Info on Kristen’s New Project “Sils Maria”

“Shooting begins this summer in Switzerland. The next Olivier Assayas film presents an exciting cosmopolitan distribution that includes Juliette Binoche in the role of a famous actress, Kristen Stewart is one of her assistants and Chloë Moretz is the young Hollywood actress.”

Location:

Germany and Switzerland – Allemagne (Leipiz et Berlin) – Suisse (Sils Maria)

Runtime:

1 hour 50 minutes

Character:

Valentine / Kristen Stewart – 25 years, Maria Enders assistant. A little more than a worker: her friend, her confidante. Both near and far. Also like Maria, she is very lonely.

Synopois:

At 18, Maria Enders got acquainted with success because of her play MalojaSnake, where she played Sigrid, a young ambitious girl whose troubling charm got an older woman – Helena – fascinated and drove her to suicide.

It was the role that changed her life.

More than 20 years later, at the peak of her fame, she was offered to receive a prestigious award in Zurich on behalf of Wihelm Melchior, the screenwriter and director of the play to whom she owe such an early fame. Seeing as Wihelm now lives secluded in Sils Maria, Switzerland.

But at the sudden death of Wihelm, a few hours before the ceremony, Maria Enders is put face to face with the fast paced of time and her past that she refuses to leave behind.

Not to mention, a young director offers her to remake MalojaSnake but to play Helena this time – to focus on the subject of the destruction that helped build her celebrity.

Trapped in the turmoil of her divorce that strips her from any emotional anchoring, the only person she speaks to is her assistant, Valentine, both a handywoman and her only friend. Even though both women try to erase all the ambiguities that make up their exclusive and intimate relationship.

The real threat is named Jo-Ann Ellis, a very young Hollywood actress with a scandalous reputation, who will take over the role of Sigrid. She will be both, her rival and the troubling mirror of her youth who she will have no choice but to face.

To reconcile with time, age and maturity, she will end up learning that at every turn of life, freedom, independence but also that the strength of one’s self have to be won, even if it’s painful.

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Kristen to Star in Two New Films! “Camp X-Ray” & “Sils Maria”

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EXCLUSIVEKristen Stewart has committed to star in back to back projects shooting this summer. She will star in Camp X-Ray, a politically charged drama written and directed by Peter Sattler, and she will also star in the Olivier Assayas-directed Sils Maria.

In Camp X-Ray, Stewart will play a young soldier who escapes her suffocating small town by joining the military, only to find that she isn’t going for a tour of duty in Iraq as she hoped. Instead, she’s sent to Guantanamo. Met with hatred and abuse from the Muslim men in her charge, she forges an odd friendship with a young man who has been imprisoned at Gitmo for eight years. The film’s being produced by Gina Kwon and Sophia Lin, and exec produced by David Gordon Green, Lindsay Williams and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein. Production begins late summer.

Stewart will join Juliette Binoche and Chloe Moretz in Sils Maria, the CG Cinema-produced English language film that Assayas wrote for his Summer Hours star Binoche. The film explores middle age and that introspective period where one questions how they’ve spent their life so far and what they’ve accomplished. The title refers to the Swiss setting, and Stewart plays the assistant to Binoche’s character, an actress who becomes obsessed with a young actress (Moretz) playing the role that made the older actress famous when she was young. The film shoots this summer in Europe. IFC acquired this film for distribution just before Cannes.

Stewart is repped by Gersh and McKuin Frankel Whitehead, and Sattler is repped by UTA, Gotham Group and attorney Adam Kaller.

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Kristen to Co-Star Alongside Elizabeth Banks and Jim Sturgess in “The Big Shoe”

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CANNES — Steven Shainberg is returning to the director’s chair for sexy comedic drama The Big Shoe, starring Jim Sturgess and Susan Sarandon.

The Big Shoe — featuring footwear designed for the film by England’s Georgina Goodman — will be financed by a new $150 million equity film fund announced this week by AngelWorld Entertainment.

