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'On the Road' one sheet: How do you sell the Beat Generation? -- EXCLUSIVE

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is such a seminal, sui generis work of Beat Generation fiction that it’s taken 55 years since its publication for a feature film adaptation to make its way to movie theaters. Everyone who’s read the book has an idea of how the story of two friends on a meandering road trip across America should look. Perhaps the biggest challenge facing director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) was distilling all those disparate ideas into a single, unified feature film.

Then comes an even trickier question: How do you sell it? The Beats weren’t exactly known for being commercially oriented artists, but when you have a film featuring stars like Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, and Kirsten Dunst, you kinda want to have them on your movie poster. How do you do that without making it seem like a crass play to boost your box office?

The design team at Percival & Associates have come up with an elegant solution in the final one sheet for the film, and EW has an exclusive first look. Check it out below (click the image to embiggen):  READ FULL STORY

Toronto Film Fest: 'On the Road' cast, crew celebrate at after-party (sans Kristen Stewart), despite premiere delays

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Oh the trials and tribulations of technology, not to mention film projectors.

The highly anticipated Toronto International Film Festival premiere Thursday of beat drama On the Road, starring Kristen Stewart and based on Jack Kerouac’s stream-of-consciousness road novel, started off to a rocky start, but bounced back, all cylinders running.

Director Walter Salles confirmed to EW.com at a late-night after-party for the film, at the new Toronto bar-restaurant Patria, that projector and other tech issues following Jason Reitman’s live-read of American Beauty at TIFF venue the Ryerson Theatre led to the premiere of On the Road, scheduled after at the same venue, being delayed an hour.

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Cannes 2012 preview: Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, and Kristen Stewart bring Hollywood glitz to the French Riviera -- VIDEO

Since its inception in 1947, the Cannes Film Festival has been the ne plus ultra of international cinema, but rarely has the festival featured quite so many American filmmakers and Hollywood movie stars. The 2012 Cannes festival gets underway on Wednesday with the opening film, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, and over the course of the subsequent 11 days, the festival will premiere films starring (deep breath) Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, Zac Efron, Shia LaBeouf, Robert Pattinson, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hardy, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, and Matthew McConaughey (in two movies!), with filmmakers like Anderson, Lee Daniels, and John Hillcoat screening their films in competition for the first time. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and the HBO TV movie Hemingway & Gellhorn are both premiering out of competition.

EW’s Owen Gleiberman will be detailing all his thoughts on the great and not so great at Cannes, but here’s a quick primer on what’s likely to light up the famed Croisette, in chronological order of their big premieres inside the cavernous Grand Théâtre Lumière.  READ FULL STORY

Cannes Festival announces 2012 line-up

Cannes announced its complete line-up for the 2012 festival. As previously reported, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom will open the festival, which runs from May 16-27. Other films in contention for the prestigious Palme d’Or include David Cronenberg’s ultra-violent Cosmopolis, Brad Pitt’s upcoming Killing Them Softly, Lee Daniels’ Precious follow-up The Paperboy, John Hillcoat’s Lawless, Eva Mendes starrer Holy Motors, and films from Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach, Michael Haneke, Alain Resnais, and Walter Salles.

Highlights beyond the Palme d’Or race include Sundance favorite Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ken Burns doc The Central Park Five, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman starrer Hemingway & Gellhorn, and films from Bernardo Bertolucci and Dario Argento. Claude Miller’s non-competing Thérèse Desqueyroux will close the ceremonies. Click through for the full list. READ FULL STORY

Jack Kerouac, meet Kristen Stewart: 'On the Road' movie debuts trailer

“The only people that interest me are the mad ones.”

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road became an iconic novel to a restless group of young and disenfranchised when it was published in 1957, and close to half a century passed before it became a movie. Maybe it was a mad idea to try.

Kerouac himself wanted Marlon Brando to star in a film, though that was never to happen. Much later, Francis Ford Coppola bought the rights in 1979, but struggled for years to come up with a script. Attempts to get everyone from Brad Pitt to Billy Crudup to star led only to false starts.

It may seem a strange thing, the Beat Generation mixing with the Twilight generation, but without Kristen Stewart signing on to co-star as the teenage bride Marylou, this version of the story directed by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) may not have happened either.

See the trailer below … READ FULL STORY

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