16 items from 2015
Director David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises, A History of Violence) returns with a provocative satire about the Hollywood film industry and the demons of celebrity obsession in the Focus World release Maps To The Stars, now available on Digital HD and debuting on Blu-ray with Digital HD and DVD on April 14, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Academy Award winner Julianne Moore (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) stars with Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right), Olivia Williams (Hyde Park on Hudson), John Cusack (Being John Malkovich), and Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga) in this unforgettable darkly comic thriller written by Bruce Wagner (I’m Losing You). Hollywood actress Havana Segrand (Moore) is unraveling as her career flounders. Her self-help psychotherapist (Cusack) and his wife (Williams) are busy managing the career of their child-star son. But when a mysterious young woman named Agatha (Wasikowska) befriends a limo driver and aspiring actor (Pattinson) all their lives get together, »
- Michelle McCue
There’s a fascinating, if kind of depressing, look at bygone film economics in this recently reposted 2005 conversation with David Cronenberg by the Film Society Of Lincoln Center talking about “A History Of Violence.” The filmmaker, whose latest film, “Maps To The Stars,” hits theaters and VOD this weekend, says that earlier film, distributed by Focus Features, cost $32 million to make and another $30 million to market. Remember those days of prestige-y, mid-sized studio movies? That era has mostly vanished, and pictures like “A History Of Violence” would likely have to settle for “Nightcrawler” money these days (it was made for $7 million). It’s an interesting hour-and-ten-minute conversation that touches upon myriad Cronenberg cinematic touchstones, like the critical backlash to “Crash” (the critic who was the most venomous to it is now dead), the way “Spider” seemed to die on the vine immediately (Martin Scorsese sent him a note a year after it was released. »
- Edward Davis
David Cronenberg's scabrous new nightmare "Maps to the Stars" is a pitch-black ghost story writhing in the filth of writer Bruce Wagner's Hollywood rock-bottom, a demimonde of deluded pill-swilling actresses, schizophrenic burn victims, incest families and drug-addicted child stars. In other words, home sweet home for the Canadian director of films like "Crash," "Dead Ringers," "Naked Lunch," "A History of Violence" and "Videodrome." His first film ever to be shot in the United States—at least in part—"Maps to the Stars" landed in Cronenberg's lap a decade ago when his friend Wagner gave it to him without any intention of a film being made. Finally, in 2015, it's here in all its messy, horrifying, grand guignol glory. Author of nine books between 1991 and 2014, Wagner grew up on the fringes of Hollywood, working at bookstores, as a limo driver for celebrities from Orson Welles to Larry Flynt and as an. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. 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 »
- Oliver Lyttelton
David Cronenberg. From “Stereo” to “The Fly” to “Crash” (no, not that one, the one from 1996), to “A Dangerous Method” and beyond, it’s hard to argue that the (sometimes) writer, (more often) director has had an eclectic career. And with his first credited short nearly fifty years ago, perhaps that isn't surprising. Vimeo user Shaun Higgins (d.b.a. Hello Wizard) has paid homage to the uniquely varied director via a new seven-minute tribute supercut. The short splices shots from 21 of Cronenberg’s films together, lending some semblance to what defines a Cronenberg picture. In chronological order, going all the way back to 1969 and up through the present, Higgins includes: “Stereo,” “Crimes of the Future,” “Shivers” (a.k.a. “They Came From Within”), “Rabid,” “Fast Company,” “The Brood,” “Scanners,” “Videodrome,” “The Dead Zone,” “The Fly,” “Dead Ringers,” “Naked Lunch,” “M Butterfly,” “Crash,” “eXistenZ,” “Spider,” “A History of Violence,” “Eastern Promises, »
- Zach Hollwedel
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- TMZ Staff
For the last week of January, horror and sci-fi fans have several great titles to choose from that are making their home entertainment bow on Tuesday. Big Driver, the latest Stephen King adaptation, is coming to DVD and Cinedigm is releasing both Open Windows and Why Don’t You Play in Hell? as well, after their successful festival runs in 2014.
