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In the Works: Derek Cianfrance On Board to Direct 'ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun' for Focus

Derek Cianfrance ("The Place Beyond the Pines") is attached to direct "ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun." The book by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales follows the rise of the eponymous cable network, via interviews with past and present ESPN personalities and producers.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2013 1:54 PM
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Q & A: Director Cianfrance Talks 'The Place Beyond the Pines,' Gosling and Cooper, Long Takes and 'Psycho'

If you missed Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines" in theaters, it's worth grabbing as it hits DVD and Blu-Ray, because it's one of the best movies to come out so far this year. Will it wind up in the awards conversation? Focus Features is going to push the intense R-rated drama, which grossed a respectable $21.4 million domestically, but it will need critics to back the film and its performances at year's end, which they might.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2013 3:05 AM
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Bradley Cooper and Omar Sy In Talks for Weinstein Company's 'Chef,' with Derek Cianfrance at Helm

Bradley Cooper and Omar Sy are circling the Weinstein Company's comedy "Chef," with Derek Cianfrance set to direct. Cooper would star as an enfant terrible chef who loses his Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, and tries to reassemble a culinary team in London.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2013 12:04 PM
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Busy Ryan Gosling to Pre-Sell Directorial Debut 'How to Catch a Monster' at TIFF

Heartthrob and meme-inspirer Ryan Gosling is announcing his directorial debut. Gosling plans to write and direct fantasy noir thriller "How to Catch a Monster," starring "Mad Men" regular Christina Hendricks. She plays a single mother of two in a surreal future city that is on the decline. When she gets caught in a dark dreamlike underworld, her teenage son finds a secret road leading to a hidden underwater town.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 29, 2012 2:31 PM
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