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Bret Easton Ellis, Rob Zombie Team on Manson Murders Project

Charles-mansonbookingphotoThe author of “American Psycho” writing a Manson Murders TV series directed by Rob Zombie? You can’t make this stuff up. Unless you work for Fox. Variety has the details:

Writer Bret Easton Ellis and director Rob Zombie have teamed with Alcon Television to develop a project for Fox that will revisit the people and events connected to the Manson Family murder spree in August 1969.

The project is envisioned as a limited series, but it is in the very early stages of development with Fox. Ellis is set to write the script and some additional materials. Zombie is on board to direct.

Zombie has long been fascinated by the Manson Family slayings, which left seven people dead in the Los Angeles area. Among the victims were actress Sharon Tate, who was eight and a half months pregnant at the time with the child of director Roman Polanski, and prominent Hollywood hairstylist Jay Sebring.

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Bret Easton Ellis on the ‘Reign of the Gay Magical Elves’

EllisBret Easton Ellis, author of modern classics Less Than Zero and American Psycho, writes about the lionizing of celebrities who announce they are gay for OUT:

Was I the only gay man of a certain demo who experienced a flicker of annoyance in the way the media treated Jason Collins as some kind of baby panda who needed to be honored and praised and consoled and—yes—infantilized by his coming out on the cover of Sports Illustrated? Within the tyrannical homophobia of the sports world, that any man would come out as gay (let alone a black man) is not only an LGBT triumph but also a triumph for pranksters everywhere who thrilled to the idea that what should be considered just another neutral fact that is nobody’s business was instead a shock heard around the world, one that added another jolt of transparency to an increasingly transparent planet. It was an undeniable moment and also extremely cool.

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American Psycho Attacks Broadway

American psychoWhen Brett Easton Ellis’s classic ’80s New York story American Psycho was made into a Hollywood movie in 2000 it was extremely controversial and had trouble finding theaters willing to screen it. Fast forward a decade and it’s now an American classic worthy of a major Broadway musical. Personally I think Ellis was spot-on with his satire of the excess of New York in the ’80s, far more so than, say, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street. The funny thing is, too, that some of the satire doesn’t even seem odd anymore; I could swear I’ve seen items like “rare roasted partridge breast in raspberry coulis with a sorrel timbale” in a real New York restaurant… From the New York Post:

Move over, Sweeney Todd — another singing psycho is nearing his Broadway debut.

The tale of Patrick Bateman — a fictional Wall Street banker obsessed with designer clothes, Phil Collins, rape and murder — is going to drench the Great White Way in blood in “American Psycho: The Musical,” producers of the show told The Post.

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