Posted on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
For illegal downloaders, the biggest film of 2013 wasn’t a 2013 film at all, but a big-budget fantasy epic from late 2012. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped the list of the most pirated movies of the past twelve months, beating out the likes of Django Unchained, Fast & Furious 6, and Iron Man 3.
The massively budgeted, insanely popular Hobbit is a far less surprising “winner” than last year’s champion, the found-footage party comedy Project X. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few unusual results among the top 10 — like Gangster Squad, the little-seen, little-talked-about crime drama from January. Hit the jump to check out the list.
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Dave, Adam, and Devindra discuss this year’s Oscar nominations, and explain why you should watch LA Confidential instead of Gangster Squad.
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Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
With Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad hitting theaters today, Warner Bros. is squeezing in one last extended trailer. Based on true events, the drama follows a special force of LAPD officers who are tasked with breaking the mob’s iron grip on the city of Los Angeles. The new three-minute promo offers looks at Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling‘s incorruptible cops, but it mostly highlights Sean Penn‘s scenery-chewing performance as gangster king Mickey Cohen. Watch it after the jump.
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Walking out of Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad, a friend asked “was that supposed to be serious?” I thought about it, and didn’t have an answer. On one hand, of course it is. It’s a big budget studio film, chock full of huge names inspired by an incredible true story. But you’ve seen the trailers. They intercut period action with modern hip hop as if to say, “This film looks serious, but it’s light and fun too.” Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the movie itself.
Gangster Squad rarely mirrors the fun of those trailers. The film adequately tells its story, complete with the intricacies of a decadent era, giving the illusion of a classic crime drama. But that drama is mixed with slow-motion bullets, sped-up fight sequences and so many one liners you’ll think you’re reading “Tough Guys For Dummies.” All of which would be fine if everything around it wasn’t so polished. Is Gangster Squad supposed to be serious? Probably not, but because it never commits either way, we’re left with nothing an awkward, mildly entertaining tale. Read More »
The lightweight behind the scenes featurette is an integral part of the movie promo process, and through these small “making-of” glimpses at various films, we often get to see a bit of new footage. After the break, get some behind the scenes tastes of Jack Reacher, A Good Day to Die Hard, and Gangster Squad, all of which hit in the next couple months.
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In a world where the Aurora Massacre didn’t take place, Gangster Squad would be now completing its theatrical run. Instead we’re just getting the film’s second trailer. Director Ruben Fleischer‘s period action film starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling was delayed after its climax was deemed too similar to July’s tragedy, demanding a full-on reshoot. The new footage is in the can now, and it’s full steam head towards release on January 11, 2013.
The latest trailer does hint at what changes were made but mostly focuses on the renegade group of law enforcers who aim to take down a big time gangster. Check it out below along with the new poster. Read More »
Warner Bros. is scrambling to rework the Ruben Fleischer film Gangster Squad in the wake of the awful movie theater murder spree that took place in Aurora, CO last week. The tipping point for the film is a climactic sequence in which a mobster fires through a movie screen into the film’s audience. It’s an image that would be provocative no matter the context, but is currently far too similar to the events in Aurora, which is making WB nervous.
The film was set to open Sept. 7, and Warner Bros. quickly huddled up to discuss delaying and/or recutting the film. Originally, the plan was to do some reshoots to facilitate cutting the scene in question. But with just a month to go, there isn’t time enough to shoot new material, and so the film is going to be reshot, edited, and delayed. Read More »
After starting life as a project that Warner Bros. was very gung-ho to make, and quickly roping in a cast that includes Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Sean Penn, Ruben Fleischer‘s film Gangster Squad is in a difficult position. The movie tells a fictionalized account of LA cops attempting to stop the incursion of organized crime into Los Angeles during the 1940s. Part of the climax of the film features a scene in which mobsters fire at a theater full of moviegoers, shooting out into the auditorium from behind the screen, as pictured in the trailer.
In the wake of the horrific shooting at an Aurora, CO screening of The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros. wisely pulled the trailer from theaters last Friday. But the studio is considering taking a more dramatic step: delaying, and potentially even recutting the movie.
Update: Variety announces that Warner Bros. will remove the theater shootout from Gangster Squad, and that the film will undergo some reshoots. Original article follows.
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One of the most anticipated films of 2012 has officially been delayed. Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, originally set for release in November, has been moved to a not-yet-specified date in 2013. The film, which stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, recently began test screening and it’s safe to assume Cuaron and the Warner Bros. executives felt it needed a bit more time to reach its full potential. The sci-fi thriller is said to be very effects heavy.
As one Warner Bros. film goes into release limbo, another has come out. Ruben Fleischer‘s period film Gangster Squad has been slotted for September 7. Starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling, the film was moved off the schedule a few weeks back but, with a strong response to its recently released trailer, is now back on. Read More »
There are a lot of big, attention-getting films in 2012, and one that I forget about once in a while is Gangster Squad, the film in which Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer follows the efforts of a squad of LA cops (Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie) to stop the incursion of organized crime into LA, led by Sean Penn as famed mob boss Mickey Cohen.
A trailer has just been released for the film, and it looks like a good period cops and robbers story, bolstered by that cast into a level of quality that might let it sit alongside other period LA crime tales such as L.A. Confidential. Check out the trailer below. Read More »