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The T-1000 on the set of GANGSTER SQUAD... checking out a Howard Hawks classic?!?!

Hey folks, Harry here on Christmas Morning!!!  I checked inside my digital stocking and...   Lo & Behold we get a behind the scenes shot of Robert Patrick as Max Kennard, the Texas Cop who joins the L.A. Police Department to battle Organized Crime in Ruben Fleishcer's GANGSTER SQUAD.   

The ZOMBIELAND/30 MINUTES OR LESS director is shooting what can only be described as his attempt to stretch his directing skills outside of the comedic realm, and instead give us a peak inside the world of Hollywood Mobster Mickey Cohen.   Sean Penn is playing Mickey this time out.  You may remember Harvey Keitel's portrayal in Beatty's BUGSY.   In GANGSTER SQUAD - Penn will be set opposite not just Robert Patrick, but Ryan Gosling.   They will all be joined by Josh Brolin, Giovanni Ribisi, Nick Nolte, Frank Grillo (who is just fucking incredible in THE GREY), Anthony Mackie, Michael Pena and well...  who knows.   

I love the poster of RED RIVER in the foreground of this first shot...

And then there's this shot of the sweet cars from the era...   

Can't wait to see more - and to really see what Ruben has up his sleeve with this.   Will it be more UNTOUCHABLES or MOBSTERS?   We'll see...

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  • Dec. 25, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST


    by vezner2007

    On Christmas? I have no life.

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Have you seen this boy?

    by tomdolan04

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    zombieland was good fun

    by tomdolan04

    30 seconds not so much

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    the cars strike me of the fres memory of LA Noire

    by tomdolan04

    Amazing production values, intricate sense of atmosphere...boring fucking game though and i like a slow burn

  • Dec. 25, 2011, noon CST


    by tomdolan04

    Im drunk and alone on christmas day on AICN. Oh fuck me the latter worries me more than my alcoholism

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Plinketts review of Indy is pretty insightful

    by tomdolan04

    Whats your take on Plinketts latest Harold? Even whilst not to everyones tastes i accept, he fucking nails some pretty damning points as to why the filn shouldnt have been made - the projection onto the character and the example of the fast and the furious in say thirty years targeting the same audience is spot on

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Still no news about Plinkett's Indy4 review.

    by KilliK

    Come on Harry we want to discuss his review.think of the site's clicks now that its traffic is low because of the holiday.

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST


    by the new transported man

    Post a review of what you're drinking, tytyty.

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    best gift this holiday season

    by the new transported man

    new Plinkett review, bet.

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    drinking something called 'todka'

    by tomdolan04

    Its banana flavoured vodka. Tis awesome. As for plinkett, even with the haters surely they must agree its nice to have some discourse and critique into indy4s failings that are beyond 'hur hur fuck them they nuked the fridge hur hur'

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    and yeah i loled at the olsen bit

    by tomdolan04

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Sexy Indian Boys

    by ObnoxiousCamper

    'Nuff said. (yeah, the Plinkett review is awesome, btw)

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    karen allen can work in my toll booth anyday

    by tomdolan04

    She earned a pass for life to me however old she gets, man im 29 and she was THE hot crush for me before i knew what girls were. But again as plinkett points out, we didnt need to see them get married

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    VERY good point about the 'part time' line Ford delivers

    by tomdolan04

    Thought not many had picked up on the different delivery of that in one of the trailers and the poor one in the film

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    I hope this runs longer than eighty minutes

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST


    by Axl Z

    Was delivered so much better in the trailer, he came across as part-retarded in the film, me and some mates pissed ourselves at the midnight showing when he said that as had seen the trailer so many times prior.. Anything slightly dumb gets a quote of "part-time" from us now days!

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST


    by TheAwareness

    Spielberg/Lucas should have crafted a story that pulled the curtain back on the larger than life image of Indy so we can get a new found appreciation for what makes Jones tick in a way that familiar and altogether new,reacquainting us with why we like this character so much and why hes survived 4 so long in the first place.Tactfully paying dues to the set backs of Jones age without ever belittling him 4 it,theres nothing wrong with watching a character change,Evolve/DE-evole provided its interestingly charted and expressed. they should have largely re-emphasized Indy smarts, it could have been real interesting for them 2 take a chance and see him have 2 adjust his methodology 2 accommodate for the various "physical" setbacks of his age,(think Bruce Wayne/batman in Dark knight Returns for a good example of this type of progression. people always bitch about the alien angle that the story took, but in allot of ways its was probably the best possible direction they could have went given the "very real"mystery inherent in the subject matter. cases have many been proposed by many that the ark of the covenant was a piece of alien tech.

