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There are many reasons to mourn the end of Eastbound & Down. Danny McBride’s easy, almost casual hilarity, the show’s odd, un-tv-like pace, and the sheer thrill of seeing Will Ferrell on television will all be missed.
But there’s also another thing that the HBO series will take with it when its finale airs tonight, and that’s baseball — or, more specifically, baseball’s place in pop culture.
For years — even decades — people have talked about baseball losing its mantle as America’s favorite pastime, but the topic has flared up again in the past few months. National ratings are down, »
- Ray Rahman
Last year, Matthew McConaughey played a cowboy stripper named Dallas, and this week the Texas-bred actor portrays the man who started the real-life Dallas Buyers Club. But there won't be any scandalous shirt-ripping or butt-less chaps in this heavy drama.
"Dallas Buyers Club" tells the true story of Ron Woodroof (McConaughey), a homophobic Texas electrician who is diagnosed with HIV in 1986 and given 30 days to live. Unable to get effective medicine due to government legal restrictions, Woodroof smuggles drugs into the country and starts a Buyers Club to help other AIDS patients. McConaughey lost an astonishing 50 pounds for the role, which critics are already calling the best performance of his career.
While you've seen McConaughey do everything from tearing a courtroom apart to tearing his clothes off, you may not know everything about him. From his nude, bongo-playing arrest to his odd body hygiene choices, here are 20 things you probably don't know about Matthew McConaughey. »
- Erin Whitney
That's why MTV News' Josh Horowitz sat the duo down at this year's Sundance Film Festival for the latest edition of the Yes/No Show.
During the game where they can only answer "yes" or "no," we discover the secrets behind "Angels in the Outfield," find out whether "3rd Rock From the Sun" was better than "Who's the Boss" and if Bane's voice had anything to do with Cobra Commander.
- MTV Movies Team
After screening at both Sundance and South by Southwest, this weekend sees Don Jon hitting theaters. It is a well-crafted and confident debut for Joseph Gordon-Levitt who stars, directs, and writes. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, and Tony Danza; it follows a man and his addictions as they bleed into various parts of his life, revealing the various ways objectification stunts our relationships. Here are 10 things you may not have known about the film that made waves at festivals and is now unleashed on theaters nationwide.
The original title for the film was Don Jon’s Addiction, but was later changed to simply Don Jon because the latter was short, sweet, and punchy. It also took less emphasis off of pornography which although acts as the main symbolic crux of the film, is not the sole focus. Joseph Gordon-Levitt not only stars but makes his written and directorial debut. »
- David Tran
Before he was the writer-director-star of Don Jon, or the do-it-yourself impresario behind hitRECord.org, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a kid actor. For the current Entertainment Weekly cover story, we talked with the one person who vividly remembers those early jobs — his mom.
The kid’s first job was so miserable his mother doubted there would be many more. After enduring months of auditions in 1987, 6-and-a-half-year-old Joseph Gordon-Levitt had finally landed a TV commercial for Sunny Jim peanut butter. “It was a cute Little Rascals kind of set,” Jane Gordon recalls. “The children were dressed in 1920s clothes, sitting on this log under a big tree, »
- Anthony Breznican
By Amelia Mularz
Because your fantasy football team can probably power on without their all-knowing couch-side coach, take some time away from the games and catch a movie. Here's what to watch:
On the Big Screen: "Don Jon"
Between a movie about porn addiction ("Don Jon"), and a flick about race cars ("Rush"), your local theater will be transformed into a massive man cave this weekend. But while both films are equally dude-friendly, we've gotta go with The Don. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a porn-obsessed juicehead, and he also wrote and directed the movie. No fool, Gordon-Levitt cast Scarlett Johansson as his leading lady. She plays a gum-poppin' Jersey girl with her own addiction to rom-coms. To play the part of his character's Italian dad, Gordon-Levitt tapped the ultimate boss, Tony Danza.
