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For the first time, Howard Shore‘s scores for three of David Cronenberg‘s finest pictures — CrashDead Ringers, and Naked Lunch — will be released on vinyl, courtesy of Mondotees. As expected, they’re giving these soundtracks the grand treatment, with three gorgeous custom made covers that evoke the unnerving tone of Cronenberg’s trio of films.

Below, learn more about the upcoming Mondo vinyl releases.

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The Academy’s choice of Best Picture inspires some grumbling every year, but one of the most controversial upsets in recent memory occurred in 2006, when Crash won over Brokeback Mountain. Ten years later, even director Paul Haggis is willing to concede his film didn’t deserve the top prize. “Was it the best film of the year? I don’t think so,” he said. Read Haggis’ Crash Best Picture comments after the jump. Read More »

Weirdest David Cronenberg films

David Cronenberg‘s new film Maps to the Stars is in theaters and on VOD, and every time a new film arrives from the director I end up going back through his years of prior work to find new connections and ideas. It takes a while, sometimes, to really find where one of his films sits in the grand scheme of things. (I’m still trying to sort out Cosmopolis, frankly.) This time, I kept focusing on the weirdness of Cronenberg, which is what everyone focuses on in his films at some point. But this was more about the unusual connection between his subjective visions of reality and our own experience rather than eye-popping visuals. This isn’t an overview of David Cronenberg’s full career, but just to set out an organizing principle, what follows are 11 of the Weirdest David Cronenberg films, as they relate to our own lives.

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WTF: Crash – The TV Series Trailer

Is it just me or does the television show adaptation of Paul Haggis’ Academy Award winning film Crash look really REALLY bad?

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We’re in the midst of an industry preamble for a 3D revolution flush with cash, but there are countless doubters. Ebert’s hating, and while I liked Beowulf and eagerly anticipate Avatar, it’s easy to see 3D becoming the Reebok Pump of cinema (again?). Personally, I’m prone to believing the future holds a more participatory creative role for the viewer, one that would leave room for a 3D visceral experience if needed. With the popularity of Final Cut Pro, GTA IV, web video, Comic Con and movie sites which connect fans directly to the talent and vice versa, this seems like the more natural, obvious progression when compared to convertible 3D wayfarers being sold at Urban Outfitters and Wal-Mart in 2015.

Late Fragment touts itself as North America’s first interactive feature. It’s an independent Canadian production that allows DVD viewer(s) to choose via remote control how the lives of three strangers are impacted by violence and “restorative justice.” Our tipster says it, “It’s like Little Children or Crash by way of ‘Choose your adventure,’ or Wii,” as demonstrated in the above trailer. Of course, “Choose your own adventure” carries a rudimentary (and tedious/boring) connotation. Here’s the way Late Fragment‘s filmmakers prefer to describe the interactive experience on the film’s website

“…the coming to life of post-modern preoccupations with multiplicity, diversity, open-endedness, spatial conceptions of self, and story puzzles explicitly expressed through interactive technology.”

I’m not too won over by the proto-indie seeming storylines or footage online, but the concept and the complexity (see the storyboard wall below) is the catch. From writer/directors Daryl Cloran, Anita Doron and Mathieu Guez, the flick premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, is still being show and demonstrated on the festival circuit, and is now available on DVD.

Discuss: Let us know if you’ve seen this film in the comments, and if not, what’s your impression of the trailer? Is “interactive cinema” the future, or is it 3D? Are there any other films similar to Late Fragment?

Thanks to Caytelyn for the tip.

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The G.I. Joe casting news marches on, blankly. The main villain in the film, the silver-headed Destro, will be played by theater actor David Murray [iesb.net], previously seen in Batman Begins as…”Jumpy Thug.” A face you will recognize, actor Dennis Quaid‘s, is now set for General Hawk, the unkempt elder leader of the Joes. There’s your marquee value. The Cobra-backed villain, Zartan, who is a dead ringer for the old school wrestler the Ultimate Warrior, will be played by South African actor Arnold Vosloo [iesb.net]. How much more of this do we have to take? In what seems like a move directed at all of the Internet moaning, G.I. Joe creator Larry Hama [latinoreview] has signed on as a consultant to the film. Late, much?

Three years have passed since her last forgotten supernatural mystery, The Forgotten, so the lovely and veddy talented Julianne Moore is set to top-line a new $25 million supernatural mystery entitled Shelter. Plot details are under wraps, but Swedish directors Mans Barlind and Bjorn Stein are aboard. Peter and John are not.

The Weinstein Co. liked how Dario Argento‘s latest film and his first in the English language, Giallo, was coming together, so the company is distributing the film theatrically in the United States. Wild-eyed stars Vincent Gallo and Ray Liotta will face off bathed in the director’s stylish color palette. More details on the film here.

Freshly detached in the press from the next Jack Ryan vehicle, director Phillip Noyce (Sliver, Patriot Games), is now officially unattached to helm the untitled Amelia Earhart biopic starring Hilary Swank. Noyce was torn between waiting out delays in filming and directing Mary Queen of Scots with Scarlett Johansson in the titular role. Scarlett > Swank.

AICN apparently has an ear to the howls coming from the set of The Wolf Man, which director Mark Romanek just left. Among the directors now rumored to take over the film, which begins filming in February (rush!), is Brett Ratner [lightning crashes, birds fly backwards]. Earlier we reported that Cloverfield‘s Matt Reeves has also been mentioned.

More quiet vacuum cleaning of the past days’ news after the jump…

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