Read Jim Batts’ review Here.
Recently, I had the chance to sit down with director Michael Cuesta, along with a small group of press, to talk about the film. Check it out below.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Bourne Legacy”) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, »
- Melissa Howland
Jeremy Renner is a busy man these days, balancing bigger stuff like Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Bourne Legacy with more character-centric turns in American Hustle and his new film, Kill the Messenger (which he also produced). Kill the Messenger is based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb (Renner), whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California. His investigation not only threatened to ruin his career, but also his life and the life of his family. For more on Kill the Messenger (which I thought was really well done), watch the trailer. I recently landed an extended interview with Renner. He talked about making Kill the Messenger, the last time he had to audition, what it's really like working with David O. Russell, his craft, the worldwide success of »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Earlier this month Jeremy Renner expressed his interest in seeing The Bourne Legacy’s Aaron Cross sharing the screen with Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne, and now the Avengers: Age of Ultron star has given an udpate on Universal’s plans for its Bourne Legacy sequel, as well as how a potential team-up between the two spies could play out.
“[The Bourne Legacy sequel] is still moving,” Renner tells Crave Online. “Yeah, it’s still moving. We have our director who’s actually run off to do the True Detective series right now, and then while that’s happening they’re finishing writing the script. I know Greengrass and Damon… well, I’ve heard have maybe cracked an idea, a reason to continue the Bourne series, which is fantastic. They have created a very exciting universe, and hopefully in my mind I’d love for us to do something together. If not on the next one, »
- Gary Collinson
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner ("The Bourne Legacy") leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, »
- Fernando Esquivel
Plans were announced several weeks back that actor Matt Damon and filmmaker Paul Greengrass were potentially coming back to the Jason Bourne franchise. In doing so, it appeared to leave the in development follow-up to the Damon-less "The Bourne Legacy" in question.
Actor Jeremy Renner indicated last month that more 'Bourne' films with his Aaron Cross character are still in the works, something which Producer Frank Marshall confirmed. Both indicated a fourth Damon-led Bourne and a second Renner-led one were moving forward as separate entities at Universal.
In a new interview with Crave Online, Renner says the script for his film still being tinkered with and ultimately he'd love to see the two characters come together:
"No, it's still moving. Yeah, it's still moving. We have our director who's actually run off to do the True Detective series right now, and then while that's happening they're finishing writing the script. »
- Garth Franklin
When it was announced last month that Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are bringing Jason Bourne back to the big screen, many wondered what that meant for The Bourne Legacy sequel that is in development, starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross. Jeremy Renner revealed last month that his Aaron Cross project is still happening. He now offers new details in an interview with Crave Online, where he reveals that the writers are still finishing the script while director Justin Lin is working on the first two episodes of True Detective Season 2.
"No, it's still moving. Yeah, it's still moving. We have our director who's actually run off to do the True Detective series right now, and then while that's happening they're finishing writing the script. I know Greengrass and Damon... well, I've heard have maybe cracked an idea, a reason to continue the Bourne series, which is fantastic. They have created a very exciting universe, »
While there’s always something stirring about one Marvel project or another, there’s one property that’s been suspiciously quiet as of late. It’s been a good six weeks since we’ve had any news on their troubled title, Ant-Man. Even then, it was a straw-clutching report about Evangeline Lilly’s haircut.
Now, however, we have something a bit more exciting, as THR reports that Weeds star Martin Donovan has joined the cast. As secrecy surrounding the pic is paramount, there’s very little they can reveal about who it is he’ll be playing. In fact, this is all they would offer:
Donovan’s role is being kept under wraps, but sources say it is pivotal to the story.
A key character in Ant-Man’s story is a rather broad description. As comic book adaptations go, there’s always the tendency to borrow characters from different storylines »
- Gem Seddon
Set to shoot early next year is the 13th Star Trek movie, which is heading into cinemas in 2016 to help mark the 50th birthday of Trek. Robert Orci is co-writing and directing the film, and we've got the first hints as to where it's going to shoot.
As reported by TrekMovie, Star Trek is heading to South Korea.
It spotted a post on the Facebook page of the mayor of Seoul, where he wrote that "today I met with Jeffrey Chernov, producer of Star Trek 3, at the Paramount Pictures Studio and agreed to film a portion of the upcoming movie in Seoul".
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Jake Gyllenhaal is a man on a mission in the brand new poster for Nightcrawler. We have the exclusive Canadian premiere of the poster which features Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, a man desperate to make a name for himself in the underground world of overnight crime videography.
Armed with a camera and his cohort Rick (Riz Ahmed), Lou prowls the darkened streets bringing all manner of show stopping crime to morning TV producer Nina (Rene Russo). As the stakes get higher and higher thanks to competition from other news crews like the one headed up by Joe Leder (Bill Paxton), Lou goes to all lengths to come out on top.
We talked to Gyllenhaal about his role in the drama from writer-director Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy) when the film bowed at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. Nightcrawler is scheduled to hit theatres on Halloween.
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- Rachel West
Last month it was revealed that Universal is trying to lure Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass back to the Bourne franchise, with producer Frank Marshall revealing that the series “is now on two tracks” – one focussed on Damon’s Jason Bourne, and the other on Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross, protagonist of The Bourne Legacy.
