgotten mystery while uncovering an immense treasure hidden in a lake in war-torn Serbia.

Quale is no stranger to underwater projects. He co-directed “Aliens of the Deep” with James Cameron and also worked with him on “Titanic” and “The Abyss.”

EuropaCorp’s slate includes “The Transporter Legacy” and recent Toronto Film Festival acquisition “Big Game.” It announced in February that it was forming the Red joint distribution venture for the U.S. with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity.

Stapleton also stars in the Cinemax series “Strike Back.” He
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Rodrigo Santoro Helps Take Latinos Into the Mainstream (Exclusive)

Rodrigo Santoro Helps Take Latinos Into the Mainstream (Exclusive)
Rio De Janeiro — One of Latin America’s highest-profile actors in Hollywood and beyond, Brazil’s Rodrigo Santoro, a memorable Xerxes in “30,” has hardly stopped.

But the parts he’s played of late not only underscore the illustrious thesping company he keeps, but just how far Latinos have come in sloughing off Latino type-casting.

Santoro wrapped two weeks ago his first TV series, playing an outlaw on the pilot for HBO’s “Westworld,” helmed by Jonathan Nolan for Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV, and a series inspired in concept by the Yul Brynner movie classic.

He features in Steven Bernstein’s “brilliantly written” “Dominion,” produced by Richard Gladstein, with Rhys Ifans as Welsh bard Dylan Thomas, living out his last day on earth, and John Malkovich as his doctor, shot over the summer in Montreal. Santoro plays “a mysterious character who will reveal himself.” Santoro’s character is called Carlos,
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DVD Review – 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

Directed by Noam Murro

Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro

Synopsis:

Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Eight years after the Spartans raised hell across Greece in Zack Snyder’s hit film, the long-awaited next chapter of the series based on Frank Miller’s yet-to-be-released comic-book has arrived. Taking place before, during and after the events of the first film, 300: Rise of an Empire follows the rise of the Persian Army, led by Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), who has just been made into a God, and commander Artemisia (Eva Green) who is out for blood after the death of her husband. Standing in the way is a Greek army, led by Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) who refuses to let the Persians have their way.
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Interview: Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder talk 300: Rise of an Empire

Ahead of UK its home-entertainment release on September 29th on Blu-ray and DVD, co-screenwriter Zack Snyder and producer Deborah Snyder talk 300: Rise of an Empire…

Give me a brief snapshot of how the parallel storylines work between Rise of an Empire and the first film.

Deborah Snyder: Well this film takes place on the same three days as the battle of Thermopylae — We just get to see a different perspective. We’re not from the Spartan perspective, we’re from the free Greek perspective, and we’re following this leader Themistocles, who is a naval commander.

Zack Snyder: The other thing we get to see that’s different in this film is it jumps forward and backward a little bit, and because it also paints the origins of Xerxes. So you get to see Xerxes’ birth, and what caused him to become the character that you saw in the original film.
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’300: Rise of an Empire’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham, Jack O’Connell | Written by Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad | Directed by Noam Murro

I don’t want to spoil 300, but I think it’s fair to say it had a double-edged ending with the feeling being that there was still hope even if the war was far from over. 300: Rise of an Empire continues the story, but also prequels it and runs alongside it as the focus turns to Greece and the coming together of a nation to take on Xerxes and his Persian forces.

300: Rise of an Empire focuses mainly on Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) taking the battle to the Persian Army on the naval battlefield. Battling against Artemisia (Eva Green) Xerxes’ (Rodrigo Santoro) trusted naval leader he must outwit her and the huge forces she has to take on his more meagre offering.
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Exclusive Q+A With Rodrigo Santoro For ‘300: Rise Of An Empire’

I actually really enjoyed 300: Rise Of An Empire when it hit cinemas back in March (you can read my review here), so am pretty amped for the upcoming DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download release next week. The film stars Eva Green, Sullivan Stapleton and a returning Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes, who we caught up with for an exclusive Q+A ahead of the home entertainment bow.

