Hot off his number one (still a flop though) release Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Jeremy Renner has been set up to headline Kill the Messengers from Homeland director Michael Cuesta. The pic is about the tale of a journalist who committed suicide after the CIA smeared his name, and the script was furnished by Peter Landesman, writer/director of the yet-to-release Kennedy assassination movie Parkland. Continue Reading
It has been a while since we have seen Hawkeye out and about (his stint hosting Saturday Night Live to be exact,) but now we get to see the Avenger once more as he has a new film to promote called Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. The movie is a horror comedy that sure as heck will not win any awards, but Jeremy Renner went on Jimmy Fallon last night to plug his latest nonetheless. Just for those wondering, mums the word on a sequel to The Bourne Legacy even though Renner is already signed on for two more. Continue Reading
A few months ago, we saw the first red-band trailer for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, and it was a mild improvement over the earlier promos yet we have still had our questions about the film going into release. The movie looked like a slapstick comedy more than an action thriller, and that was not exactly a good thing, but perhaps Renner could change all that. Despite his installment of the Bourne series being digested as a blemish on the franchise, people still generally like the actor as they supported his roles in The Avengers and Ghost Protocol. The big question that is now being asked though is whether his presence will be enough to save Tommy Wirkola’s fantasy horror film. We shall find out when the effort hits theaters in three weeks’ time. For now, take a look at the feature’s latest promo which delivers story over action. Continue Reading
As expected, there were plenty of options for those wanting Saturday Night Live to skewer the fallout surrounding the General Patraeus scandal. The show opened with a CSPAN book talk bit where Cecily Strong portrayed Paula Broadwell, the author at the center of it all who happened to write the military commander’s biography All In. After the events of last week broke, the book hit an all-time high in sales perhaps because people wanted to read some very subtle innuendos—something that was at the forefront of the sketch. Continue Reading
The Avengers finally made an appearance on Saturday Night Live. An elaborate sketch on the mega-hit movie took place during Jeremy Renner’s shot at hosting the long-running sketch comedy series, and it was actually a pretty good one. Most of the show’s cast was utilized to help bring this one to life with one goal in mind: to make of fun of Hawkeye’s uselessness. Continue Reading
Jeremy Renner has the monstrous task of following up Louis C.K. and Anne Hathaway as host of Saturday Night Live this weekend. While we are not sure what exactly to expect from Hawkeye, the promos should be a pretty good representation of what audiences are in store for, particular the last spot on the reel. It should be a win though because all Renner has to do is bust out his serious acting chops and put the workload on the ensemble like we typically see. Continue Reading
NBC has been a little bit slow as of late in regards to announcing their card for hosting Saturday Night Live and now we know why. The lineup is strong enough marketing in itself going forward as Lorne Michaels has enlisted Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Renner to host the post-Louis C.K. follow-up episodes. While we have no idea what to expect from the stand-up comic this week as he seems like he would pretty much hate every bit they do on the show, the other two are coming off of critically-acclaimed summer blockbusters in the form of The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers respectfully.
To be honest, the outings hosted by other blockbuster names this season (Daniel Craig and Joseph Gordon-Levitt) were pretty big disappointments, but we expect the world from Anne Hathaway who hosted a fantastic show two years ago before she messed up the Oscars with James Franco. Continue Reading
The last footage we saw of the Jeremy Renner-led Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters we absolutely hated and now we know why. Everything good about this movie is in the red-band content, so that is why we are a bit more intrigued by this movie after the like-branded trailer finally hit the web. Let’s hold back on the praises just yet though as we ultimately are fearful of a razor thin plot that could make this R-rated action comedy a miserable trip to the theater.
We have seen movies like these before, and I would most like to compare it to Slither in tone. That in itself is a bit unfortunately because the feature flopped horribly although it did help land director James Gunn a gig at the helm of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Could this one do the same thing for Tommy Wirkola?
Today, we get our first look at Jeremy Renner’s theatrical follow-up to The Bourne Legacy and it looks a tad underwhelming to say the least, but first an introduction. This film is described as an action horror comedy with a plot revolving around Hansel and Gretel all grown up. Suitably titled Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, the movie’s title protagonists are full grown adults with a taste for murdering witches.
