David Cronenberg Talks About Casting Robert Pattinson + An Oscar-Qualifying Run For 'Maps To The Stars'

 David Cronenberg Talks About Casting Robert Pattinson + An Oscar-Qualifying Run For 'Maps To The Stars'

You've got to love David and his love for Rob. He spoke to The Hollywood Reporter at NYFF over the weekend and spoke about how he had no problem looking past Rob's Twilight past when casting him and Thank God for us he did.

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"David Cronenberg's Hollywood-centered family melodrama Maps to the Stars marks the veteran director's second straight film with Twilight alum Robert Pattinson after 2012's Cosmopolis.

Although many still see Pattinson as vampire heartthrob Edward Cullen, Cronenberg told The Hollywood Reporter he can easily look past that.

"I have no problem ignoring that," the director said. "Of course I watched the first Twilight movie just to see what he was like and get a feel for his screen presence and so on and so on. … By the time you're on the set, it's just the two of you making movies. You forget your own movies too."

Speaking to THR ahead of Saturday night's New York Film Festival screening of Maps, Cronenberg explained that he wanted to work with Pattinson (who wasn't in attendance at the New York event) on this movie not only because the director thinks of him as "a wonderful actor" and they "had a good time on Cosmopolis," but also because it provided the opportunity for Pattinson to participate in the sort of ensemble film he'd told Cronenberg he wanted to do.

"He told me that he was scared about Cosmopolis because he had not really wanted to do a movie where he was the lead and had the whole movie on his shoulders," the director explained. "And of course in that movie he's in almost every scene. He said, 'One day I'd love to do an ensemble piece where there are a lot of good actors and [he's] just one of them.' "

When Cronenberg was putting together Maps, he thought of his Cosmopolis star."

Read More over at The Hollywood Reporter

ALSO some fantastic news about Maps To The Stars. While chatting to Vulture David revealed that Maps would be getting an Oscar-qualifying run.

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" “They’re going to do a qualifying run — I think it’s in New York and L.A. — so that it will legitimately qualify for the Golden Globes and the Oscars,” said Cronenberg, who admitted, “There was a lot of discussion. You know, they really felt that they could do a better job releasing the film in 2015, in January or February. And then, of course, the discussion was, ‘Yeah, but wouldn’t it be great if Julianne got an Oscar nomination, since she won Best Actress at Cannes?’”

A strong recent showing at the Toronto Film Festival convinced Focus World to put the film out this year, though the distributor hasn’t committed to funding a costly Oscar campaign. “You know, I think the movie will find its way regardless,” said Maps screenwriter Bruce Wagner. “It already has.” "
Want to see some Exclusive Photos and Video from the Maps to the Stars Q&A At NYFF?
Check it out HERE

"Rob Likes Hearing About The Behind The Scenes Detail & All The Craziness Of X-Factor" ~ Lizzy Pattinson

"Rob Likes Hearing About The Behind The Scenes Detail & All The Craziness Of X-Factor" ~ Lizzy Pattinson

For those of you following Lizzy Pattinson's X-Factor journey you'll know that she's through to the judges houses round of the show. She made it through boot camp over the weekend singing Chris Issac's "Wicked Game.
As one of Simon's top 6 we'll see her performing at his house in LA on next weeks show.
The judges houses round was actually recorded at the beginning of this month (I wonder if she got to see her little brother while she was in town?). If she gets through this round it's onto the live shows for her.

She spoke a little about Rob and how he's so excited for her and loves hearing what's goes on behind the scenes.

Here's her performance from the other night for those that didn't see it.



And here she is defending her seat (They didn't show this on the main show)



On her brother’s support of her entering the show
“He is really excited about it all and he likes hearing about the behind the scenes detail, all the craziness of it all. I sent him a link of the song I am performing for Judges’ Houses and he said ‘that sounds really cool’. It was quite an obscure choice and he thought it was a really good song.

On whether she is prepared for the level of fame her brother enjoys?:
“I have seen the great side of things through my brother but also the other stuff that comes with it. There are so few people who have that level of fame, I know my life wouldn’t be the same as his. I don’t think any girls are going to be throwing their knickers at me.

