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Cannes: Warner Bros Talking To Indie Distributors About Ryan Gosling’s ‘Lost River’

By | Wednesday May 21, 2014 @ 12:12pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While Warner Bros brought Ryan Gosling‘s directorial debut Lost River Lost River Ryan Gosling Cannesto Cannes, I’m hearing that the studio now is chatting with specialty distributors about the possibility of one of them acquiring and releasing the film. Nothing’s definite, but this is about doing the best thing for Gosling and his Bold Films-funded pic. The actor’s helming bow premiered yesterday and got a polarized reaction. Despite that, Cannes2014_badge__140417160328-150x150 (1)this potential move could be the best thing possible for Gosling and the movie he worked so hard on. Given what I’ve read about the story, it doesn’t at all seem appropriate for a big distributor like Warner Bros. Give that studio Godzilla or The Lego Movie and they’ll hit it out of the park. They did well with Spike Jonze’s Her and Argo, and some of those movies Gosling has made for the studio as an actor. This seems like one of those films that is smaller, and requires the care and feeding that the specialty distributors can take the time to do. There will also likely be some fine tuning as Gosling takes feedback from the festival and readies his film for release during the late fall. These meetings are underway right now, and some of the distributors are feeling like, “What took you so long?” I would not be surprised to see this … Read More »

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Cannes: Ryan Gosling Faces A Critical Firing Squad After Directing Debut; Steve Carell Talks Oscar

By | Tuesday May 20, 2014 @ 5:29pm PDT
Pete Hammond

There was such interest in the first screening for Ryan Gosling‘s directorial debut, Lost River, in the Un Certain RegardCannes2014_badge__140417160328-150x150 (1) section of the Cannes Film Festival that people began lining up Tuesday afternoon much earlier than usual and the Debussy theater was full 15 minutes before showtime for one of the most anticipated films — and directorial debuts — of this year’s lineup in any section. Running at top speed down the Croisette after a Foxcatcher lunch at the Carlton (see below), I raced over there but could only find a fold-out seat in the front row. Worse than that, an equally tardy — and loudly complaining — Un Certain Regard juror almost got tossed out by an overzealous usher until she was saved by two more savvy ushers as the lights were going down and given a seat on the other side of the theater where someone (another juror?) was saving a single spot for her.

"Lost River" Premiere - The 67th Annual Cannes Film FestivalBut after seeing the film, I don’t think this juror would have had much to worry about in missing this thing even if she were thrown out. I have more than a Certain Regard for Gosling’s talent and smart sensibilities as an actor. He’s easily one of the best and biggest risk takers of his generation. The filmography speaks for itself, including his Oscar-nominated turn in Half-Nelson, the inventive Lars And The Real Girl, Blue Valentine, (the wildly underrated) The Place Beyond The Pines and on and on. As a director, however — well, I guess I still admire him as an actor. Here he seems to be just imitating stuff he’s seen on the screen, not in life. Read More »

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