From the beginning, director David Cronenberg's adaptation of Cosmopolis has intrigued due to his casting of Robert Pattinson as Eric Packer, the young multimillionaire whose limousine ride to get a haircut turns into a 24-hour odyssey. Cronenberg, who has gone from being seen as a horror movie director to an auteur with movies like 2005's A History of Violence and last year's A Dangerous Method, typically likes to work with the same actors (namely, Viggo Mortensen), and usually doesn't cast actors with massive tween appeal.
For Pattinson, the casting seemed like an image-shattering move to distance himself further from the Twilight franchise than perhaps last year's Water for Elephants did. Last month's teaser trailer depicted a few moments of Pattinson without his shirt, which seemed directly targeted to the actor's Twilight fans, but the full-length trailer is pure Cronenberg: set in a graphically violent world predominantly obsessed with sex and power. watch the trailer >> Posted 04.19.12 by Ryan
The Hunger Games director Gary Ross sent studio Lionsgate into scramble-mode when he announced that he wouldn't return to direct the sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Already armed with a script from Academy Award–winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), Lionsgate is still trying to make an August start date for Catching Fire so they can shoot with franchise star Jennifer Lawrence before her schedule gets filled with the X-Men: First Class sequel.
The LA Times reported last week that the studio had compiled a list of seven or eight names to take the director's chair, which reportedly includes David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method, Eastern Promises), Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men, ), and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu (Biutiful, Babel). According to The Playlist, that list also includes directors Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend). more on a catching fire director >> Posted 04.18.12 by Ryan
Seeing a shirtless Taylor Lautner has become a "fan must include" in any Twilight trailer. Team Jacob seems to have started a trend. First, there was the tease of a shirtless Kristen Stewart in the recently released first trailer for On the Road. Now we have a shirtless Robert Pattinson in the teaser trailer for Cosmopolis.
But the clip comes with a warning for Team Edward: There's much graphic violence to be seen along with Pattinson's naked torso — a good warning of what's in store for David Cronenberg's adaptation of Don DeLillo's story of Eric Packer, a young multimillionaire whose limo ride to get a haircut becomes a 24-hour odyssey around Manhattan that includes a rap star's funeral, presidential-visit traffic jams, terrorist attacks, and stalkings. watch the decidely graphic trailer >> Posted 03.22.12 by reelz
In the end-of-year rush to release Oscar-baiting pictures, the studios shift their patronage from summer blockbusters to the auteur driven films more likely to land them a gleaming awards statuette. And while many a critically respected director is more than happy to garner a few moments of cinema sun for their more awards-bound work, what the movie-goer may not know is that just because they get critical respect doesn't mean that they don't love a good slasher flick. In fact, a lot of the time many an acclaimed director's best work comes from their own spins on good old genre pictures.
Horror movies in particular have long been a draw for many of the great moviemakers. So, we thought we’d offer a list of some of our favorite horror flicks from directors who also happen to be gunning for a Best Picture Award this year.
Read Arthouse Directors Who Aren't Afraid of the Dark >> Posted 12.07.11 by reelz
In Cosmopolis, Robert Pattinson's other upcoming movie, the Twilight Saga star goes from vampy teenager to married multimillionare overnight. And based on the first movie stills, it seems to be a good fit. Will this be the role that lets RPatz break out from his teen heartthrob image?
Adapted from the Don DeLillo novel, Cosmopolis takes us along on a suspenseful day in the life of Eric Packer (Pattinson), a young and wealthy businessman. Check out more stills from the movie via Cosmopolis Film. Set to hit theaters in 2012, Cosmopolis also co-stars Sarah Gadon, Jay Baruchel, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti. It's being directed by David Cronenberg, who also wrote the screenplay. Posted 11.08.11 by reelz
Canadian director David Cronenberg began his career with surreal, sci-fi horror movies like 1981's Videodrome. Lately, he's been concentrating on dramatic thrillers like 2005's A History of Violence, 2007's Eastern Promises, and his newest entry, A Dangerous Method. The movie, set in World War I–era Vienna, explores the tangled relationship between psychologist Dr. Jung (Michael Fassbender) and his mentor, Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), who both fall under the spell of the troubled Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley).
A Dangerous Method is currently touring the festival circuit, premiering this week at the Venice Film Festival. Cronenberg told Variety that his own fans may not like the movie even if he doesn't think the movie is a "big creative departure." cronenberg talks, critics respond, a new trailer debuts >> Posted 09.02.11 by Ryan
David Cronenberg's last movie to reach theaters was 2007's Eastern Promises, but the Canadian director is currently hard at work shooting an adaptation of Cosmopolis, based on the Don DeLillo novel and starring Twilight's Robert Pattinson. Cronenberg's next movie to hit theaters, however, is A Dangerous Method, based on the play The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liasons), which, in turn, was based on the non-fiction novel A Most Dangerous Method by John Kerr.
A Dangerous Method is a historical drama that enters the intellectual, and apparently sex-filled, world of psychology as explained in the movie's synopsis.
watch the trailer >> Posted 06.22.11 by Ryan
Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) as his patient in A Dangerous Method. Jung's weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Both men fall under Sabina's spell.
Now that Robert Pattinson has finished work on Breaking Dawn, the two-part, final installment of The Twilight Saga, he is moving on to director David Cronenberg's adaptation of Cosmopolis.
Based on the novel by Don DeLillo, Cosmopolis stars Pattinson as a young multimillionaire named Eric Packer, whose limo ride to get a haircut becomes a 24-hour odyssey around Manhattan that includes a rap star's funeral, presidential-visit traffic jams, terrorist attacks, stalkings, and frequent run-ins with his wife, played by Sarah Gadon (Dream House).
Cronenberg's daughter, photographer Cait Cronenberg used her photo of Cronenberg and Gadon in the movie, coincidentally in the back of a vehicle. Her photo arrived just days before set photos were released online, again showing Pattinson and Gadon meeting up, this time in a cafe.
Cosmopolis is currently shooting in Toronto, is set to open sometime in 2012. Samantha Morton (Sweet and Lowdown, The Messenger) and Juliette Binoche co-star. Posted 05.30.11 by Ryan
Robert Pattinson is getting some company in Cosmopolis.
THR reports that Samantha Morton (Sweet and Lowdown, The Messenger) and Sarah Gadon (the upcoming Dream House) have joined the cast of the thriller, which director David Cronenberg adapted from the Don DeLillo novel of the same name.
Cosmopolis stars Pattinson as a young billionaire whose limousine ride around Manhattan becomes a Ulysses-esque journey that experiences a rap star's funeral, Presidential-visit traffic jams, terrorist attacks, stalkings, and frequent run-ins with his wife, played by Gadon. Pattinson recently admitted to Empire that he was "just astonished" that he had been cast in the movie. script is "insane" >> Posted 03.29.11 by Ryan
Robert Pattinson is definitely looking to break from his Twilight image once the franchise ends with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 in November of 2012. RPatz has already shot the Depression-era drama Water for Elephants and now has lined up another image-shattering turn with director David Cronenberg's adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel Cosmopolis. more about the vampire-free plot >> Posted 01.06.11 by Ryan