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Kristen Stewart's 'Snow White' debuts with $56.3 million [Video]

June 4, 2012 |  1:48 pm

Kristen Stewart proved she appeals to more than just "Twilight" fans at the box office, as her latest film beat industry expectations over the weekend.

"Snow White and the Huntsman," which also stars Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, debuted with a better-than-anticipated $56.3 million. 

The good news for Stewart was that the movie attracted an older audience, 52% of whom were over the age of 30. That indicates that the 22-year-old actress may have appeal beyond the young female fan base that typically turns up to see the vampire series.

For more on the respectable opening of "Snow White," check out this week's box-office video report.


"Snow White" has surprisingly strong $56.3-million debut

Five lessons from the success of Kristen Stewart's 'Snow White'

"Snow White and the Huntsman" is a tale darkly told, critics say

— Amy Kaufman


Photo: Kristen Stewart stars in "Snow White and the Huntsman." Credit: Universal Pictures

Five lessons from the success of Kristen Stewart's 'Snow White'

June 4, 2012 |  8:30 am

Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, turned out respectable box office as it opened in theaters to decent reviews

The $56.3 million taken in by "Snow White and the Huntsman" at the U.S. box office this weekend won't shatter any industry records. But the number, like the movie's "B" CinemaScore, was a respectable result in a season that has been turning out plenty of zeroes.

What drove the film, and what can be learned from it? Here are five lessons of "Snow White's" solid performance.

Capeless. Between "Battleship," "John Carter" and "Dark Shadows," spring 2012 has seemed like a parade of big-budget disappointments, particularly for non-superhero movies. Either your release is an all-out "Avengers"-style blockbuster or you're fighting for scraps. But the results for "Snow White," along with the $112-million "Men in Black 3" has taken in domestically since opening last weekend, showed that there's room for mid-range, non-superhero successes in a season that's been dominated by "The Avengers" (and will next month be stormed by "The Dark Knight Rises").

No fairy tale. With "Mirror Mirror," "Red Riding Hood" and "Beastly" all disappointments over the last 18 months, the fairy-tale boom has often seemed like a bust. Turns out there's life in the subgenre yet -- though we'll see if it's enough life to support a potential "Huntsman" spinoff.

Universalism. It hasn't exactly been the best season for Universal Pictures, with "Battleship" tanking and "The Five-Year Engagement" stalling. But "Snow White" (which also performed well overseas) sets things up for a possible turnaround -- something that will be much needed as the studio releases a trio of hyped bets this summer in "Savages," "Ted" and "The Bourne Legacy."

The adults shall lead them? Fairy tales have long been the province of family films or high-school fables, from Disney's longtime hits to the current crop of teen releases. But Rupert Sanders' movie proves that if you go dark enough and advertise outside the youth demo, adults with steady jobs will come too. The proof? More than half the audience for "Snow White" this weekend was over the age of 30, according to Universal.

No longer stewing. Her performance didn't put her on anyone's Oscar shortlist, and there are plenty of non-Twihards who still aren't sold on Kristen Stewart. But the weekend's opening proved that KStew could -- at least with the aid of costars, a major marketing campaign and a known property -- help open a movie.


"Snow White" has surprisingly strong $56.3-million debut

"Snow White and the Huntsman" is a tale darkly told, critics say

"Snow White's" Kristen Stewart still wants new "East of Eden" pic

-- Steven Zeitchik


Photo: Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart in "Snow White and the Huntsman." Credit: Universal Pictures

MTV Movie Awards 2012: 'The Dark Knight Rises' makes its case

June 3, 2012 |  9:39 pm

The summer movie that needed the MTV Movie Awards the least got the biggest boost when the annual telecast aired live from the Gibson Amphitheatre on Sunday night.

The principals from "The Dark Knight Rises," a near-certain blockbuster when it hits U.S. theaters on July 20, made the franchise's first appearance at the cable network's annual movie-marketing bazaar.

Though the shrill show was something of an odd fit for the serious superhero film -- director Christopher Nolan intoned that "every great story demands a great ending" while star Christian Bale teared up over the death of Heath Ledger -- the presentation of new footage from the Batman picture scored hugely positive reactions in the room and on social media.

