Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Happy 33rd Birthday Ryan Gosling

We all know Ryan is a good looking man

(and PopSugar have a great collection of movie stills that prove it Ryan movie stills )

He's sexy

He can laugh at himself

He's musical

But this last year he is also a director.  We loved this write up by The Guardian on the choice of Ryan's new venture into directing:

"But there's more to their career changes than been-there-done-that nonchalance. All three actors, as popular as they are, have stated that the mainstream movie industry isn't for them. They've always gravitated towards challenging roles in interesting films ....  a man in love with a sex doll in Lars and the Real Girl (Gosling). And now they're taking the next step away from Hollywood. "Some of us are tired of all the sissies in this town," Gosling told New York Magazine in 2010. "The ones who go along, flow with the flow, line up where they're told to line up at. The studios want you to make the same movie over and over – if that's the movie they liked, that's the movie you should keep making."
Writing and directing, then, are just part of the story. We are seeing a wave of actors, who could easily milk the Hollywood status quo, choosing to seize the means of production – and hand them on to others. They're pushing the film industry towards a more diverse, democratic, independent future. When your local multiplex is showing the next dose of The Fast and the Furious, you may feel that future can't come soon enough."
So HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ryan we can't wait to see where you take us next on your creative journey!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ryan Gosling is white hot at the New York preiere of 'Only God Forgives'

Better late than never right?  Ryan Gosling looking white hot in New York for the 'Only God Forgives' premiere!!

Source: Buzzfeed (which we really recommend you look at for more pics and their usual Ryan Gosling appreciation style!!)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Readers Review of 'Only God Forgives' - warning spoilers

Gosloving reader Katie Harris aka @word_scribbler was lucky enough to attend a Q&A with Nicolas Winding Refn and see Only God Forgives.  She has been kind enough to share her review and thoughts with us!

*review contains major spoilers* *offensive language and disturbing scenes mentioned*

Only God Forgives review

Ok, so what do I say about Only God Forgives? I saw it tonight at a preview screening (it is released here in the UK on 2nd August).

First of all - Ryan is great. He shows his characters (Julian) psychotic tendencies and calculating ways just as brilliantly as his vulnerability and childlike qualities. He owns every scene he is in. Yes even the scene when he is being punched repeatedly in the face until he goes unconscious. Only God Forgives is like the darker, messed up, evil twin version of Drive.

Kristin Scott Thomas plays Ryan's mother Jenna and wow she is creepy. So in control. So commanding. So completely out of touch with reality. Such a departure from her usual roles, in looks aswell as personality.

The bad guy Chang - played by Vithaya Pansringarm - is bad. In the way dictators are bad. Torturing someone one minute and singing Karaoke the next. The contrasts are purposely shocking.

The ways director Nicolas Winding Refn described Only God Forgives in the Q&A after the screening - sadistic, perverse, sexual, with Oedipus undertones - and his subsequent comment that he makes films about what arouses him makes for an unsettling tone. The film is violent to the extreme. Yes it shows the characters but it feels at times to just be there. Seeing the graphic torture doesn't bring anything to the film to me. Some violence and some hinting at the rest would have done fine. It's there to shock, in my opinion, and nothing else.

I should say at this point that the only other film of Refn's I've seen is Drive, which I loved. I know he's made other equally violent films. After watching Only God Forgives I can honestly say this violence is not the kind of film I enjoy watching. During the slow drawn out torture scene myself, and many others i noticed in the cinema, looked away.

On a happier note there were some funny anecdotes. Here is a video of some of the Q&A. Nicolas was asked about the timing of Only God Forgives being made, and that Drive was made after Only God Forgives was written. He also talked about casting. (Ryan was not the original Julian).
See Katie's video of the Q&A here
There is a particularly memorable scene, ok there are lots of memorable scenes, but this one shocked me and made me laugh at the same time. Jenna, Julian and his girlfriend (aka a prostitute) are sitting at a table in a bar/restaurant. Jenna is being particularly rude towards the girlfriend. She starts discussing Julian's cock size compared to his (now dead) brother. The brother who is/was her favourite. The brother who was the biggest (yep...). Then she calls Julian's girlfriend a 'cum dumpster'. Google this if you don't know what this means. Or maybe don't. Anyway, this was mentioned in the Q&A. How did Nicolas come up with this insult? He asked Ryan! He asked Ryan to list all the worst ways to insult a woman. It was a long list. This was the first one. Nicolas had to ask Ryan what it meant and Ryan explained. Then when they were first on set and Kristin had the script she asked Nicolas what it meant and he had to explain ha ha.