Question: I wonder if you could start by telling me how would you describe 300: Rise of an Empire and how it relates to the original 300?

Rodrigo Santoro: Well, I’m going to describe it not as a sequel, but, as we like to call it, a companion film because there are different cameras and different angles of what is happening at the same time as the first film. In a way, it’s really an experience that helps the audience to
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Win ‘300: Rise Of An Empire’ Exclusive Merchandise!

Prepare to seize your glory when 300: Rise of an Empire, arrives onto Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on 29 September 2014. To mark its epic release, which sees two warring nations fight for glory amidst a raging sea, The Hollywood News are offering five lucky champions the honour of winning some exclusive merchandise and a copy of the film on 3D Blu-Ray™ .

300: Rise of an Empire told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster 300 is a new chapter of the epic saga which takes the action to a new battlefield – the sea.

The story pits the Greek general Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces, ruled by the mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and led by Artemisia, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy. Knowing his only hope of defeating the overwhelming Persian armada will be to unite all of Greece, Themistokles ultimately leads the charge that will change the course of the war.
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Gullane Filmes Ups Brazil’s Ante (Exclusive)

Gullane Filmes Ups Brazil’s Ante (Exclusive)
Locarno – Talk about raising the bar. At Locarno, Brazil’s Fabiano Gullane, co-founder with brother Caio of Sao Paulo-based Gullane Filmes, is unveiling to sales agents and potential co-producers the biggest, most ambitious and most sophisticated movie production slate in modern Brazilian times.

Novelties on Gullane’s 14-title slate include two new Hollywood studio link-ups: Tomas Portella’s “Love Stories,” co-produced by Disney’s Buena Vista Intl., and romcom “Incompatible,” with co-production from Fox, which has acquired worldwide distribution rights.

The portfolio – two movies in post-production, including the Anna Muylaert’s anticipated “Where Is She?” which plays Locarno’s pix-in-post Carte Blanche Monday, and 12 in development – rolls off the phenomenal success of Gullane’s to-date-two-pic comedy franchise, “Till Luck Do Us Part,” which gave Gullane the biggest local movie hit in Brazil in 2012 and 2014, grossing a combined $36.1 million at Brazilian wickets.

The announcement also comes just weeks after Brazilian president
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300: Rise Of An Empire Blu-ray Review

As the supplements suggest, 300: Rise of an Empire is not a straight sequel to Frank Miller and Zack Snyder’s 300, as it can also be described as a prequel, sidequel, and probably some other words that have been invented to describe modern spin-off films that don’t pick up after the last film ended. Rise of an Empire is meant to be like a glove to the first film, as it surrounds the original narrative with new material. The results are a film that doesn’t totally work on its own terms, but does offer a delicious scene-stealing performance from Eva Green. My 300: Rise of an Empire Blu-ray review follows after the jump. Told in parallel (somewhat) while the Spartans battle elsewhere, the film shows how the Persian leader Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) became the golden god he was, and that it was because new character Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) killed his father,
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300: Rise Of An Empire Blu-Ray Review

When I first heard that there was going to be another 300, my gut reaction was, “But they all died!” Dear viewer, don’t worry one second about that. After all, Warner Bros. wouldn’t have cobbled together 300: Rise of an Empire if the studio hadn’t been able to come up with a worthwhile reason to revisit those war-loving, glory-seizing Spartans and their magnificent six-pack abs… right? In all honesty, 300: Rise of an Empire was an inevitability after 300 left such a noticable imprint on the cinematic landscape, grossing over $450 million and producing the immortal “This is Sparta!” meme while also racking up some accolades and undoubtedly influencing filmmakers. Luckily, Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire isn’t just a worthy follow-up to the CGI-heavy bloodbath that was 300 – it actually surpasses its predecessor in one major regard.

What am I talking about? Let me introduce you to Persian military commander Artemisia,
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’300′ Dethrones ‘Lego Movie’ for No. 1 Spot on Home Video Sales Chart

’300′ Dethrones ‘Lego Movie’ for No. 1 Spot on Home Video Sales Chart
A pair of titles from Warner Bros. dominated the home video sales charts the week ending June 29, as “300: Rise of an Empire” and “The Lego Movie” accounted for 58% of all disc sales among the top 20.

