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'Bel Ami' Trailer: Sex Is the Way for Ambitious Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson, Bel Ami movie
Robert Pattinson, Bel Ami

Dec. 22, '11: The handsome Bel Ami trailer has been released. (See below.) Instead of Breaking Dawn's near-teen Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, the Twilight movies' vampire Edward Cullen, “makes love to” (i.e., has sex with) a more mature Kristin Scott Thomas and a whole array of other females. Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod directed this latest movie adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's classic novel about an impoverished but ambitious ex-soldier who uses his drive, his wit, and his penis to get ahead in life.

Some will call Bel Ami's antihero Georges Duroy a man-whore, but that's pure envy. Men must sell their wares in every profession. Only the self-deluded will believe otherwise. But while at work, how many of those professionals get to bed, kiss, and (fore)play with the likes of Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, and Uma Thurman? And how many of them look like Robert Pattinson to begin with?

Now, comparisons to Stephen Frears' critical and box office flop Chéri, about the affair between a courtesan (Michelle Pfeiffer) and a younger man (Rupert Friend) are off the mark. Although it's true that both Bel Ami and Chéri are period pieces based on classic French novels (Chéri was written by Colette), Friend's Chéri character is quite different from Pattinson's Georges Duroy. And so are the plotlines.

Adapted by Rachel Bennette, the R-rated Bel Ami also features Colm Meaney, Natalie Tena, and Holliday Grainger, Pip Torrens, James Lance, and Todd Peterson. Bel Ami is scheduled to open on March 2 in the United Kingdom and Lithuania. June 27 in France. No scheduled dates as yet for the United States, Estonia, or Latvia. [Update: According to Larry Richman, Columbia Pictures will possibly release Bel Ami in the US sometime in March 2012. Richman also mentions a “rumor” that Bel Ami will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February.]

As for the trailer, the best line comes courtesy of Pattinson's Georges Duroy: “There's no next life. And I'm going to live.” Once again, that's why so many are envious of characters such as Duroy. They would like to live his life, but lack the guts and/or the apparatus to do so.

Dec. 29

Bel Ami movie, Robert Pattinson, Georges Duroy
Bel Ami movie: Robert Pattinson

The Bel Ami movie trailer was released a week ago. Now comes the Brazilian Bel Ami trailer (scroll down), which happens to be the (classy) English-language trailer with Portuguese subtitles. The text below is an expanded version of the article posted at the time of the original trailer's release.

In the trailer, we get to watch Robert Pattinson play a radically different character from his lovestruck vampire in the Twilight movies. Instead of having sex with Breaking Dawn's virginal Kristen Stewart, in Bel Ami Pattinson keeps himself busy with the more mature Kristin Scott Thomas and a whole array of other females of varying ages, shapes, and civil and social statuses.

Two veterans of the British stage, Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, directed this latest film adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's novel about Georges Duroy, an impoverished but ambitious ex-soldier who uses his drive, his wit, and his penis not only to climb the social ladder, but also to live life to the fullest – in his way. (Future Oscar winner George Sanders played Duroy in a 1947 Hollywood movie, The Private Affairs of Bel Ami. Angela Lansbury, Ann Dvorak, and Frances Dee co-starred. The Picture of Dorian Gray's Albert Lewin directed.)

Now, some will call Bel Ami's antihero a “man-whore,” but that's sheer envy. To some extent or another, men must sell their wares – whatever little or much they've got – in every profession. Only the self-deluded will believe otherwise. But while laboring away, how many get to bed, kiss, and (fore)play with the likes of Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, and Uma Thurman? And how many of them look like Robert Pattinson to begin with?

Also worth noting is that some have been quick to compare Bel Ami to Stephen Frears' 2009 critical and box office flop Chéri, about an affair between a courtesan (Michelle Pfeiffer) and a younger man (Rupert Friend). Those comparisons, however, are off the mark. Although it's true that both Bel Ami and Chéri are period pieces based on classic French novels (Chéri was written by Colette), Friend's Chéri character is quite different from Pattinson's Georges Duroy. And so are the basic plotlines of the two stories.

In fact, Bel Ami has more in common with Choderlos de Laclos' Dangerous Liaisons, a Frears/Pfeiffer 1988 hit that earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination, in addition to nods for Pfeiffer and Glenn Close. Bel Ami also has quite a bit in common with the very 20th-century Chicago (especially Cecil B. DeMille's 1927 silent version with Phyllis Haver) and Baby Face – the latter a 1933 pre-Code classic in which Barbara Stanwyck uses her drive, her wit, her legs, and her other physical attributes to reach the top of the corporate ladder.

Adapted by Rachel Bennette, the R-rated Bel Ami also features Colm Meaney, Natalie Tena, Holliday Grainger, Pip Torrens, James Lance, and Todd Peterson. Bel Ami is scheduled to open on March 2 in the UK and June 27 in France. No scheduled dates as yet for the United States, though there have been rumors that Sony Pictures will release Bel Ami sometime in March. Another rumor has the film playing at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

Also, on January 2 and 3, Belgium's Kinepolis chain will feature sneak previews of Bel Ami at several theaters in Antwerp, Bruges, and a handful of other cities. Those are part of Kinepolis' “Ladies at the Movies” screenings – described as “an evening without men but with a top film.” Unfair to male Pattinson, de Maupassant, Scott Thomas, Thurman, and/or Ricci fans.

