Production has resumed on Star Wars: Episode VII, but after some big leaks hit the web before the project went on hiatus for a few weeks, it seems the lid is even tighter on mystery box of the sci-fi sequel from director J.J. Abrams. So since we don't have any new stuff about Episode VII (besides some aerial photos of the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing making the rounds), it's never too early to start talking about Episode VIII. We already know that Looper director Rian Johnson is writing and directing the next installment of the new Star Wars trilogy, and one of his former stars is already lobbying for a part. Read on! Mark Ruffalo worked with Rian Johnson on the spectacular film The Brothers Bloom, and he's such a huge Star Wars fan that he's already e-mailed the director about taking any role he can get his hands on in the film. »
- Ethan Anderton
With just three feature films under his belt (Brick, The Brothers Bloom and Looper), writer-director Rian Johnson landed the gig of a lifetime back in June, when he was tapped to write and direct both Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX. With J.J. Abrams currently directing Star Wars: Episode VII, slated for release on December 18, 2015, we likely won't hear anything about the second two sequels for quite some time, although one actor revealed recently that he personally emailed the director in hopes of getting a Star Wars role.
Three years before he became the Hulk in Marvel's The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo played a con man in Rian Johnson's second feature, The Brothers Bloom. The actor says that he contacted the director directly, asking for any Star Wars part he would be willing to hand out.
Here's what the actor had to say, when asked how badly »
The Opening Night slot at the Toronto International Film Festival carries certain weight. It guarantees that the eyes skimming a very crowded field fall squarely on you and your movie, at least for a few hours. Some movies rise to the occasion (like Rian Johnson.s Looper, for example). Others wilt in the spotlight (like last year.s The Fifth Estate). Judging by reactions, David Dobkin.s The Judge falls right in the middle. It generated both praise and mild scorn, but justified its presence with mega-wattage star power provided by the movie.s leads, Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. The former showed off his social media skills by taking fans through his red-carpet prep, via Twitter. Good Morning Toronto - Day One. https://t.co/HBoHEb9iz3. Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) September 4, 2014 He dropped one photo before the red carpet outside of Toronto.s Roy Thomson Hall. Pre »
Robert Downey Jr. certainly upped the star power of the opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival Thursday with the world premiere of The Judge, the father-son relationship drama he stars in opposite Robert Duvall.
While the annual Canadian confab often draws major Hollywood talent looking for audience love, until recently the festival previously dedicated its opening night to Canadian films. That changed two years ago when Sony Pictures opened the Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starring Looper, followed in 2013 by the world premiere of the Wikileaks drama The Fifth Estate.
The increased star power seems to align with Toronto’s new »
- Nicole Sperling
Today brings another casting rumor for the upcoming Star Wars films, that's interesting in it ties into other rumors for the last two "numbered" films in the sequel trilogy. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a hot commodity actor, has been rumored to appear as a central(ish) character in Star Wars: Episode VIII and IX, but the newest rumor hitting the webs right now is that he'll also have a cameo appearance in Episode VII. Come inside for all the details and our thoughts on it!
Pretty much all eyes are firmly placed on Star Wars: Episode VII right now, but that doesn't mean rumors about the next two numbered films haven't been popping up either. One of the early rumors has put Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a leading member in Episode VIII and IX. The rumor has been popping up here and there, even before Rian Johnson was brought on board to direct those films. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Next month sees the UK release of Wish I Was Here, former Scrubs star Zach Braff’s first directorial offering since 2004′s Garden State, and Koch Media Films has dropped a new UK poster for the Kickstarter-funded comedy drama, which we have for you here…
Wish I Was Here opens in the UK on September 19th, with Braff joined in the cast by Kate Hudson (The Killer Inside Me), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Josh Gad (Frozen), Joey King (The Dark Knight Rises), Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Pierce Gagnon (Looper), Michael Weston (The Last Kiss), the late James Avery (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air), and Mandy Patinkin (Homeland). Watch the trailer here.
- Gary Collinson
The film adaption of Dan Shaffer’s graphic novel, The Scribbler, began production back in 2012, and it’s been one that I’ve been anticipating for quite some time. Shaffer’s graphic novel is a fun one, and judging from the new trailer for the film (also penned by Shaffer), The Scribbler looks like a stylish and completely entertaining time, giving fans of sci-fi/genre films a gritty, dark future, full of colorful imagery and memorable characters. Now acquired by XLrator Media, the film is finally set to be let loose on viewers, when it hits theaters, VOD and iTunes on September 19th.
“The Scribbler follows Suki (Katie Cassidy), a young woman confronting her destructive mental illness using “The Siamese Burn,” an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities. The closer Suki comes to being “cured,” she’s haunted by a thought… what if the last unwanted identity turns out to be her? »
- Jerry Smith
Google just acquired visual effects compnay Zync, a cloud rendering company with credits such as “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Looper” under its belt. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but the tech giant announced that Zync will be added to its Google Cloud Platform team. Also read: Google Music Subscription Service Set to Launch Zync's platform is known for allowing FX artists to work in the cloud, permitting them to render high-quality effects without expensive equipment. “Together Zync and Cloud Platform will offer studios the rendering performance and capacity they need, while helping them manage costs, »
- Gina Hall
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 is in cinemas now, we have an exciting competition for you. We are offering three lucky winners 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.
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 Josh Brolin (Old Boy), this next installment promises to take audiences on a visceral ride into the »
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is easily one of the busiest and most talented young actors working in Hollywood, and he's been branching out in other aspects of the business. On top of acting, he's currently running his HitRECord web project, he made his directorial debut with Don Jon, and he was an executive producer on Looper. He's now looking at developing the long awaited big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, which he is looking to star in and direct.
"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. »
- Joey Paur
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...
- Mike Bracken
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
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
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 »
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 »
(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
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.
But instead, I got to chat with Gordon-Levitt about what it was like playing in this »
- Drew Taylor
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
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.
- Steve Barton
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
We've had a lot of information coming out regarding Star Wars: Episode VII, but let's move ahead to Star Wars: Episode VIII. Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Breaking 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, »
- Joey Paur
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