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Paul Greengrass To Direct 1984


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Paul Greengrass will direct the '1984' film.

According to Deadline, the 59-year-old director has been hired by Sony Pictures to helm the latest big screen version of George Orwell's dystopian novel, which was first published in 1949.

Scott Rudin is producing the film, while James Graham - known for penning the 'Finding Neverland' stage show - is writing the script.

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Matt Damon For Bourne 5?


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Matt Damon will reportedly return for 'Bourne 5'.

The 43-year-old star is said to be in talks to reprise his role as amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne following his departure from the series - which is based on Robert Ludlum's books of the same names - after the third Paul Greengrass directed film, 'The Bourne Ultimatum', in 2007.

Damon claimed earlier this year that he wouldn't return to the series unless Greengrass returned as director, saying at the time: ''I've always been open to it if Paul Greengrass is the director.''

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Movie Reviews: Skyfall


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When the last 007 movie, Quantum of Solace, opened in 2008, critics railed at the decision to turn Bond into an action hero. He is too good for that! remarked Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times. He is an attitude. Violence for him is an annoyance. Peter Howell commented in the Toronto Star: This is the contrarian's 007, the Bond for people who would rather watch The Bourne Identity. Now, four years later, Ebert writes in his review of Skyfall, I don't know what I expected in [Solace], but certainly not an experience this invigorating. And Howell remarks that Skyfall could make you fall for James Bond all over again, or to discover him at the moment of his vital rebirth. Most of the other reviews from the major newspaper critics are equally enthusiastic. Manohla Dargis in The New York Times comments that the movie plays like something of a franchise rethink, partly because it brings in new faces and implies that Bond, like Jason Bourne, needed to be reborn. [A most subtle pun, if that's what it is.] That is the theme of many reviews -- that Skyfall has revived a fading franchise effectively. In the Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan praises director Sam Mendes for turning out a thrilling new chapter in a franchise that by all rights should have been gasping for air -- which really makes him the hero of this saga. Saving Bond, after all, is rather like saving the day. There are a few dissents. Skyfall, writes Rafer Guzmán in Newsday, is so busy recapturing the past that it has trouble moving forward. Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe makes a similar point, noting that Mendes must have felt obligated to follow the road map laid out in previous Bond movies. The result, he writes, is that the franchise has atrophied into the kind of nostalgia that calls into question going on with this enterprise at all.


Ted Sequel Confirmed


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A 'Ted' sequel has been confirmed.

Universal Pictures have revealed they will make a follow-up to Seth Macfarlane's box office hit - a comedy about a teddy bear that comes to life, starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis - and the studio wants to get the project started ''as soon'' as they can.

As well as a sequel to 'Ted', which grossed close to $400 million worldwide, Universal have also confirmed another film will be released in the 'Bourne' franchise.

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Chris Pine Thinks Jack Ryan Is Unique


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Chris Pine says 'Jack Ryan' is completely different to other spy movies.

The 32-year-old actor stars as the titular hero in the action packed reboot of Tom Clancy's famous franchise and he says his character is nothing like other famous spies including James Bond and Jason Bourne.

He said: ''It's different from Bourne. Jack's a brain. His greatest gift is his smarts and his wit. He's physical but in a completely different way.''

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Jeremy Renner Rules Our Bourne Role


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Jeremy Renner would ''never ever'' play Jason Bourne

The 41-year-old actor portrays government-trained assassin Aaron Cross in of 'The Bourne Legacy' but says he has no interest in taking on the title role in the blockbuster franchise, which was previously played by Matt Damon.

He said: ''I would never ever play Jason Bourne. I don't want to take over someone else's role. You could throw me whatever amount of money and it's still not going to happen. I'm a fan of the Bourne series; I feel that as an actor, I fit into it.''

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Jeremy Renner 'Can't Wait' For Steve Mcqueen Role


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Jeremy Renner ''can't wait'' to play his hero Steve McQueen in a forthcoming biopic.

The 'Bourne Legacy' star is set to take on the role of the Hollywood legend in a new film - which is loosely based on Marshall Terrill's 1993 biography, 'Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel' - and the 41-year-old actor admits it will be ''really tough'' to portray the 'Great Escape' star.

Jeremy said: ''I think he's an icon. I've seen quite a few of his movies and I just thought he would be a really interesting guy to explore.

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Jeremy Renner Not 'Replacing' Matt Damon


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Jeremy Renner insists he's not ''replacing'' Matt Damon in 'The Bourne Identity'.

The 'Avengers Assemble' actor claims he's not trying to replace Matt's iconic Jason Bourne character but simply hopes to honour the popular film franchise with his Brand New alter-ego Aaron Cross.

Jeremy said: ''What Matt Damon did, and what the previous directors have done, that was great. For those who love the franchise, I'm not replacing Matt, nor would I want to.

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Matt Damon Wants Bourne Return


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Matt Damon wants to be in the next 'Bourne' film.

The 41-year-old actor played Jason Bourne in the first three movies of the franchise and while Jeremy Renner has taken on the role in the latest instalment, 'The Bourne Legacy', Matt says he would like to do another one alongside the 'Avengers Assemble' star.

He said: ''If they had a script, I'd love it. [Director] Paul [Greengrass] and I have talked about doing another one for years. We just never could find a story that we felt was good enough. And if we could, then we'd do it. We love the character, we love the world and I'd love to do it. We'll see what happens.''

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Jason Bourne Franchise Producer Wants Renner And Matt Damon For Next Film


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The producer of all four Jason Bourne movies wants Matt Damon to return to the franchise for a fifth film, alongside his replacement leading man Jeremy Renner.

Damon opted not to return for the latest Bourne adventure, The Bourne Legacy, and so producer Frank Marshall drafted in The Avengers star Renner, but he hasn't given up hope of coaxing the original star of the series back for the next movie.

Marshall tells Empire magazine, "You see there are several different programmes in the movie with different skill sets. All possibilities are open. My dream is that in the next one we see Matt and Jeremy team up."

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