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"My parents were very pro-education," said Gadon. "I went through some interesting art-enriched programs...my upbringing gave me a studious approach to acting...
"My mom didn’t even really let me buy fashion magazines until I was 16. I just didn’t realize that they were a part of the world. I was reading books; I was a big 'Anne of Green Gables' fan as a kid. And then I was a big gothic romance fan; I loved 'Jane Eyre' and 'Frankenstein'. I grew up on 'Pride and Prejudice' and Jane Austen.
"The whole discussion surrounding gender is something I have been fascinated with...I think that is »
- Michael Stevens
A few years ago when we first took a look through David Cronenberg's filmography, we we wrote that it had been a long journey to “respectability” for the eminent Canadian director. But that was just after a string of films ("A History of Violence," "Eastern Promises" and "A Dangerous Method") that suggested that Cronenberg had perhaps hung up his technophiliac/technophobic psych/body horror spurs for good, and that he was drifting into a more stately and accessible phase of his career. After only few prior dalliances with the mainstream, Cronenberg looked ready to settle down and go steady. But while we're pretty big fans of all three of those films, perhaps he sensed the definite undercurrent of dismay at that assessment last time. His two films since then — "Cosmopolis" and "Maps to the Stars" — may not signal any sort of a return to the clinical yet visceral unease of his early works, »
- The Playlist Staff
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Today is the 60th anniversary of the death of James Dean. Whether you’re a fan of Dean’s or not (I am not, particularly, though it would have been nice to see where he would have gone), there’s no question that he is one of the key figures that helped create the myth of the movie star as icon, partly by dying way too young and just as his talent was beginning to blaze across the screen. His legend received an assist via a propitiously timed photo essay in Life magazine in 1955 — which appeared just months before Dean’s death but probably would have »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Despite his critical acclaim, and hipster caché, there has only been one movie to date, based on a novel by Don DeLillo, brought to the big screen. That picture, of course, is David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," which earned mixed reviews, though some fans say its loyal to the text. However, it seems we're in for something of a mini DeLillo deluge. Alex Ross Perry is working on bringing "The Names" to cinemas, and overseas, Benoit Jacquot ("The Diary Of A Chambermaid," "Farewell, My Queen") is putting together "The Body Artist." And the French filmmaker is now assembling his cast. Mathieu Amalric and Jeanne Balibar will star in the picture, that tells the story of performance artist Lauren Hartke, grieving after the suicide of her film director husband, who becomes increasingly alienated until she discovers a mysterious man in her house. And while I'm sure this iteration will do just fine, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
She then signed her first major beauty contract with 'Giorgio Armani Beauty'.
Her next films include "The Girl King" and "The 9th Life of Louis Drax".
"The whole discussion surrounding gender is something I have been fascinated with since I was in university taking womens' studies," said Gadon. "I think that is what really drives a lot of my work as an actress—especially those questions about identity: Who are we? How do we form ourselves?
"How a character moves in a garment is an external expression of their psyche. I’ve learned that I have so much to learn...I »
- Michael Stevens
Robert Pattinson: Actor to play E.T. astronaut. Robert Pattinson to star for Claire Denis If all goes as planned, Robert Pattinson will get to star in French screenwriter-director Claire Denis' recently announced – and as yet untitled – English-language sci-fier, penned by Denis and White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her novelist husband Nick Laird, from an original idea by Denis and writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau. Among Claire Denis' credits are the interracial love story Chocolat (1988), the sociopolitical drama White Material (2009), and the generally well-regarded Billy Budd reboot Beau Travail (1999), winner of the César Award for Best Cinematography (Agnès Godard). Robert Pattinson, for his part, is best known for playing the veggie vampire in the wildly popular Twilight movies costarring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Robert Pattinson, astronaut In Claire Denis' film, Robert Pattinson is slated to play an E.T. astronaut. But what happens to said astronaut? Does »
- Zac Gille
Since the final Twilight film opened in 2012, Robert Pattinson has found consistent work in artier fare, taking roles in David Cronenberg's stoic adaptation of Don DeLillo's Cosmopolis (2012), The Rover (2014), Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars (2014), the upcoming Dennis Stock and James Dean biopic Life, and as T.E. Lawrence in Werner Herzog's upcoming Queen of the Desert. Pattinson will continue on that path, taking the lead role in acclaimed French director Claire Denis's first English-language film, penned by Denis, Zadie Smith, and Smith's husband, Nick Laird. Pattinson will play an astronaut, according to Screen Daily, in the sci-fi film that takes place in a "future that seems like the present." Denis, an art-house auteur known for her slow, elliptical narratives and stygian tones, has played with genre films before, notably her brilliant pseudo-vampire film Trouble Every Day and last year's relentlessly cryptic Bastards, so there's no telling how Denis defines "science-fiction. »
- Greg Cwik
Claire Denis’ untitled sci-fi, for which Smith will co-write the screenplay, is set beyond our solar system in a future that ‘seems like the present’
The British star of the Twilight films and David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis was confirmed in the role by Paris-based production company Alcatraz Film. Smith, author of the award-winning, bestselling novel White Teeth, was recruited in June to write the screenplay with her husband, Nick Laird, and Denis.
