9/24/2009

'The Host' of Stephenie Meyer to be on the Big Screen

Stephenie Meyer, author of the 'The Host' and Popular Twilight saga just posted on her website about her book 'The Host' being made into a movie.

Hey guys, great news! The Host is on its way to the big screen:

Variety.com: “Twilight’s Meyer…”

I'm so excited to be working with Nick Weschler, and Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz to bring The Host to a visual format. They've all been a dream to work with, so lovely and collaborative, and I feel like we're in a really good place to make a great movie together. And then to have Andrew Niccol writing and directing? Truly awesome. If you've never seen Gattaca, go watch it now. One of my favorite movies of all time. It's such a great example of character driven science fiction, which is ideal for The Host, no? I'm having an absolute blast imagining different dream casts, which I would post if people didn't take my silly blogs so seriously these days. I'm looking forward to seeing the cast lists you come up with in the fansite forums, and if any of them match mine.

So, very exciting. Yay Host!

XO
Steph


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Taylor Lautner Interview

Lautner's in high spirits, laughing his way through an interview where he tells BOXOFFICE about his secret love for romantic comedies and whether he'd ever date a fan.


If the last two books in the series hadn't already been written, what do you think Jacob should do to win over Bella?

I don't think he would have changed anything, and I don't think he should change anything. Jacob and Edward are extremely different guys and it's just whether you want one guy or another. Jacob is himself, and he has a relationship with Bella that Edward doesn't. And Edward has a relationship with Bella that Jacob doesn't. So I wouldn't change a thing.

As an actor, how do you make the audience root for Jacob and get invested in his feelings when the outcome of the love triangle is already known?

Well, you try and take things one step at a time. When I'm filming New Moon, I'm not thinking about Eclipse. When I'm filming Eclipse, I'm not thinking about Breaking Dawn. We just have to focus on the movie that we're doing.

What is it like for your family and friends to see people scream at pictures of you topless?

[Laughs] It's weird. It's embarrassing for me, and I'm sure it's awkward for all of them.

Have you gotten teased about it at family dinners?

Not yet, and I'm hoping that doesn't happen because I'll start blushing.

You came into acting from karate. Do they overlap—they seem to share the need for focus and concentration.

It's a lot of hard work. That's probably the most I got out of karate: it was a lot of work. A lot of training. And you need that for everything in life.

It's helped you take on these physical roles with Twilight and the Robert Rodriguez film.

Absolutely. And I love action, so it definitely helps with that.

Everybody has been talking about the muscle that you've put on. The furor around actors and their weight changes is something you usually see happen with older actors who are more established. You're 17—what is that like to have people paying so much attention to your biceps?

It's different. It was all for the job, and that's all. I knew that Jacob was going to transform not only mentally, but physically as well, from Twilight to New Moon, and I wanted to be able to portray him correctly for all the fans. That was my motivation. It was a lot of hard work, though.

Does your old karate coach wish you had that much muscle on you back when you were still competing?

I probably wouldn't have been as flexible, so it wouldn't have worked out that well. He's probably thankful.

What do you like about playing Jacob?

I love Jacob and Bella's relationship. It's very different from Edward and Bella's. Jacob and Bella start off as really good friends. They become best friends—they can tell each other anything, they do whatever together, ride motorcycles. I love that. And then their relationship starts growing into more and more, and you wonder if they're going to go past friends. I love being able to do that. And work with an amazing actress, Kristen Stewart, and all of the help around us, our director Chris Weitz, the whole crew. It's a lot of fun.

What will draw guys your age to New Moon?

There's a lot more action than Twilight. It's more exciting—it has werewolves and vampires, which creates fights because they don't get along. Not only does the action step up, but the whole story line does as well. Now there's a third person involved.

It's been years since we've had a good werewolf film—it's been vampires, then zombies, then vampires again. What's awesome about werewolves?

They're different. Werewolves are extremely strong, which is cool. But it's a bummer because I don't actually get to play my werewolf. It's full-blown CGI; it's either me or a CGI werewolf. So that's a bummer, but I know they're going to look awesome in the film. I'm excited to see it.

That wolfness—do you have to bring that animal movement in your human performance?

The only difference is in New Moon, I play pre-transformation Jacob, and post. He doesn't transform into a werewolf until halfway through the film. For pre-transformation, the books describe Jacob as clumsy. He trips over his own feet—he's a kid. And as soon as he transforms, he all of a sudden because extremely agile. There's several scenes that show his new agility, so that was the biggest thing I had to bring out.

Not to jump ahead too much, but Jacob's love life takes a turn in the fourth book that I think might be hard to translate to people who haven't read the series. Do you have any thoughts on how to handle his 'imprinting' on Bella's daughter?

I'm sure it would be different. It was definitely a surprise for me when I read the book. But we're just trying to take it one movie at a time, and nothings been confirmed yet on the fourth, so we're just staying focused on Eclipse at the moment.

What is your favorite thing to do while shooting a movie?

I always carry a football around with me, and there's a lot of people on set between the crew and the cast who like to play, so I'm always throwing the football around and that keeps me entertained.

Whose career do you want to have?

I've always loved Matt Damon. I love the Bourne series. Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington. But I'd also like to change things up. Not only do I like the action movies, the drama movies that all three of those actors do, I'd also love to challenge myself with different roles. Romantic comedies—I think the best examples would be Gerard Butler, Ryan Reynolds.

Ryan Reynolds has been so under-appreciated—he's amazing.

Definitely.

Tell me then about working with Garry Marshall [Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride] for Valentine's Day.