As for the trailer below, Portuguese speakers might want to brush up on their English, as the subtitles frequently read pompously “literate” in a manner that doesn't match the characters' more colloquial speech. California Filmes will be releasing Bel Ami in Brazil.

The best line in the trailer comes courtesy of Pattinson's Georges Duroy: “There's no next life. And I'm going to live.” Once again, that's why so many are envious of characters such as Duroy. Despite our paying lip-service to bourgeois morality and personal codes of ethics, most of us would like to live his life – but lack the guts and/or the apparatus to do so.

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Bel Ami poster: Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci

This classy, supercool, German (Guy de Maupassant's) Bel Ami poster features Robert Pattinson as the ambitious 19th-century ex-soldier Georges Duroy and the three main women in his life: Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, and Kristin Scott Thomas. Notice the use of color – blue for Pattinson, green for Thurman, yellow for Ricci, red for Scott Thomas. And notice how Pattinson's blue-clad Duroy is positioned in the foreground, between red-clad Scott Thomas and yellow-clad Ricci, while green-clad Thurman, also slightly in the background, is seen further to the left. (Poster via the Robert Pattinson Life blog.)

The German tag line reads: “Senhsucht, Verführung, Begierde.” That can be translated as “Longing, Seduction, Desire.” Or, perhaps more emphatically, “Desperate Longing, Seduction, Ardent Desire.” Also billed on the German-language poster is Colm Meaney, in addition to the Berlin Film Festival itself, with Bel Ami described as an Out of Competition official selection.

Though Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's period drama has already had special screenings at several Belgian theaters, Bel Ami will have its official World Premiere on Feb. 17 at the Berlinale.

Jan. 25

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Robert Pattinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Bel Ami

As can be attested by the Bel Ami online clip (see below) from the Russian MTV – with English subtitles – the Robert Pattinson period drama is a potential nominee for the Best Costume Design Academy Award of 201. As part of the Gay Paree Bel Ami look, you get Pattinson wearing a top hat, and Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman, and Christina Ricci garbed in fancy 19th-century dresses.

Dramatically speaking, one Bel Ami scene that is particularly effective features a pathetic – as in, full of pathos – Scott Thomas following and being pushed aside by Pattinson's ambitious former soldier Georges Duroy. The clip also offers several brief – but cool – behind-the-scenes glimpses of the Bel Ami set.

Bel Ami, which has already had a few special screenings in various Belgian cities, will have its official world premiere – out of competition – at the Berlin Film Festival. In addition to Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Christina Ricci, the film's cast includes Colm Meaney, Natalie Tena, Holliday Grainger, Pip Torrens, James Lance, and Todd Peterson. Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod directed the period drama, while Rachelle Bennette adapted Guy de Maupassant's classic novel.

In addition to Bel Ami, Robert Pattinson will be seen in two more 2012 releases: David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis is supposed to come out later this year, and in November, Pattinson will be seen for the last time as the vampire Edward Cullen in Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the final installment in the Twilight movie franchise. Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner co-star.

Robert Pattinson/Kristin Scott Thomas/Bel Ami photo: RAI Cinema / 19 Entertainment / Redwave Films

Jan. 11

Uma Thurman Bel Ami 'ubiquitous' question Robert Pattinson sparkleUma Thurman on 'Bel Ami' set: Answering 'ubiquitous' question re: Robert Pattinson sparkle.

Uma Thurman on 'ubiquitous' Robert Pattinson question

“To answer the ubiquitous question about this movie, yes, Robert is good-looking in person, but he doesn't have that diamond-sparkle skin like in those Dracula movies,” Uma Thurman recently told Harper's Bazaar UK.

The movie in question is Bel Ami, the Robert in question is Robert Pattinson, and the “Dracula movies” in question are – I think – the Twilight movies that have turned Pattinson (along with fellow Draculeers Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner) into a household name.

'Very ambitious, very organized actor'

In the same interview, Uma Thurman added that Pattinson is “a very disciplined, very serious, very ambitious, very organized actor.” Perhaps it's no coincidence that Pattinson's Bel Ami character is also quite disciplined, serious, ambitious, and organized (and horny, too).

That's ex-soldier Georges Duroy, who, through his good looks, sexual prowess, and mathematical cunning, manages to rise to the heights of 19th-century Parisian society. (If the sign above Pattinson's head – see further below – doesn't look too French, well, that's probably because Bel Ami was partly shot in Budapest.)

Corsets and ageism

About her character, Madeleine Forestier, one of the many women in the life of Georges Duroy, Thurman said: “It was a fun character, a nice, meaty, dramatic role, and who doesn't love an excuse to wear a corset?” (Well, I'd imagine that there would be a bunch of guys – and many women as well – who wouldn't be too thrilled at the thought.)

And finally, regarding her own Hollywood career, Thurman told Harper's:

There's a lot of aggressive talk in this business. You turn 18 and they say you won't have a career at 20. You turn 24 and they say you won't last till you're 30. Now it's like, if I'm so over, why are you talking to me now?

