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New Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce and David Michôd interview with HitFix   Leave a comment

New Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce and David Michôd interview with HitFix

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David Michôd talks about Robert Pattinson and The Rover in an interview with HitFix   1 comment

David Michôd talks about Robert Pattinson and The Rover in an interview with HitFix

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The 41-year-old filmmaker had worked with Pearce in “Animal Kingdom” and both he and Joel Edgerton, who received a shared story-by credit, created Eric with him in mind. Pattinson, on the other hand, was a different story. Michôd had a general meeting with the actor before he “The Rover” became his follow-up and says he just immediately liked him.

“I found him really beguiling and I loved his physical energy, and he was smart and had a wonderfully open face,” Michôd recalls. “When it came time to start testing for the character, I knew I wanted to see him, but yeah, I didn’t know what he was capable of. I think he knew that people didn’t know what he was capable of as well and so he was very willing to work and work hard. But very quickly when he came in to test for me I could just see this skill set that he just hasn’t been able to showcase.”

Those instincts paid off. Pattinson’s work is clearly the best of his career as he makes sure the slightly “off” Rey isn’t just Pattinson playing the big screen “Robert Pattinson.” Many audiences, however, will be surprised to find the Brit is playing an American in this setting. Obvious box office benefits to having American characters aside, Michôd says it was more important that “The Rover” felt vaguely international.

“I felt like [a few Americans] would assist in creating this world that suggested a kind of global economic meltdown, if suddenly people were just moving everywhere or doing what people had done for centuries,” Michôd says. “If you think about the Australian gold and American gold rushes of the 19th Century, there were people from all over the world, people from China and Europe, every corner coming to strange corners of the planet to try and eke out a living pretty desperately.”

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*VIDEO* Bill Condon talks about Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner with HitFix – LA Press Junket   2 comments

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Great Cosmopolis Review By HitFix   Leave a comment

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“Cosmopolis” seems to be a perfect fit for Cronenberg, and my experience with the film was complicated a bit by the screening room where I saw it.  There was no air conditioning, and it was mid-afternoon during the recent crazy heat here in LA.  The screening room was completely full, every seat taken, and by the middle of the film, I was so hot I felt like I was slow-motion-fainting.  Awful.  And with a film that’s designed to make you uncomfortable anyway, my first reaction was to recoil.

I walked away blaming the movie, but thinking it over for the last week or so, I can’t get it out of my head.  It’s exquisitely made, carefully controlled, a simmering look into the dead empty eyes of Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) as Rome burns around him.  Based on a novel by Don DeLillo, it’s all character, all mood, a slow surreal ride through Manhattan during a meltdown that seems to have been caused, in part, by his own hubris, and Pattinson is fascinating in the role.  He seems to constantly be shifting through a complicated but subterranean inner implosion, pieces of himself shutting down at random, little by little.  His stated goal for the day is simple enough.  He wants a haircut.  Never mind that the entire city seems to be on high alert thanks to the visit of a President and construction and protests and traffic and madmen and giant rats and angry wives and dirty lovers, all complications thrown in the path of Packer as he attempts to make his way across this tiny island, locked inside his sterile bubble.

I do not think I’m out of line when I observe that Robert Pattinson is from outer space.  Part of what makes him so compelling in the film is that whatever weirdness Cronenberg throws at him, he rolls with it, staring out of that blank passive face with furious eyes.  People race in and out of his personal orbit.  He gets a physical from a doctor inside the cab at one point, carrying on a conversation while this guy’s got half his arm inside him, and the way Pattinson plays that scene is impressive.  On the whole, Pattinson delivers in this difficult role, and I can’t picture anyone else tuning in more completely to what Cronenberg has done here.

