The film is one of four features and five TV dramas getting nearly $10 million in financing from the agency.
Robert Pattinson-starrer Life was one of four features, four adult TV dramas and one children’s TV series to receive a total of AUS$11 million ($9.9 million) in funding from Screen Australia, the agency announced Friday.
The investments by the agency, the first under newly installed CEO Graeme Mason, will trigger around $63.3 million worth of production.
Life, the latest feature from director Anton Corbijn and See Saw Films, tells the story of a freelance photographer, Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson), on assignment for Life Magazine, and his unlikely friendship with the actor James Dean (Dane DeHaan). Co-starring Dane DeHaan, Life is a German/Canadian/Australian co-production from Australian writer Luke Davies. Producers are Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Christina Piovesan, Benito Mueller and Wolfgang Mueller. Transmission Films is the Australian-New Zealand distributor while Film Nation is handling international sales.
...director Anton Corbijn, who resides in Germany, will be filming Life in Canada early next year from a script by Luke Davies who won two major Australian scriptwriting awards for the 2006 film Candy, which he wrote with Neil Armfield. Some post-production will occur in Australia.
According to Christine Vachon, independent film producer, at the recent 4th annual American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland:
"These days when there’s a lot of downward pressure on the budgets of the movies we make, when we have to be more and more inventive about how to make our films work with the amount of money we have, we really need to be able to chart the audience. I only succeed as a movie producer if my movies make their money back. And the only way I can do that is to have an idea who the audience for my films is, and how to reach them.
It’s very hard to separate the creative and the financial. Directors these days really have to understand the business of film otherwise they can’t keep making films. I have to continue to make the creative and the financial work together and still make the film that we want to make."
The community of fans have become an important vehicle for the sharing of promotional stuff and, if properly and skillfully stimulated , they fondly contribute to the success of a film promotion, especially for indie films.
The promotion of the films of Robert Pattinson, greatly devoted to indie films, could be more powerful due to his world-wide fandom.
Grear article with analysis of current situation with promo of Robert Pattinson' film projects.
Indie producers who work with him have to understand the marketing and promotional phenomena of Robert Pattinson for the fortune of their projects on market. It will be good for them, for HIM and for us - his fans...
Speaking of impressive runs, Robert Pattinson's (don't call him "R-Patz" or his legions of fans get very irritated) post-Twilight career could have been the usual case of diminishing returns after a global box office phenomenon, but the talented actor continues to make shrewd choices, working with one top-notch director after another. He's made Cosmopolis and the upcoming Maps to the Stars with David Cronenberg, The Rover with Aussie tyro David Michod, he's got projects lined up with Werner Herzog (Queen of the Desert) and Man on Wire director James Marsh (Hold On to Me), and now he's set to co-star with fellow Brit rising star Benedict Cumberbatch in James Gray's The Lost City of Z, based on David Grann's highly acclaimed book about British explorer Percy Fawcett. Brad Pitt is a producer on the film. It's not yet clear what role Pattinson will play, but it's abundantly clear at this stage that the actor knows what he's doing.
Screendaily on it's AFM's dailies is reporting that Robert Pattinson and Benedict Cumberbatch will star in The Lost City of Z: "Panorama Media has revived the adventure story The Lost City of Z and will finance and sell. James Gray will direct Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Pattinson in the Plan B production".
According to Variety the movie will shoot Summer 2014.
The Wrap also confirmed the news:
"Robert Pattinson will join Benedict Cumberbatch in James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z,” an individual familiar with the long-gestating project has told TheWrap.... “Lost City of Z” follows Percy Fawcett, a British colonial who disappeared in the 1920s while searching for a mythical city in the Amazon jungles of Brazil that he believed he discovered on a prior expedition. Pattinson’s role remains unclear at this time. Panorama Media will finance “Lost City of Z” and handle foreign sales".
"The movie is being produced by Brad Pitt's shingle Plan B. The film is an adaptation of David Grann's book, telling the story of English soldier-turned-explorer Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, whose obsession with the Amazon and belief that an ancient civilization resided there led him on many expeditions where he narrowly escaped death. After financing eventually dried up, Fawcett self-funded one last adventure into the Amazon with his son, from which neither returned."
"I play music all the time, I take my guitar everywhere. I feel like I should be making an album sometimes, but I feel like it would be useless. I don't need validation from anyone. I have enough opinions about my work when it comes to the cinema *laughs* And I don't feel the need to sell my music."
