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Life: Robert Pattinson Is Dennis Stock But No T.E. Lawrence?

Robert Pattinson: Life
Life: Robert Pattinson stars as photographer Dennis Stock.

Robert Pattinson ‘Life’: Pattinson to play James Dean photographer and travel companion Dennis Stock

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Robert Pattinson is keeping himself busy. Pattinson is reportedly going to play Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock in the aptly titled Life, to be directed by Anton Corbijn, himself a photographer. Dane DeHaan is slated to co-star as Stock’s traveling companion and photographic subject James Dean. The screenplay, chronicling the relationship between the young photographer and the Hollywood-legend-to-be, is by Luke Davies. (Image: Robert Pattinson.)

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, among whose producing credits are Tom Hooper’s Best Picture Academy Award winner The King’s Speech and the Steve McQueen / Michael Fassbender sex addiction drama Shame, will bring Life to life (sorry, I couldn’t resist) via See Saw Films. FilmNation will reportedly be looking for foreign buyers at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.

As per the Reporter, Life is to be budgeted between $10-15 million. If all goes as planned, filming should commence in early 2014.

Dennis Stock on James Dean: ‘I liked him sometimes’

Dennis Stock, who died at age 81 in 2010, shot the iconic Life magazine photo of an overcoat-clad James Dean, cigarette in mouth, walking down Times Square. Dean, who starred in only three movies – Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause, Elia Kazan’s East of Eden, George StevensGiant – died at age 24 in a car crash in Cholame, Calif., on Sept. 30, 1955.

Regarding his friendship with James Dean, Dennis Stock would later say, “I liked him sometimes, but not all the time. But he was like family after a while. We really bonded in Indiana. Not in New York, where he was distracted a lot. He was an insomniac and didn’t get a lot of sleep and was a pain in the ass to work with.”

Besides James Dean, Dennis Stock also photographed Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Gene Krupa, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, and Miles Davis.

Robert Pattinson: Life after ‘Twilight’

As mentioned above, Robert Pattinson, who became world-famous following the phenomenal success of the Twilight movies opposite Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, has kept himself busy in front of the camera. Besides his wildly popular Dior commercial – which looks more like a short film – Pattinson has collaborated with David Michôd on The Rover, co-starring Guy Pearce, and with David Cronenberg on Maps to the Stars, co-starring John Cusack, Julianne Moore, and Mia Wasikowska.

Additionally, Robert Pattinson may – at this stage, emphasis on may – start filming Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert, opposite Naomi Watts and possibly James Franco, in fall 2013, and Jesper Ganslandt’s Mission: Blacklist in early 2014. And that brings us back to Life, which is also supposed to start shooting at around that time.

Dane DeHaan: From Spider-Man to James Dean

Dane DeHaan’s upcoming movies include Jeff Baena’s Life After Beth, with Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, and Matthew Gray Gubler, and Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, playing Harry Osborn opposite Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.

Dane DeHaan’s previous screen credits include Josh Trank’s sleeper domestic hit Chronicle; Bradley Rust Gray’s Jack and Diane, with Juno Temple and Riley Keough; John Hillcoat’s Lawless, starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy; and Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes.

Director Anton Corbijn, screenwriter Luke Davies

Anton Corbijn’s movie credits include Control, with On the Road‘s Sam Riley as Joy Division’s Ian Curtis; the crime drama The American, with George Clooney; and the upcoming thriller A Most Wanted Man, based on John le Carré’s novel, and featuring Daniel Brühl, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

According to the IMDb, Luke Davies has two previous screenwriting credits: Neil Armfield’s Australian drug-addiction drama Candy, starring Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish; and the 2009 short Air, which Davies also directed, featuring Andrew Garfield.

Nicole Kidman The Railway ManNicole Kidman in ‘The Railway Man’

‘Queen of the Desert’ news: Naomi Watts out, Nicole Kidman maybe in, Robert Pattinson maybe still in – or maybe not

In an Q&A with The Butler producer Cassian Elwes, published on September 6, 2013, The Hollywood Reporter indicated that Elwes’ movie project Queen of the Desert, a biopic of multitasker (political officer, writer, explorer, spy, etc.) Gertrude Bell to be directed by Werner Herzog, has lost its two leads: Naomi Watts, who was initially cast in the title role, and Robert Pattinson, who was to play T.E. Lawrence a.k.a. “Lawrence of Arabia” – brought to movie life by Peter O’Toole in David Lean’s 1962 multiple Oscar-winning blockbuster of the same name.

