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 Daniels‘ The 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 »
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Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
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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Well, hello, David Cronenberg! In 2012 the director is going to unleash his second film in two years, and for those who thought A Dangerous Method was too dry, it looks like Cosmopolis might be for you. A teaser has just landed for the film, and it looks nuts.
The film stars Robert Pattinson in an adaptation of a novel by Don DeLillo, and it looks like Cronenberg’s most overtly sexual movie since Crash, and his most visually strange since eXistenZ. What we see here of Pattinson’s character Eric Packer, a young billionaire with a rather specific and dark worldview, makes him seem to fit right in the mold of a classic Cronenberg character like Videodrome‘s Max Renn. “I’m looking for more… show me something I don’t know” could have come right out of Renn’s mouth. Check out the footage — which definitely isn’t work-safe — below. Read More »
David Cronenberg is about to do the first television work he has done in some time. The director did a lot of work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in his early days, and he even directed episodes of some Canadian-shot shows that you might not associate with his particular brand of cinema. (Ever seen his episode of the tepid late ’80s show Friday the 13th: The Series?)
But now Cronenberg is about to take a commanding role in a series: he’ll direct the pilot for a series called Knifeman, and serve as exec producer for the show. Even better for those who have hoped to see the director return to the subject matter of his ’70s and ’80s output, the show will be based on a biography of “a radical, self-educated surgeon,” and the “unorthodox lengths he will go to uncover the secrets of the human body.” Read More »
Hello. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jordan Hoffman and I’m an old man. Well, not THAT old, but, let’s just say that for me the phrase “VHS or Beta?” was more than just an indie band, it was an actual decision.
After film school I worked in the development offices of a New York-based production company for a few years, then did some solid Web 1.0 work at About.com. Then I made two independent films, both of which are good, neither of which made me any money. Eventually I got back into the writing game, working at Hearst’s UGO.com for over four years and now I’m having a blast reviewing and writing about film for a number of different publications.
The fine folk here at /Film have allowed me this weekly column to put on my bifocals, peer into the rich history of cinema and make some recommendations that may be unknown to you.
Since the big release this weekend is the extremely entertaining Chronicle I thought it might be a good idea to think back to a time before Cloverfield or go deeper than The Blair Witch Project. Read More »
The biggest news today has been what people won’t do, rather than movies they will. We started off with Steven Soderbergh’s withdrawal from The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and now we move on to the fact that Joel Edgerton has said ‘no’ to 300: Battle of Artemisia, Fox has decided not to make David Cronenberg‘s sequel to The Fly, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt won’t make the true-life ‘poisoned KGB agent’ movie Londongrad after all. Read More »
Most of us haven’t yet had a chance to see David Cronenberg‘s new movie A Dangerous Method, but the director is already wrapping up yet another film: an adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis. Robert Pattinson stars in the film as a young billionaire whose journey across Manhattan over the course of a day proves… eventful, at the very least. Sarah Gadon plays his wife, and there are new images of both, below. Read More »
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David Cronenberg has been a forward-thinking guy at many points in his career, but the overall tone of his films tends more towards the classic than the contemporary. He has relied upon Howard Shore to score his films for over thirty years. While some of those scores have been as unusual as the films they complemented, none have exactly been rock. (Even Crash, an absolutely brilliant score based around reverb and guitar, is far less rock than, say, Neil Young’s Dead Man, a similar score.)
So it’s a surprise to hear that Canadian rock band Metric, of whom you may know thanks to their song ‘Black Sheep,’ used in Scott Pilgrim, will collaborate with Howard Shore on the score for Cronenberg’s upcoming Cosmopolis. Read More »