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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.

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.

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.

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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

Ryan and Dead Man’s Bones were on the schedule to appear at this years FYF Fest (I won’t say the whole name, you can look it up)

And so far the reviews have been great for the two guys and their brood of talented little singers.

I have added the photos from the event to the gallery  – please enjoy!


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Dead Mans Bones > Shows > FYF Fest 2010 – 09/04

Pa Pa Power video

August 29th, 2010

Ryan and Zach released this great 12min music video for ‘Pa Pa Power’.  It was filmed at Chancellor Place in California.  The interaction is amazing and the particapation of the residents.


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 fyffest@gmail.com. Hope to see you on Saturday


Buy tickets: here

Pitchfork has four Dead Mans Bones behind the scenes videos on their site.

They are very entertaining, a wonderful watch and inside look at The Dead Mans Bones tour this past Fall (2009)


Thanks to BlackBook Magazine we have this diary of a show of Dead Man’s Bones.
For copyright issues I will post a excerpt and post you the link for you to read it there;

I would only allow a picture to be taken of me if I could do 15 push-ups right before. Unfortunately, I can only do 30 push-ups each day, so there are only two pictures of me. Also, all this paint was seeping through the canvas onto the floor. We had to paint the whole floor black again before we left. Also, our friend who owned this space was pissed. Also, we’re never allowed to darken the doors here again. —Ryan

This is a portrait of two guys who have no idea what they are doing. Good thing a bunch of our friends were there to help. We spent two weekends painting through the night with them. When we finished the set, we cut out the sky and a friend sewed a bunch of Christmas lights into a sheet to make stars. After we used it at the Bob Baker shows, we took it on the road with us.

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