"I’ve been fantasizing about this for a long time – ever since I was a kid"
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Ryan Gosling trusts Derek Cianfrance, and the feeling’s mutual.
After bringing the raw love story Blue Valentine to the Toronto Film Festival in 2010, the actor and director have returned with The Place Beyond The Pines, starring Gosling as a well-intentioned but ultimately amoral stunt motorcyclist who starts robbing banks in the Schenectady, New York, area to support the son he didn’t know he had.
It’s an ambitious and rather grim drama, but Gosling never hesitated. Not only did he want to work with Cianfrance again, but the project would let the London, Ontario, native check something off his bucket list.
“I’ve been fantasizing about robbing banks for a long time – ever since I was a kid,” Gosling admits at the Pines press day, breaking into the trademark grin that’s simultaneously sheepish and conspiratorial.
“I told Derek that was my fantasy: ‘If ever I could rob a bank, I would do it on a motorcycle, and I would do it this way.’ And he said, ‘Oh, that’s weird, I just wrote a script about that.’ It just felt meant to be.”
Cianfrance didn’t want the robbery scenes to be slick, though.
“He said I was gonna get to rob the banks for real,” Gosling explains. “There’d be no cuts, and real people in there, real bank tellers. I’d have to ride the bike up, rob [the bank], ride the bike away. I was very excited – I thought I was gonna be real scary.”
It didn’t quite work out that way.
“I got up there,” Gosling says, “and in the heat of screaming at these people, I looked down at them and they were all smiling. They were just enjoying the show. I even saw someone with their camera phone just kinda....”
He mimes snapping a picture and grinning.
“Derek and I had to go regroup after the first one,” he continues, the grin creeping back across his face. “We were like, ‘Oh, no! They’re not scared, they’re entertained! They’re having fun, they’re happy to be in a movie!’ And then Derek was like, ‘Well, you gotta scare ’em, you know?’ And I was like, ‘Okay.’ And I went back and did it again.
“But I think the angrier I got, the more fun they were having. It was an interesting challenge. But after we did [each robbery] a lot of times – each in one take – eventually they were just kind of exhausted, and then we started to hit some interesting places. But it took a while.”
"Oh my God. I'm back. I'm home. All the time, it was... We finally really did it ... You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"
We are switching to the new platform for The DataLounge this weekend. All of our mobile users have been using it for over a week and all first time users have been using it for about a month - which adds up to well over one million users. So we're ready to end this phase of the testing and move everybody to the new site. (more)
And yes, we've changed the look and some of how it operates.
Yes, we know you just *hate* it in well in advance.
Yes, we know we suck.
Yes, we are the biggest suckers that ever sucked.
But it was time for a change and with the huge shift to mobile it was long overdue. We've taken this opportunity not only to update the look but also make major changes under the hood (or "bonnet" if you're either British or pretentious or both). And we have to prepare for 2016 - a presidential election year where we can normally expect to see a 60% jump in traffic (yes, we've seen 5 presidential elections so far…Christ we're old).
The site has a bunch - nay, plethora - of new features which will make the site more usable: better search, the ability to ignore posters and threads, see link previews, to pick up a thread where you left off, spam and malware filtering and more.
If you want you can go explore and see for yourself, Click here.
And while running the tests we've noticed two interesting reactions to the new system - people are spending more time on the site and more people that come stay around longer and look at more stuff. Both good things. Yay!
Possibly we've not slain all the dragons and there will be issues that come up during the switchover. There's a help button in the lower right hand corner of the page which you can use to send us bug reports.
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