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September 30, 2011 | BY GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
NOBODY need tell you that the cancer dramedy "50/50" was written by somebody who's had the disease. The movie is crammed with been-there details, foremost being a scene in a doctor's office when twenty-something Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) learns, from a robotic physician, that his nagging back pain is caused by a malignant spinal tumor. Not everybody gets Dr. Kildare. Some get Dr. Lecter. There is something despairingly true and funny about the way the stunned, disoriented Adam tries to make sense of the mumbled technical jargon.
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November 21, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
You never really expected the gangly kid from 3rd Rock From the Sun to become a handsome icon of cool: a romantic indie-flick lead in (500) Days of Summer , a sharp supporting actor in Lincoln and The Dark Knight Rises , a quirky action hero in Looper . That's Joseph Gordon-Levitt. At 31, he's got the acting chops, good looks, and hipster-geek demeanor to lead a minirevolution. That's exactly what he tried to do on Monday when he sold out the Merriam Theater as the front man of hitRECord.
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October 1, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
TORONTO - So why wasn't it Bruce Willis undergoing nearly three hours of makeup and prosthetics every morning during the shoot of Looper to make him look more like Joseph Gordon-Levitt ? Why was it Gordon-Levitt's job to get up at the crack of dawn and submit himself to the nose job and lip curl and eyebrow realignment so that he and Willis could look like the same guy, separated by 30 years? "There was no consideration of that," Gordon-Levitt says, with a laugh. "I think it's only proper that the younger man would defer to his senior.
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August 30, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Kyra Sedgwick; Mike Birbiglia; comedian Dominic Dierkes. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Bruce Willis; Brian Regan; the Heavy performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Savannah Guthrie; actor Dolph Lundgren. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Rebel Wilson; Good Old War performs.
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May 5, 2006 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
It's a cute idea: Take the hardboiled noir of The Big Sleep and The Maltese Falcon and transplant it to a So-Cal high school, where the wisecracking gumshoe is, in fact, just another one of the self-involved, teenage worrywarts - angsters instead of gangsters. Alas, Brick, from writer-director Rian Johnson, isn't as clever as its conceit. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (the hardest-working college kid in indie films) stars as Brendan Frye, a junior-league Humphrey Bogart trying to find out how his ex-girlfriend, Emily (Lost's Emilie de Ravin)
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September 23, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
It's not exactly breaking news that pornography has been around forever, that the objectification of women (and men) is old hat, that sex and the media have long been entwined. It's just that everything seems more out there now, the subtlety vanquished, the X more explicit, more extreme. And that's one of the ideas Joseph Gordon-Levitt wanted to kick around in his assured writing and directing debut, Don Jon . "You can look back, really as far back as you want to, and see the same thing happening," the actor - and, now, filmmaker - says.
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November 21, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Actor Will Ferrell; Tenacious D performs. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Scarlett Johansson; Willie Nelson; Gary Clark Jr. performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Kris Jenner; Dan Cummins. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Tim Allen; Manny Pacquiao; Flo Rida performs. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Actor Tom Hanks; comic Phil Hanley. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (12:35 a.m., NBC10)
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November 21, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
You never really expected the gangly kid from 3rd Rock From the Sun to become a handsome icon of cool: a romantic indie-flick lead in (500) Days of Summer , a sharp supporting actor in Lincoln and The Dark Knight Rises , a quirky action hero in Looper . That's Joseph Gordon-Levitt. At 31, he's got the acting chops, good looks, and hipster-geek demeanor to lead a minirevolution. That's exactly what he tried to do on Monday when he sold out the Merriam Theater as the front man of hitRECord.
NEWS
October 1, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
TORONTO - So why wasn't it Bruce Willis undergoing nearly three hours of makeup and prosthetics every morning during the shoot of Looper to make him look more like Joseph Gordon-Levitt ? Why was it Gordon-Levitt's job to get up at the crack of dawn and submit himself to the nose job and lip curl and eyebrow realignment so that he and Willis could look like the same guy, separated by 30 years? "There was no consideration of that," Gordon-Levitt says, with a laugh. "I think it's only proper that the younger man would defer to his senior.
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September 9, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
The following appeared on Steven Rea's blog, "On Movies Online," at www.philly.com/onmovies . He will be blogging this weekend from the Toronto International Film Festival. TORONTO - Joseph Gordon-Levitt sports a blunderbuss and a fake nose in Looper , the Rian Johnson-written-and-directed time-travel thriller that opened the 37th Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday night with a gala screening at Roy Thomson Hall. The blunderbuss is for blowing away unlucky folks from 30 years in the future targeted by the mob and sent back in time to be eliminated.
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July 18, 2012 | Choose one .
Call it Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington. Jada Pinkett Smith testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday, calling for America to wage a vigorous war against human trafficking, which has become a multibillion-dollar global industry. "Fighting slavery doesn't cost a lot of money. The costs of allowing it to exist in our nation and abroad are much higher," Jada said. "It robs us of the thing we value most, our freedom. " Jada was flanked at the hearing by hub Will Smith and their daughter, Willow.
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