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It's that time of the year again, when not-so-jolly critics start making those lists, checking them twice, to break down an entire year of movies in list form. Last year, I split up my year-end piece into three separate stories, Most Overrated, Most Underrated and my Top 10. This year, I'm changing things up again, ever so slightly, discarding the Overrated category entirely. It's a category I always seem to have trouble with it, and, this year, only two of my picks were wide releases, with another that hasn't even hit theaters yet. I'm also changing the Underrated list to "Overlooked," since it fits better with what I'm trying to say: that these five movies below are truly fantastic, but simply weren't given their just due in theaters.
That's not to say I'm completely surprised that this quintet is overlooked. After all, the "widest" release for all of these films was a whopping 63 theaters, »
Released in 2012, The Bourne Legacy marked out a new path for the spy franchise that Matt Damon built, and it did so in the casting of then on-the-rise leading man Jeremy Renner. And while the movie didn't exactly set the world on fire when it was released, it was a good way to continue the series that Damon and director Paul Greengrass declined to return to after their successful trilogy capped off with The Bourne Ultimatum. For a little while, Justin Lin looked to be moving forward with the continuing adventures of Renner's Aaron Cross. However, if you've been reading the news lately, you know just why the sequel to Renner's Bourne continuation is in big trouble for the time being. Within Deadline's announcement of Lin's inheritance of the Star Trek 3 gig, they mention just how Justin Lin's schedule opened up to take over the sci-fi franchise after the »
Having helmed the last four released entries in the "Fast and Furious" franchise, including the popular and well-regarded "Fast Five," Lin brings a track record of someone who can certainly handle big-budget action that goes over well with global audiences.
Paramount is keen to woo the non-u.S. dollar with the next film, so it's an understandable choice. Part of it is also because Lin's schedule has been freed up as his proposed next project, the Jeremy Renner-led "The Bourne Betrayal," has been put on hold whilst the Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass 'Bourne' reunion project picks up steam.
- Garth Franklin
After Jj Abrams dropped out of directing the third "Star Trek" film, Paramount Pictures immediately started searching for his replacement. Soon after, Roberto Orci, who has been involved as a co-writer on the "Star Trek" franchise, entered negotiations. Things started moving forward, but then Orci dropped out as well. Although, he said that he'll stay on as a producer. Left without a director, the studio once again started looking for someone to take the helm. Deadline is now reporting that Justin Lin, who directed four "Fast and Furious" installments, has been hired to take over "Star Trek 3." He was previously set to direct "The Bourne Legacy" sequel, but the film has become postponed when Matt Damon agreed to return for another Jason Bourne movie. "Star Trek 3" is tentatively set to hit theaters in 2016, which would be the 50th anniversary of the franchise. »
The search is finally over. Following last week's reveal of a directorial shortlist including Justin Lin, Rupert Wyatt, Daniel Espinosa, Duncan Jones and Morten Tyldum, Paramount has chosen its man behind the camera. Fast & Furious veteran Lin has got the gig.The vacancy has been filled quickly, since it was only a couple of weeks ago that the previous instalments' writer Roberto Orci stepped back from making the third modern Trek his directorial debut. He was, in the end, reportedly the only person offered the job. Handily, he has a gap in his schedule, created by the abandonment of the Bourne Legacy sequel when Universal decided to return the franchise to Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon.There were some left-field names on Paramount's Trek list, but Lin's seem like a safe pair of hands, especially at short notice. He's proved with four Fast & Furiouses (Furioi?) that he can juggle large casts and FX-heavy action, »
Need a franchise entry directed with skill and aplomb? Call Justin Lin. Not only does he have four "Fast & Furious" movies under his belt, but he's directing the first two episodes in the next season of "True Detective" and he was tapped for the next 'Bourne' movie with Jeremy Renner (more on that in a sec). Hollywood big shots clearly trust this guy to give audiences exactly what they want, no matter the genre, and now Paramount have snagged him for one of their biggest properties. Deadline reports that Lin has nabbed the the gig directing "Star Trek 3," replacing Roberto Orci who recently vacated the chair but is still staying on as a producer. If you're wondering where Lin has space in his schedule, one other movie just got moved out of the way. It would appear that the Jeremy Renner-led 'Bourne' movie slated to follow "The Bourne Legacy" has been postponed, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Fast and Furious franchise director Justin Lin is officially set to replace Roberto Orci as the director of Star Trek 3. Lin has done a great job with the last couple of Fast and Furious movies, but is he ready to take on a property like Star Trek? I guess we'll have to wait and see. He wouldn't be on my list of directors to take on this sci-fi franchise. Not that he's a bad director, but I just wouldn't think that he has what it takes to do it. After all, he's no where near the same league of talent as J.J. Abrams. Who knows, though, maybe he'll end up making a kick-ass movie. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.
