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Review: 'Hercules' Starring Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane And John Hurt

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 25, 2014 9:00 AM
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There are cheap costumes, cartoonish special effects and endless nonsense monologues in Brett Ratner's “Hercules." Ergo, there's also Ian McShane. HBO's "Deadwood" blew up the journeyman actor's career, making him a must-have accessory in the eyes of all casting agents. But since the end of that show, where he essayed the role of the iconic Al Swearengen, he's been lost in an increasingly inessential sea of special effects-heavy blockbusters, from “Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” to “Jack The Giant Slayer," from “The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising” to “Snow White And The Huntsman." You figure the qualifications for McShane appearing in your movie involve the least amount of acting possible. “Hercules” may be the first film where, finally, everyone is on the exact same page as McShane.

First Look: Saoirse Ronan In 'Brooklyn' & Nicole Kidman In 'Strangerland'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 12, 2014 9:17 AM
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The Cannes Film Festival isn't just about the movies that will walk red carpet, it's also about the huge marketplace where movies recently wrapped or about to shoot come to raise money and strike deals. That means showing off a little tease of what's coming, and that's the case with a couple of first looks from some promising projects.

TV Dial: Portia De Rossi Is Lily Munster; 'Dexter' Puts Yvonne Strahovski On The Block & Joseph Fiennes Joins 'American Horror Story'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 13, 2012 12:47 PM
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Television news is running rampant as networks are locking down their pilot orders and getting their returning series in shape before the fall, so let’s see if we can nail these down, shall we?

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