Why Stop Now? tells the bittersweet story of Eli Smith (Jesse Eisenberg), a piano prodigy who, on the day of his audition for a prestigious music program, plans to enter his loving mother (Melissa Leo) into rehab for drug addiction. But, things don’t quite work out as planned and Eli soon finds himself having to work with her drug dealer Sprinkles (Tracy Morgan) while trying to make his own dream come true.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Jesse Eisenberg talked about why he was interested in being a part of Why Stop Now?, what made his character so relatable, preparing to do the piano playing himself, getting to work so closely with Melissa Leo, and what surprised him about Tracy Morgan, as a dramatic actor. He also talked about what he’s looking forward to with the animated sequel Rio 2, working with Richard Ayoade on The Double (a comedy about a man who is driven insane by the appearance of his doppleganger), creating the unique world of Now You See Me (a thriller about FBI agents tracking a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances), getting ready to shoot Night Moves (in which he’ll play an eco-terrorist), and being mistaken for Mark Zuckerberg at the Olympics. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
While The Social Network has been accumulating critics’ awards here, there and everywhere, including the top prize at the National Board of Review, David Fincher’s biopic of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has also been a source of inspiration, and in particular to online shipping company uShip.
That’s because the company made a spoof for their holiday party and its an almost exact replica of The Social Network. Check it out after the jump.
After previously claiming that he had no plans to see the film himself, Mark Zuckerberg has finally fessed up to attending a screening of The Social Network, (the number one movie in the country two weekends in a row) and he was actually a bit more forthcoming with his thoughts than one might expect. At a start-up conference over the weekend, Zuckerberg talked about the accuracy of the David Fincher-directed film: “It’s interesting what stuff they focused on getting right; like, every single shirt and fleece that I had in that movie is actually a shirt or fleece that I own” Zuckerberg remarked.
Zuckerberg’s also not shy about his criticisms of the film. “I think it’s just such a big disconnect from the way that the people who make movies think about what we do in Silicon Valley,” he said, “They just can’t wrap their head around the idea that someone might build something because they like building things.” Hit the jump for more of Zuckerberg’s thoughts on the flick.
The Simpsons has always used social commentary as a staple of its ongoing success, and the second episode (Loan-a-Lisa) of season 22 was no different. Instead of using any of the main characters to parody Pixar’s UP, they actually utilized Scratchy and his female companion from the recurring Itchy & Scratchy Show and gave it a new twist that is all Simpsons. Hit the jump for the video and a bit more detail.
Fox announced the guest voices for the 22nd season of The Simpsons this morning at the TCA’s in Los Angeles. Included in the record setting season is Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Hugh Laurie, Halle Berry, Ricky Gervais, Daniel Radcliffe, Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Mark Zuckerberg, Mike Scioscia, Martha Stewart, Paul Rudd, Rachel Weisz, Cheech & Chong, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Alyson Hannigan, Danica Patrick, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Joe Mantegna.
They also sent out the synopses for a few of the episodes. If you’re one of the people that still cares about The Simpsons, hit the jump for a lot more info:
At the premiere of A Nightmare on Elm Street, I managed to get some time with Rooney Mara. Since I’ve recently spoke to her at the Los Angeles press junket and at WonderCon for Nightmare, I decided to use my limited time on the carpet to talk about her next film: David Fincher’s The Social Network.
Written by Aaron Sorkin,the film is about the origins of Facebook. Mara plays the one who breaks up with Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and that inspires him to start the site. During the interview she talks about her character, what it was like to work for Fincher, and how much time did she spend picking out her dress. Hit the jump to check out the interview: