Jennifer Jason Leigh Joins Ariana DeBose In Chris Pine’s Upcoming Directorial Debut ‘Poolman’

Chris Pine is putting away his acting cap and sliding in the director’s chair for the first time in the upcoming film, Poolman.

The movie, which is fully financed by AGC Studios, has added Jennifer Jason Leigh and Ariana DeBose to the cast. As some of you may have heard, Danny DeVito and Annette Bening have already joined the cast.

Plot details for the pic are so far sparse, but ‘Poolman’ is crafted as a nod to famous LA noirs like ‘Chinatown,’ ‘The Long Goodbye,’ ‘The Big Lebowski’ and ‘La La Land.’

Pine co-wrote the script alongside Ian Gotler. He’ll also serve as a producer, so his hands are all over this project, which is set to begin production in June in Los Angeles.

It’s a pretty impressive cast for a directorial debut. He has recruited some heavy hitters. You got some Oscar winners and some Oscar nominees.

Pine is 41-years-old, for those wondering. He started acting in the early 2000s, and is perhaps best known for his performance in the 2009 ‘Star Trek’ film.

Chris Pine Set To Star In Upcoming ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ For Paramount

Remember the 2018 comedy/action film ‘Game Night‘ starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams? It was a surprise hit and one of the funniest mainstream comedies in a long time.

Well, the directing duo behind the film (John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein) are gearing up for their next project, a Dungeons and Dragons feature.

According to the most recent report, Chris Pine is currently in talks to star in the flick, which is an adaptation of the super popular fantasy role-playing game.

Paramount is co-producing and co-financing the ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ movie with Hasbro and eOne. eOne is distributing the movie in the U.K. and Canada, while Paramount is handling the rollout in the rest of the world. The release date was recently pushed back from November of 2021 to May 27, 2022.

Some of you may remember that the game was first adapted into a feature film back in 2000. The film, which starred Marlon Wayans and Jeremy Irons, was a pretty big flop. It received a miserable 10% on Rotten Tomatoes and made just $33 million at the box office.

Paramount is hoping their adaptation performs much better, and there is a good chance it will, thanks to the talented directing team in charge.

Amazon Studios Lands Rights To Thriller ‘All The Old Knives’ Starring Thandie Newton And Chris Pine

Chris Pine and Thandie Newton are set to star in the upcoming spy thriller ‘All The Old Knives‘ which is based on the hit 2015 novel of the same name.

The novel was written by Olen Steinhauer, and he’s also the writer behind the screenplay. Janus Metz is set to direct the movie.

The story is set in the town of Carmel-by-the-Sea and follows ex-lovers — one a CIA spy, one an ex-spy — meet over dinner to reminisce on their time together at Vienna station. The conversation moves inevitably to the disastrous hijacking of Royal Jordanian Flight 127, which ended in the deaths of all on board. That failure haunts the CIA to this day, and Henry has come to Carmel to close the book on that seedy chapter. As they parry, flirting, over California cuisine, it becomes clear that one of them is not going to survive the meal.

It sounds very intriguing. Honestly, I kinda want to read the novel now based on that description alone.

I think this movie has a lot of potential, especially with Newton in a starring role. She’s an incredible actress. If you haven’t watched her in Westworld, you should consider changing that.

No word on a potential release date for this film, but we’ll keep you posted.

Netflix Releases First Trailer ‘Outlaw King’ Starring Chris Pine

It’s apparently trailer season for Netflix. They’re releasing a new trailer every week now. This week, they released the first trailer for ‘Outlaw King‘ starring Chris Pine.

People are really looking forward to this movie. In fact, it’ll be the opening night film at the Toronto Film Festival on September 6.

The movie, directed by David Mackenzie, stars Pine as Robert the Bruce who “transforms from defeated nobleman to outlaw hero during the oppressive occupation of medieval Scotland by Edward I of England.”

Outlaw King was filmed in Scotland and it’s scheduled to premiere November 9, 2018. It’ll reportedly be released in select theaters while also being launched globally on Netflix.

Check out the trailer below…

Movie Review: The Finest Hours – You Stomach Will Hurt With Tension Even Though You know The Ending

What’s with all these ‘disaster at sea’ movies coming out lately? Is there some kind of nautical trend that I’m not aware of? I have to admit, I’m not a big ‘sea adventure’ fan unless the movie involves pirates. But despite a significant lack of pirates, The Finest Hours did ok in my book.

The Finest Hours stars Chris Pine as Bernie Webber, one of the members of the Coast Guard who attempts a rescue of a tanker in the middle of a nor’easter. The story is based on a true story that occurred off the coast of Cape Cod in the 1950s.

It’s actually a pretty well researched subject, with everything that happened a matter of public record. It’s about a true-life US Coast Guard rescue mission off Cape Cod in the winter of 1952, when an oil tanker sheared in two and a small crew from the Chatham station went searching for survivors in a tempest that came close to claiming their lives.

