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.

Comic-Con: The Character of Music Panel with Nathan Johnson, TRON: Uprising’s Joseph Trapanese, and More

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Music is an incredibly important factor in film and television.  That goes without saying, really, but discussions of music in depth and detail with the composers and collaborators that produce the music are rarely done.  That’s why Room 5AB was a treat last night, as composer Blake Neely and executive producer Marc Guggenheim (Arrow), composer Chris Lennertz and showrunner Eric Kripke (Revolution, Supernatural), composer Joseph Trapanese and showrunner Charlie Bean (TRON: Uprising), and composer Nathan Johnson and director Rian Johnson (Looper) joined moderators Anne Cecere, director of film and TV relations of BMI, and Chandler Poling, founder of White Bear PR, to talk about music’s role in TV and movies.   Hit the jump for a full recap.

Comic-Con: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, and Director Rian Johnson Talk LOOPER and Turning Gordon-Levitt Into Bruce Willis with Prosthetics

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While at Comic-Con for a big presentation in Hall H, writer/director Rian Johnson (Brick), along with co-stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt, spoke to the press at a conference for their highly anticipated sci-fi film Looper. In 2072, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun, such as Joe (Gordon-Levitt), waits to take them out. But, when Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time as an assignment, he decides to let him go.

During this interview, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Rian Johnson talked about layering the performance between Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, the complex themes of the film, finding great female characters, and what’s so appealing about the action genre. Gordon-Levitt also talked about his new-found appreciation for how difficult it is to direct a film (he just finished his first feature as a director, called Don Jon’s Addiction), how grateful he is that filmmakers gave him a chance when Third Rock From the Sun ended its TV run, and how everyone reacted when they saw him with the prosthetics he wore to transform into Bruce Willis. Check out what they had to say after the jump.  Also, check out our recap of the Looper Comic-Con panel.

Comic-Con: LOOPER Panel Recap with Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt

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Writer/director Rian Johnson is a talent like no other, as evidenced by his two previous features Brick and The Brothers Bloom.  He’s next set to tackle the sci-fi genre with the time travel story Looper.  The film takes place in a future where time travel exists, but it’s only used on the black market.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a man who is contracted to kill people that are sent back in time, and then he disposes of the bodies in a time period in which they don’t exist.  Things go awry when his future self (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time as an assignment and Gordon-Levitt lets him go.

Johnson took the stage in Hall H at Comic-Con on Friday with stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt, where they screened footage and talked extensively about the film.  Hit the jump for my full recap.

New Trailer for Rian Johnson’s LOOPER Starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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A new trailer for director Rian Johnson‘s sci-fi film Looper has landed online.  For those unfamiliar with the film, it takes place in a world where time travel exists, but is only used on the black market. When the mob wants to kill someone, they send the target 30 years into the past where a contract killer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) does the dirty work. Things are going smoothly until Gordon-Levitt’s future self (Bruce Willis) is sent into the past to be killed. The US trailer takes a different tack than the international one when it comes to presenting the film’s premise, plus it features a significant amount of new footage.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels and Paul Dano.  Looper opens on September 28th.

New International Trailer for LOOPER

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While the new domestic trailer for Looper will go online tomorrow, the new international version has gone online today.  I’m not sure how different the two trailers will be, but I like what I’m seeing.  For those unfamiliar with the film, it takes place in a world where time travel exists, but is only used on the black market. When the mob wants to kill someone, they send the target 30 years into the past where a contract killer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) does the dirty work. Things are going smoothly until Gordon-Levitt’s future self (Bruce Willis) is sent into the past to be killed.  This new trailer introduces a violent character we haven’t seen before known as the “Rainmaker”, who’s played by the brilliant Garret Dillahunt (Deadwood).  Writer-director Rian Johnson looks like he’s cooked up an intense sci-fi action flick, and the movie remains one of my most-anticipated of the year.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff DanielsLooper opens September 28th.

More Shanghai-centric Version of Rian Johnson’s LOOPER to Be Released in China

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We often hear of Hollywood films having to be cut and/or censored in order to be shown in more lucrative international markets, but in the case of Rian Johnson’s upcoming sci-fi film Looper, scenes are actually being put back into the movie for its Chinese release.  The film takes place in a future where time travel exists, but is only used on the black market. When the mob wants to kill someone, they send the target 30 years into the past where a contract killer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) does the dirty work. Things are going smoothly until Gordon-Levitt’s future self (Bruce Willis) is sent into the past to be killed.

Johnson’s original script apparently had quite a few scenes set in Paris, but the location was changed to Shanghai in order to entice Chinese entity DMG, who ended up providing some financing for the film.  Now Shanghai-set scenes left on the cutting room floor are being reinserted into Looper for its release in China.  Hit the jump for more.

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