vendredi 29 juin 2012

*NEW* "Cosmopolis" REVIEWS from Sabotage Times....


from Sabotage Times
“Prepare to be surprised” reads the tagline for Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg’s long awaited adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel, and given the fact that teen idol Robert Pattinson adorns the posters, slumped over in a beast of a limousine, you get the feeling that it’s his performance that we’re being directed towards. He is arguably the biggest star of the moment, thrown from relative obscurity into the blinding light via the Twilight series, and the legion of batshit fans that it has managed to accrue. The worry for Pattinson in becoming so closely associated with one role is that the more popular Twilight becomes, and certainly it’s showing no signs of abating, the harder it will be for him to craft a career for himself when the franchise inevitably comes to a close. 
Kudos to him then for taking on Cosmopolis, a dark, challenging, radical change of pace directed by David Cronenberg. I’ll cut right to the chase: The film is an absolute work of art, and Robert Pattinson’s performance is nothing short of stunning. 
“I want to get a haircut” young billionaire Eric Packer (Pattinson) demands at the start of the film. “The President is in town, streets will be stripped from the map” his security warns him. Packer doesn’t care. He wants to get a hair-cut, and he wants to get it across town. He’s a billionaire, used to getting what he wants, the world revolves around him and him alone. 
So this is the film: Packer driving across town to get his mop-chopped, whilst outside New York is in the middle of a riot against capitalism. On the face of it this could be construed as a fairly cynical attempt at exploiting the zeitgeist, juxtaposing a whole city of unrest with one man’s inconsequential desire, a banker-bashing tract without any real cinematic longevity. This is what I feared it would be. How utterly, utterly wrong I was. 
What the film manages to do brilliantly is inject action and a vibrant kineticism into a small space, in this case the limousine in which the majority of the story takes place. Packer sits on his leather throne like a drunken marionette as people enter and exit his vehicle, either to warn him, advise him, protect him, examine his prostate or fuck him, and his reaction is similarly non-plussed whether he’s being told of a threat on his life or whether he’s got Juliette Binoche writhing around his crotch. This is the most important thing to know about Packer as a character, he is completely alienated by the real world around him, instead he deals in abstractions. To him, time is currency. We see him getting excited about septillionths of seconds and wanting to buy a church full of Rothko paintings, but little else. 
Despite this, Packer strives to understand the physical, the concrete. He constantly re-affirms his knowledge by repeating the line “I know this”, whilst also spending the film seeking out food and sex, or occasionally extreme self-mutilation in order, seemingly, to experience anything other than the figures which fill his head. The only other film in recent memory which takes a similar stance would be David Fincher’s Fight Club, which simultaneously critiques and positions itself within a capitalist framework, at the same time examining the effect money and corporate enterprises have on masculinity. The script is brilliant at enforcing this point. It reads like the poetry of capitalism, occasionally very funny, occasionally incredibly dense to the point of being completely alienating to the viewer, deliberately so. Not having read DeLillo’s novel I don’t know how much of the script was lifted directly from the source material and how much Cronenberg wrote himself, but certainly the dialogue flows beautifully and with a ferocious rhythm.
Speaking of rhythm, the film’s score, somewhat reminiscent of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York, is phenomenal. If the soundtrack to Drive got everyone excited last year, then this one is just as good. Electric, energetic, tense and overbearing, it lifts some scenes to stratospheric levels, not least the film’s pitch-perfect climax. 
Six people walked out of the Cosmopolis screening I attended, presumably they were twi-hards who wanted to see Robert Pattinson be Robert Pattinson, or maybe they wanted something linear and easy to follow. Ignore them and go and see this film, probably the most exciting piece of cinema this century.

source: Sabotage Times / Robert Pattinson uk via ToR

*NEW* Robert Pattinson's itv, from "Cosmopolis" press junket - Berlin...


about getting inspiration from the serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer for Eric's character.

source: RPL
youtube: MrDoeringerMartin

Pics of Robert Pattinson, for "Cosmopolis" Photoshoot...

now untagged....!


source: Robert Pattinson Brasil / Le RPattz Club via ROBsessed

mercredi 27 juin 2012

FX on "Cosmopolis"... Behind the scene details...

Excerpt of the interview...
+ new images from the film...



from The Art of VFX
interviews James Cooper, the lead compositor on Cosmopolis...
Sometimes Eric Packer occults the windows limo. Was there an on-set effect or is it your work?It was a combination of both, actually. Initially that was to be a practical effect but David wanted to have options as to when the windows became fully opaque and when they returned to tinted transparency. To this end he shot the parts of the sequences where he was certain they would be opaque practically but left numerous shots on the front and back end of those shots as greenscreen. This allowed him much more control as to the timing of when the windows fell into darkness and for how long and gave us references as to what they would look like fully darkened.   

