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Found @ LPL: The Runaways! Smash the tabloid trash: Solidarity with Kristen Stewart

- August 10th, 2012

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Courtesy of superhappyfuntimeblog.blogspot.com

The ways of pop culture are a mystery to JBNBlog . . . who knows why Twilight has conquered the movie world? . . . but but but the double standard is something JBNBlog has always tried to fight. Or realize later when it should have been fought.

So here is a post meant originally as belated praise for The Runaways, a fine film with an excellent performance by this post’s hero, fine young actor Kristen Stewart. You can find The Runaways on DVD at the blessed London Public Library. That praise is now a statement of solidarity with Kristen Stewart. As you can see from an ever-reliable Reuters account here, Stewart has apologized for having (called a “fling” by the news service) with the director of a movie she was making thereby cheating on her on-screen, off-screen dimlight love who is called Edward or Rob or something. Her words do not sound like spin to me . . . it’s possible JBNBlog has been overly impressed by the tough, art-first persona Kristen Stewart offered in a recent Vanity Fair profile.

Still. Kristen Stewart hardly needs me to say it . . . but but but aren’t countless young male stars — most of them nowhere near her class as an actor/screen force — cheerfully given a pass or a knowing smirk or an envious nod for similar behaviour or worse by the tabloid trash.

The fan disapproval directed at Stewart, if it is actually happening, is depressing. Where is the love, the understanding or the simple oh well isn’t that what stars have always done, as thoughtless or crazed or pleasure-seeking as it might be?

My introduction to Stewart the serious actor was The Runaways . . . & its commentary track where you get to hear rock & roll superstar Joan Jett and Stewart (who plays Jett) swear a bunch as they chat about the movie & rawk etc. Dakota Fanning who plays Cherie Currie (a conceptual Mick to Stewart’s intense, angry Keef) joins in the commentary, too. There is a funny moment when Jett recalls the pre-glory days when another band’s entourage/roadies — she remembers it as Rush — put sheets of paper on stage at a club somewhere. Innocent enough as a gesture. Guaranteed, however, to have the platform-wearing Runaways sliding around as if it were ice up there.

There is some Reuters background on the movie here a bit later.

While the movie doesn’t belabour the point (hmm . . . maybe JBNBlog could learn from such an approach), The Runaways as a band were victims of a double standard, too. Sure, they were young & noisy & rawked as hard as they could & they had a manipulative man trying to make them stars. So? Isn’t that what the lads do, most of them? The rawk itself stands up 35 years later as a listen to a cassette of The Runaways Live in Japan has confirmed. Plus director & writer Floria Sigismondi gives Fanning as Currie a terrific scene when she finally rejects the odious manager, who had seen her Bowie-miming teen self as a pliable star in the making.

Which finally gets around to JBNBlog’s own moment of self-recognition in the double standard department as it applied to rawkin young women. Wasn’t there once a #ldnont band of young women rejected by The Free Press (ie. me in my day job) because they couldn’t play, they were just surface, they were pretending etc. For the usual prizes, name that Byronic band . . . a long-running, London Music Hall of Fame outfit who are true rawkers enough to let bygones be bygones.

In that spirit, solidarity with never-run-away Kristen Stewart. Keep acting & making the good movies.

Here is a Reuters story for background on the “fling.”

BC-PEOPLE-KRISTENSTEWART/APOLOGY (TV) Kristen Stewart, Rupert Sanders apologize for affair LOS ANGELES, July 25 (Reuters) – Actress Kristen Stewart apologized to long-term boyfriend and “Twilight” co-star Robert Pattinson on Wednesday for a recent fling in which she was photographed kissing and embracing the director of her most recent movie, Rupert Sanders. The 41-year-old director of Stewart’s film, “Snow White and the Huntsman,” also issued a statement on Wednesday saying he was “utterly distraught” over the pain he has caused to his wife and children following his indiscretion with the 22-year-old actress that made headlines around the world. “I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I’ve caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry,” Stewart said in a statement to People magazine. A fling between a Hollywood star and her director is nothing new in showbiz, but this one gained widespread attention because of the high-profile people involved. Stewart, 22, and Pattinson, 26, portray the vampire-human couple of the “Twilight” series of blockbuster romance movies who are deeply in love in the films. The pair’s on-screen romance transferred to their real lives, and they confirmed they were dating in 2010. But they have tried to remain discreet in public and don’t often discuss their relationship. Given their past, Stewart’s romantic liaisons with director Sanders, which was reported with photos on celebrity news outlets including People and Us Weekly, surprised celebrity watchers and put the trio in a publicly awkward situation. “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. I am praying that we can get through this together,” Sanders said in a statement to Reuters. British director Sanders is married to model and actress Liberty Ross, 33, with whom he has two children. In a twist befitting of a good Hollywood drama, Ross portrayed the mother to Stewart’s Snow White in the “Huntsman” tale. Representatives for Stewart and Pattinson did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment. Most recently, Pattinson and Stewart were together promoting the upcoming final “Twilight” film, “Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” at San Diego’s Comic-Con earlier this month. Universal Pictures announced in June that they were moving forward with a sequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman,” but did not confirm whether Sanders would helm the film. Stewart is expected to reprise her role, but is not confirmed. REUTERS

. . . & here is Reuters on the movie. In the DVD commentary, Joan Jett mentions financial woes & restrictions during its shoot. Now, that is an executive producer who cares about art.

Joan Jett is enthusiastic about The Runaways, the upcoming film based on the maligned but influential all-female rock band that she co-founded and led from 1975-79.
The movie, which is partly based on Runaways singer Cherie Currie’s 1989 memoir, Neon Angel, stars Twilight star Kristen Stewart as Jett, Dakota Fanning as Currie and Michael Shannon as the group’s original producer, Kim Fowley. It was directed by Floria Sigismondi, and its release is planned for 2010.
“It was very surreal and hard, to put a word on (it),” Jett, who executive produced the film and was on hand for the filming, told Billboard.com. “If anything, it definitely made me smile. It reinforces my love for the band and the fact I think it was an extremely important band, regardless of our level of success in America. It just reinforces my love of the whole time and of the band and what we did and how it was implausible and improbable at the same time.”
NOT ‘FACT-FOR-FACT’
Jett hastened to explain that The Runaways is “absolutely not a biopic. It’s not fact-for-fact. What they did was basically take elements from the Runaways story and created a parallel narrative.”
Jett and Currie each coached their cinematic counterparts during the filming, and Jett was particularly impressed by Stewart, who came to the set almost immediately after wrapping the second Twilight film, New Moon.

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  1. Panama says:

    The film also includes ” Lady Grinning Soul ” by David Bowie, “Fujiyama Mama” by Wanda Jackson , ” Do You Wanna Touch Me ” by Gary Glitter , “Gimme Danger” by Iggy & The Stooges , “Vincent” by Don McLean , ” I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll “, ” Bad Reputation ” and “I Want You” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts .

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