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'Maps to the Stars' trailer: Robert Pattinson gets steamy in a car -- VIDEO

L.A. and all of its industry deviants are the latest subjects to go under director David Cronenberg’s microscope in Maps to the Stars.

The dark satire stars Mia Wasikowska as Agatha Weiss, a sulky girl with a troubled past and a host of personality disorders aiming to make it as actress Havana Segrand’s (Julianne Moore) personal assistant. But, as eOne Films’ first international trailer reveals, Agatha may also have some sinister motives surrounding her estranged family. Her brother, Benjie (Evan Bird), is a drug-addled child star who her mother (Olivia Williams) manages, while her father (John Cusack) writes self-help books. Robert Pattinson plays a limo driver with acting dreams. Naturally.

It’s very funny. It’s very, very dark,” Pattinson told EW of the script nearly two years ago.

Check out the racy, semi-NSFW spot after the jump.

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Casting Net: Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg pic rounds out cast; Plus, Will Ferrell and Jack Black, more

• For some directors, the more absurd the log line, the better the movie. David Cronenberg’s (Videodrome) next film, which will reunite him with his Cosmopolis star Robert Pattinson, is described as a ghost story that also serves as a withering critique of the fame and celebrity-obsessed culture in Los Angeles. Called Maps to the Stars, Julianne Moore and John Cusack have just signed on to join the film as well. Moore can be seen in a number of big films in the next year including the Carrie remake, Non-Stop with Liam Neeson, and The Seventh Son.  [Deadline]

• What started as a  Wall Street Journal article (published just recently on January 28) may now be a movie starring comedic powerhouses Jack Black and Will Ferrell, who are both currently attached to New Line Cinema’s Tag Brothers about a bunch of adults who never called an end to their childhood game of tag. The report says that Ferrell and Black’s involvement will be dependent on the screenplay which is currently being written by Mark Steilen, who served as a second unit director on The Three Stooges and Hall Pass, and wrote and directed 1999’s The Settlement. If Tag Brothers ends up going through, maybe Ferrell will have the opportunity to avenge Baxter.  [The Wrap]

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Casting Net: Eva Green to star in 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'; Plus David Cronenberg, Felicity Jones, Sean Penn

Eva Green (Casino Royale) has signed on to star as Ava Lord in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. In a press release announcing the news, Rodriquez and Miller said “Ava Lord is one of the most deadly and fascinating residents of Sin City.  From the start, we knew that the actor would need to be able to embody the multifaceted characteristics of this femme fatale and we found that in Eva Green.” Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene) will also join the large cast as a stripper named Marcy. Rodriguez and Miller are currently filming in Austin for an October 4 release. [Deadline]

David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method) is teaming up with Don DeLillo again for the The Body Artist, DeLillo’s dreamy 2001 novel about the ordinariness of everyday life….and ghosts. Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) is set to direct, though, and Cronenberg will actually step in front of the camera to star in the film alongside Isabelle Huppert (Amour) and Denis Lavant (Beau Travail, Holy Motors). Cronenberg recently directed an adaptation of DeLillo’s novel Cosmopolis. Even though he’s best known for his directing work, Cronenberg has acted in a handful of projects including some of his own (The Fly, Videodrome) and for some others too (Alias, To Die For). [Variety]

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Casting Net: Rachel Weisz in talks for David Cronenberg's 'Map to the Stars.' Plus: Alan Arkin, Wendi McClendon-Covey

Rachel Weisz is in talks to star in David Cronenberg‘s Map to the Stars, about the shifting, complicated world of agents, managers, and actors in Hollywood (how meta!), with Cronenberg muse Viggo Mortensen and Cosmopolis star Rob Pattinson already attached. The movie, written by Bruce Wagner, will film in Los Angeles. [Deadline]

Alan Arkindryly saucy in Argo and hitting the town with fellow veteran guys Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in next year’s debauchery-filled Stand Up Guys, is in negotiations to join two other greying bigwigs Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone — plus Kim Basinger — in the boxing film Grudge Match, about two retired fighters (De Niro and Stallone) who go head-to-head again in the ring. Peter Segal (Get Smart) is directing from a screenplay by Tim Kelleher, with rewrites by Entourage creator Doug Ellin. [Variety]

Wendi McClendon-Covey, totally hilarious as the foul-mouthed, drunken mama bridesmaid in Bridesmaids, is set to play another mom, this time a single parent with a daughter as one of the four leads in Tyler Perry‘s next movie Single Mom’s Club. Perry is also set to star in the film, which he’s directing, writing and producing. [Variety]

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More than just 'Twilight': Robert Pattinson gains broader box office chops with 'Cosmopolis'

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Robert Pattinson, after years of puckering his sparkling vampire lips and gaining female fans with every perky strand of his swoopy hair in the Twilight films, has finally graduated with alumni cred at the box office, showing he has what it takes to draw in moviegoers beyond the romantic realm of blood-lusty (and just lusty) Edward and Bella.

