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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
Digital Spy rounds up the 5 must-see movies for September below...
Release date: September 5
Why you should see it: Dan Stevens is a long way from Downton Abbey in this upcoming thriller from Adam Wingard. The Brit actor has slimmed down, beefed up and turned violent as a soldier who infiltrates the lives of a suburban family. Critics have already been raving about the film based on festival screenings, so consider our interest piqued.
Release date: September 12
Why you should see it: In one of his final roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman is on top form as a German security agent drawn into the War on Terror in Hamburg. Based on a John le Carré novel and directed by Anton Corbijn, »
In Summer 2014, the world’s most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure “Godzilla.” From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless. Gareth Edwards directs “Godzilla,” which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient,” “Cosmopolis”), and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “The Bourne Legacy”) and Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”). Godzilla will stomp into your homes September 16, 2014. »
Venice — The title treatment for Ramin Bahrani's Venice Competition entry consists of blood red letters on black. Filling the entire screen with blocky all-caps letters and numbers dozens of feet high, we read: 99 Homes. It looks more like the title treatment for a horror than a drama digging into a moral morass of foreclosure, subsistence level employment, and better paid but more spiritually costly work. As it turns out, it is also a horror movie of sorts. The first shot of the film itself is even a post-mortem scene, as Michael Shannon's predatory realtor Rick Carver -- and how's that for a horror movie name? -- gazes almost impassively at blood dribbling down tacky pink bathroom tiles. The contrast couldn't be more stark: Shannon in an off-white blazer so sharp it hurts (costume design by Meghan Kasperlik is on point throughout), gold watch glinting and not a hair »
- Catherine Bray
Click Here - More Godzilla Concept Art In Summer 2014, the world’s most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure “Godzilla.” From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless. Gareth Edwards directs “Godzilla,” which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient,” “Cosmopolis”), and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “The Bourne Legacy”) and Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”). Godzilla will stomp into theaters May 16, 2014. »
Acclaimed French actress Bérénice Bejo, who received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nom for her breakout role as Peppy Miller in The Artist, has joined Cosmopolis star Robert Pattinson in the upcoming post-wwi biopic The Childhood of a Leader.
The feature directorial debut of Brady Corbet, who appeared in the supporting role of Piers Roaldson in Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, The Childhood of a Leader takes a look at the early days of a ruler who would rise to power following World War I. Pattinson will play the titular leader.
Bejo will take on the key role of the leader’s mother, replacing Juliette Binoche after scheduling conflicts forced that actress to disembark. Tim Roth and Michael Epp also star in the film. It will be just one more meaty part for Bejo, who has drawn raves for her post-Artist performances in The Past, for which she won »
- Isaac Feldberg
An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Click here to find out when Godzilla 2 is set to be released in theaters! Gareth Edwards directs Godzilla, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Inception), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, Cosmopolis), and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck., The Bourne Legacy) and Bryan Cranston (Argo, TV's Breaking Bad). It hits DVD and Blu-ray on September 16th. »
Sometimes life doesn’t play out like in the movies, or rather, sometimes the movies don’t play out like in real life. Actor-director Brady Corbet can fondly look back at Olivier Assayas’ Sils Maria as proof (he plays an author courting the A-lister) that Juliette Binoche was his first choice, but due to scheduling conflicts, a Cosmopolis-like reunion between the actress and Robert Pattinson will have no longer be the case. Variety reports that the matriarch role now goes to Berenice Bejo, the Oscar nominated actress who saw her last film (by hubby Michel Hazanavicius) get panned in Cannes, will next be featured alongside Melanie Laurent and Audrey Tautou in Tran Anh Hung’s Eternity. The Childhood of the Leader is now set for a November shoot in Budapest.
- Eric Lavallee
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 23, 2014
Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray $24.99
Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga franchise, Cosmopolis) and Guy Pearce (Prometheus, Lockout) star in the 2014 Australian production The Rover, the latest entry in the burgeoning post-apocalyptic crime drama genre.
Set in a world 10 years into the general collapse of society, The Rover follows hardened loner Eric (Pearce) as he travels the desolate towns and roads of the outback. When a gang of thieves steals his car, they leave behind a wounded Rey (Pattinson). Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that still matters to him.
Maps marks the first time that director Cronenberg has filmed in Los Angeles, and also marks his first film in two years, since 2012 Cosmopolis. The film stars Robert Pattinson (The Rover), co-stars with the likes of Julianne Moore (The Kids Are Alright), John Cusack (High Fidelity), Mia Wasikowska (Tracks), Sarah Gadon (Enemy), Olivia Williams (Sabotage) and Carrie Fisher (Star Wars).
Here’s the official synopsis:
Led by the loathsome yet funny and touching child-star Benjie, we witness the convoluted world of shallow, selfish celebrities and their minions, all of whom are about to be manipulated and destroyed by the young woman who literally represents the fruit of their twisted machinations, Agatha, Benjie’s tormented, »
- Scott Davis
After debuting at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, director David Cronenberg's latest film Maps to the Stars is headed to theaters in the United Kingdom this fall, and that means we get a new official trailer from across the pond while we wait to see when the film might end up hitting the big screen in the United States. The film shows the lives of several people in Hollywood as only a director like Cronenberg can deliver, complete with a diverse cast that includes John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska and more. There seems to be some great performances, but of course it's bizarre. Watch! Here's the new UK trailer for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars from YouTube: Maps to the Stars is directed by David Cronenberg (Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly, Eastern Promises, Cosmopolis), from a screenplay by Bruce Wagner (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3). The »
- Ethan Anderton
With David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars preparing to launch in UK cinemas on September 26, a new (safe for work) trailer has been prepared. It's very similar to the red-band trailer that came out earlier this year, before the film debuted at Cannes. Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, and Robert Pattinson star; Bruce Wagner wrote the screenplay. Our own Jason Gorber saw Maps to the Stars at Cannes and was not impressed: 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...
