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Could ‘Looper’ Director Rian Johnson Tackle ‘Doctor Who’ Next?

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Sony Pictures / BBC

The talk on everyone's lips this week is both that of Rian Johnson's "Joe Go Lev" sci-fi time-travel actioner 'Looper,' opening Friday, as well as Saturday's pivotal 'Doctor Who' that says goodbye to several fan-favorite characters.  We'd even heard a bit about 'The Hobbit' director Peter Jackson looking to try his hand at directing 'Doctor Who,' but what are the odds that Rian Johnson's next big project could trade 'Looper's for the TARDIS?

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Rian Johnson Interview: ‘Looper,’ Time Travel Logistics and Transformations

Rian Johnson 'Looper' interview
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We've already known how creative Rian Johnson is, and Emily Blunt even attested to that fact back during our Comic-Con interview. Back then, the celeb gave us some tid bits about what the director has in store for us with his latest project 'Looper,' and we'll find out soon enough when it hits theaters this Friday, September 28.

The movie tells the story of a designated hitman (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who kills people from the future who are sent back in time by the mob. But when he's faced with killing his future self (Bruce Willis) and "closing the loop," he misses the target and has to track himself down to finish the job.

We had a chance to speak with Rian Johnson at Fantastic Fest in Austin, just a few hours before the film's premiere, to chat about what else we can expect. 

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‘Looper’ Debuts New Animated Trailer in Time for Its Premiere

'Looper' animated trailer
Sony Pictures

Sony has been doing a bang-up job building awareness for Rian Johnson’s ‘Looper,’ which finally opens in theaters on Friday, September 28 after what feels like months of anticipation. Johnson and his team stopped at WonderCon, Comic-Con and helped open this year’s Toronto International Film Festival with his time-bending thriller. But you really haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen the new animated trailer for the film. Check it out below.

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‘Looper’ Gets a New Poster: Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Become One

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Sony

It's sort of like that Spice Girls song '2 Become 1,' only Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are there and the wonderful Rian Johnson directs. And there's not actually any singing, except for in our brains. Check out the latest poster from 'Looper,' which reminds us that we still can't wait to see it.

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‘Looper’ International Trailer Features Some Serious Time Crimes

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 'Looper'
Film District/Tri-Star

Avert your eyes if you don't want to know any more about Rian Johnson's latest film, 'Looper,' starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (JoGoLev, for all you cool kids) as a hitman who eliminates marks sent back in time by a mob syndicate.

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‘Breaking Bad’ Talk: “Fifty-One”

AMC
AMC

Welcome to 'Breaking Bad' talk! Each week we'll be discussing the latest episode with two critics. This week's episode, "Fifty-One," was directed by Rian Johnson and gives us an intimate portrait of what it means for Walter White to have and exert power in all of his relationships, especially with his wife, Skylar.

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‘Looper’ Trailer: Bruce Willis Tries to Kick His Own Butt

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Sony Pictures

We just brought you the international trailer for Rian Johnson's 'Looper,' and now there's a domestic one that spends more time presenting the spectacle of the film. We also get to see Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) get into a fight with himself -- albeit the older version (Bruce Willis).

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‘Looper’ International Trailer is Awesome But Does it Give Too Much Away?

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Sony

Brace yourselves, ‘Looper’ enthusiasts. An international trailer for Rian Johnson’s time-warping sci-fi thriller just landed, and it better explains what Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his futuristic counterpart, Bruce Willis, will be up against when the movie arrives in September.

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New Poster for ‘Looper’ is Awesome

New Looper Poster
TriStar

'Looper' is one of our most anticipated movies of 2012 simply because it marks the return of director Rian Johnson, who blew us away with his previous films, 'Brick' and 'The Brothers Bloom.' But a Rian Johnson film about time travel starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis? Oh, man. Let's get in line right now. Anyway, the film's pretty awesome new poster isn't going to make the wait any easier.

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Bruce Willis Says ‘Looper’ Is “Better Than Anything I’ve Ever Done”

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Getty Images

Bruce Willis has five movies due in theaters between now and the end of the year. The parade of films starts with Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ and ends with ‘Looper,’ Rian Johnson’s time-traveling thriller. In between, he’ll co-star in a few massive summer blockbusters and continue filming a fifth ‘Die Hard’ movie. But he has little interest in talking about those efforts in this fascinating new interview, though he does reveal which of his films is his favorite. (You won’t be able to guess which one it is.)

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