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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)?

Venice Review: Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves' With Jesse Eisenberg & Dakota Fanning

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2013 5:00 PM
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Night Moves, Jesse Eisenberg
After the acclaimed trio of “Old Joy,” “Wendy & Lucy” and “Meek’s Cutoff,” Kelly Reichardt was already proving hard to pin down. The three films that made her name (plus her lesser-known earlier works “ Ode” and “River Of Grass”) are immediately recognizable as the work of the director, but very different from each other thematically, if perhaps not formally. Whatever her next move was going to be, it was going to be interesting, but few would have predicted that it would be “Night Moves” – a crackling little suspense thriller/morality play indebted to Dostoyevsky and Hitchcock. But while it’s a left turn, it’s at least as good as the films that came before it, and still with the same recognizable DNA intact.

Box Office: Will Smith Tumbles With 'After Earth'; 'Fast & Furious 6' Holds On To #1

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 2, 2013 12:08 PM
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After Earth, Will Smith
Has there ever been any franchise quote like the "Fast And Furious" films? Since Justin Lin took over the series, the grosses have risen with each installment. His "The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift" collected $158 million globally seven years ago, and now, three movies later, "Fast And Furious 6" is set to gross over $170 million domestically within its first eleven days of release. Even with two challenging newcomers in the marketplace, this latest installment held the top spot for the second weekend in a row, and should become the second film in the series to cross half a billion in global gross within days (it currently rests at $480.6M globally).

Watch: 'Rio 2' Trailer Will Make You Say, 'Wait Is This An Angry Birds Movie?'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 15, 2013 2:55 PM
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The teaser trailer for Blue Sky Studio's "Rio 2" has just hit the internet and the brief clip doesn't explain much, instead encouraging you to shake your tail feathers while you'll undoubtedly wonder, at least for the first thirty seconds or so, if you're watching a commercial for a feature-length version of the "Angry Birds" iPhone game. (Spoiler alert: you're not.)

Oren Moverman To Write, Maybe Direct 'Terrorist Search Engine' For Scott Rudin & Jesse Eisenberg

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 10, 2011 1:01 AM
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Israeli-born writer-director Oren Moverman isn't just the owner of one of the best bald heads this side of Greg Mottola,, he's also becoming one of the most in-demand screenwriters around. Having gotten early credits on the likes of "Jesus' Son," "Married Life" and Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," Moverman broke out with his 2009 directorial debut "The Messenger," which saw him, co-writer Alessandro Camon and star Woody Harrelson all nominated for Oscars. His follow-up "Rampart" is one of our most eagerly anticipated films at Toronto this year, and he's taken a number of high-profile screenwriting jobs of late, including biopics of Kurt Cobain and, more recently, Brian Wilson.

Review: '30 Minutes Or Less' Is A Fun But Forgettable Conclusion To The Summer Of R-Rated Excess

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 5, 2011 5:31 AM
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Zipping along at a brisk pace -- albeit one that feels like it's rushing to be over -- featuring dueling bromance buddy tales from both protagonists and villains, and mostly amusing in its vulgar humor and gags, the "action"-comedy "30 Minutes Or Less," is entertaining, but ultimately only a mild effort in the mediocre R-Rated comedy sweepstakes that have dominated this season.

Geek Dream-Team: Jesse Eisenberg To Star In Richard Ayoade's 'Submarine' Follow-Up 'The Double'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 5, 2011 1:04 AM
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Considering we'd worried about his potential range earlier in his career, and the fact that he doesn't always seem that enamored of the idea of being a movie star in interviews, we continue to be impressed by the choices that Jesse Eisenberg has been making. Playing Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network" was always going to be a tricky role to escape from the shadow of, but he's already had a big animated hit since with "Rio," he's in theaters next week in the R-rated comedy "30 Minutes or Less," and he's got some impressive and diverse projects lined up, including Woody Allen's "Bop Decameron," the Louis Leterrier heist comedy "Now You See Me" with Melanie Laurent, Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried, and a possible reteam with 'Social Network' producer Scott Rudin on a biopic of youthful anti-terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann.

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).

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