Last summer, on the New Orleans set of American Ultra, a bunch of other journalists and I played a game. Lionsgate allowed us to tweet about being on the set of the film – which is a rarity on a set visit – and the results were astounding. You see, American Ultra stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. And Stewart has a massive and rabid online following. With every tweet about being on set, we’d see who get get the most interaction, the most retweets and favorites. It was fun and I believe the winner was someone who got numbers well into the three hundreds.
You can read our full report from the set of American Ultra here but, below, you can read a transcription of the group’s interview with Eisenberg and Stewart. You get to read their playful interactions, fascinating insights and most importantly – thoughts on the film, which opens August 21. Check it out below. Read More »
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American Ultra isn’t an easy movie to summarize. From its tone to its genre, the film lives and breathes because it rides a fine line between action, comedy, and romance. In fact, it seems the only truth on the set of American Ultra is that Wal-Mart is a great place to find deadly weapons.
Directed by Nima Nourizadeh and written by Max Landis, American Ultra stars Jesse Eisenberg as Mike, a West Virginia stoner who just wants to marry the love of his life. That’s Phoebe, played by Kristen Stewart. Things are moving towards this end until Mike is revealed as a deep-cover, highly-trained CIA agent. Suddenly, everyone is out to kill him.
Bourne with a bong this is not, however. Landis, Eisenberg, Stewart and everyone down to the prop-master and make-up effects team stand by the fact American Ultra is really a sweet, interesting, realistic romance. It just so happens to have insane action centered on an unassuming Oscar-nominee.
American Ultra opens August 21. Below read about our May 2014 American Ultra set visit, featuring Eisenberg kicking ass in a mega mart, and see two brand new posters. Read More »
Money makes strange bedfellows in filmmaking. As an example, here’s the first major US Dragon Blade trailer, showing off the film that unites Jackie Chan, Adrien Brody, and John Cusack in a story of Roman forces marching into China. The film was already a massive success in China earlier this year, no doubt because of Jackie Chan’s enduring popularity and relentless promotional efforts at home. Or perhaps people just like seeing very odd combinations of actors and action. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
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Who would have guessed, when Emily Blunt first broke through as Meryl Streep’s snobby assistant in The Devil Wears Prada, that she’d go on to have a career as a badass action hero? Yet here we are with Looper and Edge of Tomorrow and now Sicario, the latter of which promises to be her darkest turn yet.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Sicario follows an FBI agent involved with the war on drugs. Her latest assignment takes her to the U.S.-Mexico border in the company of two men, a CIA official played by Josh Brolin and a mysterious consultant played by Benicio del Toro. Watch the first Sicario trailer after the jump. Read More »
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 trailer is here; it’s your first look at the finale of one of the biggest franchises out there. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) will finally storm the Capitol to right the wrongs done by President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and everyone else who has created a world where kids kill each other for entertainment.
Directed by Francis Lawrence, the highly anticipated sequel opens November 20. Check out the Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 trailer below. Read More »
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Back in April we learned that Project Almanac director Dean Israelite was being brought on board Lionsgate’s big screen reboot of Power Rangers, based on the long-running action adventure series that has seen countless iterations over the years. Then more recently, the film was pushed back from a 2016 release to an eyebrow-raising January 2017 debut. But Lionsgate assured us it wasn’t anything to worry about.
Now Israelite has spoken a little bit about what to expect in an interview where he refers to the script for a Power Rangers movie as “mature but playful.” Hear more about the Power Rangers script after the jump! Read More »
Lionsgate wants to get moving on its film Robin Hood: Origins before any of the other Robin Hood projects in town gather more momentum, and so the studio is set on filling the director’s chair faster than Friar Tuck can empty a skin of wine. The studio’s choice looks to be Otto Bathurst, whose career so far has been primarily in television, with episodes of Peaky Blinders and Black Mirror among his recent accomplishments. Read More »
The Hunger Games series has, so far, used logos that are flashy and polished, but the Mockingjay pin logo now has a very different look. What we see now is truly a symbol of fury and resistance, rather than a slick promo for a system meant to keep a populace under control. The Capitol will have to face the wrath of a populace that has finally been pushed too far, in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, and the latest Mockingjay teaser poster leaves no questions about what fate may be in store for the nation’s leader President Snow. Read More »
Think of the most unlikely action hero ever and the name Jesse Eisenberg might come up. Which is exactly why the red band trailer for American Ultra is so surprising. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) and written by Max Landis (Chronicle), American Ultra is about a young man (Eisenberg) who wants to propose to his girlfriend (Kirsten Stewart) but is then revealed to be a sleeper agent, super spy. The main difference between him and other spies though is he’s a huge stoner, slacker.
Co-starring Topher Grace, Connie Britton, John Leguizamo and others, American Ultra opens August 21. Check out the first American Ultra trailers below.
UPDATE: We’ve added a green band trailer to go along with Thursdays red band. Read More »