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Robert Pattinson reinvents himself in Good Time

Vanity Fair interview by Nicole Sperling

Brooding and aloof, two adjectives often associated with actor Robert Pattinson, are two that do little to currently describe the 31-year old former heartthrob. Rather the face of the Dior Homme fragrance, with the sharp-edged jawline and the intense glare, is an easy laugh and a genuinely good time. It could be because he’s getting the best reviews of his career for his role as a petty thief sporting a hearty batch of grandiose delusions in Josh and Benny Safdie’s aptly titled grind-house actioner Good Time. It could be because the paparazzi have finally left him alone and he’s starring in the films he’s long wanted to do. Or it could be that his life is, quite simply, great. Apparently, even the spirits agree.

A few years ago, Pattinson received a psychic reading from a waitress/medium at a London restaurant who told him that his soul had lived many previous lives and the one he’s currently in was something of a reward for all his past lives’ hardships. “She was like, ‘This life is your soul just having a ride, having fun, just a roller coaster,” said Pattinson during a recent interview at his favorite Los Angeles restaurant that he asked me to keep secret.

“That’s generally how I feel,” he added. “It’s been fucking incredible. I really haven’t had any bad times. I’ve had a cruise from beginning to end.”

Most of that cruising has been done on movie sets. Since he first appeared opposite Reese Witherspoon in Vanity Fair when he was 16 (his scenes were eventually cut from the film) to today, Pattinson has worked consistently, jumping from set to set, including the four years he spent brooding as Edward, the tortured vampire with the sparkly skin and a desperate passion for the forbidden human Bella in Twilight, the series that sent his star power into the stratosphere. We all know how that fairy tale ended. What’s remarkable is that it did little to quell Pattinson’s own passion for the game. Rather, it taught him the importance of having good directors and solidified his quest to seek them out at all costs.

“That’s what film is to me,” Pattinson said of his single-mindedness about filmmakers. “It shows respect for the art form and the lineage of movie-making if you go after the people who influence everyone else.”

Back in 2015, he sent a cold e-mail to the Safdie brothers based on a film still from a yet-to-be-released movie. According to Josh, it read in part: “I’ve seen this still for your film Heaven Knows What, and I feel some type of innate connection toward it. It somehow feels tied to my purpose, and I feel like now you’re tied to my purpose.”

From that note, the brothers met with Pattinson, curious about this insanely famous millennial with no social-media presence who was “being pillaged by the press,” as Josh put it. “He was like a pop martyr, in a weird way.” Josh pitched his idea for Good Time during that first meeting and explained to the actor the brothers’ renegade approach to filmmaking: No trailers for talent. Few rules. We will write this script and get it made in the next eight months. Pattinson was in and thus was born his character, Connie Nikas, a Bronx-born criminal with dreams of springing his special-needs brother, Nick (played by Benny), out of an institution and fleeing to a broken-down farm in Virginia. While Josh and his writing partner Ronald Brownstein wrote the script, Pattinson prepped for the part.

According to Josh, that involved reading the 1,100-page Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer, constructing a detailed biography of Connie, and traipsing around New York in character with brother Nick in tow. Pattinson learned how people treated those with special needs, hung out with recently released prisoners, and started writing letters, in character, to his brother. Josh asked him to live in an apartment in Harlem for the entirety of the shoot, a basement pad he described as a “Connie den.” “All he did there was eat tuna (to drop some weight), keep the shades down all the time, and sleep in the outfits Connie wore,” said Josh. “Robert never talks about any of this stuff.”

Pattinson does say that he connected to Connie intuitively, understanding the character’s illogical choices at a base level and never judging what is clearly a mentally unwell person.

“He thinks he’s magical. He thinks he has superpowers,” said Pattinson. “Actually, he’s mentally ill. And really just a bad person in almost every sense.”

Josh agrees that Pattinson’s connection to the material felt cellular. “I think the same person who thinks he can go in and remove his brother from police custody in a hospital is the same person who contacts small independent filmmakers after seeing a still in a movie,” Josh said. “I mean, that is the same person.”

Pattinson’s biggest challenge now seems to be managing the time between film roles, and toggling between homes in London and Los Angeles. The actor has shed much of his belongings in search of a simpler, more open existence. He used to travel with both a security guard and an assistant. Now he flies solo, doesn’t bring much with him as a result, and has become much more open to those around him.

“I just realized it stopped me from talking to everyone. You just end up talking to the people you came with,” Pattinson said, adding with a laugh, “I realized I didn’t need it.”

