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.
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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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 »