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Title: dave depraved cronenberg
Post by: Cecil on February 10, 2003, 07:23:04 PM
someone i dont think we even talked about at the old board. whos a big fan of his work?

spider is comming next month to my mtl. when will you guys get to see it?
Title: Re: dave depraved cronenberg
Post by: Ghostboy on February 10, 2003, 07:36:54 PM
'Spider' is awesome. Totally different than anything he's done before, but it's really fascinating. Ralph Fiennes is pretty stunning, especially considering it's mostly a dialogue free role. I think it's probably my favorite Cronenberg film after Naked Lunch and Dead Ringers.

I think it opens at the beginning of March here in Dallas...
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Post by: RegularKarate on February 10, 2003, 11:01:16 PM
I really loved eXistenze
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Post by: Pwaybloe on February 11, 2003, 09:22:03 AM
"Dead Ringers" was a good'un.
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Post by: bonanzataz on March 26, 2003, 12:06:29 AM
Dead Ringers. What a crazy fucking movie.
Title: Re: dave depraved cronenberg
Post by: Cecil on March 26, 2003, 01:02:35 AM
after seeing that movie, i was like "oh, i so wanna be a gynecologist!" and have a twin for that matter.

some day im gonna have to make myself similar tools to operate on mutant women.
Title: Re: dave depraved cronenberg
Post by: Henry Krinkle on March 29, 2003, 09:24:02 PM
Cronenberg is in my top 5 favourite filmmakers - i love his work.

The ultimate Cronenberg flick to see IMO and by far his masterpiece is VIDEODROME - check this out!  

Brilliant and light years ahead of it's time - probally the most Cronenbergian of all his films, it is filled with all of his themes and trademarks.  "Long live the New Flesh"

with James Woods and Debbie Harry.
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Post by: bonanzataz on March 29, 2003, 09:30:49 PM
I saw 5 seconds of videodrome and it freaked the shit out of me.
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Post by: Pubrick on March 29, 2003, 09:30:53 PM
i agree with fonzie.
Title: Re: dave depraved cronenberg
Post by: Cecil on March 30, 2003, 12:35:13 AM
Quote from: bonanzataz
I saw 5 seconds of videodrome and it freaked the shit out of me.

you mean you stopped watching it?
Title: Re: dave depraved cronenberg
Post by: bonanzataz on March 30, 2003, 02:46:46 PM
it was 3 in the morning and it was playing on sci fi channel or something. couldn't deal with commercials that late.
Title: Re: dave depraved cronenberg
Post by: Henry Krinkle on March 30, 2003, 06:41:09 PM
Here is the Cronenberg filmography.  All of them are available on VHS, a few are tough to track down.  Some are on DVD.  

STEREO - 1969 (Student film) - bootleg versions are out there - but tough to track down.
CRIMES OF THE FUTURE - 1970 (Student film) - included on the Criterion Dead Ringers Laser Disk but NOT on the Criterion DVD version - easy to find bootleg versions.

SHIVERS aka: They Came From Within - 1975
RABID - 1977
FAST COMPANY - 1979 (race car movie!) - this movie had a screwed up distribution and was barely even released in the theatres, mostly seen at Drive-Ins.  There were a couple of VHS releases but impossible to find.
THE BROOD - 1979
THE FLY - 1986
CRASH - 1996
eXistenZ - 1999
SPIDER - 2003

Check out all of them - although, i hate to say it - you really don't need to see Fast Company or M. Butterfly - trust me - neither look, feel or deal with anything Cronenberg.  They were both semi-sell out films.

Fast Company was a straight up explotation movie - although Cronenberg himself is a race car junkie.  

M. Butterfly in a way has a Croneberg-like sexual idea to it - but it looks, feels and otherwise has nothing Cronenberg about it.  I think the producers had been trying to make that movie for years and it sounds like Cronenberg got a phat pay check to make the film so he finally took it on.
Title: Re: dave depraved cronenberg
Post by: Cecil on March 30, 2003, 06:48:01 PM
Quote from: Henry Krinkle
I think the producers had been trying to make that movie for years and it sounds like Cronenberg got a phat pay check to make the film so he finally took it on.

them are serious accusations there, boy
Title: Re: dave depraved cronenberg
Post by: Henry Krinkle on March 30, 2003, 07:31:09 PM
IMO M. Butterfly is an okay movie, it's fine, the photography is nice and of course it's well directed.  However, i really do feel it was a sell-out in the way that it doesn't jive in Cronenberg's filmography.  The movie was based on a Broadway play!  It TRULY isn't a Cronenberg film the way that his previous films had the obvious Cronenberg stamp.

The only Cronenberg stamp or trademark the film has going for it is the idea itself - a man posing as a women.  

Cronenberg is constantly fucking with gender and sexuality - this goes back to Crimes of the Future where a grown man is reborn into the body of a little girl.  In Videodrome, Max Renn's hole in his stomach is not hallucinatory wound - it IS a hallucinatory vagina!  In fact, the original script had Debbie Harry with a hallucintory dick on her stomach!  

M. Butterfly is really melodramatic at times and has that typical contrived grand feel of an "epic" film due to it's setting.  This is nothing like Cronenberg IMO.  It's like someone else made that movie and used Cronenberg's name.

However - what the film did prove was that Cronenberg could make a different type of movie - without resorting to the trademarks of his previous films.  But i felt he already did that with THE DEAD ZONE which still managed to feel 100% like a Cronenberg film - and i think The Dead Zone is great movie, maybe one of his best.
Title: Re: dave depraved cronenberg
Post by: MacGuffin on October 22, 2003, 11:27:44 AM
TV Guide indicates Director David Cronenberg ("The Fly") will guest star as a scientist who employs a radical therapy to try to help Sydney (Jennifer Garner) regain her missing memories.
Title: Re: dave depraved cronenberg
Post by: Sleuth on October 22, 2003, 12:19:35 PM
...in the show Alias.
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Post by: Cecil on October 22, 2003, 10:49:30 PM
i liked him in jason x
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Post by: Seraphim on October 23, 2003, 02:55:37 AM
I definitively like Cronenberg's world more and more after each viewing, each film.

Haven't seen to many of his works, though. Still haven't seen Videodrome or The Fly (albeit very long ago, can't remember it).

Dead Ringers was great, although I saw it very long ago. Different than his later works, which tends to be more about reality in a science fiction way (eXistenZ). I just like theo more psychological stuff...

Naked Lunch also is a great film. eXistenZ is still a good film, although it's not my favourite Cronenberg. I was a bit disappointed by Crash.

Read the book Spider (really a MAGNIFICENT book by Patrick McGrath, for lovers of Thomas Mann, Dostojewski, Kafka!), and soon I'll see the film.
Have read (on different sites) that this film is a bit different than his other works. I hope it has the same psychological intensity as the book; maybe it's a bit like Dead Ringers (?).
Title: Re: dave depraved cronenberg
Post by: MacGuffin on November 20, 2003, 11:11:20 AM

No one makes movies like David Cronenberg -- movies like Dead Ringers and Crash that willingly probe those dark, private regions of our psyche with the almost unwelcome intimacy of a surprise gynecological exam. Likewise, Cronenberg follows no one else's example in his own filmmaking.

"Obviously, I didn't invent filmmaking and montage and all the techniques," Cronenberg explains, "but at the same time, I really did feel that when I started making movies, I was free to invent myself as a director. When I thought of myself as a writer, I was really very much influenced by [William S.] Burroughs, by [Vladimir] Nabokov -- I started to imitate them when I wrote -- whereas, since I never thought of myself as a filmmaker, when I started to make films, I didn't know what I was going to be, and I felt quite free to become whatever."

Even Cronenberg's latest film, Spider, though considerably more conventional than some of his earlier films (by extension, it's his most accessible film yet), "would have gotten made even if I had not seen these movies." Based on the novel by Patrick McGrath, Spider explores the cluttered memory of a half-unhinged Englishman who still blames his father for his mother's untimely death. In adapting the book for the screen, Cronenberg looked to other films, not so much as inspiration, but as "touchstones" along the way. Here are five the director found most helpful.
Songs from the Second Floor
(2000; dir: Roy Andersson, starring: Lars Nordh, Stefan Larsson)
The movie that my cameraman Peter Suschitzky and I looked at was Songs from the Second Floor. It was something that he had seen and thought had some relevance to the look of Spider, in particular the sort of low-contrast look where you sink into the shadows, which are not deep. As viewers, we normally like high-contrast film stock, unless you're watching a sitcom, which is very flat, but [that low-contrast look] had something to do with the nature of Spider as a character and the wallpaper that we were going to use in the movie, the idea that he was going to be part of the wallpaper. The movie is very funny, very disturbing and very surreal, and to that extent, I suppose people will perhaps not be surprised that I like it. It had an austerity and an uncompromising quality that you don't get in a Hollywood film, an oblique kind of approach to the characters and a kind of anti-dramatic structure. Those things were encouraging because there are those elements in Spider as well. When you're planning to make a movie which is not a popcorn movie, it steadies your nerves when you know that many have gone before you and done things without compromise.

The Long Day Closes
(1992, dir: Terence Davies, starring: Marjorie Yates, Leigh McCormack)
It's an incredibly intense, nostalgic, almost sentimental (but with some bitterness) poem about a working-class boy in England in the '50s who goes to the cinema to find the kind of idealized beauty which he doesn't have in his actual life. It's a kind of autobiographical remembrance by this writer/director, Terence Davies. If you see that movie, you'll see a street that's very reminiscent of Spider's street as a boy, and I believe I read that he built this entire street as a set because the street as he remembered it didn't exist. They call them "back-to-backs" because the backyards of the houses face each other with a lane going down. There's only a few left in London that still retain their original shape and haven't been completely gentrified and rebuilt, and that's where we shot. Later when we were shooting on sets in Toronto, we still had to recreate Spider's whole backyard brick by brick. They took what they call a "squeeze" from the walls and stuff, so it was a very accurate reproduction of that very backyard, even down to which bricks were chipped and which ones weren't. So I was looking at this movie for some of those very practical things as well as things like the way people were dressed and the feel of the inside of the house, the drabness and so on. I was interested just to see how it compared to what I was trying to create for Spider.

The Fallen Idol
(1948, dir: Carol Reid, starring: Ralph Richardson, Michele Morgan)
Fallen Idol is based on a Graham Greene short story called "The Basement Room," which was told largely from a child's point of view. It's about a young boy who idolizes a household servant who is suspected of murdering his wife, so you can see that there are some connections there. The boy has fantasies and confusions about what's going on with adults, [which creates] a disconnect between child reality and adult reality, and misunderstanding on both sides by each other. There's an absolute essential Englishness about it. It's never sentimental, never bathetic, never begging for an emotional response, but getting one anyway. As usual with Carol Reed, there's an incredible sense of precision and control, which I find in most of his movies. In terms of films that impressed me as being perfect in a way, Carol Reed sort of made perfect films. It's interesting because people have told me Spider's a perfect film. Of course, perfection can be a kind of death, and you don't want to make a perfect dead thing. You want it to be alive, so the trick is to somehow have the feeling of every shot being inevitable without planning everything to the point where all spontaneity and all life is dead and gone.

The Rocking Horse Winner
(1950; dir: Anthony Pelissier, starring: Valerie Hobson, John Howard Davies)
The Rocking Horse Winner has a strange fantasy premise, but it's impact is nothing like that. It's based on a D.H. Lawrence story about a boy who has a knack for picking racetrack winners. He rocks on his rocking horse, and he can pick the winners of horse races, and his parents become quite involved in it because they get greedy. It's really all about adults and children and fantasy and betrayal and misunderstanding. It's very potent emotionally. None of these childhoods were mine, and none of them were Spider's either, but they relate because [these movies depict] young boys in postwar London. It just gives me historical and cinematic touchstones.

The Caretaker (The Guest)
(1963 ; dir: Clive Donner, starring: Alan Bates, Donald Pleasence)
This was a movie with Robert Shaw and Alan Bates and Donald Pleasence. There is no other cast because it's based on a Harold Pinter play. It's three sort of eccentric characters in English boarding-type rooms caught up in strange loop-like relationships with each other that they can't get out of. It's sort of the ultimate Pinter play probably, and I believe it's gotta be the ultimate Pinter movie because there's no compromise in the sense that they don't try to "open it out" and show you people walking in the street and stuff. In particular I think of the Donald Pleasence character. He talks about getting his papers from Sidcup (Sidcup is a town), and you never know what papers he's talking about, and he never leaves and never does it, but he's obsessed with it. If you see it, you'll immediately get the connection. If you think of Mrs. Wilkinson being played by Donald Pleasence, maybe you get a little bit of the idea. It very much connects with Spider's life in the halfway house and the kind of casual sadism that happens when people have power over other people and can inflict pain on them almost without being aware of it.
Title: Re: dave depraved cronenberg
Post by: godardian on November 20, 2003, 11:17:36 AM
The only one of those that I've seen is The Long Day Closes, which is certainly remarkable and may be the extremely underrated Davies's best film.

