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April 2, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - On a cramped stage at the Cherry Lane Theatre, a historic off-Broadway venue tucked away on one of the quaintest streets in the West Village, Vanessa Redgrave is offering her costar Jesse Eisenberg an education not even the world's finest drama school could provide. Eisenberg, an actor best known for his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg in the film "The Social Network," happens to be a budding dramatist. His new play, "The Revisionist," is one of the scarcest tickets in New York right now, thanks to Redgrave, who is making an American stage appearance away from the bright lights of Broadway (though rumor has it the show may be heading there)
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April 25, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
If the clang and clutter of summer superhero movies and action behemoths aren't for you - or even if you just want a break - there are still plenty of options in the months ahead, both at the art house and the far corners of the multiplex. Which isn't to say that even these movies don't have some of the same features as their louder, bigger cousins. There's the end credits stinger of "Calvary," which instead of teasing a sequel hauntingly shows the locations from the movie without people, or the microbudget action sequence of "Happy Christmas," when a frozen pizza forgotten in the oven sets off smoke alarms and panic.
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September 7, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
With more than 300 movies showing at the Toronto International Film Festival, there is bound to be some overlap. Jesse Eisenberg acts in two films world premiering at the Canadian event, while Mia Wasikowska performs in three screening there. But the multiplicities are especially manifold for their movie "The Double," director Richard Ayoade's examination of the horror of encountering your better self. A loose adaptation of the Fyodor Dostoevsky novella first published in 1846, "The Double" stars Eisenberg in a dual role in a tale of identity, paranoia and the relentless grip of self-loathing.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, "Rio 2" is nevertheless too much. Too much plot, too many issues, too many characters. But not too much music. Yes, the musical numbers reach saturation levels, but the Latin-influenced jamming and singing are absolutely fabulous. "Rio 2's" music might even save the 3-D animated action-adventure about endangered South American blue macaws from the terrible 2s that affect so many sequels. The eclectic animal and human cast and respective star voices that "Rio" introduced in 2011 have all reconvened to continue the party.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2007 | KEVIN CRUST
A film festival is a lot like a circus coming to town. It arrives amid much fanfare and ballyhoo, sets up temporary shop offering exotic entertainment and beguilements and then, as quickly as it arrived, it's gone. And there is a necessary wistfulness to its departure, with films left unseen, ephemeral acquaintances made and the aftereffects of visual overload settling in.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2011
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2009 | Robert Abele
Were they to exist, zombies would be hard to ignore. Scripts about these flesh-eating creatures are real, though, and it seems they're easier to push aside. Especially if you're an actor who does his best to ignore such movies. "The one genre I don't watch is horror," says Woody Harrelson. "I get nightmares. For some reason, it really scares me." Just to get the Oscar-nominated actor to read the script to "Zombieland," the title of which could lead any star to believe humans were secondary, was a chore for his agent.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
If the clang and clutter of summer superhero movies and action behemoths aren't for you - or even if you just want a break - there are still plenty of options in the months ahead, both at the art house and the far corners of the multiplex. Which isn't to say that even these movies don't have some of the same features as their louder, bigger cousins. There's the end credits stinger of "Calvary," which instead of teasing a sequel hauntingly shows the locations from the movie without people, or the microbudget action sequence of "Happy Christmas," when a frozen pizza forgotten in the oven sets off smoke alarms and panic.
NEWS
December 16, 2010 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Jesse Eisenberg is a seeker. Whether it's the reporter interviewing him, the photographer shooting him or the local fan who stops him in a coffee shop, Eisenberg spends a good deal of his time probing others for answers. The 27-year-old's star wattage has increased exponentially since his star turn in "The Social Network," a best picture Oscar nomination contender, and while the greater notoriety doesn't necessarily fit with his low-key personality, Eisenberg is appreciative of the access his increased drawing power has provided him. But rather than covet a newfound access to Hollywood heavyweights, as many budding young stars might, Eisenberg is delighted to meet anyone who may have an interesting story to tell.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2009 | Denise Martin
There's no shame talking about: "Important Things With Demetri Martin" Martin is a Yale grad and former writer for "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," so it's no surprise his Comedy Central show is nerd humor at its finest. Catch the season finale and join me in awaiting its renewal.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
With more than 300 movies showing at the Toronto International Film Festival, there is bound to be some overlap. Jesse Eisenberg acts in two films world premiering at the Canadian event, while Mia Wasikowska performs in three screening there. But the multiplicities are especially manifold for their movie "The Double," director Richard Ayoade's examination of the horror of encountering your better self. A loose adaptation of the Fyodor Dostoevsky novella first published in 1846, "The Double" stars Eisenberg in a dual role in a tale of identity, paranoia and the relentless grip of self-loathing.
