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Cobie Talks “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” Stunt Work

When it came time for Cobie Smulders to do her death-defying stunts in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, she knew just who to turn to for advice.

Joining Tom Cruise in the pulse-pounding sequel to the 2012 film, Smulders says the action-movie veteran motivated her to do her own stunts.

“He’s a pro at this genre, so he helped me through all of the training,” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “From the moment we met he really supported me — not just physically but mentally as well. He taught me so much.

“The summer before filming I had broken my leg, so when I first met Tom I was walking with a cane,” she says. “I was still pretty weak so it was hard for me to get started with the training. I slowly built my strength up and got stronger and stronger. I did all my own stunts myself!” she says. “It was really exciting to take on a new skill set.”

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is now in theatres.

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“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” Critics Review

Cobie’s latest film, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back hit theatres THIS weekend. Directed by Edward Zwick, the movie stars Tom Cruise, Aldis Hodge and Danika Yarosh. Take a look below at what the critics have to say about the film:

RogerEbert.com — The movie is filled with undeveloped notions, as well as scenes that might’ve been dazzling, or at least clever, if Zwick and Herskovitz had been able to settle on a tone and a vision and develop them. Instead they march along with mild enthusiasm but no gusto, alternating dry-but-not-dry-enough comedy with action scenes that are competently executed but nowhere near as inventive and stirringly perverse as the best stuff in the original “Jack Reacher,” a likewise pretty-good military conspiracy thriller.

Variety.com — Zwick barely manages to tickle our adrenaline, waiting till the climactic showdown amid a New Orleans Halloween parade to deliver a sequence that could legitimately register as memorable.

NYDailyNews.com — Cruise and Smulders have better on-screen chemistry than many of Cruise’s former female co-stars (including ex-wives and girlfriends), and the story finds a way to fit Yarosh’s younger character into the mix in an organic way, giving “Never Go Back” a timely respite from the story’s violent core.

EntertainmentWeekly.com — This is as blandly formulaic as sequels come. The problem is, aside from Cruise and Smulders, nothing else about Never Go Back really works or matters. Not every middling box-office success needs to be spun off into a franchise. Especially when it results in sequels as aggressively mediocre as this. Tom Cruise deserves better. So does the audience.

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“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” B-Roll Footage

Paramount Pictures has released the B-roll footage from Cobie’s upcoming film, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The film will pick up with Tom Cruise’s Reacher reconnecting with an old friend, played by Cobie Smulders, and arriving in Virginia to pay her a visit. However, once he sets foot on his old stomping grounds, he finds himself entangled in another major conspiracy and when he gets charged with a 20-year old crime, he does what he does best and goes on the run. And, if that wasn’t crazy enough, he’ll also encounter a young teen, played by Danika Yarosh, who claims to be his long lost daughter.

Check out to footage below:

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“The Intervention” Critics Reviews

Cobie’s latest film — Clea DuVall’s debut feature as writer-director The Intervention was released in limited theatres and iTunes over the weekend. The movie features a fantastic cast of Clea Duvall, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Ritter, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat, Vincent Piazza and Melanie Lynskey. Take a look below at what the critics have to say about the film:

RogerEbert.com — “The Intervention” is no embarrassment, and any time a woman is allowed to direct a film benefits the cause. But if DuVall’s purpose was to provide a snapshot of her generation, she should have sharpened her focus and dug a little deeper.

IndieWire.com — Clea DuVall’s directorial debut “The Intervention” is the perfect indie to watch on VOD this holiday weekend. Featuring one of the year’s strongest indie ensembles “The Intervention” is a clever riff on “The Big Chill.” [The movie] is a sweet delight from start to finish.

TheWrap.com — DuVall’s focus is clearly on her actors, she’s at least gone to the trouble of making sure “The Intervention,” which was shot by cinematographer Polly Morgan, has a thoughtful visual style: She likes to strand characters at the edge of her widescreen frames, underlining their isolation and lack of balance.

Variety.com — While the tone does gradually shade a bit darker, DuVall never abandons humor entirely, save for a couple of climactic speeches (notably Smulder’s) that are admirable for their concision and emotional directness. “The Intervention” treads familiar terrain, yet its frequently droll dialogue, brisk narrative progress and well-drawn if not wildly deep characters consistently avoid the feel of formulaic dreamed.

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“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” Weird Family Dynamic

You’ve seen Cobie Smulders play a badass government-type in her ongoing role as SHIELD agent Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Smulders gets to play an action hero in a world without flying men and skyscraper-toppling green giants. “I’m not competing fight-wise with superheroes,” she laughs. “It is so exciting to see these superheroes fight one another. The [human characters] are, like, ‘I’m just gonna make some phone calls.’ So it was really fun to be in a movie where you had to fight for your life at every opportunity. No weapons, no superpowered gear, no SHIELD agency beyond you. You’re on the run.”

