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Enough with the frivolity down at the multiplex, we’ve got another film opening this week that was “inspired by true events”. Seriously (usually very very), they’re stories of triumph against the elements (as with the recent Adrift) or bravery in the face of injury or disease. Just a minute, you’ve seen the TV ads and trailers for the last few months so you know it’s a comedy. Now that’s a real rarity, little seen hybrid mix, like the “jackalope”. Needles to say it’s been somewhat exaggerated or enhanced for the big screen. The reports of a pack (around a dozen) of buddies now in middle age (being generous here) who have set aside one month every year to continue a game of tag started while they were in grade school has seen exposure in print and on the TV news (CBS Sunday Morning just
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Jeremy Renner’s Arms in ‘Tag’ Are Made of CGI Because He Broke Them During Filming

Jeremy Renner’s Arms in ‘Tag’ Are Made of CGI Because He Broke Them During Filming
Jeremy Renner has starred in huge action movies such as “The Avengers,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and “The Bourne Legacy,” but it wasn’t until he decided to star in the comedy film “Tag” that he ended up with two broken arms. The actor made headlines in July 2017 when he revealed both of his arms broke during a stunt gone wrong during production on the comedy film, but it turns out the shoot wasn’t affected too much by the injury. According to Jon Hamm, the film relied on CGI to replace Renner’s arm casts with human skin.

“He wore green screen casts that were eventually painted out in the edit,” Hamm told Ellen DeGeneres during a recent visit on her talk show.

Hamm said the injury occurred three days into production on “Tag,” which means Renner was wearing green screen casts for a majority of filming. Hamm said
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Film News Roundup: ‘Rogue One’ Screenwriter Tony Gilroy Wins Austin Festival Award

Film News Roundup: ‘Rogue One’ Screenwriter Tony Gilroy Wins Austin Festival Award
In today’s film news roundup, Dan Gilroy is honored by the Austin Film Festival, CBS Films moves forward on its ship cruise comedy, and Good Deed buys SXSW title “Shotgun.”

Honor

The Austin Film Festival has named screenwriter Tony Gilroy as the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Screenwriter Award.

Previous honorees of this award have included Lawrence Kasdan, Kenneth Lonergan, Nancy Meyers, and Caroline Thompson.

Gilroy’s credits include the 2007 thriller “Michael Clayton,” which earned him Oscar nominations for directing and original screenplay; writing the first three Bourne films and co-writing and directing the fourth film in the franchise (“The Bourne Legacy”); co-writing the screenplay for “Rouge One: A Star Wars Story”; and producing and writing the political thriller “Beirut,” starring Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike.

The festival also announced that “Beverly Hills Cop” writer Daniel Petrie, Jr. will receive the festival’s second Heart of Film Award for his
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USA Network orders Bourne TV spinoff pilot Treadstone

USA Network has announced that it has ordered a pilot for a TV spinoff from the Jason Bourne movie franchise entitled Treadstone, which hails from Heroes creator Tim Kring.

According to Deadline, Treadstone “explores the origin story and present-day actions of a CIA black ops program known as Treadstone — a covert operation that uses behavior modification protocol to turn its agents into nearly unstoppable superhuman assassins. The series follows sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously ‘awakened’ to resume their deadly missions.”

Based on Robert Ludlum’s novels, the Bourne franchise stars Matt Damon as a former Treadstone agent suffering from memory loss, who attempts to uncover the truth about his past. The series began in 2002 with The Bourne Identity, and spawned four Damon-led sequels in 2004, 2007 and 2016, as well as the 2012 spinoff sequel The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner.

In addition to Treadstone, USA Network has also ordered
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Netflix's Outsider Trailer Has Jared Leto Indebted to the Yakuza

Netflix has released the first trailer and poster for The Outsider, which stars Jared Leto in a much different role than fans are used to seeing him in. This period piece takes the chameleonic actor into an intriguing historical era, as he portrays an American soldier imprisoned in postwar Japan, who enters the dark world of the yakuza, adopting their way of life in repayment for his freedom, after he's released with the help of his Yakuza cellmate. Now free, he sets out to earn their respect and repay his debt while navigating the dangerous criminal underworld.

The trailer begins with a woman sporting an intricate full-body tattoo telling Jared Leto's character Nick Lowell about the legend of the koi fish that swims up a waterfall, and becomes a dragon. The footage also features a few Japanese traditions like Kabuki theater and sumo wrestling, while Nick Lowell states that he
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David Strathairn Starring in Edward James Olmos’ ‘The Devil Has a Name’ (Exclusive)

David Strathairn Starring in Edward James Olmos’ ‘The Devil Has a Name’ (Exclusive)
Edward James Olmos will direct and star alongside David Strathairn in “The Devil Has a Name.” The film is described as an environmental, dark comedy. Both men are Oscar nominees — Olmos for “Stand and Deliver” and Strathairn for “Good Night and Good Luck.”

