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Autobiographical Doc Burroughs Paints William S. as an Elusive Persona

11 November 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

By respectfully minding the gap between Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs's experimental fiction and his real-life passions and traumas, biographical documentary Burroughs -- shot in 1983 with its subject's participation -- paints the artist as an elusive persona. Director Howard Brookner defines Burroughs's fiction by its autobiographical elements and elliptical prose style, and establishes Burroughs's slippery character through his interview subjects' impressionistic, off-the-cuff commentary. Fragmentary asides, like the scene where journalist Lucien Carr regales poet Allen Ginsberg with his impression of Burroughs as a womanizing college student — " 'There's a thunder in my chest,' he'd say, and all the women fell to the floor" — are given as »

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James McAvoy, Producer Jeremy Thomas to Sit on London Film Festival Main Jury

23 September 2014 4:21 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Veteran producer Jeremy Thomas has been named head of the official competition jury for the upcoming BFI London Film Festival. In an announcement made Tuesday, the prolific producer behind titles such as The Last Emperor, Crash, Naked Lunch and Only Lovers Left Alive — and a former BFI chair —was revealed alongside Luc Roeg, Sophie Fiennes and Finola Dwyer, who are set to preside over the first feature, documentary and best British newcomer competition juries, respectively. Read more: Edward Snowden Doc to Get U.K. Premiere at London Film Festival On the official competition jury, Thomas will be joined by

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- Alex Ritman

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The Definitive ‘What the F**K?’ Movies: 40-31

23 August 2014 8:44 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As you can probably tell, this list feels more arbitrary than others. That’s not by design, but the unfortunate premise of the list leaves some room for interpretation. As we move forward, we will start seeing the films that, if you asked a lay person to give an example, would probably be a response. In other words, more people have heard of them, which, in turn, often makes them more “definitive.” Don’t worry, though – there are still some underseen and underappreciated gems the rest of the way through.

40. Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)

Directed by: Béla Tarr

It’s certainly not the swiftest film on the list, but you can’t expect much quick plot development from Béla Tarr. Wreckmeister Harmonies takes place in a tiny Hungarian town surrounded by nothing. The winter is incredibly cold, but it never snows. Yet the townspeople are excited in the middle of town as »

- Joshua Gaul

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'Scanners' (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray Review

29 July 2014 11:11 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

If you've heard of, but never seen, David Cronenberg's Scanners you're still likely to be familiar with the infamous head-exploding scene. It's perhaps the most iconic scene in any one of Cronenberg's films and there are a lot to choose from, and while I've seen people argue Scanners is only memorable for that one scene, I was happy to find more enjoyment in this 1981 classic than I remembered the first time I watched it. That being said, I don't remember the first time I saw Scanners, but I do know it was before I really knew what it was to watch a Cronenberg movie. In fact, I've still yet to explore his entire oeuvre including films such as The Brood, Naked Lunch and Crash, primarily because I believe there is a mood one must be in before watching one of his films. You need to almost prepare yourself with »

- Brad Brevet

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Exclusive Interview With Ben Foster On Lone Survivor

2 June 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There are a few actors who instantly make you sit up straight and take notice, no matter the role he or she is in. One of the best actors of this generation, Ben Foster, is one of those disarming performers. In 2013, he appeared in three superb films in very different roles. In Kill Your Darlings, he brought out the misery and madness of author William S. Burroughs, decades before he wrote Naked Lunch. In Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, he was an officer wounded by Casey Affleck’s bullet, who finds a redemptive love for that outlaw’s wife. In Lone Survivor, out on DVD and Blu-Ray June 3rd, he paid tribute to Matthew “Axe” Axelson, one of four Navy Seals caught in the line of fire during a reconnaissance mission.

Foster is intense and deeply committed to many of the roles he gets, whether it’s adding glaucoma »

- Jordan Adler

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Paula Vaccaro talks up slate

21 May 2014 2:21 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Producer is in Cannes with slate that includes a restored William S Burroughs doc and On The Milky Road.

London-based Argentinean producer Paula Vaccaro is in town talking up an eclectic slate that includes a restored William S Burroughs doc and Emir Kusturica’s On The Milky Road.

Pinball London’s Vaccaro and Aaron Brookner serve as remastering producers on Burroughs: The Movie.

Brookner launched a Kickstarter campaign in late 2012 to restore the film, which his late uncle directed and remains the only feature doc about the Naked Lunch author, born 100 years ago.

Criterion is on board to release on DVD and Janus Film will distribute theatrically at the end of the year after Burroughs: The Movie returns to the New York Film Festival, the site of its world premiere 30 years ago.