It was awesome. I was so glad I got to do that before I went back and filmed Eclipse. Working with Garry—that's a once in a lifetime thing. It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to see it when it comes out in February.

When it comes to romantic comedies, he's the king. If you wanted to get into them, there you are already.

Absolutely. I know—I couldn't have asked for more.

Are you romancing the other Taylor, Taylor Swift, in it?

Yes, in the movie. Which was a lot of fun.

Did you heart break for her when Kanye jumped in during the video music awards?

Yeah. It was...unfortunate.

What is a movie you love that you're embarrassed to admit?

The Notebook. I don't think I should be embarrassed to admit it though—it's a great movie. I'm not embarrassed. I'm saying it proudly.

One of the things I think is interesting about Jacob is he's an American Indian character put out there as this gorgeous romantic lead. The last time I can remember that happening, Daniel Day-Lewis or Kevin Costner were involved.

You know, I really haven't thought of it like that, so that's interesting? Thinking about that, yeah, it goes back to Last of the Mohicans.

You have some heritage yourself from your mother's side?

I'm mainly Dutch, German and French. That's pretty much who I am.

I heard there was also some Ottawa and Potawatomi?

We have no idea how much there is—it's in my far distant background.

Fair enough. I'm Dutch as well, so way to represent us—we don't get enough credit either.

Gotcha!

Would you ever date a fan?

I don't exclude anyone...

What has that been like, dealing with the fan experience?

All I can say is it's mind-blowing. I, myself—and nobody else—ever expected it, so it's incredible to have the support and the passion of the fans behind us. We're so thankful because we wouldn't be here today on movie number three in Vancouver if it wasn't for them. They're amazing.

I saw that you have two books written about you on Amazon.

Are you serious?!

One is an unauthorized biography and the other is a 94-page picture book.

Oh my. I guess if it's unauthorized, then you can't believe anything. Don't believe anything you hear—or read.

People could say that you're half-alien, half-prince.

And everyone would be believing it. That would not be good. It's different. This whole franchise is unlike anything else. Which is a good thing, it's awesome.

Do you avoid Googling yourself?

Absolutely. That would not be good if I did that. Definitely try to stay away from that or it could get in your head.

Are you parents doing anything to try to keep your life in check? 'Yeah, yeah, yeah, there's millions of girls screaming, but you're still a normal kid?'

Absolutely. I'm hoping it doesn't take too much work. I feel the exact same—I'm the same person as before. It's just a completely different world. I have my world, and then I have Twilight world.

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Interview with Quileute Nation Members



“The ‘Twilight phenomenon’ gives the Quileute Nation the opportunity to educate the world about their true history, traditions, culture and creation story,” said Quileute spokesperson Jackie Jacobs. “It was very important to this Nation to partner with an organization that we felt understood that the non-fictional Quileute story is more complex, multi-dimensional and sacred than [the one] everyone has been exposed to. We have been inundated with requests from various outlets to tell the story but felt that REELZCHANNEL embodied the authentic direction we wanted to explore while keeping it fun and interesting for the fans.”

This episode captures the sweeping landscapes of the tribal lands, giving viewers an exclusive look at the locations recreated for the film including the beach where Jacob tells Bella about the Cullen vampire legend, the cliffs that Bella leaps from to draw Edward back to her, and the school that Jacob attended as described in the “New Moon” book. Viewers are then transported to the celebrations of the culture through intimate ceremonies of the drum circle and tribal dances. The sights of the Quileute Nation come to life in the voices of its people in interviews with tribal elder and storyteller Chris Morganroth III and Roy Black known to the tribe as “Jacob’s Grandfather.” Actress Tinsel Korey, who portrays the character of Emily in the films, also shares her experience.

Ashley Greene's First Tweet


Peter Facinelli announces the official Twitter account of Ashley Greene from his Twitter Account.


Ashley Greene first tweet mentioning his co-star Jackson Rathbone was slightly injured during a fight scene rehearsal:

- Check out my first cover on Saturday Night Magazine!! Very exciting for me :)
2:09 PM Sep 23rd from web

- Just got off set.... Jackson seems like he's ok thank God.... can't believe he came to work today! He's a trooper :)
1:36 PM Sep 23rd from Sidekick

- Hey everyone! Headed to set.... sooooo excited about what I get to film over the next few days! You guys are going to love it :)
10:26 AM Sep 22nd from web

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Michael Sheen Talks New Moon

Michael Sheen a.k.a Aro of Volturi talks New Moon movie and hos other projects such as Tron Legacy, Alice in Wonderland and the Underworld franchise from an interview in Collider.

A few hours ago I spoke with Michael Sheen regarding his new movie “The Damned United”. While I’ll have much more on his new film soon, I was able to ask Michael about some of his other projects like “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”, “Tron Legacy”, “Alice in Wonderland” and the “Underworld” franchise. So if you’d like to hear what Michael had to say about those projects, hit the jump.

The first thing Michael told me was he’s heard the rumors about a 4th “Underworld”, but no one has contacted him yet.

We then spoke about the next “Twilight” movie, “New Moon” and he revealed the main reason he took the role of Aro is because of his daughter. He also talked about working on Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and explained his love of the book and how the movie is going to be different.

Finally, when I did the TV portion of the junket, I asked Michael about his work on “Tron Legacy”. He told me about his love of the first film and how the sequel was practical sets and not green screen. Here’s what he said. The rest of the quotes are below.

You were in a very successful franchise, “Underworld,” and so I was wondering if they’ve talked to you about doing a 4th film?