The first two installments of the updated franchise were helmed by Abrams, who did a hell of a great job with it. I couldn't be happier with how this series is rolling. »
- Joey Paur
Early this month, Roberto Orci stepped down from directing duties on Star Trek 3, and Paramount has been hunting for someone to take his Place. A shortlist of directors looked promising, but only one man can take the job, and they've given it to Justin Lin. Come inside to learn more!
We knew Paramount had to work fast. A lot of rumors were swirling soon after it was announced that Roberto Oric was no longer directing Star Trek 3 (though he is still producing it), including reports that he was taken off the project because Paramount wasn't happy with the script. 2016 marks Star Trek's big 50th anniversary, and the studios aren't about to let such a prime spot slip away from them without a new movie. So they don't seem to have wasted much time in finding a new director in Justin Lin, known best for his Fast & Furious movies. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
After Roberto Orci stepped away from Star Trek 3 as director, Paramount Pictures was left to find a replacement pretty quickly to meet the projected release sometime (presumably late) in 2016 in order to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the creation of the original "Star Trek" series. Now Deadline reports they've zeroed in on their choice with Justin Lin getting the offer for the job. Lin has an open schedule since The Bourne Legacy isn't moving forward until after the next Jason Bourne installment gets off the ground with Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon back in action. But I can't say I'm really excited about this. Lin is a solid action director with four Fast & Furious films under his belt, but he doesn't seem like he has the right sensibility for a sci-fi franchise like Star Trek. But then again, maybe he's been dying to do something like this for »
- Ethan Anderton
The Fast & Furious director will succeed Roberto Orci, who will remain as a producer on the movie.
Lin was the only person offered the job although numerous filmmakers were in contention, according to Deadline.
- Jeff Sneider
Deadline is reporting that Paramount has finally found a director for Star Trek 3 in the form of Justin Lin. The Fast & Furious 6 helmer will be replacing Roberto Orci, who departed not too long ago after being chosen to replace original franchise director, J.J. Abrams, who is now currently busy working in a galaxy far, far away.
Speaking of being busy, Lin is quite in demand at the moment, and one of his projects that has now been shuffled is the Jeremy Renner-led Bourne film, which has been postponed since Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass will be returning to the franchise. It’s because of this that Lin is now free to helm Star Trek 3, as the studio previously had their eye on him but weren’t sure that his schedule would permit him to take the job.
What this means for the Fast & Furious franchise is unknown, »
- Matt Joseph
Just over two weeks after filmmaker Roberto Orci backed away from making his directorial debut on Star Trek 3, Paramount Pictures has brought on Justin Lin to take the helm of this highly-anticipated sequel. He was one of five filmmakers mentioned to be in contention last week, including Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), who was said to be the front runner, Morten Tydlum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) and Duncan Jones (Warcraft). Out of all those filmmakers, though, Justin Lin was the only one who received an offer from Paramount.
