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• Cillian Murphy, best known for his work with Christopher Nolan in Inception and the Dark Knight movies, has joined the cast of Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea. Based on the Nathaniel Philbrick novel about the whale ship Essex, Murphy will play the role of Matthew Joy, the second mate aboard the doomed ship. Chris Hemsworth (Thor) also stars. Murphy is currently filming Transcendence, and recently wrapped Cry/Fly with Jennifer Connelly and Mélanie Laurent. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Exclusive: Cillian Murphy jas joined the cast of In The Heart Of The Sea, the Ron Howard-directed adaptation of the Nathaniel Philbrick book for Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Pictures. Brian Grazer is producing with Joe Roth, Paula Weinstein and William Ward, with Palak Patel exec producing. Murphy will play Matthew Joy, second mate on the whale ship Essex. Citing reports of cannibals in the Society Islands, Joy and first mate Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth) convince first time Captain Pollard (Benjamin Walker) to sail to South America after an enraged sperm whale rams and sinks the Essex, leaving 21 crew members adrift in small boats, 3,000 miles from land. The film begins shooting around London in mid-September. Murphy is currently at work on Wally Pfister’s Transcendence with Johnny Depp in New Mexico. He wrapped Cry/Fly, an indie opposite Jennifer Connelly and Mélanie Laurent and this fall stars in Peak Blinders, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fischer, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman | Written by Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt, Ed Solomon | Directed by Louis Leterrier
When I write my reviews, sometimes I like to write a brief list of all the things I feel I need to mention. These could be general notes, comparisons to other films or jokes I want to put in. For Now You See Me, one of the notes I have written simply says ‘stupid stupid stupid’. That’s because I needed to make sure I sufficiently conveyed how stupid stupid stupid the film was. Because this film really is stupid stupid stupid.
- Jack Kirby
Now You See Me, 2013.
Directed by Louis Leterrier.
An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.
A mysterious figure brings together four of the best street magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco). Jump a year later and they are now the Four Horsemen, one of the most popular illusionist acts around. During one of their shows in Vegas they use one of their illusions to actually rob a bank. This brings in FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and Interpol detective Alma Dray (Melanie Laurent) to find out just how they were able to pull this off. Even with the help of former magician Thaddeus Bradley »
- Flickering Myth
Chicago – Dave Franco is James Franco’s brother. Since that’s now out of the way, Dave Franco is also a writer, actor, regular on the “Funny or Die” website and co-star in the newly released film, “Now You See Me.” Franco plays a streetwise magician, and in his career he keeps bringing the magic.
Dave Franco is seven years younger than the elder Franco, and like him was born in Palo Alto, California. After making his acting debut at the age of 21 on the TV show “7th Heaven,” he’s had notable roles in the films “Superbad,” “Charlie St. Cloud,” “21 Jump Street,” and the recent “Warm Bodies.” He was a series regular on the 9th season of the popular TV show “Scrubs,” part of a retooling of that sitcom. “Now You See Me” is his 13th film, and he has billing as a co-star, part of the “Four Horsemen” magic act with Woody Harrelson, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Some movies are confusing, and some movies are complicated, and some movies are silly. And then there’s Now You See Me, the magician bank heist thriller, which is also an FBI chase movie, which is also about a Dan Brown-esque secret society of Ancient Egyptian magicians who use real magic to fight crime or something. The whole thing is constructed like an Abrams/Nolan mega-mystery where everything’s a twist and everyone has secret motivations, except none of the motivations make sense, and all of the twists involve mirrors. Specifically, mirrors used in unusual ways.