"My favorite actor is Jack Nicholson. I always loved what he did, the way he managed to differenciate his public image and the one he has in the movies. Such an incredible manipulation. When you look at his filmography up close, Nicholson did back to back 7 incredible movies, that weren't obvious choices, and at a crucial point. He played in 7 of my favorite movies, one after the other. I think it started with "Easy Rider" in 1969, and then there were, among others, "Five Easy Pieces", "Chinatown", "Profession: Reporter", "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", ... It's crazy right? If I really had one aim in my career, it wouldn't necessarily to win an Oscar but to reach that kind of consistency in my work. The Oscars are still mainstream and I don't think I'm made for that. Coming from me, that comment can seem ridiculous but I'm trying to take a different road. Among contemporary actors, I admire Joaquin Phoenix: it's so difficult to carry out a carreer without making any compromise.
Why does the actor Robert Pattinson have so many loyal fans? Is it his reputation as a talented actor and musician? Is it that he’s very handsome with a tremendous on-screen presence? Are these qualities enough to explain Pattinson’s powerful appeal to fans of many ages?
There’s something very likable about this young actor and young man, that inspires such a loyal and informed following. What is it about him?
Two Quotes from Robert Pattinson:
September 2013 (Dior Homme Interview) Marie Clare Russia in response to: “What principles are really important for you in life and is there anything you would like to change?”
“Oh my principles are very simple-be honest with myself, think less about myself and be nice to people. I would like to change so many things-completely give up fast food and play music on the beach….”
October 2009 (In a story on his being a talented musician, too) Examiner:
"I believe in Karma. I believe it exists and whatever you do in your everyday life makes the person that you are. What you give in life comes back to you. I’m convinced of that, so I’m sure that everyday you have to be a good person and treat everyone with respect. We’re all connected.”
What those who know Robert Pattinson say about him
They tell us he has a winning personality and is the exact opposite of a diva. The words nice, lovely, sweet, humble and down-to-earth are used most frequently to describe him. People who know him find him a genuine and likable.
The quotes in this post are from people who know Pattinson well, who have worked with him, or are in a position in the industry to know “the real deal” when they see it....
LOCATION: Toronto PRODUCER: Iain Canning – Emile Sherman – Christina Piovesan DIRECTOR: Anton Corbijn
WRITER: Luke Davies CAST: Robert Pattinson – Dane DeHaan (on photo)
A true story about the friendship between James Dean (DeHaan) and Life Magazine photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson). Stock was a young photographer working for the Magnum agency when he received an assignment that changed his life: to shoot a free-spirited actor named James Dean. The gig became a personal journey for both as they traveled from L.A. to New York to Indiana. It led Stock to capture iconic images before Dean’s launch to stardom with East of Eden (1955).
“QUEEN OF THE DESERT” WERNER HERZOG FILMPRODUKTION / PALMYRA FILMS STATUS: December 2013
LOCATION: Morocco – England PRODUCER: Mark Burg – Cassian Elwes – Nick Raslan – Michael Benaroya DIRECTOR: Werner Herzog
CAST: Nicole Kidman – Damian Lewis – Robert Pattinson – James Franco
At the center of Queen is Gertrude Bell, a real-life British woman who was alternately a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century. While only a commoner herself, Bell was nonetheless a kingmaker, helping found the modern states of Iraq and Jordan and installing their first rulers, King Abdullah and King Faisal.
The 46-year-old actress chats at "Variety's" Power of Women luncheon about her feminist roots and working with Robert Pattinson in "Queen of the Desert".
Nicole Kidman is likely replacing Naomi Watts to star opposite Pattinson in the Werner Herzog-directed film Queen of the Desert, a period piece about British writer, traveler, archeologist and spy Gertrude Bell.
Pattinson is to play British Army officer T.A. Lawrence. Earlier this year, James Franco replaced Jude Law as the male led of the movie, British diplomat Henry Cadogan.
Nicole Kidman underestimates Robert Pattinson's rabid Twilight fan base. "That's OK, I'll be ready," Kidman told Marc Malkin about the Twi-fans when he caught up with her Variety's Power of Women event on Friday. "I think they'll have a tough time finding us over there in Morocco, won't they?"
Kidman did admit she still isn't officially attached to the project. "It's not all signed, sealed and delivered," she said. "But…it's certainly in rapid sort of motion."
The interview is a compilation of lots of other Dior interviews with some new questions:
Q: What about natural elegance? A: I wouldn't associate elegance to aesthetics. As luxury, it has to be natural, effortless. It has more to do with how some people exude energy, because they are comfortable with themselves. Elegance also has to do with 'listen', instead of wanting everything to be about us.
Q: What kind of woman could wear Dior Homme? A: A free spirit. A woman with her own attitude, that doesn't want to just have a "beautiful" aroma or do they expect from her. Clearly, a woman who isn't confused about her femininity. Q: Nan Goldin took your pictures for this campaign. Were you familiar with her work and exhibitions? A: Really well, I had seen a few of her exhibitions, but I had never met her. It was another thing that intrigued me about this job, that she was an unconventional choice. I was really excited about that.
