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.

PROJECT X Blu-ray Review

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Project X was a surprise of the year, a raunchy teen comedy that took advantage of a budget-trimming found-footage gimmick and was successful enough at the box office to warrant a sequel.  Fans of Superbad, American Pie and The Hangover will find common ground with Project X, but the film goes even farther than any of them dared.  So how can you enjoy the world’s most insane party without risking jail time and millions of dollars in property damage? Pick up Project X on Blu-ray so you can watch the madness from the comfort of your couch.  Hit the jump for my review of director Nima Nourizadeh’s Project X on Blu-ray.

Producer Todd Phillips and Director Nima Nourizadeh PROJECT X Interview

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With producer Todd Phillips and director Nima Nourizadeh‘s R-rated teen comedy Project X opening today, last weekend I got to talk with the filmmakers and cast about making the film.  Starring Thomas Mann, Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame, Nichole O’Connor and Alexis Knapp, Project X is about a group of outsiders that decide to throw a party where things get absolutely out of control.  Trust me, there is no way you see this movie and leave the theater disappointed.   For more on the film, here’s a ton of images and four clips.

During my interview with Phillips and Nourizadeh we talked about whether or not they had to cut out anything to get an R rating, the soundtrack and how they picked the music, the editing (including how they used extras to shoot some of the movie), and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

PROJECT X Review

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Imagine the ultimate high school senior year house party from the male perspective and push it over the edge. That’s a rough description of the absurdity and chaos that breaks out in the latest handheld camera film called Project X. Following three seniors trying to throw a party that will get them noticed once and for all, they end up losing control and everything turns into absolute chaos as it expands. However, that’s after they have a whole hell of a lot of fun getting there. Unfortunately, like waking up with a hangover, the ending of this film almost ruins what happened before. Almost. Hit the jump for my full review.

4 Clips from R-Rated Teen Comedy PROJECT X

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It’s been compared to Superbad and is touted as being produced by Todd Phillips, the director of The Hangover, but the time has come for Project X to grow up and stand on its own. We’ve seen a pretty encouraging trailer and now we have 4 clips from the R-rated teen comedy to let you decide amongst yourselves whether it’s the biggest party movie ever created.  I spoke to Steve after he caught an early screening and he said it’s extremely funny and absolutely rated R.  He also said it’s going to be a big hit for Warner Bros.

Directed by Nima Nourizadeh, the film stars Thomas Mann, Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame, Nichole O’Connor and Alexis Knapp. Project X opens March 2th, 2012. Hit the jump to check out the clips.

New Trailer for R-rated Comedy PROJECT X from Producer Todd Phillips; Updated with New Poster

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If you were a fan of The Hangover but felt that their target demographic was far too old, well you’re in luck! From producer Todd Phillips (The Hangover) comes Project X, high school’s answer to a well-meaning party that gets blown out of control. We brought you the first trailer for the film way back in November, but as this is a new year, of course we have a new trailer for you!

Directed by Nima Nourizadeh, the film stars Thomas Mann, Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame, Nichole O’Connor, and Alexis Knapp. Project X opens March 12th, 2012. Hit the jump to check out the trailer and a new poster.

New Images and Official Synopses for PROJECT X, BULLET TO THE HEAD, ROCK OF AGES and THE APPARITION

by     Posted 2 years, 338 days ago

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Warner Bros. has released new images and official synopses for director Nima Nourizadeh‘s Project X, Walter Hill‘s Bullet to the Head, Adam Shankman‘s Rock of Ages, and Todd Lincoln‘s The Apparition.  While we’ve already seen an extremely funny trailer for Project X (which was produced by Todd Phillips) and a mediocre first trailer for Rock of Ages, WB has yet to release any footage from Bullet to the Head (which stars a shirtless Sylvester Stallone) and The Apparition (which was originally scheduled for release last year).  With these first images being released, I’d imagine we’ll be getting the first trailers very soon.  As a big fan of Walter Hill (48 Hours, Brewster’s Millions, The Warriors, The Driver), I’m really hoping Bullet to the Head is awesome.  Hit the jump for more.

First Trailer for Todd Phillips-produced Comedy PROJECT X

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The first trailer for the secretive comedy Project X has been unveiled. The film was produced by The Hangover director Todd Phillips, and the project has been a bit of a mystery as Phillips compiled a cast of relative unknowns (many found through an open casting call.) for the low-budget comedy. Now we’ve got our first look at the pic, and it looks like 90 minutes of insane debauchery. It appears to be filmed in the “found-footage” style that’s so popular nowadays, but instead of catching monsters and ghosts on camera, we get naked ladies and bongs. I’m definitely intrigued to see more, as it looks like it should be a pretty wild ride. The MPAA tag alone reads like a laundry list of bad behavior.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh, the film stars Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame, Nichole O’Connor, and Alexis Knapp. Project X opens March 12th, 2012.

Exclusive: Todd Phillips Talks PROJECT X

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For the last week we’ve been reporting on director Todd Phillip’s (The Hangover, Old School) mysterious Project X movie.  What we knew already was Phillip’s was “godfathering” the $12 million dollar project at Warner Bros.  He is producing the film with Joel Silver and Nima Nourizadeh making his feature debut after a career directing commercials and music videos.  The film reportedly centers on an “outrageous high concept”. Since that time, the concept has been rumored to be “a party movie.”

But the big news about the project was how they want to cast the film.  Unlike most movies that cast actors with resume’s and agents, for Project X,  Phillips and WB want to open it up to people that normally never have a chance to get in a movie.  To do this, they launched ProjectXOpenCall with the goal of finding  “unknown actors/real people of all ethnicities,” and who “Must be legal 18 & able to play 18 years old, U.S. residents only.”  If you submit, you need to tell your most embarrassing story, your craziest party story, if you wanted to impress someone at a club show us how you would dance, and the one thing you do that makes your friends laugh.

Since news of the project hit the net, many rumors have been circulating about Project X.  Rather than post them here, I decided to try and get Todd Phillips on the phone to try and give me some updates.  While he wouldn’t talk about all the online rumors, I did find out a lot.  Hit the jump for more:

HANGOVER Director Todd Phillips Plans PROJECT X With Joel Silver

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With Road Trip, Old School, and Starsky and Hutch under his belt, the directorial efforts of Todd Phillips have been pretty dependable at the box office throughout the last decade.  But when his The Hangover made $467 million worldwide on a modest $35, Phillips found himself in very high demand.

Phillips reunited with Zach Galifianakis (plus Robert Downey, Jr. and Jamie Foxx!) for the upcoming November comedy Due Date, and will re-reunite with the Greek comedian for the Hangover sequel.  Today, Deadline tells the tale of a mysterious  raunchy comedy that Phillips will “godfather” with a $12 million budget and an enigmatic working title: Project X.  Hit the jump for details on the cool approach Warner Bros. and producers Phillips and Joel Silver are employing to keep the budget so low.

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