What he wants now is to maximize the nomadic lifestyle he’s perfected. The problem is he won’t sign on to just any old film anymore. He spent four years cultivating his relationship with famed French filmmaker Claire Denis for the upcoming movie High Life, where he plays a death-row prisoner forced to travel on an exploratory mission in space. He traveled to Morocco for nine days to seek out Werner Herzog on the 2015 Nicole Kidman-starrer Queen of the Desert. Next, he will star opposite Mark Rylance in Columbian filmmaker Ciro Guerra’s (Embrace of the Serpent) movie Waiting for the Barbarians.

“I think you have to have a reason to commit. I don’t just want to be filming stuff if I don’t understand the point,” Pattionson said. “It just makes me kind of sad.”

This new strategy has paid off. Pattinson admits he was surprised by the headlines out of Cannes this spring when Good Time debuted. Most included the word “reinvention” to refer to his career, a feat he thought he’d accomplished back in 2012 when he commanded the back seat of a limousine in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis shortly after completing The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. But he’s not opposed to the characterization. “I thought I already did [the reinvention],” he said. “But that’s cool. If I can get a reinvention headline every couple of years, that’s kind of what I’m trying to do.”

Vanity Fair interview 11.17.17

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When Robert Pattinson arrives at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of his film, Good Time, he will be among friends. Rob and several of his fellow A lister co-stars and directors have films at the festival this year.

The festival opened with a co-star of Rob’s kicking off the Un Certain Regard category. Mathieu Amalric’s “Barbara,” a biopic of the mono-monikered French chanteuse. Amalric played the pie-thrower in Cosmopolis.

Directors’ Fortnight opened with the critically acclaimed Claire Denis’ “Dark Glasses.” Denis will be directing Rob later this year in High Life.

One of Rob’s favorite actresses, Isabelle Huppert (he saw her on stage in Phaedra in both London and NY), is a fixture at Cannes, and the Safide brothers walked the red carpet behind her on Monday, May 22nd (they posted video on IG).

Maps To The Stars co-star, Julianne Moore is there with Wonderstruck and Rob’s Queen of the Desert co-star, Nicole Kidman, will have four projects at Cannes. Bel Ami co-star Uma Thruman is President of the Un Certain Regard Jury. Old friends Rhianna, Elle Fanning, Gael Garcia Bernal , and director Sofia Coppola are also at the festival.

Variety Cannes Line up

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16 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

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Bridget Jones’s Baby dir. Sharon Maguire
Notable stars: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey
Plot: Not disclosed so far but given the title I think it’s safe to say that titular character Bridget Jones will be having a baby. Romantic shenanigans ensue.

Certain Women dir. Kelly Reichardt
Notable stars: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart,
Plot: Based on the stories of author Maile Meloy the film follows the intersecting lives of three women: a lawyer trying to diffuse a hostage situation and calm her disgruntled client,  a married couple breaking ground on a new home and a ranch hand who forms an attachment to a young lawyer who inadvertently finds herself teaching a twice-weekly adult education class, four hours from her home.

High Life dir. Claire Denis
Notable stars: Robert Pattinson, Patricia Arquette
Plot: An original script written by Zadie Smith the film is about a group of criminals who accept a mission in space to become the subjects of a human reproduction experiment.

Loving Vincent dir. Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman
Notable stars: Saoirse Ronan, Helen McCrory, Douglas Booth, Chris O'Dowd
Plot: The story of the final months and mysterious death of artist Vincent Van Gogh. Live action footage will be filmed and then projected, frame by frame, onto canvas and painted over in oils in the style of Van Gogh. 

1-49-12, 13-16

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The NY Times shared their ‘25 Best Films of the 21st Century’ list and asked Rob about Claire Denis’ movie 'White Material’ as he is set to work with the French director on 'High Life’.

From NY Times:

White Material
Directed by Claire Denis, 2010
The setting is an unnamed African country where Maria – played by a transcendent Isabelle Huppert – struggles to hold onto her family’s coffee plantation amid an escalating civil war. A fractured story about love, strength, the costs of white patrimony and the continuing ravages of postcolonialism, “White Material” finds the brilliant French director Claire Denis again in Africa, where she spent much of her childhood in Francophone countries. Here, the actor Robert Pattinson, an admirer of “White Material” and of Ms. Denis, answered a few questions by email about both put to him by Manohla Dargis.