Q:Chemistry was obviously important between you and Camille Rowe. Did you two already know each other? [UPDATE] A: We didn’t, but she had a small part in Our Day Will Come, so Romain knew she’d fit the mood perfectly. And he was right. There are little moments in the film where her presence softened what I was doing, just because she is so playful and free-spirited. She just genuinely would go with the flow. To describe her, I would use the sentence: "do what you want". [UPDATE] Q: And the film was sexy, too. [UPDATE] A: Camille has a lot to do with it. I remember seeing a 2-inch shot of her and Vincent Cassel and thinking, “That director knows how to shoot sex right.” You rarely see that in movies, where someone really understands body language. Camille brought a grace and something very special to the film. Most of the time, fragrance commercials have a kind of “hands-off” feel — there is a distance between the viewer and... I’m not sure why. But with Romain, it is always visceral, kind of bloody, dirty and sweaty. He said: "We should film something outright sexual and have fun with that". [UPDATE]
Timed to celebrate the fifth anniversary of The Twilight Saga’s original theatrical debut, fans are invited to relive the immortal love story with Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga, available as a 10-disc Blu-ray (plus Digital HD UltraViolet) set and as a 12-disc DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) set debuting November 5, 2013 from Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE company. The new Blu-ray/DVD set collects all five films along with two hours of exclusive content.
See Special Features Listing for the Twilight Saga Complete Box Set:
CAST: Robert Pattinson CODE ENTERTAINMENT Unlike other Interrogators fresh out of training, Eric Maddox (Pattinson) has a brilliant and beautiful mind. He has a unique ability to decipher highly complex patterns from seemingly random events. His mission is to trap the world's most wanted man, Saddam Hussein – and he must defy his superiors to uncover his prey. The closer he gets to the truth, the more dangerous the hunt becomes. Based on the book Mission: Black List #1 - The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein - As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture by Eric Maddox with Davin Seay.
The Alt Film Guide website published an interesting article about Maps To The Stars : it talks about the project itself, David Cronenberg, the cast, Robert Pattinson, the German distributor and the screening of a sneak peak in Toronto.
Also article contains overview of Robert's previous and next film projects.
"At one point during the night, charity co-founder Scott Fifer thanked Pattinson for being one of the online auction prizes several years ago (a lucky bidder paid $85,000 for a Twilight set visit to meet him!) and Rob blushed and smiled as the crowd cheered for him."
From Variety (ADDED):
"GO Campaign co-founder and CEO Scott Fifer thanked Pattinson on behalf of the 25 impoverished Cambodian girls he indirectly helped with an auction contribution. The actor donated a meet-and-greet on the set of “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” for the non-profit’s online auction two years ago that sold to woman in Chicago for $80,000. That funding led to the creation of a Program Advancing Girls’ Education (PAGE) in Cambodia.
“It’s been remarkable how one auction item from a person in the Hollywood community can translate into changing the lives of girls forever,” Fifer said before the gala.
The PAGE home will expand from 25 to 35 girls early next year.
The “Twilight” star continued his charitable streak by participating in the liveliest auction of the night. Pattinson bid $5,600 to win a cello made out of recycled material (built by Paraguay’s Recycled Orchestra of Cateura). The overall event raised more than $500,000."
We all take an interest in the careers -- and the career moves -– of others, but when it comes to movie stars, our fascination is lifted to a whole new level. We feel a sense of ownership over certain characters, real and fictional. And though we may not work in the entertainment business, there’s something about our deep involvement in the movies that makes us think we know what's best for Hollywood actors -- what roles they should take, where their careers should go next, which directors they should work with (or never work with again).
Whatever else you may think of them, here are five actors who were initially slammed for taking roles that ended up defining their careers. Some of them even managed to respond to the criticism with grace and humor -– perhaps knowing their work would do most of the talking.
Even "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer wanted someone other than Robert Pattinson to play Edward Cullen, the franchise's lead vampire. (Meyer had hoped future Superman Henry Cavill would snag the role, but he was too old by the time it was optioned.) "[It was] unanimous unhappiness," Pattinson recalled about the outcry after he was cast. Things worked out for the actor, however: "Twilight" was a global sensation, and Pattinson has used his post-franchise fame to work with acclaimed directors like Werner Herzog, David Cronenberg and James Gray.
"Robert Pattinson was a Brit among a sea of Aussies at tonight's Australians in Film gala in LA. A suited-up — and nearly scruff-free — Rob was on hand to present an honor to Blue Tongue Films. The production company is behind his upcoming movie The Rover, which was shot in Southern Australia.
