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The most popular poster I’ve posted on my Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr in the past quarter—with over 1,000 likes and reblogs—has been this rarity that popped up at Posteritati this Spring. A British Double Crown (10" shorter than a one sheet) for a 24 minute documentary about the experimental music genius Brian Eno, made in 1973 at the start of his post-Roxy solo career, the poster’s popularity is no doubt due as much to the reverence Eno is held in as to its graphic design. But it is still a terrific poster, making simple yet brilliant use of two color printing and showcasing a multitude of Enos in all his glam rock glory. The text in the corner credits Blue Egg Printing and Design Ltd. and if anyone knows anything more about that company I’d love to hear about it. »
- Adrian Curry
[Image via Every '70s Movie] Award-winning makeup artist Rick Baker, who is famous for his work in horror cinema (An American Werewolf in London, The Exorcist, Videodrome) is a frequent Tweeter. Thank goodness for that, since the FX designer recently took to the social media website to share a photo of the first gig he ever got. Octaman was unleashed on the masses back in 1971 and was met with dismal ratings. The monster movie, about a team of researchers who are terrorized by a humanoid octopus, has since developed a cult following. If you’re thinking, “Gee this all sounds awfully familiar,” you would be right, as director and screenwriter Harry Essex also wrote the famed Creature from the Black Lagoon. Octaman doesn’t pretend to be something...
- Alison Nastasi
Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and while it's impossible to suggest titles that will suit everyone looking to beef up their collection at this perfect time of year, I will do my best to offer some suggestions. Let's get to it... My Absolute First Pick I am almost done going through this collection and it was a collection I got for Christmas under these exact circumstances. Typically priced at $224.99, you can now get this amazing set of 25 Zatoichi films for only $112. Box sets, in my opinion, are what sales like this were made for. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Next Ten Recommendations It isn't easy so this is a collection of just some of my favorite films (of all-time and within the collection) and a little variety, though pretty much my standard, go to Criterion first picks, especially if you are just starting out. Persona Breathless »
- Brad Brevet
Night Skies is something of a Hollywood urban legend except that it actually isnt. It was a project specifically Steven Spielbergs project and it was about malicious aliens and their nasty intentions for mankind. In fact not only was it a legit concept heading in the right direction but production for the film actually saw liftoff to a small degree. And one amazingly talented effects practitioner by the name of Rick Baker (you should most certainly know the mans work but if youre not with the loop hes worked on iconic pics like Videodrome The Howling Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope and Hellboy to name just a few) was assigned the task of bringing some eerie aliens to life. »
Canadian auteur David Cronenberg has a well-documented fascination with seeing social systems disrupted by chaos, whether they be romantic (The Fly), domestic (A History of Violence), psychological (A Dangerous Method), criminal (Eastern Promises), automotive (Crash) or technological (Videodrome, eXistenZ) in nature. Just as his suffocatingly stilted Cosmopolis set out to skewer the folly of capitalism in a long limo ride across Manhattan, Cronenberg’s latest, Maps to the Stars, seems explicitly crafted to serve as its West Coast counterpart, taking to task the wealthy, self-involved ranks that populate Hollywood. It may not be the sharpest of satires, but perhaps that unruliness is simply a matter of form reflecting content. “I requested a stretch limo,” Agatha (Mia Wasikowska) points out to her driver upon her arrival in Los Angeles. Of course, since her driver, Jerome, is played by Cosmopolis star Robert Pattinson, we waste no time disappearing down the self-referential rabbit hole. To »
- William Goss
David Cronenberg: "I remember the day as a child being told about death." Photo: Richard Mowe
He has made a speciality and a career of exploring the darker recesses of the mind. David Cronenberg, however, believes he is sanest person he knows.
In person, Cronenberg, the perpetrator of Videodrome, Scanners, Naked Lunch, The Fly, Crash, and eXistenZ, Cosmopolis, and A History Of Violence, could hardly be further removed from the dark and violent imagery he throws at audiences from the screen.
His home remains Toronto where he embraces what he describes as a very middle-class life with his wife and three offspring. His father was a crime fiction novelist; his mother a concert pianist. "I've worked with the same people for more than 20 years and that gives me great stability and strength," he explains.
