Tuesday, April 14, 2009


OK, another eight month have passed without a post but life in the Cronendrome is slow. A couple of interesting and sad news items prompt this new post. Firstly the death of Marilyn Chambers, Porn Queen and armpit fanged parasite host of Rabid. This youtube link is of an interview where she discusses Rabid and a full obiturary is here.
Next to the new Cronenberg project The Matarese Circle which seems to be further depressing and dividing admirers of his work. I've got to say I'm always interested in his projects whatever the direction and have always been keen to see what he would do if he helmed a studio A list property. These comments in the Toronto Star give me hope for the project and Cronenberg's approach:

"I think when you get too comfortable, you need to scare yourself by trying something you've never done before," he explains.
"It comes from the same place as wanting to direct an opera, or write a novel, or curate an Andy Warhol art exhibit." Ludlum's book was written 30 years ago, during the Cold War, in a world where cellphones and the Internet were unknown.
"It's not easy to keep all the satisfying elements people expect and still find a way to subvert the genre and surprise the audience," Cronenberg says.
"Usually when I write, I don't visualize the characters, because I want them to have a life of their own, but in this case I am writing it specifically for these two actors. Tom and I get along very well. I was at his house in L.A. a couple of weeks ago, and he's very excited."

Yes it does sound a little too cosy but he is writing the screenplay. Of course it may never happen despite the talent attached (Tom, Denzil and Dave might struggle to make good a $150 million budget).

Finally just received a catalogue for Cronenberg's recent exhibition CHROMOSONES mounted by Volumina, the gallery responsible for the Red Cars project. Cronenberg selected 60 frames from his films and these were manipulated and printed onto canvas under his supervision. Pricey catalogue but interesting with many key Cronenberg associates explaining their interest in each image. Available direct from Volumina's website here

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