Jeremy Renner is set to narrate History’s three-night event series, “The World Wars.”
The series tells the story of three decades of war from the perspective of men like Franklin Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, George Patton, Benito Mussolini, Winston Churchill, Hideki Tojo, Charles de Gaulle and Douglas MacArthur. It will also examine the two World Wars as one contiguous timeline, starting in 1914 and ending in 1945.
“The World Wars” is produced by Stephen David Entertainment for History with David as executive producer, and Russ McCarroll, Paul Cabana and Elaine Frontain Bryant as as executive producers for History.
“The stories that came out of the World Wars are heroic, horrific and everything in between,” said Renner. “I’m happy to lend my voice to History and help tell these stories in a very different way.”
The series premieres at 9 p.m. on May 26. (source)
It’s recently been confirmed that Jeremy Renner will star, and his production company The Combine will produce a reboot of the the classic SAM SPADE detective series for Universal. The project is being pitched as a modern day noir that will center on the private investigator “Sam Spade” made famous by the 1941 film “The Maltese Falcon.”
Before all of that, The Maltese Falcon was a book by Dashiell Hammett. Adapted into a film once in 1931, and most famously a decade later with Humphrey Bogart, this will be the first time we’ve seen the Spade character on screen in 80 years. At the time, Bogart epitomized the dark, cynical detective in the black and white, smoke-filled rooms of early Hollywood film noir, with his gravelly voice and always furrowed brow. With a planned modernization of the character, I wonder if we’ll be seeing a Renner akin to his role in “American Hustle” or something more along the lines of “The Bourne Legacy.”
Whereas the fedora, trench coat, cigarette, and gravely voice (though not always associated with Sam Spade’s character) is the penultimate image of the dominate male in ’40s cinema, I wonder if the leather jacket, messy hair, and five-o-clock shadow is what men will be remembered for today.
Either way, Renner has the look to carry the role for both generations, with an edge that makes you feel uneasy when watching him, and a caliber of attractiveness that’s slightly off (just like Bogart) that could authentically bring Spade back to the big screen.
If you felt that the first Avengers film didn’t have enough Hawkeye and Black Widow, you can rest easy knowing that Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron will feature a lot more of the characters played by Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johannson respectively… according to none other than Scarlett Johannson.
MovieFone recently sat down with the actress, who is expecting her first child with her fiance later in the year. “My character is a mercenary to begin with and was sort of put into the Widow program. She’s had a dark past, and she’s just beginning to discover how her past affects her when we see her in ‘Cap 2.’ I think she’s had to dehumanize in a way, obviously, as anyone in that position does just to be able to accomplish the things that she’s had to. But now she’s like, ‘Wow, I actually have nightmares about this stuff.’ She’s starting to realize, Wow, I’m a product of what I’ve done in some way. And I think, in ‘Avengers 2,’ it’s about time that our past comes back to haunt us in some way — all of us, I think, in one way or another,” she said.
In addition, The Hollywood Reporter is confirming that more focus will also be on Hawkeye (played by Jeremy Renner) and The Hulk (played by Mark Ruffalo), simply because we haven’t seen them since the last Avengers movie. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirms he’s taking the “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” route, which is why neither character has made an appearance in any subsequent films since The Avengers.
Jeremy Renner started to wield Hawkeye’s bow in 2012′s “Avengers,” a role he reprises in April when filming begins on the sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” With “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opening next weekend, Renner spoke to Variety about working with Chris Evans and joining the Marvel universe.
Do you have any funny Chris Evans stories?
Oh dude, I have the funniest one. I don’t know if I can say. When I think about it every time, I love it. The coda scene that happens at the end of “The Avengers,” we shot it at the premiere, when we were all together. A year had gone by, and Chris was in the middle of doing another movie, where he had a full beard and he couldn’t shave it off.
