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Julia Stiles has the lucky distinction of starring in each Bourne movie with Matt Damon, so it's only fitting that she returns for the fifth film in the franchise. (Sorry, Jeremy Renner.) In the first major casting announcement since Damon, Deadline reports that Stiles will be reprising her role as Nicky Parsons in the unnamed sequel. (There are unconfirmed reports that Ex Machina star Alicia Vikander might join the cast, too.) Now if we just get Joan Allen to return, the Bourne universe will be complete, and we can get to watching Matt Damon kill people with ballpoint pens and other office supplies. »
- E. Alex Jung
Update: Variety reports that Viggo Mortensen, known for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has been offered the villainous part of the assassin tracking Bourne, but he hasn’t accepted yet.
Original: The currently untitled Bourne 5 was already going to be a series reunion of sorts, with star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass both returning after having been absent for 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, and now another familiar face has been confirmed. Julia Stiles, who played Nicky Parsons in the first three Bourne movies, has just signed on to reprise her role in Universal’s “Untitled Next Bourne Chapter.”
Parsons, a covert agent, became a close ally of Jason Bourne’s (Damon) over the course of the franchise. Her return begs the question of whether Joan Allen, who also had a pivotal role in The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, will be re-enlisted for what seems like a franchise pivot. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Exclusive: The fourth installment of The Bourne Identity franchise (and third with Paul Greengrass) has begun casting up, and the first confirmed star beyond Matt Damon is Julia Stiles. She has closed a deal to reprise her role as covert agent Nicky Parsons in Universal Pictures’ Untitled Next Bourne Chapter. Stiles appeared in the first three films, emerging as an ally for the amnesiac assassin title character Jason Bourne. Let’s hope they bring back Joan Allen, who also… »
The fifth "Bourne" film is casting up with Julia Stiles confirmed to be returning for the next chapter in the franchise reports Deadline.
Stiles, who will reprise her role as covert agent Nicky Parsons, marks the second confirmed casting for the film following the announced return of Matt Damon in the role of Jason Bourne and filmmaker Paul Greengrass behind the camera.
Stiles appeared in the first three films and became something of an ally to Bourne. No word as yet if one of the other key players in the franchise, Joan Allen, will be returning as well.
On the less confirmed side, The Wrap's Jeff Sneider reports that actor Viggo Mortensen is being eyed for the role of the villain in the piece. At the same time, "Ex Machina" star Alicia Vikander was reportedly up for a major role as of a few weeks ago.
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- Garth Franklin
Yes! Cue another round of Moby's "Extreme Ways" 'cause Jason Bourne is back -- and he's bringing an old friend with him. According to Deadline, Matt Damon is not only back as Bourne for his fourth movie (the third with director Paul Greengrass) but Julia Stiles is confirmed to return as Nicky Parsons. They are the only official cast members so far, although Deadline said Alicia Vikander was being sought for a major role and Variety said Viggo Mortensen may or may not play an assassin. Deadline also said -- and we agree -- that they hoped Joan Allen would return as Pam Landy.
The first movie, "The Bourne Identity" came out in 2002, followed by more Damon dominance in 2004's "The Bourne Supremacy." Damon returned again for "The Bourne Ultimatum" in 2007, but then the focus shifted to Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross in "The Bourne Legacy." That one was »
- Gina Carbone
James Wan's longtime collaborator Leigh Whannell was the co-creator and co-writer of the Saw and Insidious series. For the third chapter of Insidious, Whannell has personally picked up the director's megaphone for the very first time.
We met up last week to speak about his newly-forged processes as a writer-director, his ambitions, the lessons he learned from this film, and lots more besides, from Poltergeist to The Shining and, at three separate talking points, the Star Wars saga.
I think would-be filmmakers and students of the medium will find some of his answers particularly intriguing, but be warned, there are spoilers for The Others, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Going back to the beginning, the first Insidious was regularly compared to Poltergeist. Did it start out as a Poltergeist homage, »
We're just 9 days away from the launch of another Smackdown Summer. Rather than announce piecemeal, we'll give you all five lineups in case you'd like more time to catch up with these films (some of them stone cold classics) over the hot months. Remember to cast your own ballots during each month for the reader-polling (your 1979 votes are due by June 4th). Your votes count toward the final Smackdown win so more of you should join in.
These Oscar years were chosen after comment reading, dvd searching, handwringing, and desire-to-watch moods. I wish we had time to squeeze in a dozen Smackdowns each summer! As it is there will be Two Smackdowns in June, a gift to you since this first episode was delayed.
