Friday, September 4, 2015

'The Childhood of a Leader' Reviews

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A striking, impressionistically filmed final sequence set some time in the future doesn’t so much answer these questions as pose new ones. Here Walker’s full orchestral soundtrack rises to a deafening pitch, mixing brass punches and string-section yelps into its driving, jackboot march. In combination with British DoP Lol Crawley’s atmospheric 35mm photography and Corbet’s assured direction of an excellent cast, it makes for an edgy, poetic mix with the dramatic potency of a good nightmare.

The Hollywood Reporter

Attempting to describe the rise of fascism in Europe between the two world wars as a parable about a wayward little boy, the dark and dreamy The Childhood of a Leader can only be called extraordinarily over-ambitious.

New 'The Childhood of a Leader' Still Of Rob

Rob's Interview with Elle France - Scans + Translation

From blockbusters to indie movies, the heartthrob reinvents his career. Starring in 'Life' by Anton Corbijn, he talks about fame, burgers and vampires. We have all dreamed of his fangs planted in our necks. But this fantasy is now over! Robert Pattinson, the sexiest vampires, favorite topic of all the paparazzi since 'Twilight', has completely performed his metamorphosis. Two chic movies with David Cronenberg 'Cosmopolis' and 'Maps to the Stars', then 'The Rover' by David Michod, an amazing road trip in the Australian desert, made him change. As if after the 'Twilight' phenomenon, the indie movies allowed him to affirm serenely his talent in acting. In 'Life' by Anton Corbijn ('Control', 'A most wanted man...), in theaters on September 9, Robert Pattinson plays truthfully the photographer Dennis Stock, a friend of James Dean (we owe him the famous pictures taken in New York and in the farm of Indiana where the 50s' idol grew up). About to fly to Colombia where he will pursue the filming of 'The Lost City of Z' by James Gray, Robert Pattinson talks with us on the phone. The voice is intense, joyful and the laugh is generous. Keep Calm!

ELLE: Allo? Robert Pattinson? 
Robert Pattinson: Yes it's me!

You are one of the most photographed celebrity in the world. Did you enjoy to play a photographer? 
(Laughs) we must put things in context. In the 50s you didn't become photographer like today with mobile phones, it was necessary to have technical knowledge .... It was a job that was practised with nobility.

How did you practised? 
Anton Corbijn gave me a Leica from 1944 and told me: Try to make him a friend, and sees it asan extension of your hand because you will notleave during the shooting!

You took some pictures? 
Yes. It was a disaster. I didn't want to show them to Anton (laughs. Anton Corbijn is a very reputed photographer)

Watching the trailer, we wonder if you would have prefered to play James Dean? 
Absolutely not. Dane DeHaan is pefect for the part. Me, I never had a passion for James Dean. When I was looking for heroes to whom identify myself, James Dean was not one of them. He belonged to another time. I didn't look like him at all. However Dane knew all about him before the movie.

The friendship between the two men is interesting ... 
My character, Dennis Stock, is only 3 years older than James Dean but he lost all his innocence. He is already a father, with responsibilities, his aim is to become an artist. He wants to devote100% of his time to photography, and a wife and children are not part of the journey.

Whereas James Dean is still a teenager ... 
He is a born artist. He is a born artist. The world of children is familiar to him. In any case he shares their imagination. There is this magic scene in the farm in Indiana where my character is taking pictures of James Dean playing with his young cousin. I loved this scene because I had to show the envy and jealousy.

If James Dean was still alive, how would he live his excessive media coverage? 
Badly, of course. What is happening nowadays can make you crazy.

And you? How do you cope with this situation? 
What is terrible is that i became famous when the world changed. In 2008, everybody had a cell phone, it was the explosion of social networks. As results, the margin of freedom to protect the private life has become ultra thin. Not only were all these paparazzi camping outside my house but this new horde of fans who relayed information on social networks. It became unmanageable.

Has your personality changed? 
At some point I became paranoid. I went no moreout of my house in Los Angeles. It was hell. At the same time I was aware of the ridiculousness of the situtation. It made no sense.

What is for exemple the worst thing someone has said about you? 
It's going to make you laugh but as a British, to hear someone say I'm American is the worst insult! I am English! Let it be known once and for all!

Does your past relationship with Kristen Stewart has suffered of this? 
I preferred not to broach the subject.

You left Los Angeles to live in London. Is this love that made you change countries? (He is in a couple with the English singer FKA Twigs) 
(Laughs) Actually, i live between Los Angeles and London. But being in London is a pure delight. They leave me alone! It's the same everywhere in Europe. The other day i was strolling around Paris, and nobody bothered me!

