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Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari deliver their '30 Minutes or Less'

"30 Minutes or Less" team at the movie's premiere

It's no secret: Jesse Eisenberg isn't a big fan of doing interviews.

While promoting "The Social Network" last fall, the 27-year-old Oscar nominee was open about the fact that being on the award circuit -- where one is required to talk often about him or herself -- made him uncomfortable.

Photos: '30 Minutes or Less' premiere

But after a few months off, the red-carpet averse star was begrudgingly back in the spotlight Monday night in Hollywood at the premiere of his new film, "30 Minutes or Less."

"I requested a black carpet," Eisenberg joked, adding that since award season he has "been practicing" his media skills. "I've laid out a carpet in my apartment and just had my girlfriend pepper me with questions and I would try to deflect them."

After such a serious turn as Mark Zuckerberg in the Facebook movie, Eisenberg may surprise audiences with "30 Minutes," a dark comedy in which he plays a pizza delivery guy who is kidnapped, strapped with a bomb and forced to rob a bank. But he said the specificity of that situation provided him with "a lot of stuff to do" as an actor, even though the movie "plays generally as a comedy."

He even got Method, hanging out with an actual pizza-delivery dude.

"You wanna do as much as you can so by the time you show up on set and there's big lights set up that you feel prepared," he said.

Costar Aziz Ansari said that having a cast made up of so many comedians -- including Danny McBride and Nick Swardson -- made for a fun environment on-set, where everyone was improvising left and right.

"Everyone was comfortable with doing that kind of stuff, and we had a great script, also," Ansari said. "Ruben [Fleischer, the director] was very encouraging if we had any ideas to bring them to the table -- and a lot of that stuff is in the movie for sure."

"30 Minutes or Less" opens Friday.

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Photo: "30 Minutes or Less" actors Bianca Kajlich, left, Nick Swardson, Aziz Ansari, Jesse Eisenberg, Dilshad Vadsaria and Michael Peña outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Aug. 8, 2011. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images.



Vanity Fair Hollywood issue arrives in time for Oscar [video]

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This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom.

 Just as April showers bring May flowers, the Vanity Fair Hollywood issue means that Oscar is right around the corner — and the magazine has once again recruited the biggest stars in film to ring in the awards.

Who will you see on the magazine rack? Academy Awards show hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco are featured in the first part of a multi-panel cover, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds joining them.

Anthony Mackie finds himself in a Jennifer Lawrence and Olivia Wilde sandwich as the talented bunch put their best faces forward along a clubhouse bar in a shot styled with old-school showbiz glamour. Jesse Eisenberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt get Mila Kunis as some sexy topping in a little black number, while Robert Duvall surfaces behind the bar.

New "Spider-Man" Andrew Garfield perches by Rashida Jones (who is, naturally, feeding a lion cub with a bottle), along with "Country Strong" and "Tron: Legacy" stud Garrett Hedlund and the original "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Noomi Rapace

Check out a clip of the shoot below, and tell us your thoughts on the Hollywood issue in comments.

For the record, 2:51 p.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified Jennifer Lawrence as Dianna Agron. 

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Photo: The stars of the 2011 Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue. Credit: Norman Jean Roy / Vanity Fair.


SAG Awards: When actors compliment other actors -- and they dig it [video]

Every year, when the Screen Actors Guild Awards roll around, we always hear the same thing from the nominees: "This award means so much more to me, because it comes from my peers!"

Sure, that's all well and good. But do famous A-listers ever actually praise one another on their performances? That's what we set out to discover Sunday on the red carpet at the Shrine Auditorium, where a handful of stars shared some of the compliments they've received on the awards trail this season.

Many of the "Glee" cast members, such as Dianna Agron and Amber Riley, said they still recalled the kind words Meryl Streep sent their way at last year's SAG Awards. John Hawkes was touched when Ben Affleck said he enjoyed the indie actor's turn in "Winter's Bone." And in the era of cellphones and laptops, "Conviction" star Hilary Swank said she was shocked when she received a handwritten letter from none other than Sharon Stone.