Robert Pattinson Bel Ami 'Ambitious' and 'organized' actorRobert Pattinson on 'Bel Ami' set: 'Very ambitious' and 'very organized' actor.

'Bel Ami' cast

Directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, Bel Ami was adapted by Rachel Bennette from Guy de Maupassant's novel. In addition to Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman, Bel Ami also features:

Christina Ricci. Kristin Scott Thomas. Colm Meaney. Natalie Tena. Holliday Grainger. Pip Torrens. James Lance. Todd Peterson.

According to the IMDb, Bel Ami opens March 2 in the United Kingdom and the United States. So far, I've been unable to confirm the U.S. release date.

Uma Thurman quotes via The Daily Mail.

Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman Bel Ami images: The Bel Ami Facebook page.

Jan. 13

Robert Pattinson, Bel Ami, Georges Duroy
Robert Pattinson, Bel Ami

Will the Robert Pattinson movie Bel Ami be screened at the Berlin Film Festival? Rumor has it that it will. Although that is certainly a possibility, the issue may turn out to be a little complicated.

Larry Richman has written a long and very detailed article on the likelihood – or not – of Bel Ami having its “official” World Premiere in Berlin, whether in competition or in one of the various sidebars. The word “official” is between quotes because Bel Ami has been shown at special screenings (for women only) in various Belgian cities in early January.

“All sections of the Berlin Film Festival have in their requirements, 'World Premieres are given priority,'” Richman explains. “Normally, the definition of 'World Premiere' would not allow for a previous theatrical run. … Then again, if the film was accepted into Berlin, the filmmakers were likely notified of that prior to the decision to have some screenings in Belgium. So they may have asked Berlin if they could do it.”

Richman makes a good case that the key here is whether or not the Belgian screenings of Bel Ami could be considered something other than “public” showings of the film. If the answer is Yes, then Bel Ami could indeed have its “World Premiere” at the Berlinale.

One film that has been shown elsewhere (the United States and Bosnia Herzegovina) but that will be screened in Berlin (not as a World Premiere) is Angelina Jolie's In the Land of Blood and Honey, which is up for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Next week, the Berlin Film Festival will announce further titles included in its 2012 line-up. The festival runs February 9-19.

Bel Ami was directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, and adapted by Rachel Bennette from Guy de Maupassant's classic novel. In addition to Robert Pattinson as the ambitious, sexually alluring ex-soldier Georges Duroy, the period drama also features Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman, Colm Meaney, Natalie Tena, Holliday Grainger, Pip Torrens, James Lance, and Todd Peterson. Bel Ami is scheduled to open on March 2 in the UK and June 27 in France.

Pattinson has two other films coming out in 2012: David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis and Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the last installment in the Twilight movies. Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner co-star in Breaking Dawn 2.

Robert Pattinson/Bel Ami photo: Sony Pictures Classics

Feb. 10

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Robert Pattinson film: Guy de Maupassant's Bel Ami

Twelve minutes from the latest Robert Pattinson film, an adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's Bel Ami, have been uploaded online. Those consist of five brief, disparate scenes from the movie, all of them featuring Pattinson. (This Bel Ami online video – please scroll down – was initially posted at Robert Pattinson Life.)

Set in a darkly lit church, the first scene shows Pattinson's ambitious ex-soldier Georges Duroy playing a very determined game of seduction with Older (and very married) Woman Kristin Scott Thomas. In the second, Pattinson convincingly plays a drunk Duroy in a rowdy cabaret. That's when he runs into the obnoxious publisher Charles Forestier, who will inadvertently assist Duroy in his meteoric ascent in Parisian society.

The third scene is set at the Forestier dinner table. The issue of class is all too evident – Duroy doesn't know which knife to use. Despite all the surface talk about life in the desert and French colonial politics, just as evident are the various seduction games with the Duroy at the center – this time, as the one being seduced. Even though Pattinson, and the British-accented Christina Ricci and Uma Thurman are perfectly fine – Pattinson's facial expressions, a mix of insecurity and self-assertion stemming from that very insecurity, are particularly impressive – the scene-stealer here is The English Patient's Best Actress Academy Award nominee Scott Thomas: “I was told that the [desert] sands … sing?"

In the fourth scene, Duroy performs a different sort of seduction, as a little girl falls for her playful “bel ami.” The brief follow-up scene features Pattinson/Duroy and his conquest Ricci/Clotilde de Marelle in his dingy apartment.

Though a low-budget production, Bel Ami – as its trailer (and even its poster) promised – is gorgeous to look at.

Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's period drama has already been shown at special screenings in several Belgian cities. Even so, Bel Ami will have its official World Premiere on Feb. 17 at the Berlin Film Festival. Adapted by Rachel Bennette, the film's cast also includes Colm Meaney, Natalie Tena, Holliday Grainger, Pip Torrens, James Lance, and Todd Peterson.

Robert Pattinson should be seen again later this year in two more movies: David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, with Sara Gadon, Kevin Durand, Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric, and Jay Baruchel; and Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the last installment in the Twilight film series. Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner co-star, while featured players include Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, and dozens of others.

