The chauffeurs send huge congratulations to Sarah Gadon! We loved her performance as Elise “We will. We Shall” Shifrin and are thrilled to see it recognized last night by The Vancouver Film Circle Critics. :)


From The Globe and Mail:

On the Canadian side, Kim Nguyen’s haunting child soldier drama Rebelle and Panos Cosmatos’s feature film debut Beyond the Black Rainbow each received three awards. Rebelle was named best Canadian film, Rachel Mwanza best actress in a Canadian film, and Serge Kanyinda best supporting actor in a Canadian film.Beyond the Black Rainbow, a science fiction film set 20 years in the past, picked up awards for best director of a Canadian film (Cosmatos), best actor in a Canadian film (Michael Rogers), and best British Columbia film.

Rounding out the Canadian awards, Sarah Gadon was named best supporting actress in a Canadian film for David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis.

Congratulations Sarah! And congratulations to ‘Cosmopolis’ for all the nominations.

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‘Cosmopolis’ is starting 2013 with a BANG; it arrived on DVD and Bluray on Jan 1 and is showing up on an impressive number of “Best of 2012″ lists. Now, lucky Torontonians have another chance to see ‘Cosmopolis’ on the big screen at TIFF Bell Lighthouse this Friday and Saturday (January 11 & 12). As if that isn’t enough bang for your buck (see what I did there?) the man himself, David Cronenberg, will be addressing the audience at the Friday screening only.

You can click HERE to order tickets online or call 1-416-599-TIFF for further info.

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Slant Magazine reviewed the Cosmopolis Bluray and gave the overall film and features 4 out of 5 stars. Here’s an excerpt of the special features review.


Cronenberg delivers another distinctive, compulsively listenable commentary track. Per usual, he comes across assuredly articulate, icily intellectual, and dry as a martini. He discusses what interested him in Don DeLillo’s novel (above and beyond the book’s prescient socioeconomic material, it was DeLillo’s mannered dialogue, which the director describes as “Pinteresque,” that struck him) and how he put together a script in just six days. Cronenberg covers at length the casting process and the rigors of the studio-bound shooting (combining sets and extensive CGI in order to have Toronto stand in for New York). Funniest bit: Cronenberg advising Robert Pattinson that if a GP ever gave him a prostate exam that lasted as long as the one in the film, that doctor had plans for him “other than medical.” Calling “Citizens of Cosmopolis” a featurette is a bit of a misnomer, since this comprehensive making-of doc runs as long as the film itself. Featuring most of the cast and crew as talking heads, it also provides unprecedented, in-depth access to Cronenberg’s directorial process. As such, it’s essential viewing for fans and film students alike. And if that’s not enough, the disc includes another 30 minutes’ worth of interviews; some of the material is culled from the documentary, but sufficiently expanded on to make them worthwhile in their own right.

Click HERE for more on the Bluray review and a reprint of the film review. We posted it back during Cannes but it’s great and should be read again (“diamond-hard and dazzlingly brilliant“).

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In a press release today, Telefilm Canada announced their investment of $2.7 million in Cosmopolisand released a new behind-the-scenes photo from stills photographer, Caitlin Cronenberg.

From Telefilm Canada:

Montreal, June 16, 2011 – Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce that it has invested $2.7 million through its Canada Feature Film Fund into David Cronenberg’s (Eastern Promises) latest film Cosmopolis, for which principal photography recently began. The feature is adapted from Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name and stars Robert Pattinson (Water For Elephants, The Twilight Saga). The 40-day shoot on location and in studio will run through mid-July in Toronto.

“David Cronenberg is the definitive Canadian artist, who despite receiving many tempting offers to move to Hollywood, has remained in Canada to practice his craft,” said Carolle Brabant, Telefilm Executive Director. “Since his early years in the 70s as a visionary horror film director, Telefilm has been a proud supporter of this edgy auteur who constantly eyes new challenges, while all the while creating films that connect with mainstream audiences worldwide.”

David Cronenberg added: “Telefilm has made my career in Canada possible. Their continuous support of my work since my early days as a filmmaker has allowed me to remain and work at home.”

Cosmopolis is produced by Martin Katz (Hotel Rwanda) of Toronto-based Prospero Pictures and Paulo Branco (Mysteries of Lisbon) through Paris-based Alfama Films Production as a Canada-France co-production.

Cosmopolis is a contemporary thriller about a young billionaire asset manager on a twenty-four hour odyssey across Manhattan. Despite traffic jams and a looming financial disaster, Eric Packer (Pattinson) risks traveling cross-town in his stretch limousine for a haircut. During delays including a presidential motorcade, a celebrity funeral, and political protests, Eric receives visitors, both for business and pleasure, in his opulent, high-tech automobile. As the encounters and the economic crisis intensify, Packer cynically gambles with his clients’ fortunes and his own. The stakes are enormous, and in the hours that pass, Packer’s limousine and life veer toward the end of an era.

