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A little over two years ago, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel graced the screen together in what became one of the best indie sleeper hits in years, (500) Days of Summer. The two were already rising stars at the time, and the brilliance of the film boosted their careers even further, with Gordon-Levitt going on to star in Inception, this year’s 50/50, and next year’s The Dark Knight Rises, and Deschanel starting up her own Golden Globe-nominated TV series, New Girl.
One of the many great things about (500) Days of Summer was its soundtrack, which included both of the two stars – Gordon-Levitt providing a drunken rendition of Here Comes Your Man, and Deschanel singing Sugar Town solo and Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want with her band, She & Him.
To celebrate the coming New Year, which is just a few hours away, the duo have reunited for »
- Kenji Lloyd
Just a brief note to wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here at Flickering Myth, and to say thank you for supporting the site over the past year.
We'll be revealing our "Top 10 Movies of 2011" on New Year's Eve, but like us you'll likely be casting your eye towards 2012's cinematic slate by now, so to help you plan your viewing here's a selection of potential highlights to look out for in the coming year (sorted roughly by order of arrival)...
Underworld Awakening (dir. Mans Marlind, Bjorn Stein)
The friends strummed a twee little ditty cover of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" by Nancy Wilson in this new video that Deschanel posted to her website, HelloGiggles. Included was an introduction that was appropriately sugar-sweet:
"I have known Joe Gordon-Levitt for going on 12 years. We first met in the summer of 2000 while doing a tiny movie called Manic, where we bonded over a mutual appreciation for Harry Nilsson and Nina Simone and I have been lucky enough to call him one of my dearest friends ever since. When we did 500 Days of Summer 8 years later, we spent every lunch hour dancing to Marvin Gaye in the hair and make up trailer; we had loads of fun. »
- Jordan Zakarin
By MTV News staff
As we while away the last few days and hours of 2011, looking back upon all the great, unforgettable fare that descended upon our cineplexes this year, we can't help but get excited for what the new year will bring us.
We might not get another "Harry Potter," but there's a lot coming down the pike to fill the void: a new "Alien"-esque film in "Prometheus," the gritty and ruthless "Hunger Games," the superhero spectacle "The Avengers," and a brand new Batman, via "The Dark Knight Rises." Here's a brief rundown of what we hope delivers on the hype and makes our "Best of 2012" lists this time next year.
A Successful "Avengers" Assembly
I have a lot of high hopes for movies »
Enough about 2011; let's look ahead to 2012. This past year was good about offering a diverse set of films that catered to many tastes, especially crowds that wanted something out of the range of standard multiplex fare. But 2012 looks like a much stronger year. We can almost always look ahead to a new year and say that there is a great batch of new films from established favorite filmmakers, movies with wonderful casts, giant event movies and promising indies. But 2012 looks like it has more of those than usual. It's going to be a good year for movie watchers. After some deliberation (which no doubt has still allowed me to overlook something for which I'll facepalm later) here is a list of ten films that I'm very excited to see in 2012, followed by a full page of discussion about a whole bunch of other movies that didn't make my personal cut »
- Russ Fischer
2011 is about to come to a close and as I am prepping my Top 10 list of movies of the last year I decided to take a break and share my Top 10 most anticipated film of 2012. Next year looks like an amazing year of movies and there are a ton of great films being released including one of my most anticipated movies of all time, and with that I'll start off with my number one most anticipated film...
This is a film adaptation I've been waiting to see since I first read The Hobbit as a little kid. As big of a fan as I am of The Lord of the Rings, I have always had a much deeper connection with The Hobbit. I'm so happy and excited that Peter Jackson ended up taking the director's chair; there's no doubt he's going to pull off another magnificent Middle Earth story. »
If 2012 is the end of the world, that's all right with me. Hollywood has overstocked the Mayan calendar's final year with so many potentially amazing movies that trying to cut it down to a top ten was virtually impossible. How could movies like The Amazing Spider-Man, Brave or Lincoln not be on this list? Ten then became twenty, which was more satisfying but there were still a few major films lingering. So, while I could have easily done 30, here are my ten most anticipated films with a bloated honorable mention list. Is your most anticipated on the list? Here are my honorable mention anticipated films of 2012, from least to most anticipated: John Carter, This is 40, World War Z, Gangster Squad, Wreck-It Ralph, Lincoln, The Amazing Spider-Man, Brave, American Reunion, Looper And now the top 10, complete with photos and brief descriptions. 10. Les Miserables - While I have a feeling this musical »
- Germain Lussier
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We’ve spent so much time analyzing the past year, singling out spectacular performances and breaking down key contenders in the 2011 Oscar race. It’s time, with the New Year fast approaching, to look forward. What movies due out in 2012 are you most looking forward to? Which ones will earn the most cash? Which ones will collect the most Oscar nominations and eventual trophies?
