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David Cronenberg Reveals He's Writing A Novel & Explains How The Comedy 'Twins' Helped Finance 'Dead Ringers'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • January 24, 2012 2:09 PM
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The Academy might have shut out David Cronenberg and his latest film "A Dangerous Method," but fans of the director (at least, those fans in the New York area) can still celebrate him up until the week of the Oscars, via a retrospective of his work at the Museum of the Moving Image. Cronenberg kicked off the series over the weekend by sharing his first moviegoing experiences, stories about his past films, and an update on an upcoming project -- his first novel.

'Dragon Tattoo' Scribe Steve Zaillian Says He's Considering Directing Remake Of Nacho Vigalondo's 'Time Crimes'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 19, 2011 3:30 PM
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Steve Zaillian has, over the past couple of decades, become Hollywood's go-to-guy for smart, grown-up dramas. From "Awakenings" and "Schindler's List" to "Moneyball," which, with Aaron Sorkin, has a good chance of winning him his second Oscar, and the imminent "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," a credit by Zaillian generally suggests that a film won't be some pandering blockbuster fare, but a thoughtful, adult picture.

Robert Pattinson's In The Back Seat In New Promo Banner For David Cronenberg's Don DeLillo Adaptation 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 19, 2011 10:00 AM
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How do you create enormous internet buzz around a difficult literary adaptation, from a maverick filmmaker best known for his controversial, taboo-pushing work? Well, that's simple; you cast Robert Pattinson, hearthrob for pre-teens and housewives alike, and star of the gigantic "Twilight" franchise. When Colin Farrell bailed on director David Cronenberg's adaptation of Don DeLillo's "Cosmopolis," Cronenberg went to Pattinson to play the lead, a billionaire stuck in his limo on his way to a haircut as the president visits New York, a riot breaks out, and an assassin closes in on him.

David Cronenberg Opts Out Of Adaptation Of Dennis Lehane's 'Animal Rescue'; Alexander Payne & George Clooney Sought To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 12, 2011 2:35 PM
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As far as book-to-movie adaptations go, Dennis Lehane has had an enviable track record. While he's only had three novels brought to the big screen, they've resulted in both critical acclaim and box office success, with "Mystic River," "Gone Baby Gone" and "Shutter Island" all originating from the pages of his books. You might remember way back at the beginning of 2010, it was reported that Lehane was set to adapt this own short story (until then, he had let other writers to do the job) "Animal Rescue" featured in the anthology book he edited, "Boston Noir." That was the last we heard of it, and over the summer, David Cronenberg quietly became attached to direct, but it appears that didn't last very long.

David Cronenberg Says 'Cosmopolis' Will Arrive Next Fall; Terrence Malick's 'The Burial' Is Not Called 'The Burial'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 2, 2011 9:57 AM
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Mike Mills Says Winning Best Feature For 'Beginners' At Gotham Awards "Trippy, Weird Icing On The Cake"

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • November 29, 2011 9:03 AM
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David Cronenberg Talks The Deep Research Behind ‘A Dangerous Method’

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • November 24, 2011 10:11 AM
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David Cronenberg Says 'A Dangerous Method' Was Originally Intended For Julia Roberts

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 22, 2011 3:17 PM
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Retrospective: The Films Of David Cronenberg

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 22, 2011 11:50 AM
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It’s been a long journey to “respectability” for David Cronenberg. In the early days of his career, the helmer was a favorite of the Fangoria crowd, crafting genre entertainment that relied heavily on nightmarish prosthetics to sugar (or rather, gore) -coat the elemental, sometimes philosophical ideas he was preoccupied with. Many of these ideas are captured succinctly in early-year masterpiece “Videodrome”: we are but slaves to our outer sheaths, mutation is the only real evolution and matters of the heart are merely an illusion, while the mind's fragility and propensity to conflate reality with dreams or hallucinations will always make it ultimately subservient to the desires of the flesh. Pit logic against the darker recesses of human nature, he suggests, and logic, control and intellectualism will always fail.

David Cronenberg Says 'Twilight' Fans Will Be 'Blown Away' By Robert Pattinson In 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 18, 2011 4:38 PM
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Exclusive: With "A Dangerous Method" headed into release next week, thoughts inevitably turn to director David Cronenberg's next film; unusually, the filmmaker shot two pictures virtually back to back, following his period drama with "Cosmopolis," an adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel. And the film hass come with an uncharacteristic level of attention in the mainstream press.

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