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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Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2011 by Angie Han
It seems like Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines gets more intriguing with each new casting announcement, and the latest addition is no exception. Ray Liotta has just signed on for Cianfrance’s “Deer Hunter meets The Godfather” crime drama, joining Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Greta Gerwig and Ben Mendelsohn. Liotta will be playing a corrupt police officer.
The Place Beyond the Pines centers around a pro motorcycle rider-turned-bank robber (Gosling) and a cop (Cooper) who cross paths, setting off a multi-generational feud. Mendes will be Gosling’s love interest, while Gerwig is considering the role of Cooper’s wife. Mendelsohn is in negotiations to play a mechanic who brings Gosling’s charcter into the world of bank robbery. Shooting for the film is set to begin late next month in Schenectady, NY. [Variety]
After the jump, Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth picks a new project, while Rumer Willis and Dominic Purcell get spooked.
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Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2011 by Angie Han
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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Two-thirds of the topline creative team of Blue Valentine, director Derek Cianfrance and actor Ryan Gosling, are reuniting for the film The Place Beyond the Pines. Called a “multi-generational crime drama,” the film features a motorcycle stuntman who supports his son by robbing banks, played by Ryan Gosling, who finds his opposite number in police officer Bradley Cooper. Their conflict spirals into something that defines multiple generations.
Derek Cianfrance has drawn inspiration from Jack London and has compared his new film vaguely to The Deer Hunter. Now he’s moving closer to a place where he could realize that ambitious comparison by expanding the film with a great female cast. Eva Mendes has signed for one role, and Greta Gerwig is circling another. Read More »
Well, well, Bradley Cooper really is everywhere today. There’s the possibility that he’ll play Lucifer in Paradise Lost, and a report that The Hangover, Part II is going to be huge. (Duh.) But this is the interesting part: Derek Cianfrance is putting together a film called The Place Beyond the Pines — we first heard about this last year — which will bring him back to set with his Blue Valentine star Ryan Gosling. And the other big role in the film has been offered to Bradley Cooper. Read More »
Blue Valentine director and star Derek Cianfrance and Ryan Gosling could very well make another movie together this year. We first heard about The Place Beyond the Pines last year, when Mr. Cianfrance said that it was inspired by Jack London, and would be a film about “fathers and guns.” Now there is a bit more info that makes the prospect a bit more tantalizing. Read More »
Late last year, during his battle with the MPAA, Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance said that he is developing an HBO series that would hopefully “give new meaning to the word ‘character development’.” Given the intensely emotional angle of Blue Valentine, that cryptic statement was taken in exactly the misdirecting manner I suspect the director intended.
Now we know a little more. His HBO series is based upon the Sam Fussell memoir Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder, and will be a single-camera comedy. Read More »
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The undeservedly controversial Sundance smash romance Blue Valentine, starring Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams and directed by Derek Cianfrance, was originally set to open on December 31. Deadline is reporting that the film will now open December 29 in New York and Los Angeles. After that it’ll add one more screen in New York on the 31st then move to 10 markets on January 7.
If you can see it, you really should. It’s a beautiful, painful movie. A real gem.