The Golden Treatment

February 9, 2012

Golden Suicides Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan

If you thought that Paris J’etaime was an impressive collaboration among artists from different realms of film directing, wait until you get a load of what is in store for 2013 (if not sooner). Start by mixing together some equal parts of nihilism, suicide, scientology, LA subcultures, cinema du corps, psychedelia, POV cinematography, a star studded and (let’s admit) equally as handsome actor, and a touch of Portland slack—what do you get? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Golden Suicides.


Author Bret Easton Ellis


Director Gus Van Sant










Years ago the rumor mill tickled us with an idea that Bret Easton Ellis and Gus Van Sant were planning to collaborate on a screenplay based on Vanity Fairs article tracing the tragic suicide of artistic lovers Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake; aka the golden suicides. Bret Easton Ellis, author of the infamously misogynistic and violent American Psycho as well as the disaffected Holden Caulfied-esque Less Than Zero, has enough experience aptly appropriating controversy within his novels that the feat of appropriately tackling a tale of lovers’ suicide should evoke ease within his process.Van Sant, on the other hand, will balance out Ellis’ nihilism with tenderness, a talent of his seen in films like Elephant in where he systematically and successfully appropriated some of our sympathies with the evil, though misunderstood, high school shooters. However, this rumored duo between Ellis and Van Sant was years ago, and an update on the project has changed the dynamics a bit.

Gaspar Noe's Enter The Void

As of recent, the project has escaped the rumor mill and situated itself as something worth looking forward to; something that very well may occur. Bret Easton Ellis has completed the script and is on board with a director I could not be more thrilled about. From his debut Carne to Irreversible to his most recent Enter The Void, Gaspar Noe has proven himself to be a modern day auteur in every sense of the word, standing alongside the likes of Haneke and Almodovar. Noe’s directing style, more specifically his assaulting camera work paired with his no-holds-barred portrayal of rough content, is bound to transform Ellis’ surely successful adaptation into something even more evocative and experiential. With these two artists situated on the darker side of the fence, Van Sant could surely aid them in some balance. Unfortunately his name is no longer tied in with the project. Though Van Sant could have aided in the construction of the final screenplay, as of now all credits have been attributed to Ellis as official screenwriter. Only time will tell concerning Van Sant’s actual involvement and whether or not it even exists anymore.

There is of course a fourth player in all of this that will furthermore fuel the buzz surrounding this project. As if 2011 wasn’t already the year of Ryan Gosling, 2012 is shaping up to be even better for the hugely successful and beloved actor. Aside from confirmed projects alongside directors Malick (Tree of Life) and Refn (Drive), Gosling has also been the rumored star of Noe’s The Golden Suicides, playing the role of Jeremy Blake. While Gosling’s participation with the film remains rumored speculation based on some of Ellis’ personal tweets, it is nevertheless a rumor that is worth getting excited about. Hopefully there will be plenty more to come concerning this upcoming trifecta of talent.

Until then, keep those smiles folks.



BOOM! There it is. The first line of Bret Easton Ellis’ new novel Imperial Bedrooms, scheduled to hit your local bookstores/trendy-nooks mid June. Bedrooms is the sequel to Ellis’ earlier work Less Than Zero…yes, one of my absolute favorites.

they made a book too

For those living under a rock, Zero was written in the eighties about the eighties, honing in on a group of LA teens playing hard and drinking harder amidst the backdrop of the seedy, dysfunctional LA ‘burbs. Not only has it been called the modern day Catcher in the Rye, but it’s also “the novel your mother warned you about”. With Bedrooms being released now in 2010, the story has assumed the position of pacing along real time, considering the new story follows the same characters as they approach their midlife crisis. Mmm, juicy! The absolute beauty of that first line is that there was in fact a movie made called Less Than Zero, starring the infamous Robert Downey Jr., pre-rehab that is. In terms of a successful adaptation, the movie fails in it’s delivery. In it’s defense, capturing the original impact of sheer disconnection thats prevalent in the novel would be a tough feat for anyone. However, Ellis’ choice to acknowledge the presence of the shitty adapted film and his utilization of it in the fictional world is brilliant! I can only hope the upcoming novel is just as satisfying.

