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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
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, »
The Sundance favorite didn’t set any records, but Fox Searchlight, the studio behind the tearjerker about a high school cinephile who befriends a cancer-stricken classmate, insists it is pleased with the film’s performance.
“We felt the film was strong enough to go in the summer,” said Frank Rodriguez, senior vice president of distribution at Searchlight. “There was no indication [‘Jurassic World’] would do $200 million, and that kind of sucked up all the air, but there was still space for us and we got the press and reviews we needed.”
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” debuted in six markets and 15 theaters to a respectable $210,000, representing a per-screen average of $14,000. Rodriguez likened those results to the $116,666 and $19,444 per-screen to which “Napoleon Dynamite »
- Brent Lang
As Alfonso Gomez-Rejon‘s Sundance title hits theaters this weekend, buzz won’t let up for the coming-of-age drama staring Thomas Mann and Olivia Cooke. Mann (“Project X”) serves as unreliable narrator Greg in the wrenching drama, as he befriends a classmate stricken with leukemia (Cooke), learning as much about himself as he does the dying girl of the title. Without the benefit of a major movie star or a bestselling novel as source material, as the similarly themed “Fault In Our Stars” had, “Me and Earl” holds up with beautiful performances, score and direction from Gomez-Rejon. Also Read: 'What's »
- Jeff Sneider
Chicago – Every so often, a movie makes a huge splash in the ocean of releases, and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” is a prime example. Both the jury winner and the audience favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, the film features Thomas Mann (Me), Rj Cyler (Earl) and Olivia Cooke (Dying Girl) as the title characters.
The film is a celebration of sorts, even though the sword hanging over the proceedings is the Dying Girl. In understanding the feelings the characters have when confronted with a young girl’s demise, there are layers stripping away in their emotions. Director Alfonso-Gomez Rejon also creates an homage to the history of cinema, as the two male characters are film savants. Combine all these elements in an almost symbolic sense, and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” is about life itself.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Thomas Mann is an actor on the cusp. Think of Miles Teller right before the release of “The Spectacular Now” or Michael B. Jordan before “Fruitvale Station.” Once “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” hits theaters over the course of the next month, the 23-year-old actor is going to find himself busier than ever. Of course, Mann’s mug may be familiar to many moviegoers. He starred in the hit comedy “Project X” ($102 million worldwide) and had supporting roles in “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” and “Beautiful Creatures.” “Earl,” which won both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, is on a completely different level. Based on Jesse Andrews' novel, “Me and Earl” centers on Greg (Mann), a Pittsburgh area high school senior whose life takes a turn after his mom (Connie Britton) pushes him to hang out with a family friend and classmate, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart join forces again in a new kind of ‘Adventureland’ – this time with Eisenberg as an ultimate secret agent stoner who unknowingly becomes the ultimate target for the American Government.
Written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X), American Ultra tells the story of 24-hour convenience store clerk Mike (Eisenberg) who, on the eve of proposing to his stoner girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart), is waylaid by a woman called Victoria (Connie Britton) who activates Mike’s killer instincts.
Realising Mike is a liability, the American Government set out to eliminate the stoned cold killer. When Phoebe is kidnapped, Mike turns into a one man killing machine to save her.
American Ultra opens in UK cinemas on August 28.
- Sacha Hall
Before Jesse Eisenberg is seen head shaved and ready to take down superheroes within the DC universe in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he dons the long locks with Kristen Stewart as they embrace their inner stoner assassins with Nima Nourizadeh's (Project X) late summer action-comedy American Ultra. To see the Adventureland couple reunite on screen before they buddy up again in Woody Allen's next project, the first trailers, one red band, the other green, have come online. American Ultra has an admittedly fun concept, although the most interesting aspect of this project, at least to me, is that it comes from Max Landis's pen. I didn't even know this was the case until I looked up the film's details, though. Also starring John Leguizamo, Connie Britton and Topher Grace, it centers on a young stoner (Eisenberg) set to be engaged to his fellow stoner girlfriend »
- Will Ashton
Sometimes movies just pop up on the schedule out of nowhere. Sure, we all knew that “American Ultra” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart was coming, but Lionsgate whipped out its August release date suddenly only a few weeks ago. No matter, the stoner-action comedy is on its way and it looks like a blast of fun energy. 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, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive. Read More: Jesse Eisenberg And Kristen Stewart »
- Edward Davis
Think of the most unlikely action hero ever and the name Jesse Eisenberg might come up. Which is exactly why the red band trailer for American Ultra is so surprising. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) and written by Max Landis (Chronicle), American Ultra is about a young man (Eisenberg) who wants to propose to his girlfriend […]
- Germain Lussier
Today we have a restricted trailer for the upcoming "American Ultra" action comedy, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Check it out below. Plot: A stoner and his girlfriend's sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out. The new movie is directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) from a script by Max Landis (Chronicle). It's set to hit theaters on August 21st. Trailer: »
Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg take the D-Train back to Slackerville in a new red band trailer for their upcoming action-comedy “American Ultra.” They still possess the same old chemistry, but you gotta ask: What are they doing in a film like this? The Lionsgate film also stars Connie Britton, Topher Grace, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Walton Goggins and Tony Hale. Max Landis (“Chronicle”) wrote the script and Nima Nourizadeh (“Project X”) directed. ...Read More »
The Nsfw trailer, replete with expletives and explosions, reveals that Eisenber’s stoner character is actually a secret agent who doesn’t realize he’s a secret agent until he becomes the target of a government operation to wipe him out.
