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"Thoroughly Bogus," "Disastrous," "Atrocious": First Reviews For '47 Ronin' Arrive

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2013 12:53 PM
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A ballooning budget, reshoots, editing room wrangles and more have long marked "47 Ronin" as a cinematic poison apple. And certainly, with a weak opening earlier this month in Japan, where the story is common and has been retold numerous times, it seemed the writing on the wall. But was the negative buzz fair? After all, "World War Z" went through its own turmoil and emerged victorious, with a sequel on the way, so perhaps the same could happen for Keanu Reeves' samurai blockbuster, right? Well, probably not.

Keanu's Samurai Training Regime, How To Shoot 3D, Committing Seppuku & More Learned On The Set Of '47 Ronin'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 6, 2013 4:02 PM
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On Monday, we took you on the set of "47 Ronin," Universal's great tentpole hope for the Christmas season. Long-delayed (it was originally set for release last November) and with a troubled production history, the film tells the famous Japanese story of the 47 Ronin, former samurai who spent a year planning their revenge on the man who wronged their master, with two major twists: one is that one of their number is Kai, a "half-breed" played by Keanu Reeves, the other is that the vision of first-time director Carl Erik Rinsch was to set the film in "a dream of Japan," with fantastical creatures and heightened action.

On Set: Carl Rinsch's Ambitious Blockbuster '47 Ronin' Starring Keanu Reeves

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 4, 2013 12:00 PM
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Things that have happened in the two-and-a-half years since I was on the set of Universal's hopeful Christmas blockbuster "47 Ronin" in June 2011: A presidential election, a government shutdown, three fall TV seasons, four Marvel movies, two "Fast & Furious" movies, two "Paranormal Activity" movies, three World Series, one complete Kim Kardashian marriage (and another engagement), the release of three albums by One Direction, and one fully-achieved Matthew McConaughey comeback. I've moved house four times, I've fallen in and out of love at least once, I've left my full-time job at The Playlist, and one couple I'm friends with have conceived and given birth to two whole children. What I'm saying is, this has been a long time coming.

Joe Carnahan Comments On '47 Ronin,' Says $200 Million Budget Put Unfair Pressure On Carl Rinsch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 5:02 PM
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No matter what you think of his movies, there aren't many people who give it to you as straight and unfiltered as Joe Carnahan. He's already shared his pitch reels for "Daredevil" and "Gemini Man," and he's frequently on Twitter sharing his thoughts on almost anything. So he's a pretty good choice for CineFix's "Hollywood Trenches" web series thing, and for the first episode (which is aggravatingly being portioned out in seven parts), Joe Carnahan sits down to candidly talk about his career. And so far, so good.

Watch: Super Bowl Spots Directed By Jon Favreau, Carl Erik Rinsch, Jake Scott, Noam Murro & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2013 10:50 PM
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Super Bowl advertising wasn't just about the movies. No, seriously. Plenty of major brands spent big chunks of their marketing budget in the hopes they could capture the attention of the nation. Some did, some didn't. But going along with the big spend, was the roping in of major talent both in front of and behind camera. We've already seen Dwayne Johnson's Peter Berg directed milk ad and Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen's Samsung teaser before Super Bowl Sunday, but now, here are the rest of the ads that had some famous names involved.

Carl Rinsch Hasn't Been Kicked Off '47 Ronin,' Still Working With The Studio To Edit The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2012 3:22 PM
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"I hate how difficulties in the process of putting together big-budget movies has been turned into bloodsport reporting, particularly when it is sort of accurate but exaggerated," Deadline wrote today with a pretty amazing lack of self-awareness. And while the actual truth of what is going on behind closed doors on "47 Ronin" likely won't be known except by those directly involved, it's hard to deny that the movie is going through some serious pains.

Universal Takes Over Editing '47 Ronin' As Director Carl Erik Rinsch Removed; Studio Adds Love Scene, Dialogue & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2012 8:26 AM
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Jay-Z may have 99 problems, but you can bet he's glad "47 Ronin" ain't one. Universal's big budget samurai flick starring Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi and rounded out with a mostly Japanese cast has seen its problems displayed through ever changing release dates. Originally slated to open on November 21st of this year, it was optimistically bumped to February 8, 2013 back in the spring. But it seems as though concerns around the picture grew worse and the studio decided they need more time, as the picture has now been pegged with a Christmas Day slot next year. Whether it will hold or not remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain: director Carl Erik Rinsch's relationship with the movie is now over.

Discuss: As 'World War Z' Gets Seven Weeks Of Reshoots, Why Are So Many Tentpoles Being Delayed & Reworked?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 1, 2012 10:01 AM
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Reshoots: they're the new principal photography, it would seem. Every so often, a story will crop up that some major movie has reassembled its cast and crew for what's usually referred to as "additional photography." And it's easy for that to be blown up into some kind of scaremongering story, when in actual fact, it's hard to find a film that doesn't go back for more after the main bulk of its shoot has wrapped. More often than not it's for "pick-ups" -- filling in some gaps, fixing some scenes that may have had some technical issues. Sometimes it's to add a new ending, or new scenes elsewhere in the picture, which may have occured to the filmmakers once in post-production. Virtually every major movie budgets and schedules for a week or two of additional photography, and almost every successful movie of the last few years -- "Avatar," "The Avengers," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" -- had some kind of reshoots.

'47 Ronin' Director Carl Erik Rinsch Creates Unique Streetview Ad For Mercedes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2011 10:30 AM
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Rinko Kikuchi Joins '47 Ronin' With Keanu Reeves

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2011 9:09 AM
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Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki & Tadanobu Asano Also Join The CastAre you ready for a big budget samurai movie based on a legendary incident in Japanese history where everybody dies at the end (though we'll guess they'll change that part here)? Then get ready for "47 Ronin." The long-in-development blockbuster over at Universal is headed towards cameras with Keanu Reeves set to star, and today he's been joined by four Japanese thesps.

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