That shot above is the first look at Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin and Irène Jacob in the new Paul Schrader film, Dying of the Light. Cage plays a CIA agent whose vision is failing as he undertakes his final mission.
Schrader scripted the movie in 2010, and it was once set to be directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. After Refn’s plan to make the film with Harrison Ford failed due to creative differences between director and star, Refn stepped back to a producer role while Schrader took the director’s chair. Along with this image comes some controversy about the film’s cut, and the departure of Schrader, which you can read more about below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, August 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
If the idea of a Taxi Driver 2 sounds stupid to you, know that Paul Schrader agrees. As a matter of fact, he thinks the concept pitched to him by Robert De Niro in the ’90s was “the dumbest idea that I’ve ever heard.” Also after the jump:
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We’ve wondered about the Paul Schrader and Bret Easton Ellis film The Canyons for months, after watching the casting, the spectacle of the production dealing with Lindsay Lohan, the festival rejection, and all those slapdash early trailers.
The film is out now, and reviews, well, aren’t great. But the folks at IFC have come up with a great marketing angle: get one of the most popular and/or controversial artists of the day to put hands on a new trailer. And so we’ve got a re-cut version of the theaterical trailer (editing by Nate Brown) with a new score by Kanye West and Noah Goldstein. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
A few years back, we wrote about the intriguing prospect of Nicolas Winding Refn teaming up with Harrison Ford for The Dying of the Light, a script by Paul Schrader. Sadly, that iteration of the project fell apart soon after when Ford decided to pull out, and Refn went on to make Drive instead. But now it’s back alive with a new team.
Schrader signed on last month to direct from his own script, with an unnamed “A-actor” in the lead. Now he’s revealed that the big-deal movie star in question is Nicolas Cage. Hit the jump to get details on the plot and more.
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The Canyons, that ultra-low-budget film cooked up by Bret Easton Ellis (screenwriter) and Paul Schrader (director) has been the subject of much talk for a solid year. The two cast Lindsay Lohan when no one else would, and profiles have detailed her difficult behavior even as Schrader praises his leading lady as a Marilyn Monroe type. Opposite Lohan is porn star James Deen, making a crossover leap.
We’ve seen terrible-looking “fake” trailers for the film and watched as the film scored an unusually public rejection from SXSW. Steven Soderbergh even offered to edit the movie, teasing one of the film’s sex scenes in the process. (Also teased in more graphic detail here.)
The constant talk buzzing around the film was enough to get the interest of IFC, which picked up the movie in February. Now there’s a trailer, and it also seems to tease that sex scene in a not-quite-not-safe-for-work moment featuring Lohan. Read More »
There was a point where Nicolas Winding Refn was considering making a film called The Dying of the Light, about a CIA agent whose vision starts to fail while on a mission. Refn moved on to other projects, and won’t direct the movie, but he might still make it.
The project’s screenwriter is Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), whose micro-budget movie The Canyons has been generating a lot of talk for the past year. Now Schrader plans to direct The Dying of the Light later this year. He says Refn may still end up producing, and that they’ve got a major name nearly set to star. Read More »
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.
Check out the teaser, which is not safe for work due to language, below. Read More »
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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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