What Are Ryan Gosling And Rooney Mara Doing On Stage With The Black Lips At Austin City Limits Music Festival?

Nothing screams frenzy like a celebrity sighting, or two, at a musical festival. Yesterday, “Did you see Ryan Gosling?” texts were already reaching our crew while we battled the heat at the opening day of Austin City Limits Music Festival. We laughed at the mere thought of actually running into a celebrity (aside from the ones we interviewed) amidst at least 50,000 people. Turns out spotting Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara was not as impossible as it seemed if you were watching the Black Lips perform. Read more…

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Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale All In One Movie? Thank You, Terrence Malick

Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and Michael Fassbender are reportedly starring in a Terrence Malick movie

So, I’m still scratching my head about The Tree of Life and What It All Means, and whether that whole movie was just really, really pretty to look at without being as deep as it seemed. But I think it’s now time to give director Terrence Malick the benefit of the doubt as a genius, because he apparently has made the best casting decision since … well, since Steven Soderbergh made Magic Mike. According to IndieWire, and a really grainy photo, Michael Fassbender filmed a scene with Ryan Gosling in Austin over the weekend for Malick’s next movie. A movie that also happens to star Christian Bale. Can you possibly wrap your head around this magnificence? The only reason I haven’t spontaneously combusted is because I knew I had to bring you this news. Read more…

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Tree Of Life, Bridesmaids, The Descendants Among Weekend’s Top Award Winners

While Hollywood accountants were having heart attacks over the worst box office weekend in years, movie critics all over the country were doing their best to make sure the year’s best films get their due — if not in cash, then at least with a little extra buzz leading up to the Oscars. The American Film Institute, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Online, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle made their picks, adding to what we’ve already heard from the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle and the Independent Spirit Awards nominations. Here’s whose looking good so far:

Tree of Life, which was tailor-made for critics and film geeks, was named a top 10 film by AFI and the NYFCO; star Jessica Chastain was named Breakthrough Performer by the latter and Best Supporting Actress by the LAFCA (for Tree and five other films); NYCFO, LAFCA and SFFCC all named Terrence Malick Best Director; and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki earned Best Cinematography from those three and the BSFC.

Bridesmaids, which isn’t likely to earn any Oscar nods but will probably earn a few Golden Globe nominations, was named an AFI top 10 (Melissa McCarthy and the whole ensemble cast were also recognized by the NYCFO and the BSFC).
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It’s Okay. Sean Penn Didn’t Get Tree Of Life Either

Now you can stop pretending you understood it when people bring it up at parties: Sean Penn’s Tree Of Life role was as confusing to him as it was to…any other person watching the movie. “I didn’t at all find on the screen the emotion of the script, which is the most magnificent one that I’ve ever read,” Penn told the French paper Le Figaro Sunday. “A clearer and more conventional narrative would have helped the film without, in my opinion, lessening its beauty and its impact.” Sean might disagree with this on this one, but a few more random shots of dinosaurs couldn’t have hurt either, in our opinion.

Co-starring Brad Pitt, Tree of Life was met with very mixed reviews. “Frankly, I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing there and what I was supposed to add in that context!” Penn explained, before throwing the film’s director Terrence Malick under the bus: “What’s more, Terry himself never managed to explain it to me clearly.” Terry! Something tells us Malick’s next movie is going to have a much more clear role for Penn, as a compelling, artfully-directed lunch for all those extra dinosaurs.