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'The Rover' Director David Michôd On Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce & How We're "Hurtling Toward Oblivion"

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 11, 2014 1:29 PM
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Bone-dry, brutal and so slender it’s almost emaciated, Australian director David Michôd’s second feature, after his terrific debut “Animal Kingdom,” premiered in Cannes to high anticipation and ultimately mixed reviews. We ourselves really liked “The Rover,” which stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson as unlikely companions on a bleak road trip across as collapsed and exhausted near-future Australia (review here) but can understand how Michôd’s vision of a hellish ruined world, in which the first luxury to disappear is human kindness, might have proven simply too unrelentingly bleak for some; it’s the type of film into whose deliberately empty spaces one can read everything, or nothing at all.

Cannes Review: David Cronenberg's 'Maps To The Stars' With Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska & Julianne Moore

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2014 4:21 PM
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Maps To The Stars
Real talk: it's been quite a while since David Cronenberg made something truly satisfying. "Cosmopolis" has a few defenders, "A Dangerous Method" not so much, and while there's stuff to like in "Spider," "A History Of Violence" and "Eastern Promises," all felt compromised to some degree or other. Indeed, the truly unfiltered Cronenberg picture, one where bits fall off people or people try to have sex with orifices not traditionally used for any sexual act, seems like something of a distant memory at this point.

Cannes Review: David Michod's 'The Rover' Starring Guy Pearce & Robert Pattinson

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 17, 2014 8:53 AM
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Having proven, with the terrific “Animal Kingdom,” that he could take a potentially small story of desperate men and blow it up into something much grander, David Michod attempts something like the opposite with “The Rover,” taking the epic, sweeping backdrop of a post-apocalyptic, dusty Australian desert, and turning in a tiny two-hander road movie, that is as spartan as its predecessor was operatic. It’s a mark of just what a talent the director is, then, that he can, on the evidence of this morning’s Cannes press screening, turn in such distinctive and compelling work in either register. Because “The Rover” which admittedly plays right into our wheelhouse, is a fascinating movie, flawed but occasionally brilliant, and it’s also not at all the film we were expecting. Bleak, brutal and unrelentingly nihilist, and with only sporadic flashes of the blackest, most mordant humor to lighten the load, it feels parched, like the story has simply boiled away in the desert heat and all that’s left are its desiccated bones. In a good way.

Naomi Watts Out, Nicole Kidman In For Werner Herzog’s Sweeping ‘Queen of the Desert’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2013 12:53 PM
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Like a mirage that seems to vanish in the arid air, Naomi Watts has departed Werner Herzog’s new film, “Queen of the Desert,” but been replaced by someone of equally impressive star magnitude in Nicole Kidman. The news comes out of the Toronto International Film Festival, which is where all news should be coming out of this week. The film co-stars James Franco and Robert Pattinson and tells the story of real-life 20th century explorer Gertrude Bell. Expect lots of sand and those old timey explorer helmets.

Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan To Star In James Dean Story 'Life' For Anton Corbijn

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 6:36 PM
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Anton Corbijn, Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan
The mystical allure of James Dean continues from beyond the grave: Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan have signed up to star in "Life," which The Hollywood Reporter says is "the true story about the friendship between James Dean and Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock." DeHaan will play Dean and Pattinson will play Stock (sorry ladies). Noted photographer and director Anton Corbijn, whose last movie was the sorely underrated George Clooney thriller "The American," will direct. The film is being shopped in Toronto.

Bret Easton Ellis Said Robert Pattinson Was E.L. James' First Choice For 'Fifty Shades,' Plus See Pattinson's Unedited Dior Commercial

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 12:33 PM
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"American Psycho" author and "Canyons" screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis hasn't been coy about his feelings regarding E.L. James' bestselling "Fifty Shades of Grey," mostly in stream-of-conscious Twitter rants where he makes casting suggestions and volunteers himself for the role of the film's screenwriter (a job that already went to "Saving Mr. Banks" writer Kelly Marcel). Following the news of Charlie Hannam and Dakota Johnson in the highly anticipated sequel, Ellis has fired back with details from a conversation he had with James about who should star in the film (oh okay it's everyone's favorite sparkly vampire Robert Pattinson). Also, get a look at Pattinson's gorgeous Dior Homme fragrance commercial, directed by the great Romain Gavras.

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.

New U.K. Poster and Trailer Arrive For David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 17, 2012 11:39 AM
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Hot on the heels of the announcement that David Cronenberg’s wildly anticipated adaptation of Don DeLillo’s “Cosmopolis,” starring Robert Pattinson as a disaffected non-vampire millionaire on a very strange 24-hour odyssey through Manhattan, has secured a June 15th release date in England, we now get a British trailer and poster for the picture. Neither are terribly new, keeping with the already-seen promotional materials. But that doesn’t mean we’re any less stoked.

Look Into His Eyes: Promo Poster For Robert Pattinson's Saddam Hussein Movie 'Mission: Blacklist'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 6:04 PM
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With a role in David Cronenberg's upcoming freak fest "Cosmopolis," Robert Pattinson continues to take on parts that...well, that are as far away from Edward in the "Twilight" movies as possible. And so to that end, last week he signed up to star in the thriller "Mission: Blacklist," and in case you missed the news, he'll be the guy hunting down Saddam Hussein.

Metric To Team With Howard Shore To Score David Cronenberg's Robert Pattinson-Starring 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 12, 2011 1:03 AM
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With top composers like Danny Elfman, Clint Mansell and Cliff Martinez all having graduated from the rock'n'roll world (Oingo Boingo, Pop Will Eat Itself and Red Hot Chili Peppers respectively), the idea of having bands tuning up a movie is becoming more and more and common these days, with Yo La Tengo, Mogwai, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers and Basement Jaxx among the many acts who've written film scores in recent years. The latest to join them; Canadian indie rock band Metric.

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