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Cannes 2014: Cronenberg's 'Maps to the Stars' in competition

18 April 2014 1:06 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

Fans of body horror master David Cronenberg will be hoping for a late career revival when his new film, 2014's Maps to the Stars, has its grand unveiling at Cannes this May, particularly after the joint disappointment of 2011 psychoanalysis drama A Dangerous Method and the overly faithful Cosmopolis (2012). Enlisting A-List stars Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson, the film sets itself up as an acerbic portrait of celebrity competition and madness in the shallow waters of Hollywood. Dr. Stafford Weiss (the ever-sleazy Cusack) is a self-help guru while his wife, Christina (Olivia Wilde), manages the career of an obnoxious millionaire child star, Benjie (Evan Bird), who has just checked out of a stint in a drug rehab clinic and is ready to gte back into acting.


- CineVue UK

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Yes No Maybe So: "Maps to the Stars"

16 April 2014 8:53 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Yesterday two new trailers appeared for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars. I'm not embedding them specifically because I can't find sharp images (the main one floating around seems like a bad stolen print of a trailer - very underlit) and the international one (Nsfw) has too many auto-play ads and works less well as a coherent snapshot of the movie.

I'm hoping Maps skirts the usual trends of public reaction to Cronenberg films. It often follows this pattern:

1. Healthy amount of media coverage and excitement before their films premiere (remember all the A Dangerous Method hoopla?)

2. A curiously muted release (sometimes only limited) with a tiny bit of coverage focused on whichever big star is doing whichever genuinely weird thing they're asked to do in the movie. Think Robert Pattinson getting an enema in the limo in Cosmopolis

3. Almost no follow up conversation online or lines at the »


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‘Maps to the Stars’ Trailer: It’s All Ending Now

15 April 2014 6:47 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Most people know David Cronenberg for his work in the body horror genre niche, specifically films like VideodromeThe FlyShivers, and eXistenZ, as well as transgressive gonzo flicks like Naked Lunch. But in the 2000s, he took his career in a more respectable (if no less graphic and weird) direction with projects like History of Violence, Eastern Promises, and A Dangerous Method, all of which became minor awards season darlings and enjoyed substantial critical success – while slightly reinventing Cronenberg as an artist.

Now, the trailer for his latest project, Maps to the Stars, has landed online, and it looks like the film will stay in a similar vein as his latter-day productions: less gooey and gross, but still plenty mind-warping on their own merits. Concurrently, the movie showcases Cronenberg’s continued fascination with Robert Pattinson, Twilight‘s Edward, as the young actor strives to make a ...

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- Andy Crump

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First Trailer For David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars

14 April 2014 4:02 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Following up on A Dangerous Method, a Freudian analysis of human sexuality, and Cosmopolis, a dark satire of the Occupy movement, noted provocateur David Cronenberg is set to continue reaching the darkest corners of our collective psyches with his next film, Maps to the Stars.

The director’s involvement alone was enough to put this project (about the twisted members of a modern Hollywood dynasty) on my radar, but now that the first trailer has dropped, I can say for certain that people are going to be talking about Maps to the Stars all throughout the year.

The footage surely begs a lot of questions, but for a first preview, it does hint at a lot of really interesting plot points (by all appearances, it’s more of a sales trailer for festivals than anything else). There’s limo sex, truly twisted family dynamics, hidden pasts, a pyromaniac and the »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Watch: First Trailer For David Cronenberg's 'Maps To The Stars' Starring Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore & More

14 April 2014 1:27 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

David Cronenberg is back, and this time he's taking on his most terrifying, mind-altering subject yet: Hollywood families. Yep, the filmmaker who has spent a career shaking us up with various types of body horror, is continuing his exploration into the psyche, following up the Freudian "A Dangerous Method" and the chatty "Cosmopolis" with "Maps To The Stars." The first international trailer for the film has dropped today, providing a peek at what Cronenberg and new bromantic partner Robert Pattinson are cooking up next. Co-starring John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia WasikowskaOlivia Williams and Sarah Gadon, the Bruce Wagner-penned movie is vicious look at a twisted Hollywood dynasty, telling the story of the Weiss family, of whom each member seems to have their own variety of fucked up problems. And that's just the start. One of our 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2014 and a film likely to appear at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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New Image & Teaser Poster For David Cronenberg's 'Maps To The Stars'

