Nicolas Sparks heartthrob … Oscar-nominated character actor … the face that launched a thousand memes. Ryan Gosling can do it all — as long as it’s in front of the camera. Twenty-two years after his screen debut as a Mouseketeer, though, the “Hey Girl” guy is finally floundering in a role: as the new Nicolas Winding Refn, the Danish auteur who directed Gosling in the stylish but empty “Drive” and the stupid and execrable “Only God Forgives.” Gosling’s first turn behind the camera owes a mammoth debt to Refn (and a smaller one to David Lynch). Starring Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, »
- Inkoo Kang
Viggo Mortensen received a career tribute at Morocco’s Marrakech Film Fest after receiving a similar trib at Argentina’s Mar del Plata two weeks earlier. Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja,” starring Mortensen, is now a highlight at the 4th Panama Festival.
In “Lord of the Rings,” he protected the Shire and the Fellowship of the Ring. These days, Mortensen is more likely protecting the original visions of some of the world’s most exciting – and challenging – young moviemakers, and bringing them to larger audiences.
Doing so, Mortensen, U.S. born, Argentina raised, New York-bred, of Danish descent, has leveraged wisely his star status and fanboy suzerainties, dazzled with his dominance of not only English and Spanish, but Danish, Amish and Lakota, and played some not exactly super-hero roles, characters who are ineffectual (Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja,” a Cannes winner), conflicted (David Oelhoffen’s “Far From Men,“ a Venice prize winner »
- John Hopewell and Anna Marie de la Fuente
When I saw "Lost River" at its Un Certain Regard press screening at Cannes, I thought the actor did a fine job of creating a visually and aurally atmospheric gothic family drama, well-acted by Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men") as a single mom and discovery Iain De Caestecker as her son in time-ravaged Detroit, which was not too far from where Gosling grew up in Ontario. Partially set in an underwater city, "Lost River"'s cast includes Gosling's almost co-star on "Lovely Bones," Saoirse Ronan, his "The Place Beyond the Pines" costars Ben Mendelsohn and Eva Mendes (the mother of Gosling's child), and "Dr. Who" star Matt Smith. Originally titled "How to Catch a Monster," the film finally opens almost a year later with an April 10 multi-platform release by Warner Bros. Watch Video Interview: Ryan Gosling Talks "Werewolf" Role in Nic Winding Refn's Cannes Hit 'Drive' Inside the »
- Anne Thompson
It seems like only yesterday that Ryan Gosling was attached to the remake of Logan.s Run. The plan was to re-team with his Drive and Only God Forgives director Nicholas Winding Refn for the sci-fi dystopian thriller, but both would ultimately drop out. Warner Bros. has been trying to get this off the ground for quite some time now, and a new report claims that the studio is completely retooling the script to make it work better for a modern audience. And that means they.re trying to work in a female lead. The news comes from the Tracking Board, which doesn.t always have a great track record with scoops. (The site claimed a while back that Tina Fey was working on Hocus Pocus 2, which was half right, and that Ryan Gosling was going to be the Beast in Disney.s live-action Beauty and the Beast, a part »
A remake of Logan's Run has been in the works since the mid-1990s with various actors, directors and screenwriters attached to the sci-fi project over the years, including (most recently) Ryan Gosling and his Drive and Only God Forgives director Nicolas Winding Refn. Last we knew Warner Bros. had hired BioShock creator Ken Levine to write the script, but now Tracking Board is reporting that the studio is "hunting down a fresh writer to develop the film for a »
- Jesse Giroux
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. There's no bigger way for a movie star to paint a giant target on their back than by stepping behind the camera. More often than not, an actor making their directorial debut gets to do more or less whatever they want, and without anyone telling them no, the results can be indulgent and self-serving — there are more films like Mark Ruffalo's "Sympathy For Delicious" than Charles Laughton's "Night Of The Hunter." And far be it from Ryan Gosling to upset that particular narrative. The "Drive" star's first feature as director, "Lost River," premiered in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at Cannes and has seemingly already passed into Croisette legend as a "Southland Tales"-style disaster. That's not entirely unfair, as the film is an indulgent mess and then some. But it's not a dull mess, and »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Barkhad Abdi has booked a lead role in the Detroit-set indie drama "The Wolf Who Cried Boy," opposite Torrey Wigfield in the other lead role. The story, described as "anti-coming-of-age," centers on a young man who gets swept into the seedy underbelly of the scrapping industry. The Oscar-nominated Abdi (“Captain Phillips”) has signed up to play a limo driver named Reggie who acts as a fence for the stolen copper. This film is being produced by Luke Jaden ("King Ripple," "The Listing"), Cort Johns ("King Ripple," "The Listing"), Frank Capra III ("Drive," "Flipped," "The Bucket »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Idw Publishing has announced a Drive comic at WonderCon 2015.
