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Kristen Stewart Back 'On the Road': Toronto Film Festival

Kristen Stewart On the Road Marylou

Kristen Stewart at Toronto Film Festival

The David Cronenberg / Robert Pattinson collaboration Cosmopolis likely benefited from the media circus erected atop the Kristen Stewart / Rupert Sanders “cheating scandal," which became world news in late July. An offbeat, uncommercial film, this past weekend Cosmopolis opened to solid figures in the United States, collecting $70,339 at three locations, boasting the highest per-theater average on the North American box office chart: $23,446. Expect a similarly enthusiastic reception when Walter Salles' On the Road is screened at the Toronto Film Festival in September, as Kristen Stewart will be attending the event. If reports are to believed, that'll mark her first “official public appearance” since the scandal. [Photo: On the Road Kristen Stewart as Marylou.]

Starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart, On the Road premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where it drew mixed reviews. For quite some time, the film, which was shot in 2010, had no North American distributor – despite its stellar cast, On the Road's stream-of-consciousness narrative was deemed too uncommercial. Eventually, IFC Films / Sundance Selects picked it up for a sum “in the low seven figures.” On the Road opens in the U.S. on Dec. 21, clearly for awards-season consideration. [Check out On the Road trailer.]

Kristen Stewart 2012: Free Spirited Marylou

In a way, the “cheating scandal” might actually help people's take on Kristen Stewart's performance as the free-spirited Marylou, who discards both her clothes and society's moralistic restrictions with equal ease. In On the Road, Stewart appears naked and has what amounts to a three-way with Hedlund and Riley's characters.

Twilight's Bella Swan might have been shocked at the thought (or maybe not, considering her Jacob vs. Edward dilemma), but Stewart has shown time and again that she and Bella have about as much in common as Edward G. Robinson and Little Caesar's Rico.

'Kristen Stewart is a trampire' hypocrisy

Will Ferrell recently got laughs and free publicity for his new comedy, The Campaign, by announcing on TV that “Kristen Stewart is a trampire.” On the Road's Marylou would also have been called a “tramp” by hypocritical prudes and moralists – and by opportunists eager to make a quick buck at her expense – both six decades ago and now. Would she have cared? Free spirits don't care about that kind of shit.

Instead, Marylou would likely have shown Ferrell and his ilk a mirror. That would have shut them up. We'll see if Kristen Stewart's On the Road performance achieves the same results. In fact, though hardly a sure thing, don't be too surprised if Stewart's name pops up in Best Supporting Actress citations during awards season. Her early reviews have mostly been quite strong. [Check out: Great Kristen Stewart On the Road picture.]

On the Road cast

In addition to Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, On the Road features Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Alice Braga, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, and Elisabeth Moss. Both Hedlund and Mortensen have been announced as other Toronto 2012 guests.

Walter Salles' The Motorcycle Diaries collaborator José Rivera wrote the screenplay adaptation of Jack Kerouac's 1951 novel (published in 1957). Brokeback Mountain's Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla composed the score, while Francis Ford Coppola is one of the film's executive producers.

Kristen Stewart On the Road picture (Stewart as Marylou): Gregory Smith / Jerry Leider Company.

On the Road movie Garrett Hedlund Kristen Stewart Sam RileyOn the Road movie reedited for Toronto screening

Aug. 28 update: Based on Jack Kerouac's '50s novel, Walter Salles' On the Road movie adaptation starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart (photo) will be screened at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. We all knew that. What we didn't know is that TIFF 2012 will unveil a new cut of the film (via indieWIRE), which premiered last spring at the Cannes Film Festival to mixed reviews.

The 2hr20 million drama has been downsized to approximately 125 minutes. That's an interesting development, as On the Road has already been screened in several countries, with varying degrees of box office success: $2.7 million in France, $1.47 million in Brazil, $423k in Belgium, $248k in The Netherlands, $160,000 in Finland, and $51k in Sweden. [Check out the On the Road trailer.]

On the Road movie reedit hardly unique

On the other hand, different cuts shown in different countries is hardly something new. Whether as a result of poor critical/box-office reception, (perceived) local sensibilities, and/or censorship, the movie you watch in, say, Canada isn't necessarily the exact same movie watched by someone in Singapore, Suriname, or Sweden – even though they may have the same title, director, screenwriters, and actors.

The new cut is clearly a move to make On the Road more “commercial” in the United States, where IFC Films / Sundance Selects will be opening the film for awards consideration on Dec. 21.

IFC Films “honcho” Jonathan Sehring (quite diplomatically) explains below (via indieWIRE), what has taken place:

“The response at Cannes was that some people loved it and some people were respectful of it, like some people loved the book. And Walter took a lot of that to heart. … He's added certain things that weren't in the cut that was in Cannes. He has been in New York and Rio and L.A. working on it the past couple of months, and it's going to be very wet when it gets to Toronto.”