Michael Sheen as Aro, leader of the Volturi, in The Twilight Saga New Moon.jpgMichael Sheen: Nobody has spoken to me about it. I heard a rumor…I heard someone saying there might be a 4th film but nobody has actually contacted me about it.

So going into “Twilight: New Moon”, were you nervous about taking this role because you had already come from a franchise like that, or were you more excited for the role? What was your thought process and what was it like making the film with all the hubbub around it?

Michael Sheen: I was mainly excited about it because I knew I would make my daughter very happy. Up front, that was the main reason. And then I read the books and I really enjoyed the books. I didn’t think I was going to, but I really did enjoy them. Then I was concerned that the fans of “Twilight” would be like, “But he’s played a werewolf; we can’t have him as a vampire,” and all that. But it hasn’t been like that. And because it was a very different character and I could sort of lose myself in it, hopefully people won’t have a problem with me having been in this other werewolf/vampire franchise. So when I went to do it, I just loved the character. I relished the opportunity to be there and be part of it. Now I’m just very pleased to have a whole new generation of people I can scare.

You mentioned your daughter. You’re quoted in the NY Post as saying she was a little annoyed when you took the part.

Michael Sheen: Right, well, I think she felt a whole combination of emotions. I think she was a bit overwhelmed by the fact that I was going to be in it. I think she was really excited, but, at the same time, I remember what this was like when I was ten, eleven. If there was something I was really into, the last thing I wanted was for my mom and dad to be into it as well. That’s just annoying. So she was very excited and she cried when I first told her about it. I think it was just her fantasy/imaginative world suddenly colliding with her reality. She didn’t know how she felt about it. She punched me I remember and kicked me. I think that was her sort of frustration with me. In fact it was her mother who said, “Is it because that’s your thing and now daddy’s getting in on it?” And she said, “Yes.” So it was her (as usual) very perceptive mother who got that. But then, very quickly, she made peace with that and then she was just very excited about going to the premiere.

How do you find your inner white rabbit?

michael_sheen_image.jpgMichael Sheen: Everyone has an inner white fluffy animal. It’s such an iconic character that I didn’t feel like I should break the mold too much. I sort of just went with it. It’s a great character and a great story. “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan”were the first stories growing up that had a huge impact on me and have stayed with me ever since. So to be part of Tim Burton’s version is just a dream come true.

Since those lines are so classic, did you approach it like you would a “Hamlet”?

Michael Sheen: As a sort of cultural iconography, you know you are sort of treading that path. But Tim’s version of the story is not the original version. It’s everything you’d want in an “Alice in Wonderland” but it’s slightly off kilter as Tim Burton is one to do. It’s not like I was doing the same thing as has been done before.


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New Moon Soundtrack Track List Is OUT

The soundtrack of New Moon movie is out as revealed by Stephenie Meyer from her website.

* DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE — MEET ME ON THE EQUINOX
* BAND OF SKULLS — FRIENDS
* THOM YORKE — HEARING DAMAGE
* LYKKE LI — POSSIBILITY
* THE KILLERS — A WHITE DEMON LOVE SONG
* ANYA MARINA — SATELLITE HEART
* MUSE — I BELONG TO YOU (NEW MOON REMIX)
* BON IVER & ST. VINCENT — ROSYLN
* BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB — DONE ALL WRONG
* HURRICANE BELLS — MONSTERS
* SEA WOLF — THE VIOLET HOUR
* OK GO — SHOOTING THE MOON
* GRIZZLY BEAR — SLOW LIFE
* EDITORS — NO SOUND BUT THE WIND
* ALEXANDRE DESPLAT — NEW MOON (THE MEADOW)



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Jennifer Love Hewitt Twilight Obsession

A video clip of Jennifer Love Hewitt during her guesting on Ellen show talking about she loves Twilight and Robert Pattinson as the vampiere Edward Cullen which was PeopleTV’s Top 5 Funniest Daytime TV moments.

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9/21/2009

Twilight Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg on Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Chemistry

Scriptwriter Melissa Rosenberg of Twilight Saga chats the chemistry on screen and off screen between Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen and Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan apart from their private lives and the Breaking Dawn script.

Just because Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are such a perfect match on screen, Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg thinks it's time we mind our own business about what goes once the cameras stop rolling.

"Their chemistry on film is so extraordinary," Rosenberg told us at the Entertainment Weekly/Women In Film pre-Emmy party. "They were beautifully cast for those roles and their chemistry is amazing. I think people often confuse chemistry onscreen with chemistry offscreen.

"I think people should just enjoy what's onscreen and leave their privates lives wherever they are," she continued. "I don't actually know what they are."

So what scoop did Ms. Rosenberg tell us about our fave vampire movies? Read on to find out…

First up, Breaking Dawn. Rosenberg is not allowed to could not confirm she's going to be tackling the script. "That's still up in the air," she said. "We're still talking and nothing's been decided."

Eclipse's Riley (Xavier Samuel) will have a much bigger presence in the movie than he has in Stephenie Meyer's novel. "This is a character that's really interesting and I got a chance to flesh him out," Rosenberg said, adding, "It's going to be really interesting watching the relationship between Riley and Victoria [Bryce Dallas Howard] growing."

As for the next flick to be released, New Moon, she said, "There's a lot of things that go on in New Moon that expand on the book. The conflict at the end with the Volturi is an example. Building on them is going to be really intriguing for the fans."

Among the other guests at the EW/WIF bash was Twilight's original Victoria, Rachelle Lefevre, who is doing just fine since her dramarama with Summit Entertainment, thank you very much. "To be honest, I sort of feel like I have everything," the ginger beauty glowed. "I have an amazing boyfriend, I love my house, I'm wearing a great Jay Godfrey dress and I'm at an Emmy party."

