Matt Patches
After a few years of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows (and earning an IMDb page for bragging rights), Movies Editor Matt Patches made a hard right into the world of entertainment journalism. In 2009, Patches became the Associate Movies Editor of, departing in 2010 to go rogue as a writer-for-hire. Patches covered movies and festivals for a number of outlets, including Movieline, MTV NextMovie, CinemaBlend, and Film School Rejects, before joining as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.
  • Why Eva Mendes Walked Off the 'Place Beyond the Pines' Set
    By: Matt Patches Mar 25, 2013
    Eva Mendes is a loose cannon. That's a self-description, by the way. My recent interview with The Place Beyond the Pines star opened with a bit of miscommunication, but only spiraled upwards. Mendes is as sharp, energetic, and audacious as they come, and her willingness to dive into any conversation helped turn a jaunty, "What did you say?" back-and-forth into a self-reflexive examination of her willingness to take risks. On Pines, director Derek Cianfrance demands spontaneity. He challenges actors by making them uncomfortable. That's why Mendes signed up for the movie in the first place. "I wanted to be broken," Mendes says. "It's a very sick thing we go into. [To Derek,] I was like, 'Please, break me.' And he did." Mendes recalls one particular moment of her loose cannon personality taking hold and the Cianfrance gauntlet of performance finally getting the best of her — the first time she ever walked off set. RELATED: Ryan Gosling: 'What A Nightmare It Would Be to Work With Somebody Like Me' "There's a moment in the hospital scene where I actually walked out of this hospital room when I wasn't supposed to — I haven't told that story to anybody!" Mendes says. In the second half of the film, Mendes' character Romina arrives at the hospital to find her son all banged up. The actress tells us that what we see on screen — a mother fretting over her son, a mother shaken by a violent incident, and a mother drained of energy continuing to run on fumes — is totally legit. "I'm there and so frustrated, in character. Derek creates this wonderfully real, raw environment," Mendes says. "I made myself stay up that whole night in my room, obsessing. Because as the mother of this child, she would have been staying up all night with this child. I didn't wash my hair for two days. I was in it." The "method" acting started bubbling up inside Mendes like a heated pot of water. It eventually boiled over. "I was a little stir crazy," she says. "Derek had me do it over and over and over again. I wasn't nailing it. And I was a loose canon in the sense that I walked out of his shot. He said, 'Get back here!' And I was like [Mendes huffs and puffs]." Mendes quickly returned to set, no harm done. But the explosion ended up being fuel for the scene. "I got back in and did it. But it was the first time I walked off a shot. I think [Derek] liked it." The Place Beyond the Pines follows a string of career moves for Mendes that challenge the audiences' perception of the actress. She's not playing second fiddle. She's not tabloid fodder. She's lighting up the screen in challenging roles, bringing everything she has to each part, and losing control in all the right ways when she's on set. Mendes hopes her choices draw her fans to movies they wouldn't normally catch at the theater. "I would hope that certain people, that may follow what I'm wearing to the liquor store, would say, 'She's in this movie?' Then go see a movie they would never see." RELATED: RELATED: Ryan Gosling's 'Pines' Aims For a 'Godfather'-Style Slow Burn Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Focus Features] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • 'The Wolverine' Reveals First Footage of Hugh Jackman in Action on Vine — VIDEO
    By: Matt Patches Mar 25, 2013
    As we wait patiently for the premiere of the trailer for this summer's The Wolverine, which lurks in the shadows until it's unleashed on Wednesday, March 27, director James Mangold is keen on toying with us. Monday afternoon, the director posted a six-second, condensed version of the trailer on the popular video app Vine. For only lasting a few moments, the snippet of footage ends up being quite revealing. Well played, Mr. Mangold! The tweaser. — James Mangold (@mang0ld) March 25, 2013 In The Wolverine, former X-Man Logan (Hugh Jackman) is on the run, desperate to live life as a loner. He finds himself in Japan, and quickly wrapped up in another role that requires his heroism. He's tasked with protecting the daughter of a gang ringleader, Mariko (Tao Okamoto), the target of a number of assassins. The story is based on a popular arc of X-Men comics known for its gritty and emotional take on the character. If anyone's up to the task of evolving Wolverine past where we last left him, the schizophrenic X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it's