Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s sequel to their 2005 outing, Sin City, has another bright and shiny new trailer to tantilze the masses, and though it’s light on new footage compared to the first one, the inner madness of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is clearly alive and well, as evidenced by the slick-backed, noir-ized machinations taken from the graphic novels on which the movies are based.
Taking place before the doings in the original Sin City film (taken from Miller’s “The Big Fat Kill”), A Dame to Kill For follows Dwight as he’s hunted by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord. This, of course, immediately sends his life down a hellhole. Handily — considering Dwight was originally played by Clive Owen in the 2005 film — the film’s storyline also helps to explain how and why Dwight came to have such a different face. But his is just one of many, as the movie carries a seriously stacked cast to go along with its high-gloss action and stylized violence: Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Dennis Haysbert, Powers Boothe, Jamie King, Jeremy Piven, Juno Temple, Ray Liotta, Rosario Dawson, Stacy Keach, and Lady Gaga all appear in the flick, which opens August 22, 2014.
What are you most looking forward to in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For? Let us hear it in the comments.
According to Deadline.com, writer Jack Thorne, best known for the British television series The Fades, has been set to write the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s classic DC Comics/Vertigo series The Sandman at Warner Bros., based on an original pitch made by DC movie guru David S. Goyer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is producing with Goyer, and the idea here is for him to star and possibly direct. Gordon-Levitt made his feature directorial debut with last year’s porn addiction movie Don Jon, but the world of The Endless is a huge leap forward in ambition. Neil Gaiman is still attached as an executive producer.
I’m still having trouble picturing Sandman as a movie; my feeling is it would be much better as a TV series, which the producers of Preacher finally realized (and which I hope happens with another Vertigo classic, Y: The Last Man). There are stories within the greater Sandman framework that are smaller and could work as a two hour movie, so I’m not giving up all hope. The scripts David Goyer handles alone are almost never as good as when he has collaborated with other writers, so I’m glad he’s handing the reins of Sandman off to someone else. Whatever happens, it is sure to closer to Neil Gaiman’s vision than the Sandman movie producer Jon Peters was working on in the late nineties. Seriously, Google “Jon Peters + Sandman” and witness the horror.
One of the biggest things to happen this week according to the Internet was the opening of Dumb Starbucks in Los Angeles, which is a rare case of comedy news making the front page, but still a great one for people just having to read Dumb Starbucks over and over again. Yet, there’s plenty more comedy news that happened over the last 7 days besides Fielder’s nice use of parody law including Lena Dunham’s book getting a release date, the first line-ups of the new Tonight Show and Late Night being announced, The Chris Gethard Show resuming their public access show for a bit, and much more.
So then, let’s get to The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now.
He’s just been announced as the director and star of the upcoming Sandman graphic novel adaptation, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt is no stranger to being in front of AND behind the camera. This year saw the release of the talented multihyphenate’s screenwriting-directing debut, Don Jon, a film that looks at the ridiculousness of love, sex, dating, and the media. Gordon-Levitt’s impressive first feature is on a number of critics’ top tens and has been nominated for Best Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards.
The film follows Jon (Gordon-Levitt), an image-conscious porn-watcher from New Jersey who meets a girl (Scarlett Johansson) who’s seen way too many Hollywood romantic comedies. Each of them has a skewed idea of what a relationship would be like, but it’ll take finding common ground for them to truly find intimacy and happiness. The cast also includes Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headley, and Brie Larson.
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While many of us thought they’d get The Cure’s Robert Smith, it seems that Warner Bros. is in final talks for Joseph Gordon-Levitt to star in an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s reimagining of Sandman. Deadline reports that Gordon-Levitt will also apparently co-produce the film with David S. Goyer and could possibly even direct it himself. He’s already proven that he’s quite adept at directing himself in his debut Don Jon from earlier this year, and this might just be a move for him to be the next Clint Eastwood.
Gaiman’s Sandman shifts between horror and fantasy, and the central character is Morpheus, the personification of dreams. After being held captive 70 years, Morpheus escapes, gains revenge and rebuilds his crumbling kingdom while trying to adapt to the times. The Vertigo Comics title ran from 1989 to 1996, producing 75 issues, and would routinely guest star several other of DC/Vertigo’s more magical characters, like John Constantine, Phantom Stranger, and Etrigan the Demon.
Gordon-Levitt is no stranger to comic book adaptations, having, of course, played the pivotal role of Officer John Blake in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, and will play Johnny, an original character, in Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. What Gordon-Levitt’s take on Sandman will be, both from an acting and a directing standpoint, is very much up in the air, but he’s a smart and talented enough guy that it makes us very excited to see the result.
What do you think of this news? Are you ready go to on a Joseph Gordon-Levitt journey to the Dreaming? Who would you like to see star as the various hellions and mystical entities Morpheus encounters? Let us know in the comments, yo.
After finally recovering from the hilarious hangover of The World’s End, the internet rumor mill could at long last turn its attention back to trying to ferret out who will be donning the iconic insect-controlling cap for Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, which he co-wrote with Attack the Block director Joe Cornish. After the Comic-Con test footage made its way past S.H.I.E.L.D. censors on to YouTube earlier this year, fans have been clamoring for more info about Wright’s Marvel-verse debut, and it appears that soon they’ll have their answer.
