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Alex Pettyfer Films Test Sex Scene For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

April 24th, 2013 4:41pm EDT
Alex Pettyfer
Director Gus Van Sant has recruited Magic Mike actor Alex Pettyfer to film a test sex scene for the upcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey movie.

The Good Will Hunting filmmaker reportedly shot steamy sample footage to the show's producers in a bid to land the coveted job of adapting E. L. James' erotic novel for the big screen.

According to the website TheWrap.com, Van Sant enlisted 23-year-old actor Pettyfer, who bared all to play a rookie stripper in Magic Mike, to tackle the role of sado-masochistic billionaire Christian Grey.

The footage they shot is believed to be a sex scene, but it is n...
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Check Out 'Restless' On DVD & Blu-ray

January 26th, 2012 6:32am EST
Restless
In "Restless" eccentric funeral crasher Enoch (Henry Hopper) finds his ideal soul mate in beautiful but mysterious Annabelle (Mia Wasikowska), who claims to work in a hospital but harbors a sensitive secret.

Later, after Enoch opens up to Annabelle about his only friend, an outspoken ghost named Hiroshi, their fledgling romance is put to the ultimate test.

Daring, childlike, and distinctly rare - these two bravely face what life has in store for them. Fighting pain, anger and loss with youth, playfulness and originality, these two misfits turn the tables on life and play by their own ...
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GQ Australia Bosses Apologize For Taylor Lautner Gay Question

October 20th, 2011 8:42am EDT
Taylor Lautner
Editors at Australia's GQ magazine have come under fire for asking Taylor Lautner if gay movie bosses Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black once made a pass at him.

In a recent interview with the publication, the Twilight star was asked if openly gay filmmaker Van Sant and screenwriter Black had come on to him at a dinner the trio shared in Los Angeles.

Lautner replied, "No, definitely not. I think they know I'm straight. But they're great guys. They're a lot of fun. It's not a coincidence that there was a writer, a director, and an actor at dinner."

Oscar winner Black was quick to reac...
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Interview/Review: Director Gus Van Sant on 'Restless', 'Paranoid Park' And The Van Sant Staple

September 16th, 2011 2:35pm EDT
Gus van Sant
Director Gus Van Sant is a lot like his new film "Restless" – smart, guarded and to the point. Being a longtime fan of his unusually off beat and quirky work, it was more than a thrill meeting the man notorious for such flicks as "Drugstore Cowboy," "My Own Private Idaho," "Milk" and "To Die For." And an eccentric Van Sant you might expect as the helmer of such atypical fare is exactly the person whom I met face-to-face recently one fateful afternoon. A sort of indie hipster with a palpably thick layer of caution (his disbelief when I stated that his underrated 2007 masterwork "Paranoid ...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Drive,' 'I Don't Know How She Does It,' & More

September 12th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Drive
Faithful readers, I apologize that we didn’t have a Trailer Talk column last week. I just moved into a wonderful new apartment and got pretty wrapped up in the packing/unpacking process. Now that I’m settled though, we’re back to business as usual.

I watched Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion” last week, which I really enjoyed. It’s an infectious whodunit with fantastic casting, eerie electronic music that effectively builds tension, and solid character development. My Grade: A

Arriving in theaters this week are the Ryan Gosling crime thriller “Drive,” the Sarah Jessica Parker dramedy “...
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'Milk' Named Best Gay Film Of The Decade

May 16th, 2011 11:27am EDT
Milk
Sean Penn's Oscar-winning movie Milk has been voted the best gay film of the last decade.

Penn won an Academy Award in 2008 for his role as gay activist and politician Harvey Milk in the biopic, which topped the poll of the most important movies depicting gay people in the last 10 years.

Officials at U.K. charity Stonewall, who conducted the survey, commended director Gus Van Sant's drama for its realistic portrayal of the homosexual community.

Milk's gay activist friend Cleve Jones, portrayed in the movie by Emile Hirsch, says, "This is a fantastic achievement for Milk. As someone wh...
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Courtney Love May Be Dating Michael Pitt, Who Played Kurt Cobain In Film

May 10th, 2011 11:30am EDT
Courtney Love & Michael Pitt
Courtney Love has been linked to an actor who once played a character based on her late husband Kurt Cobain.

The Hole rocker, who was widowed when Cobain died in 1994, is rumored to be dating Michael Pitt, 30, after pictures of the pair together emerged online. The snaps, which appear to have been taken by the stars themselves, show them staring into each other's eyes, while Love, 46, is seen affectionately ruffling Pitt's hair and stroking his face.

Pitt played a character based on the late Nirvana frontman in Gus Van Sant's 2005 movie "Last Days", a fictionalized account of Cobain's fin...
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Kelsey Grammer To Play The Mayor Of Chicago In 'Boss'

November 19th, 2010 1:19pm EST
Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer is heading back to TV in a new show directed by Milk moviemaker Gus Van Sant.

