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Review: David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis' Is Both An Excellent Adaptation & A Rich, Complex Character Study

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • August 15, 2012 10:05 AM
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"Cosmopolis," an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s typically provocative novel of the same name, is the first feature film since 1999's "eXistenZ" that filmmaker David Cronenberg has directed and scripted. This in part explains why "Cosmopolis" is such a triumph: it’s both an exceptional adaptation and a remarkable work unto itself. Cronenberg makes slight but salient changes to DeLillo’s source narrative. These changes, which are best described by one character as “slight variation[s],” prove that Cronenberg’s given serious consideration to what should and shouldn’t be represented in his adaptation of the author’s ruminative, conversation-driven narrative. For example, in Cronenberg’s film, Eric Packer (a surprisingly adequate Robert Pattinson), an ambivalent and self-destructive power broker, does not get to have sex with his wife like he’s wanted to do throughout DeLillo’s book. Other changes, like the fact that Packer is investing and studying the steady rise in the Chinese yuan in the film and not the Japanese yen, as in the book, are equally striking. These differences noticeably enrich DeLillo’s original story, making Cronenberg’s "Cosmopolis" that much more rewarding in its own dizzying way.

Robert Pattinson Joins Werner Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert' With Naomi Watts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2012 4:08 PM
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Now, this is how you not only get over a breakup, but continue to build a helluva resume. Say what you will about Robert Pattinson, but he is using his "Twilight" fame to take on challenging, interesting projects. Over the past few months, he's attached himself to "Mission: Blacklist" about the hunt for Saddam Hussein, a mystery movie about The Band, and "Animal Kingdom" director David Michod's "The Rover." But wow, we could not have seen this next move coming.

Exclusive: 2 New Images From David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis' Starring Robert Pattinson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2012 4:37 PM
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It might seem like we're in the dwindling days of the summer movie season, what with selection at your local theater waning, but this weekend a brace of talented thesps and an acclaimed director will make their way to cinemas in one of the Cannes Film Festival's most talked about movies.

Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Together...In New Images From 'Breaking Dawn Part 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2012 12:24 PM
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So, in addition to serving as the final chapter in "The Twilight Saga," will 'Breaking Dawn Part 2' also be a scrapbook to Robsten, one of the great cinema romances of our time? Certainly, the picture of them gazing lovingly at each other in this batch of new images from the sequel carries with it a certain amount of weight. Will KStew and RPatz fans be able to contain their tears? Yes, this movie asks big questions...

Exclusive: New Images Of Robert Pattinson In David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2012 2:36 PM
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Eric Packer is having a bad day. With the financial markets in turmoil, unease in the streets, a marriage that's crumbling and more, his odyssey across Manhattan to get a haircut will take him on an adventure he never expected. Welcome to David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis."

Watch: Will Ferrell Is Inconsolable About R-Patz/K-Stew Break Up On 'Conan,' Calls Her A 'Trampire'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 3, 2012 1:59 PM
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All snark aside, the recent personal life revelations about "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart, and its implications on her real-life relationship with co-star Robert Pattinson, have made sad reading, just as it's always sad to hear that any nice-seeming young couple are having difficulties. There's always many facets and sides to such a story, and as enticing as the gossip can be, we've all been in similar situations ourselves, on any number of angles, and it's hard not to feel for all involved.

Don't Worry Twihards, Summit Won't Bury 'Breaking Dawn: Part 2' Because Robsten Broke Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2012 6:27 PM
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Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably already know that the relationship between Edward and Bella, aka Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, has ended due to the latter's affair with her "Snow White & The Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders. While the tabloids are continuing to try and squeeze the story for all its worth, one of the big question marks was what Summit was going to do for the press rounds of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2." Robsten, as they are known to their diehard fans, have been an integral part to the franchise's marketing, with their real life relationship one of the selling points of their romance in the films. But will they face the media spotlight once again in the wake of this highly publicized break? The answer is, duh, yes.

Watch: U.S. Trailer For David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 12, 2012 10:24 AM
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David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" appears to be a curious film. It's certainly not a summer tentpole, but the picture is nonetheless being released in early August, the week after "The Bourne Legacy" hits theaters. Counter-programming, or does everyone just have faith in the drawing power of its lead, Robert Pattinson?

Watch: Bella & Edward Are The Same Temperature Now In Teaser Trailer For 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 20, 2012 7:30 AM
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Well, the honeymoon's out of the way, the baby's been born, and now the marriage of Bella & Edward (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson), the lead characters of the "Twilight" franchise, is going the same way as many other marriages -- into a series of fights. However, it's not the newlyweds who are arguing; it's the new Mr. & Mrs Cullen, along with Edward's family, and Jacob's pack of werewolves, against vampire authority the Volturi, who believe that their child Renesmee is an abomination, and needs to be destroyed. Which is all a long-winded way of saying that the first full teaser trailer for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two" has arrived (to coincide with Edward's 111th birthday: you people do know he's a fictional character, right?), and it looks like it has the biggest scope of the series so far.

'Breaking Dawn 2' Teaser Snippet Arrives: Proves Not One Extra Cent Has Been Put Into Franchise's Effects

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 19, 2012 12:54 PM
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It's almost impossible to discuss the "The Twilight Saga" franchise. Riddled with preposterous concepts, terrible dialogue, stilted acting, bargain-bin basement effects and unitentionally funny plotting,  you're still considered a hater if you're anything less than glowing about these pictures despite the fact that critics savage into them on a regular basis. Proof? The average score from the always generous and populist Rotten Tomatoes on all four films thus far is 37.7%.

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