ON THE ROAD Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.  On the Road opens today in limited release.]

Jack Kerouac‘s On the Road is a novel that inspired a generation of restless young men and women to break free from their comfort zones, broaden their horizons, and look to the majesty of America. Walter SallesOn the Road is a film adaptation that will inspire a generation of lazy high school kids to watch the movie instead of reading the book. Salles snaps up the words of Kerouac’s novel, but not their spirit. The movie shouldn’t simply regurgitate the book because adaptation should be a work of inspiration and not imitation. But there’s nothing inspired about Salles’ picture. It’s safe where it should be dangerous. It’s lugubrious when it should be explosive. It’s derivative when it should be daring. Despite glimmers of an emotionally moving story, On the Road rarely has the energy to get up and bravely venture forth beyond the plot constraints of a book that’s not driven by its plot.

Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund Talk ON THE ROAD, Watching Nude Scenes with Parents, and TWILIGHT Fans

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Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) and based on the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac, On the Road tells the provocative story of Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), a young writer whose life is shaken and ultimately redefined by the arrival of the free-spirited and fearless Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) and his girl, Marylou (Kristen Stewart). As they travel across the country on a personal quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism that engulfed many during that time, the duo encounter a mix of eclectic individuals who forever change them. The film also stars Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Dunst, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Elisabeth Moss and Alice BragaClick here for all our previous coverage.

At the film’s press day, co-stars Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart talked about why they were so passionate about this project, how challenging it was to stay attached over the years, how they broke the nudity in the film to their parents, the ideals of the time period that they can most relate to, their favorite locations on the shoot, what the younger fans of Twilight might think of this film, and what can make a great road trip. Check out what they had to say after the jump.

New Trailer for ON THE ROAD

by     Posted 1 year, 154 days ago

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On the eve of the release of the final installment in the Twilight franchise, we’ve got a Kristen Stewart news bit of a different sort to share: a new trailer for the Jack Kerouac adaptation On the Road.  Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, and Sam Riley star as the central characters Marylou, Dean, and Sal, respectively, and this impressive trailer takes a more character-centric approach to the story, attempting to relay at least a little of what the film’s about.  I’m interested to see how Kerouac’s Beat Generation portrait translates to film (read Matt’s review right here), but I continue to be impressed by the brief glimpses of Hedlund’s performance that we’ve seen in the trailers thus far.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Viggo MortensenKirsten DunstAmy Adams, and Elizabeth MossOn the Road opens on December 21st.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 Review

by     Posted 1 year, 154 days ago

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It would be a gross understatement to say I haven’t been an ardent supporter of the Twilight franchise.  But I have tried to take each film on its own merits.  Nothing can change the fact that it has a despicable core message of how young women should relate to men, but there was always the potential for change.  Bella Swan could become a proactive character.  Edward Cullen and Jacob Black could be more than just brooding, softly smiling eye candy.  Somewhere, in the dreamy clouds of wish fulfillment, there may be something real instead of the silliest, most forced conflicts.  At the series’ conclusion, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 shows us what the Twilight movies could be at their best, but ultimately reminds us about the true nature of this series.

Ashley Greene Eyes SATANIC; Wendi McLendon-Covey to Star in Tyler Perry’s SINGLE MOM’S CLUB; Kristen Stewart Says SNOW WHITE 2 “A Strong Possibility”

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A few casting updates:

  • Ashley Greene is in talks to join Haley Bennett in Satanic (formerly known as Kristy), a horror movie about a group of college students who are attacked in their dormitory over Thanksgiving break.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey is the first of four female leads to be cast by Tyler Perry for his next movie, Single Mom’s Club.
  • Kristen Stewart suggests “there’s a strong possibility” she will return for Snow White and the Huntsman 2.

Details after the jump.

Kristen Stewart in Talks to Star Opposite Ben Affleck in FOCUS

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After The Twilight Saga ends for Kristen Stewart this November 16th, she may have a role lined up to star opposite Ben Affleck in Focus.  We previously reported that Affleck was circling a role, and Warner Bros. was looking to fast-track the project once they found a female lead.  It looks like Stewart is their choice.  Focus, written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa of Crazy Stupid Love,  tells the story of a “veteran con man who gets involved with a newcomer to the grifter business. They get involved romantically but that becomes perilous in a business where they lie and cheat for a living. The complications of the encounter haunt them when they meet up again in the future.”  Hit the jump for more.

Kristen Stewart Talks THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2; Watch the 20 Minute Press Conference or Read the Transcript

by     Posted 1 year, 168 days ago

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Since the release of the first film, the Twilight phenomenon has just continued to grow exponentially. With the highly anticipated final installment, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, hitting theaters on November 16th, fans will finally get to see the conclusion of the romantic epic that has entranced millions worldwide.

At the film’s L.A. press junket, actress Kristen Stewart talked about playing both the human and vampire sides of Bella while shooting the last films, which props she kept, when she realized just how big this phenomenon was, embracing the stunt work in this last installment, what it was like to play a mom, how she feels about these films being finished, whether she’d be open to doing another film franchise, and whether or not she’d like to live forever. Hit the jump to watch the press conference or read the full transcript.

