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Listen: James Gray Talks To Bret Easton Ellis In 1-Hour Podcast About 'The Immigrant,' Love Of Cinema & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 9, 2014 12:01 PM
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The Immigrant, James Gray
It doesn't have explosions or spandex, it isn't based on a best-selling book, nor is it a spin-off, but what we can tell you is that "The Immigrant" is one The Best Films Of 2014 So Far. The slow burn drama about the sourness of the American dream may not be a crowd-pleaser in the traditional sense, but it's the kind of dense, smart storytelling you don't get often at this time of year—or really any time of year. So, it's worth hearing what director James Gray has to say, particularly since the conversation is about film, and not about how (for example) his movie fits into the Marvel-verse.

Watch: Dum Dum Girls Short Film 'Are You Okay' Written By Bret Easton Ellis, Starring Shiloh Fernandez

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2014 10:28 AM
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Are You Okay
As you might surmise from recent gigs that include a still mysterious project for Kanye West, and Manson family TV series with Rob Zombie, "American Psycho" and "The Canyons" writer Bret Easton Ellis doesn't pen anything safe or easily digestible. And even when it comes to writing a short film for noise-pop outfit Dum Dum Girls, the result is appropriately surreal, eerie and creepy.

Bret Easton Ellis & Rob Zombie Team For Manson Family Murders TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2014 9:02 AM
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Charles Manson Rob Zombie Bret Easton Ellis
On Aug. 8th and 9th, 1969, America was rocked out of the summer of love when the followers of Charles Manson, across two days, committed a series of gruesome, shocking murders (which included the killing of Roman Polanski's wife Sharon Tate). The details are disturbing to this day, and now, the nuanced hands of Bret Easton Ellis and Rob Zombie are going to bring it to life.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For Kanye West's Concert Film 'Yeezus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2014 6:02 PM
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Kanye West Yeezus
Yes, he's got a big mouth, bigger ego and can let himself get in the way of his undeniable talent, but Kanye West knows how to put on a show. His current Yeezus tour is certainly a sensation, a massive spectacle, with costumes, lights and yes, great songs. And if you think it's positively cinematic, well, there's some good news for you.

Bret Easton Ellis Said Robert Pattinson Was E.L. James' First Choice For 'Fifty Shades,' Plus See Pattinson's Unedited Dior Commercial

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 12:33 PM
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"American Psycho" author and "Canyons" screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis hasn't been coy about his feelings regarding E.L. James' bestselling "Fifty Shades of Grey," mostly in stream-of-conscious Twitter rants where he makes casting suggestions and volunteers himself for the role of the film's screenwriter (a job that already went to "Saving Mr. Banks" writer Kelly Marcel). Following the news of Charlie Hannam and Dakota Johnson in the highly anticipated sequel, Ellis has fired back with details from a conversation he had with James about who should star in the film (oh okay it's everyone's favorite sparkly vampire Robert Pattinson). Also, get a look at Pattinson's gorgeous Dior Homme fragrance commercial, directed by the great Romain Gavras.

Bret Easton Ellis Explains Why 'American Psycho' Is Unadaptable, Talks About His Film With Kanye West

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2013 11:30 AM
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While Mary Harron's Christian Bale-starring adaptation of "American Psycho" has become a cult favorite, author Bret Easton Ellis has never been a fan of her movie. While not exceedingly critical, he's long said his novel is unfilmable, and currently doing the rounds for "The Canyons," he again underscores how the core of 'Psycho' was compromised when it was brought to the big screen.

Stream This: 'The Canyons,' Brian De Palma's 'Passion,' 'On The Road' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 2, 2013 11:05 AM
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Hey-o cinephiles, and welcome to the deluxe edition of Stream This. There was a lot to cover this week, with so many films being released on VOD concurrently or in advance of their theatrical debuts, and we didn't want to leave anything out, including those nifty themed picks. Thus, the result at hand: an extra-long version of the column, where we give you eight suggestions instead of six. (Don't worry, you won't have to buy special sheets or anything.) There's work from Brian De Palma, Paul Schrader, and Lynn Shelton to name a few, and all of it is either playing or will be playing shortly on a silver screen near you. In related news, James Ponsoldt's third film, "The Spectacular Now," opens this weekend to much critical praise from Sundance on down, so if you're looking to brush up on his canon, an earlier work is available to stream. Plus there's a largely forgotten Mark Wahlberg picture from the early 2000s to honor the "2 Guns" star while reminding us why we like artist formerly known as Marky Mark so damn much. And now, for our streaming picks of the week.

Review: Paul Schrader's 'The Canyons' Starring Lindsay Lohan & James Deen

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 30, 2013 2:00 PM
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The Canyons James Deen Lindsay Lohan
Director Paul Schrader’s “The Canyons” opens up with images of what appears to be a post-apocalyptic world for cinema. Cameras glide over ghost towns of dilapidated, dying and dead movie theaters, backed by a haunted and menacing electro score. The suggestion implied is that cinema is coming to an end. Though what that has to do with vapid Angelinos in a sexual jealousy drama that transforms into an erotic thriller is anyone’s guess, apart from the filmmaker’s overt nod at his own attempts to subvert the production and distribution paradigm of movies (“The Canyons” was financed by crowdsourcing instead of traditional studio funding means). While the film is about decaying, deadened people who peripherally work in the world of movies, the connections still seem rather tenuous. What does the death of cinema have to do with these characters? Not a whole lot in the end (or in the beginning or middle), and that’s perhaps the first sign that “The Canyons” is on uneven territory from the start.

Bret Easton Ellis Talks Writing A Script For Kanye West, Collaborative Project “Kind Of” In The Works

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 26, 2013 9:23 AM
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The lead-up of Kanye West's sixth album Yeezus was swift and minimal— songs cobbled into form by Rick Rubin, non-existent cover art and promotion via B&W clips projected onto buildings. The only other big publicity came courtesy of an slightly painful “American Psycho” parody with reality star Scott Disick. And after it was revealed that none other than Bret Easton Ellis wrote the piece it seems that the original novel's author and West may have additional material in the works.

Bret Easton Ellis Profusely Apologizes to Kathryn Bigelow Over Sexist “Zero Dark Thirty” Tweet

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 18, 2012 9:00 AM
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After trying unsuccessfully to garner the “Fifty Shades Of Grey” screenwriting gig through sheer social media chutzpah alone, novelist Bret Easton Ellis has now solemnly returned to another controversy seeded at the start of the month, one that saw him place “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow square in his sights.

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