Sleeper agents are terrifying when they’re enemy forces, but we love making heroes out of the home-grown version. (See: all those Bourne films.) But what about when the sleeper agent is a stoner working at a convenience store? In American Ultra, Jesse Eisenberg is that guy, and when he’s “activated” via a code phrase he finds himself killing strangers with spoons and freaking out his girlfriend, played by Kristen Stewart. But at least, as this new American Ultra trailer shows, all the violence also gives them the opportunity to enjoy a romantic bit of couples tazing. Read More »
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Anthology shows like American Horror Story and True Detective are gaining ground, thanks in no small part to the success of those two series. (Well, we’ll wait to see how successful the second season of True Detective ends up being, but it is definitely a series that has people talking.)
Now Syfy is getting into the anthology horror game with a series called Channel Zero, from creators Nick Antosca (Hannibal, Friday The 13th) and Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra). The first season is born out of internet horror, basically making for a creepypasta TV series; get more details after the break. 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 »
What if Jason Bourne was a stoner in love? Then you’ve have the basis of American Ultra, the new film from director Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) and writer Max Landis (Chronicle). Jesse Eisenberg and Kirsten Stewart, reuniting after Adventureland, are Mike and Phoebe. They’re huge slackers who smoke pot, hang out and watch TV but Mike wants to propose. Just as he’s about to do that, events start to unfold revealing his a sleeper agent, secret spy action character. Yes, Jesse Eisenberg’s character.
The film opens August 21 and the first still from the film has been revealed along with two character posters. Check out the first American Ultra posters and still below. Read More »
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Max Landis isn’t writing Ghostbusters 3. Ghostbusters 3 doesn’t even exist, really. Sony is, in fact, moving head with a rebooted Ghostbusters directed by Paul Feig and are trying to do a second film in that universe, starring Channing Tatum. And while the minds behind the original franchise (Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman) have their hands on these films, each will pretend 1984’s Ghostbusters and 1989’s Ghostbusters 2 never happened.
To some fans, not seeing a satisfying return of those characters trumps any good feelings about the franchise returning. Max Landis speaks to those people. The screenwriter and director took the fake news of him writing a sequel seriously, so he actually did. He never pitched it or showed it to anyone, but instead just used it as an exercise in creating a sequel, building mythology and more.
After all that, Landis has now put his Ghostbusters 3 treatment online for anyone to read. Find out more below. Read More »
Every week, at least twice a week, World Wrestling Entertainment puts on a TV show. There’s never a rerun, there’s a huge cast of characters, and it’s all performed live without a safety net. And unless you’re a fan, it’s hard to explain that the matches aren’t always why we watch. We watch for the drama. The story. One wrestler simply talking to another wrestler in the middle of the ring. A key interaction back stage. Something going on outside the ring while a match is happening. These are the things that make wrestling great. It’s the best soap opera on TV.
Still, wrestling has a stigma as low-brow entertainment and someone has to defend it. Who better than Max Landis? The verbose screenwriter has made a 24 minute short film called Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling where he tells the story of legendary wrestler turned executive Triple H. But Landis gender-swaps the entire cast, just to prove this epic, decades long story is on par with the best storytelling there is no matter who’s playing the roles. Watch Max Landis’ Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling below. Read More »
Max Landis (Chronicle, and the upcoming American Ultra and Victor Frankenstein) has released a new short film called Jane LA. The 12-minute short film is a documentary/found footage-style story about a girl named Jane who claims to be creating a bomb as an art project. How much of her plan is a joke and how much of it is real? The short is compelling, funny and totally not what you expect. Watch the Max Landis Jane LA short film after the jump.
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In 2012, Screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, and upcoming American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein) released a short film called The Death and Return of Superman which starred Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Ron Howard, Chris Hardwick, Simon Pegg and more. The short, described as “an educational parody,” told the hilarious, literal, insider version what happened in 1992 when DC Comics decided to kill, then resurrect, Superman. The video became a viral hit, watched by over 2.6 million people. Tonight I got contacted by Max, who has released a teaser video announcing The Death and Return of Superman sequel Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling. Watch the announcement teaser trailer and I’ll attempt to get more details out of Landis, after the jump.
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