Did you get in touch with French directors already? 
Yes! For a great project, but i can't talk about it because it is not signed yet. But I dream of working with her.

So it's a woman? 
Oh my God! I have said enough!

When one speaks of artistic metamorphosis about you, how do you live it? 
It is a bit exaggerated don't you think? There has been what I call "the happy accident" that was Twilight, which allowed me to meet David Cronenberg. Work with him open me up to new opportunities.

And if you were offered another 'Twilight' movie? 
Why not!

By choosing to make indie movies, you were not afraid of losing some fans? 
On the contrary, I think my name on a poster rallies my fan base. I hope to awake their curiosity and show them a different vision of cinema. Don't forget that they grow up too. And they didn't want to see all their lives Robert Pattinson playing a vampire. We tend to devalue the fans. It's a mistake. The fan is an audience member like the others.

Would you say this blockbuster offered you a freedom of action on a platter? 
It's undeniable. Now I am doing what i want. Like doing 'The Childhood of a Leader' with my old pal Brady Corbet. This is his first movie as a director.

It's the movie with Bérénice Bejo, isn' it? 
Yes. She is great. She gave me nutritionnal advice: "Every morning, you can eat and drink what you want. The rest of the day you be careful." I asked him: "Even hamburgers for breakfast?" She said, "No worries, mon petit loup!"

So you are an happy "Englishman in London"? 
Yes! Like never before.
Scans | Translation

First Two Clips of 'The Childhood of a Leader'

No Rob in them, but here's the first look at The Childhood of a Leader! Exciting!


Thanks to @TwI_MomS for uploading the clips :)

Rob's New Interview with Neon Magazine
Robert Pattinson (29) doesn´t want to be a Hollywood-actor only anymore - as he told Neon Magazine: "I´d like to do something aside from acting, in a field that I´ll have better control over. Last year I´ve tried various things on the sly, but I´m not going to talk about it, otherwise it will not work out!"
The glamourous Hollywood-scene is not for him, he tells Neon: "Of course there are these events where a bunch of dressed up girls hangs out. But you´d have to be a complete idiot to hook up with one of them - imagine someone sleeping with you simply because you´re famous? Women wanting to sell their time with a celebrity and running with the story to the next tabloid."

Robert Pattinson will be in cinemas next with the movie "Life" September 24th.

Neon Magazin will be on stands September 7th.

Rob, Dane and Anton Corbijn Interview with The Sydney Morning Herald

At this point most LIFE promo interviews look like quotes from the same interviews/press conferece, but here's the interview. A nice read :)
When the actor James Dean died in a car crash in 1955, the second and defining film in his short career – Nicholas Ray's Rebel Without a Cause – had just come out. Dean was 24.

East of Eden had put him on the map earlier that year; Giant was in the works. In retrospect, three films doesn't seem much of a basis for what Dean was about to become: the embodiment of a generation's bohemian disaffection with their parents' post-war world. Fact was, however, they didn't come any cooler than Jimmy Dean. They still don't.

You can see that in the clutch of photographs taken of Dean for Life magazine by ambitious young Magnum newcomer Dennis Stock.

It was Stock who took the photograph that would grace millions of teenage bedroom walls in the decades to come, a photograph familiar even to people who don't know who Dean was: Dean with his collar turned up against the wind in wintry Times Square.

It is that photograph that forms a kind of backdrop for Anton Corbijn's new film Life, which traces the brief relationship between Stock and his equally ambitious subject.
Any actor would show due trepidation before agreeing to play James Dean, not just because of his hallowed status but because it would be so easy to slip unawares into mumbling, fidgeting parody.

Dane DeHaan, who is most familiar as Green Goblin in the recent Spider-Manfilms, kept saying no.

"I didn't really think I could do it. Then I had a meeting with Ian Canning, the producer, and he explained to me how for him it wasn't simply a movie about James Dean, it was a movie about how a normal person could be turned into an idol. Which I think is a really interesting topic."

DeHaan felt some kinship with Dean, whom he describes as "a really bull-headed, uncompromising artist, pretty mistrusting of the world around him."

From the start, as Corbijn shows, Dean was at loggerheads with the studio heads; Ben Kingsley does a spectacular turn as studio mogul Jack Warner, telling Dean exactly how much of a rebel he wants him to be.

"I know what that's like, although I have a different take on it," DeHaan says. "I don't let it get to me as much as he does. When I made this film, it was right before the press tour for Spider-Man. There was this looming sense of what was going to happen, in the same way as before East of Eden came out."
Stock was a slick but snitchy character who, having walked out on his wife and a son in whom he felt no interest, was desperate for validation as a photographic artist.

