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I'd felt some trepidation in the lead-up to my interview with Jesse Eisenberg. Throughout his promotional duties for last year's magic thriller Now You See Me, he was sporadically spiky; most notable was the video in which he mocked a young female interviewer for writing questions on her hands, then told her not to cry until the interview was over so that he wouldn't look responsible for her tears. There was also the voxpop in which, having been asked about his favourite things to do in Toronto, he replied sardonically: "Oh, you can read about it on my blog, Jesse's Guide To Toronto, where I list the top 4,500 things that I really like about the city."
In both of those videos, though, he's funny, probably just »
- Alex Godfrey
We've got some new posters to share with you from the following films: Bad Words - Jason Bateman's feature directorial debut, starring Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chand. Bad Words opens in select theaters March 14th and expands across the country on March 21st and March 28th. Be sure to check out Steve's recent interview with Bateman here. Divergent - The IMAX poster for Neil Burger's adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel, starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, and Mekhi Phifer. Divergent opens March 21st. Transcendence - Wally Pfister's directorial debut starring Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins Jr., and Morgan Freeman. Transcendence opens in 2D and IMAX on April 17th. The Double - Richard Ayoade‘s dark comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg, »
- Dave Trumbore
No, your eyes don't deceive you. This is indeed another story about a film in which one actor is playing two characters who look alike. Up now is the official trailer for Richard Ayoade's dark comedy The Double.
You'll find the film in theatres and on iTunes May 9th from Magnolia Pictures.
It stars Jesse Eisenberg in a dual role along with Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Paddy Considine.
For more info visit The Double on Facebook.
Simon James is a ghost. Friends, family, and coworkers meet his every action with complete indifference. He grimly goes through the motions, hoping for recognition that never comes. All of this changes when James Simon arrives.
- Debi Moore
"What is so unique about him?" Magnolia has debuted a full theatrical trailer for Richard Ayoade's latest, the sci-fi Dostoyevsky mind-bender The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg - twice! Eisenberg plays both James and Simon, the latter of which goes crazy when his exact copy/doppelganger suddenly shows up. We've seen plenty of trailers for this indie already, but another one won't hurt, especially when it's a trailer as magical as this one. The cast includes Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor and appearances by Craig Roberts & Yasmin Paige of Ayoade's Submarine. This was one of my favorites out of Tiff last year and can't recommend it enough. "So, that's it?" "That's it." Here's the full theatrical Us trailer for Richard Ayoade's The Double, in high def from Apple: The Double is directed by Richard Ayoade (watch our Tiff interview with him here) who »
- Alex Billington
Magnolia Pictures has released a wonderful new trailer for writer/director Richard Ayoade’s (Submarine) new film The Double. The story centers on meek office-drone Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) who is overlooked by everyone he knows including his crush, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska). Simon’s meager life is then upended when he meets James Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a man who’s identical in appearance and the complete opposite in personality. This trailer is, quite simply, fantastic, as it highlights Ayoade’s delightfully inventive script, Eisenberg’s stellar dual performances, and the film’s darkly humorous tone. The film received a wildly positive response at the Toronto International Film Festival (read Matt’s review here), and I can’t wait to check it out for myself in a couple of months. Hit the jump to watch the new U.S. trailer. The film also stars Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, »
- Adam Chitwood
To mark the release of Richard Ayoade’s The Double on April 4th, we’ve been given this brand new UK poster for the movie. The film stars Mia Wasikowska, Jesse Eisenberg, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Wallace Shawn, Sally Hawkins, Chris O’Dowd, Craig Roberts, Paddy Considine and if you’ve missed our coverage of the movie, click right here! Ian got to see the movie in Toronto last year and loved it!
Below is the poster which you can click to enlarge along with a new image and the latest trailer. Who’s excited to catch this one?! Comments below please!
Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, »
- David Sztypuljak
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 27 Feb 2014 - 05:54
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2010, and another 25 overlooked gems...
