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In a week that's seen Bryan Cranston (Godzilla, Breaking Bad) confirming that he was never approached about the role of Lex Luthor for Batman vs. Superman, director Zack Snyder and his wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder have spoken about leaks, with Deborah stating that: "Things get leaked so often these days, it's a shame because even casing announcements, or whatever, you're in the middle of a process and sometimes they're so off base -- and then it gets picked up by »
- Gary Collinson
Focusing on a stoner and his girlfriend, the movie tells of how their quiet lives are interrupted when his past crashes into their present, as a Government operation looks set to wipe him out. With Eisenberg and Stewart as the young couple, Thurman will take the role of a Government official, once responsible for a secret program creating ‘sleeper warriors,’ who returns to protect him like a bear with her cub.
The film will be the second feature for Nima Nourizadeh, after his 2012 high school party debut movie, Project X, and is written by Max Landis - now enjoying a great deal of momentum in his career following the success of 2012’s Chronicle, which he also scripted. He, himself, has just wrapped production on his directorial debut, Me Him Her, »
- Sarah Myles
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
• Charlize Theron is set to produce and potentially star in Everything Nice, an adaptation of Ellen Shanman’s novel about an ad exec who gets fired, moves back in with her widowed father, starts a flirtation with an old flame, and ends up teaching life skills to sixth-grade girls. One True Thing and Admission scribe Karen Croner is penning the script for Universal. [Deadline]
• Uma Thurman is in negotiations to join Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in the comedy American Ultra for director Nima Nourizadeh. The film follows a stoner who gets targeted by a sinister government operation. Thurman will play »
- Lindsey Bahr
The internet was sent into uproar last year when Ben Affleck was announcing as the next Dark Knight for Zack Snyder's upcoming Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman, with the backlash harking back to the late 80s when Warner Bros. received over 50,000 letters of complaint about Tim Burton hiring Beetlejuice star Michael Keaton for 1989's live action movie.
"He's going to be great," Keaton told The Today Show, via Metro. "I don't follow it much, but I guess there was some sort of... I don't know why people get excited about things. Frankly, I don't understand it."
- Gary Collinson
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
Here's a look at today's latest casting news: Uma Thurman in negotiations to join Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in Nima Nourizadeh's American Ultra. Martin Sheen will join Warren Beatty's untitled Howard Hughes project, starring Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins. Renee Zellweger is in talks to star opposite Daniel Craig in Courtney Hunt's The Whole Truth. Thomas Kretschmann joins Zachary Quinto and Rupert Friend in Aleksander Bach's Hitman movie, Agent 47. Hit the jump for more on each film. First up from Heat Vision is word that Thurman is in negotiations for American Ultra, the action comedy scripted by Max Landis. The story centers on "an unmotivated stoner named Mike (Eisenberg) who lives with his girlfriend (Stewart) in a small, sleepy town. One night, their lives take an unexpected turn when Mike's past comes back to haunt him, and he becomes the target of a »
- Dave Trumbore
Get the details on Zellweger's new role - HuffPost Entertainment Uma Thurman joins Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart's next film - Vulture Mark Wahlberg looks crazy skinny for The Gambler - Moviefone Four celebrities who got blacklisted for doing the right thing - Cracked 15 jaw-dropping moments from this week's Scandal - BuddyTV Further proof that Mrs. Dilaurentis is up to no good - Pretty Little Liars FX renews Archer for two more seasons - Splitsider The best and worst of the best pictures - Rotten Tomatoes Kate Holmes is returning to primetime! - The Hollywood Reporter How to have the wedding of a Disney princess - Popsugar Love & Sex »
- Maggie Pehanick
One of the many indie films we really think deserves to break out this year is the latest feature from British filmmaker/actor/comedian Richard Ayoade, a funky dystopian sci-fi dark comedy based on Dostoyevsky's The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg. The film premiered at Tiff last year and we've been promoting it with reviews, trailers, interviews and plenty of other posters in the past, but this new poster is the best one yet. This new UK poster for The Double has a very minimalistic, artistic feel to it, like it was hand-drawn. A single ray of light shines down across a city on one man. It's impressive, and I'm glad it's an official poster. Check out this latest poster for Richard Ayoade's The Double, direct from IMPAwards via Live for Films. The Double is directed by Richard Ayoade (watch our Tiff interview with him here) who co-wrote the »
- Alex Billington
The Hollywood Reporter reports Uma Thurman has joined American Ultra, an action-comedy from Project X director Nima Nourizadeh. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, as a stoner and his girlfriend who are put in danger when Eisenberg's character becomes the target of a government operation. Thurman will play the woman in charge of a secret government program to create sleeper agents, who comes to defend her babies, when others within the government threaten to kill them. If she brings the ferocity she seemingly brings in that Nymphomaniac clip, those sleeper cells are probably chill. »
- Jesse David Fox
The film centres around a stoner (Eisenberg) who, with his girlfriend (Stewart), becomes the target of a government agency when his past comes back to haunt him.
