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Director Justin Lin To Take On Final 'Bourne' Film

November 9th, 2013 10:30am EST
Justin Lin
The man behind the thrills and spills in the "Fast & Furious" movies has been handed another major film franchise - he'll take over Universal's Bourne finale.

Justin Lin, who has directed the last four "Fast & Furious" movies, will take charge of the follow-up to last year's "The Bourne Legacy," which starred Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross.

Lin recently quit the seventh "Fast & Furious" movie due to the project's accelerated schedule.

Movie insiders believe Lin's Bourne film will be the franchise's last. Matt Damon starred as Jason Bourne in the series' first three films, "The Bourne Ident...
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Best of 2012 - Brittany's Top 10 in TV, Film, Music and Other Entertainment

December 23rd, 2012 12:15pm EST
The Voice
It's that time of year again: time to look back on the things we enjoyed the most in television, film, music and other entertainment. For your reading pleasure, here are my '10 in 2012' - ten categories of awards handed out to my personal favorite things and people from the last year.

- Brittany Frederick's 10 in 2012 -

Best Unscripted Entertainment: There was a lot of fun to be had in the world of unscripted TV this year. NBC ran not one, but two seasons of The Voice this time around, and for the most part, the network's gamble paid off. We were introduced to plenty more great talents...
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'The Bourne Legacy' Comes Home: Blu-Ray Reviewed

December 16th, 2012 12:00pm EST
The Bourne Legacy
Universal's The Bourne Legacy is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD, and the home version is a worthy translation of a great major motion picture. What do you get inside the Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack edition?

For those who missed the August theatrical release, Bourne Legacy is a film that stands well on its own merits while also expanding the scope of the successful franchise. It doesn't snub the previous Bourne films; rather, it establishes a compelling new hero and his story parallel to previous events, while leaving the door wide open for convergence at a later date.

As super-agent Aaron ...
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Blu-ray Review: 'The Bourne Legacy'

December 11th, 2012 10:00am EST
The Bourne Legacy
Ready to go another round with Jason Bourne – minus the man? Well, then check out our review of the new to DVD/Blu-ray release "The Bourne Legacy" out Dec. 4 from Universal Home Entertainment. Does the legacy live on – find out below!

Title: "The Bourne Legacy"

Grade: 2

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton

Director: Tony Gilroy

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 135 minutes

Release Company: Universal Home Entertainment

Website: www.UniversalHiDef.com

The Flick: Story wise "The Bourne Legacy" is a very clever way of getting around the fact that Matt Damon who plays Jas...
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Check Out 'The Bourne Legacy' On Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD & More Dec. 11

December 7th, 2012 7:33am EST
The Bourne Legacy
The fourth installment of the highly successful Bourne series sees the return of the franchise's screenwriter, Tony Gilroy, this time stepping into the director's seat for an entry that sidelines main character Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) in order to focus on a fellow estranged assassin (Jeremy Renner).

Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz co-star, with Joan Allen and Albert Finney reprising their roles from the previous films.

"The Bourne Legacy" pulls back the curtain on a government secret even darker than Jason Bourne. When Bourne exposes Operation Treadstone at the end of "The Bourne Ultimat...
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2012 DVD & Blu-ray Holiday Gift Guide

November 22nd, 2012 8:00pm EST
Starpulse holiday gift guide
Hollywood has put out some great home entertainment releases over the past few months, and we have some suggestions for the film lover, TV fanatic, secret santa and more!

Not sure what to buy your picky uncle or reclusive sibling? Do you need something for the office grab bag? Check out our list of this season's must-have DVDs and Blu-ray discs...

FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

THE AVENGERS

The premium 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack provides 5-unique ways to enjoy “Marvel’s The Avengers” (on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and Digital Download of “Avengers Assembled” Music from and inspired by...
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'The Possession' Tops Box Office Again With Mere $9.5 Million Take

September 10th, 2012 8:45am EDT
The Possession
Not many people go to the movies this time of year as evidenced by the latest box office numbers. Creepy thriller "The Possession" topped the weekend box office for the second weekend in a row taking in a mere $9.5 million.

Inspired by Los Angeles Times writer Leslie Gornstein's article "A Jinx in a Box," "The Possession" stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick. It tells the tale of a broken family that comes under attack from a malevolent supernatural entity of Jewish folklore.

Shia LaBeouf's "Lawless" remained in the number two slot with $6 million, while Bradley Cooper and Zoe S...
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'The Expendables 2' Continues To Kick Butt At Weekend Box Office

August 27th, 2012 8:25am EDT
The Expendables 2
"The Expendables 2" topped the weekend box office for a second weekend in a row with $13.5 million, beating out "The Bourne Legacy," which in its second week took in $9.3 million.

