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Watchdog Group Attacks 'Don Jon' For Portraying Italian And Jewish Stereotypes

October 1st, 2013 10:07pm EDT
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The Italian-American One Voice Coalition has a problem with Joseph Gordon-Levitt's latest film, saying Don Jon promotes "racist stereotypes."

The group became famous for its battle against MTV in 2010 over its show Jersey Shore for the way it portrayed Italian Americans in New Jersey.

Coalition president Dr. Emanuele Alfano wrote in a statement, "Levitt, much like his pornography-addicted character, needs an intervention and should go into serious therapy for his ethnic denigration of Italian Americans."

The statement went on to describe the film's "racist" portrayals, such as a family s...
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon' Deemed 'Racist' By Italian-American Organization

October 1st, 2013 3:46pm EDT
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt has found himself under attack from members of Italian American One Voice Coalition for promoting racial stereotypes in his new film Don Jon.

In the movie, written and directed by Gordon-Levitt, the 32 year-old actor plays a pornography addict who embarks on a romance with his Jewish love interest, portrayed by Scarlett Johansson.

The film, which serves as Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, has received rave reviews, but bosses at the Italian American One Voice Coalition claim the movie, casts Jews and Italians in a negative light.

A statement from organization fo...
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'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2' Crushes 'Rush,' 'Don Jon' At Weekend Box Office

September 30th, 2013 11:00am EDT
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"Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2" dominated the weekend box office, debuting with $35 million in ticket sales.

The franchise's first animated film was a surprise hit in 2009, and the 3D sequel centers on Flint's out-of-control invention that creates food animals, such as tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, and cheespiders. Bill Hader and Anna Faris star.

In second place at the box office was Hugh Jackman's child abduction drama "Prisoners," which made $11.3 million. Racing drama "Rush," starring Chris Hemsworth, debuted in the third slot with $10.3 million.

Rounding out the top ...
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Trending: Kaley Cuoco's Whirlwind Engagement, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks 'Don Jon', Jimmy Kimmel's Rap Feud

September 27th, 2013 9:56am EDT
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"The Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco is engaged to tennis player Ryan Sweeting after just three months of dating. The couple hooked up in July, after Kaley's brief romance with "Man of Steel" star Henry Cavill. "It's only been three months but she knows Ryan is the one," a rep for her show confirmed to Us Weekly. The two lovebirds hit the red carpet together at the Primetime Emmy Awards last weekend. (story)

Melissa Joan Hart has a new memoir coming out and the former teen actress has shared some of the dirt from in the book, titled "Melissa Explains It All". The "Sabrina the Teenage Wit...
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'Don Jon' Joseph Gordon Levitt Proves He's A Triple Threat

September 26th, 2013 10:14pm EDT
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Joseph Gordon Levitt is one talented actor and with his new film, 'Don Jon,' he shows us that acting is not the only thing he's good at.

Not only does Levitt star in this film, he wrote and directed it as well. Levitt plays Jon Martello, (aka Don Jon) an Italian American from New Jersey. Jon is single, works as a bartender. He loves to hang out with his buddies at the local clubs, loves to pick up girls and have sex with them and loves to watch internet porn.

In fact, Jon is addicted to porn. He watches it before sex, during sex and after sex. The dude can't get enough of it. And he just...
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Q&A: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Discusses 'Don Jon,' Optimism, And Taking Risks

September 26th, 2013 11:00am EDT
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Since breaking out in the late '90s in 10 Things I Hate About You, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has steadily climbed Hollywood’s ladder with an intelligent mixture of roles in indie films like Brick and big-budget movies like The Dark Knight Rises. Levitt wasn’t content just to be a well-rounded actor though. In 2005, he launched the successful online artistic collaborative HitRECord and most recently, he also set his sights on writing and directing a feature-length film.

Levitt's directing debut is Don Jon, a dramedy where he plays Jon, a beefy New Jersey lothario. Jon can bed a new woman every n...
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Shortens 'Don Jon's Addiction' To Just 'Don Jon'

March 9th, 2013 3:00pm EST
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The SXSW Film Festival is kicking off, and writer/director/star Joseph Gordon-Levitt has issued a statement about his latest film, formerly known as "Don Jon’s Addiction."

"Hey everybody, so, as you might've heard already, I wrote and directed a movie last year, and it's coming out later this year.  Which is absolutely crazy, and I still kinda can't believe it.  Anyway, I'm posting this today to let you all know that I'm changing its title.  It's now called... DON JON.  I decided to change it, first of all, because DON JON is just so short and simple, and if you know me, you know I'm a f...
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt To Receive Breakthrough Filmmaker Award

March 5th, 2013 11:30am EST
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be named "Breakthrough Filmmaker of the Year" at CinemaCon for "Don Jon's Addiction."
 
In January, the actor premiered his directorial debut at the Sundance Film Festival. Fans and critics alike have lauded the film, and it landed a distribution deal from Relativity Media.

Gordon-Levitt will be honored for his film at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards in Las Vegas on April 18.

Convention executive Mitch Neuhauser commented: "Having already been embraced by moviegoers and critics alike with his diverse list of acting credits, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is sur...
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Cuts Racy Sex Scene From 'Don Jon's Addiction' Film

February 8th, 2013 4:15pm EST
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt has decided to remove a racy sex scene from his directorial debut Don Jon's Addiction to make sure the movie lands an appropriate age rating.

The Dark Knight Rises actor directs and stars in the film as a porn-obsessed womanizer who tries to start a meaningful relationship with Scarlett Johansson's character.

The film won a distribution deal following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah last month, but the actor has confirmed he will have to change some parts of the movie to appease U.S. censors.

Speaking during a press conference at the Berlin Interna...
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Directorial Debut Lands Distribution Deal

January 22nd, 2013 10:49am EST
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is celebrating after his directorial debut Don Jon's Addiction was snapped up by movie bosses at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

The actor went to the festival to unveil the comedy, which he wrote, directed and stars in as a porn-obsessed womanizer who tries to start a meaningful relationship with Scarlett Johansson's character.

Don Jon's Addiction was a huge hit with audiences and sparked a bidding war with studio heads, and on Monday it was picked up by Relativity Media.

Gordon-Levitt announced the deal in a video posted online, telling fans, "I'm here at Su...
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Spotted: Scarlett Johansson Linking Arms With Joseph Gordon-Levitt...

June 28th, 2012 4:03pm EDT
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...on the set of new film "Don Jon's Addiction." So, no, they're not a couple. Although we think they'd be really cute together!

The film centers on a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type as he attempts to become less selfish. It's set for release sometime in 2013.

Scarlett, 27, has been dating New York City ad executive Nate Taylor for several months. He follows a fling she had with Sean Penn and a failed marriage to Ryan Reynolds.

We're not sure who Joseph is dating right now - if anybody. He has most recently been linked to Devon Aoki and Evan Rachel Wood.

See more photos from t...
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