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Renny Harlin, Sion Sono & Pen-ek Ratanaruang Line Up Directorial Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2014 1:03 PM
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There was a time, probably much shorter than we actually remember, when Renny Harlin was sort of a big deal in Hollywood. But for every "Die Hard 2" or "Deep Blue Sea," he would also drop stuff like "The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane" or "Mindhunters," and pretty soon the crap was outweighing the enjoyable schlock until he's now helming stuff like January's DOA "The Legend Of Hercules." But, never one to quit, he's got another gig lined up.

Review: 'The Legend Of Hercules' Is Director Renny Harlin At His Dullest And Most Derivative

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 10, 2014 10:06 AM
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The Legend Of Hercules
Last year, a pair of movies involving the White House being taken over by terrorists was released into theaters nationwide; one was a fairly cheap B-movie while the other was a sturdier, mainstream affair. This year, we're getting two movies about Hercules, the mythological strongman who was the son of a god and a mortal woman. As always, the cheap one is opening first, as to not position itself as a quickie knockoff. And while there's a very big chance that "Hercules: The Thracian Wars," out this summer, could be a major bummer, it's hard to imagine anything being worse than this week's repellant 3D wasteland "The Legend of Hercules," a movie so ugly and woeful that you'll wish you had superhuman strength to pluck your own eyeballs out of your head.

Watch: Trailer For Low-Rent 'Hercules: The Legend Begins' Starring Kellan Lutz

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2013 9:53 AM
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Hercules: The Legend Begins Kellan Lutz
What do you get when you combine "300" + "Immortals" + "Gladiator" + Kellan Lutz + a very meager budget? Well, you get "Hercules: The Legend Begins," and the results aren't pretty.

Watch: Trailer For Renny Harlin's Found Footage Movie 'The Dyatlov Pass Incident'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • May 30, 2013 5:51 PM
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In 1959, nine Russians hikers ventured out into the Ural Mountains on a trip that should have been manageable for a group with their experience. On February 2nd, a search party found the hiker’s tents ripped open from the inside and all nine hikers dead from hypothermia.

Brett Ratner & The Rock Get Competition As Renny Harlin Signs To Direct Rival 'Hercules' Movie In 3D

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 4, 2013 11:41 AM
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There was a point about two decades ago when Renny Harlin threatened to become the next James Cameron. Harlin, the most/only famous person to come out of Finland, started out on the "Nightmare On Elm Street" franchise before having back-to-back action smashes with "Die Hard 2" and "Cliffhanger." With his A-list movie star wife, Geena Davis, he set up two big-budget action films that promised to cement him as one of the biggest directors world, one the revival of a genre that had mostly been forgotten by Hollywood, the other the most expensive spec sale in history.

Exclusive Video: Renny Harlin Talks '5 Days of War'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 22, 2011 1:00 PM
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In "Five Days Of War," director Renny Harlin shows us a very different side of himself. Most view him as a poster child for the excess of nineties-era action films, as the architect behind "Die Hard 2," "The Long Kiss Goodnight" and "Cliffhanger." But few realized he would ever be interested in turning an eye towards the real life tragedy of the Russo-Georgia War, a five day conflict where the world sat by and watched as one much more powerful country inhabited the other, reigning bloodshed on the people of Georgia in an attempted regional takeover.

Renny Harlin Talks The Politics Of '5 Days Of War,' Says He Wants To Make 'Long Kiss Goodnight 2'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 19, 2011 3:27 AM
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It’s been quite a journey for Finnish filmmaker Renny Harlin. Once the director of “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master ” (the highest-grossing entry in the series at the time) he moved on to the back-to-back onslaught of “The Adventures Of Ford Farlaine” and “Die Hard 2: Die Harder” that cemented him as one of Hollywood’s top action directors, a designation he carried all the way to the snakebitten “Cutthroat Island,” one of the biggest bombs in box office history.

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