LOOPER: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 3:39

A Pair of Thugs Face a Paradox: Bruce Willis (left) confronts his younger self as Joseph Gordon-Levitt in LOOPER.
A Pair of Thugs Face a Paradox: Bruce Willis (left) confronts his younger self as Joseph Gordon-Levitt in LOOPER.

Is LOOPER a moving, existential examination of one man confronting the consequences of his actions? Is it a kick-ass, science-fiction thriller that gets considerable, mind-freak mileage from its time-travel scenario? Or is it an overhyped, poorly-plotted bit of pretentious cool? Surprise, it’s all three! At least it is if you ask Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons, whose opinions diverge widely over this tale of a hard-boiled temporal hit-man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who’s charged with taking out his future self (Bruce Willis) and has to deal with the consequences when he botches the job. Time paradoxes are not the only things batted about in this lively conversation.
Then, Dan weighs in on a couple of home video releases: MUNGER ROAD and THE TALL MAN, and Steve cues us in on the horrific delights coming to L.A. repertory in honor of the upcoming Halloween festivities. Click on the player to hear the show.

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Looper opens September 28

TriStar Picture releases this film from DMG Entertainment, Endgame Entertainment, and Ram Bergman Productions. In the futuristic action thriller 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, and Jeff Daniels. Ram Bergman and James D. Stern produce.
Release Date: September 28

'Inception' Stars Cast in 'Dark Knight Rises'

batman_Dark Knight suitAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers offically announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and  Marion Cotillard have joined the cast of Christopher Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.
 The studio called the film the “conclusion of the Dark Knight legend”, again confirming that this will be the last in this particular series of Batman films.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play the role of Gotham City patrolman John Blake, chosen by Commisioner Gordon for a special assignment.  Fans had speculated that Gordon-Levitt might portray one of the comic book’s incomic villains, but this appears not to be the case.
Marion-Cotillard-InceptionMarion Cotillard’s role will be Miranda Tate, a member of the Wayne Enterprises board, who apparently wants to help Bruce Wayne take up the civic and philanthropic activities his murdered parents were once known to pursue.

"Batman 3" Rumors: Possible Villain, Plot, and Marketing?

riddlerbatman3A post at FirstShowing.net claims that the third installment in Chrisopher Nolan’s Batman saga will re-introduce a familiar and beloved Gotham villain into the film continuity: The Riddler. Not only is the infamous Edward Nigma said to be making an appearance in the much-anticipated sequel to THE DARK KNIGHT, but rumor has it that INCEPTION’s own Joseph Gordon-Levitt is “interested” in the role. The possibility still exists that additional villains may be thrown into the mix as well, including Catwoman, the Penguin, and/or Killer Croc.
But wait, there’s more. ComicBookMovie.com purports that they’ve uncovered a possible plot synopsis for the film:

Bruce Wayne buries himself in work as Batman and leaves his Bruce Wayne persona behind as their is nothing left for him no more and hasn’t been seen for 6 months in public and is said to be locked away in the newly built Wayne Manor.

This fits in with rumors that Warner Brothers recently purchased a whole host of internet domain names, including WheresBruceWayne.com. Could this be another viral marketing campaign similar to the “I Believe in Harvey Dent” site that accompanied THE DARK KNIGHT? At the time of this writing, the URL returns no result yet, but we’ll be monitoring it closely.
Now, once again, this is all rumor. But it certainly is something to think about!

Inception – Featurette

Warner Brothers has pieced together over 6 minutes of footage from Christopher Nolan’s INCEPTION featuring a mix of clips we’ve seen before along with some brand new material from the perspective of a crew member. This is a really interesting little collection of clips that we can only hope will find its way to the DVD/Blu-Ray release as well.
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