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Ryan Gosling Michelle Williams director Derek Cianfrance
at the premiere of
a film by Derek Cianfrance starring Ryan Gosling & Michelle Williams produced by Jamie Patricof, Alex Orlovsky & Lynette Howell
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
7:00pm – Screening
AMC Loews 19th Street
890 Broadway at 19th Street
9:15pm – Party
The Top of The Standard
(The Boom Boom Room) 848 Washington Street at West 13th 18th Floor
On the far side of a once-passionate romance, Cindy (Michelle Williams) and Dean (Ryan Gosling) are married with a young daughter. Hoping to save their marriage, they steal away to a theme hotel. We then encounter them years earlier, when they met and fell in love—full of life and hope. Moving fluidly between these two time periods, Blue Valentine unfolds like a cinematic duet whose refrain asks, where did their love go? Framing the film as a mystery whose answer lies scattered in time (and in character), filmmaker Derek Cianfrance constructs an elegant set of dualities: past and present, youth and adulthood, vitality and entropy. The rigor of his process is visible throughout the film. Eliminating artificial devices, he has only the truth of the characters to work with. Because Gosling and Williams bring amazing intensity and emotional honesty to their roles, the experience of connecting to these two souls becomes truly moving.
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Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams Attend 'Blue Valentine' Screening
December 8, 2010
A dream deferred leads to some unfortunate sartorial decisions for Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling‘s characters in ―Blue Valentine.‖ Gosling sports a Terry Richardson-esque mustache, about 20 pounds of weight gain and an even-heavier resentment in the antiromantic comedy, which premiered Tuesday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Director Derek Cianfrance said he had his stars cohabit in a small house in upstate New York with Faith Wladyka, the child actress who plays their daughter, in order to perfect the levels of familiarity and spite required by the roles. ―What did I learn about Ryan? I never knew how incredibly musical he was,‖ mused Williams, looking gamine in a pixie cut and Azzaro frock. ―He‘s a virtuoso on the piano, and it took my breath away.‖ The film‘s NC-17 rating was a favorite subject of conversation throughout the evening. Gosling called it ―misogynistic.‖ Others involved in the project simply deemed it ―unfortunate.‖ Wladyka‘s parents laughed about having to escort their underage starlet out of festival showings during the ―older‖ scenes. The topic was moot by Wednesday afternoon when the Motion Picture Association of America downgraded the movie to an R rating after the Weinstein Co. protested. ―Did Vera Wang just walk out?‖ one partygoer wondered, as a small commotion occurred near the doors of the theater. ―Did she leave in disgust?‖ Apparently not, as Wang joined Rachel Roy, Erin Fetherston and nondesigner revelers at the Top of The Standard hotel for a Stoli-soaked after party. Harley Viera-Newton manned the DJ booth near a shimmying Paz de la Huerta, who
seemed hell-bent on a wardrobe malfunction. Kelsey Grammer, meanwhile, showed off a new lease on life, sporting jeans, a white T-shirt and a new fiancée, Kayte Walsh. ―This is like a scene out of ‗Gossip Girl,‘ ‖ one partygoer noted. ―Chace Crawford is by the bar with Michelle Trachtenberg, they‘re both ignoring Blake Lively and she‘s now getting handsy with Ryan Gosling in a booth.‖ Sure enough, the actors shared a window seat for about an hour before being interrupted by Harvey Weinstein, who nudged Gosling toward a nearby reporter and took his seat to cozy up to Lively. ―The bathrooms are so scary,‖ Lively crowed later, while waiting for the elevator. ―The view. Like…so scary. I had to hold my friend‘s hand.‖ Before heading for a waiting car around 1 a.m., Lively paused in the hotel lobby to watch a male companion spin around in the revolving door of the entrance, whirring faster and faster by her as she laughed and clapped her hands in delight.
Decision Time Looms for „Blue Valentine‟ Showdown
By Melena Ryzik / December 8, 2010
―I love you,‖ Harvey Weinstein said, grabbing our forearms, ―but there are so many important movie stars here.‖ Love is a relative term in Mr. Weinstein‘s world, and so he was off to tend to those stars at the afterparty for the premiere of ―Blue Valentine,‖ held at the Standard Hotel on Tuesday night. The film, an intense pas-de-deux between Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling trying to save their troubled marriage, drew favorable notices at the Sundance Film Festival and is now drawing a barrage of attention – positive and negative – courtesy of the Motion Picture Association of America, which gave it an NC-17 rating. On Wednesday, Mr. Weinstein intends to make a last-ditch appeal to get the rating changed, as he announced at the screening. The director Jason Reitman (―Up in the Air‖) was impressed with the looming showdown. ―That reminds me of the Harvey I read about in the 90s,‖ he said. He gave the movie high praise, dismissing the rating. ―It‘s evocative and scary and true,‖ he said. ―Frankly, I don‘t see how it would appeal to teenagers.‖ Few people at the party seemed to think the movie deserved the NC-17. ―You didn‘t see any genitals! Everything was beautifully insinuated,‖ the Bagger‘s pal Jonathan Ames said, though he might have a slightly skewed view of what constitutes raunch. For her part, Ms. Williams told Dave Karger at Entertainment Weekly that she would rather have the movie remain unchanged than be edited to get an R rating. ―I‘m happy for it to stay just like it is,‖ she said. ―Genuinely, I am. Movies get to have long lives and it‘ll be judged and rejudged in 10 or 20 or 30 years, and I‘ll be curious to see how it stands.‖ ―We tried to make a respectful move about relationships and about people,‖ Derek Cianfrance, the director, who spent 12 years trying to make the film told us. ―We tried to show sex with responsibility.‖ ―You can‘t tell an honest relationship story without telling a sex story at the same time,‖ he added. ―You should‘ve seen some of the stuff we cut out.‖
By Giovanna Campagna / December 8, 2010
The flash of cameras outside the Museum of Modern Art signaled the congregation of a star-studded crowd at the New York premiere of Blue Valentine last night. Vera Wang, Erin Fetherston, Blake Lively, Chace Crawford, and Boardwalk Empire’s Paz de la Huerta joined the film‘s stars, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, for an intimate screening. Williams was radiant in an Azzaro silver-sequined dress, complete with a platinum pixie cut. The film, about fading love, weighed heavily on guests, but there‘s nothing like a good after-party to lift spirits—and so moviegoers made their way downtown for a celebration at the Top of the Standard.
Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams Get Oscar Buzz from Pals
By Roger Friedman / December 8, 2010
Harvey Weinstein prepared to fly to Los Angeles today to appeal the NC-17 rating for ―Blue Valentine.‖ He‘s bringing his lawyers and a lot of charm. Really, the idea of an NC-17 for Derek Cianfrance‗s searing, serious drama is utterly ridiculous. There‘s racier stuff on ―The Young and the Restless.‖ But I digress: last night, ―Blue Valentine‖– a Sundance crowd pleaser–got its official premiere at the Museum of Modern Art, followed by one of the great parties of the fall season–thrown by Oscar guru Peggy Siegal–at the ―Boom Boom Room‖ atop the Standard Hotel (the whole thing sponsored by Stoli Vodka and Quintessentially). Stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williamswere both there, the first time they‘ve been together, I think, since Sundance. Their eclectic audience included everyone from Lance Bass(not together) to Lord and Lady Astor, Parker Posey, Jonathan Ames (he writes the ―Bored to Death‖ series on HBO), ―Half Nelson‖ co director Ryan Fleck, the movie‘s producer Jamie Patricof, and ―Gossip Girl‖ star Blake Lively, who is dating Gosling.
