Saturday, October 29, 2016

Kristen's interview with Inquirer about 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' and 'Come Swim'

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Los Angeles—“It’s funny—my favorite directors don’t talk very much,” said Kristen Stewart with a smile. She’s blonde and looking lovelier in our recent interview in New York. In her relatively young career, Kristen has been directed by some of cinema’s best. That list now includes Ang Lee.

“It’s this environment that Ang creates that really makes you stand at attention in a way that is intrinsic,” the actress added about the Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning filmmaker who directed her for the first time in “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.” She’s dressed in a black jacket and bellybutton-baring blouse and green pants.

In the drama adapted from Ben Fountain’s novel, Kristen plays Kathryn, the sister of the titular character (newcomer Joe Alwyn), who comes home a hero from the Iraq War in 2004. But cracks unfold as Billy and his Bravo Squad are honored in a spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game. Kathryn thinks Billy is suffering from PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder).

“Ang doesn’t have to say a lot,” Kristen continued about the director known for giving few directions. The star herself is always an articulate interviewee, but this morning, she was more spirited than usual.

Immense pressure

“The script is perfectly put together but further than that, there’s a pressure that is immense but actually gentle. Because there’s a lot of faith in the script.”

The pressure was from the film being shot in groundbreaking 120 frames-per-second 3D, resulting in clarity that magnifies everything on the screen, including the actors’ faces. (But the movie will be shown in 2D in the Philippines.)

“The pressure was hard,” Kristen admitted. “This movie was scary for everyone. Not just because of the technological implications that we were being seen in a way that we’ve never been seen and that we were going to have to let our guards down, or else they were going to seem like facades.
“That’s what you’re always trying to do in a movie—be seen, not lie.”


Other than the challenges of acting for the first time with two separate 3D cameras, Kristen relished her director’s quiet style. “Ang is very calm. He’s incredibly Zen. There’s something about the way that he sees things and his encouraging desire to find the truth, which sounds cliché.

“And I’ve never seen a group of people work harder. It was like, everyone was terrified—not in a bad way, but in a really good way.”

For the actress, it helped that her pal, Garrett Hedlund, was in the cast as Sgt. Dime, the leader of the Bravo Company men who develop strong bond after surviving deadly skirmishes.

“I’m good friends with Garrett,” said Kristen. “I’ve known him for years. He was on this movie much longer than me. I got there, and I could see these people who had been through so much, it felt so real to me. I felt like an older sister. I felt protective of these boys. It was real. They love each other.

“It’s remarkable. He’s (Ang) one of the greatest directors of our time.”

Views on war

On her own views about war, Kristen reflected, “This movie highlights the idea that nobody, or that very few people, go further than what they’re told. And it depends on who’s telling you and what media outlet you’re watching at a given time. That frustration for my generation is real. It repels people from wanting to understand, because it’s hard to. We’re kept in the dark about certain things.

“The other thing is, the movie encourages you to actually think for yourself. It’s not overtly opinionated in any way. I know my character is a pacifist. And I am, up to not an ideal extent, but just on the fundamental level. That’s how I function—and I stand behind that.

“I’m not the most political person, but in these times, it’s not a matter of claiming to know how you would do things better to make things work. It’s a pretty good time for this movie to come out, because whether you want to fall on this or that side, it’s pretty clear which side I do. Just own what you believe in and please vote.”

Writing and directing

As for her own experience writing and directing the short film, “Come Swim,” described as “a poetic, impressionistic portrait of a man underwater with heartache,” our budding auteur enthused, “It went well. I love it. That’s a great pleasure. You don’t always love what you do. I’m coloring and finishing sound design. In this particular movie, half the story is all in sound.

“I found the next level, honestly. I don’t draw a huge distinction between acting and directing. For me, they go hand in hand [with] the way I’ve always approached acting. But the difference between the two would be, there’s something more immediate and flippant about acting that I like. But you can do something and walk away from it. Daily. Even by the hour. It’s momentary and more like a knee-jerk reaction.

“Directing is navigating a city. But it’s still instinct. Also, the thing that I get from making movies that I really love is that we can talk about stuff, in order to not feel so crazy. I feel like we can become closer to each other, do that visually and affect people. And say things together to say them louder.

