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‘300’ Could Have A Wild Second Sequel

In 2006, 300 arguably changed the course of action cinema. Love it or hate it, the film was something of a sensation, and popularized fantastical, comic book-like interpretations of historical epics in a way that would be mimicked by a number of films to come: , Immortals, etc. It’s still arguably the most noteworthy work we’ve seen from prolific blockbuster director Zack Snyder…

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'300' Could Have A Wild Second Sequel

In 2006, 300 arguably changed the course of action cinema. Love it or hate it, the film was something of a sensation, and popularized fantastical, comic book-like interpretations of historical epics in a way that would be mimicked by a number of films to come: , Immortals, etc. It’s still arguably the most noteworthy work we’ve seen from prolific blockbuster director Zack Snyder.

But when the sequel rolled around in 2014, it failed to capture the magic of the original. While it was stylistically similar and some critics enjoyed its sheer absurdity, the majority slammed it as cheap imitation of an original that already bordered on being too ridiculous. Eva Green earned rave reviews as Artemisia, a new villain assisting the Persian army in a naval battle against the Greeks, but she was the lone bright spot in most people’s eyes. One particularly harsh review called it “a tedious slog of repetitive callbacks.” Ouch.

A lot of people probably believed that would be the end for the franchise, and it may still prove to be. But quietly, a film called 300: The Resurgence has popped up on IMDB, indicating that there may indeed be a third film in this series. It’s characterized as being “in development,” which means only paid subscribers can see more information, but a little research makes it pretty clear that this project is out there, and it may be happening.

If this sounds like a ridiculous idea for a studio to roll with, well, it isn’t. Despite the rough critical reception, Rise Of An Empire made more than $330 million dollars around the world, off of a budget that barely exceeded $100 million. And a mobile game based on the film (which was actually pretty good fun for what it was) got over 10 million downloads on Android devices alone.

Furthermore, the original film still seems to generate interest whenever it comes up. Many believe that the main problem with the sequel was simply that Gerard Butler couldn’t be in it after becoming a major fan favorite (and winning himself a career) as King Leonidas in 300. And just recently, a game called “Fortunes Of Sparta” popped up on a page full of innovative slot games at an online gaming platform. It’s not the only slot reel there to invoke popular film characters and themes to generate interest, but it’s somewhat unusual for it to be emerging now, a decade after 300‘s release. And it’s just another indication that people are still attached to this movie.

But even if the interest is there, what would this film actually look like? Historically speaking, it should concern the Battle of Salamis, during which an allied Greek and Peloponnesian force baited Xerxes into a naval battle after the Persian emperor took Athens. This was the next event to follow after the battles at Thermopylae (depicted in 300) and Artemisium (shown in Rise Of An Empire). But what little indication we have about the possible third installment suggests that Salamis probably isn’t in play—despite a few light rumors that the likes of Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) could be returning to action.

Instead, the rumors indicate a full departure from actual history and a wholly bizarre fantasy that pits ancient Spartans (or possibly ancient Spartan imitators) against British forces in the present. The basic idea is that after the Greeks were oppressed for years by Ottoman rule, the Parthenon was destroyed and British soldiers made off with iconic marble statues from within. What ensues is a sort of Spartan pride parade across Western Europe, culminating in a partial takeover of London. If that sounds completely insane, it is, but it’s also a real idea—the script is already circulating a sort of insider Hollywood social network.

Whether or not it becomes a reality in its current form is anybody’s guess, but some kind of follow-up to Rise Of An Empire actually seems pretty likely.

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Robert Pattinson is Officially The New Batman, Film Releases in 2021

After weeks of speculation, Robert Pattinson has officially inherited the keys to the Batmobile from Ben Affleck. The actor who shot to fame as a vampire in the Twilight films will take on another nocturnal hero: Batman. Pattinson, 33, inherits the role from Ben Affleck, whose tenure came to an end after the critical and commercial disappointments of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

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Robert Pattinson is Officially The New Batman, Film Releases in 2021

After weeks of speculation, Robert Pattinson has officially inherited the keys to the Batmobile from Ben Affleck

The actor who shot to fame as a vampire in the Twilight films will take on another nocturnal hero: Batman. Pattinson, 33, inherits the role from Ben Affleck, whose tenure came to an end after the critical and commercial disappointments of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

Pattinson’s first film as the billionaire crime fighter Bruce Wayne, who assumes a full-body black costume to battle baddies in Gotham City, will be titled The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, and set for release in June 2021. Originally scheduled to start shooting in 2017, The Batman will be the first solo Caped Crusader film to form part of the DC Extended Universe.

