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Many argue that David Cronenberg has lost his way. The Canadian director has been on somewhat of a roll since the mid 70s and though there have been perceived missteps over the years, Crash and eXistenZ were both largely maligned on release but have found their ardent supporters in the years since. I expect that to some extent, the recent batch of Cronenberg titles might also find a following in 10 or 15 years but I expect those fans won't be quite as supportive because the movies simply aren't that good. A Dangerous Method (review) is a minor achievement which is largely memorable for the performances by an all star cast but Cosmopolis ( [Continued ...] »
Box Office Mojo is back – and how tons of information online can vanish when you least expect it By now, everyone who cares about movie box-office information is aware that the website Box Office Mojo, the Web's premier source of box-office news and data, is back online after disappearing for much of Friday and Saturday, October 10-11, 2014. During that period of total silence, Twitter was abuzz with speculations — a technical glitch? A hacker attack? An alien invasion? — lamentations, and eulogies. For a brief while, the ever-reliable (sarcasm) Wikipedia referred to Box Office Mojo in the past tense. How did it all happen? Well, some time on Friday, journalists, bloggers, and box-office aficionados noticed that Box Office Mojo was being redirected to an Internet Movie Database page featuring the latest box-office information — which, on that site, isn't either much "latest" or much information at all. But why would Box Office Mojo be redirected to the IMDb? »
- Andre Soares
Asked when she last had a full month off from acting, Sarah Gadon takes a long pause and says, “I can’t remember.”
That tells you a lot about Gadon and her skyrocketing career. The 27-year-old is on the line from her Toronto home where she’s catching her breath after filming two movies simultaneously, both of which open this month.
“I was shooting Dracula Untold, and they let me come back home to Toronto to shoot my part in Maps to the Stars. They put all my scenes together, I shot it, went back to Ireland, shot Dracula, and here I am talking to you.”
Maps to the Stars, director David Cronenberg’s study of desperate Hollywood lives, casts Gadon as a 1960s movie star and the dead mother to ageing actor Julianne Moore. Gadon, who’s appeared in films such as Belle,Enemy and Cosmopolis, says working opposite Moore was inspiring. »
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
Exclusive: While she’s got TV projects 12 Monkeys and Schitt’s Creek on deck, Canadian actress Emily Hampshire has added a new feature to her résumé. She’ll reteam with her My Awkward Sexual Adventure director Sean Garrity for Borealis. The drama follows an unemployed gambler who takes his estranged pot-smoking teenage daughter on a dangerous road trip to Churchill, Manitoba to show her the magnificent Northern Lights — before her vision disorder renders her completely blind. Kevin Pollak and Joey King also star in the Buffalo Gal Pictures production.
Hampshire, whose credits also include Rookie Blue and Cosmopolis, is starring in Syfy’s 12 Monkeys which premieres January 15. She’s playing the female version of Brad’s Pitt’s character in the original Terry Gilliam film. The CBC’s Schitt’s Creek also premieres in January with Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara.
- Nancy Tartaglione
Actress Sarah Gadon is, as she says in the below interview, predisposed to certain kinds of horror. Having worked with David Cronenberg several times (A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis, Maps To The Stars), as well as appeared in such notable oddities as The Moth Diaries, Antiviral and Enemy, the Canadian has seen her fair share of bizarre things. In Dracula Untold, she plays Mirena, the wife of Vlad the Impaler - of course the man who eventually becomes Dracula. Gadon has been a part of some »
- Eric Walkuski
David Cronenberg has claimed that all his films are comedies.
He admitted that they may not follow the "traditional definition of a comedy" but he considers there to be a "humorous aspect" to every project.
"At Cannes, someone said, 'Have you ever considered making a comedy?'" the veteran filmmaker told Vulture.
"And I said, 'I've done nothing but'. Not maybe the traditional definition of a comedy, where it ends with a feel-good kind of thing, but for me, there is an observed and humorous aspect to the human condition and, of course, exploring the human condition is really what art is about.
"And I can't imagine not having humour be part of it. I just can't imagine it."
Maps to the Stars, 2014.
Directed by David Cronenberg.
A twisted tale about the inner workings of a Hollywood family and the tragic past that they can’t escape.
For the first time in his career David Cronenberg has made a movie in America and what a film it is. Maps to the Stars is a deliciously satirical take on Hollywood which examines the twisted culture that so many love.
