April 29: Singer Lady Gaga, actor Robert Pattinson, artist Banksy, Apple entrepreneur Steve Jobs, Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh, talk-show hostess Oprah Winfrey, actor-tweeter Ashton Kutcher, talk show host Conan O'Brien, artist Zaha Hadid, filmmaker James Cameron, and Nelson Mandela's wife Graça Machel have all been included in Time magazine's 2010 list of the world's most influential people.
The “Heroes” section – kept apart from the “Thinkers” section – is particularly eclectic: action film star Jet Li, former US president Bill Clinton, tennis player Serena Williams, World Health Organization's Goodwill Ambassador Liya Kebede, ChildCount+'s Matt Berg, and Night at the Museum actor Ben Stiller, among others.
Obviously, no one in his or her right mind would take those things seriously. The essays written on each of the Top 100 have been penned by fans of varying degrees of repute and ill-repute, grace and disgrace:
Henry Kissinger drools over Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew, who is credited for turning the tiny Southeast Asian city-state into a financial powerhouse (no mention, of course, of Lee's firm belief in stuff such as curbs on personal and media freedom, and “corporal punishment,” i.e., torture); the invariably trustworthy Tony Blair gives kudos to Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad; Michael Moore idealizes Workers' Party Brazilian president Luiz Inacio da Silva (a.k.a. Lula), while fully ignoring Lula's thoroughly pro-business policies, his disregard for Brazil's environment, and the myriad corruption scandals that have plagued his government.
Also, Sarah Palin throws hosannas at fellow far-right, anti-social justice advocate Glenn Beck; Gael Garcia Bernal has some good things to say about Alter Eco's founder Tristan Leconte, Cyndi Lauper goes all out for Lady Gaga, and Betty White praises this year's Best Actress Oscar winner and about-to-become-divorcee Sandra Bullock's determination and physique (but not her newly adopted child; that came later).
Robert Pattinson was the topic of The Twilight Saga: New Moon director Chris Weitz (“I love you, Rob! Call me!”). Stephen Daldry wrote about Elton John (“he is also the best friend anyone could possibly hope for”) while John penned the mini-essay about billionaire Ukrainian businessman Victor Pinchuk, who “shows his love of our planet and makes the world a better place to live.”
More from Chris Weitz on Robert Pattinson:
And though I am continually impressed by the aplomb with which he handles the hysteria, I occasionally think he would take it all back if given the chance. Because essentially, Rob, 23, is a reserved, bookish sort of specimen, a guy who'd rather spend the night at the corner table in the pub with friends – a bit of a weirdo, frankly, in the best sense.
It's been argued elsewhere on this site that “that's why Pattinson was able to incarnate Edward Cullen, another 'bit of a weirdo in the best sense,' so believably.”
Even before I looked at his page, I just knew that Sigourney Weaver had been the one who had written the paean to James Cameron. There could have been no one else.
Here's a telling remark about the maker of Avatar: “But the truth is — although he has extraordinary abilities, appetite and drive,” Weaver explains, “Jim simply does not recognize human limitations in himself or anyone else. … Please don't anyone ever cast him in a movie. If he finds out that he can act too, we'll know for sure the guy is a mutant.”
Missing from Time's final “most influential” list: early popular entry Shahrukh Khan.
Text above initially posted by André Soares.
Photo: Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment); Avatar (Mark Fellman / 20th Century Fox); Spread (Dale Robinette / Barbarian Film Group LLC)
Robert Pattinson as a young rebellious New Yorker, Emilie de Ravin in Allen Coulter's Remember Me (top); Robert Pattinson as the young-looking (but old) vampire Edward Cullen, Kristen Stewart in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (middle); Javier Beltrán, Robert Pattinson as the young Salvador Dali in Paul Morrison's Little Ashes (bottom)
Note: This is an as-yet-unedited amalgamation of several Robert Pattinson-Bel Ami posts.
I haven't read either Guy de Maupassant's 19th-century novel Bel Ami or Rachel Bennette's screenplay adaptation, so I don't know exactly how old Robert Pattinson's Georges Duroy, social/sexual climber extraordinaire, is supposed to be.
But looking at videos and photos of Pattinson in costume as Duroy, the soon-to-be-24-year-old actor surely looks quite a bit older in Bel Ami than in his other film roles (see above).
That's not a disparaging remark. I much prefer Pattinson looking mature than looking like a “boy.” One of the reasons I – and at least some others, I'm sure – enjoy his interviews is that Pattinson comes across as much more mature than your average (or even above-average) 23-24-year-old. (Admittedly, Pattinson has never looked like a “boy” to me, though I still haven't seen any of his pre-2008 efforts.)
Anyways, I have high hopes for Bel Ami, chiefly because Pattinson and other real good actors are in it: Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, and Colm Meaney.
