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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Looper Press Conference with Director Rian Johnson, Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt

Seven years ago writer/director Rian Johnson took the indie film world by storm with his thriller Brick, which followed a teen named Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who was in search of his ex-girlfriend's killer.

What made that film so cool was the 1930's noir spin Johnson laid on it.

Now, both Johnson and Gordon-Levitt have reunited on the filmmaker's latest, Looper, which has Johnson putting his own twist on the time travel subgenre and also stars Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, Piper Perabo, Paul Dano and Noah Segan.

During the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, Dread Central was on hand for the Looper press conference featuring Johnson, Gordon-Levitt and Blunt chatting about what looks to be one of the best sci-fi flicks of the year. The trio discussed their thoughts on the project, talked more about their characters and gave us a lot of insight on what we can expect from
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Interview: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks '50/50,' hitRECord and 'Looper'

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen in 50/50

Photo: Summit Entertainment On August 23, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in Seattle promoting his upcoming film 50/50 in which he plays Adam, a young man who learns he has cancer. The film follows Adam's story upon learning the news and details his relationships with his friends, family and other cancer patients and it does so with a sense of humor as if to take the piss out of the situation. 50/50, however, is not just another Hollywood dramedy. Not only is it excellent, it's also based on the true story of Will Reiser, who adapted the screenplay based on his life story.

If you ask me, Gordon-Levitt's performance is worthy of an Oscar nomination. Whether he'll get one or not is still yet to be determined, but as an actor he is showing serious growth and a continuous ability to tackle new material. And it's that new material
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DVD: DVD: Twelve

Bret Easton Ellis by way of Gossip Girl, Reefer Madness, and in the cataclysmic finale, Alejandro Gonzaléz Iñárittu, Joel Schumacher’s laughable Twelve could be called The Lost Boys (And Girls) if he hadn’t already used that title 23 years ago. Based on Nick McDonell’s novel, the film marinates in the glamour and ennui of Upper East Side brats who indulge in sex, designer drugs, and wild bacchanals while their parents are out yachting in some far-flung locale. Working from a script by Jordan Melamed—whose one feature as a director, 2001’s underrated Manic, dealt ...
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Twelve Review | Chumps Actin' Ill Cause They're Full of Eight Balls

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Whenever I see something like "Gossip Girl" or "Pretty Little Liars" or "The Hills," it makes me die inside. Because that's teaching teens if you want to be cool, you do coke and fuck everyone. All while wearing clothes that cost an entire summer job salary. Because you're nothing unless you have someone else inside you. It's the entire mantra of the fashionistas that fill magazines -- both advertisements and content -- that pretty and money are the only commodities you need to succeed in life. Thus came Nick McDonell onto the scene, the privileged son of high-profile parents, who scribbled his first novel Twelve at the precocious age of 17. People praised it because that's what rich people do; they take E and suck each others' cocks. We know this because we've watched the online upskirt shots and camera phone videos of Lindsay Lohan blowing a record producer's nephew on a yacht,
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Cinematical Seven: Seven Things Wrong With 'Twelve'

Cinematical Seven: Seven Things Wrong With 'Twelve'
Very few films are as good as the book, but that still doesn't excuse an absolute travesty of a book-to-film adaptation. The unfortunate thing is Twelve had such unbelievable on screen potential. Not only is the subject matter widely appealing -- pretty people doing bad things -- but it has a stellar cast to go with it. All director Joel Schumacher had to do was follow the story, trim a little fat and he would have ended up with a solid production. But he and screenwriter Jordan Melamed just went about it all wrong, making Twelve an extended episode of Gossip Girl rather than a dark and foreboding tale.

The film stars Chace Crawford as White Mike, a smart kid who resorts to a life of seclusion and drug dealing after losing his mother to cancer. His clients include just about anyone who hangs out at Chris' (Rory Culkin) house,
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Indie Film Focus: 'Twelve' trailer and images from the Joel Schumacher film.

