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SANDMAN Movie Finds Its New Screenwriter

by on February 26, 2014

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.

The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now 2/14/14

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by on February 14, 2014

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.

-Bonnaroo line-up announcement to be hosted by Taran Killam and Hannibal Buress.

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-The 3rd Annual LA Podcast Festival is coming this September.

-Whitmer Thomas of LA comedy group Power Violence joins Comedy Central pilot Crazy House from Nick Turner and Lee Rubenstein.

-Rita Moreno to co-star with Natasha Lyonne in Amy Poehler comedy pilot Old Soul at NBC.

-Paul Scheer is now making comic books about aliens.

-2 Broke Girls‘ Nick Zano to co-star in lesbian comedy pilot at NBC from Liz Feldman.

-Maker Studios partnering with Steve O for YouTube channel.

-The Neighbors to have mini Full House reunion with Candace Cameron Bure and Scott Weinger.

-Adult Swim touring colleges with a fun house.

-Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter’s Topics podcast joins Earwolf.

-Noel Wells from SNL gets U.S. distribution for her movie Forev.

-Parks and Recreation and many other NBC series to have their own digital series.

-Documentary on Harmontown podcast, regularly taped live at Nerdmelt Showroom, to premiere at SXSW.

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-Jay Leno aired his last episode of The Tonight Show.

-Oscar Nuñez joins cast of USA Network’s Benched.

-Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara reunite in Canadian comedy series Schitt’s Creek.

-Jere Burns & Andrée Vermeulen join cast of Steve Carell’s TBS procedural comedy pilot Tribeca.

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-Lena Dunham’s book Not That Kind of Girl set to come out in October.

-Fox launching new line of Simpsons products for upcoming 25th anniversary and doing a whole episode in LEGO.

-Odd couple comedy from David Caspe and Erik Sommers gets pilot order at CBS.

-Rob Riggle to play opposite Rob Lowe in Lowe’s tennis comedy pilot The Pro at NBC; Colton Dunn is set to co-star.

-Jerry Seinfeld, Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell, Justin Timberlake, Arcade Fire, and more to be guests on first week of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

-Fred Armisen to lead The 8G Band, the house band at Late Night with Seth Meyers.

-Chipotle produced entire web series Farmed and Dangerous at Hulu to only subtly mention themselves.

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-Comedy Central’s line-up of comedians getting half hour stand up specials have been announced including Nerdist favorites Kurt Braunohler, Ron Funches, and more.

-The President of Dumb Starbucks was, of course, prankster extraordinaire Nathan Fielder.

-Two executive producers from Modern Family have signed overall deals at CBS and Warner Bros. TV.

-Jack Black and Mike White working together again on D-Train.

-Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Jonathan Levine reteam from 50/50 to make a Christmas comedy.

-How I Met Your Mother‘s Crisin Milioti to star in Rashida Jones pilot at NBC.

-Last Week Tonight with John Oliver premieres April 27th on HBO.

-HBO orders dark political comedy The Brink starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins to series.

-Greta Gerwig to star/produce/write in CBS spin-off pilot of How I Met Your Mother.

-Funny or Die parodied Shia LeBeouf’s art installation apology by having one almost exactly like it for Jerry O’Connell right next to Shia’s.

-Will Forte’s Last Man on Earth goes to series at Fox.

-Rick and Morty gets renewed for second season at Adult Swim.

-Jimmy Pardo’s news/pop culture comedy pilot presentation for TBS called The Weekly Awards.

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-Gary Sanchez Productions from Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy launch female centric production company Gloria Sanchez.

-The line-up for the first week of Late Night with Seth Meyers to have Kanye West, Amy Poehler, comedian Michael Che, and more.

-Comedy legend Sid Caesar passed away this week at age 91.

-Open Road Films acquires Gabriel Iglesias comedy concert film.

-Romany Malco cast as lead in ABC Kevin Hart pilot.

-The Chris Gethard Show will resume weekly episodes on public access while awaiting decision from Comedy Central.

-Joe DeRosa launches his own podcast Down with DeRosa.

-Dwayne Johnson’s Ballers gets series order at HBO.

-Will Ferrell accepts Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith’s challenge to drumoff for charity.

-Joel McHale to host this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner.

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-Sacha Baron Cohen renewed his first look deal with Paramount as his movie Grimsby moves to Sony Pictures.

-The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to feature General Electric in comedy routines and digital extensions.

-30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski to star in Fox comedy pilot Dead Boss.

And here’s the previous Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now, in case you missed out.

WIN A Copy of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s DON JON

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by on December 24, 2013

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.

If you’d like to be one of two winners of this acclaimed independent film from one of Hollywood’s smartest people, all you have to do is have a valid email address and tell us in the comments below which Joseph Gordon-Levitt performance is your favorite and why. That’s it! It’s as simple as pie. Give yourself this Christmas present; you’ve earned it. You’ve only got until midnight on Tuesday, December 31st, or your chances will be as gone as 2013. But, look on the bright side, if you miss out, that’s also the day the Don Jon Blu-ray and DVD come out.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Final Talks to Direct, Star In SANDMAN

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by on December 16, 2013

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.

JGLGordon-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.

Report: Marvel Eyeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd for ANT-MAN

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by on October 14, 2013

After finally recovering from the hilarious hangover of The World’s Endthe 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.

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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!

 

Review: DON JON is Masturbatory in All the Right Ways

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by on September 28, 2013

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 Jonoffers 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.

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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.

L.A.: Come See a Free Screening of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s DON JON (UPDATE: All Booked Up)

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by on September 6, 2013

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(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 Jona 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!)

Need more convincing? Check out the trailer below:

Will you be joining us? Let us know in the comments below!

The Dark Knight Honor Roll: Gotham High

by on November 19, 2012

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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Nerdist Podcast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stops by the show talk about the benefits of learning a dead language, his love for Dungeons & Dragons, and playing a character who is trying to assassinate himself in Looper, out in theaters now!

 
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