I’m going to list my 10 most anticipated movies of 2012. Most are obvious. We’re all film fans, and the same ones that float your boat likely will sit at or near the top of my 2012 list (hello there, “The Dark Knight Rises”).
But I also want to go off the grid in a few spots and highlight a handful of titles that you might not yet be aware of. Let’s discover these gems together. And in the comments section below, »
- Sean O'Connell
From big-budget Hollywood tentpoles to tiny indie features, 2012 is full of sci-fi. Here are 10 potentially great genre films due to land next year...
As you’ve probably gathered, 2012 is an absolutely gigantic year for geek movies. From The Muppets arriving in the UK at the beginning of the year, via The Dark Knight Rises in the summer, to the first Hobbit movie near its end, 2012 is so packed full of potentially great films, we’re not quite sure how we’ll find the time to watch them all.
Next year’s also a promising one for sci-fi fanatics. And as this list aims to prove, there are some genuinely intriguing genre films coming out in 2012, from low-budget oddities to expensive epics. In compiling a run-down of the ten Sf movies we’re most looking forward to, then, we’ve tried to weight it in favour of the less well-known pictures »
Perhaps the saddest movie news of the week broke last night when it was announced that Patty Jenkins would no longer direct "Thor 2." The "Monster" director seemed like an inspired choice that could have resulted in a great full-up to Kenneth Branagh's solid first entry. Rumor has it that Marvel is already out to agencies looking for a replacement for Jenkins, so we thought we'd save them some time and present a short list of directors we think could rule the halls of Asgard.
If you think about it, Wright may be the best choice here. "Pride & Prejudice" and "Atonement" showed off his knack for injecting modern touches into classical tales. The under-rated "Hanna" proved he can easily pull off badass, yet nuanced action. Wright strikes the balance that made Branagh such an inspired choice.
Johnson is poised for a huge breakout in 2012. He screened »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
For many filmgoers, the knowledge of which studio is releasing what film they are seeing isn’t necessary to the experience, likely a minuscule effect of their decision. But it could mean the difference of where, when, how and even if you see a film. With that, we bring you the news that FilmDistrict is shifting their distribution plans for their upcoming 2012 slate.
We got word that their executive Bob Berney would be leaving the company (coming after his shingle Apparition folded), and now their CEO Peter Schlessel has finalized a 3-picture distribution deal with the newly launched Open Road to handle some of their films, Deadline reports. The first of the titles will be the Luc Besson-produced sci-fi thriller Escape From M.S. One, which was titled Lockout up to about yesterday, when the trailer hit. Starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace the film will arrive on April »
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Exclusive: Following on the heels of the exit of veteran distribution executive Bob Berney, FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel has made alternative distribution arrangements for the company’s 2012 film releases. Deadline has learned that Schlessel just closed a 3-picture distribution deal with Tom Ortenberg’s Open Road, and he has arranged for several other pictures to be released through Sony. Open Road will release Escape From M.S. One (formerly called Lock-Out), the Luc Besson-produced sci-fi actioner that stars Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace and will be released April 20, 2012. Open Road will also release the Red Dawn remake that is slated for November 2, 2012. The third film hasn’t been firmed yet and there could be more business with Open Road down the line. FilmDistrict will also rely on its partnership with Sony Pictures for some of the films. That includes the Rian Johnson-directed time travel drama Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, »
- MIKE FLEMING
Hitrecord.Org is a project started by Jgl back in 2005 which has evolved into a professional open collaborative production company in which they create and develop art and media collaboratively on the site. It is a place where individuals gather to collect work on projects together: Videos, writing, photography, music etc. In an interview with the La Time blog, Levitt went on to describe the site as follows:
“ It’s my production company that I started, but it’s a little different from a traditional production company. I didn’t want to work just in Hollywood, I wanted to work with these great artists all over the world who are doing great work on their laptops. They don’t live in Hollywood, they don’t have those connections, but that doesn’t mean they don’t do great work. The idea was to put these projects up online on our website, »
It seems the name of Bruce Willis is no longer enough to get a film seen in cinemas. But does that matter anymore, wonders Simon...
