David Cronenberg’s ‘Maps To The Stars’ Released On DVD & Blu-Ray In U.S Today

Maps To The Stars is out on DVD, Blu-Ray, instant video or Netflix in the U.S today.
All the links you need to grab yourself a copy are down below.

Click HERE For NETFLIX

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? 😉

UK: ‘Maps To The Stars’ Available On DVD & Blu-Ray Today!

UK people can pick up their copy of Maps To The Stars on DVD, Blu-Ray, Amazon Instant Video and iTunes from today.

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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.

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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PHOTO: NEW UK Poster For ‘Maps To The Stars’

Total Film shared this fabulous NEW UK Poster for Maps To The Stars featuring John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska and Julianne Moore. Maps To The Stars releases in the UK on September 26th.

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David Cronenberg talks Maps To The Stars (“I can’t wait to screen it in Hollywood”) + fall release expected

David Cronenberg was honored at the Provincetown Film Festival and discussed Maps To The Stars during his Q&A with John Waters. The article from THR is a great retrospect on David’s work and his insight but here are the excerpts about Maps To The Stars. The article also says we can expect the film later this year.

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David Cronenberg, Debra Winger and John Waters at the Provincetown Film Festival

Excerpts from The Hollywood Reporter:

The Filmmaker on the Edge honoree swapped stories with fellow indie iconoclast John Waters in a lively Q&A at the 16th Provincetown Film Festival.

PROVINCETOWN — David Cronenberg’s ambivalence toward Hollywood is on full display in his latest feature, Maps to the Stars, a satire of celebrity obsession and entertainment-industry incestuousness that premiered this year in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, winning a best actress award for Julianne Moore’s fearless turn as a strung-out screen diva.

“There were a couple of Hollywood producers, and one of them said, ‘I could not do this movie, because I could not do that to this business that has been so good to me,’ “ said Cronenberg, while being honored with the Filmmaker on the Edge Award at the 16th annual Provincetown Film Festival.

“But I actually had the head of a studio come over to me in Cannes, hug me and say, ‘Your movie scared the shit out of me. I had nightmares about it all night. And then the next day I went to a party at the Hotel du Cap, and all I could see was scenes from your movie.’ So I thought that was a positive reaction.”

“I really love CGI in the sense that it’s another tool,” he said. “When I made Naked Lunch, there was no such thing as computer generated graphics. Even in Maps to the Stars, which is relatively naturalistic, there’s a lot of CG that’s wonderful. It was set in Hollywood, but it was mostly shot in Toronto. We just shot five days in Hollywood. And yet I could put the Hollywood Hills in the background easily because of computer graphics. That’s a fantastic tool for a director, and that’s why I love digital. But because it’s exciting, it does get overused, of course.”

Maps to the Stars, which eOne will release in the U.S. later this year, was relatively expensive by Cronenberg’s earlier standards, costing $13 million. Returning to that film, Waters asked, “So is Hollywood going to forgive you for this one?”

“I can’t wait to screen it in Hollywood,” Cronenberg replied. “Obviously, Hollywood owes me absolutely nothing. But I don’t owe Hollywood anything either.”

“There is a strange use of an award in Maps to the Stars,” said Cronenberg when accepting the Filmmaker on the Edge trophy and feeling its weight. Let’s just say the scene involved does not involve it sitting on a mantel. “I urge you to go see the movie, and you’ll understand.”

Click HERE to read the article in its entirety. It touches on much of David’s work.

ARTICLE: Maps To The Stars heading to TIFF ahead of of fall US release? Possibly.

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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.

Read below and follow the link at the bottom to check out the whole article:

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.”

Click HERE to read the entire article and more from David!