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American Ultra movie review: Bourne to lose

2 hours ago | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It’s one joke dragged out for 90 minutes, and while it’s not entirely unamusing, the comedy feels mired in the same stoner fog as its slacker protagonist. I’m “biast” (pro): like Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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It’s one joke — stoner slacker Jesse Eisenberg is actually a sleeper badass covert operative, har har — dragged out for 90 minutes. And while it’s not entirely unamusing, the fact that the trailer tells the same story in two minutes and doesn’t feature any fewer jokes than the film itself tells you all you need to know. Mike Howell (Eisenberg: Rio 2) suffers from panic attacks, a kind of agoraphobia that doesn’t allow him to leave his small West Virginia town, and a complete and utter lack of ambition. But life isn’t too bad, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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American Ultra - video review

3 September 2015 6:40 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In this excerpt from the Guardian film show, Xan Brooks, Henry Barnes and Catherine Shoard activate sleeper agent thriller / stoner comedy American Ultra. Starring Jesse Eisenberg as a small town shop assistant with latent kick-ass fighting skills, the film’s an unholy hybrid of the Bourne franchise and Kevin Smith’s Clerks. American Ultra, which also stars Kristen Stewart and Topher Grace, is released in the UK on Friday 4 September

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- Xan Brooks, Henry Barnes, Catherine Shoard, Dan Susman, Tom Silverstone and Andrea Salvatici

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Nima Nourizadeh talks American Ultra

3 September 2015 4:14 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Jesse Eisenberg is slacker turned sleeper agent in Nourizadeh’s hi-octane action-comedy, American Ultra.

“For me, the script combined so many different things in an interesting and organic way. The conventions will be familiar to filmgoers, but they are mashed up a little bit, which changes everything.” Iranian-British filmmaker Nima Nourizadeh is talking about action comedy American Ultra, in Cineworld cinemas September 4, 2015, which is his second film as director after 2012’s raucous found-footage teen comedy Project X, which marked him out as a director readily able to bring a fresh spin to tried-and-tested genre formulas. “I like taking things that people think they know and presenting them in a new light,” he adds.

Based on a screenplay by Max Landis, who previously penned Josh Trank’s alternative teen superhero outing Chronicle (2012), American Ultra re-teams Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart – after Adventureland (2009) six years ago, and before Woody Allen’s upcoming latest, »

- Gary Collinson

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Nima Nourizadeh talks American Ultra

3 September 2015 3:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Jesse Eisenberg is slacker turned sleeper agent in Nourizadeh’s hi-octane action-comedy, American Ultra.

“For me, the script combined so many different things in an interesting and organic way. The conventions will be familiar to filmgoers, but they are mashed up a little bit, which changes everything.” Iranian-British filmmaker Nima Nourizadeh is talking about action comedy American Ultra, in Cineworld cinemas September 4, 2015, which is his second film as director after 2012’s raucous found-footage teen comedy Project X, which marked him out as a director readily able to bring a fresh spin to tried-and-tested genre formulas. “I like taking things that people think they know and presenting them in a new light,” he adds.

Based on a screenplay by Max Landis, who previously penned Josh Trank’s alternative teen superhero outing Chronicle (2012), American Ultra re-teams Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart – after the romantic drama Adventureland (2009) six years ago, and before Woody Allen’s upcoming latest, »

- Paul Heath

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Wamg’s 2015 Fall Movie Preview

2 September 2015 6:04 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

As the days get darker and the cold winds of Autumn approach, it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming movies set to hit cinemas this Fall.

The huge slate includes the return of the Jedis, the rebirth of Frankenstein and a new age of Good Dinosaurs. These movies will take audiences to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, on a voyage to Mars and to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest.

Here’s our list of the 2015 Fall movies that we can’t wait to see!

September

The Visit (Sept 11)

Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal PicturesThe Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. »

- Movie Geeks

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American Ultra review: Jesse Eisenberg's blazed Bourne indelicately mixes action and comedy

2 September 2015 4:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jesse Eisenberg is the unlikely action hero at the centre of American Ultra, a fast-talking, hyper-violent action-comedy about a stoner who turns out to be a Jason Bourne-like sleeper agent. Making it an Adventureland reunion is Kristen Stewart, onboard as Eisenberg's equally-blazed girlfriend Phoebe.

