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  • Chris Pine and Keira Knightley Go Spying in 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 15, 2013
    joblomovienetwork/YouTube Spy games are a family affair in the new international trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Chris Pine and Keira Knightley's marriage gets wrapped up in a complex web of international spy intrigue, and spy intrigue in Hollywood means a lot of stuff getting shot at and blown up. CIA analyst and desk jockey Jack Ryan (Pine) must go operational to stop the nefarious plans of Viktor Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh), whose Russian accent tells you he's the bad guy behind all of the global corporate evil going on. Kevin Costner plays Jack's steely CIA handler. While this new international trailer treads similar ground to the last trailer from a few weeks ago, there are a couple new scenes to chew on, including some post-mission sheet wrestling between Pine and Knightly, more of Branagh's thick Russian accent, and more clues of Jack's wife's role in the film. It seems like she will be getting kidnapped a lot, but there are worse things in the world than having Chris Pine come to your rescue. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens Christmas Day. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • The Pros and Cons of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' in 48 FPS
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 14, 2013
    *UPDATE* According to Variety, 20th Century Fox has stated that X-men: Days of Future Past will not be in 48 fps after all. While the new film will not be released with a high frame rate, the format's value still merits discussion. *EARLIER* The much debated high frame rate format that divided critics and fans with The Hobbit might be used in another high profile film. Aint It Cool News is reporting that X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released in 48 fps. First a little background on film formats. Films have traditionally been shot at 24 frames per second, which means that 24 still frames rapidly pass by your eyes during each second to create the moving image. This has been the standard for film for so long that we’ve come to expect our films to look a certain way, even if we don’t consciously realize it. This is why films have a certain film-like quality that videos shot with your phone or certain television shows don’t have. We’ve also come to associate 24fps with quality since film has always used that format while entertainment that we deem as cheaper or more disposable (soap operas) use different cameras with faster frame rates. The news that director Bryan Singer is interested in releasing his film in 48fps is interesting considering the decidedly mixed reception that The Hobbit received due to its use of the model. Is this a good move for Singer and his X-Men film? We’ll break it down with a good ol' pros and cons list. PROS Experimenting with New TechnologyFor all the wiz bang CGI effects and 3D glasses and IMAX cameras and other new technologies that have changed the way we watch and make films, one aspect of film that hasn't been meddled with or experimented on is frames per second. Altering number of frames that pass by our eyes can be one more way a director can manipulate his art to communicate certain ideas to the viewer. "Twenty-four" has been the go-to number for a long time; maybe it's about time we shake things up a bit. Breaking Out of the 24 Per Second RutThe reason The Hobbit looked weird to a lot of people is because we're so used to associating films with 24 frames per second. That's why some critics and fans compared the look of the film to a daytime soap. We've come to view higher frame rates with cheaper forms of entertainment, but that's a problem with our preconceptions, not the format itself. It would actually be healthy to get accustomed to a new standard.  More Frames = Less BlurSince there are more frames of actual information being processed by our brains when we watch a film in a higher fps, It allows for a crisper and smoother image, and the effect is especially apparent in heavy action scenes with a lot of motion. With a movie like X-Men: Days of Future Past that is bound to have tons of mutants bouncing across the screen, having a smoother image can be very beneficial. You Can Still See the Regular Version!Fans that prefer to see the film in the traditional format still have that option at virtually every theater. No one is forcing you to watch X-Men in 48 frames, but the new format is there for people who want it. CONS If It Aint Broke...Filmmakers have been able to do amazing things with 24 frames. Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy still holds up wonderfully, even without all of those newfangled extra frames. Also, all of the most beautiful films ever made have been shot on 24 frames. Maybe this technology is just change for change sake instead of actually being something truly expansive or revolutionary. The Hobbit didn't change film forever by doubling the number of frames. More ExpensiveThe projectors necessary to play a movie at 48fps aren't in every single theater in the world, and many people would be missing out on the experience that Jackson is trying to create. Is there a point for theaters spending loads of money on upgrading their equipment for the few films a year that will use the technology? Especially considering they will be showing the 24fps version alongside the 48fps one. High frame rates also mean more expensive ticket prices for moviegoers, fans who are already growing tired of watching 3D movies. It still remains to see whether this whole thing is just a fad or not. It Made The Hobbit Look WeirdWhile 48fps did make the action in The Hobbit look smoother, it also made everything look like it was moving in fast-forward. This took many people out of the movie. It also caused The CGI used into the film to look extremely conspicuous, especially when situated next to real life elements in the same shot. Most Movies Are Still Going to Be 24fpsAs stated before, the reason why 48fps looks "off" to some is because we’re so used to seeing films in 24fps, and our brains just need some adjusting to seeing films that way, but when exactly would our brains get this supposed adjusting time? The overwhelming majority of films will still be 24fps, at least for the time being, so people still wouldn't see enough of these films to truly get used to it. Most likely, 48fps will always (or for a long while) be just a novelty for the people that enjoy it. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • We Did It, Internet! Charlie Hunnam Drops Out of '50 Shades of Grey' Adaptation
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 14, 2013
    WENN To the delight of several obsessive Tumblr pages and message boards across the Internet, Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of the hotly anticipated 50 Shades of Grey film adaptation. According to a statement from Universal Pictures obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, "The filmmakers of 50 Shades of Grey and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam's immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey." Hunnman, who was slated to play the handsome and domineering Christian Grey in the upcoming film, does have a hefty TV commitment under his belt. He is the star of FX's biker drama Sons of Anarchy, but this small screen role didn't prevent him from starring in this year's Pacific Rim, so his sudden departure from the project is at least a little bit suspicious. According to a tweet from Matt Belloni of The Hollywood Reporter, Hunnam really dropped out due to "cold feet," and his TV schedule had nothing to do with his ability to play the role.  Hunnam and costar Dakota Johnson were announced as leads for the project in early September, leading to a torrent of backlash from fans of the book series, proclaiming that neither actor was right for their respective roles. Fans clamored for different actors that better fit the images of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele that they have spent hours sculpting in their imaginations. The tide of disappointment had even led to some fans signing a petition to oust the two actors — one of these petitions reached over 80,000 signatures.  As such, for many fans, this news is a cause for celebration, and some corners of the web are undoubtedly uncorking bottles of internet champagne and toasting each other to a job well done. These fans will probably continue to pester other actors that want nothing to do with the project, but now with even more vigor, typing in unison, "One down, one to go!" in a fury of clacking keyboards.  Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Whovian's Rejoice: Nine Missing Episodes of 'Doctor Who' Have Been Found in Nigeria!
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 11, 2013
    WENN In a turn of events that only seems possible due to some kind of glitch in the laws of time and space, nine previously misplaced episodes of classic Doctor Who were discovered in Nigeria. Of all places. These nine episodes, which date back to the 1960s, were part of a group of 106 that were thought to be lost forever. They went missing in the days before conserving and preserving episodes of television was commonplace. Of course, no one could predict that Doctor Who would become the world wide phenomenon it is today. The tapes were recovered at a television station in Nigeria by archivist Phillip Morris. The uncovered episodes are part of two serials starring the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, that are called "The Web of Fear" and "The Enemy of the World." Both previously unreleased serials have already been made available for download via iTunes with the missing episodes added in. "The Web of Fear" is still missing one yet to be recovered segment, but that missing episode was reconstructed with photos and surviving audio. This is a huge turn of events for Whovians the world over since these episodes haven't been seen since they were first broadcast almost 50 years ago. Doctor Who has a long and fluid history of classic villains and plotlines that still carry weight in the series' current incarnation, so the discovery of these lost episodes is delightful news for fans and creators alike. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Paramount Has Decided That Michael Bay Is the Right Director to Make a Movie About Hitler
