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Ryan Gosling Will Catch A Monster With Christina Hendricks!

Nordling here.

Of all the projects for Ryan Gosling to be involved with, a self-described "fantasy noir" doesn't come close to what I expected.  Ryan Gosling's first directed film will be called HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER, and it will star Christina Hendricks as a young mother who must travel into a "dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road into an underwater town," according to Variety.

Hey, your guess is as good as mine.  I didn't expect Gosling's directorial debut to be as weird or as off-the-mainstream as this, but he's gotten producers Marc Platt and Adam Seigel involved, so there must be something to it.  I do appreciate Gosling diving into more genre material like this as his first go-round in the director's chair and I have no idea what his visual sense is like.  We may have a fledgling Tim Burton here.  We'll all see soon enough.

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • Aug. 29, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    She was in Drive with him

    by Rupee88

    And good to see her get a leading role as she really is talented...I remember the Firefly episodes she did...excellent.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    About a year ago, or so, I re-watched all of Angel

    by jim

    and noticed her as a tavern wench in a flashback scene.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Is it weird that I have a crush on Hendricks ONLY on Mad Men.

    by Quake II

    I think she looks fantastic in the period clothing she wears with the hair and makeup but off the show she doesn't do anything for me. I didn't find her attractive in Drive but this project is intriguing. Gosling was amazing in The Believer and Blue Valentine but his other roles didn't challenge him much. I love Drive as a film but Gosling barely speaks.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    i'm so proud...

    by Bouncy X

    he comes from a town a few hours away from me....from canadian nobody to mickey mouse club to young this. :P

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST

    After that, he's doing a romantic comedy.

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Attack of the Double-D boobies.

    by Smerdyakov

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    ...secret road into an underwater town

    by Sequitur

    At least she will supplying her own floatation devices. Wakka wakka

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    . . . or TWO Monsters, if he's lucky.

    by Nice Marmot

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Gosling's band, Dead Man's Bones


    they (he) sings a song titled 'buried in water', which is about an cursed underwater town. wonder if this is a similar story.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    quake ii

    by Himbo

    See her in her two Firefly episodes. Hotter then than as Joan.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    re: bouncy

    by BigMick

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST


    by Josh

    Hope its fill to the brim with amazing music like drive. Hope it'll be a huge mind fuck and way different. Gosling is amazing I love the dude

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    re: bouncy x....I'm with ya.

    by BigMick

    Not to let my head get too big, I'm not from the actual hometown of Ryan Gosling, but I do live in the same city as his mother (our parents used to work together). I ran into him a few times back in the day circa his Young Hercules days, and just recently as well when he was home visiting with Eva Mendes. Talk about a random drop-in at the downtown Starbucks. I think it's amazing to see him gaining the kind of star power he's achieved in the past few years. I've liked all of his work, for me especially I think he was great in Crazy, Stupid, Love. It's kind of a corny movie, but he owned it in that. This project seems a little out of left field, but whatever, I'll still go see it.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Hey Girl

    by Rick

    Ryan Gosling should direct a movie starring Hendricks and Kate Upton as rival female boxers struggling to make it in a man's world. He can co-star as the lovable but streetwise kid who helps them all understand the meaning of love and world peace.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

    The plot has a bit of The Talisman sound to it, does it not?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Ill get in on this :P


    I'm from Vancouver, and my sister did a lot of plays around here back in the day and she new him, waaaay back when he did that breaker high show or whatever it was called.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Gosslings flicks

    by King_Ink

    He is a great actor, but it's because of his work in movies like "Half Nelson" and "Lars and the Real Girl" that sets him apart from the rest of the mouth breathers in Hollywood. He plays 'broken' really well.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    And you post a pic of Ryan Gosling?!?!?!?

    by Dingleberry Jones

    Not to state the obvious, but if you're looking to increase page views, there are 2 OBVIOUS reasons why you should have went with a pic of Christina Hendricks.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Guess I'm the only one who hated Drive...

    by Dave

    But really, the long staring scenes? The complete lack of chemistry? Gosling's lack of anything but a blank stare? And finally, leaving the money when no one else was looking for it? Please. Not impressed.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Sounds kind of like "Pan's Labyrinth"

    by DougMcKenzie

    Hope it's half as good. He seems to gravitate working towards talented people thou, so he should have some help to get this working well.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Well Gosling was Hercules.

    by elsewhere

    So fantasy isn't exactly new territory.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    ...secret road into an underwater town

    by Smerdyakov

    Sounds like a vaginal metaphor.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    dingleberry jones

    by Rupee88

    of course the mob was looking for the money which is why he left it.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Hey Christina, there's a monster in my pants! Please catch it!

    by Joey Stars

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Christina Hendricks was so hot in drive.

    by Norman Colson

    Dat Ass, Those Tits.... i loved it when he smacked her and she had her lips open. She liked it! goddamn i would have took her right there!!!

