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What on earth is going on in Cosmopolis? It’s official. Robert Pattinson has left the Twilight building. Director David Cronenberg has given the international celebrity a role that will shake up his fan base and leave him with a group that appreciates him solely for artistic efforts, instead of for simply playing that Edward guy. That kind of devotion to Pattinson and Cronenberg is needed from their fans to make it through Cosmopolis.
Cronenberg is the master behind such instant classics as The Fly, Scanners and A History of Violence. Those who became fans of the helmer with the latter, the Viggo Mortensen-starring film, will be a little off-put by his latest. But, this reviewer has to admit: This film is classic Cronenberg.
The movie spends most of its time with Pattinson's billionaire in the back of his limo being driven around New York City. People who have meetings with him always enter the limo and are dropped off when they are finished. The audience gets a glimpse of what Pattinson does... he's some sort of financier whose counsel is sought by many. As those who possess the wealth shrink in the world of Cosmopolis, the direction of the world's future is more and more determined by characters such as Pattinson's. It's unfortunately hard to describe the film beyond the above premise -- it must be seen to be understood.
In full disclosure, within five minutes of the film starting at Movie Fanatic’s review screening, the air conditioning went out. The movie will be out in more and more cities as the weeks go by, but we needed a little time to discern whether the film was so completely off the charts or whether it was the recent Los Angeles heat wave that left us delirious.
The torturous heat had nothing to do with the Cosmopolis mind scramble. And that is exactly what the director intended. To have Pattinson so game to shake up his persona is reason alone to take in his Cronenberg collaboration. The actor manages to straddle a character firmly conflicted between two roads: The aspiring-to-be altruistic individual or the financial hoarder whose DNA is programmed to exist as someone who shares none of his wealth, despite global financial disparity.
Cosmopolis is timely. The 99-percent never rallied to the point they do in the film, but their presence is strewn throughout. The chaos that slowly simmers around Pattinson as he navigates a city gone mad in a limousine in search of the perfect haircut is palpable. In the iconic director’s hands, his newest creation shows a multi-billionaire on the front lines of a societal shift in attitude towards the once heralded concept of greed.
Cronenberg’s latest is by far not his best. A History of Violence and Eastern Promises may have brought Cronenberg a more mass audience, but Cosmopolis should alienate a majority of those film fans who joined the Cronenberg circus for his 2005 and 2007 hits.
But for the Cronenberg legion who have treasured the filmmaker’s wild style, his latest is another spoke in the wheel of his profound legacy.
A new trailer for David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis has gone online. The plot centers on wealthy businessman (Robert Pattinson) who loses his fortune in a single day, and this trailer does a good job of conveying that basic plotline. But as we've seen from previous trailers, the flick looks far stranger and unwieldy than such a simple premise. This new trailer feels like it's trying to smooth out the edges of an insane-looking flick.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon, Mathieu Amalric, Jay Baruchel, Kevin Durand, K’Naan, and Emily Hampshire. Cosmopolis opens in limited release August 17th.
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Here's the official synopsis for Cosmpolis:
Unfolding in a single cataclysmic day, the story follows Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson)--a 28-year old financial whiz kid and billionaire asset manager--as he heads out in his tricked-out stretch limo to get a haircut from his father's old barber, while remotely wagering his company's massive fortune on a bet against the Chinese Yuan. Packer's luxe trip across the city quickly becomes dizzyingly hellish as he encounters explosive city riots, aparade of provocative visitors, and is thrust into a myriad of intimate encounters. Having started the day with everything, believing he is the future, Packer's perfectly ordered, doubt-free world is about to implode.
Say what you will about Robert Pattinson (Twilight) but the actor is taking his role in director David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis to heart. During a recent interview with French entertainment magazine, Premiere, Pattinson offered to do a photoshoot that would recreate scenes from some of Cronenberg's most memorable films. The 13 hour shoot featured Pattinson paying an homage to Scanners, Dead Ringers and Videodrome. Any Cronenberg fan is going to want to check this gallery out, but fans and critics of Pattinson alike should be impressed with his commitment to his director.
Cosmopolis, also starring Jay Baruchel, Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti and Kevin Durand, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival which runs from May 16th to the 27th. Check out our continuing coverage here and hit the jump to check out the photoshoot.
Check out the photos of Pattinson below, courtesy of Premiere (via Cosmopolis Film) after the official synopsis:
New York City, not-too-distant-future: Eric Packer, a 28 year-old finance golden boy dreaming of living in a civilization ahead of this one, watches a dark shadow cast over the firmament of the Wall Street galaxy, of which he is the uncontested king. As he is chauffeured across midtown Manhattan to get a haircut at his father’s old barber, his anxious eyes are glued to the yuan’s exchange rate: it is mounting against all expectations, destroying Eric’s bet against it. Eric Packer is losing his empire with every tick of the clock. Meanwhile, an eruption of ...
The future is now for Robert Pattinson. With his buzzing turn in Bel Ami and his work on David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, the actor is busting out of his Edward from Twilight persona. The latest trailer for Cosmopolis has premiered and it clearly shows the British performer in a whole new light.
The flick also stars Jay Baruchel, Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche as it follows the story of a newlywed billionaire (Pattinson) who loses his bride and his money in one fateful day.