Rounding out the all-star international cast are Academy Award-winner Juliette Binoche (Chocolat), Academy Award-nominee Paul Giamatti (Barney’s Version),Academy Award-nominee Samantha Morton (In America), Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method), Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) and Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder, The Trotsky).

About Telefilm Canada

Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides financial support to the private sector to create distinctively Canadian products that appeal to domestic and international audiences. Telefilm also administers the Canada Media Fund.

Such a supportive press release. So much love in Canada. :)

Photo credit: Caitlin Cronenberg

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Keira Knightley out! Who’s going to be our Elise Shifrin?!


Keira Knightley will not be appearing in David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis”, the actress’s reps confirmed to us today. Knightley’s name was brought into the casting conversation following some eagle-eyed fans seeing her name listed alongside star Robert Pattinson’s on the production company’s website. When the internet exploded with the news, her name was quickly removed and her reps declined to comment on her involvement until today, with a solid “she’s not in it”.

Update via The Playlist:

Reps for Knightley confirm the Up and Comers report stressing that she was never actually “on” the project.

Well….where do we go from here? We’ve already dream-casted Elise. Emily Blunt won our poll. offered their own thoughts as well. Do our new limo riders have any additional suggestions? A known actress? Unknown? How do you feel about Knightley being Nancy Babich’d? This MUST be discussed. Who will be Eric Packers wife…

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Poll: Dream Cast – Jane Melman Edition

Ah Jane Melman. The scene between Eric and Jane in the limo is a favourite amongst us. It’s intense and absurd and yes, obscenely hot. It’s an intriguing scene as well because it’s one of the few times Eric ”sees” someone really intently. He mentions at other times during the story that he doesn’t look at faces and also he doesn’t remember faces.

From his stooped position, Eric looked directly into Jane’s face. He liked doing this, which surprised him. In the office she was an edgy presence, skeptical, adversarial, aloof, with a gift for sustained complaint. Here, she was a single running mother in a foldout seat, knock-kneed and touchingly, somehow, gaunt. A splash of hair lay moist and flat on her forehead, showing the first faint veining of gray. The water bottle dangled from a lank hand.

From Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo

So let’s look at some lovely ladies. You guys had great suggestions and we added some to our own Chauffeur choices. Jane, like all the women in Cosmopolis, holds her own with Eric. Can’t wait to see how this poll goes – as before, feel free to write-in your noms if you don’t see her here!

“How come we’ve never spent this kind of time together?” Jane Melman, Cosmopolis

Yeah, Eric. Why??

Dream Cast Jane Melman



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Cosmopolis book discussion: The limo picks up late-comers

Good morning limo riders. Hope everyone had a great weekend.


Over the last couple of weeks we’ve had some general discussion about Cosmopolis as a whole, had some stuff  ‘splained to us and had some fun debating how um, fucked up Eric Packer is. The chauffeurs are thrilled with the enthusiatic response and can’t wait to pick up the conversation again!

Now, word on the street (that’s what we’re calling Twitter now ;) ) is that lots of you are still reading or just finishing up your first read of Cosmopolis. That’s okay. I thought instead of a getting into a detailed topic today we could have kind of a round two. *brief daydream about Remember Me* Sorry about that. Yeah, another round to give everyone a chance to catch up, ask questions, and thoroughly interpret and appreciate Eric’s symbolically losing his clothing throughout the day. That’s right, it’s not some sort of peep show, it has meaning.

So, the limo glides slowly along, picking up those who’ve missed earlier discussions. Hop in, grab a bottle of water and a pair of sunglasses. For the love of Eric leave the rubber gloves alone. Here are a few of the things we talked about previously.

A favourite line…

A favourite scene…

Your general thoughts. Did you like it? Will you read more DeLillo? What do you think of Eric? Any themes jump out at you?

Is there a character you relate to? Who and why? Ask your questions too!

Here’s the poll again, if you missed last week.

Your Verdict on Cosmopolis


Here are links to the previous discussions, if you’re interested. Day 1, Day 2, Topic: Destruction, Topic: Sex (lol at how much that will be clicked) We’re starting fresh here with the newbies – leave your comments here to make the discussion easier to follow. :)

See you in the comments, I mean, the limo. ;)

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He’s Baaaaaack. Paul Giamatti (re)listed on Cosmopolis IMDb

Hope it sticks this time. We chauffeurs are pretty heavily invested in Paul Giamatti as Benno – no dream casting needed, he’s the man.

Combining this with the video of Paul talking Cosmopolis (and stalking Robert Pattinson) at Sundance and it seems like a done deal. Still, imdb has been giving us whiplash lately. I got to thinking about the Golden Globes. Paul won Best Actor (musical or comedy) for his performance in ”Barney’s Version”, a movie with strong Canadian connections and he had these lovely things to say during his acceptance speech. Methinks he like Canada.

