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Maps To The Stars

Posted 24 Mar 2015 — by Ezra Stead
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Didn't Get

By Ezra Stead 

Maps to the Stars, Canada / Germany / France / USA, 2014

Directed by David Cronenberg

Maps to the Stars is gleefully disreputable and never less than entertaining. However, it lacks the narrative focus and thematic bite to rank among Cronenberg's best films. Maps to the StarsIf A Dangerous Method (the end of the Viggo Mortensen trilogy as I like to call it, the first two being A History of Violence and Eastern Promises) shows David Cronenberg at his most respectable, and Cosmopolis presents the Canadian director at his most unwatchable, his latest manages to avoid both of those traps. A sleazy, trashy, dark comedy about the amoral self-absorption of Hollywood, Maps to the Stars is gleefully disreputable and never less than entertaining. However, it lacks the narrative focus and thematic bite to rank among Cronenberg’s best films.

The most coherent and interesting thread to be found amongst the rather large, interconnected ensemble concerns an aging actress (Julianne Moore) angling for the part played by her now deceased mother in a remake of one of the latter’s classic films. She hires an assistant (Mia Wasikowska) who has been disfigured by burns in a house fire she herself started. The mentor-protégé relationship gradually sours to the point of a rather shocking conclusion, and an earlier scene in which the pair sing and dance in celebration of the tragic death of another actress’s small child is easily the funniest moment in the film.  Read More

Billboard Music Awards 2011

Posted 21 May 2011 — by Nicole P
Category Essay, Hollywood Beat

By Rachel Menendez The 2011 Billboard Music Awards looks set to be a scorcher, with a hot line up having just been announced.

The 2011 Billboard Music Awards looks set to be a scorcher, with a hot line up having just been announced. Be ready to see amazing performances from a variety of music industry greats from hip hop to country.

Mary J. Blige is teaming up with fellow hip hop legend Lil Wayne for her single “Somebody to Love Me” that is sure to burn up the stage. But that is just the beginning…

Following up, the Far*East Movement takes the stage with One Republic’s Ryan Tedder to perform “Rocketeer” and Snoop Dogg and the Far*East Movement will be performing “If I Was You”. Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo and Nayer will also perform “Give me Everything,” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Read More