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‘Welcome to the Rileys’: Kristen Stewart Fans Attack Article


Kristen Stewart in ‘Welcome to the Rileys,’ with James Gandolfini.

Kristen Stewart Welcome to the Rileys online controversy

To date (Nov. 14), none of my posts has attracted as much attention – in sheer number of comments – as the one titled “Kristen Stewart Welcome to the Rileys Box Office Plummets.”

Kristen Stewart fans unwelcome Welcome to the Rileys post

Needless to say, the vast majority of the comments were negative. Among those, quite a few were unrelentingly abusive (all of which were duly deleted), including attacks on my character, my intelligence, and my manhood. One commenter went as far as to call for a boycott against Alt Film Guide and have it disseminated on Twitter.

Part of the reason for the barrage of attacks was a misconstrued joke (later deleted) about Kristen Stewart’s fans on Twitter. Some, however, were outraged simply because I dared to report the truth: the Jake Scott-directed melodrama Welcome to the Rileys, starring Stewart, James Gandolfini, and Melissa Leo, has bombed at the North American box office.

And before any ultra-sensitive soul perceives this post as an attack against Kristen Stewart fans, let me assure you that’s not the case at all.

Whether they’re young or old, black or white, dead or alive or zombiefied, every movie star, soccer player, rock singer, pulp novelist, American Idol competitor, serial killer, has his/her fans. Apart from the serial killer crowd, some of those admirers are sane; others are demented. That’s how it goes.

In fact, just yesterday I was called a “fucking faggot” because I stated that Harrison Ford’s box office pull isn’t what it used to be. Never mind the fact that it isn’t; Morning Glory is just the latest instance in a trend that began years ago. Psychos and assholes, however, couldn’t care less about facts.

Now, on the positive side my Welcome to the Rileys post also received some welcome attention from both Kristen Stewart fans and non-fans – e.g., Twitter account holders @Selene, @Puaena, and @tam, to name three belonging to either group. Those commenters took the trouble of challenging and/or questioning my and/or others’ assertions in a rational manner.

Clarifying the Kristen Stewart / Welcome to the Rileys box office issue

Although I didn’t – and still don’t – agree with every point they made (and I’m sure that goes both ways), they have forced me to delve deeper into the matter at hand.

After being in touch with @Selene on Twitter, I decided to write this post as an attempt to answer a few of their questions/remarks, while comparing the box office performance of Welcome to the Rileys to other similar movies.

Now, be forewarned: I don’t come up with specific reasons as to why Welcome to the Rileys has thus far failed in North America. I merely raise several possibilities.


Kristen Stewart as a pole dancer/sex worker in Jake Scott’s Welcome to the Rileys

@Puaena: I have an idea why it is underperforming. I think Kristen fans showed up as much as they could but the middling reviews probably didn’t bring in anything to build on that base. It didn’t really have a unique hook.

I’d say the Welcome to the Rileys’ “hook” was Kristen Stewart herself. Her name would – or so Goldwyn hoped – lure moviegoers at least on weekends no. 1 and no. 2. Press materials we received invariably focused on Stewart’s character; Stewart was also the focal point in interviews and numerous online pieces. See virginal Bella as a foul-mouthed stripper. That sort of appeal.

In fact, without Stewart Welcome to the Rileys would most likely have gone straight to video despite the presence of James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo, neither of whom, Emmy wins or Oscar nod notwithstanding, has Stewart’s name recognition.

The film lingered for a while without a distributor, until Apparition and Sony Worldwide bought it for a reported seven figures. That’s no small amount, especially in the current – on-life-support – indie market.

Apparition’s troubles following internal disagreements about the distribution of Stewart and Dakota Fanning’s The Runaways earlier this year, resulted in Samuel Goldwyn Films handling the Welcome to the Rileys release. Goldwyn (with Sony’s help?) had about five months (June-November) to plan the film’s distribution and marketing.

Too short a window? Not necessarily. In the most famous rags-to-riches Hollywood tale in recent memory, Fox Searchlight acquired Danny Boyle’s about-to-go-straight-to-DVD Slumdog Millionaire in August 2008, and, with the assistance of Warner Bros., released the film three months later. We all know what happened after that.

What made the difference?

For one, as one commenter pointed out, the amount of money spent on promoting a movie matters enormously. Although I don’t have figures at hand, it’s clear that Fox Searchlight’s marketing campaign for Slumdog Millionaire was much more generous than Samuel Goldwyn’s for Welcome to the Rileys.

Additionally, Slumdog Millionaire‘s reviews were infinitely more enthusiastic than those for Welcome to the Rileys. For “small” films, that can make a hell of a difference. And in Slumdog Millionaire‘s particular case, there were all the awards-season trophies that culminated on a Best Picture Oscar win.

But isn’t it ridiculous to compare Slumdog Millionaire to Welcome to the Rileys?

Following its worldwide box office success, yes. Had Slumdog Millionaire gone straight to DVD back in late 2008, no. In other words, it’s “ridiculous” because Slumdog Millionaire performed uncommonly well.

Anyhow, below are some – however modest – “success stories” among indies released in 2010:


James Gandolfini tries to rescue Kristen Stewart in Jake Scott’s Welcome to the Rileys

Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics in North America, Nicole Holofcener’s Please Give features no stars, unusual “hooks,” or box office gimmicks. Even so, this extremely well-received R-rated comedy-drama (82 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics) took in $118,000 at only five theaters when it opened last spring. Its per-theater average was a remarkable $23,695.

Considering how well it opened, Please Give added 21 theaters on weekend no. 2: it jumped 104 percent, grossing another $241k or $9,275 per site. (The per-theater average drop is normal, as, all things being equal, the fewer the number of theaters showing a movie, the higher the per-theater average should be.)

Please Give went on to peak at $4.03 million domestically.

Another example: Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right – an R-rated dramatic comedy starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo – has taken in $20.8 million domestically. The debut weekend of this Focus Features release remains 2010’s best in terms of per-theater average, a whopping $70,282 at 7 locations, or a total of $491,000.

The Kids Are All Right has an astounding 96 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics, and both Annette Bening and Julianne Moore (and to a lesser extent Mark Ruffalo) have been touted as potential Academy Award nominees.

