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Walter Salles Planning On The Road Documentary


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Moviemaker Walter Salles is working on a new documentary about the many efforts to adapt Jack Kerouac's On The Road for the big screen.

The director has succeeded where many have failed before him and now he's keen to tell the story of the novel's long, drawn-out journey to the big screen.

He tells Wenn, "There were many attempts to make the film, the first by Kerouac himself, who wrote to Marlon Brando asking him if he would be interested in playing Dean Moriarty.

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Kristen Stewart: Playing Marylou Was 'cute'


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Kristen Stewart found her 'On the Road' character's old-fashioned diction ''cute''.

The 22-year-old actress plays Marylou in the onscreen adaptation of Jack Kerouac's famous novel and found herself enjoying learning the 1940s vocabulary - which came ''naturally'' to her by the end of filming.

She said: ''The one thing that struck me was they just used more words to describe what they spoke about, but I didn't find myself saying words like 'swell'.

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Garrett Hedlund Landed Dream Role In On The Road On His Birthday


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Tron: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund received the perfect 23rd birthday gift from director Walter Salles in 2007 - the role of a lifetime.

The actor reveals he fought hard to land the part of literary anti-hero Dean Moriarty in Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On The Road - and he learned he had won the role on his birthday.

Hedlund tells Wenn, "I fought for the role in any way I could. I read the book in high school and back then is when I began my search for the possibility. I looked online to see if there was an adaptation of the film and who was directing.

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Stars Line-up For On The Road AFI Screening


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Kristen Stewart turns up for the On The Road screening at AFI Festival

On The Road has long since had its premiere, but it was still one of the most hotly-talked about films at the annual AFI Festival in Hollywood over the weekend, as the stars flocked to its showing. Taking center stage was Kristen Stewart, as she tends to do, but she was joined by several others including Amy Adams, who definitely won the style awards with a black shoulderless dress that billowed out in black and green leaf design. 

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AFI Fest - 'On The Road' - Centerpiece Gala Screening - Arrivals

Walter Salles Saturday 3rd November 2012 AFI Fest - 'On The Road' - Centerpiece Gala Screening - Arrivals

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On The Road Movie Review Roundup


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It’s every third-year university student’s favourite book, and now that an On The Road Movie exists, it’ll surely don the walls of many in poster form. But is the new cinematic adaption of Kerouac’s seminal road-novel a worthy incarnation? We’ve checked out some On The Road reviews, so you don’t have to.

And we’re very sorry to tell you; it looks like it’s a disappointment. Currently averaging at a measly 55% on review aggregate site, Rotten Tomatoes, the Walter Salles-directed movie would probably rather look at numbers than words, as the written reviews aren’t too kind. “What seemed rhapsodic and euphoric on the page here looks smug, self-regarding and intensely self-conscious,” Writes Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian. “When the actors start mouthing ersatz-passionate dialogue about poetry and novels, the movie starts to flatline, and worse still, when they start on about how incredibly life-affirming they all are, it is as dead as a haddock on a slab.” Harsh words from the British paper there. But it looks as if his damning review represents the general consensus.

But hey, if you’re a real Kerouac enthusiast; one of those people who’ve read the book a thousand times, then you’ll probably like the film. And given the incredibly promising talents of Sam Riley, you’ll probably find something to love about it. On this, Time Out writes: “Freewheeling spontaneity is tough to convey on screen, and the drink- and drug-fuelled carousing lacks Danny Boyle-style zing. But the bull-nosed cars, jazz soundtrack and soft light of a bygone era are a joy. If you’ve got a feel for vintage Americana, or the bebop pulse of Kerouac’s prose, you’ll absolutely get this.”


Kristen Stewart Was Unfazed By The Topless Scenes In 'On The Road'


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Kristen Stewart has admitted that despite the risk it posed to her and her career, appearing topless in her new film 'On The Road' didn't bother her one bit.

Speaking to MTV News, the Twilight Saga star said that thanks to director Walter Salles and the environment he created on set, she rarely felt frightened or nervous when it came to her on-screen nudity, or any of the other risqué scenes in the Jack Kerouac adaptation.

Whilst at the Toronto International Film Festival she told her Mtv interviewer, "You can do no wrong with [Salles]. He puts so much inside of you. In the four-week rehearsal process, it was okay to ask any question, to bring up any story, to really overanalyze everything and intellectualize everything."

