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'Gangster Squad' trailer highlights L.A. landmarks

May 14, 2012 |  1:30 pm

The first trailer for "Gangster Squad" reveals that the upcoming period mafia movie's biggest star may not be a fedora-clad Ryan Gosling or a fatally pouty Emma Stone, but the gritty city of Los Angeles.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer and based on a series of Los Angeles Times articles called "Tales from the Gangster Squad" by Paul Lieberman, "Gangster Squad" depicts an elite Los Angeles Police Department crew charged with keeping East Coast mafia man Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) and his gang from taking over 1940s and '50s L.A.

Shot in and around the city late last year, the film also stars Gosling, Josh Brolin, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Patrick, Anthony Mackie and Michael Pena as members of the squad.

"Los Angeles is a damsel in distress and I need you to save her," a gravel-voiced Bill Parker (Nick Nolte) says to John O'Mara (Brolin) in the action-heavy trailer, which features shots of downtown L.A.'s City Hall, a gunfight inside Grauman's Chinese Theater, an explosion on the L.A. River, a CGI-altered Hollywood, a Craftsman and a Spanish-style home and the cover of the L.A. Examiner.

The trailer also reveals a peek inside Slapsy Maxie's, a popular 1940s and '50s Hollywood nightclub that the filmmakers re-created inside an abandoned grocery store in Bellflower.

"Gangster Squad" is due in theaters later this year.




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--Rebecca Keegan


Photo: Michael Pena, Ryan Gosling, Robert Patrick, Anthony Mackie and Josh Brolin in "Gangster Squad." Credit: Wilson Webb/Warner Bros. Pictures.

'Growing Up With Gosling' new addition to the Ryan oeuvre

April 5, 2012 |  1:54 pm

"Growing Up With Gosling"

Ryan Gosling completists have so much material to keep them busy. There are the award-nominated performances, the bare-armed tabloid photos, the feminist Internet memes, the breathless news reports of street corner heroics.

But for diehards who still cannot get enough Goslingalia, there is yet another option -- provided by his fictional best friend, Luke Barnett, star and co-writer of the short film "Growing Up With Gosling."

"Basically, Ryan's tried to put me in everything he's ever done," Barnett says in the short, which inserts the unknown actor into key clips from the Gosling canon including "The Notebook," "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and "Lars and the Real Girl." "We did plays together in grade school and it was never like, 'Ryan Gosling the star and also his friend Luke.' I played Romeo. Ryan played Mercutio, which is a great part, but c'mon -- the play is called 'Romeo and Juliet.'"

"Growing Up With Gosling" -- which plays off the conceit that Barnett was dropped from all of Gosling's films at the last minute in favor of casting female stars like Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone -- originally appeared on FunnyOrDie in February, and is now beginning to play film festivals, including the L.A. Comedy Fest, which opens April 20.

Barnett, 29, did not actually grow up with Gosling in Toronto but in Washington, D.C. His most recent work includes the independent film "Sedona" and the role of "everybody else" in the L.A. stage production of "Saved By the Bell." Barnett's co-star in the film, Carly Craig, appears in the new "Three Stooges" movie, and his director, Zak Stoltz, primarily works in visual effects.

Barnett said he selected Gosling as his muse because the actor is so widely admired.

"Girls love him. Guys want to be him," Barnett said. "He's a person we do really think is great."

Gosling, who has been shooting the crime drama "Only God Forgives" in Thailand with his "Drive" director, Nicolas Winding Refn, is not affiliated with "Growing Up With Gosling." "Ryan is not in on this, that we know of," Barnett said.

But Barnett's status as Gosling's make-believe best friend is getting him noticed by the ladies, he said.

"And hey, when they can’t get me, they might get Ryan Gosling," Barnett said.



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--Rebecca Keegan


Photo: Ryan Gosling, left, and Luke Barnett in "Growing Up With Gosling." Credit: Courtesy of Luke Barnett

Follow to Ryan Gosling and Winding Refn's 'Drive' heads to U.S.

March 1, 2012 | 12:26 pm

Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn, the actor-director team behind this season’s artsploitation hit “Drive,” are coming back to U.S. theaters.

The duo, who are currently shooting the Thai revenge western “Only God Forgives” in  Bangkok, have sold U.S. rights to the film to Radius, the Weinstein Co.’s new multi-platform label.

The move took some in the industry by surprise — a hot duo, after all, has chosen a new label to distribute its movie.

But Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, who run Radius, had distributed four of Winding Refn’s previous films (including his well-regarded “Pusher” trilogy) in their prior positions at Magnolia Pictures and had a strong relationship with the director. The sale of the independently financed feature was likely also facilitated by the fact that Bob Berney, the distribution guru who spearheaded the release of “Drive” at FilmDistrict, is no longer at that company.

While Radius has been pegged by some a company specializing in on-demand releases, Quinn emphasized in an interview that this was not the case and that a theatrical release will be a big component of the “Forgives” release.

“We’re not going for a one-size-fits-all strategy,” Quinn said. “We’re going to find the best and most convenient way for moviegoers to see it.” The film could possibly be ready for a release in late 2012, but will more likely come out in 2013.

The campaign for “Drive” was a more conventional theatrical one. Quinn said he hoped that using various platforms could broaden the audience for the latest Gosling-Winding Refn collaboration.

“Forgives" tells the story of Julian (Ryan Gosling), a one-time kickboxer and a gangster who embarks on a mission of vengeance after the murder of his brother. Kristin Scott Thomas costars. Winding Refn told 24 Frames at the Cannes Film Festival that he was heading to Asia to make a movie far away from the mainstream movie business to "remind myself where I came from."

With a serious film-geek streak, Winding Refn has a history of doing this his own way. He told 24 Frames in an interview last year that he made "Drive" in Los Angeles with American producers because he “wanted a Hollywood experience — at least once."



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— Steven Zeitchik


Photo: A scene from "Drive." Credit: FilmDistrict.


Time Warner offers Ryan Gosling fans their fix during February

February 2, 2012 | 10:32 am

Ryan Gosling films will be offered On Demand on Time Warner this month
Hey, girl, we have some pretty good news.

Ryan Gosling may have been snubbed by Oscar voters this awards season, but the actor is being honored this month in a populist way.

For the entire month of February, Time Warner Cable has decided to offer eight of Gosling's films to its On Demand subscribers. Want a little shirtless R.Gos? Go for "Crazy, Stupid, Love." How about a heftier and uh, quirkier Ryan? "Lars and the Real Girl" it is. And for those still hoping he'll dump Eva Mendes and reunite with Rachel McAdams? Well, there's "The Notebook." Obviously.

A spokeswoman for the cable company said they thought the Gosling promotion would serve as a good tie-in to the recent release of his crime thriller "Drive." The films featuring the actor — which also include "The Ides of March," "Fracture," "Murder by Numbers" and "Remember the Titans" — will be available to subscribers for $1.99 to $4.99 through Feb. 27.


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— Amy Kaufman


Photo: Ryan Gosling stars in "Crazy Stupid Love." Credit: Warner Bros.

Golden Globes: George Clooney pitted against his closest colleagues

December 15, 2011 | 10:14 am

Ides of March
George Clooney has met his Golden Globe competitors -- they're his own movies.

While actors occasionally have faced themselves in the past (in the last Golden Globes, Johnny Depp was nominated twice for lead actor in a comedy or musical for "The Tourist" and "Alice in Wonderland"), Clooney's predicament is a little trickier. If he's to take home a trophy in any of the three Golden Globe categories in which he's nominated, he will have to beat his closest collaborators.

In the best dramatic actor race, Clooney is nominated for playing the disconnected dad in "The Descendants" But also nominated in that category is Ryan Gosling -- whom Clooney directed as a political operative in "The Ides of March."

In the directing race, Clooney was picked for helming "The Ides of March," while Alexander Payne was nominated for making "The Descendants."

Finally, in the screenplay competition, Clooney and co-writers Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon were nominated for "The Ides of March," facing off against Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash for "The Descendants."

It's not the only incestuous Golden Globes situation this year. Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer were both nominated from "The Help" for supporting actress, while Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster were chosen for best actress in a comedy or musical for "Carnage."

Rash joked that there's only one proper move for Clooney to make -- back "The Descendants" all the way. "It just feels like he needs to choose his allegiance," the screenwriter said. "But I'm not going to lead him one way or the other." The screenwriters suggested that Clooney and Payne resolve their director clash in the ring. "Give them some uncut footage, and they have to arrange it," Faxon said.

Jim Burke, who produced "The Descendants," said he was gratified, rather than worried, that the movie  is facing "The Ides of March" in the three races. "I don't feel awkward or weird, and I don't think George or Alexander does. I think George is a fantastic actor, but he's also a great filmmaker," Burke said. "It could be weird only if we were less supportive of each other."

Clooney seems to relish the idea of facing his best filmmaking friend. Said the actor, "Bring' em on!"


