All about Ryan Gosling.

Thursday, November 30, 2006


Ryan Gosling was on hand to see his latest flick Half Nelson scoop three of the top gongs at the Gotham Awards in New York this week. The rising Canadian star has been widely praised for his contribution to the movie, in which he stars as a drug-addicted teacher who forms a special bond with one of his students. Director Ryan Fleck praised the 26-year-old actor's quiet intensity, saying his "potential to erupt at any moment" was thrilling to watch. And on Wednesday Ryan joined a roll call of talent - including his co-star Shareeka Epps, who collected a best breakthrough actor trophy - to see the production presented with best film and best director honours. The Gotham Awards, which recognise low budget, independent films, also honoured Kate Winslet and Edward Norton. Tim Robbins received a humanitarian tribute, while the eclectic cast of Babel, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, won best ensemble.Half Nelson, which was produced on a budget of £500,000, beat off stiff competition from Sofia Coppola's revolutionary romp Marie Antoinette and Martin Scorcese's £46-million The Departed.

Source: Hello Magazine Canada.

Ryan Gosling attends Gotham Awards with sis Mandi Gosling in New York
More to come soon!!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Ryan Gosling: The In Contention Interview

Ryan Gosling is a smooth customer. Lacking pretension so much that one can’t even find a hint of his intending to steer clear of it, the actor recently celebrated his 26th birthday on November 12th. This following a year that has seen his directorial debut come to pre-production light, a coveted spot amongst GQ’s annual “Men of the Year” issue and, oh yeah, one of the most acclaimed performances of 2006.
The critically hailed star of “The Believer” and “The Notebook,” Gosling finds himself in the thick of the year’s awards race for his riveting portrayal in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s “Half Nelson.” The film received five Independent Film Spirit award nominations this morning, including Best Male Lead for Gosling.
Greeting me via telephone from Toronto, where he is nearing the end of principle photography on Craig Gillespe’s “Lars and the Real Girl,” the actor seems to have tripped over his sister’s computer chord and is having some trouble with the usual “hellos.” It’s all for the best, really, because when you have a conversation with Ryan Gosling, the last thing you want to do is bog things down in formalities. Gosling is a real guy, attracted to real ideas and, above all else, real characters.
“I had read the script and thought it was about people I had met, people I knew or was like in some way,” he says. “When I go to the movies, I want to feel like I’ve met someone. People who do things out of character, who don’t have a clear character arc, those are the people I’m interested in seeing in a film.”
In “Half Nelson,” Gosling stars as Dan Dunne, a charismatic junior high school history teacher in a drab and dismal Brooklyn neighborhood. Dan’s professional environment is one of enlightenment for his pupils. He captures the spark of their educational hunger and even finds time to coach the girls’ basketball team. But personal demons can haunt even the saintliest of souls, and Dan’s crutch is drug addiction. The allure of the crack pipe frequently pulls him away from the buoyancy he works so hard to construct for his students, dragging him through the realities of crushed idealism.
In some ways not the most sympathetic of individuals, Dan provided for Gosling a character of tangibility and truthfulness.
“I think you have to love and hate the characters you play,” he says. “They’re people. It’s not as simple as sympathizing with them.”
To prepare for the role, Gosling moved to New York for one month before shooting even began, immersing himself in the life of his character. He lived in a small apartment in Brooklyn and spent time shadowing 8th grade teacher David Easton. Speaking matter-of-factly about his methods, Gosling mentions, “There’s a million ways to get there, but it’s a challenge when there’s no real reference for the people you play.”
What might also be considered a challenge for some actors is sharing the screen with untrained thespians.
But Gosling seems to have found a preference of sorts, so much so that he plans on casting his upcoming directorial debut, “The Lord’s Resistance,” with non-actors across the board.
“I love working with non-actors,” he says. “Actors are so manipulative, and non-actors are not. They push you in ways that the best actors in the world can’t.”
One such non-actor is Shareeka Epps, receiving equal praise for her portrayal of Drey in the film. One of Dan’s students who happens upon his secret early in the first act, Drey seems weathered and accustomed for her years, but exuberant and youthful all the same – qualities Gosling also found bursting out of his co-star.
“Shareeka has no reverence, which I really respected,” he explains. “She doesn’t approach any scene with any preciousness. She’s brutally honest and not ashamed of how she feels.”
Finding himself in the heat of contention for Best Actor consideration at this year’s Oscar ceremony, Gosling is predictably apathetic about the awards process. One almost doesn’t want to approach the subject with him, given the expected response from an actor so obviously concerned with the work above anything else. But this is a business of sound bites, and even the most apprehensive awards hopefuls can give you gold in that regard.
“It affects me,” he says of the Oscar race, “in the sense that I’m happy that a film that cost $500,000 can get to a point where this many people are aware of it. Awards – I don’t know who that’s up to, but I appreciate that the film is being received the way it is. I had one of the best experiences of my life on this. We never had to hit any marks. We never had to say anything twice or worry about continuity. You never felt like you were in a scene in a movie. A lot of directors never see it that way. Anna and Ryan have a great eye for the way that we are and the lies we tell about who we are, and that’s rare.”
From here, Gosling will assuredly take it all in stride. The aforementioned “The Lord’s Resistance” is high on his list of priorities. Telling the story of the Lord’s Resistance militia in Uganda, the film looks to be another pointed political entry in the current canon of Africa-centralized cinema. Even still, don’t expect the actor to look too far ahead at the kinds of films he wishes to make, in front of or behind the camera. He holds such judgment to a case-by-case basis.
“I’ll have to wait until I’m tested,” he says. “Films I love have a certain allowance for accidents. When I was a kid, my favorite films were the ‘Abbot and Costello’ movies. I love Werner Herzog’s films, Terry Malick, John Cassavettes. But I’ve got a lot of things I want to do in my life, and not just acting. There’s no anxiety about not having enough time to do all the movies I want to do or anything, but I have to keep it interesting for myself. I don’t want to make the same movie over and over again.”