According to Variety, Marvel has set its sights on two actors in particular: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd. Based on these choices, it appears the director wants less of a hulking action hero a la Chris Evans or Chris Hemsworth, opting instead for quippier, wise-cracking types… although, given JGL’s protein-packed physique in Don Jon, he can clearly beef up if the role demands it.
Sources have indicated that both the actors will meet once more with top-tier Marvel execs before a decision is reached. Word has it that there may be a third mystery actor in the mix, but smart money is on either JGL or Rudd going home with the prize. Considering Henry Pym/Ant-Man’s relative obscurity to the movie-going public, anchoring the film around an A-lister like Gordon-Levitt or Rudd makes total sense. They would offer up two very different takes on the troubled scientist, but in my heart of hearts, I’d be okay with either (but Rudd is my #1 from this casting pool). I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that Nick Frost will live up to his promise to me that he’d be playing the Mighty Thorax, though…
What do you make of this casting news? Who would you like to see play Pym? Let us know in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter!
The short review: A compelling character study with a solid script and anchored by a pitch perfect cast, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, Don Jon, offers up a money shot of a movie with heart, humor and personality in spades.
The long review: Let’s be honest – at first glance, Don Jon does not sound like a movie I have any interest in seeing. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Jon Martello, a musclebound Jersey meathead who is called “Don Jon” by his friends for his seemingly preternatural ability to pull down a different girl every weekend. But, for Jon, real sex isn’t fulfilling; he likes it all right, but nothing compares the glitz, the glamor and the sheer escapism offered by Internet porn. That’s right, good old pornography. The film’s original title, Don Jon’s Addiction, made it sound a lot bleaker than it is, but Don Jon surpassed my expectations and turned out to be an amiable, humorous look into a man who leads a hollow life and tries to fill it with something equally empty and hollow: pornography.
It’s a slick, well-directed debut for JGL, who pulls triple duty by writing, directing and starring in the film, but fortunately, he’s anchored by a simply stellar cast, including Scarlett Johansson, Tony Danza, Julianne Moore, Glenne Headly, and Brie Larson, and a savvy use of music and sound (courtesy of Nathan Johnson, brother and frequent collaborator of Looper/Brick director Rian Johnson) that elevates the film even when the script doesn’t rise to the occasion. For some, the film may seem a bit too formulaic or by the numbers, but I found it to be heartfelt, human, and a moving piece of romantic comedy, especially in light of its, shall we say, unorthodox subject matter.
The film makes ample use of running gags like the sound of Jon’s laptop ominously booting up and one including Brie Larson — that I won’t spoil here — that gives the story ample laughs and audiences repeated reasons to chuckle even when things take a turn for the saccharine. Gordon-Levitt has proven himself to be an actor to watch in recent years, but with Don Jon, he has given us many more reasons to be excited about his work behind the camera in the years to come.
I’ll leave you with this fun fact: Joseph Gordon-Levitt hand-picked the porn for Don Jon. That right there is the mark of a true artist dedicated to his craft.
Don Jon is in theaters now. Did you see the film? Let us know what you thought in the comments below or tell me in person on Twitter.
(UPDATE: The screening is all booked up. Man, that was quick. Thanks- hope you made it in!)
You’ve seen him cheer on celestial beings in the outfield. You’ve seen him have his heart broken by Zooey “500 Days of Summer” Deschanel. You’ve seen him kill Bruce Willis in the future. You’ve heard him on the Nerdist Podcast. And now you can see Joseph Gordon-Levitt make his directorial debut in Don Jon, a film which he also wrote and in which he stars alongside Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Brie Larson, and more. JGL plays Don Jon, a modern day Don Juan and meathead who suffers from a crippling porn addiction and a deep, resounding sense of emptiness in his life. A pitch-black comedy tinged with moments of genuine honesty, Don Jon finds Gordon-Levitt taking on the role of a gym rat Jersey Shore-style meathead and digging deeper than the spray-tanned exterior.
And now, if you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can see it absolutely free on Tuesday, September 10th at the Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater at 7:30PM, hosted by yours truly. That’s right – come join me at Cinefamily for a free screening of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon. (UPDATE AGAIN: All booked. Thanks!)
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A surprisingly large swath of the cast of the Dark Knight Trilogy has a history of teen comedies in their filmographies. From Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon Levitt in Ten Things I Hate About You to even teen comedy staple Anthony Michael Hall (he played news anchor Mike Engel), the cast has the history to make for one epicly angsty teen comedy. That’s exactly what the folks at Movie Clips Trailers have created in their parody trailer Gotham High. Cramming as many bat-characters into Gotham’s public school system, see where Selina Kyle and the Joker may have first crossed paths with Victor Fries and Pamela Isley. Were Bruce Wayne and Ozzie Cobblepot on yearbook staff together? Did Bane really need to be put in super secret Saturday detention? So many questions and one awesome video to start providing some answers.
If you want to get even deeper into the teen melodrama of Gotham High, we also recommend Jeffrey Thomas’s interpretation the Dark Knight’s high school escapades, also called Gotham High.
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