Jesse Eisenberg Talks WHY STOP NOW?, NOW YOU SEE ME, RIO 2, Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE, and Being Mistaken for Mark Zuckerberg at the Olympics

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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.


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We’ve rounded up a few posters from these upcoming films:

  • Roller Towndirected by Andrew Bush, stars Kayla Lorette, Mark Little and Scott Vroom in a tale about a group of friends attempting to save their local roller rink.  
  • Why Stop Now, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo and Tracy Morgan, tells  a story of a piano prodigy (Eisenberg) checking his mother (Leo) into rehab, only to have his plans ruined by his mother’s dealer (Morgan).  Why Stop Now opens August 17th.
  • Pitch Perfect stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Elizabeth Banks in an a cappella comedy that opens on October 5th.
  • Hotel Transylvania, an animated tale featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez, opens September 28th.
  • The Bourne Legacy, a continuation of Matt Damon’s Bourne movies, stars Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz.  The Bourne Legacy opens August 10th.

Hit the jump to view the posters and synopses.

First Trailer for WHY STOP NOW Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, and Tracy Morgan

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IFC Films has released the first trailer for Why Stop Now, previously titled Predisposed.  The trailer presents a likeable farce about a piano prodigy (Jesse Eisenberg) who needs to check his drug-addict mother (Melissa Leo) into rehab on the day of his audition for a prestigious music program.  Things go awry, which draws her drug dealer, Sprinkles (Tracy Morgan), into the quest.  Mixed reviews out of Sundance suggest directors Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner fail to keep the plot under control throughout the runtime.  But I’m intrigued by what I see here, even if the movie only manages to coast on the charms of its eclectic cast.

Sarah Ramos and Isiah Whitlock Jr. co-star in Why Stop Now, set for release on August 17.  Watch the trailer after the break.

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