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Jeremy Renner's Biggest Challenge Was "Not Getting Hurt": 10 Things Learned About 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • August 10, 2012 12:04 PM
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This week will finally see the answer to one of Hollywood's great questions: will audiences watch a 'Bourne' movie without Matt Damon? The answer will be provided by Tony Gilroy's "The Bourne Legacy," the first of what could be a potential franchise starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, a similar agent to Jason Bourne, but a product of the Department of Defense's Operation Outcome, a different training program from the CIA's Treadstone. Gilroy is no stranger to the 'Bourne' franchise, having been a writer or co-writer on all three installments, but once Damon and "Bourne Supremacy" and "Bourne Ultimatum" director Paul Greengrass decided against returning, he was tasked with creating what producer Frank Marshall called a "same-time-quel."  

Review: Heady & Complex, 'The Bourne Legacy' Is A Fresh & Exciting Expansion Of The Franchise

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 7, 2012 1:25 PM
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Like a game of high-octane chess played upon a moving train, Universal’s “The Bourne Legacy” is just as interested in engaging the mind as it is the senses with its visceral action set-pieces. And while one might argue the action drama's allegiances lie much deeper with engaging the former, this taut, complex, and yes, at times dense, action thriller is still an auspicious beginning to what presumably will kick off another series in the grand mythology of these clandestine and top-secret CIA black ops programs.

"We Are The Sin-Eaters": 11 New Photos & 3 New Clips From 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 20, 2012 6:14 PM
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As you can tell from our exclusive chat with director Tony Gilroy that we posted earlier today, the secretive layers of Universal's "The Bourne Legacy" are slowly being peeled back, and it appears that a larger conspiracy is in play in this new iteration of the series, now led by Jeremy Renner. While we don't have a review of the film yet, our interview piece this morning called the picture "high octane chess," which was what we kind of hoped for and expected from Gilroy, the director behind "Michael Clayton."

Exclusive: Tony Gilroy Pulls The Curtain Back On The Secretive 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 20, 2012 12:08 PM
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Tony Gilroy has a mini-armada at his disposal. In June of 2012, in an unassuming block of offices in midtown Manhattan, the writer/director is sequestered with a team of editors orchestrating the next installment of Universal’s lucrative ‘Bourne’ franchise, which grossed nearly a billion dollars worldwide theatrically and a surfeit more from DVD and omnipresent cable appearances. But Gilroy -- who was nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay in 2007 for "Michael Clayton," and is the author of all three original ‘Bourne’ scripts -- isn’t simply mounting a reboot or a reimagining, or conducting a linear sequel. Instead, the filmmaker is attempting to pull off a feat rarely attempted with Hollywood tentpoles: a parallel circumnavigation of the familiar ‘Bourne’ narrative told through the eyes of another agent.

Wes Anderson Seeking Out Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Angela Lansbury & More For His Next Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 3:32 PM
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"Moonrise Kingdom" not only earned Wes Anderson some of the best reviews in years, but has also done extremely well in limited release, where it's pulled in $37 million worldwide thus far and has been cracking the top ten domestically, even though it's in less than 900 theaters. And it seems he's very eager to get back behind the cameras.

Tony Gilroy Responds To Matt Damon's 'Ultimatum' Diss & More From Empire's Feature On 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 28, 2012 3:02 PM
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In a summer where more has been more when it comes to movie marketing (to the extent where a 25-minute cut of "The Amazing Spider-Man" has been assembled from clips and trailers alone), there's one film that's managed to keep things pretty much under wraps: "The Bourne Legacy." A continuation of Universal's blockbuster spy franchise, which sees Tony Gilroy -- writer on the first three films -- take over directorial duties having subsequently proved his chops (and how...) on the Oscar-nominated "Michael Clayton," the picture also stars Jeremy Renner taking over lead duties as Aaron Cross, another top-flight agent, albeit a very different character.

"There's Freedom In Bondage": 12 Things Learned At Cannes About 'Moonrise Kingdom' & Wes Anderson's Hyper-Controlled Style

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 24, 2012 3:21 PM
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Having received some of his best reviews in years, Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" made a grand debut opening the Cannes Film Festival in style last week. By all accounts (including one very positive review of our own), Anderson's latest picture and first live-action film in five years, is a pleasant, charming and enchanting return to form that's both nostalgic for those early pre-teen years and emotional in its exploration of adolescent angst and early love. Starring newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward with an excellent supporting cast featuring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman, Playlist contributor Aaron Hillis got a chance to sit down with some of the cast at the press conference in Cannes.

Watch: Bob Balaban Introduces Us To Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton & Wes Anderson In 4 'Moonrise Kingdom' Featurettes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2012 8:02 PM
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Well, Bob Balaban is currently on his way to France on a red eye flight, and there is less than 48 hours to go until the Cannes Film Festival kicks off with "Moonrise Kingdom."

Watch: Juvenile Refuge Sounds Like Jail In Clip From Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 5:57 PM
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This morning came the unveiling of the lineup at the Cannes Film Festival and among the surprises is the news that Wes Anderson's festival opener "Moonrise Kingdom" is also going to be playing In Competition as well -- the first time that's happened since Fernando Meirelles' "Blindness" in 2008. Will it have the juice to make it all the way to a Palme d'Or? The competition is fierce and we doubt it will happen, but at the very least, the film looks to have Anderson firing on all cylinders.

First Look: Edward Norton In 'The Bourne Legacy'; Tony Gilroy Hints At No Shaky Cam & A Distinctly Different Tone

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 17, 2012 2:59 PM
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In many ways, Universal has taken great pains to explain to audiences that "The Bourne Legacy" starring Jeremy Renner is well-connected to the 'Bourne' series they know and love (and grossed $945 million worlwide). All the while, they're trying to explain that Jeremy Renner is not taking over for Matt Damon. It's a brand new series, yet it's connected to the same universe, got that?

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