We never ever thought that anyone could replace what Matt Damon brought to the Bourne series. While watching the latest trailer for the fourth installment, The Bourne Legacy, we realized just how wrong we were. The film is in the very capable, very muscular hands of Jeremy Renner and he blew our minds in this clip! We haven’t really been keeping up with the news on the film, which is our bad, because we can’t wait to watch it now. The fact that Edward Norton is the baddie is the icing on the cake. We also admit that we had to watch the trailer a couple of times to try and get a handle of the plot. There’s a lot going on here.
Renner plays Agent Aaron Cross but also calls himself Kenneth Gidson at the beginning of the trailer. It seems there are a bunch of these super agents flying around all over the place because, “Jason Bourne was the tip of the iceberg.” Damon’s history is woven in by appearing in a news item in the trailer, linked to the Treadstone project. A character in the film then says, “Do you think that Jason Bourne was the whole story? There’s a lot more going on here.” Renner’s part of something called “Operation Outcome” where these agents are created, or modified. Enter, Rachel Weisz who plays Dr. Stephanie Snyder who was part of the team who created them. We’re also guessing she’s his love interest thanks to a brief steamy moment in the trailer. The incredible action scenes we see are both of them running from Norton to avoid assassination. Have a look, and tell us what else you gleaned from the clip.
Sorry, Snow White. Nothing personal, Thor. Of course we still love you, the Batman. We always will. It’s just that when it comes to summer movies, we love a glowering villain as much as we love a virtuous hero. Maybe a little more. Maybe … a lot more.
Luckily for us (and you!), this summer’s films are jam-packed with some of the most malevolent evil characters imaginable, ready to face off against the hottest heroes and heroines from May to August. Tom Hiddleston reprises his Thor role as power-hungry extraterrestrial Loki in this week’s The Avengers, while Flight of the Concords’Jemaine Clement breaks Will Smith‘s stride as an easy-riding alien by the name of Boris in Men in Black III. Closer to home (and to your childhood nightmares), Queen Charlize Theron goes after Kristen Stewart‘s heart (not in the romantic way) in Snow White and the Huntsman, while Eva Green does the same to Johnny Depp (in both the romantic and evil way?) as smitten witch Angelique Bouchard in Dark Shadows.
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Of course, not every memorable villain has to be from another planet or or the fairy-tale realm. Some of them can be regular ol’ criminal masterminds, like Salma Hayek‘s drug kingpin Elena in Savages, Faran Tahir‘s Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Bryan Cranston‘s Vilos Cohaagen in the Total Recall remake and Edward Norton‘s Byer in The Bourne Legacy. We are especially psyched to see Tom Hardy‘s Bane grapple the Caped Crusader in The Dark Knight Rises while Rhys Ifans takes on Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man. Because what’s an epic battle scene with out an epic villain? A 15-second slap fight?
Not that every villain has to be locked in life-or-death combat, mind you. Some of them are just maniacally vain. Sacha Baron Cohen‘s General Aladeen in The Dictator, anyone? Catherine Zeta-Jones‘ high-strung Patricia Whitmore will also be inflicting all the damage she can against the demon that is rock in Rock of Ages, while Adam Sandler only accidentally ruins his son Andy Samberg‘s wedding/marriage/life. That being said, if you somehow get your only child to throw up on his fiance’s wedding dress … yeah, you’re the bad guy.
Finally, we have to give props to those villains who don’t even come in a humanoid package. We are dying to see what the surprisingly awesome-looking Battleship aliens look like under their masks (Weird eyes? Check! Four-fingered hand? Check!), and we’re all ready to take our hats off to the Piranhas 3DD piranhas. Not only are they blood-thirsty, they are also responsible for Ving Rhames‘ character having machine gun legs. What aren’t villains good for? Which big bad has your ticket-buying hands shaking with anticipation this summer? Check out our gallery of villainy, and cast your vote. Just remember: When it comes to picking a favorite archnemesis, there is no wrong choice.
