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Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’ Strong In Debut, ‘Robot & Frank’ Solid: Specialty Box Office

By | Sunday August 19, 2012 @ 11:05am PDT

Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

Cosmopolis launched its run in the U.S. and qualified as a master of the specialty universe – at least this weekend. After a blitz of media coverage worthy of a studio blockbuster, the David Cronenberg-directed, Robert Pattinson-starrer averaged a fairly impressive $24K-plus in three locations Stateside. The Cannes opener somehow failed to impress Canadian audiences when it opened in early summer (distributor Entertainment One reported its North American cume at $268,900, which includes Canada). Next week, eOne will add 20 markets in the U.S. followed by more at the end of the month. Samuel Goldwyn’s Robot & Frank also debuted with promising numbers. It averaged $19,117 in a pair of theaters, while Magnolia Pictures’ opened Compliance in one theater with a solid $16K.
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‘Chicken With Plums,’ ‘Cosmopolis,’ ‘Robot & Frank’: Specialty Box Office Preview

By | Thursday August 16, 2012 @ 7:52pm PDT

Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis certainly has the publicity machine running in its favor with star Robert Pattinson getting lots of attention. Although the barrage of coverage has centered on the actor’s personal life, the movie’s distributor eOne said the star has stayed on message, focusing squarely on the film. Also among this weekend’s specialty openers, Persepolis filmmakers follow their popular Oscar-nominated movie with Chicken With Plums from Sony Pictures Classics, while Magnolia Films opens Compliance and Samuel Goldwyn Films ushers in its tech-laden Robot & Frank.

Chicken With Plums (Poulet aux prunes)
Directors-writers: Vincent Parannaud, Marjane Satrapi
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer, Maria de Medeiros, Chiara Mastroianni
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Sony Pictures Classics released Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s breakout Iran-set animated Persepolis Stateside back in 2007 and received two Oscar-nominations. SPC co-heads Michael Barker and Tom Bernard had the filmmakers’ followup on their radar and eventually took it on. “We were interested in this film after our experience on Persepolis,” Barker said. Persepolis took in over $4.4 million at the box office. “We read the screenplay and liked it very much. We liked working with Marjane and Celluloid Dreams was selling the film … and then we saw it in its first screening in Toronto.” Set in France, the drama centers on a renowned violinist who loses his beloved instrument and cannot find a worthy replacement, which plunges him into deep despair. “It’s one of those films that is incredibly magical and she has a great following as a filmmaker,” said Barker. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’

By | Wednesday July 11, 2012 @ 6:25pm PDT

Here’s a trailer for David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis with Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche and Samantha Morton. Based on Don DeLillo’s novel, the Entertainment One release opens August 17th:

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‘Cosmopolis’ To Open In U.S. On Aug. 17

By | Thursday June 7, 2012 @ 2:48pm PDT

LOS ANGELES/TORONTO – JUNE 7, 2012 – Entertainment One Films US is thrilled to announce the US release date for David Cronenberg’s COSMOPOLIS has been set for August 17, 2012. The film had its world premiere at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival. COSMOPOLIS will open in New York and Los Angeles before expanding into additional markets.

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TOLDJA! EOne Picks Up Rights To ‘Cosmopolis’

By | Thursday May 3, 2012 @ 1:40pm PDT

Related: Another Pre-Cannes Deal: EOne Closing In On David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’

LOS ANGELES/TORONTO/LONDON – MAY 3, 2012 – Entertainment One (“eOne”) is pleased to announce that it has acquired the US and UK distribution rights to COSMOPOLIS in all media, from Paris-based Kinology. As previously announced, eOne will also handle the theatrical release of the film in Canada.

Based on award-winning writer Don DeLillo’s novella of the same name, Cosmopolis is a contemporary thriller about a hedge fund trader who is stalked while his fortune evaporates under the weight of his cynical bets against the survival of the global economy.

Directed by the highly-esteemed and multi-award winning David Cronenberg, the film stars Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche and Paul Giamatti. Cosmopolis is a presentation of Paulo Branco and Martin Katz. The film is produced by Paulo Branco of Alfama Films and Martin Katz of Prospero Pictures and is co-produced by Grégoire Melin of Kinology.