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-- John Horn

Photo: George Clooney in "The Ides of March." Credit: Saeed Adyani

Golden Globes: A hunk of hot men for dramatic actor [poll]

December 15, 2011 |  8:45 am

The 81 voters in the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. may work for obscure publications and make any number of bizarre Golden Globe picks, but they seem united in their selections for best dramatic actor -- the hotter the better.

In a field that will have women and any number of gay men swooning along the red carpet, the HFPA's picks for the 69th annual awards were more than a little hunky-dory: George Clooney ("The Descendants"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("J. Edgar"), Michael Fassbender ("Shame"), Ryan Gosling ("The Ides of March") and Brad Pitt ("Moneyball").

Gosling also was nominated in the comedy or musical lead actor contest for "Crazy, Stupid, Love" in a category that isn't nearly as easy on the eyes (sorry, Brendan Gleeson, who was nominated for "The Guard") but does include Jean Dujardin from "The Artist."

Clooney was nominated three times -- for starring in "The Descendants," and directing and co-writing "The Ides of March." So expect the NBC cameras to be trained on the actor/filmmaker for much of the ceremony on Jan. 15.


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--John Horn

Photos: From left, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt. Credits: From left, Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times; Kevork Djansezian/Associated Press; Dave Hogan/Getty Images;  Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times; Evan Agostini/Associated Press


'Drive' director Nicolas Winding Refn on serenading Ryan Gosling

December 8, 2011 |  4:59 pm

Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling
Sometimes partnerships form in the unlikeliest ways. For "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling, an awkward first meeting seemed to threaten the chance of them ever working together but ultimately kindled a serious bromance. The fast friends are expected to re-team on a "Logan's Run" remake and as many as two other films.

At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series, the Danish director recalled the bizarre circumstances of his first encounter with Gosling.

"That was a very strange date," Refn said. "We had never met, but he asked if I would meet him for dinner. The only dilemma was when I came in, I had gotten the flu on the plane. I was very sick. And so we met, but to get my fever down, I had gotten these anti-flu drugs … it made me high as a kite."

Refn was so zonked and aloof that he barely made it halfway through dinner, at which point Gosling drove him home. But on that fateful ride, Refn's pitch, which consisted mostly of a spirited radio singalong to REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling," must have struck a chord with Gosling, who was already halfway in character as a wordless driver prowling the streets of Los Angeles. The rest is history. Watch Refn tell the whole story in the video below.


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— Oliver Gettell

Photo: "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling. Credit:  Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Box Office: Clooney no match for Jackman's 'Steel' [Video]

October 10, 2011 | 12:47 pm

The Ides of March took second place at the box office this weekend
George Clooney may be one of the most popular stars in Hollywood, but his latest film was crushed over the weekend at the box office by the action flick "Real Steel."

"Real Steel," which stars Hugh Jackman as a man who trains a futuristic robot how to box, was the weekend's No. 1 film, raking in around $27 million worth of tickets. That was far more than "The Ides of March," which was directed by and stars Clooney alongside Ryan Gosling, grossed. The well-reviewed film collected only around $10 million, but had a miniscule budget, compared to that of "Real Steel."

As I discuss in this week's box office video report, Cooney may be one of Hollywood's most popular stars, but his films don't always do blockbuster levels of business.


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-- Amy Kaufman


Photo: George Clooney stars in "The Ides of March." Credit: Sony Pictures

'The Ides of March' splits the vote with film critics

October 7, 2011 |  2:18 pm

The Ides of MarchThe new George Clooney film "The Ides of March," which he directed, co-wrote and stars in, follows Ryan Gosling as an idealistic campaign aide who witnesses the dirty business of politics firsthand. The film sets out to be a provocative political thriller that holds a mirror up to the contemporary landscape, but does it make good on its campaign promise? For critics, the answer is yes and no.

The Times' Kenneth Turan gives the film a mixed review. "The dialogue is smart and focused, and as a director Clooney has encouraged his cast to really tear into it," Turan says. However, "even though all the supporting elements of a superior film are here, the actual plot that everything is at the service of is disappointing. The texture of reality and the sheen of fine craft disguise this for a while, but not forever."

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'Drive' locations: Refn's film shows grittier sides of L.A.

September 21, 2011 |  4:45 pm

Drive ryan gosling
“There are 100,000 streets in this city …” begins Ryan Gosling’s getaway-car driver in his new L.A. noir, “Drive,” and over the course of the film, he explores a good number of them.

