Jesse Eisenberg in Talks to Join the SUICIDE SQUAD as Lex Luthor

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As production is looking to wind down on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. is currently reading its third DC Comics film of the new era: Suicide Squad.  The project is in some ways an odd follow-up to Batman v Superman in that it doesn’t really feature any of the characters that casual fans might recognize, with Warner Bros. instead saving Wonder Woman, Aquaman, etc. for after Suicide SquadDavid Ayer, the writer/director behind Fury and End of Watch, is set to direct and is currently working on the script, and casting has begun with Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Tom Hardy all in talks to play members of the titular group of supervillains.

But now it looks like Warner Bros. is keen on adding some connective tissue to Suicide Squad that will make it feel more like a piece of the DC Movie Universe, and it’s a pretty big development: the studio is now in negotiations with Jesse Eisenberg to bring his Lex Luthor character into the Suicide Squad fold.  More after the jump.

ZOMBIELAND 2 Back from the Dead with New Writer; Ruben Fleischer Intends to Direct

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Could it be that Zombieland 2 might actually happen after all?  The 2009 comedy was a big hit with both audiences and critics, putting a smart spin on the zombie genre with an excellent ensemble and one of the best-used cameos in recent memory.  Sony Pictures was keen on making a sequel, as was some of the cast (most notably Woody Harrelson), but they were never able to come up with a script that everyone was happy with.  Last we heard—which was nearly two years ago—director Ruben Fleischer said there were no immediate plans for Zombieland 2, and Amazon even attempted a Zombieland TV series that was met with a resounding “no thank you.”

But now it appears that there’s life in the follow-up yet, as Sony has hired a new screenwriter to pen a script under the supervision of Fleischer, who intends to return as director.  More after the jump.

The Films of David Fincher: THE SOCIAL NETWORK

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[With the upcoming release of his new film Gone Girl, I’m taking a look back at the work of director David Fincher.  These articles contain spoilers.]

If The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a director and a screenwriter working at cross-purposes, then The Social Network are the two sides working in perfect harmony.  Fincher’s cold, austere tone was energized by Aaron Sorkin‘s fast-paced, witty dialogue, and Sorkin’s grandiloquent verbiage was grounded by Fincher’s realism.  In some ways, the movie is highly stylized and yet it’s indisputably honest when it comes to the characters, stakes, environment, and tension of the story.  The facts may be in dispute, but this much is true: The Social Network is one of the defining works of the 21st century.

THE DOUBLE Blu-ray Review

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While Richard Ayoade first came to prominence as a comedic actor on British TV series like Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, The Mighty Boosh, and The IT Crowd, the guy is proving himself to be quite the formidable filmmaker.  He made his feature directorial debut with 2010’s delightfully funny and offbeat Submarine, and his follow-up film The Double marks yet a massive step forward for Ayodae as a filmmaker.  He really hones in on his aesthetic style with this darkly comic adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevski’s novella of the same name, and anchored by a terrific dual lead performance from Jesse Eisenberg, has crafted one of the more inventive films of the year.  Read my full The Double Blu-ray review after the jump.

NOW YOU SEE ME 2 and DIRTY GRANDPA Get Release Dates as Lionsgate Firms up Slate

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Lionsgate is putting some of their affairs in order when it comes to the next few years and have set two big release dates.  First, Now You See Me 2, the sequel to last year’s surprise comedy hit (it did better than Hangover III and Pacific Rim - which it only cost a fraction of – in the states and pulled in some serious dough internationally) will come out on June 10th, 2016.  We’ve been tracking this one for a while, but hadn’t seen any firm commitments (though director Jon M. Chu) has been rumored for some time.  Now we know that Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine will all be returning and that Ed Solomon and Pete Chiarelli will be writing the script.

While the synopsis for Now You See Me 2 is still under wraps, we know a little bit more info on the upcoming Dirty Grandpa.  Hit the jump for more.

Julia Roberts Joins THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES; Zac Efron and Robert De Niro Team for DRIVING DICK KELLY; LOUDER THAN BOMBS Cast Set for NYC Shoot

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Here’s a look at today’s latest casting news:

  • Julia Roberts will join Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow in Billy Ray‘s The Secret in Their Eyes, a remake based on the 2009 Oscar-winning Argentinian thriller of the same name from director Juan José Campanella.
  • Zac Efron and Robert De Niro are attached to star in the adult comedy Driving Dick Kelly, previously known as Dirty Grandpa.
  • Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs sets its cast, which includes Gabriel Byrne and Jesse Eisenberg, and starts shooting in New York City this week.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

Todd Phillips Targets Jesse Eisenberg and Shia LaBeouf for ARMS AND THE DUDES

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It’s been well over two years since we talked about director Todd Phillips’ project Arms and the Dudes, but with today’s major casting news, it’s likely we’ll be talking about it a lot more in the coming months.  Shia LaBeouf and Jesse Eisenberg are reported as being in talks to star in the film, which is based on Guy Lawson’s Rolling Stone article about a pair of stoners who land a $300 million military contract to supply arms to America’s allies in Afghanistan.  If that wasn’t weird enough, the story takes another turn when Pentagon turns on the dudes.  Hit the jump for more.