The publisher teased the comic based on James Sallis's novel at the Anaheim, California event (via Cbr).
Idw assistant editor Michael Benedetto will write the series with art by Antonio Fuso.
The publisher is yet to announce any more details about the project.
2005's Drive centres around a stunt driver who drives getaway cars for criminals by night.
"You know you have made great cinema when
half love it and half hate it."
Only God Forgives fittingly split opinion quite violently upon its release in 2013, but its production process was similarly turbulent during six months on location in Bangkok. Absorbing new documentary My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, filmed by the director's wife Liv Corfixen, captures both the logistical turmoil and artistic ingenuity behind the scenes by offering intimate access to the personal environment and headspace of the Danish auteur along with the movie's star Ryan Gosling.
Here are some of the things we learnt...
1. Directors should avoid Tarot card readings from fellow directors
Nicolas Winding Refn receives a tarot card reading from his idol and legendary Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, who issues a warning about the dangers of success. With the Danish director buoyed by the commercial performance of Drive, Jodorowsky advises that "this can change »
After his Academy Award nominated film The Hunt (starring Mads Mikkelsen), Danish director Thomas Vinterberg adapted Thomas Hardy’s classic love story Far From The Madding Crowd for the big screen. Grammy award-winning composer Craig Armstrong was enlisted to compose the score for the film.
In this eagerly awaited drama, Vinterberg has brought together a first class cast, including Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go, An Education, Drive), Golden Globe nominee Michael Sheen (Kingdom of Heaven, Midnight in Paris, Frost/Nixon), Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone, Bullhead) and Tom Sturridge (On The Road).
The film will be in theaters on May 1, 2015.
Far From The Madding Crowd tells the story of independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, »
- Michelle McCue
This April, genre fans have a lot of interesting films arriving on VOD and Digital Platforms to look forward to, including the highly-anticipated directorial debut from Ryan Gosling, Lost River, which Warner Bros. is set to release on the 10th.
The very same day, IFC Films is debuting the latest from filmmaker John McNaughton- The Harvest- who is the same visionary behind the visceral cult classic Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer starring Michael Rooker. FilmBuff will also be busy on April 10th as they’re releasing The Reconstruction of William Zero, an indie sci-fi thriller starring Amy Seimetz (Tiny Furniture), Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead), Aj Bowen (You're Next), and newcomer Conal Byrne.
April is also chock-full of genre entertainment choices from Uncork’d Entertainment and we’ve also got several indie horror titles making their way to digital as well including the latest from Dark Sky Films, »
- Heather Wixson
Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River, will finally hit a (small) number of theaters, and VOD, on April 10. Gosling's freshman effort debuted at last year's Cannes Film Festival, where it was promptly slammed by critics. One of the main complaints? That the film, which Gosling also wrote, feels like a mishmash of styles cribbed from several more-established directors: David Lynch, Terrence Malick, and Gosling's Drive and Only God Forgives director, Nicolas Winding Refn, among them. That may be true, but when I caught the Cannes premiere screening of Lost River, I was struck more by all the elements in the movie that reminded me of elements from other Ryan Gosling movies. Here are a few devices, props, and people from Gosling's past work that pop up in subtle - and not-so-subtle - ways in his first behind-the-camera effort: Detroit Gosling returned to Detroit, where much of his film The Ides of March was shot, »
Ryan Gosling's directorial debut Lost River hits limited theaters and Digital HD on April 10 and it has already been announced it will be arriving on DVD and Blu-ray on May 5, but today we're going to talk about the film's score, which is now available to be listened to in its entirety directly below. amz asin="B00TJ8VOY0" size="small"Johnny Jewel provides the score while his electronic, synth group the Chromatics have a couple tracks, as does Glass Candy, with stars Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn and Matt Smith providing some vocals. And if you were getting a Nicolas Winding Refn vibe from the trailers, you're going to get even more from the music as the first two tracks alone -- "Tell Me" and "Yes" -- could have probably found their way easily into either Drive or Only God Forgives. It's available for purchase right now on iTunes. »
- Brad Brevet
If you haven’t watched the trailer to Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut called Lost River, correct that now. While early buzz has been mixed, I’m excited to see the film. I think it is also cool that Johnny Jewel scored the film, considering he was going to be the original composer for Refn’s Drive (See Symmetry: Themes for an Imaginary Film where some of Jewel’s ideas and possibly leftout compositions lay). Lost River looks dreamy, hypnotic and a nightmare of Americana.
