The Hollywood satire Maps to the Stars, the second David Cronenberg-Robert Pattinson collaboration to be screened in competition for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival – following Cosmopolis two years ago – is one of the most anticipated films at the festival for obvious reasons: although an international box office disappointment, the brainy, stream-of-consciousness Cosmopolis earned a number of enthusiastic reviews and was the runner-up (trailing only Leos Carax's fellow white limo movie Holy Motors) on the list of Best Films of 2012 compiled by the prestigious Cahiers du Cinéma. Check out below the "international" (as in, with French subtitles) red band trailer for Maps to the Stars clip, and you'll learn exactly why Julianne Moore's (hilariously crass and classy) Havana Segrand – a younger-looking, slightly less crazed version of Gloria Swanson's Norma Desmond – lost a coveted role to Jayne Heitmeyer's Azita Wachtel.
By watching the four Maps to the Stars clips further down this article, you'll learn that Robert Pattinson is a chauffeur and screenwriter wannabe (somewhat like William Holden in Sunset Blvd.), that sexual abuse is the "new religion" for unimaginative storytellers (point well taken), and that the parents of Mia Wasikowska's scar-faced Agatha Weiss are (so she claims) brother and sister. But that's a secret.
Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd. meets Blake Edward's S.O.B. meets George Cukor's What Price Hollywood? meets Robert Altman's The Player meets David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. – perhaps with a touch of Harold Prince's Something for Everyone, in addition to, who knows, Scanners and The Fly? Now, on to the Maps to the Stars red band trailer:
'Maps to the Star's cast
Besides four-time Oscar nominee Julianne Moore (Boogie Nights, The End of the Affair, Far From Heaven, The Hours); Robert Pattinson, to date best known as Edward Cullen in the Twilight movie series opposite Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner; and Mia Wasikowska, to date best known as Alice in Tim Burton 's Alice in Wonderland opposite Johnny Depp, Maps to the Stars also features John Cusack (The Grifters, Being John Malkovich), Carrie Fisher (recently in the news because she'll have a role in the next Star Wars sequel, J.J. Abram's Star Wars: Episode VII), Cosmopolis' Sarah Gadon, Olivia Williams (The Ghost Writer, Peter Pan), and Evan Bird as a former child star turned teen drug addict.
Also in Maps to the Stars: Niamh Wilson, Emilia McCarthy, Jayne Heitmeyer, Amanda Brugel, Kiara Glasco, Joe Pingue, Justin Kelly, Ari Cohen, Jennifer Gibson, Chris Anton, Jonathan Watton, Donald Burda, Clara Pasieka, George Dawe, Gord Rand, and Byron Lane. (See also: 'Maps to the Star's gets German distribution.)
Bruce Wagner is credited for the Maps to the Stars screenplay. Wagner's satirical look at Hollywood life – which really is just an overblown microcosm of life anywhere else – had been doing the rounds for years, until David Cronenberg finally got the chance (and the financing) to tackle it.
Robert Pattinson Maps to the Stars photo: eOne.