Let me try to explain. »
- Darren Franich
Four master magicians are brought together for the ultimate initiation by someone even more cunning than themselves. Their goal: to become the world's biggest illusionists by stealing millions in plain sight. Out to nab them, an FBI Agent (Mark Ruffalo) and an Interpol detective (Mélanie Laurent). Are these stunts elaborate tricks or real magic? Do the audiences who catch all the free currency care? Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco The Four Horsemen, each with their own special skill sets. Computer-generated FX add to the believability of the big showstoppers. Some of the smaller tricks impress with good old-fashioned sleight of hand. As a summer flick, we wish they stuck with the »
Learning the inner workings of a magic trick is almost always a bit of a disappointment. The magician's flourish is what makes the show fun--see the nuts and bolts of his or her work, and the sense of wonder shatters. It's fitting then, that surprise hit "Now You See Me" reflects the profession upon which it focuses: it's most fun during the trick, and much less so when the curtain is pulled back for us. Still, it's a fun summer fluff movie that transports and maybe even wows a bit--as long as you don't look too close. The setup: four up-and-coming magicians are contacted by a mysterious hooded figure and given a set of blueprints; a year later, they're famous, giving standing-room-only shows and calling themselves The Four Horsemen. The misdirect: when one of the quartet's magic tricks appears to rob a Parisian bank via long-distance teleportation from Las Vegas, »
- Jacob Combs
New 'Now You See Me' movie delivered tons of twists,great action,plot & more. Summit Entertainment released their new action/crime flick "Now You See Me" into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out,and thought it was pretty damn good. However, they did sort of loose me at times with all the crazy twists,but they made up for it with the great action scenes,witty humor,and more. The movie stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Common, and Dave Franco . In the new flick, Four magicians: Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) ,and Merritt Osbourne (Woody Harrelson) ,got brought together by a mysterious benefactor. Then, one year later, they're performing in Las Vegas as "The Four Horsemen" sponsored by Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine), who is an insurance magnate. During their Vegas performance »
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Come in close, because the more you think you see, the easier it'll be to fool you." Now playing in theaters is Louis Leterrier's Now You See Me, the illusionist heist movie starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco as the "Four Horsemen", a group of magicians who rob banks and rain the money over the audience. The ensemble cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Mélanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. But is it any good? How is the twist? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Leterrier's Now You See Me. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. However, this is an »
- Alex Billington
The star-studded mystery movie has more than just scarves up its sleeve.
Opening wide May 31, Now You See Me follows an Interpol detective (Mélanie Laurent) and an FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) as they track down a team of bank-robbing magicians — but the real trick comes at the very end of the 115-minute flick, when the story takes a twist audiences will have to see to believe. And even then, they still might not believe it.
Fair warning: I’m about to spoil the end of the movie.
So stop reading if you plan on seeing it and want to be surprised.
Seriously. Here goes…
The big surprise at the end of Now You See Me is that the mysterious head of the magicians’ operation is actually — wait for it — the same FBI agent who’s been tracking them down during the entire movie! »
- Andy Swift
In Now You See Me, four extremely-talented street magicians – the renowned J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) and his former assistant-turned illusionist Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher) – in addition to up-and-comer Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) and the mind-reader/hypnotist Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) – form a daredevil group known as The Four Horsemen. However, one of their stunts at a Las Vegas performance lands them in hot water with the authorities – when it seems that the four tricksters literally robbed a Parisian bank in the middle of their show
FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) is then assigned to the case – alongside new-to-the-field Interpol detective Alma Dray (Mélanie Laurent) – but the duo fail to find a shred of material evidence that connects the ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Review by Barbie Snitzer
The first lines of dialogue in Now You See Me are:
“The closer you look, the less you see. The more you think you see, the easier it will be to fool you.”
With poorer syntax, this could easily sound like a fortune cookie written by Yoda, but it’s not.
These lines are offered seductively by J.Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) as answers to the young lady for whom he’s performing a card trick. He’s speaking in measured tones, mesmerizing a young woman à la David Copperfield, sans the creepiness but on the same massive scale.
When you see the result, you will understand why this young lady, whom he’s marked for that evening’s lovefest, did not hesitate to go home with a street performer nor question for a moment if he even had a home.
As they start, you know, »
- Movie Geeks
Chicago – Boasting a big star ensemble cast, and themes of magical realism and misdirection, “Now You See Me” is an overdone, too-clever-for-its-own-good fantasy with some entertaining tricks. Jesse Eisenberg and Isla Fisher join veterans Woody Harrelson and Morgan Freeman in the magic mix.