Both Ryan and Michelle are consistently mentioned for Best Actor and Actress nominations. Academy members should be studying their ―Blue Valentine‖ DVDs–which just arrived this week–to see how good they are. Funniest bit of the night: Peggy Siegal, probably gaga from giving screenings, lunches and dinners every day and night., mistakenly introduced Gosling to the Astors as ―Derek Cianfrance.‖ Then he was introduced to a couple more people that way. A good sport, and very polite, Ryan then chatted up his new friends as Cianfrance. He got a kick out of it. ―It was some of my best work,‖ he told us later. ―And no one got to see it!‖ He added, amused: ―But you do it for the personal satisfaction. That‘s the reward!‖ PS Listen–we‘re all tired. At dinner at the Standard Grill, I asked the blonde sitting with Gosling and another couple what she did for a living. Everyone started throwing things at me. ―That’s Blake Lively,‖ they all yelled in unison. They were so right, and I was so amiss. For the record, Blake was excellent in ―The Town.‖ I will write it 100 times on a blackboard!
Gosling Enjoys Lively Arts
By Carson Griffith / December 9, 2010
Blake Lively and Ryan Gosling have advanced from eating ice cream together in public to practically devouring one another. The actors were so obviously smitten with each other at the New York premiere party for Gosling's "Blue Valentine" on Tuesday night that Harvey Weinstein, whose company is releasing the film, had to prod his leading man to mingle with other VIPs at the Top of the Standard soiree, sponsored by Quintessentially and Stoli. In October, Gosling and Lively were photographed enjoying ice cream at Disneyland just weeks before the "Gossip Girl" actress officially split from boyfriend Penn Badgley. But the couple have not been seen together in public since. That is, until Lively attached herself to Gosling in the makeshift VIP section at the Top of the
Standard (where Kelsey Grammer and his new fiancée, 29-year-old Kayte Walsh, were creating a job for Windex by making out against one of the nightclub windows). Lively's appearance at the "Blue Valentine" premiere was surprising, given that she was in Paris the day before, shooting a Chanel handbag ad campaign. She almost didn't make it into the VIP area, because a bodyguard didn't recognize her. But after she got a handler to reeducate the security dude, the ropes parted and she made a beeline for Gosling, whose memorable performance in "Blue Valentine" will almost surely garner him an Oscar nomination. The sparks began flying soon afterward. At one point, Gosling affectionately placed his hand on Blake's knee while the actress gave him a smoldering look that's usually reserved for Dan — or Nate, depending on the "Gossip Girl" episode we're watching. Later in the evening, when Gosling rose from his seat, Lively jumped up after him and grabbed the actor's hand. Whatever she whispered to him next prompted the actor to sit back down. They soon made separate exits: Gosling first, Blake following minutes behind. They were spotted later dining downstairs at the Standard Grill with two companions. Their publicists did not respond by deadline.
Harvey wins R for 'Valentine
By Tara Palmeri / December 9, 2010
An impassioned plea by Harvey Weinstein, including a detailed description he gave of sex scenes in other movies, persuaded the MPAA to unanimously overturn its restrictive NC-17 rating of "Blue Valentine" in favor of an R. The MPAA's original NC-17 rating was based on an oral sex scene between a married couple played by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. But Weinstein yesterday convinced the panel it was unfair by citing steamier scenes from other movies that were rated R. At the meeting in Los Angeles, Weinstein brought along clips and descriptions of graphic sex scenes between Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone in "Basic Instinct" and between Viggo Mortensen and Maria Bello in "A History of Violence." He also presented a notarized dossier of comments from 260 adults who watched "Blue Valentine" in Kansas City on Tuesday night, 80 percent of whom voted for an R rating. Following Weinstein's plea, MPAA officials voted 14 to 0 to give "Valentine" an R. An NC-17 rating bars admission to those under 17, killing the box office. No NC17 film has ever won a major prize at the Oscars. Weinstein Company chief operating officer David Glasser told us, "Harvey, in detail, described both dialogue and scenes from 'Basic Instinct' and 'History of
Violence,' while he had clips prepared from 'Boys Don't Cry,' 'Monster's Ball,' 'Eyes Wide Shut' and 'Hostel: Part II.' " Glasser added, "This wasn't about money, this was about preserving the integrity of the film." Weinstein jetted to LA after screening "Blue Valentine" in New York on Tuesday, when actor Gosling sparked rumors by hanging out with newly single Blake Lively at the after-party at the Standard Hotel. A source said, "Blake sneaked into the screening as the lights went down and left the party with Ryan. They then went for dinner to the Standard Grill with friends and dined on oysters." Lively's rep didn't get back to us.
Kelsey Grammer and Kayte Walsh say they don't watch his ex on TV
By Tara Palmeri / December 10, 2010
Kelsey Grammer and his new British squeeze, Kayte Walsh, say they are too busy being in love to watch his ex, Camille Grammer, on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." When we asked about it at the "Blue Valentine" after-party at the Top of the Standard, Grammer, who's going through an increasingly bitter divorce with the former Playboy model, replied sheepishly, "She can say it." Walsh giggled, "We don't watch it." They then continued their smoochfest at the party, where they mingled among guests with Kelsey's hand placed firmly on Kayte's behind.
Last Night, Blake Lively and Ryan Gosling „Devoured‟ Each Other
By Chris Rovzar / December 9, 2010
It was all fun and games at the Blue Valentinepremiere until the event descended into cannibalism. According to Frank DiGiacomo at the Daily News, the Gossip Girl starlet and theNotebook hunk "practically devoured" each other at last night's premiere of Gosling's Blue Valentine. "The actors were so obviously smitten with each other," DiGiacomo notes, that producer Harvey Weinstein "had to prod his leading man to mingle with other VIPs at the Top of the Standard soiree." (Two months ago the pair was spotted sharing ice cream at Disneyland, before it was announced that Lively had split from her longtime beau Penn Badgley.) Lively and Gosling briefly held hands at the party and then decamped for dinner together downstairs, all the while sharing "smoldering looks." Not mentioned, but implied, was the fact that Ryan could not understand a single mumble that came out of Blake's pouty, marble-mouthed face. Not that such things matter.
Ryan Gosling & Blake Lively Keep the „Blue Valentine‟ After Party Going!
December 9, 2010
It sounds like the real party forRyan Gosling and Blake Lively at the Blue Valentine premiere in NYC didn‘t actually take place until after the after party! Ryan and Blake were seen getting cozy at The Standard Hotel in NYC Tuesday night at the Blue Valentine after party. ―Blake waited patiently to greet Ryan,‖ an insider tells OK!. ―They both looked so happy to be with each other, he hugged her and and she held on to his arm.‖ The two stars, who were also seen uniting in Disneyland a few months ago, reportedly left the party within two minutes of each other out separate exits, but that‘s not where their night ended! Gatecrasher reports that Ryan and Blake had dinner after the after party at the Standard Grill with another couple. Ryan reportedly is still staying in NYC for more Blue Valentine screenings early next week. Perhaps that means more late-night meals with his new friend Blake!
Ryan Gosling Calls „Blue Valentine‟ a “Cautionary Tale” About Marriage
December 8, 2010
At the Blue Valentine premiere last night at the Museum of Modern Art hosted by Quintessentially and Stoli, star Ryan Gosling told reporters that the film hasn‘t scared him away from marriage! ―No, I think it‘s a cautionary tale to see this movie; it gives you a heads up, what to watch out for,‖ he said. ―Make sure it doesn‘t happen to you.‖ ―I think that most movies pretend that they know everything and this was a film that wasn‘t pretending to know anything,‖ he added. ―It was just asking questions that we ask ourselves, what happens to love, why does it go away? We spend our whole lives looking for it and we find, and once you move in together, you‘ve got to share the same bathroom, it goes away.‖ He also thinks that the film shouldn‘t be rated NC-17 because he wants people to see it! ―I feel like, look, people don‘t understand what NC-17 means, it‘s not like we‘re saying we think kids under 17 should see the movie, I don‘t think so,‖ Ryan said. ―NC-17 really means is that it can‘t play in regular theaters. You can‘t even show an ad for it ontelevision. I don‘t think it deserves that.‖ Ryan had to gain weight in the emotionally charged film, which ages his character. How did he lose it? Easy! ―I just stopped eating so much ice cream.‖
Michelle Williams & Ryan Gosling Stick Close at „Blue Valentine‟ NYC Premiere
By Mary Beth Quirk / December 8, 2010
Co-stars have to stick together!Ryan Gosling totally had Michelle Williams‗ back as they walked down the theater aisle last night at the NYC premiere of Blue Valentine, hosted by Quintessentially and held at The Museum of Modern Art. Michelle‘s velvety dress bow even seemed to coordinate with Ryan‘s suit jacket! Michelle and Ryan were so dedicated to their roles in Blue Valentine, that of a young married couple who see their love go from sublime to nonexistent, that they moved into a house in Pennsylvania for four weeks with Faith Wladyka, who played their daughter. While there, to try to achieve the feeling of a real family, they had a pretend Christmas and birthdays, and Ryan ―would make us ice-cream shakes to put on weight,‖ Michelle told New York Magazine. ―We‘d clean up the kitchen, take out the trash, do a budget — I‘d do a budget and Ryan would try to put in $500 a year for cigarettes.‖
Where is the Love?
