After starting life as a project that Warner Bros. was very gung-ho to make, and quickly roping in a cast that includes Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Sean Penn, Ruben Fleischer‘s film Gangster Squad is in a difficult position. The movie tells a fictionalized account of LA cops attempting to stop the incursion of organized crime into Los Angeles during the 1940s. Part of the climax of the film features a scene in which mobsters fire at a theater full of moviegoers, shooting out into the auditorium from behind the screen, as pictured in the trailer.
In the wake of the horrific shooting at an Aurora, CO screening of The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros. wisely pulled the trailer from theaters last Friday. But the studio is considering taking a more dramatic step: delaying, and potentially even recutting the movie.
Update: Variety announces that Warner Bros. will remove the theater shootout from Gangster Squad, and that the film will undergo some reshoots. Original article follows.
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When Barry Sonnenfeld‘s Men in Black 3 was in production, much was made of behind the scenes problems. Reports circulated that it began filming without a full script, production stopped for months on end and scenes were written on the day. No matter to what degree those reports were true or false, the final product definitely feels like a film searching for its identity in those same ways. It wobbles out of the start gate, almost drops out of the race, then finds its footing and finishes strong.
Leaps and bounds better than Men in Black II and featuring many of the traits that mad the 1997 original a hit, Men in Black III is better than you’re expecting but not as good as you’d hoped. Read More »
There are a lot of big, attention-getting films in 2012, and one that I forget about once in a while is Gangster Squad, the film in which Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer follows the efforts of a squad of LA cops (Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie) to stop the incursion of organized crime into LA, led by Sean Penn as famed mob boss Mickey Cohen.
A trailer has just been released for the film, and it looks like a good period cops and robbers story, bolstered by that cast into a level of quality that might let it sit alongside other period LA crime tales such as L.A. Confidential. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
Lots to see in today’s Sequel Bits, including a DVD featurette, a blooper reel, a TV spot, posters, and a (not at all revealing) set photo. After the jump:
- Another new TV spot debuts for Men in Black 3
- Gary Busey goes nuts in Piranha 3DD outtakes
- Watch a featurette from the Underworld: Awakening DVD
- Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto tweet wrapping Star Trek 2
- Check out the Korean G.I. Joe: Retaliation posters
- Donnie Yen is set to return for Ip Man 3D
- Who wants to be an extra on Atlas Shrugged Part 2?
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A poster, some behind-the-scenes footage, and a rather intriguing bit of potential casting lurk in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:
- A rumor says David Tennant wants to do Fast Six
- Peter Berg is still really excited to do Hancock 2
- Kevin Feige teases a change of pace for Captain America 2
- Here’s what goes on behind the scenes of Men in Black 3
- TRON: Uprising poster promises to re-program the future
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Are you nervous that Spike Lee is remaking Oldboy starring Josh Brolin? So is Josh Brolin. The Oscar-nominee was asked about the film at the junket for Men in Black 3 and expressed true passion, knowledge and pause about making the film. He also confirmed the cast we’ve already heard about, Elizabeth Olson and Sharlto Copley, and said he wouldn’t agree to do the film unless original director Chan-wook Park gave his blessing. Which he did.
Brolin said the film will start shooting in October, after he finishes Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, and after the jump, read his quotes on the subject. Oh, and there will still be a hammerfight. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Yep, Scary Movie 5 is happening, but will its stars return? Anna Faris isn’t sure. Also after the jump:
- Sony unveils two more clips from Men in Black 3
- Tony Gilroy talks balancing old and new in The Bourne Legacy
- Check out some concept art for TRON: Uprising
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Spike Lee‘s new version of Oldboy, based both on the excellent South Korean film by Chan-wook Park and the manga that inspired it, has taken some time to come together. Josh Brolin has been attached for some time to play a man kidnapped off the street one night, only to find himself held in a strange hotel-like prison… for fifteen years. His release is just as abrupt as his capture, and he sets off to find the person responsible.
Offers have gone out to a few different actors to play that responsible party – Colin Firth, Clive Owen and others have been discussed and/or approached. But nothing worked out until now, when Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A-Team) became set to play the part. Read More »