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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.
Here's another remarkable biopic from Oliver Stone, who has used all-star casts and intensely pointed filmmaking to trace the lives of such people as JFK, Nixon, Jim Morrison and George W. Bush. And now he turns his attention to whistleblower Edward Snowden. This is an urgent, skilfully made film that manages to avoid preachy politics as it asks the central question: was Snowden a traitor or a patriot?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Ed, a nerdy genius who never went to university but was spotted by CIA trainer Corbin (Rhys Ifans) and brought into the fold. Rising through the ranks, he moves from Virginia to Switzerland, Japan and Hawaii, accompanied by his long-suffering girlfriend Lindsay (Shailene Woodley), who isn't allowed to know what he does for a living. Over the years, his faith in America's government is shaken as he discovers the scale of its data-gathering operation, collecting all telephone and internet information on every person on earth, whether or not they're a suspect. And he believes that the taxpayers have a right to know what their elected officials are doing.
The script tells the story as Ed describes his life to filmmaker Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo) and two Guardian journalists (Zachary Quinto and Tom Wilkinson) while hiding in a Hong Kong hotel, an event recounted in the Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour. Eventually, this element of the story generates some proper action as the CIA tracks him down and gives chase. Stone orchestrates these scenes expertly, generating some real adrenaline without sacrificing the bigger narrative. And Gordon-Levitt is simply remarkable, vanishing into the role so effectively that the final dissolve to the real Snowden is barely perceptible. His chemistry with Woodley is complex and engaging (even with a gratuitous sex scene), creating a terrific central love story to guide the audience through the events.
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Oliver Stone's new film Snowden has been getting rave reviews at the Toronto Film Festival, both for the film and for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance as whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Thinking back to the beginning of the project, Gordon-Levitt says his first impression was simply awe at getting to work with Oliver Stone. "When I first got the job offer, I was just excited to get a job offer from Oliver Stone," he laughs. "I'm a fan of his! But I really didn't know very much about Edward Snowden. I had heard his name, but when I asked myself, 'What exactly did he do and why did he do it,' I realised I had a lot of learning to do."
As he read a variety of articles about Snowden, Gordon-Levitt realised that he had to make a decision about how he was going to play him, either as a truth-teller or a traitor. "It's about trying to analyse your source," Gordon-Levitt says. "This person's saying that what he did was a service to the country. This person is saying that what he did is harmful to the country. Who are these different people? Where are they coming from? What is their incentive? Who do they work for? Who pays them?"
Continue reading: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Learnt A Lot Whilst Researching For Snowden
Edward Snowden always knew he wanted to serve his country and, as most young men and women who feel the need to serve their country, he enrolled in the United States Army Reserves, training was tough and it took a toll on his body, an accident led to Snowden fracturing both his legs, his plans for the future were thrown into chaos and he had to evaluate a new way to serve - as well as make a living.
Turing to one of his other natural skills, Snowden continued to hone his computer skills and finally applied for a job at the CIA. Working his way up the ranks, Snowden became an intrinsic member of staff and it lead him to be offered a new job at the NSA by their deputy director. His job was to analyse the internet, to find new ways to intercept the one communication from the 'bad guy' amongst all the innocent communications each person sends on a day to day basis but what he discovers is that the NSA have access to far more knowledge and information than he or any other normal citizen would expect.
Though he's never believed in sharing state secrets, now he's privy to this information, Snowden knows he must do something with it and that he might be putting his life on the line in order to bring this enormous data privacy breach to light. Sneaking out files via a micro drive hidden in his rubik's cube, Snowden contacts three journalists Laura Poitras, Ewen MacAskill and Glenn Greenwald with his newly found knowledge and they begin to unfold the information.
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The actor announced he’d pulled out of the project on Saturday.
Author Neil Gaiman has spoken out after actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt announced he’d departed the long-in-development adaptation of his book Sandman. Levitt announced his departure on Saturday, saying that he had come to realise that he and New Line didn't see eye to eye on the direction of the film.
Author Neil Gaiman has spoken about Joseph Gordon-Levitt exiting the Sandman movie.
After retweeting Levitt’s original message, Gaiman wrote: ‘For the record, my respect for @hitRECordJoe, is undiminished. Getting to know him was the best bit of the last round. He's special.’
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Ever since Chris, Ethan and Isaac were young, the trio of friends have always spent the run-up to Christmas together, as the years have gone by their Christmas eve reunion has become harder to manage and this year is no exception, with Chris living the highlife as a celebrity and Isaac soon to become a father, the trio decide that this year they're going to have a huge blowout.
