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Keira Knightley is no stranger to period dramas, appearing in Pride and Prejudice, Anna Karenina, The Duchess, and many more. Even the film she is Oscar campaigning for now, The Imitation Game, is a period drama. Well, she has just signed on for another. This time, it is an adaptation of ?mile Zola's Therese Raquin. The catch is this adaptation is not on film. No, Knightley will be making her Broadway debut in a new stage version by British playwright Helen Edmundson. I am an unapologetic Keira Knightley fan. I think she has delivered some very impressive performances, particularly in Never Let Me Go and A Dangerous Method, and am curious to see how she fares as a stage actor. She has done a couple of productions in the West End, but with living in America and travel being expensive, I have not gotten to see them. She does have a very expressive, »
- Mike Shutt
Many argue that David Cronenberg has lost his way. The Canadian director has been on somewhat of a roll since the mid 70s and though there have been perceived missteps over the years, Crash and eXistenZ were both largely maligned on release but have found their ardent supporters in the years since. I expect that to some extent, the recent batch of Cronenberg titles might also find a following in 10 or 15 years but I expect those fans won't be quite as supportive because the movies simply aren't that good. A Dangerous Method (review) is a minor achievement which is largely memorable for the performances by an all star cast but Cosmopolis ( [Continued ...] »
This Friday, "Dracula Untold" hits movie theaters. It is a completely different look at the famous vampire, in this case played by Luke Evans, than we have ever seen before. It is more than just an origin story, however. It is also, perhaps at its core, a love story. Many of the actions taken by Vlad III which lead to his demise are things he does as a way to ensure the safety of not just his kingdom in general, but his family in particular. He is spurred to these actions by his wife, Mirena, played by Sarah Gadon. To be clear, Mirena does not tell Vlad to go out and become a vampire, she just reminds him of promises he has made to keep his family safe. It is his love which, in turn, pushes him to darkness. It is a tragic love story, one with devastating consequences for all involved. »
- Josh Lasser
Actress Sarah Gadon is, as she says in the below interview, predisposed to certain kinds of horror. Having worked with David Cronenberg several times (A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis, Maps To The Stars), as well as appeared in such notable oddities as The Moth Diaries, Antiviral and Enemy, the Canadian has seen her fair share of bizarre things. In Dracula Untold, she plays Mirena, the wife of Vlad the Impaler - of course the man who eventually becomes Dracula. Gadon has been a part of some »
- Eric Walkuski
David Cronenberg has claimed that all his films are comedies.
He admitted that they may not follow the "traditional definition of a comedy" but he considers there to be a "humorous aspect" to every project.
"At Cannes, someone said, 'Have you ever considered making a comedy?'" the veteran filmmaker told Vulture.
"And I said, 'I've done nothing but'. Not maybe the traditional definition of a comedy, where it ends with a feel-good kind of thing, but for me, there is an observed and humorous aspect to the human condition and, of course, exploring the human condition is really what art is about.
"And I can't imagine not having humour be part of it. I just can't imagine it."
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.
★★☆☆☆David Cronenberg has had a tough time of late. Though his last two efforts, A Dangerous Method (2011) and Cosmopolis (2012), arguably lacked the shocking cut and thrust of his most visceral outings, they were both far from abject failures. Neither is Maps to the Stars (2014), a celebrity satire from the Canadian body horror maestro which received a largely warm reception at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Written by American novelist Bruce Wagner (Dead Stars), Maps revels in Hollywood's many grotesqueries yet crucially lacks the cool wit and intelligence that comes hand-in-hand with a Cronenberg on his A-game. Overbearingly catty, there's little actual meat underneath all the ghoulish cosmetics. »
- CineVue UK
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
Viggo Mortensen is one of America's finest and most bankable actors, and gets to cherry-pick the best of international movies, because he's fluent in French and Spanish as well as English. Upcoming films include fest favorite "Jauja," in which he speaks Spanish with a Danish accent, and French Tiff entry "Far from Men." While the "Lord of the Rings" star is always eager to work with David Cronenberg on any film, whether as a husband with a secret ("A History of Violence"), a tattooed Russian gangster ("Eastern Promises") or Sigmund Freud ("A Dangerous Method"), he's also willing to take chances on a new screenwriter-turned-director such as Hossein Amini, who adapted Patricia Highsmith for the delightfully Hitchcockian "The Two Faces of January." Mortensen and I talked on Skype (video below) about how he chooses projects and worked with Amini and his costars Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac on this »
- Anne Thompson
Toronto has always been a place for reinvention — in 2008, Anne Hathaway came to the festival marred by her ex-boyfriend’s federal arrest, and left as an Oscar darling for “Rachel Getting Married.” And in 2013, Sandra Bullock launched as an astronaut in “Gravity,” and Jared Leto returned to acting with “Dallas Buyers Club.” But this year, especially, a handful of actors departed Canada with a new career jolt. Here are the biggest Toronto transformations.
