Wednesday, March 10, 2010
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Well now we have photographic evidence to back up his alibi. R.Pattz was snapped over the weekend in London shooting Bel Ami, in which he plays an ambitious social climber in 19th century Paris.
But maybe it was a good thing Rob couldn't make it to the Oscars, it was one of the few times Kristen actually looked calm on the red carpet and not having to worry about people analyzing her and Rob's body language could have had something to do with that.
Also, Rob looks quite dashing in his old-fashiony gear, wouldn't you say?
Catch up with what K.Stew did post-Oscars in our 2010 Oscars: Party Pics gallery.
COPIED AND PASTED For Leonardo DiCaprio, getting wet and wild-eyed for Martin Scorsese "was the most fun we've had so far". Paul Byrne goes undercover on Shutter Island...
To say that the shoot for Shutter Island was tough would be, it seems, an understatement. At least, that's according to its leading man, Leonardo DiCaprio.
"We definitely pushed ourselves well beyond the call of duty on this one," smiles the 35-year old actor. "We just kept finding new levels of pain to inflict upon my character, and that meant going that extra mile. In the pouring rain. With the wind howling all around us.
"Part of me began to think that Marty might just be some kind of sadist. That I must have harmed him in a different life, and now he was taking revenge..."
The Marty in question is, of course, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo having become the iconic director's new muse over the last ten years. Back in 2000, as they made the troubled and muddled Gangs Of New York, it was clearly master and pupil stuff, soon progressing to mentor and apprentice, and finally, to where they are now, Leonardo seemingly taken the place of Robert De Niro, Scorsese's partner in such classics as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.
"I try not to think of it in those terms," interjects DiCaprio. "No one could replace De Niro in that particular equation. And Bob and Marty still have a special relationship, one with an incredible history, and experiences that one can only dream of.
"But I've certainly grown a lot working with a great director like this, and we've gotten to know each other more and more. And that means we trust each other more and more. I was always ready to do whatever Marty wanted, but now, I feel we both just know what's needed, what's going to work."
And with Shutter Island, that often meant coming up with new ideas on a set that was designed to incite madness. And it almost did.
In this 1950s-set mystery thriller, DiCaprio plays tormented detective Teddy Daniels trying to uncover the whereabouts of a missing inmate at a remote island asylum. With his new partner, Chuck (Mark Ruffalo), by his side, Teddy quickly becomes convinced of a conspiracy, his slowly escalating paranoia not helped by flashbacks, both to his time as a US Marine walking through corpses as they liberated Dachau, and of his late wife (Michelle Williams), mother to their three tragically deceased young children. The biblical storm unfolding outside only adds to the confusion, ensuring the duo's confinement on the island.
Scorsese offers up a highly stylised and entertaining ghost train ride, calling on his vast love and knowledge of classic Hollywood thrillers and chillers (and, in particular, the work of RKO legend Val Lewton) to deliver his isle of fright. The abstract jabs of ominous orchestral works (sourced by the director's old roommate, The Band's Robbie Robertson), the sharp camera angles and jolt edits all add up to a masterclass in filmmaking the old-fashioned way.
It's telling that Scorsese had his leading man watch such films as Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor (about a journalist who has himself committed to a psychiatric home in order to solve a murder) and some of the classics produced by Val Lewton in the 1940s (including Cat People and The Ghost Ship).
"These films are like mood pieces," says DiCaprio, "and they were a great help in finding the right tone as an actor. You have layers going on with a story like this, and you have to be aware of what you're revealing and what you're not revealing at every point of the story."
Luckily, Leo had a director who understood the fine art of deception. With style.
"Watching Marty put this together was like witnessing a master painter at work," smiles DiCaprio. "He had such a clear idea of what he wanted, how he wanted the film to look, to sound, to feel, and we just had to step into this dark tunnel and find that film. It was the most fun we've ever had, but it wasn't always easy..."
Indeed, Scorsese has spoken of the fact that he and Leo "had to take it much further than we had anticipated".
"We would just find ourselves coming up with ideas on the spot," explains DiCaprio, "or realising that we had to go that extra mile to get the scene that we wanted. It got pretty intense, for both of us. In a good way though. We would both just look at each other at the end of some days, and all we could do was smile. It was just so draining, physically, emotionally, psychologically, but, you know, that's really what you want when you're making a film of this nature.
"If we'd ended each day with a high five and a stroll to the bar I would have been worried."
Leonardo DiCaprio has little to worry about these days, having long gotten over the career bump that was Titanic. Up to that point, the young turk was carving out a career as a beautiful, beguiling character actor. Suddenly, he was a star. His previous outing, Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet lit the fuse, DiCaprio suddenly a pin-up of every young girl's wall. The tragic role of Jack in Titanic was enough for the young Leonardo DiCaprio's career to explode. To the point where the 23-year old actor couldn't step outside his door without the paparazzi photographing his every move. And the world constantly contemplating his next move.
A bit like Robert Pattinson after Twilight broke. Only even more mental.
"I can see it happening with Robert Pattinson, absolutely," laughs DiCaprio, "and it brings back such happy, and crappy, memories. Your life isn't your own when that kind of stardom happens, and you have tabloids every day making up stories about you.
"It's not exactly what an actor dreams of, because your anonymity is gone."
Suddenly, you're Elvis, and that means playing someone else for an audience is nigh on impossible. DiCaprio addressed the issue by playing a variation of himself at that time in Woody Allen's Celebrity, but when he tried to actually act in 1998's The Man In The Iron Mask and 2000's The Beach, audiences just wanted more Jack. Or more Romeo. More Leo.