6 Clips from THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 (Over 5 Minutes of Footage)

by     Posted 1 year, 168 days ago

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If you can’t wait a whole two weeks for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 to come to theaters, we’ve got six clips from the film that should tide you over well enough.  Steve attending the Twilight press conference earlier today, so look for more Bella and Edward goodness on Collider later today.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film stars Kristen StewartRobert PattinsonTaylor Lautner, Mackenzie Foy, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser and Jackson Rathbone.  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 opens November 16th.

Over 5 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2

by     Posted 1 year, 168 days ago

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The big Twilight press conference took place earlier today in anticipation of the release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and we’ve got over five minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the film to share with fans eager to get a look at the last installment of the franchise.  Steve was at the press conference this morning, so be sure to check back on Collider later today for video of the press conferences with Kristen StewartRobert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner.

Hit the jump to watch the behind-the-scenes footage.  The film also stars Mackenzie Foy, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser and Jackson Rathbone.  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 opens November 16th.

Kristen Stewart Tries to Act Human in New Clip from THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2

by     Posted 1 year, 170 days ago

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A new clip from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.  We recently saw a clip from the film in which Kristen Stewart’s Bella was having fun with her new vampire powers, but this clip focuses on the character re-learning how to act human.  Apparently it’s hard for vampires to control how awesome they are, so Bella has to consciously learn how to fake human things like blinking, slouching, and breathing.  What a drag!

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  Directed by Bill Condon, the film also stars Robert PattinsonTaylor Lautner, Mackenzie Foy, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser and Jackson Rathbone.  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 opens November 16th.

New TV Spot and Poster for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2

by     Posted 1 year, 174 days ago

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Another day, another look at The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.  This time around, we have a new TV spot and poster for the epic finale of the fan-favorite franchise. It’s a quick, thirty-second commercial, but it crams in a ton of action sequences in the clash between the Cullens and their allies battling against the Volturi.

Directed by Bill Condon, the film stars Kristen Stewart, Robert PattinsonTaylor Lautner, Mackenzie Foy, Kellan Lutz, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser and Jackson Rathbone.  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 opens November 16th.  Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot and check out the poster.

First Poster for A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD and New Poster for ON THE ROAD, Plus New Images from Each Picture

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A couple of new posters and related images to share with you today.  We’ve got the first poster and a new image from director John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis as John McClane alongside his estranged son (Jai Courtney) as they take on those evil Commies no-goodniks Russian bad guys.  A twist on McClane’s signature catch phrase lets us know what he thinks of their country.  If you missed the trailer, check it out hereA Good Day to Die Hard opens February 14th, 2013.

We’ve also got the US poster for Walter Salles’ On the Road, starring Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart and Sam Riley. An adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel,  On the Road drives into theaters on December 21st.  Hit the jump to check out the new posters and images for each film. 

New Clips for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 and SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D

by     Posted 1 year, 176 days ago

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Well, today is the day for supernatural sequel clips it seems, because we have two to share with you. First up from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2this new clip features newly-turned vampire, Bella (Kristen Stewart) arm wrestling against Emmett (Kellan Lutz).  They amazingly assembled everything about this property that sets my teeth on edge (bad dialogue, terrible make-up, impromptu musical cues, etc) into one concise clip.  Directed by Bill Condon, the film also stars Robert PattinsonTaylor Lautner, Mackenzie Foy, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser and Jackson Rathbone.  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 opens November 16th.

We’ve also got a clip from Michael J. Bassett’s Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.   This one centers on Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) calling her father (Sean Bean) in fear that someone is following her.  He gives her some sage fatherly advice and then OH NO LOOK OUT SEAN BEAN! The film opens on October 26th. Hit the jump to watch the clips

New Featurette and TV Spot for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2

by     Posted 1 year, 181 days ago

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A new featurette and TV spot for the concluding chapter in the Twilight franchise, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, have been released.  The TV spot doesn’t look like it includes any new footage, but the featurette provides a pretty cool look at the film’s big action effects and stunt work.  A good deal of the featurette is also devoted to the cast trying to explain the ridiculous plot, which involves a governing group of vampires getting angry with Kristen Stewart’s Bella and Robert Pattinson’s Edward because they did the nasty and made a baby.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette and TV spot.  Directed by Bill Condon, the film also stars Taylor Lautner, Mackenzie Foy, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone.  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 opens November 16th.

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Blu-ray Review

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Snow White and the Huntsman is part – and in some ways a culmination – of the worst instincts of big budgets Hollywood fantasies. It tries to combine the appeal of the Lord of the Rings films with a known property, Campbellian archetypes and a more dark and serious take on fantasy material. It’s garbage, easily one of the worst films of 2012. Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron lead the cast in this botched adaptation of the children’s classic. Our review of the film on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

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