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Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Sunday March 30, 2014; Celebs out at the Lakers game. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns by the final score of 115-99 at Staples Center in downtow Los Angeles CA. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 31st March 2014
It won't be Bradley Cooper, but could one of these actors replace Harrison Ford in a future Indiana Jones film?
Chill out internet, Bradley Cooper will not be playing Indiana Jones in a reboot of the movies, we repeat, he will not be playing Indiana Jones! Rumours that the Silver Linings Playbook actor would replace Harrison Ford for a fifth Indiana Jones film have been staunchly denied by all involved. Although we have to admit, we reckon Bradley would make a pretty great Indy. At least think about it, Disney?
It’s nowhere near certain that a new Indiana Jones film is in the works, but if there is, and they are looking to replace veteran star Ford, then we suggest one of these actors instead.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets our vote to play Indiana Jones
The everlasting trail of violence, death and deceit continues with the return of several characters from the original ‘Sin City’ movie. Dwight McCarthy is back, this time running to the rescue of his ex-girlfriend Ava Lord who claims she is being abused by her wealthy husband Damien; he has his own reasons for wanting to help her, but he could be in for a nasty surprise. The framed and punished Marv wakes up after supposed execution by electric chair only to find that he is lying amongst several dead bodies and can’t remember how he ended up there. Following, her near miss at the hands of serial child-killer Roark Junior, Nancy struggles to deal with the painful death of her rescuer, police officer John Hartigan. Plus, a new face shows up in Sin City, a gambler named Johnny who lands himself in mortal danger when he tries to take on the town’s most formidable villain.
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All you need to know about 'Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For'
''Sin City'is back and once again we’re being taken into the world of Frank Miller’s comic book on the big screen as Jessica Alba and Bruce Willis return for 'Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For'. Whilst we’re hoping we can expect more from this than the other Miller inspired sequel around at the moment, lets first get the low down on the second ‘Sin City’ instalment.
Jessica Alba in 'Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For'
The poignant and beautiful new Studio Ghibli movie will soon be released in the UK.
The Wind Rises may not have been the flashiest or most talked-about movie at last night's Academy Awards but could prove to be one of the most arresting animated movies of all time upon its widespread UK release in May. The new Studio Ghibli picture was completely overshadowed by Disney's Frozen at the Oscars, with the winter musical's months of box office success and performance from Idina Menzel at the ceremony proving too difficult to ignore.
'The Wind Rises' Follows The Story Of Jiro Horikoshi, A Designer Of Fighter Planes.
Animated in the distinctive, delicate and detailed anime style, the Japanese film deals with challenging historical events and presents them in a creative yet respectful way. The Wind Rises is a look at the life of real-life Japanese engineer, Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. The story follows the genius Jiro from his childhood to becoming an adult amidst the savagery of war.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Celebrities at the Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball game at the Staples Center. The Thunder defeated the the Lakers 107-103. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 13th February 2014
JGL introduces a show of the people, by the people and for the people.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is doing a thing! It involves the internet and Sundance, so it goes without saying that everyone should be pretty excited. The thing in question is Gordon-Levitt’s innovative crowd-sourced show HitRecord on TV, which includes skits, musical numbers, short films, stories and animations that were generously donated by users of HitRecord – the online platform that the actor/producer/all-round excellent person has been developing since 2005. The site launched officially in 2010 and today has over 300,000 users.
That little red button he's always wearing?
The first three episodes premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, January 17, Rolling Stone reports. Besides loads of talented collaborators, the show also features JGL as the host, doing practically everything. The creator also lays piano and drums, tap-dances a musical number with Tony Danza, writes and sings song lyrics, is abducted by an alien Carla Gugino, interviews John Waters and does a backflip. You know, standard stuff. He also does it with his unwavering sunny disposition, which is always a plus.
Marvel is finally getting a move on with Phase 3, starting with the casting of Ant-Man.
Marvel is steadily gearing up for its highly anticipated “phase 3” and it looks like the studio may cast Paul Rudd as Ant Man, a lesser known superhero soon to be brought to the Marvel film universe. Ant-Man is definitely one of the less coveted roles within the Marvel-verse and the decision to bring the character into the films was originally questioned by fans, because of Ant-Man’s mostly comedic role in the comics. Rudd himself is currently promoting his most recent movie, Anchorman 2, where he stars opposite Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Christina Applegate.
Rudd's casting is yet to be confirmed by Marvel officials.
