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Sundance 2012: Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks Sundance, Hit RECord, and being Abe Lincoln's son

Actor, troubadour, and new-media independent-film trailblazer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt owned every foot of Park City’s Eccles Theater last night, though at times it seemed his feet never touched the stage. Hit RECord at the Movies, a variety show of sorts featuring short films from Gordon-Levitt’s open-collaborative production company, a reading of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer from Parker Posey and Brady Corbet (Sundance entry Simon Killer), and the (500) Days of Summer star joking and singing, encouraged plenty of fan-interaction. Gordon-Levitt invited tweeters onstage to debate the meaning of “independence,” and before he even appeared, a voice echoed throughout the theater reminding everyone to turn ON their recording devices. They did, capturing every moment of the 90-minute performance from hundreds of perspectives. Many of those recordings have already been uploaded to the Hit RECord website, where they might become part of the company’s next unique project.

Before leaving on a jet plane back home, Gordon-Levitt sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the modern independent film spirit, his plans for Hit RECord, and working with Daniel Day-Lewis.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You practically bounced on stage last night when you came out, you were so excited. Did the show have a different vibe than previous shows because it was Sundance?
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT: It felt like a triumphant return. Our first show ever was for 99 people back in 2010. We were in the New Frontier section, and we set up this headquarters, a sort of rec room where we were making things throughout the entire festival and then screened what we had made for this theatre with 100 seats. Sundance really was the perfect place to launch the production company. I definitely take a lot of inspiration for what I want to do with Hit RECord from what Mr. Redford has done with Sundance. I mean, look, when he started Sundance, he was like the biggest star in Hollywood and I’m certainly nothing like that. But when you have some success as an actor, you’re given a certain amount of opportunity and I so admire what he did with the opportunity that he had. He could have easily gone and just lived on a yacht or whatever, but he chose to put a lot of himself into creating this community that fostered independent film. I just admire that so much. It grew organically. It was not something that he put together with the help of Hollywood structures; that’s why he wanted to come out to Utah. Their prime interest wasn’t to make money. Their prime interest was to make movies that they felt. READ FULL STORY

Steven Spielberg sees the glass half full, despite Oscars snub

Steven Spielberg served as a director on the Best Picture-nominated War Horse. He served as a producer on War Horse and the Golden Globe-winning (but Oscar-snubbed) The Adventures of Tintin. And his studio, DreamWorks, released the Best Picture-nominated The Help. Yet Spielberg himself did not score a nomination.

The three-time Oscar winner, however, is taking the snub in stride. So much so, that he released a statement praising War Horse and The Help for their nominations, and the Academy for nominating two films he’s associated with. “I am thrilled with our multiple nominations for The Help and War Horse,” Spielberg said in a release. “It is the first time that I have experienced two Best Picture nominations in the same year. One is a high honor. Two is humbling but very exciting. It is a tribute to all those who joined with Stacey Snider and our DreamWorks Studios team to develop and make these two films with stories that we passionately felt we had to make.”

And the award for Most Gracious Snubee goes to…

Read more:
Which Oscar snubs were the most egregious? 
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Steven Spielberg reveals 'Tintin' sequel details

Although The Adventures of Tintin hasn’t made much money in America, it’s been raking it in abroad. In fact, according to Box Office Mojo, it’s made over four times as much money in foreign sales as it has domestically. So it’s not surprising that, on a French press tour to promote the movie, filmmaker demigod and Tintin director Steven Spielberg was chattily bullish about the future of the franchise. According to Collider, Spielberg claimed that his co-producer Peter Jackson will start shooting Tintin Part Deux this year: “When he’s done shooting The Hobbit, he’ll begin his performance capture work with the actors later in 2012.” READ FULL STORY

Universal unveils new logo for 100th anniversary, announces film restoration plans

Universal is marking its 100th anniversary this year with a yearlong celebration of its cinematic legacy. The studio will mark the occasion with an “updated animated logo” that will debut before Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, which opens March 2. Perhaps of greater interest to film enthusiasts is the news that Universal will restore 13 of its classic films, including All Quiet on the Western Front, The Birds, Buck Privates, Dracula (1931), Dracula Spanish (1931), Frankenstein, Jaws, Schindler’s List, Out of Africa, Pillow Talk, Bride of Frankenstein, The Sting, and To Kill a Mockingbird, which will debut on Blu-ray on Jan. 31. Jaws and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, which celebrates its 30th anniversary, will also receive special Blu-ray editions later this year.

“This is a proud moment for all of us who’ve had the privilege of working at Universal Pictures,” Ron Meyer, Universal Studios president and COO, said in a statement. “Our centennial is designed to bring special memories back to longtime movie lovers and fans, and to engage new audiences with our extraordinary library of films for the first time. Our goal, 100 years later, is to preserve, restore and continue the iconic legacy of this studio for generations to come.”