the Oscar-nominated Jackman. RELATED: Hugh Jackman's Abs Are Sharper Than His Claws In 'the Wolverine' — Pic Surprisingly, the footage maintains the aesthetic we saw in X-Men: Origins, albeit with Japanese scenery and costuming that feels surprisingly un-Hollywood. The footage is mostly of Jackman screaming his lungs out as he punches and slashes bad guys in every direction, but one particular moment stands out amongst the swift action editing. For a moment, we see a glimpse of Famke Janssen as Jean Grey. Mangold has mentioned in the past that The Wolverine works as a sequel to the original X-Men movies. This seems to confirm that, the dreamlike moment likely being a flashback to Wolverine and Jean's brief romance. More interesting than the actual content of the footage is how it's getting in front of us. Scroll through the videos on Vine and you'll mostly find scenic vistas, jokey one-offs, rapidly-cut comedy shorts, and a plethora of cat videos. This may be the first time we've seen real, cinematic footage flying past us in 6-second increments. With Hollywood tapping into it for their promotion, Vine is officially a phenomenon. RELATED: The 'Lil Bub' Cat Video Documentary Gets a Trailer: Meme Movies Are the Future The Wolverine preview footage arrives in the footsteps of other lower-res events. Distributor Oscilloscope previously unveiled an entire feature film over Vine. Filming bits of the Julia Styles/David Cross comedy It's a Disaster off a TV and posting them to Vine, the company turned a goof Twitter stunt into a fascinating shared experience. #itsadisaster — Oscilloscope Labs (@OscopeLabs) February 19, 2013 Last week, Film District tried their own Vine promotion, asking people who caught Olympus Has Fallen to record their reactions. Yes, through the power of Vine, anybody could become their succinct broadcast film critic, rattling off phrases like "mind-blowing!" Vine made participation after the credits rolled imperative. #olympushasfallen @therealpanzer — OlympusReviews (@OlympusReviews) March 21, 2013 Could Vine be leveraged for bigger endeavors? More lucrative creative experiences stemming from Hollywood?The Wolverine teaser footage suggests there's a future in bite-size entertainment. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • Dylan McDermott on That Time He Got into a Bar Fight at Age 15
    By: Matt Patches Mar 23, 2013
    Olympus Has Fallen marks the first time Dylan McDermott has been involved with a choreographed fight scene. Not a fight in general — one that is specifically choreographed. Because he's been in fights before. With his dad. At a bar. When he was a kid. After joking about his fisticuffs moment with Gerard Butler in this weekend's new action movie, McDermott steers our conversation towards a moment from his past. "I grew up in the bar business here in New York, so I actually had one big fight with what must have been 20 guys," he says. "Me and my dad, a couple bartenders. I remember in the middle of the fight, my Dad — I must have been 15 years old — looked up at me and smiled. He was very proud. It was a moment — a Christening moment." RELATED: Gerard Butler & Antoine Fuqua Are Tired of 'Precious' Action Movies While costar and partner-in-crime Rick Yune says that a good movie throw-down is a precision exercise that never goes off the rails, McDermott suggests otherwise. He admits learning the moves is more difficult than exerting the energy necessary to pull off a fight scene, and even then, sticking to the plan isn't really part of the filming experience. As he puts it, "When you call action that all goes out the window and it becomes a real fight." As if McDermott didn't come off enough like the renegade of the Olympus cast, he also reveals that he was the guy who showed up to set with unreasonable facial hair. I mean, if you're going to play a dastardly villain, why wouldn't you grow a mustache to twirl? "I had one recently, actually," McDermott says. "Funny enough, I grew a mustache for this movie. Then I got down there and the supervisor said I couldn't have one. He said that Secret Service agents can't have mustaches. In the FBI, you can have any facial hair that you want, but not for Secret Service." McDermott had a very good reason for thinking his character should have a mustache. "I just thought it was cool." Just in case you're one of the many men in the world wrongfully labeled because of your handlebar, take comfort in these wise words from Dylan McDermott: "Not everyone with a mustache is a bad guy." Truth. See McDermott tell his wild stories in his own voice by watching our full interview below: [Photo Credit: Film District] Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes13 Most WTF Fan Tributes 
  • Review: 'G.I. Joe Retaliation' Recruits The Rock to Ignite the Franchise and It Works
    By: Matt Patches Mar 22, 2013