“With Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson dropping out of Werner Herzog’s Gertrude Bell biopic Queen of the Desert, is the project dead?” inquired the Reporter. As found in the trade magazine, Elwes’ reply was: “It’s been in casting hell, but we feel like we are coming out of it now. I think we’re close to making an announcement.” Note that Elwes seemed to implicitly agree that Watts and Pattinson were both gone.

However, a “exclusive” has Robert Pattinson still as one of the film’s stars, with U.S.-born, Australian-raised Best Actress Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours) replacing U.K.-born, Australian-raised Best Actress Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts (21 Grams, The Impossible) as the British Gertrude Bell. Apparently as British diplomat Henry Cadogan, James Franco is the reported replacement for the originally announced Jude Law.

Will Robert Pattinson play T.E. Lawrence?

Needless to say, Robert Pattinson fans have been in a tizzy. Is Pattinson in or out of Queen of the Desert?

Earlier today, Cassian Elwes took a non-committal route on Twitter. When asked by a fan if he could confirm that Pattinson is indeed gone from the project, Elwes replied: “nothing is written in stone.” In other words, stay tuned.

If Robert Pattinson ends up playing T.E. Lawrence, that may well turn out to be his third back-to-back character based on a real-life person. In Jesper Ganslandt’s Mission: Blacklist, about the discovery of Saddam Hussein’s whereabouts following the Iraq War, Pattinson is (for the time being) slated to play U.S. military interrogator Eric Maddox. And if all goes as planned, in the recently announced Life Pattinson will play photographerk Dennis Stock opposite Dane DeHaan’s James Dean under Anton Corbijn’s direction.

Earlier this year, Robert Pattinson was featured in David Michôd’s futuristic action thriller The Rover, co-starring Guy Pearce, and reteamed with his Cosmopolis director, David Cronenberg, on the Los Angeles-set Maps to the Stars, starring opposite Julianne Moore, John Cusack, and Mia Wasikowska.

Nicole Kidman: From Grace Kelly to Gertrude Bell?

And in case Nicole Kidman truly ends up landing the role of Gertrude Bell in Queen of the Desert, that’ll be her third character based on a real-life figure this past year or so. In Jonathan Teplitzky’s The Railway Man, which has been screened at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, Kidman plays Patricia Wallace, the wife of Scottish World War II prisoner of war Eric Lomax (Colin Firth in the film); and in Olivier Dahan’s upcoming Grace of Monaco, Kidman incarnates actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly (Best Actress Oscar winner for George Seaton’s The Country Girl, 1954), later known as Princess Grace of Monaco.

Wrapping this up, Gertrude Bell remains an important historical personage – if only morons everywhere would come to the realization that current events don’t take place in a historical vacuum. After all, modern-day Syria and Iraq were at least in part her (artificial) creations.

That took place nearly a century ago, but such events, for better or for worse, tend to have long, long lives: decades, centuries, millennia. People in power today should remember that their actions will have long-lasting effects as well – but don’t hold your breath expecting them (or their braindead followers) to stop and consider any future consequences.

Nicole Kidman The Railway Man photo: Lionsgate.

Kristen Stewart Sils Maria set
Kristen Stewart on Sils Maria set.

Kristen Stewart: ‘Sils Maria’ set photos

Kristen Stewart co-stars opposite Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) and Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, the upcoming Carrie remake) in Olivier Assayas’ Sils Maria, a psychological drama currently being filmed in Germany and Switzerland. A Kristen Stewart fan site on Twitter has posted a series of images showing Stewart, wearing a jacket and glasses, on the Sils Maria set. Warning: Be extremely careful when visiting the photo site where the Kristen Stewart images are stored. I’ve removed the link from this post because twice when clicking on the images, popups attempted to install phishing software. (Now, please scroll down to check out the “full-body” shot of the bespectacled Kristen Stewart in Sils Maria.)

