New Images from LOST RIVER; Director Ryan Gosling Says Film Was Inspired by Decline of Detroit

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More new images from Ryan Gosling‘s directorial debut, Lost River, have gone online.  The film, previously titled How to Catch a Monster, weaves elements of fantasy noir and suspense, and centers on a single mother of two and her teenage son who stumble upon a road leading to an underwater town.  Gosling recently released a statement saying he was inspired by directors Nicolas Winding Refn and Derek Cianfrance (he’s worked with each director twice) and saying his style falls somewhere in between the two.  Additionally, his time shooting The Ides of March in Detroit left an impact on him regarding the rise, fall, and possible rebirth of the bankrupt city.  Gosling says Lost River doesn’t take place in Detroit, but rather “in an imagined city in an imagined past,” and the city is the “damsel in distress.”  His full statement is fascinating, and it makes me even more excited to see the movie.

Hit the jump to check out the Lost River images.  The film will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month, and stars Christina Hendricks, Ben Mendelsohn, Eva Mendes, Saoirse Ronan, and Matt Smith.

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES Blu-ray Review

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The “family drama” genre is usually one that is relegated to saccharine films that feel like movies of the week, or small-scale character pieces that explore dynamics within a contained story.  With The Place Beyond the Pines, however, writer/director Derek Cianfrance boldly expands the scope of the “family drama” to an epic scale with an ambitious, unique structure that succeeds without sacrificing the compelling character interplay that grounds the story’s emotions.  Themes of legacy and parenthood play out across three distinct acts buoyed by a magnetically reserved and nuanced Ryan Gosling performance that reverberates throughout the entire feature, culminating in one of the best films of 2013.  Hit the jump for my review of The Place Beyond the Pines.

New Full Trailer for Larry David’s CLEAR HISTORY Starring Jon Hamm, Danny McBride, and Bill Hader

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The first full trailer for writer/star Larry David’s new HBO film Clear History has made its way online.  David plays a hipster marketing exec named Nathan who sells his shares to a start-up over a fight with his boss (Jon Hamm), only to miss out on billions when the company’s new product becomes a smashing success.  We’ve see the footage of David in his long beard previously, but this new trailer reveals that the majority of Clear History takes place 10 years after David’s character sells his shares.  Nathan, now clean-shaven and very different in appearance, runs into his old boss at his island off the coast of Massachusetts, and proceeds to plot his revenge.

The trailer makes the film look like a feature-length episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which is in no way a bad thing, and its prospects are buoyed by promising appearances from the likes of Danny McBride, Bill Hader, and Michael Keaton.  Hit the jump to watch the full trailer.  Directed by Greg MottolaClear History premieres on HBO August 10th.

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.  The Place Beyond the Pines opens tomorrow in wide release.]

Writer-director Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines is a rich, multi-layered narrative dripping with fatalism, guilt, honor, and no easy answers. It is an epic family saga that defies easy explanation, and rebels against the structure of a traditional narrative. His gripping tale shows split-second connections that last lifetimes, and old sins that reach across generations. Cianfrance has created a remarkable work that reaches a grand ambition with an intimate tale. And I have to tell you why it works without divulging the twists and turns of its razor-sharp script.

Eva Mendes Talks THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, How She Landed the Role, Larry David’s CLEAR HISTORY, and More

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Now playing in limited release and expanding nationwide this weekend is one of the best films you’re going to see this year: director Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines.  The pic centers on a professional motorcycle rider turned bank robber (Ryan Gosling) and a rookie police officer (Bradley Cooper).  Saying more would be detrimental to your enjoyment of the film, and I would encourage you to be very careful when reading about it.  Pines also stars Eva Mendes, Bruce Greenwood, Dane DeHaan, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, and Rose Byrne.   For more on the film, here are images, clips, and everything we’ve previously posted on the film.

At the New York City press day, I got to speak with Mendes.  We talked about how she landed her role, the way she prepared to make sure her character looked real and authentic on screen, how Cianfrance asked her to make the decision of who to cast as her on-screen mother, what’s it been like waiting for the film to come out after premiering at TIFF, and more.  In addition, she also talked about who she plays in Larry David‘s Clear History.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Poster and Images for THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

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Focus Features has released a new poster and images for Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines.  The film centers on a generational conflict involving two fathers: one a pro-motorcycle rider and bank robber (Ryan Gosling) and a rookie cop on the rise (Bradley Cooper).  This was one of my favorite films at TIFF 2012, and I’m glad that general audiences are very close to seeing it.

Hit the jump to check out the poster and images.  The film also stars Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, Rose Byrne, Emory Cohen, and Dane DeHaanThe Place Beyond the Pines opens Friday in limited release.

New Images, Clip and TV Spot from THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes

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We’ve got some new images, a clip and TV spot from Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines to share with you today.  The film stars Oscar-nominated actors Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) and Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson) as two fathers on opposite sides of the law.  The film also stars Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Rose Byrne and Dane DeHaan.  The Place Beyond the Pines opens in limited release on March 29th.  Hit the jump to check out the clip, TV spot and new images.

