JACK RYAN Officially Begins Production

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Although principal photography commenced on director Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan a short while ago, Paramount has now officially announced the production.  We previously brought you set photos of Chris Pine as the title character, his CIA liaison as played by Kevin Costner and even a shot of Branagh as the film’s villain.  Jack Ryan also stars Keira Knightley, who Steve had a chance to talk to about the film while at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Be sure to check out Jack Ryan, the latest Tom Clancy adaptation which hits theaters Christmas Day, 2013.  Hit the jump for the press release. 

Keira Knightley Talks JACK RYAN and Her Desire to Do a Thriller; Says Kenneth Branagh’s Involvement Drew Her to the Project

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A reboot of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan character has been in the works for the past few years, but the project has now finally gotten off the ground under the direction of Kenneth Branagh as Jack Ryan is currently in production.  Chris Pine steps into the role that was previously portrayed onscreen by Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot GamesClear and Present Danger), and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears), and this time around the titular Jack Ryan is an ex-Marine working as a Moscow-based financial analyst.  Conflict is set in motion when he uncovers a plot by his employer (Branagh, pulling double duty) to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy.

Keira Knightley is set as the film’s female lead, and Steve recently spoke with the actress at the Toronto Film Festival for her upcoming romantic drama adaptation Anna Karenina.  Knightley talked about what incited her to do a large-scale thriller after dabbling in smaller budget fare over the past few years and how her affection for Branagh drew her to the project.  Hit the jump to see what she had to say. 

New Images of Chris Pine and Kenneth Branagh on the Set of JACK RYAN

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Though the film only just started production, we already got our first official look at Chris Pine and co-star Kevin Costner in the franchise reboot Jack Ryan earlier this month.  Pine stars as the famous Tom Clancy character that was previously portrayed onscreen by Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot GamesClear and Present Danger), and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears). This time around, Ryan is a Moscow-based financial analyst who faces off against his employer when he discovers a plot to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy.  Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as the film’s villain, and today we have some images from the set that feature Branagh and Pine.  There’s nothing particularly revealing here, but we do get our first look at Branagh in character.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Keira Knightley and opens on Christmas Day, 2013.

First Look at Kevin Costner in JACK RYAN

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Yesterday we brought you the first image of Chris Pine as a young Jack Ryan in Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan.  Now, Paramount Pictures has given us the first look at Kevin Costner playing a legendary CIA field agent in the film.  Jack Ryan puts Pine in the shoes of the famous Tom Clancy character that has previously been portrayed onscreen by Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot GamesClear and Present Danger), and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears).  This prequel finds Pine’s ex-Marine Jack Ryan working as a Moscow-based financial analyst who uncovers a plot by his employer to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy.  Branagh not only directs, but stars as the villain with Keira Knightley also onboard as the female lead.  Jack Ryan, currently shooting in downtown Manhattan, opens Christmas Day, 2013.  Hit the jump to see the first look at Costner. 

First Image of Chris Pine in JACK RYAN

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With production now firmly underway, Paramount Pictures has released the first image of Chris Pine as a young Jack Ryan in director Kenneth Branagh’s aptly named Jack Ryan.  The film reboots the famous Tom Clancy character that has previously been portrayed onscreen by Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger), and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears).  This prequel finds Pine’s ex-Marine Jack Ryan working as a Moscow-based financial analyst who uncovers a plot by his employer to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy.  Branagh also plays the film’s villain, Keira Knightley is onboard as the female lead, and Kevin Costner recently signed on to play a CIA liason.

In this first image we see the shocking revelation that, in his younger days, Jack Ryan enjoyed riding motorcycles.  Hit the jump to take a look.  Jack Ryan opens on Christmas Day, 2013.

Paramount Sets JACK RYAN Starring Chris Pine for December 25, 2013 Release

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With production set to begin soon on Paramount’s Jack Ryan, a reboot of the Tom Clancy character that was previously played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, the studio has now set a prime Christmas Day 2013 release date for the thriller (per Box Office Mojo).  Kenneth Branagh is onboard to both direct and star as the film’s villain in a story that finds Chris Pine’s ex-Marine Jack Ryan working as a Moscow-based financial analyst who uncovers a plot by his employer to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy.  Keira Knightley is set as Ryan’s wife and Kevin Costner recently signed on to play Ryan’s CIA liason in what Paramount hopes is the first film in a trilogy.

