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Ryan Gosling Directorial Debut 'Lost River' Denied Theatrical Release

Warner Bros. is passing on a U.S. theatrical release for Lost River, the directorial debut of Ryan Gosling, Variety reports.

Instead of seeing the film in theaters, Gosling devotees will have to settle for checking it out on home entertainment platforms when it drops in April. The shift in release comes after Lost River received mostly negative reviews upon its debut in May at the Cannes Film Festival.

The fantastical film, which also features a screenplay written by Gosling, follows a mother and son who are transported from Detroit to different unreal locales and run afoul of -- to quote Variety's negative review -- "thugs, sexual predators and other demons."

The film was announced in August 2012, when it was titled How to Catch a Monster. Lost River stars Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith, Saoirse Ronan and Iain De Caestecker.

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