Joseph Gordon-Levitt has personally confirmed the rumors about his involvement in a bigscreen adaptation of The Sandman, tweeting that he is “incredibly honored” to be working with studio Warner Bros., writer David Goyer, and original Sandman creator Neil Gaiman on the project. Early reports implied that Gordon-Levitt would direct and star in the film, but he clarified his current role in a later tweet: “I’ve signed on as a producer on Sandman. The rest remains to be seen.” READ FULL STORY
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'Baby, It's Cold Outside': You choose the best version, in our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics -- POLL
The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics starts today! Over the next two weeks, EW will put the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the next 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below.
UPDATE: The poll is closed below, but vote for your favorite version of “Sleigh Ride” now!
To kick off our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics, we start with a song that wasn’t even a Christmas tune to begin with, but it’s come to fit snugly with the holiday’s wintry weather: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The catchy duet, with its suggestive-verging-on-coercive lyrics, was written in 1944 by musical-theater vet Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls), who originally sang it with his wife at a housewarming party. He ended up selling it to MGM in 1948 for the movie Neptune’s Daughter, for which it earned an Oscar.
So which flirty version is your favorite? Check out our six options, in chronological order, and place your vote below:
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Let’s be real: the Lady Gaga & the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular is a cross-promotional commercial. Gaga gets to perform songs from her new album ARTPOP, and the Muppets remind us why we love them long enough to get excited for this spring’s big-screen Muppets Most Wanted. That doesn’t mean the special is boring — on the contrary, it’s delightful! Yet it’s still a commercial, making me feel the way I feel after watching a charming Black Friday ad: equal parts warm, fuzzy, cynical, and depressed by consumerism overtaking the so-called “holiday spirit.” But why fret? It’s Lady Gaga and the Muppets!
The “spectacular” kicks off with an introduction from Pepe the King Prawn, who thinks he’s starting his own special. Silly King Prawn, this isn’t your special — or even The Muppets Show that I desperately want back on TV — it’s a Gaga/Disney 90-minute promotional feature! In the real introduction, Gaga shares that the first time she fell in love was during the holidays. That’s sweet until she reveals that her first love was Kermit, which, sorry, is just weird. Sprinkled throughout the showcase are various sketches featuring the Muppets and special guests such as Kristen Bell and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. But the spectacle of this spectacular comes from the musical performances. Here’s a run-down on the night’s extravagant productions:
Ladies, gents, sentient people of earth: do you want to be in a movie with Scarlett Johansson?
Temper those hopes a little bit, though — this collaboration will be less Don Jon and more Her. In other words, Johansson has already recorded her voice part. It’s also animated. But the “cool little cartoon for grownups” looks pretty fun. Titled “Two Player Game,” it was co-written by Gordon-Levitt and his 50/50 screenwriter Will Reiser and director Jonathan Levine and will appear in an upcoming episode of “HitRECord On TV!”
Gordon-Levitt explains how to audition below.
Last night’s episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon took an unexpected turn when writer/comedian/actor Stephen Merchant showed up with a little game he invented with his pals John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. It’s simple, really: Each person gets the opportunity to lip-synch two songs of choice, and whoever does the best job of lip-synching — which, Ashlee Simpson can attest, isn’t easy — wins!
But this was a three-way battle between Merchant, Fallon, and this week’s EW cover star, Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
First up, Merchant kicked things off with the DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince tune “Boom! Shake the Room.” Then Fallon took things back to the ’80s with the Human League classic “Don’t You Want Me?,” and Gordon-Levitt took things back even further with Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer,” complete with a mic-stand drop.
Round two consisted of Merchant shaking his groove thang to Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” Fallon getting the crowd involved in the A-ha hit “Take On Me,” and Gordon-Levitt bringing things home with Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass.” Watch all the magic unfold (and find out who won) in the video below:
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For Joseph Gordon-Levitt, pushing buttons is the ultimate turn-on.
And we’re not just talking about the little red one you find on a recording device.
The former kid actor turned leading man is obsessed with cameras, and after growing up in front of them, he’s now getting behind them in a big way. With his sexy writing and directing debut, Don Jon, hitting theaters this Friday, and his do-it-yourself online storytelling operation hitRECord.org currently building a new TV show, he has become one of the most innovative creative forces working in Hollywood. READ FULL STORY
Once the Oscars had all been handed out, it was time to party in Hollywood. EW made the rounds last night at the Governors Ball and other events around town. Read to find out who was partying into the wee hours!
Immediately following the Oscar ceremony, stars flocked upstairs to the Governors Ball. Catered for the last 19 years by Wolfgang Puck, stars ate delicacies like smoked salmon and caviar on Oscar-shaped crackers, chicken pot pie with black truffles, and chocolate soufflé with espresso ice. Attendees were treated to the sounds of crooner and pianist Michael Feinstein, who played Broadway and movie classics – quite in keeping with the music theme of the ceremony itself.
Around the room, celebs hobnobbed and drank champagne. Les Miserables Best Actor nominee Hugh Jackman and his wife sat near the stage with his family, in from Australia for the occasion. Said Jackman of being on stage earlier in the night: “It was an unbelievably fun experience to perform at the Oscars — and so much more relaxing not to have to host.”
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Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. This year, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees.
The Film: Looper, writer-director Rian Johnson’s head-twisty sci-fi tale of Joe, a mob assassin (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who kills marks sent back from the future — until one day his future self (played by Bruce Willis) zaps back from the past as Joe’s latest mark. Then things get really freaky. READ FULL STORY
The internet feels like such a cold and empty place without any Batman movie rumors. Fortunately, HitFix posted a report late last night that is at once totally crazy and entirely plausible. According to the site, Joseph Gordon-Levitt — who played John Blake, a.k.a. Twist-Ending Robin, in The Dark Knight Rises – is already set to play Batman in the still-evolving superteam film Justice League. Moreover, reporter Drew McWeeny claims that Gordon-Levitt might be appearing in Man of Steel for a quick continuity cameo, à la Downey Jr. in Incredible Hulk. READ FULL STORY
We’ve known for a long time that Anne Hathaway is brave enough for just about anything in front of the camera. (See: Brokeback Mountain and hosting the Oscars.) So it was no surprise to see her star in pretty much every SNL sketch when she hosted for the third time this past weekend. Her impersonations were hilarious — Homeland, Katie Holmes — she sang, of course, and she wasn’t afraid to commit to the potentially disastrous — the “Sloppy Swish,” which I loved!
Yet there’s still a little public ambivalence about Hathaway, in general, judging from our comments board, so I’m extremely eager to see where the Oscar-nominated actress will place in this week’s best-host poll. Last week’s host, Louis C.K., made a strong impression at the polls, but will it be a lasting one? Bruno Mars saw more than half of his initial support disappear, while Seth MacFarlane held relatively steady to finish in third place. Joseph Gordon-Levitt dropped precipitously but still managed to edge Christina Applegate and survive elimination. He’ll be hard-pressed to hang for another week, though. READ FULL STORY
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