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Kristen Stewart has a busy month ahead of her, and she'll show off a bit of range at the same time. In August, the actress aims for the popcorn crowd with the stoner comedy "American Ultra," and then she will jump on a plane over to the Venice Film Festival, where she'll help unveil the arty sci-fi flick "Equals." And a few new pictures have arrived for both. "American Ultra" sees Stewart play the girlfriend to Jesse Eisenberg's seemingly ordinary pothead who discovers he's actually a sleeper agent with Jason Bourne-like skills and is forced to go on the run. Dude, like, whoa. Here's the official synopsis followed by the new images. It opens on August 21st. Read More: Jesse Eisenberg Is A New Kind Of Special Agent In New Trailer For 'American Ultra' With Kristen Stewart American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike [Eisenberg], a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Well, it's finally August, and while the summer movie season isn't completely over it might as well be. This article was a difficult one to put together, because there just isn't much to recommend this month. But you know what, that's okay, I think I managed to pull together five solid titles for the "must-see" section, and lucky for us the fall festival season is just around the corner, which means things are about to heat up exponentially on the prestige movie front just in time to compensate for things cooling down outside as the seasons change. (I should note here, it is currently 106 degrees fahrenheit here in the desert, and the thought of things cooling down is marvelous, but also very premature.) We are coming off what turned out to be a pretty solid month last month, in my opinion, as I settled back into my routine after a »
- Jordan Benesh
In case you missed the second trailer for Lionsgate's American Ultra that debuted earlier this month, the studio has released a third trailer, chocked full of action. Before he takes on the villainous role of Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Jesse Eisenberg portrays Mike Howell, a convenience store employee who is in for quite a rude awakening. After he becomes "activated," without even knowing it himself, Mike's incredible skills are put to the test.
American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Jesse Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is »
In the next few weeks, you'll get to see two flavors of Jesse Eisenberg. On Friday, he'll be in his familiar guise doing serious actor stuff in James Ponsoldt's "The End Of The Tour." Then, in mid-August, he goes into rarer form with the mainstream "American Ultra," and a new trailer for the stoner-secret-agent-action-comedy is here. Co-starring his "Adventureland" bud Kristen Stewart, the movie follows a mild-mannered stoner who has to go on the run with this girlfriend when he discovers he's actually a sleeper agent, with a very unique set of skills. Here's the official synopsis: American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike [Eisenberg], a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe [Stewart], is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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The more I see of American Ultra, the more I fall in love with this potential sleeper hit of the Summer. I do love a high concept auctioneer, and you don’t get more high concept than the tale of a small town, go no where stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) who finds out he’s a special, government trained killing machine. The script from Chronicles’ Max Landis promises to bring the action and humour in spades, with Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Topher Grace especially having an absolute blast. Check out the new trailer below to see for yourself. Released: 21st August (U.S.)/ 28th August (Irl/U.K.)Synopsis: Mike (Jesse Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), find his life suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Equals: Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult star in Equals, a science-fiction drama imagining a world "without greed, poverty, violence, or emotion." That is, until a new disease arises, threatening the world with "love, depression, sensitivity, and fear." The first official photos suggest a forbidding environment for their characters. Drake Doremus (Like Crazy) directed; the movie will debut at the Venice Film Festival in early September. [Collider] Stronger: Jake Gyllenhaal is in early talks to star in Stronger, based on the true story of Jeff Burman, who survived the bombing at the Boston Marathon in 2013 but lost both his legs in the terrorist attack. Burman wrote a book on his experiences, co-authored with Bret Witter, and John Pollano...
