Twilight: Kristen Stewart

It’s been an odd year for Kristen Stewart, everyone will remember the scandal of the summer that cast a shadow over the impending last Twilight movie. Would her and Rob appear together reconciled or would it be a series of awkward red carpet appearances and separate hotels rooms where they couldn’t be seen in a room together?

Kristen in Vanity Fair July 2012

Kristen in Vanity Fair July 2012

Kristen’s year started promisingly enough, a couture photo shoot in Paris with Karl Lagerfeld behind the lens for Vanity Fair to promote Snow White and the Huntsman, appearances on the press tour of her indie movie On the Road in Cannes and rather shockingly a number one spot on Glamour UK magazine’s Best Dressed of 2012.

I re-read the above post, and I was not happy. I chuckled to myself, because really Kristen is one of those people akin to Marmite. She has good days that everyone loves what she wears, she has days where you get where she was going with it and divides the critics and then she has really bad days which usually outweigh the good especially when she isn’t on a promo tour for a movie.

I used to really detest Kristen, she used to come across like she didn’t care that she was this person that younger girls looked up to especially when Twilight first came out. You could see how much she hated been on that red carpet, giving interviews and just generally attempting to be a pleasant person. Remember when she came out with this when giving an interview to Elle UK in 2010, when talking about the papparazzi:

“The photos are so … I feel like I’m looking at someone being raped,” she tells Britain’s Elle magazine. “A lot of the time I can’t handle it.”

Ugh, we know how horrible it is but as the argument goes, as an actor/actress part of your job is being in the public eye. You use the media to promote your movies, perfumes when you need to so it has to work both ways. Privacy is no longer yours if you flaunt yourself in front of the camera, especially with a married director *ahem*.

After this ugly quote, and over the past year I have to admit Kristen has become happier in front of the camera, she is more open when answering questions, she is still awkward because that is who she probably is, and of course has grown up even though she is still only 22.

Yes she was born in 1990, and even though she has been acting since around 10 she is still so so young. It seems that Hollywood likes to age people in the movie industry, just take the Fanning sisters, Elle 14, and Dakota 18, they have been around for what seems an age yet they are still in education.

But Kristen is a hot commodity in the industry and although some thought her turn as a “trampire” would hurt her image I really don’t think it has. Not one bit. She cheated on Edward Rob, and the media thought it was the end of the world, he seemed to have gotten over it in time for the Twilight promo tour, and everyone went home happy.

When Kristen isn’t on the red carpet her uniform of scruffy trainers, knotted tee and jacket with an optional trucker cap (I mean who genuinely wears those anymore?!) is hideous when compared to the likes of Miranda Kerr and Victoria Beckham, but they are full-time celebrities devoted to their look, Kristen works best when she has a stylist on hand to tell her to put the trainers down and wear the heels…

Here are my favourite Kristen moments on the Twilight Saga red carpet, my ultimate favourite has to be the Reem Acra but then I absolutely loved her Louis Vuitton black and white playsuit in Tokyo.

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Kristen Stewart for W Magazine

Who is this? Who is she? What has happened to the lank hair, skinny jeans, t-shirt and Converse pumps that has so become Kristen Stewart’s uniform? She has been given an almighty makeover for the September issue of W Magazine, the credit goes to stylist Edward Enninful and to the famed duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. They are so amazing at what they do, that it had to be the photographers that captured the raw beauty that KStew has deep down (deep deep deep down) below. I say I’m not a fan of Kristen because she always seems so unwilling to be a celebrity, this is what she is now and it seems like she is finally coming around to it despite the occasional moody stare.

But these images from W Magazine and the video interview that goes with it, have started to break down the wall of hatred that I built up when KStew stole my beloved RPattz. She looks gorgeous, and I kind of wish that’s how she would style herself when doing red carpet. I can all but wish, I think those Converse are going to be around for a little while longer…

All images from W Magazine, photographs by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot

That Gucci dress....again

This is similar to the GQ shoot RPattz did a couple of years ago...

Ahh there's the KStew we all know and love...

Fab.U.Lous.

Comic-Con 2011 (spoilers)

So it appears my tickets got lost in the post this year, maybe next year…

Instead I spent some (I won’t say most or all because this would be lame) of the weekend monitoring Twitter for Comic-Con updates, so easy when people hash tag or you know specific users that were there. My favourite being @cadlymack a writer for television/movie site Zap2it, I was directed to her through a fellow (US) tv lover, she has a dog named Pacey who is adorable and that may say everything about her (loves Dawson’s Creek obvs) and she is like best buds with all the cast in the Vampire Diaries so cool.

A little Pacey-aside, that was the Funny or Die video that Josh Jackson did at last year’s Comic Con. But once again if you’re not a fan of Dawson’s Creek I’m afraid you just won’t GET IT.

