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Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater to Star in Ucp Series ‘Dr. Death’

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Universal Content Productions (Ucp) has lined up three major stars for its upcoming “Dr. Death” series.

Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin, and Christian Slater will all star in the series, which is based on the Wondery podcast of the same name. Ucp in the process of shopping the series to networks and streaming services.

“Dr. Death” is based on the true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Dornan), a rising star in the Dallas medical community who was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice. But patients entered his operating room for complex but routine spinal surgeries were left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow surgeons and a young Assistant District Attorney set out to stop him.

Baldwin will play neurosurgeon Robert Henderson. described as quiet, deliberative and methodical, Robert believes wholeheartedly both in the system in which he rose through the ranks and that anything worth doing shouldn’t be rushed.
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Sitges 2019: Sam Neill To Receive Grand Honorary Award; Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell To Show

This year’s Sitges Film Festival, which takes place in Sitges, Spain, will be honoring Kiwi actor Sam Neill with the Grand Honorary Award for his work over the past few decades. Neill has appeared in films such as Possession, Jurassic Park, In The Mouth of Madness, The Hunt For Red October, and more. Sitges has […] The post Sitges 2019: Sam Neill To Receive Grand Honorary Award; Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell To Show appeared first on Dread Central.
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5 Of The Best: Submarine Movies

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This week, Matthias Schoenaerts, Colin Firth and co. take to the seas in the new underwater thriller Kursk: The Last Mission. The film, which debuted at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where we first caught it, is based on the true story of the nuclear-powered Oscar-class K-141 sub, which, following two massive explosions, was sunk to the bottom of the nearly two decades ago.

The film is excellent, brought to the screen by talented Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, the screenplay based on the book Robert Moore’s book A Time to Die, which was released in shops in 2002, two years after the disaster.

In this feature, we take a look at the film and four other submarine features to have graced the silver screen in recent times, all of which are well worth seeking out.

Kursk: The Last Mission (2019)

We’ll lead out with Kursk: The Last Mission,
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Uma Thurman Teams With ‘Die Hard’ Director John McTiernan For Sci-Fi/Action Film ‘Tau Ceti 4’

Uma Thurman Teams With ‘Die Hard’ Director John McTiernan For Sci-Fi/Action Film ‘Tau Ceti 4’
There are very few directors that can claim that they revolutionized a genre. But one could argue that John McTiernan is one of those people. In a matter of a decade, the filmmaker helmed “Predator,” “Die Hard,” “Last Action Hero” (underrated), and “Die Hard with a Vengeance” (the only decent sequel). Not to mention sandwiched in between those was “The Hunt for Red October.”

All things considered, McTiernan had a run in the ‘80s and ‘90s that set the stage for the action genre moving forward.

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John Rentsch, Former Paramount Publicity Executive, Dies at 67

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John Rentsch, who served as director of international marketing and publicity for Paramount Pictures, died March 12 in Palm Springs, Calif. of complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 67.

Born in Horsham, Australia, Rentsch started his career as a journalist, covering local government for the Australian newspaper. He moved to New York, where he started writing for the New York Post in 1976 and eventually started covering entertainment.

He was transferred to Los Angeles when Rupert Murdoch launched the Star newspaper, diving into Hollywood and covering press junkets for studios.

After production dried up during the Screen Actors Guild strike in 1980, Rentsch joined Dennis Davidson & Associates, writing press releases and press kits. He moved to Lorimar in 1984 and in 1987 was hired by Paramount Pictures, where he worked until 2002.

Among the international publicity campaigns he worked on were “Brave Heart,” “Titanic,” The Hunt for Red October,” “The Butcher’s Wife,” “The Accused,
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Jack Ryan Season 3 Confirmed By Amazon

Chris Longo Feb 14, 2019

John Krasinski will return for Jack Ryan season 3 on Amazon.

Long live the Ryanverse. John Krasinski and his version of Jack Ryan will get a third tour of duty on Amazon. The streamer announced that Jack Ryan season 3 is officially confirmed.

