Now that Twilight is almost over, Robert Pattinson is on the verge of being able to move on to the next phase of his career — presumably one in which he won’t be tied to a franchise he evidently despises. David Cronenberg‘s new film Cosmopolis could end up being the anti-Twilight, and Pattinson is embracing chances to promote it.

Contacted to do a promo photo shoot for Premiere France, Pattinson was asked about doing some still image nods to earlier Cronenberg films. He embraced the idea, and evidently pushed the images to go even weirder than originally planned. Check out the results, and name the films being referenced, below. Read More »

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One of the pleasures of any new David Cronenberg film is the new work from Howard Shore that traditionally accompanies it. Cronenberg and Shore have worked together on almost every one of the director’s features since The Brood in 1979. (Michael Kamen did the score for The Dead Zone in 1983.) And while not every Cronenberg/Shore collaboration has been gold, they have produced some excellent work together. The scores for The Fly and Videodrome are memorable and effective; Shore used Ornette Colman to great effect for Naked Lunch. A few years later he produced one of my favorite scores, period: the brittle, uneasy guitar-based music for Crash.

For Cosmopolis, the fourteenth feature collaboration between Cronenberg and Shore, the composer enlisted Canadian band Metric to perform the music for the film, and to co-write three tracks. (Metric also contributed to the Scott Pilgrim vs the World soundtrack.) Samples of the entire score are now available, and we’ve got info on the score below. Read More »

Two big-shot feature filmmakers are headed to the small screen, albeit in two very different capacities. Michael Bay will executive produce Starz’ pirate adventure Black Sails, while David Cronenberg is set to guest star on Syfy’s time-travel thriller Rewind. Also after the jump:

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David Cronenberg makes strange movies. I don’t mean that he makes movies about things that are strange, though he does that, too. What I mean is that his films depict a reality that is very specifically different from our own, no matter how closely his imagined spaces may resemble the real. In fact, when his creations are more superficially real than not, the strangeness and sense of disconnect is intensified. We see things that should be familiar, or predictable, but aren’t. One of Cronenberg’s chief gifts is that he makes us see the potential in situations that seem to have little energy hidden within them.

Which brings us to this first clip from Cosmopolis, the film in which Cronenberg adapts the novel of the same name by Don DeLillo, with Robert Pattinson as a young billionaire who is struggling, in several ways, with his own existence. The first trailers for the film suggested the wild and weird, but this clip is very much of the strange. Pattinson and Sarah Gadon, playing his wife, have a conversation in a cafe. It plays out a bit stilted and odd, but free of the context of the film I can’t tell if what we’re seeing is really part of the life that troubles Pattinson’s character. I do know I want to see a lot more.

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I’ve written a bit in the past about the effort by David Cronenberg and Dino De Laurentiis to produce Total Recall, a movie based on Philip K. Dick‘s story We Can Remember it for You Wholesale. The short recap is that prior to making The Fly, Cronenberg cranked out a dozen drafts of a Total Recall script and realized at the end of that process that he and Dino were never going to be on the same page. So he moved on, eventually made The Fly, and years later Paul Verhoeven directed the Total Recall that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.

As is often the case for a development project from major players that is many drafts into the process, concept art was created for Cronenberg’s Total Recall. We’ve just never seen any of it, until now. Read More »

The first teaser trailer for David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis was a delirious ode to the filmmaker’s middle period — a chapter in his career that we’d begun to think was closed for good. But in that teaser for the adaptation of Don DeLillo‘s novel about a young billionaire who pulls strings from within a high-tech limo, we’re flashed with wild images of Robert Pattinson engaging in illicit sex, watching what seemed to be a dinosaur-sized rat, putting a bullet through his own hand, and musing about boundaries and desire. In short: vintage Cronenberg in all its glory.

Now the full trailer for Cosmopolis is available, and it expands on that teaser very nicely. We get a lot more of the story, including a good introduction to Pattinson’s character’s wife and possible voice of conscience (played by Sarah Gadon) as well as a motley crew of personalities including Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Almaric, and Jay Baruchel.

The tone looks even more old-school Cronenberg than what we saw in the teaser — his affinity for a very particular dialogue cadence and isolated shot staging is very much on display. This one looks entertaining as hell, frankly. Read More »

The primary lineup for the competition slate at the 2012 Cannes has been unveilend, and it is a very strong list of films. There are quite a few expected entries: David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis, Lee DanielsThe Paperboy, John Hillcoat‘s Lawless (formerly The Wettest County), and Andrew Dominik‘s Killing Them Softly (formerly Cogan’s Trade), and we already knew that Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom would open the festival.

But the international lineup is even more exciting, with films such as Rust & Bone from Jacques Audiard, Amour from Micheal Haneke, The Hunt from Thomas Vinterberg, and Mekong Hotel from 2010 Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul. As is occasionally the case with Cannes, this year’s lineup features many returning Cannes award winners; it’s a world-class program.

The downside to all of that is that Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master and Terrence Malick‘s as-yet untitled romance starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem didn’t show up in the list. There is some time for them to be added to the festival lineup in some measure, but (as expected) we’ll likely have to wait until this fall for The Master. As for the Malick movie… well, it’s Malick, so who knows?

You’ll find the lineup as it has been announced so far after the break. Read More »

Chatter about who could or should direct the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire began the second word got out that the first film’s helmer, Gary Ross, might be leaving the franchise. And now that his departure’s officially been confirmed, the conversation has further heated up, not just among fans but among Lionsgate studio execs as well.

A search has begun in earnest for Ross’ replacement, and if the first three names we’ve heard are indicative of the direction that Lionsgate is going, Ross’ exit could actually end up being a blessing in disguise. Among the filmmakers supposedly in the mix are Alfonso Cuarón, David Cronenberg, and Alejandro González Iñárritu. Read more after the jump.

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