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Stanley Film Festival Announces Visionary Award Recipient, Panels and Jurors

20 April 2015 1:39 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We're less than two weeks away from the start of the Stanley Film Festival and it's been officially announced that Tom Quinn will be the recipient of their Visionary Award. We also have details on the festival's panels and jurors:

April 20, 2014 (Denver, Co) - The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today it will honor Tom Quinn, co-president of RADiUS-twc as its 2015 Visionary Award Winner. Quinn is behind this year’s breakout horror title It Follows as well as other genre heavy hitters such as Snowpiercer, Blue Ruin and Only God Forgives. The Visionary award is given to a figure in contemporary horror who is making forward-thinking contributions that elevate the genre and provides a platform for new, innovative artists to create work. Previous recipients include Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood, co-founders of SpectreVision (2014) and Eli Roth (2013). Quinn, »

- Jonathan James

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Second Opinion – Lost River (2014)

14 April 2015 2:34 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lost River, 2014.

Written and Directed by Ryan Gosling.

Starring Ben Mendelsohn, Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Iain De Caestecker, Matt Smith and Saorise Ronan.

Synopsis:

A single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.

If Lost River were a cocktail it’d be one part David Lynch, two parts Nicolas Winding Refn and a hint of Terrence Malick, shaken vigorously and poured over ice. Ok, forget the ice but you get what I mean; Ryan Gosling has taken (some may argue stolen) from the best to create a stunning mood piece for his first time behind the camera and whilst the mixture may be too strong (back to my stretched drinks analogy again) for some audiences, you can’t argue his debut is anything less than a visual treat and scary as hell at times, too. »

- Gary Collinson

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Watch: Video Essay Dives Into The Psychology And Symbolism Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Bronson'

10 April 2015 10:03 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"Drive" may have brought director Nicolas Winding Refn the most mainstream attention of his career, but it’s easy to forget that his first English-language breakthrough was actually 2008's "Bronson." It was the first film Refn made after completing his "Pusher" trilogy in 2005, and in many ways, it felt like Refn was entering a new, more stylistically bold phase of his career. This phase would be further exemplified by his subsequent work, especially with his last film “Only God Forgives.” While the most memorable aspect of "Bronson" is easily Tom Hardy's powerhouse, star-making performance, a recent video essay from filmmaker/essayist Sean Pettis sheds light on just how rich this film is in both its attention to detail and symbolism. Whether it's through the use of static shots, foreshadowing, or even vertical lines, which can be seen in the background of several shots, the essay effectively demonstrates how Refn was able to reinforce the. »

- Ken Guidry

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The Lonely Female Taxi Driver: Barbara Loden's "Wanda"

10 April 2015 4:52 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

In 2013, I attended an introduction of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver by writer/director Paul Schrader at The Royal Theatre in Toronto. In his opening remarks Schrader explained the process of writing a ‘lonely man’ film during a paranoid depressive state he was going through.  Since then, I’ve realized that I  have a fondness for ‘lonely man’ character films. Films like Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, David Fincher’s Fight Club, Spike Jonze’s Her, andthe Coen brothers’ A Serious Man fit neatly into this category. Each of these movies has their own version of a disenfranchised soul searching for an identity in the world. They resent society because of their isolation from it and they try various ways of connecting with to find a purpose in it. I am also highly aware of the lack of ‘lonely woman’ films or rather a good enough variety of »

- Jacqueline Valencia

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‘Lost River’ Review: Ryan Gosling’s Directorial Debut Is Just as Bad as You’ve Heard

9 April 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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The Logan's Run Remake May Be Making A Major Change To The Story

8 April 2015 6:38 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

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 »

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Logan's Run remake now being developed for a female lead

8 April 2015 3:25 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

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

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Lost River Review

6 April 2015 7:59 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It almost feels wrong to offer any sort of “critical” opinion on something so artistically driven, because despite my own interpretation of the story at play, Lost River is precisely calculated through every shot Ryan Gosling orchestrates. Riddling his film with hints of Terrence Malick and Nicolas Winding Refn (two directors Ryan has worked with), the fearless visionary favors expressionism over substance by turning scenes into mini photo-shoots set against a hollow shell of a town.

Gosling wears his influences on his primped and textured sleeves, but he also begins to shape his own unique voice through each underwater graveyard and rubble-filled house the camera explores. Lost River is an ambitious attempt at individuality, but unlike Only God Forgives (a movie where the artistry demands validation), Gosling’s directorial debut feels a bit drab given the fragile foundation hidden underneath its beautiful exterior.

Lost River is a place of ruin, »

- Matt Donato

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Ryan Gosling, Nicolas Winding Refn documentary: 9 things we learned

5 April 2015 11:10 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

"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 »

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9 Things Ryan Gosling Stole From Ryan Gosling Movies in His Directorial Debut, Lost River

31 March 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

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, »

- Lindsay-Miller

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Listen: If You Like the 'Drive' Soundtrack You're Going to Enjoy the 'Lost River' Score

31 March 2015 10:49 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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'The Neon Demon' Begins Shooting with Keanu Reeves

30 March 2015 5:44 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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,&#160Drive, 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 »

- MovieWeb

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'The Neon Demon' starts La shoot

30 March 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Nicolas Winding Refn has started principal photography on the horror tale from Space Rocket Nation starring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves. Gaumont and Wild Bunch jointly represent rights.