Joel Schumacher directs "Twelve," an indie drama/thriller screenwritten by newcomer Jordan Melamed based on the novel by Nick McDonell. The Gaumont, Artina Films, Radar Pictures and Original Media production opens July 30th via Hannover House. Starring are Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Ellen Barkin, Emily Meade, Rory Culkin, Esti Ginzburg, Billy Magnussen and featuring Kiefer Sutherland ("24") as the narrator. Based on the controversial Nick McDonell novel, Twelve follows high school dropout turned successful drug dealer White Mike (Chace Crawford) in New York's Upper East Side. Business is booming when all of the kids are home from boarding school and everyone has money to blow. Mike leads a double life...
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Schumacher Counts On "Twelve"

"Twelve" is the new film from director Joel Schumacher ("The Lost Boys") and producer Ted Field ("Revenge Of The Nerds") , written by Jordan Melamed, adapted from the novel of the same name by author Nick McDonell, following a story of drug addiction, violence and sex among wealthy teenagers from Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, "Twelve" stars Chace Crawford ("Gossip Girl") , Emma Roberts ("Wild Child") and 50 Cent ("New Breed") .

"Twelve" is the story of 17-year-old 'White Mike', the privileged son of a restaurant tycoon, who has taken off his senior year in high school to sell drugs to his wealthy peers. When he is not selling drugs he thinks about his childhood and philosophizes about a world he feels he is not a part of. The title of the film refers to a new designer drug, referred to as a cross between cocaine and ecstasy.

"Twelve" will be
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Poster added for 'Twelve' helmed by Joel Schumacher.

The first poster is up for the Joel Schumacher-helmed "Twelve" starring Emma Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, Chace Crawford, Rory Culkin, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Ellen Barkin. Hanover House distributes the film which finds release on July 30th this year. Jordan Melamed adapts the screenplay based on the novel by Nick McDonell. The story follows a high school who has become a drug dealer. The good life starts turning when a cousin is murdered on an East Harlem playground, leaving his best pal as one who is arrested for the brutal act...
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Trailer For Twelve Has Pretty People Doing Dumb Things

Of the 25 reviews that our own Katey Rich did at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the one she wrote for Joel Schumacher's Twelve was probably the most intriguing. It's fairly easy to make a groan-worthy suckfest, but making a movie that's laughably bad is another story entirely. One of the most high-profile films at the festival, she called the picture a "hilarious and melodramatic mess" and went as far as to say that the screenwriter, Jordan Melamed, had trouble wrapping his head around the idea that film is a visual medium. Awfulness of that magnitude needs to be experienced and now we have our first official taste. MTV has posted the first official trailer for the film and...what can really be said? It's a bunch of pretty people doing dumb things; going for a Rules of Attraction meets Requiem For A Dream vibe and falling short of both.
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Movie Trailer: Joel Schumacher’s Twelve

Movie Trailer: Joel Schumacher’s Twelve
Hannover House has released the first official trailer for Joel Schumacher's Twelve, which no one seemed to like when it premiered as the Closing Night Film in the 2010 Sundance Film Festival (Watch my video review here). From a filmmaker who has given us such diverse films as The Lost Boys, The Phantom of the Opera, Flatliners, A Time To Kill, Batman Forever, Phone Booth and 8mm comes a new drama chronicling of the highs and lows of privileged kids on Manhattan's Upper East Side, in a tale that involves sex, drugs and murder.Basically it seems like Schumacher was flipping throught the television stations and saw Gossip Girl and said "I want to make that movie..." Problem is, his version of Gossip Girl isn't nearly as entertaining as Gossip Girl. Written by Jordan Melamed (the director of 2001's Maniac), the story follows a young drug dealer who watches as
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Sundance: Focus Features acquires 'The Kids Are All Right'

"The Kids Are All Right" has found a home.

Focus Features appears to have sealed the deal to acquire rights to Sundance Film Festival favorite "The Kids Are All Right" by Lisa Cholodenko, reports the La Times.

