Rumors of a romance between Twilight actor Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have been making headlines since last year. And it isn’t the first time they’ve been linked together. In fact, they’re so cosy with each other that they’re often photographed together at premieres and other glamorous events. But is there more to their bond than meets the eye?
A History Of Romance
It’s long been established that these two are friends first and foremost, so why are they still constantly linked together in the press?
While the media frenzy surrounding their dating rumors is somewhat of a mystery, it’s interesting to look back at their history of romance.
Stewart previously dated movie legend Marlon Brando from 2002 to 2004. She was also linked to actors Charlie Hunnam and Tom Hardy during recent years. Interestingly, she’s never been married and has no children. So, if the rumors of her being tied down are to be believed, she seems to be a bit of a free spirit.
A New Romance?
With all these women infatuated with Pattinson and all these years in the spotlight, it’s no surprise that he’d found love again. Indeed, in October 2016, he admitted that he’d “fallen in love with [his] life” since breaking up with Stewart in 2014. He added, “It’s changed everything.”
Although he’s never revealed how they met, Stewart has spoken openly about their bond. When asked by Vogue if she’d consider dating the actor, she replied, “I don’t see why not. I think everyone deserves to be happy. And I think it’s very important to go for what you want.”
In December 2016, Vanity Fair published an article which detailed how Stewart and Pattinson first met. According to the story, it was through a mutual acquaintance that the two were introduced to one another. The introduction took place in 2013 at the Comedy Store in Hollywood. Afterward, they went for drinks and continued their conversation. Two years later, they were dating and had even started production on a television pilot together.
It’s been established that Stewart and Pattinson are good friends who share a mutual respect for one another. But what happens when two friends start dating? Do they still see each other as friends first and foremost? Or does romantic feelings come into play?
These are some of the questions which romantic comedy seeks to answer. And it does so successfully, even if the laughs come from trying rather than from the drama. For instance, romantic comedy has made a comeback in recent years with films like 50 Shades of Grey, How to Be Single, and What Men Want. All three of these movies are based on bestselling novels by English novelist E.L. James. They’re all set in the glamorous world of romance. And they all feature famous movie stars in prominent roles.
It’s no surprise that James’s books are so popular since she’s penned a genre which has been dominated by female readers. According to a 2015 report from the Literary Partnership, 72% of fiction readership is attributed to female readers. And it’s a trend which is expected to continue in the coming years. Indeed, according to the same report, the most popular genres among women are:
- Science Fiction
The fact that these are all female-dominated genres is perhaps why so many of James’s stories revolve around strong female characters. Whether it’s her iconic heroine, Lady Anastasia Steele, or the many stepchildren which she’s created throughout her novels, James’s female characters are often independent and intelligent. They aren’t simply there to serve their men (or boys, for that matter).
A ‘Golden Globe’ For Stewart?
It seems incredible that it’s taken so long for Stewart and Pattinson to publicly confirm their relationship. But as we’ve established, they’ve been photographed together at premieres and other glamorous events for years. So, it shouldn’t come as a great surprise that they’ve been linked together in the press for so long. Especially since their connection is now being validated by the very people who recognize them: their fans!
On Monday, January 15, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce the nominees for 2019’s Golden Globe Awards. One of the nominees is expected to be Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s latest film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. The film is up for the Best Motion Picture – Drama award against stiff competition from films like Joker, Marriage Story, and The Irishman. If Once Upon A Time In Hollywood wins, it will mark Stewart’s first Golden Globe Award win.
Is This Hollywood’s Finest Hour?
Even diehard fans of Sunset Strip may be surprised by how well this year’s crop of films stands up against the pack. There are genuinely some amazing movies competing for the year’s biggest Oscar, and the world is certainly hoping that they all win. So, it seems like a good time to examine just how great this year’s Hollywood movies really are.
If you’re unfamiliar, the Golden Globes are an annual awards show which honors the best in Hollywood. Past winners of the Best Actor award include Tom Hanks, Gary Oldman, and Colin Firth. Previous winners of the Best Actress award include Judi Dench, Reese Witherspoon, and Kate Winslet. It’s become an increasingly prominent event since it was first held in 1953.
Why Do Movies Inspired By Books End Up Being So Much More Than Just A Rehash Of The Original Story?
While many big-budget Hollywood films are based on books or graphic novels, the difference in quality is noticeable. For example, the movie adaptation of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch will be released later this year. But it’s already been a year since the last volume of Tartt’s widely acclaimed novel was published. So, it’s safe to say that a lot of the movie’s content is already dated. Despite this, the film will be released in a few days’ time.
If you’ve never read Tartt’s work, now would be a good time to remedy that. The Goldfinch is told in the form of a series of letters which are exchanged between the titular character and a friend. The novel explores themes of trust, longing, and revenge. But despite the graphic nature of the novel, Tartt has said that the movie is “absolutely faithful” to her novel.
New Books Inspired By Old Films
It’s interesting how some of this year’s biggest films were originally based on different books. For example, the movie adaptation of Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird is based on Don DeLillo’s novel White Tornado. Similarly, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story is a retelling of the 1999 Sophia Coppola film of the same name. It’ll premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival before its U.S. debut in theaters in September 2019.
While the original source material for these films is nothing less than superb, it’s clear that they were a distinct departure from the books. The same can be said for Joe Wright’s adaptation of Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. The film is based on the alien abduction story which appears in Peter Andersons’s Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing. But aside from the fact that the film adaptation is less than half the length of the original book, it feels like an entirely different story.
Darker, Edgier Films
It’s been well-established that 2020 is going to be the Affective Disorders Awareness Year. And it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that many of this year’s biggest films are dealing with some serious subject matter. From the dark underbelly of society to mental illness, these are all touchy subjects which Hollywood doesn’t always choose to tackle. But they’ve decided to do so in 2019.
It’s not just the bigger budgets which make these films stand out either. Thanks to the phenomenal work of directors such as Richard Loncraine and Taika Waititi, as well as actors like Martin Scorsese and Ridley Scott, these are some of the most impressive films ever made. Scott’s upcoming The Old Man Who Dances tells the story of a group of Renaissance men who form a circle of friendship and share their passion for life and love for women. It’s an AIDS era drama set in New York City in the 1960s.