Eisenberg plays Mike Howell in typically fidgety fashion, working a dead-end job at a convenience store while he tries to find the right moment to propose to Phoebe. When the CIA puts a kill order on him (Mike was part of the defunct "Ultra" programme before getting his memory wiped), old instincts kick in and before long he's turned a spoon into a deadly weapon to take down a pair of government goons.

Staging a fake viral outbreak, the government seal off Mike's small West Virginia town to pen him in and finish the job. Topher Grace's conniving agent Yates pulls the strings from Langley »

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Liam Hemsworth to Guest Star on ABC’s ‘The Muppets’

31 August 2015 9:32 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Liam Hemsworth will appear on an episode of ABC’s “The Muppets” reboot series, TheWrap has learned. “Spent Friday with the most beautiful girl in the world,” the “Hunger Games” actor shared on Instagram Monday. “Kermit, #SorryNotSorry. #TheMuppets #misspiggy” Hemsworth will play himself in the revival. Also Read: TheWrap's TV Stars and Showrunners Exclusive Portraits (Updating Photos) Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks and Topher Grace are also set to make appearances on the show. The series will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work in a faux-documentary style reminiscent of “The Office.” Also Read: New 'Muppets' Promos Star. »

- Linda Ge

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In Real World, 'Compton' Not (Anytime Soon) to Break Record as Highest-Grossing Domestic Hit Directed by Black Filmmaker

28 August 2015 4:18 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Straight Outta Compton' poster. Weekend box office: 'Straight Outta Compton' to beat weak competitors, but still far from being top blockbuster directed by black filmmaker If you thought last weekend was bad at the U.S. and Canada box office, you should see what's in store for this weekend, Aug. 28-30, '15. For starters, only one movie, F. Gary Gray's sleeper hit Straight Outta Compton, is expected to earn more than $10 million. The rest – and that includes Zac Efron, Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, and the Power of (Christian) Prayer – will perform quite powerlessly indeed. In case Straight Outta Compton reaches the box office gurus' estimated $15 million, it will get close to the $140 million mark. Bear in mind there's no guarantee that will happen; despite basically no competition, the drop-off rate of Gray's hip hopping film was steeper than expected last weekend. (See updated weekend box office estimates.) Now, some »

- Zac Gille

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Hamptons International Film Festival Will Open with ‘Truth’

26 August 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Truth,” the James Vanderbilt film that stars Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in the behind-the-scenes story of Dan Rather’s last days at CBS, will open the 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival, which also has set  the lineup for its narrative and documentary competition films.

In “Truth,” Redford plays Rather and Blanchett appears as CBS News producer Mary Mapes, on whose memoir the film is based. Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss and Dennis Quaid also are among the cast of the movie, which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival ahead of its Oct. 8 screening at Hiff. The Sony Pictures Classics movie is due for theatrical release Oct. 16.

The festival also announced the ten films that make up the competition slates, with five titles apiece set for the narrative and documentary categories. The 2015 edition of Hiff, the 23rd annual outing for the fest, runs Oct. 8-12.

The full list of Hiff’s 2015 competition films follows. »

- Variety Staff

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Rathergate Film ‘Truth’ With Robert Redford Will Open Hamptons Film Festival

26 August 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

After scoring a $6 million distrib deal at Cannes and right on the heels of screenings in Toronto at Tiff, Truth will open the 23rd Hamptons International Film Festival on October 8. Hiff also announced today its lineup for the Narrative and Documentary Competition Feature Films. The James Vanderbilt-helmed film stars Robert Redford as former CBS News anchor Dan Rather. Cate Blanchett co-stars, along with Topher Grace and Elisabeth Moss in telling the saga of Rather’s… »

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23rd Hamptons International Film Festival Picks 'Truth' for Opening Night and Reveals Competition Program

