Jack O'Connell

‘Unbroken’: Maybe Not All Great Stories Are Meant to Be Movies

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by Mike Ryan December 2, 2014 @ 12:34 PM
Universal
Maybe not every story about the sheer determination of the human spirit over impossible odds needs to be a movie. This was my thought while watching Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken,’ the true story of Louis Zamperini (played by rising star Jack O’Connell), a World War II hero who is brutally beaten to within an inch of his life in a Japanese prisoner of war camp so many times that I lost count. The real life story is inspiring—and it truly is remarkable that he survived—but to watch it play out in front of your eyes over and over and over again almost feels sadistic. It gets to the point that every time we see O’Connell on screen, we automatically think, “I bet this poor man is going to get beaten again, isn’t he?” And we are always right.

Terry Gilliam's Doomed 'Don Quixote' Moves Forward With a New Leading Man (Again)

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by Jacob Hall November 5, 2014 @ 1:52 PM
Fox Searchlight
Director Terry Gilliam may have an army of passionate admirers and fans, but that sure hasn't translated into continuous success. Although the filmmaker behind classics like 'Brazil' and 'Time Bandits' tends to find his projects followed by bad luck and misfortune, his frequent attempts to bring Miguel de Cervantes’ 'Don Quixote' to the screen have been the stuff of legend -- no matter what he does, the project implodes before his very eyes. However, Gilliam is now prepping his seventh (!) version of the film and he's found a leading man in Jack O'Connell.

'Unbroken' Trailer: Preview Angelina Jolie's Latest Directorial Effort

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by Britt Hayes February 16, 2014 @ 5:59 PM
http://youtu.be/M48tvsfpIew
The first preview for Angelina Jolie's latest directorial effort, 'Unbroken,' premiered during the 2014 Winter Olympics today -- appropriate, as the story of her latest film follows an Olympian who tragically becomes a prisoner of war during World War II. And it looks to be pretty inspirational stuff from the sophomore director and A-list actress, whose debut film, 'In the Land of Blood and Honey,' also told a harrowing and inspirational story.

'Fantastic Four' is Looking at 'Game of Thrones' Star Kit Harington, Saoirse Ronan and More

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by Damon Houx October 9, 2013 @ 5:53 PM
Marvel
The 'Fantastic Four' reboot may have gone through a tumultuous scripting process, with Simon Kinberg the latest writer brought in on the project, but with a March 2015 release looming, the cast will need to fall into place shortly if they're going to make the date. And now five new names (and two old ones) have been mentioned for the roles of Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Sue Storm/Invisible Woman and Johnny Storm/The Human Torch.