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Review: 'Now You See Me' Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher & Mark Ruffalo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 5:02 PM
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David Copperfield once famously quipped to Johnny Carson, that the difference between a trick and an illusion is "about $40,000." And certainly, in recent years magic has gone from something defined by either birthday party tricksters or arena selling professionals, into a piece of slick entertainment that also includes legitimate street performers, reality show stars and much more. (In fact, one of the best in the world right now might be a guy you never heard of named Apollo Robbins). And it's against this new face of the industry where "Now You See Me" starts (as partially seen in the opening four minutes that dropped online), with a group of random performers -- ranging from the skyscraper theatrics of J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) to the mentalism hustle of Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) -- individually and mysteriously brought together by a shadowy figure for what becomes the ultimate illusion.

Watch: Isla Fisher Swims With Piranhas In Opening 4-Minutes Of 'Now You See Me' Plus Motion Poster & New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2013 5:34 PM
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You don't see movies about magic or featuring magicians too often at the movies, and while this spring's "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" was either very magical or funny, this summer Louis Leterrier's "Now You See Me" is hoping to cast a spell. It's a summer movie without superheros or toys to back it up, but could its sleight of hand turn it into a big hit?

New Images From 'Now You See Me' Bring The Magic

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • April 12, 2013 1:19 PM
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After getting the new “Now You See Me” trailer two days ago, a boatload of new images from Louis Letterier’s magician thriller have arrived (or should I say they have magically appeared?). And they look awesome, with flames coming out of Morgan Freeman’s forehead, Dave Franco performing an intense card trick, and a graffiti-ed stage set. I repeat – FLAMES coming out of Morgan Freeman’s forehead!!

Watch: New Trailer For 'Now You See Me' Shows A Little More Of What It's Got Up Its Sleeve

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 10, 2013 10:06 PM
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Up until now, "Now You See Me," the magician thriller by "Incredible Hulk" director Louis Leterrier, seemed like a potential sleeper hit. It's got a terrific cast (including Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Melanie Laurent), an intriguing premise (magicians rob banks and then distribute the money to their audiences), and a solid creative team behind the scenes (including frequent J.J. Abrams collaborators Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman) – but that was before we had seen anything from the movie. Now that a second trailer has arrived chock full of new footage, the question remains – did the filmmakers and marketing gurus show too much of their hand? Or is there enough mystery to get you to come back this summer?

Liam Neeson & Woody Harrelson May Be The 'Highwaymen' Who Kill Bonnie & Clyde

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2013 2:43 PM
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Liam Neeson is 60 years old, and it seems as far as he's concerned, he's gonna kick and punch his way until he settles into grandpa roles. Dude is gonna crack skulls in "Non-Stop," hunt people down in "A Walk Among The Tombstones" and run all night in "Run All Night." And now he's facing his greatest foes yet -- Bonnie and Clyde.

Unlock The Magic With New Pics & Poster From Louis Leterrier's 'Now You See Me'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2013 5:04 PM
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...and just when we thought we had put away our magic puns for a while with the release of "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," another movie set in the Las Vegas world of magic is coming. Although, this looks like it will be much, much better. Louis Letterier could have one of the summer's sleeper surprises on his hands with "Now You See Me" and some new promo material has arrived to try to weave a spell on you.

First Look At Oscar Nominee Philip Seymour Hoffman In 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2013 3:28 PM
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Well, you don't put food on the table with Oscar movies and arthouse fare. We love Philip Seymour Hoffman, and he's great in "The Master" and deserving of his Oscar nomination this morning, but we totally understand why the dude wants to hang around in the districts. It's good pay, probably not as taxing as acting opposite Joaquin Phoenix and the wigs are glorious.

Watch: Trailer For Magician Heist Movie 'Now You See Me,' With Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson & Mark Ruffalo

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 16, 2012 7:41 PM
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Next summer is, as usual, going to be competitive; there's the usual mix of superhero sequels ("Iron Man 3," "The Wolverine"), animated sequels ("Monsters University,""Despicable Me 2"), R-rated comedy sequels ("The Hangover Part III") and just general sequels ("Star Trek Into Darkness," "Fast & Furious 6," "Kick-Ass 2"). As such, original fare is going to have a trickier time of it, but Summit is getting started early with their magician heist movie "Now You See Me," debuting a trailer in front of their golden goose "Twilight" this weekend.

The Guy Who Directed Brandon Lee's 'Laser Misson' Is Making A 9/11 Conspiracy Movie With Woody Harrelson & Martin Sheen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 2:51 PM
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So, one of America's most defining moments in contemporary history is being put in the hands of the guy who directed "Charlie Sheen's Stunt Spectacular" and Brandon Lee's "Laser Mission." And no, we're not cherry picking out of the CV (or IMDB page) of BJ Davis -- those really are some of the "highlights," as it were, from the stuntman/stunt coodinator/director's resume. Now it looks like he's putting his tinfoil hat on.

Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks & Woody Harrelson Complete Jason Reitman's 'American Beauty' Live-Reading Cast

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 5, 2012 3:08 PM
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It's not a Toronto International Film Festival without Jason Reitman (his father Ivan of "Ghostbusters" fame is on the committee, of course). The director, who has had most of his features debut at the festival (aside from "Young Adult"), had tweeted some question mark suggestions about TIFF earlier in the week that some took as hints that he had completed his just-finished "Labor Day" drama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. That was not to be as expected (c'mon guys, the thing just wrapped a few weeks ago and is coming out in the summer of 2013). Instead, Reitman revealed he was orchestrating another one of his popular live readings series which thus far have included "Reservoir Dogs," Billy Wilder's "The Apartment," "The Breakfast Club," "The Princess Bride," "Shampoo,"and "The Big Lebowski" (the concept: contemporary actors doing stage readings of the original screenplay in front of an audience).

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