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Ryan Gosling to Take a Break Post-'The Place Behind the Pines'

Ryan Gosling/Photo © PhotoWorks/Shutterstock
Ryan Gosling/Photo © PhotoWorks/Shutterstock

Vanity Fair reported this week that Ryan Gosling is set to say “Bye, girl,” at least for a while. The actor, whose past few films have re-launched his career into heartthrob and internet meme status, is taking some time to breathe. "I just need a little break from myself," Gosling admits. "I got into the habit of just having a lot of options, and then suddenly getting option anxiety, and I need to get a little distance and give myself and the audience a little break.” But for those of you who are entering panic mode, fear not: Gosling has “The Place Behind The Pines” coming out later this month, and two movies in post-production.

Fresh off his Oscar-nominated Danish film “A Royal Affair,” director Nikolaj Arcel is set to direct the Dreamworks revamp of “Rebecca.” The classic 1940 film version, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, won the Oscar for Best Picture that year. Deadline reports that the project will take place after Arcel’s next venture, an adaptation of Don Winslow’s The Power of the Dog.

In keeping with the theme of the past few days, here’s another update on “Jane Got a Gun.” According to Slashfilm it seems that the role left open by Jude Law’s sudden departure may be filled by Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, or Jeff Bridges.

Romance novelist Rebecca Rogers Maher wrote a wonderful piece on her blog about introducing female protagonists into her sons' (who are five and seven) literary library. While having great fun with classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and Freckle Juice, the boys immediately objected to reading Matilda because they didn’t want to read a story about a girl. Of course, immediately loving the story, Maher set her sights on Judy Blume’s Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great provoking an even larger objection from her kin. When asking her sons, “How do you think it feels to be a girl, reading all these books? Where all the adventures happen to boys? What do you think she has to do in order to enjoy these stories?” The boys replied with, “She has to just read it.” Maher’s on the hunt for some other female protagonist children’s books, which ones were your favorites? Let her know!

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