Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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"Water For Elephants" Director Francis Lawrence Talks About The Craziness Surrounding Robert Pattinson



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AUDIO: Robert Pattinson talks about his role in Bel Ami



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Remember Me DVD Sales in US

Another 50,762 Remember Me DVDs were sold for the week ending July 19th. A total of 420,130 units have been sold in the four weeks it has been in release!




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Remember Me IMDb User Rating

Remember Me's user rating on IMDb has finally hit a 7! That's the rating given to the film by the viewers.

If you have an IMDb account and haven't rated it yet, please click here and rate it.
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The Ending of Remember Me: The Great Divide

Our talented guest blogger Jessegirl is back again and this time has written a very comprehensive and interesting article on critic bias and the audience reaction to Remember Me.

I would like to dedicate this piece to those who had the vision, courage, respect and integrity to bring this beautiful film to the screen, so that the sorrow of September 11th and those innocents who died there will not be forgotten.
-jessegirl- July 26, 2010

“You must have been watching another movie!”

It is curious how a masterpiece like Remember Me has not been better received by critics. Even more puzzling is how determined they were to use their influence to actively keep people away, apparently based on the film’s ending, the touted ‘twist’. Clap for the critics, who did this job particularly well. Domestically, RM’s (RM=Remember Me) gross was lower than it could have been. Given that RM wasn’t a blockbuster, huge box office was never expected.

However, the majority of those people who did go to see it were baffled by RM’s poor critical ratings; many viewers disagreed markedly with the critics. The refrain echoed by so many was: “You must have been watching a different movie.” I’ve addressed this disconnect elsewhere but here I’ll tackle the thorny issue of the movie’s ending.

I hope I do this topic justice but it is really too large to cover in a little piece like this. I’m aware that I cannot cover all bases; I just hope I speak to the important ones adequately. At the end, I’ve listed the sources from which I obtained the quotes. The three articles—Brevet, Bartyzel and Reesman—and their comments, are a rich source for discovering rare critical impartiality and substantive viewer comments. I participated and it was an interesting experience. Laremy Legel’s review is one of the best.

What were the critics thinking?




Tone: I must admit that wading through even a portion of many of the ill-conceived ‘reviews’ was nauseating. The tone of most of these negative reviews is so glib, off-handed, ill-thought out, and dismissive, as if the film is not worth our time. The disrespect splats out, a rotten tomato indeed, but it does so without any substance or given reason. Unsupported rejection. There seems to be a built-in contempt pervading many. It is, if nothing else, not professional. Where did this attitude come from? Read on.




Assumptions: It was obvious from what they said that many critics started from the assumptions that the film was a romance and the target audience was teenage girls, specifically ‘Twihards’.



And so we get Rich Cline (Shadows on the Wall.co.uk) saying RM is “aimed at teen girls and no one else”. Critics didn’t, upon viewing, revise their opinion after they’d realized poor marketing had categorized it incorrectly. As professionals they should be able get past this, and judge films according to what they are. Some critics even cited how effective the marketing was: Alice Tynan (The Vine.com.au) says: “the marketing [targeting Twihards] has done its job well.”



So, instead of setting the record straight, many just let the misconceptions stand. Some critics took this further by predicting how audiences would react. The following instances show they insult not only the film but also future audiences:

Alistair Harkness (Scotsman.com) says: “It will strike some as grossly exploitative and offensive and slay others as poignantly tragic.” Really? He knows what we will feel? Who is being offensive?



Rich Cline says: “will get on the nerves of most viewers...” This pre-emptive strike is insulting. Meanwhile, Neil Smith (Total Film.com) “non-worshippers will want to...” and “Robert Pattinson’s acolytes will ensure solid returns”. He presupposes a Twilight fan base will attend. Alice Tynan predicts similarly:“Twihards will no doubt flock to the cinema...”



Ah hah! Eureka! Now we have it, the reason for the snotty and snide tones. It’s Edward!

 

Biases: And so we come to the heart of the problem, the prejudices so many critics seem to mainline. There are two major ones.