By Amanda Enowitz / December 8, 2010
(NEW YORK) ―I felt like Scottie Pippen and she wasMichael Jordan,‖ said Ryan Gosling of costarMichelle Williams at Tuesday night‘s premiere ofBlue Valentine, sponsored by Quintessentially and Stoli. ―Any time I gave her the ball, she just threw it into the air,‖ he told The Daily. The film chronicles Gosling and Williams as Dean and Cindy, who spend a night away from their daughter in an attempt to save their failing marriage. ―It‘s just asking a question we all ask ourselves,‖ said Gosling, ―What happens to love? Where does it go?‖ The movie explores that question with a story of love found and love lost, told in moments past and present. So how did the dynamic duo build their on-screen chemistry? ―We spent a month in that house trying to dismantle this love that we spent building,‖ Gosling revealed. ―We fought all day, we had Christmas and birthday cake. We did everything we could do in that month to try to build some memories,‖ he said. The result? ―It‘s incredibly erotic and very beautiful and quite complex emotionally,‖ said Vera Wang, who hit the red carpet at the MoMa to support some of her friends. "The combination of the film, MoMA, and my good friend Harvey Weinstein is kind of fab.‖ The film isn‘t without controversy. The drama received an NC-17 rating because of steamy love scenes, but those involved with the film are fighting to change that. ―Tomorrow, I have a meeting with the MPAA [Motion Picture Association of America], and I‘m going to kick some ass,‖ Harvey Weinstein told the audience before the film. But after working on a film for six years, director Derek Cianfrance was happy to celebrate with the likes ofBlake Lively, Chace Crawford, and Michelle Trachtenberg, along with Karolina Kurkova, Paz de la Huerta, Lance Bass, and Kelsey Grammer at the Boom Boom Room. Between bites of tuna tartare and mini grilled cheese sandwiches, he shared his inspiration with The Daily. ―Tom Waits,‖ Cianfrance said as he praised the American songwriter‘s 1978 album Blue Valentine. Pop quiz! What other songs are on the Blue
Valentine album? Gosling was impressively well versed on the matter, ―"Closing Time"...wait, do you want records or songs? 'Blood Money,' umm…‖ While Williams had little to say on the carpet, she lit up the Boom Boom Room in a sparkling Azzaro dress paired with Charlotte Olympia stilettos. She spent the night mingling with guests including Rachel Roy and danced with her 6-year-old co-star, Faith Wladyka. Before leaving, we asked Gosling if he's ever experienced a blue Valentine of his own. ―I like you too much to bum you out,‖ he said. Bestill our beating hearts!
Get Michelle Williams Radiant Blue Valentine Premiere Look!
December 8, 2010
Michelle Williams is like a breath of fresh air in Hollywood when it comes to makeup. She's always expressed her own personal style, from being an early adopter of the short pixie cut to bucking trends like the super smokey eye. Last night's premiere of her new film Blue Valentine(costarring the delicious Ryan Gosling) was no exception. Williams looked absolutely luminous with minimal makeup highlighted by a wash of pearl on eyes and sheer rose lips. Her makeup artist, Jeanine Lobell, tells UsMagazine.com how she created the look. Lobell started by enhancing the actress' skin with a primer, rather than using a foundation with heavier coverage. Then she layered pearlized ivory, pink and grey eyeshadows on lids. "I applied the pale ivory shade loosely all over the eye from the lash lines to brows then the pink one lightly over the creases, then smudged the grey into the top lash lines and along the lower lashes" Lobell tells Us. To complete the eyes, she penciled brows, curled lashes and applied three coats of black mascara. The ethereal eye was paired with lips and cheeks in sheer rose.
Ryan Gosling: Michelle Williams "Slam Dunked" Our Intense Sex Scenes
By Elizabeth Durand / December 8, 2010
According to Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams is an all-star in the bedroom -- on screen, that is. "I felt like Scottie Pippin and she was Michael Jordan," the 30-year-old actor told UsMagazine.com at the Quintessentially and Stoli-hosted Blue Valentine premiere in NYC Tuesday. "Every time I gave her the ball, she just flew through the air and she slam-dunked it." In the seductive drama (in theaters December 31), the costars engage in some pretty racy sex scenes -- so racy, in fact, that the MPAA originally gave it an NC-17 rating. (Deadline reports that the MPAA overturned the rating after Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein made a personal appeal; Blue Valentine now has an R-rating.) "People don't understand what NC-17 means. It's not like we're saying we think kids under 17 should see the movie," Gosling explained. "What NC-17 really means is that it can't play in regular theaters and you can't even show an ad for it on television. I don't think it deserves that." Despite the film's harsh rating, Williams (who denied dating her costar earlier this year) has only fond memories of her time on set -- as does Gosling, who remembers their sex scenes as "all a blur." "The thought that this thing that I had spent seven years of my life on was down in its final stages was too much for me to bear," Williams, 30, told Us. "I wasn't ready to let it go."
Kelsey Grammer: I Don't Watch Camille on Beverly Hills Housewives
December 10, 2010
Kelsey Grammer doesn't like to relive the pain of his failed 13-year marriage to Camille Grammer by watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills each Thursday night. When Page Six caught up with the 55year-old actor at theBlue Valentine afterparty at Top of the Standard in NYC Thursday, Kelsey got sheepish when asked if he tuned into the Bravo reality show. "She can say it," he replied, deferring to his British fianceeKayte Walsh, 29. "We don't watch it," she answered curtly, just before the couple packed on the PDA in front of guests including Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling. Not that the Frasier alum would like what he sees should he happen to watch an episode: Camille's Real Housewives costar Lisa Vanderpump recently slammed the actor's engagement on Twitter. "Kelsey Grammer engaged? Did I miss something? Don't you think you should get divorced first?" Vanderpump tweeted in her costar's defense. (The couple's divorce has not been finalized, though his rep confirmed his engagement to Walsh on Monday.) Added Vanderpump: "Just take one step at a time...like a game of chess, that way fewer mistakes and no regrets."
By Charles Thorp / December 8, 2010
-- Kelsey Grammer and his fiance hanging by the Stoli-sponsored bar at NYC's Top of the Standard during a Blue Valentine afterparty hosted by Quintessentially.
