As Jacob noted the other day, this is the time of year we get to rest comfortably in our bubbles of excitement. We rarely feel any disappointment this early in the year with what’s hitting theaters (unless you were one of the few really pumped about The Forest), so we’ve yet to reach the point of skepticism about our most anticipated films of the year.
After the jump, help me countdown my most anticipated movies of 2016.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
There’s so much about the process of putting together a “most anticipated” list that just isn’t fair. Films that have already put out trailers have a distinct advantage over those that haven’t. New installments of familiar franchises are easier to get hyped for than completely unknown quantities. And in any given year, some of the very best films are the ones that come out of seemingly nowhere, crafted by filmmakers and stars we haven’t even heard of yet.
So I’m not going to pretend there’s anything close to an even playing field here. This isn’t a merit-based competition, because by definition I don’t know what merits any of these films have yet. It’s simply an excited look ahead at the year to come. Here are the films that make me glad, even in the freezing doldrums of January, that we’ve finally arrived at 2016. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
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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Briefly: Warner Bros. just dated/shuffled two big action comedies they have set for the Summer of 2016. First up, Central Intelligence, directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, will open June 17,2016. That date was previously occupied by The Nice Guys, directed by Shane Black and starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. They’ve bumped that up to May 20, 2016, which is a huge vote of confidence. The Nice Guys will open against Angry Birds and Central Intelligence tangles with Finding Dory. [Box Office Mojo]
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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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 »
Ryan Gosling may get another chance at a modern take on an LA-set crime film (to offset Gangster Squad) thanks to Iron Man 3 director Shane Black. In the wake of last year’s huge Iron Man success, Black has been taking time to get his next film off the ground. While his Doc Savage film continues to simmer at Sony, his next now looks like it could be The Nice Guys. This one is a 1970s noir Black wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi.
Black is trying to get Gosling and Russell Crowe to sign on for the film, which is being produced by Joel Silver. Read More »