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Jack Thorne To Script ‘Sandman’ For Joseph Gordon-Levitt

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 10:53am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Jack Thorne has been set to script Sandman at Warner Bros based sandmanon the pitch that David Goyer made for his treatment for the Neil Gaiman comic book classic. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is producing with Goyer and the hope is for him to star and possibly direct. Gordon-Levitt made his feature directorial debut on the well-received Sundance pic Don Jon, but this would be a considerable step up in scope and scale. Gaiman is exec producer. Thorne scripted How I Live Now.

The Sandman series shifts between horror and fantasy, and the central character is Morpheus, the personification of dreams. After being held captive 70 years, Morpheus escapes, gains revenge and rebuilds his crumbling kingdom while trying to adapt to the times. Warner Bros has long tried to crack the subject matter, and there is optimism that Goyer did that. The potential payoff is a highly original potential franchise, if Goyer, Gordon-Levitt and Warner Bros could pull it off. It has that cool factor like Looper did. Gordon-Levitt next stars in another seminal graphic novel-based film, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, which Robert Rodriguez and creator Frank Miller helmed. Thorne is repped by WME and Casarotto Ramsay.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt To Play Aerial Artist Philippe Petit For Robert Zemeckis, TriStar

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 4:58pm PST
Mike Fleming

jglEXCLUSIVE: I went out on a limb in January reporting how badly director Robert Zemeckis and TriStar head Tom Rothman sought out Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play the role of Man On Wire subject Philippe Petit for the 3D feature To Walk The Clouds, and now I can tell you that the young actor has committed to playing the French high wire artist who made a daring cross of the World Trade Center in 1974. Production will begin in May on this 3D experiential film that will be done with the spectacle of Avatar, Life Of Pi and Gravity, with a fun daring subplot that makes the film one part Ocean’s Eleven as Petit and his cohorts snuck to the top of the towers and managed to shoot a line across and get the rigging ready in time for Petit to shock the world in what is also a love letter to the Twin Towers and a simpler time gone by.

petit__140123195340So this will be the first project to come from Rothman, who at Fox was smack in the middle of Avatar and Life Of Pi, and who really wanted to find something exceptional to brand the label he revived at Sony. This certainly fits the bill. It has also been a passion project for Zemeckis and his ImageMovers cohorts for several years. … Read More »

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Seth Rogen Toplining Christmas Comedy For Sony

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 6:40pm PST

Seth RogenJoseph Gordon-LevittThe actors are reteaming with Jonathan Levine, their director on the cancer-themed 2011 pic 50/50. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen will star in an untitled Sony comedy about three childhood friends who get together again in NYC to renew their old tradition of going out on Christmas Eve. The role of the third friend from hasn’t been cast yet. Levine also wrote the pic, which is targeted to begin production in the summer.

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Sundance: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and ‘HITRECORD’ Cohorts Pivot Into First Look Deal With Participant

By | Sunday January 19, 2014 @ 2:57pm PST
Mike Fleming

jg;lEXCLUSIVE: Just after previewing the first three episodes of his TV series HITRECORD ON TV, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his HITRECORD exec producer Jared Geller have set a first-look deal with Participant Media and its youth-centric TV station Pivot. This comes after the show Gordon-Levitt created got an 8-episode order for a second season. The series debuted yesterday on the upstart Pivot cable channel, for which Gordon-Levitt also is a creative adviser.

Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608Said Pivot President Evan Shapiro: “Joe is the kind of artist we envisioned when we created Pivot. He is a director, actor, writer and disruptor who understands how to use every form of media to engage our audience.”

