It’s been almost a decade since the saga of Matt Damon‘s amnesiac super-spy Jason Bourne came to an apparent end. In fact, the door was so firmly closed on this story that Universal tried to spin off another character to keep the series going with The Bourne Legacy. That didn’t work as planned and now the original Bourne is back, with director Paul Greengrass back at the helm.
And let’s face it: there’s a whole lot going on in these movies, it’s been a long time since they were in theaters, and you may be a little rusty with the details as you prepare to settle in for Jason Bourne this weekend. We’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to remember from the original Bourne movies.
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In this edition of TV Bits:
- The Gilmore Girls revival has a teaser and release date.
- BoJack Horseman is coming back for season four.
- Turn has been renewed for a fourth and final season.
- Starz is adapting Peep Show for the United States.
- A House of Cards veteran heads to Homeland.
- Adam Copeland joins the cast of Vikings.
- Aladdin characters are heading to Once Upon a Time.
- And more!
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Ben Affleck may be pretty unhinged as Batman in the DC Comics cinematic universe, but another Warner Bros. Pictures project sees the actor playing another character who may be just as dangerous, but in a completely different way.
In The Accountant, the Oscar-winning filmmaker takes the lead role as a gifted accountant who takes care of the finances of some of the most dangerous people on the planet. But his life doesn’t end up in danger until he starts looking into the account of a robotics company where he learns that millions of dollars are unaccounted for, thanks to another accounting clerk who may end up getting too close to both her client and the title character for her own good.
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After stumbling in the film world for some years, director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs) made a decent comeback with the suspenseful thriller The Visit last year. Now he’s back behind the camera again for another unsettling thriller called Split starring James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse), and the trailer has just debuted online.
Split starts off like your average kidnapping thriller with James McAvoy abducting three young girls and taking them to a dark basement. But the kidnapping is just the beginning of the creepiness that ensues as they learn that this man has some serious mental problems that make their imprisonment that much more horrifying. Watch the Split trailer after the jump. Read More »
Director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon return to the Bourne franchise with Jason Bourne, but is it as good as the previous trilogy of films based on Robert Ludlum‘s novels? Hit the jump to read some selected spoiler-free excerpts from the first reviews and find out if Jason Bourne is worth seeing this week in theaters.
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24: Legacy won’t be on until midseason, but the cast and creators came to Comic-Con to get the fans excited early. Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) plays the new hero Eric Carter, joined by Miranda Otto and Jimmy Smits in the cast. We interviewed the creators of 24: Legacy, Manny Coto, Evan Katz and Howard Gordon, all the creators of the original 24, in a roundtable where they shared a surprising inspiration for the new story.
“It was suggested by events leading to the shooting of Osama bin Laden,” Coto said. “What we had read about was the soldiers who had actually done it, having done this wonderful heroic thing for the country, many of them had to go into hiding. The FBI told one of them when he asked, ‘What do I do for a living?’ ‘We can get you a job as a truck driver.’ It was fascinating that idea, that nugget, the idea that these great heroes would have to go into hiding and take menial jobs. That became a spark for such a character, part of a team that killed a very notorious terrorist, a fictionalized version, now is living his life, trying to get his life back together. Now one by one the members of the squad are being killed. He realizes someone has given up our names and I’m next.” Read More »
San Diego Comic-Con got a first look at the upcoming limited series Prison Break, picking up after the original four seasons and straight to video movie. Series creator Paul Scheuring got the band back together, after leaving the show in capable hands for seasons three and four. We spoke to the new series’ producers Vaun Wilmott and Michael Horowitz in a roundtable about bringing Prison Break back.
While sequel series like The X-Files and Fuller House revel in nostalgia, Prison Break won’t be interested in that. “I feel like Paul doesn’t care that much about nostalgia,” Horowitz said. “Paul just wants to tell a great story and tell a story that he was excited about and involving our main cast. Yeah, I think there were times where we probably wish we could have had more people back at times, but it was more important just to tell the great story. We also don’t want to be just nostalgic. There’s a bunch of new characters who are exciting that we think the audience is going to be really excited about.” Read More »
2016 is looking to be a banner year for Margot Robbie, who is currently in the process of transitioning from “rising star” to “bonafide movie star.” With roles in Suicide Squad, The Legend of Tarzan, and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (not to mention her breakout roles in The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus, and Z For Zachariah), Robbie has shown the kind of range and charisma that you’d want in an actor headlining several films a year. And from the sound of things, she’ll soon be getting to call some of the shots herself. In addition to starring in the film adaption of Matt Ruff‘s Bad Monkeys, she will serve as a producer as well.
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Snowden was the odd man out at San Diego Comic-Con. While most filmmakers and actors visit the convention generally to promote a comic book movie or an adaptation of some kind, director Oliver Stone and Open Road Films brought a biopic about Edward Snowden (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to Hall H. The oddity in the lineup was an hour-long discussion almost entirely dedicated to privacy, surveillance, and only briefly, Pokémon Go and totalitarianism.
Below, read our Snowden Comic-Con panel recap.
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