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At their core, blockbuster films are known for being over-the-top, loud, and brash. Now You See Me is an attempt at making a smart one. Unfortunately, “summer blockbuster” and “smart” are rarely used in the same sentence. Now You See Me is no exception.
Has the time of the plot twist passed? Just look at what happened to the career of M. Night Shyamalan. Movies these days are more and more adapted from other materials, and audiences who have been exposed to these original media will therefore already know how the movie is supposed to end. Plus, movies that depict or are based on real-life events have become increasingly popular and tend to show favor from critics. Last year, for example, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty achieved both critical and commercial success despite everyone knowing exactly how they will end. Louis Leterrier’s latest film, Now You See Me tries »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Director: Jonathan Levine
Running Time: 97 Minutes
Zombie film and romance films are two genres that have surely been run into the ground, so when a teen romance inspired by Romeo And Juliet and featuring zombies was announced, there were inevitable cries from the anti-twilight crowd claiming zombies were about to be ruined. Those cries were soon silenced, as Warm Bodies is funny, delicate and takes a tired genre and injects new life into it.
Nicholas Hoult plays R, a thoughtful zombie who can no longer remember his own name. He shuffles about the post-apocalyptic world simply searching for his next meal. One day he spots Julie (Palmer), and is overcome with a sudden urge to change his ways. The premise may sound daft, and purists will no doubt argue the “rules” of zombies and how these fictional creatures work, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
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
At first it was seen as the potential Twilight of zombie movies, and by that I mean it could have turned a much loved subject (like zombies or vampires) into much hated genre: the romantic horror, full ofclichés. But trust me, this is Nothing like it.
Warm Bodies is a new approach to the zombie universe, which has started to become a new mass phenomenon. The film stars Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class), Rob Corddry (Childrens Hospital) and John Malkovich (Con Air). Considered as a new take on the classic Romeo and Juliet tale, the official synopsis is:“
After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as »
- Catherina Gioino
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
I love talking to Dave Franco and Isla Fisher. I met them 3 weeks ago in New Orleans for the press junket of .Now You See Me. but when Summit asked me if I want to interview them again, this time via satellite, I immediately said yes! Of course! I had a great time talking to them before and now I want to ask them about the positive reception that .Now You See Me. has been receiving. Heck, it even beat the King of Summer himself, Will Smith.s .After Earth.. (video below)
If you haven.t seen .Now You See Me. yet, Franco and Fisher are members of the Four Horsemen . a group of magicians who steal from the rich to give to the poor. Franco plays a card expert while Fisher is an escape artist. Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine co-star.
In this interview, »
Film: "Now You See Me"; Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Michael Kelly; Director: Louis Leterrier; Rating: **1/2
This star-filled ensemble is director Louis Leterrier's attempt to pull the rabbit out of the hat.
With an alluring premise, "Now You See Me" is about four talented, but down on their luck magicians. They are; a haughty street illusionist - J. Daniel Atlas (Jessie Eisenberg), an escape artist - Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), a disgraced hypnotist - Merrit McKinney (Woody Harrelson), and a pick-pocket cum lock opener - Jack Wilder (Dave Franco).
An inexplicable appearance of tarot cards in each one's hands, leads. »
- Leon David
With director Shawn Levy’s The Internship opening this weekend, 20th Century Fox recently held a press junket at Google where we were able to speak with the cast. If you’re not familiar with The Internship, the film re-teams Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Max Minghella, Dylan O’Brien, Josh Gad, B.J. Novak, and John Goodman. For more on the film, watch these clips. During our interview with Rose Byrne, she talked about finding the right tone, whether she was upset that she didn't get to play Quidditch in the movie, how she prepared to play a really smart Google employee, what she learned about the company that really surprised her, whether she did any takes with raunchier dialogue, auditioning, and more. In addition, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Now playing in theaters is director Louis Leterrier’s (The Incredible Hulk) magician-centered thriller Now You See Me. For those unfamiliar with the story, it follows an FBI squad on the heels of a team of bank-robbing magicians who share their profits with the audience. The pic boasts an impressive ensemble cast that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Melanie Laurent, and Morgan Freeman. For more on the film, watch six clips and check out all of our previous coverage. During my interview Woody Harrelson, he talked about how much fun he had making Now You See Me, what he learned about magic (including performing a magic trick on camera!), what it was like working for Leterrier and his always moving camera, and more. In addition, he also talked about Out of the Furnace, and his upcoming HBO detective show with Matthew McConaughey. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
"Now You See Me" star Dave Franco has big bro James beat ...when it comes to adoring fans -- because you gotta see how one chick reacted when Df accidentally passed up her autograph request. Dave, if you're out there ... it's time to make things right. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Warm Bodies - Summit Entertainment - Blu-ray and DVD Director: Jonathan Levine Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, John Malkovich, Dave Franco. Full cast + crew Warm Bodies is the kind of project that screams like it's cashing in on a trend -- in this case teen supernatural romance adaptations -- but still manages to have its own unique identity. I didn't love the film nearly as much as many seemed to when it hit theaters a few months ago (my problems with the book's lack of a story extend to the movie as well, unfortunately), but it's a funny, unique comedy that mostly works. Some of the romance stuff may make me groan, but overall it's a totally fine movie that stands out because of its straight-faced...
