Paul Schrader - Shots of a variety of stars were photographed at the 2015 Film Society Awards ceremony, This year's award recipients included Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro, who received the San Francisco International Film Festival's Irving M. Levin Directing Award. Also American actor Richard Gere was honored with the Peter J. Owens Award. The awards ceremony was held at The Armory in San Francisco, California, United States - Monday 27th April 2015
After being on the receiving end of an earful of abuse from 'The Canyons' director Paul Schrader, Lindsay Lohan has explained that she didn't show up at the Venice Film Festival because of health concerns
Lindsay Lohan claims her absence from the Venice Film Festival had nothing to do with being a diva or just being a general pest towards her co-workers, but actually was because of concerns over her health.
Lindsay with co-star James Deen in The Canyons
The actress admitted in a statement posted to her official website that her "focus is on [her] health and well-being" only at the moment, and she decided to hold on to a promise she made to TV guru Oprah Winfrey not to leave the USA whilst she recovers from her wild past, which included missing out on the Venice Film Festival to promote her new film, The Canyons.
Ben Affleck visited Lindsay Lohan in rehab, but why?
According to TMZ.com, Affleck - who went into rehab in 2011 - met Lindsay in California while she was getting treatment. The actor gave her guidance on how to maintain sobriety after rehabilitation, especially in the Hollywood circles in which she runs.
Affleck - who turned his career with Argo after various flops - also discussed how to make a comeback in the movie business, telling Lindsay she had the ability to make it big again in Hollywood. Ben "told her how supportive the entertainment community is for people who make a real effort to get better and stay clean," and, according to a source, the meeting really touched The Canyons star.
'The Canyons,' starring Lindsay Lohan is out now. It might look visually spectacular but does the plot hold up?
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.
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.
Braxton Pope, Tenille Houston, Paul Schrader, 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
Erotic thriller 'The Canyons' is released today (2nd Aug) starring Lindsay Lohan and James Deen.
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.
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.
Continue reading: How Crowdfunding, American Apparel Made Lindsay Lohan's 'The Canyons'
Maybe Lindsay Lohan's movie isn't the disaster predicted by the New York magazine.
No, it's not the fact that The Canyons received one good review this week.
In January, the New York Magazine's Stephen Rodrick wrote a long, detailed article on The Canyons with a hugely cynical tone.
Continue reading: Why Lindsay Lohan's 'The Canyons' Is A Complete Success
Nolan Gerard Funk and Paul Schrader - Premiere of 'The Canyon' at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theatre. Lindsay Lohan was unable to attend as she is in rehab - New York City, United States - Monday 29th July 2013
Paul Schrader - Premiere of 'The Canyon' at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theatre. Director Paul Schrader walked with a cane after arthroscopic surgery following a fall from a hammock in his home. - New York City, United States - Monday 29th July 2013
Is Lindsay Lohan's performance in The Canyons really that bad after all?
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.
Continue reading: Lindsay Lohan Compared to Marlon Brando. She Is Really, Really Happy.
Terry Gilliam and Jonathan Glazer make their returns at the Venice Film Festival.
The Venice Film Festival 2013 boasts one of the most intriguing movie line-ups of the year, with two fallen heroes of cinema coming in from the cold and testing out new material after underwhelming efforts last time out.
Gilliam hasn't been seen since 2009's poorly received The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, while Sexy Beast director Glazer was scolded by the box-office almost a decade ago with Birth.
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."
Continue reading: The Canyons Screenwriter Reveals Lindsay Lohan's Drunken Antics
The film has already garnered its fair share of controversy, partly for its content, but also for the fact that Mr Deen is best known for his day job, as an adult movie star. The trailer presents the film as a sort of cheap 1980s B-movie, though this is undoubtedly screenwriter Easton Ellis' and director Paul Schrader's intention. Plastered with taglines including "Where the sex is as cheap as the budget," the trailer is by no means a thing of beauty, though we're guessing this thing might just work. "This is not an adult film," adult star Deen told Animal NY earlier this year. "We are not trying to arouse people. If someone does get aroused, well, it happens. [...] It's not graphic sex for the sake of graphic sex. In the script you don't see anything like, 'You see [Lindsay's character] turn around and flash her boobs!"
The Canyons is yet to get an official release date and it's likely that several more trailers will hit the web in the coming weeks.
Robert Mitchum plays Harry Kilmer, a retired detective, called back into service by old World War II army pal George Tanner (Brian Keith), who asks for his help in rescuing his daughter, who is being held in Japan by the yakuza. Tanner knows Kilmer is owed a debt of honor by ex-yakuza member Tanaka Ken (Ken Takakura, the big Japanese star of all those '70s yakuza films) and convinces him to travel back to Japan to see if Ken will honor his obligation to Kilmer by infiltrating the yakuza gang holding his daughter and bringing her back home (significantly, the daughter is no more than a unconscious blip on the radar in The Yakuza). Once there, events spin out of control, and Kilmer and Ken become embroiled in ritual obligations and mayhem.
Continue reading: The Yakuza Review