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.
Bret Easton Ellis
BretEastonEllis - 27 days ago
THE B.E.E. PODCAST: Filmmaker Walter Hill on writing and producing Alien and how 30 directors turned it down until Ridley Scott, trash vs art at the movies, The Warriors, film violence, misguided identity politics misreading art and artists, a director is not an acting coach, Steve McQueen's perception of himself as a star, dealing with bad reviews, mythologizing the New Hollywood of the 1970s, the function of the screenplay, Kubrick, genre movies vs prestige films, Robert Aldrich misrepresented in Feud, Richard Pryor and drug-addict as difficult actor, The Deer Hunter as great right-wing film? Kurosawa, 80s executive culture and Michael Eisner and Don Simpson, influencing Tarantino, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg vs La La Land, American movies as corporate object, directing Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours, James Gray and The Lost City of Z, the limits of CGI, William Wyler, success of The Getaway, Sam Peckinpah's edgy paranoia and alcoholism, if Tom Cruise had starred in Streets of Fire, John Ford, Point Blank's minimalism influencing The Driver, The Assignment as transgender controversy, Edgar Allen Poe's The Philosophy of Composition, admiration for Robert Altman and Paul Schrader, the hard life of the critic, disdain for the victim movie. Free on iTunes and PodcastOne: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id753552884
BretEastonEllis - one month ago
THE B.E.E. PODCAST: Andrew McCarthy as go-to-guy for Gen-X despair, the ability to attract women and the ambivalence about success, wanting and not wanting fame, the publication of Less Than Zero and the making of Less Than Zero the movie, the Nancy Reagan era of Just Say No and the problems with 20th Century Fox causing LTZ reshoots, numbness as a feeling, Robert Downey Jr acting on cocaine and his heartbreaking wounded quality, the embarrassing lack of sexual chemistry with Jami Gertz, Keanu Reeves and Bridget Fonda first considered for Blair and Clay, alcoholism and getting sober, St. Elmo's Fire, hungover during all of Pretty in Pink, alcoholic seizures, LTZ's director drunkenly apologizing for how movie turned out, Red Hot Chili Peppers cut from film, Molly Ringwald and the problems with Pretty In Pink's ending as well as the miscasting of Jon Cryer, was Duckie gay? Hugs Not Drugs, Tom Cruise as calculated movie star and the jingoism of Top Gun, Leonardo DiCaprio as beautiful tenor, Matt Dillon's reality check, being fired from Law and Order and the fight with bully monster Vincent D'Onofrio, the limits of method acting, the LTZ sequel: the depravity and cruelty of Imperial Bedrooms, spending seven years writing a novel and giving up, losing the pose with age, Paul Theroux, alcoholism destroying your acting career. Now available on iTunes and PodcastOne: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id753552884
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BretEastonEllis - 2 months ago
THE B.E.E. PODCAST: Sam Outlaw and the revelation of not being motivated by money, the Moral Superiority Movement, liberal psychosis in letting the Trump presidency define you, the tears of wealthy Democrats and the new rules of The Disruptors, Trump as the daddy Patrick Bateman never had, Millennial wrecks, accused of being a Trump apologist and not allowed to have opinions as a member of the white patriarchy, the surprise and dismay of realizing you exist in a bubble, Hollywood breakdowns and the Meryl Streep rant, Beverly Hills going red for Trump, the enduring greatness of The Eagles and Don Henley's The Boys of Summer, pretty bad Christian values, the journalistic status quo, mom overdosing on painkillers and dad checking out, Millennials and Socialism, texting Steve Bannon at an Oscar party, Trump as The Joker from The Dark Knight, being a traitor to the Left for liking country music, The Resistance but resist what? You Can't Always Get What You Want as boomer anthem, Black Lives Matter as incoherent aesthetic disaster, moral ambivalence about politics, Urban Cowboy, Coal Miner's Daughter, being produced by Ry Cooder but not being accepted in Nashville, Christian rock, practicing abstinence, where are the hooks? Jason Isbell, Amy Grant, Oasis and the influence of Brit-pop, the uselessness of The Grammy's, Kratom. FREE on PodcastOne and iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id753552884
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