Director Jonathan Levine Talks Zombie Movies, What He Learned from 50/50, Horror and Romance, and More on the Set of WARM BODIES

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In October 2011, I was lucky enough to visit the set of Jonathan Levine‘s Warm Bodies.  The film follows R (Nicholas Hoult), a zombie who falls in love with the non-zombie Julie (Teresa Palmer) after eating her boyfriend’s brains.  Judging by the trailers, it looks like Levine has crafted a sweet, funny rom-zom-com.

In addition to getting zombified on the set, I got the chance to speak with Levine during a break in filming.  During our conversation, we talked about influential zombie films, creating their own rules, working with his largest budget to date, what he learned from 50/50, balancing the horror and romantic elements, and much more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Warm Bodies opens February 1st.

Watch the First 4 Minutes of Zombie Love Story WARM BODIES Starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer

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For those hankering for some genre fare in the heart of awards season, Summit Entertainment has released the first four minutes of director Jonathan Levine’s (50/50) zombie love story Warm Bodies online.  The film stars Nicholas Hoult as a zombie named “R” who starts to act more human than zombie when he falls in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer).  This clip opens with a charming and funny voiceover from Hoult as we see R stumbling around an airport alongside countless other zombies, wondering what everyone used to be before they became undead.  Everything we’ve seen thus far promises an original take on what’s become a cliché-driven genre, and this clip highlights a few promisingly interesting visual cues from Levine.

Hit the jump to watch the first four minutes of the film.  The pic also stars John Malkovich, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, and Analeigh TiptonWarm Bodies opens on February 1, 2013.

5 New Posters for Zombie Love Story WARM BODIES Starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer

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Summit Entertainment has released five new posters for director Jonathan Levine’s zombie love story Warm Bodies.  The film stars Nicholas Hoult as a zombie named “R” who starts to act more human than zombie when he falls in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer).  Both of the film’s two trailers have been really promising, and these posters play into the tongue-in-cheek tone that Levine seems to have adopted for the film.  Though zombie movies/tv shows/books are a dime a dozen these days, Summit looks to have something special with Warm Bodies.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The film also stars Rob CorddryJohn MalkovichDave Franco, and Analeigh Tipton.  Warm Bodies opens on February 1, 2013.

New Images from Jonathan Levine’s Zombie Love Story WARM BODIES, Starring Nicholas Hoult

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We recently saw a new trailer for Summit Entertainment’s upcoming zombie love story Warm Bodies, and now a couple of new images from the film have been released.  Directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50), the film stars Nicholas Hoult as a zombie named “R” who starts to act more human than zombie when he falls in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer).  I’m really digging the balance of humor and romance that was displayed in the film’s two trailers, and these new images highlight some of the more amusing sight gags from the pic.  Levine showed a great deal of talent with 50/50, and Warm Bodies looks to be a lot of fun.  Here’s hoping the full film delivers the goods.

Hit the jump to check out the new images and to rewatch the latest trailer.  The film also stars Rob CorddryJohn MalkovichDave Franco, and Analeigh Tipton.  Warm Bodies opens on February 1, 2013.

New Trailer for WARM BODIES Starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, and John Malkovich

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A new trailer for director Jonathan Levine’s (50/50) zombie love story Warm Bodies has been released.  The film stars Nicholas Hoult as a zombie named “R” who starts to act more human than zombie when he falls in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer).  The film’s excellent first trailer played up the quirky love story angle, and this new trailer is a bit more action-oriented.  Levine looks to have struck a nice balance between the film’s light-hearted “indie” sensibilities and the more visually arresting zombie apocalypse premise, and we see bits of promising new footage with this 60-second trailer.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Rob CorddryJohn MalkovichDave Franco, and Analeigh Tipton.  Warm Bodies opens on February 1st, 2013.

