March 25, 2014 | 10:39 a.m.
The new trailer for “Hercules” has arrived, and from the looks of it, the film is hoping to appeal to the “Game of Thrones” crowd with scenes of its muscle-bound mythic hero, massive armies and expansive vistas of a faraway land. Due in theaters July 25, the film, directed by Brett Ratner and based on Steve Moore’s series for Radical Comics, sees Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in warrior mode as the son of Zeus who comes to the aid of the King of Thrace to help defeat a powerful warlord. The movie’s impressive supporting cast includes Ian McShane, John Hurt, Joseph Fiennes and Rufus Sewell, though the trailer emphasizes the film’s CG spectacle with Hercules facing off against fantastic creatures. When it comes to large-scale, action-adventure movies, Johnson is a Hollywood fixture. In recent years, he’s joined the “Fast & […]
Jan. 23, 2013 | 12:43 p.m.
The G.I. Joes will once again face off against terrorist organization Cobra in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” March 29, but fans can get their first glimpse of the film this weekend in a four-minute preview set to screen before certain showings of “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.” The first look debuts Thursday and will play before “Hansel & Gretel” showings in IMAX 3D, RealD 3D and digital 3D theaters. “Retaliation” — the second installment in the “G.I. Joe” film franchise — was originally slated to be released last summer, but five weeks before it was to arrive in theaters, the studio announced it would be delayed, reportedly to allow time for conversion into 3-D. The decision was a surprise, even to the film’s director, Jon M. Chu, but Paramount Pictures hopes the sequel will be a success, partly because it cost […]
Feb. 03, 2012 | 8:08 p.m.
The invasion is underway — “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” won’t arrive in theaters until June 29, but the commando sequel is already trying to win hearts and minds with the new commercial that airs on Super Bowl Sunday during the big game on NBC. It’s a film that will be driven by action and sprinkled with comedy, according to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, but it also aspires to bridge an interesting pop-culture generation gap. When the first film in the franchise, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” arrived in theaters in 2009, di Bonaventura heard from plenty of confused people — the common link was that most had grown up in the 1960s or 1970s when G.I. Joe was a brand name synonymous with the 12-inch-tall military-man toy that introduced the term “action figure.” They were all unaware of the 1980s reinvention of the brand — in Marvel Comics, toys and […]
Oct. 04, 2011 | 11:26 a.m.
“Fast Five,” which hits Blu-ray and DVD this week, pulled in $616 million in worldwide box office and, yes, a sixth (and seventh?) film in the high-velocity franchise is revving up already. Our Geoff Boucher caught up with director Justin Lin on Monday to talk about the home video release and the franchise’s impressive mileage with him at the wheel for three of the movies. GB: “Fast Five” surprised some Hollywood observers with its impressive showing — it earned more money than “Cars 2,” “Thor” or “Captain America: The First Avenger,” films that were more expensive to make. Did you have a good feeling going into the project or were you also caught off guard a bit by the way everything fell into place for that strong opening weekend? JL: The whole idea of this being part of the franchise was something that […]
May 28, 2011 | 10:08 a.m.
A barbarian has needs — a sword, a shield and roughly 56 chicken breasts a week. That’s what Jason Momoa ate while filming “Conan the Barbarian,” this summer’s big-screen reboot of the series that launched Arnold Schwarzenegger’s action movie career in 1982. Over a few months in 2010, Momoa, a 6-foot-4-inch Hawaiian actor and model, added about 30 pounds of muscle to his 205-pound frame to play two high-profile, bare-chested plunderers — Conan and Khal Drogo, the 7-foot-tall warrior-king marauding on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Momoa isn’t the only actor whose T-shirts have gotten a lot tighter recently: Dwayne Johnson packed 30 pounds onto his already brawny 6-foot-4-inch frame to grapple as a lawman opposite meaty Vin Diesel in “Fast Five.” Chris Hemsworth gained so much bulk to wield “Thor’s” giant, magic hammer convincingly that his costume didn’t fit. And […]
Nov. 27, 2010 | 5:19 p.m.
Dwayne Johnson is back in tough-guy mode this weekend with “Faster,” a hardcore revenge fantasy about a man with no name — he’s referred to only as Driver in the film — who is coaxed into armed robbery by his brother and then watches him die because of the treachery of some cohorts. After a stint in prison, Driver becomes an unstoppable force of vengeance. The bleak movie was written by Tony and Joe Gayton, directed by George Tillman Jr. and stars Billy Bob Thorton, Carla Gugino (“Watchmen“) and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Lost“). I sat down with Johnson last week to get the lowdown on his return to a hard-edged cinematic world. GB: The look of the film is great. That sort of gunmetal tint to everything suggests a hard world where hard people make hard decisions… DJ: It was important to George to capture that type of […]
March 19, 2010 | 6:29 p.m.
The man they once called The Rock is going back to a hard place. After establishing himself as family-friendly movie star with “The Game Plan,” “Race to Witch Mountain,” “Get Smart” and “Tooth Fairy,” actor Dwayne Johnson is going in a very different direction with his next film, “Faster,” which arrives in theaters in November with a brutal tale of R-rated vengeance. “I’m taking it a different place with this one,” Johnson said last week, and that was abundantly clear by his surroundings. The 37-year-old actor with the diesel physique was standing on a gritty stretch of San Pedro sidewalk dotted with taverns and tattoo parlors and glowing with red promise of a neon sign advertising “Triple-XXX Peep Show.” During one break, Johnson looked down at one of his sinewy arms with disapproval — his fake prison tattoo was starting to fade. “This,” he said to a member of […]