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Like a lot of Canadian kids, my first encounter with Hercules was with Adventure Cartoon Productions animated series The Mighty Hercules, which Global ran ad nauseam Saturday mornings well into my high school years. They were simple enough, with Hercules as basically the Ancient Greece Batman, beating up bad guys and taking them to prison on Mount Olympus, which, as it turned out, was as pitifully easy to break out of as Arkham Asylum.

Every couple of years or so, the myth of Hercules gets re-interpreted for a new audience, and in a new way. So far, there’s been two Hercules movies in 2014, the first one came out in January and starred some Twilight beefcake as the son of Zeus, but in the case of Brett Ratner’s Hercules it has the immediate ace in the hole of having Dwayne Johnson as the titular hero. Johnson’s charm and magnetism is a definite advantage to the film, and if the movie he was in was tighter it might actually equal the assets brought by its star. Ratner’s Hercules is a solid B-effort, but it had the potential to be an A. (more…)

Ratner’s ‘Hercules’ Grabs Up More Casting

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Brett Ratner is a man whose directorial work many might place on the same level as a war crime.  If you’ve ever tried to sit down and watch Rush Hour 3 or X-Men: The Last Stand, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about.  But for some reason people keep giving this guy money and letting him direct.  His latest project is a piece based on the Hercules legend, titled, naturally, Hercules.  Now, we here at Nerd Bastards have some news for you from the casting couch.

First and foremost, Ian McShane will be coming onboard to play the role of Amphiarus.  This character is loosely described as a warrior/priest/prophet that bestows advice on Hercules and guides him during his journey.

Other additions consist of names both big and small, including Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt and Rebecca Ferguson.  What roles any of these actors will be playing is as-of-yet unknown.  They will joining in with the already cast Rufus Sewell (playing Autolycus), Askel Hennie (in the role of Tydeus) and the artist formerly known as “The Rock”, Dwayne Johnson, in the titular role of Hercules.

In case you’re in the dark on the project, it’s based on a pair of Hercules comic book series written by Steve Moore, illustrated by Cris Bolsin and published by Radical Publishing.

If you can bring yourself to sit through another of Ratner’s films, check out Hercules when it hits theaters comes July 25th, 2014.


Thanks to ComingSoon for the early warning.


Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Slayer has a new trailer out. This one focuses more attention on the giants and their interaction with the world at large without all the culinary comedy. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still humor in this trailer, it’s just not the slapstick baked in a giant tart kind of humor.

A couple of scenes are down right terrifying. Consider the scene where the guy runs at full speed away from that giant, who then takes three giant steps and snatches the guy up. The big battle scenes also show how much of an advantage the giants have in battle, even against large armies.

Jack the Giant Slayer takes its cues from the “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Jack the Giant Killer” stories, with Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) playing the farm boy who accidentally plants magical beans given to him by a mysterious magical stranger. This leads to the rekindling of an ancient war between humans and giants.

The cast includes Eleanor Tomlinson (Alice in Wonderland) as the daring, captured princess, Ewan McGregor plays a comically over-confidant knight who seems OK now, but might be annoying in larger doses. Ian McShane (DeadwoodAmerican Horror Story: Asylum) as the crotchety old king with Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games) as the king’s scheming advisor.

On the Giant’s side we have the two headed giant General Fallon. The larger head is motion captured by Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), and the smaller head played by John Kassir (Tales from the Crypt).

There’s also a new poster out:jack-giant-slayer-poster-570x843

Via: Screenrant

The marketing machine behind the slightly confused production of Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Slayer is finally kicking into gear after weathering a couple of release date adjustments and a change in the title of the movie. The Jack and the Beanstalk retelling will finally stomp onto theater screens March 1st, starring Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor.

Now we can get a good look at the giants that Jack will be a’slayer-ing. They are pretty big boys . . . well they are giants. These posters will be seen all over Malls and theater lobbies across the country.
I might give the movie a shot, it is Bryan Singer after all. He’s got a pretty good track record and I feel confident about X-Men: Days of Future Past being in his directorial hands.
What do you think? Will you be buying a ticket?

