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Jai Courtney Is Kyle Reese In 'Terminator' Reboot, Meryl Streep Joins Carey Mulligan In 'Suffragette' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2014 1:46 PM
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Jai Courtney, Kyle Reese, Terminator Genesis
The long national nightmare is finally over. Sort of. After other people like Nicholas Hoult and Garrett Hedlund passed on the part, Jai Courtney has landed the role of Kyle Reese in the "Terminator" reboot aka "Terminator 5" aka "Terminator: Genesis." Hooray. He'll join the returning Ah-nuld, Jason Clarke and Emilia Clarke in the Alan Taylor ("Game of Thrones," "Thor: The Dark World") directed movie, about which details are being kept under wraps for now.

Jai Courtney In The Mix To Play Kyle Reese In 'Terminator: Genesis'; Nicholas Hoult & Garrett Hedlund Pass On The Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2014 4:20 PM
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With "Terminator 5" aka "Terminator: Genesis" now rolling in earnest and headed to the smorgasbord of sequels coming in 2015, the project is taking shape. Jason Clarke and Emilia Clarke are on board to play John and Sarah Connor in the movie with Alan Taylor ("Game of Thrones," "Thor: The Dark World") to direct. So who are the filmmakers looking for next? Kyle Reese.

Casting: Will Smith Starts 'Selling Time,' Tim Roth and Gerard Depardieu Play Soccer in 'F2014' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 25, 2013 9:30 AM
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Roland Emmerich may be preparing for the worst with two versions of “Independence Day 2” (one with Will Smith and one without) but at least one thing remains clear: the “After Earth” star hasn't grown sick yet of the sci-fi genre with a newly announced project on his plate., while elsewhere Tim Roth and Gérard Depardieu plan to delve into soccer's behind-the-scenes dealings and Michael K. Williams switches sides of the law.

TIFF Review: 'Felony' Written By & Starring Joel Edgerton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 15, 2013 1:45 PM
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Malcolm Toohey is a textbook example of a good cop, as we see in the opening of "Felony," written by and starring Joel Edgerton. Toohey is the kind of police officer that doesn't hesitate to charge into a dangerous situation, and by the end of the early moments of the film, his actions find him taking two shots to his bulletproof vest protected chest, all in the name of bringing down a bit player in a much bigger criminal ring. It's the kind of bravery that has earned him the respect of his colleagues. Meanwhile, on the homefront, with a beautiful wife and two young kids, things couldn't look better. But one bad decision, followed by a heat-of-the-moment lie, is all it takes for Malcolm's life to potentially unravel around him. What begins with so much promise in "Felony" is undone by a story that prefers sensationalist melodrama over tackling the much more interesting ethical dilemmas it brings up for its characters.

Interview: Director Matthew Saville Talks TIFF Crime Pic 'Felony' Written By & Starring Joel Edgerton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2013 2:03 PM
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While Joel Edgerton has no shortage of friends and collaborators he could have chosen to direct his script for the crime drama "Felony," he landed on Matthew Saville, a TV veteran with a couple of feature films under his belt as well. Edgerton had been impressed with the filmmaker's 2007 Aussie TV movie "The King: The Story of Graham Kennedy" and thus begun the journey to bring the actor's movie to the big screen. "The whole thing started with Joel. He wrote it and approached me about four years ago," Saville explained when we caught up with him over the phone. He was enthusiastic about the experience of working with Edgerton and the result of their teamwork will be seen next week at the Toronto International Film Festival.

John McClane’s Son Joins YA Movie 'Divergent' With Shailene Woodley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2013 2:09 PM
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From rumbling with Tom Cruise in "Jack Reacher" to trading quips with Dad Willis in "A Good Day To Die Hard," Jai Courtney has been enjoying blockbuster gigs, but still hasn't penetrated the pop culture consciousness. Perhaps a part in potential tween franchise will do the trick.

Review: John McClane Becomes A Non-Entity In The Faceless & Tedious McActioner 'A Good Day To Die Hard'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 13, 2013 5:28 PM
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If you were to tell the even the average civilian who frequented movies that the script for "A Good Day To Die Hard" was actually just another generic actioner found in a studio pile and then subsequently retrofitted to fit the "Die Hard" brand, said average schmoe would have no reason to doubt you. In fact, this was exactly the case for both “Die Hard With A Vengeance” -- originally called “Simon Says” -- and "Live Free Or Die Hard," which started as "WW3.com" (seriously) with neither originally conceived for the franchise. That is to say there’s almost nothing distinguishable that identifies this particular story with the John McClane (Bruce Willis) narrative -- that of an everyman New York cop who often finds himself a magnet for trouble -- other than gigantic broad strokes. This is how largely anonymous and colorless, "Die Hard 5" aka “A Good Day To Die Hard” truly is. Set in Russia for seemingly random (and antiquated) reasons and featuring a father/son dynamic that's uninspired and banal, the fifth installment of this series takes a weak, half-baked story and simply grafts it onto John McClane's ongoing adventures, but for no discernible reason other than to keep said adventures going.

Watch: New Clip From 'A Good Day To Die Hard' Plus Key & Peele Get Really Excited For The Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2013 4:03 PM
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If you haven't made your plans for Valentine's Day for your special someone, may we remind you that it's less than 48 hours away, and if you want to get into somebody's good books, you might want track down a reservation. But if you do manage to convince the special person in your life to go with you to the theater to see "A Good Day To Die Hard," no one will be able to match the excitement of Key & Peele for the fifth entry in the franchise.

Watch: Bruce Willis & Jai Courtney Shoot The Glass In Clip From 'A Good Day To Die Hard'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 31, 2013 10:43 AM
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Well, we are just a few weeks away from the next installment of the "Die Hard" franchise, and for those who can’t wait to see John McClane back in action again, perhaps this clip will be enough to hold you over for now. It’s already been established that the film’s taking place in Russia this time around, and as we noted yesterday, “A Good Day to Die Hard” will also wind up being the shortest film in the franchise at a lean 97 minutes. As the clip demonstrates, McClane is not in Russia to do any sightseeing.

20 New Images From 'A Good Day To Die Hard' Likely Won't Resell You On The 'Die Hard' Franchise

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 18, 2013 12:19 PM
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 The "Die Hard" series is sort of akin to Nickelback or the Dave Matthews Band. No one admits to listening to these bands, but clearly someone is buying their music. Likewise, the "Die Hard" franchise has been pretty much irrelevant since the second film (which wasn't very good either), but still, the series has grossed $1.1 billion worldwide so far. However, even domestically the films are hardly gigantic money draws. The highest grossing "Die Hard" film to date is "Live Free or Die Hard," which earned $134 million in 2007, but coupled with the international markets, this is apparently still enough to keep the series going (domestically the series has grossed $435 million so far).

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