Before TWILIGHT

MTV’s “Inside Movies” blog tells Twilight fans to mark their calendars for the release of Bel Ami, a “sexy period piece” starring Twilight heart throb Robert Pattinson on June 8th (ahead of Breaking Dawn, the final movie of the series, which opens in Nov). Based on a novel by Guy de Maupassant, Pattison plays a young social climber who seduces, blackmails & charms his way to the top in 19th century Paris. The film also stars Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci.

The movie premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Reviews have not been strong (Rotten Tomatoes gives it a rating of just 45%). The Times of London said,

A cornucopia of cleavages and lingering close-ups of Robert Pattinson’s trouser department. For some readers, that may be a strong recommendation. Others may find this version of Guy de Maupassant’s 19th-century novel unintentionally hilarious.

The Twilight stars are sticking with literary adaptations. Pattison stars in the forthcoming Cosmopolis, based on the book book by Don DeLillo. Kristen Stewart (Bella) appears next in Snow White and the Huntsman (June 1), and On the Road, based on the book by Jack Kerouac (no date set).

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Bel Ami (Vintage Classics)
Guy De Maupassant
Retail Price: $14.00
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: RH/Vintage – (2010-10-05)
ISBN / EAN: 0307740889 / 9780307740885

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