As an aside: @tam, here I agree with @Selene. Despite its thematic differences, Cholodenko’s film not only can but should be compared to Welcome to the Rileys. Both are R-rated, both star “name” – but not necessarily box office – performers, both opened at Sundance, both had similar budgets. That’s when the differences – target audience, reviews, awards buzz – become significant as to why one did well financially whereas the other didn’t.

Here’s a third example: Fox Searchlight’s well-received R-rated comedy Cyrus (74 percent among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics), which opened in June with $181,000 at 4 theaters, or $45,429 per site. Cyrus, which doesn’t feature any major stars – John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, Catherine Keener – went on to gross $7.46 million domestically.

Another one: Sundance Film Festival winner Winter’s Bone, which debuted with $85,000 at 4 theaters in June. Distributed by Roadside Attractions, Debra Granik’s dark, R-rated drama averaged $21,199 per location.

Thanks to highly positive reviews (96 percent among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics) and encouraging audience reception, the following weekend Winter’s Bone expanded to 39 theaters. It jumped 314 percent, grossing $351k while averaging a solid $9,008 per location.

Another example, from my previous post on Welcome to the Rileys:

Back in August, Goldwyn’s [PG-rated] Mao’s Last Dancer, without any awards-season buzz or major stars, took in $199,657 at 33 theaters, or $6,050 per theater on its official 1st weekend in the United States. (It had opened in May in Canada.) The following weekend, after the addition of 42 locations, Mao’s Last Dancer actually jumped more than 50 percent. It has gone on to gross $4.55 million in North America. Its biggest drop-off rate (after opening in the US) was 30.6 percent following the loss of 16 theaters.

Note that none of the aforementioned movies – all but Mao’s Last Dancer with budgets ranging from $2-7 million – were “blockbusters,” even by indie standards. Back in 2005, for instance, Focus Features’ Brokeback Mountain collected $83 million in the U.S. and Canada. The Kids Are All Right‘s box office performance pales in comparison.

Even so, considering the competition from Netflix/VOD/pay-per-view they all did relatively well – most notably The Kids Are All Right – in a market that has become nearly hostile to character-driven, “adult” movies, whether dramas or comedies, without the backing of a multi-millionaire marketing campaign (e.g., David Fincher’s The Social Network).

For Please Give, Cyrus, Winter’s Bone, and The Kids Are All Right, the “hooks” were the positive reviews and potential awards-season buzz. In fact, due to those two factors distributors may have felt inclined to spend more money pushing those films than they would have otherwise. After all, “winner of…” and/or “nominated for …” not only help at the box office, but look good on DVD/Blu-ray covers as well.

For the Australian-made Mao’s Last Dancer (budget approx. US$24.7 million today; but that actually depends on the rate exchange when the movie was produced), the initial “hook” was the fact that Bruce Beresford’s film was based on a well-known book.

Note: Positive reviews and/or the presence of one or more stars in a movie do help at the box office – but they are no guarantee of success. Annette Bening-Naomi WattsMother and Child, Zach Galifianakis’ It’s Kind of a Funny Story, and Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Jack Goes Boating, to name three, have all underperformed.

Kristen Stewart in Jake Scott’s Welcome to the Rileys

Now, for comparison’s sake:

On its debut weekend Welcome to the Rileys earned $42,000 at 10 theaters in New York, Los Angeles, and Boston – or less than half of what Please Give collected at half the number of venues. Rileys’ per-theater take was a paltry $4,215.

On its second weekend, also at 10 theaters, Jake Scott’s film was down 56 percent, bringing in only $18k and averaging a dismal $1,826. To date (not including this weekend), Welcome to the Rileys has collected $87,000.

Why show the movie in those three cities? Simple. Los Angeles and New York are the United States’ cultural centers. That’s where edgier movies (or “edgier-wannabe” movies) usually do well and, in regard to marketing and audience awareness, that’s where the bulk of the American media and people “in the business” are located.

Boston, for its part, is a major university town (or rather, metropolis).

But ultimately, the decision to use Kristen Stewart as a “hook” – the film’s jigsaw-puzzle-like poster notwithstanding – didn’t work out. Yet, how else would Welcome to the Rileys have lured moviegoers?

With a mediocre 44 percent positive rating among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics, Samuel Goldwyn Films obviously couldn’t rely on overwhelmingly positive reviews to push its release.

Despite many (though hardly unanimous) critical thumbs-up for the film’s performers, awards-season buzz has been at best middling.

Welcome to the Rileys, for instance, was nowhere to be found among the 2010 Gotham Award nominees. It may be shortlisted at the Spirit Awards, as membership (and voting) is open to the public, but that’s no guarantee it’ll get mentioned elsewhere. [Correction: The Spirit Award nominees are selected by a handful of committees. The winners are chosen by Film Independent members. Membership is open to the public.]

James Gandolfini may have been wildly popular on cable TV’s The Sopranos, but he has absolutely no box office track record on the big screen. True, Gandolfini has been in several mid-sized box office performers (some would call them “disappointments,” e.g., The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Where the Wild Things Are), but none in which he was the actual draw.

Melissa Leo may be an excellent performer; one with a Best Actress Academy Award nomination in her resume. But since when is Melissa Leo a box office attraction?

Neither director Jake Scott nor screenwriter Ken Hixon is well known.

Thus, what better way to push Welcome to the Rileys than to focus on its best-known performer, who might then guarantee at least one or two solid weekends (which could then justify a wider release)?

(It’s funny: One infuriated Stewart fan wrote me asserting that Goldwyn’s marketing campaign focused on Stewart because of her talent as an actress; as if a) she was Welcome to the Rileys’ only talented cast member b) talent = box office success. The Jackass crowd must be laughing their jack-asses off.)

Using Box Office Mojo’s $7.95 ticket-price average for 2010 – which is actually quite low when we’re talking about expensive markets like New York, Los Angeles, and Boston – approximately 5,300 moviegoers bought tickets for Welcome to the Rileys on weekend no. 1; 2,300 on weekend no. 2.

Before I proceed: I’m not sure if most people are aware that “art movie houses” in the United States are almost a thing of the past, even in the major cultural centers. In Los Angeles, where such venues have become nearly extinct, Welcome to the Rileys played at the ArcLight cinemas. In terms of accessibility, you can’t get much more audience-friendly than that.

