In a career that spans decades, Willis got his start doing theater in New York before getting his break on the TV show Moonlighting and then moving on to movies. At the age of 57, Willis seems to be busier than ever, carving out new franchises like The Expendables and RED (whose sequel, RED 2 opens later this year), while still appearing in smaller, art-house projects like last year's Moonrise Kingdom.
This week, Bruce Willis returns to the franchise that made it all happen with A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth installment in Willis' most enduring franchise. This time, Detective John McClane will travel to Russia to meet up with his son (Jai Courtney) in a sequel that is poised to win a long, three-day weekend. But while audiences flock to see the latest chance to see Willis say "yippee-ki-yay," what do we know about Willis' entire career? We've got you covered as long as you have under 8 hours to spare. check out our picks from Willis' career >> Posted 02.15.13 by Ryan
"Time travel has not yet been invented. But thirty years from now, it will have been."
Take a trip into the near future to witness one man's struggle against gangsters, mutants and, ultimately, himself in one of the most intelligent and imaginative sci-fi movies in decades. This way to the future >> Posted 12.31.12 by BrentJS
In Looper, writer-director Rian Johnson's (Brick) new time-tripping action thriller opening this Friday, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (JGL) plays a hitman ("looper") tasked with terminating his own future self (Bruce Willis), who is sent back in time so that there will be no trace of the crime in the future. Talk about a head trip! This plot has "time paradox" written all over it. If JGL kills Willis, wouldn't he remember that happening and try to prevent it from happening when he grows up to be Willis? And, if Willis kills JGL, wouldn't he simply cease to exist?
Looper isn't the first movie to delve into the complex moral and metaphysical conundrums inherent in time travel. In The Terminator, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) is sent back in time by John Connor, the future leader of the resistance against the machines, and ends up becoming Connor's dad. And in Back to the Future, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) goes back in time to save his friend and is almost erased from history when his mother (Lea Thompson) starts crushing on him. Help us rate the Top 10 Mind-Bending Time Travel movies.
Click to Rate the Top Time Travel Movies >> Posted 09.28.12 by BrentJS
Before Looper there was Brick
What's the movie? The 2005 indie and overlooked Brick from writer/director Rian Johnson and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a loner teen who investigates the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. why we recommend it >> Posted 09.27.12 by Chris
Time travel. From 1921's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court to director Rian Johnson's upcoming Looper, audiences and moviemakers alike have enjoyed cinema's ability to transport our imaginations to the past or the future. Looper, however, isn't about a cyborg assassin sent from the future or about two rock-and-roll-loving high school kids traveling through time to collect historical figures for a history presentation. Instead, the movie follows Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a hitman whose targets are sent to him from the future, and he is forced to kill his future self (Bruce Willis). Johnson admitted to The Huffington Post that he's not a person to "pick apart" the logic of a time travel movie, but said that he did come up with a system that was "consistent." what does Johnson say? >> Posted 09.12.12 by Ryan
During the Sony press conference for Looper held this past weekend during the San Diego Comic-Con, actress Emily Blunt said that when she was first introduced to Joseph Gordon-Levitt (JGL) on the set of the movie, the makeup and prosthetics he was wearing to look more like Bruce Willis were so convincing that she thought she was talking to a body double and not the actor himself. That has to be comforting news for Rian Johnson (Brick), the writer and director of the time-tripping thriller about hitmen ("loopers") who kill victims sent to the them from the future, but for JGL looking like Willis wasn't enough — he wanted to talk like him, as well.
more from JGL & new images >> Posted 07.18.12 by BrentJS
The thing I focused on most was his voice. Why? The voice is what I look for first and foremost with just about every character I play. I don’t have an answer why. And Bruce was really accommodating and open and collaborative in helping me do that. He recorded himself reading some of my voice-over lines so that I could hear how he would sound saying them, which I thought was really cool. But mostly it was just hanging out with him, getting to know him, having dinner, talking about music or anything else was probably what was the most useful in trying to get a sense in what I was then going to portray.
Sony continued its sci-fi movie panel Friday with Looper, an original sci-fi thriller from writer-director Rian Johnson (Brick) that stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a hitman named Joe (the actor said he was named that because Johnson wrote the role specifically for him) who works for a mafia in the future, who sends him his targets via time travel. When Joe is met with his future self (Bruce Willis), he hesitates and has to try to eliminate himself before his bosses do. Johnson revealed that he conceived of the story during a time when he was reading a lot of sci-fi author Phillip K. Dick's books (one of the writer's stories was used as the basis for Sony's other sci-fi panel, Total Recall).
more of our panel coverage >> Posted 07.14.12 by Ryan
I came up with the idea about ten years ago and there was a point where I was reading a lot of Phillip K. Dick and so I was kind of steeped in his books. And I just had this idea for the basic plot of a mob in the future that employs hitmen in the past and they way they get rid of the bodies that they need gotten rid of is just kidnap the person, zap them back in time and the looper kills the person and disposes. And that was really just a away to set up the situation where an assassin is faced with his future self and so that's where the movie kind of takes off.
Only one day after being treated to new footage from writer-director Rian Johnson's (Brick) upcoming time-tripping sci-fi gangster thriller, Looper, with the online debut of the international trailer for the movie, Sony Pictures has released a new domestic theatrical trailer containing even more new footage.
Looper is set in a near future world in which highly-specialized hitmen called "loopers" earn vast amounts of money by disposing of victims sent to them from gangsters living thirty years in the future. One such looper is Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who has the shock of his life when his latest victim turns out to be his own future self (Bruce Willis). Despite the urgings of his future self, young Joe aims to carry out the contract, which puts the two Joes at odds with one another. Will youth triumph over experience? We won't know the answer to that until Looper hits theaters, but from the looks of the new trailer it appears that elder Joe's knowledge of his younger self gives him the edge. That, and the geezer fights dirty. watch the new trailer >> Posted 06.29.12 by BrentJS
2012 is, without argument, going to be a great year for actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who will appear in four movies before the year is up. In July, Gordon-Levitt will play Gotham police officer John Blake (or whoever the latest rumor suspects his character actually is) in The Dark Knight Rises, followed in August by the bike messenger thriller Premium Rush. After that he will appear in Steven Spielberg's biopic Lincoln, which will open at some point at the end of 2012. But in September, it's possible that Gordon-Levitt's "best work" will have already been revealed in the sci-fi thriller Looper. At least, that's what the actor said in an interview with MTV. gordon-levitt discusses his "transformation" >> Posted 04.18.12 by Ryan
After teasing us with trailer previews all week, TriStar Pictures has finally released the first official trailer for writer-director Rian Johnson's (Brick) new sci-fi thriller, Looper.
When gangsters from the future want to get rid of someone without leaving a trace of evidence, they send their intended victim thirty years into the past, where a "looper" — a highly-specialized hitman, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) — does the dirty work for them. Loopers are well paid for their services and they only have to abide by one rule: "Never let your target escape. Even if your target is you." Therein lies the crux of the dramatic tension in Johnson's sci-fi/film noir mash-up, as Joe's latest victim turns out to be his own future self (Bruce Willis). Does young Joe have what it takes to kill his more experienced future self? Will future Joe pull his punches for fear of what might happen to himself should he injure or kill young Joe? These are just a couple of the mind-bending questions waiting to be answered in Looper. watch the time-tripping trailer >> Posted 04.13.12 by BrentJS