11 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Next week, the Cannes Film Festival will unveil their slate for 2014, and one movie you can put good money on being there is David Cronenberg's "Maps To The Stars." The director continues his run of psychological dramas/thrillers with another change in direction, one that moves away from the more traditional (for Cronenberg) "A Dangerous Method" and the contained "Cosmopolis," while reuniting him with his new muse, Robert Pattinson. Co-starring John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia WasikowskaOlivia Williams and Sarah Gadon, the Bruce Wagner-penned film follows the Weiss family, a Hollywood dynasty where each member has their own array of problems, with drugs, pyromania and ghostly visions all in the mix. And a new image of Wasikowska's Agatha, recently released from a sanitorium, has arrived along with an Italian teaser poster (via Thinking Of Rob) which reveals the movie will be out in Italy shortly before Cannes wraps up. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jake Gyllenhaal Thriller ‘Enemy’ Hitting On DVD June 24th

6 April 2014 11:48 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Despite the fair success and critical acclaim of the last Jake Gyllenhaal and Denis Villeneuve effort, Prisoners, Enemy never seemed to get enough people talking about it. That’s also despite the fact that it managed its own critical acclaim, winning a solid 72% on rottentomatoes.com. That’s a higher score than it seems for an indie film about something decidedly strange.

Considering the supporting cast, you’d think there would be a serious draw to this one, but it didn’t get nearly the attention in theaters that it deserved. It’s possible that mentioning that it is based on a Nobel Prize-winning novel may have left some unsure what they might be getting into with this one.

Well, your chance to catch it again isn’t too far off, as this one comes home on June 24th, even if it is apparently going to be rather slim as far as bonus material goes. »

- Marc Eastman

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'Enemy' Arrives on DVD June 24th

4 April 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Best Supporting Actor, Brokeback Mountain, 2005) reteams with his Prisoners director, Denis Villeneuve, in Enemy, a sexy and mind-bending thriller that breathes new life into the doppelganger tradition arriving on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) June 24 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Released theatrically by A24, the film is based on Nobel Prize in Literature winner Jose Saramongo's novel The Double, and also stars M&#233lanie Laurent (Now You See Me), Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method) and Isabella Rossellini (Fearless). Winner of the Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Silver at the Catalonian International Film Festival, the Enemy DVD includes a "making of" featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal) is a glum professor who has grown disinterested by his ordinary life. When Adam discovers a man who appears to be his double, the identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and hauntingly intertwined. »

- MovieWeb

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30 Ways Michael Fassbender Puts the Sex in Sexy

2 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Michael Fassbender turns 37 today, and the fassinating actor is one to watch. We first set our sights on the sexy Irishman when he bared it all as a sex addict in Shame. Then he spanked Keira Knightley as psychiatrist Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method, and he's done more than one striptease in magazine photo shoots over the last few years. Did we mention he speaks fluent German and is set to star alongside Ryan Gosling in an unnamed Terrence Malick project? Besides his devilish grin and proclivity toward playing naughty bad boys, here are a few of the many reasons Michael Fassbender is on our sexy radar. Source: Getty View Slideshow › »

- Tara Block

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Michael Fassbender Has a Giant Head in New Trailer for ‘Frank’

6 March 2014 1:40 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Michael Fassbender isn’t a name that many would associate with the comedy genre. The actor is best known for period dramas like 12 Years a Slave, A Dangerous Method and Jane Eyre, and even in more outlandish films (like X-Men: First Class) he tends to play fairly serious and straight-faced characters.

As the lead in Lenny Abrahamson’s offbeat indie comedy Frank, however, Fassbender’s face isn’t his face at all. The titular character is a strange but visionary musician called Frank, who wears a large papier-mâché head that he never takes off. Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) plays a young wannabe musician who joins Frank’s pop group and is taken under his wing in a very unconventional program of rehearsals and training.