PHOTOS: MTV Movie Awards 2012 red carpet arrivals

The awards handed out by the cable network are generally seen as little more than a coronation of what's popular; indeed, "The Hunger Games" and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" were among the big winners Sunday. But the reaction to the many pitches, both at the show and during commercial breaks, can be a useful barometer for the coming months at the multiplex, while the pitches themselves are an important tool for movies seeking an edge in a crowded summer marketplace.

Besides "Dark Knight," the movie perhaps getting the biggest boost was "Magic Mike," the Channing Tatum-Matthew McConaughey exotic-dancer story that will be released June 29. The two stars garnered a huge reaction from the room when they turned out to present the award for "Best Transformation," with the decibel level only rising when costar Joe Manganiello came out and did a striptease in which he simulated a sex act with an ax.

Not every movie was so blessed.

A bit featuring Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Leighton Meester for their June 15 R-rated arrested-development comedy "That's My Boy" fell flat, raising questions about a movie that is already perceived as freighted with commercial challenges.

And though buzz is running high for "Ted," Seth MacFarlane's June 29 stuffed-animal comedy, stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis didn't  do the movie any favors with an awkward segment near the top of the show.

Mentions or appearances from stars of "Prometheus," "Rock of Ages" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" -- which hits U.S. theaters Friday, June 15 and July 3, respectively -- seemed to do little harm to the films but failed to significantly elevate or transform their profiles, either.

MTV heavily touted a new trailer for "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," the high-school dramedy starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson. Though  Watson was ubiquitous at the show, the movie did not seem to emerge with a lot more awareness than it had coming in.

The awards were also marked by who wasn't there: some of the biggest stars and winners, including "The Hunger Games" pinup Jennifer Lawrence, "Harry Potter" heartthrob Daniel Radcliffe and "Twilight" megastar Rob Pattinson, prompting  Kristen Stewart to (attempt to) make out with herself while accepting a "Best Kiss" prize.

Sometimes. though, less can be more at the MTV Movie Awards.

 Katy Perry wasn't visible at the show, perhaps not surprising as her ex, Russell Brand, emceed from the stage. But a stream of commercials for the singer's July 5 documentary, "Katy Perry: Part of Me," combined with an awkward-landing Brand joke about his seeking a new wife, seemed only to boost the stock of the pop star and her upcoming movie.


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-- Steven Zeitchik


Photo: Christian Bale, left, and Christopher Nolan of "The Dark Knight Rises" at the MTV Movie Awards podium. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

'Snow White's' Kristen Stewart still wants new 'East of Eden' pic

June 1, 2012 |  2:26 pm

With “East of Eden” often mentioned by Kristen Stewart among her favorite reads, the actress' fans have long clamored for the "Twilight" heroine to star in a reboot of the John Steinbeck classic.

That reboot, announced more than three years ago with Tom Hooper and Imagine Entertainment, has been perpetually stuck in development. But Stewart still feels strongly that the Cain-and-Abel story -- of course originally brought to celluloid by Elia Kazan and James Dean in 1955 -- could use another go-round on the big screen.

"Obviously ‘East of Eden’ is a really great movie," Stewart told 24 Frames when asked what book she'd most like to see adapted to film. "But it’s the last chapter of the ... book."

The Kazan film focuses only on the latter sections of the novel, particularly the dysfunction and adventures of a pair of brothers in California’s Salinas Valley around the time of World War I. Stewart said that a new film could take the scope of Steinbeck's epic, which goes back a previous generation and even flashes back to the Civil War, and make a more faithful adaptation.

"That really is much more of a saga. It's so long; there is so much to take," she said. 

The actress didn't say anything about starring as the Cathy/Kate character, as many KStew fans have been pulling for. (Cathy/Kate is the lead female character, a conniving and murderous operator who gets involved with several male characters.)

Stewart did, however, say she was relieved about the development progress of a different book that has struggled to make its way through Hollywood — John Kennedy Toole's "A Confederacy of Dunces," to which Zach Galifianakis has just signed on as the bumblingly iconic Ignatius Reilly.

"Finally, they're going to get that made," she said, breathing a sigh of relief.

In addition to starring in a new spin on a Brothers Grimm tale with this weekend's "Snow White and the Huntsman," the Bella-fied one appears in another adaptation of a classic text -- "On the Road," the film version of the Jack Kerouac tome that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and opens in December.

Garrett Hedlund, one of her costars in that film, has strong feelings himself about a book that could use a big-screen treatment. In contrast to "East of Eden," however, this one is older, longer and more French.