Screenwriter Rachel Bennette and directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod are basically all film newcomers in their respective capacities, though Donnellan and Ormerod have both done extensive and quite prestigious stage work. Among the plays they have staged are works by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Pushkin, and Tennessee Williams.
Who knows, perhaps Donnellan's and Ormerod's film debut will be as warmly received as those of fellow stage directors Nicholas Hytner (The Madness of King George) and Rob Marshall (Chicago). If so, that should translate into solid box office receipts as well.
As an aside, in Albert Lewin's 1947 film The Private Affairs of Bel Ami, Duroy is played by future Oscar winner George Sanders, who was 40-41 at the time. I'm assuming that was (at least) a little older than de Maupassant's character was supposed to be. The novel is in my to-read list.
Robert Pattinson will next be seen in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which opens on June 30.
Photos: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment); Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment); Little Ashes (Regent Releasing); Bel Ami (Optimum Releasing / RAI)
Robert Pattinson's Bel Ami is the subject of a Hungarian TV show (I couldn't get the name). Unfortunately, I can't speak a word of Magyar, but I was able to catch the international word “paparazzi” at least once and the just as international name “Robert Pattinson” here and there.
Unlike many of the cell-phone and amateur camcorder video clips showing the Bel Ami set in Budapest, this clip looks quite professional, for obvious reasons. The picture is crisp, and you do get to see Pattinson up close here and there.
The clip also features scenes from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and the Twilight films, including the one with Edward and Bella (Kristen Stewart) lying together.
Also featured in the clip are Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman, and Christina Ricci in various movies.
It's just too bad that it doesn't come with subtitles in some language I can understand…
Also, I noticed that most of the fans standing near the Bel Ami set were women. No big surprise there. But I saw at least one shaven-headed guy in there, too.
Robert Pattinson will next be seen in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, playing opposite Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Dakota Fanning. David Slade directed from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg. Eclipse opens on June 30.
Robert Pattinson gets married in Budapest – well, at least that's what his character Georges Duroy does in the latest film adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's Bel Ami.
In addition to Pattinson, who can be seen in costume arriving on the set, others featured in the clip are Holly Grainger as the bride Suzanne, Colm Meaney (or someone who looks like him standing next to her; Meaney plays Suzanne's father), Uma Thurman, and, of course, numerous classily dressed extras. I wasn't able to spot Kristin Scott Thomas (who plays Suzanne's mother).
The video clip, which offers a really cool look at what takes place on a movie set, is divided into a few segments:
The extras waiting for Pattinson to show up; Pattinson showing up in a dark vehicle (he doesn't wave at any of the fans standing around; instead, he just looks straight ahead, marching on his way to work); the bride (Grainger) entering the church; Uma Thurman leaving the set (she gets some applause and briefly waves at the fans); Pattinson arriving (again), from a different angle and from a distance.
The wedding scene was shot in Budapest's Egyetem ter district. I've been to Budapest. It's a beautiful city. I can see how it could easily “pass for” Paris.
Nope, there's no evidence that Kristen Stewart was on the set disguised as an extra…
Ah, Pattinson and Grainger were both featured in The Bad Mother's Handbook back in 2007.
Robert Pattinson is seen in a Bel Ami scene (no rhyming intended), playing Guy de Maupassant's (right) antihero Georges Duroy. This is indeed the sequence in which Duroy, an ambitious journalist, watches rich people eat at a fancy Parisian hotel – though actually shot at Budapest's New York Palace Hotel.
Pattinson's Duroy stands outside the restaurant looking in, but is told to beat it by the local security man. Clearly, although Duroy looks quite dapper, money is something he doesn't have anywhere inside his fancy-looking clothes.
The video clip was recorded from far away. It doesn't seem to have in any interfered with the shooting of the scene – else, the production's security people would have told those guys to beat it.
In de Maupassant's novel, Duroy ends up as a cunning social climber, using women of influence as steps on his ladder to success in 19th-century Paris. The novel was published in 1885.
Directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, Bel Ami co-stars Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, and Colm Meaney. The screenplay adaptation was written by Rachel Bennette.
Robert Pattinson will next be seen with Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which opens June 30.
Robert Pattinson's work on the Bel Ami set in Budapest is the subject of this news report from Hungary's “RTL Klub.” What is being said, I have absolutely no idea. I get a “Roberto” or something here and there, and that's about it.
There isn't much that can be said about the images except that it's hard to believe they got much work done on Bel Ami considering the number of people surrounding the set with cell-phone cameras and video recorders and the like.
Worth checking out: a Vanity Fair piece in which author Julian Sancton wonders where is Georges Duroy's mustache. Duroy, if you don't know, is the ambitious social climber played by Pattinson in Bel Ami. In Guy de Maupassant's novel, Duroy's mustache plays a prominent role. No, Duroy doesn't accidentally strangle himself with his own mustache, nor does he set it on fire.
It's just that Duroy is thus described: “Tall, well-built, fair, with blue eyes, a curled mustache, hair naturally wavy… he recalled the hero of the popular romances.”