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Kristen Stewart Discusses Robbert Pattinson For The First Time Post-split


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KRISTEN STEWART has remained silent over her personal and professional relationship with Robert Pattinson since news of her infidelity with married director Rupert Sanders broke earlier this year. But yesterday, the actress finally broke her silence during a news conference for new film On The Road when she was briefly quizzed on her estranged boyfriend and where they stand now.

When asked how the two will be around each other when on the campaign trail for the final instalment of the Twilight Saga which is released in November the year, Stewart insisted that the twosome are "going to be fine."

She said little else about the relationship the two former lovers now share, although it is believed that the two have finalised the move out of the house they once shared together in Los Angeles and begun to move on with their separate lives. When The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is released in November this year it will lead to a string of potentially awkward public outings for the two, who have both been keeping relatively low profiles since the news broke six weeks ago. However, if Stewart's word is anything to go by then things wont be too awkward.

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'On The Road' Premiere During The 65th Cannes Film Festival

Walter Salles, Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Stewart, Roman Coppola and Tom Sturridge - Rebecca Yeldham, Garret Hedlund, Walter Salles, Tom Sturridge, Kristen Stewart, Danny Morgan, Kirsten Dunst and Roman Coppola Wednesday 23rd May 2012 'On the Road' premiere during the 65th Cannes Film Festival

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Walter Salles, Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Stewart, Roman Coppola and Tom Sturridge
Walter Salles, Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Stewart, Roman Coppola and Tom Sturridge

Kristen Stewart Wanted To Go Topless


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Kristen Stewart wanted to go topless in her new movie 'On The Road'.

In the film version of Jack Kerouac's 1957 classic, the 22-year-old actress plays the sexually adventurous first wife of Neal Cassady and appears without a shirt while sitting in a car seat between costars Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund.

She said at a press conference in Cannes on Wednesday (23.05.12) about her portrayal of Marylou, who is based on Luanne Henderson, that is was scary but fulfilling.

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'On The Road' Premiere During The 65th Cannes Film Festival

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'On The Road' Photocall During The 65th Cannes Film Festival

Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley, Walter Salles and Cannes Film Festival - Kirsten Dunst, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Walter Salles and Garrett Hedlund Wednesday 23rd May 2012 'On the Road' photocall during the 65th Cannes Film Festival

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Kirsten Dunst and Cannes Film Festival
Kirsten Dunst and Cannes Film Festival
Kirsten Dunst and Cannes Film Festival
Kirsten Dunst and Cannes Film Festival
Kirsten Dunst and Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Road's End For On The Road


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The film version of Jack Kerouac's famous beat-generation novel On the Road has finally made it to the screen after a decades-long Journey. The film received its worldwide premiere at the Cannes Film Festival today (Wednesday), where it is entered in the competition for the Palme d'Or, the top award. At a news conference, Roman Coppola, who produced the film, described how his father, Francis Ford Coppola, acquired the screen rights to the novel in 1979, and he described how other filmmakers had wrestled with the story to bring it to the screen. But it wasn't until Brazilian director Walter Salles plunged into it that it finally began to take shape, Coppola said. Nevertheless, Salles told the news conference, it took him eight years to complete the project. As part of the process, he disclosed, each of the actors in the movie spent time talking to The Descendants of the individuals on whom Kerouac based the characters in his book. Viggo Mortensen, who plays a character based on writer William S. Burroughs, suggested that the long gestation period probably serves the movie well, since young people today will probably identify closely with the characters and their experiences. "Today too you can sense a sort of rejection of the economic crisis and the authorities on the part of young people. It was thus a very opportune moment to release the film," he said.

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Cannes Lineup: Brad Pitt's Crime Thriller Tops The Bill


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This year's Cannes Film Festival will showcase movies starring some of America's biggest names, including Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman and Kristen Stewart. Brad Pitt makes an appearance in Killing Them Softly, from the New Zealand director Andrew Dominik. He plays the role of Jackie Cogan, investigating a heist during a poker game overseen by the mob. The movie was previously titled Cogan's Trade and is based on the novel of that name, by George V. Higgins. Brad takes his role alongside classic mob-drama actors James Gandolfini and Ray Liotta.

Kristen Stewart stars in On the Road, which will compete alongside Killing Them Softly for the coveted Palme D'Or prize at the festival. The movie is another adaptation; this time of Jack Kerouac's classic beat novel. Directed by Walter Salles, Stewart stars alongside Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst and Sam Riley. The cast is also buoyed by the presence of the likes of Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams and Steve Buscemi.

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