November 4, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Keira Knightley finally gets in on the action in the first poster and new stills released for Kenneth Branaght’s “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” the newest big screen incarnation of Tom Clancey’s famous literary action hero. Chris Pine takes over the role from guys like Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, and this time Jack Ryan is an ex-Marine working in Moscow, where 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.”
That villainous boss is played by Branagh himself, and as we saw from the first trailer and these new images unveiled by The Playlist, Knightley’s newlywed gets caught up in the double-crossing and finds herself on the arm of the enemy. Or is she an enemy herself?
We’ll find out when “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” is released on January 14, 2014. Not exactly a confident date, but looking forward to this one nonetheless. The poster and images are below.
October 10, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
October 14th UPDATE: Pine’s deal is now closed and he is officially on board, reports Variety.
Chris Pine, 33, is being pursued by New Line to join the cast of the comedy sequel “Horrible Bosses 2,” according to a report by Deadline. If Pine accepts the offer, he joins returning cast members Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman and Charlie Day.
The original 2011 film followed three friends who conspired together to murder their awful bosses. No word on what the sequel is about, but considering the title, you can expect the group to be on the hunt for a new set of corrupt bosses. Pine is in contention to play the son in a “father/son awful boss tandem” with two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz. However, Waltz may not be available, so the part is open for a different actor. “Horrible Bosses 2″ will be helmed by director Sean Aders and is due for a November 26, 2014 release date.
Pine has quite the big year with a couple blockbusters. In addition to “Star Trek Into The Darkness,” which came out earlier this summer, Pine is set to take on the Tom Clancy franchise in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” He is currently busy filming “Into The Woods,” where he plays the prince opposite Anna Kendrick’s Cinderella. Also next for Pine are roles in Joe Carnahan’s “Stretch”, apocalyptic thriller “Z for Zachariah” and indie comedy “Mantivities,” which Pine co-wrote.
October 3, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for the forthcoming spy thriller “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” via Yahoo Movies. Based on the best-selling spy series by late author Tom Clancy, the film stars Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branaugh (who is doing double duties on camera and as the film’s director).
Unlike past films of the franchise, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” is a completely original storyline and reboot, as opposed to an adaptation of a novel. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” introduces a pre-CIA Jack Ryan as a young stock broker working for a billionaire in Moscow. When Ryan discovers that his employer is financing a terrorist attack to collapse the U.S. economy, not only is he framed with the plot, but his wife (Knightley) is also kidnapped. In a race against time, Ryan must now clear his name, stop the terrorist attack from being implemented and save his wife before it’s too late.
“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” was originally set for a December 25 release date, but rumour has it that Paramount may be push it back to January 14, 2014 instead. Whichever date it lands on, for now you can check out the film’s first trailer below!
October 2, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
As the unexpected news broke this morning that best-selling author Tom Clancy has passed away at the age of 66, we’ve got the first poster for the next big screen adaptation based on one of his books. Chris Pine kneels and wields a gun on the first poster for Kenneth Branagh’s “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” unveiled today by Yahoo!.
In this new incarnation of Clancy’s famed literary figure, previously played by Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck on the big screen, Pine plays Jack Ryan as an ex-Marine who works in Moscow, where 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.” Keira Knightley plays that wife, while Branagh takes villain duties onscreen in addition to directing the film.
“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (the “Shadow Recruit” part is new, while “Shadow One” had also been flirted with recently) has been scheduled for a December 25th release, but there’s been talk in recent days of a shift in Paramount’s schedule that could see it open in 2014 instead. Indeed, the poster just says “Coming Soon” despite being less than two months from its scheduled release. We’ll keep you updated on that front, but meanwhile, you can take a look at the first poster below.
September 25, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The gang’s all here in the first set photos from Rob Marshall’s big screen adaptation of Sondheim musical “Into the Woods.” Just Jared got the photos of Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, James Corden, Billy Magnussen and just about the entire cast (sans Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp) filming in front of England’s Dover Castle today.
