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For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of the business’s hottest names…one Michael Fassbender. In a rather short period of time, he’s gone from a character actor to a critical darling to a superstar, with an Academy Award nomination thrown in there for good measure (along with a few Oscar snubs as well). Fassbender is arguably one of Hollywood’s most talented actors, so it’s great to see him continually display it in interesting and unique projects. He’s a definite A-lister, likely to go down as an all time great when all is said and done, so he’s perfect for this column! Fassbender got his start on television, first coming on to my radar with HBO’s landmark miniseries Band of Brothers. There were other small TV projects (both miniseries and movies, as well as full on »
- Joey Magidson
The Weiss family are your typical ‘Hollywood’ family, with each member tainted by its lure in some way. Dr. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a psychotherapist, while wife Cristina (Olivia Williams) looks after their 13 year-old son and child-star Benjie (Evan Bird), a spoiled brat if ever there was one. Estranged sister Agatha (Mia Wasikowska) returns from her stay in a sanatorium and lands a job as a Pa for C-list celebrity Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), coincidentally a patient of Stafford’s. As word spreads that Agatha has returned, Stafford will do anything to keep her away from his wife and son. Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon co-star.
Now, I’ve seen this already (review on the way), so I know »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Say When (being released in the Us under its original title Laggies) is set to open across the UK through Icon Film Distribution on 10th October. Directed by Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’S Sister; Hump Day; Touchy Feely), Say When received its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It stars Keira Knightley (Begin Again; Atonement; A Dangerous Method), Chloe Grace Moretz (If Stay; Kick-ass; Kick-ass 2) and Sam Rockwell (The Way, Way Back; Moon; Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind).
Megan (Knightley) is 28 going on 14. Whilst her oldest friends are settling down and starting families, Megan prefers to be the bridesmaid to the bride, the godmother to the actual mother. When her boyfriend Anthony proposes to her, Megan runs away from grown up life for a while and hides out with her new friend, high school student Annika (Moretz). There follows a week of reliving the ups and downs of teenage life, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
This year’s “Map to the Stars” marks the second straight time David Cronenberg has worked with former “Twlight” hearthrob Robert Pattinson and the third time with Sarah Gadon, who first appeared in “A Dangerous Method” alongside the director’s previous muse, Viggo Mortensen. In the run-up to that 2011 historical film, Cronenberg took part in a short video – along with co-star Michael Fassbender – where he revealed his thoughts on the creative process. Spanning just over five minutes long and shot around the time of the Venice Film Festival, the short video is still illuminating despite its short length. In point of fact, when asked about where his ideas for films come from, the Canadian director said that “a film can come from anywhere: from a newspaper article, from a dream, from a nightmare, from a joke.” It’s not a lot but it’s nice espresso shot of Cronenberg should you need one. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
James Corden, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine and Keira Knightley with Begin Again director John Carney on Times Square: "That was the one true moment of maverick, crazy John Cassavetes" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
With Begin Again, starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo with Adam Levine, Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden and Ceelo Green, Irish director John Carney returns twice to the world of street musicians after his Oscar winning Once. At the Crosby Street Hotel, I followed up on my Anna Karenina conversation with Keira Knightley on costumes to find out how little A Dangerous Method goes with Annie Hall.
And the boys - Ruffalo, Levine, Corden and Carney - talked about music, acting, filming John Cassavetes style and not selling out.
This time the streets of New York »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Jake Gyllenhaal plays dual roles in Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve's thriller Enemy (review), and he's also signed a one-sheet for You. Yes, You! Read on for how you can get your hands on all the freebies!