Thurman will take on the role of a government worker who spearheaded a secret programme to create 'sleeper warriors'. When her 'children' are targeted for erasure, she sets out to protect them.
American Ultra will begin shooting on April 14. »
According to the Hollywood Reporter, if things work out, the 43-year-old actress will play a government worker who fights back after her brainchild, the secret program to create sleep warriors, faces threat.
Meanwhile, Eisenberg and Stewart star as a couple whose boring lives are turned upside down when they become the target of a government operation.
- Amith Ostwal
It.s been over five years since David Gordon Green.s Pineapple Express smoked out theaters, and it.s high time another decent stoner action comedy made its way in front of our squinty peepers. Luckily, Lionsgate.s American Ultra will be kicking its production into action soon, and stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart won.t have to feel so alone as the only cast members. Uma Thurman has entered negotiations to take one of the sub-leads of the film, making this her first starring role in a feature since 2012.s Playing for Keeps. Did you also forget that movie existed? American Ultra is the second film from British commercial and music video director Nima Nourizadeh, whose first film was the underwhelming youth culture comedy Project X. The screenplay was written by Chronicle writer Max Landis, who also has the umpteenth Frankenstein adaptation and the comedy Me Him Her »
The story follows Mike, a lazy stoner (Jesse Eisenberg), who lives a quiet life with his girlfriend (Kristen Stewart). One random night, the couples' lives change when something from Mike's past surfaces. He then finds himself in the middle of a government operation trying to take him out. Max Landis wrote the screenplay.
Max Landis' script follows an unmotivated stoner (Eisenberg) who lives with his girlfriend (Stewart) in a small, sleepy town. One night, their lives take an unexpected turn when he becomes the target of a government operation set to wipe him out.
Thurman will play a government worker who spearheaded a secret program to create sleeper agents. Now that someone wants to kill her creation, she will fight to protect them.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Speaking to Empire, Spacey defended the casting of Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
"First of all, I think [Jesse Eisenberg] is a remarkable actor," Spacey said.
The star continued: "He's just going to f**king own it. I think it's a great idea and I wish him the best with it."
Batman vs Superman will open in cinemas on May 6, 2016.
Jesse Eisenberg: Career in Pictures »
Uma Thurman is in negotiations to join Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in American Ultra, an action comedy being directed by Nima Nourizadeh. Lionsgate is distributing. Likely Story's Anthony Bregman (Enough Said, Can a Song Save Your Life?) is producing with David Alpert and Britton Rizzio of Circle of Confusion, the company behind The Walking Dead. Story: Lionsgate Nabs Kristen Stewart-Jesse Eisenberg Comedy for $7 Million Max Landis, who wrote the hit sci-fi found-footage movie Chronicle, penned the script for Ultra, which tells of an unmotivated stoner named Mike (Eisenberg) who lives with his girlfriend (Stewart) in
- Borys Kit
Reunited after Adventureland, Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are already at the top of the cast list for American Ultra. They now look to be gaining some fierce support: Uma Thurman is in talks to join them.Eisenberg plays "unmotivated stoner" Mike in the action comedy, with Stewart his girlfriend. They live an uneventful life in a small town until it turns out that Mike is actually a Bourne-like amnesiac sleeper agent in a program the government has decided to shut down and wipe out.Thurman's role - if she takes it - is that of Mike's former handler, who spearheaded the programme and is now determined to protect her charge. According to the synopsis she'll "fight like a momma bear to protect her cub". Sounds like an opportunity to bring some Bride-like toughness to a role not dissimilar to Angelina Jolie's in Wanted.Stoner action comedies can be »
Wait a minute here. This news just blew my mind, and got me real mad at the same time. When I heard Jesse Eisenberg was playing Lex Luthor in the new Superman Batman movie, it filled with me the kind or rage you cannot quite sum up in words. To me, the casting was (another) [&hellip
Bryan Cranston Says He Would Have Gladly Played Lex Luthor »
- Remy Carreiro
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced its complete lineup for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. Half the slate had been announced on Tuesday, with Spotlight, Midnight, and Storyscapes films unveiled today, as well as special screenings. “Spotlight and special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s program, both in range of styles and stories,” said Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming. “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we »
- Jeff Labrecque
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