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What do you get the Wookie who has everything? Yes, it’s that time of year again; time to figure out what to give those passionate geeks in your life for the holidays. Whether they believe in the jolly, white-bearded Santa, the white-bearded wisdom of Obi-Wan or believe that the rotund, white-bearded George R.R. Martin will actually finish The Winds of Winter, the film, comics, TV and gaming geeks in your life deserve to know you care. This year, Hey You Geeks is covering all levels of geekdom with a 2013 gift guide which includes something for everyone.
Blu-rays and DVD’s
Always a good place to start is with the new Blu-ray and DVD collections conveniently released around this time each year. This year’s big movies like Man Of Steel or Pacific Rim make obviously great choices on Blu-ray, but here are four of 2013’s newest collections offering more unique, »
- Tony Nunes
Sorry, What to Watch took a turkey day break as last week was really light on new product worth mentioning. This week? Pretty much the same but we don’t want you to miss us too badly. Here’s five recent Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming releases that may have caught your attention on new release shelves lately, ranked in the order we’d add them to our holiday wish list.
The Simpsons: Season Sixteen
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“The Simpsons: Season Sixteen”
While the quality of the show itself has gone down, some would say notably, Fox continues to truly impress with the Blu-ray and DVD releases for the legendary hit. Not only do they include notable bonus material and great transfers but they have commentaries on every single episode. These are still the standard-bearers for television on Blu-ray and DVD. Go ahead, make fun of the quality of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Paramount Pictures just unveiled a new poster for "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," which is based on the late Tom Clancy's popular character that was previously played by Alec Baldwin in "The Hunt for Red October," Harrison Ford in "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger," and Ben Affleck in "Sum of All Fears." Check out the trailer below. In "Shadow Recruit," Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) is a young covert CIA analyst who uncovers a Russian plot to crash the Us economy with a terrorist attack. The film co-stars Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Peter Andersson, Kenneth Branagh, David Paymer and Colm Feore. The new movie is directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor) and is set to hit theaters on January 17th, 2014. Poster: (click to enlarge) »
Here’s the new International Onesheet (or poster!) for the latest Jack Ryan movie – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit based on the books by Tom Clancy. This movie is one we’re very excited about and is the 5th movie to make it to the big screen in the Jack Ryan series with Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Hunt for Red October and The Sum of All Fears all coming before it. Chris Pine takes on iconic role in the latest movie with Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck all coming before him.
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. »
- David Sztypuljak
Harrison Ford is an iconic actor who can still draw crowds in an Indiana Jones sequel -- but at age 71, he is starting to enjoy his rights as a character actor in such roles as Branch Rickey in "42" and Colonel Graff in "Ender's Game." You have to credit Ford with one of the most extraordinary 25-year runs as an A-list movie star in Hollywood history, from his break-out in George Lucas' "American Grafitti" in 1973 through iconic roles in the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" franchises and the Jack Ryan series that ended with "Clear and Present Danger' in 1994. He was a dishy romantic lead in "Witness," "Working Girl" and "Regarding Henry," but made his fortune as an action hero in tentpoles such as "The Fugitive" and "Air Force One." But he was nominated for the best actor Oscar only once, for Peter Weir's "Witness," back in 1985. That »
- Anne Thompson
Born from novels of Tom Clancy, CIA analyst turned operative Jack Ryan has had a string of stars portray him on the big screen, from Alec Baldwin in The Hunt For Red October, to Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, to Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears. But with more than a decade passing since the last of these, the beloved hero is at long last returning to theaters in the Kenneth Branagh-directed Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. And who better to take on that role than Star Trek's Captain Kirk, Chris Pine? At a special event in New York City, Paramount Pictures invited journalists to watch 17 minutes of the finished film, which will hit theaters early next year. Pine himself had flown in from Los Angeles to emcee the screening, and was on hand to answer questions. "Jack is really an analyst, »
Odd List Simon Brew 22 Nov 2013 - 06:34
Ben Affleck's enjoyed a career resurgence as well as internet ire of late. Here's a look at a few of his underappreciated films...
Ben Affleck doesn't need us. He's got a directorial career of three strong movies from three outings. He has a movie star spouse. He has two Oscars, one for both his downstairs and upstairs toilet, and he gets to tell his kids that he's Batman without having to lie. Furthermore, it's scary to think how good the boxset of his directorial work is going to be in 30 years' time.
