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More than a few of our readers probably did a double-take, when last we reported that Universal wants the Fifty Shades of Grey movie – based on E.L. James’ Twilight fan-faction-turned best-selling erotic novel – to be directed by a filmmaker with serious arthouse cred, such as Atonement and Anna Karenina director Joe Wright (among other rumored candidates).
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) is reported to have even submitted a demo reel while bidding for the Fifty Shades directing job; one which featured Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) playing the handsome, but (really) troubled, 27-year old billionaire Christian Grey, no less. However, James’ ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Growing up gay as a suburban teenager in the mid 90s, my access to queer culture was severely limited (ie nonexistent). Before the proliferation of the internet, one relied on the “gay” section in bookstores and video stores, if there even was one, to seek out examples of visible representation in the media throughout the years. I remember one day as a high school junior skipping class to go see The Object of My Affection at the local mall, a Jennifer Aniston rom-com in which Paul Rudd plays a gay character. I knew nothing about the movie or Paul Rudd (odds are that in 1998 if he were famous he wouldn’t have been playing gay), but the fact that there was a movie playing at the local multiplex with a gay character in it was enough to drive identification-starved me to ditch school. It was a formative experience at the time, »
- John Oursler
Written by American Psycho novelist Bret Easton Ellis and directed by American Gigolo director Paul Schrader, the erotic thriller also features adult film star James Deen and Milk director Gus Van Sant, who plays a psychotherapist.
Schrader, who is perhaps best known for writing Taxi Driver, will serve on the Venice Film Festival's jury, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Canyons is screening out of competition at the festival.
The film is also set to have a limited run in select markets in August.
The Canyons was barred from several film festivals last year, with the Texas festival South By Southwest rejecting the movie due to "quality issues".
The Venice Film Festival is scheduled to begin on August 27, and will run until September 7.
Watch a clip from The Canyons below: »
The New York and La-based company has lined up its latest prestige project and will finance and handle international sales on The Rules Of Inheritance from Susanne Bier to star Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence. CAA negotiated the deal with FilmNation, packaged the project and represents Us rights.
“We have no doubt that this inspirational and hopeful book will be turned into an emotionally powerful movie that audiences around the world will fall »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
An old-fashioned and ornate cinema in San Francisco's famous Castro District
Ashley Clark is a freelance writer and film programmer. He is a regular contributor to Sight & Sound and Little White Lies, and runs a series of events under the banner of his blog Permanent Plastic Helmet. His next event is a screening of The Warriors at Clapham Picturehouse on July 15, 2013. If there's a cinema you'd like to tell us about for a future Cine-files, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This single-screen cinema is located at 429 Castro Street, near the intersection of Market and 17th Streets, at the northern entrance of San Francisco's famous Castro District. Once a regular old working-class area, Castro transformed throughout the 1960s and 70s into one of the very first gay neighbourhoods in the Us, as immortalised in Gus van Sant's Milk.
Surely one of the most beautiful, »
- Guardian readers
As the next presentation in its quarterly series of films that builds upon the Characters Unite public service campaign, USA Network will air a special broadcast of the Oscar-winning 2008 film Milk Saturday, June 1, at 8pm Et/Pt. Milk will air in commemoration of Pride Month, and will be featured with limited commercial interruptions. The presentation will also include a personal introduction from actor and activist Neil Patrick Harris. Milk dramatically recounts the true story of Harvey Milk (Sean Penn), the first openly gay person to be elected to office in California. Milk, a gay rights activist, was elected to [...]
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Josh Brolin is the latest actor to join the already fantastic cast for Paul Thomas Anderson's next film project, Inherent Vice. The rest of the cast includes Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, and Martin Short. Brolin's Gangster Squad and Milk co-star Sean Penn is also in talks to join the project. I love Anderson's directing work, and this is looks like it will shape up to be a fantastic film.
The story is set in Los Angeles in 1970, and it follows a pot-smoking private detective named Doc Sportello (Phoenix) as he investigates the case of a kidnapped girl. Del Toro would play "an attorney who's always trying to help the protagonist out of trouble, though he's not an actual criminal lawyer." Witherspoon, who starred with Phoenix in Walk The Line, could end up playing the character of Shasta Fay Hepworth. Malone will play »
- Joey Paur
As Soderbergh's Liberace biopic hits our screens, why is it that homosexual love stories now work so much better than hetero?
