TOP 5: 2014 Oscar Nods, ANT-MAN and DOCTOR STRANGE, JACK RYAN, DOOMED! THE UNTOLD STORY OF ROGER CORMAN’S “THE FANTASTIC FOUR”, Sundance 2014

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Every so often a film comes along that plays pitch perfect to your sensibilities and hits you with such pinpoint accuracy that it reaffirms your love of the medium. That’s what Spike Jonze‘s Her did for me last weekend. It’s the type of movie I wish I had the talent to make and, at the same time, one that I’m thankful anyone had the talent and passion to make. It’s a film that says so much about our desire to connect, to love and to feel loved, that evaluating it piece by piece (acting, editing, sound, cinematography, mise-en-scène, etc.) almost cheapens its value as a whole. Above all, though, it refuses to be just one thing and therein lies its greatest achievement. It’s comedy soaked in melancholy, drama with hints of playfulness, quirk wrapped in genuine romance, and heartbreaking sincerity set within the most plastic of relationships. Her is an instant classic.

In case my subtlety has left you uncertain about my feelings on Her, feel free to e-mail me at colliderjason@gmail.com and I’ll try to be more on the nose about how damn great it is. In the meantime, this week’s Top 5 features the newly announced 2014 Oscar nominations, Marvel casting news/rumors regarding Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit interviews with Chris Pine and more, the trailer for the seemingly interesting doc DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s “The Fantastic Four”, and all of our Sundance 2014 coverage to date. Click on to find a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Kenneth Branagh Talks JACK RYAN, Changes Due to Budgetary Reasons, Whether He Will Make Another Shakespeare Movie, CINDERELLA, and More

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Opening this weekend in theaters and IMAX is director Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.  Based on the Tom Clancy character, the original story follows Jack Ryan (played by Chris Pine) as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot.  Starring alongside Pine is Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley with Branagh as the film’s antagonist. 

A few days ago I landed an exclusive phone interview with Branagh.  Since I recently did a video interview with him, I tried to ask all new questions.  We talked about acting while being the director, whether there was anything cut for budgetary reasons, why he always works with composer Patrick Doyle, if he has seen Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing since he also directed a feature based on the material, whether he’s thinking about doing another Shakespeare movie, which Shakespeare work he would recommend someone to start with, his next film, Cinderella, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, and Producers Mace Neufeld and Lorenzo di Bonaventura Talk JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT

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Tom Clancy’s iconic spy returns to the big screen in Jack Ryan:  Shadow Recruit, a briskly-paced, smart and suspenseful action-thriller directed by Kenneth Branagh who invents a fresh story for the 21st century while staying true to the mythologyWhen a Russian oligarch (Branagh) attempts to trigger a sophisticated act of financial-based terrorism, Ryan (Chris Pine) must turn his counter-terrorism theories into action.  In a world where all motives are suspect and no one can be trusted, every perilous move he makes has world-altering consequences.  Opening January 17th, the film also stars Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley.

At a recent press conference,  Pine, Costner, Branagh, and producers Mace Neufeld and Lorenzo di Bonaventura talked about contemporizing Clancy’s character, what Pine brought to the role, the film’s franchise potential, how Costner’s mentor role differed from its typical portrayal in the spy genre, and the pleasures and challenges for Branagh of directing a tale on global espionage with great actors and exploring the complex threats of a new world order while also respecting the traditional values of its everyday hero.  Branagh and Costner also revealed the real-life mentors like Sean Connery who influenced their careers, and Costner discussed his career longevity and upcoming films, 3 Days to Kill and Black and White.  Hit the jump to read the interview.

Kenneth Branagh Talks JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, His First Cut, Deleted Scenes, Changes During Production, What He Collects, and More

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Opening this weekend in theaters and IMAX is director Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.  Based on the Tom Clancy character, the original story follows Jack Ryan (played by Chris Pine) as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot.  Starring alongside Pine is Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley with Branagh as the film’s antagonist. 

A few days ago I got to talk to Branagh at the Los Angeles press day.  He talked about how the script changed during production, whether he can get away with doing anything he wants in London given his celebrity status, the first cut of the film, deleted scenes, his editing process, what he collects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

TOP 5: JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Set Visit, Marvel One-Shot ALL HAIL THE KING, MUPPETS MOST WANTED Set Visit, BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, Oscar Beat

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Available via Netflix Watch Instantly as of late December, last weekend I finally got the chance to check out writer/director Joe Swanberg‘s romantic comedy Drinking Buddies. I should disclaim that it’s near impossible for me to be objective when talking about Swanberg given that he’s a fellow Southern Illinois University alum and few things make me prouder than a Saluki film student enjoying success in the industry. That out of the way, I enjoyed the heck out of Drinking Buddies. Much has been made of the film’s stellar cast and I won’t try and dispute those claims at all. As someone who has never watched a minute of Fox’s New Girl, I loved Jake Johnson‘s turn in the pic and I bought he and Olivia Wilde‘s romantic chemistry hook, line, and sinker. As for Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston? Lets just say that I love each of them in almost everything and this is no exception. All in all, Buddies is a funny, sweet, realistic teetering on the verge of understated look at the universal concept of being just friends.

