Briefly: Topher Grace will join Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Walton Goggins, and Uma Thurman in Nima Nourizadeh's American Ultra Scott Caan is replacing Shia Labeouf in Barry Levinson's comedy Rock the Kasbah starring Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, and Danny McBride Saoirse Ronan will star in John Crowley's Brooklyn alongside Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Emory Cohen, and Julie Walters Hit the jump for more. According to Deadline, Topher Grace has signed on to American Ultra. Max Landis (Chronicle) wrote the script and Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) will direct. The story centers "on Eisenberg’s character, a stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend (Stewart) is upended when his past catches up with him, putting him the crosshairs of a government operation bent on wiping him out." As for Grace, Deadline says he "will play a hotshot CIA agent who has recently taken on seniority »
- Matt Goldberg
Veteran actor John Leguizamo has been cast alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in Nima Nourizadeh’s (Project X) upcoming action-comedy, American Ultra. Written by Max Landis (Chronicle), Eisenberg plays a stoner with a shadowy past forced to combat a government operation seeking to wipe him out. It sounds like a great premise for a stoner film, and with Uma Thurman and Walton Goggins co-starring, the cast is shaping up rather nicely.
With the title being an obvious allusion to America’s infamous “Project Mk Ultra,” the plot will likely spoof many of the conspiracy theories involving drug experiments and the U.S. government. After helming the uninspired Project X, I’m not so sure Nourizadeh is the right director for this type of satirical humour, though. Perhaps his high-energy approach will prove to be a good fit, but right now I’m not feeling too confident. Leguizamo, on the other hand, »
- Griffin Bell
• Robin Wright (House of Cards) and Sam Worthington (Avatar) will join the cast of director Baltasar Kormakur’s Everest, which is currently shooting in Nepal. The large ensemble includes Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, and John Hawkes. Worthington will play a climbing expert, and Wright will play the wife of Brolin’s character. The Universal pic is set for Sept. 18, 2015, release. [Deadline]
• John Leguizamo (Kick Ass 2) has reportedly signed on to American Ultra, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) is directing the action/comedy about a stoner who becomes the target of a hostile government operation. »
- Lindsey Bahr
John Leguizamo is set to join Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in the action-comedy “American Ultra,” an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. Nima Nourizadeh (“Project X”) is directing from a script by Max Landis (“Chronicle”). Likely Story's Anthony Bregman will produce with Circle of Confusion's David Alpert and Britton Rizzio. Production is scheduled to start in April. Also read: ‘What's the Deal?': Jeff Sneider on Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in ‘Man of Steel’ Sequel (Video) Eisenberg stars as a stoner with a past that makes him the target of a government operation to eliminate him, »
- Jeff Sneider
Walton Goggins (Django Unchained) is is to join Uma Thurman (Nymphomaniac), Jesse Eisenberg (30 Minutes or Less) and Kristen Stewart (Twilight) in Nima Nourizadeh's action comedy American Ultra. The cast is growing fast and character actor Goggins is an impressive addition. For those unaware of Goggins, watch Justified in which he plays Boyd Crowder (he’s really, really good).
American Ultra will see Eisenberg playing an unmotivated stoner with Stewart as his girlfriend. They live an uneventful life in a small turn until it turns out that Eisenberg is actually an amnesiac sleeper agent in a program the government decided to shut down and wipe out. Thurman will play Mike’s former handler.
- Gary Collinson
by Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com
What looks to be a killer new indie horror film, The Suffering has completed filming and in now in post production. In order to complete the movie, the producers have a Kickstarter campaign going. See how you can get involved here. Check out all the details below and keep your eye out for this one.
The Suffering follows a man’s descent into madness after accepting a mysterious assignment to assess the aristocratic, supernatural property of a reclusive shut-in. The film combines thematic elements of The Shining and Shutter Island while remaining original in its perspective on morality and redemption.
The Suffering is the second production brought to you by Rob Hamilton, who directed in 2012 the indie mystery Key, which secured two awards at the World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington DC. Production includes Marco Scola (Project X), Ian Coyne (Nuclear), and David Newbert (Marfa Girl, »
With a premise that possibly smacks a little of a comedic Jason Bourne movie, American Ultra sees Eisenberg play a stoner whose tranquil life with his live-in girlfriend (Stewart) is disrupted when his past involvement in a government program – designed to create ‘sleeper warriors’ – begins to cause problems for them. Those problems include a government operation intended to eliminate him, while the former head of the soldier program (Thurman – if she takes the role) tries to protect him.
