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See, Hear, Read: March’s best movie, music and book release

See, Hear, Read: The Place Beyond the PinesDerek Cianfrance did the small and intimate thing in his acclaimed 2010 film, Blue Valentine, about a relationship going belly-up in slow motion. He returns with this epic, generation-spanning saga about fathers and sons, sin and redemption. Ryan Gosling, sporting a bleached blond ’do, plays a motorcycle stunt rider who turns to crime to support his girlfriend and their new baby. Bradley Cooper co-stars as the squeaky-clean cop on his tail. What sounds like the set-up for a conventional action thriller is instead the basis of a brooding, gorgeously shot character study.

The Place Beyond the Pines, Directed by Derek Cianfrance (March 29)

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TIFF WEEKEND ROUNDUP: The celeb sightings, best fashion and gossip

The new king of TIFF? (George Pimentel/Getty Images Entertainment)

There’s more to TIFF than just red carpets and parties. There’s also shameless celeb gawking and stalking, glamorous gowns and little tidbits of gossip that occasionally slip out at parties. Here’s a roundup of some of our favourite moments from the first weekend:

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TIFF Deals: That Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes flick (The Place Beyond the Pines) scoops up distribution

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The Place Beyond the Pines, a crime drama starring Ryan Gosling, his lady love Eva Mendes and their well-documented white-hot chemistry, just scored a distribution deal. Focus Features walked away with the U.S. distribution rights, although a number of big-name companies (like The Weinstein Co.) were interested in the film as well. Insiders told the Hollywood Reporter the arrangement cost roughly $2.5 million. Director Derek Cianfrance worked with the Goz in the successful (and super heart-breaking) Blue Valentine, so it’s no surprise The Place Beyond the Pines got snapped up so quickly after premiering Friday (the two were seen hugging on the red carpet). In the thriller, Gosling plays a bleach-blond, motorcycle-riding, bank-robbing loner trying to support his girlfriend (Mendes) and their son. Bradley Cooper stars as a rookie cop, hot on Gosling’s tail. Which is…hot. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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TIFF RED CARPET: Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and many man hugs at The Place Beyond the Pines

TIFF RED CARPET: Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and many man hugs at The Place Beyond the Pines

Thanks to crawling traffic, Ryan Gosling and his girlfriend and co-star Eva Mendes were late to the world premiere of The Place Beyond the Pines. Not that the crowd held it against the Goz—they erupted into a near riot when they spied his dark blond locks emerging from a car outside the Princess of Wales. (He bleached his hair for his role as a bank-robbing stunt motorcycle driver, but we’re happy to report it’s back to its normal hue.) Inside, there was no less love going around: Gosling hugged co-star Bradley Cooper and director Derek Cianfrance, while Cooper gave the Cianfrance a hug plus a high-five. And Mendes, wearing a lacey Dolce and Gabbana sheath, blew reporters kisses, lest they feel left out. Actress Jennifer Lawrence even showed—in Dior, no less—to lend moral support (Cooper and Lawrence worked together on The Silver Linings Playbook, which premieres tonight at TIFF). The only thing not getting any love? Gosling’s look, which lacked a tie—if he’s planning to be in Fifty Shades of Grey, he’s going to need some neckwear.

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TIFF GIFs: Ryan Gosling shows a little love for The Place Beyond the Pines director Derek Cianfrance

Gosling and Cienfrance at the Princess of Wales red carpet for The Place Beyond the Pines (Image: Sonia Recchia/Getty Images Entertainment)

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The 50 buzziest films of TIFF 2012: we slice through the hype so you don’t have to

The 50 buzziest films of TIFF 2012
Single tickets for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival go on sale this Sunday, September 2. And with a record 372 films being screened (146 of them world premieres), it can be daunting trying to figure out which ones are actually worth the $20 (or $40, for galas and special presentations) and hours in line. The solution: our guide to the 50 most talked-about movies at the festival this year, in which we scrutinize the advance hype (and the buzz from Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and Venice) to separate the must-sees from the flicks that only a mother could love.

