HBO previously took us to the 1920s East Coast for all the booze and bullets of 'Boardwalk Empire,' but will its next great drama switch sides? 'The Hunger Games' and 'Captain Phillips' screenwriter Billy Ray has been tasked to develop an HBO series around 'Great Gatsby' writer F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished work 'The Last Tycoon,' but how far along is the project?
With piracy drama 'Captain Phillips,' Paul Greengrass ('Bloody Sunday,' 'United 93') has defended his ground as the go-to man for tragic, reality-based pressure-cooker films. The dude really knows how to get your palms sweaty, even when you kinda-sorta know how things are going to end up. Note to self: don't take your cargo ship through the Somali Basin if you don't have to.
Greengrass is also the director of the best two 'Bourne' movies ('Supremacy' and 'Ultimatum') and just as Matt Damon glided through those films as the steely, mixed-martial killing machine, Tom Hanks' center-seat performance here is a master class in keeping it cool.
Summer is over and, as Ned Stark would say, winter is coming. But, there's no reason to despair: the best stretch of the year for movies is right around the corner. The summer may offer the year's biggest films, but the fall tends to offer the best
It's been a few years since we last saw a film from Paul Greengrass, but the new 'Captain Phillips' trailer shows that the director of 'The Bourne Ultimatum' hasn't lost his style at all. In fact, the movie looks terrific. That's what you get when you put Greengrass at the helm of a terrifying/exciting true story and cast Tom Hanks in the lead role.