    I'm in the minority (or so I've been told) on the first G.I. Joe movie, 2009's Rise of the Cobra. The movie was popcorn movie lunacy, a blockbuster adaptation of every kid's experience squaring hordes of action figures against each other in a giant sandbox battle. Director Stephen Sommers owned the attitude, introduced us to Channing Tatum as action hero who could ground absurdity, and went to town with the toys. That style didn't work for everyone — including the people behind the film's sequel, G.I. Joe Retaliation. If Rise of the Cobra was about bringing the childhood fantasy of playing with Joe figures to life, Retaliation is grown from the brand's darkest moments. The world of Joe has an expanded mythology, constructed over decades by comic book writers. Director Jon Chu makes it loud and clear that his fondness for the property is drawn from that character-driven material, grounding Retaliation in reality and only sporadically introducing the Joes' arsenal of futuristic weaponry and vehicles. Having scrapped nearly the entire original cast from the first movie, Chu, working from a script by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, quickly introduces us to the new team, a playful group led by Duke (Tatum) with assistance from newcomer Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson). Between the first movie and Retaliation, Hollywood discovered Tatum and Johnson's comedic abilities, and they're on full display here. In the opening moments, it's made clear the duo can maneuver stealthily, engage in shootouts, and break goons in half. But they can also crack wise. An early scene where the two harass each other while playing Call of Dutyis among the highlights. RELATED: 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation': This Movie Is Overflowing with Ninjas — Video Speed is the name of the game for Retaliation, which relies on a surprising amount of Rise of the Cobraknowledge in order to shift the sequel into high gear. Roadblock and his two underlings Jaye (Adrianne Palicki) and Flint (D.J. Cotrona) are eventually stranded on their own, the Joes division disbanded and hunted down by The President after a mission gone awry. The twist is The President (Jonathan Pryce) is actually COBRA's master of disguise Zartan — a thread picked up from the first movie. Running the nation, Zartan's diabolical plan is to rescue Cobra Commander from jail, integrate his troops in to the U.S. army, and convince the nationals of the world to agree to a nuclear disarmament plan… so that they can eventually be blown away by COBRA. Retaliation actively works to undo the events of Rise of the Cobra, breaking off various elements into bite size morsels that work on their own. Spliced between Roadblock's mission to prove the Joes' innocence and take down Zartan is the zanier material forced into Rise of the Cobra. On the other side of the globe, mute ninja Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and his sidekick Jinx (Elodie Yung) follow the trail of Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee), hoping to bring the kitana-wielding warrior to justice. The movie's biggest action scene plays out along the face of a cliff, an acrobatic chase between Snake Eyes and COBRA's ninja army. After battling it out with Storm Shadow in the confines of a dojo, Snake Eyes and Jinx swing off a mountain and the dance of swordplay and wire work plays out. It's like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragonwith actual physics — exhilarating. The movie's biggest issue is that it can't build momentum to bigger and bigger stunts. Cobra Commander goon Firefly (Ray Stevenson) and Roadblock have a number of tussles, the two hulking actors bringing physicality to the franchise for the first time after mostly CG-enhanced battles. They're fun, but few and far between (especially when Stevenson once again chews up every bit of scene he can get his teeth on). Chu, a dancer and the man behind two installments of Step Up, has a clear eye for action choreography, adeptly orchestrating the mayhem of a Joe-style infiltration or a cross-cutting undercover operation (one that recalls the opening scene of De Palma's Mission: Impossible). What Retaliation needs is more: bigger, badder, crazier. The only gripe against the sequel in the action departments is that there isn't enough of it. RELATED: The Rock Fondly Remembers His Role in 'Mummy Returns' What helps make up for Retaliation's smaller scope are the colorful performances and rather subversive script. The Rock continues his trend of being a watchable badass. Sweet, yet fully capable of punching you into tomorrow; Palicki stands out as an actress who can pull off the physical stunts while breathing life into a part written for arm candy; and Pryce, whose scant appearances in Rise of Cobra teased his talent, is hilariously evil as the Zartan-masked Commander-in-Chief. He rattles off one-liners faster than mini-gun does bullets. "They call it water boarding, but I never get board…" is