From Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ To Kristen Stewart As Jean Seberg: 28 Movies That Could Light Up Film Festivals In 2019

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The impassioned debate about Netflix’s place at major European festivals looks set to continue in 2019, but here we run down some of the undeclared films we’d love to see grace the festival circuit in 2019.
The Irishman
Perhaps the most-ant…

Kristen Stewart Toronto Pic ‘JT Leroy’ Near U.S. Deal From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group

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EXCLUSIVE: Kristin Stewart’s portrayal as literary hoaxer JT Leroy is poised to get distribution after it premiered as one of the high profile titles at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group is near t…

Kristen Stewart In Talks To Star In Clea DuVall’s ‘Happiest Season’

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Kristen Stewart is in talks to star in the same sex comedy Happiest Season at Tri-Star Pictures.
Argo actress Clea DuVall wrote the screenplay with Mary Holland, and Sony scooped up global rights earlier this year. DuVall will direct. She previously di…

‘Twilight’ Turns 10: 12 Biting Memes, From Shirtless Jacob Jokes to Robot Renesmee Ridicule (Photos)

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Whether you were a “Twi-hard” fan or hardcore hater of Stephenie Meyer’s supernatural love-triangle saga, you can’t argue that “Twilight” brought a whole lot of people together online. From memes about questionable plot holes to jokes about Kristen Stewart’s toneless acting (their words not ours!), here are the best “Twilight” memes to celebrate — and mock — the film series all over again as it turns 10: 

1. Stalker or Lover?

Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) have a… special kind of relationship. While scenes of Edward saving Bella from stalkers and enemy vampires could have left us swooning, fans were quick to notice that Edward’s unflinching obsession with his girl was nothing short of disturbing. 

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2. Cold as Ice… Cream

When Bella finally starts to suspect Edward could be a vampire in the beginning of the Saga’s first installment, she confronts him. Among her other findings fans found painfully vague, she tells Edward: “Your skin is pale white and ice cold,” which can also characterize anything from Frosty the Snowman to the iceberg that sank the Titanic. Meme makers from multiple fandoms, like “Pokemon,” didn’t hesitate to put their own twists on the iconic “Twilight” lines.

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Kristen Stewart (Twilight) emotional chart from pics

3. Freeze Frame

With her performances in “Personal Shopper” and “Lizzie,” Kristen Stewart has continued to prove her skeptics wrong about her acting chops. However, whether Bella was on the brink of death or overjoyed with Edward’s love, some things remained the same: her stone cold facial expressions. 

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4. Eternal High School of the Spotless Mind

By graduating from high school more than a hundred times and putting Bella’s life before his, Edward had his own special set of  priorities. Fans and skeptics alike mocked the odd Cullen family tradition of going to high school over and over again and pointed out Edward’s selfish use of immortal powers — that could be applied more meaningfully in the medical field, rather than in high school biology.

5. Girl Un-Power

Following strong female characters like Hermione Granger from the “Harry Potter” series and Eowyn from “Lord of the Rings,” it was pretty easy to say that Bella Swan wasn’t a shining beacon of girl power. However, we have to hand it to her for trying to battle enemy vampire James in 2008’s”Twilight,” even though that was one of the only times we saw Bella take matters into her own hands.


6. Six Pack Attack

While a shirtless Jacob was enough to send many Team Jacob fans over the top, his seemingly constant undressing also became the butt of online jokes. Though Meyer wrote that werewolves had higher body temperatures during transformation, the gimmick wreaked of being a studio-ordained ploy for Lautner to expose his chiseled abs. 

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7. A Green-Screen Scream

Wolves typically howl but Taylor Lautner’s CGI werewolf gave more of a hoot. Whether it’s Lautner’s tight motion capture suit or Kristen Stewart rubbing his head, this behind-the-scenes look elicited more mocking laughs than most of the jokes throughout the five films.

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8. Jump for Your Love

Bella Swan just brings Mariah Carey’s “Without You” to extreme levels throughout the film saga. Not only did Bella require Edward’s protection to keep her out of harm’s way, but in 2009’s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” she literally needed to jump off a cliff just to hear her boyfriend’s voice. But you do you, Bella. 


