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article imageJoseph Gordon-Levitt cycles his way through 'Premium Rush' Special

By Earl Dittman     Dec 31, 2012 in Entertainment
In the action-filled, chase thriller 'Premium Rush' (on Blu-ray/DVD), the young star of 'Lincoln' & 'Looper' learned how to convincingly portray a NYC bike messenger from the pros themselves. JG-L even has the battle scars to prove his street cred.
In the film Premium Rush, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays Wilee, a traffic-weaving New York City bike messenger, who, in the course of a normal work day of risking life and limb to deliver envelopes and packages across Manhattan Island, becomes a target of a corrupt cop that is willing to kill him to obtain a letter he's just delivered. While Premium Rush (now available on Blu-ray/DVD) is a fascinating and undeniably authentic look inside the microcosmic subculture of bicycle couriers, Gordon-Levitt, one of Hollywood's hottest young rising stars (Lincoln, The Dark Knight Rises, Looper), is anxious to make it absolutely clear that the film should not be mistaken as a documentary about two-wheeling parcel delivering men and women. "This is a popcorn chase movie," the affable 31-year-old Gordon-Levitt confesses, with a smile. "I think it’s a rockin’ good time for anybody who loves to ride bikes or who’s never been on a bike. But, it’s not a documentary about bike culture, it’s a Hollywood chase movie that does glorify the hell out of bicycles. And, I’m glad that it glorifies bicycles. I think they’re a really positive, healthy thing."
Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays ace bike messenger Wilee in the David Koepp-directed chase thriller  P...
Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays ace bike messenger Wilee in the David Koepp-directed chase thriller 'Premium Rush'
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Having spent a great deal of time with real-life Big Apple messengers while doing research for his role in the David Koepp-directed thriller, Gordon-Levitt became very close to many of the guys and gals who spend their days dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies and eight million cranky pedestrians to make a scheduled delivery. While many of the members of the cycling messenger community openly embraced the chance to see their unique vocation depicted on the big screen, there were a handful who were apprehensive about how Hollywood would illustrate their world. These days, the charming, compassionate Gordon-Levitt feels a tad bit protective over the tight-knit group of his biking pals and doesn't want audiences to think they have crazed detectives trying to shoot them or run them down on a daily basis. "We did everything we could to as authentic as possible and to show exactly what they (messengers) have to deal with it most of the time," admits Gordan-Levitt, whose intense performance in Lincoln has put him on the very short-list of possible Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominees. "Some of the messengers were skeptical at first, and rightfully so, but after getting to know them and explaining to them that we were doing a good old-fashioned chase movie with their community as the setting, any anxieties they had kind of went away."
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Wilee in  Premium Rush
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Wilee in 'Premium Rush'
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Joseph's weeks with the bike messengers was truly enlightening, bestowing upon him a whole new perspective on the act and art of cycling. "In addition to finding the community surrounding bike messengers, I discovered this whole incredible bike culture," Joe (as he known to his friends and associates) explains, during a chat in his hometown of Los Angeles, to promote Premium Rush. "There’s a really cool community of people that are really thoughtful, that think a lot about the environment, people that are really into local commerce and alternative energy. Riding a bike instead of a car is really healthy for you, it’s really healthy for the planet, it’s such a positive thing and I found a lot of the people that I met that are really into bikes are quite aware of that."
