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.

Jesse Eisenberg Battles Himself in Excellent New Trailer for Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE

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Magnolia Pictures has released a wonderful new trailer for writer/director Richard Ayoade’s (Submarine) new film The Double.  The story centers on meek office-drone Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) who is overlooked by everyone he knows including his crush, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).  Simon’s meager life is then upended when he meets James Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a man who’s identical in appearance and the complete opposite in personality.  This trailer is, quite simply, fantastic, as it highlights Ayoade’s delightfully inventive script, Eisenberg’s stellar dual performances, and the film’s darkly humorous tone.  The film received a wildly positive response at the Toronto International Film Festival (read Matt’s review here), and I can’t wait to check it out for myself in a couple of months.

Hit the jump to watch the new U.S. trailer.  The film also stars Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Paddy ConsidineThe Double will be available VOD and in theaters on May 9th.

Full U.K. Trailer for Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska

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After releasing a couple of teaser trailers, StudioCanal has released the full U.K. trailer for Richard Ayoade‘s brilliant comedy-thriller The Double.  The film centers on meek office-drone Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) who is overlooked by everyone he knows including his crush, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).  Simon’s meager life is then upended when he meets James Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a man who’s identical in appearance and the complete opposite in personality.  This trailer explains the plot, and perfectly nails the movie’s unique blend of humor and thrills without giving too much away.  I loved the film when I saw it at TIFF last year, I can’t wait to see it again, and hopefully this trailer will make you want to see it too.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Paddy ConsidineThe Double opens in the U.K. on April 4th and in the U.S. on May 9th.

Great New Trailer for Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jesse Eisenberg

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One of my favorite films from TIFF 2013 was Richard Ayoade‘s The Double, and I’m going to keep raving about it until you go see it.  The film centers on meek office-drone Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) who is overlooked by everyone he knows including his crush, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).  Simon’s meager little life is then upended when he meets James Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a man who’s identical in appearance and the complete opposite in personality.  The film is a bit of comic thriller, but this new trailer goes more for the creepy side of the story, which is fine.  It also highlights Erik Wilson‘s stark, haunting cinematography.  I cannot wait to see this movie again.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Paddy ConsidineThe Double opens in the U.K. on April 4th and in the U.S. on May 9th.

TOP 5: Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons Join BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, NEIGHBORS, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, INTERSTELLAR, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

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With an Oscar nod for Best Documentary under its belt and Matt having named it his favorite film of 2013, the last thing Joshua Oppenheimer‘s The Act of Killing needs is an endorsement from me. And yet, here it is. I watched the film on Netflix several weeks ago and, to be honest, I’m still having trouble coming to grips with it. It’s the most the surreal and disturbing look at human atrocity I’ve seen and the more I think about its subjects and overall approach, the more I’m in awe of the fact that it exists. I drown in hyperbole when thinking of words to describe it because it’s so profound that calling it a “good film” seems not like an understatement but a complete inaccuracy. The Act of Killing is not a “good film”, it’s a stunning work of humanity that makes awards, critical reception, the sentence I’m typing at this very moment, etc., seem absolutely trivial.

Speaking of trivial, in what may go down as one of the worst segues in Collider history, I’ll now attempt to jump into this week’s Top 5. Highlighted today is Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons joining Zack Snyder‘s Batman vs. Superman, Steve’s Neighbors set visit coverage, the first trailer for The Fault in Our Stars, Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar being exempt from Paramount’s digital mandate, and the first trailer for Seth MacFarlane‘s A Million Ways to Die in the West. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Jesse Eisenberg to Play Lex Luthor in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; Jeremy Irons Set as Alfred

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While we continue to wait with bated breath for some official casting news concerning the new Star Wars film, Warner Bros. has just dropped a bomb by announcing the casting of both Lex Luthor and Alfred in director Zack Snyder’s Batman-infused follow-up to Man of Steel.  The incredibly talented Jesse Eisenberg will be playing the villainous Luthor in the untitled Batman vs. Superman film, while Jeremy Irons will be assuming the role of Batman’s trusted companion Alfred.  Hit the jump to read on.

New Trailer for RIO 2 Featuring the Voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, and Andy Garcia

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A new trailer is now available for director Carlos Saldanha’s animated adventure film, Rio 2.  The sequel finds Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway), and their three kids leaving a domesticated life in the city for a journey into the Amazon, where they come across a variety of wacky characters.

