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According to Jeff Sneider he hasn't dropped the accent off camera since filming began. We are glad that Daniel Day-Lewis decided to be an actor again but we also hope they let him cobble his own shoes for these roles so he can indulge in all of his creative pursuits simultaneously.
The Awl Choire Sicha wonders why dudes can't have sex in movies anymore
The Onion "everyone giving up on John after latest movie recommendation."
Thompson on Hollywood Viola Davis to be honored at the Santa Barbara Fest... which is, as you know, a hotspot for Oscar campaigns.
- NATHANIEL R
Child TV stars don't find it easy to move into film. But the former Third Rock from the Sun actor has forged a successful – if unconventional – path to big-screen stardom
I'm moving through the lobby of one of Los Angeles' whimsy-luxe hotels on my way to meet actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a penthouse suite. Surrealist flourishes abound: chairs in the shapes of lips and twigs, and full-size horse statues that double as lamps. The overall effect is African ski lodge meets Mad Men, glazed with a dollop of melting clock. The setting is fitting, given Gordon-Levitt's eclectic career. He has morphed from the androgynous alien kid in long-running 90s TV hit Third Rock from the Sun to the teen gay hustler in Gregg Araki's 2004 film Mysterious Skin, bouncing on through characters as varied as (500) Days of Summer's lovelorn romeo, Hesher's charismatically violent burnout, and Inception's corporate dream-fiddling crook. »
- Katie Puckrik
Academy Award nominee Elisabeth Shue will join the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, as a series regular, on the CBS Television Network. Her character will be introduced in the episode scheduled to air on Feb. 15, 2012.
"While it's difficult to say goodbye to a beloved character like Catherine Willows, it's exciting to start a journey with a new CSI, especially when that character is played by Elisabeth Shue," said executive producer Carol Mendelsohn. "The new CSI also struggles with 'brutal honesty issues' and suffers no fools."
"Elisabeth's character will share a past, in another crime lab, with Ted Danson's character (D.B. Russell)," said executive producer Don McGill. "The first time things didn't go so well between the two of them. Maybe the second time's the charm, »
"He's best known for his westerns, which traditionally are sagas about how civilization begins, how ruthless and cynical men rip it out of the throat of the wilderness," writes Peter Keough in the Boston Phoenix. "But the end of civilization is what really fascinated Sergio Leone, and the poison within that undoes every would-be paradise. Death and doom and dark hilarity overshadow his films, not just the westerns, but all of them, which are on view this month in a two-week retrospective at the Harvard Film Archive. From his first directorial effort, The Colossus of Rhodes (1961; screens November 13 at 4:30 pm), to the script about the 900-day siege of Leningrad that he left behind when he died in 1989 at the age of 60, Sergio Leone showed us how the world ends — be it by the slow brutal murder of a modern city, or the catastrophic destruction of an ancient one."
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a conundrum: He's an immensely likable actor, though he's also very self-serious. He's hammy, yet pretentious. He's always rousing crowds with spirited acoustic covers, yet he's always pimping that website of his. Bottom line: He's an interesting mix, and because he gave an amazing performance in Mysterious Skin, I grant him extra leeway -- and a tribute to his best moments as a viral singing sensation! Yesterday we watched him strum the bejesus out of R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)" and today let's tally up all his fun covers, sort out our favorites, and declare one favorite. »
#08. The Best Man for the Job - Joshua Zeman Indie producer stalwart (The Station Agent, Mysterious Skin) Joshua Zeman made his directing debut in 2009 with the docu Cropsey (here's our interview with Zeman) and it now appears that he has the directing bug. Earlier in the year he financed and filmed The Best Man for the Job starring Two Gates of Sleep's David Call. I'm not in the habit of predicting Short Film selections for the festival, but this would be a no-brainer inclusion. Here's the short's Kickstarter page which includes a video intro from the filmmaker. Gist: When a hostage negotiation turns personal, a cop with a secret is forced to make a choice between his partner and the woman he loves. (IMDb Link) »
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Making a film about cancer is difficult. Making a comedy about cancer, however, is nigh-on impossible, at least that’s what we thought until this wonderfully uplifting and heartfelt film, 50/50, came along. Based on the experiences of screenwriter Will Reiser, The Wackness director Jonathan Levine’s film is perhaps one of the most honest – and at times brutal, but also brutally funny – films about staring death in the face, and simply praying that you make it out the other side.
Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a healthy, young radio journalist who makes the effort to exercise regularly, and doesn’t indulge in drinking, drugs or smoking. His world is brought crashing down, therefore, when he recieves a surprise cancer diagnosis, with doctors giving him a 50/50 chance of surviving. While Adam is initially calm and philosophical about it, those around him are anything but; his girlfriend, Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard »
- Shaun Munro
Ryan Gosling Vs. Joseph Gordon-Levitt Is this not why you are here? Are you not entertained? By James Brady Ryan The Contestants Ryan Gosling and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are both young actors poised to make it to the A-list if they play their cards right. Both have established indie cred, both are considered thinking person's sex symbols, and both had... less than fantastic beginnings, let's say. Is there room for two at the top of Hollywood? Sure. But let's pit them against one another anyway. The Best Mysterious Skin “The kid from 3rd Rock From the Sun did what?” That was the general reaction when Joseph Gordon-Levitt broke out from his sitcom roots with an unexpectedly sober Gregg Araki drama about two victims of molestation. Gordon-Levitt brought a sinewy sexuality to Neal that probably made a lot of people both turned-on and uncomfortable, and rightly so. The [...] »
- James Brady Ryan
You can't really peg Joseph Gordon-Levitt down. Hollywood can't, I should say. One minute he's blasting onto the scene in indies like "Mysterious Skin" and "Brick," the next he's tackling blockbuster films such as "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises." Perhaps it's owed to his self-confessed "eclectic" taste in movies, but the 30-year-old actor seeks out that balance. "I like a variety of movies," he says. "'50/50' is obviously very different than 'Inception,' but I loved them both. Variety is one of the things that makes it fun." In "50/50," Gordon-Levitt stars as Adam, a young urban professional in the Pacific »
- Kristopher Tapley
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It was revealed this morning that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will receive the “Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award” at this year’s 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards for his heartfelt performance in the film “50/50.” This year’s ceremony, presented by Starz Entertainment, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 24, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
In Jonathan Levine’s film, which opens in theaters this Friday, Sept. 30, Gordon-Levitt plays Adam, an NPR editor diagnosed with cancer. The title refers to Adam’s odds of survival, though he receives tremendous support from his best friend (Seth Rogen), his pretty therapist (Anna Kendrick) and his worried mother (Anjelica Huston).
Gordon-Levitt will be on hand that evening to accept the award in person. His bio is below:
- Sean O'Connell
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 »
- Brad Brevet
Joseph Gordon-Levitt might only be 30 years old, but he has already distinguished himself as an actor with a wide range. Beginning in commercials as a young child, he made his film debut in 1992′s Beethoven, but it wasn’t until 1996 that he became a household name, co-starring in the television sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. After a hiatus during which he attended Columbia University, Gordon-Levitt left television for film acting, and ever since, his career has continued to grow year after year. Levitt has been one of my favourite upcoming actors of the past decade, starring in some of my favourite indie films. Of course there are many reasons to love Jgl. I could mention his gorgeous slanted smile, his dark wavy hair or his noirish and intense eyes – I mean, this dude even looks hot in drag (see above photo). But with that said, lets instead focus on his film career. »
Summer may be the season of the blockbuster, but September through December is where studios release their most varied titles. From sci-fi thrillers to dramas and potential Oscar nominees, Hollywood unleashes a veritable storm of A-list talent and often brilliantly original films. Here are our picks for the highlights of Fall 2011.
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9/2 - "Apollo 18" (Dimension - Gonzalo López-Gallego - Sci-Fi Thriller)
What Is It: Apollo 17, which launched in December 1972, was Nasa's last official manned mission to the moon. However, in December 1974, the Department of Defense sent two astronauts on a top secret, under-the-table kind of mission, and the found footage from that journey reveals why we've never returned to the moon since. What's up there? Aliens? Ghosts? Russians? A bunch of sound and light cues? Or something even more terrifying?
Why We Care: We cry foul with the whole "the reason why we never returned to the moon" angle, »
Heads up, UK slasher fans! With Halloween just around the corner, this is the perfect time to get your grubby claws on a free DVD courtesy of the good folks at Chelsea Films. To celebrate the release of the promising looking serial killer flick Wreckage, we have 3 Dvds up for grabs!
