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Josh Brolin Confirmed For 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For'; Replaces Clive Owen As Dwight

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 8, 2013 4:05 PM
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That was fast. Yesterday Joseph Gordon-Levitt joined Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" and Josh Brolin was said to be one of the additional actors potentially joining the cast. Now Brolin is confirmed. Dimension Films announced today that Brolin has joined the "Sin City" sequel cast as “Dwight," the character that Clive Owen played in the original film for co-directors Rodriguez and Frank Miller. Evidently there's still one more big part up for grabs. The part of the titular “Dame” has yet to be cast.

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.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Passes On 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' & Joins 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For,' Will Be In 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 9:12 PM
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Yeah, we know. It was only this afternoon that we were talking about how hot Joseph Gordon-Levitt is at the moment, with franchises being thrown left and right at the actor. He's already passed on "Godzilla," and now he's turned down Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy" for the chance to step into Robert Rodriguez's noir soaked world.

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.

Josh Brolin Says Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Will Be "Brilliant," Was “Blown Away” By Elizabeth Olsen & DP Sean Bobbit

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 16, 2012 11:38 AM
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Building steadily for the past year, assembling a stellar cast including Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson and James Ransone (our of our 10 Undervalued Actors Who Deserve To Get More), production on Spike Lee's remake of Park Chan-Wook's outstanding "Oldboy" finally began in October. However, word since then has been relatively quiet, but leading man Josh Brolin has offered his take on the project and the people surrounding it.

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: 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).

8 New Behind-The-Scenes Photos Of Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone & Josh Brolin In 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 18, 2012 12:20 PM
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In an alternate universe, you could have snuck off work this afternoon to take in a matinee of Warner Bros.' all-star period actioner "Gangster Squad." The film was originally set for release on September 7th, nearly two weeks ago, until the Aurora shootings in July caused the studio to delay the film in order to reshoot the film's climax, which took place in a movie theater. That weekend turned out to be the worst at the box office in years, and it's tempting to wonder if the presence of "Gangster Squad" would have lifted things, or if the film might have died along with the rest.

Josh Brolin Will Get 'Crazy For The Storm' In Sean Penn's Next Directorial Outing

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 22, 2012 9:42 AM
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It’s been five years since “Into The Wild," but Sean Penn is headed back to the director's chair and is gearing up to helm a big-screen adaptation of Norman Ollstead’s memoir “Crazy For The Storm.” And it looks like he's found his lead in Josh Brolin.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Richard Donner & Steven Spielberg's 'The Goonies'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 7, 2012 11:05 AM
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In the last couple of years, a spate of films, from Joe Cornish's "Attack The Block" to J.J. Abrams' "Super 8," have named one film as a particular influence: Richard Donner's "The Goonies," the 1985 kids' adventure film that served as part of the 1980s golden age of Amblin, Steven Spielberg's production company. Following a group of working class kids from the 'Goon Docks' of Astoria, Oregon, on one last adventure before their homes are demolished, only to end up on a quest, and pursued by a vicious criminal family, the Fratellis, the film is a rollicking adventure that also had a particular feel for the friendships between kids.

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