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Kristen Stewart Hot Actress Projects: Lie Down in Darkness + Snuff Thriller

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July 25: Alex Pettyfer and Kristen Stewart in Cali? We all knew that Kristen Stewart will be starring as the antiheroine in the Michael Diliberti-written, off-beat actioner Cali. Now we’ve just learned that Magic Mike‘s young stripper/dancer Alex Pettyfer will likely play Stewart’s partner in the film to be directed by Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook, Alpha Dog).

According to Variety, Pettyfer, also known for Beastly (one of last year’s box office underperformer) and I Am Number Four (another one of last year’s underperformers), is supposed to be “in final negotiations” to co-star in Cali. The film’s title, I should note, refers not to the Colombian city, but to the U.S. state of California. The story revolves around a young San Fernando Valley couple (Kristen Stewart and Alex Pettyfer) who sell a fake snuff film. They flee town, but years later must return to rescue Stewart’s younger sister.

For those who don’t know: The San Fernando Valley lies north of the Los Angeles basin; it’s also a haven for porn films of various persuasions, much to the horror of puritans everywhere (and to the – quiet – delight of cash-strapped Los Angeles tax collectors).

Just in case: “snuff films” are sexually explicit movies in which one (or more?) of the sex partners end up very much dead. To the best of my knowledge, no one seems to know for sure if “snuff films” actually exist; in fiction, however, they’ve been around for decades. Back in 1979, for instance, Audrey Hepburn starred in Bloodline, based on Sydney Sheldon’s horrendously trashy novel in which snuff films play an important role.

Production on Cali should commence later this summer for a possible 2013 release.

Kristen Stewart daring movie choices

Now, one thing I like about Kristen Stewart – who’ll be co-executive-producing Cali – is her choice of edgy roles when away from Bella Swan and the Twilight movies.

Stewart has played lesbian rocker Joan Jett (Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways), a Snow White sharing many more character traits with Joan of Arc than with Disney’s dainty fairy-tale heroine (Rupert SandersSnow White and the Huntsman), a foul-mouthed pole dancer / sex worker (Jake Scott’s Welcome to the Rileys), and, more recently, a free-spirited young woman ready, willing, and able to frolic with two guys at the same time (Walter SallesOn the Road; Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley are the two lucky guys).

Come to think of it, even Bella – at least in Catherine Hardwicke’s 2008 Twilight – is a daring, offbeat character: she’s a 17-year-old (a minor in the United States) having an affair with a 108-year-old man (Robert Pattinson’s vampire Edward Cullen); one who is tempted to quite literally drain the blood out of her. You can’t get much more daring that. Well, apart from starring in a real snuff film, maybe.

My point: I’m looking forward to Cali.

Alex Pettyfer tattoos Beastly photo: CBS Films.

Kristen Stewart: ‘Lie Down in Darkness’ movie star?

Aug. 2: The media circus surrounding the Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders “affair” continues unabated: Will Robert Pattinson forgive? Will Liberty Ross forget? But the world – and the world of moviemaking – haven’t come to a halt because of the “cheating scandal.” In fact, Stewart herself has apparently been keeping busy with other matters: namely, a film version of William Styron’s Lie Down in Darkness.

According to Vulture, Kristen Stewart, 22, has been cast as Peyton Loftis, the lead character in Styron’s novel. Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper will handle the proceedings. That’s prestigious (and promising) news for Stewart, as Crazy Heart became an indie hit that ultimately earned Jeff Bridges a Best Actor Academy Award.

Kristen Stewart has been eager to play Peyton in the Lie Down in Darkness movie adaptation for quite some time. According to reports, The Hunger GamesJennifer Lawrence was also in the running. Once the casting has been confirmed, that’ll be evidence that Kristen Stewart remains “hot” – and I’m not talking about looks or behavior, but bankability.

Lie Down in Darkness summary

Published in 1951, Lie Down in Darkness was the then 26-year-old William Styron’s first novel. Told in flashback, the narrative begins with the funeral of beautiful Peyton Loftis. Despised by her stern, oppressive mother, Peyton was deeply attached to (and lusted after by?) her alcoholic father. Later on, Peyton’s marriage ends disastrously, leading the young woman to commit suicide.

If that doesn’t sound like Oscar bait, I don’t know what does. So, Kristen Stewart a potential contender for the Best Actress Academy Award of 2013? Why not?

Let me add that those who say Stewart, whether on or off screen, has only one expression – sullen – have surely never seen any of her movies or public appearances. For one, she’s remarkably good in the first Twilight, and as far as I’m concerned she’s a key reason for my interest in Walter Salles’ On the Road.

As per the Vulture report, it’s unclear when the Lie Down in Darkness movie will begin production via Open Road Films. With Cali next in line for Stewart, Lie Down in Darkness will likely have to wait until either the end of this year or early next year at the earliest.

Kristen Stewart 2012

Lie Down in Darkness is Kristen Stewart’s second post-Twilight Saga film announcement in recent weeks, following her landing the female lead in the offbeat Cali, to be directed by Nick Cassavetes, and (possibly) co-starring Magic Mike‘s Alex Pettyfer. The last Twilight movie, the Bill Condon-directed The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 opens on November 16. Stewart plays Bella Swan; Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner co-star as, respectively, Edward Cullen and Jacob Black.

Besides Breaking Dawn 2, Kristen Stewart’s 2012 releases are Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman, which has to date earned $385 million worldwide, and Walter Salles’ On the Road. Co-starring Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley, Salles’ film version of Jack Kerouac’s novel should come out later this year in the United States. Stewart plays the free-spirited Marylou in the film.

Now, is there a connection between Peyton Loftis and another ’50s literary Peyton – Grace Metalious’ Peyton Place? Just asking.

Aug. 8

Kristen Stewart memeKristen Stewart Cali no more? According to reports, Kristen Stewart (photo) is out of Cali, the “gritty thriller” that was to have featured Stewart as a young woman who stars in a fake snuff film and then must leave town with her boyfriend (reportedly to be played by Magic Mike‘s Alex Pettyfer) and the cash they made.

Amber Heard purportedly has been offered Stewart’s role, while Nick Cassavetes is currently attached to direct Cali. The film was to begin shooting in late summer / early fall.

Kristen Stewart ‘Cali’ departure: Unknown reasons

The original source for the Kristen Stewart / Cali story seems to be the website Gossip Cop. No reason was given for Stewart’s departure, though the actress has been in apparent “seclusion” since pictures showing her being physically intimate with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders surfaced online. For the time being, no official confirmation of Stewart’s departure has been forthcoming, even though Variety claims it has verified the story (via Twitter).

Even if true, it’s unclear whether or not Stewart will remain as one of Cali‘s executive producers. The film’s producing company, Voltage Productions, is expected to make an announcement about the matter in the coming days.

Kristen Stewart memes & On the Road premiere

According to various reports, Kristen Stewart has also opted out of the August 16 British premiere of Walter Salles’ On the Road. Once again, it’s unclear whether or not this story is true. After all, gossip rags and online tabloids have been making up Kristen Stewart (and Robert Pattinson) tales on a daily basis. Gotta keep their rabid readers happy. (Following the Rupert Sanders deal, nasty Kristen Stewart memes have popped up everywhere online.) In Salles’ film version of Jack Kerouac’s iconic novel, Stewart plays Marylou opposite Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley.

In November, Kristen Stewart will be seen on the big screen in the final movie in the Twilight Saga franchise, Bill Condon’s Breaking Dawn – Part 2, co-starring Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.

And about a week ago, it was announced that Stewart was “attached” to a planned film version of William Styron’s novel Lie Down in Darkness, a role the actress has been eager to play. Here’s hoping this project will pan out for her.

Aug. 14

Kristen Stewart Out: Snow White and the Huntsman Sequel / Spinoff

Universal’s proposed Snow White and the Huntsman sequel has – according to The Hollywood Reporter – been reconfigured as a Snow White and the Huntsman spinoff. As per the Reporter‘s “sources,” Kristen Stewart’s Snow White is gone from the scene, for the new movie project is to focus on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman.

If that sounds like a bad idea, it’s not a new bad idea. As early as April, NBC Universal top dog Ron Meyer had publicly discussed a Snow White and the Huntsman “sequel” centered on the Huntsman.

In other words: For the time being at least, rumors and speculations about Kristen Stewart being out because of the recent “cheating scandal” involving Stewart (reportedly living with Robert Pattinson) and her Snow White director, Rupert Sanders (married to model Liberty Ross), are just that: rumors and speculations.

And bear in mind that if the spinoff ever gets made, filming would begin in July 2013. By then, morons everywhere will be drooling over some other “sex scandal.” My point: Kristen Stewart could have remained attached to the project without any issues – safe, perhaps, having Rupert Sanders as her director.

As per the Reporter piece, it’s unclear whether or not Sanders will return as the director of the spinoff. David Koepp, who had been hired to write the SWATH sequel, “is being settled out of his rich contract, according to sources.” There was no mention of a replacement writer.

To date, Snow White and the Huntsman has collected $389.23 million worldwide. That’s hardly a “modest hit” as some insist on calling it, though, admittedly, SWATH had a huge budget: a reported $170 million. The film is currently the eighth biggest 2012 release worldwide. (Note: Seven of the top ten movies are 3D releases; besides SWATH, the exceptions are The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games.)

Snow White and the Huntsman: Bigger box office overseas

Note that Snow White and the Huntsman earned $234.9 million overseas (60.3 percent) vs. $154.33 million in North America. Despite Thor and The Avengers, does Chris Hemsworth have that sort of international following? Because of the Twilight movies, Kristen Stewart, in the right vehicle, sure does.

So, Universal would save money by not hiring the high-priced Stewart. But if so, would the studio’s powers-that-be also be risking to lose millions more in global revenues from those who paid to see Snow White and the Huntsman because of Kristen Stewart’s presence?

Addendum: According to the Los Angeles Times, Universal “insists that plans for a second movie centering on the Huntsman character played by Chris Hemsworth are proceeding and that Stewart’s Snow White could still be a character in that film, despite reports that suggested otherwise.”

Kristen Stewart also out of Cali

A few days ago, it was announced that Kristen Stewart had dropped out of another project, Cali, to be directed by Nick Cassavetes and to co-star Alex Pettyfer. Amber Heard was rumored as a replacement.

Snow White and the Huntsman cast

Besides Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, Snow White and the Huntsman also starred Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen Ravenna and Sam Claflin as Prince William. Liberty Ross played Snow White’s mother.

Snow White and the Huntsman wallpaper Kristen Stewart SWATH image: Universal Pictures.