We’re firstly introduced to the burnt and scarred Agatha (superbly played by go-to Indie girl Mia Wasikowska) as she arrives in the brilliant sunshine of La. Through a series of meetings and a cameo from Carrie Fisher, she starts work as a personal assistant to washed up actress Havana Segrand (Moore). Havana is one of those characters that you love to hate. She’s selfish, »
- Helen Murdoch
David Cronenberg's Hollywood-centered family melodrama Maps to the Stars marks the veteran director's second straight film with Twilight alum Robert Pattinson after 2012's Cosmopolis. Although many still see Pattinson as vampire heartthrob Edward Cullen, Cronenberg told The Hollywood Reporter he could easily look past that. "I have no problem ignoring that," the director said of Pattinson's Twilight past. "Of course I watched the first Twilight movie just to see what he was like and get a feel for his screen presence and so on and so on…by the time you're on the set, it's just the two of
- Hilary Lewis
The 9th Life of Louis Drax chronicles an accident involving a mysterious young boy named Louis Drax, Deadline reports.
The story is an adaptation of the novel of the same name from author Liz Jensen.
Gadon has been cast as the female lead in the role of the character Natalie.
Principal photography on the feature will begin this October in Vancouver, Canada.
Director: David Cronenberg; Screenwriter: Bruce Wagner; Starring: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Evan Bird, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Carrie Fisher; Running time: 111 mins; Certificate: 18
David Cronenberg movies rarely fail to provoke strong and conflicting feelings from the viewer, whether it be the compelling alienation of Cosmopolis or the involving revulsion of Eastern Promises. His latest offering Maps To The Stars is no exception, offering a scintillating study of the repercussions of suppressing traumatic episodes and boasting engrossing portrayals from Julianne Moore and Mia Wasikowska.
Famed for his venereal 'body horror' movies, Cronenberg positions Hollywood as a diseased, festering and parasitic entity. Alongside the celebrity culture it promotes, it bears a sickly yet addictive quality to the fascinating array of characters we encounter, especially those seemingly inspired by real-life famous figures.
There's hysterical Lohan-esque actress Havana (Moore), desperate to portray her famous deceased mother in a movie, and Benjie (Evan Bird »
Deadline is reporting that Miramax’s adaptation of Liz Jensen’s best-seller, The 9th Life Of Louis Drax, has secured its female lead in Canadian actress Sarah Gadon. On the heels of yesterday’s news that Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul had joined, the fantasy adaptation continues to make leaps and bounds.
The studio have Horns director Alexandre Aja in the director’s chair, which will make for a heady recipe indeed. The film follows the titular Louis Drax (as yet uncast), a clumsy boy who has spent a lifetime getting into a host of narrow squeaks. It’s only on his ninth birthday when the tyke suffers a near-fatal fall from a cliff that the story bends reality as we know it. Fifty Shades Of Grey’s Jamie Dornan is attached to play Dr. Allan Pascale, a clinician who comes to Louis’ aid.
Gadon’s role is unspecified, but as the lead, »
- Gem Seddon
Exclusive: Canadian actress Sarah Gadon has landed the female lead in The 9th Life Of Louis Drax, the adaptation of Liz Jensen’s best selling novel that Alexandre Aja (Horns) is directing for Miramax. The thriller centers on Louis Drax, a young boy who suffers a near-fatal fall on his ninth birthday. A psychologist probing into the accident is drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries of fantasy and reality. Gadon has emerged in recent years with striking back-to-back roles in Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral and David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, and won the role of Louis’ mother Natalie in a competitive casting search. She’ll star opposite Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Jamie Dornan as Dr. Allan Pascal and Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul, who is set to play the boy’s father.
- Jen Yamato
It might not be accurate to say that director David Cronenberg has matured since his days of being the veritable king of body horror with movies like The Fly and Videodrome, but his tastes certainly have changed. His most recent film, Cosmopolis, was a bizarre experimental thriller which was largely based around watching lead actor Robert Pattinson monologue in the back of a limousine, and prior to that Cronenberg had become far more interested in directing dark, character-oriented dramas like A Dangerous Method and A History of Violence.
