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Box Office: Universal's 'Ride Along' and 'Lone Survivor' Top Weekend as 'Jack Ryan' Stumbles and 'Hustle' Rides Oscar Wave

Universal bounced back from its second big-budget dud of 2013, "47 Ronin," with two lower-budget 2014 releases that should pass the $100 million domestic mark. "Ride Along" and holdover "Lone Survivor" grabbed the top two spots, stealing the thunder from the spate of year-end Oscar contenders hoping to sustain their runs
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 19, 2014 3:39 PM
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This Weekend, Jack Ryan Returns, See Indies 'G.B.F.' and 'Like Father, Like Son'

Tom Clancy's badass CIA superagent Jack Ryan returns this weekend in "Shadow Recruit," the new film by Kenneth Branagh, whose career has taken an odd turn from Shakespeare to big-budget action thrillers. In select cities arrive the moving "Like Father, Like Son," warm teen comedy "G.B.F." and "Big Bad Wolves," Tarantino's favorite film of 2013.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 17, 2014 2:43 PM
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'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Is Enjoyable Action, But Fault Lies in the Script -- Not the Stars (REVIEW AND ROUNDUP)

Reviews have arrived for Kenneth Branagh's Tom Clancy adaptation "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," starring Chris Pine as the eponymous CIA-analyst hero. The verdict thus far is that Pine makes for an appealing (and attractive) lead, stepping into the same shoes that Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck did before him. While the action is kept at a good clip, the script falters with too many plot holes left gaping and, per Variety, "too many recycled genre parts."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 15, 2014 12:40 PM
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Kenneth Branagh on Why Chris Pine Was the Guy to Reboot Jack Ryan

I like Chris Pine. He's a strong actor and a movie star--although his reboot of Tom Clancy's signature spy is going to be a test of his marquee value. It's one thing to join the "Star Trek" ensemble and another to carry a movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 15, 2014 6:03 AM
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WATCH: First Trailer for 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,' Kenneth Branagh's Old-School Espionage Thriller Starring Chris Pine

The first trailer for director Kenneth Branagh's "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," starring Chris Pine as the titular CIA analyst who kicks a lot of ass, has landed. Fifth in the Jack Ryan series, the film is based on characters from the spy novels by author Tom Clancy, who died this week at age 66.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • October 4, 2013 11:47 AM
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Obit: Tom Clancy, Author of Jack Ryan Thrillers 'Hunt for Red October,' 'Patriot Games' and More, Has Died at 66 (FILM CLIPS)

Tom Clancy, bestselling author of many a thriller that would find an even wider audience with the help of Hollywood adaptations, has died at age 66. Check out clips below from his four books turned into films, "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger" and "The Sum of All Fears."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 2, 2013 12:52 PM
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Branagh Takes Helm of New Jack Ryan Flick at Paramount, Starring Chris Pine

Kenneth Branagh has taken the helm at Paramount of the long-in-the-works untitled Jack Ryan project, based on Tom Clancy's character. Branagh replaces Jack Bender, who had scheduling issues...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2012 5:08 PM
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Career Watch: Harrison Ford

Media folks reveling in the decline of Harrison Ford are missing the point. He was terrific in Morning Glory and he wasn't the star. Rachel McAdams has to take the bullet for not being a ready-for-prime-time player. Supporting actors Ford and Diane Keaton actually pulled in older moviegoers, where McAdams didn't score with her age demo. (WOM could still kick in. Yes, it's a familiar story, and it's no Broadcast News, but it's well-done.) And now that Ford, at age 68, is out of the running for those $20 million leads, he's free! He can do whatever he wants. He doesn't HAVE to carry studio tentpoles anymore. Here's a sample from my latest AOL Moviefone Career Watch column.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 16, 2010 8:53 AM
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Paramount Wants Chris Pine for Jack Ryan

Last summer, as producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura was waiting to read the new Untitled Tom Clancy Project from writer Hossein Amini, he told me that the Jack Ryan role could go older, or younger. Well, now that the studio is in deep negotiations with Star Trek star Chris Pine, they're obviously going younger. It makes sense. If the studio has an in-house star (lined up to do the Star Trek sequel), they might as well hang onto him by offering him another juicy franchise role. It amazes me that in the franchise era, it has taken the studio this long to ramp this one up.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 19, 2009 11:18 AM
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Clooney Wants to Play Clancy's Jack Ryan

Buried in this Kim Masters story about Sony bringing over George Clooney's production deal is a juicy nugget: Clooney wants to take over playing Jack Ryan in the Tom Clancy franchise. That is, if Paramount ever gets its act together and puts the next movie back on the front burner. It's been years since Ben Affleck took over from Harrison Ford as a younger Ryan, and acquitted himself well in The Sum of All Fears, which grossed $193 million worldwide in 2002.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 7, 2009 4:16 AM
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