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When a global terrorist network is about to be activated, brilliant CIA analyst Jack Ryan has no choice but to become operational. Yet when everyone who could stop the impending international catastrophe has something to lose or something to hide, who can Ryan possibly trust? Caught between his tight-lipped handler Harper, his in-the-dark fiancée Cathy and a fearsome Russian oligarch, Jack must confront a new reality where secrets and lies are everywhere, yet the fate of millions rests on his finding the truth. With the urgency of a lit fuse, he's in a race to stay one step ahead of everyone around him.
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Rapper/actor Ice Cube and funnyman Kevin Hart have laughed their way to the top of the North American box office chart after grossing a record $41.2 million (£25.75 million) with their new comedy Ride Along. The film's opening weekend success has made it the biggest Friday to Sunday debut in January history, while it has also replaced 2008's Cloverfield as the highest-grossing number one over the Martin Luther King, Jr. bank holiday weekend.
Ride Along easily overshadowed last week's most popular film, Mark Wahlberg's war movie Lone Survivor, which slipped to two with $23.2 million (£14.5 million), while animated family adventure The Nut Job, featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Liam Neeson and Brendan Fraser, entered at three with $20.6 million (£12.88 million).
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, starring Chris Pine as the iconic character created by author Tom Clancy, failed to crack the top three, opening at four, while Disney hit Frozen rounded out the new top five.
"I was asked to be the first one on Hunt for Red October... and I had this other commitment and I had given my word that I would make that movie and they offered me more money than I'd ever seen in my life. And the other movie I put my own money into it. It was Dances With Wolves." Kevin Costner reveals he passed on playing Jack Ryan in the first Tom Clancy film adaptation. The movie star has a supporting role in the latest Jack Ryan movie, which features Chris Pine as the action hero.
Harrison Ford had an uneasy relationship with late Patriot Games and Clear & Present Danger author Tom Clancy, because he didn't like the changes the actor and director of the films made to his stories. The movie star admits Clancy, who passed away on 1 October (13), was a big influence and inspiration for his portrayal of Jack Ryan - but the writer wasn't a fan of his.
Ford tells The Hollywood Reporter, "He was never terribly happy with (director) Philip Noyce and (producer) Mace Neufeld and me for making the necessary adjustments to turn the books into films so they would be a popular success."
Chris Pine is in the role of Jack Ryan in the upcoming Shadow Recruit. Aside from the fact that I sometimes have difficulty telling the difference between Pine and either Chris or Liam Hemsworth, as someone who has enjoyed many of the books that use Ryan as the protagonist and most of the movies, I don't like that Hollywood is doing this to the character of Ryan.
The first sign that things were changing was when they made Ryan much younger than than in previous movies when they cast Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears. In the book chronology, the events were supposed to happen after Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger. They did away with the whole (BOOK SERIES SPOILERS) Ryan becoming president thing . So, they basically ret-conned Ryan then and now they've continued that trend by using him in a movie that isn't even based on a Tom Clancy book. The way that this movie played out with the action, it might as well have been a Bourne movie. Poor Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford.
Clancy, who recently died, seemingly picked the right time to do so: before this movie came out. The thing of it is, it may be a good movie, but it could have easily involved a character whose name didn't begin and end with Jack and Ryan. Maybe the author didn't want to answer questions about why this was allowed to happen? Clancy wrote a lot about espionage and his cause of death remains undisclosed. For all we know, he could be reading this on a beach in Tahiti and laughing. Hmmmm...
I'm not faulting Pine for making this film. The man needs a pay check and Jack Ryan is a known name in the movie/literary world.. He may turn out to be a good choice, but I still don't have high hopes. In all seriousness, Clancy and the Ryan franchise deserved better.
Airport novel racks across the globe are standing at half mast this week. Tom Clancy, the king of the American spy thriller, sadly passed away on Tuesday. But even after his death, his legacy in film lives on in movies like the newest Chris Pine actioner Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
In the new trailer, Pine takes over the role of Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst working undercover for a sleazy billionaire with an even sleazier European accent (Kenneth Branagh, also the film's director). When Jack discovers a terrorist plot that threatens to dismantle the world's economy, he is forced out of his cozy office and must become a full-fledged field agent under the guidance of his handler (Kevin Costner). Keira Knightley also stars as Jack’s wife who finds herself pulled inexplicably into the depths of covert intrigue.
The trailer is buzzing with tons of frenetic action and a lot of slick spy machinations. I’m expecting at least four double-crosses and at least three characters to reveal themselves to be double agents by the time the credits roll.
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Hit author Tom Clancy has died at the age of 66. The writer, who penned classic thrillers including Patriot Games, Rainbow Six, and The Hunt for Red October, passed away on Tuesday (01Oct13) at a hospital in his native Baltimore, Maryland.
No further details were available as WENN went to press.