Also featuring the voices of will.i.am, Andy Garcia, Jemaine ClementTracy MorganGeorge LopezLeslie MannRodrigo SantoroJamie Foxx, Rita MorenoBruno Mars, and Kristin Chenoweth,  Rio 2 opens in 3D on April 11, 2014.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

Jason Segel to Play David Foster Wallace Opposite Jesse Eisenberg in THE END OF THE TOUR; James Ponsoldt to Direct

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Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg are attached to star in The End of the Tour, an adaptation of journalist David Lipsky‘s account of his five-day trip with David Foster Wallace during the last leg of the Infinite Jest book tour in 1996.  I picture many long conversations in hotel rooms, but the book synopsis notes a few adventures for Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies to spice up the road trip script including a dash to the airport, an encounter with a “terrible reader,” and a Baptist church dance.

Segel is attached to play Wallace—Eisenberg will play Lipsky.  According to The Wrap, James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) is attached to direct.  Segel vs. Eisenberg and the focused biopic angle were likely enough, but signing Ponsoldt locks The End of the Tour as a project I look forward to.  Production is tentatively scheduled to begin in February or March.  Read the book synopsis after the break.

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg Join Nima Nourizadeh’s Action Comedy AMERICAN ULTRA; Samuel L. Jackson Joins John Cusack in CELL

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Here are today’s latest casting announcements:

  • Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) and Jesse Eisenberg (The Double) will reunite to star in Project X-director Nima Nourizadeh’s new action comedy, American Ultra, scripted by Max Landis (Chronicle).
  • Stewart has also signed on to a small role in Tim Blake Nelson’s Anesthesia.
  • Samuel L. Jackson (The Samaritan) will reteam with John Cusack in Tod William’s Cell, a Stephen King adaptation.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

First Full Trailer for RIO 2

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20the Century Fox has released the full theatrical trailer for the animated sequel Rio 2.  Directed by Carlos Saldanha, the follow-up finds Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway), and their three kids leaving a domesticated life in the city for a journey into the Amazon, where they encounter a number of colorful characters including Anne’s father (Andy Garcia).  The film looks to put a spin on the “meet the parents” premise, but having not seen the first pic I can’t really judge how this appears to stack up to the original.  Regardless, the final gag in this trailer is pretty good.

Hit the jump to watch the full trailer.  The film also features the voices of will.i.am, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Jamie Foxx, Rita Moreno, Bruno Mars, and Kristin ChenowethRio 2 opens in 3D on April 11, 2014.

TIFF 2013: THE DOUBLE Review

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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.

Jesse Eisenberg Talks Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE, MIDNIGHT SUN, the NOW YOU SEE ME Sequel, and More At TIFF 2013

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival is writer/director Richard Ayoade’s The Double.  Based on the novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the film stars Jesse Eisenberg as a government clerk whose life is destroyed after what he believes to be an exact copy of himself begins working in his office and attempts to ruin his life.  As you can see in the just released trailer, The Double takes place in its own world and Ayoade has created something cool that hopefully you’ll be able to see in the near future.  The film also stars Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Rade Serbedzija, James Fox, and Yasmin Paige.

Shortly after the premiere I got to sit down with Jesse Eisenberg for an extended video interview.  He talked about being at TIFF, what The Double is about, his initial thoughts on the script and his early talks with Ayoade that convinced him to do the role.  Eisenberg also discussed preparation process, his thoughts on the possibility of working in television, upcoming projects like Midnight Sun, his play The Revisionist, the status of the Now You See Me sequel, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

NOW YOU SEE ME Sequel in the Works; Filming Planned for 2014

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One of the biggest box office surprises of 2013 thus far has been director Louis Leterrier’s magician heist pic Now You See Me.  The $75 million film went on to gross $115.6 million domestically, and it’s international total now stands at $119.3.  When you consider that some major studio tentpoles (ahem The Lone Ranger) have failed to cross the $100 million mark stateside, that is an incredibly impressive performance; obviously this means it’s time to make a sequel.  THR reports that Lionsgate and Summit are moving forward with a follow-up film, with production currently “penciled in” for 2014.  Should that plan stick, we could expect to possibly see Now You See Me 2 hit theaters in 2015.  Hit the jump for more.

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