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Based on the true story of modern architect pioneer, Eileen Grey, The Price of Desire has also bagged Shannyn Sossamon for the lead role. The film will chart the changes that her personal relationships had on the architecture world. While falling in love with her nemesis, Swiss/French designer Le Corbusier (Vincent Perez), Grey also maintained a relationship with Marisa Damia.
Continuing the Kickstarter trend which has struck Hollywood, the filmmakers have created a campaign to fund restoration on Gray’s villa. Located in Roquebrune Cap Martin, »
- Gem Seddon
Sofia Coppola's intuitive and atmospheric tale of teen burglars who target Hollywood celebrities is an unexpected pleasure
Sofia Coppola is a director who has perplexed and annoyed many with her indulgent portraits of poor little rich-and-famous girls. Personally, I couldn't sit still for her last film, Somewhere, which featured Elle Fanning as the adored and adorable teen daughter of a famous actor dad. Her movies have been in danger of becoming gritless oysters of non-satire, lenient insider studies, offering celluloid hugs to the cossetted comfortable.
But her new film, the opening gala to the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes, is an interesting surprise. There is something in her unjudging approach that is unexpectedly appropriate – and effective. It lets her get up close and personal to the story and characters, which conventional irony (from a director like Larry Clark or a writer like Bret Easton Ellis) wouldn't get near. »
- Peter Bradshaw
The Almeida Theatre in London has already agreed to mount the world stage premiere of Bret Easton Ellis' novel this winter but Sheik wants to give it a $150,000 infusion.
The Kickstarter campaign, which ends May 24, will go to fund things like more musicians, better sets and top-notch lights. As of Thursday morning, it had raised $78,830.
"This allows us to up the ante in terms of what the production is going to entail," the Grammy- and Tony-winning singer-songwriter said. "I think it's about being able to do things in the space that make for a really cool immersive theatrical experience."
The 1991 novel – made into a movie starring Christian Bale – follows a homicidal New York yuppie named Patrick Bateman who is obsessed with high-end »
I’m not entirely sure what I’d want to do on a date with Prince Harry, but I’m sure what’s on the first guy’s sign would figure into it somehow.
The Timbers Army did something amazing at the game. Now we just have to get the Big Four sports in the U.S. to do the same.
In what has to be the end of civilized society, rich Manhattanites are hiring people with disabilities to go with them to Disney so they can skip the lines for the rides.
The National Organization for Marriage has announced plans to sue the IRS over whoever leaked their 2008 tax return. Blindly suing the government without anything except suspicion and a convenient time of scandal isn’t really a legal strategy, but it’s probably great to fundraise on. »
- Ed Kennedy
In publicly discussing her double mastectomy, the actor has challenged the celebrity industry to rethink its bizarre values – and she has done all women a huge service
Of course, Angelina Jolie is not the first actress to have had a mastectomy, that most medical of terms referring to the removal of at least one of the anatomical attributes that actresses are expected to hoik up for the sake of their career. In fact, off the top of my head, I can name four: Christina Applegate, Olivia Newton John, Lynn Redgrave and Kathy Bates have all publicly discussed their mastectomies.
Nor is she the first to have a preventive double mastectomy: Sharon Osbourne (not an actress but very much a woman in the public eye) announced only last year that she had one after discovering, as she told Hello! magazine, that she had "the breast-cancer gene".
Yet while Jolie may not be the first, »
- Hadley Freeman
Well this is interesting: Joe Wright, known for his prestigious, visually ravishing adaptations of “Pride & Prejudice” and “Anna Karenina” has become the frontrunner for Focus Features' adaptation of insanely popular mom-porn novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The novel (and eventual movie) revolves around the dom-sub relationship between a twenty-something millionaire and a young college student. The movie, which is being adapted by Kelly Marcel, has been in something of a holding pattern, with Universal and Focus putting up $5 million for the adaptation way back in early 2012. The lack of activity has created an anything-goes atmosphere, wherein “American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis volunteered to write the screenplay and “Good Will Hunting” director Gus Van Sant shot some unsolicited test footage with “Magic Mike” actor Alex Pettyfer playing sexually dominant millionaire Christian Grey. According to the same report that places Wright in the frontrunner role, other filmmakers being considered include »
- Drew Taylor
Atonement director reportedly frontrunner for film adaptation of El James's notorious knee-trembler
Joe Wright, the acclaimed British director of Atonement, Pride & Prejudice and Anna Karenina, has emerged as the surprise frontrunner to direct the forthcoming big-screen adaptation of "mommy porn" literary sensation 50 Shades of Grey, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The trade bible says Wright is currently top of Universal's list for the film version of El James's infamous knee-trembler, which has been the subject of rabid speculation ever since the studio announced the production in July 2012. Another Brit, TV screenwriter Kelly Marcel, is in charge of the script.
