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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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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Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation), and a pizza delivery gone horribly awry are what’s in store in the upcoming comedy-adventure, 30 Minutes or Less. It’s Eisenberg’s second collaboration with director Ruben Fleischer, who directed Eisenberg in 2009′s Zombieland. Also appearing is Danny McBride, who plays Dwayne, a criminal that kidnaps pizza delivery boy Nick (Eisenberg) and forces him to rob a bank. The explosive-laden vest that’s strapped on Nick and set to detonate in eight hours keeps the mission an urgent one, roping in Nick’s friend Chet (Ansari) in the process. Check out the trailer below. (Yes, it’s a red-band trailer, so you can expect some NSFW language.) READ FULL STORY »
The Fighter Oscar winner Melissa Leo and The Social Network star (and Best Actor nominee) Jesse Eisenberg are set to star as mother and son in the dark comedy Predisposed, a rep for Eisenberg confirms to EW. The project is a remake of a 2009 Sundance short film that starred Leo and was co-written by Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia, The Painted Veil) and Phil Dorling. (Dorling helmed the 2009 short, but Nyswaner will take charge of the upcoming feature.) The film’s plot will revolve around a rehab-bound mom (Leo) whose overachieving son (Eisenberg) helps her get intoxicated again in order to make her health insurance pay for treatment. 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan is set to star as Leo’s drug dealer.
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