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Director Craig Gillespie and his screenwriters, Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, and Eric Johnson did an excellent job of capturing the time period and the atmosphere. It’s a stiffer, dreary, almost clinical approach to the events, which isn’t terrible in and of itself. They also gave the characters some realistic backstories, making the focus of this movie the rescue and not the rescuers.

The plotline is kind of confusing but the makers did make an effort to simplify it for audiences. The characters were pretty well developed with Kasey Affleck being the most compelling in my book. It’s a thrilling movie with some excellent, terrifying CGI. It’s a movie that will make your stomach hurt with tension, even though you know how it ends.

I like the way the screenwriters respected the facts and didn’t try to go off subject on us. It appears that there’s less embellishment and more simple artistic license making this movie better.

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As far as the actors go, while the roles were a bit clichéd, they kind of help keep things straight. This movie again, isn’t about the characters. The hero is played by Chris Pine, as one of those enthusiastic new recruits types with a super sweet fiancé, Miriam (Holly Grainger). Their chemistry was good and Pine played his part true to form. But to me, it’s Casey Affleck that really steals the show. He plays one of the most compelling characters, the near-mute outcast of the crew and he does it with such depth, you forget that a dude that good looking would never be an outcast. Seriously, Casey Affleck made me forget he was hot.

While it’s not my genre, I can absolutely respect the movie for what it was. While sometimes a bit convoluted in the details, it’s still a good retelling of some real life events. It’s compelling and suspenseful, though it does drag in a few places. They put together a movie with great special effects, and for that alone should not be missed. This is one that’s worth the watch, even if you prefer your sea movies with pirates.

Although pirates would have made it better, just saying.

WE GAVE IT: 4 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

4 stars

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Movie Review: Into the Woods (2014) – a surprisingly well done film!


Into the Woods is one of the highest budget fantasy movies of the winter and it’s already grossed about $31 million, while holding the number 2 spot at the box office. In addition to that, it’s also pleasing critics and is certified fresh on the popular movie site Rotten Tomatoes, which is high praise indeed.

Into the Woods is a retelling and modernization of multiple fairy tales. This heartfelt musical follows Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone) and Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) as they help a baker and his wife fight an evil witch played by Meryl Streep.

I’m not usually one for musicals. In fact, I’m pretty sure the only musical I’ve ever liked is The Book of Mormon and that hardly counts. Regardless, I decided to give this one a shot and I have to say I was more than pleased.

The acting was first-class. There is literally no one in this movie that didn’t pull their weight and really drag watchers into the story. Little Red Riding Hood is precocious, Cinderella is idealistic and Meryl Streep is delightfully evil and quirky. It’s Johnny Depp’s Wolf that’s the real scene stealer in this one though.

As for the music, let’s admit that the majority of this cast is not known for their musical talents. While everyone gets an A for effort, there was clearly a lot of auto tune needed to make a few of the musical numbers work. For the most part, it isn’t the singing that shines, but the delivery of the music that makes it stay with you.



The score was well done and quirky, though I doubt we’ll be seeing a lot of number 1 hits come out of this. The musical numbers were still foot tapping good though, despite the fact that there really isn’t anything you haven’t heard before in it.

The scenery, costumes and backdrops were all beautiful and stunning to look at. They really did a good job of world building and creating a fairy tale worthy land. Streep’s makeup alone must have taken hours, but was well worth the effort. For much of the movie, she was completely unrecognizable.

It was a well-written film. Despite that fact that there are multiple storylines going on, they are all interwoven seamlessly and you will never find yourself wondering what is going on. It’s a fast paced move and none of the 2 hour run time is wasted. Usually, that’s something I can’t say, as only the most epic movies can take up two hours and not drag at some point. This is clearly an epic movie and despite the fact that it is a musical, did not feel padded with music.

This is a film that is worth the watch. If you’re looking for something unique and interesting to bring the family to this winter, then it might be worth heading Into the Woods.

WE GIVE IT: 4.5 STARS!  Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below.

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Movie Review: Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) – It wasn’t Broke, They tried to Fix it and Failed



I liked the original movie “Horrible Bosses”: but they didn’t seem to leave much room to make a sequel. Needless to say, I was curious as to how it was going to work out. While it hasn’t done as well as the original, Horrible Bosses 2 is doing well at the box office, though it’s not performing as well with critics.

In this story, our previous leads have invented something called the Shower Buddy. They form their own company, so they can be their own bosses and never have to deal with bad bosses again. They strike a deal with some unscrupulous distributors. When the deal goes sour, the three create an improbable kidnapping scheme (via 9 to 5) in order to take back their invention.

I’d say my biggest complaint was how far away they strayed from the original. Though exaggerated, the bosses in the original were actually bosses you could have. The bad guys in this one are complete caricatures of snake oil salesmen, and it’s pretty amazing that the three fall for their schemes.

