The last ‘Twilight’ and other big fall movies
By Cindy Pearlman September 5, 2012 3:14PM
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart star in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2."
Updated: October 9, 2012 2:12PM
It’s twilight for one of moviedom’s biggest couples.
They’re over. They’re out. They’re kaput.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart? Maybe, but we’re talking about their characters, Edward Cullen and his red-eyed, bloodthirsty missus, Bella Swan-Cullen.
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” debuting in November, shuts the lights on one of the biggest film franchises of all time.
There is a movie. Remember that?
“In many ways, it makes me sad,” Pattinson tells Sun-Times Media about the on-screen love fading to black.
“It really is the end of an era, but we go out strong and I know the fans are going to be pleased.”
It’s the time of year on the big screen when movies get extremely personal, with drama almost as intense as their stars’ real-life turmoil.
There are teachers up in arms, a country at stake if a certain Illinois president doesn’t fix it and even poor Anna Karenina struggling to choose between two men. Wait, we’ve come full circle.
It’s also a time when stars and directors start flirting with a little gold guy named Oscar.
Without any further ado, here are the 14 movies to fall for this season.
‘ARBITRAGE’ (Sept. 14)
STARRING: Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon. Directed by Nicholas Jarecki.
PARTICULARS: Gere is a billionaire business shark having a really bad run.
His company isn’t selling, he owes money everywhere and he just killed his mistress in a horrific car crash.
His wife (Sarandon) doesn’t appreciate any of the above.
FALL FOR IT BECAUSE: As Sarandon said, “You feel for this guy because it’s Richard, but hate what he has become at the same time.”
‘END OF WATCH’ (Sept. 21)
STARRING: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick and America Ferrera. Directed by David Ayer.
PARTICULARS: Gyllenhaal and Pena are good-guy young cops with the muscle but not much experience on the gritty streets.
They risk their lives to bring down a vicious drug cartel.
FALL FOR IT BECAUSE: You have the pedigree of “Training Day” scribe Ayer, who is back in the gritty world of the men in blue.
‘THE MASTER’ (Sept. 21)
STARRING: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
PARTICULARS: Anderson calls this his next chapter of the 2007 Daniel Day-Lewis oil drama “There Will Be Blood.” Hoffman plays Lancaster Dodd, a spiritual movement leader.
FALL FOR IT BECAUSE: There’s a controversy that this movie is about Scientology, but that seems to be under debate.
Hoffman insists this has nothing to do with L. Ron Hubbard.
You should also see it because it marks the return of Phoenix as an alcoholic dealing with the repercussions of World War II.
‘TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE’ (Sept. 21)
STARRING: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake. Directed by Robert Lorenz.
PARTICULARS: Old Steely Eyes returns to the big screen in his first role since 2008’s “Gran Torino.”
This time he plays an aging Atlanta Braves talent scout whose eyesight is going, so he must enlist his daughter (Adams) to help him on one last recruiting season in which they have to outwit a younger scout (Timberlake).
FALL FOR IT BECAUSE: It’s Clint in a baseball hat pretending to feel his age, which never seems the case in real life.
“It is interesting to explore a man’s limitations,” the screen legend said. “It’s those weaknesses that are interesting.”
‘WON’T BACK DOWN’ (Sept. 28)
STARRING: Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rosie Perez and Holly Hunter. Directed by Daniel Barnz.
PARTICULARS: Gyllenhaal plays a poor, urban mother who isn’t content to send her young daughter to a school that continually gets a failing grade.
Viola Davis plays a teacher there who doesn’t want to accept the lack of education anymore, either.
They pull together to fight the school board to start their own charter school.
FALL FOR IT BECAUSE: “I feel like the educational system in this country is so important because we live in a democracy,” Gyllenhaal said.
“A democracy falls apart without an educated electorate.”
‘HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA’ (Sept. 28)
STARRING: The voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez and Kevin James. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky.
PARTICULARS: Worse than that Ramada near the highway, it’s Sandler as Dracula, who owns a creepy hotel where his 118-year-old teenage daughter (Gomez) is housed to keep her away from those scary humans.
A mortal backpacking dude (voiced by Samberg) wants a room thinking this is just a normal hotel.
Calling Gordon Ramsay because this is a true “Hotel Hell.”
FALL FOR IT BECAUSE: It’s one of the few kid flicks of fall, but it has the pedigree of Tartakovsky, who created “Samurai Jack.”
‘THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER’ (Sept. 28)
STARRING: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. Written and directed by Stephen Chbosky and is based on his book.
PARTICULARS: The novelist turned screenwriter turned director tells the tale of Charlie (Lerman) who is dealing with his shy freshman persona with the help of Sam (Watson) and Patrick (Miller).
