Between last year’s On the Road and this year’s Sundance flicks Kill Your Darlings and Big Sur, it’s safe to say the Beat Generation is having a moment. The real mystery to us, actually, is why they’re not always having a moment. Because if you were anything like us in high school, you either went through a phase in which you wanted to be Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac or William Boroughs, or you dated someone who did. VH1 News found further proof that this is a thing when they interviewed the cast of Kill Your Darlings at its Sundance premiere last weekend.
“I wrote a lot of poetry when I was a teenager,” Daniel Radcliffe, who plays a college-age Allen Ginsberg in the film, confessed. What he likes in particular about Ginsberg in the movie, he said, is,”Everyone’s experienced that massive self-doubt. Howl is a poem written by someone who’s terrified that they can’t write.”
Newsweek has a new two-page interview with Kristen Stewart and we thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The open, honest chat starts with the actress giving a quote that was apologetic and defiant all at once, which is what we love about her. In a nod to her Rupert Sanders-affair from earlier this year, she says, “It’s not a terrible thing if you’re either loved or hated. But honestly, I don’t care ’cause it doesn’t keep me from doing my s—. And I apologize to everyone for making them so angry. It was not my intention.” A fair amount of the piece also deals with her role in On The Road and how involved she is in the project. “Last night I was sick with the flu and couldn’t go to this On the Road screening,” she says. “Normally, I wouldn’t feel too terrible about missing a press event, but I felt awful because I’d do anything for this film. It holds a special place for me.”
To prepare for the role, Kristen went on an epic roadtrip with two friends from L.A. to Ohio and back. Being Bella from Twilight did haunt her a little bit, but they still managed by being stealthy when required. “There was a lot of skirting of little girls at rest stops. Like a volleyball team would pull up and I’d dive behind a bush,” she explains. “But we stopped at a Hooters in Amarillo, Texas, because there was this huge horse statue in front of it. We bought a lot of beef jerky. And seeing the landscapes fade from orange to green is the coolest thing.” Speaking of Bella, her response to the question of how she feels now it’s done, is an interesting one. Kristen reveals, “The only relief when it comes to Twilight is that the story is done. I start every project to finish the motherf—, and to extend that [mentality] over a five-year period adapting all of these treasured moments over four books, it was constantly worrying. But as long as people’s perspective of me doesn’t keep me from doing what I want to do, it doesn’t matter.”
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Honestly, this is not a question we’d normally ask about anyone in their 20s, but after it was posed to Kristen Stewart in her recent interview with Salon, we think it’s not totally random. Sure, the 22-year-old hasn’t been in wars or living in a commune or kidnapped or anything like that, but neither have some of our favorite nonfiction writers. And as she’s been out and about promoting On the Road, the things she’s been telling reporters make us think she’d have something to say in a book, too.
“It’s hard to say in black-and-white terms, but on some level I suppose I have a unique perspective,” she told Salon in response to how she feels about life in the media spotlight. “I look through a really strange lens at the world because of all this. But it’s no less interesting. I’m not deprived of any bit of life, you know? It would be really stupid to deny how interesting it is to look at the world in this way.”
And here’s what she told The Sun (of all outlets!), when asked how she dealt with the scrutiny following her affair with director Rupert Sanders: “You have to be OK with your own fears. If you’re an honest person you’ll make mistakes, but that’s when the most interesting things happen. I used to just stay in my hotel room rather than deal with everything, but if you get too caught up in what others think you become a really disjointed person.”
It’s premiere and chat show central for Kristen Stewart these days. She was on the circuit for Twilight a lot over the last couple of months, but lets not forget that On The Road is also part of her circuit. She made an appearance on The Daily Show yesterday dressed in the outfit you see on the right — perfectly leggy to show off those amazo stems of her. We actually love the dress, which is a perfectly slouchy beige and shell striped dress by Beckley. The blazer that’s covering said dress is by Band of Outsiders. And she’s working the wavy, windblown hair and makeup.
