the nice guys trailer

Neither of the main characters in The Nice Guys are police officers, but the film undoubtedly falls into the familiar “buddy cop” formula that we’ve seen time and time again – two mismatched guys who don’t like each other and have little in common are forced to work together to solve a case. We’ve seen this story few dozen times before. However, The Nice Guys is the latest film from Shane Black, who is the undisputed master of the “frenemies solve a case” subgenre of action/comedy. He’s like a chef who always makes the same dish, but the flavors are so good that you don’t care.

The first red band trailer for The Nice Guys is here and it looks like a Shane Black movie through and though. Which is a good thing, because he is really, really good at making movies.

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the nice guys first look

If you don’t live in an insane asylum, then you probably love Shane Black‘s directorial debut, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. The screenwriter behind Lethal WeaponThe Long Kiss Goodnight, and The Last Boy Scout made a clever, hilarious, and character-driven mystery with his first outing behind the camera. The film didn’t make a ton of money at the box-office, but there’s a lot of love out there for it. With Black’s next picture, he’s somewhat returning to the dynamic and world we saw in Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.

After the jump, read Black’s comments on his upcoming movie, The Nice Guys.

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gambit directors

We don’t want to run around yelling things like “There’s something wrong with Channing Tatum‘s Gambit movie!” because we don’t have a mutant power that lets us see behind the scenes of major film productions. However, based purely on everything that has been going on with this movie in public, it certainly seem like there’s something wrong with Channing Tatum’s Gambit movie. After all, it took months of searching (and a whole bunch of refusals) to land director Rupert Wyatt, who promptly dropped out of the project a few weeks ago.

Now, production on the X-Men spin-off has supposedly been delayed as the hunt for a director continues. Now, three new filmmakers are supposedly r in contention for the job. Like so many of the others who have passed on the film, they are one varied bunch: Doug Liman, Shane Black, and Joe Cornish.

Let’s dive into the potential Gambit directors after the jump.

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Amazon 2015 pilots

Since the fall season has traditionally been when networks debut their biggest new series for the year, Amazon Studios has consistently followed suit by revealing a batch of new pilots, and their slate for the 2015-2016 television season has just been unveiled.

The Amazon 2015 pilots include hopeful new shows from the likes of Shane Black (director Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Sacha Baron Cohen (writer and star Borat), Tim Blake Nelson (director of Leaves of Grass and O) and starring talents such as Christina Ricci, Tig Notaro, Terry O’Quinn and more. And as usual, it will be Amazon customers who will watch and provide feedback on these shows to help determine which ones get a full series order.

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predator sequel

Shane Black, who appeared in the original Predator as Hawkins, is writing a new Predator sequel with his writing partner Fred Dekker, and Black is attached to direct as well. It’s been a year since we learned of the deal, and in the meantime Black has directed his next film, The Nice Guys. But his Predator movie is still moving along, and the film’s producer has offered an update that keeps us curious about what the screenwriters are cooking up. Read More »

Nice Guys release date

The last time writer/director Shane Black and producer Joel Silver worked together, the result was the very funny neo-noir Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which helped re-launch the career of Robert Downey, Jr. After festival appearances the film was given a low-profile fall rollout by Warner Bros., and it flew under the radar of most moviegoers.

Back and Silver’s next film, The Nice Guys, will probably fare a bit different. Warner Bros. also has the distribution rights to the new picture, and it has locked Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as stars to play a private detective and muscle-for hire, respectively, who are drawn into a massive conspiracy while tackling seemingly separate cases. Now the film has a summer 2016 release date, which means it is really on. Read More »

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new remo williams movie

Sony and Shane Black have a nice little pulp revival arrangement going. For quite a while, Black has been developing a Doc Savage movie for Sony. Now he’s also tapped to direct The Destroyer for the studio, based on the long-running novel series (150 books!) centered around badass character and “human superweapon” Remo Williams. Read More »

Warner Bros The Nice Guys

Here’s a minor but pleasing update to a recent story. Shane Black (above, on the set of Iron Man 3) may have a Predator movie to work on for Fox, but he’s also been putting together a film based on a script called The Nice Guys, which he co-wrote a few years back. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling have been circling the project, which follows a private detective who gets wrapped up in a conspiracy after investigating the death of a porn star in ’70s Los Angeles. Now Warner Bros. is in talks to back the film, which means it is about to take a big step towards being a reality.  Read More »

Gus Van Sant Death Note

Some time ago, we got word that Shane Black would be directing an English-language adaptation of the Japanese manga Death Note. Since then, though, we haven’t heard much about the project at all. So we were disappointed but not terribly surprised to hear that he’s no longer set to helm.

Instead, according to a new report, Gus Van Sant will be taking over the reins. Seems like an interesting combination, if nothing else. Hit the jump for more details.

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