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Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart On the Road down Directed by The Motorcycle Diaries and Central Station‘s Walter Salles, and featuring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, and others, On the Road was down a relatively steep 36% on its second weekend out, Dec. 28-30, according to box-office estimates found at Deadline.com. (Photo: Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley On the Road.) Note: Deadline.com’s estimates for last weekend ($10,800) were higher than those found at Box Office Mojo ($9,888) — [...] »
- Andre Soares
Recently, HitFix chatted with Kirsten Dunst on her role in "On the Road," the new film directed by Walter Salles ("Central Station," "The Motorcycle Diaries.") The movie, based on the famed Jack Kerouac novel, features Dunst as Camille, the wife of main character Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund, "Tron: Legacy"). A semi-autobiographical novel, Camille is based upon Carolyn Cassady and Moriarty on Neal Cassady, with Sal Paradise standing in for Kerouac himself (played here by Sam Riley, "Control"). Considered a classic in American literature, Kerouac's novel is about the Beat Generation and its ideals and follows Sal on »
- Josh Lasser
On the Road vs. Walter Salles’ The Motorcycle Diaries, Central Station; David Cronenberg / Robert Pattinson’s Cosmopolis [See previous article: "Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart On the Road Disappoints at Box Office."] Distributed by Focus Features, Walter Salles’ Spanish-language The Motorcycle Diaries, featuring Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo de la Serna, and Breaking Dawn Part 2‘s Mia Maestro, debuted with $159,819 at three North American locations in late September 2004, averaging a remarkable $53,273 per site (approx. $68,100 adjusted for inflation). The Motorcycle Diaries went on to [...] »
- Andre Soares
"No," one of the best-received and most satisfying movies at Cannes 2012, which also screened in the Toronto and New York Film Festivals, comes from Chilean director Pablo Larraín and Mexican producer-star Gael García Bernal, who collaborated on a novel recreation of the 1988 ousting of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet after 15 long years of oppression. Sony Pictures Classics acquired all North American rights to the $2-million Participant Media-funded picture, which earned a rousing standing ovation when it debuted at the Director's Fortnight. Larraín and García Bernal were nervous before the showing, they admit in our flip cam interview below. García Bernal ("Babel," "The Motorcycle Diaries") gives a powerful, moving performance as courageous ad executive Rene Saavedra --under constant threat from Pinochet's thugs-- who spearheads the "happiness" ad campaign that led to an overwhelming victory »
- Anne Thompson
Many have tried to adapt Jack Kerouac’s epochal Beat classic On the Road into a movie over the years. But Walter Salles is the only director who succeeded. The Brazilian filmmaker (The Motorcycle Diaries, Central Station) has turned making road movies into something of a career endeavor, and his new film, starring Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst, and Kristen Stewart, takes Kerouac’s freewheeling prose and turns it into a similarly freewheeling movie. But it’s also one that expands the novel a bit, incorporating aspects of the real-life figures who inspired the characters. (The characters of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, as many readers know, were based on Kerouac and fellow Beat writer-muse Neal Cassady.) The director spoke to Vulture about his connection to Kerouac’s novel, his unorthodox ways of shooting the film, and what it felt like to hold a replica of “the Scroll,” the legendary 120-foot, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Few books have been as influential and enduring as Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, the voice of the beat generation, set in the late 1940s and early '50s. Filmmakers have circled this project for years, but it’s taken the gifted Brazilian director Walter Salles and Jose Rivera, his screenwriting partner from The Motorcycle Diaries, to bring it to fruition. I can’t call it an unqualified success—it’s long and uneven—but it has good qualities and some moving vignettes. Sam Riley plays Sal, an aspiring writer who is drawn into the orbit of a charismatic drifter named Dean (Garrett Hedlund). Dean is the kind of guy who attracts both men and women, even...
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- Leonard Maltin
The idea of adapting a novel as precious to the American psyche as On the Road would be terribly ambitious, even without the narrative complications of Jack Kerouac's famously stream-of-consciousness storytelling style. Ask Francis Ford Coppola. He has been working to get the project made for some 30-plus years. Well, the film is finally done, and the good news is, it's remarkably decent. When the bottle finished spinning, the job of adapting the book fell to director Walter Salles and screenwriter Jose Rivera. Best known for their young Che Guevara road tripper The Motorcycle Diaries, Salles and Rivera proved a great choice to adapt such a revered book. Their approach allows the source material to do the heavy lifting, not spending too much time trying »
As part of an early look at next year’s Oscars, Prize Fighter — in an ongoing series — is highlighting several of the directors and official entries submitted by a whopping 71 countries competing for the Academy Award for best foreign language film.