9. Space Invader

Jacob’s devotion to Bella Swan may have been romantic to some and overbearing to others. But despite Bella’s obvious preference for Edward, Jacob just couldn’t take “no” for an answer, and that might be even scarier than his werewolf abilities.

10. For the Love of Baby!

Imprinting might take the cake for the most bizarre subplots of the entire “Twilight” Saga. In 2010’s “Eclipse,” Jacob explains the process of imprinting, saying that that members from his werewolf clan identify their soulmate and dedicate all they do to that being. Flash to Jacob, a full grown man, who swears total dedication to Bella and Edward’s newborn daughter, Renesmee. Don’t worry Bella, we feel the same way, too. 

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11. Robot Infant

As if Jacob imprinting on Renesmee wasn’t weird enough, the “Twilight” crew put together a creepy animatronic baby, aptly nicknamed Chuckesmee by fans and detractors alike. It creeped out “Breaking Dawn” cast and crew, too. In the film, Renesmee went through a total transformation from that robotic thing of nightmares to a full-blown computerized infant. Maybe Renesmee and Jacob are truly a match made in CGI heaven. 

 

12. Blah Ending

For a film series that was at the cultural zeitgeist for nearly four years, you’d expect a dramatic and climactic close to the “Twilight” saga. Both “Breaking Dawn” films build up to an epic battle of vampires and werewolves versus the almighty Italian Vampire coven, known as the Volturi… that never happens. Both sides essentially pack their bags and leave, leaving the audience with an ending as benign and cheesy as the series itself. 

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‘Charlie’s Angels’ Moves Back To November 2019, Cuffing Former ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Slot

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It’s Sony, Angels. We have a new date for you to go to work. The studio said tonight that its reboot of Charlie’s Angels now will open wide on November 1, 2019 — five weeks after its original date.
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Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny’s ‘Lizzie’ Creeps to Solid Start at Indie Box Office

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The indie box office is slowly starting to pick up again, with Roadside Attractions and Saban Films leaving the biggest footprint with Craig W. Macneill’s period thriller “Lizzie.” Released on four screens, the film made just under $50,000 for a solid per screen average of $12,474.

Starring Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, “Lizzie” tells the story of Lizzie Borden, who was tried for and acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother in 1892. Sevigny plays Lizzie, with Stewart playing the maid with whom she develops a dark friendship. It has a 73 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Below “Lizzie” is a flurry of new releases that struggle to stand out. Among them is A24’s “The Children Act,” which made $20,362 from three screens for a $6,787 per screen average. The film stars Emma Thompson as a London judge who is forced to rule on the case of a 17-year-old who is refusing a blood transfusion that will save his life. Stanley Tucci and “Dunkirk” star Fionn Whitehead also star in the film, which has a 70 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. It can also be seen on DirecTV Cinema.

Less impressive is Sony Pictures Classics’ “American Chaos,” Jim Stern’s documentary about Trump supporters during the 2016 election. Released on 26 screens, the film made $7,963 for a per screen average of $306. Elsewhere, SPC’s “The Wife” expanded to 541 screens and added $1.2 million in its fifth weekend, bringing its total to $3.5 million.

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For a tale full of blood and sexual tension, Lizzie is awfully dull

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Is Lizzie a tragic love story ? A proto-feminist statement? A slow-burn historical drama? A lurid tale of sex and murder? It’s all of those things, and none of them at the same time. It’s a film that’s very deliberate in its choices, but doesn’t seem t…

‘Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy’ Film Review: Literary Hoax Makes for a Frustrating Film

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Justin Kelly’s “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy,” the closing-night film at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, occupies a difficult slot at the mammoth festival. TIFF’s closing-night films typically don’t go on to enjoy significant commercial or critical success, more often destined for quick obscurity in the U.S. market.

Last year’s closing film, for instance, was the French comedy “C’est La Vie!” Before that, “The Edge of Seventeen” and “Mr. Right” at least made a little noise at the box office, “A Little Chaos” and “Life of Crime” less so.

But there’s good news and bad news for “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy,” which stars Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart and had its first press screening on Monday in advance of Saturday’s closing-night gala.

