The Fantastic Mark Ruffalo Talks About “Now You See Me” and Working on “The Avengers” 


I love Mark Ruffalo! The actor is sweet and down-to-earth in real life! We all know him, of course, as Dr. Bruce Banner aka The Hulk in the mega-successful “Marvel’s The Avengers.” But we love him in smaller films like “The Kids are All Right” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” In the new movie “Now You See Me” opening May 31st, the actor stars as Dylan Hobbs, the detective out to get our Four Horsemen played by Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, and Dave Franco.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** I love how he kept on calling my name!
*** His reaction reading the script by Boaz Yakin, Ed Solomon, and Edward Ricourt for the first time
*** His character’s aspirations
*** The antagonists and the protagonists
*** It’s like “The Avengers” with magicians
*** How has his life changed since “The Avengers?”
*** Why “Now You See Me” is better than “The Avengers” for his kids at least
*** He will continue working on smaller, thought-provoking, independent movies! Yay!



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Jesse Eisenberg Reveals Secrets of “Now You See Me” 


Jesse Eisenberg reteams with his “Zombieland” cohort, Woody Harrelson, for the brilliantly unpredictable movie, “Now You See Me,” opening in theaters May 31st. Eisenberg stars as Michael Atlas, a guy who’s so good in card tricks that he gets invited to join The Four Horsemen alongside Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco. Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine co-star in this Louis Leterrier-directed crime-thriller.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What got him interested in making “Now You See Me”
*** The movie’s thesis – “the closer you look, the less you see”
*** How did he prepare for his character?
*** What tricks did he learn?
*** His playwriting skills in the stage play “Asuncion”
*** What’s his interest in writing stage plays?
*** Working with Woody Harrelson again
*** If he can have one magic trick what will it be?



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The Lovely Isla Fisher Talks About “Now You See Me” and Her Semi-Hiatus 


Isla Fisher was missing in action. The last time I interviewed the petite star was for 2009’s “Confessions of a Shopaholic.” And then she retired for a little bit, enjoying motherhood with spouse Sacha Baron Cohen. But now, we can’t escape her! Especially this summer! First, she nearly stole “The Great Gatsby” from Leonardo DiCaprio (I don’t know about you, but her Myrtle character has far more resonance), and then, she’s the fierce Henley in Summit’s “Now You See Me.”

And on my way to New Orleans to interview the cast of “Now You See Me,” guess what I found as a reading material? American Airlines’ American Way where Isla was the front cover! I can’t escape her indeed!

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Her semi-hiatus
*** What attracted her to doing “Now You See Me”
*** Doing her own stunts
*** The stunt that almost killed her!
*** Did she draw from any of her experience learning mimes at Jacques Lecoq School of Mime, Movement, and Theater in Paris in doing the stage scenes in “Now You See Me?”
*** Being vulnerable in interviews



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Dave Franco Talks About “Now You See Me” – And Shows His Card Tricks 


I love talking to Dave Franco. The baby brother of James Franco is slowly carving his own niche in Hollywood. He has made some Funny or Die videos, has starred in the surprise zombie romantic comedy hit, “Warm Bodies,” and now, he’s part of the fun ensemble in the unpredictable crime thriller, “Now You See Me.” In this interview, we talked about:

*** We started our interview with Franco critiquing my yellow shirt HA!
*** The unpredictable ending of “Now You See Me”
*** How the cast and director Louis Leterrier got him to sign on to make “Now You See Me”
*** How he prepared for the role
*** And then he tried to hit Morgan Freeman’s nether regions
*** Learning filmmaking from director Louis Leterrier
*** How much he loves the Parker Hotel in Park Springs



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"Into the Woods" Finds Its Baker's Wife? 


Wow, "Into the Woods" is becoming a star-studded affair! We all know Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp are joining the big screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical from director Rob Marshall ("Chicago"). And then we heard that Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal were in serious talks to join the cast as a pair of self-obsessed princes.

Now, we're hearing from Variety that Emily Blunt is also in serious talks to star as the Baker's wife. It's a lead role as the play focuses on the Baker and his wife as they go into the woods in search of the witch (Streep, I'm sure, will be fantastic!).

James Lapine wrote the script based on his book from the musical. No production date set yet, but my oh my, with a cast like this, I can't wait!

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