Now, with that all said, we take a look at one of the worst trailers to come out of 2012. I am not exactly sure whether the film’s producers were opting for music that would envelop their production’s mixed genres, but it definitely did not work. Part of it is because what makes this film R-rated cannot be shown in green-band trailer, so there will be definite anticipation for a promo of the red-band variety but not if this film turns out to play like a parody of Underworld. Continue Reading
Early matinee numbers on Friday are rarely worth mentioning, but with today’s seemingly low-tracking Bourne Legacy opening it would appear there is a reason to take note. Hollywood’s estimates of a $30-40 million opening weekend look to be a tad conservative from what we are seeing in the data so far. Fans of the Bourne series are flocking to the latest installment despite the loss of its leading man, showing a pace of $45+ million for its first three days of release.
Part of the pessimism the industry had going into the weekend was because this was not just a new face taking over. It was also the fact that the franchise’s new star Jeremy Renner had been largely untested before today. Whenever he was in big blockbuster features, the actor had another shoulder to lean on be it Tom Cruise or a rag tag group of superheroes. Furthermore, there was a new premise to buy into that included the acceptance of ‘additional programs’ outside of Treadstone which took center stage with the Matt Damon trilogy. Continue Reading
Surprise, surprise, people are unhappy with The Bourne Legacy. This was seen coming a mile away with a gimmick that seemed like a complete Hollywood cash-in, but what might be shocking about this whole thing is that people are not seeing it that way. They actually like the concept aside from the fact that it walks all over the original trilogy. What reviewers are not digging is the ‘less action, more talk’ approach from director Tony Gilroy.
Many are saying that while there is action, it is clunky and almost akin to problems that Christopher Nolan had with those sequences in The Dark Knight Rises. In other words, it does not ruin the movie; however, much more is left to be desired because the alternative is more of dramatic thriller than the Bourne audiences have come to know and love. Continue Reading
Jeremy Renner took to The Tonight Show last night to talk about The Bourne Legacy–the first post-Damon Bourne film. In the actioner, the actor plays Aaron Cross who is product of a whole different government program. That actually turns out to be mentioned briefly in Friday’s interview as Renner explains that in this fictional world there exists a whole host of different programs and not just one. In other worlds, it is like the Marvel Universe without the superheroes.
While on the show, the Hurt Locker star also explained his not-so-posh roots in the industry and Jay tried to embarrass him by airing the actor’s decade-old Aquafina commercial. Continue Reading
With The Bourne Legacy dropping into theaters in a few weeks time, Jeremy Renner took to Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his first starring role in a major action film. Before this, the actor was relegating to gigs of the supporting variety that often saw the actor steal the show as evidenced by his performances in The Town and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
That said, we care very much what the two-time Oscar nominee has to say about taking over Matt Damon’s action series in the role of different character, Aaron Cross. He did not say anything already know, but he did lay down the setup pretty nicely for anyone not informed about the franchise revamp. Continue Reading
The week following Jeremy Renner’s addition to the cast of David O. Russell’s American Bullshit, comes news of another serious effort starring the actor. This one is a bit higher on the awareness factor though as it is based on WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange. It is unclear what DreamWorks really expects from this movie, but seeing how they bought the rights to two books about the internationally wanted man, they definitely want to be the only game in town unlike what we are seeing with the two Steve Jobs’ biopics.
Before you go on and assume The Avengers’ star does not have the chops to pull off the serious drama, keep in mind that he has racked up two Oscar nominations in recent years for his work in The Hurt Locker and The Town. More specifically, the actor stole the show from Ben Affleck in the latter which is kind of leading to this baffled attitude concerning Renner because it seemed for a while now that he was done with any award-baiting efforts. Continue Reading
There is a brand new clip out tonight for The Bourne Legacy and while it does not tell us anything new (much like yesterday’s clip,) it does offer us a little more of classic Bourne in the sense that the lead character and a girl he is with is getting chased. This is probably a direct extension of the scene showed just the other day that had the two on foot against a similar backdrop.
For those unfamiliar with the story, you are in the same boat as everyone else as details remain scarce, but here is what we do know. Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross is a former soldier who had his chromosomes tweaked for enhanced abilities and now he is on the run with Rachel Weisz’s Marta who may or may not be one of the people who did it to him. Either way, it looks like the CIA wants both of them gone. Continue Reading