Last month, we showed you a brief trailer for David Cronenberg's adaptation of Don DeLillo's Cosmopolis, which featured a potentially surprising and exciting turn from star Robert Pattinson. In the film, Pattinson plays a newlywed billionaire who ends up losing his bride and his billions in a single day. Two full trailers have now gone online, and Cronenberg is the star of both. Pattinson still looks good, but these trailers show off a David Cronenberg surrealism we haven't seen in some time. And judging by these trailers, it's very good to have it back.
Hit the jump to check out the trailers. The film also stars Sarah Gadon, Kevin Durand, Jay Baruchel, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, and Mathieu Amalric. Cosmopolis will premiere next month at the Cannes Film Festival.
Via Rope of Silicon and Twitch.
A NSFW international teaser trailer has gone online for David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis. The teaser provides the first look at the tone of the film, and more importantly, Robert Pattinson's performance in it. In Cosmopolis, Pattinson plays a newlywed billionaire who ends up losing his bride and his billions in a single day. Even when Pattinson isn't doing Twilight, he's hewed towards romantic dramas with Remember Me and Water for Elephants. However, as Twilight draws to a close, his upcoming films will perhaps provide him with the necessary escape velocity to get away from Edward Cullen. In Bel Ami, he plays a character who fucks his way up the social ladder of 1890s Paris, and in Cosmopolis, his character purposely shoots himself in the hand. I can take or leave Bel Ami, but Cosmopolis looks pretty great, and I'm eager to see Pattinson break free of his famous mopey vampire.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film, based on the novel by Don DeLillo, also stars Sarah Gadon, Kevin Durand, Jay Baruchel, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, and Mathieu Amalric. Cosmopolis will likely open sometime this year. [Update: We've added a new poster for the film after the jump.]
Trailer via Twitch.
Poster via CineRepublic.
With less than two weeks left in 2011, it’s time to set our sights on movies that will be opening in 2012. Since the coming year is releasing a ton of big budget movies that will dominate media coverage, we thought we’d take a moment to highlight some of the lesser known fare that will be gracing the screens over the next twelve months. We’ve got some new posters that will be a first look at these projects for some of you and a gentle reminder for others. First up is the superhero “found footage” thriller Chronicle by director Josh Trank (The Kill Point). Trank’s cinematic directorial debut features three teenagers who become imbued with superpowers and how those abilities darken their lives. Next, from David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method) comes Cosmopolis, starring Robert Pattinson (Twilight). The adaptation of the Don DeLillo’s novel by the same name follows a young billionaire (Pattinson) as his limo traverses Manhattan in search of a haircut (not making this up). Finally, the animated Rise of the Guardians, which has the most charming poster in my opinion, is based off of the “Guardians of Childhood” book series by William Joyce and features childhood legends teaming up to take on the Boogeyman. Hit the jump to check out the posters.
First up is this rebelliously toned poster from Chronicle, featuring star Dane DeHaan (True Blood) (via IMPAwards):
I like the tone of this poster, much like I enjoyed the tone of the trailer for Chronicle. It gives me ...
A few set images from David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis have hit the web. The images gives us a look at Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon (as well as Kevin Durand's head). Based on the Don DeLillo novel, the film tells the story of a newlywed billionaire (Pattinson) who ends up losing his bride and his billions in a single day. Cosmopolis stars Pattinson, Gadon, Durand, Jay Baruchel, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti and Mathieu Amalric. Hit the jump to check out the images.
Here are the images (via Movieweb):
The first image from David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis plus a first look at the puppet model for Gris Grimly's Pinocchio has gone online. Cosmopolis is based on the Don DeLillo novel about a newlywed billionaire (Robert Pattinson) who ends up losing his bride and his billions in a single day. In addition to Pattinson, the film features an exciting cast including Jay Baruchel, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric, Kevin Durand, and Sarah Gadon. The first image from the film was snapped by Cronenberg's daughter Caitlin, who is a talented photographer in her own right.
The Pinocchio puppet comes from Gris Grimly and Mark Gustafson's adaptation of Grimly's gritty but faithful graphic novel adaptation of Carlo Colodi's famous story. We previously reported that Guillermo del Toro will be producing with the Jim Henson Company to turn the book into a 3D stop-motion animated feature. The production is also working from a script by composer/screenwriter Nick Cave (The Proposition). This puppet isn't being used in the film, but it's a model to show potential distributors. Hit the jump to check out both images.
via Bleeding Cool and Cronenberg's daughter Caitlin's Twitter.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this evening. First up, Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) has joined the cast of David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis. The film stars Robert Pattinson as a newlywed billionaire who loses his his entire fortune (not to mention his blushing new bride) over the course of one really bad day. Variety reports that Durand will play Pattinson’s chief security officer. The cast now includes Pattinson, Jay Baruchel, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric and Sarah Gadon.
Next up, Scream 4 star Nico Tortorella is in talks to join Stephen Sommers’ (The Mummy) adaptation of Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas as the villain. The story centers on a short-order cook who can commune with the dead. Anton Yelchin is set to play the protagonist, with Willem Dafoe poised to play the local police chief who is in on the cook’s secret. Heat Vision reports that Tortorella would play an officer under Dafoe’s character who is secretly “a member of a Satanic cult bent on destroying the town.” Addison Timlin is poised to play Yelchin’s girlfriend. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the book.
Here’s the synopsis for Odd Thomas:
“The dead don’t talk. I don’t know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most ...