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May 26, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal
The hand is quicker than the eye, according to David Kwong, magic consultant for the upcoming film "Now You See Me" from Summit Entertainment. But that's not the only trick behind how the film's central characters - a gang of four magicians played by Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco and Woody Harrelson - pull off multiple bank heists. Kwong, 32, got his introductory abracadabra when he was about 7. He was at a pumpkin patch, where a magician performed a trick involving a disappearing and reappearing red sponge ball.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - On a cramped stage at the Cherry Lane Theatre, a historic off-Broadway venue tucked away on one of the quaintest streets in the West Village, Vanessa Redgrave is offering her costar Jesse Eisenberg an education not even the world's finest drama school could provide. Eisenberg, an actor best known for his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg in the film "The Social Network," happens to be a budding dramatist. His new play, "The Revisionist," is one of the scarcest tickets in New York right now, thanks to Redgrave, who is making an American stage appearance away from the bright lights of Broadway (though rumor has it the show may be heading there)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2012
"Why Stop Now?" tells the story of a gifted piano prodigy named Eli who, because he's played by Jesse Eisenberg, is a walking fermata of nervousness and hyperawareness. Eli is late to his important audition for a top conservatory for a variety of reasons that feel as if screenwriters/directors Philip Dorling and Ron Nyswaner gathered them from an audience-participation improv night - mom's going to rehab that day, his hand gets injured, there's a wacky drug dealer named Sprinkles, etc. Despite a cast that includes including Melissa Leo in hippie-narcissist mode as the mother and Tracy Morgan working deadpan menace as Sprinkles, everything about "Why Stop Now?"
NEWS
August 12, 2011 | By Michael Phillips, Tribune Newspapers critic
Fast, cheap and out of control and set in glamorous Grand Rapids, Mich., director Ruben Fleischer's "30 Minutes or Less" doesn't even crack the 80-minute mark if you exclude the end credits. The same was true of Fleischer's feature film debut, the very funny "Zombieland," which contained more visual wit and kinetic energy than most action comedies we're seeing lately. Fleischer and his editor, Alan Baumgarten, have complementary senses of humor; they know how to cut for maximum punctuation as well as how to cut to the chase.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
"Rio," a 3-D animated film about tropical birds, should soar to the top of the box office this weekend. The movie, with feathered protagonists voiced by Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, is expected to gross $35 million to $40 million in its first weekend, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The weekend's other new wide release, the horror film "Scream 4," is likely to collect about $27million. "Rio," the latest release from 20th Century Fox-owned animation company Blue Sky Studios, cost about $90 million to produce after tax incentives.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
When Jesse Eisenberg arrived at his West Hollywood hotel last week, only an hour off a plane and with a bulky duffel bag slung over his shoulder, he seemed irritated. And he was, because the night before, he had accidentally caught the last 30 seconds of "The Social Network," in which he stars as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, before a question-and-answer session about the movie in Chicago. He had been trying to avoid it because he does not like to watch his own performances. "I've been so furious this whole morning about what I did in that scene," he said almost immediately after sitting down at the Sunset Marquis' restaurant.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2011
Jesse Eisenberg Nominated for his role as Facebook mastermind Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network. " "I think there's a misconception that all people who have chosen to act in movies are eager to see themselves in the thing," the 27-year-old told The Times. "You're eager for the experience; you don't necessarily mind that it comes out. " James Franco Nominated for his portrayal of Aron Ralston in "127 Hours," the story of the real-life outdoorsman who had to sever part of his arm to escape from a remote Utah canyon where his limb was pinned under a boulder.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2011
SERIES Supernanny: The child rearing-themed reality series starring Jo Frost presents its final episode (8 p.m. ABC). WWE Friday Night SmackDown! Tag team legends Edge and Christian are reunited on a new installment of the pro wrestling show (8 p.m. Syfy). Fringe: The investigation of a suicide puts the team on the trail of a mystery woman in this new episode of the trippy sci-fi series (9 p.m. Fox). Take Two With Phineas and Ferb: "How I Met Your Mother's" Neil Patrick Harris guests on a new edition of the animated interview show (9 p.m. Disney)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2011
Jesse Eisenberg Nominated for his role as Facebook mastermind Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network. " "I think there's a misconception that all people who have chosen to act in movies are eager to see themselves in the thing," the 27-year-old told The Times. "You're eager for the experience; you don't necessarily mind that it comes out. " James Franco Nominated for his portrayal of Aron Ralston in "127 Hours," the story of the real-life outdoorsman who had to sever part of his arm to escape from a remote Utah canyon where his limb was pinned under a boulder.
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