Season one released on August 31st, 2018. Prior to release, Amazon had already confirmed a second season for the political action thriller, which is executive produced by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Graham Roland (Fringe). The eight episode first season received fairly positive reviews (you can read ours here), currently holding a 74 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Jack Ryan stars Krasinski as the titular ex-Marine turned CIA analyst who tracks the finances of terrorist organizations. According to Amazon’s official season two logline, Jack Ryan will confront “the forces in power in a dangerous, declining democratic regime in South America.”

Alongside Krasinski, Abbie Cornish and Wendell Pierce co-star.
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Who plays Mufasa in the new Lion King?

James Earl Jones, the iconic voice that brought Mufasa to life in the 1994 original Walt Disney Movie, is returning to the role in the new 2019 remake. He is the only original cast member from the big screen animated movie to come back for the live-action reboot. Throughout his long career, screen legend Earl Jones has racked up over 189 credits. Other than his role as Mufasa, James Earl Jones has worked on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Hunt for Red October, Coming to America, Driving Miss Daisy, Agent X, Everwood, Under One Roof, and Gabriel’s Fire, a television […]

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Alec Baldwin Arrested for Punching a Man Over a Parking Spot

Alec Baldwin Arrested for Punching a Man Over a Parking Spot
Alec Baldwin has been arrested in New York City for reportedly punching someone over a dispute stemming from a parking spot. The 60-year-old actor, known for his roles in Beetlejuice, The Hunt for Red October, The Departed and the hit series 30 Rock, was taken into custody by NYPD officers following the confrontation. As of this writing, Baldwin and his representatives haven't made any sort of statement regarding the incident, as he was still in police custody and was being processed.

According to several reports, Alec Baldwin had been waiting for a parking spot on E. 10th Street in New York City. The individual at the other end of the confrontation, who hasn't been identified at this time, reportedly swooped in and took the spot that Baldwin had been waiting for. This led to a verbal altercation and, when the victim went to pay the parking meter, Baldwin took a
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Hunter Killer – Review

Okay film fans, buy your ticket, settle into your seat, and grab the armrests as you prepare to submerge! Dive, dive, dive into the murky depths of another underwater adventure (and just hope you don’t become “Spam in the can”). This subset of the war film genre has been cruising the cinemas for well over 75 years, longer if you count the movie adaptations of Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo. The gold sub flick standard might have been the two torpedo blasts from 1958’s Run Silent Run Deep and 1961’s Sf-themed Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea (which spawned a weekly TV series soon after). Things were quiet beneath the waves (well after The Incredible Mr. Limpet scuttled the U-boat menace) until the Cold War set 1989 smash The Hunt For Red October which began a 13-year wave of ocean thrillers including Crimson Tide, U-571, and K-19: The Widowmaker. After some time away,
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Hunter Killer Review: Gerard Butler's Submarine Thriller Sinks

Hunter Killer is a submarine thriller that plays out like a CGI video game. It moves at a breakneck pace, never slowing down long enough to establish real tension. The plot, based on the novel "Firing Point" by Don Keith and George Wallace, had promise. International intrigue, cat and mouse military tactics, an all-star cast, the elements were on the page for a good film. If only Hunter Killer had taken more time to digest the material. Poor execution unfortunately sinks the ship.

A U.S. submarine goes missing after shadowing a Russian submarine in the arctic. At the Pentagon, Rear Admiral John Fisk (Common) dispatches a hunter killer attack submarine, the U.S.S. Arkansas, to investigate the disappearance. Gerard Butler stars as Commander Joe Glass, the new captain of the Arkansas, in his first deployment with the crew. He isn't a product of the naval academy, but a
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Film Review: ‘Hunter Killer’

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Film Review: ‘Hunter Killer’
It’s no trick for even the most ham-fisted global action thriller to achieve a ripped-from-the-headlines “topicality.” Just throw in a terrorist from the right enemy nation, or an American president with the right haircut. So it’s a weird and musty Twilight Zone indeed that one enters to watch “Hunter Killer,” a grindingly ponderous and bombastic neo-Cold War submarine thriller — how ponderous is it? It stars Gerard Butler, and he’s the most lighthearted thing about it — that in every relevant detail seems three years, if not two decades, behind the times.

