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Don Jon is really only about a few things. His body. His pad. His ride. His family. His church. Hi boys. His girls. And, of course, his porn. It's that last part that really starts causing him trouble in Don Jon, the directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also transforms himself as the titular charter, a classic Jersey bro who has to learn the hard way that immersing yourself in porn is no actual way to live your life
Who needs to get into the story when you got ScarJo and JG-L making out? Top it off with some brief sound bites of critical praise, and you’ve delivered the message of “must see” to an audience groomed for instant gratification.
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In the movie Gordon-Levitt stars as Jon "Don Jon" Martello, Jr., an ordinary guy in his mid-30s living in New Jersey who cares about nothing in the world other than his family, his friends, his car, his apartment, getting laid, and watching porn. He lives a happy if unsatisfying life, but everything starts to change when he meets Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson), the most beautiful woman he has ever seen.
In Don Jon, JGL plays a club rat who trolls Jersey’s hottest bars in search of an ideal mate. He finally finds one in ScarJo, but is unwilling to ease up on his online compulsions just because he eventually ends up in a semi-serious relationship.
Even before he emerged as one of the stronger elements of last summer's The Dark Knight Rises, Joseph Gordon-Levitt made just about every casting shortlist in Hollywood. It's only since then, though, that the Internet has obsessed about every single one of them.
Perhaps within the plot of the film, Don Jon (Gordon-Levitt) introducing Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) to his parents Jon Sr. (Danza) and Angela (Glenne Headly) is a really big deal and plays out in an interesting way. But here in clip form, it’s almost sitcomish,
In his writing/directorial debut, Gordon-Levitt stars as a young Italian, church-going man living in New Jersey who has no problem picking up any woman he likes, but finds more satisfaction from online pornography.
When it comes to remakes, sometimes the hardest part is finding actors to play parts once made famous by the most iconic actors of all time. Such is the case with Guys and Dolls. While Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1955 movie musical wasn't the original incarnation of the story, the roles of Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit were played to perfection by Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.
The October release date leads me to believe Relativity might be prepping for an awards run, if not on the Oscar circuit (where the porn angle could make for a difficult sell) then at least on the film-fest track and, possibly, the Independent Spirit Awards campaign. Johansson, Danza, Moore and Gordon-Levitt all deliver awards-worthy performance, and the director easily could attract heat if the movie catches on.
With smatterings of graphic sex intercut throughout the narrative, Don Jon's Addiction would have a tough battle with the MPAA ahead in its current condition. But speaking at the Berlin International Film Festival, where the film is now screening, Gordon-Levitt acknowledged cuts would have to be made. In fact, he expected as much.
From the very beginning, with its rhythmic montages of Jon's daily routine frenetically intercut with porn clips, Don Jon's Addiction is just as flashy and fake as the porn videos that Jon loves. That puts the entire film troublingly close to its slimy main character, pumping out the same stylized visuals even as Jon is supposedly out there learning that reality can be better
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 Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. But his other two films from 2012 -- Lawless and This Means War -- were largely overlooked, so I’m 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?