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!

David Cronenberg’s ‘Maps to The Stars’ Gets 11 Canadian Screen Awards Nominations

The Canadian Screen Awards Nominations were announced today and Maps To The Stars received a grand total of 11  including nominations for Best Motion Picture, Achievement in Direction for David Cronenberg and Performance By An Actress for Julianne Moore.
John Cusack and Robert Pattinson are pitted up against each other in the Performance By An Actor in A Supporting Role category.  You can check out the FULL list of nominations below.

The awards take place on March 1, 2015 in Toronto and they will air live on the CBC network.

Best Motion Picture: Maps To The Stars

Achievement in Direction:  David Cronenberg ~ Maps To The Stars

Achievement in Editing: Ron Sanders ~ Maps To The Stars

Achievement in Music – Original Score: Howard Shore ~ Maps To The Stars
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Evan Bird
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: John Cusack, Robert Pattinson
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Julianne Moore
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:  Mia Wasikowska

Achievement in Overall Sound: Christian Cooke, Michael O’Farrell, Orest Sushko

Best Original Screenplay: Bruce Wagner ~ Maps To The Stars

 If you want to see the full list of nominations you can check them out over at


VIDEO INTERVIEW: Julianne Moore Talks Havana Segrand & ‘Maps To The Stars’

Julianne Moore nominated as Best Actress for her part as Havana Segrand in Maps to The Stars spoke to Golden Globes Awards ‘The Dailies’ about the tragically funny and desperate portrayal of a fading movie star in David Cronenberg’s biting Hollywood satire.

Click HERE or on the pic below to watch the video interview.

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Julianne Moore Nominated For The London Film Critics’ Circle ‘Actress Of The Year’ Award


The London Film Critics’ Circle has announced the nominations for its 35th annual awards ceremony which will be hosted by Alice Lowe and Steve Oram on 18 January.

The nominations were announced by Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox today at London’s May Fair Hotel. Julianne Moore has received a nomination in the Actress Of The Year Category for her part in Maps To The Stars.

To see the other nominees head over to

Julianne Moore Nominated For A Golden Globe For Her Performance In ‘Maps To The Stars’

UPDATE: The New York Times spoke with Julianne about her Golden Globe nominations:

“I honestly cannot believe this,” Ms. Moore said in a quick phone chat. “The movies are so different; to be nominated for both, I couldn’t be more proud. I was supernervous. These are parts I wanted to do justice for so badly.”

Click HERE to read the entire piece.

The Golden Globes Nominations were announced today and we’re delighted to report that Julianne Moore has received a nomination for ‘Best Actress In A Motion Picture’ for her part as Havana in Maps To The Stars.

Congratulations to all involved. We will be tuning in on January 11th for the show and keeping everything crossed!

David Cronenberg talks about the sweet and approachable Julianne Moore + Golden Globe chances for MTTS?

The New York Times did a nice profile on Julianne Moore for Maps To The Stars and highlighted some complimentary quotes from David Cronenberg. We also found a more hopeful possibility for MTTS award chances, especially for Moore.

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Ms. Moore’s role in “Maps to the Stars” is of this big, no-holds-barred variety. She plays Havana Segrand, a sort of latter-day Norma Desmond, a fading B-List Hollywood actress who is both needy and tyrannical, childlike and monstrous. Her character has to, among other things, engage in an explicit threesome, have back-seat limo sex with her chauffeur (Robert Pattinson), dance in glee upon hearing of a child’s death and deliver a bossy monologue while seated on the toilet. Ms. Moore’s performance is so vivid and daring, while also sad and at times extremely funny, that it earned her the best actress prize at Cannes this spring, and some forecasters are already speculating that it may finally win her the Oscar that has so far slipped just out of her reach. (Ms. Moore has been nominated four times, including twice in 2002, for “The Hours” and “Far From Heaven.”)

Mr. Cronenberg said not long ago that one reason he cast Ms. Moore is that she looked the part. (It also didn’t hurt that she recently acquired a British passport, which enabled Mr. Cronenberg, a Canadian, to get around some complicated financing requirements limiting how many American actors he could use.) “You have to have someone who’s the right age,” he explained, “and she has to be beautiful. She has to be convincing as someone who has had a moment of stardom. And, of course, she has to be willing to do it.” The toilet scene may have been a deal breaker for some; even Mr. Cronenberg’s sister, Denise Cronenberg, the movie’s costume designer, thought it was too much.