“It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had. I’ve never been happier doing anything. I can’t wait to make more video art. I can’t wait to write my feature. I feel like I am more stimulated, feel more driven than I’ve ever felt. I feel like my eyes are wide open. Sometimes, in life, there are certain stages where everything feels possible. I’m really feeling the possibility right now. I definitely credit that first experience.”

Can she be more specific about the short’s storyline? “Oh, it’s pretty impressionistic, and you’ll see,” she teased with a grin. “I don’t want to blow it. It’s 15 minutes. It will speak louder than what I can say right now.”


Video: Kristen paid tribute to honoree Jodie Foster for the 2016 British Academy Britannia Awards

Jodie Foster was the Stanley Kubrick Award recipient with the ceremony held in Los Angeles on 28 October 2016.

If interested the show will air on cable network Pop. Viewers in the U.S. can tune-in to the ceremony on Wednesday, November 2 at 8pm ET/PT.

Kristen will be on Ellen for 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' on 11 November 2016

Kristen Stewart will support "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" with an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Kristen Stewart is scheduled for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

According to listings issued to television providers, Stewart will appear on the November 11 edition of “Ellen.”

The appearance will come in support of “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.” The film, which features Stewart as its female lead, opens that day.

Stewart is the only guest presently listed for the November 11 “Ellen” episode. Additional guests may be announced at a later date.

As the appearance is not yet being officially advertised on the official “Ellen” website, it should be treated as tentative — and subject to change.


The show tapes in Los Angeles and airs on TV there at 3.00pm (PT).

6.00pm ET/ 11.00pm UK/ 12.00am CET/ 10.00am AEST.

Although it appears it airs in NYC or some places on the east coast at 3.00pm there time too.

3.00pm ET/ 12noon PT/ 8.00pm UK/ 9.00pm CET/ 7.00am AEST.

Livestreams: NBC East Coast 1 2 

For more details on the Ellen, including airing times and networks in your area, please check their site or directly here for air times.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Video: Kristen and Garrett Hedlund's interview for 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' w/ Made in Hollywood TV

Joe Alwyn briefly mentions Kristen in his interview (below)

Kristen, Ang Lee, Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund & Steve Martin will be on the 'Today Show' for 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' - 8 November 2016

"Billy Lynn" stars Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, Joe Alwyn and Garrett Hedlund and director Ang Lee will appear on the 11/8 TODAY Show.

“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” opens on November 11.

Three days earlier, several principals — including female lead Kristen Stewart and director Ang Lee– will appear on NBC’s TODAY Show.

Per tentative listings, Stewart, Lee, Steve Martin, Joe Alwyn and Garrett Hedlund will appear during the 9-10AM hour on November 8.

They are the only celebrities presently scheduled for that hour.

9am ET/ 6.00am PT/ 2.00pm UK/ 3/00pm CET/ Wed 1.00am AEST.

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UPDATE: Kristen will no longer be appearing on Conan for 'BLLHW' on 9 November 2016

UPDATE: Kristen cancelled her appearance on Conan on 9 November.


Kristen will be on Conan O'Brien's late night TV show on Wednesday 9 November.

Conan is currently hosting his shows at the Apollo Theater in New York however it should be back in Los Angeles after 4 November. The show airs on the TBS network at 11pm (ET).

More info on the show here.

8.00pm PT/ Thurs 4.00am UK / 5.00am CET/ 3.00pm AEST.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Video: Lily Gladstone talks about 'Certain Women' and mentions Kristen


Kristen at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Event in Los Angeles - 26 October 2016


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The Council of Fashion Designers of America hold an award for fashion designer finalists every year in conjunction with Vogue Magazine. The event was held at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.


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Audio: Kristen's interview with Film Comment (Podcast)

Listen to the 10 minute podcast HERE at the source or direct link here.
Kristen's interview is first.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Kristen's interview with People on the Elle Women in Hollywood red carpet

On Monday night, Elle magazine hosted its annual Women in Hollywood awards, celebrating the launch of the November issue and honoring a handful of the hardest working ladies in show business. This year, the magazine chose to feature eight women on it’s cover, including Kristen Stewart, Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams, Anna Kendrick, Aja Naomi King, Felicity Jones, Kathy Bates, and Helen Mirren, so as you can imagine, the affair was star-studded to say the least.