"I'm subject to the same bouts of artistic despair as anyone else, but when you »
- Richard Mowe
Real talk: it's been quite a while since David Cronenberg made something truly satisfying. "Cosmopolis" has a few defenders, "A Dangerous Method" not so much, and while there's stuff to like in "Spider," "A History Of Violence" and "Eastern Promises," all felt compromised to some degree or other. Indeed, the truly unfiltered Cronenberg picture, one where bits fall off people or people try to have sex with orifices not traditionally used for any sexual act, seems like something of a distant memory at this point. But good news is here, because the Canadian director's latest, "Maps To The Stars," just premiered at Cannes, and while it's substantially different from the "Videodrome"s and "Crash"es of the world, and probably rather more disposable, it's certainly the director's most twisted, and as a consequence, most deliciously entertaining film, in quite a long while. Based on the novel by Bruce Wagner »
- Oliver Lyttelton
One of my favorite character actors, Les Carlson, passed away at his home in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the age of 81. Mr. Carlson appeared in some of my favorite genre films. He played Graham, the telephone lineman in Black Christmas (1974), Barry Convex, the president of the Spectacular Optical Corporation, in David Cronenberg’s Videodrome (1982), Brenner the newspaper editor in David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dead Zone … Continue reading →
- Jonathan Stryker
Actor Leslie Carlson has died, aged 81.
He passed away from cancer at his Toronto home on May 3.
Leslie Carlson, a character actor best known for his role as the sinister Barry Convex in the classic sci-fi film “Videodrome,” is dead. He died of cancer at his home in Toronto at the age of 81 on May 3. In addition to his role as a creepy corporate bad guy in 1983's “Videodrome,” for which he was nominated for a Genie Award for supporting actor, Carlson appeared in three other movies directed by David Cronenberg: 1983's “The Dead Zone,” 1986's “The Fly” and the short film “Camera” in 2000. Also see: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 (Photos) Among his most high-profile films roles. »
- Todd Cunningham
Actor Leslie “Les” M. Carlson, who starred in four David Cronenberg films including Videodrome during his 38-year career in film, television, and the stage, died May 3 after a battle with cancer at his Toronto home, under hospice care. He was 81. South Dakota-born Carlson began his screen career in the 1970s, with turns in films including 1974′s Deranged and the sorority slasher classic Black Christmas. Cronenberg cast him as Spectacular Optical Corporation head Barry Convex in 1983 sci-fi horror Videodrome, for which Carlson earned a Genie Award nomination. He’d go on to act in three more Cronenberg films: The Dead Zone, The Fly, and 2000′s Toronto Film Festival short Camera. Carlson’s credits also include films High-Ballin’, A Christmas Story, Rolling Vengeance, and K2, as well as TV appearances on 21 Jump Street, The X-Files, Highlander, Babar and the Adventures of Badou, Rookie Blue, and a recurring run on Disney’s Road To Avonlea. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up: David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars." The director: David Cronenberg (Canadian, 71 years old). I don't think I exactly need to introduce Cronenberg, unless your auteur radar extends only to directors who have been nominated for Oscars. The cinema's currently dormant king of body horror has shifted in and out of genres and levels of respectability, his previous 20 features taking him from shoestring kink ("Stereo") to more elaborate gross-out cult items ("Videodrome") to warped mainstream fare ("The Fly") to icy arthouse provocations ("Crash") to tastefully cerebral prestige items ("A Dangerous Method"), with any number of stages in between. »
- Guy Lodge
Though most of the films at next month’s Cannes Film Festival are keeping their plot details and advertisements to a bare minimum, David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars is still moving full force ahead with its marketing campaign.
Last week, we brought you the first official trailer, which embraced the sex, violence and intrigue of its tantalizing subject matter. Today, a set of new images centering on the screwed-up Hollywood dynasty at the film’s center has hit the web. Though the majority of the shots focus on the characters plated by Robert Pattinson (as the family’s limo driver) and Mia Wasikowska (as pyromaniac Agatha), stars John Cusack (as the family patriarch) and Evan Bird (who plays child actor Benjie) can also be seen in the new images, which you can check out below.