How did you discover Claire Denis’s films?
Robert Pattinson: I saw “White Material” about seven years ago and she became an immediate favorite.

What specifically draws you to her work?

Rob: Watching the performances in her movies, you can just feel the freedom she gives her actors. She creates an entire world for them to behave in.

And I think having such wide parameters to capture things from means her movies can be built from an enormous amount of incremental details rather than a narrow narrative thrust. Her movies feel like waves building and breaking.

What does Isabelle Huppert bring to the character of Maria Vial?
Rob: She plays a character that seems to live steadfastly in her faith and imagination and yet still feels so human, accessible and raw.

Is Huppert our greatest living actress?
Rob: It’s difficult to think of someone who’s better.

(Rob has been seen in the theatre in London and New York when Huppert was starring in Phaedra last year. He’s not kidding when he says he thinks she’s the best.)

Poor little butthurts of the ‘sessbian‘ vommunity (yeah i spelt it right, the obsessed who believe the sun rises and falls with Rob and Twigsessed) it must really chap your asses, that how many ways you choose to ignore, block and not read ‘basic comprehension‘ how many reasons you need to feed your sad, pathetic lives with vitriolic Kristen hate,  Kristen is not only owning your sessed asses, by continuing her movie career - long after you believed she was ‘past, over, forgotten‘ because you are like a broken record; ignored, tossed aside, tossed out, because its the same squeaky, scratchy, repetitive argument, over and over and it doesn’t get any better, but she also controls your waking moments. Attacking pro RK blogs for vindication, wow you really are sour and twisted, must be all that ‘up her ass Twigs love‘ you have going on there?

First rule in a fandom - check your facts first. Fact checking lessens the need to lie, falsify and indeed photoshop with a story you sell to the rags, because they don’t check facts, they just print to earn money of a celebrity’s back. Second rule is own your voice. Hiding behind anon accts/sock accts is so pathetic, so childish, so boring. If you have balls enough to attack someone on ‘their‘ blog, have balls enough to own your vitriol. At least that’s how anyone who is not afraid to speak and own their mind, do it. Not run your mouth off and then pretend you are anon. On the internet you are not an anon, you are just another pathetic internet troll and will be treated as such. Thirdly, sell a story that doesn’t have more holes in it than a tea bag. Twigsessed, as much as i admire your energy going after a relationship that doesn’t exist…geography (being from the US, still in high school, live in Europe were you have never gone outside your front door, nevermind travel outside your own country)…fact checking on distances between one part of the UK and another and travel arrangements has never been your strongest point. It’s an hour from Belfast to London. Flights from BEL to LDN finish at 11pm at night. Travel from London to the IOW is a few hrs by train, several more hours by car (small island at the bottom of Britain. Then it can only be accessed by Ferry (boat that goes across the water) has a scheduled route, that has restrictions and is not a constant roll on roll off boat (again fact checking is a must) like you seem to think. Backs of heads, heavy coats or hats for September in the UK - WTF? Do we live in Russia???? Oh that’s right the most prolific lying of the robsessed sites is Russian…hmmmmm?…

Suggesting that Richard and Claire Pattinson would take in a soft porn show…just goes to show the depths, you pathetic little muppets will go to. To tag your sessed parent’s, for whatever sickfucksessed story you’ve got going around  is just the beginning of the end in your idiocy. Yes you will no doubt find Twigs outside such venues, let’s face it, the performer is all kinds of rubber, bondage and overt ‘open’ sexuality, so that would be just her ‘thang‘ But parent’s with self upholding morals and respect, who have raised 3 children with more morals inherited than there are in this fandoms baby finger…as a parent myself i say once more, your story telling is just stupid and laughable.

Attack, believing Kristen is dismissing mental health, again reading comprehension is lost in some people. Real pr Pro; the prolific Robsessed, a one time Kristen supporter, whose activity in PR does not stretch to the entertainment world (believe me) knows my stance on her usage of (Kristen has mental health issues, she’s bipolar etc) needs to shut the fuck up and sit the fuck down. She has NO facts, that Kristen has any OR  has suffered any mental health issues. She has NO proof that she ever did. Only her own assumptions and like most assumptions,  there is always an ASS at the beginning of it, spreading it about. Armchair psychology is something unfortunately some seem to think they are an expert in. When all they are doing is proving once again, what asshats they really are. A pill doesn’t cure your problem, its not some magical  ‘fix it all‘ it’s used in a controlled situation, where therapy/conselling and repeated exercises in combating the issues, addressing the issues and controlling the issues affecting your mental health, can be used ‘with it‘

