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Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Gosling’

New York Native Set to Bring NC17 Theater to LA

GregCayeaPicFollowing Tuesday’s west coast skywriting display, LA-based producer Greg Cayea (pictured) has further teased his forthcoming “NC17″ theatrical event. The ambitious extravaganza is set for weekends in October, with shows starting at 8 p.m. and running through until 5 a.m. the following morning. Here’s what Cayea is promising:

Theatrical Mischiefs, Body Painters, Escapists & Magicians, Hula Hoopers & Acrobats, Comediennes & Actors, Belly Dancers, Silk Dancers, Burlesque Dancers, Arial Performers, Bohemiéns, Illusionists, Contortionists, Trapeze Artists, Artistes de Cirque & Artistes de Rue, Pantomimes, Ventriloquists, Flame Wielders, Fire Breathers, Showgirls, Danger, Seduction, Escape.

It sounds like a theatrical extension of the speakeasy and lounge-bar vibe currently reshaping Los Angeles nightlife. A wave sparked by the Houston brothers, owners of No Vacancy, Dirty Laundry, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, La Descarga and more.

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Who Should Oliver Stone Cast as Edward Snowden?

ShutterstockEdNortonOliver Stone calls the narrative at the center of Guardian journalist Luke Harding‘s tome The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man “one of the greatest stories of our time.” With the announcement that Stone will work closely with the British newspaper to adapt the book into a big-budget Hollywood movie, the next question becomes our headline.

The first name that popped to mind for FishbowlNY is Edward Norton, and not just because he shares the same first name. Yes, Norton is considerably older than the 30-year-old Snowden, but this terrific, fiercely intellectual actor could easily handle that challenge and certainly wouldn’t be the first thespian to portray someone younger on screen. Norton previously starred in Stone’s 1996 drama The People vs. Larry Flynt.

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Josh Ackerman Mulls Over Possible Reality TV Show Settings

We couldn’t resist. At the end of our Mediabistro “Hey, How’d You Do That?” conversation with Bodega Pictures co-founder Josh Ackerman, we wondered what the busy producer thought about the potential of a couple of reality TV show settings.

TischSchoolLogoAckerman, once a teenage co-star of Disney Channel’s The All New Mickey Mouse Club alongside Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and Christina Aguilera, currently has two shows on the air (Tru TV’s South Beach Tow, Food Network’s On the Rocks) and several other reality programs in active development. He agreed that the setting of a print media company trying to make the successful transition to digital was fertile. He was also intrigued by the idea of shooting a show at his NYU Alma Mater:

Could the Tisch School be a reality show?

Wow. I’m sure it’s evolved a lot since I was there, but yes. I think that the students are fascinating. I would have to go and see what’s going on there, and embed myself a little bit. You need comedy, conflict, characters. There are so many different things that the networks are now looking for, that you kind of go crazy trying to really think about whether you checked off everything. You just have really trust yourself and trust the story that you’re trying to convey.

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Newspaper Runs Buzzsaw Through Latest ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ Selection

AdamLevinePeopleIs Houston Chronicle features Web editor Dana Guthrie more of an authority on sexy men than the editors at People magazine? We might need a The Voice-style reality TV show to properly answer that rhetorical, but in the meantime Guthrie – who bills herself on Twitter as a “lover of awesomeness” – has given it her best shot with “19 Men Who Are Sexier Than Adam Levine.”

One aspect that the brief intro to Guthrie’s slideshow fails to mention is the key role here played by the words, “No thanks.” FishbowlNY can only imagine how many times People has begged, pleaded and groveled at the foot of Ryan Gosling‘s reps.

The Canadian-born actor is the perennial name now that comes up each year as the individual who should have been S-chosen. There is also a vocal group that had been lobbying this year for upcoming Man of Sexy Steel Henry Caville.

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Is Focus Features Giving Schenectady the Shaft?

There’s a really ugly Hollywood PR storm brewing in Schenectady, New York. One that Focus Features would do well to quell asap.

Per an article by Paul Grondahl in Albany’s Times-Union newspaper, city officials, locals and at least one area native prominently associated with The Place Beyond the Pines are all mystified by the apparent lack of any plans for a promised spring premiere at Proctors. The Ryan Gosling-Bradley Cooper drama was filmed all over Schenectady in the summer of 2011; the building on the poster crop at right for example is a Trustco bank branch at the corner of State Street and Brandywine Avenue. From Grondahl’s report:

“I’m annoyed with these guys,” said Philip Morris, CEO of Proctors. He said the producers and distributor are not returning his calls, even though his staff assisted the production…

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Fizziology Stirs Hollywood A-Lister Drink with Expansive Social Media App

This is fascinating stuff. Variety film editor Josh Dickey got a first-hand look at a social media intelligence tool of a kind that we will be hearing a lot more about in the coming months and years.

