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Ads of the World posted this picture advertising the Bret Easton Ellis adaptation starring Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman and Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Justin Theroux, Bill Sage, Chloë Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon, Willem Dafoe, and Samantha Mathis. The billboard takes on the classic business card scene:
"The Perfect Billboard. Eggshell white with romalian type. Nice. Raised lettering, a subtle 7 inch bone border, and just look at the tasteful thickness of the headline. All perched on four evenly spaced 3.2 metre powder coated stanchions. My god, it even has a watermark."
Clever work on some film geek's part. I hope people will actually take the time to read the damn thing. Pick up the American Psycho Blu-ray here, »
- Cinematical staff
We are leaving Kubrick behind and fast approaching Hyams. If you get that reference, go grab yourself a cookie. It is time for us to reflect back on the decade that was. On January 1st, 2000, Disney released Fantasia 2000. On Wednesday, December 30th, 2009, The White Ribbon is set to bow. Between the release of these two films, thousands of films came and went, and some of them were far more memorable than others. It was a long trek getting this list together, but here are our collective top 100 films of the past decade.
Quick Year-to-Year by the Numbers:
2009 – 11
2008 – 11
2007 – 7
2006 – 14
2005 – 12
2004 – 8
2003 – 7
2002 – 12
2001 – 10
2000 – 8
93. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone (2001) – Chris Columbus
90. Tasogare Seibei »
- Movie Geeks
While the TV airing of a 10 year old film isn't exactly "news", this promotional advertisement for an upcoming TV airing of Mary Harron's American Psycho on New Zealand station TV2 was too cool not to share with our devoted readers and fellow horror enthusiasts. The Hollywood Reporter Live Feed Blog pointed out the billboard that was erected to showcase the classic business card scene. Granted, if you've never seen the movie, the billboard will probably make no sense. However, if you have, it's a pretty cool and unique way to promote the movie's TV airing. Based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel, American Psycho stars Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Chloë Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon, Samantha Mathis, Jared Leto and Willem Dafoe. It made our Top 25 of the »
Some people are going to love this choice, and others are going to hate it, while a smug few will simply roll their eyes and call it predictable, but as far as I'm concerned, The Dark Knight is a necessary inclusion on any Best of Decade list. Jay already talked about the ubiquity of comic book movies over the past ten years in his Spider-Man 2 write-up , and yet this is so much more than just another blockbuster superhero flick. The performances, the writing and the direction all treat the material like a top notch crime drama that is both deep and gripping. It just so happens that the two main characters also dress up like a bat and a clown. The death of Heath Ledger certainly played a role in making this movie appear larger than life, and created a compelling real-life narrative outside of the film that the »
Editor’S Note: Every day for the next month, indieWIRE will be republishing profiles and interviews from the past ten years (in their original, retro format) with some of the people that have defined independent cinema in the first decade of this century. Today, we’ll step back to 2000 with an interview indieWIRE’s Anthony Kaufman had with Mary Harron, who at nine months pregnant, faced the controversial release of her “American Psycho.” … »
Just for fun... I'm sure that more than a handful of you Fangorian's are fond of a little semi-lost late 80's horror satire called Vampire's Kiss.
Robert Bierman's film -which incidentally makes a fantastic double feature with Mary Harron's American Psycho - features a young, method acting Nicolas Cage as a soul dead corporate slug named Peter Leow who believes his one night stand (Jennifer Beals from Flashdance) was a vampire and that he himself is slowly sharing her bloodsucking fate. As his supernatural psychosis increases, Peter becomes more and more abusive to his poor, put upon secretary Alva (Maria Conchita Alonso) resulting in an uprorious scene where Cage leaps onto his desk and screams "Am I getting Through to youuuuu, Alva!" Check out the trailer here:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris Alexander)
Welcome to an oversized edition of "The Good, The Bad and the Wtf," to make up for last week's absence. This time, we take a look at X-Men updates, a Turtles buyout, David Spade's shamelessness, a Michael Jackson controversy and how Denzel Washington is allegedly the worst person on Earth.
