With a premise that feels almost eerily current, this stylish thriller revolves around a phone app game that takes its users out into the streets, where they cause additional mayhem. The energetic cast and crew keep the story moving at a brisk pace, generating moments of comedy, emotion, romance and some genuinely breathless suspense along the way.
It's set in New York City, where creative teen Vee (Emma Roberts) lives with her single mother (Juliette Lewis) in Staten Island, frustrated that she can't afford to attend her chosen art college in Los Angeles. Her best pal Sydney (Emily Meade) has just started playing the gaming app Nerve, in which watchers goad players to take increasingly bold dares for cash prizes. Tired of being the quiet good girl, and clearly in need of money, Vee gives in and signs up to the game herself. Watchers then team her up with fellow player Ian (Dave Franco) for an escalating series of dangerous pranks around Manhattan. And as this outrageous night continues, suspicions grow that there's something sinister behind the game.
Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish) give the film a colourfully kinetic visual style, with acrobatic camerawork and a variety of social media imagery, from text graphics to video-streaming sequences. Rather than just noise, these elements pull the audience into the action, adding a first-person point of view that's involving and exciting. Jessica Sharzar's script doesn't dig beneath the surface, and her cautionary observations on gaming culture aren't terribly subtle, but there's a genuine sense of both fun and life-threatening chaos in each set-piece.
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For their new thriller Nerve, Dave Franco and Emma Roberts play strangers thrown together by a gaming app as they take dares all around New York City. The lively combination of action, romance and edgy humour appealed to both actors.
Roberts enjoyed the original approach of the script. "I hadn't read anything like it," she says. "I feel like people are always trying to incorporate social media into television and movies and it's so hard to do in a interesting way. But I saw this to be really relevant and captivating."
And she couldn't imagine anyone else as her costar. "I remember reading it and thinking the only person who could play the role of Ian was Dave Franco. They went out to him and I texted him, 'Please do this. You will love it. It will be so much fun!'"
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While the original 2013 magical caper was a big hit, it's style-over-substance approach didn't exactly scream out for a follow-up. But here we are, with go-to sequel man Jon M. Chu at the helm (he also directed the second Step Up and G.I. Joe movies). Most of the high-octane cast is back for more trickery, but the plot is even murkier this time.
Since their last whiz-bang stunt, the Four Horsemen have been laying low. Their leader Dylan (Mark Ruffalo) continues to work in the FBI, helping Daniel, Merrit and Jack (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco) plot their next caper, now joined by quirky illusionist Lula (Lizzy Caplan). Their latest project is to expose corruption at a New York conglomerate, but the stunt is ambushed, and the quartet mysteriously finds themselves in Macau, coerced by a tech genius (Daniel Radcliffe) into staging an elaborate heist. Meanwhile, Dylan's cover is blown, so he teams up with veteran Thaddeus (Morgan Freeman) and heads to Macau himself, chased by his FBI boss (Sanaa Latham). And it all goes down in London.
The round-the-world plot gives the movie some very cool locations, and the plot races so quickly that most audiences won't notice that it makes virtually no logical sense at all. There are flashy distractions at every turn, from sleight of hand to vanishing acts to gross-out gags to enormous double-bluffs, and all of this is thoroughly entertaining even if the script itself feels strangely incomplete. Most sequences tend to end before they get to the point, while action scenes are choppy and incoherent. The only set-piece that works is the kinetic central heist, which hinges on a rapidly flung playing card. But even though it's uneven and clunky, the film remains entertaining simply because of the magical shenanigans and snarky dialogue.
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Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Radcliffe , Jon M. Chu - Summit Entertainment presents 'Now You See Me: The Second Act' at AMC Loews Lincoln Square - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 7th June 2016
Dave Franco - Los Angeles premiere of 'Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising' held at Westwood Village Theatre - Arrivals at Westwood Village Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 16th May 2016
Dave Franco - Los Angeles premiere of 'Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising' held at Westwood Village Theatre - Arrivals at Regency Village Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 17th May 2016
In this thriller the narrative follows Vee Delmonico on her quest to make a change in her life as she becomes tired of living life on the sidelines. Vee makes the decision to play the popular online game Nerve, which dictates dares that you need to do in order to win money, this starts of as just a bit of fun but she soon finds herself caught up in the adrenaline - fuelled game.
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While it's amusing and sometimes very funny, there's an air of desperation about this sequel to the 2014 breakout hit comedy. The main problem is that, instead of pushing the characters forward in any way, the plot is basically a rehash of the exact same series of events. So the cast and crew rush through it in the hopes that audiences might not notice, throwing in issues like girl power and gay marriage to make it look like they noticed the criticisms of the first movie.
