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Jesse Eisenberg had no idea that the estate of David Foster Wallace objected to the production of his upcoming film about the late writer, “The End of the Tour,” but he's certain that it's a fair depiction of the “Infinite Jest” author, nonetheless.

Eisenberg, who is in the midst of promoting his new dark dramedy “The Double,” responded with total surprise when TheWrap asked about the David Foster Wallace Literary Trust's strong objection to the film, in which Eisenberg stars as David Lipsky, a journalist who accompanies Wallace (played by Jason Segel) during his promotional tour for “Infinite Jest.”

“It's based on these interviews that my character did with David Foster Wallace,” Eisenberg said. “The script is almost verbatim, it's based on these interviews and I have the tapes. So whether or not it's sanctioned, it's a fairly accurate depiction of what occurred. I have the tapes and the dialogue is from the tapes.”

The tapes became the basis for the 2010 best-seller “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself.” Wallace's estate is none-too-pleased with the movie adaptation of those tapes, which it says they tried to stop.

“The trust was given no advance notice that this production was underway and, in fact, first heard of it when it was publicly announced,” a spokesman said last month. “For the avoidance of doubt, there is no circumstance under which the David Foster Wallace Literary Trust would have consented to the adaptation of this interview into a motion picture, and we do not consider it an homage.”

Still, Eisenberg was quite enthralled by the source material, marveling at the author's clarity and mind.

“He speaks in such an interesting way, because he speaks not only in full sentences, he speaks in full metaphors,” Eisenberg, himself a rapid speaker (and faster thinker) who hardly breathes between sentences, said of Wallace. “He's one of these brilliant people; you hear Bill Clinton speak, he'll take a little pause before he says something and then he'll come out with this beautiful, well-thought out sentence. Wallace was like that, he'd take a little pause before he says something and then he comes out with something that's so well-reasoned and so thought out. It's the opposite of how I speak, which is very quickly with very pauses and no metaphors.”

LOS ANGELES – Relatives of David Foster Wallace say they're opposed to the upcoming film The End of the Tour, which is based on David Lipsky's 2010 book Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace.

In his book, Lipsky recounts accompanying Wallace, the author best known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, on his book tour.

Production on The End of the Tour, written by Donald Margulies, directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) and starring Jason Segel as Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as Lipsky, wrapped in late March.

Lawyers for Wallace's family and literary trust said in a news release Monday that they "have no connection with, and neither endorse nor support" the film.

They add that "the trust was given no advance notice that this production was underway" and the film "is loosely based on transcripts from an interview David consented to 18 years ago for a magazine article.… That article was never published and David would have never agreed that those saved transcripts could later be repurposed as the basis of a movie."

There was no mention of Lipsky's book in the release, which also states that "individuals and companies involved with the production were made keenly aware of the substantive reasons for the trust's and family's objections to this project."

The estate prefers that Wallace, who killed himself in 2008, be "remembered for his extraordinary writing."

22 April 2014 @ 10:37 am
Dakota Fanning and Jesse Eisenberg are on edge in exclusive 'Night Moves' clip

16 April 2014 @ 05:54 pm
As production on the action-comedy American Ultra kicks off in New Orleans. Lionsgate is announcing some enticing new additions to the cast: Bill Pullman, Tony Hale and Sharon Stone. This trio joins an ensemble that already includes Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, John Leguizamo, and Walton Goggins.

Here's the official plot synopsis for American Ultra, which was just revealed in a press release announcing the start of principal photography

American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike, a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe, is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent in a government program created by Victoria Lasseter. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.

Eisenberg will front the action-packed and funny feature as Mike. Stewart, who has recently wrapped on a trio of dramas (Clouds of Sils Maria, Anethesia, and Still Alice) and previously co-starred with Eisenberg in Adventureland, will play Phoebe, while Stone is set for the role of sleeper agent wrangler Victoria Lasseter. For now, Lionsgate is currently keeping quiet on what roles the rest of the cast will play.

In a tight race for No. 1 at the worldwide box office, Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” with its estimated $41.4 million domestically, eked out a victory over Fox’s newcomer “Rio 2,” which ended with a projected $39 million three-day Stateside opening.

Globally, “Rio 2″ grossed $101.3 million worldwide this weekend, while “Captain America” raked in just under $102 million globally.

In the States, the weekend started out favorably for “Rio 2,” winning a photo-finish race on Friday, though “Winter Soldier” wound up proving sturdier than expected, falling just 56% in its second weekend. The tentpole reached $159 million domestically (nearly 90% of the lifetime gross of the original), with more than $476 million worldwide.