Christmas 2013 is already filling up quickly, as Jack Ryan will go head-to-head with the samurai actioner 47 Ronin and Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  Fox’s Walking with Dinosaurs opens a few days earlier, while Peter Jackson’s second film in The Hobbit trilogy hits theaters on December 13th.

Kenneth Branagh Talks WALLANDER Season 3, JACK RYAN, His Desire to Make an IMAX 3D Shakespeare Film and More

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Actor Kenneth Branagh returns as Inspector Kurt Wallander, the moody Swedish detective created by mystery writer Henning Mankell, for three new 90-minute Wallander stories on Masterpiece Mystery! on PBS, starting September 9th.  In Season 3, the depressed but fascinating cop tries to improve his disposition, while contending with torture killings, dashed romance, homicidal do-gooders and a resentful grown-up daughter.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, Kenneth Branagh talked about what he thinks makes Kurt Wallander one of the most popular detectives in the world, what fans can expect from this third series of movies, how having a woman in his life and some colleague changes at work affect the character, and that he’s hoping to do a fourth series of three films next year.  He also talked about the new Jack Ryan film – an origin story that allows the audience to understand how Jack Ryan (played by Chris Pine) develops into a CIA analyst – which he is both directing and playing the villain in, said that he expects to shoot from the beginning of September until Christmas, and that he thinks it’s unlikely he will shoot in either IMAX or 3D, but that he would like to do an IMAX 3D Shakespeare film.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Keira Knightley Set as Female Lead Opposite Chris Pine in JACK RYAN

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As director Kenneth Branagh moves closer to production on his Jack Ryan reboot, it appears that the female lead role has now been filled.  We previously reported that Keira Knightley, Felicity Jones, and Evangeline Lilly were in the running to star opposite Chris Pine in the reboot of the classic Tom Clancy character.  Now Heat Vision reports that Knightley has entered negotiations to star as Pine’s wife in the film, which the report now refers to as Jack Ryan.  Hit the jump for more.

Kevin Costner Eyes Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan Film and Luc Besson’s Production, THREE DAYS TO KILL

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Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves) is being courted for substantial roles in a pair of upcoming films.  While Costner’s recent work was on the small screen in the History channel’s Hatfields & McCoys, he’ll next be seen on the big screen as Pa Kent in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.  Now, reports have Costner being courted for Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan film reboot which stars Chris Pine, as well as a Luc Besson production, Three Days to Kill.  Hopefully this is a kickstart to seeing more of Costner in features again.  More on both of these projects after the jump.

Exclusive: Kenneth Branagh Talks Playing the Villain and Directing JACK RYAN; Reveals He’d Like to Do an IMAX 3D Shakespeare Film

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The Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour kicked off on July 21st with the PBS portion, and Collider will be covering all of the networks and cable channels through August 3rd.  While there, I felt very fortunate to speak with acclaimed and accomplished actor/director, and recently knighted, Sir Kenneth Branagh for his BBC television series Wallander, adapted from Swedish novelist Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander detective novels.

We will run what Branagh had to say about the third series of films, premiering on PBS in September, closer to their air date, but wanted to share what he said about the next Jack Ryan film – an origin story that allows the audience to understand how Jack Ryan (played by Chris Pine) develops into a CIA analyst – which he is both directing and playing the villain in.  In this exclusive interview with Collider, he talked about the appeal of taking on such a strong and complicated character, how he came to the decision to both direct and star in the film, that he expects to shoot from the beginning of September until Christmas, that he thinks it’s unlikely he will shoot in either IMAX or 3D, and more.  In addition, he talked about his desire to do an IMAX 3D Shakespeare film.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Director Kenneth Branagh in Talks to Play the Villain Opposite Chris Pine in Jack Ryan Reboot

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Director Kenneth Branagh is looking to pull double-duty on Paramount’s untitled Jack Ryan reboot.  We learned this past March that Branagh had entered negotiations to direct the thriller, and now Variety reports that the Thor director is also in talks to star as the film’s villain.  Chris Pine takes over the franchise that has been toplined in the past by Alec BaldwinHarrison Ford and Ben Affleck.