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 11, 2013
    Paramount/Everett Collection After braving the rigorous ground-fighting and senseless violence of a Hollywood bidding war, Paramount Studios has won the rights to a new World War II film called Sabotage, and they plan to have Michael Bay helm the project. Naturally. The film would be based on a proposed non-fiction book called Sabotage: A Genius Scientist, His Band of Young Commandos, and the Mission to Kill Hitler's Super Bomb by author Neal Bascomb. The story will follow a group of Norwegian commandos that are tasked with infiltrating a Nazi-controlled fortress called Vermork where the Nazis are believed to be developing a nuclear program that stands to have catastrophic consequences for the allied forces. The team of commandos carries out an assault on the fortress armed solely with parachutes, tommy guns, skis, and (since Michael Bay is directing), a completely unreasonable amount of explosives. Bascomb vision for the book and film, which would be developed as a historical action thriller, fits right into Michael Bay’s popcorn filmmaking sensibilities. The last time Bay graced the subject of World War II, he delivered the much maligned Pearl Harbor, which was a big miss with critics... despite grossing nearly $200 million. But hopefully Bay has learned a thing or two in the years since as he prepares to fight the good fight a second time. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Gets Full Season Order
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 10, 2013
    © 2013 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved. S.H.I.E.L.D.'s team of operatives will be around for at least a few more missions. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which premiered to amazing ratings two weeks back, has now been picked up for a full 22 episode season on ABC. Even though the ratings of subsequent episodes have dropped off considerably from the pilot episode's breakout premiere numbers, ABC is confident that the show can help anchor its Tuesday night programming block, which includes freshman comedies The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife. S.H.I.E.L.D. follows NBC’s The Blacklist and FOX’s Sleepy Hollow as the first new shows picked up for full seasons this year. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Watch Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Alba, and Haley Joel Osment (Yep) in the Weirdest IFC Trailer Ever
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 10, 2013
    IFC You know that itching tension you feel when you get lost in an unfamiliar neighborhood, or get on the wrong bus and end up somewhere you don't recognize? That feeling of being completely lost? Get ready to revisit that sensation in video form because the first trailer for IFC's The Spoils of Babylon is probably the most bizarre clip to pop up on the Internet in some time. Tobey Maguire and an odd mix of actors including the likes of Kristen Wiig, Tim Robbins, Val Kilmer, Jessica Alba, and oddest of all, Haley Joel Osment (who I don’t think anyone has actually laid eyes on since the end of The Sixth Sense) star in a captivating two-minute glimpse of what can only be described as a kooky, dramatic nonsensical comedy. We'd give you a detailed plot summary of what the new show was about if we were at all sure ourselves, given the trailer's weirdness, but the show seems to focus on the trials of the Morehouse Family in a spoof of epic period dramas. Maguire plays Jonas Morehouse in a trailer that takes him from childhood, to the damp jungles of "Okajaba," to shooting up heroin and making love to his adopted sister played by Wiig. The Spoils of Babylon will be airing in January as a six-part miniseries. The series will be produced by Will Ferrell, who will also star in the show as the author of the series of books that the show's fictional world is based on. IFC is known as the destination for television’s most bizarre and ambitious comedies, including the lovably weird Portlandia, and The Spoils of Babylon looks to increase that weird factor by a scale of about 30. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Everyone Parties Like It's 1979 in the Latest 'American Hustle' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 10, 2013
