Dimension Films has released the first trailer for co-director Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The film stars Josh Brolin as the physically-altered Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell. While I’m not crazy about the music they chose for this first cut, the character transformations are pretty damn cool. Returning characters have a whole new look, which makes sense since it’s been almost a decade since the original film. Newcomers to the franchise have been beat up, cut up, or dolled up to the point that they’re hardly recognizable. A solid start.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.
A few new images have been released for Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller‘s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The film stars Josh Brolin as the physically-altered Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is “hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell.” These images highlight previously-introduced characters Marv (Mickey Rourke) and Nancy (Jessica Alba). Miller tells EW that while Nancy is still dancing at Kadie’s, she’s been changed by Hartigan’s (Bruce Willis) death. She’s out for revenge and “is sick of being treated—as she puts it—’a piece of ass’.” If that’s the case, she may want to change professions. The images also give us a first look at new character Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a “hard-luck gambler”.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson, Dennis Haysbert, Stacy Keach, Jamie King, Ray Liotta, and Jeremy Piven. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens August 22nd.
About a month ago, we reported that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was circling a lead in Robert Zemeckis’ high-wire act, To Reach the Clouds. Now, it looks as if JGL has indeed committed to playing the role of French tightrope walker and high-wire artist, Philippe Petit. The film’s working title is shared with Petit’s memoir, which was adapted by Zemeckis and Christopher Browne. The film will build to a third-act climax which recreates Petit’s “artistic crime of the century” in which he and his co-conspirators snuck to the top of the World Trade Center in 1974 in order to make his famous attempt at crossing between the two towers. In addition to the thrilling caper aspects of the plot, Zemeckis is planning to shoot the movie as a 3D spectacle in the vein of Avatar, Life of Pi and Gravity. Production is scheduled to start this May. (Via Deadline)
After a slow roll-out of announcements that began a few weeks ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled the full list of presenters for the upcoming 86th Academy Awards ceremony. As expected, there are plenty of previous winners poised to make appearances, including all four of last year’s acting winners (Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Christoph Waltz, and Anne Hathaway), as well as some members of “young Hollywood” to appeal to the younger viewers (Anna Kendrick, Michael B. Jordan, Emma Watson, Zac Efron, Channing Tatum). On the “legends” side of things, we can also look forward to seeing presentations from Sidney Poitier and Bill Murray.
Hit the jump to take a look at the full list of presenters, and if you missed our latest Oscar-themed episode of our podcast The Collision, click here. The Oscars will air on ABC this Sunday, March 2nd.
50/50′s director Jonathan Levine and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen will reunite for an Untitled Xmas Comedy. Sony recently beat out other studios to nab the project, fast tracking it for a production start this summer. The film finds three childhood best friends reuniting in New York City for their annual tradition of a Christmas Eve excursion. Gordon-Levitt and Rogen will play two of the best friends, while the third friend has yet to be cast. Levine also wrote the screenplay for the as-of-yet untitled holiday comedy. (Via THR)
We’ve got a few interesting casting stories to get to this afternoon. Briefly:
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt may be leading the next live-action feature from director Robert Zemeckis, the biopic To Reach the Clouds.
- Emile Hirsch has joined the young ensemble cast of American Splendor directors Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman’s coming-of-age indie Ten Thousand Saints.
- Sarah Paulson (12 Years a Slave) has joined the impressive cast of Todd Haynes’ latest film Carol.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned films and casting.
Airing on Pivot, the exciting new creative venture HITRECORD ON TV is a new take on the variety show. Hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who directs countless artists from his global online community hitRECord, the series showcases short films, live performances, music, animation, conversation, and so much more, with each episode focusing on a different theme.
While at the Pivot portion of the TCA Press Tour, Joseph Gordon-Levitt spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how the idea of doing a TV version of hitRECord came about, what an open collaborative production company really is, how he hopes seeing the show will inspired even more people to contribute, doing the entire first season at one time, plans for Season 2, the impact of getting people together and inspiring creativity, and having that inspire him to take risks in his own life and career. He also talked about how deeply excited he is to take on Neil Gaiman’s Sandman because of the potential of the material. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Walt Disney Studios will be distributing director Hayao Miyazaki’s final film The Wind Rises to domestic audiences early next year, and today the studio has unveiled the voice talent that will be dubbing the English-language version of the Studio Ghibli film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt will lend his voice to the lead role of Jiro Horikoshi, while the rest of the cast will be filled out by John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, Werner Herzog, William H. Macy, Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey, Darren Criss, Ronan Farrow, and Elijah Wood. The film tells the story of the man who designed the Zero Fighter used by Japanese pilots in World War II, and examines the Japan’s turbulent first half of the 20th century as the country struggled through an earthquake and economic fallout.
Hit the jump to read the full cast list, which denotes the characters that the actors will be voicing. Click here to read Matt’s review of the film. The Wind Rises will open in select North American theaters on February 21, 2014 before expanding wide on February 28, 2014.
