Joseph Gordon-Levitt (born 17.02.1981)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an American actor best known for his work on '(500) Days of Summer', 'Inception', '50/50', 'The Dark Knight Rises' and TV series '3rd Rock From The Sun'.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Childhood
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was born in Los Angeles, California in the Sherman Oaks neighbourhood.
His parents are Dennis Levitt, a former news director for a radio station, and Jane Gordon, a former US Congress runner for the Peace and Freedom Party. Both were co-founders of the Progressive Jewish Alliance.
His grandfather, Michael Gordon, directed the 1959 rom com 'Pillow Talk'.
Joseph joined a theatre group when he was four and subsequently appeared in several TV commercials. He later made appearances in TV, including on 1991 vampire series 'Dark Shadows' and 1992-93 sitcom 'The Powers That Be'.
Whilst attending Van Nuys High School, he portrayed the alien Tommy Solomon on '3rd Rock From The Sun'.
He attended Columbia University School of General Studies in 2000 where he studied history, literature and French poetry and became fluent in French.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Acting Career
In his later acting career, Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrayed a variety of different characters. In 2001, he played a boy in a mental institution in 'Manic', he was a gay male escort in 2004's 'Mysterious Skin' and was the boyfriend of a murdered drug addict in 'Brick' in 2005.
'The Lookout' was another of his big movies in 2007, and two years later he had a leading role opposite Zooey Deschanel in '(500) Days of Summer' for which he was nominated a Golden Globe award.
Also in 2009, he was a villain in 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' and in 2010 he appeared with Leonardo DiCaprio in Christopher Nolan's 'Inception'. He worked with Nolan again in 2012's 'The Dark Knight Rises' and played a young version of Bruce Willis' character in 'Looper' in the same year.
In 2012, he also had a supporting role in Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Other career ventures
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has directed several short films including a movie adaptation of 'Sparks' which was selected for the Sundance Film Festival in 2009.
Another short, 'Morgan and Destiny's Eleventeenth Date: The Zeppelin Zoo', appeared at Texas' South by Southwest festival in 2010.
Biography by Contactmusic.com
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star in 'Fraggle Rock'.
Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock will be made into a live-action feature film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The movie will be based on the beloved children's television series of the same name, created by Henson in the 1980s. The series centred on a group of Muppets known as the Fraggles who lived in a series of caves in Fraggle Rock. Alongside the Fraggles live other species of Muppets: Doozers and Gorgs.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star in Fraggle Rock.
Could the biopic be in line for an Oscar in 2016?
Filming has officially begun on Snowden, Oliver Stone’s upcoming biopic on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the title role, with the actor sharing the first image of himself in character via his Facebook account on Tuesday.
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It's getting difficult to keep up with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, what with his prolific career only continuing to become more and more exceptional. But was anyone expecting this.
This New Year, actor/director/writer/producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt is enjoying his new marriage. Yes, you read that correctly - Joseph Gordon Levitt has gotten married. Gordon-Levitt married his long-term girlfriend in secret on 20th December, 2014. But just who is his new wife?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt at the 2014 Emmy Awards
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has, according to People, reportedly tied the knot with Tasha McCauley, the CEO and founder of Fellow Robots. The company is hard at work creating more friendly robots that will help future generations at work and during their day-to-day lives. One of which is a shopping assistant, set to be used at a store in California in the near future, that will greet customers and lead them to items that they are looking for in the store.
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Rich Cline talks us through some of the best films to look out for in 2015.
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but some of them might actually be good. Of course, release dates are subject to change...
10) Shaun The Sheep Movie - The British TV hit becomes a charming stop-motion feature (Feb). Other anticipated animations: Pixar's Inside Out (Jul), Despicable Me spin-off The Minions Movie (Jun) and Snoopy & Charlie Brown (Dec). Watch the trailer for Shaun The Sheep Movie here.
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In the teaser trailer for the upcoming biographical Robert Zemeckis movie, 'The Walk', Joseph Gordon-Levitt is almost unrecognisable. The Twin Towers, on the other hand, are not.
On the morning of 7th August, 1974, French high-wire artist, Philippe Petit, made an incredible journey, as he flew into the record books with the record of the highest high-wire walk at the time. For 45 minutes, he walked back and forth along an eight-meter-long wire, 1350 feet from the ground, between the - then new -World Trade Centre Towers.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Charlotte Le Bon in the planning stages of the walk
In 2008, the UK made a documentary about Petit's walk, entitled 'Man on a Wire'. Now, 40-years on from the insane and unauthorised stunt, director Robert Zemeckis ('Who Framed Rodger Rabbit', 'Back to the Future', 'Forrest Gump', 'Cast Away', you get the idea.) is working on a new biographical film, 'The Walk', looking into the life and aspirations of Petit and the walk that made him famous.