Aug. 23

Kristen Stewart Lie Down in Darkness

Kristen Stewart ‘Lie Down in Darkness’ ‘attachment’

This Kristen Stewart / Lie Down in Darkness post was written a couple of weeks ago, but, for a variety of reasons, it’s only now seeing the light of Web. Anyhow, in case you missed this Lie Down in Darkness “casting” update – “attached” isn’t the same as “cast” – here it is, in more detail…

In early August, Vulture’s Claude Brodesser-Akner asserted that Kristen Stewart had landed a key role in Lie Down in Darkness, a movie version of William Styron’s acclaimed 1951 novel. Set in the American South and told in flashback, Styron’s tale centers on the young, beautiful, and ultimately tragic Peyton Loftis and her relationship with her dysfunctional parents, and, as she becomes an adult, her husband.

As per Vulture, Crazy Heart‘s Scott Cooper would direct the Lie Down in Darkness at Open Road Films. No shooting dates or names of other cast members were provided in Brodesser-Akner’s piece.

‘Lie Down in Darkness’ ‘at a very early stage’

Shortly afterwards, the Washington Post added an important correction – quoting Kristen Stewart’s agent Ken Kaplan – to the Lie Down in Darkness casting notice: “This movie is at a very early stage. It is unfinanced and while Kristen is ‘attached’ to play the role, there is no guarantee that, if the movie gets made, she will actually do the role. All of the reporting on this is extremely premature.”

Also from the Post, quoting a “source close to the production”: “While it’s exciting to see all the interest the project is generating, the film is still in the pre-production process and no offers to cast have been made as of yet.”

Since then, Brodesser-Akner has issued an update. Here’s the gist of it, in his words:

“Kaplan has to call this [Lie Down in Darkness casting notice] ‘premature’ because otherwise it closes [Kristen Stewart] off from fielding offers on other ‘go’ pictures that aren’t in a holding pattern, waiting for financing. And sources ‘close to the production’ need to say no one has yet been approached because they need to be able to go to someone else if Stewart’s deal can’t be reached, and then said second choice will not immediately be seen as a second choice.”

Anyhow, for all purposes, at least for the time being Kristen Stewart is “attached” to Lie Down in Darkness. Her name and those of her co-stars, once they are announced, will be used as selling points so the film’s producers can find backing for their project.

Here’s hoping Lie Down in Darkness will get made and that Stewart will indeed get to play Peyton Loftis.

Kristen Stewart 2012 movies

Following Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman, co-starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, and Sam Claflin, and which has to date grossed $392.69 million worldwide (when will people stop calling this female-led, non-sequel, non-3D fantasy adventure a “modest” success?), Kristen Stewart has two other 2012 movies coming out:

  • Bill Condon’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 opens on Nov. 16. Stewart’s co-stars are Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner; Breaking Dawn – Part 2 also features the usual Twi-crowd, including Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, Dakota Fanning, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, and Michael Sheen.
  • Walter Salles’ On the Road, which opens Dec. 21. Kristen Stewart plays the free-spirited Marylou, (literally) sandwiched between Sam Riley’s Sal Paradise and Garrett Hedlund’s Dean Moriarty. Also in the On the Road cast: Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge, Kirsten Dunst, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga, and Elisabeth Moss. Check out: Kristen Stewart On the Road at Toronto Film Festival.
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Kristen Stewart Today: An engaging actress

I initially wrote this Kristen Stewart piece about ten days ago. I kept postponing its publication because there have been numerous changes regarding the status of Stewart’s various film projects.

For instance, Kristen Stewart has been cast in a movie version of Lie Down in Darkness, with Crazy Heart‘s Scott Cooper directing. No, actually she has her name only “attached” to the indie project, which may or may not get made. Stewart is going to star in the “gritty” thriller Cali for Nick Cassavetes. No longer: she has dropped out of the project. Stewart is “possibly” going to star in a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel. No, there won’t be a sequel, but a spinoff focused on the Huntsman; Stewart will not take part in it. Scratch that: if there’s a spinoff, she may return as Snow White.

Why all this now? Well, as a result of the Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders “cheating scandal” in late July, Stewart has become Queen of the Tabloids. Not that she had a choice. The “celebrity industry” and its rabid consumers made the decision for her, interpreting photographs – with no understanding of their background – whichever way they saw fit. Consequently, Stewart has also become Queen of the Movie Casting / Uncasting Stories as well. Film publicists will do whatever it takes to generate some extra buzz for their clients’ potential projects.

Kristen Stewart: Not Bella Swan (and that’s good)

The scandal – Kristen Stewart in a reported relationship with Robert Pattinson; Rupert Sanders married with little children – hasn’t helped Stewart’s image, already the object of ridicule because of the Twilight movies and the target of countless attacks because of her refusal to play “nice.” An actress for about a decade, but a star for less than four years, Stewart clearly has trouble being a major celebrity. She unabashedly flips off paparazzi; she has loosely used expletives while interviewed; she was photographed (apparently) smoking pot; she seems edgy on television appearances.

But what bothers so many others is exactly what I find most engaging about Kristen Stewart. She’s not Twilight‘s Bella Swan and doesn’t pretend to be Bella off-screen. She’s not phony “sweet and nice” when the spotlight is on her. She never comes across as some “wholesome” apple-pie eater. She smiles when she feels like it, not when she’s supposed to. In my view, those characteristics are admirable.

Neither a Twihard nor a Twihater

Before I proceed: Generally speaking, it seems like either you’re a Twihard or a Twihater. Twihards love everything in any way connected to the Twilight novels and movies. Twihaters are the exact opposite.

I’m neither. Although I thoroughly enjoyed Stephenie Meyer’s first Twilight novel, I had mixed feelings about the three sequels. In all honesty, at times I felt compelled to chop off Bella’s head. Or at least her hair.

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Kristen Stewart ‘cheating’ photos attacks

The four movie adaptations to date have been a mixed bag. The most effective one was Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight, though even that particular effort was wildly uneven: moments of genuine humor and pathos interspersed with moments of Hollywood tripe and commercialism. But one thing that has been consistent is my enjoyment of the series’ actors: Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and Cullen Clan members Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, and Kellan Lutz. Even the novels’ insufferable police chief Swan is made likable by Billy Burke.

Since I’m neither a Twilight die-hard fan nor a die-hard hater, I find it both troublesome and impossible to comprehend the aggressive obsession of some fans and the haters’ venom directed at those associated with the Twilight movies. Thanks to the scandal, the haters’ chief target of late has been Stewart, a 22-year-old actress with an acting background that includes nearly 30 feature films, of which only five belong to the Twilight franchise.

‘Cheating’ scandal: Personal and professional attacks

I’ve avoided reading the raw sewage vomited by online tabloids, quoting anonymous “sources” while offering details – both lurid and ludicrous – about the various participants in the “cheating scandal.” But avoiding the barrage of anti-Kristen Stewart attacks elsewhere, including among Alt Film Guide commenters, has been more difficult.

For instance, when Vulture announced that Stewart had landed the role of Peyton Loftis in Lie Down in Darkness, negative reactions were fierce: Kristen Stewart instead of last year’s Best Actress Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), who was reportedly up for the role as well? Are they insane? Kristen Stewart is the worst actress ever (or at least “of her generation”). She only has one expression. She is inept. She looks perennially nauseated / constipated / bored / pissed off. And she’s a bitch tramp whore slut homewrecker who cheated on Robert Pattinson.

Now, though I’m no fan of (the extremely well-received) Winter’s Bone, I have absolutely nothing against Jennifer Lawrence. Even so, I was thrilled to learn that Kristen Stewart was the one “attached” to Lie Down in Darkness. Stewart’s nervous energy – underused in the Twilight movies, but glimpsed in Welcome to the Rileys (and in her various public appearances) – could be immensely effective in the portrayal of an unbalanced character.

Kristen Stewart’s ‘mannerisms,’ ‘limited range’

I should add that those who say Stewart has only one expression have surely never watched her on screen. Even in something as pre-fabricated as Chris Weitz’s New Moon, she manages to convincingly display a wide range of emotions in key scenes: lightheartedness, fear, passion, anger, regret. Only someone blind – or blinded by prejudice – would think she looks “her usual sullen self” when confronted by Dakota Fanning in the Volturi’s palace or while watching Taylor Lautner’s werewolf disappearing into the forest at the end of the film.

As for those never-ending complaints that Stewart relies on the same mannerisms no matter the role … Well, how many actors don’t rely on personal “mannerisms”? Just watch the revered Lillian Gish, one of the earliest movie stars, in Broken Blossoms, The Scarlet Letter, or The Wind – Gish is Turner Classic Movies’ “star of the day” today – and tell me if she doesn’t have a whole array of acting “ticks.” (If you don’t believe me, watch Marion Davies brilliantly perform a Gish caricature in The Cardboard Lover.)

Does that mean I think Lillian Gish was a bad actress? Hardly. Mannerisms and all, Gish could be and often was an outstanding performer.

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Kristen Stewart: “Hot” actress.

Kristen Stewart: Capable & refreshing actress

Lillian Gish, of course, wasn’t the only one. Check out Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Edward G. Robinson, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Miriam Hopkins, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, John Gilbert, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster, Gene Tierney, Marilyn Monroe – the list goes on and on. All those actors had their trademark mannerisms and “limited ranges,” but that didn’t prevent them from delivering superb performances in the right roles and when working with the right directors. With the appropriate guidance, Kristen Stewart should be no different.

Ah, before anyone says: “How dare you have Kristen Stewart’s name next to those of Katharine Hepburn or Joan Crawford or Bette Davis?” Well, I dare. And for a very good reason: check out the Crawford, Davis, and Hepburn (“ran the gamut of emotions from A to B”) notices in newspapers and magazines of the 1920s and/or 1930s, before they became legends. Kristen Stewart could well have more admirers today than they had back then. And if Stewart wishes, she could end up just as big a legend as well.

In sum, I find Kristen Stewart not only a highly capable actress, but a highly refreshing one as well. And very hot and quite beautiful. Unlike psycho fans or psycho haters, I don’t feel the urgent need that others agree with me. That’s merely my personal opinion. Feel free to agree or disagree.

Driving haters nuts

And here’s hoping that Lie Down in Darkness gets made with Stewart as Peyton Loftis. And if so, that the movie is a success and that she gets a Best Actress Oscar nomination. That’ll drive the psycho haters up the wall.

And while I’m at it … I’m fully aware that chances are slim, but I’m rooting for Robert Pattinson to get a Best Actor Oscar nod for Cosmopolis – since there’s no chance he’ll get one for his excellent star turn in Bel Ami. That should give well-deserved seizures to another set of haters who dismiss Pattinson merely because of his Twilight connection.

