April 3, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Drive” actor and director duo Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn wasted no time in teaming up for a second time, and judging by the first red band trailer for “Only God Forgives”, fans of the pair’s first collaboration should be more than satisfied. Richly saturated colors, slow and deliberate pacing, stylized and fluid and slick and sharp and oh yes, violent, this trailer has shot this highly anticipated film even higher up our list.
Gosling plays Julian, an Englishman living in Thailand who runs a Thai boxing club, which is only a front for a major drug smuggling ring. His creepy mother is played by Kristin Scott Thomas, who does voice-over for this tense, subdued and artful trailer, and he may or may not be facing off with Vithaya Pansringarm, who’s seen wielding some scary swords in between Karaoke sessions.
So, is it July 19th yet? In the meantime, you can watch the trailer (over and over again) below.
February 13, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
As Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel prepare to embark upon being star-crossed lovers in a film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel – “Safe Haven”, opening on Valentine’s Day – we look back at the tragic lovebirds who came before them. Sparks movies are critical flops and box office successes but seem to be hit and miss when it comes to creating stars. For the purpose of this study, we’ll omit the two Sparks adaptations which starred established stars. Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, Richard Gere and Diane Lane are doing just fine, thank you very much.
Are Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams still the most iconic of Sparks couples? How have Sparks adaptations helped or hurt the careers of the likes of Mandy Moore, Shane West, Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried? Hough and Duhamel are two actors whose careers could certainly use a breakout-style boost, but as we will show here, leading a Sparks adaptation is no guarantee of movie stardom. We’ll see how they fare when “Safe Haven” is released tomorrow, but for now, let’s take a look back at the couples who came before them.
February 9, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Ryan Gosling continues to gather up an impressive cast for his directorial debut, the fantasy thriller “How to Catch a Monster.” The latest to join is Saoirse Ronan, according to Deadline, with Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes and “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith already on board.
Filming begins in May in Detroit and Hendricks, in the female lead role, will play a single mother who is drawn into a dark underworld as her teenage son discovers a road leading to an underwater city. Smith plays the male lead and Ben Mendelsohn is also on board, though there’s no details on who any of the other actors are playing. Presumably the aforementioned teenage son still needs to be cast.
One of the most prolific and accomplished young actresses working today, Ronan was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Joe Wright’s “Atonement” and recently premiered Neil Jordan’s “Byzantium” at the Toronto Film Festival. She’ll try on her YA adaptation mettle when she stars in “The Host”, based on the novel by “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer. She’s currently in Budapest filming the female lead role in Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” follow-up, “Grand Budapest Hotel.”
February 6, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Deep breath, Tumblr. “Doctor Who” and Ryan Gosling are about to meet, as Variety reports the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, has landed the male lead role in Gosling’s directorial debut, “How to Catch a Monster”, which will also mark his US acting debut.
Gosling’s “Drive” co-star Christina Hendricks plays the lead character in the film, which is “set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city.” Hendricks plays “a single mother of two being swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town.” Gosling’s real life squeeze and “Place Beyond the Pines” co-star Eva Mendes is also part of the cast, though there’s no word on if Gosling will appear on camera. What a waste if he doesn’t, right?! Filming is slated to begin this spring.
Smith began his acting career where many British thesps do: on the stage, where he has appeared in plays including “The History Boys”, “That Face” and “Swimming with Sharks.” He landed the role of the eleventh “Doctor Who” in 2009, taking over for David Tennant.
February 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
This one has been on our radar since forever, and we are finally just about two months away from the release of Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine” follow-up, multi-generational family/crime drama “The Place Beyond the Pines.” We’ve seen the first teaser trailer but today new stills have been released which give us our first look at young actors Dane DeHaan and Emory Cohen, who play the sons of feuding rivals Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, respectively.
His second collaboration with Cianfrance sees Gosling as a reluctant bank robber and Cooper as the police officer hot on his trail. They’re both new dads and their altercation has lasting effects, ultimately bleeding down to their sons. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews, including for Cohen, who’s the least known amongst his co-stars and who has a somewhat shaky reputation from playing Debra Messing’s insufferable teenage son on NBC series “Smash.” On the bright side, someone like Shailene Woodley was able to shake off a horrible years-long TV reputation to become one of the most successful young rising stars of the moment, so Cohen will probably be just fine.
“The Place Beyond the Pines” will be released on March 29th, and the new images can be viewed below, thanks to Thompson on Hollywood.
