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Empire Big Screen '11 Review: Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Reminds Us Why We Love The Movies

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 16, 2011 4:02 AM
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Good god, it's been a bad year at the cinema. It's not so much that there've been a lot of awful films, although of course there have. It's more that there have been a lot of deeply average ones, and very little greatness to share around. Even the better end of the scale, it's not quite scratched the right itch for us: as good as, say, "Beginners" or "Win Win" or "Midnight in Paris" are, they don't quite get the synapses firing in the way that truly great cinema does. It's the kind of thing that the crime flick has always done well -- there's a reason that the Cahiers du Cinema crowd worshiped early American genre pictures, for example, but there's been little to be excited about even in that department. So it's lucky that Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" has come along: it's a shot of pure cinema straight to the eyeball, and one that's stopped us from losing the faith just as we were about to start looking for gigs at What Yacht Magazine.

Empire Big Screen '11: Nicolas Winding Refn Says 'Wonder Woman' A Go If He Does 'Logan's Run' Right

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 16, 2011 1:37 AM
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Plus Nine More Things We Learned From The 'Drive' DirectorMore and more of The Playlist team are catching up with Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive," and every one of us that has seen it has loved it: it's easily one of the best movies of the year. The film was the secret screening at Empire Big Screen in London on Saturday night (we'll have a full review later), and Refn came up for a Q&A afterwards, moderated by the magazine's Damon Wise, which revealed a few insights into his top-notch crime drama, as well as an update on the status on what Refn hopes will be his biggest film to date. Below, ten highlights from the Q&A. Warning: some mild spoilers for "Drive" may be ahead.

Ryan Gosling Goes Blonde & Gets Inked In Pics From 'The Place Beyond The Pines'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2011 4:48 AM
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Who Are Handsome Luke & The Hearthrobs?"Crazy Stupid Love" may have opened this weekend, but the ever busy Ryan Gosling is already at work on his next film, reteaming with "Blue Valentine" director Derek Cianfrance for the generational grudge drama "The Place Beyond The Pines" -- and the actor is shaking up his image a little bit. Far from the clean cut, GQ dressed lothario that's currently in multiplexes, the actor has gone blonde, got inked and probably hasn't taken a shower for his lead turn in the upcoming film.

Review: Chemistry Really Cooks In The Uneven, But Super Charming 'Crazy Stupid Love'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 27, 2011 5:39 AM
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Precariously mixing elements of broad comedy, bittersweet heartache, charming romance and soulful, surprisingly mature dramatic moments, "Crazy, Stupid, Love" is an endearing and winning summer comedic drama. It succeeds in spite of some messy plotting, dicey adulteration of tones, and too convenient and ridiculous sequences that threaten to unravel a well-made, mostly well-written picture about love and marital discord.

New Poster & More Images From George Clooney's 'Ides Of March' Starring Ryan Gosling

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 27, 2011 2:04 AM
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First Look At Supporting Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Marisa Tomei, Max Minghella & Evan Rachel WoodHot off the film's inclusion in the TIFF line up and the new look at Ryan Gosling, the marketing for George Clooney's upcoming political thriller "The Ides Of March" is now kicking into gear with the unveiling of a new aesthetically attractive poster and a handful of images providing first look at many of the supporting including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Max Minghella, Jeffrey Wright and Evan Rachel Wood.

New Photo: Ryan Gosling In George Clooney's 'Ides Of March'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 26, 2011 4:22 AM
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Here's a new look at Ryan Gosling, in another highly anticipated fall festival season for the actor, on this occasion leading George Clooney's political thriller "The Ides Of March."

Dane DeHaan Joins Derek Cianfrance's 'Place Beyond The Pines' As The Son Of Gosling & Mendes

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 21, 2011 3:07 AM
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A typically strong indicator of an inexperienced up-and-comer going places is landing a role in a high-profile film. It was something that happened with Mia Wasikowska a couple of years ago when the former "In Treatment" actress burst onto the scene with a trifecta of films, "Alice In Wonderland," "Restless" and "The Kids Are All Right."

Ryan Gosling Gets Political In First Look At George Clooney's 'The Ides Of March'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 19, 2011 1:25 AM
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Putting aside for a moment our comment section's belief that we're firmly in the tank for Ryan Gosling (if you'd seen our scowling faces on the way out of "Stay," "Fracture" or "All Good Things," you'd know that wasn't true...), the actor's definitely having a moment. For some time, he's seemed reluctant to become a fully fledged movie star, but next week sees him in what looks to be real crowd-pleaser in "Crazy Stupid Love," his noir flick "Drive" picked up ecstatic reviews at Cannes, and he's got a whole raft of projects lined up: another crime picture with Nicolas Winding Refn, the Bangkok-set "Only God Forgives," plus one more with Derek Cianfrance, "The Place Beyond The Pines," while he's also toplining two tentpoles, "Gangster Squad" and "Logan's Run" in the more distant future.

FilmDistrict Stay In The Nicolas Winding Refn/Ryan Gosling Business, Acquire 'Only God Forgives'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 30, 2011 1:43 AM
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You may not immediately recognize the name Graham King, but he's quietly established himself as one of the most successful producers out there, executive-producing the likes of "Traffic" and "Ali" as the head of financiers Initial Entertainment Group, before making his full-blown producing debut on "The Aviator." He re-teamed with Scorsese to win an Oscar for "The Departed," and has also produced films like "Blood Diamond," "The Town" and "Rango," the latter two through his new company, GK Films.

Bromance Of The Century Continues: Ryan Gosling Joins Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Only God Forgives'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2011 11:53 AM
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Update: Variety reports film will start production in November for a second half 2012 release. Ryan Gosling is replacing Luke Evans who had scheduling conflicts with Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" in which he plays Bard The Bowman.

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