9 items from 2013
It's hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the debut of China Beach, in which Emmy winner Dana Delany made a huge impact on the small screen as Army nurse Colleen McMurphy, a complicated character experiencing the physical and emotional horrors of the Vietnam War firsthand and elbow deep. With the complete series now available in a DVD box set just in time for its silver anniversary, Dana takes a stroll down memory lane with ETonline to talk about the show's impact, how the defining role that initially daunted her eventually changed her life -- and how she almost lost the part to Helen Hunt.
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"The part was originally written [as a] Midwestern girl and she had blonde hair – I think 'the color of wheat' was the description of it, because she was from Kansas -- and I didn’t look like that," says Dana. "I certainly looked wholesome, and I think »
Per Variety, Bird has been cast as a troubled, drug-addicted child star. Williams (pictured below; The Seventh Son, "Dollhouse," The Sixth Sense) will play his manipulative mother, and Wasikowska (pictured right; Stoker, Alice in Wonderland, Only Lovers Left Alive) will portray his disfigured schizophrenic, fame-obsessed sister.
They join the previously announced Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, and Sarah Gadon. The screenplay is by Bruce Wagner (Wild Palms) and is a combo ghost story and critique of celebrity-obsessed society in Los Angeles.
Entertainment One Films and Martin Katz’s Prospero Pictures are producing with production starting in July in Toronto and Los Angeles. Sentient Entertainment's Renee Tab, Cronenberg's manager, will executive produce with Integral Films’ Alfred Hurmer co-producing. »
- The Woman In Black
For director David Cronenberg, marrying up stunning and grotesque visuals with Hollywood’s choicest talent is not unusual. The cast roster for his latest directorial effort, Maps To The Stars is already mightily impressive. Stars are chomping at the monstrous bit to have the chance to work with the Canadian filmmaker.
Mia Wasikowska, no stranger to the weird, Olivia Williams and Evan Bird have now joined the project. Wasikowska’s recent turn in Stoker cements her as an actress with a willingness to venture into the sinister side of human nature. Williams is best known for her work in The Sixth Sense, Rushmore, a brilliant turn in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, and the recent Anna Karenina adaptation. For youngster Bird, this will be his first foray into film after roles in TV’s The Killing and Falling Skies.
Reports on their roles indicate that the story is sounding more and »
- Gem Seddon
A film which lost financing five years ago and has had rumours aplenty surrounding it has finally seen the light at the end of the developmental tunnel. David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars has been in development since 2006 and today Variety have announced that a wedge of Hollywood talent have signed on to star. John Cusack, Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson and Sara Gadon have all been confirmed to jump aboard the director’s first film following last year’s Cosmopolis.
A tale in sync with the director’s unique blend of the monstrous side of humanity, Maps To The Stars, penned by Wild Palms scribe Bruce Wagner, tells the story of two child actors ruined by Hollywood’s depravity. The film has undergone plenty of changes during its development, namely that it has shifted from a drama to a ghost story thrill ride exposing the grotesque side of celebrity-obsessed Los Angeles. »
- Gem Seddon
News Ryan Lambie 19 Apr 2013 - 10:37
After a period of uncertainty over the future of his scheduled projects, director David Cronenberg's finally seeing some proper movement on his next movie, Maps To The Stars. Variously described as a thriller and ghost story set in Hollywood and dealing with celebrity obsession, the script is by Wild Palms writer Bruce Wagner.
With financiers and distributor eOne now on board, it's been announced that Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon (who previously appeared in A Dangerous Method and Cosmopolis) will all star.
Given that Cronenberg tried to get Maps To The Stars made five or so years ago, only to see the financing fall through, it's encouraging to see the project finally get going. And from the little we know about the film, »
Those of you who have been hoping for David Cronenberg to direct a true horror film again might just be getting your wish - so long as you don't mind a bit of social commentary added to the mix.
Per THR, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Sarah Gadon, and Robert Pattinson have joined the cast of David Cronenberg’s next picture, Maps to the Stars, a ghost story and critique of celebrity-obsessed society in Los Angeles.
Longtime Cronenberg producer Martin Katz and his Prospero Pictures shingle are partnering with Entertainment One to finance the indie movie. The screenplay is by Bruce Wagner (Wild Palms). Sentient Entertainment's Renee Tab, Cronenberg's manager, will executive produce with Integral Films’ Alfred Hurmer co-producing.
Entertainment One Films will handle worldwide sales and distribution, »
- The Woman In Black
Entertainment One Films ("eOne") will handle worldwide sales and distribution in all media and co-finance with Martin Katz's Prospero Pictures the upcoming thriller Maps to the Stars from award-winning director David Cronenberg. Production on the film will begin this July in Toronto and Los Angeles.
The film's all-star cast includes Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right, Game Change, Children of Men), John Cusack (2012, Identity, Being John Malkovich), Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga series, Water for Elephants) and Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method, Antiviral).
"We're thrilled to secure worldwide sales rights for Maps to the Stars and add it to the lineup in four of our core territories. David is a visionary who continues to attract top talent with his unique style and the masterful quality of his filmmaking. With this all-star cast Maps to the Stars »
Entertainment One Films will handle worldwide sales and distribution in all media and co-finance with Martin Katz’s Prospero Pictures the upcoming thriller Maps to the Stars from award-winning director David Cronenberg.
From a provocative original screenplay by noted Los Angeles author and screenwriter Bruce Wagner (Wild Palms), Maps to the Stars is both a haunting ghost story and a scathing attack on the celebrity-obsessed society of L.A.
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The cast is finally coming together for director David Cronenberg’s next film. Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis star Robert Pattinson has long been attached to appear in Maps to the Stars, and now THR reports that Julianne Moore, John Cusack, and Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method) are set to round out the cast. Written by Bruce Wagner (Wild Palms), the film is described as a ghost story that “offers a critique of celebrity-obsessed society in Los Angeles,” the latter of which is quite a popular topic in film culture at the moment with Sofia Coppola’s similarly-themed film The Bling Ring set to hit theaters this summer. There’s no word on the characters that the aforementioned actors will play, but production is set to begin in July in Toronto and Los Angeles with Entertainment One Films onboard to finance and distribute the indie. Cronenberg previously stated that he was hoping »
- Adam Chitwood
9 items from 2013
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