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We added a lot of additional and high quality photos of Ryan during “The Place Beyond the Pines” premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. We also replaced a bunch of photos with a better version, many thanks to my good friend Jess for donating those to us!

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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.
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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.

The Place Beyond the Pines” is one of the ‘hottest’ titles at the Toronto International Film Festival. THR is reporting that The Weinstein Co. is making a big push for the movie.

TORONTO — In talks that could lead to the first major acquisition deal of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, The Weinstein Co. is aggressively pursuing Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines.

The drama — starring Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes — made its world premiere Friday night at the festival. Buyers turned out in force to see the film, one of the most-hyped acquisition titles of the festival.

A source close to the dealmaking tells The Hollywood Reporter that The Weinstein has put in a bid for the film and a deal could be imminent. If so, TWC would make a natural home for the movie, having released Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine, also starring Gosling, in 2010.

WME and CAA are co-repping domestic rights to Beyond the Pines, a multi-generational drama about family and the cycle of violence, from producers Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Sierra/Affinity, Jamie Patricof, Alex Orlovsky and Lynette Howell.

Buyers had been offered a chance to bid on Beyond the Pines sight-unseen. TWC was among those making a pitch, but dealmaking stepped up upon the film’s premiere.

However, many buyers at Friday’s screening stressed that they wanted to gauge the film’s reviews before making an offer.
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The first “The Place Beyond the Pines” reviews are coming in, we will round them up in this update. So keep checking back. The first reviews sound promising!

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“That the film is strongly acted across the board, the final pieces in helping Cianfrance deliver his first grand opus, is almost an afterthought. Gosling, Cooper, Mendes and Mendelsohn all do terrific work (the latter continuing to astonish at how easily he can shapeshift into roles).”
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September 8th, 2012
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Christina Hendricks, who will star in Ryan’s directorial debut “How to Catch a Monster“, talked to Vulture about the movie.

When it was announced that Ryan Gosling would be directing his first movie, a fantasy film that he wrote, and he had cast Christina Hendricks in the lead role, the project quickly became Vulture’s new favorite movie before even a frame of footage had been shot. “That’s a good place to start!” enthused Hendricks when we caught up with her today at the Toronto Film Festival. So how did the movie come about? Did Gosling ring her up and say simply, “Hey girl, I’ve got a script for you?”

“I don’t think he said ‘Hey girl,’ but the rest of it’s true,” laughed Hendricks, who says it was “crazy flattering” to get the offer. “His first big film, and he could have gotten anyone!” she said. “It was very heartwarming and the biggest compliment ever.”

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Ryan attended “The Place Beyond the Pines” premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival a few hours ago. We added the first pictures in our gallery, we expect a lot more additions today/this week so keep checking back!

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The Place Beyond the Pines” will have it’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and will also hit the buyers market. According to an article of Los Angeles Times the movie is the top movie to see for buyers.

‘The Place Beyond the Pines,’ with Ryan Gosling, will screen to ‘salivating’ buyers at Toronto International Film Festival. Also for sale: ‘Imogene,’ more.

Though dozens of movies will be seeking distribution when the Toronto International Film Festival opens Thursday, there’s one that tops nearly every major buyer’s must-see list: “The Place Beyond the Pines.”

The movie stars Ryan Gosling as a motorcyclist who begins robbing banks to provide for his family, and Bradley Cooper as a hotshot cop on the biker’s tail. It was written and directed by Derek Cianfrance, who collaborated with Gosling on the 2010 critical darling “Blue Valentine.”

” ‘Place Beyond the Pines’ is the movie that has many of us salivating,” said Lia Buman, head of acquisitions for FilmDistrict, echoing the sentiment of several other acquisitions executives. “There are a lot of other films that think they have the goods. But most buyers believe [‘Pines’] really has the goods.”

“Pines” producers are playing down expectations for its Toronto world premiere. Buzz is a tricky thing for an available film-festival title; you can be choked by too much just as easily as by too little.

But the pedigree of the dark drama — combined with the fact that even high-powered buyers have not been shown the film before the festival — has stoked anticipation for the movie’s Friday evening debut. (The prospect of Gosling as a morally conflicted criminal with superior driving skills has also inevitably drawn comparisons to last year’s “Drive.”)
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We reported before that Ryan was one of the names mentioned by media outlets as one of the choices to be the lead in the movie adaption of “Fifty Shades of Grey“.

Now some new reports have surfaced that the husband of the author confirmed Ryan is the top choice.

As if Ryan Gosling could get any hotter, now comes word that the super-sexy actor might be up for his most sizzling role yet—Christian Grey!

According to reports, the husband of Fifty Shades of Grey author E. L. James is dishing that Gosling is in talks for the lead role in the upcoming big screen adaptation of the erotic novel.

Cue the swooning.

James’ hubby Niall Leonard tells the U.K.’s Now magazine that the “last he heard” Gosling is the No. 1 choice to play Christian Grey.

Reps for the 31-year-old Drive star did not immediately comment on the casting rumors, but we’re sure every lady around is saying, “Yes!” to this idea.
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