Kristen Stewart makes Red Carpet comeback: 'On the Road' Toronto Film Festival screening
Kristen Stewart made a flowery fashion (and, however indirectly, personal) statement – now, here's a movie star – on the red carpet at the 2012 edition of the Toronto Film Festival. The TIFF premiere (Sept. 6) of Walter Salles' new cut of On the Road marked Stewart's first official public appearance since the “cheating scandal” involving the actress and her (married) Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.
Best known as the emotionally torn human Bella Swan in the Twilight movies – vampire or werewolf for tea? – Stewart had been keeping a low profile since images showing her being physically “intimate” with Sanders surfaced in late July.
For the record, although Snow White and the Huntsman – universes away from On the Road and its characters – failed to crack the $400 million mark at the worldwide box office, it got close: $238.97 million internationally (up to Aug. 28) plus $155.12 million in the U.S. and Canada for a grand total of $394.1 million.
'On the Road': Mixed reviews for film, cast praised
IFC Films will release On the Road in North America on Dec. 21. Adapted by Salles' collaborator José Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) from Jack Kerouac's iconic 1950s novel, On the Road has already been released in several countries, including France, Belgium, and the director's native Brazil. Box office grosses have been mixed: France and Brazil have been – relatively speaking – particularly good markets.
In addition to Kristen Stewart (who plays the free-spirited Marylou), the On the Road cast includes:
A longer cut of On the Road premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last spring. Reviews for the film itself were mixed, but Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund, who plays the Marlon Brando-ish Dean Moriarty, were generally singled out for praise.
Kristen Stewart: Awards season chances?
Although 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:
- How strongly the usually laissez faire IFC Films pushes the film.
- Whether critics' groups and/or the Hollywood Foreign Press Association singles her out at year's end.
- On the Road doesn't immediately bomb at the U.S. box office.
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 – Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is the other one – much like the scandal helped to fuel interest in Robert Pattinson's Cosmopolis.
Kristen Stewart 'appreciation' society
We've received lots of pro & con comments regarding our “Kristen Stewart appreciation” articles, which were written around the time the scandal broke, and in response to the self-serving, holier-than-thou attacks on Stewart.
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 that would inevitably have been hurled at them, we would have posted a “Robert Pattinson appreciation” article instead.
Update: The Alt Film Guide editor was called (via email) a “poisonous snake” – unclear whether cobra, viper, or asp – by an irate Pattinson fan because of the paragraph above.
Making it clear for the dim-witted out there: No poisonous reference or mockery was intended. That's the whole obvious point of the “appreciation” bit.
'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' trailer
While Kristen Stewart attends the Toronto Film Festival, 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.
Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the fifth and last installment in the overextended Twilight Saga movie franchise (there are only four books), opens on Nov. 16.
In addition to Stewart, Pattinson, and Lautner, the Bill Condon-directed movie features:
Kristen Stewart Red Carpet photo via Just Jared, which has several other such images as well.
Kristen Stewart fans' image via Pop Sugar.
Note: This is a reedited “combo” post; an amalgamation of two articles about the Kristen Stewart Red Carpet Comeback that had been originally posted a day apart.