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Melanie Laurent Confirmed For 'Now You See Me'; Jake Gyllenhaal Out, Jesse Eisenberg Stays In

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 14, 2011 1:18 AM
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We definitely have a soft spot for Louis Leterrier, as far as action-led helmers go. Undeniably talented, he's more than proved his action chops on the first two "Transporter" films, and pulled off a solid superhero flick on "The Incredible Hulk." Unfortunately, his last film, "Clash of the Titans," while a big hit, suffered from shoddy 3D and was probably a script that shouldn't have gone before cameras in the first place.

Jesse Eisenberg Has Doubts About 'Zombieland 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 6, 2011 6:52 AM
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Back in the fall of 2009, a little film called "Zombieland" starring an unlikely and at the time, certainly unbankable trio of leads in Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone, hit theaters with low expectations and wound up taking in over $100 million at the box office. It was a massive that most were not expecting and it wasn't long for sequel talk to follow. Throughout much of last year various rumors surfaced, culminating in talk last fall of new celebrity cameos which co-writer Rhett Reese quickly debunked. And ever since, word has gone quiet. Earlier this year, Harrelson was cagey about the prospect of a sequel saying, “I’m sure it will happen if everyone does it, but I’m not sure it’s the right thing to do.” And it looks like his fellow co-star shares his reservations.

Jesse Eisenberg & Jake Gyllenhaal First Names Conjured Up For Louis Leterrier's 'Now You See Me'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 7:51 AM
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Offers Out To Philip Seymour Hoffman, Olivia Wilde & Melanie LaurentJust like pulling a rabbit out of a hat, or sawing a woman in half, Louis Leterrier's next film is now moving with two names conjured up to join the cast (all this magic talk will make sense in a moment).

Jesse Eisenberg & Naomi Watts Circle Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2011 8:37 AM
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It's been a bit of a casting revolving door for Noah Baumbach's next effort "While We're Young." Last year, Ben Stiller, Gerta Gerwig and James Franco were all set to team on the film. Then, shortly after that was announced, Gerwig left and Cate Blanchett joined, only for both the actress and Franco to ultimately drop out this spring. Well, Stiller has stuck by his "Greenberg" director thus far and now two more very promising faces are said to be circling the project.

Jesse Eisenberg May Star In Counter-Terrorism Biopic From 'Social Network' Producer Scott Rudin

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 12, 2011 4:00 AM
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We're not sure if you're familiar with a little film called "The Social Network." Both a critical and commercial success, it also managed to catch the imagination of the media and audiences in a way that few other films could last year, subject to endless discussion and parodies. In lieu of "The Social Network 2: Tweet Harder," how could those who found such success with it possibly follow it up? Well, director David Fincher moved on to one of the biggest books of the last few years, co-star Andrew Garfield is playing one of the most iconic superheroes, and now the film's lead, Jesse Eisenberg, and producer Scott Rudin look to be reteaming for a project with source material that's just as intriguing as the Facebook picture.

Woody Allen's Rome-Set Pic Has Working Title Of 'Bop Decameron,' Based On Boccaccio's Novellas

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2011 1:21 AM
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Allen & Roberto Benigni Confirmed To Be Taking Acting Roles In Project Woody Allen's latest, "Midnight in Paris," unspools in Cannes tonight -- in fact, its screening to the press on the Croisette is already over. And we're cautiously optimistic. While Allen's recent London and New York excursions have varied from the disappointing ("Whatever Works," "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger") to the disastrous ("Scoop," "Cassandra's Dream"), but when he ventured to more exotic climes, for "Vicky Christina Barcelona," the prolific writer-director ended up producing his best work in years, and the promising trailer for the Paris-set picture suggests it's firmly in the same groove.

Ellen Page & Jesse Eisenberg Will Go To Rome For Woody Allen's Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2011 7:46 AM
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Director Will Also Be The Subject Of A 3-Hour 'American Masters' Documentary This FallYes, we know. Jesse Eisenberg has a niche having played a neurotic teenager in “Roger Dodger,” a neurotic apocalypse-survivor in “Zombieland,” a neurotic billionaire in “The Social Network” and a neurotic parrot in this Friday’s “Rio” and while his superfans might want him to stretch his wings a bit, the actor knows his sweet spot and you simply don't turn down an opportunity to work with one of the giants of cinema.

From The Department Of Obvious Casting: Jesse Eisenberg Wooed For New Woody Allen Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 12, 2011 1:06 AM
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The following is a missive from The Department Of Obvious Casting -- a branch of the Department of Labor.

Oscar Winner Melissa Leo Teams With Oscar Nominee Jesse Eisenberg For 'Predisposed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2011 2:13 AM
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Tracy Morgan Also Linked To RoleTalk about striking while the iron is hot. Vulture reports that Oscar winner Melissa Leo -- whose f-bomb was one of the highlights of the otherwise sluggish Oscars last night -- and permanently awkward Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg are apparently set to team for the indie comedy "Predisposed."

2011 Oscar Nominations: 'The King's Speech' Leads The Pack With 12 Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 1:50 AM
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"The King's Speech" sits on the throne this morning, earning 12 Oscar nominations and looking like the film to beat at the 83rd Academy Awards, while "True Grit" follows with 10 nods and "The Social Network" with 8. Not much in the way of shockers this year, but some pleasant surprises in the mix as well as few snubs.

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