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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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