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Read More: Tiff Buy: Bleecker Street Acquires Ed Zwick's 'Pawn Sacrifice' with Tobey Maguire and Liev Schrieber Written by Steven Knight ("Locke," "Eastern Promises") and directed by Ed Zwick ("Defiance," "Blood Diamond"), "Pawn Sacrifice" tells the story of real-life American chess champion Bobby Fischer: the youngest person to ever achieve the Grandmaster status and, at the height of his fame, a U.S. political symbol, as a result of his widely publicized match against Russian champion Boris Spassky. Tobey Maguire stars as Fischer and Liev Schreiber appears in the role of Spassky. Other notable members of the cast include Peter Sarsgaard and Lily Rabe. Based on the trailer, which you can watch above, Tobey Maguire appears to give a performance that we won't soon forget. Oscillating between genius and madness is not an easy feat, but Maguire seems to have a glint of both in his eye »
- Sarah Choi
Tom Cruise is set to re-team with his ‘Last Samurai’ director Edward Zwick for the follow-up to his extremely successful Jack Reacher adaptation, which was released in 2012. Zwick, along with Marshall Herskovitz, will rewrite the screenplay by Richard Wenk.
The new film will be based on the novel ‘Never Go Back’ by Lee Child, which sees Reacher head back to his old military base in Virginia to take a woman to dinner who is now the commanding officer. By the time he gets there, she has been arrested, and Reacher finds himself being charged with pummeling one guy and fathering a child with a woman. He can’t remember either transgression but gets to the bottom of it with cunning and sometimes brute force.
Christopher McQuarrie directed the first movie, which grossed over $210 million worldwide and he will return to executive produce.
Zwick has a host of critically acclaimed credits to his name, »
- Paul Heath
I was not a very big fan of 2012's Jack Reacher, referring to it in my review as "a tonal hodgepodge of genre films from the murder-mysteries of the '40s, the whodunnits of the '70s and thrillers of the '90s." The character development was "on-the-nose, with little subtlety and very little is hidden from the audience as most of the pieces come together rather easily and we're left waiting for the characters on screen -- primarily Rosamund Pike -- to give their wide-eyed, open-mouth look of astonishment once they catch up with the audience." That said, a lot of people seemed to like it. Good for them, I'm sure they're just as excited a sequel has been greenlit as Tom Cruise will return in the title role, re-teaming with his The Last Samurai director in the process. amz asin="0440246326" size="small"The sequel is said to be »
- Brad Brevet
Tom Cruise may be reteaming with The Last Samurai team of Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz for a Jack Reacher sequel, now that Paramount and Skydance have entered into negotiations with the pair to rewrite a script by Richard Wenk (The Equalizer) adapted from the Lee Child novel Never Go Back. If a deal is made, Zwick will also sit behind the camera on what’s being tentatively called Jack Reacher 2.
Though it was first believed that a sequel to the 2012 actioner was a no-go given underwhelming box office receipts, it was later revealed that Paramount and Skydance were planning to use Never Go Back as the source material. Everyone wanted Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie to return to take the reins, but he was too busy in post-production on Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (also with Cruise) to commit to anything. And so, the studios started looking elsewhere.
- Isaac Feldberg
11/22/63 is proof that not every literary adaptation starring James Franco is based on the works of John Steinbeck or William Faulkner. This upcoming miniseries hails from legendary horror author Stephen King (whose works outside of the scary realm are equally as prolific as those within it) and focuses on a small-town school teacher who realizes he is able to travel through time via a door in a local diner. Franco previously snagged the lead role as the teacher Jake Epping, who takes it upon himself to prevent the assassination of JFK, and the show has now secured a director and supporting cast.
Academy Award winner Kevin McDonald (The Last King Of Scotland) has signed on to direct and executive produce the first two episodes of the nine-hour event series. He will work from a script penned by Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood), who is expected to seriously curtail King »
- Gem Seddon
As spring perennials go, a new Nicholas Sparks movie has come to seem as inevitable as tax day and allergy season, and only mildly less irritating to the senses. Though the character names and model-perfect faces may change (ever so slightly), the place (coastal North Carolina) remains the same, as do the trials and tribulations facing the star-crossed lovers who traverse its shores. The formula is by now as proven (and critic-proof) as Marvel or Tyler Perry — so why tinker with it in the least? Rest assured, “The Longest Ride” does nothing of the sort as it parallels the fates of two couples from different eras navigating the usual Sparks-ian gauntlet of war, class relations, cataclysmic accidents and life-altering medical conditions. Appealing performances by a trio of second- and third-generation Hollywood kids keep this three-hankie twaddle more bearable than it deserves, but “Ride” will surely go the longest with »
- Scott Foundas
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