We might have been able to guess that Soderbergh's take on the kitsch-addicted superstar would turn out to be "mesmeric, riskily incorrect, outrageously watchable and simply outrageous" (The Guardian). Or that Michael Douglas would be "shrewd, rude, wickedly funny" (Indiewire) in the central role. What is interesting is that the film, which was made for HBO because it was "too gay" for mainstream cinematic release, has turned out to be "both hilarious and heartrending" (The Playlist), an "intimate love story" (Thompson on Hollywood) and Soderbergh's "most emotional and touching work" to date (Hollywood Elsewhere »
- Tom Shone
Whether it’s from his supporting turn on the cult tv hit Freaks & Geeks, or from his role as Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, James Franco has garnered many fans. However, his post-fame route has not been what many had expected, as Franco has diversified his role selection with performances in movies such as Milk, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Spring Breakers. In addition, Franco has also weaved in and out of directing and writing duties in a number of projects, the latest of which is an adaptation of a novel by William Faulkner. Titled As I Lay Dying, the film sees Franco take on writing, directing, and acting duties, appearing onscreen alongside Richard Jenkins, Danny McBride, Tim Blake Nelson, and Beth Grant. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
It is being reported Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) is the front runner to direct the feature film adaptation of E.L. James' erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey at Focus Features. Wright tops a list, which apparently included Bennett Miller (Moneyball), Patty Jenkins (Monster) and Gus Van Sant (Milk), the latter of which shot a sex scene featuring Alex Pettyfer in a bid to direct the erotic thriller. "Fifty Shades of Grey" began as coveted "Twilight" fan fiction and follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. It was reported the scene Van Sant shot was the moment Anastasia loses her virginity to Grey. As for Wright, four of his five feature films have been distributed by Focus and three of those four have also featured Keira Knightley, which is sure to spark immediate speculation as to whether or not the actress will »
- Brad Brevet
Joe Wright is the most likely filmmaker to direct the erotic drama "Fifty Shades of Grey" for Universal Pictures and Focus Features, individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Other directors in the running for the high-profile project, based on the bestselling series of books, include Gus Van Sant ("Milk"), Bennett Miller ("Moneyball") and Patty Jenkins ("Monster"). TheWrap reported last month that Van Sant had filmed a sex scene from the book with Alex Pettyfer in a bid to win the assignment. Also read: Gus Van Sant Shot Sex Scene Starring »
- Jeff Sneider
Sources have claimed to The Hollywood Reporter that Wright is one of the frontrunners to direct the big-screen adaptation of El James's erotic novel trilogy. However, they have cautioned that no deal is in place despite the director's strong relationship with Focus Features.
Fifty Shades of Grey will be produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti (The Social Network, Moneyball) for Universal and Focus. Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr Banks, Terra Nova) has been hired to write the screenplay.
'Fifty Shades of Grey' casting rumours - photo gallery:Despite repeated speculation about the cast - particularly who will play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey - Fifty Shades author El James said »
This year's White House Correspondents' Dinner will be hosted by talk show funny man Conan O'Brien. As usual, the stars will be out in full force, with celebrities living the dinner tables of various news outlets.
Recently, veteran newsman Tom Brokaw thinks that the some celebrities who are invited to the dinners make a mockery of the event. The final straw for him was Lindsay Lohan attending the 2012 dinner. "She became a big star at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Give me a break," Brokaw says.
No Lohan scheduled for this year, but the names of those appearing cover the spectrum of television and film. The cast of "Modern Family," along with two stars from the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past" are among the highlights.
The full list of celebrity guests at the White House Correspondents' Dinner is below:
You might be trying to ignore the fact that Gus Van Sant is a bonafide creep, but please don't take this news as a bid for a directing gig as much as it obviously was a stalker-like opportunity to get Alex Pettyfer naked. Doesn't he know that Magic Mike is in that Wal-Mart DVD bin for $9 and on Netflix anytime?
Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has created a reportedly stunning sex scene with Magic Mike and Beastly (Lol) star Alex Pettyfer in order to throw his name in the ring to direct the upcoming screen adaptation of E.L. James' tantalizing novel Fifty Shades of Grey. The scene stars Pettyfer with an unknown lady, and chronicles the moment when young Anatstasia Steele loses her virginity to the titular Christian Grey.