Set in the Swiss area known as Sils Maria, writer-director Olivier Assayas’ movie tells the story of a middle-aged former stage star, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche, in a role written expressly for her), now living as a recluse in Switzerland. Maria’s seemingly placid existence is badly disturbed when her old mentor unexpectedly dies and a young director offers her a role in a movie based on the play that had originally made her a star. Now, however, Maria is to be cast in the part of the middle-aged character, while a young, rambunctious actress (Chloë Grace Moretz) will be cast in Maria’s old role – as the young woman who destroys the older one.

Where does Kristen Stewart fit into all this? Stewart is The Third Woman: Maria’s assistant and interlocutor, the troubled middle-aged actress’ connection with the outside world.

‘Sils Maria’: Shades of Ingmar Bergman, Robert Altman, ‘The Sound of Music’ – ‘The Sound of Music’??

Once again, when reading about Sils Maria, I find it impossible not to think of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona (Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson as actress/patient and nurse) and Robert Altman’s Three Women (Sissy Spacek, Shelley Duvall, and Janice Rule sort of blending into one).

Admittedly, because of Sils Maria‘s trio of female stars, How to Marry a Millionaire (Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall) and its various permutations (Three Blind Mice, The Greeks Had a Word for Them, etc.) invariably come to mind as well. And no, I don’t expect Sils Maria to have much else in common with the 20th Century Fox CinemaScope comedy. Nor do I expect Assayas’ movie to have much at all in common with Robert Wise’s The Sound of Music, but considering Sils Maria‘s Alpine setting and the fact that Julie Andrews’ singing nun was called Sister Maria, how could that 1965 blockbuster not come to mind?

Curiously, Olivier Assayas has been quoted as saying that Sils Maria is “a Juliette Binoche movie about Juliette Binoche with Juliette Binoche.” So, let’s forget How to Marry a Millionaire and The Sound of Music and think instead of … No, not that Joan Rivers TV movie. How about Diane Keaton in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall? But more dramatic. Or Lana Turner in The Bad and the Beautiful. But less melodramatic. (Though Turner is at her best in that one.)

Anyhow, most moviegoers – hungry for original, quality fare (or so we’re told) – are eagerly awaiting The Amazing Spider-Man 2, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction (a.k.a. Transformers 4), Paranormal Activity 5, and/or Fast & Furious 7. I’m not that selective; I’m eagerly awaiting Sils Maria.

‘Sils Maria’ cast

According to the IMDb, besides Chloë Grace Moretz, Kristen Stewart, and Juliette Binoche (who also starred in Olivier Assayas’ multiple award winner Summer Hours), the Sils Maria cast features Brady Corbett, Johnny Flynn, Lars Eidinger, Hanns Zischler, Alister Mazzotti, Claire Tan, Steffen Mennekes, and veteran Angela Winkler (of Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta’s The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, Schlöndorff’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner The Tin Drum).

Daniel Brühl (currently on screen in Ron Howard’s Rush, opposite Kristen Stewart’s Snow White and the Huntsman co-star Chris Hemsworth), Tom Sturridge (one of Stewart’s co-stars in Walter SallesOn the Road), and veteran Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire, Downfall) have also been mentioned as Sils Maria cast members. Update: Daniel Brühl has been replaced by Lars Eidinger, apparently because Brühl has been busy plugging Rush. Johnny Flynn has taken over the part originally intended for Tom Sturridge, who has been cast instead as one of the leads in Thomas Vinterberg’s remake of Far from the Madding Crowd, currently filming with Carey Mulligan and Michael Sheen. On Twitter, one of the Sils Maria producers, Charles Gillibert (who also happens to be one of the On the Road producers), added that “Bruno Ganz has never been part of [the project].”

I should add that Kristen Stewart replaced initial Sils Maria choice Mia Wasikowska, who, coincidentally, was recently paired up with Stewart’s Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars – which also stars Julianne Moore, who plays Chloë Grace Moretz’s demented religious-freak mother in Carrie. See, it’s all connected.

