The new Judge Dredd film, simply called Dredd, is shooting now in South Africa with Pete Travis (Vantage Point) directing Karl Urban in the title role and Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson. And now, if reports are true, they’ll be facing down a woman who made her mark as a queen in 300. Read More »
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Briefly: Earlier today we saw some trailers and info on the new HBO offerings Mildred Pierce and The Sunset Limited. Now there’s a premiere date for Game of Thrones, the adaptation of George R.R. Martin‘s novels with a pilot directed by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor). The show will debut Sunday, April 17.
Though I wasn’t knocked out by the trailer for this one I’m still on the hook, not so much because of the source material (which I know is the key factor for a great many fans) but because I’m so curious to see what Tom McCarthy and his cast have done with an adult fantasy setting. David Benioff and Dan Weiss are the lead writers and producers, and the cast includes Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Iain Glen, Lena Headey, Richard Madden and Sophie Turner. [EW]
The two teasers we’ve seen so far for the HBO series adaptation of George R.R. Martin‘s Game of Thrones showed very little. What we did see had the color bled out to fit the dour tone of each teaser, and while the brief images were tantalizing, there was no way to get a real sense of how the series might play. So this new trailer is the first finished footage we’ve seen to complement the colorful behind the scenes clips doled out sporadically over the past months. Check it out after the break. Read More »
In June, we posted a short teaser trailer for HBO’s upcoming fantasy series Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin‘s bestselling fantasy novel series A Song of Fire and Ice. The teaser trailer didn’t reveal much, just a few glimpses of what we can expect. HBO has released a second teaser trailer which shows a bit more. Watch it now after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Check out the first photo from the small screen Terminator pilot, The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The photo above shows Lena Headey (300) as Sarah Connor and Thomas Dekker (Heroes) as John Conner. The television show takes place after the events of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and years before Terminator 3. The adapted series is written by War of the Worlds scribe Josh Friedman. The series is in line for a late 2007 air date.
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Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller (Sin City), 300 loosely depicts the Battle of Thermopylae where Leonidas I (Gerard Butler) and three hundred Spartans took on Persian King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his massive army of one million soldiers. Zack Snyder, the director of the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, creates visually orgasmic landscapes out of Frank Miller’s two page spreads. Every shot is not only perfectly framed, but the definition of cinematic elegance.
However, the lifeless dialogue and two dimensional characters borders on the edge of boring and annoying. It takes about 45 minutes before the first epic battle sequence breaks out, and the build to this sequence is exhausting.
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Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham, Vincent Regan, Michael Fassbender, Tom Wisdom, and Andrew Pleavin
Running Time: 116 minutes
MPAA Rating: R for graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality and nudity
5 out of 10
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Last week we reported that 300 had a perfect 100% fresh rating over at Rotten Tomatoes, a website that tracks critical reaction. Amore critic reviews start to roll in, the film’s rating has fallen hard. At the time of this report, 300 is now deemed Rotten at 59% with 17 reviews. As Friday nears, it will be interesting to see if the film will gain or lose critical respect.
The film is currently tracking “huge”, and is on it’s way to an estimated $40 million opening weekend. Not too shabby for a $60 million green screen film. Sadly the film won’t come close to breaking any records, including the R-Rated opening weekend currently held by The Matrix Reloaded with $91.7 million. The movie will instead place around #10, beating such films as Air Force One, Red Dragon and Freddy vs. Jason.
Meanwhile, Dr. Hamed Vahdati Nasab has started a petition aliming the film is not historically correct, and it portrays the Persian Empire in a very poor light.
Zack Snyder’s 300 starring Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Regan and Dominic West hits theaters on March 9th 2007.