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• Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – review
• The Wolf of Wall Street: why is it so hard to get a ticket?
The £11m Oscars club
In the battle for UK audiences, it's honours even between best picture Oscar nominees The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave, which have all achieved totals so far between £10.9m and £11.2m (see chart below). Respective distributors Universal, Entertainment Films and eOne all have reason to be proud of the results.
The previous best result for a team-up between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio – or any Scorsese film at all, for that matter – was The Departed, which reached £12.86m over its lifetime. The Wolf of Wall Street will easily cruise past that tally this week. With £10.9m after just 10 days, »
- Charles Gant
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
With its bizarre, poorly-explained premise and derivative fantasy action, I, Frankenstein was dead on arrival this weekend. As a result, Ice Cube/Kevin Hart comedy hit Ride Along easily cruised to a second consecutive victory.After setting a new January opening record last weekend, Ride Along fell 49 percent to $21.3 million. Through 10 days, the buddy comedy has banked $75.5 million, and it's on pace to reach $100 million in the next two weeks. Don't be surprised if Ride Along 2 gets formally announced soon.In its third weekend, Lone Survivor dropped 42 percent to $12.9 million. The Afghanistan war drama has now earned $93.9 million, and is on pace to pass Zero Dark Thirty ($95.7 million) sometime this week.Universal Pictures has now held the top two spots for two weekends in a row. According to the studio, that's the first time a distributor has accomplished this feat since Warner Bros. did so in February 1994 with On Deadly Ground »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This week sees the rebirth of a screen action hero that we’ve previously seen portrayed three times before in four different blockbusters. Much like England’s 007, the changing face of Jack Ryan has had his ups and downs. Initially coming to the fore in author Tom Clancy’s gripping novels, the CIA analyst first made his entrance on the silver screen in John McTiernan’s The Hunt For Red October with Alec Baldwin. Harrison Ford then took over for Patriot Games and Clear & Present Danger, before Ben Affleck and The Sum Of All Fears’ disappointing box-office take saw the character temporarily retired.
Kenneth Branagh was chosen to breathe new life into Ryan and kickstart a much-needed franchise for Paramount Pictures. However, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, unlike those aforementioned features, is the first not to be based on a Clancy book. It’s an updated reinvention and origin story of »
- Craig Hunter
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruti hits UK cinemas tomorrow and ahead of it’s release, i got to speak to one of the Producers of the movie Mace Neufeld who talks us through how the movie industry has changed since they released their first movie, The Hunt for Red October 24 years ago starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan. Since then, there have been 4 further incarnations of the Ryan character, this time led by Star Trek’s Chris Pine.
If you’ve missed our extensive coverage of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, click this way for more interviews with the cast, filmmakers ,our set report and review of the movie.
Why has it taken 12 years for another Jack Ryan movie to appear on our cinema screens?
I think it’s just the serendipity of movie making. The Sum of All Fears was a success and we probably would have rolled »
- David Sztypuljak
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
There's no getting around it, reboots are all the craze in Hollywood right now. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is just the latest in a long line of films taking a well-known character and concept and repurposing it for a new audience.
It's a fairly recent phenomenon, but the formula is simple: make a break from the past with brand new stars in the lead roles and hope for a box office bonanza franchise. Digital Spy takes a look at the best and worst of movie reboots below...
Godzilla (1998) - Miss!
A reboot before it became a 'thing', Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin's first film after Independence Day had nothing to do with previous incarnations of the rampaging Kaiju and, though it performed reasonably well at the box office, it failed to capture audiences' imagination and deliver on a sequel promised in its final shot. This summer's Gareth Edwards-directed »
Interview Simon Brew 22 Jan 2014 - 05:47
It's a very quiet, calm, polite and considered Kenneth Branagh we meet in the midst of a posh hotel in London. Outside the door of the allotted room there's a buzz of activity. Behind it? There's Branagh, hours away from the premiere of his latest movie, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, enjoying the simple pleasure of a cup of tea. Which is when we hit him with our bombshell...
I fear somebody didn't give you the handover notes when doing a Jack Ryan movie and playing a Russian character. That you either have to approach it by getting in Sean Connery, and not bother with the accent at all, or you have to get in someone like the late Richard Marner from 'Allo 'Allo. »
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
It's been 12 years since the character of Jack Ryan has graced the silver screen, and following in the footsteps of Sean Connery, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck is Chris Pine, known as the star of the revamped Star Trek franchise. The Jack Ryan films have all seen great box office success no matter the critical reception (don't worry about The Sum of All Fears, Ben, you moved on to bigger and better things) so now seems like the perfect time to venture back into the world made popular by author Tom Clancy. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was directed by Kenneth Branagh, who is taking on a film with a bit of a larger scale than what he's used to working with.
Young Jack Ryan is a masters student in London in 2001. One fateful day in September turned out to be one of the worst days in United States history (try »
- J.C. De Leon
‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ review: Kenneth Branagh thriller ‘plays everything too close to the middle’ (photo: Chris Pine in ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’) It’s been 12 years since CIA analyst Jack Ryan made his last motion picture appearance. The movie was The Sum of All Fears, those fears being fully realized by virtue of Ben Affleck playing Ryan. If Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit proves anything, it’s that in the ensuing dozen years, CIA analysts, spies, and various black windbreaker-sporting government underlings have learned to type very fast. Indeed, there’s a lot of typing in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, a lot of button-mashing on laptops and cell phones and a lot of barking new directives in response to the button mashing on laptops and cell phones. The lightning fast retrieval of bad guy info might be a boon to the American agents entrusted with stopping a Russian plot to sink the U. »
- Mark Keizer
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
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
“Devil’s Due” will look to attract the January horror audience that “Mama” and “The Devil Inside” have both thrived on in recent years. Taking a cue from the “Carrie” viral video back in October, “Devil’s Due” released their own Devil-baby viral video on Tuesday. The video, both hysterical and a little horrifying, has already reached an astounding 29 million views – boosting the overall view count to over 35 million, making up for an initial below-average trailer count. Smartly revealed only three days before the release date (versus »
- Tobias Bauckhage
Believe it or not, but between Jack Ryan and James Bond, the two fan favourite super-spies have been in almost the same amount of movies since 1990 (five vs. seven, respectively). Still, while the Jack Ryan films have always done well at the box office, they were never quite able to turn the Tom Clancy hero into a viable franchise like his British counterpart at MI6. So, 12 years after Ben Affleck tried to reboot Ryan with "The Sum of All Fears," now it's back to square one again for Chris Pine and director Kenneth Branagh.
Based on the popular series of Clancy novels, but not focusing on one story in particular, "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" offers up another origin tale for the CIA analyst turned reluctant action hero. After enlisting with the Marines following 9/11, Ryan (Pine) is first recruited by the CIA to go undercover on Wall Street, eventually joining them »
- Rick Mele
This week Us audiences can enjoy Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, a reboot of the popular character created by Tom Clancy who hasn’t been seen on screen since The Sum of All Fears in 2002. Chris Pine steps into the title role previously played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, and there are strong hopes that this film, under the direction of Kenneth Branagh, will reignite the franchise after Clancy’s death last year.
There are a number of reasons to be excited by Jack Ryan, which reaches British audiences in a week’s time. Pine has proven himself through Star Trek to be a very capable leading man, and I’ve already professed my love for Branagh’s directorial work in my article on Shakespeare two months ago. But the film is also notable as Keira Knightley’s return to the mainstream, after several years of concentrating on theatre and smaller, »
- Daniel Mumby
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
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