as priceless as they come. Pryce lays down the poetic punnery alongside some truly nefarious themes. Retaliation manages to raise some serious questions about patriotism, government actions, and how much we can take our leaders at face value. Unless The Rock promises to be around to save our butts, we might be as good as nuked. There's a middle ground between Retaliation and its predecessor that could make for the perfect Joe movie, one entranced by camaraderie and kicking ass in the name of the U.S.A. and one that completely unleashes his imagination. Bruce Willis' General Joe Colton — the original Joe — ends up embodying that. He's a real life American hero… who keeps a pimped out tank in his garage, complete with missile launchers. That's the movie in a nutshell, all the Joe franchise needs next is a few extra doses of that thinking. Retaliation delivers thrills, but it's the rare case where playing with more toys would have helped. 3.5/5 What do you think? Tell Matt Patches directly on Twitter @misterpatches and read more of his reviews on Rotten Tomatoes! [Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 13 Most WTF Fan Tributes 
  • Cute Overload: Belt from 'The Croods' and 13 Other Adorable Cartoon Animals — GALLERY
    By: Matt Patches Mar 22, 2013
    The overt reason to see this weekend's The Croods: the kids will eat up the animated, prehistoric thrill ride that teaches an important lesson about family. The best reason to see this weekend's The Croods: a serious dose of animated adorableness. Animation is all about achieving the unachievable, creating worlds that can't be constructed in any form of live-action reality. For some people, that means recreating long lost landscapes or whipping up action sequences that defy gravity. For others, that means designing animals with oversized eyes and a whimper with the exact sonic resonance to melt a human heart. RELATED: Animated Movies That Make Us Cry The Croods fits into both categories, but we couldn't help but hone in on the wonderfully weird ensemble of creatures that fill the world of the movie — specifically Belt, a sloth whose job it is actually to keep up the pants of cavemen. Dedicated, sweet, and rotund in that huggable sort of way, he joins the ranks of movie history's most adorable cartoon animals. What other members of the animal kingdom earn the title? Check out our gallery of the beasts who make us go "awwwww": Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable
  • Review: 'Olympus Has Fallen' Is Gerard Butler at His Best, Gory Violence at Its Worst
    By: Matt Patches Mar 21, 2013
    Action fans have been crying out to Hollywood for years to deliver something as gritty, heartfelt, and rip-roaring as 1988's Die Hard. Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter) has heard those calls and responded with Olympus Has Fallen, a close quarters, man-vs.-an-army thriller that gets it mostly right, thanks to star Gerard Butler's mix of swagger and innate brutality. Why it can't live up to Die Hard (what could?) is in the sensationalism of the scenario: in this version, an office building is the White House, the maniacal Hans Gruber replaced by an endless force of North Koreans bent on America's destruction. Fuqua makes the stealthy techniques of Butler's Agent Mike Banning exhilarating, but pads it with blockbuster-sized bookends and more bloodshed than your typical Saw flick. Think of Olympus Has Fallen as Die Too Hard. After a routine mission goes horribly wrong, Secret Service agent Banning is relieved of his position as head of security for President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart). Years after the debacle, Banning finds himself thrown back into action when a group of North Korean terrorists strike D.C., hitting the White House from every direction. The introductory mayhem is one of the more gruesome set pieces in recent memory: a Korean plane swoops over D.C., firing hundreds of rounds into unsuspecting pedestrians; tourists photographing the White House rip off their coats to reveal machine guns, a frontline for the home invasion; unmarked vans throw open their doors, functioning as makeshift tanks that clear a path. It's all out war and Fuqua doesn't hold back in the reality department. The front row of the theater is a splash zone. RELATED: Gerard Butler and Antoine Fuqua Say Most Action Movies Are 'Precious' When the action finally hones in on Banning — who shoots his way from behind the gun-toting Korean soldiers to gain entry to the White House — Olympus Has Fallen uncovers real thrills. Butler sells the punches, the stealth, the one-liners, and the gruff patriotism — he's more Jack Bauer than John McClane, a guy who can and will do anything to accomplish the mission. You never doubt him, and even when Olympus swerves in the wrong direction — oh no, a kid lost in the White House subplot! — Butler forcefully grabs the steering wheel and drives it back on course. His