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The UK trailer for Maps to the Stars has been released.
David Cronenberg's multi-stranded Hollywood satire follows a mysterious, celebrity-obsessed young woman (Mia Wasikowska), who comes to Los Angeles and takes a job working for neurotic actress Havana (Julianne Moore).
Fueled by engaging performances from Golden Globe® nominee Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential) and what Variety calls "a career-redefining performance from Robert Pattinson" (The Twilight Saga franchise, Cosmopolis), The Rover arrives on Blu-ray™ Disc (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) September 23 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The tension-filled film, which was released theatrically by A24, was an Official Selection of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. The Rover, directed by visionary writer/director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom), also stars Scoot McNairy (TV's "Halt and Catch Fire," upcoming Gone Girl). Set in a world 10 years into the general collapse of society, The Rover follows hardened loner Eric (Pearce) as he travels the desolate towns and roads of the outback. When »
- Pietro Filipponi
Could the magic that has come from films like Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies be coming to an end? Thompson on Hollywood is reporting that Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli may be closing its doors because the cost of making hand-drawn animated films with the attention to detail they include might just be too cost prohibitive to continue.
Their source is a Japanese website that explains that the studio is considering becoming little more than a copyright management company, free of the obligation of actually making movies.
Toh! points out that Ghibli continues to experience high costs because they refuse to export their labor out to cheaper companies in pursuit of greater quality. More over, recent Ghibli films that have made huge amounts of money, like Miyazaki’s latest The Wind Rises, or Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya (which opens in America »
- Brian Welk
The Twilight star has revealed that he cold-called the Spring Breakers director to ask about working with him.
"I never went to acting school, so this is just me trying to get better," he told Esquire.
"I've literally only done jobs which interest me. There have been two which I auditioned for and didn't get, but other than that..."
He added that he has turned down a couple of big franchise offers, wanting to avoid them after experiencing the success and demands of the Twilight Saga.
Ever since Twilight, Robert Pattinson has set about creating a truly intriguing filmography for a star his age. Already, the talented actor has worked with two extremely talented directors, David Cronenberg and David Michôd, on three thought-provoking films (Cosmopolis and Maps to the Stars with Cronenberg, and The Rover with Michôd). Next up, he’ll appear in films by Werner Herzog (Queen of the Desert), Anton Corbijn (Life), Olivier Assayas (Idol’s Eye), Brady Corbet (The Childhood of a Leader) and James Marsh (Hold on to Me).
Now, we’re hearing that Pattinson has added another appealing provocateur to his list of future projects – the star will be teaming with Spring Breakers writer-director Harmony Korine for a Miami-set gangster movie. Details are sparse, but Korine mentioned in 2013 that he was working on a “Southern Gothic crime family picture,” which is likely also his Pattinson collaboration.
Apparently, Pattinson’s collaboration with »
- Isaac Feldberg
With Fargo proving that it’s possible to make great television out of excellent films (as we discussed previously), there are now plenty of other big-to-small-screen transitions on the way.
Of particular interest to the geeky-minded will be Syfy’s 13-episode televisual version of Terry Gilliam’s mercilessly mind-bending surreal sci-fi flick 12 Monkeys, which has now found itself a cast.
Cole, Bruce Willis’ time-travelling mental patient in the film, will be played on telly by Aaron Stanford, perhaps best recognised as Pyro from X-Men 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, although he's also held roles in the 2006 version of The Hills Have Eyes and TV's Nikita.
Production on Syfy's upcoming "12 Monkeys" series begins next month, and along with more details on that we have two new cast members to announce, one of whom is quite near and dear to our horror-loving hearts.
From the Press Release:
Syfy’s adventure thriller "12 Monkeys" will commence series production August 6, 2014, in Toronto, Canada. The season, consisting of 13 episodes, stars Aaron Stanford (as time traveler Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse), and Noah Bean (Aaron Marker).
Syfy also confirms additional casting, inking Tom Noonan (pictured; The House of the Devil, The Roost, "Hell on Wheels") and Emily Hampshire (Cosmopolis, "Rookie Blue") for recurring roles. Noonan portrays a mysterious villain who is the face of the enigmatic Army of the 12 Monkeys. Imposing and intelligent, Noonan’s character will be at the center of the conspiracy. Hampshire will portray Jennifer Goines, a dangerous, unstable mental patient who might have the »
- Debi Moore
Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD Release Date: Sept. 16, 2014
Price: DVD $28.98, Blu-ray $35.99, Blu-ray 3D Combo $44.95
The Big G returns in Godzilla.
In this latest film featuring the overgrown, nuclear halitosis-challenged lizard, Godzilla (who’s been doing what he does since his 1954 self-titled Japanese debut) rises from the depths to do battle with a pair of malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten the planet’s very existence. The larger-than-life battle takes him to the U.S. mainland this time around, specifically San Francisco.
Directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters) from a screenplay by Max Borenstein and a story by David Callaham, Godzilla features such human cast members as Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Savages), Ken Watanabe (Inception »
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