Ryan Gosling Loves A Bit Of History With His Film Mates

Ryan Gosling (Focus Features/CR: Atsushi Nishijima)

For Ryan Gosling, carving out a strong bond with his filmmakers is an important aspect to his job.  The generational drama The Place Beyond The Pines is Gosling’s latest collaboration with Derek Cianfrance, the inquisitive soul behind the bittersweet narrative Blue Valentine.

“I love the fact that we made a movie before and I hope we keep making them,” says Gosling, who also reteamed with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn for Only God Forgives, which is slated for release later this year.  “You spend a lot of time working with someone, getting to know them, and being polite, you’re not trying to interfere with anyone’s process, it’s very delicate.  And it’s nice when that’s over and you can just get to work.  And when someone knows you and you know them, the work gets better.  I have a history with everyone that I work with.  I’ve been with my agent since I was 16 (and with) my manager since I was 14.  It’s just important to me to have history with people and so I’m glad to be able to be at a point in my career where I can start to develop that (relationship) with a filmmaker.”

In the following clip, Ryan Gosling talks about how a face tattoo helped shaped the character of Luke in The Place Beyond The Pines.

The Place Beyond The Pines opens in theaters Friday, March 29th.

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Nicolas Cage: Voicing an Animated Movie Is Very Challenging


You can currently hear Nicolas Cage’s voice in The Croods, which was the top movie at the box office over the weekend. Cage previously voiced characters in the animated movies, Astro Boy and G-Force.

While it sounds easy voicing an animated character, to many actors, it’s really not. Cage told us that doing an animated movie is challenging in so many different ways. (Click on the media bar below to hear Nicolas Cage)

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‘Starbuck’ Examines The Complicated (and Comedic) Joys of Fatherhood

Starbuck (CR: Jan Thijs)

Patrick Huard delivers an inspired and evocative performance in Starbuck, the story of a 42-year-old man named David Wozniak who refuses to grow up.  His arrested development issues complicates matters with his pregnant girlfriend (Julie LeBreton) as well as compromises his father’s butcher business (David drives the delivery truck for his dad).

During his twenties, David was a frequent sperm donor, and what started out as a simple activity to earn extra money is now transformed into a monumental responsibility; he is the father of 533 children, 142 of which want to learn the identity of their dad!

The picture, though its main intent is to elicit a healthy share of laughter, is also a subtle meditation on the importance of reaching out to others, and it’s deft blend of comedy and drama turned the project into a box office hit in Quebec.

Directed by Ken Scott, the picture has been remade as  The Delivery Man, which Scott also directed (he’s currently editing the film).  Starring Vince Vaughn as the lead, the picture is tentatively set for release this October.

“I think in the original we did a good job, we made some great decisions” said Scott.  “But I worked with all the actors, all of the head of departments, I put together the movie and I made sure that everyone was not trying to simply copy (Starbuck).  So I didn’t want someone to come up and say, ‘we’re going to be doing this and this because that’s what you did in the original.’  In the same way, I didn’t want to be different just for the sake of being different…I tried to really keep away from comparing (the two films).  I wanted the artist and actors in the movie to come from an authentic place of wanting to tell this story.”

As for Patrick Huard, the actor talked about how Starbuck reinvigorated his viewpoint on fatherhood (click on the media bar below).

Starbuck is now playing in New York and Los Angeles.

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Saoirse Ronan’s First Onscreen Kiss Was Simply A “Peck”

The Host (Open Road Films) The Host is the first film for Saoirse Ronan wherein romance is a huge part of her character.  Since the movie is based on a bestselling novel by Stephenie Meyer, supernatural elements balanced with love and a smattering of heartache is to be expected.  The picture, which opens Friday, was directed by Andrew Niccol, whose best work includes the futuristic drama Gattaca and the Nicolas Cage feature Lord of War (he also directed Justin Timberlake in the 2011 film In Time).

During a recent interview with Saoirse Ronan, the actress remember her first on-screen kiss (she describes it as a “peck”), which occurred during the shooting of I Could Never Be Your Woman.  Directed by Clueless filmmaker Amy Heckerling, the picture is headlined by Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd.

Click on the media bar below to hear Ronan talk about her first onscreen kiss:

The Host opens Friday.

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Harrison Ford Recalls Childhood Memories of Wrigley Field

42 (Warner Bros. Pictures/CR: D. Stevens)

What are some of your favorite sports films? The Natural? Pride of the Yankees? Hoosiers? Rocky?

A majority of our favorite sports flicks center on America’s national pastime, and with baseball around the corner a reckoning of its storied history is definitely welcome.

Chadwick Boseman takes on the role of Jackie Robinson, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ first baseman who broke the MLB’s color barrier. Harrison Ford stars as Branch Rickey, the man who had the guts and foresight to sign Robinson.

Surprisingly, Harrison Ford doesn’t have too many vivid memories of baseball, since he didn’t grow up an avid fan or a player of the sport.  To hear Mr. Ford talk about his memories of Wrigley Field and his lack of baseball knowledge, click on the clip below:

42 opens nationwide April 22nd.  The 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day is on April 15th.

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