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How to get that Twilight Stars Look

From a new website Esme Island it's possible to have that look like Twilight stars Edward Cullen, Bella Swan, Jacob Black, Ashley Greene and the rest of cast members from the movie. An array from customes, make-up, wigs, contact lenses, Quileute wolf pack tatoos to vampire make over is available.


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Justin Chon Talks Eclipse

Justin Chon, plays Bella Swan's (Kristen Stewart) friend in Forks High School talks to E!Online about David Slade's approach in filming the Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Robert Pattinson's tighter security during the shoot.

Get ready for darkness.

Twilight star Justin Chon tells me that director David Slade's Eclipse isn't exactly taking his lead from Catherine Hardwicke or Chris Weitz.

"He's done pretty dark films, so that's where I see [Eclipse] really gravitating toward—more of a dark kind of moody film," Chon said yesterday at BAFTA's pre-Emmy tea party. "Just shooting the scenes that I'm in, the mood is definitely different."

How so? Read on for more...

"David is very set on how he wants this movie to be portrayed," Chon said. "It's a lot more refined and maybe not as loose as the last two—at least for us humans." (Chon plays Bella's classmate Eric.) "I can only imagine what he's doing with everyone else."

Chon also confirmed reports that Robert Pattinson has been living in a house rather than the usual hotel during filming in Vancouver, Canada.

"Security has been increased a lot," Chon said. "They're a lot more protective...If Rob was to go out in public without anybody, I think it could be pretty dangerous."

Even so, Pattz is dealing with the attention well. "It takes him a lot more time to get in and out of places," Chon said. "But he doesn't get angry. He's handling things great.

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9/19/2009

Peter Facinelli's Twitter Account for Charity

Twilight actor Peter Facinelli was interviewed by Kelly Rippin for NBC News about his creative use of Twitter to raise money for a good cause. Facinelli tweets to raise money for spinal cord injury research and Congo women.

Question: Can you tell me a little about Raise Hope For Congo?

Facinelli: Well, what I know is that Omnipeace is a global brand whose mission is to end extreme poverty by 2025. Every year, Omnipeace picks a charity and donates 25 percent of their profits for that year to that charity. This year they’re partnering with UNICEF Campaign to stamp out violence against women and girls of the Congo.

Q: How did you become interested in Omnipeace and the cause this year?

Facinelli: I have friends that come to me all the time with different charities and how it’s affected them. This year, I had a friend who brought Omnipeace to me. There are so many charities out there, and whenever I hear stories like these, it breaks my heart. I try to get involved in as many as I can. This one seems like a really important one. They sent me to the [Raise Hope For Congo] Web site and I was watching videos of what’s going on over there. It churns your stomach.

Anytime I can lend my name or help out a charity in a positive way ... I feel like I’ve been able, through my acting career, to do that. I don’t know if you’ve been following this silly little bet that I did [on Twitter]. I did this silly bet with my friend and he ended up losing the bet. So now all these people are excited to see my friend Rob DeFranco [co-founder of 211(me), a mobile entertainment company] dance down the street on Hollywood Boulevard.

I wanted to turn that into something positive. So, I partnered up with the clothing line Affliction. Affliction is going to donate $10,000 to the Christopher Reeves Foundation in honor of my followers. I turned this little, tiny bet that actually got some attention, into something that actually did some good for charity. I felt like I wanted to show people, “Look what the power of unity can do.” All these people came together on Twitter for this silly, little thing, but imagine what we could do if we come together for something even more powerful.

Q: Do you think using Twitter for a good cause is something that will become more popular?

Facinelli: I hope so. It’s a very powerful tool to be able to reach mass amounts of people. I hope that what people got out of this little, silly bet, is it was the power of unity. Look what we can do together when we band together. For this cause, it was a little, tiny, silly thing. “Hey lets see a guy dance down the street in a bikini.” Imagine what we could do if we actually came together for a powerful cause.

About a week or two before, I had about 80,000 followers. A friend was over and I was talking to her about Twitter. We just kind of threw out there: “Hey, my friend and I are trying to solve the problem of world hungry, what are your guys' thoughts?” And I had 80,000 people chiming in. Some of them were silly and some of them were funny, but there were some really great ideas. What a great tool to be able to speak to mass volumes of people with the touch of a button.

Q: How did you pick Christopher Reeve Foundation for Affliction to donate to?

Facinelli: One of the women at Affliction had a son who was in a bad accident, which left him with a spinal cord injury. I thought, “Maybe I can partner up with you guys and you guys could put some money toward that charity. I’ll do an autograph signing at your store. And we’ll work together on this.” But I’m looking forward to doing more of those. I’m at a certain point in my career now. Between work, I have my family. I’d love to be able to utilize my time to garner more interest and attention to different charities.

Q: What is it that you’d like people to do to help, either with Omnipeace or the Christopher Reeve Foundation?

Facinelli: That’s the hard part. For me, I go and I see these videos and people bring them to my attention. That motivates me to get involved. The hard part is getting this information out to people so that it moves them in a way where they can get involved. The Affliction people came to me and told me about this woman’s son and I said right away, “Lets do something for her son, for her cause.” Getting the information out there and being able to connect with people is the difficult part.

Maybe somebody doesn’t have that connection toward those particular charities and you can’t force your charity down someone’s throat. They won’t respond to it. Some people will. But that is the great thing about being able to reach a mass amount of people. If you can reach 500,000 people, some of those people will be able to connect with what you are saying.

