Writer-director Shane Black's original detective thriller "The Nice Guys," starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling and produced by Joel Silver, will be on sale at the Toronto Festival market. Warner Bros. has picked up North American distribution rights. Waypoint Entertainment executive producer Ken Kao will co-finance, with his and Alex Walton's Bloom handling international sales. They will introduce the film to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival this week. “The Nice Guys” is set in 1970s Los Angeles, as private dick Holland March (Gosling) and leg-breaker-for-hire Jackson Healy (Crowe) partner up to solve the case of a missing girl and a dead porn star. They uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power. It sounds like an updated "Chinatown." Bloom and Waypoint are currently in production on Gus Van Sant’s "The Sea of Trees," starring Matthew McConaughey, Watanabe and Naomi Watts. »
- Anne Thompson
The crime thriller will be going up against a pair of animated sequels, Pixar's Finding Dory and DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 3.
We first reported on the project back in June, when Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling were being sought to star as private detective Holland March and muscle-for-hire Jackson Healy, who join forces to find a missing porn star in 1970s Los Angeles. Their investigation uncovers a vast conspiracy. The actors have since been confirmed to star in the noir thriller, after Warner Bros. picked up the project last month.
Shane Black (Iron Man 3) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi, with Joel Silver producing through his Silver Pictures. Wayside Entertainent's Ken Kao is executive producing alongside Hal Sadoff, and Michael Malon. Production »
For anyone who was looking forward to more classes on How To Train Your Dragon, I have some unfortunate news today. DreamWorks Animation has announced that the third installment has been pushed back a year. How To Train Your Dragon 3, which was facing Finding Dory and the newly dated release of Shane Black’s The Nice Guys has been pushed back to a June 9, 2017 release. I’m skeptical that it will keep that date as well considering The Lego Movie 2 opens on May 26 and a week »
- Graham McMorrow
Not too long ago, we heard that Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe might team up with Iron Man 3 director Shane Black for The Nice Guys, a 70s set murder conspiracy thriller. Now Deadline has confirmed that the film will be Black's next project, complete with the aforementioned two leading men in the starring roles, and Warner Bros. has picked up the film that is being produced by Joel Silver and set it for release on June 17th, 2016. That's a prime summer release date, so the studio must be pretty confident in the film that Black also wrote himself years ago along with Anthony Bagarozzi. So what's it about? As we reported previously, the story unfolds in 70s Los Angeles, following Jackson Healy (Crowe), a recovering alcoholic and muscle-for-hire, who finds himself working with Holland March (Gosling), a private eye and practicing alcoholic, following the suicide of a fading porn star. »
- Ethan Anderton
Warner Bros. hopes that a period detective film starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling will thrill summer audiences looking for alternatives to superhero flicks. The studio will release “The Nice Guys,” directed by Shane Black, on June 17, 2016. The film is set to begin production this fall. The narrative takes place in 1970's Los Angeles, when a private eye (Gosling) and a hired leg-breaker (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles »
- Gina Hall
The last time writer/director Shane Black and producer Joel Silver worked together, the result was the very funny neo-noir Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which helped re-launch the career of Robert Downey, Jr. After festival appearances the film was given a low-profile fall rollout by Warner Bros., and it flew under the radar of most moviegoers. […]
- Russ Fischer
Warner Bros. has formally announced a release date for Shane Black’s detective thriller The Nice Guys, which will bring together Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe for a bout of crime-solving action on June 17th, 2016.
Described as a period noir, the film will take place in the 1970s where Gosling will play Holland March, a socially troubled private eye detective who, as luck would have it, crosses paths with Crowe’s burly hired muscle, Jackson Healy. Thereafter, the atypical duo must venture into the foreboding streets of Los Angeles to solve the case of a missing girl. Soon, though, the pair realize they are in over their heads.
Co-written by Black alongside relative newcomer Anthony Bagarozzi, The Nice Guys also marks the filmmaker teaming up with reputable industry producer Joel Silver, who worked in tandem with Black for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and 1987’s buddy cop film, Lethal Weapon. Speaking with Variety, »
- Michael Briers
Set in the 1970s in Los Angeles, Gosling plays a private eye and Crowe a hired leg-breaker who must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star.
Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird, and Sarah Gadon star in the film which looks at a slowly collapsing family that has made its fortunes working in Hollywood.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Warner Bros. has set The Nice Guys release date in the heart of Summer 2016, confirming that the 1970s-set noir film will indeed be writer/director Shane Black’s next feature. The Lethal Weapon scribe has been working on the project for years with producer Joel Silver, but it finally gained traction after the massive box office success of Black’s second directorial feature, Iron Man 3. The story revolves around a private detective and a muscle-for-hire who are brought together to investigate the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated suicide of a fading porn star. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe became attached to the project a few months ago, shortly after which Warner Bros. acquired the noir-tinged picture. More on the Nice Guys release date and the film itself after the jump. Per Warner Bros., Nice Guys is coming together quite, well, nicely, as production is scheduled to begin this fall. »
- Adam Chitwood
It is confirmed: Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are teaming up for a mystery noir film from Iron Man 3 director Shane Black. Nice Guys, co-written by Black and Anthony Bagarozzi, will also be getting a prime spot in the middle of Warner Bros summer slate in 2016. Produced by Joel Silver, there is no word on whether Nice Guys is going to be a dark and violent film along the lines of L.A. Confidential or Gangster Squad, the two noir films starring Gosling and Crowe, but seeing as the movie is »
- Alex Maidy
The film takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired leg-breaker Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.
“Ever since we did ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,’ I’ve been eager to work with Shane again, and with this film we made it happen,” Silver said. “It’s a terrific script written in Shane’s great cinematic voice. With Russell and Ryan on board, I know we’re in for another wild ride.”