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.

    by Jeff Myers

    Jake Gittes: So there's this guy Walsh, do you understand? He's tired of screwin' his wife... So his friend says to him, "Hey, why don't you do it like the Chinese do?" So he says, "How do the Chinese do it?" And the guy says, "Well, the Chinese, first they screw a little bit, then they stop, then they go and read a little Confucius, come back, screw a little bit more, then they stop again, go and they screw a little bit... then they go back and they screw a little bit more and then they go out and they contemplate the moon or something like that. Makes it more exciting." So now, the guy goes home and he starts screwin' his own wife, see. So he screws her for a little bit and then he stops, and he goes out of the room and reads Life Magazine. Then he goes back in, he starts screwin' again. He says, "Excuse me for a minute, honey." He goes out and he smokes a cigarette. Now his wife is gettin' sore as hell. He comes back in the room, he starts screwin' again. He gets up to start to leave again to go look at the moon. She looks at him and says, "Hey, whats the matter with ya. You're screwin' just like a Chinaman!" Merry Christmas you AIC stiffs!!!!!!!!

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Merry Harry Xmas!

    by wormcheck

    Merry Christmas Big H...Hope you and Yokes have a great holiday weekend. Thanks for all your hard work. Be safe

  • A bunch of complaining assholes who just wait for a leader to tell them how to think. It's unbelievability pathetic. Really? You couldn't figure out by yourself why the movie didn't work? It takes an obscure internet video series for you to understand? For a movie that 'apparently' nobody likes, you sure spend a lot of time pondering it. We get it, It wasn't as good as your damn childhood movies. Nothing is. Everybody thinks the best movies are the ones they saw as kids. Get over it. The fucking Rubicon has been crossed. Why hasn't AICN created a separate thread for this? Because they like movies. Why would they waste time on 3 year old summer fair when you can talk about the great movies that are currently in theaters? It's fucking Christmas day, and all you guys want to do is relentlessly bash a movie you don't like? I suppose I should take comfort in this. When I get of this toilet and turn off my new ipad in 2 minutes, I won't put a second thought in to any of this. Unlike most of you, who will spend the next few hours praising a nobody for "telling it like it is", as if nobody has said this before. It's not that nobody hasn't said it (They have) It's that it's 3 fucking years old and everyone with a life doesn't care anymore.

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Lethal Weapon

    by AngelinasOilBoy

    Warner Bros loved the script for Gangster Squad so much they hired the writer, Will Beale, to draft a reboot of Lethal Weapon :/

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST


    by tomdolan04

    Your bitching about people praising a review on a movie review website. Go figure.

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST


    by Michael

    It's interesting how your reply is filled with twice as much bile and obsessive rage as ANY other post on this page. Come on down off of your throne, take a look in the mirror, and calm the hell down.

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    NEWSFLASH for bantuwind

    by the new transported man

    This is a movie news website, home of frequent & frequently acerbic film discussion. Shape up or ship out.

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Can't stand Penn

    by MaxHeadroom

    Can't stand him as an actor, but he's an even worse human being.

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST

    I actually agree with Bantuwind...

    by some dude

    ... Indy 4 has been universally panned by most everyone, hell even some of the actors expressed disdain for what happened in that movie. Plinkett's review was funny and insightful but dear god, do you mean to tell me that you guys didnt figure most of this stuff out yourself either by seeing the movie and realizing what garbage it was and then hearing everyone else criticizing the ever loving hell out of it all over the internet? Its beating a dead horse, maybe if his review had come out when the movie was fresh in peoples minds it wouldnt seem like he's just repeating what we already knew. It was a terrible movie full of terrible ideas that should have never been made. How about Plinkett skip the pandering to haters and take on something more current and actually still interesting to those besides the most bitter of Indy fans.