Michael Shannon in a scene from  Premium Rush
Michael Shannon in a scene from 'Premium Rush'
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Spending a great deal of one's waking hours on a two-wheeled vehicle may lessen the carbon footprint they leave on the planet, cycling certainly comes with it's very own hazardous set of potential body-damaging dangers. Gordon-Levitt would learn this the hard way. During filming one of the chase sequences, on the streets of New York City, he suffered a nasty little spill (an arm injury that required thirty-one stitches) that benched him from filming for a couple of days. "There was a bit of an accident," Joe says sheepishly, when asked to explain what exactly happened. "I should start off by saying that everyone on the set, Dave (Koepp), the director, and everyone on down, was very safety conscious. It was a perfect storm of a lot of things all going wrong at once. To make a long story short, a diplomat broke through our lockup. You know in New York City you have the United Nations, so there’s diplomats driving around with diplomatic plates. They can break the law. So he broke through our cones and the cops and double-parked right in the middle of where we were going. Basically, I ended up going through the rear window of a taxi cab and getting thirty-one stitches. Everyone was worried, and, of course, really, really upset and worried that it happened. I’m flooded with adrenaline right when it happened. You don’t feel any pain right when your arm breaks open so I was just like, 'Whoa, my God, Jesus, sorry, no, I’m okay! I’m sorry.' Dave ran up and was like, 'Are you okay?' He was terrified. I was like, 'You’ve got to record this, man. Look at this. This is crazy.' So I convinced him to and he took out his phone and recorded some video. I was stoked that he actually put it in the movie."
As aforementioned, in Premium Rush – which also stars Academy Award-nominee Michael Shannon (Best Supporting Actor, Revolutionary Road, 2008), Jamie Chung (Suckerpunch) and Dania Ramirez (American Reunion) – Gordon-Levitt portrays Wilee, the best of New York's agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie – super lightweight, single-gear bikes with no brakes and riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and suicidal nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic. But a guy who's used to putting his life on the line is about to get more than even he is used to when a routine delivery turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan. When Wilee picks up his last envelope of the day on a premium rush run, he discovers this package is different. This time, someone is actually trying to kill him.
To ensure he didn't suffer any additional injuries, his new bicycling buds offered him several tips on how to avoid serious injury while dashing in-between fast-moving automobiles and aggressive pedestrians. Gordan-Levitt suggests that one helpful tidbit is probably is what kept him in one piece throughout the shooting of Premium Rush. "I thought a cool kernel of wisdom that I learned, that multiple people told me, was, 'If you want to avoid hitting something, don’t look at it. Look at where you’re going. If you’re trying to thread a needle and get between two things, two cars say, as soon as you start looking at where you don’t want to go, you’ll hit them,'" he explains. "You have to just have the confidence to stay straight and go forward. I think there’s something allegorical with that and just life in general. That’s part of the movie, too, is that Wilee, the character I play, he’s a guy that lives very much in the present and there is a really strong upside to that, especially because I think maybe nowadays more than ever, we’re a culture that’s sort of obsessed with the future and making plans and what am I going to be. What’s going to happen not just next week but five years from now, am I going to fit and what’s my track? All that stuff, and Wilee is a character who’s very much turned his back on that way of thinking. Wilee is that confident guy that has no hesitation, will make a split second decision, and I think there’s a lot of virtue in that."
Michael Shannon and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in  Premium Rush
Michael Shannon and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in 'Premium Rush'
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However, Joe nor the production company behind the film thought it particularly virtuous that he do his own bike stunts – like jumping off cars. "We didn't think doing my own stunts was necessary," Gordon-Levitt laughingly admits. "The character of Wilee was played by five of us, me and four other guys. Everyone had their own specialties. One was an actual bike messenger, his name is Austin, and he is arguably the fastest bike messenger in the world. He races and competes and he happens to look a lot like me, so he ended up doubling me. Another one was a Hollywood stuntman who would get hit by cars. One’s really good at trials bike riding. The chase towards the end of the movie where he’s on a different bike, that’s the kind of bike that’s particularly conducive to jumping and stuff. There was a fourth guy who was really good at doing tricks on a track bike. Dan MacAskill is who I’m talking about on the trials bikes. If you look up on YouTube Daniel MacAskill, he does insane things on his bike."
In comparing the action sequences he had to perform in G.I. Joe: The Cobra Rises, Inception and Looper to those he tackled in Premium Rush, Gordon-Levitt admits his time spend on a bicycle was far more rigorous than anything he had to do in his previous films. "Physically, just as far as the physical challenge, I would say this was the hardest one to make out of the four," he confesses. "Inception would come in with a close second, but I was on a bike every day, all day. The whole movie’s on a bike. Inception has some cool action sequences, but this is the entire movie."
