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A few days before the first wave of Cannes competition titles are announced, here’s our initial look at one surefire example and, no less, one of our most-anticipated 2014 titles: Maps to the Stars, in which David Cronenberg makes a Cosmopolis reunion with Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon — in addition to teaming with directorial newcomers Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, and Olivia Williams — for an examination of Hollywood culture, the treatment of child stars having long been noted as a key component of Bruce Wagner‘s screenplay.
This first preview — almost more in line with a sales piece than some official glimpse — offers a closer look at some of the plot machinations, what’s on display possibly working (early as this guess is) in some harmony with A History of Violence. All else looks and feels like a late Cronenberg picture — the return of cinematographer Peter Suschitzky ought to play some part in as much — and for yours truly, who considers the aforementioned 2012 picture among his greatest, a continuation (or “evolution,” as is probably more fitting) is one of many signs which point to one of 2014′s most essential pictures. Here’s one that can’t come soon enough.
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 Wasikowska, Olivia 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, the R-rated film (for violence, sex, nudity and drugs) will be distributed by eOne in the U.S.
The first Maps to the Stars trailer has been released. The film follows an archetypical Hollywood dynasty including a writer of self-help manuals, his wife who manages the career of their 13-year-old son, and their daughter, who was recently released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania. The plot also includes Havana, an actress who wants to remake a movie that starred her now-deceased mother. I’m not quite sure what to make of the footage in this promo trailer, and that’s part of what makes me so excited for this movie. The other part is that this is a new David Cronenberg movie, and I’m eager to see anything he does.
The film stars John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, and Sarah Gadon.
Robert Pattinson has re-teamed with his "Cosmopolis" director David Cronenberg, and you can get your first look at the result now.
Mia Wasikowska appears to be playing a variation on her character from Park Chan-wook's "Stoker" in the international trailer for "Maps to the Stars," a Hollywood-set thriller in which Julianne Moore plays an actress named Havana Segrand whose new personal assistant (Wasikowska's Agatha Weiss) just so happens to be a pyromaniac recently released from a psychiatric hospital.
Did I mention that John Cusack plays Agatha's dad and that Carrie Fisher plays herself? And that Pattinson's character is an aspiring actor named Jerome Fontana? Yes, this is promising.
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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 looming threat of some serious bloodletting.
Maps to the Stars re-teams Cronenberg with his Cosmopolis stars, Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon, but the film features a vast array of highly talented actors who haven’t worked with the legendary director before. Maps to the Stars‘s cast also includes John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska and Olivia Williams.
Cronenberg’s projects are always worth a look regardless of their subject matter, but the cast attached to this film, as well as the promise of a stinging deconstruction of Hollywood culture by screenwriter Bruce Wagner, have me eagerly anticipating it.
Maps to the Stars will probably see a theatrical release later this year, courtesy of eOne International.
It’s a good day when you get to see footage from one of your most anticipated films of the year, and this Maps to the Stars trailer is our first look at real footage from David Cronenberg‘s new movie. The film stars Mia Wasikoska as a young woman who bears a visible external scar, and probably some pretty serious internal damage as well. She turns up in Hollywood and scores a job as personal assistant to an actress played by Julianne Moore, but we soon learn that the girl has more on her mind than just doing her job well. Check out the trailer below for hints of much stranger stuff to follow.
Update: A second trailer has been released. It is even less safe for work than the first, but it is also actually a proper trailer rather than a sales reel. Both are embedded below.
Update 2: The sales trailer has been pulled.
Just a note about this first trailer. It’s more like a sales trailer than a theatrical ad, so it goes into a lot of detail. Those wary of seeing too much might want to stop after the first minute, and certainly after a minute and a half, when the editing starts to get more intense. There’s also a bit of language that makes this unsafe for work (for some).
We’ve also pasted a synopsis below, from eOne International, but frankly that also seems to give away a more than some might like. So be warned.
