While he was an accomplished commercial director in his native England, it was an illicit affair with an American movie star that thrust Rupert Sanders into the spotlight. Sanders first made waves in...
Robert Pattinson has no hard feelings about his ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart after she torpedoed their romance by locking lips with a married moviemaker in 2012, insisting infidelity is "normal" among young lovers. The British actor's relationship with his Twilight co-star was rocked two years ago, when Stewart was photographed kissing her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders in a Los Angeles car park.
The illicit romance prompted Pattinson and Stewart to briefly split, before parting ways for good last year (13), while it also destroyed Sanders' marriage to model/actress Liberty Ross. Their divorce was finalised last week (ends25Jul14).
Pattinson has now opened up about the infamous fling in a candid new interview with Britain's Esquire magazine, admitting the worst part of the scandal was having to discuss it in public.
Brushing off the cheating controversy, he says, "S**t happens, you know? It's just young people... it's normal! And honestly, who gives a s**t?
"The hardest part was talking about it afterwards. Because when you talk about other people, it affects them in ways you can't predict."
The actor's dramatic personal life has also turned him into a paparazzi target, but Pattinson insists he "doesn't understand" the media's obsession with him.
Earlier this year (14), the actor sold off the Los Angeles property he once shared with Stewart, and he admits he won't miss having snappers camped outside his home.
He explains, "(The paparazzi) photographed anyone who came up to the gate, anyone who rang the bell, and they followed any car that came in and out. I used to dress up my assistant as me, and get him to drive off with like five cars following him around for hours..."
And he jokes, "Whenever I see a bunch of paparazzi hanging out, I always think, 'Oh God, what have they found out!' Oh, THAT love child! I totally forgot!'"
Model/actress Liberty Ross and her director ex Rupert Sanders have finalised their divorce. Ross split from the filmmaker after he was caught kissing his Snow White and the Huntsman leading lady Kristen Stewart in a Los Angeles car park. The illicit romance also torpedoed Stewart's romance with Robert Pattinson.
According to the settlement agreement, obtained by TMZ.com, Ross gets the family home and two other London residences, $25,000 (GBP14,700)-a-month in spousal support for the next four years and $14,000 (GBP8,300)-a-month in child support for the couple's two children.
The model, who is now reportedly dating music mogul Jimmy Iovine, also gets 15 per cent of her ex-husband's future movie profits.
She will share joint custody of the kids with Sanders.
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Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are reprising their characters from Snow White & The Huntsman for a spin-off movie.
The two stars will be back as hero and villain without Snow White, who was portrayed by Kristen Stewart in the 2012 film. Moviemaker Frank Darabont is in talks to direct the new movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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The original grabbed the headlines when Stewart was caught smooching with director Rupert Sanders. The fling ended his marriage and her romance with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson.
British model Liberty Ross has reached a divorce settlement with her husband Rupert Sanders two years after the director's "indiscretion" with actress Kristen Stewart became headline news. The former couple's marriage was rocked after it emerged Sanders had been photographed kissing his Snow White and the Huntsman star in July, 2012, and Ross filed for divorce in January, 2013.
Editors at TMZ.com report the stars have been negotiating a divorce settlement and an agreement was reached last week (ends25May14).
Legal documents, obtained by the website, were filed in court in California on 22 May (14) and they state Sanders handed over the former couple's Los Angeles home to Ross, while their other assets were divided up.
The former couple is parents to two young children.
Much to the dismay of Trekkers everywhere, Roberto Orci will be making his directorial debut with Star Trek 3. According to Variety, Orci, who wrote and produced the first two installments of the franchise with his business partner Alex Kurtzman, has been the frontrunner for some time now, although the names of the other directors being considered haven't been revealed. Orci's name has been in contention for the job since he and Kurtzman announced their split, so the news doesn't come as too much of a surprise. He's also been working on the script with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, while J.J. Abrams will serve as producer.
Star Trek is just the latest franchise to take a chance on a new director, as studios have recently made it a habit of picking independent or first-timer directors to helm blockbusters like The Amazing Spider Man 2 or Godzilla. In fact, many of the most expensive films ever made were headed by directors making their feature film debut. Considering Star Trek Into Darkness had a budget of $185 million, it seems as if Orci will soon join the ranks of first-time directors taking on a big-budget franchise. In honor of the major challenge that Orci has ahead of him, we've rounded up the six most expensive directorial debuts and how those directors handled them. That way, Trekkies can try and manage their expectations.
Robert Stromberg, Maleficent - $180 millionWalt Disney Studios
Though fantasy fixtures like David Yates and Tim Burton were rumored to helm the Disney prequel, the studio instead handed the reins to Stromberg, an Oscar-winning production designer. We'll have to wait until the film's May 30 release in order to see how well he handled the material, but from the trailers it's clear that the director's previous experience has resulted in visually stunning movie.
