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Ranked: Tom Clancy Movies, From Worst To Best

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 2, 2013 2:01 PM
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Tom Clancy Movies, From Worst To Best
Tom Clancy, who had written over a dozen best-selling spy novels (and co-written more than a dozen additional novels) and overseen a vast, hugely profitable videogame empire, has died today at the age of 66. For an author who was prolific, and whose works were so inherently cinematic, usually involving large-scale tactical military strikes, a shockingly small amount of his material was actually developed for the screen. This December (unless it gets pushed) sees the release of Paramount's "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," in which Chris Pine takes over the role of CIA analyst Jack Ryan, a character previously inhabited by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck.

Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit And Carrie Coon Added To Cast Of David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 3:30 PM
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Few literary adaptations are as hotly anticipated as David Fincher's "Gone Girl." The novel by Gillian Flynn was a bona fide literary sensation, selling more than two million copies in print and digital editions by the end of its first year of publication, and every aspect of the film's casting has been obsessed over. With Ben Affleck in the role of Nick Dunne, whose wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) mysteriously vanishes, leaving him as the prime suspect, it was just a matter of filling out the supporting cast, something that is very near completion with Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Carrie Coon joining the film and Tyler Perry confirmed for a role.

Discuss: Is Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' Another Profound Masterpiece Or A Parody Of His Worst Tendencies?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 15, 2013 11:57 AM
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Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, To The Wonder
The last movie that Roger Ebert reviewed was Terrence Malick's "To The Wonder," which seems appropriately fitting. "To the Wonder" is a movie of quiet contemplation, one where an Oscar-winning movie star like Ben Affleck is mostly found in stoic silence and conventional plot mechanics are either eschewed or completely ignored. It doesn't take on the cosmic dimension of his equally divisive "The Tree of Life," but "To the Wonder" does contemplate similarly big questions about humanity, the world and our place in it.

Watch: Oscar Acceptance Speeches From Ben Affleck, Ang Lee, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Haneke & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2013 9:16 AM
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Despite what whoever was pressing the "Jaws" theme button last night believes, the highlights of the annual Academy Awards tend not to be the montages and dance numbers, but the speeches. It's the moment where an actor or artist is rewarded by their peers, and thanks the Academy with wit, graciousness, charm, enormous egotism, or perhaps a bit of all the above.

Oscars: Can Anything Beat Ben Affleck's 'Argo' To Best Picture?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 4, 2013 12:05 PM
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After one of the most unprecditable Oscar seasons in memory, we're less than two weeks out, and things are finally starting to look more like an anointment than a contest; Ben Affleck's "Argo," counted out by many after the director missed out on an Oscar nomination, has won the top prizes from the Directors Guild, the Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild, all reliable Oscar precursors, as well as the Best Drama prize from the Critics Choice and Golden Globe awards, on top of many other critics' prizes.

'Argo' Continues Its Guild Award Sweep As Ben Affleck Wins The DGA Prize, Rian Johnson & Lena Dunham Also Take Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2013 5:49 AM
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It's been one of the most exciting and unpredictable award seasons in memory; a rich, diverse field of contenders, almost all of which are very good, and for the longest time it seemed like almost any of them could have taken the Best Picture award at the Oscars. But in the last couple of weeks, the narrative's starting to become a little narrower, with one film dominating the guild awards, which are traditionally the best precursors to the Academy Awards – Ben Affleck's terrific "Argo."

Oscars: 5 Things Learned From The SAG & PGA Results This Weekend

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 28, 2013 12:44 PM
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We're now less than a month until Oscar night, and the next few weeks will feature a steady drip of guild awards and other precursors, leading up to big shindig on February 24th. And the crystal ball is staring to get a bit more clear on who will walk away with some statues on Oscar night.

Is The Oscar Best Picture Next? Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Takes Top Prize At Producers' Guild Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 27, 2013 8:05 AM
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After a bit of a breather from awards season due to the Sundance Film Festival (in recent years, Oscar noms are announced during the festival, but the Academy moved it up this year), barely minutes elapsed between the Sundance awards ceremony and the first of a coming wave of precursors awards ceremonies.

Over A Dozen New Images Of Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko & Javier Bardem In Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2013 1:34 PM
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It might have been a far shorter wait than we're used from Terrence Malick -- less than two years have passed since the premiere of "The Tree Of Life" -- but given that it shot over three years ago, and premiered at Venice six months back, those who weren't lucky enough to see "To The Wonder" on the festival circuit in 2012 must be getting impatient to see the latest film from the reclusive auteur.

Watch: Soaring Trailer For Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' With Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko & Javier Bardem

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 19, 2012 8:02 AM
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If you weren't one of those who saw the film in Venice or Toronto this year, you've likely seen very little of Terrence Malick's "To The Wonder," the director's uncharacteristically fast-in-arriving follow-up to his wildly acclaimed "The Tree Of Life." Two images from the film have been released, but those who've been avoiding the reviews might not yet have much of an idea of what to expect.

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