Not only has Terrence Malick make a few damn good movies, he can make a damn good trailer and if you have dinner with him, he might give you a damn good ending to your movie.

In an recent interview, Matt Damon told a story of how he and eventual Oscar-winning writing partner Ben Affleck requested a dinner with Malick when they were working on the script for Good Will Hunting. Malick, who was good friends with Affleck’s godfather, granted the request but didn’t read the script. Instead, Damon and Affleck told him the story and Malick gave a piece of advice that made the ending.

Read the full quote after the jump as well as how Rob Reiner contributed to the story and how the death of a major character was written into the script. Read More »

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Movie Trailer: Gus Van Sant’s ‘Restless’

Columbia Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have released the first movie trailer for the new Gus Van Sant (Milk, Finding Forrester, Good Will Hunting, To Die For) film Restless. The movie stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) in a “complex tale of a teenage boy and girl who share a preoccupation with mortality.” The film co-stars Henry Hopper, Ryo Kase, Schuyler Fisk, Jane Adams, and Chin Han.

Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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It looks like Summit are trying to extend their reach even further than Eclipse‘s David Slade in picking a director for Breaking Dawn, the final Twilight film (or maybe films). Amongst their picks are three Academy Award nominated directors typically associated with more widely respected fare: Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant and Bill Condon.

Now, if you subscribe to the auterist idea that a director might be well matched for a job with thematic and stylistic similarities to their prior successes, then surely Sofia Coppola is just what the doctor ordered. She might be a more ‘serious’ director than Twilight seems to suit but she’s definitely charted these choppy teen waters before. Filter Twilight through The Virgin Suicides or Lost in Translation and I’m sure many of you would find it at a lot more palatable.

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Gus Van Sant‘s next film, which was called Restless until recently, has been sounding very interesting. It already stars Mia Wasikowska in a “complex tale of a teenage boy and girl who share a preoccupation with mortality.” The film may not currently have a title (Restless wasn’t the best name for this movie, anyway) but it does have a lot of new cast members, a couple of which bear very familiar names. Read More »

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How’s this for a pairing: Gus Van Sant and Bret Easton Ellis are teaming to write a screenplay based on Vanity Fair‘s 2008 article The Golden Suicides. Ellis had previously been announced as the screenwriter for the Lionsgate project, but the addition of Van Sant makes the thing even more interesting. The article looks into the dual suicides of ‘golden couple’ Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake, who each committed suicide in 2007, and may have done so after developing delusions of persecution and conspiracy. Read More »

Gus van Sant in Talks to Direct Restless

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THR reports that Gus van Sant is negotiating with Columbia to produce and direct a film called Restless. The basis is an original script by a first-time writer named Jason Lew. But Lew didn’t quite come out of nowhere; he was at NYU with Bryce Dallas Howard. The two acted in plays together, and the trade reports that she encouraged him to write the script, then took it to her father, who helped develop it for Imagine Entertainment. Ron and Bryce Howard will produce the film for Imagine, alongside Brian Grazer. So what’s it about? Read More »

First Look: James Franco In Howl

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This is the sort of story that we’d often relegate to Page 2, but I’m interested enough in Howl, the upcoming picture about poet Allen Ginsberg, that I want to take the chance to highlight the first photo of James Franco in character as Ginsberg as published by EW. I’ve been following Franco’s Ledger-like emergence as a serious actor with great interest, and this could be a key project in his career. Written and directed by the team of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (who also made doc The Celluloid Closet over a decade ago) the film focuses on the publication of the poem Howl and the landmark obscenity trial that ensued. Sharing the frame with Franco there is Aaron Tveit, playing his longtime partner Peter Orlovsky; compare this shot to actual photos of Ginsberg and Orlovsky after the jump. Read More »

Yesterday, The Dark Knight grabbed Writers Guild and Producers Guild nominations, shocking some Hollywood insiders who don’t believe that the comic book movie has a chance at the Best Picture Academy Award. Today Christopher Nolan and the film have been nominated for the Director’s Guild of America Awards. Here is the list of nominees:

David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight”
Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
Gus Van Sant, “Milk”
Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”

I’m shocked that Darren Aronofsky didn’t make the list for The Wrestler, especially over Howard’s Ron Nixon.

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