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Perhaps the most frightening thing about blockbuster thrillers and action films is their purposeful lack of empathy, their reliance on faceless others whose deaths — comic and exhilarating — allow the heroes to bond and grow and find their smiles or whatever. A studio film like Richard Fleischer's The Boston Strangler, which devoted its final third to the killer's post-arrest therapy, would be even more surprising today than it was in '68. That explains some of the hosannas that greeted Paul Greengrass's Somali-pirate thriller Captain Phillips last year. Stylishly shaky in camerawork but no great shakes as drama, the movie distinguished itself by daring to look beyond good guys and bad guys and remind us that its antagonists are people. It's not excusi »
Jeremy Renner.s a busy dude. When he isn.t apprehending Ultron as a member of Team Avengers, he.s acting away in Oscar-pedigreed dramas like American Hustle or the upcoming Kill the Messenger. He also tried to put the Bourne franchise on his back once Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass walked away. Now that they are coming back (allegedly), where does that leave Renner and his #chems? In a recent interview with HuffPo, Jeremy Renner made it clear that, in his mind, the return of Matt Damon.s Jason Bourne doesn.t spell the end for his secret agent, Aaron Cross. In fact, Renner said: I think it really opens up the world and it keeps Bourne.s character active. I think Cross. character is already going to continue to be active. I think it will take creatives to bring them together, which is what I think is ultimately »
A few weeks ago we learned that Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are reuniting for another Bourne movie; and when the confetti cleared many wondered what would come of the other Bourne franchise starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross. Now Renner has opened up on what he thinks about Damon’s return and what might happen with the franchise. It’s important to note that the sequel to The Bourne Legacy was never shelved, just postponed, as Damon and Greengrass’s next »
- Graham McMorrow
In the 15 years since “American Beauty” marched to Oscar glory following a triumphant debut at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, the role of fall fests in shaping the ensuing awards season has grown ever more instrumental. But the gap between those early September showcases and eventual release dates can be a long one, and a second wave of festivals now plays a key role in keeping the buzz going. In October, the New York fest ushers in a fresh wave of possibilities, while it’s the BFI London Film Festival that ignites awards talk across the pond.
Now in its 58th year, the London fest is hardly a new kid on the block, but its status as a campaign trail stop for Oscar hopefuls is a relatively recent development, and one festival director Clare Stewart is keen to nurture.
“We take our role in the awards season very seriously,” she says, »
- Guy Lodge
(Cbr) Universal Pictures is looking for its next Robert Ludlum spy franchise, and it has turned to Dwayne Johnson to star. The actor revealed on Twitter that he has signed on for the adaptation of the author’s 2002 novel "The Janson Directive." Akiva Goldsman ("A Beautiful Mind") wrote the screenplay. Academy Award winner Akiva Goldsman will write the script. Let’s roll… #Ludlum #Conspiracy #JansonDirective pic.twitter.com/B0tpHu3dL8 — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 27, 2014 Ludlum penned the Jason Bourne novels that inspired four Universal films — three starring Matt Damon, and a spinoff featuring Jeremy Renner. Damon and director Paul Greengrass are looking to reunite for a fifth installment. There’s also a possibility for a more direct follow-up to Renner’s "Bourne Legacy." Johnson continues to add franchises to his already busy workload. "Fast & Furious 7" will hit theaters on April 3, 2015, plus he’s also working on "G.I. Joe »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
It was just a few weeks ago that we learned that Matt Damon would, seemingly, be heading back to the Bourne franchise for another go-round with director Paul Greengrass. That in turn means the likely pushing back of a "Bourne Legacy" sequel featuring Jeremy Renner's spinoff character, Aaron Cross. Now, we are getting Renner's thoughts on the whole issue. "The Avengers" star recently talked to HuffPost Entertainment about his upcoming movie "Kill the Messenger," and they asked him about the potential Bourne changes and the possibility of Renner's Cross, appearing opposite Damon's Jason Bourne. Renner appears to be very much for it all. Renner is quoted saying, "I think Cross’ character is already going to continue to be active." He adds, "I think it will take creatives to bring them together, which is what I think is ultimately the plan." Later in the article, on the subject of the potential team-up, »
- HitFix Staff
Former Scott Free London exec Liza Marshall and Kick-Ass and One Chance producer Kris Thykier are partnering in new UK-based production company, Archery Pictures. The pair will work across film and television with Thykier shuttering his PeaPie Films and moving both the staff and development slate over to Archery. He’s currently in post on Woman In Gold with Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, is producing Kasper Barfoed’s Summer of ‘92, and exec producing John Wells’ Bradley Cooper-starrer Adam Jones for The Weinstein Company. Upcoming releases, Stephen Daldry’s Trash, and Asif Kapadia’s Ali & Nino will go out under the PeaPie banner.
