VIDEO: Julianne Moore makes a glowing appearance on The View and talks about Maps To The Stars

Julianne Moore was on The View today! It’s a great appearance and shouldn’t be missed. She also gave a winning endorsement for Maps To The Stars, naturally. Havana just wants a mother’s love and can we really fault her for that?  😉

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AWARDS: John Cusack wins best supporting actor and Howard Shore wins best score for Maps To The Stars at CSAs!

The Canadian Screen Awards were held this past Sunday and John Cusack won the awards for Best Supporting Actor in Maps To The Stars! Howard Shore also won CSA Achievement in Music – Original Score for MTTS. Screenwriter, Bruce Wagner, was there to accept Cusack’s award. Julianne Moore and Sarah Gadon were also on deck representing Maps To The Stars.

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Julianne Moore introduced the film at the awards show and also spoke highly of David Cronenberg on the red carpet.

If you haven’t seen Maps To The Stars in the US yet, it’s available ON DEMAND and in limited theaters. You can also purchase or rent the film on Amazon Instant Video. Don’t miss it!

USA: Maps To The Stars is now on VOD and in limited theatrical release! Movie night tonight!

If you’re in the US and haven’t seen Maps To The Stars, guess what? You can NOW! Unfortunately the film is only playing in about 50 theaters but it’s on VOD and if you check your On Demand films right now, you can be watching Oscar winner, Julianne Moore, who also took the prize at Cannes for Maps To The Stars, in her most daring role to date.

Grab some friends, pop some popcorn and watch David Cronenberg’s satirical, wild look at Hollywood. Or maybe it’s not so wild and pretty close to reality? 😉

INTERVIEWS: Olivia Williams talks about Maps To The Stars – “dark territory but was exhilarating”

The Irish and UK press had a couple of interviews with Olivia Williams that came out for the Bluray/DVD release in the regions, February 2nd.

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Excerpt from The Independent:

Your most recent movie, Maps to the Stars, deals with Hollywood’s dark side. There’s murder, suicide, incest…

I wouldn’t say that all of those things happen all of the time to such a concentrated group of people. But I would say that I have heard of most of those things happening to individuals. It’s a satire and a lot of it is far-fetched. But it’s not unheard of.

You play the controlling mother of a child star. Who did you base your character on?

It is a combination of people I have come across in the past 20 to 25 years in the business. I’m not going to name names.

Is Hollywood an anxiety-inducing, crazy-making place?

It depends on what level you choose, or are forced, to engage with it on. There is a moment when you are accepting a job when you have to become involved with the business affairs people at the studio. Their job is to paint you as worthless and your agent’s job is to paint you as of inconceivable value. They’ll say you haven’t made a successful studio movie in five years and the last thing you did got good reviews but no one went to see it… It’s a gradual chipping away at your worth.

Excerpt from Breaking News (Ireland):

Olivia Williams has said she was drawn to her film Maps To The Stars because it was thrilling heading into “dark territory”.

The 46-year-old actress plays a Hollywood mum in David Cronenberg’s satirical drama, which also stars Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore.

“I was driven in the first place by the script, which had everyone on set both laughing and appalled in equal measure. It felt like we were in very dark territory, but was exhilarating at the same time,” she said.

“Given the subject matter, some feared we’d never be invited back… but ultimately Hollywood loves to see itself caricatured, whether or not it is flattering.”

Olivia said she was “intrigued” to work with filmmaker Cronenberg on the project.

“I have always been a bit too squeamish to watch his work, but the script was so funny and appalling at the same time, I just wanted to be involved. My enthusiasm carried me through my nerves,” she said.

“Very quickly on set I felt I just wanted to tuck in, like a big meal. There were lines and scenes I just couldn’t wait to play.”

VIDEO: Maps To The Stars is “a huge, almost sinful truckload of fun” + US trailer released!

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Maps To The Stars is on The Playlist’s 25 Best Films of 2015 We’ve Already Seen with a fun verdict posted about the film:

Verdict: Soapy to the point of lunacy, overwrought to a near-camp extreme, and atypically messy from the usually hospital-corners Cronenberg, “Maps to the Stars” is also a huge, almost sinful truckload of fun. Assembling a wonderful cast who take delight in ripping to shreds the folly and hubris of the vacant Hollywood lifestyle, the film is a riot of inside-baseball winks about the film industry, and the deeply narcissist, rotten-to-the-core sellouts who populate it. Julianne Moore’s titanic performance as the fading star facing encroaching middle age (and therefore irrelevance) is so good that it won her Cannes’ Best Actress award, and in one go ensures that she herself will never suffer her character’s fate. But all of the cast do sterling work: it’s a, “Hey, where you been?” to John Cusack, and a, “Hello, we’ll be seeing a lot more of you,” to Evan Bird, especially. It’s may simply be a gonzo gothic telenovela (so much soap can only ever generate so much froth), but it’s a giddy good time at the pictures. 

