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Placebo - Loud Like Love


Get your head around the unfortunate details in the unique new video for Placebo's single 'Loud Like Love'. The band released their album of the same name last year which also featured the single 'Too Many Friends'.

Kanye West Jumps Back Into The Spotlight With 'Late Night' Medley


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Kicking things up a notch since Monday, on Tuesday Late Night with Seth Meyers included a memorable appearance by Kanye West. Yeezy performed a career-spanning medley, including his most iconic songs – Jesus Walks, Touch The Sky, Stronger, Heartless, All of the Lights, Mercy and Black Skinhead. West’s appearance included an interview with Meyers, during which the rapper was remarkably mellow and charming. Then he unleashed a torrent of classic West stage shenanigans, followed by the obligatory mic drop.

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West came on Meyers' second night (dubbed by the host "Seth Meyers: Deuces") to liven things up.

Of course Kanye, self-proclaimed creative genius that he is, isn’t just resting on old laurels. West is currently working, or will work on a film, written by Brett Easton Ellis especially for him. Ellis explained that he had been reluctant to take on the project at first, but then had his mind changed last summer.

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Bret Easton Ellis: His 10 Most Controversial Moments (Not Including the Kanye Movie)


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Kanye West might be famous for some of his more controversial outbursts but the rapper has got nothing on his future collaborator Brett Easton Ellis. With the American Psycho author confirming he’ll be writing a ‘Yeezus’ movie here’s a look at his ten most controversial moments.

Kanye West Kanye West who is teaming up with Bret Easton Ellis for a 'Yeezus' movie, we don't know why either

1. American Psycho

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What Could A Bret Easton Ellis, Kanye West Movie Possibly Be About?


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Bret Easton Ellis, the controversial author behind American Psycho and the recent movie The Canyons starring Lindsay Lohan has revealed he's written a script for rapper Kanye West. The pair first met last year after Kanye remade a scene from the movie adaption of American Psycho to promote his latest album Yeezus.  

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"Kanye and I have been meeting about writing a script for him and so that's a project that's kind of in the work," said Ellis during an interview with Vice this week.

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Bret Easton Ellis Lashes Out At "Overrated" Nobel Prize Literature Winner Alice Munro


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Author Bret Easton Ellis has voiced his distaste for this year's winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Alice Munro, who most recently penned Dear Life; a collection of short stories. Taking to Twitter, the celebrated author penned a tirade against Munro's six decade-spanning career.

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Bret Easton Ellis [Second From Right] Has Voiced His Distaste For Alice Munro's Writing.

"Alice Munro is so completely overrated," he wrote. "Alice Munro was always an overrated writer and now that she's won the Nobel she always will be. The Nobel is a joke and has been for ages." Christian Lorentzen, who savagely reviewed Munro's last collection, replied to Easton Ellis' tweet with a simple "Amen." In a twist, Lorentzen placed a bet that Munro would win and has apparently reaped rewards to the tune of £400, reports The Independent.

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Does 'The Canyons' Live Up To Its Trailer's Glamour & Hype? A Reviews Summary [Trailer]


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The trailer for The Canyons was released at least eight months before the movie release, giving us a tantalising glimpse of the swirling cinematography, melancholic Hollywood glamour and synthy Drive-esque soundtrack of the erotic thriller. Plus, it looked like a solid return to filmmaking for Lindsay Lohan whose public battle to stay sober has consumed the press surrounding her lately.

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Have Lindsay Lohan's Personal Struggles Affected Her Ability To Act?

Lohan plays Tara, an actress trying to keep her affair with an actor from her past quiet whilst her privileged and scheming boyfriend Christian (James Deen) makes films to keep his trust fund intact. The plot goes awry when Christian finds out about Tara's affair and the narrative takes a darker turn, descending into bloody violence and cruel sexual mind games.

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The Canyons Review


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Movies that allow us to wallow in a trashy story for a couple of hours can often become a guilty pleasure, and this lurid concoction blends the skills of Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho) and Paul Schrader (American Gigolo) for an entertaining story of sexual depravity with Hitchcockian overtones. It's a bit clumsy and corny, but the characters and situations hold our interest simply because we have no idea where it's heading.