Jena Malone, Karl Glusman, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington also star. The sales agents introduced the title at the Afm last autumn and collaborated on Refn’s last film Only God Forgives.

The Neon Demon centres on an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles where her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will go to any lengths to get what she has.

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.”

Refn co-wrote the screenplay with Mary Laws. Refn’s Space Rocket Nation partner Lene Borglum produces in association with Wild Bunch »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Production Begins on Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon

30 March 2015 10:42 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We've been told that Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon has started production in Los Angeles, and have confirmation on the cast, which includes Elle Fanning and Keanu Reeves:

"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."

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives) with a screenplay co-written by Nwr and Mary Laws, »

- Jonathan James

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon Starts Shooting; Gets a New Synopsis

30 March 2015 10:32 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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

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Desmond Harrington Joins Elle Fanning in ‘Neon Demon’

30 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dexter” star Desmond Harrington has joined the cast of Nicolas Winding Refn’s horror film “The Neon Demon,” with shooting set to start in Los Angeles.

“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.

Refn’s partner, Lene Borglum (“Valhalla Rising,” “Only God Forgives”), is producing via their company Space Rocket in association with Wild Bunch and Gaumont.

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- Dave McNary

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Snow In Paradise Is Predictable but Enjoyable [Review]

24 March 2015 4:23 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

There was a bit of a fuss in the news recently about a chimera, the mixing of cellular components from three persons to get a more viable progeny. Well, Snow in Paradise is a lot like that. This is the illegitimate child of A Prophet and Only God Forgives (review), lacking the psychological insight of the former and the passive-aggressive idiocy of the latter and, since it wasn't going to live on its own, some bits of Into the Void were added into the pool.

Tiny bits involving fetishized meth use and the character design of our, for a better kind of word, hero: a junkie lowlife/petty thief with the charisma of dead shrew. Amusingly, like with ITV, I can't rememb [Continued ...] »

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Ryan Gosling Defends Eva Mendes' 'Sweatpants' Comment, Eva 'Feels Terrible'

20 March 2015 12:34 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It was a joke, people!

Ryan Gosling has taken to Twitter after some took offense to his girlfriend Eva Mendes' recent comments that sweatpants are the "number one cause of divorce."

Everyone's favorite dreamboat assured his fans on Thursday that no, he's not actually a sweatpants hater.

"Obviously sweatpants thing was a joke. Wearing them now," the 34-year-old Only God Forgives actor tweeted. "That's right, tweeting in sweatpants. Rats! Said too much! You win again Twitter."

Obviously sweatpants thing was a joke. Wearing them now. That's right, tweeting in sweatpants. Rats! Said too much! You win again Twitter.

Ryan Gosling (@RyanGosling) March 20, 2015

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Eva also took to her Instagram to reiterate that her comments weren't meant to be taken seriously.

"Dear favorite pair of sweatpants. I was just kidding when I said you're the #1 cause of divorce. Everyone knows that orange crocs are the #1 cause of divorce," she joked. "Either »

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Karl Glusman Joins Elle Fanning in Nic Refn’s ‘The Neon Demon’

17 March 2015 2:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Karl Glusman is set to join the cast of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon,” the female-driven horror tale starring Elle Fanning.

The pic also stars Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Abbey Lee (“Drive”), Jena Malone (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″), and Bella Heathcote (“Dark Shadows”) and is Refn’s follow-up to “Only God Forgives,” starring Ryan Gosling. It is being financed by Gaumont and Wild Bunch.

Plot details are unknown at this time.

Refn’s partner, Lene Borglum (“Valhalla Rising,” “Only God Forgives”), is producing via their company Space Rocket. Refn and Mary Laws penned the script.

Production is set to begin on March 30.

No distributor has been locked in yet, though Gaumont and Wild Bunch were recently at the European Film Market selling the pic for international distribution.

In addition to signing on for “The Neon Demon,” Glusman has landed new reps, having signed with Wme. Glusman »

- Justin Kroll

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon Will Feature Cannibalistic Supermodels

16 March 2015 9:32 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Given his track record, Nicolas Winding Refn honestly has my money as soon as he announces a new project. With gripping character study Bronson, stylish modern classic Drive (possibly my favorite movie of all-time) and the hypnotic Only God Forgives under his belt, the filmmaker is one of the most unique voices working in cinema today. And judging by new tidbits about his upcoming horror movie The Neon Demon, that’s not about to change anytime soon.

While being interviewed by Dazed and Confused last month about her documentary My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn, the filmmaker’s wife, Liv Corfixen, let slip some fascinating details about The Neon Demon‘s inspirations – including that the film is inspired by Countess Elizabeth Báthory, a notoriously cruel 16th-century countess who was rumored to bathe in the blood of local virgins. Báthory tortured these young girls and murdered them in hopes of »

- Isaac Feldberg

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