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Focus Features has released a new trailer for Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg‘s new drama about a dysfunctional Hollywood family. Mia Wasikowska plays a mysterious woman who hails from a famous Hollywood family. She returns to town and secures a job as a personal assistant to aging actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), but seems to have some ulterior motives.

Meanwhile, her relations (played by John Cusack, Olivia Williams, and Evan Bird) are dealing with troubles of their own. Rounding out the cast are Robert Pattinson as a limo driver, and Sarah Gadon as Havana’s late actress mother. Watch the Maps to the Stars trailer after the jump. Read More »

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The Fly comic book

There was a movie sequel to David Cronenberg’s incredible 1986 reinvention of The Fly, and now a comic book seeks to another sequel storyline. The Fly: Outbreak is from IDW, and writer Brandon Seifert (writer of BOOM! Studios’ Hellraiser comics) and artist menton3. The comic series is an original story, seemingly not based on Fly sequel ideas Cronenberg was toying with a couple years ago, but possibly related to the film The Fly IIRead More »

Maps to the Stars trailer

David Cronenberg turns his twisted sense of play to Hollywood in Maps to the Stars. The film features Julianne Moore as an aging star who is still living in the shadow of her mother’s fame, and Mia Wasikoska as the young woman who goes to work for her. Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, and Sarah Gadon are also in the cast of the film which has been divisive amongst festival audiences. But this Maps to the Stars trailer is bizarrely enticing, and Cronenberg’s recent output is moving into new realms of odd reality-bending that I quite enjoy. Check out the footage below. Read More »

Harrison Ford Han Solo

The rumors about Harrison Ford‘s injury continue to snowball and threaten to delay production Star Wars Episode VII. How are filmmakers dealing with the injury and could it impact the release date? Read about that, and all the items below, in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Several Episode VII action scenes are potentially detailed.
  • A rumored premiere date, and details, are leaked for Star Wars Rebels.
  • Tom Cruise is rumored to have a role in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • David Cronenberg was offered a Star Wars sequel, thirty years ago.
  • Star Wars Scene Maker is now available.

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Maps to the Stars trailer

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.

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Some of David Cronenberg‘s films are scarily prescient. The pictures he made in the late ’70s and early ’80s feature concepts that seemed outlandish at the time, but have been incorporated into current technology. In exploring how humanity might live and evolve with technology, Cronenberg turned into a legitimately accurate futurist, and his pointed fictions influenced those who created legitimate tech.

But now, thanks to a company called Body/Mind/Change there’s POD (Personal On Demand), a tech which is weirdly like the gaming systems Cronenberg conceived for eXistenZ. The director himself anchors an ad for POD, which seems like the sort of thing that has already been the subject of his camera. It’s like Apple’s ” Read More »

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David Cronenberg’s first commercial feature was the great low-budget shocker Shivers (aka They Came From Within), in which the residents of an ultra-modern apartment complex are infected by a strange parasite. The parasite removes inhibitions, and drives its hosts into frenzies of sex and violence. Eventually the whole complex is full of a swirling mass of people that all look like they’ve taken their cosplay of scenes from Caligula a little too far.

The movie has a lot of people making out, some really weird little crawling parasite worms, and a healthy dose of early body horror in the signature Cronenberg style. It’s pretty great, but unfortunately not all that easy to see as the US DVD has been out of print for a few years.

Now, because we’re so much more comfortable with intertwined sex and violence on screen than we were when Cronenberg made the movie in ’75, Shivers is being remade. Read More »

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David Cronenberg‘s next film is Maps to the Stars, based on a script which has been said to eviscerate the celebrity culture of Los Angeles. The director has described it as an extreme piece of work that centers on “two child actors ruined by Hollywood’s depravity.”

Cronenberg announced at Cannes last year that he planned to work again with Cosmopolis actors Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon. At the time Viggo Mortensen was mentioned as another possible cast member, but now he has recruited two different actors: Julianne Moore and John Cusack. (It’s surprising that Moore and Cronenberg have never worked together before now; they seem like a fairly natural fit.) Read More »

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