Can you tell us about the design of the various screens inside the limo? The character of Eric sees much more than just price and volume variations. He has a unique ability to look at the many different patterns that the volatility of the stock, commodity futures and money markets generate, analyze them and predict where they will end up in the near future. Keeping that in mind we started with the production design references and adapted them, adding our own design elements and animations to create more visually interesting screens than might normally be seen on a trader’s monitor.

Can you explain to us the shot in which Eric shots in his hand? Well, in terms of visual effects I can. For motivation you’ll have to talk to Mr. Cronenberg. Apparently Robert Pattinson and his handlers balked at the thought of doing this as a practical effect so he just pointed the (unloaded) gun at his hand and pulled the trigger. We added the muzzle flash, smoke, wound and blood splatter in compositing.
Is there an invisible effect you want to reveal to us? A particularly challenging shot has Eric entering an alleyway on a mission to confront his stalker. We needed to replace the building at the end of the lane way for continuity purposes but Eric passes through a chain link gate which is left swinging behind him. And, of course, the camera is moving as well. Production did not have a green screen big enough to cover the entire entrance to the lane way so we rotoscoped the gates, put them on cards in 3D space, tracked the camera and animated the roto to match the actual gate. All in all a very tricky shot.

What was the biggest challenge on this project and how did you achieve it? Well, of course, making the driving shots believable was a challenge, particularly since David has a slightly surreal aesthetic even in his more, shall we say, realistic films. I’m not sure that he wanted the cityscape outside to feel too real. I would say the biggest technical challenge was in the keying. He wanted to shoot the interior of the limo with tinted windows in place in very low light. This presented some challenges in that the green screen luminance was considerably less than optimal and, because of the high ISO needed to shoot in such low light, was much grainier than ideal as well. Of course we wanted to keep every hair on everyone’s head in the keys so we spent a lot of time finessing them.


How long have you worked on this film?
We started working on the graphic treatments for the screens in July. The majority of the work commenced in the beginning of September and we delivered the film by Dec. 16th.
What was the size of your team?
32 people in total including the production crew – with the majority of the team from compositing


you can read the whole article HERE ...

source: The Art of VFX via Spunk Ransom

*NEW* fanpic of Robert Pattinson at Katy Perry's "Part of Me" Premiere after party, yesterday night...

Arf... that smile...!


source: Flickr: SarahMonLine via Robstenation

mardi 26 juin 2012

Cosmopolis... at the 45th Sitges Film Festival – Spain

from SciFi


La Sección Oficial –tanto dentro como fuera de competición– ofrecerá un variado y amplio espectro de la cosecha fantástica del año. Así, se podrán ver las últimas apuestas de directores como David Cronenberg, con "Cosmópolis", protagonizada por Robert Pattinson y basada en la novela de Don DeLillo; Leo Carax, con la aclamada "Holy Motors", un bello homenaje al imaginario cinematográfico europeo; Tsui Hark y su epopeya en 3D "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate", uno de los grandes éxitos locales del año en China; y Jennifer Lynch, ganadora del Festival en 2008 y que vuelve con una aterrador relato sobre un serial killer titulado "Chained".
From Twitch Films:
The Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia announced their first wave of programming today and there are some heavy hitters in the mix. Big name titles include COSMOPOLIS by David Cronenberg, Cannes hit HOLY MOTORS by Leo Carax, FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE from HK legend Tsui Hark, and Scott Derrickson’s SXSW Midnight surprise SINISTER.
Press Release excerpt:

The 45th Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia will be held from October 4th to the 14th, 2012 with the suggestion of an imaginary Apocalypse threatening from its image. Chosen to open this celebration of cinema is the Catalan production The Body, by debut director Oriol Paulo, a psychological thriller chock full of suspense starring Belén Rueda, José Coronado, Hugo Silva and Aura Garrido. It is a Rodar y Rodar, Antena 3 Films, Televisió de Catalunya and Canal + production, distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing Spain, that has become one of the most anxiously awaited nationally made films of the year.

The Official Selection -both in and out of competition- will be offering a varied and wide-ranging spectrum from this year’s fantastic harvest. So you will be seeing the latest proposals from directors like David Cronenberg, with Cosmopolis, starring Robert Pattinson and based on the Don DeLillo novel…

source: Twitch Films / cosmopolisfilm via ToR & SciFi via PattinsonWorld

*NEW* Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg's portraits, from the "Cosmopolis" Berlin Press Junket...

love them...!









source: Pattinson Life / RPL via Robstenation

*NEW* fanpic of Robert Pattinson - 23th June 2012...

this time, with Zac Efron...
at the at a wedding of producer Kevin Turen with Evelina Oboza (Turen now...)


source: Source / @whf_violet / @Alice_InTwiland via ROBsessed

"Breaking Dawn, part 2" at the Comic Con 2012... 12th July...!


