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The Wrap : Robert Pattinson’s Cannes Makeover   1 comment

Here’s a great article about Robert Pattinson’s ‘reinvention’

From The Wrappattinsonlife2

Cannes 2014: David Michod’s grimy road movie joins “Maps to the Stars” as an opportunity for indie-driven reinvention

After the last couple of days at Cannes, it’s easy to see why Robert Pattinson is on the cover of French Premiere with the headline “la metamorphose.”

The two movies that have brought Pattinson to the Croisette are weird, dark, supremely edgy and nothing like what we might expect from an actor who became famous as the vampire dude in the “Twilight” movies.

His reinvention (at least when he strays into the indie world) is indeed a metamorphosis. And Cannes has become an accessory to his intriguing makeover, which actually started a couple of years ago when he came to the festival with David Cronenberg’s austere and arty “Cosmopolis.”

This year, he’s back with Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” and David Michod’s “The Rover” which premiered on back-to-back days at Cannes. Both are bloody, brutal and strange, and both are terrific.

And the remarkable thing is that “Maps to the Stars,” in which Pattinson plays a chauffeur driver and aspiring actor who ends up having sex with Julianne Moore in the back seat of his car before almost everybody in the whole movie self-destructs spectacularly, turns out to be only the runner-up in the competition to see which of Pattinson’s Cannes movies is darker and edgier.

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More Praise from Cronenberg-Talks About How Rob Surprised Him   Leave a comment

Anne Thompson: Why did you cast “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson as your ice-cold 28-year-old Master of the Universe?
David Cronenberg: Of course you begin with the basics. Is he the right age for the character? Does he feel convincing as a screen presence? Obviously you need someone with charisma to hold the audience for the entire movie. He’s in every scene without exception, that’s unusual. You want someone proven, who people want to watch, who will never be boring. I knew I would be crawling all over his face for the entire movie, so I wanted someone whose face is constantly changing, through all the angles. And he had to have chops for tricky dialogue. The art of casting is to intuit, to see from what he’s done before that he could do this.

Was there a particular performance that gave you confidence?
I saw him in “Little Ashes” as the young Salvador Dali. He does a Spanish accent, he was not afraid to play a character of ambiguous sexuality and eccentricity. That probably of all the things I saw made me think he was the right guy.

Did you cast Pattinson with a certain likeability factor in mind, so that audiences would like him in spite of the character he is playing? Feel some vulnerablity?
I really don’t care. I want the lead character in a movie to be interesting, fascinating and complex, but to be likeable to me is way down the list. It’s not on the list, because it is a simplistic thing for the lead character to must be likable. He has to be watchable, that’s the key, and fascinating, and likeable if it works for the project, fine, let him be likeable. If not I don’t worry about it.

There are actors who do not want to play unlikeable characters, afraid it will damage their credibility as stars or effect them personally. Actors who are more interested in being actors than stars, like Viggo Mortensen, don’t worry about being likeable or not on screen.

How did Pattinson surprise you?
He literally surprised me every day, as he read dialogue and interacted with the other actors. We were throwing different factors at him almost very day because of the stucture of the screenplay. He really has extended scenes. With one actor at the end, Paul Giamatti, he really let it fly, in that he didn’t cling to a preconceived idea of what he should be doing. He reacted spontaneously to other actors as they surprised him and he surprised them. He was terrific and not predictable and dead-on accurate.

How many takes do you do?
One or two. The whole last shot was a long take with Giamatti, three minutes in that last 22-minute scene.

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Posted August 17, 2012 by CC in Cosmopolis, Robert Pattinson

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HitFix Talks Cosmopolis and Cannes Buzz   Leave a comment

From HitFix/Guy Lodge:

Cannes Check: David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’ 
Continuing our series of Cannes competition previews 

The auteur: David Cronenberg (Canadian, 69 years old)

The talent: At this stage in his career, we don’t expect an undistinguished cast from a Cronenberg film, and true to form, this one is packed to the rafters with interesting names — though not ones you’d necessarily expect on one bill. Juliette Binoche (returning to Cannes for the first time since winning Best Actress two years ago), Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric and Jay Baruchel are all on board — as, more improbably, is Somalian rapper K’Naan. (On a side note, this is the director’s first feature in 10 years not to star Viggo Mortensen.)

The big attraction, however, is some guy called Robert Pattinson in the lead. It’s perhaps the poppiest casting coup of Cronenberg’s career, and the best chance yet for the talented British heartthrob to win some admirers beyond the fiercely devoted “Twilight” faithful.
A major point of interest is that this is Cronenberg’s first self-scripted feature since 1999’s “eXistenZ,” which rather increases the possibility of the director letting his freak flag fly. Below the line, meanwhile, it’s business as usual: cinematographer Peter Suschitzky has shot all Cronenberg’s films since “Dead Ringers” in 1998, composer Howard Shore has scored all but one since “The Brood” in 1979, while editor Ronald Sanders and costume designer (and sister) Denise Cronenberg go similarly far back. This sturdy team is just about as integral to the Cronenberg brand as Cronenberg himself.