Robert Pattinson, the former Twilight heart-throb who plays Stock, watched taped of interviews of Stock that were recorded when he was in his late 70s.

"He had all these resentments still, all these things he envies James Dean about, all these chips on his shoulder all still very evident," Pattinson says. "In his eyes, someone like James Dean is just living freely and doing whatever he wants, he's the artist he wants to be. It's crazy, but I related to it. He's a kind of tragic figure."

You might think that if Pattinson related to anyone it would be the heart-throb star, who is portrayed in Australian Luke Davies' script as being only too well aware that his image is being manipulated.

Not at all, Pattinson says: playing Dean didn't interest him. "I don't know if I've had like a James Dean thing. For one thing people were really looking at James Dean like a leader. Young people, both girls and guys, saying, 'Tell us how to live. It looks like you know the secrets!' Well, I don't think anyone has ever looked at me like that."

And, for another thing, Dean had a vision of his future that he knew was being deliberately thwarted.

"In this movie, he is already disillusioned and disappointed," Pattinson says. "Whereas when all that stuff was happening to me, it was kind of exciting and fun because I had no idea what was going on … I felt like there was a door in front of me left open and you could just keep pushing the door with no idea of what was on the other side. I was just curious. I didn't realise until years later that you can't turn any of it off: the door has slammed behind you."

Corbijn is now 60, as old as the Stock pictures; his life overlapped with Dean's by just five months

He was (and is) a hugely influential still photographer of rock musicians before he broke into the film world with his striking biopic of Joy Division's Ian Curtis, Control, in 2007.

For him, he says, the Times Square picture of Jimmy Dean is "like jazz". "It is a symbol of the change in society, the emergence of rock'n'roll and a generation who wanted to own their own time, who wanted a life that was not their parents' lives." It was always, he says, about "more than just James Dean".

Life is in cinemas September 10. (Australia)


Thursday, September 3, 2015

First Pictures of Rob on the Set of The Lost City of Z - September 3rd



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Rob Has Joined The Global Goals Campaign For Sustainable Development - “It’s Time To Change The World”

Rob has joined the Global Goals campaign that was announced today. Here the first part of the pdf that share Rob's name as the name of other artists, sports starts, world leaders and more. You can learn a lot more about the Global Goals campaign HERE. And click HERE for the full press release (pdf).

As world leaders prepare to adopt the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the biggest ever collaboration of campaigners, artists, sports stars, performers and companies unite to tell seven billion people in seven days “It’s Time To Change The World”

3rd September 2015

The Global Goals campaign was announced today with a bid to reach 7 billion people in 7 days with news of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This unprecedented effort is supported by a variety of campaigns including action/2015, Global Citizen and Project Everyone.

On 25th September at the UN, 193 world leaders will adopt the Global Goals, a series of 17 ambitious goals to end poverty, fight inequality & injustice and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030. The Global Goals campaign aims to both make the goals famous and to
push for their full implementation. If the goals are famous - if people care about what hasbeen promised by the politicians, it greatly increases their chance of being implemented.

So today the campaign along with the UN is calling on everyone to help make the goals famous and ensure they become a reality:

• Add your voice to a cast including AR Rahman, Ashton Kutcher, Bill and Melinda Gates, G.E.M., Gilberto Gil, Jennifer Lawrence, UN Messenger of Peace Lang Lang,Meryl Streep, Malala Yousafzai, One Direction, Her Majesty Queen Rania AlAbdullah of Jordan, Richard Branson, Robert Pattinson, Robert Redford, ProfessorStephen Hawking, UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder for the crowd sourced film We the People written by Richard Curtis and Mat Whitecross and unveiled on the Google Homepage when the Goals are adopted on the 25th September. and available in the Video Library at


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Rob Won't Attend Venice Film Festival And Deauville Film Festival Due To Filming Commitment for 'The Lost City of Z'.

Looks like the rumors are true and Rob won't be able to attend the World Premiere of 'The Childhood of a Leader' at the Venice Film Festival and the French Premiere of LIFE and New Hollywood Award at the Deauville Film Festival, all on September 5, due to filming commitment for 'The Lost City of Z'.

Earlier today Alberto Barbera, Venice Film Festival Artistic Director, broke the news about not attending the events. Following Barbera's tweets, the Deauville Film Festival official twitter also confirmed that Rob will be busy on The Lost City of Z set that day.

Following Alberto Barbera's interference in the communication of DeauvilleUS, DeauvilleUS confirms that #RobertPattinson is indeed being kept on the set of the new film of James Gray

New Fan Picture of Rob in Belfast - September 1st