Shainberg (Secretary, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus) is set to start shooting this fall from a script he co-wrote with Mickey Birnbaum. The project reteams Sarandon and Sturgess, who will be seen in Focus Features’ Cloud Atlas, from Tom Tykwer, Andy and Lana Wachowski.

Variety:

Kristen Stewart is set to join the cast of Steven Shainberg’s comedy drama “The Big Shoe.” Elizabeth Banks is also confirmed for the cast alongside Jim Sturgess.

Marking helmer Shainberg’s first feature outing since 2006’s “Fur,” “The Big Shoe” follows a show designer (Sturgess) whose family want to use his designs to make mass-produced knock-offs for fast profit. The family hires a muse (Stewart) and a psychotherapist (Banks) to lure him back to work when he breaks free from the family.

The film is described by Shainberg as combining eroticism and humor in the same vein as his 2002 film “Secretary.”
Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance Productions will produce the film, which is scripted by Shainberg and Mickey Birnbaum. Lensing is set to begin June 17.

Deadline

Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks are joining Jim Sturgess in Steven Shainberg’s The Big Shoe. HanWay Films is handling the project here at the EFM. Secretary director Shainberg is helming from a script he wrote with Mickey Birnbaum. Sturgess plays a gifted shoe designer forced to break free from a family who want to turn his designs into mass-produced knock-offs. The family hires psychotherapist Mary Kay (Banks) and muse Delphi (Stewart) to lure him back to work. Shainberg says the film will combine eroticism and humor in a similar way to dark comedy Secretary. Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance produces and Richard Middleton and Christina Lurie are executive producing

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‘Hold On To Me’ Movie Update & Synopsis

Director: James Marsh | Cast: Carey Mulligan and Robert Pattinson
Producers: Alexandra Milchan, Todd Field, and Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales and Mark Roybal | Writer Brad Ingelsby

In Pre-Production

HOLD ON TO ME is an electrifying thriller based on the extraordinary true story of a femme fatale who kidnaps and ransoms the town’s richest man. Mulligan plays Nancy, a small town girl who callously leaves her boyfriend Jimmy (Pattinson) behind to chase a modelling career in New York City, breaking his heart in the process. To Nancy’s surprise, New York isn’t impressed by her and at 26, she’s back home waiting tables at the local diner. When she gets word that Jimmy has become a wealthy and successful criminal in Chicago, she tracks him down with a view to winning his affections, only to find crushing rejection. Fuelled by jealousy and an unquenchable thirst for fortune, Nancy finds Danny, a naïve pawn she can seduce and manipulate to her own ends and together they embark on a life of crime. Success comes fast, and leaves faster but nothing and no one will stand in the way of Nancy’s naked, dangerous and deadly ambition.

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Cosmopolis Tops Specialty Box Office

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Robert Pattinson jokingly urging his legion of fans on “The Daily Show” to go out and see Cosmopolis, in an effort to give it a bigger opening than The Dark Knight, seems to have worked — sort of.

Although the film only played in three theaters in New York and L.A., Cosmopolishad a gross of $72,300 ($24,100 per theater), helping it top the specialty box office, with the best average of the weekend.

That number far surpassed other limited releases such as the Frank Langella-Peter Sarsgaard film, Robot & Frank, which opened in two theaters in New York and L.A. and grossed $38,234 (per theater average of $19,117).

And Compliance opened in only one theater, and grossed $16,000.

Were you among those who sawCosmopolis – or plan to see it when it opens wide?

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New Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg Interview with Next Movie

You’ve heard of “Cosmopolis,” the stylishly surreal adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel, but have you heard of its director and star, up-and-comers David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson?

We’re kidding.

Cronenberg, of course, is the man responsible for “A Dangerous Method” and “Eastern Promises,” while Pattinson is the driving force behind a gazillion heartbeats as the romantic lead of the monumentally popular “Twilight Saga.” The pairing, deemed unlikely in a handful of headlines, is a logical next step for Pattinson, who retires his vampire fangs with the final “Twilight” installment in November, and has already laid the groundwork for a serious dramatic career with other roles, including the lead in last year’s “Water For Elephants.”

