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James Gandolfini was hulking, fearsome, and bristling with submerged rage and grief. Kristen Stewart was tiny, fragile and fronting false confidence as she spiraled into self-destruction.
At least, those were their characters in Welcome to the Rileys, a 2010 indie drama starring her as a teenage stripper/prostitute and him as the well-meaning but misguided father of a deceased child who thought he could try and save her instead.
Stewart has been silent since Gandolfini’s unexpected death last week from a heart attack at age 51, but with his funeral set for Thursday in New York, she is opening up about the loss of a friend and colleague:
“When I heard of James’ passing I was in New Orleans, where we met shooting, and every memory flooded back and gutted me,” she tells EW in a statement. “I’ll hold that time near to me forever. He was immeasurably great. My heart goes out to his beloved family.”
In real life, the pair had a bond forged by their mutual introversion. Neither one was a big talker, and each was famous for a character that created obsessive, sometimes intrusive fans. He was the Emmy-winning star of The Sopranos, she was the lead of the teen-girl-crazed Twilight saga.
When I interviewed her in 2009 for a USA Today profile, she had just finished shooting Welcome to the Rileys and talked about her low-key friendship with Gandolfini. ”Jim was … the sh-t,” she said with a laugh after struggling for a moment to find the right word. “He’s quiet. We got along well because we let it happen the way it’s supposed to. It was very organic, very cool.”
Each actor was also trying something new with the indie found-family drama: Gandolfini wanted to show he was more than Tony Soprano; she wanted to prove she was more than Bella — not that those roles were easy to escape.
Everywhere Stewart went, Twilight fans tended to gather and freak out. She felt she wasn’t great at handling it at the time, though she admired the slow-burn of her Welcome to the Rileys co-star when boisterous Sopranos fans showed up.
“He has that. It’s so annoying,” Stewart said in 2009. “Everybody is like ‘Tonyyy! Yo, Tonnyy!’ I’m sitting there going, ‘Don’t do that … He will f–king deck you.’”
The admiration was mutual. Last year, Gandolfini wrote this piece for Variety about Stewart’s performance in On the Road. “Kristen Stewart is one of the mad ones. But mad in a beautiful way,” he wrote. “And she is determined to make people mad. To show them she is more than Bella in Twilight. To show them she does burn, and smolder, and wants more out of her career and life. And smolder she does.”
Here’s a scene of the two from director Jake Scott’s Welcome to the Rileys showing their characters, Doug and Mallory, in the midst of establishing an unusual, surrogate father/daughter relationship. Gandolfini is paying Stewart’s character to live in her dilapidated crash pad, but he has decided to extract a price from her when she breaks his rules.
It’s not a film that was as widely seen as their Twilight and Sopranos work, but it’s worth a watch — if only to see her as something other than the innocent, and him as something more tender than the mob boss.
Kristen Stewart got into a minor fender bender in L.A. on Friday, E! reports, accidentally bumping into the rear bumper of another woman’s car. The actress responsibly exchanged information with the other driver – and all parties appeared to be uninjured.
Meanwhile, Stewart’s boyfriend Robert Pattinson’s visit to New York was much less eventful, with the actor spotted taking in the Broadway show Orphans, starring Alec Baldwin and Pattinson’s longtime friend, actor Tom Sturridge, on Thursday night.
The couple is expected to be reunited in N.Y.C. Monday for the annual Met Ball.
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Applying the same rules of Pictionary, this game will use elements from her roles like Bella Swan in Twilight or as Sophie in Jumper. Feel free to use your imagination and incorporate as many topics about Kristen Stewart as possible. For example, Kristen is very well known for her poker face, not letting anyone read what she’s thinking on the red carpet. You’d have to portray that through pictures.
3. Trivia Quiz
The trivia quiz will cover everything about Kristen Stewart. And by everything, we mean starting from actors, production, fun trivia, dialogues, soundtracks, and other stuff related to the fabulous teen star. You could even add in extra trivia about the roles she has played. For example, did you know that Snow White was originally a German fairytale told by the Brothers Grimm? The original tale is much darker than the Disney version and more like Snow White and the Huntsman.
