The Informers Film Category Archive
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The Informers Film Hits The UK
DVD Release For The Informers
Extras will include a director and cast commentary, and a Human Intersections: Making The Informers featurette.
Worst Film Of The Year?
Uh oh - these aren't the headlines any of us wanted to see. Is The Informers the Worst Film of the Year?
The Informers Opens With $314k
Based on all the poor reviews of The Informers film from the time it hit Sundance, it wasn't much of a surprise that it opened to only $315,000 its opening weekend.
Bret Talks Glitterati, Informers, More
Another interview with Bret, this time at the AV Club. They hit on a bunch of topics, including the American Psycho musical, Glitterati and where he gets his material.
Well, they are autobiographical in the sense that they reflect who I was at a particular moment in my life. There was talk of a memoir, and I realized why I couldn't write a memoir, because the books are the memoir - they completely sum up how I was feeling, what I was thinking about, what my obsessions were, what I was fantasizing about, who I was, in a fictional context over the last 25 years or so. I don't really look at writing as like, "Oh yeah, I went out with Donna and Frank the other night, and she said something really interesting, and God, the way he lit his cigarette was kind of a cool thing. I'm gonna jot that down and put that in the book I'm working on." It just doesn't work that way. I don't know how it works. I don't know why I write what I write. I mean, it's impossible to talk about. I don't know.
AVC: A lot of Rules Of Attraction fans would ask you if Glitterati will ever see the light of day.
BEE: For many legal reasons, it will never see the light of day. You can't really show Glitterati in public, it's not possible. There are a lot of people who would be very upset. I don't even know if they got permission from a lot of the people in it, which might be a big problem, why it's only shown privately.
Roger's obsessed with containment of this. I think it would ruin marriages. [Laughs] I think what they shot is... I think it'll be a long time before they can show this movie. I think Kip Pardue would be okay with it, maybe. But it's basically about 90 minutes of him in character actually seducing women throughout Europe. Much of this was shot late at night, and people didn't care. I just don't know what you could do with it. You can't really show this movie in public.
Thanks to Greg for the heads up on the interview.
Time Out New York
Time Out New York has a short interview with Bret about The Informers film and his upcoming novel, Imperial Bedrooms. They asked a good question about how difficult it was for Bret to put himself back into the proper frame of mind to write about the Less Than Zero characters again.
It was difficult to get back into this guy's voice, even though he's my age. He's in his forties, and it has been 20-some years since the events of that book took place. And now we meet this narrator again at another point in his life. Of course, he's older and wiser and maybe a little bit creepier than he was in the original. It's still essentially the same guy. I had to go back and do a variation on that voice and style of writing. It was a strange position to be in. Can't say it was totally pleasurable, but it was interesting to see how this works.
Thanks to Jack for the heads up on this interview.
Bret Talks About The Informers Film
Bret talked to MTV about his thoughts on how The Informers film turned out.
"It's a painful process. I've seen about a hundred different versions of 'The Informers,' once the film was assembled," he remembers. "But I like the movie, I'll stand by it."
"The script that I wrote is not really on the screen," he explains. "What was weird about watching this movie was that it was based on a book of mine; it's the first one that I adapted myself. Yet, it's very different from what I imagined it would be."
The Informers Opens April 24th
Some rumors have been on the net that The Informers was going straight to DVD - Senator says its not true. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on April 24th.
Why Brandon Routh Was Cut From The Informers
I can't find the original source for this, but here is some more details about the decision to remove the vampires from The Informers film.
According to the sources, Ellis and Jarecki, who wrote the screenplay, are not quite happy with the finished product. They told pals that the film they had started to make is quite different from the finished product.
New Trailer For The Informers
A new all-audiences trailer is up at theinformers.com. I like this trailer a hundred times better than the previous versions.
Gregor Jordan Talks About The Informers
Moviehole has an interview with Gregor Jordan about The Informers. He talks a bit about the reviews so far and says everyone was aware this would be a 'polarizing' film in terms of reviews.
We also might get to see all the cut vampire scenes in the DVD.
Possibly. I mean, it was very interesting trying to cut this movie, because the script was quite unwieldy. Well, you know, it was long and unwieldy. Because, you know, Bret put a lot in there. And what we decided to do was just shoot it all. Knowing that we were going to find the film in the cutting room, in a sense. So there was actually a lot of really fantastic scenes that aren't in the movie, that really deserve to get seen, I think. Because there's such - you know, as just sort of isolated scenes, I think they're really interesting moments. So whether or not that comes out on the DVD, or whether - you know, maybe they'll put it on the Internet, or something like that - you know, yes. know.
Positive Review For The Informers
A positive review of The Informers. Its interesting that this reviewer likes the film for the same reasons that many have panned it.
The film intentionally (and beautifully) over-saturates and overindulges itself - with such deliberateness that it sometimes feels like it was actually made in '83. Everything about it lulls you into that dark, steamy, predictable, naive and shockingly shiny 80's aesthetic. The delivery is so seductive that you come quickly to expect that big 80's ending - a big moral resolution - or maybe even a series of small ones that magically explain how all these people effected each other. Thankfully, there is nothing of the sort.
