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Champaign, Illinois isn’t quite Cannes or Park City, Utah, but the film festival hosted there annually in Roger Ebert’s name is as charming as they come. Now Ebertfest, in its 17th year, has announced its lineup of films prior to its four day run in April.
It was previously announced that Jean-Luc Godard’s acclaimed Goodbye to Language 3D would be the opening night film. Now Chaz Ebert has penned a touching love letter to her late husband detailing the choices they’ve made for the festival in his absence.
Among them are James Ponsoldt’s The End of the Tour, Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes, Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting On Existence, Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood, and special screenings of A Bronx Tale with Robert De Niro and the 1926 silent film The Son of the Sheik »
- Brian Welk
Superman may be the archetypal superhero from whose rib all later comic book heroes were created, but Lex Luthor is far from your typical supervillain. The Man Of Steel’s arch nemesis is a smart, conniving, megalomaniacal and intensely driven sort that isn’t a world away from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg; or at least the Mark Zuckerberg from the recent movie The Social Network. And if his world domination plan involved social media instead of robots.
Which makes Jesse Eisenberg’s casting as the villain in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice a stroke of genius. Eisenberg has the requisite chops to not only make Luthor the true threat he is – despite lacking any powers of his own, and coming up against the indestructible Last Son Of Krypton – whilst also conveying what a complex character Lex is.
Plus, as the picture released by Snyder this week proves, »
- Tom Baker
It was a bit surprising when Warner Bros announced that Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) has been cast as Lex Luthor in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Considering that Eisenberg is a young actor, many fans wanted to know if Luthor would be bald. And today, we have the first photo of Eisenberg from the movie, answering that question. Check it out below. "He's not any of the Lexes that you've seen, that's for sure," said director Zack Snyder. "Other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course. Our Lex is disarming and he's not fake. He says what he believes and he says what's on his mind. If you can unravel the string and decipher what he means, it's all there." "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" co-stars Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman. »
Eisenberg follows in the famous footsteps of other actors who’ve taken on the roll of the evil genius in both film (Gene Hackman, Superman: The Movie & Kevin Spacey, Superman Returns) and on TV (John Shea, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” & Michael Rosenbaum, “Smallville”).
Eisenberg starred in Zombieland (2009), The Social Network (2010), and Now You See Me (2013). The actor is filming the sequel, Now You See Me: The Second Act, with director Jon M. Chu. That film will be in theaters on June 10, 2016.
Warner Bros. Pictures will release Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice on March 25, 2016.
- Michelle McCue
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” might still be a year away, but official images of the main cast have slowly been making their way to the public. Now that the Big Three — Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman — have made their debut, the villainous Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) is up. Image via EW. Photo Credit: Clay Enos. When Jesse Eisenberg was first tapped to play Lex Luthor in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” reactions were…mixed. After all, Luthor is a cutthroat businessman who dabbles in super-villainy. Could Eisenberg play such a amoral, megalomaniac billionaire? Oh right, he already did in “The Social Network.” Besides the photo of Eisenberg as Luthor — which looks suspiciously like a mug shot — Entertainment Weekly also got a cryptic quote from director Zack Snyder: “He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure. Other than him being a »
- Donna Dickens
Exactly a year ahead of the release of the hugely-anticipated Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which sees the two iconic superheroes finally going head-to-head, comes the first look reveal of the film’s villain – Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor.
And, well, he looks exactly like you’d expect… like the guy from The Social Network as a young, bald man.
Warner Bros. released the image to Entertainment Weekly, putting an end to months and months of speculation as to just how foically challenged Luthor would be this time around.
Here’s Lex in all his glory;
He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure […] Other than him being a captain of industry and one »
- Lewis Howse
While the superhero trifecta are taking up all the headlines ahead of the release of Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros.’ hotly-anticipated flick boasts an array of colorful characters and cameos, not least in the form of Jesse Eisenberg’s villainous Lex Luthor. And thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’ve now been given our first look at the Now You See Me star in character as the megalomaniac Alexander, which you can check out below.