Dangers of the Morality Police

Note: For those wondering if I “approve” of what Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders did. All I can say, as I’ve already stated in answer to a commenter a while back, is that I’m appalled by the moralizing, judgmental, and vicious reactions to the Stewart-Sanders “affair.” Once again: Never, ever trust those taking the moral high ground in matters that don’t concern them. The Morality Police would be truly useful only if they spent their time policing their own lives.

Jan. 18

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson rumors and gossip: Tabloid ‘news’ equals profits

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have been used as grist for the planet’s countless rumor mills since Catharine Hardwicke’s Twilight became the worldwide sleeper hit of 2008. Following the Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders “scandal” in late summer 2012, “news” reports about Stewart and Pattinson breaking up, getting back together again, dating others, etc., have become not just daily, but, in the age of instant online “reports,” second-ly occurrences.

Now, who has the most to gain from the barrage of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson gossip articles? The above drawing – sent to me by a follower on Twitter – makes it clear. Besides the tabloid publications themselves, Summit Entertainment and, within the last year or so, its sibling/parent company Lionsgate Pictures, have had the most to gain.

Really, would the Twilight movies have been so tremendously successful without the possibility (or reality, as the case may be) of a Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson romance? Bella Swan and Edward Cullen living, unliving, and reliving the dream both on and off screen. If only the Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy fans had been that lucky. (MacDonald and Eddy were married – but not to one another.)

According to figures found at, the Twilight movies – the aforementioned Twilight (2008), Chris Weitz’s New Moon (2009), David Slade’s Eclipse (2010), and Bill Condon’s Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011) and Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012) – have grossed a worldwide total of $3.33 billion. Of course, I should add that in the last four titles, leads Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were joined by Taylor Lautner, who has only a small supporting role in the first film. Even so, the focus of all five films is on the relationship between Bella and Edward, i.e., Stewart and Pattinson, even when the latter is absent from the screen.

The appeal Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have for the tabloids is obvious. When they create rumors about Stewart, Pattinson must be involved, and vice-versa. Two huge fandoms are thus joined to provide visits, sales, and revenues. And the tabloids will keep on cranking out tales for as long as fans and other interested parties continue visiting their sites and buying their magazine issues.

Long history of real and manufactured box-office-boosting off-screen romances

Long before tabloids and tabloid-wannabes took over as the purveyors of entertainment “news,” throughout the decades the studios themselves have publicized idyllic off-screen love stories, whether real or manufactured, featuring the stars of their latest releases. Not infrequently, those had the tacit or not-so-tacit consent of the actors in question; invariably, they were eagerly swallowed by a gullible (i.e., wilfully stupid) general public.

That strategy goes all the way back to the early silent era, when in the 1910s the likes of Francis X. Bushman (the 1925 Ben-Hur‘s Messala) and Beverly Bayne romanced on screen and off – though the eventual revelation that Bushman was the married father of five kids didn’t help his image any.

“Kristen Stewart: Hot, Capable, Refreshing Actress” image: Twilight Saga / Summit Entertainment.

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John -

>>She never comes across as some “wholesome” apple-pie eater.

What’s necessarily wrong of coming across as “wholesome”? What if the actress is “wholesome” or just genuinely bubbly or what not?

>>She smiles when she feels like it, not when she’s supposed to. In my view, those characteristics are admirable.

I know what you mean, but the way you wrote that comes across as “I support people who are self-involved.” If so, that’s not an admirable trait. Yea, sure, she’s not the “smile” all the time type of person, but c’mon.

beatriz alicia -

I’m really a fan of Stewart . The media , television , writing, bloggers , have been highly responsible in this situation of aversion to Stewart . She has had a quiet and exemplary life , before and after the “incident ” . I think desencia and example, overcomes many Hollywood actors , that at his age are engaged in drugs and alcohol. What really surprises me is that the media , raise the dignity of foreigners at the expense of the dignity of an American, in their own country . I sincerely believe that the U.S. government does not realize this, and I say only , by Mr. Patinsson , Mr. Sanders , who has been freed from guilt by the media, and finally the Lady Liberty Ross , with Vanity Fair . This child has had a bump in his life, but has been exemplary the rest of it, can not be treated as a dangerous offender , or as someone who is dangerous to be . In fact , it is one of Hollywood’s most humble and less pretentious , is in the middle

Sharon Rich, Sweethearts authr -

Excellent article. I couldn’t help but notice that you referred to Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy…and have to say that the public attack of Stewart last summer when the scandal broke was oh so similar to the public rage back in 1937 when MacDonald married Nelson Eddy lookalike (sort of) Gene Raymond. Many “team” fans turned on MacDonald because they always sensed that they were off-screen sweethearts. A barrage of angry letters were sent to MGM protesting this marriage and the fact that the team was professionally (temporarily) split up. Many Eddy fans forever after hated MacDonald and this feud among some fans continues to this day.

Again similar to the scene last year, Eddy was seen by many as the handsome but spineless guy who couldn’t keep his diva girlfriend from wandering. I found it curious that last summer when Stewart blurted out that she loved Pattinson, this previously unconfirmed clarification got lost in the shuffle of public anger.

Whatever the true nature of the Stewart-Pattinson relationship particularly post-“Twilight”, studio PR departments have always had acid stomachs over the antics of their screen teams’ off-screen affairs. In 1935 Nelson Eddy threatened Louella Parsons with a lawsuit for her snooping, angering her so she usually wrote snidely about him over the next few years. Hedda Hopper took a sympathetic position and so when, in 1938, the now-married MacDonald miscarried Eddy’s child, Hedda Hopper triumphantly landed the photo scoop in “Look” magazine of the recuperating MacDonald in bed. But even Hopper dared not hint at the true paternity of this failed pregnancy.

Also in 1938, MacDonald traveled with Eddy on part of his national concert tour. They were seen together by many but the press never ran with this scandalous news. Then, in January 1939 when she refused to divorce her husband due to studio pressure, Eddy eloped with someone else. That MacDonald was subsequently “taken ill” and photographed looking wan and miserable in her bed was explained away by the MGM publicity department – she had “a cold.” That she then refused to make anymore films with Eddy and also wouldn’t re-sign her studio contract was also spun – she was taking a break from Hollywood to do a concert tour. Nelson made two solo films and it wasn’t until the summer of 1939 that MacDonald was coaxed into returning for a team film (and ultimately a personal reunion).

L.B. Mayer, the head honcho at MGM in its heyday, didn’t contractually allow his stars to marry without his permission. Movie stars were volatile and Hollywood marriages could sour quickly…and then he’d lose his lucrative team. MacDonald and Eddy weren’t the only MGM stars who could not marry but they are perhaps the best-known due to the tragic aftermath of Mayer’s interference.

So I beg to differ on one point… MacDonald-Eddy fans “were” that lucky…they just didn’t know it. Or more correctly, many people were eyewitness to an off-screen romance but were terrified to do more than whisper about it. Or perhaps write a friend about it…I have read literally hundreds of pages of letters from fans and others who were there on the scene. Heck, Nelson told Jack Paar in a 1960 TV interview that he loved Jeanette…Paar just dropped the topic and didn’t probe. One wonders what different ending the MacDonald-Eddy story might have had in today’s tabloid world, when all those snatched moments together would have been photographed, uploaded and on display for all the Internet to see.

I have to chuckle when I read some of the comments posted on this thread, arguments about which one is the better star, who will make it as a solo actor post-“Twilight”, how she did him wrong…it’s so like reading the endless arguments between Team Eddy and Team MacDonald fans. One thing never changes – the fascination of a long-time movie couple with an indefinable chemistry that transcends their work on the screen. Do they really love each other off-screen? If so, can he swallow his pride and start over with her? Do they have a professional or personal future together? Will they remain apart, hook up with other partners and then down the road (and with more maturity and after some career slumps) rediscover each other? All that happened with MacDonald and Eddy….Only time will tell in the case of Stewart and Pattinson. Meanwhile, their fans wait impatiently for gossipy and conflicting “news” updates while I’m sure Summit, Lionsgate and other Hollywood companies wonder whether there is another cash cow to be had by teaming them in a new film project. After all, it worked for L.B.. Mayer…

Elizabeth -

I have nothing negative to say about them as an actor and actress.
Their personal lives are none of my business. I enjoyed Panic Room with Kristen Stewart. I also enjoyed Water for Elephants and Cosmopolis with Robert Pattinson. I believe he starred in a
J. R. R Tolkien film that was very enjoyable. Both of them belong on the screen for all to see.

Elizabeth -

I just want to know why Cosmopolis was not considered for Academy Awards ?? The cast was brilliant under the direction of Mr. David Cronenberg, a brilliant director. I do not care about their personal lives, I just am very curious why Cosmopolis was not considered.

R.B. -

Rob’s fans once again prove how crazy they are with this “defending” Rob by attacking others (their favorite-but not only-targets, Kristen Stewart and her fans) in a site’s comments section. I’ll never understand why they don’t see how they are his worst PR. It’s a pity.

danielle -

As for your article, who has any real clue on if the movies would have done as well without Rob and Kristen being an item? Maybe they would have done just as well, or maybe they wouldn’t have. That’s hard to answer.
I can answer for myself that I was first interested in the books, then I watched the first movie when it was released, and the following movies including the very last in cinemas. One of the movies, ‘Eclipse’ was my least favourite. I’m not sure even if it was that well produced. Yet I still saw them all, for I, from the beginning became fans of both individually.
I was a fan of the books so I wanted to see the final touch to the movie versions of the series. And, I was a fan of at least a couple of the cast, which is always a way to hook me into a film.

danielle -

I’ve recently followed you on Twitter, I thought I’d followed your account before, but never mind. All is fixed now. But that is why I’m here commenting in reply to your comments below. I trust that this site does delete abusive comments towards others, or comments about Kristen Stewart. I don’t have to think about what kind of comments this site is bombarded with anymore. Everywhere else is bombarded with abusive, irrelevant comments when an article is focusing entirely on Kristen, or might even briefly mention her name next to other stars names.
I also wish people would stick to the facts instead of sharing their opinions which become spread as rumours around the internet. Ben Affleck has spoken positively concerning Kristen. He’s suggested to the media that he has a busy schedule without adding ‘Focus’ to it. Anything else is just someone’s opinion, and a distorted opinion at that coming from commenters like Jordan. Viggo Mortensen hasn’t looked repulsed near her, and logic would tell people if he hated working with her and hated her, he’d have let her walk down the steps at Cannes in heels, without his support.

Joanna -

I did read all 3 parts actually and the fact that so far,there doesn’t seem to be a single comment on either of the others appears to tell it’s own story. You’re quite right of course, I don’t have to read the comments or visit the site. Thank you for pointing that out.

