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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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Disney’s very busy 2015 will begin with one of their most iconic properties. A live-action version of Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh, is scheduled for release March 13, 2015 and principal photography just began in England. To commemorate the occasion, Disney has released the first official still from the film, of the soon-to-be-princess herself played by Downton Abbey‘s Lily James. Check it out below. 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.

Hayley Atwell

Kenneth Branagh directed Thor, not Captain America: The First Avenger, but it seems he liked what he saw in one of Steve Rogers’ pals. Hayley Atwell, best known for playing Peggy Carter in the Marvel flick, has boarded the cast of Branagh’s Cinderella.

The Brit actress joins a promising cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham CarterRichard Madden (Game of Thrones), and Lily James (Downton Abbey). Hit the jump to find out exactly how Atwell fits in.

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On October 24th and 25th, I visited the London set of the Marvel sequel Thor: The Dark World. We’ll have more from that visit at a later time. Right now, the big mouse has given us the go-ahead to publish our on-set roundtable interview with Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth. Read the interview after the jump.

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Stellan Skarsgard

As the star of several Lars Von Trier films, including the upcoming Nymphomaniac, Stellan Skarsgard is no stranger to edgy adult material. But one of his next roles will see him going in a much more family-friendly direction.

The Swedish actor is in talks to join the starry cast of Disney’s Cinderella, a live-action reimaging of the classic fairy tale. Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Lily James, and Richard Madden are also set to star, with Kenneth Branagh directing. Hit the jump to find out whom Skarsgard is playing.

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Over the past few weeks, movie studios have been hungrily gobbling up prime release dates through the end of the decade. Studios like Sony and Disney have given release dates as far ahead as 2018 to big-time sequels and films with no titles. It’s getting a bit ridiculous.

One of the most exciting studios planting those flags is Marvel Studios. We know their Phase Two will end on May 1, 2015 with The Avengers 2 and Phase Three will start on November 6, 2015 with Ant-Man. Last week, they revealed two new movies will be out May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017. Now, they’ve added another film to 2016. The new one will arrive on July 6, 2016, to be exact.

Marvel’s parent company, Disney, also dated one of its biggest upcoming films. Kenneth Branagh‘s Cinderella will now be released March 13, 2015. Read More »

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