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If theatergoers notice a more mature tone in the upcoming sequel “Captain America: The Winter Solider” than in the 2011 origin story, credit a pair of directing brothers best known, counterintuitively, for laughs.
Kevin Feige, president of production at Marvel Studios, was searching for a decidedly different take on the newly re-introduced character of Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans), the frail young man cum WWII super solider frozen in time and thawed precisely at the moment Earth needed him most. Feige was familiar with the work of Anthony and Joe Russo on the original run of the Fox comedy “Arrested Development,” for which the pair won a directing Emmy in 2004, and on NBC’s “Community,” which the siblings executive produced from 2009-12.
Feige initially pursued Anthony, 44, and Joe, 42, and ultimately decided to entrust the next film adaptation of the 73-year-old comicbook franchise — and its $170 million production budget — to the Ohio born brothers. »
- Alexandra Cheney
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
The movie goes back to the beginning of Jack Ryan’s career, re-imagining his rise from soldier to analyst to full-fledged operative. He uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
Kenneth Branagh also directed Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, hot off his success helming Thor. This thriller didn’t get quite as good a reception, though. Shadow Recruit garnered mixed reviews from both critics and moviegoers. Richard Roeper called the movie “the very definition of an Ok thriller.” And the film earned $50.3 million in theaters, »
"There's something missing from our lives, something that has been stolen." With Divergent poised to hit theaters this weekend, a more iconic young adult sci-fi book is coming to theaters later this year with The Giver. Based on Lois Lowry's Newbury Medal winning book of the same name, the film follows Jonas (Brandon Thwaites), who lives in a content, future dystopian society that feels a little too familiar to the rest of the young adult adaptations we've been seeing. But after being given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory, he begins to unravel the secrets behind his community, and they might be rather disturbing. Maybe Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep will give this iconic tale the weight it needs. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Phillip Noyce's adaptation of The Giver from The Weinstein Company: The Giver is directed by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, »
- Ethan Anderton
Phillip Noyce.s Rabbit- Proof Fence may seem to have nothing in common with his latest film, The Giver, a dystopian sci-fi drama which stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Steep, Brenton Thwaites, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.
.Both are about insiders who finds themselves on the outside of their community,. the director told If from New York, where he.s working around the clock in an editing suite.
.Ïn The Giver, Jonas, the central character, lives in an overbearing, very doctrinaire society. He sets off on a very long journey to find a true home. Thematically that is similar to my earlier films Newsfront, Heatwave and Clear and Present Danger..
- Don Groves
Arc Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to writer/director Andrew Levitas's drama Lullaby , starring Garrett Hedlund ( Tron: Legacy , Inside Llewyn Davis ), Academy Award Nominee Richard Jenkins ( The Visitor , Eat, Pray, Love ), Academy Award Nominee Amy Adams ( American Hustle , Man of Steel ), Jessica Brown Findlay ( Winter's Tale , "Downton Abbey"), Academy Award Nominee Anne Archer ( Clear and Present Danger , Fatal Attraction ), Academy Award Nominee Terrence Howard ( Hustle & Flow , Iron Man ), Academy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson ( Dreamgirls , Winnie Mandela ) and Jessica Barden ( Hanna ). "We are proud to release this highly-anticipated thought provoking masterpiece," said Arc Entertainment's CEO Trevor Drinkwater. »
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, 2014.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
Since Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass left the Jason Bourne series, the franchise has really gone downhill as the studio keeps on churning out sequels. First it was Jeremy Renner, and now it’s Chris Pine who takes over the mantle... wait... what’s that? This isn’t a Jason Bourne spin-off?
Okay, you get where I’m coming from. Here we have another ‘post-Bourne’ style action thriller which is completely without an identity of its own, clearly designed to capitalise on the success of a film making style which peaked in 2007. When James Bond attempted to copy the style in Quantum Of Solace in 2008 we all saw through »
- Gary Collinson
Hollywood has never been kind to its young. It is an industry that famously venerates youth and, infamously, has casually destroyed so many young people, used them up then discarded them, that to list them all would fill this entire article. The film business loves to look at young people, but has less than zero interest in looking after them. Some are destroyed over a long period, such as Judy Garland, some barely have time to draw breath, such as River Phoenix. And then are the other less sensational but no less instructive stories of the young people whose hopes were raised by the industry, but find themselves whimsically discarded.
