Kenneth Branagh

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Reportedly Eyes Kenneth Branagh to Return as Director

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by Britt Hayes June 20, 2015 @ 2:52 PM
Marvel
Just a few days ago, it was reported that 20th Century Fox wants Kenneth Branagh to direct their upcoming remake of Murder on the Orient Express, but it seems like another major studio is also interested in acquiring his services: Marvel reportedly wants the Thor director to return for Thor: Ragnarok. Decisions, decisions.

‘Cinderella’ Review: This Old Fairy Tale Still Has Some Magic

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by Matt Singer March 12, 2015 @ 7:22 AM
Walt Disney Pictures
The name “Disney” brings to mind images of fair princesses, charming princes, magical fairy tales, and simple happily ever afters. In recent years, though, Disney has begun rethinking their classic properties, and releasing more thematically complex versions of their famous films. Sleeping Beauty became Maleficent, which turned a wicked witch into a sympathetic anti-hero; a whole mess of fairy tales turned into Into the Woods, where happily ever after preceded a whole bunch of death and tragedy. The ranks of Disney Princesses grew to include women like Merida, the bow-slinging heroine of Brave, and Anna and Else from Frozen, who rescued each other from an prince, rather than the other way around. Every value and concept that Disney had established and reinforced through decades of repetition was seemingly up for reconsideration and revision.

Watch the ‘Cinderella’ Trailer Before it Turns Back Into a Pumpkin

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by Matt Singer February 11, 2015 @ 8:41 AM
Disney’s big kick right now is revisionist versions of classic fairy tales. ‘Sleeping Beauty’ became ‘Maleficent,’ a sympathetic look at the supposedly “evil” witch. Last Christmas’ ‘Into the Woods’ followed numerous fairy tales to find the unhappy endings after their “happily ever after.” Even ‘Frozen’ reconfigured numerous classic fairy tale tropes (the handsome price was secretly [SPOILER ALERT] the bad guy, and the film’s true love story was actually between a pair of sisters). What’s most surprising about Disney’s new live-action ‘Cinderella’ is how unsurprising it looks; it seems totally unlike those films in its old-school vibe.

Martin Scorsese and Kenneth Branagh Have Had “Informal” Talks About a ‘Macbeth’ Movie

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by Britt Hayes February 1, 2015 @ 9:58 AM
Johan Persson
We all know Martin Scorsese is a busy, busy man, with several projects he’d love to make, from his upcoming ‘Silence’ (which just began production) to biopics about the Ramones and Frank Sinatra, and the long-gestating and long-promised ‘The Irishman.’ Whether Scorsese actually makes some of these projects remains to be seen, but he may have just added another prospective film to his to-do list: a film adaptation of Kenneth Branagh’s version of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth.’

'Cinderella' Trailer: Meet the New Cinderella, Same as the Old Cinderella

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by Mike Sampson November 19, 2014 @ 8:55 AM
Following the success of films like 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Maleficent' (two films not highly regarded by critics, but highly regarded by people who like buying movie tickets), it wasn't a surprise that Disney would continue the trend of adapting some of their classic animated tales into live-action movies. Today, we get our first real look at their next effort, a live-action version of one of their most revered tales, 'Cinderella'.

'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Review

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by Todd Gilchrist January 17, 2014 @ 8:19 AM
Paramount Pictures
Some franchises leave an indelible mark on you during your formative years, and inspire passionate, lifelong devotion from their fans – but is Jack Ryan really one of them? Given the messy lineage of the character on screen, played now by four separate actors (Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and here, by 'Star Trek Into Darkness' star Chris Pine), not to mention the fact that the films are wildly uneven in terms of quality, it seems like the answer would be no. But, the character’s resilience is apparently as indefatigable as Hollywood’s faith in intellectual property, which is why ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ exists, a dull mishmash of Cold War spy games and ‘Bourne Identity’-style grit which shares much in common with the weakest of its predecessors – especially total forgettability.

'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Overwhelms with New Photos and a Clip

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by Damon Houx January 9, 2014 @ 6:27 PM
Paramount
http://youtu.be/8eHCx7Fcm10
'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' hits theaters in a little over a week, and this franchise reboot, which stars Chris PineKeira Knightley and Kevin Costner alongside director Kenneth Branagh, has just offered a number of stills along with the clip above.

New 'Jack Ryan' Poster and Photos

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by Mike Sampson November 4, 2013 @ 9:45 AM
Paramount Pictures
It was recently announced that Paramount's big reboot of the 'Jack Ryan' franchise would be pushed to a January, 2014 release; a move that left many wondering if this was any indication of the film's quality. Is the studio dumping this film? Let's take a look at the new 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' poster as well as some new photos to see what we can find out.

'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Trailer: Chris Pine Revamps a Tom Clancy Character

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by Nick Romano October 3, 2013 @ 6:30 PM
Paramount
http://youtu.be/ZxsJyVWdnNg
Paramount has released the first 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' trailer, a prequel to the established Jack Ryan stories that previously featured the likes of Alec BaldwinHarrison Ford and Ben Affleck in the title role. But now Chris Pine is up at the plate.