'Winter Sleep' scores the Palme d'Or at Cannes

'Winter Sleep' scores the Palme d'Or at Cannes

CANNES , France, May 26 (UPI) --Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's drama, "Winter Sleep," has won the Cannes Film Festival's top prize -- the Palme d'Or, organizers announced during the weekend.
Karen Butler
David Cronenberg discusses the 'desperation' of his characters in 'Maps to the Stars'

David Cronenberg discusses the 'desperation' of his characters in 'Maps to the Stars'

CANNES, France, May 20 (UPI) --David Cronenberg says his new film, 'Maps to the Stars,' is about people in Hollywood and elsewhere who are 'desperate to assert their existence.'
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'Maps to the Stars' debuts dramatic first trailer

'Maps to the Stars' debuts dramatic first trailer

LOS ANGELES, April 15 (UPI) -- Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson star in the dramatic first trailer for "Maps to the Stars."
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Pattinson followed Cronenberg in new film

CANNES, France, May 26 (UPI) -- Robert Pattinson said he stuck to the script while filming "Cosmopolis," which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Castle-Hughes signs on to Syfy's 'Rewind'

Castle-Hughes signs on to Syfy's 'Rewind'

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jennifer Ferrin, Robbie Jones and Keon Mohajeri joined the cast of "Rewind," an action thriller pilot shooting in Toronto, Syfy said.
Theron set for career tribute in NYC

Theron set for career tribute in NYC

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Film stars Charlize Theron and Gary Oldman, and director David Cronenberg will be honored at the 21st annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York.
Cruise in talks for 'Matarese Circle'

Cruise in talks for 'Matarese Circle'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Tom Cruise is in talks to star with Denzel Washington in Robert Ludlum's spy thriller "The Matarese Circle," Variety reported Wednesday.
'819' wins audience prize at Rome fest

'819' wins audience prize at Rome fest

ROME, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Giacomo Battiato's political drama "Resolution 819" won the gold Marcus Aurelius award for best film voted by the public at the Rome Film Festival.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 15, 2008.
By United Press International

Christians influence Canadian film funding

OTTAWA, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- A conservative Canadian Christian group is taking credit for lobbying the Conservative government to withhold tax credits for films themed on sex or violence.

Many stars won't cross Globes picket line

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Many nominees say they will not cross a Writers Guild of America picket line if there is one in front of the upcoming Golden Globe awards ceremony.

Toronto fest lists Canadian film line-up

TORONTO, July 18 (UPI) -- David Cronenberg, Denys Arcand and Francois Girard are among Canadian directors whose films will be featured at the Toronto Film Festival.

Naomi Watts tapped for biopic

HOLLYWOOD, June 7 (UPI) -- "The Painted Veil" star Naomi Watts is set to headline the Hollywood adaptation of "We Are All the Same" for the Bureau of Moving Pictures production company.

Polanski chides reporters at Cannes

CANNES, France, May 21 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski criticized the media attending the 60th Cannes Film Festival in France, chiding reporters for "such poor questions."

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Tuesday, May 15, 2007.
By United Press International
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David Cronenberg
Director David Cronenberg arrives on the red carpet during the Rome International Film Festival in Rome on October 23, 2008. Cronenberg is in Rome with a show of his film stills called "Chromosomes". (UPI Photo/David Silpa)

David Paul Cronenberg, OC, FRSC (born March 15, 1943) is a Canadian filmmaker, screenwriter, and occasional actor. He is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror or venereal horror genre. This style of filmmaking explores people's fears of bodily transformation and infection. In his films, the psychological is typically intertwined with the physical. In the first half of his career, he explored these themes mostly through horror and science fiction, although his work has since expanded beyond these genres.

Cronenberg was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he currently lives. He is the son of Esther (née Sumberg), a musician, and Milton Cronenberg, a writer and editor. He was raised in a middle-class secular Jewish family, and remained an atheist. Cronenberg attended Harbord Collegiate Institute, later graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in literature, having switched from science. He has cited William S. Burroughs and Vladimir Nabokov as influences.

After two short sketch films and two short art-house features (the black and white Stereo and the colour Crimes of the Future) Cronenberg went into partnership with Ivan Reitman. The Canadian government provided financing for Cronenberg's films through the 1970s. Cronenberg alternated his signature "body horror" films such as Shivers with projects reflecting his interest in car racing and bike gangs. Rabid exploited the unexpected acting talents of porn queen Marilyn Chambers (Cronenberg's first choice was a young, then-unknown Sissy Spacek). Rabid was a breakthrough with international distributors and his next two horror features gained stronger support.

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