Black co-wrote the script with Anthony Bagarozzi. »
- Justin Kroll
Nice Guys, Warner Bros.' detective thriller starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, will arrive in summer 2016. Warners, which picked up the film in July, has slated it for release on June 17, 2016. Iron Man 3 helmer Shane Black is directing the film, which is set in 1970s Los Angeles and follows a private eye (Gosling) and a hired leg-breaker (Crowe) who must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. Black and Anthony Bagarozzi wrote the screenplay for the project, which will begin production in
- Rebecca Ford
That moved along quickly. Back in June, we reported that Iron Man 3 director Shane Black was considering noir thriller The Nice Guys as one of several projects he’s juggling in development. Then, the casting was merely a wish list, but he’s clearly locked in his chosen actors, with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe officially on board and Warner Bros. setting a June 17, 2016 release date for the movie.The Nice Guys, which Black co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi, is set in the 1970s and will feature Gosling as wayward, troubled private eye Holland March, who crosses paths with hired muscle Jackson Healy (Crowe). These unlikely allies must prowl the mean streets of Los Angeles to solve the case of a missing girl, which soon develops links to the death of a porn star. As they unravel the cases, they discover a massive conspiracy with tentacles in the highest levels of power. »
Taken from one of the many (or perhaps all) of the DVD/Blu-ray releases of Predator over the years, and brought to my attention by Refocused Media, just below is the DVD extra "The Unseen Arnold", which features the cast and crew of Predator talking about how great it is to work with Arnold Schwarzenegger. amz asin="B00G0OHMUG" size="small"Now there's nothing revelatory about this video, but I'm posting it because I found the inclusion of a young Shane Black to be entertaining as he played Hawkins in the film before became known as the screenwriter of Lethal Weapon, director of Iron Man 3 and possible director of a new Predator film. Give it a watch, it's a fun distraction on a Friday afternoon. »
- Brad Brevet
We know some of your are waiting for Netflix, so if you still haven't seen Iron Man 3 yet, you may want to stop reading, because this story contains Major Spoilers.
One of the lingering mysteries left by Iron Man 3 is the true identity of the evil Mandarin. In the film, Ben Kingsley plays Trevor Slattery, an actor pretending to be the most dangerous terrorist in the entire world. He is soon discovered to be working as a media smokescreen for Aldrich Killian. The character went onto appear in Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King, where he is incarcerated with a group of true sycophants. He is eventually blasted out of jail by a minion of the 'real' Mandarin. But who is the 'real' Mandarin?
In fact, he »
Last year, Shane Black kicked the hornet’s nest with his contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe; Iron Man 3 might be the studio’s second highest grossing release to date (right behind The Avengers), but to this day it’s easily the most controversial. If you’ve seen the film, you already know why. If you haven’t, well, you’ve probably tangentially gained knowledge on the fracas through the magic of pop culture osmosis. The truth of Iron Man 3‘s midpoint twist is old hat by now.
But like all good geek disputes, tussles over the nature of The Mandarin just won’t die. (On that note, for anybody who has yet to watch the film, be warned of spoilers ahead.) ...
- Andy Crump
Marvel Studios has firmly established itself as one of the biggest - if not the biggest - brands in Hollywood. After six years of releasing movies, the company has not only made two of the highest grossing films of all time - Joss Whedon's The Avengers and Shane Black's Iron Man 3 - but also has proven able to take a property that nobody has ever heard of and turn it into gold. Guardians of the Galaxy had more than its fair share of detractors when it was first announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2011, but now that particular project has made more than half a billion dollars at the global box office and can be called the biggest hit domestically of the summer season. The numbers are in, and at the time of this article's publication, Box Office Mojo says that James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy »
Directed by John McTiernan
The concept of a film within a film is an idea that provides for truly interesting cinema. Films that are self-referential, satiric, and make fun of their own genre are often hilarious, thought-provoking, and downright fun. 1993’s cult favorite Last Action Hero is an action-fantasy that pokes fun at the action film genre in more ways than one. It stars the incomparable blockbuster movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger who is playing himself. Last Action Hero pretty much has it all and if you are a fan of the Austrian star or just action cinema in general, then this is the perfect film for you.
The film focuses on Danny Madigan (Austin O’Brien), a 12-year-old troublemaker obsessed with movies, in particular those of action hero Jack Slater, a fictionalized version of Schwarzenegger. »
- Randall Unger
How many of you have ever read an actual original era pulp story? Anything involving Doc Savage or The Shadow or John Carter or Doctor Death or The Phantom Detective or Tarzan or Solomon Kane or Conan or The Continental Op? If you haven't, that puts you in what I am sure is a vast majority at this point. I can't fault anyone for not being a reader of that sort of source material. It's not something that is part of the active mainstream right now, but if Hollywood gets its way, that may be about to change. There are some huge names in the world of pulp. By far, the biggest budget pulp title currently pending release is the David Yates "Tarzan" that Warner Bros. is putting out in 2016. When I interviewed Samuel L. Jackson at Comic-Con this summer, he repeatedly told me how excited he was by what »
- Drew McWeeny
In 1985, MGM brought former cop turned government agent Remo Williams to the screen with Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (a.k.a. Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous), hoping to launch a franchise based upon Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir’s The Destroyer series of pulp novels with Fred Ward (Tremors) in the lead role.
While that effort failed to take off, it looks like Sony is looking to give the character another chance at big screen success, with Deadline revealing that Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) has signed on to direct The Destroyer from a script by Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney, co-author of several books in the series.
“Shane has been a fan of the original Destroyer book series since its inception and he has an incredible vision for this film,” said Charles Roven (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), who will serve as producer. »
- Gary Collinson
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