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Red Band Trailer for MAPS TO THE STARS Directed by David Cronenberg

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 2:45 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Focus Features has released a Maps to the Stars red-band trailer, and it provides a case study in trying to sell a movie. There are quite a few key characters, but it begins with Mia Wasikowska’s Agatha, a young woman fresh out of the psych ward who heads off to LA for redemption.  She scores a job as actress Havana Segrand’s (Julianne Moore) personal assistant, but the more Agatha wedges her way into the Tinseltown environment, the more twisted her journey becomes. David Cronenberg is a great director, but his latest movie, Maps to the Stars, has received mixed reviews after playing at the Cannes Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Maps to the Stars will be in theaters, On Demand, and iTunes on February 27th.

The official synopsis paints a bizarre picture:

Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13. Yet unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town – mysteriously scarred and tormented Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), just released from a psych ward and ready to start again. She soon works her way into a friendship with a limo driver (Robert Pattinson) and becomes personal assistant to unraveling actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), who is beset by the ghost of her legendary mother, Clarice (Sarah Gadon). But Agatha is on a quest for redemption – and even in this realm of the artificial, and the unearthly, she’s determined to find it, no matter what it takes.

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