Gus Green Van Sant Jr. (born July 24, 1952) is an American film director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician, and author who has earned acclaim as both an independent and mainstream filmmaker. His films typically deal with themes of marginalized subcultures, in particular homosexuality; as such, Van Sant is considered one of the most prominent auteurs of the New Queer Cinema movement. Van Sant's early career was devoted to directing television commercials in the Pacific Northwest. He made his feature-length cinematic directorial debut with Mala Noche (1985). His second feature Drugstore Cowboy (1989) was highly acclaimed, and earned Van Sant screenwriting awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and New York Film Critics Circle and the award for Best Director from the National Society of Film Critics. His following film, My Own Private Idaho (1991), was similarly praised, as was the black comedy To Die For (1995), the drama Good Will Hunting (1997), and the biographical film Milk (2008); for the latter two, Van Sant was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and both films received Best Picture nominations. In 2003, Van Sant's film about the Columbine High School massacre, Elephant, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Van Sant also received the festival's Best Director Award that same year, making him one of only two filmmakers—the other being Joel Coen—to win both accolades at the festival in the same year. Though most of Van Sant's other films received favourable reviews, such as Finding Forrester (2000) and Paranoid Park (2007), some of his efforts, such as the art house production Last Days (2005) and the environmental drama Promised Land (2012), have received more mixed reviews from critics, while his adaptation of Tom Robbins's Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1994), his 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, and The Sea of Trees (2015), were critical and commercial failures. In addition to directing, Van Sant has written the screenplays for several of his earlier works, and is the author of a novel entitled Pink. A book of his photography, called 108 Portraits, has also been published, and he has released two musical albums. He is openly gay and lives in Los Feliz, California.
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Film director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician, author
“Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1986” first appeared in print in Tornado Alley, a chapbook published by William S. Burroughs in 1989. Two years later, Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, My Own Private Idaho, Milk) shot a montage that brought the poem to film, making it at least the second time the director adapted the beat writer to film.
FINNEAS has shared a brand new song and video titled ‘Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa’ – check it out below, along with exclusive artwork by Gus Van Sant. The track follows the singer and producer’s debut solo album ‘Optimist’ and recent single ‘Naked’. He also recently shared ‘Nobody Like U’, a song written by Finneas and sister Billie Eilish for the new Pixar movie Turning Red, performed by the the fictional boyband 4*Town.
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Feud is returning for a second season which will be titled Capote’s Women. Naomi Watts is set to star as socialite Barbara “Babe” Paley, the wife of William S. Paley, the man who built the CBS network. Gus Van Sant is set to direct all eight episodes.
Ryan Murphy has set a Season 2 follow-up to 2017's Feud: Bette and Joan. Season 2 will star Watts as Babe Paley, wife of former CBS head William S. Paley, who ruled the glamorous world of New York society in the 1960s and 70s. Tony and Pulitzer-nominated playwright and veteran TV writer Jon Robin Baitz will write all eight episodes and serve as showrunner. Van Sant will direct all episodes. Feud Season 2 is an adaptation of Laurence Leamer’s bestselling book Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era. Capote's Women is "set in the 1970s, and ends with Truman Capote’s death in 1984," per Deadline. "It chronicles the tale of the famous wunderkind author as he stabs several of his female friends — whom he called his 'swans' — in the back by publishing a roman à clef short story called 'La Côte Basque 1965' in Esquire in 1975. The piece was intended to be a chapter in Capote’s infamous unfinished novel Answered Prayers, his followup to the blockbuster In Cold Blood."
Five years after its first season, the FX anthology series "Feud" is finally set to return. According to Variety, a second season of the show about famed fights of history will tell the story of author Truman Capote and socialite Barbara "Babe" Paley. Naomi Watts is set to star as Paley.
Remember Feud? Five whole years after we watched Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon clash onscreen as Old Hollywood royalty, Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series is finally getting a second season. Per Deadline, the new installment, titled Capote’s Women, will focus on the glitzy New York City socialite scene in the 1970s, culminating in the 1984 death of writer and man about town Truman Capote.
Naomi Watts has signed on to star in the long-gestating second season of “Feud” at FX, Variety has confirmed with sources. The second season of the Ryan Murphy anthology series will be based on the book “Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era” by Laurence Leamer. Watts will play famed socialite Barbara “Babe” Paley. Paley was one of several members of New York high society who was a friend of Capote’s until he published excerpts of his unfinished novel “Answered Prayers,” with the excerpts serving as a tell-all about the city’s elite.
The road had taken River Phoenix far. Born in Oregon and raised in Caracas, he’d busked on LA street corners, fallen in love in the jungles of Belize, and in the summer of 1992 had wound up in Japan, among neon lights and superfans. Gus Van Sant’s counterculture classic...
The screenwriter behind the films "Jane Got a Gun," "Love and Monsters," "Underwater," and "The Babysitter," Brian Duffield made something truly magical with his explosive 2020 directorial feature debut, "Spontaneous." Adapted from Aaron Starmer's book of the same name, "Spontaneous" is a coming-of-age romantic black comedy horror film about a girl named Mara Carlyle (Katherine Langford) whose friends and classmates begin spontaneously combusting. Knowing that any moment could be her last, Mara begins living life as she sees fit, which includes starting a romance with the adorable Dylan (Charlie Plummer of "The Clovehitch Killer" and "Words on Bathroom Walls"). As their romance grows, Mara and her best friend Tess (Hayley Law of "Riverdale" fame) try to maintain normalcy despite the circumstances. But people begin exploding again, forcing the government to quarantine their senior class, run preventative drug trials, and completely change all of their lives forever.
“Milk” director Gus Van Sant has boarded Academy Award contender “Censor Of Dreams” as an executive producer. The live action short, which has been shortlisted for an Academy Award, is directed by Léo Berne (Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money”) and Raphaël Rodriguez and stars Damien Bonnard (“Les Misérables”) and Alexis Rodney (“Guardians of the Galaxy”).
Gus Van Sant is a director who has never forgotten his independent roots. When not helming multi-awarding winning studio pictures such as Good Will Hunting (1997) and Milk (2008), he spends his time working with the wholly amateur casts of Elephant (2003) and Paranoid Park (2007). Preferring to rely on rough outlines of scenes and the natural improvisational talents of his actors, Van Sant’s films are characterised by a certain verisimilitude exuded by his characters’ actions and dialogue that no screenplay could truly replicate.
In 1982, a 30-year-old Gus Van Sant was taking a stroll in New York on his lunch break when he spotted a legend. “I saw him walk by the street,” he remembers. “Madison Avenue, across from where I was working in advertising. He was wearing a light blue, lightweight parka and a backpack.” Engrossed in conversation, Warhol didn’t look in Van Sant’s direction but was immediately recognisable. “I was, like, ‘OK, there’s Warhol!’ He was very easy to spot.” The film-maker’s face creases into a warm smile, incredulous, as he chuckles. “He looked exactly as you see him in pictures.”