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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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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.

Dwayne Johnson Terrible At Secrets: All But Reveals Captain Marvel Role

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 24, 2014 7:14 PM
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Dwayne Johnson, Shazam
Dwayne Johnson doesn’t really know how to play the super hero tease game. Or at least, he’s not very good at it and if this were a Christopher Nolan project, the filmmaker would be having a heart attack by now. So the “Hercules” star already basically let it out of the bag that he’ll be playing Captain Marvel or will have a role in that D.C./Warner Bros. film. And now, unless he’s really screwing with us, he’s tweeted some not so subtle photos.

Watch: Dwayne Johnson Teases Playing Shazam, Plus New Clip From 'Hercules' (That Alan Moore Wants You To Boycott)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2014 10:48 AM
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Hercules
This weekend, the 6' 5" charisma machine that is Dwayne Johnson will flex his way into multiplexes across the country in Brett Ratner's "Hercules." It's another showcase for the blockbuster actor, this time in a major leading role after taking supporting turns in both "Fast & Furious 6" and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." And the folks at Warner Bros. will be looking at the results for that film very closely as they've been talking with the actor about taking on a still unspecified DC Comics character. Well, leave to The Rock to tease what he says is an impending announcement (maybe at Comic-Con?) about the project that will bear his name.

New Featurette, TV Spot & Images Of Dwayne Johnson In Brett Ratner's 'Hercules'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2014 1:06 PM
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Hercules
After a decade-long quest, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is finally a fully-flung movie star: he's helped elevate sequels in the "Fast & Furious," "Journey" and "G.I. Joe" franchises to be significantly more successful than their predecessors. But so far, the actor's standalone actioners haven't had the same level of success, with movies like "Faster" and "Snitch" disappointing, and "Empire State" failing to even get a theatrical release.

Universal Wants Dwayne Johnson For Robert Ludlum's Bourne-esque Franchise 'The Janson Directive'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2014 4:47 PM
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The Janson Directive Dwayne Johnson
Tell me if this sounds familiar: a former special ops agent leaves his government gig and goes into business for himself, taking on cases that he believes will help those in need. So sort of a bit of Jason Bourne mixed with Jack Reacher? Sounds about right, and perhaps it's no shocker that "The Janson Directive" comes from the pen of 'Bourne' writer Robert Ludlum. Universal has been sitting on "The Janson Directive" for a few years now, but it looks like they want to get it moving with a big name to bring it to life.

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.

Watch: Dwayne Johnson Is Not Afraid In First Clip From 'Hercules'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2014 12:36 PM
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Hercules
So, Brett Ratner has made a "Hercules" movie that's coming out this summer. It's certainly not a sentence we enjoy writing, but those are the facts and whether or not we like it, this thing is real and happening. But on the plus side, the always magnetic Dwayne Johnson is in the lead. But again, this is a Brett Ratner joint.

Dwayne Johnson Reveals 3 Clues About The DC Character Warner Bros Is Developing For Him

  • By Ben Brock
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  • March 26, 2014 9:25 AM
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Hercules
In DC Comics' and Warner Bros' ongoing attempt to emulate the Marvelverse and introduce huge numbers of characters to the screen, with all the attendant potential for standalones, spin-offs and the like, one name has been around for a long time without becoming attached to any known role. Or rather, two names, one guy: The Rock, maybe better known nowadays as plain Dwayne Johnson. Rumors have swirled for ages, such that we basically know for sure the man will be in a DC movie soon— probably at least for a moment in “Batman vs Superman,” likely with a bigger role in a putative “Justice League” movie a year or two later.

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.

15 Underseen And Overlooked Dystopian Futures In Film

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 19, 2014 1:19 PM
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15 Underseen Sci-Fi Dystopian Films
It's not easy creating a dystopian future on film. Ask the producers of "Divergent," which opens this week (read our review). Not only do they need to establish a demented future where we live under draconian rules, but they must do so over multiple films. Given that there are several different elements to this type of future, from corrupt governments to alien intervention to dizzying technology, it can be like mapmaking in an uncharted area. Sooner or later, you get lost and can't circle back.

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