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2015 Film Society Awards Night

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

Paul Schrader and Alan Poul
Alan Poul and Paul Schrader
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Dying Of The Light - Trailer


Trapped in a terrorist prison and tortured, Evan Lake (Nicholas Cage) is eventually free and makes his way back to the United States and the CIA where he works. Becoming a hero for surviving and not revealing any secrets throughout his imprisonment, Lake's protégé, Milton Schultz, (Anton Yelchin) discovers that the man who held him hostage - the villainous terrorist Banir (Alexander Karim) - is alive and still active. After announcing to his supervisors the revelation, it is discovered that Lake is beginning to suffer from dementia and is faced with early retirement. But unable to leave a job undone, Lake and Schultz take it upon themselves to bring Banir to justice; fuelled by both the intent for justice and revenge.

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Lindsay Lohan Claims Her Venice Film Festival Absence Was Essential For Her Health


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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.

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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.

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Lindsay Lohan Visited By Ben Affleck, Though Not For 'Live By Night' Offer


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Lindsay Lohan got a visit from Oscar winning actor and filmmaker Ben Affleck while she was holed up in rehab at the Cliffside facility in Malibu, it has emerged.

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.

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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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IFC Films THE CANYONS LA Premiere

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

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

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

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Nolan Gerard Funk

Premiere of The Canyon

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

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Paul Schrader
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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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Forgotten Men Terry Gilliam, Jonathan Glazer set for Venice Film Festival


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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.

Terry Gilliam and Jonathan Glazer will screen their new movies, The Zero Theorem and Under the Skin.

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.

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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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The Canyons Trailer: So What Happened When Lindsay Lohan, Bret Easton Ellis and a Porn Star Got Together?


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The Canyons trailer was released on Tuesday (October 9, 2012), giving movie fans the first look at Lindsay Lohan and co-star James Deen in Bret Easton Ellis' grungy exploitation drama

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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.


Picture - Paul Schrader and Mary Beth... New York City, USA, Sunday 23rd May 2010

Paul Schrader and Mary Beth Hurt - Paul Schrader and Mary Beth Hurt New York City, USA - 55th Annual Drama Desk Awards held at LaGuardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center - Arrivals Sunday 23rd May 2010

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