But the resurgence of the Affleck, culminating in his Best Picture winning movie Argo, and his casting as Batman in Batman Vs Superman, overlooks the fact that his CV is hardly short of really good films, really good choices, and some really good performances. Whilst most of the press he's »
Author Tom Clancy sadly passed away on 1st October 2013. While he was known to many for the video games that bore his name, such as the acclaimed Splinter Cell series (a film adaptation is in the works starring Tom Hardy as stealthy agent Sam Fisher), his most iconic characters are found in his many novels.
None is more iconic than Jack Ryan, a CIA financial analyst who becomes drawn into the world of espionage as a spy. The character has already featured in four films: he was portrayed by Alec Baldwin in 1990′s The Hunt For Red October, by Harrison Ford in 1992′s Patriot Games and 1994′s Clear And Present Danger and Ben Affleck played a younger Ryan in the 2002 reboot The Sum Of All Fears. The character is being rebooted once more in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which is set to release on January 2014 and »
- Tom Durbin
We’re two-thirds of the way through October, and Gravity has just had its third straight week atop the box office, which I think qualifies it as succeeding beyond anyone’s expectations. In the meantime, this week’s installment of Trailer Trashin’ takes a look at this Christmas’ upcoming thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
Premise: Jack Ryan (Chris Pine), a young CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
My take: When I heard the news that author Tom Clancy had passed away at the beginning of October, I was greatly saddened. For more than a decade, I’ve been a big fan of Clancy’s books, and I still consider him among the highest echelon of thriller writers. But while I love his books, I’ve had a much more mixed relationship with the movies based on his Jack Ryan series. »
- Timothy Monforton
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has premiered its second trailer.
The Kenneth Branagh-directed spy thriller stars Chris Pine as Tom Clancy's CIA analyst in a role previously played by Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears).
Branagh also plays as villainous Russian oligarch Viktor Cherevin, while Keira Knightley features in the supporting cast as Ryan's wife Cathy. The film takes the character back to his early years, following him from the Marines to his recruitment into espionage by Kevin Costner's Langley agent William Harper.
Jack Ryan creator Tom Clancy passed away earlier this month at the age of 66.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will open in cinemas on December 26. »
The fifth film and fourth incarnation of Jack Ryan is headed to the big screen with Chris Pine taking on the title role of the CIA Operative. The previous actors to have portrayed Jack Ryan were Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum […]
Read First trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit on Filmonic. »
- Andrew Shuster
Following the sad news this week of American author Tom Clancy's passing, Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for the upcoming spy thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which sees Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness) stepping into the role of the CIA analyst previously portrayed by Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears).
The franchise reboot sees Kenneth Branagh (Thor) directing as well as starring as the film's villain, while other cast members include Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina), Kevin Costner (Man of Steel) and David Paymer (Mr. Saturday Night). Check out the first trailer after the official synopsis....
"The story follows Ryan from 9/11, through his tour of duty in Afghanistan, which scarred him forever, and into his early days in the Financial Intelligence Unit of the modern CIA where he becomes an analyst, »
- Gary Collinson
The first trailer for director Kenneth Branagh's "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," starring Chris Pine as the titular CIA analyst who kicks a lot of ass and works best under pressure, has landed. Fifth in the Jack Ryan series, which includes "The Hunt for Red October" and "The Sum of All Fears," the film is based on characters from the spy novels by author Tom Clancy, who died this week at age 66. Previously portrayed by Alec Baldwin ("Red October"), Harrison Ford ("Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger") and Ben Affleck ("Sum of All Fears"), the Jack Ryan character now finds himself embroiled in an impending Russian terrorist attack on Us soil. According to the trailer, Jack is now married, and his wife (Keira Knightley), has her suspicions about his double life. Which is just as stressful. The Russian villain here is, natch, played by Branagh himself, who directed the film »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Chris Pine — or, as we like to refer to him around here, Captain Fine — is the the fourth Hollywood mandude to step into the spytastic shoes of the late Tom Clancy's CIA operative extraordinaire Jack Ryan for "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit." Alongside the release of the film's first trailer via Yahoo! Movies today, Pine's paying a little lip service to his esteemed predecessors.
