Screen Junkies » The Gangster Squad http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:58:29 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Gangster Squad’ Theater Scene Reshoot Will Delay Release http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gangster-squad-theater-scene-reshoot-will-delay-release/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gangster-squad-theater-scene-reshoot-will-delay-release/#comments Wed, 25 Jul 2012 18:37:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249981 There is no information about the new location in which the filmmakers will now have the gangsters violently murdered.

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Gangster Squad, the goofy upcoming movie about Ryan Gosling beating up bad guys with his muscles, is the latest victim of the tragedy in Aurora. The film’s trailer features a scene where agents violently murder gangsters in a movie theater by shooting their way through the screen. That will now obviously need to change before the film’s release.

Warner Bros is scrambling to figure out the logistics of reshooting, but have come to the realization that the release date will need to push back, possibly until 2013.

One date the studio is looking at is Jan. 11. Before making a final decision, though, the studio is currently looking at several factors, according to sources, such as how quickly the cast can be reassembled for the reshoot, concerns about cast availibility to do press in January and the competition on the calendar. The only other release currently scheduled for Jan. 11 is Paramount’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton. [THR]

There is no information about the new location in which the filmmakers will now have the gangsters violently murdered.

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Warner Bros Hires ‘Gangster Squad’ Writer To Assemble ‘Justice League’ Script http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/warner-bros-hires-gangster-squad-writer-to-assemble-justice-league-script/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/warner-bros-hires-gangster-squad-writer-to-assemble-justice-league-script/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2012 16:29:38 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249094 Looks like 'Justice League' is something we need to worry about again.

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With The Avengers record-breaking box office performance filling the Marvel money bin with an extra twelve feet of swimming dollars, it only makes sense that Warner Bros is like, “Hey! Me too!” And so, they’ve brought in Gangster Squad writer Will Beall to pen a new draft of a Justice League movie.

You might remember that Justice League almost went before cameras a few years back but was killed due to the WGA writer’s strike. We were all relieved back then but has your mood toward this project change in light of The Avengers success? I still feel like bringing the teaming of a vigilante, an alien, another alien, a guy who got powers from an alien, an Amazonian princess, and a chemically-mutated really fast guy to the screen is going to be a clunky endeavor. Have some respect for the fans. We’re still hurting from Green Lantern.

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Casting Round Up: Melissa McCarthy, Giovanni Ribisi And Leatherface’s New Legal Guardian http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-melissa-mccarthy-giovanni-ribisi-and-leatherfaces-new-legal-guardian/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-melissa-mccarthy-giovanni-ribisi-and-leatherfaces-new-legal-guardian/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2011 21:39:59 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219315 Melissa McCarthy is a full-fledged Apatow player and Leatherface meets his cousin.

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Judd Apatow has found his Lady Blart. Bridesmaids breakout star Melissa McCarthy already has a THR)

Giovanni Ribisi has landed a co-starring role in Ruben Fleischer‘s The Gangster Squad. He’ll play a wire-tapping expert who’s demoted after his loose cannon wire-tapping practices land him in hot water. Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin then decide he’s perfect for their ragtag group of misfit cops. (Deadline)

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Red State‘s Nicholas Braun has joined Gay Dude, high school comedy about a teen who makes a pact with his best friend to lose their virginity before graduation. Then his friend comes out of the closet. Probably because it’s much easier to get laid that way. Cheater. (Variety)

Alexandra Daddario is going to have a terrible time in Texas. She’s joined The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D as a girl named Heather who travels to Texas with her friends to collect an inheritance. “The spin? What would you do if you found out your cousin was Leatherface, and he was now YOURS?” Well, for starters, I’d take away his fucking chainsaw. (Variety and Bloody Disgusting)

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Ruben Fleischer Talks ‘Gangster Squad’, ’30 Minutes Or Less’, Next Genre He’d Like To Tackle http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ruben-fleischer-talks-gangster-squad-30-minutes-or-less-next-genre-hed-like-to-tackle/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ruben-fleischer-talks-gangster-squad-30-minutes-or-less-next-genre-hed-like-to-tackle/#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2011 15:41:24 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217032 Zombies? Check. Robbers? Check.

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The Los Angeles Film Festival’s annual Coffee Talk series began this year with the panel of directors. Ruben Fleischer, Philip Noyce and Richard Kelly shared their experiences with an audience of fans and aspiring filmmakers. Afterwards, the hung out in the hallway speaking to anyone who had a question.

Fleischer stayed over an hour and when I asked him for an interview, he was happy to continue talking about his upcoming movies, this summer’s 30 Minutes or Less and his next film, The Gangster Squad.

