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Jeremy Renner Will Break His Arms If It Lets Him Make a Movie Like ‘Wind River’ — Career Watch

18 August 2017 10:42 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jeremy Renner, who stars in Taylor Sheridan’s indie hit western “Wind River” with fellow-Avenger Elizabeth Olsen.

Bottom Line: Renner has built his movie stardom and used it to smart advantage, ranging from archer Hawkeye in “The Avengers” to throwing banter with Simon Pegg in “Mission: Impossible.” Those movies make it possible for him to be a magician in love with a Frenchwoman (Marion Cotillard) in James Gray’s “The Immigrant,” or the pompadoured Camden, New Jersey Mayor Carmen Polito in David O. Russell’s “American Hustle.”

Career Peaks: Renner had been a working actor for 13 years, supporting himself with construction and house-flipping (and roles as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and zombie killer in Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later”) when he broke out at age 37 as the fearless, »

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Jeremy Renner Will Break His Arms If It Lets Him Make a Movie Like ‘Wind River’ — Career Watch

18 August 2017 10:42 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jeremy Renner, who stars in Taylor Sheridan’s indie hit western “Wind River” with fellow-Avenger Elizabeth Olsen.

Bottom Line: Renner has built his movie stardom and used it to smart advantage, ranging from archer Hawkeye in “The Avengers” to throwing banter with Simon Pegg in “Mission: Impossible.” Those movies make it possible for him to be a magician in love with a Frenchwoman (Marion Cotillard) in James Gray’s “The Immigrant,” or the pompadoured Camden, New Jersey Mayor Carmen Polito in David O. Russell’s “American Hustle.”

Career Peaks: Renner had been a working actor for 13 years, supporting himself with construction and house-flipping (and roles as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and zombie killer in Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later”) when he broke out at age 37 as the fearless, »

- Anne Thompson

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‘American Assassin’ Red Band Trailer: Michael Keaton Trains Dylan O’Brien to Make a Killing

17 August 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The trailers for American Assassin are a tad generic, but the filmmaker behind the thriller doesn’t make generic movies. Michael Cuesta knows how to craft a drama with some real firepower. The director of 12 and Holding and Kill the Messenger has never made a thriller quite like his adaptation of Vince Flynn‘s novel, which stars Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton. The trailers paint […]

The post ‘American Assassin’ Red Band Trailer: Michael Keaton Trains Dylan O’Brien to Make a Killing appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Movie News: 'Dunkirk' Set for Widest 70 mm Release in Years; Watch First 'Fun Mom Dinner' Trailer

6 July 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Dunkirk: Christopher Nolan's suspenseful war drama Dunkirk has been set for the widest 70 mm release in 25 years. Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight screened in the large format at 100 locations; Dunkirk will be screening in 125 specially equipped theaters. That's more than double the number of theaters that screened Nolan's Interstellar in 70 mm IMAX. Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance and Fionn Whitehead star; the movie opens on July 21. [Variety]   My Dinner with Herve: Andy Garcia (Kill the Messenger, above) will portray Ricardo Montalban in My Dinner with Herve. He will star opposite Peter Dinklage as Hervé Villechaize; the story revolves around one night in Los Angeles involving the French actor and a struggling...

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'Snowfall': Everything You Need to Know About FX's Origins-of-Crack Drama

30 June 2017 5:21 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's been 26 years since John Singleton shook up Hollywood with Boyz n the Hood, his feature film debut and a semi-autobiographical story about a Crenshaw teenager trying to live an ordinary life during the height of the Crips/Bloods gang war. Now, the first African-American ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar revisits the crime-ridden Los Angeles he once observed first-hand – and offers a larger, much-needed historical context that helped shape those mean streets.

Singleton's new FX show Snowfall (which debuts on July 5th) follows Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), an ambitious L. »

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American Assassin Red Band Trailer Gets Bloody with Dylan O'Brien

20 June 2017 11:11 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While the summer movie season is still in full swing, fans of Vince Flynn's iconic Mitch Rapp novel series will likely be waiting for the summer to end, with the fall release of the highly-anticipated American Assassin. CBS Films has released a new red band trailer, with R-rated language, an all-ages green band trailer and a new poster and character banners for this upcoming action-thriller, hitting theaters September 15 from CBS Films and Lionsgate. This movie could be the start of a big franchise for the studio, with 15 novels based on this character that could also be adapted for the big screen.

American Assassin tells the story of legendary CIA agent Mitch Rapp. Long before he began hunting terrorists, Rapp was a gifted college scholar/athlete. Then, tragedy struck and Rapp was recruited into the nation's most elite covert operations program, where he is trained by a legendary soldier named »

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Mitch Rapp Begins His Quest For Revenge In First Red Band Trailer For American Assassin

20 June 2017 8:36 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Best-in-class counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) reports for duty in the gripping first red band trailer for American AssassinMichael Cuesta’s (Kill the Messenger) sweeping franchise-starter that takes the espionage elements of Homeland and sprinkles a little of 24‘s signature action over the top for good measure.

