Archive for April 7, 2010
Okay, I admit it: I’m a Robert Pattinson fan. And it’s not because I admire his creatively gelled hair (although it is impressive), or because I can’t get enough of Twilight (I haven’t read the books). I’m a Robert Pattinson fan because not so long ago—before he starred in Twilight, or lifeless flicks like Remember Me—he made a wonderful film called How to Be. It’s a film so good—and one which he is so good in—that I’m still waiting for him to take a break from playing James Dean wannabees, and return to his How to Be greatness.
Pattinson plays Art, a twenty-something going through
a quarter-life crisis. When his girlfriend dumps him and he moves back in with his parents, he’s got nothing going for him except his songwriting and his job at the local supermarket. The problem is, he’s not very good at either one. After he discovers a self-help book called It’s Not Your Fault, he spends his inheritance and hires the book’s elderly author to move in with him and become his life coach.
If the setup sounds similar to something you’ve seen in any number of films about “the misunderstood outsider who discovers what life is all about,” I’ll ruin the surprise and let you know: How to Be is not that movie, and Art is not your typical misunderstood antihero.
Art wants to be a musician, but doesn’t have much talent. He wants to be close to his parents, but he doesn’t have anything in common with them. He thinks he’s depressed, but he’s really just in a rut.
It’s hard to articulate what makes this film so great. For one, there’s the music. Despite Art’s lack of musical talent, the film has a killer soundtrack. The songs in How to Be do something akin to what Sufjan Stevens’ music did for Little Miss Sunshine. They are playful and wink at the audience, letting us know that Art’s on screen melodramatics are meant to be played for laughs, not tears.
Then there’s Pattinson’s British accent. Other than Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, this is the only film to date where he gets a chance to play an Englishman and speak in his true accent. His American accent, though technically good, tends to sound stilted. In How to Be, Pattinson’s voice has a range that is usually stifled by his impassive characters and their American accents.
Finally, there’s Art himself, who is disarmingly disheveled. His clothes are either too big or too small. He eats brimming bowls of cereal that overflow onto the table. His hair is long, uncombed, and not mussed up by a professional stylist. Basically, the poor guy just can’t get it together.
Pattinson aptly embodies Art’s disheveled state. Maybe it’s because this is pre-millionaire, pre-magazine cover boy Pattinson, but there is something different about this performance. It’s more genuine, more creative, and less encumbered than ones he’s given since.
Writer and director Oliver Irving told PopMatters in 2009 that he was working on his second film, which would be about two female scientists. I’ll be watching for that one.
As for Pattinson, I’m still rooting for him. Here’s to hoping he can parlay his fame into working with more talents like Irving, who want to cast Robert Pattinson the actor, not Robert Pattinson the sex symbol or Robert Pattinson the brooding introvert.
Many people were curious to see what Robert Pattinson had up his sleeve for “Remember Me,” especially “Twilight” fans and critics. A question on a lot of people’s minds was, “can he be anything more than Edward Cullen?” Although the critics were scattered on their answer to that question, Pattinson’s performance in “Remember Me” is hard to ignore. I believe Pattinson did a beautiful job in this drama-he will be gracing us with his presence in the theatre for a long time (and not always as Edward).
“Remember Me” is not your average “boy meets girl” story (and it is definitely not a first-date movie). The first scene in the movie shows a mother and a daughter waiting for the subway. They are mugged and the mother is shot, leaving her daughter, Ally (Emilie de Ravin from “Lost”) living with her father, a cop struggling with alcoholism. Ally meets Tyler Hawkins (Pattinson), who has his own baggage-and by baggage, I mean a backpack, two carry-ons, and a suitcase full of problems. Tyler’s relationship with his father (Pierce Brosnan) is less-than-perfect. Tyler’s father divorced his mother after Tyler’s brother committed suicide, leaving his family very divided. As Ally and Tyler struggle with their dysfunctional families and life in their early twenties, they fall in love. At this point in the movie most of the audience loves it; however, it is the ending that will leave you in either adoration or tears.
