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‘Looper’ Star Emily Blunt Discusses ‘Crap’ Roles for Women and ‘The Redeeming Quality of a Mother’s Love’

Todd Gilchrist | January 1, 2013 - 2:00 pm

In the six short years since The Devil Wears Prada, Emily Blunt has moved from MVP supporting player to top-notch leading lady: her turns in Sunshine Cleaning and The Young Victoria won her critical acclaim, while roles in The Adjustment Bureau and The Five-Year Engagement proved her commercial mettle.

But most importantly, Blunt… More »


‘Looper’ Writer-Director Rian Johnson on Making Joseph Gordon-Levitt Look Like Bruce Willis, Making Time Travel Make Sense

Dylan Howard | December 31, 2012 - 3:00 am

. Making Time Travel MakeOf 2012’s breakout artists, Rian Johnson is probably the year’s most unassuming: protective though he is about his third film, the time-travel thriller Looper, on social media forums such as Twitter, he has contentedly left the spotlight for his two leading men Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

That said,… More »


Buzz at the Box Office: ‘Taken 2’ Finds and Kills Audience, ‘Frankenweenie’ Fizzles

Todd Gilchrist | October 8, 2012 - 11:53 pm

No matter how mixed critics were about the follow-up to the 2009 left-field blockbuster Taken, audiences responded unanimously: They want to see Liam Neeson mess people up in foreign countries.

Taken 2 scored only a 19 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the film took in a weekend haul of $49.5 million,… More »


Buzz at the Box Office: Mania for ‘Transylvania’, Love for ‘Looper’

Todd Gilchrist | October 1, 2012 - 3:00 pm

Halloween fever started early this year as Adam Sandler’s Hotel Transylvania shot to the top of the box office over the weekend.

Scaring up solid opening-weekend grosses of $34 million, the film more than doubled the returns of its next-highest competition.

That said, Rian Johnson’s Looper , which stars Bruce Willis,… More »


‘Looper’ Director Rian Johnson on Bruce Willis, Booty Call Codes and Time Travel Logic (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Todd Gilchrist | September 27, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Looking at the raw materials that Rian Johnson assembled for his new film, Looper has all of the markings of a studio-created, cover-all-of-the-bases thrill ride with star wattage to burn: time travel, dystopian futures, mob enforcers, out-of-left-field sex scenes, on-the-riser Joseph Gordon-Levitt and bona fide icon Bruce Willis.

But after the idiosyncratic one-two… More »


‘Looper’: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Brings Back Bruce Willis’ Glory Days in Rian Johnson’s Time-Travel Thriller (MOVIE REVIEW)

Todd Gilchrist | September 6, 2012 - 11:15 am

“It does everything right” is just about as ambiguous a compliment as one can give a film, but Looper deserves such praise, if only as the tip of a very large iceberg of kudos.

Thoughtful, intimate, and deeply moving, writer-director Rian Johnson’s assured and perfectly-measured third feature is one of the best films… More »