Marshall is a respected exec who recently stepped down from her role as head of Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London which she established in 2009. Her producing and exec producing credits include Before I Go To Sleep with Nicole Kidman, Welcome To The Punch starring James McAvoy »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Marshall will become joint managing director of the company with Thykier, who will shutter his company PeaPie Films, and move his staff and slate across to the new entity.
Thykier, whose films have grossed over $325 million at the worldwide box-office, has two films in production: “Summer of ‘92,” directed by Kasper Barfoed, and “Adam Jones,” which he is executive producing for The Weinstein Company. Thykier is also in post-production on “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.
- Leo Barraclough
I don't know about you all, but I hadn't really noticed until I wrote the headline above that Jeremy Renner has himself firmly entrenched in not one, not two, but three major franchises. I'd have thought one would be enough for most actors, but apparently, the more the better. Speaking of more (or in the case below, "bigger") being better, Renner had this to say about Avengers: Age of Ultron while making press rounds for his newest film Kill the Messenger (which is by all accounts decidedly not big): I think everything that worked in the first Avengers is exponentially going to be better in this one. I think the comedic relief, I think the action, is going to be bigger. But wait, there's more (and following the logic above, that makes it better). When it comes to Mission: Impossible 5, which Renner is shooting right now alongside Tom Cruise, »
- Jordan Benesh
According to Deadline, Universal is hard at work trying to strike a deal with both Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass in order to reunite them for a new Bourne movie. Two years ago the Jeremy Renner starring and Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) directed The Bourne Legacy brought some cool ideas to the franchise but many […]
It was recently announced that Universal Pictures is in talks with Matt Damon and "The Bourne Ultimatum" director Paul Greengrass to return for another installment in the "Jason Bourne" franchise, possibly replacing Jeremy Renner's "The Bourne Legacy" sequel. Now that he's promoting "Kill the Messenger," Renner was asked whether he wants to star alongside Damon in a new "Bourne" film. "That's my hope. That's my dream. Will it happen? I do not know," he answered. "Last I heard is that Paul and Matt have cracked an idea, a reason to continue the 'Bourne' series." Renner continued: "We're still working on the Aaron Cross section of that and the worlds will definitely - hopefully - collide and they're still a part of each other. I think it makes it really exciting that I think even Universal is sort of like 'this is really fantastic news,' because now it's kind »
While doing press for his upcoming thriller Kill the Messenger, Jeremy Renner offered a few updates on his upcoming projects Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mission: Impossible 5 and the sequel to 2012's The Bourne Legacy in an interview with Access Hollywood.
"I think everything that worked in the first one is exponentially going to be better in this one. I think the comedic relief, I think the action, is going to be bigger. There is more time spent with all of the Avengers together as a unit on and off the clock, if you will, which is actually really fun. A lot of secrets are revealed and more secrets are posed."
Though he has four theatrical features under his belt, director Michael Cuesta is perhaps best known for his work on TV series “Homeland” and “Six Feet Under,” and perhaps the worst one can say about his new feature, “Kill the Messenger,” is that it sometimes plays like a condensed version of a first-rate cable miniseries. Based on the life of investigative reporter Gary Webb, who sparked firestorms with his writing on links between the CIA, Nicaraguan Contras and the American crack-cocaine trade only to have his career destroyed in the media blowback, the film taps into far deeper, richer veins of material than it has the time to properly mine. It’s nonetheless a flinty, brainy, continually engrossing work that straddles the lines between biopic, political thriller and journalistic cautionary tale, driven by Jeremy Renner’s most complete performance since “The Hurt Locker.” Specialty box office should be healthy; post-screening »
- Andrew Barker
The Production Guild of Great Britain has revealed the winners of its inaugural awards.
The awards recognise achievements made by those working in a range of production management fields, including production office, accounting, assistant directing, location management and post production.
Production Guild chief executive Alison Small said: “The knowledge, experience, skill and determination of our members play a crucial role in achieving the final result of films and TV programmes we can all enjoy.
“Their work is a vital ingredient in the UK’s track record in making successful British content, and in making the UK the destination of choice for international film and programme-makers, creating jobs, generating investment and showcasing what we can do to the world.