Blake Lively & Ryan Gosling Get Cozy in New York
By Jeffrey Slonim / December 9, 2010
Ryan Gosling's new movie Blue Valentine almost got an NC-17 rating, but the actor kept the flirtation with Blake Lively noticeably G-rated at the film's premiere after-party. Still, the pair were almost inseparable as they engaged in close conversation Thursday night while the Quintessentiallysponsored event spun around them at The Top of the Standard at the Standard Hotel in New York. At one point, Gosling started to leave Lively's side and the actress yanked him back to continue chatting, according to an observer. As the party wound down, they headed downstairs to the hotel's Standard Grill to dine with two other companions. Lively, 23, and Gosling, 30, were first spotted together in October at Disneyland where they took in the sights and some ice cream at the park, an appropriate setting since Gosling once was a Mouseketeer. Neither of the actors is admitting to anything serious. "She's an incredible actress; she's a good friend," Gosling told PEOPLE at a lunch Thursday forBlue Valentine in New York at the Kimberly Hotel. When asked generally about romances between actors and actresses, Gosling says, "You're not allowed to have friends in this business."
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams Blake Lively All Over Each Other At Blue Valentine Premiere
By Perez Hilton / December 9, 2010
The NC-17 rating may have gotten overturned for Blue Valentine, but Ry-Ry and Blake were def pushing some boundaries at the film's premiere party! Ryan Gosling and Blake Lively were all over each other in the VIP area at the top of The Standard at the Blue Valentine party! Blake must have REALLY wanted to see Ryan, because only the day before, she was in Paris shooting a Chanel handbag ad. The two left the event separately, but they were spotted together later that night at the downstairs Standard Grill with two other companions. Could this be the start of something serious between these two? What do U think is going on here?
The (Weinstein) Company Men: a busy week for Harvey
By Matt Dentler / December 9, 2010
The King’s Speech, which stands as the Oscar frontrunner so far, had an amazing opening weekend at the box office. Its second weekend, though, was in some ways more impressive. On only six screens, the film‘s per-theater average was an impressive $54,000. That would be an amazing average for an opening weekend on half as many screens. This put the stammering-monarch period piece at over $800,000 total in domestic gross, and it will be well over $1 million at the box office by this weekend. The jury is still out on how high this crowd-pleaser can go, but this is the beginning of a very busy season for The Weinstein Company. With all the action going around for their 2010 slate, it‘s hard not to feel like this has been a good month for a distributor that needed a boost. It‘s not all fiction films, either, as last week saw Amir Bar-Lev‘s documentary The Tillman Story nominated for the Producers Guild of America prize. The riveting documentary is also shortlisted for the Oscar, those final nominees won‘t be announced until late January, but you can expect to see it on end-of-the-year lists. Pumped by the success of The King’s Speech, the company held the New York premiere (hosted by Quintessentially) for its next release, Blue Valentine, in Manhattan on Tuesday. A tremendous American indie that they found at Sundance 2010, Valentine opens theatrically on December 29, and rolls out through early 2011. Wednesday was arguably the biggest day of this week for The Weinstein Company: it was the day that Harvey Weinstein himself appealed the MPAA over the ―NC-17‖ rating bestowed upon Blue Valentine, and won. A huge victory for a small film that would have been ignored, without its new ―R‖ rating. Coincidentally, the company hosted a celebration on Wednesday night, but for Blue Valentine. Wednesday night was when The Weinstein Company hosted the New York premiere (sponsored by Dobel Tequila) for The Company Men (another Sundance acquisition) starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, and Kevin Costner. The film screened at the Paris Theater, followed with a party at bar/restuarant Asellina, in the Gansevoort Park Avenue. While director John Wells held court, and a crop of guests turned the middle of the venue into a dance floor, Harvey was absent due to his L.A. meeting with the MPAA. However, the good vibes seemed to warm the soiree, as Blue Valentinestar Michelle Williams appeared on The Daily Show at precisely the same moment. Likely due to this hectic schedule, The Weinstein Company has moved the release of The Company Men back from December 10, to January 21 (it will still qualify for awards).
Has Blake Lively Moved On From Penn Badgley To Ryan Gosling? They Were Spotted Together Again!
By Chris Spargo / December 8, 2010
The „Gossip Girl‟ star quietly snuck into a screening of Ryan‟s new film „Blue Valentine‟ two months after the couple was spotted together at Disneyland! It appears that Blake Lively and Ryan Gosling‘s friendship may be turning into something more as the actress was spotted sneaking into a screening of Ryan‟s new film Blue Valentine hosted by Stoli and Quintessentially just
seconds before the lights went down Dec. 7. The two were then spotted chatting and laughing together at the afterparty at the Top of the Standard at the Standard Hotel in NYC! ―They weren‘t obviously all over each other, but it seemed like they were together,‖ a source told E! Online. ―There were times when they would be sitting down and he would kind of lay his hand on her knee. They were smiling, laughing, they looked happy!‖ Looks like Blake may have moved on from ex Penn Badgley! Blake and Ryan first spurred rumors they may be more than friends when they were spotted just after midnight at the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor at Disneyland on Oct. 11. The two, whose reps claim they are just friends, have not been spotted together since until the screening. A source inside the screening told HollywoodLife the pair were not sitting next to one another, though red carpet mainstay Blake choosing to sneak in a side door rather than pose for photographers seems very suspicious! Ryan‟s new film is gaining major Oscar buzz for himself and costar Michelle Williamswhile Blake has the much anticipated The Green Lantern being released in 2011. Newly named Chanel model Blake, 23, recently ended a 3 year relationship with Gossip Girl costar Penn while 30-year-old Ryan‘s last major relationship with actress Rachel McAdams ended in 2007. What do you think HollywoodLifers? Are Blake and Ryan just friends, or possibly more?
Pop Valentine Champagne
By Jeffrey Wells / December 8, 2010
Just before my 4 pm screening of How Do You Know, Deadline's Michael Fleming reported that the MPAA has overturned the NC-17 rating previously given to Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine and decided on an R. The problem was reportedly a man-on-woman, Ryan Gosling-on-Michelle Williams oral sex scene. Presumably the MPAA guys read the various posts asking why Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan had been given an R rating despite a girl-on-girl oral sex scene, etc. Blue Valentine director-writer Derek Cianfrance (r.) at same gathering -Tuesday, 12.7, 10:45 pm. (Apologies for being unable within my usual tight time frame to find the name of Derek's wife. I asked two publicists...zip.) Weinstein Co. honcho Harvey Weinstein "personally argued his position in today's hearing," Fleming reports," adding that he's "been told the appeal board's decision was unanimous." This whole thing couldn't have worked out better for the Weinstein Co. The NC-17 rating jacked up the film's profile, and now it'll benefit from all the attention without having to deal with the ad restrictions that would have hindered the films' release if it hadn't been overturned.
Blue Valentine Michelle Williams at last night's gathering at Manhattan's Standard Hotel following a MOMA screening. An American Cinematheque tribute will happen on Saturday at L.A.'s Aero theatre at 7:30 pm. Timothy Blake will moderate a discussion with Williams as well as show include clips from her numerous films. A screening of Blue Valentine will follow.
Blue Valentine director-writer Derek Cianfrance (r.) at same gathering -Tuesday, 12.7, 10:45 pm. (Apologies for being unable within my usual tight time frame to find the name of Derek's wife. I asked two publicists...zip.)
Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling sparkle at the Blue Valentine premiere
By Sarah Smith / December 8, 2010
Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling were joined by Blake Lively and other Gossip Girl stars for the premiere of Blue Valentine Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling were all smiles at the premiere of their new movie Blue Valentine at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. With her signature pixie crop swept to one side, Michelle Williams looked stunning in a glistening Azzaro dress. All wrapped up with a bow at the waist, she teamed the silver embellished bodice and tiered white skirt perfectly with a mini clutch and black Charlotte Olympia stilettos. And Ryan Gosling looked equally dazzling in a midnight blue velvet jacket buttoned-up over an opencollar white shirt. The handsome pair, who play a married couple in the intense emotional drama, were joined by a whole host of Gossip Girl stars. Both Michelle Trachtenburg, wearing an Alice + Olivia black lace peplum dress, and heart-throb Shiloh Fernandez walked the red carpet. Meanwhile, Blake Lively (in a gorgeous metallic Mac) eagerly snuck into the premiere through the back door - savvy!
