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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)
Although the film was pushed from Christmas 2013 to January 17, 2014, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” is one of this year’s highly anticipated movies. It’s the first Jack Ryan film since “The Sum of All Fears” with Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman in 2002. Chris Pine is exchanging his Captain Kirk phaser for a motorcycle and a pair of spy binoculars in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” A new UK poster was released that features the film’s cast and the tagline “Intelligence Is A Weapon.” Read the film’s synopsis below: “Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.” [ Read More ]
The post Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Gets A New UK Teaser Poster appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Rudie Obias
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
The history of Tinseltown is littered with allegations of espionage, as the revelations about the successful producer have reminded us. Welcome to the world of 'thespionage'
The history of Hollywood is littered with spies. So it should come as no surprise that the producer Arnon Milchan began his working life as an Israeli secret agent and arms dealer. The billionaire behind Fight Club, Pretty Woman and Heat confirmed rumours of his shady past in an interview broadcast on Israeli television on Monday. At one point, we learned, he ran 30 companies worldwide on behalf of the Israeli government.
He joins a long line of Hollywood power-brokers who have dabbled in the spying game. In the early 1950s, the head of foreign and domestic censorship at Paramount was a CIA employee named Luigi Luraschi. Among Luraschi's many covert triumphs was the insertion of "well-dressed" respectable "negroes" into Us movies, to undermine Soviet »
- Tom Meltzer
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 »
It wouldn’t be the first time a veteran helmer with a Hollywoodized filmography cracked the line-up and seeing that he directed mainstream titles such as Field of Dreams, Sneakers and The Sum of All Fears means Phil Alden Robinson’s name is far from what we think might be part of the final Park City equation. His sixth directorial outing, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn was lensed in NYC back in September of ’12, and padded with some shooting in L.A. at the beginning of this year. With Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Melissa Leo, Peter Dinklage and James Earl Jones cast, we think there might be some just a little wiggle room for what would be considered a high value dramedy, regardless is Williams has another high profile indie title that we mention on our list and regardless if the Lionsgate folks just picked this up for a 2014 day & date release. »
- Eric Lavallee
"It's a franchise! It'll stand on its own merits, and you can't really say anything until he's done it. The pre-judging was strange. Give him a shot!". »
- Lohit Reddy
Aiming to beef up their 2014 slate with a title they feel will work well as a day and date theatrical/VOD type release, Lionsgate Films have picked The Angriest Man in Brooklyn – a rush thru traffic/fight against time archetype comedy featuring/pitting Robin Williams vs Mila Kunis. Indie vets Melissa Leo, Peter Dinklage and Hamish Linklater complete the supporting cast.
Gist: Written by Daniel Taplitz, this is the story of Henry Altmann (Williams), who is having a horrible day, made much worse by his visit with Dr. Sharon Gill (Kunis), who abruptly informs him that he only has 90 minutes to live. After storming out of the hospital in disbelief, Henry panics and races through Brooklyn in an attempt to right all of the wrongs in his life, while Sharon desperately scrambles to find him and get him into surgery.
Worth Noting: This is Robinson’s first film in more »
- Eric Lavallee
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
Simon Crane has been named as director on Legendary Pictures' Hot Wheels movie.
The studio has appointed writer Paul Attanasio to redraft the screenplay for the project based on the classic toy line from Mattel.
Crane has previously worked as a second-unit director on some high-profile films, such as World War Z and the forthcoming Edge of Tomorrow.
He is also credited as executive producer and co-creator on the Us TV show House. »
Just a few days ago when Katey Rich at Cinemablend wrote about the end of Stretch Armstrong‘s development representing a bigger end to the small fad of toy movies, it felt gut-level right. That may have been wishful thinking. Obviously Transformers is still going strong, and now Variety reports that Legendary is pushing ahead with a movie based on Hot Wheels. Granted, that means the movie is essentially based on “automobiles,” which is the Brick Tamland method of film production. However, there are two reasons to be hopeful for what the tiny little cars can produce. The first is Paul Attanasio, who wrote Donnie Brasco, The Sum of All Fears and a handful of other pulpy genre goodies. He’s taking over on script duty with a draft from Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) in hand. The second is Simon Crane, a veteran director who has done a ridiculous amount of second unit duty »
- Scott Beggs
"Hot Wheels" the movie is kicking it into high gear. A live-action film based on Mattel's uber-popular toy line is moving forward with Simon Crane on board to direct and "House" creator Paul Attanasio ("Donnie Brasco," "The Sum of All Fears") attached to rewrite the original script by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway ("Iron Man"), according to a release sent out by Legendary Pictures. Crane is a prolific stunt coordinator and second-unit director whose credits include such large-scale projects as "World War Z," "Men in Black 3" and the forthcoming revisionist fairytale "Maleficent" starring Angelina Jolie. "Hot Wheels" was originally in development »
- Chris Eggertsen
Simon Crane! Ok, you're probably saying, "Who is Simon Crane?" Crane has served as a second-unit director on a number of big-budget Hollywood movies including World War Z, Men in Black 3, Quantum of Solace and upcoming blockbusters Maleficent and Edge of Tomorrow. Deadline reports that Crane has been in the mix for the directing job on this film for quite some time as Legendary Pictures transitioned partnerships from Warner Bros. to Universal. The film is being written by Paul Attanasio, who scripted critic and audience favorites like Donnie Brasco, Quiz Show and The Sum of All Fears. There is no release date attached to the Hot Wheels movie, an adaptation of the long-running popular Mattel toy line. Universal certainly has a favorable track record with...
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Legendary Pictures has closed deals with director Simon Crane and writer Paul Attanasio for the upcoming feature film Hot Wheels , based on the classic Mattel toy car line. Attanasio will rewrite from the draft written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway which originally attracted Crane to the project. Joe Roth, Palak Patel, and Sam Mercer of Roth Films will produce with Legendary. Alex Garcia is overseeing the project for Legendary. Crane is one of the industry's preeminent second-unit directors, most recently on World War Z and the upcoming Edge of Tomorrow . Attanasio recently wrote Scarface for Universal, and previously wrote the screenplay for The Sum of All Fears , among others. He was twice nominated for an Oscar for his work writing Quiz Show and Donnie Brasco . »
Joe Roth, Palak Patel, and Sam Mercer of Roth Films will produce with Legendary. Alex Garcia is overseeing the project for Legendary. Universal will get the first look at the project pursuant to its deal with Legendary.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
With over a decade gone by since Ben Affleck played CIA analyst Jack Ryan in The Sum of All Fears, the time is ripe once more to bring one of Tom Clancy’s best-known characters back to the big screen for the start of a franchise. Kicking things off again in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is Chris Pine, fresh off the successful summer release of Star Trek Into Darkness and ready to take on the role that’s previously been played not only by Affleck, but also by Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin.
A global trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has just launched ahead of the film’s December release. It’s disappointingly similar to the first trailer that we saw earlier this month, featuring a lot of the same clips, but there’s enough new material in there to be worth watching for fans ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
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 sad news of Tom Clancy's passing came to us at the end of last week, but his legacy is still alive with the first trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, based on the author's most famous characters, previously brought to the big screen by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, pulling double duty as the movie's villain Viktor Cherevin, this original story serves as a reboot for the character, charting his early days as a CIA analyst and his relationship with his mentor William Harper (Kevin Costner). The trailer shows off a much more action oriented take on the character, not really giving us a taste of political intrigue that made the likes of Patriot Games or The Sum of All Fears so entertaining, but I think there is enough here to pique peoples interest. Synopsis: In a story taking place prior to the original Jack Ryan stories, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
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