Kristen Stewart (photos) is just 20 years old, but she clearly has a knack for picking varied, interesting and challenging projects to work on. Let’s review, shall we? High school rape survivor (Speak), terminally ill teenager trying to lose her virginity and experience love (The Cake Eaters), iconic rocker Joan Jett (The Runaways), an angst-filled teen prostitute (Welcome to the Rileys) and a clumsy vamp-lover (Twilight)… to name a few. Her obvious interest in exploring unique, character-based stories has left us wondering for a while: when is this woman gonna produce her first movie? WHEN, god damn it!?
Co-star (and, er, brother?) Robert Pattinson (photos) has been quietly producing some of his films recently, and we wanted to find out if and when Kristen was gonna do the same thing. Here’s what she told us Monday night at the Welcome to the Riley’s screening. “Sometimes you have ideas or you read a book or something and you go like, ‘I don’t want to give that away to somebody else, I’d really like to do that myself,’” says Kristen, “but the more you work with people you really respect and that are incredibly talented and smart the more you realize you should probably wait to do that. But eventually, definitely.”
Clip above! And be sure to check out Kristen talking to theFABlife about being a mom in Breaking Dawn and relating to her character Mallory from Welcome to the Rileys.
We talked to Kristen Stewart (photos) at the Welcome to the Rileys screening last night about her connection with her teen stripper/prostitute character Mallory. Her response, in the clip above, is a must-see. You’ll notice that she actually takes her time to process our question and work through her response. Director Jake Scott told us that she’s “all instinct” when it comes to acting, and we’d agree this is a quality that permeates other aspects of her life, including the thoughtful and sensitive way she deals with us nosy reporters and our prying questions.
While some celebs tend to answer red carpet questions by reciting memorized PR talking points, Kristen actually seems to think about her answers and puts a lot of care into how she responds. She is not a Hollywood robot, and for some reason people seem to find that a bit unnerving. We, on the other hand, find it majorly refreshing and we desperately hope it’s something that never changes as her career progresses. She’s fun and interesting to talk to and she looks great in red lipstick. Not a bad combo, right?
Check out the clip above and be sure to visit theFABlife tomorrow for one more exclusive clip from our conversation with Kristen. It’s a good one! And be sure to watch Kristen discuss playing a mom in Breaking Dawn – only on theFABlife!
Kate and Alex are secondhand furniture sellers who know all the good stuff comes from dead old people. When not picking over undervalued estates, they’re waiting for their elderly neighbor to die so they can co-opt her apartment. That brings them into contact with the irascible buzzard’s grand-daughters. Mary is a too-tan skin care technician. Rebecca is a sullen nurse dedicated to the sister and grand-mother who don’t really deserve her. At first glance, this story of the well-to-do on New York’s Upper West Side seems like it’s headed to familiar Woody Allen territory. In fact, it’s a smart and sometimes bittersweet take on being greedy, the value of aging and the limits of compassion. It also provides meaty parts for a trio of terrific actresses: Catherine Keener (Where the Wild Things Are), Amanda Peet (2012), and this month’s “It” girl, Rebecca Hall (The Town).
Extras: A Q&A with director Nicole Holofcener and a behind the scenes featurette.
- By C. Bottomley
Check out our DVD bonus clip above!
It’s happening again! Hollywood (you know, the generic movie maker types that live near palm trees? We just use the blanket term “Hollywood” for them) has decided that it might be a good idea to rehash another beloved 80′s film, and this time the sequel victim is Top Gun. Did Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps teach us anything? Sure, it taught us that “[Blank] Never Sleeps” is the new “Electric Boogaloo” as far as sequel subtitles are concerned, but more importantly, we learned that sometimes it’s best not to revive old, dead things. Take note, Hollywood, bad things happen when you revive film franchises 25 years later. (See all three Star Wars prequels for further evidence.)
We felt similarly annoyed when we heard of a possible three-quel to Three Men and A Baby as well – these are films we cherished as kids, and to bring them back means possibly ruining them and their legacy. Granted, they aren’t Citizen Kane, but they are classics to us and seems like Hollywood is not only suffering from a lack of originality, but that it’s an easy way to cash in on loyal fans’ and for stars to make a buck off an easily recognizable name.
Part of the reason Top Gun was so amazing was the crop of new(ish) talent it introduced us to: Tom Cruise, obvs, but also Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards‘ hair (R.I.P. hair). It was also obliviously campy – beach volleyball has been forever changed because of this movie, and like lightning in a bottle, you shouldn’t bother trying to capture it again. Please, Hollywood. Do it for us, the children of the 80s, the slow kids who spent five years trying to decipher what it meant to be forced to fly a cargo plane full of rubber dog sh*t out of Hong Kong, who giggled when air traffic control spilled their coffee during a flyby, who spent an hour trying to do Iceman’s pencil trick with our fingers. Don’t ruin this for us.
[Photo: Paramount Pictures]
The main thing we learned from the Jackass 3D premiere is that life needs more Rip Taylor. The former game show regular and friend to the Jackass family is killing us in his pictures from the film’s L.A. premiere last night, but he’s just one of many interesting characters who walked the red carpet. Rather than just throw together a regular gallery from the film’s premiere, we decided to put together a Top Ten Most Insane Looks list because there was a hot cup of crazy being passed around last night, and everyone was drinking from it. In addition to the regular Jackass crew, Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera and Steve-O, we got some old MTV favorites, some total randos and some people we can’t explain. See for yourself.