Born in Baltimore in 1947, Clancy worked as an insurance agent before launching his writing career, and he went on to become one of the U.S.' most respected novel writers, known for his military and spy thrillers, many of which became Hollywood blockbusters.
Many of his books featured the fictional character of Jack Ryan, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative who was later brought to life on the big screen by actors including Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Alec Baldwin.
The plots of many Clancy novels were also used as the basis for hit computer games, and he also penned several non-fiction military books, including 1993's Submarine: A Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship and Carrier: A Guided Tour of an Aircraft Carrier in 1999.
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All modern readers — ranging from those with a taste for the classics to the sort whose libraries are comprised entirely of the New York Times' latest recommendations — know the name Tom Clancy. The literary powerhouse behind so many titles that have taken form on the big screen, Clancy has contributed just as much to contemporary Hollywood as he has to contemporary literature. Tragically, Clancy died on Wednesday morning at age 66, with CNN reporting no known cause for the author's passing.
The Baltimore native's first work is perhaps his most famous as well: The Hunt for Red October, a 1984 novel that introduced his Jack Ryan hero and was brought to life in the form of an esteemed adventure movie six years later. But Clancy has a number of venerable pieces to his name that have also earned cinematic life: Clancy published Patriot Games in '87, Clear and Present Danger in '89, and The Sum of All Fears in '91. A fifth Jack Ryan film, Jack Ryan: Shadow One, is set to hit theaters in December.
In addition to movies, Clancy also inspired many a video game with his stories, the most famous of which being Rainbow Six, which Clancy wrote in 1998. The author showed no signs of slowing down his writing career. Since returning to the craft in 2010, Clancy penned five novels, and has another, Command Authority, due for publication in December 2013.
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Move over, Liam Neeson! We've got a new candidate for Daddy of the Decade and this one has an eery resemblance to Superman's papa.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Costner is in talks to star in Midnight Delivery, a Taken-meets- Contraband thriller being produced by acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. The film, co-written by Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro and Luther co-creator Neil Cross, follows Costner's character as he trafficks cocaine on a midnight flight to London in order to save his estranged daughter from a Colombian gang. Del Toro, who is currently in pre-production to direct the haunted house horror film Crimson Peak in January 2014, will still oversee the expected fall shooting of Midnight Delivery.
Costner seems to be back in action these days, recently landing several starring big roles in Man of Steel, Jack Ryan, and Three Days to Kill. Regardless, I'm mostly looking forward to watch him revisit his love-driven protectiveness most recollected in The Bodyguard.
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Through rousing superhero adventures and well-placed sneak peeks of their universe's future, comic giant Marvel has proven that nothing stands alone when it comes to a blockbuster brand. The Avengers set the pace for any future contenders, including Fox's own Marvel heroes (mainly, the X-Men), Paramount's Jack Ryan/Tom Clancy ensemble, and more obviously, the DC Comics slate of heroes.
So if the pressure wasn't built high enough for director Zack Snyder's upcoming reinvention of the Superman character, Man of Steel, imagine the prospects of knowing the movie would pave the way for Warner Bros. upcoming Justice League movie. Snyder's film flies into theaters June 14, 2013. WB's hope is to have Justice League in theaters by Summer 2015. A connection between the two isn't only inevitable, it's demanded by the timetable.
While Snyder is focused intently on his first entry in the cinematic Superman pantheon, a recent interview reveals that planning may already have been in the works for his vision to fuel the future of DC comic book hero movies. Speaking to the New York Post, Snyder addresses the continuation of Man of Steel by pulling out the "no spoilers" card, but teases that Warner Bros. has put their faith in him. "I will say, yeah, they trust me to keep them on course," Snyder says.
Snyder admits that the proximity of the two films could cause an issue if WB decides not to work the film's established setup into Justice League, telling the Post, "‘The Man of Steel’ exists, and Superman is in it. I don’t know how you’d move forward without acknowledging that.”
Henry Cavill is signed for three Superman films, and like his thespian counterparts over at Marvel, who were recruited for both stand alone movies and The Avengers, the actor could have both Man of Steel sequels and Justice League is in his future. The big question mark remains Man of Steel's success — 2006's Superman Returns, WB's last attempt to relaunch the character, flew under budget at the box office with a gross of only $200 million, while Green Lantern, their attempt to expand out with lesser known DC heroes, only took in $116 million. WB has found major success with Batman, The Dark Knight Rises having now grossed more than $447 million domestically. Not difficult to see why TDKR director Christopher Nolan was asked to supervise Man of Steel as a producer.
It may be too early for Snyder to reveal how influential Man of Steel will be for the future of DC movies, but his points focus fan speculation. There's only so much rebooting one franchise can take — for the foreseeable future, everything's riding on Man of Steel, even if we won't be told that in an after-credits scene.
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