Featuring some of the most prominent actors of the past decade including Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Robert Pattinson, the 10 best chick flicks of 2010 consist of powerful romantic dramas and heartwarming comedies, some of which are already earning Oscar nods and much deserved attention from critics, audiences, and prestigious award panels alike.
“Remember Me” – Featuring career-defining performances by Emilie de Ravin and “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson, this film about two tortured college students who find love and comfort in one another while enduring painful losses remains one of the ten best chick flicks of 2010, despite its lukewarm reception by critics and audiences.
Massively Underrated: Youth in Revolt / Remember Me
Youth in Revolt was an innovative comedy, but it was released during a time period where people skip the theatrical experience. And if Remember Me had featured Ryan Gosling instead of Robert Pattinson it would have been correctly hailed as great. But people got far too caught up in the ending and Pattinson’s celebrity to catch that he was really freaking good in this movie. Definitely worth a watch if you you’re a fan of relationship dramas.
Some of the more popular picks didn’t surprise — they were big-release movies with a distinct sensibility that got dissed despite (or because) they felt unique — “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” most notably among them, or even the Sept. 11 romantic tearjerker “Remember Me.”
Each and every year a dozen or so gems go unnoticed, slipping in and out of the cinemas quicker than a mistress does into a closet once the wife’s car pulls in. This year there were plenty of good flicks that were treated like the geeky, chess-playing introvert at the school dance – and shouldn’t have been. You really should’ve asked the following to dance…
@ 10. Remember Me
I know, I know, ‘but it’s got that guy with more gunk in his hair than Liz Hurley does in her nether regions’ but c’mon! many-a-good-actor have started out in the cinematic mailroom and graduated to an awe-impressive high-rise suite – just look at Robin ‘Mork’ Williams, Josh ‘Goonies’ Brolin, Tom ‘Bosom Buddies’ Hanks or Stephen ‘Evil Ed’ Geoffries! (Ok, bad example) – ain’t Robert Pattinson innocent until the gavel slams down!? This film, a heartrending relationship drama (it’s both about the rapport between a young couple and also one between a young man and his estranged father) that played to the tick of a 9/11 countdown, proved there’s much more to “Twilight” vamp Robert Pattinson than blank stares, sparkles and tree hopping. Quite simply, Pattinson was an eye-opener in this film. Skeptics need see it.
Here’s a list of the awards the Twilight Saga and the cast won at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, August 8th!
Choice Actor, Drama: Robert Pattinson, Remember Me
Choice Fantasy Movie: The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Choice Actress, Fantasy: Kristen Stewart, New Moon
Choice Actor, Fantasy: Taylor Lautner, New Moon
Choice Villain: Rachelle Lefevre, New Moon
Choice Liplock: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga
Choice Chemistry: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, New Moon
Choice Male Scene Stealer: Kellan Lutz, New Moon
Choice Female Scene Stealer: Ashley Greene, New Moon
Choice Movie: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Choice Movie Star, Male: Robert Pattinson, Eclipse
Choice Movie Star, Female: Kristen Stewart, Eclipse
Choice Male Hottie: Taylor Lautner
Choice Red Carpet Icon, Male: Taylor Lautner
Choice Smile Presented by Invisalign Teen: Taylor Lautner
Most Fanatic Fans: Twilight Cast
Q&A: Robert Pattinson
Q: What made you say yes to Remember Me; you are in the position to say yes or no to a director to choose which movie you want to be in or which movie you don’t want to be in?
A: Kind of. You get certain offers and stuff, but with this, it was before Twilight came out, and I read the script and I wanted to do another job before Twilight came out. I didn’t end up doing one, but that was one of the things I read. So with this, usually every single young guy who is a lead is often such a stock character. But Tyler wasn’t really coming from an obvious place and wasn’t ending up in an obvious place either, so it gave you much more to work with, and it could be more of a character piece. There are certain things about generic films where you have to do certain things and perform in a certain way, and it doesn’t really make sense. I think that’s why this is kind of a little bit weird in that respect, it doesn’t really fit what you’d expect from this kind of drama.
Q: With Remember Me, were there certain aspects of the character you could empathize with? He’s a guy who likes to do his own thing…
A: Yeah, in a lot of ways, I saw right from the beginning that he was quite similar to me, and I kind of tried to tailor it to be even more similar, but then the more I tailored it, the more it became a fictional creation. But yeah, I’ve been saying there’s a kind of moment where, I think it’s the end of the adolescent period, where you think that you have to be an individual so much and you want to stamp your identity on everything. I mean, you get to your early 20s and you are much more accepting of being part of the world, and not wanting to drive everything away from you all the time, and I kind of had that when I was in my early 20s.