Continue reading: 'The Walk' Trailer Shows Joseph Gordon-Levitt And The World Trade Centre
The talented actor will star as the former National Security Agency contractor in the Oliver Stone-directed movie.
The actor, writer and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been cast to play NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in the Oliver Stone-directed flick 'The Snowden Files.' The 33 year-old star has been connected to the role since September, but the film's backers confirmed this casting news on Monday (11th).
Gordon-Levitt will portray Edward Snowden
According to Reuters, the controversial film, which will depict how the former National Security Agency contractor released classified documents concerning numerous global surveillance programs, will begin production in Munich in January.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is likely to play Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone's new movie.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is circling the Edward Snowden biopic
According to Variety, formal talks are yet to begin but both sides want the deal to happen. Stone is writing and directing the project, with Eric Kopeloff and Moritz Borman set to produce.
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It's taken nearly 10 years for filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and graphic novelist Frank Miller to get around to making this sequel, but it was worth the wait because the technical advancements make this second triptych of stories even more visually stunning, and the emotional resonance is even stronger. This is a lean, mean noir thriller that doesn't waste a single moment as it rips through three interlocking plots that centre on revenge for the events of the first movie.
Two people are out to get even with the ruthlessly nasty politician Roark (Powers Booth). Watched over by the hulking Marv (Mickey Rourke), gun-toting stripper Nancy (Jessica Alba) is still heartbroken after Roark killed her beloved Hartigan (Bruce Willis), who appears to her as a ghostly apparition. And Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is determined to bring Roark down by humiliating him at his own high-stakes poker game, even though merely having uncanny good luck might not be enough. But the main story centres on private eye Dwight (Josh Brolin), who is stopped in his tracks when he encounters his old flame Ava (Eva Green), a bombshell who has power over most men she meets. She asks for help with a domestic problem, and Dwight is powerless to walk away even though he knows something is fishy.
As before, these stories unfold exactly as they would in a graphic novel, with blunt dialogue and strikingly visual imagery black and white that's spotted with flashes of colour. Aside from Ava's blue coat, that colour is usually red: hair, nails, lips, but not blood, which splashes in glaring white. It looks fantastic in (ahem) eye-popping 3D. And it's fiercely violent as death hovers around the residents of Basin City, especially the lawless Old Town district. But there's just as much emphasis on surging passion, including some surprisingly graphic sexuality that plays up how helpless men are around a scantily clad woman. Indeed, it's rare to see an action film in which the women are so resolutely in charge.
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Let's see if all that empowerment will come through in the final product.
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For isn’t out until this coming Thursday, August 21, but promotion has been going on for months. Maybe you’ve noticed that this time around, it’s mostly (if not all) focused on the ladies – from Jessica Alba’s no-longer damsel-in-distress Nancy, to Rosario Dawson’s dominatrix with a deadly attitude Gail, to the Dame herself – Eva Green as Ava Lord. These are no-nonsense, cliché-free female characters. Well, technically they’re all cliché, but that’s the point – it’s all very post-modern and ironic and noir-inspired, etc.
Yes, ok, the women are still strutting around in their underwear. But this time they are empowered, apparently.
The 33 year-old actor was shocked to find out other high-profile celebrities have publically stated that they are anti-feminist.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is already known as one of the most multitalented individuals in Hollywood today, but what many people may not know about the actor, writer and director is that he strongly believes in "feminism."
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is proud to be a feminist
However, the 33 year-old star recently became rather agitated when learning that other high-profile celebrities have publically stated that they are "not" feminists.
Cinematic portrayal of 'artistic crime of the century' to be released in October 2015
On the fortieth anniversary of Philippe Petit’s famous high-wire walk between the two towers of the World Trade Center, TriStar Pictures has released some shots of the new film they’ve been making about the event. The Walk, to star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit and directed by the veteran Robert Zemeckis, is due to open in cinemas on October 2nd next year.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit in 'The Wire'
The stunt has already been the subject of an award-winning documentary entitled Man On Wire, which spliced real life footage of the walk combined with actors re-enacting parts of the young Petit’s life. On 7th August 1974, Petit performed the incredibly dangerous walk, dubbed the “artistic crime of the century”, having spent months planning it covertly with his girlfriend and a small group of relatives.
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Watch the ridiculous Sin City 2 trailer below.
Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill for has a brand new trailer, featuring an extensive look at the predominantly black & white art-house, film-noir, super-violent, based-on the-comics-of-Frank-Miller, stylised thriller. It’s Sin City; let’s all kill this one dude.
Joseph Gordon Levitt has some revenge to take in Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven and Lady GaGa are all newcomers, while Micky Rourke, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King and Powers Boothe are all returning to the franchise.
Date of birth
17th February, 1981