In his piece, Sancton quotes several mentions of Duroy's mustache found in de Maupassant's book. One of them reads: “After changing his five-franc piece Georges Duroy left the restaurant. He twisted his mustache in military style and cast a rapid, sweeping glance upon the diners.”
Personally, I think it's a good thing that Pattinson is hiding Duroy's mustache inside his top hat. In de Maupassant's book, Duroy seems to be always twisting his darned mustache. I hope that Pattinson's Duroy will have better things to do with his hands.
Directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, Bel Ami co-stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, Colm Meaney, and Uma Thurman. The screenplay was written by Rachel Bennette.
Robert Pattinson speaks Hungarian in the clip above, shot in late March while Pattinson was filming Bel Ami in Budapest. I can't understand Hungarian, but even if I could there's no way I'd have understood what he said. Nothing wrong with his accent, mind you. (At least not that I can tell…) It's just that the clip doesn't have great sound.
His Hungarian fans went nuts. I thought he'd said something like “Hungarians are the greatest people in the whole wide universe,” but according to some comments I found online, Pattinson actually said, “thank you that you were in silence.”
I assume he was thanking his fans for keeping quiet while the Bel Ami shoot was going on so there would be no need for retakes because of out-of-control, screaming fans. It could also be that he was thanking them for keeping their mouths shut while he was signing autographs, but that wouldn't make much sense.
As usual, Pattinson comes across as a natural charmer. Unaffected, friendly, courteous. No wonder he is so popular wherever he goes.
Directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, Bel Ami co-stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, Colm Meaney, and Uma Thurman.
The screenplay was written by Rachel Bennette, from Guy de Maupassant's classic novel.
Pattinson's Remember Me is currently playing in various European territories. To date, it has grossed more than $45 million worldwide. His next release is The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, in which he returns as Edward Cullen, the vampire who fights for the love of the human Bella (Kristen Stewart), who is also desired by a werewolf (Taylor Lautner).
Robert Pattinson is pictured in Budapest, while on the set of the latest version of Guy de Maupassant's classic novel Bel Ami.
The film tells the story of an ambitious young man, Georges Duroy, who climbs the social ladder in 1890s Paris by combining his cleverness with his sexual prowess and good looks.
Directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, from a screenplay by Rachel Bennette, the period comedy also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, and Colm Meaney.
Apparently, there were few images coming out of the Bel Ami set while the film was being shot in London. But when production moved to Budapest, photos and videos began showing up online with alarming speed.
Here's hoping that neither of the two photos posted here ruined any Bel Ami takes. The high-resolution images can be found at Splash News Online.
Taylor Lautner, the future Stretch Armstrong and winner of the Kids Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor, confronts Robert Pattinson in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which opens in the United States on June 30. Both Lautner, as the werewolf Jacob Black, and Pattinson, as the vampire Edward Cullen, are after Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan.
On to other Taylor Lautner news:
Jay A. Fernandez says in The Hollywood Reporter that Jeffrey Nachmanoff (The Day After Tomorrow, the upcoming Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie thriller The Tourist) has been hired to work on Shawn Christensen's original screenplay for Abduction, Lautner's other project-in-the-works.
To be directed by Academy Award nominee John Singleton, Abduction is a thriller about a young man who flees home after discovering his baby photo on a missing persons website.
Lily Collins (Phil Collins' daughter) is set to co-star with Lautner, who is also producing Abduction. Lionsgate wants filming to start in July so Lautner can be done with it before shooting on Summit Entertainment's Breaking Dawn begins some time in the fall.
Photo: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Summit Entertainment)
Daniel Radcliffe, 21 next July, and Robert Pattinson, 24 next May, are two of the richest British denizens under 30, according to the Sunday Times.
Thanks to the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe earned £25.6 million last year – more than 100 times what he got for his appearance in the first HP movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). Radcliffe's fortune is now estimated to be £42 million.
As per the Times report, Radcliffe has donated money to help children's hospices and last year made a “major donation” to the US-based Trevor Project, which runs a helpline for troubled lesbian, gay and bisexual youth.
Robert Pattinson, Twilight's vampire Edward Cullen, is on the list as the 14th richest person under 30. Pattinson's assets are supposed to total £13 million. The report adds that “only a few years ago” Pattinson considered giving up acting and was none too successful at pursuing a music career.
Best quote from the 14th richest person under 30: “Last year, if I went out, I'd have to fight to chat someone up. This year, I look exactly the same, which is really scruffy, and yet lots of people seem to have just changed their minds and decided I'm really sexy.”
Topping the Times list is Arthur Landon, 28, who inherited £200 million.
Photos: Twilight (Summit Entertainment); Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Murray Close / Warner Bros.)