Pine stars as an ex-Marine who now works as a financial analyst in Moscow.  “He discovers a plot by his employer to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy, and must race against time to save America and his wife.”  Hit the jump for more.

Editorial: Marvel Needs to Re-Hire Joss Whedon for THE AVENGERS 2

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“Marvel needs to re-hire Joss Whedon for The Avengers 2.”  How does this require an editorial?  It’s such an obvious statement.  Not only did the movie have the most successful opening-weekend gross of all-time, but it was also successful among critics.  Why would you risk losing a single piece?  Why jeopardize a formula that delivered such a resounding commercial and critical success?  What studio would do such a thing?

Marvel would.  Their hit-it-and-quit-it relationship with directors has served them well in terms of keeping costs down and making the productions run smoothly.  No one rocks the boat, no one gets a pay bump for the sequel, and no director becomes bigger than the property he is directing.  From a business standpoint, it’s a sensible trend.  But it’s a trend that shouldn’t continue when it comes to The Avengers franchise.  Hit the jump for my explanation of what Marvel stands to gain from hanging on to Joss Whedon.

Kenneth Branagh in Talks to Direct Jack Ryan Reboot Starring Chris Pine

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Just over a week after original director Jack Bender (Lost) dropped out of the project, Paramount looks to have found a suitable replacement to helm their reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise (The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games). Vulture reports that Kenneth Branagh is now in negotiations to direct the pic, which sees Star Trek’s Chris Pine take over the franchise that has been toplined in the past by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. The project has been in development for quite some time, with a number of writers taking a stab at the screenplay. Paramount is hoping to finally get cameras rolling later this year once Pine wraps the Star Trek sequel, and having a director onboard is a fairly crucial necessity to make that happen. Hit the jump to find out what the hold up has been.

2012 Oscar Nominations Announced; HUGO and THE ARTIST Lead the Pack

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The nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards have finally been unveiled. Many of the categories have fallen in line just as most have predicted (I fared alright with my predictions, but not great), with Hugo scoring 11 nods, followed closely by The Artist with 10. The biggest surprises are War Horse and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close getting in for Best Picture, the exclusion of The Adventures of Tintin from Best Animated Feature, and The Tree of Life nabbing Best Picture and Best Director nods (hooray!). On the snub side of things, despite landing the most precursor critics awards of any other actor in the race thus far, Albert Brooks was denied a Best Supporting Actor nod for his stellar work in Drive (boo). Additionally, Tilda Swinton was overlooked for giving the best performance of the year in We Need to Talk About Kevin, and AMPAS has no love for Michael Fassbender‘s haunting work in Shame.

There’s still plenty to be happy about, as Gary Oldman has his first ever Oscar Nomination (yes, that’s right) and Melissa McCarthy is a Best Supporting Actress nominee. Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees. The 84th Academy Awards will be presented by Billy Crystal on February 26th.

Oscars 2012: Adam Predicts the Nominees

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As I’ve been covering awards season pretty extensively here on the site over the past few months, I figured it would be appropriate to (foolishly) try to predict the upcoming Oscar nominations. It’s been a fairly tame year, as a few frontrunners were singled out early in the race and have held their ground throughout the grueling awards season. We haven’t been without a few surprises, as Steven Spielberg’s War Horse took a massive tumble following snubs from most of the major guilds, and David Fincher has surged back into the race bringing his adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with him.

Though there are plenty of safe bets when it comes to the 2012 Oscar nominations, there are still a few wildcards and tricky categories. I’ve put on my prognosticating cap (those interested can purchase one of these nifty hats at your local Target) and compiled a list of who and what I think will make the cut. Hit the jump to see how I think the nods will stack up when they’re announced on January 24th.

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