You have to see Spider not to be slightly surprised by Cronenberg's love of it, though.
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Post by: phil marlowe on November 20, 2003, 12:17:52 PM
i've just ordered scanners, dead ringers and videodrome on dvd for something like 20 bucks. the only one i've seen is videodrome and that movie was fucked up.
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Post by: ono on January 10, 2004, 11:53:30 PM
Has anyone else here even seen Crash?  I just did last night out of morbid curiosity.  It was ... interesting to say the least.  Definitely worth a look if you too are morbidly curious.  Ebert gets the appeal of this film just right, though he overrates it.  It really requires a suspension of disbelief to get in to the film, and it's at the same time sexy and totally not sexy.  It's a good study of grief, but at the same time, it's incredibly thin.  I find it hard to believe this was based on a novel that actually sold.  If I didn't know better, I wouldn't put it past Cronenberg to come up with this himself, which is I guess what he saw in the film.  *** (7/10)  Just barely.
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Post by: MacGuffin on January 11, 2004, 12:09:02 AM
"Crash" reminds me of budgie.  :yabbse-cry:


I really liked "Crash". It's a fascinating exploration of these characters and their pleasure from pain fetishes (even making the scars resemble vaginas), and their 'self-destruction'.
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Post by: Pubrick on January 11, 2004, 01:18:01 AM
crash made me hot. one of the best films i've seen about crazy sex.
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Post by: MacGuffin on February 06, 2004, 06:52:55 PM
History of Violence: New Line is rumoured to be quite happy with Josh Olson's adaptation and David Cronenberg is being mentioned as a potential director.
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Post by: ono on February 10, 2004, 06:26:30 PM
Sometimes, I wish titles could be copyrighted so things like this (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0375679/) couldn't happen.  But then I think of all the fun I'd miss out on when/if some people go to rent this movie and get the Cronenberg version instead.  Hehe.
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Post by: MacGuffin on February 12, 2004, 11:48:25 PM
David Cronenberg Has A History of Violence
Source: Variety

David Cronenberg (Spider) will direct A History of Violence at New Line Cinema, the first book in the Paradox Graphic Mystery line of books published by Paradox Press/DC Comics. The second book in the series was Road to Perdition, on which the Tom Hanks film was based on.

The plot of the graphic novel follows an ordinary family's life after the father receives unwanted national attention for a seemingly vigilante self-defense killing at his diner and his previously unknown past is dredged up.

The novel was written by Judge Dredd creator John Wagner. "Violence" was adapted by screenwriter Josh Olson, who also wrote Three Gun Blues, set up at Paramount.
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Post by: MacGuffin on March 22, 2004, 12:44:36 AM
David Cronenberg Helming London Fields
Source: Variety

David Cronenberg (Spider) is directing London Fields, based on Martin Amis' 1991 novel of the same name.

The script, written by Roberta Hanley and Amis, follows a promiscuous psychic troubled by disturbing premonitions that are all the more unnerving for never being wrong. The story is set in and around a seedy London pub, where the psychic has come to meet the end her dreams have foretold: to be murdered by one of two men she meets there -- but which one?

No distributors have come aboard as yet, but discussions are taking place with several, and the film is going out to cast.
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Post by: SoNowThen on May 20, 2004, 04:44:21 PM
I need to see more of his work.

I've seen:

The Fly  :yabbse-thumbup:
Crash  :yabbse-thumbdown:
Naked Lunch  (half a thumb up)

Where do I go from here?
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Post by: ElPandaRoyal on May 20, 2004, 05:03:10 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen

Crash  :yabbse-thumbdown:

Where do I go from here?

To the doctor  :wink:

You should check out Spider. I didn't really like it as much as I hoped...  :(
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Post by: NEON MERCURY on May 20, 2004, 08:02:53 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
I need to see more of his work.

I've seen:

The Fly  :yabbse-thumbup:
Crash  :yabbse-thumbdown:
Naked Lunch  (half a thumb up)

Where do I go from here?

check out eXistenZyeah, and spider also.........and videodrome........
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Post by: SoNowThen on May 20, 2004, 10:21:34 PM
opinions on Brood or Scanners ???
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Post by: modage on May 20, 2004, 10:50:59 PM
scanners has probably the best exploding head in the history of cinema, and other than that is okay.  existenz is worthwhile.
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Post by: SoNowThen on May 20, 2004, 10:55:49 PM
Dead Zone

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Post by: modage on May 20, 2004, 11:05:55 PM
thats on my list to see this halloween, but i havent seen it  yet.  i have a little catching up to do on cronenberg as well.  you should ask Mac when he gets back in a few days as if anyone would know, its him.
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Post by: El Duderino on May 20, 2004, 11:28:37 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
Dead Zone

i liked dead zone...i reccomend. also, spider is excellent
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Post by: NEON MERCURY on May 21, 2004, 03:05:41 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
opinions on Brood or Scanners ???

never seen those two.........if this doesn t wet your appetite for 'videodrome', i read on my lil cast and crew info on my 'crash' dvd that andy worhal called 'videodrome' the 'clockwork orange of the 80s'......cool eh?
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Post by: SoNowThen on May 21, 2004, 03:11:39 PM
Oh, videodome's already reserved at the library for me, based on James Woods alone. I guess if I like it, due to the recs so far, I'll get either Existenz or Spider...
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Post by: Stefen on May 21, 2004, 03:35:05 PM
Existenz is good. I haven't seen spider. As for existenz, you will either love it or hate it i'm sure.
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Post by: MacGuffin on June 09, 2004, 12:55:16 AM
Viggo Mortensen Has A History of Violence
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Viggo Mortensen will reunite with his "Lord of the Rings" studio New Line to topline A History of Violence for director David Cronenberg.

Adapted by Josh Olson from John Wagner and Vince Locke's graphic novel of the same name, the film tells the story of an ordinary family's life after the father receives unwanted national attention for a seemingly vigilante-style self-defense killing at his diner. Mortensen would play the father, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Mortensen most recently starred in Hidalgo at Disney and played Aragorn in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
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Post by: MacGuffin on August 02, 2004, 11:53:38 AM
Harris, Hurt put dukes up for 'Violence'
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Ed Harris and William Hurt are in negotiations to join the cast of "A History of Violence" at New Line Cinema. David Cronenberg is directing, with Viggo Mortensen toplining. Adapted by Josh Olson from John Wagner and Vince Locke's graphic novel, "Violence" tells the story of an ordinary family's life after the father (Mortensen) receives unwanted national attention for a seemingly vigilante-style self-defense killing at his diner. Harris will play the bad guy who comes looking for Mortensen, while Hurt will portray Mortensen's long-lost brother. New Line execs Kent Alterman and Cale Boyter are overseeing for the studio. J.C. Spink and Chris Bender are producing through their Benderspink shingle, while Roger Kass and Josh Braun are executive producing. The Oscar-nominated Harris, repped by CAA, manager Neil Koenigsburg and attorney Melanie Cook, just wrapped "Empire Falls" for HBO. Hurt, repped by WMA, is currently on-screen in "The Village." He won a best actor Oscar for "Kiss of the Spider Woman."
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Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on January 06, 2005, 05:35:57 PM
Just watched Videodrome.  

I can usually watch a movie and I don't move much, as I am focusing on the film.  Several times over I found myself cringing, my mouth hanging open and being uncomfortable.

Not to say any of that is bad.

I love how the film acts as Videodrome itself.  It gets into your head and always finds a way to shock you more and more as the movie progresses.

All the Cronenberg that I've seen is The Fly, Naked Lunch, Dead Ringers and Videodrome.  

I've heard watching his movies on drugs actually helps you understand what's going on, though I usually can piece it together myself.

Has anyone here watched any of his movies under the influence of anything?
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Post by: SHAFTR on February 14, 2005, 03:15:01 AM
First off, I love Videodrome.

Now, Crash on the otherhand, I did not like.  I enjoy the premise, looking at a group of people with a strange fetish.  Instead, the film doesn't really provide any insight, explanation or reason for this fetish.  Its just sex and car crashes with unlikeable characters.  The result is that I have the same reaction about the idea of people who find sexual arrousal in car crashes as I did before the film.  It's weird.
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Post by: Pubrick on February 14, 2005, 08:30:28 AM
i stand by my crash review on the previous page. i hav rewatched it many times and will continue to do so.
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Post by: Two Lane Blacktop on February 14, 2005, 09:19:45 AM
Quote from: Walrus
Just watched Videodrome.  
I love how the film acts as Videodrome itself.  It gets into your head and always finds a way to shock you more and more as the movie progresses.

As long as it doesn't make you do something sick, though, it's not acting as full-fledged Videodrome.  Heh heh!  And a good thing, too.

It's interesting...  when I first saw this film as a senior in high school, I thought it was kind of an anti-TV rant.  When the new DVD came out, I saw there was something a little more twisted going on.  After all, Videodrome is a kind of pornography made by moralists, to kill those who view it.  Suddenly it's not the TV that's evil, it's those who would use it to destroy those they dislike.  

Or something like that.  I make no claim to completely understand this movie, but I'm hoping more viewings will make it all a little clearer as time goes by.  

Quote from: Walrus

I've heard watching his movies on drugs actually helps you understand what's going on,

Nah.  Stoners and such are always saying you "get it" when you watch (or listen to or read) something while you're messed up, but the truth is you're just too messed up to notice how much of it you DON'T understand.  I'm not anti-drugs, by any means, but thinking of drugs as being a "key" to any piece of art is just silly.  

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Post by: modage on February 17, 2005, 09:40:52 AM
Cronenberg Helming Painkillers Next
Source: Mary February 16, 2005

Director David Cronenberg will next helm Painkillers, reports Screen Daily.

Painkillers is Cronenberg's first original script since eXistenZ. It is set in the world of radical performance artists and looks at plastic surgery as performance art.

Cronenberg is currently in post-production on his film of the comic A History of Violence, starring Viggo Mortensen for New Line Cinema.
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Post by: grand theft sparrow on February 18, 2005, 09:12:50 AM
Dammit!  He was supposed to do Martin Amis' London Fields next!

Anyone know what happened to that?
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Post by: Pubrick on February 18, 2005, 03:52:03 PM
Quote from: hacksparrow
Dammit!  He was supposed to do Martin Amis' London Fields next!

Anyone know what happened to that?

he abandonded it, after admitting it was impossible to read past the first few pages.
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Post by: MacGuffin on February 24, 2005, 11:41:18 AM
From The Digital Bits:

Work is being done on a special edition of David Cronenberg's The Fly. With any luck, it'll be ready in time to be a Halloween release.
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Post by: grand theft sparrow on February 28, 2005, 12:44:38 PM
Quote from: Pubrick
Quote from: hacksparrow
Dammit!  He was supposed to do Martin Amis' London Fields next!

Anyone know what happened to that?

he abandonded it, after admitting it was impossible to read past the first few pages.


Harsh but funny.  It took me two months to read that book.
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Post by: slackerinthehouse on May 04, 2005, 05:10:23 PM
I just started a Cronengberg fetish myself, right after watching Videodrome too. I saw The Fly and Spider before and they were both pretty good movies.  After Videodrome that thing in my head started where you want to see all of a director's films.  So you spend time and effort looking for them, unfortunately all i've found in this small towm were the beforementioned films as well as scanners, which i rented and i swear i saw when i was little kid.   Today I saw Rabid which was very interesting when i read about it paper and mildly on my screen, what i really liked was the premise and that phallic needle that came out of Rose's arm.  I though it was a bit campy but it still had you with that "Oh no, get out of there" feeling.

I still can't get Videodrome out of my head, I doubt I'll ever will.
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Post by: MacGuffin on May 13, 2005, 02:01:04 PM
Cronenberg has 'History of Violence'
Source: Hollywood Reporter

CANNES -- David Cronenberg, who is in Cannes with his In Competition film "A History of Violence," will next direct "Painkillers," a futuristic thriller that reteams him with producer Robert Lantos, who is repped at the festival by Atom Egoyan's "Where the Truth Lies."

The producer and director on Friday confirmed the project, which has been in development for several years.
Based on Cronenberg's first original screenplay in eight years, "Painkillers" is budgeted at $35 million and is being readied for release in late 2006. Andras Hamori ("Fateless") will produce with Lantos.

ThinkFilm's newly formed international sales division, headed by Mark Horowitz, will offer presales at the market. Lantos is chairman and a major shareholder of ThinkFilm.

"Painkillers" explores a society where mankind has taken a wrong turn, embracing perversions and practices that were once considered unacceptable. In the film, surgery, which is performed in public and on camera, is the new sex, and pain, which has been all but eliminated, is the new forbidden pleasure. The plotline focuses on a police detective who is sent undercover to save humanity.

"Sometimes it's good to be afraid of what you create," Cronenberg said. "And I am afraid of 'Painkillers.' I'm very afraid, and that's why I have to do it."

Lantos and Cronberg previously collaborated on "Crash" and "eXistenZ."

"David and I have wanted to get this project off the ground for a few years. But we were not sure the world was ready for its radical subject matter," Hamori said.
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Post by: MacGuffin on May 18, 2005, 01:13:28 PM
Director Cronenberg Receives Film Award

Canadian film maker David Cronenberg will receive the lifetime achievement award at this year's Stockholm International Film Festival, organizers said Monday.

Cronenberg, a renowned horror director and the man behind such movies as "The Fly" "Naked Lunch" and "Spider," will receive the Bronze Horse award for his "mind-blowing visual aesthetic," that has "penetrated mass phenomena in modern society as well as the mind and body of the individual," the award jury said in a statement.

The award will be given to Cronenberg during the Nov. 17-27 festival in the Swedish capital.

Last year's Bronze Horse winner was American director Oliver Stone, and previous winners include filmmakers Roman Polanski and David Lynch and actresses Lauren Bacall and Gena Rowlands.
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Post by: modage on August 20, 2005, 11:15:56 AM
Cronenberg Says Painkillers Not Going To Happen
Source: Chud

In an interview with CHUD, director David Cronenberg said when asked about his upcoming projects, "Painkillers is not going to happen. I can't get into my own script anymore, which is a weird thing that happens. But London Fields is a possibility. I'm kind of juggling a few things, and I don't know what's going to happen next, which is kind of an exciting time. It's the Cronenberg Uncertainty Principle. (laughs). I enjoy it."

full interview here: http://chud.com/interviews/4039
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Post by: w/o horse on August 30, 2005, 01:44:14 PM
My roommate is on a Cronenberg kick so we've been watching a lot of his films.  Naked Lunch, Crash, and eXistenZ in the past week.  The way Cronenberg keeps a consistent tone throughout the movie's course amazes me.  There isn't a flinching scene in Crash, for example.  He reminds me what it is to have a director's vision.
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Post by: SHAFTR on September 07, 2005, 01:40:59 AM
I just saw The Brood and probably would rank it as my 2nd favorite Cronenberg film.  The broodlings are a terrific balance of terrifying and hilarious.  Somehow it works as both.