Other memorable scenes (good and bad):
- Julian being tied to a chair with fabric around his wrists, whilst his girlfriend/prostitute masturbated in front of him.
- Julian demanding his girlfriend removes her dress (and therefore stand in underwear) in the middle of the street. And her doing what he asks.
- Julian/Ryan wearing a suit. Enough said.
- Julian fighting/boxing in suit/waistcoat/shirt ... before being punched unconscious
- the most disturbing scene - after finding his mother dead from knife wound Julian err... slides his fingers into the open wound and..yea. just no. (lets forget this scene) Ryan wearing a suit. repeat. Ryan wearing a suit...

I did enjoy the film overall. Ryan and Kristin (and others) acted well and were a credit to their characters and the storyline , but there were some extreme scenes that I wouldn't want to watch again. It is definitely not an easy film to watch.

review by Katie Harris aka @word_scribbler 
(Currently studying towards a BA Hons Degree in Creative Writing)

Katie was also lucky enough to get Nicolas's autograph


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Brand New 'Only God Forgives' trailer

"Kill them all"

Only God Forgives arrives on screens on July 19th and if it follows in Drive's footsteps may well 'kill' Ryan fans!!  Watch the new trailer below

"Tonally falling somewhere between "Valhalla Rising" and "Drive," the latest from Refn takes the neon slickness of the latter and gives it the slow burn treatment of the former for a truly unique experience. Dialogue is minimal (Ryan Gosling says less here than in "Drive," and much of the movie's dialogue is in Thai), and the story, by appearances, is thin (a vengeance tale, pitting two unstoppable men against each other), but the subtext running throughout is rich. Yes, Gosling's character has more to him than a five o'clock shadow and brooding visage, and when the blood comes...well, Refn doesn't hold back."

Source or follow @ThePlaylist on twitter

Sunday, June 2, 2013

No Sequel planned for 'Drive'

Nicolas Winding Refn confirmed in an interview with @ThePlaylist that there will not be a sequel to Drive:

“Drive” writer James Sallis has written a sequel “Driven” for which the movie is said to be in the pipeline. Have you been approached about that at all?
No. It’s never gonna happen. The movie’s not gonna get made, because they don’t have the key elements.

The key elements being you and Gosling?

And Gosling wouldn’t think of doing it without you?
I haven’t even thought about that, I mean...

But if it were to go ahead, what would your advice be to the filmmakers?

Don’t do it! Don’t do it. Well, what would they do?

Read the entire interview and hear Nicolas' response to the critics reaction to 'Only God Forgives' here

Source / Source 

Only God Forgives premieres in Cannes

Nicolas Winding Refn and members of the cast of Only God Forgives were in Cannes for the premiere. 

"Only God Forgives, which reunites Winding Refn with Drive star Ryan Gosling, is the first great schismatic movie at Cannes, with critics either panning its violence or dazzled by its stylised brilliance – or else wildly vacillating between the two positions."

Nicolas defended the violence:
"I don't consider myself a very violent man … but I have surely a fetish for violent emotions and images and I just can't explain where it comes from. But I do believe it's a way to exorcise various things. Let's not forget that humans were created very violent: our body parts are created for violence, it is our instinctual need to survive. But over the years we no longer need violence but we still have an urge from when we are born – which itself can be an act of violence."

Saturday, May 11, 2013

How to Catch a Monster picked up by Warner Bros

Ryan Gosling is directing his first movie 'How to Catch a Monster'.  And there is great news for Ryan's directorial debut! Warner Bros has picked up the US rights!!

"Warner Bros. has snapped up the U.S. rights to Gosling's directorial debut "How To Catch A Monster," giving a major studio home to his first movie. Not bad, not bad at all. Written by the star, and featuring Christina Hendricks, Ben Mendelsohn, Eva Mendes, Saoirse Ronan and "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith, the fantasy thriller centers on 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. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive."

See below for some of the pictures of Ryan, Matt and Christina on the set:  

Matt Smith shaved his head for the role! Cool :)

The Playlist  / Buzzfeed / AddictedtoRyanGosling

Thank you!

How do you follow up the post that stormed the internet? You say Thanks!!

Thank you to Ryan McHenry for an amazing ride ... follow him on twitter to learn more about his Vines and whether Ryan ever eats his cereal   https://twitter.com/RyanWMcHenry

Also Thanks to https://twitter.com/WomensHumor for telling their more than 1.2 million (gah!!!!) followers what Gosloving means!

