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Honest Trailers Presents Ridley Scott’s ‘Gladiator’
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Honest Trailers Gladiator

Are you excited for the remake of Ben-Hur? Are you just finding out there is a remake of Ben-Hur? Well the gang at Screen Junkies know, and they using that as the basis for today’s Honest Trailer. Harkening back to one of the best modern sword & sandal epics, they’re doing Gladiator, the Best Picture winner from the year 2000, and the movie that turned Russell Crowe into a pretty big deal. It also set off a stream of other historically-based epics that ranged from decent (Troy) to overlong and boring (Kingdom of Heaven), to outright hysterically awful (Alexander).

Check out the Honest Trailer below.

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New Trailer For Ridley Scott & Russell Crowe’s ‘Robin Hood’
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Robin Hood Poster

A brand new trailer for Ridley Scott‘s new vision of the tale of Robin Hood has been released online by Yahoo! Movies.

The movie will be released on May 14, 2010, and has a brilliant cast that features Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Mark Addy, Oscar Isaac, Danny Huston, Eileen Atkins, and Max von Sydow.

The only thing about this new trailer that has me a little sad, is the newly anointed PG-13 rating. This isn’t at all one of those movies I expected to be rated R, but I did have a glimmer of hope that this new Robin Hood adventure would be a graphic, Gladiator-esque action-drama. None-the-less, this is a great trailer and the movie continues to look like a great new title for those of us who are into period battle films. I’ll tell you one thing, I can’t wait for Scott’s sure-to-be-better Director’s Cut!

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The Decade List: The 59 Best Films Of The Past Ten Years – Chapter II
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The Decade List: The 59 Best Films Of The Past Ten Years – Chapter IINOTE: For structural reasons and to ensure that this list is super-duper pretty at all times, we’ll be posting this same intro for all sections of The Decade List. If you’ve already read all of this, you can just head down to the continuation of our list!

Let’s just get it out of the way right off the ol’ bat: yes, we know it’s been month since we left the decade. Most folks undertook this heavy task pre-2010, but we decided that it would be a little bit better to let the new year settle in a bit before hitting you with something of this magnitude.

So here we are, geeks: we’ve officially arrived in FUTURE *cue retro ’50s sci-fi music* and still we have no freakin’ flying cars yet. What’s the deal with that? While it is pretty exciting to be inside of the year 2010 — a year that always seemed unreachable to us mere mortals — we are also exiting another entire decade that leaves us staring at one majorly epic task. That task? To search, dig, locate, retrieve, organize, polish, and present the very best films of the past ten years!

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First Trailer For Ridley Scott’s ‘Robin Hood’ Debuts Online
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Robin Hood

An official trailer has been officially released for Ridley Scott‘s upcoming new take on the classic tale of Robin Hood. The first thing to note is of course the title. Long has the question stood strong as to what exactly the title would be. At first it was the seemingly-preferred Nottingham, before we eventually heard it being called Robin Hood. It sounded like that title was only a working title for the time being (even the synopsis included below that came with the trailer announcement still claims it as “untitled,” but now, judging by this new trailer, it looks like it will indeed just be sticking with the title Robin Hood, so there’s that.

The trailer is just the kind of first trailer you can expect from a Ridley Scott film. It features a lot of action, some great period setting shots, and even some modern rock music playing in the background in very similar fashion to Gladiator. Once they win people over with these ingredients, then we’ll see a trailer that focuses on story and speaking.

The movie has a fantastic cast that includes Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Mark Addy, Oscar Isaac, Danny Huston, Eileen Atkins, and Max von Sydow.

I don’t know about you, but I was sold on this one as soon as I heard “Ridley Scott. Russell Crowe. Robin Hood.” If you’re one of the few who are still not sure, click on over now to watch the trailer. As always, head to Apple for some pretty HD options.

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John Logan Tapped To Pen Vampire Project ‘The Passage’; Ridley Scott Possible To Direct
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Passage

Fox 2000 has pushed forward a seven-figure deal with screenwriter John Logan to script a movie based on the Jordan Ainsley (pen name of Justin Cronin) vampire novel, The Passage. The project is being developed as a possible directing vehicle for Ridley Scott, which would re-team him with Logan, who co-wrote the script for his Oscar-winning epic, Gladiator, with David Franzoni and William Nicholson.

The book is part of a three-book series that Fox 2000 purchased for an equally large sum a couple of years ago. This leads to the potential for a trilogy of films if the first finds success. The real challenge lies in the length of the first book, which runs 1,200 pages. Though Ainsley did sell the book based only on the first 400 pages and an outline, so it must have really impressed some people.

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Tomb of Real-Life ‘Gladiator’ Discovered In Rome
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GladiatorOK, so this isn’t really movie news, but I thought it was cool enough to share you all of you, my bestest friends.

The Scotsman is reporting that archeologists digging in Rome on a site where a warehouse had just been demolished to make room for a new housing development have discovered the tomb of Marcus Nonius Macrinus — the man for which Russell Crowe‘s character Maximus in Gladiator was based!

While both share similarities, they also share many differences. Both were major figures and the Maximus that we see at the beginning of Gladiator is very accurate to what Macrinus was in life. The relationship between them and Emperor Marcus Aurelius was also accurate, but this is where the similarities end. Marcus Nonius Macrinus was never a slave who battled back to face and kill the evil son of the Emperor. He actually lived his life again as we saw at the beginning of the film and he died a very rich and famous man.

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