GANGSTER SQUAD Blu-ray Review

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Considering that the film was bumped around from September to January due to a national tragedy, it would be nice to feel a little sorry for Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad.  The period film, which casts Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling as cops going against Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) for control of Los Angeles, has a great cast and period setting.  On top of that, The Untouchables is a great film and it wouldn’t be the worst thing to see more films like it.  And yet, Gangster Squad is a total miss.  My review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: OZ Stays on top; THE CALL Connects, BURT WONDERSTONE Bombs

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For a second week in a row, Oz the Great and Powerful reigned at the domestic box office. The Disney hit earned an estimated $42.2 million, down 47% off from last weekend’s debut. But the big news this week is the film that took second place. With an estimated $17.1 million from 2,507 locations, The Call wound up stealing the spotlight from the comedy debut of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

 Title  Weekend Total
1.  Oz the Great and Powerful  $42,222,000 $145
2.  The Call  $17,100,000 $17.1
3.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone    $10,305,000 $10.3
4.  Jack the Giant Slayer  $6,220,000 $53.9
5.  Identity Thief  $4,500,000 $123.6
6.  Snitch  $3,500,000 $37.2
7.  21 and Over  $2,619,000 $21.8
8.  Silver Linings Playbook  $2,587,000 $124.6
9.  Safe Haven  $2,495,000 $66.9
10.  Escape from Planet Earth  $2,327,000 $53.1

Weekend Box Office: JACK THE GIANT SLAYER Tops Slow Weekend with $28 Million

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2013’s box office downturn stretched to its sixth frame this weekend, as Warner Brothers’ Jack the Giant Slayer failed to justify its giant pricetag. From 3,525 locations, the fairytale adaptation took in an estimated $28 million – more than its Friday estimate promised, but less than half of what The Lorax delivered at this time last year. The weekend’s other offerings fared little better though, in the case of The Last Exorcism Part II, a small opening was mitigated by an even smaller budget.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Jack the Giant Slayer $28,010,000 $28
2.  Identity Thief $9,700,000 $107.4
3.  21 & Over $9,000,000 $9
4.  The Last Exorcism Part II $8,030,000 $8
5.  Snitch $7,700,000 $24.4
6.  Escape from Planet Earth $6,726,000 $43.2
7.  Safe Haven $6,300,000 $57
8.  Silver Linings Playbook $5,941,000 $115.5
9.  A Good Day to Die Hard $4,500,000 $59.6
10.  Dark Skies $3,556,000 $13.4

Weekend Box Office: IDENTITY THIEF Sneaks Past SNITCH on Weak Oscar Weekend

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2013 has not been a banner year at the box office by any stretch of the imagination, but this weekend will set a new low. For the first time in months, no film took in $15 million. That includes the first-place Identity Thief, which was back on top in its third frame. With an estimated $14.1 million, Identity Thief barely edged out the $13 million debut of Snitch but, when we’re talking numbers this small, gloating over rank seems a little pointless.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Identity Thief $14,100,000 $93.7
2.  Snitch $13,000,000 $13
3.  Escape from Planet Earth $11,013,000 $35.1
4.  Safe Haven $10.600,000 $48
5.  A Good Day to Die Hard $10,000,000 $51.8
6.  Dark Skies $8,850,000 $8.8
7.  Silver Linings Playbook $6.051,000 $107.4
8.  Warm Bodies $4,750,000 $58.1
9.  Side Effects $3,511,000 $25.2
10.  Beautiful Creatures $3,410,000 $16.3

Weekend Box Office: ZERO DARK THIRTY Leads with $24 Million; A HAUNTED HOUSE Edges Out GANGSTER SQUAD for Second Place

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In its first weekend in wide release, Zero Dark Thirty easily captured first place with an estimated $24 million from 2,937 locations. With months of press coverage, great reviews and a Best Picture nomination behind it, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the CIA thriller won the frame. A bit more surprising is the position claimed by A Haunted House. The low-budget genre spoof overcame the higher-profile (and higher-budgeted) Gangster Squad for second place at this weekend’s box office.

