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David Cronenberg is one of the most fascinating film-makers in the world, and he is undoubtedly Canada’s most influential and critically-lauded director. His work has covered a remarkably wide range of styles, drawing on gangster movies, psychological dramas, historical biopics, cyberpunk thrillers and, of course, his trademark: body horror. Few directors nowadays merit the label of “auteur”, but he is absolutely one of them.
Of course, in his many years as a director (45, to be exact) he hasn’t always hit the lofty heights that is so frequently expected of him. Some of his films just don’t match up to his very best work. His 21 films vary just as much in terms of consistency as they do in genre. There’s probably, actually, a fair number of his weaker films that few other than the most diehard Cronenberg fan has seen.
There’s his bizarre foray into a racing movie, »
- Michael Waugh
Directed by David Cronenberg.
A cable TV channel owner wants to broadcast ‘Videodrome’, the most extreme programme on the network, but discovers that the show is front for a sinister global conspiracy.
Videodrome was the right film at the right time for director David Cronenberg (The Brood/Rabid). Cronenberg’s previous two movies – 1979’s The Brood and 1981’s Scanners – had seen the director rise above the grimy aesthetic of his early works and the quality of his productions get smoother but still retain his core themes of body horror, mutation and disease, and with the burgeoning home video market bringing all sorts of fears about moral corruption into the media headlines, Cronenberg was at the right place in his career to make a statement in his own unique way.
- Gary Collinson
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About once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This week, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of David Cronenberg as director.
Cronenberg first became interested in film during college, where he self-taught himself the art before establishing a co-op to produce films. His first feature length films were art-house movies, Stereo (1969) and Crimes of the Future (1970). Shivers (1975) was his breakthrough. That film received a lot of attention because although people were talking about it, they were divided in regards to its vulgarity, especially considering the fact that it was funded by the Canadian government. Still, it was the most profitable film funded by the Canadian government up to that point. His follow up was Rancid (1977) which was commercially successful. His next movie took a break from body horror to explore his love of cars and racing. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
The second season of the werewolf SyFy series, Bitten, has officially hit shelves this week, and what better way to celebrate the release, than to give three of you lucky readers not only the complete second season on DVD, but copies signed by the show’s star, Laura Vandervoort?! We love giving stuff out to you loyal readers, and thanks to the gang at Falkowitz PR, we’re able to hook a few of you up. So instead of reading about how adorable Carly Rae Jepsen is, Enter The Contest Now, and while you’re at it, check out this Exclusive clip from the show!!!
In 2014, Syfy introduced genre audiences to Elena Michaels (Laura Vandervoort, Smallville, Ted), the world’s only female werewolf, in Bitten, a steamy, emotionally charged supernatural series based on the novels by New York Times best-selling author, Kelley Armstrong. Now, this July, Entertainment One conjures up »
- Jerry Smith
Yesterday, Entertainment One announced that Bitten will return for a third season on Syfy. Also in this round-up: a Kill Bill: Volume 1 episode of Real Fake History and details on the release of Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift #1.
Bitten: Press Release: "Leading independent studio, Entertainment One (eOne) is thrilled to announce 10 episodes of the supernatural thriller Bitten will return to Syfy for a third season. Based on the best-selling series of novels by Kelley Armstrong and produced by No Equal Entertainment, eOne, and Hoodwink Entertainment, Season three sees the return of genre icon Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, Ted) as Elena Michaels; Greyston Holt (Alcatraz, Durham County) as Clayton Danvers; Greg Byrk (A History Of Violence, Rookie Blue) as Jeremy Danvers; Steve Lund (Being Erica, Haven) as Nick Sorrentino, and Genelle Williams (Warehouse 13) as Rachel Sutton. Production will begin this summer in Toronto. »
- Tamika Jones
Judge Dredd takes to the mean streets of the Big Meg once more to tackle the city’s most dangerous offenders, including the deadly martial artist Stan Lee! The tenth book in this bestselling series collects together some of the very best in Thrill-power, including such stories as ‘The Art of Kenny Who?’, ‘The Fists of Stan Lee’, ‘Atlantis’ and ‘The Taxidermist.’ Featuring the writing of Judge Dredd dynamic duo Alan Grant (Batman) and John Wagner (A History of Violence) and the work of such classic artists as Steve Dillon (Preacher), Cam Kennedy (Star Wars) and Kevin O’Neill (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), this is the perfect collection for all discerning comic fans!
