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Remember Me: Charles Durning (1923 – 2012)

27 December 2012 9:58 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Some acting careers are made by a single role. Think Brando’s Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Robert DeNiro’s Johnny Boy in Mean Streets (1973), Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack in the box office behemoth Titanic (1997).

A similar connection can happen on a more personal basis. You watch a movie and an actor — for whatever magical, alchemical reason – clicks with you. You suddenly remember the other times you’ve seen him or her, you want to know more about what they’ve done, what they’re going to do. From that moment, their name in the credits means something to you.

And in that great, romantic way Hollywood dream-making works, they may not even be stars; never were, never will be. But they are somebody you respond to, somebody’s who work touches you.

For me, Charles Durning was one of those actors. At the news of his passing on Christmas Eve, »

- Bill Mesce

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Lois Lowry: Jeff Bridges Will Finally Get To Make ‘The Giver’

27 December 2012 7:30 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Big news for those of us who have been waiting for the Ya adaptation trend to hit home with one of the best of our generation — author Lois Lowry has confirmed that “The Giver” is finally going to get the movie it deserves with Jeff Bridges playing the title role. It’s been a long time coming, but conversations about the possibility of a firm greenlight started this fall, and the author is claiming that everything is now in place to make the project a reality. The Newberry Award-winning book was a must-read back when I was the target of Ya authors. It features a painless, peaceful community where everyone has a role to fulfill — one that’s assigned to them when they turn 12. One boy is picked from his class to become The Receiver, a unique position that’s meant to hold all the memories of the society and the world beyond. In »

- Scott Beggs

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Tom Clancy Signs With WME

14 November 2012 12:37 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Author Tom Clancy has signed with WME. Clancy made his name in the techo-thriller genre and created the intelligence hero Jack Ryan with best-selling novels The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and others. Sixteen of his books have topped the New York Times best-seller charts and Putnam will publish his latest, titles Threat Vector, next month. His Jack Ryan books have inspired four movies: 1990’s Hunt for Red October with Alec Baldwin; 1992’s Patriot Games and 1994’s Clear and Present Danger, both starring Harrison Ford; and the 2002 Ben Affleck movie The

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- Borys Kit

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Jeff Bridges Adds a Taste of Salt to The Giver

7 November 2012 12:00 AM, PST | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Update: Salt director Phillip Noyce is in early talks to helm The Giver for producer and star Jeff Bridges, The Weinstein Company and Walden Media. Noyce also made the "Jack Ryan" action films Clear and Present Danger and Patriot Games and recently directed a couple of episodes of the ABC TV show "Revenge."

June 28, 2011 - Jeff Bridges (Tron: Legacy) is trying to give the 1994 young adult novel "The Giver" its day on the big screen. The Newberry Medal winner by Lois Lowry has been in development as a movie repeatedly through the years but has yet to be made. Bridges and "Reading Rainbow" producer Nikki Silver acquired the rights and will make the movie with On Screen Entertainment.

"The Giver" is about a 12-year old who lives in a futuristic society where the human race has a peaceful existence with no memories beyond their own lives and current history. When »

- tara@kidspickflicks.com (Tara the Mom)

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Remix: POTUSes — Movie Presidents of the United States

6 November 2012 10:31 AM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

In a perfect video to watch on Election Day — or really any day for that matter — video mixologists Wreck & Salvage have put together an astounding compendium of clips of U.S. presidents from sci-fi flicks, comedies, drama, action movies and more. If you have trouble matching each Potus with each movie, below is a handy guide provided by W&S of the 51 films they’ve cribbed from.

The clips, of course, aren’t strung together willy-nilly. There’s a definite arc, flow and rhythm that provide a quasi narrative. Most movie presidents are there to deliver the “oh shit” news to the country — aliens are going to kill us all, an asteroid is going to kill us all, the economy’s in the toilet, all plant life is dying, etc. You know the “oh shit” news is coming when you hear the clichéd refrain, “Good evening, my fellow Americans.” (Actually, »

- Mike Everleth

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'Star Wars' sequel: Harrison Ford open to idea of Han Solo role -- Exclusive

5 November 2012 5:21 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Harrison Ford is open to the idea of bringing Han Solo back to life on the silver screen in 2015, according to sources close to the just-announced Star Wars sequel, but don’t be surprised if his contract includes a mandatory death scene for the sly old space smuggler.

“Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are,” said one highly placed source, referring to Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher, the trio that made a hyper-speed jump to global fame on May 25, 1977, the opening night for George Lucas’s original Star Wars film. »

- Geoff Boucher

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RZA Lines Up Two More Directorial Projects, Including Genghis Khan Biopic

29 October 2012 1:59 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Did you think the RZA directing a chop-sockey kung-fu epic like The Man With the Iron Fists was out of the ordinary? Then wait until you hear what rapper-musician-actor-director has up his sleeve next. As Iron Fists prepares to hit theaters on Friday, Nov. 2, THR reports that the Wu-Tang leader just signed his name to direct a Genghis Khan biopic, titled after the name of the ruler, that will be penned by John Milius (Apocalypse Now, Clear and Present Danger). The project has been in and out of turnaround over the years, and is thought to be epic in scope as it captures the many conquests of the Mongolian leader. According to the trade, RZA.s story will be told from the perspective of Genghis Khan.s son and grandson. Producers plan to shoot in China . where RZA filmed Iron Fists -- in 2013. After that, THR suggests that RZA could »

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David Paymer Heads to Jack Ryan

22 October 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

David Paymer has joined the cast of the currently-in-production Jack Ryan . Variety reports that he'll star as an American diplomat opposite Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Peter Andersson and Kenneth Branagh in the Branagh-directed film. Pine plays the Tom Clancy character, which has previously appeared in the novel-to-screen adaptations The Hunt for Red October , Patriot Games , Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears . Paymer, known for his extensive work as a character actor, most recently appeared in The Five-Year Engagement . The Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions project will hit theaters on Christmas Day 2013. (Photo Credit: Daniel Padilla / WENN) »

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Van Damme Not In "Bloodsport" Remake?

8 October 2012 8:59 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Taken 2" scribe Robert Mark Kamen is currently penning the upcoming remake of the 1988 Jean-Claude Van Damme martial arts flick "Bloodsport".

Asked about the project by Crave Online, Kamen says he doesn't believe Van Damme himself should be involved in the project.

"This film resembles the original in title. It has nothing to do with any Kumite contest. It has nothing to do with Frank Dux. If the title was not the same, you would not associate the two films.

To use Jcvd would make no sense because the association would be lost as the story has nothing to do with the first one. If anything it would be a distraction."

Earlier this year, Van Damme expressed interest in returning in a role as a trainer but was aware of Kamen's dissatisfaction with him. At last report Phillip Noyce ("Salt," "Clear and Present Danger") was attached to direct. »

- Garth Franklin

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New Set Photos from Jack Ryan; Nonso Anozie Joins Cast

19 September 2012 8:02 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

New set photos from Jack Ryan have leaked online.  They show how Liverpool has been converted into Moscow.  The photos also show the eponymous hero (Chris Pine) rescuing his wife played by Keira Knightley.  I know the new film is supposed to be a reboot of the franchise, but if this took place after Clear and Present Danger, Ryan's wife would have pretty good grounds for divorce considering she thought marrying a bland CIA analyst wouldn't put her life in constant danger.  However, in the new film, Ryan is an ex-Marine who now works as a Moscow-based financial analyst who uncovers a plot by his employer to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy.  It's an elaborate way to tank the U.S. economy when mega-banks will probably take care of that on their own. Hit the jump to check out the set photos.  In other Jack Ryan news, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Keira Knightley Talks Jack Ryan and Her Desire to Do a Thriller; Says Kenneth Branagh’s Involvement Drew Her to the Project

18 September 2012 5:48 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

A reboot of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan character has been in the works for the past few years, but the project has now finally gotten off the ground under the direction of Kenneth Branagh as Jack Ryan is currently in production.  Chris Pine steps into the role that was previously portrayed onscreen by Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot GamesClear and Present Danger), and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears), and this time around the titular Jack Ryan is an ex-Marine working as a Moscow-based financial analyst.  Conflict is set in motion when he uncovers a plot by his employer (Branagh, pulling double duty) to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy. Keira Knightley is set as the film’s female lead, and Steve recently spoke with the actress at the Toronto Film Festival for her upcoming romantic drama adaptation Anna Karenina. »

- Adam Chitwood

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New Image Of Branagh From Jack Ryan

14 September 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Joining the long list of released film stills that look suspiciously like a well-known actor doing something perfectly innocent and minding their own business – here’s a snap of Kenneth Branagh from the upcoming Jack Ryan having a natter on the blower. We can only presume he’s plotting something terrible, seeing as he’s the villain of the film. Saying that, he could just be saying ‘Action’, because he’s the bloomin’ director as well.

Of course, the real star of the movie is Chris Pine who will be playing Ryan, the CIA analyst originally taken from Tom Clancy’s novels. Actors who played Ryan include Ben Affleck, Harrison Ford, and Alec Baldwin.

The new movie – simply titled Jack Ryan (clever that) – will be a prequel to previous films Clear And Present Danger, The Sum Of All Fears, and The Hunt For Red October. The film will see Ryan »

- Tom Fordy

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First Official Image Of Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan Villain

13 September 2012 6:07 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Feast your eyes on the first image of the rather dapper looking villain (and director) of upcoming Jack Ryan movie, Kenneth Branagh. Though we saw a glimpse of the director/actor in yesterday’s photos, today we get our first official look.

The new movie to feature Tom Clancy’s hero Jack Ryan will be called, in a move of creative genius, Jack Ryan. For those keeping score, the character has already been played by three separate actors.

Ben Affleck portrayed him in The Sum of All Fears, Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October and Harrison Ford in both Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger.

Personally, I found all these films enjoyable action romps and would expect the same from the upcoming movie featuring Chris Pine as the titular hero, who has already proven his action credentials in Star Trek and Unstoppable.

