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.

The big guy in green is having a big day. Just as Joss Whedon and Mark Ruffalo, the two current carriers of the Hulk torch, commented on the character’s future, one of his previous directors has made a very interesting claim.

Louis Leterrier, the director of 2008′s The Incredible Hulk, revealed he spoke with Mark Ruffalo about playing Bruce Banner in his film, but Marvel didn’t think he was right for the role. Read the quote below. Read More »

Joss Whedon said it’s “nonsense.”  Mark Ruffalo said it’s “not in the works.” Yet the idea of a standalone Hulk movie, maybe even a Planet Hulk movie, keeps coming up. The rumor gained real traction when Latino Review said The Avengers 2 would set up a Phase Three standalone movie with Hulk on a planet by himself, setting up an Avengers vs. Hulk showdown in The Avengers 3. That rumor was then seemingly obliterated. However, both Ruffalo and Whedon have recently clarified their thoughts on the whole thing. They haven’t changed their tunes, but each – especially Ruffalo – has left the door open a bit.

After the jump, read what the director and star had to say about Hulk as well as Whedon’s thoughts on a DC Cinematic Universe, how S.H.I.E.L.D. is going and Star Wars Episode VII. Read More »

There’s been a lot of talk about a new standalone Hulk movie since Mark Ruffalo‘s take on the big green guy turned out to be one of the standout aspects of The Avengers. Despite a few rumors that said the Hulk would get his own movie, possibly adapting the Planet Hulk storyline, most of the official word has come down hard on the rumors.

Now Ruffalo says explicitly that we won’t see him going green again until The Avengers 2, which is dated for May 1, 2015.  Read More »

Though three different actors have played Bruce Banner on the big screen in the past decade, only one can really say he also played the Hulk. When Mark Ruffalo appeared as the iconic character in last summer’s The Avengers, he was the first actor to actually portray the Hulk half of the character in motion-capture. (His predecessors Edward Norton and Eric Bana let the CG artists take over that part.)

The decision paid off, as fans enthused that Ruffalo’s Hulk was the best they’d seen in recent memory. Now a new video shows just how Industrial Light & Magic pulled off the trick. Hit the jump to check it out.

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Despite his status as one of Marvel’s most recognizable superheroes, the Hulk has had some trouble transitioning to the big screen. Ang Lee got some of the limpest reviews of his career when he tried a decade ago with Hulk; Louis Leterrier fared only marginally better in 2008 with The Incredible Hulk. Neither film earned enough to make a sequel a no-brainer the way Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger did.

And yet, Mark Ruffalo‘s turn as the not-so-jolly green giant in last summer’s The Avengers garnered such a positive reaction from fans that speculation began swirling about a third attempt at a Hulk standalone. At a recent event, Avengers director Joss Whedon offered his opinion on the possibility of a Hulk movie. Basically, he thinks it’s possible — but it’d be “very, very hard.” Hit the jump to read his comments.

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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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