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May 21, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
CANNES, France -- One of the biggest stars on the Croisette this year isn't even on the Croisette. The question is: Will he be? Ryan Gosling is to premiere his new movie, the Nicolas Refn Thai revenge drama "Only God Forgives," at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday. And forget economic meltdown, Syrian civil war or Robert Pattison -- the question among both the photo-snapping masses here and the equally enthusiastic photo-posters online has been: Will Gosling make it? VIDEO: Cannes Film Festival 2013 trailers Those associated with the film have been pushing for Gosling to come and take his moment in the Cannes limelight for the second time in three years (he came in 2011 with "Drive," also from Refn)
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April 18, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Amy Kaufman
When the Cannes Film Festival announced its official 2014 selection Thursday, journalists and film fans immediately took notice of the most intriguing name on the list: Ryan Gosling. Gosling - that Oscar nominee, versatile talent, universally known movie star and all-around meme king - has accomplished many things in his years in the entertainment business.  But he had never had what is one of the global film world's highest honors - hearing one's name as part of the elite group of directors selected for Cannes.
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March 31, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper have proven their box-office mettle over the past few years but what about Derek Cianfrance? The indie director, who astonished audiences in 2010 with his debut feature "Blue Valentine" starring Gosling and Michelle Williams, is becoming a box-office brand in his own right. This Easter weekend the 39-year old director dominated the new releases at the specialty box office with his sprawling 15-year epic "The Place Beyond the Pines. " Opening in just four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, the film earned an estimated $270,184, for a per-theater average of $67,546.
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February 13, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Eva Mendes says she's not pregnant - but she knows how the rumor might have been conceived. So she told Ellen DeGeneres on the host's talk show Wednesday. "[I]t all started because I was didn't want to go through the scanners at the airport," Mendes said. "You know those X-ray scanners, which are really creepy. They basically see you naked, right? And not only that, but there's a radiation aspect to it, so I always opt out. "I always ask for a personal pat down. " Well, that was enough to get DeGeneres going, working a bit of Valentine's Day-themed innuendo, much to Mendes' embarrassment.
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January 29, 2012 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Drive Sony, $26.99; Blu-ray, $30.99 Director Nicolas Winding Refn and writer Hossein Amini deliver a pitch-perfect evocation of '80s noir with their adaptation of James Sallis' novel "Drive," about a Hollywood stuntman who offers his expert driving skills to any crook who wants to pay him to help them get away. Ryan Gosling plays the driver — all aloof and quiet — while Carey Mulligan plays the neighbor who gets him into trouble, and Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman and the fantastic Albert Brooks play the criminals who make life more difficult after some money goes missing.
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April 8, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Want a piece of Ryan Gosling? Apparently all you need is $4,100. That's how much a red leather jacket worn by the hunky actor in "The Place Beyond the Pines" sold for last week. The piece of clothing, auctioned off to benefit Variety - The Children's Charity of Southern California, was purchased by film producer  Jeremy Rosen . Rosen beat out 39 other bidders for the prize, according to a representative for ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, where the jacket is on display in the lobby.
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May 22, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
At the Cannes Film Festival this week, Ryan Gosling's new film "Only God Forgives" inspired a divisive reaction among critics. Some audience members even booed the violent movie, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. But Gosling, who is busy filming his directorial debut "How to Catch a Monster" thousands of miles away in Detroit, doesn't seem to be losing any sleep over the negative response.  "He never would have gone to Cannes and left this set -- this is his baby," said Saoirse Ronan, who has a role in Gosling's film, which stars Christina Hendricks as a single mother whose teenage son stumbles across an eerie underwater town.
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April 18, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Amy Kaufman
When the Cannes Film Festival announced its official 2014 selection Thursday, journalists and film fans immediately took notice of the most intriguing name on the list: Ryan Gosling. Gosling - that Oscar nominee, versatile talent, universally known movie star and all-around meme king - has accomplished many things in his years in the entertainment business.  But he had never had what is one of the global film world's highest honors - hearing one's name as part of the elite group of directors selected for Cannes.
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June 19, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Ryan Gosling doing Patrick Swayze's "Dirty Dancing" move? So last year. But Ryan Gosling dancing his butt off in MC Hammer pants, at age 11? Now this is something new. Video has surfaced of Gosling performing with his sister Mandi in 1991, rocking out at a talent show to C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)," which was a No. 1 hit the previous year.  Warning: He's also wearing MC Hammer pants, setting a baseline for his destined-to-evolve fashion sense.
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April 4, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
Ryan Gosling, currently starring opposite his real-life love Eva Mendes in the darkly wrought drama of "The Place Beyond the Pines," is always chemically combustible on screen. That romantic power crystallized early on in 2004's "The Notebook. " His rain-soaked embrace of co-star Rachel McAdams, also an off-screen love for a time, made him into an overnight heartthrob. But Gosling was never a one-night stand. Over time the roles, and the performances, have only gotten better - opposite Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine," showing killer charm with Carey Mulligan in "Drive," the player gone soft on Emma Stone in "Crazy, Stupid, Love" with that impossible "Dirty Dancing" lift.
