You won’t see the next Ryan Gosling film in theaters. Lost River, the film Ryan Gosling directed, and which premiered at Cannes this year to puzzled, if not outright hostile reactions, will be released by Warner Bros. only on video.
The stigma associated with the phrase “direct to video” has slowly but steadily decreased, perhaps since Roger Ebert highlighted Red Rock West as a quality film that just happened to be dumped to HBO and video in ’93/’94. Now, the wealth of day and date VOD releases for indie films proves that there’s no shame in a film skipping theaters, and that doing so can even be a sound business plan. But when the film in question is the directorial debut from a star who has an established relationship with the studio in question, eyebrows raise. Read More »
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A year ago, Ryan Gosling embarked upon an adventure, directing his first feature. And given his stunning online popularity and frequent choice of intense collaborators, the film was instantly a thing of interest. So it was interesting that Warner Bros. ponied up a few million for domestic distribution rights. Despite having a relationship with Gosling through films such as Gangster Squad and Crazy, Stupid, Love, this never sounded like the sort of film WB tends to release. Fast-forward to this week, then, and the movie, Lost River, made its Cannes debut to intensely bad press.
Now, Warner Bros. is reportedly having meetings with smaller indie distributors, with the idea of passing off Lost River to a new home. Read More »
What the hell is going on in this first footage from Ryan Gosling‘s directorial debut Lost River? Difficult to say exactly, but there’s a boy, and he’s… distracted by what he sees, or at least what he imagines he sees. Originally called How to Catch a Monster, the film premieres soon at Cannes, and this first Lost River footage suggests that Ryan Gosling is more interested in following the path of a director such as his two-time collaborator Nicolas Winding Refn than making a big mainstream movie. (There’s also influence from Derek Cianfrance, and some are going to leap right to David Lynch when talking about this, too.)
But maybe we knew that already. Lost River features Christina Hendricks as Billy, “a single mother of two who is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town.” This footage doesn’t feature Hendricks, but does give us a look at her son, Bones, played by Iain De De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) who certainly seems lost. And the bullying muscle guy is actually Matt Smith, of Doctor Who fame. See the footage below. Read More »
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Ryan Gosling spent some of the last year making his first feature as a director. Originally called How to Catch a Monster, the film is now called Lost River, and is set for the Un Certain Regard sidebar at Cannes. That’s the place where films that are either the product of newcomers to Cannes, or that are a little more unusual than the typical Competition titles. So that tells us something right there.
This film features Christina Hendricks as Billy, “a single mother of two who is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town.” So, yeah. that gives us more to go on, and there’s also been a comment about Hendricks finding a “very surreal club,” which is presumably what that door leads to. Check out another image below. Read More »