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A pretty hefty bulletin today and we'll begin with the latest PG-13 rating for a Marvel film as Ant-Man gets the "find for families but edgy enough for the teens" rating to make sure the target demographic of everyone is satisfied. As a matter of fact, of the more notable films on today's board only Ant-Man and the upcoming Secret In Their Eyes remake (which saw its first trailer released earlier today) are the only two PG-13 ratings in the bulletin. Before we get to the R-rated titles, however, we do have one PG rated film, that being Sony's Goosebumps, an adaptation of the R.L. Stine novels starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ken Marino and Ella Wahlestedt. As for the R-rated titles, well, we start with a pretty hard R in American Ultra, a re-teaming of Adventureland stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in a story of a stoner and his girlfriend's sleepy, »
- Brad Brevet
A furious slew of titles in the works would seem to prophesize a robust main competition slate for Cannes 2016. Though our initial list will eventually be pruned down as the year progresses (Berlin may snag something in here, especially if their 2016 lineup looks anything like their landmark selection from this past January), we’re confident that we will be seeing another round of heavy hitting auteurs unveiling their latest bits on the Croisette.
Absent from the main competition in 2015 were the Romanians (Muntean and Porumboiu were assigned to Un Certain Regard) and any trace of Latin filmmakers. The 2016 edition looks to make up for lost ground. For the Romanians, a couple heavy hitting titans from the New Wave will be ready. Cristi Puiu, who previously won Ucr in 2005 with The Death of Mr. Lazarescu should hopefully be getting a competition invite for Sierra Nevada. Meanwhile, previous Palme d’Or winner »
- Nicholas Bell
Kristen Stewart Gets Bloody in American Ultra Images New images for this summer's American Ultra show off a bloody Kristen Stewart and a rough-and-tough Jesse Eisenberg, who plays a small-town stoner mixed up in a dangerous plot after he's exposed to be a former assassin. Only problem... he has no idea he used to be an assassin. Hilarious ensues. This one hits theaters on August 21. Arnold Schwarzenegger Confirms Twins 2 Is Happening He's been talking it up for awhile, but it looks as if a sequel to the 1988 comedy Twins is finally happening. Arnold tells Howard Stern: "We are talking about a sequel, where we find out at the funeral of our mother, when we read the will, that there’s three of us," Schwarzenegger revealed. Thus the...
- Erik Davis
Kristen Stewart Gets Bloody in American Ultra Images New images for this summer's American Ultra show off a bloody Kristen Stewart and a rough-and-tough Jesse Eisenberg, who plays a small-town stoner mixed up in a dangerous plot after he's exposed to be a former assassin. Only problem... he has no idea he used to be an assassin. Hilarity ensues. This one hits theaters on August 21. Arnold Schwarzenegger Confirms Twins 2 Is Happening He's been talking...
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See Also: Watch the red band trailer for American Ultra
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, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.
American Ultra is set for release August 21st in the States and August 28th in the UK, and features a cast that also includes Connie Britton, Topher Grace, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Walton Goggins and Tony Hale.
- Gary Collinson
The summer movie season only has a few movies left promising the spectacle one expects at the multiplex, which means that there is plenty of room for sleeper surprises to sneak in there. And one that could promise to be a little treat is "American Ultra." Reteaming "Adventureland" duo Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, the film follows a stoner who discovers he's actually a sleeper cell agent, who is forced to go on the run with his equally baked girlfriend when he becomes the focus of a government operation. But for Stewart, making sure the character and comedy balanced was important. "...reading the script there have been jokes that I love that really just like make me laugh genuinely, and then you get to set and you're like, 'We can't do that.' It's traipsing all over what we've built," she told HitFix. "And then some things you get there and it's like, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"Everything is a weapon." Awesome. One of our most anticipated upcoming summer comedies due out this August is American Ultra, starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg as stoners in a small town who suddenly end up in a secret government operation. We've already featured a trailer for this and it looks good, but our friends at SlashFilm have posted their recap of a set visit where they watched an action scene at strip mall with everything in it being used as a weapon. These new posters have Eisenberg and Stewart floating in kind of a Ganesh pose, with extra arms holding things like a weapon, joints, bongs, a spoon, and a hammer. I just think these look cool, nice marketing for a film that sounds like it's going to be crazy fun. So what's with all the weapons? Max Landis explained during the set visit: "I walked through a supermarket »
- Alex Billington
Last summer, on the New Orleans set of American Ultra, a bunch of other journalists and I played a game. Lionsgate allowed us to tweet about being on the set of the film – which is a rarity on a set visit – and the results were astounding. You see, American Ultra stars Jesse Eisenberg […]
- Germain Lussier
In addition to Steve’s on-set interview with stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, Lionsgate has provided us with a trio of new images and two trippy posters from the action-comedy American Ultra to share with our readers today. Written by Chronicle scribe Max Landis and directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X), the film revolves around a stoner (Eisenberg) and his girlfriend (Stewart) who find their lives disrupted when a government operation descends upon their small town with the aim of wiping the stoner out, who is in fact a sleeper agent. The excellent first trailer and these new images certainly play up the fact that Eisenberg and Stewart’s characters get very bruised and bloodied over the course of the film, and indeed we saw in the trailer that the actors weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. Additionally, the posters play up the film's stoner vibe. Check »
- Adam Chitwood