Now, a number of irate fans wrote me insisting that the Kristen Stewart crowd fully supported the movie at the locations where Welcome to the Rileys played.

So, let’s pretend that all those people who watched Welcome to the Rileys on its first two weekends were Kristen Stewart admirers. Does that mean Stewart fans in those three metropolitan areas with a combined population of about 40 million people total only 7,600?

If not – and I’m sure Stewart’s fan base is considerably larger than that – why did so few people show up for Welcome to the Rileys? That is the puzzle.

And that’s why I came up with that much-accursed Twitter joke, though, in all fairness, to the best of my knowledge Welcome to the Rileys never became a “trending topic” on Twitter – unlike Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, another egregious box office disappointment (especially considering the generally good reviews).


Kristen Stewart, Welcome to the Rileys

In my view, there are various possibilities as to why Kristen Stewart (for those who agree with me that Goldwyn used her as a “hook”) failed as a box office magnet. I have them listed below as questions that I adapted from my previous post on the subject.

The questions center on Stewart because as far as I can tell (see reasons elsewhere in this post), that was how Welcome to the Rileys – which lacked strong reviews and/or awards-season buzz – was sold.

As a “name,” Stewart would theoretically have lured patrons in even if only to check out Bella Swan in skimpy clothing and saying “fucking” ten times per sentence. Clearly, the public-at-large couldn’t care less, but what about the fans?

Were Kristen Stewart’s fans unaware the movie was playing (in other words, the problem lay with Samuel Goldwyn’s marketing approach)? Were they put off by the negative reviews? Did they find the film’s theme unappealing? Were they too young to go without a parent or “guardian”? Do they want to see Stewart only as Bella Swan or facsimile?

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Of course, hindsight is always 20/20. Pundits can affirm that Welcome to the Rileys flopped for this reason or that reason. Yet, only a thorough investigation – interviews with the moviegoing public, concrete data on money spent on marketing and the chosen venues, etc. – will reveal the true cause(s) for Welcome to the Rileys’ below-par box office performance.

Also inspired by some of the comments posted on the Welcome to the Rileys articles, in the not-too-distant future I’ll write a post on what may happen with the careers of the three Twilight Saga alumni: Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner.

Many have predicted a dire professional future for all three – especially the first two. Even though that’s certainly a possibility, I beg to differ.

Welcome to the Rileys, by the way, has already disappeared from New York, Los Angeles, and Boston. It’s currently playing in secondary (and even smaller) markets: Austin, New Orleans (where the movie is set), Portland (Oregon), Scottsdale, Palm Springs, Camarillo, and Santa Ana.

A silver lining: Welcome to the Rileys will surely do better on DVD. The Runaways has sold more than 200k copies, pulling in $3.9 million according to The Numbers.

James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart Welcome to the Rileys picture: Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Nov. 19

James Gandolfini and Kristen Stewart Welcome to the Rileys French Box Office

Welcome to the Rileys, directed by Jake Scott, and starring James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, and Melissa Leo, opened last Wednesday on 73 screens in France. (Image: James Gandolfini gives Kristen Stewart a fatherly kiss in Welcome to the Rileys.)

Distributed by Bac Films, Welcome to the Rileys landed in 24th place on the French box office chart. During its first five days, the psychological family drama took in $158,000. According to local exhibitors, approximately 20-25k tickets were sold.

Coincidentally, that same weekend Unstoppable, directed by Jake Scott’s uncle Tony Scott, also opened in France. I won’t make any box office comparisons, as that would be quite absurd. Unstoppable stars Chris Pine, Denzel Washington, and Rosario Dawson.

In the US, at most in 10 theaters at a time, Welcome to the Rileys has grossed (up to November 14) $107,000.

Also worth noting, Welcome to the Rileys was screened at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and had some trouble finding a domestic distributor. (See also: Welcome to the Rileys gets a new distributor.)

Welcome to the Rileys: French vs. North American box office

June 19, 2013, update: According to figures found at Box Office Mojo, Welcome to the Rileys earned almost as much in France as it did in North America: $158,484 vs. $158,898. For the mathematically challenged, that’s a difference of $414.

Welcome to the Rileys cast

Besides James Gandolfini (The Sopranos, In the Loop), Kristen Stewart (The Runaways, New Moon), and Melissa Leo (Everybody’s Fine, Best Actress Academy Award nominee for Frozen River), the Welcome to the Rileys cast features Ally Sheedy, Joe Chrest, Tiffany Coty, Eisa Davis, and Lance E. Nichols. Ken Hixon, who also has a small role in the film, wrote the screenplay.

James Gandolfini kissing Kristen Stewart in Welcome to the Rileys photo: Samuel Goldwyn Films.


Kristen Stewart, Welcome to the Rileys

Oct. 31 update: Reviews for Jake Scott’s Welcome to the Rileys have been mixed. Among Rotten Tomatoes’ “top critics,” this Ken Hixon-written psychological drama starring James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, and Melissa Leo has a mediocre 41 percent “fresh” score.

That sort of critical reception has clearly affected Welcome to the Rileys at the domestic box office. After all, unlike big-budget trash, small indies can sink or swim depending on their reviews.

Despite the presence of the Twilight Saga‘s fearlessly virginal Bella Swan as a foul-mouthed stripper/pole dancer/sex worker, Welcome to the Rileys collected only $45,000 at 10 locations, or a disappointing $4,500 per-theater average as per studio estimates.

All things being equal, the fewer the number of theaters, the higher the per-theater average.

For comparison’s sake (in terms of per-theater averages, not themes): another new entry this weekend, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the second sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, scored $950,000 at 153 venues. That translates into a good (though hardly outstanding) $5,980 per theater. Noomi Rapace reprises her role as Lisbeth Salander.

Another comparison: The Yellow Handkerchief, which also features Kristen Stewart, collected $37,000 at 7 venues on its first weekend out last March. The low-budget drama’s eventual domestic total was a dismal $318,000.

Back in 2007, at only 4 theaters, Into the Wild, the film that began Stewart’s ascension, pulled in $212,000, or a sensational $53,110 per location. Generally solid reviews helped to catapult the Sean Penn-directed drama into awards season territory and acceptable box office grosses of around $18 million in the U.S. and Canada, plus a solid $37.9 million internationally.

