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Robert Pattinson is seething with lust in an explosive portrayal of Guy de Maupassant’s scandalous protagonist in a leaked trailer of “Bel Ami,” a movie about decadent French society, co-starring Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas.
This could be the film where Pattinson establishes himself as an actor, on par with Marlon Brando, James Dean and Richard Burton.
He exudes lust, desire and ambition as a “penniless” soldier who’s determined to find his place in French society by seducing the wives of powerful men at the center of Parisian society.
The film is about the corrupt rise of Georges Duroy, who becomes one of the most successful men in Paris by manipulating powerful, intelligent, and wealthy mistresses.
Robert Pattinson’s much anticipated “Breaking Dawn” sex scene might not hold an oil lamp to the action in the actor’s upcoming period piece, “Bel Ami,” if a trailer leaked Friday is any indication.
In a web of French intrigue and bedsheets, Pattinson plays a “penniless” soldier who’s trying to break into society. Turns out the young man fortunately has some, um, skill when it comes to entertaining the wives of powerful men at the core of Parisian society.
A trailer for the film, posted early Friday and then taken down, shows RPattz courting beauties played by Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas. His amply notched bedpost soon gets the better of him, and heavy breathing, high stakes and lots of corridor-running ensue.
This trailer for Bel Ami gets it. The movie stars Robert Pattinson and someone involved somewhere in their marketing department seems to not only understand who he is, but who his audience is. Robert Pattinson is the girl-crush of every woman who has ever read or will read a romance novel. Women want to fantasize about being seduced by him, bedded by him, swept off their feet by him. So the first trailer for Bel Ami is nothing but a series of sequences in which Robert Pattinson does that to a series of different women of all ages.
The first trailer for Bel Ami covers Robert Pattinson’s entire seduction demographic from young (Christina Ricci) to middle-aged (Uma Thurman) to much more than middle-aged (Kristin Scott Thomas). It’s as if someone walked into Comic Con’s Hall H during the Twilight panel, wrote down what everyone there wanted, and walked out to craft a trailer for Bel Ami which would satisfy that.
The first thing that occurs to us watching this trailer is that it’s a whole lot like “Titanic”… except that the events unfold amid a traveling circus rather than upon a giant ocean liner. Depression-era setting? Check! Love triangle with beautiful woman, overbearing older lover and baby-faced younger suitor? Check! Climactic disaster providing the backdrop for the resolution of all things? Big-time check!
“Water for Elephants” is told in flashback by the 90-year-old version of Pattinson’s Jacob Janowski, who is taking stock of the experiences of his youthful travels with a Depression-era circus called “The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.” Witherspoon plays the object of Jacob’s desire Marlena Rosenbluth, an angelic circus performer with a strange talent for captivating horses — and, as it turns out, men. The only thing standing in the way of these two crazy kids getting together is, well, Marlena’s husband August (Christoph Waltz), a violent animal trainer and one hell of an inglorious bastard.
As in “Titanic,” R.Patz and R.With’s characters go ahead and get together anyway, with explosive results. And just when you think you know where the story is going, along comes the epic, catastrophic finale to throw you for a loop. But don’t worry — it has nothing to do with an iceberg, an ocean liner, a gargantuan diamond or a girl named Rose.
“Water for Elephants” is directed by Francis Lawrence of “I Am Legend” fame and hits theaters April 15.
WFE HG Trailer
WOW I can not wait for this movie !!
Official Poster & Logo
WFE Trailer Review
‘Water for Elephants’ trailer: Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon are magical
Whether you’re a Twihard with a life-sized Edward Cullen cut-out in your bedroom watching you sleep, or all things “Twilight” make you roll your eyes and stomp your feet, “Water for Elephants” will probably sway you over to Team Rob Pattinson pretty quick.
In the brand new trailer, Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon sparkle as Jacob (yeah, yeah, have a laugh) and Marlena, a vet and a performer traveling with the circus in the early 20th century. Their love story, told in flashbacks by Jacob at age 93 (Hal Holbrook), is complicated by her husband August (Christoph Waltz).
We’re already a little bit in love with the movie, just from the magical, cinematic feel of the trailer. The colors and the music are delightful, and we’re already looking forward to the performances. “Water for Elephants” is set for release on April 15, 2011. Will you be in line at the theater on opening night?
This is a review of a test screening of Bel Ami and keep in mind that critics aren’t usually nice about Rob or his movies. “Remember Me” got bad reviews too but most fans loved Robs performance .
I went to see Bel Ami at a test screening the other night in the darkened streets of Soho…OK, a swanky (yes I use that word, problem!?) hotel’s screening room.
