The Double

Five years ago, Richard Ayoade was mostly familiar to American audiences, if he was familiar at all, as ubernerd Maurice Moss from The IT Crowd. Since his 2010 directorial debut Submarine, however, he’s also known as… well, okay, he’s still the guy from The IT Crowd, but now people might also know him as a promising young filmmaker with style and wit to spare.

This year, he’s back with his sophomore directorial effort, The Double. A loose adaptation of the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, this dark comedy follows a man (Jesse Eisenberg) who is driven to insanity by the sudden appearance of his doppelganger (also Eisenberg). Think of it as Black Swan with less ballet and more soul-crushing office work, perhaps. Or that episode of Buffy where Xander gets split in two.

Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, and Submarine actors Noah Taylor and Yasmin Paige also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Mark Ruffalo magic

Few things are better than well-done magic, but celebrities doing magic is pretty good. Not celebrity magicians, mind you, but actual celebrities learning and performing magic. For the upcoming thriller Now You See Me, stars like Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo and Mélanie Laurent all had to learn a bit of magic for their roles. So now, to help promote the May 31 heist film, a few of them have released videos performing these very tricks. Read More »

Now You See Me

The upcoming film Now You See Me focuses on a character quartet nicknamed The Four Horsemen. Played by Jesse EisenbergWoody HarrelsonIsla Fisher and Dave Franco, they’re magicians who perform elaborate heists, giving the proceeds to the audience. This naturally gets the attention of the authorities and the story moves forward.

As the number “four” is so prevalent in the film, Summit has released the first four minutes of Now You See Me online. In the clip, you’ll meet each of the main characters and get a sense of their individual skills in the world of magic. It’s very cool, check it out below. Read More »

Now You See Me

As with movies, the art of magic relies on seamless illusion. Since we know we’re not really seeing the things we think we’re seeing — George Clooney, for instance, isn’t really a casino-robbing mastermind, and David Copperfield didn’t really make an airplane just vanish into thin air — it’s up to the artists to put on such a dazzling show that we can suspend our disbelief, and ooh and ahh just the same.

But on two nights last April, /Film and several other outlets were invited to the set of Louis Leterrier‘s Now You See Me to find out just how the magic movie sausage gets made. For one thing, it helps to have what Leterrier calls “great ingredients,” like an “amazing” script by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt (with rewrites by Ed Solomon) and an eminently talented cast. Hit the jump to keep reading, but be warned that spoilers follow.

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Now You See Me

This year is turning out to be a big one for magicians. Last month, Steve Carell and Jim Carrey duked it out as battling Vegas showmen in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and next month our favorite non-Alliance illusionist Gob Bluth returns for the fourth season of Arrested Development. Then, just a few days after that, Louis Leterrier‘s Now You See Me will demonstrate what happens when magicians apply their special skills to criminal ends.

Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco star the Four Horsemen, a magic supergroup that robs banks to line the pockets of their fans, while Mark Ruffalo and Mélanie Laurent play the agents trying to take them down. Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman also star. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Lionsgate made two release date changes today.

Now You See Me, which comes from director Louis Leterrier and features Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, and Michael Caine, has been pulled up from July 7 to May 31. The thriller centers around a group of illusionists who pull off heists, seemingly at the same time they’re on stage doing magic tricks. The trailer has been out for a while, and the cast is certainly appealing. Hard to tell if the movie will follow through on the great premise and talented cast. It’ll be up against narrow competition from Universal’s The Purge and a limited release of Zal batmanglij’s Sound of My Voice follow-up The East, but The Hangover Part III and Fast & Furious 6 will still be in theaters from the week before.

Another film from the studio has moved up, as well. The action/comedy sequel Red 2 was slated to open on August 2, but will now bow on July 19. Dean Parisot directed with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker and Helen Mirren returning and Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones showing up to augment another story of retired assassins going back into action.

‘Rio 2′ Cast and Plot Details Announced

After Anne Hathaway picks up her statue for Best Supporting Actress (Nate Silver said it would happen, so it must be true), she’ll be heading to the sunny beaches of Brazil. Or at least, she’ll be heading to a recording booth where she’ll pretend to be on the sunny beaches of Brazil.

Fox announced today that Hathaway will reprise her role for Rio 2, along with most of her Rio co-stars including Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, and George Lopez. They’ll joined by several new cast members as well, including Andy GarciaKristin ChenowethBruno Mars, and Janelle Monáe. Learn more about the casting and plot details after the jump.

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If three is a trend, stage magic seems to be Hollywood’s next big obsession. McG recently signed on to direct Magic Castle, based on Hollywood’s secretive club for magicians, but he’s not even at the front of this wave. Next year sees the releases of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Now You See Me, both of which also center around illusionists.

But hey, if they all look this fun I’m not about to complain. Directed by Louis Leterrier, Now You See Me stars Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, and Woody Harrelson as a quartet of acclaimed magicians who team for a special series of shows. Their jaw-dropping finale catches the attention of an FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) and an Interpol agent (Melanie Laurent) when it turns out to involve literally stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman round out the impressive cast. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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