Since the main action centers on big time magicians – think David Copperfield – there are many opportunities to show off the sleight of hand. What could be definitively magical becomes redundant and tedious, as one trick becomes another becomes another. The film wants to be forgiven for this because the reason It’s doing all this tricky misdirection is all about being noble and avenging, but the reaction is opposite – as in fool me once, shame on me, keep fooling around, shame on a sloppy story. Although the individual tricks have some entertainment to them, it is not enough to sustain the glut of “ta-dah” moments that »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Playing like The Prestige wrapped in slick Italian Job styling, Now You See Me offers a glitzy caper flick that quite literally challenges us to keep up. Whether you enjoy trying to figure out how the trick is done or simply prefer to bask in its glorious effect, if magic intrigues you even a little, you’re in for a treat.
Here we meet four master practitioners, each gifted with a trademark talent: illusionist J. Daniel Atlas (Jessie Eisenberg), mentalist Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), escape artist Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), and sleight-of-hand trickster Jack Wilder (Dave Franco). As individuals they impress (or infuriate, if you’re the often-unfortunate subject), but they are about to dazzle.
Summoned to a secret meeting (by the requisite mysterious hooded figure), they fall quickly into petty professional bickering. This promptly gives way to astonishment, however, as before them unfolds instruction for a trick the likes »
- Lisa Elin
New Orleans - Mark Ruffalo has quite a few films on his recent slate with some heavy-hitting leading ladies: Gwyneth Paltrow in "Thanks For Sharing," Keira Knightley in "Can a Song Save Your Life," Julia Roberts in "The Normal Heart." But he obviously had some fun on "Now You See Me" with co-star Mélanie Laurent ("Inglourious Basterds"), who he called "honest, present" and "playful," in our recent interview. "We had a good time together. She really gets my sense of humor," Ruffalo said, and the chemistry onscreen makes more sense. He aslo revealed that the French actress "akes little movies all »
- Katie Hasty
As one of a few films with an original concept this summer, Now You See Me doesn't need fancy special effects when you've got the oldest trick in the book magic. Take a look at your introduction to the bank robbing magicians, "The Four Hoursemen," in this four-minute clip from the new movie opening May 31st.
Starring Jessie Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Common, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman, Now You See Me is directed by The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans director Louis Leterrier, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco play illusionists “The Four Horsemen,” a super-team who pull of a few daring heists during their shows. Their targets are corrupt business leaders like Michael Caine's character and the audience during their performance reap the stolen profits. “The Four Horsemen”
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Directed by Louis Leterrier
The term ‘movie magic’ has, alas, lost much of its once proud luster. Film savvy folks can now read in-depth articles, watch online interviews with filmmakers and dive into the ogles of behind-the-scenes content available on home media formats that reveal the tricks of the trade in impressive detail. Then there is magic itself, that form of entertainment and distraction in which artists amuse, thrill and befuddle spectators before their very eyes with acts that defy logic and physics. Magic continues to spark the imagination of crowds, something movies once accomplished with far greater ease than in recent years. Can the subject of magic therefore provide some much needed shine to one of the summer’s many blockbusters, the Louis Leterrier directed Now You See Me?
Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Henley Reeves »
- Edgar Chaput
Jesse Eisenberg is no stranger to playing with people’s minds in fast-talking, genius-type roles (ahem, The Social Network), but he is a stranger to literally playing with people’s minds. In the summer movie Now You See Me, Eisenberg takes on the role of one of the four horsemen, a team of Robin Hood-inspired magicians who use their powers to perform illegal maneuvers to take from the rich and give to the poor. EW caught up with Eisenberg to talk about his background in magic, what he learned on set, and what fans can expect from the mysterious flick, »
- Samantha Highfill
The Argentinian-born star on silent movie success, her husband Michel Hazanavicius and the trouble with signing autographs
When Bérénice Bejo was young, her sister sat her down and told her: "Bérénice, I love you. But you take up too much room." This was not a hint about bodyweight. The sisterly advice was more to do with Bejo's roving arms, a tendency to flail when she spoke. She was, and still is, a great gesticulator.
"It's the Argentinian in me, I get enthusiastic, I use my body," the 36-year-old tells me, the day after her new film, The Past, has premiered at the Cannes film festival.
Born in Argentina, Bejo grew up in Paris and is best known for charming audiences around the world as Peppy Miller in the Oscar-winning black-and-white movie The Artist. We're having tea on the roof of a seafront hotel, where the view of Cannes's yacht-filled harbour »
- Tom Lamont
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