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 »
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 »
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 »
Posted on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Kristen Stewart was a polarizing figure in her Twilight days, in part because Twilight was itself so polarizing. But she has managed to build a pretty solid career outside of that franchise, even becoming the first American actress ever to win a César Award earlier this year for Clouds of Sils Maria.
Her latest high-profile gig puts has her working with Ang Lee, for the upcoming adaptation of Ben Fountain‘s bestselling Iraq War novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Steve Martin, Garrett Hedlund, and Joe Alwyn also star. Get all the details on the Kristen Stewart Ang Lee project after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
Woody Allen has been churning out films at a reliable rate of one per year since the ’80s, and apparently not even his first-ever TV series can slow him down. The director is getting the pieces together for his 2016 release, and has set Jesse Eisenberg, Bruce Willis, and Kristen Stewart to lead the ensemble.
Get what few details we have on the Woody Allen Kristen Stewart project after the jump. Read More »
Kristen Stewart gets a bit of a bum rap. She’s undoubtedly one of our best young actresses but, after being cast in the blockbuster franchise Twilight, her career went off on a tangent. She was typecast as the young character Bella and got forced into the national celebrity spotlight, something the actress was certainly not comfortable with.
To attempt to right the ship, the actress has spent most of her post-Twilight time starring in small, critical darlings. Films like Camp X-Ray, Clouds of Sils Maria and current Oscar-nominee Still Alice. She’s not against bigger movies though. A few years back, she starred in Snow White and the Huntsman and later this year, she’ll be an action star in American Ultra.
In a new interview, Stewart opened up even more to the possibilities of larger blockbuster projects. She admitted she’s a fan of superhero movies and feels she could “get on board with Captain America” if need be. Read the Kristen Stewart superhero quote below. Read More »
Almost a year after its 2014 premiere at Cannes, Clouds of Sils Maria will open in the US. Here’s a new trailer for the Olivier Assayas film, in which Juliette Binoche plays an older actress whose personal assistant (Kristen Stewart) convinces her to take a role she’s nervous about playing.
Specifically, the part has the older woman playing opposite a vibrant younger actress, with the additional complication being that the younger role is the one that made Binoche’s character famous in the first place. There are layers of reflection, as the roles in the film within a film begin to mirror the characters played by Binoche and Stewart, or vice versa. Check out the new Clouds of Sils Maria trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
As the end of the year approaches, critics and awards voters everywhere are scrambling to put together their lists of 2014’s best performances. But the New York Times has outdone them all by actually getting the brightest talents of the year in a room together — and then asking them lock lips with one another.
The 9 Kisses video series pairs off 18 of the year’s best actors, ranging from established A-listers (Reese Witherspoon) to recent breakthroughs (Jenny Slate). Each couple plays out an intimate moment in a public setting at night, though the details within those parameters vary wildly. Some of the kisses are passionate and warm, others are awkward or funny. Watch the 9 Kisses videos after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, December 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
With just three weeks to go until the end of the year, we’ve still got several noteworthy pictures to look forward to. Among them is Still Alice, an indie drama that emerged as one of the brightest gems from this year’s TIFF crop.
Julianne Moore leads as Alice Howland, a professor and married mother of three who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Alec Baldwin plays her husband, and Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish play her children. Hit the jump to watch the new Still Alice trailer. Read More »
Here’s a new trailer for Camp X-Ray, in which Kristen Stewart plays a young woman whose military career puts her in an unexpected position, working as a guard at Guantanamo Bay. Peter Sattler makes his feature debut writing and directing the film, and this Camp X-Ray trailer makes the film out to be a stark and severe vision of working life at that detention center. (The importance of that phrase “detention center,” not “prison,” is made clear in the trailer, if you weren’t already familiar with the distinction.) Camp X-Ray was the name of one specific detention area in Gitmo. It is now closed, but take a trip back to the early days of the war on terror with the film. Read More »