The film based on French author Guy de Maupassant’s novel tells the story of Georges Duroy’s (Robert Pattinson…yes the vamp teen!) rise to power in the upper middle classes of late19th century Paris. Having spent his military service in Algeria George returns home near destitute. With the little money he earns, he frivolously succumbs to the more salubrious side of the capital’s nightspots and in particular to businesswomen of the night. Happily for him a chance encounter with an old army comrade – Charles Forestier (Philip Glenister, (yes, him off Life on Mars & Ashes to Ashes) sees his luck begin to change. His new life as a journalist on the newspaper Vie Francaise helped by Charles, who is the chief editor of the paper and his wife Madeline (Uma Thurman), the real power and talent behind the man. George meets and takes a married woman Clotilde de Marelle (Christina Ricci) for a lover and slowly but surely embroils himself into the lives of the rich and powerful. From here on George becomes increasingly amoral as he seduces and manipulates influential women to expand his power and wealth.
Ok so what did I think?
Well the 20something Pattison does fit the bill of the man George Duroy who women succumb too but in the end the character, much like the acting, is rather shallow, which of course author Guy de Maupassant knows, but the directors Declan Donnellan & Nick Ormerod fail to. The love interests are all superbly acted, as you would expect from such a trio, which also includes Kristin Scott Thomas. Colm Meaney is aptly aloof, superior and disdainful as Rousset and Philip Glenister puts in a memorable performance as Charles Forestier.
The subplot of the film, which is only touched upon in a few scenes, nods towards France’s impeding invasion of Morocco, which supposedly adds depth to the story and its characters. One problem I felt was that the balance of Bel Ami is wrong, in so much as the chance encounter with Charles happens so fast that you’re not given the opportunity to empathise with George.
The film runs like a class based Desperate Housewives yet is engrossing enough to follow but not to linger in your mind, unless you’ve been glamoured by Mr. P…yes yes he wont easily move away from the vamp tag yet. I do tip my hat to him for making an interesting choice albeit in a role I wished the producers had cast with a better actor, which would have made for a better review.
Maybe they were glamoured too – ‘leave it now mister!’
Finally – please remember this is a very early test screening and there will be changes made – I assume.
FYI: The name Bel Ami, which the daughter of his lover Clotilde bestows upon George, translates as ‘dear friend’ but is more akin to ‘lover’ especially in literature, so I’m informed.
Putting a finger on the nature of the appeal of Stephenie Meyer’s stories is difficult. Her characters are, when meant to be, so involving and communicative that they literally fly off of the pages. The plot, dialogue, settings, and every other ornate detail are so intricately and tediously woven together in this boldly unique mythology that the books are literally transformative and become a part of the reader. More over, Stephenie Meyer has a knack for never leaving behind the most humanistic element of people, whether those people are vampires, werewolves, or aliens . . . love.
Such is the case with her newest book, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella. With it, Meyer has effectively transformed a small, seemingly unimportant character from her prior work, Eclipse, into the newest set of lenses through which we see an intriguing portion of the Twilight Saga.
Bree Tanner takes us back to the story of Eclipse, only this time we’re reading from the perspective of Bree.
As she explains in her introductory materials to the text, Bree was a very tertiary character before, and the most we’d learned about her up until this novella was that she was an insatiable newborn who’d surrendered to the Cullens (though details were scarce on that encounter) but who was still doomed by the forces of law. The significance, it seemed, of Bree was that she was a looking glass for Bella’s self-expectations of her own future as a newborn.
What the Bree Tanner story has given us, though, is a world which is, in classic Stephenie Meyer fashion, eloquently connected to the story we already (in part) knew and yet still so new.
Without divulging too many details about the story (particularly since the biggest joy of reading it was experiencing the surprises of the tale first-hand), it should be said that even those Twilight fans who were on the fence about reading this – for the fact that it was about a character they’d never gotten the opportunity to care about – will love it.
It’s ladened with exciting mystery, clever intrigue, and a whole new look at some of our favorite characters from the Twilight series. Learning about the other side of the fight in Eclipse is but a portion of the treat offered here as we get to know just how Bree came to be in that clearing on that fateful day.
Some of the other characters we’d barely gotten to know come back in full view, and a few new, compelling people are brought to the fore as well. Most interestingly, the story provides a supple, unexpected ripple in the events of Eclipse that pieces together some unnoticed dangling ends and makes the story that much more solid.
Heartbreaking, exciting, and so invigorating, the story of Bree Tanner is a need-to-read for any Twilight fan.
