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The Place Beyond the Pines: Star Ryan Gosling has worked with most of these producers several times now, on lauded titles including Half Nelson and Blue Valentine, which was also helmed by director/co-writer Derek Cianfrance. The A-list cast also includes Bradley Cooper, Ray Liotta and Eva Mendes. (JONATHAN SHORT/AP)
The Place Beyond the Pines: Star Ryan Gosling has worked with most of these producers several times now, on lauded titles including Half Nelson and Blue Valentine, which was also helmed by director/co-writer Derek Cianfrance. The A-list cast also includes Bradley Cooper, Ray Liotta and Eva Mendes. (JONATHAN SHORT/AP)

Bieber and Gosling's family connection and other things you may have missed this week Add to ...

For many of us, Monday to Friday races by in a blur. We know it can be a struggle to delve beyond the big headlines and keep on top of all the interesting stories out there. We’re here to lend a hand: In case you didn’t see them the first time, a collection of stories you may have missed this week on globeandmail.com.

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