The popularity of the Twilight movie series lately has sparked a renewed interest in all things vampire. Even if you are not a fan of the book or movie series, you can’t miss them all over television and in the news. It began as a figment of imagination many years ago, and has now become a movie genre with fans all over the world.The legend of vampires has existed for centuries all across the globe. Said to be evil spirits, demons, witches, or ghosts, vampires were told to live by consuming human blood. The frightening shadowy creature with fangs, possibly came from a core fear of the unknown which even today exists in most peoples’ minds. Almost all cultures have vampire stories and the entertainment industry has made millions on this terrifying tale.The best known and most seen vampire of all time is of course, Dracula. Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of Dracula in 1931 was the beginning of the vampire movie empire, which carries on extensively today. Many books, movies, and television shows have told vampire tales in all sorts of variations.Even though we think of Dracula as getting the ball rolling, a film produced in 1922 called Nosferatu is most likely the true origin of all vampire movies. Starring Max Schreck, this was a silent move made in Germany. It told the tale of Braum Stoker’s novel, which has been published in over 150 versions. Many experts in the vampire movie industry consistently rate Nosferatu in the top-ten in the genre.Although there is some variety among vampire movies these days, some of the basic elements are the same. Of course, the vampire is usually the dreaded main character. All vampires need a good vampire hunter to create a story as well. According to the legends, it is commonly seen that vampires can only be killed by a wooden stake through their hearts, can’t go out in the sunlight, have no reflection and are afraid of holy water and crucifixes.These early horror films had a much narrower audience than vampire movies today. Films such as The Lost Boys, Blade, Braum Stoker’s Dracula and Van Helsing have attracted people who may not have been into vampire movies before. Involving a tragic love story with the vampire legend is a good fit for moviegoers everywhere. Mix in a few handsome actors, and these movies are now a popular mainstream genre.Although the basic plot of vampires in the movies is the same, worldwide film producers are constantly working to give viewers a unique take on this classic story. With more than one hundred fifty films made about him, it has been said that Dracula has been the subject of more films than any other fictional character. Upcoming releases such as Midnight Son and sequels in the Twilight series will continue to grow the vampire film industry. As more and more vampire movies are made, more and more viewers will find themselves going to the theater to watch the latest vampire story come to life.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was born on February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in the Jewish religion, and his parents were part of the founding members of the Progressive Jewish Alliance. His grandfather, Michael Gordon, was a Hollywood film director between the 1940s and 1970s, and was best known for the film, “Pillow Talk.” Joseph Gordon-Levitt had one older brother, who passed away in 2010.In his younger years, Joseph Gordon-Levitt worked with musical theater groups. He began acting at the age of four, so his career began early. His first major role was the Scarecrow in a production of “The Wizard of Oz,” which jumpstarted his career when an agent saw him perform. He performed in many TV commercials, including those for Cocoa Puffs, Pop-Tarts, and Kinney Shoes, all before the age of six.After the age of six, Joseph Gordon-Levitt began performing in made-for-television movies. He played in the “Dark Shadows” series, which was recently revived as a movie by Tim Burton. In 1994, he performed in the Disney film, “Angels in the Outfield.” In the 90s, Joseph Gordon-Levitt appeared in a number of teen magazines as a heartthrob, which was something he wasn’t particularly fond of. Despite his distaste for celebrity, he continued to maintain a media presence. He performed in “3rd Rock from the Sun” while attending high school, and in 1999 he broke into major movies with his role in “10 Things I Hate About You.”Joseph Gordon-Levitt returned to acting in 2004 after taking a break while he went to college. He performed in “Mysterious Skin,” “Brick,” “Latter Days,” and more over the next three years. In recent years, he played in “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009),” “Inception,” and “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012.In upcoming movies, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play the young version of Joe in “Looper” and Robert Todd Lincoln in “Lincoln.” He has directed a film called “Sparks” and another named “Morgan and Destiny’s Eleventeenth Date: The Zeppelin Zoo.” He also was one of the producers who backed the Broadway show, “Slava’s Snowshow.”Joseph Gordon-Levitt keeps a low profile most of the time, remaining as private as possible. However, he did answer a few questions for a recent interview following the release of “The Dark Knight Rises.” He talked about the importance of being open and paying attention to others, since you never know what kind of relationship you’ll be able to develop together.Joseph Gordon-Levitt has also been friends with Zooey Deschanel for over 10 years, since the filming of “500 Days of Summer” in which they were costars. When discussing his childhood, he stated that he felt he was very lucky to have supportive parents who loved him. During his childhood, he also participated in sports, like gymnastics and baseball, took piano lessons, and started acting. None of those things were ever forced on him, which made his love of acting something he could develop and enjoy in his own time.He also spoke about how he managed to stay out of trouble, unlike many people in Hollywood, due to his love of acting. He doesn’t enjoy the fame as much as he enjoys acting in itself, and the process of making movies and television shows is his main goal. He also stated that he was able to avoid getting pigeonholed into television shows instead of movies by taking a break while he went to school. That way, when he returned to acting, he was able to choose the kind of work he wanted to participate in more freely.Joseph Gordon-Levitt has also indicated that he wants to participate in musicals in the future, such as a remake of the popular “Little Shop of Horrors.”To the people who have suggested he has a romantic relationship with Zooey Deschanel, he has made a point to state that they are just friends and have been for a long time. The relationship is comfortable in that way, and that is how he expects it to stay.Joseph Gordon-Levitt thinks that Hollywood is expanding in an exciting way. Unlike in the past, people can connect via the Internet, over the phone, and through other media outlets, making it much easier to be closer to those who aren’t necessarily linked into the Hollywood lifestyle. Because of this, he also enjoys working on shared art projects with fans and other artists and musicians online.