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The Best Supporting Actresses of 1979
- NATHANIEL R
'The Contender' movie hero: Joan Allen as the virtuous Sen. Laine Hanson. 'The Contender' movie: Exceptional Joan Allen in intriguing but ultimately wimpy political drama "Principles only mean anything when we stick by them when they're inconvenient," says Senator Laine Hanson, played by Joan Allen in Rod Lurie's The Contender. Senator Hanson should know. In Lurie's political drama, the poor Democratic senator is grilled by a Republican inquisitor with a bad hairdo (Gary Oldman) who wants to prevent at all costs her being confirmed as the next Vice President of the United States. Even if that means destroying Hanson's political career by making public the senator's alleged participation in an orgy during her college days.* Now, why such hatred? Well, the Republican watchdog is certain that the U.S. president (Jeff Bridges) has chosen Sen. Hanson because of her gender instead of her qualifications for the job. Adding insult to injury, »
- Andre Soares
Part of the legacy of the Bourne franchise has been the pairing of the lead hero - be it Matt Damon or Jeremy Renner - with a capable and active female lead who helps the hero on his mission for the truth. As a result, the series has cast many great actresses over the years, including Franka Potente, Julia Stoles, Joan Allen. and Rachel Weisz, and if new reports are accurate, we may soon see it add yet another great name: Ex Machina's Alicia Vikander. Deadline has gotten word that the Swedish actress is now in talks to join the cast of the untitled Bourne 5 - which is set to see the return of both Matt Damon as Jason Bourne and Paul Greengrass in the director's chair. Given that nothing is known about the plot of the movie thus far, no information is available about the role she might play, »
With many shows from the 2014-2015 television season easing into their season finales over the next few weeks, numerous network channels are already beginning to gear up for the 2015-2016 television season’s unofficial kickoff in September. ABC is no different, as they have already announced their renewals, cancellations, and new projects. At Upfronts this week, the channel released trailers for a number of their new series, along with details on each show.
From Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, “The Catch” is a new thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin (Mireille Enos). She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud herself by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.
- Deepayan Sengupta
ABC continues its commitment to great storytelling with the announcement of its 2015-16 slate of programming, including the addition of 10 new series. Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, will unveil the network's new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Here's what Paul Lee had to say in a statement.
"Our new slate of shows continues the momentum from last year. ABC was the most buzzed about network, and the only major network to hold on to its audience and to grow in the target demo. Our 2015-16 schedule, with new shows and returning favorites that reflect our commitment to world-class storytelling, will solidify ABC's place as the network that raises the bar for what viewers expect from broadcast television.
ABC is the only major network to increase its Adult 18-49 audience during the 2014-15 season. ABC delivered 7 of the Top »
Following the release of their 2015-16 schedule, ABC has now put out trailers for all of their upcoming premieres in the season. This includes Wicked City, Oil, The Catch, Quantico, The Family, Dr. Ken, Uncle Buck, The Real O'Neal's, and Of Kings and Prophets; you can check out the trailer for the brand new Muppets here. Couch potatoes rejoice! Check out the trailers and synopses of each show below: The Family This thriller follows the return of a politician's young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is? Starring: Joan Allen | Allison Pill | Margot Bingham | Zach Gilford | Liam James | Floriana Lima | Madeline Arthur | Rarmian Newton | Rupert Graves | Andrew McCarthy The Catch From Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, this thriller centers on the strong, successful »
- Chris Cabin
Along with announcing its fall 2015 schedule, ABC on Tuesday unveiled sneak peeks of its new shows, including The Muppets‘ return to primetime, Shondaland thriller The Catch, anthology series Wicked City, the Joan Allen-Zach Gilford drama The Family and the comedy Uncle Buck.
PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to Next Season’s New Shows and Stars
Watch the trailers in their entirety below:
The Catch (Midseason)
Dr. Ken (Fridays, 8:30/7:30c)
The Family (Midseason)
The Muppets (Tuesdays, 8/7c)
Of Kings and Prophets (Sundays, 10/9c)
Oil (Fka Boom) (Sundays, 9/8c)
Quantico (Tuesdays, 10/9c)
The Real O’Neals (Midseason)
Secrets and Lies will give Nashville a winter breather next season.
During a conference call with reporters to discuss ABC’s new 2015-16 schedule, network president Paul Lee announced that Season 2 of the mystery-drama will air Wednesdays at 10/9c during Nashville‘s midseason break.
