Aug. 22, '12: Walter Salles' On the Road, a film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's '50s novel, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2012, where it was greeted by mixed reviews. Ultimately, Salles' On the Road movie failed to win any Official Competition awards at Cannes, despite widespread praise for Eric Gautier's cinematography and for the performances of its three leads – Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart. Please scroll down to check out the new On the Road trailer for the British market.
On the Road movie box office
To date, On the Road has been screened in a handful of countries. The film has performed modestly in The Netherlands ($423,000), Belgium ($249,000), and Sweden ($34,000), but it has done relatively well for a stream-of-consciousness “arthouse” movie in both France ($2.7 million), where the film was generally well received (here are a few review samples), and in Salles' native Brazil ($1.24 million).
Jack Kerouac may be an icon in the United States, but elsewhere the On the Road movie's key selling points will likely be Walter Salles' reputation as a filmmaker and the fact that the film features TRON: Legacy's Garrett Hedlund and Twilight's Kristen Stewart.
IFC Films / Sundance Selects will release On the Road in North America on December 21 (updated). British audiences will be able to check out Salles' film beginning Oct. 12.
On the Road movie cast
In addition to Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart, On the Road features Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Amy Adams, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, and Kirsten Dunst. The Motorcycle Diaries screenwriter José Rivera penned the adaptation, while Francis Ford Coppola, who bought the rights to the novel more than three decades ago, is listed as one of the film's executive producers. Brokeback Mountain's Gustavo Santaolalla composed the music score.
On the Road movie cast members Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Danny Morgan, Elisabeth Moss, Amy Adams, Sam Riley, Viggo Mortensen photo: IFC Films.
Kristen Stewart at Toronto Film Festival
The David Cronenberg / Robert Pattinson collaboration Cosmopolis likely benefited from the media circus erected atop the Kristen Stewart & Rupert Sanders “cheating scandal,” which became world news in late July. An offbeat, uncommercial film, this past weekend Cosmopolis opened to solid figures in the United States, collecting $70,339 at three locations, boasting the highest per-theater average on the North American box office chart: $23,446. Expect a similarly enthusiastic reception when Walter Salles' On the Road is screened at the Toronto Film Festival in September, as Kristen Stewart will be attending the event. If reports are to believed, that'll mark her first “official public appearance” since the scandal. [Photo: On the Road Kristen Stewart as Marylou.]
Starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart, On the Road premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where it drew mixed reviews. For quite some time, the film, which was shot in 2010, had no North American distributor – despite its stellar cast, On the Road's stream-of-consciousness narrative was deemed too uncommercial. Eventually, IFC Films / Sundance Selects picked it up for a sum “in the low seven figures.” On the Road opens in the U.S. on Dec. 21, clearly for awards-season consideration.
Kristen Stewart 2012: Free Spirited Marylou
In a way, the “cheating scandal” might actually help people's take on Kristen Stewart's performance as the free-spirited Marylou, who discards both her clothes and society's moralistic restrictions with equal ease. In On the Road, Stewart appears naked and has what amounts to a three-way with Hedlund and Riley's characters.
Twilight's Bella Swan might have been shocked at the thought (or maybe not, considering her Jacob vs. Edward dilemma), but Stewart has shown time and again that she and Bella have about as much in common as Edward G. Robinson and Little Caesar's Rico.
'Kristen Stewart is a trampire' hypocrisy
Will Ferrell recently got laughs and free publicity for his new comedy, The Campaign, by announcing on TV that “Kristen Stewart is a trampire.” On the Road's Marylou would also have been called a “tramp” by hypocritical prudes and moralists – and by opportunists eager to make a quick buck at her expense – both six decades ago and now. Would she have cared? Free spirits don't care about that kind of shit.