There’s a reason, I’ve concluded, that Bruce Willis’ filming schedule currently finds him in the midst of four sequels. Right now, Willis has completed work, is working on, or starting shortly on The Expendables 2, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, A Good Day To Die Hard and Red 2. Each of those should give him a solid box office hit at the very least.
On paper, he doesn’t seem to need it, though. In 2010, he had a trio of films that topped the Us box office, in the shape of Cop Out, The Expendables and Red. However, they were his first live action hits outside of the Die Hard franchise in some time (and two of them sold off the back of an ensemble). Before that, »
Johnson’s star is set to rise next year with his sci-fi action thriller Looper, which is going to be boosted by the high-profile stars in its cast, namely Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, to name a few. After a recent test screening of the film for some select press, early reviews of Looper are making their way around the web and we’ve collected a few of them for you to read over.
Looper recently had its release date pushed back to September of 2012, so it’s a bit surprising to see it being screened already. The ...
- Kofi Outlaw
A test sceening for Rian Johnson's Looper recenly occurred, and the feedback so far has been very positive. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels and Emily Blunt and is about a group of hitmen who receive their assignments from the future. They use time-travel to cover the tracks of their murders.
Here are some early reviews for you to check out:
Devin Faraci at Badass Digest:
Looper represents a major leap for Johnson, a huge step forward in style and scope. It’s smart and funny and thrilling, the kind of science fiction movie that wildlyentertains while never shortchanging characters or ideas. Johnson tackles time travel with confidence; at first the rules are waved away, but eventually the ways that time travel works begins to become clear to us. The rules have to work, because Looper is tight as a drum, and any hiccup »
One of our most anticipated 2012 releases is Looper, which comes from Brick and The Brothers Bloom director Rian Johnson. The movie shot some time ago, but will not be distributed until next year, and the wait is one I'm not suffering patiently. Looper is a time travel movie, of sorts. It stars Bruce Willis (in the first still from the film, above) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as two men on opposite ends of a timeline. The central conceit is that there is a society in which time travel exists and is banned. Time-travel tech is still in use, however, as an execution tool: gangsters send targets back in time. When the target lands in the past, specialized hit men, 'loopers,' make the kill. But what happens when a target escapes the execution? And what further complications ensue when the target is the future self of the looper meant to pull the trigger? »
- Russ Fischer
This is not a review. After all, for this to be a review, I would have had to have seen "Looper," which isn't set for release until about a year from now, and how would I have done that? Let's say I was a time traveler, though, and let's say I did use my awesome power to simply see a film a little bit early. That sounds like a totally rational use of the technology, right? After all, this is the new movie by the writer/director of "Brick" and "The Brothers Bloom," and it stars "Inception" and "Dark Knight Rises" star »
I try not to think about Looper a lot. Coming from Rian Johnson, the director of the Brick and The Brothers Bloom, the anticipation for his third feature is killing me. And it is almost an entire year away from hitting theaters. But distributor FilmDistrict (who picked it up at Cannes this year) decided to go ahead and test-screen it in Los Angeles last night, heightening the anticipation even further.
The sci-fi/time travel film stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (as an younger version of Willis’ character), Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels, Garret Dillahunt and Piper Perabo. The high-concept story follows “hitmen whose victims are sent back in time from the future to be executed. The Loopers bump them off in the present, so there is no trace of a crime in the future.” Sound somewhat confusing? Judging from these first impressions, it looks like Johnson nailed it. »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
With news hitting two weeks ago that French film producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam is developing a biopic of the beautiful and tragic icon Grace Kelly for the big screen titled Grace of Monaco, a fierce battle between Hollywood actresses’ is likely to already be underway for the widely coveted role.
Film biopics are big business with audiences and during awards seasons and they are truly never big when a biopic is dealing with a Hollywood legend or a member of Royalty. With Grace of Monaco delving into the life of both, this is one hot Oscar-baiting ticket for somebody out there.
Based on Arash Amel’s script, Grace of Monaco focuses on six months of Kelly’s life in 1962 when the then Princess of Monaco was instrumental in resolving a heated dispute between France and it’s small principality which it was believed had become a tax haven for the rich. »
- Lorna Berridge
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