Second '30 Minutes Or Less' Red-Band Trailer

Q: Going from Zombieland to 30 Minutes or Less and The Gangster Squad, are you getting to do the movies you want to make?

Ruben Fleischer: Yeah, 100%. I’m lucky because I’m not a writer but I’ve happened to come across these amazing scripts. I think Zombieland and30 Minutes or Less are what they are because of the scripts that started it. Now with Gangster Squad, it’s seriously one of the best scripts I’ve ever read. So the fact that I’m getting the opportunity to bring it to life is just super exciting.

Q: When you’re not a writer/director, how do you connect with someone else’s material?

RF: I guess it’s just a matter of taste. For me, Zombieland was just an original take on a genre that I wasn’t even that big of a fan of but just the sensibility and the sense of humor about it was so fresh that I guess that’s what I responded to. With Gangster Squad, it’s a genre that I love, like the classic gangster movie. This is just a really amazing version of it. It’s based on the real cops that worked to bring down Mickey Cohen in Los Angeles in 1949. It’s a really cool world, a really dramatic world, iconic movie genre. I just can’t wait to get started on it.

Q: What is location scouting like when you’re looking for a period too?

RF: It’s challenging, especially in modern Los Angeles because they’ve torn down so many of those buildings. But we have the benefit of visual effects so if we have a street that’s pretty good but there’s a McDonalds in the middle of it, we can get rid of the McDonalds. Some of the places like Union Station, City Hall, Olvera Street, they haven’t changed that much from when they were originally built. It’s just the environments maybe around them have changed so we’ll avoid that through visual effects or just creative camera angles.

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Q: With 30 Minutes or Less coming out in August, what were the demands of a summer movie on the studio level?

RF: Well, on a personal level I want it to be a successful movie, just because I feel like that’ll help me continue to get to make movies. But I also really am proud of the movie. I think it’s super funny so I want as many people to see it as possible. This summer there’s a lot of comedies, especially R-rated comedies. There’s The Change-Up Friends with Benefits Horrible Bosses Bad Teacher and our movie. I think we’re lucky because ours is the last of the comedies so hopefully it’ll stay around longer. I’m not sure but I just hope Sony promotes it and does a lot to get people into the theaters.

Q: Was the heist genre one you were fond of also?

RF: Yeah, it’s a bank heist movie and there are a lot of references to Point Break and Heat and some of my favorite heist movies in this film. I think it’s definitely an original take on a bank heist just because with the exception of I think Quick Change, there’s not that many comedy bank robbery movies. Quick Change is like the only other comedy bank robbery movie so it’s distinct because of that.

Q: Were references to Poin Break and others in the script or did those come from the actors?

RF: Point Break was definitely in the script. Heat was one just that I think anybody who loves movies just loves Heat, so we got to do our own version of Heat in a funny way.

Q: I love when movies refer to other movies because I’m thinking it even if no one says it. Why do you think a reference can be such a dirty word to people?

RF: I think there’s different versions of it. There’s people who are derivative. I guess that’s bad. Ours is almost postmodern because ours is an action comedy and we have references to Die Hard, Point Break, Beverly Hills Cop, Lethal Weapon, you name it. They’re all embedded in the movie. It’s not like Hot Fuzz in that we’re so directly referencing those movies but there’s an acknowledgment that we’re the same genre as these other movies.

Q: What prep do you have to do before you start shooting Gangster Squad?

RF: We have 12 weeks of prep. We’re going to be doing all the location scouting, finding all the actors to play all the roles, figuring out the shots, figuring out the costumes, staging how we’re going to do the action sequences. There’s just an immense amount of things to figure out.

Q: What are the action set pieces in that?

RF: It’s basically an action movie in period clothing. There’s car chases, gun fights. It’s like a classic action movie.

Q: What kind of movie would you want to do next?

RF: It’s really open. I want to see how 30 Minutes does. I want to see how Gangster turns out. Because I don’t write, I kind of just have to see what’s out there and what’s available and what script I respond to when I read it. I’m trying to make a career where I’m not just one kind of director, like I’m not just an action-comedy guy. I would love the opportunity to be able to make any sort of movie. Hopefully Gangster Squad will put me more in that direction of not just being thought of as a comedy director.

Q: Is there a genre that’s a tough sell that you’d want to use your clout to do one?

RF: Well, there’s a lot of them now but I love westerns a lot. I’m so excited for Tarantino’s. I loved True Grit. I love Leone so that would be a fun genre to explore.

Q: It seems like a lot of filmmakers want to do a western. Maybe it’s the classic Hollywood dream.

