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Two franchises starring Jeremy Renner are apparently going in opposite directions regarding what they want to do with the actor. For The Avengers, Renner is likely to never get a solo installment with his Marvel character, Hawkeye. He’s going to just be one of the ensemble in the big Avengers-title crossover blockbusters, and maybe he’ll show up on a future episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (if my guess about his recent Twitter tease is correct) or possibly a one-off short film at the very least. Then there’s the Bourne franchise, which he temporarily took over from Matt Damon until Damon announced his return for another sequel. We kept hearing that Renner’s character from the spin-off The Bourne Legacy would be in more movies, but once Damon’s next installment became a reality there was more assumption that the two stars would wind up sharing the screen in a crossover. “We »
- Christopher Campbell
I think we are all at least somewhat excited for the return of Matt Damon to the Bourne franchise, alongside director Paul Greengrass. But if you were expecting to see an overlapping of Damon’s Jason Bourne with Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross character from The Bourne Legacy, you are going to be disappointed. According to executive producer Frank Marshall, that crossover is not going to happen.
Speaking to interviewers following a panel about an upcoming Sinatra documentary, Marshall discussed the future of the Bourne franchise, as well as several other projects he has coming up. The producer is happy to have managed to get Damon and Greengrass back together for a new Bourne film, especially given that neither seemed to want to return to the franchise initially. But while Renner’s Aaron Cross will remain a part of the franchise itself, Marshall states that there are no plans to »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Ever since the word came that the Jeremy Renner led sequel to The Bourne Legacy was being pushed to accomodate Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass' return for Bourne 5, the internet has been abuzz with the potential cross-over of these two super-spies. No one had firmly ruled it out as a possibility. Until now, that is. Producer Frank Marshall was asked about whether or not we should get excited about seeing Aaron Cross and Jason Bourne facing off after each of their upcoming sequels. The »
- Alex Maidy
Universal Pictures recently announced that it's bringing back Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass for a new "Jason Bourne" installment. The studio then placed Jeremy Renner's "The Bourne Legacy" sequel on hold and gave the film's release date to Matt Damon's Bourne movie. Now comes word that Damon's movie has moved from July 15th, 2016 to July 29th, 2016, possibly to avoid competing against "Star Trek 3." And even though fans have been hoping that the new film will unite Damon and Renner, it turns out there are currently no plans for that. "We don't have plans for that," said producer Frank Marshall. "You never know. I never say never. But that's not the plan. They.re on separate tracks." Marshall went on to say that Renner's "The Bourne Legacy" sequel is still in the works. »
Greg Ellwood recaps a recent Q&A that he moderated with Julianne Moore, the Best Actress frontrunner for "Still Alice." "The recent Cannes winner revealed that early on she told co-directors Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer that she wasn't going to perform anything she hadn't actually witnessed. 'I feel like even if I've read it about it and haven't seen it I don't know how to be completely accurate,' Moore says. 'All the behaviors in the movie were things I had seen or things had discussed with me.'" HitFix -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories In his intro to an in-depth interview with "Nightcrawler" writer/director Dan Gilroy, Pete Hammond writes: "After spending his career as a writer of such screenplays as 'The Bourne Legacy,' 'Chasers,' 'Real Steel' and many others, Gilroy, in his fifties, finally made his debut behind the c. »
“Scott, I’ve been watching you for a while now. You’re different. Now, don’t let anyone tell you that you have nothing to offer.” Ant-Man may feature a superhero who can shrink to microscopic sizes, but that unique ability could expand Marvel’s cinematic universe in a big way. Marvel has released the first trailer for Ant-Man, featuring a lot of screen time for Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, while also teasing an impressive supporting cast.
Press Release – “Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.
The film »
- Derek Anderson
Jeremy Renner has slipped back into the role of Hawkeye this week for something that he's not going to discuss.