Another early 2010 release, The Runaways, starring Stewart and Dakota Fanning, drew $805,000 at 244 theaters, averaging $3,299 per site. The $10 million rock biopic cumed at a highly disappointing $3.57 million domestically and collected only a little over $1 million overseas.

And finally, last year James Gandolfini’s British-made In the Loop brought in $192k on its debut weekend, averaging $23,983 at 8 theaters. Propelled by excellent reviews and several awards for its screenplay, Armando Iannucci’s political satire went on to gross $2.38 million domestically and another $5.39 million internationally. (Without all that critical/awards help it would have sunk without a trace.)

Considering its tentative debut and the lack of critical support, it doesn’t seem likely that Welcome to the Rileys will have a long (or wide) life at the North American box office.

Photo: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Oct 30

Welcome to the Rileys screenwriter Ken Hixon and producer Giovanni Agnelli are supposed to be present for a q&a following the 4:30 p.m. Saturday screening at ArcLight Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard.

On Friday, Agnelli apparently tweeted that Kristen Stewart was going to be present at the screening as well, but he later issued the following statement – er… tweet:

I really messed up guys! I misunderstood some information :( Kristen is NOT coming to theater tomorrow night. I’m SO sorry!!!

Agnelli added the following:

Guys, I feel like a total idiot. It was a request for her to appear and I thought it was a confirmation.

Give me 30 seconds to cover my face before you start punching…

At this stage, it’s unclear whether Kristen Stewart’s disappointed fans actually gave the Welcome to the Rileys producer the requested 30 seconds.

So, if Agnelli shows up for the ArcLight q&a with a few broken ribs and his head covered in bandages, blame it on Team Kristen’s toughies.

Also at the ArcLight on Saturday: After the 7:30pm screening of Wild Target, Q&A with director Jonathan Lynn; after the 7:35pm screening of Waiting for ‘Superman, Q&A with producer Lesley Chilcott.

Photo: Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Oct. 13

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James Gandolfini proposes to Kristen Stewart in this scene from Jake Scott’s Welcome to the Rileys.

Gandolfini’s proposal is all chaste. His character is a bereaved, well-intended father whose daughter has died, and he now wants to rescue Stewart’s pole dancer/stripper/sex worker from a life of dancing, stripping, and sex-working.

He’ll give her $100 a day if he can stay at her place, supposedly because he doesn’t like hotel rooms. “No pussy?” Stewart asks her soon-to-be surrogate daddy, before adding, “And I don’t do anal, either, just so you know.”

Welcome to the Rileys, which also features Melissa Leo, will open in New York, Los Angeles, and Boston on Oct. 29.

In the clip above, Kristen Stewart talks about dressing up as a “full-on Dracula” for four Halloweens in a row while talking with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, which will be aired tonight.

Stewart is currently promoting the upcoming release of Jake Scott’s Welcome to the Rileys, which was screened at Sundance earlier this year. In this psychological family drama, Stewart plays a foul-mouthed pole dancer/sex worker who is “adopted” by married couple James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo.

Welcome to the Rileys opens in New York, Los Angeles, and Boston on Oct. 29.

Kristen Stewart chats up with Jay Leno in this brief clip from The Tonight Show. Stewart was there to talk about her upcoming movie Welcome to the Rileys, which could well bring her quite a bit of buzz throughout awards season.

Unfortunately, in this initial clip (part II to be posted shortly) Leno mostly talks about nothing, a bad habit that plagues the vast majority of talk shows.

Stewart is asked if she likes New Orleans, where she’d been shooting Walter SallesOn the Road; how she feels about her new blond hair; if she ate sea food in Louisiana; and if she’s ever seen a naked man older than Terry Bradshaw.

Painful stuff, mostly. But there’s a curious bit about the Hollywood Cemetery, where movies are screened sometimes, and, even more interesting, Stewart’s thoughts on Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider (1969), itself in some way or other inspired by On the Road:

“I really liked it. I mean … it’s nice to watch people be free and independent and, you know, and do things that people think aren’t ‘normal.'”

Answering Leno’s question on whether she found anything “daring” in Easy Rider:

“I guess the drug thing … but other than that it’s just … knowing the fact that you don’t have a direction and knowing that‘s your direction, and being, ‘Yeah, that’s my direction. Leave me alone.'”

On the Road, which is scheduled to open in the US some time in 2011, also stars Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge, and Kirsten Dunst.

Jay Leno finally gets to talk about Welcome to the Rileys in part II of the interview.

Kristen Stewart explains the plot of the movie directed by Jake Scott and written by Ken Hixon, which Stewart describes as a “character-driven” piece.

She adds that the film was shot at real strip clubs in New Orleans, so Jay Leno can add his own bit about his experiences at strip clubs and VIP rooms, only to come up with the moralizing remark that such a club is “ultimately a very depressing place.”

After blaming drug use for the downfall of the PG-rated strip clubs of yore, Leno asks Stewart to introduce a clip in which James Gandolfini’s family man gives Stewart’s foul-mouthed pole dancer/sex worker a lesson in morals and etiquette.

Welcome to the Rileys opens in New York, Los Angeles, and Boston on Oct. 29.

Kristen Stewart chats with MTV’s Josh Horowitz about Welcome to the Rileys, a drama directed by Jake Scott, and in which Stewart plays a pole dancer/sex worker “adopted” by Melissa Leo and James Gandolfini, who, as per Horowitz, doesn’t like doing interviews.

Among the highlights of the interview are Stewart bluntly remarking that “I thought this movie was gonna do nothing, basically,” and that she found working with James Gandolfini “oddly comforting” – in that she knew her on-screen partner would deliver a good performance.

When Horowitz reminds Stewart that she once said she would “kill” a guy looking at a girl “the wrong way” – which “wrong way” went unexplained – Stewart clarifies that she was probably feeling “spunky” the day she vowed bloody murder. She adds that what she had meant to say was that she had become extremely sensitive about “those things.”

But the real highlight of the interview is Stewart’s genuine laughter when she says, “I can’t lie about that,” after Horowitz asks her if she knows what “Krisbians” are.