May 5 update: The Robert Pattinson melodrama Remember Me has likely crossed – or at least is quite near – the $55 million mark worldwide. In the United States and Canada, Allen Coulter's romantic melodrama starring Pattinson, Lost's Emilie de Ravin, and Pierce Brosnan, has grossed $19.025 million to date. Overseas, box office figures found at Box Office Mojo add up to $33.139 million. Total: 52,164 million.
However, as I've mentioned in a previous post about Remember Me's international box-office performance, Box Office Mojo's figures for foreign countries are incomplete.
Less than half the countries listed have fully updated box office totals (Sunday, May 2), while key markets such as Brazil, Australia, Russia, and “near-major” markets such as the Netherlands and Poland haven't had their figures updated in weeks. Also, Swiss figures are unavailable.
Additionally, British and French box office numbers for Remember Me are a week old.
Remember Me has done particularly well in the UK – the London-born Pattinson was present at the movie's premiere in his native city – grossing $5.494 million (includes Ireland).
Although that doesn't mean Remember Me was a runaway hit in that country, it does mean that it did quite well for a “non-commercial” intimate drama. Obviously, Pattinson was the chief reason for the film's box office pull.
Other key Remember Me markets are: France with $3.534 million, Russia/CIS with $3.396 million, Germany with $3.311 million, Spain with $2.566 million, Italy with $2.358 million, Brazil $1.893 million, Belgium/Luxemburg with $1.288 million, and Australia with $1.216 million.
Remember Me has yet to open in three major markets: China, Japan, and South Korea. It opens in Hungary, where Pattinson filmed parts of Bel Ami, today.
Next, Robert Pattinson will be seen as the vampire Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, directed by David Slade, and co-starring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner.
Photos: Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)
May 2: After eight weekends, Robert Pattinson's Remember Me has reached the $19 million “mark” at the North American box office. After losing 86 theaters, the Allen Coulter-directed romantic/psychological drama grossed an estimated $46K, according to figures released by Box Office Mojo. To date, Remember Me has taken in a total of $19.019 million in the U.S. and Canada.
Considering that it lost about half its theaters (it's only playing at 118 venues now), Remember Me's 44 percent drop-off rate wasn't bad.
Worldwide, the $16 million drama has grossed more than $50 million.
Robert Pattinson will next be seen in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which opens in the United States on June 30. Pattinson was recently in Vancouver with fellow Eclipse players Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner for several “pickup” shots with director David Slade.
Also in the Remember Me cast: Emilie de Ravin, Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper and Lena Olin.
Photo: Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)
Michael Caine's Harry Brown opened with a solid $180K at 19 theaters, averaging a good – though hardly exceptional – $9,474 per screen, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Directed by Daniel Barber, Caine plays a vigilante of sorts, out to avenge his best friend's murder.
Nicole Holofcener's urban comedy Please Give, which features Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, and others, performed even better than Harry Brown on a per-theater basis. Released at only five locations, Please Give grossed $128K, averaging $25,600 per theater. (All things being equal, the fewer the number of theaters the higher the per-theater average.)
On its seventh weekend out, the Kristen Stewart-Dakota Fanning rock biopic The Runaways collected $81K at 122 venues. Its drop-off rate of 45.4 percent was perhaps higher than it should have been, considering that the film lost only about 25 percent of its number of theaters. Total: $3.41 million.
Also of interest: Juan Jose Campanella's Oscar-winning Argentinean drama grossed $365K at 45 theaters ($8,511 average). Total: $1.09 million. The Benjamin Bratt vehicle La Mission drew $96K for a total of $500,000.
Compare the above figures – from movies that at least try to have something to say – to the debut-weekend figures of A Nightmare on Elm Street and you'll want to either cry or scream or move to another planet.
Photo: Harry Brown (Dean Rogers / Samuel Goldwyn Films); Please Give (Piotr Redlinksi / Sony Pictures Classics); The Runaways (Apparition)
April 25 update
Among the films currently in limited distribution, one of the surprises this weekend has been the minor resurgence of Robert Pattinson's romantic drama Remember Me, which jumped nearly 17 percent after adding 42 theaters in North America.
As per Box Office Mojo, Remember Me grossed $80K at 402 sites on its seventh weekend out, averaging $392 per theater (last weekend, in fewer theaters, it was $436). To date, the $16 million production has grossed $18.93 million domestically and approximately $50 million worldwide.
More good news:
The Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes, starring Ricardo Darin, jumped 121.6 percent after adding 20 theaters. At 33 sites, the Argentinean drama earned $372K, with a solid $11,273 average. Total after ten days: $605K.
Not so good news:
James Ivory's The City of Your Final Destination, starring Anthony Hopkins, jumped 178 percent after adding 21 theaters (it was playing at only one location last week). But it grossed only $68K, averaging a poor $3,091 for a movie playing in so few theaters.
The Kristen Stewart-Dakota Fanning vehicle The Runaways dropped 52 percent after shedding 73 screens. The rock biopic grossed $145K ($853 average), for a cume of $3.26 million.