Rob turns the tables and stalks Paul…

“An incredible beautiful city which I dream about,” Giamatti said.

“An incredible place in a great nation, Canada. And I salute the great nation of Canada.”

At the time, I thought he was speaking in code. “I can’t wait to work in Canada again – with a Canadian director. It will be great because Canada is great. I wish I could confirm Cosmopolis to everyone right now.”

Paul and Keira Knightley aren’t yet listed on Alfama’s site so we continue to wait for official word. I wonder if Chauffeur M would make a “Paul with a towel on his head” paper for next Friday?? ;)


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Poll: Dream Cast – Didi Fancher Edition

UPDATE: Michelle Pfeiffer was our poll winner! We had some fantastic write-in noms including, Gretchen Mol, Helen Hunt, me, Sharon Stone, Tea Leoni, Jane Lynch and Naomi Watts. It’s a great role and I think we’re all looking forward to who might be cast. You guys had great comments – can’t wait for next time… (Pastry Assassin or Jane??? Hmmm) Happy Super Bowl Sunday! #GoSteelers
She put a hand to his chest, self-dramatically, to determine he was here and real. Then they began to stumble and clutch, working toward the bedroom. They hit the doorpost and bounced. One of her shoes began to angle off but she could not shake free and he had to kick it away. He pressed her against the wall drawing, a minimalist grid executed over several weeks by two of the artist’s adjutants working with measuring instruments and graphite pencils. Cosmopolis, Don DeLillo


I’ve already confessed to being obsessed with the female characters in Cosmopolis. Elise, Jane, Kendra and Vija are vividly written and their encounters with Eric reveal so much about his character – the good, the bad and the intensely sexual. Didi’s encounter with Eric is also intense and revealing. She, however, is not as well described as the other women; we get her age, a blonde reference and Eric himself referring to her as “gorgeous”. Let the Dream Casting begin! ;)

“Here lies Didi. Trapped in all the old puritanisms.” He rolled belly down and they lay close, hips and shoulders touching. He licked along the rim of her ear and put his face in her hair, rooting softly. Cosmopolis, Don DeLillo


So… Didi, the “47 year old scorched blonde”. I googled “scorched blonde”. Got ONE hair result and a bunch of Rob sites talking about this movie. (Tink at Robsessed! Holla!) I still don’t know what scorched blonde means. *shrug* Here’s some of the names that I’ve seen in our discussion groups and on Twitter, plus one or two of my own ideas. There’s an age range here between 39 and 52 because I’m not sure how much they’ll push the “older woman” issue. Didi is sensitive, artistic, motherly. She seems sophisticated but also naive, a bit vulnerable in a way. “I miss things,” she says, along with, “I missed that. I miss a lot.”

Let’s see our contenders… in no particular order…

Dream cast: Didi (Poll Closed)







A little caveat: this is just for fun. We don’t know if Cronenberg will go with ”unknowns” for these roles or if they might be quirky cameos. (I can’t wait to dream cast Vija… and Jane… I love imagining different people in these roles!) We don’t have any idea if these ladies are available or even know about/want a role in this film. I repeat: just for fun.

Add your own pick in comments :) You guys have no idea how close I came to adding Betty White to this poll.

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“Cosmopolis will be a no doubt smash hit.”

MetroWNY had a couple of thoughtful and positive posts today about Cosmopolis. The first excerpt touched on the benefit of having Paul Giamatti in the limo:

Giamatti is a very accomplished actor who can help Robert Pattinson is more ways than most people might think.

With the star power of Robert Pattinson and the accomplished acting skills and name recognition that Paul Giamatti brings to the table, Cosmopolis will be a no doubt smash hit.

The next excerpt discusses Pattinson’s potential in the role of Eric Packer and what this movie could mean for his career.

What we don’t know is if he can play the role of action star.

Granted the role in Cosmopolis is not exactly the role of John McClane in the Die Hard series but nonetheless it will still be considered an action/suspense movie which is unlike anything he has done before. Please don’t tell me that the Twilight movies are action films because they are not. They are fantasy films and are nothing like a true action/suspense movie. Cosmopolis gives Robert Pattinson a chance to show that not only can he play any role but he can do it better than anyone else.

If Pattinson can turn Cosmopolis into a hit then he will be right up there with Johnny Depp as far as the greatest actors currently in the movies. While not everything is within Robert’s control, as the writing will be the most important factor as to whether or not the movie is a success, he can be the difference between Cosmopolis being a good movie and it being a blockbuster hit.

Giamatti still being attached to Cosmopolis is nothing but positive and Pattinson will surely strengthen his resume and acting skills by working with Cronenberg and Giamatti. Can’t wait to get more information on the cast and crew :) Click the sources to read the articles in their entirety.

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