We’ve been wondering about the impact of casting a teen idol in a very adult movie — and this week, we got a chance to go straight to the source. We talked to Cronenberg and Pattinson about their relationship to die-hard Twi-Hards, and got their take on the recent marriage of big-name directors to superhero movies (Spoiler: Cronenberg thinks it’s ridiculous).

In casting Robert Pattinson, you have an interesting tension between a big percentage of his fanbase — teenage girls, many of them — and a film they might find inscrutable. Is that conflict appealing to you?

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David Cronenberg: It was not really an issue at all, in terms of casting. On the other hand, what was interesting was while we were shooting the movie, all these “Cosmopolis” websites popped up that were created by “Twilight” fans and Rob fans, and they were reading the book and exchanging notes about the book and how it might work in the movie. Really, I wasn’t thinking that this was necessarily going to be an audience for this movie, but then I started to think, “Well, some of them, it definitely is going to be.” And that was exciting ’cause these are young girls who maybe had read “Twilight” and “Harry Potter,” and suddenly they’re reading Don DeLillo. That’s pretty good.

I don’t really have an audience in mind when I’m making a movie … I’m making it for me and all of us who are excited about the script. I’m making it for an audience, but that’s kind of an unknown and amorphous audience, so anybody who’s part of that audience is okay with us, let’s put it that way.

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Robert, knowing that younger fans will cross genres for you, do you worry that you need to choose parts carefully? Is that on your radar?

Robert Pattinson: It’s like I feel a responsibility to myself. If you’re doing stuff just purely for money, you’re probably disrespecting your audience as well. It’s not good for anyone. It’s not even really good for you. The only thing I really know is what I think I would find interesting to watch and if I try and make that, I feel like I learn a lot out of doing it and watching it. And so , I don’t know, I think I fulfilled my responsibility.

I think you do [have a responsibility] in a lot of ways. Not a massive one. But you know, I think your responsibility can also include failures as well. I mean, you can learn something from doing a sh**ty movie, too.

Before making “Cosmopolis,” did you consider the effect your involvement might have on skewing its audience?

RP: No, I basically was consumed with terror about me being bad in it. I mean, that’s what I was thinking right up until Cannes. The night before the premiere at Cannes, David was like, “Oh, yeah. I’m fully expecting walk-outs.”

I knew I already liked the movie a lot, but I was still terrified then, mainly because I’m, like, going to have to have a fight with 3,000 people, if they started booing or something [laughs].

You were expecting people to get up and leave? Because your character is so unsettling? He is arguably a sociopath.

RP: I think the walk-out thing actually is just the culture of filmmaking, I mean, it’s become a consumer thing. People think they’re being insulted when there’s a challenging movie. It’s so weird.  People sit in a movie which they know is s**t and know they’re gonna talk to all their friends and say it’s shit, but to sit there and watch a piece of s**t [laughs]. They’ll watch one which they know is kind of good and don’t really get it and have to walk out and be so offended. I don’t think I’ve ever walked out of a movie in my life. And people will be so offended by it, they can’t take it anymore.

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DC: I think the walk-outs, I only know about from some of the Twi-Hard websites, because the girls are saying, “I was so shocked these people walked out of the movie.” They walk out because it’s too much talk. They can’t absorb it, and [don’t] let it wash over them and just not worry about that, which is really the way you handle that. Everything that’s said in the movie actually makes sense and is pretty intelligent, of course, from DeLillo, but there’s no way you can absorb it all. It comes at you so fast and so articulate, you know.

RP: People are panicking.

DC: Yeah, you should just let it wash over you, and naturally it’ll soak in or it won’t. It’s not gonna hurt you, but they can’t take it. I don’t think it has anything to do with the character that Rob plays, because, I mean, Hannibal Lecter’s pretty chilling and nobody walked out of that. [Rob’s character] Eric is … cuter.

David, you’ve done drama and horror. Some fairly formidable directors have branched out into superhero movies pretty beautifully —is that something you would consider doing?