Blue Valentine in the Big Apple
By Nigel Smith / December 8, 2010
Derek Cianfrance‘s ―Blue Valentine,‖ which has courted its fair share of controversy over the MPAA‘s decision to slap the film with a NC-17 rating, had its New York premiere last night with a screening at MoMA, followed by a lavish after-party held at the top of The Standard Hotel, overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Hosted by Quintessentially and Stoli, the event attracted the team behind the romantic drama, including stars Michelle Williams (left) and Ryan Gosling (right). Additional guests included: writer/director Derek Cianfrance, producers Jamie Patricof, Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky, castmember Faith Wladyka, Jonathan Ames, Lance Bass, Gregg Bello, Thora Birch, Cassie Coane, Chace Crawford, Paz de la Huerta, Peter Facinelli, Vanessa Ferlito, Shiloh Fernandez, Erin Fetherston, Ryan Fleck, Natalie Gal, Kelsey Grammer, Spencer Grammer, Paul Haggis, Gaby Hoffman, Logan Huffman, Karolina Kurkova, Blake Lively, Evan Lysacek, Tinsley Mortimer, Sky Nellor, Parker Posey, Lily Rabe, Rachel Roy, Jason Reitman, Brian Reyes, Maggie Rizer, Jeffrey Ross, Joel Schumacher, Sarah Shahi, Irina Shayk, Ben Shenkman, Ksenia Solo, Kim Stolz, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michelle Trachtenberg, Harley Viera Newton, Vera Wang, Harvey Weinstein, Kathrin Werderitsch, and Dean Winters.
Ryan Gosling's Long Trek to the 'Blue Valentine' Red Carpet
By Raphael Chestang / December 8, 2010
After dedicating four years to completing the project, Ryan Gosling proudly walked the red carpet at the 'Blue Valentine' premiere, gushing to ET about the journey he took to get there. The film reveals the relationship of a married couple, Dean and Cindy (Ryan and Michelle Williams), through flashbacks of their volatile years together. Blinded by camera flashes, Ryan staggered over to our ET camera on Tuesday night to chat about his new film.
Ryan described himself as the "new guy in the relationship" acknowledging those that were attached to the film longer than he was: director Derek Cianfrance, who envisioned the movie 12 years ago, and Michelle, who had been attached to the project for six years. "I can't believe that we did it," said Ryan. The actor went on to rave about his co-star, saying, "Working with Michelle, you feel like Scottie Pippen. She's Michael Jordan. All you gotta do is give her the ball and she dunks it." Michelle expressed similar notions about Ryan, comparing their time on the set together to a master acting class. Fashion designer Vera Wang once dressed Michelle for the Oscars and she showed her support at the premiere. Click the video to see her reaction to the news of Elizabeth Edwards' passing. 'Blue Valentine' opens December 31.
Blake Lively and Ryan Gosling Together Again!
By Ted Casablanca and Taryn Ryder / December 8, 2010
Ryan Gosling premiered his fab new flick, Blue Valentine, in New York last night, and we know what you're thinking... It seems like there have been a hundred "premieres" for this movie, but there was one thing—or rather person—last night had that the others did not. That would be Blake Lively by Ryan's side all night! As Marc Malkin told you guys yesterday, Blake is starring in a new ad campaign for Chanel (what doesn't this girl get?) and the hottie with a bangin' body flew back from a shoot in Paris in time for last night's screening. Blake skipped press and the red carpet, but was snapped all smiles as she attempted to go in through a side door (pictured here) at the Museum of Modern Art, where the screening was taking place.
Lively and Gosling were later spotted at the afterparty at the Standard Hotel and apparently weren't too far apart—ever. "They weren't obviously all over each other, but it seemed like they were together," dishes a fellow celebrating source. "There were times when they would be sitting down and he would kind of lay his hand on her knee. They were smiling, laughing, they looked happy!" This whole thing sounds awfully cozy (not to mention ambitious for jet-setting Blake) for two good-lookin' babes who are just friends, no? Blake and Ryan were first spotted undercover in October at Disneyland, and while Lively's rep denied they were there on a date, it was announced Blake split with longtime BF Penn Badgley two weeks later. One guy very much in the NYC scene (who has a hilarious recap of last night, you must read) believes B and R to be dating. But dating is so often such a meaningless term these days, is it not? Our spy adds that Blake and Ryan didn't leave together. We've put in calls to Lively and Gosling's reps but have yet to hear back.
Michelle Williams: 'Blue Valentine' Premiere with Ryan Gosling!
December 7, 2010
Michelle Williams walks the red carpet at the premiere of her film Blue Valentine held at the Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday (December 7) in New York. Over the weekend, the 30-year-old actress attended a screening of the movie that was hosted by Robert DeNiro. Make sure to watch as Michelle makes an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Wednesday (December 8). Also pictured inside: Michelle‘s co-star Ryan Gosling! FYI: Michelle is wearing an Azzaro dress and Charlotte Olympia shoes.
Michelle Williams sparkles after losing the 15lbs she piled on to star in Blue Valentine
December 8, 2010
Michelle Williams sparkled in a sequined dress with bow belt at the New York premiere of her new movie Blue Valentine last night. With her bleached blonde pixie crop swept across her forehead, and clutch under her arm, she looked every inch the movie star. The actress, who gained 15lbs to play the role, looked back to her best, as she posed alongside co-star Ryan Gosling. The 30-year-old actress and her co-star were in a race to see who could gain the most weight during filming. And Michelle was the winner after gained 15lbs in weight for her role as a unhappy wife and mother. Director Derek Cianfrance initially wanted Michelle's character to lose weight as her life unraveled. But the Brokeback Mountain actress thought it might be more realistic if she gained weight instead. ccording to Cianfrance, Michelle said 'I don't know about losing weight. What about if I gained some weight?' And his reply was: 'Surprise me.' Williams and Gosling decided to make it interesting by competing against each other, and the Dawson Creek star beat him by barely a pound. Cianfrance says: 'She ended up winning. She gained about 15, 16 pounds. He gained 14.' The sexually charged film, which centres on a contemporary married couple, is said to be so racy that the Motion Picture Association of America slapped it with an NC-17 rating.
That means no children under 17 will be admitted to the film and it often adds up to lower box it has been getting good reviews. According to Moving Pictures magazine: 'It‘s exquisitely painful to watch.'
Last Night‟s Parties
By Mara Siegler / December 8, 2010
The city was jumping last night. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams got their twee cuteness on at the Boom Boom Room, Kiehls celebrated Jeff Koons with two buck chuck, a musical odyssey was taken In Umbria and more... Blue Valentine Screening & After-party Where: MoMa, after-party at The Standard Who Was There: Michelle Williams, Ryan Gosling, Derek Cianfrance, Blake Lively, Chace Crawford, Joel Schumacher, Jason Reitman, Harvey Weinstein, Kelsey Grammer, Kate Walsh, Karolina Kurkova, Lance Bass, Lily Rabe, Michelle Trachtenberg, Paz De La Huerta, Alex Orlovsky, Lynette Howell, Jamie Patricof Other Details:The film has serious Oscar buzz and for good reason. The tale of a couple falling in love and falling out of love feels real and raw, and left pretty much everyone exiting the theater depressed. The melancholy mood was quickly alleviated at the after party at the Boom Boom Room set up by Quintessentially and Stoli. Blake Lively, who is rumored to be dating Ryan Gosling, stopped by causing many a hushed whispers; Peter Facinelli lorded over the pool table; and Michelle Williams hung out near the fireplace and chatted with director Derek Cianfrance.
Michelle Williams Looks Like A Little Girl At 'Blue Valentine' Premiere
December 8, 2010
Michelle Williams walked the red carpet at the "Blue Valentine" New York City premiere yesterday looking demure in a sequined and ruffled ensemble with a black bow. The outfit seems quite girlish, don't you think? Kate Winslet recently held a dinner and screening for Williams' highlyanticipated new movie in front of a star-studded New York crowd, including Kim Cattrall, Hope Davis and Judd Hirsch. Before introducing the film, Winslet revealed she harbors a secret - she was so in awe of Williams' acting talents that she created a make-believe friendship between the pair in her head.
