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The Top 10 Films To See In August

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 1, 2012 11:04 AM
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There are people, we're told, who just rock up to the theater on Friday night and see whatever is coming on next. We have never been those people. We scan the release calendar weeks, even months in advance, in order to check out what's coming to theaters, so we know what we're queueing up for, and when we'll be seeing it.

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?

David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis' Starring Robert Pattinson Hits U.S. Theaters On August 17th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2012 12:22 PM
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Fresh from its red carpet premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, word was mixed to positive for David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," his suddenly of-the-moment adaptation of Don DeLillo's acclaimed novel featuring a pretty good leading turn by Robert Pattinson. The film opens in Canada this weekend and the U.K. next week, but don't worry U.S. fans, you won't have to wait too long.

David Cronenberg Talks The Bizarre Love In 'Cosmopolis' Between Paul Giamatti & Robert Pattinson; Discusses The Film's Timely Social Relevance & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 29, 2012 3:49 PM
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An adaptation of Don DeLillo’s titular and typically provocative novel, "Cosmopolis," is the first feature-length effort filmmaker David Cronenberg wrote himself since 1999's "eXistenZ." Cronenberg penned the screenplay in six days, and literally transcribed DeLillo's dialogue word for word in many scenes. Featuring an unlikely star in the lead, "Twilight" hearthrob Robert Pattinson, and set in the not-too-distant-future of New York, "Cosmopolis" centers on a 28-year-old billionaire and uncontested Wall Street king, Eric Packer. A financial golden boy living the dream, yet bored with his effortless existence, Parker's day takes a turn for the worse when a dark shadow is cast over the firmament of the Wall Street galaxy. As his empire potentially crumbles, an eruption of wild activity unfolds in the city's streets and Packer's paranoia intensifies during the course of his 24-hour odyssey and leads him to cross paths with a cast of characters that threaten to destroy his world.

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: David Cronenberg Talks The "Strange Mutant Hybrid" Of 'Cosmopolis'; Robert Pattinson Says There's No Link Between His Own Life & Eric Packer

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 25, 2012 1:03 PM
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With his adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel “Cosmopolis,” which follows a 28-year-old billionaire’s stretch limo ride across Manhattan that soon turns into a warped odyssey that tears apart his own world, it looks as if David Cronenberg is returning to the sort of ethereal horror fantasies with which he made his name. With “Twilight” heartthrob Robert Pattinson in the lead, along with an awe-inspiring ensemble that includes Samantha Morton, Jay Baruchel, Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche, Kevin Durand and Mathieu Amalric, “Cosmopolis” is already proving to be a divisive and titillating work from the famed auteur in the vein of his 1991 William Burroughs adaptation “Naked Lunch.”

Cannes Review: David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis' Is Both An Excellent Adaptation & A Rich, Complex Character Study

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 25, 2012 8:12 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.

'Cosmopolis' Lands June Release Dates In Canada & The U.K.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 15, 2012 2:51 PM
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With Cannes set to kick off tomorrow, one of the hottest tickets in town will be David Cronenberg's Robert Pattinson-starrer "Cosmopolis." The latest freaky entry from the director sewed up North American distribution with EOne at the beginning of the month, with a promise of a release arriving this summer. As it turns out for folks in Canada and the U.K., it will just be a matter of weeks before you'll be able to see the film.

The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Films Of The Cannes Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 9, 2012 1:13 PM
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A week from today, the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival will be getting underway on the south coast of France, opening with Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," and as ever, it's possibly the biggest date in the cinephile calendar, with a host of hotly-anticipated films set to premiere over the ten days that follow. A jury headed up by Nanni Moretti, and also including Andrea Arnold, Ewan McGregor, Alexander Payne, Diane Kruger and Jean-Paul Gaultier will have to decide which of over twenty films to award the Palme d'Or to, but while the competition will be typically fierce in competition, there's plenty of gems to find in the Directors' Fortnight, Un Certain Regard and Critics' Week sidebars too.

New Images Of Robert Pattinson, Samantha Morton, Jay Baruchel & More In 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2012 1:31 PM
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So, will "Cosmopolis" be the freaky return to form that David Cronenberg's fans have been waiting for? Or will it be this year's "Southland Tales" at the Cannes Film Festival? In about a week we'll find out. Until then, here are some more images from the film to get you primed.

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