By: Henry J. Fromage –
What do Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine all have in common? No, it’s not massive foreheads, but that is strange now that you mention it. Nope, all have played or will play Tom Clancy’s hero/spy/president/bishop/gynecologist Jack Ryan. Pine’s status was in doubt last week when director Jack Bender bailed on Ryan’s newest adventure, Moscow, but now curious new franchise headliner Kenneth Branagh has taken over for him. Part of this may have been budgetary, which is impressive when you consider how good Thor looked. I have to admit I’m certainly more intrigued by the project now, in particular wondering how Branagh’s going to shoehorn codpieces into this one.
This next, awesome image comes from this epic site:
In British theater circles, a codpiece is now referred to as a ‘Branagh’
Speaking of franchises, former Harry Potter director David Yates just refuses to stay out of the news. Besides the potential Stephen King adaptations and the epically scoped Tom Hardy-starring Al Capone trilogy Cicero, he now has Your Voice in My Head. Emma Watson will play a young girl who ends up with a terminally ill psychologist after a suicide attempt. He saves her, she changes him, yadda, yadda, yadda. What I find interesting is that after flirting with George Clooney and Tom Hanks for the Oscar-y psychologist role, they went with the criminally underappreciated Stanley Tucci for the lead at Yates’ insistence. Here’s hoping that it’s the type of role to bring him his overdue recognition.
Cause it’s pretty unlikely this’ll net him a statue, unfortunately
Kevin Hart had one of the most surprising financial successes in film last year, even if its small scale flew under a lot of radars. Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain netted 7 million on extremely limited release, and studio execs appear to have noticed. This year he has small roles in The Five-Year Engagement and Scary Movie 5, but most intriguing is his dual billing with Seth Rogen in a buddy cop comedy. Not much is known about this one, and the concept might sound kinda Chris Tucker-style old hat, but what gets me interested is the setting- the early 50s jazz scene, in which they’ll face off against a drug ring.
Maybe they’ll do something about that new demon tobaccy all the kids are talking about