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David Cronenberg on Predicting the Future and What a Dog’s Reality Is Like

Still from Cronenberg's eXistenZ.

Still from Cronenberg’s eXistenZ.

via Wired:

Canadian director David Cronenberg has always been fascinated by technology, whether it’s the grotesque hand/gun hybrid in Videodrome or the fleshy ports in eXistenZ that allow gamers to plug directly into their spines. That interest is fully on display in Cronenberg’s first novel, Consumed, a murder mystery which explores the way that YouTube and 3D printing are shaping our reality.

“I definitely belong on your blog,” David Cronenberg says in Episode 125 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “I was definitely a geek. I don’t think I was a nerd, socially, but I was definitely a geek and loved technology.”

Consumed concerns a young couple, Nathan and Naomi, who travel the world in search of ever more scandalous material to post online. They text each other constantly but rarely meet face to face, masters of the digital world but strangely disconnected from the real one.

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Long Live the Old Flesh: David Cronenberg’s ‘Consumed’

71luh+wAwxL._SL1500_via Pop Matters:

I took a film studies course during my undergraduate program that was focused on the works of Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg, probably the most visible Canadian filmmaker after James Cameron. I remember that the professor introduced Cronenberg by saying that he actually never originally set out to be a director. Rather, he wanted to be a novelist. It was just happenstance that he started making films.

Well, here we are more than four decades into Cronenberg’s career (I’m counting early works such as Stereo and Crimes of the Future), a period that includes films such as Scanners,Videodrome, The Fly, A History of Violence and countless, countless others, and Cronenberg has finally gotten around to fulfilling his early dream. At the age of 71, he has finally published his debut novel, Consumed. And, pardon the pun, there’s a lot to chew on here.

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David Cronenberg: Why Frustrated Novelists Hate the Screenplay

"David Cronenberg at BMC Lab in TIFF Bell Lightbox" by Canadian Film Centre via Flickr. (CC by 2.0)

“David Cronenberg at BMC Lab in TIFF Bell Lightbox” by Canadian Film Centre via Flickr. (CC by 2.0)

via The Daily Beast [click through to read the entire interview]:

“I couldn’t have written this novel without the Internet,” the film director David Cronenberg says about Consumed, sounding like one of the obsessed characters lifted from its pages.

Published late last month by Scribner, the book details the bifurcated narratives of a romantically and technologically linked journalist couple, one chasing the story of the grisly and cannibalistic murder involving a famous French philosophy couple and their acolytes, the other a relationship between the doctor behind a mysterious sexually transmitted disease and his strange daughter. In between, the novel features many detours: the Cannes Film Festival, 3-D printing, hooked penises, and transmissions from the “insect kingdom” through fake hearing aids. It’s the most Cronenbergian thing you’ll ever experience, and a little awkward to read on the subway.

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David Cronenberg: ‘My imagination is not a place of horror’

David Cronenberg, Genie Awards 2012 by Alan Langford via Flickr. (CC by 2.0)

David Cronenberg, Genie Awards 2012 by Alan Langford via Flickr. (CC by 2.0)

Cronenberg compares himself to Gergor Samsa? I like him even more.

via The Guardian (Follow the link to read the entire interview):

When the great Canadian film-maker David Cronenberg turned 70 last year he felt, in a word, old. An admirer of Franz Kafka, he said he found himself comparing himself to Gregor Samsa, the protagonist of The Metamorphosis, who wakes up one morning to find – very Cronenbergian – that he’s become a giant beetle.

“You are a new creature,” Cronenberg explains. “Ask anybody who is not advanced in years what they think of 70-year-olds – if they think of them at all – and it’s Alzheimer’s, senile old people and Zimmer frames. Just, ‘Wow, what a burden on the healthcare system.’ Three score and ten, that’s supposed to be it, that’s the biblical age. So there are precedents for considering 70 to be a major moment in your life.”

Once he had come to terms with the shock, though, Cronenberg returned to his work with renewed vigour.

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Harmony Korine Working on Screenplay to Star Robert Pattinson

Pattinson at LA premiere of The Rover. Fahad Ali

Pattinson at LA premiere of The Rover. By Fahad Ali

Robert Pattinson has been trying to prove that he’s more than just a sparkling vampire. And he’s doing a pretty good job, working with the likes of David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars) and Werner Herzog (Queen of the Desert) Pattinson has confirmed that he’s capable of being more than just a teen heartthrob.

And now, Harmony Korine is working on a film written specifically for Pattinson.

via Esquire:

Over the last year, he has been diligently making movie after independent movie, in what has been his first stretch of work post-Twilight. And so far, his direction seems clear – he’s working exclusively with auteurs, on films that are not obviously commercial, and in roles that are uniquely challenging and wildly different, one to the next.

Last summer, he finished The Rover in Australia, a dystopian western from David Michôd, who made 2010’s brilliant Animal Kingdom.

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July 23rd, 1973 – A Chaos Magick Film

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Artist’s Statement:

Modern masters like Alan Moore have often said that “art is magick because art transforms consciousness.” Although there are an increasing amount of psychedelic bands and visual artists working in the medium, none that I’m currently aware of take to their craft with the specific intent of potentially inducing spiritual epiphany in the viewer/listener, which is what the Occult films of Chapel Supremesus (myself and Dean Swanson) strive for. It’s a path I personally started treading at around age 19 by throwing cut-up, mind-fuck mixes together with a $100 sampler and a cheap cassette 4 track. At the time I was years away from my Occult awakening, but crafting bedroom auditory sorcery solely for the purpose of warping my own internal microverse struck me as the most natural way of communing with the great beyond that I could think of.… Read the rest

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EXPLAINED: The Famous Head Explosion in Scanners

If you’ve ever wondered how David Cronenberg and his team managed to create that infamous head explosion in Scanners, you’re in luck. The new Criterion release of Cronenberg’s classic (which is on sale now at Barnes and Noble) contains interviews with the Scanners team who explain how they designed such a realistic portrayal of an exploding head on a limited budget.

The interview was uploaded to YouTube courtesy of the Criterion Collection:

After watching this, special effects supervisor Gary Zeller has earned a place in my “most badass artists” wall of fame.

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The Pope of Trash Interviews the King of Body Horror

Screen shot 2014-06-30 at 1.15.07 PMAbout a week ago the venerable Pope of Trash, John Waters, had a spectacular interview with the King of Body Horror, David Cronenberg. Every year at the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF), John Waters sits down to interview the new “Filmmaker on the Edge” nominee. This year was Cronenberg’s year and the interview was about as awesome as you’d expect.

They discuss Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch and his working relationship with William S. Burroughs, Cronenberg’s genres of “body horror” and “venereal horror,” and his current relationship with horror movies.

Unfortunately this isn’t the entire interview, I couldn’t find one online. Indiewire, however, did a great write-up and you can read that here.

You can skip to about 6:30 for the interview.

DAVID CRONENBERG interviews with John Waters PIFF Provincetown Town Hall from LIPTV 2 on Vimeo.

Some highlighted quotes:

Waters: “We’ve both featured assholes in a special way.”

Cronenberg [In reference to his white sunglasses on the red carpet at Cannes]: “They said I ruled the red carpet.”

Cronenberg [In reference to Naked Lunch]: “It really was a fusion of my DNA and William Burroughs’.”

Waters: “Ever been to a nude beach?

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