The new trailer for Frank is pretty much the entire genre of indie movies crystallized ...

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- H. Shaw-Williams

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Watch: David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen Talk Control and Spontaneity in Their Films Together

18 February 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Check out this video from the "In Conversation" series from Tiff Bell Lightbox, where Canuck auteur David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen discuss their working relationship, which has now spanned three films together ("A History of Violence," "Eastern Promises" and "A Dangerous Method"). In the video, the two talk about the perceived "control" in Cronenberg's films. Cronenberg rebuffs this notion, saying he's an "anti-storyboard" person; Mortensen agrees, saying the reason he enjoys working with Cronenberg is that before a film the director "plans everything, he tries to think of it from every angle, so that when [he] gets to the set [he] can throw it all away and see what happens." Cronenberg's next project is actually a non-Mortensen one: "Map to the Stars," starring Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, Carrie Fisher and John Cusack. It could very well land at Cannes. »

- Beth Hanna

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Guy Lodge's DVDs and downloads

15 February 2014 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cate Blanchett shines as a woman on the verge in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, while elsewhere Alec Baldwin disappoints

With apologies to Dylan Farrow, who would attach sterner moral implications to this question than those I intend: what's your favourite Woody Allen movie of the 21st century? It's been a slightly painful question for a while now, usually drawing less-than-ringing endorsements along the lines of: "Midnight in Paris was harmless enough", or: "Vicky Cristina Barcelona, if you mute the voiceover bits." At last, however, there's an easy answer: Blue Jasmine (Warner, 12), imperfect as it is in fractious and interesting ways, is something genuinely remarkable.

Much of that comes down to Cate Blanchett's daring, last-nerve performance as the title character, a spoilt society wife experiencing the mother of all Xanax comedowns after her husband is jailed for tax fraud – a tragicomic turn of Gena Rowlands proportions that is all »

- Guy Lodge

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Dear Michael Fassbender: Not campaigning cost you an Oscar

10 February 2014 12:30 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Despite receiving rave reviews for "12 Years a Slave," Michael Fassbender decided early on that he wouldn't participate in an Oscar campaign. And while he reaped a Supporting Actor bid, he skipped the academy's official nominees luncheon on Monday. So, is it any surprise that he is ranked far behind frontrunner Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") in this race? Fassbender's skittishness can be traced back to being snubbed by the academy in 2011 for a trio of acclaimed performances in "Jane Eyre," "A Dangerous Method," and "Shame." That latter film, his second with "12 Years" helmer Steve McQueen, netted him Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Reflecting on his continuous campaigning then, he told GQ last fall: "I won't put myself through that kind of situation again … It's just a grind. And I'm not a politician. I'm an actor." While »

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Lars Wiebe joins SquareOne

9 February 2014 9:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Wiebe [pictured] appointed head of German productions as company expands its production activities into Germany.

Munich-based distributor-producer SquareOne Entertainment is expanding its production activities into Germany.

Speaking exclusively to Screen, SquareOne’s CEO Al Munteanu revealed that he had been harbouring the idea of production in Germany for the past two years.

“People kept asking me why I wasn’t involved in German production and I never had a good answer. Then I had a bizarre experience in Toronto when I met Sebastian Koch who told me about a film he had starred in, The Weekend by Vivian Naefe, which didn’t have distribution.¨

Subsequently, Munteanu released the film - an adaptation of a book by The Reader author Bernhard Schlink - in Germany last year. “This is when I had my epiphany that there is a real appetite for new distribution partners in Germany, who have a perhaps more hands-on approach to marketing films.”