Pattinson’s whoozy, philosophy-laden pairing with director David Cronenberg, Cosmopolis, racked up a solid $70,339 in three theaters this past Friday through Sunday, when it opened in tightly limited release domestically, according to box office tracker Hollywood.com. The film, about Pattinson as a disillusioned, overly sexed billionaire making his way across Manhattan to get a haircut, has made roughly $266,900 in North America, including theatrical screenings in Canada. Next weekend the film jumps into nationwide limited release in 60 theaters across the U.S., said Dylan Wiley, vice president of theatrical marketing and distribution for the movie’s distributor Entertainment One Films U.S.

“Rob, with this performance, has shown there is more to him than just Twilight,” Wiley tells EW. “This is a very serious actor playing a very serious role with a very serious filmmaker.”

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Robert Pattinson's 'Cosmopolis' gets release date

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Twihards and Don DeLillo fans (DeLihards?), mark your calendars for Aug. 17. That’s when American audiences will finally get to see David Cronenberg’s adaptation of DeLillo’s Cosmopolis, which stars Robert Pattinson as a (dare we say Christian Grey-esque?) billionaire who goes on an existential journey around Manhattan in a limo.

If you can’t wait that long, book a flight to Canada, where the movie opens this weekend, nearly two months before its U.S. debut. (First free health care and now this.) Based on DeLillo’s 2003 novel, movie has a top-shelf cast of costars, including Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, and Samantha Morton.

Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg to reunite for 'Maps to the Stars'

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For those of you who don’t get how David Cronenberg would want to work with Robert Pattinson, just look at Breaking Dawn. If Bella’s pregnancy doesn’t count as a prime example of Cronenbergian body horror, then I don’t know what does. And now, it appears that Pattinson and Cronenberg are hoping to pair up once more following their upcoming Cosmopolis. Pattinson confirmed to EW that he’s attached to the director’s long-gestating Maps to the Stars — although he’s not sure when they would begin production. “I don’t know if I’m doing it next,” he says. Cronenberg has stated that he hopes to cast frequent collaborator Viggo Mortensen as well.

The film would be based on a script by novelist and screenwriter Bruce Wagner, who has also written an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s novel, As She Climbed Across the Table, for Cronenberg. “It’s about child stars,” says Pattinson of Wagner’s script. “It’s very funny. It’s very, very dark.”

Cosmopolis, which is based on a 2003 Don DeLillo novel, debuted two weeks ago at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Cannes: Robert Pattinson plays a lethal finance bad boy in David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis.' Plus, a Palme d'Or conspiracy theory

David Cronenberg is often the kind of director who makes art when he thinks he’s going mainstream (A Dangerous Method, The Fly) and winds up with a crock when he thinks he’s making art (the inexplicable 1996 Cannes Special Jury Prize winner Crash). Cosmopolis, which premiered this morning, may star the Most Coveted Sexy Franchise Heartthrob in the Universe, Robert Pattinson, but it is nevertheless in the icy, stultifying tradition of such hermetically sealed Cronenberg duds as M. Butterfly and Videodrome. For most of this one, we’re sealed in a white stretch limousine, the interiors of which Cronenberg shoots from symmetrical low angles, so that it feels as if we’re caught inside a black-leather rectangular room. Pattinson plays Eric Packer, a 28-year-old billionaire assets manager who orders his chauffeur to take him across Manhattan for a haircut. He stops and gets out for occasional meals in upscale coffee shops, but mostly, seated in his luxe chamber of a car, he hectors an underling (Jay Baruchel), has sex with one of his mistresses (Juliette Binoche), and holds court on the brave new world of cyber-capitalism, with its liquidly opaque digital ethereality and indomitable new breed of global-transactional high flier. READ FULL STORY

Cannes 2012 preview: Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, and Kristen Stewart bring Hollywood glitz to the French Riviera -- VIDEO

Since its inception in 1947, the Cannes Film Festival has been the ne plus ultra of international cinema, but rarely has the festival featured quite so many American filmmakers and Hollywood movie stars. The 2012 Cannes festival gets underway on Wednesday with the opening film, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, and over the course of the subsequent 11 days, the festival will premiere films starring (deep breath) Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, Zac Efron, Shia LaBeouf, Robert Pattinson, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hardy, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, and Matthew McConaughey (in two movies!), with filmmakers like Anderson, Lee Daniels, and John Hillcoat screening their films in competition for the first time. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and the HBO TV movie Hemingway & Gellhorn are both premiering out of competition.

EW’s Owen Gleiberman will be detailing all his thoughts on the great and not so great at Cannes, but here’s a quick primer on what’s likely to light up the famed Croisette, in chronological order of their big premieres inside the cavernous Grand Théâtre Lumière.  READ FULL STORY

‘Cosmopolis’ trailer: Sex, death and Robert Pattinson in search of a haircut

What exactly is David Cronenberg’s upcoming film Cosmopolis about? From what I can glean from the new full-length trailer, it’s a convoluted tale of murder, money, guns, sewer rats, riots, sex, and power in New York City, with Robert Pattinson as an ambitious Patrick Bateman-like assets manager at the center of it all. Pattinson plays Eric Packer, the 28-year-old millionaire protagonist who treks across Manhattan to… get a haircut. READ FULL STORY

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