Then again, there were similar concerns before the introduction of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. Originally, the actor was selected for his similar personality to the character of Tony Stark and with Paul Rudd being known mostly for his comedic work, it seems the studio might be using the same casting method.
Continue reading: 'Ant-Man' Will Star Paul Rudd In 2015. Should We Be Excited?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - ****File Photo** * 12 YEARS A SLAVE DOMINATES Independent Spirit Awards NOMINATIONS Critically-acclaimed drama 12 YEARS A SLAVE looks set to dominate the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards after landing seven nominations. The period movie, about a free black man from New York who is abducted and sold into slavery, has landed filmmaker Steve McQueen a nod for Best Director, while Chiwetel Ejiofor is shortlisted for Best Male Lead, and Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o will compete in the supporting actor and actress categories, respectively. 12 Years A Slave has also scored nods for screenplay and cinematography, and the film will also be up against All Is Lost, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska for the Best Feature title. Father-and-son movie Nebraska is another multiple nominee, earning five mentions - Alexander Payne is up for Best Director, alongside McQueen, J.C. Chandor for All Is Lost, Jeff Nichols for Mud and Shane Carruth for Upstream Color; and Bruce Dern will battle for Best Male Lead, against Ejiofor, Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Robert Redford (All Is Lost) and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club). Meanwhile, the Best Female Lead contenders include Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine, Julie Delpy for Before Midnight, and Shailene Woodley for her role in The Spectacular Now. Among the other notable nominations: James Gandolfini has been shortlisted posthumously for Best Supporting Male for his performance in his last film, romantic comedy Enough Said, and the Best First Screenplay category features Lake Bell for In A World and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Don Jon. Jeff Nichols' Mud will receive the Robert Altman Award, which recognises the director, casting director and ensemble cast of a movie. To be eligible for an Independent Spirit nod, all films must have been made for less than 0 million (£13.3 million). Movies must have either screened at a major film festival, including Sundance, - Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 3rd October 2013
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - ****File Photo** * 12 YEARS A SLAVE DOMINATES Independent Spirit Awards NOMINATIONS Critically-acclaimed drama 12 YEARS A SLAVE looks set to dominate the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards after landing seven nominations. The period movie, about a free black man from New York who is abducted and sold into slavery, has landed filmmaker Steve McQueen a nod for Best Director, while Chiwetel Ejiofor is shortlisted for Best Male Lead, and Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o will compete in the supporting actor and actress categories, respectively. 12 Years A Slave has also scored nods for screenplay and cinematography, and the film will also be up against All Is Lost, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska for the Best Feature title. Father-and-son movie Nebraska is another multiple nominee, earning five mentions - Alexander Payne is up for Best Director, alongside McQueen, J.C. Chandor for All Is Lost, Jeff Nichols for Mud and Shane Carruth for Upstream Color; and Bruce Dern will battle for Best Male Lead, against Ejiofor, Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Robert Redford (All Is Lost) and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club). Meanwhile, the Best Female Lead contenders include Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine, Julie Delpy for Before Midnight, and Shailene Woodley for her role in The Spectacular Now. Among the other notable nominations: James Gandolfini has been shortlisted posthumously for Best Supporting Male for his performance in his last film, romantic comedy Enough Said, and the Best First Screenplay category features Lake Bell for In A World and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Don Jon. Jeff Nichols' Mud will receive the Robert Altman Award, which recognises the director, casting director and ensemble cast of a movie. To be eligible for an Independent Spirit nod, all films must have been made for less than 0 million (£13.3 million). Movies must have either screened at a major film festival, including Sundance, - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 16th October 2013
With this writing-directing debut, Joseph Gordon-Levitt delivers a remarkably assured comedy-drama while also giving himself a role that's far against his usual type. It's raucously hilarious but also surprisingly involving as it reveals the vulnerabilities of a strutting hard-man. And we're having so much fun that we barely notice that the script's approach to addiction is somewhat simplistic.
The title character is such a dude that his friends call him "the don", in reference to New Jersey gangsters. And Jon (Gordon-Levitt) has his life figured out, with a list of things he cares for: his body, home, car, family, church, friends and girls. In that order. But above everything else, his main obsession is porn. Then while hanging with his friends Bobby and Danny (Brown and Luke) he spots Barbara (Johansson), a perfect "dime" who's worth playing the long game for. Except that she has zero tolerance for pornography, so he has to hide his addiction from her, only confessing to his parish priest and an unexpectedly sympathetic fellow student (Moore) at night school.
