"When I came out here, LA was nothing. Back East, I was a gangster. Out here, I was a God." That's Sean Penn doing his best Al Pacino impression. He's wearing a hat.
"It doesn't seem right that he should have so much while others have so little." That's Ryan Gosling as a suave, gangster-hunting good guy. He's also wearing a hat.
Put them together and whaddayagot? A LOT of hat-wearing. But that's not all. Imagine Nick Nolte, Josh Brolin and loads of other guys ALL WEARING HATS. Now imagine them being given really cool things to say like "You can't shoot me, you're a cop". Now imagine with them guns. And suits. And really cool music.
Now stop imagining and watch the trailer for Ruben Zombieland Fleischer's Gangster Squad (full HD is over at Apple) - it's conclusive proof once and for all that even if your film looks all over the place, Ryan Gosling in a hat makes everything better. (Warning: Trailer features perhaps the coolest final 10 seconds of a video ever.)
As you already know, I have an unhealthy obsession with Jean Dujardin's eyebrows. So rather than rant and blather on about the 2012 Oscar nominations, I'll let The Artist's facial hair do the talking for me. Until I get home from work this evening when I'll probably start blathering on anyway - because that, apparently, is what the internet is for.
Mostly, the Oscar nominations this year are as we all expected. But not quite. To begin with, Hugo is leading the pack. Yes, Martin Scorsese's Hugo has 11 nominations compared to Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, which has 10. Add to that Melissa McCarthy's Best Supporting Actress nod for Bridesmaids...
If you've seen David Fincher's Dragon Tattoo, the opening credits probably blew you away with their angry, sub-Bond style and loud cover of Led Zeppelin's The Immigrant Song by Trent Reznor and Karen O. At the very least, they should have made a strong impression, presuming you don't already think that it was the best title sequence of the whole year.
Now, you can watch those Dragon Tattoo opening credits online - thanks to Tim Miller and Blur Studio's superb design, it's 154 seconds of your life that you won't regret losing.
Yet to make your mind up about your favourite titles from the past 12 months? Read on for the top 5 opening credits of 2011.
Get your scorpion jackets on, boys.* This limited edition Drive Scalextric set has all the thrills and car chase excitement from Nicolas Winding Refn's action-packed blockbuster. For those looking for quieter, existential drama, simply unplug the remotes and watch as Ryan Gosling's patented painted in-car expression conveys a range of emotions without actually moving. Yes, the Drive Scalextric slot car racing box set has something for everyone. Providing they like driving. Or Ryan Gosling.*
And, if you order the Drive Scalextric for Christmas in the next two weeks, as well as the authentic Ryan Gosling driving gloves, you even get a free limited edition hammer to batter people's brains in.
* Note: Ryan Gosling and scorpion jacket not included.
For more Christmas gift ideas, keep opening the i-Flicks Advent Calendar.
Director: George Clooney
Cast: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Paul Giamatii, Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Politics is bad. It’s shocking, I know, but it turns out that Presidential Elections are a hotbed of backstabbing and betrayal. Which is why the morally-minded Governor Morris (Clooney) offers such a ray of hope for assistant campaign manager Steve (Gosling). But can ethics and idealism survive in such a cutthroat world? (Spoiler: it can’t.)
Ryan Gosling. The Gosling. Old Gozzles. Whatever you call him, it's undeniable that at the moment, he's the sexiest guy on the big screen (and that doesn't depend on the big screen).
Yeah, that Ryan Gosling is so hot right now. But he's been hot for some time. Since The Notebook, he's been a heartthrob for girls (and boys) around the world, but with The Ides of March out this year and Drive and Crazy, Stupid, Love making a glorious Gosling sandwich this week, he's getting everyone's love juices flowing more than ever.
So what's his secret? Allow us to introduce the Ryan Gosling acting masterclass. After careful detailed analysis of Old Gozzle's performances, we have distilled his entire acting technique into a few easy-to-follow tips. Here are seven simple steps to make you as cool as Ryan Gosling.
Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone
The male mid-life crisis is having a moment in Hollywood. From the superior Greenberg to the lamentable Hall Pass, the struggling 40-something man is flavour of the month. But the issue now, after that terrible Owen Wilson film, is how to make it good again. Crazy, Stupid, Love is a decent attempt. Played as a confusing mish-mash of buddy comedy and family drama, it does a good job of fine-tuning the formula.
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks
"What do you do?" asks Carey Mulligan, sitting nervously in the kitchen. Ryan Gosling stands still. He says nothing. Then, after a few seconds, he smiles slowly. "I drive," he says. That's pretty much all there is to Drive: Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller is made up of 10% car chases, 20% Carey Mulligan, and 70% Ryan Gosling standing still, saying nothing, pausing for a few seconds, and then smiling slowly. Needless to say, it adds up to one big load of awesome.
We all know that Ryan Gosling's gorgeous and amazing. We also know that George Clooney is gorgeous and amazing.
But while The Ides of March is gearing up to be all gorgeous and amazing at the Venice Film Festival, there's a new The Ides of March clip up on t'internet. And you know what? It's gorgeous. And amazing.
Part of that credit goes straight to Evan Rachel Wood, whose sparky intern completely out-charms Gosling's campaign manager. The clip's only 62 seconds, but if Grant Heslov and George Clooney's screenplay is anything to go by - and given Good Night, and Good Luck, it probably is - then this adaptation of Beau Willimon's play is going to be superb.
The Ides of March is out in the UK on Friday 28th October. You can expect it to turn up during the first week of the London Film Festival, but until then, check out The Ides of March trailer, or read on for the new video.
"I don't have to play dirty anymore. I have morals!"
So speaks Ryan Gosling's press spokesman in the run-up to the US presidential election. The guy who keeps George Clooney's candidate smiling at the crowds and kissing the right babies, he's there to get the best man in the White House. Until Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti come along with a tempting offer...
Directed by George Clooney, The Ideas of March is based on the play Farragut North by Beau Willimon. Dealing in the double-crossing of politics, it's exactly the kind of territory that the Good Night, and Good Luck director enjoys - which is no doubt why Clooney's co-writer, Grant Heslov, is joining him on scripting duties again.
In other words, if you haven't guessed by now, The Ides of March looks awesome. It's out on Friday 28th October in the UK. Read on for The Ides of March trailer, as well as the amazing poster.