The film centers on an unhinged oil baron who gets in a bruising standoff with a stubborn farmer after the water on his film was poisoned by her company. This portrait of corporate greed is based on a true story.

In addition to directing, Olmos will play Santiago, a Mexican immigrant and confidant, while Stratharin will star as the oil-empire fighting farmer.

Stratharin’s best known film projects include “Sneakers,” “The Bourne Legacy,” and “Eight Men Out.” He also won an Emmy Award for HBO’s Temple Grandin and recently appeared in Amazon Studio’s “McMafia.”

Olmos is best known for his work in “Blade Runner” and the cult TV series “Battlestar Galatica.” He previously
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10 Fight Club Facts You Never Knew

10 Fight Club Facts You Never Knew
Today, it's an oft-quoted classic, but Fight Club was only a modest success when it was released in 1999. Its cult film status was cemented by repeated VHS and DVD viewings, thanks to the brilliant performances by Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter in David Fincher's adaptation of the novel of the same name. By now, we're all as familiar with the movie's twist as we are the whole bit in The Sixth Sense. Yes, there's the whole "first rule of Fight Club," but we've all shared anecdotes like the subversive frames hidden in the movie, or the Starbucks cups in every scene. Here, we look at 10 things you never knew about Fight Club.

The Producers courted four different directors.

It's hard to imagine anyone else behind the camera, but producers approached at least three other directors for the job before making a deal with David Fincher, who
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Bb-8 Works His Magic in Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser

Bb-8 Works His Magic in Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser
As the countdown continues towards Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a new Verizon ad has been revealed which features new footage of Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Bb-8. Fans were introduced to both Poe and Bb-8 together early on in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, although the loveable ball droid ended up with Rey (Daisy Ridley) throughout most of the movie. Now he will be reunited with the Resistance X-Wing pilot in The Last Jedi, as we see in this new footage. While we don't get a ton of extra moments, it does showcase how handy Bb-8 can be, while Oscar Isaac himself offers more on his character in a new interview.

The ad features a brief scene with Poe Dameron in the middle of an aerial dogfight in his X-Wing ship, when he asks Bb-8 to "work his magic." Bb-8 then descends from his usual post on the X-Wing ship to go down below,
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Oscar Isaac Reveals Poe Was Supposed To Die In Star Wars: The Force Awakens

As promotion for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ramps up, the cast is cropping up in the press with increasing regularity – and every once in a while, an interesting nugget of information appears. The latest comes from Oscar Isaac, who plays Resistance pilot Poe Dameron in the franchise. His character was introduced in opening sequence of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and, when the film arrived in theatres, it quickly became clear that he’d joined the ranks of the most beloved of Star Wars canon.

But, what audiences saw in theatres was the result of changes made to the story by J.J. Abrams – partly due to the insistence of Isaac, and partly due to fate and circumstance. Firstly, Poe Dameron was not supposed to survive the first act. In the film, when we see him help Finn escape the First Order, and then watch his Tie fighter crash into the sand,
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Jon Hamm-Rosamund Pike's 'Beirut' Lands Spring 2018 Release in Theaters

Jon Hamm-Rosamund Pike's 'Beirut' Lands Spring 2018 Release in Theaters
Brad Anderson's political thriller Beirut, starring Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike, will hit theaters on April 13, Bleecker Street announced Thursday.

Beirut — previously titled High Wire Act — centers on a top U.S. diplomat (Hamm) who leaves Lebanon in the 1970s after his wife is killed. Ten years later, he is called back to the war-torn city by CIA operatives (Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris) to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind. Anderson directed from a script by Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton, The Bourne Legacy).

Bleecker Street made a slew of additional release date announcements as...
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Roman J. Israel, Esq Trailer: Denzel Washington Fights for Justice

Roman J. Israel, Esq Trailer: Denzel Washington Fights for Justice
Sony Pictures has debuted the new trailer for Roman J. Israel, Esq., which teams up Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington with writer-director Dan Gilroy. The filmmaker is making his second feature film as a director, following his critically-acclaimed breakthrough debut Nightcrawler. The filmmaker returns to explore the darker side of Los Angeles once again in this film, but this time, through the eyes of the title character, an lawyer whose life gets turned upside down.

Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a dramatic thriller set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Oscar winner Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career. Colin Farrell costars as the ambitious, monied lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm. The film held its world premiere screening at the Toronto International Film Festival last month,
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‘Roman J. Israel, Esq’ Trailer: Denzel Washington Lawyers Up

Three years ago we were treated to screenwriter Dan Gilroy‘s (“Real Steel,” “The Bourne Legacy,” “Kong: Skull Island“) directorial debut in the flawed but thoroughly chilling “Nightcrawler.” That film scored a writing nomination at the Academy Awards and got Jake Gyllenhaal nominated for a Best Actor Golden Globe. Gilroy returns to the director’s chair this year with “Roman J.

