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Best Of 2013: The Breakout Directors Of The Year

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 27, 2013 5:20 PM
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Best of 2013: The Breakout Directors Of The Year
Every year, film buffs get themselves in a lather over the latest from their favorite experienced directors. The calendar is marked for the next Spielberg, I’ll be there opening day for Scorsese’s latest, I am all about Spike Lee, etc. But the real pleasure in being a film fan is stumbling upon the undiscovered, lifting a rock and uncovering a new talent, a new voice, with a brand new vocabulary for us to learn. The Scorsese films will be there for us to discover and rediscover whenever we want. In 2013, however, there was only one Shaka King picture, there was only one Lake Bell joint.

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: 2 New Clips From Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon' Plus Win Tickets For San Francisco Advance Screening

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2013 12:37 PM
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Don Jon
There are men with swagger, confidence and plenty of game, and then there's "Don Jon." The name of the lead character created by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in his directorial debut he presents and portrays the ultimate guido player, who has no problem landing chicks, but soon meets his match, arriving in the comely shape of Scarlett Johansson.

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."

10 Films To See In September

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • September 3, 2013 4:02 PM
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10 Films To See In September
We’ve entered September, the point where the films aren’t bombastic enough for summer (but not outright crap reserved for August), and don’t have the longevity or clout to be remembered come Oscar time. Ten movies made the cut, along with a swath of honorable mentions, so September might be a good time to take a break from school or work and go hit the multiplex!

Win Free Tickets To Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon' In L.A., New York & Boston This Week!

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 26, 2013 12:18 PM
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Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson
This one's got love, sex and porn. What more could you want? Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a triple threat. Writer, director, actor, you could even go quintuple or more if you counted his growing entrepreneurial multi-media empire hitRecord and his seemingly innate ability to sing and dance. Having made many shorts for his aforementioned company, Gordon-Levitt directed his first feature-length effort earlier this year and it premiered to rave reviews at Sundance. Titled "Don Jon," the movie co-stars Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza and Brie Larson and centers on a New Jersey lothario (JGL) who develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and then has to work at finding happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.

Watch: New Trailer For Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon' Plus Win Tickets For Early Screening In Chicago

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2013 4:48 PM
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Love, sex, relationships...porn? Yep, that XXX material once relegated to magazines stuffed under mattresses and shoved into rarely used dresser drawers is now nearly mainstream. Everyone looks at it, but what if looking at that material was part of your daily life to the point where it affected how you relate to the opposite sex? That's the jumping off point for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's feature directorial debut "Don Jon," and a new trailer has arrived to give you a sample of what he's put together.

Watch: Tony Danza Appreciates Scarlett Johansson In Clip From 'Don Jon'

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • June 19, 2013 11:43 AM
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Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tony Danza
Awards season is right around the corner, and one of the possible contenders is actor (and now director) Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s latest film, “Don Jon.” The actor’s directorial debut sees him playing a man struggling to have a stable relationship while fighting an increasing addiction to pornography. When the film played at Sundance, our own Rodrigo Perez gave the film an in-between rating of B and B+, calling it a “beguiling romantic comedy” and praising the “characters who love to challenge their stereotypes.”

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.

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