Feb. 17

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Guy de Maupassant's Bel Ami movie: Robert Pattinson as Georges Duroy

Robert Pattinson fans can watch online the Bel Ami photocall/press conference and red carpet arrivals live streaming from the Berlin Film Festival on Friday, Feb. 17, at, respectively, 1:45 p.m. and – to be confirmed – 6:45 p.m. local time. (Photocall/press conference: 4:45 a.m. PT/7:45 a.m. ET; red carpet: 9:45 a.m. PT/12:45 p.m. ET.) Directed by Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnellan, Bel Ami is having its official World Premiere at this year's Berlinale. Pattinson's co-stars in the period drama based on Guy de Maupassant's classic novel are Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, and Colm Meaney.

Other Berlinale live streams this Friday are those for Kim Nguyen's Rebelle and Tsui Hark's Flying Swords of Dragon Gate. (See schedule below.) Both films are part of the Berlin festival's Official Competition.

Adapted by Rachel Bennette, the R-rated Bel Ami also features Natalie Tena, Holliday Grainger, Pip Torrens, James Lance, and Todd Peterson. Bel Ami is scheduled to open on March 9 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The film will also be screened on February 22 at the Glasgow Film Festival, the day before it opens in Portugal. It opens in Brazil on June 22. Sony Pictures Classics is releasing Bel Ami in the United States, but no specific date has been set yet.

Two more Robert Pattinson movies will be released this year: David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, featuring Sara Gadon, Kevin Durand, Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric, and Jay Baruchel; and Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the last installment in the Twilight Saga movie series. Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner co-star, while supporting the Twi-trio are Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Booboo Stewart, and dozens of others.

Berlin 2012: Feb. 17 online live-streaming video schedule:

Rebelle by Kim Nguyen
10.35 Photocall
10.45 Press Conference

Bel Ami by Declan Donnellan
13.45 Photocall
13.55 Press Conference

Rebelle by Kim Nguyen
16.00-16.30 Red Carpet

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate by Tsui Hark 
18.10 Photocall (tbc)
18.20 Press Conference

Bel Ami by Declan Donnellan
18.45-19.30 Red Carpet (tbc)

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate by Tsui Hark 
22.00-22.30 Red Carpet

Feb. 17

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Christina Ricci, Robert Pattinson, Bel Ami

“'I had no conception of the depths of your emptiness!' a character shrieks in Bel Ami, and her words take on an unintended resonance as addressed to Robert Pattinson in the lead role,” says Justin Chang in his Variety review of Bel Ami, which had its official World Premiere earlier today at the Berlin Film Festival.

“Displaying little in the way of wily self-assurance, charisma or gravitas,” Chang continues, “the Twilight Saga heartthrob doesn't exactly invigorate this flailing English-language adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's much-filmed novel about a handsome scoundrel seducing his way up the social ladder in 19th-century Paris.”

Further down in his review, Chang adds the following about Pattinson's performance as the cunning, pathologically ambitious Georges Duroy:

“But it's one thing to embody a moral void, quite another to look merely vacant, and in scene after scene, Pattinson registers a visible strain in negotiating the character's shifts from slick, droll charm to animal-like desperation and thwarted rage. The sort of self-styled gentleman who should theoretically be able to stroll into a room and mesmerize everyone in it by sheer force of personality, this Duroy instead seems to be constantly referring to mental notes from 'Ladykilling for Dummies' as he mystifyingly wends his way into the sympathies of three well-married women.”

So far, I've only watched Bel Ami's “extended scenes" – a 12-minute series of clips posted online about a week ago. Needless to say, it's impossible to judge a feature film by that. Yet, my first impression of Bel Ami was highly positive. Pattinson looked perfectly convincing both in terms of looks and demeanor as Duroy, while Kristin Scott Thomas was flawless in her two scenes as the older woman who falls for the wily younger man (Chang found Scott Thomas “wincingly miscast.”)

Anyhow, bad Variety review or no, Bel Ami remains one of my most eagerly anticipated movies of 2012. Part of the reason is the cast, particularly Pattinson and Scott Thomas; but I'm also curious to see how screenwriter Rachel Bennette and first-time (film) directors Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnellan have transferred Guy de Maupassant's novel to the screen. And whether in terms of its theme and characters (i.e., shameless sex/seduction) and setting, the fact that Bel Ami isn't a Hollywood production is a plus as far as I'm concerned. Indeed, Ormerod and Donnellan's movie does look good. That's another plus.

In addition to Pattinson and Scott Thomas, the Bel Ami cast features Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, Colm Meaney, Natalie Tena, Holliday Grainger, Pip Torrens, James Lance, and Todd Peterson. Bel Ami has already been shown at special screenings in several Belgian cities. It'll be featured at the Glasgow Film Festival later this month, and it opens in the United Kingdom on March 9. A US release date – via Sony Pictures Classics – remains up in the air.

As mentioned elsewhere on this site, Robert Pattinson should be seen again later this year in two more movies: David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, which also features Sara Gadon, Kevin Durand, Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric, and Jay Baruchel; and Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the last installment in the Twilight Saga franchise. Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner co-star alongside Pattinson. The supporting cast includes Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Michael Sheen, Julia Jones, Booboo Stewart, and many others.

Wrapping this up, let me just say that I wish someone would remove the word “gravitas” from the dictionary. It's just about impossible to find a review of anything – from movies to dishwashing soap – without that damn word popping up somewhere.

