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Kristen Stewart’s “On the Road” Gets More International Distribution

By Kim Palacios Given limited distribution for some of Kstew’s other recent indie flicks (e.g., “The Runaways”, “Welcome to the Rileys”) it is encouraging news that makers of the upcoming film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” have already announced far-reaching distribution plans.

Heard recently at Cannes and confirmed via IMDB Pro, Icon Film Distribution of Great Britain and Icon Film Distribution of Australia were announced as regional distributors of the film. For the Great Britain branch, this translates to theatrical distribution in Ireland and all media distribution in the UK. For the Australian arm, this means theatrical distribution in New Zealand and all media distribution in Australia.

Other distribution rights for the film had already been sold to other regions—Cinearts holds rights for Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg (Benelux), and Concorde Filmverleih for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.

In addition to Kristen, who has been confirmed for the role of Marylou (widely known to be parallel real-life associate of Kerouac, Luanne Henderson), other confirmed cast members for “On the Road” include Kirsten Dunst (as Camille), Sam Riley (as Sal Paradise), and Garrret Hedlund (as protagonist Dean Moriarty).

The film is a portrayal of Kerouac’s own Beatnik experience, which rejected social norms of materialism while embracing taboos around sexuality and drugs. TIME Magazine critics Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo named “On the Road” among the 100 Best American Novels written since 1923, calling it “the book that launched a thousand trips”.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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  • May 23, 2010 | Permalink |

    Kristen Stewart’s name and Twilight success are helping to get these indies into theaters. I never liked her before because I only knew her through the Twilight fame, but she has proven to me to be a serious young actress. I was lucky enough to see The Runaways and it was like watching Joan Jett in concert when I was younger. I’m too much of a feminist to ever be a Twilight fan, but I have become an avid watcher of Kristen’s more serious films and I tell my friends that she’s an amazing talent. With people like Jodie Foster and Sean Penn as mentors, she should go far. I will be on the lookout for Welcome to the Rileys later in the year and also put On the Road on my must see list.

  • May 23, 2010 | Permalink |

    loved kristen’s movies long before twilight, will continue to enjoy any movie she is involved with. loved the runaways and waitij=ng to get the DVD. she is one of the most matured, disciplined and talented actress of her era and i hope people will focus on that and leave her personal life alone. waiting for all her upcoming movies. You go Kristen, you re the best…..

  • May 23, 2010 | Permalink |

    People keep deriding Kristen Stewart’s acting skills, but I think she’s one of the better young actresses in Hollywood. Just one scene in ‘New Moon’ (where she hits Paul) convinced me that she’s on the right track, as far as establishing herself as a serious actor is concerned. Having veterans such as Jodie Foster and Sean Penn as her mentors & interacting with established actors such as Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen and Anna Kendrick (fellow Twilight cast members), her career graph is headed only one way – UP. Perhaps Sheen could give her a few pointers to enter theatre and establish herself amongst Broadway circles too. She’s so dignified, extremely low-key, no dramas about her personal life (leave her alone!!), no drunken antics in nightclubs, no drugs, extremely level-headed, and grounded. After she’s done with Twilight, I won’t be surprised if a few Oscar nominations come her way. She’s that good.

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