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- Ben Child
Holland, who first came to prominence for his performance in The Impossible, has joined a stellar cast that already includes Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Robert Pattinson (Cosmopolis) and Sienna Miller (American Sniper). Acclaimed filmmaker James Gray (The Immigrant) is in the director’s chair, with Brad Pitt and his Plan B Entertainment part of the producing team.
Based on the best-selling book by David Grann, the film tells the story of Percy Fawcett, “a conscripted soldier and born explorer who disappeared in the 1920s while searching for a mythical city in the Amazon jungles of Brazil that he believed he discovered on a prior expedition.
Paramount is expected to release the film sometime in 2016.
Holland makes his debut as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in next summer’s Captain America: Civil War, »
- Scott J. Davis
Poor Twilight. You would think that its $3.3 billion gross at the box office over the course of five films would have garnered it some respect and acclaim, but, despite its huge popularity, the series is still widely held in disdain. The below video, from the good folks over at Cinema Sins, shows us why, while only focusing on Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1. Poor old Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Even though they.ve both gone on to produce respectable, even credible performances in the likes of Cosmopolis and The Clouds Of Sils Maria, respectively, every single time I see even a single shot, let alone hear them as their Twilight characters, I can.t help but despise them. Which, even as I write that, I know is over the top. Still, I.m going to stand by it. The problem is there.s just so much to hate about Twilight: »
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. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
On a winter morning that should be like any other, the residents of quiet, isolated Maiden Woods awake to find three-pronged hoof-pints traversing their town. Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) and his new deputy, Donny Saunders (Lukas Haas), track the mysterious, unnatural markings, which disappear as if into nothing in the middle of the forest that surrounds the sleepy logging town. When the local wildlife starts to flee en masse, the residents begin loudly speculating that they’re about to witness the return of a demon that hunted in the trees three decades earlier. Shield tries to quell the rumors and maintain calm, but the closer he gets to determining what’s lurking through town, the less convinced he becomes that it’s of this plane. For years, the imposing Kevin Durand has played supporting roles in such films as “Robin Hood,” “Cosmopolis,” and “Fruitvale Station.” More recently, small screen »
- Zach Hollwedel
David Cronenberg remains the king of surreal and horrifying body horror in cinema. He may have branched into other genres such as avant-noir (Cosmopolis), gangster movies (Eastern Promises) and biopic dramas (A Dangerous Method), but his greatest work remains that which fuses his art cinema sensibilities with a dark and terrifying edge.
From his early days as a director fusing schlocky horror with complex post-human science-fiction, to his more narrative- and character-driven recent work, Cronenberg has always been a master of the creepy, claiming that he thinks of horror films “as films of confrontation” that push film in increasingly artistic directions.
Whether Cronenberg has a twisted imagination or can simply boast a sense of humour that is blacker than black, he has consistently created scripts, characters and images that are beyond the imagination of practically every other English-speaking filmmaker. It’s not just his own creations that the »
- Michael Waugh
With Hollywood looking for franchises wherever it can find them, it seems mighty odd that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a highly successful novel with a film adaptation that had Rooney Mara, David Fincher, and James Friggin’ Bond attached, is not already swimming in sequels. The American version of Stieg Larsson’s novel wasn’t exactly a blockbuster, but it made $233 million worldwide on a $90 million budget. It seems like a no-brainer.