The film will be the »

- John Upton

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New Images of Chris Pine and Kenneth Branagh on the Set of Jack Ryan

11 September 2012 12:27 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Though the film only just started production, we already got our first official look at Chris Pine and co-star Kevin Costner in the franchise reboot Jack Ryan earlier this month.  Pine stars as the famous Tom Clancy character that was previously portrayed onscreen by Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot GamesClear and Present Danger), and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears). This time around, Ryan is a Moscow-based financial analyst who faces off against his employer when he discovers a plot to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy.  Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as the film’s villain, and today we have some images from the set that feature Branagh and Pine.  There’s nothing particularly revealing here, but we do get our first look at Branagh in character. Hit the jump to check out the images.  The »

- Adam Chitwood

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First Official Photos from Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Starring Chris Pine

3 September 2012 6:54 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

First came John Carter, and later this year we will meet Jack Reacher. Then, next Christmas, get ready for... Jack Ryan! In case you haven't noticed, there seems to be a new trend where movie franchises are simply adopting the boring, generic names of their protagonists due to branding concerns and a general lack of imagination (the upcoming Alex Cross is another one). It certainly doesn't make for particularly compelling movie titles, but I suppose that doesn't mean the movies can't be good. Jack Ryan is Paramount's attempt to restart a franchise based around the Tom Clancy character who appeared in such films as The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears. Chris Pine will play the titular C.I.A. agent with Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, and Kenneth Branagh co-starring (Branagh is also directing). This week Paramount has released the »

- Sean

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First images from the Jack Ryan reboot featuring Chris Pine and Kevin Costner

2 September 2012 5:47 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Clancy's CIA analyst Jack Ryan is heading back to the big screen next year as Chris Pine (Star Trek, This Means War) follows in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears) for the creatively-titled reboot Jack Ryan.

The film has just begun production in Manhattan under director Kenneth Branagh (Frankenstein, Thor), and to mark the occasion Paramount Pictures has released two stills featuring Pine and co-star Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves, Man of Steel), who is portraying Ryan's mentor, William Harper. Check them out here:

Pine and Costner are joined in the cast of Jack Ryan by Keira Knightley (A Dangerous Method, Anna Karenina) as Cathy Ryan, while director Branagh will moonlight as the film's so-far-unnamed villain. The film is scheduled for release on Christmas Day 2013, while Costner will »

- flickeringmyth

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First two images from ‘Jack Ryan’

1 September 2012 1:50 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Paramount Pictures have released, via ComingSoon and Collider, the first two images from the fifth, and latest, Jack Ryan movie, which features Star Trek‘s Chris Pine in the titular role.

Jack Ryan, which follows the Tom Clancy adaptations The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears, also stars Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley and Kenneth Branagh who also directs. The film is set for release in December 2013.

Jack Ryan centres on a Marine-turned-financial-analyst (Pine) who, after discovering a plot by his employer to bring down the Us economy, goes on the run to save both his country and his wife.

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- Phil

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First Look at Kevin Costner in Jack Ryan

1 September 2012 7:10 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Yesterday we brought you the first image of Chris Pine as a young Jack Ryan in Kenneth Branagh's Jack Ryan.  Now, Paramount Pictures has given us the first look at Kevin Costner playing a legendary CIA field agent in the film.  Jack Ryan puts Pine in the shoes of the famous Tom Clancy character that has previously been portrayed onscreen by Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot GamesClear and Present Danger), and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears).  This prequel finds Pine’s ex-Marine Jack Ryan working as a Moscow-based financial analyst who uncovers a plot by his employer to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy.  Branagh not only directs, but stars as the villain with Keira Knightley also onboard as the female lead.  Jack Ryan, currently shooting in downtown Manhattan, opens Christmas Day, 2013.  Hit the jump »

- Dave Trumbore

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Second Jack Ryan Photo Features Chris Pine and Kevin Costner

1 September 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Following yesterday's first look at Chris Pine as Jack Ryan filming in Manhattan, comes the second photo in which he's joined by Kevin Costner as a legendary CIA Field Agent. The Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions project will hit theaters on Christmas Day 2013. Directed by and co-starring Kenneth Branagh, the film also stars Keira Knightley. Pine plays the Tom Clancy character, which has previously appeared in the novel-to-screen adaptations The Hunt for Red October , Patriot Games , Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears . Click the photo for a bigger version! »

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First Look: Kevin Costner as CIA Agent Harper Alongside Chris Pine in Jack Ryan

1 September 2012 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

The upcoming film based on the characters created by popular novelist Tom Clancy is directed by Kenneth Branagh, who will also play its villain, and is scheduled for theatrical release in December 2013. Starring Chris Pine (Star Trek) in the title role, Jack Ryan is the latest film to feature author Clancy's popular character who has previously played 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. The film will follow Ryan, a former Marine turned financial analyst living in Moscow who uncovers a terrorist plot to devalue American currency and thus destroy the U.S. economy masterminded by Viktor Stazov, a financial wiz in league with the Russian government. Kenneth Branagh, director of »

- Pietro Filipponi

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