The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman is heading back into the thrilling world of espionage with another literary adaptation. Sony Pictures has just picked up the movie rights to The Tourist, first in a series of books by Olen Steinhauer, and has attached Liman to direct. And no, it doesn’t have anything to do with the Angelina Jolie / Johnny Depp “comedy” that proved once and for all that we shouldn’t take Golden Globe nominations seriously. More after the jump.

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By now you’ve probably seen dozens of critics’ best-of-2011 lists (including ours!), and noticed some amount of overlap on films like Hugo, Drive, and Tree of Life. But there’s more than one way to gauge a movie’s success, and when it comes to what general audiences are actually watching, a whole different set of titles come out on top.

According to a report just released by Redbox, the Adam Sandler vehicle Just Go With It was the most rented title at its bright red kiosks in 2011, ahead of several other comedies including No Strings Attached, Rango, and The Dilemma. Meanwhile, Fast Five leads the list of the most pirated movies of the year, followed by The Hangover Part II, Thor, and Source Code. Read both lists after the jump.

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You’ve heard of crimes of passion. The Tourist is the opposite. It’s a film so deprived of spirit or spontaneity that it seems to vanish from existence the moment its credits roll — or at least it would were it not for the spectacularly inane surprise ending, carelessly followed by a wholly inappropriate song selection (by the nonetheless great MUSE, who were also weirdly featured in the film’s trailer). Both inclusions close an already inert romance caper on a final, “Fuck you, we really don’t care.” Which is fine, because I didn’t either. How could anyone? The movie devotes all of ten minutes to Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie engaging on any level that could be deemed romantic, and even then they share zero romantic chemistry. It didn’t bother me at first, because I was operating under the assumption that their relationship had yet to be developed. Little did I know that only moments later would Depp be declaring his resounding devotion to Jolie, indicating that perhaps I had missed a scene where the actors conveyed even the slightest hint of genuine affection for one another. I hadn’t.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A director commentary, 2 featurettes (“A Gala Affair”, “Bringing Glamour Back”), and an outtake reel. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as 3 additional featurettes (“Canal Chats”, “Action in Venice”, “Tourist Destination – Travel the Canals of Venice”).

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50 Movie Spoilers of 2010 in 3 Minutes

Our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series — 50 Movie Spoilers of 2010 in 3 Minutes, in one take. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes, 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes and 50 Comedy Spoilers in 3 Minutes.  Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.

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This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley approve of how various film critics’ associations chose their top films of the year, discuss the trailers for the most exciting robot fighting movies of 2011, praise Community and True Grit, and get disappointed by The Tourist and The Walking Dead. Special guest Katey Rich joins us from CinemaBlend.

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Movie Trailer #2: ‘The Tourist’

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Columbia Pictures has released a second movie trailer for Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck‘s The Tourist, starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp and co-stars Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell and Timothy Dalton. The first trailer was released a few years back, and Russ called it “entertaining in a fluff sort of way.” Watch the new trailer after the jump. And please leave your thoughts in the comments below. Read More »

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I’m half amazed that cameras even managed to roll on The Tourist, much less that there is now a trailer. The film, which was finally directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp plus co-stars Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell and Timothy Dalton, took so long to come together, with so many cast and director changes, that this trailer is proof of just how single-minded the Hollywood machine can be, when it wants to. Plus, it’s entertaining in a fluff sort of way. Read More »

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It’s not much to go on, but this first still from The Tourist, starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, is remarkable simply for the fact that it exists. There were so many recastings and director changes that I’m vaguely impressed by the fact that this remake of the 2005 French film Anthony Zimmer is actually rolling.

To recap: this was to star Tom Cruise and Charlize Theron, then Sam Worthington replaced Cruise before Johnny Depp replaced Worthington. Theron stepped out and Jolie stepped in. Meanwhile, Bharat Nalluri was going to direct, then von Donnersmarck came on, then he walked, Alfonso Cuarón was briefly courted as director, then von Donnersmarck came back. Whew. What’s the movie about? Spies, basically. Or, as The Sun (source of this photo) says,

Depp is “Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy after experiencing heartache in his personal life. While taking in the sights of Venice, he meets Elise (Angelina) who deliberately crosses his path. Frank falls for her charms and the pair are soon caught in a whirlwind of intrigue and danger.”

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