Remember last year...?

well... Can't wait for THIS year...!!


July 12-15, 2012.
More updates, soon (who's in attendance and schedule).

from NBCSanDiego 
Twilight fans get ready to line up at the San Diego Convention Center: "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" celebrities will be the first to speak at Comic-Con 2012. Summit Entertainment confirmed the information via a tweet on Monday afternoon, and fans took to social media immediately with excitement. 
The film's megastars Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson will reportedly appear at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 12 in Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center. Exclusive footage from the highly-anticipated "Breaking Dawn: Part 2" will be shown to fans who make it inside. Cast members and filmmakers of the successful series of vampire movies will be on the panel, answering a handful of questions and discussing the finale of the Twilight saga.

the tweet, from @Twilight

from Summit (via Twilight Lexicon)
We are happy to announce that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 will be the opening panel in Hall H at ComicCon® International in San Diego on Thursday, July 12, 2012.
Summit Entertainment will present a sneak peek at the highly anticipated conclusion of The Twilight Saga films. This is a must-see for fans interested in the story’s final chapter, who will be shown exclusive footage from THE TWILIGHT SAGA BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 and treated to a cast and filmmaker Q and A session providing details on the epic finale.

In addition to the panel, BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 will also be present at the Summit Entertainment booth on the convention floor. Those who stop by will have the chance to attend autograph signings, participate in contests and collect free giveaways all weekend long.
from @Jack_Morrissey

source: Twilight Lexicon, @Twilight, NBCSanDiego, @Jack_Morrissey via Robstenation and ROBsessed

*NEW* pic. of Robert Pattinson... in "Bild" newspaper... during "Cosmopolis" promo in Berlin...



translation found on ROBsessed (from Kate1706K)...
They asked him whether he has ever been poor and he responds saying that before Twilight he was but these things don't matter when you're young. He also says that still lives the same life as before, only that it is much more expensive now to keep living a normal life. Before, when he went out he would only take 20 Euros with him, whereas now he spends 12.000 in one night. he also cannot just go shopping, he has to pay people to do it.... (tried to keep it literal, but "Bild" is as yellow press as it gets in Germany, so grain of salt :)

source: @NewmoonVampire1 via Spunk Ransom
scan: @NewmoonVampire1

lundi 25 juin 2012

Anne's itv, with Robert Pattinson... during "Cosmopolis" promo in Berlin...

and *NEW* fanpic...!
Lucky girl...!!

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from Anne, of If it's not in the frame ...
Okay, so here it comes: as of June 25th, I am officially allowed to publish my interview with Robert Pattinson, held a few weeks ago in Berlin. It was done for a German magazine, they will run a version of this soon. But I was made aware of loads of Robert's fans who would love to read it as well. So I am posting the official transcript here. I haven't actually used this blog in aaaages, but I didn't know where else to upload it, so here we go. Unfortunately, his rep didn't allow pictures at the hotel, so I had to snap one with him at the red carpet instead. I have also interviewed Cronenberg and asked him about Robert and the film. I will publish that soon. And if you want, follow me on Twitter @annefacompre for more exclusive interviews in the future! Hope you enjoy!!