The 1999 book is a huge young adult hit with 1.2 million in print, and the determined writer insisted that he direct the film or it would never become a film.
FALL FOR IT BECAUSE: Chbosky said there was a moment during filming when “Harry Potter” star Watson shed her Hermione persona forever.
“There is a stunt when she stands up on this truck. I was in a camera truck next to her truck. Both of us drove into the tunnel, and Emma came out as Sam,” he said.
“The look on her face was real. It was her letting go of all the things that had ever held her back.”
‘THE PAPERBOY’ (Oct. 5)
STARRING: Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron. Directed by Lee Daniels.
PARTICULARS: McConaughey plays a journalist who, along with his brother (Efron), tries to free a prisoner (John Cusack) from death row.
Kidman plays that sexy, crazy lady who knows how to push limits.
FALL FOR IT BECAUSE: It’s Daniels’ next film after “Precious,” and there’s been buzz about Kidman’s character taking a bathroom break on Efron after he’s bitten by a jellyfish.
‘ARGO’ (Oct. 12)
STARRING: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Kyle Chandler. Directed by Affleck.
PARTICULARS: It’s the true story of how Hollywood and the CIA worked hand in hand to create a fake movie project as a way to extract hostages out of Tehran during the 1979 crisis.
FALL FOR IT BECAUSE: “It’s one of those stories that is so strange that you couldn’t possibly make it up,” said Cranston plays a CIA man helping get six Americans out by pretending they’re members of a movie crew.
Affleck said, “It’s also my way to prove I can direct movies that aren’t just set in Boston.”
‘CLOUD ATLAS’ (Oct. 26)
STARRING: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant and Jim Broadbent. Directed by Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer.
PARTICULARS: Chicago natives the Wachowskis have created a twisting story that explores courage and betrayal.
They do it over several time periods and various continents. Confused? It will all become clear when you see it.
FALL FOR IT BECAUSE: Hanks, Berry and Grant each play six different roles. You can watch Hanks morph from a 19th century doctor into a tribal man in the way, way future.
‘SKYFALL’ (Nov. 9)
STARRING: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris. Directed by Sam Mendes.
PARTICULARS: It’s the 23rd outing for James Bond, and he doesn’t look a day older than a fortysomething Craig, who romances French actress Berenice Marlohe while taking down Silva (Bardem), a nasty who plots to destroy MI6 and kill M (Dench).
FALL FOR IT BECAUSE: Bond gets a little help from a female agent played by Harris, who starred in the original “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
Filming took place in London, which suited Craig. “It was thrilling to get onto the streets and show London for what it is,” he said. “It’s Bond’s home.”
‘LINCOLN’ (Nov. 9)
STARRING: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, John Hawkes and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
PARTICULARS: Day-Lewis’ character becomes the 16th president of the United States during the last four months of the celebrated Illinois statesman’s life, with Field as his tormented wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.
FALL FOR IT BECAUSE: “Very quietly, several of us went to Springfield, Ill., to do research,” producer Kathleen Kennedy said. “It was thrilling to be there. Daniel Day-Lewis mostly went unrecognized.”
The actor, considered serious Oscar bait in this role, is “the greatest actor of our time,” Spielberg said. “The honor of getting to work with this man was thrilling.
“[Day-Lewis] didn’t say yes for years. He turned me down years ago. He was too intimidated and told me, ‘[Lincoln] is too great a man.’ I just kept going back to him again and again.”
‘ANNA KARENINA’ (Nov. 16)
STARRING: Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Directed by Joe Wright.
PARTICULARS: Knightley plays the title role in Leo Tolstoy’s 1877 classic about poor (emotionally speaking) Anna, who is married to a rich man (Law), but has a lose-your-mind affair with a cavalry officer, played by Taylor-Johnson.
FALL FOR IT BECAUSE: The film reunites Knightley with her “Pride & Prejudice” director Wright, who also called the shots for her film “Atonement.” She’s a serious best actress contender.
‘THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN — PART 2’ (Nov. 16)
STARRING: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Directed by Bill Condon.
PARTICULARS: It’s the last time to vamp it up with those red-eyed, glistening newlyweds Bella Swan-Cullen and Edward Cullen and their rapidly growing young tot, Renesmee.
The Cullens must fight for their survival as a family because they have violated vampire law by having a child of mixed race. The verdict: death for the kid and her makers.
But Bella is one mean mama exploring her new powers as a vampire, including snacking on a mountain lion. Meanwhile, werewolf Jacob imprints and finds true love with a grown-up Renesmee (played at first by 11-year-old Mackenzie Foy).
Can all of these relationships be saved?
FALL FOR IT BECAUSE: “It was hard to walk away,” Pattinson said. “I remember the last day playing Edward, thinking, ‘I know they’re going to reinvent this someday and someone else will play him.’ I can’t look 17 forever.”
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