Another update: According to Charles Gillibert – see comments section – Kristen Stewart was the actual first choice for the role of Juliette Binoche’s assistant Valentine, but schedule issues prevented Stewart from accepting the part. Enter Alice in Wonderland‘s Mia Wasikowska, who was later forced to quit the project. As per Gillibert, she left because of a previous commitment with Walt Disney Studios, though it’s unclear what “Pirates 2” is – unless it’s Alice in Wonderland 2, even though production dates on that Disney project haven’t been announced. For now, Wasikowska has been cast in Sophie Barthes’ Madame Bovary and Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak. Anyhow, following schedule modifications Kristen Stewart was invited back into the Sils Maria fold and was now able to take on the role.

‘Sils Maria’ release date

Sils Maria will likely come out some time in 2014. IFC Films, which released Olivier Assayas’ Summer Hours, Carlos, and Something in the Air, in addition to Walter Salles’ On the Road, will distribute Sils Maria in the United States. Here’s hoping this latest Assayas’ effort will have better luck at the Academy Awards than his previous ones. (The widely admired Carlos was deemed ineligible for the Oscars because it had been originally made for television.)

Bill Condon: ‘Breaking Dawn’ director’s cut exists, but not part of ‘Twilight Saga’ box set

While plugging his upcoming Wikileaks movie The Fifth Estate at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, Bill Condon spoke with‘s Steve Weintraub about his own private version of the two Twilight Saga movies he directed – Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Breaking Dawn – Part 2. In Condon’s “director’s cut,” the two movies based on Stephenie Meyer’s final Twilight novel are rolled into one.

In answer to a question about his contributions to the Twilight Saga box set to come out in fall 2013, Bill Condon explained that although there shouldn’t be any additional Breaking Dawn – Part 2 scenes, “I do have a kind of version of those two [Breaking Dawn] movies cut into one movie that is not going to be [in the box set], but I hope one day might emerge. I think it would be an interesting experience for those who are really into it.”

Condon adds that his Breaking Dawn cut is an attempt at “just making it into one seamless thing, making it feel more like the original novel.” This particular “director’s cut” was created during Breaking Dawn‘s post-production process.

For the time being, no word from Lionsgate / Summit Entertainment on whether or not Condon’s Breaking Dawn director’s cut will be released on DVD/Blu-ray. Having said that, it’s hard to believe that the studio(s) will pass on the chance to milk more (millions of) dollars from the Twilight movie franchise. Back in March, an “extended edition” of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, featuring eight minutes of “never-before-seen footage,” was released on various home entertainment formats.

‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’ cast

Besides Twilight leads Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, the two Breaking Dawn movies (which were shot back to back) boast huge supporting casts. Among the assorted vampires, werewolves, and scattered humans found in the last two Twilight films are the following: Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Julia Jones, Booboo Stewart, Maggie Grace, MyAnna Buring, Mia Maestro, Christian Camargo, Angela Sarafyan, Daniel Cudmore, Omar Metwally, Casey LaBow, Rami Malek, Lee Pace, J.D. Pardo, Jamie Campbell Bower, Alex Meraz, Bronson Pelletier, and Kiowa Gordon.

Bill Condon directing Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn photo: Summit Entertainment.

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Heather -

Kristen has many new movies coming up. Sils Maria, camp xray, equals, american ulta, snow white 2, still alice. And those are just the ones I know of. All of them are going to be amazing because k is amazing.

Batko Makhno's cook -

What a pair they made! T.E Lawrence whose Seven Pillars of wisdom is riddles with sexist/racist remarks and Gertrude Bell who believed that women should NOT have the right to vote. Do yourselves a favour & check the T.E. Lawrence sucks page on Facebook. It is filled with offensive quotes by the man himself.

Esther Frausto -

I hope she does good on this movie so people could let her move on and be happy wish you the best Kristen

Ann -

I am so glad that Kristen took this movie. There is no way that her craft will not improve working with Juliette. She loves indie movies because they are meatier and have something to say. This girl has been working in the business since she was eight. No wonder she knows when an actor will be good in a part. She will make an awesome director one day, just like Jodie and Catherine. She is going to be noticed for this part and her part in camp x-ray. But the most important thing to her is that she did a good job and helped her fellow actors.

Kick -

I’m also looking forward to seeing this movie . Juilette, Kristen and Chloe will be great together As for the haters that spend their time trolling for Kristen stories. Your comments say more about you than her.

