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The Double Review

12 June 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Who’s got two Eisenbergs and knows how to use them? That would be British sitcom star-turned director Richard Ayoade, whose second feature, the dementedly funny and even more unnerving The Double, is a buy one star, get one free affair. Playing opposite himself, Oscar-nominee Jesse Eisenberg puts on a paranoid clinic as a man literally at war with himself – or at least, a version of himself that’s smoother, sexier and more duplicitous than he could ever be. It’s a loopy, occasionally nasty experience that Eisenberg is pulling double-duty to shoulder, but it’s Ayoade who’s the real one to watch, as The Double cements him as one of Britain’s most promising up-and-coming directors.

Though best known in Britain as the endearingly oblivious Moss from The I.T. Crowd, North American viewers may only recognize Ayoade for as his role as the only thing even remotely »

- Sam Woolf

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Quiz: Twins, Doubles, and Doppelgängers

12 June 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

What could be better than one Jesse Eisenberg?  Two, perhaps.  Unless one of them is driving you crazy.   The star is pulling double duty as a man who is slowly being driven insane by his doppelganger-cum-rival in The Double, which heads to theatres in limited release this week. The film is totally on trend when it comes to cinematic doppelgangers with a few upcoming and recent releases getting more bang for their buck with having actors perform dual roles on screen. 

The Double comes on the heels of recent release Enemy which found Toronto professor Jake Gyllenhaal obsessed with a look-alike after spotting him in a movie, and the recently released The Face of Love which sees a grieving widow (Annette Bening) fall in love with a dead ringer for her, well, dead husband played by Ed Harris.  All three films premiered last September at the Toronto International Film Festival. »

- Rachel West

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8 Reasons to Become a Fan of Richard Ayoade

12 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Today is Richard Ayoade’s birthday. You might know him as the random British inclusion in The Watch, the filmmaker behind the Jesse Eisenberg doppelganger movie, The Double, and of course, he’s Moss from The It Crowd — a character that Christopher Campbell once dressed up as for Halloween. He’s also a great serving of comedic joy. Ayoade wouldn’t agree. He self-deprecatingly says he’s “just terrible. At talking. With words.” But if Ayoade is not, by his estimation, an actor, he is certainly a man who can banter brilliantly and absurdly in ways that make every manner of words seem natural. Even better: he has his own much-needed spin on nostalgia, one that replicates old styles rather than old toys, and relishes in the remnants of real life rather than computer-crafted graphics, as these 8 examples reveal. The It Crowd Ayoade broke into North American consciousness when he co-starred with Chris O’Dowd and Katherine Parkinson »

- Monika Bartyzel

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DVD Review – Delivery Man (2013)

8 June 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Delivery Man, 2013.

Written and Directed by Ken Scott.

Starring Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, Andrzej Blumenfeld and Simon Delaney.

Synopsis:

An affable underachiever finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.

Vince Vaughn hasn’t had a lot of luck in recent years when it comes to picking good roles. Ever since his smash hit Wedding Crashers in 2005 things have seemed to go downhill. From Fred Claus and The Watch to last year’s lackluster The Internship it’s just been one critical and financial failure after another. Vaughn’s latest film, Delivery Man, tries to be somewhat different from his recent roles but ultimately ends up on the same level as those films.

David (Vince Vaughn) is a nice guy but »

- Gary Collinson

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'The Double' Director Richard Ayoade Says Making 'The Watch' Was "Like Giving A Tissue Sample"

9 May 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

On paper, "The Watch" sounds like a no brainer of potential awesomeness. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade play mild-mannered suburban dudes who have to fight off an alien invasion—what could go wrong? Well, pretty much everything and simply put, it wasn't good. And last year's "This Is The End" (also featuring Jonah Hill) took that similar concept to much wilder, funnier places. And indeed, "The Watch" pretty much tanked at the box office, barely making back its budget. So what was it like making? Well, with his inventive and unique "The Double" in theaters, Ayoade has referred to being involved in "The Watch" rather... clinically..... "I didn't see it. And then it started to become an affectation that I hadn't seen it. I only went for a couple of days for press. I could go a quarter of the way up the red carpet, and »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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On 'The Double': Richard Ayoade Meets His Match