Instead, Marylou would likely have shown Ferrell and his ilk a mirror. That would have shut them up. We'll see if Kristen Stewart's On the Road performance achieves the same results. In fact, though hardly a sure thing, don't be too surprised if Stewart's name pops up in Best Supporting Actress citations during awards season. Her early reviews have mostly been quite strong. [Check out: Great Kristen Stewart On the Road picture.]
On the Road cast
In addition to Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, On the Road features Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Alice Braga, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, and Elisabeth Moss. Both Hedlund and Mortensen have been announced as other Toronto 2012 guests.
Walter Salles' The Motorcycle Diaries collaborator José Rivera wrote the screenplay adaptation of Jack Kerouac's 1951 novel (published in 1957). Brokeback Mountain's Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla composed the score, while Francis Ford Coppola is one of the film's executive producers.
Kristen Stewart On the Road picture (Stewart as Marylou): Gregory Smith / Jerry Leider Company.
On the Road movie reedited for Toronto screening
Aug. 28 update: Based on Jack Kerouac's '50s novel, Walter Salles' On the Road movie adaptation starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart (photo) will be screened at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. We all knew that. What we didn't know is that TIFF 2012 will unveil a new cut of the film (via indieWIRE), which premiered last spring at the Cannes Film Festival to mixed reviews.
The 2hr20 million drama has been downsized to approximately 125 minutes. That's an interesting development, as On the Road has already been screened in several countries, with varying degrees of box office success: $2.7 million in France, $1.47 million in Brazil, $423k in Belgium, $248k in The Netherlands, $160,000 in Finland, and $51k in Sweden.
On the Road movie reedit hardly unique
On the other hand, different cuts shown in different countries is hardly something new. Whether as a result of poor critical/box-office reception, (perceived) local sensibilities, and/or censorship, the movie you watch in, say, Canada isn't necessarily the exact same movie watched by someone in Singapore, Suriname, or Sweden – even though they may have the same title, director, screenwriters, and actors.
The new cut is clearly a move to make On the Road more “commercial” in the United States, where IFC Films / Sundance Selects will be opening the film for awards consideration on Dec. 21.
IFC Films “honcho” Jonathan Sehring (quite diplomatically) explains below (via indieWIRE), what has taken place:
“The response at Cannes was that some people loved it and some people were respectful of it, like some people loved the book. And Walter took a lot of that to heart. … He's added certain things that weren't in the cut that was in Cannes. He has been in New York and Rio and L.A. working on it the past couple of months, and it's going to be very wet when it gets to Toronto.”
On the Road movie cast
In addition to Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart, On the Road features Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Amy Adams, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, and Kirsten Dunst. The Motorcycle Diaries screenwriter José Rivera penned the adaptation, while Francis Ford Coppola, who bought the rights to the novel more than three decades ago, is listed as one of the film's executive producers. Brokeback Mountain's Gustavo Santaolalla composed the score.
On the Road box office figures via Box Office Mojo.
On the Road picture: Gregory Smith / Jerry Leider Company.
Kristen Stewart makes Red Carpet comeback: 'On the Road' Toronto Film Festival screening
Kristen Stewart made a flowery fashion (and, however indirectly, personal) statement – now, here's a movie star – on the red carpet at the 2012 edition of the Toronto Film Festival. The TIFF premiere (Sept. 6) of Walter Salles' new cut of On the Road marked Stewart's first official public appearance since the “cheating scandal” involving the actress and her (married) Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.
Best known as the emotionally torn human Bella Swan in the Twilight movies – vampire or werewolf for tea? – Stewart had been keeping a low profile since images showing her being physically “intimate” with Sanders surfaced in late July.
For the record, although Snow White and the Huntsman – universes away from On the Road and its characters – failed to crack the $400 million mark at the worldwide box office, it got close: $238.97 million internationally (up to Aug. 28) plus $155.12 million in the U.S. and Canada for a grand total of $394.1 million.
