Download Director Rian Johnson’s In-Theater Commentary Track for LOOPER

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In addition to being incredibly talented, writer/director Rian Johnson is a really swell guy.  He’s constantly interacting with fans on Twitter in a candid and refreshing manner, and is always engaging and thoughtful in interviews.  For his 2009 film The Brothers Bloom, Johnson recorded and released an audio commentary track that fans could bring with them to the theater and privately listen to as the film played.  By popular demand, Johnson has done this again for his fantastic new sci-fi pic Looper.  It’s a ridiculously generous gesture made all the more enjoyable by the fact that it’s entirely free.

Obviously this track shouldn’t be listened to on first-viewing, but Johnson assures fans that this commentary is totally different from the one he recorded for the eventual Blu-ray/DVD release.  Hit the jump to either stream the track from your computer or download it for in-theater viewing.

TOP 5: Fantastic Fest 2012 Coverage, LOOPER, THE AVENGERS Blu-ray, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

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For the first time, I’m writing from the comfort of my newly remodeled “mancave” or, as my wife likes to lovingly refer to it, the “nerdcave”. For a space that used to be an attached garage/dungeon, I have to say that the end result is pretty cozy. I guess there really are no living quarters that a substantial amount of time, money, and framed movie prints can’t fix. Now, if only I could find a way to fit and/or afford a mini-fridge, classic stand-up arcade games (i.e. The Simpsons, and X-Men), theater-style seating, and a projection screen that comes down from the ceiling via hand-clap command, I may finally be able to fulfill my dream of never leaving home again.

All praises of my new space aside, this week’s incarnation of the Top 5 brings a look back at our Fantastic Fest 2012 coverage, Looper interviews with writer/director Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt, The Avengers Blu-ray interviews with members of the pic’s visual effects team, The Perks of Being a Wallflower interviews with Emma Watson, writer/director Stephen Chbosky and more, and Hotel Transylvania interviews with Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez just to name a few. As you might expect, a brief recap and link to each is holding down the fort after the jump.

Rian Johnson Talks LOOPER, Deleted Scenes, His Writing Process, TIFF 2012, BREAKING BAD, THE TERMINATOR, Future Projects and More

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With writer-director Rian Johnson‘s Looper opening today, I’ve spent all week posting exclusive video interviews with the cast (here’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt).  The film takes place in a future where time travel exists, but it’s only used on the black market.  Gordon-Levitt plays a “Looper”, a hitman who is contracted to kill people that are sent back in time, and then disposes of the bodies so the victim technically no longer exists.  Things go awry when his future self (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time as a target and then escapes.  The film also stars Jeff Daniels and Paul Dano.  For more on the film, here are 4 clips and Matt’s review.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I got to speak with Johnson.  We talked about the positive buzz for the film, what it meant to be the opening film of TIFF, Breaking Bad, his writing process on Looper and how it was different than his previous work (Brick and The Brothers Bloom), deleted scenes and what will be on the Blu-ray (up to 45 minutes!), how The Terminator was an influence, future projects (says he’s got “five or six germs of ideas”), and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

LOOPER Review

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[This is a repost of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.  Looper opens today.]

Sacrifice goes against our biological imperative of self-preservation. If we have a will to survive, then shouldn’t we do everything in our power to stay alive? Or is life only worth living if it’s the good life (whatever that means)? Shouldn’t we celebrate our desire to live? Rian Johnson‘s sci-fi film Looper casts a dark spell over our need for self-preservation, and bitterly twists it into a world where people would go so far as to kill themselves to live. Anchored by tremendous performances from leads Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, Johnson manages to deliver thrills as intense as the ideas he wishes to explore. However, his quest to reach a thoughtful conclusion stumbles over new characters, plot shortcuts, and an extreme tonal shift that leaves the big ideas intact, but fractures the powerful storytelling.

Rian Johnson Talks Working with Joseph Gordon-Levitt on LOOPER, Hollywood’s Lack of Originality, Future Projects and More

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With Looper set to bow in theaters this weekend, director Rian Johnson took some time out of his busy schedule to participate in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) at Reddit.  What followed was an absolute deluge from the writer/director in a back-and-forth that encompassed everything from his box office expectations for Looper, to working with long-time friend Joseph Gordon-Levitt, to his favorite episode of Cowboy Bebop.  Hit the jump to see what Johnson had to say.

Looper, also starring Bruce Willis, Jeff Daniels and Emily Blunt, opens September 28th.

Impressive Animated Trailer for Rian Johnson’s LOOPER

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A fantastic dialogue-free animated trailer for writer/director Rian Johnson’s sci-fi film Looper has gone online.  The film takes place in a future where time travel exists, but is only used on the black market.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a “Looper”, a hitman who is contracted to kill people that are sent back in time, and then disposes of the bodies so the victim technically no longer exists.  Things go awry when his future self (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time as an assignment and then escapes.  The film itself is genuinely great on multiple levels with incredible performances all around, and this trailer’s gorgeous animation is a nice spoiler-free tease for what’s in store; you can also hear some of Nathan Johnson’s top-notch music.

Hit the jump to watch the animated trailer.  The film also stars Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, and Piper PeraboLooper opens on September 28th.

4 Clips from Rian Johnson’s LOOPER

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With writer-director Rian Johnson‘s Looper opening September 28, Sony has provided us with four clips from the fantastic film.  The film takes place in a future where time travel exists, but it’s only used on the black market.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a “Looper”, a hitman who is contracted to kill people that are sent back in time, and then disposes of the bodies so the victim technically no longer exists.  Things go awry when his future self (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time as an assignment and then escapes.  The film also stars Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, and Paul Dano.

