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Joseph Gordon-Levitt literally balances on a high wire in his new movie "The Walk" -- which dramatizes Philippe Petit's death-defying stroll between the two towers of the World Trade Center in 1974 -- though as the actor himself tells it, the very act of making the film (directed by Robert Zemeckis) was something of a risky move. "It's a grand, visual, spectacular action movie that doesn't have any gunfire or car chases or explosions or any of the sort of hallmarks of Hollywood action movies," he told me. "And you know, when you try to do something different like that in the movie business it's definitely considered risky." For more from Gordon-Levitt, including what it was like training with Petit and what surprised him most about the daredevil in person, watch the full interview above. "The Walk" hits theaters on Friday. »
- Chris Eggertsen
For Joseph Gordon-Levitt, an Oscar nomination may be just a walk away. Critics are dazzled by the sheer courage of the Don Jon's latest performance in Robert Zemeckis' The Walk, the newest film commemorating the infamous tale of Philippe Petit, a French daredevil who pulled off the ultimate American stunt. In the summer of 1974, Petit took to new heights between the Twin Towers to accomplish a death-defying tight rope performance. While the story was first brought to screen in the 2008 Oscar-winning documentary, Man on Wire, featuring Petit himself, this new biopic drags viewers right onto the tightrope to take in the spellbinding cityscapes through IMAX 3D. The cinematography »
You might think that James Marsh’s Oscar-winning 2008 documentary Man on Wire was the last word on Philippe Petit’s unforgettable walk between the towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. The Walk proves otherwise. Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis wanted to dramatize what could only be talked about, inferred or glimpsed in the non-fiction movie. With the help of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, cinematographer Dariusz Wolski, production designer Naomi Shohan, and visual effects supervisor Kevin Baillie, he’s created an amazing film that makes dazzling use of cinematic storytelling and deserves to be seen in 3-D. The casting of Gordon-Levitt was inspired, not just because he speaks fluent French...
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- Leonard Maltin
Open Road Films pushed the release date of director Oliver Stone‘s “Snowden” to May 13, 2016. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden, the U.S. government whistle-blower who is facing espionage charges after leaking classified government documents and information to the media. Shailene Woodley also stars. The film’s release was pushed off Christmas Day — and out of the Oscar race — by Open Road last month. Also Read: Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Secret Meeting With Edward Snowden: 'He Very Much Would Like to Come Home' The only film currently set to be released widely on May 16 is Paramount’s “Friday the 13.” Movies. »
- Todd Cunningham
Exclusive: Open Road has just set a date for Oliver Stone's Snowden — it will now bow on May 13 after being pushed off its Christmas Day date last month and, therefore, out of Oscar contention. The film, which stars The Walk‘s Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the Divergent franchise’s Shailene Woodley, is about Edward Snowden, the infamous government whistleblower — or traitor, depending on your viewpoint — who leaked classified documents and information to the media. Scheduled… »
Robert Zemeckis. The Walk seems perfect for IMAX screenings. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as high-wire daredevil Philippe Petit who walked across the Twin Towers in NYC. After premiering at the Nyff, The Walk opened in various locations, including exclusive runs in IMAX formats . which were said to be making people vomit over the anxiety-inducing scope. Unfortunately for Sony, the studio releasing the film, a relatively small number of people are going to see The Walk in IMAX. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Walk opened in 448 IMAX and premium large-format theaters over the October 2 weekend, but these screenings only yielded $1.6 million. To put that in perspective, the live transmission of the Metropolitan Opera.s performance of Il Travatore on October 3 surpassed this number. With The Walk opening wide this weekend beginning October 9, the trade notes that this means the studio has to now pay for the promotion of two »
The trio turn a busy New York City toy store into a rap concert on Christmas Eve with a little help from a step-on keyboard straight out of Big.
The Night Before is a reunion for Rogen, Gordon-Levitt and Levine, who previously teamed up on the critically-acclaimed cancer drama 50/50.