But you have to be careful, too. Twitter, you can’t use as a soapbox either, it turns people off. It’s a fine line. It should be entertaining, but it also has the power to be utilized for something good. That’s what I’m trying to do … skirt that fine line of being able to do both.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Facinelli: My hope is that whoever reads this article gets involved in some way, in whatever charities that affect them or is personal to them. There are a lot of things out there that need our help and it’s a lot easier to turn our back and say, “I can’t make a difference.” Individually you can, when you come together. Every person does count. Sometimes as an individual you feel like you don’t. As this Twitter bit kind of proved, every individual does count.

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Interview with Jodelle Ferland ' New Born Vampire Bree'

ET Canada has an interview with Jodelle Ferland who plays Bree, the New Born Vampire of Eclipse movie.


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Director Chris Weitz talks New Moon

New Moon Director chats about filming the second film of Twilight, experiences with the huge fans while shooting and his favorite New Moon conspiracy theories.

How do you direct a film when everyone knows the story and ending?

In a way, that's an advantage. That people know and love the book means that people know and want to see the movie, which is what you hope for when you're making a film. It's a fine balance between being as faithful as possible to the spirit of the book, and bringing changes. I regard myself as fan as much as any other, and the way that I see the book in my head is just like any other fan's ability, except that I happen to have tens of millions of dollars at my disposal to realize that vision. One hopes that it's a strong enough envisioning of the book that people will be amused and entertained and excited even though they know how things are going to end.

One of my favorite New Moon conspiracy theories is that the producers are ordering Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson to keep their love hidden because it will affect the way people will perceive the story, even though the story is already known even until the next two books.

The fans know what the Volturi look like or what Taylor Lautner as Jacob's amazing bod is going to look like—the producers know these things are big points of curiosity about whether we've been able to be faithful to people's notions. And they want to parse these things out over time. [Laughs] It is a conspiracy, but the conspiracy is called marketing.

There are so many films about vampires, vampire romances, teenage romances—what is it about Twilight's love triangle that's catalyzed this phenomenon?

To me, it has a lot less to do with vampires and werewolves than with readily identifiable emotional situations. Bella has a choice between the loving friend who's nearby and the distant, unattainable object of her affections. That's a pretty common scenario, and unfortunately also, so is being dumped. I know I've experienced it—pretty much anybody except the incredibly lucky has experienced it—and the supernatural element of things just allows for a degree of wish fulfillment. We can play out these scenarios on a grand scale. When you get broken up with, you'd like to think that if you just did something brave enough, something amazing enough, you could rescue the relationship that's been broken. And you would like to think that the person who's left you has left you for your own good against their heart. That's usually not the case, but in New Moon it happens to be, so that's a lovely way to fulfill one's wishes. A great thing that Summit as a studio understands is that there are dark places that the movie has to go in order for it all to work. They're not afraid of the angst and the sorrow that's in the book. In a way, the film can be kind of a throwback to weepies as well as very cutting edge in terms of visual effects.

It's got this operatic tone that's like soma for anyone with a broken heart.

We're probably going to put out one of the greatest breakup mix albums of all time on the soundtrack. Alexandre Desplat doing the music means there's this sense of French Romanticism that goes back to Alexandre's mentor Maurice Jarre and everything he did for David Lean's movies—going back to Debussy and Ravel and that kind of stuff. There is a lot of luxuriating in the emotionalism of the piece. I think I'm probably now supposed to add at this point that there's great stuff for guys as well. But leave that aside for the moment.

You talked a minute ago about Pattinson being an 'unattainable male.' We always see stories about men pursuing a woman. It's rare to see stories where a woman really pursues a man, and when you do, it's usually handled like All About Steve, where it teeters into comic stalking.

Farce.

Exactly. You always hear about the male gaze in films, but this seems to have such a strong female gaze. One of the prerequisites is how many times Pattinson and Lautner take off their shirts.

It's there in the script, and that's one for the ladies, really. Women have been objectified plenty in Hollywood films. And there's still sort of a chasteness to the objectification in Twilight and New Moon. One approaches it hopefully with a bit of tact—not just an exercise in beefcake peddling. You hope when you're shooting any kind of above-the-waist nudity that it suits the demand of the moment, it isn't just in there for the hell of it. That being said, I think we did come to Comic-Con with a lot of muscles and it was really fun to see the reaction to it. I've tried to make films that take into account the female members of the audience. Even American Pie, which comes from a genre that is notoriously misogynist.

I would agree with that. In American Pie, you make a point to show the girl's side of why she would or wouldn't do it on Prom Night—it was fair.

We were trying to say, too, that they were really in control of the scenario, and the guys were more or less hopeless schlubs just trying to navigate these waters. The girls were in control of what happened when.

American Pie—like Twilight—was one of those films that made stars of everyone in the cast. This time around, do you find yourself wanting to give this new generation career or life advice?

I don't particularly feel qualified because I'm not in their situation. I don't have to deal with that fame; I'm able to turn it on or off—or rather, the publicity department is able to turn it on and off. I don’t walk around and get recognized. I'm recognized in inverse proportion to my nearness to Rob. There's some kind of equation I could work out. Basically if I'm within 50 yards of Rob, I matter. If not, I just don't. I think that they don't really need my advice because they are determined to remain true to their own life, in spite of anything that might turn their heads. That's the only advice I could give them: that they stay the clever and decent people who they already are. And I don't think they're manifesting any problems in that regard.

I heard that the on-set experience has been like living in A Hard Days Night.