Rob had a front-row table at the award ceremony, where he dined on kohlrabi and beet salad by his rep's side and laughed along with the rest of the crowd — including Isla Fisher, Hawaii Five-O's Alex O'Loughlin, and several prominent Australian filmmakers — during the raucous festivities."
"Robert Pattinson presented a Fox Studios Australia Orry-Kelly International Award (or “the R Kelly golden shower award,” as he called it) to Blue-Tongue Films — a production collective of eight filmmakers.
“You look at the film industry now, everyone’s so cut-throat, especially in L.A.,” Pattinson said. “Seeing how the Blue Tongue group came together, they all seem to support each other and they’re also critics that share high quality work without their egos getting involved.”
Q: The main difficulty [of making the film] ? A: Probably the fact of having to take in so many places at once. We had to run all over New York with Rob, who is a big star in Hollywood, dodging paparazzi and all the rest, not to reveal the images of the campaign prior to submission. Also, before you know Rob had no idea how it would go because we were waiting hectic, very active, and sometimes the actors do not like working under pressure. But he was great, he gave more than he asked , was with me one hundred percent . In addition, during the shoot, we had great fun.
Q: How was working with Rob? A: Rob is an extremely curious , is leaving the phase of the “poster boy” of Twilight to play more mature roles . Is already making interesting choices and courageous. Speaking as a director, I can say that he is an actor with which it is very easy to work , able to give so much .
Q: Was it the right moment to do a commercial? A: I wouldn't have done it during the Twilight days, but after two more "intimate" movies, a commercial is good for visibility. In this business, you have to be good at handling your persona.
Q: Do you feel the pressure of taking decisions? A: People think since you're famous you have a team taking care your career. But a lot of us don't have one, and it's really difficult.
Q: Why did you choose the "author movies" path? A: I've always liked that kind of movie, and after Cosmopolis, they've finally started offering me those roles. I'm starting to have a clear view of my career and I'm more demanding. Of course, waiting for the right role, there's risk of going in stand-by..
Q:You look pretty busy. A:Yes, but with indie movies you have no certainties. At the moment, for instance, I should start an Herzog movie.
Q: Queen of the Desert, and you'll be T.E.Lawrence. An icon. A:It will be very different from the original 'Lawrence of Arabia', I think much closer to the real character. Locations should be crazy: a canyon in the Jordan desert, where no one's ever shot before, but Herzog knows the King and we should make it.
Q: Jude Law, who was a Dior face before you, said: "When you're at the top, you have all the attention you need, but you would do without it. After a couple years, they ask you about the new guy and who's eleven years old!". A: He's right! A few days ago, I met a guy who introduced himself as "the new me". What's wrong with people? What does it mean "the new me"? If you don't have a successful movie once every 2 years, you're done. You don't even have time to learn.
Q: Have you learnt to handle fame? A: Fame is a fight to survive! Some people can't take it and freak out, but I can understand that. With paps hiding everywhere, it's really difficult to meet new people and have new experiences.
Q: What does luxury mean to you? A: Effortlessness. In my opinion real luxury is to not have to worry about anything. And when we shot the campaign [film] for Dior Homme it felt exactly like that.
Q: What’s a perfect day for you? A: I can’t really say, I just like to do stuff. At the moment I try to work on a story together with a friend. I like to communicate and share ideas with others and to work on a project. And every once in a while I love it to fight with people. (laughs)
Q: Do you still play the guitar and piano? A: I still play guitar and have just recently started to practice a bit more often again. But I haven’t had a gig in years. (laughs)
Q: How would you describe your personal fashion style? A: I actually just have a few basics that I wear every day. To me, what matters the most is whether something fits well or not. I don’t really care about anything else, just how it fits. So apart from that I usually wear the same piece of clothing until it literally falls off my body.
Q: Who is your fashion icon? A: I’ve always admired people who dressed practically. I somehow think that’s especially manly. I like clothes that last for a long time; until all that is left is the material they were made of. I’m thinking about Jack Nicholson’s clothes in “The Shining” or “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”; actually pretty much everything he’s worn in these films. When I was younger I constantly tried to dress exactly like that.
Q: “Is it difficult to find good scenarios when you are a superstar? A: Yes, because it’s difficult to know how the audience see you. Today, people know a lot of things about the actors outside of their profession. The choice of scenario is made by the intrinsic interest of the script, but also on what is almost a personal manifesto: choosing this character, it’s me too!”
Q: “Why did you choose ‘The Rover’ by David Michod which will be released soon?To go in the opposite direction of your public image? A: Probably a little, it’s part of the equation. I really wanted it, I auditioned twice! The script was wonderful, i worked hard. The story is fantastic, very original, told in a very innovative way. It was something that seemed very different from everything else and I wanted to be part of it.”