Pattinson’s involvement wasn’t quite enough to get Twilight fans flocking out in droves to see Cosmopolis, which was ultimately a box office flop, but Cronenberg’s prestige as a director means that he has never had trouble attracting big names to his movies. Maps to the Stars, his upcoming ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
If David Cronenberg's last film, Cosmopolis, didn't do the trick for you, then perhaps Maps To The Stars will. The film focuses on a mostly loathsome set of characters who embody Hollywood archetypes with that Cronenberg touch. While the film is making the rounds at this year's Tiff, a new trailer has hit the world wide web (people still call it that, right?) to tingle your senses. I'm pretty iffy on films based on/around Hollywood, but the director »
- Sean Wist
Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg has made a reputation for himself over the course of his career with a filmography that includes Videodrome, The Fly, and Eastern Promises. With his last movie coming in 2012, Cronenberg’s new feature has now made it to festival circuit, playing most recently at the Toronto International Film Festival. Titled Maps to the Stars, Cronenberg reunites with his Cosmopolis lead Robert Pattinson in a look at a number of characters circling Hollywood, including an actress and her family, a personal assistant, and a driver, among others. The script comes from Bruce Wagner, with Pattinson joined onscreen by the likes of John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, and Julianne Moore. In the Us, the film was originally slated for an October release but has since been pushed back to a Spring 2015. It will however be released in Canadian theatres on October 31st, and a new trailer for the film »
- Deepayan Sengupta
"Secrets kill." We've gotten glimpses of David Cronenberg's twisted and raw depiction of Hollywood with a trailer from the United Kingdom, a trailer from before the film premiered at Cannes, and also a couple other trailers before that. Now the film is poised for release next month in Canada, and a new trailer has just arrived, showing off even more of the promising performances from Julianne Moore (who won Best Actress at Cannes), Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson. This looks pretty depressing and dark, but captivating in only the way that a director like Cronenberg can deliver. Watch! Here's the Canadian trailer for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars from eOne: Maps to the Stars is directed by David Cronenberg (Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly, Eastern Promises, Cosmopolis), from a script by author and screenwriter Bruce Wagner (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3). The Weiss family is the »
- Ethan Anderton
Stop me if you've heard this one before... Hollywood is an incestuous town and those that dwell there are morally bankrupt. This is the concept that is drilled into the ground throughout David Cronenberg's lifeless satire, Maps to the Stars. Written by Bruce Wagner (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), Cronenberg defended the film at the Cannes Film Festival saying, "You could set this in Silicon Valley or on Wall Street -- anyplace people are desperate and fearful. You could set it anywhere and have the same ring ofctruth." Perhaps so, but it's not set in Silicon Valley or Wall Street (neither of which would be new concepts either), it's set in Hollywood and it's a tired story from start to finish and it was all I could do to keep from leaving the theater. Julianne Moore plays Havana, an aging actress on the brink of a breakdown, »
- Brad Brevet
Plot: A young burn victim (Mia Wasikowska) comes to Hollywood, where she winds up working for an ageing actress (Julianne Moore) bent on a staging a comeback. Review: Confounding. That's the only word I can think of that accurately describes David Cronenberg's latest, Maps To The Stars. Following his divisive Cosmopolis, his follow-up is similar to that film in many ways, with this taking another satiric look at the lives of the young, glamorous, and privileged. Instead »
- Chris Bumbray
For a stretch in the mid-aughts, it looked as though Canadian provocateur David Cronenberg had gone a bit Hollywood, despite never shooting any of his films there. Having built a career on the psychologically and visually grotesque, the three-peat of A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method saw Cronenberg attracting big names to awards-buzz material that, while still beholden to his darker impulses, played well with critics. Then 2012’s Cosmopolis started him down a slippery slope leading back to material as confounding as it was disturbing. His latest, Maps to the Stars, marks Cronenberg’s full-blown relapse into misanthropic weirdness, but with more expensive drugs at his disposal.
The first of his pictures to actually shoot in America is just as much concerned with atrophying empire as Cosmopolis was, but centers on the sunny Hollywood rot of the entertainment industry, instead of New York’s well-tailored economic sociopathy. »
- Sam Woolf
After winning the best actress award in Cannes for “Maps to the Stars,” Julianne Moore was considered a strong bet in this year’s Oscar race for her turn as a washed-up star in the David Cronenberg drama. But the overdue actress, who has been nominated for four Academy Awards without winning, could be sitting out of awards season.
In a deal that closed last week, Focus World picked up U.S. distribution rights to the Cronenberg drama from Canadian outfit Entertainment One (eOne), sources tell Variety exclusively. “Maps to the Stars” won’t premiere stateside until early 2015.
Focus World is the alternative distribution division of Focus Features, and it hasn’t been decided if the drama will be released on VOD, play in theaters domestically or some combination thereof. “Maps” could get an Oscar qualifying theatrical release at the end of 2014, so that it would at least be eligible for Academy Awards nominations, »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
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