Of course, that was accomplished by the three somehow dropping like 30 IQ points a piece since the last movie. The guys in the first movie were unlucky, but they weren’t stupid. The ones in this movie are complete idiots. The reason I liked the first movie so much was because I could say “hey, those guys remind me of me.” In this movie, they don’t remind me of anyone I’ve ever met.

In fact, they were so dumb it was nearly impossible to sympathize with them.

The office genre comedy is successful because there are so many office drones out there who feel the same way. Whether it’s tedious work, irritating coworkers or bosses that are more robot than human, we all feel like we’ve been there. Horrible Bosses 2 loses the magic of that, by turning these guys into business owners with a ridiculous invention, and then having them fail because they made a bad business decision.



It’s much harder to sympathize with a character in one of these movies when they’re the ones making the mistakes. I mean, I’m a business owner. I would never work with a distributor without vetting them first…. or even talking to a lawyer. In this movie, the cause of the conflict was so completely unrealistic, and the characters changed so much, I could no longer empathize with them. I didn’t even care about them.

I had another problem with the movie and that was Jennifer Aniston’s character. While playing the foul mouthed sexual harassment vixen in the first movie, she was hilarious and hate-able. In this one, she does something that I think went way too far, when she pretty much sexually assaults a man who has been drugged. If the genders had been reversed, this would have been outrageously controversial and not a bit funny. I don’t care how pretty the aggressor is. If you’re going to make a joke about something like that, you better damn well be able to make it hilarious.

They didn’t

I have to say that I was disappointed by the sequel. In fact, I wish I had never seen it so I would still have the memory of the first good movie in my head. Now, that memory has been forever tarnished.

WE GAVE IT: 2.5 Stars

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Horrible Bosses 2 – Official Teaser Trailer Gets Released.

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The original movie was a sleeper for me. I didn’t know it was going to be that funny, I didn’t know that the chemistry of the cast was going to be that good, and I didn’t expect that Aniston was going to be that hot!

The trailer has been released for the 2nd installment and the 45 year old Aniston is back reprising her role as Dr. Julia Harris. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudekis will also be back and do you remember Dean ‘Motherf*****’ Jones?MST - 05JUL014 - 1

That was Jamie Foxx as the crime consultant.

The first Horrible Bosses has banked $209 Million to date. If the second one does half as good I will be considered a success.

Horrible Bosses 2 is scheduled to be released on November 26th.

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Movie Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

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3.5 stars

I think we can dare to say that Jack Ryan movies are quickly becoming the new James Bond movies (especially seeing how much the last few Bond installments sucked). The newest version of Jack Ryan takes us from 9/11 to present day, giving us Jack Ryan’s background and an action packed look into the world of terrorists’ finances.

In this installment, Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) decides to get involved with national security after watching the twin towers burn on TV. He is shipped off to Afghanistan, and after being injured, is taken under the wing of Commander Thomas Harper (Kevin Costner) to join the CIA as an analyst. Luckily, we don’t have to watch too much analysis, because it isn’t long before Ryan is back in the field, as an undercover agent on Wall Street. There, he stumbles on a conspiracy based in Russia, designed to crash the US economy.

Director Kenneth Branagh manages a smooth controlled pace, despite the action. This is necessary when mixing action with conspiracy theories, as too many twists and cut aways could leave the viewer a little bit lost. The mix between action and information is good; however, the movie lacked some serious character development. [more…]

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Adam Cozad and David Koepp had their work cut out for them, as there was no novel to adapt this movie from. The screenwriters had to cobble together their own back-story the best they could. It results in an intriguing plot and a unique change of pace that makes Ryan seem a bit more intelligent than in other movies.

Chris Pine, famous for his role as Captain Kirk in the updated Star Trek franchise, was a reasonably good choice for Jack Ryan. Pine is a bit of a one trick pony and generally plays the same suave action stars with just a little bit of boy-next-door naïveté. The role of Jack Ryan fit him like a glove.

The main problems with the movie came from Kierra Knightly’s character. She plays Cathy Muller, a love interest so generic, she could have been played by a tree stump. Cathy is the med student, smiley supportive girlfriend….who suddenly goes wakadoodle stalkeresque when she believes Ryan is cheating on her and follows him on a super secret spy mission to Russia so she can eventually play the Damsel in Distress. Her character’s plot line is so cobbled together that it is not even remotely convincing. Frankly, when she was in trouble, I didn’t really care and I didn’t care if the bad guy killed her off. The character felt entirely unnecessary.

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The villain, Viktor Cherevin, is the juiciest character, which is probably why director Branagh saved the role for himself. Rather than being a stereotypical Soviet bent on world domination, he is an oddly sensitive man who believes that he is doing the world a favor by taking out America. It was a sympathetic way to look at a villain and kept him from becoming a Bond villain cliché.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a competent movie and a good effort. The right casting makes it come together and I think it is an effort that Tom Clancy would be proud of.

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