Los Angeles Film Festival Gala Screenings: Ryan Reynolds + Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling Drive
Ryan Gosling, Drive.

Also at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2011: the world premiere of Chris Weitz's A Better Life and the North American premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn's Palme d'Or competitor Drive, starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan.

Best known at this stage for handling a vampire (Robert Pattinson), a werewolf (Taylor Lautner), and the woman between (Kristen Stewart) in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Chris Weitz has now tackled a low-budget, socially conscious drama featuring plain old human beings.

The LAFF's press release describes A Better Life as “the poignant, suspenseful tale of an illegal immigrant in LA struggling to build a better life for his beloved son.”

Written by Eric Eason from a story by Roger L. Simon, A Better Life stars Demián Bichir, José Julián, Dolores Heredia, Joaquín Cosío and Carlos Linares.

A former child actor, Ryan Gosling – Drive's mob-connected, unnamed Driver – has evolved into a well-regarded adult performer in independent and mainstream productions such as Nick Cassavetes' sleeper hit The Notebook (2004); Ryan Fleck's Half Nelson, for which Gosling received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination; Craig Gillespie's Lars and the Real Girl (2006), which earned Gosling a Golden Globe nomination; and Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine (2010), which earned him his second Golden Globe nod. Besides Drive, this year Ryan Gosling was seen in George Clooney's The Ides of March, and in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's Crazy Stupid Love.

Summit Entertainment will have a limited release of the film on June 24.

Winding Refn's Drive is described as a “precision-crafted crime caper” in which Ryan Gosling plays “a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for criminal operations by night.”

Written by Hossein Amini from a book by James Sallis, Drive also features Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac, Ron Perlman and Christina Hendricks,

FilmDistrict will release Drive on September 16.

Photo via totalfilm.com.

'Green Lantern' at the Los Angeles Film Festival

Martin Campbell's Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds, will have a special screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 16 at 10:30 p.m.

Written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, and Michael Goldenberg, Green Lantern also features Blake Lively, Peter SarsgaardMark StrongAngela Bassett and Tim Robbins.

Though dedicated to the promotion of independent films, whether American or international, the LA Film Festival invariably promotes itself by screening a high-profile Hollywood production. Last year, it was the Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart-Taylor Lautner romantic triangle in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

The synopsis below is from the LA Film Festival's press release:

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, an elite, powerful force has existed for centuries–protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. When a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the universe, their fate and the fate of the Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.

Warner Bros. will release Green Lantern on June 17.

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  1. Lara Finde

    Just read that “A Better Life” is being screen by President at White House on June 1st — wow! Congrats Weitz!!!!! Can't wait to see this.