It’s only the second time that a TV series was featured on the Sundance program, but this series is directly intertwined with the festival. I watched the first episode and noticed a stylistic symmetry to other anthology shows, most particularly Sesame Street, which Gordon-Levitt allowed was one of the references for how to string together disparate segments for a variety show that stresses global subject matter and involves a worldwide audience on the web. Perhaps that intention was best underscored with the musical number that closes the first episode, which was devoted to the word “one.” The song is grounded by Gordon-Levitt’s own musical chops — watch the trailer below and it’s understandable why he’s mentioned for Fox’s Guys and Dolls redo — but the song was a much bigger undertaking in that it features songwriting and singing from participants from all over the world. (Watch the song performance below). Read More »

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Sundance: Aereo CEO Cheered For Being Sued By Broadcasters

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 2:38pm PST

Sundance Film Festival If Aereo’s legal battles with the broadcasters were left up to Sundance Film Festival attendees, the streaming service would win in a landslide. “We’ve been sued by 17 media companies,” said Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia today on a Sundance panel on the subject of on creativity and change. The words were Aereo CEO Chet Kanojiabarely out of Kanojia’s mouth before the packed room broke out in cheers and applause. “You just won the Oscar, my friend!” bellowed moderator and former MySpace president Jason Hirschhorn as the more than 150 people in the Filmmaker’s Lounge continued clapping. “I don’t mean that as a trophy but as a fact,” the clearly surprised Kanojia added.

Related: Fleming Forecast On Sundance 2014

Just over a week after the Supreme Court decided to hear the industry’s claim that Aereo infringes on broadcasters’ copyrights, the CEO was joined on the panel  by actor-director Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Twitter’s head of music Bob Moczydlowsky, 20140117_143331and Atavist co-founder/editor Evan Ratliff. “We’ve always said HITRECORD is a production company not a platform,” Gordon-Levitt said of his collaborative hub website. “One thing about HITRECORD is that every time we do it, it’s different.” HITRECORD ON TV is set to debut tomorrow with back-to-back episodes on the Participant Media-owned cable channel Pivot. Six more episodes are to follow. For Kanojia, platforms were the key. “Given where the Internet is today, there is an opportunity to create new platforms for creators,” he said.

Related: Aereo To Launch Next Week In Cincinnati Read More »

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Fleming On 2014 Sundance Forecast: Thriving Indie Biz Makes Appetite Strong; Un-Commercial Slate Could Limit Big Deals

Mike Fleming

Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608The Sundance Film Festival market gets underway tonight, and it could start with a bidding bang for Whiplash, seen here first as a short and now a feature starring Miles Teller as a drummer trying to survive his ruthless school band conductor (J.K. Simmons). Then again, buyers could find it’s not the second coming of Precious, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, or last year’s gem Fruitvale Station. It will still sell if that happens, it will just take longer, with its prospect for a meaningful theatrical release dimming with each passing day.

Park City Prepares For The Sundance Film Festival - 2014 Sundance Film FestivalMore than any recent year in memory, this Sundance program might well have been programmed by Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid screenwriter William Goldman, because of how the fest follows his famous adage about Hollywood that “Nobody knows anything.” It’s harder than usual to predict this fest’s breakout films because nothing jumps off the page as a can’t-miss. How does that make buyers feel? One buyer likened himself and his competitors as being like a bunch of old men on a beach, with shorts, black socks, and metal detectors, combing the sand for that diamond ring someone dropped amidst the beer can pull tops and other debris. “You’ve got to cover the whole beach or you’ll miss something,” he said. “On paper, a lot of these films have good casts and potential until you see them, get disappointed and find something in the little movie which has no stars, and is much harder to market,” the distributor said. “There are so many buyers here and so much competition, you really have to be on your toes and see everything.”

