The Night Before

It was a balmy September afternoon when I left my house to visit the Queens, New York set of Jonathan Levine‘s The Night Before, on the second to last day of a 35-day shoot. But when I got there, I was greeted with a scene that looked like Christmas on steroids, replete with colorful lights, harried shoppers, and of course, ugly sweaters.

Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie were prancing around a fake Manhattan toy store (don’t call it FAO Schwarz), performing Kanye West’s “Runaway” on an enormous Big-style keyboard. If you’ve seen the trailer for the film, you’re likely familiar with the scene, which has already “instant classic” written all over it.

In between takes, Levine, his cast, and more clued us in on their R-rated entry into the Christmas movie canon. Get the full report from our The Night Before set visit after the jump.  Read More »

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The Night Before red-band trailer

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg didn’t quite get a chance to destroy Christmas last year thanks to the messy release of their film The Interview. Not that they’re still thinking about it or anything; it’s just one of the first cards that comes up in The Night Before red-band trailer.

This new Christmas comedy comes from director Jonathan Levine (50/50, The Wackness) and features Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as three friends who are spending their last Christmas together before life takes them all on their own separate paths. Their party night turns crazy thanks to the intersection of drugs and (we’re just guessing based on this trailer) their own anxieties about impending life changes. It’s a very funny trailer, with a church scene featuring Rogen and Jillian Bell scoring the biggest comic hit. Watch below.  Read More »

who should play han solo

With news surfacing that The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller will be at the helm of a new Star Wars Anthology film focusing on a young Han Solo, everyone is wondering just who will play the charismatic smuggler.

Harrison Ford made the role iconic in the original Star Wars trilogy, and he’ll be reprising the role in The Force Awakens. But Ford can’t play a young version of the character without extensive visual effects, so some younger actor is going to have to get in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. The question is who can pull it off?

We’ve rounded up some possibilities, some likely, some not, and some more preferable than others. Check out our list of 20 Actors Who Should Play Han Solo after the jump! Read More »

Sandman

There have been several attempts to adapt Neil Gaiman‘s The Sandman over the years, sometimes as a TV series and sometimes as a film. In some ways, the former seems the easier way to go. The original Sandman series consisted of 75 issues, and even the more standalone arcs worked better as part of a cohesive whole.

But current producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt is making Sandman as a movie, and now he explains why. Naturally, that means a few things are going to get lost in the translation. Gordon-Levitt admits he might piss off the “literalists,” but pledges to stay true to the “overall sentiment” of the books. Read the Joseph Gordon-Levitt Sandman comments after the jump.  Read More »

Sandman movie update

Anyone who has ever read Sandman, the comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and drawn by a variety of artists from ’89 to ’96 knows that a movie adaptation is tricky business. Gaiman wove together myth and legend, horror and family drama, and a a superb cast of characters to tell stories that were powerful on an individual level, and pleasantly overwhelming when read in toto.

How does anyone make a movie out of that story of the Endless, six (ok, seven) personifications of aspects of living experience, without selling them short, or gutting the core of the story like a root-canal-crazy dentist? Good questions! Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is producing and potentially appearing in the film, is one of the people trying to figure out the answers. He was recently pressed for a Sandman movie update, and at least one comment is good: Morpheus, the title character and personification of Dream, isn’t going to punch anyone. Read More »

The Walk trailer

Robert Zemeckis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are telling their own version of the event that made front-page news in the 1970s, when Philippe Petit and a team of conspirators strung a wire between the World Trade Center towers in New York City so that Petit could perform a high-wire walk hundreds of feet above ground. The story has all the tension and planning of a heist, and the daredevil spectacle of the most insane physical feats, but the real idea underlying Petit’s act was artistic.

Sure, there’s a documentary about the event — Man on Wire, which is a great film, as a matter of fact — but The Walk aims to use effects wizardry and IMAX scale to put audiences right up on the wire with Petit. The first full trailer is now available; check out this new The Walk trailer below. Read More »

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The team from 50/50 is back and X marks the spot. Director Jonathan Levine‘s previous untitled Christmas movie starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie is now officially called X-Mas, which is a title Rogen was toying with while on set a few months back.

Not much is known in the way of specifics about the film, but the title was revealed in an image at CinemaCon that featured the three stars in super ugly Christmas sweaters (or, in Rogen’s case, a Hanukkah sweater) posing for a Christmas card like they’re rappers. Read more about Seth Rogen X-Mas below. Read More »

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If you’re a Fraggle Rock fan, it hasn’t been easy to dance your cares away for the past few years. A movie has been bouncing around Hollywood for the better part of a decade. It’s swapped writers and companies, with a film version of the show seeming less and less likely. Those worries are now for another day, however. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is attached to produce and star in a Fraggle Rock movie. Read his quote and more below. Read More »

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As Citizenfour was picking up its Best Documentary Feature award at the Oscars, production was getting underway on Snowden, Oliver Stone‘s fictionalized take on the NSA whistleblower’s tale. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Edward Snowden, and today he’s shared a glimpse of himself in character. Get your Snowden first look after the jump.

Update: Open Road has served up one more pic from Snowden, which you can also see after the jump.

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