  • His stuff is more film criticism than review. If a review is about recommending or not recommending a particular film, a piece of film criticism assumes anyone reading has already seen it. There are great advantages to analyzing a film in the cold light of day after all the hype surrounding it's release has eroded. What Plinkett does is quite ingenious. He disarms any accusations of pretentiousness by adopting this average Joe persona. It is a wickedly smart approach.

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    My Point About Plinkett its nothing I havent heard already...

    by some dude

    ...heard it years ago. He just condenses many of the views, opinions and thoughts from around the internet and other sources into a single piece. Its interesting to see, but its like seeing the American made Girl with a Dragon Tattoo movie, been there done that and it was better when I first saw it in Swedish. I'm just not sure what the big deal is with the review. You guys demand Harry focus on it and I'd rather the Jolly Old Ginger just write more original works and reviews of current movies or high light something a bit less... repetitive and regurgitated.

  • Dec. 25, 2011, 11:55 p.m. CST

    im not getting this 'you couldnt figure this out already'

    by tomdolan04

    argument against plinkett, nor the 'you sheep need someone to tell you how to think'. Are you suggesting any review by anybody is irrelevent and you cannot support the ideas raised by another without being a sheep? <p> A review and critique is subjective. Fans of plinketts style acknowledge he isnt for everyone but christ its nice to again get a breakdown that is more thought out than 'fuck shia, nuked the fridge huh huh'. <p> Id also take more seriously plinketts detractors if they elaborated what exactly critique wise he was so wrong about. But i guess that would know. Thought? Creativty? No guys you keep saying 'fuck him/too late/waah waaah'.

  • Dec. 26, 2011, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Link to Plinkett Indy review?

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    All I could find was the "coming soon" there an actual review up?

  • Dec. 26, 2011, 5:56 a.m. CST

    nvm, Found It

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    on main site, not on you tube

  • Dec. 26, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    @zombie_fatigue You are correct.Plinkett's reviews are more

    by KilliK

    about criticizing the films than telling you if they are worthy watching them or not. But he doesnt stop there.He also tries to give an insight on what happened behind the film,what was the thought process of its creators ,what were their motives and their goals and how their input as both artists and persons affected the final outcome. I love it when he points out what we all already knew or suspected: That Lucas is an idea guy but he needed people around him to tell him a big no when his ideas happened to be stupid. Spielberg used to do this with the previous Indy movies but with Indy4 he simply didnt give a fuck whether Lucas was right or wrong. Btw when Lucas was talking about his haunted castle idea for Indy3,it had me rolling on the floor laughing. And that idea about Indiana Jones having an alien sidekick named Booboo,was it real or was one of Plinkett's jokes. Anyway Plinkett is right.The creators of this beloved have grown up,both as persons and as artists and both the movie audience and the movie industry have changed.Sometimes it is better to leave some things,which are good but have completed their cycle, alone,than keep asking for more of them. That's why i am against the Prometheus.Scott is not the same man that he was 30 years ago when he was making the first Alien movie.I am sure his new film will be good but it simply wont be an everlasting masterpiece like the original was.

  • Dec. 26, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST


    by IceTitan

    I knew that game (La Noire) would suck the moment they admitted to no multiplayer.

  • Dec. 26, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    When a cast is this good, the movie is normally a stinker...

    by ZoeFan

    That fact alone holds my interest

  • ...unlike a lot of people (and what makes his reviews so entertaining and informative), he details in exhaustive detail the REASONS he doesn't like it - and what makes his reviews so great is that, even while he uses the conceit of humor and that voice, you can tell that he's an informed film lover - his reviews, despite their acidity - his takedowns - are often extremely fair and, most often, dead-on correct (at least as far as my own opinions go). The most important thing is that the reviews he does are UNIQUE - nobody's doing what he's doing in the way he's doing it - they're a lot of fun. But anyway, it seemed from your comment that you might be thinking his reviews are of just random movies that he may like or not - most of them are chosen because they're just BAD movies.

  • Dec. 27, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Sean Penn? Zombieland? Christmas Morning?

    by Moofhee Bader

    The perfect recipe for a batefest of...sorry...Drew Brees just talked about the journey it took to beat Dan Marino's...sorry...a batefest of epic proportions. Sleep well tonight knowing that I'll see this movie regardless of Nordling's review.

  • Dec. 27, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    No whammys (whammies)?

    by Bigdada

    Please let this be good. Please let this be good.