Bob Peterson, Up - $175 millionWalt Disney Co. via Everett Collection
Before he took the helm for Up, Peterson was best known for providing voices for some of Pixar's most icoinc characters. However, his directorial debut blew his other projects away, earning five Academy Award nominations — including Best Picture, making it only the second animated film to be nominated in that category — a win for Best Animated Feature, and opening the Cannes Film Festival. Oh, and it grossed over $700 million at the box office.
Carl Erik Rinsch, 47 Ronin - $175 millionUniversal Pictures via Everett Collection
Loosely based on the fictional account of 47 samurai who avenged their master's death, the big budget film was entrusted to Rinsch by Universal, despite his lack of feature film experience. Unfortunately for the studio, it wasn't a gamble that paid off, as the film's release date was pushed back several times, it received largely negative reviews and it failed to break even at the box office. Hopefully Paramount won't find themselves in the same situation with Star Trek.
Rupert Sanders, Snow White and the Huntsman - $170 millionUniversal Pictures via Everett Collection
Prior to Snow White and the Hunstman, Sanders had primarily directed commercials, although that didn't stop Universal from trusting him with this fantasy epic. The resulting film did well at the box office even though it received mostly mixed reviews, and was rumored to be getting a sequel, with Sanders taking the helm once again. However, both films were overshadowed by the tabloid frenzy that resulted from Sanders' affair with his leading lady, Kristen Stewart, so it doesn't look like that will be happening any time soon.
Joseph Kosinski, Tron: Legacy - $170 million Walt Disney Studios via Everett Collection
When Disney decided to make a sequel to Tron almost thirty years after the first film was released, they turned to Kosinski, who had become known for his work with computer generated effects in the commercials he directed. Though Tron: Legacy received mixed reviews, choosing Kosinski turned out to be a smart choice in the long run, as the film grossed over $400 million during its run in theaters.
Rich Moore, Wreck-It Ralph - $165 million Walt Disney Studios via Everett Collection
Before taking on Wreck-It Ralph, Moore made his name directing episodes of The Simpsons and Futurama, which made him a perfect fit for the goofy, self-referential film. It was a major hit for Disney, grossing over $400 million at the box office, winning the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature and earning an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Picture. Unfortunately, it lost the award to Brave, because nobody loves a Pixar movie more than the Academy.
Actor Robert Pattinson has sparked rumours he is dating model Imogen Ker after the two were spotted on a couple of recent dates together. The Twilight star and Ker were reportedly spotted holding hands as they exited Hollywood hotspot Good Times at Davey Wayne's last month (Apr14), and they enjoyed a dinner date at another popular celebrity hang-out, the Little Door, a week later.
Pattinson and Ker, who is friends with the actor's ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart, were reportedly introduced by mutual pal Dakota Fanning.
The 28-year-old hunk split from Stewart last year (13) after trying to save their relationship following her brief fling with director Rupert Sanders.
He was most recently linked to Sean Penn's model daughter Dylan, but she has denied ongoing rumours she's dating Pattinson.
Actor Robert Pattinson has sold the mansion he once shared with ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart. The Twilight star purchased the Los Feliz, California home in 2011 for $6.2 million (GBP3.8 million) and sold it for $6.3 million (GBP3.9 million) earlier this month (Jan14).
The property boasts three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a large study and a tropical-themed backyard, complete with a pool.
Pattinson and Stewart began dating in 2008.
They broke up in 2012, after she was caught cheating on the actor with married director Rupert Sanders.
The couple briefly reconciled in 2013 before breaking up for good.
Stewart moved out of the home in 2012 and Pattinson left shortly after.
Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is in talks to direct a mini-series chronicling the life of infamous French leader Napoleon Bonaparte. Steven Spielberg is developing the screenplay, which was originally written by late moviemaker Stanley Kubrick, and he wants The Great Gatsby director to take charge of the the project, according to Deadline.com.
Kubrick was keen to turn the screenplay into a film in 1971, but studio executives refused to finance the expensive project and it went on to be known as "the greatest movie never made".
The mini-series isn't the only Napoleon project in the works - Snow White and the Huntsman filmmaker Rupert Sanders is set to direct a movie about France's 18th century emperor.
Disgraced filmmaker Rupert Sanders has signed on to direct a new biopic about French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte. The Snow White and the Huntsman director has been hired by Warner Bros. executives to take charge of the project, titled Napoleon.
Sanders, who began his career as a commercials director, made his big screen debut with last year's (12) adaptation of the fairytale classic, which grossed more than $396 million worldwide.
He made headlines when he was caught romancing his leading lady Kristen Stewart. The affair ended his marriage to model/actress Liberty Ross.