Click HERE to read their review from Cannes. The US trailer was also released and don’t miss the sizzling US poster posted last week HERE! The Playlist nailed it again with their commentary:

While there was some concern that Cannes’ Best-Actress winning “Maps To The Stars” deserved to be released last fall, there is something particularly fitting about the movie hitting theaters the weekend after the Oscars. Just after Hollywood spends an entire night congratulating themselves, David Cronenberg will be delivering his gleefully caustic take on the industry and everyone in it…

Maps To The Stars releases in the US on Feb. 27th.

LISTS: Maps To The Stars #1 for John Waters (“Hilariously funny”), #4 on Cahiers Du Cinema + MORE!

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Maps To The Stars has popped up on some great end of the year, Best Of lists, even ranking number 1 with one of them!

  • #1 out of 10 – John Waters (“Hilariously funny and, dare I say it, yes, pernicious. I love this film more than I love my own mustache.”)
  • #4 out of 10 – Cahiers Du Cinema
  • Canada’s Top Ten – TIFF
  • #10 out of 10 – J. Doberman via The Playlist
  • #10 out of 10 – Ryan Lattanzio of Thompson on Hollywood
  • Thompson on Hollywood’s Ann Thompson named Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson among actors who had a strong 2014
  • #8 out of 10 – Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian; Also named John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska and Evan Bird among Best Supporting Actors selections

Maps To The Stars is also in a couple of movie montage videos celebrating 2014 in film.

USA: The “exaggerated, compressed, but accurate” Maps To The Stars gets a release date

According to BoxOfficeMojo, Maps To The Stars will release in the US on February 27, 2015.

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We can’t help but wonder if the film is getting pushed away from a fall release and the releases in other countries (already out in the UK, releasing on Halloween in Canada and if you’re in France (or have a multi region player), you can buy the Bluray/DVD HERE) for a reason. Maybe it hits too close to home?

75Los Angeles Magazine explored the message of the film and hit it squarely – “Maps to the Stars Grapples with the Movie Business’s Most Complicated Character: Hollywood Itself”:

David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars is a Hollywood monster movie in which Hollywood is the monster. When Mia Wasikowska gets off the cross-country bus amid the sunshine and palm trees, she might be Naomi Watts arriving dumbfounded and dreamy in David Lynch’s 2001 Mulholland Drive but for the glint of recognition in her eyes and the mysteries of her past lurking behind the burn scars on her body. Wasikowska’s estranged family includes a self-help-guru father, who insists he loves her even as he makes clear he never wants to see her again, and a basket-case mother managing the acting career of a post-rehab son, whom the sister once tried to set on fire. The young woman wrangles a job—“For a disfigured schizophrenic,” observes her brother, “you’ve got this town pretty wired”—as a “chore whore” for a fading Hollywood luminary played by Julianne Moore, who’s desperate for the starring role in a biopic about her own abusive movie-star mother. Incest both sexual and creative connects everyone to everyone else. On Cronenberg’s map, the coordinates overlay each other; the revelation of secrets is less important than the madness that secrets engender.

Click HERE to continue reading the article. Screenwriter, Bruce Wagner, said via Thompson on Hollywood, “I’ve given you the lay of the land as I see it, saw it, and lived it.” and always the provocateur, David Cronenberg, has been direct about his feelings on the film and it’s relation to Hollywood.

Esquire: Everyone in Maps to the Stars is fundamentally awful and driven by a repellent amount of egomania. Is Hollywood really that bad?
Cronenberg: In short, yes. I live in Toronto. I dip my toe into the Hollywood tar pit every once in a while, and I can say that my experience of it would very much confirm the insights in the movie. It’s exaggerated and compressed, of course, but I think it’s pretty accurate.

E: So, everyone just floats around on a sea of fake emotion?
C: Absolutely. There’s always an agenda and strange personal manoeuvring. I flirted with a studio for a while back there [in 2008], when I was going to adapt the Robert Ludlum novel The Matarese Circle. I met with Denzel Washington, and spent some time with Tom Cruise. So I had the meetings, I had the experiences, but didn’t get to make the movie [the studio, MGM, declared bankruptcy; the film was abandoned]. I’ve had enough experiences over the years to know that all the resonances in Maps to the Stars ring true.

maps-nooooClick HERE to read more of his interview with Esquire. John Cusack doesn’t mince words and labels Tinsel Town a whorehouse to the Guardian.