On the Road movie cast

In addition to Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart, On the Road features Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Amy Adams, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, and Kirsten Dunst. The Motorcycle Diaries screenwriter José Rivera penned the adaptation, while Francis Ford Coppola, who bought the rights to the novel more than three decades ago, is listed as one of the film's executive producers. Brokeback Mountain's Gustavo Santaolalla composed the score.

On the Road box office figures via Box Office Mojo.

On the Road picture: Gregory Smith / Jerry Leider Company.

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25 Comments to Kristen Stewart Back 'On the Road': Toronto Film Festival

  1. Chloe

    I think she was great in the movie. Her performance we so natural and uninhibited.

  2. Vicky

    Best improvement possible would be to take Stewart out of the film at this point. She royally screwed (literally) her professional commitments with her behavior.

  3. OTR

    I'm looking forward to this movie!

  4. Nin

    The reviews were not as bad as some of you are stating. The acting was consistently praised. For what I read, the movie was very true to the scrolls and the published book but was lacking a bit of cinematic. Granted, a 2 hour and 20 minutes movie is rather long but if it was reduced to one hour and 25 minutes that's just too much lost. Too bad indeed if that much was deleted to turn it into a commercial movie.

  5. bluez

    The film got horrible reviews at Cannes. I wonder how much they could have cut from the film so they can get good reviews after TIFF.

  6. nina

    what I go t from the original article is that Walter Salles was pretty saddened by the poor reviews in Cannes. And let me tell you that, the reviews in Cannes were BAD. OTR and Paperboy were the two worst films of the festival :/ That said, I admit i'm not expecting much to change with the critics reviews, mainly because the length of the film wasn't the only problem they spotted…

  7. Liz

    Now that they've cut more scenes than they've added, I am hopeful that the film will get more better reviews.

  8. Nadia

    All I can say is that not that many young actresses would have taken on the role of Marylou. Further, too much focus has been on Marylou's sexual freedom but of all the female characters in the movie Marylou is the one that goes through a range of emotions not just the sexual freedom. She is lonely, wants a family of her own, gets abandoned, shows kindness and gets her life together at the end. Kristen captures all of that.

  9. Mia

    She probably would not want a nomination so that people would not think that it was because of the scandal. Too bad because she made the movie in early 2010, and her performance has received strong reviews. The movie itself received mixed reviews in Europe because they don't related to the book as well as some us do in America. Like this article said, the movie is not made to be “commercial” with tons of special effects and the like. The movie is heavy on narrative which young people probably can't stand nor understand. I cannot wait to see OTR. Reviews indicate a strong screen chemistry between Kristen and Garrett.

  10. Liz

    She absolutely deserves an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the very least

  11. nt

    I think it's very possible that she could get a BSA nomination and it would be great for her.Looking forward to seeing OTR in Dec!

  12. Andre

    @Deena,
    But you keep coming back, don't you? What a pest…
    Next time, before you harass us again, make sure to check out the word “context” in the dictionary.
    The personal affects the professional, in case you didn't know.

  13. pearl

    I think she very well deserves an Oscar for that role… She's an amazing actress and I think people are biased because of her role in Twilight. On the road is a good movie and she did justice to the character.

  14. Deena

    srsly, people what is wrong with you? why do you have to start every article about Robert and Kristen with the cheating scandal? you sound like a gossip trash mag! I have no desire to read this article. I'm here for the movies. Don't care about their personal life!

  15. Andre

    If the list below is taken as absolute fact, that would mean Michael Haneke's “Amour” was “less well-liked” than “Cosmopolis,” “Like Someone in Love” and “In Another Country.”
    Or that “Cosmopolis” was almost universally liked, when in truth David Cronenberg's film received wildly mixed reviews.
    There were more than 30 or 35 critics at Cannes, and numerous top critics aren't included in that roster.

  16. Matt

    Let's not lie about reviews, it's too easy to furnish the evidence. The Cannes critics hated OTR, they rated it 20th out of 22 films there. US critics don't like it, either. She's not getting a nomination, her PR team is just working overtime to salvage the career she herself trashed.
    1 “HOLY MOTORS(Leos Carax)”
    2 “IN ANOTHER COUNTRY(Hong Sangsoo)”
    3 “LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE(Abbas Kiarostami)”
    4 “MOONRISE KINGDOM(Wes Anderson)”
    5 “COSMOPOLIS(David Cronenberg)”
    6 “AMOUR (Michael Haneke)”
    7 “YOU HAVE SEEN NOTHING YET(Alain Resnais)”
    8 “MUD (Jeff Nichols)”
    9 “IN THE FOG (Sergei Loznitsa)”
    10 “BEYOND THE HILLS(Cristian Mungiu)”
    11 “PARADISE : Love(Ulrich Seidl)”
    12 “KILLING THEM SOFTLY(Andrew Dominik)”
    13 “REALITY(Matteo Garrone)”
    14 “POST TENEBRAS LUX(Carlos Reygadas)”
    15 “LAWLESS(John Hillcoat)”
    16 “RUST AND BONE (Jacques Audiard)”
    17 “AFTER THE BATTLE(Yousry Nasrallah)”
    18 “THE ANGELS' SHARE(Ken Loach)”
    19 “THE HUNT(Thomas Vinterberg)”
    20 “ON THE ROAD(Walter Salles)”
    21 “TASTE OF MONEY(Im Sangsoo)”
    22 “THE PAPERBOY(Lee Daniels)”
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmdgVGA_rtJzdHhmRmRtejhteGs1V0NiWVJhTWJOUlE#gid=0

  17. Mi

    If she is such a free spirit she should be a single and not cheating on her boyfriend publicly.