'On the Road': Mixed reviews for film, cast praised
IFC Films will release On the Road in North America on Dec. 21. Adapted by Salles' collaborator José Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) from Jack Kerouac's iconic 1950s novel, On the Road has already been released in several countries, including France, Belgium, and the director's native Brazil. Box office grosses have been mixed: France and Brazil have been – relatively speaking – particularly good markets.
In addition to Kristen Stewart (who plays the free-spirited Marylou), the On the Road cast includes:
A longer cut of On the Road premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last spring. Reviews for the film itself were mixed, but Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund, who plays the Marlon Brando-ish Dean Moriarty, were generally singled out for praise.
Kristen Stewart: Awards season chances?
Although attacked and ridiculed in countless media outlets – including a below-the-belt mockery by comedian Will Ferrell – Kristen Stewart remains a potential Best Supporting Actress contender this upcoming awards season, including for the Academy Awards.
Her chances will chiefly depend on three factors:
- How strongly the usually laissez faire IFC Films pushes the film.
- Whether critics' groups and/or the Hollywood Foreign Press Association singles her out at year's end.
- On the Road doesn't immediately bomb at the U.S. box office.
Now, if one good thing has come out of the Kristen Stewart-Rupert Sanders scandal, is that it has helped to fuel interest on Stewart's two upcoming releases – Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is the other one – much like the scandal helped to fuel interest in Robert Pattinson's Cosmopolis.
Three weekends ago, David Cronenberg's bizarre comedy/drama opened to solid figures in the United States. Since then, however, the film's box office returns have gone fast downhill.
Kristen Stewart 'appreciation' society
We've received lots of pro & con comments regarding our “Kristen Stewart appreciation” articles, which were written around the time the scandal broke, and in response to the self-serving, holier-than-thou attacks on Stewart.
Had it been the other way around, i.e., Robert Pattinson and Rupert Sanders caught making out in a car or behind the bushes, and the ensuing fire and brimstone that would inevitably have been hurled at them, we would have posted a “Robert Pattinson appreciation” article instead.
Update: The Alt Film Guide editor was called (via email) a “poisonous snake” – unclear whether cobra, viper, or asp – by an irate Pattinson fan because of the paragraph above.
Making it clear for the dim-witted out there: No poisonous reference or mockery was intended. That's the whole obvious point of the “appreciation” bit.
'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' trailer
While Kristen Stewart attends the Toronto Film Festival, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner will be unveiling a new The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 trailer at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.
Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the fifth and last installment in the overextended Twilight Saga movie franchise (there are only four books), opens on Nov. 16.
In addition to Stewart, Pattinson, and Lautner, the Bill Condon-directed movie features:
Kristen Stewart Red Carpet photo via Just Jared, which has several other such images as well.
Kristen Stewart fans' image via Pop Sugar.
Note: This is a reedited “combo” post; an amalgamation of two articles about the Kristen Stewart Red Carpet Comeback that had been originally posted a day apart.
Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund On the Road TIFF 2012 interview
On the Road stars Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund were interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival a.k.a. TIFF 2012. Stewart, Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst, and director Walter Salles were in Toronto to present a new, tighter edit of Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's autobiographical '50s novel. (A longer version of) On the Road had its world premiere last May at the Cannes Film Festival, where the film was greeted by mixed reviews – though its cast members, particularly Stewart and Hedlund, received overwhelmingly positive notices. [Image: Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund On the Road TIFF 2012 interview.]
Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund became attached to On the Road – as, respectively, Marylou and Dean Moriarty – long before they became stars. In fact, Stewart hadn't even started filming Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight, in which she plays the now iconic Bella Swan, and which became a sleeper blockbuster in November 2008. The sci-fier TRON: Legacy was in Hedlund's future as well.
On the Road 'boot camp'
During the interview, Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund discuss how/why they became actors, their early career choices, and their On the Road casting and experiences. Salles, who apparently handpicked both Stewart and Hedlund, had his actors immerse themselves in their respective roles, an approach that included extensive discussions and rehearsals prior to filming (which was done in 2010).