character builds to make any absurdity fit the movie's mosaic of action, building with close combat attacks and an interrogation scene straight out of the 24 playbook, and escalating all the way to a bazooka shootout. If only there was more of Butler in the movie. Olympus splits its time pretty evenly between Morgan Freeman and Angela Basset, government officials spouting every "My… God…" variation imaginable while managing the crisis from a boardroom, and Eckhart's President Asher, who spends a majority of the movie handcuffed to a railing. The terrorists bark threats of nuclear apocalypse, the suits in Washington react. It's all padding to Butler's main quest. Melissa Leo manages to light up the screen momentarily as the captured Secretary of Defense; at one point, she's dragged across the ground by her hair. Her response? Scream the Pledge of Allegiance in an act of defiance. As the movie often does, the scene crosses the disturbing line to circle all the way back to bizarre fun. In front of the wrong pair of eyes, Olympus Has Fallen could be a provocation of jingoism. For fans looking for a slight actioner with slick production value and a Hungry-Man serving of machismo, it's passable fun. Just don't take the image of the Washington Monument being shot to bits, smashing into helpless American citizens into puddles of blood, as a call to arms. 2.5/5 Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Film District] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable
  • 'Olympus Has Fallen' Duo Gerard Butler and Antoine Fuqua Say Most Action Movies Are 'Precious'
    By: Matt Patches Mar 21, 2013
    Gerard Butler loves taking chances. Which explains why he was mad enough — and thankfully so — to take on the White House invasion movie, Olympus Has Fallen. The lone soldier thriller puts Butler in the role of Agent Mike Banning, a former Secret Service agent pulled back into the action after the President comes under attack from an army's worth of North Korean terrorists. He's the only one who can break through the forces, the only American soldier unscathed enough to strike back against the bad guys, picking them off one by one. It's Butler's very own John McClane role. But while he throws around a few zingers, the actor, who also serves as a producer on the film, wanted Olympus to amp up the reality. To do that, he brought on director Antoine Fuqua. "When I read this, I said, 'this is a risk,'" Butler says. "It was a great script, but it wasn't ready to go as that. So me bringing it to Antoine and us saying, 'if we're going to do this, we want to see what would that look like, what would it take, what would that smell like, how would it taste?' So you'e actually there. You're in it." RELATED: Watch the Olympus Has Fallen Trailer Fuqua welcomed the chance to grab hold of the action movie formula and give it a forceful twist. The director has a big problem with today's blockbuster cinema: it's too comfortable, too drab, and too scared to dig its hands into a well-constructed scenario. "'Let's be precious. Let's make it PG. Let's attack the White House but not show too much blood…' I think that's B.S.," Fuqua says. "If you're going to attack the White House, attack the White House. If you're going to make an action movie, make an action movie." That's what Butler sees as the difference between Olympus and the movie you might think Olympus is. His movie wants to throw you headfirst into Banning's impossible mission. "You're literally in this attack," he says. "You're in the White House, you're in the bunker with the President, you're watching hostages be executed. You are so drawn in, compelled, riveted." Fuqua says he and Butler spent days kicking around ideas, going until two or three in the morning trying to come up with scenes that would push buttons and still feel true to the story. "We went way out there and we'd have to bring each other back at times," he says. "He pulled me back, I'd pull him back, and sometimes we'd just say, 'let's shoot it and try it.'" Aiming towards realism, the duo looked to real Secret Service tactics and protocol for inspiration. Some of the things they unearthed were too juicy to reveal on screen. "There were things that were extremely realistic that we couldn't show you because Secret Service wouldn't allow us. Plus, we wouldn't want to do that anyway, give anything out like that." RELATED: What Makes a 'Die Hard' Movie a 'Die Hard' Movie? What does stay true to the style of real operatives is Butler's methodical process. Banning isn't a run-and-gun hero. He thinks, then he shoves a knife through a bad guy's throat. "What's great is the fact that I am going around the White House by stealth," Butler says. "I'm there, and you get into the mind of what counterterrorism is." In a matter of seconds, Butler would run through a laundry list of questions that he hopes work to bring an audience into the first-person perspective. What's he