Featuring the various growls and old-fashioney tough-guy voices of Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, and more (seemingly anyone who would put on a mustache and/or fedora, plus Emma Stone, to look good), Ruben Fleischer's 30 Minutes or Less follow-up, Gangster Squad, follows a group of cops working outside the system to run New York mobsters (mostly Penn's Mickey Cohen) out of Los Angeles. They accomplish this mostly by smashing, burning, and shooting things. Also, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone sleep together right under Sean Penn's weird nose, because a love as crazy/stupid as theirs cannot be limited to a single Steve Carell comedy.
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- One of our many Olivias--Wilde, this time--is in talks to star in Lovelace, a film about Deep Throat deep throater Linda Lovelace that is entirely different than the Malin Ackerman-starring film about Linda Lovelace. This one has James Franco.
- Entourage executive producers Mark Wahlberg and Doug Ellin have confirmed, "We're going to do a[n Entourage] movie." In light of Arrested Development and Party Down likely not fulfilling their promise of taking us to tv-to-movie Disneyland, it's nice of Uncle Mark to offer us a consolatory ride to a McDonald's ball pit, but no thanks.
- Summit Entertainment has attached Antoine Fuqua to direct an adaptation of John Huddy's 2008 non-fiction book Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down The Strip to the Tune of Five World Class Hotels, Three Armored Cars, and Millions of Dollars. You get the gist of it.
- Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim may feature Willem Dafoe as a rogue scientist specializing in alien creatures, which is perfect, because that's just what Willem Dafoe looks like he should be.
- Robert Patrick is taking the role left by Bryan Cranston's departure from Gangster Squad. Patrick's no Cranston, but hey, he was T-fucking-1000, man.
- Not yet fed up with comic book villainy from X-Men: First Class, Kevin Bacon is in talks to play the villain opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D. too. So sad that the younger generation will know Bacon as an evil man, while giving credit to this other kid for making small town dancing legal.
- Rooney Mara will reportedly follow-up her lead role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes, playing a disturbed woman obsessed with her new, looks-just-like-her-dead-mom neighbor. So I guess it isn't the next chapter of the Emmanuelle series?
- Daryl Hannah, Tom Sizemore, and Thora Birch are the first three to join the cast of an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's Snuff. Ask your friend who's always going on about Chuck Palahniuk to tell you more.
- Liam Cunningham, Brendon Gleeson, Sam Shepard, and Robert Patrick will be supporting stars Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in Daniel Espinosa's action-thriller Safe House. By Daniel Espinosa, they must mean Tony Scott.
- We're having Michael Caine doing an American accent again, this time in Sandra Nettelbeck's Mr. Morgan's Last Love, playing "a retired and widowed American philosophy professor in Paris whose life is changed when he meets a much younger woman, and a special relationship develops between the two." By Sandra Nettelbeck, they must mean Sofia Coppola.
- Sony Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn have picked up distribution for A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, a comedy starring Jason Sudeikis, Tyler Labine, Leslie Bibb, Will Forte, Lucy Punch, Lake Bell, Michelle Borth, Martin Starr, Nick Kroll, Lindsay Sloane, and David Koechner as a group of friends planning an orgy as a farewell party to a Sudeikis's Hamptons vacation home. With a cast and premise like that, this sounds like it could be pretty great. Or astoundingly bad. I can't see there being a middle ground with this.
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