[Photos: /Splash News Online]
We’re seeing Welcome to the Rileys tomorrow and while we’re loving this clip of Kristen Stewart (photos) as Mallory, casually dropping words like “anal” and “p*ssy,” we’re genuinely curious and excited about what awaits us in the indie flick. Sure, some might find it shocking that the same girl who plays a virginal vamp-lover is rocking stripper heels and making jokes about nailing German Shepherds in this Jake Scott-directed flick, but die-hard KStew fans know the actress is all about pushing herself out of her comfort zone with every role she hooks under her belt.
WTTR looks no different, and it might be Kristen’s riskiest part to date. What’s more, she shot it in the Fall of 2008, right after she spent months tripping over things as Bella Swan in Twilight. After seeing WTTR, Roger Ebert called Kristen “an important new actress,” while USA Today gushed, “For an actress like Stewart, it would be easy to play it safe. Knock out a romantic comedy or a Nicholas Sparks weepie while the vampire cash keeps rolling in from Twilight sequels. Instead, Stewart is challenging herself, and moviegoers, too.”
Our point? Kristen’s got chops. She can go from biting her lip in the biggest franchise movie in the world to convincingly portraying a somber teen stripper in an indie flick, all within a blink of her (to die for) eyes. She doesn’t take the easy road, instead she prefers the road less traveled by her limelight-loving peers. Say what you will about Twilight, her personal life, her refusal to flirt with the paparazzi like Paris Hilton – but don’t tell us this girl can’t act.
Welcome to the Rileys opens on October 29th; which is when you’ll find our full review of the movie here on theFABlife.
We don’t know much about the book-turned-movie Never Let Me Go aside from what’s in the trailer: a lot of tears, a lot of stern schoolmarms and a bunch of sad British kids isolated from the real world. So for such a depressing movie, it sure looks like the cast was having a lot of fun at the premiere.
Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley continued their run as two of Hollywood’s best dressed stars (though we favor Mulligan’s look here), and together with Andrew Garfield they look like a Vanity Fair cover featuring a who’s who of hot young British talent. Check out the rest of the young cast, and excuse us – we’ve been inspired to go get our hair chopped into a short, waifish ‘do.
Helen Mirren flaunted her new figure on the red carpet last night at the Los Angeles screening of Red. The real thing was on location in New York filming scenes for Arthur with a swooning Russell Brand. But the red carpet had more than its share of Oscar-winning star-power with the likes of Jodie Foster, Richard Dreyfuss and Morgan Freeman, who was thankfully without his step-grandchild lover. Also in attendance was Weird Al, which is…yes, weird. Check out the outfits, the glam, the couples and the cardboard in the gallery below!
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Leaves of Grass
Edward Norton is an actor with such a serious reputation that even watching a popcorn film like The Incredible Hulk is a recipe for a headache. So it’s a lot of fun to see the chin-stroking actor let go in this loopy pot comedy-drama. He plays both Bill Kincaid–a straight-edge philosophy professor hoping to put his Oklahoma “Little Dixie” past behind him–and his twin Brady, a man who might be called the Einstein of the hydroponics. Bill reluctantly returns to the old homestead after learning that his pot-dealing bro has been killed by a crossbow bolt. That’s just the beginning of a tricky and just a little goofy progression of double-crosses. The sibling rivalry/identical twin plot devices are even older than Cheech & Chong, but as well as Norton’s star turn, Grass offers incidental pleasures such as Keri Russell reciting Walt Whitman and Richard Dreyfuss wielding a menorah with intent to harm. An amiable crowd-pleaser.
Extras: A making of featurette and a commentary track, where Norton and director Tim Blake Nelson reveal that most of their stage weed was recycled from Pineapple Express.
- By C. Bottomley
We’re convinced that 99% of things we say and think in our daily life are ripped off from a Mike Myers character, whether it’s Wayne, Austin Powers, or Charlie from So I Married An Axe Murderer. We can’t even listen to “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” without singing it in a Scottish accent, that’s how big of an influence Myers was on us growing up. So it’s not without a little bit of regret that we say this but, Mike, please stop making crappy movies. And please, please reconsider the Warner Brothers cartoon movie you’ve just signed on for where you plan to voice Pepe Le Pew, the rapey-est cartoon skunk there ever was.
We tolerated A View From The Top, cringed when we heard about The Cat In The Hat and downright turned on you after The Love Guru, so if this pattern is any indicator, the Pepe Le Pew movie is going to cause a revolt amongst otherwise sane, sensible people. That’s how bad we think it will be. Sometimes movies require some convincing when you hear their premise, like “Really? A dream within a dream within a dream where they fight in the snow within another dream? I don’t know, Inception!” or “An actual movie that’s actually about Facebook?” and we’re willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. But from the outset we can just tell that Mike Myers doing a French accent, wearing a skunk outfit and trying to molest fur coats and stray cats is going to be terrible. The only way we could find this forgivable is if it’s just part of Mike’s plan to become rich enough to join the Pentavirate, that secret society of the five wealthiest people in the world, taking the coveted Colonel Sanders spot.
[Photo: Getty Images]