Granted, it’s not one to stop the presses, but it still gives us a stark indication of Eisenberg’s rendition. Throughout the course of his short yet impressive career, the 31-year-old has proven himself as an intense and indeed intelligent screen presence through roles in The Social Network and Richard Ayoade’s excellent drama, The Double. Now, he’s getting his shot at the big time for Dawn of Justice, »
- Michael Briers
Though we know it’s setting the scene for the larger DC cinematic universe and have a good idea who’ll be in it, there isn’t that much information around Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Up until today, we didn’t even know if Lex Luthor would have hair or not. But now we do!
Just released by Entertainment Weekly, here’s the first photo of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor:
He definitely look intense, plus he’s got previous experience from The Social Network playing a billionaire who isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers.
- Chris Cooper
More than a year after his casting was first announced, we’re finally getting a first proper, official look at Jesse Eisenberg as he appears in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, playing the key antagonist role of classic Superman troublemaker Lex Luthor. And yes, he’s gone suitably shiny-bonced for the role, as seen in this image via Entertainment Weekly. This Lex will be both the expected big shot businessman and someone who has serious ulterior motives, especially in an era where a powerful alien is around in our world thanks to Man Of Steel’s Supes reveal. But don’t expect too much in the way of theatricality from this Luthor, according to director Zack Snyder. “He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure,” Snyder tells EW, “other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. »
Considering how lackluster Man of Steel was, our expectations are in check for Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but there’s one element that has us quite curious. Jesse Eisenberg taking the role of Lex Luthor caught many by surprise, but we imagine The Social Network star will fit quite well in the universe and today […] »
- Jordan Raup
The story of a searing love affair between a naïve college student and a billionaire entrepreneur, Fifty Shades of Grey, will have women worldwide planning a special Friday night in when the provocative love story comes home for the first time.
Fans of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele will be able to have the ultimate at-home movie experience when Fifty Shades of Grey, the global phenomenon that grossed more than $500 million globally, comes to Digital HD Friday, May 1, 2015 and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Friday, May 8, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Based on E. L. James’ best-selling novel, the Blu-ray and Digital HD include an exclusive unrated version that features a never-before-seen alternate ending along with almost two hours of all-new bonus features that go behind the scenes of this year’s hottest romance.
Shy and unassuming literature student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) finds her life forever altered when she »
- Michelle McCue
The phenomenal box office success of Fifty Shades of Grey was all the proof one needs that a sequel is on the horizon, but that hasn.t stopped behind the scenes drama from cropping up. One such example of this surrounds stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, who were reportedly paid rather little considering the money the movie grossed, and are reportedly set to negotiate for what will allegedly be huge bumps in pay for the sequel. However, one of the film.s producers isn.t exactly feeling their (non-erotic) pain in this process. In fact, he.s thinks they should be grateful for having landed the gig in the first place. Shots fired. In an interview in the latest edition of The Hollywood Reporter , producer Dana Brunetti (Captain Phillips, The Social Network) had some choice words regarding the idea of stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan aspiring to receive »
After a brief delay, this series has returned. Yes, once again I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright then, here goes nothing folks…behold my picks: Best Picture – The Social Network The nominees here for this ceremony were 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, »
- Joey Magidson
Back in November 2014, Google Play and Paramount Pictures announced they would create a documentary-style film inspired by the Christopher Nolan film Interstellar. Now, the product of the two companies’ partnership has arrived in the form of the short film Emic on March 17, 2015.
Named after the anthropological term for cultural analysis, Emic is comprised of videos from over 8,000 submissions from people around the world. The short film acts like a visual time capsule to show future generations what it was like living on Earth during the 21st century. Emic’s debut coincides with Paramount’s digital home entertainment release of Interstellar.
Google Play and Paramount’s Emic was curated by Nolan himself. The short film was produced by director and editor David Brodie (The Witness, Stand Up to Cancer’s Survivors) and creative director Angus Wall (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network).