Redmayne delivered impressive supporting work in film like 2012’s “Les Miserables” and 2011’s “My Week With Marilyn.” But his magnificent performance as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” should land him on Hollywood’s leading man list, and get him his first Oscar nomination. In a physical transformation on par with Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club,” Redmayne embodies Hawking to the point of convincing viewers they are watching a documentary. »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
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
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
Universal Pictures Ireland and Jameson Dublin International Film Festival are teaming up to present a Charity Screening of Dracula – Untold, in aid of St. Francis Hospice on Tuesday September 30th at 7.30pm in The Savoy, O’Connell St. Tickets (€10 each) are available online from www.jdiff.com. Special guests in attendance will be Irish Director Gary Shore and cast members Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, Immortals) and Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method, The Amazing Spider Man 2). The movie was shot on location in Northern Ireland in 2013, and portrays the origin story of its title character, Count Dracula. Director Gary Shore says: “I will screen my feature debut, Dracula Untold, with an audience for the very first time. Apart from the honor of this being in Dublin, I wanted to use this opportunity to recognize the great work of St. Francis Hospice. I cannot speak more highly of the people who »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Nothing is too heavily encrypted in “The Imitation Game,”, rendered in such unerringly tasteful, “Masterpiece Theatre”-ish fashion that every one of Turing’s professional triumphs and personal tragedies arrives right on schedule and with nary a hair out of place. More than once during the accomplished (but not particularly distinctive) English-language debut for Norwegian director Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters”), you can catch the ghost of the late Richard Attenborough nodding approvingly over the decorous proceedings. And yet so innately compelling is Turing’s story — to say nothing of Benedict Cumberbatch’s masterful performance — it’s hard not to get caught up in this well-told tale and its skillful manipulations. Likely to prove more popular with general audiences than highbrow critics, this unapologetically old-fashioned prestige picture (the first of the season’s dueling studies of brilliant but tragic English academics, to be followed soon by “The Theory of Everything”) looks and »
- Scott Foundas
You may have noticed a change in actor Viggo Mortensen in the last decade. His last major studio effort was “A History of Violence” in 2005 but… it was a David Cronenberg project. Aside from mini-major studio projects like The Weinstein Company's "The Road" and Sony Pictures Classics "A Dangerous Method" (both of them still relatively small, limited release pictures), the actor has avoided major studio work, and in recent years, that’s been even more pronounced. Earlier this year, he starred in the spare and minimalist "Jauja," a Danish language film set in Argentina in which no English was spoken (Mortensen produced). Before that, he starred and produced in another off-the-beaten-path picture set in Argentina, “Everybody Has a Plan.” A renaissance man —publisher, poet, musician, photographer and painter— Mortensen even composed his first score for “Jauja” as well. It seems that Mortensen is participating in whatever project he wants, which is a. »
- Edward Davis
The 2014 Viennale gets underway on October 23rd and runs to November 6th. The festival has published a preview of their lineup:
Frank (Lenny Abrahamson)
Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
Two Day, One Night (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
Li'l Quinguin (Bruno Demont)
Hard to Be a God (Aeksej German)
The Last Summer of the Rich (Peter Kern)
The Kindergarten Teacher (Nadav Lapid)
Sorrow and Joy (Nils Malmros)
Suddarth (Richie Mehta)
Force Majeure (Ruben Ostlund)
I'm Not Him (Tayfun Pirselimoglu)
A Proletarian Winter's Tale (Julian Radlmaier)
The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy)
Why Don't You Play in Hell? »
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
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