It was like that in Italy. Although it wasn't so much running and chasing. I'd compare it more to The Birds. You look around and then there's suddenly ten girls over there. And then there's 20. Then 30, then 40. And then suddenly the street you're intending to walk down to get to your next location or lunch is just blocked and there's no way to get through. Or you will get through, but it'll take you hours because you'll take pictures and sign autographs. Which is fair enough because they've come all this way and they're really the reason that we're there. Or you'll have to be a real meanie and just run past. I've developed a preoccupied look that sometimes works. I try to seem as though there's something going really badly at a different location, and sometimes that gets me out of situations.

Have there been any crazy fan experiences?

The crazy thing has been how extraordinarily supportive, friendly and enthusiastic people are. They really want this to be done right, but they're not hyper-critical. There's a degree of good faith between the people making the movie and the people who want to see it, and we are innocent until proven guilty. And that's great because that's not always the case with fan boys. I did encounter this Italian girl in Montepulciano who then appeared in Vancouver who speaks impeccable English. That's one of the reasons I recognized her. She came up to me and said, 'Do you remember me?' and I said yes, I did. And then her mom was there and I sort of wanted to ask her mom what else she and her kid were up to because it seemed like she should be in school, but it's really not my place.

Which other book would you love to film?

To be honest, I would love to film The Golden Compass. I would love to have been allowed to do my own cut of The Golden Compass because I did film that book and there could be a real version of it, but it would cost millions of dollars to complete with the special effects. The cut was taken away from me and that was a devastating experience. That's the other book that I would like to film. I wouldn't have the strength to go through another three years to do it, but it is a great shame that the fear of the ideas in the book led the studio to do a version which I think caused its own downfall.

It was a beautiful film, the look of it.

It's a good-looking film. And there are moments where it's precisely the way I wanted it to look or to feel. But it's been put through a blender so that the interesting ideas that it had in it and the real emotional heft of the story was lost. And that's a shame because I take very seriously my responsibilities to an author in trying to represent their vision on film. Failing Philip Pullman in that regard is a big sadness for me because he's one of the authors I most admire in the world.

Between the author and the studio, that can be a lot of weight.

It is, and I have to say that Summit understands that the fans want to see the book in the film, not just a popcorn movie.

It's almost a safety net, having that many people know the book already very well, more than American audiences knew The Golden Compass.

Yes, American audiences weren't that familiar with The Golden Compass. Once you start monkeying around with the plot and characters and key concepts in the film, you really lose what made the book appeal to anyone in the first place. If you take the example of The Lord of the Rings, it wasn't that it made everybody into a geek overnight. People were able to see what had been great about it in the first place, and the adherence to story and character really paid off, even though a lot of people went to see it who hadn't read Lord of the Rings in the first place and didn't know anything else.

What can you tell me about The Game, the film adaptation of the Neil Strauss guide to picking up women?

I can tell you that Rawson Thurber [director of Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story] is going to direct it, and that he is rewriting it now. It's an attempt to walk a very fine line with a project like this. It has things to say about the relationships between men and women and it could be perceived as misogynistic or as a textbook in how to manipulate women. But it's really not about that—it's about the weaknesses of men and women more than anything else.

And your brother Paul also has a high school vampire movie coming out?

He does. That was not planned at all. It's very funny. A week before I was offered New Moon, I was wondering why there were so many vampire movies around. Paul had wanted to indulge a long-standing love of the grotesque, which the Cirque du Freak series allowed with its visuals and that sort of perversity—not perversion, but perversity—of the books and the script. It's a funny coincidence. Actually, if you want to take it one step further, my grandmother was a silent film actress in the Mexican version of Dracula. They shot it on the same sets as the Todd Browning version, but they started shooting at midnight. My grandfather, who was a producer for Universal at the time, was courting my grandmother, and when talkies came out, there were no parts for women with strong Mexican accents. He convinced Carl Laemmle at Universal that you could make a profit by using the same sets during the night and making Spanish-language versions of the same film. Hence, the Spanish Dracula. It's a film geek delight to compare the Todd Browning version to the Mexican version.

And if your grandfather hadn't done that, you might not exist.

This is true. If it weren't for vampires...

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Robert Pattinson's First Tweet via Peter Facinelli Account

Though Robert Pattinson has no Twitter Account, Rob tweets for the first time through his Twilight co-star Peter Facinelli Twitter Account.



These are Twilight saga stars who have Official Twitter Account. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, and Nikki Reed have no Twitter Account.

CULLENS
Peter Facinelli (Carlisle)

VOLTURI
Michael Sheen (Aro)
Jamie Campbell Bower (Caius)
Charlie Bewley (Demetri)
Cameron Bright (Alec)

OTHER VAMPIRES
Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight/NM Victoria)
Edi Gathegi (Laurant)
Jodelle Ferland (Bree)

HUMANS
Billy Burke (Charlie)
Christian Serratos (Angela)
Anna Kendrick (Jessica)

QUILEUTES
Gil Birmingham (Billy)
BooBoo Stewart (Seth)
Kiowa Gordon (Embry)

DIRECTORS
David Slade (Eclipse Director)

Q & A with 'Eclipse' Casting Director Rene Haynes

The The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Casting Director Rene Haynes which she and her team were in charged to view every audition they received via ActorCast. Rene Haynes discusses few pointers and mistakes people made during auditions in an open call.

What do you look for in an actor who has no experience, and how do you identify “potential”?

I always look for something in the EYES – there’s an indefinable “it factor” that makes someone “watchable”. This is usually a perfect combination of intelligence, charisma and skill. Whether it’s looking at photos or watching taped auditions – I want to see something going on in the eyes. If there’s a spark – there’s “potential”.


What was a common mistake people made in their auditions in this open call?

