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Teaser trailer for Paul Schrader and Bret Easton Ellis' The Canyons is definitely a tease

07.24.2012by:

Two powerhouse talents, director Paul Schrader (AFFLICTION, LIGHT SLEEPER) and author Bret Easton Ellis (AMERICAN PSYCHO, THE RULES OF ATTRACTION), are currently filming Ellis' original script for THE CANYONS, starring Lindsay Lohan and male porn star James Deen.  Today, they've unveiled a specially shot teaser for the film, which is kind of like a travelogue video of Los Angeles.  Still, it's well shot and features good use of the song "Coming Down" by the Dum Dum Girls.

Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs...

I'm a big fan of both Schrader and Ellis, having seen or read the majority of thier work.  They have a unique voice for the gritty and seedy side of things, which can sometimes be a nasty head trip, but well worth the price of admission.  There's definitely some trepidation with the hiring of Lohan and Deen as the leads of the film, but I'm insanely interested to see how the whole thing plays out. 

Here's the synopsis:

It's not The Hills... THE CANYONS is a contemporary L.A. noir from director Paul Schrader, writer Bret Easton Ellis, and producer Braxton Pope about the dangers of sexual obsession and ambition, both personally and professionally, among a group of young people in their 20's and how one chance meeting connected to the past unravels all of their lives, resulting in deceit, paranoia, cruel mind games and ultimately violence.

THE CANYONS is currently filming with an eye towards a release in 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Paul Schrader's Light Sleeper, starring Willem Dafoe and Susan Sarandon is an absolutely awesome film with some great performances from all involved. I could not recommend it enough.

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6:48AM on 08/01/2012

Schrader needs to make more films

Light Sleeper is great, definitely one of Schrader's best alongside Mishima, Blue Collar and Cat People

Ellis and Schrader, a very intriguing combination indeed
Light Sleeper is great, definitely one of Schrader's best alongside Mishima, Blue Collar and Cat People

Ellis and Schrader, a very intriguing combination indeed
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7:36PM on 07/24/2012
What the hell was that teaser? A bunch of mediocre shots of LA. So pointless.
What the hell was that teaser? A bunch of mediocre shots of LA. So pointless.
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6:22PM on 07/24/2012

Dope teaser

that was dope
that was dope
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5:21PM on 07/24/2012
Easton Ellis is very hit and miss. He needs interesting or at least likeable leads to sell the stories in his movies, but he sometimes has a problem with it, and we just end up watching douches fuck up their life. But one he hits, he hits hard and well, like with American Psycho. But I also really liked Less Than Zero
Easton Ellis is very hit and miss. He needs interesting or at least likeable leads to sell the stories in his movies, but he sometimes has a problem with it, and we just end up watching douches fuck up their life. But one he hits, he hits hard and well, like with American Psycho. But I also really liked Less Than Zero
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2:29PM on 07/24/2012

Yikes.

Lindsy Lohan appears as if she is about 45 years old. Also, what is up with her boobs? Are they attached to her stomach?
Lindsy Lohan appears as if she is about 45 years old. Also, what is up with her boobs? Are they attached to her stomach?
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5:22PM on 07/24/2012
Holy shit you're right. Looking at the top picture I thought - did Kim Cattrall go brunette?
Holy shit you're right. Looking at the top picture I thought - did Kim Cattrall go brunette?
1:22PM on 07/24/2012
Those are some very good establishing shots of Los Angeles! There's a certain personality in those shots unlike the glossy tourism promos or Hollywood flicks we're used to seeing the city in. I agree that the casting of Lohan and Deen in the leads is very risky, but perhaps this will turn out interesting.
Those are some very good establishing shots of Los Angeles! There's a certain personality in those shots unlike the glossy tourism promos or Hollywood flicks we're used to seeing the city in. I agree that the casting of Lohan and Deen in the leads is very risky, but perhaps this will turn out interesting.
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