Posted on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
To say Jesse Eisenberg was an unexpected choice to play Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman is an understatement. The Internet practically exploded in shock and confusion after the casting was announced.
But now that the dust has settled, we’ve moved on from debating whether he should’ve nabbed the role to wondering what he plans to do with it. In a new interview, Eisenberg opens up a bit about his approach to the comic book villain, as well as what attracted him to the part in the first place. Read his comments after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
David Foster Wallace fans aren’t the only ones harboring doubts about James Ponsoldt‘s upcoming biopic The End of the Tour. As it turns out, the late writer’s family is none too thrilled about the project, either.
In a new statement, the David Foster Wallace Literary Trust stressed that they “neither endorse nor support” the project, which is based on journalist David Lipsky‘s notes from a never-published story. What’s more, the Trust plans to “review its legal options,” potentially blocking distribution of the film.
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Posted on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
Following the release of an international promo last week, a second Night Moves trailer has been released, this time for the U.S. market. The Kelly Reichardt-directed thriller stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard as a trio of radical environmentalists who join forces to blow up a dam.
Though all three profess to live by the ideals that led them to this extremist act in the first place, it’s not long before paranoia, doubt, and distrust set in. Watch the video after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
Following well-received debuts at Toronto and Venice last fall, Kelly Reichardt‘s Night Moves is now gearing up for a theatrical release. The thriller stars Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning as a couple of young environmentalists who go a little extreme for their cause — like, blowing up a dam extreme — and then have to deal with the consequences. Peter Sarsgaard also stars, as explosives expert who’s also involved in the plot.
The first Night Moves trailer has just hit the web, and you can watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
Much as we love Jason Segel, he seemed like an, um, unexpected choice when he was cast as late author David Foster Wallace in James Ponsoldt‘s The End of the Tour. But now that shooting is underway, we have a much better idea of what Segel will look like in character… and the jury’s still out, I’d say.
The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as a Rolling Stone writer who goes on a road trip with Wallace. Ron Livingston has also just boarded the cast, in a supporting role. See Segel as Wallace and learn more about Livingston’s part after the jump.
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This is a really terrific trailer. We’ve seen a few other trailers for Richard Ayoade‘s second film as a director, The Double, and the last one we highlighted made the film’s comic personality pretty apparent. But this new trailer really pushes the combination of comedy and an underlying sense of weird unease.
Jesse Eisenberg plays Simon, a regular timid guy whose company hires James, a new worker who looks exactly like Simon. The new guy may look just like Simon but he’s everything the shy guy is not: confident, insistent, and charming. That leads to an inevitable conflict, but this trailer suggests it doesn’t play out as you expect it might. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
It looks like doppelgangers, weirdly, are going to be one of the micro-trends of 2014. Earlier this month we got The Pretty One, an indie dramedy about a young woman who assumes her dead twin sister’s identity, and next month we’re getting Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal trying to track down a man who looks just like him.
Further down on the calendar is The Double, Richard Ayoade‘s adaptation of the Fyodor Dostoevsky novella. Jesse Eisenberg stars as both milquetoast Simon, who is horrified to discover that his exact likeness / polar opposite, the brash, charismatic James, is taking over his life.
The first few trailers did a great job of getting across the nightmarish vibe of the tale, but the newest one offers a better sense of the plot, as well as a bigger dose of Ayoade’s humor and wit. Check it out after the jump.
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Richard Ayoade made a significant directorial debut with Submarine, and he returns to the director’s chair for The Double. (Not to be confused with the 2011 thriller of the same name starring Richard Gere and Topher Grace.) The new film, based on a novella by Fyodor Dostoevsky, stars Jesse Eisenberg as a guy who discovers he has an exact double, and that the other guy is better and more successful in pretty much every way. (Not to be confused with the upcoming Denis Villeneuve movie Enemy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.)
The film has played well at festivals, and this trailer will give you a good idea why; it’s a great trailer that has menace and an excellent sense of atmosphere, and even some humor that fits really well with the premise. Read More »