Amy -

Let me clarify: The people who are going to think negative things about how Kristen got a part are going to think what they want to think. They don’t care about the truth. They don’t want clarification. As you can see, the truth gets picked apart and doubted. Speculation gets treated like fact.

I’m thankful that Charles Gillibert clarified things. It doesn’t make any difference in my mind, but I’m glad he put things in perspective.

merlot -

Definitely looking forward to this movie…huge fan of Juliette & Kristen & the plot sounds very intriguing. Has there been any updates on The Big Shoe? Yet another movie with an intriguing plot. Personally I prefer the indies over the sewuels & prequels & whatever else Hollywood is going to send our way next summer.

Amy -

@Katniss, in response to the question, “What other commitments?” The answer is that we don’t know. Kristen doesn’t announce all of her projects that she’s involved in, but we know she was attached to Focus and The Big Shoe. We don’t know everything about Kristen’s schedule.

1. There are contracts involved here. We don’t know the details of them. If Disney told her they needed her to free up her schedule, then she needed to free up her schedule.

2. Since this part is not a small part, she probably figured it would be more manageable to take a small role with a short shooting schedule, like Map to the Stars, so she wouldn’t be tied up when Disney needed her.

3. Why IN THE WORLD would Charles Gillibert come on here and lie about something that’s not even necessary to discuss at all? Who really cares what people think about how she got the part?

What’s suspect to me is the people who come on here and accuse the producer of the movie of lying because of some odd fixation with Kristen Stewart and the desire to tear down anything complimentary or positive that’s said about her.

kh -

How refreshing to read a well researched and well written article. Hard to find these days amongst so much drivel. Well done! I am quite looking forward to this film. I am excited to see the legendary JB work her craft like the master she is. I am sure that CGM and KS found the experience to be an invaluable opportunity given the depth and breadth of Ms. Binoche’s portfolio. And to work w Assayas….amazing in itself. Very much looking forward to this movie’s release.

Katniss -

There are a lot of holes in Gillbert’s explanation as to why Mia left.

1. If Mia quit Sils Maria solely because of the Alice sequel (not “Pirates”), she wouldn’t have done Maps to the Stars (in addition to beginning Madame Bovary in less than three weeks). In fact, Sils Maria officially began filming on August 23 – literally the day before Maps wrapped.

2. While Mia is contractually obligated to do Alice 2, she also revealed to IndieWire that she’s heard nothing else about it, and she hasn’t even read the script. It has no cast either except for Johnny Depp. This project is nowhere close to starting production.

3. What busy schedule for Kristen? The only post-Twilight movie she had lined up at the time was Camp X-Ray – which she shot in July – so it’s a bit of a stretch to believe that she was cast in SM first but ditched it due to work commitments. (Snow White 2 and Big Shoe are still in development.)

Therefore, his story doesn’t really wash, but this is merely my observation and nothing more.

Andre -


There were other Kristen Stewart movie projects announced as well, including “Focus” and “The Big Shoe.” Especially when we’re discussing independent productions, schedules can and do change dramatically — and so does casting.

Sam -

Juliette, Kristen and Chloe in a movie with such an interesting storyline, Assayas directing and filmed in Germany, Switzerland and Italy will be a real treat. Let’s hope the US release goes smoothly. Looking forward to it.

Ks_Freckles -

First of all, thank you, altfilmguide, for always being so professional in every article here. Second, I must admit I don’t know much about Olivier Assayas’ movies or work, and I haven’t watched many of Juliette’s movies… And to be honest, the only reason that made me feel interested about this movie in the beginning was… Well, Kristen Stewart. But then, when I got to know a little bit more about the history and its characters, I started thinking this is gonna be a great movie. So, yeah, I’m excited for it now, and not only because of Kristen, which must be good, right? As for the “person” who came all the way here just to insult Kristen and her work, think about this: maybe Cosmopolis and Bel Ami wouldn’t have been such B.O. failures if the actor’s fans were more interested in watching his movies than in bashing other people… Kristen had a career before Twilight, and she was PRAISED for that. Still around to see who will crash and burn first, and I assure you it won’t be anyone I like…

Summer -

Hey Robert Pattz fans get away! There are so many dior pics for to lick!

missy -

I am really excited about this film. It looks so very promising & I have always enjoyed Juliette & Kristen’s films. There have been some incredible shots & I look forward to seeing it on film.