The former Frasier star is swapping comedy for a tense political drama called Boss, which will mark Oscar-nominee Van Sant's first small screen venture.

Grammer will star as the fictional Mayor of Chicago, Illinois who is diagnosed with a degenerative mental condition that only he and his doctor know about, according to Deadline.com.

The show is said to be inspired by Shakespeare's King Lear.

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Ellen DeGeneres Tops Gay Poll

April 15th, 2010 8:58am EDT
Ellen Degeneres
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has been named the most inspiring gay icon by a leading magazine. The star, who is married to actress Portia de Rossi, claimed the top spot in Out's annual Power 50 rundown.

Singer Adam Lambert and How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris featured in the top ten, claiming fifth and seventh place respectively.

Fashion designers Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford were also high in the rundown - at 11 and 13.

Moviemaker Lee Daniels was at 25, while comedienne Wanda Sykes featured at 36. Jodie Foster was placed 41st and Milk director Gus Van Sant came in at 43.
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'Dreamgirls' Director Frontrunner To Direct Final 'Twilight' Films

April 7th, 2010 11:17pm EDT
Twilight
The remaining two "Twilight" films are set to get a 'musical' twist - former Oscars boss and "Dreamgirls" director Bill Condon is in talks to take charge of the split "Breaking Dawn" movies.

Sources at film company Summit Entertainment have confirmed that Condon has emerged as a favorite to land the coveted director role.

EW.com reports Gus Van Sant, Mark Waters and Sofia Coppola were each considered - but Condon is now leading the pack.

If reports are true, Condon will spend the next year in Vancouver, Canada shooting the "Breaking Dawn" film.

As a result, the moviemaker's "Salmon Fish...
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Is CGI Technology Enough Of A Reason To Remake 'Clash Of The Titans'?

March 31st, 2010 9:08am EDT
Clash of the Titans
As audiences get set for the update of "Clash of the Titans," many hardcore fans of the classic fantasy film are letting loose with that familiar cry of heresy. Sure, digital effects can look more "real" than the rubber and clay monsters created by legendary stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen for the 1981 original, but better? "Better" is a subjective term.

Ask "Star Wars" geeks which Yoda they prefer. When Luke Skywalker landed on Dagobah in 1981's "The Empire Strikes Back," the Yoda he encountered was a foam and latex puppet, voiced and manipulated by Frank Oz. The "real" Jedi Master ...
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Kristen Stewart Confirms Top Directors Contending For 'Breaking Dawn'

March 17th, 2010 8:40am EDT
Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart has confirmed top moviemakers Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola and Bill Condon have all been approached to direct the fourth "Twilight" installment.

Speculation over who would helm the final movie in the hit franchise reached fever pitch after "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" director Chris Weitz revealed he would not return. Actor Robert Pattinson hinted he would love "Milk" filmmaker Van Sant to shoot the movie, as filming would take place in Portland, Oregon - where the director has lived and worked for several years.

Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly claimed "Lost in Translati...
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Summer TV Guide: 'True Blood,' 'Nurse Jackie' & Much More!

June 1st, 2009 9:15am EDT
Nurse Jackie
There are many things to love about summer - the beach, the sunlight, the smiling faces all around you, and more reasons to get out and about. This means your television may be left lonely at home, but with the majority of fan favorite TV shows off the air, does it matter? Don't be silly, there are plenty of summer TV programs worth watching ... and some new ones you might just want to keep an eye on.

Here's a look at some returning and new shows for the summer of 2009, and for full schedule lists you can check out each channel's website!

RETURNING TV

Burn Notice (June 4, USA...
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2009 Oscar Predictions: Who Should Win & Who Will Win

February 20th, 2009 10:42am EST
Oscars
After months of speculation, it's finally time to man up and throw down with some hardcore Oscar predictions. But before we tell you who will and should win the Oscar on Sunday night, let's address the whole secrecy notion surrounding this year's event.

You may not have heard (which is probably part of the point) but the Academy has decided to surround this year's ceremony in mystery. Mainly, they've refused to reveal who will be presenting Oscars this year and have gone so far as to forbid its presenters from appearing on the red carpet. Why? Because they think fashionistas will b...
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Oscar Nomination Reaction: The Snubs, Surprises & Who Shouldn't Have Been Nominated

January 23rd, 2009 9:55am EST
The Dark Knight
There's nothing better than a good surprise on Oscar morning, and this year we had one in almost every category. Before we get to the snubs, the surprises and who shouldn't be nominated, let's take a look at what type of a morning this was:

This was the morning that The Academy once again showed how out-of-touch it is. By not dominating "The Dark Knight", the Oscars continued to show that it doesn't care about nominating movies people actually like. There was absolutely no reason this film shouldn't get nominated: It has a 94% percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it got an A from audi...
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Final Oscar Nominee Predictions

January 21st, 2009 10:46am EST
Slumdog Millionaire
The time has come, after several months of campaigning and voting, we're finally set for the big day. No, not the inauguration. Please. We're talking about Oscar morning.

