SXSW passes on Lindsay Lohan's 'Canyons'?
January 24th, 2013
02:53 PM ET

SXSW passes on Lindsay Lohan's 'Canyons'?

It wouldn't appear that the festival circuit is loving "The Canyons," the now-infamous picture starring Lindsay Lohan and James Deen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, SXSW passed on showing the film because of "quality issues," not long after TMZ reported that Sundance also wasn't interested.

Written by Bret Easton Ellis and directed by Paul Schrader, "The Canyons" has been described as a thriller set in Los Angeles, focusing on 20-somethings as they seek "power, love and success in 2012 Hollywood." Yet the press thus far has been on the negative side, with the New York Times Magazine's lengthy examination of the production process painting a less than pretty picture.

It seems that discord might have spilled over into the film itself, as a source connected with SXSW told THR that the movie "had an ugliness and a deadness to it."

Easton Ellis has defended the project on Twitter, posting Wednesday, "I wish people would stop taking the standardly [sic] 'controversial' and boringly negative route with THE CANYONS. It's actually a good movie..."

And on the movie's Facebook page, director Schrader hints that the movie may not be quite ready for public consumption yet, anyway.

"After the NYT Mag piece, many have asked when the film will be shown. It's going to be a few months. The intense reactions to 'Liz and Dick' and the Times Mag article have made us realize that there will be an immediate blowback once 'The Canyons' is publically [sic] screened–for good and ill," Schrader wrote January 17, a day following TMZ's report that Sundance passed on the movie.

"When the film is shown it should also be available VOD and limited theatrical. That way the curious can see the film for themselves," he continued. "In a way it's good we're not at Sundance. We weren't prepared, we weren't organized. Films enter festivals to heighten their profile. 'The Canyons' doesn't need to do that. We need to organize multi-platform distribution. This is not a dodge, it's common sense. The film is very good. I have no qualms about that."

Filed under: Celebrities • Lindsay Lohan • movies

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Just leave it alone...

    thank you.

    February 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Perfect example


    February 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Weird Ear

    Yeah, quality issues.. because it suuuuuuucks.

    February 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. This one goes to eleven

    The director sounds like Ian Faith in Spinal Tap: "Our audience has become more... selective."

    January 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jujubeans

    I'd like to bury my face in her canyons! ( o )( o )

    January 30, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. From Lindsey


    January 29, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. here is special message to you...

    take a look and always remember.....

    January 29, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. yea its worse.


    January 29, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. So when you flip us back to older dates...

    is that too get our attention?--its just blogging there is no purpose.

    January 29, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. maroon

    thats right and they all know you heard it too..haaaaaaaaaaaa

    January 26, 2013 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. pinkpoodlepuff

    I want pancakes with maple syrup.

    January 26, 2013 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. my husband is going to leave me

    what do i do?

    January 25, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. b0bc4t

    After reading the Times article about the production of the film, it seems that Lindsay wants to work (in spite of herself), but can not get past her partying, careless ways until she is faced with losing her place at the table. She needed handholding to arrive on stage, stay on set, and work with others, yet was pitching a fit when called on it and threatened with replacement. It would be nice to see her make her way back, but with her last motion picture efforts being "Machete" and "The Canyons", it seems the downward slide has begun, rather than the phoenix type rise back to acceptance and trust within the industry. If she can't even pull off soft porn (which she has been practicing on the amateur arena in her private life), or stay out of bars and from behind bars, how is she to be a viable choice for work?

    Good luck to you, Lindsay! You take care of you, work will take care of itself, while you are still a name and a face.

    January 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nate

    After reading the article about the movie Canyons I'm fairly worried about her. She really doesn't sound like a happy person. It also sounds kind of like her mom and others may be using her. She probably would have been alot better off if she hadn't made this movie. She'll probably never be accepted by the mainstream again.

    January 25, 2013 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeeper

      Are you for real? Why would you care about this no talent, overpaid, drunk,cokehead? If she doesn't care if she dies, why should we bother?

      January 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. E7

    Poor Linds's career is over. Starring in this film probably ruined her. I almost feel sorry for her. Please read the NY Times article and see what you think. Regretfully some see a Dana Plato ending if she doesn't get help soon and away from her parents. Maybe time in prison would help get her mind straight. I hope things work out ok for her.

    January 24, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Gerald

    It sounds disgusting and poopy almost like that awful Lindsay Lohan is in it.

    January 24, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Doesn't matter

    porn or invited.

    January 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  18. GT58

    Sounds like a porn release plan

    January 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  19. nikki's

    mother's videos include all...thanks

    January 24, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |

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