My Cronie Rankings
1)  videodrome
2)  the brood

3)  scanners
4)  spider

5)  crash

Next:  Dead Ringers
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Post by: The Red Vine on September 07, 2005, 09:14:26 AM
I'm kinda looking forward to History of Violence. If done well, it could be a Cronenberg masterpiece.
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Post by: Tictacbk on September 07, 2005, 12:54:50 PM
I too like when movies are done well.

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Post by: Ravi on September 09, 2005, 10:11:10 PM
Is The Fly good?
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Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on September 09, 2005, 10:53:28 PM
I thought Cronenberg had a hit or miss complex with his movies, but then I realized a lot of his directoral stuff that wasn't his awesome movies was crap for TV.

I'm yet to see a movie by Cronenberg I didn't at least like.  I've seen a few (Videodrome and Naked Lunch in particular) that have really amazed me, but all in all, I've always at least enjoyed them.
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Post by: modage on September 09, 2005, 11:56:12 PM
Quote from: Ravi
Is The Fly good?

it's awesome.  and one of the best horror films of the 80's.  also notable for a particularly good/weird jeff goldblum performance and some great/gross effects.  special edition DVD comes out Oct. 4th.
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Post by: rustinglass on September 23, 2005, 08:10:53 PM
I had a great time watching Shivers tonight at the cinematheque, it's really a bold first feature.
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Post by: modage on September 28, 2005, 09:24:47 PM
i just watched videodrome.  it kinda sucked.  though had a lot in common with existenz which i liked a lot more.
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Post by: cowboykurtis on September 29, 2005, 12:04:12 AM
Quote from: modage
i just watched videodrome.  it kinda sucked.  though had a lot in common with existenz which i liked a lot more.

I'm in the minority who absolutely hates videodrome - It was a chore to sit through.

I think dead ringers stands as his best.
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Post by: socketlevel on September 29, 2005, 12:51:57 PM
Quote from: rustinglass
I had a great time watching Shivers tonight at the cinematheque, it's really a bold first feature.

yeah i agree, that's why rabid is a disappointing follow up.

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Post by: SiliasRuby on October 29, 2005, 04:12:45 PM
I just saw Crash the other night. Man, what a crazy experience. It really Jolted Me.
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Post by: SoNowThen on November 28, 2005, 07:32:22 AM
I work in a hotel. For some reason, everytime I'm waiting for the elevator, at the moment it arrives, I get instant images in my head from either Dead Ringers or Videodrome.

I wonder why? I suppose there are a few good scenes around the office elevator in DR... but still... and Videodrome, I don't even like that movie...

Anyone else have these weird Pavlovian associations around Cronenberg movies?
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Post by: MacGuffin on March 30, 2006, 12:36:18 AM
Cronenberg Gives Lowdon On Next Films
Source: The Toronto Star
For the benefit of David Cronenberg fans everywhere, here's the lowdown from the man himself about what he's up to next - as stated in an interview this week The Toronto Star for the DVD release of "A History of Violence:

Maps to the Stars: "That's probably going to be my next movie, and I'm doing it with Robert (Lantos) and Serendipity. It's a script that Bruce Wagner wrote that isn't exactly based on any of his novels, but is in the nature of his novels, which are mostly about Hollywood. He's a brilliant novelist. The only thing that could stop it from being my next movie is if we can't get casting or can't get financing. I mean, it is an independent film and those things can happen. But Robert is a very experienced producer, so I don't expect any of those things to happen. The earliest I could be working is probably September."

Eastern Promises: "This is a Focus Features film that they've approached me with and it's a very good script to begin with. It's being rewritten right now by Steve Knight, who wrote Dirty Pretty Things for Stephen Frears. That was a good movie and Knight is a good writer and the script is being rewritten with a view to, I hope, me doing that movie. But I don't know when. At the moment, Maps has priority." London Fields: "It's still a possibility. There is a script that Martin Amis wrote with Roberta Hanley of his novel, and it's a project I'm interested in. It's sort of on a back burner, I would say. It's about third in line."

Red Cars: "Have you gone to http://www.redcars.it? My script is now a book, a beautiful coffee table book for fans of Formula One or of my work or whatever. It's expensive, but it's really beautiful and the printing is exquisite. I would be happy if some producer said, `Yes, I want to make this movie,' but so far, no one has. So unless that happens, it's not going to be a movie. At least it's a book."

Painkillers: "Painkillers is dead. Who knows about the future, but it's a script I wrote around 2000 and I have just sort of disconnected from it somehow. I feel like it's not something I want to pursue. I know Robert announced it at Cannes, but he was being a good producer by trying to make it become a reality. He was trying to excite me about my own project again. So it was a strange kind of situation, but for some reason, it just feels like it's something that I've done already so I've decided not to do it. He and I agreed to let it die. It still exists as a script, but that's it.

I Kill: "It doesn't exist, and we've been trying to get the IMDb to take the damn thing off. What that was is something (producer) Aurelio De Laurentiis approached me about. It was a novel that was a big best seller in Italy. I read it and I wasn't crazy about it. He had a script written and showed that to me, and I wasn't crazy about that, either. I said I didn't want to do it, and that was the end of it. For some reason, I think the guy who wrote the book was talking to the Italian press and he said that I'm doing it. So suddenly that becomes my next project, but I was never doing it."
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Post by: analogzombie on March 30, 2006, 02:08:48 AM
I'm in the minority who absolutely hates videodrome - It was a chore to sit through.

I think dead ringers stands as his best.

just swap the titles around in the quote and it'd be exactly how i feel
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Post by: Split Infinitive on April 01, 2006, 09:26:19 PM
I've been reading a book of interviews with filmmakers by David Breskin, and the conversation with Cronenberg is fascinating.  Here's one quote that particularly stuck out to me as summarizing a great deal of his outlook:

"See, one of the reasons I'm not a true paranoid is because I think there is an optimism built into paranoia. See, if you're a wonderful paranoid, you believe that someone is in control, and to me that's optimistic."

I'm not a huge fan of his, but I've been trying to get more into him.  His best film that I've seen is Dead Ringers, though I haven't seen most of his filmography, so that may not count for much.  Interesting guy, though.
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Post by: MacGuffin on July 21, 2006, 02:23:53 PM
Dead Zone SE Due
The Stephen King classic gets a recharged special edition in Sept.

On September 26, 2006, Paramount Home Entertainment will release Stephen King's The Dead Zone (Special Collector's Edition) on DVD. The double dip of the widely regarded King classic will feature several bonus materials and extra features. It will be available for the MSRP of $14.99.

The Stephen King's The Dead Zone (Special Collector's Edition) DVD will feature the following bonus materials:

*Featurettes include all new interviews with Director David Cronenberg, Actress Brooke Adams, Author/Critic/Biographer Douglas E. Winter, Director of Photography Mark Irwin, and Editor Ronald Sanders
*Memories From The Dead Zone
*The Look of The Dead Zone
*Visions and Horror From The Dead Zone
*Politics of The Dead Zone
*Theatrical Trailer

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Post by: modage on January 24, 2007, 03:33:52 PM
2 hourlong audio interviews with David Cronenberg from the Museum Of The Moving Image circa Naked Lunch and Spider...

David Cronenberg - January 11, 1992

The Canadian director David Cronenberg has redefined the notion of what a horror film can be. While horror and science-fiction films traditionally have been about threats from the outside—monsters or alien forces—Cronenberg's films (including The Brood and The Fly) have been about threats that come from inside our own bodies, and our psyches. It was fitting, then, that Cronenberg should be the director to adapt William S. Burroughs's novel Naked Lunch, with its grotesque and comical mix of the organic, the chemical, and the hallucinatory. Cronenberg spoke at the Museum with a premiere screening of Naked Lunch on the opening day of a complete retrospective of his films.

Naked Lunch: http://www.movingimage.us/pinewood/mp3.php?media_id=205

David Cronenberg - February 10, 2003
The elusive nature of reality, and the way that perception is shaped by memory and imagination, is among David Cronenberg’s key subjects. Working in the supposedly lowbrow genres of horror and science fiction (Videodrome, Scanners), and in the highbrow form of literary or theatrical adaptation (Naked Lunch, M. Butterfly, Spider), Cronenberg has created a remarkably varied body of work. A decade after his complete retrospective at the Museum, Cronenberg returned to Moving Image to discuss Spider, his adaptation of Patrick McGrath’s novel about a schizophrenic whose tenuous hold on reality is threatened by fragmented memories of a family trauma.

Spider: http://www.movingimage.us/pinewood/mp3.php?media_id=239
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Post by: MacGuffin on February 18, 2007, 12:56:45 PM
Cronenberg's The Fly to transform into an opera
Source: CBC Arts

Canadian director David Cronenberg has teamed up with tenor Placido Domingo and Oscar-winning composer Howard Shore to create an opera based on Cronenberg's 1986 movie, The Fly.

The unlikely trio made an official announcement Friday in Paris saying the co-production between Theatre du Chatelet in Paris and the Los Angeles Opera would open in Paris July 1, 2008, and then move to Los Angeles in September.

"It's a magical reliving of a part of my life, this time playing a completely different role in the creation of a very different animal," Cronenberg said.

The 1986 movie, starring Jeff Goldblum as a scientist who slowly transforms into a fly, was based on a 1957 short story by George Langelaan. Cronenberg's other movies include the award-winning A History of Violence, Spider, eXistenZ and Dead Ringers.

The two-act opera was conceived by Shore, who called the plot an "intimate story" of love and death. Shore worked on the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

"I thought it was a very good opera subject for staging and I wanted to work with something I knew," said Shore at the press conference. He added that Cronenberg's movie provided a "canvas to work on to create something new."

The work will feature three main characters — a lead baritone, a tenor and a mezzo-soprano — along with a chorus and a 75-piece orchestra.

Domingo, who called it a "magical collaboration," will act as the opera's musical director.

"It has long been my dream to unite the worlds of film with those of opera," said the tenor in a statement.

Others working on the production include playwright David Henry Hwang, who previously worked with the 63-year-old director on the 1993 film M. Butterfly. Hwang will pen the opera's libretto while Denise Cronenberg, the director's sister, is the costume designer.

A report in Saturday's Globe and Mail newspaper said the Canadian Opera Company was first approached to mount the production. The COC is located in Cronenberg's hometown, Toronto.

COC general director Richard Bradshaw said the fees involved were too much for the company. He indicated, though, that the opera could still make its way to Toronto, perhaps in the summer of 2009.
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Post by: MacGuffin on October 31, 2007, 12:48:14 AM
EXCLUSIVE: Cronenberg finds the CURE
Source: Obsessed With Film

David Cronenberg has had a fascinating career. It’s strange that the guy responsible for Scanners and Videodrome is also behind A History of Violence and Eastern Promises.

Next up he’ll direct The Talking Cure, a movie based on Christopher Hampton’s play. The play, which starred Ralph Fiennes and Jodhi May during it’s London run a few years back, is described thusly on Amazon:-

“Overshadowed by portents of the coming wars, Zurich and Vienna are the setting for this tale of emotional vicissitude and intellectual debate. The Talking Cure is an intimate picture of the birth of psychoanalysis and of two intense and inextricably interwoven relationships. Carl Jung uses Sigmund Freud’s “talking cure” on Sabina, a young Russian hysteric with whom he will fall in love. Impressed with Jung’s results, Freud anoints him his successor, but when Jung develops his own theories they part ways. Sensitive and intelligent, The Talking Cure illuminates the origins of one of the twentieth century’s most influential schools of thought.”

Cronenberg has gravitated towards themes of personal identity and invested his films with subtle psychological nuance in recent years so this project would slot nicely into his ouvre.

Hampton will write the movie with Jeremy Thomas producing, shooting is to take place in Austria and Germany. Interestingly Ralph Fiennes - who starred in the play as Carl Jung - also worked with Cronenberg on Spider. Perhaps a reunion could be on the cards?
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Post by: last days of gerry the elephant on December 31, 2007, 11:35:09 AM
I'd be more excited about this next project if Eastern Promises didn't suck.
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Post by: squints on December 31, 2007, 11:53:35 AM
Oh come on! it'll have emotional vicissitude!

Seriously though, this does not sound like a Cronenberg movie even taking his last two into consideration. Unless i've mistaken my history and Carl Jung was really a cold-blooded killer then yeah, this will suck.
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Post by: MacGuffin on May 14, 2008, 12:36:46 AM
Cronenberg in Talks for Timecrimes Remake

Original Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo spoke recently to Blogdecine about his sharp lil' time travel thriller and the American remake currently in the pipeline with Timothy Sexton scripting.

During his chat, the director revealed David Cronenberg (The Fly, History of Violence) is a contender to helm the redux.

He doesn't go much further into detail, but Vigalondo expresses he would love to see either Kurt Russell or Bruce Willis in the leading role of a man caught in a time travel conundrum and goes back in time a half hour to prevent a crime. For the part of the scientist helping this dude along in his quest, Vigalondo says he is partial to Adam Brody (Jennifer's Body).

It's unknown how serious the talks are between the remake's producers and Cronenberg or how far along they are if such talks exist.
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Post by: MacGuffin on October 07, 2008, 04:47:46 PM
David Cronenberg circling 'Matarese'
Denzel Washington attached to star in political thriller
Source: Hollywood Reporter
David Cronenberg is about to join the Circle of Distrust.

The veteran writer-director -- who jumped from ICM to Endeavor last week -- is negotiating to helm "The Matarese Circle," a political thriller and potential franchise generator for MGM. Denzel Washington is attached to star in the project, which is derived from a Robert Ludlum conspiracy novel.

In the 1979 book, two rival intelligence agents, one American, one Soviet, find themselves working together to ferret out and vanquish members of a mysterious group of criminals called the Matarese that has infiltrated the highest levels of American government. Ludlum published a sequel to "Circle," "The Matarese Countdown," in 1997, but the studio did not acquire the rights to it.

Michael Brandt and Derek Haas ("Wanted," "3:10 to Yuma") have adapted the screenplay. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Nick Wechsler and Ludlum estate executor Jeffrey M. Weiner are producing.