Read more over at the Source

VIDEO: A Behind The Scenes Look At David Michod & Robert Pattinson At Work On 'The Rover'

VIDEO: A Behind The Scenes Look At David Michod & Robert Pattinson At Work On 'The Rover'

This is another sneak peek behind the scenes from of the making of The Rover that is featured on the dvd/bluray out NOW!



If you're in the US & still haven't picked up a copy of the film, head over HERE to do it NOW!
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Robert Pattinson is "a powerhouse of a thespian" as his films, The Rover and Maps To The Stars, make waves this week

Robert Pattinson is "a powerhouse of a thespian" as his films, The Rover and Maps To The Stars, make waves this week

UPDATE: Added a couple more to the MTTS section!

Between The Rover being released on Bluray/DVD in the US (buy your copy HERE and don't miss the featurette to see Rob working hard at his craft) and Maps To The Stars being released in the UK, there have been reviews and tweets popping up all over the place.  I liked a few reviews for Rob's performance in The Rover (You can follow more reviews for The Rover HERE as well) and while Rob doesn't get a lot of mentions for MTTS due to the size of his role, there were a couple of standouts that noted Rob. You can also look at our twitter account for MTTS to see all the positive feedback the film is getting in the UK! Click HERE to read our timeline.

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DearFilm: Pattinson, however, is a true revelation here. His transformation into the disabled Rey is so complete and without pretension that he just about effortlessly disappears in the role. It is easier now for me to recall him as Rey and imagine him in his personal life as Rey than it is for me to picture him as any other character I have ever seen him as. Under his careful modulation Rey turns into a much more conflicted and complicated character than even Pearce’s nameless wanderer. His mixture of helplessness with sudden flashes of competence makes him unpredictable in action, but not in motivation. Unlike Pearce he is in search of a friend, a companion, anyone he can lean on, and who he can feel as though he is helping. It’s a sweet, nuanced, near-perfect performance.

FlashjackTheHero: Pearce has never been better and Pattinson made me completely rethink his acting abilities (Edward who?). His performance here is a marvel, somewhere between Billy Bob Thornton’s Sling Blade and a young Jackie Earle Hailey, and if he weren’t so iconic already and we were looking at a debut performance from an unknown, he’d be a star all over again.

OnlineWatchMovies: And where to start with his two leads? Powerful beyond belief and we could not be more thrilled that the man we first discovered in Twilight (actually, Harry Potter) has grown into a powerhouse of a thespian that can go toe-to-toe with one of our fave actors in Pearce.

SpoilerRoom: Pattinson who truly delivers a knockout performance. I'm no fan of the Twilight films or his part in them but I will tip my hat to the man on this one. He's fantastic.

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There aren't a lot of Maps To The Stars reviews that highlight Rob but we know this. The film is an ensemble and Rob is a supporting character. We did however, collect a couple that give Rob a cool shoutout.

Grog's Movie Blogs: Robert Pattinson also shows us further that he’s not just the teenage girls favourite shovel face. He’s got a slightly smaller role than I expected but he’s great every time he shows up. That’s really the thing with these performances. Every actor is brilliant.

CinemaBlend: Robert Pattinson has a small role, but uses it to continue to carve out a path apart from his Twilight dreamboat niche, wallowing in a chance to be repulsive.

The Telegraph (5/5 stars!): Robert Pattinson plays the Wagner stand-in, a wannabe writer/actor who spends his days behind a steering wheel, and the unruffled eye of this particular storm.

Cinemablographer (4.5/5 stars): Robert Pattinson also makes a strong impression with limited screentime in his second turn with Cronenberg (following Cosmopolis)

Mark Kemode video-review - he absolutely loved the film and mentions that Rob is terrific in Cronenberg's films :)



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Robert Pattinson out and about at Wu-Tang Clan concert at The Forum (Sept. 26)

Robert Pattinson out and about at Wu-Tang Clan concert at The Forum (Sept. 26)

Rob was spotted out and about at the Wu-Tang Clan concert at The Forum in Inglewood last night!