Also of note: Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer ($486K; total: $13.97m); Hubble 3D ($416K; total: $3.94m); Demi Moore's The Joneses ($294K; total: $989K); Julianna Margulies' City Island ($285K; total: $1.21m); and Letters to God ($250K; total: $2.45m).
Also: Ben Stiller's Greenberg ($189K; total: $3.69 million); Banksy's Exit Through the Giftshop ($149K; total: $391K); Benjamin Bratt's La Mission ($100K; total: $359K); Julianne Moore's Chloe ($80K; total: $3.76m); and Jacques Audiard's A Prophet ($64K; $1.9m).
Among the 40 or so movies listed on the Box Office Mojo chart, Exit Through the Giftshop had the highest per-theater average: $13,545.
No figures were available for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at Box Office Mojo.
Photos: The Secret in Their Eyes (Maria Antolini; Sony Pictures Classics); The City of Your Final Destination (Screen Media); The Runaways (Apparition); Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)
Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Remember Me
Robert Pattinson's Remember Me, the $16 million production referred to by some (those who have trouble with the Pattinson/Twilight phenomenon) as a “box office flop,” has grossed about $50 million worldwide.
According to figures provided by Box Office Mojo, Remember Me has taken in $18.852 million (as of Apr. 22) in the United States/Canada and more than $30.09 million overseas.
I say “more than” because Box Office Mojo's chart for Remember Me hasn't been updated for several markets, including key ones such as Australia (Mar. 28), Italy (Apr 4), The Netherlands (Apr 11), and Russia (Apr 4). Also, the most recent data available overall is from April 18, or a week ago. (Box Office Mojo hasn't updated their international total – shown on top – for the movie since April 11.)
By now, Pattinson's Remember Me has undoubtedly already crossed the $50 million mark worldwide. And it still hasn't opened in foreign territories such as Japan, China, and South Korea.
Outside the U.S. and Canada, Remember Me's top markets are: the UK ($5.168 million), Russia/CSI ($3.396 million), Germany ($3.019 million), France ($2.848 million), Italy ($2.358 million), Spain ($2.319 million), Brazil ($1.893 million), and Australia ($1.216m).
By now, Pattinson's first tryout as an “actor-executive producer” has probably crossed the $1 million mark in Belgium/Luxemburg ($988K, Apr 18), and perhaps in Mexico ($916K, Apr. 18) as well.
Directed by Allen Coulter, Remember Me stars Pattinson as Tyler Hawkins, a rebellious young man at odds with his wealthy father (Pierce Brosnan). Also in the cast: Emilie de Ravin, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, and Ruby Jerins. Will Fetters wrote the screenplay.
Photo: Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)
Robert Pattinson and Pierce Brosnan interview about Remember Me, with Dutch subtitles. The five-minute clip was broadcast in March, but it's quite interesting and well worth a look.
Initially, Brosnan explains that his character “is a bit of a prick,” but has “feelings” after all – as is shown later in the film.
Pattinson, for his part, tries to put into words his approach to the character of Tyler, the rebellious young man at odds with his distant father (Brosnan). He particularly emphasizes the sense of “hysteria” Tyler feels when he finally gets to let it all out.
Others interviewed are director Allen Coulter and co-star Chris Cooper, who plays leading lady Emilie de Ravin's tough-cop father. Cooper surely sees the film's ending in a totally different way than many critics, calling it “a sort of love letter to New York.”
In Pattinson's view, the ending “does overshadow everything, and it gives a different significance to every single moment in the movie. And I think that's why it makes it a different type of movie.”
Among the Remember Me scenes shown on the clip are a family scene in which Brosnan's patriarch tries to subtly assert his patriarchal authority, and the confrontation scene between father and son in front of some very embarrassed businesspeople.
Remember Me was written by Will Fetters. Lena Olin, Ruby Jerins, and Tate Ellington are also in the cast.
Robert Pattinson will next be seen in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, co-starring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, which opens on June 30.
April 6 update
Robert Pattinson, Tate Ellington Remember Me
Is the Robert Pattinson star vehicle Remember Me a true “independent film” or not?
One commenter wrote the following about Remember Me:
“Some of the posters need to look up 'indie'. … To be truly indie you need a budge [sic] of less than ten mil, not to ever open on more than 500 screens, and have less than three mil in marketing. From what i [sic] understand (honestly don't really care) this movie had none of that. I just wanted to define what indie means.”
The commenter does have a point. However, “indie” definitions vary widely.
The commenter says that a movie must cost less than $10 million.
This is what the Spirit Awards, the topmost “indie” film award, has to say regarding a film's eligibility as a bona fide “indie”:
“Cost of completed film, including post, must be less than $20 million. Any variations are at the sole discretion of the nominating committee.”
Remember Me cost $16 million. Therefore it'd be considered an indie by those standards.
Here are a couple of eligibility criteria for the NY-based Gotham Awards (also for indie films):
“Films made with an economy of means.”
