With two small films in the works, the heartthrob proves he's planning a future beyond the franchise that made him, experts tell MTV News.
By John Mitchell
Robert Pattinson knows that the shelf life of a Hollywood heartthrob is short. Teen dreams have a tendency to come and go with shocking regularity, which is why the actor is intent to do everything he can to break out of the mold.
The success of the "The Twilight Saga" has alternately put Pattinson in the best and worst position an actor can have in the business. He's become a superstar on the back of a franchise, but since he was a relative unknown when cast, it also defines his career up to this point. We know him for that role — and not much else.
Of course, Pattinson is aiming to change that with a series of upcoming roles, including the just-announced "Mission: Blacklist," a "gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller" about a military interrogator that played a key role in the 2003 capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. On Thursday (May 3), Deadline also reported that Pattinson has been added to "The Rover." As Reynolds in the David Michod film, he'll pursue the men responsible for stealing his car all across "the rough Australian outback."
"What Robert Pattinson is doing isn't new in the slightest," Greg Ellwood of HitFix told MTV News. "Ever since the American indie scene exploded in the early '90s, actors such as John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Gwyneth Paltrow, Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor and John Cusack, among others, have jumped between indie and studio-produced films."
Indeed, it's a well-tread path, and the actor is following it closely with several films in the can that he hopes will establish him as a leading man outside of the "Twilight" franchise.
In "Bel Ami," RPattz plays a young man navigating the tricky social hierarchy of late-19th-century Paris by manipulating the city's most influential and wealthy women. And as "ER" star Clooney did with Steven Soderbergh ("Out of Sight," "Ocean's 11"), when he was trying to break away from his TV persona, Pattinson has smartly aligned himself with an acclaimed filmmaker, David Cronenberg ("Eastern Promises," "A History of Violence"), for the futuristic indie thriller "Cosmopolis," which will make its world premiere in competition later this month at the Cannes Film Festival.
All of these roles are a major departure from Edward Cullen, and while that's a risk, the films have relatively low budgets, letting producers and financers gradually test whether Pattinson is a bankable movie star — and a strong leading actor — outside of the franchise that has defined his career to this point. Pattinson isn't, as they say, putting all his eggs in one basket.
"What makes Pattinson different is his huge core fanbase so early in his career," Ellwood continued. "Yet, he's still not a household name outside of the 'Twilight' fanbase or movie fans under the age of 30."
Contrast that with Jennifer Lawrence, who already had an Oscar nomination for "Winter's Bone" and a box-office hit in "X Men: First Class" under her belt before conquering screens as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games." The role has made Lawrence a household name, but unlike Pattinson, her abilities as an actress and future as a performer were not really in question before she entered the arena. Indeed, many critics noted the film was made all the better by having a proven actress in the lead role.
As Pattinson transitions from "Twilight," he has something to prove. So far, he has wisely steered clear of big-budget fare, a mistake his "Twilight" co-star Taylor Lautner made only to see his first star vehicle, "Abduction," misfire at the box office, calling into question whether the teen star can carry a movie.
Pattinson has so far headlined two non-"Twilight" features: "Remember Me" and "Water for Elephants." And while "Remember Me" grossed only $19 million domestically, it cost only $16 million to make, so once international grosses ($37 million) were accounted for, it was easily in the black (if not the hit he was likely hoping for). "Water for Elephants" fared better, but co-star Reese Witherspoon also gets credit for its $117 million combined worldwide gross.
"Starring in films like 'Water for Elephants' opposite Reese Witherspoon helps, but he's going to need to mix up another big hit or two outside of 'Twilight' to reach the [Leonardo] DiCaprio or [Brad] Pitt level," Ellwood says. "You could argue that Kristen Stewart is further down that road. Especially after the expected blockbuster 'Snow White and the Huntsman' opens in June."
Pattinson's post-"Twilight" choices show a performer who wants to be taken seriously as a versatile actor without risking a major financial failure. He seems keen to line up as much quality work as he can before the franchise ends and he jumps off the proverbial cliff and into the unknown. Whether he can pull it off remains to be seen, but his choices at least prove that he's interested in being more than a movie star. Like all those other stars who took the indie-film leap in the '90s, Pattinson wants you to think of him as an actor first and a global celebrity second.
How do you think RPattz will do in roles beyond Edward Cullen? Tell us in the comments!
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Like most high-school seniors around the country, Patrick Schwarzenegger, (Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver's 18-year-old son) went to the prom recently. But unlike most students, his date was the daughter of rich and famous parents. (Almost as famous as his own!)
Tip confirms second remix in the works for track, which previously featured a remix verse from Andre 3000.
