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David Cronenberg Clarifies Comments About 'Dark Knight' Series, Questions Comic Book Movies As Cinematic Art

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2013 1:55 PM
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Last summer, David Cronenberg caused a bit of an uproar among fanboy circles when it was reported that he said Christopher Nolan's best film was "Memento," and by comparison, his Batman films were "boring." Of course, this caused quite the heated reaction on the interwebs, but with his own "Cosmopolis" hitting home video his week, we got a chance to sit down with Cronenberg and we couldn't help but ask him about that minor controversy. And while he chalks up some of it to his words being taken out of context, he's still not convinced of the potential of the comic book movie genre. 

Exclusive: David Cronenberg Shares Details Of Canceled 'Eastern Promises 2' & 'The Fly' Remake

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 14, 2012 11:02 AM
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Earlier this week while talking to one of our favorite directors, David Cronenberg, about the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release of his underrated 2012 gem "Cosmopolis," we asked the filmmaker about a pair of his most tantalizingly unrealized projects: a sequel to his tremendous gangster movie "Eastern Promises" and a spin-off/sequel/something to his 1986 sci-fi classic "The Fly" (itself a remake of the considerably sillier film of the same name from 1958).

Frank Marshall Says 'Star Wars 7' Director Down To A Couple Candidates, David Cronenberg Talks 'Return Of The Jedi' Offer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2012 6:48 PM
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We started our day with "Star Wars: Episode 7" tidbits, and we're closing our day with more, because that's just how it's going to go with the hugely anticipated sequel. While Matthew Vaughn and Colin Trevorrow are thus far the only names surfacing in the rumor pile to direct, helmers like Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Zack Snyder and J.J. Abrams have been quick to distance themselves from the conversation. So you might think Disney and Lucasfilm would having trouble finding someone to direct. Not so.

Robert Pattinson Says He Was "Terrified" To Star In 'Cosmopolis'; David Cronenberg Says Digital Is Better Than Film

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 17, 2012 2:44 PM
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David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" opens in New York and Los Angeles today. It's one of the most genuinely weird cinematic experiences we've had this year (and we mean that in a good way). We got to talk to Cronenberg and his leading man Robert Pattinson, who stars in the film as a disaffected young millionaire who prowls New York City in a limousine, dodging a potential assassin, meeting various business associates, and talking endlessly about his existential plight in the midst of economic upheaval. We chatted with Cronenberg about how the project came to be, what it was like to shoot digitally, and much more.

5 "Unfilmable" Novels That Became Movies & 5 More That Are On The Way

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 17, 2012 11:59 AM
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Like a red rag to a bull, the term "unfilmable novel" elicits about the same reaction for filmmakers as it does for Chief Wiggum in "The Simpsons" when he tells Ralph not to go into "the forbidden closet of mystery." Some of the greatest works of literature have been deemed, correctly or not, as unfilmable, and yet writers, directors, producers and stars keep trying, either developing such projects for years with no success, or very occasionally getting the films financed, usually with mixed success.

David Cronenberg Calls 'The Dark Knight' Movies "Boring," Says Christopher Nolan's Best Film Is 'Memento'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 4:51 PM
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For those of you have queued up to see "The Dark Knight Rises" three or four times now, and are ready to proclaim it as a filmmaking masterwork, David Cronenberg has got a news flash for y'all. “A superhero movie, by definition, you know, it’s comic book. It’s for kids. It’s adolescent in its core,” Cronenberg recently told Next Movie. “That has always been its appeal, and I think people who are saying ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is, you know, supreme cinema art, I don’t think they know what the fuck they’re talking about.” Looks like the director brought some burn sauce with him from Canada on his press rounds for "Cosmopolis."

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.

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.

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.

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?

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