Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Eclipse world premiere at Los Angeles Film Festival

Today Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, the Film Festival, and year-round artist development programs and exhibition events, announced the official selections for the 2010 Los AngelesLos Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times. The Festival will run from Thursday, June 17 to Sunday, June 27 in downtown Los Angeles, with its central hub at L.A. LIVE. Now in its sixteenth year, the Festival is recognized as a world-class event, showcasing the best in new American and international cinema and providing the movie-loving public with access to critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent from around the world.    

The 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival will screen over 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 40 countries.  This year, the Festival received more than 4,700 submissions from filmmakers around the world.  The final selections represent 28 World, North American, and U.S. premieres, which more than doubled from 2009.  The number of films competing in the narrative and documentary competition categories also increased this year from 13 to 18, of which half are World premieres.
For the fifth year, the Los Angeles Times will serve as the Festival's title sponsor and once again produce the official Festival Guide, the comprehensive source for all movie info, screenings, locations, and related special events.  The Festival Guide will top the paper on Sunday, June 13 in Los Angeles and Orange County, and will be made available throughout downtown L.A. during the ten-day event.  
"We've received tremendous support from the community for our move to downtown and can't wait to present this rich, diverse program to audiences," said Los Angeles Film Festival Director Rebecca Yeldham.  "We've created a series of highly entertaining, memorable experiences for our filmmakers and audiences."  
"It's been a terrific experience working with the programming team in my first year with the Festival, and filmgoers are in for a real treat this summer," said Los Angeles Film Festival Artistic Director David Ansen.  "There's truly something for everyone, whether it's a comedy for the whole family, a documentary for Star Wars fan boys, or a sidebar of films from an unjustly forgotten and highly-regarded director."
"The Los Angeles Film Festival is always an amazing time for us because we can build on our year-round work of cultivating the careers of artists and providing them with a unique platform to showcase their films," said Film Independent Executive Director Dawn Hudson.  "It's also a fabulous way to bring together the industry, filmmakers, and film lovers to celebrate the diverse arts scene that Los Angeles has to offer."  
Focus Features' The Kids Are All Right will kick off the Festival on June 17 at the Premiere Theater at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14.  The film is directed by Lisa Cholodenko from an original screenplay by Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg and stars Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, and Josh Hutcherson.  Two teenaged children (Wasikowska, Hutcherson) conceived by artificial insemination get the notion to seek out their birth father and introduce him into the family life that their two mothers (Bening, Moore) have built for them.  Once the donor (Ruffalo) is found, the household will never be the same, as family ties are defined, re-defined, and re-re-defined.  The Kids Are All Right opens in select cities on July 7, 2010.  
Universal Pictures' world premiere of the 3-D CGI feature Despicable Me will close the Festival on June 27 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. The film is directed by Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin with an all-star cast including Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, Danny McBride, Jemaine Clement, Miranda Cosgrove, Jack McBrayer, and Julie Andrews.  One of the world's greatest super-villains, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), is planning the biggest heist in the history of the world: to steal the moon (Yes, the moon!) in Despicable Me.  Surrounded by an army of mischievous little yellow minions and armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles, Gru vanquishes all who stand in his way.  Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little girls who look at him and see something that no one else has: a potential Dad.  Despicable Me opens nationwide in Real D 3D on July 9, 2010.

The Festival will host the invitation-only world premiere of Summit Entertainment's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on June 24 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.  Details for the screening can be found at LAFilmFest.com.  The film is directed by David Slade and stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, and Dakota Fanning.  In Eclipse, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings, and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge.  In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob, knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the struggle between vampire and werewolf.  The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens nationwide on June 30, 2010.    
In lieu of one Centerpiece Premiere, this year's Festival will feature a number of high-profile Gala Screenings, which include: Sony Pictures Classics' Animal Kingdom, directed by David Michod; Fox Searchlight's Cyrus, directed by Jay & Mark Duplass; the world premiere of Mahler on the Couch, directed by Percy and Felix Adlon; the North American premiere of Revolucion, a series of short films directed by Mariana Chenillo, Fernando Eimbcke, Amat Escalante, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo Garcia, Diego Luna, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Pia, Carlos Reygadas, and Patricia Riggen; and Paramount Vantage's Waiting for Superman, directed by Davis Guggenheim.
Last year, Netflix and Film Independent joined forces to create the national Netflix FIND Your Voice Film Competition, to discover and assist the next great independent filmmaker.  The winning project, The Wheeler Boys written and directed by Philip G. Flores, was developed through Film Independent over the past year and will now have its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival.  Additional support was provided by Panavision, Kodak, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, and EFILM Hollywood, a division of Deluxe.
Passes to attend the Festival are available immediately for Film Independent members, and beginning May 10 for the general public.  In addition to screenings and events, Festival passes provide access to a series of networking receptions and entry to the ZonePerfect live.create. lounge, where Festival pass holders can interact with Festival filmmakers and professionals in the film community.  General admission tickets to individual films go on sale beginning June 1.  Contact the Festival Ticketing Center for passes, tickets and event information by calling 866.FILM.FEST (866.345-6337) or visit LAFilmFest.com.  Festival Passes and tickets can also be purchased in person beginning on Monday, June 14 at the Festival Ticketing Center located at L.A. LIVE (800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015).


