If Joseph Gordon-Levitt ever wanted to pull a Gwyneth Paltrow and explore his musical side through his film work, consider the groundwork laid.
When Levitt stopped by Jimmy Fallon's late-night couch Tuesday to talk up his new cancer comedy, "50/50," Jimbo let a secret slip: In the drunken karaoke environment, Levitt nails the vocal stylings of rocker Axl Rose.
The proof in the video below, where Levitt interprets Miss Kelly Clarkson's classic "Since U Been Gone," Axl-style -- and does a really decent job of hitting those complaint notes.
The movie "50/50" sees Levitt as a young man diagnosed with cancer, given down-the-middle odds of survival. The film, inspired by a true story, costars Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anjelica Houston.
Fallon, it would happen, is no stranger to making his thespian guests sing for their sit-down -- including Paltrow, for their famous fictional band Shazzazz.
Cancer -- chicks dig it? In Seth Rogen's world, they just might.
Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anna Kendrick hit the red carpet in New York on Monday night for the premiere of "50/50," a comedy-drama that was inspired by real events around screenwriter Will Reiser's cancer diagnosis six years ago.
Reiser got through it, in part with the humor of his good friend Rogen, then wrote a comedy-drama about the experience when it was done. The "50/50" in the title refers to the odds of survival given to the movie's lead character.
Anjelica Huston, who plays mom to Gordon-Levitt's character, made the scene, as did director Jonathan Levine and screenwriter Reiser. Rogen and Reiser worked together on Sacha Baron Cohen's "Da Ali G Show" and the two have producer and exec producer credits on "50/50." Fiancee Lauren Miller was there on Rogen's arm.
Also spotted outside the Ziegfeld Theater: Kerry Butler of "Scrubs," "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" creator Julie Taymor, Keith Powell of "30 Rock," Bill Hader of "Saturday Night Live," T.V. Carpio of "Body of Proof," and singer Sean Lennon with Charlotte Kemp Muhl. An after-party was held at the Four Seasons Restaurant.
Tangentially, Gordon-Levitt, who plays the Reiser-inspired character, has been online collecting humorous stories of real-life tragedies to be adapted down the line, possibly, into short films. Or cartoons. Or musical numbers.
Or something like that. Couldn't hurt, right? With "50/50" opening Friday, there's at least a precedent.
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"The Dark Knight Rises" — or what might be called "Inception" lite — has found itself a boardwoman and a cop in Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
The actors who previously teamed with "Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan are joining him again for the newest Batman film — the final chapter in the trilogy.
Cotillard, who won the lead actress Oscar in 2007 for "La Vie en Rose," will play Miranda Tate, a member of the Wayne Enterprises board. Tate is "eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father's philanthropic endeavors for Gotham," according to Variety.
Gordon-Levitt will join Gotham City's rank-and-file police force as John Blake, "a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon." He was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2009 for his starring role in "(500) Days of Summer."
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Just as April showers bring May flowers, the Vanity Fair Hollywood issue means that Oscar is right around the corner — and the magazine has once again recruited the biggest stars in film to ring in the awards.
Who will you see on the magazine rack? Academy Awards show hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco are featured in the first part of a multi-panel cover, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds joining them.
Anthony Mackie finds himself in a Jennifer Lawrence and Olivia Wilde sandwich as the talented bunch put their best faces forward along a clubhouse bar in a shot styled with old-school showbiz glamour. Jesse Eisenberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt get Mila Kunis as some sexy topping in a little black number, while Robert Duvall surfaces behind the bar.
New "Spider-Man" Andrew Garfield perches by Rashida Jones (who is, naturally, feeding a lion cub with a bottle), along with "Country Strong" and "Tron: Legacy" stud Garrett Hedlund and the original "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Noomi Rapace.
Check out a clip of the shoot below, and tell us your thoughts on the Hollywood issue in comments.
For the record, 2:51 p.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified Jennifer Lawrence as Dianna Agron.
The death of Dan Gordon-Levitt, the older brother of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was announced Tuesday on Twitter by the "Inception" and " Days of Summer" actor, who urged followers to celebrate his brother's life.
"He spins fire for a living," Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 29, told David Letterman in July. "It's like ... a ball and chain and he spins them around in cool patterns. You know, if you feel a certain way, it looks really cool to your eyes."
Nicknamed "Burning Dan," the fire-spinning flow artist and flow-arts teacher was found unresponsive early Monday in his Hollywood home, People magazine reports. The cause of death was unknown pending an autopsy, officials said.
[Updated, 1:30 p.m.: The death may have been drug-related, E! News reports, quoting an L.A. coroner's office official who said it was originally reported as a possible overdose, and that one of two friends present at the scene early Monday was taken to the hospital. Burning Dan was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.]
In August, Burning Dan explained to PopEater: "Flow arts is a combination of performance art and dance and meditation and yoga and sort of self-transformation, to give you a fun way of doing something that's really good for you and helps you be an even smoother, more awesome person than you already were." In that same interview, he described how close the brothers were.
On his Flow Temple teacher bio, he said: "My breakthrough into the world of Flow Arts came later that year  at my first Burning Man with the revelation that there are no 'Other Kinds of People' and that anybody can do ANYTHING."
(See Burning Dan in action, above, and Joseph's Letterman interview below, after the break.)
The stars were out in full force in Hollywood on Tuesday evening, when the cast of "Inception" -- Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard and Ellen Page, among others -- hit the red carpet to promote the opening of their new film.
As they walked down a black carpet decorated with the film's title in huge red letters, the actors made it clear what attracted them to the project: director Christopher Nolan.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays the DiCaprio character's right-hand man, Arthur, in the film, said he'd long followed Nolan's career and was so eager to impress his potential boss that he dressed in a suit and tie for their first meeting.
"Well, the thing is, I didn't know anything about the movie when I went to meet him for the first time," Gordon-Levitt said. "I knew there was a movie, and I knew that Leo was in it, and that's all I knew about it. So normally when you go into a meeting, you dress appropriately; you get into the right mood for whatever character you're gonna play. But I didn't know anything about it, so I just figured I'd suit up, and I got lucky. Turns out that the character I play wears a lot of suits."
Japanese costar Ken Watanabe was also familiar with Nolan, having worked with him on films including "Batman Begins." But he was less familiar with the script, which he said he had to read three times before he fully grasped it.
"When I read the script, it's so confusing ... I need[ed] to go back to read three times." But in the film, he said, it's "very visualized, so it's a really great human drama."