 My Robert Pattinson Interview for "Cosmopolis"  
It's Thursday, May 31st in Berlin, and, after having seen 'Cosmopolis' at a media screening in the morning, I am meeting Robert Pattinson for an interview in the afternoon.
They have put us in a dark but cozy room on the ground floor of a fancy Berlin hotel. Robert is dressed in a casual black T-Shirt an Jeans, seated right in front of a window and sipping some coke. Or Diet Coke. I didn't ask. He is also chewing a tooth pick the entire time, as he is trying to quit smoking.
Let me just say that he was kind, relaxed and very approachable. He was laughing a lot and seemed happy to be promoting the film. 
Hey Rob, it's good to meet you. How are you?
Good, good, thanks. 
How do you like Berlin?
(He laughs) I love it, but it's so annoying. Every time it's at the beginning or the end of the tour. Every time I feel like I am only here for one single day, so I never really get to see it. 
And now they put you in a really dark room for the interviews, didn't they?
And there's people standing right outside the windows (laughs).. a bit weird. 
Let's talk about Cosmopolis. In the scenes in the limo, the camera seems to always be really close to you and focused on your face. Was that difficult?
It's strange because you could remove the pieces of the limo, but it was still the same size as a normal limo. And the camera was on a crane and literally really close to my face. It would just move by remote control, like a robot. And there was no one else in the car, which was weird. You get a completely new relationship with the camera. It's like you're more and less aware of it at the same time. It's weird because there is no one actually behind the camera. It's a totally different aspect to shooting. 
And how was it for you to play such a dark character after 'Twilight'?
The very first thing I shot, I wanted it to be a no statement thing, the suit, the hair, everything. It's like: Your clothes don't say anything, your car doesn't say anything. Nothing says anything. And YOU don't say anything and it's one of the scariest things I've ever done. I was turning around to Jay Baruchel in the first scene and you realize your face isn't doing anything, you have no eyes (because of the dark sunglasses). It's nerve racking. 
And what do you think of the character you play?
I really like him. A lot of people see him as being kind of apathetic, which might be my fault. I mean, I did it, I wanted to humanize him. And some people really see it. Other people think it's some guy who just doesn't care about anything, but I think he really does care about a lot of things. He's just an egomaniac. Like he thinks he is the only person in the world, he wants to be God. But not in a greedy way he just thinks he is. It's just the way he was born.
What do you think Eric Packer cares about?
Erm, he's one of those people who look at the world and you know how you wake up and you want to make the world a better place? He wants to make the world a better place but only his ideas will make it a better place. He doesn't care about making it a better place for anyone else. He doesn't think anyone else even exists. That's what he cares about. Elevating people to his perceived level. 
Is there anything you like about him?
Erm, I think he's pretty funny. I like the fact that when he's talking to people he's not dismissing them. He wants people to step up to his challenge. He's like: “Come on, say something, quick, be intelligent!” And everyone just constantly lets him down. It's never enough. But when someone intrigues him or confuses him it is literally this huge thing because he is so surprised that someone can say something interesting. Like in the scene with Paul Giamatti, he thinks he is literally talking to an oracle until he realizes he's just crazy. But at the beginning he is fascinated by him. He is really hungry for knowledge. 
Speaking of that. The scene with Paul Giamatti was really long, with such immense amounts of dialogue. How was that?
It was fun. Paul is an amazing actor. He was the only one attached to it (the project) when I signed up for it. And then to see it in the end, it is such a long shot. It's a 22 page long scene like a mini film by itself and it could have been played anyway. But I got on really well with Paul and we had lots of fun doing it. 
What was your first thought when Cronenberg called you and offered you the part? Did you see it as a chance not to be the 'Twilight' star?
I wasn't trying to break away from anything. But just to be called up by him... I mean, he is one of the most amazing directors in the world. I was stunned. And especially for a script like this, it's a hard script. And it's I'm in every scene. It's a lot of dialogue and it's very subtle. I'm really amazed. 
How do you feel about all those 15 year old fans camping outside the premiere venue?Do you feel like twilight is a shadow that you just can't shake or are you just really happy that they're there supporting you?
It's amazing. If they go and see the movie - it's crazy. A lot of 'Twilight' fans are not only excited about seeing it, but if they feel they don't understand it, they WANT to understand it. A ton of people have bought Don Delillo's books and I've talked to people who are like 16 years old and they have read 'Cosmopolis' and 'Underworld' and a lot of DeLillo stuff and it is absolutely amazing. This is probably the best thing I have done since I've started acting! (To inspire fans to read Don DeLillo). And they have watched all of David's movies and even if there's a hundred people who don't understand what's happening, there will be one who really, really understands it and not being crazy or anything, but it's a life changing thing. It's an inspiring thing when you suddenly get into post-modern literature. It's crazy, to inspire someone to read DeLillo at a really young age.. I don't know what else could inspire them. I never even read any of his work before and now I have read tons of it. And meeting him as well, I think he is the greatest guy, he is amazing. He was with us on the tour up until now. I hadn't met him before. But I really like him. He is quite different to what I thought he would be. He is quite funny and really direct. And he knows a lot about movies. And I am just so amazed that there is people lining up and screaming about it. It's hilarious. 
The film is about money in general. How important is money and success for you?
Success is important. Money, I guess is important but I am quite aware of the fact that it is more important once you're older. When you're young you're like 'nah, I don't even care about it' and you'll always think you'll always be able to earn money. It's not really a real thing until you don't have it. Then it's very real. 
One private question: I know fans would love to know what you got Kristen for her birthday last month..
(Laughs) I never talk about personal stuff, I'm sorry.And with a wink he says: “Looks like you wasted your last question.”
ha ha ha... LOVE his very last answer...!

*NEW* photoshoot with Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg... while promoting "Cosmopolis" in London...

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source: Tumblr: EURO 2012 BLOG via ROBsessed ...