2 NEW HQ Stills of Bel Ami

One is new and the other one in HQ. Click for HQ

The first official images from Bel Ami starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and Colm Meaney have been released and we’ve got them in high resolution after the jump. The film which also stars Philip Glenister and Holliday Grainger was shot on locations in and around London and Budapest during an eleven week shoot. Shooting wrapped on April 22nd.

Directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, the film is an erotically charged story of ambition, power and seduction. Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson), travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession.

Here’s some more info on the film and further down are the images:

Uma Thurman (Kill Bill) is Madeleine, Kristin Scott Thomas (Nowhere Boy) is Virginie, Christina Ricci (Monster) is Clotilde, Colm Meaney (The Damned United) is Rousset, Philip Glenister (Life on Mars) is Charles and Holliday Grainger (Scouting Book for Boys) is Suzanne.

The screenplay is by Rachel Bennette from the novel by Guy de Maupassant. Uberto Pasolini (The Full Monty) is the Producer and Simon Fuller is Executive Producer. The Director of Photography is Stefano Falivene (Carmel); Attila F. Kovacs (Sunshine) is Production Designer; Costumes are designed by Odile Dicks-Mireaux (An Education); Hair and Make-up is by Jenny Shircore (The Young Victoria) and the Editor is Masahiro Hirakubo (The Duchess).


Official Eclipse wallpapers

The official Eclipse website now has down-loadable wallpapers of Bella, Jacob and Edward.
free image
 host free image host free image host

Newly translated interview from Portuguese magazine

Image and video hosting by 

Revelations of a shy heartthrob: "Twilight"-Star Robert Pattinson about fame and hype and his new movie "Remember Me"

FOCUS: You didn´t want to watch your movie "Twilight" ever, does this still apply?
Robert: No, my parents made me watch it over Christmas. We´ve been watching several of my movies. I was able to avoid it successfully until then.

F: But why?
R: Because I can´t change anything once the movie is done. I can´t improve my performance and I can´t undo anything. So there´s no use, quite the contrary. You´re in danger to criticize yourself way too much. Or you find something about your performance that you really like and so you automatically try to copy it for your next movie. That´s really counterproductive. I rather watch the different takes on a monitor while shooting, I think that´s much more interesting.

F: You said once that you feel like a cheater when you appear on the screen...
R: Well, it´s not that bad anymore...

F: But there are thousands of girls lying at your feet. Doesn´t that convince you?
R: I have never been confident. That´s probably my worst characteristic. But maybe also my best. Somehow I don´t believe it when somebody says something good about me. The voice in my head is always much louder. That can be pretty awful.

F: At the beginning of the hype about "Twilight", it seemed that you weren´t really comfortable in your own famous skin...
R: It all happened so fast. 2008 was absolutely crazy. At the beginning of the year, a lot of things went wrong. I had a tax payment in the mail and I really wanted to give up acting altogether. Then "Twilight" came up and I thought: "Okay, I´m just gonna do this small movie." And then everything changed, at once. I can remember the day exactly. Three months before the premiere, some magazine had my photo on the cover and I was suddenly famous. In the morning I could still walk down the street without anybody having a second glance. In the afternoon everybody was staring at me. The speed of all this happening was unbelievable. Nevertheless, I would give this year ten points out of ten. It was like riding on a train that would bring me to a new fantastic destination...

F: ...that turned out to be not that fantastic in reality?
R: The last year was much more difficult. I still have to learn to accept the negative sides and to get accustomed to new realities, like the paparazzi and so on. I wish it would be like at the beginning, where I could really enjoy all the hype.