Model and actress Liberty Ross reminded her cheating ex what he's missing when she stepped out on the red carpet at the MOCA Awards in Beverly Hills on Wednesday (06Nov13) wearing a see-through dress and no bra. The sexy star wowed photographers as she rocked a sheer black dress that left her breasts and nipples exposed and flaunted her body for the cameras.
Ross is now estranged from moviemaker husband Rupert Sanders, who was caught in a clinch with his Snow White & The Huntsman leading lady Kristen Stewart in a car park last year (12).
The mother-of-two recently opened up to Vanity Fair magazine about her husband's cheating scandal, revealing, "It was horrible. It was really the worst."
Ross filed for divorce from Sanders in January (13) and is currently dating music mogul Jimmy Iovine. She told Vanity Fair she feels she's currently experiencing a rebirth.
Made his name in entertainment industry by directing elaborate, award-winning commercials
Grew up in the Fulham section of London, England
Made feature directorial debut with adventure thriller "Snow White and the Huntsman," starring Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart
While he was an accomplished commercial director in his native England, it was an illicit affair with an American movie star that thrust Rupert Sanders into the spotlight. Sanders first made waves in Hollywood when he directed "Snow White and the Huntsman" (2012), a modern and dark retelling of the classic fairytale about an evil queen (Charlize Theron) determined to kill a young princess (Kristen Stewart) who was deemed the fairest in the land. As was often the case with big-budget films with big-name talent, Sanders' directorial feature debut was a blockbuster hit. Unfortunately, the shocking news that he had an affair with the much younger Stewart overshadowed the film's success, making it a kind of tainted product. The tryst heard 'round the world went public in July 2012 after incriminating photographs of Sanders, a married man with two children, and Stewart, in a relationship with her "Twilight" co-star Robert Pattinson, surfaced, showing them in a number of comprising positions in secluded spots around Los Angeles. Sanders wasted no time issuing a public apology to his wife and children, yet the damage that the cheating scandal inflicted upon his personal life lingered, and no doubt made it difficult for him to regain the public's respect as an actually promising filmmaker.<p>Rupert Sanders was born on March 16, 1971 in Westminster, London, England. His mother, Thalia Sanders, ran a doll's house shop in Fulham, and his father, Michael Sanders, was a surgeon. Sanders, who had a degree in graphic design, launched his career directing television commercials for Nike, Adidas, Xbox, and Guinness, as well as a commercial for the video game "Halo 3: ODST" (2009), which won awards at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. With his commercials creating major buzz in his native England, he landed a meeting with American producer Joe Roth, who gave the first-time film director his biggest break yet by offering him the 2012 epic fantasy-adventure "Snow White and the Huntsman," based on the German tale by the Brothers Grimm. A modern and decidedly darker twist to the classic fairytale, "Snow White and the Huntsman" which ultimately starred Charlize Theron as the evil stepmother queen, Kristen Stewart as the princess who is unknowingly threatening her reign of terror, and Chris Hemsworth as the man whom the queen orders to kill Snow White. The movie also featured Sanders' wife, Liberty Ross, a British model who played Snow White's mother.<p>In spite of receiving mixed critical reviews, the film was a commercial success, reportedly taking in more than $380 million worldwide. A few months after its release, however, the film's popularity was quickly overshadowed by shocking news that Sanders had had an affair with his female lead, Stewart. At the time of the affair, Sanders, who was 41, was married to Ross, with whom he had two children. Stewart, who was then 22, was in a longtime relationship with British actor Robert Pattinson, her "Twilight" co-star in five blockbuster films. The scandal spread like wildfire the summer of 2012 after <i>Us Weekly</i> published incriminating photographs of Sanders and Stewart making out in various public places around Los Angeles. Reportedly taken on July 17, the photos showed Sanders and Stewart parking in a rundown area where they were seen "kissing like crazy," according to the paparazzi photographer via <i>Us Weekly</i>.<p>A day after the scandal broke, Sanders issued a public apology to his wife and two young children. In a statement to <i>People</i> magazine, the director said, "I am utterly distraught about the pain I have caused my family. My beautiful wife and heavenly children are all I have in this world. I love them with all my heart." Stewart issued a similar public apology to Pattinson, calling her fling with Sanders a "momentary indiscretion." Sanders' wife, after being blindsided with the news, went on a Twitter rant before closing her account with a succinct, "Wow." While news of his illicit affair seemed to have faded months later, Sanders rekindled controversy once again after the September release of the DVD version of "Snow White and the Huntsman." In the director's commentary, Sanders reportedly gushed over Stewart's performance in the film, saying she was "amazing" and "flawless."<p><i>By Candy Cuenco</i>
Married 2002; Sanders directed Ross in his feature debut "Snow White and the Huntsman" (2012); He cheated on her with "Snow White and the Huntsman" star Kristen Stewart August 2012; Ross filed for divorce Jan. 25, 2013