“There’s something about ‘Swann’s Way,'" Hedlund said, alluding to the first volume in Marcel Proust’s seven-part opus “Remembrance of Things Past," "something so Gatsby-ish, so wackily period, with so much substance."

He addded, “One of the things I loved about Marcel Proust is just the writing style. There’s like three periods and 150 commas in the opening pages. It’s amazing.”


"Snow White and the Huntsman" is a tale darkly told, critics say

Cannes 2012: Kristen Stewart says Jack Kerouac changed her life

Kristen Stewart: I'm not trying to distance myself from Twilight Saga

-- Steven Zeitchik


Photo: Kristen Stewart at a screening of "Snow White and the Huntsman" in Los Angeles. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

'Snow White and the Huntsman' is a tale darkly told, critics say

June 1, 2012 |  1:27 pm

"Snow White and the Huntsman" brings a spooky shroud of dread to the Grimm fairy tale, and the resulting film is polarizing critics
"Snow White and the Huntsman," starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, takes the opposite tack of this year's earlier adaptation of the Grimm fairy tale, "Mirror Mirror." That film's bubbly fun has been traded for a spooky shroud of dread, and the resulting film is polarizing critics. Many reviewers praise the film's special effects and production design, but a significant portion also find the narrative uneven and overstuffed.

The Times' Betsy Shakey gives a positive review, calling the film "a baroque enchantment filled with dazzling darkness" and "an absolute wonder to watch [that] creates a warrior princess for the ages." Director Rupert Sanders makes a "brilliantly inventive debut," and "the film's Alexander McQueen-esque illusions of grandeur do a very good job of masking its flaws." Perhaps the biggest shortcoming is the anemic love story; as Sharkey says, "what this revisionist fairy tale does not give us is a passionate love." But Hemsworth "has a great screen presence" as the Huntsman, Theron's turn as the evil Queen Ravenna is "chilling," and "none of it would work without Stewart's steely Snow White."

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Kristen Stewart: I'm not trying to distance myself from 'Twilight'

May 30, 2012 | 12:23 pm

Kristen Stewart stars in Snow White and the Huntsman

In the four years since Kristen Stewart began playing the role of Bella Swan in the "Twilight" franchise, the actress has only appeared in three films outside of the massively popular series.

The most popular of the nonvampire fare was the 2009 comedy "Adventureland," which at its height played in around 1,800 theaters nationwide and ended up collecting $16 million -- nowhere near the kind of money a "Twilight" film rakes in. Her subsequent turns as Joan Jett in "The Runaways" and a stripper in "Welcome to the Rileys" were even less widely seen; the latter film grossed only $158,898.

Which all makes her latest role as the princess in "Snow White and the Huntsman" that much more significant. The big-budget spin on the classic fairy tale, out Friday, will mark the first time that most American moviegoers will get to weigh in on whether or not they buy Stewart as anyone but Bella.

Still, the actress says taking on "Snow White" wasn't a calculated move to change her on-screen image.

"People are going to think that it's me trying to either distance myself from 'Twilight' or try to prove myself beyond it or whatever," the 22-year-old said Tuesday evening at a screening of the $175-million production. "But it's [just] good timing. I think it's all fallen off the truck in a really lucky way. But it's totally not my doing."

Asked if she felt "Snow White" marked a new phase in her career, Stewart said it didn't.

" 'Twilight' means so much to me, but it doesn't stand out in terms of -- " she paused, looking for the right words. "Everything I do needs to be really important. ['Snow White'] is neither better or worse than anything I've done."

Her latest film, which also stars Charlize Theron, is the second picture based on the children's tale to hit theaters this year; "Mirror Mirror," Relativity's lighter take on "Snow White," struggled at the box office after its release in March. But Stewart said she thinks her version of the film will resonate with fans because it's a "fundamental story" that makes "you care about people."

"Not to be totally over-sentimental about it, but it's got a nice message -- and a very, very simple one. It just kind of makes you feel good about being human."

Stewart will show off a different side of herself in an adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” which premiered to generally positive reviews at the Cannes International Film Festival last week and will hit U.S. cinemas later this year. Meanwhile, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2” -– the final film in the series -– will open in November.


