Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie have developed quite a good working relationship. Before the writer/director was responsible for the script and direction of Cruise’s upcoming Jack Reacher, he wrote the star vehicle Valkyrie, and after making Jack Reacher did script work on Cruise’s All You Need is Kill, and on Top Gun 2 before it went on hiatus.

Now McQuarrie is reported as the likely director for Mission: Impossible 5, which is as yet without a script, but stands as a big priority for Paramount. Read More »

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Hit the jump for a mixed bag of small screen odds and ends, including:

  • See more pics of Mad Mikkelsen in Hannibal
  • NBC announces some other midseason premieres
  • Sandy has not delayed Louis CK‘s SNL appearance
  • Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Renner will host SNL
  • The Gallaghers are Shameless as ever in the new teaser
  • Did you know Ben Affleck almost directed Homeland?
  • Now Nicholas Sparks is getting into the TV game
  • FX’s Wilfred gets renewed, switches showrunners
  • FNL‘s Peter Berg is developing a Greek god drama

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The very title of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters suggests a very self-consciously silly good time, as does the involvement of director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow). So one of the disappointing aspects of the first trailer was how seriously it seemed to take the concept. Though star Jeremy Renner got to toss off a few witticisms, for the most part it seemed invested in showing us how dark the world of witch-hunting could be.

In contrast, the latest trailer seems to have a much better sense of humor. Taking full advantage of its red-band status, it gleefully dishes up blood and gore and even a healthy smattering of sexuality. Remember when Hansel suggested cutting off witches’ heads in the last trailer? The new one shows us just what that action looks like. Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen also star. Check out the NSFW video after the jump.

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David O. Russell and The Fighter were good to Christian Bale — they gave the actor a chance to really dig deep into a role rich with dramatic potential, and he took home an Oscar for it. Now Bale is going back to work for Russell, in the film once called American Bullshit, which is working without a title for now.

Bale joins Bradley Cooper, fellow Fighter vet Amy Adams, and Jeremy Renner in the film, which is based on a true story of a con man recruited to take down other con men. Read More »

Last year Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton starred as adult versions of Hansel and Gretel in a film called Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, directed by Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow). The movie has been delayed a couple times, but is finally set to open in January, thanks to Jeremy Renner’s increased profile post-Avengers and Bourne.

The first trailer for the movie has been released, and it looks a little bit like Army of Darkness, and a little bit like the old Japanese action/comedy/splatterfest Versus, thanks to the fact that much of the action takes place in nondescript forests. And then, as many people surmised based on the premise and early photo, it also has a lot of Terry Gilliam’s Brothers Grimm spirit. That, being Gilliam’s dodgiest film, isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Check out the trailer below. (Update: We’ve added the official embed from Paramount, which comes without the subtitles.) Read More »

The Avengers won’t hit DVD and Blu-ray until late September but some of the special features are beginning to pop up online, including a must-see 4-minute long blooper/gag reel. After the jump you’ll also find a two minute extended scene between Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) preparing and planning. While you can definitely see why this scene was shortened, its interesting to see the conversation that was lost on the editing room floor.
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‘The Bourne Legacy’ – What Did You Think?

One of the final big films of summer 2012 is Tony Gilroy‘s The Bourne Legacy, which casts Jeremy Renner as a new super agent brought up in a secret government program similar to the one that created Jason Bourne. The movie also stars Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, and Oscar Isaac. It has some of the frenetic action of the previous Bourne films, but doesn’t always hit the heights of the existing trilogy, especially the latter two films directed by Paul Greengrass.

Critics have been weighing in on the film ever since the review embargo broke earlier this week. Germain was slightly more positive about the film than many, and I tend to agree with him for reasons I’ll go into below. But we want to know what you think. Chime in below, and be aware that this series of posts always encourages spoilers. Read More »

Briefly: This is news mostly because studios rarely release an R-rated version of a fantasy action movie aimed at teen demographics, but Paramount has reportedly decided to release Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters without the safe shelter of a PG-13. The film is from Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow), and stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as adult versions of the title characters, who have dedicated their lives to killing witches such as the one that tried to kill them as kids.

A recent report suggested that Paramount was testing PG-13 and R-rated cuts of the film, but Collider reports that “trusted sources” say the film is an R, period. Granted, it is still called Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, so that remains a hurdle to leap.

The film was pushed back to January 13, 2013 a while back, perhaps so that by the time it opens audiences will have had the chance to see and get to like Renner in Mission: Impossible, The Avengers, and The Bourne Legacy. Whether that will matter or not remains to be seen; we haven’t seen any significant footage from this one yet, so it’s difficult to know what to expect.

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