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 »
Kellan Lutz (Twilight) isn’t just the other Hercules (the one that isn’t The Rock), he’s also the new digi-Tarzan. For Tarzan 3D, the actor provided the voice work and mo-cap performance for the title character, who does all the hanging with apes and swinging on vines that you’d expect from a Tarzan story. When we saw the first teaser for the film over a year ago, it was impossible to tell what this version offers that others don’t.
Now a full trailer gives us some idea of what’s unique to this version: global stakes. Because in this version, there’s a mountain that houses a centuries-old asteroid that turns out to be a massive energy source. And so Greystoke appears in this telling not as a moneyed old English title, but as an energy company hungry to gain possession of the mountain. It’s too early to say that the founders of Gerystoke Energies will turn out to be Tarzan’s late parents, but that’s what the name and the opening shot suggest.
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Posted on Monday, October 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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The Expendables 2 came out a year ago and, since then, rumors about its sequel have popped up almost weekly. Many actors have been rumored, and some confirmed: Cage, Seagal, Snipes, Gibson, Ford, you name it.
Well, The Expendables 3, directed by Patrick Hughes, began production Monday and the full cast list for the film has finally been revealed. Most of this has been reported already but, just so you have it all in one place, check out the list below, along with a new plot description. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, April 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
While Brett Ratner’s Hercules for MGM/Paramount has been busy nailing down supporting actors over the past couple of months, Millennium’s competing Hercules 3D is just getting started on casting. And first up is the legendary warrior himself. Twilight actor Kellan Lutz has just signed on to take the lead in the film, which is being directed by Renny Harlin. Hit the jump for more info.
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You may or may not remember that Kellan Lutz (Twilight) was announced a while back as the “star” of a new mo-cap animated version of Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ pulp hero Tarzan. I didn’t remember, at least until I saw a flash of the trailer a couple days ago, and the news break was just back in May. Now the full trailer — sans English titles — is available to give us a look at Tarzan 3D. And it is… well, it’s a new screen version of Tarzan, and other than that it is difficult to get much of an idea. Check out the digital vine-swinger below. Read More »
Briefly: How do you like your Tarzan? On the page? Maybe in old serial adventure form? Since I saw Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan as a kid, I’m still a bit partial to the serious live-action thing — the Batman Begins version of Tarzan — but maybe you like the Disney animated version. No matter what the answer is, I’m not sure how people will respond to a CG animated version in which Kellan Lutz (Twilight) will perform a mo-capped version of the old Edgar Rice Burroughs character.
There are some updates: Tarzan’s parents are killed in a plane crash, and ultimately the jungle-raised guy comes up against the new CEO of Greystoke Energies, an oh-so modern villain, who even has a mercenary army. Jane will likely be played by Spencer Locke (Resident Evil, Detention), and the character is the daughter of an African guide, and an avid conservationist.
Reinhard Klooss will direct; he wrote with Yoni Brenner and Jessica Postigo. Constantin Films, which produced the Resident Evil films and the recent The Three Musketeers, is making this one, so that should clue you in on what to expect. [THR]
Posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 by Angie Han
Sometime last summer, a report surfaced that Jim Carrey had been offered a part, possibly the lead, in the magician comedy Burt Wonderstone. Steve Carell has since landed the title role, but now it seems Carrey may be interested in climbing aboard in a different capacity.
Carrey has entered negotiations for the film, which will be directed by 30 Rock‘s Don Scardino. Chad Kultgen first drafted the film, then John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein did a rewrite, and Jason Reitman was recently hired to polish the script. The story follows a Vegas magician who breaks up with his stage partner and finds himself upstaged by a younger, hipper illusionist. Carrey’s potential character in the film has not been revealed, though I suppose the most obvious guess is that he’ll play Wonderstone’s former partner. [Deadline]
After the jump, Eduardo Noriega takes on the Governator, while two Immortals stars head to Asia.
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Oh, romance! Wait, no, it’s just the human-on-sparkle-vampire love story Twilight, which will come one step closer to ending on November 18 when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is released. See the new trailer, in which Bella and Edward’s marriage leads to a night of serious sex and the worst pregnancy since Rosemary’s Baby, after the break. Read More »
Here’s the third trailer for Tarsem‘s stylishly violent Immortals. (See the first and second ones if you haven’t already.)
I like this trailer a lot more than either of the previous ones; there’s a good voiceover that explains the background and early plot beats, and helps contextualize some of the pretty shots we’ve been seeing in previous trailers and clips. A few new shots offer additional eye-candy, too. While I remain unconvinced that this will really work as a piece of storytelling (it still looks a bit like a Dune/Clash of the Titans mashup) I can at least get a much better idea of what Tarsem is looking to accomplish. Check it out below. Read More »