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Ryan Gosling Explains How Christina Hendricks' Death In 'Drive' Inspired 'How To Catch A Monster' Plus New 'Pines' Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 26, 2013 2:30 PM
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This spring, Ryan Gosling will be doing the unthinkable -- putting his pretty face behind the camera, instead of in front of it. The actor is dipping his toes into the always tricky waters of a directorial debut with "How To A Catch A Monster," a project he also wrote. Thus far, the plot details have been somewhat vague, involving a mother and son, an underwater city and a fetish club among other things. He's corralled a pretty solid cast with Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn, "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith, Eva Mendes and Christina Hendricks all on board, and it's the latter actress who proved pivotal to Gosling in his inspiration for the movie.

Christina Hendricks To Star In Adaptation Of Joan Didion's 'A Book Of Common Prayer'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • March 6, 2013 11:21 AM
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While many know her primarily as Joan Harris in AMC’s award-winning series “Mad Men,” Christina Hendricks has appeared in her fair share of movies these past few years, namely “Drive” and “Life as We Know It.” Now, she's gearing up another big screen appearance, as she’ll be toplining Campbell Scott’s upcoming adaptation of Joan Didion’s “A Book of Common Prayer,” which will surely be her biggest film role yet.

'Ginger & Rosa' Opens February 1, 2013; 19 New Photos & A New Clip From The Elle Fanning-Led Drama

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 19, 2012 5:45 PM
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Exclusive: An evocative and beautifully shot portrait of post-war Britain, as seen through the eyes of an impressionable young teenager (Elle Fanning in a terrific, career-making performance), Sally Potter’s “Ginger & Rosa,” which just screened at the New York Film Festival and debuted at the Telluride Film Festival earlier this year, will receive a February 1, 2013 limited release from A24 Films The Playlist has learned.

'Poppy Hill' English Voice Cast Adds Anton Yelchin, Gillian Anderson, Aubrey Plaza, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 8, 2012 10:40 AM
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It was only a couple of months ago that we saw the first (english-subtitled) trailer for the new Studio Ghibli film, “From Up On Poppy Hill.” The film is written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son, Goro Miyazaki (“Tales From Earthsea”) and the voice cast for the English-language dub has been revealed.

New Photos & Poster For 'Ginger & Rosa' Starring Elle Fanning

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2012 11:25 AM
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There are few young actresses right now who are on quite the same trajectory as Elle Fanning. With directors like Cameron Crowe, J.J. Abrams, Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, David Fincher, Tony Scott and Alejandro González Iñárritu already on her impressive CV, we can only imagine an Academy Award nomination isn't too far away. Her work just seems to be getting better and better, and her latest turn in Sally Potter's "Ginger & Rosa" may be her best yet.

A Fetish Club & An Underground City: Christina Hendricks Reveals Details About Ryan Gosling’s Directorial Debut 'How To Catch A Monster'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 10, 2012 3:15 PM
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Though Ryan Gosling and Christina Hendricks shared the briefest of tense, violent moments in “Drive” – and in actual production likely not much longer – it seems from Gosling’s recent choices the experience was more than favorable. After eyeing a remake of 1980’s “The Idolmaker” for his first foray behind the camera, the actor instead chose to write a film, “How To Catch a Monster,” which he'd also direct, specifically tailored to Hendricks in the lead. Billed as a “fantasy noir fairy-tale,” the project has already exceeded anticipation levels all around, but recently Hendricks dropped some hints as to what the genre tags entail, and how her character fits into the narrative within them.

Watch: Trailer For Festival Hit 'Ginger & Rosa' With Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks & Annette Bening

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2012 10:25 AM
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Among some higher profile competition, one of our editor-in-chief's favorite films from his time in Telluride last weekend turned out to be "Ginger & Rosa," a coming-of-age tale from director Sally Potter ("Orlando"). Probably the most accessible film to date from a filmmaker whose last picture was shot on a cellphone (2009's "Rage"), it's a Bildungsroman set in 1960s Britain with Elle Fanning and newcomer Alice Englert (the daughter of Jane Campion) as two best friends discovering protest, sex and betrayal together. With Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks, Oliver Platt, Timothy Spall, Jodhi May and Annette Bening among the top-notch supporting cast, it was the best little surprise of the festival, a film that's "lovely and devastating, challenging yet worthwhile."

Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks & Woody Harrelson Complete Jason Reitman's 'American Beauty' Live-Reading Cast

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 5, 2012 3:08 PM
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It's not a Toronto International Film Festival without Jason Reitman (his father Ivan of "Ghostbusters" fame is on the committee, of course). The director, who has had most of his features debut at the festival (aside from "Young Adult"), had tweeted some question mark suggestions about TIFF earlier in the week that some took as hints that he had completed his just-finished "Labor Day" drama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. That was not to be as expected (c'mon guys, the thing just wrapped a few weeks ago and is coming out in the summer of 2013). Instead, Reitman revealed he was orchestrating another one of his popular live readings series which thus far have included "Reservoir Dogs," Billy Wilder's "The Apartment," "The Breakfast Club," "The Princess Bride," "Shampoo,"and "The Big Lebowski" (the concept: contemporary actors doing stage readings of the original screenplay in front of an audience).

Telluride Review: Intimate & Devastating ‘Ginger & Rosa’ Features A Transformative Elle Fanning Performance

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 1, 2012 12:22 PM
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Lovely and devastating, challenging yet worthwhile, Sally Potter's "Ginger & Rosa" may be the English filmmaker's best since "Orlando," and perhaps her most accessible to date. The intimate and sensual picture also features yet another terrific performance by 14-year-old Elle Fanning, who is quickly becoming the most compelling teenage actor working in movies today. But this time, as the lead, Fanning is transformative, heartbreakingly conveying the inner-life of an adolescent with an almost eerie and nuanced command of her craft.

Ryan Gosling Lines Up Directorial Debut 'How To Catch A Monster,' Christina Hendricks Will Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2012 1:53 PM
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That Ryan Gosling has had ambitions to direct is hardly a surprise. He once kicked the tires on a remake of the 1980 Taylor Hackford film “The Idolmaker," and at TIFF last year he plainly stated his intentions. “I wanted to work with George Clooney [on 'Ides Of March'] because he’s an actor turned director and I wanted to see that in action, and I’m learning a lot from Nicolas [Winding Refn] and Derek [Cianfrance] ...I’m just basically trying to treat it as a film school for myself right now before I start making my own films -- not to undervalue the movies themselves, I want to see those movies so I’m making them -- but I’m also trying to get as much out of them as I can before I kind of transition out of this and into that,” he explained. And it looks like he's ready to add writer/director to his resume.

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