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Trailers from Hell: Nicolas Winding Refn's Arthouse Action Noir 'Drive'

Josh Olson on Noir! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Olson opting to introduce a contemporary noir, Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive."
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  • January 31, 2014 3:05 PM
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'Only God Forgives' Director Winding Refn on Drugs, Gosling's Hands and Scott Thomas' "Bitch Switch" (RED BAND TRAILER)

In a Q & A, articulate provocateur Nicolas Winding Refn opens up about "Only God Forgives," his controversial followup to 2011's "Drive," also starring Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas in a Donatella Versace wig, which opens July 19.
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  • July 18, 2013 2:39 PM
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Kristin Scott Thomas Talks 'Only God Forgives' Boys Club with Gosling and Winding Refn, 'Suite Francaise'

To kick off the Unifrance-sponsored Rendez-Vous with French Cinema festival in London, now in its fourth year and running until 7th April, Kristin Scott Thomas sat down with The Independent on Sunday's film critic Jonathan Romney for a wide-ranging, convivial chat about her film and theatre careers.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • July 18, 2013 2:23 AM
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Winding Refn Talks 'Only God Forgives': Cannes Press Conference, Review Roundup

"Only God Forgives" was unveiled Wednesday morning to the most divisive response at the Cannes festival thus far, and even with the smattering of boos and walkouts we’d hazard a guess that Nicolas Winding Refn couldn’t be more delighted by the reception. As empty, soulless, frenziedly art-directed viewing experiences go, "Only God Forgives" is one of the better examples. At the press conference following the screening, the Danish filmmaker expounded on his ultra-violent, hyper-stylized follow-up to "Drive," which features dismemberments, torture, eye gouging, Kristin Scott Thomas as a trashy, bestial, peroxide-wigged mother who calls her son’s female companion a “cum dumpster” and Gosling as a vaguely sketched mean machine operating in a seedy Thai underworld who makes the "Driver" look like a motormouth.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 22, 2013 12:10 PM
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WATCH: New Clips from 'Only God Forgives,' with Ryan Gosling as Stoic Badass and Kristin Scott Thomas as Ruthless Drug Lord

Prior to the world premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives" on Wednesday, TWC-Radius has been tempting the Cannes crowds with clips from the Thailand-set thriller, which stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling as a mother and son heading a drug ring in the Bangkok underworld. The four clips below highlight their unsettling relationship following the death of Gosling's brother, as well as establishing Scott Thomas' character as a Momma Not to Mess With.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 20, 2013 1:40 PM
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Trailer Watch: Ryan Gosling Kicking Ass, Looking Sharp in Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Only God Forgives'

The first trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling's second collaboration, "Only God Forgives," has landed. Like 2011's "Drive," "Only God Forgives" looks to feature amped-up style, a distinctive soundtrack (here featuring a song by Thai group Proud), and Gosling brutally kicking ass while casting inscrutable glances.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 4, 2013 12:21 PM
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Brace Yourselves, Nicolas Winding Refn to Helm Small Screen 'Barbarella'; Bond Writers Purvis and Wade on Board UPDATE

Update: "Skyfall" co-writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (they share this Bond credit with John Logan) are tapped to write Nicolas Winding Refn's TV series, "Barbarella." Pervis and Wade also penned Bond's "The World Is Not Enough," "Casino Royale," "Quantum of Solace" and "Die Another Day."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 29, 2013 12:44 PM
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Weekend Recap: 'Alice in Wonderland' Sequel, Heroine Complex Short Films, Depp's Don Quixote, What's Next for Refn, Cuaron and Abrams

Disney is making moves to follow up "Alice in Wonderland" with a sequel. The 3-D 2010 Tim Burton film, featuring Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, grossed $1 billion worldwide. Variety reports that Disney has brought back scriptwriter Linda Woolverton, who also wrote "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King," to do the job.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 10, 2012 12:12 PM
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First Look: Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling are Back and Battered in "Only God Forgives"

After last year's brutal "Drive," director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling joined forces again -- for an even more violent film: "Only God Forgives." Their upcoming feature takes place in the shady world of embezzlement and boxing in Thailand -
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 30, 2012 11:41 AM
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First Look: Gosling Looks Badass in Refn's 'Only God Forgives'; Weinsteins' Radius Acquires Film for Multi-Platform Release

The "Drive" bromance of Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling continues; they are currently shooting crime thriller "Only God Forgives" in Bangkok, Thailand. The Weinsteins' Radius-TWC has acquired U.S. rights to the film.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 1, 2012 3:02 PM
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