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CONFIRMED: Stop everything! Ryan Gosling is set to attend TIFF 2012

Gosling, in a clearing near some pines (Image: TIFF)

That’s right, the Almighty Goz will be back in Toronto for this year’s film festival. Cue unadulterated fawning, slobbering and hyperbolic statements of all types (and that’s just from us). Starring in two much-ballyhooed blockbusters—Drive (a good movie) and The Ides of March (not such a good movie)—and looking devastatingly handsome everywhere he went, the London, Ontario-born actor was pretty much the king of last year’s festival. He proved himself a charmer of George Clooney proportions, took his mom on a date and hung out with noted party animal Dave Matthews on the festival social circuit. This time around, he’s in town for his turn as a professional motorcycle rider-cum-bank robber in Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines—which just so happens to co-star Gosling’s girlfriend, Eva Mendes. Hot red carpet makeout? Yes, please.

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TIFF to Tinseltown: a tour of the 14 Oscar-nominated films that screened at TIFF

The Toronto International Film Festival may not have the glamour of Cannes, the street cred of Berlin or the skiing of Sundance, but it does have one thing going for it: it’s the unofficial kickoff of Oscar season. The filmmakers who come here every September to show and sell—a full five months before the awards ceremony—are well aware that they’re already in the race to the Kodak Theatre. The early jockeying often pays off: 14 of the 36 feature films nominated for Academy Awards this year screened here (the dubious likes of TRON: Legacy and Salt, for the record, did not). Before the big tally on Sunday night, we take a look at the films that embarked on their trip to the golden boy’s antechamber right here in our backyard.

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Q&A with Derek Cianfrance: Blue Valentine director says Williams and Gosling’s Oscar potential was clear from the get-go

Derek Cianfrance doesn’t need to hear Mo’Nique announce the Oscar nominations on January 25. He knew his lead actors, 30-year-old Ontarian Ryan Gosling and 30-year-old Michelle Williams, were giving Oscar-worthy performances from their first day on the set of the romantic drama Blue Valentine. For the 36-year-old, relaxed in a snap-button plaid shirt and scuffed-up white leather dress shoes at Toronto’s InterContinental hotel, the awards buzz began “the first time that Ryan and Michelle were together [on-set].”

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Q&A with Blue Valentine director: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams’ latest “like a documentary of two people falling in love”

From left to right: producer Alex Orlovsky, producer Lynette Howell, actor Faith Wladyka, actor Ryan Gosling, director Derek Cianfrance, and producer Jamie Patricof attend the Blue Valentine premiere at Ryerson Theatre on September 15, 2010 (Image: Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

Did you know Ryan Gosling had a brother? Neither did he. But the producers of Half-Nelson were on to something when they insisted Gosling meet “his brother,” Derek Cianfrance—the man who would eventually become the director of Gosling’s new flick Blue Valentine. Derek not only shares a passing physical resemblance to the Cornwall, Ontario, superstar (blue eyes, sandy hair), but they’re also the kind of guys who can spend nine-hour dinners talking about love. The film screened on Wednesday as part of TIFF, and we got to sit down with the director for a one-on-one.

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Spy on the stars: midday interview series on Peter Street makes it easy to see celebs

Owen and Franco and Keener, oh my

Contrary to popular belief, stars don’t only come out at night, spottable only as they rush from black SUVs to VIP sections. We’ve figured out a way to see them in broad daylight. Over the course of TIFF, our friends at the film site IndieWire are hosting a series of lunchtime interviews with Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, David Schwimmer and James Franco, to name just a few. The chats will be on the ground floor of the spanking new Filmmaker’s Lounge (134 Peter Street), which has massive windows that overlook the street. Downtowners are welcome to come by and gawk. BlackBerry users can even ask the stars questions by texting them to PIN number 20878C9E.

The whole schedule of which stars will appear on which day, after the jump.

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50 Buzziest TIFF Films: what to see, what to skip and how to slice through the hype

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for all the screenings at TIFF 2010, but with over 300 titles, guessing at what film is worth the money (and queuing) is as challenging as ever. Well, fear not: our guide cuts through the hype surrounding the 50 most anticipated flicks to reveal which films are likely to give the most bang for your buck.

See our picks and rejects »

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Celebrities confirmed for TIFF: Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Mirren and more

Helen Mirren will be coming to plug Brighton Rock (Image: Rubenstein)

Alliance Films is the first distributor to confirm its TIFF lineup and talent, giving us a preliminary look at the stars we’ll be stalking in September. Here, a list of some big films and the celebs who’ll be here to promote them.

1. Blue Valentine
Derek Cianfrance (Director)
Ryan Gosling

2. Brighton Rock
Rowan Joffe (Director)
Helen Mirren
Andrew Riseborough

3. Fubar II
Michael Dowse (Writer/director)
Dave Lawrence (Writer/actor)
Paul Spence

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