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Kristen Stewart ON THE ROAD Toronto 2012: Fans Show Support

Kristen Stewart fans Toronto 2012Kristen Stewart fans show their support at the Toronto Film Festival

Kristen Stewart will make her first "official" public appearance tonight at the Toronto Film Festival's On the Road screening. Stewart, best known for playing Bella Swan in the Twilight movie series, has been keeping a low profile since images showing the actress being physically intimate with her Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders, surfaced online in late July. (Image: Kristen Stewart fans show their support in Toronto.) [See also: "Kristen Stewart Photo: On the Road TIFF 2012."]

Directed by Walter Salles, On the Road was first screened at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received mixed reviews. Cast members, however, especially Stewart as the free-spirited Marylou and Garrett Hedlund's Marlon Brando-ish Dean Moriarty, were generally praised. Written by Salles' collaborator José Rivera, On the Road is based on Jack Kerouac's iconic '50s novel.

Kristen Stewart: Awards season chances?

Though viciously attacked and ridiculed in countless media outlets – including a below-the-belt mockery by comedian Will Ferrell – Kristen Stewart remains a potential Best Supporting Actress contender this upcoming awards season, including for the Academy Awards. Her chances will chiefly depend on three factors: a) how strongly the usually laissez faire IFC Films pushes the film b) if critics' groups and/or the Hollywood Foreign Press Association singles her out at year's end c) On the Road doesn't immediately bomb at the box office.

On the Road in Toronto, Breaking Dawn Part 2 in Los Angeles

A new cut of On the Road will premiere at the Toronto festival this evening. Meanwhile, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner will be unveiling a new The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 trailer at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Now, if one good thing has come out of the Kristen Stewart / Rupert Sanders scandal, is that it has helped to fuel interest on Stewart's two upcoming releases, much like the scandal helped to fuel interest in Robert Pattinson's Cosmopolis. Three weekends ago, the David Cronenberg-directed (and written) bizarre comedy / drama opened to solid figures in the United States. (The film's box-office returns have since gone downhill.)

And making sure this is clear: My “Kristen Stewart appreciation” articles were written at that moment in time in response to the self-serving moralistic attacks against Stewart following the release of her photos with the married Rupert Sanders. As I mentioned in a recent comment on this Robert Pattinson article, I found the attackers' holier-than-thou attitude vile, disgusting, repugnant, and all that good stuff.

In all honesty, had it been the other way around, i.e., Robert Pattinson and Rupert Sanders caught making out in a car or behind the bushes, and the ensuing fire and brimstone hurled at them, I'd have written a “Robert Pattinson appreciation” article instead. In my view, both Stewart and Pattinson are good, highly likable performers. And their love / sex lives are for them and their partners to sort out. [Addendum: I just got an email from someone calling me a "poisonous snake" because of the Pattinson / Sanders joke. I thought my point was obvious, but let me assist the dim-witted fanatics: Can you imagine the sort of ridicule Pattinson would have suffered had something like that happened? Well, I wouldn't judge him. I'd remain an admirer of his work as an actor and I'd continue looking forward to his next film project. That was the – once again, obvious – point.]

Snow White and the Huntsman near $400 million milestone

Wrapping this up: Although Snow White and the Huntsman failed to crack the $400m mark at the worldwide box office, it got close: $238.97 million overseas (up to Aug. 28) and $155.12 million in North America for a grand total of $394.1m.

Kristen Stewart fans' image via Pop Sugar.

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