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Ryan Gosling's directorial debut will skip U.S. theaters

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GOSLING DIRECTING

After a disastrous debut at this past May’s Cannes Film Festival, Ryan Gosling’s feature film directorial debut Lost River will not be getting a domestic theatrical release. According to Variety, the film will be released on home entertainment platforms in April.

A fantasy drama set in Detroit, Lost River was a buzzy prospect from the beginning: Gosling also wrote the film, and he started working on it right after the 2011-13 Season of Gosling (you remember: DriveCrazy, Stupid, Love., The Ides of MarchThe Place Beyond the Pines, and random good deeds on the streets of New York). Gosling assembled an impressive cast, including Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, and outgoing Doctor Who star Matt Smith. Possible silver lining: Even critics that didn’t like the movie often compared it to the works of outré filmmakers like David Lynch and Nicolas Winding Refn, so maybe Lost River will build up a cult on OnDemand. Maybe.