By 2010, Hollywood’s obsession with 3D movies was in full swing. James Cameron’s Avatar may have given audiences a taste of what the cutting edge of stereoscope could look like, but it has to be said that the movies ushered into cinemas in its wake were a decidedly mixed bunch. Toy Story 3's 3D was extraordinarily effective, yet Clash Of The Titans looked like a blurry mess. How To Train Your Dragon came to life in its flying sequences, but the less said about the horribly murky Last Airbender, the better.
Unless we’re mistaken, none of the movies on this list were shot or released in 3D, and few of them did particularly stellar business. A few got a certain amount of critical acclaim, »
That Lars von Trier, he's a naughty one, eh? And befitting its subject matter, his latest grandiose provocation has been preceded by a prolonged foreplay-session of teaser trailers and titillating rumours. Now, for one night only, you can watch both halves of the movie back to back before it goes on release in two halves later this month. Despite being four hours long and sexually explicit, it's far from the sado-masochistic experience it sounds, with digressions into baroque music, fly fishing and dessert forks, and a steady procession of familiar faces including Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell and Willem Dafoe. Afterwards, you'll be rewarded with a satellite Q&A, live from the Curzon Chelsea, in which three of the film's stars – Von Trier veteran Stellan Skarsgård and Britons Stacy Martin »
- Steve Rose
Optimum Releasing has debuted a new full-length UK trailer for Richard Ayoade's latest directorial offering The Double, which sees Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me) leading a cast that also includes Mia Wasikowska (Stoker), Wallace Shawn (Toy Story), Yasmin Paige (Submarine), Craig Roberts (22 Jump Street), Chris O’Dowd (Thor: The Dark World), Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) and Paddy Considine (The Worlds End). Check it out after the official synopsis....
"Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams, Hannah, played by Mia Wasikowska. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon's exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon's horror, James »
- Gary Collinson
This looks really interesting. Paddy Considine is always amazing. And this story is pretty daring: he’s a bad guy hired by a family to kill their own daughter, because she is bringing “shame” to them by living her own life, as a woman living in the West has every reason to expect she should be able to do. It makes that “What kind of person would not want to see their own mother?” particularly chilling. I suppose we can figure that Considine will refuse to go through with the job, but I’ll be curious to see how that plays out.
Honour opens in the U.K. on April 4th, will be available on demand on April 18th, and arrives on Region 2 DVD on April 28th.
- MaryAnn Johanson
Ahead of its release this April, EOne has debuted a new trailer for Honour, which is written and directed by BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Shah Khan and sees Paddy Considine (Tyrannosaur, The World's End) and Aiysha Hart (Atlantis) leading a cast that also includes Harvey Virdi (East is East, Bend It Like Beckham), Nikesh Patel (Jadoo, Bedlam), Shubham Saraf and Faraz Ayub.
"After a failed attempt at an honour killing at the hands of her family, Mona (Hart) is forced to go on the run. The family, desperate to save face, enlist the services of a bounty hunter (Considine) to search the streets of London to track her down."
Check out the trailer here...
Honour is released in UK cinemas on April 4th and hits DVD on April 28th.
- Gary Collinson
Richard Ayoade’s Submarine is easily one of the most memorable directorial debuts in recent years, and his sophomore effort, The Double, sees him returning behind the camera with another brilliant comedy.
This time around, things are darker in tone, adapting Dostoyevsky’s classic novella for the big screen.
In recent months, we’ve been treated to a handful of teaser trailers, showcasing the eerie nature of the doppelgänger story wonderfully. And with less than two months before it arrives on our shores, StudioCanal have launched the first full-length trailer over on Yahoo Movies.
Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon »
- Kenji Lloyd
The Double has released a new trailer.
His physical twin is more confident and clever, and is soon threatening to steal his job and the girl of his dreams Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).