Right on with it…

Fringe – At the end of the last season we effectively see Peter disappear. As in he no longer exists. WTF was my reaction after the season finale but at the Comic Con panel Josh Jackson reassured the fans that he had plenty to do whilst dressed as an Observer… Perhaps as this is the only way he could exist outside of time? (See the very end of the video below)

Supernatural – I massively gasped at hearing Alona Tal was returning as Jo, when we all saw her die in Season 5… Although we did get a glimpse of how life could have been with Ellen and Jo still alive in Season 6 episode My Heart Will Go On. Jared Padelecki talked about how difficult it was playing Soulless Sam, Demon-blood Sam and the recovering normal Sam and how Jensen Ackles is like Dean only in the way they both “air-guitar all the time”. J-squared banter I. Love. It.

Vampire Diaries – What’s in store for Tyler (Michael Trevino) and Caroline (Candice Accola)… Ian Somerhalder replies with “Puppies… little vampire puppies”. I switched my allegiance from Stefan to Damon half way through the last season (or is that from Paul Wesley to Ian Somerhalder after I found out the former was married to Torrey deVitto aka Melissa PLL) and so I’m dying for an Elena/Damon hook up but as it’s reported at Comic Con they are too preoccupied with finding Stefan who has gone on a bloody hunt with Klaus boohoo.

Ringer – Sarah Michelle Gellar returns. Yes one of the newly scheduled shows for the Fall Premiere season, is Ringer a show about stolen identity. It looks so good I’m already addicted and that’s only from the trailer, and an extended version was shown at Comic Con. My favourite line being: “Siobhan we have a problem, Bridget’s still alive”. Oooo cannot wait.

True Blood – Apart from witches, Eric losing his memory there’s THAT shower scene. The one from the book with Eric and Sookie together at last, no more Bill (woo). And if you’re watching TB as it is on in the US, you will have seen the near naked torso of Alcide (Joe Manganiello) and the near naked torso of Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) in the same scene *faints*.

Mmm...

So that’s a bit from television, now for the movies. My first “oh well that’s not what I expected” comes in the form of the posters from  Snow White and the Huntsman, featuring Kristen Stewart in full body armour and holding a sword. A SWORD? No red lips and short people whistling while they work in this movie… Unlike the rival movie Snow White featuring Lily Collins as the damsel in distress, which one are you going to be a fan of? When I first heard Kristen Stewart was to be cast as Snow White I think smoke may have come out of my ears, but now seeing the posters and the way the film looks I think I could get on board, maybe its the sickly sweet look of Lily Collins that’s putting me off.

Kristen Stewart as Snow White

Lily Collins as Snow White

Kristen Stewart was at Comic Con along with all the cast from Twilight, there to promote part four of the series Breaking Dawn Part 1. A lot of love went out to Kristen, Rob and Taylor obviously, some questionable looks coming from Rob’s half shaven head and Kristen’s usual lack of making an effort. Some of the honeymoon scenes were shown from the movie, I don’t want to hunt them out myself as I’d like them to be a surprise for when I turn up at the midnight showing of the November release (geek). I’ve seen an image of the honeymoon, with Edward and Bella in the water near a waterfall… don’t remember that being mentioned in the book.

The official ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ trailer was premiered at the Comic Con panel, I watched it and felt strangely transported to 2002. Yes the new reboot seems serious, less Toby Maguire-comical more Andrew Garfield-moody with a pinch of Emma Stone-delight thrown in. But it still looks the same. The same suit, the same backdrop, with a slightly different way of Peter Parker getting bitten by that elusive spider. There is no way to really change up Spider-Man once it’s already been done, this seems to be a “re-do” of the Toby Maguire series that it will inevitably be compared to. Hopefully the sequel will head in a different direction if Gwen Stacy is the main love interest and the villain is different? I’m not entirely convinced, but I will still go and see it. (Also the beginning of the trailer eludes to Peter’s parents and why they had to leave him, maybe potential side plot?)

Cowboys and Aliens had its world premiere over the Comic Con weekend, all the stars turned up for the show and some critics thought it was a “crowd-pleasing summer movie with more wit than most” whilst others were not so appreciative of all the cowboys and aliens in the same film together “[it has] a clumsy touch and zero feel for the intangibles of classic movie westerns”. Now I’m not a fan of westerns, the nearest possible one to the genre I have watched was Wild Wild West with Will Smith and we all know how that played out. It annoys me that a film associated with the name Speilberg should be a reason to go and see it so I’ve been looking for a reason not to go and Robbie Collin (former employee of NOTW) gave me a great one:

Lily Collins in Tatler

So adorably cute on the front cover of Tatler is Lily Collins, the daughter of Phil Collins. Making a name for herself after starring in The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock she has recently been named as the new Snow White in one of the two remakes to be made in the next year (the other been Kristen ‘I don’t like being famous’ Stewart). But what is so uncanny is the likeness of her and Audrey Hepburn, obviously the shoot was modelled on the famous actress but boy Lily is the spitting image. The looks sported in the spread are perfect for this summer, definitely going to be sporting white cropped jeans and a cropped red gingham top. (I feel like a homage to Dirty Dancing is in order at some point too)