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Gary Oldman gets "Criminal" while Russell Crowe gets into "Nice Guys"

Gary Oldman Gets Criminal
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Gary Oldman might be riding high with his 'Dawn of the Planet of the Planet of the Apes', but he knows better than to rest on his laurels and he's already signed up to join Kevin Costner in the upcoming thriller from Milennium Films, 'Criminal'. The actor will play a CIA chief in the film which focuses around a dead CIA operative's memories, where his secrets and special skills are put inside a homicidal prison inmate hoping he will be able to stop a deadly plot.

Eric Bana (Munich) is playing the prison inmate, and Ariel Vromen (The Iceman) will direct. David Weisberg and Douglas Cook co-wrote the script. This film has a ton of producers including: Chris Bender, Matt O'Toole, Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Mark Gill, John Thompson, Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, Christine, Crowe, Jake Weiner, Jason Bloom and J.C. Spink. With that many names, you know the budget will be pretty hefty.

Oldman has already appeared in the 'Robocop' remake and his upcoming 'Child 44' is slated to hit theaters next year. He stars alongside Tom Hardy and Joel Kinnaman in that movie.

Ryan Gosling has been quiet after his last few film missteps, but he's joining Russell Crowe in the police action drama 'The Nice Guys'. This is one of those scripts that been stuck in development, but after Shane Black (Iron Man 3) came onboard to direct, it was saved. Joel Silver is onboard as producer of the film which is set in Los Anglese circa 1970's focusing on two detectives investigating what appears to be a suicide of a female porn star who had seen the best parts of her career in the rearview mirror. The pair soon uncover a large criminal conspiracy after not letting the case go cold.

This is right up Black's alley as he wrote the first 'Lethal Weapon' with the then popular Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. He made a splash with his directorial debut in 2005 on 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' with Robert Downey, Jr.

Gosling was on a hot streak for some time, but last year saw a bit of a slowdown with 'Gangster Squad' and 'The Place Beyond the Pines', not to mention the very low reviewed 'Only God Forgives'. Teaming up with Russell is a risk as his last film 'Noah' went through a bit of controversy before disappearing from theaters just as quickly as it appeared. The Gladiator has just finished his directorial debut with 'The Water Diviner'. This is a smart choice as his latest slew of films haven't done so well either and going behind the camera will give the mercurial star another area to traverse in the industry.

Both 'Criminal' and 'The Nice Guys' won't hit theaters until 2016, but sometimes things happen as we know in this industry.

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