In the canyons around Malibu, independently wealthy Christian (Deen) has decided to produce a low-budget slasher movie starring the sexy actor Ryan (Funk), boyfriend of Christian's assistant Gina (Brooks). Christian's girlfriend Tara (Lohan) is trying to stay out of all of this, but Christian keeps telling everyone about their wild sex life with random third and fourth partners. Their one rule is that they won't lie to each other, but both are keeping secrets: Tara has started seeing Ryan, who's actually her ex, while Christian is sleeping with his yoga teacher (Houston). And when these secrets emerge, trouble follows.

Christian is the usual Ellis protagonist, a guy with no real moral centre: his whole life seems lifted from the movies, and Deen plays him as a preening peacock, arrogantly sure he is in control of everything. He's a charismatic villain, and Deen commands the screen. But Lohan gives just as good as the more emotional Tara, who is a bundle of naivete and duplicity, driven by insecurity and just as power-mad as Christian, really. Opposite them, Funk and Brooks are playing the innocents caught in their depraved web, so they're the ones we can identify with.

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IFC Films THE CANYONS LA Premiere

Braxton Pope, James Deen, Amanda Brooks, Bret Easton Ellis and Nolan Gerard Funk - Celebrities attend IFC Film's THE CANYONS LA Premiere at The Standard Hotel. - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Tuesday 6th August 2013

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Braxton Pope, Paul Schrader, James Deen, Amanda Brooks, Bret Easton Ellis and Nolan Gerard Funk
Braxton Pope, Paul Schrader, James Deen and Amanda Brooks

How Crowdfunding, American Apparel Made Lindsay Lohan's 'The Canyons'


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The Canyons, Paul Schrader's newly released erotic thriller funded partly by a Kickstarter campaign has been released. During May and June the film raised $159,015, far surpassing its goal of $100,000 in funding. The budget for the film was $250,000 and the actors were reportedly just paid $100 a day with a wardrobe supplied by American Apparel.

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However, the storm of disparaging critical reception upon its release has shown that just because a film is crowd funded, it shouldn't give the film a special allowance to be praised.

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Why Lindsay Lohan's 'The Canyons' Is A Complete Success


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No, it's not the fact that The Canyons received one good review this week.

We felt good that Lindsay Lohan got some props from Variety, though Paul Schrader's movie can be dubbed a complete success for other, less exciting reasons.

In January, the New York Magazine's Stephen Rodrick wrote a long, detailed article on The Canyons with a hugely cynical tone.

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Lindsay Lohan Compared to Marlon Brando. She Is Really, Really Happy.


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Lindsay Lohan has received a semi-positive review for her new movie The Canyons, written by American Psycho novelist Bret Easton Ellis. Essentially, the movie has been slaughtered by critics though one man - Scott Foundas of Variety.com - found something worth praising.

"The guerrilla shoot seems to have reinvigorated Schrader, and the result is his most stylish picture in years, probably since Auto Focus," wrote Foundas, who went on to gush about the performance of Lohan, even comparing her to Oscar winning actor Marlon Brando. 

'The major exception is Lohan, who gives one of those performances, like Marlon Brando's in "Last Tango in Paris," that comes across as some uncanny conflagration of drama and autobiography.

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Lindsay Lohan Talks Rehab With David Letterman (Video, Photos)


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Lindsay Lohan stopped by The Late Show With David Letterman on Tuesday night (April 9 2013) and attention quickly turned to her court-ordered trip to rehab, which The Canyons actress described as a "blessing." Letterman peppered the 26-year-old star with questions about the rehabilitation process, though Lohan was seemingly prepared and took everything in good humor.