Among the other goodies in the interview are Stewart’s assertion that she’d like to star in an action movie such as Wanted (she’d been mentioned as the possible lead in Wanted 2), and her assessment of her shortcomings as an actress in Welcome to the Rileys (filmed shortly after Twilight), adding that “I feel like I’ve gotten better with every movie.”

Stripping – which she doesn’t do on camera in Welcome to the Rileys – was “naturally found.”

I skipped the part in which Horowitz asks Stewart if she got to cook for the On the Road cast and crew.

And here’s wondering what Kristen Stewart gay (male) fans are called. Gaytens? Gaywarts?

Welcome to the Rileys opens in New York, Los Angeles, and Boston next Friday, Oct. 29.

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Heavily madeup prostitute with a bruised heart has her money stolen by some asshole who wanted to fuck her up the ass. She starts screaming hysterically, using expletives the way most people use “kinda like,” and even gets to throw a shoe at an onlooker. If that ain’t Oscar bait material, I don’t know what is.

In a weak year for female performances, if there were a heavy push for Kristen Stewart’s expletive-machine / pole dancer / sex worker in Jake Scott’s Welcome to the Rileys, which opens tomorrow in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles, Stewart could indeed get shortlisted for the Best Actress Oscar.

As is – Nicole Kidman, Noomi Rapace, Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Sally Hawkins, and about ten other strong possibilities – Stewart’s chances are all but nil even though she, trademark mannerisms notwithstanding, totally outacts James Gandolfini in the clip above. (Personally, my favorite moment is when she throws the shoe at the motel manager.)

Well, things could go a different way if US critics come to the realization they just love the Twilight Saga star. That’s not impossible, but when you have Kidman, Rapace, Bening, etc. etc., it seems quite unlikely.

But if a Kristen Stewart nomination were to happen, the Academy should probably select a PG clip for the awards ceremony – in case there is such a thing in Welcome to the Rileys.

Else, half of Stewart’s dialogue (written by Ken Hixon) would have to be bleeped out lest the Oscarcast become a corrupting influence in American homes.

Warning: This is an R-rated clip. Before watching it, make sure to clear the room of any children, pets, and potted plants.

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louise -

>but most directors that have worked with Kristen go beyond the obligatory “yeah,she was great” into actually gushing about her.<

No, they don't. The last director even said that she went constantely off script and he had to remind her that something like that doesn't work.

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justine -

Yeah, directors say nice things about their leading ladies all the time, but most directors that have worked with Kristen go beyond the obligatory “yeah,she was great” into actually gushing about her. I don’t see her ever having a problem getting work based on the amount of respect she has earned among the professionals that matter in Hollywood. I would prefer to see her movies on the big screen, but I’ll take what I can get.

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louise -

>That being said, the writer, Melissa Rosenberg, has said that one of the reasons they signed Bill Condon was because he wanted to work with Kristen, which means that for a very young actress she’s impressed some important people.<

Really? Directors are saying something nice about the leading actor in Twilight? I'm totally shocked. Something like that never happens.

The point why WTTR box office was bad is that the movie should have gone straight to DVD instead of being shown in theaters. Other movies who wouldn't generate an audience aren't released in theaters and nobody cares about that.

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Lola -

When has a starlet’s stripping turn ever really lure in viewers significantly? Kristen is mainly drooled over by females at this point, and this is due to the fact she stars in an exclusively female-driven franchise. Most of her female admirers like her for the very reasons she isn’t admired by the Maxim crowd: she wears jeans and flannel most of the time, doesn’t seem interested in the least about becomning the next Maxim pin up girl, and owns her small chested status quite happily(no padded bras or surgery,etc.)

The girls who have touted stripping roles before were more traditional pinup types-jessica biel, lindsay lohan, demi moore. Biel and Moore even showed more flesh. And yet every “hey look, so and so is showing off her tatties as a stripper” role has failed at attracting the theater viewers as much as their role attracted media attention.

The reality is that the internet has demystified the whole lure of seeing stars in various states of undress. Sites are dedicated to showing shots of stars nude from movies, half of the time before the movie even comes out. Why pay 10 bucks to see a starlet semi-nude when you can see the stills of it six months beforehand on the various sites that offer them? Megan Fox found that out with Jennifer’s Body didn’t she, and she’s probably the most lusted woman in America right now.

I just think it’s a little silly to act like to pretend that the public cares AT ALL at this point in time when any starlet does skimpy or half naked even.

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Mel -

I can completely detach myself from any actor and their various roles, whether they are part of a franchise or not. Each project speaks for itself. I truly believed and believe in WTTR as a great indie movie.

The only thing I can say regarding Twilight is that I’m thankful it made us all more aware of Kristen’s talent and made many more aware of indie films in general.

I’ve only seen WTTR once, but I took an hour’s flight to another city to watch it at a film festival in Aust. as soon as I heard it was screening there. It hasn’t been released nationally here, although the local distributor has said it will be out early 2011, and I will be seeing it as many times as I can and dragging others with me.

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ruby -

What on earth is that Sally poster talking about? Who brought up Kristen’s awards? Talk about bolting through the gate before it was open. Bias indeed.

I live in Europe so will pobably have to catch this on dvd. Its Kristen I wil be going to see it for. I respect fine actors like Gandolfini and Leo too, but I am not driven to see their movies.

If im honest WTTR is not the type of movie I would usually see in theaters. Its ‘deep’, and if i were to see a movie of this genre it would need to have award buzz or something. So, its certainly not an easy sell.

People who have seen it seem to love it. The problem with a franchise like Twilight is that it gives people ridiculous expectations of the actors. And there is nothing the media like more than to label somebody a failure. Luckily Kristen is on the business for the right reasons and will hopefully make many more movies

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Kate -

I’m a fan of Kristen Stewart. I think she’s a great actress and seems like a really cool chick. I try not to hold Twilight against her. Needless to say, I’m not a fan of anything that has Stefanie Meyer attached to it. That being said, I’ve loved Kristen’s other films, such as “Into the Wild”, “The Cake Eaters”, “Adventureland” and “The Runaways”. Her body of work was one of the main reasons I wanted to see “Welcome to the Riley’s”. I’m also a fan of James Gandolfini and was excited to see him shed his Tony Soprano character by embracing a more sensitive role. I had read the original script and knew it would be a moving, character driven film. Luckily I got the chance to see it play out on the big screen when I was in NYC for a wedding. I know a lot people didn’t have that opportunity and I’m sorry that they missed out. I was blown away by Stewart, Gandolfini and Melissa Leo. Exceptional performances all around. If you haven’t seen it and you live in a city where it’s playing, go! If you can take a roadtrip to see it, do it. If you have to wait to get in on DVD, be patient. Trust me, “Welcome to the Riley’s is worth it!

