• Adventureland co-stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart have signed on to play a couple in the action comedy American Ultra. Eisenberg’s stoner character Mike becomes the unwitting target of a government operation, disrupting his small-town life with his girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart). Project X helmer Nima Nourizadeh is set to direct from a script by Max Landis (Chronicle). [THR]
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In the first trailer for The Double, Jesse Eisenberg is out to ruin his own life. Well, not exactly.
Eisenberg plays Simon, a lonely introvert who begins to go insane after he sees his doppelgänger, James. Though this copy appears identical, James’ confident personality is the complete opposite of Simon’s, quickly taking over Simon’s life at work and at home.
Loosely based on the novella by Fyoder Dostoyevsky, The Double is written and directed by Richard Ayoade. The film appears darker and stranger than Ayaode’s last feature, a coming of age comedy called Submarine, as the trailer splices shots of Eisenberg walking briskly with glimpses of him avoiding his doppelgänger, while Son House’s “Grinnin’ In Your Face” strums in the background. The film touts itself as a comedy, but this first look sells it more as a paranoid thriller (a Black Swan but without the ballet, perhaps?). It’s tough to tell.
The Double, also starring Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn and Noah Taylor, premieres Saturday at the Toronto Film Festival, but does not have a theatrical release date set. In the meantime, check out the first trailer below. READ FULL STORY
Magicians have amazed audiences with illusions for centuries, but in modern entertainment, filmmakers are the reigning wizards. Visual effects are their illusions. CGI is their bag of tricks. All that is very familiar to French director Louis Leterrier, whose movies include The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans. But for his latest movie, Now You See Me, opening today in theaters, he set out to limit the use of computer-generated effects.
“I was coming from those big spectacle movies where CGI was almost like one of the main characters, but from the very beginning [of developing Now You See Me] we decided to take a low-tech approach to everything,” Leterrier says.
Now You See Me stars Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco as magicians who come to be known as the Four Horsemen. When they rob a bank in the middle of one their spectacular show performances, they’re pursued by FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo). READ FULL STORY
Jesse Eisenberg on 'Now You See Me': Learning magic from experts ... and his birthday party clown mom
Jesse Eisenberg is no stranger to playing with people’s minds in fast-talking, genius-type roles (ahem, The Social Network), but he is a stranger to literally playing with people’s minds. In the summer movie Now You See Me, Eisenberg takes on the role of one of the four horsemen, a team of Robin Hood-inspired magicians who use their powers to perform illegal maneuvers to take from the rich and give to the poor. EW caught up with Eisenberg to talk about his background in magic, what he learned on set, and what fans can expect from the mysterious flick, which also stars Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mélanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine.
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'Now You See Me': Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco with strings attached -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGE
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.
In To Rome With Love, Woody Allen’s most recent traveling roadshow in an iconic European locale, the director steps in front of the camera for the first time since 2006′s Scoop. He plays a retired music-recording exec who visits Rome with his wife (Judy Davis) to meet their daughter’s Italian fiancé, whose father just so happens to be an undiscovered opera virtuoso — as long as he performs in the shower. It’s one of four amusing story threads, but fans of Allen’s most memorable on-screen neurotics will be drawn to Jesse Eisenberg, who plays an American architectural student tempted by his girlfriend’s free-spirited old classmate (Ellen Page). Eisenberg’s previous work — especially in movies like The Squid and the Whale and Zombieland — seemingly pointed him towards an inevitable collaboration with Allen, and you can sense the writer/director may have felt the same way by the way he wrote Eisenberg’s character’s relationship with an older, wiser architect played by Alec Baldwin. When the young man is thrust into an awkward romantic situation where he has to navigate a moral dilemma, you can almost hear two voices whispering advice into Eisenberg’s ear: Baldwin’s architect and Woody Allen himself.
With Rome out on Blu-ray today, the 29-year-old Eisenberg spoke to EW about working with a legend, his next appearance on the New York stage, and an upcoming reunion with Zombieland co-star Woody Harrelson. Click below for a Q&A and an exclusive video extra clip from the new Blu-ray.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Woody Allen is famous for being very particular about selecting the right actors for his films, but then being hands-off and letting them do what they want once the production begins.
JESSE EISENBERG: Yes, I guess he was very open-minded about letting the actors kind of fill up the space. A lot of the shots are just one shot and because you’d don’t have an opportunity to edit many different shots together, you kind of have to fill up a lot of the space between the written dialog, so he was just very open to us saying anything. I think he’s the best script writer, so it seems a little strange to be improvising in a movie of his. But he just wants things to sound casual and to kind of move quickly so there’s not a lot of dead space. READ FULL STORY
Have you heard of Now You See Me? No? Well, then do yourself a favor and scroll down right now to watch the utterly bananas trailer for this movie. Need some convincing? The film stars Woody Harrelson in a fedora, Jesse Eisenberg basically playing Zuckerberg on steroids, and Wedding Crasher funny-psycho Isla Fisher as magicians who rob from the rich and give to the poor. They appear to have technology from the future, or maybe from space. The presence of Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman give the whole thing a thin veneer of Nolanism. Additionally, Mark Ruffalo Ruffalizes. This looks crazy, is what I’m saying. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY
In Why Stop Now (titled Predisposed at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival), Jesse Eisenberg plays Eli, a promising concert pianist whose career rests on a single audition, which happens to fall on the same day he needs to drop off his drug addicted mother, Penny (Melissa Leo), at rehab. Things don’t quite unfold as planned, and her main drug dealer, Sprinkles (Tracy Morgan), and his associate, Black (Isiah Whitlock Jr.), get involved.
In this exclusive clip, Penny, Eli, Sprinkles, and Black all pick up Penny’s daughter, Nicole (Emma Rayne Lyle), who has developed perhaps an unhealthy attachment to her ill-mannered sock puppet Julio. One could observe that having a family as unconventional as Nicole’s might lead the young girl to escape into her own fantasy, but, really, it’s just funny watching Tracy Morgan yell at a sock puppet. Who knew that drug addiction could be such fertile ground for family comedy? Check out the clip below:
Films featuring Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Paul Giamatti, Jesse Eisenberg, Tracy Morgan, and Melissa Leo are among late additions to next month’s Sundance Film Festival.
Organizers for Robert Redford’s independent-film showcase said Monday they have added four titles to the previously announced lineup of more than 100 movies.
The new films are: director Paolo Sorrentino’s rock-star-on-a-road-trip tale This Must Be the Place, with Penn and McDormand; Philip Dorling and Ron Nyswaner’s Predisposed, with Eisenberg, Leo, and Morgan in a comic romp about a piano prodigy, his troubled mom and a drug dealer; Don Coscarelli’s horror comedy John Dies at the End, featuring Giamatti; and Joachim Trier’s Oslo, August 31st, a drama about a Norwegian man in crisis.
The festival runs Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah.
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