"You know, it's amazing when someone hand writes a letter. It's not an e-mail, it's not a text, it's not a phone call, it's not hearsay," Swank said. "Sharon Stone wrote me the nicest letter, and I'm like, 'Oh my, oh look, look!' I didn't frame it, but it's still propped up on my desk."

"The Social Network" star Jesse Eisenberg, who had just stepped off a plane after his "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig the evening prior, said he has always felt like actors are more encouraging of one another than those in different professional fields.

"I think that has a lot to do with the nature of working with people in that context -- you're not only a colleague, but you're kind of like sharing something emotionally," he said. "There's this whole other element to it, and the vulnerability of performing on a set. I think it adds -- it strengthens the camaraderie in a unique way."

If you missed the red carpet, click the link below for more photos of SAG Awards arrivals.

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SAG Awards: 'I was his champion,' Jesse Eisenberg says of Mark Zuckerberg

Jesse Eisenberg at the SAG Awards Jesse Eisenberg hit the Screen Actors Guild  Awards red carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday, fresh off hosting "Saturday Night Live" in New York -- walking with an almost studied seriousness, as if he had permanently embodied the persona of prickly Facebook chief exec Mark Zuckerberg.

That'd be the Zuckerberg he finally met Saturday night in New York, of course -- but as himself he speaks quickly, with lots of intensity behind it, brows furrowed as between thumb and forefinger he crunches green leaves plucked from the hedge separating him from the media.

"When we were making it, I thought it was really good, but I've thought that about a lot of things that have never been seen," he said, acknowledging he didn't expect the amount of awards attention the film has garnered so far. "The cultural significance of it couldn't be planned for."

What about any responsibility to the real-life Zuckerberg -- did Eisenberg worry that the Facebook honcho was hurt by his portrayal?

"I'm in a unique position, because my job is to defend my character," he said after a pause. "If the movie was criticizing the character, which I don't think it was, from my very subjective point of view I was his champion."

Click the pic above or link below for more photos from the SAG Awards red carpet.

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Photo: Jesse Eisenberg at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

 

 


Mark Zuckerberg, Jesse Eisenberg friend each other on 'Saturday Night Live'

The peacock network worked "The Social Network" on Saturday night, as Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg joined actor Jesse Eisenberg at the end of the monologue on "Saturday Night Live."

Jesse Eisenberg hosts SNL Eisenberg, of course, portrayed "a fictional character in a movie script," who happened to be named Mark Zuckerberg, in the Oscar-nominated film about the founding of Facebook. On "SNL" on Saturday night, Andy Samberg portrayed a guy in a hoodie who says, "I'm Mark Zuckerberg." And Mark Zuckerberg portrayed, well, Mark Zuckerberg, a guy who thinks "The Social Network" is "interesting."

Eisenberg and Zuckerberg famously had not met before Saturday night, though the latter did rent out a Mountain View theater the day "The Social Network" opened so 1,200 or so Facebook employees could check out the flick. 

When you watched "The Social Network," were you channeling your inner Mark Zuckerberg? The Ministry certainly was, 'cause we love the bad boys and the strategy -- although we had a few heart-pounding moments for Andrew Garfield's Eduardo Saverin as well. But that was probably a gratuitous beefcake and cheesecake thing, to be honest.

Still! We now know that Eisenberg is actually one cocky dude and that there's no telling what a person will do to impress the opposite sex -- or not. See the video below to get Zuckerberg's take on that girl who doesn't exist, on building things for the sake of building things and on the precision performance of shirts and fleeces.

Seriously, the dude invented poking.

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Photo: Jesse Eisenberg in Rome to promote "The Social Network" on Nov. 1, 2010. Credit: Danilo Schiavella / EPA

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