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Watch: Early 'Looper' Concept Video Features Brad Pitt and 'Blade Runner'

4 hours ago | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

It’s not unusual for filmmakers to make proof-of-concept videos to help sell Hollywood executives on their projects. Since film is a visual medium, it’s beneficial to be able to present a vision of what a multimillion-dollar project will look like long before anyone actually spends those huge amounts of money to make it. It also really helps if you’re pitching a high-concept idea that can’t be adequately summed up in a logline. Filmmaker Rian Johnson understood this, and he shot this awesome proof-of-concept video for his time-travel film Looper. What’s really amazing about this is how closely the tone of the concept video matches the one found in the finished film, even though it's using footage from other sources. Johnson uses animation and...

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- Mike Bracken

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Rian Johnson Used 'Se7en' & 'Blade Runner' to Get 'Looper' Made

4 hours ago | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Nowadays, in order to make a great pitch for a potential film, a director needs a proof-of-concept video to convey the style and tone of a project that they hope to get in front of a camera. In the case of original films that don't have established intellectual property and really need a convincing pitch, this is one of the most important elements of a pitch, especially when the film is a complex time travel thriller like Looper. Director Rian Johnson, who will soon be entering high pressure territory by directing Star Wars: Episode VIII, had to create one of these videos when he was pitching the superior sci-fi flick, and it's pretty cool. Here's the proof-of-concept trailer for Rian Johnson's Looper originally from io9: In addition, here's what Johnson had to say about putting together this pitch trailer: "This is a fairly common thing to do when »

- Ethan Anderton

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Gordon-Levitt Talks 'Sin City 2,' 'Sandman,' and More

9 hours ago | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has spent quite a lot of time around comic book movies lately. From The Dark Knight Rises, signing on to  star in and possibly direct Sandman, and his work in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (which opens tomorrow), he's really getting an education in how to make the genre work on screen. In a chat with Moviefone, the actor-writer-director opened up a bit about his experience on the set of the Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller film, and what he may have picked up from them as he prepares for Sandman.

While some actors have complained openly about how hard it is to create an organic experience when they're surrounded by nothing but green screens, Gordon-Levitt says he embraced the experience in Sin City. The actor filmed his scenes with nothing more than the actors in his scenes and some basic set pieces. The rest of the »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Free Drawing: Win A Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For Prize Bundle

10 hours ago | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

To celebrate the release of Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For, which stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Eva Green and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and hits cinemas this Monday, we have an exciting competition for you. We are offering one lucky winner the chance to win a Sin City 2 bundle including Sin City on DVD, playing cards, an Eva Green poster and an A Dame to Kill For graphic novel. To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, simply enter below... a Rafflecopter giveaway Nine years after the box-office smash Sin City, the stories of the notorious city dwellers resume in the hugely anticipated sequel Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For. Boasting an all-star cast led by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), Eva Green (Dark Shadows), Juno Temple (Killer Joe), Jessica Alba (Sin City, Fantastic Four), Bruce Willis (Looper) and »

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Updates Us On His Adaptation Of Neil Gaiman's Sandman

13 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Between HitRECord, his directorial debut Don Jon and his executive producer credit on Looper, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been branching out in filmmaking. But the dapper leading man is getting ambitious, by digging into a long-stalled adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman for Warner Bros. Gordon-Levitt was first tied to the resurrected adaptation back in November of 2013, but now, he's sharing details on how The Sandman is developing. While promoting Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Joseph Gordon-Levitt told Moviefone that he's working in the script with David S. Goyer and Neil Gaiman. He explains: "It's a lot of the same people who worked on the Nolan Batman movies. It's really exciting. There's not a script yet, we're still kind of working it out because it's such a complicated adaptation because Sandman wasn't written as novels. Sin City was written as a novel. Sandman is 75 episodic issues. There's a reason »

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Rian Johnson swears: The new 'Star Wars' movies will have less CG, more practical f/x