Brookner will film the festival screening and insert into his original doc, Uncle Howard, which Vaccaro also produces. Jim Jarmusch is executive »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Interview with David Cronenberg about Maps To The Stars

19 May 2014 8:05 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

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

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Julianne Moore is Crazy Sexy in New Trailer for David Cronenberg's Cannes Entry 'Maps to the Stars'

9 May 2014 9:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last month we showed you the first trailer for David Cronenberg's dark and offbeat "Maps to the Stars," which will premiere at Cannes next week. Now we have a new trailer for the film, which boasts an awesome cast inlcuding Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Olivia Williams.  The film follows a dysfunctional Hollywood family, a fading actress and an aspiring actor, who all come together in this twisted film. If Cronenberg's filmography ("A Dangerous Method," "Eastern Promises," and "Naked Lunch") says anything, "Maps to the Stars" promises to be a sexy, violent and insightful look at the people who make up one of our largest industries.  Check out the new trailer below.  »

- Eric Eidelstein

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Scanners

18 April 2014 2:34 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 15, 2014

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95

Studio: Criterion

With his 1981 science fiction/horror thriller Scanners, David Cronenberg plunged audiences into one of his most provocatively splatterific creations.

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 »

- Laurence

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‘Maps to the Stars’ Trailer: It’s All Ending Now

15 April 2014 6:47 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Most people know David Cronenberg for his work in the body horror genre niche, specifically films like VideodromeThe FlyShivers, 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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First Promo Trailer for David Cronenberg’s ‘Maps to the Stars’ Starring Robert Pattinson

14 April 2014 4:55 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

It’s a good day when we discover a trailer for a new David Cronenberg film. For the unfamiliar, Sound On Sight was initially called The Naked Lunch back when we launched in 2008, so needless to say, Cronenberg is one of our favourite filmmakers. And while I wasn’t the biggest fan of Cosmopolis, his second consecutive collaboration with Robert Pattinson looks promising. The film stars Mia Wasikoska as as Agatha, a young woman who bears a visible external scar, and some pretty deep internal demons. Rounding up the cast is Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Olivia Williams and Sarah Gadon making an appearance in her third film directed by the Canadian filmmaker. Maps to the Stars has no North American release date yet, but we expect it will debut at Cannes in May. Watch the trailer below. Enjoy!

Synopsis: Led by the loathsome yet funny and touching child-star Benjie, we »

- Kyle Reese

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Surreal first trailer for David Cronenberg's sexy thriller Maps to the Stars

14 April 2014 9:53 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

David Cronenberg films are never straight forward. Like David Lynch, Cronenberg's films always have something lingering just beneath the surface that throws audiences for a loop. The man who brought is Existenz, Videodrome, Naked Lunch, and The Fly has dabbled in more mainstream fare like A History Of Violence and Eastern Promises. His last film, Cosmopolis, seemed to lean closer to his more surreal work while his upcoming Maps To The Stars is yet another enigma that defies categorization. »

- Alex Maidy

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Provincetown International Film Festival to Honor David Cronenberg

28 March 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The Provincetown International Film Festival has announced that acclaimed writer and director David Cronenberg (The Fly, Videodrome, A History of Violence) will receive the Filmmaker on the Edge Award at this year’s 16th annual festival on Cape Cod.

The award will be presented by Piff’s resident artist John Waters at a special ceremony during the festival’s run June 17-23 in Provincetown, Mass.

From the Press Release

“We are thrilled to be honoring David Cronenberg – a compelling and transformative filmmaker who perfectly represents filmmaking on the edge,” said Mitch Levine, the newly-appointed Executive Director of the Provincetown International Film Festival and CEO of the Provincetown Film Society. “We look forward to both celebrating and learning from this great cinema artist at our festival.”

In honor of Cronenberg’s achievements as a filmmaker who pushes the limits, the festival will host a special drive-in double bill of Videodrome and The Fly on Thursday, »

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Provincetown honour for Cronenberg

27 March 2014 7:33 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Canadian auteur will collect the Filmmaker On The Edge Award at this year’s 16th annual festival on Cape Cod.

The award will be presented by Piff resident artist John Waters at a ceremony during the festival, set to run from June 17-23 in in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The festival will host a special drive-in double bill of Videodrome and The Fly on June 19 and Naked Lunch will be added to the programme as a tribute.

“We are thrilled to be honouring David Cronenberg – a compelling and transformative filmmaker who perfectly represents filmmaking on the edge,” said Mitch Levine, newly-appointed executive director of the Provincetown International Film Festival and CEO of the Provincetown Film Society. “We look forward to both celebrating and learning from this great cinema artist at our festival.” »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Provincetown honour for David Cronenberg

27 March 2014 7:33 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Canadian auteur will collect the Filmmaker On The Edge Award at this year’s 16th annual festival on Cape Cod.

