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We're almost halfway through July-- I know, right?-- and just past the midway point of the year, which means that we're also almost done with summer movie season. The blockbusters are petering out, the dregs of summer are appearing on the horizon (sorry, R.I.P.D.) and the really great movies of fall feel so far away. So why not take this moment to look back over the year so far, and pick out the movies that we actually did love?
This we are joined by Place Beyond the Pines director Derek Cianfrance to talk about his new film, his ongoing collaboration with Ryan Gosling, his dreams of making a musical and much more. We also talk about the Sundance series Top of the Lake, the Evil Dead remake, and whether or not we should be worried about Terrence Malick's sped-up production schedule. All that plus a lightning round inspired by Jane Campion's move to television.
No one really wanted Scary Movie 5. Seven years ago audiences turned out to give Scary Movie 4, what easily should have been the last one, a decent send off with a very respectable $40 million opening and a domestic total of $90 million. But some folks don't know when to let it go and audiences showed just how last decade the franshise is.
"I had this real sense of shame about it all, that I had blown it." That's a miserable feeling for any actor working in film, when there's no second performance to make it all better, and especially while actually making the movie. But Ryan Gosling's shame over the face tattoo he opted for in The Place Beyond the Pines actually wound up contributing to the role
You may still think of Eva Mendes as the woman from Hitch, or from the shampoo commercials, or from tabloid-ready relationships. But the actress who could easily spend a career coasting on her beauty has taken the last 4 years to make a series of risky and under seen films, from the gonzo Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans with Werner Herzog to the intimate Last Night with Massy Tadjedin to the surreal French experiment Holy Motors with Leos Carax
The Place Beyond the Pines is being sold as a matchup between two of the most popular and well-regarded leading men working today, Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling. But what you might not know, thanks to his leading role in the film's final half-hour, is that Dane DeHaan plays just as large a role, and is rising so fast you'll know his name as well as Cooper's and Gosling's very soon
Coming off a strong week, three for three, we’ve got a full docket this time around. G.I. Joe under attack, Stephenie Meyer getting out of vampires and into aliens, Tyler Perry with another “movie” and Gosling heading out beyond the pines.
The auction will begin on Friday, March 29, at the Hollywood ArcLight Cinemas, one of the four cinemas that are part of the film’s exclusive limited release before the film goes onto a wider limited release on April 5. The jacket will be on public display at the ArcLight until then, though the auction will not end until Monday, April 8. The film will get its full nationwide release later that week on Friday, April 12.
Despite the images you may have seen of Ryan Gosling wearing a leather jacket and riding a motorcycle, The Place Beyond the Pines is not a fast-paced action drama crammed with car chases and witty quips. Yes, Gosling's character is a bank robber and stunt motorcycle driver, but he's also a man who's recently discovered he has a child, and who enters a life of crime to help support his newborn son
When it comes to action-filled crime dramas, Ryan Gosling is the go-to guy for bringing a hefty amount of critical opinions to projects. In the case of Nicolas Winding Refn’s simmering Drive, there was rarely a negative word spoken, while Ruben Fleischer’s flashy-but-empty Gangster Squad had a tougher time gaining approval from the masses. The trailer for his next film, The Place Beyond the Pines thankfully looks to be more Drive than Gangster
The Place Beyond the Pines stars Gosling as a motorcycle stunt rider who turns to robbing banks to support his girlfriend (Eva Mendes) and newborn son. While its premise shares surface similarities with Gosling's other recent controversial vehicle, Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, this new feature has the added element of drama, as its hero hunted down by a rookie cop with big ambitions (Bradley Cooper).
The last time that Ryan Gosling and director Derek Cianfrance teamed up, the star found himself being overweight, balding and stuck in a loveless marriage raising a kid that isn't his. But the director's new movie, The Place Beyond The Pines, is a much different kind of film than Blue Valentine and all you need to do is look at Gosling's bleach blonde hair, motorcycle and tear-drop tattoo to tell the difference.
As you can see, the movie stars Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta. And some fake looking arrow trees. What you can’t tell from this poster is that there are three storylines at play in Pines, from the down-on-his-luck drama of Gosling’s bank-robbing criminal to the crime-stopping heroics of Cooper’s up-and-coming New York officer.
When I interviewed director Derek Cianfrance two years ago for his film Blue Valentine I took the opportunity to ask him about his next project, The Place Beyond The Pines. At the time he told me, that the movie was the story of fathers and sons, sins of the past, and motorcycles and guns. Watching the film's first trailer it would seem he was very accurate in his description.
The last time that writer/director Derek Cianfrance and Ryan Gosling got together the result was intense to say the least. Blue Valentine was not only a critical darling when it was released in 2010, but also an incredibly powerful emotional experience that kept affecting viewers long after the lights had come back on in the theater. Even before Blue Valentine was in limited release, however, it had been announced that the star and the director would be reuniting...