While not purely outstanding, Nima Nourizadeh’s entertaining out-of-the-blue Jesse Eisenberg action romp, American Ultra, was a definitive change of pace for the actor best known for quieter, more subtle roles emulating innocuous “beta male” types. Such is what you’ll find at the top of Faults helmer Riley Stearns’ The Art Of Self-Defense before the rest of the narrative unfolds from its cautionary exploration of male toxicity with a touch of nudity and gender disparity.
Just in time for the Cobra Kai hype, Jesse Eisenberg is following up his SXSW outing in writer/director Riley Stearns’ latest, The Art Of Self-Defense with a progressive theatircal rollout this July. The offiical trailer is now up and running… that is, unlike Eisenberg’s character, a bookeeper who is apparently done with running from thugs. Instead, now he’s throat punching people in mid-dialogue and taking on his low key maniacal karate teacher, played by actor Alessandro Nivola.
Alex Ritman’s newest exclusive at The Hollywood Reporter is continuing the stimulus from last year’s news with Nicolas Cage addition to Sono Sion’s American debut, Prisoners Of The Ghostland. Set to begin production in the Spring, Cage will be joined by Green Room actress Imogen Poots who now joins the film which is currently being shopped in Berlin from XYZ Films.
Barbara Thorson is your new hero. A quick-witted, sharp-tongued middle-schooler who isn’t afraid of anything. As the only girl in school carrying an ancient Norse warhammer in her purse and killing giants for a living, why wouldn’t she be? I Kill Giants is the sweeping, bittersweet story of a young girl struggling to conquer monsters both real and imagined as her world crumbles at the feet of giants bigger than any one child can handle.
The Art Of Self-Defense is produced by The End Cue’s Andrew Kortschak, Cody Ryder, Stephanie Whonsetler and Walter Kortschak. Worldwide distribution rights have been acquired by Bleecker Street whose Andrew Karpen serves as executive producer, and whose Kent Sanderson and Avy Eschenasy struck the deal with the filmmakers’ reps, CAA.
Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” captures the thrills of the game in a real-world setting. An exciting return to the great car-culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when authenticity brought a new level of intensity to the action, “Need for Speed” taps into what makes the American myth of the open road so enticing.