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.
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.
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.
May 20, 2013 |
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.
March 28, 2013 |
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.
July 24, 2012 |
The Toronto International Film Festival has chosen "Looper," director Rian Johnson's "thinking-man actioner" starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, to open its 10-day event starting Sept. 6. The film stars Gordon-Levitt as a time-traveling hired gun who's been assigned the task of killing his future self (Willis). It's the second year in a row that the organization has opted for a non-Canadian movie as the first film of the prestigious event, and it's the second time Johnson has had a film screen at Toronto.
April 22, 2013 |
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.
September 23, 2012 |
"Saturday Night Live" writers gave the presidential candidates a break last night, instead addressing politics in more peripheral--and female-oriented--ways. New cast member Kate McKinnon enjoyed a standout moment in "Weekend Update" for her impression of Ann Romney. Did it bear any actual resemblance to Mitt Romney's wife? Probably not, but McKinnon's Romney was amusing for her blend of sassiness with a touch of wild-eyed insanity: Would you think of Mrs. Romney as a Beyoncé megafan?
January 11, 2014 |
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.