Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Daniel Day-Lewis. Tommy Lee Jones. Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Sally Field. Tim Blake Nelson. Hal Holbrook. James Spader. John Hawkes. Steven Spielberg has officially pointed his bat at the far bleachers when it comes to casting his upcoming film Lincoln. It’s telling when the Oscar talk can begin fairly nonchalantly during the casting phase. We already knew that Sally Field was set to play Mary Todd Lincoln and Daniel Day-Lewis would don the top hat and beard to play the iconic 16th President. Now, according to LA Times Blog, Jones has joined the cast as abolitionist congressman Thaddeus Stevens and Gordon-Levitt is on board as Lincoln’s son. While The Conspirator focused on the aftermath of Lincoln’s assassination, Spielberg’s take will look at slavery from the view point of Lincoln and his political advisers. It now has one hell of a cast and no vampire hunting in sight.

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It’s been about forever since Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard were first rumored to be castmembers in Christopher Nolan’s latest Batman film, but Warner Bros has finally confirmed the involvement of both Inception actors, as well as released details about whom they will be playing. While the news of the casting being official may be cause for celebration among many Batman fans, I would imagine that there will be disappointment about their respective roles.

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Single tear at the dinner table. Flaming front flip into the pool. Donuts in the parking lot. Walking away from an explosion without looking back. A lot of people have already had the chance to see Hesher, but I haven’t, and just from the trailer, it looks like a version of Garden State that grew a pair, set fire to The Shins’ “Chutes too Narrow,” and learned to blast Metallica while stripping down to its tightie-whities. More words would only sully it. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?

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The Dark Knight was the first sequel Christopher Nolan ever directed. The Dark Knight Rises will be his first threequel, and there’s something special about his bullet-proof nature. Variety has confirmed the long-believed rumor that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would play Alberto Falcone – the Fredo of the Gotham mob family. He’s a villain to be sure, and one of the best because he’s twisted and weak, an outcast from his own kin in many ways. So it’s another villain added to the pile. Catwoman, Talia Al’Ghul, Bane, and the League of Shadows form the bad guy sundae, and Falcone is the shriveled up cherry on top. Even so, there have been no editorials calling Nolan and company out for their newfound lust for high profile baddies. If Batman was wearing red and blue spandex with a spider logo on the front, this news would cause outrage. It would hit too close to home. So why does Nolan get a pass just four years after Spider-Man 3 vomited out bad guys all over the screen? There are at least three big reasons.

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Hopefully the headline is enough of a spoiler warning (and enough for you to go get your grain of salt), but some new rumors for The Dark Knight Rises have…you know…risen, and they aren’t the kind that see Eddie Murphy playing Crazy Quilt. Sorry about that. Try to forget the image that just popped into your head. Instead of broadcasting this on the home page, go ahead and skip ahead of the jump if you want to know some possible details about what characters will be doing what (could it be more vague?). If not, stay golden, Pony Boy, and avoid this post like the spoilery plague.

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Paris based newspaper Le Figaro is reporting that actress Marion Cotillard has signed on to be in director Christopher Nolan’s third and final film in his Batman franchise, The Dark Knight Rises. The report would seem to be credible as Cotillard has been rumored to be signing to the film for quite some time, a rash of other signings has happened over the past couple weeks, and Cotillard already has a relationship with Nolan having worked with him just last year in Inception.

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That’s right, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is reportedly a near lock to join the cast of the new Christopher Nolan film The Dark Knight Rises. Take a moment, run around the room, and then come back to me. There, good. Now that the news is out there, lets try to be realistic about our response to it. As an Internet we can often go a little overboard with things like this. I can imagine the speculation that is going to run rampant now: He is perfect for The Riddler! Maybe he’s going to play The Holiday Killer, and the script is going to be based off of “The Long Halloween”. Wouldn’t a Nolan version of the Robin character be around his age, you know, for realism? While it makes a lot of sense for Gordon-Levitt to sign on to this project, he gained a cult following for the neo-noir Brick, he has worked with Nolan before; I don’t think it makes a ton of sense for him to be playing some recognizable character in Batman lore with a lengthy history and a huge fan following. It has already been announced that both Bane and Selina Kyle are going to be parts of this film. That’s a lot to focus on already. It makes more sense to me that Gordon-Levitt will end up cast as something like Dive Bar Owner or Police Officer Guy instead of The Ventriloquist or Black Mask. If he were playing a big character, then the news of the […]

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I know what you’re thinking: “That’s not what the regulation Sex Scouts uniform looks like! Couldn’t this production have done any research?!” And you’d be right, but you’d be missing the point. In Elektra Luxx, Carla Gugino reprises her role as the titular porn star who has given up the business for baby. And, yes, it’s hers. The funny, sexy, strange, soap-y comedy was written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez as the meat of a Women in Trouble and Women in Ecstasy trilogy. It’s got the same heart, ovaries and potty mouth as the first, and it now has more Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a sex blogger. Check out the surprisingly not-red-band trailer for yourself:

