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Fury is set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Shia Labeouf and Logan Lerman are also set to co-star.
Production is set to begin in September 2013 and Columbia plans to release Fury on November 14, 2014.
- Laura Frances
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Iron Man 3, The Avengers 2, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Man of Steel, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Arrow, Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Teen Titans Go!, Superman: Unbound and more...
The 2013 superhero season is now officially underway with director Shane Black and star Robert Downey Jr. kicking off Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Iron Man 3 begins to roll out around the world. The threequel arrived in the UK on Thursday, pulling in $36.5 million internally by close of play that day, and appears to be comfortably heading towards an opening weekend in excess of $100 million globally. This »
- Flickering Myth
Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is back at Sony Pictures and developing a new untitled sci-fi/fantasy film project for them. He will direct and produce the movie from a script being written by Eric Pearson, who is a fairly new up and coming screenwriter.
Unfortunately, there are absolutely no details on what the movie will be about. I hope it turns out better than Fleischer's last two movies, which include 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad. I did enjoy watching those movies for what they were, but they could have been a lot better.
Hopefully he can pull together a solid sci-fi/fantasy film.
- Joey Paur
It was probably a safe bet that Ruben Fleischer would want to move on from “Gangster Squad” as quickly as possible. The numerous delays, the re-shoots and the middling box office returns must have put a damper on what initially seemed like a star-studded potential hit. It seems the young director is looking to broaden his genre base by signing on to direct and produce an as yet untitled sci-fi/fantasy film on behalf of Sony Pictures. There are no plot details currently available for the project, which was written by up-and-coming screenwriter Eric Pearson. Pearson has previously written two scripts that made it onto the Black List, but none of these has made it to production until now. Fleischer appears to be making definite moves to branch out from his earlier, lighter fare (“Zombieland”, “30 Minutes or Less,”) and given that his first venture into “serious filmmaking” did not pan »
- Ken Guidry
Back in 2009, director Ruben Fleischer made a smashing debut with his first feature Zombieland. The clever and kooky horror-comedy was roundly praised by critics and scored with audiences too, making an impressive $102 million worldwide. Then came the disappointing 30 Minutes or Less, which got snarled in controversy over its comedic depiction of a real-life catastrophe, earned critics'' scorn, and made only $40 mil worldwide. Fleischer attempted to rebound in style with the flashy crime drama Gangster Squad. But after the Aurora tragedy, the ultra-violent film that included a movie theater massacre sequence got bumped to January and recut. Ultimately, it has been his worst reviewed movie to date. Plus, the $60 mil pic disappointed domestically, earning only $46 million, though it made $56 mil internationally. This would seem to suggest Fleischer is floundering, but The Wrap reports Sony is giving him another shot to shoot some stars. The studio that distributed Fleischer's first two features »
"Gangster Squad" filmmaker Ruben Fleischer made his first two movies for Sony and now there's a reunion on the horizon, as he's set to direct and produce and untitled sci-fi/fantasy movie for the studio. Fleischer brought the idea for the project to Sony, which subsequently hired Eric Pearson to write the script. Studio is keeping plot details under wraps. Fleischer put himself on the map with Sony's stylish zombie comedy "Zombieland" and went on to direct "30 Minutes or Less" for the studio. His ascension continued with WB's star-studded crime film "Gangster »
- Jeff Sneider
It appears that director Ruben Fleischer is ready to try his hand at sci-fi. The Wrap reports that Fleischer is returning to Sony Pictures—where he made Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less—to helm an untitled sci-fi/fantasy pic. Fleischer pitched the idea for the film himself, and Eric Pearson has been tapped to pen the screenplay. The plot is being kept under wraps, but it’s decidedly different territory for the filmmaker who is coming off his period drama/actioner Gangster Squad. While Fleischer found great success with Zombieland, the postponement of Gangster Squad's release didn’t seem to work in that star-studded film’s favor, as it tallied up a worldwide gross of just over $100 million against a $60 million budget. Fleischer is also developing an adaptation of the video game Spy Hunter at Warner Bros. to direct, but it’s unknown what he’ll tackle as his next project. »
- Adam Chitwood
Zack Snyder revealed in a new interview that, should his Man of Steel take off, it’s likely that Warner Bros. will greenlight a Justice League movie with him as director. Snyder grabbed the opportunity to express excitement over the notion of creating a cinematic DC world: I have a hard time having perspective. But I have to say that it is everything that I could have hoped for. Touch wood that I am not insane, but it feels really good. According to director Ruben Fleischer (Gangster Squad), Warner Bros. is going to be doing just that. Fleischer denied the rumors of him being on the...