She also made a huge splash later that night at the On the Road premiere at the SVA Theater in New York City. The whole bright outfit has an island feel to it with pops of juicy color. The icy blue satin and lace overlay dress is by Erdem, and from the front, it looks like she’s wearing a vintage hight-waisted swimsuit beneath the lacy sheath. The back is a whole different story, as you can see, it’s a full blown dress and not a two-piece. The whole ensemble gives her a retro pin-up kind of vibe, especially because of how her figure looks in it, and because of the use of pale pink lipstick. Are we feeling the lace with the fucshia detailing? We’re not sure. We’d probably dislike it on anyone other than Kristen. What’s really pushing us to like this outfit are those neon orange Christian Louboutin pumps she has on. You have to love her for taking these risks, right?
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Right, we do we make of this outfit? Of course it’s a Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière ensemble, with Christian Louboutin heels, natch, as that seem to be our main lady’s favorite combination, but it’s an unusual choice for a premiere. But we’ve come to accept the unexpected from Kristen Stewart and knew she would wear something out of the ordinary for the On The Road AFI Fest premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in L.A. on Saturday evening. We also understand that she wanted to go for something architectural and minimal but couldn’t those pants have fitted better? And let’s take a look at what’s happening with her face.
She’s gorgeous, as usual, but hello, goth girl! Check out the smoky eyes and the deep berry lips. Is too much? Maybe? Can she pull it off? Totally. And that’s all about the stuff you can see with the pictures. Here’s some interesting news that happened on the down-low at the after party. E! has reported that Kristen’s boyfriend Robert Pattinson joined her at the Roosevelt Hotel where they spent the evening together at the Garden Terrace. He didn’t walk the red carpet, and slipped in and slipped out in stealth mode. And apparently they were quite affectionate with each other as the site says that, “The two seemed in great spirits the whole night… Finally, a bit after midnight, Kristen was dancing and Rob made his way back to her. They spoke energetically and were playful, with Rob jokingly showing some dance moves of his own. As for PDA, she patted his chest a few times as they talked and rubbed his head at one point. He whispered in her ear and put his arm around her for a moment.” Swoon-worthy stuff, right? We’re just happy they’re getting back to normal again!
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Some of us love to pore over every fall movie preview we can get our hands on, reading reviews from Cannes and Toronto, marking our calendars with premiere dates and pre-ordering our tix on Fandango as soon as we can. For others, that sounds way too much like homework. That’s why we made this quick little guide to the top 10 flicks we’re dying to see, with the kind of blurb that won’t tax your short attention spans. And sure, we’re leaving out a whole bunch of Oscar contenders, guilty pleasures and interesting films we’ll eventually watch, but this is a list based on fandom, gut instinct and, yeah, intense crushes. Here they are in (order of premiere date):
The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Logan Lerman will make you cry, you will wish Emma Watson and Ezra Miller were your best friends, and you will go home and hunt down your long-lost mixtapes. In select theaters September 21.
Pitch Perfect: No one does smart-talking like Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson is our new imaginary girlfriend, and we think Elizabeth Banks (who produced) can do no wrong. In theaters September 28.
Alex Cross: We can’t wait to see how Tyler Perry does with someone else’s lines … as a sexy detective, no less. And Matthew Fox’s weightloss is purely fascinating. In theaters October 19.
Skyfall: Daniel Craig is our weakness — and in this James Bond installment, we’ll get to see the skeleton in Q’s closet. Let’s forget Quantum of Solace ever happened. In theaters November 9.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2: We’ve been waiting for four years to see vampire Bella and the X-Men-style throwdown of Cullen clan vs. Volturi. In theaters November 16.
Silver Linings Playbook: Jennifer Lawrence finally gets to have some fun in a movie, opposite Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper, and they’re both playing mentally unstable people in a movie directed by possibly mentally unstable filmmaker David O. Russell. In theaters November 21.