F: In "Remember Me" you play a young man who has to grow up pretty fast. So is there any similarity to your own life?
R: Honestly, I think it was just the opposite. I feel even younger than two years ago. It´s like a regress. Which was perhaps down to the fact that I´ve done the same things and have said the same things in interviews at that time. That inhibited my personal development. During the filming of "New Moon" we were literally locked up in our hotel for three months. Those experiences have an impact on your personality.

F: For example?
R: We are just shooting "Bel Ami", with Declan Donnellan as the director. Usually he´s doing stage productions and so he´s expecting that I know my whole text by heart, just like a stage actor. Not a chance. I notice how slow and rusty my memory has become. For "Twilight" there are always people who take care of everything and can prompt you. I do read a lot on the set, but as soon as I close the book, I can´t even remember the last sentence.

F: Is that a reason for filming a lot of other movies in between the "Twilight"-trilogy? To prove something to yourself?
R: Hmm, yes, maybe. To me it was just the complete opposite than for most other actors. They have supporting roles for 20 years until they are offered a leading role. They earned it, and so the audience accepts it easily. I would love to play a supporting role, maybe a concierge with no text. But nobody lets me do it!

F: So do you rely on smaller projects like "Remember Me" because of that?
R: Definitely. And also because the whole development process is completely different. I have been involved with "Remember Me" from the beginning, like when the tone and the atmosphere of the movie have been set. There was only a small team of decision makers and I was allowed to help developing my role and my character. That was really awesome.

F: So this is different with "Twilight"?
R: Sure, on a big project like this you appear at the set, recite your text and that´s it. Very often I´m reading scripts and I know exactly - okay, here we have the cliché of a nerd. Or the one of a young rebel. Tyler, my character in "Remember Me" is like me, more real than one of those stereotypes. It´s like an empty canvas that needs to be painted.

F: So you feel like a blank canvas?
R: Yes - I really just said that, right? Behind this facade is nothing, absolutely nothing.

F: Many actors say that they are giving away so much of themselves on stage that they have no idea who they really are when they are at home.
R: Seriously, I can really relate to that feeling. I was really afraid of all the interviews today. During filming I knew exactly how I wanted to show Tyler as a character full of contradictions and with a lot of inner conflicts. But now I can barely remember what I actually felt. But I can assure you, the feeling was really strong!

F: How does your family deal with all that fame?
R: All of us have to get accustomed to this. Especially my sisters support me a lot. Since I´m back in London they want to go shopping for me all the time. When I caught a cold recently they took care of me around the clock and brought me soup. They think I can´t even walk out of the door without being attacked by paparazzi.

F: Isn´t that true?
R: Well, yes. The shooting for "Remember Me" was pretty hard. We were shooting in the middle of New York and they didn´t just close the streets. There were at least 40 photographers at the set, every day. All the outside scenes had to be dubbed because you could hear the cameras clicking all the time. It was a total chaos. One of the paparazzi even hit the directors assistant in the face.

F: No wonder you´re really looking angry in some of the pictures...
R: In the movie there´s a real serious scene where I´m sitting on the stairs talking to my co-star Emilie de Ravin. While I was trying to appear sad, 30 guys were yelling at me: "Hey Rob, Rob, look up! Turn around, Rob!" The director realized I was getting more and more angry with each messed up scene. So his advice was to imagine to hit one of the photographers in the face - and to just miss him. That helped. Suddenly I was really sad!


Edward Pictures - Eclipse Promo Shoot!



The whole cast at the source

Ted Casablanca Article on Supposed Drama

Source: Mood on Eclipse Reshoots Was "Tense"

Today 12:53 PM PDT by Ted Casablanca and Taryn Ryder
Robert Pattinson BAUER-GRIFFIN.COM

Some on-set drama went down in Vancouver last week, or so Lainey is reporting, while the cast was filming reshoots for Eclipse. And there are claims that Robert Pattinson was at the center of it all!

Reportedly, Rob showed up to Vancouver a day late, screwing up the shoot for the meadow scene, and his supposed attitude did not sit well with director David Slade.

So what does our source up in VBC tell us about the on-set vibe?

"It was tense up there," reports Deep Twi:

As we told you a while ago, the Twilight studio hasn't been concerned about Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's love stuff for a while. Oh no, they could care less about the once Romeo-and-Juliet-type kibosh they once put on Robsten.

