Oliver Stone Wants Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Star in Edward Snowden Movie

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Oliver Stone, eager to be on the pulse of current events even if he doesn’t know how the pulse is beating, is set to write and direct a movie based on NSA leaker Edward Snowden.  The film will be based on the book Time of the Octopus, which was written by Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, and “is considered the closest thing to a documented account of the events since Snowden first released the documents.”  Americans were shocked at the news that their communications were being “monitored” (even though the news was widely misconstrued), and then went back to putting their every thought on Facebook and Twitter.

According to Variety, Stone has offered the role of Snowden to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and while the actor has agreed to do it, negotiations have yet to begin.  If the deal is made, production would likely begin at the end of this year or early 2015.  Gordon-Levitt just wrapped production on Robert ZemeckisThe Wire, and is currently filming an untitled Christmas comedy with Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie.  He’s also trying to crack the script for a movie based on Neil Gaiman‘s The Sandman.

 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Provides SANDMAN Update; Says He’s Working on the Script with Neil Gaiman and David S. Goyer

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Between his hitRECord series, burgeoning directorial career, and flourishing acting career, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has proven himself to be an excellent multi-tasker.  He recently wrapped the starring role in director Robert Zemeckis’ 3D drama The Walk, but he’s also still very much developing an adaptation of the beloved Neil Gaiman comic Sandman.  Gordon-Levitt is attached to produce and direct the film based on a pitch by Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer, and last we heard How I Live Now scribe Jack Thorne had been tapped to pen the script.

While Gordon-Levitt is plenty busy with his various other projects, he recently provided a status update on Sandman, saying he and his team are still working on putting together the script.  Read what he had to say after the jump.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Review

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In 2005, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller‘s Sin City was an interesting novelty.  The directors were able to transfer Miller’s visually distinct comics to the screen through the heavy use of CGI.  Not adapt; transfer.  The comic was used as a storyboard, and the directors filled in the gaps by casting a bunch of recognizable actors to play the roles.  For people who argue that adaptations should never stray from the source material, 2005′s Sin City was perfect.  Although the novelty has run its course, Rodriguez and Miller are back nine years later with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, but the visual panache now feels like a crutch while also diminishing any authentic noir vibe the movie occasionally tries to convey.  Although the sequel is occasionally enjoyable thanks to the actors who are in on the exaggerated tone, the film feels like it was made by a couple of teenagers who mistake whores for dames, sadists for toughs guys, and style for charm.

Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller Talk SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR

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Nearly a decade after the first film, co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have reunited to bring the visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  In a town where murderers reign and the desperate want vengeance, their paths cross at the famous Kadie’s Club Pecos, where Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) still dances while mourning the loss of her love, John Hartigan (Bruce Willis).  With Marv (Mickey Rourke) in the center of the carnage, a cocky young gambler named Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) takes on the villainous Senator Roark (Powers Boothe), and Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) is battles with the woman of his dreams and nightmares, Ava Lord (Eva Green).

During a conference at the film’s press day, actors Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Eva Green talked about living in Sin City, with this dialogue and these extremes, going into the mind of Frank Miller, trickiest scenes, playing a Rodriguez bad-ass, the motives of the women in Sin City, working in Austin at Troublemaker Studios, working with Christopher Lloyd, feeling comfortable with Nancy’s swagger, the sex and sexuality of the story, and why Nancy is a stripper who never actually takes her clothes off.  Also there, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller discussed getting even closer to the comics this time around, what the 3D added, the process of lighting the film, what their collaboration has meant to each other, and how they’d like to go into production on a third film, right away.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

First THE WALK Images Reveal Joseph Gordon-Levitt as High-Wire Walker Philippe Petit in Robert Zemeckis’ 3D Drama

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Sony Pictures has released the first The Walk images from director Robert Zemeckis’ 3D film about high-wire walker Philippe Petit.  You may be familiar with Petit from the universally acclaimed documentary Man on Wire (currently available on Netflix), which recounted his daring, illegal 1974 tightrope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Petit in Zemeckis’ film, which dramatically recounts Petit’s act in what producer Tom Rothman describes to USA Today as “Gravity meets Ocean’s Eleven.”  Indeed, the heist aspect of Petit’s story is quite thrilling, and I’m eager to see what Zemeckis’ trademark blend of boundary-pushing visuals and human-centric storytelling brings to Petit’s beautiful piece.