December 21, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looking like a modern day “Les Miserables” starring two of the Sexiest Men Alive with questionable haircuts, Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper battle from opposite sides of the law in the first trailer for “The Place Beyond the Pines.” The Derek Cianfrance film sees Gosling as a reluctant bank robber and Cooper as the police officer hot on his trail. They’re both new dads and their altercation has lasting effects, ultimately bleeding down to their sons, with Dane DeHaan as Gosling Jr and Emory Cohen Cooper’s son.
The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews and is certainly one of our most anticipated films of 2013. The beautiful, atmospheric trailer which only teases the plot can be viewed below, and “The Place Beyond the Pines” will be released on March 29th.
November 15, 2012 | Posted by Up&Comers Contributor
A list by Emiah Gardner
If you’re a Hollywood follower, you know the drill. Small-time star has a bit-part in a big movie and suddenly goes wild. Soon, that star achieves A-list status and is able to choose any part he wants after paying his dues as a walk-on. Well, that’s how it used to be, anyway. With the growing number of movie actors who are TV actors and vice versa, it’s become kosher for TV and movie worlds to collide. In fact, some of the fresh-faced new A-listers are some of the TV show elite, using the small screen to catapult their rise to the silver screen. Check out this list of 15 big screen rising stars who launched their career in television.
October 10, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Just like with “Knight of Cups” before it, set photos are the method through which we are gathering scraps of info on elusive director Terrence Malick’s next untitled feature. The film formerly titled “Lawless” is now filming in Austin, Texas, and today we have our glimpse of two unannounced cast additions cozying up to Natalie Portman. Set against the backdrop of the music scene in Texas, the film is loosely described as being about two intersecting love triangles.
Michael Fassbender is seen holding Portman in his arms, while rising star Boyd Holbrook looks much more restrained, though there are subtle hints of intimacy between the two during their scene as well. Is this one of the intersecting love triangles the film is purported to be about in action right before our eyes? Of course, this adds more questions to how the cozy duos of Christian Bale and Haley Bennett and Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara fit into Portman’s seemingly already complicated love life. Gosling and Mara have been pictured filming in Austin in recent weeks as well, and Gosling and Fassbender apparently had at least one brief scene together, but thus far, that’s been the only “intersecting” we’ve seen take place.
With “To the Wonder” and “Knight of Cups” on the docket for release before this film, it may be a long while before we get any answers. For now, some new set photos of Portman, Gosling, Holbrook and Fassbender can be seen below, and Just Jared has even more.
August 29, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Is Ryan Gosling finally making his directorial debut? Years after toying with directing his own script “The Lord’s Resistance Army”, about child soldiers in Uganda, it was announced via press release from TIFF today Gosling is now attached to direct a new script he’s written, a “modern day fairytale” called “How to Catch a Monster.” The soon-to-be multi-hyphenate has also attached “Mad Men” actress and his “Drive” co-star Christina Hendricks to star in the film.
Production is scheduled for the Spring of 2013, with Hendricks in the role of Billy, a single mother of two in a fantastical vanishing city who is “swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.”
“Ryan Gosling has established himself as a dynamic talent onscreen with incredible instincts, and that ability to connect with audiences will serve him well in the director’s chair.” said producer Nick Meyer. “We are excited to be involved with the next phase of his career and look forward to bringing his directorial debut to the international marketplace.”
Gosling is one of the few actors who’s been able to shed teen heartthrob status after starring in Nicholas Sparks adaptation “The Notebook”, going on to much more serious and dark films including “Half Nelson”, for which he was nominated for an Oscar, and 2011′s “Drive” and “Ides of March.” Hendricks, most known for her Emmy-nominated role as Joan on AMC’s hit series “Mad Men”, will also be seen in the TIFF-bound “Ginger and Rosa” starring Elle Fanning and Alice Englert.
May 9, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Zombieland” and “30 Minutes or Less” director Ruben Fleischer’s first foray into serious drama appears to be a success judging by the first trailer for 1940s mob actioner “Gangster Squad”, which you can now view below. Sean Penn stars in the true life tale as notorious mobster Mickey Cohen, a highly charismatic figure with a sociopathic dark side. Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Anothny Mackie, among others, play cops who come in to try to take Cohen down, but according to the trailer, may find themselves treading back and forth across the thin blue line. Fleischer’s “Zombieland” leading lady Emma Stone looks right at home in the period setting, playing a “sharp tongued siren” involved with both Penn and Gosling.
Warner Bros recently pulled “Gangster Squad” from its original October 12, 2012 release date and has not set a new release date yet, but it’s widely believed it will be in front of moviegoers before the year is up. Meanwhile, you can watch the first trailer below.