During an interview with The Huffington Post to promote his new film Kill the Messenger, Renner offered up his thoughts on Damon’s potential return as well as the chances of the two spies teaming up for a crossover.
“I think it really opens up the world and it keeps Bourne’s character active… I think Cross’ character is already going to continue to be active. I think it will take creatives to bring them together, which is what I think is ultimately the plan… I love the idea of Greengrass and Damon… or whatever it might be, »
- Gary Collinson
The story centers on a rogue CIA agent tasked with apprehending an American man in Paris, who is linked to an attack on the metro system. While the agent is ordered to make this suspect disappear, to avoid any embarrassment to the U.S. government, he comes to realize the American is innocent, and he may be the only link to the actual culprit. No details were given for Richard Madden's character.
James Watkins (The Woman in Black, Eden Lake) is directing from a screenplay by Andrew Baldwin, who signed on to write Universal Pictures' sequel to The Bourne Legacy back in May. Philippe Rousselet is producing the project via his Vendome Pictures banner, along with Anonymous Content's Steve Golin, David Kanter, and Bard Dorros. »
There was a moment during A Good Marriage, adapted by Stephen King from his own novella and directed by Peter Askin (Company Man), where I thought to myself, you know, I'm kind of digging this. In the aforementioned scene, gas station lights and a restaurant sign in the background provide a cool ambience as an unidentified woman walks out to her car, the screen fading in from black to reveal a noirish gray color palette. A dull, eerie piano score kicks in as the woman gets into her car and drives away, unknowingly tailed by another vehicle from which the action is captured. Unfortunately this is the opening shot of the film, and it is followed shortly by a cliched opening monologue, a generic party sequence, an uncomfortable sex scene, and some seriously hokey dialogue. I'm not sure either King or Askin had terribly lofty ambitions for the film anyway, »
- Jordan Benesh
When our exclusive scoop about Matt Damon returning to the Bourne franchise was confirmed a little while ago, many wondered what this meant for Jeremy Renner's spin-off series. When Damon and director Paul Greengrass seemingly concluded their run, Universal went full steam into The Bourne Legacy, with Renner stepping in a new lead character named Aaron Cross. The film failed to ignite a frenzy, but was still a moderate hit.
In a recent chat, while out promoting his new film Kill The Messenger, Renner confirms that his Aaron Cross is still very much alive and that he fully embraces the idea of his character crossing paths with Damon's Jason Bourne. "Let them be adversaries, let them become buddies, whatever the heck it might be, them coming together would be a pretty tremendous thing." The 43 year old actor also says loves the idea of Damon and Greengrass returning to the franchise. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
However, studio Universal has entered talks with Damon and Greengrass to return to the franchise for a sequel due in summer 2016. Renner told The Huffington Post that he wants to see Cross and Bourne together in the same movie.
"I think it really opens up the world and it keeps Bourne's character active," Renner said of Damon's potential series return.
"I think Cross's character is already going to continue to be active. I think it will take creatives to bring them together, which is what I think is ultimately the plan."
He continued: "I love the idea of Greengrass and Damon, or whatever it might be, »
Jeremy Renner is mesmerizing and totally unforgettable in the upcoming movie .Kill the Messenger.. He plays the true-life character, Gary Webb, the San Jose Mercury News reporter who exposes the CIA.s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and then importing cocaine into the mean streets of California.
When critics use the word gripping, they were probably thinking of .Kill the Messenger..
Take a look at my interview with the actor who also moonlighted as producer in the film. What inspired him to do the movie, and wait .til you see his answer if we are still having war on drugs.
Official .Kill the Messenger. Synopsis
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner ("The Bourne Legacy") leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men »
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Since he rose to stardom with 2008’s “The Hurt Locker,” Jeremy Renner has proven a reliable and prolific leading man. And not long after “The Hurt Locker,” Renner landed in a handful of lucrative franchises. First came “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” followed quickly by “The Avengers,” and then in “The Bourne Legacy,” a franchise he took over from Matt Damon and in which he portrayed Agent Aaron Cross. However, it seems Damon is poised to reclaim his starring role in the next Bourne film, which is slated for 2016. Renner is surprisingly excited about the notion, viewing Damon’s return not as a threat but as an opportunity to bring Cross and Bourne together on screen. "I think it really opens up the world and it keeps Bourne’s character active," Renner told HuffPost Entertainment. "I think Cross’ character is already going to continue to be active, [and] I think it will »
- Zach Hollwedel
By Anjelica Oswald
As predictions are being made for possible contenders at the 87th Academy Awards, the cinematography category has some Oscar veterans making a possible return and a few names could have more than one film up for contention.
Six-time nominee Emmanuel Lubezki has been mentioned as a contender for his work on Birdman, which could earn him a consecutive Oscar following his win for Gravity (2013) at the 86th Academy Awards. Though Interstellar hasn’t premiered yet, the trailer has brought Hoyte Van Hoytema, director of photography for Her (2013), into the mix as well. With two films that could be up for contention each, cinematographers Bradford Young and Robert Elswit have appeared on multiple lists as possible nominees at the upcoming Oscars.
- Anjelica Oswald
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Bourne Legacy”) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua.
Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.
The film stars Jeremy Renner, »
- Movie Geeks
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