4. Recite-Your-Favorite-Kristen-Stewart-Line Contest
This will be the ultimate challenge for many Kristen Stewart fans, as they will be asked to recite their favorite line from a certain movie with feelings and all. You could even make it interesting and do this during one of the other games. For example, lets say you were playing poker, every time you draw a new card you might have to recite a valid Kristen line from a movie. If you get the wording wrong, you have to put the card back and pick another. You could even have a panel of judges to oversee proceedings.
“It’s not a terrible thing if you’re either loved or hated,” says Kristen Stewart, seated in a cozy little bistro on the outskirts of the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz, far removed from even the most penetrating telephoto lenses. “But honestly,” she continues, “I don’t care ’cause it doesn’t keep me from doing my shit. And I apologize to everyone for making them so angry. It was not my intention.”
So says the most vilified—and highest-paid—actress in all the land. Her role earlier this year as a sword-wielding firebrand in Snow White and the Huntsman, a sinister reimagining of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, was quite apropos, given that the 22-year-old starlet is, in many ways, the tabloid media’s Joan of Arc. Her refusal to kowtow to the celebrity-industrial complex, whether through her steely-eyed gaze on the red carpet or nervous fidgeting during televised interviews, is seen by many as an entitled A-lister putting on airs.
But in person, Stewart comes off like most 20-somethings might—a compelling mélange of pensiveness interrupted by sudden pangs of excitement. Clad in jeans, sneakers, and a loose-fitting sky-blue shirt, she fiddles with her greasy reddish-brown hair—the color’s a byproduct, she says, of not filming a movie for a year.
She has, however, kept busy making the grueling publicity rounds—health-permitting. “Last night I was sick with the flu and couldn’t go to this On the Road screening,” she says, sounding contrite. “Normally, I wouldn’t feel too terrible about missing a press event, but I felt awful because I’d do anything for this film. It holds a special place for me.”
Developing a cherished novel into a film is always a tricky endeavor, but Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, a beatnik-era classic about a group of youths in the ’40s and ’50s, provides an even greater challenge than most. Based on the author’s real-life pals, including Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady, the road-trip saga was hell-bent on upending conformity as it attempted to capture the spirit, not just the events, of the time.
Stewart committed to the film at 17, even before shooting on the first Twilight movie began. It was Sean Penn, Stewart’s director for Into the Wild, who recommended her to Twilight filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke for the role of Bella Swan, a chaste teen desperately in love with a vampire. And it was Penn’s 21 Grams director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, who suggested to director Walter Salles that he cast Stewart in On the Road.
She discovered the novel during her freshman year of high school and says it “changed her life.” To prepare for the role of capricious nymphet Marylou, Stewart spoke with the daughter of LuAnne Henderson, the woman on whom the character is based, and went on a road trip from Los Angeles to Ohio with two of her friends just prior to shooting in the summer of 2010.
“There was a lot of skirting of little girls at rest stops. Like a volleyball team would pull up and I’d dive behind a bush,” she says with a laugh. “But we stopped at a Hooters in Amarillo, Texas, because there was this huge horse statue in front of it. We bought a lot of beef jerky. And seeing the landscapes fade from orange to green is the coolest thing.”
Cross-country trip aside, the role required Stewart to plumb more emotional depths than some of her previous films. The result is one of her most uninhibited performances yet. In On the Road, which is in theaters Dec. 21, she engages in an orgiastic dance-off and plenty of onscreen sex with the gang of young vagabonds, led by charismatic womanizer Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) and his introspective writer-pal, Sal Paradise (Sam Riley).
Stewart is no stranger to Hollywood. Her mother, Jules Mann-Stewart, is a respected script supervisor and her father is a stage manager, so she grew up on movie sets. “I remember being on the set of Little Giants when I was a kid and thinking it was the coolest thing ever,” she says. “I totally had a crush on Devon Sawa.”
Although she never possessed the desire to perform, Stewart was discovered when she was 8 years old during a “Dreidel” song in a school play. An agent in the audience approached her after the show and asked if she wanted to act. She said yes. After one year of auditions, however, the only thing the fledgling actress had booked was a Porsche commercial.
Kristen Stewart and Ben Affleck are hooking up — onscreen, that is.
The 22-year-old Twilight Saga actress confirmed online chatter that she’ll costar with Affleck, 40, in a new romantic comedy Focus.
“I can confirm that rumor,” Stewart told HuffPost Entertainment of talk that surfaced in November. “It’s a comedy. I’m really excited about it. We start shooting in April.”