The award will be presented by Piff resident artist John Waters at a ceremony during the festival, set to run from June 17-23 in in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The festival will host a special drive-in double bill of Videodrome and The Fly on June 19 and Naked Lunch will be added to the programme as a tribute.

“We are thrilled to be honouring David Cronenberg – a compelling and transformative filmmaker who perfectly represents filmmaking on the edge,” said Mitch Levine, newly-appointed executive director of the Provincetown International Film Festival and CEO of the Provincetown Film Society. “We look forward to both celebrating and learning from this great cinema artist at our festival.” »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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David Cronenberg Is Provincetown's 2014 Filmmaker On The Edge

27 March 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Provincetown International Film Festival has announced that David Cronenberg will receive the Filmmaker on the Edge Award at this year’s 16th annual festival on Cape Cod. The award will be presented by Piff’s resident artist John Waters at a special ceremony during the festival’s run June 17-23 in Provincetown, Mass. "We are thrilled to be honoring David Cronenberg – a compelling and transformative filmmaker who perfectly represents filmmaking on the edge," said Mitch Levine, the newly-appointed Executive Director of the Provincetown International Film Festival and CEO of the Provincetown Film Society. "We look forward to both celebrating and learning from this great cinema artist at our festival."   In honor of Cronenberg’s achievements as a filmmaker who pushes the limits, the festival will host a special drive-in double bill of "Videodrome" and "The Fly" on Thursday, June 19th, 2014. In addition to the drive-in screenings, Cronenberg’s "Naked Lunch" will be added. »

- Peter Knegt

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Chlorine: A Tiresome Dramatic Comedy Made With Cliches

25 February 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Chlorine begins, perhaps a bit pompously, with a quote from William S. Burroughs — though the only affinity the film shares with the author of Naked Lunch is a haphazard approach to structure.

While the effect was probably not deliberate, Jay Alaimo's tiresome dramatic comedy often seems as if it were assembled using the cut-up technique favored by Burroughs and his beat contemporaries, in which clichés are thrown together and arbitrarily rearranged.

The premise alone suggests the extent of the screenplay's unoriginality: Roger Lent (Vincent D'Onofrio), an ineffectual banker long resigned to middle-class complacency, finds himself embroiled in an investment scam orchestrated by an unscrupulous colleague, who in fact conspires to fleece the co »

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William S Burroughs Centennial

5 February 2014 2:45 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Today is the centennial of the infamous Beat era writer William S Burroughs and I've been thinking about him lately due to Philip Seymour Hoffman's death via heroin (why is it that I always start stringing the celebrity junkies together when they die? Is it because there are so damn tragic many of them?) but mostly because I was really gripped by Ben Foster's portrayal of him in Kill Your Darlings, a problematic movie about guys that weren't nearly as palatable in real life (despite the movie being about murder) that had a great moment here and there. Of course the movie wasn't really about Burroughs but about Lucien Carr's (Dane Dehaan) murder of his lover (Michael C Hall). From time to time I have wondered why we've had no straight up biopic about Burroughs (Keifer Sutherland is the only other actor I can think of that's played »

- NATHANIEL R

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Maps To The Stars and the dramas of David Cronenberg

8 January 2014 12:21 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Ryan Lambie 9 Jan 2014 - 06:25

As Maps To The Stars gets an R-rating from the MPAA, Ryan looks at the director David Cronenberg's talent for fiercely individual drama...

It really doesn't seem that long since David Cronenberg completed his Don DeLillo adaptation Cosmopolis, and subsequently found himself without a project to direct. He had plenty of projects in mind - Eastern Promises 2, a sequel to The Fly, and a satire named Maps To The Stars - yet bizarrely, he simply couldn't get the financial backing to make any of them.

Happily, Cronenberg's fortunes have changed since, and in November 2012, he finally got the financing he needed for that latter project. Written by Bruce Wagner (of Wild Palms fame) it's described as a drama, thriller and satire. And from production company eOne's brief summary alone, it sounds brilliant:

Led by the loathsome yet funny and touching child-star Benjie, we »

- ryanlambie

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Criterion Teases 2014 Addition of 'Scanners' to Collection

3 January 2014 12:30 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

The most prestigious home video treatment a movie can be given is inclusion in the famed Criterion Collection, which truly solidifies a film's status as an imporant piece of cinema.  To date, only a handful of horror films have seen release by the company, films like Silence of the Lambs and Brian De Palma's Sisters making the cut.  David Cronenberg has also been honored by Criterion a few times over the years, with both Videodrome and Naked Lunch finding their way into the collection.  Could Scanners be next?  I'd bet good money on it!

At the start of each year, Criterion unveils a fun doodle that hints at the releases they'll be putting out throughout the year, which turns the release schedule into a fun little guessing game.  Perhaps the most obvious impending release teased on this year's drawing is the image of a man whose head has completely »

- John Squires

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