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Maps to the Stars, 2014.
Directed by David Cronenberg.
A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
Some plot details lie below…
Watching Maps To The Stars is like watching a waking nightmare, one you cannot wake up from and one you feel intimately part of – whether you like it or not. It is also a new kind of horror from film maker David Cronenberg, a film maker who made his name with superior bodyshock horror pictures, and may be the director at his most cynical since Videodrome over thirty years ago. All of this makes for a film experience which is as disturbing as it is humorous, yet never anything less than brilliant.
- Gary Collinson
Paul Schrader is no stranger to editing room battles. His travails during the production of "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist" are well documented, and in the case of last year's "The Canyons," screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis described the film Schrader turned in versus the one his script envisioned, and a similar scenario seems to have occurred during production of the director's upcoming movie, "The Dying Of The Light." Penned by Schrader, the film follows a C.I.A. agent who is afflicted with blindness while on his last mission. At one point a few years ago, Nicolas Winding Refn was slated to direct, but the project collapsed when Harrison Ford (who was set to star alongside Channing Tatum) and the filmmaker couldn't come to terms about the fate of his character. The movie was revived recently with Schrader now directing his own script, Refn staying on as a producer, and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The book deals with the life of Charles Manson leading up to the notorious 1969 Tate-labianca murders by his cult members. It also explores the psychology of the young women who followed him.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
"The Rules of Attraction" author Bret Easton Ellis is re-teaming with the star and director of that book's 2002 film adaptation, James Van Der Beek and Roger Avery respectively, for the dark comedy series "Post Empire" from Kapital Entertainment and Merman Films.
The six-episode project stars the former "Dawson's Creek" heart throb as a shady American Bernie Madoff-style figure living in the UK who is trying to keep his investors happy while his world starts to collapse.
The project is one of several from Kapital Entertainment and Merman Films which aims to develop American-created content for the UK. Another project of theirs in the works is the multi-camera comedy "A Sort of Family".
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The American Psycho musical will not have an off-Broadway run at Second Stage Theatre after all. Though it was scheduled for a run in 2015, Second Stage announced Friday it would not be producing the show, which premiered in London. “We are disappointed that we will not be producing American Psycho this season, but the rights holders, Act 4 Entertainment, have decided to not move forward with the production at Second Stage,” Artistic Director Carole Rothman said in a statement. “We will be announcing a new production in its place in the coming weeks.”
The production may, however, be looking directly to Broadway. »
- Esther Zuckerman
As the producer of "In Treatment," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Entourage," Mark Wahlberg knows what it takes to be successful on the small screen. And now, he's taking one of his own movies and developing it for a brand new series. His forgotten about 2007 action thriller "Shooter," directed by Antoine Fuqua, is now being turned into an episodic drama for TNT. No word yet on the plot details, but we presume they won't be too far off from the movie about a U.S. Marine Scout sniper who gets framed up for murder and has to go on the run. [Deadline] The unlikely trio of James van der Beek, Bret Easton Ellis and Roger Avary are back together. They upended the "Dawson's Creek" star's image with the 2002 effort "The Rules Of Attraction," and now they're headed together to the U.K. for "Post Empire." The dark comedy will follow "an American Bernie Madoff type in the U. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After last week’s news about Netflix securing The Blacklist for a record fee, a similar story came to light this week concerning the pre Batman prequel series Gotham. Now rather than getting it day and date after Us broadcast as per Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn, Gotham’s entire run will just arrive on Netflix after it’s finished its TV broadcast. Worse news is that this means you have to wait for Channel 5 to get their finger out and schedule it on one of their three channels and then muck it around the schedule just to confuse you further and for it to finish its run there. Kind of takes the wind out the sails doesn’t it? I wouldn’t expect to see Gotham on Netflix until this time next year at best but we will see.
In better news David Wain’s relatively well »
- Chris Holt
Anthony Hodgson on his three greatest book to movie adaptations…
Author, Bret Easton Ellis.
