Canadian director David Cronenberg is no stranger to Cannes, having received the Carrosse d’Or lifetime achievement award in 2006 and a special jury prize in 1996 in addition to having had five films in competition, including his latest, the Robert Pattinson starrer Maps to the Stars, screening May 19. It is his first feature set in Hollywood, though considering the breadth of Cronenberg’s imagination, it is not apt to be a Hollywood like any seen previously onscreen.
The 71-year-old director spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about his Canadian roots, his preference for an R rating and why it takes so long to make “difficult” films.
"I’ve never lost sight of why I’m making films," says Canada’s wizard of weird as he reflects on his career, and his long history with the Cannes festival.
David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars has been generating the most buzz online ahead of Cannes, according to the latest research from Way To Blue.
David Cronenberg’s latest leads in terms of overall buzz with 20,236 mentions and 2,527 mentions of intent-to-view, but it’s pipped on the latter by David Michôd’s The Rover with 2,606 intent-to-view buzz.
In third place in terms of both overall buzz and intent-to-view buzz was Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria.
The Rover has been selected to screen in Official Competition at the Sydney Film Festival. Robert Pattinson will attend the movie's Australian Premiere on June 7 and a Q&A on June 8 with Guy Pearce, director David Michôd and producer Liz Watts.
“Hollywood burns. No matter what you say or what happens: the appearance covers the essence, the illusory happiness of the success conceals personal ghosts, madness reigns supreme. ...
Family drama on the one hand and fighting inner demons on the one hand, Maps to the Stars... comes out a merciless critique of the Hollywood system, David Cronenberg explains in an interview with Serge Grünberg."
Robert Pattinson has exited “Mission: Blacklist,” an indie thriller about the hunt for Saddam Hussein, due to scheduling issues, TheWrap has learned.
First announced in May 2012, Pattinson was attached to play military interrogator Eric Maddox, who spearheaded Hussein's capture.
With two films premiering at Cannes, Pattinson is coming off a very active period. He just wrapped Anton Corbijn's “Life” with Dane DeHaan and did not have sufficient time to prepare for his demanding role in “Mission: Blacklist,” an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap.
The role of Maddox will now be recast, and the filmmakers hope to start production this fall.
Great info about the script, production and characters and comments from Rob, the rest of the main cast, director David Cronenberg and producer Martin Katz.Robert Pattinson talks about the movie, Mia Wasikowska and Julianne Moore. Cronenberg & Katz talk about Robert.
Read the full prodution notes of Maps To The Stars:
"THE ROVER TO DEBUT AT THE 2014 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
The Rover has been invited to Premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It will be presented in the Official Selection: Out of Competition. Writer and Director David Michôd will now join a long line of filmmakers who first screened at the Cannes Film Festival in this category. Michôd (best known for writing and directing the critically acclaimed Animal Kingdom) will be in attendance at the films international debut. He will be joined by leading man Guy Pearce (Animal Kingdom, Prometheus and Lawless) and co-star Robert Pattinson (Water for Elephants, Cosmopolis and Bel Ami)."
Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman, Moneyball director Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius' Chechnya war film The Search, Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall and David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars will all be part of the competition lineup of the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Overall, 18 films, down from 20 last year, will compete for the festival's main award, the Palme d'Or.
The artistic director of the Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Frémaux announced "MAPS TO THE STARS" by David Cronenberg in competition during the press conference of the official selection ( watch on Youtube-: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myvJ6Ren9H8 )
"...a career-redefining performance by Robert Pattinson ... reveals untold depths of sensitivity and feeling in the erstwhile “Twilight” star."