In April, MGM and Relativity Media outbid several other suitors for the Ludlum book, reportedly spending more than $4 million for the book and writer package.

As chairman Mary Parent accelerates the Lion's active production department, she has been eager to get another potential franchise into the marketplace to help establish the new MGM's self-produced slate, which should launch throughout 2010.

After "Quantum of Solace," MGM regains sole proprietorship of the Bond juggernaut, and Guillermo del Toro's two-part "The Hobbit" is in the scripting stage.

The "Bourne" trilogy, also derived from Ludlum novels, grossed $945 million theatrically worldwide with Matt Damon playing the embattled title character. A fourth Bourne film is in development at Universal with returning director Paul Greengrass.

Several other Ludlum properties are in development at Paramount ("The Chancellor Manuscript") and Universal ("The Sigma Protocol"). And Summit is developing a remake of Ludlum's early work, "The Osterman Weekend," which Sam Peckinpah turned into a film in 1983.

"Matarese" would be Cronenberg's first foray into the big-budget action arena and working with the A-list crowd. The Canadian helmer, who also is repped by Artist Talent Management, transmogrified himself as a master of the horror genre in the 1980s to an outre indie auteur in the 1990s. He came back on to Hollywood's radar with 2005's Oscar-nominated "A History of Violence" and 2007's well-received "Eastern Promises."

The opera he adapted from his remake of "The Fly" opened in September at the Los Angeles Opera.
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Post by: MacGuffin on October 23, 2008, 07:02:29 PM
Director David Cronenberg is writing a novel

Canadian director David Cronenberg is swapping his camera for a pen.

The moviemaker, who was attending the Rome Film Festival on Thursday, said he has written 60 pages of a novel, but besides ruling out that it would be a horror or science fiction, offered few details on the project.

"Based on the pages I have written we found publishers all over the world, which is very terrifying to me," Cronenberg told reporters. "It's at a very delicate phase right now, so I can't really talk about it. It's not like Stephen King, I don't know what it's like but you wouldn't call it a horror or science fiction novel at all. But what it is exactly, well, I don't know yet."

The director, known for "Videodrome," "The Fly," and "A History of Violence," said he had wanted to write a book for 50 years.

Cronenberg also attended a public meeting where he answered questions from fans and moviegoers, one of the fixtures of the Rome festival, whose third edition runs through Oct. 31.
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Post by: MacGuffin on February 12, 2009, 12:34:58 AM
Tom Cruise circles 'Matarese'
Actor in talks to join Denzel Washington film
Source: Variety

Tom Cruise is getting ready to partner with Denzel Washington in "The Matarese Circle," the David Cronenberg-directed adaptation of the Robert Ludlum thriller for MGM.

Cruise will go mano a mano with Washington as two bitter enemy spies who, after spending two decades trying to kill each other, grudgingly team up against the Matarese, a powerful group at the root of a conspiracy.

The script by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas ("Wanted") contemporizes Ludlum’s original Cold War premise.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler will produce with Jeffrey Weiner and Ben Smith’s newly formed Captivate Entertainment. Henry Morrison is exec producer.

While Cruise is a co-owner of Lion sibling studio United Artists, "The Matarese Circle" will strictly be an MGM picture. The combination of Cruise, Washington and Cronenberg makes "Matarese Circle" the marquee film under the new regime of MGM topper Mary Parent.

In the original $3 million deal made for the Ludlum title, MGM also acquired "The Matarese Countdown," giving the studio a shot at creating a franchise, as Universal did with Ludlum’s "The Bourne Identity." Cruise had been mentioned as the potential star of several plum projects around town before the pairing with Washington solidified.

Parent is gunning to get the thriller into production later this year for a 2010 release.

Cruise, who most recently starred in the Bryan Singer-directed UA drama "Valkyrie," is expected to star next with Charlize Theron in "The Tourist," the Bharat Nalluri-directed remake of the 2005 French thriller "Anthony Zimmer." Spyglass is financing that drama.
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Post by: SiliasRuby on February 27, 2009, 02:16:22 PM
This is the Cruise Film I've been waiting for!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, mmmhmmm. I feel good.
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Post by: MacGuffin on March 31, 2009, 01:13:12 AM
EXCLUSIVE: David Cronenberg Making Plans For ‘Eastern Promises’ Sequel
Source: MTV

The big twist at the end of 2007’s “Eastern Promises”—that Viggo Mortensen’s character, a Russian gangster named Nikolai, is really working for a British intelligence service—raised as many questions as it answered. Now director David Cronenberg is looking to explore those open possibilities as he dives back into the world of the Russian mafia with an “Eastern Promises” sequel.

“We are moving forward with it,” Cronenberg told MTV News in an exclusive chat. “We all are excited about the idea of doing a sequel.”

The “we” includes Mortensen, who was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role as Nikolai; the film’s screenwriter, Steven Knight; original producer Paul Webster; and original studio, Focus Features.

“We are going to have a meeting very soon between me, Steve Knight and Paul Webster to discuss what the script would be,” Cronenberg said. “I have some very strong ideas about what I would like to see, but I would like to hear what they have to say as well. And then after that, if all goes well, Steve goes away and writes a great script. If we all like it, we make it.”

As beloved, and diverse, as Cronenberg’s filmography is—everything from the head-exploding horror of “Scanners” to the creepy sci-fi mind-bender “The Fly” to his other Viggo-staring critical success “The History of Violence”—the director has never before had any interest in revisiting his work. “It’s the first time I’ve ever been in a situation where I actually want to do a sequel to something,” he admitted. “I’ve never had the desire to do that before. But in this case, I thought we had unfinished business with those characters. I didn’t feel that we had finished with Nikolai and we had done a lot of research that was more than we could stuff into that one movie.”

While Nikolai’s character will surely be the focus of the new movie, it’s too early to tell if other central characters, like Naomi Watts’ British midwife Anna or Vincent Cassel’s unstable gangster Kirill, will factor into the plot. And, of course, there’s the question of whether those actors would sign on to the project.

At this juncture, Cronenberg is simply intrigued by the opportunity to reunite with Mortensen for a third film. “Viggo is a very special guy,” said Cronenberg. “I consider him a personal friend and we communicate all the time. That doesn’t always happen with actors. He’s very serious about his acting. But he’s really a funny guy. We laugh a lot. We giggle a lot.”
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Post by: MacGuffin on April 03, 2009, 12:38:11 AM
David Cronenberg Looks To Lock In His Denzel/Cruise Spy Thriller ‘The Matarese Circle’
Source: MTV

You can already see the trailer: From the author who brought you Jason Bourne! And the visionary director who blew your mind with “Scanners” and broke your heart with “A History of Violence”! Tom Cruise…and Denzel Washington in…“The Matarese Circle”!!

It pretty much screams Hollywood blockbuster, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. For all the ink spilled in the trades and on the Internet over the adaptation of the Robert Ludlum novel, MGM has not yet green-lit the ‘Matarese’ project. In an exclusive interview with the man pegged to both write and direct, David Cronenberg revealed to MTV News that the movie, while still on track, is not yet a done deal—because there are neither contracts with the stars nor a final script in place.

“Nobody has signed on,” Cronenberg said. “The Hollywood is term is ‘attached.’ Nobody actually knows what that means. It’s a very abstract, almost religious concept.”

The bottom line, and why he’s certain the film will move foward, Cronenberg explained, is that “Denzel is very interested in the idea of doing a movie with Tom Cruise and with me. It will depend on him loving the script and then signing on. At the moment we don’t have a script that we’re ready to show.”

The book, written in 1979, tells the story of two intelligence agents—one American, one Soviet—who must work together to expose an enigmatic criminal underground that has infiltrated the American government. Denzel would play the US agent and Cruise would play the Russian one.

The team behind “Wanted,” Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, wrote an earlier version of the script and now Cronenberg is busy with his own writing duties. “I wrote an original script that was not based on any other script and that was only somewhat based on the book,” Cronenberg said. “Because the book is thirty years old and it presupposes the Soviet Union and it doesn’t have the technology we have now, it really required a major rethink. I wrote an original script based on some of the concepts in the book and I’m in the process of doing rewrites now.”

Without a finished script or deals in place with the stars, of course, MGM has not yet given the official go-ahead. “It’s not green-lit because we all have to say, ‘We love this script and here’s a budget we feel is correct,’” said Cronenberg. “Then it would be green-lit. You’d have to make the stars pay-or-play at that point to go forward because it would be a very expensive movie.”

As many pieces that still have to fall into place, Cronenberg remains confident that “Matarese” will happen. “MGM is very, very gung-ho about it. They really want it to happen and so do I. It would be very exciting.”
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Post by: MacGuffin on July 25, 2009, 11:46:27 AM
David Cronenberg takes on 'Cosmopolis'
Alfama Films and Toronto Antenna to co-produce
Source: Hollywood Reporter
PARIS -- Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg will bring Don DeLillo's novel "Cosmopolis" to the big screen, the film's producer said Friday.

Paulo Branco's Paris-based production house Alfama Films will co-produce with Cronenberg's Toronto Antenna Ltd.

"Cosmopolis," which has yet to be cast, will tell DeLillo's story of a 28 year-old billionaire who crosses Manhattan for a haircut.

The film is set to start shooting in 2010 in New York and Toronto. "Cosmopolis" is DeLillo's 13th novel published in 2003 by Scribner.
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Post by: MacGuffin on September 24, 2009, 01:15:17 AM
David Cronenberg doing a reboot of 'The Fly'
By Steven Zeitchik; Hollywood Reporter

David Cronenberg is returning to "The Fly."

The auteur will develop a reboot of the 1986 classic with Fox, the studio that released that film, directing and potentially writing the new pic.

The move marks an about-face for the Canadian director, who in the past has said he did not want to be involved on a remake of the film. Cronenberg did work on an opera version of "The Fly" that was staged first in Paris and then in Los Angeles.

The 1986 title, itself a remake of Kurt Neumann's 1958 sci-fi classic, starred Jeff Goldblum and became a huge hit for Fox, earning $40 million and turning into a phenomenon. It centered on Seth Brundle (Goldblum), an eccentric scientist who, after an experiment with teleportation goes awry, is transformed into a fly. Geena Davis starred as Goldblum's love interest and partner, Veronica.

A sequel three years later with which Cronenberg was not involved -- it was directed by Chris Walas, who did effects work on the 1986 version -- did not fare as well, and was panned by critics and largely ignored by filmgoers.

The project would represent a chance for Cronenberg to return to a film that helped establish his career, but to do so in the effects age, using techniques that weren't possible nearly a quarter-century ago.

A return to "The Fly" would also mark the latest in a mini-trend of directors remaking their own work. Michael Haneke last year remade his thriller "Funny Games" while Werner Herzog reimagined his doc "Little Dieter Learns to Fly" with the 2006 feature "Breaking Dawn."

Cronenberg recently moved agencies, going from ICM to WME. He's attached to direct "The Matarese Circle," an adaptation of the Robert Ludlum best-seller, at Universal.
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Post by: MacGuffin on December 23, 2009, 11:03:38 AM
David Cronenberg Revives 'The Talking Cure' With Keira Knightley
by Elisabeth Rappe; Cinematical

Nearly three long years ago, David Cronenberg had optioned Christopher Hampton's play The Talking Cure, and was preparing it as his next project. Late last year, he became attached to The Matarese Circle, the spy thriller that boasted Denzel Washington and Tom Cruise. While Cronenberg fans wondered if their favorite body horrormeister had gone soft on popcorn thrillers, Cruise dropped out, the project apparently died, and Cronenberg was left to reboot The Fly. But if The Playlist and Hopscotch Films' Facebook page are accurate, Cronenberg may be doubling back to the psychiatrist's couch for The Talking Cure.

Reportedly, Keira Knightley, Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender are attached to star in Cure. The play centers on a young Carl Jung, who uses Sigmund Freud's "talking cure" on a young and troubled Russian woman. In the process of psychoanalyzing her, he falls in love with her. Freud comes along, marvels at his success, and anoints him his psychiatric successor. When Jung starts to develop his own ideas about therapy, Freud isn't too happy, and their professional relationship sours.

Obviously, Knightley will be playing the troubled girl, Fassbender will undoubtedly be Jung, and Waltz will be Freud. Beyond that there's no start date for the project. Will it fall apart as easily as The Matarese Circle did? I hope not. For those who have been dismayed over Cronenberg going "mainstream," this could be a project that puts him back on the disquieting mental map.
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Post by: MacGuffin on May 11, 2010, 09:29:34 PM
Farrell, Cotillard to star in Cronenberg pic
Duo attached to director's adaptation of DeLillo novel
Source: Variety

Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard are attached to topline David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," an adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel.

Gregoire Melin's Paris-based Kinology has picked up international sales rights and is presenting the project to buyers for the first time at the Cannes market.

The $20.5 million film is penned by Cronenberg and produced by Portuguese producer Paulo Branco's Alfama Films and Cronenberg's Toronto-based Antenna, in association with Kinology.

The thriller follows a multimillionaire on a 24-hour odyssey across Manhattan. Farrell will play the asset manager who loses all his wealth over the course of one day. Cotillard will play his wife.

Lensing will take place from March to May in Toronto and New York.

"Cosmopolis" will be Cronenberg's follow-up to "A Dangerous Method," which starts shooting this month in Germany with Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen.

DeLillo's acclaimed works include "White Noise" and "Underworld."

Branco last produced "Ashes and Blood," directed by Gallic thesp Fanny Ardant.

At Cannes, Kinology is also launching sales on Finnish fantasy "Rare Exports,"directed by first-timer Jalmari Helander. Melin's sales slate includes Kirsten Dunst-starrer "Upside Down," a $50-million sci-fi romance that is currently shooting in Montreal.
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Post by: wilder on February 17, 2011, 06:11:15 PM
Juliette Binoche Joins David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’
via The Playlist

With a May production start looming, it appears that there is some movement on David Cronenberg‘s gestating “Cosmopolis” which currently has Robert Pattinson and Paul Giamatti set to star.