At the start of this century, Thora Birch was one of Hollywood's most credible young actors. »
- Hadley Freeman
Chris Pine is not keen on flag-waving patriotism, so his fresh take on Hollywood's favourite all-American CIA man is to make him an everyday hero … with muscles
• Video interview: Chris Pine
Chris Pine has already gone where one man has gone before. In 2009, and again last year, he took on Captain Kirk, a part until then synonymous with William Shatner. So tackling Jack Ryan, the CIA agent played by various actors over the years, wasn't such a big deal. "I think I learned my lesson doing Kirk," says Pine. "You can cage yourself in if you start thinking, 'I've got to copy this or that.' But just knowing what others have done – having the pillars of the character – helped."
- Emine Saner
Knightley looked chic in a simple black shift dress with peplum detail as she graced the red carpet with co-star Pine, looking dashing in a Ralph Lauren three-piece tweed suit.
The 28-year-old actress, who plays Ryan's wife Cathy in the spy thriller based on the late novelist Tom Clancy's CIA analyst, styled her hair in a soft chignon and wore bright red lipstick.
Dancing on Ice contestant and medal-winning gymnast Beth Tweddle also turned out for the red carpet event, along with model Amy Willerton and Made in Chelsea cast members past and present including Lucy Watson and Cheska Hull.
Speaking about her role at a recent London press conference, Knightley said: "I think when I finished doing Anna Karenina, I realised that I'd been playing characters that »
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
The last time we saw our favorite CIA Analyst Jack Ryan was close to 12 years ago in The Sum of all Fears, a reboot mind you starring at the time, everyone’s favorite whipping boy Ben Affleck as Ryan. It was supposed to be the big franchise for Affleck and the continued success of the Jack Ryan series. The movie did quite well, despite Affleck’s somewhat stilted performance and material that at the time seemed a little insensitive given that 9/11 was only 8 months prior. But Paramount’s reboot efforts never got off the ground and the series sat on the back burner until late into 2012 when Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, reboot number 2 for those keeping score, went into production with an even younger Jack Ryan and a curious but easily understandable choice as a director. »
- Craig Dietz
Universal uses rapper's appeal to good effect as Lone Survivor continues to ride high and Wolf of Wall Street begins to roar
• Calvary: Sundance 2014 – first look review
• I'm done with gun violence, says Harvey Weinstein
Ride Along sets new Mlk record
Ice Cube has made a good career for himself with his brand of charismatic irascibility and Universal used his appeal plus that of rising comedy star Kevin Hart to good effect over the weekend. The pair buddy up in Ride Along, which scored the biggest three-day Martin Luther King weekend at the North American box office on an estimated $41.2m (about £25m), narrowly edging out Cloverfield from 2008 on $40.1m (£24.4m). Paramount's low-budget genre smash holds the record for the biggest four-day Mlk gross on $46.1m (£28m), so let's see how Ride Along compares when the studio releases fresh numbers on Monday.
Lone Survivor continues to ride high
Last weekend's »
- Jeremy Kay
Director: Kenneth Branagh.
Running Time: 105 minutes.
Synopsis: After an injury causes his military career to be cut short, Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) finds himself headhunted by a CIA operative (Kevin Costner). Whilst working as an analyst for the group, Ryan stumbles across a potential worldwide terror attack and must help to stop it.
The character of Jack Ryan is one that many people will be familiar with, having several novels written for him by the late Tom Clancy. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be the fifth screen outing for the literary character after previous films The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger and The Sum Of All Fears. Whilst all of those dealt with a slightly older version of the character, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit sees a younger take on the role, with the plot »
- Kat Smith
For the uninitiated, "Jack Ryan" is a famous spy entity created by novelist Tom
Clancy who has fascinated and enticed Hollywood over the years. But unlike the suave and fashionable James Bond, Jack has never attained the popularity he deserved simply because he is presumably a timid geek introvert.
"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" is the fifth edition of this franchise after "The Hunt
Resurrected fourteen years after he was last seen on screen, director Kenneth Branagh reinvents Jack. »
- Shiva Prakash
Jack Ryan : Shadow Recruit is making it’s way to theaters today. Recently, Wamg attended a press conference where stars Chris Pine and Kevin Costner joined actor/director Kenneth Branagh, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and producer Mace Neufeld to discuss the film. Check it out below.
Based on the CIA analyst created by espionage master Tom Clancy, Jack Ryan : Shadow Recruit is a blistering action thriller that follows Ryan (Chris Pine, “Star Trek”) from his quiet double life as a veteran-turned-Wall Street executive to his all-out initiation as a hunted American agent on the trail of a massive terrorist plot in Moscow.
