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Who could have guessed that the little kid from Angels in the Outfield would grow up to not only be one of the most beloved actors of his generation, but that he'd make his directorial debut with a rom-com about a hunky Jersey boy who has an addiction to Internet porn? And that it would feature a prime role for his Angels in the Outfield costar Tony Danza? It is indeed a strange, unpredictable world we live in. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's film is called Don Jon, though when it premiered to rave reviews at Sundance earlier this year it went by the slightly longer name of Don Jon's Addiction. In it Jgl stars as a good looking dude from Jersey who is obsessed with muscles, fast cars, and good looking women. He finally meets one he can see himself with (Scarlett Johansson...
- Peter Hall
After debuting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the acclaimed directorial debut from Joseph Gordon-Levitt is finally coming to theaters this fall, and the first trailer is here. The Dark Knight Rises star also wrote and stars in the film which follows a selfish modern-day Don Juan who struggles with an addiction to pornography as he attempts to find a woman that can compare to the sensation he gets from pleasuring himself through adult entertainment. Scarlett Johansson also stars in the film with Julianne Moore and Tony Danza (for an Angels in the Outfield reunion). The film is original, funny and just damn good. Here's the first trailer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Don Jon, originally from Apple (via Film Stage): Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also wrote and directed the film) is a strong, handsome, good old-fashioned guy with the ability to "pull" a different woman every weekend, but even »
- Ethan Anderton
Heads up! Kelly Nash, a TV reporter for Sun Sports Rays, shot an awe-inspiring self-portrait at Boston's Fenway Park on Saturday, when she captured a stray ball just missing her head. Nash was snapping some photographs of herself while passing time before the Red Sox took on the Astros, she explained to Fox Sports Florida. "My whole family is from Massachusetts, and I knew they would be so excited to see me working at Fenway Park," she said, "and when I went to text them the picture I noticed the baseball by my head!" But the reporter adds that she »
- Maggie Coughlan
When 42 surpassed expectations and won the most recent weekend box office, virtually every day-after industry analysis included some mention that the Jackie Robinson movie recorded the biggest and best opening weekend of any baseball movie ever. But before we give 42 a high-five as it rounds third and heads off to the box-office Hall of Fame, it’s always nice to be reminded that “biggest and best” is a skewed metric when it comes to the modern box office. Was 42′s $27.5 million opening-weekend take a larger numerical figure than that of Bull Durham, The Natural, or Field of Dreams? Yes, it was. »
- Jeff Labrecque
What, you're too good for a kiddy movie about baseball? You're killing me, Smalls.
Let's start with the most shocking statistic of all: This is the third baseball movie I've considered for "Best Movie Ever?" status. Unsettling, right? A League of Their Own and The Bad News Bears are worthy candidates, but it's still dubious news. I didn't even pick the baseball movie with Glenn Close in it! Why, Louis, why?! (That movie is terribly boring is why. Even Glenn thinks her role was "orbitally written." Also, Robert Redford does nothing for me. Or You. Unless he's directing Timothy Hutton to break our hearts, of course.)
The Sandlot is a juvenile movie with a buttery nostalgic glow, but its starring team of ragtag 12-year-olds is never saccharine, corny, or phony. These kids chew tobacco, use swear words, and embarrass themselves constantly, and therefore The Sandlot is a very effective, nostalgic »
The ’90s gave us some pretty spectacular things, including the end of the Cold War, our little sister, Garth Brooks and email. These are all undoubtedly great things, but perhaps our favorite thing that the ’90s brought was a serious bumper crop of awesome baseball movies!
We don’t know why, but it seemed like we got taken out to the ball game extremely often when we ventured to the movie theater during the Clinton-Era. And all the best ones (Little Big League, Rookie Of The Year, Angels In The Outfield, we could go on) seemed to directly involve kids. This lead to some ill-advised attempts to actually play ball ourselves and join little league.
After we got struck out by a T-ball stand a bunch of times, we went back to our basement to appreciate these awesome movies about the sport instead of actually trying ourselves. It was much »
- Jordan Runtagh
"Don Jon," Joseph Gordon-Levitt's debut as a writer and director, includes many shocking moments, but perhaps none more than the reemergence of Tony Danza. In a story about the way men and women objectify each other through the cultural lens of pornography and romantic comedies, it's the 62-year-old Brooklyn native -- playing Gordon-Levitt's brusque, onscreen father -- who steals his scenes with the fervor of a New Jersey dad devouring a plate of ziti and gravy.
"He said he wrote it with me in mind. That's not bad. That's pretty good," Danza, who hasn't appeared in a film since 2004's "Crash," told HuffPost Entertainment at the South By Southwest Film Festival this week. Ahead, Danza recalls why he thought Gordon-Levitt would make a good director, how being a prominent Italian shapes his career choices and why he thinks "Crash" won Best Picture.
It's great to see you in a movie. »
- Christopher Rosen
Austin, Texas — First, he agreed to cut some of the graphic sex scenes. Now, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is trimming the title of his directorial debut.
His racy comedy, originally called "Don Jon's Addiction," has been streamlined to just "Don Jon."
Outside its screening at the South by Southwest film festival Monday night, Gordon-Levitt said he altered the name because some people mistakenly believed the film is about sex or porn addiction.
"I called it `Don Jon's Addiction' because there's this central symbol in the movie of this rut and this habit that Jon is in," said Gordon-Levitt, who also stars in the film. "It's about a guy getting out of this rut, learning to be present and have more engaged and realistic relationships."
It's the story of a modern-day Don Juan, a New Jersey lady's man who prefers porn to actual sex – even though he's having no shortage of the real thing. »
Packed buses and taxis have been jetting industry and cinephiles about snowy Park City in hopes of making it to a program of shows that even before the festival were all sold almost to capacity. If you’re willing to wait two to three hours in the freezing cold, you might just be able to slip in. Many press and showbiz types have found themselves shut out of highly important screenings they were supposed to attend because they weren’t aware of the protocols for waiting. This makes actually getting into a movie all the more sweet.
The Crystal Fairy
The first showing of Crystal Fairy with Michael Cera by was greeted enthusiastically. The audience seemed up for anything The Crystal Fairy had in store for them. There was an audible gasp and laughter when Gaby Hoffman’s unshaved armpits appeared onscreen. It appeared to be the consensus that there »
- Lane Scarberry
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's full-length feature directorial debut "Don Jon's Addiction" may be a comedy, but the "Inception" actor isn't ready to make a slapstick. Yet. As the writer and lead actor in the Sundance pick, Gordon-Levitt looked more to the Coen Brothers and Mike Nichols for his brand of comedy in the off-kilter anti-rom-com. "It's more about the feeling of being uncomfortable, I want audience to laugh, but also laugh at themselves laughing," Gordon-Levitt told HitFix during our interview in Park City. Casting "Don Jon's," Gordon-Levitt reunited with Tony Danza -- with whom he appeared in "Angels in the Outfield" »
- Katie Hasty
10 items from 2013
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