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Kristen Stewart Makes Red Carpet Comeback, Toronto Fans Show Support

Kristen Stewart style Toronto Film FestivalKristen Stewart style: Making a flowery, see-through fashion statement at the Toronto Film Festival.

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:

Garrett Hedlund. Sam Riley. Amy Adams. Viggo Mortensen. Kirsten Dunst. Tom Sturridge. Danny Morgan. Alice Braga. Steve Buscemi. Veteran Michael Sarrazin (They Shoot Horses Don't They?) in a cameo.

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 fans post-scandal supportKristen Stewart fans show their 'post-scandal' support.

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.

Three weekends ago, David Cronenberg's bizarre comedy/drama opened to solid figures in the United States. Since then, however, the film's box office returns have gone fast downhill.

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:

Elizabeth Reaser. Dakota Fanning. Michael Sheen. Peter Facinelli. Kellan Lutz. Ashley Greene. Nikki Reed. Jackson Rathbone. Booboo Stewart. Maggie Grace. Rami Malek. Mia Maestro. Christian Camargo.


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.

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25 Comments to Kristen Stewart Makes Red Carpet Comeback, Toronto Fans Show Support

  1. mainegirl

    i think KRISTEN ,looked great here, yes she very beautiful,. but way to thin, i do like this young woman, shes a beauty. yes its time to forget her last few months

  2. Peace

    In my opinion, many people seemed to miss Mr. Ferrell's untimely satirical joke, which I took to aim at the tabloids' ridiculous made-up word, “trampire” and perhaps even the media's and some people's over-reactive and over-investment in someone else's personal and private life. I even admit that I giggled at his stint because of how I interpreted his intention as a comedian. Now, I don't know for a fact if that's what he intended because I'm not him, but my interpretation works because it allows me to give him space to be a comedian. However, I don't necessarily agree with his timing, as I did say his joke was UNTIMELY and even tactless in my experience. If we take what ensued afterward his stint, you'll find that the backlash was horrifying. (It sounds like you're still experiencing it.) I feel like the majority of the audience's listening was through certain filters set up to collect evidence for their judgments towards Kristen and the then-current situation. There still is quite a bit of backlash since then because many people seem to come from the mentality that “Well, Will Ferrell thinks she's a trampire, so since he announced it, it must be true!” What's sad is that since then, the amount of bullying on social media has increased, (I've experienced some myself), mean-spirited t-shirts were made and are being sold, the general media has been vicious towards Kristen and I have never heard or seen so many people and media outlets use such horrifying misogynistic language. That, along with the increasing hate/bullying I've seen on Twitter/Tumblr is the most alarming for me. So needless to say, Will Ferrell's “joke” ultimately wasn't that funny and in my view, hurt vs. helped the situation. He would have done better to leave it alone. Your articles aren't to me as Kristen-biased as they are perhaps respect-biased. Recently, Kristen, has been through the ringer via the media and general public, and what I enjoy about your articles is that in my experience, you've been neutral and funny, yet you choose to speak up for a professional in the film industry, (who happens to be Kristen Stewart at the moment and whose professional life in my opinion, should be the only thing the media covers.), which is admirable. (By the way, I feel this way about all and any celebrities/public figures.) In my perspective, not many media outlets have the courage to do what isn't popular.

  3. Danny

    Well well crazy Robsessed still angry to Kristen, shame on you cougar mama!!!

  4. Daisy Kenyon

    Kelsey: Many people didn't like her true, but why? Many people liked her also. Can't blame a girl for wanting to have a career. Never bashed Lilo and never flipped the bird on the RC.

  5. ashley

    she is looking ugly …sexy rob is well rid of her !! OTR does not interest me !!

  6. apsara

    Kristen looks anorexic ….loosing some of her beauty ….she is looking like an empty shell

  7. rsd

    Rob is the coward?!! I tell you what cowardice is: cheating instead of breaking up a relationship you no longer want before you cheat (hopefully with a single man), then using your scorned boyfriend to gain people's sympathy by publicly apologizing to him, thus admitting to a relationship that you denied for 4 years, therefore further humiliating him in front of the world, his fans, co-workers, his family and his friends who embraced you as one of their own. All before going into hiding for 6 weeks while he (Rob) has no choice but to face the public and media scrutiny not even 2 weeks after being publicly humiliated without having any say on it. Sad…

  8. Freya

    The most biased Kristen Stewart site I have ever met. Don't pretend and change your name. Box office figures have nothing to do with your interpretations, we can go to BoxOffice Mojo. Now your audience is acne-prone immature girls.

