Jason Momoa Talks About "Conan the Barbarian" -- the possible sequel, Schwarzenegger, and Spam! 


Jason Momoa is enthralled to be playing the iconic Cimmerian warrior. As soon as I walked into the room, he giddily asked me if I'd seen the movie and if I liked it. Towering over me (it felt like the actor was three times my size), I replied yes, of course! And his face lit up.

Momoa, who was born in Hawaii and raised in Ohio, has some big shoes to fill (or warrior sandals), with Arnold Schwarzenegger starring in the 1982 version. But he's game, and he is very proud of the movie. See for yourself when the film opens this Friday, Aug. 19th.
In this interview, we talked about (CAUTION: SOME FEW CUSS WORDS...SORRY):

*** His attraction to making the film
*** Was he a fan of the original Schwarzenegger version?
*** Does Conan have a place in today's pop culture landscape?
*** Conan lives, loves, slays, and is contented. Does Momoa subscribe to those principles...without slaying, of course
*** How he prepared for the role -- he watched cats!!!
*** He wrote a "Conan" sequel!
*** The Hawaiian staple, SPAM!



Here's more info on "Conan the Barbarian" from Yahoo:

A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.

Also Known As: Conan
Conan the Barbarian

Logline: And after watching his fellow tribesmen and his father brutally and cruelly killed, Conan vows to avenge his peoples' slaughter, even if it means sacrificing his own life in the process.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Adaptation and Fantasy

Release Date: August 19th, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity.

Distributors: Lionsgate

Production Co.: Paradox Entertainment, Inc., Nu Image/Millennium Films, Emmett/Furla Films

Filming Locations: Nu Boyana Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria

Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits

Starring: Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang,Rose McGowan, Said Taghmaoui

Directed by: Marcus Nispel

Produced by: Samuel Hadida, Trevor Short, Danny Dimbort

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Rose McGowan Talks About "Conan the Barbarian" -- the role, the set, and pop culture! 


It was a pleasure to finally meet Rose McGowan. I've been a fan of her since she played Amy Blue in 1995's "The Doom Generation," and now, she's the mystical Marique in Lionsgate's "Conan the Barbarian" starring Jason Momoa as the Cimmerian warrior. She was a delight to talk to and was very proud of the movie.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What attracted her to the character Marique -- the character used to be a man!!!
*** Did she do anything special to prepare for the role?
*** Her character always tastes something in the air
*** The dynamic between her character and Stephen Lang who plays her father in the movie
*** She also talks about the sand people
*** Working on the set
*** Does "Conan" have a place in today's pop culture landscape?



Here's more info on "Conan the Barbarian" from Yahoo:

A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.

Also Known As: Conan
Conan the Barbarian

Logline: And after watching his fellow tribesmen and his father brutally and cruelly killed, Conan vows to avenge his peoples' slaughter, even if it means sacrificing his own life in the process.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Adaptation and Fantasy

Release Date: August 19th, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity.

Distributors: Lionsgate

Production Co.: Paradox Entertainment, Inc., Nu Image/Millennium Films, Emmett/Furla Films

Filming Locations: Nu Boyana Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria

Produced in: United States

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Rachel Nichols Interview for "Conan the Barbarian!" She is Hot and Quick-Witted! 


Rachel Nichols is happy to be part of Lionsgate's reboot, "Conan the Barbarian." The Columbia University alum (she double-majored in Economics and Math) stars as Tamara, the love interest of Jason Momoa (Conan) in the movie. Nichols is sweet and beautiful in person, but she's also quick-witted and smart!

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What got her interested in making "Conan the Barbarian"
*** Her character is not exactly a damsel in distress
*** How she prepared for the role
*** When she was finishing her double major degree, did she ever imagine that one day she would star in a movie called "Conan the Barbarian?"
*** Her love scene with Jason Momoa



Here's more info on "Conan the Barbarian" from Yahoo:

A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.

Also Known As: Conan
Conan the Barbarian

Logline: And after watching his fellow tribesmen and his father brutally and cruelly killed, Conan vows to avenge his peoples' slaughter, even if it means sacrificing his own life in the process.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Adaptation and Fantasy

Release Date: August 19th, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity.

