Predator

Shane Black wants to make The Predator an event film. Initially, Black had reservations about the sequel, but 20th Century Fox’s idea of making a genuine piece of big-scale spectacle piqued his interest. Following the forgettable Alien vs. Predator movies and the underwhelming PredatorsThe Nice Guys director and the studio are intent on “doing it right this time.” By doing it “right,” that involves sticking to the original 1986 film’s R-rating.

Below, Black discusses how Deadpool‘s success might’ve helped the project and the new Predator costume.

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Iron Man 3 Female Villain

There have been some disappointing decisions on the merchandise side of things from Disney and Marvel Studios, specifically with regards to their treatment of female characters. Black Widow, once the only female member of the Avengers, had a rather disappointing shortage of toys, so much that Avengers star Mark Ruffalo lamented that his daughters and nieces couldn’t find many at the store. In fact, Black Widow was even left out of an action figure playset inspired by a key scene for the character in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Now some more upsetting details from behind the Marvel machine have been revealed.

Director Shane Black has been out promoting The Nice Guys (in theaters this weekend), and a recent interview saw part of the discussion steer towards Iron Man 3 and some of the difficulties he had on the production. One surprising revelation that came from the discussion was that the primary villain in the movie, played by Guy Pearce, was originally slated to be a female character. But Marvel forced a change in the character’s gender because they believed a female villain action figure wouldn’t sell as well. Wow.

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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.

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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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Shane Black discusses The Predator

We’re only a short while away from seeing Shane Black‘s third directorial effort, The Nice Guys. Just the other day we got a green-band trailer for the 1970s-set buddy comedy, which stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. Next for Black, if all goes according to plan, is The Predator. According to the filmmaker, the ambition is to make the sequel a genuine event film.

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doc savage dwayne johnson

Shane Black has been trying to make a Doc Savage movie for a long, long time. He wrote the original screenplay in 2009 and jumped in the director’s chair in 2010 and then…not much happened, aside from the usual on-again, off-again shenanigans. But this is obviously a passion project for the director of Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 – many filmmakers would have just turned and fled from a project that has been gestating for this long, but he appears to be all in.

And now, Black has offered an update on this movie: he’s hoping to start filming next year and he wants Dwayne Johnson to star as the legendary pulp icon.

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