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Robert Pattinson Joins James Gray's 'Lost City Of Z' With Benedict Cumberbatch

Last month when we chatted with director James Gray, he cautioned that the fate of his long developing "The Lost City Of Z" depended on how things panned out at this weeks American Film Market. He already put a good foot forward, landing Benedict Cumberbatch for a starring role in the film, and it hopefully this latest bit of casting can put it over the top.

Screen Daily reveals in their print issue from the floor of AFM, that Robert Pattinson is also on board the movie, that Panorama Media is financing and selling rights for as well. The movie is being produced by Brad Pitt's shingle Plan B (he was going to star in a previous iteration of the film before it fell apart at Paramount) and is an adaptation of David Grann's book tell the story of English soldier-turned-explorer Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, whose obsession with the Amazon and belief that an ancient civilization resided there led him on many expeditions where he narrowly escaped death. After financing eventually dried up, Fawcett self-funded one last adventure into the Amazon with his son, from which neither returned. We presume Cumberbatch will play Fawcett, and while there's no word yet on Pattinson's role, perhaps he'll play the son?

As for the tone of the picture, Gray had said to us he's aiming for the epic scale of David Lean but with a “slightly more hallucinogenic feel. Because [the protagonist] went to the jungle and sorta went mad.” So yes, fingers crossed this gets rolling in 2014.

Meanwhile, in case you were worried, Pattinson is still attached to Werner Herzog's "Queen Of The Desert." Recent trade reports about the movie notably didn't have his name among the cast of Nicole Kidman, James Franco (yes, he's confirmed now according to Screen Daily) and Damian Lewis, but rest assured he'll be there. And 2014 spent working with Herzog and Gray? Nicely done, RPatz.

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David Cronenberg Reveals How He Lit the Hollywood Sign

David Cronenberg, 70, recently wrapped his first Los Angeles-shot film, Map to the Stars, about a limo driver played by Robert Pattinson.

The Toronto-bred filmmaker had a mixed U.S.-Canadian crew. "One of the Americans said it was one of the most civilized working conditions he'd experienced in 17 years on set," he says. But that north-of-the-border politeness didn't stop them from rebelling -- just a bit.

Needing to illuminate the famously unlit Hollywood sign for one scene Aug. 20, but not wanting to deal with the bureaucratic hassle and the NIMBYism that would come with a permitting request, they devised a novel way to irradiate it from a mile and a half away using powerful 4K HMI lights.

"It's no different than shining a light from a helicopter," says Cronenberg. "I was frankly just surprised to learn the sign wasn't lit in the first place. If it were Paris, it would be lit at night!"

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Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan to Star in 'Life'

TORONTO – Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan are teaming up to star in Life, the true story about the friendship between James Dean and Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock.

DeHaan will bring Dean to life while Pattinson will portray Stock in the movie being directed by Anton Corbijn.

Iain Canning and Emile Sherman -- the producing team behind the Oscar-winning drama The King's Speech and the acclaimed Michael Fassbender drama Shame -- are producing Life via their See Saw Films. Glen Basner's FilmNation will launch the project to foreign buyers at the Toronto Film Festival.

Stock was a young photographer working for the Magnum agency when he received an assignment that changed his life: to shoot a free-spirited actor named James Dean.

The gig became a personal journey for both as they traveled from L.A. to New York to Indiana. During the trip, Stock captured now-iconic images of the actor before he was launched to stardom with East of Eden (1955).

The movie, with a script by Luke Davies and a budget in the $10 million to $15 million range, is eyeing a shoot in early 2014.

Pattinson (WME, 3 Arts Entertainment, Sloane Offer) recently wrapped David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars as well as The Rover, a futuristic thriller that also stars Guy Pearce.

DeHaan’s career has exploded since his breakthrough in the found-footage sci-fi movie Chronicle. He has The Devil’s Knot, directed by Atom Egoyan, premiering in Toronto, and will also appear as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
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Emilia McCarthy, Jayne Heitmeyer Join Cronenberg's 'Maps to the Stars'

TORONTO -- Emilia McCarthy (Hemlock Grove), Jayne Heitmeyer and Justin Kelly have been added to the cast of David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, which has started production in Toronto and Los Angeles.

McCarthy will play the role of Kayla, while Los Angeles-based Heitmeyer will perform the role of Azita Wachtel. Kelly will play Rehtt.

Amanda Brugel will assume the role of Victoria in the Entertainment One and Prospero Pictures theatrical drama, whose 30-day shoot wraps in August.

Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson (Cosmopolis), John Cusack, Olivia Williams and Sarah Gadon were already announced as part of the ensemble cast.

Based on a script by Bruce Wagner (Wild Palms), Maps to the Stars explores contemporary celebrity obsession, with Cusack playing a Los Angeles psychotherapist and life coach who made his fortune with self-help books promising happiness.

His wife (Williams) is an overbearing mother-manager of a 13-year-old son, played by Evan Bird, while Wasikowska plays the estranged daughter just released from a psychiatric hospital and befriending a limo driver and aspiring actor, played by Pattinson.

The indie sees Moore play an actress with an unusual new assistant (Gadon).

The Maps to the Stars’ creative team includes longtime collaborators of Cronenberg like director of photography Peter Suschitzky, production designer Carol Spier, costume designer Denise Cronenberg, editor Ron Sanders and Oscar-winning composer Howard Shore.

Entertainment One Films International handles worldwide rights, and the Canadian distributor already has the film’s rights in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Australia/New Zealand.

Maps to the Stars is produced by Prospero Pictures’ Martin Katz, SBS Productions’ Saïd Ben Saïd and Michel Merkt.