All that is officially known of Goggins’ role is that his character is named Laugher, although given his work on FX’s hit show Justified, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him cast as part of the government plot to wipe Jesse Eisenberg’s stoner out. »
- Sarah Myles
“Project X” star Thomas Mann is in talks to star opposite Olivia Cooke (“Bates Motel”) in the Indian Paintbrush movie “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl,” an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“The Town That Dreaded Sundown”) will direct, while Dan Fogelman (“Imagine”) will produce. Jesse Andrews adapted his own debut novel, and the screenplay was voted to the Top 10 of the 2012 Black List. Also read: ‘Project X’ Star Thomas Mann Joins Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell Comedy (Exclusive) A coming-of-age tale in the vein of classic John Hughes movies, “Me & Earl” follows a quirky high school student. »
- Jeff Sneider
Exclusive: Justified star Walton Goggins has been set to join Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in American Ultra, the film that Lionsgate acquired recently in a whopping deal. Project X‘s Nima Nourizaden is directing and Max Landis wrote the script. Eisenberg plays a hapless stoner who has a Jason Bourne-like awakening when he learns he’s an asset in a complicated covert government scheme gone awry. Anthony Bregman is producing. Goggins will play the role of Laugher. He’s killing it this season on the FX series Justified as Boyd Crowder, and he most recently appeared in Lincoln and Django Unchained. He’s repped by ICM Partners and Darris Hatch Management. Related: In Massive Deal, Lionsgate Pays $7 Million For ‘American Ultra’ »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, the Irish are poised to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in their homeland, while Americans are simply looking for an excuse to wear green, eat corned beef, and drink copious amounts of green beer. Sounds good right? To get you in the mood to celebrate the feast of St. Patrick, I’ve compiled a group of movies that will help inspire your party planning this year.
After looking at the movies I picked out for this list, the thing that strikes me is how many are set in and around schools – high school and college respectively. I don’t know about you, but I certainly can’t remember any school I attended being like any of these movies. So, without further ado, here are my picks for the Top 10 Party Movies of All Time. Did I leave your favorite out? »
- Dane Jackson
Directed and written by Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash centers on a young drummer at a prestigious Manhattan music academy who finds a caustic instructor willing to do anything to urge him toward greatness. This may sound like the beginning of a sentimental, feel-good movie in which encouragement and perseverance win out. But Chazelle’s character study isn’t in the least bit evocative of Mr. Holland’s Opus or Stand and Deliver. Instead, the unrelenting verbal abuse heaped on the student vacillates between hilarious and needlessly demeaning. The ceaseless degradation creates a gray area of quasi-fulfillment where the cinematic rewards are anything but pure. Whiplash keeps the audience on its toes, never letting you think for a moment that the road to artistic success is easy or that one’s competition isn’t eagerly awaiting your total failure for their gain. »
- Lane Scarberry
Focusing on a stoner and his girlfriend, the movie tells of how their quiet lives are interrupted when his past crashes into their present, as a Government operation looks set to wipe him out. With Eisenberg and Stewart as the young couple, Thurman will take the role of a Government official, once responsible for a secret program creating ‘sleeper warriors,’ who returns to protect him like a bear with her cub.