Today, the 35-year old actor has his career firmly back on track, the boyish good looks still just about there, but those few lines, and the first hints of middle-aged stockiness, giving DiCaprio back the power to be someone else other than a pin-up.
"Getting older has certainly helped," he smiles. "I always knew that I was going to have to wait, to just put my head down and do some good work. That was really one of the main reasons I started working with Marty. I knew we would do some interesting work together, work that wasn't just about the opening weekend."
Ironically, DiCaprio and Scorsese both enjoyed the biggest opening weekends of their respective careers in the US when Shutter Island opened to $41m. Then again, DiCaprio's next outing, Inception with director Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight), looks like a winner too. Partly because the film is shrouded in mystery. A mystery that's wrapped up in an enigma. All dipped in a minimalist advertising campaign.
Due for release in July, can its leading man give us even a small idea of what Inception is about?
"I can tell you it's about two hours long, give or take," DiCaprio smiles. "Anything more than that, and Chris has vowed to have me strung up by my tongue..."
Words - Paul Byrne
Shutter Island hits Irish cinemas March 12th
'He is really strong in the movie,' she says of her 'Twilight' co-star's new film.
By Larry Carroll
These days, every Twilighter has two movies they're dying to see while they continue to count down the days until June's "Eclipse." One is Kristen Stewart's "The Yellow Handkerchief," a romantic drama that opens in limited release this weekend, and the other is "Remember Me," Robert Pattinson first post-Edward Cullen starring role, which hits theaters March 12.
With all the kissing scenes Stewart has shared with Pattinson, "Twilight" fans already have plenty of reason to be jealous. Now they have another — she's already seen Rob's film and she gives it two KStew thumbs-up.
"I've seen the movie, I'm going to just say — I'm sure people will be like, 'Oh my God [I'm so jealous!]," she laughed. "He's really good in the movie."
For those of you who've been too busy watching "Twilight" on repeat mode on your DVD player to stay up with the latest news, "Remember Me" tells the story of a troubled young man (Pattinson) who finds redemption in a forbidden romance with a policeman's daughter (Emilie de Ravin). As if fans needed an added incentive, it was revealed yesterday that the film will hit theaters attached to the "Eclipse" trailer — but although Stewart didn't see that, she did see a version of the film without it.
"It's hard to talk about your friends — about anybody that's close to you that you know," she said of critiquing Rob's performance. "It's like, he's everything I know he is. I know he can do any film."
You can bet that Hollywood will be watching the box office of "Remember Me" very closely, looking at it as the first true indication of whether Rob and so many of his other "Twilight" co-stars can carry their momentum over to non-"Saga" projects. And although she wouldn't speak to the film's box-office potential, KStew teased "Twilight" fans by promising that when it comes to acting chops in "Remember Me," Rob brings the goods.
"Living is so wrapped up in who you are as an actor, not everybody can play every part," she said, explaining that RPattz was well cast in the film. "He is really strong in the movie. Maybe people won't really expect that — he's quite bold, which is great."
Check out everything we've got on "Remember Me."
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Jimmy Kimmel kicks 'Twilight' stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner out of 'Handsome Men's Club'
After Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony (where Twilight series stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner were presenters and Anna Kendrick was both a presenter and a nominee), Jimmy Kimmel held his post-Oscars show on ABC (the same network hosting the Oscars event).
In his show, he noted that the Academy Awards are a display of good looking people, and to celebrate the self-applied honor of being among the "handsome," Jimmy Kimmel did a funny skit with some of Hollywood's best looking men.
In the skit, a meeting of the "Handsome Men's Club" is called to order, and Patrick Dempsey, Ted Danson, Ethan Hawke, Matthew McConaughey, Rob Lowe, Sting, Josh Hartnett, John Krasinksi, Gilles Marini, Tony Romo, Keith Urban, Lenny Kravitz, Ben Affleck, Taye Diggs, and Matt Damon joined Kimmel at a roundtable discussion over which new "applicants" for admission into the club should be accepted.
In the skit, while the whole table universally agrees that the two are "handsome," Kimmel doesn't seem to see it.
The Twilight-related pun happens early, but the entire (nearly ten minute) skit is absolutely hysterical and worth watching in full.
Thanks: Sharon, Hollywood Life
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'I think he's making great choices,' Efron says of the 'Twilight' star's career.
Zac Efron hit the Oscars red carpet with his hair perfectly tousled, looking like he had taken some styling cues from Robert Pattinson, a guy known for his bed head. And as it turned out, that wasn't entirely coincidental, as the "High School Musical" star actually really admires Edward Cullen.
"I woke up with it this way — kinda just ran with it," he told "Access Hollywood" about the look, adding that he really admires more than just Pattinson's look, but also the way he's handled himself and his career in the wake of "Twilight" fever.
"He's absolutely amazing," Efron said of the "Twilight" star, who has a new movie, "Remember Me," opening Friday. "I think he's making great choices. I think he's handling it all really well, but you know, he's a superstar. He really deserves all this."
And when he wasn't busy praising the great choices that Pattinson is making in his career, he was discussing the next steps he's looking to take in his own career, including whether or not he'd like to play Spider-Man. "Are you kidding? It would be a dream come true," he told MTV News. "I think it would be an honor. I would tear it up."
Efron revealed that his desire to play Spider-Man isn't based on the role's newfound availability, but his status as a lifelong fan of the character. "I've been a fan of Spider-Man since the beginning," he said. "I remember being 6 years old and tearing open that comic book. I couldn't get enough. It would be a dream."
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