March 8

Robert Pattinson handsome Bel Ami
Robert Pattinson, Bel Ami

In the new Bel Ami clip (see below), Christina Ricci's Clotilde de Marelle makes the mistake of telling Robert Pattinson's handsome Georges Duroy that Holliday Grainger's Suzanne Rousset is worth 13 million francs. Pattinson gives her The Look. We know what's coming, but it takes a few seconds before Grainger turns around and flashes him a (very broad) smile. Despite the very obvious gash on his nose, she's his. He knows it. So is her fortune. He knows that, too. He smiles as well – but to himself.

Bel Ami opens Friday, March 9, in the United Kingdom. Sony Pictures Classics is releasing in the United States this latest film adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's novel. So far, however, there's no confirmed opening date – much to the dismay of Pattinson's US fans.

Directed by stage veterans (but film newcomers) Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, the period comedy-drama had its official World Premiere on Feb. 17 at the Berlin Film Festival. Adapted by Rachel Bennette, the Bel Ami cast also includes Oscar nominees Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient), Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction), Colm Meaney, Natalie Tena, Pip Torrens, James Lance, and Todd Peterson.

As mentioned elsewhere on this site, in addition to Bel Ami, Robert Pattinson should be seen later this year in two other movies:

  • David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis (possibly at the Cannes Film Festival, according to persistent rumors), which also features Sara Gadon, Kevin Durand, Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti, Jay Baruchel, and Mathieu Amalric;
  • Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the last installment in the Twilight Saga franchise, with Kristen Stewart (who may get her own Cannes movie ticket via Walter Salles' On the Road), Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Michael Sheen, Julia Jones, Mia Maestro, and Booboo Stewart.

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Robert Pattinson, Christina Ricci, Bel Ami

Bel Ami, starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Christina Ricci, will be available on VOD in the United States on May 4. The period comedy-drama will debut in US theaters – via Magnolia Pictures – a little over a month later, on June 8, according to the film's website.

Bel Ami had its official World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February, though the film had already had special screenings in various Belgian cities. Reviews so far have been mixed.

Directed by stage veterans (but film newcomers) Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, Bel Ami was adapted by Rachel Bennette from Guy de Maupassant's 19th-century novel. The film's cast also includes Colm Meaney, Natalie Tena, Holliday Grainger, Pip Torrens, James Lance, and Todd Peterson.

We'd been expecting Sony Pictures Classics to release Bel Ami in the United States, as the film had been acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA). Anyways, SPWA will handle all other U.S. media.

Also this year, Robert Pattinson should be seen in two more movies:

  • David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis (a possible Cannes Film Festival entry), with A Dangerous Method's Sarah Gadon, Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), Academy Award nominees Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man) and Samantha Morton (Sweet and Lowdown, In America), plus Real Steel's Kevin Durand, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly's Mathieu Amalric, and How to Train Your Dragon's Jay Baruchel.
  • The last installment of the Twilight Saga series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, directed by Bill Condon, and co-starring Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, in addition to the usual Twi-actors: Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Dakota Fanning, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Booboo Stewart, Billy Burke, etc.

Robert Pattinson / Christina Ricci / Bel Ami image: Magnolia Pictures.

Bel Ami release date info via belami.com and Deadline.com.

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Bel Ami American poster: Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci

As much as I liked the German poster for Bel Ami, the American Bel Ami poster – a sort of reboot of the German version – is even classier thanks to the stylish background. Also, notice that it's the same Robert Pattinson image, but all three leading ladies have had their pictures changed.

For Uma Thurman, they kept the face but altered the hair and the dress; we now get some cleavage. Kristin Scott Thomas is wearing the same dress, but here she's looking straight at the camera (or at you, looking at the poster). Christina Ricci is wearing what I believe is the same dress, but here her garment is much more brightly colored than in the German poster. Also, like Scott Thomas, Ricci is looking is straight at the camera. In the German poster, both Scott Thomas and Ricci were looking sideways.

In the United States, Bel Ami will be available on VOD on May 4. Magnolia Pictures will distribute the period comedy-drama in US theaters on June 8.

Directed by stage veterans (but film newcomers) Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, Bel Ami was adapted by Rachel Bennette from Guy de Maupassant's classic 19th-century novel. The film's cast also includes Colm Meaney, Natalie Tena, Holliday Grainger, Pip Torrens, James Lance, and Todd Peterson.

Also this year, Robert Pattinson will be seen in two other movies:

  • David Cronenberg's likely Cannes Film Festival entry Cosmopolis, with A Dangerous Method's Sarah Gadon, Chocolat / Hidden's Juliette Binoche, Sideways / Win Win's Paul Giamatti, Minority Report / In America's Samantha Morton, Real Steel / X-Men Origins: Wolverine's Kevin Durand, A Christmas Tale / The Diving Bell and the Butterfly's Mathieu Amalric, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice / How to Train Your Dragon's Jay Baruchel.
  • Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens in mid-November. In addition to Pattinson, Kristen Stewart (who may also be at Cannes with Walter Salles' On the Road), and Taylor Lautner, Breaking Dawn 2 features Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Dakota Fanning, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Booboo Stewart, Billy Burke, and others.