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-- Amy Kaufman


Photo: Kristen Stewart stars in "Snow White and the Huntsman." Credit: Universal Pictures

Cannes 2012: With 'Cosmopolis,' Rob Pattinson seeks acting cred

May 25, 2012 | 11:58 am

"Twilight" stars Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson have sex multiple times in Cannes (separately, and on screen) but it's a very different kind of lovemaking. As Marylou, Dean Moriarty's wife in "On the Road," Stewart's sex is uninhibited and hedonistic. As Eric Packer, the troubled Wall Street Master of the Universe in "Cosmopolis," Pattinson's sex is mechanical and joyless, as if he's trying to exorcise some unhappiness instead of simply indulging in pleasure.

Audiences got a glimpse of that exorcism on Friday when the David Cronenberg-directed "Cosmopolis" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The contrast in the "Twilight" stars' bedroom manner proved telling.

"On the Road" is a free-form depiction of an era and has won largely plaudits at Cannes. "Cosmopolis" is a claustrophobic  look at a troubled billionaire who is watching the world implode around him from his limousine, and it landed far more mixed responses from critics and festival-goers. Some thought it a timely, idea-driven gem, while a far larger number saw in it a purposelessness reminiscent of Packer's moments in flagrante.

Based on Don DeLillo's dialogue-heavy novella, "Cosmopolis" tells of Packer, a billionaire financier in New York who undertakes the simple task of having his limo driver escort him to a barber across town, despite vague threats on Packer's life and, possibly, the larger world. For all the intrigue and respect he elicits, this isn't a man who's liked very much; that’s what you get for climbing to the top of the corporate heap, or, maybe, for becoming the world’s biggest teen idol.

The setting is typical Cronenberg, a place that looks much like our world but somehow isn't quite. As the trip unfolds, the billionaire, speaking in that Cronenbergian flat affect, entertains a host of acquaintances who pop in and out of his limo, often to talk about things like technocapitalism and its wonders (per Packer) or dangers (per others, and perhaps the film as a whole).  These guests both in the limo and outside it (Sarah Gadon, Emily Hampshire and Paul Giamatti co-star) engage in elliptical exchanges with Packer about their views of the universe, often in turns of DeLillo-ian eloquence and/or impenetrability.

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Cannes 2012: Kristen Stewart says Kerouac changed her life

May 24, 2012 | 12:23 pm


"On the Road"

The exploits of Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady were first described in “On the Road,” Kerouac’s autobiographical novel featuring alter-egos Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, more than a half-century ago.

But the stars of the book’s first-ever film adaptation say they believe the Beat bible resonates as much as ever, and that it has coursed through their lives in unexpected ways.

“I read it at 14 or 15 and I was touched. I said ‘I need to find people that push me like this. I want to find people in my life that I want to run after,” Stewart, who costars with Garrett Hedlund (Moriarty) and Sam Riley (Sal Paradise), told 24 Frames.

Stewart plays Moriarty's smart and free-spirited wife, Marylou, in the film, which premiered Wednesday night at the Cannes Film Festival in one of the more youthful galas to hit the Croisette in recent memory. (The “Twilight” actress drove up in a vintage car and posed with costars Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst as well as Hedlund and Riley, while outside the barricades thousands of fans lined up to catch a glimpse.)

At a rooftop restaurant Thursday morning, Stewart was still taking it all in. Dressed in a sleeveless leather top and sneaking in a quick snack of restaurant rolls, the actress was reflecting on perhaps her most prestigious role to date, as well as her first trip to oft-chaotic Cannes. “I’m a pretty nervous person, but for some reason I feel comfortable here,” she said..

Hedlund did Stewart's Cannes virginity one better — before this trip, the Minnesota native had never been to France. Smoking a cigarette alongside Stewart and Riley, the 27-year-old said he was similarly moved by Kerouac, noting that it echoed through the generations because the feeling it captures hasn’t changed.

“In your early 20s you’re at that place where you can do anything and you have years to do it,” the actor said. “Then life hits you before you know it.”

Director Walter Salles spent nearly a decade developing Kerouac's classic, whose rights have been owned by Francis Ford Coppola’s family for three decades. (Coppola's son Roman produced, after a series of stops-and-starts that had many wondering if the film would ever get made).

The movie pumps up Stewart’s character but generally takes the same free-form and episodic approach Kerouac took on the page, a set of scenes meant to tease out a time as much as a story. The movie will open just before Christmas (not long after "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2") when it could bring its stars the kind of awards-season attention they haven't experienced before.

