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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
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
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