"The Expendables" a medley of big action heroes, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews and Randy Couture.

Does this mean their will be a third film in the franchise? Director Simon West said if it happens, he wants Sean Connery to come out of retirement for one last action role.

Animated family film "ParaNo...
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Edward Norton and Why Laura Mennell is the 'Alphas' MVP

August 24th, 2012 11:30am EDT
The Bourne Legacy
Brittany's Blog: This is my viewpoint, from the far end of the couch...and this week, I want to single out two truly talented individuals: The Bourne Legacy co-star and multiple Oscar nominee Edward Norton, and Alphas actress Laura Mennell, who's become that show's Most Valuable Player.

Just because I'm an entertainment journalist doesn't mean I'm always up on everything; sometimes I miss things. So, better late than never to say this: Edward Norton is freaking brilliant.

I went into The Bourne Legacy two weeks ago convinced I wasn't going to like his character, as the guy was trying to...
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Action Packed 'The Expendables 2' Debuts At Number One

August 20th, 2012 8:46am EDT
THe Expendables 2
Action star-filled "The Expendables 2" dominated the weekend box office, grossing $28.8 million during its opening weekend. It was a respectable dbut; however, the original film opened with $34.8 million in 2010.

Sylvester Stallone heads up the starring cast, which includes returning members Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, and Terry Crews, along with fellow '80s action icons Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris. Liam Hemsworth also stars.

Jeremy Renner's "The Bourne Legacy" dropped to number two, taking in $17 million. Animated film "ParaNorman" bowed in at number three with ...
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Bourne Beats Batman At Weekend Box Office

August 13th, 2012 9:21am EDT
The Bourne Legacy
The rebooted Bourne franchise defeated Batman at the weekend box office. "The Bourne Legacy" opened with $40.3 million and became the number-one film in America.

The fourth installment of the highly successful Bourne series sidelines main character Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) in order to focus on a fellow estranged assassin (Jeremy Renner).

The Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis film "The Campaign" performed solidly at $27.4 million to land the second slot, while "The Dark Knight Rises" slipped to number three with $19.5 million. The Batman film has earned $390.2 million domestically sinc...
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Review: 'The Bourne Legacy' Stands On Its Own Merits

August 10th, 2012 7:14am EDT
The Bourne Legacy
Universal is hoping that The Bourne Legacy does well enough that it prolongs the life of the franchise - and with the finished product, the expansion of Bourne is off to a great start.

In the weeks if not months leading up to today's release, there's been a lot of talk about what Legacy isn't, and to evaluate it based on that is to short-change a film that is exactly what we go to the movies for in the summer. This movie never claimed to be a direct sequel to the existing trilogy, and to this critic's knowledge, writer/director Tony Gilroy never turned his back on Matt Damon's Jason ...
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Jeremy Renner In 'Bourne Legacy' And 10 Other Franchise Recasts

August 9th, 2012 12:07pm EDT
The Bourne Legacy
Jeremy Renner isn't playing Jason Bourne, but he's taking over the Bourne franchise for Matt Damon in The Bourne Legacy. Renner's also not the first actor or actress to become the new face of a franchise. Here are 10 other franchise recasts:

Bruce Banner - Eric Bana/Edward Norton/Mark Ruffalo: Bana signed for three Hulk films, but was replaced by super fan Norton when Marvel re-acquired the rights. Norton re-wrote The Incredible Hulk and starred in a hit, but was unable to come to a deal when a role in The Avengers was available. Ruffalo filled in, and was given positive reviews.

Ra...
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Who Is Jeremy Renner? The Briefing On Film's Newest Action Star

August 8th, 2012 5:00pm EDT
Jeremy Renner The Bourne Legacy
With The Bourne Legacy in theaters Friday, actor Jeremy Renner is poised to be part of not one, not two, but three blockbuster films in recent memory. But who exactly is this guy who's seemed to explode out of nowhere? Here's your primer on all things Renner related.

The Modesto, Calif., native, 41, became widely known when he earned an Oscar nomination for his starring role as Staff Sergeant William James in 2009's The Hurt Locker. However, he was previously one of film's truly underrated actors, turning in outstanding performances with much less attention.

In an interesting bit of trivi...
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Review: 'The Bourne Legacy' Has Its Moments But Lacks Originality

August 8th, 2012 8:37am EDT
The Bourne Legacy
So what happens when Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass decide that they no longer want to be a part of the super successful franchise known as Bourne?