To be in with a chance of winning, just drop us an E-mail Here, and don't forget to include your Full Name and Postal Address. After that, it's simply a case of crossing your fingers! If you're not one of the lucky three, don't fret: You'll just have to snap it up on its impending August 22nd release date!
An automobile wrecking yard after dark provides the perfect location for a nail-biting slasher with a killer twist in Wreckage, directed by John Mallory Asher (One Tree Hill; Dirty Love) and featuring an attractive cast of young up-and-coming talent »
- Aaron Williams
The career of Gregg Araki, one-time enfant terrible of "new queer cinema", has been nothing if not frustrating. Early works such as Totally F***ed Up, Nowhere and The Doom Generation veered wildly between anarchic invention and irritatingly self-conscious craziness, courting controversy for controversy's sake. Things settled down somewhat with 2004's Mysterious Skin, which suggested to many that Araki had finally grown up and reined in his indulgent excesses. Strange then that, months after turning 50, Araki chose to return to his arrested adolescence with a film that turns everything up to 11. Stranger still that Kaboom (2010, Artificial Eye, 15) is so much fun; a surprisingly upbeat and jolly tale of apocalyptic polymorphous perversity which was one of the unexpected treats of last year's Cannes festival.
Filmed in hallucinatory hues, the narrative centres nominally on tousle-haired student Smith (Thomas Dekker), whose sexuality »
- Mark Kermode
This week sees the DVD release of two films from the singular talent of Gregg Araki: 1993's Totally Fucked Up and Kaboom, his most recent. It's always tempting to look for patterns and themes in a director's work, but in Araki's case, there's little that connects them all. The disenfranchised gay teens of Totally Fucked Up don't share much common ground with the silly stoners of his later comedy Smiley Face; and it's hard to reconcile the serious, subtle Mysterious Skin with the knockabout thrills of Splendor and Kaboom.
But for all the hallucinatory imagery, ambisexual cavorting, drug taking, violence and other shocking facets of Araki's work, there's one element that runs through them all: the music. When he says that "Kaboom is my most autobiographical and personal »
- Phelim O'Neill
You might remember a recent cancer comedy called Funny People, but I'm in favor of forgetting it and looking forward to the new Seth Rogen/Joseph Gordon-Levitt tumor laugher 50/50. It comes out Sept. 30, but for now, we may gaze into the sheared follicles on Jgl's head. The grimness and tweeness should combine into an agreeable mixture I'll call (500) Days of Mysterious Skin. »
Director Gregg Araki is an indie film stalwart, with films dating back into the '80s with "The Long Weekend (O'Despair)" and into the '90s with "The Living End," "Totally F***ed Up," "The Doom Generation," "Nowhere" and more. This century, he recruited Joseph Gordon-Levitt in "Mysterious Skin" and the likes of Anna Faris, John Krasinski and Adam Brody in "Smiley Face" and Juno Temple in last year's "Kaboom." But it all »
Gregg Araki, one of the creators of the self-styled New Queer Cinema, briefly turned away from his characteristic frivolous nihilism to enter the cinematic mainstream with Mysterious Skin (2004), a sensitive and moving study of two boys from a small midwest town whose lives are transformed by a seductive paedophile.
Araki is up to his old tricks but in lighter mood with Kaboom, an always intriguing, often very funny, apocalyptic tale of Smith, an 18-year-old gay freshman at a California university who becomes involved with a sinister millenarian sect while studying film and experimenting with sex and drugs. Smith's favourite movie is Buñuel and Dalí's Un Chien Andalou, but he suspects that being a student of film is "like studying an animal that's on the verge of extinction".
- Philip French
Writer-director Gregg Araki is known for a string of hip, teen-to-twentysomething pansexual romps, and for one flourish of brilliance: his 2005 film Mysterious Skin, the story of how two boys come to terms with the suppressed memory of having been abused by a paedophile. With Kaboom, Araki switches back easily into his signature style, which could be described as comedy, albeit in the affectless, Bret Easton Ellis mode, and shot through with strains of Lynchian rapture and trauma.
The film is dominated by adoring closeups of its leading player, Thomas Dekker, playing Smith, a young and sexually adventurous guy in his first year at college who, incidentally, scorns labels such as "bisexual". As we gaze upon Smith's lovely face, we are perhaps invited to be mad »
- Peter Bradshaw
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