For such a small word, it packs incredible, immediate power shouted in the name of freedom, as in Chile’s official Oscar foreign film entry No, directed by Pablo Larraín (Tony Manero, Post Mortem) and starring Gael García Bernal.
Based on a pivotal moment in Chile’s history, the movie delves into the dueling “Yes” and »
- Solvej Schou
Editor’s note: On the Road cruises into limited release this Friday, so put your brains into gear and enjoy this re-run of our Cannes review, originally published on May 23, 2012. Some books demand adaptation, offering immediate and easily translatable promise as film projects, whether that is thanks to the power of the plot, or characters or certain ideas that would lead to a looser adaptation. Jack Kerouac‘s seminal “On The Road” is not one of those books – like the work of James Joyce, the book is explicitly literary, its content inherently bound by its form and its author so fundamentally a writer before a storyteller that many, including myself, believed it to be unadaptable. In that context, the presence of Walter Salles‘ adaptation, imaginatively called On The Road, on the In Competition list here always stood out as an intriguing prospect. How would the director who made that other road movie The Motorcycle Diaries cope with »
- Simon Gallagher
Title: On the Road Director: Walter Salles (‘The Motorcycle Diaries’) Starring: Sam Riley (‘Brighton Rock‘), Garrett Hedlund (‘Country Strong’), Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Elizabeth Moss (TV’s ‘Mad Men’), and Viggo Mortensen Like with many generations contending with the devastation of the aftermath of war, and struggling to redefine their place in society, the Beat Generation was no different in the late 1940s during the aftermath of World War II. Writer Jack Kerouac realistically and shockingly showed the liberation and experimentation of young adults during that time in his critically acclaimed 1957 novel, ‘On the Road.’ The book’s themes of the younger generation questioning taboos while fighting their inner [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) and based on the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac, On the Road tells the provocative story of Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), a young writer whose life is shaken and ultimately redefined by the arrival of the free-spirited and fearless Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) and his girl, Marylou (Kristen Stewart). As they travel across the country on a personal quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism that engulfed many during that time, the duo encounter a mix of eclectic individuals who forever change them. The film also stars Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Dunst, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Elisabeth Moss and Alice Braga. At the film’s press day, director Walter Salles talked about developing the look and feel of the film, deciding which themes to explore and what to change or cut from the book, what led him to cast Kristen Stewart »
- Christina Radish
Note: This is reprint of our review of the slightly longer cut that played at the Cannes Film Festival. Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" has been heralded for decades: an important novel, a cultural signifier, a sociological landmark, a cracking good read. It's also been considered "unfilmable" -- but now Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries," "Dark Water") brings the novel to the screen, and "The Motorcycle Diaries" turns out to be a pretty good template for understanding how Salles has shot his adaptation. "On the Road," like 'Diaries,' is scenic and episodic, full of youth's passion but with a shade of the future yet to come dimming the brightness of its vision, as a charismatic young man travels with another young man, saying little but watching everything along the way. If there's one thing that wounds "On the Road," it's that the film is full of things -- having sex, »
- James Rocchi
Get ready to hustle to the nearest art-house cinema, because No is headed to the states.
Directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín (Prófugos, Post Mortem), the movie details the landmark 1988 marketing campaign that helped unseat Chile’s notorious military dictator, Augusto Pinochet. Indie flick staple Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries, Y Tu Mamá También) stars as René Saavedra, an ad man who develops the campaign’s signature aesthetic and its slogan, “Chile, la alegría ya viene” (“Chile, joy is coming”). It is based on the play El Plebiscito by Antonio Skármeta and was shot using period-appropriate videotape, allowing for »
- Josh Stillman
One of the most culturally significant works of American literature, Jack Kerouac's On the Road has been eyed for the big screen for decades. This week, Walter Salles' take hits theaters with a cast that includes Sam Riley as Sal Paradise, Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarity and Kristen Stewart as Marylou. Written in 1951 and finally published in 1957, On the Road details Kerouac's own adventures traveling across the Us and Mexico with Neal Cassady and his beginnings of an interoperation of spirituality fueled by jazz, alcohol and all forms of experimentation. ComingSoon.net sat down to speak with Salles, best known for his work at adapting the similarly historic travelogue The Motorcycle Diaries in 2004. In the below interview, Salles discusses his ultra-realistic take on »
The first trailer is now available for director Pablo Larrain's No, a drama centering on the marketing campaign to defeat Chile's army general and dictator Augusto Pinochet from retaining power in the country's 1988 referendum. The simple yet strong title comes from the referendum's choice: "Yes" to retain Pinochet, "No" to boot him out in favor of democracy. Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) plays the advertising executive Rene Saavedra, who used commercial marketing techniques to effectively communicate a political message and provide voters with a counterpoint to official campaign for Pinochet's retention. No opens on February 15, 2013. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. Watch the first trailer for No below (via Yahoo!): No synopsis: When Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet calls for a referendum to decide his permanence in power, the opposition persuades a young advertising executive to head its campaign. With limited resources and under scrutiny, he »
- Dave Trumbore
Immediately following difficult periods in history, people often turn to liberation movements in order to fix society. That determination is emotionally shown in the upcoming adventure drama ‘On the Road,’ directed by ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’ helmer Walter Salles. Based on the best-selling classic 1957 novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac, the film, which was written by Jose Rivera, shows the historical context and the motivations of Americans living in the late 1940s. Led by a talented young cast, the movie gives a clear understanding of the characters’ relationships and their struggles to overcome their internal struggles. ‘On the Road’ follows young New York City writer Sal Paradise (played [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) and based on the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac, On the Road tells the provocative story of Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), a young writer whose life is shaken and ultimately redefined by the arrival of the free-spirited and fearless Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) and his girl, Marylou (Kristen Stewart). As they travel across the country on a personal quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism that engulfed many during that time, the duo encounter a mix of eclectic individuals who forever change them. The film also stars Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Dunst, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Elisabeth Moss and Alice Braga. Click here for all our previous coverage. At the film’s press day, co-stars Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart talked about why they were so passionate about this project, how challenging it was to stay attached over the years, how »
- Christina Radish
The Weinsteins are your new BFFs. After hearing your marvellous pitch for an American period drama based on a true story starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Amy Adams, Richard Gere, Whoopi Goldberg, Frances McDormand, and Chris O’Dowd and directed by Michel Gondry (though let’s be honest, that baby sells itself), they immediately threw their Oscar for The Artist into the cupboard, preparing space for the imminent new arrival.
But this is no silent movie, so if you want to win that Oscar you need a composer, and a ruddy good one.
Part IV: Soundtrack
Your first reaction may be John Williams. You probably think if he composes your film you are guaranteed an Oscar, but this is not the case. He may have won five Oscars over his career, but in the last twenty years he has won only one Oscar for sixteen nominations and that was Schindler’s List in 1994. On the other hand, »
- Liam Heffernan
Apparently Del Toro has beeen working on this in secret for awhile now, and came up with the book for the musical with Jeremy Ungar.
Paul Williams will write the lyrics, and he’s a longtime veteran of the industry with a great many credits for composing and work in the music department (The Muppet Movie and Phantom Of The Paradise are a couple notches in his belt). Gustavo Santaolalla would write the tune-age. He has composed and worked on the soundtracks for Biutiful, Babel, Brokeback Mountain, The Motorcycle Diaries, 21 Grams, and so many more.
It all sounds like a good match for a movie that had such lush visuals, costumes, and sets that a musical just might work. »
- Andy Greene
It does not remotely surprise me that Guillermo Del Toro is finally working with Paul Williams. The idea of turning "Pan's Labyrinth" into a stage musical is intriguing. It's a lush dark fantasy world, and I would imagine it gives the production team some great opportunities to build a gorgeous world on the stage. It also deals with sweeping emotional arcs, and when you're creating a musical, I think the bigger the emotions, the better the piece. Gustavo Santoallala is the composer of, among other scores, "The Motorcycle Diaries," one of my personal favorite scores of the last ten years. I've »
- Drew McWeeny
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