“This accelerated »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Teaser Poster for Ben Wheatley's 'High-Rise' Starring Tom Hiddleston

5 February 2014 4:14 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

What's next from the dark, devious, delectable mind of Ben Wheatley, the man who brought us Kill List, Sightseers and A Field in England? How about an adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High-Rise, the story of the tenants of an ultra-modern, luxury high-rise building. To go with the announcement of this next project, Wheatley has secured Tom Hiddleston to star in the film, and the production has unveiled a sleek teaser poster. All of this sounds great. As Wheatley himself says: "Here we go. Cant quite believe this is happening. Tom Hiddleston! Jeremy Thomas! Script by Amy Jump! Jg Ballard!" Shooting begins later this summer. The teaser art for Wheatley's next film. He tweets: "Highrise. shooting June. Starring Tom Hiddleston!" High-Rise is being directed by British filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace, Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England), produced by legendary producer Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor, Sexy Beast, A Dangerous Method, »

- Alex Billington

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Laggies’

17 January 2014 11:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Her name virtually synonymous with a particular breed of shaggily perceptive, semi-improvised relationship comedy, Lynn Shelton takes a step closer to the mainstream with “Laggies,” her sixth feature film and the first one she didn’t write herself (it was scripted by promising newcomer Andrea Seigel). Starring a delightfully loose-limbed Keira Knightley as an aimless young woman who retreats from her close circle of friends to figure out what she wants to do with herself, this perky comedy of regression follows a familiar late-coming-of-age trajectory, and Shelton’s admirers may well feel she’s sacrificed authenticity and spontaneity for a bright, plasticized commercial sheen. Yet it remains a consistently amusing and appealing romp, bolstered by warm supporting turns from Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell that should help steer it toward an appreciative off-Hollywood audience.

Ten years after graduating from high school, Washington suburbanite Megan (Knightley) has no career and no motivation, »

- Justin Chang

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Keira Knightley interview: Back on blockbuster form

17 January 2014 10:00 AM, PST | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

Since she last played Elizabeth Swann, her character in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise that propelled her to global fame, it’s been a curious few years for Keira Knightley. It’s been a time for risk-taking, you might say, from squaring up to Steve Carell in the muted comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World to playing the hysteria-suffering patient Sabina Spielrein in David Cronenberg’s edgy Jung-Freud drama A Dangerous Method. »

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Kiera Knightly: Back on blockbuster form

17 January 2014 2:34 AM, PST | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

Since she last played Elizabeth Swann, her character in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise that propelled her to global fame, it’s been a curious few years for Keira Knightley. It’s been a time for risk-taking, you might say, from squaring up to Steve Carell in the muted comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World to playing the hysteria-suffering patient Sabina Spielrein in David Cronenberg’s edgy Jung-Freud drama A Dangerous Method. »

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Watch: 37-Minute Interview With Viggo Mortensen On Creativity, Working With David Cronenberg & More

16 January 2014 1:22 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Viggo Mortensen was at the height of his popularity when the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy came out over ten years ago. Instead of capitalizing on that fame by starring in more high profile projects, he has since become incredibly selective, having appeared in only ten films since 2004 with many of them being outside typical studio fare. His collaborations with David Cronenberg include three of those ten films: “A History of Violence”, “Eastern Promises,” and “A Dangerous Method.” Which begs the question: why does he love working with Cronenberg so much? Well, he talks about that in a half hour-long interview with Jian Ghomeshi on the Canadian radio show, "Q." The interview, overall, is fairly loose and Viggo is able to really get into it about his working process with David Cronenberg. He talks about how Cronenberg’s convinced him to do things he otherwise would not have done, such »

- Ken Guidry

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Fox Intl. Prods. Germany Adds Execs in Bid to Up Output

7 January 2014 6:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As Fox Intl. Pictures Germany increases its local-language operations, it has added Anna Maria Zuendel (above right) and Magdalena Prosteder (above left) as production executives.

They’ll work closely with Vincent de la Tour, managing director of Twentieth Century Fox of Germany and Germar Tetzlaff, manager, marketing, of Twentieth Century Fox Germany with the goal to increase the co-production, acquisition and development of German-language films for Fip.

“Anna and Magdalena will be instrumental in continuing to build-out our local operations in Germany,” said Fox Intl. Prods. president Sanford Panitch in a statement. “Vincent de la Tour has done a superb job in both managing and distributing our local films in Germany, and this expanded production team brings additional strength to the already excellent local team.”

Last year, Fip Germany tapped producer Marco Mehlitz (“Mr. Nobody,” “A Dangerous Method”) to head up local-language development and production. Mehliltz will shift roles within »

- Carole Horst

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