New Clip from THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes

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Focus Features has released a new clip from Derek Cianfrance’s drama The Place Beyond the Pines.  The film centers on a generational conflict involving two fathers: one a pro-motorcycle rider and bank robber (Ryan Gosling) and a rookie cop on the rise (Bradley Cooper).  Eva Mendes co-stars as the girlfriend of Gosling’s character.  As I’ve said before, you want to try and keep yourself in the dark as much as possible on this flick, and I would encourage you to be very careful when reading about it.  I saw the movie at TIFF, and it has a good chance of being on my Top 10 films of 2013.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The Place Beyond the Pines opens in limited release on March 29th.  The film has also set up a Tumblr, which you can check out here.

Eva Mendes Joins HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER; Jane Levy Lands IN A DARK PLACE; THE ROVER and SON OF A GUN Fill Out Their Cast

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Check out the latest casting news for the following pictures:

  • Eva Mendes (Sin City) joins How to Catch a Monster, the directorial debut of Ryan Gosling that stars Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelsohn.
  • Jane Levy (Evil Dead) will join the horror thriller In a Dark Place, directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day).
  • The Rover begins production and rounds out their cast with Susan Prior (Animal Kingdom), Gillian Jones (Oscar and Lucinda), Anthony Hayes (Burning Man) and David Field (Chopper).
  • Son of a Gun also adds new cast members by way of Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), Jacek Koman (The Great Gatsby) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent).

Hit the jump for more on each picture and casting announcement.

11 New Images from THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes [Updated with Hi-Res]

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Eleven new images from Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines have been released.  The film centers on a generational conflict involving two fathers: one a pro-motorcycle rider and bank robber (Ryan Gosling) and a rookie cop on the rise (Bradley Cooper).  Saying more would be detrimental to your enjoyment of the film, and I would encourage you to be very careful when reading about it.  I saw the movie at TIFF, and it has a good chance of being on my Top 10 films of 2013.  I’m a little surprised the film is getting released in March since it could have some serious awards potential.

Hit the jump to check out the images (don’t worry; they’re not spoilery).  The film also stars Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, and Dane DeHaanThe Place Beyond the Pines opens in limited release on March 29th.

New Posters for THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL, TOP GUN 3D, and THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

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We’ve got a round-up of some of the latest posters from the following movies:

  • The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jim Carrey, Jay Mohr, and Michael Bully HerbigThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens March 15th.
  • From Up on Poppy Hill, a Studio Ghibli film written by Hayao Miyazaki and featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Aubrey Plaza, and Anton YelchinFrom Up on Poppy Hill opens March 15th in New York and L.A. before expanding on March 29th.
  • Top Gun 3D stars Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, and Tom SkerrittTop Gun 3D will have a 6-day-only IMAX 3D engagement from February 8 – 13th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for the films.

First Trailer for Derek Cianfrance’s PLACE BEYOND THE PINES Starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper

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The first trailer for director Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines has gone online. The film centers on two fathers: one is a pro-motorcycle rider and bank robber (Ryan Gosling) while the other is a rookie cop on the rise (Bradley Cooper). Though the two leads are instantly set on a collision course, it’s hard to know who to root for with such compelling actors in their respective multi-dimensional roles. You can also check out two clips from the film here and read Matt Goldberg’s review from TIFF.

The Place Beyond the Pines also stars Eva MendesBen MendelsohnRose Byrne and Ray Liotta. The film opens March 29, 2013. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. 

First Trailer for HOLY MOTORS is Bananas, Oddly Intriguing

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From writer/director Leos Crax (The Lovers on the Bridge) comes Holy Motors, a off-the-rails journey that follows a day in the life of an actor who transforms into nine different characters across multiple genres.  The first trailer for the French film has gone online and you can make of it what you will, but without seeing the whole film, I’m completely lost but enjoying the ride.  Check out Matt Goldberg’s review of the film from Fantastic Fest 2012 to get caught up.

Holy Motors, starring Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes, is touring the festival circuit.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, Starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, Set for Release on March 29, 2013

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The Toronto Film Festival is widely considered to be the place where a majority of the buzz for so-called “awards films” begins, and this year one of the biggest surprises was Derek Cianfrance’s (Blue Valentine) crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines.  The pic stars Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper and centers on the intense feud between a professional motorcycle rider turned bank robber (Gosling) and a rookie police officer (Cooper).  The film premiered to an enthusiastically positive response at TIFF, with heavy praise given to the film’s scope and impact; our own Matt Goldberg called it an “epic family saga” in his positive review.

Focus Features acquired the film for 2013 distribution, and many figured the drama would be poised for an awards season release sometime in the fall.  Now Box Office Mojo reports that we’ll see the pic much sooner than expected, as The Place Beyond the Pines has been dated for a limited release on March 29th, 2013.  This is great news for those of us eager to see what everyone was buzzing about back at TIFF, but it’s a little surprising that Focus is dropping this one so early in the year.

Larry David’s HBO Comedy Feature Now Titled CLEAR HISTORY; All-Star Cast to Include Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Kate Hudson, Bill Hader and More

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It looks like Larry David’s comedy feature set up to debut on HBO finally has a name: Clear History.  More important than that oddly ambiguous title is the all-star cast that David and director Greg Mottola (Superbad) have lined up.  We previously reported that Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Michael Keaton (Batman) were attached to star, but a slew of others have joined the production.  Clear History will also feature Kate Hudson, Bill Hader, Amy Ryan, Eva Mendes, JB Smoove, Danny McBride and Phillip Michael Hall.  Hit the jump for more on Clear History.

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