    Christian Bale's paunch and sad comb-over are only the second and third best things in the new trailer for American Hustle, David O. Russell's follow up to last year's Silver Linings Playbook. The best thing is definitely the immersion-shattering fact that Jennifer Lawrence is playing a mother of what looks like a five year old. Implausible parentage aside, the new trailer dazzles with a great cast and the hints of what could be a gripping crime story. Sony Pictures/YouTube There's a great sense of time and place in this latest trailer. Russell's recreation of '70s New York buzzes with the rollicking sounds of the Electric Light Orchestra and grungy looking film filters that make it seem like the director picked up all of his camera equipment from a dingy thrift shop on the way to the shoot. J-Law's groovy up-do and the obnoxious period fashion fill out a trailer that piles on the nostalgia like a thick stack of disco LPs. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan
  • Dan Harmon Compares Season 4 of 'Community' to Jeffery Dahmer on Reddit
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 09, 2013
    Mark Davis/NBC Dan Harmon, original creator and former-former-showrunner of NBC’s Community stumbled upon the most productive place to occupy his time the other day: a Reddit thread. Harmon released a stream of irritated remarks via the Community subreddit, responding to fans who blamed the drop in quality seen in the much despised fourth season of Community on problems that originated from Season 3, a season for which he still served as head of the show. In a bizarre commenting spree, Harmon lashed out against those who chastise Season 3, even going as far to compare the fourth season to Jeffery Dahmer. Here are a few excerpts from the tirade: "Saying season 3 sucked is like punching my brother. I wish it wouldn't happen but my brother probably deserved it, he's kind of nuts. But I love him, you know? I don't talk to him, but he's my brother.""Saying season 4 sucked is like punching…let's say Jeffrey Dahmer. He's from my home town, but I didn’t know him and he ate 17 people.""Saying season 3 sucked so bad that it made season 4 suck is like feeding my brother to Jeffrey Dahmer. I have no idea if he deserves it, it doesn't matter if he does, it bums me out, there's nothing I can do, but definitely no need to argue about it.""Explaining why season 4 is season 3's fault and how it's important to state your opinion and I should really calm down is like feeding my brother to Dahmer really slowly, while wearing Harry Potter glasses that you keep pushing up on the bridge of your nose." We all know that Dan Harmon is a deeply passionate individual that had to suffer through the injustice of getting his creative work ripped out from under him in a cruel act of television network politics, but he should probably cool it on comparing the work his former collegues did on Season 4 to a cannibalistic serial killer. That might make their next meeting at the company picnic just a little awkward. Moreover, Harmon should realize that the Internet is a vast and unruly place filled with opinions that range from flattering to downright nasty. You can't take every single one of them so personally. So our advice to Mr. Harmon, as fans, would be to sit back, relax, crank up the smooth sounds of "Daybreak," and concentrate on making Season 5 of Community the best one yet. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Mads Mikkelsen Really Wants to Kill Shia Labeouf in 'Charlie Countryman' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 09, 2013
    Charlie Countryman/Facebook Having a dead man slobbering all over Shia Labeouf's shoulder is certainly an odd way to open a love story, but Fredrik Bond’s first feature film Charlie Countryman seems comfortable with being an uncomfortable mish-mash of genres. In the film, Labeouf plays an American that travels to the Romanian city of Bucharest, but when a fellow airplane passenger passes away, he meets and falls in love with the dead man's daughter, Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood). Unfortunately, a ruthless Romanian gangster has already "claimed" Gabi and doesn’t plan on letting her or Charlie go. What follows is a dangerous journey into the depths of the Romanian underworld that threatens to swallow Charlie whole. Labeouf seems to be running full bore away from anything remotely robotic or blockbuster-like. He has sworn off of Hollywood's love for big action flicks, and turned his focus to smaller films. With Charlie Countryman, he grows his hair out to almost Bohemian lengths, dons a patchy beard, and hides away (from Decepticons) in the grimy streets of Bucharest for this indie thriller with a dirty, otherworldly essence. But to call this simply an indie thriller would be a bit disingenuous. It flirts with several styles of film while blanketing it all with a hallucinatory haze. The movie has a cast full of diverse actors including Rupert Grint, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Melissa Leo, but the clear standout is Mads Mikkelsen who manages to terrify and enthrall in the short glimpses we see of him in the trailer. When an actor like Mikkelsen manages to make his previous turn as Hannibal Lecter seem levelheaded and friendly by comparison, he's really outdone himself in the villiany department. More:'Captain Phillips' Trailer'Foxcatcher' Trailer'The Starving Games' Trailer Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)