Daily Archives: January 22, 2010
The stars of “Twilight” are certainly capitalizing on the success of the angsty vampire phenomenon. I just wonder: with such a large portion of the ensemble landing roles in other films, what will that mean for the production of the still-unannounced adaptation of “Breaking Dawn,” the final chapter in Stephenie Meyer’s series? Hard to say, but that definitely leaves a big question mark hovering over this latest bit of potential casting news.
The word is that Robert Pattinson may soon be sharing a bill with two-time Best Actor Oscar winner Sean Penn in an adaptation of Sara Gruen’s best-selling book, “Water for Elephants,”Variety reported yesterday. The news describes the two superstars as “circling” the gig — ie they’re in talks right now — though Variety mentions that Pattinson at least will likely land the part.
The adaptation will be directed by “I Am Legend” helmer Francis Lawrence, from a script penned by Richard LaGravenese. The story follows a young man — presumably Pattinson — who drops out of school after his parents are killed to join the circus. Penn would play a disturbed animal trainer who works for said circus while the previously confirmed Reese Withspoon would play his wife.
Fox 2000′s plan is to be shooting by June. Meaning anyone who had hopes that “Breaking Dawn” would shoot over the summer for a fall 2010 release had best adjust their expectations. It seems more likely that “Twilight” fans will be waiting at least a year before they see the Meyer adaptations wrap up, more if Summit goes ahead with the rumored plan to break the final book into two films. I don’t think there’s really a chance that “Breaking Dawn” won’t happen, but these various “Twilight” actor casting announcement do have me wondering at the “when.”
Anna Kendrick provided some comic relief as Bella Swan’s ditzy BFF in the “Twilight” series. Then the 24-year-old actress outshone many of her tweentastic peers in a possibly career-making turn as smart, driven Natalie in “Up in the Air.” Her performance earned her Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Screen Actors Guild awards and Golden Globes. There’s a chance an Oscar nod could be in her future.
Kendrick began starring on Broadway when she was just 14 years old and became the second youngest person to be nominated for a Tony. She nabbed a Best Debut nomination at the Indie Spirit Awards for the movie “Camp” and another Best Supporting Actress nomination for “Rocket Science” when she was 22.
Speakeasy caught up with Kendrick after the Golden Globes to get a recap, hear about coming projects, and to talk about George (Clooney) and Robert (Pattinson). Although Mo’Nique walked off with the award, this girl’s got our vote for Best Chance at Winning More Awards in the Future.
The Wall Street Journal: Congratulations on all your accolades including your Golden Globe nomination. Was this your first time at the Globes?
Yes, it was my first time. It was a little scary, I was seated less than two feet away from Meryl Streep.
Did you talk to her?
No, actually. There are certain people that I don’t talk to, and she’s one of them. Jane Fonda, Paul McCartney, Meryl Streep are among the people I’ve been offered introductions, but I don’t want to meet them unless I get to work with them. I wouldn’t know what to say! Those are the type of people that stay your heroes. I haven’t met Julianne Moore [also a nominee for Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe] yet either, and I’m afraid of meeting her as well; I’ve idolized her for so long.
Any funny moments from the awards?
I ran into Lea Michele from “Glee” in the bathroom and she approached me, and I only realized then that we knew each other before. She was in “Ragtime” when I was in “High Society” on Broadway.
You started off on Broadway. Did you know you wanted to go into films then?
Film was never anything that I was actively pursuing, but it seemed silly not to audition for both film and theater roles. My first movie actually came out of my direct involvement with “High Society.” Randy Graff was in the show with me and her brother Todd Graff was the director of “Camp,” and she suggested that film.
By the way, you are #22 on IMDB Pro’s Starmeter, that’s above both your co-stars George Clooney and Vera Farmiga. What do you make of that?
[Laughs] The Starmeter is so misleading, I think it’s more about people who are new. It’s more like how many people went out to see a movie and went home and had to Google you.
How’d you pick your one-shouldered Marchesa dress for the Globes?
I have a stylist right now and for the Globes, I brought my two friends over and we had beer and pizza while I tried on dresses. I came out of the dressing room with that one and it was one of those moments that you just knew it was the one. Of course it was made for a nine-foot model [Kendrick is 5'1.5"], so there was this pool of fabric at my feet.
What do you think of Mo’Nique and her acceptance speech?
It’s incredible. Vera Farmiga was like ‘I want her to have her own church.’
How did you react to Jason Reitman winning best screenplay?
I was so happy for him. He deserves it 100%. I couldn’t ask for a better director. Your three leads don’t get nominated by accident, no matter how talented they are.
Jason Reitman did that viral video slicing up the press tour for “Up In Air.” It’s pretty manic. Is that how it’s been for you?