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Enemy Release Details
Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Best Supporting Actor, Brokeback Mountain, 2005) re-teams with his Prisoners director, Denis Villeneuve, in Enemy, a sexy and mind-bending thriller that breathes new life into the doppelganger tradition, arriving on Blu-ray Disc and DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) June 24 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Released theatrically by A24, the film is based on Nobel Prize in Literature »
- Steve Barton
Kiera Knightley has made art form out of bad sex on-screen. She revealed on The Graham Norton Show yesterday (June 14) that she had to make “weird sex” faces for Director David Cronenberg. Cronenberg, who is known for working with Twilight’s Robert Pattinson, was casting at the time for his movie “A Dangerous Method.” Knightley, 29, starred in the 2011 movie with Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender. [...] »
Canadian auteur David Cronenberg has a well-documented fascination with seeing social systems disrupted by chaos, whether they be romantic (The Fly), domestic (A History of Violence), psychological (A Dangerous Method), criminal (Eastern Promises), automotive (Crash) or technological (Videodrome, eXistenZ) in nature. Just as his suffocatingly stilted Cosmopolis set out to skewer the folly of capitalism in a long limo ride across Manhattan, Cronenberg’s latest, Maps to the Stars, seems explicitly crafted to serve as its West Coast counterpart, taking to task the wealthy, self-involved ranks that populate Hollywood. It may not be the sharpest of satires, but perhaps that unruliness is simply a matter of form reflecting content. “I requested a stretch limo,” Agatha (Mia Wasikowska) points out to her driver upon her arrival in Los Angeles. Of course, since her driver, Jerome, is played by Cosmopolis star Robert Pattinson, we waste no time disappearing down the self-referential rabbit hole. To »
- William Goss
In my first year at the Festival de Cannes, I think I walked the length of the Boulevard de la Croisette approximately 36 times. At first swarming through this crowded main street is like being trapped in a street fair full of confused rubber-neckers, all wandering in different directions, straining to see something that hasn't quite materialized. Gosling? Glitz? Justin Bieber? Jean-Luc Godard?
On my first stroll down this main drag, I saw Hummer-inspired yachts, an older European couple with his-and-her beige linen pant suits and matching grey-blond severe bobs, and a group of loud American students slugging rosé from the bottle on a bench. The police and bouncers (more so than the festival staff) control the crowds with alarmingly random assertions of authority. "Ne fais pas le rois juste!" shouted one pissed off teen when an officer decides on a whim, seemingly, that only some people are allowed to cross the street. »
- Miriam Bale
As a celebration of the unprecedented number of Canadian films that competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival, Moviefone Canada is highlighting each of these works.
David Cronenberg returned to the festival with his bleak Hollywood tale "Maps to the Stars." The lead performers are John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore (Best Actress winner at Cannes!), Sarah Gadon and a young Evan Bird. The performer getting all the attention on the Red Carpet was Robert Pattinson, here making his second performance in a Cronenberg picture (after "Cosmopolis" from Cannes 2012 and the Freudian drama "A Dangerous Method" which debuted at Venice in 2011).
The script is by novelist and screenwriter Bruce Wagner, and it provides a skewed look at obnoxious and petulant child stars, the fatuous nature of self-help gurus, and the deeply neurotic and spiritually vacuous nature of life in Hollywood.
Much like "Cosmopolis," Cronenberg and his »
- Jason Gorber
Watching Belle, the refreshingly atypical costume drama released nationwide this weekend, I was reminded of a quote from a book I finished recently. In Jill Lepore's biography of Jane Franklin (Ben's sister), she writes: "History is what is written and can be found; what isn't saved is lost, sunken and rotted, eaten by the earth." [Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin]
If Misan Sagay hadn't seen this portrait in a Scottish castle, we may never have learned about the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle. Based on the limited facts the screenwriter was able to find in her research -- given that Dido was a female in the 18th Century, there's unfortunately not a large amount known about her -- Sagay crafted a tale about this real woman, illegitimately born of a black woman and a white admiral, who was raised by the Murray family.