One look at Kristen Stewart in her stunning hair and makeup, white Balenciaga button-down and harem pants at last night’s screening of On the Road in New York, and we wonder what guy in his right mind hasn’t had thoughts of swooping in on the actress in an attempt to be her rebound. We still don’t know if she and Robert Pattinson have actually broken off their relationship — and we’re not making any pronouncements on that front. We’re just saying that, according to at least one report, there are guys possibly making a move to be her rebound. Guys like James Franco. Maybe.
We know Franco is a huge admirer of Stewart, based on the effusive Snow White and the Huntsman review he wrote for the Huffington Post back in June. Now Radar Online is reporting that his admiration went a little further when the two met in Toronto over the weekend. A source said they talked for 20 minutes, during which James praised Kristen’s work in On the Road.
“She seemed at ease in his company, and he was certainly making her laugh,” the source said. “She was wearing a huge grin on her face. At the end of their chance meeting, James took Kristen’s number and asked her out for dinner. Kristen initially said no, but is mulling over the idea. She knows she has to move on now following her break up with Rob.”
All of this sounds like a huge leap to conclusions based on observing someone else’s conversation. We’re sure we’d be grinning too, if the ever-charming and weird James Franco started complimenting us. That doesn’t automatically mean we’d be planning our future romance together. Anyway, between this meeting and the stories of Kristen’s encounters with Emma Watson and Jennifer Lawrence, it sounds like she was the most popular girl in Toronto last weekend!
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Not only did Kristen Stewart get to enjoy the kudos surrounding On the Road during her visit to the Toronto Film Festival last week, she also had the chance to put two big rumors/fears to rest: 1) That the promotional tour for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is going to be really awkward, and 2) that she has an ongoing feud with Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence.
When asked about the potential weirdness of promoting Breaking Dawn with Robert Pattinson, she told The Associated Press, “We’re going to be fine. We’re totally fine.”
Then Stewart and Lawrence finally quashed rumors that spread this spring about a supposed rivalry between the 22-year-old actresses. They met in person for the first time while doing press at the Intercontinental Hotel. “People who saw them said they were geeking out about each other,” a source told Us Weekly. “Kristen and Jennifer told friends they had emailed in the past but had never seen each other face to face. They’re big fans of each other.”
Because we haven’t yet seen any of the interviews Kristen Stewart did during her first public appearance since what Kevin Hart calls her “mistake,” we are forced to dip into our imaginations here. As she stepped out to promote On the Road at the Toronto International Film Festival, Kristen looked as spectacular as always in an elegant-but-edgy, floral-print Zuhair Murad dress. But here’s what else we noticed — with this super-feminine dress and her hair up in a high pony-tail, Kristen Stewart looks like Megan Draper’s long-lost sister on Mad Men. On the Road takes place in the beat era, a good 10 years before MM, so this outfit is no homage to Kerouac and company. But you know what a central theme on Mad Men is, right? Adultery. Adultery as a very complex, regrettable but sometimes forgivable and somehow natural tendency of human nature. So, is this another Freudian slip by the girl who seemingly wore her maybe-ex’s T-shirt to the airport yesterday? Something to chew on.
Previously: Kristen Stewart Arrives In Toronto With Awesome Hair, Shirt Of Possibly Tragic Origin
Who arrives at their destination after a cross-continental flight and looks better than when they took off? Kristen Stewart, naturally. Late last night, the actress landed in Toronto, where she’ll attend the Toronto International Film Festival screening of On the Road today. It will be her first public appearance since that whole traumatic mess blew up in July, so she was understandably press shy as the paps snapped her before taking off and after landing. Still, she looked pretty damn good in her T-shirt, jeans, leather jacket, dark-framed glasses and loose, wavy hair. Unfortunately, she made one mistake that People and Radar have already pounced on: That “Irie” T-shirt is one that maybe-ex-boyfriend Robert Pattinson was photographed wearing when he walked his dog last year. And god, when you think about it, this is really both devastating and embarrassing.