April 22, 2014

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“American Ultra” – Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg

Production is getting under way in New Orleans on the Lionsgate action comedy “American Ultra” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.
Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (“Project X”) and written by Max Landis (“Chronicle”), the story revolves around a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner (Eisenberg) whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend (Stewart) is suddenly turned upside down when he discovers that he has a secret past as a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, he is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.
The cast also includes Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Walton Goggins.
A PalmStar/Likely Story/Circle of Confusion production, the film is produced by Anthony Bregman (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), Kevin Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert (“The Walking Dead”) and Britton Rizzio, with Ray Angelic as executive producer.

Oscars®: Will either of the movies about doppelgangers be up the Academy’s alley?

Today, a small movie called Enemy opened in limited release, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and, well…Jake Gyllenhaal. In May, another small flick called The Double comes out, and that one stars Jesse Eisenberg alongside, you guessed it…Jesse Eisenberg. 2014 seems to be the year of the doppelganger, in addition to biblical epics as I mentioned a week or so ago. These are acting showcases through and through, so could Oscar bite for one or both of them? Honestly, I think they’re both too offbeat and weird for Academy attention, so instead of doing specific preview pieces on them and just going through the motions of talking about a likely to be ignored pair of films, I wanted to sort of discuss both of them a bit here in this sort of an article. These could be independent contenders for other awards, so it’s important to give the pair a moment in the sun here, if nothing else.
First up we have Enemy, which is partially notable for being the other movie that Gyllenhaal shot with his Prisoners director Denis Villenueve (and actually was filmed first, though it’s coming out this year as opposed to last…both played festivals around the same time however). Written by Javier Gullón and costarring Mélanie Laurent and Sarah Gadon, this is a very dreamlike and Kafka-esque (you’ll understand why if you see it) look at identity. Gyllenhaal plays a teacher who sees a doppelganger of his when watching a movie and set out to meet the man. Things obviously don’t go as intended. This is a psychosexual thriller of sorts and about as far from mainstream as it gets. That being said, it’s impeccably made by Villenueve and expertly acted, so an open minded audience member or Oscar voter could find something to like here, particularly in terms of Gyllenhaal’s performance(s).
Now we come to The Double, which is co-written (along with Avi Korine) and directed by Richard Ayoade. Eisenberg costars here with Sally Hawkins, Wallace Shawn, Mia Wasikowska, Chris O’Dowd, and Noah Taylor, to name a few. This is a pitch black comedy about a meek office drone driven mad by the appearance of a smooth talking doppelganger who at first seems interested in helping him before attempting to take over his life. This is very much a dark comedy that almost seems uninterested in laughs, so that immediately will turn off some voters, but Eisenberg has rarely [...]

Woody Allen Is Back With “To Rome with Love”

HollywoodNews.com: On the heels of releasing the award-winning and commercial hit, Midnight in Paris, Sony Pictures Classics announced that on June 22 it will release Woody Allen’s latest film, the newly titled TO ROME WITH LOVE.
TO ROME WITH LOVE was a name selected as an homage to the eternal city of Rome where the film was shot on location last summer. This will be used for its worldwide release. The film’s former title, Nero Fiddled, while an appropriate and humorous phrase in the U.S., is not a familiar expression overseas and many international territories preferred a more globally understood name.
Written and directed by Woody Allen, TO ROME WITH LOVE is a story about a number of people in Italy — some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors — and the romances and adventures and predicaments they get into. The film stars Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. TO ROME WITH LOVE is a Gravier Productions film produced by Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, and financed by the Italian production and distribution company, Medusa Film.
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Megan Fox set to make her Broadway debut