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Puaena -

Helena makes an interesting point. Are the projects that Kristen picks accessible to movie going public?

When I think of The Runaways, I thought that movie would do so much better than it did. It wasn’t the greatest movie but it had some great selling points to it and it failed at the box office. That it has sold well for DVD shows that people were interested but not enough to see in theaters.

But as for WTTR, The Cake Eaters (which never got a theatrical release), The Yellow Handkerchief (which I love), these movies were a risk.

But risk or not, should they not be made? If they interest an actress like Stewart (or Gandolfini or Leo for that matter), should she just say no to them and just do the money making potential films? I think she’d hate it if her only choice was the money making ventures.

As a comparison to her because he’s known for his independent films, I looked at Ryan Gosling’s films post-The Notebook. Stay, his 1st film to come out after The Notebook, didn’t even make $10m. Half-Nelson, the film he was nom’d for an Oscar, didn’t even make $5m worldwide. Even adjusting for ticket prices (it came out in 2006), that’s astounding given that 2006 was a much friendlier indie market than today.

Lars & the Real Girl topped at $11m worldwide. It is only Fracture with Anthony Hopkins that Gosling gets into ‘hit’ territory ($40m domestic; $91m worldwide) but it was traditional Hollywood fare.

But of those post-Notebook movies, does anyone really look at Fracture and go, “Yeah, that was amazing.” Doubt it. Most people talk about Half Nelson or Lars far more because post-theatrical release, people found it. (Although it has become like Iron Giant where lots of people say they saw them in theaters but if every person who said they saw Iron Giant, Half Nelson and/or Lars in the theaters really did, then they would have made a lot more money but that’s another convo altogether.)

I’m not saying that Kristen is in the same talent league with Gosling but they both have a penchant for picking unusual projects. Their choices may work for the movie going audience or they might not but they’re gonna do it anyway. In case of Yellow Handkerchief, I love that she did that movie because I love that movie. On flip side, I’m going to be hard pressed to go see K-11 if that movie should ever come to fruition.

But as a Kristen Stewart fan, I have to be ready for this risk. She may have forgettable hits and memorable flops but as one person has said elsewhere, In this age of DVD/OnDemand/Netflix, etc., is any movie ever really a flop? The audience will find the movie somehow.

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Puaena -

Sally: Maybe you haven’t read the comments but no one here has mentioned Kristen’s awards and Twilight has been discussed as a distortion of her box office potential.

Also, not all Kristen fans are Twilight fans or vice versa. The fact that you assume that in your statements shows more of a bias on your part than anything else.

And I too have read the reviews. Kristen did indeed get some criticism and that’s fair enough but overall, the bulk of the negativity was for the pacing and the thin premise in the script.

Point is that the movie isn’t under performing because of Kristen but her “hook” (if one sees her as the ‘hook’ and I don’t) couldn’t cover up its flaws either.

As for her “Bella in different clothes”, I think that is a meme that is getting old. She’s an actress who is evolving but her Joan was not a Bella-in-different-clothes. If you saw her as such, then that’s your prejudice because a lot of other people saw her so much like Joan that they began to attribute traits that are Joan’s onto her so she must have done something right.

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susan epstein -

Will the movie be coming to Chicago?

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lisbeth -

Jenny i agree with everything you said.

The weight of the success of this movie shouldn’t be put on her little shoulder.

It’s time for this studio to realise that she is one of this people that people are really passionate about( some love her some hate her).
Unfortunately this passion doesn’t translate in BO numbers.

Most are passionnate about her just bc of her maybe maybe not relationship with pPattinson.

I think is time for her to draw a firm line between her work and her relatioship. For now that lines is too blurry. Robsten fans are like 90% of her fanbase. They don’t care for her isf rob isn’t in the picture. Just go to any of her fansite and look at how many comment you have on anny of her project compared to topics about robsten or even twicrap.

It’s maybe time for her PR team to stop trying to win Twilight fans and start winning the normal moviegoers.

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Jenny -

I’m a Kristen fan and I’ve seen WTTR twice now. I saw it once in a festival and was lucky enough to have it close enough to my city to support it in theatre as well. Both viewings had a predominantly older crowd- as in 40+. Less than 10% of the audience were under that. It was really James G’s movie in my opinion. Kristen’s role was really 3rd behind James and Melissa (again just my opinion). I would have liked to see promotion focus on James more.

I loved the movie and thought all three actors were great.

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Selene -

Let me correct a phrase…

She could have done Disney’s like movies or teen movies as most of the child or teen actors do…..

But she didn’t and also she didn’t do blockbusters movies while growing up like Dakota Fanning did. Who became very known by R rated audience because of this.

Her real fans at this moment of her career are not many, I think… As mostly of her real fans are adult women, several of them saw the movie at least one time and some traveled to see it in other States during the festival season. We know it because the twitter, blog and boards like IMDB.

For me it is the same that ask Dakota Fanning or Abigail Breslin, who are known by R rated average audience in a couple of years to be the hook of a movie. It won’t happen also if it will a drama, maybe if this will a ron-com.

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Selene -

Lisbeth, have you been in Kristen’s IMDB board last few days?
I agree with you and all the others that said that this movie should be first released in Europe maybe Europe and Brazil at the same time, because sre market that like more character driven movies.
I am doing a survey with the Brazilians fans of Kristen (I am a Brazilian) and 60% of her fans are women above 18 years old.

I only want to remember that most of the critics and people like us forget that she is only 20 years old. For the last 10 years 95% of her movies were indie’s movies, she was a child actor or a teen actor, so… SHE IS NOT a reference for R rated audience reguardless her A list status right now.

She could have done Disney’s like movies or teen movies as most of the child or teen actors do.

In R rated movies, for the audience, her name means nothing, it is just a name of a beautiful young woman linked to greater teen phenomenon of the last 20 years.