Like a character from Jersey Shore, Jon is such a charming loser that we can't help but love him. But despite the macho swagger and gym-honed physique, he's also deeply devoted to his parents (the fabulous Danza and Headly) and happiest when he's cleaning his flat. Gordon-Levitt wouldn't be the first actor you'd think of in this role, but he plays it perfectly, letting us see the little boy behind the tough-guy posturing and making us believe that he's fallen for the charms of this idealised woman (Johansson is simply hysterical).
Continue reading: Don Jon Review
Despite some strong competition this weekend, Don Jon could be the one to see
Tomorrow is Friday, which - considering everything we’ve been taught - makes today Thursday, November 14. And what better way to spend a Friday night than seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s smug grin on a massive screen? We’re not even being sarcastic.
Meatheads: Joseph Gordon Levitt and Tony Danza
And neither were the critics when they lauded praise upon this, Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, in which he also stars as the lead alongside Scarlett Johansson. Don Jon is a handsome, cocky young chap with an irresistible charm. His vice: pornography, which comes back to haunt him when he meets a girl strong enough to challenge him.
Continue reading: Don Jon's Out Tomorrow! Should You Go And See It?
The star of 'Don Jon' doesn't share the same mindset as her character
Scarlett Johansson stars as the romance-loving, porn-weary female lead in actor, writer and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt's first feature presentation Don Jon. Whilst her character in the film is well and truly opposed to the adult entertainment industry, Scarlett herself is actually a little more open minded in her opinions on pornography.
Scarlett's views on porn differ greatly to her character's
The stunning actress appears as the cover star of the next edition of Marie Claie UK and in her feature interview pornography - a prevalent and key theme from Don Jon - was inevitably one area where the magazine wanted her opinion on. Her opinion might have surprised a few people though, because not only does she think that porn is a viable business venture, but she also believes that it can be "enjoyed" and be "productive" for both men and women.
Who would you have fill the role? Should they do little ant tasks?
Who wants to be the Ant-Man more? That’s what it might come down to. Trouble is, being the Ant Man is pretty cool, so we’re guessing the two hopefuls, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd might actually have to lift 100-times their own weight – like ants can – to prove they’re good enough.
Joseph Gordon Levitt would be our favorite to play Ant-Man
That won’t actually happen, but film casting is probably quite a long and boring process; perhaps subjecting the hopefuls to the strenuous or weird tasks their prospective characters have to do is the way forward. Although, that might lead to some bad murders. Maybe that’s a whole film in itself. Who should we cast for it?
'Don Jon' released in the US today (27th September) has been described as fine feature directing début from Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Don Jon, ahead of its US release today (27th September), has received positive reviews despites its graphic and somewhat controversial topic.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt at the New York premiere of Don Jon.
Don Jon explores the dangers of internet porn addiction, specifically how it helps develop "unrealistic expectations." Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper) stars as Jon Martello, renowned amongst his friend for his promiscuous and 'Don Jon' like behaviour, being able to attract a different woman every weekend. Sadly for Martello he is unable to find fulfilment owing to his obsession with internet pornography. When he meets Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) - a woman who yearns for old fashioned romance- their cultures and expectations collide. Gordon-Levitt has written and directed the comedy which has received positive reviews. Supporting Gordon- Levitt and Johansson, in this surprising comedy are Julianne Moore (The Hours), Tony Danza (Crash) and a host of other US actors.
Continue reading: 'Don Jon', Released Today, Praised Highly By Critics
It seems like Don Jon has a one way ticket to the independent spirit awards.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt proves himself to be a natural filmmaker with his debut Don Jon, which critics agree tells a funny and engaging story, though isn't the complete movie that many perhaps naively expected from the Dark Knight actor.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt [L] as Jon and Scarlett Johansson [R] as Barbara in 'Don Jon'
Gordon-Levitt also plays the lead, Jon Martello, a strong, handsome guy who has no problem with the ladies. However, not even the most beautiful women in the bar can compete with the bliss he feels in his own bedroom, watching pornography. He meets a bright and pretty girl named Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) who is determined to find Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Of course, things begin to go awry when Barbara discovers Don's unsavoury secret.
Continue reading: 'Don Jon': Christopher Nolan Warned Joseph Gordon-Levitt NOT To Make It.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt shows he is one of Hollywood's most innovative creators in the upcoming comedy 'Don Jon'.
