The LA Times has a write up about the film based on the press conference titled, ‘Maps to the Stars’ skewers Hollywood. Sounds like a good read? Definitely. The article has excerpts from David Cronenberg, Robert Pattinson and John Cusack. It also mentions the US will get a release date in the fall while if you live in Europe, you should be seeing the film now and not reading this blog.
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Despite the over-the-top moments, Cronenberg said he was seeking to capture the very real culture of the business. “We felt we didn’t heighten it. All of this happens,” (minus the bludgeoning, one assumes). “That’s why Bruce doesn’t think it should be called a satire. A satire is exaggeration for effect, and this isn’t that.”
“Maps” has already become something of a social-media sensation, trending immediately on Twitter after its media screening Sunday night and generating chatter among industry insiders here over the moments that do and don’t resonate.
The Los Angeles-based trades Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, meanwhile, have given it tepid reviews, in part citing it as being “severely negative,” while the foreign press has been more kind. The film’s producer, Martin Katz, says this is not a coincidence, wondering if it hit a little too close to home for Hollywood-oriented publications.
Pattinson, who after the “Twilight” series has been on his share of big Hollywood sets, said he was surprised at some of the naysayers.
“Are people saying it’s mean?” he asked when told of some early reactions, adding, “The child actor part felt very real. Almost every set I’ve been on has had someone like that.”
Asked about his experiences with some of the more narcissistic portrayals, he said, “Well, Hollywood attracts crazy people, and then you add a lot of money, so…” his voice trailing off.
Cronenberg pitched the movie to numerous studio executives dating 10 years. He received numerous rejections, with executives telling him, as he recalls, “I wouldn’t do that to the business I love.” (The film cobbled its budget together independently.) He did not ask those executives if they felt the script was off-base or too accurate.
The actors, at least, said they saw their own experiences in the film.
“There’s something about L.A. and the fame and the hunger and the need for acknowledgment that’s a little more infantile,” Cusack said in a news conference. “It felt a little” — he paused — “familiar that way.”
“Maps” will screen again at a festival, likely in Toronto, before opening in the U.S. in the fall via the Canadian-based independent distributor eOne.
“The reaction of Hollywood is very important,” Cronenberg said. “If it’s good, it’s validation of what we were trying to do.”
The movie will no doubt be seen at Hollywood studios by some of the very people’s it’s torching. Would Cronenberg want to be there to see their reactions?
“I would,” he said. “But I’m not sure they’ll let me on the lot.”
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