Category Archives: Gus Van Sant

The Canyons. Lindsay Lohan. Trailer. Bret Easton Ellis.

It’s not The Hills… THE CANYONS is a contemporary L.A. noir from director Paul Schrader, writer Bret Easton Ellis, and producer Braxton Pope about the dangers of sexual obsession and ambition, both personally and professionally, among a group of young people in their 20’s and how one chance meeting connected to the past unravels all of their lives, resulting in deceit, paranoia, cruel mind games and ultimately violence.

Gus Van Sant’s Restless ~ Trailer

Enjoy the trailer for director Gus Van Sant’s upcoming film – Restless – which tells the story of a delusional ill-girl and an ongoing funeral-guest boy with their encounter a Japanese kamikaze pilot ghost. Restless is written by Jason Lew and produced by Brett Cranford, Brian Grazer, Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard.

Restless hits theaters on Friday, January 28 which stars Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper, Ryo Kase and Schuyler Fisk.

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Directors Guild of America – Nomination

The Directors Guild of America nominated directors Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon), Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) and Gus Van Sant (Milk) for 2008’s outstanding achievement in directing.

The winners will be announced on Saturday, January 31st.

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Oscar Roundtable: The Directors

The Hollywood Reporter conducted an Oscar roundtable with Directors Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Danny Boyle, Gus Van Sant, Darren Aronofsky and Ed Zwick and they discuss what drove them to become directors.

You can watch the other clips on Ideas, Bollywood and Mickey Rourke at HollywoodReporter.com

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Milk @ Charlie Rose

Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and director Gus Van Sant appear on one of my favorite interview show – Charlie Rose, enjoy the full interview below. I saw Milk and Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin and Alison Pill deserve supporting Oscar nods for their performances. And try to spot director GvS and Dustin Lance Black’s cameos.

Gus Van Sant is repped by Gaby Morgerman and David Wirtschafter @ William Morris Agency and is a principal @ Meno Film Company at 1300 Northrup Avenue NW in Portland, Oregon 97209. Sean Penn is repped by Bryan Lourd and Mick Sullivan @ Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Josh Brolin is repped by Michael Cooper @ William Morris Agency.

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Gus Van Sant’s Milk – Los Angeles Premiere

Marisa Tomei, Hilary Swank, Jack Nicholson, Harry Dean Stanton, James Franco, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin attend Director Gus Van Sant’s Milk premiere at Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California. The Focus Features biography film – Milk – hits theaters on Wednesday, November 26.

Milk was written and executive produced by Dustin Lance Black, and produced by Michael London, Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks.

Synopsis of Milk: In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum. From senior citizens to union workers, Harvey Milk changed the very nature of what it means to be a fighter for human rights and became, before his untimely death in 1978, a hero for all Americans. While living in New York City, he turns 40. Looking for more purpose, Milk and his lover Scott Smith relocate to San Francisco, where they found a small business, Castro Camera, in the heart of a working-class neighborhood. With his beloved Castro neighborhood and beautiful city empowering him, Milk surprises Scott and himself by becoming an outspoken agent for change. With vitalizing support from Scott and from new friends like young activist Cleve Jones, Milk plunges headfirst into the choppy waters of politics. Bolstering his public profile with humor, Milk’s actions speak even louder than his gift-of-gab words. When Milk is elected supervisor for the newly zoned District 5, he tries to coordinate his efforts with those of another newly elected supervisor, Dan White. But as White and Milk’s political agendas increasingly diverge, their personal destinies tragically converge.

Gus Van Sant is repped by Gaby Morgerman and David Wirtschafter @ William Morris Agency and is a principal @ Meno Film Company at 1300 Northrup Avenue NW in Portland, Oregon 97209. Emile Hirsch is repped by Brian Swardstrom @ Endeavor and Lucas Grabeel is repped by The Savage Agency.

James Franco is repped by Kami Putnam-Heist @ Endeavor and manager Miles Levy @ James/Levy Management. Sean Penn is repped by Bryan Lourd and Mick Sullivan @ Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Josh Brolin is repped by Michael Cooper @ William Morris Agency.


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Victor Garber, Diego Luna, Kelvin Yu, Alison Pill, Carol Ruth Silver, Ashlee Temple and Kristen Marie Holly co-star in the film.

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Emile ‘Davenport’ Hirsch Humps Nylon

Speed Racer star Emile Hirsch graces the cover and pages of Nylon Guys to promote his role as activist Cleve Jones in director Gus Van Sant’s film – Milk.

On Director Peter Care’s The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys: I had no idea how to play the part. I didn’t understand the dialogue. I didn’t understand the character. But the casting director really believed in me. It’s funny because people now say, ‘That’s such a natural performance’, but in my mind that performance is the one most influenced by other actors.

On Picking Projects: I give a f—, but I don’t give that much of a f—. I’m still going to throw in some goofy s—. I don’t want to get too precious.

On Director Gus Van Sant’s Biofilm – Milk: I just had such a wonderful time. It’s such a great ensemble. Speed Racer was such a highly controlled performance environment that I found, honestly, a little frustrating at times just because it’s so hard when you’re on the green screen and it’s all about, ‘Bat this eyelash a little bit here.’ On Milk, it was just a free-for-all and we were all going nuts.

To read more on The Mudge Boy Emile Hirsch, visit NylonGuysMag. And Milk hits theaters on Wednesday, November 26.

Hirsch is repped by Shani Rosenzweig @ United Talent Agency (UTA).

Gus Van Sant’s Milk – Trailer

Enjoy director Gus Van Sant’s new trailer for his upcoming bio-film – Milk

Milk opens in theaters on Wednesday, November 26.

Update: World Premiere on 29th of October 2008 (San Francisco)

In select theaters on 26th of November 2008 (USA) and everywhere on 5th of December 2008 (USA)

Germany : 29 October 2008
Russia : 4 December 2008
Australia : 29 January 2009
España : 6 February 2009
Romania : 13 February 2009
Hungary : 19 February 2009

James Franco @ Gus Van Sant’s Milk – 1st Look

James Franco seems to be knocking it out of the park, he recently graduated with an English degree from UCLA and has two films coming out – Pineapple Express (Aug. 06) and director Gus Van Sant’s Milk (Nov. 26), a biopic about the first openly gay official.

Focus Features have release the first look of Franco’s character – Scott Smith – in Milk.


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Here are excerpts from Franco’s interview in USA Today:

Director Judd Apatow on Franco’s dedication to his craft and as a person: a very smart, sweet person. He seems to have really evolved over the last 10 years into this really easygoing, approachable, warm man. When we did Freaks and Geeks, he was so hungry and obsessed with the work. It made him a little more of an intense guy. Now, he’s very happy in his life.

On his initimate scene with Sean Penn while shooting Milk: (First kiss lasted a) minute. It doesn’t sound like a long time, but in front of 200 people, it’s a long time, says Franco. We’re sitting on the curb, kissing. You can’t deny what’s going on. I’m kissing Spicoli and it’s still going and it’s not stopping and it was when he had a beard and the beard is scraping me. Afterwards, we were like, ‘All right, how are those Raiders?’

Franco is repped by Kami Putnam-Heist @ Endeavor, and manager Miles Levy @ James/Levy Management.

Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park

RR Watch: Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park

Synopsis: After a young skateboarder accidentally kills a security guard in self-defense with his skateboard at Paranoid Park, he falls into a world of crime, guilt, and fear. He desperately attempts to get out as the investigation into the crime deepens.