"How long will you be in rehab?" he asked. She answered "three months." "How many times have you been in rehab?" he added. "Several," Lohan replied."And how will this time be different?  What are they rehabbing, first of all?  What is on their list?  What are they going to work on when you walk through the door?" Letterman probed. "I'm the happiest when I'm working and the healthiest," Lohan responded, "And I think this an opportunity for me to, you know, focus on what I love in life.  And I don't think it's a bad thing.  I think it's a blessing . and not a curse.Now you sound like Dr. Phil," she quipped.

Lohan will spend three months in rehabilitation, starting on May 2, 2013, as part of a plea deal that allowed her to avoid jail in her trial over allegedly lying to police over a road traffic accident. In addition, she will do 30 days of community labor and pay an undisclosed fine. Oh, and there's 18 months of psychological therapy. The actress will be "locked" in the facility, which basically means she isn't able to go home once she enters. Scary stuff, huh?

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The Canyons Screenwriter Reveals Lindsay Lohan's Drunken Antics


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We never thought The Canyons shoot was going to be an easy ride for anyone, and as it turns out, it wasn't. It really wasn't. Bringing together controversial novelist Bret Easton Ellis, porn star James Deen and the troubled Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan was always going to be risky and according to screenwriter Stephen Rodrick, all hell broke loose on set.

The scribe spoke to TMZ.com about the whole darn thing, claiming Lohan was initially fired after failing to show-up for a read-through before showing up at director Paul Schrader's hotel room, pounding on his door while hysterically crying and begging for her job back.  The actress stayed in the hallway for around 90 minutes before leaving after securing a second chance. 

Perhaps the most concerning part of Rodrick's story is the 4-way 14 minute sex scene shot with real-life porn actors. Lohan wasn't happy about the scene and had been drinking beforehand, locking herself in a closet and refusing to come out. Director Schrader had to beg her to do the scene, eventually stripping naked his self in order to show her it was no big deal. After finally completing the take, Lindsay drove off in her Porsche with Rodrick saying the producers "all hoped they would still have a lead actress in the morning." 

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Lindsay Lohan: 'Porn Actors' and Her 'Demented Smile' in The Canyons


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The Canyons is going to be a weird one. Definitely. Having been written by the latter half of the 20th century's most controversial writer, Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho), and starring Lindsay Lohan alongside pornstar James Deen, it couldn't be anything other than weird. New reports about Lindsay's lack of professionalism and drunkenness on set seem to confirm our expectations and fears.

The New York Times' Stephen Rodrick has written in detail about the making of The Canyons, and has shed a great amount of light on the kind of trouble Lohan brought to set, despite that "The actress will get $100 a day and an equal share of the profits, but no vote in decision-making." and that, "This last clause is nonnegotiable." 

In an eleven page account, we learn that Lohan had been fired, and refused to do a 'four way sex scene' that was allegedly included in her contract. Lohan missed the first read through of the script, so the director, Paul Shrader (Taxi Driver) sacked her. Of course, they reconciled and carried on after she found his hotel room and broke down in tears explaining that she had been out until the early hours of the morning and then took a 'sleeping pill'. 

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Bret Easton Ellis Picks On Kathryn Bigelow, Calls Her 'Overrated'


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Bret Easton Ellis, since forging a reputation as an excellent author, has soured that perception somewhat by launching into some rather unsavoury twitter rants that reek of bitterness. 

His latest target is Kathryn Bigelow, the highly celebrated American film director, film producer, screenwriter and television director. In 2009, she won the Academy Award for Best Picture for the The Hurt Locker, which was also awarded the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and was nominated for the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama. This, however, isn't enough for Easton Ellis, and he thinks her gender has something to do with her success; that and her good looks. "Kathryn Bigelow would be considered a mildly interesting filmmaker if she was a man but since she's a very hot woman she's really overrated," he tweeted, not uncharacteristically. Her latest film, Zero Dark Thirty has already been named best film of 2012 both by the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle and will surely be honoured by several other bodies before the awards season ends.

Like we said, Easton Ellis has a habit of slating fellow professionals within 140 characters or sell, and in a very unprofessional manner. While prospective employers will probably see this as a sign of volatility, making him seem very unemployable, it's good entertainment for us, isn't it?

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