In the new movie Now You See Me Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco play a gang of illusionists who rob banks during their performances, giving the profits to their audiences. As we saw in the trailer, the gang can do some pretty miraculous tricks, like when Jesse Eisenberg escapes his handcuffs and put them on his interrogator. Still, sometimes a good magician needs the assistance of some wires. In our exclusive image, the gang gets a little inspiration from N’Sync.
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Casting Net: Chris O'Dowd in talks for 'St. Vincent De Van Nuys'; Plus Gary Oldman joins Tom Hardy pic 'Child 44', more
• Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) is in early talks to join The Weinstein Company’s St. Vincent De Van Nuys. The charming Irish actor would join the already incredible cast of Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy to play a Catholic priest. Ted Melfi’s 2011 Black List script follows a 12-year-old kid who befriends his elderly next door neighbor (Bill Murray), a war veteran who spends his days drinking and gambling. Sometimes with prostitutes. The film is expected to start shooting in July. It will be Melfi’s directorial debut. O’Dowd’s latest film, The Sapphires, is currently showing in limited release, before a wider expansion next week. [Deadline]
• The Dark Knight Rises co-stars Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy will share the screen again, a under different set of circumstances. Oldman has signed on to join Daniel Espinosa’s 1950′s Soviet-era thriller Child 44. He’ll play the head of police, naturally. Noomi Rapace and Joel Kinnaman also star. [THR]
• Funny or Die buddies (NSFW) Dave Franco (Warm Bodies) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick-Ass 2) are set to join the cast of Townies, alongside Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and Rose Byrne. The Nicholas Stoller-directed (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) comedy will explore what happens when a fraternity president (Efron) decides to make a family man’s (Rogen) life miserable. [Deadline]
Casting Net: Seth Rogen to direct, produce, and star in ‘The Interview’
Casting Net: Reese Witherspoon, Keifer Sutherland, Kristen Wiig
Casting Net: Chris Rock to write, direct, and star in new film
Kenny G, film composer? How Matt Damon led two filmmakers to a surprising doc about the smooth jazz superstar -- VIDEO
He’s one of the top-25-selling musicians of all time in the U.S. His name arguably defines an entire genre of music for many listeners. He reportedly holds the record for the longest sustained note ever played on a saxophone. But it turns out that what Kenny G really wants to do is break into movies.
That’s in part the premise of Kenny: A Documentary in G, an in-the-works film by directors Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn about the smooth jazz icon, chronicling his attempt to launch a second career as a feature film composer. Fittingly, it was a surreptitious encounter with a movie star, Matt Damon, that helped bring the project together. McGinn was working on another documentary, American Teacher, that Damon had signed on to narrate. ”We needed a [recording] studio near where Matt was shooting We Bought a Zoo,” says McGinn. “Kenny’s house, funnily enough, was the closest studio.” READ FULL STORY »
You’re as likely to have first encountered Dave Franco — yup, that’s James Franco’s younger brother — in his series of outrageously raunchy Funny or Die videos as his roles in films like Fright Night and Charlie St. Cloud, and TV shows like Scrubs and Greek. (In case you haven’t seen them, click here and here to watch the very NSFW videos.)
This week, Franco’s twin career paths converge at the SXSW Film Festival: 21 Jump Street, featuring Franco’s biggest film role to date, premieres Monday as at the Austin festival’s centerpiece film; and the night before, he will debut Would You, a comedy short penned by Franco and directed by Funny or Die pals Brian McGinn and Rod Blackhurst. The film is about two college buddies — Franco and real-life childhood friend Talia Tabin (Parks and Recreation) — who enter into a game of “would you rather” that starts to become true. It also features Franco’s buddy Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Franco’s mother Betsy. Though close-lipped about what specifically is in store, Franco promises Would You is just as outré as his previous shorts, even if that means placing his own mom in an apparently, er, delicate situation. Check out our interview below: READ FULL STORY »