Ryan appears to be just another New York executive to his friends and loved ones, but his enlistment into the CIA secretly goes back years. He was brought in as a brainy Ph.D. who crunches global data – but when Ryan ferrets out a meticulously planned scheme to collapse the U. »
- Melissa Howland
This week sees the release of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," the fifth feature built around the CIA analyst character created by the late Tom Clancy, an insurance salesman-turned-bestselling novelist, in a series of blockbuster novels. Unlike the previous adaptations, beginning with 1990's "The Hunt for Red October" and continuing through 2002's mostly forgettable "Sum of All Fears," this new Jack Ryan outing is based on an original story, loosely connected to the source material.
Chris Pine is the fourth actor to play the Ryan character, in a pseudo-origin story that finds the analyst dealing with nefarious Russians (and yes, it's a contemporary story). Keira Knightley costars as his put-upon fiancée and Kevin Costner shows up as his gruff agency handler. Kenneth Branagh plays the Russian gangster almost as broadly as his bad guy from Will Smith's "Wild Wild West." Branagh, in his new role as studio tent-pole filmmaker (following »
- Drew Taylor
Title: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Director: Kenneth Branagh Starring: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Keira Knightley. Tom Clancy’s most iconic character, Jack Ryan, returns to the silver screen through a taunting thriller, directed by the wondrous Kenneth Branagh. So far four films were based on Clancy’s novels, with Ryan portrayed by Alec Baldwin in 1990’s ‘The Hunt for Red October’; Harrison Ford in 1992’s ‘Patriot Games’; 1994’s ‘Clear and Present Danger’; and Ben Affleck in 2002’s ‘The Sum of All Fears.’ Despite the high benchmark predecessors, Chris Pine delivers an exceptional Jack Ryan. Just as the rest of the cast is perfectly in pitch: Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner and [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
What am I to do when I can’t seem to find a James Bond, Mission: Impossible, or Jason Bourne movie to watch? I suppose the answer is to go see Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, a plainly obvious cash-grab reboot of the diminishingly successful series of films based off of author Tom Clancy’s Cold War hero that your grandfather inevitably loves.
After three mildly successful films in the early 90s—with Alec Baldwin as Ryan in The Hunt for Red October and Harrison Ford as Ryan in both Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger—an attempt was made to reboot the series in 2002 with Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears, and though it was financially successful, a mix of Affleck’s fledgling career at the time and the very real stigma of 9/11 still affecting America all but swiftly killed the franchise. Yet someone decided to try again now because, »
- Sean Hutchinson
This Friday, Paramount Pictures is relaunching Tom Clancy's literary hero on the big screen. In the new film, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit director Kenneth Branagh (who also stars) depicts the early years of Ryan with Chris Pine stepping into the role previously played by Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October , by Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger , and by Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears . ComingSoon.net sat down to talk with Branagh and Pine about the film and the franchise (one Pine says he has been a fan of for a long time) and how Shadow Recruit reintroduces Ryan for a new generation. Also starring Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Peter Andersson, David Paymer and Colm Feore, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens in regular theaters and »
This isn.t your father.s Jack Ryan. In fact, with the Cold War long since concluded, the Jack Ryan making his way into theaters isn.t exactly Tom Clancy.s prototypical hero. even though he.s exhibiting several traits that will be recognizable to audience members who devoured the various Clancy spy novels, from The Hunt for Red October to Clear and Present Danger. Chris Pine.s new Jack Ryan is young, Patriotic, highly intelligent and driven by a unique sense of purpose that separates him from James Bond or Jason Bourne. He.s a CIA analyst, but relies more on his brain than any type of gadget or gizmo generated in a secret lab. But instead of digging back into the Clancy archives to adapt a specific Clancy book, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and director Kenneth Branagh worked hard to bring Ryan into a modern age. He.s »
This Friday we finally get another Jack Ryan movie. It's only the fifth in the franchise, based on the series of novels by the late Tom Clancy, and already we're up to the fourth actor to portray the character: Chris Pine. He's got some big shoes to fill as he follows in the footsteps of three great actors. First was Alec Baldwin, who kicked things off in The Hunt for Red October. Then Harrison Ford took over for Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. Later, Ben Affleck was brought in for a younger-skewing The Sum of All Fears. Now it's been 12 years since that previous attempt at a reboot and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit could have the goods to move the franchise forward. Maybe Pine will even get the opportunity to give us a face for the CIA analyst...
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