- Nick Martin
Chicago – Ruben Fleischer’s “Gangster Squad” is a steak devoid of juice. It has all the trappings of an effortlessly enjoyable genre exercise, but it doesn’t bring a single fresh idea to the table. It goes through the usual motions of a standard gangster picture while giving each overqualified member of its ensemble exactly one note to play. And they’re all exceedingly familiar notes, conveying a tune so familiar even Sam would refuse to play it again.
Josh Brolin plays a square-jawed officer with a perpetually concerned wife. Ryan Gosling plays a suave ladykiller (god what a stretch) who falls for a femme fatale (Emma Stone, looking like a kid playing dress-up). Nick Nolte wheezes and grunts. Giovanni Ribisi wears nerdy glasses, signaling that his character’s fade-out will arrive long before the final one. Anthony Mackie and Michael Peña supply different shades of skin color and little else. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
From 2003 to 2007, Universal Pictures tried numerous times to bring the Spy Hunter video game to life on the big screen, but they were unsuccessful. Even though they had Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson all set to star in the film adaptation, the project would go through several rewrites and several directors. In the beginning, Broken Arrow director, John Woo, was set to helm the project but he left due to "scheduling conflicts." A few years later, Paul W. S. Anderson ("Resident Evil"), who has the distinction of being one of the few directors to successfully adapt a video game for film was attached, but he too would later pull out. That doesn't mean Spy Hunter is dead. Actually, just recently Warner Bros. acquired the rights and are moving forward with their own version. They've hired Gangster Squad's Ruben Fleischer to direct and produce. And even though Universal's Spy Hunter »
With Christopher Nolan out of the running to direct Justice League, Warner Bros. is reportedly looking at Zack Snyder to direct their superhero ensemble. Here's an excerpt from an article about the Man of Steel filmmaker in the upcoming issue of Empire Magazine.
"Warner Bros.' long-term view has been revised to embrace this new vision, just as The Dark Knight films resisted the commodification of Marvel. Whether we get a Justice League, they say, depends on Man of Steel. If we do, they say, Zack Snyder will be asked to direct."
Director Ruben Fleischer, who was on the short list of candidates to direct Justice League last year, was recently asked if he would still be interested in taking on the project. Here is his intriguing response, which lends more credence to Zack Snyder taking the helm.
"Well that's something that Zack Snyder is going to wind up doing. »
As we all know, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel appears to hold the key to a shared DC movie universe, with Warner Bros. seemingly holding off on making any firm decisions about its future DC plans until the studio's accountants have tallied the box office returns for June's hotly-anticipated Superman reboot. However, it's also common knowledge that since the box office success of Marvel's The Avengers, WB has been looking to unite its own stable of superheroes for a Justice League movie, and it seems that Zack Snyder may have emerged as the studio's first choice to tackle the ensemble.
300 and Watchmen director Snyder has been rumoured for the director's chair on Justice League on several occasions now, and according to Gangster Squad helmer Ruben Fleischer, it's already a done deal. When asked by Screen Crush if he had any interest in directing the DC team-up, Fleischer responded that »
- Flickering Myth
Although it has the glamour of classic Hollywood and the gritty violence of the genre, Gangster Squad feels a tad too formulaic to ever fully stand on its own. The film features solid performances from its incredible ensemble cast, but seems to borrow a tad too much from past gangster films . most notably Brian De Palma's The Untouchables. Loosely based on true events, Gangster Squad was directed by Ruben Fleischer with a screenplay by Will Beall, the film features a top notch cast of Hollywood talent including Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sullivan Stapleton, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña, and Giovanni Ribisi. Set in 1949.s Los Angeles, the film opens with »
- Patrick Luce
Gangster Squad, the period cop drama, has just hit store shelves on DVD and Blu-Ray. We here at Cinelinx got our hands on the latest release in order to help you guys decide whether or not this film is worth adding to your home entertainment collection.