First Trailer for Jonathan Levine’s Zombie Love Story WARM BODIES Starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer

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The first trailer for the zombie love story Warm Bodies has been released.  Directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50), the film stars Nicholas Hoult as “R” a zombie who falls in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer) and starts to act more human than zombie.  This trailer is incredibly charming, promising some really fun performances from the whole cast.  I’m also encouraged by how fresh this looks, which is saying something given the saturation of the undead across every media platform nowadays.  Levine’s 50/50 was a fantastic mix of humor and heart, and it looks like he might have successfully struck a similar tone with a cast full of zombies.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Rob CorddryJohn Malkovich, Dave Franco, and Analeigh TiptonWarm Bodies opens on February 1st, 2013.

New Posters for LIFE OF PI, CLOUD ATLAS and WARM BODIES

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Check out the offerings from our latest poster round-up:

  • The U.K. poster for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, starring Suraj SharmaRafe Spall, Gerard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain. Life of Pi opens in 3D November 21st.
  • A huge banner poster for Cloud Atlas, from directors Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tyker.  Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent and more, Cloud Atlas opens October 26th.
  • A teaser posters for Warm Bodies, a zombie romance (zomance? zom-rom?) starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, which opens February 1st, 2013.

Hit the jump for the posters and synopses. 

Jonathan Levine in Talks to Direct DEAD SPY RUNNING for McG

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When we spoke with This Means War director/producer McG last month, he mentioned Dead Spy Running, a spy project he developed with Stephen Gaghan (Syriana).  McG hoped Gaghan could direct, but suggested there could be a scheduling issue.  If Gaghan can’t find the time, Twitch hears McG found a promising replacement in Jonathan Levine, now in negotiations to direct.  Levine’s resume—50/50, The Wackness, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane—does not necessarily prepare him for a spy thriller.  But Levine crafted one of the finest films of 2011 in 50/50, and his next project is the high-concept zombie genre piece Warm Bodies.  Now is a great time to get into business with an up-and-coming director who has demonstrated his competency with a variety of material.

McG described Dead Spy Running as a spy story for this generation, “the Social Network age.”  Hit the jump for his full pitch.

Jonathan Levine’s Zombie Movie WARM BODIES Pushed Back to February 1, 2013

by     Posted 2 years, 311 days ago

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One of the projects I was most looking forward to this year was 50/50 director Jonathan Levine’s zombie love story Warm Bodies. The pic stars Nicholas Hoult as “R” a zombie who falls in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer) after he eats her boyfriend’s brains and absorbs his memories. Besides the intriguing love story aspect, the film also features a military revolt led by John Malkovich. The film was slated to open this August, but Summit has decided to push the release date back to February 1st, 2013, per Box Office Mojo.

It’s disappointing that we’ll have to wait longer for the film, but maybe a pre-Valentine’s Day release makes more sense given the romance aspect. Either way, I’m excited to see Levine’s next directorial effort as I thought 50/50 was one of the best films of last year. Warm Bodies currently has no competition on the February 1st date, but the Tom Cruise action pic One Shot hits theaters one week later. Hoult isn’t having the best luck with starring roles lately, as Warner Bros. recently pushed Bryan Singer‘s big-budget fantasy Jack the Giant Killer back to 2013 as well. Nevertheless, the guy’s poised to have a very good 2013.

50/50 Blu-ray Review

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How do you deal cinematically with cancer? That’s the question of Jonathan Levine’s 50/50, which was based on the experiences of its writer Will Reiser. It’s a tough subject matter because cancer touches so many lives and rarely offers happy endings. But 50/50 manages to be charming, and more about friendship and family in crisis than just pain. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars with Seth Rogen, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anna Kendrick in this warm dramedy. Our review of 50/50 on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

TOP 5: New STAR WARS Live-Action Series Details, CONTRABAND, WARM BODIES, Cinemath, Our TCA Winter Press Tour Coverage

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I have to say that I can’t wait to check out Steven Soderbergh‘s actioner Haywire. Everything I’ve seen from it thus far has looked great and the positivity pouring out from early reviews only supports my belief that the entire pic will deliver. Whether it be the stellar cast, the proclaimed breakout performance from Gina Carano, or Soderbergh’s top-notch action sequences, I fully expect to be talking about Haywire right here again next week in a little “Before & After” discussion. In the meantime…

…This week’s “Top 5″ brings you some new details regarding the long-gestating Star Wars live-action television series, Contraband interviews with Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, and more, the first official images from Jonathan Levine‘s (50/50) Warm Bodies, a “Cinemath” feature that analyzes the 2011 box office, and all of our coverage from the 2011 Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour. Hit the jump for brief recaps and links to each.

