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...
The Twilight star played the female lead in the fantasy action blockbuster, and Universal studio bosses announced a follow-up after it grossed almost $400 million (£250 million) worldwide.
However, the next installment of the film franchise was thrown into doubt last month (Jul12) when Stewart was caught romancing married director Rupert Sanders behind her boyfriend Robert Pattinson's back.
Sanders was recently confirmed as the director of the Snow White sequel, which Stewart had already signed up for - but, on Tuesday (14Aug12), writers at The Hollywood Reporter published an article claiming the actress had since been axed.
The report alleged the movie's plot would now shift its focus to The Huntsman, played by Chris Hemsworth, with Charlize Theron reprising her role as the Evil Queen.
However, a Universal representative spoke out on Wednesday (15Aug12) to clear up the rumours, insisting studio executives have yet to make an official decision on the direction of the next storyline.
The spokesperson tells UsMagazine.com, "We are exploring options to continue the franchise and no decisions have been made."
Foster aired her thoughts on the cheating scandal surrounding the Twilight star in a lengthy commentary for news website TheDailyBeast.com on Wednesday (15Aug12), blasting the media for constantly hounding Stewart as she tries to deal with the public fall-out from her "indiscretion" with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.
The Oscar winner, a former child star herself, sympathised with Stewart's personal troubles, writing, "There’s no guilt in acknowledging the human interest in public linens. It’s as old as the hills. Lift up beautiful young people like gods and then pull them down to earth to gaze at their seams. See, they’re just like us. But we seldom consider the childhoods we unknowingly destroy in the process."
Foster also urged Stewart to stay strong, ignore the media storm and battle through her problems to rebuild her career - and the 49 year old's words of advice have won the movie veteran praise from the likes of Lowe and Glee creator Murphy.
Taking to his Twitter.com page, Lowe writes, "Love to see Jodie Foster trending (a hot topic on Twitter). She is what all actors should aspire to be. Talented. Low-key. Smart. Loyal."
Murphy brands her essay "amazing" and urges fans to check it out, while former One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush tweets, "Jodie Foster has some great things to say about young Hollywood & ridiculous KS (Kristen Stewart) gossip. What an inspiring woman."
Stewart's revelation last month (Jul12) appears to have ended her three-year romance with British actor Robert Pattinson.
The Twilight star stunned Hollywood last month (Jul12) after admitting to an "indiscretion" with married director Rupert Sanders.
The revelation has turned her into a target for bitter fans and members of the press alike, who have dubbed her a "trampire" for betraying her boyfriend Robert Pattinson.
Foster, a former child star herself, sympathises with Stewart, who played her daughter in Panic Room, and insists she should not have to deal with the intrusive media.
In a lengthy article posted on news website TheDailyBeast.com, Foster recalls the moment she met a happy, sociable 11-year-old Stewart on the set of 2002 film Panic Room, admitting, "I grew to love that kid."
And she fears the stresses and strains of life in the spotlight have taken their toll on the actress.
Foster adds, "A beautiful young woman strides down the sidewalk alone, head down, hands drawn into fists. She's walking fast, darting around huge men with black cameras thrusting at her mouth and chest. 'Kristen, how do you feel?' 'Smile Kris!' 'Hey, hey, did you get her?' 'I got her. I got her!' The young woman doesn't cry. F**k no. She doesn't look up. She's learned. She keeps her head down, her shades on, fists in her pockets. Don't speak. Don't look. Don't cry."
Wrapping up her commentary piece, the Hollywood veteran urges Stewart to fight through the tough times - because surviving a media storm and coming back stronger is the best way to overcome adversity.
She continues, "Eventually this all passes. The public horrors of today eventually blow away. And yes, you are changed by the awful wake of reckoning they leave behind. You trust less. You calculate your steps. You survive.
"Hopefully in the process you don't lose your ability to throw your arms in the air again and spin in wild abandon. That is the ultimate F.U. and - finally - the most beautiful survival tool of all. Don't let them take that away from you."
The British hunk was left heartbroken last month (Jul12) when his Twilight co-star and girlfriend Kristen Stewart confessed to an "indiscretion" with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.
The revelation appears to have ended the young couple's three-year romance, but Pattinson refused to let the heartache interfere with his promotional duties and on Monday (13Aug12) he appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, accepting a pint of ice cream from the host in order to drown his sorrows.