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lisbeth -

I really love all your articles about this movie.

I wrote a post on Kristen board after the runaways flop saying, if WTTR people are smart they will open this movie first in Europe to build some kind of hype. I was quite sure that this movie will do better in Europe than in the US. I have seen it twice in Paris. Everytime the theater was almost full. Going to wait for the official numbers to see if my observation was correct.

I think Kristen real fans the one who will pay to see her outside bella are not in the US only a few of them are in The US.

Kristen fans are mostly Bella fans, the other part of her fandom is ROBSTEN fans they only care if she is fucking Pattinson( since they can’t date him they live the relatioship trough her like they do with bella).

Most of her real fans the one she had during her ITW days have left the board they couldn’t stand Twifandoms stupidity. I’m one of them i haven’t left yet because she has more to offer. Sometime her twilight, robsten fans make it so hard for us just old fans that we want to just say bye and then you watch Adventureland and say why is she doing in that stupid franchise?

Anyway, WTTR should have open outside the US first in Europe or Why not in Brazil, they love her there. A good publicist should have seen that.

Also one of the thing you miss in all your article is, the story of this movie is his biggest problem, is not really original and not really well written either.

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Lilac -

I think you and a lot of other writers cannot identify Kristen’s fans. There are Twihards, which are not necessarily Kristen fans. They go to see Bella. You have to discount them seeing a movie like this. Samuel Goldwyn sent screening passes to popular Twilight sites so they would write reviews. That was a mistake. This movie should not have been marketed on Kristen’s Twilight fame. “The Runaways” had Dakota and Kristen, and it didn’t fare too much better. SG should have learned their lesson from Apparition.

I think Kristen has lost the fanbase she had during the “Into the Wild” days because of Twilight. Now that she has been playing Bella through 5 movies, it’s going to be harder to move away from that. Some people will never see Kristen, the actress again, they’ll always see Bella.

I agree with you that many Kristen fans in NY, LA, and Boston didn’t support this film or the numbers would have been higher. Maybe they just didn’t want to see it. I know some people have said they feel uncomfortable watching Kristen play a victim, etc.

I still say internet hype does not equal box office success. You mentioned Scott Pilgrim, which tracked well and didn’t do good at the box office. “Let Me In” is another example of that, and it got great reviews too.

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tam -

You didn’t get what I was saying. WTTR can be compared to every indie movie. But the other poster said that through a better marketing WTTR could have achieved the same gross as The Kids Are All Right.

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Lilac -

Another interesting article. “The Kids are All Right” had advertising. I saw the commercial numerous time on television. The commercials had catchy music and were upbeat.

Also, “The Kids are All Right”, “Cyrus”, and “Winter’s Bone” were all released in the Summer. Maybe it’s time that indies not all be dumped at the beginning and end of the year. The summer is mostly big budget family and action films. There are few indies released at that time. That is something distributors might want to look at. Indies could be the alternative.

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gabi -

I think “on the Road” will even have a harder time

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Lilac -

I agree with you on the point that “Welcome to the Rileys” would have probably gone to DVD without Kristen. “The Yellow Handkerchief” would also have not gotten a theater release, despite having William Hurt and Maria Bello in the leads.

Fox Searchlight puts more money behind their films. Despite that, movies like “Never Let Me Go”, which opened well didn’t go far at the box office. This leads me to believe that subject matter is more important than anything. You mention “Slumdog Millionaire”, and although it had sadness and rough elements, it was sold as an uplifting tale. The ending was joyful. The same thing can be said with “127 Hours”, which is being advertised as an inspirational story. Audiences enjoy hopeful films, especially in stressful times like now (recession, high unemployment). One of the biggest complaints I see about WTTR is people don’t like the story.

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Jessica Williams -

so… amazing! She is the best actress! I love it when she’s angry. It just makes me jump!

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Susana -

Some people don’t feel that the seafood is safe, Amy. I’m headed to NOLA for the film fest this week. The director is presenting wttr and it’s opening the show. My husband won’t touch seafood from this region. I’m not as picky but respect his choice.

Kristen was killer on Leno. She looked gorgeous and her smile lit up the room. Leno liked the movie so that was a big win. The tank top was sold out but it’s from MakeBelieve. The pants are Juicy.

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Brandon -

You can buy the “Geronimo” tank top she’s wearing

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Amy -

Kristen made a comment about New Orleans seafood that was completely false. She said you can’t eat the seafood here in New Orleans….Wrong…… The seafood is fine and safe. We sure don’t need her false statements. Also….crawfish are absolutley delicious!!!

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Tamanna -

Reason i am writing this is because i finally read the twilight saga books which was with me for the past 2 years.I sort of liked it even though the books have some flaws.Then i decided to see the movies on DVD’s.The first one is just ok though the director could have made it better by adding few more scenes.Kristens acting looked dull but people didn’t notice it because of rob.Focus naturally went from kristen to rob and she was just in the background.But the director somehow managed to retain the chemistry between the two.
Yesterday saw newmoon.I cant say how disappointed i am.What should I say? Bad direction,bad screenplay.Adding unnecessary scenes in voltura which portrays rob as a weakling.What about Kristen?Is she an actress or what?She just stood their as if she was reading the script.No emotions what so ever.The part where rob is leaving her it seemed to me that she was bored and was waiting for him to go.Rob still had some emotions on his face.Kristen should have acted hysterical or in shock.Months that passed was shown her sitting on a chair without shedding a tear. When she meets Jacob she is very active. She didn’t come across as somebody who is grieving. Between rob and Kristen was there any chemistry?I think the director didn’t even read the book.He was just there relying on the horrible script and horrible actress to do the job.It is inexcusable of Kristen to give such a poor performance as she is in this field for the past 8 years. Rob and Taylor have improved drastically although they are not born actors like Leonardo Di caprio. I am sure with time they will also be good.I was wondering is there any way this movie could be remade with a different bella or are we stuck with this emotionless statue forever.Her poor acting is in fact detrimental for her fellow actors.Just because the rumor that pattinson is dating her is circulating she has some supporters.People want to see them together.Once when twilight saga is finished she will be finished. She lacks depth in her acting. Welcome to the Rileys is the best she can do. That is straight forward role with wooden miserable expressions.To act well the actor should know the character they play well. Unfortunately she doesn’t know her characters well. Thats why for every role there is stuttering, lip biting,inhaling exhaling loudly and blinking. That’s her trademark acting. No other emotion is possible. Can she shed few tears at the appropriate time? Never. When people say that is her twihard fans that she is worthy of oscars i feel like puking. What an insult to Alpacino, Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando. They should watch the speech of Alpacino in the Scent of a Woman.If she can produce even a micro ounce of that acting she can go a long way.

