Watch: New Trailer For Paul Schrader's 'The Canyons' Starring Lindsay Lohan & James Deen

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by Kevin Jagernauth
July 10, 2013 5:44 PM
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"I felt that another storyline was developing," director Paul Schrader recently told us about the chatter surrounding "The Canyons," "which was people confusing a troubled production with a troubled film -- people do this all the time. Whereas in fact, there's very little in common [with the two]. Some of the smoothest shoots in the world make terrible movies, and vice versa." And in short, Schrader overcame whatever difficulties landed in his path. He's very proud of the end result, even if the journey was challenging. He is now getting ready to show it off to the world, and a brand new trailer is here to finally unveil what "The Canyons" truly looks like.

While there were a series of genre-oriented teasers last year, they were not indicative of the final product at all, but this is hitting closer to home. As you know, Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen team up in this Bret Easton Ellis-penned story of beautiful young people doing very bad things. The opening of the trailer is pretty clever, with Lohan's character essentially suggesting that moviegoing is out of style -- fitting, given that Schrader's film will be hitting VOD and arthouses simultaneously. And yet, the marketing around the movie continues to play up the spicier elements to some degree.

"Lindsay Lohan has more natural acting talent than [Marilyn] Monroe did," Schrader recently wrote in Film Comment, with the magazine also including a rather eye-opening spread (via Bleeding Cool) with pics of both Lohan and Deen showing what God gave them.

"The Canyons" will open in New York City on August 2nd, and will also be available on the same day on VOD and iTunes. Watch below.


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19 Comments

  • ANON | July 16, 2013 10:12 AMReply

    Also, the 1st song is GOLD ZEBRA "Love, French, Better"

    http://goldzebra.bandcamp.com/track/love-french-better

  • B | July 12, 2013 12:20 AMReply

    Far better trailer this time around. Liked the buildup and the great NYT profile. Perhaps Sundance wasn't the right place to premiere it. My guess is the programmers didn't want the festival to be overshadowed by LL. Can't wait for this movie.

  • Josh | July 11, 2013 5:44 PMReply

    Anyone know the name of the song in the trailer?

  • anon | July 11, 2013 9:40 PM

    there you go...Brian Randazzo 'My Other Girl'...
    http://dna.cs.hosteurope.de/VIDEOHELPER%20(LC%2012350)/VH045%20Exploding%20Dance%20Hole/VH045-022%20MY%20OTHER%20OTHER%20GIRL%20(MAIN).mp3

  • Rob | July 11, 2013 8:45 AMReply

    I'll see the movie, but honestly, dubstep is not the solution to any problem. It just sells soft drinks.

  • Leonardo | July 11, 2013 5:21 AMReply

    Please, does someone knows if the music of the trailer is preexistingor was created specially for the trailer?

  • d | July 10, 2013 11:38 PMReply

    I'm still having trouble understanding why everyone seems so confident saying this is awful before having seen it.

  • marcus | July 11, 2013 11:57 AM

    The trailer is making me pretty confident it's awful. Every single line lands like a brick.

  • d | July 11, 2013 2:18 AM

    @mistatmason: Well, if you take your lead from Sundance/SXSW reps... I don't know what to tell you. As for the Times piece, what Schrader says is actually right: "Some of the smoothest shoots in the world make terrible movies, and vice versa."

    I'm not saying it's good, I just think people are clearly jumping the gun. At least wait for a credible opinion...

  • MistaTMason | July 11, 2013 12:11 AM

    The film was rejected from Sundance and SXSW for "quality issues." A rep from the latter said the movie, "had an ugliness to it." This was after NYTimes wrote an in-depth (and very entertaining) on-the-set piece describing what a trainwreck Lohan and the shoot were. I'm still excited to check it out for the trashiness, but I enjoy exploitation cinema from time to time.

  • Glass | July 10, 2013 10:12 PMReply

    Shout out to the trailer editors of the world: polishing hot turds since 1916

  • Valentina Rivera | July 11, 2013 2:26 AM

    Yeah, that is true, it got rejected from both festivals, but i think it was for the better. now it is going to appear on the Venice Film Festival and the Lincoln Center! a much more prestigious, high honored festival than the earlier two. and for quotes, i think this one matters much more than the "quality issues".
    Director Paul Schrader will attend the event and participate in a Q&A with New York Film Festival program director Kent Jones after the screening.

    PHOTOS: Lindsay Lohan Through the Years

    Said Jones in the announcement: “On one level, The Canyons is a visually and tonally precise, acid-etched horror story of souls wandering through a hypermaterialist hell, with a fearless and, I think, stunning performance by Lindsay Lohan at its center; on another level, it’s an inspiration and an example to us all: it’s difficult for me to imagine another filmmaker of Paul Schrader’s stature diving into the world of crowd-sourced moviemaking, let alone with such fervor, dedication and rigor.”

  • AJ | July 10, 2013 6:48 PMReply

    Wow, this trailer actually looks pretty good. And now they got the cover of Film Comment? Hopefully it'll turn out great.

  • Chicago | July 10, 2013 6:40 PMReply

    This movie really needed a sound designer, three composers (assuming Me&John is two people) and three music supervisors? Is it a musical? That's more than Les Miserables.

  • FTW | July 10, 2013 6:23 PMReply

    the distributor said "let's just try to trick people that it's edgey like Spring Breakers.... and hire a kid for nothing to make Skrillex beats in the background"

  • tracy | July 10, 2013 6:23 PMReply

    The acting is PAINFULLY bad in this. And it's only a minute long.

  • WetWilly | July 10, 2013 6:10 PMReply

    If this movie actually turns out to be any good at all, I'll shit.

  • WTF | July 10, 2013 6:00 PMReply

    What is this amazing music ? It this something made for the movie, or a song someone knows ??

  • Greg | July 16, 2013 11:23 PM

    Thanks to the above commenter: Brian Randazzo 'My Other Girl'

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