Joanna -

You know,initially I was simply saddened that this site,which has posted some great articles in the past and seemed to have some genuine integrity, had allowed itself to go down the route of so many others but now,quite frankly,I’m insulted that you consider someone like myself to be “truly ignorant” for considering 99% of the comments below to be nasty,personal attacks on what is,if I’m being completely honest,a completely unnecessary article. I’m well aware of the nature of the comments that get blocked,I’ve come across the truly vile specimens who mistakenly believe the internet provides an anonymous forum for them to spread their poison but please explain to me how the ridiculous,hairpulling,hissy fits going on on the comments below are a “healthy debate” or in any way approaching an intelligent discussion about whether or not the personal relationship between Stewart and Pattinson helped Twilight’s box office. Again I assert that this whole article is unnecessary and truly does come across as you nothing more than you trying to grab your own slice of the “Robsten cash cow” and I really do want to be wrong about that because I honestly did believe you were better than that.

editor -

Who are you? I called *you* truly ignorant? I’ve no idea who you are.
This is a three-part article. Did you read the whole thing? You may find it unnecessary, others clearly appreciated it. Once again: did you read the whole thing?
Anyhow, what next? Are you gonna tell us what is necessary/unnecessary for us to write about? Should we consult with you before we write our next piece to see if you approve/disapprove of the subject matter?
And *you* claim to be insulted. Oh.
As for “intelligent debates”: This is a forum for *debates*. We’re not going to censor/block something just because we (or you) don’t believe it is “intelligent.” We have our comments guidelines. Check them out. Minor detail: *No one* has to read the comments section.
And enough. Time to move on.

DD -

Why must everything be a contest. Does a crow fly over your houses and you rush to the computer to defend your man and tear down Kristen. You do him no favors. He does not need you help just as Kristen does not need your hate. You think your helping Rob but in fact you are turning fans off. Kristen’s fine – let her be.

Jordon -

@Athena misses the point. DStone claimed that both Remember Me and Water For Elephants were not hits. They both made a profit, something none of Stewart’s indies has done. See the difference? All of her indies were bombs. Two of Pattinson’s indies were profitable outside the Twilight franchise, something her fans like to ignore (making them just as obnoxious as she claims his fans are). SWATH was not an indie, it was sold as a franchise to start with, and had a big budget, Thor and the fairy tale/action/adventure genre.

Another interesting fact about SWATH is that Viggo was originally cast as the Huntsman but he dropped out after Stewart was cast. He had already worked with her on OTR, so he knew what she was like. And Affleck dropped out of Focus after she was cast. Regardless of how many nice things he says about her to the media, he still isn’t going to be working with her, and the film seems to be shelved, since there isn’t even any buzz about looking for a replacement actor.

edit -

@Jordon (& everyone)

Please, stick to the facts.

There’s NO evidence that Viggo Mortensen or Ben Affleck dropped out of “Snow White and the Huntsman”/”Focus” **because** of Kristen Stewart. None whatsoever.

I let that remark pass. Probably shouldn’t have, but now it’s a bit late to remove it.
Any more such baseless, inflammatory, troll-like remarks **will be blocked**.

Some (truly ignorant people) may think we allow negative (or, as some like to call them, “hate”) comments to get hits. That’s idiotic. It’s a goddamn *nightmare* to read/monitor obnoxious, rude, psychotic comments. It’s probably THE most unpleasant thing about running a website (alongside technical mishaps). Dealing with the madness and the viciousness out there. And if you think the comments below are “hate” comments, then you should read the ones we’ve blocked. Really.

Now, remember: We have comments guidelines. “Offending fans is not allowed” is NOT one of them.

Athena -


Um, New Moon was more successful than Twilight because it was released in over 1000 more theaters domestically and a hell of a lot more internationally. Twilight was promoted as an INDIE. New Moon, Eclipse, BD1, and BD2 were promoted as BLOCKBUSTERS. It’s as simple as that.

@Reality Check- Lol, you nonstens claim that Summit it only faking the relationship to draw in fans. But in the same breath you claim that most of his (supposedly the bigger actor) fans don’t even like her. How does that make sense? If Kristen doesn’t have many fans like you claim and “most” fans don’t want them together then how can you justify your “pr contract”?

Plus you know very well that he’d didn’t mean “that’s ridiculous” in response to her being his girlfriend. The video proves that. And as for him never acknowledging her a his girlfriend why is there video of him doing just that at his premieres? Not one, but TWO. Again, isn’t that the opposite of what a “pr contract” would entail?

Athena -


It’s funny that you call all of Kristen’s indies bombs. Especially considering the fact that many of them were under limited release. If you want to get technical, Robert has what you would consider “bombs” as well. Little Ashes made $767k. And How to Be didn’t even register enough to be on Box Office Mojo. Bel Ami didnt make back its budget, and so far neither has Cosmopolis. Water for Elephants and Remember Me did pretty good at the BO.

Why are you judging Kristen for something that Rob has had too? That’s pretty hypocritical. But of course the standard nonsten excuse is that when an indie “bombs” it’s Kristen’s fault. Yet when it’s extremely successful, like SWATH, then it’s because of the other actors. That’s pretty ridiculous.

The fact is that indies don’t typically do that well at the box office. It’s not just Kristen and Rob.

Athena -

Isn’t it funny how all these nonstens on here are repeating the *exact same thing*. It’s almost as if they are the same person!

Lets be clear about something. Yes, Rob has six films lined up. Unfortunately, one of those (OotD) has been pushed back. BUT if you remember correctly he also took over eight months before he released any info about new films. AND he just started filming again. The last time he had filmed was July 2011. He took a *break*. He’s allowed to do that, just like Kristen is. So far Kristen has Focus and SWATH2 and more likely than not, LDiD. If you remember in the past she’s been offered several roles which she never took (American Girl & Akira). So just because she’s not releasing info about any films doesn’t mean that she isn’t being offered any.

Elroy -

@Monster, another Stewart fan who blindly tries to ignore her hypocrisy and manipulation of the media and her small fanbase. She’s so private and fierce, but she has no problem with simulating sex acts on a public road where the paps can get pics. She says she could never talk about her private life but in the next breath, shows an Elle reporter her cell phone with a pic of Rob on it so they can tell the world.

She knows very well that wearing or holding articles of Rob’s clothing is going to be photographed. If she truly cared about keeping things private she wouldn’t do that in public. It’s a cry for attention, it can’t be anything else. She desperately wants people to think she’s with him because he will never publicly acknowledge her.

She attends his premieres but he refuses to walk the red carpet at hers, or even attend at all. He never takes her out on a public date alone, where they might be seen, only in large groups, usually with her publicist, bodyguard, brother and friends along for the ride. That’s not true romance, that’s PR or just friends hanging out. If he is her boyfriend, he’s not doing it right or she has horribly low standards. But the affair with Rupert Sanders proves that already.

Only those desperate to live vicariously through her are buying it, the rest of the world sees it for the Summit PR it is. And as others have pointed out, he has many projects lined up, he doesn’t need the PR. She has no new projects, she’s the one who benefits from keeping her name linked to his.

The Monster -

Interesting article. No one commenting here really has a clue how the Hollywood machine works. I would venture a guess that Twilight would have made money whether Kristen and Rob had a relationship or not. The books made a fortune. The chemistry on screen (and probably off) between these two most certainly was key in their success, as was remaining true to the storyline.
I would think that an indie to even make it to the theater is considered a success since so many do not even get there. Many do not make much money once in the theater. It is often about the performances. Case in point:
Nichole Kidman (Rabbit Hole) $1,268,041 Osar nominee
The Runaways with a domestic gross of $3,573,673.

Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone, 06/11) $6,271,086 Oscar nominees.
Cosmopolis Box office, $6,063,556

They may not have gotten Oscar nominations but did receive good reviews for their performances. For the actors it is more about the passion for the project and who they may have the opportunity to work with. Money is not always a measuring tool for an indie or an actor’s choice in taking a role.

As for the “inside” knowlege you ladies profess about the status of their projects and careers, it is simply laughable. Even more preposterous is your knowledge about what they wear, are told to wear or secret messages they are sending. Seriously? For people who profess to be “Robsessed” or fans, you certainly don’t think he has much integrity that he would let himself be led around by the nose. Not the impression(and it is only an impression) that I get from either of these actors. Maybe they don’t share their relationship with the public because it is really no one’s business and that MEANS something to them. Your conspirocy theories about this young actress are just that, conspirocy theories. Maybe she is just living her life as best she can in a fishbowl. I think they have both received many opportunites because of Twilight. But what has happened in the media and from all the opinionated bloggers and Twitterers is really sad. Not a single one of you really knows the circumstances of what happened this summer, nor should you. I would withold judgement until you do, please don’t hold your breath. What matters, if you are a fan, is that you are supportive of their work, let them love who they want and don’t feed the monster.

Connan -

Very short comment from me.

Well, I can see that comments section is turning into Kristen’s hate site. Again. Very predictable.

Pattinson’s fans are the most vile, hateful posters. This is why I don’t watch his movies. It’s like a political campaign – you look what your backers are. You don’t support someone if he funded by some rabid bloodthirsty mob tearing apart another human being. The end.

Sheila -

It is very true that the success of the Twilight Saga has much more to do with the love story than vampires. In my view, whether Edward Cullen was a vampire or not is really irrelevant…what really captured people’s imaginations was the love story. Add to that the fact that the two young, beautiful stars, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson “were” or “were not” together in real life just really fed into that love story. I know it did for me. As it turns out, Robert Pattinson is also a really nice guy with a lot of depth in human terms and Kristen Stewart is a brilliant, “non-conformist” who, at the young age of 22 has had in the past months survive a very nasty and hypocritical media attack (how many magazines attacked the “aggressor”, RSanders?? Not many). We’re all voting for Rob and Kristen and it translates at the box office.

Robsessed1986 -

Wow, some people really need to get a grip. Listen, I’m not only a Rob fan but I am also a huge Twilight fan. My being a fan of Twilight has never hinged on Rob’s personal life. On the contrary, I was a Twilight fan before I was Robsessed. Although I have become a much bigger fan of Rob than of Twilight, I still love Twilight. I entrenched myself in the robsten/nonsten argument for well over a year, but decided it wasn’t worth it, as many robstens are very rabid when it comes to what they believe and they refuse to let anyone have their own opinions. Case in point, the first comment made about this article. It has long been the robsten contention that nonstens don’t believe Rob and KS are together because we nonstens are jealous that KS is with Rob because we all want him for ourselves. To me this reasoning is totally preposterous, but try telling a hardcore robsten that and you get threatened with you life and that of your family. In any case, I have never believed they were together and never will. But, to me, that has nothing to do with my being either a fan of Rob or of Twilight. I will remain a loyal fan of both.