By the way, two or three actors dropped out of Cosmopolis before Rob was offered that film. Do you think he cares any less? No. I doubt Rob would find it attractive that you constantly play tit for tat regarding his career or the career of Kristen. Grow up.

Zoe -


YAWN re: Cronenberg and Maps. Everything about that movie sounds like a retread of films that have been done before. Add in he didn’t even bother to FILM IN LOS ANGELES for the vast majority of the movie and it’s just silly. I personally don’t want to hear a Canadian director’s Canadian take on a Canadian filmed movie on Los Angeles.

And before you talk about how Kristen Stewart looks post a picture of yourself, beautiful.

Mo -

Really looking forward to this film. I love female centred films. Personally, I wish there was no mention of you know who because it just attracts his insane fans, but they would most probably shit the bed here anyway so carry on regardless.

I wish immature and drama loving people were not allowed online – or at least confined to the kiddie area. Jeez!

Gabi -

This film looks fantastic! Love Kristen!

charlesG -

Hi ! to make it quick : K.S was 1rst choice, she was still comitted on an other movie on our dates, so M.W jumped in but was linked to disney in case they would launch pirates 2 and they did it, so we came back to K.S with a new schedule and she accepted.

Diana -

I am very excited for this movie and can’t wait to see another Assayas masterpiece. The depth of the storyline and the script written by Assayas, the intriguing characters, and the strong and talented cast make this an amazing Assayas movie. Although I am not familiar with Chloe’s work, I am a total fan of Juliet’s and Kristen’s work and look forward to this movie. It will be phenomenal!

mm -

This sounds like an interesting drama. I don’t know too much about Chloe, but I love Juliette and Kristen.

Amy -

Thanks for writing this. I’m very excited about this project. I’ve seen “Carlos” and “Summer Hours” and I really like Assayas’ style. It’s very natural, realistic, subtle and he films real faces that have flaws and character. I’m so glad Kristen chose this project and I’m really looking forward to this. I appreciate the way he shows time passing through things like growing facial hair, subtle weight gain, a little gray here and there.

Hopefully, it will get some good buzz going.

Tee -

@Sonia, must ask, what are you doing commenting on a Kristen Stewart, Assays movie. Clearly, you are not interested in the movie, director or other cast members.
The obvious question is why did you feel the need to visit thus article, read it and comment on people and film you claim to dislike.
Sweetheart, go hug your Edward pillow. Child. Leave the adults to talk. Mia dropping out, actors drop out of movies all the time. Naomi Watts cropped out of queen of the dessert, does that mean, it will be a bad film? That is life.
Onto better things. The movie looks and sounds great. Clearly impressed fan over here and looking forward to a preview, so I can get more hyped for this movie. Already tipped for Cannes. However really, was there any doubt?

mb -

I think this will be a very good movie. the 3 leads are all good. As for Cronenberg I think he is overrated. Cosmopolis was really a wierd movie and Rob looked like a robot. But maybe that was what he was suppose to look like . I don’t know, but I didn’t like it. I thought Kirsten was good in OTR but I really wasn’t crazy about that movie either. Maybe I just don’t understand the reasoning behind these two movies.

Suzie -

Shame of you Robsessed moms come to this article only to bash Kristen…your Robbie Cosmopolis and Bel ami both flop!!!

RL -

Also excited for this film after seeing “Summer Hours” recently – beautifully shot, realistic characters, real dialogue. Kristen will continue to seek out quality directors & actors to work with…yes, even if it means little commercial potential. She does go for interesting scripts.

Ri -

Cannot wait for this film! Sounds very character-driven and the scenery looks breathtaking.

Kdelle -

Why do people feel the need to come on here just to rubbish Kristen,I feel embarrassed for you,as for this movie,I’m excited for it and can’t wait to see the dynamics between Kristen and Juliette and Juliette and Chloe.

