Posted on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
The steampunk subgenre is really nothing new, which is why it’s so frustrating that mainstream cinema has had such a difficult time getting it right. Perhaps it’s time, then, to see if indie filmmakers can do any better.
Described as “an epic steampunk adventure,” Cowboys & Engines follows a war-weary hero in 1876 trying to save San Francisco from the destructive power of a stolen temporal engine. The Kickstarter-funded project collects an eclectic group of talents: Totally Rad Show‘s Jeff Cannata, Battlestar Galactica‘s Richard Hatch and Star Trek‘s Walter Koenig all star, while adult film vets James Deen and Bryn Pryor serve as producer and director, respectively. (But to answer your question, no, it’s not a porn film.) Watch the pitch video and find out how to pitch in after the jump.
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I feel like the team behind The Canyons is just playing with us at this point — can the movie really be as lifeless as the teasers indicate? Is the listless acting part of the point, and meant to be some comment about the lives of the rich and idle in southern California?
Written by Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero, American Psycho) and directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Cat People), the film features Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen, among others, in a story that appears to be focused on sex, desire and power. The trailer IDs all the major players in the film without doing much to explain what they’re all doing beyond having sex with one another, perhaps illicitly.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
Paul Schrader and Bret Easton Ellis‘ The Canyons was never going for subtlety or elegance, and the marketing seems to be having some fun playing up that fact. The first trailer was cut to mimic grindhouse and exploitation movies of the ’70s, whereas the latest one has been done up like black-and-white ’50s pulp. No indication yet on what style the actual movie will take — presumably it’ll be something a bit more contemporary — but for now we can give them kudos for trying something a little different with the teasers.
What we might not be able to give them credit for, if these trailers are any indication, is making a good movie. All the cheeky wink-winks can’t cover up the fact that The Canyons looks genuinely terrible. Perhaps we should’ve expected that when Schrader and Ellis cast porn star James Deen and the notoriously troubled Lindsay Lohan as the leads. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Has Paul Schrader created a film that might have played at a theater his defining character Travis Bickle might have visited in Taxi Driver? Schrader directs The Canyons, written by Bret Eason Ellis and starring Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen. The first real trailer for the film is cut in a style meant to mimic classic exploitation or grind house style. Trouble is, the music and editing might be the most appealing thing about this footage. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
We’re still waiting to find out what comes of Bret Easton Ellis‘ campaign to adapt E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, but in the meantime another of his projects is coming together with some attention-grabbing casting. Lindsay Lohan has just joined porn star James Deen in The Canyons, a sexual thriller that Taxi Driver writer Paul Schrader is directing from Ellis’ script.
Between this and her role in Lifetime’s Liz & Dick, it appears that the former Mean Girls star really and truly is getting back to work. Provided she can stay out of jail, anyway. More about The Canyons after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
As the Paul Schrader-directed, Bret Easton Ellis-penned “L.A. noir micro budget” film approaches its summer start date, fresh details have been revealed about the story, cast of characters, and release plan. Titled The Canyons, the “psycho-sexual thriller” will center around a circle of young and glamorous but deeply messed-up Angelenos. In other words, exactly what you’d expect from a noir film written by Ellis. More info after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Normally, if a Hollywood screenwriter named a porn star as his top choice to lead a mainstream film, it would come as a bit of a surprise, but when the scribe in question is Bret Easton Ellis, it just makes so much sense. The controversial writer has tweeted that he’s currently working on a “L.A. noir microbudget” movie for director Paul Schrader, and that he hopes adult film sensation James Deen will topline the cast. More details after the jump.
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