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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 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.