DC: I don’t think they are making them an elevated art form. I think it’s still Batman running around in a stupid cape. I just don’t think it’s elevated. Christopher Nolan’s best movie is “Memento,” and that is an interesting movie. I don’t think his Batman movies are half as interesting though they’re 20 million times the expense. What he is doing is some very interesting technical stuff, which, you know, he’s shooting IMAX and in 3-D. That’s really tricky and difficult to do. I read about it in “American Cinematography Magazine,” and technically, that’s all very interesting. The movie, to me, they’re mostly boring.

Do you think the subject matter prohibits the elevated art form?

DC: Absolutely. Anybody who works in the studio system has got 20 studio people sitting on his head at every moment, and they have no respect, and there’s no…it doesn’t matter how successful you’ve been. And obviously Nolan has been very successful. He’s got a lot of power, relatively speaking. But he doesn’t really have power.

So that’s a no.

DC: I would say that’s a no, you know. And the problem is you gotta… as I say, you can do some interesting, maybe unexpected things. And certainly, I’ve made the horror films and people say, “Can you make a horror film also an art film?” And I would say, “Yeah, I think you
can.”

But a superhero movie, by definition, you know, it’s comic book. It’s for kids. It’s adolescent in its core. That has always been its appeal, and I think people who are saying, you know, “Dark Knight Rises” is, you know, supreme cinema art,” I don’t think they know what the f**k they’re talking about.

Having determined that they’re utterly pedestrian, is that something you would ever do, Robert?

DC: As an actor, I would play Batman.

RP: Actors always think they can elevate anything. The worse the script is, the more an actor is like… I mean, it’s funny, you read the worst script ever, and you’ll talk to everyone, and go… I always talk to my agents and I got sent this thing the other day, and they’re like, “Oh my God, this is the worst thing ever.” But really, like, it was basically only one character, you’re like, “I don’t know. I think I could do something with this.”

I’d never get offered [a superhero role]. I’m not buff enough [laughs].

DC: Rob, it’s okay. They put you in a funny suit. You don’t have to be buff.

 

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Rob’s new movie “The Rover” Gets The Greenlight

Robert Pattinson’s new starring role was given the greenlight. 

Screen Australia said it will provide production financing for a previously announced Australian feature film project,The Rover, from Animal Kingdom writer-director David Michod. The Twilightstar and Guy Pearce are both attached.

Set in the Australian desert, the futuristic western tells the story of Eric, who has left everything, everyone and every semblance of human kindness behind him, as he’s forced to join an injured gang member, Rey, to hunt down Rey’s gang after they steal the last of Eric’s possessions.

The Rover is produced by Porchlight Films in association with Los Angeles-based Lava Bear Films, with Liz Watts, David Linde and Michod producing. Film Nation will handle international sales, and Roadshow Films will be the Australian distributor.

The Rover is one of four features, four adult TV dramas and four kids TV series to receive $20 million of production funding from agency Screen Australia, triggering more than $100 million worth of production here.

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Alex Pettyfer to Play Kristen’s BF in CALI

Hot off his starring turn in MAGIC MIKE, Alex Pettyfer is in final negotiations to play Kristen Stewart’s love interest in Nick Cassavetes’ gritty action pic CALI, reports Variety‘s Jeff Sneider.

Voltage Prods. and New School Media are producing the Michael Diliberti-scripted pic, which follows a pair of San Fernando Valley lovebirds (Stewart and Pettyfer) who sell a fake snuff film and ride off with a bundle of cash. Years later, Stewart’s character must “return from the dead” to save the younger sister she left behind.

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“The Rover” Movie Update

According to If.com.au ‘The Rover’ is set to start shooting in January 2013 and to wrap around March 2013. Here are the updates from the site:

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Updated: 11/07/2012
Status: In Development
Category: Feature
Teaser: A man pursues a gang who stole his car through the wild and rough Australian outback of the near future.

Director: David Michod
Producer: David Linde, Liz Watts
Line Producer: Libby Sharpe
Writer: David Michod

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce
Location: South Australia

Production Company: Lava Bear Films, Porchlight Films
Start Shoot: Proposed- January 24th, 2013
Wrap Shoot: Proposed- late March, 2013.

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