The gang seem to be mostly dressed for celebration and fans of the stage musical will recognize this could likely be a big party scene in the first act which brings most of the characters together. Kendrick’s Cinderella appears to be wearing her wedding dress, while Pine as her Prince, Christine Baranski as her stepmother and even Corden’s Baker are dressed to the nines as well. Meanwhile, Blunt as the Baker’s wife and Daniel Huttlestone and Tracy Ullman (as Jack and his mother) appear to be dressed for the opening scene where their neighbor characters are first introduced.
Disney will release “Into the Woods” on December 25, 2014 and it was just announced that Sony is moving its adaptation of “Annie,” which had previously been set to open head to head against the rival musical, ahead one week to December 19, 2014. Crisis averted, Broadway fans: You can see both. A couple of images from the “Into the Woods” set today are below, and head over to Just Jared, who has many, many more.
September 16, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Filming has begun under Rob Marshall on Disney’s big screen adaptation of Sondheim musical “Into the Woods,” and with that comes one last piece of casting news. Broadway star Lilla Crawford, who recently starred as the titular orphan in the revival of “Annie,” will play Little Red Riding Hood opposite Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep and more in the twisted, comedic take on fairy tales.
The dark and twisted take on fairy tales sees a childless baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) trek into some magical woods to find the witch (Streep) who put the spell on them. Also heading into the woods are Little Red Riding Hood (Crawford) on her way to grandma’s house, Jack (“Les Miserables”‘ Daniel Huttlestone) off to sell a cow (only to get some magic beans in return), Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) to sneak her way into a ball and more iconic characters. Depp will have a bit role as a sexy version of the Wolf who preys upon Little Red and Chris Pine will play Cinderella’s Prince. “Into the Woods” is set for a Christimas Day, December 25, 2014 release, where it will go head to head against Sony’s remake of “Annie” starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx.
Crawford won the coveted role of little orphan “Annie” in James Lapine’s 2012 revival of the classic musical on Broadway. She left the show in July of 2013 due to unknown reasons, but it appears her feature film debut here in “Into the Woods” may have been the culprit.
July 24, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
James Badge Dale is one of Hollywood’s hardest working actors right now, starring in three of this year’s biggest films already – “Iron Man 3“, “World War Z” and “The Lone Ranger“.
It’s definitely time that the American actor got his big break and a lead role, and maybe an indie drama can help him with that, as he joins TV actress Sarah Bolger in “Relative Stranger“, a character-driven indie drama.
Variety reports that the film “follows a Civil War veteran (Badge Dale) who shows up at the home of his brother-in-law’s family with dire consequences when he gets into a lethal feud with the neighbors. Bolger will play Badge Dale’s niece.” Kane Senes will direct the pic which is due to start filming in Texas this September.
Irish actress Bolger is a current star on ABC Family hit “Once Upon A Time”, playing Princess Aurora. Earlier this year she was on the shortlist for the “Endless Love” remake, and is set to star opposite Olivia Wilde in thriller “Reawakening”.
One of our Faces to Watch in 2013, as well as the previous three films mentioned Badge Dale has also been landing on highly sought after shortlists, including Jon Favreau’s original “Jersey Boys” list and the “Die Hard 5″ shortlist. He previously impressed in supporting roles in critical darlings “The Grey” and “Shame”, and up next for Badge Dale will be a role in the JFK assassination drama “Parkland“, and the currently-filming “Stretch” with Chris Pine and Brooklyn Decker.
July 23, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Tammy Blanchard and Lucy Punch will terrorize Anna Kendrick in Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Sondheim musical “Into the Woods”, according to Deadline. The two will play Cinderella’s wicked stepsisters, Florinda and Lucinda, respectively, alongside Christine Baranski as their equally wicked mother.