20 August 2014 3:05 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) Not long from now, in this very galaxy, new "Star Wars" movies will emerge — not just a new trilogy kicked off by J.J. Abrams, but spinoffs as well, from the likes of Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards. Rian Johnson, the director of "Brick," "Looper" and three episodes of "Breaking Bad," is the filmmaker responsible for "Star Wars: Episode VIII," and possibly even "Episode IX." As such, he’s been on the set of Abrams’ "Episode VII," and knows much more behind-the-scenes details than … well, just about anybody. Johnson was the guest on a recent episode of Grantland’s Girls in Hoodies podcast, and while there wasn’t much he’s able to reveal about his upcoming "Star Wars" movie, he did say the new series will very much lean on practical, rather than computer-generated, effects — a notable change of pace from George Lucas’ divisive prequels, and closer to the style of the original trilogy. »

- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt on 'Sin City 2,' 'Sandman,' and a 'Star Wars' Cameo

20 August 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Of all the exceptional things about Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the insanely talented young actor (who has appeared in "Inception," "Looper," and "The Dark Knight Rises") and director (whose debut feature film, "Don Jon," came out last year), perhaps the most exceptional thing about him, at least on the day that we met him in Beverly Hills to discuss his role as the preternaturally gifted card shark Johnny in the wildly anticipated sequel "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," was his socks.

They were really crazy and had a graphic of what appeared to be a geisha woman printed on them, against a background of a deep, nearly grape-colored purple. In fact, they were so amazing that I almost wanted to ask if I could take a photo of them for my Instagram.

I didn't.

But instead, I got to chat with Gordon-Levitt about what it was like playing in this »

- Drew Taylor

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Raze Hits Home With a Thunderous Punch

18 August 2014 3:20 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Here's the thing... if you missed Raze (review) in theatres, VOD, or DVD, then you seriously missed one of the most ass-kickin' films of the year. So listen up! The flick is hitting cable! Now you have no excuse!

From the Press Release

Directed by award-winning Josh C. Waller, the highly anticipated IFC action-horror film Raze from Cinipix and Quincy Pictures begins airing on the Showtime Network at 12 midnight Tonight.

Raze follows a mysteriously abducted Sabrina (Zoë Bell; Inglourious Basterds), who finds herself in an underground lair led by Joseph (Doug Jones; Hellboy) and Elizabeth (Sherilyn Fenn; "Twin Peaks"), forced to do battle with other innocents for the amusement of unseen spectators. Each of these reluctant warriors has something to lose, but only one will remain when the game is done.

The action-packed horror film also stars Rachel Nichols ("Continuum"), Tracie Thoms (Looper), Bailey Borders (The Change-Up), Rebecca Marshall (Saw 3D: The Final Chapter »

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Rian Johnson Talks Star Wars Episode VIII and IX

18 August 2014 1:16 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

The man who takes hold of the Taun-Taun reigns after Jj Abrams, has spoken about the task ahead of him and what audiences can expect. Looper director, Rian Johnson who will direct Star Wars episode VIII and IX says to expect more practical and traditional effects. Ironically, episodes I,II and III never hit the big screen until 1999 with George Lucas stating that the technology didn’t exist to create the movies he envisioned. With Jj Abrams already vowing to go back to more practical effects including a full size Millennium Falcon and a plethora of puppets, Johnson speaking to the Girls Hoodies podcast says that the tide is turning.  “I think people are coming back around to practical effects. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it. I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in terms »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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Rian Johnson on His Excitement for Star Wars and Practical Effects

18 August 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

We've had a lot of information coming out regarding Star Wars: Episode VII, but let's move ahead to Star Wars: Episode VIIIRian Johnson (BrickLooperBreaking Bad) is the man who will be writing and directing that movie along with Episode IX. Since Johnson has come on board, he's been relatively quiet about the whole thing. 

