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Julianne Moore can kiss goodbye to any hopes she was nursing for an Oscar campaign for David Cronenberg's Cannes Best Actress winner "Maps to the Stars," which is set to play Toronto and New York festivals. Canadian distributor eOne was going to distribute the film stateside, but it has now sold U.S. rights not to Universal specialty distributor Focus Features--the arm that would handle an Oscar effort--but Focus World, their digital distribution arm, which plans an early 2015 release. The entertaining satire of Hollywood boasts a strong cast including Cronenberg fave Rob Pattinson, who canoodles on screen with both an anxiety-ridden movie star (Moore) and the troubled daughter (Mia Wasikowska) of psychotherapist/coach to the stars (John Cusack) and his wife (Olivia Williams), who manages his son's career. Ordinarily you would expect this to have a strong theatrical release, but this kind of movie does well on VOD, »
- Anne Thompson
Focus World has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Maps to the Stars. The film, directed by David Cronenberg, stars Julianne Moore as an aging leading lady and Mia Wasikowska as a mysterious young woman who becomes her assistant. The film also stars Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird, and Sarah Gadon. Focus World is eyeing an early 2015 release for Maps to the Stars, which earned Moore best actress honors at the Cannes International Film Festival in May. Entertainment One and Prospero Pictures co-financed the film, with producers including Prospero’s Martin Katz, Sbs Productions’ Said
- Aaron Couch
eOne and Prospero Pictures appear to have put the kibosh on an awards run for Cannes best actress winner Julianne Moore in a deal that sees David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars switch Us distributors from eOne to Focus World.
eOne and Prospero Pictures co-financed the film, which will now go out through Universal’s platform Focus World in early 2015 in what could be an ancillary-only release.
Maps To The Stars will screen at the Toronto International and New York film festivals and centres on a highly dysfunctional family. Starring alongside Moore are Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon and Robert Pattinson.
eOne Films International handles world sales and eOne will distribute directly in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
After winning the best actress award in Cannes for “Maps to the Stars,” Julianne Moore was considered a strong bet in this year’s Oscar race for her turn as a washed-up star in the David Cronenberg drama. But the overdue actress, who has been nominated for four Academy Awards without winning, could be sitting out of awards season.
In a deal that closed last week, Focus World picked up U.S. distribution rights to the Cronenberg drama from Canadian outfit Entertainment One (eOne), sources tell Variety exclusively. “Maps to the Stars” won’t premiere stateside until early 2015.
Focus World is the alternative distribution division of Focus Features, and it hasn’t been decided if the drama will be released on VOD, play in theaters domestically or some combination thereof. “Maps” could get an Oscar qualifying theatrical release at the end of 2014, so that it would at least be eligible for Academy Awards nominations, »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
Robert Pattinson has been spotted hanging out with another alleged new girlfriend, but London tabloids are reporting that singer Fka Twigs may be the real deal… or maybe not. Pattinson’s love life has been the source of frothing tabloid speculation ever since his relationship with Kristen Stewart imploded in July 2012. He’s been linked by tabloids with such celebrities as Katy Perry, Dylan Penn, Sia Furler, Lisa Marie Presley’s daughter, Riley Keough and a handful of others. ...Read More »
Digital Spy rounds up the 5 must-see movies for September below...
Release date: September 5
Why you should see it: Dan Stevens is a long way from Downton Abbey in this upcoming thriller from Adam Wingard. The Brit actor has slimmed down, beefed up and turned violent as a soldier who infiltrates the lives of a suburban family. Critics have already been raving about the film based on festival screenings, so consider our interest piqued.
Release date: September 12
Why you should see it: In one of his final roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman is on top form as a German security agent drawn into the War on Terror in Hamburg. Based on a John le Carré novel and directed by Anton Corbijn, »
Robert Pattinson is thought to be dating British singer Fka Twigs.
The Twilight actor and the musician, whose real name is Tahliah Barnett, have been going on dates for "a month or so", a report in The Sun claims. The pair have also been photographed out and about in New York City.
Pattinson, who is currently on screens in The Rover, is said to be "smitten" with the rising star, who released her debut album LP1 earlier this month.
Pattinson broke up with his ex, Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart, last summer.