  9. Angel

    Terrible actress and bad off-screen personality! Here is Kristen Stewart fan-site, how much are you paid to restore her image?

  10. Bee

    No wonder she ditched that ugly Rob. She's too hot. She's a bog moviestar!!!! Even directors like Rupert are chasing her.

  11. Andre


    His name is Will Ferrell, not Will Farrell.

  12. Jo

    Can you FINALLY shut the F up about Will Farrell? He was mocking the New York newspapers for starting “Trampire” and the crazy fans. He didn't start it but it were the newspapers. It's time for you to LET IT GO. Your hate for Farrell is disgusting while you defend the hate against another actor.

  13. Danny

    Iam looking for OTR sorry BD2, she looks gorgeous so find a real bf Kristen you deserve the best not a coward man!!!

  14. KStew Krew

    Beautiful!!!! You go girl! Eat your heart out Rob.

  15. KStew Krew

    Funny article! Liked a lot, especially when you had to remind some clueless fans on your true point, lol! What would you expect of mindless/brainless Robsessed and Twihard fans? Rob is just jealous because Kristen beat him with the Ruperv hookup….Rob wanted him first and Kristen stole him right out under his nose…lmfao! Did you see how fabulous Kristen looked in Toronto? Eat your heart out Rob…

  16. Double Standards

    She's very lucky she didn't get it as worse as Robe when he was promoting Cosmoplis. Her publicist didn't let her do any interviews without Garrett so that they wouldn't ask her about the cheating scandal and had everything set up there before she arrived. Rob was asked to sign a bunch of Us Weekly and People tabloids with Kristen cheating on him as headlines while he was in NYC and was constantly asked about the affiar when in fact he was the victim. The only person who got it bad was Rob and it's funny you refuse to acknowledge that.

  17. tina

    What a great article, just loved it! People forget Rob is not Edward and Kristen is not Bella, Rob really doesn't even care for the Twilight movies which was so obvious watching the VMA. She was absolutely gorgeous on the red carpet in Toronto and he looked like a angry drunk, should they try together again… I would say yes, they both will regret not working through this problem. He is to proud to look at what he might have done to caused her to look to another, he would never admit he wasn't there for her but she should have confided in him instead of finding comfort in another. Both are at fault and usually in failed relationships one will shine and one will just fade away, can you guess who will shine?

  18. Kelsey

    The fame had gone to Kristen Stewart's head and she was bashing Lindsay Lohan, her other young peers for selling themselves and beig fake (she's sold her image for 35 magazine covers and is selling a perfume now), etc. She was startin to have a holier than thou attidute which came to bite her in the arse. She's not so anti Hollywood anymore is she? I think she just liked rolling her eyes and flipping the bird on the red carpet and stuff. She was never very well liked before this scandal and that's why she got so much heat for cheating. I still remember Tiger Woods was dropped for over 20 endorsement deals and still gets booed at gold competitions which is sad. I hope Kristen has learned something from this and doesn't think she can get away with anything because she's a big moviestar who makes millions.

  19. Amy

    She looks great and she looked great in the BD2 clip, too. :) I can't wait to see both movies. :)

  20. Sal

    I agree that her work in OTR should be the focus not her personal life. However, men run Hollywood so she may have a tough time. Kristen has been working since a young age so nothing has been handed to her, and she has taken on roles that many young actresses would not dare to take. I am sure that Kristen has grown a lot emotionally during this scandal and would come out a better young woman. I am glad she is in Toronto for her movie and that she took time to meet the fans. I support her. Congratulations to OTR and the rest of the wonderful cast.

  21. Jane

    She indeed looks stunning. I hope people at the Q&A don't ask her about her personal life tonight.

  22. Darcy

    She looks gorgeous !!!!!!

  23. Liz

    I truly hope her personal life is set aside and On the Road is put front and center. She did a grand job as Marylou so that is what should be focused on when it comes to her and the film.

  24. Jay

    Yeah, you aren't biased at all are you. Rolls eyes.

  25. Chrissie

    Here's a thought. Why don't you only report on Kristen alone and become a fansite. Everyone will be happy.