The Informers Opening Scene
Some priaise for the opening scene of The Informers.
One of the best openings of a film I've ever seen. Featuring an opulent mansion house in the 80, it's set in LA and there's a party going on and we hear Simple Minds' New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) playing loudly.
Auditioning For The Informers
Its pretty funny because until the day of her scenes being filmed, she didn't even realize what the film was or who else was in it. She was under the impression it was a low-budget comedy/horror film set in the 1980's.
Amber Heard Photos From The Informers Premiere
Negative Review of The Informers
The first harsh review of The Informers: The Informers Tries and Fails Hard.
So when I tell you that The Informers, the latest adaptation from the work of author Bret Easton Ellis, is one of the most self-indulgent, stylishly overcompensating and poorly executed films I've seen in years, you should be able to believe me. Put into an even simpler context, The Informers is undoubtedly on its way to being one of the worst movies of 2009. It was, without question, an abysmal experience.
Ouch. Anybody seen the film yet and care to share your thoughts. Even if its not a great movie, I doubt its as bad as this review makes it out to be.
Update 2: An actress from the film, Suzanne Ford, talks about the reviews.
Update 3: At least this writer is honest in revealing she doesn't like Bret's books as a reason she dislikes the film. I wonder how much of the negative reviews are from people who just don't like Ellis' novels.
Update 4: A couple more tidbits in this USA Today article about Sundance.
Then there were two outright failures: Billy Bob Thornton starred in both of them. First came Manure, a surreal comedy from the Polish brothers about 1950s-era fertilizer salesmen that caused a lot of walkouts and painful silence during the post-screening Q&A. Then came The Informers, an adaptation of a Bret Easton Ellis short-story collection about decadent Los Angeles scumbags.
Thornton didn't show for the premiere and neither did Ellis, leaving director Gregor Jordan to stand alone as he practically apologized for the film. "I fully expect some people are going to freak out about this film," he said. "It's more about mood than it is about plot. ... I'm not going to say have a good time, but I hope you find it entertaining."
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The Informers Trailer, Official Site
Ladies & gents, the official site for The Informers film is up. Complete with trailer.
NY Times Talks Up The Informers
The NY Times has an article about The Informers film.
In Mr. Ellis's account, Mr. Jarecki first conceived the idea of carving a movie from "The Informers," a book of interlocking stories that was largely written in the early 1980s, but first published in 1994. The two eventually wrote a screenplay of 150 pages - much too long, by Hollywood standards - that included among its subplots a tale about vampires who appear, in the stories, to be quite real.
The vampires were dropped. The resulting film, set to be the first release from Senator, next April, now centers on a pair of fractured families, of the sort that once met for dinner at Spago.
It also takes side trips into the lives of a television newscaster, played by Ms. Ryder, and a particularly reprehensible character played by Mr. Rourke in his last role before starring in "The Wrestler," a picture that has unexpectedly pushed him toward the front of this year's Oscar race.
The Informers Promo Pics
Informers At Sundance
The Informers film will be screening at Sundance 2009. In theaters soon after - I hope.
Update On The Informers Film
Its current planned release date is early 2009 - though it wouldn't surprise me to see that slip again.
And Sony has picked up the DVD and TV rights to the film.
The Informers Trailer!
Not sure whether this is legit, but it looks like it is so I'm going with it - The Informers trailer. [thanks Chris]
Informers Article In V Magazine
The issue of V Magazine with Gwen Stefani on the cover has an article about Bret and The Informers film. There isn't anything online other than this blurb. [thanks Jason]
The Informers is the latest of Bret Easton Ellis's dark works to hit the big screen. The novelist is no stranger to Hollywood
No Vampires In The Informers Film?
Has the mention of vampires been removed from The Informers film?
However, Jon Foster who plays Graham, the son of a Hollywood movie exec (Billy Bob Thornton) has made the shocking revelation that there are no creatures from the dead in director Gregor Jordon's upcoming adaptation.
"There are no more vampires. They took the vampires out. There are no zombies or monsters either," he announces. "This is more about the narcissistic side of people's characters. God knows why they took the vampire characters out. I can't say if I was pleased or displeased, that is just the way it is."
Informers Cast Member Dies
Brad Renfro died this morning, likely of a drug overdose. He had been filming a part for The Informers, but I'm not sure if he finished everything that needed to be done. This may cause the need for some re-shoots if there were unfinished scenes.
UPDATE: Renfro's death is now confirmed as a heroin & morphine overdose.
The Informers South American Set Pics
La Republica has a few set pictures from The Informers on location in South America.
Ashley Olsen Out Of Informers
The Informers: Winona On Set
Here are some pictures of Winona Ryder during filming of The Informers.
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Heard, Isaak Join Informers
Heard plays a sexually promiscuous woman caught up in the decadence of 1980s L.A., while Isaak will play a sex- and alcohol-obsessed father who takes his young son to Hawaii.
Filming has already begun in LA, which reminds me that I've got a couple pictures of Winona Ryder on-set to post later.
Informers Inspired Photos
Out.com has a small photoshoot inspired by The Informers up. Thanks to Joe for sending in the link.