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Tony Gilroy reworking Methuselah for Warner Bros.

Deadline is reporting that Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton, The Bourne Legacy) is in talks with Warner Bros. to write and potentially direct the studio’s long-gestating thriller Methuselah, which is being produced by David Heyman (Harry Potter).

The project was originally set up by James Watkins and recently had Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales co-direct Joachim Ronning attached, with Tom Cruise set to star. However, Ronning is now off the project, and is instead prepping an adaptation of Michael Crichton’s final novel Micro.

Gilroy is said to have a take that overhauls the project, although it will retain the central concept of a man who has survived for 400 years without physically ageing, and has accumulated vast intellectual knowledge and survival skills. Gilroy will soon be pitching his vision to Warner Bros., and is in line to direct should the script meet with approval.

Gilroy most
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Film News Roundup: Tony Gilroy Developing Thriller With ‘Harry Potter’ Producer

Film News Roundup: Tony Gilroy Developing Thriller With ‘Harry Potter’ Producer
In today’s film news roundup, Tony Gilroy has come on board the project formerly known as “Methuselah,” “Beauty and the Beast” producers join “The Punch Escrow” and Almost Never Films hires executives.

Project Development

Tony Gilroy, who made his directorial debut with “Michael Clayton,” is in negotiations to write and possibly direct an untitled thriller for Warner Bros. with “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman.

If the deal goes through, it will be Gilroy’s first directing gig since 2012’s “The Bourne Legacy,” starring Jeremy Renner. Gilroy also co-wrote the script for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” with Chris Weitz.

The Warner Bros. project, formerly called “Methuselah,” has been in the works since 2009 at Warner Bros. and had Tom Cruise attached at one point. Based on the character from the Bible, the story follows a man who lives for hundreds of years and has used his time to develop an incredible set of survival skills
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Wind River – Review

Gil Birmingham and Jeremy Renner in Wind River

Review by Stephen Tronicek

Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River feels wrong. It feels like something is rotting at the center of the film. Like something is trying to desperately escape, but can’t. That’s a good thing because that’s the case with each of the film’s characters. Each of them is held on the Wind River Indian Reservation, whether it be by choice or necessity. The problem is that the land kills whatever beauty appears there in the cold, and soon that comes bubbling up to the surface as Jeremy Renner’s Cory Lambert finds the dead body of a young girl leading to a domino effect of violence for all those involved, including FBI officer Jane Banner (portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen).

The tone at the start of Wind River is somewhat daunting. Sheridan’s otherwise effortless scriptwriting for
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Jeremy Renner Will Break His Arms If It Lets Him Make a Movie Like ‘Wind River’ — Career Watch

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

Jeremy Renner Will Break His Arms If It Lets Him Make a Movie Like ‘Wind River’ — Career Watch
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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Top Ten Movie Franchises Based on Books

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For as long as there have been movies, there have been movies based on books. This is a look at the best movie franchises that are either based on a book or several books.

It’s one thing to have a movie that is based on a book. It happens all the time. It’s more rare to have an entire franchise of films based on a book or set of books. Over the last two decades, it seems like we have been seeing more and more franchises emerge that are based on books. This seems to be happening for a few reasons. First, Hollywood is more than ever looking for established properties on which to base films. Book, have been and always will be one of the best established properties for a movie to be based upon. Second, if the books have a big following, chances are that the
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Jeremy Renner still keen on Aaron Cross return in The Bourne Legacy sequel

Although plans for a sequel to the Jeremy Renner-headlined The Bourne Legacy were put on hold when Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass decided to return to the franchise for Jason Bourne, director Justin Lin revealed earlier this month that the project is technically still in development. And now, in an interview with Collider, Renner has revealed that he’s still open to reprising the role of Aaron Cross should the opportunity arise.

“I really really enjoyed shooting that movie, and so my desire and will in wanting to do that is yes, but it has to be… an audience has to want that and the studio. There’s a lot of other people. It’s kind of outside my pay grade to make those decisions, but yeah I’d want to do that.”

Given the rather poor reception to Jason Bourne, the future of the franchise seems a little
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John Ostrander: The Bourne Formula

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Spoiler note: Various plot elements of the Bourne movies may be revealed below. The movies have been out for a while so I’m assuming those who want to see them have seen them. Nevertheless, the spoiler flag is flying just in case.

There are a number of movies that, when I come across them on the tube, I’ll stop and watch them. I tell myself that it will be just until a certain scene or bit of dialogue but the fact is I usually wind up watching them through to the final credits. When this happens late at night, I can wind up staying awake for far too long and suffer for it the next day.

The Bourne series of movies fall into this category. They include The Bourne Identity/Supremacy/Ultimatum and Jason Bourne but not The Bourne Legacy which, despite its name, has no Jason Bourne
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