Now there’s talk from THR that a sequel could arrive soon enough, but Sony is debating the possibility of turning Larsson’s last two books, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, into a single film. They may even lump in a new novel starring hacker Lisbeth Salander by David Lagercrantz called The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Larsson passed away in 2004, before the books were even »
- Brian Welk
If there was one item that you did not find in a video store (not excluding Kim’s video) was a book to film translation of a Don DeLillo oeuvre, but it now looks like the celebrated author is keen on seeing some of his creations being adapted to the big screen. After Cronenberg took a limousine tour via Cosmopolis, and Benoît Jacquot recently landing The Body Artist (still in pre-production), it is Alex Ross Perry‘s turn to join the cult. In a short time lapse, Perry has been mentioned for the family turf Winnie the Pooh studio project and now, Variety reports that Perry will both write and direct The Names. He’ll co-produce alongside (La última película executive producer) Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, a producing figure who is definitely is a class of his own (among the Megan Ellisons in the biz) in terms of his support of auteur filmmakers. »
- Eric Lavallee
Perry (“Listen Up Philip,” “Queen of Earth”) is planning to adapt the script and direct. “The Names,” DeLillo’s seventh book, is set in the summer of 1979 in Athens and throughout the Middle East with a cast of expats who start to investigate a string of murders committed by a cult. DeLillo fans consider the work underrated. (The New York Times review described it as “a powerful, haunting book, formidably intelligent and agile.”)
- Ramin Setoodeh
This week, Neil Calloway looks at the recent collapse of two films, and the wider implications for Hollywood…
Imagine if you’d secured Bruce Willis, or Robert De Niro and Robert Pattinson to star in your film, sorted out financing and actually started shooting; you’d be pretty happy. You wouldn’t be guaranteed a hit – in William Goldman’s oft-repeated maxim about Hollywood “nobody knows anything”, but you’d be pretty certain that your film would get a release, and had the potential to make money.
But of course, this is Hollywood. “Nobody knows anything” is often repeated because it’s true. In November last year Idol’s Eye, starring De Niro and Pattinson, shut down production, and this week Bruce Willis, along with director John Pogue, left the film Wake after production had been “temporarily” stopped earlier in the year. Both films were to be produced by Benaroya Pictures, »
- Neil Calloway
'Still Alice' and 'Maps to the Stars' box office: Julianne Moore Oscar helps only one movie (photo: Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice') (See previous post: "'The Lazarus Effect' Box Office: Olivia Wilde Horror Movie Arrives Comatose.") The Oscars do matter. As mentioned in the previous post, Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman was up an estimated 125 percent this weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, following its four Academy Award wins – including Best Picture. Also up a hefty 24 percent – after adding 553 locations – is Sony Pictures Classics' Still Alice, which earned Julianne Moore the year's Best Actress Oscar for her performance as a woman in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. True, an Oscar win – or key nominations – may not create mammoth blockbusters like Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey, or Clint Eastwood's American Sniper. For that, »
- Zac Gille
This potent brew of discomforting black humor and sublimely exaggerated melodrama revels in an unnervingly frigid tone that is not all that dissimilar from David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis. Maps to the Stars is stiltedly hyper-real reflection on reality that accentuates the inherent falsities of the cinematic medium. A bit heavy-handed at times, Cronenberg's film is a Freudian analysis of the perversity of Hollywood inbreeding and the self-perpetuating cycle that dehumanizes people and turns them into psychotic monsters. Just like these characters, Hollywood is self-obsessed and entranced with its glamorous history, always looking back rather than progressing into the future. A Canadian director with an unrivaled panache for creating unsettling films that are poised in sharp opposition to Hollywood, Cronenberg has certainly earned himself every right to make this judgment. »
- Don Simpson
This doesn't bode well. For the second film in a row, David Cronenberg has made a stinker. Yes, there were some bits in Cosmopolis that didn't suck, but it was hardly vintage DC. As I mentioned in my review for that other Robert Pattinson-in-a-limo movie, my biggest disappointment of late isn't that Cronenberg is trying new things (applause!), stepping outside for the last decade or so from his bread-and-butter genre flicks. But I am really not along for the ride with his latest foray into somber, clinical and dreary character pieces. I could go on and on about how Crash's captivating and nihilistic ennui has been replaced of late with a glossy and laconic moping that seems characteristic of this latest phase. As before, I...
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