Hit the jump to check out the first The Walk images, now in high-resolution.  The film also stars Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Clément Sibony and César DomboyThe Walk opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on October 2, 2015.

Robert Zemeckis’ High-Wire Movie Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philipe Petit Retitled THE WALK, Plus the First Image of Gordon-Levitt in Character

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Up until today, we’ve been referring to Robert Zemeckis’ untitled 3D picture as To Reach the Clouds, since it was adapted from high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s memoir of the same name.  Now, courtesy of social media and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Charlotte Le Bon, it looks like the film has been retitled The Walk.  Gordon-Levitt plays Petit, whose “artistic crime of the century” saw him and his co-conspirators sneak to the top of the World Trade Center in 1974 in order to make his famous attempt at crossing between the two towers.

Also starring Ben Kingsley and James Badge DaleThe Walk is slated to open October 2, 2015.  Hit the jump to check out a behind-the-scenes image of Gordon-Levitt and Le Bon on set of The Walk.

Warner Bros.’ DC Film Slate May Include JUSTICE LEAGUE, WONDER WOMAN and THE FLASH/GREEN LANTERN Movies in 2017

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In relation to Marvel Studios’ well-oiled machine, much has been made of the fact that Warner Bros. has yet to roll out a cohesive superhero universe making use of its extensive DC Comics archives.  After last year’s Man of Steel though, the studio appears to have gotten themselves together.  Instead of another Superman sequel, Zack Snyder is gearing up to direct Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for a July 2016 release, which he will shoot back-to-back with a full-blown Justice League movie.  However, a new report claims to reveal the studio’s tentative schedule for its DC properties, including a 2017 release date for Justice League, a Wonder Woman movie, and a The Flash/Green Lantern team-up film.  More after the jump.

New Trailer for SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Featuring Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Jessica Alba

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Dimension Films has released a new trailer for co-directors 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.  This trailer doesn’t really get into the plot all that much, as it’s more of a flashy, aesthetic teaser than anything.  Frankly, the visuals for Sin City 2 look quite cheap compared to the first film, even though technology has advanced almost a decade since Rodriguez made Sin City.  The cast is promisingly eclectic, though, but right now that’s the only thing holding my interest here.

Hit the jump to watch the new Sin City 2 trailer and sound off with your thoughts in the comments.  The film also stars Mickey RourkeJessica AlbaBruce WillisRosario DawsonJaime KingJoseph Gordon-LevittDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner.  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

8 New Images from SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Starring Eva Green, Josh Brolin, and Jessica Alba

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Eight new images from Sin City: A Dame to Kill For have been released online.  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.  All of these images could be glimpsed briefly in the trailer, but these are some nice, higher-resolution stills, which is important when so much of the film’s impact will probably be in the visuals.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Mickey RourkeJessica AlbaBruce WillisRosario DawsonJaime KingJoseph Gordon-LevittDennis Haysbert, Jamie Chung, Powers Boothe, Christopher Lloyd, Christopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia GarnerSin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

First Trailer for SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Starring Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Eva Green

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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 RourkeJessica AlbaBruce WillisRosario DawsonJaime KingJoseph Gordon-LevittDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia GarnerSin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

New Images from SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Provide First Look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Character

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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 PivenSin City: A Dame to Kill For opens August 22nd.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Set for Robert Zemeckis’ 3D High-Wire Picture TO REACH THE CLOUDS

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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)

Full List of Oscar Presenters Announced; Includes Daniel Day-Lewis, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Kendrick, and Michael B. Jordan

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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.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen Will Reunite with Director Jonathan Levine for UNTITLED XMAS COMEDY

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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)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt May Lead Zemeckis’ TO REACH THE CLOUDS, Emile Hirsch Joins TEN THOUSAND SAINTS, and Sarah Paulson Set for CAROL

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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.

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