Bret Easton Ellis is the author of six novels, Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, Glamorama, Lunar Park and most recently Imperial Bedrooms, which was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller, and a collection of stories, The Informers. His work has been translated into twenty-seven languages. He lives in Los Angeles.
BretEastonEllis - 7 days ago
THE B.E.E. PODCAST: Paul Schrader, the screenplay is not the movie, writing Taxi Driver at 26, Jeff Bridges as Travis Bickle, American Gigolo's impact and influence on Less Than Zero, movies as bisexual experience, the difficultly of working with Richard Pryor and George C Scott and Lindsay Lohan, friendship and collaboration with Martin Scorsese, objectifying men, Richard Gere's blank beauty and how he replaced John Travolta as Julian Kaye, the social benefits of cocaine, writing the first draft of Close Encounters and subsequent rift with Spielberg, Warren Beatty as master manipulator and how he wanted to star in Hardcore, the fall-out with Brian De Palma, being a film critic and a filmmaker, Pauline Kael as mentor and her Hollywood downfall, the down and dirty post-rules gonzo Dog Eat Dog, moral ambiguity and neutrality in movies, Hal Ashby and Sam Peckinpah, the alienated majesty of Kubrick's Barry Lyndon, regrets over not indulging commercial inclinations, mythologizing 70s Hollywood, movies as a 20th century art form...Available on iTunes and PodcastOne: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id753552884
BretEastonEllis - 26 days ago
THE B.E.E. PODCAST: Feelings Are Not Facts, Professional Victims and defining yourself by a trauma, art cannot be made in a democracy, the problem of forced diversity, the end of safe spaces and micro-aggressions, being crucified for telling the truth, liberal censorship, Larry Clark and the calamitous making of his film Bully (2001), controversy as a gateway to success, life as an outlaw, kids vs adults, the cosplaying of the culture and staying a child forever, The Night Of as best movie of 2016 compared to the DOA nostalgic comfort of Stranger Things, bringing back the Taboo and the Freak, Brad Renfro's tragic beauty and shooting coke, almost casting Jake Gyllenhaal, the influence of John Cassavetes and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, the acquittal of Nate Parker, defending Lena Dunham, the secret world of the Eisenhower 1950s, Trump, the pitfalls of the podcast, and of course: the death of film culture. Available for free on iTunes and PodcastOne: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id753552884
BretEastonEllis - one month ago
THE B.E.E. PODCAST: Moby and how it feels to be a white cisgender male heterosexual, the pointlessness of political correctness and the circling firing squad of PC culture, the emancipation of defeat, the 70s childhood and being obsessed with AM radio, online vitriol and horrible Gawker comments, the soulless Video Music Awards, the virtue-signaling of Beyonce, third-wave shopping mall feminism, forced inclusivity and the aesthetic limitations of female empowerment, self-censoring yourself and the lack of fearlessness in the culture, HBO's The Night Of, Donna Summer's Long Hangover as futuristic sex song, missing the Freak and the Taboo, Kanye's Famous video, the epic wide-screen gorgeousness of PLAY, alcoholism and getting sober, the Manhattan of the 1990s, learning about YouTube culture via The New Yorker, The Journals of John Cheever, Florence Foster Jenkins review and the limits of white privilege, The Eagles and Life in the Fast Lane, loving Bob Seger un-ironically, the incomparable strangeness of Los Angeles. On iTunes and PodcastOne: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id753552884
BretEastonEllis - 2 months ago
THE B.E.E. PODCAST: Peter Bogdanovich, The Last Picture Show as a masterpiece of New Hollywood filmmaking and example of 70s pessimism, making Barbra Streisand rich with What's Up Doc?, Paper Moon and Tatum O'Neal, technology vs filmmaking, the intelligentsia move to TV, being on The Sopranos, the disaster of Nickelodeon in color and the disaster of At Long Last Love being rushed in editing, turning down The Godfather and The Exorcist and Chinatown and The Long Goodbye, the women in Peter's life: Cybill Shepard and Polly Platt and Sue Mengers, being a critic and a director, Michael Cimino's death and Heaven's Gate, Hitchcock as great director and Vertigo as overrated, the pros and cons of the old studio system, Ford and Hawkes and Welles, clashes with Robert Altman and William Friedkin and Sam Peckinpah, disinterest with Kubrick's movies, the tragedy of They All Laughed, Ben Gazarra and Audrey Hepburn affair, sad-eyed Timothy Bottoms as not easy to work with, the limitations of the theatrical medium: two versions of John Le Carre with The Night Manager vs Our Kind of Traitor, learning from the past and young filmmaking students, Cary Grant's stern warning to Bogdanovich: Available on iTunes and PodcastOne: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id753552884
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