Everyone who has worked with Ms. Moore says that in real life, she couldn’t less resemble the temperamental Havana Segrand. “She’s incredibly well prepared and a wonderful collaborator, a proper pro,” said Stephen Daldry, who directed her in “The Hours.”

Mr. Cronenberg agreed. “You don’t get the diva, the ego, the entourage,” he said. “Right up until the moment the slate clicks, she’s 100 percent her sweet, approachable self, and then she’s this character that you wouldn’t want to spend any time with.”

Click HERE to read the NY Times article in its entirety.

We suspect we’ll see more great write-ups for Julianne and the rest of the cast as the film prepares to premiere at TIFF. We were disappointed to learn Focus World acquired distribution rights for the US and will release the film early next year. While that seems to take Julianne out of the running for Oscar consideration, Gold Derby shared exclusively that the Golden Globes and other critics awards might be on the agenda for Maps To The Stars:

No, “Maps to the Stars” will not have a costly Oscars campaign, but it will aim for other kudos. An executive involved with the film tells Gold Derby exclusively that “Maps” and Julianne Moore (winner, Best Actress at Cannes) are in the running for Golden Globes, BAFTA, film critics’ trophies, and SAG and other guild awards.
In fact, discussions are currently under way with the film’s handlers and all of those awards, which are much easier to win without hefty campaign investment required at the Oscars. For example, to qualify for the Globes, a film just needs to debut for one week in one Los Angeles theater during 2014. After that, “Maps” promoters just need to screen it for the 90 HFPA members, send them DVDs and do a special press conference for the foreign journos. That’s all. Currently, the plan is for “Maps” to compete in the Globes’ comedy/musical categories, but no decision has yet been made about placing Julianne Moore in lead or supporting.

Many of the guilds like SAG have screening committees that decide nominations and are easy to access for a reasonable investment. Voters in the film-critics’ groups can be targeted efficiently, too. In fact, many of them are seeing “Maps” today at the Toronto International Film Festival.
By contrast, to launch “Maps” effectively into the Oscars derby could cost up to $20 million, which is what many frontrunners have spent in recent years. Technically, a film may qualify after unspooling just one week in a L.A theater just like the Globes, but it needs a fullblown campaign to bring it to the attention of lazy academy members who insist upon private screenings, personal copies of the DVD and more.
U.S. distribution rights to “Maps to the Stars” were just acquired by Focus World, the digital division of Focus Features. It sometimes books films into a few select theaters, but mostly rolls out wide to digital platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Netfflix and On Demand services offered by Verizon FiOS and AT&T Uverse.
Frankly, the company doesn’t have the promotional budget needed to do an effective Oscar run. It’s sad commentary on what’s become of the Academy Awards derby when producers and distributors automatically throw in the towel and admit they can’t compete.

Click HERE to continue reading Gold Derby’s breakdown.

We’ll see what happens but for now, we have TIFF to look forward to! Maps To The Stars premieres on September 9th.

Maps To The Stars expected in 2015 for US theatrical release from Focus World

Can’t lie. This seems pretty disappointing for the film that walked away with a Best Actress win at Cannes Film Festival. Why no awards run? Havana would NOT approve.


We have our fingers crossed the source in Variety’s article is right and Focus World will do a limited release to be eligible. We’ll see…


After winning the best actress award in Cannes for “Maps to the Stars,” Julianne Moore was considered a strong bet in this year’s Oscar race for her turn as a washed-up star in the David Cronenberg drama. But the overdue actress, who has been nominated for four Academy Awards without winning, could be sitting out of awards season.

In a deal that closed last week, Focus World picked up U.S. distribution rights to the Cronenberg drama from Canadian outfit Entertainment One (eOne), sources tell Variety exclusively. “Maps to the Stars” won’t premiere stateside until early 2015.

Focus World is the alternative distribution division of Focus Features, and it hasn’t been decided if the drama will be released on VOD, play in theaters domestically or some combination thereof. “Maps” could get an Oscar qualifying theatrical release at the end of 2014, so that it would at least be eligible for Academy Awards nominations, according to one individual with knowledge of the deal, but a movie with that kind of strategy can sometimes get lost in the slew of December contenders.

“Maps to the Stars” will screen this fall at the Toronto International and New York Film Festivals, which are traditionally launching pads for Oscar contenders. On Sept. 9, Moore is scheduled to appear at a cocktail event following a screening of the film at Toronto.