The Warner Bros studio confirmed to Variety on Friday that Pattinson had beaten the other names on the shortlist – which included Nicholas Hoult – to the role. Following breakthrough performances in the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, Pattinson has spent some years steering clear of the mainstream, instead working with directors such as David Cronenberg, David Michôd, the Safdie brothers and James Gray.

His recent collaboration with the French director Claire Denis, erotic sci-fi mystery High Life, won Pattinson considerable acclaim. He also stars in one of the best-reviewed films from this year’s Cannes festival: Robert Eggers’s The Lighthouse, an intense psychodrama set in 19th-century Maine.

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Correlation Between Black Mirror and The Circle, Starring Emma Watson

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Beauty and the Beast is not the only upcoming movie Emma Watson will be appearing in. The Circle, also starring Nicholas Cage, focuses on a digital atmosphere devouring the purity of life, similar to the hit UK show Black Mirror.

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If you’re not familiar with Black Mirror, it’s on Netflix and is an intimidatingly incredible show about our relationships getting ruined by technology. Each episode focuses on a certain advancement of technology which mocks consumerism, wealth, status, cyber-bullying, etc. There are three seasons so far, and you’re going to want to watch all thirteen episodes, it’s seriously addicting.

Correspondingly, The Circle is based on the novel written by Dave Eggers and elaborates on a high-class internet system which continues to add more and more to its network. Mae Holland (Emma Watson), lands a job at this company and soon evaporates into gaining more access to more screens for information.

In the midst of trapping herself into this world, Mae loses a connection with her loved ones. Users of this internet system get deprived of their privacy, raising questions about how the rapidly increasing technological world can do more harm than good.

As technology continues to expand, human realness is vanishing as we rely on social media. Although I, myself, am an avid user of Instagram, it’s easy to fall into the trap of presenting yourself in a way that will get more “likes”. People stress too much on what could potentially be “caption goals” and less on actually important things. The Circle and Black Mirror present a world that intimately correlates with reality through an exaggeration. Both are major hits for science-fiction fans.

While you’re waiting for The Circle to come out on April 28, I highly suggest delving into Black Mirror on Netflix and preparing for a binge-worthy night. It’s THAT good.

 

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Oscar Predictions: Why Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone Won’t Win

If you haven’t seen La La Land by now, then I don’t even need to tell you that you’re missing out because your friends already have. It’s a movie that needs to be seen at least once because its been nominated 14 times, tied with Titanic (1997) and All About Eve (1959) for most Oscar noms ever. But La La Land won’t break the record for most Oscar wins because Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone weren’t given roles that the Academy likes to reward.

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Oscar Predictions: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone Won't Win

If you haven’t seen La La Land by now, then I don’t even need to tell you that you’re missing out because your friends already have. It’s a movie that needs to be seen at least once because its been nominated 14 times, tied with Titanic (1997) and All About Eve (1959) for most Oscar noms ever. But La La Land won’t break the record for most Oscar wins because Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone weren’t given roles that the Academy likes to reward.

La La Land, with its musical score and sweeping landscape shots of L.A., proves that cinema doesn’t need computer graphics to dazzle audiences. In an interview at the Hollywood Reporter’s Roundtable, La La Land writer/director Damien Chazelle talks about his commitment to natural beauty. He states, “The sunsets were real sunsets… Theres this beautiful twilight effect during L.A. sunsets that I really wanted to capture.” Certain scenes with sunsets, like the scene on the movie poster,  have a short time frame before the sun goes down and the twilight gone until the next day. Filmmaking is tricky stuff, but Chazelle pulled together a modern revival of the musical film genre that is sure to bring home an Oscar for Best Director and Best Picture.

Unfortunately, Gosling and Stone won’t win. However, its not their fault, its the writing. If the actors seem to perfectly fit their characters Seb and Mia, then it’s because both actors had profound influence in creating them. Chazelle admits that the script had no specific description for the main characters, other than Seb is a piano player and Mia is an actress. He encouraged both Gosling and Stone to draw upon their own experiences to craft Seb and Mia. The result is a natural compatibility to their characters, which is absolutely enjoyable. Ryan brings his stand-offish charm and Emma impresses with her fiery passion. It’s just not the kind of transformative performance that typically earns the Academy’s respect. Although both actors sing in the movie, these days there is a constant auto-tune paranoia that won’t help their chances.

If you’re reading this right now and you’re a die hard Gosling and Stone fan, then don’t worry because La La Land is generating lots of award hype. Sometimes when there’s lots of hype on a particular movie, the Academy can be terribly predictable, like in 2003 when Lord of the Rings: Return of the King swept with 10 Oscars. It felt like director Peter Jackson was hosting because he was on stage every five minutes. So best of luck to all the Gosling/Stone fans. I’ll certainly be happy to be proved wrong, but unfortunately I think I’m right.

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