—by Meghan O’Keefe (@megsokay)
The Daily Mail just reported that the delightful Anna Kendrick has officially split up with her longtime love, Edgar Wright. Heartbreak is always devastating, but Anna is so lovely and Edgar is such a funny and talented director (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Shaun of the Dead) that this is especially sad.
But there’s always a silver lining to every dark cloud. When one celebrity romance is over, that means another one can begin! Read more…
As the 2013 Sundance Film Festival enters its homestretch, we’ve noticed one thing about it: This year seems more about the films than the star-studded, super-sponsored A-list parties. Which, um, we’re pretty sure is what Robert Redford wants from his Utah fest. Lucky enough for those of us living vicariously through our friends (and photographers) in Park City, there has still been no shortage of eye candy. Here, we’re taking a moment to point out the lovely array of actors who put on their best puffy jackets and risked some great hat-hair to premiere their artsy movies. From Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Alexander Skarsgard, Adam Brody to Chris Noth, there were plenty of familiar faces at the festival, along with some relative newcomers like Austenland’s Ricky Whittle. We even gave Matthew McConaughey an honorary spot in this gallery, because even though his drastic weight loss for Dallas Buyers Club has sapped his conventional beauty, he’s looking kinda weird hot as he packs the pounds back on. And if there’s anything that’s appropriate for Sundance, it’s definitely the phrase “weird hot.”
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“I remember watching Reservoir Dogs and Sling Blade and Swingers and Big Night and The Usual Suspects and all those movies that came through Sundance back when I was working on 3rd Rock From the Sun, and I said to myself, ‘One day I’m going to have a movie at Sundance,’ ” Joseph Gordon-Levitt told VH1 News at the Sundance (and world) premiere of Don Jon’s Addiction on Friday night. And boy has his dream come true in a big way. Since his days as a sitcom alien, Joe’s been in quite a few Sundance films, but Don Jon’s marks his writing/directing debut. You could say he was rather pleased about that: “I’m kind of astonished and flabbergasted and just happy!”
This meant the rest of us got to enjoy plenty of photos and videos of JGL being astonished and flabbergasted and happy as he partied at the Sundance Channel’s house on Friday night, along with co-stars Julianne Moore and Tony Danza. And we’re going out on a limb here and guessing that his beaming face is part of what helped him sell the film about a Jersey guy so addicted to porn that he gives up a relationship with Scarlett Johansson for it. On Monday, Relativity Media confirmed the huge deal they gave JGL that will land the movie on 2,000 screens this summer.
OK, the Sundance Film Festival isn’t stooping to adult movie screenings just yet, but the festival was pretty excited to premiere a movie about pornography, so anything is possible. Actually, our friends at the Sundance Channel were also eager to share with us the photos from the premiere party (co-hosted by DirecTV), celebrating Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s writing and directing debut, Don Jon’s Addiction. He stars as the titular Jon, a Jersey boy who has no trouble picking up ladies as hot as Scarlett Johansson at the clubs, but for some reason still prefers watching porn to participating in the real deal. Tony Danza co-stars as his father — completing that 3rd Rock From the Sun/Who’s the Boss crossover fantasy you always had, right? — and Julianne Moore is a woman Jon meets at a night class.
It’s like when you were a kid and you find out your mom has gum in her purse. Two seconds ago you had no desire for gum, and now you’re screaming and grabbing the steering wheel, trying to get at that sweet, sweet Wrigleys. Does that analogy make any sense all? What we’re trying saying is, now that we have heard the rumor that Joseph Gordon-Levitt could play Batman in either Justice League or as a cameo in the upcoming Superman movie Man of Steel, we want it to happen so bad. So we guess the gum would be Joseph Gordon-Levitt, your mom would be Hollywood and the steering wheel would be, um, let’s say, public opinion. We’re not English professors here, people!
Sadly, despite the support of nerds worldwide, it seems that the gossip is just gossip…for now. Hollywood.com reports that JRL’s reps “have refuted the rumor entirely.” However! Since it’s pretty obvious from the buzz that there is at least a curiosity about Gordon-Levitt donning the cape and cowl, maybe Justice League filmmakers or Man of Steel director Zack Snyder will make it happen? This could be like Mark Wahlberg and Transformers 4 all over again! Except we actually want this one to happen!
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You know how we know the folks at Saturday Night Live are proud of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s striptease opening monologue? It’s already behind the Hulu pay wall, and the only way to re-watch it for free now is via bootleg videos. Or you can settle for our lovely GIFs above (courtesy of our departing GIF Mistress Lauren Olson). We were pretty impressed ourselves with JGL’s skills — that push-up move was just, wow. Not that we expect him to be anything less than spectacular at everything he does these days. But of course, it immediately reminded us of two other great exotic dance skits on the show: Channing Tatum showing off the talent that made him Magic Mike (the “super-hero movie” that itself inspired JGL’s dance), and, of course, that legendary Chippendale’s dance-off between Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley. We hope those two are doing their best body rolls up in heaven right now. Take a peek at those skits and then tell us which of the three gets you most hot-and-bothered/clutching your sides with laughter.
