First “Lost Rivers” Promotional Stills

Apr 18 • by Lindsey • 1 Comment »Gallery, How To Catch a Monster

The Film Stage revealed new details on “Lost Rivers“, previously titled “How To Catch A Monster“. The movie is selected for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

“Ryan [Gosling] works in a very free way, he’s constantly in an artistic frame of mind,” star Iain De Caestecker recently said when it comes to Lost River, Gosling’s debut, which was just confirmed for a Cannes Film Festival premiere. The actor went on to unveil more of the plot and explain the source of the new title (which shifted from How to Catch a Monster), saying, “All I can really say is that it centers around a family. There’s my character, Bones, his mother and his younger brother. There’s also a girl next door played by Saoirse Ronan, called Rat.”

He added, “It’s about this family living in a town called Lost River, which is perhaps a place that was once full of family and happiness and love, and is now this town that’s slowly descending into a place without any hope. This family is holding onto the foundations of their house and everything they think they need to hold onto.” With the director already exclaiming the film nods to David Lynch, the first trippy image has now dropped, featuring star Christina Hendricks enclosed in…something. We’re quite excited for this one, so check it out below (and a new still of Gosling on set above) for the film also starring Ben Mendohlson, Matt Smith, Barbara Steele , and Eva Mendes.

Official Plot: Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, BILLY, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while BONES, her eighteen-year-old 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.

Gallery links:
2014 – Lost River > Production Stills
2014 – Lost River > On Set – Official

‘Lost River’ To Screen in Cannes

Apr 17 • by Luciana • No CommentsHow To Catch a Monster

As we expected, Ryan’s directorial debut ‘Lost River’ will debut in Cannes. And yes, it’s not titled as ‘How to Catch a Monster’ anymore, as Variety is reporting. Cannes line-up was unveiled today, and ‘Lost River’ will be screening – not under competition, but in Un Certain Regard – and since Ryan is the director, we are expecting him to attend it.

Cannes Film Festival runs from May 14th to May 25th.

Ryan Hired a Dream Analyst for “How to Catch a Monster”

Mar 9 • by Luciana • No CommentsHow To Catch a Monster

For his directorial debut, the upcoming surreal fantasy How to Catch a Monster, Ryan Gosling (who also wrote the film) hired a dream analyst to advise his actors. Let that soak in for a minute: Ryan Gosling had his cast consult with a dream analyst. It’s an eccentric move, even for a guy as eccentric (and dreamy) as Gosling. But, as with all things Quirky Gosling, it’s pretty fantastic as well. According to Saoirse Ronan, who stars in the film alongside Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, and Matt Smith, the analyst was a woman named Greta. She had the actors write themselves letters each night — something along the lines of, “Dear inner self, if it is your will, reveal to me in a dream tonight what my character’s relationship is to this other character,” Ronan told Vulture. Then they let their subconscious provide the answers.

“We would come in the next day to discuss our dreams with each other, and act them out,” says Ronan, who stars in this weekend’s new Wes Anderson film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. “I’d tell Greta, ‘Listen, I don’t know what this is, but I was doing this last night, and then this person popped up [in my dream]‘ and she’d make sense out of it. And that was our rehearsal.” By sharing their dreams — recurring dreams in Hendricks’s case — “it made us become very close,” Ronan said. “It was a very new method for me, because all of a sudden, Ryan was encouraging us to incorporate our own personalities into our characters, how you feel about things, what your anxieties are, and things like that.”

Ronan plays a girl called Rat in the movie. (Because “she kind of lives like a rat,” Ronan explains.) “She lives in this house with her grandmother, and her grandmother’s a hoarder, and there’s lots of man-made tunnels within the house, because there’s so much memorabilia that the grandmother’s collected over the years. And I had a pet rat, Nick. Ryan had shown me photos, and he said, ‘So these are the rats we can choose from.’ And there was this beautiful white Siberian rat, like a Russian rat, or something like that, and he had beautiful eyes, and I thought, Oh! He’s really nice. And Ryan was like, ‘Oh! I think we’re going to go with a sewer rat. The mousey, brown-gray sewer rat.’” But by and large, Gosling was the expert collaborator you’d expect him to be, allowing for improvisation, and getting everyone psyched to shoot the same scene in different locations. “It kind of felt like a guerrilla-style filmmaking experience,” Ronan said. “We’d learn our scenes the night before, and then he’d tell us to just forget about that, and just chat. I found it very brave, for him to have so much trust in his cast.”

Read the whole article at Vulture.

“How To Catch A Monster” On Set Gallery Update

Jun 7 • by Lindsey • 1 Comment »Gallery, How To Catch a Monster

We added the missing on set pictures of Ryan filming “How To Catch A Monster” in Detroit in our gallery.

Gallery links:
2014 – How to Catch a Monster > Behind the scenes > On Set – May 13, 2013
2014 – How to Catch a Monster > Behind the scenes > On Set – May 26, 2013
2014 – How to Catch a Monster > Behind the scenes > On Set – May 31, 2013

Ryan skips Cannes for ‘HTCAM’ shooting

May 23 • by Lindsey • No CommentsHow To Catch a Monster, Only God Forgives

Ryan did not attend yesterday’s premiere and press conference for “Only God Forgives” at Cannes Film Festival. THR is reporting that a letter from Ryan was read during the press conference of the movie.

If the rain isn’t enough to dampen spirits Wednesday, the absence of star Ryan Gosling might do so. The star is skipping the red carpet premiere of Only God Forgives to stay in Detroit to continue shooting his directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster.

Festival organizers and Croisette gossips had been anxiously waiting all week for word on if the actor would attend. At the morning press conference for the film, festival director Thierry Fremaux instead read a letter in which the actor said travel restrictions were preventing him from flying and apologized for not being able to make it from the Motor City to the Med.

“I do not have the right to fly while I’m filming,” Gosling stated in the letter, citing insurance restrictions while he works. “I tried everything to bend the insurance company, but it fell on deaf ears.”
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How To Catch A Monster’ Sees Strong Sales

May 18 • by Luciana • No CommentsHow To Catch a Monster

Variety is reporting that Sierra/Affinity has sold 20 international markets for Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, fantasy drama “How to Catch a Monster.”

The project is selling at Cannes. Warner Bros acquired U.S. rights to the project last week.

Territories sold include Australia/New Zealand (Entertainment One Australia); Benelux (Cineart); Canada (Entertainment One Canada); CIS (Top Film Distribution/DK Media); France (Wild Side); Latin America (Sun Distribution); Scandinavia (Scanbox); United Kingdom (Entertainment One UK)

Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are producing along with Gosling through his Phantasma Films and Michel Litvak and David Lancaster through Bold Films. The script, written by Gosling, centers on a single mother swept into a dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town.

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