The end result is a breathless teaser for CBS and Lionsgate’s American Assassin, which sees O’Brien’s hardened protagonist embark on a quest for a revenge after his significant other is murdered in cold blood while holidaying on some picturesque beach resort. It’s a terrorist act ripped straight from the headlines, and we’re intrigued to see how audiences react to Michael Cuesta’s unflinching adaptation in light of recent events.

Casting-wise, Spider-Man: Homecoming star Michael Keaton is attached to the role of CIA agent Stan Hurley, a Cold War veteran stubborn in his commitment to pushing »

- Michael Briers

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Watch the new American Assassin trailer, starring Dylan O’Brien

20 June 2017 8:16 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

CBS Films and Lionsgate have debuted the brand new American Assassin trailer, the upcoming action film starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar and Taylor Kitsch. The film arrives in cinemas later this year.

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American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.

Related: New character posters land for upcoming thriller American Assassin »

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Dylan O’Brien Is The ‘American Assassin’ In Red Band Trailer For Thriller With Michael Keaton & Taylor Kitsch

20 June 2017 7:21 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The journey of Vince Flynn‘s novel “American Assassin” to the big screen has been an interesting one. Over the years, directors like Antoine Fuqua, Ed Zwick, and Jeffrey Nachmanoff were linked to the adaptation, while Chris Hemsworth and Bruce Willis were also mentioned for roles. But it took rising star Dylan O’Brien (“The Maze Runner“) and director Michael Cuesta (“Kill The Messenger“) to get the movie in front of cameras.

Continue reading Dylan O’Brien Is The ‘American Assassin’ In Red Band Trailer For Thriller With Michael Keaton & Taylor Kitsch at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jeremy Renner to play gunfighter Doc Holliday

1 May 2017 2:40 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

PalmStar Media options rights to novels Doc, Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral.

Jeremy Renner will star as the legendary gunfighter Doc Holliday for PalmStar Media.

Kevin Frakes, PalmStar Media CEO, announced the casting on Monday after he optioned rights to Mary Doria Russell novels Doc and Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral.

Frakes will produce alongside Renner and Don Handfield’s The Combine.

Russell’s novels chronicle the life of the gunslinger who lived in the second half of the 19th century and went from being a gentleman dentist in Reconstruction-era Atlanta to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Wyatt Earp in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

“We are excited to re-introduce this classic American character to a whole new audience by chronicling Doc Holliday’s incredible transformation from average Joe dentist to a man who Wyatt Earp called the ‘nerviest, speediest, deadliest man with a six-gun [he] ever knew,’” Renner and Handfield »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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American Assassin Trailer: Dylan O'Brien Takes on Terrorists

18 April 2017 12:33 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Lionsgate and CBS Films has debuted the first trailer and poster for the long-awaited adaptation American Assassin, based on author Vince Flynn's iconic novel series following the character Mitch Rapp, played by Dylan O'Brien. With 15 novels and counting in this series, CBS Films could very well have a franchise on their hands, if American Assassin becomes a big hit at the box office. But as of now, no sequel plans have been confirmed. This footage gives us some early insight into Mitch Rapp's past, teasing the path that lead him to the CIA.

American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three »

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Dylan O’Brien stars in new trailer for American Assassin

18 April 2017 9:44 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

The new trailer for Michael Cuesta’s American Assassin which sees Dylan O’Brien as a fledgeling CIA recruit with Michael Keaton, a Cold War Veteran, as his instructor take the fight to stop a lone terrorist threat causing a world war in the Middle East has made an appearance.

Piecing together his memories of losing his parents at 14 O’Brien’s Mitch seems to have had a turbulent upbringing from being kicked out of boarding school and eventually landing on the doorstep of the CIA. The trailer, in which we see O’Brien, angry at the loss of his girlfriend to a terrorist attack on a beach just after proposing, take on the instruction of Keaton’s Stan Hurley at what can only be described at a deadly school for assassins after being sent there by the CIA.

Based in the 15-book Mitch Rapp series by author Vince Flynn, »

- Zehra Phelan

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Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton Spar in ‘American Assassin’ Trailer (Watch)

18 April 2017 9:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dylan O’Brien has to deal with tragedy in the official teaser trailer for “American Assassin,” which also stars Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan and Taylor Kitsch.

In the film O’Brien plays Mitch Rapp, a CIA recruit, who is first seen on the beach and in the water at an idyllic tropical resort, proposing to his fiancee. Moments later, terrorists attack the resort, killing the fiancee — which leaves O’Brien grief-stricken but motivated to serve in a black ops mission aimed at stopping World War III in the Middle East.

The movie follows Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Keaton), who would be the most feared training officer in the CIA if more than a handful of people at the agency actually knew of his existence. CIA deputy director Irene Kennedy (Lathan) tasks him with training O’Brien for the mission.