Zelda -

Pattinson isn’t just starting to build his “indie cred.” He started out in indies. How To Be and Little Ashes were filmed long before he was cast in Twilight, and The Haunted Airman and Bad Mother’s Handbook were also little indies. Remember Me and Bel Ami were indies that only got funding because Rob wanted to see them made. He has plenty of indie cred, and he’s continuing to make those kinds of films because those are the kinds of films he enjoys watching.

Pattinson’s currently filming The Rover, and will either work on Hold on to Me or Queen of the Desert next. All his films in preproduction have scripts and funding, and some even already have distribution. Mission: Blacklist will be filmed when the director is ready, and the same goes for Map to the Stars. Cronenberg said he wasn’t sure of Viggo’s availability, so depending on the scheduling, it’s still possible he could be in the film. There’s also Hate Mail and a movie about The Band, with one of the best scripts Rob’s said he’s ever read.

Pattinson doesn’t have a history of having 8 films lined up, either, but obviously, when that many directors and producers want to work with you and you think the scripts are good, there’s no reason not to sign on. The lack of projects on Stewart’s side speaks for itself. One of them needs publicity to land a job and the other one doesn’t. One of them pays for a full time publicist and the other one doesn’t. One of them values his private life and the other one sells hers (or does things in public that end up causing a scandal).

Jordon -

@DStone is simply wrong. All of Stewart’s indies were bombs, every single one. The Runaways, WTTR, OTR, and all the ones before never made a profit. Both Remember Me and Water for Elephants did make a profit, and WFE got good reviews, it’s Fresh on RT. Pattinson took chances with Bel Ami and Cosmopolis, and got some of the best reviews of his life for Cosmopolis, which has also ended up on many Best of 2012 lists.

He made 11 films between 2006 and 2012, then he took time off, he wasn’t “unemployed.” He was reading scripts and meeting with directors and producers during the year he wasn’t filming anything, but he also did promo tours for Bel Ami, Cosmopolis and BD2, which is work.

As for Stewart, she is unemployed, and has been since her cheating scandal in July of 2012. I doubt she’s getting sent scripts, few people seem to want to be associated with her. If she were bankable, then why isn’t Lie Down in Darkness getting funded? The producer came out and said he had not offered her the part–after her PR mouthpiece had leaked news of her casting. How embarrassing!

As for wearing other people’s clothing, it’s highly hypocritical to say you’d never sell your private life and then carry articles of Pattinson’s clothing when you know you’re going to be photographed. Either you respect the man you’re with and honor his wish to be private or you wave his clothing around because you are so desperate for attention. She can’t have it both ways. She’s not ignorant, she knows exactly what she’s doing and her her fiending little fans take to twitter, twirling over her little signals, even if they have to make them up. But she’s already proved she doesn’t know anything about respecting Rob, as a friend, colleague or human being, hasn’t she? Just ask Liberty Ross.

Pattinson’s fans aren’t jealous, many are married and have no illusions about dating him or even meeting him. They just think a gentleman should be associated with someone worthy. When he’s seen out on a real date with a decent woman, his fans will celebrate, just watch.

DStone -

Robert Pattinson’s fans are some of the most obnoxious fans I’ve ever had the displeasure of coming across. They act as if he is above the Hollywood game and that Kristen, of all people, is hanging on to him for fame and wearing his clothes as a way to get even more fame.

What they fail to realize is that Kristen has said many times that she loves wearing clothes worn by other people. Growing up, she wore her brother’s clothes. When she was dating Angarano, she wore his clothes. And now that she’s presumably dating Rob, she has been spotted wearing his clothes. I don’t know what’s so hard to understand. It’s not rare for a girl to wear her boyfriend’s clothes. For them to sit there and imply that Kristen thinks of ways to send “messages” to the Robsten fandom is unbelievably absurd. She can wear whatever she wants to wear.

And most of his fans can’t stand Stewart because they themselves can’t have him. It’s simple. They act like jealous adolescent girls even though a majority of them are older women. I don’t understand what’s so hard about letting him date whoever he wants to date. If he wants to be with Kristen, then respect his decision and move on with your lives. Who are you to tell him who he can and can’t date? And then have the nerve to turn around and make those who like them together look like the bad guys when you are the ones with your hate blogs and your rants filled with hate towards one actress as thought she’s personally offended you or your family.

And you keep bringing up the 5 movies he has lined up. Are you forgetting that Pattinson was unemployed for over a year prior to being cast in Mission Blacklist, The Rover, etc. He was the one with no projects lined up while Kristen went on to film Snow White and The Huntsman. That was the last project she filmed. His was Cosmopolis (which bombed at the B.O). Bel Ami also bombed big time and he was critically panned (some outlets were even saying his career was over). Remember Me, Water for Elephants, both good movies but not box office hits in any way. It irritates some of his fans that she’s one of the only cast members to have a box office hit outside of Twilight.
Kristen has never, for as long as I’ve followed her career, lined up movies in that fashion. Reason being because she’s very selective about what she wants to do. She chooses films because she likes the scripts not because she needs to have a colorful IMDB page. Melissa Leo even said that Kristen has had a lot more opportunities to work more than she has. If she accepted every role that came to her, she’d have 6 or 7 movies lined up too. The main problem with accepting roles like that is, who knows whether or not they will even be made?

Remember when Rob was cast in Unbound Captives? That was never filmed. Mission Blacklist’s start was just pushed back to God knows when. Viggo Mortensen just dropped out of Maps to The Stars and Cronenberg doesn’t even have the cast confirmed yet. So please, stop trying to make it look like these things happen only to Kristen and Kristen alone. As far as we know, she’s confirmed for ‘Focus’ and ‘SWATH 2’ and if all things go well with the financing, she’ll be confirmed for ‘Lie Down in Darkness’ too. Kristen’s already built up her indie cred, Rob’s just getting started.

Back to the topic at hand:

All I can say is that ‘Robsten’ is a manufactured product put forth by the media. Rob and Kristen are two people who appear to be in some sort of relationship.. These are two people who can clearly think for themselves and are not co-dependent. I don’t know what people expect them to do but I can bet it sucks having so many people with their own opinions on how you should conduct your personal relationships. One thing I can say is that we’ll see what happens after March 2, which is when the BD2 DVD/Blu Ray will be released. Because some people think that Rob and Kristen need to not be seen in public together to sell the DVD of one the biggest box office hits of 2012 and one of the most successful franchises worth over 3 billion dollars. Yes, the fans won’t buy these DVDs like they always have unless Rob and Kristen go to dinner with a few friends and leave the restaurant separately.

I hope you can note my sarcasm.

PRsten -

LOL I see PRsten fans are here defending the real love! If movies are so successful without PRsten, why New Moon was a success and not Twilight? Because PRsten began in November 2009. The Twilight fans are obsessed with them. The Twilight fans sent letters to Summit saying that if they did not come back together for BD2, they would not go to see the movie. Yes, I see that the fans are only interested in movies.

It’s also a coincidence that they “back together” just five days before Rob traveling to Australia to begin the promo. 4 year of relationship and they couldn’t act like a normal couple? They always are out with publicists and friends, never alone. They always have a E! Online and Gossip Cop saying what it’s necessary to sell. What woman in love fucks with a married man? What woman in love says: keep them guessing? She wants people speculating about them. She needs attention. It’s amazing that women say that their relationship is ideal. Ideal? I don’t see love, I see indifference. The fans are obsessed with them. They need PRsten. If they love them both separately, why Cosmopolis is a failure? Why OTR is another failure? The only thing that matters for the fandom is if she is wearing his clothes or crap like that.. It’s a show. It’s PR.

Rob’s aunt has a blog. She said a year ago that everything is PR. Who knows it better: a group of obsessed fans or his aunt? I wonder what excuse will provide the fans when everything is over after the sale of the dvd. I know. They will say that Rob could not handle the pressure of the infidelity but loves her madly. Shippers are predictable.

Reality Check -

Except, Pattinson has said numerous times that no one knows what goes on in his private life and that the media just manufactures a story and makes up what they think will sell the best (and it doesn’t reflect his reality at all). He doesn’t have a publicist the way Stewart does, and he’s never discussed his private life. He’s not the one who parades through airports where he knows the paps hang out carrying items of her clothing. That’s her little trick. She feeds into the fantasy to keep her fanbase going, because otherwise she’s completely irrelevant. OTR was a huge bomb, both critically and at the box office, and she can’t get another job. Focus has fizzled since Affleck dropped out, she’s not attached to any other film and who knows when or if SWATH 2 will be made? Pattinson has at least 8 films lined up, enough to keep him busy for the next two years. He’s hot, she’s not.

Plus, most of his fans can’t stand Stewart (especially after her cheating with a married man scandal) and don’t like seeing his name linked with hers. The media believes stories about them sell, but the fact is that they only sell to her fanbase. His fans understand that he’s under contract to Summit to promote the 5 films they made together and nothing more. He’s never acknowledged her as his girlfriend, ever. When flat out asked by Kevin Frasier at the Insider if she could be called his girlfriend, Rob laughed and said, “That’s so ridiculous,” shaking his head “no.” People just won’t believe that Edward and Bella are only fictional characters.

Beebee -

Having a conversation with some friends after reading your post. How did my friend put it?

If Kristen and Robert being a couple is the cause of Twilight’s success, then why didn’t Remember Me make more money? Or Cosmopolis? Kristen went to both of Robert’s premieres. Walked the red carpets clearly showing they were together. I guess that “couple theory” really has no merits now does it?

Remember that Kristen and Robert were definitely out as a couple although they never admitted it we all knew they were. So BD1 we knew that they were together.
Remember when the paparazzi photos came out with Kristen and Robert filming in Brazil?

Remember when the fans saw that Edward wasn’t wearing a wedding ring?

Remember when the fans went crazy was were calling and writing Summit telling them how upset they were because Edward wasn’t wearing a wedding ring?

Remember how suddenly when the next paparazzi photos came out, you saw Edward with a ring on filming that scene?

Yeah, so, this goes to show you that the successes at the box office for Breaking Dawn Part 1 where not lending to the fact that Kristen and Robert were together. It was because Edward wore that damn ring like he should have LOL!!

Bill Condon remarked on the DVD about how they were scared because the film would have been ruined had they not found a ring to put Edward’s finger. How they immediately got the message that night that the fans were irate about the missing ring.

So really, if anyone believes that these films would not have been as successful without the rumors or confirmation that Kristen and Robert were boyfriend and girlfriend, I have a trillion dollar coin I want to sell you.