Upon its original publication in 1991, American Psycho was marred by controversy, and it’s no surprise considering one of the chapters is called ‘Killing Child at Zoo’, which was sensibly not included in the film. The satire focuses on Patrick Bateman, a cold blooded narcissistic ‘yuppie’ who spends his days listening to Phil Collins in his plush Wall Street office, but spends his nights brutally murdering prostitutes and homeless people. Harron & Turner were set with the tough task of portraying the comedic elements of the book whilst keeping it’s gruesome themes.
And they nailed it. From the opening credits of blood-like condiments dripping across the screen, to the famously ambiguous ending, it is easy to tell that they truly understood what Ellis was trying to say. And through »
- Gary Collinson
Aug. 21-Sept. 1
Montreal World Festival
Celebrating its 38th year with a distinctly Gallic flavor, Mwff will open with “We Love You, You Bastard,” from French director — and longtime festival supporter — Claude Lelouch. Montreal closes with a tribute to another French legend, the late Alain Resnais and his last film, “Life of Riley.” But it’s not all France all the time. The fest is dedicated to the late Latin American literary icon, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and will be developing the new European Films Screening section, along with greater co-production ties with a large Chinese delegation of key industry players.
Aug. 29-Sept. 1
Telluride Film Festival
Telluride has always been an intimate, casual, carefully curated festival that doesn’t announce its sked until the day before it begins. The festival’s reputation — it has hosted several Oscar winners and nominees over the years — means that cinema lovers don’t mind going in blind. »
- Iain Blair
Opening this weekend is the big screen adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. The 1993 Young Adult novel has quickly become a favorite among readers in the 20 years since it’s been published. While the adaptation is getting mixed reviews, there have been a number of stellar film adaptations that have surpassed readers’ expectations. With that in mind, we oriented our Netflix streaming guide around the best of book-to-film transformations.
Of Total Film’s 50 Greatest Book Movie Adaptations, we found 10 options worth streaming, plus a bonus: The Hunger Games — a film that relates purely based on the idea of being a dystopian novel turn big budget movie starring pretty young things.
Total Film’s greatest change from book to film: “Different story threads are told in the novel by a variety of characters, whereas Renton is »
- Stacy Lambe
How do you rank perfection? Duncan has a go, as he lists the top 25 Jason Statham films...
For regular Den Of Geek readers, it will come as little surprise to see this list come round. We've chosen our favourite Statham films before, but such is the productivity of the great man, it was decided that a mere top ten was no longer large enough to contain his ever growing body of work. Last time I mentioned updating this piece to the man himself back in 2012 due to his insane workload, he cracked up and responded, “My productivity is overwhelming! 'Have a fucking day off!'”
Since this list has now expanded to encompass 25 of his movies, it seemed only right to include multiple sequels, with his big trio of action franchises all spawning some thoroughly entertaining fare worthy of mention, though I’ve tried to exclude the personal bias that »
Philip A. Dick: Perry’s Literary Minds Stuck In a Lonely Place
Following up his dark hearted homage to road trip cinema with 2011’s The Color Wheel, Alex Ross Perry’s third film, Listen Up Philip arrives with an equally unpleasant set of main characters as it explores the hyper intellectual worldview of self-important authors wallowing in their emotional ennui. But the self-involved narcissists occupying Perry’s arena also happen to be impressively fleshed out compelling characters that makes this triptych of their miserable emotional periods so engrossing. Sprawling, unkempt, and often unlikeable, it’s one of the most impressively written and astutely performed films you’ll see this year.