The three guys might be approaching middle age but that's not going to stop them from having fun, this year they're convinced that they're going to find the Nutcracka Ball - piece de resistance in Christmas Parties.
The Night Before was written and directed by Jonathan Levine who also directed 50/50 and Warm Bodies starring Nicoholas Hoult. The film also sees the one and only Miley Cyrus making a cameo appearance.
After the Oscar-winning 2008 documentary Man on Wire told this story with such energy and suspense, it was only a matter of time until someone decided to make a full-on adventure movie. And it's no surprise that the filmmaker turned out to be Robert Zemeckis, known for putting the seemingly unfilmable on the screen, from Who Framed Roger Rabbit to Forrest Gump to The Polar Express. So even if the film feels oddly artificial, this is a rousing, thrilling movie overflowing with cheeky energy.
At the centre of the story is Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt with a twinkle in his eye and a faintly silly French accent that works perfectly. In Paris, Philippe is working as a street performer when he sees a drawing of the planned Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center, and he immediately vows to put a wire between them and walk on it. Over the next few years, he recruits a team of accomplices, including his girlfriend Annie (Charlotte Le Bon) and his circus-performer mentor Rudy (Ben Kingsley). Then in Manhattan, they find some men (James Badge Dale and Steve Valentine) to help them on the inside. And in August 1974, just before the towers were finished, they set their elaborate plan in motion.
While other accounts of this story describe Petit's high-wire performance in words and grainy still photos, Zemeckis uses swooping camera movement and vertiginous angles to give the audience goosebumps as Petit elegantly walks back and forth more than 400 meters above the gawping crowd below. After the rousing caper that went on before, this sequence is exhilarating. And Gordon-Levitt plays it beautifully, channeling the man's mischievous passion into every step. This even helps the audience accept the silly narration segments, in which Petit describes the action while perched on the top of the Statue of Liberty with 1970s Manhattan in the background.
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It's the question on everyone's lips, and it turns out the actor has learned a remarkable feat.
The story of Philippe Petit's astonishing high-wire walk between the still unfinished World Trade Center towers in 1974 has already been told on film in the Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire. But now Robert Zemeckis has brought it to life dramatically in The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the cheeky French wire-walking artist. "The thing that neither the book nor the documentary could do was actually put the audience up on the wire with Philippe," Zemeckis says. "We did. And that is what movies are all about."
Joseph Gordon-Levitt learnt tightrope walking from Petit himself
Of course, the Twin Towers are now linked with the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks. "But I also think with every tragic loss it's also good to remember the beautiful things," says Gordon-Levitt, who actually trained with Petit to prepare for the film, learning magic tricks, unicycle riding and, yes, tightrope walking.
Continue reading: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Really Learned Wire-Walking For The Walk
‘BBHMM’ sung by five men in striped suits is surprisingly satisfying.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt showed he really can carry a tune on Friday’s edition of 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’, when he joined a barbershop quartet for a rendition of Rihanna’s ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’. The 34 year old actor became the latest star to join The Ragtime Gals, helping the group give a unique twist to Rihanna’s hit single.
Joseph Gordon Levitt joined a barbershop quartet during the ‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’.
Appearing on Fallon’s sofa, the actor was noticeably excited at the opportunity to perform with the show's quartet. “That was so much fun man,” the 34 year old said after his performance.
Philippe Petit is a young French high-wire artist, passionate about his tightrope dream and determined to find the perfect place to take the walk of his life. Soon he comes across the newly completed World Trade Centre's Twin Towers in New York; imposing edifices standing at more than 400 metres tall, larger than any man-made structures on Earth. After his first visit to the skyscraper rooftops, he knows he must do everything in his power to achieve this impossible dream - even if he risks death or prosecution in doing so. He hires some technically skilled friends who are willing to covertly set up the wire between the buildings and, after a few nervous doubts, injuries and complications with police, he takes the plunge and performs the most memorable high-wire act in history.
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In June 2013, a high-flying 29-year-old government employee named Edward Snowdon suddenly found himself the most wanted man in the world after leaking classified documents from the US government to the media. An intelligent young man, whose army career at just 20 led him to join the CIA and eventually become an NSA contractor where he was faced with what he deemed as seriously questionable ethics from his colleagues, and those above him. Disturbed by the lies spoken by those around him and with a direct concern for the welfare of the people, he sought justice. He knew what such a move would entail, and indeed he was accused of being a traitor when the government tried to suggest that his actions had a negative impact on their counterterrorism programmes, but he knew he couldn't watch the citizens of Earth be continually deceived.
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Date of birth
17th February, 1981
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