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Hitting his stride in the late ’90s, 25 years into his career, the director of ‘L.A. Confidential,’ ‘Wonder Boys’ and ‘8 Mile’ was an unpretentious all-rounder touched by occasional genius.read more

Editors note: Pete Hammond’s video review of The Nice Guys is not available. When I think of the Cannes Film Festival, The Nice Guys — a very commerical, somewhat amusing and brutally violent movie — is decidedly not your typical art house fodder that populates the Official Selection being showcased at the Grand Theatre at the Palais. Yet here it is, making its world premiere last night out of competition in front of a black-tie crowd. Score one for Warner Bros, which…

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling play detectives who pair up to find a missing girl in Shane Black’s 1970s Los Angeles-set comedy.read more

The Nice Guys wouldn’t be a Shane BlackJoel Silver movie if there weren’t a lot of stunts, and the guy who guided Ryan Gosling through a number of tosses and tumbles was none other than Russell Crowe. “He has just done it so much, every time we had those scenes, I’d let him drive,” says Gosling. In this clip, Gosling, Crowe and director Shane Black discuss the moment that kicks the action off in The Nice Guys, as seen in the trailer: When Crowe’s brutish debt collector…

Those in the Grand Theatre Lumiere tomorrow night are in for a great, hysterical ride as Shane Black’s The Nice Guys makes its Cannes Film Festival premiere before hitting U.S./Canadian theaters on May 20. Though set in Los Angeles circa 1970s when “the biggest difficulties were smog and porn” per the director, the film is a throwback to Black and producer Joel Silver’s great ’80s action comedy collaborations such as the Lethal Weapon series and The Last Boy Scout. In The…

UPDATE, Thursday, 1:57 AM: The mooted Russell CroweJames Franco collaboration on Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian has been shelved, mere moments after details of it first became public after it emerged that the filmmakers had not yet secured rights to the novel. The package had appeared to be one of the splashier to hit the upcoming Cannes Film Festival market. However, in a situation that highlights the precariousness of conducting film business in an instantaneous…