Whilst promoting Now You See Me in London last month, Isla & Jesse Eisenberg popped into BBC Radio1 for a game of pie tennis ….
With thanks to my beloved friend April we have some previously unseen scans from a couple of 2009 magazines when Isla was promoting Confessions Of A Shopaholic. Women’s Weekly had a short interview with her alongside a promotional photoshoot for Shopaholic, and In Style Australia reprinted the shoot and text from Isla’s earlier spread in the magazine’s UK edition. I always love seeing Isla in magazines from around the world, so loved seeing these spreads! Enjoy for yourself by clicking the previews below.
Here’s a big update for you – I’ve added a ton of additional (mostly) HQ photos from several of Isla’s summer public appearances to promote Gatsby and Now You See Me! She looked particularly amazing at all events so I know you’ll all enjoy these extra shots. I just can’t decide on my favourite look from them … I love the Cannes and Now You See Me premieres the most … how about you?
Big thanks goes to my friend DeA for many of these photos ♡
• CinemaCon 2013 – Lionsgate Presentation Highlighting Its 2013 Releases x4 more
• “The Great Gatsby” Press Conference x14 more
• Gotham Magazine Celebrates Cover Star Isla Fisher x18 more
• “The Great Gatsby” New York Premiere x2 more
• Cannes Film Festival – “The Great Gatsby” Photocall x51 more
• Cannes Film Festival – “The Great Gatsby” Press Conference x7 more
• Cannes Film Festival – “The Great Gatsby” Premiere x74 more
• “Now You See Me” New York Premiere x114 more
• “Now You See Me” Los Angeles Screening x91 more
Now You See Me Getting a Sequel
As the summer comes to a close, studios are already looking back at what worked and what didn’t and for Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment, one of their big summer successes was the Louis Letterier-directed magical heist movie Now You See Me, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Isla Fisher. It has grossed $115.6 domestic and $119.3 million internationally based on a reported production cost of $75 million.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts on Friday that the success of one of the summer’s few movies that isn’t a sequel and isn’t based on an existing property already has the company talking about a sequel with plans to start production as early as 2014.
There’s no additional information about whether they already have a writer working on a screenplay, whether director Louis Letterier might return to direct or how much of the original ensemble cast were signed to multiple picture deals and might return, but if you happened to have seen the movie then you know that there are definitely some interesting ideas that they could explore in a sequel.
Stay tuned for more info on the project as Lionsgate and Summit move forward with it.
Now You See Me casts a spell in Oz
Now You See Me, a crime caper starring Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Woody Harrelson as bank robbing magicians, enthralled Australian audiences last weekend, replicating its global success.
The comedy, which co-stars Michael Caine as a rich guy who despatches the gang to Las Vegas where they are pursued by an FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) and an Interpol agent (Mélanie Laurent), conjured up $4 million including previews.
A change of pace and tone for French director Louis Leterrier (best known for the Transporter action flicks, Clash of the Titans and The Incredible Hulk), the film has raked in more than $US255 million worldwide: more than enough for Lionsgate to green light a sequel.
Pain & Gain, the Michael Bay-directed action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie, muscled into cinemas with a respectable $1.75 million.
English black comedy/horror item The World’s End tumbled by 54% to $496,000 in its second weekend, raking in $1.9 million to date.
Bollywood fans turned out en masse for Chennai Express, which checked in with a fine $385,000 on just 21 screens. Directed by Rohit Shetty, the comedy stars Shah Rukh Khan as a Mumbai man who journeys to a small town to fulfil the last wish of his grandfather and en route meets the daughter of a crime boss (Deepika Padukone).
The film grossed $US2.22 million on 196 screens in the US at the weekend, the biggest ever opening for an Indian release in that country.
Positive reviews for Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring had little discernible impact on ticket sales as the saga about a bunch of Los Angeles teenagers who steal jewellery, cash and clothes from the homes of rich and famous took $54,000 at 10 screens.
Roadshow gave a token cinema release to Gambit, a remake of a 1960s English heist caper that starred Michael Caine and Shirley Maclaine, with dire results. The new version was written by Joel and Ethan Coen and stars Colin Firth, Alan Rickman and Tom Courtenay, evidently a waste of time and talent for all concerned. The film played just one session a day at 41 cinemas: the minimum required for a free-to-air TV deal.
‘Now You See Me’: How real illusionists made movie magic
Magicians have amazed audiences with illusions for centuries, but in modern entertainment, filmmakers are the reigning wizards. Visual effects are their illusions. CGI is their bag of tricks. All that is very familiar to French director Louis Leterrier, whose movies include The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans. But for his latest movie, Now You See Me, opening today in theaters, he set out to limit the use of computer-generated effects.
“I was coming from those big spectacle movies where CGI was almost like one of the main characters, but from the very beginning [of developing Now You See Me] we decided to take a low-tech approach to everything,” Leterrier says.
Now You See Me stars Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco as magicians who come to be known as the Four Horsemen. When they rob a bank in the middle of one their spectacular show performances, they’re pursued by FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo).
For some inside knowledge of the magicians’ world, Leterrier hired David Kwong, founder of the Misdirectors Guild, a group of illusionists who consult on films. Kwong helped develop the film’s script and was one of multiple illusionists who taught the actors their tricks.