Maps to the Stars broods on how celebrity corrupts the fallible. It’s also something of a bitchfest; a blood-letting that Cusack enjoys having a stake in. Hollywood today is closer to Wagner’s vision than we realise, he says. It’s no longer a place, it’s a nostalgic idea. The mega-corporations have stepped in, bringing with them the era of the 50-producer movie. In modern Hollywood the franchise is king, the star is used as leverage. “You can’t make it up,” says Cusack. “It’s a whorehouse and people go mad.”

Julianne Moore doesn’t see Maps To The Stars as a film about Hollywood and elaborates with the Irish Independent:

For Moore, this was never a film about Hollywood – which is “just a place where people make movies,” she notes. “Really, this is a movie about people who are so desperate to be seen and heard and acknowledged as human beings, and they’re seeking outside validation to obtain that, by being famous, celebrities or whatever… it’s really about who we are as human beings and what people want, and how sometimes they’re not able to get it.”

Robert Pattinson also seems to agree with Moore when speaking to the Independent:

“I’ve met characters that are pretty similar. Everyone’s saying the films biting, but I think it’s sympathetic to a host of characters. Women like Havana: in reality people would despise her, they don’t have friends for a reason, but I don’t think anyone comes out of the movie hating her and that’s testament to Julianne. It’s a bunch of weirdos who spend time self-obsessing and talking about it afterwards.”

Whatever the issues are, we hope the film and Moore still receive a qualifying run for award season, reported HERE. A few of us on staff have seen the film and think she’s simply sensational. A ball of fire you can’t turn away from.

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REVIEWS: “Cronenberg takes the ensemble to darkly twisted heights as Moore leads a top-notch cast.”

Maps To The Stars opens in the UK on Friday and we have some great reviews rounded up for you guys. There are also some great new stills to check out in our gallery below too!

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The Telegraph (5 stars!):

This is Cronenberg’s best film since Spider in 2002; a great, rumbling thundercloud of dark laughs and churning horror, with a cast of characters so incestuously interconnected that it’s mighty hard to fathom who is linked to whom, and how.

Cinemablographer (4.5/5):

Cronenberg takes the ensemble to darkly twisted heights as Moore leads a top-notch cast.

Hey U Guys (4/5 stars):

Most of these are served up by Moore, who continues to prove herself as one of the film world’s greatest assets, bringing a damaged glamour to every role. In Havana, she’s the Julianne who didn’t make all the best choices, her smeared make-up masking the fact that in her middle age, she’s holding onto more regret than she is talent.

Slant:

Maps to the Stars is a scabrous, etched-in-acid comedy that digs deeper into the perversions and pathologies undergirding the Dream Factory than anything since Mulholland Drive.

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Julianne Moore is remarkable.

Black Sheep Reviews:

MAPS TO THE STARS is an absolutely brilliant treat for fans of this Canadian auteur. You will be disturbed but you will also be moved, deeply

We Got This Covered:

Wasikowska, doing the best work here as a young woman tiptoeing over an abyss, delivers Maps to the Stars’ most indelible image at the same time that its director tells critics just what it is they can do with their awards.

Flavorwire:

Cronenberg’s ‘Maps to the Stars’ Is Wickedly Funny and Deliciously Dark

JoBlo:

In addition to Bird, Wasikowska has a haunting quality that makes her a good fit for Cronenberg, while Robert Pattinson nails a small part as the wannabe actor-writer she has a crush on. Even better is Julianne Moore, who plays a kind-of middle aged take-off on Lindsay Lohan, who at her best seems dumb, but gradually reveals herself to be cunning and near-psychotic in her maneuverings around town.

Mark Kemode


Click HERE to see more reviews!

VIDEOS: Robert Pattinson calls MTTS raucously funny, jarring and original, Julianne Moore breaks down the film & MORE

Really enjoyed this first video of Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore talking about the film!

Sarah Gadon, Rob and David Cronenberg talk to Real Style on the red carpet.

Rob tells us MTTS is raucously funny, jarring and original and more. Another fun interview!

Julianne compliments Rob in this clip but it’s her saucy comment at the end that makes the Havana and Jerome scenes even more fun.

John Cusack chats on the red carpet and describes David as rigorous.

A few more John and Rob press junket interviews.

Click HERE if you missed our initial roundup from the TIFF premiere!

 

 

 

PORTRAITS: Maps To The Stars cast & crew at the Toronto International Film Festival

Great cast & crew portraits by Jeff Vespa!

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Maps To The Stars premieres tonight at TIFF and you can click HERE or HERE to start watching lifestreams around 8:30 ET. We’ll post video and pics from the premiere as well as the Q&A afterwards when they’re available.

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Click HERE if you want to see solos of Robert Pattinson