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Women can be smart, strong and sexy all at the same time. It’s true. They can also add to that pile a bit of insecurity, sensitivity and compassion. And about two dozen other emotions and states of mind that men don’t even have words for yet. It is that dynamic nature of women that Carla Gugino and the rest of the cast of Women In Trouble and its sequel, Elektra Luxx, attempt to capture alongside a healthy bit of soap operatics and sexual comedy. Gugino plays a porn star who finds out that she’s pregnant and stands as the center piece of several other stories that intertwine directly and thematically. Both movies are great, and now Elektra Luxx is seeing the light of day and so are these images:

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Junkfood Cinema

Welcome back to Junkfood Cinema: where the tricks and the treats are indistinguishable. This is the internet’s spookiest of bad movie columns dedicated to digging up the corpses of long-dead schlock. I’m tempted to do a Vincent Price laugh, but that doesn’t come through in text too well. Every week I slash a bad movie down to size and then, through a seance of praise, invite its spirit into my own heart. The result is truly terrifying. I will then pair the film with a supernaturally tasty junkfood item to haunt your waistline as the movie haunts your brain! So, as it turns out, horror sequels win the month of October here at JFC. And being that we are just two days removed from my favorite holiday, I thought it best to wrap up the year’s creepiest month with another film in the Halloween franchise. Today’s film is Halloween H20.

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There are few things more irritating in this country than being a zombie and having to deal with status as a second class citizen. Fortunately, it’s almost Fall – the time when a young zombie’s fancy turns toward romance. I’ve only read the first few chapters of S.G. Browne’s “Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament,” but from the outset it seems like a calmer version of the minimalist writing of Chuck Palahniuk – only the main character has been “re-animated.” It’s even got the Anonymous meeting connection. The adaptation of the novel got another kick toward reality now that Geoff LaTulippe’s script is finished and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson are attached (albeit in a casual fashion). LaTulippe’s work can be seen in theater with Going the Distance which displays how clearly he understands the romantic comedy genre. It’s unclear whether he gets zombies, but those two names are big enough to make this something to look out. Maybe it’ll be like 500 Brains of Summer. [Pajiba]

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I’m actually quite surprised by the fact that we made it through the release of Inception without the expected deluge of rumors about where director Christopher Nolan will next steer the Batman franchise. The chatter was moderate, to say the least. But Comic-Con 2010 is another story. As the world of geekdom converges on San Diego for a weekend of comics and debauchery, we get our first big rumor about the inevitable sequel to The Dark Knight. Sadly, it’s one we’ve heard before.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr celebrates the summer tent pole season with Christopher Nolan’s Inception, eager to watch the movie again and fall asleep just to see what happens. He also takes his kids to see The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and shows some love for Disney’s family adventures, even if they are a bit silly.

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Like the trailer, you might want to steer clear of the 40 pictures in this gallery just in case you’re keeping your mind as free and clear as possible before feeling the darkness of the theater wash over you. On the other hand, you might want to continue building your excitement by digging through each and every one of them. Twice.

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Inception

For someone like me — someone whose job basks them in the light of advanced information about films prior to their release — the mystery is all too often stripped away long before I ever make it to a theater. It’s an occupational hazard. No matter how fresh I’d like to be when I first see Inception, the mind-bending thriller from Christopher Nolan, there’s just no hope for me. I will see it with knowledge informed by countless clips, trailers, interviews and press notes. And it won’t be the same.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, Eric D. Snider from Cinematical, Film.com, and ericdsnider.com joins us, we get caught with weed, and we try to fight off the uprising of the Promotional Movie Screening Regulars.

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Can you feel that in the air? It’s the true start of Batman rumor season. Sure, there have been rumors before, but with the film’s official announcement and a concrete release date, the rumors have taken on a brand new sense of possibility, and I imagine we’ll spend a full year digging into the highly anticipated flick. The news that Joseph Gordon-Levitt might be on the short list for the character of The Riddler is the first rumor that comes anywhere close to feeling like it could be true. He’s been lauded by fans as the only realistic replacement for Heath Ledger, he’s an up-and-coming actor, he appears in Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming Inception, and he’s one hell of an actor.

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There was a time — several months ago — when the web couldn’t get enough Batman 3 rumors. We (the blogosphere) were deeply entrenched in fan made posters, the possibility of Cher playing Catwoman, and about a thousand other possibilities. It was insane. But now things have changed. A new Batman 3 rumor is on the market and mum’s the word. Has the blogosphere grown tired of speculating about Christopher Nolan’s next? And all of this right as Inception gets ready to come to market. We say why not. Why not talk about Joseph Gordon Levitt as The Riddler?

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Sometimes all it takes is for a director of a film to step in and shield us from all the bad news that comes out these days.

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