The Lord's Resistance is the name of his film as a director. Such an interesting title!

Source: In Contention

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

5 nominations for Half Nelson in the Indie awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The hit road comedy "Little Miss Sunshine" and the acclaimed drugs drama "Half Nelson" led the list of contenders on Tuesday for the Independent Spirit Awards, the American art-house world's version of the Oscars.
Each film scored five nominations, including best feature and best director. Another contender in the latter category was Robert Altman, who died last week. He was cited for his work on "A Prairie Home Companion."
Four films, none of them with much widespread name recognition, landed three nominations each: "American Gun," "The Dead Girl," "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" and "Man Push Cart."
The Spirit Awards, in their 22nd year, honor low-budget films based on such criteria as original, provocative subject matter and degree of independent financing. Winners will be unveiled on February 24, the day before the Academy Awards.

There is usually some crossover among nominees for the two awards, but little common ground among the winners. Last year was an exception because Oscar voters recognized a slew of low-budget films, such as "Crash," "Brokeback Mountain" and "Capote," which also were honored at the Spirit Awards.
"Little Miss Sunshine," a box office smash starring Steve Carell and Greg Kinnear, revolves around a family's cross-country trip to attend a girls' beauty pageant. It marked the feature directing debut of music video veterans Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.
Two of its stars, Alan Arkin and Paul Dano, will compete against each other for supporting male. Additionally, rookie screenwriter Michael Arndt was nominated for best first screenplay.
The searing drama "Half Nelson" stars Ryan Gosling as a drug-addicted teacher who forms a special bond with one of his high school students. Ryan Fleck was nominated for best director and first screenplay (along with co-writer Anna Boden). Gosling and Shareeka Epps were nominated for male and female lead, respectively.
Other best feature nominees were "American Gun," "The Dead Girl" and "Pan's Labyrinth." The other nominated directors were Karen Moncrieff for "The Dead Girl" and Steven Soderbergh for "Bubble."
Besides Gosling, the male lead contenders are Aaron Eckhart ("Thank You For Smoking"), Edward Norton ("The Painted Veil"), Ahmad Razvi ("Man Push Cart"), and Forest Whitaker ("American Gun").
In the female lead category, Epps will vie for honors with Catherine O'Hara ("For Your Consideration"), Elizabeth Reaser ("Sweet Land"), Michelle Williams ("Land of Plenty"), and Robin Wright Penn ("Sorry, Haters").
The event is organized by Film Independent, a Los Angeles-based group that fosters indie movies.