These Twilight films are successful because they told the story how the fans wanted it told. Summit didn’t pull that mess that Paramount tried to pull by changing everything about the books we loved. Yeah, there are some things that the fans debate about but Summit gave us the films and told the story we love. Kristen and Robert did their jobs and gave us everything we dreamed of in Edward and Bella on the movie screen. That’s what they did.

I didn’t keep going back to see the original Twilight film just because I was dreaming of Kristen and Robert LMAO! They did a hell of a job with Bella and Edward. I really enjoyed watching them. They were really good together and that was really nice to see in the movie.

Am I fans of Kristen and Robert? Yes. Do I see their other movies. Yes. Do I hope people stop hounding them and let them be together in peace. Of course. But I bought my tickets to see Twilight for the same reason I bought my tickets to see Breaking Dawn Part 2, I wanted to see how Bella and Edward were translated from the book to the film. Being fans and seeing Kristen and Robert together was a bonus.

Twihards care about the story. That’s what brings us to buy tickets 20 times; or to camp out for days for the premieres not to only see the trio (Kristen, Robert and Taylor) but to get into and be the first ones to see the film itself.

If Kristen and Robert are together or not together, I will always support them and their films. If Kristen and Robert’s box office success is based on them being a couple, I’ll just refer you to Cosmopolis. One hell of a movie and Rob did a hell of a job and should have received nominations for his work but didn’t sell because Kristen and Robert are a couple.

Lori -

I forgot about the Edward and Bella telling Charlie they’re getting married scene that was left out of Breaking Dawn. Fans wanted to see that scene too.

Lori -


Trust me as I live and breathe today, had any director left out let’s say, The Leg Hitch or The Tent scene, the breaking of the headboard, Edward’s ghost or any other nuances that the fans wanted to see, ROB AND KRISTEN COULD HAVE BEEN MARRIED AND THE FANS WOULD NOT HAVE SEEN THOSE FILMS THE WAY THEY DID! THE FILMS WOULD HAVE FAILED!!


Sorry for the shouty capitols but I like you guys and lumping Summit and Lionsgate and Twilight’s success in the same vain as those profiting vultures is ridiculous. Did Lionsgate make a couple bucks due to Kristen Stewart’s indiscretion? Maybe, but doubtful since what she did turned off a lot of fans regardless if Rob and Kristen are back together. So really how profitable was that?

Only someone who has never read the books would think Twilight’s success needs some kind of boost otherwise it wouldn’t be as profitable on its own merits.

Here is a quote from an MTV interview in 2008 with Catherine Hardwicke: “MTV to Hardwicke: ‘Well, more so than most fanbases, it seems as though Twilighters would say to each other after a few weeks: “Dude, it’s stalled at $130 million! We all need to go see it five more times!'””

Maybe you should read this MTV interview to get an understanding as to why Twilight was successful and why the franchise is successful today because it’s easy to fall back on “the personal relationship/couple” excuse today. But that is not the reason why the franchise is what it is today. We seem to lose reality based on current events as opposed to what actually happened or what is the truth.


The first film Twilight was a hit and not because Rob and Kristen were a couple because they were not. Kristen had a boyfriend at that time and fans knew this. The media would push them in interviews during the Twilight press junket to try to make them a couple but Kristen fully rebuffed any attempts.

Twilight’s success began and ended with Rob and Kristen’s acting and chemistry onscreen along with maintaining the parts of the book that the fans wanted to see. Period. “The Edward & Bella kiss” in Twilight helped sell tickets to New Moon.. Rob and Kristen were exactly what was needed to bring Edward and Bella’s characters to life.

New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn 1 & 2 did not make money because Rob and Kristen were a couple or had any potential to be. That’s the ignorant superficial outlook regarding Twilight’s success as I previously stated.

If you follow sites such as Twilight Lexicon or the TwiExaminer or went to any Twilight Convention around the world, Rob and Kristen’s personal relationship is and was never a focal point to sell THE FILMS. Catherine Hardwicke said that if the actors who played Bella and Edward did not have chemistry, they couldn’t have sold the story of Twilight.

These are the reasons why the fans bought tickets to see Edward and Bella which made the films a success:

Twilight: Two things fans wanted to see: Edward and Bella coming to life onscreen. The meadow scene. Bella and Edward kiss. The prom. Period.

Footnote: The kissing scene in Twilight is what drew more fan and media interest because it was HOT!

New Moon: Edward leaving Bella. The proposal. Edward’s ghost. Jacob’s change & Bella finding out Jacob’s a wolf. Edward returning. Bella telling the Cullens she wants to be changed and Edward smashing the TV (Edward smashing the TV was not in the film).

Eclipse: The three main reasons fans went to see Eclipse were “The leg hitch scene,” “The Tent scene,” and “Bella kissing Jacob.” Other scenes were Rosalie telling Bella about her life. Jasper telling Bella about his life. Edward fighting Victoria. Planning the wedding which is another meadow scene.

Another favorite part that fans wanted to see that was in the book but was left out of the film: Edward getting Alice to take Bella to their house for safe-keeping and the night he slipped into her bed that night and made out.

Breaking Dawn: The Wedding. The Honeymoon. Bella’s pregnancy without all of the Jacob narrative. The birth. Bella changing into a vampire. Bella being a vampire. Bella discovering her powers. Meeting the new covens.

The confrontation with the Volturi was a curiosity for the fans because it was not a fight in the book.


Example: Taylor Lautner was going to be replaced as Jacob. Fans went ballistic. Taylor worked his behind off and build up his body and won the part back. Had Taylor been replaced, would New Moon been a success? Who knows? However, Taylor was a factor in its success and it had nothing to do with Rob and Kristen being any kind of a couple. Rob was barely in the film.

New Moon was also a success because the bandwagon got loaded with new fans after the MTV Movie Awards trailer presentation showing Jacob turn into a wolf then the fan reaction videos which Summit asked fans to do became a hit on YouTube which sold the film.

Rob and Kristen’s off screen relationship has been shown to have had no effect on the box office because the box office for the films have been consistent particularly in North America. All but 1 of the films have made more than $300 million. So if their relationship, which the public interest has infinitely grown over the years and had such an advantage to Summit, then why didn’t it generate more box office in North America? Why didn’t BD2 make more than $400 million? Clearly the foreign box office has shown an increase and not necessarily due to any relationship. BD2 is different from all the rest of the films. It is basically an action film which increased the male audience.

Summit did not promote, push, sell their relationship to promote sales of the Twilight films to profit. If anything, they did the opposite. Kristen and Rob promoted separately – a lot especially during the New Moon promotion.

Just because people “wanted” them to be a couple doesn’t mean anything insofar as the success of Twilight and any profits to Summit. Millions upon millions of books were sold worldwide which fans love. Fans loved the story FIRST and would have seen the films if Rob and Kristen weren’t a couple because they were not a couple during Twilight and New Moon.

‘Twilight’ made over $400 million because fans loved the story. ‘New Moon’ made money because fans loved the story. ‘Eclipse’ made money because fans loved the story. ‘Breaking Dawn 1 & 2′ made money because fans loved the story. Again, if any of the scenes the fans wanted to see were cut from the film, this fanbase in particular, would not have seen the films in the manner they did couple or not.

Had Bill Condon left out Bella having sex as a vampire in BD2, Lionsgate could have kissed that $800 million good-bye.

As for the rest of the vultures in the media who take advantage posting stories about Rob and Kristen under any and all circumstances…the motives are obvious. Now has Summit profited in ANY way based upon their relationship? I’m sure a couple of bucks came into them somehow. But if you’re saying that the the success of the Twilight franchise is based on some personal relationship…well that’s bull.

Leave those scenes out and you’ll see how profitable the Twilight franchise would have been. Jus’ say’in.

Lena -

from twitter: unbroken BUN BUN ?@iluvmormonvamps
If Rob & Kristen really wanted the tabloids to leave them alone, all they would have to do is say “yes, we are dating” or “no, we are not.”
unbroken BUN BUN ?@iluvmormonvamps
Their refusal to confirm or deny the relationship is what fuels interest/speculation in the first place, & one must assume they want that.
unbroken BUN BUN ?@iluvmormonvamps
@altfilmguide they’re not “victims” they benefit from this attention financially, publicity from their “relationship” (whatever it is) = $$$
Totally agree.

Susanna -

A really interesting article and food for thought. I really hope this cash cow will now be put to bed and the ridiculous melodrama will settle. Whether willingly or unwittingly both Mr P & Ms S have played their parts, but I think they’re definitely tired of it now too.

I hope the fans back off the ridiculous pressure to keep them tied. They’re two individuals who should be allowed to grow and restore their integrity-albeit in different ways. He now seems to be making films he’s more comfortable with -and she needs to get her whole life back on track.

Audrey -

I really do not know what to say! Love the article!

I admire you for being independent and always say what you think … this issue is the order of the day and we can see every day as rumors can harm.

People often confuse journalism and gossip. Journalism reports with facts and gossip are been created ??to entertain people with the purpose to make them believe something that is not really there, it´s a free entertainment, mocked about the famous and as always hurting the celebrity in question.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are currently the couple most persecuted by the press and stoically endured years a lot of pressure and mediatic lynched, and more since the last summer. All the rumors have caused in people stron feelings and a lot of a madness of fandom hate them both or either of them because they´ve got a wrong idea about them, ithey´ve got in their mind the false image that the media created and it’s a shame.

One could have an opinion about movies, if they are good actors etc… but I do not understand this trend of judging someone’s private life we do not know at all. I am fan of them both, together and individually, but no matter what they do in their private life, is theirs. Nobody messes in my life I do not do in the other.

Those earning money from celebrities are evidently magazines, tv, radio and webloids … each news coming out causes chain comments, sales, etc … And if there is no story and if are actoris who don´t confirm or denye for the magazines it´s the big deal!! They take advantage of the situation by making up stories with dubious sources that do not exist.

Thousands of thanks for this great article where I hope it can open many eyes… Always a pleasure to read you and follow in twitter. Sorry if my post have faults because english is not my language.

Lovesarah -

I agree fir this article, for those who hated kristen for they think she cheated rob! Dnt be judgemental, coz you all dnt know whats the reason behind. Kristen always do wht you want your life coz life is so short for us to entertain all those bushes and Haters!!! As coheedcambria said “we’re for you, to support you no matter what”

daniele -

ela ‘e muito linda ah kris mais que pena que saga vai acaba queria mais
bis kris

Tom -

Psycho haters? So anyone who feels sympathy for Liberty Ross and her two small children is a psycho hater now? So millionaire actresses who want to cheat with married men twice their age are to be given a pass? How nice for Alt Film Guide to be the arbiter of what’s right and wrong.