Related: 2014 Sundance: Fest Films With Highest Wanna-See From Buyers

frankThere is a sense of deja vu here for the number of past Sundance directors returning with projects (they include Zach Braff, Mike Cahill, Richard Linklater, Lynne Shelton, Gregg Araki and Jake Paltrow), but also because of programming decisions which seem to increasingly bring the fest back to its origins of prizing smaller left-of-center fare. Read More »

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Eyeing ‘Sandman’ As Director And Star, Producing With David Goyer At Warner Bros

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 3:25pm PST
Mike Fleming

jglevEXCLUSIVE: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is finalizing a deal to produce Sandman at Warner Bros with David Goyer, who pitched his treatment for the Neil Gaiman comic book classic. It has been rumored that Gordon-Levitt might star, and the deal he’s making attaches him as the protagonist. I’m told that in addition to that, he’s eyeing the project as a directing vehicle. Gordon-Levitt made his feature directorial debut on the well received Sundance pic Don Jon, but this would be a considerable step up in scope and scale. They will hire a writer shortly.

sandmanThe Sandman series shifts between horror and fantasy, and the central character is Morpheus, the personification of dreams. After being held captive 70 years, Morpheus escapes, gains revenge and rebuilds his crumbling kingdom while trying to adapt to the times. Warner Bros has tried for some time to get a script right, but they may have finally cracked it. Gordon-Levitt appeared to end The Dark Knight Rises as heir apparent to the Batsuit, but obviously they have gone another way and set Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader in Batman Vs. Superman. Warner Bros is high on Gordon-Levitt after he starred in the Batfilm and Inception, and this would be a highly original potential franchise, if Goyer, Gordon-Levitt and Warner Bros could pull it off. It has that cool factor like Looper did. Gordon-Levitt next … Read More »

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Fleming Q&A’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt On Taking ‘Don Jon’ From Sundance To 2400 Screens

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 6:47pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: It seems a long time ago that Don Jon’s Addiction announced Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a writer/director to be reckoned with, after the film followed its January Sundance debut with a late night bidding battle that ended with Relativity paying a $4 million advance and a $25 million P&A commitment. That is a whopper for a film that was financed by Voltage Pictures’ Nicolas Chartier for around $3 million. Some eight months later, Relativity is releasing the film on 2400 screens under the title Don Jon. Gordon-Levitt plays the title character, a buff bartender who prefers internet porn to his many living and breathing bed partners. The film’s subject matter made it a hard R movie even though there is depth behind its provocative theme. It won’t be hard for this picture to be a financial win, especially if it catches a zeitgeist wave. Relativity production president Robbie Brenner said they held a buzz-building simultaneous screening in 100 cities last week and the crowds were as raucous as the one that first saw the film in Sundance. She and Tucker Tooley said they have done everything they promised Gordon-Levitt in Park City and they hope hard to serve as a home for a new film making voice. I interviewed Gordon-Levitt after his January premiere in Park City, and we did it again this week as he explains the process of going from festival sensation to mainstream ambitions.

RELATED: Sundance: Fleming Q&As Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Buyers Circle His Helming Debut ‘Don Jon’s Addiction’

DEADLINE: I am curious about what it’s like to see your film become a festival hit and then have to wait almost a year before the public sees it. How much has your movie changed since Sundance?

GORDON-LEVITT: We got a chance to finish the movie, basically. We got a version ready for Sundance, but really, it wasn’t finished. It didn’t have its opening credit sequence, I hadn’t had a chance to refine the voice over. There were a lot of tweaks needed in the editing. It is basically the same movie. No lines got cut, no story moments were lost and no real time was cut from the movie. The screws got tightened, and I think it is a lot better than it was at Sundance. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Don Jon’

By | Sunday August 25, 2013 @ 6:31pm PDT

Relativity‘s latest spot for its film Don Jon unspooled during tonight’s MTV VMAs as the studio revs up its marketing ahead of a September 27th release. Scarlett Johansson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in the rom-com written and directed by Gordon-Levitt. Watch the teaser:

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Analysis: Did The Academy Just Get A Lot More Diverse?

Pete Hammond

With 276 membership invitations going out today — exactly 100 more new members than were invited to join the elite 6000+ organization last year — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has clearly begun to live up to its goal of being more inclusive. And not only in increasing its numbers but also in the group’s stated goal of increasing diversity. One person I spoke with today who was involved in the selection of new members from their branch was worried that the Academy might be drifting into affirmative action territory and cutting out more deserving applicants. But outgoing Academy president Hawk Koch was thrilled with the results of the initiative, which was approved at a Board of Governors meeting last October. It’s one he personally lobbied for with every peer group as they considered applications for membership to their individual branches.

