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Jesse Eisenberg Replacing Paul Dano In Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves,' Dakota Fanning Also In Talks

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 11, 2012 9:00 AM
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Even after the back-to-back successes of "Zombieland" and "The Social Network," it was never quite clear if Jesse Eisenberg would be able to maintain a lasting stardom. He's an immensely talented actor, but also one who's been strongly associated with a certain kind of role, one that, like Michael Cera, risked the general public tiring of him quite quickly. But while his immediate follow-up to "The Social Network," "30 Minutes Or Less," was something of a disappointment, he's made several smart choices of late, from star-laden heist blockbuster "Now You See Me" to a dual role in "The Double," Richard Ayoade's follow-up to the acclaimed "Submarine."

Exclusive: Clip From 'Why Stop Now' Featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Tracy Morgan & Melissa Leo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2012 1:57 PM
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Yes, Jesse Eisenberg and Melissa Leo have made their first film together with "Why Stop Now." But while they are both known for being solid dramatic actors, the feature debut from writing and directing pair Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner finds them exercising their excellent comic skills instead.

Watch: Jesse Eisenberg Meets Melissa Leo's Drug Dealer In Trailer For 'Why Stop Now?'; Preps Off-Broadway Effort 'The Revisionist'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 5, 2012 11:26 AM
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After a brief pause from acting in the past year, actor Jesse Eisenberg is slowly finding his way back onto cinema screens, most recently in Woody Allen's latest, “To Rome With Love.” That isn't to say the actor's been lounging off his Fincher cash though, as a first glimpse from his starring Sundance entry, as well as details of his second off-Broadway-penned effort, have shown up to provide two different sides to the actor's work.

L.A. Film Fest Review: 'To Rome With Love' Is Another Minor Foreign Postcard From Woody Allen

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 15, 2012 7:36 AM
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In the recent PBS "American Masters" portrait of Woody Allen by director Robert Weide, Allen describes how he has a file folder filled with hundreds of loglines for movies he has come up with over the years; after completing each film, he sorts through them, finds one that speaks to him at the time and writes it up. To that end, "To Rome With Love" feels like four minor stories that Allen found in a pile and loosely stitched together in a narrative tied to Rome. That said, Rome is beautiful, and a mouthwatering set for any director. Unfortunately, you can't build a movie on a set alone.

New Photo: Ellen Page & Jesse Eisenberg, Plus New English Teaser Poster

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2012 6:30 PM
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Spring has sprung, and along with fewer clothes, that pretty much has come to mean one thing in the movie world: that a new Woody Allen film can't be far away. The director's released a film, almost always at this time of year, like clockwork (the last time he skipped one: 1981, between "Stardust Memories" and "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy.") This year's installment sees him head to Italy for the first time, for "To Rome With Love," which has assembled the usual impressive cast including Alec Baldwin, Judy Davis, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Alison Pill and, for the first time since 2006's "Scoop," Allen himself.

Tribeca Review: 'Free Samples' Isn't Worth Buying

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 22, 2012 8:20 AM
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For some reason independent movies, especially the current wave of mumble-core with its earthy existentialism and waxy photographic quality, have the reputation of somehow being more “real” or “honest” than movies in the mainstream. Because these smaller movies arrive at some emotional truth more directly, they don’t have to dodge movie stars or CGI monsters. But watching a movie like USC grad Jay Gammill's “Free Samples,” which proudly wears its indie-ness on its sleeve like a badge of honor (when it’s really more of a disfiguring war wound), all you get are feelings of artificiality. It’s so phony and forced and cloying and cute, that you wonder how anyone could misdiagnose a movie like this as being more representative of the human experience than, say, something with werewolves or Tom Cruise.

Jesse Eisenberg To Reteam With Aaron Sorkin For 'The Newsroom,' Kinda; First Footage From Heist-Actioner 'Now You See Me'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 16, 2012 9:05 AM
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Look, we'll be the first to admit that the headline here is all types of deceptive (hence the "kinda") but here we go: yes, Jesse Eisenberg is set to re-team with his 'Social Network' scribe Aaron Sorkin on his new HBO series "The Newsroom" but it's not exactly what you're thinking. The actor will appear in what's being described as a "small voiceover role" although, as mundane as that may sound, the part will noted to be "easily recognized as a key 'newsmaker.'"

Love, Sex & Socialists: Yes, It's The Trailer For Woody Allen's 'To Rome With Love'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2012 1:28 PM
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While there are still those who will bitch and moan that Woody Allen's comedies haven't evolved much over the past few decades, for those with appropriate expectations, the director's films are -- even at their flimsiest -- generally a delightful annual treat. And so it goes with "To With Rome Love," which hardly breaks new ground, but offers up enough charms that we're looking forward to it.

Sex, Love And Ice Cream: Trailer & Images For 'Free Samples' Featuring Jesse Eisenberg

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • March 28, 2012 8:21 AM
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The 11th Tribeca Film Festival is only a few weeks away, and will feature plenty of indie movies vying for audience attention and studio distribution, so credit newcomer director Jay Gammill and Film Market for getting the word out early on their quirky comedy "Free Samples." The film stars Jess Weixler — known most notably for staging a war on penises in Mitchell Lichtenstein's 2007 horror-comedy "Teeth" — as a Stanford law-school dropout who gets stuck working in an ice cream truck for a day and is distracted by every goofy weirdo in town while she tries to figure out what to do with her life. Among those distractions is Jason Ritter (who also worked with Weixler in the 2009 romantic drama "Peter and Vandy") and Jesse Eisenberg, who could be Weixler's love interest in the movie (or could just appear in a handful of scenes).

New Images From Woody Allen's 'To Rome With Love'; Full Soundtrack Details Unveiled

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 20, 2012 8:05 AM
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With a new geographically-specific title and a summer release just announced, Woody Allen's latest Euro-flavored venture, "To Rome With Love," is just around the corner. Looking to replicate the success of "Midnight In Paris," a career-best box office hit that won Allen his first writing Oscar since 1987 for "Hannah And Her Sisters," details of his latest film are being kept under wraps. Luckily, we now have a better look at what's to come as a host of photos from the project have been unveiled.

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