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'Lost River' teaser trailer: First look at fantasy thriller from writer/director Ryan Gosling -- VIDEO

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Ryan Gosling has moved completely behind the camera and into a dark underworld for the film Lost River. Gosling wrote and directed the film about a teenage boy who discovers a mysterious road leading to an underwater town. From the looks of the first official trailer for the film, that barely begins to tell the fantastical story. With bikes and houses burning in flames and a song about admiring one’s own body, it’s hard to tell what the film is actually about, but I think that’s probably Gosling’s point. Take a look below: READ FULL STORY

'The Place Beyond the Pines': Director Derek Cianfrance on shooting the motorcycle scene -- VIDEO

Director Derek Cianfrance’s films often focus on the emotional, like the intense relationship between Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams’ characters in 2010’s Blue Valentine. In his latest film, The Place Beyond the Pines, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year and is being released in theaters this weekend, Gosling returns but in a harder-edged role.

In the scene below, which Cianfrance talks us through in accompanying commentary, Gosling’s character, Luke, is being chased through the woods by Ben Mendelsohn, who plays a mechanic with whom Luke later teams up to rob banks.

“It doesn’t always have to be about words; it doesn’t always have to be about talking,” Cianfrance says of the chase scene. Check out the exclusive clip and commentary below:
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New 'Place Beyond the Pines' clips suggest this won't be a happy movie -- VIDEO

With Ryan Gosling partnering again with his Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, anyone can guess that the resulting picture wouldn’t exactly be happy-go-lucky. The Place Beyond the Pines spans decades and explores fathers, sons, and the choices we make that influence our whole lives. “I’m attracted to making movies about family,” Cianfrance previously told EW. “Those movies have secrets and intimacy.”

The secrets, along with some doom and gloom, are on full display in three new clips from The Place Beyond the Pines, which also stars Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes. The first clip shows Luke (Gosling) and Romina (Mendes) meeting at a fair after time apart, and showcases all the awkwardness of running into someone from your past whom you thought you wouldn’t see again. READ FULL STORY

Twas a dark and stormy night: 'The Place Beyond the Pines' debuts new poster

It’s hard for a movie poster to be anything but pretty when it features the faces of Eva Mendes, Ryan Gosling, and Bradley Cooper, but somehow, the new poster for The Place Beyond the Pines achieves an impressive-yet-appropriate level of gloominess (while still being pretty).

The Place Beyond the Pines, the next film from Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, stars Ryan Gosling as a stunt rider who turns to a life of crime (specifically bank robbing) to provide for his baby mama, played by Eva Mendes. Meanwhile, Cooper and his blue eyes are lurking around every corner with his rookie-cop badge and a son of his own.

After debuting at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, The Place Beyond the Pines is giving the rest of us a glimpse into its world with its latest poster, which features a very worried Mendes, a confused/angry Cooper and a determined Gosling on his way to the nearest bank. It’s a tale of fathers, sons and, from the looks of the poster, at least one dark and stormy night.

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Toronto Film Festival: 'The Place Beyond the Pines' starring Ryan Gosling: Maybe it's not you, it's me

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It’s rare these days to be able to walk into the screening of a new movie knowing little except the most basic information. Settling in for the premiere of The Place Beyond the Pines, all I knew was that the picture reunites director Derek Cianfrance and his Blue Valentine star Ryan Gosling. I knew it also stars Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes (and I’m a big fan of all three). I knew the production was shot entirely in upstate New York, because a friend in the area told me she was tickled to catch a glimpse of Cooper during the shoot. Plot outline, genre, even running time? I sat happily ignorant as the theater lights went down.

Then came trouble. Five minutes in, my internal bullpoop detector began setting off a faint alarm. A very long two hours and twenty minutes later — after the fate and legacy of Gosling’s motorcycle stunt-rider-turned-bank-robber linked up fully with the fate and legacy of Cooper’s conflicted cop who ends the robbery spree — the clang of hooey! deafened me with its reverb. I’m just one opinionator; my colleague Dave Karger has already shuffled the performances into his deck of Oscar contenders, and critical praise is arriving from other quarters. But until you click in search of a happier review, I’m going to analyze a few  elements of pretention in what looks and sounds to me for all the world exactly like a Sundance movie on Toronto steroids.

–First sign of trouble: tattoos. Art directors and a certain breed of cool younger actors love them, but, seriously guys, they don’t convey toughness; they convey lazy character development and/or actorly affectation. Playing a dead-end drifter named Luke, Gosling sports a dagger-and-tear design under his left eye, spidery writing on his neck, and stupid-ass designs up and down his arms and torso. He also favors bleached-platinum hair, a cigarette perpetually dangling from his lips as he mumbles in a pained-life monotone, a wardrobe of (expertly) distressed tee shirts worn inside out, and a repertory of long, wordless, opaquely placid stares that mask a capacity for psychopathic violence. For those who saw Gosling’s soulful-loner performance in Drive, this riff is a rerun. All decked out in art-directed grunge, Gosling’s Luke remains an arbitrary cypher.

–Second sign of trouble: Luke’s temporary residence is a trailer in the woods. This signifier of low social strata is particularly attractive to indie filmmakers who have never lived in trailers in the woods, and don’t understand that such set-decorated habitats and hideaways have little to do with what life is really like for young dead-enders in these United States.

–Third sign of trouble: Yet another night-shift diner waitress job with which the struggling single mother (Mendes) earns meager money to feed her year-old son. Is there no other job in the movie universe for attractive struggling single mothers? (Wasn’t that Carey Mulligan’s gig in Drive?)

–Fourth sign of trouble:  Lousy, only-in-the-movies police work. Let’s just say, spoiler free, that unlike Cooper’s cop, a police officer on duty in a squad car would never be traveling without a partner as he chases  an obviously dangerous suspect.

–Fifth sign of trouble: Ray Liotta as a cop who’s both rotten and threatening. Really? In this day and age? Yet again?

I could go on, clucking at various directorial moves that draw attention to the direction rather than the material — the opening tracking shot, pretty and meaningless, is one place to start. But I’ll finish up with a ding of the uh-oh bell for the distractions offered by a portentous-sounding score, with its steady bass rumble of subliminal existential unease. At least I think that’s what the rumble is supposed to suggest. A pumped-up exercise in genre and a playground for big acting gestures rather than a a story told with conviction about characters worth caring about, The Place Beyond the Pines represents the kind of inauthentic indie-style American movie that has established itself as “cool” and manly-intimate today.

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