The filmmaker recently appeared on the Girls in Hoodies podcast to talk about all kinds of things, and naturally, Star Wars: Episode VIII came up in the conversation. When asked about the job, Johnson said, “The most surprising thing is just how not scary it is, and how much fun it is." Of course, he can't really say much about it at this point, but he did say,

"It’s boring to talk about, because the only thing I can really say is I’m just happy. But I don’t have the terror I expected I would, »

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Thn Talk ‘Nufonia Must Fall’ With DJ Kid Koala

18 August 2014 6:42 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

If you are in need of something to do this Monday evening then we may have just the ticket for you. The Roundhouse is hosting a one night only screening of Kid Koala’s film Nufonia Must Fall. The DJ will himself be in attendance to live score his creation accompanied by the Afiara String Quartet. The quirky fun doesn’t stop there though as the film itself will be performed live by puppeteers with their actions projected onto the big screen. At the helm of the night’s proceedings is production designer Kk Barrett who recently worked on both Her and Where The Wild Things Are.

Kid Koala is a world-renowned DJ and music producer. In addition to his albums he has also provided music for Shaun Of The Dead, Looper, and Scott Pilgrim Versus The World. The film Nufonia Must Fall is based on Koala’s own self-penned »

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Rian Johnson talks Star Wars, praises practical effects for Star Wars: Episode VII

15 August 2014 11:46 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After all of the excitement of yesterday’s alleged concept art and plot rumours for Star Wars: Epsidoe VII [which you can see here, here and here - but beware of potential spoilers], Star Wars: Episode VIII writer-director Rian Johnson (Looper) has taken a moment to share his thoughts on joining the franchise, as well as discussing his visit to the set of the currently in production Episode VII and praising the use of practical effects on the eagerly-anticipated sequel.

“The most surprising thing [about working on Star Wars] is just how not scary and how much fun,” Johnson tells Girls in Hoodies (via SlashFilm). It’s boring to talk about because the only thing I can really say is I’m just happy. But I don’t have the terror that I kind of expected I would, at least not yet. I’m sure I will at some point… Coming at the time it does where we’ve – like if there’d been no Star Wars movies since Return of the Jedi, »

- Gary Collinson

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Listen: Rian Johnson Talks ‘Star Wars’ Excitement and Doing Practical Effects Right

15 August 2014 3:45 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Today has been full of talk about Star Wars Episode VII, but for a moment let’s look even further into the future, towards Star Wars Episode VIII. We assume the movie will be released in 2017, and Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Breaking Bad) is already set to write and direct. Johnson has been super-quiet so far […]

The post Listen: Rian Johnson Talks ‘Star Wars’ Excitement and Doing Practical Effects Right appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Confusing Edge of Tomorrow Blu-ray box art suggests another name change

15 August 2014 4:23 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If Warner Bros. were looking to make back some of the money lost of the disappointing box office take for Edge of Tomorrow, this released Us box art may not be the best foot forward.

According to the Blu-Ray box art for the movie, they’ve changed the title again to Live. Die. Repeat., with the Edge of Tomorrow title tucked away in the corner. This is either a brave design choice, or Warner Bros. attempting to distance the DVD and Blu-Ray release from the name Edge of Tomorrow which has, unfairly, been branded a failure.

Check out the box art below:

Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped—untrained and ill-equipped—into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. »

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Gives An Amazing Definition Of 'Feminism'

14 August 2014 6:13 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' star shared his ideas of what feminism really means.

500 Days Of Summer star Joseph Gordon-Levitt may be one of the most beloved young actors in Hollywood today, as well as one of the most vocal. One particular issue he's been open about recently is his stance on feminism.

The writer/director/star of the semi-controversial comedy Don Jon, about a young man, addicted to pornography, who falls in love with a young woman who is addicted to romantic comedies, sat down with The Daily Beast, where he revealed that he considered himself a male feminist.

News: 5 Things You Don't Know About Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Gordon-Levitt, who was being interviewed about his upcoming role as a cocky gambler in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, was asked about his views on feminism, given that he has often stated that he strongly supports the issue.