Kristen was neither dismissing it or condemning it. She merely accepted that it’s not going to cure your problems and that ‘feeling’ your emotions, ‘addressing’ your pain and trying to control ‘without‘ drugs can sometimes work. Rather than using medicated excuses as to way to fix you. It doesn’t  work with everyone, her sense in believing medication/pills just deadens/numbsthe pain is a very grown up and realistic approach to thecontext of that part of the interview. And NOT as ‘some idiots seem to think as her blind ignorance. The only ignorance and it is very blind i see are from the corner who seem hell bent in putting a young woman down for being able to stand by her beliefs and ‘own’ them. If you don’t see that, refuse to acknowledge what she was trying to put across, as the reporter seemed hell bent in putting Kristen in a corner. The maybe you need to go back to school, including some ‘older fandom participants’ who seem to think they know better.

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High Life production has begun in Germany

Robert Pattinson is in Cologne, Germany, working on High Life, directed by French auteur Claire Denis, with Juliette Binoche (replacing Patricia Arquette, who dropped out to do a television series) and Mia Goth. Binoche posted a couple of photos of herself with Denis, undergoing astronaut training at a facility in Cologne.

Rob dropped out of sight after a screening and Q&A of Good Time last Saturday, Aug. 19th. We can presume he flew directly to Germany and started pre-production then, and is taking the same kind of weightlessness training, since Production Weekly has High Life listed as in production from Aug. 21 through Oct. 2nd, 2017. I seem to recall that I saw a later date for the end of production, around Oct. 27th, but I don’t have a link for that. Time will tell.  

Rob talked a bit about the film at Cannes: “The movie will take place in the future, the character is an astronaut,” Pattinson tells Cahiers du Cinéma. “He’s a criminal who volunteers for a mission toward a black hole, but he realizes along the way that a doctor on board wants to do sexual experiments with humans in space … (laughs). It’s a very strange film. I had not thought about it for some time, but Claire talked to me about it here in Cannes, and she showed me some image tests of space, completely crazy. I love Claire, I can’t believe I’m going to work with her, especially for a science fiction project. It’s going to be very beautiful.”

The artist Olafur Eliasson is responsible for the concept and design for the outer space elements of the film.

PATTINSON: If you’ve seen his work, his basic production design of a spaceship, black hole– I’ve seen some tests already and it’s unbelievable.”

The film has been fully funded for over a year, with the last partners coming on board last November at the American Film Market in Santa Monica (we also saw some pics of Rob attending this event). Preproduction for this film has taken a long time since it is completely set in outer space. There will be no scenes on Earth, so the whole universe for High Life had to be designed and constructed before any filming could take place.

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Now that we finally have some High Life information that passes the sniff test, it’s time for an update. The film is a joint production between Germany and Poland, and one of their film sites has announced that the film is in preproduction and will start filming on August 21 through Oct. 2, 2017.

Last week Madame Figaro announced that Juliette Binoche will be joinng the cast. Rob first worked with Juliette in 2011 on Cosmopolis. It hasn’t been announced, but it is presumed that she will be replacing Patricia Arquette (who has recently committed to a television series). 

Rob talked a bit about the film at Cannes: “The movie will take place in the future, the character is an astronaut,” Pattinson tells Cahiers du Cinéma. “He’s a criminal who volunteers for a mission toward a black hole, but he realizes along the way that a doctor on board wants to do sexual experiments with humans in space … (laughs). It’s a very strange film. I had not thought about it for some time, but Claire talked to me about it here in Cannes, and she showed me some image tests of space, completely crazy. I love Claire, I can’t believe I’m going to work with her, especially for a science fiction project. It’s going to be very beautiful.”

The “sexual experiments” involve the convict Rob plays providing sperm to repopulate a colony in outer space. It is presumed Binoche will play the doctor conducting the experiments.

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The cast and crew of High Life had a wrap party in Cologne tonight, Friday, October 27. No new pics of the party, but we do have the invitation from Instagram, and an invitation for a karaoke party they held on Oct. 13th as well.

According to production notes, they are scheduled to continue filming into November, in Poland, but we don’t have any details about that. Rob is expected in Georgia to receive the Maverick Award on Nov. 3rd, a week from now, at the Savannah film festival.

The Idol and the Eye

By Didier Peron

Claire Denis, the melancholic director of films d’auteur, teams up with teenage idol, Robert Pattinson, in one of the most exciting partnerships of the moment. Here, she talks about High Life, a meditative sci-fi film, before shooting begins in May.

