Barkhad Abdi Joins ‘Blade Runner 2’

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Next month, director Denis Villeneuve begins production on Blade Runner 2. The sequel, which stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, has already attracted an exciting cast. The newest member of the Blade Runner 2 ensemble is Academy Award-nominated actor Barkhad Abdi, the co-star of Captain Phillips and this year’s Eye in the Sky.

Below, learn more about the Barkhard Abdi Blade Runner 2 casting announcement.

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The Nice Guys Shane Black

In 2005, screenwriter Shane Black made his directorial debut with the wonderful Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, but years before he directed his first feature, he co-wrote The Nice Guys with Anthony Bagarozzi. The finished film is quite different from the original draft, but the spirit of that script has remained intact throughout the years. Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) and Holland March (Ryan Gosling) are still the same flawed and immensely charming duo they first were.

By this point, Black is an old hand at writing buddy films. The writer behind Lethal WeaponThe Long Kiss Goodnight, and The Last Action Hero has written some of the most memorable on-screen duos of the past 25 years. We’ll see if Healy and March manage to stand the test of time like some of Black’s other characters, but it’s difficult to imagine audiences not sharing Black’s enthusiasm for these two down in the dumps heroes.

The Nice Guys director, who’s affection for Healy and March rings loud and clear in the film, was kind enough to discuss his latest film with us. Below, read our Shane Black interview.

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The Nice Guys animated

If there’s one movie I hope is a hit this summer, it’s Shane Black‘s The Nice Guys. While the original buddy detective movie was pegged as a slight underdog going into the summer movie season, it has a lot going for it. Besides starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, there isn’t another movie like The Nice Guys coming out anytime soon. The film, which is currently hovering above a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, is a breath of fresh air from what we typically see this time of year. It’s not driven by set pieces, toy sales, or an attempt to appeal to China. The Nice Guys is a bit anomaly in this day and age, so when you see a film like this come along, you can’t help but to root for it.

Warner Bros. has been getting crafty with the marketing for The Nice Guys. The studio has released videos of Crowe and Gosling in therapy sessions together, but the latest piece of marketing turns the two actors into ’70s Hanna-Barbera style cartoon characters.

Check out The Nice Guys animated below.

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Stephen Colbert Tolkien Trivia Challenge

If you ever watched The Colbert Report, then you know that Stephen Colbert is a huge fan of the work of author J.R.R. Tolkien. Colbert knows every single bit of trivia about Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion and more to the point that he can recite excerpts from the books. However, the Tolkien trivia master has finally been stumped…by Ryan Gosling‘s mother.

Ryan Gosling stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, along with Russell Crowe, to promote The Nice Guys hitting theaters next week. The actor brought with him a trivia question from his mother, and Colbert was not able to give the right answer. Hit the jump to see the Stephen Colbert Tolkien trivia challenge from Gosling’s mother. 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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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.

Watch The Nice Guys retro trailer after the jump. Read More »

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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Robin Wright Joins ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

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Robin Wright is in final negotiations to join Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner. The news was announced today via a press release, which you can read in its entirety after the jump along with my thoughts on the Robin Wright Blade Runner 2 casting.

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