- Andrew Newton
Cavity Colors and Van Orton Design have released limited T-shirts and tank tops inspired by the aliens from John Carpenter's film, They Live. Also in this round-up: trailers for AMC's Humans and the Mad Max video game.
"The left side of the image represents the first time Rowdy Roddy Piper puts on the infamous sunglases, and he sees the subliminal imagery and aliens in grayscale. The color side represents when you finally see “Them” in full color and fully exposed to the world!"
Priced at $24, this limited maroon shirt is printed on 100% cotton fabric and is prone to sell out quickly. To learn more about the Cavity Colors' They Live T-shirt, visit:
"Exposure" Tank Top:
Also priced at »
- Tamika Jones
With The Hobbit trilogy now concluded and Peter Jackson having theoretically said goodbye to Middle-earth forever, Monaghan's post got us thinking about the rest of the Fellowship. Below, we take a look at all nine members of the Fellowship and what they're up to today.
Elijah Wood (Frodo)
After Frodo said his goodbyes and departed for the Undying Lands (don't pretend you're not tearing up at the mere memory), Elijah Wood veered away from blockbuster lead roles in favour of an eclectic mix of indie movies comprising the great (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the good (Everything Is Illuminated) and the ugly (Green Street).
His most memorable post-Frodo role has to be mute, cannibalistic serial killer Kevin in Frank Miller's Sin City, »
Press Release (via TV By the Numbers) -- New York, NY – May 14, 2015 – "AMC today announced its new eight-part drama series “Humans” will premiere Sunday, June 28th at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt. Set in suburban London, “Humans” takes place in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a Synth – a highly developed, artificially intelligent servant eerily similar to its living counterpart. Penned by British writing partners Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (“Spooks,” Spooks: The Greater Good) and based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama “Real Humans,” the series explores the emotional impact that comes as the lines between humans and machines become increasingly blurred. This bold new series is produced in conjunction with the »
- Derek Anderson
It was another strong weekend at the box office – both in the U.S. and on the international scene – and Avengers: Age Of Ultron shows no signs of slowing down.
Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Disney/Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ continues to dominate the global movie marketplace, holding as the #1 film in many markets boasting another impressive $68 million weekend internationally in advance of the China opening this Tuesday and a massive global total to date of $875.3 million. Additionally, Universal reports ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ is off and running with a solid $8.8 million and number one debuts in Australia and New Zealand this weekend in advance of its North American debut later this week.”
- Movie Geeks
Marvel Studios has commenced principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on Captain America: Civil War, the third installment of its Super Hero franchise. The production will shoot on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production, as well as locations in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland.
Set for release in the United States on May 6, 2016, Captain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Community”) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The Winter Solider,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”).
The film returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Robert Downey Jr. (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 3”) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
- Michelle McCue
Cameras have officially started rolling on Marvel's Captain America: Civil War and they've revealed new details on the plot and additions to the cast showing which new heroes will be showing up (including Paul Rudd's Ant-Man), and even the return of General Ross! Come inside to learn more!