Though Robert Pattinson has made his share of independent movies in his career, this week’s Cosmopolis is widely thought of has his big move to make a post-Twilight career for himself. And he certainly wouldn’t be the first hot young actor to make a case for himself as a serious actor by taking a giant step into the world of dark and twisty films. Many a heartthrob has gone from the pages of Tiger Beat to the local arthouse theater quite soon after they made it big, from Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix’s turns as gay hustlers in My Own Private Idaho to Daniel Radcliffe’s recent venture into spooky suspense with The Woman in Black. Sometimes it’s because they really love the art of filmmaking, like Rob seems to, and other times, it seems like a calculated move to make themselves Oscar contenders instead of Teen Choice surfboard winners.
Sometimes, they find their comfort zone in dark and twisty, sometimes, like in the case of Marlon Wayans, who surprised critics with his performance in Requiem for a Dream, it turns out to be a one-time-only deal. Still, we love them all for trying! Here are our 10 favorite arty and deep roles taken on by mainstream hotties:
Who would have thought that Tommy Solomon from Third Rock From The Sun would grow up into this guy, huh? To say that Joseph Gordon-Levitt floats our boat would be an understatement. He seems to be pretty down with the Playboy crew since they’ve selected him to be the celebrity for their 20 questions round for the magazine’s September issue. And they put him in a red suit. Not the easiest thing to pull off, but he’s managed to look pretty damn good in it. There’s a lot of talking shop in the piece, about him directing short films, making the transition from kid star to grown-up actor and such, but we’re going to cut straight through to the meat. The interviewer, Stephen Rebello, asks him, “Your character in (500) Days made extravagant gestures in the name of love. What kind of woman could make you do that?” Start taking notes, ladies. Joe’s response is, “Making checklists of things you’re looking for in a person is the numero uno thing you can do to guarantee you’ll be alone forever. You can’t meet someone and think, Do they have everything I want in a person? You just have to pay attention, keep your eyes open, listen to people and be present. I guess what I look for in a girl is someone who’s doing that too. Beyond that there’s not much more I would specify, because you never f— know, man.” Uh oh. Stop taking notes, right now! No more notes! Too late … we all blew it.
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Not that we want to earn the wrath of those rabid Batman fans attacking critics of The Dark Knight Rises, but we have one small beef with Christopher Nolan‘s latest: Christian Bale and Tom Hardy hide those gorgeous mugs way too much! At least Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets to spend his parts of the movie mask-free. Yes, we are total girls and entirely missing the point here. But did you really come to VH1 Celebrity for in-depth analysis of Bane’s motivation? No. You are here to help us make a very important decision: to choose which of these Dark Knight stars is the hottest.
Besides being Nolan faves, these three stars share a few other things in common: They’re not afraid to mar their looks for the sake of a role. Bale bulks up and skinnies down at will, plus there was that terrible facial hair he sported in 2011. Hardy morphed his body and shaved his head for Bane, making us forget how delectable he can be at his fighting weight (see: the underrated This Means War). Gordon-Levitt makes sacrifices of the goofy kind, hiding his hotness behind goofy faces. But if you take a gander at this gallery, we’re sure you’ll agree that these gentleman are, in real life and on screen, a feast for the eyes. Now tell us which dish you prefer.
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For someone who declared “most pretty girls aren’t funny” recently, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is doing a pretty good job of not making us want to bang our skulls against a pile of Margaret Cho DVDs. The Dark Knight Rises actor allegedly blurted out that factually inaccurate statement at the Looper panel at Comic-Con while talking about costar Emily Blunt, but has since offered an explanation. “I’m actually glad you asked me about that, because I was embarrassed,” he told a reporter for Yahoo’s OMG. “Sometimes the words come out really wrong, and sometimes the words come out really wrong in front of thousands of people. I do apologize.” We should hope so, JGL! You’re friends with Zooey Deschanel! You’ve seen New Girl! You should know better!
So what was Joseph trying to get across? “In our culture, girls do tend to get pigeonholed,” he explains. “And I was trying and failing to pay [Blunt] a compliment about the fact that she really succeeded in avoiding those traps and not getting pigeonholed, and even though she’s a very good looking young women she is so funny and plays such a badass and a strong woman in Looper.” We’ll accept your explanation, JGL, but mainly because we still want to see Looper. In the meantime, in case you need a refresher course on how attractive women are capable of saying funny things, please take a moment to look through our Funniest Lady In Film This Summer gallery, where women from Anna Farris to Rashida Jones, Elizabeth Banks to Mila Kunis will remind you how exactly it is done.