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Selene -

Zac, my friend, I am just an little old Brazilian lover of the cinematographic’s art and ultra impressed with the opportunities that the Internet gave to all of us have discussion like this one!!!
Never in my life I could imagine that I would be discussing “Cinema” and the art of acting with people from all over the world and with you, a profession critic and analyst working in USA.

Thank you for listen to us, TO ME!!! I am proud to follow you and your work!

Regardless if we agree or disagree in several subjects! :)

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Sally -

Actually WTTR has done really bad at the box office. All negative press has been on Stewart’s performance. I read reviews for hours and Gandolfini and Leo get great reviews and Kristen gets weak or bad reviews except by a twifan. I only hope she quits being hired so she can’t ruin anyone else’s career. Look you twifans wanted her with Robert she is, you don’t care how dirty or drugged out she is fine that’s your star but 80% of the population don’t like her. You twifans made her rich now give it a rest and stop attacking people with different opinions.

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tam -

@justintime

Remember Me doesn’t need to make 60 million to be NOT a flop. It wasn’t very successful in US because of the theme but the outside world seemed to love it. US isn’t the only country that counts.

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carrie -

are you kidding me, i think Robert Pattinson is a wonderful actor, and talk about older audience he has captured them also.Remember me was a great film and deserve more recognition it received,i am looking for great things from Robert,everyone need to separate him from Edward and the rest will be history,i would love to meet him.

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Meg -

WTTR seems to be a good movie. Kristen Stewart is 20 years old and if she likes to play in small movies we have to accept. People wanted her like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. That´s not the reality of the prostitutes. I do think she is a good actress and very smart, too. I´m glad she is there because I can´t stand these other beautiful faces actreses that are completely empty although well dressed and pretty. I wish Kristen Stewart continues to work true for herself. I wish her the best. WTTR was not so bad at all at the box office. Don´t forget the m ovie was for adult that shows how much courageous is Kristen Stewart. It would be much easier for her to pick a roll in a romantic comedie with someone handsome.But no! She is on the road… I hope people will respect her someday because she is the best of her generation.

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justintime -

I saw a picture of Pattinson before he did Twilight and he looked like a heroin addict then. I thought K-Stew had potential but she’s a one trick pony now. Sad emo girl with problems. Yawn. Pattinsons best acting was in Harry Potter and that wasn’t even great. He’s pretty suckey in everything. Twi-tards like to believe these people are great at acting but they’re not. I only champion Lautner because he seems like he may have star power.

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Willow -

The twihards need to step back and just look at the facts. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are your Edward and Bella for five movies!(That’s pretty good) Summit, Robert and Kristen pulled a huge scam and it paid off but if you have to scam kids to get ticket sells up then nobody including the actors believe the movies are any good. You twihards have done your job you and your parents have made them very rich. Now, here’s another reality Kristen Stewart is a bad actress and in fact Kristen can’t act at all! Robert Pattinson looked like he might be able to but the longer he has worked with Stewart the worse he has gotten and his looks don’t sale to an older audience. In fact since he started dating Kristen openly the two are the dirtiest drugged out people in Hollywood. Robert and Kristen could easily walk into any ghetto crack house and look right at home. Robert Pattinson looks like a crackhead guard dog. I didn’t think Bel Ami was going to get a backer. Does anyone know if Water for Elephants got a backer and distributor?

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justintime -

Sorry to break it to you but Remember Me was a flop. If Robert Pattinson was as popular as the media would have us believe the movie should have done at least sixty mil here. This film also failed. Maybe Pattinson and Stewart need to choose movies that someone wants to see. Pattinson French sex film is going nowhere if it ever does get picked up and Stewart is doing yet another emo film that no one wants to see. Lautner is doing a John Singleton action film with known stars. That has major appeal with guys and the teenage scream machine will show up for him. He isn’t going to win awards but that kid will get the work. He can be another Keanu Reeves or Channing Tatum. Not the best actors but they provide a return for their studio.

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olry -

I don’t think It’s dissapoing.. ;) Small inde movie that was shown in 10 theathers!

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melinda -

I don’t understand… :( Kristen is very good actress and Welcome to the Rileys - I watch treailers and clips and I like it… Kristen don’t interesting money, she want just play in “sensitive” movie. Love KStew <3

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tam -

Small indie movies always have a limited release. If it’s successful then it can go wide. If it isn’t successful then it makes no sense to make an expansion.

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Sue -

Are you kidding me???? from the trailers Ive seen and some critics responses to this film it looks really good and Kristen along with her fellow actors put their heart and soul in this film…plus not to mention the limited viewing areas…no wonder its not doing up to par. I REALLY want to see this movie and not just when he goes to video. Regardless of it being an Indie film- would be nice for others to have their take on this film as well.

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Avery Lobell -

“”All those Twilight kids are flopping except Lautner. “”

Lautner? His film isn’t even out yet and you can’t count his cameo in Valentines Day. Give me a break. As for “all those Twilight kids flopping,” think again. Pattinson’s Remember me has made about $58 million dollars on a $16 million dollar budget. How exactly is that a flop?

Oh right. It’s not.

People need to quit lumping the “Twilight” kids together as if they’re a one-headed celebrity. They’re not. Kristen’s films should stand or in this case — fail — on their own. As should Lautner’s. And Rob’s indie should get a little recognition for making 3 and a half times it’s budget.

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justintime -

Not surprised. It took two years to get a theatrical release. It should have gone straight to Itunes and DVD. Then at least profit would be possible. Chalk it up to another K-Stew flop. All those Twilight kids are flopping except Lautner. He needs to help the other two pick scripts.

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gabi -

That must have been hard to play for Kristen, but she comes over as totally real. GREAT JOB…for someone so young

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olry -

I am excited to see it :)

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