The official synopsis reads as follows:
Led by the loathsome yet funny and touching child-star Benjie, »
- Isaac Feldberg
In between supervising the new 2K digital film transfer of “Scanners” for Criterion and nabbing a competiting slot in the Cannes Film Festival for “Maps To The Stars,” Canadian provacteur David Cronenberg has found time to write his very first novel, joining the ranks of other directors like Guillermo Del Toro. As is becoming standard in the literary world – at least for larger properties – the novel has its very own trailer, however this one has the benefit of Cronenberg himself at the helm. Just over two minutes long, the trailer for “Consumed” is very much in the Cronenberg mold so you definitely don’t want to be watching this at work. We don’t want to spoil what small fun there is in the teaser but we will note that it finds the “Videodrome” director working with a found-footage aesthethic and that it ends with a few glowing quotes about »
- Cain Rodriguez
We recently covered shirt designs from Cavity Colors based on David Cronenberg’s The Fly and Videodrome. Now they are back with a brand new shirt and print to be released on April 22nd that pays homage to another legendary horror director’s film: John Carpenter’s The Thing.Here’s what Aaron Crawford had to say about his latest creation, titled The Thing Inside:
“John Carpenter’s The Thing was one of the first monster movies I watched as a kid, and the special effects / storyline blew my little mind. The idea of a shapeshifting alien creature getting inside your body and becoming You, just to re-populate its own species without being exposed really sorta fascinated me. On top of that, the feeling of despair being isolated in an Antarctic freeze with no escape really toys with your mind.
The special effects by Rob Bottin are also some of »
- Derek Anderson
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 15, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
After a man with extraordinary—and frighteningly destructive—telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers, and that some of the other “scanners” have their minds set on world domination, while others are trying to stop them.
Starring Michael Ironside (Haunting at the Beacon), Stephen Lack (All the Vermeers in New York) and Jennifer O’Neill (L’innocente), the cult favorite Scanners offers a trademark Cronenberg combination of the visceral and the cerebral. This gruesome and bizarre film about the expanses and limits of the human brain was the Canadian filmmaker’s breakout hit in the United States, due in no small part due »
A couple of good ideas can go a long way. Other times they could be just that – ideas without a proper framework to support them. Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence seems to struggle to find a purpose for the “high-concept” thoughts that seem to expand its own head rather than the audiences. In fact, some audiences might struggle to stay awake during this uncompelling and preachy bore.
After a minor flash-forward that unceremoniously lets you know what will eventually happen, the film opens with Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) as he’s about to give a speech at a science conference. At his side is his loyal wife Evelyn played with heart and emotion by Rebecca Hall. Upon leaving the hall Will is confronted with a shooter who attempts to kill the scientist. This is only one action in what is soon revealed as a series of acts of »
- Michael Haffner
Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome is a relatively rare form of child abuse that involves the exaggeration or fabrication of illnesses or symptoms by a primary caregiver. The central idea around which everything swirls in Zack Parker's Proxy is as brilliant as it is dark, exaggerating a real medical condition in a similar fashion to what David Cronenberg did with the hysteria and outcry when soft core skin flicks were shown on local TV stations - the result was Videodrome - or how Paul Solet examined, in his film Grace, how newborn children sap the resources of their mothers and bring about an anxious protectiveness. The best horror movies exaggerate the anxieties of our times. Proxy illustrates how the egos and minds of new parents (or...
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God, I wish this conversation between John Landis, David Cronenberg and John Carpenter about the history, nature and culture of horror movies, could go forever. And all this back in 1982, a golden age for horror and a time when all three men were at the height of their considerable powers. Carpenter was the dark master of the brilliant B-movie (“Halloween,” “The Fog,” “The Thing”—the latter being a work in progress during this talk), Cronenberg, the brain behind intelligent but disturbingly physical horror (“Scanners,” “Rabid,” “The Brood,” the then-forthcoming “Videodrome”), and Landis the genius of comic horror (“American Werewolf in London” and many other clever genre spoofs). The three directors and host Mick Garris touch on the reason for the popularity of horror films (“they're entertaining”—Landis), the difficult necessity of working with elaborate and gruesome special effects, something all three of the directors know a lot about (think “The Fly, »
- Ben Brock
Most people know David Cronenberg for his work in the body horror genre niche, specifically films like Videodrome, The Fly, Shivers, and eXistenZ, as well as transgressive gonzo flicks like Naked Lunch. But in the 2000s, he took his career in a more respectable (if no less graphic and weird) direction with projects like History of Violence, Eastern Promises, and A Dangerous Method, all of which became minor awards season darlings and enjoyed substantial critical success – while slightly reinventing Cronenberg as an artist.
Now, the trailer for his latest project, Maps to the Stars, has landed online, and it looks like the film will stay in a similar vein as his latter-day productions: less gooey and gross, but still plenty mind-warping on their own merits. Concurrently, the movie showcases Cronenberg’s continued fascination with Robert Pattinson, Twilight‘s Edward, as the young actor strives to make a ...
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- Andy Crump
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