The buzz: Through. The. Roof. Casting Pattinson in the lead has ensured that, in an unusual occurrence, the arthouse intelligentsia and the screaming teen hordes are going to converge on the same red carpet, making “Cosmopolis” surely the hottest ticket of the festival. What that means for the film itself is harder to gauge. With the festival’s flashbulbs fixed squarely on it, the film’s under pressure to deliver — but it’s likelier to satisfy, or at least stimulate, the Cronenberg acolytes than the mainstream media drawn more by the casting than the challenging match of director and source material. Mixed reviews wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing: it could be one of those strange festival brews for which critical consensus is slow to emerge.

The odds: The bookies like the film’s Palme chances — Paddy Power currently gives it strong odds of 11-2 — but in this case, I don’t think they’re necessarily being deceived by the bright lights. Cronenberg is well overdue for some major festival hardware, and the film’s themes would make it an attractively timely winner. I have my doubts about the Palme going to a big-name North American dreamer two years in a row, but of all the English-language films in Competition, this feels to me like the best bet. R.Pattz for Best Actor, on the other hand? I’m not sure the internet can handle that.

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Click HERE if you’d like to read the LA Times article about the Cannes jury selections. 


Robert Pattinson Heads from “Twilight” to Darkness in “Bel Ami”   9 comments

here’s a great new Article from Herald Scotland:

Twilight made him a heartthrob … and Robert Pattison is ramping up his sexual adventures in his new film which is previewed at Glasgow Film Festival. He talks to Will Lawrence.

‘There are lots of attractive women in the film,” says Robert Pattinson of his latest screen release, Bel Ami.

“Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman and Kristen Scott Thomas…” He pauses before flashing a smile. “And I sleep with all of them!”

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The Rise of Robert Pattinson – Telegraph UK Profile   Leave a comment

Five years ago Robert Pattinson was an unknown British teenager – now he is the multimillionaire star of the hugely successful Twilight film saga. Here we chart the rise and rise of Pattinson, 24, from model, to vampire and beyond.

Pattinson, who is from Barnes in west London, started his career as a model aged 12 but struggled to find work by the time he was 16. He has described himself as having “the most unsuccessful modelling career”.

In May 2005 Pattinson was set to appear in the UK premiere of The Woman Before at the Royal Court Theatre but was fired shortly before opening night and was replaced by Tom Riley.
However, also in 2005 came Pattinson’s big break when he was cast as Cedric Diggory – a Hogwarts prefect – in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
The first installment of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series was released in November 2008 in America. It launched Pattinson as a Hollywood heart throb. He was named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine in 2008 and 2009.
The following year, sequel New Moon was released, while the latest installment Eclipse will reach UK cinemas on July 9.
Also released this year is Remember Me, a romantic drama starring Pattinson which he also produced.
Such is his new-found fame that a wax work of the actor has even been added to Madame Tussuad’s displays in London and New York.
Next year he will star alongside Uma Thurman in Bel Ami and Water For Elephants opposite Reese Witherspoon as well as fulfilling his commitments to the Twilight Saga which will be Breaking Dawn part I.
Pattinson has written several songs two of which have appeared on the Twilight soundtrack. He has said: “Music is my back-up plan if acting fails.”

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Forbes Article – Rob Ranks 50th on Forbes Celebrity 100 List   2 comments

“The films also created three insanely popular movie stars: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Pattinson makes his debut on the Forbes Celebrity 100 this year in 50th place with $17 million in earnings. Most of that is from the Twilight films where he plays vampire Edward Cullen. But Pattinson also starred in the film Remember Me, which was a modest success at the box office, and he’ll appear in the film adaptation of Water for Elephants opposite Reese Witherspoon in 2011.”

“Both stars were paid relatively little for their initial work on the films but they have become indispensable to the Twilight franchise. That means they can both ask for pay raises for upcoming movies. The final book, Breaking Dawn, will be split into two films, which will give Stewart and Pattinson the opportunity to double their upfront pay for their final Twilight work.”

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Posted June 28, 2010 by gittsy in Robert Pattinson

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GQ Discusses Robert Pattinson’s “Deathless Appeal”   2 comments

Every teen idol has a calling card – a look, a sound, a phrase so potent that merely the anticipation of it will transport his legion of admirers into that most moist territory located somewhere between incipient madness and uncontrollable lust. Elvis Presley sent his quiff west while his hips pointed east; Brando had his biker’s cap at just such a tilt; while the Beatles boasted the opening Fadd9 chord of “A Hard Day’s Night”. Robert Pattinson – and if you don’t think he belongs in the above company, then you clearly didn’t get out much in 2009 – well, Robert Pattinson looks like death warmed up.