First Official Image of Nicholas Hoult as a Zombie in Jonathan Levine‘s WARM BODIES [Updated]

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While Hollywood’s zombie obsession has tapered off a bit, it’s far from dead. Though some of the recent zombie output suggests profit rather than creative fascination is the motivating factor, director Jonathan Levine’s (50/50) adaptation of Isaac Marion‘s novel Warm Bodies sounds like a wholly intriguing and incredibly fun zombie pic.  The “zombie love story” stars Nicholas Hoult as “R”, a zombie who falls in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer) after he eats her boyfriend’s brains and absorbs his memories.  It’s a really cool premise anchored by a stellar supporting cast (Rob Corddry, John Malkovich) and an exciting young filmmaker.

The first official image of Hoult as the zombified “R” has been released, and it’s pretty great.  The look is different enough from the gruesome zombies of The Walking Dead to appear fresh, yet still maintains the vacant stare and pale skin that says “I hunger for brains.”  The stain is a nice touch as well.  Hit the jump to check out the image.  Warm Bodies opens August 10th.

[Update: Summit has released three more images, now included after the jump.]

50/50 Review

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It’s important to have a sense of humor in all things.  Being able to laugh at misfortune doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re diminishing a tragedy’s importance or ignoring the feelings created by hardship.  Laughter isn’t the best medicine (that would be the polio vaccine) but it’s damn useful and Jonathan Levine’s 50/50 manages to find humor in cancer by bringing together great performances and a gentle approach that manages to skillfully balance foul-mouthed dialogue alongside honest drama.

TIFF 2011: 50/50 Review

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No film festival trip would be complete without sampling at least one depressing cancer movie. There isn’t another disease that has produced more nauseating tearjerkers and thankfully 50/50 isn’t one of them. That’s not to say that there’s no danger of having a tear or two jerked out over the course of the movie, it just isn’t the filmmakers’ main goal. You see, what we’re dealing with here is that rare beast known as the cancer comedy and more specifically, a cancer comedy from Seth Rogen. The film has the amiable wondering stoner comedy feel of much of Rogen’s work, the difference being that this time he’s playing best buddy to Joseph Gordon-Levitt who has recently been diagnosed with everyone’s favorite disease-of-the-week (see the title for his odds of survival). It’s a concept that really shouldn’t work, yet it does quite well. There’s something sweetly genuine about the way the characters use comedy as a self-defense mechanism against a terminal illness and it probably comes closer to capturing how those suffering from the disease actually react than any melodrama. Hit the jump for the full cancerous scoop.

Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton, and Cory Hardrict to Join Zombie Film WARM BODIES

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A trio of young actors are in talks to join the cast of writer/director Jonathan Levine’s (50/50) zombie pic Warm Bodies. Variety reports that Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), and Cory Hardrict (Battle: Los Angeles) are all in line to join the cast which includes Nichoals Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry and recent addition John Malkovich. Hoult stars as R, an existentially tormented zombie who strikes up a friendship with the girlfriend (Palmer) of one of his victims. Franco will play Palmer’s boyfriend, who ends up leading the human resistance, Tipton will play Palmer’s best friend, and Hardrict will take on the role of one of Palmer’s dorky friends who becomes Malkovich’s right hand man.

Malkovich is in talks to star as the villain, a member of a group of humans who wall themselves inside a city known as the Green Zone. Corddry will play another zombie like R. Levin recently spoke to Steve quite a bit about the film, so if you missed it you can check out that interview here. The film itself is based on the novel of the same name by Isaac Marion.

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