The Double will arrive in the UK on April 4 and in the Us on May 9. »
It has been just a few days since we last got a look at Richard Ayoade’s second directorial effort, The Double. But while that was a teaser, this is the new full trailer for the film, which finds Jesse Eisenberg having some double trouble. Take a look via Yahoo. Eisenberg handles the dual role of Simon James and James Simon. The former is a nerdy, unimpressive drone whose unsatisfying life is thrown into chaos by the sudden arrival of the latter, his doppelganger. This copy is actually funnier, sexier and much more confident than poor Simon, and soon the new version is creeping (or rather, marching confidently) into all areas of Simon’s life, including his job and the affections of his dream girl, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).Drawing from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novella, Ayoade wrote the script with Avi Korine and scored a cast that includes Sally Hawkins, Wallace Shawn, »
After releasing a couple of teaser trailers, StudioCanal has released the full U.K. trailer for Richard Ayoade's brilliant comedy-thriller The Double. The film centers on meek office-drone Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) who is overlooked by everyone he knows including his crush, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska). Simon’s meager life is then upended when he meets James Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a man who’s identical in appearance and the complete opposite in personality. This trailer explains the plot, and perfectly nails the movie's unique blend of humor and thrills without giving too much away. I loved the film when I saw it at Tiff last year, I can't wait to see it again, and hopefully this trailer will make you want to see it too. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, »
- Matt Goldberg
A murky thriller exploring the concept of “honour" killings, Honour has a new trailer that showcases a side of Paddy Considine’s arsenal we haven’t seen since Dead Man’s Shoes. Here he plays an unnamed bounty hunter tasked with a terrible brief. Click below to watch it. brightcove.createExperiences();Scottish actor-turned-director Shan Khan penned this story of a young Muslim woman (Aiysha Hart) whose plan to elope with her boyfriend Tanvir (Nikesh Patel) proves unpalatable to her family. So unpalatable, in fact, that they decide to have her killed. As you do.When the hit goes awry, Mona flees and it’s Considine’s bounty hunter who finds himself charged with tracking her down somewhere in the big city. Expect moral quandries galore as he finds himself immersed in a situation far beyond his ken.It’s billed as a topical spin on Romeo & Juliet, although punchier because »
It looks like BBC Two period gangster drama Peaky Blinders is about to get a whole lot better when the much anticipated second season hits later this year. Tom Hardy will be joining the ranks for season two. The announcement was made today on the shows official Facebook page. Although little is known of Hardy's role just yet, he is said to be playing the part of a "charismatic leader" who provides a unique opportunity to the show's leading character Tommy Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy.
Season two of Peaky Blinders will mark the third time Hardy and Murphy have acted together, the previous two times being Christopher Nolan's Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. It also marks a reunion of sorts with the shows creator Steven Knight who recently worked with Hardy on Locke.
2014 already looks like it's going to be a busy year for Tom Hardy. He's »
- Gary Collinson
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Writers: Richard Price
U.S. Distributor: Summit Ent/Lionsgate
Based on the first novel from a popular trilogy, this sounds like a melding of John Le Carre and Stieg Larsson (of course, mainplayers Rapace and Oldman might be responsible for that ambiance as well). Helmed by Swedish director Daniel Espinosa, who received wide acclaim with his 2010 film, Easy Money, we’re hoping this gets more traction than his 2012 English language debut, Safe House. A killer (and very masculine) cast should make this one to watch for, though screenwriter Richard Price can be a bit iffy. He’s been working television since his last feature screenplay, which was 2006’s Freedomland…but we’re hoping this is the same caliber »
- Nicholas Bell
Sneak Peek more new footage from director Richard Ayoade's dark comedy "The Double", starring the new 'Lex Luthor' Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts and Paddy Considine:
"...a beleaguered office drone (Eisenberg) meets a man who shares his appearance but has the exact opposite personality.
"Eventually the sight of his 'doppelgänger' begins to drive him insane..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Double"...
- Michael Stevens
The Double centres on Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) who is overlooked by everyone he knows, including his crush Hannah (Mia Wasikowska). Simon's meagre life is upended when he meets James Simon (also played by Jesse Eisenberg) - a man who’s identical in appearance but completely opposite in personality.
Also starring alongside Eisenberg and Wasikowska are Wallace Shawn (Toy Story), Yasmin Paige (Submarine), Craig Roberts (22 Jump Street), Chris O’Dowd (Thor: The Dark World), Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) and Paddy Considine (The Worlds End).
The Double opens on April 4th in the UK and May 9th in the Us.
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- Gary Collinson
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