A trailer has landed for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, and Sarah Gadon. It looks very promising, especially on the performance front. Maps seems inevitable for a Cannes premiere, so will Canada have two major directors in competition for the Palme, assuming that Denys Arcand will be heading there as well with The Reign of Beauty? - See more at: http://www.cinemablographer.com/2014/04/trailer-for-david-cronenbergs-maps-to.html#sthash.gznKWrwp.dpuf
A near certainty for Cannes 2014, "Maps to the Stars," David Cronenberg's follow up to his divisive "Cosmopolis" once again teams the director with Robert Pattinson, this time alongside a dreamy ensemble including Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Olivia Williams and Carrie Fisher (as herself!).
Said to be a "vicious look at a twisted Hollywood dynasty" and a takedown of the industry altogether, "Maps" sure looks juicy. It's already been rated by the MPAA with an "R," which is clearly no surprise given Cronenberg's history.
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Exciting news for David Cronenberg fans: The Canadian auteur is back with a new film called Maps to the Stars. The film was written by novelist and screenwriter Bruce Wagner, who’s not exactly a fan of Hollywood. According to Wikipedia, it’s a satire/drama, but looking at this first trailer it seems a lot darker than that. Cronenberg’s last two films (A Dangerous Method and Cosmopolis) have been incredibly dialogue-heavy, but this looks like it could be a return to old school Cronenberg. I mean it’s not going to be body-horror, but it could be a thriller.
Looking at this trailer it reminded me a little bit of David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr., which is a fascinating film about film and the industry. I love movies set in Hollywood, there’s a built-in tone and feel that is slightly uncomfortable, but also addicting. There’s almost a nightmarish quality to it. Hollywood is supposed to be where dreams are created, but these types of movies sort of revert that and turn it on its head building a “contradicting” atmosphere that somehow just seems wrong (for lack of a better term).
According to Screen Rant, it’s about “the plight of two former child-stars, while commenting on the entertainment industry’s relationship with western civilization as a whole”. It’s a low-budget film ($15 million), but it stars some pretty great actors like: Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon and Robert Pattinson. More than anything I really like the mood of this first trailer. The film will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May and hopefully be available for everyone else very soon as well.
I’m a big fan of that cast. Mia Wasikowska is slowly, but surely becoming one of my favorite actresses. Julianne Moore is great, obviously and it’s also good to see John Cusack in something that looks good for a change. Robert Pattinson, I mean if you still have any doubts about him as an actor: Watch Cosmopolis. He is amazing in that one. Even though Cronenberg’s last two films weren’t exactly home runs, before that he directed Eastern Promises, which remains one of my favorites of his. Anyone else looking forward to this?
Mia Wasikowska is having a very cool 2014, with outstanding roles in "The Double" and "Only Lovers Left Alive." The cherry on top might be David Cronenberg's latest film, "Maps to the Stars," where she plays a mysterious woman named Agatha Weiss.
The very NSFW trailer for "Maps to the Stars," which is still in post-production, gives us a glimpse of the uglier side of Los Angeles. A glamorous actress named Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore) is fuming after being passed over for a major role and shares some rather colorful details about how the starlet got ahead in Hollywood. Jerome (Robert Pattinson) is a sexy young limo driver who assures Havana she's still hot in the most obvious way you could imagine. The appearance of Agatha (Wasikowska) in Havana's life alarms Havana's hands-on therapist Dr. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack), who seems especially concerned when he learns the young woman has burn scars. And then there's the super-rich former child star who seems rather ... troubled. There are more details about the plot floating around online, but that's no fun!
This is Cronenberg's second collaboration with Robert Pattinson, whom he cast in 2012's "Cosmopolis" as a ridiculous wealthy jerk who's riding through Manhattan in a limo. If we're keeping count -- and obviously we are -- "Maps to the Stars" marks Pattinson's second foray into onscreen vehicular copulation; unlike "Cosmopolis," he will probably not be getting a prostate exam in this aforementioned car. Cronenberg also directed the far superior "Crash," which was based on J.G. Ballard's book about people who perv out on car crashes. We're sensing a theme.
Seriously, "Maps to the Stars" looks fantastic. It doesn't have a US release date at the moment, but chances are good that it will premiere at Cannes to plenty of cheers and jeers. Because that's just how the Cannes audience rolls.
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