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Box-Office: Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Lucy’ Beauty Outperforms Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Hercules’ Brawn

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 27, 2014 11:58 AM
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Lucy
Call it a battle of the beauty and the beast if you like. Though audiences didn’t seem to love Luc Besson’s “Lucy” or Brett Ratner’s “Hercules”—at least considering those dismal Cinemascore ratings (C+ for the former). But they were unsure about either and curious, as reviews for both hit rather late in the week. And so viewers chose “Lucy” starring Scarlett Johansson—reviews being largely, “ridiculous, but entertaining”—over Dwayne Johnson and “Hercules”—reviews more akin to “ridiculous and just bad.” The critical buzz surely didn’t hurt, Besson not having made a critically lauded film in some time, and perhaps audiences wanted to see what all the fuss was about. And so “Lucy” perched itself atop the box office this weekend, hauling in approximately $44 million. That makes for the highest grossing box-office debut for a Scarlett Johansson-starring vehicle ever (all those Marvel films don't really count) by a rather large margin. Perhaps 2006's the "Black Dahlia" ($10 million opening) is the last movie that could be considered a "starring" role for the actress.

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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Hercules
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.

Watch: Dwayne Johnson Gets Mythological In New Full Length Trailer For 'Hercules'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2014 9:04 AM
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Hercules
We gotta be honest, we nearly forgot that "Hercules" was still coming this summer. Maybe you did too. There's a veritable onslaught of blockbusters set to descend on multiplexes, and this season won't be complete without Dwayne Johnson flexing his impressive muscles. And he'll do that and much more in this latest take on the Greek myth, with a new full length trailer dropping today.

Paramount Sets 'Beverly Hills Cop' Reboot For Spring 2016 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2014 5:53 PM
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For years, they've been trying to make a "Beverly Hills Cop" reboot and/or sequel happen without much developing, but at the end of 2013 there was a ray of light. Eddie Murphy officially came back, Brett Ratner got attached to direct the project (again), and it was all systems go at Paramount. And now they're feeling bold enough to set a release date.

Watch: Dwayne Johnson Is Unleashed In First Trailer For Brett Ratner's 'Hercules'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2014 12:17 PM
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Hercules
"I'm just excited that our movies are different and that there are multiple stories of Hercules being told. The Rock's is quite different. It's The Thracian Wars, which are the older stories of Hercules. This is the origin, so it sets it up," Kellan Lutz proclaimed earlier this year, promoting his Hercules movie that opened to minimal interest. Then again, Lutz is no Dwayne Johnson. However, the real question is whether or not audiences actually care about this character.

Razzies 2014: 'Movie 43' Takes Worst Picture, Will & Jaden Smith Heavily Thrown Under Bus For 'After Earth'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 2, 2014 11:49 AM
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After Earth, Will Smith
It's game day. The Academy Awards ceremony obvious takes place this evening and so like clockwork, the ignominious folks that run the Razzies Awards have unveiled their list for the worst movies of the year. The biggest story this year is that the Razzie committee failed to award Adam Sandler anything. Odd given how much the organization seems to loath Sandler and all his comedies. And oh yes, “Grown Ups 2” was nominated in several worst categories, but the Razzies saw fit to see many other films are far more egregious in failure.

Edward Norton's 'Motherless Brooklyn' Finally Happening Thanks To Brett Ratner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2014 6:26 PM
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Motherless Brooklyn Edward Norton
Way back in 1999, Edward Norton had big plans following David Fincher's "Fight Club" — he was going write, direct and star in an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's acclaimed novel "Motherless Brooklyn." Obviously, that didn't quite happen. Instead, the project become Norton's great white whale, with not much in the way of news since except promises that he was working on it (as of 2010 he stated he was only halfway finished writing the scipt). But now, it's actually getting ready to shoot. And it's all thanks to Brett Ratner.

'Beverly Hills Cop' Reboot With Brett Ratner And Eddie Murphy & 'Top Gun 2' Back On At Paramount

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2013 3:14 PM
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In 1984, the movie gods gave audiences (among lots of other things): "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Terminator." Both became massive franchises, and both sorta fizzled out. But since no property in Hollywood is ever truly buried, both are being revived. Earlier today word arrived that "Terminator"—in addition to being rebooted into a new trilogy—is now becoming a TV series too, and it looks like Axel Foley will get one more day on the beat as well.

Brett Ratner Talks Roman Polanksi's 'Weekend Of A Champion,' 'Rush Hour 4,' His Version Of Superman & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 22, 2013 2:54 PM
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Brett Ratner, the director of the "Rush Hour" films and, most recently, "Tower Heist," isn't someone who you would imagine as being BFFs with Roman Polanski, the arty filmmaker behind such classics as "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby." But this is exactly the case. The two have been great friends for a very long time (Polanski even co-starred in "Rush Hour 2") and their latest collaboration is "Weekend of a Champion," the commercial re-release of a 1971 racing documentary that Polanski produced and co-starred in but was barely released at the time. The doc follows racing legend Jackie Stewart at the height of his racing prowess (and in the midst of his intense friendship with Polanski), and the results are kind of like a documentary version of Ron Howard's recent drama "Rush."

Hugh Jackman Eyes Spy Flick 'Section 6,' Angelina Jolie Pads Out 'Unbroken' Cast & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2013 5:41 PM
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Hugh Jackman
For up-and-coming screenwriter Aaron Berg his first screenplay sale couldn't have gone any better. His script, titled "Section 6," sparked a bidding war, with Universal nabbing the rights and paying a cool $1.2 million for his thriller that "follows the World War I-era formation of British intelligence agency MI6 and its first director, Sir George Mansfield Cummings, who served as the inspiration for M in the 'James Bond' series." With a logline like that, it's no wonder that Hugh Jackman has taken a look at the material, while Justin Lin and Brett Ratner have also shown an interest as directors. No one is formally attached yet, but it's safe to say this one is going to get some major talent.

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