Related: Academy Membership Quotas Dissolved: Does It Mean Anything?

When we spoke this morning, Koch said it was “mission accomplished” but added that along with diversity he emphasized qualifications. “I did say along with that our criteria doesn’t change: They still have to be the best of the best, just be aware of diversity”, he said. “I am very excited that we have such a talented and diverse group of artists and filmmakers. It’s like everything else I have tried to do this year. We are moving forward. We are more inclusive and are cultivating the next generation, and that’s what we need to do”. Read More »

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Hot Clip: ‘Don Jon’

By | Sunday June 16, 2013 @ 3:38pm PDT

Writer-director-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt debuted the first clip from his directorial debut Don Jon just in time for Father’s Day. Here’s Gordon-Levitt as the eponymous Jersey ladies man introducing gal pal Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) to dad Jon Sr. (Tony Danza). Relativity opens the pic on September 27. Check it out:

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Hot Trailer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Don Jon’

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 12:43pm PDT

Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s directorial debut hits screens October 18 via Relativity Media, which snapped up the hot title (nee Don Jon’s Addiction) for $4M out of Sundance. Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly and Brie Larson star in the pic about a porn-addicted Jersey guy balancing life and love. Check out the trailer:

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Bradley Cooper Confirms Deadline Report: He Has Exited ‘Jane Got A Gun’

By | Wednesday May 1, 2013 @ 5:53pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Bradley Cooper has confirmed his exit from Jane Got A Gun, and he has offered this statement: “Regretfully, due to date conflicts between the film I an currently shooting for David O Russell and Jane Got A Gun, I am unable to join Natalie, Joel, Noah and Gavin on this truly exciting project. I was really looking forward to being a part of it and hope to work with each and every one in the future.”

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, 5:17 pm PDT: It is proving hard for the makers of Jane Got A Gun to find a good outlaw. Bradley Cooper, who had agreed to replace Jude Law opposite Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton in the Gavin O’Connor-directed Western, has had to exit a film that is well into production. The filmmakers are working hard to replace him, and are courting a short list of actors that includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hiddleston. Cooper signed on to play the gang leader who will come to kill an outlaw colleague (The AmericansNoah Emmerich) who got shot and headed home. That unfortunate homecoming prompts his estranged wife (Portman) to lean on a former lover (Edgerton) to stand up to the bad guy to save her farm. Unfortunately, Cooper is shooting David O Russell’s American Hustle, and the schedule in Boston got messed up by the terrorist bombing that took … Read More »

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Fox Seals ‘Guys And Dolls’ Rights; Wants Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt To Fill Frank Sinatra And Marlon Brando Shoes

By | Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 12:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: At long last, 20th Century Fox has closed movie rights to Guys And Dolls, and the studio will soon start the process of developing a remake of the stage and movie classic for what Fox hopes will be a killer pairing of Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the roles made famous by Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. There is no writer or director yet, but those guys are interested.

While we are all waiting for the eventual movie adaptation of stage hits like Wicked and The Book Of Mormon, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a musical adaptation get the kind of rise out of movie stars that Guys And Dolls has each time a movie deal was rumored. Years ago, it looked like Harvey Weinstein was getting the rights, with his Chicago exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron producing the film. Thesps from Russell Crowe to Vin Diesel, Hugh Jackman and others all tossed their hats into the ring to play the leads. Trouble was, Jo Loesser, the widow of songwriter Frank Loesser, never found a deal to her liking and declined to sign over the rights. Until just recently.