9 May 2014 5:55 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Most people on this side of the pond might recognize veteran English comedian Richard Ayoade as the oddball techie Moss on the Britcom The It Crowd, or as the odd man out from the 2012 A-list sci-fi comedy The Watch (he was the gentleman who was not Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn or Jonah Hill). He's established himself as a novel comic presence onscreen, gravitating toward characters that feel several beats off from the norm and don't mesh with their environments.  

'Community's 'Critical Studies': Celebrating the 21st Century's Greatest TV Episode

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Wild Bunch unveils Cannes slate

6 May 2014 6:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Wild Bunch to launch new films from Verhoeven, Noé, Kechiche as well as Spring Breakers 2, Maniac Cop remake and market premiere Welcome to New York.

Paris-based sales and production powerhouse Wild Bunch has unveiled a packed Cannes slate, featuring future films from Paul Verhoeven, Gaspar Noé and Abdellatif Kechiche as well as Spring Breakers 2 and the remake of Maniac Cop.  

The untitled Paul Verhoeven project is an adaptation of French writer Philippe Djian’s 2012 novel Oh!, revolving around a psychological game of cat-and-mouse between a businesswoman and a stalker who raped her, a crime for which she is seeking revenge.

“Casting is being finalised. It’s a very intelligent script but it’s also pure Verhoeven, extremely erotic and perverted, so the actress has to be prepared to take that on,” said Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval.

Wild Bunch will also launch Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, in which the Spring Breakers do battle with an »

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Erin Moriarty to Co-Star With Mel Gibson in ‘Blood Father’ (Exclusive)

24 April 2014 4:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

True Detective” actress Erin Moriarty is set to co-star with Mel Gibson in the thriller “Blood Father.”

Jean-Francois Richet is helming with “The Town” scribe Peter Craig penning the script.

In the vein of “Taken,” the story follows an ex-con who reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.

Pic will be produced by Why Not Productions and Chris Briggs. Production begins next month in New Mexico.

Best known for her break-out perf as Woody Harrelson’s daughter in HBO’s “True Detective,” Moriarty is currently filming the New Line thriller “Crawlspace.” Other credits include “The Kings of Summer” and “The Watch.”

She is repped by ICM Partners, 3 Arts, Jordan and Gill & Dornbaum Talent Agency and Peikoff Legal.

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- Justin Kroll

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Disney is turning 'It's a Small World' into a movie now

22 April 2014 7:58 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Disney is bringing another theme park ride to the big screen. Suspiciously coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the "It's a Small World" attraction at Anaheim's Disneyland theme park, Deadline is reporting that the studio will now be turning the popular musical ride into a feature-length film. Director Jon Turtletaub ("Last Vegas," "National Treasure") is on board to helm the adaptation from a script by Jared Stern ("The Internship," "The Watch"), who pitched the idea to the studio.  Not surprisingly, Disney is viewing the film as the potential start of another mega-grossing franchise a la "Pirates of the Caribbean," which has brought in over $3.7 billion worldwide (with a fifth entry potentially on the way). A film based on The Disneyland attraction "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" is also reportedly in the works. How do you feel about "It's a Small World: The Movie"? Vote in the poll below to let us know. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Jon Turteltaub Directing It's A Small World Movie For Disney

22 April 2014 7:20 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

When the practice of turning theme park rides into movies was freshly sparked with Pirates Of The Caribbean, we’d often joke that Disney was now achingly close to adapting sugary, singing, animatronic nightmare fuel It’s A Small World. We really have to learn to keep our gobs shut, because the Mouse House now has National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub in charge of the project.The blame – or, depending how you see it, credit – for the new movement lies at the feet of The Internship/The Watch writer Jared Stern, who pitched the concept and will write the script. It’s early days for the idea and Deadline’s report carries no details on what the film would be about, but we’re guessing it’ll involve a lot of warbling characters that must unite to, oh, save the world from a terrible racist menace or something while singing »

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Disney Planning Movie Based on ‘It’s a Small World’

22 April 2014 5:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney is ramping up a movie version of its venerable “It’s a Small World” theme park ride with Jon Turteltaub directing.

