Movie News: Chris Pine As 'Jack Ryan;' Jeremy Renner in 'Kill the Messenger;' 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Fights Porn Imitator

Movie News: Chris Pine As 'Jack Ryan;' Jeremy Renner in 'Kill the Messenger;' 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Fights Porn Imitator

Feb 01, 2013

Jack Ryan: Fearlessly following in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, Chris Pine will play the title character, a CIA analyst, in Jack Ryan, which is due out at Christmas. The new film, directed by Kenneth Branagh (who also plays the villain), returns our hero to the beginning of his career, when he is recruited by Kevin Costner to join the CIA. All we can say is: Natty! [USA Today]
 
 
Kill the Messenger: Jeremy Renner is set to play real-life, award-winning journalist Gary Webb in Kill the Messenger. Webb exposed the CIA’s involvement with drug running by Nicaraguan rebels in the 1980s before his personal story ended in tragedy. The movie will be directed by Michael Cuesta, a producer and director for acclaimed Showtime TV series Homeland. [The Hollywood Reporter]
 
Fifty Shades of Grey: Universal paid a pretty penny for the movie rights to E.L. James’ best-selling Fifty Shades of Grey, and now the studio filed suit to stop a hard-core porn version of the sexually charged tale. Though such liftings are common in the adult film industry, Universal claims that this one will cause “reputational damage to these already-controversial erotic novels and films.” Evidently there is such a thing as "too hot." [Deadline]
 
Side Effects Trailer: Steven Soderbergh’s final theatrical feature before his "retirement" hits theaters next Friday, February 8, and the third and newest trailer showcases more of his stylish visual storytelling and adds a few tantalizing tidbits about the plot. Rooney Mara stars as a woman who takes an experimental drug prescribed by her doctor (Jude Law); Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones also star. [The Film Stage]

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