It helps that Pattinson interacts with truly great performances from the supporting cast.  Juliette Binocheshows up to have some sex, drink some booze, and lay some ugly truth on Pattinson’s character.  Sarah Gadon is Packer’s wife, newly married and already looking for a way out, away from this shark-eyed and alien “other” who she has barely gotten to know as a husband.  Jay Baruchel and Kevin Durand both do sharp and specific work in small roles here, and there’s a wonderful but oh-so-short appearance by Samantha Morton as well.  Paul Giamatti almost steals the film in the last ten minutes, and it’s a testament to how good Pattinson is in the film that he stands there and refuses to let Giamatti run away with it.  He gives as good as he gets.  Giamatti is great, giving voice to all the frustration and powerlessness of everyone caught up in these forces at work in the modern world, these soft little boys dressed up in expensive suits, untouchable in their coffins on wheels.  Giamatti is determined to break through the expressionless exterior of Packer to find the soft and vulnerable heart, and once he does, he plans to rip it out.

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Posted August 21, 2012 by fastieslowie in Cosmopolis, Robert Pattinson

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*VIDEO* More from Robert Pattinson’s Interview with Hitfix – Comic Con   1 comment

Some parts are from MovieBytes/Other HitFix Interview. New bits 1:39 at 2:45

“It’s strange that suddenly [at] 26, that you suddenly feel like, ‘Oh, I’m actually not a kid anymore,'” said the “Twilight” thesp as he chatted it up on the Comic-Con press line for “Breaking Dawn – Part 2.” “So you’re really playing like not a kid, I mean I felt sort of older than everyone, even though I’m not older than anyone. But it’s strange, especially when Mackenzie [Foy, who plays Edward and Bella’s daughter Renesmee] is…like her full, her own height and everything, and I’m going, ‘I’ve got an 11-year-old child? Wow! I’m in this category of actors now, I’m playing like 40-year-olds!'”

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Cosmopolis on HitFix’s ‘In Contention’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of Cannes 2012’ List   Leave a comment

From Hitfix:

With today’s announcement of the Directors’ Fortnight selections, this year’s Cannes lineup is effectively complete — bar some late additions that festival director Thierry Frémaux has told us to expect. As it stands, however, it’s a pretty robust get-together of arthouse VIPs and auteurs on the rise, which made whittling down a list of my 10 most anticipated titles a tough job. Needless to say, there are plenty of films not on this list that I’m eager to see. These 10, however, are the ones that have me most excited and/or curious, from Lee Daniels’s “The Paperboy” to Michael Haneke’s “Amour.


2. “Cosmopolis” (David Cronenberg)

It seems odd to be welcoming Cronenberg to Cannes mere months after he brought “A Dangerous Method” to Venice; long may this newfound productivity continue. It’s especially gratifying given that his last film, for many fans, was a minor disappointment — typically smart but surprisingly starchy given the potentially tangy subject matter. The Don DeLillo adaptation “Cosmopolis,” however, should find him on more typically wild form: an absurdist tale of one billionaire’s odyssey across New York to get a haircut, it’s Cronenberg’s first self-penned script since 1999’s “eXistenZ.” The cast, meanwhile, is irresistibly eclectic: Robert Pattinson gets to show us what he’s really made of in the lead, with Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti, Jay Baruchel and Mathieu Amalric all in support. Bring it on.

Robert Pattinson’s HitFix Interview   9 comments

Where does Robert Pattinson begin and Edward Cullen end? At this point in the young “Twilight” thesp’s career it’s tough to separate the heartthrob actor from the heartthrob bloodsucker, but he’s currently making his second attempt at changing all that – after one false start with the disappointing “Remember Me” – with “Water for Elephants”, the upcoming adaptation of Sara Gruen’s bestselling historical novel. In the film, Pattinson plays Jacob Jankowski, a circus veterinarian who gets involved in a messy love triangle with equestrian beauty Marlena (Reese Witherspoon) and her ruthless animal-trainer husband August (“Inglourious Basterds’” charming Christoph Waltz).

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Posted April 3, 2011 by itsjustme1217 in Robert Pattinson

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