As previously reported, Juliette Lewis’ unflappable and formidable Detective Andrea Cornell will be the only character returning for the show’s second season.
RelatedABC Fall Schedule: Muppets vs. NCIS, Shonda’s Catch Held for Midseason, Agent Carter Plots Big Move
ABC has released full-length trailers for its new fall series. Among the six new drama additions to the 2015-16 schedule are the latest Shondaland series, The Catch, starring Mireille Enos; Joan Allen's The Family; Oil; Of Kings and Prophets; Quantico; and the anthology series Wicked City. See more Broadcast TV's New Shows for 2015-16 Season This season, the network hopes to bolster to its impressive comedy brand with adds including a reboot of The Muppets from Bob Kushell and Big Bang Theory's Bill Prady; Ken Jeong's Dr. Ken; The Real O'Neals; and Uncle Buck, a remake of the beloved John
- Kate Stanhope
ABC opted for stability in the fall, launching just five new series with no major shakeups to its nightly strategies. The network, which had momentum this past season with improved ratings, is clearly hoping to maintain its uptick, simply swapping dramas for dramas and comedies for comedies.
ABC is poised to win the May sweep in adults 18-49 and will finish as the only Big Four broadcast network up in the demo vs. last season. For the season, ABC will finish a competitive third in 18-49 and is No. 1 with all sports excluded from averages.
Monday nights will stay put in the fall with “Dancing With the Stars,” followed by “Castle,” which just set both Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion, “our two beloved heroines and heroes,” said ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee, for its eighth season, following lengthy contract negotiations. After “DWTS” hands out the mirror ball, “The Bachelor” will come in, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It has never been harder to predict the network schedules, as the number of series (including many shorter-flight ones) has increased exponentially in recent years and networks seem more willing to stick with lower-rated shows for a variety of reasons. So while it’s admittedly a futile exercise, it doesn’t keep us from trying to spitball once again. So, here’s a look at one way things could play out:
After strengthening the Thursday 10 p.m. hour last fall with “How to Get Away With Murder,” a priority for ABC this fall is to bolster the final hour of primetime on other nights. “Quantico” and “Wicked City,” both of which should have some male appeal, would be good fits to close Tuesday and Wednesday. And though “Castle” is heading into the homestretch of its run, it’s more important that ABC establish stronger Tuesday and Wednesday 10 p.m. »
- Rick Kissell
ABC has unveiled a good picture of what its 2015-2016 television season will look like, handing down a number of renewals, cancellations, and series orders to new shows, as well as passing on other pilots.
Among the new shows on ABC next season will be Quantico, The Catch, Wicked City, The Family, Of Kings and Prophets, and the currently untitled drama formerly called Boom. They will be joined by The Muppets, The Real O’Neals, Uncle Buck, and Dr. Ken, while the channel has most notably passed on the proposed spinoff to Agents of Shield.
Among the returning shows, ABC renewed first season shows How to Get Away with Murder, American Crime, Secrets and Lies, Agent Carter, Galavant, Black-ish, and Fresh Off the Boat, as well as veteran shows Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Castle, The Goldbergs, The Middle, Once Upon a Time, and Modern Family. The supernatural drama Resurrection, as »
- Deepayan Sengupta
And finally ABC is in the game! The only network not to pick up a new series (and still the only network not to formally renew a single old series) jumped into the pre-upfronts excitement in a major way on Thursday afternoon, picking up six new dramas, several of which sound rather ambitious. Before going into depth, the basics: On Thursday (May 7) afternoon, ABC ordered the Biblical epic "Of Kings and Prophets" and the Shonda Rhimes-produced "The Catch," as well as "Wicked City" (formerly "L.A. Crime"), "The Family" (formerly Untitled Jenna Bans), "Quantico" and the Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project (formerly "Boom"). ABC no doubt has plenty more new series pickups to do ahead of the network's Tuesday, May 12 upfront presentation. Let's get to the details, because some of these new shows sound pretty interesting actually... *** "Of Kings and Prophets" comes from creators Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and it is »
- Daniel Fienberg
The Shonda Rhimes Era at ABC continues.
PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to Next Season’s New Shows and Stars
Additionally, ABC picked up The Family, which hails from Scandal/Grey’s Anatomy/Off the Map Ep Jenna Bans, the biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, Gossip Girl Ep Josh Safran’s Quantico and the ’80s-set crime drama Wicked City (Fka L.A. Crime).
The Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project (Fka Boom), centered around the oil industry in North Dakota, »
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