Stewart acknowledged that "On the Road" made her want to take on other real-life stories. (She also previously played Joan Jett in the femme-rocker biopic "The Runaways") 

"You wonder a lot more about the whys" with a real-life tale, she said. "And we had such an emotional responsibility to these people. They became our family, which is so much more driving."

She said that in incarnating Marylou, who is often seen in various states of undress, "I wanted to find the person behind the character, and not the easy way of just playing the character as the girl who likes to [have sex] a lot."

Riley, who played Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis in the music biopic “Control,” said he hoped to continue taking on more serious roles too, but "so much depends on what touches you in the pile of crap that’s sent to you."

As for Hedlund, who is best known for his less Oscar-y turn as the hero in the "Tron" sequel a couple years back, the prospect of a literary work appeals because of what it allows before the camera starts rolling.

"Being involved in this project, there was such as work ethic we all had, such an investment to portray these characters. A lot of self-imposed stress, really," he said, noting that the production delays allowed for an unusual amount of preparation as he met Beat icons and personalities and read countless books. "I crave this kind of workload for every project I do."


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--Steven Zeitchik


Photo: "On the Road." Credit: IFC Films


Kristen Stewart in 'On the Road': 'I just want ... a baby' [video]

May 23, 2012 |  3:19 pm


"On the Road," Walter Salles' adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday. It's a lyrical tone poem about the adventures of Kerouac alter ego Sal Paradise, his best friend and inspiration, Dean Moriarty (based on the legendary Neal Cassady, who went on to drive the Magic Bus for Ken Kesey), and Moriarty's wife, Marylou. Here's a look at two clips from the movie, which is scheduled to be released in the U.S. in late fall.

"On the Road" more than captures the purity of that long-ago quest, using youthful stars like Sam Riley as Sal, Garrett Hedlund as Dean and Kristen Stewart as Marylou to show how eternal that yearning remains.

In the first clip, above, Sal, Dean and Marylou are driving. Marylou is at the wheel, musing about Dean leaving her while simultaneously coming onto Sal and talking about going back to her fiance. "I just want a house, a baby, something normal," she says.

The second clip, below, features Kirsten Dunst, who plays Camille, Dean's ex, with whom he has an on-again, off-again relationship. 

"On the Road" is also notable for the top-flight talent in cameo roles, including Amy Adams, Terrence Howard and Steve Buscemi, all motivated, Salles says, by passion for the source material. Viggo Mortensen, who plays Old Bull Lee (based on William S. Burroughs), showed up on the set with a gun and a typewriter.



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'On the Road' adaptation gets distribution from IFC, Sundance

May 8, 2012 |  8:10 pm

On the Road
Completing a journey that began in 1978, when filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola bought the rights to Jack Kerouac's classic 1957 Beat novel, "On the Road" is finally headed to U.S. theaters. On Tuesday, AMC Networks announced its acquisition of U.S. rights to the film, which will be jointly distributed by its IFC Films and Sundance Selects labels in the fall.

"On the Road" is directed by the Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles, a road-film veteran who helmed "The Motorcycle Diaries," with Coppola serving as executive producer. It stars Sam Riley ("Brighton Rock") as the young writer Sal Paradise and Garrett Hedlund ("Tron: Legacy") as his free-spirited friend Dean Moriarty; Paradise and Moriarty are thinly veiled counterparts of Kerouac and pal Neal Cassady in the largely autobiographical story of cross-country road-tripping.

"Twilight" star Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst (a frequent collaborator with Coppola's daughter, Sofia), Amy Adams ("The Muppets") and Viggo Mortensen ("A Dangerous Method") round out the cast.

Despite the presence of young stars such as Stewart and Dunst, as well as the attachment of a big name like Coppola, "On the Road's" landing at IFC and Sundance could lower expectations for the film's performance, as neither label is known for setting the box office on fire. According to Box Office Mojo, only three IFC or Sundance films have ever surpassed $5 million in total gross: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "Y Tu Mama Tambien" and "Cave of Forogtten Dreams."

In a prepared statement, Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects and IFC Films, said they would put "all our resources together to make this theatrical release into a significant cultural event."

"On the Road" will make its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the competition section. The festival runs May 16-27.


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Photo: Sam Riley, left, Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund in "On the Road." Credit: Gregory Smith / MK2


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