“He’s not ready, but he will be,” Keaton tells Lathan. »

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Trailer: Sanaa Lathan Is a CIA Deputy Director Investigating Random Attacks in ‘American Assassin’

18 April 2017 8:53 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

CBS Films and Lionsgate have premiered a first trailer for the adaptation of Vince Flynn’s massive bestseller “American Assassin,” which is directed by Michael Cuesta (“Kill The Messenger,” “Homeland”) from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff (“The Americans”). Lorenzo di Bonaventura and… Continue Reading → »

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American Assassin Trailer: Dylan O’Brien Slips Off The Radar To Battle Terrorism

18 April 2017 8:33 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As one of the few films affected by Dylan O’Brien’s crippling injury – the young up-and-comer was involved in a serious on-set accident while filming Ya sequel Maze Runner: The Death Cure – it’s no secret that American Assassin has spent a little more time in the oven than one would expect.

But with a September 15th launch date between its crosshairs, Michael Cuesta’s (Kill the Messenger) geopolitical thriller is prepped and ready to infiltrate theaters across the planet, and today brings forth the thrilling first trailer to stoke excitement. Placing O’Brien in the boots of volatile CIA Black Ops recruit Mitch Rapp, American Assassin is pulled from the pages of Vince Flynn’s sweeping 15-part novel series, and it’s clear CBS Films is gunning to establish a bona fide action franchise – think Jack Reacher with a little more political bite.

Starring opposite Dylan O’Brien »

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A+E Networks Clinches Major Deals on ‘Knightfall’

29 March 2017 9:20 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A+E Networks has clinched major deals on “Knightfall,” History’s new epic drama series penned by Dominic Minghella (“Doc Martin,””Robin Hood”) ahead of its global launch at Miptv.

Knightfall,” which is exec produced by  Jeremy Renner (“Arrival”), was produced by A+E Studios in association with The Combine and Midnight Radio. Don Handfield (“Kill the Messenger”) and Richard Rayner (“L.A. Without A Map”) created and exec produced the 10-episode show.

Deals, which were announced today by Patrick Vien, international managing director of A+E Networks, were signed with SBSTwo (Australia), HBO and Cinemax (Central Europe, Poland, Spain and Andorra), iQiyi and BesTV (China), Sirkus (Iceland), Yes (Israel), FilmBox Premium (Central and Eastern Europe), and IFlix (Southeast Asia).

The series will also air on History in the Us, Canada, Latin America and Southeast Asia.

Renner, who exec produced the show, will be on hand at the world premiere screening at Mip, along »

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Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton-led American Assassin gets September release date

21 March 2017 1:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s been a while since we have had any news regarding American Assassin (directed by Michael Cuesta, who helmed the recent thriller Kill the Messenger), but now we have an official release date of September 15th to accompany all of those stills that were released a few months ago.

The film is based on Vince Flynn’s novel and contains a star-studded cast that includes Dylan O’Brien as Mitch Rapp alongsie Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, and Taylor Kitsch. As of right now, the film’s only release date competition will be Sony’s Ice Age survival story The Solutrean.

American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. »

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Michael Keaton’s ‘American Assassin’ Gets September Release Date

20 March 2017 4:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate and CBS Films have set a Sept. 15 release date for “American Assassin,” starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, and Taylor Kitsch.

Kill the Messenger” helmer Michael Cuesta directed the thriller from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler are producing the film. Based on Vince Flynn’s novel, the movie follows Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Keaton), who would be the most feared training officer in the CIA if more than a handful of people at the agency actually knew of his existence.

As the story begins, Hurley’s deputy director (Lathan) tasks him with training a black ops recruit devastated by the loss of his fiancée to a terrorist attack. The pair is eventually dispatched on a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent — played by actress Shiva Negar — to stop a mysterious operative (played by Kitsch) from starting World War III in the Middle East. »

- Dave McNary

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Kenneth Lonergan and Lucas Hedges talk ‘Manchester By The Sea’

12 January 2017 1:27 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Manchester by the Sea is writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s first film in five years – since the universally critically acclaimed Margaret – and he’s getting used to people asking him why it took him so long.

“It’s a lot of work, and it takes a lot of time to do, and a lot of time to plan. I’m also a playwright, so in the time between Margaret and this film, I wrote three plays and directed two of them. I do other kinds of work as well.”

Manchester by the Sea began when his friend Matt Damon asked Lonergan if he would consider writing the screenplay. They had worked together in 2002 in a West End production of Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth.

Matt Damon and John Krasinski came to Lonergan with the core idea of the character of Lee. Lee went through a terrible tragedy, left home, »

- Paul Heath

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Monster Trucks movie review: what a car-tastrophe

4 January 2017 12:43 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… What if “monster trucks” actually meant — wait for it — that there were monsters in the trucks? From an idea by a four-year-old (really), and it shows. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

What if “monster trucks” actually meant — wait for it — that there were monsters in the trucks? Cute monsters, of course. Nice monsters. (Duh! Nobody likes bad monsters.) The kind of monsters that a boy could be friends with and drive around with and do daring deeds with. Wouldn’t that be cool?

A monster in a truck is the least ridiculous thing amidst a story that is often illogical and morally hugely problematic.

Apparently — this will shock you — Monster Trucks was developed from an idea by former Paramount president Adam Goodman’s four-year-old son. Seriously. They didn’t actually »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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