Kristin Scott Thomas is featured with Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor in Lasse Hallström's Salmon Fishing in Yemen, which opened a few weeks ago in the United States. Scott Thomas should next be seen in François Ozon's thriller Dans la maison / In the House (she replaced Juliette Binoche), playing opposite Emmanuelle Seigner and Denis Menochet.

Christina Ricci's next will possibly be Sarah Spillane's Around the Clock, while Uma Thurman has three movies lined up:

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25 Comments to 'Bel Ami' Trailer: Sex Is the Way for Ambitious Robert Pattinson

  1. JDT

    I find myself being dismayed that this poster does not feature Holliday Grainger's name anywhere on it. I see her as being one of the stars of this film, but it seems the publicity paints her in an alternate light.

  2. Trey

    The film sucks big ones and everyone knows it. Back to the drawing board Rob.

  3. Terri

    @ Sharona I Agree 100% ! The U.S. is waiting for Bel Ami. What is up with Sony anyway?? Many sites, as IMDb have the release date as TODAY, Yet no information is available from Sony Pictures. I am sure the movie will make them a Bundle, so many Pattinson fans are waiting for it! Are they waiting to release it right before Breaking Dawn 2 in Nov.?? R Pattinson also has Cosmopolis coming out in 2012…WHAT ARE THEY WAITING FOR?????

  4. Sharona

    I am at a complete loss as to why Sony Pictures have the rights to Bel Ami yet for some reason seem to refuse to give out even a release date for this film in the US. Why are they holding back? What is the problem? All other countries are showing release dates yet Sony is just completely ignoring it. If they have no plans to release it in the US, why don't they sell the rights to another studio? There are MANY of us in the US who are dying to see this film!!!! What's going on???

  5. Amelie

    Let's continue to encourage critics to elevate the conversation. Reviews which reference performance using the words “emptiness” and “ladykilling for dummies” does no one any good, except maybe the author giving self-referential praise to himself for cleverness. I think everyone should give more thought to the time, money, and effort which is put into movie making. Expectations be damned, (for Rob Pattinson), isn't there a learning curve for most actors and actresses? Rob is already a beloved man, he would not have received many accolades without some degree of talent and likability. Rob is sexually attractive to many, the perceptions are based on physical attraction or qualities in the context in which they appear. His image is also inspiring, due to qualities like boldness, authenticity and presence. Bel Ami has to be worthwhile for the historical, period piece that it is. Rob Pattinson has said that french literature is his favorite; I would think that fact would influcence his effort to make Bel Ami true to the book, and enjoyable on screen. He should be commended for stretching (not doing only romantic comedies) and treated with respect. Also remember that movies are a collaborative endeavor, the directors were inexperienced, camera angles not the best and the script could have been impoved.

  6. gabi

    It sad that Critics are completly ignoring the fact that Rob played George exactly how George was in the Book. Lynnette is right…I personally wish Critics would read the Book before they make a review..I also would like Rob to play a character, not based on a Book. Wonder what critics would say than

  7. nikki

    One last note before I get banned from this site lol

    At the Bel ami press conference in Berlin a french speaking canadien journaliste who's an expert in Guy de Maupassant's literary work and who has given several classes about Bel ami has congratulated the panel for the authenticity of the movie qua story, setting and characters (mentioned Georges!).
    She didn't need to do this, she could just present herself and ask her question. She did it because she meant what she said.
    That was a big compliment for the film makers and the actors.

  8. nikki

    @ Lynette Perkes.
    I wholeheartedly agree with your vision on Georges Duroy. Unfortunately my aknowledge of English is too limited to express myself as eloquently as you did.
    When, in my comment, I spoke about the opposite thoughts and feelings of Georges I ment what you wrote. He was constantly trying to learn how to behave in the high society, taking nasty comments in the beginning but rancunously (right sp?) taking revenge afterwards.
    I'm afraid many critics will look at the movie the same way Chang did.
    The problem with Robert Pattinson is that he plays his roles so natural that critics think that it's him, not his character. He performed 'wooden' in Twilight while it was the character Edward who acted restraint all the time.
    In WFE Rob was also 'too quiet, also wooden' but his character Jacob was quiet, observatif.
    Now it will be this. lol
    It is true though that there is a slight overacting sometimes, but I notice this in the performances of many actors, even the big ones.
    Acting is a continue learning process, for actors and their directors.

  9. nikki

    Gravitas isn't the only word that should be banned lol.
    What keeps bothering me in such named professional reviews is the continually refering to former works of the actors. In case of Robert Pattinson it's the Twilight references and the sneers to the Twilight teen audience.
    Robert Pattinson has a huge adult fanbase of which the majority, surprisingly enough LOL, is well educated. Apart from his good looks they most of all appreciate his intelligence and humble, gentle personality.

    That said, I've read the book and I've seen the movie. I liked the adaptation very much, It stayed true to the book and the setting in Belle Epoque Paris was done very beautifully.

