Will Ferrell arguably hasn’t given a dramatic performance since 2010’s Everything Must Go, but he may be about to diverge from his comedy roots again in a new movie.
Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) is set to direct Ferrell in The Prince of Fashion for Amazon Studios, a drama based on a magazine article from award-winning writer Michael Chabon about the time he took his 13-year-old son to Men’s Fashion Week in Paris, and “and all I got was a profound understanding of who he is, what he wants to do with his life, and how it feels to watch a grown man stride down a runway wearing shaggy yellow Muppet pants.” Read More »
Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant hasn’t delivered a remarkable film since being at the helm of Milk a decade ago. When it comes to his latest directorial effort, an adaptation of cartoonist John Callahan‘s memoir Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, the movie is undoubtedly remarkable, but it’s due to the performances Van Sant pulls from his actors rather than the film as a whole.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is an acting showcase featuring one of the best performances of Joaquin Phoenix‘s career and a supporting turn for Jonah Hill that joins his acclaimed performances in films like Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street. Read More »
This week kicks off the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and we’ll be catching glimpses of plenty of indie releases that will likely be hitting theaters throughout the year, not to mention some possible awards contenders for next year. In fact, director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) seems to have a contender premiering at the festival in the form of a new drama based on the life of cartoonist John Callahan.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is based on John Callahan’s autobiography of the same name, and it sees Joaquin Phoenix playing the man whose life was changed by a near fatal car accident, confining him to a wheelchair, and leading him down a completely different path than he ever intended to take. Read More »
Recently, I highlighted what I believed to be the worst horror remakes ever made in honor of this week’s release of Flatliners. But enough negativity! Let’s look at some good horror remakes, which do indeed exist! Every once in awhile, a filmmaker will come along, take an original film, and find a creative, exciting way to remake it. Sometimes these remakes even surpass the original films. It’s rare, but it happens, and when it does, that’s worth celebrating. Let’s look at the best horror remakes of all time.
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(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: a defense of Gus Van Sant’s misunderstood Psycho remake.)
Marion steps into the motel shower without a hint of hesitation. She adjusts the hot and cold valves until they’re just right. The water streams out of the shower head, and she lets it wash over her, rinsing away her poor past decisions in the process. This shower is a cleansing not just of body but of spirit. She can feel the wrong-headed choices that brought her here, to this nondescript motel nestled in the middle of nowhere, circling down the drain. Marion, so enamored in her baptism-by-shower, fails to notice the shadow darkening the shower curtain; the shadow of an individual raising a long, sharp object in their hand.
We’ve seen this scene before. We know almost every frame and angle of it in our collective consciousness, even if we’ve somehow managed to avoid seeing the film the scene is from. But there’s something different about it this time. This time, it’s in living color. And the blood that’s about to splatter the shower tiles will be bright red instead of a dark brown rendered in black and white. Because this is not Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. This is Gus Van Sant’s Psycho, the 1998 shot-for-shot remake that lead critics and audiences to respond with a resounding, “Why?”
And it’s a film worth revisiting.
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Back in June, news broke that A24 is releasing Gus Van Sant‘s The Sea of Trees. The drama, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival over a year ago, was initially acquired by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. After sitting on the shelf for a while, for whatever reason, A24 stepped in to distribute the film. The eclectic director behind My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting, and To Die For explores Japan’s Aokigahara forest with his newest picture, which stars Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, and Naomi Watts.
Below, watch The Sea of Trees trailer.
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Days before Gus Van Sant‘s newest film The Sea of Trees premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate acquired the drama. 13 months after the acquisition, and after the film has already been released in a few foreign territories, it’s still without a domestic release date. But we may finally see Van Sant’s latest this summer, courtesy of A24.
Below, learn more about The Sea of Trees distributor.
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It’s been a few years since we’ve seen a film from director Gus Van Sant. His last feature, Promised Land, was a charming and thoughtful drama, but it didn’t quite strike a chord with audiences. Van Sant’s next film, The Sea of Trees, promises to be even more divisive.
While Roadside Attractions has yet to set a release date for the film, the drama will soon debut in several territories overseas. Below, watch a new international trailer for The Sea of Trees.
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Gus Van Sant‘s Sea of Trees premiered almost a year ago at the Cannes Film Festival. The drama, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe, wasn’t particularly well received. Booing from critics was reported, but you can’t really take booing, especially at the Cannes Film Festival, seriously. Plus, what kind of an adult really feels the need to boo after a movie?
Roadside Attractions picked up Sea of Trees for U.S. distribution, but a release date has yet to be set. The film is opening in Japan soon, though, so a foreign Sea of Trees trailer has just been made available.
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Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Some time ago, we got word that Shane Black would be directing an English-language adaptation of the Japanese manga Death Note. Since then, though, we haven’t heard much about the project at all. So we were disappointed but not terribly surprised to hear that he’s no longer set to helm.
Instead, according to a new report, Gus Van Sant will be taking over the reins. Seems like an interesting combination, if nothing else. Hit the jump for more details.
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