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Rian Johnson in Talks to Write and Direct Next Two 'Star Wars' Flicks

Congrats to Rian Johnson of "Looper" fame, who is "in talks," report Deadline and Variety, to take on a massive new job: writing and directing the next two follow-ups to J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII," which is currently in production in London.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2014 3:01 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season Premiere, Nussbaum TV Game, Johnson Directs 'Breaking Bad'

The season premiere of "Boardwalk Empire" was as lush and well-acted -- and as weirdly uncompelling -- as ever. Perhaps we've watched too many period gangster dramas, at this point, to be easily enthralled by a show that takes a staunchly traditionalist approach to the genre.
  • By David Chute
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  • September 10, 2013 4:32 PM
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10 Filmmakers' Top 10 Films Lists: Scorsese, Kubrick, Allen, Tarantino, Nolan and More

Flavorwire has compiled 10 filmmakers' Top 10 Films lists. Included are Martin Scorsese (who lists Powell and Pressburger's "The Red Shoes" and Renoir's "The River," among others ), Stanley Kubrick (who singles out Chaplin's "City Lights" and Antonioni's "La notte"), and Woody Allen (a fan of Bergman's "Seventh Seal" and Kurosawa's "Rashomon").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2013 1:16 PM
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Read: Rian Johnson's Original Sketch for 'Looper' from 2002

Check out this excerpt from Rian Johnson's original 4-page prose sketch for "Looper." It was written in 2002 when Johnson was trying to get "Brick" made -- "out of frustration," he started writing short ideas that could be filmed on a shoestring budget.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 17, 2012 1:46 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Talking 'Looper' VFX

Rian Johnson, like many directors, hated CG without really understanding it. But no more, thanks to "Looper's" VFX supervisor, Karen Goulekas ("Green Lantern," "The Day After Tomorrow," "Spider-Man"). In fact, she made it her mission to turn Johnson into a convert. But then Goulekas had no choice: she needed A-list VFXers to create convincing work for the futuristic thriller about time traveling hit man Joseph Gordon-Levitt confronting his older self (Bruce Willis) in an existential showdown.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 28, 2012 11:54 AM
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Emily Blunt Talks Keeping It Real in 'Looper,' 'Your Sister's Sister' and 'All You Need is Kill' (VIDEO)

The performer who anchors "Looper" and turns it into something deeper than a hardboiled sci-fi actioner is Emily Blunt. (Here's my review.) I grabbed the in-demand actress between rehearsals on Doug Liman's "All You Need is Kill" for a brief telephone interview.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2012 6:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Nails Young Bruce Willis in Rian Johnson's Kinetic 'Looper'

Joseph Gordon-Levitt isn't the most obvious candidate to play a young Bruce Willis -- opposite Bruce Willis, no less -- but after seeing this pulse-quickening, excitingly stylish new UK trailer for Rian Johnson's "Looper," we're buying into the unlikely faceoff hook, line and sinker...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 27, 2012 4:20 PM
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