The director talks to Salon about his unsentimental approach to Hollywood in his new film "Maps to the Stars"
David Cronenberg finds a cancerous cell inside The Dream Factory.
In the new film "Maps to the Stars," director David Cronenberg and screenwriter Bruce Wagner chart a course through a Hollywood hellscape populated by damaged and dysfunctional people.
After the Twilight saga ended, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson seemed headed on similar, yet different paths. While Pattinson went on to somewhat successfully follow an indie path, hitching star on David Cronenberg's wagon numerous times since the series' final entry; Stewart seemed to have diminished returns on her indie quest. Show More Summary
In the wake of awards season, the specialty arena is revving up with a diverse and numerous slate. Focus World’s Maps To The Stars by David Cronenberg features its own bevy of named talent. Oscar winner Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson star in the Hollywood-set drama. Show More Summary
One of David Cronenberg's least appreciated films is a thesis statement.
Julianne Moore finds her Zen... for now. We will all agree, after watching David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, that Julianne Moore is the best. Yes, we already hold this truth to be self-evident (and her brand-new best actress Oscar for Still Alice only bolsters this known fact), but it’s always delightful to see her in action. Show More Summary
Maps to the Stars Dir. David Cronenberg [Focus Features; 2014] by 80s Tom Hanks Rating: Tidily packaged as Hollywood hyperbole, Maps to the Stars is a children’s story. Not directed toward children, mind you (though some uncalled-for poop jokes would suggest otherwise), but in fact a lithium-nightmare of make-believe. Show More Summary
David Cronenberg is near the top of the list of directors whose works resist snap judgments. His mix of black comedy and unabashed melodrama is so delicate, and in some ways so off-putting, that at times it's hard to tell if he's kidding or serious (the answer is usually both). Show More Summary
Sculptor Alessandro Boezio recombines and reforms human body parts into strange monstrosities that you'd imagine crawling around a David Cronenberg movie set. (more…)
There are scads of scabrous inside-Hollywood psychodramas, but never a festering pyre on the order of David Cronenberg and Bruce Wagner’s Maps to the Stars. What a hyperfocused duo of ghouls! Their collaboration is a portrait of inbreeding—metaphorical and literal—in which a seemingly starstruck, fresh-off-the-bus young woman (Mia Wasikowska) becomes... More »
Writer Bruce Wagner's script for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars is of a piece with his other work. It blends a cynical vision of people with an even darker examination of the worship of the superficial that is Hollywood life. But...Show More Summary
For the first time in his half-a-century of filmmaking, David Cronenberg has traveled to Hollywood to make a movie—and not just any movie, mind you, but one that’s actually about Hollywood. Even coming from the director who once instructed James Spader to fuck a leg wound and Jeff Goldblum to peel off his own fingernails, the results are not pretty. Show More Summary
Yeah. This about sums it up. Maps To The Stars, the latest from director David Cronenberg, goes into wide release tomorrow. I'm here to tell you to avoid it at all costs. Seriously. Unless you're a masochist and into that sort of thing. Show More Summary
In its own disturbing, slithery way, the train-wreck watchable melodrama "Maps to the Stars" is as much a horror show as any that the film's director, David Cronenberg, has helmed over his long and provocative career.
David Cronenberg is responsible for films such as The Fly remake, 1988’s Dead Ringers, and 2005’s A History of Violence, yet his new movie may be the most disturbing one yet. The film is a tale of celebrity aspiration and Hollywood misery combining incest, mental illness, a few dead kids. Show More Summary
"Maps to the Stars" is a nauseating ride through the conniving, narcissistic and (literally) incestuous world of modern day Hollywood -- at least as imagined by writer Bruce Wagner and brought to life by director David Cronenberg. Julianne...Show More Summary
He's responsible for the likes of 1983's Videodrome, 1986's The Fly remake, 1988's Dead Ringers, and 2005's A History of Violence, but David Cronenberg may have delivered his most disturbing movie with Maps to the Stars. It's a taleShow More Summary
David Cronenberg has never, bless his chilly, serenely uncommercial soul, gone Hollywood. But with Maps to the Stars, he has at last gone to Hollywood. This ghoulish satire set in the world of show-business strivers marks the first time...Show More Summary
The Canadian filmmaker's latest, featuring newly minted Oscar winner Julianne Moore, is a daring, imperfect film