HollywoodNews.com: Megan Fox is headed somewhere a little unexpected as she will soon be making her debut on Broadway.
In November, Fox will be involved in the annual “24 Hour Plays” project that benefits the Urban Arts Partnership, states UsMagazine.com. The project will team up 24 stars with six writers, six directors, two musical guests and a production staff to produce six plays that will be performed one day later.
Stars like Sarah Silverman, Gabourey Sidibe, Tracy Morgan and Jesse Eisenberg will also reportedly be involved.
The show will take place on November 14th.
Do you think Megan Fox will be able to handle it?
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Emma Stone eyes lead in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Emma Stone might not be finished with the undead just yet.
The redheaded Hollywood beauty, who’s currently filming the anticipated “Spider-Man” reboot with Andrew Garfield and Rhys Ifans, reportedly is eyeing the lead role in a planned adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” THR reports.
This wouldn’t be Stone’s first dance with zombies, as she also co-starred alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson in the surprise hit “Zombieland” for Sony.
“Pride,” which puts a new spin on the classic Jane Austen tale, is being directed Craig Gillespie for Lionsgate. It’s the second of Grahame-Smith’s books to get a film deal, the other being “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”
As for Stone, she’s juggling an extremely busy schedule. In addition to “Spider-Man,” she’s part of the upcoming ensemble comedies “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Friends with Benefits,” as well as the anticipated adaptation of “The Help.”
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Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari in “30 Minutes” trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Jesse Eisenberg had a coming out party last year, storming people’s radars by playing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher’s meticulous “The Social Network.” And while Eisenberg lent his voice to a neurotic blue bird in the hit animated comedy “Rio,” most of us are still anxious to see what he does next as an actor.

The answer is “30 Minutes or Less,” an action comedy co-starring Danny McBride an “Parks and Rec” standout Aziz Ansari in the story of two criminals who force a pizza delivery kid (Eisenberg) to rob a bank within 30 minutes.
“Less” is directed by Eisenberg’s “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer. It’s due out in August, but we’re getting our first look at its trailer today.
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“Rio” rocks the box while “Scream” builds steam

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: As expected, 20th Century Fox’s animated “Rio” got off to a fast start at the weekend box office, while the fourth “Scream” proved there’s still a little life in the formidable slasher franchise.
Carlos Saldanha’s “Rio,” about an insecure bird (Jesse Eisenberg) learning to fly in the Brazilian capital, earned an estimated $10 million on Friday night, according to THR. That puts the film on track for a potential $40-million opening weekend (which would rival competitor “Rango” and keep pace with other family films that have opened strong this year).
“Overseas, the family film has grossed nearly $80 million in less than a week, the best performance of the year,” THR notes, ensuring the folks at Fox are singing praises for “Rio” as it continues to entertain.
Wes Craven’s “Scream 4,” which reunites most members of the original film, wasn’t too far behind, stabbing its way to roughly $9 million in Friday grosses. The sequel could push its way to $21M on the weekend, which is slightly below studio expectations but still would be a solid opening for the flick.
We’ll have full weekend estimates on Sunday, with actuals coming on Monday.
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“Rio” director talks Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway and the colors of Brazil

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Jesse Eiseberg earned a well-deserved Best Actor nomination for playing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, an odd duck swimming against the stream and facing a ton of opposition from Harvard’s black swans.
For his next picture, “Rio,” Eisenberg tries something a little bit different, lending his voice to a beautiful blue macaw named Blu who falls in love with Anne Hathaway – and learns to fly – in the Brazilian capital city. “Rio” director Carlos Saldanha recorded Eisenberg while the actor was on break from David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” and said the animated project provided his leading man with the break he needed to give Zuckerberg some emotional balance.
Saldanha, best known for the “Ice Age” series, opened up about a few other filmmaking details when he called us from Brazil to talk about “Rio.”
HollywoodNews.com: You are from Brazil, right?
Carlos Saldanha: Yes, yes. Rio is my hometown.
Was there a particular part of your home turf that you were eager to animate?
We actually managed to build the entire city. That certainly was one of our biggest challenges, to make sure that it looked authentic, so that an audience could feel like they were there. That was complex. One of the toughest parts, in fact, were on the sidewalks. There are these little mosaic stones. Those details were so difficult just to get right.
Is there a specific color that you associate with Rio De Janeiro and Brazil?
Yes, blue and green. They are both great colors. Green because of the forest and the ocean. But blue because when you get a good day down here, the sky and the elements surrounding the city can be really powerful.
This may seem like a basic question, but why choose a macaw as your lead character?
Well, I wanted to pick a bird that is uniquely from Brazil that was rare. I found out about this blue spix macaw, which technically is not from Rio, but is from Brazil. They don’t have them in the wild anymore. They’re only found in captivity. So I came up with this idea around the rarest of macaws. And I also like the idea that these birds are so smart. They are great birds to animate, and they have all of thee great features that make them look interesting.
So where did you come up with the idea of robbing your main bird, Blu, of flight?
[Laughs] When I was [...]

