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Oscar Nominee Jesse Eisenberg Wings It in ‘Rio’

Recent Best Actor Oscar nominee for “The Social Network,” Jesse Eisenberg voices lead character Blu in “Rio,” a 3D comedy adventure about taking a walk on the wild side.

From Blue Sky Studios who gave the world the “Ice Age” hit series, “Rio” nests on a domesticated rare macaw named Blu (Eisenberg) who has never learned to fly and enjoys a comfy life with his owner and best friend Linda (voiced by Leslie Mann). Blu’s journey begins in the not-so-domesticated Brazilian jungle, where as a nestling, he’s experiencing the joyous musical melodies of hundreds of birds flying and swooping around him. The sounds inspire the baby Blu to initiate his first attempt at flight, which is abruptly cut short when he and several other birds are captured by smugglers.

Smuggled and transported somewhere in Minnesota, Linda adopted Blu and the two became inseparable since then. In the sheltered comfort and familiarity of Linda’s home and bookstore, Blu thrives; in fact, he’s more human than bird. “Blu has a checklist, a pile of books about the science of aeronautics, and a mountain of advanced math equations in which he’s quadrated vector angles – adjusting for wind shear, of course,” Eisenberg elaborates. “But it doesn’t work, because no book can unlock the art of flying for a bird.” Those secrets will be revealed only in Rio – and only through the rhythm of Blu’s heart and the rediscovery of his roots.

Despite his frustrations at being unable to fly, Blu and Linda are content. Says Leslie Mann: “They lead a simple life together in Minnesota. Linda is a homebody and Blu is her pal, and they’re very happy.” But their lives are turned upside-down with the arrival of Tulio (voiced by Rodrigo Santoro), an eccentric scientist who has traveled halfway around the world – from Rio to the U.S. – bringing news that Blu is the last male of his kind, and that Tulio wants Blu to come to Rio to meet the last female macaw, who’s named Jewel (voiced by Anne Hathaway).

Linda and Blu aren’t so eager to uproot themselves from their happy home. After much deliberation, Linda and Blu make the fateful decision to travel to Rio, where Blu is to meet his female counterpart Jewel. But Blu and Jewel’s first “date” is far from a love connection. The would-be lovebirds are complete opposites – Blu is domesticated and happy to spend time in a cage, and Jewel is fiercely independent and hates the idea of being stuck in a contained environment.

Now, with his new friends by his side, Blu will have to find the courage to learn to fly, thwart the kidnappers who are hot on their trail, and return to Linda, the best friend a bird ever had.

More than a point on a map, “Rio” is a magical place opening on April 7 (Thursday) in Phil. cinemas. from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

8 Comments on Oscar Nominee Jesse Eisenberg Wings It in ‘Rio’

  1. alex g: How would you equate a Decline in Ads, Cheap Awards, Flop Movie Gross & Poor Artists' Endorsements, from a high ratings (daw!?!?!?!?1?) claimed by gozon? // April 5, 2011 at 12:12 am //

    Cheating & Data Tampering, Desperate Publicity, Mind Conditioning, Mislead Info’s, Rating Manipulations, etc.
    😎

  2. alex g: Did you know that gma7 was always the first channel that SIGNS-OFF the tv? And terminated by KBP for Television Code violations? Did you also know that AGB Nielsen Media Research has a pending case here & abroad? // April 5, 2011 at 12:12 am //

    Early Signing-Off, Cost Cutting, Debt Increase & Financial Crisis.
    Words that best describes gma.
    😎

  3. alex g: What happened to the Titan Plugs of gma? I think that's what you called, "KARMA". As usual, yung "Halo-Halo Summer Plugs", basura ulit. // April 5, 2011 at 12:12 am //

    Pag d gawang gma, minsan nag re-rate.
    Pag gawang gma, basurang-basura.
    😎

  4. alex g: gma artists/shows are equipped with Very Poor Acting Skills. Kaya dinadaan na lang sa mga effects & fighting pose, para mairaos man lang ang basurang show at pagtakpan ang mga malalamyang pag-arte (how stupid). // April 5, 2011 at 12:11 am //

    Boboserye, Flopserye, Peryaserye, Pornoserye, O.A.serye, T.H.serye, etc.
    Practice Drama – tatak gma.
    😎

  5. alex g: Kapit-Tuko tlga si gozon sa ratings, (as usual pag PANIC time). TALUNAN kasi sa lahat ng bagay, mapa Ads, Awards, Movies, Endorsements & Recognitions. Hay, tsk! tsk! tsk! tsk! Walang kadala-dala. // April 5, 2011 at 12:11 am //

    Weakness tlga ng gma ang lumaban ng patas.
    😎

  6. alex g: AM/FM Programs, Balance Programming, Daytime/Primetime Shows, Foreign Programs, News Channel/Program, Promos, Regional Network Events, Sports, Station ID, TV Format, Timeslot, etc. (kinopya lahat ng gma). // April 5, 2011 at 12:10 am //

    Konting Delicadeza naman gozon.
    😎

  7. alex g: "Walang kinikilingan, walang pinoproteksyonan, walang kasinungalingan, walang bahid pulitika, serbisyong totoo lang", Dahil d natutulog ang balita, BAYARAN niyo kami para gumawa ng commercials 24 oras". // April 5, 2011 at 12:10 am //

    gma is coward of getting involve in politics. that’s why they tend to engage in barangay matters.
    that’s gma.
    😎

  8. alex g: Valentines Box Office King daw, ni wala nga kasabay na Filipino movie eh, 44.26M in 3 weeks lang!? (as compared to BULONG with 67.27M). May "Divine Intervention" pa raw, sabi ni mother lily (how stupid). // April 5, 2011 at 12:10 am //

    “Napakahirap na ng buhay ngayon, kaya for a movie to make over P135 million in 3 days is a miracle. Divine intervention ito”.
    -lily monteverde (how stupid).
    😎

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