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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 »

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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.

UPDATEWe’ve added a green band trailer to go along with Thursdays red band. Read More »

Playing it Cool trailer
“Hey, if that other guy can do it…”

When Chris Evans talks about wanting to leave acting behind, maybe he’s talking about movies like Playing it Cool, once called A Many Splintered Thing. The romcom follows a screenwriter who just wants to write action, but is talked into writing a romcom… and somewhere along the way, this self-professed love-hater falls for a charming young woman (Michelle Monaghan). In truth, this doesn’t look bad, just terribly lacking in character. And that’s despite a great supporting cast, which includes Aubrey Plaza, Anthony Mackie, Topher Grace, Luke Wilson, Philip Baker Hall, Giovanni Ribisi and Martin Starr. Check out the Playing it Cool trailer below. Read More »

Obi-wan anakin lava in Topher Grace's Star Wars prequel edit

Topher Grace‘s Star Wars Prequel Re-edit has become the stuff of Internet legend. Fans went crazy a few years back when news broke the That 70’s Show actor edited George Lucas‘ three Star Wars prequels into one movie. On the surface, the idea made lots of sense, but many were outraged both that Grace would attempt such a feat and that they’d never get to see it.

To hopefully appease the masses just a bit, Grace had finally released a short trailer for his 85-minute edit, called Star Wars: Episode III.5: The Editor Strikes Back. This is likely the closest anyone will get to seeing the full film. Check it out below. Read More »

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

In May 2012, I was invited to a private screening of the Star Wars prequels that had been edited down into one 85-minute movie by actor Topher Grace. I was one of a couple bloggers that were invited the the screening. My report on the Star Wars re-edit went EVERYWHERE. The actor never expected that news of the screening would have exploded in the way that it did.

“Wanna know how many people it takes to set the internet on fire?” Grace asked Chris Hardwick on a recent episode of the Nerdist podcast. “It’s two bloggers, which we happened to invite. I was trending #1 on twitter [and didn’t even have a twitter account at the time].”

It was one of those headlines that had “viral” built into every word. Star Wars fans who were disappointed by the prequels were interested to read just what changes Grace had made to the trilogy. Others were just happy to socially share an article about how some actor took George Lucas’ 7-hour saga and was able to edit it down to 85 minutes.

Last week I received an invite to Topher Grace’s next “remix” private screening, this time a re-edit of Steven Spielberg‘s Close Encounters of a Third Kind. Topher Grace even cut a trailer for his CE3K remix, which you can watch embedded below:

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Topher Grace has launched a new website called Cereal Prize where he’s posting fun pop culture bits every 24 hours. One of his first posts features a strange but funny 70’s-style morning cartoon mash-up of That 70’s Show and Land of the Lost/The Flintstones. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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Briefly: Guillermo del Toro isn’t the only director putting together a haunted house, although this competing effort probably won’t be on the scale of del Toro’s Crimson Peak. Topher Grace is going to star, with Patricia Clarkson, in a haunted house film called Home. Jason Blum, Leonardo DiCaprio and Graham King are producing, which is quite the powerhouse team.

Dennis Iliadis is set to direct from a script by Adam Alleca. All we know about the story at this point is that Grace’s character will be “a man who suspects the mansion he inherited from his parents is haunted.” A pretty classic haunted house concept, in other words, at least at its core. [Variety]

Don Peyote

There was a moment around the turn of the decade when Dan Fogler seemed ubiquitous, popping up in everything from Fanboys to Kung Fu Panda to Take Me Home Tonight. But for the past couple of years, he’s kept a somewhat lower profile with roles on TV shows like Hannibal and indies such as Scenic Route and Europa Report.

His latest appearance is an indie, too, but this time around he’s much more involved. He’s the co-writer and co-director (with Michael Canzoniero) and also the star of Don Peyote, a trippy comedy about an ordinary man who either achieves enlightenment or goes nuts, depending on how you want to look at it. Anne Hathaway, Abel Ferrara, Jay Baruchel, Josh Duhamel, and Wallace Shawn co-star, or at least cameo. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Briefly: Add one more to the cast of Christopher Nolan‘s new film, Interstellar. Topher Grace is in talks to join the cast, which also includes Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Bill Irwin, Timothee Chalamet, and Mackenzie Foy. (Grace actually just finished another movie with Burstyn, The Calling.)

Even as we know more and more about the cast, but the core of the film remains shrouded in relative secrecy. All we’ve got is what we’ve known for months, that the film depicts “a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest borders of our scientific understanding,” and it features “explorers [who] travel through a wormhole.” Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan wrote the script, originally commissioned for Steven Spielberg and inspired by the theories of physicist Kip Thorne. Composer Hans Zimmer and cinematographer Hoyte Van Hotyema are also working on the picture.

Interstellar is scheduled for November 7, 2014. [Deadline]