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Meryl Streep has just signed on to play Florence Foster Jenkins in an upcoming Stephen Frears film. Florence will follow the eponymous protagonist, a New York heiress whose lack of musical talent didn’t stop her from pursuing a career in opera in the early twentieth century. This should be good news for us Streep fans because it means we may get three back-to-back-to-back musically-centered Meryl films in a row. Remember she’s set to play Maria Callas for Mike Nichols’ HBO adaptation of Terence McNally’s Master Class while she’s currently filming Ricky and the Flash, the Diablo Cody-penned Jonathan Demme film about an aging rock-star. More thrillingly, the Frears/Demme/Nichols triple punch is the closest we’ve gotten in a while to Streep committing to working with top-tier directing talent (no offense to David Frankel, Philippa Lloyd and Philip Noyce »
- Manuel Betancourt
Shane Black's 1970s noir film centres around Los Angeles private eye (Gosling) and his hired muscle (Crowe).
They become involved in the seemingly unrelated cases of a missing girl and a dead porn star.
Basinger will play a morally dubious chief justice.
Basinger won an Oscar for her role in 1997's La Confidential.
The Nice Guys will be released on June 17, 2016. »
The story centers on a private detective (Ryan Gosling) who teams up with an ex-boxer turned hired muscle (Russell Crowe) to find a young girl who has gone missing in 1970s Los Angeles, and to solve the murder of a porn star, as they discover the two cases may be related. Kim Basinger is playing the chief justice who has mysterious interests at play. We reported yesterday that Beau Knapp and Keith David are playing the villains, with White Collar and Magic Mike star Matthew Bomer also joining the cast in an unspecified role.
Shane Black (Iron Man 3) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi. Joel Silver and Ken Kao are producing, with Hal Sadoff and Michael Malone serving as executive producers. It »
• Natalie Dormer is set to star in Lava Bear Films and Phantom Four's The Forest, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed. Jason Zada is directing from a script rewritten by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca that was based on an original idea by David S. Goyer. Set in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, the supernatural thriller tells the story of a young American woman who goes in pursuit of her missing twin sister. When she wanders off the path, she is met by the undead. Lava Bear is producing along with Goyer under his Phantom Four banner. »
- C. Molly Smith
An L.A. Confidential reunion of sorts is in the works. THR reports that Kim Basinger is set to join the cast of director Shane Black’s 1970s noir film The Nice Guys, reuniting her with her L.A. Confidential co-star Russell Crowe, who plays a hired leg breaker that teams up with a private eye (Ryan Gosling) in order to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. Basinger will play the chief justice in the film, a character who is in bed with criminals. The film returns Black to noir territory after co-writing and directing one of the best Marvel films yet, Iron Man 3. The cast is filling out quite nicely, with Matt Bomer, Cara Delevingne, Keith David, and Beau Knapp all onboard. The film is slated for release on June 17, 2016. Hit the jump for casting news concerning Patrick Stewart »
- Adam Chitwood
There's something of a minor "L.A. Confidential" reunion going on with the detective thriller "The Nice Guys" as Kim Basinger is set to reunite on screen with Russell Crowe in the Shane Black-directed feature.
Ryan Gosling plays a 1970s L.A. private detective who teams with an enforcer-for-hire (Crowe) to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. They soon discover a massive conspiracy reaching up to the highest levels of the city's power brokers.
Also joining the cast recently are Keith David and Beau Knapp as villains. Knapp plays an accident prone, gold chain-wearing motormouth hitman, David is his older partner. Matt Bomer also stars in the film which »
- Garth Franklin
Co-written and directed by Shane Black and set in 1970’s Los Angeles, the movie has acquired a tasty cast line-up that continues to sizzle with each new announcement. So far, we know that Ryan Gosling is on board to play Holland March, a socially-inept L.A. private detective who befriends Russell Crowe’s musclebound goon. Why do they hook up? Does it matter? After all, this is Shane Black, who could make a fast-paced, dialogue-rich movie out of a discarded shopping list. But alright, for those who want to know, the pair join forces to solve the mystery of a missing girl and the death of a porn star.
Basinger’s appearance will of course »
- Gem Seddon
Kim Basinger will reunite with her L.A. Confidential co-star Russell Crowe for another period noir thriller: Warner Bros.' The Nice Guys. Ryan Gosling and Crowe are starring in the Shane Black-helmed movie. The story, set in 1970s Los Angeles, 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. Basinger will play a chief justice with dubious interests. Black and Anthony Bagarozzi wrote the screenplay for the Warner Bros. project, which is slated for
- Borys Kit, Rebecca Ford
La Confidential reunion klaxon! All right, so it’s just Kim Basinger and Russell Crowe from the crime classic that will share the screen once again, but it is for another period piece set in a dangerous time for the City of Angels. The actress has joined the cast of Shane Black’s new thriller, The Nice Guys.Black co-wrote the script with Anthony Bagarozzi, and the story is set in the 1970s. Ryan Gosling will be 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.Margaret Qualley, who was recently seen in HBO drama The Leftovers, »
Some casting news you can use... - First, across the pond, Lenny Henry has booked a starring role in the third season of the BBC One drama "The Syndicate," which explores how winning the lottery transforms the lives of ordinary people. The new season is set to debut in 2015. Lenny Henry will play Godfrey, a gardener at a manor who picks the winning numbers to the jackpot. - Second, Keith David has joined the cast of "The Nice Guys," the thriller starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, directed by Shane Black. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, the film follows a private eye (Gosling) and a hired brute (Crowe) who »
- Tambay A. Obenson
In the mid-1980s, Belgian martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme arrived in America with dreams of stardom. Possessing a finely-honed physique, thanks to years of training in (among other things) karate, kickboxing and ballet, he was ambitious and brimming with self-belief.