The historical actioner “300: Rise of an Empire,” a follow-up to the 2007 film “300,” debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart — which tracks overall DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined sales — while the previous week’s top title, “The Lego Movie,” dropped to No. 2 after selling 97% as the “300″ sequel.

The two titles also topped VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, with “Lego Movie” selling 73% as many copies of the high-definition format as “300: Rise of an Empire.” Universal’s “Lone Survivor” landed at No. 3 on both charts, dropping a spot from a week earlier.

Rounding out the top five on First Alert, Disney’s megahit “Frozen” moved up to No. 4, with Universal’s “Non-Stop” at No.
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This Week In Home Entertainment: 300: Rise Of An Empire, Winter's Tale And Masters Of Sex

300: Rise of an Empire Blu-ray It.s been more than seven years since 300 graced movie screens across the country. Its sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire, looks as fabulous on Blu-ray as its big screen counterpart. Unfortunately, its story is a little less inspired. 300: Rise of an Empire.s is neither a prequel nor a sequel to round one. Instead, events take place on a long-winded timeline spanning many years and featuring many of the same characters from the earlier film. This story follows the rise of Persian leader Xerxes, focusing on a fight led by General Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) on the Greek side and a Greek-turned-Persian female general named Artemisia (Eva Green, who naturally gets nude for the umpteenth time in this film). The confusing timeline relation to the first film is not its only drawback. 300: Rise of an Empire features some strange pacing and outlandish dialogue.
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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Masters of Sex,' '300,' 'Orphan Black'

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Masters of Sex: Season One"

What's It About? Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan star in this Showtime series about sex researchers Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson.

Why We're In: There's a fair amount of onscreen sexiness, but the nuanced look at humanity and sexuality is what has made this a must-see cable drama.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"A Hard Day's Night (Criterion)"

What's It About? This movie musical stars the Beatles as goofier versions of themselves, just as they're becoming the legendary band we all know and love.

Why We're In: Fancy digital restoration, fancy audio updates, interviews, a making-of doc, and more make this a must-have for fans of the Beatles or musicals or anything that's fun and cool.

New on DVD & Blu-ray

"300: Rise of An Empire"

What's It About? Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, this
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300: Rise of an Empire (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack)

Blu-ray Review

300: Rise of an Empire

Directed by: Noam Murro

Cast: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey

Running Time: 1 hr 42 mins

Rating: R

Due Out: June 24, 2014

Own “300: Rise of an Empire” on Blu-ray 3D combo pack, Blu-ray combo pack, 2-disc DVD special edition and Digital HD on 6/24

Plot (provided by Warner Bros. Home Video): “300: Rise of an Empire,” told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” is a new chapter of the epic saga, which takes the action to a new battlefield—the sea.

The story pits the Greek general Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces, ruled by the mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and led by Artemisia, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Knowing his only hope of defeating the overwhelming Persian armada will be to unite all of Greece, Themistokles ultimately leads the charge that will change the course of the war.

Movie: Listen to Movie B.
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’300: Rise of an Empire’ Review

Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, Rodrigo Santoro, David Wenham, Jack O’Connell, Andrew Tiernan, Igal Naor, Andrew Pleavin | Written by Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad | Directed by Noam Murro

Breaking new ground is certainly something to be admired. Being able to push the boundaries further is a rare feat that is inspiring to witness. The issue becomes what happens when that new ground becomes tired and worn? The inability to answer that quandary is a big reason squeals to visual spectacles rarely succeed. Their once flashy and new trend oversaturates the market to the point of ad nauseam.

With that issue in mind it is no wonder 300: Rise of an Empire does not work nearly as well as its predecessor. Director Noam Murro’s style is reminiscent to the original to a fault. It is akin to waiting eight years to make a sequel to The Matrix.
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