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Actor Watch: Blue Valentine's Gosling, THR Actors Roundtable, Duvall vs. DiCaprio On Multiple Takes

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood December 2, 2010 at 7:29AM

Blue Valentine's director-actor team Derek Cianfrance and Ryan Gosling are getting back together for The Place Beyond the Pines, a Jack London-inspired film shooting next summer. Cianfrance is also developing a show for HBO, and while details are murky, character development is key. After Blue Valentine, he's asking his actors to dig deep: "We're gonna try to give new meaning to the word 'character development.'"
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Blue Valentine's director-actor team Derek Cianfrance and Ryan Gosling are getting back together for The Place Beyond the Pines, a Jack London-inspired film shooting next summer. Cianfrance is also developing a show for HBO, and while details are murky, character development is key. After Blue Valentine, he's asking his actors to dig deep: "We're gonna try to give new meaning to the word 'character development.'"

Between projects, Cianfrance and Gosling (here is our Sundance interview with the pair) have kept in touch regarding all the fans of Gosling's ukelele playing of "You Always Hurt The Ones You Love." This musical moment is one that THR singles out at their Actor's Roundtable as one of the greatest in movie history. Here is TOH's endorsement of Gosling's musical talent.

Robert Duvall (Get Low) during the Roundtable (a mix of lead and supporting actors including Mark Ruffalo, Colin Firth, James Franco and Jesse Eisenberg), throws auteur Stanley Kubrick under the bus, calling him an "actor's enemy" with his exhaustive amount of takes. Kris Tapley picks up on this idea and relates it to his conversation with Leonardo DiCaprio, who provides an alternate point of view: the upside of numerous takes with the likes of Martin Scorsese. (The Social Network's David Fincher is also a multiple takes man). Here is Tapley's DiCaprio interview.

And herewith, THR's less lauded Emmy Comedy Actors Roundtable:


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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.