Actually – I was really proud of the ActorCast Open Casting candidates! Many of you did everything right. Casting a film is like putting a puzzle together – all the pieces have to fit together to make a whole picture. An audition may have been good – but it may not have fit into the puzzle properly… That is the reality of auditioning – MANY people will try out for a role – but there can only be one person who is cast…

If I had to pull out a few “mistakes” to note here that might help someone improve in the future – here they are:

#1 – We NEED to see your face! Some did not frame their auditions so that we could clearly see their faces and eyes. Many times the candidates were not even looking in the direction of the camera. They had placed the reader so far off to the side that I was looking at them in profile the entire audition… Or they were framed in an extreme long shot the entire read… For next time – It’s always good to introduce yourself in a long shot – but then try to frame the actual audition in a “head and shoulders” shot and place your reader right next to the camera lens – so the viewer will get the full benefit of seeing your face.

#2 – Reactions are necessary! Often – I am far more interested in watching an actor in his or her “silent” moments – than just hearing how they actually interpret the lines. Many made the mistake of not reacting to the reader – but instead, would look back at the page, or just wait for their next line… That just does not engage the viewer. Learn the lines before making an audition tape – because acting and REACTING are equally important. Also – make sure to have someone read with you – we cannot gauge a performance when someone is reading both sets of lines – OR when only reading the audition lines. The “give and take” is extremely important.

#3 – Don’t apologize, ever! So many people would preface their audition with… “Hi, sorry, I’ve never done any acting, so this is probably going to suck, but I know I can play Leah, if you just give me the chance”… “Hi, I am currently dieting and could be in shape in time for the filming…” “Hi, sorry – I know I am not what you are looking for but…” OK – all THAT does is draw attention to the fact that YOU have doubts about yourself… which puts a negative thought in the viewer’s mind before you have even begun your audition. If you are going to do something – attack it with confidence and positive energy. The reality of auditioning via tape is that you need to be “camera ready” in your audition and can never expect for the people who are making the decisions to see beyond what is on the tape in front of them. When you only have one shot at auditioning for a role – you have to make the most of it – and “be” exactly what they are looking for in the 3 minutes that you have their undivided attention.

Here’s a few tips – After filming an audition – WATCH your audition before sending it… if you can’t see your eyes or your reactions – do it again. Also – do not wait until the last minute (as many did for these auditions) and then rush through the process… All we can base our reaction on is what we see before us – so it’s important to only put your best effort forward.


Did a non-actor/unknown have a real chance at being cast in one of these roles, or was this just a publicity vehicle?

Yes – of course an unknown had a real chance. Seriously – we are all really busy – and would never just make extra work for ourselves… The Twilight Saga projects do not lack for publicity – so the Open Casting was not simply a publicity stunt. We genuinely were interested in finding new faces – just as we had discovered through our various open calls for the “Wolf Pack” in New Moon.


Can you tell us about your process of going through thousands of auditions? Did you really view them all? Did you first look at headshots and ethnicity – or did you first view the video? How many times did you view the video of someone being considered, and how did you narrow them down?

My assistant, Lisa, and I opened and viewed every single ActorCast submission. We watched every audition that was playable – Sadly, not every audition that was uploaded to the site was actually playable. We viewed the auditions in the order that they were uploaded. There was no filtering due to ethnicity or look. Some auditions were viewed more than once – many were not. Candidates that we thought had real potential, were moved to separate files for further consideration.


What were the important characteristics you were looking for in Seth and Leah? For example, was voice a major concern? Was there a certain look that you and the producers already had in mind?

One trait or aspect was not more of a consideration than another… it was the individual as a whole. We were looking for the right young man and young woman to bring these important Stephenie Meyer characters to life. Talent that had “range” and worked with our director’s vision of the picture. There were, of course, certain parameters that we had to be mindful of… These characters are of certain ages and descriptions that are well known to the fans of the books. It was my responsibility to find the closest representations possible.

Both roles are very complex. For example, on the page it may appear that Leah is just angry in the audition scene, but actually she is a young woman who is dealing with all kinds of emotions and vulnerability under the tough fa├žade that she presents to the world. Many candidates did not explore that side of the character in their auditions. We were looking for individuals who showed the ability to convey all of the various dimensions of these characters.

Related to question 5 – many who submitted were of mixed-race background. Was not being Native American a significant “minus” in being considered?

There were no “minus” factors – all candidates were viewed with the same hopeful expectation on our part that they might be “the one”.


What are callbacks like? How many people were called back from the open call? How did you contact them and what did you ask them to do? Did people have to come and audition in person?

We contacted candidates that we were interested in by either telephone or email. Some were asked to re-tape their audition. Some we were able to audition “in person”.


Can you provide some examples of “good” and “poor” etiquette when dealing with your casting office?

Good Examples: Graciousness is ALWAYS appreciated.

Bad Examples: First let me say that there has been a rather unprecedented level of “access” on “New Moon” and “Eclipse” that is usually not common when casting a project… Due largely to the unfortunate fact that many Blogs and websites published my phone numbers without my permission… OK – so people had the number – and they DID call… but they usually had little regard for what time of day or night it might be. Calling at all is generally frowned upon – but if you MUST call – it is ONLY ever OK to call during the business hours of the recipient. If you must call – identify yourself… It’s very rude to just start asking questions without even a “hello, my name is…”

If you are going to send an email – please check your grammar and spell check. A short, intelligent, note is always preferred over a rambling opus or a curt demand (of which there were many). I get that there is a lot of passion for these particular projects – and I did try to accommodate for that – but there was a general sense of “entitlement” present in a lot of the correspondence – which was a bit offensive sometimes. My hope is that no one ever feels that it is OK to treat one of my casting colleagues in this same way – because it is not – ever.

