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Well This is Awkward: 'Twilight' Drama Takes the Lead in EW's Fall Movie Preview; Stewart Out of 'Cali'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 9, 2012 at 2:48PM

No surprise here; EW features a cuddly Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson on their Fall Movie Preview issue. "For better or worse," writes EW, "Stewart and Pattinson and their much speculated-upon romance have always been intertwined with the onscreen relationship of their fictional counterparts, Bella and Edward." Director Bill Condon reminds readers: "The fact is, these are actors playing parts. Maybe it’s not such a bad thing for people to be reminded of that.” Either way, "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" (November 16) and EW will continue to sell plenty of tickets and issues that capitalize on the actors' private lives. 'Twas ever thus. Variety confirms web chatter that Stewart has dropped out of "Cali," in which she was previously set to star alongside "Magic Mike"'s Alex Pettyfer. Talks of a replacement are premature.

Ben Affleck's 'Argo'
Ben Affleck's 'Argo'
Ben Affleck on "Argo": “It was one of those rare instances where a good script falls out of the sky and lands in your lap. The big part of the whole thing is, Can you believe this really happened?” (October 12)

Ang Lee on shooting "Life of Pi": "We don't have big stars. All we have is difficulty: water, kids, animals, and 3-D,” says Lee. “Everything you should avoid in the movie business, it's all put together." (November 21)

Jennifer Lawrence on shooting "Silver Linings Playbook": “I wasn’t running up and down mountains on this, so it actually did feel like kind of a vacation. Like, wait, I just have to talk to this person? I don’t have to shoot them with a bow and arrow?” (November 21)

Tom Hooper on making his actors sing live for each take in "Les Misérables": “It utterly transforms the experience of what a musical is like on film,..When it’s live, the actors can actually think the songs.” (December 14)

Jamie Foxx on "Django Unchained" director Quentin Tarantino: “Quentin’s totally hip-hop. He’s able to, on a dime and off the top of his head, create. He’s freestyling,..At one point he reworked the entire ending. He went back to his house and came back hours later, and it was better than it was in the first place.” (December 25)

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.