The musical was taken from Damon Runyon’s short stories that captured the rogue gangsters and gamblers of the 1920s and 1930s. Here, Nathan Detroit (Sinatra) has a town full of captive gamblers and wants to set up a floating crap game but needs money to do it. He bets his pal Sky Masterson (Brando) that Sky can’t get the wholesome Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons) — who runs a mission — to go with him to Havana. Frank Loesser wrote the music and lyrics, and Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows wrote the book. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical when it premiered in 1950, and won the 1951 Pulitzer for Drama, until the troubles Burrows was having with the House Un-American Activities Committee caused the Trustees of Columbia University to veto the selection. Guys And Dolls was then turned into the 1955 movie. The classic Loesser songs included Luck Be A Lady, and Sit Down, You’re Rocking The Boat. Read More »

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Don Jon’ Gets October Release Date

By | Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 4:06pm PDT

Relativity Media has set an October 18th release date for Don Jon (formerly Don Jon’s Addiction). Gordon-Levitt stars in the R-rated comedy which also marks his writing/directing debut. The film humorously explores the obstacles to honest emotional intimacy through the sexploits of a buff young ladies man who connects better to computer porn than his conquests. Julianne Moore, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson and Tony Danza also star in the pic which was picked up in a precedent-setting deal this year at Sundance. Don Jon bows the same day as Sony/Screen Gems’ Carrie and Warner Bros’ The Seventh Son, both also starring Moore, and The Weinstein Company’s The Butler.

Related: Sundance: Fleming Q&As Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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OSCARS: Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe To Be “Special Guests” On Telecast

By | Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 3:13am PST

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Oscars will feature special appearances by Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe at the upcoming Awards ceremony.

“We are quite excited to have Charlize, Chan, Joe and Dan join us on the show,” said telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “We are happy to feature them as special guests in our production.”

This will be Gordon-Levitt, Radcliffe and Tatum’s first time appearing on the Oscar show.

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Sundance Awards 2013: ‘Fruitvale’ & ‘Blood Brother’ Win Grand Jury; Dramatic Directing Goes To Jill Soloway Of ‘Afternoon Delight’

Fruitvale and Blood Brother were the big winners tonight at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards. Fruitvale, about the fatal shooting of 22-year old Oscar Grant on San Francisco’s BART by security guards in 2009, won both the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Dramatic and the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. “This will not be the last time you guys walked to a podium,” said former Fox Filmed Entertainment Co-Chair Tom Rothman as he gave the Grand Jury Prize to the Fruitvale filmmakers. The documentary Blood Brother also had a double win tonight. It took home the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary and the Audience Award for U.S. Documentary. Jill Soloway won the Directing Award for U.S. Dramatic for Afternoon Delight and Zachary Heinzerling took the Directing Award for U.S. Documentary for Cutie And The Boxer. The fast-paced ceremony was hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who had his own directorial feature debut Don Jon’s Addiction premiere at this year’s Festival and was picked up by Relativity Media for a summer release.  Check out the full list of tonight’s winners:

U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Award

Fruitvale / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Ryan Coogler) — The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family and strangers on the last day of 2008. Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Ahna O’Reilly, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray.

A very emotional director Ryan Coogler gave … Read More »

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Sundance Deal Precedent: Relativity Media Pact For Joseph Gordon-Levitt-Helmed Comedy ‘Don Jon’s Addiction’: $4 Mill Upfront, $25 Million P&A For Summer Release

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Relativity Media has confirmed the Don Jon’s Addiction deal, and I’ll run the announcement below the original break of the story. In terms of the precedent-setting amount, other buyers have helpfully reminded me of Sundance films like Happy Texas, Hustle & Flow, and The Spitfire Grill. There was also a rather large P&A commitment that went for the wide release genre film Splice. Several of those didn’t work out well and Relativity will have to gross $35 million or more on this film to make the numbers work here, but it’s a bold statement-making play, and maybe it will pay off.