• Talking to Empire mag, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner updates fans on the status of future X-Men projects. Good news for those of you who were pissed off by Wolverine's treatment of Deadpool, because this is what Donner said about the proposed Deadpool movie:
Cue collective sighs of relief.
• Here's the first official photo of the new A-Team. I'm not holding my breath for this one, »
- Arya Ponto
Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise was the inspiration for Christian Bale's frightening portrayal of a bloodthirsty maniac in 'American Psycho', according to the movie's director Mary Harron.<p>'The Dark Knight' actor took on the role of Patrick Bateman in the 2000 thriller, playing a wealthy young investment banker who apparently leads a double life as a vicious multiple murderer, reports hollywood.com.</p><p>Director Harron has revealed Bale based the character's smarmy persona on Cruise after seeing the Hollywood superstar give an interview on a Us TV channel.</p><p>'We talked about how Martian-like Patrick Bateman was, how he was looking at the world like somebody from another planet, watching what people did and trying to work out the right way to behave,' she said.</p><p>'And then one day he called me and he had been watching Tom Cruise on David Letterman, and he just had this very »
Tom Cruise is a raging psychopath.
In an interview with Black Book magazine, Harron stated that Bale was “trying to work out the right way to behave.”
Nothing says “acting right” like Tom Cruise.
“We talked about how Martian-like Patrick Bateman was, how he was looking at the world like somebody from another planet [and] watching what people did,” Harron says. “And then one day [Christian] called me and he had been watching Tom Cruise on David Letterman, and he just had this very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes, and he was really taken with this energy.”
In 2005, Cruise fired his publicist, Lee Anne DeVette, who is also his sister, and replaced her with one of H-town’s veteran PR men, Paul Bloch. The Top Gun »
- Reel Loop News Staff
Before he become known on his own terms for being a kind of tightly wound guy who would go nuts on his family members or directors of photography at the slightest provocation, Christian Bale was well known as, well, a tightly wound guy who would go nuts on people, and then kill them. I'm talking, of course, about his role in American Psycho, in which he played the killer yuppie Patrick Bateman long before his Batman growl made him a household name. And this week, for no evident reason, American Psycho director Mary Harron is coming forward with Bale's inspiration for the character-- and no, it's not his own endless supply of inner anger. "one day he called me and he had been watching Tom Cruise on David Letterman, and he just had this very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes, and he was really taken with this energy, »
Almost 10 years after the film American Psycho re-introduced the world to actor Christian Bale in the most devilish of ways, that film's director, Mary Harron, is now opening up about Bale's inspiration for the character in a new interview with Black Book. Now, when playing a nicely dressed, well-to-do serial killer, you'd think one would look for similar real-life killers throughout history for inspiration. Nope, not Christian Bale – because according to Harron, his inspiration was none other than Tom Cruise. Harron says, "We talked about how Martian-likePatrick Bateman was, how he was looking at the world like somebody from another planet, watching what people did and trying to work out the right way to behave. And then one day he called me and he had been...
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Perception is everything, and I don't mean to get all metaphysical on you, but sometimes it's how the world sees us that can define who we are -- but what if the world thinks you're a psycho? In an interview with American Psycho director Mary Harron, she was reminiscing about the black comedy, and as it turns out, her star Christian Bale based his vision of the murdering yuppie on -- wait for it -- Tom Cruise. According to Harron, she and Bale had been collaborating on the character when "...he [Bale] called me and he had been watching Tom Cruise on David Letterman, and he just had this very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes, and he was really taken with this energy."
