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Is ‘Don Jon’ the First Truly Honest Movie About Porn?

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From Boogie Nights and Wonderland to About Cherry and Lovelace, there’s no shortage of films about pornography, and it’s not hard to guess why: in examining the (pardon the expression) ins and outs of the industry, either seriously or satirically, filmmakers can fulfill a voyeuristic and prurient interest in the business of sex without engaging in it directly. But in almost every instance, films about porn deal solely with its production rather than its consumption. It’s understandable — the former offers high drama, drugs, and naked people having sex, while the latter is, even under the best circumstances, kind of gross. But two new films make a frank attempt to shed some light on this dark corner of the porn experience, and come up with some insights on not only how we consume it, but how it affects us. (And by “us,” I mostly mean dudes.)
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The Best and Worst of Sundance 2013

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This time last year, the out-of-nowhere indie Beasts of the Southern Wild emerged at the Sundance Film Festival, knocked out everyone who saw it, and embarked on a thrilling year-long ride to become a critical fave, indie smash, and multiple Oscar nominee. Of course, when you have a big hit, everyone’s looking for a sequel — and most of the press out of Park City has been eager to buzzkill, assuring us that no, there’s not another Beasts in this year’s bunch. But that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t an incredible… Read More

Sundance 2013 Premiere Lineup Includes Steve Jobs Biopic and Many More

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Last week Sundance announced its competition lineup and spotlight films, which was thrilling enough for cineastes, but now the fest has unveiled its full list of premieres. It’s a diverse and star-studded selection that delves into the world of Steve Jobs, Dave Grohl, Linda Lovelace, Wikileaks, and Richard Linklater to name a few. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dave Grohl will make their directorial debuts at Sundance with Don Jon’s Addiction — starring Scarlett Johansson and friends — and Sound City, respectively. Linklater wraps up his love story trilogy and follows Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in Before Midnight. We’ll find out if Amanda Seyfried can become porn legend Linda Lovelace, watch Park Chan-Wook‘s thriller Stoker, and see Ashton Kutcher transform into Steve Jobs. There’s a ton of great stuff waiting for your perusal after the break, which we first spotted at The Playlist. Let us know what you’re most anticipating.
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have announced that their 15th studio album, Push the Sky Away — purportedly the most “subtly beautiful” of their releases to-date — is due out on February 18th in the UK. Check out the album art, tracklist, and a trailer over on

Exclusive Supercut: Big Hollywood Stars in Their Early Horror Roles

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Many a young actor has come to Hollywood seeking fame and fortune, only to discover that the road to success is a long and difficult one, with plenty of detours and diversions along the way. And many have found that, in their early, hungry days of trying to make it as a working actor, the horror genre always has a (meager, but cashable) paycheck for a rising young talent with stars in their eyes. And as a salute to those young, starving artists, we give you this week’s special, Halloween-tinged supercut, in which we’ve tracked down and collected some of the more entertaining and surprising of those early roles. Check it out after the jump.
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Watch ‘Looper’ as a ’90s Disney Movie Starring a Young Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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In the wake of Looper’s widespread critical acclaim (don’t miss Flavorwire film editor Jason Bailey’s rave review) and weekend box-office success, the clever editors at Screen Junkies have taken its time-travel plot even further. Their new video, “Disney’s Looper (1994 Trailer)” mashes up scenes from Angels in the Outfield (which featured a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt) with clips from Bruce Willis’ Disney time-travel movie The Kid to imagine what Looper might have looked like if its protagonist were much younger. The result is a wholesome family comedy that finds “Joe the Kid” (Levitt) and “Joe the Man” (Willis) teaming up to learn that “sometimes your best friend turns out to be you… from the future.” Watch the alternate-universe feel-good movie of 1994 below.
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Flavorwire’s Flick of the Week: ‘Looper’

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What gets your attention first about Rian Johnson’s Looper is its speed — on a basic level, it’s just a very fast movie, the text, cuts, and exposition coming at the audience hard and sharp. That pace is established in its opening scene, in which its hero (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) stands in a field, checks his watch, takes out his earbuds, and waits. The second a hooded body magically appears in front of him, he blows the poor soul away. Boom, cut, next scene.

Looper is a movie that wears its jazzy, ebullient style on its sleeve. Writer/director Johnson, who previously crafted the smashing Brick and the enchanting Brothers Bloom, is one of our giddier filmmakers — he’s intoxicated with the sheer act of movie making, and his enthusiasm is infectious. But he’s also got a magician’s gift for diversion; in retrospect, one of the most remarkable things about Looper is how it starts as one movie, and then slyly transforms itself into something else entirely.
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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ With Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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We had high hopes for this episode of Saturday Night Live — Joseph Gordon-Levitt! — and hey, we weren’t disappointed. Though there weren’t any sketches that completely blew us away, there weren’t any we hated either — and hardly any that we didn’t like at least a little bit. All around, it was a solid episode, resting on Gordon-Levitt’s goofy acting chops and some particularly clever writing. Click through to watch the sketches that we loved, and a few that we didn’t like as much, and let us know whether you agree with our assessments (and what you thought of the show as a whole) in the comments section.
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Watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘SNL’ Promos

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Do you want to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt cut himself in half on live TV? No, neither do we. He really doesn’t have to lure us in with promises of dangerous magic tricks, because we’ve been on board with the actor since his 3rd Rock from the Sun days and wouldn’t dream of missing his Saturday Night Live appearance. Truth be told, the promos below aren’t the funniest we’ve ever seen, but they do afford the opportunity to watch two minutes of Gordon-Levitt wearing a T-shirt for his awesome hitRECORD project and being his likeable self. If this sounds like a nice way to kill some time before lunch, you can check out the clip below. Oh, and Jason Sudeikis is there, too.
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