CANNES, France -- One of the biggest stars on the Croisette this year isn't even on the Croisette.
The question is: Will he be?
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Those associated with the film have been pushing for Gosling to come and take his moment in the Cannes limelight for the second time in three years (he came in 2011 with
But Gosling has been filming his directorial debut, "How to Catch a Monster," in Detroit, and scheduling a transatlantic flight in the middle of a shoot isn’t easy. If he was acting, say those in charge of coordinating travel plans, a director could have just scheduled around him for a few days. But that's a lot harder to do when you’re the one behind the camera.
"We're trying every day," Refn said. "A lot of talk about tickets." When asked if he thought Gosling would make it, he said, "That's the hope.
In an event that's lacking an unassailable A-lister such as
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Whether or not he comes, Gosling presence has already been felt here. "How to Catch a Monster" has been selling briskly to foreign buyers in the film market. And in the Cannes out-of-competition title "Seduced and Abandoned," James Toback's and
Gosling then makes an appearance in the film, in which he describes the sorry audition process and the challenges with performing on a movie set. (To wit: By the time you get to the last take, you've become a "robot ... and that's the one they use.") It should be noted that he is not eating cereal in the movie.
Gosling last made a big public splash two months ago at the New York premiere of "Place Beyond the Pines," in which he stars with Eva Mendes. But coincidentally, he missed a major event -- the