On Wednesday, Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos copied Stewart's tactic and tried to butter up the 26 year old with a box of his favourite cereal, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, before turning to the scandal.
He said, "I've got to get the elephant in the room out of the way, everybody wants to know how are you doing and what do you want your fans to know about what's going on in your personal life?"
But Pattinson refused to bite, telling Stephanopoulos, "I'd like my fans to know that Cinnamon Toast Crunch only has 30 calories a bowl... I don't know, pretty much everything that comes out of my mouth is irrelevant."
When the journalist continued to press the issue, the actor again dodged the subject and redirected the conversation to his new movie Cosmopolis.
He added, "You go into it (showbusiness) to do movies, I've never been interested in trying to sell my personal life, and that's really the only reason people bring it up. The reason you go on TV is to promote movies."
The British actor found himself in the headlines last month (Jul12) when his Twilight co-star and girlfriend Kristen Stewart confessed to an "indiscretion" with married director Rupert Sanders behind Pattinson's back.
The revelation appears to have ended the young couple's three-year romance, but Pattinson is refusing to let the personal heartache interfere with his promotional duties for his new film Cosmopolis, and has sat down for interviews as scheduled this week (begs13Aug12).
During a chat with U.S. network HLN's Showbiz Tonight, which aired on Tuesday night (14Aug12), the actor admitted he tries to take no notice of stories written about him.
Pattinson says, "Since the first Twilight, you enter this kind of realm where... you get stuff reported about you, and it's weird.
"You start having a total disassociation. I don't talk about that (personal life), loads of people just make it up anyway - it doesn't make any difference."
The British actor hit headlines last month (Jul12) when his Twilight co-star and girlfriend Kristen Stewart confessed to an "indiscretion" with married director Rupert Sanders behind Pattinson's back.
The news sparked an outpouring of emotion from fans of the hit movie franchise, and Pattinson has now revealed he is happy to have their support.
He tells America's Time magazine, "I guess if people think they're worried about you, it's sweet. It's kind of odd... But at the same time, the world is a pretty cruel place, so whatever inspires people to suddenly feel this kindness, hopefully they'll look at themselves and they'll look at their own lives and realise, 'I have the ability to - to empathise with people!... Hey, I've learned something!'"
Robert Pattinson is trying hard to make the tour and promote his new movie Cosmopolis, but it seems like everywhere he goes, all people want to chat about with him is the "big elephant in the room," his girlfriend Kristen Stewart's affair with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. Pattinson gave his first post-scandal interview to Jon Stewart on The Daily Show Monday night. But over a bowl of ice cream, the only thing that Pattinson would relay is that he needs a publicist. And on Wednesday, Pattinson stopped by Good Morning America, where he again tried his best to avoid answering any personal questions.
Good Morning America tried to break the ice by offering Pattinson some cereal, but that didn't really work. When asked how he is doing and what he wants his fans to know, Pattinson made a comical reply. "I like my fans to know that Cinnamon Toast Crunch only has 30 calories a bowl in it," he jokingly said. "Pretty much everything that comes out of my mouth is irrelevant."
Pattinson continued to explain that he handles the "craziness" by trying not to talk too much about it. "It's a completely different thing," he said. "You get into it to do movies. I've never been interested in trying to sell my personal life. That's really the only reason people bring it up. The reason you go on TV is to promote movies. That's kind of the only way to do it."
Pattinson also did admit that after all these years in the spotlight, he's still not used to it. "I think if you start getting used to it, it means you've gone crazy," he said. "It's nice, [but] it's like being on the craziest theme-park ride. It's totally exciting, but eventually at some point you got to have a break."
And once the awkwardness was out of the way, Pattinson was finally able to discuss his new movie, Cosmopolis, in which he plays 28-year-old billionaire Eric Packer. Pattinson's character is someone who wants to hold all the cards, but at the same time, is losing control. The reason Pattinson was drawn to this role in the first place? "I've always found this connection with finding it difficult to live in the present," he said. "It's funny, it exacerbates it being an actor because you actually have to focus on it trying to exist in a contemporary way. I always feel like I was kind of living in the future. That's a lot of what Eric Packer's problem is: It feels like he is living in the future and he's not really being able to totally feel. It's a lot of similarities with an actor's life."
