One figure who I can't say has been well represented by Twitter is Bret Easton Ellis. Through his literature and appearances, he never came off as the most likeable man on the face of the Earth, but he was always unmistakably talented. This is the man who wrote my favourite book (Less Than Zero) and several other great ones that I have on my small book shelf. It appears that Twitter, however, has done a very noticable harm to his brand with many people, such as myself, thinking he comes off as little more than the stereotypical whingeing creep that many suspected but couldn't prove in concrete. Through his ridiculous, spam-worthy onslaught of 50 Shades of Grey research (he really is mad if he thought Hollywood would let him anywhere near a cash cow such as that book), his tired and repetitive vomit-spewing over "empire" and "post-empire" that I still don't think even he understands, his constant TMI tweets about his relationship with the much younger than he porn star, James Deen, and his increasingly strange, homophobic nature, he really has became a sort of Tom Cruise like oddity working on his own curious wavelength. I mention Tom Cruise because Ellis is not a fan of him. Obviously.
And that, dear readers, is what brings us to The Canyons. Just released is the trailer for the film that Ellis wrote the screenplay for. It is directed by Paul Schrader (whose Cat People remake we just discussed last week) and stars Deen and Lindsay Lohan in a spiral of excess in Los Angeles. Oh, and it looks ridiculous, and co-stars Gus Van Sant!
One suspects we're not meant to be taking The Canyons all that seriously when it flashes up text like "Where the sex is as cheap as the budget ... and the only way out is death!", but given the names involved it's hard to see this as anything but VERY SERIOUS AND NOT A JOKE! Bret Easton Ellis does not come across as a man with a sense of humour these days.
As always with anything Ellis does, I'll still go in with great expectations since he's been involved in so many great projects, alas... the best bit about the trailer was the use of John Carpenter's Halloween score over the production house logo. The production company's name? "Post-Empire" :/