doing? He's assessing the situation. What are the enemies' capabilities? What do they want? What have they done? What are the dangers? How do I get ammunition? How do I establish lines of outside contact? How the hell do I get down to get the president? What's the plan? Thinking on my feet. And most of that is in silence!" Don't worry: while Fuqua and Butler wanted Olympus Has Fallen to be a thoughtful spin on the Die Hard foundation, it still delivers on the action. Logically, it has to. As Butler puts it: "There are a lot of silence moments where you're walking with the guy and see the peril he's in — and then there are the fights. It's not that big a building. You're going to come across him." Watch Butler tap into the energy of his Secret Service alter ego in our video interview below: Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Film District] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable
  • Korea Is Hollywood's Favorite Inspiration, and 'New World' Only Adds to Excitement — EXCLUSIVE POSTER
    By: Matt Patches Mar 21, 2013
    It may not be obvious, but Korean film is more popular than ever. Spike Lee and Josh Brolin are currently shooting a remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy. Charlize Theron is getting in on the action with her own remake, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. Even Sandra Bullock and and Keanu Reeves tapped the Asian country for inspiration when they remade Il Mare into The Lake House. While world politics may warp our perception, some of the best dramas of the year continue to be imported from Korea. The latest comes from writer/director Park Hoon Jeong (screenwriter behind the incredible I Saw the Devil), whose latest film New World arrives to the U.S. after doing gangbusters in South Korea. RELATED: Nicold Kidman Is Insane in Park Chan-wook's Hollywood Debut Don't believe it? Check out the exclusive poster for the movie below. Even the one-sheets have atmosphere! New World continues to explore a common theme in Korean film, the ripple effect of acts of crime, all from the perspective of recognizable human characters. Here's what's in store: The head of the Goldmoon crime syndicate is dead, leaving his top two lieutenants. Seizing the opportunity, the police launch an operation called "New World," with the perfect weapon. The boss' right hand man, Ja-sung (LEE Jung-jae, The Theives), has been a deep-cover operative for 8 years, closely watched by handler Police chief Kang (CHOI Min-sik, Oldboy). With a baby on the way, and living in mortal fear of being exposed as a mole, Ja-sung is torn between his duty and honor as a cop, and the fiercely loyal gang members who will follow him to hell and back. Using inside information from Ja-sung to damage the relationship between the two feuding contenders, suspicions grow that a traitor lives in their ranks. Ruthless Jung (HWANG Jun-min, Blades of Blood) escalates the game by hiring hackers to search the police database. As Operation New World closes in, and with the stakes climbing higher and a gangland bloodbath guaranteed among those that remain, Ja-sung makes a final, shocking decision no one could have predicted. New World lands stateside March 22. Check out the other two posters in the triptych at Film School Rejects and Twitch. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Next Entertainment World] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable
  • Ryan Gosling: 'What a Nightmare It Would Be to Work with Somebody Like Me'
    By: Matt Patches Mar 21, 2013
    Before the cameras roll on my interview with Ryan Gosling for his new movie The Place Beyond the Pines, the It-guy and I have a back and forth that effectively breaks the ice. After introducing myself, Gosling recalls having met me before. As far as I could remember, that wasn't the case, but I joke and tell him we had and that it was "the most unforgettable interview of my life." Gosling is shocked. "Really?" he says. "No," I admit. "In fact, if we have met before, I can't remember it." Meeting Ryan Gosling isn't the sort of thing one forgets, so the whole encounter was likely a case of mistaken identity. But it did loosen up Gosling, who — like most days off-set — spends his time smiling and surviving conversations with people who see him as a real life superhero and not some dude who likes to act. "This is like the Sword and the Stone," he says. Apparently, most people come through his rotating door acting fake. When someone speaks to him like a normal human being, it's revelatory. RELATED: Ryan Gosling's 'Pines' Aims For a 'Godfather'-Style Slow Burn That's why Gosling feels the continued impulse to collaborate with Derek Cianfrance, director of Pines. Much like their raw, spontaneous work on 2010's Blue Valentine, Gosling was once again put through the grinder to not only play his role as a blue collar bank robber, but live it. The movie shot on location in Schenectady, New York