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Posted June 28, 2010 by gittsy in Robert Pattinson

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Naperville Sun: Naperville Families Welcome 'Twilight' Vampire   4 comments

You’re not supposed to invite a vampire into your house, but when Robert Pattinson of “Twilight” fame rang the doorbell of the Webster family’s Naperville home Tuesday, all decorum — let alone rules — went out the window.

Pattinson’s appearance was part of a taped stunt set up by producers of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” The actor made surprise visits to three Naperville homes that evening.

“Twilight” cast members from the movie franchise about teen vampires were in town to tape an episode set to air May 13. The Websters were one of the families who had requested tickets to attend the taping. Little did they know they would get a whole lot more.

Jeanne Webster and her daughter Colleen, a sophomore at Naperville Central High School, had been contacted by producers and told that no more tickets were available. Instead, the producers asked if they could set up a video phone in the Websters’ home Tuesday night so Winfrey could talk to them remotely during taping the next morning. The Websters agreed and settled in for what they thought would be a dull night of technical setup.

“At 9 p.m. the doorbell rings and we saw this huge light and we were just screaming,” said Jeanne. “We thought it was Oprah at the door. My daughter Colleen opened the door and it was Rob Pattinson at the door to wish her a sweet 16th birthday.”

Another Naperville family, the McAlpines, also fell victim to what would become a welcome prank.

Lisa McAlpine’s 13-year-old daughter Meggan had invited three friends over to watch the video-phone setup. They met a movie star instead.

“The poor man — they practically tackled him,” said Lisa. “I don’t think he’ll have his hearing back for awhile.”

“I was in a state of shock at first,” said Meggan. “I always think if I ever meet these people this is what I’m going to say to them, but all I could do was scream.”

At the Websters’ home, Pattinson stuck around for about 15 to 20 minutes.

“I had my glasses on and had taken out my contacts and had no makeup on,” said Jeanne. “I couldn’t believe it. He was really funny and answered all of (Colleen’s) questions. He was a real laid-back type of guy.”

Pattinson also handed out Oprah tickets, so Jeanne, Colleen and 17-year-old daughter Shannon attended the Wednesday taping, where they also got to see stars Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Dakota Fanning.

“It’s been a crazy couple of days,” said Colleen. “I can’t believe it. The first thing that went through my mind was, ‘This cannot be happening to me.’ I was completely speechless for the first time in my life.”


El País: Surviving the Vampire   Leave a comment

Fame has made him live hiding and to go out only at night. Like his character in Twilight. Robert Pattinson detoxes himself briefly with Remember Me.

Robert Pattinson assures us that he has found the way to go unnoticed: grow a beard. “It works, the other day, in a bar, a guy told me that I looked like the guy from Twilight. That I had to go see the movie”, he explains. It pains us to tell him that is not so. He is wearing a baseball hat and a blondish beard. An antipaparazzi classic uniform that will hardly make him invisible. This 23 years old Londoner has had to digest fame very quickly. A few years back he lived out of the royalties from his small role as Cedric Diggory, the handsome guy of Hogwarts, in 2 of the Harry Potter films. He was a guy from an expensive school, with a stable family, that used to hang out in pubs and played the guitar. He was about to stop acting when he was called for a casting in LA for the highly anticipated adaptation to Stephanie Meyer’s vampire saga.

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Maclean's Article on Robert Pattinson and Remember Me ***SPOILERS***   Leave a comment

Robert Pattinson, the smouldering star of the Twilight franchise, is the most besieged heartthrob on the planet, and you can’t blame him for being embarrassed by the adulation. He acts as if he’s been confused with someone else—which is true, in the sense that his fans seem to have him hopelessly mixed up with his Byronic character, the vampire Edward Cullen. He can’t leave his hotel room without being mobbed by teenage girls. Last week, when he showed up for a taping of The Daily Show, the screams from the teenage audience reduced Jon Stewart’s high altar of smart satire into The Ed Sullivan Show waylaid by Beatlemania. Which Pattinson seemed to find no less ludicrous than his host. But the more he sloughs off the attention with that twitchy, self-deprecating English charm, the more charismatic he seems. He’s Hugh Grant trapped in the body of a young Brando.

In an age of carefully groomed celebrity, Pattinson is a rare thing: the self-effacing superstar. The 23-year-old actor has good reason to feel sheepish. All we’ve seen him do is pose as an oddly chivalrous vampire in a couple of jejune vampire movies. There’s no denying his screen presence, and it looks like there may be a pretty good actor lurking behind the pretty face. But as his fame outstrips his work, he must feel pressure to prove it.

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Posted March 12, 2010 by justfp in Remember Me, Robert Pattinson

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