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Rodrigo Santoro: Shirtless '300: Rise of an Empire' Official Trailer!

Rodrigo Santoro shows off his shirtless buff body in this newly released trailer for his upcoming flick 300: Rise of an Empire!

The 37-year-old Brazilian actor is joined in the Zack Snyder directed film by Lena Headey and Eva Green.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Rodrigo Santoro

300:Rise of an Empire, which is the sequel to Gerard Butler‘s 300, centers on “the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes who marches south towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes’ army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land.”

Rodrigo Santoro – ’300: Rise of an Empire’ Trailer

Gerard Butler Pre-Movie Awards Party

300 star Gerard Butler heads home from Area nightclub in West Hollywood on late Saturday night.

The Scots hunk is nominated for 3 MTV Movie Awards this year — Best Movie (300), Best Performance (King Leonidis) and best fight (Gerard vs. “The Uber Immortal” a.k.a. The Spartan/Persian Battle).

Co-star Rodrigo Santoro is also nominated for Best Villian for his role as King Xerxes and co-star Lena Headey for Breakthrough Performance as Queen Gorgo.

P. S. Don’t forget to visit tonight around 6PM EST for liveblogging coverage and photos straight from the red carpet and backstage from the “bloggers room” at the MTV Movie Awards 2007!

Gerard ButlerThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 6/3

Other pictures include Gerard, 37, accepting the Action Movie Star of the Year Award onstage during the 7th Annual Taurus World Stunt Awards at Paramount Pictures on May 20 in Los Angeles, Calif. 20+ Gerard pictures inside…More Here! »

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300 Photo Gallery

Vanessa Minnillo's Death Grip

Vanessa Minnillo puts the squeeze on her main man, boyfriend Nick Lachey, before catching an American Airlines flight out of LAX airport on Monday morning.

Just last week, the so-far-scandal-free couple shopped for first-birthday presents for the Nick‘s niece – and brother Drew‘s daughter – Isabella (whose b-day was on March 23) at children’s boutique Petit Tresor in Beverly Hills. They scooped up a pink robe, a tea set, pink-and-gold sneakers and a ballerina-themed puzzle for the baby’s party.

Nick, 33, and Vanessa, 26, have been dating for over a year now. 15+ pictures inside…

Who will walk down the aisle first? Nick & Vanessa or John & Jessica?More Here! »

Gerard Butler: '300' UK Movie Premiere

Gerard Butler playfully sticks out his tongue for the press and stands beside co-star Lena Headey at the UK premiere of 300 at Vue West End on Thursday night in London, England.

300 has racked up nearly $100 million (and counting) worldwide so far!

It was recently announced that Gerard, 37, will be starring in a remake of a John Carpenter‘s Escape from New York. The Scottish stud will play Snake Plissken (the role originated by Kurt Russell) a one-eyed convict sent into rescue the president from the maximum-security penal colony of New York City.

Pictured below: 300 stars Gerard Butler, Lena Headey (in modified Christian Dior Spring 2007), Rodrigo Santoro and David Wenham; director Zack Snyder and wife Deborah, UK Pop Idol Will Young and British model Danielle Lloyd.

For more pictures from the UK 300 premiere, CLICK HERE!

UPDATE :: More pictures were added of Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro, David Wenham, and Michael Fassbender.

More Here! »

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'300' Racks Up $70 Million

As expected, 300 set a new record for a March release, pulling in an estimated $70 million at this box office this weekend.

The March record was set at $68 million last year by Ice Age 2: The Meltdown.

300 also had the third-best R-rated opening of all time, after The Matrix Reloaded‘s ($91.8 mil) and The Passion of the Christ‘s ($83.8 mil). The film also scored the No. 21 overall premiere in history.

For all the coverage on 300 and 300 star Gerard Butler, CLICK HERE!

Pictured below: Gerard Butler attends C Magazine and Boucheron’s celebration of the March issue of C Magazine’s fashion portfolio featuring Dita Von Teese at the Chateau Marmont Thursday, March 8 in L.A. C Magazine is California’s self-proclaimed first lifestyle magazine.

(Images via Getty)

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Gerard Butler Watches His Own Movie '300'

MONEY SHOT! 300 star Gerard Butler is caught redheaded catching a showing of his own movie this weekend at the Grove’s multiplex in Los Angeles, Calif.

Gerard, 37, snuck in to watch the audience’s reaction on Friday, 300‘s opening night. He caught the 4:45PM showing. Did anyone notice him there??

Christina Ricci was just sharing about this on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the Friday before last. Christina said she would never watch her own film for fear of being caught and publicly humiliated.

Gerard has no shame and absolutely no fear. I love it!

And great news — 300 SLAUGHTERED the box office competition this weekend. Box Office Mojo estimates 300 ticket sales for Friday alone reached a potentially record-breaking $27.8 million.

According to Reuters, “That puts the Warner Bros. release on track for a $60 million-plus weekend, challenging the March record of $68 million set last year by “Ice Age 2: The Meltdown.”

If you haven’t already, go see 300 NOW.

WE!!!!!!! ARE!!!!!!! SPARTA!!!!!!!

Miss this?
’300′ Hollywood Movie Premiere
‘300′ Movie Photocall (with Gerard and Rodrigo)
‘300′ Movie Stills and Trailer
‘300′ Movie Review, Gerard Butler on ‘Jay Leno’
Rodrigo Santoro is King Xerxes

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Rodrigo Santoro is King Xerxes

All the hype surrounding Gerard Butler‘s performance as King Leonidas in Frank Miller‘s 300 has overshadowed Rodrigo Santoro‘s fantastic performance as the evil Persian King Xerxes. Check out the amazing transformation Rodrigo made from Brazilian surfer hottie to the 9-foot tall oddly feminine Xerxes.

Rodrigo, 31, is one of Brazil’s most sought-after young actors and has had notable movie roles in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Love Actually. Most recently, he washed up on the shores of ABC’s hit drama Lost.

Check out the video below of Rodrigo‘s appearance on today’s edition of Good Morning America!

300 opens in theaters (including IMAX) nationwide this Friday, March 9.

Miss this?
’300′ Hollywood Movie Premiere
‘300′ Movie Stills and Trailer
‘300′ Movie Review
‘300′ Movie Photocall (with Gerard and Rodrigo)

Rodrigo SantoroGood Morning America, 3/7
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