After the movie ended and the credits began to role, I really wasn’t sure what to think. It was so unlike anything I had ever seen before and not at all what I was expecting. I had high expectations, and this movie went above and beyond. “Remember Me” is a dark and gritty portrayal of a boy in his early twenties dealing with the hardships and joys of life-leaving the audience to appreciate each and every moment. The biggest shock about this movie (no worries, this isn’t a spoiler): Robert Pattinson can act.
His role as a non-violent vampire in the Twilight saga has made Robert Pattinson a pin-up for his generation, so what’s with the sudden aggression?
Robert Pattinson is not a violent man. In person, the 23-year-old actor is a bit like his character Edward Cullen in the blockbusting vampire saga Twilight: good-looking, obviously; non-aggressive. He is also likeable, self-assured and more than a little dreamy – perhaps even wistful. Admittedly, he’s not an immortal vampire like Cullen, and has no desire to sink his teeth into anyone, which can be hugely disappointing for some of his more zealous fans. “You’d be surprised by how young some of the girls are when they come up to you,” he tells me. “I’ve had a seven-year-old come up to me and say, ‘Bite me, please!’ It’s a little bit weird.”
In his latest film, the emotionally fraught family drama Remember Me, there is no biting but there is a smattering of violence. Pattinson plays an angry young man who endures a turbulent relationship with his businessman father (Pierce Brosnan) while building a relationship with a new girlfriend (Emilie de Ravin). His character, Tyler, is also prone to occasional brawling. In what seems a stark contrast to his aforementioned dreaminess, the young actor admits he felt a strong connection with this aspect of his character’s personality.
Here are some black & white and colour enhanced pics of Rob on the set of Bel Ami today.
Here are 50+ new pics of Robert Pattinson on the set of Bel Ami in Budapest yesterday.
Here are some videos of Rob leaving the set of Bel Ami today.
The current frontrunner to direct “Breaking Dawn” is Bill Condon, Gossip Cop can confirm.
Summit Entertainment has yet to sign Condon to the project, but the studio and director are engaged in a negotiation process that has moved the director to the front of the pack, a rep for Summit tells Gossip Cop, corroborating an earlier Deadline.com report.
Condon previously directed films including Kinsey and Dreamgirls.
Almost as long as the book itself, the saga of who would adapt it for the screen has gone through many twists, including a false rumor Gossip Cop busted claiming Gus Van Sant had already “signed” to do the project, and buzz last week that Michael Mann was a major candidate.
As of now, no final decision has been made.
Gossip Cop will have updates as they break.
Last month, word dropped that three Oscar-nominated directors were on Summit Entertainment’s short list to helm “Breaking Dawn,” the yet-unannounced final installment of the “Twilight” franchise: Gus Van Sant (“Milk”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”) and Bill Condon (“Dreamgirls”).
Now, it appears Condon has established himself as Summit’s top choice for the gig, according to a Deadline.com report. No deal is yet in place, but several meetings have led to negotiations between the director and the studio.
What’s more, citing unnamed sources, Deadline reports that “Breaking Dawn” will be split into two films (as has long been rumored) and will begin shooting in the fall. The director search kicked off after “New Moon” director Chris Weitz declined the chance to return to the franchise.
MTV News’ request for comment has not yet been returned by Summit.
As made clear by the eight-time Oscar-nominated “Dreamgirls,” Condon has experience taking established source material and churning out a visually dramatic box-office success. He’s also dabbled in supernatural subject matter with “Gods and Monsters” (about the real-life director of “Frankenstein”) and horror genre material with 1995′s “Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh.” “Breaking Dawn” prominently features horror-like elements, including a bloody, supernatural birth scene.
Condon already has two projects lined up: an adaptation of the novel “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” starring Colin Firth, and a Richard Pryor biopic, starring Marlon Wayans. Both films would be delayed if Condon works on the potential two films of “Breaking Dawn.”
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, meanwhile, have already come out in support of Van Sant hopping into the director’s chair. “It’s all about teenage love and obsessions,” Pattinson said of “Breaking Dawn.” “I think Gus Van Sant would be great.”