Blue Valentine director and star Derek Cianfrance and Ryan Gosling are back together for the multi-generational crime/grudge saga The Place Beyond the Pines. The film follows Gosling as a stunt cyclist who robs banks in order to provide for his son, and ands up entangled with cop-turned-politician Bradley Cooper. Their antagonism spills down the family tree, eventually involving their sons.

The large cast was said to include Greta Gerwig, but now we’ve learned that she had never fully signed on, and won’t be able to take part in the film due to other obligations. Stepping into the role earmarked for her will be Rose Byrne, of Damages and Bridesmaids. Read More »

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I had hoped that Joel Schumacher‘s new film, Trespass, would be an example of the rare form he displays every few years. The cast seemed promising: Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman play a couple taken hostage in their own home by Ben Mendelsohn, Cam Gigandet and Liana Liberato. My hopes may have been in vain.

Millennium Entertainment picked up the film for release not long ago, but we hadn’t heard any plans to actually release it, much less glimpsed any footage. Now there is a poster, and some fine print that indicates the movie will get a very narrow theatrical run before landing on DVD. Read More »

Derek Cianfrance‘s been collecting quite a solid cast for his next project, the “Deer Hunter meets The Godfather” crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines. Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes are already on board, with Greta Gerwig circling another part. Now the latest addition to his cast is Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn, who along with Joel Edgerton and Jacki Weaver has been enjoying a nice (and well-deserved) career boost from the success of last year’s Animal Kingdom.

The Place Beyond the Pines focuses on a multi-generational feud sparked by an encounter between Gosling’s character, a pro motorcycle rider who turns to bank robbing to support his family, and Cooper’s character, a cop. Mendes will co-star as Gosling’s love interest, while Gerwig is up for the role of Cooper’s wife. Mendelsohn is in negotiations to play Robin Van Der Zee, a mechanic who pulls Gosling into his bank robbery operation. After watching his terrifying, riveting turn as Hawaiian-shirted uncle Pope in Animal Kingdom, I can’t wait to see what he’ll do with this part.

The Place Beyond the Pines will begin shooting July 25th in Schenectady, NY. [Variety]

After the jump, new parts for Josh Pence (again), Toby Hemingway, and Nia Vardalos.

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If you didn’t see Monsters or In Search of a Midnight Kiss (or aren’t a dedicated fan of Bones) your first thought here might be ‘who the hell is Scoot McNairy?’ The male lead from Gareth Edwards’ low-budgets sleeper Monsters has got great people working on his side, because despite not having the most head-turning performance in that film he has become a hot commodity after years of playing sideline roles.

The first evidence of that status is grabbing a big role in Andrew Dominik‘s Cogan’s Trade. He also has a couple other possible big jobs brewing. And, good news for fans of the film Animal Kingdom: Ben Mendelsohn is also in Cogan’s Trade. Read More »

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Looks like Teresa Palmer and Joel Edgerton will star in Kieran Darcy-Smith‘s directorial debut, a psychological thriller called Say Nothing. All three have been part of Blue Tongue Films, the loose organization that turned out The Square (by Nash Edgarton, brother of Joel) and Animal Kingdom.

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