By Jocelyn Vena
<P><a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/kesha_/artist.jhtml">Ke$ha</a>'s already gotten <a href="/news/articles/1656039/andre-3000-pops-up-on-kehas-sleazy-remix.jhtml">"Sleazy" with Andre 3000</a>. Now, a few more rappers want to get dirty with the glittery pop singer.</P><P><a href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2011/10/t-i-andre-300-lil-wayne-wiz-khalifa-record-kesha-remix" target="_blank">XXLmag.com</a> reports that <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/t_i_/artist.jhtml">T.I.</a> plans to jump on the track, and Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa will also be joining Andre and Tip on a new version of "Sleazy." Weezy should be a welcome addition to <a href="/news/articles/1651081/keha-gets-sleazy-on-new-cannibal-track.jhtml">Ke$ha's dance tune</a>, as it sounds somewhat like Wayne's single "A Milli." And while not much else is known about the remix, T.I. promised that he's going to go big with his verse.</P><P>"I haven't heard anybody but mine. ... I'm gonna put my money on mine," the newly freed rapper, who <a href="/news/articles/1671950/ti_prison-release.jhtml">ended an 11-month prison sentence</a> in September, told the website.</P><P>The Andre 3000 remix dropped earlier this year and appears on K-Dollar Sign's album <i>Cannibal.</i> The guys will have a lot of swagger to compete with because when Andre appeared on the first remix, he had this to say: "We start out so cute in our baby pictures/ That mama shot for our daddy so that he wouldn't forget you/ He forgot anyway, but hey, one day he'll remember/ If not, he's human, I'm human, you human, we'll forgive him/ I call her Keisha, she like it because it's 'hood to her/ She call me Andre 6000 because I'm good to her."</P><P>Tip told XXLmag.com that his appearance on the Ke$ha song is just one of many remixes he's amped about. He has also worked on remixes for Meek Mill and Rick Ross's "Ima Boss," as well as Jay-Z and Kanye West's <i>Watch the Throne</i> song "N---as in Paris."</P><P>"I'm looking for some more records to jump on," he said. "That's what I'm doin' right now. I'm commandeering hit records right now. I'm hijacking hit records. If you got a hit, I'm on it."</P><P><i>Are you looking forward to the new "Sleazy" remix? Tell us in the comments!</i></p>Related Artists
Jason Trawick has petitioned court to become pop star's co-conservator, sharing responsibility for her 'general well-being.'
By John Mitchell
<P><a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/spears_britney/artist.jhtml">Britney Spears</a>' fiancé, Jason Trawick, has petitioned the Los Angeles Superior Court to become the pop star's co-conservator. He would share legal control of the pop star with her father, Jamie Spears, who has maintained legal control of his daughter since February 2008. </P><P> </P><P>Sources close to the filing tell <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20585288,00.html" target="_blank"><i>People</i></a> that Trawick would not have control of Spears' multimillion-dollar estate or career but would share responsibility with Jamie Spears for the singer's "general well-being," including decisions regarding food, clothing and medical care. </P><P> </P><P><embed src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:720382/cp~vid%3D720382%26uri%3Dmgid%3Auma%3Avideo%3Amtv.com%3A720382" width="460" height="260" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" base="."></embed> </P><P> </P><P>L.A. probate attorney Jeffrey S. Cohen told the magazine that while this is "a very unusual situation," it could be "a sign that the couple's wedding is around the corner. </P><P> </P><P>"This is probably a compromise between Britney, her father and Trawick to get the marriage off on the right foot. Obviously, her future husband needs to have a say in her well-being," Cohen added. </P><P> </P><P>Jamie Spears <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20175487,00.html" target="_blank">gained legal control</a> over his daughter's affairs in February 2008, following a spate of increasingly erratic behavior that culminated in Britney's brief stay at UCLA Medical Center. In the years since, Spears has appeared to get her life solidly back on track, releasing two multiplatinum albums, launching two successful world tours and regaining custody of her young sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James. </P><P> </P><P>The current status of Spears' conservatorship is reportedly more of a "formality" than anything else. </P><P> </P><P>Trawick, Spears' former agent and co-star in her "Criminal" video, <a href="/news/articles/1676248/britney-spears-engagement-ring.jhtml">proposed to Spears</a> in December on his 40th birthday with a four-carat diamond ring designed by Neil Lane.</p>Related Photos
Pop star's post-workout tweet criticized by eating-disorder association.