Blanchard, like Kendrick, Baranski and James Corden (The Baker), took place in the reading of the screenplay back in October of 2012, though most other roles have gone to more high profile actors. In this twisted fairytale retelling, Emily Blunt plays the Baker’s wife and one half of the couple whose inability to conceive a child leads them on a quest to satiate the witch who cursed them. Meryl Streep plays that witch, while Johnny Depp will have a small role as the big bad wolf who stalks Little Red Riding Hood (one of the last roles left to be cast). Chris Pine plays Cinderella’s Prince, while Broadway star Billy Magnussen recently replaced Jake Gyllenhaal in the role of Rapunzel’s Prince. Filming begins in September and the film is set for a December 25, 2014 release, where it will go head to head against Will Gluck’s remake of “Annie.”
Blanchard is a Tony nominee (“Gypsy”, “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”) as well as an Emmy winner (“Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows”), while on the big screen she has appeared in “Moneyball” and Woody Allen’s latest, “Blue Jasmine.” Punch is no stranger to the evil stepsister character, having harassed Anne Hathaway in a much lighter fairy tale retelling, “Ella Enchanted.” She was most recently a series regular on the charming but cancelled Fox comedy “Ben & Kate.”
July 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Relative unknowns – and Broadway stars – Billy Magnussen and Mackenzie Mauzy are joining Rob Marshall’s star-studded “Into the Woods” musical, according to Deadline and The Wrap. Magnussen is replacing Jake Gyllenhaal, who dropped the film in order to do a long-gestating indie that became a go. The duo will now play Rapunzel and her Prince and join a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine.
The dark and twisted take on fairy tales sees a childless baker (Corden) and his wife (Blunt) trek into some magical woods to find the witch (Streep) who put the spell on them. Also heading into the woods are Little Red Riding Hood on her way to grandma’s house, Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) off to sell a cow (only to get some magic beans in return), Cinderella (Kendrick) to sneak her way into a ball and more iconic characters. Depp will have a bit role as a sexy version of the Wolf who preys upon Little Red and Pine will play Cinderella’s Prince. Little Red remains the last of the lead roles still left to be filled. Filming begins in the fall in London and the film already has a December 25, 2014 release date.
Magnussen made his Broadway debut back in 2007 and was nominated for a Tony this year for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” On screen he appeared in Whit Stillman’s “Damsels in Distress” and guest-starred on “Boardwalk Empire” and “Law & Order.” Mauzy made her Broadway debut in the original production of “A Tale of Two Cities” and has also appeared in “Next to Normal.” She is also a soap star, having appeared on both “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Guiding Light.”
June 21, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
She read for the part publicly and now Anna Kendrick is ready to immortalize Sondheim’s Cinderella on the big screen, with THR reporting the actress/singer is now in talks to join Rob Marshall’s adaptation of “Into the Woods.” Earlier today “Les Miserables” actor Daniel Huttlestone joined the cast as Jack, and the star-studded cast also includes Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal.
The dark and twisted take on fairy tales sees a childless baker (Broadway star James Corden) and his wife (Blunt) trek into some magical woods to find the witch (Streep) who put the spell on them. Also heading into the woods are Little Red Riding Hood on her way to grandma’s house, Jack (Huttlestone) off to sell a cow (only to get some magic beans in return), Cinderella to sneak her way into a ball and more iconic characters. Depp will have a bit role as a sexy version of the Wolf who preys upon Little Red and Pine and Gyllenhaal will play Cinderella’s and Rapunzel’s vain and self-absorbed Princes. Little Red and Rapunzel remain the last of the lead roles still left to be filled. Filming begins in the fall in London and the film already has a December 25, 2014 release date.
Kendrick is becoming the go-to musical actress in town after collegiate a capella comedy “Pitch Perfect” turned out to be a surprise hit. Thank goodness she’s got the vocal chops and even the Tony nomination (for “High Society” back when she was 12) to back up her newfound status. She’s currently filming another stage musical adaptation, “The Last Five Years” opposite Jeremy Jordan, and recently wrapped thriller “The Voices” opposite Ryan Reynolds.