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Exclusive: Stream a Track from Andrew Hewitt's Astonishing Score for 'The Double,' Starring Jesse Eisenberg

Stream the main theme from Richard Ayoade's brilliant "The Double," starring Jesse Eisenberg and his doppelganger, exclusively on TOH! before the film hits theaters and VOD on May 9.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2014 12:31 PM
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New Cast Join Affleck, Cavill in Superman/Batman Flick

Director Zack Snyder has added Oscar-winning character actress Holly Hunter to the cast of the still untitled Superman/Batman movie that Warner Bros. has wisely pushed back to May 6, 2016. He has also cast muscled action players Callan Mulvey ("300: Rise of an Empire") and Tao Okamoto ("The Wolverine"). Departing from the established DC canon (something Marvel rarely does), all three actors will play characters newly created for the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2014 1:39 PM
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New Directors/New Films Review: Richard Ayoade's 'The Double' Is All Style But Oh What a Style It Is

With "The Double," which premiered at TIFF last year and just screened at the Riviera Maya Film Festival, English writer/director and sometimes-comedian Richard Ayoade establishes himself as more than just the Wes Anderson acolyte we first met with his quirky 2010 directorial debut feature "Submarine."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 24, 2014 1:37 PM
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Will Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in 'Batman vs. Superman' Invigorate the Franchise?

I have no problem with this morning's news that Jesse Eisenberg is set to play Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder's "Batman vs. Superman," and Jeremy Irons will take over fellow senior Brit Michael Caine's role as Bat butler Alfred. At least--as the vociferous Twitter reaction indicates--Eisenberg represents a change-up in the next "Superman" movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2014 5:16 PM
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Magnolia Nabs 'The Double,' Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska (TRAILER)

Magnolia Pictures has snapped up US rights to Richard Ayoade's TIFF dark comedy "The Double," starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. Check out the atmospheric trailer, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 15, 2013 2:09 PM
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WATCH: Mysterious First Clip from Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves,' with Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard

The first clip from director Kelly Reichardt's Venice debuter "Night Moves," the followup to her 2010 revisionist western "Meek's Cutoff," has landed. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard as a group of radical environmentalists who set out to bomb a hydroelectric dam.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 3, 2013 12:41 PM
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Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves'

Three radical environmentalists blow up a hydro-electric dam in Oregon, and then face the consequences of their extreme actions in Kelly Reichardt's meditative, observational suspense-drama. Already beloved by many for her minimalist chronicles of American malaise "Wendy and Lucy" and "Meek's Cutoff," Reichardt's fifth feature is strongest in its set-up before becoming a tad perplexing and taking a baffling wrong turn at its inconclusive ending.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • August 31, 2013 8:55 AM
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'Now You See Me' Star Jesse Eisenberg vs. Romina Puga: "You are the Carrot Top of interviewers" (VIDEO)

Jesse Eisenberg joins the long list of movie stars who snap under the tedium of back-to-back junket interviews. For whatever reason (if it worked for Mila Kunis?), he decides to give Romina Puga a hard time; the interview is edited, so we don't know what other stuff she left out. But fair to say this gave me the biggest laugh I've had in a while.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2013 8:52 PM
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'Now You See Me': More Abracadabra, Less Explanation, Please

Learning the inner workings of a magic trick is almost always a bit of a disappointment. The magician's flourish is what makes the show fun--see the nuts and bolts of his or her work, and the sense of wonder shatters. It's fitting then, that surprise hit "Now You See Me" reflects the profession upon which it focuses: it's most fun during the trick, and much less so when the curtain is pulled back for us. Still, it's a fun summer fluff movie that transports and maybe even wows a bit--as long as you don't look too close.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 2, 2013 4:50 PM
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Trailer Watch: 'Now You See Me' Stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman in Cat-and-Mouse Caper

The new trailer for director Louis Leterrier's heist thriller 'Now You See Me' has arrived. The FBI team-vs.-illusionists comedy caper boasts an all-star cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson and Melanie Laurent.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 12, 2013 12:48 PM
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