Drive, the deliriously bloody and overwrought Ryan Gosling art thriller that premiered two years ago at Cannes, is a movie that I found stylish in its way (it was hard not to, given that the film was nothing but style), but also luridly unconvincing. I didn’t see it, or even hear anything about it, until its opening weekend, and later, as I caught up with the ecstatic reviews and began to talk to people who thought it was some sort of nihilistic pop masterpiece, I realized that the elements of Drive that I had experienced as borderline loopy — like, say, the entire plot, or Albert Brooks’ corned-beef-meets-ham performance as a “dangerous” mobster — were experienced by others as hiply stylized. You really could read Drive either way: as a sort-of-real-world thriller that didn’t hang together, or as a gorgeously violent tone poem that existed in its own (unreal) world. READ FULL STORY »
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What do we know about Ryan Gosling’s next film, Only God Forgives? It’s set in Bangkok. It features criminal characters. And it looks pretty. But that was before a new, minute-long behind-the-scenes clip in which writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn comes out as a fashion-forward adjective-aholic, wearing skirt-adjacent clothing and giving directions like, “Make it dirty, unique, interesting, never-seen-before, and violent.” (The sexy kind of violence, though.)
Plus, Ryan Gosling can box. Ryan Gosling doesn’t like sleeves. Ryan Gosling is aware of the camera.
Director Nicolas Winding Refn and actor Ryan Gosling’s first collaboration Drive was one of this writer’s three favorite movies of 2011. (The other two? The Muppets and Hobo with a Shotgun, so feel free to make of that what you will.) The pair have now reteamed on the Bangkok-set thriller, Only God Forgives, in which Gosling plays a drug kingpin tasked with avenging his brother’s death. The film, whose cast also includes Kristin Scott Thomas, arrives July 19, but you can exclusively check out the movie’s new teaser poster below. (And you can follow @RadiusTWC on Twitter to see an animated version, which will be released later today.)
Fans of Nicolas Winding Refn’s neo-noir Drive, you’ll definitely want to take a look at this preview. A new red band trailer, released Wednesday, provides the latest peek at Refn’s second collaboration with Ryan Gosling, Only God Forgives.
The crime thriller, set and shot in Thailand, stars Gosling as Julian, an Englishman who thrives in Bangkok’s criminal underworld. Already living with plenty of enemies as he runs his family’s drug smuggling operation, things get even more complicated — and more bloody — in Julian’s life when his mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother’s recent death.
The new preview doesn’t get quite so gruesome and profanity-ridden as many red band trailers out there, though it still features a few hard-to-watch moments. But go ahead and hit play if you want to see some ruthless Gosling under moody red lights, backed by the music of Thai group Proud (which, with its lullaby-like music box, is rather unsettling when juxtaposed with Refn’s signature stylized acute violence). Check it out below: READ FULL STORY »
Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn may likely helm Sony Pictures and Escape Artists’ The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington in the lead as a justice-seeking covert ops officer.
Refn’s agents confirm to EW that he’s in early talks to direct the movie based on the TV series, which ran from the mid to late 1980s, starring Edward Woodward and Keith Szarabajka.
Production on the film, scripted by Richard Wenk, is slated to begin in late spring 2013, with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, Michael Sloan (the show’s original co-creator), and Washington himself producing, and David Bloomfield as executive producer.
Refn scored last year directing the noir-ish throwback Drive, with Ryan Gosling praised for his starring role as a quiet getaway driver prone to violence.
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Looks like the Carrousel got ‘im.
EW can confirm that Ryan Gosling is no longer attached to the long-in-the-works remake of the sci-fi thriller Logan’s Run, about a dystopian future society in which all citizens are killed after they reach a certain age. In the 1976 film starring Michael York, the age is 30; in the original 1967 sci-f novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, it’s 21. Either way, Gosling wouldn’t qualify; he’s 31.
Gosling’s Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn had been the latest filmmaker attached to helm the project; there’s no word yet on whether he will continue. The duo already reunited for the crime thriller Only God Forgives, due next year.
[Variety via Twitter]
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