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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Hyde Park on Hudson' and More

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This week: Bill Murray as President Franklin D. Roosevelt is the highlight of "Hyde Park on Hudson," which should in no way be considered a historically accurate account of FDR's meeting with the King and Queen of England in 1939.

Also new this week are two Criterion Collection Blu-ray debuts: Laurence Olivier's "Richard III" ("My kingdom for a horse!") and David Cronenberg's "Naked Lunch" ("Exterminate all rational thought"). Get More »

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Casting Roundup: Theron, Chastain and Farrell Get the Gigs

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All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...

• Seth MacFarlane has scored quite the cowgirl! The "Ted" funnyman has rounded up the gorgeous (and quite funny herself) Charlize Theron to star in his new film, "A Million Ways to Die in the West," a self-described "Blazing Saddles"-type comedy about a sheepish farmer who chickens out of a gunfight and sees his girlfriend leave him. [Heat Vision]

Colin Farrell and Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain are going classical with "Miss Julie," director Liv Ullmann's take on August Strindberg's 19th-century stage play about the sexually-charged battle of wills between a wealthy socialite and one of her head servants, with the servant's fiancee popping up every now and then to make things even more interesting. Samantha Morton is also set to star. [The Hollywood Reporter] Get More »

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David Cronenberg, I Didn't Make You Diss 'The Dark Knight'

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David Cronenberg mentioned me in a recent interview with Indiewire (well, not by name — he actually called me "the journalist woman," but I'll take what I can get) and while part of me is honored to earn an inch of real estate in his brain, I'm not crazy about the content of the conversation.

When asked about negative comments he made to me, months ago, about "The Dark Knight Rises" and the pedestrian nature of superhero movies in general, Cronenberg replied, "See, this is how it all gets distorted," and suggested that the interview we published had taken his remarks out of context.

Let me be clear: I have no problem with his opinion. None. I love superhero movies — and I love Cronenberg's movies, too — but being a good director or a good critic doesn't make anyone's opinion more objectively true than mine. Or yours. He says that people who consider Christopher Nolan's Batman movies art don't know "what the f**k they're talking about." I say, in matters of total subjectivity, we all know exactly what the f**k we're talking about, by definition. Get More »

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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Looper' and More

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This week: Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a mob hit man who has a crisis of conscience when his latest target is his future self (Bruce Willis) in the sci-fi thriller "Looper," directed by Rian Johnson.

Also new this week is the latest David Cronenberg movie, "Cosmopolis," starring Robert Pattinson as a billionaire drifting through New York City in his limo, as well as the Blu-ray of "School of Rock," now available in stores everywhere. Get More »

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Casting Roundup: Weisz, Wiig and Moretz Get the Gigs

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All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...

• No one can make a "hard sell" movie (with A-list stars, anyway) quite like David Cronenberg. Rachel Weisz will be working with the "Cosmopolis" director and his two favorite leading men, Robert Pattinson and Viggo Mortensen, on "Map to the Stars," an extremist look at how there's no business like show business.

• We certainly have trouble telling Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader apart. Variety reports that the "Adventureland" buddies will play siblings in "The Skeleton Twins," the story of, well, twin siblings who manage to defy death on the same day and as a result take a long, hard look at their lives.

• "Dark Shadows" reunion! Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz have signed on for "Man Under," director Tim Robbins' dysfunctional family comedy that probably won't involve vampires. Get More »

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Q&A: Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg Plumb the Depths of 'Cosmopolis'

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You've heard of "Cosmopolis," the stylishly surreal adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel, but have you heard of its director and star, up-and-comers David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson?

We're kidding.

Cronenberg, of course, is the man responsible for "A Dangerous Method" and "Eastern Promises," while Pattinson is the driving force behind a gazillion heartbeats as the romantic lead of the monumentally popular "Twilight Saga." The pairing, deemed unlikely in a handful of headlines, is a logical next step for Pattinson, who retires his vampire fangs with the final "Twilight" installment in November, and has already laid the groundwork for a serious dramatic career with other roles, including the lead in last year's "Water For Elephants."

We've been wondering about the impact of casting a teen idol in a very adult movie — and this week, we got a chance to go straight to the source. We talked to Cronenberg and Pattinson about their relationship to die-hard Twi-Hards, and got their take on the recent marriage of big-name directors to superhero movies (Spoiler: Cronenberg thinks it's ridiculous). Get More »

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R.Pattz Gets Cronenbergian For Freaky Photo Shoot

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Okay, can we start campaigning for Robert Pattinson to star in remakes of every single David Cronenberg movie ever made?

It seems like everyone involved in "Cosmopolis" is claiming it's a return to weirdo form for Cronenberg, who has recently played it relatively safe with mannered character dramas like "A Dangerous Method" and "Eastern Promises." This latest promotional photo shoot (conceived by R.Pattz himself) seems to push that point even further as it features Cronenberg's latest leading man recreating scenes from a handful of the director's cult favorites, including "Dead Ringers," "Videodrome" and "Scanners." Get More »

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R.Pattz and K.Stew Headline 2012 Cannes Lineup

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The prestigious Cannes Film Festival announced its 65th anniversary lineup today — and everything's coming up "Twilight." Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart each have a new film competing for the coveted Palme d'Or award.

Bella vs. Edward? Oh, it's totally on, France.

Founded in 1946, the Festival de Cannes, which is held in Cannes, France, has long been considered the most important international film festival in the world.

But rarely has it showcased so many mainstream Hollywood stars, with Pattinson (who headlines David Cronenberg's adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel "Cosmopolis") and Stewart (who co-stars in the adaptation of Jack Kerouac's classic beat novel "On the Road") being just the tip of the iceberg. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Cannes

Full 'Cosmopolis' Trailer Shows Just How Badly R.Pattz Needs a Haircut

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It's one of the fundamental laws of cinematic storytelling: If you're going to make a movie about someone getting a haircut, make sure your star has really great hair.

Enter Robert Pattinson and the first full length trailer for David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis."

Set to debut at next month's Cannes Film Festival, "Cosmopolis" tells the story of a super billionaire (Pattinson) living in a dark version of Manhattan where getting a haircut is apparently more difficult than you might imagine. Get More »

Filed Under: New Movie Trailers | Source: Cinema Blend

New Directors in the Game For 'Catching Fire'

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The only thing Hollywood loves that a sure-thing is, well, another sure thing. Which is why Tinseltown is all a twitter as a few more names get thrown into the hat for possible directors of "The Hunger Games" sequel, "Catching Fire."

In addition to David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (who were first mentioned as candidates last week), two more A-list contenders have been added: "Moneyball" helmer Bennet Miller and "I Am Legend" director Francis Lawrence. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Indie Wire
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