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Tom Clancy , the military novelist who died Tuesday, was such a prolific author that one would imagine Hollywood was eager to adapt the majority of his many books into films. Particularly because on the few occasions Clancy’s novels were turned into movies, both the commercial and critical response was pretty strong. And yet the release of Paramount Pictures’ Chris Pine -led “Jack Ryan: Shadow One” this Christmas will mark only the fifth time one of the author’s books has gotten the big screen treatment (as well as the fifth time a Ryan movie will come to the screen). Elmore Leonard’s love-hate relationship with Hollywood All of the previous four films centered on the fast-rising CIA officer and the various global threats he helped fend off involving nuclear weaponry, drug-smuggling conspiracies and assorted forms of villainy, often depicting in some detail the military technology Clancy was famous for. The first movie in that series is arguably the author’s best-known adaptation — 1990’s “The Hunt for Red October,” based on Clancy’s first published work. The film starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin was a blockbuster, grossing over $200 million worldwide and even winning an Oscar for its sound effects. (Baldwin, the first actor to ever portray Jack Ryan, tweeted early Wednesday that Clancy was a”real gentleman of the old school.”) PHOTOS: Celebrities react on Twitter to Tom Clancy’s death Harrison Ford would go on to take over the role in 1992’s “Patriot Games” and 1994’s “Clear and Present Danger,” each of which also did massive business. It was nearly a decade before Jack Ryan turned up at the multiplex again — this time, played by Ben Affleck in 2002’s “The Sum of All Fears,” the least well-reviewed of any of Clancy’s adaptations, but no less popular with moviegoers. Despite these successful collaborations with the movie business, Clancy was openly hesitant about about the film industry. “Giving your book to Hollywood is like turning your daughter over to a pimp,” went one of his more famous quotes. Clancy disliked the slow pace at which movies were made, questioning why it took so long for screenwriters to pen a 120-page script when he could churn out a 1,200-page manuscript in five months. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 “We all know that time is money,” he told The Times in a 1995 interview. “Well, by God, time really is money in Hollywood, and yet the Hollywood process wastes a colossal amount of time unnecessarily.” Clancy also frequently sparred with Paramount, which released all of his Jack Ryan movies. He was not allowed to weigh in creatively on his first three movie adaptations and nearly took the franchise to another studio before Paramount made him a full partner on the series. ALSO:
The 35 year-old star, who made his name Black Hawk Down and The Virgin Suicides, is currently filming scenes for the new TV series in the crisp fields of Dublin. The show, which is being executively produced by Sam Mendes, fuses some of literature’s most terrifying characters – including Frankenstein’s monster, Dorian Gray and Dracula – in Victorian London. Josh, are you in there? The acclaimed actor is almost unrecognisable in his latest role as a gun-toting cowboy Lights, camera, action: Production staff set-up the scenes in Dublin, Ireland, as Josh holds his pose Hartnett plays Wild West character Ethan Edwards, the sole American of the show, who is named after John Waynes persona in The Searchers. In addition to Mendes and a number of highly-accomplished production staff, the series also has an impressive cast of guest actors. Others stars who are officially signed up for the project include Billie Piper, former James Bond star Timothy Dalton and Helen McCrory. I’d love to stay and chat…but I really moustache: A big and some stick-on facial hair have helped transform the 35 year-old Wild West – in Ireland: Josh’s character, Ethan Chandler, is a transplanted wrangler in the forthcoming drama A far cry from modern-day Los Angeles: Josh gets into character for his part in the show about Victorian London French actress Eva Green will play the drama’s leading lady: a troubled soul at the heart of the psycho-sexual serial. The actress, who stars in Casino Royale and in forthcoming blockbusters Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, and 300: Rise Of An Empire, will assume the role of Vanessa Ives. Jonathan McKinstry, who worked on Kenneth Branaghs Frankenstein film and TVs The Borgias, will be production designer, while Oscar-winning Gabriella Pescucci will design the costumes. Scene shooting, not gun shooting: Josh pictured with fellow actor Owen Roe on the set of Penny Dreadful Monsters Inc: The series will bring together some of literature’s most famous horror figures, including Frankenstein’s monster Hartnett’s new small-scale role is a welcome diversion from his previous hey day of Pearl Harbour and Lucky Number Slevin. Speaking about the pressures of celebrity, he once said: ‘I know what it’s like to be in that whole world.
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Best selling author Tom Clancy died Tuesday at the age of 66. Renowned for — eerily accurate military thrillers many of Clancy’s novels were adapted for the big screen including. The Hunt for Red October patriot teams and clear and present danger. Red carpet was rolled out in New York — the premiere of gravity Tuesday night. Costar and longtime pals George Clooney Sandra Bullock asked about there — life — working together. — selling them professional he’s unkind. He’s ugly. Eddie has no respect from — — working as India. Has only downfall. Concedes these streaks — right Fred. And — — the top spot on this week’s billboard 200 chart with his new album nothing was the same. Selling 658000. Copies in its first week.