Big Driver (Lionsgate, DVD/Digital HD)
From best-selling author Stephen King comes Big Driver, arriving on DVD (plus Digital) January 27th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Golden Globe® nominee Maria Bello (A History of Violence), Academy Award® winner Olympia Dukakis (Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Moonstruck, 1987) and Grammy® nominated rocker Joan Jett, Big Driver is a dark »
- Heather Wixson
Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection – America…
In Mega-City One, the Judges are the law – acting as judge, jury, and executioner. But how do the citizens really feel about a system where they are powerless? America Jara and Bennett Beeny grow up as best friends, living a fairly trouble-free life in a dangerous city… bar the odd encounter with a Judge. Time draws them apart, and when they are brought back together, Beeny is a successful singer and America has become involved with a terrorist organisation – with the Judges in its sights! Written by John Wagner (A History of Violence) with art by Colin MacNeil (Judge Dredd) this dark and complex tale is regularly cited as the greatest Judge Dredd story ever written!
This really is a no-brainer here! I’ll be fairly open – if you’ve wanted to start entering the universe of 2000Ad then this is your first step. »
The art of creating a successful mystery seems to be lost on many of today’s filmmakers and their films. Instead of allowing a solid story to play out in front of you and keep you guessing, a lot of films falling into the mystery/thriller genre tend to utilize the same ol’ twists and turns we’ve all seen time and time again. When a film comes along and offers a story full of suspense and surprise, it’s a surprise and a very refreshing one at that. Luckily, Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini’s feature directorial debut, The Two Faces Of January, is just that type of film, one that keeps you guessing until the very end.
- Jerry Smith
Focus World has released the brand new U.S. theatrical trailer & poster for Maps To The Stars, directed by David Cronenberg & starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska with John Cusack and Robert Pattinson.
Cronenberg is equally known for not flinching from any subject, and for making films that are as challenging and substantial as they are suspenseful and visually compelling. Early in his career, he made a series of vivid, fantastical thrillers including Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly, Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, eXistenZ and Spider. More recently, his filmmaking has become even more expansive with the high-style crime thrillers A History of Violence and Eastern Promises, the psychological, sex- infused historical drama about Freud and Jung, A Dangerous Method, and his adaptation of Cosmopolis which takes place almost entirely in a billionaire’s limousine on one fateful trip through the city.
For Cronenberg, Maps To The Stars was another chance to switch »
- Michelle McCue
Yesterday we shared with you the first images from Run All Night, the upcoming Liam Neeson action movie not to be confused with Taken 3, or the many more inevitably coming our way. Tonight we bring you the first trailer and it’s actually pretty promising. Neeson reunites with Unknown and Non-stop director Jaume Collet-Serra; here Neeson is at odds with the great Ed Harris who looks like he just walked off the set of A History Of Violence still playing Carl Fogarty. »
- Graham McMorrow
Meet the Weiss family in the latest look at acclaimed director David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars. Focus World is excited to share the new trailer and poster for this provocative drama. It features an all-star cast led by Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson!
The Weiss family is making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings.  Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele.  Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13.
Yet unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town, mysteriously scarred and tormented Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), just released from a psych ward and ready to start again. She soon works her way into a friendship with »
You may have heard a few things about David Cronenberg's (Eastern Promises, A History Of Violence) latest picture when it was making some waves at last year's Toronto International Film Festival. In case you've been unacquainted, Maps To The Stars follows those who make their way in Hollywood with money, fame and envy. It is a scathing look at celebrities with an all-star cast. With a Us release coming in February, a brand new trailer and poster are here to »
- Sean Wist
David Cronenberg has said that review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes is contributing to the decline of film criticism.
"I think the role of the critic has been very diminished, because you get a lot of people who set themselves up as critics by having a website where it says that they're a critic," Cronenberg told CBC.
"Even now if you go to Rotten Tomatoes, you have critics and then you have 'Top Critics', and what that really means is that there are legitimate critics who have actually paid their dues and worked hard and are in a legitimate website connected perhaps with a newspaper or perhaps not."
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Sneak Peek footage from director Will Canon's horror feature "Demonic", produced by James Wan starring Frank Grillo ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") and Maria Bello ("A History Of Violence"), Cody Horn, Dustin Milligan, Megan Park, Scott Mechlowicz and Aaron Yoo:
"...a detective (Grillo) and a psychologist (Bello) investigate a series of crimes inside an abandoned home that took the lives of five college students..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Demonic"...
- Michael Stevens
Announced in 2012, lensed in early 2013, and once set for release last December, it feels as if the James Wan-produced Demonic (once titled House of Horror) has been ever-present. Will we ever see it, however? Starring Maria Bello (A History of Violence), Frank Grillo (The Grey) and Cody Horn (Magic Mike), Demonic is currently…
- Samuel Zimmerman
16 items from 2015
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