Jesse Eisenberg Talks About the Psychology of Lex Luthor in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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When Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel (perhaps it’s actually a spinoff at this point considering how many new characters there are) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there was a lot of head scratching.  But I actually can totally see him in the role.  Leaving aside the completely arbitrary question of whether the character will have hair or not, Eisenberg has an intelligence that reads well onscreen not to mention the fact that he can really play entitled and angry.  Eisenberg recently spoke about the film and, while he couldn’t say much, what he did say makes me more confident than ever that he’s the right choice for the role.  In fact, I think his casting could potentially be the most interesting thing about the movie.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently filming in Detroit under the direction of Zack Snyder for a March 2016 release.  The film also stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams and Jason Momoa.  Hit the jump to see what Eisenberg has to say about playing Lex Luthor.

Rumor: Doomsday One of the Five Villains in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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It’s getting hard to keep up with all of the villains (and heroes) rumored to be participating in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Heck, it’s hard enough keeping up with the rumors about who wrote which version of a fake script that all of this info may or may not be coming from.  And now there are fresh rumors that Doomsday will be making an appearance in the film, perhaps as one of the five villains people claim are on tap for this franchise installment.

Hit the jump for more on the possible Batman v Superman Doomsday appearance.  The film stars Ben Affleck, Henry CavillGal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterCallan Mulvey, Tao OkamotoScoot McNairy, Diane Lane, and Jeremy Irons.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN Rumor: Lex Luthor to Have Hair; Will Still Be the Jerk We All Know and Love to Hate

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Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel already stepped away from the beloved character in more ways than one.  Some of these moves were bold and controversial, but I still respect him for his willingness to make tough decisions.  There’s no reason to think he’s going to back off any time soon, and he might have made another decision that will no doubt arouse the ire of Superman purists.

One of defining aspects of Superman’s arch-nemesis Lex Luthor is his chrome dome.  There are comics and adaptations where he has hair, but he’s always doomed to lose it.  That may be the case when it comes to Jesse Eisenberg‘s Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Hit the jump for more.  The movie opens May 6, 2016 and also stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, and Laurence Fishburne[Potential Spoilers Ahead]

G.I. JOE 2 Director Jon M. Chu May Direct NOW YOU SEE ME 2

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One of the more surprising box office hits of last year was the magician adventure pic Now You See Me.  The film had a solid opening weekend, but it continued to do swell business in the ensuing weeks, going on to gross $351.7 million worldwide against a budget of $75 million.  As with most successful studio films where everyone doesn’t die at the end, Summit Entertainment began to move forward on a prospective sequel.  Following the official Now You See Me 2 announcement, Summit expressed its desire to begin filming in 2014, and while director Louis Leterrier was expected to return, he’s currently busy gearing up to helm the action-comedy Grimsby.  As such, Summit is on the hunt for a new director for the magician sequel, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu is reportedly at the top of their list.  More after the jump.

THE DOUBLE Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  The Double opens today in limited release and is available on VOD]

Director Richard Ayoade delivered a visually distinct, memorable, and funny film with 2010’s Submarine. With his follow-up, The Double, he has made his imagery even more distinct and eye-catching by building a new world from scratch; showcasing Erik Wilson’s gorgeous cinematography; and creating a remarkable and unusual blending of absurd comedy with psychological thriller.  Furthermore, star Jesse Eisenberg takes his two familiar character types, and fits them both into the unique setting Ayoade has conjured.  The result is a movie that can be overly forthright with its themes, but is still utterly captivating.

First Trailer for NIGHT MOVES Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard

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There are no turtles or tornadoes in this first look at Kelly Reichardt’s thriller Night Moves, but it’s a taut trailer nonetheless.  Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard star as three radical environmentalists who plan to put their ideologies to the test by conspiring to blow up a hydroelectric dam.  The trailer gives a great sense of the inherent danger in perpetrating such an act, not just for the renegades who fear being caught, but for the sense of mistrust that grows among them.

Night Moves is due out on May 30th.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

New Clips from UNDER THE SKIN Starring Scarlett Johansson and THE DOUBLE Starring Jesse Eisenberg

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New clips have been released for Jonathan Glazer‘s sci-fi film Under the Skin and Richard Ayoade‘s comic thriller The DoubleUnder the Skin is about an alien (Scarlett Johansson) who comes to Earth and seduces hapless men into an abyss, but then she starts empathizing with them and doubting her purpose.  The clip is just Johansson’s character driving, but it does a good job expressing the mood and highlighting the unbearable, squeaky strings that comprise most of the score.  Click here for my review from TIFF.

As for The Double, Jesse Eisenberg stars as Simon James, a shy office drone whose life is turned upside down when he meets a more confident, physically identical version of himself, James Simon.  The clip highlights not only the comedy, but also provides one of the film’s many example of Simon James’ weak personality: he doesn’t have enough ID and it’s not even worth spelling out his last name.  I can’t wait to see this movie again.  Hit the jump to check out the clips.  Under the Skin opens April 4th, and The Double opens May 9th.

Zack Snyder Talks BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN and Fan Reaction to Casting; Says the Film “Explodes” the Batman and Superman Universes

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Most people expected the first sequel from filmmaker Zack Snyder to be a follow-up to his 2005 film 300.  Instead, as 300: Rise of an Empire (which he co-wrote and produced) is about to hit theaters, Snyder is currently knee-deep in prep on the highly anticipated follow-up to last year’s Superman reboot Man of Steel.  Not only does the film continue the adventures of Warner Bros.’ brand new Superman franchise, but it also reboots the Batman franchise and kicks off the DC Cinematic Universe at the same time.  There would be immense pressure in tackling any one of those feats alone, but Snyder appears giddy at the prospect of juggling all three.

Though most have been tight-lipped about what we can expect from the untitled Man of Steel follow-up (aka Batman vs. Superman), Snyder recently gave a status update on the film and bluntly addressed fan criticisms about some of his casting choices.  Read on after the jump.

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