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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Looper Press Conference with Director Rian Johnson, Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt



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Seven years ago writer/director Rian Johnson took the indie film world by storm with his thriller Brick, which followed a teen named Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who was in search of his ex-girlfriend’s killer.

What made that film so cool was the 1930’s noir spin Johnson laid on it.

Now, both Johnson and Gordon-Levitt have reunited on the filmmaker’s latest, Looper, which has Johnson putting his own twist on the time travel subgenre and also stars Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, Piper Perabo, Paul Dano and Noah Segan.

During the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, Dread Central was on hand for the Looper press conference featuring Johnson, Gordon-Levitt and Blunt chatting about what looks to be one of the best sci-fi flicks of the year. The trio discussed their thoughts on the project, talked more about their characters and gave us a lot of insight on what we can expect from Looper when it arrives in theaters on September 28th.

Also during the press conference Gordon-Levitt, who has been enjoying quite the career over the last few years with roles in films like Inception, 50/50, (500) Days of Summer, GI Joe: Rise of Cobra, The Dark Knight Rises and one of this writer’s favorite recent indie dramas, Hesher , reflected on the days when no one wanted to “hire the kid from ‘Third Rock from the Sun'”, and said:

“You know, when I first finished doing ‘Third Rock from the Sun’ and wanted to do movies, no one wanted to put me in movies, which is understandable enough because it might be distracting to have the kid from ‘Third Rock from the Sun’ in your movie. But there are three movies and three directors that I feel like I owe a lot to for taking a chance and giving me an opportunity when I was trying to make that transition- they are Jordan Melamed, who did Manic; Gregg Araki, who made Mysterious Skin and Rian, who made Brick.”

“I think those are the movies that then when other filmmakers began to see them, they thought. ‘Okay, maybe he’s not only the kid from “Third Rock from the Sun’.’ That’s how it all really started.”

Gordon-Levitt also went on to discuss how he prepared for his upcoming directorial debut, Don Jon’s Addiction, “I just finished a movie that I also wrote called Don Jon’s Addiction that we just finished shooting about two weeks ago. I do think that having a 2011 where I worked with Rian, Chris Nolan and then Steven Spielberg that I really couldn’t ask for a better year leading up to directing a movie for the first time than what I had in 2011. I really do think those three guys have a lot in common, and of course Rian is less-known at this point than Chris or Steven, but I do think that when all is said and done, they will be three directors who will end being regarded in a somewhat similar fashion.”

Check out the highlights from the Looper press conference in the video below, and make sure to look for the time travel thriller in theaters on September 28th courtesy of Sony Entertainment.


San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Looper Press Conference with Director Rian Johnson, Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt

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Did You Catch Chucky and King Kong’s Cameo in the Trailer For Steven Spielberg’s New Movie?



You may remember a few months back there was a kick-ass trailer for Steven Spielberg’s new action-adventure flick Ready Player One that sported a quick glimpse of not only Freddy Krueger, but Stephen King’s Christine as well.

If those slick horror nods weren’t enough for you, today we have the new trailer for the film and guess who shows up? Yep, you guess it (from the headline) but Mr. Charles Lee Ray lends a helping knife to a battle, and the king of the jungle, Kong himself!

Very cool.

The cameos in the trailer is one of those “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” things, but let’s hope he has a bit more screentime in the actual movie. By the way, is Ready Player One reminding anyone else of the “Imagination Land” episode(s) of “South Park”…?

You can check out the trailer below and then make sure to let us know what you think!

The film is directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel by Ernie Cline, and stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, T.J. Miller, Hannah John-Kamen, and Letitia Wright.

Ready Player One hits theaters March 30, 2018.


In the near future, outcast teenager Wade Watts escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the OASIS, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When the eccentric billionaire who created the OASIS dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along with gamers from around the world, Wade joins the adventure, and quickly finds himself pitted against powerful corporate foes and other ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the oasis or the real world, to reach the treasure first.

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The Shape of Water Scores 7 Nominations at This Year’s Golden Globes



Earlier today we let you know Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller Get Out scored nods at this year’s Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture and Best Actor – both in the Comedy category.


That said, another film from our beloved genre is getting some love in the form of writer-director Guillermo del Toro’s new creature feature The Shape of Water.

The film was given nominations in a staggering 7 categories including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for Sally Hawkins, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for Octavia Spencer, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for Richard Jenkins.

Del Toro also scored nods for his work as director and co-screenwriter for the film.

You can check out the full list of nominations right HERE.

The film is directed by Guillermo del Toro, written by Vanessa Taylor and del Toro, and stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stulbarg, and Doug Jones.

The Shape of Water is currently playing in theaters.

In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

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Get Out Scores Golden Globe Nominations… as a Comedy



It was a few weeks back now when we let you guys in on the rather puzzling news that the Golden Globes was considering Jordan Peele horror-thriller Get Out as a nominee…

As a comedy.

As strange as that news was, it seems it wasn’t a joke in its own right as Jordan Peele’s Get Out has scored a nomination for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The news broke this morning with the full release of this year’s nominations via EW.

You can check out the full list HERE.

One cool thing is that actor Daniel Kaluuya also scored a nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – again, Musical or Comedy. Sad and borderline ridiculous that Peele didn’t score nods as director OR screenwriter. For shame, Golden Globes.

What do you think of this news? Are you just glad Get Out got SOME love from this year’s Gloden Globes, or could you care less about awards season? Let us know below!

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship; but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could never have imagined.

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