We were given the opportunity to review the ‘Eclipse’ Soundtrack before it’s release date of June 8th, courtesy of Atlantic Records, Chop Shop Music and Summit Entertainment. Below is our song-by-song review of the ENTIRE soundtrack, including what scenes we predict they will be in, etc.
HERE WE GO!!! ( Also: there are some certain SPOILERS in there…)
1. Metric “Eclipse (All Yours)” – Very Catchy and lyrics that really mesh well with the presence of the movie. We believe this might be Bella’s theme for the movie. Placement might be found towards the end of the movie after all the fight scenes, etc.
2. Muse “Neutron Star Collision ( Love is Forever)” – Heidi & Lauren have been a HUGE Muse fans before the Twilight Saga threw them into ultra popularity domestically here in the US. So naturally, we were excited to see what they would bring the fans for this 3rd movie in the series. The sound is very reminiscent of their latest album, futuristic sounds with an 80’s pop feel to it with some Beethoven thrown in at the end. We can’t really see the song fitting in any particular scene, so it will probably be in the ending credits.
3. The Bravery “Ours” -This is a song that we can see fans rocking out to whether it be in their living room, seeing the band in concert or at a Twilight Convention. It’s tune is very energetic and could possibly be in the graduation scene or the graduation party at the Cullens.
4. Florence + The Machine “Heavy in your Arms”: LOVE LOVE LOVE! This song had us captivated from the very beginning and meshes well with the entire theme of ‘Eclipse’.Very edgy and has the undertones of Queen meets Evanescence meets Gospel-esque dramatic vocals. This song wins the award for “Most Likely to be on Repeat”.
5. Sia “My Love” – Initial reaction was that the beginning of the song sounded like background music that seamlessly moves with the movie. Fans might have seen it in a previous trailer or TV Spot. Could be featured in a meadow scene or after the proposal. Very instrumental and we feel it’s the Lykke Li “Possibility” of this Soundtrack.
6. Fan Farlo “Atlas” – Heavy drum beats meets ukulele. Not much to really describe about this song other than it was a catchy tune. We don’t have a particular scene that this would fit in.
7. The Black Keys “Chop and Change” – Our immediate thought was that this was what Muse’s song SHOULD have sounded like. Edgy beat that had a lead singer with a Bob Dylan like voice. Very short song compared to others.
8. The Dead Weather “Rolling in on a Burning Tire” – Definitely the theme song for the Newborns coming out of the water or Major Fight scene. Jack White reveals his geniusousness ( definitely NOT a word but just go with it) once again and Alison’s voice is very haunting yet appealing. Infectious beats with some of the oddest background sounds.
9. Beck and Bat for Lashes ” Let’s Get Lost”- Sounds like a remix of an early 90’s club beat song. Very catchy and reminds us of Thom Yorke with it’s roughness and eclectic beats. This is definitely an Edward and Bella song and we predict that it will be in the “Leg Hitch” scene.
10. Vampire Weekend “Jonathon Low”- Fans of Vampire Weekend will not be disappointed with the band’s contribution to this Soundtrack. They stay very true to their original sound but with softer lyrics. It has an upbeat feel with a Rock/Opera meets Italian “Night out on the town”.
11. Unkle “With You in My Head (featuring The Black Angels)” – Not a huge fan of this song. It reminds us of a 60’s Hawaii- 5-0 song with a slight Radiohead undertone.
12. Eastern Conference Champions ” A Million Miles an Hour” – Very reminiscent of Stone Temple Pilots. It’s catchy but only for transitional purposes somewhere in this movie. Again, not a huge favorite.
13. Band of Horses ” Life on Earth”- Overall it was a great song. Not a lot a lyrics, more of an instrumental sort of song. Nevertheless, we would have liked to have seen it more upbeat towards the end. Possible scene: When Jacob breaks all the bones in his body or just a Jacob song in general.
14. Cee Lo Green “What Part of Forever” – We love this song just as much as Florence + The Machine. It was refreshing to hear this song after a few low key SLOW songs. It’s a uniquely catchy and addictive song that fans will really appreciate and rock out to. It wins our award for “Most Surprising Song on the Soundtrack”.
15. Howard Shore “Jacob’s Theme”- This song’s basis is quite sad and heartbreaking, which could easily go along with Jacob’s feelings at seeing Edward and Bella together, etc. However, the song doesn’t stick out like Alexandre Desplat’s “The Meadow” from the ‘New Moon’ Soundtrack.
Overall it was a pretty good soundtrack, with some key artists and their respective songs that will make it memorable in most ways. However, it could have used more songs that sticks to the theme of “action-packed, mysterious and keeping the fans on their toes” that is ‘Eclipse’. We give it a solid B+ as an overall grading.