Wilee (Gordon-Levitt) is injured in a scene from  Premium Rush
Wilee (Gordon-Levitt) is injured in a scene from 'Premium Rush'
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Gordon-Levitt also discovered that the "real time" ninety-one minute Premium Rush – shot to appear as if all the actual story takes place in ninety minutes – would assist him in learning how to be a more efficient actor. "Premium Rush is a really pace-y film," he says. "It’s not a film where you take a long pause. You’ve got to learn your lines real good, because you can’t do that bullshit move where you pretend like you’re thinking of what to say when actually you’re trying to just think of a line that you didn’t learn well enough. And Dave Koepp writes in a really crisp fashion. He writes great dialogue and so it’s snappy."
Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays Wilee in  Premium Rush
Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays Wilee in 'Premium Rush'
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The former cast member of the late-'90s hit television sitcom 3rd Rock From The Sun knows a little thing about writing screenplays, as well. Gordan-Levitt recently wrote, edited and is starring in his directorial feature film debut, the upcoming drama, Don Jon's Addiction (scheduled for release in early-2013). "I learned so much from working with so many great directors (Steven Spielberg - Lincoln, Christopher Nolan - The Dark Knight Rises and Inception) that allowed me to do it, I think. I don't know, what can I say? I’ll be more stoked to talk about it once it’s closer to coming out, but I had a blast. Scarlett Johansson read it and liked it and is starring in it, and Julianne Moore is also starring in it. We had a great time."
While he immensely enjoyed his first stab at directing a full-length film, Gordan-Levitt (who is rumored to have been cast as Batman in the upcoming super-hero epic Justice League) reveals that acting will always be his true love. "With every role that you do, you always have to
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find a connection," he explains. "There are a lot of things about Wilee I can relate to. I mean, if you’re alienated from your character, it won’t be believable. To me, I come away from acting learning how much we all have in common. We’re all people. I think we all can connect with just about anybody if we allow ourselves to. That's what makes acting so special to me. First and foremost, I will always love acting. It's a great job, even when it's a little dangerous."
Premium Rush Blu-ray Bonus Features: Two behind-the-scenes featurettes: "The Starting Line: Meet the Cast" - highlights the cast and creative development and "Behind the Wheels: Featurette on the Action, Stunts and Chases" - provides a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to do one of the riskiest jobs around.
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Resident Evil: Retribution
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The Falls
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The Good Doctor
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Speechless
Simon Chung's Speechless is a love story encompassed in a mystery where the past is never left behind, and love can flourish even without words. In a remote part of southern China, a mysterious Westerner appears on a riverbank, completely naked. Taken to the local police station and afterwards to the hospital, he refuses to speak. While the doctors soon move on, the hospital's orderly, Jiang, befriends the stranger. When Jiang learns that the Westerner is about to be transferred to a mental asylum, he decides to rescue him and takes him to his uncle's village. There, he accidentally discovers a secret that provides a key to the mysterious stranger's past... The film (in Mandarin with English subtitles) screened at Philadelphia QFest to a packed house, as well as FilmOut San Diego, InsideOut Toronto, and the London LGBT Film Festival. DVD Bonus Features: An exclusive interview with director Simon Chung as well as cast and crew bios.
