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Lindsay Lohan may have killed director Paul Schrader's career with her behavior shooting The Canyons

01.10.2013

At this point in her "career", I am unsure why we even pay attention to Lindsay Lohan. She is the epitome of the Hollywood horror story going from child star to superstar to fading star in just about a decade. I do not wish death on anyone, but Lohan is clearly heading for Corey Haim territory.

Her latest project, THE CANYONS, was looking like a can't miss project with iconic director Paul Schrader and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis on board, but then things took a turn for the worst when Lohan signed on. The entire trainwreck is chronicled in a fascinating article in the New York Times. I encourage you to read the full article, but here are some highlights.

  • Lohan crossed out the names of already cast co-stars she didn't want to work with, including the male lead, James Deen.
  • Lohan's unpredictable behavior resulted in her being fired and rehired just days into shooting.
  • Schrader had to film handheld when they were unable to get Lohan to cooperate shooting a scene.

Schrader has always been a better writer than director.  He scripted RAGING BULL, THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, TAXI DRIVER, and BRINGING OUT THE DEAD.  As a director, he directed AMERICAN GIGOLO, CAT PEOPLE, AFFLICTION, AUTO FOCUS, and the infamous prequel to THE EXORCIST, DOMINION.  The article says Schrader looked at THE CANYONS as his last chance to get back into Hollywood.  Lindsay Lohan may have put the final nail in that coffin.

When all is said and done, THE CANYONS is a bad movie.  It was rejected for inclusion at the Sundance Film Festival and the producers are looking to sell the movie to anyone who will take it.  Not exactly a graceful ending for any project.

    It is always interesting to hear what happens behind the scenes in Hollywood when a movie is troubled but you always want to see the good guy win.  In the case of THE CANYONS, it looks like nobody will win.

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    Extra Tidbit: Steven Soderbergh offered to edit the troubled film in 72 hours. Schrader replied “The idea of 72 hours is a joke. It would take him 72 hours to look at all the footage. And you know what Soderbergh would do if another director offered to cut his film? [Puts up two middle fingers]”.
    Source: New York Times

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    7:48AM on 01/11/2013
    It's worse than Showgirls.
    It's worse than Showgirls.
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    10:23PM on 01/10/2013
    Looks like shit regardless of Lohan so lets not just lay it all on the train wreck that is Lohan
    Looks like shit regardless of Lohan so lets not just lay it all on the train wreck that is Lohan
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    8:42PM on 01/10/2013
    Why does Lohan think she is a relevant or even sought after actress? She snorted away her credibility, she needs to take a page out of the Robert Downey Jr and Mickey Rourke playbook of showbiz mea culpas and just shut up, be thankful to even have a (post celebrity drug shenanigans) career and wow people with their craft so that eventually you get back to the point where you can make ridiculous demands while people take you seriously.
    Why does Lohan think she is a relevant or even sought after actress? She snorted away her credibility, she needs to take a page out of the Robert Downey Jr and Mickey Rourke playbook of showbiz mea culpas and just shut up, be thankful to even have a (post celebrity drug shenanigans) career and wow people with their craft so that eventually you get back to the point where you can make ridiculous demands while people take you seriously.
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    6:48PM on 01/10/2013
    Well, I think Mr. Schrader would have something terrible crossed his mind when he decided to hire Lohan. I mean, of all actresses, why hire her? Who in the right mind would do that???
    Well, I think Mr. Schrader would have something terrible crossed his mind when he decided to hire Lohan. I mean, of all actresses, why hire her? Who in the right mind would do that???
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    6:41PM on 01/10/2013

    You mean this failed?