A few weeks ago, we reported that Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper) was circling the title role in Warner Bros.’ Sandman, an adaptation of the Neil Gaiman comic pitched to the studio by screenwriter-producer David S. Goyer. A new development has JGL in the final stages of a deal that sets him up as a producer of the film with an attachment to star, but the real twist is that he might be lining up to take the director’s chair as well. The search is on for a writer at the moment. Hit the jump for more.
The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been announced, and director Steve McQueen’s excellent drama 12 Years a Slave tops the nominees with seven nods, including Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Actor. Nebraska is not far behind with six nominations, and the Robert Redford drama All Is Lost also did well with four nods. The much-beloved Short Term 12 failed to land a Best Feature nomination, but Primer director Shane Carruth’s twisty second feature Upstream Color landed nods for Best Director and Best Editing. The Best Actor category is a strong mirror of the very tight Oscar race in the same category, and the wonderful Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson nabbed Best Actress nominations for The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12, respectively.
Hit the jump for the full list of nominations and additional commentary. The Independent Spirit Awards will be hosted on March 1, 2014.
An adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic series Sandman has been through various stages of development over the years, but it appears that things might be heating up on a feature film iteration at Warner Bros. The comic, which first launched in 1989, revolves around Morpheus (aka Dream) who is the personification of dreams. Initially captured by a cult ritual and held captive for 70 years, Dream is released in modern day to find his kingdom in disrepair. A new report claims that Warner Bros. has become taken with pitch for a Sandman movie by Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer, with none other than Joseph Gordon-Levitt mentioned in connection with the lead role. Hit the jump for more.
After years of development, filmmaker Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Ant-Man for Marvel is finally coming to fruition, and now it appears that Wright and the studio have narrowed down their choices for the titular lead role. Wright has been working on Ant-Man with Marvel for quite some time, and he co-wrote the script alongside Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) a few years ago. The director chose to write and direct this year’s excellent The World’s End before diving into the Marvel world, but now filming on Ant-Man is poised to get underway next year in anticipation of a July 2015 release date.
So who may be donning the antennae for Wright? Apparently Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd have emerged as frontrunners for the lead role. Hit the jump for more.
After an animation dry spell that left Disney’s Planes the only feature flying for nearly two months, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 lifted-off on Friday. The sequel to 2009’s 3D hit earned an estimated $9.3 million from 4,002 locations, which means that a new September record is probably not on the menu for the Sony release. At this time last year, Hotel Transylvania banked $10.9 million on its way to that record-setting $42.5 million first weekend. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 seems destined for about $37 million by Sunday – short of a record but well ahead of the $30.3 million debut of the first Cloudy.
After a good start in just five locations last weekend, Ron Howard’s Rush expanded its run on Friday. From 2,297 locations, the racing drama earned an estimated $3.7 million for second place. The frame’s remaining new releases ran about even on Friday: R-rated comedy Don Jon (directed by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt) took in $3.27 million from 2,422 locations while romantic comedy Baggage Claim booked $3.29 from 2,027 runs. Check back tomorrow for full details.
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Perhaps the combination of my new found love of fantasy football and my fondness of sports documentaries in general make me a less than unbiased voice, but I can’t recommend writer/director Rory Karpf‘s documentary The Book of Manning enough. The made for TV doc premiered on ESPN this past week and it blew me away from a perspective that had nothing to do with sports or athletic achievement and everything to do with its noteworthy focus on parenting, family, and legacy. This may not seem like a huge achievement on paper, but when your film’s protagonists are some of the most highly decorated football players in the history of the sport, it’s a testament to the patriarch, Archie Manning, that the biggest takeaway I have from The Book of Manning isn’t how many records he set at Ole Miss or how many of those records his son Eli broke decades later, it’s that our families and kids are the most important responsibilities we can have and the way that we treat both is ultimately what defines us as people.
Now that I’ve hit you over the head with an “After School Special” message right out of the gate, this week’s Top 5 features Rush interviews with Ron Howard, Chris Hemsworth and more, our resident scientist Dave Trumbore fact-checking the science behind Breaking Bad, Fox landing a new television series based on Batman’s Commissioner Gordon, Don Jon interviews with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and more, and a new Cinemath installment focusing on adjusting for box office inflation and the inherent dangers of comparing Gone with the Wind to The Avengers. As is often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It has been slightly modified to reflect the new title. Don Jon opens today.]
Don Jon is much like its eponymous character: not much depth but quick, confident, amusing, and oddly endearing. The entire film quickly boils down to its core concept in the span of its frenetic intro: the eponymous character is afraid of intimacy. So who’s going to tear down that emotional wall? How will he learn his lesson? How can a lothario clearly based on “The Situation” from Jersey Shore ever learn to love? Director, writer, and star Joseph Gordon-Levitt knows his character inside and out, backwards and forwards, and finds the sweet, vulnerable heart of a guy who keeps Kleenex in business.