October 14, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Marvel is not done courting Joseph Gordon-Levitt yet. After failing to lock him down for “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the studio is yet again eyeing the actor for another of their Cinematic Universe heroes, this time Hank Pym, aka the titular “Ant-Man.” Variety reports Gordon-Levitt is now one of two frontrunners for the role, next to Paul Rudd.
“Ant-Man,” to be directed by Edgar Wright, has been the Marvel Studios project that’s been in the works for the longest with the littlest progress being made, but it looks like things may finally be moving along, with a bumped up release date of July 31, 2015 and all. Both actors will be meeting with Marvel execs and Wright one more time about taking on the role of the scientist who invents a serum that allows him to shrink down to the size of an insect, while still maintaining his ability to kick ass alongside his fellow Avengers, of course.
Variety further details that another actor could still be in contention, but for now, the filmmakers are focused on these two. Rudd seems to be the inspired, unexpected choice here, while Marvel’s obsession with Gordon-Levitt continues to be a bit puzzling. Chris Pratt is a much better fit for Star-Lord than Gordon-Levitt could have been, and Rudd seems a better fit for Pym as well. But, of course, it’s not up to any of us, and Marvel certainly has earned a dollop of trust with their consistently good casting choices and even better films.
September 26, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
What can’t Joseph Gordon-Levitt do? Already with decades of acting experience and an innovative DIY collaborative production company under his belt at the ripe old age of 32, now he steps behind the camera to bring us “Don Jon,” a vulgar, funny, touching, sensitive coming of age tale that he wrote, directed and starred in. Despite some first-time director stumbles, it’s a confident and impressive first feature, and undoubtedly – hopefully – the first of many.
September 10, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson get close, Brie Larson gets sisterly in the boatload of new images released today for JGL’s directorial debut “Don Jon,” which wowed Sundance and will finally see a release this month.
It is still fascinating to me that Gordon-Levitt chose such an unexpected tone and subject matter for his first foray behind the camera of a feature film. Instead of a quiet little drama, the prolific filmmaker tackles the loud and rambunctious Jersey Shore, playing a sex-addicted young man who finds himself in over his head when he meets his match in Johansson’s idealistic good girl. But “Shame” this is not. It’s a comedy, and it’s apparently so good it sold to Relativity at Sundance for record-breaking prices.
Will it live up to the hype? “Don Jon” will be released on September 27th and you can see over 20 new photos (thanks to Relativity and The Playlist) below.
August 26, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like Team “Don Jon” could teach a thing or two to Team “Divergent”. While the latter went full on throw-everything-at-the-audience exposition in its VMAs promo, the tease (no pun intended) for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut is something much more effective.
The 30 TV spot features a scene between Gordon-Levitt’s Jersey Shore porn addict and the new girl in his life, played by Scarlett Johansson, getting amorous, but the two clearly have different ideas about where to take this relationship. Like the critics’ quotes it’s interspersed with says, the clip is sexy and funny and gives a general impression of the tone of the movie without giving much away. All in all, it makes me want to see the movie even more.
“Don Jon” made a big splash at Sundance and will be released wide on September 27th. For now, watch the great new TV spot below.
June 28, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The Academy of of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled its Class of 2013, “artists and executives” in the film industry who will now help determine all future nominees and winners of the Academy Awards beginning in 2014. Recent invitees include Oscar nominees/winners like Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Rooney Mara and Jesse Eisenberg as well as rising stars like Anthony Mackie, Mia Wasikowska and Melissa McCarthy. This year’s large group of invitees – 276 to last year’s 176 – include 22 actors, among them Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rebecca Hall, Jason Schwartzman, Jack Huston and Paula Patton.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013.
“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”
The 2013 invitees are:
May 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Joseph Gordon-Levitt charmingly introduces the first trailer for his directorial debut “Don Jon”, and the footage itself looks unexpected and wholly entertaining, with Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson doing their best Jersey Shore impressions to play a young couple whose new relationship is complicated by his addiction to porn. Really, who expected a respected young actor’s directorial debut to be a Jersey-set rom com instead of a dark, gritty drama? This guy is full of surprises and we can’t wait to dive into his latest.
The film sold for unprecedented cash at the Sundance Film Festival, with Relativity Media picking it up and setting it for an October 18th wide release. Brie Larson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza co-star in the comedy and you can watch the first trailer now below.
May 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
To say “Jane Got a Gun” is something of a troubled production is likely to be the understatement of the year, and its troubles just won’t seem to end. After Bradley Cooper appeared to save the day by committing to play the villain role in the film, now he’s out again, according to Deadline.
Natalie Portman stars in the film, which is now being directed by Gavin O’Connor, as a woman who must defend her home when her outlaw husband returns injured and with a pursuing gang in tow, forcing her to turn to an ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) for help. Cooper was to play the leader of the pursuing gang, but now filmmakers are desperately searching for yet another replacement, with Deadline further reporting Jake Gyllenhall, Tobey Maguire, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hiddleston are amongst the actors they’re talking to. At least they have until June, which is when the supporting villainous role will need to be on set to begin filming.
Gordon-Levitt and Hiddleston both seem rather busy with other projects so it’s unclear if any of this will work out. Gordon-Levitt’s got his directorial debut “Don Jon’s Addiction” rolling out this summer, while Hiddleston will be heading off to Cannes to premiere “Only Lovers Left Alive” and is set to star opposite Hayley Atwell in Robert Capa biopic “Close Enough.” Still, if Cooper could almost manage to do “Jane” and David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” and Cameron Crowe’s next feature all around the same time, there’s hope.
January 29, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
UPDATE: Eva Green has been cast in the female lead role of Ava Lord, the titular Dame to kill for.
Indie rising star Julia Garner is the latest to join the ever-growing cast of sequel “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”, according to Deadline. She joins fellow newcomers Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple, Josh Brolin, Ray Liotta and Jeremy Piven in Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s follow-up to their 2005 stylized hit “Sin City,” based on Miller’s graphic novel of the same name.
Miller and Rodriguez are already underway filming on the sequel to 2005′s “Sin City” based on Miller’s graphic novel, and a large chunk of the original cast is returning, including Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jaimie King, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson. Gordon-Levitt will play a newly created character named Johnny, while Garner will play a young stripper. Green’s Ava Lord is a femme fatale described as “every man’s most glorious dreams come true, she’s also every man’s darkest nightmares.” “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” will be released on October 14, 2013.
She played a member of the cult Elizabeth Olsen escapes from in “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and a classmate of Logan Lerman’s in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, and Garner was back at Sundance this year, taking the starring role in a gruesome family drama/horror “We Are What We Are”, which premiered in the Park City and Midnight category and was picked up for distribution by Entertainment One.
January 18, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Juno Temple, Jeremy Piven and Ray Liotta are the latest cast members to join Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s comic book sequel adaptation “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”, according to The Playlist.
Miller and Rodriguez are already underway filming on the sequel to 2005′s “Sin City” based on Miller’s graphic novel, and a large chunk of the original cast is returning, including Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jaimie King, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson. Gordon-Levitt will play a newly created character named Johnny, a “smooth gambler” role that had originally been offered to Johnny Depp, but there are no details on who the newest cast members will play. It’s also unclear if Temple has taken the female lead role that had not yet been cast last we heard, a role originally meant for Angelina Jolie. If so, it’s quite a get for the young British actress.
Temple, a current nominee for BAFTA’s EE Rising Star Award, last appeared in Christopher Nolan’s Batman conclusion “The Dark Knight Rises” and will next be seen opposite Michael Angarano in indie comedy “The Brass Teapot”, the trailer to which we unveiled earlier today. She recently completed filming on Disney’s Sleeping Beauty reimagining “Maleficent” opposite Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, as well as supernatural thriller “Horns” with Daniel Radcliffe and Max Minghella.
January 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Glad this is finally settled. No, hotly in demand actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt will not star in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”, or the “Godzilla” reboot. Instead, according to Deadline, Gordon-Levitt has committed to a starring role in sequel “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”, which is already filming.
Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are directing the sequel to 2005′s “Sin City”, based on Miller’s graphic novel, and a large chunk of the original cast is returning, including Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jaimie King, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson, while newcomers don’t stop with Gordon-Levitt. Josh Brolin is among the names being tossed around as potential cast additions, while the film’s female lead has still yet to be cast as well, even though filming has been on-and-off-going since November. Gordon-Levitt will play a newly created character named Johnny, a “smooth gambler” role that had originally been offered to Johnny Depp.
Gordon-Levitt is arguably the most sought-after young actor in Hollywood right now, especially after a breakout year in 2012 that saw him play an integral transition character in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” (is “Justice League” next?), as the lead of Rian Johnson’s impressive sci-fi thriller “Looper” and as son Robert to Daniel Day Lewis’ “Lincoln.” Next, his directorial debut “Don Jon’s Addiction”, in which he also co-stars opposite Scarlett Johansson, which the now multi-hyphenate will premiere at Sundance in a couple of weeks.