Friday, 31 July 2009

Vampire Guy Is A Little Stiff As Dali

If the sight of “Twilight” hottie Robert Pattinson in a comical, pencil-thin mustache, oversized ruffly collar and maniacally bugged-out eyes piques your interest, then go see “Little Ashes.”

But if you'd like to know about the famously eccentric Spanish psyche of surrealist artist Salvador Dali, whom Pattinson plays, you're better off consulting written biographies. “Little Ashes” does nothing to illuminate the iconic Spanish artist.

Pattinson's decision to play a young, sexually confused Dali seems a calculated attempt to separate himself from his dreamboat vampire character in 'tween phenomenon “Twilight.” Were he a more versatile actor, it might have been a good career move, but his blandly broad portrayal amuses more than enlightens. Co-star Javier Beltran, on the other hand, imbues his character, tortured poet/playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, with nuance and poignancy.

Set in Spain during the politically turbulent 1920s and '30s, the story focuses mainly on the youthful friendship and budding romance between Dali and Lorca. Filmmaker Luis Bunuel (Matthew McNulty) is a peripheral member of their artsy clique. Bunuel is portrayed as a homophobic manipulator who lures the malleable Dali away from Lorca with promises of fame in Paris.

The meandering film has moments of urgency, particularly when it focuses on Lorca, his growing politicization and the mystery surrounding his disappearance. But that arrives too late to redeem what has gone before.

The dialogue is stilted in an attempt to be profound. Most of the actors speak English with Spanish accents, except Pattinson, who employs a pretentious kooky-speak, accompanied by wild-eyed expressions. When he's emotional, he throws dark paint on a canvas and all over himself. Rage, frustration, sadness? It's anybody's guess.


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“Eclipse Locales Will Be Guarded As Closely As The Crown Jewels”

VANCOUVER - Twihards around the world are turning their gazes back to Vancouver as Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and the Twilight team return to the city Aug. 17 to shoot Eclipse.

Eclipse Twifans want to know: Where in and around Vancouver are the stars going to land? What locations will host the vampires' lusty adventures and his prey's tremulous urges?

Naturally, location managers shy away from revealing to the media, as well as devotees, where they will shoot scenes in public places.

In the case of Eclipse locales will be guarded as closely as the Crown Jewels, because once word gets out, those sites will be swarmed with you know who.

It's a lot easier to find out where they WON'T be shooting when production begins.

Someone tweeting under the name of director David Slade has posted a couple of messages on Twitter. One stated: "A long day of scouting, found Newborn hideout and battlefield finally." And another contained images of two sites allegedly rejected by Slade.


Melissa Rosenberg Talks About 'New Moon' And Victoria

Top 25 Robert Pattinson Facts!

1. Rob has size 10 feet.
2. He was expelled twice from school.
3. He like Edward’s clothes so much that he ‘borrowed’ them after Twilight filming ended.
4. He was the first person to audition for the part of Cedric Diggory – and he got it.
5. He had his first kiss when he was 12.
6. He loves doing open mic nights but won’t do anymore because fans would film him and put it on the internet.
7. He loves writing songs and poems.
8. He would love a script he had written to be made into a film.
9. He was once in a band called Bad Girls.
10. Money doesn’t matter to Rob.
11. He was so nervous on the set of Harry Potter that it made him sick.
12. Rob has a dog called Patty.
13. He played Reese Witherspoon’s son in Vanity Fair.
14. His middle name is Thomas.
15. He has never been to drama school.
16. He is going to play the part of Phineas in Unbound Captives next year.
17. Rob isn’t a fan of clubs and would rather chill out in his hotel room with the likes of Kristen Stewart, Nikki Reed and Jackson Rathbone.
18. He hates working out so does a bit of jogging instead.
19. His favourite book in the Twilight Saga is New Moon.
20. Rob’s scenes in Vanity Fair were cut out and no one told him.
21. Rob learnt to drive in a ten hour crash course.
22. He crashed on his agents sofa when he first moved to LA.
23. He loves eating burgers and drinking Coke.
24. Rob has been hurt by a girl in the past.
25. He isn’t looking for a girlfriend at the minute because he is so busy.


Robert & Kristen On ‘Who’ Magazine Scans -August 10


Twilight Star Christian Serratos On Co-Star’s Exit From The Series

As the news broke this week that Bryce Dallas Howard would be replacing Rachelle Lafevre, who played Victoria in both Twiilght and the upcoming New Moon, for Eclipse, fans have been left wondering what the cast thinks of the change. Christian Serratos, who plays Bella Swan’s high school pal Angela Weber in the Twilight series, spoke to OK! about her feelings on the casting switch.

“It saddened me to hear about Rachelle and she greatly missed,” Christian tells OK!, adding, ” Although under these circumstances, I am excited to work with Bryce and can’t wait to start filming!”

After Summit Pictures announced the switch earlier this week and chalked it up to scheduling conflicts, Rachelle fired back with a statement saying she was “stunned” at the decision. Summit returned in kind, attributing the switch to her decision to take on Barney’s Version, an indie flick, for 10 days during rehearsal and filming time for Eclipse.


Ashley Greene & Nikki Reed: Le Montrose Mates


Kristen On The Set - July 30

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