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Eva Mendes Joins Ryan Gosling's 'How to Catch a Monster' with Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelsohn

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 6, 2013 at 2:46PM

Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, "How to Catch a Monster," has Ben Mendelsohn ("Animal Kingdom") on board to star with Christina Hendricks. The film, which Gosling and Hendricks describe as a fantasy noir...
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Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling at TIFF
TIFF Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling at TIFF

Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, "How to Catch a Monster," has added Eva Mendes and Rob Zabrecky to its cast. They join Ben Mendelsohn ("Animal Kingdom") and the film's star, Christina Hendricks, who appeared with Gosling in "Drive." Mendes also stars with Gosling and Bradley Cooper in Derek Cianfrance's upcoming "The Place Beyond the Pines."

"How to Catch a Monster," which Gosling and Hendricks describe as a fantasy noir, centers on a mother who is trying to protect her two sons and ends up working in a fetish club. One of her sons discovers a secret underwater town and descends into the darkness, with her following him. Those are pretty vague plot details and Mendelsohn's role is unclear, but we do know the film stars shooting in May after Hendricks wraps the latest season of "Mad Men."

Mendelsohn also worked with Gosling in Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines" (March 29, 2013) and has a small but memorable role in "Killing Them Softly" (November 30, 2012).

Hendricks tells us about "How to Catch a Monster" in our AFI FEST red carpet coverage below:

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.