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Watch The Rock Slay Giant Beasts and Kiss Irina Shayk in the First ‘Hercules’ Trailer

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bill-swift - March 26, 2014

Last year we saw not one but two movies about the White House being taken over by terrorists. Remember? They were Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down. In 2011 we got Friends with Benefits and No Strings Attached; in 2009 we got Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Observe and Report; in 2006 we got The Illusionist and The Prestige; and of course in 1998 we got Armageddon and Deep Impact.

The lesson? Obviously, Hollywood studios have no shame. If one of them thinks they can make money by making the exact same movie someone else just made, they'll do it.

Of course, in very few cases are both movies in a pair successful. Does anyone remember Shark Tales, The Wild, or Surf's Up? Nope. But they sure as hell remember Finding Nemo, Madagascar, and Happy Feet. And this bodes well for Paramount's Hercules, which will hit theaters in July, just seven months after Summit's The Legend of Hercules.

What's that? You don't even remember The Legend of Hercules? Well that's probably because it starred Kellan Lutz and sucked. Hercules, on the other hand, stars somebody in no way affiliated with the Twilight saga—namely, The Rock—and judging by his grizzly beard the giant sabre-toothed lion in the trailer, it definitely will not suck.

So mark your calendar. The good Hercules movie comes out July 25, 2014.

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