Though movie fans are certainly happy that Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street will indeed be opening in 2013 after rumors circulated that the pic might not be ready in time, Paramount’s decision to push Wolf to Christmas Day means that the Tom Clancy thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is getting the short end of the stick. Initially slated for a prime holiday release, director Kenneth Branagh’s film now opens in the midst of the cinematic dead zone known as January, but hopefully the film will be a breath of fresh air amongst the other studio stinkers. The reboot of sorts stars Chris Pine as Ryan, 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.
Paramount has released a few new images from the pic, teasing the hand-to-hand combat and giving a first look at Keira Knightley’s character. Check out the images after the jump. The film also stars Branagh and Kevin Costner. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens on January 17, 2014 in traditional theaters and IMAX.
Paramount has released a new trailer for the action-thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Based on the Tom Clancy character, the film stars Chris Pine as the titular Ryan, 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. This international trailer contains some new footage, but so far, what I’m seeing from this movie isn’t doing anything for me. Perhaps it’s because I’ve never found Jack Ryan to be a particularly interesting character, but even the action on display doesn’t really grab me. Hopefully, it’s just the way the trailer is cut together and the final product will be more exhilarating.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, and Kevin Costner. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens December 25th.
We learned last week that Warner Bros. wanted Chris Pine to play one of the horrible bosses in Horrible Bosses 2. Today we can confirm the deal has closed. According to Variety, Pine will play “half of a father-son duo who steal the main characters’ idea for a new invention.” WB reached out to Christoph Waltz to play Pine’s father, but a scheduling issue will likely prevent Waltz from taking the role.
Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis will return for the sequel to the 2011 surprise hit about three men who conspire to kill each other’s unbearable employers. After Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon dropped out, Sean Anders (We’re the Millers) stepped in. Horrible Bosses 2 opens November 26, 2014.
I really enjoyed the first Horrible Bosses, and I’m hoping the sequel can live up to the original. There currently aren’t any details on the new installment, but some new bad bosses are on deck. Deadline reports that Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine are being eyed to play a father/son duo of horrible bosses, but Waltz will probably be unavailable due to scheduling. That leaves Pine, who could be a good fit provided they’re willing to find an unexpected twist like they did for Colin Farrell. Instead of taking his good looks to go the easy, smarmy jock route, they plastered him with a comb-over and a raging coke habit.
I was hoping that the sequel would work from the script by Horrible Bosses screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, but after Seth Gordon dropped out from directing, Sean Anders came on board and rewrote the script with We’re the Millers co-writer John Morris. I enjoyed that movie, and since a large part of the original’s appeal was the improv between stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis, there’s reason to be optimistic. Horrible Bosses 2 opens November 26, 2014.
As someone who has never considered 3D films to be more than a gimmick, here is something I never thought I would write: Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity in IMAX 3D is a stunning achievement that is not to be missed. You’ve probably read this advice over and over already, but seriously, do whatever you can to watch the film in this format. I honestly can’t imagine seeing it any other way and, while I understand not everyone has access to an IMAX theater, I have to believe that any other presentation type will do the pic a disservice. It’s the most awe-inspiring, immersive moviegoing experience I’ve ever had; the type of thing I’ll tell my kids about one day. I can heap praise its way all day, but speaking as concisely as possible, Gravity is science-fiction perfection.
Any guesses what our lead topic is this week? This installment of Top 5 features even more Gravity love, a recap of Steve’s Thor: The Dark World set visit coverage, a new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, more science fact-checking of Breaking Bad as well as a breakdown of our favorite series moments, and the first trailer for Chris Pine‘s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. As protocol states, a brief recap and link to each of the above is waiting after the jump.
Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for director Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Based on the Tom Clancy character, the film stars Chris Pine as the titular Ryan, 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. There’s plenty of action to be found in this first look, and it’s complemented nicely by snippets of intrigue, espionage and a complicated web of character relationships. My only knock on this first trailer is that there doesn’t appear to be a jaw-dropping action centerpiece, opting instead for a number of glances at a series of action scenes around the world. As a teaser, it works great and I’m sure we’ll see much more between now and it’s theatrical release in a few months.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Branagh, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, David Paymer, and Peter Andersson. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens in theaters on Christmas Day.
Somewhat crassly given author Tom Clancy’s passing earlier today, Paramount Pictures has decided to unveil the first poster for director Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. The film stars Chris Pine as the classic Clancy character that was previously 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 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. There has been word that Paramount might be considering moving Jack Ryan to next year and giving The Wolf of Wall Street its current December 25th release date, and fittingly this poster simply says “Coming Soon.”
Hit the jump to check out the poster and stay tuned for the debut trailer, which should be heading our way soon. The film also stars Branagh, Keira Knightley, Peter Andersson, and Kevin Costner. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is currently set to open in theaters on Christmas Day.