In the Jack Reacher sequel, Smulders plays Major Susan Turner, a confirmed military badass with Ranger training. When the film begins, Turner has taken over from Tom Cruise’s Reacher as the head of an internal military investigation unit. Turner and Reacher know and respect each other…and there’s the spark of something more. “These are two people who don’t have much time to date,” says Smulders. “They started a relationship just by being friendly and helping each other out, and that blossomed into more. Reacher decides to seek out Turner, and maybe ask her out.”

Things quickly go awry, as they so often do in Reacher’s world, and the two find themselves on the run from an elaborate conspiracy. “It’s an interesting dynamic between these two characters, who are so used to being alone and being in charge. Now they have to work together. Initially, that goes horribly wrong, and they have to reconfigure themselves.” And then comes a further complication: A teenaged girl, played by Heroes Reborn’s Danika Yarosh, who claims to be Reacher’s daughter. “She becomes a big part of the story,” says Smulders. “So now we’re in this weird family dynamic. My character did not ask to be saddled with this type of responsibility, and so there’s a constant clashing of ideas. At the same time, they’re all being hunted, all being chased.” Eat your heart out, Modern Family!

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back opens October 21st. (Source)

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Cobie Joins Cast of “Literally Right Before Aaron”

Cobie will be appearing in the upcoming comedic-drama, Literally Right Before Aaron which also stars Justin Long, Kristen Schaal, Peter Gallagher and Luis Guzmán. The movie was written and directed by The Black List’s, Ryan Eggold.

Plot details are limited at the moment but is expect for a 2017 release.

A guy contemplates the awkwardness of attending his ex-girlfriend’s wedding.

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Cobie Joins Cast of “Why We’re Killing Gunther”

Cobie will be appearing in the upcoming action-comedy, Why We’re Killing Gunther which also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Saturday Night Live’s, Bobby Moynihan. The movie was written and directed by Cobie’s husband, Taran Killam.

Variety reports Schwarzenegger will play the title character, an arrogant hitman who is prone to stealing other people’s jobs.

“The assassin community is tired of him and a group of eccentric killers from across the globe come together to set the perfect trap, but their master plan quickly turns into a series of embarrassing fails as Gunther always appears one step ahead,” the story says.

Principal photography on the film is set to begin next month. (Source)

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2016 Kids’ Choice Awards Nominations

The nominees for the 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards have been announced. Cobie’s film, Avengers: Age of Ultron was nominated for “Favourite Movie.” You can vote for Cobie and the Avengers over at www.Nick.com. Hosted by Blake Shelton, the awards will air Saturday, March 12 at 8pm (ET/PT)!

FAVORITE MOVIE
Ant-Man
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Cinderella
Daddy’s Home
Jurassic World
Pitch Perfect 2
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

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Sundance Film Festival: “The Intervention” Reviews

Written and directed by Clea DuVall, Cobie’s latest film, The Intervention premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival earlier this week. Paramount Home Media is currently in negotiations to acquire worldwide rights. The studio will likely partner with a theatrical distributor and will also release the film day-and-date on video-on-demand platforms. Take a look below at what the critic’s had to say:

Variety — While the tone does gradually shade a bit darker, DuVall never abandons humor entirely, save for a couple of climactic speeches (notably Cobie Smulder’s) that are admirable for their concision and emotional directness. “The Intervention” treads familiar terrain, yet its frequently droll dialogue, brisk narrative progress and well-drawn if not wildly deep characters consistently avoid the feel of formulaic dramedy.

The Hollywood Reporter — It’s been clear in other films that at least a couple of the actors here, beginning with [Natasha] Lyonne and [Cobie] Smulders, can deliver with good material, and Shawkat seems to have an offbeat appeal and approach. But The Intervention feels bland and without consequence, as it’s not possible to invest in characters about whom we’re offered so little.

The Guardian — If DuVall had skewed The Intervention to make the group come across unfavourably, then it might have worked as a dark comedy, in the vein of Bachelorette. In that film, the characters were morally reprehensible, but it worked because everyone involved was in on the joke. The problem for The Intervention lies in its misjudgment of tone. It’s played for feelgood laughs (the cornball ending feels especially unearned), when DuVall should have instead dug deeper to exploit her characters for the messed up people that they are.

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Sundance Film Festival 2016 Lineup Revealed

The Sundance Film Festival has revealed the 65 films which are going to make up the 2016 US and World Cinema Competition Dramatic and Documentary categories, along with those which make up the out-of-competition NEXT slate.

Sundance 2016 will run from January 21st – 31st in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

The Intervention / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Clea DuVall) / World Premiere
A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage.

Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Cobie Smulders, Alia Shawkat, Clea DuVall, Natasha Lyonne, Ben Schwartz.