- Peter Martin
Nothing like The Stoner Talk Show to bring out some really wild answers from guests Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg. When the American Ultra stars sat down with MTV's Josh Horowitz for the show, he asked, "Do you guys think that fingers are crazy?" Both Kristen and Jesse paused before answering, with Kristen eventually going into a hilariously in-depth response. "I actually do think the fact that we are, like, these wormy . . . We don't really look like animals. We look like these bug-worms," she said. Jesse nodded in agreement, and Kristen added, "Our extremities are really gross. And then we have extremities on our extremities. It's like, extension, extension, extension." Watch the funny clip above, then check out the American Ultra trailer and Kristen's sexy photo shoot for Marie Claire. »
Kristen Stewart impressed the director with her ''vampire orgasm'' in 'Twilight'. Bill Condon - who was at the helm of the final two instalments of the film adaption, 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Parts 1 and 2' - has revealed he was impressed with how she acted in a particular scene. He said: ''I'd been a fan of Kristen's before Breaking Dawn, and I loved working with her. She's incredibly smart and committed, she played such a range of emotions across a single film, from wedding jitters to death throes to vampire orgasm - I mean, if you can pull that off, you can do anything.'' And whilst 'Twilight' has seen its fair share of critics, Bill is glad he got the chance to ''channel his love of classic horror films'' into the flick. He told Vanity Fair magazine: ''One of the reasons I wanted to do 'Breaking Dawn »
Equals: Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult star in Equals, a science fiction drama imagining a world "without greed, poverty, violence or emotion." That is, until a new disease arises, threatening the world with "love, depression, sensitivity and fear." The first official photos suggest a forbidding environment for their characters. Drake Doremus (Like Crazy) directed; the movie will debut at the Venice Film Festival in early September. [Collider] ...
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This year's Venice Film Festival will include Kristen Stewart in a sci-fi romance, Idris Elba at war and a thriller starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, as well as potentially awards-worthy performances from Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Organizers announced a 21-strong competition lineup Wednesday for the festival, which takes over the Italian maritime city's Lido island for 11 days in September.
It includes Drake Doremus' futuristic Equals, with Stewart and Nicholas Hoult; Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash, with Swinton, Johnson and Ralph Fiennes; and Cary Fukunaga's African child-soldier story Beasts of No Nation, starring Elba.
Competition for the top Golden Lion prize also includes Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's animated featureAnomalisa; musician Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog; and The Danish Girl, from The King's Speech directorTom Hooper, which stars 2014 Oscar-winner Redmayne as a transgender woman in the 1920s. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
On the heels of yesterday's Toronto Film Festival announcement, this morning we get the lineup for the 2015 Venice Film Festival and, as always, there's a little crossover with some films set to premiere on the Lido ahead of their Toronto (and/or Telluride premieres). Some of the titles not screening at Toronto (at least not yet) that will premiere at Venice include Baltasar Kormakur's Everest, which is serving as the opening night film, Drake Doremus' Equals starring Kristen Stewart, A Bigger Splash from Luca Guadagnino, Go With Me directed by Daniel Alfredson, Dito Montiel's Man Down, Amy Berg's Janis as well as a new, 16-minute short film from Martin Scorsese titled The Audition and a Brian De Palma documentary directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. There's also buzz building for The Childhood of a Leader directed by Brady Corbet and starring Robert Pattinson and Berenice Bejo. »
- Brad Brevet
Related: Venice film festival 2015: full lineup
The late-summer scrap for high-prestige premieres and awards-friendly titles between the Toronto, Telluride and Venice film festivals has become a highlight of the film industry calendar. A few years ago it looked as if Toronto, with its proximity to lucrative North American markets and shortish skip by private jet from Burbank airport, was comprehensively outpunching its more venerable Italian rival, while it also declared battle on the Colorado weekender. However, in recent editions, Venice has asserted itself, giving a platform to Birdman last year, and Gravity the year before that, to re-establish itself as a powerful presence on the film festival circuit.
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- Andrew Pulver
The 72nd Venice Film Festival (Sept 2-12) has unveiled the 55 features – mixing star vehicles and international auteurs – that will make up this year’s official selection.
Venice director Alberto Barbera and Biennale president Paolo Baratta announced the line-up this morning.