And while all of those powerful A-list women where dressed to the nines in gorgeous gowns, Kristen Stewart confessed on the red carpet that she really feels at her most formidable when wearing nothing at all.

Stewart was accompanied by her girlfriend musician, St. Vincent, who’s been spotted with the actress numerous times throughout the past month. A source tells people that at the Elle event, “they were inseparable and left hand-in-hand.”

The Elle cover girl spoke enthusiastically to People about being feted by the magazine, saying, “It’s a huge honor. I think if you look at the list of ladies who have done this before and not just tonight, but the last few years, it’s insane to include myself in that list. Keep[ing] the ball moving forward is something that I definitely want to be a part of.”

Stewart also discussed one of her more recent film projects, saying she appreciated the character she got to play in Café Society because, “There’s no judgment in that story. There’s a real appreciation of experience and how sort of ambiguous that can be.” Besides, she added, “She’s a baller.” And when asked what she likes to wear to make herself feel more like a baller, the actress quipped, “Nothing!”

The celebration of all things female in the movie industry also served as a mini Twilight reunion, with Stewart’s three female co-stars, Dakota Fanning, Nikki Reed, and Anna Kendrick also in attendance.


Quotes from WWD at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards + Helen Mirren mentions Kristen

Hollywood awards season is ramping up, which means a heavy list of stars is in rotation to pick up trophies for any number of achievements. As such, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Felicity Jones, Lupita Nyong’o, Anna Kendrick, Aja Naomi King, Helen Mirren and Kathy Bates were at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills on Monday night for the Elle “Women in Hollywood” honors.

“If you look at the list of ladies who have done this before — and not just tonight — but the last few years, it’s insane to include myself in that list,” said Stewart, who also appears on the magazine’s November cover. “Any way to keep the ball moving [women] forward is something I want to be a part of. These dinners haven’t always been happening. It’s important, you know?”

Stewart has had several recent projects, including “Café Society,” “Certain Women” and next year’s “Personal Shopper,” in which she plays an American working as a personal shopper in Paris. The Roberto Cavalli-clad actress described the role as “one of the most isolated, lonely, deep, and existential-crisis sort of characters that I’ve ever played.” She paused. “Those are usually characters that I’m drawn to, but this one was the most fundamental. It was a lot to chew on.”

Mirren sang the 26-year-old’s praises. “Kristen’s got a very wonderful, magical quality about her and I’m interested to see where her acting life takes her.” Meanwhile, the Oscar winner said she was genuinely “amazed” to be included in a “prestigious fashion magazine.” “I’m so not a very fashion-y person,” insisted the veteran, who stars in “Collateral Beauty” this December. “I’m probably too eccentric to ever be fashionable.”

Meanwhile, the steady flow of arrivals included presenters Dakota Fanning, Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ron Howard, Mira Nair, Regina King and Sharon Stone. Others in attendance at the affair — sponsored by Calvin Klein, L’Oréal Paris and Hearts on Fire — included Michelle Monaghan, Nina Dobrev, Lucy Hale, Chelsea Handler, Constance Zimmer, January Jones, Vanessa Hudgens, Nikki Reed, Sophia Amoruso, Juliette Lewis, Shiri Appleby, Shay Mitchell and Yara Shahidi.

Over a three-course meal of heirloom tomato salads, roasted Alaskan halibut, and vanilla bean crème brûlée, Elle editor in chief Roberta Myers greeted the crowd before handing things off to the night’s emcee, Anthony Anderson. The “Black-ish” comedian fared well. However, it was “The Accountant” costars Kendrick and Affleck who drew the night’s biggest laughs. After giving Kendrick a heartfelt introduction, Affleck whispered in her ear, “I crushed it.” She then teased him that he looks like “the guy in the stock photo of a psychology textbook in the chapter about a sociopath.”

Meanwhile, Fanning provided the crowd with a small glimpse into her friendship with Stewart, whom she met while working on 2009’s “Twilight: New Moon.” “She has held my hair back and talked me through heartbreak,” Fanning shared. “I can’t present any award to Kristen Stewart and not say f–k. So…I love you so f–king much.”


Video: 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' BTS Featurette

Kristen at the Elle Magazine Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles - 24 October 2016


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