Ryan Gosling, the internet meme movie star with those sad goose eyes and that odd Canadian drawl, is one popular actor. He's probably, like, the most in-demand guy around! But he's also a bit of an enigmatic rebel; he does, like, artsy stuff in addition to Crazy Stupid Love and Gangster Squad. So what does an edgy, artsy, in-demand actor do when he wants to be really edgy and artsy? He takes a break from acting to direct. Yes, Ryan Gosling will soon be going behind the camera to direct a movie called How to Catch a Monster. He's writing it too! Reportedly the movie "weaves elements of fantasy noir, and suspense into a modern day fairytale. Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive." Sounds ambitious. Also, "Bones"?? Good god, is this a movie version of Fox's hit series The Bones? Ryan, you can do better than that. Sigh. At least his Drive costar Christina Hendricks will be starring. That's a good thing at least. Good luck, Ryan! [Deadline]
Oh god. FX has announced that they have ordered 90 more episodes of Charlie Sheen's Anger Management. Yes, ninety. As in way more years than most of us will live. That's 90 episodes based off of the ratings for the 10 that have aired. Good grief, America. What have we done? What have we done? And they've even roped poor old Martin Sheen into agreeing to appear in about 20 of these episodes. Man, Charlie Sheen really can't lose, can he? The man crashes through the patio door and bleeds all over the furniture and harasses our daughters, and we invite him to sit down and serve him a meal. He runs over our foot and smashes into a coconut tree and sets everything on fire and we hand him a plastic sack full of cash and give him a hug. He can do no wrong. Or rather he can do all the wrong, all the wrong there is to do, and we'll just chuckle and give him a noogie and then, right, give him millions of dollars. We can't fight it. Can't fight this particular fuzzy moonlight. You win, Charlie. Have it all. Take it all. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Phew. Here is some at least potentially good TV news. ABC has ordered a pilot from Joss Whedon called S.H.I.E.L.D, as in the thing from The Avengers. The crime fighting group. That could be good! Joss Whedon's shows are good! It's surprising that he wants to exist in this world so thoroughly, what with the movie sequel coming up and all, but maybe he'll veer off from the superhero stuff and focus on the human crime fighters. That could be interesting. Anyway, production on this is getting started lickety-split, so might it be possible that ABC wants this for sooner than fall 2013? We'll probably have to sit through the end credits of Once Upon a Time to get a little scene teasing at the answer. [Entertainment Weekly]
Sad news for some actors: Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Rachel Weisz, and (sigh) Amanda Peet have all been cut from Terrence Malick's latest film To the Wonder. Actors apparently are well-aware of that possible risk when making a Malick movie (for example, Adrien Brody was supposed to become a star with a big role in The Thin Red Line, only to have his part cut to ribbons in the final edit), but it must still burn. Especially for Pepper and Peet, who could use a little profile boosting. Hm. Maybe Pepper & Peet should be a show? They should do a show called that, where they, I dunno, solve restaurant crimes. There was also word that Jessica Chastain's appearance in the film had been cut, but that seems to be just a rumor at this point? Whatever happens with her part, the movie still has Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, and Javier Bardem, so it will still have a good cast. Though, of course, it could have had a great cast. [Deadline]
Alan Rickman is, bizarrely, playing Ronald Reagan in Lee Daniels' upcoming White House movie The Butler, and now, somewhat less bizarrely, Michael Douglas is going to play ol' Dutch in a movie called Reykjavik. The movie takes place in 1986 and is about Reagan meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in Iceland during the Chernobyl disaster. Intriguing! Who should play Gorbachev? Our top pick is Bill Murray. Think about it. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Saturday Night Live has announced the lineup for the first three episodes of its one billionth season, and it is... Eh. Hot off of Ted's boffo success, the first host will be Seth MacFarlane, with Frank Ocean as the musical guest. Then will come Joseph Gordon-Levitt with Mumford & Sons, and then Daniel Craig (such a natural comedian, that one) with Muse. So... Pretty homogenous, eh? Ah well. It's a long season. There are many more opportunities for bizarre hosting decisions before May rolls around. [Vulture]
Here is a trailer for Stories We Tell, a documentary that Sarah Polley made about her family. It looks sweet and good. That's all.