"Pearce is fiercely impressive here as a man who gave up on the human race even before the latest round of calamities, and if there are occasional glimpses of the kinder, gentler man he might once have been, we are more frequently privy to his savage survival instincts. But it’s Pattinson who turns out to be the film’s greatest surprise, sporting a convincing Southern accent and bringing an understated dignity to a role that might easily have been milked for cheap sentimental effects. With his slurry drawl and wide-eyed, lap-dog stare, Rey initially suggests a latter-day Lennie Small, but he isn’t so much developmentally disabled as socially regressed — an overprotected mama’s boy suddenly cast to the wolves — and Pattinson never forces or overdoes anything, building up an empathy for the character that’s entirely earned. He becomes an oasis of humanity in this stark, forsaken land."
For a long time, Robert Pattinson had only been a Twilight character: a kitsch romance actor, sex-symbol of all the teenagers of the world, and press people favorite which were delighted of his complicated love affairs with Kristen Stewart. And then, there has been his meeting with David Cronenberg in 2012 in Cosmopolis, which marks the début of a new orientation more independent in his career and changed his image. From the Barnes suburb, where he was born, to his new Hollywood life, portrait of a pure bold actor, victim of a very long misunderstanding. ...
Chris Weitz sums up perfectly what Robert Pattinson’s last few years looked like: an enormous madness. From 2008 and 2012, the time the Twilight franchise lasted, the five movies adapted from Stephanie Meyer’s books earned three billions dollars in total. Robert Pattinson became, for his part, one of the biggest pop icon from this century beginning. Thanks to his romantic vampire role, he had been imposed as the sex symbol of an entire generation of teenagers, and provoked a hysterical wave comparable to the one known by Leonardo DiCaprio during Titanic, for better and for worse. The better: he became a multimillionaire at only 21, and has known how to use his fame to concentrate on more prestigious, doing, from Cosmopolis by David Cronenberg in 2012, an independent turn which made him one of the most passionate actor from his time. The worst: he sacrificed a good part of his youth, and has to live now under constant protection because of the phenomenon Twilight. “He did not predict this immoderation”, sums up his friend, the actor and director Brady Corbet....
"He thought the first Twilight would have been art movies about vampires. He did not have any idea what was waiting for him” David Cronenberg.
"Maps to the Stars" takes aim at Hollywood excess, with an ensemble cast including a bleach-blond Julianne Moore playing a hysterical actress and Mia Wasikowska playing the mysterious, scarred young woman who suddenly appears in her life.
Although it marks the first time Cronenberg, known for "A History of Violence" and "Eastern Promises," has made a film about Hollywood, he said he has been trying to make the movie — based on a script by novelist Bruce Wagner — for a decade.
"I've never really been obsessed with doing a movie about movie-making or anything like that, but in a way his script was not that. It's about ambition and fear and desperation and a whole bunch of other things within the context of movie-making," he said.
The film reunites Cronenberg with "Cosmopolis" star Robert Pattinson, who the director called "a terrific actor."
"When we did 'Cosmopolis,' he didn't really want to do it because his character was in every scene. He really wanted to be in an ensemble piece, where he was one of a great cast of actors," said Cronenberg. "I said, 'We talked about that and here it is. Here's a perfect role for you.'"
"The Rover is set in a degraded world, about 10 years after a severe Western economic collapse."
"The story is a seemingly simple one; it follows the physical journey of the two main characters, Eric (PEARCE) and Rey (PATTINSON), as they embark on a road trip to find Rey’s older brother Henry (MCNAIRY). But the subtle plot gives reign to the emotional development of the characters, and this can be seen predominantly through the union of Eric and Rey. Their journey together becomes an intensely emotional one, as the unlikely acquaintances are forced to deal with their own inner turmoil. The film’s setting is full of people forming some kind of pairing in order to survive and Eric and Rey will join them.
When we first meet Eric at the start of the film, he has basically reached the end of the line. As the world around him has disintegrated, Eric too has disintegrated. Pearce explains: “We find him at an extreme low point… He has nothing left in his life… The lack of justice in this world has eaten away at him.”
