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Creating A New 1940s Los Angeles, Responding To Aurora & More From The Cast & Crew About 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 8, 2013 10:03 AM
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For his third directorial effort following the genre mélange of action comedies “Zombieland” and “30 Minutes or Less,” Ruben Fleischer has taken a leap forward in scope and ambition, while taking the narrative back to 1940s Los Angeles. Inspired by the seven-part LA Times articles by Paul Lieberman, “Gangster Squad” charts the apex of NY gangster Mickey Cohen's westward reign, and the guerilla band of LAPD organized to bring it to an end. Armed with a passion for period detail and a modern sensibility, Fleischer has stepped up to the challenge with a fantastic cast behind him, and at the film's Beverly Hills press conference last month, stars Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone -- along with screenwriter/former LAPD cop Will Beall and producers Dan Lin and Kevin McCormick -- joined the director in describing the experience of bringing the project to the screen.

Review: 'Gangster Squad' An Aggressive, Opulent & Ultimately Wearisome Look At 1940s Los Angeles

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 7, 2013 9:01 AM
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Manifest Destiny lies beside its essential hubris in the period actioner “Gangster Squad,” but beyond the swaggering idealism seen through eponymous hoodlum Mickey Cohen (played by Sean Penn), the film's saturated grab bag of glossy homage proves its final shortcoming. With his third feature, “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer frames 1940s Los Angeles -- morally compromised, glamorous, and a monument to protect and exploit on both sides of the law -- to adapt Paul Lieberman's true-crime articles into cinematic legend, but in lieu of any sharp insight into the period and its notorious figures, the film's brash, ultraviolent encounters instead build a showy exterior with nothing of import left standing.

50 New Photos Of Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone & More In 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2012 3:01 PM
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So, you know how everyone around your office loves "Mad Men" and now drinks scotch, orders fancy cocktails, wears old school suits and pencil skirts, and suddenly loves French pop? Well, will "Gangster Squad" be the next pop culture event to send everyone raiding their grandma's attic for vintage goods?

Watch: Jason Sudeikis Describes Kristen Bell's Crotch In New Red Band Spot For 'Movie 43'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2012 11:49 AM
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The only thing you need to know about "Movie 43" is that it features a ton of short comedy segments, with a bunch of stars, and if you don't like the one you're currently watching, you don't have to worry because the next one is just around the corner. While the first trailer did it's best to give a broad overview of what audiences are in for, this new, filthy red band spot narrows down the scope a bit more.

Bradley Cooper Taking A Role In Cameron Crowe's Next Film Starring Emma Stone

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2012 11:00 PM
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Earlier today we ran a feature on actors who should possibly fire their agents and set their careers in a new direction. But one guy who doesn't need that advice is Bradley Cooper. The actor will definitely turn heads in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" next month, and he'll reteam with the helmer for his next feature shooting early in 2013. Plus, next year he features in Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond The Pines" and Susanne Bier's "Serena" (and of course, he's back for one last run with the Wolfpack in "The Hangover Part III"). He's staying the course of working with interesting talent and material.

Watch: Emma Stone's Guest Appearance On 'iCarly'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 22, 2012 2:15 PM
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While this writer dosen't know an "iCarly" from an iPad, other (much younger) people do, and for those that care, this is the final season of the show. Single tear. And as such they're going out with a bang, lining up another big guest appearance (Michelle Obama, Jim Parsons and One Direction have all popped up previously) before everything wraps up next month.

Sony Planning To Kill Off Gwen Stacey In 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Trilogy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2012 11:13 AM
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What Emma Stone wants, Emma Stone gets? Back in August, the actress revealed that she was hoping her character of Gwen Stacey in "The Amazing Spider-Man" would stay true to the comics and meet an unfortunate end.  “Essentially the argument is that Spider-Man kills her by accident,” Stone explained about the appeal of the storyline, “So the person she loves is the person who kills her, which is the most horrifying thing. Apparently people unsubscribed to the comic book when that happened because they were just so flipped-out over it. But, of course, I want to stay true to that.” Now, it looks like Sony will.

Watch: Ryan Gosling & Sean Penn Shoot It Out In New Trailer For 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 11, 2012 8:10 PM
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We're not sure if we'd go far as to describe it as 'troubled,' but "Gangster Squad" certainly hasn't had the best luck. The period actioner, directed by "Zombieland" helmer Ruben Fleischer, was one of Warner Bros' great hopes for 2012, with an A-list cast assembled including Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin and Sean Penn. But after the Aurora shootings in July, the studio made the decision to pull advertising for the movie, delay the release from September until January, and reshoot the ending (which was originally a gunfight in a movie theater).

Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone Out, Ben Affleck In For 'Focus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 1:19 PM
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Sorry guys and gals, a third reteam for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone following "Crazy Stupid Love" and the upcoming "Gangster Squad" isn't in the cards. But Ben Affleck? That's a pretty nice consolation prize.

Watch: Trailer For Animated Prehistoric Comedy 'The Croods' Voiced By Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 3, 2012 12:51 PM
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"Never leave the cave!" Voiced by Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman, DreamWorks Animations' "The Croods" is the company's big animated family comedy of 2013. Directed by Chris Sanders (the filmmaker behind "How to Train Your Dragon" and the illustrator who created "Lilo & Stitch") and Kirk DeMicco (writer of "Space Chimps" and the upcoming "Hong Kong Phooey" adaptation), one can only assume that if the film takes off like they hope, franchise is in the cards (and when isn't it for the lucrative field of animation?).

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