Joesph Gordon-Levitt shines in the upcoming comedy 'Don Jon' which already has received unanimously positive reviews from screenings at the 'Sundance Film Festival' on January 18th 2013 and more recently at the 'Toronto Film Festival' on Septmber 10th 2013.
What makes this more impressive is that the 32 year-old establishes himself as one of Hollywood's most versatile talents, a triple threat talent to be exact- as well as being the star of the movie, he also wrote and directed it.
Continue reading: Joseph Gordon Levitt's Directorial Debut 'Don Jon' Eclipses The Hype
The Cast of Don Jon, Tony Danza, Scarlett Johansson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julianne Moore and Jeremy Luc - New York Premiere of 'Don Jon' at SVA Theater - Red Carpet Arrivals - New York City, NY, United States - Thursday 12th September 2013
The Guardians of the Galaxy stars were on-hand to promote the movie - still a year off - at Comic Con 2013.
Though it was Thor 2, Breaking Bad and The Hunger Games that made headlines at Comic-Con, the Guardians of the Galaxy gang were about to promote James Gunn's movie, which is still a way off - set for release on August 1, 2014.
A newly bald Karen Gillan - who shaved her head for the film - discussed getting in shape for the high-octane movie, telling us on the red-carpet, "I feel like I'm in an action movie bootcamp right now where I am on set everyday learning how to fight and I'm training like crazy and it's a really cool way to get into the character I think."
Her co-star Lee Pace praised the movie's director, saying: "James Gunn has got a great vision for the movie. He just showed us a little clip of what he's been working on for the past 10 days and it's excellent."
Could Ryan Gosling be the new Batman?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ryan Gosling are leading the race to become the new Batman, following the announcement at Comic-Con that both Superman and the Caped Crusader will unite for the first time on-screen.
Following the success of Man of Steel, it is likely that Henry Cavill will return as Superman, though with Christian Bale announcing his departure from the Batman franchise, the race is on for one of Hollywood's hottest roles.
As it stands, bookmakers Paddy Power have Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the 3/1 favourite to play the role, though many would regard it as an odd choice, given his role as 'Robin' in The Dark Knight Rises.
Continue reading: Ryan Gosling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt In Frame To Become New Batman
Chris Pratt is bulking up for his role in the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Chris Pratt, the 34-year-old actor who has bagged himself some pretty tasty roles in recent years, is bulking up for his role in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Pratt is the latest movie star to undergo a dramatic physical transformation and posted his progress in an Instragram photo this week.
It's not the first time the Parks and Recreation actor has changed weight for a movie role - he sported a hugely toned physique for his role as a member of Seal Team Six in Kathyn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden movie 'Zero Dark Thirty' last year.
Continue reading: Guardians Of The Galaxy: Is Chris Pratt The Next Big Hollywood Star?
The Dark Knight trilogy actor will not be reprising his role as Batman in the planned Justice League movie
The Dark Knight trilogy has been lauded as the greatest comic book adaption series ever committed to film and has re-written the way Hollywood sees superhero movies, but Christian Bale has decided that when it comes to wearing the famed black mask and cape; three times is enough. The Oscar-winning actor told Entertainment Weekly that although he cherishes the time he had making the movies, he thinks it better to leave things as they are and not tamper with Christopher Nolan's astounding vision.
Bale wont be returning as Batman/Bruce Wayne
"We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That's enough. Let's not get greedy," said the Batman/Bruce Wayne actor during the interview to promote his new film, Out of the Furnace, adding; "Chris [Nolan] always said he wanted to make it one film at a time and we ended up sitting there looking at each other, saying 'We're about to make the third.' We never really knew if we were going to get to be there, but if that was how it was going to be, this was where it should end as well."
Continue reading: Christian Bale Wont Be Doning His Black Cape For The Justice League Film
Sylvester Stallone has announced The Expendables 3, though fans may be more intrigued by his new project by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It's shaping up to be a pretty hectic 18 months or so for Sylvester Stallone, who will star in two big-budget movies for Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment, Escape Plan and The Expendables 3. The former stars Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger as prison cellmates who work together to escape. The Great Escape, essentially.
