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Culture, The Exhibitionist We Have a Few Questions for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Director of <i>Don Jon</i>

We Have a Few Questions for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Director of Don Jon

He's into porn! She's into rom-coms! Together, they're like chocolate and peanut butter -- unless they're like oil and water! Find out in Don Jon, a new movie written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also stars, with Scarlett Johansson,…
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Film, "Don Jon": A Film About a Jersey Meathead Watching Porn is Not Uncharming

"Don Jon": A Film About a Jersey Meathead Watching Porn is Not Uncharming

In Joseph Gordon-Levitt's debut as a writer-director, he plays, to the hilt, a working-class Italian-American New Jerseyan, dutiful frequenter of church, the gym, douchey nightclubs, his parents' dining room (where Pa Tony Danza wears an apparently influential wifebeater), and countless…
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Film, "Looper": Time-Travel Is Thrilling Again

"Looper": Time-Travel Is Thrilling Again

Early on in Rian Johnson's time-travel thriller Looper, Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) sits at a diner and chats with his self from 30 years in the future (Bruce Willis). When the younger Joe asks the older one about the specifics of…
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Film, "Premium Rush": Sharp Action, Silly Concept

"Premium Rush": Sharp Action, Silly Concept

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a new kind of action hero: one that most of America's movie-going population could knock out with one punch. Happily, exuberant bike-messenger-chase-film extravaganza Premium Rush makes the actor's lightweight, streamlined frame an attribute rather than liability, emphasizing…
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News, The Snitch Local Author Accuses Sony of Stealing His Book to Make Movie

Local Author Accuses Sony of Stealing His Book to Make Movie

It appears that Sony has gotten so comfortable making movies from stories derived from comic books that it now has allegedly moved onto bigger things: Adapting novels. And while Sony had the rights to put Spider-Man on the big screen,…
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Film, <i>(500) Days of Summer</i>: a love story in a blender

(500) Days of Summer: a love story in a blender

On the surface, (500) Days of Summer really is no different than, oh, let's say, The Proposal, in which Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock spun box-office gold from romantic comedy's refrigerator fuzz. Former music-video maker Marc Webb's feature debut is…
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Film, Despite its stylish trappings, <i>The Brothers Bloom</i> is no joke

Despite its stylish trappings, The Brothers Bloom is no joke

Writer-director Rian Johnson fashions a universe in which time is a fluid thing — where everything takes place in a familiar today and an otherworldly yesterday, where the audience is at once agreeably comfortable and inexplicably unsettled. When his characters…
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Film, Oh, the Humanity of a Heist

Oh, the Humanity of a Heist

At various times over the last decade, David Fincher, Sam Mendes, and Michael Mann were attached to direct Scott Frank's screenplay for The Lookout, about a brain-damaged high school hockey stud who's smooth-talked by distant acquaintances into robbing a small-town…
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Film, Nouveau Noir

Nouveau Noir

Calling Rian Johnson's teen indie drama Brick a piece of stuntwork might seem tantamount to hitting it with a pie, but it's a high-speed wheelie of a strangely daring variety. Try on this thumbnail definition for size: a high school…
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