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THR reported before that The Weinstein Co. was pushing to buy “The Place Beyond the Pines” but now Deadline is reporting that Focus Features is frontrunner to buy the movie.
Focus Features has become the frontrunner and is in serious negotiations to acquire The Place Beyond The Pines, the Derek Cianfrance-directed drama that came into the Toronto Film Festival as one of the highest profile acquisition titles. I’m hearing that a deal could close by tomorrow morning. Focus was among several suitors that sparked to a film that stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta and Rose Byrne. Gosling plays a motorcycle stunt rider who considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop who is on a political track. CAA and WME have been brokering the sale together since the film premiered Friday at the Princess of Wales Theater. Source
Update: Deadline updated their original post, they report Focus Features indeed signed on as distributor of the movie. Let’s hope more news, and a release date, will be announced soon.
I’m told that Focus Features indeed closed a distribution deal for one of Toronto’s hottest acquisition titles, the Derek Cianfrance-directed The Place Beyond The Pines. The negotiations between the Focus acquisition team and the sellers at WME and CAA went into the wee hours of the morning before the deal was made. I’m still trying to confirm the numbers, but it was a few million dollars commitment for a film that has gotten good reaction but which might need to be honed and trimmed a bit for maximum theatrical bang. The big question now is whether this will prime the pump and get the deal volume going. I’m hearing such good things about the acquisition titles that have screened so far that I’m going to say it is inevitable and that sellers and buyers have a lot of late night negotiations ahead of them over the next few days.
We reported yesterday Ryan was considered to star alongside Johnny Depp in Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” but according to EW a rep of Ryan confirmed the rumors weren’t true. He will be filming “Logan’s Run” in the fall.
Tonto’s going to need another partner: A rep for Ryan Gosling has confirmed to EW that the Blue Valentine actor will not be playing the title character in Disney’s big-screen version of The Lone Ranger, which is scheduled to head to theaters in 2014. Over the weekend, various outlets reported that the actor was in talks to star alongside Johnny Depp (as Tonto) in the movie. Reports of the talks, however, were premature, as Gosling’s schedule was not yet firmed up. The actor will next appear in July 29′s Crazy, Stupid, Love. Source
On iTunes as of January 25th and in stores as of February 1st.
One of the best aspects of Derek Cianfrance‘s film is the excellent soundtrack, provided by Brooklyn indie favorites Grizzly Bear. While not an original score (the band were originally meant to write new music for the project, but when the start date was pushed, they ran out of time), the collection of instrumental versions of tracks from the band’s back catalogue was still one of the very best aural treats that’s been found on the big screen of late. There’d be no confirmed word of a soundtrack release until now, but Lakeshore Records have kindly, and exclusively, given us details of the release, which hits stores on February 1st. Update: iTunes release date has been bumped up to January 25.
You may recall PitchFork as the production which released Ryan and Zach’s tour video from DeadMans Bones 2009 Oct state to state tour. Grizzly Bear has teamed up with Derek in creating the films soundtrack. Ryan is also credited on it for his song ‘You Always Hurt The Ones You Love’ (sung most recently live on Jimmy Kimmel)
The track listing is below along with a youtube preview
“Blue Valentine” Soundtrack Tracklisting
01. Granny Diner – Grizzly Bear
02. In Ear Park – Department of Eagles
03. Easier (Instrumental) – Grizzly Bear
04. Lullabye (Instrumental) – Grizzly Bear
05. I Live With You (Instrumental) – Grizzly Bear
06. Foreground (Instrumental) – Grizzly Bear
07. Dory (Instrumental) – Grizzly Bear
08. You Always Hurt The Ones You Love – Ryan Gosling 09. You and Me – Penny & the Quarters
10. Shift (Alternate Version) – Grizzly Bear
11. Alligator (feat. Zach Condon, Dave Longstreth & Amber Coffman) [Choir Version] – Grizzly Bear
12. Easier – Grizzly Bear
13. Lullaby – Grizzly Bear
14. I Live With You – Grizzly Bear
15. Foreground – Grizzly Bear
Dead Man’s Bones will be holding a special event July 3rd (Saturday) for $25 at the Center for Arts (same venue as last weekends concert)
They have given special instructions if you dare to come…
We are encouraging everyone attending this show to wear attire that would resemble a 50′s dance. This is not a show. This is an event. This is a sock hop. The dance you’ve waiting for and we hope that you can make it out. Ryan and Zach will be djing after Dead Man’s Bones set and we would love for everyone to stay and dance with us! It’s going to be an amazing night. This event is all ages. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you on Saturday