The movie, directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Hafstrom, is written by Miles Chapman and Jason Keller, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It will go up against Joseph Gordon-Lecitt's directorial debut Don Jon and fantasy movie Seventh Son on October 18, 2013. The Expendables action adventure franchise continues on August 15, 2014 with the third movie, once again starring Stallone as Barney Ross, who leads his group of mercenaries into another seemingly impossible mission. Martial arts legend Jackie Chan and Oscar winner Nicolas Cage are set to be appear in the movie, which will undoubtedly continue to the huge success of the franchise. As yet, the other major studios have not announced any movies for release on the same date.
The Expendables 2, starring Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris and Terry Crews, opened on August 16, 2012 to takings of $28.6 million. The movie has since earned $300 million worldwide.
Continue reading: Sylvester Stallone Announces Expendables 3 And Great Escape 2 (Sort Of)
The first trailer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Don Jon is here.
Joseph Gordon Levitt [L] and Scarlett Johansson [R] In Don Jon
If you'd taken time to read any of the articles about Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon, you would have been forgiven for assuming it was an expose of the dark side of porn addiction. It is that, but it's also a comedy and from the looks of the first trailer, a funny one at that.
As well as serving as writer-director, Gordon-Levitt also plays the movie's lead Jon Martello, a young guy who enjoys his swish apartment, working out, driving his car, going to church, socializing and...watching porn. Watching a lot of porn. His subsequent expectations of sexual relationships mean he is unable to build a long-lasting relationship with anyone, despite his friends dubbing him Don Jon for his ability to land any woman.
Jon Martello enjoys his routine lifestyle which involves working out, maintaining his apartment, driving a flash car, seeing his family, going to church, hanging with his boys, pulling pretty girls and, crucially, watching porn. The expectations he builds watching X-rated internet videos is a massive contribution to the fact that he doesn't have long lasting relationships with anyone, despite his friends nicknaming him Don Jon for his ability to take home a stunning woman whenever he likes. However, after setting eyes on a beautiful blonde at a club, he has more than just a one night stand on his mind and arranges to meet her for a date. When they appear to begin seeing each other regularly (to the delight of his grandchild-less mother) things seem to be going better for him than ever before; that is, until, she catches him enjoying his daily dose of obscene web action. Jon now realises he has a lot of lessons to learn if he wants to be with the woman of his dreams.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ('Looper', 'Lincoln', 'Inception', 'The Dark Knight Rises') stars in his directorial feature debut 'Don Jon' which also marks his first full-length screenplay. It's a comedy about a seemingly normal New Jersey guy who, though happy as he is at the present, could be slowly destroying his future. It will hit UK cinemas in the Autumn on November 15th 2013.
Fox has finally secured the rights to the Guys and Dolls remake, probably to the dismay of Harvey Weinstein.
20th Century Fox has landed the movie rights to Guys and Dolls, the classic movie starring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando itself based on a successful musical, and will start the process of a remake potentially starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum, according to Deadline.com. A writer and director is yet to be announced, though Fox are keen to pin down its lead stars first.
The remake of the movie is big news in Hollywood, especially among acting circles, where the lead roles are considered the most sought after in the business. A few years it, Harvey Weinstein was close to getting the rights to the movie, with Chicago producers Craig Zadan and Neil Moron producing. Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and even Vin Diesel tossed their hats into the ring for the movie, though the widow of songwriter Frank Loesser didn't find the deal to her liking and declined to sign over the rights.
Now, she appears pretty happy for Fox to take on the story about rogue gamblers and gangsters in the 1920s and 1930s. Nathan Sinatra (Sinatra's role) has a town full of captive gamblers and wants to set up a floating crap game but requires the funds to do it. He bets his friend Sky Masterson (Brando) that he can't get Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana. The role of the love interest will no doubt be the subject of a competitive casting process featuring many of Hollywood's top actresses.
Continue reading: Guys And Dolls Remake: Joseph Gordon-Levitt And Channing Tatum In Talks
A historic epic from Steven Spielberg carries a lot of baggage, but he surprises us with a remarkably contained approach to an iconic figure. What's most unexpected is that this is a political drama, not a biopic. It's a long, talky movie about back-room deal-making on a very big issue: ending slavery in America. It also has one of the most intelligent, artful scripts of the past year, plus a remarkably wry central performance.
Daniel Day-Lewis constantly grounds Abraham Lincoln in his earthy humanity, good humour and tenacious desire to do the right thing, no matter what it takes. The film essentially covers just one month in which Lincoln works to outlaw slavery before ending four years of civil war. Secretary of State Seward (Strathairn) reluctantly supports this plan, enlisting three shady negotiators (Spader, Nelson and Hawkes) to convince wavering members of Congress to vote in favour of a constitutional amendment. Meanwhile at home, Lincoln is under pressure from his wife Mary (Field) to keep their oldest son Robert (Gordon-Levitt) off the battlefield.