By John Mitchell
<P>What was clearly intended as a jokey tweet lamenting the rigorous diet and exercise routine she is currently undertaking to prepare for her 110-date Born This Way Ball has put <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/lady_gaga/artist.jhtml "> Lady Gaga</a> in the crosshairs of some angry fans and eating-disorder organizations. </P><P> </P><P>On Tuesday, the pop star <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/ladygaga/status/189809689570189313" target="_blank">tweeted</a>, "Just killed back to back spin classes. Eating a salad dreaming of a cheeseburger #PopSingersDontEat #IWasBornThisWay." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/11/popstarsdonteat-lady-gaga_n_1418722.html" target="_blank">Some fans </a> thought the tweet wasn't exactly keeping with the pop star's "You're perfect the way you are" message and that her choice of the "#PopStarsDontEat" hashtag could be misinterpreted as encouraging eating disorders because she posits herself as a role model to her fans. </P><P> </P><P><embed src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:717952/cp~vid%3D717952%26uri%3Dmgid%3Auma%3Avideo%3Amtv.com%3A717952" width="460" height="260" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" base="."></embed> </P><P> </P><P>The National Eating Disorder Association even weighed in, hitting its own <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/NEDAstaff/status/190133464509591552" target="_blank">Twitter account</a> to write, "Huh? This is the same person who recently implored girls to stop dieting?" </P><P> </P><P><b><i><a href="http://buzzworthy.mtv.com/2012/04/11/lady-gaga-pop-stars-dont-eat-tweet/">MTV Buzzworthy has an Open Letter To Lady Gaga</a></b></i> </P><P> </P><P>While it seems clear that Gaga was joking — who hasn't dove into a salad wishing it was something else? — the comment does appear out of character for the star, who has spoken publicly about her own struggles with an eating disorder as a teen. </P><P> </P><P>Using that particular hashtag might have been a poor choice, but it's safe to say Lady Gaga wasn't knowingly making light of eating disorders — and, otherwise, wasn't she mostly just encouraging exercise and healthy eating? </P><P> </P><P>Gaga tweets often about all sort of less-than-healthful habits, from <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/ladygaga/status/185590893238165506" target="_blank">drinking </a> ("after 12 margaritas my phone was confiscated") to, well, <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/ladygaga/status/189573069856194560" target="_blank">other things </a> ("princess xena of xanaxland has lil secrets in her inbox"). Why she is being scrutinized for making an observation about something we already know — that celebrities engage in intense fitness regimens to meet the unrealistic expectations placed on their appearance — is kind of a mystery. </P><P> </P><P>But, you know, totally appropriate and necessary reason for outrage, everyone. </P><P> </P><P><i>Sound off on Gaga's #PopSingersDontEat tweet in the comments below!</i></p>Related Artists
Pop star would reportedly bank $15 million to join judges' panel on Simon Cowell's reality competition.
By John Mitchell
<P><a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/spears_britney/artist.jhtml">Britney Spears</a> is closer than ever to <a href="/news/articles/1680782/britney-spears-x-factor-judge-offer.jhtml">joining "The X Factor" team</a>. </P><P> </P><P>News first broke in early March that the pop star was in negotiations to join the judges' panel on Fox's reality singing competition, and just as speculation seemed to be dying down, <a href="http://www.deadline.com/2012/04/britney-spears-nears-deal-for-the-x-factor/" target="_blank">Deadline</a> reports that Spears' team and show producers have reached agreements on several key contract details, including the star's salary. </P><P> </P><P><embed src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:698603/cp~vid%3D698603%26uri%3Dmgid%3Auma%3Avideo%3Amtv.com%3A698603" width="460" height="260" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" base="."></embed> </P><P> </P><P>It was reported that Spears was being offered $10 million for a season of the show, but the latest news is that her offer is actually closer to $15 million, which is $3 million more than Jennifer Lopez earns as a judge on "American Idol." </P><P> </P><P>Several stars — from Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey to, at one time, the late <a href="/news/articles/1679472/american-idol-voice-x-factor-simon-cowell.jhtml">Whitney Houston</a> — have reportedly been discussed as possible replacements for <a href="/news/articles/1678191/paula-abdul-exits-x-factor.jhtml">Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul</a>, though no deals have been announced. The buzz surrounding Spears seems to be the most reliable, as sources close to the show report that her fiancé and former agent Jason Trawick is actively negotiating the deal. </P><P> </P><P>Cowell reportedly reached out to Spears personally to gauge her interest in joining the show and has been singing her praises publicly, saying in a March conference call with reporters that he is "fascinated" by Spears and believes work on "The X Factor" will be easy for the hardworking singer. </P><P> </P><P>"This girl has resilience. I would think that if she's managed to sustain a family, a career, which is tough, ["X Factor" would be] a walk in the park," Cowell said. "I would be fascinated to hear what she has to say. She's still hot, she's still having hit records and she's still controversial. There's a reason for that." </P><P> </P><P>A point of conflict has reportedly been Cowell's insistence that Spears sign a two-year contract with the show, while she wants the option of opting out after just one season if she feels the gig is not a good fit. Whether Trawick and Cowell were able to reach an agreement on the issue has not been made public. </P><P> </P><P><a href="http://www.mtv.com/photos/?fid=1617615"><img src="http://www.mtv.com/news/photos/s/spotted/banner/spotted.jpg"></a></p>Related Artists