4/28/2009

Robert Pattinson on Kristen Stewart Romance Rumors: "It's Bizarre"



Robert Pattinson finds it funny that tabloids are reporting that he and his Twilight costar Kristen Stewart are dating.

"It becomes a joke," he tells Entertainment Tonight on the set of the New Moon sequel Thursday. "There was some magazine the other day about me and Kristen, and when you look at it and realize it's on the front of a magazine... You realize that people are actually reading that even though how ridiculous it is.


He adds: "It's really bizarre."

Still, the star finds his sudden rise to fame to have an adverse effect on his personal relationships.


"I'm always really worried about ruining their lives," he says, adding that he worries he can't please his fans. "Especially with people that aren't famous. It's such a massive change. I'm kind of a paranoid wreck."

The paparazzi don't help, he says.


"It's getting photographed..." Pattinson says. "You have people who analyze your facial expressions to the tiniest degree. So you're just trying to avoid getting photographed. You're like, 'Jesus, you can't win.'"

Pattinson's interview will air on Entertainment Tonight on Friday.

4/13/2009

New Moon movie set photos of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart give us an idea of what to expect


A couple in particular grabbed my attention. The first, of Bella (Kristen Stewart) holding a camera, might make one believe that the birthday present from Charlie (Billy Burke) is a definite inclusion in the film (not that we doubted it). In New Moon, Bella receives the camera, and it becomes a major part of her tormentous break-up with Edward. Yet, this is a digital camera, and in the book, the camera is not. I'm sure this remediable, since digital photos, too, are erase-able. Nevertheless, as this is, to fans, a most important scene for The Twilight Saga: New Moon to get right, this photo may give us a reason to believe it shall.




Another, of Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella might make one think they might be in the middle of filming the break-up scene also. The look on Kristen's face says it all, don't you think? The break-up scene, to fans of Stephenie Meyer's New Moon, would say that the exactness of this scene has to be, well, uncanny.

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4/09/2009

Director Talks Twilight and Why She Walked Away From the Sequel


There is no denying Catherine Hardwicke’s love for the book series and the character created by Stephanie Meyer is very evident as she just released Twilight: Director’s Notebook: The Story of How We Made the Movie based on the Novel by Stephanie Meyer. Sure the title is quite the mouth full, but it looks and feels like a gift to the fans for their support and to further show her love for the books and the characters.

“If you’re a fan of the movie then you can see some of the inside stories," said Hardwicke. 'Such as how we came up with the costumes, the hair designs, along with some of my own drawings and story boards. The other thing is if you’re interested in being a filmmaker it does break it down on how we planned out the shots, with a lot of detail. I also hope it becomes a neat little thing you can keep to look at the photographs and remember things about the film and get even more into the movie.”

On movie projects there are moments that stand out on every film a director works on. It’s usually something subtle or a moment that only they themselves understand. With her love of the book series Hardwicke had one of those moments showing how excited she was to work on “Twilight.”
“It’s when we went out into the woods in a specific rain forest and had a camera crane and actually got to drift through the trees," said Hardwicke. "And it came to life. You had to smile because I thought I just got to show Edward in the woods.”

There is always a pressure when bringing successful books to the big screen. Just as many directors have failed at pulling it off, as have succeeded. The fact that you love the material isn’t always enough as a director must have a similar vision like the author had when writing the novels.

“Since I loved the books in a way it made it easier because I knew what made me love it and got swept away by the cool romance," explained Hardwicke. "I thought how we can put that to screen, because you just can’t do books on tape, because we already have that. We had to make it visual and bring it to life and that’s what I had to dream about everyday on how can I make this scene cool and capture the feeling of the book.

“Twilight” has made household names of stars Robert Pattinson, and Kristen Stewart who brought the beloved characters Edward and Bella to life. You couldn’t go to the mall or anywhere else without seeing these characters plastered all over selling every product you could possibly think to license. Chemistry was the key to making the movie work and for the actor’s to satisfy closely watching fans the right two had to be found and that led to a wide search.

“We did an extensive search and the top four of the actor’s I found came over to my house and over a two day period we did three scenes with each of them with Kristen Stewart. There is no way I could cast Edward unless they had that chemistry, so I was filming it to see if it was going to come alive do these two people have that right ingredient? When we saw Robert (Pattinson) and Kristen together it was a done.”