The showdown between Captain America and Iron Man is getting closer, as today, the Russo brothers have started production on Captain America: Civil War. Marvel issued a press release to announce the start of principal photography and in doing so have given us our first plot synopsis:
“Captain America: Civil War” picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Marvel Studios has commenced principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ the third installment of its Super Hero franchise. The production will shoot on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film?s production, as well as locations in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland. Set for release in the United States on May 6, 2016, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ ‘Community’) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (‘Captain America: The Winter Solider,’ Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’). The film returns Chris Evans (‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Robert Downey Jr. (‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3′) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson (‘Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
Almost exactly one year from now -- on May 6, 2016 -- a bunch of people you just saw in "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" will return in "Captain America: Civil War," along with a few familiar faces from other places, and some total newbies who remain mysterious. For now.
Emily VanCamp, very soon to be a "Revenge" alumnus, is returning to "Captain America" as Agent 13, aka Kate/Sharon Carter. She was briefly in "Winter Soldier" as next door neighbor Kate, assigned to protect the hero. Not sure what she'll be up to in "Civil War," but Emily tweeted confirmation about the scoop:
... ( that's about all I can say »
- Gina Carbone
'Munich' movie cover 'Munich' movie review: Steven Spielberg tackles political time-space continuum in wildly uneven but ultimately satisfying thriller Alternately intriguing and irritating, thought-provoking and banal, subtle and patronizing, the biggest surprise about Steven Spielberg's Munich is that it – however grudgingly – works. The film, which Spielberg himself has referred to as a "prayer for peace," follows five men contracted by the Israeli government to avenge the massacre of that country's athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Sizable chunks of this political thriller with a Message (capital "M") are simplistically written, clumsily acted, and handled with the director's notoriously heavy touch, but the old adage – blood begets blood – even if somewhat muddled, is too timely not to make an impact. Complex 'Munich' movie plot Based on George Jonas' 1984 book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, whose veracity has been questioned in some quarters, Munich begins as »
- Andre Soares
Read More: Watch: Viggo Mortensen Fights to Survive in Exclusive 'Far From Men' Trailer and Clip David Oelhoffen, the director of "Far From Men," got candid about the themes of his film during Indiewire's Tribeca Apple Talks at the Apple Store in SoHo, Manhattan. At the forefront of his mind was the brothers-in-arms-type union between the two main characters in the film. "It's not a 'Walt Disney' brotherhood," explained Oelhoffen to Indiewire's Casey Cipriani. "For me, brotherhood is not a magic word." "Far From Men" stars Viggo Mortensen ("A History of Violence," "The Lord of the Rings") as an ex-soldier who is forced out of his reclusive lifestyle during the Algerian War in order to bring a man accused of murder to prison. The two men attempt to find common ground as they make their way across the war-torn countryside. The film will open for a limited release in theaters »
- Becca Nadler
As diverse as his career has been, there is arguably one key feature that best defines a David Cronenberg film. There are, of course, exceptions (in some cases, great exceptions: A History of Violence ), but from Rabid (1977) to A Dangerous Method (2011), the relationship between science and the human body and mind has been a prevalent and powerfully expressive theme in much of the great Canadian filmmaker’s work. Of his films that deal with the repercussions of this relationship, and their unique, often disturbing manifestations, The Fly (1986) may be his finest achievement.
In this horror/sci-fi classic, Jeff Goldblum plays Seth Brundle, a brilliant if socially awkward and rather eccentric scientific mind. His newest invention, a teleportation device that can move inanimate objects from one pod to another, seems innocuous enough, in theory anyway. And at least as he tells it, he seems to have genuinely developed the machine with the best of intentions, »
- Jeremy Carr
Maps to the Stars - Focus Features - Blu-ray and DVD Director: David Cronenberg Cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams,John Cusack, Robert Pattinson. Full cast + crew If you only know David Cronenberg from movies like The Fly, The Dead Zone, and A History of Violence, then you are not only missing the majority of his career, but you're missing out on one of the most consistently engaging and disturbing filmmakers alive who loves to flay the skin from the bones of humanity to see what's underneath. Maps to the Stars is his latest, and it's an engrossing look at the demented, interconnected lives of actors, their families, their fans and their managers. It not only has an incredible cast, but they're each giving some...
- Peter Hall
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