They had to do all these prosthetics over his face. The poor guy, he was in a chair for like four hours just for this three-second scene. He looked awful. He looked like his face was melting. Imagine if you have to put prosthetics over a thick beard, he looked like he got stung by a bee. The names that [Robert] Downey Jr. and everybody came up with. He couldn’t even laugh. It was really quite frustrating, I’m sure.
You don’t see the prosthetics onscreen?
No, it’s a wide shot of the whole group at the Shawarma place. We left the premiere, jumped in costume and Chris had to go into makeup for so long to cover that dang beard.
I heard he rallies the troops on the “Avengers” set.
Oh yeah. He’s the pied-piper of going out and having a good time, for sure. He definitely knows how to have fun while he works. Everybody on that set is that way.
Where would you guys go out?
In Albuquerque, New Mexico? Not a lot of places. We ended up staying in houses. We had to get creative. Everywhere we went, there was a barbeque.
Chris talked about how he almost turn down the role of Captain America. Did you feel pressure when Marvel offered you the role of Hawkeye?
Where did that come from?
You know where that leads you, the amount of time and commitment. You start to step into franchise-land and superhero land. It’s kind of terrifying when you’re an actor. It’s a huge commitment. But I’m glad I did it. All the actors are so awesome, I love them. That’s the main reason I want to keep going back. We all go through the same trials together. We’re definitely a “Bad News Bears” team.
Do you have to do a lot of prep for the movie?
A lot of fighting. A lot of getting back in shape for sure.
And Downey told me Hawkeye has a much bigger role in this one.
I can’t give you any details, but yeah, there seems to be more to do this time. I’m excited about that.
Are all the costumes made of the same material?
Kind of and kind of not. It all shifts. Even from “Captain America” to “Avengers,” they worked their way through looking great and functioning great. I have one of the easiest costumes compared to the other guys, Chris Evans being one of the [harder ones]. The cowl on his head, any time you put it on, the thing gave him a migraine. It hit weird pressure points. But you have to work out the details to have it look great and function great. I feel like my costume might be changing a little bit for this “Avengers.” Who knows man? As long as the pants don’t split in the crotch, I’m alright.
Has that actually happened?
I think it’s happened to all of us. You’re like, “Ok, we’ve got to take a break. I’ve got a hole where it shouldn’t be.”
First photos of Jeremy on set of The Avengers: Age of Ultron just appeared. Jeremy together with Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are currently filming some scenes of The Avengers sequel in Aosta (Italy). Below you can also watch a video of the filming with a glimpse of Jeremy and Elizabeth at the end (thanks to Captain Pat).
As the month nears its end, so begins the remainder of filming for The Avengers: Age of Ultron which kicked off early this morning in Italy. Photos and details from the shoot, via AostaSera.it, reveal a battle sequence taking place amid an artificial blizzard at Fort Bard, where miltiary extras were seen firing at an unseen target. No word on who or what that target may be, but actors Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver) are all in town and will eventually take part in the shoot. In addition to the snow-covered rectagular fortress, there are two other sets being constructed which photos from Facebook & Cinefilos showcase an apparent cargo transport and Italy’s Aosta Valley dressed with Eastern European storefront signs. (source)
Jeremy Renner suits up to attend the premiere of the new Marvel film Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Thursday evening (March 13) at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. (source) Several photos from the event have been added to the gallery, big thanks to Claudia for her help with some pics!
Focus Features said today that Kill The Messenger will get a platform release on October 10, 2014, and expand the following two weekends. Jeremy Renner stars as Gary Webb, the Pulitzer-winner journalist who uncovered a CIA link to coke trafficking in the U.S. as a way to funnel money to the Nicaraguan Contras. Webb was subsequently discredited by a smear campaign which ruined him and he eventually committed suicide. Michael Cuesta directed the pic written by Peter Landesman. The cast includes Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Josh Close, Rosemarie DeWitt, Andy Garcia, Lucas Hedges, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Focus picked up worldwide rights ahead of the 2013 Berlin Film Festival. (source)