I was inundated by many people who kept sending the same email, even though I’d already responded. Just because one does not like my reply to their question, doesn’t mean that the answer will change if you send the same email 50 more times. It will simply result in that email address getting blocked. Practically speaking, patience only lasts for so long.

Lastly – Final decisions are not up to me – so the rude notes directed at me because the writer disliked the casting choices were not appreciated.


How did you become a Casting Director? You have cast many films with Native American characters – is that particularly difficult?

Becoming a casting director is a different road for everyone… and there is really no set path. As a child, I read a lot and would “cast” the various characters in the books with voices and people that I knew – so that I could hear and see the story in a cinematic way… Growing up, I just knew that I wanted to cast film – and worked towards that goal.

My specialty in casting Native American and First Nations projects is something that I feel extremely proud to have developed. I take this challenge and responsibility very seriously. For me, there is nothing difficult about casting Native characters. Over the years I have met hundreds of very talented Native actors… The difficulty has always been that there was not more opportunity in the entertainment industry to showcase these wonderful actors. One of the really great things about Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga – is that in developing these terrific Native characters – she has created opportunity for these actors. The Twilight Saga films are allowing a new generation of young Native and First Nations actors to be discovered by audiences. That is very cool and exciting!


Have you ever “discovered” someone in an unusual way? For example, it’s been reported that after hearing Q’orianka Kilcher sing on the street, you cast her as Pocahontas in The New World. Can this really happen?

Yes – there are dozens of fun stories of how someone has been cast in one of the films I’ve done… Though she was not cast – I really love this one: Years ago, I was in Edmonton, AB on a shuttle to the Airport and I met a woman with a young daughter – who was not even 10 – but the little girl was really animated and outgoing – so I gave the mom my card… Years later, while casting “The New World” – a young woman came into an advertised Open Call in Albuquerque, NM – and when she found out that I was the one conducting the session – she pulled out the exact same card that I’d given her mom 9 years earlier. She’d been carrying it all that time! She turned out to be one of our top contenders on that project and is, today, a wonderfully talented working actress.

As for Q’orianka Kilcher – I am extremely proud of having championed her and cast her as the lead in “The New World”. However, just to set the record straight, I have never seen her sing on the street. She had an agent who submitted her for a role in “Into The West” – which we were casting at the same time – and we thought that she’d be a great candidate for “The New World” – so we brought her in for that project instead – she did many brilliant auditions – and the rest is cinema history… (The “singing on the street” story is, I believe, how she was “discovered” by her first agent.)


Did you see people who weren’t right for Seth or Leah Clearwater but you thought they were good enough to be kept mind for other roles?

Yes, absolutely. I am always thinking about future projects and the potential that someone shows – and if the two might intersect in some way.


Why isn’t it customary to let people know if they DIDN’T get selected – or to provide some comments or feedback to each auditioner? How does an actor know how to improve?

I’ve always thought that the old Hollywood phrase – “Don’t call us – we’ll call you” was rather insensitive to the talent in the casting process, but I can totally appreciate the necessity for it. I had a job to do that involved casting quite a few more roles than just Seth and Leah – and … realistically speaking – there was simply not enough time in the day to contact everyone who auditioned via ActorCast (there were almost 3000 uploads!) with “feedback”. Usually, if asked nicely, I’m happy to help someone… However, everyone needs to understand that I am not in the business of educating the candidates on how to “improve” – that is a responsibility that each person needs to take on for themselves.

STUDY the craft! Do not think that looks and desire alone will carry you through – it will not. This is an extremely competitive and difficult business and you have to have skill. Audition at every opportunity. Every audition will help you gain self confidence for the next audition. Skill and confidence are the greatest tools an actor can have. In addition to studying the craft – study in school. Become the most well-rounded and interesting person that you can. The best actors are always smart, well-educated people who have a “world view” and are not just wrapped up in their pursuit of an acting career.


Will you be casting Breaking Dawn and will you have another open casting for it?

I’ve no idea – it’s still much too early to know. As for another “Open Casting”… These kinds of “searches” are extremely rare. It will really depend on the casting needs of that potential production.

One word of caution – PLEASE be wary of any advertising that you see on-line for casting calls for these projects. I was extremely distressed by the number of people who contacted me saying that they had been asked to PAY for casting information by various on-line organizations – or to attend Open Calls for “Eclipse”. We did a series of Open Calls for “New Moon” – but NONE for “Eclipse”. You simply cannot believe all that you read on-line.

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Robert Pattinson's hand prints at Times Square Planet Hollywood

Wait no more to have a chance to get hold of Robert Pattinson. Not a clay but a digital hand prints of Twilight actor Robert Pattinson is at Times Square Planet Hollywood in New York City.


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9/18/2009

New Born Vampires on Shoot of Eclipse

From Vancity Allie updates on shooting of third Twilight film Eclipse plus photos from the set.





I had a chance to see a new set being filmed for Eclipse… the scene where the newborns arrive in Forks. It’s a picturesque scene, with mountains and water framing the background of the shot, and a sparse unoccupied beach for the newborns to arrive on… then they disappear into the forest. The vampire newborns looked absolutely chilling, and their rugged military-like outfits along with steely, determined glares just added to the mood. Filmed early in the morning, this scene was designed to look as if it had been shot at night, possibly just after dusk or just before dawn.

Riley (Xavier Samuel) and Bree (Jodelle Ferland) were on set as well as a number of newborn vampires we have NEVER seen before.


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