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.
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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.
"Was Rick Deckard a Replicant?"
It's a question that has haunted us for more than three decades now. Alongside the likes of "What was in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction?" or "What did Bill Murray whisper to Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation?" or "Why did anyone greenlight Movie 43?", this quandary about the nature of Harrison Ford's character in Blade Runner ranks as one of the most formidable movie mysteries of all time. And although the riddle is what helps to imbue the Ridley Scott sci-fi epic with such lasting gravitas, we might actually be closing in on an answer.
In speaking with IGN, the usually closed-mouthed Ford revealed that he has been "chatting about" the possibility of joining a Blade Runner sequel with Ridley Scott, whom he states that he "admire[s] ... as a man and as a director." While the inclusion of the Rick Deckard character in a follow-up to Scott's 1982 feature would not necessitate an answer to the eternally booming question, the casting of Ford might very well leave us with speculations. After all, Ford is, and looks, 30 years older than he was in Blade Runner. And if he was a Replicant — to those unfamiliar with the terminology, an android — this (or any) degree of organic aging might seem quite curious.
That's not to say that Scott and his screenwriters couldn't conceivably write around the idea, maintaining the ambiguity of Deckard's humanity. And while we're hesitant about a Blade Runner sequel, especially one with Ford involved (his recent turns in front of the camera have not come with the same whimsy for performing that we used to know), we're not ready to cast out the project entirely. Prometheus had its faults, but was overall a worthwhile time at the movies. If Blade Runner 2 is at least that, we'd call it a win.
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Harrison Ford is reportedly in talks to reprise his Rick Deckard character for a Blade Runner sequel. The 1992 movie gave its leading man a huge career boost and became a cult favourite, and now director Ridley Scott is keen to revisit the film that was inspired by a Philip K. Dick short story - and Ford is interested in a return to sci-fi.
Promoting his new film Ender's Game in London, Ford has revealed he has been in contact with Scott, telling IGN.com, "We've been chatting about it."
In the film, Ford played a futuristic bounty hunter hired to track down rogue robots.
He adds, "I truly admire Ridley as a man and as a director, and I would be very happy to engage again with him in the further telling of this story."
The ensemble cast of acclaimed new movie August: Osage County is to be honoured at the upcoming Hollywood Film Awards. Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor, among others, will receive the Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award on 21 October (13).
The big-screen adaptation of Tracy Letts' Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which has been hotly tipped to win the 2014 Best Picture Oscar, also features Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin and Sam Shepard.
The film, which premiered at September's (13) Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, will open in America on Christmas Day (25Dec13).
Previous recipients of the Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award include Crash, Bobby, Hairspray, The Help and Argo (2012).
Other 2013 honourees who have already been announced include: 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen and supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o, Harrison Ford, Sandra Bullock, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Dallas Buyers Club stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.
They rule the night, they know how to party, people part in their paths, and they dress like vamps. All Hail, the Queens of the Night.
Parker Posey in Blade Trinity
Sexy, for sure, in a Lower Manhattan kind of way. But she's all kinds of crazy, and where I come from, that level of sick demands a little worship.
Monica Bellucci in Dracula
Monica Bellucci is gorgeous in her tiny role as Dracula's bride in Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 remake of the classic vamp thriller. The visuals make up for it, but there is one thing missing. Her voice, her molten voice.
Evan Rachel Wood in True Blood
She's beautiful, but that's not what she's so blazing. It's power, pure power, coming out of every pore of that super-pale skin.
Aaliyah in Queen of the Damned
Her leer is super-weird, almost borderline-creepy, and her accent is hilariously unsexy. But admit it: she's a scorcher, and fangs look a-mazing on her.
Lucy Liu in Rise: Blood Hunter
It's not just that she's smokin', dead or alive. It's that she proves that revenge is equally as delicious served cold or hot.
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Fans of reclusive pop superstar Prince will be able to check out his home on Saturday (05Oct13) when the Purple Rain singer opens the pad for a concert to reintroduce his backing band the New Power Generation. The hitmaker is turning his back on traditional venues and staging the show at his Paisley Park digs in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
NPG drummer Hannah Ford tells Rolling Stone, "We really just wanted to open up Paisley to the public and invite Minnesota and anybody else who can make it out. This one (gig) is moreso like a spur-of-the-moment event to spend time with our community and throw a big concert for everybody and show off some of the stuff we're working on."
A $50 (GBP33.30) donation will be required at the door and cell phones will be banned.
Next Power Generation reunited at the beginning of 2013.
Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman dresses as a stockbroker to spice up his love life and impress his wife Deborra-Lee Furness. The Wolverine star dons a designer suit and discusses the stock market if he is looking for a night of love, as the actress once had hopes of marrying a city high-flier before the couple met.
He tells Britain's Cosmopolitan magazine, "When my wife met me, she said she was looking for a stockbroker... So if I want it to be a great night out, I'll wear a suit, especially Tom Ford, and I'll start talking about stocks and bonds. Then I know I'm going to get lucky... (Just kidding!)."
The pair met on the set of Australian TV show Correlli before tying the knot in 1996.
Footage from Robby Krieger, John Densmore and the late Ray Manzarek's personal archives has been mined for a new The Doors DVD and Blu-Ray release, which will also feature the band's rare early TV appearances. R-Evolution, which will be released in December (13), chronicles the rock act's speedy rise from an unknown Los Angeles band to legendary status.
It features a treasure trove of previously unreleased footage including performances of hits like Light My Fire, People Are Strange and Hello, I Love You, a never-before-seen 1966 Ford training film with music by The Doors and a section of outtakes from the band's appearance on U.S. TV show Malibu U in 1967.
A Deluxe Edition of the DVD and Blu-Ray features a 40-page hardback book with a "scrapbook" style presentation on each track, including lyrics, background information, trivia and photographs.
The restored and remixed package also features commentary from Densmore, Krieger and Manzarek, who died earlier this year (13).
Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has put himself forward for consideration to portray Star Wars robot R2-D2 in the upcoming sequel after sharing a spoof audition tape online. The rocker joined forces with editors behind YouTube.com comedy channel Stinky Mike to shoot the funny clip, in which the singer and self-confessed "giant Star Wars fan" decides to try out for a role.
When a pretend casting assistant suggests his tall stature and ginger hair makes him more suited to audition as a Wookiee, a hairy humanoid species in the sci-fi franchise, he replies, "Dude, don't be stupid. This (body) is like, obvious R2-D2. I want to be king of the droids. (Wookiee) Chewbacca's just like, a hairy beast. I'm like, an articulate, multi-lingual do-er."
He then dons a cardboard costume in an effort to make himself look like R2-D2 for casting directors, but the audition goes drastically wrong as he crashes into a presentation board and falls over as he utters the robot's sounds, "gleep glorp".
Homme's fake audition is part of Stinky Mike's series of joke auditions for the J.J. Abrams movie, Star Wars: Episode VII.
The rocker's audition may be a spoof, but Irish actress Saoirse Ronan revealed this week (begs30Sep13) that she really has tried out for the film, although she can't reveal anything about the much-anticipated sequel.
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are expected to return to the franchise as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo, while Alex Pettyfer, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ryan Gosling, Leonardo DiCaprio, Florence Welch, Michael B. Jordan and Chloe Grace Moretz have also been linked to the cast.
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.