In early December, Bret Easton Ellis tweeted, “FYI: There. Is. No. New. Novel. Being. Written. Except for maybe The James Deen Story and something called ‘Come Over At Do Bring Coke Now.’” But now, he admits that there just may be, writing that ”It started with an image revolving around the blood-red Emser tile sign situated on a rooftop at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Holloway Drive: the view from behind the windshield, an accident, the mystery unfolding, something about the past, about that last year in high school, intimations of a murder disguised as a suicide.” These days, Ellis is probably at least as well known for his combative, sometimes apparently drug-addled Twitter feed as he is for his novels, so we decided to turn there to fuel our wild speculations about what themes a new novel from the writer might contain. Whether it’s The James Deen Story or Come Over At Do Bring Coke Now, here are a few things BEE has been obsessing over on Twitter in recent months — and might well find their way into the novel. … Read More
“RETIREMENT IS FOR SISSIES!” roar the posters for The Last Stand (seriously? “Sissies?” In 2012? But I digress…), the first starring role for Arnold Schwarzenegger since stepping away from the silver screen for a, shall we say, problematic stint in the California governor’s mansion. Its mid-January release date doesn’t exactly scream box-office or critical confidence, but who knows; Mr. Schwarzenegger has been underestimated before, and usually comes out ahead. Either way it goes, we thought it would be interesting to run down some of the other big-name actors who hit rough or absent patches and tried to work their way back into the spotlight with a well placed role; after the jump we’ll take a look at five comeback vehicles that took, and five that didn’t quite get the job done. … Read More
1. James Franco explains that his band Daddy’s new song “Can’t Say Goodbye” was inspired by his father’s recent death. Watch the music video for the track — which features childhood home movies of the actor — here.
1. In case you’re curious, TVLine has the scoop on how Community writers plan to handle Chevy Chase’s departure from the show — including how they might work Pierce into the episodes that haven’t been shot yet.
2. Presented sans commentary: the woman who Lindsay Lohan punched in the eye was a psychic.… Read More
1. A $30 million musical version of King Kong that’s currently in the works in Australia might be heading to Broadway, perhaps as soon as 2014. In case any part of you thinks that this sounds like a good idea, producers are reportedly eying the space currently occupied by Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. [via… Read More
From the moment it was announced that Lindsay Lohan would be starring in a Lifetime movie about Elizabeth Taylor’s tumultuous relationship with Richard Burton, we knew that Liz & Dick was going to be bad. What remained to be seen was what kind of bad it would be: a delightful train wreck that begged for repeat viewings or just plain unwatchable. With the made-for-TV movie debuting on Sunday night at 9pm, most of the reviews are finally in (as well as a post on BuzzFeed entitled “The 32 Times I Laughed During ‘Liz & Dick’”), but we’re still not entirely sure what we’re dealing with here. What we do know is that even after reading these awful notices, we’re going to find it impossible to resist tuning in ourselves, drink in hand. Click through for some of the funniest zingers from TV critics, and let us know if you’ll be watching too. … Read More
It’s hard to believe that R.E.M. broke up over a year ago — has it really been that long? Their fifteenth and final album, Collapse Into Now, dropped in March of last year, but it’s only now that this video, created by James Franco for the Collapse Into Now Film Project, has risen to the surface. The video is grainy and unsettling, if still kind of beautiful, like a grown-up version of Less Than Zero, with layered footage, bright lights, and shots of a sexed-up Lindsay Lohan modeling. All this behind a fuzzy track with echoing vocals by Michael Stipe and Patti Smith. Ah, the City of Angels. Click through to watch, and let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More
When we caught an early peek at writer Bret Easton Ellis and director Paul Schrader’s The Canyons, it looked like a lame compilation of shots from The Hills. A new teaser for the contemporary LA noir tale written by the American Psycho scribe reveals a retro vibe. The Playlist shared a new clip promoting the movie about Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen’s dalliance with sexual obsession and professional paranoia, and it’s cut grindhouse-style. In the clip, we get to see the first real footage of the upcoming film, hinting at the trashy, drug-fueled storyline.
The Canyons hasn’t locked down a release date yet, but the official Facebook page indicates that Lohan was shown a cut of the movie. “Showed LL the film tonight. She saw and she understood. What a wonderful moment for her. Some tears, some hard words, some kisses but that’s life in Lindsayland. Sometimes the movie gods smile. Sometimes you get lucky. LL and I got lucky.” Now that we know Ellis won’t be writing the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey remake, maybe he’ll have more time on his hands to share a Canyons preview with actual dialogue. We shudder to think what that might be like, but we’re truly hoping for the best. Click through for the trailer. … Read More
There are giggles at the Gagosian Gallery. It’s the first Saturday since the opening of Richard Phillips’ new self-titled show, and it’s crowded. From the center of the main room, every 11-foot-tall painting of vamping Lindsay Lohan and reclining Adriana Lima looks as if a visitor is lodged in a gigantic cleavage or pressed against a massive reclining silhouette. They’re “lush” alright.
Is it art? These are very technically proficient paintings. They look like advertisements. It’s one thing to scoff at a JPG of water-soaked, white-bikini’ed tabloid princess and quite another to be confronted with a gigantic, immaculately hyperrealistic painting. To the backdrop of tranquil aqua water, Lindsay’s irises are as big as your fists and they’re quivering with a familiar mania. Naturally, if you think the whole affair of painting pop culture icons is silly and contrived, you will scoff at this too, just as you would at another “Lindsay Gone Wild” tabloid headline, no matter how theatrically tragic, but let’s play along. … Read More