hercules trailer

The Hercules trailer is upon us. Directed by Brett Ratner, someone known more for comedic action than epic mythological stuff, it features Dwayne Johnson doing what Dwayne Johnson does best – kicking butt and taking names with his shirt off.

With this adaptation of the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, Ratner and Johnson are aiming to bring the mythic hero to the big screen on a scale we’ve never seen before. Did they succeed? Watch the first Hercules trailer below. Read More »

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Rock as Hercules

Thanks to Dwayne Johnson’s social media presence we’ve seen quite a few teasing behind the scenes glimpses of The Rock as Hercules. He’s starring in 2014′s other Hercules movie, the big one, which opens in July. Now we’ve got the first official look at the Rock as the hero of myth and legend. We’ll see a trailer for the Brett Ratner-directed film on Tuesday, but after the break you can see two rather different still images.

Update: The film’s first poster has also been released, and you can see that below.

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Hercules The Legend Begins

In 2013, the action film battle royale was between two competing White House thrillers, Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down. The former film, seen as the scrappy contender, hit theaters three months before Sony and Roland Emmerich’s supposedly bigger movie. But the contender ended up winning the battle, with a sequel already set to re-team its cast and director. White House Down, meanwhile, is going to walk out of 2013 seen as an underperformer.

Now Lionsgate is going to see if the same pattern can work twice, as it has purchased distribution rights to Renny Harlin‘s Hercules: The Legend Begins, starring Kellan Lutz. The film will be in theaters five months before Brett Ratner‘s own Hercules, starring The Rock. Which strongman will end up on top? Read More »

Dwayne Johnson

A few months back when Fast and Furious 6 was kicking ass at the box office and a seventh film was fast-tracked, producers talked about the schedule of Dwayne Johnson being a bit of an issue. The action star had committed to filming Hercules: The Thracian Wars with Brett Ratner, which has a July 25, 2014 release date, and was expected to return for James Wan’s Fast and Furious 7, which is scheduled for July 11, 2014.

So what’s the answer? A lack of sleep for Johnson. The actor just tweeted an image of himself in both Hercules and Fast and Furious 7, marking the end of one shoot and beginning of the second.  Read More »

Hercules The Legend Begins

It can’t be easy for an up-and-coming star to go up against a huge star like The Rock under even the best of circumstances, and I’m not sure Hercules: The Legend Begins counts as “the best of circumstances.”

To be fair, we haven’t seen footage for Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules just yet, so it’s possible that it’s no better than this competing version by Renny Harlin and Kellan Lutz. But Hercules: The Legend Begins looks pretty lackluster in its own right, more like a cheap 300 ripoff than anything else. Check out the new trailer and judge for yourself after the jump.

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Aladdin's Genie and Sebastian

Even casual Disney fans have likely noticed that the studio’s various animated features often contain subtle nods at each other. Rapunzel from Tangled has Disney fairy tale books in her collection, Nani from Lilo & Stitch has a Mulan poster, et cetera. But what if these aren’t mere sight gags from playful animators. What if, instead, they’re hard evidence that all of these movies take place in the same universe?

In an homage of sorts to Jon Negroni’s The Pixar Theory, Josh Butler posits that 30 of Disney’s animated features share a world. His thesis requires some suspension of disbelief — for one thing, it involves a lot of magic and time travel — but it’s fun to think about nonetheless. Hit the jump to see how Butler’s theory shakes out.

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Hercules set (header)

After years of trying, Brett Ratner is finally getting his chance to bring a legendary Greek hero to life. Production is currently underway on Hercules, based on Steve Moore‘s graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars.

With the release date still a year away, it’s unlikely we’ll get to see real footage any time soon. But thanks to star Dwayne Johnson, we have our first peek at some of the props and costumes, along with the set. Hit the jump to check out the images.

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ian-mcshane

Dwayne Johnson has just pulled together a brand new “sand and sandal” gang. Ian McShane (Deadwood), Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), Rufus Sewell (Dark City), John Hurt (Harry Potter) and Rebecca Ferguson are set to join the action superstar in Hercules, directed by Brett Ratner. It’s scheduled for a July 25, 2014 release. Read More »

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