26 August 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Hamptons International Film Festival Announces 14th Annual Screenwriters' Lab The Hamptons International Film Festival (Hiff) has announced that James Vanderbilt's "Truth" will be the Opening Night film on Thursday, October 8 in East Hampton, New York. The film stars Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Topher Grace and Elisabeth Moss and follows news anchor Dan Rather (Redford) during his final days at CBS News. The Sony Pictures Classics film will open in theaters on October 16. "We had the pleasure of having James Vanderbilt serve as a mentor in our Screenwriters Lab back in 2009, and we're thrilled to have him back as the director of our Opening Night film," said Hiff Artistic Director David Nugent. "He’s made a sharp and insightful film with wonderful performances that makes audiences consider the ever-changing relationship between journalism and politics in today's media." Hff has also revealed the titles competing in its its narrative. »

- Zack Sharf

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'Truth' to open Hamptons fest

26 August 2015 4:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

James Vanderbilt’s ‘Rathergate’ scandal drama starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford will open the 23rd annual event on October 8.

Topher Grace and Elisabeth Moss round out the key cast on the drama, based on journalist Mary Mapes’ account of the CBS report into former President George W Bush’s dereliction of duty while serving in the National Guard during the Vietnam War.

The government attempted to discredit the 2004 report, which led to the ruining of Rather’s career and the firing of Mapes.

Spc has positioned Truth for a potential awards run and will release it in theatres on October 16. The world premiere is set for Toronto in the Special Presentations strand.

This year’s Narrative Competition feature films include Matt Sobel’s Take Me To The River, Ciro Guerra’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight winner Embrace Of The Serpent, Avishai Sivan’s Tikkun, Grímur Hákonarson’s Rams and Diastème’s French Blood.

Documentary Competition »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Casting: Bracey, Hayes, Mitchell, Cranston

25 August 2015 8:34 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Hacksaw Ridge

Australian actor Luke Bracey ("Point Break") will join Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington and Vince Vaughn in the cast of Mel Gibson's World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge". Filming begins in Australia next month with Gibson helming from a script by Robert Schenkkan and Randall Wallace.

Garfield play Desmond T. Doss, a medic and the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor after saving dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa. Bracey will portray Smitty, the main villain and one of the leaders of Doss' platoon. [Source: Variety]

War Machine

Australian actor Anthony Hayes has joined the cast of David Michod's "War Machine" film for Netflix and Brad Pitt's Plan B productions. Filming begins this Fall and Netflix will open the film in select theaters next year as well as stream the film on its online service.

Pitt plays a four-star general whose track record »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Animal Kingdom’ Actor Anthony Hayes Joins ‘War Machine’ With Brad Pitt (Exclusive)

25 August 2015 12:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Australian actor Anthony Hayes is the latest to join Brad Pitt in Netflix’s “War Machine.”

Topher Grace, Scoot McNairy, Emory Cohen, John Magaro and Anthony Michael Hall are also on board, with “Animal Kingdom” helmer David Michod directing and writing. Netflix will open the film in select theaters next year as well as stream the film on its online service.

Pitt and his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing with Ian Bryce.

Based on Michael Hastings’ book “The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan,” the story follows a general, played by Pitt, whose track record lands him the commanding job in the American conflict in Afghanistan.

Principal photography is scheduled to start this fall.

Hayes and Michod previously worked together on the 2010 Australian crime drama “Animal Kingdom.” Hayes is also known for his work in “The Slap” and “The Rover. »

- Justin Kroll

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Kristen Stewart Delivers Another Box Office Bomb; American Ultra Flops

25 August 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Kristen Stewart’s latest foray with Jesse Eisenberg in a dark, comedic action movie is a bust. “American Ultra” was generally panned by critics and earned a paltry $5.5 million over its opening weekend. On the upside, Stewart and Eisenberg earned some praise from critics. Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale and Monique Ganderton. ...Read More

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Friend's 'Hitman,' Eisenberg-Stewart 'Ultra' Bomb: Weekend Box Office Estimates