Woody Allen gets Alec Baldwin, wants Jesse Eisenberg

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Making a Michael Cera-Jesse Eisenberg comparison’s too easy. True cinema junkies know Eisenberg’s line delivery and pregnant pauses are far more similar to 1970s- of 1980s-era Woody Allen, circa “Manhattan,” “Broadway Danny Rose” or “Hanna and Her Sisters.”
So it’s music to our ears that the Oscar-nominated star of “The Social Network” and the animated feature “Rio” might be circling a role in an upcoming Allen comedy. According to Deadline, Eisenberg “is also in line for a lead” in a production that just buttoned down Alec Baldwin.
Furthering Allen’s desire to explore European metros such as London and Paris, the film will be shot in Rome.
But when? Baldwin’s committed to Adam Shankman’s “Rock of Ages” musical, and he’s got a regular spot on “30 Rock.” Eisenberg, meanwhile, is in pre-production on Phil Dorling’s “Predisposed,” with Melissa Leo and “30 Rock” co-star Tracy Morgan.
Maybe Eisenberg just wants to work with the entire “30 Rock” cast? Tina Fey, you have been warned.
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Jamie Foxx, Will.i.am headline “Rio” movie soundtrack

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: How is it possible the upcoming “Rio” soundtrack doesn’t feature Duran Duran singing their smash hit?
Well, there’s still plenty of talent on deck for the “Rio” record, which will arrive in stores April 5 on Fox Music/Interscope Records. Will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas, Jamie Foxx, Bebel Gilberto, Taio Cruz, Ester Dean, Siedah Garrett, Jemaine Clement (of Flight of the Conchords), and Brazilian sensation Carlinhos Brown collaborate with film composer John Powell to juice up the song track for the anticipated animated hit.
From the release:
From the makers of the hit ICE AGE series comes RIO, a comedy adventure about taking a walk on the wild side. Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) is a domesticated Macaw who never learned to fly, living a comfortable life with his owner and best friend Linda (Leslie Mann) in the small town of Moose Lake, Minnesota. Blu and Linda think he’s the last of his kind, but when they learn about another Macaw who lives in Rio de Janeiro, they head to the faraway and exotic land to find Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu’s female counterpart.
Not long after they arrive, Blu and Jewel are kidnapped by a group of bungling animal smugglers. With the help of street smart Jewel, and a group of wise-cracking and smooth-talking city birds, Blu escapes. Now, with his new friends by his side, Blu will have to find the courage to learn to fly, thwart the kidnappers who are hot on their trail, and return to Linda, the best friend a bird ever had.
We’ve got the complete “Rio” soundtrack listing below, as well as a YouTube clip of the film’s first two minutes.
The 3D animated motion picture opens everywhere on April 15.
RIO: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK – full track listing:
1. Real In Rio– The Rio Singers
2. Let Me Take You To Rio (Blu’s Arrival) – Ester Dean & Carlinhos Brown
3. Mas Que Nada (2011 Rio Version) – Sergio Mendes featuring Gracinha Leporace
4. Hot Wings (I Wanna Party) – will.i.am & Jamie Foxx
5. Pretty Bird – Jemaine Clement
6. Fly Love – Jamie Foxx
7. Telling The World – Taio Cruz
8. Funky Monkey –Siedah Garrett, Carlinhos Brown, Mikael Mutti, and Davi Vieira
9. Let Me Take You To Rio (Remix) – Ester Dean featuring Ivete Sangalo
10. Balanco Carioca – Mikael Mutti
11. Sapo Cai – Carlinhos [...]

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