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 »


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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 »

‘Blue Valentine’ Release Moved Up Two Days

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.

Source: Deadline

It’s award season, and The Hollywood Reporter has begun posting their series of roundtable discussions with the contenders. Last month they posted:

  • The Screenwriters Roundtable between: Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), John Wells (The Company Men), Todd Phillips (Due Date) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole)
  • The Animators roundtable discussion between Bonnie Arnold (producer, How to Train Your Dragon), Roy Conli (producer, Tangled), Bob Last (producer, The Illusionist), Tom McGrath (director, Megamind), Chris Meledandri (producer, Despicable Me) and Lee Unkrich (director, Toy Story 3)
  • The Actors Roundtable between James Franco (127 Hours), Duvall (Get Low), Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right).

Today they have posted the directors roundtable, which features David O. Russell (The Fighter), Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), Peter Weir (The Way Back), and Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) debating “maintaining their vision, fighting with actors and what to do about the MPAA.” It’s great to watch these brilliant filmmakers talk with each other about their craft. You can watch the entire one-hour long roundtable after the jump.

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MPAA Overturns NC-17 Rating for ‘Blue Valentine’

In a rare case of a successful appeal before the MPAA, the NC-17 rating initially slapped on Derek Cianfrance‘s Blue Valentine has been overturned. Harvey Weinstein personally appeared before the appeals board to plead on behalf of the film. The film will go out to theaters with an R rating. Read More »

Derek Cianfrance‘s second narrative feature, Blue Valentine, was a Sundance favorite and has become a critical darling over the course of 2010. The film has also become a sort of film industry firebrand thanks to the MPAA’s decision to hit it with a restrictive NC-17 rating. A passion project that took years to come together, and which was built in part from the director and leads, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, living in the same space and aggressively improvising and workshopping characters and scenes, the film is a serious piece of work.

So it’s big news that the director and one of his leads, Ryan Gosling, are set to reunite on a film called The Place Beyond the Pines. Read More »

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Movie Poster: ‘Blue Valentine’

Given the way the film has been shafted by the MPAA, I think most of us here at /Film want to take every reasonable opportunity to make sure people know about Blue Valentine, which has been unfairly slapped with a restrictive NC-17 rating. Don’t worry: we probably won’t have the opportunity for a Tron Legacy level of saturation. For now I’ll have to be content with presenting the moody, atmospheric new poster for the film. Read More »

Blue Valentine

2010 was the first time I’d ever been to the Sundance Film Festival and the first movie I saw there was Blue Valentine, a devastating parallel portrayal of both the blossoming and wilting of a modern relationship starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams and directed by Derek Cianfrance. With those two stars, two powerful performances and a beautiful structure, I figured the film was destined to at least be seen by audiences for awards contention and that seemed to be its destiny when The Weinstein Company purchased the film at the festival. So now, with the film nearing its limited release date in December, a trailer has finally been released and – in even more surprising news –  the MPAA has given it an NC-17 rating. Hit the jump to read why and see the brand new trailer. Read More »

Sundance Video Blog Review: Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine

Derek Cianfrance‘s directorial debut Blue Valentine premiered yesterday at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as one of 16 films selected from 1,058 submissions for the dramatic competition. Written by Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne and Joey Curtis, the screenplay won the 2006 Chrysler Film Project contest, which came with $1 million of funding.

The story is about “love lost and love found told in two parallel moments in time.” Basically it’s (500) Days of Summer without the funny hipsterish style, instead replaced with depressing drama, and starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling. I recorded a video blog review with Brandon Tenney from FirstShowing (and Frosty from Collider makes a cameo appearance, providing the perspective of someone who hasn’t seen the film).

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