New York Premiere of Blue Valentine Hosted by Quintessentially
December 8, 2010
Photos from the New York premiere of Blue Valentine hosted by Quintessentially at The Museum of Modern Art on December 7, 2010 in New York City.
Blake Lively: 'Blue Valentine' Premiere Back Door!
December 7, 2010
Blake Lively skips the red carpet and uses the back door at the premiere of Blue Valentine held at the Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday (December 7) in New York. The film stars Ryan Gosling, who Blake spent time with a few months ago at an ice cream parlor at Disneyland in California. Ryan walked the red carpet with his co-star Michelle Williams and also presented the movie for the audience! Blake is set to be the new face of Chanel and recently flew to Paris to shoot a campaign for their new handbags. FYI: Blake is wearing an Isabel Marant dress.
Ryan Gosling Only Has Eyes For Michelle — and Blake Lively? — at Blue Valentine in NYC
December 8, 2010
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, wearing an Azzaro minidress, gazed into each other's eyes and greeted the crowd at a special Museum of Modern Art screening of Blue Valentine in NYC last night. The adorable twosome were joined by their onscreen daughter Faith Wladyka, who got to get glammed up with Ryan and Michelle in Cannes earlier this year, as well as their director Derek Cianfrance. The evening wasn't only for the cast, however, since Blake Lively was spotted quietly sneaking in to check out the film. The Gossip Girl star is no stranger to the city's red carpets, though this appearance will likely
bring back up the rumors of a romance between her and Ryan. The two were spied on a Disneyland ice cream date earlier in the Fall, but at that point her rep said they were just friends. Since then, Blake split with Penn Badgley, while Gosling is still swinging single. He's been logging lots of time posing with Michelle Williams to promote their unexpectedly controversial love story, and his eloquence about the NC-17 rating is one of the things that makes him so sexy. ETA from another source: Their eclectic audience included everyone from Lance Bass (not together) to Lord and Lady Astor, Parker Posey, Jonathan Ames (he writes the ―Bored to Death‖ series on HBO), ―Half Nelson‖ co director Ryan Fleck, the movie’s producer Jamie Patricof, and “Gossip Girl” star Blake Lively, who is dating Gosling. (...) PS Listen–we’re all tired. At dinner at the Standard Grill, I asked the blonde sitting with Gosling and another couple what she did for a living. Everyone started throwing things at me. ―That’s Blake Lively,‖ they all yelled in unison. They were so right, and I was so amiss. For the record, Blake was excellent in ―The Town.‖ I will write it 100 times on a blackboard!
Blake Lively: Blue Valentine Babe
December 8, 2010
Stepping out for an enjoyable evening, Blake Lively was spotted at the premiere of ―Blue Valentine‖ in New York City last night (December 7). The ―Gossip Girl‖ actress opted not to do the whole red carpet scene, and instead just snuck in the back door of the Museum of Modern Art. ―Blue Valentine‖ stars Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling. The film centers on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods. In related news, Blake recently flew to Paris to shoot an ad campaign for Chanel, as she‘s the new face for the brand. Enjoy the pictures of Blake Lively at the "Blue Valentine" premiere (December 7).
Get Michelle Williams Radiant Blue Valentine Premiere Look!
December 8, 2010
Michelle Williams is like a breath of fresh air in Hollywood when it comes to makeup. She's always expressed her own personal style, from being an early adopter of the short pixie cut to bucking trends like the super smokey eye. Last night's premiere of her new film Blue Valentine (costarring the delicious Ryan Gosling) was no exception. Williams looked absolutely luminous with minimal makeup highlighted by a wash of pearl on eyes and sheer rose lips. Her makeup artist, Jeanine Lobell, tells UsMagazine.com how she created the look. Lobell started by enhancing the actress' skin with a primer, rather than using a foundation with heavier coverage. Then she layered pearlized ivory, pink and grey eyeshadows on lids. "I applied the pale ivory shade loosely all over the eye from the lash lines to brows then the pink one lightly over the creases, then smudged the grey into the top lash lines and along the lower lashes" Lobell tells Us. To complete the eyes, she penciled brows, curled lashes and applied three coats of black mascara. The ethereal eye was paired with lips and cheeks in sheer rose.
New York Premiere of Blue Valentine Hosted by Quintessentially
December 8, 2010
Michelle Williams attends the New York premiere of "Blue Valentine" hosted by Quintessentially at The Museum of Modern Art on December 7, 2010 in New York City.
Michelle Williams in Azzaro for the Blue Valentine premiere: cute or meh?
December 8, 2010
Last night was yet another screening/premiere for Blue Valentine. This one was notable, however, because both Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling (the two leads) actually showed up. Ryan is hypnotizing me with his gorgeous eyes. I can barely see past them, honestly. Michelle is… ugh. The hair. The hair looks slightly better, but it‘s still bad overall. The dress is Azzaro - and while I have to applaud her for not doing the old-lady, cream-of-wheat style, but I don‘t love the dress. Still, the overall effect is rather cute. By the way, unless you live in a major city, you probably won‘t get the chance to seeBlue Valentine, because of its NC-17 rating (most theatres don‘t want to touch it). However, now that some people have seen it, we‘re getting a better idea as to why the subject matter is so ―controversial‖ that it needs an explicit rating: oral sex. Specifically, Michelle gets hers. What is it about a female being pleasured that makes stuffy old dudes whip out their bitch? Anyway, PopEater has a lengthy discussion about why Blue Valentine won‘t be seen by many, and why the ratings system is screwed up, etc. Just beware though - that piece is full of SPOILERS for both Blue Valentine and Black Swan.
BLUE VALENTINE PREMIERE
December 8, 2010
MICHELLE WILLIAMS AND RYAN GOSLING Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling made a pretty pairing on the red carpet in New York last night, for the premiere of their latest cinematic offering, Blue Valentine.
Blue Valentine Premiere in New York
December 8, 2010
Ok, could Michelle Williams be any cuter? Seriously! There was collective cooing at Sugar HQ over her ridiculously adorable ensemble, as seen at the New York premiere of Blue Valentine
Blake Lively: „Blue Valentine‟ Premiere Back Door!
December 8, 2010
Blake Lively skips the red carpet and sneaks in the back door at the premiere of Blue Valentine held at the Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday (December 7) in New York. The film stars Ryan Gosling, who Blake spent time with a few months ago at an ice cream parlor at Disneyland in California. Ryan walked the red carpet with his co-star Michelle Williams and also presented the movie for the audience! Blake is set to be the new face of Chanel and recently flew to Paris to shoot a campaign for their new handbags.
Michelle Williams at the Blue Valentine Premiere
December 7, 2010
Michelle doesn‘t like to entertain questions about her daughter, Matilda, and I guess we can‘t blame her.
New York Around Town
December 8, 2010
Foodies, fashion folk and film stars were all out and about last night. Mario Batali launched a collaboration between the Culinary Council with the Food Bank for New York, which Anthony Bourdain, Ted Allen and Anne Burrell attended along with friend and musician Michael Stipe. Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling looked chic at the premiere of their latest film Blue Valentine. Also in attendance were stars like Chace Crawford and Kelsey Grammer. In the fashion world, Peter Som presented his new bedding line and Ralph Pucci with the School of Art and Design at Pratt Institute, unveiled an exhibit of his GIRL 2 mannequins dressed in paper fashion designs.
