The long-developing American remake of Oldboy took a giant step forward when it was announced in July that director Spike Lee would take over for previously-attached director Steven Spielberg. At the time of the announcement, no cast was announced, though Will Smith was attached during Spielberg's tenure on the project, and Christian Bale was recently rumored for the lead. Instead, the part will go to Josh Brolin, whom Deadline reports is now officially cast. more on Oldboy, Man from U.N.C.L.E., and Gangster Squad >> Posted 08.30.11 by Ryan
As was rumored in early July, Bruce Willis will be joining Paramount's G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation.
THR reports that Willis is in negotiations to play General Joe Colton, the original G.I. Joe character and action figure. Production is set to begin at the end of the month in New Orleans with a script from Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and under the direction of Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never).
Willis joins a cast that includes returning G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra actors Channing Tatum as Duke, Ray Park as Snake Eyes, and Lee Byung-hun as Storm Shadow, as well as newcomers Ray Stevenson as the mercenary Firefly, French actress Elodie Yung (District 13: Ultimatum) as Jinx, D.J. Cotrona as the beret-wearing Flint, Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye andDwayne "The Rock" Johnson as heavy machine gunner and aspiring chef Roadblock. G.I. Joe 2 opens June 29, 2012. Enos joins Gangster Squad; Bening and Dillon in Imogene >> Posted 08.10.11 by Ryan
After pairing together for the March thriller Limitless, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro are looking to reunite for The Silver Lining Playbook, the next movie from The Fighter director David O. Russell.
Based on the 2008 novel by Matthew Quick, The Silver Lining Playbook follows a former high school teacher who is released from a mental institution into the custody of his mother. He then tries to win back his ex-wife but falls for his neighbor instead. Cooper was originally attached to the role, but recently it looked like Russell was going to re-team with Fighter actor and producer Mark Wahlberg instead. Deadline reports that Wahlberg had to drop out due to scheduling issues, and now Cooper is back in talks.
What part De Niro will play is unknown, though the report adds that Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: First Class) will play the part of Cooper's neighbor after Anne Hathaway has dropped out due to conflicts with her The Dark Knight Rises shooting schedule. Production will begin this fall. more Gangster Squad, Bowden becomes a nurse in 3D >> Posted 08.03.11 by Ryan
Emma Stone likely won't be reuniting with director Ruben Fleischer for a sequel to 2009's Zombieland anytime soon, but the actress is joining the cast of Fleischer's latest project, Warner Bros.' Gangster Squad.
The movie — based on writer Paul Lieberman's seven-part series of articles for The LA Times, "Tales from the Gangster Squad" — will follow a secret squad of 1940's police officers who work to keep East Coast mobsters like "Mickey" Cohen out of Los Angeles. Variety reports that Stone will also reunite with her Crazy, Stupid, Love co-star Ryan Gosling, playing a "sharp-tongued siren" named Jean who is caught in a love triangle between Gosling (the womanizing Sgt. Jerry Wooters) and Cohen (Sean Penn). who's returning for Bourne? >> Posted 07.27.11 by Ryan
While Bryan Cranston (AMC's Breaking Bad) is still on his quest for total domination of Hollywood with a number of roles lined up in upcoming movies, the actor has been forced to drop out of one project: period police drama Gangster Squad.
Cranston was cast as LAPD officer Max Kennard in June, one of the favorite characters of screenwriter, and former Los Angeles police officer, Will Beall, who tweeted the following about Cranston's casting to a follower (nice work, @Cherylhe) earlier this month:
so what happened? >> Posted 07.21.11 by Ryan
Yeah, Cranston's rad and Max Kennard might be my favorite member of the squad. So I'm stoked.
Gangster Squad is getting a new member.
Deadline reports that Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar) has joined the Warner Bros. production as a police officer whose specialty is electrics and wiring. The rest of the squad, so far, includes Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Bryan Cranston and Michael Pena.
Gangster Squad is based on a series of Los Angeles Times articles by Paul Lieberman which followed an elite squad of police officers who went after gangsters like "Mickey" Cohen (played by Sean Penn in the movie) in 1949 Los Angeles. Novelist and former South Central Los Angeles cop Will Beall wrote the script, which will be directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less). Production begins this September. Oz, Pacific Rim and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D get new cast members >> Posted 07.07.11 by Ryan
Bryan Cranston used to be known as "the dad from Malcolm in the Middle" before he was cast in AMC's Breaking Bad, won three Emmys, and became Hollywood's latest go-to character actor (take a seat, Mark Strong).
In 2011 alone, Cranston has appeared as a detective in March's The Lincoln Lawyer, as a high school principal's husband in the drama Detachment (which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April), and will appear as Julia Roberts' lousy husband in this weekend's Larry Crowne. He also has a role in September's action thriller Drive. All that in addition to a fourth season of the excellent Breaking Bad.
He'll be equally visible in 2012. Cranston has already shot roles in the George Lucas–produced, World War II biopic Red Tails (which may finally see release in early 2012) and the sci-fi epic John Carter. He's also lined up roles as the villain in the Total Recall remake and as the mayor of Los Angeles in Rock of Ages. Now Cranston has added two more roles as well. what roles has he added? >> Posted 06.30.11 by Ryan
The Gangster Squad is growing.
In May, Anthony Mackie was reportedly up for a role in either Gangster Squad or director Marc Forster's adaptation of Max Brooks' best-selling novel, World War Z. Mackie later dismissed the casting rumors as "speculation," but Variety reports that at least one of them had some truth to it as Mackie will join the cast of Gangster Squad as former LAPD lieutenant Rocky Washington. Fleischer moving on to Zombieland 2 next? >> Posted 06.11.11 by Ryan
Director Ridley Scott has assembled an excellent ensemble for his upcoming sci-fi movie Prometheus that includes Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba. Could that cast also include Guy Pearce?
No official confirmation has Pearce joining the cast of Prometheus, though CHUD received word that Pearce had joined the cast via an email from an anonymous reader. While the CHUD report seems dubious, the site claims that two other emails have arrived that support Pearce's casting.
The Playlist has also confirmed through Pearce's reps that the actor has indeed been cast in the movie in an unspecified role.
Prometheus began its development as a prequel to Scott's 1979 classic Alien but after a new draft from screenwriter Damon Lindelof arrived, Scott claimed the script created "a new, grand mythology and universe" that would use "strands of Alien DNA." Prometheus is still rumored to feature Scott's chest-bursting, acid-bleeding aliens, but no confirmation on that has been revealed either. We'll find out for sure when Prometheus opens on June 8, 2012. anthony mackie to hunt gangsters or zombies >> Posted 05.03.11 by Ryan
Ruben Fleischer has only directed two movies so far: 2009's comedy/zombie movie Zombieland and the upcoming bank heist comedy 30 Minutes or Less, but will be stepping into serious crime territory with his next project, Warner Bros.' Gangster Squad.
Based on a series of Los Angeles Times articles by Paul Lieberman titled "Tales From the Gangster Squad", Gangster Squad follows a real-life, secret squad of police officers who went after gangsters like "Mickey" Cohen in the 1940s. Will Beall, a former South Central Los Angeles cop and novelist, wrote the script, which was originally offered to directors Darren Aronofsky and Ben Affleck before Fleischer got the job.
THR reports that actors Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, and Ryan Gosling all "have offers" to appear in the movie. Penn will play Cohen, while Deadline has confirmed that Gosling and Brolin are in talks to play two of the cops trying to bring him down.
Production is set to begin in the fall. No release date has yet been scheduled. Posted 04.22.11 by Ryan