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    I hated Drive.

    by Raptor Jesus

    It was a vile movie. All style and no substance. Violence porn with no redeeming virtues.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST

    She had MANY husbands..

    by film11

    or at least her character of Saffron did on her FIREFLY appearances. Whedon should have used her in the movie

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    WTF? She's married to the snozberries guy?

    by kidicarus

  • on my friend's shitty little tv and was like- eh..sallright. Then I watched it in my 200 inch theater that's won the absolute sound award for best theater several years running. Ok so Drive is a musical. Some of the intent is in the songs and music. Some of the story is told through the music. Now you could argue that it isn't but drive won the best sound academy award and I think that's partly why. Ok so here's another thing that happened with this sallright film. I upgraded some gear and was testing the system over and over with drive and I just.. Well it's weird but I fell in love with it like it was part of my family. Watching scenes over and over while testing just made me appreciate it more. The music is telling you he's the knight. He's the hero. True blue. That's the point of the money being left. Last bastion of chivalry. There's something about that boy.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Trying to kill them actually so he had to kill em.

    by UltraTron

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by Darkman

    Bless you. Didn't hate DRIVE, but sweet Jesus, is that shit overrated. The long staring scenes completely lost me. <br><br> Interesting choice for a directing debut, but maybe Goose can pull it off. <br><br> And Christina Hendricks? So hot.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Ha, snozberries guy scores.

    by kindofabigdeal

  • staggering sound design. Every thought in these characters' heads is there. The movie is telling you things with every subtle gesture. As someone with a better theater than any in Los Angeles I can tell you that movies suck unless you are in a heavenly envelope of a theater. I suffer all of your opinions on every movie so I know that there's opinions and then there's opinions. My opinion is the same as the director who edited the shit with the sound engineer at Skywalker sound. The way they heard it and the way it affected them. The intent they understood when they made it.

  • experience unless everything is in place.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 6:02 p.m. CST

    I also have a toilet that whipes my ass for me

    by UltraTron

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Whips it real good

    by UltraTron

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Sounds like an intriguing concept....

    by Chuck

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Sounds like an intriguing concept....

    by Chuck

    Have to admit I love the title and bizarre genre description, and Christina makes me wanna go to the Special Hell. Count me in.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Ryan Gosling's a real human being!

    by IAmLegolas

    And a real hero!

  • Seriously, more actresses like Hendricks need to do more nude/sex scenes. The majority of nude/sex scenes done now are by skinny actresses (or, at least, they're skinny body doubles...). This depicts an entirely unrealistic idea of the female form to young men all across the world. To have beautiful, voluptuous women like Hendricks or Kat Dennings getting nude and/or having graphic sex, would show men everywhere what a real woman provides. Eating disorders will vanish within a year; young women everywhere would try to follow the new hourglass standard. Nigella Lawson would become a sensation, akin only to Oprah. We can do this. Let's change the world. *Paid for by the campaign of I-Want-To-See-Christina-Hendricks-Getting-Smashed-From-Behind

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Film it in 3D!

    by Albert Herbert

    Do it!

  • But that would mean she had him REALLY young. Not cool. Plus, that makes me feel old.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Me & Christina

    by Mosquito March

    Several years ago, before Mad Men was even on the air, I was at a sci-fi convention in Orlando. I was waiting in a line to meet somebody and talking to my brother, and out of the corner of my eye I saw a lady stumble. I turned quickly and grabbed her around her middle as she fell, and when I pulled her back up on her feet, she was facing me with her chest pressed against me. She laughed and said "I'm such a klutz - thank you!" I let go, and she walked off, and my brother said, "Dude, that was the hot thief chick from 'Firefly'". And, that's the story of my physical contact with Christina Hendricks's gorgeous, giant breasts.

  • ...this still sounds really interesting. I like both of them and the story sounds intriguing.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 3:53 a.m. CST

    @mosquito march Great story!

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Mob movie.

    by Robbiemc9

    Ryan can Gossle my monster any day. I kind of liked Drive. Loved the style and imagary but became dissapointed when it just decended into another boring violent mob movie. I thought the concept would be him hired to do a whole different type of drive jobs. Kind of like all short movies weaved together. But really another mob movie? now about Ryan Gossling my monster.....

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Who knew Ryan Gosling was so heavy into fantasy?

    by albert comin

    With a career mostly build on more reality based dramas and comedy, this is an unexpected turn. I wish him all the best.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 5:59 a.m. CST

    My sister...

    by DocPazuzu good friends with Geoffrey Arend and has met Hendricks (whom she describes as "the sweetest") several times. That's the closest I've ever been.... *sigh*...

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 6:08 a.m. CST

    @Mr raptor_jesus

    by albert comin

    I think you saw "Drive Angry" and mistook it for "Drive". And i liked "Drive Angry" (Amber Heard has that effect on me).