RF: That or gangster movie to me too. I love The Untouchables. I love The Godfather. I love gangster movies so this is a huge opportunity but I think a western just would be really cool.

Q: Is there one article of clothing or period prop you’re looking forward to keeping from the set?

RF: I can’t say until we’ve done it but whether it’s the guns, the hats, the trench coats, there’s going to be so many cool things to choose from. It’ll be exciting to see.

30 Minutes or Less hits theaters August 12.

 

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Casting Round-Up: Adam Scott, Anthony Mackie, And Robin Wright Continue To Be Working Actors http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-adam-scott-anthony-mackie-and-robin-wright-continue-to-be-working-actors/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-adam-scott-anthony-mackie-and-robin-wright-continue-to-be-working-actors/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2011 21:40:35 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215738 Their SAG cards are in no danger.

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If you by any chance auditioned for My Mother’s Curse, The Gangster Squad, or Kevin Spacey‘s Netflix thing, I have some news to break. Here’s today’s casting round-up.

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ADAM SCOTT will appear with Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand in My Mother’s Curse as well as the comedy See Girl Run opposite Robin Tunney where he’ll play a sensitive artist. Adam, I hope you checked with Paul Rudd to make sure he wasn’t interested in these roles first. He has seniority. (THR)

ANTHONY MACKIE will join The Gangster Squad after all. He’ll play Rocky Washington, the first black lieutenant in the LAPD who bumped himself back down to beat cop before being recruited to join Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin‘s elite squad of gangsterbusters. He’s their Winston. (Variety)

ROBIN WRIGHT is in talks to star opposite Kevin Spacey in David Fincher‘s Netflix original series, “House Of Cards.” The political thriller is slated to begin production next spring so she has plenty of time to add and remove “Penn” from her name before the guy who animates the opening credits has to request last call. (THR)

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Michael Peña Has Been Inducted Into ‘The Gangster Squad’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-pena-has-been-inducted-into-the-gangster-squad/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-pena-has-been-inducted-into-the-gangster-squad/#comments Tue, 07 Jun 2011 21:33:03 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215166 The "Hey, That Guy!" is quickly making a name for himself.

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There are no details about what kind of secret hazing was involved in his initiation but Ruben Fleischer has announced that his 30 Minutes Or Less star Michael Peña has been allowed to join The Gangster Squad. The actor best known recently for his performances in Battle: Los Angeles, Observe and Report, and the second season of”Eastbound and Down,” will star alongside Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, and Ryan Gosling according to the director.

Not mentioned is Anthony Mackie, who probably didn’t have what it takes to pass initiation. You wanna be a star, you drink the pee. (Gordon and the Whale)

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‘Wolverine’ Shmolverine: Aronofsky Offered ‘Tales from the Gangster Squad’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wolverine-shmolverine-aronofsky-offered-tales-from-the-gangster-squad/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wolverine-shmolverine-aronofsky-offered-tales-from-the-gangster-squad/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Yesterday, everyone on the Internet was reporting that Darren Aronofsky was taking on the Wolverine sequel. Well hold your damn horses. Now, Empire Online is reporting that Warner Bros. has made a counter offer that might just land the director in their camp: a 40's era period piece called Tales from the Gangster Squad. Tales from the Gangster Squad follows the exploits of Sergeant John O’Mara’s off-the-books team of police mercenaries, who targeted mob-linked gangster Mickey Cohen and his attempts to bring East Coast organised crime firmly into LA. Originally chronicled in a series of LA Times articles by Paul Lieberman, the script has been penned by cop-turned-writer Will Beall. That's a tough call. Both films sound like a good fit for Aronofsky. It reminds me a little of Sophie's Choice, except for this I'm going to stay tuned to find out what happens instead of switching over to "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" (Sorry, Sophie).

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Yesterday, everyone on the Internet was reporting that Darren Aronofsky was taking on the Wolverine sequel. Well hold your damn horses. Now, Empire Online is reporting that Warner Bros. has made a counter offer that might just land the director in their camp: a 40′s era period piece called Tales from the Gangster Squad.

Tales from the Gangster Squad follows the exploits of Sergeant John O’Mara’s off-the-books team of police mercenaries, who targeted mob-linked gangster Mickey Cohen and his attempts to bring East Coast organised crime firmly into LA. Originally chronicled in a series of LA Times articles be Paul Lieberman, the script has been penned by cop-turned-writer Will Beall.

That’s a tough call. Both films sound like a good fit for Aronofsky. It reminds me a little of Sophie’s Choice, except for this I’m going to stay tuned to find out what happens instead of switching over to "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" (Sorry, Sophie).

 

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