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Nicolas Winding Refn Says Ryan Gosling’s ‘Lost River’ a “Beautiful” Film That “Will Grow On People”

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 29, 2014 11:16 AM
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Ryan Gosling’s first foray into directing, “Lost River," may not land on critics’ lists of awards contenders coming out of Cannes, where the film premiered, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its merits or a potential audience in waiting. Described as a hallucinogenic blend of Gosling’s influences and recent collaborators, the film has already amassed a set of defenders on its journey to a general release, and it only makes sense that one of them is none other than Nicolas Winding Refn.

Warner Bros. Looking To Sell Ryan Gosling's Cannes Flop 'Lost River' To Indie Distributor

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 21, 2014 3:51 PM
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It was just over a year ago that Warner Bros. turned heads by picking up the domestic rights to Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, then called "How To Catch A Monster." Not only was it surprising that the ambitious movie had landed at a major studio, and the amount of money WB paid — $3 million — raised eyebrows. But it seems the studio is now having some major second thoughts.
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The Cannes Field Manual: What To Expect From Ryan Gosling’s Directorial Debut ‘Lost River’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 21, 2014 12:18 PM
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By now in the Five Stages of Cannes Reaction, (1. Reaction 2. Backlash 3. Backlash to the backlash 4. Consensus 5. Moving On To Next Shiny Thing) we’re approaching the end of phase 4 with Ryan Gosling’s Un Certain Regard entry “Lost River.” It is a divisive film, though not as polarizing in the spectrum of opinions it has raised as last year’s Ryan Gosling-starrer “Only God Forgives” which was either the greatest masterpiece known to man or the worst pile of trash ever projected on a screen, depending on who you spoke to. No, there are precious few viewers so far who’re going out on a limb to declare the film any actual good, but there are several shades of vehemence on the more negative end of the spectrum. This writer’s is probably a little sourer on it than Oli, who reviewed it, but that said, we’re in broad agreement on the fundamentals: it’s visually rich but thematically impoverished, and so derivative that it sometimes feels more like a supercut than a movie.

Cannes Review: Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' Starring Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan & Matt Smith

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 20, 2014 12:08 PM
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There's no bigger way for a movie star to paint a giant target on their back than by stepping behind the camera. More often than not, an actor making their directorial debut gets to do more or less whatever they want, and without anyone telling them no, the results can be indulgent and self-serving—there are more films like Mark Ruffalo's "Sympathy For Delicious" than Charles Laughton's "Night Of The Hunter." And far be it from Ryan Gosling to upset that particular narrative.

Watch: First Teaser Clip From Ryan Gosling's Cannes Entry 'Lost River'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 19, 2014 7:44 AM
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Ryan Gosling has been to the Cannes Film Festival as an actor, starring in the critically adored "Drive," the equally admired "Blue Valentine" and the less universally embraced "Only God Forgives." But this year he's back as a filmmaker, with his directorial debut "Lost River" playing in Un Certain Regard. It premieres this week, and this first taste of his fantastical film has now arrived online.

New Pics From Ryan Gosling's Cannes Contender 'Lost River'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2014 12:06 PM
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Yeah, we know. It's mostly been the Robert Pattinson show as we're heading into the Cannes Film Festival, but today brings a look at another film that already has folks very excited: Ryan Gosling's "Lost River." And a batch of new images have arrived for the movie that will be landing in the Un Certain Regard category on the Croisette.

New Images From Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River,' Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy,' Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2014 9:24 AM
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The 2014 Cannes Film Festival lineup is here, so now we can spend the next month trying to get as much intel on the movies as possible before they screen for critics and cinephiles on the Croisette. And of course, that means lots of images are here, so let's dive into three playing in Competition.

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."

'Drive' Soundtrack Star Johnny Jewel Writing Music For Ryan Gosling's 'How To Catch A Monster'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2013 9:25 AM
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If you're a fan of "Drive," you may be familiar with the bands who delivered some of the neon-slicked tunes — Chromatics ("Tick Of The Clock") and Desire ("Under Your Spell") — but you might not know the name behind them: Johnny Jewel. He co-wrote those two songs, produced some of the other key tracks and was pretty much instrumental in providing the sound (along with Cliff Martinez's score) that became part of they key textures of the film. And it looks like Ryan Gosling really appreciated his work as well.

Warner Bros. Will Learn 'How To Catch A Monster' With Ryan Gosling's Directorial Debut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2013 3:02 PM
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So, you're a first time filmmaker. You pour you heart, time, soul, energy and more into a passion project, spend long months shooting and editing and then finally show it off to the world. If you're lucky, you get good reviews. If you're luckier it builds up more steam and you land a distribution deal, maybe it'll get a limited release opening. Perhaps it'll break even, and some doors will open, and your next project can move forward. It's the same drill whether you're new to the industry or even, like Ryan Gosling, a big name actor turned director. Wait, scratch that...

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