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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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.

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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…

Variety:

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.

‘Maps To The Stars’ Gets A Premiere Date At TIFF ’14 + Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson & Evan Bird Confirmed To Attend

UPDATE: David Cronenberg (duh) and Sarah Gadon will also attend!

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We already knew that Maps To The Stars would have it’s North American premiere at TIFF and now we have a date, September 9th at 9:30pm, along with the news that Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson & Evan Bird are confirmed to attend.

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SAVE THE DATE: Maps To The Stars schedule announced for the New York Film Festival

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Are you planning on going to the New York Film Festival? Maps To The Stars will premiere in the US on the second night of the festival, Sept. 27th at 9pm. The film will also be shown Sept. 28th at 3pm. 

Tickets will be available for purchase at 10am ET on Aug. 26th. Click HERE to see the schedule and purchase your tickets.

‘Maps To The Stars’ Will Have Its North American Premiere At TIFF ’14

It was confirmed today during the TIFF ’14 Press Conference that David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars will have its North American debut at this years festival.

‘Maps To The Stars’ Premieres In Cannes On May 19th

The Official Cannes Screening Guide has been released and shows that Maps To The Stars will premiere on May 19th (see the full guide HERE).

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CANNES: David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars is heading to the Cannes Film Festival!


David Cronenberg is back and he’s heading to Cannes with his A-list ensemble in Maps To The Stars!

Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, Evan Bird and Carrie Fisher are all wrapped up in this twisted Hollywood tale told by the legendary director. Maps To The Stars was selected In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival this May! We can’t wait to see these players storming the Croisette and bringing with them so many promotional goodies. We’ll keep you posted every step of the way!

Check out the official trailer below!

Maps To The Stars receives R rating for disturbing violence, graphic nudity and other Cronenbergisms

Ropes of Silicon posted the first MPAA Ratings Bulletin and Maps To The Stars is among the films named. Not surprisingly, the film will be rated R. 😉

Rated R For strong disturbing violence and sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some drug material.

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‘Maps To The Stars’ picks up a German distributor and the film has a sneak peek in Toronto!

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Kiara Glasco as Cammy and Evan Bird as Benjie

A couple of little bits of Maps To The Stars info as we await full-steam-ahead in 2014. The film picked up German distribution at the American Film Market and is already getting sneak peeks. Toronto Star reporter was a lucky viewer.

Excerpt from Screen Daily:

EXCLUSIVE: New films by David Cronenberg, Quentin Dupieux and Lone Scherfig are among the titles acquired by German distributors at this year’s AFM. Christian Meinke’s MFA+ has picked up David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars, starring Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore and John Cusack…

 

 

Long-time collaborators of David Cronenberg return for Maps To The Stars: Peter Suschitzky, Howard Shore & MORE

Working on a film with David Cronenberg is like going to a family reunion. He brings back people he’s worked with for decades. He’s highly regarded by many and especially those that work with him. Maps To The Stars is no exception. John Cusack (Stafford) tweeted yesterday about how David Cronenberg is fun, intense and provocative and Amanda Brugel (Victoria) also had kind words to share:

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Photo by Caitlin Cronenberg

It’s no wonder familiar names continue to work along side this iconic director. Producer, Martin Katz, has collaborated with Cronenberg three previous times (Spider, A Dangerous Method & Cosmopolis) and the first production still from Maps To The Stars released this week was taken by still photographer, Caitlin Cronenberg, David’s daughter.

Caitlin previously worked as the still photographer for Cosmopolis and we know MTTS stars, Robert Pattinson (Cosmopolis) and Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis) have their acting history with Cronenberg as well. While IMDb has a fuller list of crew that shows more of the Cosmopolis family carrying over to Maps To The Stars (Renee Tab, Joseph Boccia),  The Hollywood Reporter pointed out crew that’s been working with David for decades:

The Maps to the Stars’ creative team includes longtime Cronenberg collaborators including director of photography Peter Suschitzky, production designer Carol Spier, costume designer Denise Cronenberg, editor Ron Sanders and Oscar-winning composer Howard Shore.

They know the man, the legend, and know how to bring his vision to life efficiently and artistically. We can’t wait to see what David and Co. create for Maps To The Stars. Like every other film David Cronenberg does, it’ll be a study in cinema with a master at the helm.