and Gosling says it was once again Cianfrance's goal to cut the young Hollywood icon down a few notches. "He has a very unique process," Gosling says. "It's kind of hard to explain how much effort it takes to make something that feels so effortless. The filmmaking in this movie is kind of invisible. To achieve that is like the cinematic equivalent of a bank heist." The actor says that, with Pines, Cianfrance created an environment on set where the actors were challenged to live up to the realism of the scene. "In most movies… let's say you're walking down the street," Gosling says, painting a picture of Pines' stark, gritty atmosphere. "Those are all extras and they've all been told not to bump into you. So there's no way anything unplanned is going to happen. There are no real accidents. Maybe a plane flies overhead. But even in that case, they cut. With Derek, he tries to create a situation where there are torpedoes all the time, torpedoing the scene. Stopping it from becoming what it's supposed to be." RELATED: Nooooooo: Ryan Gosling Is Taking a Break From Acting Gosling has a number of heavy moments in Pines, his character's quest to care for his newly discovered son through a life of crime, hitting more than a few bumps along the way. He says that when we see him breaking down, that's not really acting — not in the way we think of his roles in other movies. This is Cianfrance's experiment working. This is Gosling weeping. Someone is treating him like a real human being. "There are never any emotional marks," he says. "There's nothing in a scene that says, 'He cries.' If that happens, it happens because it happened." Recently, Gosling has suggested that he may be ready to take time off from acting. While that may be the case, Gosling was already planning to do just that, stepping behind the camera for his directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster. The film is described as being set against "a surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city" and putting "elements of fantasy noir, horror and suspense into a modern day fairytale" — a far cry from the realism crafted between the actor and his Pines director. Still, his second experience working with Cianfrance continues to challenge and shape Gosling's perspective. "Every time you work with Derek, you have to put aside everything you think you know and start again," he says. He lauds the director for being able to cull a performance out of him at all. "It's only in doing it myself that I realize how much work he puts in and what a nightmare it would be to work with somebody like me." For a glimpse at the real Ryan Gosling, check out our full video interview below: Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Focus Features] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable
  • Benedict Cumberbatch Crashes the 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Universe into the Ground… Literally — TRAILER
    By: Matt Patches Mar 21, 2013
    "I am better.""At what?""Everything." Benedict Cumberbatch, we don't really know what your Star Trek Into Darkness character is up to, or who he really is, but one thing is certain: he's a ruthless, egotistical jerkface. And we love it. A new trailer as arrived for J.J. Abrams' sci-fi blockbuster and the emphasis is once again on Cumberbatch's mysterious "John Harrison," a villain who is described in the spot as being one of the Starfleet's "top agents." Meaning, at one point, Harrison may have been jetting around space in his own U.S.S. Enterprise. RELATED: 'Star Trek Into Darkness': Khan We Tell Who The Villain Is? Whatever Harrison is up to, it's clearly tied to Captain Kirk (Chris Pine). Even Harrison's largest attacks — of which we see variety in all their explosive glory — feel tied to Kirk, as if our baddie is laughing in the face of his enemy (which he does when he lets Kirk know how much better he is at… everything). While the entire crew of the original film returns for Star Trek Into Darkness, the team is sidelined here. Spock (Zachary Quinto) makes a few quips, Uhura (Zoe Saldana) delivers honest truth, and Scotty (Simon Pegg) shoots an "oh s**t" glance that foreshadows the movie's big stakes. But it's very much Kirk's story, founded on whatever clash that tethers him to Harrison and the madman's plots of destruction. The ultimate pissing contest. Check out the trailer below and weigh in: is Star Trek Into Darkness one of your most anticipated blockbusters of 2013? With a fully-loaded May — including Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby, The Hangover 3, and Fast & Furious 6 — there's heavy competition. But Abrams' shiny new Trek looks to pull out all the stops in its second installment. Nothing like a little warp speed during the summertime. RELATED: IMAX President Talks 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' the 20-picture WB Deal, and Beyond Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable