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Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

We’ve got two poster debuts for you today, thanks to our friends over at Special Ops, and the first is for THE ILLUSIONIST. All I need to know about this film to know that I’ll be seeing it is that it stars Ed Norton and Paul Giamatti. Duelling magicians seem to be a trend right now, and I’m sure there’s room for both this and THE PRESTIGE later this year. Check this one out:

Pretty spiffy, eh?

"Moriarty" out.

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  • June 27, 2006, 6:36 p.m. CST


    by b3mike

  • June 27, 2006, 6:36 p.m. CST


    by Animus

    Abra Cadabra!

  • June 27, 2006, 6:37 p.m. CST


    by Animus

    My arch-nemesis magician b3mike!!! You'll pay for this...

  • June 27, 2006, 6:37 p.m. CST


    by OldBoy

    This is awesome...Norton, Giamatti...excellent names for this project.

  • June 27, 2006, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by b3mike

    I challenge ye sir to a duel!

  • June 27, 2006, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Ed Norton is making a stupid face

    by ChorleyFM

    Plus why promote this as from the producers of Crash and Sideways, those two films are as different from each other as this will be from them.

  • June 27, 2006, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Jessica Biel in 'Heaving Bosom' mode?

    by Cash Bailey

    Hell yeah. Who directed this. I can't read it.

  • June 27, 2006, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Ed Norton

    by VanLingoMungo

    Has an eerie "Hey, mind if I fist you" look on his face. Not good. Not good at all.

  • June 27, 2006, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Cash, It's directed by some chap named Neil Burger

    by VanLingoMungo

    Who, as far as I can tell, hasn't done jack shit other than some mockumentary called "Interview with the Assassin."

  • June 27, 2006, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Ya know, as cool as it does look overall....

    by TheSeeker7

    And it does, it looks badass, I gotta admit... ChorleyFM is right to a degree - the face Norton is making is a bit weird. It's sorta like a pouty face with his lips or something. Believe me, I think Norton's the shit, hell I want him to have my children he's so fucking awesome (mind you, I'm a straight male) but he does look funny here.

  • June 27, 2006, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Jessica Biel can beat up Ed Norton.

    by Christopher3

    That's why she has to wear long sleeves for this movie.

  • June 27, 2006, 7:55 p.m. CST

    It's the live action version of Moriarty's avatar

    by Terry_1978

    Look at it!

  • June 27, 2006, 7:57 p.m. CST

    dueling wizards are popular...

    by bottleimp

    I recently read "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrill," which is also about dueling wizards-- is this the new bandwagon to jump on?

  • June 27, 2006, 7:59 p.m. CST

    So dueling magicians are a trend now?

    by Mechasheeva

    How about an epic big-screen version of Johnathan Strange & Mr. Norrell?

  • June 27, 2006, 8 p.m. CST


    by Mechasheeva

    You beat me to it . . . still it could potentially rock.

  • June 27, 2006, 8:02 p.m. CST

    I would let Ed Norton......

    by missmichigan

    finger my norton. Paulie G. on the other hand?....he would have to pay.

  • June 27, 2006, 8:07 p.m. CST

    There's also Nolan's...

    by Christopher3

    "The Prestige." More duelling magicians for you. And what about that Houdini biopic?

  • June 27, 2006, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Cacky Crows!

    by tompbeast

    This film looks cool but that poster is sheeiite! it looks badly photoshopped and what;s with the rubber crows?

  • June 27, 2006, 8:17 p.m. CST

    It's a tad deceptive, however.

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    What I know of the script, and what I've seen of the film suggests that it's not as Harry Potter as this poster makes it out to be. If anything, it's a Merchant/Ivory style romantic drama whose principle character uses magic tricks to get the girl.

  • June 27, 2006, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Sweet....except for one thing.

    by Freakemovie

    "Nothing is what it seems." ???????????? C'mon. You can do better than that, marketing.

  • June 27, 2006, 8:29 p.m. CST


    by Holodigm

    but i don't see coming out better than the prestige. if nolan's film has a tenth of the complexity of priest's book it's still going to be a major mindtrip. i honestly expect it to clock in around 1/3 complexity, and i can't wait.

  • June 27, 2006, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Philip Glass is doing the music so I'm 100% there!

    by Proman1984

    This movie looks cool.

  • June 27, 2006, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Did John Woo direct this?

    by droog

    Because otherwise, the number of birds is inordinate.

  • June 27, 2006, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Cool poster

    by Kink

    I like magicians

  • June 27, 2006, 9:24 p.m. CST

    It's a pic of Mori carrying Harry's left nut

    by Doctor_Sin


  • June 27, 2006, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Actor, actor, pretty girl

    by MrBoinfoint

    One of these things is not like the other.

  • June 27, 2006, 9:49 p.m. CST

    i read somewhere that this is one of Norton's worst...

    by tripp5

    performances. cant remember where. i'll be seeing it anyway.

  • June 27, 2006, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Only one magician...

    by Harriet

    Saw this at Sundance, and Norton's the only magician in the piece. Probably my favorite film of the whole week. Just delicious--like a Mamet film made by Merchant Ivory. Can't wait!

  • June 27, 2006, 9:57 p.m. CST


    by IAmLegolas

    .... the poster comes off as a little too magical for what's really just illusions, this isn't Harry Potter. I want to check this out, but the fanboy in me is rooting more for "The Prestige" to succeed (The book is awesome) which will inevitably be compared to this movie by the general populous. It's like "Braveheart" vs. "Rob Roy" all over again.

  • June 27, 2006, 10:47 p.m. CST

    For those who liked The Prestige

    by Lovecraftfan

    youre actually telling me you liked the ending as well. I was loving the book up until the end which didnt resolve anything at all. It didnt even end ambiguously. It felt as if he had about 10 minutes to write the last 20 pages and just slammed it out there forgetting about a bunch of different plot threads he brought up and never resolved. Loved the book til then though.

  • June 27, 2006, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Edward Norton is cool and all...

    by WacksOnWacksOff

    But this movie needs more snakes on a plane. I'm just sayin'.

  • June 28, 2006, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Re: 'Lovecraftfan'

    by Prague23

    I was a little dissapointed by the ending of the book as well. Although, the last 80 pages or so started to really creap me out. And I'm confused as hell as to how that book will be filmed/edited. The structure I mean. The ending is either done brilliantly, ie, way over my head and I would need to read it again, maybe 2 or 3 times to get it, but I'll just wait until the film so that Nolan can maybe fill us in. Anyone else got any feedback? Oh, and the tag "Nothing is what it seems" is lame. Paul looks fucking cool though! RIP Potter, book 7.

  • June 28, 2006, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Is this that movie where he saws hot girls in half?

    by Orionsangels

    and only keeps the bottom half because the top talks too much, lol.

  • June 28, 2006, 12:29 a.m. CST

    The Producers

    by The Dum Guy

    Just think! The makers of two hit films colaborating on a movie about magic. Of course from the poster you know the plot will be about racist, drunk magicians that need hot chicks in order to combat their childhood fears of,,, something. On second thought, Wacks maybe right with the whole "more snakes on a plane" thing.

  • June 28, 2006, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Ed Norton?

    by Orionsangels

  • June 28, 2006, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Looks like...

    by PoweredUpPacman

    ...Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson got lost in some LOTR forest and found the Palantir.

  • June 28, 2006, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Harry and Herc are MAJOR assholes...

    by Jar Jar 4 Prez

    for that animation that they're using of Superman in the wheelchair. Yeah, I can hear your responses already: "Oh, but that's Herc's little avatar! We mean no disrespect!" Yeah, right... and I'm sure that as you were creating the animation and posting it on the site nobody made the connection that Christopher Reeve was confined to a wheelchair for the last few years of his life. You're gonna have to delete this post, because I'm totally calling you assholes out bigtime. There's no excuse for this type of shit.

  • June 28, 2006, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Jessica Biel hides her curves

    by CuervoJones

    not interested

  • June 28, 2006, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Pretty poster

    by Rupee88

    I like it...I don't know much about the movie, but Giamatti and Norton are always fun to watch.

  • June 28, 2006, 2:55 a.m. CST

    It has duelling magicians & Jessica Biel ina long dress

    by newc0253

    i'm there.

  • June 28, 2006, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Someone might of said this already...

    by Mr_Sleep001

    but I hate the apparent lack of time and effort that goes into posters nowadays. Instead of getting the actors together, lighting a scene and taking a photo, everything is done digitally and often poorly. Like here. That poster could have been so much cooler or just have been produced with more heart, soul and effort

  • June 28, 2006, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Love the poster.

    by onetrueking

  • June 28, 2006, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Jessica Biel is the hottest of the Jessica's...

    by beefywhore

    That is reason enough to see it... that said, this poster does nothing for me...

  • June 28, 2006, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Mr_Sleep001, you know what I miss about posters?

    by beastie

    I miss when the posters were painted, like the old Star Wars & Indiana Jones posters. Even the first Harry Potter movie had a painted poster. I miss those posters. All that being said, this poster is not that bad and it does get me interested. However, I laughed out loud when I read one of the talkbacker's reaction saying that it's a live action version of Moriarty's avatar.