Kristen Stewart (on playing the free-spirited Marylou): “The character I'm playing is doing things for the first time as well. I really did get to live sort of carefree for a bit. Not every second, obviously. There were a few times when I was like, 'I hope I'm not being photographed right now on the set.'”
Garrett Hedlund on On the Road's “boot camp”: “For four weeks prior to starting filming … all of us every morning until night [got together to] just live and breathe [On the Road] … We got to sit with biographers … who offered us to listen to tapes of LuAnne Henderson [Stewart's Marylou in the film] … It was just wonderful.”
On the Road cast
On the Road has already been screened in a handful of countries, including France, Brazil, and Belgium. In addition to Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund, the cast includes Sam Riley, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Morgan, Tom Sturridge, Alice Braga, and Elisabeth Moss.
IFC Films / Sundance Selects will release On the Road for 2012/2013 awards season consideration in the U.S. on December 21. Oscar chances will chiefly depend on the film's marketing push and (American) critical reception.
Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund's upcoming movies
Kristen Stewart will next be seen in Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the last installment in the Twilight Saga movie franchise co-starring Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Breaking Dawn - Part 2's extensive cast also includes Elizabeth Reaser, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Kellan Lutz, Michael Sheen, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Nikki Reed, Maggie Grace, and Ashley Greene.
Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund photo via scottfeinberg.com.
Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund: AFI FEST 2012 On the Road red carpet
Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund, two of the leads in Walter Salles' On the Road, and producers Charles Gillibert and Rebecca Yeldham were present at Los Angeles' AFI FEST Saturday screening of Salles' film adaptation (written by José Rivera) of Jack Kerouac's iconic novel. The On the Road screening – and U.S. premiere – was held at the equally iconic Grauman's Chinese Theatre, L.A.'s preeminent site for movie premieres since superstar Norma Talmadge accidentally stepped in the forecourt's wet cement back in 1927. (Please scroll down to check out a video of Stewart, Hedlund, Gillibert, and Yeldham being interviewed on the AFI FEST's On the Road red carpet. Photo: Kristen Stewart at AFI FEST 2012.)
Kristen Stewart: Marylou ahead of her time then and now
Kristen Stewart: “I think I was 16 … maybe freshly 17 when I met Walter for the movie, and at the time I'd have done craft service for On the Road. I'd have done anything. I'd have followed them in a caravan just to be like a groupie. It's a funny way to put it: I “agreed” to the job when I was that age. I was so not ready to play that part [of the free-spirited Marylou]. So I think the process of getting a little bit older, getting to know the woman behind the character, it all helped me to play somebody so sort of … She's not out of reach. It's just that she's … She was ahead of her time then, she's ahead of her time like now.”
See also: “Kristen Stewart cast in 'Focus'?.”
Garrett Hedlund: Walter Salles and 'guerrilla filmmaking'
Garrett Hedlund, for his part, says a couple of curious things: “I remember looking up online to see who'd be directing [On the Road] if it was adapted into a movie, and it said 'Francis Ford Coppola.' So, I just said, 'Shit! I'll never get a chance at this.”
Regarding the filming of On the Road with someone other than Coppola at the helm – that would be Walter Salles – Hedlund elaborated: “You know, it was pretty much the journey of a lifetime because – just the way that he films … They have a term, 'guerrilla filming [sic].' Most of the films that he does down in South America are two handfuls of crew members and one handful of non-actors [e.g., Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna in The Motorcycle Diaries; Brazilian heartthrob Rodrigo Santoro in Behind the Sun; grand dames of the Brazilian stage, film, and television Fernanda Montenegro and Marília Pêra in Central Station] and he ends up making these magical films with them. … Over the last five years, Walter has become one of the greatest in my eyes and will always be.”
Besides Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund, the On the Road cast includes Sam Riley, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge, Kirsten Dunst, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga, and Elisabeth Moss.
Kristen Stewart image via AFI FEST 2012's YouTube page.