As to be expected, the just released trailer (see below) for Walter Salles' On the Road looks classy – beautiful, subdued cinematography by Eric Gautier – and offers believable performances by a strong cast that includes Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart. The film's target audience is clearly not the popcorn-eating Cineplex crowd; else, the trailer wouldn't have featured any old typewriters or lines such as “the only people that interest me are the mad ones. The ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, desirous of everything at the same time. The ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing.”
In fact, the most interesting aspect of the On the Road trailer is that, unlike most movie trailers out there, it gives words the same emphasis as images. To say that's because it's based on a book – Jack Kerouac's – is nonsense. Just look at the trailers for myriad other novel adaptations, from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to the Robert Pattinson vehicle Bel Ami. Their focus is on the images, whether those are of sweeping vistas and action scenes, or the faces of the actors involved in the drama (or comedy, as the case may be). Note: I have nothing against images. Just look at the above photo. That one image says 1,000 words – or more, depending on how wild your imagination is.
Anyhow, although I'm sure there have been more, right now I can think of only one other trailer of a film adaptation of a literary work that placed a strong emphasis on words: Fred Zinnemann's 1977 drama Julia, starring Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave, and based on Lillian Hellman's (highly fictionalized) autobiographical book Pentimento.
Wrapping this up: when I post my list of “most eagerly anticipated 2012 releases” – hopefully I'll get that done before December 31 – On the Road will definitely be there. The film, by the way, still doesn't have a US distributor. If The Weinstein Company (or some other savvy distributor) gets this one, don't be too surprised if On the Road and its talent become key 2012/2013 awards-season players.
In addition to Hedlund, Riley, and Stewart, On the Road features the following: Man of Steel's Amy Adams, Melancholia's Kirsten Dunst, A Dangerous Method's Viggo Mortensen, Effie's Tom Sturridge, Ideal's Danny Morgan, Elysium's Alice Braga, and Get Him to the Geek's Elisabeth Moss. Additionally, Hustle & Flow's Terrence Howard and Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi apparently have cameos in the film. The Motorcycle Diaries' José Rivera penned the screenplay adaptation. Brokeback Mountain's Gustavo Santaolalla composed the score.
Kristen Stewart 'Breaking Dawn 2' poster: Fan-made, humanized vampire Bella Swan-Cullen
The “fan-made” poster above features Kristen Stewart as the transformed Bella Swan-Cullen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.
Created by Deviant artist RyoDambar, this new and improved Bella looks human – in the sense that she could walk around town without having people flee for their lives. At the same time, she seems different.
Whereas Summit Entertainment had their make-up people throw tons of white powder on the faces of the Twilight movie vampires, the look of this Bella the Vampire is quite subtle. As it should be.
In fact, Stewart's Bella looks like a character out of one of the classier Hammer productions.
And there's more Breaking Dawn 2 news. See below.
'Breaking Dawn 2' trailer: Teaser introduces Kristen Stewart as a Born Again Vampire
Ominous music. “After 18 years of being utterly ordinary,” says Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan-Cullen, “I finally found that I could shine.”
More ominous music. Robert Pattinson's Edward Cullen apparently agrees with Bella: “So beautiful. We're the same temperature now.”
Yet some more ominous music. Cut to a close-up of Stewart's/Bella's white-powdered face and reddish eyes.
In case you haven't guessed (or checked out the video clip above), that's the teaser trailer for Breaking Dawn - Part 2, which also features a smartly dressed Taylor Lautner (“I didn't expect … You seem so … You”) as the hunky werewolf Jacob Black.
'Breaking Dawn 2' to break box office records?
Twihards are surely already organizing a moviegoing army to eviscerate the opening weekend domestic box office of Gary Ross' The Hunger Games, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth; Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, starring Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, and Tom Hardy; and Joss Whedon's The Avengers, starring Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Mark Ruffalo.
Heck, if these fans turn out to be as powerful as the Born Again Bella, they may even succeed.