Do the producers say fine and walk away from their billion dollar cash cow or find another way to keep it going? Silly question, right?

Which brings us to "The Bourne Legacy," written and directed by Tony Gilroy (writer of the previous Bourne films) and starring Jeremy Renner as the new super spy who the evil CIA wants to kill. Sound familiar? Of course it does, and that's the problem.

You've seen this same plot before...many, many...
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Tom Cruise Inspired Jeremy Renner Take Care Of His Body

August 7th, 2012 3:00pm EDT
Tom Cruise & Jeremy Renner
After working with Tom Cruise on "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," Jeremy Renner was inspired to take better care of himself.

Renner admits training with the action star gave him motivation to start looking after his body.

He told the Los Angeles Times, "He was such an amazing mentor to me, and just so supportive and being so excited that I was doing some of these things (stunts). He gave me some really great advice about how to treat your body, essentially, how to take care of yourself.

"I'd always been an athlete and physical, but he turned it into a whole 'nother (sic) thing ab...
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Rachel Weisz Heats Up 'The Bourne Legacy' Red Carpet In A Strapless Black Dress

July 31st, 2012 8:22am EDT
Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz sizzled at "The Bourne Legacy" world premiere in New York City on Monday. The actress wore a strapless black dress that showed off her curves. She paired her look with strappy black sandals, a single bracelet.

The fourth installment of the Bourne series sidelines main character Jason Bourne and focuses on a fellow estranged assassin Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner).

As agents are killed off, Cross escapes death and tries to find a peaceful life. Weisz plays a scientist on the project that escapes the labs when the project and its workers are terminated.

"The Bourne Legacy" hits...
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This Summer's Hottest Male Movie Stars

July 8th, 2012 8:00am EDT
Christian Bale the Dark Knight Rises
Superhero flicks "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises" are two of the biggest releases this month, and they star some of Hollywood's hottest celebrities.

On July 20, Christian Bale returns as the caped crusader, which picks up following the events in the previous film. He battles the deadly bane (Tom Hardy) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway).

Oh, but there's more. Much more.

Escape the outside heat and get hot inside by seeing your favorite male stars on the big screen this summer. Watch the cast of the stripper flick "Magic Mike" and Colin Farrell and Jeremy Renner from the Aug...
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Universal Bumps 'Bourne Legacy' Release Date To Avoid Batman Competition

June 23rd, 2012 8:21am EDT
The Bourne Legacy
"The Bourne Legacy" is scheduled to open on August 10 instead of its original release date, August 3, according to a statement from Universal Pictures. The film, starring Jeremy Renner (who replaces Matt Damon), will no longer clash with "Total Recall," which is opening on August 3, or "The Dark Knight Rises," which hits theaters in July 20.

There will now be three-week gap between the "Bourne" release and the superhero film, which is believed to dominate the box office for several weeks.

The studio said in a statement: "Just as 'The Avengers' demonstrated marketplace sustainability that ...
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5 Awesome Upcoming Superhero-free Movies

June 21st, 2012 1:07pm EDT
The Avengers' Cast
Thanks to Marvel Studios and the brilliance of Stan Lee, this is definitely the summer of the superhero. “The Avengers” kicked both alien invader and box office booty, and Spider-Man and Batman will soon join the fray with “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Dark Knight Rises” respectively. Fanboys and fangirls may be whipped up in a geeky frenzy, but if you prefer your summer films cape-free, here are five movies that are sure to provide summer box office thrills, no super powers needed.

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”

Four score and seven years ago, Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walke...
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'Bourne Legacy' Trailer Explains Jeremy Renner's Arrival

May 31st, 2012 1:22pm EDT
The Bourne Legacy
An extended trailer for August's Bourne Legacy has explained why Jeremy Renner is leading the film instead of Matt Damon, who was the star of the original trilogy.

The project that trained Jason Bourne also resulted in other agents, one being the man Jeremy Renner plays, Aaron Cross. Distraught by the rebellious Bourne, the powers that be decide to end the program and eliminate anyone involved.

As agents are killed one by one, Cross escapes death and tries to find a peaceful life. Rachel Weisz stars as a scientist on the project that escapes the labs when the project and its workers are t...
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Sexy Men Steaming Up The Silver Screen - 2012 Summer Edition

May 6th, 2012 10:03am EDT
Magic Mike
Ok ladies, now it's your turn! Yesterday we ran the sexy women version and today we give you the sexy men steaming up the silver screen for the summer of 2012. With the block-buster season now underway we've got a list of sexy men raging from superheroes to space explorers and even a few male strippers thrown in for good measure. So come on it and meet some of the sexiest men hitting the movie screen this summer.