At this point, even the most entrenched haters of Twilight‘s vampire-sparkle voodoo concede the soundtracks’ indie-rock bona fides — though they might wish the music came shrouded in a plain brown wrapper.
Like last October’s New Moon collection, Eclipse operates as a sort of alt-party primer: original songs from the genre’s current varsity squad, with a smattering of JV newbies. Pomp-rockers Muse, practically the movies’ musical mascots by now, provide the requisite dose of Queen-meets-Rush grandiosity on ”Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever),” while Jack White side project the Dead Weather revel in swampy blooze-ooze on ”Rolling in on a Burning Tire.” Vampire Weekend, stripped of their habitual Afro-pop swaddling, work the harpsichord-tinged twee of ”Jonathan Low” into a pleasingly woolly tangle, though Australian chanteuse Sia’s ”My Love” does more with much less — her fragile ballad is so ethereal and otherworldly, it should be sung in Elvish. U.K. indie-pop outfit Fanfarlo’s rickety ”Atlas” sounds like Talking Heads on a dirt-road detour; Beck and British songstress Bat for Lashes trade haunting echo-chamber vocals on the percussion-heavy duet ”Let’s Get Lost”; and on the heady ”Heavy in Your Arms,” Florence + the Machine make like Siouxsie Sioux leading a tribal marching band into battle. L.A. unknowns Eastern Conference Champions co-opt Radiohead’s dense existential dread, Band of Horses conjure up another beardy folk ramble, and this summer’s palest citizens get a pretty solid ready-made mixtape. B+
I had the opportunity to review The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack today, and I’ve got good news for Twilight fans looking forward to the album: it’s awesome.
As a bit of background, I want to say that I favored the Twilight soundtrack over the soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: New Moon for the simple fact that the Twilight soundtrack was more uni-directional. Granted, the New Moon soundtrack certainly provided some instant favorites (“Hearing Damage” being the foremost), but there was still something so honest about the Twilight soundtrack. I thought the New Moon soundtrack was a bit scattered at times.
However, it is the same penchant tendency that is attractive about the Eclipse soundtrack. In the album, there are a variety of sounds, but almost every title has its own redeeming feature.
For starters, the album is book-ended with two of the best songs on it. As the adage says “start strong, finish strong, and don’t forget the middle.”
The first song on the record is METRIC’s “Eclipse (All Yours).” This is, by far, the most memorable song of the several. Why? Because it’s a single, complete and purposefully so. The vocals are beautiful, as METRIC fans have come to know about the lead singer, and it has the quality of being a pop song that is also quite mellow and quaint.
You’ve already heard Muse’s scale-heavy ballad “Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)”, so you’ll know what to expect there. Same for Vampire Weekend’s “Jonathan Low.” Fanfarlo’s “Atlas,” though, which has been heard via live performance by some fans, is quite different in the recording. It’s still a fun song, no doubt, but the studio recording purveys the instrumental strength of the song much better than could be heard in the live recording.
There are a couple of songs on the album that seemingly fit together. Cee Lo Green’s “What Part of Forever” is more organic and folksy (at least initially) than you might’ve expected, but it fits cleanly with songs like Band of Horse’s “Life on Earth” (extremely consumable) and The Bravery’s “Ours” (which sounds a bit like something you’d have heard from The Killers a few years ago).
Others stand out, couriers of their own messages.
For instance, Florence and the Machine’s “Heavy in Your Arms” is, well, heavy. If you know Florence Welch’s music, you’ll get exactly what you expect with this one. Still, contrasted with the rest of the album, it holds its own torch.
The Dead Weather’s “Rolling in on a Burning Fire” was the one I was looking out for the most. The song is very consistent with their sound in the album “Horehound,” drawing in that same methodically languid flow. A very befitting contribution from this band but still quite distinct from some of the other music presented here.
One of the most surprising moments on the album came when it was Eastern Conference Champions (relatively unknown) who delivered the spooky sound you might be looking for in the Eclipse soundtrack. Their song “A Million Miles an Hour” is very rich in temperament.
The final song on the Eclipse soundtrack is Howard Shore’s “Jacob’s Theme.” This song gave me goosebumps. It is a gorgeous, lush piano number, and it serves as a wonderful introduction into what Twilight fans will likely hear with the Eclipse Score.
I think the difference between the Eclipse soundtrack and the New Moon soundtrack is that, with Eclipse, there is more room for a schism of tempos. To go from the very movement-oriented “Chop and Change” (by The Black Keys) to the minimalistic and sweet “My Love” (by Sia) is more palatable here because, frankly, the story warrants it more.
Over all, a very smart soundtrack with an enjoyable amount of layers.