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The good news is that current events have conspired to perhaps bring the film more attention than most TIFF closing films have gotten. The bad news is that the attention is probably not the kind that the filmmakers would have wanted.

The film is the story of author Laura Albert (Dern), who published a series of books under the name JT LeRoy and enlisted her 25-year-old sister-in-law, Savannah Knoop (Stewart), to pose as the androgynous LeRoy in public appearances. When the deception was uncovered, Albert was successfully sued for fraud.

But before that, actress Asia Argento wooed “LeRoy” and bought the film rights to one of the books, “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.” She turned it into a film in which she played the LeRoy character’s mother, and her son was played by an eight-year-old actor named Jimmy Bennett.

Argento is fictionalized in Kelly’s film, played by Diane Kruger as a character simply named Eva. But she’s now in the news, facing accusations by Jimmy Bennett that she sexually abused him — not during the making of “The Heart Is Deceitful,” but nine years later.

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With Kruger playing a significant role in the film while the Argento saga plays out in the press, Kelly’s film risks being overshadowed by a story that has very little to do with what’s onscreen. If “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy” was more compelling, it might be able to overcome that — but instead it’s a well-acted curiosity that never quite manages to be as intriguing as it should be.

Partly, that’s because of the point of view it employs. The film was based on Knoop’s memoir, “Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT Leroy,” and it is mostly told from her perspective. But she’s a passive character who only slowly comes to have much agency in what she’s doing; Albert is clearly the more interesting of the two women, which makes it frustrating that we don’t get more from her.

In fact, the story begins in mid-deception, with no attempt to explain how or why Laura Albert felt it necessary to create the LeRoy persona. “They use us, we use them,” she says breezily, and Knoop goes along for the ride because, well, because Laura seems cool, and why not?

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Dern makes Albert flighty and impulsive, a manic mastermind who convinces herself everything is great and hopes that’s enough to convince everybody else — or maybe she tries so hard to convince everybody else because that’s the only way she might convince herself.

She’s simultaneously a fascinating character and an annoying one whose default mode is borderline desperation of one kind or another.

Stewart, meanwhile, is no doubt the right actress for Knoop — a young woman who seems remote and a little sullen, wary of but intrigued by the mess she finds herself in. The role really only requires the right presence, and Stewart has it, but the character makes for a frustratingly inactive central figure, despite a few emotional fireworks when the Eva character’s sexual interest in her wanes once the film rights are secured.

It’s hard to feel much sympathy for Albert, who feels entitled to continue the deception and affronted when it begins to unravel, or for Knoop, who is neither comfortable with the part she’s playing nor disgruntled enough to stop doing it.

Kelly, whose previous films include 2015’s “I Am Michael” and 2016’s “King Cobra,” is no stranger to exploring issues of sexuality, often with a little controversy attached. But “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy” is a lukewarm examination of what might have been a hot topic — and that means it risks being overshadowed by the real-life soap opera playing out around it.

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Cate Blanchett Named BAFTA’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award Winner for Excellence in Film

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Cate Blanchett will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) this year, the organization announced Thursday.

She joins previously announced honoree Steve McQueen, who will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing. This year’s ceremony will take place on Oct. 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

“With an impressive and extensive repertoire of work on screen and stage, Cate’s award-winning talent is unprecedented, earning her international acclaim and numerous accolades,” said BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Kieran Breen. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate her brilliant work by honoring her with this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.”

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The Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film is awarded to an individual who is credited with “authorship and ingenuity.” Previous recipients include Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Meryl Streep, Robert Downey Jr. and George Clooney.

Blanchett has had a busy year: This summer she starred in “Ocean’s 8” and will be next seen in “The House with a Clock in Its Walls.” She also served as the Jury President of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, a jury that also included director Ava DuVernay, actress Kristen Stewart and director Denis Villeneuve. She will next star in “Where’d You Go Bernadette” and Netflix’s “Mowgli.”

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Blanchett’s previous credits include “Blue Jasmine” — for which she won an Oscar — “Thor: Ragnarok,” “The Aviator” — for which she also won an Oscar — “Elizabeth” and “Lord of the Rings.” Her role in “Carol” earned the Best Actress award at the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes.

Blanchett has always previously been awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society through Acting in 2007 and was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. She has also received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.

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