CastTyper comes from the good folks at Fizziology, a leading entertainment market research firm. It goes a little deeper by categorizing info shared about actors on social media into the groupings of “physical appearance, emotional resonance, intellectual prowess and power of personality.” Of the four examples Dickey was shown, he says the one that resonated most involved Brad Pitt‘s Moneyball co-star:

Fizziology found that as audiences focused on Jonah Hill‘s weight loss and dramatic acting chops, they lost sight of his lovable personality… Some fans even openly complained about Hill’s weight loss, saying it would make him less funny and lovable; others felt offput by watching a skinny Hill promote Moneyball, in which he was still seen as overweight.

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Aussie Personality Maude Garrett Relocating to LA

Every Sunday, Hollywood-based Australian syndicated radio show The Hot Hits counts down LA’s top 35 songs and features interviews with various celebrities. Starting February 3, the program will have a new host.

Maude Garrett (pictured), who broke through Down Under in 2005 via the national talent search Fresh Meat and has hosted various programs on Nickelodeon Australia as well as the Channel 9 reality TV program The Pursuit, is moving to LA for the new gig. Per the Optus MCM Media Group announcement:

The self-confessed pop-culture brainiac and video game fanatic will be moving to Los Angeles and she couldn’t be more excited about it. “It’s my dream job!” Maude says. “‘I’m able to completely indulge in my love of pop culture, from music to movies and gossip! Moving to LA to attend premieres, interview the biggest celebrities and talk about my obsession with video games…. somebody pinch me!”

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Author of Christian Bale Bio Returns to Manhattan Beach Stomping Grounds

From 1992 to 2002, Scottish-born, Chinese-descended and Canadian-raised movie fan Harrison Cheung rode the ups and downs of Christian Bale’s pre-Batman career. It was an odyssey that spanned the earliest days of Internet marketing and relocated him from applauding Bale from afar in Toronto to working closely with the future superstar and actor’s Adam West lookalike dad at a home in Manhattan Beach.

This Friday, Cheung will be back in Manhattan Beach for an 11 a.m. signing event at the local Barnes & Noble for his new biography Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman (co-written with Nicola Pittam). For the past five years, the author has been working in Austin as an Internet marketing strategist for IBM.

After a busy appearance on the Comic-Con conference floor last Friday, Cheung tells FishbowlLA via telephone that he’s reminded of a famous observation once made by another author, Sandra Tsing Loh. “She said that if you don’t make it in Hollywood by the time you’re 40, you need to either open a yoga studio or move to Austin,” he jokes.

Remarkably, this is the first Bale biography. Released May 29, the book offers fascinating glimpses of the relationship the actor had with his late dad (who died in 2003) and that patriarch’s very shaky financial management skills. It also provides a time-capsule look at the earliest days of the Internet.

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A Whirlwind of Ryan Gosling ‘News’

One of the most effective current ways to generate sexy Web traffic numbers is to insert actor Ryan Gosling into the mix. Whether any other detail in the report is confirmed is besides the point.

Over the weekend, UK’s The Daily Mail floated the idea that he was breaking up with girlfriend Eva Mendes (since denied via US Weekly). Meanwhile, across the English channel, French artist Pascal Witasek mocked up a poster of what the Disney biopic Walt might look like if the actor was cast in the lead role.

But the wildest Gosling “news” trail of the past few days was sparked Monday in Auckland, New Zealand. After a clothing store tweeted that the actor had paid a visit, citizens went wild, locally trending the hashtag #NZGoslingHunt on Twitter and generating MSM media coverage with their efforts.

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EW‘s Kristen Baldwin on the Ryan Gosling Factor

How exactly did Ryan Gosling become the man this year? Sure, fans of The Notebook always loved him, but who else was really checking for him back in, oh, 2007?

According to Entertainment Weekly executive editor Kristen Baldwin, Gosling’s ascent is no accident. She says quality work + star presence = crazy buzz.

“He’s a star because he’s given three amazing performances this year,” said Baldwin in our Media Beat interview. He’s incredibly, ridiculously handsome — like, it’s almost offensive how handsome he is — and then he’s just kind of a character. He stopped a fight on the street, you know?”

Squashing a beatdown can indeed increase your Twitter mentions, but Baldwin says aspiring A-listers don’t have to resort to such tactics to land in the pages of EW. “We don’t really get into their personal lives… we wanna talk about their work.”

Part 1: Entertainment Weekly‘s Kristen Baldwin Talks ‘Entertainers of the Year’
Part 2: Kristen Baldwin on Bringing EW to Tablets: ‘We really wanted to wait until we got it right’

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