In what was a surprise too many Hardwicke will not direct the next installment of the series “New Moon.” Rumors were flying that the director was fired off the project, but according to Hardwicke it was her decision to pass on the sequel even though it sadden her to do so.

“I feel a little bit sad about it, but I didn’t want to rush the next film," said Hardwicke. "I was talking to Jon Faverau recently and he told me there was two years between Iron Man movies and Christopher Nolan had three years between Batman films. There has to be time at least for me to let it simmer, cook, and dream about it and wake up in the night, thinking let’s try this cool thing. The schedule they had to fulfill their marketing needs and I respect that, but I didn’t think I could do a good job, but I’m glad they found someone else who can. I wanted the second movie to be better than the first if I did it. I didn’t think I could make it better under that time schedule. Yes, I’m sad, but it’s allowing me to do other things, I’m working on other projects, writing, and meeting with actors and that’s fun.”
Many times in Hollywood the big fat cats, sitting in the ivory towers make decisions based solely on the almighty dollar. That point seemed to be solidified with the expectations for a sequel to “Twilight” needing to be ready to go in less than a year. Hardwicke understands their position and is excited about another project the same studio gave her, and she seems to be at peace with the choice to walk away.

“The studios want it to be good as well, I think they were looking at the great release date and wanted it again," says Hardwicke. "The same studio recently sent me another book called 'If I Stay' and it’s a really beautiful book, and we’re working on it now. I just don’t think I could have done a good enough job, and I had my own standards in my mind, and they found someone raring to go. Look at the Harry Potter films with the different directors and it brings a new energy, and I think it’s going to be good.”

Hardwicke has directed a variety of films in her career. The provocative and disturbing film “Thirteen” is a movie that Hardwicke still gets surprising reaction from. The film released in 2003 it told the story of Tracy who was always a good girl until she becomes friends with a girl that introduces her to the world of sex, drugs and many other destructive habits. The film was and still is controversial as it raised serious issues.

It seems with “Thirteen” people relate to it all over the world you think it would only be an LA story, but I’ve heard from people in Athens, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo who all say their daughters are going through the same thing. I think by making it very specific it became universal and I hear all the time from people that they teach it in their 9th grade boys so they know how to treat girls better, or understand them. Also they teach it in college and in rehab centers that use it as therapy to help girls understand they aren’t alone in the things they’re struggling through.

With the overwhelming success of a pop culture phenomenon like “Twilight” Hardwicke no matter what she does in future project has forever cemented her name to legions of fans everywhere.

“I glad to be known for something, laughed Hardwicke, I think it’s great because I’ve developed a fun relationship with fans from all over the world, I’ve got to meet so many people that the film means so much too. I consider those people my friends and they will go on with their lives but they will always remember when the 'Twilight' movie came out.”

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4/07/2009

The cult of Robert Pattinson


Robert Pattinson is finding there’s a downside to fame, says Alex Pappademas in GQ. As the devilishly handsome vampire Edward Cullen in the movie Twilight, based on the best-selling novel by Stephenie Meyer, he’s become an object of perverse fascination.

Teenage girls mob him at autograph signings and leave giggling messages on his cell phone for “Edward.” Paparazzi follow him everywhere; recently they caught him in a gas station parking lot, quietly eating a takeout hamburger in his car. “I always thought I could hide,” he grumbles.

Much of what he says gets taken out of context: Once, Pattinson joked about never washing his hair, thereby unleashing a flurry of stories about his awful personal hygiene. Sometimes the rumor mill just makes stuff up. “There’s this thing about my supposed girlfriend. There’s this one girl who’s consistently mentioned. It’s like, ‘He’s dating this Brazilian model.’ What’s her name? Annelyse? I’ve never met her.”

If you see a juicy gossip item about him, he says, it’s guaranteed to be a lie. “There’s literally not a single [true] story that could be written about me. I never do anything. I don’t see people. I don’t even have people’s phone numbers. I almost don’t want to have a girlfriend in this environment.”

4/05/2009

The Twilight Saga: New Moon - Start Obsessing Now!


With the conspicuous exit of Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, we've got a new helmer at the reins of New Moon: Chris Weitz, who got his start by co-writing Antz (95 percent on the Tomatometer) - and then wrote The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (26 percent). Weitz then wrote and directed About a Boy (93 percent)...and followed it with The Golden Compass (42 percent). (He also produced the American Pie movies, for what it's worth.)