Birdman, last year’s opening night film, went on to be named best picture at this year’s Academy Awards, while multiple Oscar-winner Gravity bowed at the 2013 edition.
Venice also revealed that Guan Hu’s Mr Six will close the festival on Sept 12. Feng Xiaogang plays the title character, a former gangster living alone with various illnesses, who is tempted back into the business by his son.
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- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The festival will gives us our first glimpses of some of the films who hope to do battle in this year’s Oscar race. In the competition, some of the films vying for glory include Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, which stars last year’s Oscar winner for Best Actor Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything); Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba (Star Trek Beyond), which debuts in the Us on Netflix; and Equals, the sci-fi drama directed by Drake Doremus (Breathe In) starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult.
You can see the full list of films and their catagories below, and we shall update the titles when announcements are incoming:
Frenzy, Emin Alper (Turkey, France, Qatar)
Heart of a Dog, Laurie Anderson (U.S.)
- Scott J. Davis
The 72nd annual Venice Film Festival announced its lineup on Wednesday, with a mixture of international auteurs and big Hollywood stars. Films booked for the festival include Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl,” starring Eddie Redmayne as an early subject of male-to-female gender reassignment surgery; Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s “A Bigger Splash,” with Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson and Atom Egoyan’s “Remember,” with Christopher Plummer as a Holocaust survivor looking to track down the guard who killed his family. Main competition titles in Venice include Drake Doremus’ “Equals,” with Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult; Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight, »
- Steve Pond
Some of the most anticipated movies of the Fall will make their debut at the four major festivals that annual suck up the movie world's attention during a five-week period beginning in September. The New York Film Festival has already revealed that "The Walk," "Steve Jobs" and "Miles Away" will be its major galas. The 40th Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of selections on Tuesday giving away many of the "secret" premieres at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend. Earlier this month Venice announced it would open with Universal Pictures' "Everest" and debut Scott Cooper's "Black Mass" with Johnny Depp out of competition. Now, the festival has unveiled a majority of its slate with some very exciting surprises. The biggest news is that Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl" will have its world premiere in Venice. The highly anticipated drama has already generated »
- Gregory Ellwood
Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg appeared on MTV to discuss "getting high." Some of the topics covered were whether or not Twilight would be a good movie to watch while stoned, and if Batman is a stoner or not. The interview got really strange when Stewart and Eisenberg revealed which of each other's body parts they would eat. Watch the video here! »
- Andrew Shuster
★★★★☆ Youth, beauty and mortality are potent themes in Olivier Assayas' latest feature Clouds of Sils Maria (2014), starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart. Binoche plays Maria Enders, a middle-aged actress who remains at the top of her game but is assailed by doubts about her career and which direction to take. The film opens on a train. Valentine (Stewart), Maria's assistant, is taking numerous calls on behalf of her boss. These include calls about Maria's impending divorce as well as offers of new projects in both film and theatre. It's soon obvious that Val fulfils a number of roles for Maria including secretary, protector and confidante.
- CineVue UK
It’s no ordinary case of demonic possession that rouses the attention of the Catholic Church in “The Vatican Tapes” — more like the sort of full-on egg-vomiting, eyeball-gouging spiritual meltdown that suggests the Antichrist herself now walks among us. And director Mark Neveldine, who is no master of dread but a dab hand at dispensing regular shocks, brings an undeniable lunatic conviction to this cheaply derivative religio-horror freakout, while running up the sort of abnormally high body count you’d expect from a “Die Hard” sequel rather than an occult thriller. Silly, screechy and eminently watchable, this thrifty horror exorcise (er, exercise) could yield decent theatrical profit for Pantelion Films, and might turn even more heads in VOD play.
While the original 2009 Black List-selected screenplay (written by Chris Morgan and Michael C. Martin) took the form of a found-footage movie, the filmmakers wisely opted to buck that overdone genre trend. »
- Justin Chang
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