Sunday, November 26, 2006

Not about Ryan but about his woman
Guess who was watching the Leaf Hockey Game at Toronto Maple two days ago? Yes it was Rachel McAdams with her mum, not sighting of Ryan, maybe he's busy filming his last scenes of Lars, but she looks great doesn't she?

Source: Forums

Ryan Gosling wins an award for best actor in Stockholm Film Festival

Stockholm, Nov. 26 (AP): Director Laurie Collyer's feature debut ``Sherrybaby'' was named best picture at the 17th annual Stockholm International Film Festival, organizers said on Sunday.
Collyer won the Bronze Horse award for ``a pure and heartbreaking work about survival and dignity,'' the festival jury said.
The film, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, follows a young woman recently released from prison who tries to reconnect with her young daughter while confronting her old life and drug abuse.
``It takes you on a desperate quest for love, through a landscape of struggle, guilt and broken dreams which at times is hard to watch yet impossible to forget,'' the jury said.
Gyllenhaal also won the Best Actress award for her performance in the film, while Ryan Gosling was named Best Actor for his part in director Ryan Fleck's ``Half Nelson.'' The festival, which ends on Sunday, showcased 170 films from nearly 40 countries.

Source: Hindu News

Friday, November 24, 2006

Lars and the real girl
Here I give you a sypnosis I found from the film, looks very interesting.

Creative Information
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider. Kelli Garner
Director: Craig Gillespie
Genre: Comedy

Since the death of his parents at a young age, Lars (Gosling) has locked himself out of the world. Extremely shy, he never lets anyone too close. One day, a co-worker shows Lars a website selling "Real Girls", anatomically correct, life-size dolls. A week later, Lars attends a family dinner with his new doll and introduces her as Bianca, his new fiancée. The family brings Lars to see a therapist but they are urged not to disrupt his disillusion. Word spreads and soon the entire town greets Bianca as a real person. She starts volunteering at the hospital and even gets elected to the local school board. Eventually, both Lars and his community find they are transformed by the bizarre reality of a doll and her surprising effect on their lives. A high-concept comedy from Craig Gillespie, director of the upcoming Mr. Woodcock.

US theatrical release on 27 July 2007 by MGM.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Ryan in CQ Issue
Source: hpnyc7 from the Rachel McAdams forums.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Ryan to appear in the new issue of CQ MAGAZINE
IT'S RAINING MEN: It's not quite Time magazine, but speculation has been growing over who will make GQ's "Men of the Year" issue in December. Playing the field, the title has picked the "comic, musician and actor of our time" to appear on separate covers: Will Ferrell, Jay-Z and Leonardo DiCaprio. Lindsay Lohan is named "obsession of the year" and gives a tongue-and-cheek interview about how she wishes celebrity magazines would write more about her. (Are there enough trees?) Meanwhile, the photographs with the story show Lohan happily ripping up the pages of a tabloid.GQ's December issue also honors Pamela Anderson, who caused a traffic jam during her 40-minute photo shoot with Michael Thompson. She pretended to be hitching a ride on the Pacific Coast Highway, clad in a white bikini. Back to the men, other honorees include Stephen Colbert, Thom Browne (who was interviewed by Simon Doonan), Ryan Gosling and Burberry's Christopher Bailey as designer of the year. Editor in chief Jim Nelson said he asked Terry Richardson to shoot the honorees (excluding Bailey and Anderson) because of his "versatility in style and approach." The issue will hit newsstands Nov. 21. — Amy Wicks.

But here you can see a small peek of the great photoshot he did:

It's been said that Ryan has 2 pages of pictures dedicated to him, as you can see they are new pictures. He has a white shirt on with a black tie and a grey vest. He's sitting in front of a tray full of dessert(cakes, jell-o, ice cream ect..) and through several pictures it shows him playing with the food and the final pic is him smeared with cake all over is face holding a cup of coffee. Delicious!!

Source: CG Magazine

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Today is a special day, it's Ryan's 26th birthday!!!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Vanity Fair

Our favourite couple appear in the new Vanity Fair issue from December 2006 but in separately pictures, check it out.

Source: Ohnotheydidn't.