That said, on paper it's easy to see the potential Weitz brings to New Moon: he's proven deft at tackling relationships, teenage audiences, and working with lots of computer generated special effects -- the latter of which will come in handy for showing Twilight readers how the Quileutes "phase" from human to wolf form and back (hint for Jacob fans: it involves shredding their clothes to bits and emerging stark naked). Familiarity with CG technology will also be crucial for New Moon's pivotal scene in Volterra, Italy, in which Edward Cullen's difficult "sparkling" effect will be on display - an effect proven extremely hard to pull off in Catherine Hardwicke's film. Then again, Hardwicke was working with a $37 million budget; after Twilight's $370 million worldwide gross, Weitz will have a blockbuster budget.

Of course, Twilight's main cast had to return. For Kristen Stewart, who's been acting since the age of 11, Twilight was a star vehicle that came out of nowhere to propel her to the upper echelons of celebrity, gossip mags, and the IMDB StarMeter. (If nothing else, it's giving Stewart's smaller films -- The Cake Eaters, Adventureland, K-11, and her upcoming Joan Jett biopic - more attention.) New Moon could prove challenging to Stewart, whose Bella must carry the entire film almost by herself (Edward is largely absent throughout New Moon's middle third) while Bella suffers from all-but clinical depression during most of it, to boot.

Like Stewart, Rob Pattinson has ridden the Twilight frenzy into the limelight --whether he likes it or not. (Need evidence? Google "Spunk Ransom.") Expect to see more subdued vampirism from Edward and the rest of the Cullens this time around, whose stage-thick makeup jobs and ridiculous vampire hisses gave Twilight's detractors much glee. Pattinson's job, too, will be challenging -- he's got to maintain heartthrob status and keep fans faithfully hoping for a Bella-Edward reunion while being largely absent from the film. Weitz will likely use Pattinson in Bella's hallucinations during Edward's absence, so the chemistry between the two leads will have to be incredibly strong...else Edward fans jump ship to Team Jacob.

Because the Cullen family blows town early on, we probably won't see much of Rosalie, Emmett, Jasper, Carlisle, and Esme. Alice (Ashley Greene), however, has a juicier role in New Moon than she did in Twilight, where she only got to draw her supernaturally-powered visions and rip James' head off.

Instead, we'll learn more about the world of the Quileute, the local Indian tribe whose members have inherited the ability to shape-shift into werewolves, protectors of their people and, in New Moon, of Bella. Jacob Black (Lautner), who Bella had seen as a younger brother type, will now be a (wolf)man -- and, with Edward out of the picture, Bella's a free woman. Herein lies one of the more interesting quandaries of Twilight. Jacob and Bella are BFFs, and are inexplicably connected; should she move on with her life and give Jacob a shot? Or should she hold out for Edward to return, because she's still devastatingly -- and yes, destructively -- in love with him? Critics looking for something to squawk about will likely harp on this unhealthy love triangle, but we Twilight fans know there's no forgetting your first (undead) love.

All of which brings us to the X-factor in New Moon: the Volturi. While we won't encounter them until Edward goes to Italy, the Volturi characters -- a powerful, clandestine order of Italian vampires who have ruled the vampire world for centuries, and have the potential to destroy all that Bella loves -- have a lasting presence throughout the four-book Twilight saga, so their casting and how they're presented will lay a foundation for later Volturi appearances in subsequent films.

Most buzzed about among the casting rumors and announcements is Dakota Fanning as Jane, henchwoman to Volturi leaders Aro, Marcus, and Caius. Jane is described as diminutive and sadistic, a powerful vampire who was "turned" as a young teenager along with her brother, Alec (to be played by pretty English actor Jamie Campbell Bower, most recently seen in Sweeney Todd); both twins also possess psychic powers, which they use to inflict pain and death upon enemies of the Volturi. The biggest question here isn't whether or not Fanning can pull off such a role -- at 15, she's a seasoned Hollywood veteran with more credits to her name than most of her co-stars -- but whether or not her star wattage will distract from the rest of the film. Jane's part (in New Moon) is relatively small, and unless Rosenberg has drastically changed her storyline from Meyer's book, it could create an imbalance on screen. After all, who wants to be upstaged by a five foot-tall supporting character?

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4/04/2009

Kristen Stewart: Still indie at heart


Kristen Stewart can still remember the moment when she finally realized how big a bite Twilight was going to take out of her life.

During the filming of the vampire saga, which has gone on to suck up nearly $500 million (U.S.) at the box office, the actress focused on the work at hand, not allowing herself to think about the fans that've turned the Twilight novels by Stephenie Meyer into global bestsellers.

