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Exclusive: Focus Features Pull The Plug On David Cronenberg's 'Eastern Promises 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 14, 2012 2:31 PM
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For a director as fearsomely original as David Cronenberg, he's hasn't necessarily shied away from sequels, they just haven't come to fruition. He penned a remake/reboot of "The Fly" for 20th Century Fox, although the studio scrapped it, and more recently, it looked like he was actually going to make the long-talked about "Eastern Promises 2," a sequel to his 2006 gangster picture, with original writer Steven Knight again penning a script, and Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel both set to return.

The Mad Ones: U.K. Trailer For 'On The Road' With Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Viggo Mortensen & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2012 10:44 AM
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Often put in the category of an unfilmable book, and in the works for decades, this fall will finally see Walter Salles' long-awaited, star studded adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" hit theaters. And after plenty of posters, clips and promo material before the Cannes Film Festival where it premiered this spring, this brand new trailer offers the most extensive look at the film yet.

New Photos From Ana Piterbarg's 'Everyone Has A Plan' Starring Viggo Mortensen As Twins

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 23, 2012 1:14 PM
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These days, if not too often that we're treated to a Viggo Mortensen performance so consider us extremely excited for the upcoming double dose of the actor in Ana Piterbarg's directorial debut "Everybody Has A Plan" which sees Mortensen play twin brothers. We've had a decent look at the film already with a host of pics and a Spanish trailer without subtitles but we now have a whole new batch of photos to add to that as well.

Oscar Isaac Joins Viggo Mortensen In 'The Two Faces Of January'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2012 4:00 PM
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Bet you forgot all about this one. Don't worry, so did we. First announced just over a year ago, "The Two Faces Of January" has some very strong talent behind it. First off, it's got a script by "Drive" writer Hossein Amini, and second Viggo Mortensen -- who is pickier than a five-year-old at a salad bar -- signed on to star. And then? Nothing. Financing was needed. But it looks like things are starting to happen, as casting is gearing up again with a start date now in sight.

Viggo Mortensen Offered Lead In Neil Marshall Dracula Horror 'The Last Voyage of the Demeter'; Ben Kingsley Reportedly Still Attached

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 25, 2012 4:45 PM
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As properties such as “True Blood” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” forge a new path into bloody silliness, it's been a spell since any grounded, literary-based portrayals of vampire mythology have hit the screen, with a few notable exceptions. Luckily though, one of the contemporary horror genre's leading directors, Neil Marshall, will tackle Dracula for his latest film, and now he's eyeing a leading man certainly known for gravitas.

'Eastern Promises' Sequel Moves Forward With Vincent Cassel Joining Viggo Mortensen, David Cronenberg Will Direct

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 8, 2012 12:24 PM
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Over the last five years or so, reports have kept cropping up of a relatively unlikely sequel: a follow-up to 2007's gangster thriller "Eastern Promises," which was directed by David Cronenberg, and starred Viggo Mortensen as a heavily tattooed low-level Russian mobster who helps a nurse (Naomi Watts) protect a baby targeted by the criminals, including his near-psychotic pal (Vincent Cassel). Given that the film had a slightly-too-neat twist whereby it was revealed that Mortensen's character was actually an undercover FSB agent, it was certainly set up for a follow-up, and recently, both Cronenberg and his star have both said that there's a script that they like, and that they were keen to make the film.

Watch: Spanish Language Trailer For 'Everyone Has A Plan' Starring Viggo Mortensen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2012 4:34 PM
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Viggo Mortensen chooses his roles carefully and selectively. Before last year's "A Dangerous Method," he hadn't been seen on screen since 2009's "The Road." And indeed, we're not going to see to much of him in 2012. While his performance in Walter Salles' "On The Road" is strong, it's also quite brief, but fans of the actor will be delighted to know, his next effort will have them seeing double.

Exclusive: David Cronenberg Talks 'Maps To The Stars,' Hopes Viggo Mortensen Will Join Robert Pattinson In Cast

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 29, 2012 2:19 PM
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Having just made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, David Cronenberg's striking and claustrophobic "Cosmopolis" is riding a wave of buzz. While reviews of the provocative picture have been mixed, champions of the film -- including our own A-grade review from the Croisette -- describe the effort as one of his best in recent years. And part of the buzz is likely largely in part thanks to Cronenberg's unlikely star Robert Pattinson. Known globally as Edward Cullen from the "Twilight" series, with that franchise coming to a close this year, Pattinson is looking ahead and eager to take on new acting challenges. And by most accounts, he passed with flying colors in the edgy "Cosmopolis," a performance should open the eyes of many to the variety of talents he may not get to exercise in the vampire series.

Cannes Review: Beat Classic 'On The Road' Comes To The Screen In Lustrous-But-Long-Winded Fashion

  • By James Rocchi
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  • May 23, 2012 7:29 AM
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Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" has been heralded for decades: an important novel, a cultural signifier, a sociological landmark, a cracking good read. It's also been considered "unfilmable" -- but now Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries," "Dark Water") brings the novel to the screen, and "The Motorcycle Diaries" turns out to be a pretty good template for understanding how Salles has shot his adaptation. "On the Road," like 'Diaries,' is scenic and episodic, full of youth's passion but with a shade of the future yet to come dimming the brightness of its vision, as a charismatic young man travels with another young man, saying little but watching everything along the way.

Brand New Photos Of Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen & More In 'On The Road'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2012 1:53 PM
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Well, we got the trailer for "On the Road" about a month ago, and since then a handful of character posters for Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge, Amy Adams, Alice Braga and Elisabeth Moss, so how about a few more looks at the actual movie?

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