Let’s hope you feel the same way when you get cheated on.

Tom -

This made me laugh so hard:
Her name and those of her co-stars, once they are announced, will be used as selling points so the film’s producers can find backing for their project.

Seriously, her name is mud. No one wants to work with her. No one except Jodie Foster has come out to support her. None of her Twilight cast–and they’ve got a film coming out in a couple of months. And if she had such a great fanbase, then why have her indies failed so badly? The Runaways, Welcome to the Rileys, both were huge bombs, and they were released after Twilight.

She’s never been a box office draw. Pattinson is the reason the Twilight saga is a billion dollar franchise, and SWATH had Hemsworth, coming off the Avengers, and the whole fairy tale with the evil queen angle, fans weren’t paying to see the blank eyes and constantly open mouth.

Mary -

I really do hope that the film gets financing soon. If Kristen Stewart is in it I will definitely be seeing this film. I wish she was still going to be in Cali. She and Alex Pettyfer would be the perfect leads.

Kick -

I read this book and ITA with casting Kristen. Jennifer Lawrance is way over rated. Hunger Games would have hit with anyone. Kristen and Rob made Twilight go from hit to blockbuster.

amanda -

I’m glad Kristen landed this role and not Jennifer. Kristen is much more suited for this kind of roles. Jennifer wouldn’t do the role justice.

Lorena -

This would be so great! if kristen is doing the movie we obviously gonna watch it
she has a lot of fans and I think she is a great actress. Despite of the comments that wish jennifer as Peyton uhm I don’t know she is good I really like her movies but Peyton is especial.
I’ve read the book only because of the rumor that Kristen might be in the movie. Great book and I hope she is in it.

Liz -

Kristen is physically equipped to play Peyton and I believe she could bring the character justice. For those saying Kristen’s agent gave fake info, you’re nuts because all he said was that it wasn’t final

carolyn smith -

Words matter. Be responsible. Andre, I fully enjoyed reading your article. As someone who enjoys Kristen as an artist, not necessarily the Twilight film serious; it was refreshing to read something that was reasonable , and non-judgemental. I will share your article with the multitudes. The tabloids are out of control and your grasp of sanity needs to be out there for the masses. Everyone piles on, you didn’t. Thanks!

Jean Baker -

I hope Kristen Stewart will be Peyton Loftis!!!! That would be awesome and would also suit the story so well!!!!! Good luck!!!

Amy -

I really hope she is definitely cast in this role. It seems that this role was made for her and she really wants it. I have a feeling there won’t be any definite announcements about the role until the end of the year. But, if she gets it, then she will definitely get some recognition. She is a very good actress.

Lena -

I hope the movie will be made with Jennifer lawrence in the role of Peyton. Jennifer is a great actress and has that true beauty which is the required for the character. I’d love to see her act with DD Lewis. I think KStew is in the past now, maybe she shoult try the stage?

vica -

I will watch her movies.

lauralynn -

I really think that now with Kristen out of the picture, Cali will not generate the fan base that it once had. The driving force behind the picture WAS Kristen and now that she’s off the project, well…. People have little to no interest in the movie anymore. By dropping Stewart you killed your chances at the box office. Bad move on your part, bad move!

bluez -

Her PR team leaked this information during the cheating scandal to take the heat off her. She’s not confirmed for the role.

Danny -

I will see this movie IF Kristen take the role as Peyton.. GO KRISTEN

Jess -

Kristen has mentioned before how she would love to do this film. Glad that it seems to be going her way

Kelly -

This film has been in works since 2009. I don’t understand why this became a big deal after Kristen Stewart was caught in a cheating scandal. The production company denied that anyone was cast or that anyone was offered the role yet. Jennifer Lawrence mentioned the film back in 2010 before this hoopla. Kristen Stewart’s publicist released false info to Vulture and then the production company put an end to the rumors. At the end, I’ve got a feeling Jennifer will get the role. She’s a great actress and has the chops to tackle a tough role like this.

Karen L Kane -

Excellent article!!I agree with your asessment of Kristen Stewart and the vitriolic rush to condem a 22 year old girl. I’m way more concerned about the Presidential election than all the ignorant people’s mean posts about a situation that they know nothing about!!For all we know, it was a total setup and Rupert Sanders is a complete jerk!!I hope he NEVER gets to direct another movie of any significance!!

Liz -

I know she said she wanted to play this in an interview and I just as much want her to play Peyton. I love the novel and I truly want her in this role–she is perfect for it

Lill -

I really hope this film gets Finaced I LOVED the book.

Me -

Love love love Kristen Stewart, she’s gonna emerge from this like a freakin’ Rock Star lol. You Go Girl!!!

sueli pires -

oi,sou uma senhora com mais de 60 anos ,3 filhos homens,6 netos .acompanho a carreira de KRISTEN ?des que ela começou uma menina que trabalha des dos 9 anos de idade.isso tudo e coisa de mulheres mal amadas.invejosas,kris e uma menina 22 anos de HOLLYWOOD esse pais e diferente do meu pq kristen e uma menina que nunca quiz chegar onde chegou pq ela sabia o preço que ia ter que pagar.ela e uma menina simples humilde,verdadeira esse mundo que vivemos so tem gente falsa .kristen nao merece isso que estao fazendo com ela .ela nao fez nada disso isso foi tudo uma montagem ou por paparazzi que vive atras kris e rob e robert esta com ela em nova york des do dia 26/07/eles ja passaram por tantas coisas nunca ele iria deixar kris nesse momento <o amor deles e maior que tudo.ela pra mim e a melhor atriz sessa geraçao ,ja ganhou varios premios,atriz mais bem paga de hollywood .tudo isso e inveja ou essa revistas,jornais,sites,tv sao tudo uns nojentos.desejo tudo de bom pra vc minha menina amo kr?? do fundo do meu coraçao parabens a tds que estao defendendo a kristen stewart a melhor atriz do mundo e esse povinho so digo tudo que bate volta .e o mundo gira.bjs pros meus lindos KR?? com ,uito orgulho .???

DG -

Great job, refreshing article. Right now,what she may lack in terms of range, she makes up for in terms of depth. But she is only 22 so she can only grow as an actress from here on. By range, I point to Kate Winslet, who has run the gamut from “Titanic” to the depth of “The Reader” to smutty, over the top, sort-of-musical “Romance & Cigarettes” – Kristen won’t be doing musicals – (oh wait, she was very good in “The Runaways”, and also a couple of acoustic songs in the superb “Into the Wild”. ) Simply put, if people don’t like her acting style, there is no need to criticize her and those who do ‘get’ her -> the haters need to just stay away from her films if they can’t handle her.

Linese -

I have enjoyed Ms Stewart’s movies, well not the Twilight movies and I hope Lie down in Darkness makes it to the screen with her attached. I am so tired of her being vilified and I never knew people hated her so much. It’s time to move on people, she made a mistake, she has apologized ( she did not need to) yet the gossip rags still will not let go! Let it go!

Lori -

It’s really nice to finally see positive, supportive articles being written about Kristen Stewart and I hope she is reading them; and the positive comments attached. There has been enough garbage spewed over the last several weeks and I truly hope that she is able to ignore the crap and surround herself with only supportive, loving people.

Julia -

A fair, logical, factually accurate, and well written article. Bravo!

susan -

great article! Retweeted this.

susan -

although i don’t agree with what she did, it is not fair that kristen is taking all the heat and the director got a hallpass in the midst of this scandal. i agree with you that she is the right person for this roll. kristen, keep your head up and your spirit high.

durtyrob4ever -

I am so grateful for you speaking out against how women have been treated in Hollywood. It is just sickening how Kristen Stewart has been made out to be a home wrecker and whore. I have been a fan of hers since her debut in Panic Room. I am a 50 something year old woman who happens to enjoy Kristen’s movies, and how she has been treated by the public as well as her so called “fans”. I can not believe that more women have not stepped up and said enough except Jodie Foster. Obviously, it was Rupert Sanders who pursued Kristen, but gets off as though nothing happened. In fact, I personally believe that this whole mess has been profitable to his career. No one is following him around and saying mean and cruel things to him. Hopefully, Kristen will find her way back to her career, and finally get some peace that she so deserves. Again, as a man, thank you for taking a stance against the haters who continually bash and criticize her!

nina -

it pleases me that Stewart is putting her twi money in good use (paying off sites to make her look like she’s the victim) since her snow white money will go elsewhere (the Sanders-Ross divorce)

Sophie -

Thank you so much for this article, I admire who ever wrote this :)


“She is a real force with terrific instincts.”
-Sean Penn on Kristen Stewart
“Kristen isn’t interested in blurting out her emotions all in front of her, and that results in really intelligent and interesting performances.”
-Jodie Foster on Kristen Stewart
“She is unique, and I don’t see-outside of maybe two or three people much older than she is- a uniqueness in actresses today. She is a one-of-a-kinder”.
-Bruce Dern on Kristen Stewart
“This is a gutsy woman….young, bright, wonderful, talented, observant…”
-William Hurt on Kristen Stewart
“Stewart is, quite simply, a wonderful actress.”
-Roger Ebert on Kristen Stewart

durtyrob4ever -

Thank you so much for the well written article on Kristen Stewart. I have been a fan of hers since Panic Room and have continued to follow her career. So nice to be reading something positive about her instead of hatred and gossip.

Sammiejo -

Thank you for writing a positive and honest article! The point is that her private life shouldn’t be of interest–her work is what the public has any right to judge, and even that is rarely done fairly. I would hope that Kristen Stewart will get to see this article!

kr -

Thank you for writing this article. I am tired and totally fed up with all the hateful comments on Kristen. The tabloids and hateful people went beyond madness.
Kristen is very talented in her movies and private person. There must be a line drawn somewhere. Give her respect and privacy. I will always love and support her.

friendly -

Thank you for this balanced look at a very talented young woman. The abuse I’ve seen thrown at Kristen Stewart lately has been unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed before. And for what? None of us knows exactly what took place that day. We have some pictures but as we all know they can be deceptive and cropped in such a way to look far more damning.

I find it hard to believe that a private girl like Kristen Stewart would meet up w/a married man in broad daylight and in public w/the intent to “hook up.” We all know tabs lie but suddenly everyone is treating their stories as gospel. Maybe the truth isnt exactly what we’ve been told…

MAYBE Kristen met up w/her director/friend not expecting anything to happen but ended up in an awkward situation w/a 40 something yr old man who was also her “boss.” MAYBE she didnt know how to handle the situation and tried to joke it off and play along because she was uncomfortable and didnt want to hurt the working relationship. MAYBE Rob was hurt at first because she didnt tell him what happened but after hearing the whole story has forgiven her.