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Funny or Die Presents: The Complete Second Season
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The Life & Times of Tim: The Complete Third Season
Welcome back to The Life & Times of Tim, the hilarious HBO adult animated comedy featuring an ordinary guy whose decision-making inabilities and complete misunderstanding of those around him (and perhaps life itself) make him a loveable underdog and antihero. The Life & Times of Tim: The Complete Third Season includes all ten half-hour episodes of the final season of this hilarious, one-of-a-kind series. With its minimalist animation style, wickedly subversive and brilliant deadpan sense of humor, The Life and Times of Tim has been acclaimed as a "real delight" and "deliciously over the top." In the third season, Tim continues his destructive habit of befriending bizarre and unusual personalities in New York City who put him in dangerously funny circumstances and lead to missteps, mistakes and misfortunes at every turn. Taking the wrong advice from the wrong people, Tim often finds himself jobless, always hapless and sometimes shirtless – but at least he's got a girlfriend. The Life and Time of Tim was created, written, produced and voiced by Steve Dildarian. In addition to Dildarian, voices are provided by Mary Jane Otto (as girlfriend Amy), Nick Kroll (as Tim's best friend Stu), Matt Johnson (as The Boss's assistant Rodney) and Peter Giles (as The Boss). Guest voices this season include Jennifer Coolidge, Rob Corddry, Andrew Daly, Jon C. Daly, Jamie Denbo, Bob Einstein, Joe Flaherty, Andy Kindler, Marc Maron, Penny Marshall, Edie McClurg, Alfred Molina, Mary Kay Place, Ian Roberts, Stephen Root, Paul Rust, Bob Saget, Horatio Sanz, Paul Scheer, George Wallace, Kym Whitley, Fred Willard, Billy Dee Williams and Anton Yelchin.
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Tosh.0: Deep V's + Tosh.0: Cardigans Plus Casual Jackets
The series, Tosh.0 features razor-sharp humor and biting commentary from comedian Daniel Tosh. The weekly, topical series delves into all aspects of the Internet from the absolutely absurd to the incredibly ingenious. Each episode includes Tosh giving subjects of notorious viral videos a second chance to redeem themselves from the embarrassment with which they have become synonymous with their very own "Web Redemption." The über-popular Tosh.0 blog, which is one of Comedy Central’s most-visited properties, continues to be updated daily with blog posts, web-exclusive behind-the-scenes content and interactive features. Comedy Central has just released two Tosh.0 compilations on Blu-ray and DVD – assembled according to host Daniel Tosh’s famous clothing selections. Over the course of the series run, each new set of episodes has featured Tosh wearing various themed wardrobe choices including hoodies (Season 1a), cardigans (Season 1b), casual jackets (Season 2a), deep V's (Season 2b), collared shirts (Season 3a), exposed arms (Season 3b), collegiate apparel (Season 3c), high
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fashion (Season 4a), sick kicks for the ladies (Season 4b) and over-priced concert tees with sexy stubble (Season 4c). Tosh.0: Deep V's includes 16 full-length episodes – including the first "What, What in the Butt" web remix, a trip with the Double Rainbow Guy and "Web Redemptions" for the awful weatherman, the angry black preacher, the "I Like Turtles Kid" and more. Tosh.0: Deep V's Blu-ray Bonus Features: Extended "Web Redemption" interviews; an extended "If Daniel Fought Celebrities" segment and the uncut 24-minute "Human Centipede" spoiler. Tosh.0: Cardigans Plus Casual Jackets includes 15 full-length episodes and will be released on DVD only and exclusively available at Walmart. The two-disc set includes "Web Redemptions" with Tron Guy, the backyard wrestler, the N64 kid and David After the Dentist gets back at his Dad. DVD Bonus Features: Extended "Web Redemption" interviews, outtakes, behind-the-scenes and the uncut "Orphan" spoiler.
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Showtime/CBS/Paramount
House Of Lives: The First Season
Based on the best-selling book by Martin Kihn, House Of Lies takes viewers into the captivating world of management consulting where nothing is off limits. With an all-star ensemble cast including Don Cheadle, who was nominate for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy for his role, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, Dawn Olivieri, Glynn Turman and Donis Leonard, Jr., House Of Lies takes a scathing look at a self-loathing management consultant Marty Kaan (Cheadle), who is never above using any means necessary to get his way with – and for – his clients. By his side is Jeannie Van Der Hooven (Bell), a razor-sharp, Ivy League graduate who, along with her competitive co-workers, strives to maintain the firm’s flawless image. Marty’s life is just as complicated outside the office: filled with an acerbic ex-wife, a psychoanalyst father and a cross-dressing son, Marty struggles to keep it all together. House Of Lies features notable guest stars including Griffin Dunne, Greg Germann, Richard Schiff, Nick Stahl and Peggy Lipton. DVD Bonus Features: Exclusive episode Audio Commentary with the hit show’s actors, writer and Extensive Interviews with the cast including stars Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell.