'War Horse': How Steven Spielberg and his team got such astonishing performances from the horses

In Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel War Horse, Joey, an English plow horse, narrates his own harrowing journey through the horrors of World War I. For the current blockbuster stage adaptation of War Horse running in London and New York, a masterful crew of puppeteers bring Joey to dazzling, heart-rending life.

But for Steven Spielberg’s feature film of War Horse, Joey is simply a real horse, with nothing more than his eyes and body to communicate what he’s going through.

Now, make no mistake, Steven Spielberg knows from horses. His family has kept a stable of steeds at their home for over a decade; his 14-year-old daughter has even traveled the country to participate in riding competitions. But when the director first committed to making War Horse, that flesh-and-blood limitation was his primary concern. “I didn’t know what contribution the horse was going to make beyond what they were trained to do,” Spielberg told film journalist (and EW columnist) Mark Harris in a webcast Q&A after a sneak preview screening of the film. “I thought that we were only going to get from the horses what they were trained to perform.”  READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: Can 'Mission: Impossible' and 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' reinvigorate the movies?

After months of tepid results, there’s simply no denying that the box office is in a terrible rut. After the worst weekend of 2011 two frames ago, prognosticators expected surefire sequels Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked to turn things around. Well, they didn’t. Both films underwhelmed in their debuts.

Now, all eyes have turned to Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and, to a lesser extent, The Adventures of Tintin and We Bought a Zoo to save the box office before 2011 comes to a close. All three films are already out in theaters and posting solid numbers, but due to Christmas Eve (traditionally a weak day at the box office — kids need to be asleep if Santa’s going to visit!) falling on a Saturday this year, this weekend’s three-day results are likely to look unnaturally small, so don’t balk too much at the low-ish predictions that follow. During the period from Christmas Day to New Year’s, pretty much every day is a weekend day — all films in release should recoup some serious cash then. READ FULL STORY

Alternate-history Spielberg: Who ALMOST starred in his most famous movies?

Behind every movie you love, there is a story about how it almost became something entirely different.

In Steven Spielberg’s recent EW Interview, he revealed plot changes and alternate casting that might have made some classic movies virtually unrecognizable. Everyone knows Tom Selleck was his first choice to play Indiana Jones, though Selleck couldn’t get released from his Magnum P.I. contract to film it.

There are many more lesser-known stories about similar switches. Click through to see how E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Hook, and even Jaws might look in an alternate Spielbergian universe…


Spielberg's origin story (and who pushed him around): The EW Interview

Let’s say you’re a crew worker in Hollywood and Steven Spielberg comes up to you on set and asks to borrow your script for a moment because he locked his in his car.

Do you:

A.) Say “sure thing” and loan him your copy.

B.) Snatch the script out of his hands and say, “Get your own.”

If you chose B.) today you could reasonably expect those ghosts from the lost Ark of the Covenant to show up and shoot lightning through your chest until your face melts. But back before Spielberg was Spielberg, this was precisely the scenario that played out on his first paid gig — an installment of the anthology show Night Gallery in 1969, starring Joan Crawford. (The program was a sort of updated version of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone.)

In the current issue of EW, Spielberg tells stories from throughout his entire filmography, but in this online-only excerpt he dives deep into his early years, when he was just a “pre-teen”-looking kid from Arizona, hustling around Hollywood with a projector in a suitcase and an armload of short films.

Once he got that first job on the NBC TV show, things got really tough.


'War Horse' TV spot: The cast sells Spielberg's 'emotional journey'

“It’s about our strength,” says actor Jeremy Irvine in the new promo for Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. Well, if that’s the case, then I guess I’m going to have to shore up my fortitude to weather each new clip from this film, because at this point I’m usually a useless puddle of a human being by the time they’re over. This new clip — which is billed as a TV Spot, but, at two minutes long, I humbly expect it to play pretty exclusively online instead — features much of the cast of the film, interspersed with some familiar shots, as well as a few new ones.

Other than Irvine, the newcomer who plays the (human) lead in the film, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, and Benedict Cumberbatch, all take time to lend their stirring British accents to the cause of selling the film’s grand themes. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

Special 'War Horse' screenings set for Sunday


Steven Spielberg has invited folks from 10 cities for a movie night.

The director will preview War Horse starting at 2 p.m. EST on Sunday in simultaneous screenings around the country, followed by a Q&A with journalist (and EW contributor) Mark Harris. The interview will take place live in the New York theater and be sent via satellite to the others, taking place in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, Miami, and Atlanta.

Tickets were given out at bookstores, libraries and local stage theaters, and the RSVP list is already full, according to Disney/DreamWorks. If you weren’t one of the lucky few, you can still watch the Q&A live online at Questions can be sent to Harris via a chat function accompanying the streaming video.

War Horse tells the story of a farmboy (newcomer Jeremy Irvine) and the thoroughbred he raised, both of who find themselves trapped in different parts of the carnage that took place in France during World War I. Some individual screenings have taken place over the past month, and the movie opens for the general public on Dec. 25.

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