Ryan Gosling to Produce Busby Berkeley Biopic; May Also Star and Direct

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Warner Bros. has optioned the biography Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley, written by Jeffrey SpivakTHR reports Ryan Gosling and Marc Platt (Drive) will produce.  They are developing the project as a starring vehicle for Gosling to play the iconic musical director/choreographer.  Gosling may even direct the biopic—triple threat!  However, the project is still in the early stages, so the search is on for a writer.  Gosling recently wrapped production on his directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster, which Platt produced.

Hit the jump for more on Berkeley’s biography and a sampling of his elaborate musical production numbers.

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.

Josh Brolin, Joe Manganiello, Ryan Gosling, and More in the Mix to Play Batman in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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Well that didn’t take long.  Just yesterday a report surfaced that Warner Bros. was looking to cast an older actor as Batman in director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman, and now a shortlist of actors that the studio is reportedly eyeing to don the cowl has surfaced.  For this new film, Warner Bros. is said to be looking to capture the tone of the Batman/Superman relationship from Frank Miller’s graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, so that gives us a head start as to what kind of Batman the studio is trying to cast.

It’s decidedly early in the process since David S. Goyer has only just started working on the screenplay for the superhero pic, but there appears to be an eclectic list of names that the studio and Snyder are beginning to consider.  Hit the jump to read on.

Rumor: Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron Eyed for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII?

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As the proposed early 2014 production start-date on Star Wars: Episode VII looms closer, director J.J. Abrams is going to have to start letting some minor details about the film slip.  Actors’ schedules will need to be booked, which means that casting announcements are likely to be coming out of Disney/Lucasfilm very soon.  Many expect some casting to be officially unveiled at this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration in Germany, and we can expect at least something to be announced at the event.  However, some news may or may not have jumped the gun, as a new casting rumor has surfaced online claiming that a couple of very recognizable names are being eyed to join the film: Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron.  Hit the jump for more.

2013 Oscar Preview: Possible Contenders from the First Half of the Year

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It’s never too early to start talking Oscar, right?  We’re officially at the midway point of 2013, and while the bulk of awards season is normally concentrated towards the latter third of the year, there have been some strong contenders in the past that were released closer to the beginning of the year—Silence of the Lambs is probably the most famous example, having won Best Picture after being released in February of 1991.  The first half of 2013 has seen at least a couple of potential Best Picture contenders, and in addition to more than a handful of standout performances in smaller indie fare, we may very well have already seen the release of the film that will go on to take home the Oscar in technical categories like Best Visual Effects or even Best Production Design.

Hit the jump to read on as we examine the possible Oscar contenders from the first half of 2013.

GANGSTER SQUAD Blu-ray Review

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Considering that the film was bumped around from September to January due to a national tragedy, it would be nice to feel a little sorry for Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad.  The period film, which casts Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling as cops going against Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) for control of Los Angeles, has a great cast and period setting.  On top of that, The Untouchables is a great film and it wouldn’t be the worst thing to see more films like it.  And yet, Gangster Squad is a total miss.  My review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

3 Clips from Nicolas Winding Refn’s ONLY GOD FORGIVES Starring Ryan Gosling

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Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s follow-up to his fantastic 2011 film Drive is set to make its debut at the Cannes Film Festival next month, but three whole clips from Only God Forgives have graciously made their way online a tad early.  The film’s red-band trailer promised another intense and gorgeous collaboration between Refn and star Ryan Gosling, and these three clips don’t disappoint.  While I’m eager to see what the always-reliable Gosling has in store for us this time around, it’s Kristin Scott Thomas who is the highlight of these clips as she plays the mother of Gosling’s character, a woman who urges her son to seek violent revenge for the death of his brother in Thailand.

Hit the jump to bask in the moodiness of Refn’s latest.  Only God Forgives also stars Vithaya Pansringarm and will open in theaters on July 19th.

6 New Images from THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES Reveal Ryan Gosling in All States of Undress

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While it recently expanded its theatrical release, Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines deserves a bit more awareness.  A new TV spot and six new images featuring star Ryan Gosling are now available for your enjoyment.  Steve recently talked to Cianfrance in an extensive interview that breaks down the director’s process scene by scene.  We’ve also got more conventional interviews with Emory Cohen, Dane DeHaan, Eva Mendes,  Ryan Gosling and Derek Cianfrance, plus Matt’s review of the film here.

Hit the jump to check out the images and new TV spot.  The film also stars Bradley Cooper, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn and Rose Byrne.  The Place Beyond the Pines is now playing. 

2 New International Trailers for Nicolas Winding Refn’s ONLY GOD FORGIVES Starring Ryan Gosling

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Two new international trailers for Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn’s new film Only God Forgives have made their way online.  These trailers delve deeper into the pic’s plot than the fantastic domestic trailer that was a released a couple of weeks ago, but they still highlight what looks to be one hell of a ride.  Ryan Gosling stars a man who’s been living in exile in Bangkok for the past ten years after killing a cop. He manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation and finds himself in hot water after his brother is killed for murdering a prostitute. The boys’ mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) arrives in Bangkok to collect her son’s body and instructs Gosling to take revenge and “raise hell.”

I really love what we see of Thomas’ character in these new trailers, and Gosling appears to turn in yet another subdued, affecting performance.  Stylish, brutal, weird, Only God Forgives promises to be everything we could possibly want from the second collaboration between Refn and Gosling.  Hit the jump to watch the trailers.  The film will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month and opens in theaters on July 19th.

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.

First Red-Band Trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn’s ONLY GOD FORGIVES Starring Ryan Gosling

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The first red-band trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives is now available.  Star Ryan Gosling is positively seeing red in this color-saturated and atmospheric look at Refn’s new revenge thriller.  A little bit of Thai karaoke plays the overture for a few brutal scenes which force you to infer what this particular tale is about.  Gosling sums it up nicely with a simple question at the end of the trailer.  I cannot wait to see more.

Also Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm, Only God Forgives opens July 19th.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Ryan Gosling Talks THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, Fan Posters for DRIVE, His Directorial Debut HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER and ONLY GOD FORGIVES

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Opening this weekend in New York and Los Angeles 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’s images, clips, and everything we’ve previously posted on the film.

At the recent New York City press day, I got to speak with Gosling.  We talked about how he prepared to make sure his character looked real and authentic on screen, the motorcycle stunts, whether he’s seen the Mondo Drive posters, his directorial debut How to Catch a Monsterwhether he has seen a cut of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives (Gosling says it’s “very very extreme.”), and reveals that they’ve asked some of the fans who made Drive posters to make some Only God Forgives posters!  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 from Nicolas Winding Refn’s ONLY GOD FORGIVES Starring Ryan Gosling

by     Posted 1 year, 26 days ago

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New images have been released for Nicolas Winding Refn‘s upcoming drama, Only God ForgivesRyan Gosling stars a man who’s been living in exile in Bangkok for the past ten years after killing a cop. He manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation and finds himself in hot water after his brother is killed for murdering a prostitute. The boys’ mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) arrives in Bangkok to collect her son’s body and instructs Gosling to take revenge and “raise hell.”  These new images give us good look not only at Gosling, but Thomas and co-star Vithaya Pansringarm, who plays the film’s antagonist, Chang (a.k.a. “The Angel of Vengeance”)

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Allocine is reporting that a trailer should arrive in a couple weeks, so we’ll definitely be on the lookout for it.  Only God Forgives is reportedly set to open on May 23rd, and expected to play at the Cannes Film Festival.

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.

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