Since Bel Ami is premiering tomorrow in the Netherlands there are some reviews coming out. Here’s a great one from Nu.nl. We just translated the few parts that mention Rob, read the entire review (in Dutch) HERE:
One thing is certain: Robert Pattinson, the teen idol that got famous by his part as romantic vampire in the Twilight Saga, is getting a lot more ‘action’ in his latest movie.
Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod tell the story [of Bel Ami] in a solid way and have a great cast at their disposal. They’re not using it all to their full capacity, are somewhat too explanatory and have a bit much music, but for the rest there’s nothing really wrong with what they did.
And Pattinson is a good casting for the part of Duroy. He’s a pretty guy, we knew that already, but in Bel Ami he proves that he’s really capable of acting. Charme, sneaky, lust for power and resentment, all combined in one persona: Pattinson makes Bel Ami to be an intriguing presonage.
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Fortunately, despite the fear that is currently paralysing the film business, Cronenberg already has his nxt film in the can. Cosmopolis is an adaptation of Don DeLilo’s novel about 24 hours in the life of a Manhattan multimillionaire. “I wrote the script in six days, because the book is so cinematic – the dialogue is incredible,” Cronenberg says. ”That was unusual for me – to write a script that quickly. But then it was waiting to go.” The project was brought by him by veteran Portuguese producer, Paolo Branco. ”He flew to Toronto,” Cronenberg says, ”He came with his son, and said, “My son says that you are the right director for this project.”
The only issue was that Cronenberg was lined up to shoot A Dangerous Method. “But Paolo said, ”I will wait for you.” And he did securing the services of one Robert Pattinson in the meantime to play the leading role of Eric Packer, an asset manager who endures a surreal odyssey across New York when he sets out in his hi-tech limo to get his hair cut and finds the car stuck in a monumental traffic jam. ”About 70% of it takes place in the back of a limo.” confirms cronenberg who still had to deal with legions of R-Pattz fans during the shoot. ”It sometimes was a little difficult. But Toronto is relatively repressed, i.e civilized.”
Philip Glenister is not given to musing about his work. He’s a jobbing actor – or at least that’s what he’d have you believe. When asked what made him commit to playing Charles Forestier, a journalist in 19th-century Paris in new film Bel Ami he quips, ‘I was free on a Tuesday.’
But much about Philip is a front. Behind the gruff exterior – which he used to great effect as the brash DCI Gene Hunt in Life On Mars and its sequel Ashes To Ashes – is not quite a softie, but certainly someone who cares about his craft and works hard. He just likes to joke about it.
I ask him whether he had any journalists in mind when playing Forestier, the man who gives Robert Pattinson’s caddish character Georges Duroy his big break. ‘I based it on Piers Morgan,’ he says with a cackle.
Forestier and his wife, Madeleine, played by Uma Thurman, take Duroy under their wing, and she advises him the best way to get on in Paris is via the city’s most influential wives. Duroy embarks on some torrid affairs and steamy bedroom scenes as he scales the social ladder.
So how was it working with such impressive actors on the risqué period drama? Word is, Uma can be temperamental. ‘She’s bonkers,’ he jokes. And then there was Robert, one of the hottest actors in the world thanks to his role in the Twilight films. ‘We were filming at a house in Hertfordshire adjoining a school. The pupils got wind of it and started chanting, “Robert, Robert”. We had to threaten them with cattle prods!’
New York – (March 12, 2012) – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today the June 8th U.S. theatrical release of BEL AMI, starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, and Colm Meaney. BEL AMI had its World Premiere as an Official Selection of last month’s 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.
In this sexy retelling of Guy de Maupassant’s classic tale of blackmail, manipulation, and social-climbing, set against 19th century Paris, Pattinson stars as the young and very ambitious George Duroy, who discovers that his unadulterated passion and seduction skills with influential Parisian ladies (Ricci, Thurman, and Thomas), above-all, is the fastest and most effective way to the upper echelons of the society he so desperately wants to control.
Directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, the film was written by Rachel Bennette, produced by Uberto Pasolini (The Full Monty), and Simon Fuller of XIX Entertainment (“American Idol,” “So You Think You Can Dance”) executive produced.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) will handle all other U.S. media.
“BEL AMI is a well-crafted, appealing film with a terrific ensemble cast,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “We think it’s a great fit for our Ultra VOD program.”
The deal was negotiated for Magnolia by SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Head of Business Affairs Chris Matson with SPWA’s EVP of Business Affairs Michael Helfand and VP Acquisitions and Distribution Tana Evans.
Magnolia Pictures has acquired Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod’s Robert Pattinson-starrer “Bel Ami” and will give the period pic a theatrical release in the U.S. on June 8.
Deal was made with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, which will handle all other U.S. media.
A retelling of Guy de Maupassant’s classic tale of blackmail, manipulation, and social-climbing, set against 19th century Paris, “Bel Ami” stars Pattinson as an ambitious young man who discovers that his unadulterated passion and seduction skills with influential Parisian ladies is the fastest and most effective way to the upper echelons of the society he so desperately wants to control.
Pic, which co-stars Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and Colm Meaney, had its world premiere at last month’s Berlin International Film Festival.
Donnellan and Ormerod direct from a script by Rachel Bennette. Uberto Pasolini (“The Full Monty”) produced the film, which was exec produced by Simon Fuller (“American Idol”) of XIX Entertainment.
“‘Bel Ami’ is a well-crafted, appealing film with a terrific ensemble cast,” said Magnolia prexy Eamonn Bowles. “We think it’s a great fit for our Ultra VOD program.”
Deal was negotiated for Magnolia by senior VP of acquisitions Dori Begley and head of business affairs Chris Matson, along with SPWA’s exec VP of business affairs Michael Helfand and VP of acquisitions and distribution Tana Evans.
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