Ryan Gosling in ‘Gangster Squad’/Photo © 2012 Warner Bros.
In the wake of last week’s tragic movie theater shooting, there’s been a lot of speculation about that jarring scene in “Gangster Squad” (you know the one: an army of mobsters tommy-gunning their way through a movie screen, shooting directly out into the audience), which had the misfortune of appearing in a trailer (skim ahead to about 2:00) preceding all screenings of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Warner Brothers has not only decided to pull the trailer, but to cut the very scene itself from the film, scheduling emergency re-shoots before the film’s September 7 release date.
Russell Crowe is more than just a gladiator or a guy who gets called out by Nia Vardalos for being fat. He’s also a budding director, and his inaugural project will be … a biopic about comedian Bill Hicks. I suspect Crowe’s in over his head, especially after admiring the interplay of wit and raunch on the comic’s wikiquote page.
As for legends who are still currently living, an interview with a seven-year-old Neil Gaiman has surfaced, in which he deftly explains his Scientologist beliefs to a BBC reporter. The Coraline author’s father was a Scientology bigwig in the UK back in the ’60s and ’70s, but Neil himself no longer has any personal connections to the religion.
Hayao Miyazaki’s new project is about as far removed from “Spirited Away” or “Howl’s Moving Castle” as you can get … or is it? The film is supposedly inspired by the man who designed the Zero fighter plane used to attack Pearl Harbor in 1941. It hardly sounds like the kind of film likely to include witches, demons, or jolly scarecrows — although if anyone could pull that off, it would be Miyazaki.