Monthly Archives: May 2013

Now You See Me: Jesse Eisenberg Dishes Magician Inspirations

Now You See Me star Jesse Eisenberg met Movie Fanatic for an exclusive video interview in New Orleans and talked about his joy in re-teaming with his Zombieland co-star Woody Harrelson.

“He’s a great actor, he’s fun to watch. When you work with him, he’s so endlessly creative,” Eisenberg said. “He comes up with the most creative things.” 

As teased in the Now You See Me trailer, Eisenberg is the leader of The Four Horsemen, the magician quartet at the heart of the thrilling film. As part of their act, they rob banks all over the world and share the loot with their audience. The film also stars Isla Fisher, Dave Franco as Eisenberg and Harrelson’s magic cohorts and Mark Ruffalo as the federal agent on a mission to stop them.

Eisenberg’s character thinks he is the “best magician in the world” and the actor admits that audiences should be able to find a few famous magic men in his performance.

“I watched a lot of magicians and the one thing they all have in common, regardless of their specific style, is a kind of confident attitude,” Eisenberg said.

“I watched David Blaine, and he has a relaxed attitude, but he’s also very confident. And David Copperfield who is this old school showman, he is still very confident. I tried to meld those two styles.”

The East Review: I Spy a Revolution

Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij have done it again. The duo have written another riveting screenplay (after last year’s Sound of My Voice) with The East and with Batmanglij in the director’s chair and Marling starring again, they have doubled down on a thriller based in a world that lives in the shadows.

Brit Marling Alexander Skarsgard The East

Where Sound of My Voice followed a cult-like world that may or may not be led by an alien, The East chronicles the efforts of an eco-terrorist group who follow through on their missions with cult-like vive. The world’s richest corporations are profiting on the peril of our planet and the group — called The East — believes that those who led these companies should pay in kind. Allow an oil spill on your watch Mr. Oil Executive — we’ll pour oil through the vents of your house making it inhabitable.

As we learn in The East trailer, Marling works for a wealthy consulting group who recruits former spies and FBI agents to perform espionage for those “evil” corporations. Her first assignment, given to her by her boss — the ever awesome Patricia Clarkson — is to infiltrate The East by any means possible.

Even with a loving boyfriend at home, she must do her job and disappear into the wilderness, for however long it takes, to find The East and bring them to justice.

The Marling-Batmanglij tandem brings on a few newcomers and their contributions to their cinematic world are immense. Ellen Page (X-Men movies) and Alexander Skarsgard (most recently in Disconnect) star as a highly vocal member of the group and their leader, respectively.

After Batmanglij shows the audience images of nature scarred by greed, it is quite easy to commiserate with The East and in the hands of Page and Skarsgard, that much easier. Both actors sear in their portrayals and embody the feelings the audience possesses after witnessing such eco-horror. Yet, and this is a question that will be debated long after the credits roll, is their methods “right?”

Alexander Skarsgard Brit Marling The East

Movies such as The East are not meant to present sides of an issue as black and white. Through Marling’s character we can see how one can personally identify with The East, even if their form of justice is quite illegal. It is a debate that rages in our society currently, with no end in sight. And don’t look for The East to provide any answers. If anything, the debate only gets as murky and thick as an oil spill.

Our The East review cannot recommend this film enough. Marling is a force of nature and it is a delight to see her shine her talent on the natural world and what we as a species are doing to it.

Machete Kills Character Poster: Michelle Rodriguez as Shé

Coming on the heels of yesterday’s Machete Kills trailer premieres–both a Spanish and an English version–we now have a new character poster for Michelle Rodriguez in the role of Shé. Check it out:

Machete Kills Michelle Rodriguez Poster

The action sequel once again stars Danny Trejo as Machete Cortez, the ex-Federale. This time, he is hired by the U.S. President to stop a ruthless millionaire bent on spreading war across the world.

Charlie Sheen stars as the President, with Mel Gibson as the villain. Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness), Edward James Olmos, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Lady Gaga round out the giant cast.

Machete Kills premieres September 13. Visit our Machete Kills poster gallery for more.

Sam Mendes to Direct Bond 24

It just goes to show ya: never trust anything anyone says ever, especially not anyone who gets paid lots of money to do stuff.

Skyfall director Sam Mendes, who insisted that he didn’t want to direct the next Bond film, will direct the next Bond film.

Sam Mendes Picture

Mendes has long been out of the running, with producers looking at such big names as The Dark Knight‘s Christopher Nolan to take over the franchise. But the search can end, as Mendes is reportedly on board for Bond 24 as well as Bond 25.

It is unclear exactly what changed Mendes’ mind, but it’s likely some combination of money and scheduling.

So with Mendes and Daniel Craig returning together for at least two more films, how do you think the immediate future of the James Bond franchise looks?

This is the End International Trailer: Scarface Style

The international trailer for This is the End has dropped! Despite seeing a lot of the same scenes lately, the new promo features some brand new footage! Check it out:

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg co-wrote and co-directed the comedy, with Rogen starring. While at a party at James Franco’s house, the apocalypse hits Los Angeles, leaving Rogen and his friends to fight for their lives.

Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Jonah Hill round out the group of friends. Emma Watson (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Michael Cera, Jason Segel, David Krumholtz, Paul Rudd (Anchorman), Martin Starr, Kevin Hart, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse also star.

This is the End premieres June 12. Watch the This is the End red band trailer for more.