Jack Ryan Amazon series

Carlton Cuse was on a Television Critics Association panel for his FX series The Strain and we had an interview with Cuse and The Strain author and executive producer Chuck Hogan. During the interview, we asked Cuse about his Jack Ryan TV series for Amazon, which would star John Krasinski as the CIA analyst of Tom Clancy’s novels. Cuse revealed that the show began as a straight adaptation of Clear and Present Danger.

“We started working on an adaptation on Clear and Present Danger and then decided it just felt dated,” Cuse said. “It really led to this revelation that the thing that defined Tom Clancy was that his thrillers were very much geopolitical thrillers of the moment. They really tapped into something that was going on in the world, so we’re doing an ISIS/ISIL type story. It feels very much connected to what’s happening in the world right now.”  Read More »

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Dog Eat Dog trailer

Paul Schrader and Nicolas Cage‘s previous collaboration didn’t go so well. The Cold Dying of the Light was taken from the director, butchered and then dumped into theaters. Schrader and Cage disowned the film, a mess that actually features a pretty good performance from Cage. To avoid repeating the same experience twice, they made sure to make their next film under the right circumstances. With Dog Eat Dog, Schrader has final cut, so, unlike The Cold Dying of the Light, this darkly comedic crime thriller is a genuine Paul Schrader film.

Below, watch the Dog Eat Dog international trailer.

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I.T. trailer

Pierce Brosnan‘s post-James Bond career is an endless source of fascination. Sure, he’s done his fair share of the expected “aging action hero” junk like The November Man and Survivor, but he’s at his most interesting when he’s teetering on the edge of his cool-and-composed onscreen persona. He was a bright spot of lunacy in the otherwise turgid No Escape, an inspired comic presence in Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, and the snippets we’ve seen of his performance in the upcoming drug thriller Urge look like my kind of bonkers. I’ll on board the modern Pierce Brosnan train, especially if he derails the whole thing near Crazy Town.

And that brings us to the I.T. trailer, a very silly-looking techno-thriller that’s all about an aging family man doing battle with a young hacker/computer expert who uses his skills to take over a family’s smart home and make their lives a living hell. Have you ever seen one of your parents yell at their new-fangled iPad or internet router? Consider this the natural extension of that primal conflict.

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UNTITLED JOEL EDGERTON PROJECT

Last year Jennifer Lawrence was circling the lead role in Red Sparrow. A deal must’ve been made because now Joel Edgerton is in talks join her and director Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games sequels) on the project. The thriller — which at one point interested David Fincher and Rooney Mara — is based on retired C.I.A. officer Jason Matthews‘ spy novel.

Below, learn more about the potential Joel Edgerton Red Sparrow project.

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‘Death Note’ Adds Willem Dafoe as Death God

Willem Dafoe

Justice League good guy Willem Dafoe is ready for a return to the dark side. And when he goes dark, he goes really dark. Dafoe has just joined the cast of Adam Wingard‘s Death Note in the role of Ryuk, a literal death god who sets the entire murderous plot in motion. He’ll star alongside Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton), and Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys).  Read More »

Taken TV Series

NBC is presenting to the Television Critics Association today. The network’s upcoming offerings include Taken, based on the movies starring Liam Neeson. We asked NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt and President Jennifer Salke if they learned any lessons from failed movie adaptations like Rush Hour and Minority Report. Greenblatt said it’s all about the execution, and NBC’s Taken finds itself in interesting territory as it’s not quite a reboot, but not quite a prequel.

“What I think we try to do if we go into territory that’s familiar, or an old show that we’re bringing back, is to not do it in a straightforward way,” Greenblatt said. “Taken is, as you probably know, not a reboot really. It’s the same character but he’s 30 years younger and you’re seeing the origin of where that Liam Neeson character started from, but it’s in the present day. So it’s sort of Taken but it really isn’t literally a 60-year-old action hero show. But we love that character and we love the imagining of where he came from and how he got to be who he is.”  Read More »

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The Handmaiden trailer

Following a brief foray into English-language filmmaking with Stoker, South Korean director Park Chan-wook returns to his home turf this fall with The Handmaiden. Well, kind of — his new thriller is actually an adaptation of the Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, with the action moved from Victorian-era Britain to Japanese-occupied Korea. Kim Tae-ri plays a young woman who’s hired by a con man (Ha Jung-woo) to help him defraud a Japanese heiress (Kim Min-hee). But the plan goes sideways when the two women begin to fall in love with one another.

The Handmaiden is just coming off of a warm debut at Cannes, and the first trailer suggests Park hasn’t lost any of his lavish style or pulse-pounding intensity. Watch The Handmaiden trailer after the jump. Read More »

Mr. Robot Comic-Con panel

Editor’s Note: This post was not published during our comic con coverage last week as expected.

The cast of Mr. Robot appeared at San Diego Comic-Con for a panel about their second season. Series creator Sam Esmail was not here to answer questions, but the cast gave some hints about where season two is going.
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jason bourne spoiler review

Jason Bourne is a heartbreaking movie. In a summer filled with sequels that have let audiences down, in a year where so many franchise films have failed to justify their existences beyond the margins of an accountant’s logs, Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon were supposed to return to this series and remind everyone of how it’s done.

Jason Bourne is fine. It’s no disaster. It’s no debacle. Individual scenes and performances work. However, in its best moments, all it serves to do is remind you of just how good the original three movies were and how this one can’t quite capture that same energy. Instead, it falls back on familiarity and cliche, which is the most tragic thing you can say about a series that reinvented the espionage thriller well over a decade ago.

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