    No Shit. Lohan is a human train wreck. She isn't an actress anymore. She is a celebrity and her fame is based solely on her awful life which is headed to an early grave. The lead is a male porn star that specializes in rape pornography. Brett Easton Ellis is the literary Lindsay Lohan. Follow him on Twitter, or do yourself a favor and don't. He's a sad, bitter old prick. Paul Schraeder was the only name involved in this with any dignity. He was a great writer. Too bad he saw this as his saving
    No Shit. Lohan is a human train wreck. She isn't an actress anymore. She is a celebrity and her fame is based solely on her awful life which is headed to an early grave. The lead is a male porn star that specializes in rape pornography. Brett Easton Ellis is the literary Lindsay Lohan. Follow him on Twitter, or do yourself a favor and don't. He's a sad, bitter old prick. Paul Schraeder was the only name involved in this with any dignity. He was a great writer. Too bad he saw this as his saving grace and cast his lot with this menagerie of douchebags.
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    6:11PM on 01/10/2013
    Its either his own fault for hiring her or the studio attempting to get some type of name on the project. If it is either the former or latter I still cannot understand hiring the trainwreck that is Lohan.
    Its either his own fault for hiring her or the studio attempting to get some type of name on the project. If it is either the former or latter I still cannot understand hiring the trainwreck that is Lohan.
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    6:02PM on 01/10/2013
    Who the hell hires Lindsay Lohan for "his last chance at directing"? I have nothing personally against her but it's clear she's more trouble than she's worth right now. That movie was never gonna work. The hiring of Lohan was a symptome, not the virus.
    Who the hell hires Lindsay Lohan for "his last chance at directing"? I have nothing personally against her but it's clear she's more trouble than she's worth right now. That movie was never gonna work. The hiring of Lohan was a symptome, not the virus.
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    6:02PM on 01/10/2013
    Unless someone put a gun to his head and forced him to hire, and rehire, Lohan, he gets zero sympathy from me.
    Unless someone put a gun to his head and forced him to hire, and rehire, Lohan, he gets zero sympathy from me.
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    5:38PM on 01/10/2013
    Why do people keep hiring her? It's hard to feel any compassion for a director who deliberately subjected himself to this.
    Why do people keep hiring her? It's hard to feel any compassion for a director who deliberately subjected himself to this.
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    5:30PM on 01/10/2013
    Damn it double post. Damn browser.
    Damn it double post. Damn browser.
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    5:20PM on 01/10/2013
    What I can say about Lindsey lohan in a movie called The Canyons:
    1. For a name like that shouldn't it be a porno
    2. Is it a description of a physical attribute of Lindsay?
    3. So she refused to work with any of her co-stars and if so does that mean she is an all of the scenes by herself?
    4. 72 hours to edit a movie? Just how many scenes was Lindsay in that need to be edited out?
    5. So was Lindsay paid any real money for this role or did all the money she make go up her nose?
    6. So Lindsay
    What I can say about Lindsey lohan in a movie called The Canyons:
    1. For a name like that shouldn't it be a porno
    2. Is it a description of a physical attribute of Lindsay?
    3. So she refused to work with any of her co-stars and if so does that mean she is an all of the scenes by herself?
    4. 72 hours to edit a movie? Just how many scenes was Lindsay in that need to be edited out?
    5. So was Lindsay paid any real money for this role or did all the money she make go up her nose?
    6. So Lindsay was fired then rehired within a few days of shooting? I guess she is a lot better at getting a job or giving a job to get back into a job so quickly.
    7. Its a pity that the director chose Lindsay for this movie and not in an exorcist movie. She would make a great possessed person with her looks on some days.
    8. Corey Haim territory? Nah she could never be as good as he was in lost boys though as a famous person he probably even in death could score with Lindsay. She is that easy.
    9. So when Lindsay gets mad on the set and throws a rampage attacking everything would that qualify her as a raging bull.
    10. Im wondering when Lindsay finally kicks the bucket is the latest temptation of Christ gonna be to allow Lindsay to goto heaven or will Lucifer take one look at her and refuse to accept her.
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    5:20PM on 01/10/2013

    This almost makes me want to see this train wreck

    Almost. Maybe if it gets to Netflix
    Almost. Maybe if it gets to Netflix
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