Summit's main concern right now? Eclipse, as we were told the film just wasn't coming together as the suits had hoped, with its summer release date right around the corner.

Hence the reshoots, or the "pick-up shots," as the studio preferred to call it—as to not worry the Twi-hards since "reshoots" sounds worse.

Needless to say, scheduling these shoots around Rob's, Kristen's and Taylor's schedules (as if the other castmembers had stuff to do) was not a walk in the meadow.

Says our source:

"There were very long days on set. Knowing that [Eclipse] is hitting theaters in exactly two months made everyone uneasy, since the film is not ready to go yet. It put a lot of pressure back on the cast and crew."

When asked if Rob's supposed late arrival had anything to do with the tense mood, our insider decided to bypass that question.

"We got what we needed done," fessed our insider in a "that's the end of that question" kind of way.


Again, this is our same in-the-know source who claimed that back during New Moon, R.Pattz was the easiest talent to deal with and so not a diva. Have things changed? Just a bad couple of days? Take our source's pleading of the Fifth how you will, but we don't think the down-to-earth scruffy stud has gotten all Russell Crowe on us.

As for the David Slade potential drama, we hear he has "no problem" with Rob and vice versa.

Still, the jury won't be out on Slade until June 30. If the movie rakes in all the millions they are used to, Slade will still have a place in the Summit family à la Chris Weitz, who is still the directorial favorite so far. Surely, that has nothing to do with New Moon's box-office success.

Chime in, Twi-lovers! Are you worried at all how the third flick is going to turn out?

Follow Ted Casablanca on Facebook!

Read more: http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/the_awful_truth/b179190_source_mood_on_eclipse_re-shoots_was.html?sid=twitterfeed_awful&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=twitterfeed&utm_campaign=twitterfeed_awful#ixzz0mtwxhkN5

About the Eclipse reshoot drama

As I have said many, many, many times before, familiar to those of you who’ve been hitting this site for a while (thank you!), Gossip is a Buffet. You can choose to believe that Jennifer Aniston really is the girl next door...who lives in Malibu. Or you can choose to believe that her entire life is engineered and manufactured right down to her highlights. Especially her highlights. Some can only see the spin side. Some live to break the spin side. So you choose your own entree. And if you’re a Twi-Hard, I promise, the entree below will not be on your menu. You may as well stop reading now. Unless of course you’re the rare Twilight fan capable of deductive reasoning.

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner were back in Vancouver last week to work on Eclipse reshoots. Or “pick-ups”. They called it “pick-ups”. Because pick-ups are for small tech fixes and have nothing to do with actual content or new scenes. Which is why Stephenie Meyer, the author, was in town too. In a few short months, Meyer has suddenly become a movie lighting expert...what? No, no, she just thought it’d be a good idea to hop on a plane, fly a few hours and spend some time in Canada hanging out with the crew for sh-ts and giggles. Of course there was no scene doctoring required. None at all. Sh-ts and giggles only.
And of course there was very little reshooting to be done. So little that the crew wasn’t actually required to be on set for 16, 15, and 16 hour days for 3 straight days. They only stayed on set for fun. Away from their families, away from leisure time, all in service of fun. If anyone stayed on set for 16, 15, and 16 hours it was only because there was so much fun happening. No work, just fun. On a film set. Oh and there was totally no overtime penalty on the final day either. Overtime? For what? People were just sitting around like not working.

What could there possibly be to work on?

Something in the meadow? What? F-ck no. They only stored their gear in the meadow on Wednesday – photos attached – and storing gear in the meadow doesn’t mean shooting in the meadow. It’s just that some people have a lot of extra money lying around and wanted to rent some trucks and secure a permit for the meadow and store their sh-t in the meadow but not actually do any work in the meadow. For sh-ts and giggles.

Besides, how could they shoot in the meadow? Robert Pattinson hadn’t arrived yet. Pattinson arrived late afternoon on Wednesday. Were they expecting him the day before? Of course not. They were totally not expecting him on Tuesday. And when he didn’t show on Tuesday, they were totally not hoping he’d come in early on Wednesday either. His bodyguard was totally not spotted at the airport gas station on Wednesday hoping Pattinson would be on the early flight in from London (Wednesday noon arrival) so that they could take him directly to the meadow set. Nah. Like I said, they just booked the meadow for sh-ts and giggles and equipment storage. That’s all.