“The release can be through a specialty division of a studio, an independent distributor, or via self-distribution. The film must be screened for paid admission in a commercial motion picture theatre in New York City and/or Los Angeles County. The film must run for at least seven consecutive days. The film must be advertised and marketed during the New York and/or Los Angeles County run in a manner considered normal and customary to the industry. The film must be publicly exhibited by means of 16mm, 35mm or 70mm film, or in a digital format, delivered to the screen by an image and sound file format suitable for exhibition in existing commercial cinema sites.”
So, neither the Gotham Awards nor the Spirit Awards have anything to say about specific marketing costs or number of screens.
Summit Entertainment, which has distributed Remember Me in the US, is considered an “independent distributor.” Else, Summit's The Hurt Locker wouldn't have been nominated for the Gotham Awards last year or for the Spirit Awards the year before.
Remember Me's $16 million price tag would be considered “an economy of means,” as The Hurt Locker cost $15 million.
In other words, Remember Me would have been eligible as a true “indie” for both awards. Summit opened it wide because by the time the movie was released Robert Pattinson had become a household name. But Pattinson signed on to make the film before his meteoric rise to fame.
Also, it's worth remembering that the independently made The Hurt Locker was screened at more than 500 theaters at one point in summer 2009. And I betcha its marketing campaign cost more than $3 million.
Here's another example: Little Miss Sunshine, shot independently, was later bought by Fox Searchlight. Total indie, right? Well, at one point the movie was screened at more than 1,500 theaters in North America. To be exact: 1,602, as per Box Office Mojo.
Wanna bet Fox Searchlight spent more than $3 million pushing that film?
Just making sure one thing is clear: I'm certainly not putting down the commenter's remarks. It's just that the word “indie” can be used for movies made for $20,000 and for movies made for $20 million.
A multimillionaire entity like Summit Entertainment is considered an “independent” distributor. What about really tiny ones like First Run Features, Icarus Films or Cinema Libre?
Remember Me is an “indie” when compared to Green Zone, Repo Men, Alice in Wonderland, The Bounty Hunter, Hot Tub Time Machine, or even She's Out of My League.
Remember Me is a big-budget film when compared to In Search of a Midnight Kiss, Everything Strange and New, August Evening, La Mission, and Shotgun Stories.
Perhaps there should be another label for movies made under $10 million or $5 million or $1 million. And distributed by entities worth less than $x million.
But in the overall scheme of things, i.e., when compared to Hollywood productions, Remember Me is an “indie” structurally, financially, and thematically.
April 12 update
Robert Pattinson's Remember Me opened in Argentina, France and several other European countries this weekend, landing at #6 in Paris and its suburbs. The romantic drama's international weekend take was $4.7 million at 2,302 screens in 36 territories. The international total currently stands at $27 million.
Remember Me, which cost $16 million, has thus far grossed $18.7 million in North America. Worldwide total: $45.7 million.
Up to April 4, the film's top foreign markets – no doubt thanks to Robert Pattinson's Twilight Saga-propelled stardom – were Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, $3.15 million; Italy, $2.35 million; Germany, $1.9 million; Brazil, $1.71 million; the UK/Ireland/Malta, $1.5 million; Australia, $1.21 million (up to Mar. 28); and Spain, $1.1 million.
Other markets where Pattinson's Remember Me has grossed more than $250,000 are: Mexico, $684,000; Greece, $423,000 (up to Mar. 28); Sweden, $405,000 (up to Mar. 28); Portugal, $347,000; Poland, $333,000 (up to Mar. 28); Austria, $301,000; and The Netherlands, $276,000.
Remember Me will be opening in Chile and Turkey in the coming weeks. It has yet to open in a few major markets such as China, Japan, and South Korea. It'll surely earn more than $50 million worldwide; possibly as much as $60 million. Not bad for a mixed-to-poorly received “small” movie featuring an as-yet unproven star in an unlikely role.
In Remember Me, Robert Pattinson stars as Tyler Hawkins, a young man at odds with his father (Pierce Brosnan). Eventually, Tyler falls for a young woman (Emilie de Ravin), but all sorts of problems arise.
Also in the film's cast are Lena Olin, Ruby Jerins, Chris Cooper, and Tate Ellington. Remember Me was directed by Allen Coulter from a screenplay by Will Fetters. Jenny Lumet did some (uncredited) rewriting.
April 4 update
Tate Ellington, Robert Pattinson Remember Me
Robert Pattinson's Remember Me grossed only $483K at 906 theaters in North America this Easter Weekend. Average per screen: a very low $533. After losing more than 1,000 venues, the romantic drama lost 75 percent of its revenues from a week ago; that's a very sharp drop. Total to date: $18.2 million.
About ten days ago or so, it seemed that Remember Me might be able to reach $20-22 million at the U.S. and Canada box office. Now I find it unlikely that Pattinson's film will even get to $20 million before it ends its run, as it'll probably be shedding hundreds more theaters next weekend. It may cume at $19 million. We'll see.