Eric is, from the beginning, on an individual journey of sorts. His car is his one last possession and it carries a deep personal significance for him, so when it is stolen by a trio of petty criminals, he sets out on a ruthless mission to get it back – whatever the consequences. Eric has lost all hope and does not care about anything or anyone in this world. His hunt for his car is as much about his need for some kind – any kind – of momentum as it is about his attachment to the car itself.
At the point the two meet, Rey’s journey is about survival. In the bloody aftermath of a heist gone wrong, Rey has been abandoned by his older brother, Henry, and friends, Archie and Caleb, who have left him to die on the side of the road. Upon finding Rey, Eric makes it his mission to seek the medical help Rey needs to survive so he can lead him to Henry and his vehicle. And so their journey together along a dusty and dangerous road begins.
Pearce explains: “We certainly see initially how vulnerable Rey is in the world, particularly as he’s injured and he’s been left behind by his brother. Eric really has no interest… he has not one iota of compassion for this kid. He purely is using him to get back what he needs.” So the two men are forced to stick together out of necessity.
Pattinson describes Rey as “a dependant who has been protected by people his entire life, but he has also burdened them, and he thinks that he can’t really live as an independent person. He’s a little slow, and very, very needy, and he feels like he needs people to look after him all the time.”
Throughout the film, there are several developments that progress Eric and Rey’s emotional journey. Pearce says, “Eric finds some sparks of life and love, ultimately through Rey, that don’t necessarily wake him up and change him or give him any sense of hope or positivity, but they kind of confuse him because he’s lived for so long now in a very depressed state… We see the power shift a little bit, and we actually see that Eric starts to feel something for this kid, and that is not good for Eric. He hasn’t felt anything for anybody for 10 years or so, so it becomes a really complex scenario for him.”
You can read 'The Rover' Full Production Notes here:
http://www.robertpattinsonau.com/2014/05/07/full-production-notes-for-the-rover/ ; or
The Lost City of Z and The Childhood of a Leader will be debuting at the 2014 Cannes Market, seeking for financing, distributors, etc.
The Childhood of a Leader Synopsis and current info:
Pre-Production - Drama Year of production : 2014 Director(s) : Brady CORBET Writer(s) : Brady CORBET, Mona FASTVOLD Cast : Juliette BINOCHE, Tim ROTH, Robert PATTINSON, Michel SUBOR Producer(s) : Chris COEN, Antoine DE CLERMONT-TONNERRE
This chilling fable about the rise of fascism in the 20th Century tells the story of a young American boy living in France in 1918 whose father is working for the US government on the creation of the Treaty of Versailles. What he witnesses helps to mold his beliefs – and we witness the birth of a terrifying ego. Loosely inspired by the early childhood experiences of many of the great dictators of the 20th century and infused with the same sense of dread as The Others and The Omen, (The) Childhood Of a Leader is an ominous portrait of emerging evil. Production: Country(ies) : FRANCE, UNITED KINGDOM
The Lost City of Z Synopsis and current info:
Development - Action/Adventure Year of production : 2014 Director(s) : James GRAY Writer(s) : James GRAY Cast : Benedict CUMBERBATCH, Robert PATTINSON Producer(s) : Anthony KATAGAS, Dede GARDNER, Jeremy KLEINER
In 1925, Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world's largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humans. But Fawcett, whose daring expeditions inspired Conan Doyle's The Lost World, had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions round the globe, Fawcett embarked with his son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization--which he dubbed Z--existed. Then his expedition vanished. Production: Country(ies) : USA Distributors: GERMANY PROSIEBENSAT.1 MEDIA AG
"This photograph is our first publicity shot from the film LIFE that i am currently shooting in Canada and USA. It is the story of James Dean and photographer Dennis Stock, set in early 1955. In the back of the car sits Jimmy as played by Dane DeHaan and in the passenger seat is Dennis, played by Robert Pattinson. Both guys are fantastic and are giving the film very good energy despite the very harsh winter we encountered in Canada."
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