Pettyfer, however, has not officially been cast in the film: the 23-year-old actor was only summoned for the particular scene. »
- Terron R. Moore
Director Gus Van Sant has reportedly filmed a sex scene for the planned adaptation of novel 50 Shades of Grey, despite not yet (or maybe not ever) being given the job, according to Digital Spy.
Van Sant, who directed Last Days, the semi-biographical drama film about the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, filmed a steamy sex sequence for the upcoming movie starring actor Alex Pettyfer as a surreal way of bidding to direct the upcoming adaptation of E. L. James’ erotic novel trilogy.
The scene filmed was reportedly the moment when Ana loses her virginity to Christian.
Universal, the studio which has acquired the rights to film the movie, is not believed to have commissioned any test reels for the film. »
- Joseph Dempsey
Alex Pettyfer may land the coveted role of Christian Grey in the screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey! We’re sure many of Hollywood’s leading men are so jealous right now.
Alex Pettyfer: Will He Play Christian Grey?
Director Gus Van Sant, who is best known for films like Good Will Hunting, and Milk, is doing a test film for the movie. Gus picked the 23-year-old actor to play Christian Grey in the test film and he reportedly filmed an erotic sex scene!
But just because Gus used Alex in the test film, »
- Chloe Melas
Van Sant has reportedly shot sex scene – with Alex Pettyfer as Christian Grey – in hopes of tying himself to forthcoming film
In a bid to land the job of directing the film adaptation of erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, Elephant director Gus van Sant is reported to have shot a steamy sex scene featuring Alex Pettyfer as the billionaire Christian Grey, according to the Wrap.
The two-time Oscar-nominated director of Good Will Hunting is seemingly so eager to prove he's the right man for the job, he shot the test reel on his own initiative. Producing studios Focus Features and Universal have yet to comment on the likelihood of him being hired, and have not yet named any candidates for the job.
Pettyfer isn't yet attached to the role, but was cast just for the scene shot by Van Sant – which, according to reports, is the pivotal moment when »
- Lauren Mullineaux
Focus Features are currently looking at potential casting and directors after landing the big-screen rights to E.L. James’ kinky bestselling novel, Fifty Shades Of Grey, early last year. They’ve hired Kelly Marcel to adapt the screenplay with everyone from Emma Watson, Mila Kunis, Ian Somerhalder, Matt Bomer and Stephen Amell linked to the leads for college virgin Anastasia Steele and billionaire playboy Christian Grey.
While we await confirmation of those officially involved, one man desperate to take the reigns is Oscar-nominated director Gus Van Sant. The man who brought us the excellent Good Will Hunting, To Die For and Milk, is no stranger to risqué projects having served as producer on Larry Clarke’s notorious Kids. However, he has apparently shot a sex scene in which Anastasia loses her virginity to the Grey with Magic Mike’s Alex Pettyfer and an unnamed actress in an attempt to convince the »
- Craig Hunter
Focus Features paid $5 million for the film rights to El James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" novel and hired Kelly Marcel ("Terra Nova") to write the script. There's been very little news regarding who will direct the film, but it turns out that a two-time Oscar nominee has been vying for the job. The Wrap has learned that Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting), who directed "Promised Land" and "Milk" for the studio, shot a sex scene with Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and an unnamed actress to convince Focus Features that he should get the job. The scene focuses on Anastasia Steele losing her virginity to billionaire Christian Grey. This doesn't mean that Van Sant or Pettyfer have been hired, since Focus Features has yet to start their search for actors or a director. But since both have a relationship with the studio, it's likely that they will be considered. Regarding the movie, »
"50 Shades of Grey" is a lot of things -- including the best-selling book of all time -- but it's not exactly high art. That's why we were surprised to learn that Gus Van Sant, director of acclaimed films like "Milk" and "Good Will Hunting," is determined to direct the film adaptation of the steamy erotic novel.
Van Sant is so serious about taking on the project, in fact, that he's already shot a scene from the movie. He plans to use the scene -- which depicts the eager ingenue Anastasia Steele losing her virginity to the dominant, deductive Christian Grey -- to convince producers that he's the guy for the job.
According to TheWrap, Van Sant cast "Magic Mike" star Alex Pettyfer in the Christian Grey role. Pettyfer shot the scene this weekend with an unknown actress playing Steele. While this doesn't mean that Pettyfer's necessarily landed the role of Christian Grey, »
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