- Peter Hall
Warm Bodies debuts on Blu-ray and DVD today, giving fans a chance to experience this zombie romance in the comfort of their own home. Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer star as a zombie named R and a human survivor named Julie, who begin to develop a connection to each other despite their obvious differences. We have a contest lined up where one lucky winner will take home the Blu-ray, the book by Isaac Marion, a t-shirt, a sweatshirt, and a mini-poster signed by Teresa Palmer, Nicholas Hoult, Analeigh Tipton, Dave Franco, director Jonathan Levine and author Isaac Marion. Our first prize winners will take home the DVD. Make sure you act now for your chance to take home these amazing prizes.
Grand Prize Winner Receives:
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ABC 8:00 Extreme Weight Loss (new) 10:00 Body of Proof (repeat) 11:35 Jimmy Kimmel Live (new, with guests Amy Adams and Dave Franco) 12:37 Nightline (new) CBS 8:00 NCIS (repeat) 9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (repeat) 10:00 Brooklyn Da (new) 11:35 Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guests Nathan Fillion and John Oliver) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new, with guests Bill Maher and Cat Cora) Fox 8:00 So You Think You Can Dance (new) NBC 8:00 The Voice (new) 9:00 America's Got Talent (new) 11:34 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Owen Wilson and Wayde King) 12:37 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guest Dolph Lundgren) The CW 8:00 Hart of Dixie (repeat) 9:00 America's Next Top Model (repeat) More TV to watch when you read more. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Starring Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, and Woody Harrelson, Now You See Me has surprised everyone at the box office with a much bigger opening weekend than expected. The movie centers around a group of magicians who use their tricks to pull off a major bank heist. David Kwong, head magic consultant for the movie, stopped by our studio to talk about working with the cast and even taught us a special magic trick. Get out your cards and learn with us! »
- Matthew Rodrigues
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, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Theatrical misdirection and cinematic misdirection are two very different things. On stage, when a performer makes us miss something, makes us overlook the obvious, we appreciate it because we assume we’re getting a fair shake. We see the entire stage, all that he has to work with, and are duped by his performance. When we miss something, the odds are it’s because we weren’t looking hard enough.
Cinematic misdirection, however, doesn’t have give us a complete picture. We can be misled not just by charisma and performance, but by editing, camera movement and framing. If we miss something, it’s not always our own fault. Many times, it’s the director hiding it from us through his manipulation of the cinematic medium. We can’t blame ourselves if we weren’t given a fair chance to see what was coming.
- David Braga
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
Zom rom com Warm Bodies featured a lot of sweet and funny teen romance moments but also plenty of post-apocalyptic action scenes. When production transitioned into those run-from-zombies sequences near the end of the shoot, Australian actress Teresa Palmer, who plays Julie, had to get into action star mode.
Below check out an EW exclusive video from Warm Bodies’ Blu-ray extras (out tomorrow, Tuesday, June 4) that features Palmer recollecting the taxing transition into the production’s action sequences.
- Emily Rome
Warning: "Now You See Me" spoilers ahead.
Mark Ruffalo and director Louis Leterrier have more in common than just the new film "Now You See Me," which scored a surprise second-place finish at the box office over the weekend. The pair almost worked together in 2008, when Leterrier was directing "The Incredible Hulk" for Marvel.
"I actually wanted to cast Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Marvel was like 'No, you should get Edward Norton because he's more famous,'" Leterrier told HuffPost Entertainment in a recent interview. "They were like, 'No, no, [Ruffalo] just does smart, intellectual movies.' Which makes sense, then and there in his career. But that's I how know him. We've stayed in touch and it's why he said 'absolutely' when I offered him the part in this one."
- Christopher Rosen
A Will Smith movie that didn't open at No. 1? Impossible! For nearly two decades, Will Smith has held the Summer Movie King crown...but not this season. "After Earth," produced by Smith and wife Jada and starring their baby boy Jaden underperformed at the box-office. The sci-fi flick directed by M. Night Shyamalan was predicted to at least make about $35 to $40 million, similar to Tom Cruise's "Oblivion," but alas, it debuted at No. 3 with $27 million.
The worst part? Its budget was $130 million. With bad reviews and so-so word of mouth (it received a CinemaScore of B), it would take the entire world to rally together to help Smith and his family. "After Earth" must do great business overseas for Sony to recoup the budget.
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