On the Boob Tube: "300"
Keeping with "Don Jon," "300" is a cornucopia of things guys love: warriors, beasts, »
- MTV Movies Team
We all know who the boss is at this point, but that doesn't make Tony Danza any less entertaining. The 62-year-old actor has a standout supporting role in "Don Jon," Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut about a Jersey guido (played by Gordon-Levitt, who also wrote the film) who can't stop looking at internet porn even when his girlfriend looks like Scarlett Johansson (literally, she plays the girlfriend). Danza portrays Gordon-Levitt's character's father, a muscled-out, football-loving senior version of his son.
The two worked together nearly 20 years ago in "Angels in the Outfield," but "Don Jon," which opens with an eye-popping sequence of sexy ladies in pop culture, bears no resemblance to that film's family-friendly fare. This is not one to see with your grandmother, folks.
NextMovie sat down with Danza in New York City prior to the film's September 27 release to talk about "Jersey Shore," Gordon-Levitt's acrobatic abilities and how »
- Kase Wickman
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Believe it or not, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been a part of our lives for over 20 years. Now known for his acting and directorial work in films like Don Jon (out Friday, September 27) and with his production company, hitRECord, the 32-year-old got his big break in Disney’s Angels in the Outfield playing a diehard California baseball fan who was lucky enough to have Christopher Lloyd looking out for him. Next came NBC’s sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun , and from there, Jgl simply grew up before our eyes.
Through over 30 films the actor has transformed from a cute kid to a debonair leading man. In Don Jon, he put on noticeable muscle to become the New Jersey workout fiend with an obsession with pornography. Check out our timeline above and see the many looks (and many suits) he’s rocked over time.
[Photo Credit: Getty Images; Relativity Media] »
- Emily Exton
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has said he does not want to participate in the "unhealthy" Hollywood scene.
The actor stars in and directs comedy Don Jon, a film about a porn-obsessed gym addict.
Despite needing to promote his work, he explained that he doesn't feel the desire to schmooze with celebrities in Tinseltown.
"I think a lot of that stuff is pretty unhealthy and I don't wanna participate in it," he told the Washington City Paper. "At the same time, Hollywood has been selling movies that way for nearly a hundred years. So I'm certainly culpable to one degree or another. Uh, and is that surreal? I guess so, yeah."
Despite having undergone interviews and appeared at events since finding fame on 3rd Rock from the Sun in the '90s, the actor said the process of gaining exposure for his work will never be something he is comfortable with.
"Do I get used to it? »
One of Hollywood's coolest kids, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, makes his feature film-directing debut with this month's Don Jon, which screened as part of the Toronto International Film Festival earlier in September.
He also wrote and stars in the comedy as a porn-addicted, church-going gym rat who falls for a hopeless romantic played by Scarlett Johansson and cast his Angels in the Outfield (1994) co-star Tony Danza as his undershirt-wearing, pasta-loving papa. Julianne Moore also shows up as an unlikely force of good in his life and Brie Larson has what amounts to a cameo but boy is it funny.
We spoke with the 32-year-old about the subtle, funny and meaningful messages behind his very personal comedy. »
- Mathilde Roy - Cineplex Magazine
After the first trailer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews (including our own), audiences should be excited to see what a promising filmmaker the star of Angels in the Outfield has turned out to be, along with his impressive acting career. Now Gordon-Levitt is back with one of his co-stars from his younger years as Tony Danza plays Gordon-Levitt's father in this sort of anti-romantic comedy which also stars Scarlett Johansson. This short new trailer focuses more on the lead character Don Jon than the actual story, but it's still a good peek. Here's the new trailer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Don Jon from Yahoo: 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 the finest fling »
- Ethan Anderton
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.
Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.
Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)
2. "The Wild Thornberries"
3. Dawson and Joey
5. Mr. Feeny
7. MTV playing music videos
9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"
10. Levar Burton
13. "The Powerpuff Girls"
14. "Smart Guy"
15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings
16. "The X-Files"
17. Rosie O'Donnell
18. Bill Nye
19. "Dawson's Creek"
20. The Mighty Ducks"
21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"
23. Rachel Green
24. Tim Allen
25. "All That"
26. "Beverly Hills 90210"
27. "Step by Step"
28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"
29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"
30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer »
- The Huffington Post
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. »
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