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Review: Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Charming 'Don Jon' Starring Scarlett Johansson

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 26, 2013 7:00 PM
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Don Jon
Jon Martello is the quintessential modern-day lothario. He and his friends objectify women, rate them on a scale of one to ten and cruise clubs for chicks that they can bed and discard. Jon, in particular, is exceptionally good at wooing the ladies with his muscles, slick-backed hair and cocky charms. His life, as he tells us in voiceover, is all about his friends, the gym, his ride (a Camaro muscle car), his family, church (no, really), girls and pornography. Lots and lots of pornography. Jon is an inveterate and compulsive porn addict, so much so that it prevents him from having a substantial relationship with any female. Jon Martello, in case you missed it, is a total guido from New Jersey, complete with "Jersey Shore "accent.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julianne Moore & Tony Danza Talk Porn & The Sexy 'Don Jon' Plus New Clips & Pics

  • By Chase Whale
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  • September 25, 2013 3:06 PM
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Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson
Porn. Masturbation. Scarlett Johansson acting sexier than ever. A pot-smoking Julianne Moore. Tony Fucking Danza. Sex. Sex. Sex. Everything you’ve always wanted in the directorial debut of boy wonder Joseph Gordon-Levitt is here, and it’s called "Don Jon."

Watch: New TV Spot & Japanese Trailer For 'Carrie' Starring Chloe Moretz

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2013 5:40 PM
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Carrie
While Stephen King has made his feelings about Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" quite clear, he's yet to weigh in on a second version of "Carrie." He apparently is fine with Brain De Palma version, but is Kimberly Peirce simply treading over familiar ground or putting her stamp on it?

Everyone Loves A Happy Ending: Smokin' New Stills From Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon' Co-Starring Scarlett Johansson

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • September 10, 2013 1:39 PM
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Don Jon
Even though Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut "Don Jon" (formerly known as "Don Jon's Addiction") still has a few weeks or so before it hits theaters (with a release date of September 27th), we've started to see the trickling of promotional materials from a "pretty damn charming" trailer to a clip featuring Tony Danza checking out Scarlett Johansson. The "porn addiction comedy" about a New Jersey guy whose porn-watching habits affect his day-to-day life has already received some rave reviews at Sundance and SXSW—our own critic-on-the-ground at Sundance described it as "a beguiling romantic comedy with a heart, soul and pulse that will pleasure you for a full 90 minutes with hardly breaking a sweat."

Watch: Chloe Moretz Promises A "Psychologically Mindblowing" Film In 'Carrie' Featurette & Plus New Photos

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2013 12:34 PM
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Carrie
This fall the unthinkable will happen: an attempt to remake Brian De Palma's horror classic "Carrie" will hit screens nationwide. While the kneejerk reaction is to recoil in, well, horror, De Palma himself isn't too concerned. "I know [director] Kimberly [Peirce], she's an old friend of mine. Basically, she called me and we talked about the ideas of what she wanted to do and I had lunch with her," the filmmaker recently told us. "But she's an extremely competent, adept director and she's got a great cast — I'm really looking forward to seeing it." We have to admit, we're curious.

Production Begins On David Cronenberg's 'Maps To The Stars' & Full Plot Synopsis Becomes Clear

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • July 16, 2013 12:42 PM
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After spending a couple of years in the last decade making well-received, more traditionally made dramas, David Cronenberg delved back into the weird last year with “Cosmopolis.” Now, production has begun next film, “Maps to the Stars,” which sounds like it could be a combination of both styles. The film stars John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, and Sarah Gadon. Until now, not much has been known about the film except that it would take on Hollywood and celebrity culture while also doubling as some kind of ghost story, but now a much clearer picture is emerging.

Watch: Jeff Bridges Goes Witch Hunting In First Trailer For Much Delayed 'Seventh Son'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2013 1:56 PM
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Man, Jeff Bridges sure has been slumming it lately. Okay, he suited up wonderfully for "True Grit," but the past few years have mostly seen him sleepwalk through "Tron: Legacy," next weekend's sure to be terrible "R.I.P.D." and next this sure to be turd-tacular "Seventh Son." (Those paychecks must be nice though). Originally slated to be released in February and then this fall, Warner Bros. recently pushed the movie yet again, this time to next January. The last time they did something similar was for one of this year's worst movies, "Gangster Squad." Do the math.

Julianne Moore Is Getting Presidential For ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2013 11:25 AM
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It's rather remarkable that "The Hunger Games" franchise has managed to snare the kind of top tier talent it's YA competition has failed to match. With Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones and more getting in the mix for the first round, and with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright and more being rounded up for 'Catching Fire,' it's unusual to see this level of talent commitment. And it seems that will continue right through to the finale.

Watch: The First Trailer For Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Directorial Debut 'Don Jon'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 22, 2013 3:29 PM
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After becoming a hit at Sundance and South by Southwest (our review called it "impressive and charming", Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, the porn addiction comedy "Don Jon," finally has a trailer. And judging by the brief glimpse at the movie, it's easy to see why audiences went loony for this – it looks pretty damn charming, with Levitt leading a amazing cast (including Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, and Brie Larson) and an original, totally identifiable take on the modern romantic comedy.

Review: 'What Maisie Knew' Is Deeply Affecting, Hard To Watch

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 2, 2013 5:02 PM
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What Maisie Knew
It’s often an easy way to handicap your film, by centering it on a child character and demanding a great deal from the young actor. By definition, children are not fully-formed people, but a character in a film must be either fully-formed to yield proper dramatic results, or so uniquely authentic that it’s like catching chaos in a bottle, an approach that can create a serious cognitive dissonance when youth collides with seasoned actors. Remarkably, such chaos is present in young Onata Aprile, the title character of “What Maisie Knew,” an affecting new contemporary drama that never once feels phony when the camera is fixed on her face.

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