- Elizabeth Stoddard
What’s the Matter with Havana?: Cronenberg’s L.A. Story a Hot Mess of Tangled Ideas
Couched within its episodic instances of harpooning Hollywood stereotypes, there is a rather interesting tale in Maps to the Stars contending as a wobbly family saga of vacuous types tainted by their desperate attempts to maintain a certain visibility within celebrity culture. But it’s an idea lost in its own maddening attempt at actually engaging in the mythos pointedly laid out in its own subtext as pertains to provocative motifs like incest, nepotism, and (literally) ghosts from the past. The result is a maudlin brew of wacky circumstances and over-the-top flourishes that sometimes work, but, more often than not, fall flat the longer running the time wears on. While it very much feels like a Cronenbergian endeavor, its pointed critique of a particular empty headed culture ends up feeling like a series of wink-wink potshots, »
- Nicholas Bell
After making one of the most authentically emotional films of his career with A Dangerous Method, David Cronenberg has begun exploring the world of artificiality. Cosmopolis, which may end up standing as the director’s best film, explored the idea of capitalism in the digital age by creating a language, a series of green screen windows, and, essentially, a society […] »
- Peter Labuza
Cannes -- Last time I was here on the Croisette, David Cronenberg was here with "Cosmopolis," and his son Brandon Cronenberg was here with "Antiviral." It was interesting seeing Brandon make a film that felt like it came from the young and squishy heart of his father, while David made a movie that felt like a genuine explosion of anger without a clear target to land on. It is easy to say that filmmakers lose steam as they work, that age and success mellow even the most genuinely furious artists, but I don't think that's the case with Cronenberg. After all, since the year 2000, he's made three films that I think are all very strong in their own way and very different than anything he'd done before. "Spider" is an upsetting glimpse into a damaged mind, one that traps us inside looking out rather than trying to explain or excuse. »
- Drew McWeeny
Real talk: it's been quite a while since David Cronenberg made something truly satisfying. "Cosmopolis" has a few defenders, "A Dangerous Method" not so much, and while there's stuff to like in "Spider," "A History Of Violence" and "Eastern Promises," all felt compromised to some degree or other. Indeed, the truly unfiltered Cronenberg picture, one where bits fall off people or people try to have sex with orifices not traditionally used for any sexual act, seems like something of a distant memory at this point. But good news is here, because the Canadian director's latest, "Maps To The Stars," just premiered at Cannes, and while it's substantially different from the "Videodrome"s and "Crash"es of the world, and probably rather more disposable, it's certainly the director's most twisted, and as a consequence, most deliciously entertaining film, in quite a long while. Based on the novel by Bruce Wagner »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Jake Gyllenhaal plays dual roles in Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve's thriller Enemy (review), which embarked on a limited theatrical rollout back in March. Next month, the film is headed home, and we've got the box art and full release details on tap for ya today. Dig in!
From the Press Release
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 Blu-ray Disc and 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 Mélanie 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, »
- John Squires
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, one of the clear (or not-so-clear) wild cards of the lineup: Alice Rohrwacher's "The Wonders." The director: Alice Rohrwacher (Italian, 33 years old). Amid the laundry list of usual-usual auteurs returning to the Competition, a few names raised eyebrows when Thierry Fremaux announced the lineup last month, and Rohrwacher's was one of them. After making a strong impression in Directors' Fortnight three years ago with her debut feature, the Catholic Church-themed coming-of-age drama "Corpo Celeste," an Un Certain Regard berth seemed the logical next step for her follow-up, but this was an unexpected promotion for the young Italian, »
- Guy Lodge
Last month we showed you the first trailer for David Cronenberg's dark and offbeat "Maps to the Stars," which will premiere at Cannes next week. Now we have a new trailer for the film, which boasts an awesome cast inlcuding Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Olivia Williams. The film follows a dysfunctional Hollywood family, a fading actress and an aspiring actor, who all come together in this twisted film. If Cronenberg's filmography ("A Dangerous Method," "Eastern Promises," and "Naked Lunch") says anything, "Maps to the Stars" promises to be a sexy, violent and insightful look at the people who make up one of our largest industries. Check out the new trailer below. »
- Eric Eidelstein
Acolytes 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
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up: David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars." The director: David Cronenberg (Canadian, 71 years old). I don't think I exactly need to introduce Cronenberg, unless your auteur radar extends only to directors who have been nominated for Oscars. The cinema's currently dormant king of body horror has shifted in and out of genres and levels of respectability, his previous 20 features taking him from shoestring kink ("Stereo") to more elaborate gross-out cult items ("Videodrome") to warped mainstream fare ("The Fly") to icy arthouse provocations ("Crash") to tastefully cerebral prestige items ("A Dangerous Method"), with any number of stages in between. »
- Guy Lodge
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