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Cannes Film Festival Blog:

This morning, the official 2012 Cannes Film Festival Program was announced in Paris.
The news that created most excitement with the general public was probably that "Twilight" and real-life couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will attend the festival.

The couple won't appear together in one movie, however. Pattinson is starring in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis", while Stewart is part of the cast on "On the Road" by Walter Salles.

Of course, the next big question is: at what date will Pattinson and Stewart be in Cannes? Unfortunately, that won't be known until the festival schedule is published - and that may take a few more weeks!

What is already known: There will be a public red carpet ceremony where Pattinson and Stewart appear. However, the screening of their movies won't be open to the public.


What do Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Zac Efron and Shia LaBeouf all have in common? Speak up, I can't hear you above all that high-pitched screaming. If what you're trying to say is that they're all set to walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival next month as their new films premiere in Competition, then you'd be right. Cue every Cannes-bound journalist throwing a set of earplugs into their luggage.

Of course, it's not as if those august Cannes selectors have acquiesced to the Twilight generation. All of them are appearing in the kind of grown-up, semi-arthouse fare that is par for the course at Cannes: Pattinson in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," Stewart in Walter Salles's "On the Road," Efron in Lee Daniels's "The Paperboy," LaBeouf in John Hillcoat's "Lawless" (formerly "The Wettest County in the World").


Anyone got frequent flier miles they want to share? Extra space in their suitcase? A steamer we can stowaway in? The official lineup for the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival was announced today — and yes, we already knew about most of the major films that would be premiering there, but it’s just making us really want to head to the south of France May 16-27 … even more than usual. The fest will feature your typical roster of amazing films from Europe and the rest of the world, but this year there will also be a lot of Hollywood’s favorite stars, albeit in artsy form, showcasing their flicks: Robert Pattinson in the David Cronenberg-directed Cosmopolis; Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund in On the Road; Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Ed Norton, Jason Schwartzman and Frances McDormand in the Wes Anderson flick Moonrise Kingdom; Brad Pitt in the mob movie Killing Them Softly; Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, John Cusack and Matthew McConaughey in Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy; Reese Witherspoon and McConaughey in Mud. Yes, you read that right. Matthew McConaughey is in two Cannes films. And Kstew and RPattz are in direct competition for the Palm D’Or.

Gossip Cop:

There will be some big names at the 64th Cannes Film Festival.

On Thursday, organizers for the legendary event announced the slate of movies that will be part of the May festivities.

Newly engaged Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are expected to be on hand for his Killing Them Softly, and both Robert Pattinson (Cosmopolis) and Kristen Stewart (On the Road) have films in competition.


The official selections for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival were announced on Thursday, and there is more star power than ever expected this year.

Twilight power couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have their films Cosmopolis and On the Road competing respectively, and surely we aren’t the only ones hoping the sweethearts attend each other’s premiere!

Hollywood Crush:

The stuffy old Cannes Film Festival just got a whole lot more interesting!

Get ready to see some of your favorite hunks suited up in tuxes and bathing in the sunny glow of the French Riviera because the lineup for the 65th annual fest was announced today and among the competing films are star vehicles from Robert Pattinson, Zac Efron, Garrett Hedlund, Tom Hardy and Brad Pitt.

Robert Pattinson swings into the prestigious film fest not with his latest adventure as Edward Cullen, but with the film he no doubt hopes will give him the career cred he needs to navigate Hollywood post-"Twilight," cult director David Cronenberg's anticipated "Cosmopolis." A dark and mysterious thriller, "Cosmopolis" is Robert's attempt to break out of the role that created him and prove he is a versatile actor who can do more than vamp (literally). Based on the film's trailer, we're about to see a very different side of the star (maybe literally). "Cosmopolis" looks super sexy—but not "Twilight" sexy; we're talking "I smell sex all over you" sexy, which is a very different thing—and its entry into the Cannes competition shows a lot of faith in Robert as a leading man outside of the "Twilight" franchise.

Sky News:

The line-up for this year's Cannes Film festival has been announced with films starring Nicola Kidman, Brad Pitt and Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in competition for the Palme D'Or.

The films being shown include Brazilian director Walter Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's novel On The Road starring Kirsten Dunst, Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart.
Stewart's Twilight co-star, Pattinson, also has a film in the running for the prestigious Palme D'Or.
He stars in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis based on Don DeLilo's novel.

Bay Citizen:

The Bay will be well-represented on the Riviera this year, which is something of a coup as Cannes is often light on American films. Director Walter Salles' epic adaptation of "On The Road" will make its World Premiere, giving audiences a first chance to see if Kristen Stewart's time at Beat Boot Camp paid off. The heavily-anticipated lineup for the festival was announced this morning.

Belfast Telegraph:

Twilight's Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will be competing for one of cinema's most prestigious prizes at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
R-Patz takes the lead role in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis which will be shown in competition at the festival next month.

Also in the running for the Palme d'Or is Walter Salles' adaptation of the Beat Generation novel, On The Road, which features his co-star and girlfriend Kristen Stewart alongside Sam Riley and Kirsten Dunst.