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Fox
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid : Dog Days
Everybody's favorite wimp, Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), is back for three times the fun in the latest film based on the super-popular book series! When Greg's dad (Steve Zahn) threatens to send him to military school if he doesn't stay out of trouble, Greg finds all-new ways to land himself in the doghouse! For starters, Greg's in over his head when he pretends to work at the swanky country club where Rowley's family has a membership. Things don't go much better on a father-son camping trip with the Wilderness Explorers, and then there's the Heffley's new dog, Sweetie, who fetches even more trouble for Greg in this hilarious family film! The David Bower-directed Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days also stars Rachel Harris, Devon Bostick and Robert Capron. Blu-ray Bonus Features: "Animated Comic: Class Clown"; Gag Reel; never-before-seen Deleted Scenes and a Digital Copy.
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Comedy Central/Paramount
Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution
In the second season of Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution, Iglesias opens each of the six episodes with all-new material, introducing several stand-up guests throughout each show. Comedian, long-time friend and “the craziest man in show business” – Martin Moreno – returns as the show announcer and guest commentator, and three-time Grammy Award-winners Ozomatli are also back to rock out as the house band. New this season, Fluffy gets animated for several classic Fluffy cartoons. Comedians stopping by to join the fun include Ian Bagg, Tony Baker, Dov Davidoff, Pablo Francisco, Dillon Garcia, Nick Guerra, Trevor Noah, Thai Rivera, Alfred Robles, Wil Sylvince, Gina Yashere, and Dustin Ybarra. Iglesias’ unique and animated comedy style has made him popular among fans of all ages. DVD Bonus Features: The making of the music video "Hey It’s Fluffy”; Animated Shorts and Outtakes.
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Warner Archive
Hanna-Barbera: Christmas Classics Collection
Hanna-Barbera Christmas Classics Collection – A dog and a mouse head for the North Pole to deliver a lost letter. Hanna-Barbera superstars lend a helping hand to the world’s friendliest ghost. The greediest boy in the world discovers the magic of giving. What could three such different tales have in common? Hanna-Barbera and Santa Claus, that’s what! Hanna-Barbera assembled its mightiest talents of pen and voice to produce one of its first forays into prime-time animated Christmas specials, A Christmas Story, the tale of Goober and Gumdrop’s quest to save Christmas for one little boy. Dick Van Dyke narrates The Town Santa Forgot, based on Charmaine Severson’s beloved poem “Jeremy Creek” about the confusion created by a gargantuan wish list. Casper’s First Christmas sees Casper facing a Christmas Eve eviction when he receives holiday help from the likes of Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo, Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, Quick Draw McGraw, Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy. This collection includes: A Christmas Story (1971), The Town Santa Forgot (1993), Casper's First Christmas (1979).
Rankin/Bass: TV Holiday Favorites Collection
Rankin Bass: TV Holiday Favorites Collection – Four family classics from the studio that helped make the holidays magic! The Little Drummer Boy Book II: Starting where the original left off, Book II sends Aaron, the little drummer boy, off on a quest to aid Simeon, crafter of the silver bells. With Greer Garson and Zero Mostel. The Stingiest Man in Town: Rankin/Bass departs from its usual stop-motion “Animagic” process for this line animation adaptation of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. With Walter Matthau, and Tom Bosley. Pinocchio’s Christmas: After Fox tricks him out of a gift for Geppetto, Pinocchio sets out on an adventure to reclaim Christmas. Along the way he meets up with a beautiful marionette and a jolly old man in a flying sleigh. With Alan King. The Leprechaun’s Christmas Gold: A sailor and a leprechaun join forces to reclaim the Christmas gold after a wailing banshee makes off with it, thanks to the sailor’s blunder. With Art Carney and Peggy Cass.
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