I caught Gangster Squad when it was in the theaters, and I have to say...I wasn’t a fan. It’s an attempt to bring back the mobster laden crime dramas of old, but despite some great talent behind it, the film comes up short with a generic, cliche driven story. Even so, when Warner Bros asked me to check out the film on blu-ray, I felt like I should give it another chance. Did my opinion of the film change? Not so much.
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
In this monthly column we spotlight new Blu-ray/DVD releases by interviewing directors about scenes that were the most challenging to shoot in their movies. For our latest installment we chat with Ruben Fleischer about his gritty noir Gangster Squad (out on Blu-ray and DVD today). Set in 1949s Los Angeles at the height of gangster Mickey Cohen’s (played by Sean Penn) reign over the city, a group of Lapd’s hard-boiled finest come together to form a rogue squad dedicated to taking down Cohen by any means necessary. Ryan Gosling plays Jerry, the smooth-talking member of the group who hangs out with shady characters and shadier women. In a striking scene we follow Jerry as he enters Cohen’s legendary club Slapsy Maxie’s to meet his friend, mob enforcer...
- Jason Guerrasio
I've been thinking for the longest time that Zack Snyder would end up directing Justice League. Especially after studio executives were happy with what he did for Man of Steel. If they feel that Snyder can bring them epic superhero movies then of course they're going to want him back to work on a property that has the potential to be just as amazing as The Avengers.
There were rumors Snyder was up for the directing gig, but it looks like Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer might have confirmed that Snyder is actually attached to the project. It was also rumored at one point that Fleischer was up to direct the movie, so when he was asked about it in an interview with Screen Crush if he was still interested in directing Justice League, he said...
Well that’s something that Zack Snyder is going to wind up doing.
He also »
- Joey Paur
That’s apparently the case according to “Gangster Squad” director Ruben Fleischer, who was out and about promoting his true story-ish movie as it lands on DVD/Blu-ray when the subject of the “Justice League” movie came up. When asked by Screen Crush about rumors that he was up for the big superhero gig and how that was going, Fleischer replied: Well that’s something that Zack Snyder is going to wind up doing. Okay, there are a lot of ways to parse that statement. He could be simply saying that a) “Zack Snyder already has the job.” or b) “Zack Snyder will probably wind up directing.” I’m not sure why the interviewer didn’t toss a follow-up question to clarify Fleischer’s statement. That would seem kind of elementary, don’t you think? Why would you even bring up the subject, then get a really enticing answer, and »
The 1920s come roaring back to life with Gangster Squad, debuting on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD April 23. Ruben Fleischer directs this drama based on the true story of an elite L.A.P.D. unit lead by John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who are tasked with taking down infamous gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). To celebrate this new release, we have a contest lined up where fans can take home the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Continue reading to find out how you can win.
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Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen »
Director Ruben Fleischer follows up two comedy films: Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less with Gangster Squad, a cliché-ridden crime drama that borrows from every other title in the genre, while adding almost nothing to the mix, aside from the questionable decision to shoot the film digitally. Gangster Squad isn’t dragged down by its performances or its direction, but the script leaves it dead in the water before it’s even given a fighting chance.
Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) is a ruthless crime lord. He’s thirsty for blood, money and power and his rise to the top is simple; kill everyone in your way. He buys cops when needed, but prefers to just eliminate people out of the equation altogether.
- Jeremy Lebens
The ongoing Justice League rumours continue apace, with Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer seemingly confirming the director in an interview with Screen Crush. When the topic of Justice League was broached, Fleischer said that he’d like to direct a big superhero movie, but that it wouldn’t be the DC Comics team-up movie. When asked, ‘Why not?’, Fleischer responded, “Well that’s something that Zack Snyder is going to wind up doing.” Screen Crush say that they approached Snyder’s reps for comment to no avail. Right now,...
- Matt Maytum
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