Jared Stern is writing the script and will produce with Turteltaub and “The Lego Movie” producer Dan Lin.

The ride was created by Wed Enterprises and debuted at the New York World’s Fair in 1964. It was rebuilt after the fair, installed in Disneyland and now operates as a boat ride in five Disney parks.

“It’s a Small World” features over 300 audio-animatronic dolls from all over the world singing the upbeat title song, which promotes peace and understanding. The song was written by Disney’s staff songwriters Robert S. Sherman and Richard B. Sherman after  Walt Disney had told the brothers to craft a tune that could be easily translated into multiple languages.

Turteltaub recently directed “Last Vegas” for CBS Films and the two “National Treasure” movies for Disney. »

- Dave McNary

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Review: The Double

5 April 2014 8:24 AM, PDT | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

This is the Pure Movies review of The Double, directed by Richard Ayoade, and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Gemma Chan, Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor, Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige. Fans of British TV comedy will already be familiar with Richard Ayoade, having starred in The It Crowd, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and, more recently, Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn comedy The Watch. With The Double he continues his departure from TV land and builds on his success as a director following on from his superb 2011 debut Submarine. The story follows Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a clerical worker who lives a life unnoticed until the new guy at work James (also Jesse Eisenberg) challenges him to pursue what he wants out of life - in this case, love interest Hannah (played by Mia Wasikowska). »

- Adam Farrell

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Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman Join the Musical 'London Road'

4 April 2014 6:18 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman have signed on to star in the upcoming musical London Road for director Rufus Norris (Broken).

The project is an adaptation of a stage play that centers around the British community of Ipswich which was devastated when a serial killer murdered five women. Tom Hardy will have a small role as Mark, a cab driver who has just one scene where he sings about a troubling passion he had as a teenager. The Daily Mail reports that the actor is a fan of the play and pursued Rufus Norris for a chance to join the production.

Olivia Colman is playing Julie, the organizer of Ipswich's Neighborhood Watch, who comes up with the idea for London Road in Bloom, hanging baskets full of flowers all throughout the area as she sings away to provide a distraction from the darkness that has taken over the town. Linzi Hateley »

- MovieWeb

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Richard Ayoade: 'Making films is exhilarating – and terrifying'

23 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Richard Ayoade shot to fame as Moss in The It Crowd but it was Submarine, his debut behind the camera, that won him critical acclaim. As his new film, The Double, is released, he talks about pride, performing and giving up his pop dreams

The premise of Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1846 novella The Double is simple but ingenious: a man lives an entirely unremarkable existence until one day his exact doppelganger shows up. This incongruous situation fast becomes insufferable for two reasons: first, the new guy is slick where he is stammering, popular where he's forgettable, Day-Glo to his beige; and, second, because no one else notices any likeness at all between the pair of them.

The Double, it's said, is meant as an allegory: the straight man is Dostoevsky in real life, shy and often awkward; the arriviste is the author 2.0, the person he sometimes wished he was, who is quick-witted and irresistible to women. »

- Tim Lewis

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Richard Ayoade: 'Making films is exhilarating – and terrifying'

23 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Richard Ayoade shot to fame as Moss in The It Crowd but it was Submarine, his debut behind the camera, that won him critical acclaim. As his new film, The Double, is released, he talks about pride, performing and giving up his pop dreams

The premise of Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1846 novella The Double is simple but ingenious: a man lives an entirely unremarkable existence until one day his exact doppelganger shows up. This incongruous situation fast becomes insufferable for two reasons: first, the new guy is slick where he is stammering, popular where he's forgettable, Day-Glo to his beige; and, second, because no one else notices any likeness at all between the pair of them.