“There’s nothing more dangerous than a stoned cold killer,” the trailer advises.
The studio acquired the project last year before shooting started in New Orleans with “Project X” director Nima Nourizadeh helming from a script by Max Landis. Stewart plays Eisenberg’s small-town girlfriend; Topher Grace and Connie Britton also star.
- Dave McNary
I don’t think this is a sequel to Adventureland.
The first trailer for American Ultra is out and it stars Jesse Eisenberg as a stoner who finds out that he is a trained spy. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Walton Goggins, Connie Britton, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace, and Tony Hale.
Directed by Project X helmer Nima Nourizadeh, this looks like it wants to fit into the absurd action/comedy genre that Pineapple Express, This is the End, and 21 Jump Street fit into. It didn’t seem like it was taking itself too seriously, and if it can find that right mood, it could work much like Pineapple Express did with Seth Rogen and James Franco.
The premise is a little absurd, but these two actors have shown chemistry together on Adventureland and this looks like a wild film that could work with the right tone.
American Ultra opens »
- Zach Dennis
Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star as a marijuana-loving couple whose sleepy existence is upended when Us government agents begin hunting them.
Long-haired hippy Mike Howell (Eisenberg) can't figure out why he suddenly has the know-how to expertly kill trained agents, but he puts those skills to use when he goes on the run with his girlfriend Phoebe Larson (Kristen Stewart).
Eisenberg and Stewart will reunite again this summer to shoot a new comedy from acclaimed filmmaker Woody Allen.
American Ultra opens on August 21 in the Us and August 28 in the UK. »
American Ultra is the weird stoner comedy action movie you didn't know you wanted to see. It's like Harold and Kumar crossed with Bourne and though it sounds like a disaster, it actually looks ridiculously fun.
Written by Max Landis (who previously impressed masses with Chronicle) and directed by Nima Nourizadeh (of Project X infamy), American Ultra stars the brilliantly cast Jesse Eisenberg as Mike, a stoner who also happens to be a sleeper operative for some government agency. Said agency tries to activate him but it doesn't work and the botched attempt does something to Mike and suddenly, he's tapping into skills he didn't know he had (and can't remember how he got). Now he and his girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart) find themselves on the run from the a [Continued ...] »
Coming across like the love child of Pineapple Express and The Bourne Identity, the first Nsfw for action comedy has come our way, putting Jesse Eisenberg in the shoes of a highly trained CIA sleeper agent who has fallen deep into his cover of a go nowhere stoner. When the time has come to activate him, it sees his life and the life of his girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) put in serious danger . Written by Chronicle’s Max Landis and with Project X’s Nima Nourizadeh, American Ultra’s high concept (geddit?) shows a hell of a lot of promise as it gleefully subverts some of the usual action thriller cliches, and there are plenty of laughs to be had, especially from Topher Grace playing a pretty fun villain. Released: 21st August (U.S.)/ 28th August (Irl/U.K.) »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
I have seen the future of action-comedy… and its name is American Ultra. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but there’s no getting past how smashing the first red-band trailer for the August pic really is. Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart as stoners caught up in a government operation to wipe out Eisenberg’s seemingly hapless cashier, the movie looks like the pothead’s answer to Chuck (one of my favorite series of all time), with Eisenberg’s protagonist realizing he has built-in training that makes him a lethal weapon given the right circumstances.
I put it on my list of must-see movies this summer, and after watching the trailer above, maybe you can understand why.
- Isaac Feldberg
The new red band trailer for American Ultra gives us a sneak peak at the new action-comedy from Nima Nourizadeh (Project X). American Ultra stars Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Connie Britton. »
- Jazz Tangcay
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