“Maps to the Stars” premiered at Cannes to mixed reviews, although Moore was singled out by critics as delivering one of the best performances of her career. The film is a dark deconstruction of celebrity culture and co-stars Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson, who previously worked with Cronenberg on “Cosmopolis.” Bruce Wagner (“Wild Palms”) wrote the screenplay.

Co-financed by eOne and Prospero Pictures, “Maps to the Stars” was produced by Prospero’s Martin Katz, SBS Productions’ Saïd Ben Saïd and Michel Merkt. Sentient Entertainment’s Renee Tab and eOne’s Benedict Carver executive-produced the film.

EOne Films International handles worldwide rights to “Maps to the Stars,” and will directly distribute the film in Canada, the U.K., and Australia and New Zealand. The movie opens in Canada on Oct. 31, and will rollout to other regions of the world starting this year.

WME negotiated on behalf of eOne with Anjay Nagpal, SVP, and Gene Kang, VP of Business Affairs, representing Focus World.

Thompson on Hollywood also has more to say about the deal:

Julianne Moore can kiss goodbye to any hopes she was nursing for an Oscar campaign for David Cronenberg’s Cannes Best Actress winner “Maps to the Stars,” which is set to play Toronto and New York festivals. Canadian distributor eOne was going to distribute the film stateside, but it has now sold U.S. rights not to Universal specialty distributor Focus Features–the arm that would handle an Oscar effort–but Focus World, their digital distribution arm, which plans an early 2015 release.

The entertaining satire of Hollywood boasts a strong cast including Cronenberg fave Rob Pattinson, who canoodles on screen with both an anxiety-ridden movie star (Moore) and the troubled daughter (Mia Wasikowska) of psychotherapist/coach to the stars (John Cusack) and his wife (Olivia Williams), who manages his son’s career. Ordinarily you would expect this to have a strong theatrical release, but this kind of movie does well on VOD, with smaller marketing costs.

Co-financed by Entertainment One (eOne) and Prospero Pictures, “Maps to the Stars” was produced by Prospero’s Martin Katz, SBS Productions’ Saïd Ben Saïd and Michel Merkt. Sentient Entertainment’s Renee Tab and eOne’s Benedict Carver executive-produced the film., which eOne Films International will directly distribute in Canada, the U.K., and Australia and New Zealand.

VIDEO: Julianne Moore talks about her Cannes win and shows off her Best Actress award

Julianne Moore attended the 7th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in New Jersey and was asked about her Best Actress win at Cannes for Maps To The Stars.

Producer, Martin Katz, also shared a picture of Julianne with her prize!

Congrats again and we can’t wait to see Julianne in Maps To The Stars.

CANNES: Howard Shore wins Cannes Soundtrack Award for Maps To The Stars

image_howard-shore-imageHoward Shore won the Cannes Soundtrack Award for Maps To The Stars! This is Shore’s 14th collaboration with David Cronenberg.

Excerpt from 20 Minutes and translation by

It is the jury of fifteen critics that crowned Howard Shore in connection with the site Cinezik. They had for mission to chase away the score the most original and the best adapted to a full-length film of the official competition. Maps to the Stars gained their votes. The composer signs a very personal score for this movie which grazes the factory with dreams Hollywood.

Visit 20 Minutes for the French version and click HERE if you’d like to hear a sample from Howard Shore’s score.

VIDEO: Bruce Wagner accepting Best Actress for Julianne Moore during Awards Ceremony at Cannes

Bruce Wagner was on hand to accept Julianne Moore’s Best Actress win at the Cannes Film Festival. Click HERE to watch the announcement and acceptance speech by Bruce around 26:30. We also did a transcript for you, translation in the parenthesis:

Je ne suis pas Julianne (I am not Julianne). I joyously accept this award for Julianne Moore whose emotional genius and transformative powers are only matched by her ferociousness and fearlessness. On behalf of Julie, I thank the jury and the producers, Saïd Ben Saïd, Martin Katz and Michel Merkt. And I thank a visionary. Mon frère, mon père, et mon cœur, David Cronenberg (My bother, my father, and my heart, David Cronenberg). Julianne and David, j’ecris votre nom (I write your name (film reference)). Vive Los Angeles, vive David Cronenberg, vive Julie Moore et vive la France.

After the ceremony, Bruce took pictures with the award during the photocall. Congratulations again to Julianne, David and the entire Maps To The Stars family.

Click HERE if you missed our initial post about the great honor!