Listen to 'Pendulum' by Fka Twigs below: »
Kristen Stewart channels Old World European decadence in the upcoming French edition of Vanity Fair magazine. She dwells on her battles with tabloid rumor mills, but don’t call her Gwyneth Paltrow. Stewart is hounded by paparazzi where ever she goes. She is the subject of unending tabloid speculation about her romance with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson. And, she’s still dogged by her affair with married director Rupert Sanders, ...Read More »
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Robert Pattinson wears a blonde wig and makeup and looks like a cross-dresser in a new scene from his David Cronenberg picture “Maps to the Stars.” But the clip has only been released in Germany! Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon and Evan Bird also star in the film, which is headed for the Toronto International Film Festival. ...Read More »
Venice — The title treatment for Ramin Bahrani's Venice Competition entry consists of blood red letters on black. Filling the entire screen with blocky all-caps letters and numbers dozens of feet high, we read: 99 Homes. It looks more like the title treatment for a horror than a drama digging into a moral morass of foreclosure, subsistence level employment, and better paid but more spiritually costly work. As it turns out, it is also a horror movie of sorts. The first shot of the film itself is even a post-mortem scene, as Michael Shannon's predatory realtor Rick Carver -- and how's that for a horror movie name? -- gazes almost impassively at blood dribbling down tacky pink bathroom tiles. The contrast couldn't be more stark: Shannon in an off-white blazer so sharp it hurts (costume design by Meghan Kasperlik is on point throughout), gold watch glinting and not a hair »
- Catherine Bray
Glee star Heather Morris is getting married - Us Weekly Another celebrity couple bites the dust - HuffPost Celebrity Would Sofia Vergara be a good matchmaker? - Gossip Girl Robert Pattinson hits the town with a mystery girl - Lainey Gossip Benedict Cumberbatch is coming to the Rockies - Hollywood Reporter Kylie Jenner isn't fazed about living with cameras - TooFab Will you see Robin Wright's latest? - Rotten Tomatoes Miley Cyrus cuddles her adorable pup - Wonderwall Chris O'Dowd and his wife are expecting - The Frisky »
London-based Protagonist Pictures is restructuring as it stretches to fit increased ambitions. The company has had a strong year with Sundance and Berlin hits Frank and ’71, and a number of films in the pipeline. Part of the ramp up includes key appointments just ahead of bringing three titles to Toronto. 3311 Productions’ Eddie Vaisman is joining the company as head of production and acquisitions, U.S., kickstarting its U.S. business. He’ll look to strengthen Protagonist’s Stateside profile and build up its finance and production activities. Vaisman’s credits include producing In A World…, an exec producing Michael Polish’s Big Sur and the upcoming Ad Inexplorata with Mark Strong. He previously worked at Sony-based Avenue Pictures and in 2004 started out at Kathryn Bigelow’s Paramount-based First Light. In another hire, Vanessa Saal will join the company as head of sales. She’s moving over from Studiocanal where she was Svp of international sales. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Hollywood might be abuzz with Sunday's wild MTV VMAs and last night's hot Emmys, but Robert Pattinson isn't having any of it - at least not yet. The actor stepped out in NYC on Monday with his best friend, Tom Sturridge, and in the process gave us a high dose of his good looks in nothing more than a t-shirt, pants, and a backward baseball cap. If the outfit looks familiar, it's probably because you saw him don something similar when he got soaking wet for his must-watch Als Ice Bucket Challenge video. Rob hasn't been keeping it completely casual lately, though - earlier this month, he suited up for a star-studded event in La. »
September 5, 2014
Director: Jake Kasdan
Running time: 94 mins
Director: Rowan Joffe
Running time: 92 mins
Director: Adam Wingard
Running time: 100 mins
Director: David Wain
Running time: 81 mins
September 12, 2014
Running time: 97 mins
Director: Anton Corbijn
Running time: 122 mins
Director: Matthew Warchus
Running time: 120 mins
September 19, 2014
20,000 Days on Earth
Running time: 97 mins
Director: Phillip Noyce
Running time: Tbc mins
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Colin Firth, »
Main Street during The Telluride Film Festival
The Telluride Film Festival seemingly appears overnight against the gorgeous backdrop of rugged mountains. It lasts just four days but in fact it takes more than a month of intensive labor to transform the elementary school, high school, hockey rink, library, the park in the middle of town and a masonic temple into theaters. Now in its 41st year,up until recently this hallowed Labor Day weekend event has long been a quiet fixture on the festival circuit. As most of the festival world knows, the escalating word of mouth about the quality of Telluride’s unofficial premieres caused the Toronto International Film Festival to issue an ultimatum to those hoping to land choice spots in the fall line-up: if you choose to screen at Telluride first, your film will be pushed back on Tiff’s slate. Realistically- Toronto has little to fear from Telluride besides buzz. »
- Lane Scarberry
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and other celebrities are being portrayed as negative role models in a new anti-smoking campaign aimed at discouraging teens from taking up the habit, which is known to cause cancer and other debilitating diseases. The campaign also singles out Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Orlando Bloom, supermodel Kate Moss, singer Chris Brown and a slew of other celebrities. It calls them “unpaid tobacco spokespersons.” ...Read More »
Not a lot to say in the pre-amble to this week’s selection of titles. Should probably apologise for the negativity in advance because a lot of the below is dreck this week across any content provider apart from the occasional bright spot and a new Netflix exclusive. Hopefully you will be able to at least find something worth a look that floats your boat.
This week’s titles of note are as follows:
There really isn’t anymore praise that I can heap on Alfonso Cuaron’s outer space thrill ride that hasn’t been heaped upon it already. Upon repeat viewing what impresses more and more is the technical marvel that this film represents with Gravity being a massive leap forward in the use of virtual sets as well as animation that looks like real people.
There are apparently whole entire scenes here featuring Sandra Bullock and »
- Chris Holt
The three stars, along with many others including Lady Gaga and Kristen Dunst, were featured in an anti-smoking commercial that aired during the awards show. The commercial, made by the Truth campaign, calls out stars for smoking cigarettes by showing candid, mostly unflattering photos of the offending celebrities holding cigarettes in their mouths or hands. Text reading “Unpaid Tobacco Spokesperson” flashes over each photo.
Robin Koval, the CEO of the company that funds the Truth campaign, American Legacy Foundation, says she just wants them to be responsible. »
- Ariana Bacle
One of the show's most buzzed about moments came during the commercial break.
Kristin Stewart, Lady Gaga and Orlando Bloom were just some of the stars who were not in attendance at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, but they still provided one of the night’s more memorable moments.
Pics: 9 Most Talked-About VMAs Moments
The trio appeared in a Truth campaign ad masterminded by the American Legacy Foundation, filled with paparazzi photos of celebs smoking cigarettes and suggesting that each of them played a part in marketing tobacco to consumers. Chris Brown, Rihanna, Zayne Malik, Lana Del Rey, Emma Roberts, Lindsay Lohan and Robert Pattinson were among the other stars put on blast in the ad – each of them dubbed an “Unpaid Tobacco Spokesperson.”
Pics: Music Stars Sizzle on the VMAs Red Carpet
The 30-second spot played during the VMAs commercial breaks on Sunday. It closed out with #FinishIt, allowing viewers »
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