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

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? 😉

WATCH: ‘Maps To The Stars’ Red Band Trailer

David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars will finally be arriving in U.S. theaters (and VOD services) on Feb 27th and ahead of that a brand new Red Band Trailer has been released. It’s an intense ride (just like the movie).

Click below to watch

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INTERVIEW: David Cronenberg On His Very Eclectic ‘Maps To The Stars’ Cast + More

David Cronenberg spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his eclectic cast in Maps To The Stars, his technique of working with actors and lots more.  You’ll find some excerpts below but make sure and head over to EW and have a read of the full interview.

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EW: As someone who loves movies about movies—Sunset Blvd., The Player, Get Shorty—I think I was your perfect audience. But Maps to the Stars is maybe a little bit bleaker and darker than those.
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: That comes from Bruce. He’s written about nine novels, mostly about Hollywood. His father was briefly in the business, and he grew up there and has great stories to tell when he was a limo driver and drove Orson Welles, and Olivia de Havilland, and Mick Jagger. You name it, he’s done it.

Was the tone there from the first draft, or was it even more acerbic?
He wrote the first script 20 years ago, and I first saw it about 10 years ago. It was [always] pretty much what you were seeing. Bruce could’ve written a 1,000-page script, with all the stories that he has. He’s actually said that every line of dialogue in the script he’s actually heard spoken somewhere along the line.

There’s this famous Billy Wilder story that Louis B. Mayer berated him after screening Sunset Blvd., saying he disgraced the industry. What type of reaction have you sensed to your film?
When I first tried to get it made as an American production, the response I got from one very well-known indie producer—who also has done some big studio movies—was the classic thing. He said, “I could not do that to this business that’s been so good to me.” And at the Cannes Film Festival in May, a studio head, also someone who declined to be involved in making the movie, after the screening, came to me, draped his arms around me, hugged me, and said, “Your movie scared the shit out of me. I had nightmares all night and then today, when I went to the Hotel de Cap for a party, all I could see was scenes from your movie.” I thought, “That’s a pretty good review.”

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t’s a film very much about actors. I’m curious what you’ve learned about actors over the years.
My technique of working with actors comes from my temperament, which is I suppose fairly Canadian. [Laughs] It’s very collaborative and congenial. I like to have a really happy set with lots of humor, and the actors have the feeling on my set that they are observed. I see everything that they’re doing. An actor wants to know that you’re watching what they’re doing, and they want to be directed. They don’t want to have no guidelines. And I’ve also found—and I suppose this is somewhat like the Woody Allen technique—if you cast it well, you really don’t have to do a lot of directing of your actors. If they understand the script and you’ve made the right casting choice, they just go do it. I’ve never believed in the sort of svengali thing where you hypnotize the actor to do your bidding, or you take an actor and break him down psychologically so you can rebuild him as the character. I’ve never felt that was remotely realistic, and I never felt that any actors that I worked with needed that.

You mention getting the right actors for the right roles. For Maps, you have a very eclectic cast playing characters who are flawed, if not warped. Was it easy to attract actors, or were there some who reacted the same way as those spooked executives?
I did have some actors who are afraid of the roles because they were so extreme. For example, the scene where Havana Segrand is sitting on the toilet while she has a long conversation with her assistant and she’s farting and doing all that stuff. There were several actresses who were approached during the long development of this script of the movie who couldn’t do that scene. They just could not bring themselves to do that scene. And you accept that. People say, “How do you talk your actors into doing things like that?” I say, “Well, you don’t. If you have to talk them into it, they are the wrong actor for the role.” So with Julie, we never even discussed it. It was just business as usual, and we had a lot of fun with it, because in some ways, it’s a very funny scene. And in some ways, it’s a very disturbing scene. We all understood all of those things. You need the right actor to do that and one who is not afraid or intimidated. There is no calculating that; you just have to really talk to the actor and find out.

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More disturbing to me than the incest that’s in the film was the entitlement of the child actor, and the way that people around him treat him. That’s Bruce’s perspective—but do you find that pervasive in this industry, with young stars who attain that kind of success?
Sure. I can tell you that John Cusack said, “I was Benjie.” John was a child star, and he could say from his own experience that that would’ve been him at that time. That having fame, adulation, lots of money thrown at you, weird kinds of power that you didn’t know you had, is completely deforming to a kid who has no self yet to shape those kind of events.

All of my actors could vouch for the veracity of those characters. Not that they were those characters, but they knew people who had undergone those things. Julianne Moore, for example: She’s in her 50s. How many actresses did she start with who were really hot for awhile, and after the age of 40, completely disappeared, like they didn’t exist anymore? It becomes like an existential terror—a kind of pre-death in Hollywood that you suddenly don’t get those phone calls. Nobody wants you on the screen. And if you’re not on the screen, you don’t exist. And that happens to women more than men.

Check out the full interview with David over at Entertainment Weekly

PHOTOS: Behind The Scenes & UHQ Stills From ‘Maps To The Stars’ Featuring Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska & David Cronenberg

Some great UHQ Stills and Behind The Scenes pics from Maps To The Stars featuring Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska & David Cronenberg. We’ve seen some before but a lot are new and all are now UHQ.

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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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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 Academy.ca

 

‘Maps To The Stars’ Special Presentation At The 2015 Santa Barbara Film Festival

Maps To The Stars is screening as a Special Presentation (Not In Competition) at the 2015 Santa Barbara Film Festival.

The festival takes place 27 January to 7 February 2015 but we don’t have a time/date for the screening yet. As soon as there is one we’ll update.

via ThompsonOnHollywood / Indiewire

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.