A month ago, Deadline reported that Stewart was in talks to join the Argo star in the film, playing “an inexperienced con artist who hooks up with the more seasoned Affleck.”
With Breaking Dawn: Part 2 promotions over, Stewart is now touting her film On the Road — with nothing else lined up until April.
“I would love to find some micro-project before then, because April is kind of a ways away,” she said.
Affleck is apparently a big fan of Stewart, and admitted mid-November to E! News that he was eager for the actress to sign on to Focus.
“She’s terrific and hopefully it will work out,” he said.
Sorry James Bond. Vampires and werewolves are the declared winners of this weekend’s box office race. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 has come out on top, scoring $141.3 million its first weekend at the box office. This may not come as a shocker, though, as the final Twilight film brought in an impressive $162.2 million at the global box office on its opening day. And in the United States, it earned $71.2 million (that includes $30.4 million for all Thursday shows starting at 10 PM and midnight shows).
It is a huge debut for the film and the eighth biggest opening weekend of all-time! Overall, the worldwide estimate for the film is $340.9 million ($141.3 million in North American + $199.6 million internationally). Breaking Dawn – Part 2 posted the second highest weekend opening out of theTwilight franchise behind New Moon at $142.8 million, and the franchise now has three of the top nine openings of all time.
But it doesn’t end there. Breaking Dawn – Part 2 pushed Lionsgate’s 2012 domestic gross over the $1 billion mark for the first time. And Lionsgate has become only the seventh company to ever cross the billion dollar plateau. Also, Lionsgate is the first company to ever have two films (Breaking Dawn – Part 2 and The Hunger Games) open to over $125 million in the same year.
That was Kristen Stewart Wednesday morning, when, after discussing the actress’s movie The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, the Today show’s Savannah Guthrie asked if she and Robert Pattinson were back together.
First Stewart, who last July famously strayed with director Rupert Sanders (before she and Pattinson apparently reunited recently), stammered. Then she said, “Funny you mention that.”
The Twilight series star, 22, then said, “I’m going to just let people watch whatever little movie they think our lives are.”
Warner Bros. has brought its female lead into “Focus,” as Kristen Stewart is in talks to co-star with Ben Affleck in the con artist movie that “Crazy Stupid Love” helmers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa will direct from their own script.
Denise DiNovi will produce the story of a veteran grifter who partners with a girl who’s new to the life.
Warners has been looking to launch this project for some time, eyeballing Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone to reteam with their “Crazy Stupid Love” helmers. When those plans fell through, the studio moved quickly, grabbing Affleck as he was deciding on his follow up to “Argo.”
With “Snow White and the Huntsman” hitting at the global box office, “The Twilight Saga” franchise coming to an end and “On the Road” opening in December, Stewart picked a high-profile time to decide what she would do next.
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2″ opens Nov. 16.
During the press junket for the Twilight franchise’s final film, Breaking Dawn Part 2, in Los Angeles Thursday, Nov. 1, the actress, 22, admitted she kept some beloved items from Bella’s jewelry collection — including her character’s wedding ring.
“I kept the rings,” she told reporters. “The rings are really important to me. [Bella's] mother gives her a moon ring in the beginning and [it] completely reminds me of [the first film's director] Catherine Hardwicke every time I look at it.”
In a moment fans waited nearly three years to see, Bella and Edward (Robert Pattinson) finally tied the knot during the series’ third installment — and Stewart revealed that she decided to keep that ring, as well.
“I have that too,” she shared. “Those are really, really extremely important to me. I love those rings.”
During his chat with reporters, her on-again boyfriend Pattinson, 26, described what it was like meeting Stewart and their costar Taylor Lautner for the first time.
“When I did Harry Potter [and the Goblet of Fire in 2005], I remember looking at Daniel [Radcliffe], Rupert [Grint] and Emma [Watson] and being like, ‘Wow, those guys are actors,’” he admitted. “I was star-struck by those guys when I met them [too], even though I’d only seen Kristen in a few things.”
At some point back in 2008, Pattinson got past his nerves around his leading lady; the pair would go on to date for the next three and a half years, until Stewart’s brief fling this summer (with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders) threatened to derail them.
Their press tour to promote Twilight’s final film marks the couple’s first official appearance together since their early fall reconciliation.