At least Remember Me is doing better overseas, undoubtedly because of Robert Pattinson's box office appeal. It's no major blockbuster, mind you, but foreign box office revenues have already nearly surpassed those in North America.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this weekend Remember Me grossed $4.7 million – nearly ten times what it did in the U.S. and Canada – at 2,485 screens in 33 markets. The per-screen average isn't great: only $1,891, but that's a mix of both new and old territories – e.g., Remember Me opened in the UK this weekend; but it has been out in Brazil, Sweden, and Australia and other countries for about three weeks.
Overseas total to date: $17.2 million. A week ago, the international box office total hovered around $10.5 million. Worldwide total to date: $35.4 million.
Remember Me has yet to open in several major and mid-size markets including China, Japan, France, Denmark, Turkey, South Korea, and Argentina.
Directed by Allen Coulter from a screenplay by first-timer Will Fetters, Remember Me stars Robert Pattinson as a young rebel at odds with his wealthy father (Pierce Brosnan). Emilie de Ravin plays Pattinson's romantic interest. Also in the cast: Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, Ruby Jerins, and Tate Ellington.
Emilie de Ravin and Robert Pattinson in Remember Me
Robert Pattinson's romantic drama Remember Me has taken in approximately $10.5 million at the international box office up to March 28 '10, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. (Australia and Bulgaria, March 21.)
After being greeted by mixed-to-negative reviews, Remember Me has earned a total of $17.7 million in the United States/Canada up to April 1. Its worldwide cume currently stands at about $28.2 million – actually more than that; as stated above, international figures are one week behind.
To date, Remember Me's top international markets have been Russia* with $3.159 million, Brazil with $1.476 million, Italy with $1.043 million, Australia with $916,000 (March 21), and Germany with $843,000. Apparently, Robert Pattinson has a large following in those countries.
Next in line are Greece (423,000), Sweden ($405,000), Poland ($333,000), Mexico ($270,000), Portugal ($229,000), and New Zealand/Fiji ($216,000).
Remember Me, which was executive produced by Pattinson, officially cost $16 million. Summit Entertainment should get about half of the film's worldwide gross (if $28.3 million, that would mean approximately $14 million or so for the studio; the box office split, however, can vary depending on the film and the territories where it has played).
As I've said in previous posts, even after including advertising and distribution costs, Remember Me will most likely end up in the black after worldwide box office rentals and ancillary revenues are added up.
In fact, this latest Robert Pattinson vehicle is already close to covering its production costs at the global box office even though it's just now opening in major markets such as the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, and Spain.
Remember Me has yet to open in Japan, China, France, South Korea, Denmark, Turkey, and Argentina and many other large and mid-size territories.
Directed by Allen Coulter from a screenplay by Will Fetters, Remember Me stars Robert Pattinson as a young rebel at odds with his father (Pierce Brosnan). Emilie de Ravin plays Pattinson's romantic interest. Also in the cast: Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, Ruby Jerins, and Tate Ellington.
* Actually, the Commonwealth of Independent States, which includes Russia and most of the old Soviet Union republics.
Photo: Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin in Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)
'Remember Me' DVD
Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin Remember Me
Robert Pattinson's Remember Me will be released on DVD on June 22 – eight days before The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in theaters.
For now, I wasn't able to find any details regarding extras. Here's hoping that deleted scenes, outtakes, and a good commentary featuring Pattinson, director Allen Coulter, and first-time screenwriter Will Fetters will be included in the Summit Entertainment release.
It'd be good to hear what they have to say about the making of the film, especially what they feel about the critical reaction to the controversial ending.
Remember Me, a romantic drama co-starring Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, and Pierce Brosnan, was released in the US on March 12 to wildly mixed reviews. To date, the film has grossed $17.7 million domestically (that includes Canada) and about $10.5 million at the international box office up to March 28.
Pattinson is currently shooting Bel Ami in Europe. According to reports, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (which may or may not be two movies) will start shooting in the fall.
Also in the Remember Me cast are Academy Award winner Chris Cooper, Academy Award nominee Lena Olin, Tate Ellington, and Ruby Jerins.
Photo: Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)
Robert Pattinson's Remember Me has been called a downright box office flop by some. That isn't correct. A box office disappointment, sure, but definitely not a flop considering its $16 million price tag.
Even if Summit Entertainment spent that same amount – or several million more – promoting and distributing the film, Remember Me will most likely end up in the black after worldwide box office rentals (not grosses, as exhibitors keep about 50 percent of the share) and ancillary revenues are added up.
At the domestic box office – United States and Canada – Remember Me has grossed $14.5 million after 12 days. Day-to-day revenues have varied widely, with increases and decreases at times reaching 20 percent.
