Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
The best that can be said about Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is that it’s mostly competent. The worst that can be said about it is that it’s nothing more than that. This is a slick, shiny film without an ounce of personality or depth. Its protagonist may hold a doctorate degree from the London School of Economics, but the film around him is the cinematic equivalent of the preppy frat boy who does just enough homework to pull a C- average.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s cold and icy and generally miserable outside right now in most of the U.S., which means now is the perfect time to pour yourself a cup of tea, bundle up in a cozy blanket, and dive into Sequel Bits. After the jump:
- The Raid 3 will pick up before The Raid 2 leaves off
- Friday 4 is stuck in development hell, says Ice Cube
- Jennifer Saunders is working on the Ab Fab movie
- Who’s making a surprise cameo in 22 Jump Street?
- The hero and the villain of Jack Ryan get posters
- Bad Grandpa gets a red-band trailer for the DVD
- Watch (or rewatch) the first ten minutes of Riddick
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In October 2012, I visited the set of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit in Liverpool, England. I didn’t witness much filming on this set visit, which would normally be a horrible thing — but our roundtable interview with Kevin Costner was one of the best interviews I’ve ever been a part of. I’ve never been a huge fan of Costner. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed his films. Costner went into detail on his theories as an actor, storyteller, and filmmaker. Sitting in the room, listening to these ideas and stories, it was clear why Costner has had the career that he has. Its not because he has blond hair and blue eyes; this is a very smart man. Read the interview now, embedded after the jump.
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On October 25th 2012 I found myself sitting in The White Horse pub watching a monitor showing Chris Pine run through the misty rain into a financial building. While the sequence in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is supposed to take place in the brand-new financial center in Moscow, Russia (a clue to the film’s antagonist) it was being filmed in Liverpool, England.
For nine years, producers have been trying to restart the franchise, based on the character Tom Clancy created in books like The Hunt For Red October and Patriot Games. Taking a cue from the recent James Bond films, Jack Ryan is an origin story — a pre-boot set in the now. In this versions, 9/11 has taken place, and is a huge motivator for our hero. The following is what I learned about the film from co-star Kevin Costner and director Kenneth Branagh, fresh from Thor.
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Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
As Captain Kirk in the Star Trek movies, Chris Pine has perfected the art of keeping cool under big, violent, explosive pressure. But his character in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a whole different story.
In a new clip from the Paramount thriller, Jack is enjoying a breathtaking view from his comfy hotel when the guy (Game of Thrones‘ Nonso Anozie) supposedly helping him suddenly tries to kill him. Fortunately for Jack and unfortunately for the other guy, Jack is a trained Marine — not that that makes him any less freaked out by the way things go down.
Watch the scene and check out two new character posters featuring Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner after the jump.
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Unless you eat, sleep and breathe football, draft day is an afterthought (at best). Who cares what happens when 32 teams pick up some random players from college? Fans, however, know draft day is the point when franchises are made or broken. Hall of Fame players are selected for your roster, or passed up and taken by your rivals. Maybe your favorite team gets Peyton Manning, or maybe they get Ryan Leaf. Maybe Tom Brady is selected after 198 other players. The history and drama behind the NFL Draft is the stuff of legend, which is why Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman‘s script, Draft Day, was at the top of the Black List in 2012.
Now the film is almost here, with Ivan Reitman directing and Kevin Costner heading up an all-star cast including Frank Langella, Jennifer Garner and others. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Reconnecting with an estranged teenage daughter isn’t an easy task in any circumstance, but in 3 Days to Kill, Kevin Costner finds his attempts at familial bonding complicated even further by the discovery that he’s suffering from a terminal illness.
If this were a Nicholas Sparks adaptation, that’d mean we had a lot of weeping and hugging to look forward to. But because this is a Luc Besson-scripted, McG-directed thriller, it means Costner has to pull himself together and go slaughter a bunch of dudes in the most badass way he can manage. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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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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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 »
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 »