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Ryan Gosling was apparently the same character he played in Drive except in a golf cart and overalls.
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This weekend it's raining men in the nation's movie theaters, hugely famous men at that. Hugh Jackman headlines the kid-friendly REAL STEEL which I just heard described as "Rock Em Sock Em Robot: The Movie" but which I've been calling Boxes With Robots simply because it's hilarious to pretend its a three hour Oscar bait epic. Hopefully Hugh Jackman feels he's sufficiently filled up his bank accounts and he can get back to rewarding but less lucrative work starring in musicals where we belongs. Elsewhere in theaters political whiz kid Ryan Gosling faces down a very Presidential George Clooney in THE IDES OF MARCH, which is one to watch for the upcoming Oscar race. The Ides of March takes us behind the scenes at a fictional (fictionalized?) Democratic primary. Ryan Gosling leads the cast as a coveted game piece on the political chess board who finds himself deeper and deeper in dirty dirty politics with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei and George Clooney all vying for his soul... or at least his spin.
Those are the newbies this weekend but elsewhere in movie theaters Brad Pitt is still playing Moneyball (excellent film) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is battling cancer in 50/50 (reviewed) while the trailer for Clint Eastwood's biopic J. Edgar (with Leo & Armie) keeps playing and Michael Fassbender keeps dominating the arthouse and festival conversation with sexually provocative dramas (A Dangerous Method, Shame). So essentially the current movie landscape is a snapshot of Hollywood's male movie star hierarchy with household name male stars (Hugh Jackman, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio) and the next wave (Ryan Gosling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Armie Hammer, Michael Fassbender) who hope to replace them in the collective imagination of moviegoers.
Of course that's an incomplete picture just like this brand new shot of Armie Hammer as Prince Charming in one of two upcoming Snow White pictures.
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“I’m not that good looking. I think I’m a pretty weird-looking guy. Every role I got up until ‘The Notebook’ [in 2004] was the weirdo, freak, psychopath, nerd, outsider character guy. I think things have changed." — Ryan Gosling to the Chicago Sun Times.
YOUR FEATURE PRESENTATION
Go see DRIVE this weekend. It's the only sensible decision.
You're just going to have to trust me on this one because I'd also urge you not to read any reviews before plunking down the cash. Yeah, I'm bossy. It's better to know nothing about Drive beforehand. The movie won't even give you its protagonists name (he's simply 'the driver' or 'the kid') so don't go digging for info you don't need. I will always be grateful that I saw it "cold". After you've seen it, you'll want to read the reviews anyway. Drive, which erases any lingering doubts (were there any?) that Ryan Gosling is the most exciting young movie star on this side of the Atlantic, also won the best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Nicolas Winding Refn. He's already hinting at another movie with Gosling and after Drive they'd be crazy not to bottle lightning twice.
Drive is just one of those movies, the kind that unfold with such individuality and confidence and sense of possibility that you can almost imagine the celluloid standing up and strutting right past you, knowing full well you're going to turn and look. Yeah, I'm hot shit, it might say, if it weren't so obviously the strong and silent type.
James Marsden tries to fill Dustin Hoffman's shoes in the remake of 70s classic STRAW DOGS co-starring Alexander Skarsgård. Some critics are mad that the new version predictably dumps the smarter meatier elements and subtext for standard thrills but at least Roger Ebert likes it; THE LION KING returns to the big screen for just two weeks in 3-D and they say it's just beautifully retro-fitted. But all moviegoers must ask themselves this question before purchasing a ticket "Can I sleep at night if I continue to enable Hollywood's 3D addiction?"; Two buzzy horny foreign films, Germany's "3" about a straight couple that both fall in love with the same man (from Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer) and Norway's Oscar submission HAPPY HAPPY a marital sex comedy are opening on both coasts;
Finally... SJP is back! (Not that she ever goes away). MORE AFTER THE JUMP...
Ryan Gosling was asked about the recent viral YouTube video in which he was seeing breaking up a street fight in NYC.
"I'm embarrassed. I think that guy really was stealing that other guy's painting, so I should have just kept my nose out of it. It was sad, because it turns out that I said to the guy, 'Why are you doing this?' He said, 'Well, he tried to steal my painting.' I said, 'How do you know?' and he said, 'Well, he comes here every day and looks at my paintings,' which means the guy was a fan, and so he wanted the painting so bad he had to steal it because he couldn't afford it. So he finally steals the painting, and then he's getting his ass kicked by his hero, and then the guy from 'The Notebook' shows up and makes it weirder. It's just, the whole thing, nobody wins, nobody won."
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