The film will be the second feature for Nima Nourizadeh, after his 2012 high school party debut movie, Project X, and is written by Max Landis - now enjoying a great deal of momentum in his career following the success of 2012’s Chronicle, which he also scripted. He, himself, has just wrapped production on his directorial debut, Me Him Her, »
- Sarah Myles
The Hollywood Reporter reports Uma Thurman has joined American Ultra, an action-comedy from Project X director Nima Nourizadeh. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, as a stoner and his girlfriend who are put in danger when Eisenberg's character becomes the target of a government operation. Thurman will play the woman in charge of a secret government program to create sleeper agents, who comes to defend her babies, when others within the government threaten to kill them. If she brings the ferocity she seemingly brings in that Nymphomaniac clip, those sleeper cells are probably chill. »
- Jesse David Fox
It.s been over five years since David Gordon Green.s Pineapple Express smoked out theaters, and it.s high time another decent stoner action comedy made its way in front of our squinty peepers. Luckily, Lionsgate.s American Ultra will be kicking its production into action soon, and stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart won.t have to feel so alone as the only cast members. Uma Thurman has entered negotiations to take one of the sub-leads of the film, making this her first starring role in a feature since 2012.s Playing for Keeps. Did you also forget that movie existed? American Ultra is the second film from British commercial and music video director Nima Nourizadeh, whose first film was the underwhelming youth culture comedy Project X. The screenplay was written by Chronicle writer Max Landis, who also has the umpteenth Frankenstein adaptation and the comedy Me Him Her »
Uma Thurman is set to join the previously-attached Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart for American Ultra , says a story today at The Hollywood Reporter . Project X helmer Nima Nourizadeh is attached to direct. American Ultra , scripted by Chronicle scribe Max Landis, follows Mike, a young stoner who, alongside his girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart) becomes targeted by a top secret government operation. Thurman will one of those behind the operation, which has created secret "sleeper warriors." Set to begin production next month, American Ultra is produced by Likely Story's Anthony Bregman and by Circle of Confusion's David Alpert and Britton Rizzio. PalmStar Media Capital's Kevin Frakes and Merced Media Partners' Raj Brinder Singh are serving as executive »
Lionsgate has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the comedy American Ultra for $7 million. The indie movie stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg. Nima Nourizadeh, who directed the surprise hit Project X, begins shooting in New Orleans next month from a script by Max Landis. Eisenberg will play an unmotivated stoner named Mike, who lives with his girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart) in a small, sleepy town. One night, their lives take an unexpected turn when Mike's past comes back to haunt him, and he becomes the target of a government operation set to wipe him out. Photos: Inside The First Televised
- Aaron Couch
Lionsgate has paid $7 million for the U.S. distribution rights to “American Ultra,” a comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart that will enter production in April, according to two individuals with knowledge of the deal. Lionsgate bought the rights on the strength of the script, written by Max Landis, and CAA’s overall package, which includes the two stars, “Project X” director Nima Nourizadeh and a handful of producers. Eisenberg will play an unwitting stoner who becomes the subject of a government operation while Stewart will play his girlfriend. Stewart has been very busy in the independent space since she. »
- Lucas Shaw
Eisenberg will portray a stoner and Stewart will play his girlfriend in a small town. His life takes an unexpected turn when his past comes back to haunt him and he becomes the target of a government operation to wipe him out.
The project was announced in November, where FilmNation launched foreign sales. CAA is repping U.S. rights.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: The appetite for scripts and partially finished films is soaring. Lionsgate is tying up a deal today to pay $7 million to pre-buy U.S. distribution rights to American Ultra, the action comedy that begins shooting in New Orleans in five weeks with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart starring for Project X director Nima Nourizadeh. In the script by Chronicle writer Max Landis, Eisenberg plays a stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend (Stewart) is upended when his past catches up with him, putting him the crosshairs of a government operation bent on wiping him out. It’s a co-production between A Likely Story and Circle Of Confusion, with Anthony Bregman, David Alpert and Britton Rizzio producing, and Kevin Scott Frakes of Palmstar Media Capital and Raj Brinder Singh of Merced Media Partners exec producing. The buzz on this one has been building since Berlin, and I thought a deal might be made there. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Actor Michael B. Jordan started to gain attention over a decade ago in 2002, back when he played drug-dealing teenager Wallace on HBO’s acclaimed cult TV series The Wire; by comparison, Jordan’s That Awkward Moment costar (and fellow 27-year old actor) Miles Teller’s career has only started to gain traction over the past few years, beginning with his supporting roles in films like the indie drama Rabbit Hole, the Footloose remake and the no-holds-barred teen raunch found-footage movie Project X.
The pair are heavily rumored (but not yet confirmed) to play the Human Torch and Mr. Fantastic, respectively, in 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four cinematic reboot that Jordan’s Click to continue reading Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller to Reunite for New Heist Movie
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- Sandy Schaefer
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