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Quint sees Ryan Gosling, Ellen Page, James McAvoy, Marion Cotillard, Casey Affleck and Amy Ryan at the Santa Barbara Film Fest!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I’ve gotten to see 4 movies at the Santa Barbara Film Festival so far… it’s a lame number after 2 days of watching movies, but I’ve been spending my nights watching the big celebrity studded awards ceremonies. Last night was a tribute to Ryan Gosling, getting the Independent Award, and tonight was a fivefer called The Virtuosos, giving awards to young or relatively new stars. Featured were James McAvoy, Ellen Page, Casey Affleck, Amy Ryan and Marion Cotillard. I don’t know exactly the best way to cover these events, but I can give you a general impression and supply you with a ton of photos. So, let’s do that, yeah? I really like the set-up with these things. I’ve seen maybe a dozen of these over the last 4 or 5 years… everybody from Peter Jackson to Paul Giamatti to Philip Seymour Hoffman to Will Smith to George Clooney to Leonardo DiCaprio to Kate Winslet to Heath Ledger. I’m sure it’s hell for the actors, but I love going over someone’s work movie by movie with clips and a brief Q&A in-between.

Gosling was a little different than the others because he really didn’t have a ton of work to pull from, but there was plenty of his known work (THE NOTEBOOK, which got a ton of teenage girls, and more than a few middle-aged ones, screaming like the Beatles just took the stage, FRACTURE, HALF-NESLON and LARS AND THE REAL GIRL) and some of his lesser known stuff (like his smaller role in REMEMBER THE TITANS, THE BELIEVER, THE SLAUGHTER RULE and THE UNITED STATES OF LELAND). Things I learned: -Gosling moved to LA when he was a young actor… when asked why, he said it was the weather, that he knew he wanted to move to Southern California when he was walking to school one day and saw a frozen cat. -The makers of the Real Dolls discontinued the type of doll Bianca was in LARS IN THE REAL GIRL, not because of it being in the movie, but because their costumers didn’t like the realistic eye-lids. Apparently that made the doll look bored. So now they’re all wide-eyed. -Bianca, the Real Doll, was present at table reads.

-Gosling didn’t think he was going to make it on THE BELIEVER, where he plays a skinhead and totally blew the first big take, an energetic speech at a diner where he spews the reasons behind his hate. He could tell everybody on the crew thought he sucked, he thought he sucked and the director thought he sucked. He freaked out, went outside to think about it, and the director got him to do one more take and he suddenly got in the groove and everybody was happy ever after. -He gives all the credit to THE NOTEBOOK’s success to Rachel McAdams. He says every single movie “Rach” is in makes money and the only movie he’s ever been in that has made money was the one she was in, so it’s all her. -Surprise, surprise, he loved working with Hopkins in FRACTURE, stating that any actor would have paid good money to have the one scene where they’re playing back and forth in the interrogation room. Gosling said a lot of money could have gone to charity if they auctioned off that role. -HALF-NELSON – He said his young costar, Shareeka Epps, was in high demand on set. Everybody wanted 5 minutes with her every day because she was one of those people that just make you happy about life. That’s about all I can remember. LARS director Craig Gillespie gave Gosling his award, but not without cracking a few jokes my tired brain can’t remember at the moment. When he went to hug Ryan and give him the mic, Gillespie dropped his note cards and Gosling picked them up and pretended to read off stuff (like how Gillespie thinks Gosling is akin to Jesus Christ, etc). I have a pic:

And then the award was handed off, the photographers went nuts and we got ourselves our own picture.

Tonight we had Virtuosos with Ellen Page, Amy Ryan, Marion Cotillard, James McAvoy and Casey Affleck. Fun facts: I want Ellen Page to be my girlfriend. Fun facts over. Because there were 5 people they did a quick-fast version of the footage and Q&A scheme. They pretty much stuck to the movies each of the actors were nominated for and called them up one at a time and they got about 5-10 mins each with about a minute of clips from their nominated movies. Then they all came back at the end to sit together before getting their awards.

