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Surreal first trailer for David Cronenberg's sexy thriller Maps to the Stars

04.14.2014by:

David Cronenberg films are never straight forward. Like David Lynch, Cronenberg's films always have something lingering just beneath the surface that throws audiences for a loop. The man who brought is EXISTENZ, VIDEODROME, NAKED LUNCH, and THE FLY has dabbled in more mainstream fare like A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and EASTERN PROMISES. His last film, COSMOPOLIS, seemed to lean closer to his more surreal work while his upcoming MAPS TO THE STARS is yet another enigma that defies categorization.

Reuniting with his COSMOPOLIS stars Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon, MAPS TO THE STARS finally unveiled a rough first trailer that looks more like a pitch reel for potential distributors. Either way, this is our first look at footage from the film including stars Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, and John Cusack as the explore the seedy underside of Hollywood.

Following the lives of Weiss family, an archetypical Hollywood dynasty, Dr. Stafford Weiss is a psychotherapist, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; his wife Cristina manages the career of their thirteen-year-old son, Benjie, a child star, who recently came out of a drug rehabilitation program, which he entered at the age of nine; their daughter Agatha has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was admitted for the treatment of criminal pyromania. After her release from the sanatorium, she befriends a limo driver and aspiring actor, Jerome Fontana. Havana Segrand, one of Stafford’s clients and an actress, has a unique new assistant. She wants to shoot a remake of the 1960s movie, starring her mother Clarice which made her famous. Clarice has been dead for sometime now and visions of her ghost come to haunt Havana at night.

All sorts of movies popped into my head watching this trailer: THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, STOKER, MULHOLLAND FALLS, and MAGNOLIA, just to name a few. From Cronenberg's own work, CRASH came to mind as well, but that could have just been the characters banging in a car. Whatever the case, MAPS TO THE STARS looks interesting and worth a viewing, I just hope that this trailer is a portent of good things to come.

MAPS TO THE STARS premieres in France on May 21, 2014 and currently has no U.S. release date. But stay tuned.

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Source: The Film Stage

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8:04AM on 04/15/2014
Love Cronenberg, but his last movie was abysmal. Can see this movie looks pretty destructive, going to keep my eye on it.
Love Cronenberg, but his last movie was abysmal. Can see this movie looks pretty destructive, going to keep my eye on it.
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1:27AM on 04/15/2014

COSMOPOLIS

Was pure shit. nothing was good about that movie and I'm a huge fan of cronenberg I love everything the man has done. but COSMOPOLIS felt to much like a hollywood film but only done by cronenberg.
Was pure shit. nothing was good about that movie and I'm a huge fan of cronenberg I love everything the man has done. but COSMOPOLIS felt to much like a hollywood film but only done by cronenberg.
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12:13AM on 04/15/2014

not sold at all..

C,mmon David give us the some of the old ultraviolence,
C,mmon David give us the some of the old ultraviolence,
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9:47PM on 04/14/2014
Cronenberg's Burn Hollywood Burn?
Cronenberg's Burn Hollywood Burn?
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9:18PM on 04/14/2014
I might watch the film just that love scene alone.
I might watch the film just that love scene alone.
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8:16PM on 04/14/2014
I'm kind of bored with gimmicky directors. It's always either the same technique, the same actors, the same feel. They never challenge themselves by stepping out side their comfort zone. With directors like Anderson and Burton, it's so bad that you can spot their work from a single photo with no credits. I have no problem with having a style that's has made you famous, but do something truly fresh by not doing something you always do.
I'm kind of bored with gimmicky directors. It's always either the same technique, the same actors, the same feel. They never challenge themselves by stepping out side their comfort zone. With directors like Anderson and Burton, it's so bad that you can spot their work from a single photo with no credits. I have no problem with having a style that's has made you famous, but do something truly fresh by not doing something you always do.
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6:30PM on 04/14/2014

Good trailer

But the sell-job on the trailer for Cosmopolis was outrageous. Looked like a great film, and what a boring, terrible film it ended up being.
But the sell-job on the trailer for Cosmopolis was outrageous. Looked like a great film, and what a boring, terrible film it ended up being.
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6:27PM on 04/14/2014
No matter what master Cronenberg does, I'm in. The trailer looks interesting, even though not like his usual thing. The cast is impressive... It would be interesting to see him flirt with surrealism again, since he's very good at it.
No matter what master Cronenberg does, I'm in. The trailer looks interesting, even though not like his usual thing. The cast is impressive... It would be interesting to see him flirt with surrealism again, since he's very good at it.
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5:49PM on 04/14/2014
Did he shoot this movie with an iPhone?
Did he shoot this movie with an iPhone?
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5:09PM on 04/14/2014
Could go either way. His last few movies I didn't care for….Cronenberg just isn't the same as he used to be.
Could go either way. His last few movies I didn't care for….Cronenberg just isn't the same as he used to be.
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5:03PM on 04/14/2014
A Cronenberg film? Sure, why not, though I still haven't seen Cosmopolis. A sex scene with Gadon and Moore? Yeah, I'm sold.
A Cronenberg film? Sure, why not, though I still haven't seen Cosmopolis. A sex scene with Gadon and Moore? Yeah, I'm sold.
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5:01PM on 04/14/2014

I like Cronenberg, but...........

This seems very mediocre and not very Cronenbergian-(I'm using that as a word). Pretty mediocre trailer.
This seems very mediocre and not very Cronenbergian-(I'm using that as a word). Pretty mediocre trailer.
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