ScreenDaily reports that beloved French actress Juliette Binoche (last year’s Cannes Best Actress winner for “Certified Copy”) has joined the cast and there’s little by way of additional information or who she’ll play. Additionally, according to C7enma, who spoke with a source at production company Alfama Films, French thespian Mathieu Amalric has also signed on to the film in an unspecified role (and as far as we know, their report landed before ScreenDaily’s did and also included the casting of Bincoche). Either way, both would be a welcome addition to the cast.

The film is based on Don DeLillo‘s book of the same name, and follows 24 hours in the life of newly married billionaire Eric Packer (Pattinson) as he cheats on his wife, is pursued by a stalker (Giamatti), gets attacked by a protester and gradually loses his entire fortune over the course of a single day. None of this casting is 100% confirmed just yet, and inquiries sent to the actors’ reps weren’t answered as of press time.

Other little nuggets to note: longtime collaborators, composer Howard Shore and director of photography Peter Suschitzy, are said to be returning to work with Cronenberg on “Cosmopolis” according to C7enma. Production is slated to begin in Toronto on May 24th and last for nine weeks, and more names will apparently be surfacing soon.
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Post by: wilder on May 26, 2011, 06:14:13 PM
First image from Cosmopolis

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Post by: Mr. Merrill Lehrl on May 26, 2011, 06:30:24 PM
Please include all credits when possible! "ROBERT PATTINSON as Eric and SARAH GADON as Elise in COSMOPOLIS Photo credit: CAITLIN CRONENBERG"

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Post by: wilder on August 05, 2011, 04:19:21 PM
Media Rights Capital Acquires Black Hole Thriller For David Cronenberg
via Deadline

Media Rights Capital has made a pre-emptive acquisition of the Jonathan Lethem novel As She Climbed Across the Table, in a package that has David Cronenberg directing, Bruce Wagner writing and Film Rites' Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch producing. Lethem is the author of Motherless Brooklyn.

The novel is a love triangle among an academic, his particle-physicist girlfriend, and the black hole that comes as the result of her lab experiments to replicate the origins of the universe. The physicist dumps her boyfriend to spend all her time with the black hole -- which she calls Lack -- and the university professor will do anything to win her back, even confronting his rival for her affections and risking a trip down a cosmic rabbit hole. The premise has comedic and thriller elements, and Film Rites brought it first to Cronenberg, who has covered dangerous and creepy obsessions in films ranging from The Fly to Crash and Dead Ringers. The film reteams Cronenberg with Wagner. Cronenberg was exec producer on Wagner's adaptation of his own novel, I'm Losing You.

Media Rights Capital would not disclose whether it will mount the movie in its financing and output deal with Universal, or broker a deal to a studio before production begins. MRC is currently in production on the Neill Blomkamp-directed Elysium, the futuristic thriller that stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga and Sharlto Copley. Cronenberg is about to unveil his latest film, A Dangerous Method, on the festival circuit with Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender starring. He just wrapped the Robert Pattinson-starrer Cosmopolis, based on the Don DeLillo novel. Cronenberg is repped by WME and Sentient Entertainment, Wagner by ICM.
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Post by: wilder on December 14, 2011, 11:27:52 AM
Brief but inspiring interview from AFI's Harold Lloyd Master Seminar (http://youtu.be/U2PcdO7Da8k)
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Post by: MacGuffin on March 13, 2012, 12:54:58 AM
David Cronenberg Teaming With MRC to Adapt 'Knifeman' for TV (Exclusive)
The "History of Violence" Director will direct the pilot and serve as an EP on the Media Rights Capital drama project, which will be shopped to buyers.
Source: THR

Director David Cronenberg is heading to the small screen.

The History of Violence helmer is teaming with Media Rights Capital for his first foray into television. He will direct the pilot as well as serve as an executive producer on Knifeman, based on biography by Wendy Moore.

The drama, which has yet to be shopped to buyers, focuses on the trials and triumphs of a radical, self-educated surgeon, delivering a visceral portrait of the extraordinary and unorthodox lengths he will go to uncover the secrets of the human body. Cronenberg will be a partner on the project, much as David Fincher is on MRC’s House of Cards, set to debut on Netflix this year.

Knifeman is being written by Emmy-nominated writer-producer Rolin Jones (Friday Night Lights, Weeds, Smash) with the story by Jones and Ron Fitzgerald (Friday Night Lights). The MRC project will count Cronenberg and Jones, along with the Stars Road team of Sam Raimi, Josh Donen and Robert Zotnowski as executive producers. Sentient’s Renee Tab is attached as a co-executive producer as well. The team's next step is casting a lead.

Cronenberg, who recently wrapped filing on Cosmopolis, based on the Don De Lillo novel and starring Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche, is repped by WME, Sentient Entertainment and Behr & Abramson. His credits include such projects as Eastern Promises, M. Butterfly and A Dangerous Method.
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Post by: wilder on March 16, 2012, 05:43:19 AM
90-minute audio recording (http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/2197-lunch-with-david-cronenberg) of a conversation about his career with Museum of the Moving Image chief curator David Schwartz from 1992
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Post by: wilder on May 03, 2012, 11:52:39 AM
Cosmopolis Clip


Never-Before-Seen Concept Art from David Cronenberg’s Total Recall!
by Ron Miller
via io9

My wife and I both worked for nearly a year on the David Cronenberg version of Total Recall. At Dino DiLaurentiis' studio outside Rome, we worked under the direction of the brilliant production designer, Pierluigi Basile. I produced scores of drawings and paintings while Judith created models of sets and spacecraft, mostly of paper and balsa wood.

Cronenberg's Total Recall would certainly have been a very different movie than the one ultimately produced. So different, in fact, was the story that Cronenberg evolved that it was proposed at one time that his version be filmed as a sequel! What did eventually make the screen was much closer to what screenwriter Ron Shusett had originally imagined... less like the Philip K. Dick story, "I Can Remember It For You Wholesale", that the screenplay was based on — and which was what Cronenberg wanted to do — and more like an over-the-top adventure.

What eventually became Pyramid Mountain in the Verhoeven version was originally a prehistoric Martian sphinx excavated from the Martian desert, and a good deal more screen time was have been allotted to Kuato, including an elaborate dream sequence where he morphed first into the sphinx and then into a kind of phosphorescent vagina. Cronenberg had some very Cronenberg touches, such as agents with guns hidden within their bodies, but absolutely my favorite idea of all those we came up with was to have camels imported from earth to haul freight across the Martian deserts. This would, of course, have been after significant terraforming had already been done...but not so much that the camels didn't have to wear respirators!

I've put together a small collection of this preproduction art, along with a few of Judith's models, to illustrate a little of what Total Recall might have been...


More here (http://io9.com/5907260/never+before+seen-concept-art-from-david-cronenbergs-total-recall/gallery/1)
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Post by: wilder on May 29, 2012, 05:00:37 PM
David Cronenberg Talks The Bizarre Love In 'Cosmopolis' Between Paul Giamatti & Robert Pattinson; Discusses The Film's Timely Social Relevance & More
via The Playlist

Potential spoliers

An adaptation of Don DeLillo’s titular and typically provocative novel, "Cosmopolis," is the first feature-length effort filmmaker David Cronenberg wrote himself since 1999's "eXistenZ." Cronenberg penned the screenplay in six days, and literally transcribed DeLillo's dialogue word for word in many scenes. Featuring an unlikely star in the lead, "Twilight" hearthrob Robert Pattinson, and set in the not-too-distant-future of New York, "Cosmopolis" centers on a 28-year-old billionaire and uncontested Wall Street king, Eric Packer. A financial golden boy living the dream, yet bored with his effortless existence, Parker's day takes a turn for the worse when a dark shadow is cast over the firmament of the Wall Street galaxy. As his empire potentially crumbles, an eruption of wild activity unfolds in the city's streets and Packer's paranoia intensifies during the course of his 24-hour odyssey and leads him to cross paths with cast of characters that threaten to destroy his world.

Also featuring Paul Giamatti, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon, Jay Baruchel and Kevin Durand, much of "Cosmopolis" takes place within the single setting of the stretch limousine that Pattinson's Parker rides in, making for a claustrophobic experience where Cronenberg explores society's anxieties, phobias, and the idea of letting repressed impulses and paranoia run wild. "There's a lot of dialogue that's very difficult and it's kind of extreme in its stucture, so it's not an easy sell," Cronenberg said of the making of the picture. Due in U.S. theaters later this summer, Playlist contributor Aaron Hillis had a quick chat with the director in Cannes this past weekend discussing the film's eerie financial prophecies, its perfectly-timed coincidence with the Occupy Wall Street themes and the concept of monetary abstractions.

You've said that the novel proved prophetic, but economies do wax and wane so there must be some room for coincidence. What is it about this 2003 book that resonates with you as both a cinematic and contemporary text?

"Cosmopolis" was never meant to be analysis of world economics situation, you know? That is almost gravy. The fact that the world suddenly seems to be caught up with Don DeLillo's book and it's as though we were making a documentary instead of a fiction film. Things were happening: Occupy Wall Street, the pie in the face of Rupert Murdoch. We had shot scenes with Rob [Pattinson] that were so similar to that it was quite bizarre. But no, it didn't need that contemporary reality to make it interesting to me because it was the characters, it was the philosophy, it was the structure of the novel itself that was really interesting to me. And I thought it would be...you know, as an artist you're always looking for universal realitys, truths, not absolute truths, but something that has some universal meaning and yet, you have to deal with particular characters, particular moments in time and so on. And so you need the particular to be universal and I thought that was very strong in Don's novel and as I said, the world could have been peachy keen economically and I still think the book would have been resonant.

The novel has a device referring back to the stream-of-consciousness confessions of Benno Levin, played by Paul Giamatti as one of the many people out to get Eric Parker. As one of the most complicated characters in the story, what does Benno Levin represent to you?

Well, I don't think in terms of symbols and schematics. I think of Benno as a real person. I have to approach my characters as real people and with my actors we, as I've often said, you cannot say to an actor, "You will portray this abstract concept." I can't say to Rob Pattinson, "You are the symbol of capitalism." Because an actor doesn't know that. How do you act that? What do you do with that information? It doesn't help you. You have to say, "You're a character who has this past, who has this barbershop he goes to, who has this desire, who has this job." That's how an actor works and that's actually how I work. So I can't say, "Benno represents this or that." I can say Benno is a character who has a bizarre love for the Rob Pattinson character. He's in love with him. But he's also repelled by him and is also intimidated by him, to the extent that he actually must connect with him. Just the way some crazed fan has to connect with some celebrity -- that bizarre distant emotional connection. And that's the way I deal with it, so in essence, I can't answer your question the way you asked it.

You've said the film is not a treatise, and you don't like to talk in abstractions, but the great tragic comedy of the movie is that the rich and the poor are equally clueless and helpless...

Well, you know, we just talked about a Rothko that sold for $71 million dollars. Talk about abstract expressionism. The money becomes an abstraction at that point and the question that the Juliette Binoche character asks, "What is money? I don't know what money is anymore." I think a lot of people are saying that. When you hear of these absurd sums for these strange objects. What does it mean? Money has become disconnected from any kind of reality. It's almost become philosophy. Money has always been technology, but now it's becoming philosophy as well, it's quite strange.

Do you hope this film you made provokes a pragmatic conversation that can be had from some of the ideas and themes presented in it?

Oh, I think so. We're having one right now. That's what you want a movie to be, you want it to be juicy. You want it to be provocative in the sense of provoking questions, concepts and ideas. So at that point, yes I think analysis and being schematic is interesting. It's after the fact. I just have to say that's not the way we create the movie, but after the fact, yes, art does that. It should stimulate conversation, just the same way a Rothko or a Pollock painting will provoke those kinds of conversations, even though they don't spring like that intuitively from the artist. The fact that the movie turns out to be bizarrely timing is coincidental, but useful in a pragmatic way.

Here at Cannes, your son Brandon presented "Antiviral," a very accomplished directorial debut, which journalists regularly put in the context of your early mutant creations. In this sense, is it a blessing or a curse having you as a father?

I'm such a nice and good father, it must be a blessing [laughs]. But believe me, we are very close, Brandon and I, we have a wonderful relationship and always have. So that's unquestionable, we know that. Obviously, for a while, it kept him away from film. People were so sure that he would want to become a director, he denied that to himself. He was always interested in art, he was always a good writer and quite a good painter as well. That stalled him I suppose. The fact that I was a well-known director did stall him, but then once he realized that he should do what he wants and not worry about other people because what they actually think is irrelevant, then he had the background that other people don't have that opened up -- something that a lot of kids in Hollywood have, but not too many kids in Toronto have -- which is to say, a childhood of being on a film set, seeing how films work in a practical way, and in fact, working on a film. He worked on "Existenz" in the special effects department. So suddenly having that at his finger tips and he wasn't a novice in the way that someone fresh out of film school might be.

What have you enjoyed seeing at Cannes this year?

Unfortunately, I didn't get to see much, but it's wonderful for me to see a film by Bernardo Bertolluci, which I actually thought was a terrific film that should have been in competition, but it wasn't. Maybe it was his choice, I don't know. I really loved it and it's been ten years since he's made a film, he's in a wheel chair, he's had physical problems and so on. It's wonderful to see that he's still the great filmmaker that he always was. And also it's wonderful to see a film by Alain Renais because I was watching his films in 1959 and that he's still going at the age of 90 is very encouraging to say the least, that he's still doing it and still being very extreme and controversial in his filmmaking, that's wonderful too. But I don't get as much chance at a festival to see films, ironically, because I'm promoting my own and that's really been the case here.
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Post by: wilder on June 08, 2012, 03:59:33 PM
Mortensen and Cassel Eye Sequel to Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises
via Vulture

Vulture hears exclusively that Vincent Cassel is now negotiating to join Viggo Mortensen in a sequel to David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises. We hear the sequel, to be directed by Cronenberg and written by Steven Knight (who also wrote the original), picks up where the 2007 film left off — with the incompetent underboss Kirill (Cassel) thinking that he and his henchman driver Nikolai (Mortensen) really have inherited the throne from his crime-lord father, without knowing that Nikolai is actually a clandestine agent working undercover in Russia’s federal security service.

