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At Cannes, Filmmakers Break Out of the Box at Their Peril: Ask Ryan Gosling

Filmmakers at Cannes beware. Make an unpredictable movie well outside your comfort zone and sometimes, critics will heap you with praise, as they did when comedy director Michel Hazanavicius went dramatic with "The Artist" at Cannes and went on to win a bevy of prizes including the Best Picture Oscar. So he took the once in a lifetime chance to make a passion project close to his heart.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 22, 2014 4:10 AM
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WATCH: David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen Talk Control and Spontaneity in Their Films Together

Check out this video from the "In Conversation" series from TIFF Bell Lightbox, where Canuck auteur David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen discuss their working relationship, which has now spanned three films together ("A History of Violence," "Eastern Promises" and "A Dangerous Method").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 18, 2014 2:00 PM
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At NYFF Tribute, Ralph Fiennes Discusses Importance of Directors, Imagination

Where last week's New York Film Festival gala tribute to Cate Blanchett focused entirely on the actress in question, tonight's event--purportedly a similar fĂȘte for Ralph Fiennes--went the kill-two-birds approach. First, there was the expected Q&A, which was truncated more quickly than last week's for a screening of the actor-turned-director's newest film, "The Invisible Woman." As if to back up this impression, my ticket for last week's event was marked 'Cate Blanchett Tribute"; tonight's read simply 'The Invisible Woman.'
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • October 9, 2013 11:54 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Mick Garris on David Cronenberg's 'Scanners'

Mick Garris' House of Horrors continues at Trailers from Hell with director Garris introducing David Cronenberg's Canadian telekinetic thriller, "Scanners."
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  • June 19, 2013 11:30 AM
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Casting Watch: Mia Wasikowska and Olivia Williams Join David Cronenberg's Schizoid Ghost Story 'Maps to the Stars'

New casting details have emerged for Canadian auteur David Cronenberg's new film "Maps to the Stars." Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams and Evan Bird are set to star in the schizoid ghost thriller, joining Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Cronenberg stalwart Robert Pattinson.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 8, 2013 1:16 PM
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Cronenberg, Lavant and Huppert to Star in Luca Guadagnino's 'Body Art,' Based on DeLillo's Novel

David Cronenberg and "Cosmopolis" novel-writer Don DeLillo are pairing up with producer Paolo Branco for another film, "Body Art."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 29, 2013 1:12 PM
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Cronenberg on 'Cosmopolis': Offer Him '50 Shades of Grey' and He'll Read It

David Cronenberg is a lucky man. As Canada's top filmmaker, he can land funding for most of the reasonably budgeted movies that he wants to do (a sequel to "Eastern Promises" aside), and has earned a reputation as an actors' writer-director ("Dead Ringers," "The Fly," "A Dangerous Method," "A History of Violence") which enables him, Woody Allen-style, to cast bankable stars with global fans.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 17, 2012 4:30 PM
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Cannes Review: Cronenberg's Dystopian "Cosmopolis" Stars Pattinson as Dissolute Master of the Universe

"Life is too contemporary," Didi Fancher (Juliette Binoche) tells Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) after they've just had sex in the back of his limousine. That seems to be the global concern in "Cosmopolis," a headlong plunge into a dystopian urban milieu of greed, corruption, technology, nihilism, you name it.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 28, 2012 2:05 PM
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Cannes Review Round-Up: David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" with Robert Pattinson

If anything, judging from Cannes critics, David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" is a faithful adaptation of the Don DeLillo source material. The consensus is that Cronenberg keeps his fierce and trim style, despite striving to stay true to the novella.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 25, 2012 1:26 PM
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Robert Pattinson Has Lots of Sex in Cronenberg's Future-Set 'Cosmopolis' Teaser

A French teaser for David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" looks like the love child of "Shame" and "Scarface." While Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" was about S & M and psychoanalysis, the talky drama was fairly tame in the sex and violence department. This teaser suggests that "Cosmopolis" marks the Canadian's return to his darker, nastier ways.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 22, 2012 1:44 PM
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