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'Gangster Squad' director Ruben Fleischer on his snappy vision of LA, film noir




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Promotional still from "Gangster Squad" (2013) in the hills of California. From left to right, actors Giovanni Ribisi, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Michael Pena and Robert Patrick.
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Director Ruben Fleischer arrives at Warner Bros. Pictures' "Gangster Squad" premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 7, 2013 in Hollywood, California.
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 07: (L-R) Actors Robert Patrick, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Mireille Enos, Michael Pena and Giovanni Ribisi arrive at Warner Bros. Pictures' "Gangster Squad" premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 7, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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The Squad (from left): Josh Brolin, Robert Patrick, Anthony Mackie, Michael Pena, Ryan Gosling and Giovanni Ribisi.
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Sean Penn (left) and Josh Brolin in a scene from Gangster Squad, shot in MacArthur Park.
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Still from the set of "Gangster Squad" (2013). Director Ruben Fleischer with actor Ryan Gosling.
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Sean Penn and Josh Brolin in a scene from "Gangster Squad" (2013) shot in MacArthur Park.
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Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin in a scene from Gangster Squad, shot in LA's Chinatown.
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Emma Stone in a still from "Gangster Squad" (2013)
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Ryan Gosling in a still from "Gangster Squad" (2013)
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Emma Stone in a still from "Gangster Squad" (2013), shot inside the Tower Theater in Downtown LA.
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Sean Penn and Jon Polito in a still from "Gangster Squad" (2013). Shot inside the Tower Theater in Downtown Los Angeles.
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Sean Penn, Emma Stone, and Jon Polito in a still from "Gangster Squad" (2013) shot inside the Tower Theater in Downtown LA.


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A team of merciless cops go after a mob boss, by any means necessary. It’s the classic film noir premise, and in this time set in a moonlit 1949 Los Angeles. Director Ruben Fleischer’s biggest work until now was 2009’s Zombieland. But with a star-studded cast that includes Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Nick Nolte, "Gangster Squad" is poised to do very well at the box office. Angelenos will recognize many of the locations, with scenes shot in the Tower Theater on Broadway and Clifton’s Cafeteria in Downtown LA and heavy action at the Park Plaza Hotel in Westlake that spills out into MacArthur park.

Full of gunfights and stylized violence, the film’s release date was pushed back and a scene that involved a gunfight in a movie theater was significantly reshot after the after mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. But come out it will, in theaters this Friday, January 11.

Guest:

Ruben Fleischer, Director, “Gangster Squad”