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Rian Johnson’s “Looper” opening stellar Toronto International Film Fest

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Rian Johnson’s time-travel thriller “Looper” will open the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, it was reported on Tuesday in Variety.
Johnson made splashes at TIFF with his previous films – the high-school-set film noir “Brick” and the quirky con caper “The Brothers Bloom.” But “Looper” finds him working with major Hollywood talents Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the story of an assassin (Gordon-Levitt) who eliminates criminals sent back through time to our present day. Troubles arise when JGL’s next target is himself (Bruce Willis), from a not-so-distant future.
The first wave of TIFF programming reads like a laundry list of can’t-wait-to-see features for the upcoming awards season. Ben Affleck’s back with the political drama “Argo.” We’ll get our first look at “Cloud Atlas,” from Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis. David O. Russell, Derek Cianfrance, Mike Newell, David Ayer, Joss Whedon, Noah Baumbach and Sally Potter are just a few of the major names bringing World Premieres to TIFF this year.
The rest of the fest rounds out with stellar names like Redford, Hoffman, Malick, Nair, Joe Wright … it’s shaping up to be an outstanding fest!
Here’s a compete line up. We’ll have plenty more on TIFF as the fest gets closer.
World Premieres
“Looper” (Rian Johnson) (Opening Film)
“Cloud Atlas” (The Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer)
“Argo” (Ben Affleck)
“The Silver Linings Playbook” (David O Russell)
“Love, Marilyn” (Liz Garbus)
“Free Angela And All Political Prisoners” (Shola Lynch)
“The Place Beyond The Pines” (Derek Cianfrance)
“Midnight’s Children” (Deepa Mehta)
“Hyde Park On Hudson” (Roger Michell)
“Great Expectations” (Mike Newell)
“Inescapable” (Rubba Nadda)
“Twice Born” (Sergio Castellitto)
“English Vinglish” (Gauri Shinde)
“The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” (Stephen Chbosky)
“Thanks For Sharing” (Stuart Blumberg)
“End Of Watch” (David Ayer)
“Imogene” (Robert Puccini and Shari Springer Berman)
“A Late Quartet” (Yaron Zilberman)
“Much Ado About Nothing” (Joss Whedon)
“Frances Ha” (Noah Baumbach)
“The Time Being” (Nenad Cicin-Sain)
“Writers” (Josh Boone)
“At Any Price” (Ramin Bahrani)
“Venus And Serena” (Maiken Baird)
“Byzantium” (Neil Jordan)
“Quartet” (Dustin Hoffman)
“Ginger And Rosa” (Sally Potter)
“A Liar’s Autobiography” (Ben Timlett, Bill JOnes, Jeff Simpson)
“Foxfire” (Laurnet Cantet)
“In The House” (Francois Ozon)
“The Impossible” (JA Bayona
“Hannah Arendt (Margarethe Von Trotta)
“Mr. Pip” (Andrew Adamson)
“Capital” (Costa-Gavras”
“The Attack” (Ziad Doueriri)
“Zaytoun” (Eran Riklis)
“The Deep” (Baltasar Kormakur)
“Dreams For Sale (Nishikawa Miwa)
“The Last Supper” (Lu Chuan)
International/North American Premieres
“To The Wonder” (Terrence Malick)
“Anna Karenina” (Joe Wright)
“The Reluctant Fundamentalist” (Mira Nair)
“The Company You Keep” (Robert Redford)
“Jayne Mansfield’s Car” (Billy Bob Thornton)
“A Royal Affair” (Nikolai Arcel)
“Dangerous Liasons” (Hur Ji-Ho)
“Thermae Romae” (Hideki Takeuchi)
“Caught IN THe Web” (Chen Kaige)
“Dormant Beauty” (Marco Belloccchio)
“Everybody Has A Plan” (Ana Piterbarg) [...]

2012 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENS WITH FUTURISTIC ACTION THRILLER LOOPER

HollywoodNews.com: The Toronto International Film Festival® opens September 6 with the world premiere Gala Presentation of Looper – filmmaker Rian Johnson’s time-bending and mind-bending action thriller. “Rian Johnson is a film auteur known for combining different genres to give his projects an original spin,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. “We’re thrilled to have Looper open the Festival.” “I saw Rian’s debut feature Brick at the Sundance festival and was impressed by his ability to engage both the mind and the heart,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival. “We were fortunate enough to premiere his follow-up film The Brothers Bloom. Now, with Looper, Rian has taken his filmmaking to a new level, and we can’t wait to present it to the Toronto audience in the most prestigious platform we can offer. This is a new kind of Opening Night: an exciting, thinking-person’s action film from a director who really understands genre.”
In TriStar Pictures, FilmDistrict, and Endgame Entertainment’s Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson and also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo, and Jeff Daniels. Ram Bergman and James D. Stern produce. The executive producers are Douglas E. Hansen, Julie Goldstein, Peter Schlessel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dan Mintz. The film will be distributed in Canada by Alliance Films.
About TIFF TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $170 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel [...]

‘Hart of Dixie’ New Episode Photo Gallery – Apr 23, 2012

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Hart of Dixie’ is coming back to The CW with a new episode airing tonight, April 23, 2012.
The episode, “Destiny & Denial,” will have a couple musical performances as Scotty McCreery from ‘American Idol’ will be on hand.
Enjoy the photo gallery below of sneak peeks of the new episode!

