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Ryan Gosling Producing Busby Berkeley Biopic, May Also Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2014 10:30 PM
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Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley Ryan Gosling
Even if you don't know the name Busby Berkeley, you've likely seen his work (or something inspired by it). During Hollywood's classic era, the director and choreographer created some of the most visually daring, beautiful and gorgeous musical and dance numbers, elevating the form to a level that others would try to match for decades (up to now). So, a biopic about the Hollywood legend, but we're just as surprised as you to learn it'll be Ryan Gosling telling the tale. And pleased.

Marrakech Interview: Nicolas Winding Refn On Disliking Vikings, Realism & What He Learned From 'Fear X'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 9, 2013 2:12 PM
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It’s telling, and maybe also a little paradoxical, that of the huge array of Nordic talent assembled onstage at the Scandinavian tribute last week at the Marrakech Film Festival, the honor itself was accepted (on the delegation’s behalf) by Nicolas Winding Refn. Telling, because it shows just how sky-high the director’s profile is, despite, or maybe because of, the mixed reaction to this year’s “Only God Forgives,” the follow-up to his Cannes-busting “Drive.” A little paradoxical, because it really feels that Refn can be less and less associated with the region of his birth these days: his last truly Danish film was 2005’s “Pusher 3” and his ongoing association with Ryan Gosling, along with his interest in non-European settings and cultures, makes him feel more international-with-maybe-an-independent-American-edge than anything else.

Saoirse Ronan Says She Didn't Get The 'Star Wars' Role She Auditioned For, Calls 'Fantastic Four' Rumors Just That

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 6, 2013 1:43 PM
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How I Live Now, Saoirse Ronan,
We recently got to chat with the lovely and talented Saoirse Ronan about her upcoming young adult adaptation "How I Live Now" (review here), which is kind of like what would have happened if Terrence Malick had directed "Red Dawn" (more from that interview soon). And while we had the young actress on the line, we had to quiz her about a myriad of upcoming projects she has in the works, everything from the upcoming Wes Anderson joint "The Grand Budapest Hotel," to Ryan Gosling's directorial debut "How to Catch A Monster," to things that are in a more nebulous state of flux, like Joe Wright's "Little Mermaid" and the hotly rumored "Fantastic Four" and "Star Wars: Episode VII."

Watch: Trailer & Poster For James Toback & Alec Baldwin's 'Seduced & Abandoned'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 28, 2013 2:29 PM
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Seduced And Abandoned
You’re known as one of the most provocative filmmakers in the world (James Toback). Your lead actor is one of the most celebrated thespians working in America (Alex Baldwin). So who wants to finance “Last Tango In Tikrit” (the working title), your would-be erotic political drama set in the Middle East where two journalists from opposing viewpoints have a torrid sex affair during the middle of the Iraq War? Turns out not too many people. And this is all hilariously documented in “Seduced & Abandoned,” Toback’s documentary made with Baldwin about their travels to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival trying to drum up money for this movie (read our review of the film here).

Watch: Short Film Mashes Up Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' & 'Grand Theft Auto V'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 24, 2013 9:42 AM
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“Only God Forgives” may have had a divisive reception, but it doesn’t lessen the impact that 2011’s “Drive” —Nicolas Winding Refn’s first collaboration with Ryan Gosling—continues to have on the pop culture landscape even today. With last week’s release of “Grand Theft Auto V”—which banked $800 million its first day, thank you very much—a fan video placing Refn’s film in the context of the blockbuster video game franchise has arrived online along with details about an easter egg that fans of the film should enjoy.

Ryan Gosling, Garrett Hedlund & Shailene Woodley Among The Actors Who Passed On 'Fifty Shades'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 10:25 AM
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To an actor, a franchise is an attractive thing: it could mean years (maybe even decades) of solid, dependable work, with each subsequent installment usually incentivized to some degree and with the sense of community and family growing with each outing (many of the "Harry Potter" actors, both young and old, equated the experience to going back to school). In the mad scramble for big studio parts, a franchise is a sturdily proven gig. Which makes actors who pass on potential franchises somewhat baffling (remember when Josh Hartnett was repeatedly courted for Superman?)... Yet pass they do. While Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson ended up scoring the pivotal leads in "Fifty Shades of Grey," a number of Hollywood's elite passed on the project. Franchise schmanchise.

Watch: 3 Deleted Scenes From 'The Place Beyond The Pines' Starring Ryan Gosling

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2013 7:10 PM
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The Place Beyond The Pines Ryan Gosling Eva Mendes
A sprawling American saga, set in upstate New York and chronicling the intersecting lives of fathers, sons and legacy of sins, Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond The Pines" is nothing if not ambitious. But that it's one of the year's best dramas so far, speaks to his command of the epic script he co-wrote, one that feels both deeply personal and highly resonant all at once. If you missed the movie, it arrives on home video this week, so perhaps you'll want to watch the flick first, but for the rest of you, some deleted scenes from the picture have made their way online.

Josh Brolin & Ryan Gosling Among Early Names To Play Bruce Wayne In 'Superman Vs. Batman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2013 5:43 PM
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There is no script, there are no formal offers or meetings taking place, and obviously, it's still the opening stages of development for "Superman Vs. Batman." And yet, casting the role of Bruce Wayne is going to be key for the next film, because it's likely whoever lands the gig will be wearing the cape and cowl for the inevitable "Justice League" and define the next iteration the character. And apparently, some possibilities are already being tossed around.

Ryan Gosling, Leonardo DiCaprio & Zac Efron Met With Disney & J.J. Abrams About 'Star Wars 7,' Maybe

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 24, 2013 8:31 PM
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Well, this should be par for the course, especially in the weeks leading up to D23, the annual Disney fan convention (basically their version of San Diego Comic-Con), where Lucasfilm is expected to have a heavy presence, but hey—here's some wild speculation about who will wind up in J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII"! According to Latino Review, two stars who have had meetings with the Mouse House in regards to 'Star Wars' are none other than Ryan Gosling and former Disney whiz kid Zac Efron. No word on who Efron read for, but Gosling supposedly spoke about becoming a part of the Skywalker family as Luke's son. Also they claim that Leonardo DiCaprio met with the team but was ruled out. Okay then.

Stream This: 'Grabbers,' Jeff Bridges in 'Fat City,' Ryan Gosling in 'The United States of Leland' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 19, 2013 2:25 PM
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Stream This: Grabbers, more
Hello stream-fans! Another week, another round of suggestions on how to spend that well-earned leisure time in front of your computer. This weekend sees two blockbuster releases in "Red 2" and "R.I.P.D.," both of which you might want to skip, and another collaboration from the "Drive" team of Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling, which we'd warrant you go see. Yet, in honor of it all—good, bad, and ugly—we've got our correlated streaming suggestions. Between a sports-noir mix featuring a young Jeff Bridges, comedic horror with John Malkovich, a simultaneous theatrical/VOD release, and (sort of) baby Gosling, you should have plenty to watch. There's also an oldie musical from Francis Ford Coppola and Fred Astaire and an early look at a classical Hollywood comedy from the Criterion Collection before its release on DVD. So let's get right down to it.

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