Thanks to 'Go Fug Yourself' for the link to our site! That's very nice of you!

Thanks too to Buzzfeed and Mashable for the h/t ... totally cool of them!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Ryan Gosling won't eat his cereal

This is one of the best Ryan memes out there. We had to post it.

All the credits go to Ryan McHenry  check out his vine channel here

***UPDATE 2*** We added part 10 and 11. Scroll down to see it.

**UPDATE 1** Added a YouTube video with all the Vines + a bonus

Part 1

Part 2


Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8:

Part 9:

Part 10

Part 11



Saturday, April 20, 2013

Only God Forgives - new stills

"Ryan looking all broody and gorgeous" in newly released stills from Only God Forgives


Thursday, April 18, 2013

NEW Extended trailer for Only God Forgives

Along with the news that 'Only God Forgives' will premiere at Cannes, an extended trailer has been released for the movie.

Only God Forgives in competition at Cannes

2013 Official Selection


Congratulations to Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn on their return to Cannes!!

Source / Source

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Ryan Gosling stuns in crime epic

Digital Spy has posted a review of 'The Place Beyond the Pines' and has heaped praise on the actors and the director.

The Place Beyond the Pines' review: Ryan Gosling stuns in crime epic
"might be the best work Gosling has ever done"
"Setting aside three genuinely career-best performances, it's Cianfrance's assured direction that makes Pines so intoxicating. From the first bravura extended tracking shot following Gosling through a carnival, to the final image of a son echoing his father in ways he doesn't yet understand, this is simply a phenomenal talent at the top of his game.

The Place Beyond the Pines is one of the most ambitious and accomplished films of the year, a sweeping, searing family drama that packs a devastating emotional punch."

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Place Beyond the Pines opening scene with Ryan Gosling

From digital spy:

The Place Beyond the Pines has released its opening scene online.
The extended sequence sees Ryan Gosling's stunt rider Luke make his way through a carnival and drive his motorcycle inside a metal cage. Gosling and Bradley Cooper lead the cast of Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance's latest drama, a cross-generational crime story about bank robbers, cops and politicians.
Dane DeHaan and Emory Cohen feature as Gosling and Cooper's adult sons, while Ray Liotta, Bruce Greenwood, Rose Byrne and Ben Mendelsohn are also among the supporting cast.
The Place Beyond the Pines opens in UK cinemas on April 12 and is showing in the US now.

I have the chills :)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

NEW Only God Forgives trailer with Ryan Gosling

OMG This movie looks unbelievable

And the movie has a Facebook page

Thanks @word_scribbler for the heads up.

Reviews are in for The Place Beyond the Pines

Reviewers have lots of positive things to say about 'The Place Beyond the Pines' ....

USA Today: "one of the best and most ambitious films of the year"
"The Place Beyond the Pines is a sweeping look at fateful decisions and their lasting reverberations.  A riveting crime thriller, it's also a multi-generational familial saga that approaches Greek tragedy. This gorgeously photographed, wisely crafted and somber drama (* * * ½ out of four; rated R; opens Friday in select cities) proceeds in unexpected directions, which makes it all the more engrossing. It's one of the best and most ambitious films of the year.  In addition to being beautifully directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), this layered drama about fathers and sons is brilliantly acted."

What Culture: "easily the best film of the year"
"Each arc is an ambitious, hypnotic ride with Cianfrance’s thunderous, thumping score. Mixing family drama with crime urban thriller, David Cianfrance cements his status as an up and coming filmmaker with hubristic ambitions, putting him up there with Jeff Nichols and Nicolas Winding Refn. This type of craft and creativity has become few and far between as of late this time of year, making “The Place Beyond the Pines” easily the best film of the year so far."

The Atlantic Wire "The Place Beyond the Pines' is a stunner"
To say anything about what transpires between AJ and Jason, and between their fathers, would be revealing too much, but know that by film's end Cianfrance and his company have painted a gloriously rich and moving picture of regret and legacy, of parents failing their children while trying, at all costs, to do just the opposite. ...... At the film's graceful and heartbreaking end, I had the feeling of having finished a good book, putting it on my lap for a moment, not wanting to leave its world just yet. It's not terribly often that your heart aches not just at how a movie ended, but that it ended at all.

 Los Angeles Times: "dominated the new releases at the specialty box office'
"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."

