Cannes Film Festival

Ryan Gosling Sends Letter of Apology For Missing Cannes Premiere

Actor Ryan Gosling personally apologized to the media at the Cannes Film Festival for skipping the premiere of his new movie Only God Forgives on Wednesday by penning a letter explaining his absence.

The actor was expected to promote his latest project with Drive filmmaker Nicholas Winding Refn, but filming on his directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster, forced him to miss the screening and related press commitments.

The gracious Hollywood hunk made it known that he was upset about not attending by sending an apology.

The letter, read out at a press conference for the film by festival director Thierry Fremaux, reads: “Can’t believe I’m not In Cannes. I was hoping to come but I’m on week three shooting my film in Detroit. Miss you all. Nicolas, my friend, we really are the same persons in different dimensions. I’m sending you good vibrations.”

And Refn insisted he had no hard feelings towards Gosling for choosing to continue work on How to Catch a Monster over their big premiere – because he understands what his pal is going through.

He told reporters, “I would never even do it (leave a project for a premiere) if I was in his situation. One thing is being an actor. When you’re directing, it’s another arena. But I speak to him every day on the phone. In a way, he is here.”

Gosling’s presence may not have been enough to win over the audience at Cannes – the bloody and violent film, about a drug smuggler who is pressured into avenging his brother’s death, was reportedly met with boos by festival attendees.

A writer for Vulture.com reports: “When one painfully long torture sequence concluded with eye and ear mutilation, the audience revolted. When one character stuck his hand inside a woman’s slashed body, the audience locked and loaded its boos. Gosling doesn’t have much to say in this movie, but the auditorium sure did.”

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Duran Duran Concert Film Snapped Up at Cannes

Duran Duran’s 2011 concert film, which was directed by David Lynch, has become one of the first big success stories of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Arclight Films executives have snapped up the international rights to Duran Duran Unstaged and plan to launch it during the festival in France, which began on Wednesday.

The band was filmed by the Twin Peaks director performing at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles as part of an online concert streaming initiative. The footage aired the same night as the gig, but it has not been seen since.

Arclight Films managing director Gary Hamilton tells WENN, “We’re honored to be representing this unique film, and working with such an incredible team of entertainment industry professionals, whose artistic endeavors have had such a profound effect on people all over the world.

“Duran Duran Unstaged is a breakthrough in moviemaking. It’s an experience that marries the arts of film and music in a distinctly creative and refreshing manner that will appeal to audiences worldwide.”

Talking about filming the concert, which featured Mark Ronson, Gerard Way, Kelis and Beth Ditto, director Lynch says, “The idea was to try and create, on the fly, layers of images permeating Duran Duran on the stage. (It was) a world of experimentation and some happy accidents.”