The family drama revolves around two teenage kids (Mia Wasikowska, Joshua Hutcherson) who live with their lesbian moms (Julianne Moore, Annette Bening) and decide to seek out their sperm donor dad (Mark Ruffalo).

More Sundance reviews/buzz:

 - "Gossip Girl's" Chace Crawford stars in "Twelve," about a young man named White Mike whose mother has died. He turns to drug dealing New York's wealthy teens. "Crawford has the scruffy handsomeness and soulful eyes required to make this antihero swoon-worthy, but screenwriter Jordan Melamed hasn't given the character much of a drive or personality." [Screen Daily]

 - Gurinder Chadha, who made "Bend It Like Beckham," enters the horror-comedy waters with "It's a Wonderful Afterlife, " about
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Sundance Video Blog Review: Joel Schumacher’s Twelve

Sundance Video Blog Review: Joel Schumacher’s Twelve
Earlier today I saw a screening of Joel Schumacher's Twelve, which stars Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, 50 Cent, Ellen Barkin and Rory Culkin. Twelve takes place in a similar world as Gossip Girl, focusing mostly on super rich upper east side New Yorkers. "A new drama chronicling of the highs and lows of privileged kids on Manhattan's Upper East Side, in a tale that involves sex, drugs and murder. Written by Jordan Melamed (the director of 2001's Maniac), the story follows a young drug dealer who watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin's murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime." While most people like to give Schumacher shit for his Batman films, many forget his better films, like The Lost Boys, Flatliners, A Time To Kill, and Phone Booth. Is Twelve a return to form? Or just a disaster? Watch the
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Sundance Photo Preview: Joel Schumacher’s Twelve

Sundance Photo Preview: Joel Schumacher’s Twelve
As Sundance Twentyten approaches, we'll be posting mini-previews with photos from some of the films we're looking forward to over the next month and a half. Last week we posted the first photos from Hesher, I Love Sarah Jane director Spencer Susser’s Feature Debut. Today I bring you the first photos from Joel Schumacher's Twelve, which is screening as the Closing Night Film in the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section. From a filmmaker who has given us such diverse films as The Lost Boys, The Phantom of the Opera, Flatliners, A Time To Kill, Batman Forever, Phone Booth and 8mm comes a new drama chronicling of the highs and lows of privileged kids on Manhattan's Upper East Side, in a tale that involves sex, drugs and murder. Written by Jordan Melamed (the director of 2001's Maniac), the story follows a young drug dealer who watches as his high-rolling
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Sundance Reveals 2010 Non-Competition Slate

On Wednesday the Sundance Film Festival unveiled the films competing in late January 2010. Yesterday they announced the rest of the line-up of independent films vying for attention for industry types and the curious public.

The entire list of 53 films is below, but here are a few that stood out to me from the premieres alone:

Mumblecore directors the Duplass Brothers, have a new, untitled movie starring an unusually high-profile cast compared to their usual improvisational crew. John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, and Catherine Keener. Reilly and Keener are actually in two films at the 2010 festival.

The Company Men, starring Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Rosemarie DeWitt about corporate downsizing.

Rodrigo Cortes’ Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds as a man buried alive in a coffin. I’ve read the script and its great. More on that as soon as I can.

The Runaways, the
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Sundance 2010 Announced Out-of-Competition Lineup

We are 49 days out and counting down to Sundance 2010. Yesterday, we unveiled the list of competition films for the upcoming festival. Today, we have your list of out-of-competition films which include Premieres, Spotlight, New Frontier, and, my personal favorite, Park City at Midnight, which has featured past entries like Black Dynamite, The Descent, and Saw.

Check out next year’s lineup for the out-of-competition films:

Premieres

To showcase the diversity to contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films. Presented by Entertainment Weekly.