Affleck was up to talk about THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSIE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD, leaving GONE BABY GONE for Amy Ryan. The only thing I remember from Affleck’s time in the chair was when the Hollywood Reporter guy who was moderating asked him about working with Brad Pitt since he already worked with him on the OCEANS movies. Casey laughed it off saying he only kinda worked with Pitt on the OCEANS movies… that his average scene with Pitt in those movies involved Pitt right in front of the camera and Casey about 65 feet behind him pantomiming with Elliott Gould.

Cotillard was there, of course, for LA VIE EN ROSE. She spent most of her time talking about the language of lip synching (and how it was like acting in a foreign language) and talking about how frightened she was to play this character… but only because she had to age from late teens to elderly.

McAvoy seemed really fun and at ease. He let loose with some cursing and talked a bit about ATONEMENT. He mostly underlined the differences between a few scenes, going from the young Briony’s point of view and what really happened. In the big scene at the fountain with Kiera Knightley you first see it from young Briony’s POV and she sees things that didn’t happen in the real world version we see a little later, like McAvoy’s character pointing at the ground, looking like he’s demanding Knightley disrobe. He also talked about the library sex scene and how uncomfortable sex scenes are to film, but how the best way for a director to make it happen right was for the director to get over the embarrassment him or herself and just tell the actor what to do, not leave it up to what happens. He essentially said it takes a lot of the awkwardness out if they have specific marks to hit, even if it’s as uncomfortable as sticking a tongue down a throat, groping a breast or getting his junk grabbed.

Page was there to talk JUNO and sounded like she was losing her voice. She said she didn’t get to meet Diablo Cody (JUNO’s screenwriter) until right before shooting started, but they’re good friends now. When she first met Jason Reitman, he drove down to the set of AN AMERICAN CRIME, when she was all dirty and emaciated and tortured… about as far from Juno as she could be. But it was okay, because they got along really well and both at the time didn’t know if they were going to be working on the movie, so they pretty much sat around saying, “Yeah, it’ll be great if we can make the movie together!” And she’s the one that suggested Juno would listen to the Moldy Peaches.

Ryan was there for GONE BABY GONE and talked about she got the role right at her audition. She also said that on top of her dialect coach (her Boston accent is a fakerooney) she also had the Affleck boys who grew up around there, so before a take she’d get a correction on the pronunciation of a certain word.

All the actors then rejoined the stage together and answered a few questions as a panel before getting their awards… by Ivan Reitman!

Reitman shared a story about watching basketball with William Goldman in 1980 where Goldman told Reitman to take in the moment, a moment in sports where Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and some other players I don’t recognize (being the lame sports follower that I am) all played for the Lakers. Reitman said looking over the panel it’s the same feeling looking at the sheer amount of great young actors on the rise. Then he thanked Page for being in his kid’s movie. Then they got their awards.

Yay! I went to the party afterwards and had my dreams crushed when Page didn’t go. My wooing plans went on the backburner, but I did get to shake hands with Ivan Reitman (who seemed very familiar with AICN) and talk a little with McAvoy (mostly told him I was a big fan of RORY O’SHEA WAS HERE back a few years ago and that I wished him and Soairse Ronan well at the Oscars). On the whole it’s been a fun couple of days. I’ll get some movie reviews out to you (as well as my final batch of SUNDANCE reviews) and keep you updated on the goings on out here. Still have a director’s panel with Jason Reitman, Judd Apatow, Brad Bird and others on it, a Tommy Lee Jones tribute and an Angelina Jolie tribute. Keep ‘em peeled. -Quint

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  • Jan. 31, 2008, 4:12 a.m. CST


    by EvilGeek1

    Am I???

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Ellen Page

    by lsleelee

    uh, who DOESN'T want ellen page to be their girlfriend?

