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.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come a long way from the puppy-eyes of 10 Things I Hate About You, the soft-looking teen is long gone and replaced with a muscular, porn-obsessed skirt chaser in his latest film Don Jon, which JGL also wrote and directed. He landed a not-too-shabby costar for this directing debut as well; Scarlett Johansson plays the woman who just might tame the beast (and if anyone could do it, I’d put money on ScarJo.) The film also stars Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headley and Brie Larson.
At a recent press day in NYC, the two stars sat down for an exclusive interview with Collider to talk about about opening their film at both Sundance and TIFF (to rave reviews), creating their characters, and more. Johansson even told me what she collects (snow globes), and suggested a collection for Gordon-Levitt to start. Click after the jump to watch.
A racy new TV spot for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon aired last night during MTV’s VMA’s, and it has now been released online for all to see. Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed, and stars in the film as a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type who attempts to reform himself. This new TV spot shows off a single clip from the film in which Gordon-Levitt’s character is trying to talk himself into Scarlett Johansson’s bedroom at the end of their date. It’s a nice showcase of the film’s humor, and having seen the full pic at Sundance, I can attest that Don Jon definitely doesn’t skirt around issues related to sex and relationships.
Hit the jump to watch the TV spot. The film also stars Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Jeremy Luke, Rob Brown, and Brie Larson. Don Jon opens in theaters on September 27th.
New images from a trio of upcoming Relativity Media films have been released online for your viewing pleasure. Briefly:
- Out of the Furnace – Writer/director Scott Cooper’s character-centric crime drama stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring. Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, and Sam Shepard round out a stellar supporting cast. The film opens on December 6th.
- The Family – Director Luc Besson’s action comedy centers on a mob family headed up by Robert De Niro that moves to Italy as part of the witness protection program. They soon learn, though, that old habits die hard. Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer also star. The film opens on September 13th.
- Don Jon – The excellent directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt centers on a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type who attempts to reform himself. Gordon-Levitt stars alongside Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore in the thought-provoking comedy, which opens on September 27th. Read Matt’s review here.
Hit the jump to check out the new images from the aforementioned films.
Relativity Media has released a new trailer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, Don Jon. Gordon-Levitt also wrote and stars in the comedy as a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type who attempts to reform himself. While the first trailer was a great introduction to the film’s tone and style, this new one does a swell job of teasing the relationship between Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson’s characters without giving too much away. I caught the film at Sundance and it’s supremely entertaining. JGL definitely proves to be a talent behind the camera, and Don Jon has a lot to say about relationships as it pertains to our current media-obsessed culture.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review. The film also stars Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Jeremy Luke, Rob Brown, and Brie Larson. Don Jon opens in theaters on September 27th.
I don’t like calling out other sites, but I feel it’s important that our readers know that when we report on an “exclusive” from Latino Review, especially with regards to superhero news, the item must be taken with massive amounts of salt. They used to have solid scoops, but their track record lately has become increasingly shoddy. With all this in mind, the site is reporting that Marvel wants Joseph Gordon-Levitt to star in the likely Phase Three movie, Doctor Strange. Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer‘s script reportedly calls for an actor in his early 30s.
Assuming this is true, it’s still not all that shocking that Marvel wants someone a little on the younger side so they can get him into more movies, and they want a recognizable, professional, star who won’t break the bank. Gordon-Levitt fits that description, but even LR admits that these are just internal discussions for Marvel. This isn’t even close to the negotiating table yet. But if you think Gordon-Levitt is a great choice to play the Sorcerer Supreme, then you and Marvel Studios might be on the same page.
Relativity Media has released the first clip from Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon, and it fits right in with this past weekend’s Father’s Day holiday. Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed, and stars in the comedy as a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type who attempts to reform himself. In this red-band clip, Gordon-Levitt’s character brings his new girlfriend (Scarlett Johansson) over to his house to meet his family, fantastically portrayed by Tony Danza and Glenne Headly. I caught the film at Sundance and it’s a lot of fun, and as seen here in this new clip, Gordon-Levitt and Danza have some great chemistry as a very Jersey father and son.
Hit the jump to watch the clip, click here to read Matt’s review, and click here for the pic’s debut trailer. The film also stars Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Jeremy Luke, Rob Brown, and Brie Larson. Don Jon now opens on September 27th, a few weeks earlier than its previous release date.
Relativity Media has released the first trailer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon. Gordon-Levitt stars in the comedy as a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type who attempts to reform himself. I caught the film at Sundance and it’s really funny and marks the start of what looks to be a very, very promising directorial career for Gordon-Levitt. This trailer does a great job of conveying the film’s tone and the style that Gordon-Levitt has crafted, as quick editing, music, and repetition are used frequently to present some of the film’s situations, especially with regards to the porn. While the trailer does give away a couple of the pic’s best comedic surprises (like the cameos), there’s also a sweet sincerity to Don Jon that’s only hinted at here, and the performances from Gordon-Levitt, Johansson, Moore, and Danza are all top-notch. I expect the film will be a major crowd-pleaser when it hits theaters later this year.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, click here to read Matt’s review of the film from Sundance, and click here for Steve’s interview with Gordon-Levitt and the cast. The pic also stars Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Jeremy Luke, Rob Brown, and Brie Larson. Don Jon opens on October 18th.