The release of Amazons 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 Krasinskis new Jack Ryan series isnt very good, but that isnt news. Chris Pines 2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit also fell short by being too anonymous. Ben Affleck was too preening as Ryan in 2002s The Sum of All Fears. Harrison Fords Ryan in 1992s Patriot Games and 1994s Clear and Present Danger was too generically gruff. Even when played by Alec Baldwin in 1990s The Hunt For Red October, Ryan ended up as second fiddle to Sean Connery.
In fact, you know what? No. None of those Ryan actors did a good job, and none of those films were particularly enjoyable, because Ryan is such a immensely bland character. If Harrison Ford cant make him work, for crying out loud, then the guy from The Office is really going to struggle. Hollywood has had too many goes at Ryan, and all of them have been duds. Its time to put Ryan to bed. And while Im at it, here are a bunch of other overdone characters who should also be forcibly retired.
Taraji P Henson: ‘Hollywood didn’t grasp my talent’
Harvey Weinstein obstructed her rise now, with her new film What Men Want, she is calling the shots. But what does she make of her Empire co-star Jussie Smolletts hate-crime controversy?
“On a December morning in Los Angeles, the sun blazes down on a large and abundantly decorated Christmas tree in the parking lot at Paramount Pictures. It is upstaged, though, by the actor Taraji P Henson, who swans past wearing an ensemble that calls to mind the futuristic fashion of the 1970s: steampunk sunglasses, a black tracksuit under a puffy gilet and chunky grey, orange and lime sci-fi pumps, possibly with rocket boosters in the soles. Her hair is arranged in tight braids, some piled on her head, others swishing around her shoulders.
As we take our seats in a brightly lit office upstairs, she removes from her flowery backpack a tub of beige mush. What is that, mashed banana? Nuh-uh, she says between mouthfuls. Its an oatmeal alkaline thing. Its got quinoa in it. I gotta be careful because I dont digest a heavy grain. She takes a sniff and laughs. It smells like dirt, it really does. She went vegan last year after a doctor told her it could reduce the chances of getting stomach cancer. You can do it if you have a good chef, she says encouragingly. I make a mental note to have a chat with mine……………………………………………………………………….”
Netflix vs. Steven Spielberg is a battle over the future of the movie experience
“New York (CNN Business)Netflix wants to change how you watch movies. Steven Spielberg wants to preserve the theatrical experience. Those two points of view are clashing, with Netflix pushing back against a plan that Spielberg reportedly has to create rules that could block the streaming giant from future Oscars contention.
Luke Perry: forever the thrillingly cool teen pinup
Perry never quite escaped the shadow of Beverly Hills, 90210. But this was not a failing it was proof of how seminal the show, and Perrys handsome rebel Dylan McKay, was to a generation
“Teen pinups who free themselves of their TV origins can be counted on one hand with fingers to spare: Ron Howard. Michael J Fox. Zac Efron.
Luke Perry never quite made it to those ranks, but thats no discredit to him. Despite working pretty regularly until the day he died which is more than a lot of teen stars can say he always knew his obituaries would read Dylan McKay has died, referring to the bad(ish) boy he played in the original series of Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990-1995, and then again in 1998-2000 when he gamely, if through somewhat gritted teeth, revived the character. And so it has proved to be the case.
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