But there has been no official word on cast or director, much to the chagrin of James's legions of fans. Among those tipped to star as kinky billionaire businessman Christian Grey and his initially virginal paramour-turned-willing sex slave Anastasia Steele are Ryan Gosling, Mila Kunis, James Deen and Emma Watson, though »
- Ben Child
Filled with intrigue and suspense, the story follows a beautiful troubled former ingenue as she follows a path of possible self destruction … and that’s just the casting Lindsay Lohan.
The saga behind the making of Bret Easton Ellis’ modern-day film noir “The Canyons” is perhaps just as tawdry as the plot itself. Since the first day of shooting, “The Canyons” has been a dream come true for TMZ editors: naked scene shoots, screaming matches, porn stars and, of course, the media’s ever-present anticipation of Lohan’s next potential misstep.
Which begs the question: How do you market a film where the production overshadows the story?
First you have to have a writer, a producer and director willing to play with traditional concept of trailers. Then you given them some chutzpah.
But before there was marketing, there was financing, and the trio had to figure out a way to »
- Erin Maxwell
First there was Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial novel, then it took of the guise of the unforgettable American Psycho starring Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman and now…we all have the chance to make the Musical: A Reality! As we previously reported, Rupert Goold will be directing this stage version and it’s already got the blessing of author himself. So much so, you’ll even see his recommendation in the pitch video over on Kickstarter and now they need you to make this happen and produce something completely unique.
The stage is set for the Almeida Theatre in London this December, and is a true labour of love for the creative team of Jesse Singer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Bookwriter), Duncan Sheik (Composer/Lyricist) and Rupert Goold (Director). If by hearing all this, it makes you think they’re on their way, well they are but The Almeida Theatre and Headlong are both non-profit theatre companies. »
- Dan Bullock
Catch up with the last seven days in the world of film
What with one thing and another, we almost forgot that this week is Cannes selection week: as Peter Bradshaw pointed out, almost as sure a fixture in the annual seasonal cycle as the first cuckoo of spring.
We had the official lineup exactly a week ago, the Directors Fortnight and Critics Week at the start of this week, and yesterday the composition of the (alarmingly star-studded) jury.
As ever, there's an almost indecent amount of stuff to get excited
about: more Gozzle, a new Coens and Baz Lurhman's Great Gatsby being personal highlights. If you like your news in picture form, here's 10 key films.
Reese Witherspoon arrested for disorderly conduct
Bret Easton Ellis's tweets provoke 'ban' from gay media awards
Seth MacFarlane considering reprising his role as Oscar's host
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Van Sant has reportedly shot sex scene – with Alex Pettyfer as Christian Grey – in hopes of tying himself to forthcoming film
In a bid to land the job of directing the film adaptation of erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, Elephant director Gus van Sant is reported to have shot a steamy sex scene featuring Alex Pettyfer as the billionaire Christian Grey, according to the Wrap.
The two-time Oscar-nominated director of Good Will Hunting is seemingly so eager to prove he's the right man for the job, he shot the test reel on his own initiative. Producing studios Focus Features and Universal have yet to comment on the likelihood of him being hired, and have not yet named any candidates for the job.
Pettyfer isn't yet attached to the role, but was cast just for the scene shot by Van Sant – which, according to reports, is the pivotal moment when »
- Lauren Mullineaux
In the wake of her recent arrest, Reese Witherspoon has been yanked out of various press events for her new indie film, Mud. Witherspoon was supposed to appear on Good Morning America and do a press junket yesterday and was initially slated to visit Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight, but she will be hiding from the press instead. [MTV News] Isla Fisher is raising some eyebrows with her latest interview with Gotham magazine. In the piece she says about taking a three year break from acting to focus on her kids with Sasha Baron Cohen, “You can’t have it all and you shouldn’t want to.” Women can, though, have all kisses they want from whales. »
- Meghan O'Keefe
Writer Bret Easton Ellis is famously outspoken on Twitter, so it’s no surprise that the social media site proved his venting outlet of choice after he learned that some callous remarks he made about the Lgbt community landed him squarely on the not-welcome list for Saturday’s GLAAD Media Awards.