"I had tunnel vision and I wasn't paying attention," she says.

Then Stewart showed up for a book signing in Rome and was given a reception that literally left her rocking and reeling, the crowds were so big and intense.

"While we were exiting the building, I couldn't get to the car," she recalls. "I was dragged by security. I wasn't even on my own feet. I was thrown into a van because if they hadn't done it, I would've gotten ... I don't know what.

"So I was literally picked up and thrown into a van and then the doors shut and the van started shaking ... It was a really surreal experience."

Never mind that Stewart, who turns 19 on Thursday, has been working in movies for more than a decade. Twilight eclipsed the rest of her work. Yet with offers rolling in – and Twilight sequels to be shot – Stewart is staying true to her indie-movie roots.

Despite what she calls a year that's been "really insane and absolutely psychotic," the actress is making the promotional rounds on behalf of a pair of no-budget indies she shot immediately before entering the Twilight zone.

Mary Stuart Masterson's The Cake Eaters, which was given a limited theatrical run before being released on DVD, features one of Stewart's finest performances as a high schooler suffering from a fatal nerve disorder.

The slightly more upbeat Adventureland, which opened yesterday and is directed by Superbad helmer Greg Mottola, stars Stewart as Em, a Pittsburgh twentysomething who is trying to shore up her finances by working at a run-down amusement park.

Em's personal life is complicated by a relationship with a married man (Ryan Reynolds) and an attraction to a brainy but neurotic co-worker (Jesse Eisenberg).

"I think that my character in Adventureland has no concept of what she really wants out of life," says Stewart. "She puts on an act that she's very secure and self-sufficient but she's so not. She realizes too late that she should get over her hang-ups and be good to herself."

Quirky characters are something of a Stewart specialty. She's contributed understated yet vivid turns as a hippie singer in Into the Wild, a lonely teenager in In the Land of Women, and an alienated upper-cruster in Fierce People.

Despite staking a claim on the mainstream with Twilight, Stewart says she'll always have a place in her heart for offbeat fare.

"I just finished up a movie (Welcome to the Rileys) where I play a homeless kid, a really damaged, really broken little kid, and she looks or acts nothing like my Twilight character," notes Stewart. "In fact, she's a stripper. So I'm not worried about (typecasting). I never really was."

With Welcome to the Rileys in the can awaiting release, Stewart is already back into the world of neckbiters and werewolves.

New Moon, the second instalment of the Twilight series, began shooting for a Nov. 20 release. In contrast to the first movie, which tracked the romance between Bella and fanged boyfriend Edward (Robert Pattinson), New Moon finds Bella drawing closer to wolfman Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).

"Taylor is still playing Jacob and that's the coolest thing," says Stewart. "After Edward leaves, Bella is like a zombie and Jacob is like the light.

"It's like, `He is who I should be with but I'm totally in love with this guy that I shouldn't be with.' That's girls."

Stewart says she's looking forward to having the chance to grow up with Bella.

"New Moon is a much more painful story than the first one. It's actually quite devastating. Bella is entirely depressed, but she matures."

Stewart's grew up largely on movie sets. The Los Angeles native is the daughter of John Stewart, a TV producer, and Jules Mann-Stewart, an Australian-born screenwriter.

At age 8, she landed a role in a Disney Channel TV production, The Thirteenth Year. At age 11, she played Jodie Foster's mopey daughter in Panic Room.

Stewart has since amassed credits in movies ranging from horror (The Messengers) to family-friendly adventures (Catch That Kid; Zathura).

Stewart has a slate of diverse movies on her to-do list. She'll reprise Bella once again in Eclipse, due in theatres on June 30, 2010. She's also hoping to co-star in K-11, a movie her mother scripted and will direct about a special dorm at the L.A. County Jail.

"The wing is specifically for people that can't be put into general population, people who need to be protected because they would be subject to a lot of danger," says Stewart. "They're an eclectic bunch of people. They're famous people, gay people, cross-dressers, transsexuals."

After she shoots New Moon, Stewart will rip it up as rocker Joan Jett in The Runaways, a biopic about the all-girl punk-rock band. Stewart will play Jett and Dakota Fanning has been tapped to play singer Cheri Currie.

"It's a big job," says Stewart. "I've never played a real person before. That period with the Runaways was so important ... I'm nervous and intimidated. But that's the best way to feel before you do a movie."

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