It's really a drag we won't see On The Road this year, and not just because Kristen Stewart is (probably) going to be nude in it (thought that definitely a reason to see it). Stewart seems determined to use her cachet in Hollywood to get minor indie pictures made, and her ability to do so, like ANYONE's ability to do so, seems so precarious that any little snag could be devastating. Is it any wonder that every single Ashley Greene project fell apart at once? What are the odds that each individual project got derailed for different reasons? Then again, if her taste in scripts is anything like her taste in men...
We certainly haven't seen much in the way of evidence that Ashley Greene is a great actress. But I'd really like to see her get a chance to try. And Kristen Stewart has come criminally close to proving her detractors wrong (The Runaways, Welcome To The Rileys) that On The Road seemed like it was going to be her shot. Let her take it, Hollywood! We got word recently that Stewart's hulking, beleaguered Snow White film is going to be planned as a trilogy. It's almost as if since using one popular franchise to prop up a bunch of smaller art films didn't quite pan out, she's just going to try it again. Godspeed, Kristen.
Is the only success story going to be Robert Pattinson? It's not guaranteed, but he's the closest, right? I have to say his performance in Little Ashes is the only film I've reviewed for this blog with a truly surprising, moving performance from a Twilight cast member. And production seems to be moving swiftly along on David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis--dude got a weird haircut for it the other day and every gossip site on the Internet had a collective aneurysm. I look forward to that one--Cronenberg's pictures get released, you can be sure of that much. And of course, there is also Taylor Lautner and Abduction, but we're talking about acting as art here, and Lautner is manifestly not interested in that. I'm not saying Taylor Lautner doesn't understand art for art's sake, but when he saw Gus Van Sant's Elephant he was pissed that there wasn't more action.