Instant stream recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 includes our Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit set visit coverage, the first look at the Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King starring Ben Kingsley, a set visit recap for Muppets Most Wanted, some villain rumors surrounding Batman vs. Superman, and Adam’s latest installment of Oscar Beat that breaks down the guild nods and what they could mean for Oscar season. Like you might expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

16 New Images from JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Featuring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, and Kevin Costner

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Paramount Pictures has released a batch of new high-resolution images from director Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.  Based on the Tom Clancy character, 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.  Branagh pulls double duty as the film’s director and villain, and these new images also give us a look at Keira Knightley as Ryan’s girlfriend and Kevin Costner as his mentor.  Paramount no doubt is hoping to launch a new Jack Ryan franchise with Shadow Recruit, so here’s hoping this first film delivers the goods.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and if you missed any of Steve’s recent set visit coverage be sure to peruse his full report and interviews with Pine, Branagh, Costner, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and producers David Barron and Mace NeufeldJack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens January 17th.

Director Kenneth Branagh Talks Setting the Film Apart from Other Action-Thrillers, Playing the Villain, and More on the Set of JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT

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After the worldwide success of Marvel’s ThorKenneth Branagh must have been offered a number of high profile projects as a follow up.  So when I got to participate in a group interview on the London set in October of 2012, the first thing we asked him was why Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit?  He told us:

“The script arrived and it was unputdownable.  It came out of the blue.  I was going to be making another movie, it went away, and this one came to me, and I read it and responded very strongly as a kind of film I go to see. The script engaged me because it was a page-turner but this big personal story that you’re invested in at the heart of it.”

During the rest of the interview, Branagh talked about what sets this apart from other action-thrillers, playing the villain, balancing the action and drama, why they filmed in London, how Jack Ryan is not like Jason Bourne, James Bond, or Ethan Hunt, and much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

3 New Images from JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Featuring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, and Kenneth Branagh

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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 CostnerJack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens on January 17, 2014 in traditional theaters and IMAX. 

International Trailer for JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Starring Chris Pine and Keira Knightley

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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 CostnerJack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens December 25th.

First Trailer for JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Starring Chris Pine

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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.

Disney Sets Another Untitled Marvel Film for Release in 2016; CINDERELLA Opens March 13, 2015

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Just over a week ago, Disney announced release dates for two untitled Marvel films in 2016 and 2017.  Now, in keeping with what looks to be a firm “two films a year” strategy, Disney has dated yet another untitled Marvel picture for 2016.  The new film will hit theaters on July 8, 2016, which is just a couple of months after the other untitled Marvel film opens on May 6, 2016.  This is in keeping with Marvel’s new strategy of releasing two films a year, though it breaks the pattern a bit as all of the other pics are separated by a larger release gap (eg. Iron Man 3 in May, Thor: The Dark World in November).  The identities of at least some of these “untitled” films will likely be announced at Comic-Con next month.

Additionally, Disney has set director Kenneth Branagh’s new take on Cinderella for release on March 13, 2015, where it currently has the weekend all to itself.  The film stars Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Sophie McShera, and Holliday Granger. Hit the jump for more news concerning Marvel’s upcoming slate.

Bella Heathcote, Lily James, and Margot Robbie Testing for CINDERELLA Lead; Richard Madden Shortlisted for Prince Role

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Disney is closing in on its titular female lead for Cinderella.  The project suffered a bit of a hiccup when director Mark Romanek exited the film this past January over creative differences.  Kenneth Branagh subsequently stepped in to take the helm, only to see Emma Watson come and go from the lead role in the span of a week.  Cate Blanchett is still set to star as the wicked stepmother, and now Branagh has narrowed down the lead to three actresses.  Hit the jump to find out who’s testing for the lead role and which Game of Thrones actor is being eyed to play the Prince.

Kenneth Branagh in Talks to Direct CINDERELLA

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Earlier this month, director Mark Romanek departed Disney’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella after “creative differences”.  Today, Vulture reports that the studio is now in talks with Kenneth Branagh to replace Romanek.  Branagh is a pretty major departure from Romanek, whose previous films Never Let Me Go and One Hour Photo have a distinct style and approach.  Branagh’s non-Shakespeare work is fairly journeyman aside from his overuse of Dutch angles.

Cate Blanchett is reportedly still attached to play the evil stepmother, and the production is still looking for its eponymous princess with Saoirse Ronan, Gabrielle Wilde and Alicia Vikander reportedly on being eyed for the role.  Disney hopes to begin shooting in London this fall for a possible 2014 release.  Branagh’s next film, Jack Ryan, opens December 25th.  Click here for new images from the movie.

Keira Knightley Talks ANNA KARENINA, Director Joe Wright’s Bold Vision, Moving Away from Dark Period Pieces, JACK RYAN, and More

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Keira Knightley plays the title character in Anna Karenina, director Joe Wright’s bold, new romantic drama adaptation of the epic Tolstoy story of forbidden love set in 1874 Imperial Russia.  The film, which opens in theaters on November 16th, marks the acclaimed director’s third collaboration with the Academy Award-nominated actress and also stars Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

At the film’s Los Angeles press day, Knightley talked about what drew her to the project, what about Wright’s vision made it stand out for her, why she saw Anna Karenina as a terrifying character, how she worked with the other actresses to create the impressive on-screen chemistry for the film’s female relationships, how her costumes played a pivotal role in telling her character’s story, why her film choices are all about story rather than where or when it’s set, and how she likes period, sci-fi and fantasy films as a dramatic tool.  She also explained why she decided to move away from darker period pieces and do more contemporary films that are pure entertainment including the recently completed music drama, Can a Song Save Your Life?, and the large scale Tom Clancy thriller, Jack Ryan, directed by Kenneth Branagh, in which she stars opposite Chris Pine.  Hit the jump to read the full interview.

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. 

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