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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson wanders into trap in new 'Hercules' trailer -- VIDEO

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“Look at me,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson orders in the new Hercules trailer. (Okay!) “Do I look afraid?” Despite encountering a trap full of angry, tattooed warriors, no; no, he does not look afraid.

Hercules, based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, is directed by Brett Ratner and intended to be a dark, action-packed account of Hercules’s battle to take down a warlord. So basically, this will be nothing like Disney’s version (bummer).

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'Hercules' first trailer: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson becomes legendary -- VIDEO

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Still shaking your head over the thought of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson taking on the role of Hercules, the legendary warrior? With the first official trailer for Brett Ratner’s epic released Tuesday, you can now pass judgement for yourself. READ FULL STORY

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson tweets first look at 'Hercules' helmet

This is Sparta Hercules! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tweeted this morning from the set of his upcoming film Hercules: The Thracian Wars, posting a photo of Hercules’ helmet. This follows a set photo Johnson tweeted on Sunday, praising production designer Jean-Vincent Puzos, whose previous work includes Amour, 10,000 B.C., and Lord of War.

The Brett Ratner-directed film is an adaptation of Radical Comics’ eponymous limited series by Steve Moore and Admira Wijaya. The film follows the Greek demigod, who, after enduring through his legendary twelve labors, has become a mercenary. His life as a sword-for-hire is tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. Also starring Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Rufus Sewell, and John Hurt, as the King of Thrace, the film is set in a grittier reality without the influence of the supernatural.

Check out the sneak tweet of the Greek demigod’s headgear below:
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Casting Net: Seth Rogen to direct, produce, star in 'The Interview'; Plus 'Hercules' adds to its cast, more

• Seth Rogen just got a whole lot busier. The This Is the End actor and director has signed on to direct, produce, and star in a comedy that he co-wrote with Evan Goldberg — Rogen’s collaborator on Superbad, Pineapple Express, and The Watch, among others. The Interview is about a talk show host and a producer (Rogen) who somehow find themselves involved in an attempt to assassinate the North Korean prime minister. This will be Rogen’s second time in the director’s chair. And, don’t get too excited just yet, but apparently Columbia Pictures wants James Franco to star as the talk show host. [THR]

• Brett Ratner’s Hercules added a host of actors to the cast, Thursday, including Ian McShane (Jack the Giant Slayer), Rufus Sewell (The Holiday), Joseph Fiennes (American Horror Story), and John Hurt (Melancholia). According to the press release announcing the news, the revisionist film is set in a world where the supernatural doesn’t exist. The Dwayne Johnson vehicle is based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, and is expected to be released in theaters on July 25, 2014.

Magic Mike’s Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) have signed on to star in Endless Love. Scott Spencer’s 1979 book tells the story of David Axelrod and Jade Butterfield, who are desperately in love with one another. When Jade’s father forbids David from their home, he sets fire to it, hoping that they’ll forgive him when he rescues all of them. Franco Zeffirelli directed a 1981 adaptation of the novel with Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt. [Variety]

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Brett Ratner's 'Hercules' gets summer 2014 release date

Ever wonder if Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson– who has glistened in such roles as The Scorpion King and The Tooth Fairy– could pull off playing Hercules, one of the greatest heroes of Greek mythology?

Well fear not!  Brett Ratner’s Hercules is set to hit theaters August 8th 2014, EW confirmed. The Hollywood Reporter originally reported the news.

The MGM and Paramount movie is based on Hercules: The Thracian Wars a graphic novel by Steven Moore.

Brian Grazer replacing Brett Ratner as new Oscar producer

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Brian Grazer (The Da Vinci Code, A Beautiful Mind) will be the new producer of the Academy Awards, the latest development in a wild 48 hours that saw previous producer Brett Ratner resign amid a firestorm of controversy and Eddie Murphy subsequently withdraw from hosting the show this morning. Ironically, Grazer also produced Ratner and Murphy’s latest film, Tower Heist. He joins veteran TV producer Don Mischer, who remained on as an Oscar producer after Ratner stepped down.

“It’s very gratifying to be part of a show that honors excellence in the medium to which I have devoted so much of my career,” said Grazer in a statement. “Don is a legend, and I am excited to work with him.” READ FULL STORY

Should Brett Ratner have stayed on as Oscar producer? Academy members speak out

Today’s news that Brett Ratner is out as a producer of this season’s Academy Awards telecast has Oscar voters talking…and disagreeing. Over the course of the day — before Ratner’s resignation from the show became public — I heard from 10 Academy members, six of whom say Ratner should have been allowed to produce the show, and four who felt he should resign or be fired. Here’s a sampling of their responses:  READ FULL STORY

Brett Ratner steps down as Oscars producer amid controversy

Dogged by growing controversy over his use of an anti-gay slur after a screening of his movie Tower Heist and boorish comments he made about his sex life on The Howard Stern Show, Brett Ratner has stepped down as the producer of this year’s Oscars telecast.

Yesterday, in an attempt to tamp down an explosion of bad press surrounding Ratner’s remark that “rehearsal is for fags,” Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak expressed support for Ratner, even as he criticized his comments as “inappropriate…dumb and insensitive,” saying that “we all make mistakes and I believe he didn’t mean it.” But the pressure to distance Ratner from the Academy and its most important event clearly became too great, and Ratner told Sherak this morning he would be stepping down.

“He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself,” Sherak said in a statement. READ FULL STORY

Brett Ratner apologizes for lying about Olivia Munn, use of gay slur

The last few days have not been the best for director Brett Ratner. Today, while doing a phone interview on The Howard Stern Show, the Tower Heist helmer said he lied about having sex with actress Olivia Munn when he appeared on G4′s Attack of the Show last week. Ratner does call Munn “a friend,” and says the geek cult icon told him he is not the unnamed director she’s refers to in her book as having “undersized manhood.” Ratner continued: “She’s actually talented. The problem is I made her look like she’s a whore.” You can listen to the whole, NSFW Howard Stern interview about Munn here. (Speaking of apologies: EW incorrectly stated in an earlier post that Munn says she dated the unnamed director. We regret the error.)

Ratner also apologized today for using a gay slur during a Q&A after a Friday-night screening of his new action-comedy Tower Heist. According to various reports, when asked by a moderator about whether he rehearsed with his cast before shooting a scene, Ratner dismissively said, “Rehearsal is for fags.” READ FULL STORY

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