The highly anticipated first film adaptation of the Jack Kerouac classic, On The Road, is to get its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Starring a roster of famous names, including Lord Of The Rings star Viggo Mortensen, Twilight actress Kristen Stewart and Sam Riley, star of the Joy Division biopic Control, On The Road is directed by Walter Salles, most famous for bringing the Che Guevara story The Motorcycle Diaries to the screen.

Other films from the line-up gaining attention include the new David Cronenberg film Cosmopolis, Lee Daniel's follow-up to Precious, The Paperboy, The Angel's Share by British filmmaker and Cannes darling Ken Loach and Lawless by John Hillcoat. Lawless – starring The Dark Knight Rises' Tom Hardy and Transformers' Shia LaBeouf – was formerly titled The Wettest County In The World.

LA Times:

And, oh yes, there's also the premiere of new movies from Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf -- and films featuring "Twilight" stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

The woman known to millions as Bella Swan will tackle the character of Marylou, again forming part of a love triangle (this time between Sam Riley's Sal and Garret Hedlund's Dean). Pattinson turns up as the lead in Cronenberg's adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel about a Wall Street master-of-the-universe type taking a harrowing trip across New York.


Robert Pattinson will soon be an ex-Patt. He and Kristen Stewart are saying "au revoir" to Hollywood to hit up the Cannes Film Festival next month.

The "Twilight" twosome will be jet-setting to the famed seaside film festival to promote two of their highly anticipated films, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Pattinson will premiere David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis", while Stewart will debut Walter Salles' "On the Road." Both of their films are in competition at the annual fete.


The highly-anticipated adaptation, starring Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart, will compete for the coveted Palme d'Or award with new films from festival favourites Ken Loach and Michael Haneke.

The good news for young fans of the Twilight films is that Kristen Stewart's vampire co-star Robert Pattinson will also be gracing the croisette. He stars in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, which is based on Don DeLillo's novel.

Huffington Post:

The highly anticipated film festival -- which runs from May 16 to May 27 -- will host a bevy of stars thanks to its impressive lineup. "Twilight" fans should especially take note, as Robert Pattinson ("Cosmopolis") and Kristen Stewart ("On the Road") will potentially visit the French Riviera in support of their films.

The Independent

Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will have to put the romance on ice next month as their latest films go head-to-head for one of the most prestigious prizes in European film.

A couple off-screen as well as in the blockbuster vampire franchise as Edward and Bella, they star in separate films that were yesterday named in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 65th Cannes Film Festival.

Pattinson, a 25-year-old Londoner, stars as a billionaire in Cosmopolis, while his American girlfriend appears as Marylou in the long-awaited adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On The Road. For either actor, a Palme d'Or-winning film would be a welcome addition to the CV as they seek to win critical approval for their careers outside the teen-friendly Twilight series.

Pattinson has the better chance, according to the bookmakers, who put Cosmopolis at 7/1. The film is directed by David Cronenberg.

On the Road, however, will be more keenly awaited by many, as the first film adaptation of one of the defining works of the Beat Generation. Kerouac's classic has sold over 10 million copies since it was published in 1957, but has never been seen on the big screen before.


Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson might be soul mates in the "Twilight" series and may or may not be dating in real life, but in the just-released lineup of this year's Cannes film festival, they are competitors.

Kristen Stewart stars in Walter Salles's adaptation of Jack Kerouac's classic "On the Road," alongside Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, and Kirsten Dunst, who was named best actress at last year's Cannes for her role in "Melancholia."

Robert Pattinson, on the other hand, stars in David Cronenberg's adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel "Cosmopolis," about a burned-out hedge fund manager trying to negotiate Manhattan traffic. This film geek is stoked. The teaser shows, among other things, Pattinson shooting himself in the hand, stabbing some guy in the eye with a fork, and frolicking with a number of nubile young women. There also seems to be a massive wild boar walking around the city.

So which flick might come out on top? Both movies are literary adaptations by hugely respected directors. If this were the Oscars, "On the Road" would be the clear favorite of the two. The academy has a long and sorry track record for not rewarding weirdness. Cannes, on the other hand, tends to reward risk. That being said, a win for either movie, given that both are in English and by name-brand directors, can be a big boost at the box office.

In terms of careers, the stakes couldn't be more different. Kristen Stewart has already proved herself outside the sparkly realm of "Twilight" with such critically lauded flicks as "Adventureland," "The Runaways," and "Welcome to the Rileys." More to the point, she is starring in the upcoming summer blockbuster "Snow White and the Huntsman." Even if "On the Road" proves to be a complete critical dud, her career will be just fine.

Pattinson, however, hasn't had much success outside the franchise. "Water for Elephants," a big-budget romantic drama, fizzled at the box office, and "Remember Me," a misconceived 9/11 tearjerker, nabbed him a Razzie nomination. "Cosmopolis" is a clear break from his cinematic output thus far, clearly calculated to shift him out of the romantic-genre ghetto. He needs this to be a success.


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