Warner Bros. Picks Up Shane Black’s NICE GUYS Starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe

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Writer/director Shane Black’s long-in-the-works 1970s-set noir film The Nice Guys could finally be coming to fruition.  Last month, we learned that the Joel Silver-produced project was picking up steam with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe circling the lead roles of a private detective and a muscle-for-hire who are brought together to investigate the suicide of a fading porn star.  It’s the kind of hard-boiled, noir-tinged project that seems a perfect fit for Black, so fingers were crossed that the pic could finally come together.  Evidently all that wishing and hoping paid off, as Warner Bros. has now closed a deal to acquire the project, bringing it that much closer to being a reality.  More after the jump.

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe Circle Shane Black’s 1970s-Set Noir Film THE NICE GUYS

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It looks like Shane Black’s spiritual successor to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang might be on the horizon, with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe circling the lead roles.  The 1970s-set noir film The Nice Guys has been in the works for quite a while, and was scripted by Black and Anthony Bagarozzi.  We last mentioned it almost five years ago in a conversation with veteran producer Joel Silver, who is still shepherding the project.  Now, it looks like Silver’s set to shop The Nice Guys to studios and financiers thanks to the news that Gosling and Crowe are being courted to star.  Hit the jump for more.

Warner Bros. May Sell Ryan Gosling’s LOST RIVER Following Dismal Reviews from Cannes

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Ryan Gosling has always been one to go a little against the grain.  He could have easily been leading big studio tentpoles at multiple points in his career, but time and time again he’s opted instead to take challenging roles in films like Lars and the Real Girl, Blue Valentine, and Drive.  Most recently, Gosling took things even further by setting out to make his directorial debut on an ambitious film called Lost River.  Possibly due to their relationship with the actor on Gangster Squad and Crazy, Stupid, Love., Warner Bros. agreed to distribute the offbeat film, which was admittedly a bit out of character for the studio given its propensity for shepherding larger-scale films.

Well now the studio appears to be rethinking its decision, as the strongly negative response to Lost River at the Cannes Film Festival has the studio looking to sell the project to an indie distributor.  Hit the jump for more.

First Clip from Ryan Gosling’s LOST RIVER Featuring Matt Smith

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Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut will make its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival shortly, but today the first Lost River clip has landed online to give the rest of us an idea of what to expect from the ambitious feature.  The answer, apparently, is something weird and slightly hypnotic.  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.  This debut clip doesn’t have any dialogue but features a scene that involves Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Gosling wasn’t lying when he said his style was a mix between Nicolas Winding Refn and Derek Cianfrance.

Hit the jump to check out the Lost River clip for yourself.  The film also stars Christina Hendricks, Ben Mendelsohn, Eva Mendes, and Saoirse Ronan.

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.

First LOST RIVER Image, Plus New Details Emerge on Ryan Gosling’s Directorial Debut

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Earlier today, we heard that Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut would be premiering at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.  Previously titled How to Catch a Monster, we now have the first image from the re-titled film, Lost River.  The new name for the film apparently derives from its setting, a once idyllic town that’s now descending into a place of despair and dragging the families that live there down with it.  In addition to the first creepy look at the film, we’ve got some new info on the plot from star Iain De Caestecker, who you might know from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Lost River also stars Saoirse Ronan, Christina HendricksBen MendohlsonMatt Smith, Barbara Steele.  Hit the jump to check out the first Lost River image, and for more on the picture.

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.

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