For more on the film, here’s Matt’s review and all our previous coverage.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

TIFF 2012: LOOPER Review

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Sacrifice goes against our biological imperative of self-preservation.  If we have a will to survive, then shouldn’t we do everything in our power to stay alive?  Or is life only worth living if it’s the good life (whatever that means)?  Shouldn’t we celebrate our desire to live?  Rian Johnson‘s sci-fi film Looper casts a dark spell over our need for self-preservation, and bitterly twists it into a world where people would go so far as to kill themselves to live.  Anchored by tremendous performances from leads Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, Johnson manages to deliver thrills as intense as the ideas he wishes to explore.  However, his quest to reach a thoughtful conclusion stumbles over new characters, plot shortcuts, and an extreme tonal shift that leaves the big ideas intact, but fractures the powerful storytelling.

New Image of Jamie Foxx in DJANGO UNCHAINED and Behind-the-Scene Set Photos of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in LOOPER

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It’s time to check out a few new images from a couple of this year’s most anticipated films.  First up is a new shot of Jamie Foxx and his six-gun from Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.  The film, also starring Leonard DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson, opens Christmas Day.

We also have some behind-the-scenes images of Joseph Gordon-Levitt from Rian Johnson’s time-traveling sci-fi flick, Looper The images come courtesy of the film’s ongoing viral game.  Also starring Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and Jeff Daniels, Looper opens September 28th.  Hit the jump to check out the new images.

Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Square Off in First Clip from LOOPER

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The first clip from writer/director Rian Johnson’s sci-fi film Looper has been released.  The film takes place in a future where time travel exists, but it’s only used on the black market.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a “Looper”, a hitman who is contracted to kill people that are sent back in time, and then disposes of the bodies so the victim technically no longer exists.  Things go awry when his future self (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time as an assignment and then escapes.  Johnson’s past work ensures that we’re in for something wholly original, and everything we’ve seen from the film thus far has been great.  This clip is no exception, as we see Willis and Gordon-Levitt coming face-to-face with each other in a bit of a stand off.  This tease of the interaction between the two actors is fantastic and I can’t wait to see how the full film plays out.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The film also stars Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, and Paul DanoLooper opens on September 28th.

New Posters for LOOPER; THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID; MONSTERS, INC. 3D Re-Release and ARBITRAGE

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We’ve got some sci-fi, some comedy, some animated family fun and some drama in our poster round-up today.  Let’s get to it:

  • Looper, from director Rian Johnson and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, opens September 28th.
  • That’s What She Said, a raunchy comedy starring Anne Heche, Alia Shawkat and Marcia Debonis, opens October 19th.
  • Monsters, Inc. 3D will be re-released in theaters starting Wednesday, December 19th (just in time for the holidays).
  • Arbitrage, a dramatic thriller starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Brit Marling, opens September 14th.

Hit the jump to see the new posters (via IMPAwards) along with the films’ synopses.

LOOPER Presented As a 16-Bit Video Game

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We like to see some of our favorite films and TV shows re-imagined as vintage video games: here’s a midi-version of the Game of Thrones theme, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and TRON: Legacy as 8-bit games, Community the video game and even Breaking Bad as an RPG! Now, Rian Johnson’s sci-fi flick Looper has gotten into the mix with a 16-bit version that would have been right at home on the old Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levit, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt, opens September 28th.  Hit the jump to check out the 16-bit version.

International Trailer for LOOPER Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis

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A new international trailer for Rian Johnson‘s Looper has gone online.  The film takes place in a future where time travel exists, but it’s only used on the black market.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a “Looper”, a hitman who is contracted to kill people that are sent back in time, and then disposes of the bodies so the victim technically no longer exists.  Things go awry when his future self (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time as an assignment and then escapes.  This new trailer is heavier on the action, which is the easiest element to sell, and it looks like Johnson has done a terrific job with it.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff DanielsLooper will open this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and open nationwide on September 21st.

New Posters for LIBERAL ARTS and ZERO DARK THIRTY, Plus International Posters for ALEX CROSS and LOOPER

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Today, we’ve got a poster round-up for you, featuring some new domestic and international looks:

  • Liberal Arts, stars writer/director Josh Radnor (Happythankyoumoreplease) as a thirty-something  loser who falls for a 19-year-old college student (Elizabeth Olsen) when he returns to his alma mater.  Look for Liberal Arts in wide release starting September 21st.
  • Zero Dark Thirty, the Osama bin Laden picture from director Kathryn Bigelow, stars Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt and Jessica Chastain in the revealing story of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six operation.  Zero Dark Thirty lands December 19th.
  • Alex Cross, the adaptation of the James Patterson novel, stars Tyler Perry in the title role opposite Matthew Fox as the antagonist.  Alex Cross debuts October 19th.
  • Looper, a sci-fi time-traveling actioner from writer/director Rian Johnson (Brick) and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt, opens September 28th.

Hit the jump to see the posters.

5 New Images from LOOPER

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Four new images and a set photo from Looper have gone online.  The film, directed by Rian Johnson (Brick), takes place in a world where time travel exists in the future, it’s illegal, and it’s a great way for criminal organization to dispose of enemies.  Simply shove your unloved one into the time machine, they’ll show up in the past, and a hitman in our time, a.k.a. a “looper” will murder the target and dispose of the body, so it doesn’t exist in the future.  This is working fine and dandy for one looper (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) until he’s faced with killing his future self (Bruce Willis) and his future self escapes.

Hit the jump to check out the new images, and click here for our write-up of the movie’s Comic-Con panel.  The film also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Piper Perabo, and Jeff DanielsLooper opens September 21st.

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