22 August 2015 8:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Sinister 2' poster. 'American Ultra,' 'Hitman: Agent 47' and 'Sinister 2': Weekend box office bombs American Ultra, Hitman: Agent 47, and Sinister 2 are the new entries at the North American box office this weekend, Aug. 21-23, '15. All three of them are expected to underperform – with American Ultra having a particularly disastrous bow, especially for a movie starring Best Actor Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and former Twilight star Kristen Stewart. Whether you blame it on a glut of movies targeting the same audience, a lack of major box office draws, or poor reviews, only one of the debutantes is expected to score more than $10 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters by Sunday evening. 'Sinister 2' According to early estimates found at Deadline.com, Ciarán Foy's Sinister 2 will lead the pack of newcomers with »

- Zac Gille

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'American Ultra' review

21 August 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

American Ultra” is this August’s attempt to reel in audiences still hungry for that last bit of relentless, momentous summer action and thirsty for an original story. It succeeds moderately well at delivering both. The film follows lost soul/American slacker yute Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg). A kind, but broken burnout who spends his days manning the register at a Cash ‘n’ Carry convenience store, getting high in the empty parking lot, and sketching out the various adventures of his unrealized comic creation “Apollo Ape.” His nights pass with his beloved Phoebe (Kristen Stewart) in their not quite rundown, but “lived in” stoner love shack. Mike is crippled by paralyzing panic attacks whenever he attempts to travel and is convinced that he’s hobbling Phoebe’s full potential. She does, in fact, seem all but saintly, initially. Phoebe functions as what one character describes as Mike’s “girlfriend, mother, »

- Roth Cornet

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Will Poulter and Keith Stanfield are joining Brad Pitt's huge Netflix movie War Machine

21 August 2015 7:42 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Brad Pitt has added two more castmembers to his military movie War Machine.

Will Poulter and Keith Stanfield have joined the cast for the film, which is set to be Netflix's biggest production to date, reports TheWrap.

Pitt, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall and Scoot McNairy are already in the cast, with David Michôd of The Rover and Animal Kingdom set to direct.

The film's script has been adapted from journalist Michael Hastings's book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan.

Pitt will portray a high-ranking general in the Us Army, who is running operations during the conflict that sees multiple mistakes and issues of corruption.

No further details about the cast's roles have been released, apart from Grace playing a "civilian media whizz".

Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said: "War Machine is a rip-roaring, behind-the-facade tale of modern war decision-makers, »

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, August 21; What Will You See?

21 August 2015 7:40 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 21. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide American Ultra Director: Nima Nourizadeh Cast: Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Walton Goggins, Teri Wyble, Connie Britton, Michael Papajohn, Monique Ganderton, Lavell Crawford, Nash Edgerton Synopsis: "A stoner and his girlfriend's sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out." Criticwire Grade Average: C (4 reviews) Hitman: Agent 47 Director: Aleksander Bach Cast: Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware, Emilio Rivera, Rolf Kanies, Thomas Kretschmann, Dan Bakkedahl, Ciarán Hinds, Mona Pirzad, Prince William E. Morris, Michaela Caspar, Jerry Hoffmann Synopsis: "An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the »

- Steve Greene

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Casting: Poulter, Buckley, Bloor, Robson

21 August 2015 3:04 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

War Machine

Will Poulter ("We're the Millers," "The Maze Runner") has joined the cast of David Michod's Netflix black comedy feature "War Machine" alongside Brad Pitt, Topher Grace, Scoot McNairy, Emory Cohen, John Magaro and Anthony Michael Hall.

Pitt plays a four-star general whose track record lands him the commanding job in the American conflict in Afghanistan. Filming begins this Fall and Netflix will open the film in select cinemas next year along with streaming it on its online service. [Source: Variety]

The Comedian's Guide To Survival

James Buckley ("The Inbetweeners") has scored a role in Mark Murphy's "The Comedian's Guide To Survival" alongside Paul Kaye, MyAnna Buring and Neil Stuke.

Buckley plays failed comic James Mullinger, who travels the world interviewing more successful funny types to find the secret to comedy. Various famed comedians like Jimmy Carr, Omid Dalilli and Gilbert Gottfried will appear. [Source: Screen]

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- Garth Franklin

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