"What [feminism »

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10 Highest Grossing Time Travel Movies

13 August 2014 2:02 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Making a movie that revolves around time travel instantly creates paradoxes and often plot holes, but managed intelligently, the onscreen logic can make for fun and dangerous storytelling. This is a list is of the highest grossing movies and franchises that use time travel as a main story element (an example of a movie with time travel not as a main story element is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which would have been #4 had it qualified).

I've cheated a bit by grouping franchises together, allowing me to write about more movies. Out of the 18 movies on the list I’ve seen 17, which might mean I really like movies with time travel. All numbers are worldwide box office grosses adjusted for inflation. Box office revenue numbers are from Box Office Mojo and The Numbers. Bits of trivia are from IMDb and Wikipedia. Inflation data comes via the Us Department of Labor. »

- Free Reyes

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Boothe and Liotta Head up New Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Posters

13 August 2014 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Powers Boothe and Ray Liotta ('Goodfellas') can be seen sneering on a couple of the latest character posters taken from the upcoming 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'. Arriving in Us theatres next Friday the sequel will be bringing with it more noir comic styled action and plenty of familiar as well as new faces in Basin City. Boothe plays corrupt official Roark whilst Liotta plays the role of Joey Canelli. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller co-direct the follow-up to 2005's hit action crime thriller. The sequel stars Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Josh Brolin ('Oldboy'), Rosario Dawson ('Trance'), Alexa Vega ('Spy Kids'), Jaime King, Juno Temple ('Magic Magic'), Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Joseph Gordon-Levit ('Looper') and Jeremy Piven ('Entourage'). Check out the new posters below. »

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Daisy Ridley set to appear in 'Star Wars' episodes VIII and IX

12 August 2014 1:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For now, Daisy Ridley isn't exactly a household name, but she will soon be inextricably linked to one of the biggest film franchises of all-time. The actress, who recently signed with UTA after a major bidding war amongst agencies, was  previously announced as the female lead in the J.J Abrams-directed "Star Wars: Episode VII," and now it looks like she will star in the second and third parts of the new trilogy as well. Although nothing is confirmed, rumors are circulating that Ridley's character will be the daughter of Han Solo and Leia Organa -- played by "Star Wars" vets Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher -- and that she'll be the trilogy's lead heroine.  Abrams is currently shooting "Episode VII," while Rian Johnson ("Looper") is developing "VIII" and "IX," and will reportedly direct both films, according to Deadline. Ridley is a relative unknown, having only appeared in a handful »

- Dave Lewis

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Who’s next in line for Star Wars director duties?

12 August 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Gavin Logan looks at which directors could be in line for a Star Wars movie….

It’s now been almost two years since Disney officially acquired LucasFilm and with it the rights to the Star Wars universe. George Lucas said in his statement that he always believed that Star Wars could live beyond him and that the time was right for the torch to be passed to a new generation of filmmakers. First up was J.J. Abrams, fresh off his successful reboot of Star Trek. Abrams, while not exactly young and new to the industry, has a certain Spielberg-esque quality about the way he makes movies and seemed like the perfect fit for relaunching the Star Wars franchise. Once Abrams was nailed down and he and Lawrence Kasdan began reworking Michael Arndt’s script, little or no other details were announced despite incessant rumours flying around the internet. Earlier this »

- Gavin Logan

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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Newcomer Daisy Ridley Will Also Star in 'Episode VIII' and 'IX'

12 August 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Daisy Ridley will make her feature debut in "Star Wars: Episode VII," but the relatively unknown actress won't remain that way for long, if a new report is to be believed.

Deadline writes that Ridley was just the subject of a major bidding war between creative talent agencies, and that's because she's not just another pretty face in the "Episode VII" ensemble -- she's rumored to be the female lead, and her role is reportedly set to stretch through episodes "VIII" and "IX" of the series's new trilogy. HitFix adds that Ridley is rumored to be playing the daughter of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).

There's been no confirmation about Ridley's character from Disney, though the agency bidding war suggests that the rumor that she'll stick around the franchise for several films is solid. "Episode VIII" is set to be written and directed by "Looper" helmer Rian Johnson, »

- Katie Roberts

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