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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: Movie Review

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JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan character has led to one of the oddest franchises in modern history, with as many men playing the character as have played Batman over the last twenty five years. Paramount decided to reboot the franchise with their Star Trek leading man Chris Pine for the modern era with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and the results are mixed. This is mostly because...

Interview: Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Costner and Chris Pine on 'Jack Ryan:...

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In one of the manliest press conferences in a very long time, we got a chance to talk to Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh about the making of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Two of these men are directors, all are leading men, and all worked together on this spy thriller that hopes to resurrect a franchise. Check it out:

'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' First Official Trailer

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The world was shocked yesterday to find that beloved author Tom Clancy passed away. It's kind of strange and surprising to see that the first official trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit would suddenly pop online 24 hours after the tragedy.

Disney's Live-Action 'Cinderella' Gets 'Downton Abbey' Actress Lily James

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At some point or another most little girls have dreamed about one day finding a prince charming like in the Disney princess films, or just going through the whole magical Disney journey in general. Well actress Lily James will be the latest live-action incarnation of the girl who loses her glass slipper and happens to find true love in Cinderella. If you consider...

10 Filmmakers Who Went Outside Their Comfort Zones

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10 Filmmakers Who Stepped Out Of Their Comfort Zone
Actors aren't the only ones who get typecast and put into a category. Prestigious filmmakers are almost always given projects that fit their signature work. You usually don't hear of a horror filmmaker directing a romantic comedy, per say. But every now and then, directors will venture outside of their comfort zones and shock us with something truly different, as Michael Bay is trying this...

‘Jack Ryan’ Female Lead Could Be Keira Knightley, Felicity Jones, Or...

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After a couple of false starts, it seems there’s finally good news on the horizon for Paramount’s Jack Ryan, which has now begun casting in earnest, with Keira Knightley, Felicity Jones and Evangeline Lilly making the short list for the possible female lead. The project has had Chris Pine attached to play the beloved Tom Clancy creation for years,...

Jack Ryan Reboot Director Kenneth Branagh To Play His Own Bad Guy

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In what must have been a hard decision to make, Jack Ryan reboot director Kenneth Branagh has cast himself as the film's bad guy. He'll be going up against Chris Pine's Jack Ryan as a Russian economics wiz who's trying to destroy America's economy. Insert Wall Street joke here.

My Week with Marilyn: Movie Review

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Marilyn Monroe is back in theaters again, this time played by the lovely and brave Michelle Williams, who much like Monroe always seems to be up for pushing herself and taking on a challenge. My Week with Marilyn is not your typical Monroe bio-film, though they throw in a few homages to her iconic dance numbers and songs, this film is really about pulling back the...

'Monster' Director To Helm 'Thor 2'?

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Huh—seems as if Marvel Studios is looking to continue their new tradition of having wildly talented directors of dramatic, emotionally searing films direct a movie about a blonde guy with a cape who swings a big hammer real hard.  At least, according to Entertainment Weekly, who has it that Patty Jenkins—the woman behind the grueling and...

Thor: Review

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Thor may be the trickiest of the big Marvel characters to adapt. Both a Norse God, and an extra-terrestrial being, Thor doesn't have the "normal person thrust into superpowers" hook - which is both good and bad. And to that end Thor is not really an origin tale, so much as a learning experience for the main character. There's a lot to do here, on top of director Kenneth Branagh putting a big...

Interview: Thor's Director, Writers and Producer

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Bringing the God of Thunder to the big screen was a challenging experience, and the film - which hits theaters May 6 - went through years of development. And though director Kenneth Branagh might seem an odd fit, the film's power struggles between gods are not dissimilar from the struggles of Henry V - an adaptation that made Branagh's directorial career. For the press conference Branagh was...

Thor Featurette First Internet Footage to Not Totally Suck

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If it feels like the internet has been beating up on Thor, it's probably because the clips that have surfaced have been terrible. But for those looking forward to the film, there's finally been a featurette to emerge that doesn't rely on terrible comedy, or the non-presence of Hawkeye to sell the film. In it is footage of Asgard, and comments from director Kenneth...

Thor Experiences American Hospitality in New Clip

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Kenneth Brannagh's Thor is almost a month away - it opens May 6 -  and that means we're going to be hit with the deluge of more and more clips, TV spots and publicity in the build up, starting now. Chris Hemsworth stars as the titular character, along with Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, and Kat Dennings. The first clip from the film has been made...

Thor's International Posters Bring the Hammer

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Empire has unleashed two international Thor Posters! By Crom! (Well, maybe not Crom.. Odin seems better). Chris Hemsworth's Thor was given the standalone treatment in America for its May 6 release date, but these help sell the cast, and remind people both by the text and by design that this is from the studio who brought you Iron Man. Take a...

Emma Watson Cast in My Week With Marilyn

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Emma Watson is wasting no time with her post-Harry Potter career. The 20 year old is currently enrolled in Brown University and is still acting on the side. The latest film to catch her eye is entitled My Week with Marilyn. It's directed by Simon Curtis, and is a period piece that...

Comic-Con 2010: The Cast of Thor Speaks!

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After months of waiting, we finally got to sit down and have a chat with the cast of Marvel's next theatrical release, Thor. The film will be directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Australian native Chris Hemsworth as the title character. He's a relative newcomer who'll be supported by several veteran actors like Anthony Hopkins who plays his father Odin. At the...

Comic-Con 2010: Thor Footage First Look!

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***Update: Thor Comic-Con Trailer Online Now - Watch It here.*** Today at Marvel's Thor panel, they presented the audience with what is almost certainly going to be the full theatrical trailer.  Since we're not allowed to show you the footage, it being exclusive to Comic-Con and all, I'd like to do my best to describe it to you. Check it out, after...

Thor Behind the Scenes Set Video!

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Marvel fans rejoice! Entertainment Tonight recently went on the set of Kenneth Branagh's Thor and interviewed the director and stars Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman. Not only do we get to see the title character and his love interest chat it up but there's behind the scenes footage of Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Stellan Skarsgard as Selvig. Check out the...