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Watch: The Dazzling Opening Shot From 'The Place Beyond The Pines' Plus Derek Cianfrance's Trailer Commentary

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2013 9:39 AM
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Yes, it's over two hours long, and "The Place Beyond The Pines" is a sprawling saga set over a few decades. But that doesn't mean that it isn't instantly gripping, and director Derek Cianfrance plunks the audience right into the world of the film's stunt riding Luke, played by a tattooed, bleached hair Ryan Gosling, with an opening shot as immediately captivating as it was dangerous to shoot (it nearly killed the DP). And if you're waiting for the movie, now playing in limited release, to come near you, here's an early peek at the great sequence which sets the movie in motion to hold you over.

Ryan Gosling Talks Bank Robbing In 'Place Beyond The Pines,' Working With Terrence Malick, Nicolas Winding Refn & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 3, 2013 12:19 PM
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Fate, sin, consequences, redemption... are a few of the words that have been used in the run-up to "The Place Beyond The Pines" to capture the thematic undercurrents of the generation spanning saga. These are touchstones in the film and Ryan Gosling sets it all in motion. He co-stars alongside the excellent ensemble Derek Cianfrance has pulled together -- Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Mahershala Ali, Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen, Ben Mendelsohn and Ray Liotta -- in the film that follows two men and their sons, and how they collide and come together across decades.

Contest Giveaway: 'The Place Beyond The Pines' Prize Packs With Soundtrack & T-Shirt

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2013 4:00 PM
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"The Place Beyond The Pines" is now in theaters in limited release, and it's a movie that not only we really love, it has sparked from great discussion. No less from director Derek Cianfrance himself, who has shared some great stories with us in our interview with him (read here and here). But let's say you've already soaked up all you need to know about 'Pines,' what's next? Well, how about some swag that will not only profess your admiration for the movie, but let you dive in a bit deeper.

Derek Cianfrance Convinced Bradley Cooper Not To Drop Out Of ‘Place Beyond The Pines’; His DP Nearly Died On Set & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 2, 2013 1:01 PM
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“I’m full of epic stories,” the loquacious Derek Cianfrance told Vanity Fair recently. And it’s true. We sat down with the director and co-writer behind “The Place Beyond The Pines,” and Cianfrance was indeed, full of amazing stories. He told us in the part of our interview we ran yesterday that that he had to pare down a 158 page script to 120 pages to earn his financing. So, did the filmmaker do a rewrite? Nope. He increased the margins as far as they would go and then selected the smallest font possible and got down to 120 pages. The financiers didn’t notice and he got his green light. Crafty, right?

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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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.

22 Great Father & Son Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 29, 2013 4:24 PM
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On a weekend with some pretty terrible options including "The Host" and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and a new Tyler Perry movie, there is hope as the the best film to hit theaters today by a country mile is "The Place Beyond The Pines," the sprawling, yet intimate crime drama from "Blue Valentine" director Derek Cianfrance. Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen, Rose Byrne and Eva Mendes, it's the story of a motorcycle stuntman who turns to bank robbery, the cop who tries to bring him down, and their sons in a multi-generational tale.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'The Host' & 'Place Beyond The Pines' May Spark 'Retaliation' Or 'Temptation'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • March 29, 2013 4:08 PM
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There ain't nothing like some bad behavior to kick off a stellar weekend. You know -- by cutting class, or taking a walk of shame, or going to work hungover on Friday morning. Or, as the movie stars like to do it, by killing some dudes, pulling off a bank job, stealing a dog, and implanting a jellyfish in a teenage girl's body. Succumb to your more depraved instincts with the second installment of the "G.I. Joe" franchise; Stephenie Meyer's latest paranormal teen love fantasy; Tyler Perry's rendition of "Unfaithful;" a doc about the ultimate turn to the dark side in "The Shining;" a British heist film; and a bevy of Philistine-filled indies. And let us know your favored depiction of sin in the comments below!

Review: 'The Place Beyond The Pines' A Searing Tale Of Fathers, Sons & The Legacy Of Sins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2013 11:50 AM
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Of all the films that premiered at TIFF last year, few arrived under such an air of mystery as Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond The Pines." With only a couple of official images, but no posters or trailers, the tone and scope of the movie remained under wraps prior to its screening. Following "Blue Valentine," would the film be a similarly intimate and narrowly focused story or something completely different? The answer is that "The Place Beyond The Pines" is an ambitious epic that is cut from some of the same thematic tissue as Cianfrance's previous film, but expands the scope into a wondrously widescreen tale of fathers, sons and the legacy of sins that are passed down through the generations.

Ryan Gosling Says 'Only God Forgives' Is A "Nightmare"; Says Terrence Malick Currently Editing Five Films

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 27, 2013 1:37 PM
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This week finally sees the limited release opening of "The Place Beyond The Pines," Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to “Blue Valentine" starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Dane DeHaan and many more. A searing drama about family and legacy, the movie earned a rare A-grade review from us when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. We recently got the chance to sit down with Gosling (and most of the principal cast) of 'Pines' earlier this month and during our conversation with the "Drive" actor we also asked him about his upcoming directorial debut, his collaboration with Terrence Malick and more.

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.

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