Filming is underway in London on director Rob Marshall’s (Chicago) feature film adaptation of James Lapine’s Tony-winning stage musical Into the Woods. The Disney prouduction stars James Corden and Emily Blunt as a Baker and his wife who venture into the woods to confront the witch responsible for putting a curse on the childless couple. Along the way, they run into a number of familiar characters like Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Cinderella. Meryl Streep plays the villainous witch, Johnny Depp is set to portray the Big Bad Wolf, Chris Pine is Cinderella’s prince, and Anna Kendrick steps into the role of Cinderella.
Talented actors and actress from the stage and screen fill out the rest of the cast, and Stephen Sondheim has contributed a new original song to the feature. Lapine penned the screenplay, and the behind-the-scenes team includes legendary costume designer Colleen Atwood. Hit the jump to read the full press release, which runs down every role. Into the Woods opens in theaters December 25, 2014.
With Star Trek Into Darkness now playing around the world, our partners at Omelete recently sat down with Chris Pine. During the interview, he talked about his favorite thing about the franchise and what it means to him, where he thinks Star Trek should go next, the challenges of shooting the sequel, the friendship between Kirk and Spock relative to the relationships with his fellow actors, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Star Trek Into Darkness also stars Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, and Alice Eve. The film is now playing in IMAX 3D and in 2D and 3D.
As someone whose only firsthand experience with the Star Trek franchise comes by virtue of J.J. Abrams‘ two Trek films, I know I’m in over my head when the topic presents itself. When you mention Trek, you’re referencing (either directly or indirectly) a rich legacy filled with peaks and valleys, genre-defining characters and moments, and an international fanbase that rivals any of pop-culture’s most enduring titles. And yet here I am, with two films under my belt (both of which I enjoyed), talking about it. Obviously, I have nothing at stake with regards to Star Trek Into Darkness. Whether you like it or dislike it is of no consequence to me. My only aim today is to extend a humble word of caution to the Trek fans who have years of equity built-up in their beloved franchise: be careful not to dismiss or begrudge it solely because it’s trying to appeal to the largest possible audience. Abrams’ Trek films aren’t above reproach, but they also aren’t void of redeeming qualities. Try to at least acknowledge some of those qualities when tearing into them or risk coming off as someone whose real issue is that a bunch of people now enjoy this thing that you once considered yourself unique for liking.
All preachiness aside, this week’s Top 5 includes several interviews from Star Trek Into Darkness, rumors surrounding Christopher Nolan being approached to direct James Bond 24, the first trailers for Marvel’s new ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a new trailer for Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, and new photos and a video from the set of director Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake. If I haven’t lost you yet, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
Star Trek is not iconography. There are plenty of iconic moments, inside jokes, winks, nods, and more, but it all stems from an original story starring fleshed-out characters who answered the call of duty and the call of adventure in equal and enthusiastic measure. Director J.J. Abrams only sees iconography, but it was enough to get him through 2009′s reboot. The story was barely patched together, still filled with holes, and wrapped in coincidences, but Abrams’ talent as a director managed to bring the story and characters to life in a way that felt fresh and exciting. Much like his take on Captain Kirk, it was slapdash, occasionally clever, frantic, and charming. Unfortunately, a flashy smile and big set pieces can’t save Abrams a second time as his follow-up, Star Trek Into Darkness, amplifies the shortcomings of his original effort, and removes the joy as the picture stumbles around looking for character arcs, themes, and a compelling, well-constructed plot. But its greatest embarrassment is in trying to steal classic Star Trek moments without having a clue as to why those moments had meaning.
Here’s your latest casting news out of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival:
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko) are in discussions to join Into the Woods, the Rob Marshall-adaptation of the Broadway musical that stars Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep.
- Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) has joined Stephen Gaghan’s The Candy Store, which stars Robert De Niro, Jason Clake and Omar Sy.
- RZA (The Man with the Iron Fists) and Catalina Denis (Sleepless Night) will join Paul Walker in Brick Mansions, the Camille Delamarre-directed remake of Luc Besson’s District B13.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
There are those who boldly go where none have gone before on movie screens and those who do it in real life; you can chat with both during a Google+ Hangout with the cast and crew of Star Trek Into Darkness, plus real astronauts from NASA. Director J.J. Abrams, writer Damon Lindelof and stars Chris Pine, Alice Eve and John Cho will join Chris Cassidy, who is currently on the International Space Station, and Earth-bound astronauts Michael Fincke and Kjell Lindgren to talk Star Trek fiction and NASA fact. More importantly, this is your chance to ask questions of both sets of space adventurers! (Just don’t ask what happens when you wring out a washcloth in zero gravity. It’s been done.) Hit the jump for all the details.
Star Trek Into Darkness also stars Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana,Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin and Bruce Greenwood and opens in IMAX 3D tomorrow, and in both 2D and 3D in traditional theaters on May 16th.
A few casting stories to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Chris Pine will be reuniting with his Smokin Aces director Joe Carnahan on the low-budget comedic thriller Stretch opposite Patrick Wilson.
- Homeland star and Broadway veteran Mandy Patinkin has been set in the role of Zach Braff’s father in Braff’s partially Kickstarter-funded directorial effort Wish I Was Here.
- Lust, Caution stars Wei Tang and Leehom Wang have boarded Michael Mann’s untitled cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects.