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William S. Burroughs’ Scathing “Thanksgiving Prayer,” Shot by Gus Van Sant

“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.
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Finneas shares new song ‘Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa’ with Gus Van Sant artwork

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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POP QUIZ PDX: Gus Van Sant, Blimps, and That Turd Joey Gibson

HEY, SMARTY TROUSERS! It's time once again to put that brainy-brain to the test with this week's edition of POP QUIZ PDX—our weekly, local, sassy-ass trivia quiz. And this week, we'll be testing your knowledge about visiting blimps, the films of Gus Van Sant, and one of the Pacific Northwest's most infamous turds, Joey Gibson of Patriot Prayer! Also, guess what? You can enter to win FREE PIZZA from our friends at the always delicious Atlas Pizza, just for taking the quiz and signing up for our brainy newsletters! (Pizza: the ultimate brain food!)
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Naomi Watts to lead FX's Feud: Capote's Women, with Gus Van Sant set as director

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."

Feud Season 2 Will Be Directed By Gus Van Sant, Naomi Watts To Star

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.
Daily Beast

Gus Van Sant Will Direct Naomi Watts as an Iconic Socialite in ‘Feud’ Season 2

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.
New Haven Register

Naomi Watts to Star in ‘Feud’ Season 2 at FX, Gus Van Sant to Direct

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.

How Gus Van Sant Influenced The Filming Of Spontaneous

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.
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Gus Van Sant Boards Academy Award Shorts Contender ‘Censor Of Dreams’ as Executive Producer (EXCLUSIVE)

“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”).

Lessons on Art, Failure and Filmmaking With Gus Van Sant

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.

‘He was easy to spot!’ Gus Van Sant on spying Andy Warhol – and his musical about him

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.”