Michelle Williams at „Blue Valentine‟ Premiere in New York
December 8, 2010
Michelle Williams, gorgeous American actress turned heads when she arrived at premiere of her film ―Blue Valentine” held at the Museum of Modern Art on December 7 in New York. Michelle Williams rocked red carpet fashion with her co-star Ryan Gosling and wowed the audience in a white crystal embellished dress. Beautiful Michelle attended the New York premiere of ―Blue Valentine‖ hosted byQuintessentially in a two-tone tiered and bow belted dress with embellishment details fromAzzaro Spring 2011 collection. Actress looked super cute in her short dress which was paired with black clutch and black heels. 30-year-old actress Michelle Williams blonde short haircut was styled perfectly with her dress. Her handsome co-star Ryan was wearing a fashionable black velvet suit with white shirt. He wore matching black shoes and looked so hot while posing with Michelle Williams. So, what‘s your take on Michelle Williams’s embellished dress? HIT or MISS? Share withFashionFame.com in comment box below and be sure to follow us on Twitter andFacebook for more fashion updates.
Peter Facinelli hits up 'Blue Valentine' premiere, last week on 'Nurse Jackie'
By Amanda Bell / December 9, 2010
While in his last week of filming for the third season of the very successful Showtime series Nurse Jackie (in which he stars as "Dr. Fitch Cooper"), Peter Facinelli hit up the New York premiere of Blue Valentine. It was a good day, yesterday, for the makers of Blue Valentine. While the New York premiere took place on Tuesday, yesterday was a big day for the film since its NC-17 rating was overturned, and it will now only wear an RRating (which makes the movie more accessible to theaters, movie-goers, etc.). It's been a busy week for Facinelli as well. He returned to Baton Rouge to begin filming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 on Thursday of last week, and then he flew to L.A. to see his family on his daughter's birthday before flying back up to New York to complete the last week of Nurse Jackie, and, seemingly, attend the premiere of Blue Valentine. All of these updates come via Peter Facinelli's Twitter page, so if you're not one of the 1.7+ million people who follow his page already, you can check that out here.
At the New York Premiere of Blue Valentine
December 8, 2010
INSIDE EDITION is on the red carpet with Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams at the New York premiere of Blue Valentine.
Blue Valentine Premieres at the MOMA
By George Whipple / December 8, 2010
NY1 VIDEO: The film "Blue Valentine" premiered this week at the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown. The movie is the story of a relationship – the ups, the downs, the goods, the bads, the coming together and the falling apart. NY1‘s George Whipple spoke with the cast at the opening and filed the following report.
Blue Valentine Premiere: Glamour and Sexiness By Ross Urken / December 8, 2010
Blue Valentine, the romantic drama starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, had its New York premiere at MoMA last night. The film's notoriously intense sex scene landed it an NC-17 rating, but last night was all about prim glamor and tasteful sexiness on Quintessentially and Stoli's carpet.The dark film chronicles a married couple, Dean and Cindy, through their marriage over a couple of years. But there were no tears last night, just high-wattage smiles and nicely tailored interview responses.
Was Blake Lively Ryan Gosling‟s Date for Blue Valentine Premiere?
December 9, 2010
Ryan Gosling premiered his new movie Blue Valentine this week in New Yorkand he brought a very special date—Blake Lively! Although Blake opted to skip the red carpet, E! Online reports that she slipped in through a side door and later rendezvoused with Gosling at the afterparty. "They weren't obviously all over each other, but it seemed like they were together," said a source to E!. "There were times when they would be sitting down and he would kind of lay his hand on her knee. They were smiling, laughing, they looked happy!" If this was the first time Blake and Gosling have been spotted together we would be more skeptical, but they were also seen hanging out at Disneyland in October. Also, have you seen this hilarious (and completely unrelated) video of Ryan Gosling reading quotes from the site F*ck Yeah! Ryan Gosling? You should check it out, immediately.
Ryan Gosling On NC-17, Jane Fonda Workouts, Love, and Sharing A Bathroom
By Mara Siegler / December 10, 2010
We caught up with Ryan Gosling the other night while he was busy promoting "Blue Valentine" at the Quintessentially and Stoli screening to discuss ice cream, his co-star Michelle Williams, what NC17 means and the ever-pressing question of why love fades. The flick took 12 years to get made. Once finances were set and filming began, Gosling and Williams lived together for a full month to make their relationship as authentic as possible. "We fought all day, we had Christmas and birthdays, we went to Sears and took pictures, we did Jane Fonda workouts , we did everything you could do in that month. We built some memories. Working with Michelle, I felt like Scottie Pippen, you know? And she was Michael Jordan. Every time I gave her the ball she just flew through the air and slammed dunked." They both gained weight to depict themselves in the later parts of the movie, going from young lovers to a married couple who can barely stand to be in the same room. Gosling couldn't remember how much he gained, around--14 or 15 pounds-- but did say Williams gained more than he did. To take it off postshooting, he didn't have to work that hard. When asked if he ran or exercised, he said it was actually easier than physical exertion:
"I just stopped eating so much ice cream." But the flick didn't just add on to the actor's psychical weight; it was also emotionally heavy. The tale of falling in and out of love is told with painstaking reality and ponders the depths that relationship baggage. "I think that most movies pretend that they know everything, you know, and this was a film that wasn’t pretending to know anything, it was just asking a question, a question I think we all ask ourselves. What happens to love? Where does it go?
Why does it go away? We spend our whole lives looking for it, and you finally find it and then you know once you move in together and you guys share the same bathroom, suddenly it goes away: why?" There are sex scenes in the movie that steered the Motion Picture Association of American toward an NC-17 label. "I feel like, look, people don’t know understand what NC-17 means. Its not like we’re saying we think kids under 17 should see the movie. I don’t think so. What NC-17 really means is that it can't play in regular theaters. And you can't even show an ad for it on television. I don’t think it deserves that." Luckily, others agreed. The MPAA has unanimously voted to overturn the decision after a personal plea from Harvey Weinstein.
Are Blake Lively and Ryan Gosling an Item?
By Melissa Castellanos / December 10, 2010
NEW YORK (CBS) "Gossip Girl" star Blake Lively knows a thing or two about gossip, so when she was spotted with actor Ryan Gosling again, this time in New York, it didn't come as a surprise when people started to speculate that they are a couple. Gosling, who's starring in the provocative "Blue Valentine" alongside Michelle Williams, was in the Big Apple for the film's premiere after-party where he was seen with Lively. The pair was "inseparable" Thursday night while at the event, which was held at The Top of the Standard at the Standard Hotel in New York, according to People. As the party wound down, they headed downstairs to the hotel's Standard Grill to dine with two friends. While both actors aren't fessing up to a romance just yet, Gosling commends Lively's body of work. "She's an incredible actress; she's a good friend," Gosling told People. This wasn't the first time the duo made magic - Lively, 23, and Gosling, 30, were first spotted together in October at Disneyland. Like her love life, Lively's career is on a roll. The fashionista will star in a new ad campaign for Chanel, E! Online reports. She was just in Paris shooting for the French fashion house's handbag collection. The ads should launch early next year.
Irina Shayk: Blue Valentine Vixen
December 10, 2010
Irina Shayk struts her stuff at the New York premiere of Blue Valentine hosted by Quintessentially at The Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday (December 7) in New York City. The 24-year-old Russian model is reportedly suing GQ Spain after finding nude pictures of herself in the December issue, while she asserts that she was actually wearing underwear. Gail Marie of Elite Model Management said, ―Irina is the victim of ‗Photoshop‘ and a breach of contract.‖ The magazine responded by saying, ―Irina posed nude and Irina herself, the Elite agency, the photographer and the stylists know this as do the 15 witnesses that assisted at the shoot. Why lie?‖
Blake Lively and Ryan Gosling Together at "Blue Valentine" Premiere
By Amanda Lynne / December 10, 2010
Blake Lively and Ryan Gosling are seemingly Hollywood's hot new couple. The two were spotted together at Gosling's "Blue Valentine" premiere this week, and according to gossip expert, Ted Casablanca, Blake was "glued" to Ryan's side all night. Blake Lively and Ryan Gosling, are both super cute, but may not seem like the most likely of couples. However, they seem to be spending a lot of time together these days. While Blake skipped press and the red carpet at the "Blue Valentine" premiere, she was reportedly cozying up to Mr. Gosling all night long. "They weren't obviously all over each other, but it seemed like they were together," revaled one source. "There were times when they would be sitting down and he would kind of lay his hand on her knee. They were smiling, laughing, they looked happy!" So it looks like this "Gossip Girl" may have just found a new leading man in her life in Ryan Gosling. Blake Lively previously dated her co-star Penn Badgely, the two recently broke up, but are reportedly still good friends. Which is good considering they have to work together every day.