Rourke, Ryder Join The Informers
More casting news today on the film adaptation of The Informers as Mickey Rourke and Winona Ryder come aboard.
Ryder will play a newscaster who has just been dumped after a longtime affair with a married producer William Sloan.
Rourke will play Peter, an amoral former studio security guard who plots to kidnap a small child to sell to the leader of a Los Angeles cult.
Billy Bob and Kim Basinger Joining The Informers
The casting for The Informers seems to be going well, with Billy Bob Thornton and Kim Basinger currently in negotiations to join the cast. Already on board are Brandon Routh, Ashley Olsen, Austin Nichols, Lou Pucci and Jon Foster.
Thornton will play a movie exec, and Basinger will portray his wife, Routh has been cast as the vampire, and Olsen plays a sexually promiscuous girl.
Shooting will begin in October in Los Angeles, Uruguay and Brazil.
The Informers Casting
Looks like The Informers film is either casting or at least accepting submissions. Good news either way that the project continues to move forward (thouth it does still have Nick Jarecki listed as director).
The Informers, based on a 1994 novel by Bret Easton Ellis that follows the adventures of a group of characters in 1983 Los Angeles. Movie executives, rock stars, and a vampire are involved in stories laced with sex, drugs, and violence. Nick Jarecki directs the screenplay he wrote with Ellis. Casting: Automatic Sweat, 5243 W. Washington Blvd., L.A., CA 90016.
The Informers Production Insert
Via Ion Cinema, here is a teaser of the production insert poster for The Informers from Cannes. Looking good!
See the full version of the poster at Ion Cinema.
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The Informers Film Is A Go
Wow. 2 weeks ago, I was pretty sure there wouldn't be many updates to this site until The Canyons got closer to reality. Then we had the The Frog King news, and today - The Informers gets a greenlight with Gregor Jordan set to direct and production to begin this summer.
Nick Jarecki, the original director attached to the project and the co-writer of the screenplay along with Ellis, will get Executive Producer duties. Here's a note that Nick sent out regarding the project:
As many of you know for over two years Bret Ellis and I have been hard at work on our film THE INFORMERS. Nothing about it has been easy as many of you who've listened to our stories can attest.
I'm pleased to announce that we are currently moving forward to production. This will hopefully be the first of many exciting news items soon to come.
Thanks to everyone for their support on the quest to realize a great film.
I've actually managed to get my hands on this screenplay a few months back and really liked what I saw. I had pretty much resigned myself to the idea that the project was dead, so this is great news!
The Informers This Summer?
Variety has a small mention of The Informers film that claims its still in pre-production and will start shooting this summer. I'm not getting my hopes up just yet.
Update On The Informers Film
No news is bad news for the film adaptation of The Informers. Initially planned for the fall of 2006, then pushed back to early 2007, the Nicholas Jarecki project is apparently going nowhere at the moment.
The Informers Film A GoLooks like the past rumors of an upcoming film based on The Informers were true.
Here's the previous info about the film.
More: Here's the Variety article about the film. The company that snapped it up is Senator Entertainment. Shooting will begin in early 2007 and will take place entirely in Los Angeles.
Jarecki Confirms Informers Film!The rumor of a Nicholas Jarecki directed adaptation of The Informers first surfaced in May of 2005, but it now appears to be on the verge of being realized. In an interview with CHUD.com, Jarecki talks about his film about James Toback [thanks to Frank for the tip] called Outsider and when asked about future planned projects he has this to say:
In the fall I'm going to direct a new film called The Informers, which I've written with Bret Easton Ellis, based on his best-selling book of the same name. We wrote this very crazy, multi-character, Short Cuts/Boogie Nights type movie that takes place in 1983 in Los Angeles and is about a rock star and a movie studio president and his wife and his mistress and a vampire and a kidnapper.Jarecki also talks about the process he went thru to get Bret on board with this adaptation. This should be an interesting project to follow. Because The Informers is easily Bret's least recognized novel, I wonder how many casual Ellis fans will be drawn in to a story that they may have skipped previously.
Ellis InterviewThe Morning News has an interview up with Bret by Robert Birnbaum. Robert has chatted with Bret a few times over the past couple of years, so his interview is quite different than most folks because he doesn't have to ask the obvious questions. [Thanks to Tim and Settemod for sending this in]
The only real future project nugget is Bret's response when asked about The Informers:
BEE: And that has a script and looks like it's going to go, yeah.This would be the Nicholas Jarecki script mentioned last year, so hopefully its still progressing.
The Informers On Film?Is Nicholas Jarecki going to bring 'The Informers' to film? Thats what Cinematical says after talking with Jarecki at the Tribeca Film Festival.
I had lunch this afternoon with Nicholas Jarecki, director of the Tribeca documentary The Outsider, which tracks James Toback through the making and release of When Will I Be Loved. Response to the film, Jarecki's first, has been strong, and with good reason: genius/madman Toback is relentlessly interesting, and the film provides a rather excellent investigation of the creative process. Jarecki's next project? An adaptation of The Informers, by Bret Easton Ellis.