It’s been a tough week for Kristen Stewart fans. The 22-year-old has been under a lot of stress and pressure since the release of her sci-fi thriller, On the Ice, last Friday. First, there was the strange media frenzy surrounding her recent split from Robert Pattinson. Then, she was caught in the crossfire of a war between her and Taylor Lautner. And finally, she had to deal with unruly fans at her premiere and CNET’s Steve O’Hearne’s “worst movie rating ever.”
Now, it seems like things are finally calming down. After spending more than a week in seclusion, Stewart went on a beach vacation with friends in Thailand. She reportedly spent some time with her favourite Buddhist monks, and even had her palms read by a mystic. According to reports, she also got some peace and quiet on her Instagram, posting regular updates on her travels and new swimsuits. She also made a subtle comeback on Saturday night, posting a beautiful black and white pic of herself with a dog in Paris.
Robert Pattinson Is The Real Deal
Despite all the drama, it’s a safe bet that Stewart’s biggest fans will still be supporting her. After all, she is still very much in love with her Twilight co-star, and has been with him ever since they were teens. In fact, Stewart and Pattinson are more likely to be found together than apart. They’ve been inseparable since they started working together in 2006’s Sex and the City. And when their Twilight co-stars began to complain about their on-set romance, the pair reportedly responded with a laugh, “We’re just friends.”
So, it seems like the on-set romance between Stewart and Pattinson was just a part of the show. While some fans may be disappointed by the lack of fireworks, it’s probably for the best. In the same way Stewart’s iconic friendship with actress Sarah Jessica Parker helped launch her acting career, Pattinson’s professionalism and steadiness helped launch his. Even though their on-screen chemistry was fiery and passionate, in real life, they were both very much in love with each other and dedicated to their careers.
Taylor Lautner’s Bad Week
While On the Ice didn’t do well at the box office, it’s done better than Taylor Lautner’s other two films that opened in the U.S. between April 4 and 6. Not only did it open in first place, but it also stayed in the top 10 for several weeks. With its $75 million worldwide haul, it’s one of the highest-grossing independent films of the year so far. And it’s not hard to see why. Starring alongside Stewart, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Zahn, the film sees the three famous ladies navigating the complexities of dating in today’s world.
Speaking of dating in today’s world, Stewart was once again in the headlines this week when it was reported that she and her friends hooked up with some of the Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors at a New York City nightclub. According to a source quoted by gossip website TMZ, the actress “went wild” and “started making out with just about everyone.” The site added that Stewart even made out with a stranger at the behest of her friends. While some reports state that Stewart was acting drunk and inattentive, her representatives denied the allegations and said that the star was “just having a lot of fun.”
The Fans’ War
In the past week, Stewart has seen one of the weirdest meltdowns in Twitter history. For whatever reason, a group of fans have decided to go after Stewart, and they have been doing everything in their power to make her life a living hell. For the first few days of the meltdown, Stewart’s account was inaccessible to the public, and instead her followers were treated to a stream of abusive messages and death threats. When the frenzy finally died down, fans were able to get a glimpse of Stewart’s feed once again. However, that was only a temporary reprieve. It seems that the onslaught of hateful comments has only gotten worse. In the last 24 hours, Stewart’s account has been set to private once more, and fans are now being blocked from seeing her tweets altogether.
So, why all this hatred? It seems like the fans are taking issue with a number of things. First of all, they don’t like the idea of Stewart being with another man. Second, they don’t like her new film. Finally, they are irked by the fact that Stewart spends so much time away from home, whether it be filming in Europe or doing press rounds in Los Angeles. Many of the abuse and threats come from Overseas, England, Scotland and Ireland, and it seems like a war is raging between the fans from those regions and Stewart’s legions of American supporters. For now, at least, it looks like the beef is mostly being contained to the tweets. No real harm seems to come to Stewart as a result of the cyberbullying, and in fact, it probably helps her career.
On The Ice Isn’t For Everyone
While On the Ice has done well at the box office, it’s probably not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. The film is based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and while it’s a bit more contemporary in terms of the era it depicts, it still feels very much like a period piece. That being said, it’s a beautiful story about a fiercely independent woman who defies her traditional female role and bucks the trend of what a woman is supposed to be in the modern world. It also has one of the best final shots in movie history. Director Jennifer Kaytiniotis has admitted that she and co-writer Brian Taylor made numerous tweaks to the ending in order to make it feel more contemporary. It’s also worth noting that Stewart’s performance is nothing short of fantastic. It’s one of the best of the year, and it’s definitely worth seeing.
The Movie’s Director Has Some Love For The “On The Ice” Story
While Scott Fitzgerlad’s On the Ice may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s a safe bet that its director has heard from quite a few people who liked it. Last year, Jennifer Kaytiniotis made the leap from television to film, coming from a background in production and having never actually directed a feature film before. Even though she had never directed a feature film before, she went on to make a splash with her first effort. After getting rave reviews at last year’s Toronto Film Festival (TIFF), the film was picked up by Roadside Attractions, which subsequently opened up theatrical distribution in the U.S. On the Ice is now playing in cinemas across the country.
Speaking of Canada, it was reported on Wednesday that On the Ice has become the highest-grossing Canadian film of all time. While we await official figures, it has already earned over $4.7 million dollars at the box office in Canada, surpassing the previous record-holder for the top spot, Michael Malone’s 2009 film Bad Boy.
Steven O’Hearne’s “Worst Movie” Rating Is Just A Rumour
The news website TMZ is usually highly reliable when it comes to celebrity gossip, so when they reported this week that On the Ice was CNET’s “Worst Movie of 2017” it came as no great surprise. The review, which cited “terrible acting, laughable dialogue, and unbelievable plot twists,” didn’t sound all that nice. However, while the review was accurate, it was probably more inflammatory than most people would care for. After all, CNET is one of the most popular news websites in the U.S., so it’s bound to attract some attention.
Speaking of attention and controversy, On the Ice is already creating headlines stateside. Last week, the Washington Post reported on some angry fans who traveled from England to Scotland to protest outside Stewart’s hotel. They were carrying British flags and signs with slogans like “Screw You, Kristen” and “Love Kills.” While it’s not yet clear what triggered the outrage, it’s safe to assume that the media frenzy surrounding Stewart’s personal life is also responsible for the backlash. However, the majority of the abuse and threats came from fans in Ireland and England, so it seems like a war between the American and European audiences is brewing as well.