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Ellen Page is a goddess

    by EvilGeek1

    She can castrate me anytime! Wow, that's disturbing...

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 4:26 a.m. CST

    The Believer is a great film

    by redfist

    and I really feel bad everytime I see Ellen Page cause I feel like a prevert.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 4:31 a.m. CST


    by EvilGeek1

    Ah not to worry. She's legal.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 5:16 a.m. CST

    RIP Jeremy Beadle

    by EvilGeek1

    Ok. This obit is only really going to have relevance for the British and/or Europeans who tuned into You've Been Framed. Jeremy Beadle, the host of YBF and other shows like Just For A Laugh and Beadle's About passed away sometime yesterday of pneumonia, ages 59. He had been known to many over the past 15 years as an established presence in television entertainment and was with his wife and close friends when he passed. Tributes are already pouring in from all the over the British television circuit. Beadle was also known for his significant work for charity, especially fund-raising for Leukaemia, which Beadle had himself. On a personal note I'm really bummed by this news. I grew up watching YBF and I always had a great fondness for Beadle. He was lovable and always had a smile on his face. RIP buddy. Well not much of an obit, but it was honest.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 5:17 a.m. CST


    by vaibhav

    it was actually me who impreganted Ellen Page in Juno. They cut my role short. Damn!

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 5:19 a.m. CST


    by vaibhav


  • Jan. 31, 2008, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Gosling still doing Jack Ryan?

    by theBigE

    So is that happening?

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Jeremy Beadle only had a little willy...

    by Noisybast

    ...but on the othe hand, it was quite big! I thangew.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 6:37 a.m. CST

    quickest talkback ever

    by Porco Drunko

    So what happened to the lost post? There one minute gone the next.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 7:14 a.m. CST

    I'm going to repeat what I said this time last year...

    by seppukudkurosawa

    "We're coming to get you Santa Barbara!"

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    I love me some Ellen Page

    by I Dunno

    She seems like a rabid feminist though.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    An Angelina Jolie tribute????

    by kwisatzhaderach

    A Mighty Heart is just about the only good film she's ever been in.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    What about Hackers?

    by I Dunno

    I never even bought textbooks in college. I got my computer science degree from studying that film.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST

    They should rename these awards to...

    by seppukudkurosawa

    "The Logan's Run Awards."

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Amy Ryan is the SEX

    by Kentucky Colonel

    I thought she was hot from the first moment Beadie Russell drove by in her "roller" with the headphones on. I do so love red headed women with prominet much so that I married one (hi Jill!). I hope Amy kicks ass at the Oscars. And would an Emmy be too much to ask for, even. I see a bright future for her. Good Luck, Amy!!!!

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Ellen Page + 30 Years = Kathy Bates

    by tonagan

    I've crunched the numbers a few times, and I hope I'm wrong.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST

    and Amy....

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Just in case you're in the DC/Baltimore area doing any kind of Wire wrap-up...I'd love to get an 8x10 glossy with you. The wife dosen't mind (if she can get one with Dominic). All hail 1970! Lots of cool folks born that year.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST


    by redfist


  • Jan. 31, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST


    by norrinrad

    That transformation would be measured in pounds, not years. And I don't buy it anyway. I could never be as scared of Ellen Page as I was of Kathy Bates after "Misery."

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST

    It's AMERICAN CRIME *not* Girl Next Door!

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Jeez. ☺

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST


    by CarmillaVonDoom

    E.P. DID go, but she head YOU were present and ducked out. ;P

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Where is the Jeremy Beadle tribute!!!!!!!!!!!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    I know this is a US run site, but the man was a legend on UK screens. I'll never forget when he parked a UFO outside some poor womans house and then a green alien came out of the spaceship. The woman carried on like it was a totally normal, every day event. Brilliant. RIP Beadle.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    I really hope Gosling isn't going to be Jack Ryan

    by IndustryKiller!