Actors take inspiration from all kinds of places, but you can't help but wonder if Bale saw something that we would all be made painfully aware »
- Jessica Barnes
The director of American Psycho has claimed that star Christian Bale based his performance on Tom Cruise. Mary Harron helmed the 2000 adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel, which was set during the 1980s and featured a yuppie killer named Patrick Bateman. She told Black Book magazine that the Dark Knight actor struggled in "trying to work out the right way to behave". "We talked about how Martian-like Patrick Bateman was, how he was looking at (more) »
- By Tim Parks
We hope that no one is really as soulless as Patrick Bateman, but Christian Bale's performance in 2000's 'American Psycho' was so frighteningly believable he must have had some real-life inspiration. Turns out Bale studied Tom Cruise's mannerisms to bring the clean-cut murder addict to life. The movie's director, Mary Harron, revealed in an interview with BlackBook: We talked about how Martian-like Patrick Bateman was, how he was looking at the world like somebody from another planet, watching what people did and trying to work out the right way to behave. And then one day he called me and he had been watching Tom Cruise on David Letterman, and he just had this very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes, and he was really taken with this energy. Get HuffPost Entertainment On Facebook and Twitter! »
- Katy Hall
Director Harron has revealed Bale based the character's smarmy persona on Cruise after seeing the Hollywood superstar give an interview on U.S. TV.
She tells BlackBook magazine, "We talked about how Martian-like Patrick Bateman was, how he was looking at the world like somebody from another planet, watching what people did and trying to work out the right way to behave.
"And then one day he called me and he had been watching Tom Cruise on David Letterman, and he just had this very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes, and he was really taken with this energy." »
After yesterday's unprompted accusation by Bronson Pinchot that Risky Business-era Tom Cruise was homophobic, another random Cruise character assault bubbled to the surface today. In an interview with BlackBook, American Psycho director Mary Harron alleges that Christian Bale based his performance of serial killer Patrick Bateman on Cruise after the movie star made one particularly "Martian-like" Letterman appearance. But which one was it? »
It has been four years since the “couch incident” on Oprah, at least a year since he’s publicly praised Xenu, and ten months since his latest movie as a one-eyed Nazi, but Tom Cruise is still making headlines for his wild antics. Of all places, Balki is calling him a homophobe and people are comparing him to the title character in American Psycho.
Bronson Pinchot, the actor best known for playing Balki Bartokomous on television’s “Perfect Strangers,” did a great interview with The Onion’s Av Club titled “Random Roles.” The winding discussion took the 50-year-old actor through his filmography, stopping to tell a behind-the-scenes story or two along the way.
When Pinchot reached 1983’s Risky Business, his first feature film, he recalled »
- Jeff Leins
Su-su-Suri. In a new interview with Black Book, director Mary Harron dryly shares the revelation that Christian Bale's inspiration for his pretty-damn-legendary performance in her American Psycho was none other than Tom Cruise. What's more, there is previous online precedent to connect Cruise's go-getter, '80s attitude and famous physical regimen with Patrick Bateman's yuppie, psychopathic shell. After the jump, we have Harron's very candid remark, as well as the actor who so embodies this strange, pop culture duality... Some may recall that in author Bret Easton Ellis's novel of the same name from 1991, Bateman resides in the same high-status apartment building as Cruise and actually runs into him on an elevator. This detail is not mentioned in Harron's chat, however... How did you and Christian Bale develop his character in American Psycho? Mary Harron: It was definitely a process. [Bale and I] talked a lot, but he was in L. »
- Hunter Stephenson
Patrick Bateman is well beyond disturbed. Is it more disturbing however that the inspiration for the character came from Tom Cruise? American Psycho director Mary Harron did an interview with BlackBook to talk about current projects, as well as Bale's idea to channel Cruise. This is what was said on developing the character, "It was definitely a process. We talked a lot, but he was in L.A. and I was in New York. We didn.t actually meet in person a lot, just talked on the phone. We »
- Niki Stephens
One remade Hitchcock's "Psycho," the other wrote the novel "American Psycho." and they each often explore screwed up young characters, but otherwise Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gus Van Sant ("Milk") and author Bret Easton Ellis ("Less Than Zero") have little in common. The most significant contrast between them is that Van Sant's characters tend to have good souls, while Ellis' seem to have no souls at all. This makes it all the more exciting and curious to see how the duo collaborates on a script about the tragic true story of artists Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake.
The lovers, who both ended their lives in 2007, were not household names, but they were important figures in the art world, and they both made contributions to cinema. Duncan, one of the first designers of video games for girls, made an animated short titled "The History of Glamour" (watch it here), and Blake did the »
- Christopher Campbell
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