Justin Lin is now available to make Star Trek 3 because Universal Pictures pushed his sequel to 2012's The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, in favor of a new Jason Bourne project which reunites Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass. Deadline reports that Justin Lin was also approached to direct a »
Deadline reveals that Paramount Pictures have chosen Justin Lin to direct Star Trek 3. J.J. Abrams is too busy finishing Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens to return to the director's chair in time for the threequel's 2016 release (the franchise's 50th anniversary), and while it appeared as if writer Roberto Orci would take over, he recently parted ways with the project for pretty murky sounding reasons! Regardless, the studio have decided that the Fast & Furious director is the right man for the job, something which is no great surprise after his three films in that series earned over $1.7 billion! Though he's shooting the first two episodes of True Detective's second season, Lin has a gap in his schedule after Universal delayed his Bourne Legacy sequel in order to focus on Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon's actual Bourne movie. It's not clear what his Star Trek 3 deal »
HBO had quite a year in 2014. And by the looks of its upcoming slate, 2015 will be even bigger, with “Game of Thrones” season five, a second installment of “True Detective” and the reimagining of “Westworld” among the programming highlights on the premium cabler’s roster for the new year.
The network recently released its 2014 “Yearender” video, which highlights the channel’s milestones from the past year and looks ahead to next season’s lineup.
The 2015 portion of the video includes previews of upcoming seasons of already-popular shows such as “Girls” and “Game of Thrones,” in addition to a first look at Hugh Laurie’s forthcoming appearance on “Veep.”
In 2015 the network will usher in a robust slate of new programming, which includes “Togetherness,” a series created by Jay and Mark Duplass; the return of filmmaker competition “Project Greenlight” (after its past season aired on Bravo) with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon »
- Marianne Zumberge
Just last week we caught wind of a shortlist of directors that were in consideration to helm Star Trek 3. Roberto Orci left the director's chair but will stay on as co-writer and producer, but it looks like Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams have come to an agreement and chosen uber-director of most of the Fast And The Furious films, Justin Lin! Lin was set to direct the follow-up to The Bourne Legacy, however that was pushed back due to Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon's »
- Sean Wist
The film will centre around a crack team making a last stand at the ancient and iconic wall.
Pascal is best known for his role as Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones.
The Great Wall film will begin shooting in early 2015 for release in late 2016. »
On the face of it, 2014 has been a rather strange year for film, a step down from an annum of classics and simultaneously a slalom into the realms of adventure and discord. It is rather significant that now, more than halfway through December, most talk has turned to trailers and announced releases for next year, the long-term planning of industry giants and the hunt for the next super-franchise. It is simply continuing the trend; of the twenty highest grossing films of 2014 (so far), an eye-watering seventeen are sequels, adaptations (of source material or franchise brand), reworks, reboots or otherwise unoriginal content. Of the three left over, two were unheralded comedies. 2015 promises more of the same, with the arrival of Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys (sic), Mad Max: Fury Road as well as Avengers 2, The Hunger Games 4, Fast and Furious 7, Taken 3 and a Fantastic Four reboot. Oh yeah, and Fifty Shades of Sh Grey… »
- Scott Patterson
• Game of Thrones' Pedro Pascal is in talks for director Zhang Yimou's untitled Great Wall pic. The film, which marks Yimou's English-language debut, follows a group of people who fight to protect the iconic landmark. Matt Damon is also in talks for the film. Tony Gilroy wrote the most recent draft of the script. Production is scheduled to begin this Spring, with a U.S. release date set for Nov. 23, 2016. [The Wrap] • Michael Stuhlbarg has signed on for Universal's Steve Jobs movie. Danny Boyle is directing the film, which has Seth Rogen in the role of Steve Wozniak and Michael Fassbender »
- C. Molly Smith
In perhaps the coolest, nerdiest spot of interstellar marketing, the front page of The Martian‘s script made its way onto a Nasa spacecraft earlier this month. Per Empire, the title page from Drew Goddard’s screenplay was included in a capsule for the maiden trek of Nasa’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Mpcv). The mission, which took off on December 5th, saw the craft shoot up 5600 miles above Earth for its four-and-a-half hour journey.
The film’s executive producer, Aditya Sood, revealed why exactly the page was involved:
“Nasa really rolled out the red carpet for us. In the capsule they had some personal objects that were important to people involved in the Orion project and one of the things was Ridley’s drawing on the cover page of The Martian script. This is a movie about people who are really passionate about science and space-travel, so that was »
- Gem Seddon
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