All of this political wrangling makes the film feel like a 19th century version of The West Wing, and Kushner's script crackles with wit, nuance and passion, clearly echoing today's political debates about issues like gun control and human rights. We find ourselves wishing that our own politicians were this creative about getting the votes they need on important issues. This meaty approach gives the cast terrific dialog to bite into, although Spielberg never lets anyone run riot with scenery-chomping antics. The closest is probably Jones, as the fiery anti-slavery supporter Thaddeus Stevens. He's terrific in this role. And Field shines too in as the spiky Mary. Even if she's about a decade too old for the character, she brings intelligence and emotion to every scene.
Continue reading: Lincoln Review
Good reviews have been pouring in for Steve Coogan’s turn as the King of Soho Paul Raymond in his new film The Look Of Love followings its airing at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend. The film is another team-up between Coogan and director Michael Winterbottom, the pair most famously getting together for 2002’s 24 Hour Party People, and alongside a glut of positive acclaim, it’s been picked up by IFC Films for development.
With the success of Coogan’s The Look Of Love, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon’s Addiction, at the Sundance Film Festival, it really does seem to be the year of porn. We don’t mean that the porn industry is set to release some of the biggest grossing films this year; but with The Look Of Love focusing on the real life smut baron Paul Raymond, founder of adult UK magazines like Esquire and Mayfair, and Don Jon’s Addiction’s main character being addicted to pornography, it’s a subject that’s clearly become fashionable to take on. If those two weren’t enough, then James Franco’s Interior. Leather Bar also screened over the weekend, a movie inspired by rumors that hardcore porn footage had to be cut out of 1980 Al Pacino movie Cruising.
We could look beyond even the Sundance event too, with Paul Schrader’s Lindsay Lohan-starring The Canyons also featuring real life porn star James Deen in its own tale of sexual depravity. Though that film is without a buyer, what is clear is that Coogan’s turn as Raymond is just the tip of the iceberg: 2013 appears to be the year where film makers decide to discuss the fascination with porn.
How much more proof do you need that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is becoming one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood? Not only are his acting roles equaling cash galore for studios, but it appears that his talents behind the camera are set to be equally lucrative for the ascendant star.
Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon’s Addiction – which he wrote and directed – was shown at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend and was then promptly snapped up by Relativity Media who paid $4 million to develop the film. Focused around a character called Jon – who is addicted to pornography – the film explores how his lust for it has ruined his desire for intimacy, and how he realizes that when he meets Scarlett Johansson’s character, who is obsessed by romance and Hollywood love films, and a frail widow played by Julianne Hough.
The film has received warm reviews at Sundance, according to The Guardian, with Gordon-Levitt himself commenting on the film to Reuters: "I wasn't really focused on porn or porn addiction” he said. “It was really, to me, more of a metaphor. It is astonishing how prevalent it is in our culture today." The star also said that he found inspiration for the film’s humor on social networking. "If you go on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and you look at the humor on there, you might call it smutty, you might call it raunchy, but there's also a sort of honesty to it," he commented.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s career in front of the camera has gone from strength to strength, with leading roles in films like ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘Inception’ cementing his position as one of Hollywood’s current golden boys.
However, the actor also has ambitions behind the camera too, as proved by his new film Don Jon’s Addiction. Gordon-Levitt directs the film – as well as writing and starring in it - about a character called Jon. An attractive man who can’t maintain a relationship owing to his addiction to pornography, Jon meets a woman obsessed with romance and Hollywood love films, and also an emotionally fragile widow – played by Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore respectively. "I wanted to tell a love story, and in my observations, what gets in the way of love most the time is how people objectify each other," Gordon-Levitt told Reuters.
He was also keen to enforce that the film wasn’t about pornography, or a commentary on addiction to it. "I wasn't really focused on porn or porn addiction” he said. “It was really, to me, more of a metaphor. It is astonishing how prevalent it is in our culture today." Gordon-Levitt went on to say that he found inspiration for the film’s humor on social networking. "If you go on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and you look at the humor on there, you might call it smutty, you might call it raunchy, but there's also a sort of honesty to it," he commented.
