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Movie Review: The Nice Guys
Adam Frazier   |  

Movie Review: The Nice Guys starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe

The Nice Guys
Director: Shane Black
Screenwriter: Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi
Cast: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Keith David, Kim Basinger
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rated R |116 Minutes
Release Date: May 20, 2016

“Before we deal with the crime of the century, let’s get rid of the fucking rotting corpse.”

30 years ago, Shane Black sold his first screenplay to producer Joel Silver. An action flick about a strait-laced detective forced to team with an unhinged cop, Lethal Weapon was a huge success, spawning multiple sequels. Black’s storytelling set a new standard for action comedies and redefined the “buddy film” genre. He was one of the highest paid screenwriters in Hollywood, writing movies like The Last Boy Scout, Last Action Hero, and The Long Kiss Goodnight before disappearing in the late ’90s.

Black resurfaced in 2005 with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, his directorial debut. A neo-noir buddy comedy, the film follows a thief impersonating an actor and a private eye as they attempt to solve a murder. In 2013, he returned with Iron Man 3, a Marvel comic book movie that doubles as one of Black’s signature action-comedies. A snarky superhero and his by-the-books sidekick have to rescue the President of the United States from a terrorist who isn’t a terrorist at all, but rather an actor portraying one. Oh, and it’s set at Christmastime, too. It’s the most Shane Black thing ever, until The Nice Guys that is.

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George Clooney In Talks To Direct Coen Brothers’ ‘Suburbicon’
eelyajekiM   |  

Hail Caesar George Clooney

George Clooney and The Coen Brothers have a very healthy working relationship. Together, they have worked on four films: O Brother Where Art Thou, Intolerable Cruelty, Burn After Reading, and come next year, Hail, Caesar! But of all those films, Clooney has only starred in them, not directed. So the Coen Brothers’ next project might be that paradigm shift in their working relationship.

There is a new report coming out that says Clooney is in talks to direct Suburbicon from the Coen Brothers, a project that has been gestating for over a decade. More on the story below.

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Rumor: Charlie Hunnam Top Pick For ‘Escape From New York’ Remake
Empress Eve   |  

Snake Plissken

Way back in 2011, New Line dropped plans for a remake of the cult classic, Escape From New York. Since then, producer Joel Silver has had his eye on the 1981 property directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, but there hasn’t been much movement on it for a while.

Now, Starlog is reporting that Silver and his Silver Pictures already has a shortlist of actors they want to star as Plissken, including Sons Of Anarchy‘s Charlie Hunnam, The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal, and The Guest‘s Dan Stevens, according to their unnamed inside sources.

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Zack Snyder Made ‘Watchmen’ To “Save It From The Terry Gilliams Of This World”
eelyajekiM   |  

Watchmen Director Zack Snyder

One of the most polarizing movies to be released in the past few years is Zack Snyder‘s Watchmen. While the director achieved the impossible by adapting the virtually unfilmable comic book for the big screen, there are those who say that he didn’t stay true to the source material from creators Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. But producer Joel Silver declared that Snyder’s take on Watchmen was “too much a slave” to the comic, and added that Terry Gilliam‘s version over at 20th Century Fox would have been much better.

But Snyder isn’t just going to take comments like that sitting down. He is going to fight back. Hit the jump to see what he said.

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’21 Jump Street,’ ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’ Writer To Pen ‘Weird Science’ Remake
The Movie God   |  

Weird Science Image

Writer and actor Michael Bacall, who worked on the screenplays for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World with Edgar Wright, found footage party flick Project X, and the movie remake of the ’80s TV series 21 Jump Street, has been hired to pen the script for Weird Science for Universal Pictures.

The movie will be a remake of the 1985 comedy of the same name written and directed by the late, great John Hughes, which starred Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith as a couple of nerds who accidentally create the perfect woman using a computer. What they end up with, however, is much more than they ever expected. The original also starred Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton, and Robert Downey Jr.

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Dwayne Johnson In Talks To Play DC Comic Anti-Hero Lobo
eelyajekiM   |  

Dwayne The Rock Johnson May Play As Lobo

Dwayne Johnson, who is practically built to fit any sort of muscular character for TV or film, has confirmed that he is in negotiations to play Lobo, a space renegade riding a star-hopping chopper.

It seems quite fitting that Johnson play as the famed DC Comic anti-hero for a couple of reasons. For one reason, he certainly fits the profile of Lobo. The other reason is that he’s been rumored to play as the anti-hero for quite some time, so its quite nice to hear the news come straight from the horse’s mouth. Of course Johnson stopped short of actually confirming that he was signed on for the role.

Johnson confirmed the news via a Twitter chat. Check out the photo below.

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Liam Neeson To Star In Airplane Action Thriller ‘Non-Stop’
The Movie God   |  

Liam Neeson

Clearly Liam Neeson is enjoying his time as an action movie star, as he continues to line up one new project after the other.

It’s being reported that Neeson has entered into negotiations to star in Non-Stop, a new action thriller from Dark Castle Entertainment. Not much is known about the movie yet, but it will supposedly be a “gritty” and “contained” thriller set on a domestic flight, with Neeson playing an air marshal.

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Guy Ritchie Steps Away From ‘Lobo’ To Do ‘Sherlock Holmes 2’; Brad Pitt Not Looking Likely
The Movie God   |  

Lobo

Super producer Joel Silver spoke to The LA Times recently, and on the menu of topics discussed were the proposed comic book adaptation of Lobo, as well as Sherlock Holmes 2 — both of which were set to be directed by Guy Ritchie.

Because Holmes has done so well ($389 million to date), a sequel is being thrown onto that popular fast track to try and get it done and ready while all of the stars are willing to return. If you’ll recall: Sherlock himself, Robert Downey Jr., recently walked away from the comic book adaptation of Cowboys & Aliens, which was to reunite him with his Iron Man director, Jon Favreau (Read: Daniel Craig In Negotiations To Replace Robert Downey Jr. In ‘Cowboys & Aliens’).

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New ‘Swamp Thing’ Movie Being Developed, Complete With 3-D
The Movie God   |  

Swamp Thing

While doing a conference for the new Kate Beckinsale movie, Whiteout, mega-producer Joel Silver was asked about what projects he might have coming up and his thoughts on the new and improved 3-D technology that’s sweeping the business. Collider was attending the conference, and reports that Silver revealed that he does in fact have a project that he’s held the rights to for a period of time now, and that he believes would be perfect for the 3-D treatment. That movie: Swamp Thing!

Swamp Thing is a DC Comics character created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson that was turned into a 1982 horror/superhero movie of the same name that was written and directed by Wes Craven. It told the tale of a scientist who was transformed into a half man, half swamp life being after a lab accident. After the accident, he eventually moves into the swamp and begins fighting the various threats to his new environment. A sequel called The Return of Swamp Thing was released in 1987, but wasn’t received as well — though many would say Swamp Thing himself looked a-lot more bad-ass in the sequel.

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‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Now In Motion
The Movie God   |  

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas had a little chat with iF Magazine about where things stood on a possible movie version of the popular show starring Kristen Bell.

As it turns out, his latest show Cupid (on its second TV run) isn’t going very well, being brought down from thirteen episodes to eight of them. Because of this, he’s been able to do a lot of work on a script for Veronica Mars and even locate some fat cash for the project where a lot of people locate large amounts of movie money — Joel Silver.

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