Those fifteen minutes at the crack of dawn where overly-caffeinated celebs awkwardly read the names of the top five in each category. Always gripping. Also, this is prime time for predictions. All the returns are in, the precursor season is over, so there's not excuses left. Without delay, here are my final Oscar Predictions.

Okay, one delay. I should note that I hate being right. I hate getting predictio...
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2009 Early Oscar Nomination Predictions

December 23rd, 2008 12:10pm EST
The Dark Knight
The first major precursor award nominations were handed out this morning as the Screen Actors Guild revealed their 15th set of nominations.

This marks the end point of the first phase of the Oscar race as many of the critics awards have been handed out and the more reliable industry awards are starting to trickle in.

This is a perfect time to take a look at the locks, likely nominees, longshots and losers of the Oscar season thus far.

Best Picture

The Locks:

Slumdog Millionaire is the most certain nominee in this category after sweeping through the critics awards, p...
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12 Upcoming Films To See Before Oscar Night

November 12th, 2008 9:52am EST
Revolutionary Road
This year's Oscar race isn't very deep with talent, and at this point there are probably only eight films with a legitimate shot at getting a nod for Best Picture. But those that have a chance at a nomination also have a great chance of winning.

One such film, "The Dark Knight", has already hit screens, but the rest of this group will premiere in the coming weeks as studios scramble to get their prestige pictures on the big screen before the year-end deadline.

Every year, film fans are tormented by the true snobs who catch all these possible nominees before the big awards show att...
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Celebrity Spotlight: Casey Affleck

February 4th, 2008 1:36pm EST
Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck is an Academy Award-nominated actor, but many people know him as Ben Affleck's little brother. Affleck was born Caleb Casey Affleck on August 12, 1975, in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

Affleck attended George Washington University and later transferred to Columbia University where he studied Physics, Astronomy and Western Philosophy.

Affleck's first film role was in the 1995 Gus Van Sant dark comedy "To Die For," which also starred Nicole Kidman and Joaquin Phoenix. He than appeared in the box office flop "Race the Sun."

In 1997, Ben, Casey and Matt Damon's career ...
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Point/Counterpoint: Should Hollywood Stop Remaking Classic Films?

January 18th, 2008 1:45pm EST
Rob Zombie
Over the years many classic movies have been remade. Don't get me wrong, some of those remakes have been really good. But the majority of the movies have been really bad.

These days, special effects are being taken to a whole new level, but that's not always a good thing. One of the main reasons these films are classics is because CGI was in the distant future. People loved the original "Godzilla" because you can see the man in the Godzilla costume crushing a cardboard box, also known as Tokyo.

There are few movies that have scared me, and one of those films was the 1978 movie "Ha...
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See The City Of Light Through A Series Of Vignettes In 'Paris Je T'Aime,' Featuring Natalie Portman

May 2nd, 2007 2:30pm EDT
Natalie Portman
In Paris, Je T'aime, celebrated directors from around the world, including the Coen Brothers, Gus Van Sant, Gurinder Chadha, Wes Craven, Walter Salles, Alexander Payne and Olivier Assayas, have come together to portray Paris in a way never before imagined.

Made by a team of contributors as cosmopolitan as the city itself, this portrait of the city is as diverse as its creators' backgrounds and nationalities. With each director telling the story of an unusual encounter in one of the city's neighborhoods, the vignettes go beyond the 'postcard' view of Paris to portray aspects of the ci...
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Director Gus Van Sant Is Arrested for DUI

December 23rd, 2006 1:00pm EST
Gus Van Sant
Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant was arrested early on Thursday morning for drink driving in Portland, Oregon. Van Sant, 54, was stopped by police in Portland at 1:48 am (local time) and booked into the Multnomah County jail.

Officers pulled him over after they spotted him driving his 2006 Porsche Cayenne Sports Utility Vehicle down a street with no headlights on and after seeing him accelerate sharply after stopping at a red light. Sergeant Brian Schmautz, the spokesman for Portland Police Bureau, says, "He had glassy, watery, red eyes, slurred speech, and smelled strongly of a...
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New CD Reviews, October 24, 2006 (My Chemical Romance, John Legend, Brooke Hogan & more)

October 24th, 2006 10:58am EDT
My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
A number of big releases hit stores this week, including the highly-anticipated return of My Chemical Romance with 'The Black Parade.' Plus look for the John Legend's sophomore album 'Once Again' and debuts from Brooke Hogan, Jibbs and more. Continue reading for reviews and info on this week's CD releases...

My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
My Chemical Romance intended to dispel all such misconceptions with their third album, The Black Parade, an unabashed, old-fashioned concept album, complete with characters wandering through a vague narrative that concerns very big themes like...
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