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Meet The 'Gangster Squad' In New Photo From Ruben Fleischer's L.A. Noir Flick

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 15, 2012 10:08 AM
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There's been glimpses here and there from paparazzi pics and, of course, the first official image of Josh Brolin and Sean Penn squaring off but we now have our first look at the titular "Gangster Squad" in "Zombieland" and "30 Minutes Or Less" director Ruben Fleischer's L.A.-set noir flick.

Little-Known Ambyr Childers Books PTA's 'The Master' & Ruben Fleischer's 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 4, 2011 3:47 AM
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It's an early sign of talent to watch out for when little-known actors manage to score roles in major, highly anticipated films. Going by that theory then, Ambyr Childers -- best known for her stint as Colby Chandler on "All My Children" -- is definitely someone to keep an eye on after nabbing a part in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and now joining Ruben Fleischer's "Gangster Squad."

Ryan Gosling Calls Upcoming Project 'Only God Forgives' The "Strangest Thing" He’s Ever Read

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • September 26, 2011 10:40 AM
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Says Director Ruben Fleischer Holds His Own Amongst the Massive Ensemble of 'Gangster Squad'

James McTeigue To Direct Period Crime Drama 'Ness/Capone' For Relativity

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 11:28 AM
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Former Wachowski Brothers protégé James McTeigue (he directed both "V for Vendetta" and the gory-good "Ninja Assassin" for the Brothers and producer Joel Silver) has apparently made the suits at Relativity happy. The director helmed their forthcoming Edgar Allan Poe thriller "The Raven," and according to Deadline, they've just hired him back to take on the high profile historical drama "Ness/Capone."

The '70s Come Alive In First Set Pics from Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 10:01 AM
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For the last few weeks Ben Affleck has been hurriedly assembling an eclectic cast for his next directorial effort, the historical thriller "Argo." We've watched (and reported) as Affleck has brought together a wonderful cast of actors, including Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston (in a role that forced him out of Ruben Fleischer's "Gangster Squad" and apparently "World War Z"), Kyle Chandler, Tate Donovan, Richard Kind and Michael Parks, who all appear alongside the talented director-star.

Ruben Fleischer Initially Thought '30 Minutes Or Less' Would Have A Darker, 'Fargo'-Esque Vibe

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 10, 2011 7:02 AM
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Filmmaker Talks Killing Off Characters & The Surprising Survivors Of This Action Comedy & MoreExclusive: Dwayne and Travis (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson), two lazy, but conniving white-trash layabouts, want to open up a tanning salon, but they're broke and Travis' dad (Fred Ward) is a millionaire who refuses to give his indolent son any money. A crazy and circuitous scheme is hatched: kill dad. Where will they get the money to hire an assassin? It's elementary: just force some nobody pizza boy (Jesse Eisenberg) to rob a bank by knocking him out and strapping a bomb to his chest.

Review: '30 Minutes Or Less' Is A Fun But Forgettable Conclusion To The Summer Of R-Rated Excess

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 5, 2011 5:31 AM
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Zipping along at a brisk pace -- albeit one that feels like it's rushing to be over -- featuring dueling bromance buddy tales from both protagonists and villains, and mostly amusing in its vulgar humor and gags, the "action"-comedy "30 Minutes Or Less," is entertaining, but ultimately only a mild effort in the mediocre R-Rated comedy sweepstakes that have dominated this season.

Scheduling Forces Bryan Cranston Out Of Ruben Fleischer's 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 20, 2011 3:19 AM
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There's just not enough of Bryan Cranston to go around in Hollywood.

Exclusive: Ruben Fleischer Says 'Zombieland 2' Script Is Done, But Casts Some Doubts

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 17, 2011 5:42 AM
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Director Ruben Fleischer made a splash with his debut feature, the satirical genre film, "Zombieland." The surprise hit of summer 2009, the film grossed $102 million worldwide off a relatively low $23 million dollar budget. Not gangbusters numbers, but enough to jumpstart a career for Fleischer and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick who would go on to score coveted (or high-paying) writing assignments like "Deadpool" and "G.I. Joe 2."

Anthony Mackie Joins Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin In 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 10, 2011 5:20 AM
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Update: Jamie Foxx & Tom Hanks Courted For Project, Although Unlikely To End Up In FilmGod damn if Ruben Fleischer doesn't keep finding new ways to makes us excited about "Gangster Squad." The "Zombieland" director is moving into more serious territory with Warner Brothers' big-budget period actioner, and has assembled a mouth-watering cast of awards bait, with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and "Crash" star Michael Peña all confirmed for the film, written by ex-cop Will Beall, based on a series of L.A. Times articles about an L.A.P.D unit in the 1940s.

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