Via: /Film

Even though Snow White and the Huntsman does not hit theaters until June 1st, Universal has decided the property as earned the right for a sequel. A source close to DeadlineHollywood  says the studio is in discussions with Men in Black III writer David Koepp to come aboard to write Snow White 2: Electric Boogaloo.

Why would a Universal push forward with a sequel without results from the first film? Well, production and pre-production are too separate things. Snow White and the Huntsman is poised to be a hot property. Universal is confident the first film will do well. Assuming the film lives up to its promise, they want to have a sequel with script, cast, and director ready to go.

Now, here’s the thing. The Queen dies (I assume) and Snow White gets her happy ending. The end. What is the sequel going to be about?

Snow White and the Huntsman stars Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as the queen, and Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman. Sam Claflin, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Graham, Ray Winstone, Lily Cole, Sam Spruell, Liberty Ross, and Noah Huntley.

Source: Geek Tyrant

Here’s a new trailer for Universal Pictures Snow White and the Huntsman, which debuted as part of Charlize Theron‘s guest appearance on Top Chef. I guess foodies love fiction. Anyway, the preview is  virtually identical to the first trailer accept for a few brand-new shots. In both trailers, it’s all about Miss Theron. She’s like “Oh hai, look at me! I’m playing a evil witch, aren’t I all bad-ass and evily?”. And I’m totally cool with that. I think Universal is smart for pimping out Charlize for this movie. Why? Because a girl who has NO facial expression whatsoever (Kristen Stewart) is Snow White. Blank stares don’t sell a movie!

While I’d love to bash Stewart some more, I think it’s best to say this movie looks legitimately awesome. Crazy and totally unexpected!

Directed by Rupert Sanders, the fantasy take on the classic fairytale also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Graham, Ray Winstone, Lily Cole, Sam Spruell, Liberty Ross and Noah Huntley.

Source: Universal Pictures


Jack the Giant Killer is essentially the darker, more adult version of Jack and the Beanstalk. The first trailer of this Bryan Singer flick was released by Warner Bros. today, and it’ll also be shown along with the second Sherlock Holmes movie.

The movie stars Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor. It opens on June 15, 2012.

Here is the official plot synopsis:

“Jack the Giant Killer” tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittinglyopens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend–and gets the chance to become a legend himself.

Hit the jump for the trailer.



Debuting online today is the latest trailer for the upcoming fourth film in the Pirates franchise, and I have to admit when I first learned of this film I wasn’t excited. To say I was let down by the third film, At World’s End, is an understatement. The movie ruined what I thought was shaping up to gosh darn great trilogy. Sure, Dead Man’s Chest was a little weak but produce a bang-up job on the finale and you’re golden. Apparently Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer didn’t receive that memo.

So, you’ll understand where I’m coming from when I say I’m cautiously optimistic for On Stranger Tides. The trailer, which you can view below, looks great and very neatly details the plot. No longer is Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) tagging along with lovebirds Elizabeth (Keira Knightly) and Will (Orlando Bloom), and thank the heavens because while they were phenomenal in the first picture by the third I couldn’t wait for them to drown. Directing this time is Rob Marshall who will hopefully inject some much needed life into Disney’s blockbuster franchise. Joining Depp is Penelope Cruz, I’m sure just the feisty woman we want to see Jack tangle himself with, and Ian McShane as the pirate legend Blackbeard. Reprising his role will from previous films is Geoffrey Rush, who I think we can all agree does his best to not make shitty movies, but this time he’s sporting British naval attire. Hmm, what would make a pirate join the navy? Plus, there’s a glimpse of Keith Richards again playing Jack’s dad, the highlight of At World’s End if you ask me.

When I watch the trailer I can’t help but get excited when the theme music plays, I’m really hoping this film captures everything that was great about the first. Watch below and tell us if you’re excited for Jack Sparrow’s latest adventure or are you afraid they’re beginning another unnecessary trilogy?

source: /Film