Lin -

I cannot wait for this movie :)

Mi -

No box office mention?Only drag Rob in this,as always.You forget to add that all Assayas movies were total flops,just like all Kristen’s indies.You always mention Rob’s flops movies,like Bel Ami.I don’t know who inveted Oscar posibility for Sils Maria,it’s laughable,the same like Oscar nod for kristen’s role in On The Road,this movie can be screened at Venice or Cannes.

Dela -

Interesting line of actors for this film. It remains to be seen if it is a good film. We can only judge once we see it. A lot of talented people are involved in this project. Time the hate be put aside and lets just focus on the film. You can carry this thing just too far. Nothing can be accomplished by this hate. If you don’t like it or her move on . There are plenty of actors out there, pick one you like.

Leigh -

Obviously some people aren’t familiar with the work of Assays. I am extremely excited for this new project. I can’t wait.

Jun -

Weird, don’t the Rob hags have some men’s cologne ads to go lick? Begone little sand flies of the ether. This movie sounds amazing, a role just for Juliette Binoche! Very excited, first rate cast all around and found Assayas’ “Carlos” really great (which surprised me because of the subject matter). With three female leads this is shaping up to be a good movie all the way around, really looking forward to it.

K -

To the poster who said this’ll be straight to DVD (an oddly common insult), you clearly haven’t seen any of Assayas’ work. He’s a brilliant director.

Anne -

Looking forward to Sils Maria. Great cast, very talented group of folks.

K -

Looks amazing! I’m excited.

Lori -

I find it odd that you would use this forum to criticize Kristen Stewart’s physical appearance in Sils Maria, and in a round about way try to promote Robert Pattinson’s new movie instead? What does Sils Maria really have to do with Cronenberg? Yes, there is a very small community of hot actors in Hollywood and they are constantly changing roles, so it’s not unusual for actors to drop in and out of projects.

I, for one, look forward to seeing this film as a fan of Assayas, Binoche and Stewart. And, I’m sure her appearance is in keeping with her character in the film. I also look forward to seeing Maps to the Stars, but don’t feel the need to cut down anyone while saying it.

Andre -


I totally agree. I, for one, am looking forward to both “Sils Maria” AND “Maps to the Stars” — and a few others.

And oh, yes … If “Sils Maria” “looks more like Autumn Sonata” than the other movies mentioned in this article, it’ll be better than the vast majority of movies made anywhere in the world today. Or in the last 35 years, for that matter.

Gigi -

This looks like a direct to DVD movie. Not interested at this film but I will wait for the next assay as film but not this one.

Rosemary -

First person who made the comment an angry Pattinson fan? Hmm, think so.

Sonia -

I think you may be disappointed, since this film looks more like Autumn Sonata than any of the films you referenced. I’m not sure why they couldn’t cover the bags and circles under Stewart’s eyes if they were filming. Is she supposed to look tired and haggard in her role as an assistant? Maybe Juli’s character is running her ragged.

I’m glad Mia dropped out of this to pick up Maps to The Stars. I’m much more interested in seeing that, a juicy take on Hollywood by the master, Croenberg. And Mia playing a disturbed pyromaniac sounds fascinating. Got any set pics of that?

didi -

Gertrude Bell played indeed an important part in the creation of the actual countries in the Middle-East. She was a very intelligent independant woman, who because of this had issues to have a longlasting relationship, something she wasn’t happy about. Her biography was an interesting read.
We all know Lawrence of Arabia, but much more than him, she played a significant role in the politics of the Middle-East. Being a woman most of her work took place behind the curtains sts.
I’ve no issue with Kidman replacing Watts for the part. In fact Kidman seems to be a better choice. Bell was a redhaired, strong lady, fits Nicole IMO.
I very very much hope Rob Pattinson will still be able to play Lawrence, a beautiful part for him. It’ll depend on the schedules I guess. Once he has signed on, he’s always very loyal to the directors he has to work with and he has much respect for Herzog. I hope they can work things out.

Bonylda -

Also Robert Pattinson has another character, Salvador Dalí in Little Ashes movie. :)

Samantha -

I am so sad hearing that Naomi Watts maybe will leave the project, Watts and Herzog mix is a must for seeing, I do not care about Pattinson since I think he is not a good idea, fur sure I wont see the movie with Kidman, so much botox for a lady in 1800. I hope it is not true, just a rumor


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