  • June 28, 2006, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Mori only likes it cos they dress up like him!

    by brycemonkey

    Just kidding (cough) anyway, looks cool and Norton and Giamatti are always good. Does Giamatti look thin? creepy? both?!

  • June 28, 2006, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Are you sure that's Giamatti?

    by the beef

    That looks like Chris Elliot. The two stars do spark some interest for me, I'll be on the lookout.

  • June 28, 2006, 8:52 a.m. CST


    by Mr_Sleep001

    I'm with you on that. It used to be that posters were a key investment in the promotion of a film and were incredibly creative, bur now it's a case of 'do it digital, everyone's doing it so we have to do it too!' and then you get half assed posters. This isn't too bad, but it's hardly magnificent either

  • June 28, 2006, 9:20 a.m. CST

    I'd even prefer,

    by beastie

    if movie posters looked somewhat like book covers. Book covers can be very simple. Someone in this talkback brought up Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell. The hardback cover of that book was very simple, yet at the same time, extremely intriguing. If they could do something simple with movie posters; just something that plays on a specific emotion, yet conveys an icon, that would be better than digital posters. Remember the simple, yet iconic poster for 'A Clockwork Orange'? That is one of the most remembered posters in film history. Back to what I said in my previous post though. The film(s) that needed a great painted poster, and only got digital posters superimposed to look like paintings, were the 'Lord of the Rings' films.

  • June 28, 2006, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Funny that Giamatti is now considered "a star"

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Just saw him as a slightly retarded guy in "Past Midnight", a Rutger-Hauer-as-a-psycho-maybe early 1990s movie.

  • June 28, 2006, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Beware of my glowing sphere

    by Jonesey1111

  • June 28, 2006, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Birds in flight? Check. Trenchcoat? Check?

    by durhay

    Bad Guy with two guns? Can't tell yet.

  • June 28, 2006, 11:02 a.m. CST

    if they add a dozen people to the poster, it

    by durhay

    could be the next Soprano's season poster.

  • June 28, 2006, 11:08 a.m. CST

    The Prestige will kill the Illusionist. Wolvie + Bats!

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    Still, I'm sure both will be entertaining.

  • June 28, 2006, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Prague23- The Prestige

    by Lovecraftfan

    Im hoping they either change the ending or answer something. There are several things the book brings up that are left by the way side as creepy as the ending is. What were the parents arguing about at the fateful meeting. Why was you know who still in the crypt? Why did he leave? Also the secret to trick from the first magician(twins) was kind of lame considering its never really mentioned til the end. Still it could be a grea t movie.

  • June 28, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST

    "Nothing is what it seems"

    by Doctor_Sin

    Seems like a good movie to me - I guess this is the studio's way of not being accused of false advertising. "You may want to see this film, but don't let that fool you into going!"

  • June 28, 2006, 1:58 p.m. CST

    I thought I was the only one here that was also excited

    by beamish13

    about Philip Glass doing the score! He and Michael Nyman are the two most consistently exciting film composers out there (although Lisa Gerrard and Danny Elfman get honorable mentions)

  • June 28, 2006, 4:48 p.m. CST

    America loves Paul Giamatti!

    by ArtemisClydefrog

    Shit, I got all excited fer' nuthin. I thought this was "the Escapist", based on the Michael Chabon graphic novels. But hey, Rufus Sewell's in it too! And the guy that wrote the short story on which this movie's based is a Pulitzer Prize winner! (So's Ebert, but hey!) I'm there.

  • June 29, 2006, 1:23 a.m. CST


    by Tall_Boy

    That's the best Gob reference I could think of off the top of my head. If they *really* want to make a dueling magicians movie, they should make Gob vs Tony Wonder - The Final Countdown. Now THERE'S a fuckin movie!

  • June 29, 2006, 12:23 p.m. CST


    by EricST1

    Wish Norton would go "Fight Club" and throw that crystal ball at giafatti's face...

  • June 30, 2006, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Which once again proves my theory...

    by alexmac97

    that Amish love to bowl.

  • July 6, 2006, 4:23 p.m. CST

    by Joe Santi

    Edward Norton as Bill Maxwell and Will Ferrell as Ralph Hinkley Greatest American Hero: The Movie! MAKE IT SO!

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 4:48 a.m. CST

    paul giamatti - my newest hero

    by jmarty

    this guy has gone so far in short span of time. i guess i'll be front row center when this movie is officaly released in a few hours... ^_^