As the poet laureate Beyonce once said: Girls rule the world. And for proof, look no further than this summer’s biggest blockbuster movies. It’s the Summer Movie Preview week here at VH1 Celebrity, and we’ve already brought you our picks for the sexiest heroes coming soon to a theater near you. The hottest months of the year are going to real scorchers thanks to these badass beauties busting bad guys on the big screen.
Anne Hathaway steps into Catwoman’s famous leather jumpsuit for the much-anticipated Batman follow-up, The Dark Knight Rises, while Scarlett Johansson is back in her Black Widow gear for The Avengers. Kristen Stewart is getting medieval on our behinds with Snow White and the Huntsman, and Jessica Biel is fast-forwarding us into the year 2084 in the remake of Total Recall.
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There are some new faces to the blockbuster game this year, like Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki, who stars in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Battleship‘s Rihanna. Emma Stone gets to hook up with real-life beau Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and Rachel Weiszmight be doing the same onscreen with her Bourne Legacy co-star Jeremy Renner.
Whether they’re cartoons like Princess Merida in Pixar’s latest epic Brave, or real live ladies like Prometheus star Noomi Rapace, you can be sure that these women aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty while they save the rest of us — but they’ll still look amazing doing it. Our question to you is: Which of these heroic ladies are you most looking forward to seeing this summer? Check out the gallery and let us know in our poll! Read more…
Did you know Jeremy Renner is a megastar? Sure, you probably knew that he stole Ben Affleck‘s The Town and got an Oscar nomination for The Hurt Locker. You may have even known he’s been a cult favorite since 2002’s Dahmer. But with Renner appearing inThe Avengers as Hawkeye, as well as starring in the next Mission: Impossible and Bournemovies, Hollywood has basically put all of their action chips on the 40-year-old. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jeremy plans to cash them in by making a Steve McQueen biopic, to be written by We Own The Night director James Gray.
Playing one of the studliest stars in Hollywood history seems like serious hubris, but look at it this way: if Renner manages to upstage Matt Damon and Tom Cruise in their own action franchises, and make his mark alongside Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and the other Avengers, he really should get to scream “aw, yeah, I’m the new Steve McQueen, baby!” in a vanity film. Plus, if his franchises fail, this McQueen movie will never get made.
Hollywood practically ignored Jeremy Renner for the near-decade between his amazing turn in Dahmer and his Oscar-nominated Hurt Locker performance, but they seem to be making up for lost time. Despite the fact that he’s already filming a new Mission: Impossible film with Tom Cruise, Latino Review says Renner is Universal’s top choice to star in The Bourne Legacy, where he’d not so much replace Matt Damon as Jason Bourne but play another secret agent undergoing a rather Bourney predicament (far younger actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Garrett Hedlund were previously rumored for the role). Could the 40-year-old Renner really take over two of the biggest action franchises? If this guy can rock a British accent, Daniel Craig better watch his back!
Whether or not he gets the Bourne gig (shouldn’t they get someone who isn’t Matt’s age?), Renner has plenty of action cash coming—he’s already shooting both Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and there’s this little movie called The Avengers coming in 2012. Word dropped last week that Renner will cameo in Thor, out later this month, introducing audiences to his super-archer Hawkeye. If these films do well, the long-underrated actor could find himself one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
What’s that? The Bourne movies couldn’t possibly get any sexier? Well, what if we told you Jake Gyllenhaal could be coming on board? Apparently, Jake is one of the front-runners to take over the franchise in Universal’s upcoming The Bourne Legacy. Wait, wait, calm down! We know we said “take over,” but Jake would not be playing Bourne. Instead, he’d be playing a government killer on the lam just like Jason Bourne, with Bourne possibly (though we’re going to guess probably) popping up at some point in the new film.
Joining Jake on the short list are Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch, Kellan Lutz and Tobey Maguire, all actors who could use an action franchise to their name (or in Maguire’s case, a new one). But with all respect to the former Spidey, Gyllenhaal clearly stands above the pack on the excitement scale. Sure, Prince Of Persia didn’t work out, but Jake and Matt Damon together? Now that‘s how you get the ladies to an action movie.
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