The Place Beyond the Pines Premiere

Two of Hollywood hottest stars were on the red carpet for the premiere of their movie 'The Place Beyond the Pines".  Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper were joined by costar Eva Mendes for the premiere at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York City on Thursday March 28.

For the fashion conscious Eva is wearing a Prada dress and shoes with Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Ryan is wearing a Gucci suit.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Saoirse Ronan talks about Ryan Gosling as a director

She talked with Collider about Ryan:

Right, real fast, I’m so excited about Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut. May, Detroit, you’re filming. Talk a little bit about how excited you are to possibly work with him in that film. I could have talked about Wes Anderson and there’s a million other things, but Ryan Gosling.

Ronan: No, I’m really excited about it. I met Ryan a few years ago and thought he was just the loveliest guy. I really think he’s such a great actor as well and he’s made great decisions. I know that as a director, he’ll make great choices with this. I know he’s going to do a great job. He wrote it as well. It’s very cool. It’s very stylized. I think it’ll be great fun to do. The thing is, he’s an actor’s actor, so he really respects other actors. I think that’ll come through as a director too. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

New York Times on The Place Beyond the Pines

The New York Times have posted a great interview with Ryan Gosling and Derek Cianfrance about their second project together 'The Place Beyond the Pines'.  The New York Times reporter Dennis Lim interviewed Ryan and Derek at the  Waldorf-Astoria recently and has a great insight into their dynamic.
"legs up on a coffee table, evidently happy to reprise the bantering double act they honed while promoting the acclaimed 2010 indie drama “Blue Valentine.” Speaking of their second film together, “The Place Beyond the Pines,” opening Friday, they were not exactly finishing each other’s sentences — the voluble Mr. Cianfrance tends to finish his own — but had clearly settled into an established rhythm. Mr. Cianfrance (pronounced SEE-in-france), 39, spoke with earnest passion; Mr. Gosling, 32, mostly listened and smiled, contributing the occasional wry remark and arched eyebrow."

Read the interview here although be warned it does contain some spoilers to the plot.

There is also a great clip of Derek narrating the opening sequence of the film here

The article contrasts the approach used by Derek in directing Blue Valentine (Ryan and Derek's last collaboration and a must see movie) with The Place Beyond the Pines:
"On “Blue Valentine” Mr. Cianfrance had Mr. Gosling and Michelle Williams live together for a month in what would be their characters’ marital home. For “Pines” he again wanted to “put the actors in an aquarium of real life,” he said. They shot in police precincts and used actual tellers for bank robberies. Mr. Cianfrance modeled chase and getaway scenes after rough-and-tumble reality shows like “Cops.”

With “Blue Valentine,” Mr. Gosling said, “I feel like time was the star of that movie. It took 12 years for him to make, and that made it unique.” But on “Pines” “we didn’t have a lot of time,” he continued. “I thought we were rushing it, and we had to make snap decisions. But that became the essential ingredient. It was very different from ‘Blue’ but in the same way Derek found a way to make the process the key.”


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

NEW Only God Forgives still with Ryan Gosling

So badass! ;)

You can see all the new stills at the source

Ryan talks about The Place Beyond the Pines, his directorial debut and... geese?

That's a good and funny interview:


In Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond The Pines, Ryan Gosling's carnival stunt cyclist Luke, covered in tattoos up to his throat, bleached blond, with a knife, invites us to follow him. There is Eva Mendes as single mum Romina - does he remember her? Bradley Cooper portrays police officer Avery Cross, a rookie from a wealthy family. Meanwhile, Ben Mendelsohn is a shady mechanic with something less than legal on his mind. Gosling speaks about Mendelsohn's relationship with him and Canada geese, tattoos, How To Catch A Monster and why he felt at home in Schenectady, New York, where the film was shot.

Anne-Katrin Titze: Luke has his life written on his body. I was wondering, with clothes, you feel them as an actor - you are changing your clothes, you are changing into another character. Tattoos you don't physically feel, they were obviously painted on you. How did they affect your performance? How did you feel having such a marked body?