This is the second straight frame during which “Captain America” has collected more than $100 million globally; pic raked in $60.6 million internationally, bringing its overseas total to $317.7 million.

“Rio 2,” on the other hand, expanded its offshore footprint to 55 territories this weekend, minting a solid $62.3 million. The sequel already had been playing in 12 markets, the largest being Brazil, with an overseas cume past $125 million.

Domestically, the toon, which scored an ‘A’ CinemaScore across all demos, struggled to match its predecessor’s $39.2 million Stateside opening in 2011. Fox domestic distribution topper Chris Aronson attributed the sequel’s softer-than-expected bow to the nationwide warm-up on Saturday.

“Weather was extraordinary across the country,” Aronson said, “and after a brutal winter, people flocked to outdoor activities.”

Though “Rio 2″ clearly drew strong family support (it will continue to do so over the coming weeks with spring break and the Easter holiday), the film failed to compete with “Captain America” for single young adults.

In the tightest race of the year and the first major battle of the sequels, Fox-Blue Sky Studios’ “Rio 2” barely flew past Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at the Friday box office.

The lighthearted family toon grossed $12 million, slightly edging out the politically-infused superhero pic, which drew $11.9 million Friday. “Rio 2,” which brought in $375,000 from Thursday night shows, also looks to dominate in the weekend box office. It’s on track for $44 million, versus the “Captain America” sequel’s $41 million. Distributors had expected the opposite leading into the weekend and had underestimated the earning potential of both movies.

“Rio 2” exceeded its predecessor, which earned $10.2 million on Friday in April 2011. The 3D animated movie is also on track to pass the total Stateside weekend gross of the original movie (an Oscar nominee), which debuted to $39.3 million and went on to haul almost $485 million worldwide ($144 Stateside).

The comedy has already commanded about $60 million in a dozen overseas markets, including Brazil (the film is set in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro), Germany, Russia, Spain and the U.K. It expanded to 55 markets over the weekend to major international territories such as China and Mexico.

The family film from Brazilian director Carlos Saldanha (A CinemaScore), which cost $103 million to produce, is voiced by Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jesse Eisenberg and Bruno Mars, among other big names. It’s showing in 3,948 locations.

11 April 2014 @ 05:34 pm
Rio 2: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg & Andy Garcia interview

Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg 'Rio 2' interview

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Actor Jesse Eisenberg was in the red chair to talk about his career and his new movie, The Double.

For this edition of Best Story Ever, Jesse Eisenberg talked about how he almost got hit by a train.

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Rio 2 has topped the UK cinema chart on its debut weekend on release.

The Blue Sky Studios animated sequel, posting earnings of £2.8 million (up on the £1.5 million haul of its 2011 predecessor), won a highly-competitive box office battle which saw both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Noah gross more than £2 million from UK screens.

Divergent, the Shailene Woodley action film, debuted at number four with £1.7 million. The film falls short of fellow YA movies Twilight and The Hunger Games, which debuted to £2.5 million and £4.9 million respectively.

Muppets Most Wanted, down three places from last week's runner-up spot, completes the top five.

Elsewhere, the chart saw new entries for opera broadcast La Boheme and Richard Ayoade's The Double.

The UK box office top ten in full:

1. (-) Rio 2 - £2,882,680
2. (1) Captain America: The Winter Soldier - £2,764,030
3. (-) Noah - £2,511,397
4. (-) Divergent - £1,767,295
5. (2) Muppets Most Wanted - £897,395
6. (3) The Grand Budapest Hotel - £611,999
7. (-) La Boheme - £374,522
8. (-) The Double - £281,794
9. (6) The Lego Movie - £264,574
10. (4) Non-Stop - £189,815

The Double: How Jesse Eisenberg acted opposite himself

An exclusive featurette from behind the scenes of Richard Ayoade’s mind-bending new comedy reveals how they got two actors for the price of one.

Watch it above.

Jesse Eisenberg plays two roles in ‘The Double’, one is the timid milquetoast Simon James, and the other is his doppelgänger James Simon, the brash bully who invades his life.

Both characters often appear on screen together, which led to some creative solutions in the film-making process from director Richard Ayoade.

“What’s hard is that Jesse is playing one part, then we pick a take on set,” explains the writer-director, “Then [Jesse] hears that chosen take back in his ear through an earpiece.”

“The motorised camera then does the exact same movement again, as he plays the other character.”