Inglourious Basterds and Beginners actress Melanie Laurent is set to star opposite Jesse Eisenberg in Louis Leterrier‘s magician heist movie Now You See Me. The story revolves around FBI agents hunting down a group of world-famous bank-robbing magicians (sorry, illusionists) who shower their audiences with the stolen cash.

Jake Gyllenhaal, who was previously offered a role, has since passed. No news has been announced regarding either Philip Seymour Hoffman or Olivia Wilde, who were also circling parts in the film. The involvement of Laurent and Eisenberg seems like a good sign, though — both actors have good track records, and are probably big and respected enough to help draw in other high-quality talent. [Showblitz]

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It has been seven long years since Alexander Payne last had a film in theaters. He’s done a lot of work since Sideways, producing some films (Cedar Rapids) and television (Hung) and working to develop quite a few projects. He spent some significant time on the film Downsizing, which was shelved late in development; that’s when he jumped at making The Descendants with George Clooney. This one is right in Payne’s wheelhouse: the story of a father dealing with his two daughters after an accident leaves his wife terrible injured. While trying to get back into being a proper father, he discovers that his wife had been having an affair, and things get emotional from there.

The first trailer has landed, and fans of Alexander Payne’s previous films will probably love it. Everyone else should check it out just for a brief bit featuring Robert Forster. Read More »

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Mean Magazine has created a new series of online short films called CineMash, which lets celebrity talent mash up their favorite scenes from classic movies. In past weeks we’ve posted Sid and Nancy starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and directed by Marc Webb (the director of 500 Days of Summer) and Cheech & Chong enter the computer world of Tron to settle a heated debate about the price of cannabis. This week Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant of the notorious fake police square Reno 911! join forces with Aziz Ansari and Rob Huebel of Human Giant, the sketch comedy troupe, to recreate a pivotal scene from the cult favorite action flick Point Break. Check it out after the jump.

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Is it okay to Twitter during a movie? Is it okay to twitter during a movie if the other 40 people sitting around you are also tweeting?

Last night, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Scott Aukerman gathered at the Burbank AMC Theater with 30 random Twitter users recruited off the internet to live tweet the midnight screening of Crank 2: High Voltage. The idea was to bring a group of random people together and provide funny live commentary during a fun, yet no-thinking-required, action flick.

A fun social networking movie event eventually degraded into an anger-filled shouting match. But strangely enough, no one in the theater itself was upset about cell phone usage. It was the people at home on Twitter who were outraged.
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When Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, one critic live blogged his review from his cell phone in an attempt to be first. Thankfully this form of reviewing hasn’t really caught on (although, I do recall that one of the video blogs live blogging the new Street Fighter movie). The guys from Human Giant are now trying to take this idea to the next possible level… make it interactive.

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