[Laughs] Yeah, it makes it look more like a whirlwind, but the thing that’s interesting for me is finding out how tedious it can be. It’s funny how slow it feels when you’re doing it. And I just feel so badly because I’m so sick of talking about myself.
Not only did you star in two very different, and very successful, films this year, but the characters you play are pretty much the opposite. What was it like to go from one to the other, especially since you were in production at the same time?
It was like coming up for air when I got to take a break from Natalie [in Up in the Air] and play Jessica [in "Twlight"] because Natalie’s so rigid. It was tough to play Natalie while Jessica’s really fun. Natalie was fun too, but I had to be more controlled.
Who are you more similar to?
[Laughs] Well, they’re not good characters to have to choose from. I suppose Natalie – I’m not as icy as Natalie, I hope, but I can be controlling.
You’re pretty funny in both movies as well – do you consider yourself a comedian?
What’s great about these characters is that they aren’t intentionally funny , so it’s easier – there’s less pressure to be the funny one. I don’t know how funny I am in real life. I’m pretty awkward, which helped.
What’s your favorite line from “Up in the Air”?
When I call George Clooney a 12-year-old.
I know everyone asks, but how was working with George? Did he treat you like a kid or like a peer?
George made fun of me a lot. I think if George isn’t making fun of you it’s a bad sign.
What’s next for you? What sort of films or roles are you looking forward to?
I’m excited at the idea of a role that’s softer and more vulnerable after playing Natalie, and I think my character in this next project is more unsure of herself. I’m going to be in this dark comedy with James McAvoy and Seth Rogan.
Wow, you’ve had some great luck with your male co-stars.
I’ve definitely had some eye candy. The entire “Twilight” set is eye candy, almost to the point that you feel bad about yourself.
I loved that you pitted Robert Pattinson and George Clooney against each other. How did Pattinson react after Clooney sent him that Esquire cover that said “Dear Rob: Thanks for all the inspiration. I’m a huge fan. Love, George (two-time Sexiest Man Alive)”?
I think Robert was just relieved that George thought it was funny. He was hesitant to do it because he was afraid that he’ll come off as a jerk. It was my idea to have Robert send George his GQ cover.
So, what’s it like right now? Are you still as busy as ever?
Every time I think I get a break, I don’t actually get a break. My next film goes into production in February, but there’s a lot to do with all the awards shows. Hopefully I’ll have time to do laundry at some point.
Kristen ranked at # 21
Kristen Stewart is an industry vet, and she’s not even 20 years old. The actress was playing Jodie Foster’s daughter in Panic Room when kids her age were getting their first paper routes. But unlike Haley Joel Osment, Stewart has made the transition from child star to adult actress look relatively easy, namely thanks to her high-profile role as Bella Swan in the big-screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’sTwilight.When the film hit theaters in November 2008, she and costar Robert Pattinsonexperienced the same kind of unnerving immediate rise to fame that Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet experienced post-Titanic. Posters of Stewart suddenly became makeshift wallpaper inside locker doors in high schools across America, or they substituted as dartboards for all those females who were envious of her onscreen and rumored off-screen time with Pattinson, much to Stewart’s dismay. “I don’t want to be a movie star like Angelina Jolie,” Stewart told BlackBook magazine. “Nothing about being a celebrity is desirable. I’m an actor. It’s bizarre to me that everybody’s so obsessive.”
She grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, but upon deciding to become an actress, she buckled down, finished school early at the age of 17 and booked it west to Hollywood. Although she started her acting career with bit parts on shows likePunk’d and Crossing Jordan, it wasn’t long until Ashley won the part of Alice Cullen in the Twilight franchise, based on Stephenie Meyer’s novels. Reprising her role in both New Moon and the upcoming Eclipse, Ashley Greene makes for at least one good reason to sit through the vampire flicks with your Robert Pattinson-obsessed girlfriend, because you deserve some eye candy too. Also, look for her in 2010’s The Apparition, about a couple haunted by a supernatural being. We promise there are no vampires involved. And if your lustful fantasies aren’t fulfilled there, check out her ad campaign for SoBe Lifewater — we promise you won’t be disappointed.
In October 2009, the New Zealand Herald published an interview with Robert Pattinson in which he spoke candidly about his upcoming roles including his role as Georges Duroy in Bel Ami.
“…I’m doing Bel Ami, based on the Guy de Maupassant novel in January as well, and I don’t really know how I’m going to fit that in. I have to gain weight – but I don’t think they’ll let me put on much as I have to shoot the final Twilightmovie afterwards. I have to look older, as the character Georges Duroy has been living hard for a good six years just getting drunk all the time.So I want to look a bit haggard.”
Rob emerged from Bel Ami pre-production today in London to participate in the Hope for Haiti telethon and appears to have maybe started gaining some weight…hot pockets and Heineken anyone??! Another requirement for Bel Ami is facial hair (think mustache), and the boy can rock a beard! He looks so great!