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Jason Segel To Play David Foster Wallace In 'The End Of The Tour' Co-Starring Jesse Eisenberg

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 12, 2013 10:21 AM
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David Foster Wallace Jesse Eisenberg Jason Segel James Ponsoldt
Of his upcoming biopic, “Hillary,” James Ponsoldt recently told us it “has nothing to do with celebrity of the character…that story is not a cradle-to-the-grave biopic, it’s sort of looking into a keyhole of a very specific period of her life." The “Spectacular Now” director is currently selecting the right young Hillary Clinton to match those points, but in the meantime Ponsoldt has emerged with another surprising biopic with a fixed-timeframe, and it already has quite the intriguing cast assembled.

Magnolia Pick Up U.S. Rights To Richard Ayoade's 'The Double,' Starring Jesse Eisenberg & Mia Wasikowska

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 23, 2013 2:13 PM
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The Double, Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikoswka
Of all the films coming out in 2014 we've already seen, it's safe to say Richard Ayoade's "The Double" is near the top of our list. Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, the film is a dark, Kafka-esque story centered on a man who is driven insane by the appearance of his doppelgänger.

'Adventureland' Duo Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart Reteam For Action Comedy 'American Ultra'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2013 3:38 PM
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Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart Adventureland
It seems like an eon ago but circa 2009, Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart were at very different points in their career. The former had yet to find a role as notable as his turn in 2005's "The Squid And The Whale" while the latter had already banked one "Twilight" movie but was still eager to flex her acting chops. They both came together for Greg Mottola's nostalgic, likeable, coming-of-age movie "Adventureland", which promptly helped them step up into bigger gigs. But now Eisenberg and Stewart's stars are aligning again, for something just a little big different.

New Posters For Richard Ayoade's 'The Double' Splits Jesse Eisenberg & Mia Wasikowska

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2013 11:05 AM
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One our our favorite films out TIFF last month, and a bold sophomore feature effort from "Submarine" director Richard Ayoade, trying to describe "The Double" is a bit difficult. But if the idea of a steampunk, "Brazil"-esque black comedy based on the novella by Fyodor Dostoevsky sounds even remotely intriguing, than this film will more than deliver.

Kelly Reichardt Talks Her Eco-Thriller ‘Night Moves,’ The Mysteries Of Co-Star Dakota Fanning & More

  • By Kristin McCracken
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  • September 11, 2013 3:38 PM
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Night Moves, Kelly Reichardt
Director Kelly Reichardt (“Wendy and Lucy,” “Meek’s Cutoff’) has an eye for vast American landscapes, in which she deliberately places lonesome, trudging souls who are continuously searching—for connections, for new lives, for meaning.

Watch: Richard Ayoade Talks His Unsettling (And Awesome) TIFF Drama 'The Double' Starring Jesse Eisenberg

  • By Kristin McCracken
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  • September 10, 2013 5:15 PM
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The Double, Richard Ayoade
At the world premiere of “The Double,” British director Richard Ayoade’s second film, Toronto International Film Festival Artistic Director Cameron Bailey called Ayoade “one of the sharpest wits” in filmmaking, and the audience reacted with unbridled glee. New directors are rarely so well known, but Ayoade is also a comedic actor—most notably as “Moss” in the TV series “The IT Crowd”—who made his directorial debut three years ago at Toronto with the cult favorite (and critically admired) “Submarine,” a coming-of-age tale about an eccentric outsider.

TIFF Review: Jason Reitman's 'Boogie Nights' Live Read Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Josh Brolin, Olivia Wilde & More

  • By Cory Everett
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  • September 9, 2013 2:30 PM
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With a growing audience of devoted cinephiles over the past few years, it seems there are few film-related events more beloved than Jason Reitman's Live Reads. The setup is simple: Reitman selects a classic screenplay of his choosing to be read by new actors in front of a live audience with Reitman himself reading the stage direction. The only other accompaniment to the performances is a projection behind the performers featuring a frame of the film (digitally removing the actors) to set the scene and usually some music before and after the show begins. Sometimes the casting aims to turn the material on its head—"Reservoir Dogs" with an all-African American cast or "Glengary Glen Ross" with an ensemble of women—and sometimes it's more straightforward. So why have these readings become such a hot ticket? Well, for starters, the events (held typically at the LACMA in Los Angeles) are not recorded and are never repeated and at their best, they force the audience to think about the film in a new way. But the real secret to their success—like the films themselves—is that it usually comes down to the casting.

TIFF Review: Richard Ayoade's Daring 'The Double' Starring Jesse Eisenberg & Mia Wasikowska

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 8, 2013 3:38 PM
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When Richard Ayoade arrived in 2010 with his charming tale of adolescence and young romance with the stylish "Submarine," the picture was immediately greeted with rather reductive comparisons to Wes Anderson. It was an unfair assessment levelled at the movie and filmmaker—even from those who championed the film—that diminished what an accomplished piece of cinema Ayoade had put together. And one can't help but wonder if "The Double" is a sly response to those criticisms of borrowing from others. Certainly, his latest will invoke names like Terry Gilliam and Michel Gondry to be tossed around, but make no mistake: not only does "The Double" confirm Ayoade as one of the brightest rising talents behind the camera, it's completely his own and unlike anything you've seen in cinemas in quite some time.

Watch: First Trailer For Richard Ayoade's 'The Double' Starring Jesse Eisenberg & Mia Wasikowska

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2013 8:55 AM
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The Double, Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikoswka
On Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival, the newest film from writer/director Richard Ayoade (as opposed to the newest film from actor Richard Ayoade who was in the abysmal Ben Stiller comedy "The Watch") premieres. Based on the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novella "The Double," it stars Jesse Eisenberg who is presumably driven insane by the appearance of an eerie doppelganger. And wouldn't you know it, there's a debut trailer too (courtesy of The Guardian)?

Watch: First Clip From Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves' Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning & Peter Sarsgaard

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2013 10:18 AM
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Night Moves
With a trio of measured dramas under her belt — “Old Joy,” “Wendy & Lucy” and “Meek’s Cutoff” — Kelly Reichardt has established herself as a filmmaker whose storytelling is patient and considered. But when news arrived that her latest "Night Moves" would take on eco-terrorism and feature a Hollywood-ish cast with Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Petes Sarsgaard, it certainly grabbed our attention. The result? As our review out of Venice notes, a "perfect reminder that Reichardt is one of the most exciting directorial talents we have right now."

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