Review of Fracture
As you all know this film is releasing next year (27 April 2007), but it has already been pre-screened in Pasadena, it was an unfinnished pre-screening but I found a review, check it out:

"Hey Harry and Fiendish Plotters,
Hatchets chopped the freeway. They whapped into cars and hacked drivers inside. In the movie theatre, they pounded people against walls amidst blood gurgled screams. Limbs littered aisles and blood flowed at Pacific Theatres in Pasadena for a work-in-progress screening of Fracture.
Anthony Hopkins shoots his unfaithful wife in the head. The police arrive and he makes a full confession. Then he waives his right to an attorney and defends himself while deliciously gloating at how idiotic everyone else is. Ryan Gosling plays the hotshot assistant D.A. who prosecutes in his final two weeks before going to a lucrative law firm.
Hopkins is wonderful fun as the villain you root for. This is no surprise, but enjoyable nonetheless. Gosling brings sincerity and slyness but lacks gravity. Part of this is due to a miscalculation at the beginning.
The first twenty minutes are devoted solely to Hopkins. If you didn't know better you'd assume the movie was his story. However, it's really Gosling's story about how he handles the case and lets his cockiness get the better of him. The movie never fully recovers from this awkward gearshift.
This can be fixed by introducing Gosling's character earlier. Overall, Fracture needs to be trimmed by 15 to 20 minutes, some from the middle but mostly from the end. It takes WAY too long to arrive at the climatic scene.
With these changes and tightening up overall, director Gregory Hoblit (who also directed the courtroom thriller Primal Fear) should hone this into a fun movie for a weekend afternoon. It's a mystery procedural thriller that works despite a couple questionable plot points. I'm not the only one who enjoys Hopkins as a super smart nasty.
I kicked severed arms and legs away as I exited the theatre. They tumbled down concrete stairs. I hear buzz saws coming.

This description makes us want to see it now, but we have to wait a bit longer. I'm sure it's going to be another success for Ryan.
Source: Aint it cool.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Ryan and the Oscar
There's a new article about Ryan Gosling and the Oscars, Mark Olsen talks about the amazing interpretation of Ryan in Half Nelson, but he says that Ryan is a darkhorse between all the other actors, Ryan doesn't follow everyone's step, he shines by his own, it seems quite obvious that previous Oscar winners had a lot of promotion behind their backs. But there is a hope, because we know that Ryan Gosling deserves it more than anyone.
Wild cards in Oscar's deck
Five unlikely actors who could be joining the game.
By Mark Olsen , The Envelope. November 8, 2006
The outside man:
Ryan Gosling's performance in "Half Nelson" is arguably the year's best reviewed. Yet Gosling isn't at the top of many Oscar lists. He could probably be a bigger star — a leading-man, Hollywood-actor type. Rather, with performances such as his startlingly alive turn in "Half Nelson" as a drugged-out high school teacher taking tentative first steps toward changing his life, the actor is charting a path entirely his own.
" There is this idea in Hollywood," Gosling says, "and I've seen it work for people, where the unspoken rule is 'Do two for them and one for yourself.' And that's kind of considered a fact. I've never really found that to be true for me. I've gotten more opportunities out of working on things I believed in than I ever did on things that weren't special to me."Gosling is unabashedly direct as to why he has become so specific about the roles he'll take on.
"Listen, I've done a lot. I've been working since I was 12. I worked a long time without any freedom, where I was just selling ad space on TV and saying the lines I was supposed to say and trying to please people. And it took me a long time to get to a place were I felt I could work for myself and work for the experience."
Source: The Envelope.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

McGosling sightings

No new pictures of the most lovely couple of Hollywood. But we have a few new sightings of fans that have seen the couple around Toronto where our Ryan is actually filming.

Lora's sighting: "I was out in Toronto having dinner Saturday night and Rachel and Ryan came in looking very cute and yes, very together! We were at Xacutti on College. They sat next to each and he had his arm around her pretty much the whole time. They were there with two other girls, someone said that one was her sister but I don't know for sure."

Katy H sighting: “I had lunch with a friend at Cafe La Gaffe on Baldwin yesterday and when we arrived Rachel and Ryan were there having brunch with a few other people. They seemed very cute together, mildly cuddly but not nauseatingly so, and I was impressed with how great she looks in person.”

It must be so sweet seeing them together! Love is all around!

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