Either way, Lionsgate will be thrilled. Both The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises – the latter bankrolled by the now defunct Summit Entertainment – now belong to them.
'The Hunger Games' vs. thirsty vampires
This weekend, The Hunger Games opened to the tune of $155 million. Part of the film's appeal to a certain segment of the moviegoing public (i.e., Twilight fans) was the fact that the Breaking Dawn 2 teaser trailer preceded the feature.
Anyhow, come next fall Lionsgate will surely be praying for even bigger numbers for Breaking Dawn 2.
Now, if only Bella wouldn't go after a beautiful deer in the forest. If vegetarian vampires can't survive on lettuce and carrots, why don't they try protein bars?
Cast & release date
Directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey) and adapted by Melissa Rosenberg from Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel, Breaking Dawn 2, the final installment in the Twilight Saga movie franchise, opens in the U.S. and Canada on Nov. 16, '12.
Besides Kristen Stewart, Breaking Dawn 2 features:
Christopher Heyerdahl. Mackenzie Foy. Lee Pace. MyAnna Buring. Angela Sarafyan. Cameron Bright. Rami Malek.
Noel Fisher. Mia Maestro. Ty Olsson. Charlie Bewley. Daniel Cudmore. Kiowa Gordon. Omar Metwally. Christian Camargo.
Casey LaBow. Bronson Pelletier. Erik Odom. Guri Weinberg. Lisa Howard. Alex Meraz. Joel Anderson.
See also: First 'Breaking Dawn 2' image: Robert Pattinson's face & Kristen Stewart's hair.
'Snow White and the Huntsman' TV spot: Despite misleading dialogue, not a no-holds-barred lesbian romance
This Snow White and the Huntsman TV spot features a few moments not seen before. Or at least that I hadn't seen before. Brief, fleeting moments, but new (to me) all the same – e.g., Charlize Theron's Evil Queen Ravenna (my fingers keep going for “Rihanna,” but she's in another summer movie: Peter Berg's Battleship) telling Kristen Stewart's Snow White: “I feel that you and I are bound … forever!”
Later on, the Evil Queen demands (again): “Bring me her heart.”
She means it, too.
'Snow White and the Huntsman' cast
Snow White and the Huntsman was directed by Rupert Sanders from a screenplay by Evan Daugherty (Killing Season), John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Rookie), and Hossein Amini (Drive, The Wings of the Dove).
In addition to Kristen Stewart and Best Actress Oscar winner Charlize Theron (Monster, 2003) – who'll soon be seen in Ridley Scott's sci-fier Prometheus – the dark adventure fantasy features the following:
- Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Cabin in the Woods) as the Huntsman.
- Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Prince William a.k.a. Prince Charming.
- Ray Winstone (Hugo, The Sweeney).
- Ian McShane (Jack the Giant Killer, Sexy Beast).
- Bob Hoskins (Mona Lisa, Who Framed Roger Rabbit).
- Toby Jones (The Hunger Games, Captain America: The First Avenger).
- Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes, Vera Drake).
- Lily Cole (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Moth Diaries).
- Vincent Regan (Clash of the Titans, 300).
- Noah Huntley (Your Highness, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe).
- Nick Frost (Attack the Block, Kinky Boots).
- Rachael Stirling (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Young Victoria).
Distributed by Universal, Snow White and the Huntsman opens June 1, '12.
More Kristen Stewart & Snow White
Also this year, Kristen Stewart co-stars opposite Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley in Walter Salles' On the Road. The indie drama will quite possibly be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
And later in the year, there's the aforementioned Breaking Dawn 2.
Stewart, by the way, will not be the only actress to be seen as Snow White on the big screen in the coming months: Relativity Media's humorous retelling of the fairy tale, Mirror Mirror, opens in four days: March 30, '12.
Kristen Stewart a.k.a. the Born Again Vampire Bella Swan-Cullen Breaking Dawn 2 poster via shockya.com.
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 trailer: Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate Pictures.
Snow White and the Huntsman trailer/TV spot: Universal Pictures.