The Night Before bows on November 20 in the Us and on December 4 in the UK. »
Hollywood star Joseph Gordon-Levitt once said “The internet is allowing what used to be a monologue to become a dialogue. I think that’s healthy”. Healthy? He clearly never reads Twitter in the hours following an episode of Raw, especially with the show’s ratings at an all-time low in recent weeks.
Fortunately, for all the rage and frustration aimed at WWE on a weekly basis, some of it is packaged in a witty or thought-provoking fashion. The law of averages makes it so.
Even the wrestlers themselves get involved; this week we’ve included content from Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Stardust, as well as the usual mix of fans, parody Twitter accounts, and nonsensical memes.
10. Xavier Woods Makes His Intentions Clear…
Another open challenge tonight for the #USTitle? Don't mind if I do…..
— Xavier Woods (@XavierWoodsPhD) October 5, 2015
Before Raw had even begun, Xavier Woods announced »
- Jack G King
Following the first clip that debuted last week, Lionsgate has released the fourth trailer for their highly-anticipated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, arriving in theaters November 20. It's only been three and a half years since this franchise started with 2012's The Hunger Games, but it has already become a box office juggernaut, with the first three films earning over $2.3 billion worldwide. In just under two months, the story of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her rebellion against Panem will come to an end, in an explosive fashion.
With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends - including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) - Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, »
The Martian fell just shy of breaking Gravity's box office record for highest October opening of $55.7 million, by taking in $55 million in its first weekend. That record will likely be in no danger of falling this weekend either, with only one new movie arriving in wide release, Warner Bros.' Pan, and TriStar's The Walk expanding. With Pan's less than stellar critical reception so far, the projections at BoxOffice.com indicate that Pan likely won't have a shot at the top spot, with The Martian set to win for a second time in a row.
The Martian opened in 3,750 theaters, a count that isn't expected to change too much going into its second weekend at the box office. Ridley Scott's sci-fi drama following the quest to save an astronaut stranded on Mars has been called the best movie of the year by a number of critics. We still »
In Robert Zemeckis' dizzying The Walk, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Philippe Petit, the adventurous French high-wire artist who achieved worldwide infamy in 1974 when he endeavored to walk across the Twin Towers on nothing more than - of course - a wire. As Petit became a well-known figure soon after (and continues to be, thanks to the 2008 documentary Man On Wire - Gordon-Levitt not only had his work cut out for him... Read More »
- Eric Walkuski
See Also: Read our ★★★ review of The Walk
Zemeckis is currently promoting The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception) as Philippe Petit – the tightrope walker who famously walked between the two towers of the World Trade Center and was the subject of Oscar-winning documentary Man On Wire. The film’s vertiginous climax has reportedly caused vomiting in some audiences, but Zemeckis described the claims as “bullshit” adding “do you think that’s actually true?”.
The Walk has been marketed heavily on the basis of its 3D screenings, continuing Zemeckis’ love affair with the technology despite high-profile flops like Mars Needs Moms, on which he was a producer. “A 3D movie works great if you design it from the »
- Tom Beasley
Oh high school. It was a rough time for a lot of us. Maybe more memorable for some. While we’re passed those adolescent days now, we’re deep in Back to School days and getting more than a little nostalgic. That’s due in part to all the high school teen movies that still rattle around in our pop culture consciousness. Many of the characters in the movies shared the same embarrassments we did, the same first crushes, the same droning teachers, and we all wish we had a friend like Ferris Bueller.
So we asked the PopOptiq staff, which high school character from the movies were you? Share your own pop culture doppelgänger below!
Randy Meeks and I have much in common. We are both massive horror movie fans who worked in a video store, studied film and had a hopeless crush on our best friend. »
Matt Damon may have earned the ire of the internet when he again put his very famous foot in his very famous mouth this week, but all those angry headlines didn't deter moviegoers from going to see The Martian, which landed the second-best October opening ever with $55 million, about $700,000 behind Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity. Ridley Scott's space epic has been well-received, the Oscar buzz has already started, and it also opened with $45.2 million internationally. The weekend's other major movie from a major-movie director, Robert Zemeckis's The Walk, didn't do nearly as well, roping in a paltry $240,379 on Wednesday, and making $1.9 million its entire five-day opening. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit, the daring Frenchman who strung a metal cable between the Twin Towers in 1974 and walked on the wire, some 110 stories in the sky.The other big news of the weekend was about Adam Sandler's »
- Greg Cwik
See Also: Watch the trailer for The Night Before
From the acclaimed director of 50/50, comes the new comedy The Night Before. Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they’re entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball – the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.
- Gary Collinson
Now in his fifth decade of movie-making, you might assume that Robert Zemeckis’ stature as a director would make it easy to attract funding for a new project. Not so. His latest feature, The Walk, took a decade to get to cinemas, a decade during which multiple investors passed on a film they didn’t see as slotting in to a tried and tested category. Based on the true story of Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, you can see their point. Part salute to the ineffable act of artistic creation, part theme park attraction, The Walk doesn’t pigeonhole easily. But then, Zemeckis’ films rarely do.
The enforced wait turned out to be fortuitous. In that ten years, digital and 3D technology »
The talk of The Martian breaking Gravity's October, opening weekend record began early and really spiked after the Ridley Scott film posted a better opening day than the 2013 Alfonso Cuaron sci-fi flick. However, estimates show The Martian coming up a shade shy of the $55.7 million October record. Provisioned with an "A" CinemaScore, though, this one should survive well week-to-week. 20th Century Fox is reporting an estimated $55 million weekend for The Martian, which puts it $785,112 short of the October opening record, but enough for second place on the chart. By comparison, Gravity scored an "A-" CinemaScore back in 2013 as it went on to enjoy weekends with drops no larger than 36.3% over its first seven weekends. In fact, over the course of its entire 31 week run, Gravity only dropped more than 50% three times. Being a major Oscar contender and 3D event film will do that. I expect big things in The Martian's future, »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
For his latest trick he's retelling the story of Philippe Petit's astonishing tightrope walk between New York's Twin Towers in The Walk, pulling the audience 1,300 feet into the air for a dizzying 3D high-wire stunt alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Digital Spy caught up with Zemeckis for a wide-ranging chat about vertigo sufferers (allegedly) throwing up after seeing The Walk, his scepticism about Vr crossing into filmmaking and why Back to the Future 4 will never happen.
When did you know this was a movie you wanted to make?
"I came across Philippe's story when I saw a children's book called The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, it had beautiful illustrations of his adventure. That was it. I just thought, 'Oh my god!' Then I »
Robert Zemeckis, director and co-writer of the classic '80s trilogy, has told Digital Spy that studio execs are constantly asking him to reboot the series - and he's enjoying telling them to make like a tree and get outta here.
"It's making them insane that we don't want to do another Back to the Future," said Zemeckis, who earlier revealed that he and co-creator Bob Gale wouldn't let a sequel or remake happen within their lifetime.
"It's like a pre-sold title for them - it would open gigantically [at the box office]. That's all that anyone cares about."
However, Christopher Lloyd will reprise his role as Doc Brown for a short film on the forthcoming 30th anniversary Blu-ray set. »
James Marsh’s brilliantly dramatic 2008 documentary Man on Wire told us much about Philippe Petit, the Frenchman who famously performed an illegal high-wire act between the twin towers of New York’s newly built World Trade Center in 1974. From the retrospectively sinister overtones of planning of “le coup” (the “artistic crime of the century”) to Petit’s euphoric post-walk infidelity (he discovered “what it meant to be famous”, recalls former girlfriend, Annie Allix), Marsh’s film provided both a celebration and analysis of this supremely life-affirming stunt. All it lacked was moving footage of the walk itself, which is preserved only in still photographs and in the vivid memories of those who saw it with their own eyes. Robert Zemeckis’s lively drama fills that gap with a show-stopping sequence that puts the viewer »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
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