Because there is more than a slight risk of over-hyping the Nicolas Winding Refn film Drive, I’ve resisted posting the regular green-band trailer for the film, which dropped a week or so back, because it is almost exactly the same as the red-band version that hit during Comic Con. The trailer shows just a bit too much, I think, because the film is fairly thin on plot, instead prioritizing character and atmosphere. Those priorities work quite well for the film, but not so much in trailers. (The first clip we posted from the movie is the best look at it so far, I think.)
But now there is a new US poster, and a TV spot that, by virtue of brevity, is also a pretty good way to see some footage from Drive. (Including a few new shots.) Both are below. Read More »
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Nicolas Winding Refn could own 2011 and 2012. The director has been one of our faves for some time thanks to the Pusher trilogy, Bronson, and Valhalla Rising, and his action thriller Drive, with Ryan Gosling, generated great buzz at Cannes and won Mr. Refn the Best Director prize.
Drive recently premiered in LA, and the director was on the red carpet to answer questions from press. In doing so, he talked about another film that he and Ryan Gosling would like to do after their Logan’s Run remake, which he described as a romantic comedy. He also continued to press the idea of directing Wonder Woman, in which he would cast Drive co-star Christina Hendricks. Read More »
The first Cannes screening of Drive, the new film from Nicolas Winding Refn that stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston and Albert Brooks, ended not long ago. Reviews aren’t up yet, but a sampling of Twitter reactions suggests the movie has one of the most positive consensus opinions of the Cannes premieres so far — I think only We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Artist rival it for near-unanimity of positive opinion.
Check out a few reactions after the break. Read More »
Sometimes, all it takes is two minutes of new footage from a great filmmaker to start the day off right. Here’s your first look at a clip from Drive, the Nicolas Winding Refn film that stars Ryan Gosling as a stunt man / getaway driver. The clip is from very early in the movie, and makes me think that Refn has really managed to bring the script perfectly to life. The footage is tense and exciting, and juiced with a slow-boil energy that we don’t see enough of lately. Read More »
The show now known as CinemaCon, formerly ShoWest, is in full swing in Las Vegas. The marketplace is full of first looks at a great many films we’ll be seeing over the next year, and we’ve got images from two of them. One is among my most highly-anticipated films of the year: Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Ryan Gosling. (One of two images is above.) The other is Lock-Out, a sort of Taken clone in space, starring Maggie Grace and Guy Pearce. See the images after the jump. Read More »
Albert Brooks is one of the most respected and influential names in comedy and Judd Apatow, who got his start as a stand up comedian, is almost certainly a huge fan. That said, you can almost bet Apatow is jumping for joy that he’s close to casting the comedy legend as Paul Rudd‘s father in his still untitled 2012 Knocked Up spin-off. The film will star Rudd and Leslie Mann, reprising their Knocked Up characters, along with Megan Fox in an as yet undetermined role. Read more after the break. Read More »
Briefly: Quite a cast that Nicolas Winding Refn has assembled for Drive: Ryan Gosling is the disaffected stuntman by day, getaway driver by night, and Carey Mulligan is the woman whose boyfriend (Oscar Isaac) initially gets Gosling’s character into the underworld. Then add Albert Brooks as the antagonist, with Christina Hendricks and Bryan Cranston on board, as well.
Now Ron Perlman has signed on, according to Screen Daily. The trade doesn’t peg which role he’ll play, but I’m guessing, based on a flip through the script, that he’s playing the guy who sets up one of the jobs that Gosling’s character gets involved in. And it’ll be great to see him do it — while Perlman walks through some paycheck jobs, pair him with a director like Refn and I expect real results. Drive is Refn’s biggest project yet, which is also an interesting factor here, and the film starts to shoot in LA at the end of September.
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At least half of getting a movie right is casting. And Nicolas Winding Refn seems to really be getting Drive right so far. He’s got Ryan Gosling starring, and Bryan Cranston and Carey Mulligan in supporting roles. That’s three hits right there, no strikes.
And now he’s lined up something of a left-field choice to play the badass in the film: Albert Brooks? If you’re anything like me, your reaction to this probably went from ‘huh?’ to ‘yeah!’ in about two seconds. Read More »