Rian Johnson

In Looper, a group travels back in time to kill people. It’s their job, and the pay is probably outstanding. Here are the speakers and min-scooters on which they jam to the latest tunes and ride to important business meetings. The fine folks over at / have gotten their hands on some concept props for the movie, designed by the industrial design majors of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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Looper has already got Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in starring roles plus whoever else director Rian Johnson can entice into smaller parts for his science fiction attack on linear time structures. One of those smaller roles is going to be played by none other than Paul Dano. According to The Playlist, Dano will play another hitman who uses time travel to kill people. This raises the big question of whether Hitler is going down or not. Maybe they’ll just go back in time and tell him that his artwork is the tops. Would that be enough to prevent the mass killings? Probably. It wouldn’t stop the mustache though. At any rate, Looper starts filming soon, and Johnson will most likely loop even more strong talents into the mix.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we have a surprise visit from FSR publisher and beard enthusiast Neil Miller who reminds everyone why he’s really a big softie beneath that rugged exterior. Instead of the usual news and reviews, the show is one large Segment Three where we give thanks for the cinematic wonders of 2010 (and the fact that the year is almost over). If you’re heartbroken that we didn’t review Burlesque, please pick up your consolation prize on your way out. Listen Here: Download This Episode

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On Friday, Warners sent out a twitter missive into the world thanking fans for sending them support for Veronica Mars – the erstwhile show about the plucky teenage detective solving cases while she solved her own. In return, the studio set up an email address where fans can write in (ostensibly to give numeric proof that the demand for a movie is there). Warners shouldn’t wait for that numeric proof. They’ve gone that route before by looking at ratings for a show that was on a network no one’s heard of and by looking at DVD sales. The numbers aren’t there, but the character is, and when good writing is staring you in the face, that writing should be reason enough to make things happen. Since that’s the least convincing business argument, here are three better reasons for why Warners needs to make a move on Veronica Mars.

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Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

There’s a title I never thought I’d write. But it’s true. In from Cannes is the news that Bruce Willis is joining the cast of Rian Johnson’s science fiction time travel story Looper.

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By now, you should all know that Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Brick, 500 Days of Summer, The Lookout) is awesome. So it’s double awesome news that he’s in negotiations to star in TWO action thrillers!

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Charles Carter is investigated in the death of President Warren Harding, duels with his nemesis Mysterioso, falls in love, out of love, in love again, and manages to escape life’s harshest dangers even when they have him bound in a straight jacket and thrown into the river.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we laugh and cry about the state of independent filmmaking while eating leftover Halloween candy.

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Film School Rejects chats with ‘The Brothers Bloom’ director about his love for con man stories, his unique stylistic vision and working with a cast full of famous people, on a big scale, in Eastern Europe.

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A beautiful new trailer for Rian Johnson’s new film plus a pretty cool new one sheet. Watch it before going out to buy your own bowler hat.

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As I’ve explained in the past, I am more than excited about director Rian Johnson’s sophomore effort The Brothers Bloom. And oddly enough, the fact that Summit Entertainment is moving the film from early January to a May release is a cause for optimism rather than disappointment.

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Brick director Rian Johnson

If there is one up and coming director that we are watching closely, it is Rian Johnson. And if there is one sci-fi flick we are now looking forward to, it is Looper.

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Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz and Mark Ruffalo in The Brothers Bloom

If it has not yet become clear that I am excited about The Brothers Bloom, the sophomore effort from Brick director Rian Johnson, allow me to spell it out for you: I am very excited about The Brothers Bloom.

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Director Rian Johnson

Brick director to try sci-fi with his third film, Looper. I need to change now.

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Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz in The Brothers Bloom

I have no idea how I missed it, but over the weekend Summit Entertainment released the first trailer for director Rian Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom.

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Grade: A+

Release Date: August 8, 2006 I have been on the Brick bandwagon for months now; and ever since seeing it at the Columbus alive Deep Focus Film Festival in May I have been absolutely engrossed in the astounding brilliance of this film. It is so hard these days to find films that are so original, so daring and so faithful to a genre. Rian Johnson’s modern day high school crime drama dashed in a world that noir built sets the stage for a story that keeps us guessing as much as it pins our asses to our seats. As with classic noir, the film sets its main character, played by Joseph Gordon Levitt, in a cynical world, trapped in the midst of turmoil and mystery. Levitt’s Brendon is a loner, a self inflicted reject of the mass populous of his high school, but he loves Emily (Emilie De Raven). And when Emily turns up dead, Brendon buries himself in the underground world of drugs and corruption that claimed the life of his sweetheart.

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