“We are proud to celebrate the high standards of excellence that our members working in production management achieve year upon »
As we venture down into the tunnels for episode eleven ‘The Strain’ attempts to get back on track…..
I love a bit of subtext. That’s no euphemism, just a desire for something more from my television entertainment. To say that The Strain has provided more than its fair share of peaks and troughs is stating the obvious. If I were to take that further, which it seems only fair to attempt, one might suggest that disappointment and elation are bi weekly bed fellows. As the makers continually attempt to provide original drama one week or offer up a shallow ‘no brainer’ another, things are becoming more difficult to judge fairly.
For those who remember 9/11 there seems little need to open up a wound, which for many represents a landmark in history rather than an allegorical reference point. Examples of film tackling it range from Oliver Stone’s World Trade »
- Gary Collinson
Earlier this week, news broke that writer-director Tommy Wirkola had finished the script for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2, but he was unsure whether or not star of the original, Jeremy Renner, would be able to return. Now, Cinema Blend has reached out to the actor for his answer, and while he doesn't know if he can squeeze this sequel into his schedule, he wouldn't balk at returning to the role of Hansel.
Jeremy Renner is not signed for a sequel. When Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters came out, it was not considered to be a franchise contender, and was even moved by the studio from its original March 2012 release date to January of last year, which is viewed as a dumping ground for films that are potential money losers. The movie proved to be a hit, though, pulling in $226 million worldwide from a $50 million production budget. A sequel was green lit, »
There’s a huge movie bubbling away over in China under the direction of legendary filmmaker Zhang Yimou. Legendary’s Thomas Tull has linked up with The Dark Knight producer Charles Roven and Yimou to look at bringing a movie based around the origins of the country’s Great Wall to screens. Titled The Great Wall, the film revolves around the building of the legendary landmark, which stretches over 21,000 km long.
We’re hearing this morning that Matt Damon is set to lead the movie with Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston also considering a role. The film is scripted by Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, who was attached to direct at one point for Warner Bros. The film will be set in the 15th century, and will revolve about British warriors who happen upon the hurried construction of the massive wall.
Cranston last appeared in Legendary’s Godzilla, so obviously »
- Paul Heath
Exclusive: Heisenberg, on the Great Wall of China? Bryan Cranston is in early talks to co-star in The Great Wall, the Legendary Pictures film the great Chinese helmer Zhang Yimou signed on to direct. This development closely follows Deadline’s Saturday scoop that Legendary and Matt Damon are trying to see if they can work out his busy schedule (he shoots Ridley Scott’s The Martian and likely follows with the Paul Greengrass-directed Bourne Identity sequel) so that he can play the lead in the China-set epic. Damon is keen on working with Zhang, and nearly did so on Flowers Of War, the picture that Christian Bale starred in. The Bourne Identity‘s Tony Gilroy wrote the most recent draft of the adventure film. Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro did the earlier draft.
- Mike Fleming Jr
There's been a lot of buzz surrounding actor Matt Damon lately, from the talk of reteaming with Paul Greengrass for another outing with Jason Bourne, to a reunion with director Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester-by-the-Sea. Now there's another project on the horizon that the actor is circling and that's The Great Wall, a film that has been developing at Legendary Pictures since 2011 and once had Ed Zwick slated to be at the helm with Henry Cavil and Benjamin Walker starring. But now Deadline reports Hero director Zhang Yimou will direct the film, and Damon is interested in a role if it jives with his schedule. Damon also had the lead role that eventually went to Christian Bale in Flowers of War, but it didn't work out. Plot details still aren't available, but the film is said to focus on the mystery behind why the Great Wall of China was built, and »
- Ethan Anderton
We haven't heard anything about the sequel Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 since June 2013, when executive producer Adam McKay teased that the follow-up will be "insane." Over the weekend, Shock Till You Drop spoke with writer-director Tommy Wirkola, who revealed that the script is finished, but he's unsure if Jeremy Renner will be able to return, due to his increasingly busy schedule.
"I've written the script for it. I've given it to Paramount and it's up to them now. But I don't know what's going to happen. Jeremy [Renner] is so busy these days, I don't know how they're going to juggle all of that, but it's up to [Paramount]. We'll see. Hopefully, I'll get to do another film first. They really liked the script I gave them. The first film was a learning curve for me working in the studio system and the script I wrote for the original was so different. »
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