September 21, 2011
The Early Show (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Jonah Hill; Taylor Lautner; Mariska Hargitay; beauty products; Dean Cain; Jane Lynch. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Sofia Vergara; Mick Jagger; Kody Brown; Daphne Oz. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Salma Hayek. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Regis and Kelly Jonah Hill; Jane Lynch; Kelly Monaco. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Sofia Vergara; Joe McGinniss; Carla Hall; Tony Bennett. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Talk Chaz Bono, Lacey Schwimmer; Mario López; Soleil Moon Frye; Molly Shannon, Kris Jenner.
January 21, 2013 |
From Park City, Utah In the biggest Sundance Film Festival deal so far, Relativity Media is buying Joseph Gordon-Levitt's sexual obsession story, “Don Jon's Addiction,” for about $4 million with plans to release the film wide later this year, according to two people close to the film. The actor's directorial debut, which Gordon-Levitt also wrote, looks at a young man named Don Jon (Gordon-Levitt) who is obsessed with his own body and random sexual encounters and who can't shake his dependence on pornography.
January 15, 2012 |
In "Looper," Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a hitman in the near future whose targets have been sent back in time; one day, the man who turns up turns out to be an older version of the assassin. To bring the premise to life, Gordon-Levitt had to look (and act) like Bruce Willis, who plays the older incarnation of his character, and that meant spending three hours a day in the makeup chair. "That was really scary because you commit to that and there's no real way out of it," said "Looper" writer-director Rian Johnson of using practical prosthetics to make one actor look more like the other.
October 2, 2012 |
Yes, yes. We know what you're thinking. You looked at that headline and thought, "This man is daft. The academy doesn't honor that kind of movie. " Put aside for a moment what type of movie Oscar voters generally recognize and simply consider this question: What if best picture means just that? Best picture. And not best picture within a narrowly confined set of criteria that generally include characters with impediments or accents, preferably working in a historical epic that tackles an Important Issue or two and imparts Life Lessons just as the musical score reaches the sweet spot of its crescendo.
August 24, 2012 |
For anyone wondering what you get when you cross bike-messenger derring-do, a dirty-cop bad guy and a ticking-clock plot line, the new Joseph Gordon-Levitt movie "Premium Rush" provides an answer: You get a pretty good time. Movie critics mostly agree that the film, which is directed and co-written by David Koepp and also stars Michael Shannon and Dania Ramirez, is an enjoyable end-of-summer action romp. The Times' own Betsy Sharkey likens "Premium Rush" to the 1994 action thriller "Speed," but with a bicycle and an envelope subbing for the bomb-rigged bus: "Which actually doesn't sound like it would work at all as a tightly wound slice of street action, but it does, and in radically fresh ways.
October 6, 2011 |
In the new film "50/50," there is a scene where cancer patient Adam, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is on a gurney being wheeled into the operating room with his parents by his side. As the nurses take the 27-year-old away, he calls out for his mom like he's a little boy. It's an affecting moment, but for Matthew Zachary, it was particularly personal. "That's exactly what happened to me," said the 37-year-old father of twins from New York City who was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 21. "Literally I'm with my parents and they are wheeling me off to the operating room and I lost it. It was a horrible, horrible experience.
January 22, 2012 |
"50/50" Summit, $26.99; Blu-ray, $30.49 The title of the dramedy refers to the odds of survival faced by young public-radio producer Adam Learner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) after he's diagnosed with cancer. Adam tries to lean on a therapist (Anna Kendrick) and his best friend (Seth Rogen) for support, but because they're all from a generation trained to respond to situations with aloofness, timidity and/or snark, they're unprepared for potential tragedy. Will Reiser's script — based on his own experiences — is a little too shaggy, and director Jonathan Levine doesn't help matters by letting his cast improvise so freely.
September 30, 2012 |
"Hotel Transylvania" sank its teeth into the competition this weekend, as the animated film easily ruled the box office. The 3-D monster flick, which features classic characters such as Dracula and the Mummy, had the biggest September opening ever with its robust debut of $43 million, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures. It was a strong weekend at the multiplex for Sony, as the sci-fi thriller "Looper"from the studio's TriStar label claimed the runner-up position with a solid $21.2 million in ticket sales. The only new wide release to be greeted with poor response this weekend was "Won't Back Down," the education drama starring Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal that tanked with $2.7 million.