More news to come concerning my boy Bret…i don’t wanna give it all at once ya crazy readers. Now get outside, blast your cheap radios, and cause a ruckus…it’s summaaaaa! For you chill-seekers, check out the jam Swell by Common Market. Its…swell.

Tip your waiters (i could use the cash),


An Evening Of Debauchery

January 27, 2010

At the risk of sounding hyper-local, i’m going to discuss my overwhelming excitement for the approaching birth of DIRTY MEGA! With an in-your-face title that sounds as if it is the next YouPorn, how could one not be intrigued? Well my friends, it’s sure to be dirty, but nothing pornographic here. The Dirty Mega event is the birth child of some local DJs around Wilmington who specialize in techno, electronic, bass, headthrob, weak knees, and other genres of music that induce numb convulsing on the dance floor. For promos and mixes check out the Dirty Mega site which started off as, what looks like, a blog about the genre. However, what DM has matured into is a rave-like event hosted every last thursday of the month at Odessa, a bar that is surely in need of some attention. This could be, and will be, exactly what it needs. Hell, it’s exactly what Wilmington needs, in terms of the urbanites who get sick of hearing the top 40 in the bars after hearing it all day in their cars. (poet who didn’t know it)

So the question that remains…who is in wilmington? If so, get your ass out tomorrow night for a bass-pounding headache of ecstasy! Advertised as “the biggest showcase of debauchery, mayhem and loud music Wilmington has ever seen”, you know DM is gonna have a good run, even if it is only limited to Wilmywood for now.

See you there futha muckas

yours truly,


Kyle Ryan of  A.V. Club published this post on the A.V. Club blog today. I’m guessing the Emotion & Commotion title is represented by the eagle and the guitar respectively? In any case, it’s hilarious. Especially since it’s coming from a tired old (but awesome) British rocker about eight or nine years behind the tidal wave of overzealous pro-American art. Also, the sun’s rays breaking through the gloomy sky are a great touch.

When Hellogoodbye burst onto the music scene with their first full-length album Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! in 2006, they enjoyed decent touring success and a wildly popular single in “Here (In Your Arms)” but were largely written off as another driving synthpop band for the kiddies. Now, after the entire band has been through a revamp (lead singer Forrest Kline is the only remaining original member), Hellogoodbye is working on a new album.

In the meantime they’ve recorded a handful of covers that can be downloaded on their website. There are a couple cool Beatles covers and the Promise Ring cover is especially good, although Kline admits sounding a little weird singing that type of music. There’s also a link to their excellent new single “When We First Met” on the site. Overall, the band seems to be moving in an entirely new direction that’s more back-to-basics indie and mature, but at the same time bubbly and positive. I’m excited to see what they manage to come up with on their full-length.

…on its way.

“Anticipation for an Apple tablet (expected January 27) resembles that of Moses bringing down the 10 Commandments,” wrote Mark Abramsky of RBC Capital.

Apple’s invitation to “Come see our latest creation” on January 27th has set the internet aflame and anticipation and rumors are through the roof. We here at Color Happens are big Apple fans, and although I don’t always agree with some of their business strategies there’s no denying their efficacy. This time around, however, it looks as if Apple will definitively trump the entire world’s expectations. The internet is all abuzz about the tablet and new tidbits of info continue to appear. One particular point of interest is the tablet’s expected connectivity with Verizon’s 3G network. This, companied with the distinct possibility of new versions of the iPhone coming to Verizon could spell trouble for AT&T. On top of all this, yesterday reported that Apple’s tablet could be sold at $600 each. This puts the tablet in direct competition with other tablet PCs already on the market (HP tablets go for anywhere from $700 to $1500).

Expect a followup from me in the coming week after Apple drops their latest bombshell.

My amigos and I plan to bring you our commentary on current popular culture, art and politics. Just what the world needs, I know; but we’re all part of this big old world so why not make our voices heard?