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:52 a.m. CST

    @Mr docpazuzu

    by albert comin

    All that matters is that she is close to your heart. And cleaning tissues.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST

    there's a monster in my pants

    by TheBaxter

    and it does a nasty dance.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    I can't believe she's married to the Super Troopers guy

    by Roman

    He is the These snoz berries taste like snoz berries guy, SMH I could have had a chance then

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 9:15 a.m. CST

    If Dead Mans Bones is anything to go by

    by thefoggiest

    then Gosling's personal interests & aesthetics may just tend to drift to the fantastic/supernatural easier than the mainstream may think.

  • Many people though they read "Ryan Gosling Will Catch Christina Hendricks With A Monster".

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST




  • Aug. 30, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Nigella Lawson, there's another gorgeous voluptuous woman.

    by kidicarus

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 10:45 a.m. CST

    dandelion: after dating Jimmy Kimmel? Uh, yeah.

    by UltraTron

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST

    A fledgling Tim Burton?

    by twogunjames

    Lets fucking HOPE NOT.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    I hated Drive too miwaku, you are not alone!

    by twogunjames

    But I liked it the first time when it was called "The Driver" and starred Ryan O'Neill. I know, not exactly the same movie, but damn close enough to be mentioned. I thought Drive had a few moments here and there but Gosling didn't bring much to the table, making a comedian a sociopath is no big innovation, and Ron Perlman was wasted in his role.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Loved Hendricks on Firefly

    by kstewandthecuntsman

    That was a few cup sizes ago....

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    All who diss on Drive, here this!

    by Santiago Charboneau

    You all are mongrels who lack film sensibility enough to recognize an instant classic when it hits the screen! Gosling is going to be (already is) one of those actors who is consistently varied, yet always brings something of value to the screen. And Cristina Hendricks isn't that hot.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST

    nigella looks like skeletor with a boobjob

    by JAMF

    and to anyone who says christina's are fake. fuck you. feast your eyes on perfection, bitches:

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Drive should have just been called 'Stare'

    by Han Cholo

    That's all he did for the whole movie, except taking his girl on driving dates to the desert... where he stared at her the whole time.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Drive..I was so ready to hate it

    by kstewandthecuntsman

    But damn, did I love that movie. I recommend it to any friend I can, BUT.. I tell them that they may find it...slow. Not a lot of dialogue. And that is exactly why I loved it so much. The silences. The random, but necessary violence. The soundtrack, okay, maybe kind of 80s cheese, but so very right for the film. It made me really like Gosling, and really really like Mulligan. And Albert Brooks was robbed of a supporting actor nod. Can't stress enough how much I was never even going to bother watching it. So glad I did. Does it have some flaws? Sure. Most films do. But Drive and Finchers GWTDT were both pleasant surprises, for me anyway.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    If she shows her MASSIVE pontoons, he deserves an Oscar.

    by BigTuna

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Dude is smart, probably is gonna end up with her

    by chien_sale

    Before the whole thing ends.

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 3:04 a.m. CST sound editing...

    by ponyboy

    I've watched this great gem many a time, mostly with great ass head phones... I'm canadaian, & yes love hockey but also love the Toronto Raptors....yeah I know they suck.... but, during that opening heist, you can hear a clippers-raptor game on the cars radio...adds some subtle tension if you listen for it...& the raptors were doing well..(don't know if that was put in by gosling cuz he's a fan or canadaian; would be cool)...ed davis & jayedd bayliss would be happy...anyways but I'm with you on that films sound/editing/ can barely hear raptor game, but it's there, maybe gotta wear headphones to hear that shit... great tension through just the sound of leather gloves closing....etc, etc,

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 4:32 a.m. CST

    @Mr pissed off and bitter

    by albert comin

    I don't think you payed much attention when you watched "Drive". He didn't took the girl on a date to the desert, it was in the Los Angeles River. You can't tear down a movie if you didn't payed it much attention, you know? That's what i think. And as for those stares you mention, those very talented actors told more with stares then most movies can do with reams of dialogues.

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 4:45 a.m. CST

    @Mr kstewandthecuntsman

    by albert comin

    Who could had guessed that such a lovable puppy dog like albert Brooks could play such a dangerous evil badass? And do it so utterly convincing? "Drive" makes it look obvious, but nobody had though of it before. And you forgot to mention Bryan Cranston. The Cranston cannot go unmentioned! And for my money, despite a small role, Oscar Isaac quite effective and even sympathetic as the doom husband. And how can we forgot the mighty Ron Perlman? The Perlman always make everything better.

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 5:38 a.m. CST

    Wasn't there an Annette Benning movie about an underwater town?

    by tangcameo

    Some town where she used to live and the town had been completely flooded until everything was underwater? Anyone remember a movie like that or am I hallucinating?

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 6:13 a.m. CST

    @Mr tangcameo

    by albert comin

    No, you are remembering it correctly. It also starred Robert Downey Jr, and it was directed by Neil Jordan. And if memory serves, the score was composed by Ellio Goldenthal, and was quite good. The movie itself was pretty good, never understood why it got the bashing it got back in the day.