But forget Sunset Boulevard, Rodeo Drive and Mulholland — “Drive” isn’t going there. Starting near MacArthur Park and ending on Sherman Way in the San Fernando Valley — and cruising in-between through colorful locations downtown and along the concrete banks of the L.A. River — “Drive” finds beauty in unlikely places. Gosling’s character may live on the fringe of glamour (he’s a part-time stunt driver for the movies) but his reality is the gritty side of the city, with its greasy garages, seedy strip malls and grimy grocery stores. The film does feature the Pacific Ocean, but mainly as an accessory to a crime.

Multimedia: L.A. through the eyes of "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn

It’s no accident that the movie shows an L.A. that’s well off the tourist map. Gosling, whose drives around the city with director Nicolas Winding Refn helped inspire the story, used to live at 4th and Main streets downtown. He said he “fell in love” with the neighborhood and hasn't “seen it represented properly in films before.”

The city depicted in “Drive” is one that some viewers will find completely alien; others will regard it as hauntingly familiar. Whether you’re in the former group (and wondering just where this strange L.A. is), or the latter (and have gotten an odd twinge of recognition at seeing your local pizzeria pop up on the silver screen), here’s a look at some of the key locations:

View 'Drive' map in a larger map

Drive MacArthur Park MacArthur Park
Real place: corner of W. 6th Street and S. Park View Street, Los Angeles

Driver (Gosling) and Irene (Carey Mulligan) live at the Park Plaza apartments on S. Park View Street, across from the park. She’s in #408, he’s in #405. Driver’s window affords him a view stretching from the Westlake Theatre east to downtown. No hipsters and gentrifiers here—it’s the park where Driver later meets Irene’s husband, a thug and a female accomplice (Christina Hendricks) in one of the movie’s many menacing moments.

Echo Park market
Real place: Big 6 Market, 500 block of S. Rampart Boulevard, Los Angeles

Driver’s trip to the grocery turns serendipitous when he spots Irene and her son Benicio shopping in the cereal aisle. In the parking lot, her car breaks down, and Driver offers them a ride home. It pays, apparently, to shop local.

Shannon’s Garage
Real place: Picture Car Warehouse, 8400 block of Reseda Boulevard, Northridge

When he’s not doing stunts for the movies, Driver is often under the hood at a garage owned by the weathered Shannon (Bryan Cranston). When Irene has her car towed to the garage, Shannon urges Driver to give Irene and Benicio a lift back to the apartment, as a tentative hint of romance begins to bloom.

L.A. River
Real place: L.A. River near Reseda and Victory boulevards, Reseda

On the way home from the garage to MacArthur Park, Driver, Irene and Benicio take a detour, driving along the concrete banks of the river, and finding a little oasis of sorts. Gosling, it turns out, had his own idyllic moment here. “Nic wanted something different and romantic for [Driver and Irene] to do. I’d heard that you can actually drive up the L.A. River,” Gosling recalled. “So we tried it, and it worked—until we got to this one spot where out of nowhere there was this patch of shrubs and trees and you couldn’t go any further. There was no reason for it to be there. It was kind of magical.”

  Ninos pizzeria Nino’s Pizzeria
Real place: Vincenzo’s Pizza, 11000 block of Balboa Boulevard, Granada Hills

When we first see it, Shannon comes to Nino’s Pizzeria to ask Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) for $430,000 so Driver can have a race car. The restaurant is more an office for the menacing Nino (Ron Perlman) than a real eatery (they snack on Chinese food, not pizza). It’s also the site of one of the movie’s most graphic scenes. Let’s just say that local restaurateurs might want to stock plastic forks from now on.

Pawn Shop
Real Place: Santa Clarita Elks Lodge, 17700 block of Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita

Driver idles in the parking lot as he waits for a criminal to finish a robbery. (He’s lending a hand to help Irene’s husband get out of trouble.) But Driver’s good intentions go all wrong in a matter of minutes.

Point Mugu
Point Mugu State Park and beaches

When things go bad at the pawn shop, a car chase ensues near Malibu and Driver is set on a collision course with Bernie and Nino. Later, on a deserted, foggy crag, Driver and Nino have a late-night run-in that ends in the surf. A car is the weapon and the Pacific Ocean, so often in cinema a symbol of peaceful respite or lofty dreams, becomes something far more sinister.


Movie review: 'Drive'

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Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn share the ride

-- Julie Makinen and Steven Zeitchik

Top photo: Ryan Gosling in "Drive."

Middle photo: A "Drive" scene filmed in MacArthur Park.

Bottom photo: Ryan Gosling in "Drive."

Photographs by Richard Foreman Jr. / FilmDistrict


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