Monday, January 25, 2010

Simon Cowell Wants Rob to Help Haiti



Miley Cyrus in on board, as well as Leona Lewis, Mariah Carey and Michael Buble to cover R.E.M.'s classic tune, "Everybody Hurts," for a Haiti benefit single that "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell is organizing. And, now comes word that Simon is trying to get — wait for it — "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson to sing on the track.

Robert does have musical abilities, so it isn’t that crazy that he would want to help out the victims of the Haiti earthquake in this way (he was on hand for last Friday's "Hope for Haiti" benefit as well). But, sources tell the UK's The Sun that Rob, who contributed to the "Twilight" soundtrack and sang in his movie "How To Be," isn't sure he wants to work with Simon.

"Robert is reluctant to be turned into a pop star — and takes his music very seriously," the source told the newspaper. "He is a bit wary of signing up with Cowell who is, of course, associated with 'X Factor' and pop."

Well, if Robert doesn't sign on there's plenty of star power on the track including: Take That, Westlife, Alexandra Burke, James Morrison, Mika and James Blunt. All proceeds will be split between The Sun's Helping Haiti fund and the official Disasters Emergency Committee appeal.

So, do you think that Rob should sing on the track? Or, do you think he should hold off on putting out any new music?


Chris Cooper talks about Rob and Remember Me Set


With Sundance still in full swing, MTV got a chance to catch up with actor Chris Cooper in Park City and ask him about what is sure to be one of the bigger movies of the year: "Remember Me." Though the film isn't at the film festival, Chris had a few things to share about working with Robert Pattinson.

"We put up barricades 90 feet from the scene, and the people and paparazzi just didn't care," Chris said about the people who would swarm to watch scenes with Rob being filmed. "Robert was really under the gun, under a lot of pressure, and I know he's kind of learning to deal with it. And it's a lot to deal with."

Chris attributed "instant messaging" (the older generation's all encompassing term for text messaging, Facebook, and Twitter) for the amounts of people who would flock to the "Remember Me" set when they shot outdoor scenes. He said having NYU's campus nearby meant a lot of young female fans came to the set for a chance to see RPattz.

"He was doing scenes with a crowd of people 30 feet away from him and the paparazzi would not stop clicking the camera and there was a couple of hot, heated periods with the director [Allen Coulter] with that kind of intrusion," Chris said. "I know at his age, no way I could have handled it."

Coming from an Academy Award-winning actor, that says a lot. But Chris came into his own in Hollywood at a much later age than Rob did, and we wouldn't quite classify him as a young heartthrob, so when he makes comments like, "I think this is all kind of new to Robert," we think he might be talking more about himself than the man who has worked publicity for two "Twilight" movies.

What do you think about Chris' comments? How well does Robert handle all the attention?