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November 1, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
With the time-skipping rom-com "About Time" opening this weekend in theaters, photos were just released that include its rising star, Domhnall Gleeson, on the set of "Unbroken. " The second feature directed by Angelina Jolie, the film began production earlier this month. "Unbroken" tells the true story of Louis "Louie" Zamperini, played by Jack O'Connell, who survived on a raft with two fellow crewmen for 47 days after being shot down in WWII, only to be captured and detained for two years as prisoners-of-war by the Japanese.
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October 13, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Over a two-decade directing career, Spike Jonze has often been about the big hook, visually and conceptually. In his videos and films, he's offered up plenty of ideas, and made them look sharp to boot. But could he square all that with a gently told romance? That's the question posed by “Her,”  Jonze's future-set, Joaquin Phoenix-starring story of love and technology - and answered with a resounding yes. The new movie lands on multiple levels and, not surprisingly, received a rapturous response Saturday night at the New York Film Festival, where it made its world premiere.
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September 2, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - John Gallagher Jr. was at a media screening of his new movie "Short Term 12" a few weeks ago when a man came up to him with a critique of his series TV character, journalist Jim Harper of "The Newsroom. " "You know, you're a terrible embed," the man told him, going on to list the ways Harper bungled his job as a reporter traveling with the Mitt Romney campaign in the second season of the HBO show. It was hardly a comment from some idle observer: the naysayer was NBC News anchor Brian Williams.
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July 25, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The 12 th Doctor in “Doctor Who's” 50-year history still hasn't been selected, but if the search keeps going, it's always possible Matt Smith may change his mind. Smith, who plays the 11 th Doctor on the long-running fantasy series, arrived alongside current companion Jenna Coleman and producer Marcus Wilson at BBC America's TCA panel on Thursday morning. And lots of questions revolved around Smith's decision earlier this year to step down from the role after four years.
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July 18, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
God only knows what Nicolas Winding Refn had in mind when he made "Only God Forgives. " The Danish filmmaker's latest theater of the macabre is brutal, bloody, saturated with revenge, sex and death, yet stunningly devoid of meaning, purpose, emotion or decent lighting. Seriously. Artful shadows can certainly set a mood; too many and it merely looks like someone is trying too hard. That sense of overreach haunts "Only God Forgives. " Starring Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm, the film comes as a disappointment after the provocative intrigue of the brutal bad guys Refn diced so deliciously, if not delicately, in his brilliant 2011 neo-noir "Drive.
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July 9, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
With her talk show now a thing of the past, Oprah Winfrey no longer has the opportunity to share her favorite things with the public. But that doesn't mean she can't give of herself in other ways. Literal ways. That's right, Opes lovers. For the right price, you can rub elbows with the Queen of All Media herself at an upcoming premiere of her new movie "The Butler. " (You know, the one currently embroiled in a title battle .) Weinstein Co., the independent studio behind the historical drama, has teamed with Charitybuzz to offer up a package valued at $25,000.
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August 23, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
It's the stuff movies are made of, but this time it was real life: Actress Kate Winslet reportedly rescued billionaire Richard Branson's elderly mother from a burning home on Branson's private island in the Caribbean. And actor Ryan Gosling allegedly put himself in the middle of a heated New York City street fight, breaking it up. Should we consider these two celebrities heroes? And are most other people capable of the same -- of putting themselves in harm's way to help someone else?
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September 7, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
TORONTO -- Ryan Gosling's character lacks for affection in "The Place Beyond The Pines," his new movie that has him as an outlaw-ish bank robber with few human connections. The actor himself is a different story. Even by Goslingian standards -- en masse squealing, constant camera flashes, earnest declarations from total strangers in front of other total strangers about how sexy they find him -- the crowd went over the top for "Pines," in which Gosling reunites with his "Blue Valentine" director, Derek Cianfrance, for a nearly 2 1/2-hour drama, when the movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday night.
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June 13, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Following Wednesday night's pre-festival screening of "Man of Steel," the Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off in earnest Thursday night with the North American premiere of Pedro Almódovar's "I'm So Excited!" The 19th edition of the festival runs through Sunday, June 23, when it closes with the comedy "The Way, Way Back," starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell and Maya Rudolph. "I'm So Excited!' features cameo appearances by Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, who starred in films in Spain for Almódovar before their international breakthroughs.
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May 24, 2013 | By John Horn
Given that he hasn't had a good joke since Eisenhower was in the White House, Jerry Lewis probably shouldn't have complained that he doesn't find female comedians funny. At a Cannes Film Festival news conference to tout his new film, “Max Rose,” the 87-year-old former telethon host said of women stand-ups, "It bothers me. I cannot sit and watch a lady diminish her qualities to the lowest common denominator. I just can't do that. " Even though Lewis' slapstick shtick makes him a Nobel Prize expert on lowest-common-denominator gags, it was a poorly timed complaint, given that a)
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