But... just for sh-ts and giggles, what if he was supposed to come in on Tuesday? And didn’t. And came in too late on Wednesday instead? Would he have missed the opportunity to shoot in the meadow? The permit for the meadow was for one day only. And they were unable to secure a permit for any other day. Which would require some improvisation. Shooting some other footage in the meadow instead. And a scene at the dock between Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. These photos of the dock were taken around 3pm over a period of 45 minutes in the afternoon Wednesday during a break from shooting. At this point they’d already been working for almost 9 hours. In some of these images, Stewart is getting her makeup done, and the director David Slade is setting up the shot.

But that’s only for sh-ts and giggles. The safe, likely studio approved interpretation of these events, which OF COURSE is the ONLY believable interpretation, is that Pattinson arrived when he was supposed to, and was not expected in the meadow ever, and that the meadow was only used as a storage facility/parking lot, because that’s what, in Twilight land, meadows are for, period the end, no drama, proceed.

As for how everyone was getting on... well everyone got on great. Of course David Slade wasn’t upset with Pattinson for arriving late. Pattinson arrived when he was supposed to. They totally weren’t trying to book the meadow again on Friday but were declined because of another production (Stargate) had it booked already. And there was no closed door meeting between Pattinson, Slade, and Twilight producers on Thursday. Nope. Never happened. And since it never happened, Pattinson never stormed off either. In fact, Pattinson arrived on Wednesday late afternoon but didn’t end up shooting a second until Friday because he also wanted to come in early and sh-t and giggle with Stephenie Meyer and the crew. Pattinson has a wonderful relationship with David Slade. They were like tight ass besties during principal photography last year. Slade thinks Pattinson has the skill of Marlon Brando. And Pattinson knows that Slade thinks he’s Marlon Brando. So there’d be no f-cking way these two would be throwing down.

It was 3 days of pure bliss in Vancouver. Hugs all around and everything went smoothly and they didn’t even have to try that hard because trying would imply that something needed fixing and nothing needing fixing because everything was so perfect and happy. So please, Twi-Hards, do not stress. There’s nothing to stress about. Will Eclipse be great? Does it matter? Twilight fans, in their support of the first two films, have already demonstrated that quality isn’t a basic minimum requirement for their enjoyment. You will love this movie.


Don't hate her... Lauren Gottlieb was sitting across from Rob


This is the picture she tweeted



8-Page Preview of 'Fame: Robert Pattinson' Comic Book



Back in February, we told you about that "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson would receive his own comic book biography, following on the heels of such notable pop-culture celebrities as Lady GaGa, "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, Michael Jackson, and even his "Twilight" co-star, Kristen Stewart.

Hitting shelves at the end of May, "Fame: Robert Pattinson" is the latest in Bluewater Productions' popular line of bio-comics. The 32-page comic promises to "trace Pattinson's career from his first performance in Tess of the D'Urbervilles at London's Barnes Theatre to his star turn in the Twilight movies," and features a script by Kim Sherman and interior art by Nathaniel Ooten.

Bluewater has provided Splash Page readers with an exclusive, six-page preview of the "Fame: Robert Pattinson" comic, as well as your first look at a brand new cover for the issue.


"Little Ashes" won at Italian Film Festival

The award winners at the International Festival of Film Melodrama


The Schermi d’Amore Rose goes to the film Little Ashes (Great Britain - Spain, 2009) directed by Paul Morrison.

This year it was once again the audience who awarded the prize at the 14th festival dedicated to romantic films and melodrama.

Winner of Schermi d’Amore in 1999 with Solomon and Gaenor, which had its world première in Verona, Paul Morrison’s was among the five foreign films nominated for Oscars the following year. Now the refined British director has once again been recognized for his talent with a biopic which takes him from Wales in the 1910s (the setting for Solomon and Gaenor) to the Spain of the 1920s, for a tragic love story. The tormented relationship between Federico García Lorca (1899-1936) and Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), which the painter – after the Andalusian dramatist’s execution by Franco’s supporters – kept secret until the final years of his life. The Surrealist genius – played by Robert Pattinson before starring in Twilight – is portrayed during his university years, torn between his attraction for the author of Sonnets of Dark Love and his desire for fame and fortune, which would take him to Paris with the director Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), the third legendary Spanish figure with whom he would create the famous short, Un chien andalou (1929).