Posts for September 7th 2010
So I have an exclusive…OK well unless you were there too?!
I went to see Bel Ami at a test screening the other night in the darkened streets of Soho…OK, a swanky (yes I use that word, problem!?) hotel’s screening room.
The film based on French author Guy de Maupassant’s novel tells the story of Georges Duroy’s (Robert Pattinson…yes the vamp teen!) rise to power in the upper middle classes of late19th century Paris. Having spent his military service in Algeria George returns home near destitute. With the little money he earns, he frivolously succumbs to the more salubrious side of the capital’s nightspots and in particular to businesswomen of the night. Happily for him a chance encounter with an old army comrade – Charles Forestier (Philip Glenister, (yes, him off Life on Mars & Ashes to Ashes) sees his luck begin to change. His new life as a journalist on the newspaper Vie Francaise helped by Charles, who is the chief editor of the paper and his wife Madeline (Uma Thurman), the real power and talent behind the man. George meets and takes a married woman Clotilde de Marelle (Christina Ricci) for a lover and slowly but surely embroils himself into the lives of the rich and powerful. From here on George becomes increasingly amoral as he seduces and manipulates influential women to expand his power and wealth.
Ok so what did I think?
Well the 20something Pattison does fit the bill of the man George Duroy who women succumb too but in the end the character, much like the acting, is rather shallow, which of course author Guy de Maupassant knows, but the directors Declan Donnellan & Nick Ormerod fail to. The love interests are all superbly acted, as you would expect from such a trio, which also includes Kristin Scott Thomas. Colm Meaney is aptly aloof, superior and disdainful as Rousset and Philip Glenister puts in a memorable performance as Charles Forestier.
The subplot of the film, which is only touched upon in a few scenes, nods towards France’s impeding invasion of Morocco, which supposedly adds depth to the story and its characters. One problem I felt was that the balance of Bel Ami is wrong, in so much as the chance encounter with Charles happens so fast that you’re not given the opportunity to empathise with George.
The film runs like a class based Desperate Housewives yet is engrossing enough to follow but not to linger in your mind, unless you’ve been glamoured by Mr. P…yes yes he wont easily move away from the vamp tag yet. I do tip my hat to him for making an interesting choice albeit in a role I wished the producers had cast with a better actor, which would have made for a better review.
Maybe they were glamoured too – ‘leave it now mister!’
Finally – please remember this is a very early test screening and there will be changes made – I assume.
FYI: The name Bel Ami, which the daughter of his lover Clotilde bestows upon George, translates as ‘dear friend’ but is more akin to ‘lover’ especially in literature, so I’m informed.
“Robert Pattinson Is Going To Be On Entourage!” exclaims a giddy Perez Hilton.
After providing a “SPOILER ALERT,” the blogger announces, “There is a BIG surprise in store for Twilight fans – Robert Pattinson is slated to guest star!”
According to Hilton and other outlets, “Robert Pattinson guest stars as Ari’s most difficult client ever” on the episode airing this Sunday, September 12.
“Can RPatz handle ‘comedy’?” Hilton wonders.
Well, we know Pattinson can do comedy, ever since we saw him “bothered” in a tree with Jimmy Fallon last spring.
But here’s Gossip Cop’s spoiler: Perez Hilton does comedy, too, albeit unintentionally.
Robert Pattinson has NOT filmed a cameo for “Entourage.”
A source close to the star tells Gossip Cop exclusively that it’s “not true.”
In addition, a production source tells us “he’s not” on the show, and had “no clue” as to how the rumor started.
THE 20th Bold And Beautiful In Hollywood 2010:
No.1 : Robert Pattinson
Second & Third Page
Blood type diet:
Big Thank to lala788 who translated this scans for me !