Distributors: Lionsgate

Production Co.: Paradox Entertainment, Inc., Nu Image/Millennium Films, Emmett/Furla Films

Filming Locations: Nu Boyana Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria

Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits

Starring: Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang,Rose McGowan, Said Taghmaoui

Directed by: Marcus Nispel

Produced by: Samuel Hadida, Trevor Short, Danny Dimbort

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"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Holds No. 1 Position, "The Help" Surprises, "Glee" Flops! 


In a crowded box-office weekend, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" continued to dominate the box-office finishing at No. 1 for its second weekend. Starring James Franco, the 20th Century Fox release earned $27.5 million and has raised its 10-day domestic total to $104.9 million.

("Rise of the Planet of the Apes" movie review)

"The Help," one of the new entries at the box-office, surprised everyone with a strong debut. Based on the beloved book by Kathryn Stockett, "The Help" was helped by ardent fans which propelled the film to open at No. 2 with $25.5 million. Since opening Wednesday, the DreamWorks release distributed by Disney has sold $35.4 million tickets.

The New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. horror sequel "Final Destination 5" also had a great box-office showing, opening at No. 3 with $18.4 million. The film drew 75% of its grosses from 3D locations, which is good news since most films that opened this summer failed to match what "Final Destination 5" has accomplished in 3D.

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Speaking of 3D, "Glee" fell flat! Fox was having a good weekend with "Apes" and a terrible one with "Glee." The 3D concert movie could not even muster to join Top 10, finishing at No. 11 with just $5.7 million.

Sony was also having a good and bad weekend. Good because "The Smurfs" slipped to No. 4 with $13.5 million but has entered the $100 million club! Its three-week total now stands at $101.5 million. Smurfs that!

But Sony's action-comedy caper "30 Minutes or Less" starring Jesse Eisenberg opened weakly at No. 5 with just $13 million. From Ruben Fleischer, the guy who gave us the fantastic "Zombieland," "30 Minutes or Less" was a bit dull in parts, funny sometimes, but at least the film zipped through its running time of 85 minutes or less.

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of August 12th:

1. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," $27.5 million
2. "The Help," $25.5 million
3. "Final Destination 5," $18.4 million
4. "The Smurfs," $13.5 million
5. "30 Minutes or Less," $13 million
6. "Cowboys & Aliens," $7.6 million
7. "Captain America: The First Avenger," $7.1 million
8. "Crazy, Stupid, Love," $6.93 million
9. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," $6.9 million
10. "The Change-Up," $6.2 million

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Win Exclusive "Final Destination 5" Prizes Courtesy of New Line Cinema! 


This week on Manny's Movie Weekend Giveaway, it's all about "Final Destination 5." Win exclusive prizes courtesy of our friends from New Line Cinema. One lucky winner will get the following:

*** "Final Destination 5" mini-posters
*** 3 "Final Destination 5" t-shirts
*** 3 "Final Destination 5" shot glasses
*** Collectible box with the Coroner's wrench

These are highly collectible items, you can't buy them in stores! So how do you win? Go to www.facebook.com/MannytheMovieGuy, like my page, then like the contest post!

One lucky winner will be chosen next Friday, Aug. 19th at noon, pacific. They will be notified on my Facebook page.

Also, this contest is limited to U.S. residents only okay? Sorry international friends!

But have fun, and good luck!

Here are more pictures!









To watch my review of "Final Destination 5," click here.

To watch my interviews with Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Tony Todd, click here

For my interviews with Jacqueline McInnes Wood, Miles Fisher, Ellen Wroe, click here

For my fun interviews with P.J. Byrne, Arlen Escarpeta, Courtney B. Vance, click here

Here's more info on the film from Yahoo:

A group of co-workers on a corporate retreat escape the collapse of a suspension bridge because of a fellow worker's premonition of the disaster,and then are hunted by an invisible force that seems to be Death itself, coming to collect its due.

Also Known As: 5nal Destination

Genres: Suspense/Horror and Sequel

Release Date: August 12th, 2011 (wide)

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production Co.: Practical Pictures

Studios: New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures

Filming Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Produced in: United States

Starring: Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Ellen Wroe, Jacqueline MacInnes-Wood Directed by: Steven Quale Produced by: Sheila Hanahan Taylor, Erik Holmberg, Richard Brener

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