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This extra-cuddly edition of Sequel Bits has Keira Knightley cozying up to Chris Pine and Kenneth BranaghJennifer Lawrence getting romantic with Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, and the Anchorman 2 team showing their love for New York City. After the jump:

  • Michael Bay drops some details about a major Transformers 4 scene
  • Watch video footage of Michael Doughterty announcing Trick ‘r Treat 2
  • Paramount announces an Anchorman 2 “superticket,” see new character posters
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit reveals a new poster and lots of new stills
  • Everyone gets weepy in this TV spot for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Briefly: A couple weeks ago it was said that the producers of Horrible Bosses 2 wanted Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz to join the film’s returning cast; the idea was for them to play a father/son duo “who terrorize the main characters as their new bosses.” Pine signed on pretty quickly, but Waltz was supposedly unable to commit. Now the scheduling issues, or the script qualms, or whatever problem was keeping he and the film apart have been resolved.

So Variety reports that Waltz and Pine will make life hell for characters played by Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day, as Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, and Kevin Spacey do entertaining stuff on the periphery.

The film begins shooting in LA, and now has a release date of Nov. 28, 2014. Sean Anders is directing from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.

 

‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ International Trailer

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Here’s an alternate version of the first trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, in which Chris Pine plays the latest incarnation of Tom Clancy’s intelligence analyst turned unwitting field operative. Kenneth Branagh directs and plays with a Russian accent as the film’s villain, and Kiera Knightley and Kevin Costner offer moral support as Pine’s Jack Ryan tracks down some sort of international terror threat. Read More »

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You can’t make a movie called Horrible Bosses 2 without a few horrible bosses, so director Sean Anders and studio New Line are looking at a couple of notable names to play the villains.

Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine are reportedly being courted to play a nasty father-son boss pair who’ll presumably make life hell for our poor heroes (returning stars Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, and Charlie Day). More details on the potential casting after the jump.

Update: Variety has confirmed that Pine’s deal is done, so he’s definitely in the movie.

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What better way to honor the memory of the recently deceased author Tom Clancy than to get our first look at the reboot of a franchise featuring his most famous character? Kenneth Branagh‘s reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, stars Chris Pine in the title role. Unlike versions of the character played by Ben Affleck, Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin, however, this Jack Ryan is just at the beginning of his career as a secret agent.

Branagh does double duty as the main bad guy, Kevin Costner plays a senior agent and Keira Knightley is Ryan’s lady. Check out the trailer, which is full of that trademark Tom Clancy action and intrigue, below. Read More »

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The timing here is unfortunate — just as Jack Ryan creator Tom Clancy is reported to have passed away, Paramount is kicking the promotion for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit into gear. The new film stars Chris Pine as CIA intelligence officer Jack Ryan, and revamps the character’s cinematic origin. The film was directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also plays the villain, and also features Kevin Costner, as seen above. Check out the poster below.   Read More »

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When most people think of Walt Disney films, they think of two genres: the animated musical and the live-action family film. Beauty and the Beast or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Snow White or Swiss Family Robinson. What’s slightly more rare of late is a blend of the two, the live-action musical, as we’ve seen in films like Mary Poppins, Newsies, Enchanted or The Muppets. These come out much less frequently.

Next year, however, Disney will be releasing two live-action musicals: Muppets Most Wanted and one that’s likely to be their most elaborate and star-studded live action musical to date, Into The Woods.

Directed by Rob Marshall and based on the Tony Award-winning broadway show with music by Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods just began production aimed at a Christmas 2014 release. Below, read the full press release including the list of confirmed cast members, such as Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski and Tracy Ullman. Read More »

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Briefly: Test screening reports sent in by a few readers say that Paramount is rolling out a trailer for the new Jack Ryan film to test audiences, and that it bears the title Jack Ryan: Shadow One.

The film, directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also plays the villain, is set for release this Christmas. Chris Pine stars and Kevin Costner also appears in a story that goes back to the roots of the Jack Ryan character, who first hit movie screens in The Hunt for Red October. Three actors have played the character in four previous films, but according to one report,

Pine takes the character to its beginning, where the injured Marine is recruited by CIA vet Kevin Costner to work as a high-level analyst. The two are pitted against a Russian oligarch (played by Branagh) who is pulling the strings of the financial market and delving into international terrorism with potential global catastrophic results.

Watch for the trailer soon.

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