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Hercules: The Legend Begins – First Trailer for the Renny Harlin Project

Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger, Die Hard 2) is back to work on his newest project, Hercules: The Legend Begins. The film will explore the origins of the fictional Hercules, son of Zeus. The plot centers around Hercules being exiled and fighting his way home to the woman he loves, Hebe, despite her being promised to his brother.

Kellan Lutz is set to star as the titular Hercules, but this won’t be Lutz’s first Greek mythological rodeo – you may remember him as Poseidon in the 2011 movie Immortals. He also took to the big screen in the cash cow Twilight trilogy as Emmett Cullen, so it’s safe to say Lutz’s screen presence won’t be an issue. However, there is a five hundred-pound elephant in the room – An itty bitty Brett Ratner film starring Dwayne Johnson. I think, wait, no I’m sure it’s called Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Yeah, that’s definitely it. Both films are coming out in 2014, so it will be very interesting to see which movie steals the other’s thunder.

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I think it’s safe to say The Rock isn’t gonna be upstaged by anyone. We’re several years removed from the Tooth Fairy, and I don’t see a return to those days any time soon. Not to mention the budgets for both films are wildly different: Thracian Wars is coming in at approximately $110 million, as opposed to The Legend Begins‘s modest $70 million. Money certainly doesn’t guarantee a movie’s quality, and doesn’t always guarantee box office success, so the $40 million discrepancy doesn’t necessarily point to The Legend Begins‘s demise (I invite you to read up on a feature film titled Cutthroat Island if you dispute that claim). We’ll have to wait until both films have hit theatres to see who wins out in the end.

The producers of The Legend Begins are aiming for a mixture of Gladiator and 300, however I’m also seeing remnants of Starz TV’s Spartacus. What’s unfortunate is many writers and critics are giving this film a bad rap already, solely based on the trailer. Judging a movie nine months before a release is a bold move. Keep in mind, before you follow the opinions of these critics, that trailers don’t always fall in line with the overall quality of the movie. Some of the most satisfying movies are the ones with the least revealing trailers. I hope it gets a fair shake and it looks like it has potential to satisfy fans of this genre.

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Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Reveals Plot Details, Loses Their Release Date

If you’ve ever hear the term, “beating a dead horse”, it was probably immediately followed by a review of Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Despite grossing just over $1 billion, critics condemned the movie as Rotten Tomatoes burned it at the stake. Meanwhile back at Disney headquarters, a group of people were counting money and laughing their asses off. The laughter may have finally come to a halt.

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True Detective Trailer: HBO Breaks Ground On New Series

HBO is no doubt an innovator when it comes to home entertainment. Over the years we’ve been treated to original and edgy entertainment that breaks the monotony of your typical TV drama. The premium network has consistently utilized visionary geniuses to write programs. They have taken books and brought the pages to life in shows such as True Blood and Game of Thrones. They have even given us looks back in time, to flawless recreations of worlds like Boardwalk Empire

With the 2014 TV season coming on deck, it would appear the innovators of TV entertainment are about to do it again. The new original series true-detective-hboTrue Detective will follow two of Hollywood’s favorite front men, Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. Getting into a new TV show isn’t always easy, but when two of some of the well-respected actors in the movie business agree to star on your TV show, you got a pretty good shot.

As exciting as it will be to have McConaughey and Harrelson play the role of detectives Cohle & Hart, prepare to take the good with the bad.HBO is terming this series an anthology series. Essentially this means that it will follow two new detectives in a case each season, much like the model American Horror Story has adopted. What’s also interesting is, according to HBO Watch, that the show is already cleared for an 8 episode season, committing to a full season order without an initial pilot order. It does make sense considering the hoops HBO probably had to jump through to convince two major movie stars to come aboard for the project. So with that said, I would not get too attached to detectives Cohle and Hart, as this will likely be a one season deal.

The idea of this show does seem exciting. The show will focus on the detectives working on an investigation of a serial killer, one that is still an open case 17 years later. It also appears that HBO will attempt to stick with the feel of the down home southern country vibe that we’ve had with True Blood for the past 6 years, as the landscape will be bayou bound in Louisiana.  No doubt you can expect twisty, suspenseful writing with exceptional acting. The show will air in January of 2014. You’re probably not gonna want to miss this one.

No More Blood: True Blood’s Final Season Announced

It’s Sunday night and after a long weekend of drinking, rejection, and excessive drinking you have to unwind. You have probably been here before and you know only one thing is gonna fix this weekend: Anna Paquin’s boobs. And thanks to the miracle of premium cable, this has been a great cure-all option for six years. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has confirmed this substance is officially on its last legs. The hit HBO television program, True Blood, has run its course, and season 7 will be the final chapter.

This comes as a blow to the many loyal viewers that have kept up with the Bon Temps crew for several years but to some people, not so much. Ratings for the show have not grown over the last few seasons and some have said since Alan Ball left the show, the age is starting to show. Yet still, I thought season 6 was nothing short of fantastic. It had a way of pulling you in closer week after week and prompting a sudden gasp of air just as the credits would roll. When it comes to character development, everyone on the show has pretty much peaked out. 012912_true_blood_season_5_trailer120129221944In the last couple seasons we got to see Eric Northman return to the Viking roots. Bill Compton has come full circle from vampire to mainstreamer to vampire back to good old vampire Bill. And Sookie Stackhouse has basically uncovered all the skeletons in the family closet. So in reality, there’s not a lot left to tell. The season 6 finale set up, what appears to be, an epic ending in a staple of modern entertainment. A lot of questions still have to be answered and surely will.

 [quote]Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show. -HBO President Michael Lombardo.[/quote]

Historically, HBO has produced shows that made an impact on our generation, such as The Sopranos, Entourage, Eastbound and Down and The Wire. Although those shows were great and entertaining for years, there always seems to be an ambiguous feeling at the end, almost a feeling of uncertainty that it is truly done. Shows like Entourage have been rumored to make comebacks or even movies. As far as True Blood goes, one can only hope that the show will give the fans a decisive ending that will leave everyone with a feeling of closure. Stay tuned folks, the true death is coming.