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Derek Cianfrance Talks About His Epic Drama 'The Place Beyond The Pines' & Almost Making Two Movies Out Of 'Blue Valentine'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 1, 2013 3:20 PM
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Place Beyond The Pines, Derek Cianfrance, Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper
Filmmaker Derek Cianfrance took twelve years to make his sophomore effort, "Blue Valentine." A searing relationship drama about husbands and wives starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, it quickly put the almost-forgotten director – who made his feature debut with 1998's still unreleased "Brother Tied" and had turned to documentaries in that time – firmly back on the cinematic map. His follow-up, "The Place Beyond The Pines" arrived a relatively quick two years later, but was six years in the making and Cianfrance actually had Gosling on board before 'Valentine' had even begun shooting.

Mystery Singer Of Penny & The Quarters Song 'You & Me' Featured In 'Blue Valentine' Found

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2011 6:21 AM
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Well, here's a story that will give you some warm fuzzies to start your week.

Oscarbation: The Road To The Oscars 2011 & Predictions

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 26, 2011 7:52 AM
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Last year, the Academy Awards expanded the field of Best Picture nominees to ten, ostensibly to give the public the feeling of having influence on what awards committees deemed the finest films of the year. Some argued the move was intended to level the populist playing field in 2008 when "The Dark Knight" was not nominated for a Best Picture award, and the public seemed to be outraged over this move. But one could say the strategy backfired, as the winner was Kathryn Bigelow’s tense war picture “The Hurt Locker,” one of the lowest grossing Best Picture winners in the last few decades. And of course it lost out to the MOR-player "Avatar," now the highest grossing film of all time.

Derek Cianfrance Calls 12-Year Wait To Make 'Blue Valentine' A Blessing & 4 Other Things We Learned

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2011 11:33 AM
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The Oscars are only a few days away and for "Blue Valentine" director Derek Cianfrance, he's had the kind of experience over the past year that most filmmakers could only dream of. "Blue Valentine" was picked up at last year's Sundance Film Festival and made its way around the festival circuit throughout 2010, picking up accolade after accolade. It found a champion in Harvey Weinstein, who not only acquired the film, but protected it during the highly publicized battle with the MPAA over their initial NC-17 rating for the film, and now it heads into the weekend vying for an Oscar for Michelle Williams for Best Actress. It's been a long, crazy journey for Derek Cianfrance. We spoke to him recently about the making of the film, and he shared with us some of the battles he faced in getting the film made and his thoughts on the past year for him.

Watch: Heart Smashing End Credit Sequence To 'Blue Valentine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 6:59 AM
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Okay, so after all the NC-17 hoopla and some fantastic critical praise, "Blue Valentine" only walked with one Oscar nomination this morning for Michelle Williams (though Ryan Gosling is every bit as deserving as the co-star). No matter, it doesn't change the fact that the film is one of the rawest depictions of relationship in decline to hit the screen in some time, and if you haven't seen the film, by all means seek it out. Drive to the next town over if you have to.

Exclusive: Grizzly Bear Heavy Tracklist For The 'Blue Valentine' Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2011 9:43 AM
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Sure, the internet may be ablaze this afternoon with images of Spider-Man and Captain America, but you know what we're more excited about? This. The firmly excellent romantic drama "Blue Valentine," finally shorn of the albatross that was its NC-17 rating, has begun its limited rollout, and is going great guns, picking up a mean screen average and an impressive haul of over a million on only a few screens. a gratifying debut for a film that became something of a favorite of many Playlist team members over the course of 2010.

My Favorite Films Of 2010: Simon Dang

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 7, 2011 7:13 AM
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Nothing quite like baring your cinematic soul to readers with a top 10 list. And it's not made any easier either by the fine writing that has already been seen on The Playlist in the 2010 analysis by our team of writers including that of Kevin, RP, Oli, Gabe, Drew and Chris (and those are just the ones who submitted a top 10).

My Favorite Films Of 2010: Oli Lyttelton

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 4, 2011 3:20 AM
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Once a year, The Playlist team stick their heads above the defensive parapet that is the first-person plural, and put our necks on the line. While there's a certain kinship between all the writers here -- we wouldn't be here if there wasn't -- there's also a real diversity of voices and taste, and we want our year end lists to reflect that. If you missed them, you can check out Kevin's here, Gabe's here and RP's picks here.

Weekend Box Office: 'Fockers' Shows 'True Grit', Outduels Cowboys (But Not For Long)

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 2, 2011 7:00 AM
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2010 ended with a whimper with most studio execs facing an uncertain 2011, as the year closed with eight consecutive weekends of box office earning lower than its 2009 counterpart despite five major 3D releases goosing prices. Of course, 3D is a gimmick, but it’s foolish to consider that each of those five films were relative underperformers due to disinterest in the format when even the most ardent fan must admit to subpar product. Of course, the industry is always looking for a scapegoat when the answer is clearly, “terrible movies are being made and should not be,” so the disappearance of 3D (not likely) will happen before a sudden spike in high quality entertainment.

My Top 10 Films Of 2010: Kevin Jagernauth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 31, 2010 5:12 AM
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With a team stretching and reaching around the world with editors and writers in the United States, Canada, UK, Australia and beyond, getting a consensus on the top ten films of the year from the entire Playlist team is pretty much impossible. Not everyone has had a chance to see the majority of the films from this year yet, and tastes and preferences differ from writer to writer. Instead, the editors and writers will be presenting their individual lists for the year.

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