Robert Downey, Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man)
The Avengers (May 4)

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America)
The Avengers (May 4)

Mark Ruffalo - (Bruce Banner/The Hulk)
T...
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Nicole Kidman Replaces Rachel Weisz In 'The Railway Man'

March 5th, 2012 8:40am EST
Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman has stepped in to replace Rachel Weisz in upcoming movie The Railway Man after the British actress dropped out.

The Mummy star was due to play Colin Firth's onscreen wife in the new drama about a prisoner of war who reunites with one of his Japanese captors 30 years later.

However, Weisz was forced to exit the project to complete extra filming on upcoming action movie The Bourne Legacy, and Kidman has stepped up to take her place, according to Variety.com.

The Railway Man will start shooting in Scotland later this year, before moving to Australia's Gold Coast. It is due ...
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First Look: 'The Bourne Legacy' Trailer Asks, Who Is Jeremy Renner?

February 8th, 2012 3:40pm EST
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The first trailer for the upcoming action thriller "The Bourne Legacy" has just hit the internet and all we can say is, Matt Damon who?

Okay, we're being facetious — we love you, Matt! Don't cut off our water supply! — but ever since it was announced that the folks behind the "Bourne" movies would be going ahead with the franchise even without superstar Damon's involvement, well, let's just say we were as skeptical as everyone else. But now that skepticism has been snuffed out.

All all it took was one high velocity nail to the frontal lobe from new "Bourne" headliner Jeremy Renner.

Befo...
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The Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

January 13th, 2012 10:00am EST
Most Anticipated Movies of 2012
If you’re family is like mine, you probably got one for Christmas. I have an aunt who has given on to me every year since I was seven. Each time I open the wrapping paper and feign surprise, as if my present could have been anything else. The first few times she gave me this turd of a gift, I hung it dutifully on my wall for the entire year. Each time I looked at it, I would wonder how Chocolate Labradors or Monster Trucks define me as a person (News Flash: They don’t). Now, as soon as she leaves the room, I throw my gift right in the trash without even a modicum of guilt. Still don’t know ...
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Rep Says Jeremy Renner 'Wasn't Involved' In Thai Bar Brawl

January 6th, 2012 8:46am EST
Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Renner's representative has dismissed reports suggesting star was caught up in a Thai bar brawl, insisting he was able to leave the place before violence erupted.

Reports suggested Renner was left with minor injuries after the fight, but it appears he saw the trouble coming after a member of his entourage dropped a glass on the floor.

The friend, Vorasit Issara, was reportedly stabbed in the melee on Thursday morning and taken to hospital in Bangkok.

Renner's publicist insists the actor "wasn't involved in the fight in any way" and exited the building in Phuket before the brawl st...
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Jeremy Renner Almost Threw Up On Tom Cruise, Spoke To Matt Damon About 'The Bourne Legacy'

December 1st, 2011 10:30am EST
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One of the most incredible stunts in the latest Mission: Impossible movie has Tom Cruise hanging from the side of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The rest of his team just looks out from the window, but even that was too much for costar Jeremy Renner.

“Once I hung out [the window], 30 seconds of near vomiting almost happened, but then that went away and Tom was laughing, he’s hanging upside down,” Renner said. “He’s all red faced and he’s like, ‘Look at this view!’ I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? I’m gonna vomit on you.’”

That gave Renner a taste of what h...
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Jeremy Renner Tells DETAILS Acting Comes First, Women Second

November 23rd, 2011 12:00pm EST
Jeremy Renner on Details
Jeremy Renner is featured on the cover of the December/January issue of DETAILS magazine, which hits newstands Nov. 29. He broke out in 2008's "The Hurt Locker" and stars in the upcoming films "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," "The Avengers" and "The Bourne Legacy."

He talked to DETAILS about working in construction, dating and being famous.

On how the hands-on physicality of rebuilding houses compares to filmmaking...

"Building a house is like producing a movie. There’s no right way to do it, but a lot of wrong ways. You have to be flexible and creative. You have to move fast, be ...
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Rachel Weisz In Talks For 'Bourne Legacy' Role?

May 11th, 2011 8:50am EDT
Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz has been tracked down in the search for a leading lady to join Jeremy Renner in the next Bourne movie.

The action franchise is set to return for a fourth installment, but the new movie will be without original star Matt Damon who played secret agent Jason Bourne in the first three films.

The Hurt Locker star was recently confirmed as the franchise's new male lead, playing a different character to Damon, while movie bosses continue searching for a female actress to join Renner onscreen.

Reports now suggest Weisz is top of the list to join the film and she is said to be in ...
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