First there was Alec Baldwin with "The Hunt for Red October," whom Pine revered for his "obsession with psychology," and then there was Harrison Ford in "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger," and Pine fancied his "unselfconscious humility." Then there was Ben Affleck in "The Sum of All Fears" ... but Fineypoo didn't really say anything about that. Ow.
Anyway, the point is, he had his work cut out for him in stepping into the role, but his mojo on the matter was, "I have one job to do, »
- Amanda Bell
Paramount Pictures has just unveiled the official trailer for "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," which is based on the late Tom Clancy's popular character that was previously played by Alec Baldwin in "The Hunt for Red October," Harrison Ford in "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger," and Ben Affleck in "Sum of All Fears." Check out the trailer below. In "Shadow Recruit," Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) is a young covert CIA analyst who uncovers a Russian plot to crash the Us economy with a terrorist attack. The film co-stars Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Peter Andersson, Kenneth Branagh, David Paymer and Colm Feore. The new movie is directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor) and is set to hit theaters on Christmas (December 25th). Trailer: »
This Christmas has a present in store for fans of Tom Clancy: another actor taking a stab at playing the author’s serial protagonist Jack Ryan in the upcoming Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
Ryan was previously portrayed on the big screen by Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October, Harrison Ford in Clear and Present Danger and Patriot Games, and Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears. This time around he will be played by Chris Pine, who is best known for filling the shoes of another much-beloved character: Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek reboot and its followup, Star Trek Into Darkness. Pine has some big shoes to fill, but in the newly-released first trailer for the movie he seems up to the task.
- Jeremy Clymer
Chris Pine's Jack Ryan reboot has premiered its new trailer.
Titled Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Paramount's spy thriller will see Pine take the character back to his early years, following him from the Marines to his recruitment into the CIA by Kevin Costner's Langley analyst.
Jack Ryan creator Tom Clancy passed away earlier this week at the age of 66.
Paramount chairman Brad Grey released a statement paying tribute to the late author.
"Tom Clancy was one of the great storytellers of our time and his passing has been deeply felt by all of us at Paramount," he said. "We are forever indebted to Tom for making this studio his home, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, and his many fans, »
Well, the "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" trailer certainly has our attention.
Coming on the heels of author Tom Clancy's death, the latest glimpse of Chris Pine as the late novelist's most celebrated character, Jack Ryan, serves up an action-packed dose of intrigue in the form of assassination attempts, complicated geopolitics, and a financial terrorist plot.
Here's the official synopsis, from Paramount:
The story follows him from 9/11, through his tour of duty in Afghanistan, which scarred him forever, and into his early days in the Financial Intelligence Unit of the modern CIA where he becomes an analyst, under the guardianship of his handler, Harper (Kevin Costner). When Ryan believes he's uncovered a Russian plot to collapse the United States economy, he goes from being an analyst to becoming a spy and must fight to save his own life and those of countless others, while also trying to protect the thing »
- Tim Hayne
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He was undoubtedly a pioneer in his genre. A master of crafting brilliant military thrillers to draw in massive audiences. The mind behind “The Hunt for the Red October” and many other popular titles that have integrated themselves deep within our pop culture. Above all, Tom Clancy was an inspiring author whose prolific output of great writing has left behind a legacy that will be dearly missed.
Clancy passed away at the age of 66 on October 1st, 2013 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Since he grew up in Baltimore, it seems only fitting that the author spent his last days in the area. His close friends, family, fans, and wife Alexandra Llewellyn are all in a state of mourning but cannot help to celebrate the incredible life that Clancy lived. With more than 100 million copies of his novels in print and 17 New York Time best-seller titles, »
- Guest Writer
Bestselling novelist whose military thrillers, including Patriot Games, were made into hit films and spawned video games
Tom Clancy, who has died aged 66, dominated the bestseller lists of the 1980s, with a series of novels that thrust his appealing CIA analyst Jack Ryan into situations that combined the intricacies of cold-war politics with precise details of modern military operations and equipment. With the end of the cold war, Clancy moved seamlessly into the era of terrorism, with no decline in sales; only Jk Rowling and John Grisham joined him in meriting first printings of more than 2m copies.
Seventeen of his books topped the New York Times bestseller chart, and his income as a novelist may have been matched only by Stephen King. He also became one of the first writers to recreate himself as a brand-name, helped by astute use of video games. His company Red Storm produced a string of games, »
- Michael Carlson
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