The Mummy Remake

Only a few days ago news broke that Russell Crowe was being lined up for a role in The Mummy. The Australian actor was in early talks to play a Dr. Jekyll-type character in the first movie that will kick off an entire Universal monster movie universe. The intention was to have Crowe appear in a cameo-like role with the hopes of spinning off into his own movie. Now the news has been confirmed by the actor himself, and he’s given a little more detail about what we can expect from The Mummy remake. Read More »

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“No motherfucker makes me laugh like this motherfucker,” says Russell Crowe about Ryan Gosling. Usually, these two guys are some of the best dramatic actors in the world but on a brisk February Los Angeles night, they’re hamming up a storm: acting drunk, fake vomiting and screaming profanities as they discover a dead corpse in the woods of Griffith Park.

We’re on the set of The Nice Guys, writer/director Shane Black’s first film after directing the mega-hit Iron Man 3, and latest collaboration with Joel Silver, whom Black worked with on the Lethal Weapon franchise, which made him a star. The Nice Guys is classic Black and Silver – a big, action comedy with brains and wit. Set in 1978 Los Angeles, it’s about a goofy detective named March (Gosling) who teams up with a gentle bonebreaker named Healy (Crowe) to figure out a mystery about smog and pornography. It’s kind of Chinatown meets Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with the action of Lethal Weapon. Or at least that’s whatever everyone hopes on February 6, 2015, the final night of shooting The Nice Guys.

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The Nice Guys final trailer

Forget all of those super-serious superhero-on-superhero showdowns. Sometimes, the brightest sparks fly when two not-so-heroic foes are forced to join forces. And no one does that particular genre of story like Shane Black, as we’ve seen in films like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Lethal Weapon. His latest, The Nice Guys, pairs a hapless detective (Ryan Gosling) with the gruff enforcer (Russell Crowe) who broke his arm, as the two get caught up in an ever-more-tangled web of intrigue involving a missing girl, a dead porn star, and Matt Bomer in a really unflattering haircut.

All of the marketing so far has suggested that Black is up to his usual tricks — colorful characters, ridiculous action, crackling dialogue — with typically spectacular results. And the first reactions from early screenings are backing that up. Get a taste of the Nice Guys buzz and watch the Nice Guys final trailer after the jump.
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Russell Crowe Joining The Mummy

At one time, it was believed that Dracula Untold would mark the beginning of a Universal movie monster universe, inspired by all the classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolfman and more. However, since that movie tanked at the box office, I’m willing to bet it won’t be mentioned in Universal’s new efforts to make the monster cinematic universe happen.

Instead, Universal is looking to kick off this new shared universe with The Mummy, debuting in the summer of 2017. Tom Cruise is locked in to star in the film, and now one more big name may join the cast: Russell Crowe.

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The Nice Guys Retro Trailer

We’re just a few days away from May, which means the release of Shane Black‘s dark comedy The Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling is just around the corner. Not too long ago, a new promotional web series came online with Crowe and Gosling getting some therapy sessions in before they embarked on their publicity tour for The Nice Guys. Now Warner Bros. Pictures is keeping the viral videos coming by giving The Nice Guys a trailer straight out of the 1970s, the decade during which the story unfolds in Los Angeles.

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The Nice Guys Viral Videos

The Nice Guys is coming to theaters in just one month, which means we’re going to see Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe making the rounds on late night television and various other promotional avenues to help build the buzz around the movie. The latter is just coming off hosting Saturday Night Live (while Gosling hosted late last year), and now the two are making more comedy together with a series of webisodes following the two actors as they go into therapy together. If you weren’t convinced that these two have chemistry from the trailers for The Nice Guys, these funny videos ought to do it.

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The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys should make for a nice breath of fresh air this summer. While there are plenty of huge tentpole movies coming out over the next few months, writer-director Shane Black is offering up something a little different, and hopefully that’ll be enough to convince audiences to see Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe unite in this buddy detective picture.

Below, watch the latest The Nice Guys TV spot, which tries to sell you on the Nice Guys Detective Agency.

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Russell Crowe Saturday Night Live

Last night, Oscar winner Russell Crowe took the stage at Studio 8H for his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live. You would have thought Crowe had hosted sometime before, but it didn’t happen. The comfort with which Crowe hosted SNL was surprising to say the least, and the actor proved that broadening his career to include comedy might not be a bad idea. The only problem is that the writers didn’t really give him much to work with.

Run through the best and worst sketches from the Russell Crowe Saturday Night Live episode below. Read More »

The Nice Guys

We’re as excited as anyone for the long-awaited release of Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which pits the two superheroes against each other before bringing them back around to the same side to form the Justice League. (Not a spoiler; it’s right there in the title.) But truth be told, we’re just as eager to see the studio’s other upcoming movie about two heavyweights who start off at odds, only to join forces against a greater evil.

We’re talking about Shane Black‘s The Nice Guys, starring Ryan Gosling as a down-on-his-luck detective and Russell Crowe as a hired enforcer. The mismatched duo get tangled up in a massive conspiracy in 1970s Los Angeles, and soon find themselves more than a little bit out of their element. It’s pretty unfortunate for them, but freaking great for us. Watch the new Nice Guys trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens chief of creature and droid effects Neal Scanlan poses with the creatures from the movie.

It’s Friday and we’re less than a week away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting theaters nationwide. I thought we’d be in Star Wars overkill at this point, but even with a Force Awakens round-up each day on the site I was expecting to be bombarded with much more Force Awakens content the week before JJ Abrams’ Star Wars sequel hits theaters. In today’s edition of Force Awakens Bits, we take a look at the following:

  • Take a first look at Greg Grunberg‘s character: X-Wing pilot Snap Wexly
  • See Four new international Force Awakens character posters revealed
  • Are all Bad Robot office visitors are forced to sign a Star Wars NDA?
  • Russell Crowe saw 9 Minutes of The Force Awakens calls it “Spectacular”
  • Nearly an hour of John Williams Force Awakens score was discarded, modified or rerecorded
  • Alamo Draft House Cinema offers Star Wars-themed meals listed on a Millennium Falcon menu
  • How Rick Carter‘s art team effected The Force Awakens scriptwriting process
  • For preparation, Oscar Issac was given blueprints of every button that had ever been used on screen in an X-Wing
  • Why JJ Abrams And Lawrence Kasdan started from scratch when Michael Arndt left Force Awakens 
  • And the header photo shows Star Wars: The Force Awakens chief of creature and droid effects Neal Scanlan posing with the creatures from the film. So cool.

All this and more in today’s Force Awakens Bits. Hit the jump to hyperspace.

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