Consider its take on the U.S. president. The character, played by Caroline Goodall, is transparently modeled on Hillary Clinton. As a result, one watches her scenes utterly removed from the drama (I use the term loosely) and preoccupied, instead, with thoughts like, “Was this film really shot that long ago?” It was. Principal photography on “Hunter Killer
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Hunter Killer review – Gerard Butler's sub commander is all at sea

Butler’s naval maverick investigates simultaneous torpedo attacks on Us and Russian submarines in a long, loud game of Battleships

When we last encountered Gerard Butler, in the semi-enjoyably derivative Den of Thieves, he was rerunning Al Pacino’s old Heat moves. Tonight, Matthew, cinema’s loudest Scotsman will be impersonating The Hunt for Red October-era Alec Baldwin.

Swerving any lawsuit that might have followed from calling his character, say, Jack Bryan, Butler’s maverick sub commander has been assigned the no less no-nonsense name of Joe Glass. Joe has an intense rep. “He never went to Annapolis!” a Pentagon functionary gasps. “I heard he once punched his Co,” gossips a passing seaman. Glass is first seen tracking elk with manly bow and arrow; you’re surprised the filmmakers didn’t go the whole alpha hog and have a shirtless Butler best the poor creatures in an arm wrestle.
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Frank Serafine, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Tron’ Sound Editor/Designer, Dies at 65

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Frank Serafine, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Tron’ Sound Editor/Designer, Dies at 65
Hollywood sound maven Frank Serafine died on Wednesday in Palmdale, Calif., according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. He was 65.

According to the a report by the Antelope Valley Times, he was fatally struck by a motorist travelling west on Palmdale Boulevard, and Serafine died at the scene of major head and body trauma.

Serafine was known for his work in sound design, editing, and composing for many hit movies, television shows, shorts, and commercials. His list of credits includes “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (1979), “Tron” (1982), “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984), “Manhunter,” “Field of Dreams,” “The Hunt for Red October” (1990), “The Addams Family,” and “Tron: Legacy” (2010). He was sound designer on the 1983 telefilm “The Day After” (which won an Emmy for its sound editing).

In addition to his film and TV credits, he worked on several film and video game projects, including the original “Grand Theft Auto,” “Pocahontas,
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Final Hunter Killer Trailer Has Gerard Butler on a Mission to Stop Wwiii

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Final Hunter Killer Trailer Has Gerard Butler on a Mission to Stop Wwiii
The final trailer for Hunter Killer has arrived and it's even more intense than the last sneak peek that we got at the end of July. The movie looks like a throwback to the military thrillers of the late 1980s and early 90s, full of action and explosions, almost like The Hunt for Red October, but with a faster pace. Hunter Killer has added benefit of having members of the Navy on set as consultants, to add to the realism of the film.

Hunter Killer takes place deep under the Arctic Ocean. Gerard Butler stars as American submarine Captain Joe Glass, who is on the hunt for a U.S. submarine in distress when he and his crew discover a secret Russian coup is happening, threatening to dismantle the world order. Captain Glass now has a new mission to save the enemy. Captain Glass sets out to assemble an elite
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'Jack Ryan' Star John Krasinski Says This Is "A Highlight Of My Life — Not Just My Career"

Fans of author Tom Clancy have seen his character of CIA analyst Jack Ryan brought to life by Alec Baldwin in The Hunt For Red October, Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears, and Chris Pine in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Now it's John Krasinki's turn in the new Amazon series, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, which has just been made available for streaming in its entirety. The series is described as a reinvention — but with a modern sensibility — of the unexpected Tom Clancy hero (first introduced in print back in 1984). In it, Jack Ryan is an up-and-coming CIA analyst who finds himself thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time. The series follows the character as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed
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'Jack Ryan' Premiere: John Krasinski, Carlton Cuse Talk Revamping Iconic Character for Television

'Jack Ryan' Premiere: John Krasinski, Carlton Cuse Talk Revamping Iconic Character for Television
Stars John Krasinski, Wendell Pierce and show creators Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland were all present for the premiere of the Amazon series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan during L.A. Fleet Week Friday, where they boarded the historic Battleship Iowa at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro.