We meet Philip (Jason Schwartzman) as he meets up with an ex-girlfriend for lunch, basically to gloat over his looming success as an author, celebrating the publication of his first novel. An omniscient narrator (Eric Bogosnian) begins to guide us through Philip’s (and eventually, »
- Nicholas Bell
Over the span of five short years, John Cooper and Trevor Groth’s branded <=> section has not only become a destination for ”bold, distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling” in Park City, but in its inaugural year with a ten feature film line-up showcasing world premiere titles and a pair of films that were actually shown elsewhere (12 O’Clock Boys) it became a mainstay for the Angeleno crowds. Now, twelve months later, their lovely nudge to my kind of film has been slimed down by half a dozen titles making for a sophomore edition of Sundance Next Fest that has decidedly been retooled and refined. Converging at the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles for a three-day film love-in (preceded by today’s out-door 10th year anniversary showing of Jared Hess’ Napoleon Dynamite), on paper, this might already have become the sort of flagship event that nurtures the frenergy between artists is multiple disciplines, »
- Eric Lavallee
The actor has reportedly been cast as serial killer Patrick Bateman in the upcoming U.S. premiere of the musical, based on Bret Easton Ellis’ novel and 2000 film of the same name. Written by Spring Awakening’s Duncan Sheik and Big Love’s Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the dark show about excess and murder is set to open off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre in March 2015 and will be directed by Rupert Goold. »
- Jake Perlman
More concept art has come running for Rob Zombie's next horror flick, the mysterious 31, and we have it for you right here... bouncing boobs included. You just can't really see 'em but they're there! Check it out!
Artist Alex Horley provides the eye candy as always. You can check out his first piece below as well.
"All I can tell you is that it’s a completely original idea; it’s something new," said Zombie in a previous interview. "It’s not based on anything. I’ll start shooting the movie in the fall. So hopefully starting from October, I’ll start shooting it. For right now I’m going to keep the details secret. But it’s not based on anything. There’s a clown thing in the movie, but it has nothing to do with Captain Spaulding, and what is in the movie doesn’t look like »
- Steve Barton
Terrorism, drug addiction, gambling and crime. Sounds exciting doesn’t it? Well, despite exploring all these thrilling topics and more, Donna Tartt’s latest Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Goldfinch doesn’t quite live up to the hype.
The author of the amazingly well received The Secret History (1992), a story about a college murder, certainly takes her time in writing each opus, clocking in at around ten years per book. Her sophomore novel, The Little Friend (2002) had a strong opening in its depiction of another murder—this time that of a young boy, however the rest of the novel which charted his sister’s attempts to solve the crime, floundered in places.
So everything was resting on The Goldfinch. Would it be a return to form? Or would it suggest that Tartt was yet another author suffering from the curse of the “too good first book”? Since she’s just »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Ever since the news broke about Rob Zombie's next horror flick, the mysterious 31, fans have been clamoring for more information. While we don't have a lot more to share, we do have some very early concept art that Zombie shared via his Facebook page.
Zombie posted the artwork along with the following message:
"Lots of news on my next film 31 will be coming your way very soon. But until then I thought I share with your one many awesome production drawings from the film courtesy of Alex Horley."
"All I can tell you is that it’s a completely original idea; it’s something new," said Zombie in a previous interview. "It’s not based on anything. I’ll start shooting the movie in the fall. So hopefully starting from October, I’ll start shooting it. For right now I’m going to keep the details secret. But it’s not based on anything. »
- Steve Barton
Author Bret Easton Ellis' 1991 novel American Psycho, about a deranged Wall Street yuppie more interested in "murders and executions" than mergers and acquisitions, will be staged as an off-Broadway musical in February 2015. New York's Second Stage Theatre will host the production, with British theatre director Rupert Goold will direct it. No castings have been announced yet, according to The Associated Press.
Playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa – who has written works with suitably dark titles like Say You Love »
Off-Broadway powerhouse Second Stage will present the U.S. premiere of the much praised (and much debated) American Psycho, the musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel (and 2000 Christian Bale-starring film) about excess, murder and flashing the right labels. The show — with music by Duncan Sheik, book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, staging by Rupert Goold and a starring performance by Matt “Dr. Who” Smith – opened last December at London’s Almeida Theatre and was considered a shoo-in for Broadway next season. It still may be. For now, however, the show will begin performances in February 2015 and open in March at […] »
It’s hip to be square yet again, it seems. The London-premiered musical version of American Psycho—famously a Bret Easton Ellis novel, then a cult classic 2000 film with Christian Bale—will get a stateside production this spring at Off Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre.
The musical—which alternates new, electronic-fused tunes by Tony-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) along with the film’s cheeky use of 1980s tunes by Phil Collins, Human League, Tears For Fears, and the aforementioned Huey Lewis & The News, among others—received much acclaim in its 2013 premiere on the West End. The role of Patrick Bateman, »
- Jason Clark
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