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October 17, 2012
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is doing a swell job of reinventing himself as Action Guy this year, with "Looper," the excellent sci-fi time-traveling thriller, the latest. He used to be primarily Hipster Guy, what with "(500) Days of Summer" and "50/50. " Now he's pretty much locked and loaded from the moment he shows up. Earlier this summer, it was as the gutsy bike messenger with a bad guy on his tail in the great whoosh of "Premium Rush. " Now he's an assassin - a "looper" - part of a lethal cleanup crew in 2044 whose job is to eliminate future mob liabilities.
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January 11, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Pivot is pressing the record button again: Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "HitRecord on TV" will get a second season. The network announced the news Saturday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, one week before the eclectic series makes its bow. The variety series, which Gordon-Levitt likens to a modern-day "Muppet Show," features a hodgepodge of video shorts, songs, and other creative content plucked from Gordon-Levitt's open-collaborative community, hitRECord, which has already produced a number of books and albums.
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July 17, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Looks as if Joseph Gordon-Levitt has some cover-boy problems. The "Dark Knight Rises" actor was selected for the August cover of men's magazine GQ, and a part of the subsequent profile written about the star has made him uncomfortable -- specifically, a mention of his late brother, Dan. Dan Gordon-Levitt died in October 2010, found unresponsive at his Hollywood home. The Amy Wallace-penned cover story on Joe mentions the loss, saying : "The elder Gordon-Levitt died of an alleged drug overdose in 2010.
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September 30, 2013 | By Susan King
Tony Danza and Joseph Gordon-Levitt got to know each other 20 years ago on the set of the Disney baseball fantasy "Angels in the Outfield," in which Danza played an aging pitcher and Gordon-Levitt, then 12, a foster kid. "I always had a paternal thing about him," said Danza, 62, who came to fame 35 years ago as the hapless boxer/cabbie Tony Banta on the Emmy Award-winning comedy series "Taxi. " "When he was in 'Angels in the Outfield,' you could tell he was a very talented kid," noted the former professional boxer, on the phone from New York.
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September 13, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
Director Steven Spielberg and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt took part in an interactive video chat hosted by Google Play today to premiere the trailer for "Lincoln," the highly anticipated historical drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president. The film, which was adapted by Tony Kushner from Doris Kearns Goodwin's nonfiction book "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," focuses on Lincoln's final four months in office as he strives to end the Civil War, unite the nation and abolish slavery.
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September 27, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
As the title character in "Don Jon," Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a muscle-bound lothario with a knack for wooing women (and a secret addiction to Internet pornography). The film also marks Gordon-Levitt's feature debut as a writer and director, and in that role he's doing an admirable job charming film critics. In The Times, Betsy Sharkey muses , "Who would have thought one of the most amusing and oddly insightful romantic comedies would be built around the power and the potent pull of porn?"
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July 17, 2009 | By Denise Martin
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is billing his new movie, "(500) Days of Summer," as "an anti- romance," a cinematic riposte to the "silly and dismissible" romantic comedies that Hollywood has been making and marketing to lonely hearts for decades. The whimsical and bittersweet tale about a regular guy hopelessly smitten with a girl who doesn't quite share the sentiment unfolds in a nonsequential narrative style that jumps forward and backward over the 500 days of their doomed relationship.
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May 4, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Warner Bros. are in talks for a movie remake of "Little Shop of Horrors"  -- with the help of some Broadway heavyweights behind the scenes. In addition to developing the film, Gordon-Levitt could star as Seymour, the lonely, lovable florist's assistant who raises a giant alien plant motivated by sarcasm, song and human blood. Marc Platt, the producer behind Broadway and Hollywood hits including the blockbuster musical "Wicked" and the critically acclaimed film "Drive," is producing the reboot.
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September 27, 2013 | Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Who would have thought one of the most amusing and oddly insightful romantic comedies would be built around the power and the potent pull of porn? Playing it straight out of New Jersey, that sweet-faced Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the hopeless romantic of "(500) Days of Summer," has pulled off the subversive, seductive fun of "Don Jon" in fine fashion - complete with guinea tee - starring in, writing and directing his first feature film. "The Don," or "Don Jon," is one Jon Martello Jr., a proudly single guy of Italian heritage whose ability to one-night-stand the most attractive female in the bar on any given night has made him a living legend.
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July 11, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
These days, the term "young Hollywood" conjures up images of pouty, plastic starlets being chased down Robertson Boulevard by paparazzi and probation officers, but recently the soulful side of young Hollywood made an appearance at a corner deli on Franklin Avenue. "Hi Joe," Ellen Page said with a faraway smile as Joseph Gordon-Levitt gave her a hug. Page and Gordon-Levitt are costars in Christopher Nolan's "Inception," the perception-bending heist movie that opens Friday amid high expectations and strong early reviews.