Blake Lively and Ryan Gosling get cozy in New York
By Jeffrey Slonim / December 10, 2010
(PEOPLE) -- Ryan Gosling's new movie "Blue Valentine" almost got an NC-17 rating, but the actor kept the flirtation with Blake Lively noticeably G-rated at the film's premiere after-party. Still, the pair were almost inseparable as they engaged in close conversation Thursday night while the Quintessentially-sponsored event spun around them at The Top of the Standard at the Standard Hotel in New York. At one point, Gosling started to leave Lively's side and the actress yanked him back to continue chatting, according to an observer. As the party wound down, they headed downstairs to the hotel's Standard Grill to dine with two other companions. Lively, 23, and Gosling, 30, were first spotted together in October at Disneyland where they took in the sights and some ice cream at the park, an appropriate setting since Gosling once was a Mouseketeer. Neither of the actors is admitting to anything serious. "She's an incredible actress; she's a good friend," Gosling told PEOPLE at a lunch Thursday for "Blue Valentine" in New York at the Kimberly Hotel. When asked generally about romances between actors and actresses, Gosling says, "You're not allowed to have friends in this business."
HOOKUP WATCH: BLAKE LIVELY AND RYAN GOSLING GET HANDS-ON
By Kat Giantis / December 10, 2010
Two months after Ryan Gosling and Blake Lively were spiedtogether at Disneyland, rumors of a romance between the easy-onthe-eyes pair are heating up. "They've been out a few times and are definitely into each other, but I don't think it's super serious or anything right now," a buddy of the "Blue Valentine" actor tells E! Online. "Yeah, they're casually dating, but I could see it becoming more." Ryan, 30, and Blake, 23, sure looked into each other as they cozied up at a postpremiere bash for his critically acclaimed (and now R-rated) drama in New York on Tuesday night. According to People mag, the fair-haired honeys were "almost inseparable," sitting this close and chatting.
Is „Gossip Girl‟ Blake Lively Dating Ryan Gosling?
By Xixi Yang / December 11, 2010
Gossip Girl Blake Lively may have a little more than shoe shopping on her mind this season! The CW hit show star was spotted with actor Ryan Gosling at hisBlue Valentine premiere, looking quite smitten with him. The two actors showed up at the New York premiere party for Gosling‘s new film and at one point, Gosling affectionately placed his hand on Blake‘s knee while the actress gave him smoldering look that‘s usually the look S gives Dan or Nate. An attendee tells E! News, ―They weren‘t obviously all over each other, but it seems like they were together. There were times when they would be sitting down and he would kind of lay his hand on her knee. They were smiling, laughing, they looked happy!‖ Lively was first scene with Gosling in October at Disneyland, shortly after her split from Gossip Girl co-star Penn Badgley. Gosling, not a stranger to high profile dating himself, dated his Notebook co-star Rachel McAdams for three years after starring in the 2004 romantic movie. We think Blake Lively and Ryan Gosling would truly make one of Hollywood‘s hottest new couples! We wonder what Ryan will get Blake for Christmas. After all, this lucky girl seems to have it all!
Blake Lively And Ryan Gosling Dating?
December 12, 2010
Rumours are circulating that Gossip Girl's Blake Lively and actor Ryan Gosling are getting it on. The pair were first spotted together in Disneyland in October but things went pretty quiet after that. However, according to E! Online Blake flew back from a photoshoot in Paris to attend Ryan's premiere for his latest film 'Blue Valentine'. After the premiere, the pair went to an after party and according to sources the pair were quite 'inseperable'... At one point his hand was on her knee. Oh My!
Celebs Wrapped in Bows
December 12, 2010
Now that the holiday season is upon us, stargazers might notice that their favorite celebs start to resemble the festive gifts beneath their Christmas trees. In other words, bountiful bows start cropping up on the red carpet. Take Michelle Willams, who boasted a bow at this week's Blue Valentine premiere, or repeat bow-wearers Miley Cyrus and Elle Fanning, who get all tied up with pretty accents whenever they get the chance.
Q&A With "Blue Valentine" Director Derek Cianfrance
By Mara Siegler / December 13, 2010
Blue Valentine got unanimously positive reviews at Sundance and has strong Oscar buzz. We caught up with director Derek Cianfrance at the Quintessentially and Stoli party at the Boom Boom Room to talk about the importance of having flaws, filming sex scenes, Tom Waits and Ryan Gosling's receding hairline. Q: Making this film as real as possible was important to you. You even had Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams live together for a month with their on-screen daughter and partake in family activities. Why was authenticity so important to you? DC: Well I wanted to wait 6 years, the actual time period that lapses in the film, and the studios wanted to give me a weekend so we compromised on a month. It's 6 yrs between the two stories and you cant just turn around in a weekend and fake that, you know what I mean? It has to be some kind of shared experience and shared memory, so we lived in this house and we built memories. By the time we were ready to shoot we were ready you know. There just came a point in my life when I stopped being able to relate to the fantasy in movies you know? I started to feel lonely after I went to the movies because I saw people up on the screen that weren‟t like me. They were perfect and they spoke in perfect sentences and they knew exactly what they wanted and they had exciting incidences in their lives and cathartic endings and I looked around at the end of movies and I just didn‟t relate to it. I wanted to make a movie that I could relate, a movie that was more about people like me, people like the people I knew, my friends, my family. I wanted to make a movie that was honest and human. I think a lot of movies are made in the image of God you know? They are perfect. I wanted to make this an image of man, because I think to be human is to be flawed. What‘s wrong with us is what makes us interesting.
GofG: The film was almost slapped with an NC17 rating because of the sex scenes. DC: I wanted to take responsibility as a filmmaker to delve into scenes of sexuality with honesty and not sensationalize them, you know what I mean? Treat them as true and give sex---make sex a choice and have a consequence to those choices. The sex scenes are very difficult to shoot. There‘s a lot of improvisation in the movie, but for the sex scenes we stuck closest to the script just out of safety and security for the actors. You cant just---it's like doing a fight scene, you have to be careful with the fight scene, because someone is going to get their nose broken. You know their going to get hurt if they improvise and then you have to shoot the rest of the film with an actor who has a broken nose. You have to respect your performers, I want to respect my performers. I don‟t want to gawk at them, I don‟t want to exploit them in front of the camera, I don‟t want to turn them into pieces of meat. You want to make an honest movie about honest people in an honest relationship, and sex is a part of that dialogue. GofG: You and Ryan look very similar in the latter parts of this film. Was that intentional? DC: No. Ryan likes my receding hair line and he thinks I'm handsome and he wanted to try out what it is like to look like me with a receding hairline so I let him do it on the movie. You know I think he enjoyed it and he shaved his head. He had tried to fake a receding hairline like mine in another movie that he did and they wouldn‘t let him do it because they said it compromised his attractiveness. So when he signed up for "Blue Valentine" I said ―Ryan, it would be a great honor to me if you compromise your attractiveness for this movie,‖ and he did. GofG: Why the title "Blue Valentine"? Tom Waits has a great album called "Blue Valentine" with a song on it called Blue Valentine. He's just always been one of my favorite artists and musicians and meant so much to me in my life. It‘s just such a great title that kind of captures the spirit of the love story I wanted to tell. It's more about the blues than it was about the reds.
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