Q: Would you ever stand up for yourself to the point where you are going to fight with authority, like the character?
A: I know, that’s what one of the main things I liked about it; there are certain things which are like fantasy scenes of mine. It was quite satisfying, even the way he fights. It was all in the script, it said he fights like a pitbull, and I was just like, ‘Yeah, I want to fight like a pitbull!’
Q: Were you at all intimidated by Pierce Brosnan in real life?
A: I went to meet him for dinner just before we started shooting, and he’s a really nice guy. He’s kind of suave and he does look exactly the same all the time. He has great posture. He does this funny thing when we’re out at a restaurant and there are people looking over at him, and it’s a kind of posh French restaurant so there are a lot of older, banker type looking people and they obviously had no idea who I was, and they were obviously just looking at him and making a little joke or whatever, and he goes up to their table and introduces himself to everybody at that table, and you can see that they all really like him – I don’t know what he said. He was introducing me as his son to people. (laughter)
Q: Did this role feel very different from the other roles that you have played?
A: Yeah, definitely, there’s certain things about it; you can improvise quite a lot more, especially in comparison to the Twilight films. The whole point of the Twilight films is that there are so many hindrances as to what you can do, whereas with Tyler, it’s kind of, it’s the first time I played somebody who is just the kind of normal guy, without anything fancy, or without a period element, or without some kind of social inadequacy. He is literally just a normal guy, with no specific handicaps, and it was fun.
Q: How did you regard Tyler’s relationship with Caroline; they kind of need each other, don’t they?
A: Yeah, but it’s like, at the same time, she’s the kind of key or something. It’s not like they’re going to meet up and everything changes in their lives or whatever. It’s not saying people’s lives completely change, just having a couple of days of happiness, or a couple of minutes of happiness, can literally turn around your entire life, and you just have to be aware of it, you just have to make them sort of see things just a little bit more.
Q: When will you shoot the last Twilight movie?
A: I think I’m going to have to do “Breaking Dawn” at the end of this year, so I’m not sure when.
Q: What’s your best disguise in order to be able to walk down Oxford Street?
A: Biting your nails works quite well! Actually, I was in HMV on Oxford Street on Christmas Eve buying Christmas presents, and not a single person noticed. And here were posters [Twilight and New Moon] everywhere! It’s been years since I’ve done anything like that, and I think people just aren’t looking in the same way in London.
Q: How do you deal with fame?
A: I just try to keep working. Even ten years ago, Leonardo DiCaprio always talked about being able to take a break away from everything, but I don’t think you can do that anymore. I think you need to capitalize and steer your career at the same time, because I think that, especially with a thing like Twilight, where it is literally such a huge universe…
Q: Is it a burden to you, but it opens doors?
A: It opens doors and it closes others, like anything does. You can say, ‘Oh if I was still unknown, then no one would judge me’, but at the same time, nobody would give a shit either (laughter). It’s a weird little balance. And most of the time, you are just completely guessing what you should do, so I guess I’m just doing scripts that I think are good.
Q: Did the Twilight fans make shooting Remember Me in New York quite difficult?
A: The fan situation, completely, honestly, they were lovely. They would completely respond to people saying – “Please go and wait over there or something”, even when there were tons and tons of them, but it was like the paparazzi who were unbelievable. They were like jackals.
Q: You said that you never asked a girl on a date like Tyler does. Is that more difficult now you’re famous?
A: Yeah, I would imagine. I’m much more self conscious now because you can’t afford to like fail. You’re kind of afraid of succeeding too so you just kind of, you know, anyway you look at it…
Q: In what ways has this success changed things for you?
A: It changed more in America. I always thought it was going to be like this. I came out last Christmas and it was kind of… it was all pretty low key again and I always thought it would’ve changed by now in London but it hasn’t really. People just don’t look for the same stuff, but in America, I guess it is different.
R-Patz like big bro to Ruby Jerins
Robert Pattinson was like a big brother to his Remember Me co-star Ruby Jerins, she has revealed.
The 11-year-old plays the Twilight star’s younger sister in the tear-jerker, and said their on-screen chemistry was just as real once the cameras were switched off.
“He’s really fun and very funny, he was like a bigger brother except he wasn’t mean – sometimes big brothers can be mean,” she said. “He is very supportive and respectable, and easy to act with. I really admired his work from the beginning, and he was really nice to everybody.”