Cosmopolis hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Aug. 17.
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UPDATE: An official statement from Universal Co-Chairman Donna Langley denies any rumors that Stewart has been dropped from the sequel, explaining: "We are extremely proud of Snow White And The Huntsman and we’re currently exploring all options to continue the franchise. Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false."
PREVIOUSLY: The folks over at The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that the rumors of the past few months are true: a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel is in the works, but perhaps not with the main star (Kristen Stewart) on board. We reported on this news earlier in the year, but THR believes that the executives in charge are ready to act.
According to THR, it seems that Universal's alleged plan is to shelf the Snow White sequel and instead focus on a movie about Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman character instead. If the plan moves forward, Stewart will allegedly not be invited to return. But, a conflicting report by the Los Angeles Times says that Stewart's character could still be incorporated in the movie.
And THR also says that Stewart isn't the only one being released from the project, though. David Koepp, the confirmed screenwriter for the sequel, is also reportedly leaving the film, as its current iteration is something other than what he was hired to write. It is expected, however, that director-slash-Stewart-romancer Rupert Sanders is still set to direct.
While the timing is somewhat suspect, it is said that the recent hullabaloo surrounding the affair between Stewart and Sanders that broke up Stewart's relationship with longtime boyfriend Robert Pattinson, had no effect on the decision. Though the current vitriol surrounding Stewart thanks to protective Twilight fans probably doesn't help matters, either. A public reunion between the director and actor will have to be put on ice for now.
According to THR, a Universal rep is quoted as saying only that "the studio is currently exploring options to continue the franchise." Hollywood.com has reached out for comment, but did not hear back at the time of publication.
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Robert Pattinson and Jon Stewart Bond Over Ice Cream
The British hunk was left heartbroken last month (Jul12) when his Twilight co-star and girlfriend Stewart confessed to an "indiscretion" with married director Rupert Sanders behind Pattinson's back.
The revelation appears to have ended the young couple's three-year romance, but Pattinson refused to let the personal heartache interfere with his promotional duties for his new film Cosmopolis, and he sat down for his first TV appearance on Monday (13Aug12) on America's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
The host greeted the actor with two tubs of Ben & Jerry's ice cream and they dug into the sweet treats as Stewart indirectly addressed the hot topic on everyone's lips by asking Pattinson how he was doing.
Shifting in his seat, Pattinson admitted he was a little unprepared for the inevitably "awkward" chat, saying, "This is the weird thing about these interviews... My biggest problem in life is I'm cheap and I haven't hired a publicist and normally these awkward interviews are scripted... I'm gonna hire a publicist."
Pattinson continued to dig into his dessert and the sugar seemed to lift his spirits, telling Stewart: "This is a great idea, I feel amazing."
Comedian Stewart then proceeded to share a few observations about fans' reactions to the star's personal turmoil and express his hopes for Pattinson.
He said, "The last time I had a bad break up, Ben & Jerry got me through some of the tougher times so I thought you and I could bond over this (ice cream) and talk about, 'Boy, you are better off, kick her to the curb!'"
Getting serious, Stewart added, "When you are young and you break up, it is powerful and feels like the world is ending. This is the first time I have seen the world actually act that way. It's insanity. Here is my wish for you - that you get to handle your business in private in your personal life and I wish you all the best."
The Daily Show appearance aired hours after Pattinson faced the public and the media and walked the red carpet at the New York premiere of Cosmopolis.
As he signed autographs for the crowd, Pattinson avoided talking about the issue and simply told fans, "Thank you, guys, for being here."
However, the film's director David Cronenberg did address the headline-grabbing story, insisting the actor's personal issues won't have a negative effect on the movie, telling the New York Daily News, "(The Kristen Stewart scandal) doesn’t touch me and it doesn't touch the film."
The actor went into hiding shortly after his longtime girlfriend Kristen Stewart issued a public apology for cheating on him with married director Rupert Sanders.
He will return to the spotlight on Monday night (13Aug12) when he appears on U.S. funnyman Jon Stewart's The Daily Show and he has a number of appearances scheduled to promote his new film Cosmopolis.
Among them is a trip to Wall Street on Tuesday (14Aug12), where he has been invited to kick start the financial day for brokers and traders.
Pattinson will join Cosmopolis director David Cronenberg on the floor of the historic NYSE to ring the bell.
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