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Ryan Gosling Turns Director, Puts Christina Hendricks Center Stage

Ryan Gosling/Photo © DFree/Shutterstock
Ryan Gosling/Photo © DFree/Shutterstock

Hey, girl. Didn't you know that Ryan Gosling's more than just a pretty face, more than just a talented actor? In fact, he's going to direct "Drive" co-star Christina Hendricks in the dark,  fantastical "How to Catch a Monster," which he also wrote. If he's smart enough to put  Hendricks front and center where she truly belongs, it bodes well for the rest of the film.

It turns out that Liberace isn't the only celebrity-impersonating trick up Michael Douglas' sleeve. In the indie film "Reykjavik" (that's the capital of Iceland, for all those who flunked geography) Douglas will play the Hollywood actor-turned-governor-turned-Teflon-President Ronald Reagan. The plot finds Reagan in peace talks with USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev circa 1986. Please tell us there will be a  teeny, tiny part for First Lady Nancy in it?

It looks like Terrence Malick's eyes turned out to be too big for his camera. After roping in talent like Rachel Weisz, Jessica Chastain, and Amanda Peet for his new movie "To the Wonder," he's wound up cutting them loose -- in some cases, after they'd already filmed their scenes. Weisz in particular seems rather bitter, stating that despite having had the pleasure of working with Malick, "I will not have the pleasure of seeing my work." C'mon Rachel, you and I both know that your cut scene will end up on the Blu-Ray release.

It was nearly twenty years ago, but most of us remember the elaborate computer interfaces from the Jurassic Park movie as if it was yesterday. Now someone's created an interactive emulator so you can explore them online -- the game is about seventy percent complete, and when it's done you'll be able to pretend you work at (pre-meltdown) InGen all the live long day.

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