    The character of Georges Duroy can be discussed to no end, depending of each reader's perception of him. For me Rob performed well the different, often opposite thoughts and feelings of Georges, which isn't easy to bring on screen for an audience that might not have read the book. And he did it convincingly IMO.
    The fact that at the age of 23 he prefered to take the lead in a risky adaptation of a french classic instead of choosing the superficial romcoms deserve respect.
    We all know though that Rob will have to pay for his sudden succes and unwillingly sex-symbol status. For many critics he will have to earn his place in HW and that will take time.

    I don't agree with the miscasting of Kristen ST, I thought she was wonderful in her role as devote, neurotic lady, so madly in love with the one man who makes her feel a real woman.

    The movie isn't flawless as no movie is, when put under a microscope. The fact that it's the director's first movie can explain why there might be a bit overacting now and then. Donellan is known for his theatratical work and that's a whole different matter than working with camera's. On stage actors have to overact for the distant audience, a camera doesn't need this.
    I forgive him, he did a good job by staying true to the story, ending included.

    Cineuropa gave an excellent review of Bel ami and I agree much more with their point of views that with the ones I've read from American reviews thus far.

  10. Lynnette Perkes

    Chang seems to have completely missed the story arc. Duroy is not “the sort of self-styled gentleman who should theorietically be able to to stroll into a room and mesmerize everyone in it……” Not at the start. He is a very young working-class man, barely educated, suddenly thrown into upper class society whose complex ways he does not understand. He's trying to cross a social chasm almost impossible to bridge, in nineteenth century Europe, with no preparation whatever. He doesn't know what upper-class dinner conversation should consist of, let alone which fork to use. He's winging it every second. Chang complains that “He seems to be constantly referring to mental notes from “Ladykilling for dummies.” That is EXACTLY what George Duroy is doing. He's inventing himself as he goes along, doing what he imagines a ladykiller would do. Even after he gains more experience , he keeps finding he didn't really understand what was going on-that the people he thinks he's scamming have conned him, instead. Pattison was playing the complex character the movie was actually about, not the simplistic lounge lizard Chang wanted him to play.

  11. janet interdonato

    CRITICS WILL NOT PAN COSMOPOLIS-IF DIRECTOR CRONENBERG THINKS ACTOR ROBERT PATTINSON IS A GREAT ACCTOR THEN HE IS.ROBERT PATTINSON NEEDED THE RIGHT ROLE WITH THE RIGHT DIRECTOR TO SHOW OFF HIS ACTING CHOPS. MOVIE BEL AMI AS FILMED WHEN HE WAS JUST 23-ADULT AUDIENCES WILL LOVE BEL AMI-IT WILL BE A SUCCESS IN THE US -AND ABROAD-ACTOR ROBERT PATTINSON HAS A HUGH ADULT FAN BASE .

  12. gabi

    alone from this Trailer you can feel the Emotion running high..the way he expression turns around when he realizes that Kristen has something to tell him about her husband..right after he is so cruel..the scene in the church…oh mei.

  13. nikki

    It's good to see these scenes again. I watched Bel ami at a prescreening in Belgium and enjoyed the movie a lot. The decors and costumes are very beautiful. In the cabaret you could imagine Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, sitting there, drinking his beer.
    The story is so actual: ambitious people using others to climb the social ladder and getting away with it, the intrigues in political and journalistic environments. It was all there in 1885 and it is still here now.
    I thought Rob Pattinson did an excellent job by bringing Georges Duroy from book to screen. His evolution from a poor uncertain but ambitious guy to a powerful, unscrupulous man, taking revenge on his own way to people who used him, is remarkable.
    All performances from the leading ladies were very strong, but especially Kristin ST was incredible and stole most scenes she was in. I don't think I'm biased though by saying that Rob held his own against such talented actresses.

  14. nikki

    The big Belgian cinema group Kinepolis organizes every month an event called Ladies @the Movies. The movie ticket is a bit more expensive. The evening starts with a reception with drinks and snacks, you can by clothes or jewelry, sometimes there's a catwalk, you can also win some prices. After that they show a movie that appeals to a female audience. Every woman can participate, you only have to book in time your tickets. This month it was Bel ami and the theatres were pretty sold out. Most movies they show on events like this are prescreenings.
    Are these private or public screenings? I don't know, I'd say public.

  15. wdd

    Hmm, Bel Ami hasn't shown anywhere and Berlinale is becoming the festival that will take anything. Could be. For women only fan screenings overseas? Is anyone putting it out here?

  16. nikki

    I saw Bel ami recently in Belgium and foud it a very good movie. The costumes and the decors were stunning, very Parisian too. Even the prostitutes looked the way Henri Toulouse Lautrec would've painted them. This period movie is far different from what we know as Jane Ausen films though. The story is great, after more than 120 years it's still very actual. Robert Pattinson and his ladies gave strong performances. Their relationships take away a bit the attentiond for the French political situation at that time and the dubious connections between politicians and journalists. It is in the movie but you get distracted by Georges and his manipulations. What gives a good reason though to give Bel ami a second watch once it hits theatres.

  17. Kanerwa

    I agree witht Uma about this hollywood's ”predictions” when actor gets some age it means it's finished.

  18. gabi

    dear Page….I have nothing to add, but I need to thank you

  19. Michele

    Excellent comments, Page. Thank you. I really liked your statement:

    Paradoxically, it is the very doubts, fears and 'humanity' that all creatives feel, that is the fuel and portal through which they can connect with a role . . .

