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'Veronica Mars' and Kickstarter: Is this the future of movie financing?

Now that the big-screen version of Veronica Mars has finally come out, and has turned out to be a breezy, pulpy, enjoyable, disposable entertainment (Veronica attempts to solve the murder of a famous rock star in Amy Winehouse makeup…whom she happened to go to high school with! Look, it’s Dax Shepard dancing!). And now that the film has proved, for the first time, that a movie funded by crowdsourcing (in this case, via Kickstarter) can readily make its money back — and perhaps even do better than that — one could, I suppose, choose to be cynical by viewing the entire phemonenon of the Veronica Mars movie, from the very concept of making it to the let-a-thousand-handouts-bloom financing to the opening weekend, as the triumph of a closed, hermetic fan-based system. You could see it as the ultimate (trivial) example of a movie that exists solely to reflect the adoration of its fans right back at them. READ FULL STORY

Is 'The Canyons' a sleazy wallow or a good movie? Or both? And can it salvage the career of Lindsay Lohan?

Actors aren’t the characters they play (duh!), but a lot of times we pretend they are. Whoever they happen to be off-screen can dictate the lens through which we experience them on-screen. In The Canyons, Paul Schrader’s raunchy and malevolent dark-side-of-L.A. thriller soap opera, Lindsay Lohan, in troweled-on ’60s makeup (think Elizabeth Taylor meets Tura Satana), plays a Los Angeles hanger-on named Tara who always seems a thin step away from falling apart. The character, in many respects, is worlds away from Lohan herself, yet we can’t help but notice the similarities. Both exude attitude and vulnerability in equal measure, and both are damaged beauties who have clung to their sexual allure as a kind of hard-edged final option. They’re both party girls who have begun to run out of gas. READ FULL STORY

Venice Film Festival loaded with American movies


Terry Gilliam, James Franco, and Errol Morris are among the filmmakers who will premiere their new movies in competition at the 70th Venice Film Festival in late August, it was announced today. Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem (pictured above), which stars Christolph Waltz as a computer hacker close to cracking the code that explains humanity, is his first film since The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus in 2009. Franco directs himself in Child of God, an adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel, and The Unknown Known, Morris’ study of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield, is the first documentary to ever compete in the main category at Venice.

Overall, there is a strong contingent of American filmmakers showcasing their movies, including David Gordon Green’s Joe, starring Nicolas Cage and Mud‘s Tye Sheridan, and Peter Landesman’s Parkland, the story of the colliding lives at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital in the days around the Kennedy assassination in 1963. Seven of the 20 films in competition are American or co-American productions. “The richness of American cinema at the moment is really extraordinary,” said Alberto Barbera, artistic director of the Venice Film Festival, “both from the indies and from Hollywood.”

Also in the main competition are Stephen Frears’ Philomena, starring Judi Dench, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, with Scarlett Johansson, and Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, with Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard. Click here for the entire list. READ FULL STORY

'The Canyons' trailer: Lindsay Lohan would like to keep some parts of her life private


It’s the moment we’ve all been either waiting for … or dreading. After months of hype, fascinating profiles, delays, and finger-twirling, The Canyons is finally upon us.

From the minds of writer Bret Easton Ellis and director Paul Schrader, The Canyons is a Los Angeles-set neo-noir about Tara (Lindsay Lohan), an aspiring actress, and her producer boyfriend Christian (James Deen), and all the gritty eroticism that their modern-day, exaggerated L.A. has to offer.

For those of you who were somewhat won over by the manipulative pastiche of the teaser, the first official trailer goes in a slightly different direction. It opens with a Tara pondering the movie-going experience, intercut with images of abandoned theaters, but then transitions into a neon montage of sultry, provocative images of scantily clad Lohan and Deen. And of course we get one shot of Gus Van Sant, who also stars in the film. The background music is on trend, with a similar feel to the tracks used for the commercial spots for Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring.