See what I mean? We can make up any story we want to go along w/those pics. Nobody really knows what happened that day but we are putting our faith in a tabloid story and crucifying a 22 yr old girl who has never done anything except work hard and try to keep her private life off the front pages. If she quits acting it will be our loss.

Alex -

It is too engaged. Cheap, guys.

Loislan -

Totally agree.

Medeses -

Thank you. It is refreshing to read a piece grounded in a real knowledge of the history of this area of the performance arts. I find that most articles, and the comments posted in response to them, seem to be written by those who believe Hollywood started in 1995 with the Web, or not even that far back. I completely agree with your comparison of Miss Stewart with the past greats, especially Hepburn. I look forward seeing how her work will evolve as she continues to mature and grow into her craft.

gie -


HappyGirl -

I am a can’t believe nowadays all media is BS write about lie story want to make more money. they are heartless. Celebrities is human to they have feeling to. I am graphic design study I can’t do anything to help Kristen when I know all 50 cheat picture is Fake because their have a lot mistake in picturs. Only hater believe it real. All media USweekly, people, foxnew, HollywoodLie, etc…. they are heartless people. Karma will bite them back mark my words.

Lena -

“Unlike psycho fans or psycho haters, I don’t feel the urgent need that others agree with me. That’s merely my personal opinion. Feel free to agree or disagree.”that’s the of Krisbian’s dialetique: it means absolutely nothing. Thinking with your head up, my boy. It is very unlikely that one day you go in the Mini Cooper with your idol.

Lena -

hahahaha, well done Andrew. with your fanboying on kStew your moribond blog suddenly came alive with the arrival of all these lonely krisbians . So why not go to the end of the maneuver and change the name of the site? Art Film Guide, it means nothing, why not: Kstew pseudo-intellectual fan-site?

cold plums -

Thank you for these series of essays–thoughtful, challenging, balanced, well-researched, non-sensationalizing.

I especially found your Katharine Hepburn comparison intriguing, as I’ve often thought of the ways her career and image dovetail with those of Kristen Stewart. Hepburn was of course, after a promising early career, condemned as box office poison; in truth she was an actress that didn’t make enough ‘sense’ to studios if she couldn’t always play ‘Morning Glory’ style ingenues. Like Stewart, she was seen as both too aggressive for a woman (the wardrobe criticism definitely parallels!) and also sexually suspect–too man-eating (and later a ‘homewrecker’!) or too butch? And it wasn’t till she took control of her own career by buying out her contract and by buying rights to the Philadelphia Story and insisting that she star, that her mature career took off. I’ve often wondered if Stewart (and other women artists like her) will come to the realization that in order to have better control of her career, she needs to direct and produce and finance. I hope she will.
Another intriguing (and perhaps a bit sad) fact about Hepburn was that her greatest films were also cannily built around audiences’ discomfort with her. As much as I love her, and love ‘The Philadelphia Story’ and her later Tracy films, they do all revolve around the comeuppance of a erstwhile too-full-of-herself young woman. She has to learn “to behave naturally,” as C.K. Dexter Haven reminded her–and this theme is even more prominent in her Tracy films like ‘Woman of the Year.’ So in a sense her canniness about her career was also capitulating to what her audience demanded of her.

I do hope Stewart will take on Lie Down in Darkness; I think you are spot on that she has a unique kind of nervous energy that would be perfect for the role. But in other ways, it’s another damaged-child role. So my wish for her career is to reach beyond that and craft new narratives that we’re not comfortable with yet, but that, many years down the road, could point back and say, that was *indeed* a new kind of screen heroine. Did you read that NYT ‘Room For Debate’ forum on women in cinema that came out today? Much food for thought.

A long winded way of saying–Bravo, and thanks.

Cherilyn -

Good for kristen!I hope they choose her and this film will be made.I cannot wait to watch all her upcoming film.I know she will be great in it.

Lea -

The only reason I watch swath many times because of kristen Stewart.

Lea -

I will support and always be true fan of kristen Stewart!!!

Lea -

I want to say thank you,for writing such a positive article towards kristen..,as her one of her true fans and never leave her when she needed a support.I’m so happy to read this kind of article about kristen.I’m so disappointed to those people who are easy to judge as if they are never make mistake or wrong decision.I hope and always pray that kristen can overcome this things that happen and come out stronger and she get more successful than even before.I wish her the peace,happiness,love and best of all.I will forever be her fan and want for all the best of her.I always support her the way I can possibly things I can by including her to my prayer and watch all her future movies.

Mon -

Thank you for the article. A breath of fresh air among all those bad press. Glad someone recognizes her talent. The girl worked for ass off these years and got so many undeserved hatred. I will always support her. She’s already a legend in my mind.

1redsoc -

Refreshing snapshot of a very promising actress. Am so pleased you recognize her talent & potential to place her name amongst the heralded actors listed in your post. Eager to see where her post-Twilight roles take her (and I am an admitted Twihard)!

My best,

M -

Thoughtfully and respectfully written. Thank you. :) ~ Peace4Stew

Xhulia -

I think the same,, i love kristen stewart and if she wants she could actually win a oscar ! WE belive and Love KRISTEN FOREVER! WAY to go Kristen ! LOve u!

CoheedCambria -

True fans will always support you for your work….we’re here for you no matter what!!

jo -

@ron, it’s immature comments like that, that make haters show up. so grow up.

Daisy Kenyon -

Thank you for writing this thoughtful piece. I hope Kristen Stewart considers alternatives to Hollywood for the near future. Why should she be forced to be in the position of getting back into Hollywood’s and the public’s “good graces.” She is a young female with some economic power and creative ideas.

Virginia -

Thank you so much for this lovely and thoughtful article about the actress, Kristen Stewart. Thank you for rising above the current maelstrom of unwarranted hatred to post something positive about her work. I happen to agree with many of your points and I do foresee a long career in Hollywood for her. This mess right now might seem like the end of her world, but in reality it’ll be just a blip in a stellar career.

SilviaBarbieri -

I agree I think she is a great actress and every body makes mistakes, and the papparazzi are real sharks by going after her like they do. I really hope both her and Rob will be able to work things out because they make a great couple.

Amy -

Nice article. :)

sali -

thank you so much

Liz -

I thought Jodie Foster’s article was splendid but this definitely takes the cake. These are the articles I read that make me come back for more!

Ree -

“That’ll drive the psycho haters crazy”? You sound like a typical Krisbian.

Man, at least try to be professional.

Ron -

She is indeed enchanting girl.At 22 she can chose who she wants to be intimate with.Sorry it wasnt a vampire.

Amy -

Very nice. :) I don’t agree that she has limited range, but that’s okay. :)

Stacey -

Thank you for this article. I especially liked the references back to classic movie stars because yes, they had their trademark too. Even the great Meryl Streep has mannerisms that she uses probably without even thinking.

AA -

This article is perfectly stated. I fully believe that Kristen Stewart will become legendary in her own right. I think people are too quick to dismiss her talent (and if you don’t believe she has talent? Watch “Into the Wild” or “Cake Eaters” and get back to me) due to her “Bella fame.” Love her or hate her, Kristen inspires strong emotion in people, as did Hepburn, Crawford, Davis, West and many others. And the girl is only 22! I look forward to her first Oscar nom!

Hope -

I love a fan boy who has good taste and can see real talent and one who calls out the morality police!
I hope more people follow your lead!

Liz -

I for one am not going to watch a spin-off of Snow White and the Huntsman. The Huntsman backstory is just not that interesting enough for me in SWATH and so I don’t want to watch what would happen to him next.

Eric -

“I do not understand how people can judge a woman when none of them have met her ”

Exactly, just ask Meg Ryan


Lucky for the public that we’re not followed every time we leave our homes so people can throw stones at us with every passing judgement. I’m looking forward to seeing OTR and BD2.

xxx -

she should have never gone after a married man, thats slutty

Lena -

I do not care. I had no intention to go see it anyway … less KScrew is more ….. why go to see her play a very sexually precocious teen looking eternally depressed for the 458,976 time? wake me when she will play a sophisticated girl fully dressed in a comedy.

moonflower -

It seems her self-punishment and the bashing from all around her have gotten her down…This is worrying. I really hope she has strong people nearby, who can help and support her come back on track. Wish her all the best!

Darcy -

I really hope Kristen the best in her career I do not understand how people can judge a woman when none of them have met her .
I have never been a fan of kristen but this whole situation is really making my heart goes out to her I have seen non stop hate going toward this woman and nothing to the married man .
God is the only person who could judge .

Mi -

Why it sounds like article written by her PR team?We don’t even know if she gets this role and you are talking about Oscars?This is just unbelievable.So maybe you should write about Pattinson and his Oscar predictions for critically aclaimed Cosmopolis role?Only thing you can say in this article about him is will he forgive her?:D

DG -

Kristen Stewart is the only young actress who can bring the complexity needed for the Peyton role. Nothing against Jennifer Lawrence, she is a solid actress, but I don’t think she could do as well with the vulnerability/defiance/insanity required. The parents – perhaps Daniel Day-Lewis, and Julianne Moore or Cate Blanchett. With that kind of casting, the movie will have great potential. I doubt most Twilight-fans and the anti-Kristen contingent could get through the novel, so we should dismiss any barbs they throw at Kristen’s chances in this role. Thanks for the update.

Andrea -

Kristen Stewart and Oscar…are you crazy??? You would say Razzies Award ok she will win it for every movie she cast…she is the WORST ACTREES of her generation, the real worst!!!

jo -

that doesn’t sound like Oscar bait, I don’t know what does. So, Kristen Stewart a potential contender for the Best Actress Academy Award of 2013? Why not?………….really, and we know this movie is going to be great now? honestly i think stewart is a mediocre actress she always has those little ticks in her movies. so unless weinstein buys the rights, and pimps her out i think better actresses will be up for it.

Mary -

I think they will be great together. She is a beautiful, talented young actress. I have only seen him in one film but he was really good. Together they are going to be one gorgeous pairing.

gabi -

Jennifer Lawrence is a better actress, Ksrew will fail

Amanda -

I’m very excited about this news! I remember Kristen talking a lot about how much she wanted to play this role and I think she can definitely handle the complexity of a character like Peyton. Glad to hear she is forging ahead with work in light of…recent events. I gotta say though, I hope SWATH 2 will DIAF.

Ritah -

I have read this book several time over the years .
Beautifully written.Amazing that he wrote this at a very young age.A very sad story.The character Peyton Loftis is tragic and her slow insanity is …heartbreaking and gripping.


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