    I am a writer, you see, and fear, doubt and I are old friends. Anyway, I cannot wait for Bel Ami and Cosmopolis for a few reasons. One, I am not such a huge Twilight fan (I know, sorry, but I must be honest.) though I did love watching Rob and went to the films to support him.

    I think his talent goes far beyond Twilight and we see more depth with Remember Me, which I loved, or Water For Elephants, which I liked very much.

    Now, let's bring on George Duroy! Waiting for a Toronto release date.

    Happy Holidays,
    Michele

  20. tinkrbe1l3

    @Page Mackinley: fantastic comment. all of it.

    also to the author of the post. the man-whore and Cheri comparisons have come out so your thoughtful (and less bitter) remarks nailed it for me as well.

  21. Kay

    Page Mackinley, standing o. Brilliant. Thank you for voicing what so many of us more mature fans (I'm 36) of both Rob and Kristen have been voicing since the beginning. I am excited to see where their inner compasses take them.

  22. nikki

    Belgium will be the first country to show the movie in avantpremiere on January 3 during the Ladies@the Movies night, an event organised monthly by Kinepolis a multicinemaplex groupe.
    Looking at this trailer it won't disappoint at all.
    I hope and am quite sure that the film makers didn't change the ending. It happened in the past but the ending is just what makes it real and still so actual: people doing everything to attain their goal and getting away with it.

  23. Page Mackinley

    Present company excepted, it's interesting watching some critics bend themselves around the reality that they don't define or get to tell the market what they should enjoy or support. Stephanie Meyers books hooked a nation — but Pattinson and Stewart did the rest.

    It really has been extraordinary watching Pattinson in particular navigate his way through a notoriously difficult industry and the complications that must have attended. One can only imagine the countless times, Pattinson may have wished he could clarify, change or do-over certain aspects of his experience, but through it all he has remained authentic. And it is that quality that is the real touchstone of why people have reacted to him as they have.

    Media, being the soundbite merchant that it is loves to rhapsody about teen “rabid fans” or “menopausal moms” as being the (undiscerning) extent of audience-goers interested in Pattinson. Certainly these are present — and their money's as good as anyone's — but they are not the whole picture.

    I am a mid-30's screenplay writer from the UK who loves movies and complex characters, but I have seen little in recent years in terms of actually interesting, fresh 'screen presence' that has impressed me as much as Pattinson has. Do his looks have something to do with that? Of course. But wasn't it the same with Newman, Taylor (Elizabeth), Redford and Bogarde — amongst others?

    Reverse prejudice based on Pattinson's physical appeal are both limited and churlishly motivated, especially considering Pattinson did not enter the fray thinking a great deal of himself, and further, whose previous roles did not play up that component. Looks may get you a knock on the door, but only talent and depth holds interest. Megan Fox, case in point.

    Movie-making isn't just big business, it's epic monster-making business. Funded by financiers who make the Koch brothers look like Greenpeace activists, Pattinson (and Stewart's) teams made canny business decisions to position their 'talents' in a film which — if it worked — would advance their charges considerably in the player stakes.

    That no-one could have anticipated the ensuing success would become as exponential as it has, is now the topic of countless talking-heads and avid note-taking by other agents. It's probably a tad sweeping to say it comes down to one or even two factors, but really it's self-evident.

    As we close out 2011, Patterson and Stewart — deservedly — emerge as the names to watch and invest in. Undeniably, the presence and depth both brought to their roles elevated an over-mined genre. Add an outstanding supporting cast, innovative soundtracks and scores, plus what can only be described as hardcore promotion on multiple levels, a great solid base to start with (due to Meyer's previous book success) to the mix — and one arrives at the TS phenomenon.

    Unassailable fact: A relatively inexperienced young man with no discernible media training, or seemingly any desire to be the next typical 'star-from-a pod,' stormed America with a charm inoffensive not seen in a very long time.

    It was Pattinson's astonishing funniness, openness, undeniable sweetness and originality on the horrifically gruelling press junkets he undertook — not to mention his iconic turn in Twilight et al –that enabled him to capitalize on the expert way his team have handled his rise.

    One hopes Pattinson never loses the qualities that first made people sit up and take notice. Paradoxically, it is the very doubts, fears and 'humanity' that all creatives feel, that is the fuel and portal through which they can connect with a role, audience — and indeed themselves. If, as Brosnan advises, Pattinson “keeps his wits about him,” he will follow his own compass, choosing and writing roles with dimension and nuance.

    One hears so many women in the industry talk about how limited roles are for female actors, but the same could equally be said for their male counterparts and the fare they are offered. The very different male actor 'template' Pattinson embodies has the potential to pack more than 45's and glib one-liners — simply by bringing the totality of who he is to the moment.

    If critics could put the tall poppy scythes down long enough to realize the TS saga does not define Pattinson or Stewart — they would see what the insightful can: The faces at the top of the tree have reshuffled and the determined consumer power of a denigrated demographic has spoken.

    Loudly.

  24. LTavares2011

    Great comment, very objective. I also think Georges Duroy is anti-hero. I love Maupassant`s book, it`s a great reading.

  25. Bettybmusing

    “Touché”