The acting bug bit Van Damme while he was still in his teens: he played “a bad guy with all the knives” in the 1984 French gangster movie Rue Barbare and, determined to further his goal of becoming an actor, hopped on a plane to Los Angeles. His first few years in America were, however, tough. He slept in a rental car for two weeks, and made money money by teaching aerobics and martial arts, delivering pizzas, and working as a doorman at a restaurant belonging to Chuck Norris. »
Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe headline this 1970s detective thriller set in Los Angeles. Gosling stars as a P.I. who must work with Crowe's hired leg-breaker to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star.
Beau Knapp is playing a motormouth hit man who evokes the gold-chain wearing styles of the day. He is also prone to accidents. Keith David will play his aging partner in crime. Matthew Bomer, of Magic Mike fame, joined the cast earlier in the month.
The Nice Guys comes to theaters June 17th, »
Shane Black's (Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) 1970s La noir piece, The Nice Guys, has found two villains in Keith David (Cloud Atlas, The Thing) and Beau Knapp (The Signal, Super 8). Keith David will play a seasoned hitman while Knapp will portray his younger, accident-prone, motormouth partner. The two will go up against a private eye (Ryan Gosling) and a hired leg breaker (Russell Crowe) who must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death »
- Sean Wist
Poor Jon Favreau. Not only did Shane Black usurp him from his role as Iron Man 3's director, but his character in the franchise, Happy Hogan, was also supposed to die during his confrontation with James Badge Dale.s Savin. And I thought Marvel was supposed to be Hollywood.s happy-go-lucky studio. Of course the reality is that Favreau actually decided to opt out of Iron Man 3 to try and get Magic Kingdom into production instead. But that still doesn.t forgive Marvel Studios for trying to take their revenge out on his beloved Iron Man character. According to Comic Book Movie Jon Favreau.s Happy Hogan, who was appointed as Stark Industries. overly vigilant head of securities for Iron Man 3, would have met his demise after following Savin to the Chinese theater in Los Angeles. Earlier in the film Happy had some concerns with the man that Savin protected, »
Ryan Gosling has managed to be one of the most popular and well-liked actors in the biz, and all this without being in any superhero/comic-book blockbusters. But that could change very soon. The actor is in talks to play the lead role in Doctor Strange. He's also being courted for Summit's The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero, and David Ayer's Suicide Squad, which is about a super-villains team, set up at Warner Bros.
Ever since it was confirmed that Joaquin Phoenix would not be playing Doctor Strange, actors like Gosling, Jared Leto, Justin Theroux, Ethan Hawke and Keanu Reeves, have been hoping to land the lead role. Nothing has been confirmed as of yet, but the film is still slated for July 8, 2016.
- Laura Frances
One of the many actors notorious for not giving into the franchise machine is Ryan Gosling, but that may change as three major studios are courting him for three big movies, including Doctor Strange, Suicide Squad and The Secret Life of Houdini.
In the recent past, Ryan Gosling has refused to give into the temptations of a super hero movie, especially one that would require him to sign on for sequels. But the actor may be softening his stance on that, unlike Joaquin Phoenix who walked away from the Doctor Strange role.
The actor is confirmed to have met with Marvel for Doctor Strange, and he has an offer out for Summit's The Secret Life of Houdini, which is now subtitled The Making of America's First Superhero. Sources close to the actor also reveal that he is being aggressively courted for a role in the DC villain ensemble action-adventure Suicide Squad, »
Thus far, Ryan Gosling has managed to enjoy a successful career without starring in any franchise or studio tentpole films. His taste has varied nevertheless, ranging from moody dramas like Half Nelson and Drive to lighter films like Crazy, Stupid, Love. and Lars and the Real Girl. Gosling is currently gearing up to start filming writer/director Shane Black’s 1970s crime noir The Nice Guys opposite Russell Crowe, but the actor’s no-franchise status may soon be changing. Gosling is reportedly mulling over the possibility of starring in one of a trio of high-profile studio films: Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Summit’s The Secret Life of Houdini, and Warner Bros.’ DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad. More after the jump. The folks over at Heat Vision are reporting that Gosling is showing interest in making a franchise play by mulling over a lead role in three major films. Marvel is »
- Adam Chitwood
1. This is a great idea. Everyone knew that Marvel would figure out some way to keep making movies where Robert Downey Jr. wears some kind of cool metal suit. But Iron Man 4 was always a skeptical proposition. "Fun, Shambling Mess" is basically the best you can hope for when it comes to fourquels. (See: The fish-out-of-time-water shenanigans in Star Trek IV; Stallone solving the Cold War with his fists in Rocky IV; Harry and Ron having a really wacky wizard prom in Goblet of Fire.) Marvel could've positioned a fourth Iron Man movie as a complete in-franchise reboot by »
- Darren Franich
Now playing in theaters is director David Dobkin’s The Judge. Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder. The film marks a departure for Dobkin, who has previously helmed comedies such as Wedding Crashers, Fred Claus and The Change-Up, and it’s also a big debut of sorts for Downey—The Judge is the first film released under his production banner Team Downey, which he runs with his wife and producing partner Susan Downey. The film also stars also stars Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton,Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, David Krumholtz, Balthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare. For more on The Judge,watch the trailer or these eight clips. At the recent Los Angeles press »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The Nice Guys, the detective thriller starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, has found its bad guys. Beau Knapp and Keith David have been cast as the adversaries in the Shane Black-helmed movie. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, Nice Guys 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. Knapp will play a gold chain-wearing motormouth hitman who also is accident prone; David plays his older partner. Black and Anthony Bagarozzi wrote the screenplay for the
- Borys Kit, Rebecca Ford
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