Continue reading: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Steps Behind The Camera For Don Jon
As was widely expected, a movie about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is set to go into production after Bad Robot partners JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk snapped up the rights to Juliet Macur’s forthcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, reports Deadline.com. Macur – a sports reporter for The New York Times – has covered Armstrong’s career for over a decade, through the cyclist’s Tour de France wins, his recovery from cancer and eventual doping revelations. The American had denied using performance enhancing drugs for years, though finally admitted to cheating during a much-publicized interview with Oprah Winfrey last week.
Sony Pictures has long had an Armstrong movie project in the works, though that movie was dropped when the cyclist’s fall from grace began. It was set to star Jake Gyllenhaal and would have told the ‘American hero’ narrative of Armstrong’s rollercoaster career. Of course, the story has changed dramatically and Abrams film will focus on a cheat who pays a high price for his lies. As movie writer Mike Fleming Jr reports, the whole thing is reminiscent of when Tom Cruise and Cameron Crowe made a deal with Phil Spector to tell the story of the producer’s life story, though the director went on record as saying the film “lacked a good third act.” That was obviously provided shortly afterwards when Spector was convicted of shooting the actress Lana Clarkson, but Universal, Crowe and Cruise never went forward with the project. It’s likely that JJ Abrams and his team will tackle the Armstrong project head on, but who could play the man himself? Who has the presence to portray such a complex character on-screen? Here’s 10 actors who we think could become Lance:
Do you remember when Joseph Gordon-Levitt wasn't hot? No? Well, he wasn't. There was a time in the long distant past where he was, for a while, type-cast as a nerd. Remember 3rd Rock from the Sun and 10 Things I Hate About You? He was in those! And he was absolutely great in them, but he was a nerd. And he had long hair. Anyway, now he has written, directed, and starred in his very own movie. A raunchy, morality-driven film called Don Jon's Addiction, in which he plays, not a nerd, a stud.
Don Jon, played by Gordon-Levitt, is a lothario, a rake who can score any girl he wants and spends his entire life focused on 'things' (cars, his body, women...) and porn. "I think it's true that a lot of guys are learning what they think love and sex are supposed to be from the unlimited amount of porn available on the Internet," Levitt said at a press conference for the Sundance Film Festival. "I wanted to tell a story about love, and in my observation what's always getting in the way of love is how people objectify each other."
Co-starring is Scarlett Johansson, whose character champions the equally problematic traditional notions of Disney romance. She manages to create something that is something of a simulation of 'love', she doesn't sleep with him straight away, and she makes him work for it. Part of what she makes him do in his pursuit of sex is to join a night school. There they meet the moral root of the story; Esther (Julianne Moore), a mature student who smokes pot.
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Futuristic action thriller Looper was released on DVD and Blu Ray on New Years Eve. Now, we can understand you not rushing out to buy it while you were busy blowing up balloons, calling your friends and deciding what to wear on NYE, but if you haven't picked it up yet, here are five reasons why you have to.
DVD Extras (Including Amazing Animated Trailer)
Alright, we'll admit it: DVD extras are never that good, and you can usually catch them on YouTube without shelling out. But hear us out. With deleted scenes, and a mini-doc that guides us through the film's fantastic score, they're probably worth sitting through once you've given the film its 5th run. Here are the features in full, as well as a peak at the animated trailer, which will look much better on your trillion megapixel, thousand inch TV. We promise.
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In the run-up to the Oscars, the movie industry pays special attention to the smaller awards nominations, for indicators as to what to expect at the big event. So far, it’s looking good for Lincoln, the new Steven Spielberg biopic about President Abraham Lincoln. With the title role played by Daniel Day Lewis and a supporting cast featuring Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon Levitt and James Spader, there has been an ‘Oscars-buzz’ around this movie for some time now. And that buzz just got a little more deafening with the release of the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards nominations.
Unsurprisingly, Daniel Day Lewis is up for best actor, reports Los Angeles Times, with Sally Field getting the nod for best supporting actress and best supporting actor for Tommy Lee Jones. Lincoln is joined by Silver Linings Playbook (starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence) and Les Miserables, which gets a tips for best ensemble, with Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman leading the cast, there.
Dame Maggie Smith is the real star of this year’s announcement, though, landing more nominations than any other actor. She’s been acknowledged not only for her cinematic appearance in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel but also for her small screen work on Downton Abbey, the British series that has really made waves in the USA.
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