The series centers on CIA analyst Ryan, who was first introduced in 1990's The Hunt for Red October. Over the years, the Ryan character has been portrayed by major stars such as Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. To make the character relevant to 2018, Cuse explained that audiences ...
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‘Jack Ryan’: The Ending Is a Clever Tie-In to the Movies, and a Confounding Way to Cap Season 1 — Spoilers

‘Jack Ryan’: The Ending Is a Clever Tie-In to the Movies, and a Confounding Way to Cap Season 1 — Spoilers
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” Season 1, including the ending. For a spoiler-free review, click here.]

So many stories in the Jack Ryan franchise hinge upon our eponymous hero stopping bombs from going off. “The Hunt for Red October” is basically about escorting a Soviet submarine safely back to America without anyone blowing it up. In “The Sum of All Fears,” the pivotal crisis is a bomb detonating at the Super Bowl. During the climax of “Shadow Recruit,” Chris Pine’s Jason Bourne-plated Jack Ryan finds a bomb, can’t defuse it, and drives it into the East River to prevent any casualties.

Amazon’s “Jack Ryan” TV series, which is inspired by Tom Clancy’s stories but written anew by Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, starts off with an explosion and ends with one, too. The last one is a nice nod to the films and what’s helped
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Jack Ryan Review: John Krasinski and Action in Short Supply

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Suleiman is not the name of the show I’m reviewing, but unfortunately, it would have been more apt based on the six episodes of Jack Ryan available for press prior the new Amazon series dropping on Friday, August 31.

John Krasinski, still best known for his role on The Office yet fast becoming a movie star in his own right, plays the titular Jack Ryan with the requisite finesse.

But the story never quite catches fire for the former Marine turned CIA analyst getting his feet wet again on the ground as far more time is spent on the nuances and particulars of bad guy Mousa Bin Suleiman (Ali Suliman).

The first scene of the series features not what established the life of Ryan, but what drove Suleiman to become the hunted man Ryan finds -- think the next Osama Bin Laden.

Suleiman has a family and motivation from childhood
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Reboot no more: the overused characters who should be retired

The release of Amazon’s Jack Ryan marks the fifth time the character has been brought to the screen, one of many who need to be swiftly retired

Advance word is that John Krasinski’s new Jack Ryan series isn’t very good, but that isn’t news. Chris Pine’s 2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit also fell short by being too anonymous. Ben Affleck was too preening as Ryan in 2002’s The Sum of All Fears. Harrison Ford’s Ryan in 1992’s Patriot Games and 1994’s Clear and Present Danger was too generically gruff. Even when played by Alec Baldwin in 1990’s The Hunt For Red October, Ryan ended up as second fiddle to Sean Connery.

Related: Jack Ryan: John Krasinski’s eyebrows out act John Krasinski
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Sean Connery movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Goldfinger,’ ‘The Untouchables,’ ‘Dr. No’

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Sean Connery movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Goldfinger,’ ‘The Untouchables,’ ‘Dr. No’
Sean Connery celebrates his 88th birthday on August 25. One can only assume that the man who turned James Bond into a 50-plus year film franchise is toasting the event with a martini. Yet 007 isn’t the only iconic role for the actor. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked from worst to best.

Connery became a star with the first Bond film, “Dr. No” (1962). In that film, Connery set the bar for every actor who would have to play the debonair British agent armed with an arsenal of gadgets and a way with the ladies. He reprised the role six subsequent times: “From Russia with Love” (1963), “Goldfinger” (1964), “Thunderball” (1965), “You Only Live Twice” (1967), “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971), and “Never Say Never Again” (1983).

After decades in front of the camera, Connery finally won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for Brian de
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