Abel / Mexico, USA (Director: Diego Luna; Screenwriters: Diego Luna and Agusto Mendoza)–A peculiar young boy, blurring reality and fantasy, assumes the responsibilities of a family man in his father’s absence. Cast: Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi, Carlos Aragon, Christopher Ruiz-Esparza, Gerardo Ruiz-Esparza. World Premiere

Cane Toads:
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Sundance 2010 Non-Competition Line-Up Looks Strong

Yesterday we got the list for the films playing in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and today we get the rest of the films that will be featured and there are quite a few that make 2010 look much stronger based on pedigree alone than I have seen in quite some time. Variety has a big write-up detailing the categories and more on the festival right here, but I am just going to offer up the titles and let you sort it all out.

The titles already in the RopeofSilicon database are linked.

Premieres

All films are from the United States unless otherwise noted Abel (Mexico-u.S.), the directorial debut of actor Diego Luna, written by Luna and Agusto Mendoza, about a peculiar young boy who, as he blurs reality and fantasy, takes over the responsibilities of a family man in his father's absence. With Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi,
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Nowhere Boy, The Runaways and The Company Men All to Premiere At 2010 Sundance Film Festival Out-Of-Competition

Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the out-of-competition section of Premieres. Some very anticipated films that we have been tracking are included. Films like The Runaways, starring Kristen Bell and Dakota Fanning as the 70s girl rock group headliners, Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. We have also been following The Company Men and Nowhere Boy, so we are excited to see these films at Sundance 2010.

To showcase the diversity to contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films. The Premiere section is being presented by Entertainment Weekly.

Abel / Mexico, USA (Director: Diego Luna; Screenwriters:Diego Luna and Agusto Mendoza)-A peculiar young boy, blurring reality and fantasy, assumes the responsibilities of a family man in his father’s absence. Cast: Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi,
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2010 Sundance Film Festival Out-of-Competition Films: Premieres

2010 Sundance Film Festival Out-of-Competition Films: Premieres
Yesterday we gave you a list of all the films playing in-competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. We now have the list of the films playing out-of-competition and they’re divided up into four categories: Premieres, Next, Spotlight, and Park City at Midnight. Since combining these lists would be a lot to read for just one article, we’ve broken it up to give each category its own article.

Know that while there are a lot of films playing in-competition, most of the films to get buzz will be coming from the out-of-competition categories. First up are the premiers which include John WellsThe Company Men starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner; Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s The Extra Man starring Katie Holmes, John C. Reilly, and Paul Dano; Get Low starring Robert Duvall and Bill Murray; Michael Winterbottom’s The Killer Inside Me starring Casey Affleck,
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Full Sundance line-up announced...and it's a doozy!

In addition to the competition titles which were announced yesterday, Sundance has announced the remainder of their line-up and it includes some titles we’re already familiar with along with a huge number of premieres.

Also on the docket are two new series: Next which showcases low/no budget films and Spotlight which highlights films which festival programmers deem worthy of extra love including Enter the Void (review) and Lourdes (the trailer for which I really liked).

I’m particularly excited to see some of the titles in the New Frontier program but overall, the line-up is an impressive one but the Kristen Stewart fan in me is excited to see her turn as Joan Jett in The Runaways and I think it’s fair to say we’re all dying to see Vincenzo Natali’s hotly anticipated Splice (trailer).

In the Midnight section, Adam Green's Frozen is sounding mighty find,
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Sundance 2010 Film Lineup *Updated*

Sundance released their slate for 2010. It includes:43 documentaries on the Middle East12 films about friends who 'discover' something33 movies about people you've never heard about1 comedyHopefully the lineup this year is strong but it doesn't look that way compared to last year. Last year we had Push (Precious), that Lil Wayne documentary that never went anywhere, Mystery Team which might make my top ten, Moon, Mike Tyson documentary, Cold Souls. Just so much last January that was excellent. I hope I don't go out therer and freeze my tail off just to see...I don't know, a documentary about a former Pakistani prime minister or something silly like that.Here's the lineup so far: Premieres To showcase the diversity to contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films. Presented by Entertainment Weekly.
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