The "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" and "The Bourne Legacy" actor wrapped his work as Hawkeye in Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" back in August, yet today came the following posting on his WhoSay account:
Tues morn. I find myself in costume again. I just can't tell you why. And it still fits! #marvel #avengers #hawkeye
Additional photography is said to be taking place this month on "Avengers: Age of Ultron," making that the likeliest reason. However, there's also speculation Renner might be filming a cameo appearance for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.". »
- Garth Franklin
The release date for the fifth Bourne film has been revealed.
Matt Damon's return as Jason Bourne will release on July 29, 2016, Universal has announced.
Last year, Damon confirmed that the project would be hitting screens in 2016, while admitting all he needed to sign on to the sequel was for Greengrass to do the same.
He said: "Paul Greengrass is going to do another one and that's all I ever said. I just needed him to say yes."
It has also been announced that Greengrass and Damon will be writing the screenplay themselves, alongside Christopher Rouse.
The Bourne franchise went from a tailspin after the middling performance of The Bourne Legacy to an updraft with the return of both Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass into the franchise fold for what's now simply being called Bourne 4. While the Justin Lin helmed/Jeremy Renner starring Bourne project is in a holding pattern, the Damon/Greengrass film is on the tarmac and ready to roll. But while things appear to be going well for the project, it seems that it's going to need just a bit more time before its ready to hit theaters. The L.A. Times is reporting that the new adventures of Jason Bourne have been pushed back two weeks, from the original July 15th, 2016 date to July 29th, 2016. This new slot takes the film out of the path of Star Trek 3's opening on July 8, 2016, and lands it in the original release date for »
Last September, fans rejoiced when it was announced that star Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting) & director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy; The Bourne Ultimatum) would both be returning to the Bourne franchise for Damon's fourth adventure as the amnesiac ex-cia assassin Jason Bourne. Their untitled Bourne return film, tentatively titled Bourne 5, was given the July 16, 2016 release date and effectively pushed The Bourne Legacy sequel, starring Jeremy Renner (The Avengers), back to an yet-to-be announced future date. Now, Variety is reporting that we may have to wait just a little bit longer to see Matt Damon don the black jacket once again. Facing stiff competition from Fox's Ice Age 5 & Paramount's Star Trek 3, Universal has decided to push Damon's Bourne 5 back two weeks to July 29, 2016. This is not an uncommon release date for a Bourne film as the previous three films in the franchise have seen »
As a result of 20th Century Fox re-arranging its release slate for the next couple of years, the untitled Bourne sequel set up at Universal is making a move. The fifth chapter in the Bourne series will now be delayed by a further two weeks, shifting its initial release from July 15th to July 29th, 2016. Filling a prime slot vacated by Matt Reeves’ next Planet Of The Apes sequel – which will now open in July 2017 – the next entry in the amnesiac spy saga is destined to reunite franchise alums Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon.
After years of the duo refusing to consider another sequel, they eventually reached a decision to resurrect Jason Bourne and Damon himself broadcast the news on his Project Greenlight show. Director Greengrass and leading man Damon originally exited the series following the third instalment, The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007. Despite Universal’s enthusiasm to continue forward with further sequels, »
- Gem Seddon
Universal Pictures has pushed its Untitled Matt Damon Bourne Sequel back two weeks from July 15, 2016 to July 29, 2016. The release shift comes in response to 20th Century Fox moving Planet of the Apes 3 out of the July 29, 2016 date and into the summer of 2017. As of now, the Untitled Matt Damon Bourne Sequel is only going up against the 20th Century Fox comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.
We reported back in September that Matt Damon is reuniting with The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass for a new Jason Bourne sequel. Nothing is known about the story at this point, and it isn't clear if there is even a screenwriter attached, but Matt Damon confirmed in November that the project will be released in 2016. The sequel must be moving along smoothly, though, for Universal to only push the sequel back two weeks.
Jason Bourne fans will have to wait two weeks longer to see Matt Damon back to his ass-kicking ways as the amnesiac superspy.