Rob's friend, Jamie, and FKA twigs (and Marcus) seemed to also be with him. This is cool because Rob's been a long time fan. :) He rocked a hoodie in London on Christmas Eve in 2012 and we also have this clear pic of WuTangRob.

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Photo from March 25, 2011 during Breaking Dawn filming

Rob's mentioned Wu-Tang Clan in interviews before, seen them at Coachella 2013 and that's landed them in our Robert Pattinson Music Club. There's also this great press junket video from Eclipse promo in 2010 when Rob fanboy'd about the group.



We hope he had fun! All signs point to a definite YES.

"I Like The Way He Runs His Sets: They Are So Comfortable & I Feel More Confident On Them"~ Robert Pattinson Talks David Cronenberg To The Provance

"I Like The Way He Runs His Sets: They Are So Comfortable & I Feel More Confident On Them"~ Robert Pattinson Talks David Cronenberg To The Provance

The Province interviewed Rob at the Toronto Film Festival. He spoke about working with David, why he feels so comfortable on his sets and lots more.
It's a great read and I also think the author maybe a wee bit Robsessed. Who can blame her, right?

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TORONTO – For a man who emerged as the fully formed and fully fanged vampire heartthrob in the Twilight saga, Robert Pattinson almost seems too fully dimensional, too human, too real to be locker pin-up material. But he’s managing.

The British actor who played Edward opposite Kristen Stewart’s Bella Swan says he’s learned to adapt to a complete lack of control when it comes to public perception, which is one reason why he loves working with David Cronenberg so much.

Pattinson played the lead in Cronenberg’s 2012 outing, a limo-bound narrative about greed, corruption and self-contained narcissism called Cosmopolis. And he returns to Cronenberg’s bizarre landscapes in Maps to the Stars, a truly odd Oedipal yarn woven through a Hollywood loom.

Pattinson plays a limo driver to various celebrities in this new effort that also stars Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore and John Cusack, and while he says his character, Jerome, was relatively blank on the page, he knew he could trust Cronenberg to let him grope for a while, and get a good feel for what was needed.

“David is very funny,” Pattinson says. “I just like him as a person, and it helps that I really like his work. I like the way he runs his sets: They are so comfortable and I feel more confident on them.”

Pattinson says Cronenberg never panics when faced with the unknown. He allows the story and the characters to evolve organically.

“On Cosmopolis, I was terrified because it was such a wordy script and I hadn’t done any rehearsals, and I hadn’t had any talks with him about the character until the Sunday before the Monday we started shooting. And I tell you I nearly had a nervous breakdown because I assumed he thought I knew exactly what I was going to do and just pull it out…. “ Pattinson laughs, with a sweet little twinkle.

VIDEO: Robert Pattinson & FKA Twigs Out In LA Last Night + NEW Fan Pic

VIDEO: Robert Pattinson & FKA Twigs Out In LA Last Night + NEW Fan Pic

UPDATE 3: We edited the video. Took out the annoying audio and lightened it. See the original under the cut.


UPDATE 2:

From E Online:
"Robert Pattinson and new girlfriend FKA Twigs sure aren't shy about putting their love on display!

The hot couple stepped out together on Thursday for a night out with friends in Hollywood, where the duo appeared relaxed and happy as they walked side by side before heading into a club.

R.Pattz and his ladylove both rocked casual hipster ensembles, with Twigs adding a bit of bohemian flair to her low-key look. The former Twilight hunk wore skinny jeans, a black jacket and a beanie hat while sporting his signature unkempt scruff. Meanwhile, the British beauty looked lovely in a black and white patterned maxi skirt with a slit on the side which she teamed with a black crop top.

The two always stayed close by and appeared relaxed in each other's company, clearly enjoying a night on the town with their pals as their relationship continues to blossom."
And this lucky lady ran into Rob in No Vacancy and got to chat with him!

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Caption On Photo:

"Never washing my hand again... R. Patts and I shook handssss and talked about his illustrious movie career!! #holycrap #bahhhhh" 

Check out pics from last night over HERE 

 
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