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'300: Rise of an Empire' poster: More Spartans, this time on a boat

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Did you see 300, the ultraviolent man-candy war movie starring pre-romcom Gerard Butler and pre-Fassmember Fassbender? If so, then you were probably surprised to hear that there would be another 300 movie. You’re probably asking: “But didn’t everybody die?” To which Hollywood responds, lovingly, “Shut up, stupid.” Hence, 300: Rise of an Empire, a sidequel about a naval battle that took place while Leonidas and his men were fighting the Persians and cellulite. Here’s the poster for the film: READ FULL STORY

The '300' prequel has a new, very prequel-ish title

Warner Bros. announced a new title for the upcoming 300 prequel today. The film will be called 300: Rise of an Empire, not be confused with other “Rise”-themed prequels like Underworld: Rise of the Lycans or Rise of the Planet of the Apes or Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power or Star Trek: EnterpRise. (Technically, Terminator 3Rise of the Machines was also a prequel. Oof, time travel.) The film features Rodrigo Santoro reprising his role in 300 as demonic Persian overlord Xerxes, and is directed by Noam Murro (Smart People.) They’re currently filming in Bulgaria, with an eye towards an August 2013 release.

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Rodrigo Santoro returns as Xerxes in '300: Battle of Artemisia'

EW has confirmed that Rodrigo Santoro will be reprising his rule as villainous, golden ruler Xerxes in the 300 sequel Battle of Artemisia.

As previously reported, Eva Green will play the title role, with Aussie actor Sullivan Stapleton taking the lead, and Snow White and the Huntsman‘s relative newcomer Jamie Blackley playing a pivotal role.

Artemisia follows Blackley’s Calisto as he leads a group of soldiers to battle. Details are being closely guarded, though it’s expected to begin filming this summer. Noam Murro (Smart People) is directing, and 300 scribe Kurt Johnstad stayed on to pen the sequel.

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'300' sequel bulks up cast, talks with 'Snow White and the Huntsman' star

EW has confirmed that Jamie Blackley is in talks to star as Calisto in 300: Battle of Artemisia. The swords-and-sandals sequel, which producers have said runs “parallel” to its progenitor, finds 16-year-old Calisto leading a group of soldiers in hopes of becoming a hero. Since his 2010 part in the Colin Farrell-Keira Knightley gangster flick London Boulevard, Blackley has remained a relative unknown, though his role in this summer’s highly anticipated Snow White and the Huntsman — alongside Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron — could change all that.

It was announced last week that Aussie Animal Kingdom star Sullivan Stapleton landed the lead role in Artemisia. Former Bond girl Eva Green will play the title character, and South African actor Andrew Pleavin will return as the character Daxos. Smart People helmer Noam Murro will direct the film for a projected 2013 release.

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Sullivan Stapleton n-abs starring role in '300' followup

Sullivan Stapleton, the Australian actor from Animal Kingdom who currently stars in Cinemax’s terrorist action-drama Strike Back, will star in 300: Battle for Artemisia, the working title for Warner Bros.’ followup to the 2007 smash, 300. In the original film from director Zack Snyder, Gerard Butler played the heroic Spartan leader, Leonidas, at the Battle of Thermopylae against the giant Xerxes. Though initial reports had Stapleton pegged for the Xerxes role in what is being termed a “parallel story” — not a sequel nor a prequel — EW can confirm that he’ll instead play Themistocles, a general in the Athenian army who battles Xerxes.

Noam Murro (Smart People) is directing and Eva Green will play the pivotal role of Artemisia.

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'Immortals' and its 'Superman' star Henry Cavill hitch a ride with 'Thor' via new trailer -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Thor won’t be the only mythic hero from antiquity making a silver screen debut on Friday. Those intending to pay good money to see the Marvel thunder god throw his hammer at frost giants and fire-breathing automatons will also get to see Henry Cavill — cinema’s next Superman — fling mystical arrows at sword-swinging Greeks and monstrous elemental demons in the new trailer for Immortals, a fantasy epic from Relativity Studios in the vein of Clash of the Titans due in theaters November 11. The movie — produced by 300’s Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari and directed by Tarsem Singh (The Cell) —  stars Cavill as a hunky peasant named Theseus who becomes a reluctant hero in a battle with a villainous incognito deity named Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) bent on world and celestial domination. The gods of Olympus — including Zeus (Luke Evans) and Poseidon (Kellan Lutz) — want to stop the evil titan, but are restricted from meddling with mankind’s free will, and so they must exert their influence on the sly via Theseus. The trailer hit the web online last week but will be making its theatrical premiere tomorrow. The tease is a showcase for Rourke’s sleazy menace, Cavill’s steely charisma, and Tarsem’s distinctive, painterly visuals. You can check out a larger version of the exclusive new image from the film below. READ FULL STORY

Sucker Punch: Who's the sucker?

Sometime over the weekend, as it became clear to number crunchers that puny Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules was going to win the opening-weekend bout against Sucker Punch, online movie conversation settled into some predictable grooves. First, blog posts on aggregator sites rounded up some of the choicer negative reviews from the large collection available. Then, contrarian individualist critics came to the movie’s/Zack Snyder’s defense.

Some readers who hadn’t yet seen the movie posted comments along the lines of, “Screw READ FULL STORY

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