Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher Probably Never Getting A Sequel
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This is so stupid to say, but seeing that clip actually helped me get excited about possibly seeing a one-off Jedi movie set in a different genre, be it a Western (like the rumored adaptation of Seven Samurai) or an ensemble war movie like 300 -- only with lightsabers. We discussed, at length, whether Snyder was a good fit for the expanding Star Wars world, and it sounds like we’re going to get multiple films in addition to the new trilogy that’s supposed to start with Episode VII … you know, if LucasFilm can ever settle on a director to kick start the fresh series.So what do you think? Is Snyder participating in a little misdirection so that he can announce his intentions for The Magnificent Seven with Jedi on his own terms? Did Vulture gets its facts so completely wrong when it broke the “Snyder for Star Wars” story? Or will a different director be brought into the fold for a future Star Wars movie? Stay tuned.
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Movies arrive at the Sundance Film Festival every year pulling out all the stops to try to grab the audience's attention, from outlandish plots to lavish premiere parties to simply casting as many celebrities as possible in a single film. But when Mark Webber's debut feature The End Of Love captured critics at last year's festival, it wasn't through any gimmicks, but the sheer power of the film's heartfelt story. Webber stars, alongside his real-life son Isaac, as an actor named "Mark Webber" who's pretty similar to the real-life guy, but with some key differences. The movie's Webber is struggling a little harder as an actor than a real one, and despite going to parties with the likes of Michael Cera and Aubrey Plaza, he struggles to get gigs, pay rent, or connect to anyone after the death of his ex-girlfriend (and Isaac's mom). An encounter with a woman (Shannyn Sossamon) who's entirely outside the movie industry, though, might change all that. Watch how it happens in the brand-new trailer, both embedded below and available in HD at Apple:
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If you're noticing an unusually natural screen presence from little Isaac, that's no coincidence. Webber uses the real-life father and son relationship to great effect in the movie, interacting with Isaac as naturally as he would if the cameras were off, and establishing a really beautiful portrait of how a father and son interact with each other when there's no mom around. The End of Love isn't as emotionally devastating as you might fear from this trailer, but it's pretty close, so if you're up for having your heart rubbed raw, you can see it for yourself in theaters starting March 1. Jerry Lewis hasn't been in a live action feature film since 1995, but after a nearly two decade long hiatus he's finally ready to make his way back to the big screen. The veteran actor, who will turn 87 in March, has signed on for a starring role in Max Rose, a new indie drama from writer/director Daniel Noah.
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Deadline says the film is about an elderly man named Max (Lewis) who discovers something shocking days before his wife's death that "causes Max to believe his marriage was a lie." Dealing with both his grief and confusion, he goes on a journey of self discovery that brings him back in contact with people from his past. Claire Bloom, Kevin Pollak, Kerry Bishe and Mort Sahl have all signed on for parts as well, but the source doesn't specify who they will be playing or what role they will serve in the story. The site notes that Sahl and Lewis last appeared together on Lewis' variety series in 1963. The film will be shooting in Los Angeles but no time frame is mentioned regarding either the production or the release date. While Lewis hasn't been in theaters for years, he has been acting. In addition to appearances in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and The Simpsons, he also lent his voice to animated direct-to-video features The Nutty Professor and Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! Deadline notes that the last time Lewis had a major role in a movie it was Martin Scorsese's 1983 movie The King of Comedy.
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Jack Reacher had all the makings of a franchise. It starred Tom Cruise, of course--still a movie star after all these years-- and went heavy on the action and the mystery in its twisty plot. And it had the bonus of a ton of source material to draw from, the first film based on the character from Lee Child's wildly popular series of Reacher books. You see those books in every single airport newsstand, and odds are your dad or uncle has read more than a few, What could possibly have gone wrong with the transition to the screen?Nothing went, wrong, exactly-- Jack Reacher has made $153 million worldwide since its December 21 opening-- but it didn't go right enough to become the much-wanted franchise. At least, not yet. The Hollywood Reporter hears from sources inside Paramount that they're waiting to see how the movie opens in Japan, China and Korea to decide on a sequel, but it's going to have to perform especially well there to make a sequel worth it. The goal is for the film to make $250 million worldwide, a pretty tough challenge even factoring in the massive Chinese audience.
The problem isn't that audiences have rejected Jack Reacher; it's that they aren't responding nearly as well as anyone expected based on both Cruise's last star vehicle Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol and the wild popularity of the Jack Reacher books. What exactly was lost in translation? Is there just something about books that you buy for $10 in the airport that makes them feel unimportant on the big screen? Your wild theories and explanations are welcomed in the comments.