  18. Luacheia99

    Kristen Stewart should get a nomination for her support acting for this part! But I don't see it happening because the hipocrisy, the bias vision and the Twilight negative hipe.

    The academy is very reactionary and bias…. Also it is all about politics and money in marketing campaign for the awards…

    Lets see the American movie critic reviews of the movie…. If the movie is not in the graces of the critics… Its actors don't have chances… (I don't expect excellent reviews from the Americans. Most of them like indie “weird” movies or action or horror or “formulac” movies. They don't like silence and simple character driven movies )

  19. Luacheia99

    Andre,

    People should stop to say it got mixed reviews because the French critics are not the only ones….

    The French reviews were great, very good, and good mostly, just a few were bad. Depend on the system, it could be rated as very good (not great).

    The Brazilian reviews were mostly excellent or very good, just one was not good. It was amazing! They really got the movie. The same is happened with the Aussie and New Zeland reviews from the festivals. Lets see the Brittish reviews but the few that popup after the premiere last week were good.

    This movie is based in a very difficult and controverse book and everyone envolved was waiting the same for the movie.

    But one thing is the same in all critics… The praise for the acting! Mostly all reviews praise Kristen Stewart and Gerrett Redlund!

    The thing is… The movie is not based on the standard book! It is not the transcription of the scrool version also…. It is Walter Salles vision! It is a mix of the scrool version + a lot of interviews with people who is still alive + 9hs of tapes of LuAnne interview with the Kerouac biographer + a view of what the pos war generation was feeling, seeking and creating. Beside it has a lot of improvisation! So… If you just read the standard book and is expecting it in the screen you will be disappointed! If you are expecting it be a movie with a frenzy moviment… You will be disappointed! Because it was the way you idealized… The scrool book is not “frenzy”! It is slow and very episodic!

    The book is episodic, so the movie is also episodic! But the movie goes more ahead… Showing and transmiting not just the madness and craziness but also the beauty, the flaws and sadness that is living life as a young and after the move on of the grow part of what is life. The movie shows in an amazing way… The craziness of be young and the wanted of live all at extremes, the creative angst, the pulse of a pos war time where every artist (musician, painter or writer) was lost, without reference, seeking for new way to express their feelings). The movie also shows the ugly side of the characters, their failures and dark side. It is not all hipe but also sadness… Life! Real life! This about a time not the book! Salles vision and interpretation of that time!

    Some people will feel it is a little long but I can assure you… Each scene and take is important and essencial! You can't take out of the movie some little scenes or episodes with key support characters…

    It is not an easy book… It is not an easy movie…

  20. Amy

    This would be great! To see the difference in her acting from “Bella” to “MaryLou” is amazing. I think she deserves some recognition for her range. She's getting great reviews and the whole cast is stellar.

  21. Lill

    She was fantastic in this film !!!!
    Did not think she had it in her to show so much range. Wouldn't be that surprised if she gets nominated for any award this season . Some movie websites and critics have already considered her as a possible candidate .

  22. No Snow White

    She won't get an Oscar nomination, in the first place, the movie got a lukewarm reception at Cannes, it's Rotten on RT, most of the critics haven't liked it, the US critics will say not a lot of acting was required for her to play an amoral sex-crazed girl, and it's scheduled to be released on VOD at the same time as it's in theaters, a sign that the distributor has no faith in it.

    None of that addresses the elephant in the room, her cheating scandal with a married director an father of two, twice her age. The Academy is made up primarily of men over 40, they are not going to reward her for putting a sleezeball male director in the spotlight, or for making actresses look like tramps in real life. They're trying to elevate the art, not drag it through the gutter. Wake up and smell the coffee, she's ruined her reputation, shown no remorse and done nothing to earn any respect now. ORT isn't going to help her image at all, it's probably the worst timing ever.

  23. Me

    Totally agree, BSA nom would be welcomed and overdue.
    The girl can act and has done some great stuff too.

  24. Kelly

    She has been getting mixed reviews so I doubt she will get any supporting actress awards. Jennifer Lawrence in Hunger Games received far more praise for her performance and she has a higher chance if we are talking based on reviews.

  25. Liz

    I wouldn't be surprised if she did get nominated for Best Supporting Actress; she deserves it.