Josh Brolin And Sean Penn Caught Up In ‘Gangster Squad’ Noir

GANGSTER SQUAD (Warner Bros. Pictures/Wilson Webb)

Saddled with mixed reviews before its Friday release, Gangster Squad’s box office prospects appear dim, especially since movie fans don’t flock to film noirs.  Even with the praised heaped upon L.A. Confidential (another Warner Bros. release), the film performed poorly at the box office, and don’t expect the trend to change with Gangster Squad.

The picture, however, boasts a topflight cast, including Sean Penn as gangster Mickey Cohen and Josh Brolin as a cop determined to destroy Cohen’s tight grip on the City of Angels.

During the Gangster Squad press conference, Brolin, co-star Emma Stone, and producer Dan Lin gave their thoughts on Sean Penn.

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Kevin Bacon No Fan Of Los Angeles’ Industry Town Way Of Life

the-following-fox-season-1-2012-posterJust as actress KYRA SEDGWICK ankles her popular crime-drama series, THE CLOSER, hubby KEVIN BACON is prepping for the debut of his new crime drama series, THE FOLLOWING. As a burnt-out detective recalled into service to track down a brilliant serial-killer, BACON is as good as he’s ever been and the series pilot is, hands down, one of the best in recent memory.
Set to debut on Fox-TV in January, THE FOLLOWING is currently in production.
Long time residents of the east coast, SEDGWICK and BACON have gotten used to occasionally re-locating for work in TV and film. But, during an interview we did a few years ago, BACON made it pretty clear that Los Angeles was not one of his desired destinations for any length of time. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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THE FOLLOWING is slated to debut on Fox-TV in January

New To Blu: Good Cops Go Bad In ‘Rampart’

rampart-blu-ray-coverJust out on DVD and Blu-ray, RAMPART is a stunningly complex portrait of a corrupt Los Angeles cop trying to claw his way out of an Internal Affairs investigation that could cost him his job. Co-written (with JAMES ELLROY) and directed by OREN MOVERMAN, the movie stars WOODY HARRELSON, BEN FOSTER (who also produced), ANNE HECHE, CYNTHIA NIXON, ROBIN WRIGHT, SIGOURNEY WEAVER, STEVE BUSCEMI and ICE CUBE.
RAMPART marks a reunion for MOVERMAN, HARRELLSON and FOSTER, who last worked together on the impressive 2009 drama THE MESSENGER. At the press conference to promote the film, HARRELSON talked about re-teaming with MOVERMAN and FOSTER. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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RAMPART is available now on DVD and Blu-ray

‘Fairly Legal’ Star Sarah Shahi Claims To Be Just Another Face In The Crowd

key_art_fairly_legalAiring tonight on the USA Network, the popular original series FAIRLY LEGAL stars actress SARAH SHAHI as a passionate and playful San Francisco mediator who is battling a whole new conflict in a sharp, hustling, up-and-coming trial lawyer played by series newcomer RYAN JOHNSON. We spoke with SHAHI at the Television Critics Association press event to promote the series and she admitted that having a weekly show hasn’t hurt her anonymity in the least. Even at The Grove (a Los Angeles mecca for star-seeking tourists) fans don’t give her a nod. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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FAIRLY LEGAL airs tonight on USA

‘Rampart’ Provided A Powerful Reunion Vehicle For Harrellson, Foster And Moverman

rampartOpening in wide release next month, RAMPART is a stunningly complex portrait of a corrupt Los Angeles cop trying to claw his way out of an Internal Affairs investigation that could cost him his job. Co-written (with JAMES ELLROY) and directed by OREN MOVERMAN, the movie stars WOODY HARRELLSON, BEN FOSTER (who also produced), ANNE HECHE, CYNTHIA NIXON, ROBIN WRIGHT, SIGOURNEY WAVER, STEVE BUSCEMI and ICE CUBE.

RAMPART marks a reunion for MOVERMAN, HARRELLSON and FOSTER, who last worked together on the impressive 2009 drama THE MESSINGER. At the press conference to promote the film, HARRELLSON talked about re-teaming with MOVERMAN and FOSTER. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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RAMPART is scheduled to open in wide release 1/27/12