From the Press Release
Directed and written by Ryan Gosling, Lost River is a dark fairy tale about love, family and the fight for survival in the face of danger starring Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, and Ben Mendelsohn. The multi-talented Jewel provides a grainy analog synth score »
- Andy Triefenbach
Directed and written by Ryan Gosling, Lost River is a dark fairy tale about love, family and the fight for survival in the face of danger starring Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, and Ben Mendelsohn. The multi-talented Jewel provides a grainy analog synth score that is both emotive and haunting, setting the tone for film’s dreamlike setting.
In the virtually abandoned city of Lost River, a single mother of two (Hendricks) is led into a macabre underworld in her quest to save her childhood home and hold her family together.
- Michelle McCue
Space Rocket Nation announced today the start of production in Los Angeles on Nwr's The Neon Demon. When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has. Regarding the commencement of principle photography, director Nicolas Winding Refn said,
"I very much look forward to the odyssey I'll be taking with all these wonderful actresses (and a few guys) to travel beyond The Neon Demon where all I see is the wicked dying young."
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives) with a screenplay co-written by Nwr and Mary Laws, the film's principal cast includes Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Karl Glusman (Stonewall), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, Gossip Girl) Christina Hendricks »
Production on The Neon Demon has begun in Los Angeles.
The film centres on an aspiring model who finds her youth and vitality being devoured by a group of women.
Refn said: "I very much look forward to the odyssey I'll be taking with all these wonderful actresses (and a few guys) to travel beyond The Neon Demon where all I see is the wicked dying young."
The film was previously being developed under the working title I Walk with the Dead.
The Neon Demon is scheduled to be released in 2016. »
"Los Angeles, CA - Monday, March 30, 2015 - Space Rocket Nation announced today the start of production in Los Angeles on Nwr's The Neon Demon: When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
Regarding the commencement of principle photography, Refn said, "I very much look forward to the odyssey I'll be taking with all these wonderful actresses (and a few guys) to travel beyond The Neon Demon where all I see is the wicked dying young."
- Jonathan James
I love Nicolas Winding Refn (Pusher, Drive, Only God Forgives) and, given the amount of neon he's been putting in his movies recently, I can't wait to check out the color palette on his female driven horror movie, The Neon Demon. That film started shooting today in Los Angeles and is definitely one of my most anticipated pictures of 2016. And now we know a little bit more about the plot, which certainly sounds more incident driven than the gorgeous Only God Forgives. [caption id="attachment_417218" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Radius/TWC.[/caption] The film stars Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Karl Glusman, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves. It is being produced by Space Rocket Nation's Lene Borglum in association with Wild Bunch and Gaumont. Here's the official synopsis for The Neon Demon: When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group »
- Evan Dickson
“Neon Demon” stars Elle Fanning along with Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Abbey Lee (“Drive”), Jena Malone and Bella Heathcote (“Dark Shadows”). It’s Refn’s follow-up to “Only God Forgives,” starring Ryan Gosling.
Refn and Mary Laws penned the script, which is about an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles, only to have her youth and vitality devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women.
- Dave McNary
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