Take a look at the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.


IFC Films picks up 'The Canyons,' starring Lindsay Lohan


The Canyons, the already infamous Lindsay Lohan movie from the minds of writer Bret Easton Ellis and director Paul Schrader, has been acquired by IFC Films and will premiere day-and-date and on digital platforms in the early summer of 2013. Lohan stars as the girlfriend of a wealthy Hollywood movie producer — played by porn star James Deen — and their relationship ultimately devolves under dark and demanding sexual tension. “I am delighted our film has found an enthusiastic home at IFC,” Shrader said, in a statement. “We envisioned The Canyons as a multi-platform release from the beginning and no company knows that world better than IFC.” READ FULL STORY

Watching this clip from Lindsay Lohan's 'The Canyons' will make you feel icky...

… but chances are you’ll do it anyway.

The clip features Lohan as Tara, a fragile young woman who spends two minutes scintillatingly looking for her phone (seriously). Some life is injected into the proceedings when Tara’s volatile boyfriend Christian — played by porn star next door James Deen — suddenly awakens and accuses her of cheating. Violence follows, although the lighting is so dim that you’ll barely be able to see it; there’s also some NSFW language, as should be expected from screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis.

Will The Canyons be the Showgirls of the 20-teens? Make an early judgment for yourself by watching the clip below:


Lindsay Lohan movie 'The Canyons' gets new, over-the-top trailer -- VIDEO

You could be forgiven for thinking this The Canyons trailer, starring Lindsay Lohan, is a parody.

Almost everything about it seems tongue-in-cheek. From the 1950s-esque black-and-white alongside a deep announcer voice declaring, “From the pen of Twitter-obsessed author Bret Easton Ellis” and “directed by the never-nominated director Paul Schrader,” the clip seems designed to let viewers know they anticipate what your reaction will be to this movie — and that they’re in on the joke.

Elsewhere in the over-the-top homage to a different era doubling as a promo for the Kickstarter-funded project, Lohan’s character says “I guess I’d like to keep some parts of my life private.” Even better, her romantic co-star James Deen is announced as “a potent new screen presence” (Deen previously worked in porn).

Intrigued by the movie that’s apparently “a contemporary L.A. noir”? Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Bret Easton Ellis accuses Lindsay Lohan of skipping work

It seems it’s much ado about nothing in the latest chapter of the Lindsay Lohan saga.

Last night, Bret Easton Ellis — himself no stranger to controversytweeted, “Patrick Bateman [from American Psycho, which Ellis wrote] has just headed over to Lindsay Lohan’s hotel to confront her as to why she missed her f–king ADR on ‘The Canyons’ today…” (ADR stands for additional dialogue recording).

Ellis is the screenwriter for The Canyons, Lohan’s new movie about 20-something Los Angeles residents flirting with the dark side of sexual obsession. It’s due in theaters next year.

When reached for comment, Lohan’s publicist told EW: “Lindsay did not miss anything. She has started promoting Liz & Dick and her schedule had to be changed. That’s all.”

Perhaps Lohan will address all the rumors when she sits down with Barbara Walters next month.

Read more:
Lindsay Lohan, a porn star, and ‘American Psycho’ author Ellis: Put it all together and you get ‘The Canyons’ — TRAILER
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Lindsay Lohan, a porn star, and 'American Psycho' author Ellis: Put it all together and you get 'The Canyons' -- TRAILER

A movie trailer billing itself as a “controversial motion picture” starring Lindsay Lohan? Nope, this is not the buzzy Liz & Dick, which stars the actress as Elizabeth Taylor. It’s Lohan’s other (and seeimingly much more) controversial film, The Canyons. The trailer hit the web on Monday.

The Canyons features Lohan and porn actor James Deen as young Los Angelenos discovering the dangers of sexual obsession.

The movie takes place in the present, but this dialogue-free trailer went for the vibe of a campy ’60s thriller. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

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