    I understand the temptation on his part, having a franchise and all, but it's ridiculously beneath him. It sounds like he has at least a few better projects on his plate. That one with Michelle Williams sounds pretty good, when it comes off hiatus that is.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Silencio Old Man!

    by Orionsangels

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST

    The Notebook - Reason No. 586 why...

    by AnimalStructure

    Women, in general, have miserable taste in films. Girls like the worst shit. This is not a sexist statement, it is a true statement. <p> As far as Ellen Page goes, she's straight outta central casting for an Internet porn site. Doesn't she look like the "teens" you find on all those reality porn sites? Yes, yes she does.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Hey, I'd stick it to Page...

    by Tourist

    ...But I had no idea that french chick was so hot. You guys can go family style on Page, I'll take to solo dining with Marion Whatever-the-fuck-her-name-is.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 3:23 p.m. CST

    RE: The Notebook - Reason No. 586 why...

    by FlickChick

    If it walks like a duck... BTW: Miller's Crossing Dawn of the Dead Raiders of the Lost Ark North by Northwest The Big Lebowski Galaxy Quest The Godfather Part 2... I guess liking these movies means I have miserable taste. I'll take that over being a prick.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST

    I hear ya HarryBlackPotter

    by EvilGeek1

    YBF was a cornerstone of my childhood and I'm not even British! It really sucks that he's gone. Everybody loved him, even Noel Edmonds and he's a twat! Couldn't have happened to a nicer bloke.

  • that is all.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Ivan Reitman is funtahstik, his a geeniass

    by messi


  • Jan. 31, 2008, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by AnimalStructure

    I won't get into your little list there. But as with most people who jump to conclusions, you don't read. i said women in general, not every woman. So great, you're in the 15-20% of chicks who have some taste in film. Congrats you reactionary.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Animal what is the percentage of douche bags......

    by IndustryKiller!

    have good taste in film? Since you are the expert on demographics I'd like some insight into yours.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 11:38 p.m. CST


    by AnimalStructure

    I only see one douchebag around here, and I'll give you a clue, it ain't me. I find it amusing that somehow my implication that the only people who love shit like The Notebook are women makes me an idiot.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 11:55 p.m. CST

    It doesn't make you an idiot animalstructure

    by IndustryKiller!

    your previous comments do that just fine. It does make you a sexist ass. And what you said wasn't specific to the Notebook, but film in general.

  • Feb. 1, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST


    by Stevie Grant

    Women do love shit. How else do explain the popularity of romantic comedies, "The OC," and "The GA" (also known as "Grey's Anatomy," the show that replaced "The OC" as the program all women watch).

  • Feb. 1, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST


    by Stevie Grant

    not "do" but "to"

  • Feb. 1, 2008, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Stevie Grant!

    by AnimalStructure

    Finally, a voice of fucking reason! Don't worry, IndustryKiller! will refer to one girl he knows who has good taste, then make the claim our facts are meaningless cause he found one exception to the rule.<p> The Notebook was not a hit cause women have good taste in film. Shakespeare in Love was not a hit cause women have good taste in film. 27 Dresses was not a hit cause women have good taste in film.

  • Feb. 1, 2008, 5:20 p.m. CST

    hold on,

    by Stevie Grant

    Don't forget about "Sex in the City." What straight man can watch that never ending steaming pile of shit?

  • Feb. 1, 2008, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Ok gentlemen

    by IndustryKiller!

    and I use that term loosely. Transformers was not a hit because of women. Die Hard 4 was not a hit because of women. X3 was not a hit because of women. The pendulum swings both ways. Women have no worse taste as a demographic than men. Both like different kinds of garbage, both like excellent films. But more than anything, people in general have bad taste. Stupid has no demographic. You know a thing or two about that Animalstructure. I also know plenty of guys who liked The Notebook. Yeah, I know, I don't get it either.

  • Feb. 1, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Also, women might have rom-coms

    by IndustryKiller!

    But men have bad action flicks, torture porn, vulgar comedies etc.