When director Nima Nourizadeh’s (Project X) action-comedy American Ultra was filming in New Orleans in May last year, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters. Written by Chronicle scribe Max Landis, the story finds a stoner/sleeper agent (Jesse Eisenberg) and his girlfriend’s (Kristen Stewart) life are disrupted when a government operation descends upon their small town with the aim of wiping the stoner out. This is the first time Eisenberg and Stewart have worked together since Greg Mottola’s underrated coming-of-age drama, Adventureland. American Ultra also stars Walton Goggins, Connie Britton, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace and Tony Hale. While on set I got to watch some filming and talk to most of the cast and filmmakers. In the coming weeks I’ll have a lot more on the cool-looking film, but for now I wanted to share the on set interview with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
American Ultra isn’t an easy movie to summarize. From its tone to its genre, the film lives and breathes because it rides a fine line between action, comedy, and romance. In fact, it seems the only truth on the set of American Ultra is that Wal-Mart is a great place to find deadly weapons. Directed by […]
- Germain Lussier
Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg are a couple in love -- and possibly death. I'm on the set of "American Ultra," the Max Landis-scripted, Nima Nourizadeh-directed comedic action film that stars Stewart and Eisenberg as Phoebe and Mike, a slacker couple being pursued by heavily-armed contract killers. The reason? Mike is in fact a highly-trained government agent (with amnesia!) who's been marked as a "liability" and targeted for assassination. We get to see some of the action go down on the film's New Orleans set, a warehouse that's been partially converted into a small-town grocery store. When we arrive they're in the midst of shooting a fight scene that sees Mike engaging in brutal, bloody battle with a number of enemies through aisles labeled "Fresh Produce," "Electronics," "Chips" and "Cleaning Products." In one corner of the warehouse, a giant green screen has been set up that in post »
- Chris Eggertsen
It was back in 2009 that Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart first joined forces on the big screen, playing male and female leads in Greg Mottola.s period, coming-of-age tale Adventureland. After a number of years apart, now the two actors are coming back together, but instead of playing two young people falling in love against the backdrop of a low-rent amusement park, this time around they.re dodging bullets and kicking all kinds of ass in director Nima Nourizadeh.s American Ultra. Based on an original screenplay by Max Landis (Chronicle), American Ultra tells the story of Mike Howell (Eisenberg) . a stoner convenience store clerk who finds his happiness in the love he shares with his girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart). What Mike doesn.t know, however, is that he was actually at one point part of a secret government program that turned him into a sleeper agent. When he is "activated »
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
Lionsgate has announced that six filmmaker finalists and one wildcard winner of The Storytellers – New Voices Of The Twilight Saga were presented with plaques by Stephenie Meyer and Kristen Stewart at the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards last night in Los Angeles.
This contest was made part by Lionsgate teaming up with Facebook, Women In Film, Tongal, and Stephenie Meyer to create short films based on characters from the World of Twilight, creating a unique opportunity for fans and female filmmakers.
The Storytellers – New Voices Of The Twilight Saga were chosen through Tongal, a crowd source site, where fans voted on their favorite characters and aspiring female filmmakers submitted screenplays and director pitches. The six winning shorts were financed through production advances, and fans, »
- Michelle McCue
Kristen Stewart popped up at last night's Crystal + Lucy Awards in Los Angeles. And it was quite a Twilightful surprise! She appeared at the Women In Film gala alongside Twilight author Stephenie Meyer to showcase The Storytellers: New Voices of The Twilight Saga, a competition for young female filmmakers who developed and produced short films about the origin stories of Twilight characters. (The winning films will premiere on Facebook next month.) Photos: Check out Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts locking lips at the Crystal + Lucy Awards Stewart introduced a video featuring a sneak peek at the finalists' films before bringing her "ol' pal" Meyer to the stage. "One of »
Created by Lionsgate teaming up with Facebook, Women In Film, Tongal, and Stephenie Meyer, The Storytellers – New Voices of the Twilight Saga aimed to create short films based on characters from the World of Twilight, creating a unique opportunity for fans and female filmmakers. The six filmmaker finalists and one wildcard winner were presented with plaques by Stephenie Meyer and Kristen Stewart at the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards last night in Los Angeles! You’ll be able to catch all seven of these amazing new shorts when they hit Facebook next month. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for your favourite Twilight characters’ Facebook debut very soon! Left to right: Nicole Eckenroad, Amanda Tasse, Maja Fernqvist, Yulin Kuang, Stephenie Meyer, Kristen Stewart, Cate Carson, Samantha Spear, Kailey Spear and Lindsay Hancock Williamson. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
The 47-year-old actress - who sparkled in a black sequinned dress - accepted the 2015 Crystal Award for Excellence in Film at the star-studded event, which celebrates creative and groundbreaking women excelling within their chosen fields.
Kidman revealed she declined the role because it required her to wear a shower cap and kiss a girl, and she had always imagined herself being the kind of actress who had long, flowing hair and snogged boys.
As she urged women to "take risks, raise our voices and honour the fire within", she also declared that she was "ready. »
Nicole Kidman has add her voice to claims that women suffer from gender bias in Hollywood on the same day that word leak about Jennifer Lawrence’s huge payday. The actress will make $20 million to star in a new movie with actor Chris Pratt, who will make $8 million less. Pratt will make $12 million to play the lead in “Passengers,” a science-fiction movie described as “Gravity,” with a love story. Meryl Streep, Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart among other actresses have voiced similar concerns. ...Read More »
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