The actress added: “It is extremely easy to bond with him. When we first met at the screen test, he suggested we should hang out a little and build chemistry but we never got to – it wasn’t really necessary because we did a lot of waiting around on set, so we got to know each other then and goofed around.”
Ruby – a Twilight fan – was amazed by the constant presence of fans and paparazzi around the Remember Me set in New York.
“It was crazy. From the time when we woke up, all these fans and paparazzi would already have surrounded the set. They were all over every scene. It was definitely a new experience for me,” she recalled.
Robert Pattinson’s Remember Me co-star Tate Ellington on working with a heartthrob
BEING mobbed every time you leave the house is all in a day’s work for Robert Pattinson.
But for Tate Ellington, who played Robert Pattinson’s on-screen best friend in Remember Me, thousands of screaming fans following you down the street is one helluva terrifying experience.
OK.co.uk’s Nicola McCafferty spent an evening chatting with Tate, the self-effacing actor who starred as Aidan Hall, about what life is like for the Twilight hunk; how tricky it is working with him and how they escaped the hysteria…
What was it like working with Rob on Remember Me, did you guys strike up an instant rapport?
“Yeah I think so [I hope so]! I met Rob at the screen test and luckily I wasn’t too nervous that day as I was like I probably won’t get the job so…
“But when I got the job and I met him again, he was automatically as nice as can be and I had to make a point to be more talkative as I can be really shy, and Rob had a bit of shyness too.
“I was happy he wasn’t like this big jerk coming into the room and he was utterly always so humble and nice about everything.”
You played Rob’s best friend in the movie, did you guys spend time getting to know each other in preparation?
“After I got the job we had a couple of times where we would go to the hotel where he was staying and get to know each other.
“We sat around and had a beer and just chatted – it was good.
“I felt very comfortable with him from the get go. And I met Emilie de Ravin not long after, and automatically we were all jerking around!”
You had just finished a stint on Broadway with actor Matthew Broderick when you got the Remember Me job. Were you used to working with big Hollywood stars by the time you met the cast?
“Oh yeah! I was pretty terrified! Initially I was really excited when I found out who was gonna be in it but everybody was so nice…there was never any reason to be intimidated.”
Were you a Twilight fan before you started working on this movie?
“I was not… I actually made a point not to watch Twilight [when I got the role], but a girl I was dating at the time was an insane fan about it.
“She explained to me all four books, I was like that sounds great I might read that at some point! She was also a Harry Potter fan and got me hooked on it and when I heard Rob was in it, I was like Oh Cedric Diggory! Oh no wait, Twilight… [laughs]
“I watched Twilight not too long after we finished shooting and I kinda expected it to be a bit girly but it was good – I was like, way to go Rob!”
“At some point I have to watch New Moon – I still haven’t seen it. But it feels weird now – you’re like watching a friend.
Rob quite famously got mobbed by dozens of fans on the New York set… What was that like?
“It was like a running joke [when Rob got mobbed on-set.]
“The producers sort of prepped me, they were like this sort of thing might be happening and I got there the first day and exactly that happened and I was like woah, you weren’t kidding!
“We had to figure out how we were gonna get round it. It was tricky.”
How did Rob cope with all the attention?
“He was so great, I dunno if i could do that everyday, the guy can’t even walk down the street – that would probably throw me.
“But it was hilarious ‘cos everyday you knew exactly when Rob was gonna show up on set, you’d just hear the screams and you’d be like – oh Rob’s coming!
“We always got a kick of that. The crew handled it really amazingly.
“You just kinda got used to it and it was nice – everyday there was just a lot of people there to say hello!”
Did he get a bit freaked out the time?
“Rob was initially a bit… New York is quite an enclosed space but he figured it out.
“[But] he was always so nice to all the fans.
“It was always overnight for him. I think he’s really settling into it now. I think he’s done a great job with it.
“i dunno if I could cope with it… It would freak me out.”
How would you describe your character, Aidan, in the film?
“He’s a complete jerk and anyone would punch this guy in the face, but regardless of all the things he says and does he has the best intentions.
What drew you to the role?
“When I read the script I was like, I want this guy to show through in the moments where he can.
“He has a big heart and he feels things for this people. Tyler is like his adopted family and he’s always trying to look out for his friend.
“He’s the kinda guy you can call whenever you’re in any sort of trouble and he’ll be there in a heartbeat.”