It's been a year or so, and now Mac and Kelly (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) are selling their house to move to the suburbs before the birth their second child. But just as the sale is agreed, a sorority moves in next door, founded by Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz) in defiance of the usual frat-house rules. They get help from former fraternity leader Teddy (Zac Efron), who's aimless because his best pal Pete (Dave Franco) has just agreed to marry his boyfriend. So Mac and Kelly are worried that the loud parties are going to jeopardise the sale, and when talking with Shelby fails, the stand-off escalates into all-out war. And when the girls turn on him, Teddy swaps sides to help take them down.
The dialogue is packed with hilariously wrong humour, mainly adult gags that are spoken around very young children. The idea of a little girl who chooses a pink dildo as her favourite toy is good for one laugh, but perhaps not the next 10 the filmmakers try to wring from it. Meanwhile, there's a strange exhaustion in the air, as both Teddy and Mac seem tired of all of this nonsense. Efron and Rogen play the roles with impeccable timing, but both seem aware that they've already pushed these characters as far as they possibly can. Byrne has a lot more spark, and provides most of the best laughs. And Moretz shows some skill at spiky silliness.
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Mac and Kelly's lives have moved forward a lot since the problems they had with the fraternity house next door. Their daughter Stella is growing up and Kelly is pregnant with another baby. Their little family is growing and it's time to move to a bigger house. However, their new neighbours (a small sorority house who have big plans to ditch the usual implied, sexist sorority rules and prove that they can party just as hard as the boys.
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After becoming the most famous magicians in the world with their last tricks and exposing the wrongdoings of Arthur Tressler, it was obvious that as many people as they helped, they'd always upset a powerful few. One of those is Arthur's son, Walter Tressler.
Walter is on a mission to cause The Four Horsemen as much damage as possible. In order to stop Walter, the four magicians must pull off a stunt far bigger than their first.
With Isla Fisher pregant and unable to commit to the film Lizzy Caplan (Masters Of Sex) has been brought in to play the role of Lula. Other than Isla, all the lead cast from the first film will appear in the new film and Daniel Radcliffe will play the role of Arthurs son, a tech magnate.
James Franco , Dave Franco - James Franco and his younger brother Dave Franco on set filming the upcoming comedy film 'The Disaster Artist,' which James is also directing. This is the first time the Francos are working together on a project. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 11th December 2015
The ‘Mad Men’ actress has been dating Franco since 2012.
Congratulations are in order for former ‘Mad Men’ actress Alison Brie and her boyfriend Dave Franco who are now engaged. According to E! the couple have been dating since January of 2012, but like to keep their relationship private.
Dave Franco and Alison Brie are engaged.
A rep for Brie confirmed the happy news to E! Online after the 32 year old actress was spotting wearing an engagement ring at a screening for her new film Sleeping With Other People in West Hollywood on Monday.
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'The Maze Runner' and 'Neighbors' also scooped awards.
It's difficult to argue with the results of this year's MTV Movie Awards victors, who took home their much-deserved accolades on Sunday (April 12th 2015). The top prize of Movie Of The Year went to Josh Boone's adaptation of the John Green novel 'The Fault In Our Stars' - but who else won big at the 2015 ceremony?
Shailene Woodley took home a couple of awards herself; first for Best Female Performance in 'The Fault In Our Stars', and second for Best Kiss with Ansel Elgort. 'The Maze Runner' star Dylan O'Brien also won big, landing Breakthrough Performance, Best Hero and, of course, Best Fight with Will Poulter. O'Brien will reprise his role in the upcoming sequel 'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials'. Meanwhile, Zac Efron's abs in 'Neighbors' predictably won him Best Shirtless Performance, while his onscreen chemistry with Dave Franco made them Best Duo. 'Neighbors' was also the winner of Best WTF Moment, with Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne taking home the award.
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Critics have panned the comedy and it seems audiences are also staying away from this one.
Funnyman Vince Vaughn is probably wishing that his Unfinished Business had stayed incomplete, after the comedy was savaged by critics. But to add insult to injury, now it seems audiences have also failed to see the funny side of his latest outing, leaving the actor on track for his worst opening ever for a major release.
Unfinished Business has bombed at the box office.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the comedy may only take $5 million on its opening weekend, leaving it finishing in eighth place at the box office. The low number would make it Vaughn's worst ever opening for a major release and certainly the worst for a comedy.
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