See a New Set of Stills & A TV Spot for ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’

In our interview with The Place Beyond the Pines director Derek Cianfrance (coming in the next few weeks), we spoke a lot about authentically portraying the melodrama of everyday life. He then recalled to me a quote from The Killing of a Chinese Bookie in which Ben Gazzara says, "My truth is your false hood, and your false hood is my truth and vice versa," saying that there is no real truth you can get to with a film but you can go for honesty. And if there’s one thing that Pines is, it’s honest—emotionally and psychologically. 

The massive and sprawling operatic epic from the Blue Valentine director, has a pretty straightforward synopsis: A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective. And although the plot points may appear simple, the relationships are not and in a series of new stills for the film we get a closer look into the world of Cianfrance’s characters played by Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Dane DeHaan, Ray Liotta, and Emory Cohen. 

Take a look at the new images below, as well as a TV spot for the film which opens to a limited release on Mach 29th. 

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A History of People Being Beat Up In Trailers (and a Blog Success Story)

As you can see in the below newly released clip from the upcoming mafia flick Killing Them Softly, Ray Liotta gets beaten up in a mobile home. People being beat up in trailers has a long and hallowed history in the anals of American cinema. Also in the annals of cinemas! But as one used the internet to research this hallowed history, one finds that things didn’t go as planned. In fact, one breaks the internet.

I had this post all planned out. I was going to embed clips from such notable films as Kill Bill Vol. 2, in which Uma Thurman’s Bride beats up Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) in a dirty trailer, and also the scene in Super Troopers where the two municipal agencies have a tuf fight in a trailer. I might even have stretched the gallery to include that scene in Breaking Bad where sweet Jesse Pinkman is beaten up in his mobile meth lab. Certainly I would have included Raising Arizona, thought by many mobile home fight enthusiasts as the primus inter pares of the genre. Unfortunately, there’s absolutely no way to find the relevent scenes of these films by Googling their titles and the word trailer. Here’s what happens when you Google Kill Bill Vol. 2 and the word trailer:

That’s the rub! "Movie title + trailer" only returns results for the trailer of the movie in question. Homonyms are the Wild West of the internet. But this is also where I had my John Henry moment. If you Google more wisely, for instance, as only a human can, "Elle vs. Bea" one does find what one is looking for. Et voila!: Man beats machine. 

As far as I can tell, you’ll just have take my word for the Super Troopers scene. However, deep in the YouTube archives I did find this, and man is it worth it!

And that is the extent to which the internet and the latest algorithms can provide an aspiring blogger with material for a post about fight scenes in trailers. 

The Human Heart: 1, The Internet: 0. 

As ‘Goodfellas’ Turns Twenty, Alternative Casting Choices Revealed

Twenty years after its release, Goodfellas is still a high-water mark for Martin Scorsese, mob pictures, and, dare I say, American cinema itself. To commemorate the anniversary, GQ has assembled an oral history of the film’s making that reveals, among other juicy morsels, some dubious casting choices that were considered early on in pre-production. A certain pop star was at least briefly in the running, as was a certain well-known (and at that time still sane-seeming) leading man.

According to Producer Irwin Winkler, “Tom Cruise was discussed” before Ray Liotta eventually won the part of Henry Hill. Considering Cruise’s star power at that time, and Liotta’s relative obscurity, this isn’t totally shocking, although the idea is nevertheless distasteful in the extreme. Even more so, however, is the thought of Lorraine Bracco’s role as Karen Hill having gone to Madge. “Madonna seemed to be in the mix,” said producer Barbara De Fina. “I remember that we went to see her in the play Speed-the-Plow. Marty said hello to her afterward. There was definitely somebody somewhere wanting to cast her. Can you imagine? Tom Cruise and Madonna?”

No Babs. I really, really can’t.