posted by • November 20th, 2013 • Comments Off

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Best known for: “Twilight” saga
Twilight Character: Edward Cullen
Non-Twilight highlight: “Cosmopolis”
Why: It’s been rocky at the box office for Pattinson since he first broke through with the first “Twilight,” but he does have the hit drama “Water for Elephants” to his credit. He’s smartly focusing on his prestige credentials by reuniting with David Cronenberg on “Maps to the Stars” and is expected to appear in James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z” opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. At 27 he has more than enough time to return to Hollywood studio flicks, when he’s good and ready.
-Gregory Ellwood

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posted by • November 12th, 2013 • Comments Off

Thank you @Gossipgyal for the scans!

posted by • November 8th, 2013 • Comments Off

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Even “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer wanted someone other than Robert Pattinson to play Edward Cullen, the franchise’s lead vampire. (Meyer had hoped future Superman Henry Cavill would snag the role, but he was too old by the time it was optioned.) “[It was] unanimous unhappiness,” Pattinson recalled about the outcry after he was cast. Things worked out for the actor, however: “Twilight” was a global sensation, and Pattinson has used his post-franchise fame to work with acclaimed directors like Werner Herzog, David Cronenberg and James Gray.

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posted by • October 18th, 2013 • Comments Off

This new/old article from August 2013 was discovered by tracygee from Rob’s IMDB message board.

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Cosmopolis (Watch Here) — The film is as polished and great-looking as can be expected. Cronenberg responds well to his main actor, fitting him out in a suit that becomes a little wrecked by the end, and filming him in close-ups with harsh lighting. There are plenty of great shots — Pattinson in close-up, lit by the fluorescent white tracking light of a gun, for instance. The cinematography excellently captures the sense of modern alienation, showing the city in all of its strangeness and dehumanizing state. All of the sets are beautifully designed, from the interior of Pattinson’s limo to the grim cityscape in the last few scenes. Cosmopolis ultimately serves its function very well of being deeply Cronenbergian — reflecting his key themes of identity and isolation in the modern world — while doing justice to Don De Lillo’s source material in its scope and lyrical screenplay. — Caspar Salmon

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posted by • October 13th, 2013 • Comments Off

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Thank you Roboshayka!

posted by • October 1st, 2013 • Comments Off

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Translation by KStew-and-RPatz:

Pattinson, the phenomenon of the 21st century. Only a few actors – including his old flame and colleague Kristen Stewart – have stirred up so much discussion and controversies like Robert Pattinson. Yes, it has never been easy for young stars, after they have used a romantic movie to launch their careers. Just remember the time when so many people predicted Leonardo DiCaprio would have anything but a rosy future after his performance in the horribly underestimated epic romance Titanic. How could a beau like him turn into a successful actor, right? An undeserved nomination for a Golden Raspberry Award and an even more underserved win of this most irrelevant film prize of the world were the direct consequences – yet of course meaningless, like so many decisions in Hollywood.

Pattinson also knows a thing or two about this outrageous nonsense. Meanwhile it is often overlooked that, just like DiCaprio in Gilbert Grape, Robert Pattinson has already shown that he is more than meets the eye. Because why should legendary director David Cronenberg, who helped other actors like Viggo Mortensen to their breakthroughs as character actors, why should he cast Pattinson for Cosmopolis if he didn’t see his potential.

“Really, I’m telling you. He’s a great actor. It’s obvious in the movie. It’s not like maybe yes, maybe no. It’s obvious.” – David Cronenberg

In fact, it was Cosmopolis that has given Pattinson the chance to show off his diverse acting talent for the first time – as if it had always been his vocation to become the competitor of acting legend Alan Delon and the master of impersonators himself, Steve McQueen, by turning into the ice cold angel of the financial world. The way Pattinson walks through those alleyways is incredibly elegant – a rarity among young actors, especially if you compare that to how his Twilight colleagues are selling themselves. Moreover, Pattinson shows in an impressive way that he can not only be an exceptional actor but also be the leading force of a movie. Scenes like the prostate exam simply wouldn’t work with another actor. And I could watch that kind of act for hours, really. Fortunately, many critics who almost without exception praised his performance with words like “Pattinson is both subtle and spectacular”, were of the same opinion.