First, I have come to the conclusion that the repeated bashing of the ending of Remember Me by critics is a red herring, a diversion, deflecting us from critics’ real gripe, Robert Pattinson and his meteoric rise to fame. And I’m not the only one who’s figured this out. “I think that it isn’t so much the 9/11 reference that irks the critics but that Robert’s popularity is an enigma to them.” [Sling. Bartyzel] And: “they are simply looking for a reason to hate the film as it’s become fashionable to hate on Robert Pattinson.” [Hermia. Reesman.]



This Twilight Backlash is, in this case, really venomous envy. Some countries call this brand of bias ‘the tall poppy syndrome’. Never underestimate the power of envy working within. Critics attack Pattinson with their weapon, the ability to influence public opinion. “Take that,” they say gleefully, “no one will come watch your movie now. We can taint and bend the public’s perception so people will think the ending of RM is shameful. Take that, pretty boy.” Criticizing in the negative because of envy is worse than giving a movie a chance because the lead actor appeals to you. Lashing out at this actor just because he gained popularity seemingly without paying his dues is as irrational as liking a film just because Pattinson is in it. (RM was never meant to be a ‘vehicle’ for Pattinson; it is well known that he signed on to the project long before the Twilight phenomenon became evident.)



The second bias is sexism. It has to be said. Critics think it’s easy to dismiss supporters because they are women, women who love this puissant actor, damn it. They take aim at hormonally-charged teenage girls—who, by the way, make up only a portion of his fan base—figuring everyone will agree this demographic can’t possibly be right. (And adolescent males of all ages who love Transformers know quality?) There’s more to be said on this topic but I’ll leave it. The bottom line is that many critics think sneering at women’s appreciation is socially acceptable.



Gotcha! Given what I’ve covered, critics’ issue with being blindsided by the shocking ending of RM seems minimal. Oh man, did they tell us all about that ending, which ‘unfairly’ came out of left field. Aw, geez, the critics didn’t see it coming and so their egos were a tad bruised. Uh huh. They have an overarching need to appear smarter than both moviemakers and audiences. With too many of them, their own cleverness eclipses the impartiality and openness they should bring to their work.



Objections: The ‘twist’-

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Opens November 16th, 2012


Thanks to Summit Ent. for sending us the official release date for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2! Save the date Twifans November 16th, 2012 is the release date for the final installment of The Twilight Saga.

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Robert Pattison’s Artwork Featured in Book Auctioned for Charity



Robert Pattinson’s artwork is featured in “PACT with Stars” a collection of works by various celebrities with proceeds going to children’s charity. Find out more below and place your bid HERE on eBay UK.

PACT with STARS is a collection of artwork from international celebrities including Robert Pattinson, Roger Moore, Quentin Blake, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Kirk Douglas, Michael Caine, Frederick Forsyth, Neil Sedaka, Arfi Lamba, Christopher Plummer, Zoe Wanamaker and many, many more. To commemorate International Missing Children’s Day the charity Parents & Abducted Children Together invited celebrities and dignitaries from around the world to decorate an image of a balloon – the symbol of International Missing Children’s Day.
The result is an exciting collection of sketches, illustrations and collages revealing the hidden talent of film stars, writers, sportsmen, politicians, businessmen, and artists. The original cards are being auctioned at http://bit.ly/FindKids where you can pick up an original piece of artwork from your favourite celebrity. If you miss out on bidding for the original, why not buy the whole collection in this beautiful book celebrating the event.
It is in full colour and has contributions from over 100 celebrities.
All proceeds go to PACT to continue its work with missing and abducted children. (postage and packing is at cost).
PACT is Parents and Abducted Children Together; our mission is the protection and retrieval of children who go missing for whatever reason.
Thank you for your support.



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“Remember Me” is No. 2 on the UK DVD Chart


Remember Me remains at the top of the UK DVD chart and Yahoo Movies and the British Video Association list it at number two for week ending Sunday, 1 August 2010.

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BBC Radio 1′s Fearne Cotton Paints a Robert Pattinson Portrait

Check out this Robert Pattinson portrait by BBC Radio 1 presenter Ferne Cotton. Ferne actually painted this live so let us know what you think of her effort in the comments section.


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