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Another Pre-Cannes Deal: EOne Closing In On David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’

By | Thursday May 3, 2012 @ 10:21am PDT
Mike Fleming

Cosmopolis Robert PattinsonEXCLUSIVE: Cannes is two weeks away and already the deals are percolating. Yesterday, The Weinstein Company paid upwards of $3 million for the Dustin Hoffman-directed Quartet. Now, I’m told eOne is closing in on a deal to pay $2 million for North American and UK distribution rights to Cosmopolis, the David Cronenberg-directed adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel that stars Robert Pattinson as financial wunderkind Eric Packer, who risks his entire fortune to bet against the yen on a tumultuous day.

David Cronenberg CosmopolisHis deed puts him in the crosshairs for assassination in a drama that is a study of capitalism in a slightly futuristic metropolis. Most of the scenes in the book take place in the limousine that transports Packer from place to place. Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti and Samantha Morton also star. EOne has distribution pipelines in Canada and England, and I’m told it will also distribute in the U.S. The acquisition seems pricey, though Cronenberg certainly has a following in his home turf in Canada. Here is the film’s trailer:

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Hot Teaser: ‘Cosmopolis’

By | Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 11:57am PDT

David Cronenberg wrote and directed Cosmopolis based on Don DeLillo’s novel, a study of capitalism in a slightly futuristic metropolis. It stars Robert Pattinson and is a sure bet to be headed for Cannes in May. It is being released first May 23 in France, where it is the first release from Stone Angels, the new company founded by Luc Besson’s former partner Pierre Ange Le Pogam. Jay Baruchel, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric and Sarah Gadon co-star.

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Film Casting Roundup

Mike Fleming

Jay Baruchel has joined Robert Pattinson in the David Cronenberg-directed Cosmopolis. Pattinson plays a financial wiz kid who puts his life in danger by betting his entire fortune against the yen on a tumultous day in the adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel. Baruchel plays the shy guy who founded the company, and who acts as the trader’s conscience. Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric and Sarah Gadon also star. Baruchel just wrapped Goon, which he co-wrote with Evan Goldberg, and starred in and produced. He’s repped by CAA and Thruline. …

Maggie Grace has wrapped up her deal  with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp to reprise the daughter role alongside Liam Neeson in Taken 2, the film that Transporter 3 helmer Olivier Megaton is poised to direct. Grace just completed Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and Lockout, which Besson also produced, and which has been set for distribution with FilmDistrict. She’s repped by UTA and Global Creative. … Read More »

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David Cronenberg Taps Sarah Gadon Again For ‘Cosmopolis’

By | Monday March 28, 2011 @ 1:25pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Sarah Gadon has been set to star alongside Rob Pattinson in Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg’s next directorial effort. It’s her second straight film with the director after wrapping A Dangerous Method. Cronenberg, who adapted the Cosmopolis script from the Don DeLillo novel, has cast Gadon as the estranged wife of financial wunderkind Eric Packer (Pattinson). He risks his entire fortune to bet against the yen on a tumultuous day, a move that puts him in an assassin’s crosshairs as he moves from place to place in a limo in a study of capitalism that takes place in a slightly futuristic metropolis. Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti and Mathieu Amalric are also in the cast. Read More »

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Robert Pattinson To Star In David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’

By | Wednesday January 5, 2011 @ 2:48pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Robert Pattinson has booked his first major lead for when he completes The Twilight Saga. Pattinson will star in Cosmopolis, the Don DeLillo novel adaptation that David Cronenberg wrote and will direct. Pattinson, who just starred with Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz in Fox 2000′s Francis Lawrence-directed adaptation of the  Sara Gruen novel Water For Elephants, will play Eric Packer. A financial wunderkind, Packer risks his entire fortune to bet against the yen on a tumultuous day. His deed puts him in the crosshairs for assassination in a drama that is a study of capitalism in a slightly futuristic metropolis. Most of the scenes in the book take place in the limousine that transports Packer from place to place. Marion Cotillard and Paul Giamatti are also reportedly doing the film, but those same reports had Colin Farrell poised to take the lead role.

As Pattinson and his Twilight Saga castmates plan their careers after the series is completed–Bill Condon is directing the final film right now, Pattinson is following a path based on strong filmmakers and tasteful source material. He took the role because he is a big fan of Cronenberg’s work and an admirer of DeLillo’s books. He’s repped by WME and 3 Arts.

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