But even before Cosmopolis Pattinson had already proven his ability to play diverse roles – whether that was in a costume drama (Bel Ami) or typical Hollywood melodrama (Water for Elephants) – and showed that he wouldn’t let himself be outplayed by Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz. What one has to say, however, is that, with the exception of Cosmopolis, films of high quality have barely come his way. But that should change soon because he is currently the go-to-actor of the crime and thriller genre, just as Alan Delon and Humphrey Bogart were. Renowned directors will have to fight hard Pattinson, lest they can be sure their ambivalent characters are brought to life by a suitable and expressive character actor. Pattinson will not only fill the shoes of Peter O’Toole and play the young T.E. Lawrence in Queen of the Desert by Werner Herzog but he has also worked a second time with David Cronenberg in Maps to the Stars; alongside hopeful Mia Wiskowska and established actress Julianne Moore.

And so I’m waiting anxiously for that day that Pattinson, all Bogart-like in a white suit, will outplay everyone just be his mere presence and that he will finally discard his Twilight image – just like today no one is musing about DiCaprios-post-Titanic phase anymore. It won’t be an easy job for Pattinson, to prove all those skeptics out there wrong; all those people who had already formed an opinion about him before having even seen a single one of his Twilight movies. Pattinson is on the right track and despite the media frenzy and the over exaggerated posture of the critics and audience he’ll have a career that will one day make him one of the best in his field. I predict: Robert Pattinson is the man who will be loved by all movie fans in twenty years – no matter what their opinion of him is at this very moment.

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Thank you @KStewandRPatz for the find and translation!

posted by • September 25th, 2013 • Comments Off

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posted by • September 13th, 2013 • Comments Off

We took some screen captures of a book made available for free on iBooks/iTunes for download titled “David Cronenberg: Evolution”. There is a small section on “Cosmopolis” which includes a video. We have taken some screen captures for your viewing pleasure. The segment discusses the use of technology for Eric Packer in the limo and how David Cronenberg made it come to life!

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Divided into three sections that mirror the organization of the exhibition, the eBook offers a selection of behind-the-scenes images, props and film stills included in David Cronenberg: Evolution. The eBook release precedes that of TIFF’s two previously announced original publications, both designed by and co-published with the Torino-based art publisher Volumina: an image-based book to accompany David Cronenberg: Evolution, featuring lead essays by Piers Handling and Noah Cowan; and a complementary art-commissions publication devoted to David Cronenberg: Transformation, the original visual-art exhibition produced by TIFF in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA). Both publications will be available, separately or as a deluxe boxed set, at the TIFF Shop beginning November 1, 2013, to coincide with the opening of David Cronenberg: Evolution.

Support David Cronenberg and Cosmpolis by downloading this FREE iBook!

posted by • August 26th, 2013 • Comments Off

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Never mind the scuttlebutt

When I first started reading rumours about myself on the Internet it did bother me. [Hollywood gossip sites have reported on an alleged romantic relationship between Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson, who has starred in two of her dad’s movies.] You realize that something is on the Internet and anyone can read it. Now, I really don’t care. People can say whatever they want about me. I know what’s true. The guy that I’m marrying in five weeks knows what’s true and that’s all that really matters.

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posted by • August 19th, 2013 • Comments Off

For admirers (such as yours truly) of Robert Pattinson’s style, this weekend was an exciting one. Not only did Christian Dior release more super stylish pictures from its upcoming Dior Homme campaign featuring Pattinson, Robert appeared once more in Los Angeles on the set of David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars in the same black suit he was photographed in a few weeks ago. One minute looking relaxed with a beaming smile, the next brooding in black shades, Pattinson at one point removed his jacket to reveal a perfectly fitted white shirt. The pictures may not reveal a lot about Pattinson’s next movie, but they prove one thing: every man should own a custom black suit!

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The newly released Dior pictures, shot by Nan Goldin, place Pattinson in a variety of interesting scenes: in one, he’s wearing a sharp black suit and is perched on the roof of a ramshackle seaside lodge hotel; in another, he’s wearing a plush autumn jacket and appears in front of a background of New York skyscrapers. If you’re not completely satisfied with the pictures, Dior has even released a campaign teaser video online. And if that still doesn’t satisfy your lust for style, re-watch Cosmopolis and marvel at the grandeur of Pattinson wearing Gucci.

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