The first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated drama Lincoln is set to debut next week, but it won’t be just any old trailer premiere. The first look at the film will be presented during a live Google+ Hangout Q&A with Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, just like Abraham Lincoln would’ve wanted. Said Hangout will be broadcast live in Times Square. Everyone’s eager to see Daniel Day-Lewis in action as President Lincoln, so I doubt people can be too upset with the format. We here at Collider actually participated in a couple of Google+ Hangout interviews previously that worked quite well, so the format could provide some fruitful conversation with Spielberg and Gordon-Levitt (who plays Abraham’s son Robert Todd Lincoln).
Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding the trailer premiere. The insane cast also includes Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, David Oyelowo, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace, and Jared Harris. Lincoln opens on November 16th.
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.
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 Dano. Looper opens on September 28th.
The fall TV season is fast approaching, and NBC has now announced the first few hosts and musical guests for the upcoming 38th season of Saturday Night Live. On September 15th, Family Guy creator/aspiring lounge singer Seth MacFarlane will kick things off for the season premiere with musical guest Frank Ocean. September 22nd will see the multi-talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt (seriously, is there anything he can’t do?) take on hosting duties alongside musical guest Mumford & Sons in anticipation of the release of Looper, and James Bond himself Daniel Craig is set to host on October 6th with the accompanied musical stylings of Muse.
Both Gordon-Levitt and Craig have hosted SNL before, but this will be the first time for MacFarlane. The incredibly busy mind behind Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show made his feature directorial debut with this summer’s comedy hit Ted. The guy’s a natural showman so we should be in for a good time when SNL returns on September 15th.
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.
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.
It looks like audiences had better things to do than go to the movies this weekend, as only one feature managed to earn over $10 million at the box office. That distinction went to The Expendables 2, which claimed its second weekend on top with a meager $13.5 million. Holdovers made up the remainder of the top five while a mixed bag of new releases struggled over late-summer scraps.
||The Expendables 2
||The Bourne Legacy
||The Dark Knight Rises
||Odd Life of Timothy Green
||2016 Obama’s America
||Hit and Run
I’m not sure if it’s possible for a director to misunderstand his own script. If it is possible, then David Koepp has accomplished this feat with his new film, Premium Rush. Koepp sees his story as one of mischievous imps who ride through the streets of New York. But the characters aren’t impish. They’re rebels, they’re outsiders, and they’re the kind of people who will take a chain to your driver’s side mirror if you fuck with them. Koepp has taken his rough-and-tumble world and pushed it through a slick filter of fun visual effects, quick maneuvers, time jumps, and other flourishes that give his movie a pulse, but not much of a heart. For all of Koepp’s obsession with bringing the world of bike messengers to life, he forgets that what really pushes a movie forward is a strong character in a compelling story.
This year’s Toronto International Film Festival has a ton of great movies, but one of the best-looking flicks is the festival opener, Rian Johnson‘s sci-fi thriller Looper. 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 new poster conveys none of that, but it’s a movie with Gordon-Levitt, Willis, and Emily Blunt, so hopefully that will be enough to get people to the theater. I’m a little surprised the studio didn’t include the TIFF wreath on the poster since being a major festival’s opening night movie is a big deal.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The film also stars Paul Dano and Jeff Daniels. Looper opens September 28th.
Premium Rush is a high-adrenalin action thriller set in the world of bike messengers. Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is the best in New York, dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies and inconsiderate pedestrians, all to make a delivery to its proper destination. But, when his last envelope of the day becomes more than he bargained for, a routine run turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan.
At the film’s press day, Collider participated in both a press conference and 2-on-1 interview with co-stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dania Ramirez, who talked about what attracted them to the project, the level of confidence you have to have in order to be a successful bike messenger, what surprised them most about bike culture, how much of the stunts they actually got to do themselves, and working with Michael Shannon as a crazed villain. Gordon-Levitt also talked about his feature directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction, what makes Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg both such amazing filmmakers, and what’s up next for his production company, Hit Record. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
If you don’t know what Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s full name is for his character in The Dark Knight Rises, don’t fret; I’ll save that tidbit until after the jump. But since director David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis) decided to chime with his opinion on Christopher Nolan and his Batman trilogy, we thought we’d let Gordon-Levitt have his say. In a recent appearnce on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Gordon-Levitt talked about the final scene from The Dark Knight Rises and whether or not that sets anything up for a future film. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
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 Daniels. Looper will open this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and open nationwide on September 21st.
Director Rian Johnson told us in March that they were already planning the viral campaign for his September 28 movie, Looper. The viral site has launched and invites you to become a Looper. One catch:
There’s a stipulation in every Looper’s contract that he may someday be required to hunt down his future self, thus closing the contract, getting a huge pay-off and erasing any trace of the very illegal arrangement with his or her future employer. This is called Closing Your Loop. Cash out, get paid. Live those 30 years like only a Looper can.
That doubles as the basic plot of Looper, in which Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is tasked with killing his future self (Bruce Willis) sent back in time from the future. If you are prepared to take the risk, find out more after the jump.
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.
New posters have been released for Django Unchained, Dredd, and Looper. The Django Unchained poster is the same as the previous one except it crams in just a few of the names of the stellar cast (it’s also an international poster, so U.S. readers shouldn’t freak out about the “2013″ at the bottom; we still get the movie this year). As for Dredd, my fellow editor Adam Chitwood made an astute observation regarding its similarity to another poster. Finally, the Looper poster makes a huge reveal about the plot: Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are actually giants fighting for the fate of a city.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. Django Unchained opens December 25th. Dredd opens September 21st. Looper opens the Toronto International Film Festival and then opens nationwide on September 28th.