Universal Pictures is shifting the debut of the still-untitled sequel from July 15 to July 29. The action-thriller will face off against the comedy, “Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates” and will get a week-long head start on the DC Comics adaptation “Suicide Squad” that is set to star Will Smith and Jared Leto.
In its former perch, the Bourne picture would have faced competition from “Ice Age 5,” although the pictures do appeal to different demographics. It would also have contended with the second weekend of the third “Star Trek” film.
Not only is Damon returning to the franchise, but Universal has also lured back “Bourne Legacy” and “Bourne Ultimatum” director Paul Greengrass to the fold. Their return to the Bourne pictures ended up taking up the release slot that »
- Brent Lang
No offense to Aaron Cross and his chems, but if we have to have another Bourne movie, I'm glad it's with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass. After years of Damon refusing to do a sequel without Greengrass to the point where Universal threw up their hands and decided to reboot the franchise, the duo is returning. Furthermore, they're going to be writing the script along with Christopher Rouse, who doesn't have a writing credit but has edited all of Greengrass' movies since The Bourne Ultimatum, which is perfect since Greengrass is known for finding the movie in the editing room anyway. Universal has also announced that the "Untitled Next Bourne Chapter" (kind of a mouthful there, Universal) will be released on July 29, 2016. Hit the jump for more. It's worth noting that this will be the first Bourne movie without the involvement of Tony Gilroy, who is credited with the »
- Matt Goldberg
A veteran screenwriter and native Angeleno, Gilroy may be a first-time helmer, but between movie-star wife Rene Russo, Pulitzer-winning dad Frank D. Gilroy (“The Subject Was Roses”), writer-director brother Tony Gilroy (“Michael Clayton”) and film-editor twin John Gilroy (“Salt”), he’s also Hollywood royalty. None are easy acts to follow, yet at age 55, Gilroy is living up to his legacy with “Nightcrawler.”
Until he penned the provocative thriller two years ago, “I’d never felt, ‘This is something I have to direct,’ ” he says, “so I was very confident that I’d picked the right vehicle.” A writer’s touch is evident in the story of a sleazy opportunist (Jake Gyllenhaal) selling crime-scene footage to an L.A. news producer (Russo) and its harsh commentary on “hyper-capitalism” and the media — an arena the former Variety reporter knows well. “I have a strong desire to communicate what I feel about the world. »
- Gregg Goldstein
15. The Immigrant -
If one were to rank the films of 2014 based solely on innovation, The Immigrant would probably end up near the bottom. Writer-director James Gray’s languid melodrama tells the tumultuous story of a resilient Polish woman looking to find a slice of the American Dream, without much in the way of narrative bravado or anything approaching experimentalism. The moralistic script feels like a relic from a bygone studio era.
But to assess the film’s merit based on its stubborn refusal to buck conventions is to deny one’s self the virtues of one of the year’s great films. Marion Cotillard gives an unforgettable performance as Ewa, the titular heroine whose desire to save her sister enables her to overcome the harsh realities of life in New York’s Lower East Side in the early twentieth century. Joaquin Phoenix portrays the snarling antagonist who helps her survive, »
One of the most disappointing realities about 2014 was that as box office shrank compared to last year, independent films were often hit the hardest. Despite stellar reviews, even festival darlings like “Whiplash,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Skeleton Twins” and “Dear White People” each grossed less than $10 million domestically. Here are the 17 most underrated movies of 2014 that deserve a second look in the opinion of Variety’s film critics and reporters.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s biggest, most buzzed-about performance of 2014 may have been in “Nightcrawler,” but his best work could be found in “Prisoners” director Denis Villeneuve’s existential thriller about a mild-mannerded Toronto history professor who discovers he has a doppelganger in the form of a bad-boy bit-part movie actor. Virtually a solo — make that dual — performance piece, with Gyllenhaal playing most of his scenes opposite himself (and, in one case, a giant tarantula), this freewheeling mash-up of Davids Cronenberg and Lynch »
- Peter Debruge, Ramin Setoodeh, Scott Foundas and Jenelle Riley
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