IGN.COM – At the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour today, Joseph Gordon-Levitt appeared to discuss his new TV series, HITRECORD ON TV. Debuting next Saturday on the recently launched cable channel Pivot, the series is an extension of the hitRECord online collaborative production company Gordon-Levitt formed with his brother, Dan. Like on the website (and accompanying YouTube channel), the TV show includes short films, songs, animation and more that has been contributed to by thousands of different people from across the world. The first episode, for example, has a short film based on an essay submitted by one contributor, with voice over recorded by another and music by another, among many, many others whose work was incorporated.
The series is presented in a variety show format, with Gordon-Levitt in front of an audience. Asked about that format and the blend of genres he’s using, Gordon-Levitt said, “I have a really eclectic taste in what I like to watch. I don’t only like romantic comedies or only action movies, I like all kinds of movies. I don’t only want to listen to De La Soul or only want to listen to Johnny Cash, I like to listen to all kinds of music. HITRECORD is really a way I can work on a variety of things, and that diversity makes me happy.” He added, “We have thousands of peoples from across the world working on our collaboration and we’re going to get diverse [results].”
Levitt stressed that HITRECORD isn’t what is considered crowdsourcing or even asking people for submissions and only choosing one. “It’s a production company and I direct it. Instead of hiring a group of people that happens on a traditional set, we open up those doors on the internet and anyone can contribute to them.”
SCREENCRUSH.COM – Word broke last month that actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who made his directorial debut with ‘Don Jon,’ will next tackle a big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s gothic comic book classic ‘Sandman.’ Since then, we haven’t heard much, but now Gordon-Levitt has opened up a bit about his plans for the film in a new interview. So what can we expect from this highly-anticipated project? Something “spectacular,” he promises.
Gordon-Levitt recently spoke to IGN, and when asked about the upcoming project he got pretty excited. The actor and director, who is also said to be in contention to star in the film (although which part he would possibly play is still up for speculation), is clearly a huge fan of the property, and the right man for the job:
Well, I love just the basic concept of it – just the concept of personifying Dream, along with all of his brothers and sisters, the seven Endless personifying Death, personifying Destruction and Delirium and Destiny and Desire and Despair. I mean, that’s just a fascinating and, I think, a really cinematic concept. You look at the art of Sandman, and it just looks spectacular. I love big, spectacular movies, but oftentimes big, spectacular movies sort of get stuck in a rut. They go down certain paths that end in big explosions or whatever. Sandman has so much opportunity to do something that’s on a grand, grand scale, but really unlike your average big, grand-scale, spectacular movie. I guess that’s the tip of the iceberg.
When asked about a tweet that included the word “prelude,” which seemed to hint that his ‘Sandman’ film might be just be the beginning of a series of films, Gordon-Levitt clarified:
I honestly just wrote that as sort of a pun, because this tweet was a prelude to who knows what’s to come. Obviously “Prelude” is the title of the first issue, but… Yeah, nothing is cemented yet. But there’s so much potential in that material. It’s exciting.
And there you have it. No big news here, but he’s excited and we’re excited to have someone who obviously has a clear vision for the film at the helm.
I have updated our gallery with some photos that we were missing. Some photos include Joseph attending the London premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” and the Toronto International Film Festival and of Joseph promoting his movie “Don Jon“. I will still be adding a lot more photos into our gallery!
SPIN.COM – Within the first 75 seconds of the premiere episode of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s new show, HITRECORD ON TV (which premieres with two back-to-back episodes January 18 on Pivot), we’ve learned that he’s the creator, producer, and director. We’ve also seen that he’s hosting and shooting footage; later, we’ll hear him sing and play the piano. The song? One he helped write, of course.
Despite appearances, this project isn’t really about Gordon-Levitt, his work, or his seemingly bottomless well of talent. Instead, the half-hour variety show — made up of short films, animation, musical performances, interviews, and multimedia jokes — is about what can happen when creative people (and complete strangers) across the globe put their (digital) heads together.
“We like to call ourselves an open collaborative production company, where hundreds of thousands of artists around the world form a community around the art we make together,” says series co-creator Jared Geller. The 300,000-member crew he’s talking about coalesces at hitRECord.org, a website Gordon-Levitt started in 2005 as a place to compile the projects he started between acting gigs. He wrote journal entries, posted songs that inspired him, and slowly built a following, which really took off when he added a message board to the site.
“I think one of the first collaborations was a word-association game,” Geller recalls. (He’s also the site’s executive producer.) “All of the sudden, there were thousands of contributions to this thing. Joe and I thought, ‘What a cool way to make art — to be inclusive, to open it up to people all over the world, to any concentration. What if we made a production company based on this idea?'”
IGN.COM – I had the chance to sit down with Joseph Gordon-Levitt today, for an interview about his new series, HITRECORD ON TV. I’ll have plenty more with Gordon-Levitt discussing that series next week — though you can more of what he had to say about the show today here — but during our conversation, we also touched upon The Sandman and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Gordon-Levitt is playing the role of Johnny in Robert Rodriguez’s follow up to 2005’s Sin City, alongside a large cast that includes Josh Brolin and Bruce Willis. As for The Sandman, it was recently revealed that Gordon-Levitt is producing a film adaptation of the acclaimed comic from Neil Gaiman, and could possibly also star in it and direct the film as well.
LATIMES.COM – Pivot is pressing the record button again: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “HitRecord on TV” will get a second season.
The network announced the news Saturday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, one week before the eclectic series makes its bow.
The variety series, which Gordon-Levitt likens to a modern-day “Muppet Show,” features a hodgepodge of video shorts, songs, and other creative content plucked from Gordon-Levitt’s open-collaborative community, hitRECord, which has already produced a number of books and albums.
The first episode of “HitRecord on TV” was made available on YouTube, iTunes and other digital platforms earlier this week, and has already received over half a million views, said Evan Shapir, head of Pivot, the new cable network from Participant Media.
“HitRecord on TV” will make its traditional TV debut on Jan. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT with two back-to-back episodes.