“As a gay man in a domestic partnership who plans to get married, I’m sad to hear I’ve been banned by GLAAD from attending tomorrow’s event,” Ellis tweeted. “GLAAD is supposedly ‘furious’ about my tweets. And I’m guessing not the ones concerning my boyfriend or »
- John Mitchell
Bret Easton Ellis wants the world to know he was not among the A-list names who attended the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles over the weekend.
The "American Psycho" scribe spoke out in a series of tweets, claiming he was banned from the star-studded festivities:
Interestingly, the author claims it was his Twitter declarations which got him barred from the event in the first place:
Of course, Ellis seems to be alluding to a series of Twitter controversies he's sparked in recent years. In August, he slammed the possible casting of "White Collar" star Matt Bomer as Christian Grey as "absolutely ludicrous" because the actor is openly gay. "I think Matt Bomer is incredibly handsome and a good actor but I think he comes off totally gay in White Collar," he wrote at the time. " And that is why no to CG..."
He had similar thoughts on "New Normal »
- Curtis M. Wong
Sheik, is best known for his 1996 debut single "Barely Breathing" and and is the songwriter of "Spring Awakening." He's teamed up with playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who worked on HBO's "Big Love," Fox's "Glee" and the Broadway production of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."
The 1991 novel – later made into a 2000 movie starring Christian Bale – chronicles a homicidal New York yuppie who is obsessed with high-end clothes and beauty products as he slashes his way through Manhattan. »
Novelist and screenwriter misses ceremony in wake of string of contentious comments on social media
Bret Easton Ellis was barred from attending the annual Glaad media awards at the weekend, the perennially controversial novelist and screenwriter has revealed.
Ellis was due to attend the La event, which honours organisations and individuals for their positive representation of those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual communities, as the guest of an invitee. The writer, who is currently in a gay relationship, revealed via Twitter he would no longer be attending.
"As a gay man in a domestic partnership who plans to get married I'm sad to hear I've been banned by Glaad from attending tomorrow's event," the American Psycho author wrote. "Glaad is supposedly 'furious' about my tweets. And I'm guessing not the ones concerning my boyfriend or how sexy I think Adam Driver is."
Glaad later confirmed it had sought »
- Ben Child
Novelist Bret Easton Ellis isn't too glad about tonight's GLAAD Awards. The writer revealed that the gay rights organization banned him from attending the event due to his past irreverent tweets. Bret shared via Twitter: "As a gay man in a domestic partnership who plans to get married I'm sad to hear I've been banned by GLAAD from attending tomorrow's event," he tweeted Friday, adding: "GLAAD is supposedly 'furious' about my tweets. And I'm guessing not the ones concerning my boyfriend or how sexy I think Adam Driver is." News: Fifty Shades of Bitter? Bret Easton Ellis Calls Casting Gay Matt Bomer »
There will be stars galore on Saturday evening at the Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards, a swanky Hollywood event attended by 5,000 guests where President Bill Clinton will receive the Advocate for Change Award -- but Bret Easton Ellis will not be among them. The novelist and provocateur took to his medium of choice -- Twitter -- to announce that the gay rights organization had "banned" him from entering the premises after learning a guest planned on bringing him as a date. "As a gay man in a domestic partnership who plans to get married I'm sad to hear I've been banned
- Seth Abramovitch
Now here’s something very interesting, as Bret Easton Ellis’ cult-classic novel American Psycho is coming to the London stage later this year at the Almeida Theatre. It’s always a hard task to take on, with Christian Bale having made such an iconic screen presence but Rupert Goold, the Almeida’s Artistic Director Designate, will take on the challenge and direct the World Premiere of American Psycho, which will be a musical thriller with book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, based on that novel by Bret Easton Ellis.
Living the high life in 1980s Manhattan, Patrick Bateman has it all – looks, money, style and status. He and his entourage buy the most expensive designer clothes, eat at the most exclusive restaurants and party at the hottest clubs. But privately, Patrick indulges in another kind of transgression. And people – including those closest to him – keep disappearing. »
- Dan Bullock
More than the first cuckoo, the announcement of the Cannes competition list is the first sign of spring; always an exciting moment and even more so as in recent years Cannes has consolidated its primacy among the film festivals of the world. There look to be no major or startling omissions: Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac is reportedly not ready, although I was disappointed not to see Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave. There are, in fact, no British entries in competition, but Stephen Frears's Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight – an HBO project about Ali's opposition to Vietnam – has a Special Screening slot. (A small footnote here: young British film-maker Ana Caro, from the National Film and Television School, has »
- Peter Bradshaw
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