We’re told Mortensen will first star in Hossein Amini’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Two Faces of January this fall but will then pivot to the Eastern Promises sequel at the start of next year. News of a possible Promises sequel first surfaced in March of 2010.
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Post by: wilder on June 20, 2012, 04:07:03 PM
Tim Roth To Star In MRC’s ‘Knifeman’ Series From David Cronenberg And Rolin Jones
via Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Tim Roth has signed on to star in Media Rights Capital’s TV series project Knifeman. David Cronenberg is set to direct the pilot and executive produce the series, which centers on John Tattersall (Roth), a radical, self-educated surgeon who will go to unorthodox lengths to uncover the secrets of the human body. The straight-to-series project, which is expected to be taken out to networks shortly, was written by Emmy-nominated writer-producer Rolin Jones (Boardwalk Empire, Friday Night Lights, Weeds) from a story by Jones and Ron Fitzgerald (Friday Night Lights, Weeds). Jones and Fitzgerald serve as Executive Producers with Cronenberg. Sam Raimi, Josh Donen and Robert Zotnowski of Stars Road are also Executive Producers, with Sentient’s Renee Tab serving as Co-Executive Producer.

This marks British actor Roth’s second U.S.series gig following his starring turn on the Fox drama Lie To Me. For the past year, he was under a deal at 20th Century Fox, which produced Lie To Me. Out of that pact, which just expired, came out a drama project, which Roth and former Lie To Me co-showrunner Alexander Cary recently sold to FX. The untitled project, now in development, was created by the two as a potential starring vehicle for Roth, with 20th TV’s cable division Fox21 producing. The project is still moving forward, with Roth, repped by CAA and attorney Geoff Oblath, and Cary currently writing the script. Given Roth’s commitment to Knifeman, if the FX project goes to pilot, it will be determined who will star, with Roth and Cary remaining executive producers.
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Post by: wilder on August 14, 2012, 08:55:41 PM
Exclusive: Focus Features Pull The Plug On David Cronenberg's 'Eastern Promises 2'
via The Playlist

or a director as fearsomely original as David Cronenberg, he's hasn't necessarily shied away from sequels, they just haven't come to fruition. He penned a remake/reboot of "The Fly" for 20th Century Fox, although the studio scrapped it, and more recently, it looked like he was actually going to make the long-talked about "Eastern Promises 2," a sequel to his 2006 gangster picture, with original writer Steven Knight again penning a script, and Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel both set to return.

But the emphasis should be put on the past tense here, because we just spoke to Cronenberg (and his star Robert Pattinson) in New York as they did the press rounds for "Cosmopolis," and despite news of the follow-up looking promising, it seems that the sequel is no longer going to happen. When we asked Cronenberg what he had coming up next, the filmmaker said bluntly, "It was supposed to be 'Eastern Promises 2.' But that's dead."

And it looks like it's not come from the director or casts' end, but instead a studio reluctant to give the greenlight. "We were supposed to start shooting 'Eastern Promises 2' in October," Croneberg said, still sounding frustrated and in disbelief. "[But] It's done... If you don't like it talk to James Schamus at Focus. It was his decision."

The original wasn't exactly a blockbuster, taking $17 million domestically and a little over $50 million internationally, but presumably Focus at one point thought that the numbers would have worked, so the about face is a little curious, especially as it sounds like the decision was pretty last minute considering the fall shoot. As such, the director doesn't yet have anything lined up, and is instead focusing on finishing a novel that he's writing that is, according to him, "two years late." Stay tuned for more from our interview with Cronenberg and Pattinson in the next few days, and you'll be able to see their collaboration in theaters this Friday, August 17th.
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Post by: ©brad on August 15, 2012, 04:42:09 PM
Cronenberg doesn't have kind words (http://www.vulture.com/2012/08/david-cronenberg-doesnt-love-dark-knight-rises.html) for Dark Knight Rises.

"It's still Batman running around in a stupid cape," Cronenberg tells Next Movie. "I just don't think it's elevated. Christopher Nolan's best movie is Memento, and that is an interesting movie. I don't think his Batman movies are half as interesting though they're 20 million times the expense ... A superhero movie, by definition, you know, it's comic book. It's for kids. It's adolescent in its core. That has always been its appeal, and I think people who are saying Dark Knight Rises is 'supreme cinema art,' I don't think they know what the fuck they're talking about."
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Post by: wilder on October 23, 2012, 06:35:03 PM
David Cronenberg on Andy Warhol

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Post by: wilder on November 15, 2012, 08:30:27 AM
David Cronenberg To Narrate Organ Trade Documentary
via Deadline

Cosmopolis director David Cronenberg has signed on to voice Tales From The Organ Trade. The documentary is produced by Toronto’s Associated Producers in association with HBO, Global TV and Canal D. Tales From The Organ Trade is scheduled to be broadcast on HBO next year. Directed by Ric Esther Bienstock, the investigative documentary tracks the global market in the illegal sales of human body parts.
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Post by: wilder on January 29, 2013, 01:02:20 PM
Isabelle Huppert, Denis Lavant & David Cronenberg To Star In Luca Guadagnino's Adaptation Of Don DeLillo's 'The Body Artist'
via The Playlist

Two of the most-talked about films of last year were united by one thing; both David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" and Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" were set over a single day, and starred a protagonist being driven around a city in a limousine. But what if key participants in both were united in one single project? Surely limo-loving, arthouse-inclined movie fans would be dancing in the street if that were to be the case?

Well, get your dancing shoes on, because we're about to see a collaboration that's basically the Cannes Film Festival version of the Traveling Wilburys. According to Variety, "Cosmopolis" author Don DeLillo's novel "The Body Artist" is heading to the big screen (slightly retitled "Body Art"), with "I Am Love" helmer Luca Guadagnino writing and directing, and "Cosmopolis" producer Paolo Branco shepherding it. And a diverse and fascinating cast has been assembled, with the legendary Isabelle Huppert in the lead role, alongside "Holy Motors" lead Denis Lavant and, yes, "Cosmopolis" director David Cronenberg in a rare acting appearance.

DeLillo's 2001 novel follows performance artist Lauren Hartke (Huppert) grieving after the suicide of her film director husband (Cronenberg, perhaps?), who becomes increasingly alienated until she discovers a mysterious man (Lavant?) in her house. Guadagnino firmly arrived on the international scene with "I Am Love" a few years back, but has yet to follow it up, though he's had a number of projects on his slate, including "A Bigger Splash," a remake of the 1969 film "La Piscine," and an adaptation of James Ellroy's "The Big Nowhere." It looks like this will be first, though; the film is being shopped at the Berlin Film Festival, and is hoping to shoot in the summer.
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Post by: wilder on February 04, 2013, 05:40:52 PM
David Cronenberg talks about the logistics of shooting at night...

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Post by: wilder on March 18, 2013, 08:32:30 PM
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Post by: wilder on April 18, 2013, 12:08:53 PM
Julianne Moore, John Cusack & Sarah Gadon Join Robert Pattinson In David Cronenberg's 'Map To The Stars'
via The Playlist

Last month, Rachel Weisz dropped out of David Cronenberg's brewing "Maps To The Stars," the project that would reteam him with his "Cosmopolis" lead Robert Pattinson. The plan was to shoot the movie next month, but with Cronenberg recently taking a role in "I Am Love" helmer Luca Guadagnino's adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel "The Body Artist," lensing this summer, we wondered about the status of 'Maps.' Turns out, we have nothing to worry about.

Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Sarah Gadon are all now joining the picture, which seems to be moving full steam ahead. Plot details on the movie, penned by Bruce Wagner, have been scarce, except that it will be a trenchant look at Hollywood and celebrity culture. But Deadline adds that it's also a "ghost story," which certainly raises an intrigued eyebrow. The cast is top shelf (though it seems Viggo Mortensen is no longer taking a role, or at least isn't mentioned), with Moore and Cusack working with Cronenberg for the first time. Meanwhile, it will be Gadon's third round with the Cronenberg brood, featuring in "Cosmopolis" and "A Dangerous Method" and Cronenberg Jr.'s "Antiviral."

The movie will be available to buyers next at Cannes and will start shooting in July. eOne will distribute the film in the U.S., Canada, UK and Australia/New Zealand.
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Post by: DBeyond on April 18, 2013, 07:59:52 PM
I've read the script of Pain Killers and wondered why Cronenberg backed off. I liked Cosmopolis, but I would love seeing him back to form with "Pain Killers" or something alike. Btw I like the new Cronenberg, the only problem with it is it's always safe bets... come on man, you used to have balls.
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Post by: wilder on April 18, 2013, 10:16:23 PM
Making the Mugwump @ Criterion (http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/2728-making-the-mugwump)
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Post by: wilder on September 05, 2013, 08:51:10 PM
Ever Wanted to Live Inside a David Cronenberg Film? Now You Can With His New Project at TIFF
via IndieWire

David Cronenberg's films are dark, twisted, and absolutely riveting, but would you want to live inside one? With an ambitious new project, TIFF and the Canadian Film Centre's Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) have co-produced Body/Mind/Change, an elaborate multi-media production with creative direction by Lance Weiler and starring David Cronenberg.

In Body/Mind/Change, Cronenberg partners with BMC Labs, a fictional biotech firm, to develop biotech enhancement implants inspired by the intellectual property found in his films, such as "Scanners," "Videodrome" and "eXistenZ." Cronenberg is the first participant in the project. Participants can sign up now at www.bodymindchange.ca where they can register to be one of the first to receive the next generation bio-tech recommendation engine, called Personal-On-Demand (POD).

"Working with TIFF on Body/Mind/Change offered an unparalleled opportunity for CFC Media Lab to work with the amazing David Cronenberg; Lance Weiler, an incomparable storyteller reinventing entertainment; and a passionate group of digital designers and companies,” said CFC’s Chief Digital Officer Ana Serrano, who is also the producer for Body/Mind/Change. “It has been an exciting creative journey resulting in North America’s first interactive storytelling experience that generates a physical object for the user that has narrative meaning."

We first wrote about the project back in June, but more details were revealed this morning at the Toronto International Film Festival. CFC Media Lab is working with Lance Weiler who is serving as the creative director and experience designer of Body/Mind/Change. Weiler has a long history with CFC Media Lab, having presented his seminal work, "The Last Broadcast," at CFC Media Lab's Interactive Arena Series in 1988.   

"The Cronenberg Project is TIFF's first fully-curated exhibition and we’re proud to offer visitors a truly unique experience, both within our building and beyond with Body/Mind/Change,” added Noah Cowan, Artistic Director, TIFF Bell Lightbox. "In addition to Lance Weiler’s artistic direction and the CFC team, David Cronenberg’s involvement in this project has made it one of the coolest multimedia projects in the world."

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Post by: wilder on January 21, 2014, 11:00:53 PM
Cronenberg Takes TIFF
via The Medium (http://mediumutm.ca/arts/cronenberg-takes-tiff)

Cinema lovers: you owe it to yourselves to become acquainted with the oeuvre of David Cronenberg. There’s no better time, either, because TIFF is currently showcasing the work of the groundbreaking Canadian director. TIFF’s first original exhibition, “David Cronenberg: Evolution”, was on display at the TIFF Bell Lightbox until January 19. Now, you can go into the world of Cronenberg in depth from the comfort of your home with “David Cronenberg: Virtual Exhibition”.

David Cronenberg is one of Canada’s most important filmmakers. The majority of his major movies have been filmed in Canada and one film, The Brood, even has scenes shot in Mississauga. Cronenberg is a local—he graduated from the University of Toronto in the ’60s. He originally pursued a bachelor’s of science until he became disenchanted and switched to English. He developed an interest in film during his undergraduate years. Cronenberg’s dual fascination with science and literature has played prominent roles in his career. Many of his films deal with biological changes and the resulting psychological changes.

Cronenberg released his first short film in 1969. Since then, he’s never taken an extended break, managing to release at least one important film every few years. The highlights of Cronenberg’s filmography include Videodrome, The Fly, Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, Crash (not the Crash you’re thinking of), and A History of Violence. Even Cronenberg’s lesser-known work stands up incredibly well due to a unique vision and uncompromising storytelling.

    TIFF’s David Cronenberg exhibition is an opportunity to get behind the scenes of an incredible number of films. Every film he directed is profiled. The exhibition includes original scripts with revealing handwritten changes and blueprints for designing his complex original worlds. Cronenberg’s classic adaptation of William Burroughs’ “unfilmable” novel, Naked Lunch, gets a deluxe treatment, allowing visitors to enter the Interzone. The making of Naked Lunch is explored in depth, and visitors can take a picture with a Mugwump.

Everything from the physical exhibition at TIFF will be displayed online, but the virtual exhibition will offer even more insight into Cronenberg’s work. The virtual exhibition includes interviews with Cronenberg and his collaborators, many of whom are top-notch Hollywood talent. You can explore an interactive map and timeline, from which you can gain a greater understanding of how Toronto shaped his career. Scholarly essays will also be featured for serious study of Cronenberg’s creations. The Cronenberg exhibition demonstrates how a filmmaker can progress through a career where each standalone film adds to a greater trend.

David Cronenberg is the rare filmmaker who hasn’t compromised his vision or creativity throughout his six-decade career. He has reached the highest echelons of the film world (Oscars be damned). The great thing is that he was once a young U of T student like you. Now, he is a major cultural figure in Toronto. Find his films however you can. After you’ve watched a few and managed to adjust to his world, you’ll understand why you need to visit the Cronenberg virtual exhibition.
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Post by: wilder on February 23, 2014, 05:42:40 PM
David Cronenberg in conversation with TIFF director Piers Handling

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Post by: wilder on February 23, 2014, 06:00:49 PM
Paris Review - The Beetle and the Fly (http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2014/01/17/the-beetle-and-the-fly/#.UtsWPs9kpas.twitter), Cronenberg's introductory essay to a new translation of Kafka's The Metamorphosis
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Post by: wilder on April 07, 2014, 10:24:24 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/1K5FX8l.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Consumed-A-Novel-David-Cronenberg/dp/1416596135/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1396927210&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=david+cronenberg+spellbound)

David Cronenberg's novel 'Consumed' now has a release date of September 2, 2014, and is up for pre-order (http://www.amazon.com/Consumed-A-Novel-David-Cronenberg/dp/1416596135/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1396927210&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=david+cronenberg+spellbound) on Amazon.

