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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.

Keira Knightley Talks "High Energy" Role In 'A Dangerous Method' & Joe Wright's "Theatrical" Take On 'Anna Karenina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 12:01 PM
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There is nothing about Keira Knightley's performance in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" that is quiet, demure or understated. But that's by design and with very good reason. She plays Sabina Spielrein in the film, a young woman suffering terribly from hysteria, an illness that makes itself known in a manner that is as obvious as it is uncomfortable (see above). She comes into the care of Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and it isn't long before their doctor/patient relationship becomes something more, and a concern to Jung's friend and colleague Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). As the woman who not only comes between the two legendary doctors, but undergoes a tremendous emotional journey of self-revelation, Knightley pulls off a performance that finds nuance even in its most extreme moments. It required the actress to do some deep research and take a leap of faith in a character that is hard to embrace at first, but whose growth is a reward to watch on screen.

The Playlist's Man Of The Year 2011: Michael Fassbender

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 22, 2011 3:12 PM
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A couple of days ago, as part of our year-end coverage, we named Jessica Chastain as our Woman of the Year, and it was an easy decision to make; no one's been as omnipresent, or given as many different, and excellent, turns, as Chastain did. But our man of the year was slightly more difficult. Should it be Matt Damon, who cropped up in five major releases, including Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion?" Hmm... no. Damon's "Happy Feet Two" shrimp partner Brad Pitt, who fought to get both "The Tree of Life" and "Moneyball" made, to tremendous results? No. Ryan Gosling, who embraced stardom at long last with a trio of performances in "Crazy Stupid Love," "Drive" and "The Ides of March?" George Clooney, who directed the latter and starred in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants?" No.

Weekend Box Office: It's A 'Twilight' Thanksgiving While 'The Muppets' Wins The Family Film Battle Royale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 27, 2011 11:59 AM
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It's Thankgiving, which means people spend time and money to go see their loved ones, only to get away from them as fast as possible. And always the first to escape from dull holiday festivities, it looks like teens (and Moms who should know better) kept flocking to see Edward and Bella fang bang as "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1" took the top spot in week number two, taking in $62.3 million over the five day long weekend. However, the franchise is becoming increasingly front-loaded with its biggest second week drop over, hovering somewhere around 76%. Even so, the film should have at least one more solid week in the bank as next weekend is a bizarrely barren with no major release scheduled. However, it will likely be leap-frogged by this weekend's number two movie "The Muppets."

Viggo Mortensen Finds Parallels Between Sigmund Freud In 'A Dangerous Method' & William S. Burroughs In 'On The Road'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 25, 2011 9:37 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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In Theaters: 'Hugo' Will Try And Clean The Clock Of 'The Muppets' & 'Arthur Christmas'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • November 23, 2011 3:51 PM
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Review: Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method' An Insightful Look At Sexuality & The Mind

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 23, 2011 10:01 AM
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The recent career of David Cronenberg has been an interesting thing to watch. Having made his name with a very particular, icky brand of fetish-happy body horror, he hasn't dipped back into that well for a decade now, preferring instead to take his obsessions and use them to spice up what in other hands could be standard fare. And generally speaking, it has worked well: "Spider," "A History of Violence" and "Eastern Promises" all have much to recommend them, all peculiarly Cronenbergian, but each pushing in a slightly different direction. But now he's made what, on the surface at least, might seem to be his biggest departure to date: a period piece, based on a stage play (one of several in Venice this year--have movies rediscovered theater as a source of material?), that examines the relationship between the two major forefathers of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.

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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Michael Fassbender Talks Researching Carl Jung For 'A Dangerous Method'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • November 21, 2011 10:40 AM
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Michael Fassbender recently took some time away from his endlessly busy 2011 to speak with The Playlist about his role as swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung in David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method,” which opens in limited release this week. The story focuses on the early career of Jung -- considered the founder of analytical psychology -- at a period in his life when his career briefly intersected with Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). But the story also brings a lesser known influence to light in Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a figure long lost to the annals of history who may have influenced the work of both Jung and, to a lesser extent, Freud.

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