Title Weekend Total
1. Zero Dark Thirty $24,000,000 $29.4
2. A Haunted House $18,817,000 $18.8
3. Gangster Squad $16,710,000 $16.7
4. Django Unchained $11,065,000 $125.3
5. Les Miserables $10,127,000 $119.2
6. The Hobbit $9,080,000 $278.8
7. Lincoln $6,314,000 $152.5
8. Parental Guidance $6,100,000 $60.6
9. Texas Chainsaw 3D $5,150,000 $30.7
10. Silver Linings Playbook $5,000,000 $41.3

Friday Box Office: ZERO DARK THIRTY Tops GANGSTER SQUAD and A HAUNTED HOUSE with $9 Million

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She may have been overlooked by the Academy, but director Kathryn Bigelow has been avenged at the box office. Zero Dark Thirty, the “controversial” CIA thriller that has been enjoying incredible success in limited release, is now a success on a much wider scale. The Best Picture nominee took first place on Friday with an estimated $9 million from 2,937 runs. With its three-day take expected to top $25 million, Zero Dark Thirty will remain on top through Sunday, giving Bigelow the first number one hit of her career. Once the presumptive pick for the top spot, Warner Brothers’ Gangster Squad had to settle for third on Friday. The R-rated crime drama, which has had its own share of controversy following the events in Aurora and Newtown, earned an estimated $6.6 million from 3,103 locations – just under the $6.7 million estimate of the new R-rated comedy A Haunted House. With Django Unchained in fourth, it looks like the four highest-grossing domestic films will all carry an R-rating this weekend – the equivalent of a solar eclipse in box office parlance. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

  Title Friday Total
1.   Zero Dark Thirty $9,000,000 $14.4
2.   A Haunted House $6,700,000 $6.7
3.   Gangster Squad $6,665,000 $6.6
4.   Django Unchained $3,456,000 $117.7
5.   Les Miserables $2,800,000 $111.8

TOP 5: 2013 Oscar Nominations, EVIL DEAD Set Visit Coverage, GANGSTER SQUAD Interviews, SPRING BREAKERS, Christopher Nolan Eyes INTERSTELLAR

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What’s the best course of action should you ever find yourself a boring married person who’s hesitant to cash in “movie favors” due to the fear that your return favor will come in the form of the next four Katherine Heigl movies? Align yourself with like-minded boring married people and schedule yourself a significant-other-free triple feature. This advice comes directly from my own playbook and is the reason why this week’s Top 5 is arriving a little earlier than usual; so that I can make time to check out Gangster Squad, Zero Dark Thirty, and Django Unchained all in one glorious day. While you likely didn’t come here for relationship advice, as an added bonus to an already robust palette of content, I’m confident that you’re getting your time’s worth and then some.

All creative thinking pertaining to movies and how we can watch them while in a relationship aside, this week saw the announcement of the 2013 Oscar nominations, a little Evil Dead remake set visit coverage, Gangster Squad interviews with Ruben Fleischer and more, a healthy portion of posters and images from Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers, and developing news regarding Christopher Nolan potentially taking on Interstellar as his next directorial effort. All of the above resides in brief recap and link form after the jump.

Director Ruben Fleischer Talks GANGSTER SQUAD, the Benefits of Filming in L.A., the Incredible Cast, Test Screenings, Deleted Scenes, Film vs. Digital, His Thoughts on 48fps, and Much More

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Opening this weekend is director Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland) Gangster Squad.  The movie is set in 1940s Los Angeles and stars Sean Penn as real-life gangster Mickey Cohen, who became the target of special task force known as the “Gangster Squad” made up of Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, and Robert Patrick.  The film also stars Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, and Mireille Enos.  For more on the film, be sure to check out our set visit coverage here, and watch six clips.

The other day I landed an exclusive interview with Fleischer.  During our extended conversation we talked about shooting in Los Angeles, the experience of directing such a large and diverse cast, how the script changed along the way, test screenings, deleted scenes, what will be on the Blu-ray, how involved was the studio, film versus digital and why, his thoughts on 48fps, and more.  In addition, as many of you know, in the original cut, there was a shootout at Grauman’s Chinese Theater but everyone involved decided to reshoot the sequence after the tragedy in Aurora.  I asked Fleischer if the footage will be on the Blu-ray and how that sequence compares to what’s now in the finished film.  Hit the jump to watch.

Producer Dan Lin Talks GANGSTER SQUAD, SHERLOCK HOLMES 3, THE LEGO MOVIE, SUICIDE SQUAD, the ACME Movie, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 322 days ago

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Opening this weekend is director Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland) Gangster Squad.  The movie is set in 1940s Los Angeles and stars Sean Penn as real-life gangster Mickey Cohen, who became the target of special task force known as the “Gangster Squad” made up of Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, and Robert Patrick.  The film also stars Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, and Mireille Enos.  For more on the film, be sure to check out our set visit coverage here, and watch six clips.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with producer Dan Lin.  During our wide ranging conversation we talked about making Gangster Squad, editing, the test screenings, improv on set, and more.  In addition, with Lin producing a number of other projects, I got updates on Sherlock Holmes 3, The Lego Movie, Suicide Squad, the ACME movie, Brotherhood, Moses, and much more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

GANGSTER SQUAD Review

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It’s a bit disappointing that Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad can live in such a rich setting and still feel so light.  As seen through a grand tradition of films dating back over 70 years, post-war Los Angeles was boozy, hedonistic, dangerous, and dark.  Gangster Squad waters down this colorful world, and simply coasts on being an amusing, frivolous action film.  There’s nothing wrong with that, and with a strong cast at his disposal, Fleischer finds a nice blend between the style he brought to Zombieland and the spirit of the time period.  Unfortunately, a thin plot and even thinner characters make Gangster Squad as intense as a drive-by shooting and just as fleeting.

