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Spike Lee Talks 'School Daze' Sequel, Paul Schrader Offers To Write Clarence Thomas Biopic For Lee To Direct

  • By Ben Brock
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  • July 30, 2013 1:42 PM
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Spike Lee, a man with his finger on multiple pulses, is the latest big-name, big-brain, sometime-Hollywood director to throw up his hands at the current state of the industry and decide that he might as well get his money from somewhere else: in this case, as in many others, Kickstarter where he's been supported by arguably the figurehead of the emerging ex-industry malcontents, Steven Soderbergh.

Nicolas Cage To Star In Paul Schrader's Next Film 'The Dying Of The Light'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2013 9:20 AM
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With "The Canyons" wrapped, packaged and now ready to hit theaters and VOD this weekend (you'll see our review soon), Paul Schrader is already looking ahead to his next project. Last night at the New York premiere of the film, when asked if he would ever do a movie like "The Canyons" again (a low-budget indie), Schrader said he would, but it would have to be under the right set of circumstances. He then went on to reveal his future plans, which include a project with a bit more financial muscle behind it. "The next movie I'm doing is with Nicolas Cage and it's a much more conventional process," he shared. So what is that movie?

Big in Japan: 10 Movies To Watch Before 'The Wolverine'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 25, 2013 3:41 PM
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"The Wolverine" isn't just another stand alone movie. Following the disastrous "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," it's a complete tonal overhaul, with the property being rebuilt almost from the ground up. While there might be traces of the character's 'X'-past, particularly in the somewhat-garbled third act, there is still a very clear attempt to remake the character inside a more atmospheric, emotionally rich context. That, coupled with the movie's welcome change in scenery (it's set mostly in Japan), makes it a very, very different X-perience than you're used to. Sure, it has plenty of it's own issues, regardless (you can read our review of the Hugh Jackman movie here), but keeping all this in mind, we thought this would be a good opportunity to run through a list of ten movies that will get you ready for "The Wolverine" - whether literally, spiritually, or thematically, these movies share some mutant DNA with everyone's favorite metallic-clawed hero.

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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • 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.

Exclusive: New Images Of Lindsay Lohan & James Deen In 'The Canyons'; Film Opens August 2nd

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2013 11:21 AM
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There are few independent films that get as much attention and print before they even get made or shown to the public as Paul Schrader's "The Canyons." But then again, there are few films like "The Canyons." A collaboration between Schrader and writer Bret Easton Ellis, the movie was funded out of pocket by the filmmakers, along with a boost from Kickstarter, and tells the story of a group of young people in their 20s, in a depiction of contemporary Los Angeles and young Hollywood in the "post-Empire" era. Much of the buzz thus far has centered around Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen who take the lead roles in the movie, and while that brought its own set of challenges and fueled speculation about the movie, Schrader was certainly aware of the attention his picture was receiving.

Exclusive: Paul Schrader To Direct 'The Dying Of The Light,' Nicolas Winding Refn May Produce

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 3:30 PM
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It's coming on five years since 2008's "Adam Resurrected," writer/director Paul Schrader's last feature film, but he's returning in a big way. Later this summer, his independently financed and Kickstarter-assisted "The Canyons," starring Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen, will see a release by IFC Films as well as make a splash overseas playing out-of-competition at the Venice Film Festival (where he'll also serve as President of the International Jury for the Orizzonti section of the fest). And lucky enough for fans of the director, we won't be waiting another five years for Schrader to mount his next feature.

The Weinsteins Didn't Get 'The Canyons' Because They Wanted Final Cut Over Paul Schrader

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2013 12:19 PM
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What Harvey Weinstein wants, he usually gets, or at least makes a valiant effort to do so. And certainly, there is no man in Hollywood you want behind your film, because no one will promote, love, market and raise awareness for your movie like he will. But it seems that some of the strings attached to deals involving Harv may be too much for certain filmmakers, as was the case was for those behind "The Canyons."

James Deen Calls James Franco "A Dick," Says Paul Schrader Didn't Respect Him On 'The Canyons'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2013 6:06 PM
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With the film finding a home last week with IFC Films, you might think the stories around the making of "The Canyons" -- which have included a highly quotable New York Times Magazine profile, and news of its rejection from both Sundance and SXSW -- might be put to rest. But it seems there is still much more talk about, and after so much drama surrounding Lindsay Lohan's onset behaviour, her co-star and adult film actor James Deen has weighed in with this own observations about working on the movie. And it seems that for him, Schrader was more of a hassle to deal with than Lohan.

Steven Soderbergh Teases 'The Canyons' Contains A “Spectacular Sex Scene,” Paul Schrader Says It's “Cinema For The Post-Theatrical Era”

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 5, 2013 10:00 AM
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A tumultuous shoot, a volatile leading lady, and a veteran director collaborating with one of the most visible Twitter presences around; Kenneth Anger might just need to devote the entirety of “Hollywood Babylon IV” to Paul Schrader's “The Canyons” alone. But before that volume comes out, we've got the filmmaker's latest rebuttal against early criticisms of the film, as well as Steven Soderbergh hinting at what's in store when it's finally released.

SXSW Reportedly Rejects 'The Canyons' Over "Quality Issues," Paul Schrader Has "No Qualms" That The Film Is "Very Good"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2013 11:46 AM
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Well, the buzz around Paul Schrader's "The Canyons" continues to swirl, and it's been not particularly good. Most of that talk comes from the New York Times Magazine extensive article on the film, which among other things included the saga of Lindsay Lohan's behaviour on the set, creative differences between the director, producer Braxton Pope and writer Bret Easton Ellis, and even the revelation that Steven Soderbergh offered to edit the film. The picture was also turned down by the Sundance Film Festival, and it seems another festival has decided they won't be screening the movie either.

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