Turns out Gus Van Sant really wants to direct '50 Shades of Grey' -- so bad, in fact, that he recruited Alex Pettyfer ('Magic Mike') to shoot a sex scene with a number of actress to present to the studio and author E.L. James. Did it work?
Gus Van Sant
We're starting to get a good look at this year's Oscar race, and one of the newest contenders is 'Promised Land' which was directed by Gus Van Sant, and stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski. Damon and Krasinski also wrote it (from a story by Dave Eggers), so yeah, this is definitely a contender.
Gus Van Sant's latest effort is shaping up rather nicely, with a script from Matt Damon and John Krasinski (who both also star), and now legendary actor Hal Holbrook is negotiating to join the roster.