The exhilarating debut novel by iconic filmmaker David Cronenberg: the story of two journalists whose entanglement in a French philosopher’s death becomes a surreal journey into global conspiracy.

Stylish and camera-obsessed, Naomi and Nathan thrive on the yellow journalism of the social-media age. They are lovers and competitors—nomadic freelancers in pursuit of sensation and depravity, encountering each other only in airport hotels and browser windows.

Naomi finds herself drawn to the headlines surrounding Célestine and Aristide Arosteguy, Marxist philosophers and sexual libertines. Célestine has been found dead and mutilated in her Paris apartment. Aristide has disappeared. Police suspect him of killing her and consuming parts of her body. With the help of an eccentric graduate student named Hervé Blomqvist, Naomi sets off in pursuit of Aristide. As she delves deeper into Célestine and Aristide's lives, disturbing details emerge about their sex life—which included trysts with Hervé and others. Can Naomi trust Hervé to help her?

Nathan, meanwhile, is in Budapest photographing the controversial work of an unlicensed surgeon named Zoltán Molnár, once sought by Interpol for organ trafficking. After sleeping with one of Molnár’s patients, Nathan contracts a rare STD called Roiphe’s. Nathan then travels to Toronto, determined to meet the man who discovered the syndrome. Dr. Barry Roiphe, Nathan learns, now studies his own adult daughter, whose bizarre behavior masks a devastating secret.

These parallel narratives become entwined in a gripping, dreamlike plot that involves geopolitics, 3-D printing, North Korea, the Cannes Film Festival, cancer, and, in an incredible number of varieties, sex.
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Post by: Pubrick on April 07, 2014, 10:46:12 PM
The quality of this guy's films is directly proportional to how depraved the sex is.

And now books.
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Post by: wilder on April 07, 2014, 10:57:26 PM
The best:

In 1996 Crash was produced on a budget of $9 million, it blows my mind it ever got made. Someone must've been drunk when they were writing the checks.
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Post by: wilder on April 19, 2014, 04:54:25 PM
TIFF's Virtual Cronenberg Exhibition (http://cronenbergmuseum.tiff.net/) is now online
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Post by: Axolotl on April 22, 2014, 01:41:55 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/1K5FX8l.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Consumed-A-Novel-David-Cronenberg/dp/1416596135/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1396927210&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=david+cronenberg+spellbound)
The exhilarating debut novel by iconic filmmaker David Cronenberg: the story of two journalists whose entanglement in a French philosopher’s death becomes a surreal journey into global conspiracy.

Stylish and camera-obsessed, Naomi and Nathan thrive on the yellow journalism of the social-media age. They are lovers and competitors—nomadic freelancers in pursuit of sensation and depravity, encountering each other only in airport hotels and browser windows.

Naomi finds herself drawn to the headlines surrounding Célestine and Aristide Arosteguy, Marxist philosophers and sexual libertines. Célestine has been found dead and mutilated in her Paris apartment. Aristide has disappeared. Police suspect him of killing her and consuming parts of her body. With the help of an eccentric graduate student named Hervé Blomqvist, Naomi sets off in pursuit of Aristide. As she delves deeper into Célestine and Aristide's lives, disturbing details emerge about their sex life—which included trysts with Hervé and others. Can Naomi trust Hervé to help her?

Nathan, meanwhile, is in Budapest photographing the controversial work of an unlicensed surgeon named Zoltán Molnár, once sought by Interpol for organ trafficking. After sleeping with one of Molnár’s patients, Nathan contracts a rare STD called Roiphe’s. Nathan then travels to Toronto, determined to meet the man who discovered the syndrome. Dr. Barry Roiphe, Nathan learns, now studies his own adult daughter, whose bizarre behavior masks a devastating secret.

These parallel narratives become entwined in a gripping, dreamlike plot that involves geopolitics, 3-D printing, North Korea, the Cannes Film Festival, cancer, and, in an incredible number of varieties, sex.

Books have trailers now

Trailer looks like the kind of porn with such a niche audience that it's specially commissioned by Swazilandian princes.

I'm in.

Definitely unclassy though to have only your buddies blurb your books, especially when they go embarrassingly overboard with comparisons to Kafka, Borges and Nabokov. Viggo Mortensen's great though and doing good for literature in publishing so I'll take his word on this.
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Post by: MacGuffin on June 30, 2014, 12:43:23 PM
Watch: David Cronenberg Hopes to Remove Pests From Breasts in His New Short 'The Nest'

David Cronenberg is back to his mind-bending, body-morphing best. In his new NSFW short "The Nest" he takes a walk down memory lane to his days of body horror or just about (sadly there are no exploding heads). The nine-minute, single-shot film documents an interview between a doctor (maybe) and a topless patient (Evelyne Brochu) in what appears to be a custodial closet. They discuss usual things - why she wants to remove her left breast, how an insect nest grew within it, how they might trap said insects, how they won't stop "buzzing and rustling" as "they sense the threat." The doctor behind the camera, voiced by Cronenberg himself, always responds in an eerily nonchalant tone, simply concerned that he's "not an entomologist."

The film was commissioned by the International Film Festival of Rotterdam's friends at EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam. From 22 June through 14 September 2014, they will present a major exhibition focusing on Cronenberg, following the main themes of his work. For more information go their website. Check out "The Nest" below:

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Post by: wilder on September 28, 2014, 12:59:13 AM
Expanded versions of Howard Shore's scores for Dead Ringers (https://www1.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/28128/DEAD-RINGERS-EXPANDED/), Crash (https://www1.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/28127/CRASH-EXPANDED/), and Naked Lunch (https://www1.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/28129/NAKED-LUNCH-EXPANDED/) are being released next month from Howe Records

And Cronenberg's novel (http://www.amazon.com/Consumed-Novel-David-Cronenberg/dp/1416596135/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411884336&sr=8-1&keywords=consumed+cronenberg) is out on Tuesday.
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Post by: jenkins on September 28, 2014, 02:31:27 PM
And Cronenberg's novel (http://www.amazon.com/Consumed-Novel-David-Cronenberg/dp/1416596135/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411884336&sr=8-1&keywords=consumed+cronenberg) is out on Tuesday.

gonna read it the same day i read gus van sant's (mystery)

[3x edited this post due to curious typos discovered in increments]
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Post by: wilder on November 02, 2014, 07:18:08 PM
Not sure how reputable this is but it sounds like Cronenberg is checking out of the game for a bit?

David Cronenberg’s venomous human satire, Maps to the Stars, is the final movie in his 48-year career ... maybe!

“I had a great time doing Maps,” Cronenberg says of his adaptation of writer Bruce Wagner’s acidic takedown of a gaggle of people in the Hollywood film business. “But I just don’t feel I need to do another movie just to do a movie.”

Cronenberg says he feels no similar compulsion about any other film project. “It needs to be something that I feel I ‘must’ do, which I felt about Maps. At the moment, I don’t have any projects like that.”

David Cronenberg contemplates retirement with 'Maps to the Stars' - Toronto Sun (http://www.torontosun.com/2014/10/29/david-cronenberg-contemplates-retirement-with-maps-to-the-stars)
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Post by: jenkins on December 07, 2014, 11:38:23 PM
i consider this important news:
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Post by: wilder on February 27, 2015, 04:32:10 PM
Cronenberg in an hour long (https://soundcloud.com/filmlinc/19-david-cronenberg) conversation with Film Society of Lincoln Center back in 2005, when A History of Violence was released
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Post by: OpO1832 on May 13, 2015, 09:50:49 PM
I love were Cronebergs career has gone! History of Violence and Eastern Promises are really outstanding! I haven't seen Cosmopolis or Maps to the Stars but he is making very interesting work. This man needs more props! 
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Post by: wilder on September 15, 2015, 03:04:45 PM
David Cronenberg is turning this animated short into a feature film
via The AV Club


David Cronenberg is getting into the animation game. Perhaps running low on pieces of metal that he can shape into horrifying medical instruments, the director is instead turning his attention to an award-winning short film. Dread Central reports the Canadian auteur is planning to adapt Foxed!, a dark little animated short that has just been made available to watch for free online.

Foxed! - Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/138706287)

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Post by: wilder on May 28, 2016, 09:00:36 PM
Three David Cronenberg/Howard Shore Soundtracks Are Coming to Vinyl, Including 'Crash'
via The Playlist

Mondo and Howe Records are releasing all three over the next few months.


David Cronenberg may be considering retiring from filmmaking in order to focus on his literary pursuits, but the reluctant financiers who've made it hard for him to continue making difficult art will never be able to take away the likes of "Videodrome" and "Eastern Promises." The filmmaker has collaborated with Howard Shore more than a dozen times, a partnership being celebrated by Howe Records and Mondo's upcoming vinyl releases of "Naked Lunch," "Dead Ringers" and "Crash."

"Naked Lunch" will be released tomorrow, May 25, with "Dead Ringers" and "Crash" following in June and July, respectively. Rich Kelly designed the covers for "Naked Lunch" and "Crash," while Randy Ortiz is responsible for "Dead Ringers."

These three releases follow Mondo's releases of "Scanners" and "The Brood," two other Cronenberg/Shore collaborations.




Naked Lunch OST Vinyl - Mondo (https://mondotees.com/collections/music/products/naked-lunch-original-motion-picture-soundtrack-2xlp)
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Post by: Jeremy Blackman on May 28, 2016, 10:00:41 PM
Those are some seriously great album covers.
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Post by: wilder on July 20, 2017, 06:17:49 PM
David Cronenberg Novel ‘Consumed’ To Be Developed As TV Series By ‘FTWD’s Dave Erickson & ‘Lucifer’s Sheri Elwood At AMC
via Deadline

David Cronenberg’s novel Consumed is getting drama series treatment at AMC. Fear The Walking Dead showrunner Dave Erickson has teamed with Lucifer executive producer Sheri Elwood to develop the novel as an hourlong drama series for AMC, where Erickson is under an overall deal.

Erickson and Elwood will pen the adaptation and showrun. Consumed is described as a mind-bending psychological thriller that follows two journalists who set out to solve the cannibalistic murder of a controversial Parisian philosopher. The book was published in 2014 by Charles Scribner’s Sons. Erickson and Elwood will executive produce with Cronenberg, who also may direct. Cronenberg’s longtime collaborator Robert Lantos of Serendipity Point, which produced Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, will also executive produce.

The project falls under Erickson’s new multi-year overall deal with AMC he signed in March. He announced at that time that he’ll be stepping down as showrunner at the end of the current third season of Fear The Walking Dead to focus on developing new shows for AMC but will remain as EP on the series. He is now in San Diego for FTWD’s panel tomorrow.

Erickson worked closely with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman to develop Fear the Walking Dead as a companion series to TWD, His previous credits include Marco Polo, Sons of Anarchy and Canterbury’s Law.

Multi-hyphenate Cronenberg’s credits include Maps To The Stars (director), Cosmopolis (director, writer), and A Dangerous Method (director). His 1996 film Crash won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Elwood is repped by CAA and manager Robyn Meisinger. Erickson is repped by CAA and attorney Gregg Gellman. Cronenberg is repped by ICM Partners.
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Post by: WorldForgot on July 21, 2017, 06:11:23 AM

SCANNERS this Saturday at TheNewBevvvv
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Post by: jenkins on March 14, 2018, 11:39:13 PM

opinion: Crash w/ "...sex and car crashes." is the best dvd cover that ever happened
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Post by: jenkins on March 17, 2018, 02:23:59 PM
i was almost amazed by how much i liked Crash when i rewatched it, except that's an exaggeration, i think i knew i was going to like it and that's why i rewatched it.

i didn't know what to follow it up with, except i figured that out, i'm currently watching Atom Egoyan's The Adjuster, that was a good idea of mine.

what other movies of psychological specificity can anyone think of?
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Post by: Reelist on March 17, 2018, 02:51:31 PM
‘The Adjuster’ that’s what they call me when my underwear are too tight
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Post by: jenkins on July 10, 2018, 12:13:50 PM
David Cronenberg: I would like to make the case for the crime of art (https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-the-crime-of-art/)

I would like to make the case for the crime of art. For the criminality of the artist. For the artist as criminal. Let us turn to Sigmund Freud for clarity.

In the Freudian formulation, civilization is repression. That is to say that without the repression of subterranean destructive human impulses, such as violent tribalism, sexual triumphalism and so on, human society as a coherent, functioning community could not exist. But the appeal of art is exactly to those repressed desires and instincts, to what Freud called the subconscious, and so in that sense, all art is subversive of civilization. If art by its nature is subversion, then artists are by their nature subversives. Because we think now in terms of civil society rather than grandiose concepts of civilization, I believe we can characterize art as essentially criminal. And yet at the same time, the case has been made that art provides a contained, safe outlet for these destructive, anti-social impulses, and in that way is, paradoxically, supportive of society and its demands for conformity and repression. A conundrum.

But is it contained? Is art ever truly contained? Is it ever safe? Art is not a toy, a fashion statement, a decoration. Art is inherently disruptive. Art is dangerous. It can explode in your face. Not that art can be a crime; art must be a crime. In my formulation, there is a need for art to be under the radar, criminal, subliminal. Constant as the society above it changes. Art is Notes from Underground. That is the strategy of criminal art.

Is the artist a complete anarchist, having no respect for society and the law? No, not at all. The philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, commenting on the thief and playwright Jean Genet, via Marx, said: “Our future burglar starts by learning absolute respect for property.” Must artists understand that they are criminals? To do that, they must understand the law, the conventions of social discourse. They must understand what is criminal.

