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How to Actually Make a Successful Short Film (Without Film Festivals or "Going Viral")

Dean Silvers | Posted 10.21.2016 | Entertainment
Dean Silvers

Years from now, are you going to think about that internet video that got a million views your friend sent you, or that film that changed your life?

‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Shortlist Includes Gina Rodriguez, Tatiana Maslany, Olivia Cooke (Exclusive)

The Wrap | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 09.03.2015 | Latino Voices

Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Golden Globe nominee Tatiana Maslany(“Orphan Black”) and “Me and Earl and the Dying ...

J.J. Abrams Won't Return For Next 'Star Wars' Film

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 06.21.2014 | Entertainment

According to, Rian Johnson ("Looper") will direct "Star Wars: Episode VIII", replacing "Episode VII" director J.J. Abrams for the franchi...

From Bad To Worse To The Absolute Worst On 'Breaking Bad'

Maureen Ryan | Posted 11.15.2013 | TV
Maureen Ryan

Every time you thought things couldn't get worse, they did. Every time you thought the lowest point had been reached, it hadn't been. There was more. It kept coming.

FOUND: The Diner In 'Looper'

Posted 10.29.2012 | Entertainment

"Looper" fans don't need to travel through time to find the diner that Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt convene at during a pivotal point in Rian...

So You Created a Time Loop: A Time Traveler's Analysis of Looper

Nick Hurwitch | Posted 12.05.2012 | Science
Nick Hurwitch

We are not here to ruin anyone's movie-going fun. We greatly enjoyed Looper. But we are here to fry your brain like an egg.

Oops! 'Looper' Makes Significantly Less In China Than Estimated After Mistake

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 10.04.2012 | Entertainment

On Sunday, the publicity firm behind "Looper" sent out a press release stating that while nothing was official, the early indication was that Rian Joh...

Looper: A Relatable Version of Our Future

Brian Formo | Posted 12.03.2012 | Los Angeles
Brian Formo

If one found Rian Johnson's first two features to be an example of style over substance, the futuristic setting of Looper will be a welcome setting; the future is a place where excess is always realistic.

Bruce Willis' Wild Year

The Huffington Post | Mike Ryan | Posted 10.04.2012 | Entertainment

It was about 2:30 in the afternoon yesterday when my phone rang. The Caller ID was blocked, so I picked up the receiver and said, "Hello?" "I'm loo...

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Looper

Dan Persons | Posted 12.02.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Is Looper a moving, existential examination of one man confronting the consequences of his actions? Is it a kick-ass, science-fiction thriller that gets considerable, mind-freak mileage from its time-travel scenario? Or is it an overhyped, poorly-plotted bit of pretentious cool?

Wes Anderson's Lost Project With Brad Pitt

The Huffington Post | Mike Ryan | Posted 10.02.2012 | Entertainment

It's interesting to hear Wes Anderson explain what Bill Murray movies inspired him to cast the comedian-turned-urban legend in every film that Anderso...

What Happens At The End Of 'Looper'?

The Huffington Post | Mike Ryan | Posted 10.01.2012 | Entertainment

If you haven't yet seen "Looper" and are still planning to, stop reading this post right now. (Here, go read this nice piece about "The Princess Bride...

Director Rian Johnson Discusses His Tight, Ultraviolent 'Looper'

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 11.28.2012 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

The movie Looper features a lot of extreme, graphic, realistic-looking and definitely not satirical violence. I spoke with writer-director Rian Johnson about his movie. Is science fiction a portal to human understanding?

Is 'Looper' One Of The Best Movies Of The Year?

Mike Ryan | Posted 11.26.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ryan

In the new time-travel thriller Looper, Bruce Willis (Mercury Rising) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) both star as Joe, an assassin who must kill his older self when he comes back from the future. Did that last sentence confuse you? Is Looper one of the best movies of the year? As a service, we ask and answer every question that you could possibly have about Looper.

Review: 'Looper'

Scott Mendelson | Posted 11.27.2012 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Rian Johnson's Looper is less an out-and-out original work as a hodgepodge made up from bits and pieces from other iconic science fiction stories stirred into a relatively tasty stew.

Even 'Breaking Bad' Director Tried To Avoid Spoilers

Posted 09.26.2012 | TV

Hate TV spoilers? You're not alone. "Looper" director Rian Johnson, who directed two episodes of "Breaking Bad," admitted there's a major downside...

Were Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Bruce Willis Separated At Birth?

The Huffington Post | Mike Ryan | Posted 09.26.2012 | Entertainment

In the new time-travel thriller "Looper," Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, respectively, play the younger and older versions of a man named Joe....

Movie Review: Looper

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.24.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

With Looper, Rian Johnson thinks big -- or, at least, bigger -- going futuristic sci-fi. But he treats the material as a crime-fiction saga, rather than a special-effects extravaganza. The result is smaller and mostly satisfying, a noir character study -- with two actors playing the same character.

WATCH: First Look At 'Looper'

Posted 09.17.2012 | Entertainment

Rian Johnson's "Looper" is more than just the best time travel-cum-gangster movie-cum-family drama of 2012 -- it's also filled with the kind of cracke...

LOOK: Awesome 'Looper' Posters From Mondo

Posted 09.14.2012 | Entertainment

The outstanding time-travel noir thriller "Looper" arrives in theaters on Sept. 28, and in anticipation of that release Sony has paired with famed pos...

'Looper' Director Rian Johnson The Key To Making A Great Time-Travel Movie

The Huffington Post | Mike Ryan | Posted 09.08.2012 | Entertainment

Back in May, Rian Johnson -- who's currently at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting "Looper," a movie that he wrote and directed -- par...

The First Word On 'Looper' Is ...

Christopher Rosen | Posted 11.06.2012 | Entertainment
Christopher Rosen

As it turns out, "Looper" isn't the "Drive" of 2012. It's better. Rian Johnson's twisty sci-fi thriller (which premieres at the Toronto International ...

Queen Among Nerds: Emily Blunt Graces Comic-Con

The Huffington Post | Mike Ryan | Posted 07.15.2012 | Entertainment

The hardest thing about doing interviews at Comic-Con is that -- more often than not -- you haven't seen the movie the interviewee is discussing. Such...

Directors Feud With Bizarre, Amazing Twitter Rant

Posted 12.17.2011 | Entertainment

If Rian Johnson is looking for a story for his next film, he need look no further than his own Twitter feed. The quirky writer/director, who helmed...