Producer Dan Lin Extends First-Look Deal at Warner Bros. for Two Years

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With a new year comes a new deal for producer Dan Lin and his Lin Pictures.  Lin recently re-upped a first-look deal with Warner Bros. for two years in a working relationship that dates back to 2008.  Lin and his company have previously produced both Sherlock Holmes movies and The Invention of Lying, while landing an executive producer cred on Terminator Salvation and Shorts.  The partnership’s most recent collaboration will be seen on screens this Friday when Ruben Flesicher’s Gangster Squad debuts.

Although Lin has been in the news lately for the ongoing tiff over the rights to Godzilla, his new deal assures us that his ongoing relationship with Warner Bros. remains in good standing.  Hit the jump for a look at Lin’s upcoming projects, such as The Lego Movie, Sherlock Holmes 3, It and a little film called Justice League. Also, be sure to check back tonight when we post a new interview with Lin himself.

Final Extended Trailer for GANGSTER SQUAD

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With the film set to hit theaters tomorrow, a final extended trailer for director Ruben Fleischer’s crime drama Gangster Squad has been released online.  It looks to be mostly made up of footage that we’ve seen before, but this is the most comprehensive look at the film we’ve been given thus far.  If you missed any of our recent coverage, be sure to check out Steve’s extended interview with star Josh Brolin and Christina’s coverage of the press conference that included Fleischer, Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone.  Look for more interviews over the next few days.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Sean Penn, Nick NolteAnthony MackieGiovanni RibisiMichael PeñaRobert Patrick and Mireille EnosGangster Squad opens on January 11th.

Josh Brolin Talks GANGSTER SQUAD, Spike Lee’s OLDBOY, LABOR DAY, His Career After NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, Future Projects, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 323 days ago

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Opening this weekend is director Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland) Gangster Squad.  The movie is set in 1940s Los Angeles and stars Sean Penn as real-life gangster Mickey Cohen, who became the target of special task force known as the “Gangster Squad” made up of Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, and Robert Patrick.  The film also stars Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, and Mireille Enos.  For more on the film, be sure to check out our set visit coverage here, and watch six clips.

During the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Josh Brolin.  During our wide ranging conversation we talked about what the last few years have been like as he’s been in some high profile movies, how he got involved in Gangster Squad, what changed on set, future projects like Spike Lee’s Oldboy, Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Sean Penn’s Crazy for the Storm, Pitz and Joe, Under and Alone, a possible project with Jessica Chastain, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to read.

New Featurettes for GANGSTER SQUAD and PARKER

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If you want to get a little behind-the-scenes action with Ryan Gosling and Jason Statham, we have just the thing for you!  Two new action film featurettes debuted today.  One shows off additional footage plus comments from the cast and crew of Gangster Squad, Ruben Fleischer’s crime drama starring Gosling, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn and Emma Stone.  The other featurette is for Parker, director Taylor Hackford’s crime thriller adaptation that stars Statham as a criminal with a code and Jennifer Lopez as his newest assistant.  Both films, coincidentally, star Nick Nolte, so that’s fun.

Gangster Squad opens January 11th and Parker follows two weeks afterwards on January 25th.  Hit the jump to check out both featurettes.

Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Director Ruben Fleischer Talk GANGSTER SQUAD, the 1940s Setting, and Violence in Movies

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From director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), the crime drama Gangster Squad is set in Los Angeles in 1949, when ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) made a business out of drugs, guns and prostitutes, all thanks to the police and politicians being on his payroll.  He thought no one and nothing could stop him, until a small, secret crew of LAPD officers, led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), came together to take back the city and tear Cohen’s world apart.  The film also stars Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, Robert Patrick and Mireille Enos.  For more on the film, be sure to check out our set visit coverage here, and watch six clips.

During a press conference at the film’s press day, actors Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, along with Fleischer, talked about finding the tone of the film, the most challenging scene to shoot, what they did to get into the time period, how they viewed their characters, assembling such a talented supporting cast, working with an actor as intense as Sean Penn, having a sensitivity about extreme violence in films, and the decision to reshoot one of the more intense scenes.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

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