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Gus Van Sant Name-Drops the 4 Famous Actors Who Turned Down Brokeback Mountain

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Gus Van Sant Name-Drops the 4 Famous Actors Who Turned Down Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain catapulted the already-thriving acting careers of Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal when it was released in 2005. The film was met with success during the subsequent award season, and the two actors each earned Oscar nominations for their respective portrayals of Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist. Though it's now difficult to imagine anyone else in those roles, Gus Van Sant recently named the four other actors approached for the film.

While promoting Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, Van Sant said he was considered to direct Brokeback Mountain before the gig went to Ang Lee. The director said it "wasn't working out," however, because actors kept turning it down, namely Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Ryan Phillippe. "Nobody wanted to do it," Van Sant told IndieWire. "I was working on it, and I felt like we needed a really strong cast, like a famous cast.
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Rushes. "Dau" Is Done, "2001" Explained, Nagisa Oshima & Batman

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSThe controversial production of Russian director Ilya Khrzhanovskiy's Dau has come to an end, and there is now a trailer and a promotional website to prove it. The film was rumored to have taken nearly twelve years, recruiting a cast and crew of thousands in an isolated town that recreated life in the 1950s Soviet Union. Dau will likely be released as multiple films and a television series, but the new trailer presents it as primarily an "experiment." As Siddhant Adlakha says in his 2017 dissection of the film, "the remaining details, both factual and emotional, are still speculation that falls in the realm of audience interpretation." Professor and Kubrick expert Nathan Abrams has discovered the presumably lost screenplay to Kubrick's Burning Secret, an adaptation of a 1913 novella by Viennese writer Stefan Zweig. Long
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10 Best Movies to See in July: 'Ant-Man 2,' 'Sorry to Bother You' and More

10 Best Movies to See in July: 'Ant-Man 2,' 'Sorry to Bother You' and More
Summer's here, and the time is right for ... top-flight popcorn entertainment along with some of the year's most unexpected indie counter-programming. Check out the Marvel Cinematic Universe's itty-bittiest defender! Or bask in the glory that is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, doing his best John McClane (sans one leg to boot)! There's a paraplegic alcoholic's unlikely quest to get clean, courtesy of Gus Van Sant and Joaquin Phoenix! And the musical stylings of Abba via Streepness! And a Whitney Houston doc! And another Purge! So many exclamation points!

Here are your
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Rushes. What Does "2001" Look Like?, Claire Denis's Rare Dance, Singular Women

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.Recommended VIEWINGThe conversation surrounding the liberties of restorations continues with this eye-opening new video from Krishna Ramesh Kumar comparing different versions of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.With Claire Denis's new film Let the Sunshine In currently in cinemas, we're delighted to discover that one of the director's rarest films, her 2005 documentary Towards Mathilde—which was for a long time only available on Mubi, back when the platform was called The Auteurs—will finally be receiving distribution in the Us. Below is the magnetic new trailer for this largely undiscovered gem:Gus Van Sant returns to the biopic genre with Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, about Portland cartoonist John Callahan, played in the film by Joaquin Phoenix. We caught it at the Berlin Film Festival and found it sweet and moving,
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New Trailer Released For Joaquin Phoenix's Wonderful Film Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot

If you're a fan of Joaquin Phoenix, his latest film project Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot is a must watch because he gives one of his best performances in it. I had a chance to see the film at Sundance and I thought it was a wonderful film and one of director Gus Van Sant's best movies to date.

The movie is based on a true story and it stars Joaquin Phoenix as John Callahan, a slacker alcoholic from Portland whose life is turned upside down when he is paralyzed in a car accident. This difficult journey leads him on a path to becoming a cartoonist.

The movie has a great supporting cast that also includes Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black. Here's the synopsis:

The last day Portland slacker John Callahan is able to walk, he wakes up without a hangover — because he’s
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Second Trailer for Van Sant's 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot'

"You're a very special person." Amazon Studios has revealed a second trailer for Gus Van Sant's film Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, which premiered at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals earlier this year. Based on John Callahan's memoir, the story follows a Portland slacker who nearly loses his life in a car accident, and lives in wheelchair after, becoming obsessed with drinking. He tries to give up alcohol and figure out how to live a better life, discovering a love for drawing "edgy, irreverent" newspaper cartoons. Joaquin Phoenix stars as John Callahan, and the cast includes Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill, Beth Ditto, Olivia Hamilton, Udo Kier, Kim Gordon, and Carrie Brownstein. I saw this at Sundance and didn't care much for it, mostly a film about AA and giving up alcohol, if you want that. Jonah Hill is the best part. Second trailer (+ poster
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Berlinale 2018 Review: ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’

Berlinale 2018 Review: ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’
By Alex DeleonGus Van Sant’s earnest biopic is a drain on the nervous system and a feel badder all the way. Joaquin Phoenix on wheels with philosophical AA guru in Gus Van Sant’s excessively earnest alcoquadric biopic of paralyzed cartoonist.He won’t get far on Foot — — and this painful orgy of alcololic confessionalism by a quadriplegic cartoonist in a wheelchair won’t get far on celluloid past the extremely masochistic art house crowd who like to be reassured that some lives out there are worse than their own.I was hoping that this highly touted Gus Van Santer starring favorite actor Joaquin Phoenix would break the unelievable streak of feel bad films I have exposed myself to here at Berlin 2018, but it actually felt worse than all of the other feel badders seen before combined.Let’s face it: Do I really want to watch my favorite
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Gus Van Sant on 'Don’t Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot' and why a theatrical release is still crucial

Gus Van Sant on 'Don’t Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot' and why a theatrical release is still crucial
Heading to Berlin with his Amazon-financed Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, Gus Van Sant tells Screen why he still prefers to see films in a theatre.

Gus Van Sant could easily be the most anonymous person in the room when Screen International meets the filmmaker at Sundance Film Festival. Far from ostentatious, and with his dog at his feet, it is the expression that gives him away — like a 1960s surfer dad caught in the headlights of today.

Decked out in a plaid shirt and jeans in a converted media lounge in Park City, Van Sant gives nothing away about how he feels Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot went down at its Sundance world premiere several days earlier. In fact, there was generous applause at the Eccles Theatre and U.S. critics have been mainly supportive.

Now Van Sant’s latest feature heads to Berlin, where FilmNation handles international sales and a broader audience will sample his tribute to late quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan, which glides between acerbic character study and observational comedy. Van Sant had known Callahan’s drawings and began hanging out with his fellow Portlander when Robin Williams optioned Callahan’s book circa 1997, and they began to map out an adaptation. “He didn’t live very far — it was only 10 blocks,” Van Sant mumbles, breaking into a fleeting smile when someone brings his Australian Shepherd puppy. “We went on trips. He liked to go in a cab that could take his wheelchair and go to a restaurant on the beach.”
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‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ Film Review: Joaquin Phoenix Shines in Disjointed Drama

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‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ Film Review: Joaquin Phoenix Shines in Disjointed Drama
The last time a Gus Van Sant movie premiered at a major film festival, the film was “The Sea of Trees” and the festival was Cannes, where the movie was booed unmercifully at its first screening. So it’s with a degree of relief that we can report that Van Sant’s new film, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” was met with nothing but applause when it premiered on Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival. And to be sure, “Don’t Worry” is a far better movie than the inert “Sea of Trees.” Originally in the works not long after...
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