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Joseph Gordon-Levitt spent 2012 getting some serious comic book cred. Not only did he have a major role in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, there have been rumors circulating that he could play Batman in the upcoming Justice League movie and last month we learned that he is one of the big names being considered for the lead role in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy.
So are we just going to offer every lead role to Joseph Gordon-Levitt from now on? That sure seems to be what's happening, with the Dark Knight Rises actor on the rumored shortlist for the Guardians of the Galaxy lead, and now word that Legendary Pictures wants him to topline their Godzilla remake as well
The Sundance Film Festival closing night awards ceremony is one of the festival's highlights, and yet one of the most sparsely attended. Coming at the end of the 10-day fest, when many journalists and attendees have already left town, the awards ceremony is still attended by a ton of the big names at the festival-- and this year, it will be hosted by one as well
We spent so much time wondering if Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be part of the big upcoming DC Comics franchise that we never even considered he might hop on over to Marvel. But now the latest rumor about the actor who appeared in The Dark Knight Rises says he's joined the list of those in the running for Guardians of the Galaxy
Hardy has steadily ascended up the ranks thanks to films like Inception and Warrior. And yes, he played Bane in Chris Nolanís The Dark Knight Rises. But his other two films from 2012 -- Lawless and This Means War -- were largely overlooked, so Iím a little shocked to see him leading the chart.
There are also plenty of movie stars to choose from at Sundance, and some of them in pairings so intriguing that everybody has to pay attention. That's probably exactly what Joseph Gordon-Levitt is going for with Don Jon's Addiction, which is the actor's debut as a director. He stars opposite Scarlett Johansson as a "modern day Don Juan"
When an exciting story breaks as a rumor, with no official studio confirmation or publicists on board, the denial machine tends to kick in quickly. That goes double when the story is broken by online sites like this one, which--sadly-- still aren't considered in the same league as more typical trades like Variety, Hollywood Reporter and Deadline
It's just a rumor for now, but a completely fascinating one, and one that opens up all kinds of strange possibilities for the story a Justice League movie would tell. The biggest hurdle, of course, is that Gordon-Levitt isn't Bruce Wayne, and would be a tie-in to Nolan's universe in which, of course, Christian Bale is Bruce Wayne. Would a Justice League really do away with Bruce Wayne entirely and stick with a character Nolan invented for his third Batman film?
Sources have confirmed that the actor ďabsolutely will be appearing in Justice League as the new Batman.Ē Thatís massive news. And yet, for those who watched the end of Christopher Nolanís The Dark Knight Rises, they understand where this line of thinking is coming from.
This fall's twisty sci-fi movie Looper inspired a lot of people to dig through its logic and potential plot holes, but the movie itself cut off that kind of analysis at the pass, having Bruce Willis's character scoff at a suggestion to figure out how time travel works: " If we start talking about it weíll be here all day, making diagrams with straws!
Genre-bending writer-director Rian Johnson's recently released sci-fi thriller Looper is not only dazzling critics with its compelling new take on the time travel subgenre, but also scoring with audiences, debuting at #2 its opening weekend behind Adam Sandler's record-breaking animated romp Hotel Transylvania. So just imagine how well Looper would have done at the box office if it were a bit more family friendly!
Weíre hoping that the rest of Looper ends up being as cool as the filmís promotional material. But based on the early trailers, and the presentation Sony brought to Comic-Con in July, weíre pretty confident Brick director Johnson will be able to deliver on the potential of his engaging premise.
Thanks to a perfect storm of unexpected factors, Joseph Gordon-Levitt wound up going through the rear window of a taxi cab during the Premium Rush shoot. Another actor likely would have screamed to be taken to the hospital immediately, but in the moment, all JGL could think about was making sure his injury was filmed for possible inclusion in the movie.
Looper may not be the biggest or flashiest film coming out in the next few months, but it might be the most interesting, with a twisty time-travel premise and the so-crazy-it-has-to-work idea of having Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing a younger version of Bruce Willis. The film's tagline-- "Hunted by your future. Haunted by your past"-
Yes, there are plenty of names you look forward to seeing in a movie, people whose performances thrilled you in the past and guaranteed you'll look for them next time. But that's not happening any more on a large scale, where a simple name above the title-- "Will Smith in I Am Legend! Tom Cruise IS Jerry Maguire!"-- could get people to check out a movie they knew nothing about otherwise
If you havenít seen The Dark Knight Rises I highly recommend at this time that you stay far, far away from this article. In fact, close it down right now, head to your local theater, see the movie, and then come back here. Then you can enjoy all of the spoilery goodness that lies inside.
Looper would be high on our must-see list for the second half of 2012, even if we knew absolutely nothing about director Rian Johnson. But, add Johnsonís name to the mix, and weíre clawing our eyes out waiting for the opportunity to see the new film.
First of all, the title. The Dark Knight Rises, or the whole ďDark Knight TrilogyĒ rather, is very much like The Godfather Saga in that the title doesnít necessarily have to refer to one person per se as much as one position. Who is the Godfather? Vito or Michael? Who is the Dark Knight?
Sonyís Hall H panel shifts gears from the futuristic expanse of Len Wisemanís Total Recall to the time travel thrills of Rian Johnsonís Looper, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis playing versions of the same person locked in a battle that could mean one of them has to die.
Itís still unclear how large of a role Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play in The Dark Knight Rises, but now we know heíll at least get a chance to spar with Gary Oldman. In a brand new clip debuted last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, JGLís John Blake is seen confronting Commissioner Gordon about Batmanís real identity. He has questions, big questions on the eighth anniversary of Batmanís disappearance and Harvey Dentís death, and while Gordon knows some of the answers, heís not excited about sharing.
Brie has a good number of projects coming up later this year. She is next set to star in The Spectacular Now alongside Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller, but also has Squirrel to the Nuts - the new Peter Bogdanovich movie - in the wings as well as Relanxious, a new comedy from writer/director Christohper Storer with Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen.
Director Rian Johnson has done an admirable job so far of keeping secrets about his upcoming movie Looper, a thriller set in a near-future where criminals use time travel to "disappear" the people they need assassinated. So far we knew that Joseph Gordon-Levitt played one of those assassins
Regardless of what anyone might tell you, the goal of any movie is to make money, maybe not a ton of money but at least some money. If little scenes can be flipped around, added or removed in order to generate a much greater return, studios are almost always willing to do so, and Joseph Gordon-Levittís upcoming Looper is a great example of that.
When the first trailer for Premium Rush was released last September it was in anticipation of a January 13th release date - a release date that came and went without Premium Rush's delivery to theaters (no pun intended). That's because Sony decided to mix up their schedule a bit and shift the David Koepp-directed film to August 24th.
Glee, for better or worse, is a cultural phenomenon that's scoring plenty of work for its stars as well as those behind the scenes. In the case of writer/co-producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, this has led to the opportunity to rework the once flailing Broadway show Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark, and penning the script for MGM's upcoming Carrie remake.