Overseas, Remember Me has opened in only a handful of major movie markets since March 11. According to country figures found at Box Office Mojo, Remember Me has grossed $5.42 million at the international box office as of March 21. That places its worldwide total at about $20 million.
The three top markets have been Russia with $1.824 million, Brazil with $1.118 million, and Australia with $916K. Further down the list are Greece with $316K and Sweden with $279K.
Remember Me will open in major markets such as Japan, China, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Korea, Mexico, and France in the coming weeks. Expect revenues to soar even if Remember Me doesn't turn out to be a bona fide success.
Photo: Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Kristen Stewart may [italicized] be replacing Angelina Jolie if [italicized] there's a sequel to Timur Bekmambetov's box office hit Wanted, which paired Jolie with James McAvoy. At least that's what E! Online has to say.
As per the report, Stewart would play “a young, ass-kicking assassin in the Fraternity.” Since her Joan Jett opposite Dakota Fanning's Cherie Currie in Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways, everyone – well, at least some people – seem to be looking at Kristen Stewart as a completely different actress.
Instead of the indecisive – “should I go for Robert Pattinson or should I go for Taylor Lautner” – Bella Swan of the Twilight Saga movies, the new Stewart is now perceived as a potential tough gal. I mean, you can't get much tougher than Angelina Jolie's movie characters. She'd make Mel Gibson's Mad Max pee in his undies.
Stewart, of course, has also been mentioned as a possibility for the American remake of the Swedish thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, fiercely played in the original by European Film Award nominee Noomi Rapace.
Money and time issues have thus far prevented Jolie from signing onto the project – which may not even get off the ground. But if it does, then Stewart might be the one to keep the potential franchise going. (Jolie's character dies in the original Wanted, but she was supposed to have been brought back for the sequel somehow: an ass-kicking clone? an ass-kicking twin? an ass-kicking ghost?)
Scheduling, however, may be an issue for Stewart, as the final installment in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn, doesn't have a set shooting date as yet – probably as early as October '10, but that's about it for the time being.
As an aside, rumors about Kristen Stewart ending up in the hospital after getting beaten up by three guys following a car accident are totally untrue.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment)
'Time' magazine '100 most influential people': Like MTV Movie Awards, your vote counts
Singer Lady Gaga, figure-skater Yu-Na Kim, singer-actor Rain, late-show host Conan O'Brien, American Idol competitor Adam Lambert, cricket batsman Sachin Tendulkar, actor Shah Rukh Khan, actor Robert Pattinson, the Penny Arcade cartoonists, and fighter Dana White. These are the current top names found on Time magazine's chart of the – so far – 100 most influential people of 2010 in the world of politics, arts, sciences, and technology.
Ice-skating is an art form and so is hitting a cricket ball and punching one's opponent in the ring. American Idol is high art, as we all know. It's so highbrow, in fact, that I've never watched it and didn't know Adam Lambert from Adam (of the Missing Rib) until I read the Time piece.
Science and politics
Unfunny late-night jokes help cure insomnia, so that's a refined form of science. Jay Leno and David Letterman should have been in there as well.
I'm assuming Lady Gaga is on the chart for her technological advances (didn't she invent Twitter, or was that Ashton Kutcher?).
Robert Pattinson was surely included for being such a consummate politician in the Twilight movies, keeping humans, vampires, and werewolves living in (sort of) harmony. And even reining in his worst instincts for the sake of a (pretty) human being about eight decades younger than him.
That's much more than most other politicians have been capable of in 2010 or any other year.
Paleface Robert Pattinson
My vote goes to Robert Pattinson's low-key vampire. With Shah Rukh Khan, for daring to speak out and piss off nationalist fanatics, a close second.
According to Time, Pattinson has been included because “the Twilight saga has been a boon for the British heartthrob, who plays sparkly, sexy vampire Edward Cullen in the hit franchise. The third installment, Eclipse, comes out this summer, ensuring that Pattinson's face – however pale – will be omnipresent.”
Now, can Robert Pattinson truly end up as one of the “100 most influential people of 2010”? Quite possibly, as Time magazine – like the MTV Movie Awards and the People's Choice Awards – allows its website visitors to vote for whom they believe is, has been, or will be “influential” this year.
Besides Lady Gaga, Rain, and all the influencers listed above, other potential choices include:
Banksy. Sandra Bullock. Nicolas Sarkozy. Vivienne Westwood. Muammar Gaddafi. Preity Zinta. Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Kaká.
Beyoncé Knowles. Warren Buffett. Oprah Winfrey. Hugo Chávez. Anna Wintour. Sarah Palin. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Rupert Murdoch.
But where are these influencers?
Shockingly missing from the Time magazine list of potentially “most influential”:
Of course, to call these lists inane would be quite an understatement. But those who'd like to see Robert Pattinson and/or Shah Rukh Khan included in Time's top 100 can have their say.
Image of Time magazine “most influential” contender Robert Pattinson and possibly influenced Kristen Stewart in Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight : Summit Entertainment.