Can one be arrested for committing the crime of art? Oh yes. Maybe not right here, today. But tomorrow morning. Very early. Oh, yes. Revolutionary art has always been criminal art in the eyes of the ruling class.

The pressure to rise to all expectations offered by your art form, whatever it is, can sometimes transform/mutate into pressure to conform to already established norms. That is civilization. But then where is the subversion? In the isolation, the pain, the loneliness, the hopelessness, the tears, the anguish. And the truth. The telling of truth. These will be there, and they must be acknowledged and expected.

In particular, technology-heavy art forms such as architecture are deeply embedded in their social, political and economic contexts. But when we collaborate, is there truly an ecstatic dissolution of the self into a perfect fluid composed of many selves? You are not writing poetry in your garret in Paris, alone, destitute and starving. Or are you? I suggest that you are, somewhere in there, that poet in that garret, alone, destitute and, yes, despite the commissions, starving, philosophically and emotionally, if not viscerally.

Sometimes, art is bad for the environment, despite progressive desire, despite visionary passion. Very often, perhaps inevitably, architecture is bad for the environment. What can we do about this? And should we do anything about this? Criminal art. Criminal architecture. The crime of art. The novelist Philip Roth warned against “the unforeseen consequences of art.” That’s the key. You cannot know what you’re really doing, not in the context of the universe, and so all notions of socially progressive work are basically delusions, and are to be realized accidentally, if at all.

Can such a thoroughly socially embedded art form as architecture be criminal? Even if it’s bad architecture, environmentally irresponsible architecture, socially hostile architecture, Stalinist, brutalist, Nazi architecture? Can a building be criminal in its essence? I say it must be, it is. We must be honest here. All human architecture is a crime against nature, even that of Frank Lloyd Wright. Maybe even especially, because he understood what he was doing.

Crimes against nature. What can they be? Ironically, the list is always socially determined, not naturally. Because nature itself is criminal in its essence. Laws of nature are necessarily broken – through mutation – in order that nature, in the form of evolution, can subsist through time. I mentioned human architecture. There is insect architecture. Insects create architecture. Mud dauber wasps create beautiful multilevel nurseries, larval high-rise apartments, which they fill with paralyzed spiders to feed their children. Are they artists? Do they break the laws of nature? Perhaps we are, in fact, mud daubers. Perhaps our buildings are not crimes against nature, but constitute nature itself. Perhaps we come full circle.

The painter Willem de Kooning said: “Flesh is the reason oil paint was invented.” I say, the human body is the reason the cinema was invented. The face, the body, is its true subject, the most photographed object in cinema. Cinema is the body.

I’m here today because I’ve made some movies. But because of the internet, Netflix, streaming, cinema is dissolving, the big screen is shattering into many little screens, and this is causing much stress amongst movie-nostalgia hardliners. It doesn’t matter to me. In fact, it pleases me. Because the human body is evolving, changing, and since the cinema is body, it makes sense that the cinema is changing, evolving as well. If movies disappeared overnight, I wouldn’t care. The cinema is not my life. Your art form cannot be your life. To say that it is, to make it be that, is to evade life itself. But you won’t do that, will you? No, I’m sure you won’t.
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Post by: wilder on October 16, 2019, 12:25:52 PM
David Cronenberg Says His Next Project Is A Streaming Series Based On His Recent Novel ‘Consumed’
via The Playlist

It’s been over five years since David Cronenberg directed a film. And the 2014 film, “Maps to the Stars” was, perhaps, not the best film to end on, if you’re a longtime fan of the legendary filmmaker. But thankfully, it appears that Cronenberg is far from done and is actually expanding his skill set by working on a new Netflix TV series, “Consumed.”

According to his appearance at the recent Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal (via World of Reel), Cronenberg said that he’s currently in pre-production on a brand-new TV series for Netflix that will be based on his recent novel “Consumed.” The 2014 novel marked the first book from Cronenberg and tells the story of two journalists that embark on a quest around the world to find out what happened in the mysterious death of a French philosopher.

As mentioned, this marks the first filmmaking project for Cronenberg since 2014’s “Maps to the Stars.” However, he’s probably best known for films such as “The Fly,” “Crash,” “Eastern Promises,” and “A History of Violence.” The idea that the filmmaker is venturing into the world of streaming television can’t be seen as too shocking, especially considering he’s been very vocal recently about the creativity that comes with the streaming realm.

Back in 2018, he hinted at a possible Netflix future, and said, “There was a lot of discussion about Netflix, and streaming series, and so on, and I was saying that I thought that was the future of cinema, and that it was really an interesting idea, the idea of doing a TV series, a streaming series. Whether I end up doing something like that is a whole other thing. Obviously, it would be a huge commitment of time and so on. To do eight hours of TV is a lot. [But] once again, the idea of a series as being more novelistic than a movie.”

No word on when we might see “Consumed” arrive on Netflix, or even when we might get an official announcement. However, it does appear that there’s still some filmmaking life left in Cronenberg, after all.
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Post by: jenkins on October 16, 2019, 01:10:35 PM
no they did not, yes they did, begin by shittalking Maps to the Stars, then compliment him for adapting his book no one read into a netflix series, out, of, town
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Post by: jenkins on January 21, 2020, 10:49:16 PM
he b acting

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Post by: wilder on February 07, 2020, 12:56:22 AM
May 28, 2020

Crash (1996) on 4K blu-ray and standard blu-ray from Turbine (Germany), from a new 4K restoration approved by David Cronenberg





Bonus Material

New Interviews in HD (ca. 140 Min.):
-Talk with Viggo Mortensen & David Cronenberg (ca. 52 Min.)
-Peter Suschitzky (DoP- ca. 20 Min.)
-Jeremy Thomas (Producer - ca.17 Min.)
-Howard Shore (Composer - ca. 23. Min.)
-Deirdre Bowen (Casting Director - ca. 27 Min.)

-Theatrical Release Interviews with Cast & Crew (ca. 22 Min.)
-Behind the Scenes (ca. 11. Min.)
-Trailer (in HD: D & US)

David Cronenberg's Short Films:
-THE NEST (ca. 9 Min.)
-CAMERA (ca. 6 Min.)

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Post by: WorldForgot on February 27, 2020, 04:50:24 PM
'Movies were made for sex' (https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/feb/27/david-cronenberg-interview-film-disappearance-at-clifton-hill)

“I’m interested in seeing myself, even if my posture’s poor or something like that. I thought a lot about one shot in Clifton Hill where I should’ve been standing up straighter. Mother should’ve been there to tell me to stop slouching.”

Though there’s no off switch on his philosophy of the corpus, Cronenberg has downshifted his personal output in recent years. He hasn’t completed a feature since 2014’s Maps to the Stars, and Netflix passed on scripts for two episodes of a proposed miniseries. He’s now shopping those around, while waiting on a possible adaptation of his novel Consumed and a “very personal” movie script he’s been fine-tuning. “Whichever one happens first, I’ll do,” he says. “No matter whether you’re in Canada or not, with independent film” – he pauses for a dry, hacking cough – “it’s difficult to get anything made. The more unusual a film is, the more resistance you’ll face.

“It’s been a long, difficult process,” he continues, “even in the era of streaming or whatever. You’re accumulating possible investors, people lose interest, more investors. You talk to maybe Canal+ or a broadcaster, and you wait, and you hope.”
Hope is one thing he doesn’t seem be especially short on, however. For all the existential despair of his oeuvre, he’s got a surprisingly sunny outlook on the future, both for himself and at large. Though he’s not too fond of the “completely asexual” superhero movies coming from the American mainstream, he believes the boundary-pushing strain of eroticism he once called his own is alive and well in modern releases like Julia Ducournau’s Raw and April Mullen’s Below Her Mouth. “To me, movies are sex,” he muses. “Movies were made for sex, there’s no question about it.”

He names Mullen alongside the “terrific” Québécois lightning rod Xavier Dolan and the box-office conqueror Denis Villeneuve as worthy stewards of Canada’s national cinema. That being said, Villeneuve’s ascent to the global stage gives him pause. “You see a uniquely Québécois film-maker coming out with really quite lovely and singular films, and then immediately getting absorbed by Hollywood,” Cronenberg says. “I wonder if that’ll be a marker for the future. You wonder if they’ll go back and make a distinctly Québécois film again.”

He’s happy to see the torch passed to the next generation in part because their ranks include his son, Brandon. He’s now completed his second feature after eight years of behind-the-scenes development struggles all too familiar to his father. (By dad’s metric, a film this long in the making would have to be highly unusual.) Cronenberg the elder counts himself as a fan of his upcoming sci-fi horror Possessor, his total lack of competition just another facet of his apparent inner peace. “We’re very close, Brandon and I, we exchange all kind of notes all the time. If he’s thinking about an actor who I’ve worked with, we’ll discuss that. I read his scripts as soon as he’s willing to let someone read them … I’m always happy to see his first cut. It’s all congenial.”

A certain anxiety seems integral to the Cronenberg gestalt and its key themes; inevitable deterioration of the body, the invasive influence of technology, how these both prevent or enable connection to the people around us. One would assume that he’d approach the all-natural body horror of his own ageing process with howling terror, but it’s on that front that he’s perhaps the most circumspect and calm of all.

“Do I think about my body?” he asks. “All the time. Given that I’m 76, I’m not in too-bad shape. My weight’s never been better. I’ve been working out consistently for the last couple of years, and I’ve learned that in fact you can gain muscle when you’re older. I’m quite happy with my body these days, despite the fact that it’s getting more wrinkly. I am constantly body-conscious, that’s the thing you photograph most as a film-maker, human figures. It’s just that that consciousness sits well with me.”

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Post by: wilder on March 16, 2020, 06:40:08 PM
The 4K restoration:

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Post by: wilder on July 08, 2020, 01:09:46 AM
Summer 2020 TBD

David Cronenberg's Shivers (1975) is coming to blu-ray in the USA for the first time


The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact.
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Post by: wilder on August 28, 2020, 03:23:43 PM
Crash (1996) is being released all over the place --

Coming to 4K UHD blu-ray (https://arrowfilms.com/product-detail/crash-uhd/FCD2072) and standard blu-ray (https://arrowfilms.com/product-detail/crash-limited-edition-blu-ray/FCD2073) from Arrow in the UK on November 30th:


Quote from: Arrow UK
   •   Brand new 4K restoration of the uncut NC-17 version from the original 35mm camera negative, supervised by writer-director David Cronenberg and director of photography Peter Suschitzky
   •   4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in High Dynamic Range
   •   5.1 and 2.0 Stereo DTS-HD Master Audio
   •   Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
   •   Brand new audio commentary with film scholar Adrian Martin
   •   Cronenberg Challenge – new interview with director of photography Peter Suschitzky
   •   Mechanical Animals – new interview with executive producer Jeremy Thomas
   •   The Shore Thing – new interview with composer Howard Shore
   •   License to Drive – new interview with casting director Deirdre Bowen
   •   Archival "Behind the Scenes" featurette
   •   Archival interviews with David Cronenberg, J.G. Ballard and actors James Spader, Holly Hunter, Deborah Kara Unger and Elias Koteas
   •   Cronenberg: Concrete Cowboy – brand new video essay by Caelum Vatnsdal on Cronenberg’s use of Toronto as a filming location
   •   Original Trailers
   •   Fully illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Vanessa Morgan and Araceli Molina, alongside a reprinted excerpt from Cronenberg on Cronenberg
   •   Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
   •   Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

The German UHD and blu-ray discs were just released as standard editions on August 14th



Also coming from Carlotta in France as a 3-disc set (https://www.amazon.fr/Crash-%C3%89dition-Coffret-Collector-4K-Blu-Ray/dp/B08C47D56Q/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_fr_FR=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&crid=1T80L9644NU66&dchild=1&keywords=crash+cronenberg+4k&qid=1598646000&s=dvd&sprefix=crash+cr%2Cdvd%2C227&sr=1-1) (UHD/Blu/DVD) and standard release (https://www.amazon.fr/Crash-Blu-ray/dp/B08C43MF3S?tag=bluraycom05-21&linkCode=xm2&m=A1X6FK5RDHNB96) on October 21st



And The Dead Zone (1983) is finally coming to blu-ray in the US as part of a 5-movie Stephen King collection on September 15, 2020


That leaves Spider (2002) and M Butterfly (1993) as the only Cronenberg films that remain unreleased on blu-ray.

Since Arrow's Crash release appears to be UK-exclusive, Criterion must have it in the US.

Rachel Weisz Teaming With ‘Normal People’ Writer To Reimagine Cronenberg’s ‘Dead Ringers’ As A TV Series

Weisz is teaming up with “Normal People” lead writer, Alice Birch, to develop a new TV drama based on the Cronenberg film, “Dead Ringers.” The film tells the story of two male twin gynecologists that use their identical looks to their advantage before everything begins to fall apart, in typical Cronenberg fashion. Apparently, Weisz is keeping the twin gynecologist aspect intact, but she will play the lead characters and tackle issues that are more closely related to women and society. The twin docs will tackle illegal medical research, sex, and falling in love, as well as a mission to change the way women give birth.
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Post by: wilder on September 15, 2020, 01:20:59 PM
December 1, 2020


Quote from: Criterion
-New 4K digital restoration supervised by director of photography Peter Suschitzky, and 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, both approved by director David Cronenberg
-Audio commentary from 1997 featuring Cronenberg
-Press conference from the 1996 Cannes Film Festival featuring Cronenberg; Suschitzky; author J. G. Ballard; producers Robert Lantos and Jeremy Thomas; and actors Rosanna Arquette, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, James Spader, and Deborah Kara Unger
-Q&A from 1996 with Cronenberg and Ballard at the National Film Theatre in London
-Behind-the-scenes footage and press interviews from 1996
-English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
-PLUS: An essay by film critic Jessica Kiang

The commentary track is exclusive to the Criterion
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Post by: eward on September 15, 2020, 01:39:45 PM
Damn, certainly one of their better cover designs, of late.
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Post by: WorldForgot on September 15, 2020, 02:08:01 PM
It's classy but the German/EU art wilder posted before, I thought, gets at the humor more.