Robert Pattinson had been cast to star in Oliver Assayas’s crime thriller Idol’s Eye, but the backers pulled out and the project was shelved. The young British star, who first came into the public eye as a vampire Edward Cullen in the gothic series, Twilight, is always on the lookout for adventurous projects, that are radically different from the films an actor who has achieved such success and fired such levels of fan hysteria is expected to make. He is now due to head the cast of French writer-director Claire Denis’s sci-fi feature, High Life, co-written by British film director and novelist Zadie Smith, Patricia Arquette and Mia Goth have already been announced as Pattinson’s co-stars. Completely taken up with preparations for the project, Claire Denis nonetheless took time out between appointments in Paris, London and Cologne, where the film studios are located, to tell us just how she came to meet Robert Pattinson- a long and winding road.

“I had a screenplay which was naturally In English, because the story takes place in space and, I didn’t know why, but for me, people speak English- or Russian or Chinese- but definitely not French in space. While I was writing the script, I had a face in mind: actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. No one has ever made me feel such a sense of humanity in them. It was something tangible. I felt I could almost touch it. And then he died, of a massive overdose of various drugs. He was found at home alone with a syringe in his arm. At the time I thought I’d never make this film…In my mind’s eye, I had seen his face, his body, his voice and his enigmatic being. Hoffman was a very broken person whose sudden, and untimely death was so terribly painful for me, as I thought that what I’d liked so much in him was an emotional, spiritual reality that verged on the unbearable. While I was feeling completely downcast, I learnt that Robert Pattinson had heard about the project and wanted to meet me. I was afraid he’d be disappointed…I thought that perhaps he wouldn’t be interested in working on the sort of films I make! He read the script and told me that he wanted to do it. Something else impressed itself on me, a sense of freedom, an element of surprise. His confidence in me renewed my confidence In the project.

“Robert has the main role: a man a long way from earth. One by one, his companions die, and he survives, perhaps because he has a taciturn, monastic side to him that protects him. He will have to make decisions that affect others, not just himself. He’s rather like a knight of the Round Table projects into a world of science fiction. I imagine him to be secretly hemmed in, so that even when he’s in a group, he appears to be alone, and this reserve or diffidence gives him an ability, which others don’t have, to withstand fear and pain. The first time I met Robert was in Los Angeles. He was on his own territory, and so at east with the project that I ended up forgetting that he was so famous. When I saw Twilight, I liked it immediately because he has heartrending charisma.

It’s strange, thought, because it would be difficult to imagine anyone more unlike Philip Seymour Hoffman physically, but Robert is very enigmatic, with a powerful presence. He gives off an aura that immediately makes you want to film him. I remember Beatrice Dalle ringing me when she found out that that the actress cast to do I Can’t Sleep had decided to quit, eight days before filming was due to start. Beatrice wasn’t the “If you want, I’ll come.” She instantly became the ideal person for the film and captured my imagination. It was so strong that on the first night of the shoot, I felt faint, like being in shock, because I was so moved at seeing her. I hope I can keep a cool head on the first day with Robert Pattinson.”

From scanned Vogue Hommes April 2016 issue p.142

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Robert Pattinson set to star in a science fiction adventure film with acclaimed French director, Claire Dennis.  REUTERS / Danny Moloshok exclusive: 

For her first science fiction adventure film, the French filmmaker Claire Denis has set her sights on the Twilight star, Robert Pattinson.

Robert Pattinson makes surprising choices in his career. After David Cronenberg, Werner Herzog and James Gray, he just said yes to another auteur cinema personality popular in the United States, the French Claire Denis. For an ambitious project: the first science fiction film from the director of White Material

Plot details aren’t being shared just yet, except that the story will be set “beyond the solar system in a ‘future that seems like the present.’”

Denis is working on the screenplay with novelist Zadie Smith (Smiles wolf), the astrophysicist Aurélien Barrau and visual artist Olafur Eliasson. The film will be shot in English in Cologne, Germany, at the end of the year.

The French director is known for Beau Travail, a loose reworking of Herman Melville’s novella Billy Budd, and White Material. Her last film was Bastards (2013), a revenge thriller praised by Peter Bradshaw for its “macabre and dreamlike” quality

http://www.lexpress.fr/culture/cinema/robert-pattinson-va-tourner-avec-claire-denis_1709345.html