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September 28, 2013 | By Chris Barton
It looks to be clear sailing toward the top of the box-office chart for "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," which opened with an estimated $9.3 million on 4,001 screens on Friday. The 3-D animated sequel to the 2009 film, which debuted with just over $30 million in its opening weekend, looks on track to meet expectations heading into the weekend. Pre-release audience surveys indicated the possibility of $45 million in ticket sales, but the film's distributor, Sony Pictures, predicted a more conservative opening weekend total of $33 million.
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September 27, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
As the title character in "Don Jon," Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a muscle-bound lothario with a knack for wooing women (and a secret addiction to Internet pornography). The film also marks Gordon-Levitt's feature debut as a writer and director, and in that role he's doing an admirable job charming film critics. In The Times, Betsy Sharkey muses , "Who would have thought one of the most amusing and oddly insightful romantic comedies would be built around the power and the potent pull of porn?"
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September 27, 2013 | Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Who would have thought one of the most amusing and oddly insightful romantic comedies would be built around the power and the potent pull of porn? Playing it straight out of New Jersey, that sweet-faced Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the hopeless romantic of "(500) Days of Summer," has pulled off the subversive, seductive fun of "Don Jon" in fine fashion - complete with guinea tee - starring in, writing and directing his first feature film. "The Don," or "Don Jon," is one Jon Martello Jr., a proudly single guy of Italian heritage whose ability to one-night-stand the most attractive female in the bar on any given night has made him a living legend.
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September 26, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
This weekend's box office forecast is anything but murky: "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" is set to become a clear No. 1 hit.  The 3-D animated film will likely debut with around $45 million in ticket sales, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. That would be a robust start for the sequel, whose predecessor launched with $30.3 million in 2009. (Sony Pictures, which is distributing the film, is predicting a softer opening of around $33 million.)  Three other new films are also hitting theaters nationwide this weekend, though none will gross nearly as much as the second "Cloudy.
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September 14, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
TORONTO - The entertainment world these days is filled with hyphenates: bubble-gum pop queens trying their hands at acting, film auteurs flocking to cable TV. At the Toronto International Film Festival this year, a different trend was on display, as a number of longtime movie actors used their connections and leverage accumulated in front of the camera to nab the big gig behind it: directing. Every generation sees a performer or two who toggles easily between acting and directing - Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles and Clint Eastwood, to name a few. But these days, it seems to be more common for actors to take a whirl in the director's chair.
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May 20, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
If not Seth, who? With Seth MacFarlane's tweeted announcement  that he would not be returning as host of the Academy Awards after his controversial but highly rated turn earlier this year, the question becomes "Who next?" Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will have quite a challenge. The motion picture academy continues to strive for a certain respectful solemnity with a fizzy nod to old-school Hollywood glamour while also needing to attract younger viewers, grooming the next generation of Oscar watchers.
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May 13, 2011 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Joseph Gordon-Levitt isn't playing an uninvited guest so much as a manifestation of chaotic grief in "Hesher," told from the point of view of a 13-year-old boy (Devin Brochu) whose struggle to overcome the sudden death of his mother is upended by the imposed arrival of the titular character. Gordon-Levitt's long-haired, chain-smoking, often-shirtless metal-head squatter and his prankishly, profanely violent antics initially go unremarked on by young TJ's catatonic father (Rainn Wilson)
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September 29, 2011 | Nicole Sperling
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been performing since before he mastered addition. He lives in Los Angeles' eclectic Silver Lake neighborhood and in his spare time, he wanders around town with a video camera in hand, making short films. But he wants to be clear, he's no hipster. "I think a hipster is someone who is trying to be hip with no substance behind it. And personally, I don't think that applies to me," said the actor, 30. Gordon-Levitt's performance as Adam in the upcoming terminal illness buddy comedy "50/50," opening in theaters Friday, confirms the guy has gravitas.
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April 22, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
After Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, “Don Jon,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, festivalgoers questioned whether the pornography-laden version of the movie would make it to theaters intact. The initial cut, starring Gordon-Levitt as a New Jersey lothario whose porn addiction begins to interfere with his romantic life, was filled with sexually explicit footage. While the actor's character didn't engage in particularly graphic sex, he was often seen watching online porn rife with fake breasts, bare behinds and exotic sexual positions.
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March 28, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt turned to YouTube to announce a new type of television variety show -- one that draws from a group of online collaborators. Levitt wants to take this same style of creative collaboration he has cultivated online and, through his production company HitRecord, bring it to television in the form of a half-hour show, which the actor will host. "HitRecord on TV" will showcase short films, live performances, animation and more -- all organized around a central theme.
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