Ryan Gosling: Ashamed. The plan was, let's create a portrait of Somebody that has lived a lifetime of making bad decisions. So let's put on the most bad tattoos you have ever seen. And when I did the face tattoo, it was just too much, it was overkill. And I went to Derek [Cianfrance] and said I can't do this, I look ridiculous, it will ruin the movie. And he said, "Well, I'm sure that's how people with face tattoos feel." They regret them. I really fought him, and he said, "No, this movie's about consequences and now you have to pay the price." So, I really did feel that overwhelming sense of shame. I didn't want to look at myself in the mirror, I didn't want to be photographed. When I was holding our kid, this kid who played our [Romina and Luke's] son, Tony Pizza, that's his name, I felt so ashamed that this was his father, you know. So, it gave me something that I couldn't have acted. When I was walking into that church and I was looking that way, I felt so embarrassed.

AKT: The film draws a line - the patterns on the church windows follow the patterns on your body. They are somehow connected in a very eerie way.

RG: Oh, yeah… It's hard to talk about performance without talking about Derek. He never writes these emotional marks into the script. [The crying in the church], that's not scripted. You never come into the scene feeling this pressure that you have to hit this high note. If they happen, they happen naturally. In the case of that [scene], it was early on in the movie and I felt, I got lost in the surface nature of the character and I had overdone it. And I just walked into that church and I felt, like I was saying, that sense of shame, and then that scene happened.

The film is filled with breathing and carnival noises, as haunted men cycle through patterns spinning out of control.

RG: He is like in the motorcycle version of a boy band in the early Nineties, doing some low-rent carnival circuit. It doesn't get worse than that. He is like a melting pot of every masculine cliche - tattoos, muscles, guns - it's a joke. And then he's presented with this child that he didn't know he had. It's like a mirror is held up to him and he realises that he is not a man at all. That none of those things make you a man. That he's a completely surface person without any depth. There's a tremendous amount of shame. In the same way that he over-romanticises himself and creates his own mythology, he has the same romantic ideas of turning it around and starts robbing banks, which is as unthought out as his face tattoo.

The carnival comes to nowhere land Schenectady, New York, once a year and blows the motorcycle stunt driver with the permanent tear into the town where the film was shot.

RG: Derek wanted to shoot all the heists in one shot, including the riding in and the escape. The cool stuff was Rick Miller [the stunt double]. You know, when Batman rides a motorcycle, it's Rick Miller. He's the best in the business. He has become a good friend, we had a great time. He was very patient with me.

AKT: You have a scene with Ben Mendelsohn in the forest, where you are running after a flock of Canada Geese. It's really funny and at the same time you are preparing for the heist.

RG: If we could talk to Ben Mendelsohn right now, he'd be chasing some geese. That's what it's like to hang out with him. I loved [filming there]. I'm from this small town in Canada called Cornwall. It's very similar to Schenectady so I felt very much at home.

AKT: You just came across the geese, and said: "Okay, let's chase them?"

RG: Yeah.

Derek Cianfrance explored romantic love with Gosling in Blue Valentine (2010) and unearthed his hidden talents through improvisation.

RG: I feel very lucky to have met him and to work with him. This movie, I think, is like the directorial equivalent of a bank heist. it just took so much planning to pull it off. What I admire about him so much, is that his filmmaking is, like, invisible, very cinematic, very unselfconscious. He's got guts. The structure of the film took a lot of guts. A lot of people told him not to. He's just the most stubborn person I've ever known. He just will not change it. To me, what's amazing is, it has all the elements of a traditional heist film, crime thriller, family drama. All the different genres, and yet it's kind of deconstructed.

Gosling took advice from real-life bank robbers.

RG: They said something interesting. In reality, in the bank training, they are told to give the money up. The truth is, all the guns and the yelling and all of that nonsense is not really necessary.

AKT: In The Place Beyond the Pines, you are advised that you have to go to the weakest woman teller first.

RG: See, I don't think that any of this is necessary. You just go and politely ask for all the money and they have to give it to you. You just have to get away with it.

Hitchcock showed us in Psycho, how easy it was, to have audiences jump ship in mid-stream. Anyone who played cops and robbers as a child, knows it too.

AKT: Did you connect with Janet Leigh, being killed off half way through the movie?

RG: I did. I've never felt more like Janet Leigh in my life.

Of course, since I'm talking to a Gosling, I was curious about the cast for his upcoming directorial debut, dark fantasy How To Catch A Monster.

RG: You can only be yourself. It sounds cheesy, but when it comes to filmmaking, there's no way to hide. You can tell so much about somebody by the films they make. I like casting people I have worked with before. Christina Hendricks, Eva [Mendes], Saoirse Ronan, Dr Who star Matt Smith, and Mendelsohn.

AKT: Any geese?

RG: I'm sure they'll follow.