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Why Good Guys FightSeven reasons why heroes battle heroes in the movies.
Movies pitting heroes against heroes is supposedly a big trend with comic book movies right now, but good guys fighting each other is not anything new. The scale might be different when you have Batman and Superman face off or whole teams of Avengers in opposition, but we’ve already seen Thor versus Iron Man, we’ve seen most of the Guardians of the Galaxy brawl before becoming a team, been treated to Raphael going garra a mano with Casey Jones, and we’ve even witnessed Superman battle his own alter ego.
And of course there have been plenty that aren’t superhero and comic book based. In fact, it’s easier in stories without such black and white separation of good and evil. And movies with antiheroes or bad guys as protagonists or anything where the Us government is involved as a collective bunch »
- Christopher Campbell
The character of Jack Ryan has appeared in five films so far; The Hunt For Red October with Alec Baldwin, Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger with Harrison Ford, The Sum Of All Fears with Ben Affleck, and finally Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit which had Chris Pine taking on the role. Unfortunately the latest Jack Ryan film squandered its great cast in a sub-par story and it seemed as though the... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
John Krasinski is making a return to the small screen, but this job will take him far, far away from Scranton, Pa.
The Office grad has landed the title role in Amazon’s forthcoming Jack Ryan series, based on the novels by Tom Clancy, TVLine has confirmed.
As previously reported, the TV version — co-created by Lost vets Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland — will not be a direct adaptation of Clancy’s books, but will use them as source material for a contemporary take on the character »
The streaming giant handed out a series commitment with the intention to go straight-to-series, but a green light hasn't been given just yet. The casting of Krasinski however will likely push it forward. "Lost" co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and writer Graham Roland are behind the project, along with Platinum Dunes and Skydance Media.
Five films have been made with the character including John McTiernan's cinematic classic "The Hunt for Red October," Phil Noyce's very well-regarded "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger," Phil Alden Robinson's respected "The Sum of All Fears" and Kenneth Branagh's disappointing "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit". Four actors have taken on the role including Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine. »
- Garth Franklin
Showtime has closed a deal to develop a four-hour miniseries about the Cuban Missile Crisis based on James Blight and Janet M. Lang's "The Armageddon Letters".
That book draws on documents released under the Freedom of Information Act that deal with that two-week event in October 1962 that nearly incited a third World War. U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro are all central characters in the mini-series.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
Showtime is developing “The Armageddon Letters,” a four-hour limited series centered around the buildup to the Cuban Missile Crisis, Variety has learned.
The limited series, which will be written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson (“Field of Dreams,” “The Sum of All Fears”) is based on the book of the same name, “The Armageddon Letters,” by James Blight and Janet M. Lang. The tome contains forty-three documents, released under the Freedom of Information Act, chronicling the buildup to the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world teetered on the edge of total nuclear destruction — including letters from President Kennedy, Nikita Kruschev and Fidel Castro, who built a war machine they almost couldn’t turn off.
The project will be executive produced by Albert S. Ruddy (“The Godfather,” “Million Dollar Baby”), Mike Medavoy (“Black Swan,” “Shutter Island”), Benjamin Anderson, and Todd Martens, alongside Alexandra Ruddy for Ruddy Productions.
- Laura Prudom
One of the trailers for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is the latest to ignite grumbles about just how much is given away in promos for movies.
This list looks at 25 films where the trailer has given away more than it really should in its promos - and it goes without saying that spoilers lie ahead for each of the movies. Don't read or click on individual entries of films you've not seen if you don't want to be spoiler sullied!
25. Jurassic World
Director Colin Trevorrow was amongst those who expressed disappointment at this one particular promo for Jurassic World. In it, we see Chris Pratt riding on his motorbike, alongside velcoraptors that surprisingly don't appear to be eating him. Presented out of context, the scene just looked a little daft. But »
7 items from 2016
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