The Double, it's said, is meant as an allegory: the straight man is Dostoevsky in real life, shy and often awkward; the arriviste is the author 2.0, the person he sometimes wished he was, who is quick-witted and irresistible to women. »

- Tim Lewis

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'True Detective' Star Erin Moriarty Joins Thriller 'Crawlspace'

10 March 2014 3:16 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

True Detective star Erin Moriarty has signed on for the lead role in New Line's thriller Crawlspace.

The story follows a family who relocates to a new house, where the previous inhabitants were murdered by a mysterious entity that resides within the walls. No details were given for Erin Moriarty's character.

Phil Claydon (Alone) is directing from a script by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle), with Peter Safran and Rick Alvarez producing. It isn't known when production will get under way.

Aside from her role as Audrey Hart in True Detective, Erin Moriarty has also starred in The Watch, After the Dark and The Kings of Summer. She will next be seen in New Line Cinema's Ouija, which hits theaters October 24. »

- MovieWeb

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True Detective Star to Be Murdered in a Crawlspace

10 March 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

There's no question that everyone who's starred in HBO's "True Detective" is gonna be getting quite the rub around Hollywood, and the first out of the gate is Erin Moriarty, who played Woody Harrelson's daughter on the incredible series.

Variety is reporting that Moriarty (pictured) has now landed the lead role in New Line’s Crawlspace. Phil Claydon will direct with The Conjuring’s Peter Safran producing along with Rick Alvarez.

The storyline follows a relocated family who moves into a new home where the previous inhabitants mysteriously were killed by a murderer living in the walls.

Gary Dauberman penned the script. Dave Neustadter and Walter Hamada will oversee for New Line.

Besides her role in “True Detective,” Moriarty has slowly begun building a resume with strong supporting roles in films like Kings of Summer and Fox’s The Watch. She can be seen next in Universal’s Ouija. »

- Uncle Creepy

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‘True Detective’s’ Erin Moriarty to Star in New Line’s ‘Crawlspace’ (Exclusive)

10 March 2014 11:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following her breakout role as Woody Harrelson’s daughter in “True Detective,” Erin Moriarty has now landed the lead role in New Line’s “Crawlspace.”

Phil Claydon will direct with “The Conjuring’s” Peter Safran producing along with Rick Alvarez.

Story follows a relocated family who moves into a new home where the previous inhabitants were mysteriously killed.

Gary Dauberman penned the script. Dave Neustadter and Walter Hamada will oversee for New Line.

Besides her role in “True Detective,” Moriarty has slowly begun building a resume with strong supporting roles in films like “Kings of Summer” and Fox’s “The Watch.”

She is repped by ICM Partners, 3 Arts, Jordan, Gill & Dornbaum Talent Agency and Peikoff Legal

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- Justin Kroll

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True Detective Star Erin Moriarty Enters Crawlspace

10 March 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Erin Moriarty, best known for her role as Audrey Hart on HBO's "True Detective," has taken the lead role in New Line's upcoming thriller Crawlspace , Variety reports. Crawlspace , to be directed by Phil Claydon from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, follows a family who moves into a new home in the suburbs and soon discovers the house has a very disturbing secret from the past. Moriarty's previous big screen roles include The Watch and The Kings of Summer . She can also be seen coming up in Universal Pictures' Ouija . Rick Alvarez and Peter Safran are producing Crawlspace with Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter overseeing at New Line. (Photo Credit: FayesVision / WENN.com) »

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We love you, now change: What other actors are due for a McConaissance?

6 March 2014 2:50 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Matthew McConaughey’s journey from rom-com stud muffin to Oscar-winning actor is officially complete. Six years ago, he starred in Fool’s Gold and Surfer, Dude. At Sunday night’s Oscars, he took home the Best Actor prize for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, the culmination of a string of career-rehabilitating roles that included Magic Mike and Mud. McConaughey was always a popular star, and his frivolous, formulaic romantic comedies likely served as golden handcuffs for several years of his career that left him in a creative rut. Give him credit for recognizing that and then actually doing something about it. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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