Emic marks the end of the »
- Bree Brouwer
After the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, producer Dana Brunetti, who was also behind The Social Network, is looking to bring a remake to the big screen next. THR reports Columbia Pictures is developing a remake of Blue Thunder, an action thriller from 1983 about a Los Angeles police pilot (Roy Scheider) tasked with learning to fly a new specially modified helicopter called Blue Thunder meant for police work, armed and designed to counter street insurgencies. But soon he learns there may be more to this advanced helicopter than meets the eye. But the new version will involve the world's most advanced drone instead. Brunetti is producing the film by way of his Trigger Street Productions with Marvel Studios executive and writer Craig Kyle writing the script. It's no coincidence that this project is getting set up at Columbia Pictures since Michael De Luca helped Brunetti produce Fifty Shades of Grey »
- Ethan Anderton
Production started back in January on Universal Pictures' Steve Jobs biopic, but we have yet to see an official image of Michael Fassbender as the Apple co-founder. Today, Instagram user Sean Nung posted a photo depicting a set poster with Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, promoting his NeXT computer system. The poster uses the actual tagline used in 1988, "Computing advances to the NeXT level," although the real-life poster did not feature Steve Jobs himself.
Cult of Mac reveals that this poster was on display at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, where the production is shooting a "major scene" involving Michael Fassbender's Steve Jobs unveiling the NeXT system in October 1988. The actual event took place at San Francisco's Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, directly across the street from the War Memorial Opera House, which was considered "a huge coming out event" for Steve Jobs, since this »
Inspired by Paramount's Academy Award®-winning epic, Interstellar, Google Play today announced the release of Emic - a short film comprised of almost 8,000 video submissions from people all around the world, highlighting the human spirit and how that manifests itself around the globe.   From director and editor David Brodie (The Witness, Survivors) and creative director Angus Wall (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network), the short film will be available to audiences for free on Google Play timed to the digital home entertainment release of Interstellar on March 17, 2015 at g.co/Emic: clickHere We also have your first look at this 12 minute short with the trailer.
Titled Emic - after the anthropological term referencing the analysis of culture - the film asked this generation to archive their moment in time by submitting memorable and inspiring photos, music performances, poetry and artwork to give future generations a way to »
[Press Release] Los Angeles, CA: March 17, 2015 – Inspired by Paramount’s Academy Award®-winning epic, Interstellar, Google Play today announced the release of Emic - a short film comprised of almost 8,000 video submissions from people all around the world, highlighting the human spirit and how that manifests itself around the globe. From director and editor David Brodie (The Witness, Survivors) and creative director Angus Wall (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network), the short film will be available to audiences for free on Google Play timed to the digital home entertainment release of Interstellar on March 17, 2015. Titled Emic - after the anthropological term referencing the analysis of culture - the film asked this generation to archive their moment in time by »
- Pietro Filipponi
As always, March is too early to get any kind of firm grasp on what will or won't be an Oscar contender come the end of the year, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun to speculate. Last year, only two of the nine films I predicted out of the gates actually ended up receiving Best Picture nominations at the 2015 Oscars -- Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel -- which goes to show just how much we know in advance. In fact, looking at the films I had on the outside looking in, only Best Picture winner Birdman was listed. But hey, at least I had three of the top contenders in the early year conversation, that's something... rightc When it comes to this year, I feel even less certain than I did last year. I'm not sure that's saying a whole lot since only two of the 43 films on »
- Brad Brevet
"Fat is not a feeling." That's the idea behind Endangered Bodies's petition asking Facebook to remove "fat" as an feeling option for the site's status updates. The non-profit has gathered seven young activists from around the world to serve as ambassadors for the Change.org petition, including Ohio-based graduate student and playwright Catherine Weingarten. "This issue is so important because being a young person, Facebook is kind of the way we live," Weingarten tells People. Having struggled with an eating disorder when she was younger, Weingarten explains why the phrase "I feel fat" can be so harmful. "I always had this idea of 'I'm fat, »
- Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya
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