According to Us Weekly, Josh Brolin and Diane Lane are divorcing after eight years of marriage. The couple tied the knot in August 2004. Josh and Diane have reportedly been separated for a few months, though they posed together at the December 2012 premiere of The Guilt Trip, his step-mother Barbra Streisand's film, in LA.
In the midst of awards season, several stars have signed on for new film projects. This weekend's Golden Globes host Tina Fey is in late negotiations for the lead female role in The Muppets sequel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is joining Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and Oscar winner Robin Williams will be headlining a drama. Check out all that casting news and more, including upcoming roles for a One Tree Hill heartthrob!
In Gangster Squad, Josh Brolin plays an honest detective determined to make Los Angeles a better place to live, especially for his wife (Mireille Enos) and his baby on the way. Unfortunately, the city is overrun with crime, led by mob boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). To take him down, John (Brolin) enlists the help of a ragtag group of cops, each handpicked by his wife based on skill set. The story, which is set in the '40s and '50s, is based on real-life boxer-turned-gangster Cohen. Penn's performance as the Jewish Mafia kingpin borders on cartoonish — as do some of the shoot 'em up sequences — but overall, Gangster Squad is entertaining from start to finish. Here are four reasons to check it out (besides the fact that Ryan Gosling costars in the film).
- All of the actors and characters are engaging. The members of the Gangster Squad include Jerry (Gosling), a smart-mouthed but sweet cop in John's precinct; Coleman (Anthony Mackie), who's been holding down the fort in a different part of town; Conway (Giovanni Ribisi), who's essentially the brains of the operation; Max (Robert Patrick), the perfect shot; and his sidekick, Navidad (Michael Peña). All of the actors bring life and personality to their characters, which makes them consistently entertaining if not slightly caricatural. John himself is an easy character to root for, even when he essentially starts committing the same crimes he's trying to eliminate. The cast is big and star-studded, but each of the actors pulls his own weight and leaves an impact.
- Gosling and Emma Stone still have sweet chemistry. If you saw Crazy, Stupid, Love, then you know that Gosling and Stone sizzle when they're on screen together. As it turns out, their connection works equally well in drama as it does in comedy. Stone plays wannabe starlet Grace, who finds a potential escape from her abusive relationship with Mickey when she meets Jerry. Grace and Jerry's relationship starts as an innocent flirtation before blossoming into a full-on forbidden affair. Not only does their love give you another reason to hate Mickey, but Gosling and Stone's scenes together are a welcome reprieve from all the violence.
- The setting provides plenty of eye candy. The retro setting is done to a T, from Stone's gorgeous gowns to the original "Hollywoodland" sign that serves as LA's most recognizable landmark. The costumes, sets, and props all add to the cinematic experience.
- The plot moves at a perfect pace. The story of Gangster Squad unfolds at just the right rate; director Ruben Fleischer introduces us to each character and develops them gradually, while also providing plenty of action sequences to keep things moving swiftly. The violence can be a bit gratuitous, but with a title like Gangster Squad, it kind of comes with the territory.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone joined forces last night for LA's premiere of their film Gangster Squad. It's the second time the costars — who also appeared in 2011's Crazy, Stupid, Love together — have played love interests on the big screen. When we asked Emma tonight what she has in mind for her third film with Ryan, she joked, "Why? Do you have a script?"
Emma walked the red carpet solo in a red look and dramatic necklace from Lanvin, but Ryan had a special woman by his side for the debut: his mother, Donna. Ryan has been dating his The Place Beyond the Pines costar Eva Mendes since shooting the film together last year. We also caught a glimpse of Sean Penn, who plays real-life gangster Mickey Cohen in the film, making a low-key arrival at the premiere. Emma and her costars might have a late night on the town tonight celebrating their new project, but she has an early morning ahead of her later this week. Emma will join forces with Oscar host Seth MacFarlane to announce the 2013 Academy Award nominees bright and early on Thursday.
It was a reunion Saturday for the cast of Gangster Squad in LA, with stars Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, and Josh Brolin teaming up for an afternoon of press and pictures. The film, directed by Ruben Fleischer, is out in less than a month on Jan. 11. Ruben also hung out with Emma, Ryan, and Josh to chat up the picture at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
That release date was pushed back from an original plan to put Gangster Squad in theaters this Fall. However, owing to reshoots, the actors rearranged their schedules to do promotion now. Ryan and Emma got playful during their time before the lens. They grew close while working on 2011's Crazy, Stupid, Love., and apparently jumped at the chance to make another movie together.
It doesn't take much to get me excited about a Ryan Gosling movie, but a sexy poster certainly doesn't hurt. Gosling and the rest of the cast of Gangster Squad are front and center in these cool new retro posters. There's Gosling as Jerry Wooters, Sean Penn as mob boss Mickey Cohen, Emma Stone as Grace Faraday, and more players from the corrupt LA streets. I love how stylized these are; they remind me of covers of old mystery novels. The movie doesn't hit theaters until Jan. 11, but check out all the posters now.
Ryan Gosling was back in costume last night to do reshoots for Gangster Squad. The '40s-era picture was originally scheduled to open this Fall, but the release has since been moved to January 2013. Ryan stars in the film alongside a range of other big names, like Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, and Emma Stone. Yesterday, though, Ryan worked on scenes alongside just Josh. We saw the guys and Emma working on the picture about a year ago, in December 2011. Since then, Ryan fit in another movie — he was in Thailand for the beginning of 2012 making Only God Forgives. His girlfriend, Eva Mendes, was able to visit with him in Thailand, but his latest location in Hollywood makes their spending time together considerably easier. One of Ryan's next trips should be alongside Eva, since their joint project, The Place Beyond the Pines, will debut at next month's Toronto International Film Festival.
Kate Winslet was spotted on the Massachusetts set of Labor Day yesterday. She was sporting messy hair and a robe for her scene, while her costar Josh Brolin wore jeans and a white tee. Production on the movie, which is based on the Joyce Maynard novel, got started in June. There's been some excitement while Kate's been hard at work. She got a sweet visit from boyfriend Ned Rocknroll last month, and they grabbed a snack together between takes. It was also announced that Kate received honors from Queen Elizabeth II for her acting work.
I saw the original Men in Black movie so long ago that my memories of the film might as well have been zapped with a neuralyzer (that's the memory-erasing device the guys use in the movie, for those of you who are also having trouble recalling the original). What I did retain is that the film was funny, fresh, and silly and that it didn't hold up very well for the 2002 sequel. With that in mind, I had low expectations for Men in Black 3, but the newest installment is just as much fun as the original, and it actually benefits from the 15-year time lapse.
The script for the film is one of its biggest assets and truly sets Men in Black 3 apart from its predecessors. The aliens are still alive and ickier than ever now that they're in 3D, but the story is more focused on the friendship between J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) and how it has evolved over the years. We learn early on that K has been keeping a secret from J all these years, and the mystery drives a wedge between the partners. Meanwhile, a treacherous alien named Boris the Animal (played to hilarious perfection by Flight of the Conchords's Jemaine Clement) breaks out of maximum-security prison and goes back in time to get revenge on K, who arrested him back in the '60s. The day that K had Boris locked up is the key to K's secret, so J heads on a mission back in time to save K and learn the truth.
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