The Wind Rises

Briefly: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is having a big news day. He’s attached to adapt Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and he’s now officially been revealed as the lead voice in Disney’s English-language release of Hayao Miyazaki‘s final film, The Wind Rises.

Gordon-Levitt will voice Jiro Horikoshi, a talented engineer who spends his life building planes, only to realize he can’t fix everything. The actor will be joined by an impressive list of names including his Looper co-star Emily Blunt, her husband John Krasinski, as well as Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, William H. Macy, Werner Herzog (!), Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey, Darren Criss, Elijah Wood and Ronan Farrow.

The English dubbed version will be released February 21. [USA Today]

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Briefly: Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been confirmed as a producer and possible director and star for the Warner Bros. film adaptation of The Sandman. (He emphasized his current producer-only role on Twitter.) The comic series created by Neil Gaiman has been the subject of several possible film and TV adaptations in the past, but will now be part of WB’s new push to adapt DC properties.

This development was first reported by Badass Digest when David Goyer pitched a take on Sandman to Warner Bros.; we’ll have to wait to see if he signs on in a capacity other than producer, but it’s looking like we’ll at least see JGL in a role in the film. [Deadline]

Update: Gordon-Levitt tweeted about the deal, suggesting that we’ll see an adaptation of the first story arc in the Sandman series, collected as ‘Preludes and Nocturnes.’ In that arc the title character, Dream, is freed from captivity and has to rebuild his power base. The story features a chapter called ’24 Hours,’ in which a madman uses Dream’s power to influence people trapped in a diner, and which is one of the more horrifying issues in the series.

HitRECord on TV

Having taken over the big screen to the point where it seems like no big-budget pic gets made anymore without his name entering the mix, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is now turning his attention back to the small screen.

His production company HitRECord has just released a new trailer for their series, the rather simply-titled HitRECord on TV. The half-hour variety is set to debut later this winter. Check it out after the jump.

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There’s a new issue of Neil Gaiman‘s The Sandman on stands now. It launches a short ongoing story called The Sandman: Overture, acting as an explanation of events that preceded the first issue of the seminal comic series. It’s the first new Sandman story since 2003, and the first series of multiple issues since the series originally ended in 1996. (And, in keeping with some periods of the original publication, Overture is already experiencing delays.)

All of which is a long way of saying that a lot of people are thinking and talking about Sandman again, and that seems to have re-ignited the interest in making a movie at Warner Bros. The latest word is that David Goyer has pitched a take that WB likes, and that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the ideal candidate to play the lynchpin character Morpheus. Read More »

Kevin Feige

While promoting Thor 2 in London, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige took a few minutes to chat about some other Marvel movies coming down the pipeline — namely, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man.

Although Vin Diesel‘s recent antics had fans assuming he was a lock for Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, Feige clarifies exactly where the actor stands right now. Additionally, he comments on the Ant-Man speculation surrounding Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd — just as another new rumor suggests that Rashida Jones could play Ant-Man’s lady love. Hit the jump for Feige’s comments plus the latest buzz on the Wasp.

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The Internet has been all a-flutter over last night’s news that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd were the top picks to lead Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man, but now it seems we can cross one of those names off. In an interview today, Gordon-Levitt dismissed the talk as mere “rumors.”

Meanwhile, Wright maybe, possibly, indirectly referenced the report in a cryptic new tweet that reveals nothing at all. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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What sort of movie is Edgar Wright planning to make with Ant-Man, and who’ll he get to play the lead?

Coming from Wright, whose films all feature a mix of action and comedy, and given his fun and energetic demo reel for the character, it’s no surprise to see that there’s likely a real comic slant to the film. Or that’s the impression given by the current two-name shortlist for the lead role. The two names reportedly in real contention to play Ant-Man are Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who, realistically, seems to be in contention for many roles of this type) and Paul Rudd. Read More »

Note: This review was originally published on January 20th 2013 during the Sundance Film Festival. We are reprinting it for the film’s theatrical release.

Movie fans have long known that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a great actor. With Don Jon, the world will now see that he’s a talented writer and director too.

The film, his feature debut, focuses on a New Jersey-based ladies man who is hopelessly addicted to online pornography. A heavy and potentially uncomfortable topic for sure, but Gordon-Levitt handles it with an honesty and energy that makes it fun as well as easily digestible. The supporting cast, including Scarlett Johansson as a New Jersey princess-type, Tony Danza, Julianne Moore and Glenne Headly, only helps a film about objectification and media consumption feel so effortless and entertaining.

Don Jon is a high end Hollywood comedy masquerading as a Sundance film. Read the rest of my review, and watch a video blog featuring Peter Sciretta and Russ Fischer, below. Read More »

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