After a wild night of partying, Wade (Wilson Bethel) wakes up with a massive hangover, an uninvited houseguest and no memory of what happened the night before. Meanwhile, George (Scott Porter) takes an unplanned roadtrip to New Orleans, and Lemon (Jaime King) finally confesses her troubles to her father, Brick (Tim Matheson). In the episode, Scotty McCreery performs “The Trouble With Girls” during a pivotal scene between Zoe (Rachel Bilson) and George, and Scott Porter performs “Jambalaya.” Cress Williams also stars. David Paymer directed the episode written by executive producer Leila Gerstein.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt named Hollywood Breakthrough Actor for “50/50″ – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It was revealed this morning that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will receive the “Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award” at this year’s 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards for his heartfelt performance in the film “50/50.” This year’s ceremony, presented by Starz Entertainment, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 24, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
In Jonathan Levine’s film, which opens in theaters this Friday, Sept. 30, Gordon-Levitt plays Adam, an NPR editor diagnosed with cancer. The title refers to Adam’s odds of survival, though he receives tremendous support from his best friend (Seth Rogen), his pretty therapist (Anna Kendrick) and his worried mother (Anjelica Huston).
Gordon-Levitt will be on hand that evening to accept the award in person. His bio is below:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will next be seen in “50/50,” a comedy directed by Jonathan Levine that stars Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard. He will then star in the action thriller “Premium Rush,” directed by David Koepp, who also co-wrote the script. He recently wrapped production on “Looper,” for which he reunited with his “Brick” director, Rian Johnson, and will star opposite Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt. He is currently in production on “The Dark Knight Rises,” the third and final installment in the Batman series, which will be directed by Christopher Nolan. Gordon-Levitt was also recently cast as Robert Todd Lincoln in the film “Lincoln” alongside Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones, which will be directed by Steven Spielberg.
Gordon-Levitt’s additional film credits include Christopher Nolan’s Academy Award-nominated action-drama “Inception,” “Hesher,” “(500) Days of Summer,” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” “Miracle at St. Anna,” “Stop-Loss,” “The Lookout,” “Killshot,” “Shadowboxer,” “Brick; “Mysterious Skin,” and “Manic. Early in his career, Gordon-Levitt won a Young Artist Award for his first major role, in Robert Redford’s drama “A River Runs Through It.” He went on to co-star in “Angels in the Outfield,” “The Juror,” “Halloween H20,” and “10 Things I Hate About You.”
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Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt filming “Looper” in New Orleans

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Even though Rian Johnson has only two pictures under his belt, the director boasts a loyal fan base. That’s because his first two pictures were that good.
If forced to choose, I’d prefer Johnson’s modern take on the hardboiled film noir genre, “Brick,” with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a high-schooler trying to locate his missing ex-girlfriend. But that doesn’t mean I like Johnson’s quirky comedy “The Brothers Bloom” any less. Rachel Weisz is especially winning as a reclusive millionaire who is pulled into con artists’ Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody’s scheme – and loves every minute of it.
Needless to say, Johnson’s a director worth paying attention to, so we’re excited that his next project, “Looper,” is underway.
Production Weekly tweets that “Looper” will film in New Orleans from Jan. 24 to April 1.
The IMDB summary says that the film will be set in a near future, where a group of killers – known as Loopers — work for a crime syndicate. Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis are on board, and the screenplay reportedly involves loopy time travel. We are more than intrigued.
No idea of a release date, but we’ll bring you updates as we get them.
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Patricia Heaton and The Middle stars preview the season finale

By Fred Topel
HollywoodNews.com: The Paley Center for Media honors the best that television has to offer. The Middle has only been on for one year but they earned a night of honor at the Paley’s Beverly Hills center on May 5. Patricia Heaton, her costars, and the show’s creators gave a panel for the center’s audience, and gave us a scoop on the season finale on the red carpet.
“Oh, the finale is so wonderful,” Heaton said. “Of course, we have Betty White. I know Betty just more socially. I’ve never actually worked with her and I didn’t even get to work with her on this episode because I was out of town the day she came to film. So I didn’t have any scenes with her but if I had been in town I definitely would have come and chatted with her. So hopefully I’ll see her again soon but she’s wonderful on the show.”
Neil Flynn, who plays husband and father Mike Heck, was as cryptic as a star of Lost about his show’s season finale. “I know in the finale someone gets a much deserved victory,” Flynn said. “I’ll put it that way.”
Eden Sher, who plays daughter Sue Heck, revealed that long awaited victory. It involves a running track. “I get to run around a track on crutches in the rain,” Sher said. “It’s pretty cool. It was the most physically painstaking episode to film so I hope it turned out well. It was very hard actually. It was definitely because when I was filming, in the script she goes around the track five times. I didn’t go around nearly five times, but I would have quit after one for sure. So it just goes to show how determined Sue really was. I think it really says a lot for the character.”
The Betty White storyline involves the Heck’s youngest son Brick, played by Atticus Shaffer. The grown-ups still made sure to meet the living legend on the set though. “Betty White’s scenes were only with Atticus so I’m jealous of him for that,” Flynn said. “But I showed up to work the day she was there just to see her. It was nice to be in the presence of a legend like that.”
The season finale proves to be a very special episode for Shaffer. “Actually in the season finale, it’s probably one of my favorite episodes so far because [...]