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline told you first that Relativity Media had placed a bid that was blowing everybody out of the water on Don Jon’s Addiction, the directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt that has had brisk buyer interest since it premiered. I’m hearing that Relativity Media is wrapping up what will be an historic, precedent-setting deal for a Sundance film, harkening to the days when distributors spent big big bucks here. Word I’m hearing is they are paying the $4 million minimum guarantee I’ve mentioned before, but that there is a whopping $25 million P&A for a summer release on 2000 screens. Yowza! That meets or surpasses marks for a biggest Sundance (non-genre film) total deal — and biggest domestic deal because this is not for the world. It is for U.S. only. I’m sure if that’s awry, my commenters will tell me and we’ll set the record straight if this didn’t beat the record.

Related: Sundance Q&A: Joseph Gordon-Levitt On His ‘Don Jon’s Addiction’ Read More »

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Sundance: Famous Behind & In Front Of The Camera

On its fourth day, the Sundance Film Festival is wall to wall with some of Hollywood’s best known actors and actresses — and we don’t mean the ones who show up just to party hop. While the festival can be a great launching pad for emerging filmmakers, Park City has never been shy about letting the already well known show their wares there too. It was created by Robert Redford after all. This year sees a number of famous faces and names get behind the camera with new films. As buyers begin to dig in, expect to see these marquee names generating some serious interest as they play out of their regular position. And then there’s the plethora of Oscar winners and nominees, blockbuster and TV stars and indie superstars in front of the camera — check out our comprehensive list below.

James Franco – Executive Producer, kink; Co-director, Interior. Leather Bar.  - Actor, director, conceptual artist, grad student and failed Oscar host, Franco wears many hats. This year, he’s adding producer and co-director for two separate films for Sundance. Franco produced kink, a documentary directed by Christina Voros about the Internet’s biggest producer of BDSM. Franco also co-directed Interior. Leather Bar with Travis Matthews. The film seeks to re-create the 40 minutes of Gay S&M footage rumored to be cut from 1980’s Cruising staring Al Pacino to avoid an X rating. Sure the sexual subject matter of both films is similar but Franco’s ambition is wide ranging. Franco also makes an appearance in front of the camera in Interior. Leather Bar and Lovelace.

Alicia Keys – Executive Producer, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete - The multi-platinum singer/songwriter is no stranger to cinema. More than a few films feature her tunes on their soundtracks and Keys was in front of the camera in 2006’s Smokin’ Aces. However, this Sundance is Keys’ debut as a producer. Directed George Tillman Jr. and starring Skylan Brooks, Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie, the coming of age film could be the start of a whole new career for Keys.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Director/Writer, Don Jon’s Addiction He sings, he dances, he starred in The Dark Knight Rises and Looper last year, and now Gordon-Levitt slips into the director’s role on the comedy Don Jon’s Addiction. The actor’s directorial debut, which he also wrote the script for, stars Gordon-Levitt himself as a lady’s man who begins seeking a more fulfilling emotional life. Scarlett Jonansson, Julianne Moore, Brie Larson and Tony Danza co-star in the film.

Related: Sundance: Fleming Q&As Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Dave Grohl – Director/Producer, Sound City - No stranger to movie soundtracks, the Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer has now moved into the director’s chair with his debut documentary Sound City.  Debuting early in the Festival, the film is about the famous Van Nuys studio where Nirvana, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns and Roses and others have recorded. Even before the Festival began, Gravitas Ventures acquired worldwide VOD to Grohl’s movie.

Related: Sundance: Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City’ Concert Rocks Park City

Julie Delpy/Ethan Hawke – Writers, Before Midnight - This one’s a bit of a cheat because the duo are actually on both sides of the camera at this year’s Sundance. Premiering tonight, the Richard Linklater directed Before Midnight sees Delpy and Hawke return to their roles as Jesse and Celine from 1995’s Before Sunrise and 2004’s Before Sunset. The onscreen duo also retuned to their off screen roles as writers. Like Before Sunset, which was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay, Delpy and Hawke crafted Before Midnight’s script with Linklater. This year marks the second time the trio have premiered their tale of the perpetually unfulfilled lovers to Sundance –Before Sunrise debuted at the Festival in 1995. Read More »

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