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David Cronenberg's 'Shivers' Getting Unnecessary Remake

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2013 11:06 AM
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One of the golden boys of Canadian film, David Cronenberg, is being celebrated at this year's Toronto International Film Festival for his commitment to quality moviemaking and his ability to make even the most hardened tough guy feel a little bit queasy (like when Samantha Eggers opens the egg sack in "The Brood;" classic). Now comes word from TIFF that the director's first film, the psychosexual nightmare "Shivers," is being remade. Because of course it is.

Production Begins On David Cronenberg's 'Maps To The Stars' & Full Plot Synopsis Becomes Clear

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • July 16, 2013 12:42 PM
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After spending a couple of years in the last decade making well-received, more traditionally made dramas, David Cronenberg delved back into the weird last year with “Cosmopolis.” Now, production has begun next film, “Maps to the Stars,” which sounds like it could be a combination of both styles. The film stars John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, and Sarah Gadon. Until now, not much has been known about the film except that it would take on Hollywood and celebrity culture while also doubling as some kind of ghost story, but now a much clearer picture is emerging.

Watch: 30-Minute 1997 BBC Doc 'David Cronenberg And The Cinema Of The Extreme'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 19, 2013 10:00 AM
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One of the great things about the internet is the availability of obscure videos and TV shows that might have once been lost to time. Case in point, a BBC special from 1997 has surfaced online that focuses on masters of horror, David Cronenberg and George A. Romero.

5 Things You May Not Know About 'Return Of The Jedi' & How It Could Have Been Much Cooler

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 24, 2013 1:57 PM
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This week George Lucas’ “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” turns 30. The conclusion to what was then imagined to be the end of the "Star Wars" saga concerned the Rebellion going up against the evil Galactic Empire, which has constructed a second, planet-destroying Death Star that is about to go online. It had a whole bunch of thrills, chills, and fussy robots, but, as we look back on ‘Return of the Jedi’ (and look forward to whatever J.J. Abrams’ "Star Wars: Episode 7" will be,) it’s interesting to note what the sequel might have contained under different conditions– and how it could have ended up being much, much cooler (This as the companion piece to that ran earlier today btw.)

Mia Wasikowska & More Join David Cronenberg's 'Maps To The Stars,' Some Story Details Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2013 12:53 PM
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His films may be freaky and funky and may not appeal to the average Joe Moviegoer, but stars line up to work with David Cronenberg. Simply, with unique stories usually married with inventive visuals, the filmmaker makes the kinds of movies few get the chance to do in Hollywood and so it comes as no surprise that his upcoming "Maps To The Stars" is lining up talent left and right.

Watch: 90-Minute Discussion With David Cronenberg About His Career, Films, Inspirations & Much More

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 6, 2013 10:22 AM
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“Bambi” was traumatizing. “Dumbo” was also traumatizing. “Blue Lagoon” disturbed him greatly. Those are some of the gems from just the first minute of this excellent interview with the great Canadian director David Cronenberg. Just imagine how much more is in the following 90 or so minutes.

Julianne Moore, John Cusack & Sarah Gadon Join Robert Pattinson In David Cronenberg's 'Map To The Stars'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2013 10:40 AM
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We have to admit, we were kinda worried. Last month, Rachel Weisz dropped out of David Cronenberg's brewing "Maps To The Stars," the project that would reteam him with his "Cosmopolis" lead Robert Pattinson. The plan was to shoot the movie next month, but with Cronenberg recently taking a role in "I Am Love" helmer Luca Guadagnino's adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel "The Body Artist," lensing this summer, we wondered about the status of 'Maps.' Turns out, we have nothing to worry about.

Isabelle Huppert, Denis Lavant & David Cronenberg To Star In Luca Guadagnino's Adaptation Of Don DeLillo's 'The Body Artist'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 29, 2013 10:28 AM
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Two of the most-talked about films of last year were united by one thing; both David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" and Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" were set over a single day, and starred a protagonist being driven around a city in a limousine. But what if key participants in both were united in one single project? Surely limo-loving, arthouse-inclined movie fans would be dancing in the street if that were to be the case?

David Cronenberg Calls Awards Season Process "Bullshit, Annoying & Problematical"; Weighs In On 48fps

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 4, 2013 9:21 AM
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When David Cronenberg talks, it’s obligatory to listen, and when he describes the awards process as “all bullshit” well, quite frankly it’s hard to disagree. Sure, we all have a load of fun watching the awards from the outside but there’s always that nagging feeling that we shouldn’t really be ranking art. Cronenberg was asked by Movieline whether or not it bothered him that “Cosmopolis “isn't being discussed more as a contender" for the Oscars, and here’s what he had to say:

David Cronenberg Says His Novel May Arrive In 2013, Talks Working With Robert Pattinson, 'Map To The Stars' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 3, 2013 12:00 PM
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This week, David Cronenberg's polarizing "Cosmopolis" hits DVD and Blu-ray. Based on the Don DeLillo novel of the same name, it follows a young financial titan (Robert Pattinson) who cruises around in his super-stretch limo while he encounters various friends and lovers and comes under fire from a deranged assassin (played memorably by Paul Giamatti). After making a string of decidedly more commercial (or at the very least palpable) films, it's Cronenberg back in his very weird sweet spot full of bizarre sex, equally bizarre violence, and very long monologues delivered with aplomb by Pattinson.

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