3/14/2011

Robert Pattinson To Talk 'Water For Elephants' On 'MTV First' Live Stream!

Calling all Robert Pattinson fans! MTV News has a very special treat for all of you next Friday, March 18, when we'll present an exclusive sit-down interview with Robert Pattinson and premiere a previously-unseen clip from his new movie, "Water for Elephants."

Hosted by MTV News' Josh Horowitz, "MTV First: Robert Pattinson" airs next Friday at 8:56 p.m. ET on MTV and MTV.com. Fans can tune in to see RPattz introduce the new clip, followed immediately by a live 30-minute interview with Josh on MTV.com, during which the "Twilight" heartthrob will answer a few questions from fans.

Fans can begin submitting their pressing queries on Friday (March 11) on MTV.com or via Twitter (using @/ hashtag #AskRob).

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3/01/2011

Director Catherine Hardwicke looking back on Twilight and why she made Robert Pattinson swear on a stack of Bibles

For Twilight, Hardwicke had trouble finding an actor otherworldly enough to play vampire Edward Cullen. Then she got a call about a guy in London. “I looked at a couple pictures and was like, ‘I’m not sure,’?” Hardwicke says. “He had been fired from his last job, he was unemployed, he was in debt.” Pattinson flew to Los Angeles on his own dime to read with Stewart. “I have footage of their first meeting at my dining-room table,” Hardwicke says. “Kristen was like, ‘It’s got to be Rob!’ She felt connected to him from the first moment. That electricity, or love at first sight, or whatever it is.” Hardwicke gave him the part, but he had to make a promise. “You’ve got to realize that Kristen is 17 years old,” she told him. “She’s underage. You’ve got to focus, dude, or you’re going to be arrested. I made him swear on a stack of Bibles.”

Despite Twilight’s $400 million global success, Hardwicke left the franchise when it came to the sequel. She said it was her decision, despite a blog report that she was fired. “I couldn’t even be fired, that’s what’s so funny,” she says. “In my contract, I had the first right of refusal.” She turned down the second film, she says, because the studio wanted to rush it out. “I do not regret it at all, thank the Lord,” she says. “The truth is I liked the first book the best.”

There is something of the vampire in Hardwicke herself. Just as Edward will never grew old, Hardwicke refuses to abandon the mischievous joys of youth. There’s nothing formal about the way she does business. She frequently invites her protégés over to audition or rehearse. Her home is “right on the beach,” says Shiloh Fernandez, who plays the hunky Peter in Red Riding Hood. “It’s like a loft for a young surfer guy.” It’s not Grandma’s house. But there is a bed. And she lures young actors onto it, though not in the traditional casting-couch way. When Hardwicke auditioned Evan Rachel Wood for Thirteen, she had her get into her bed with Nikki Reed. That’s also where Pattinson kissed Stewart for the first time in his Twilight screen test. “That bed made Pattinson who he is right now,” says Reed. Asked about her lair, Hardwicke laughs. “MTV came and did an episode in my house filming the bed. It’s legendary,” she says, flashing a wide—dare we say wolfish—grin.

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‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ video spoof in Oscar Musical Moment

Kellan Lutz attends the Hollywood Domino Pre-Oscar Gala (photos)

Actor Kellan Lutz arrives at the Hollywood Domino Gala presented by Circa and Bing in support of Seven Bar Foundation held at Sunset Tower on February 24, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.

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Breaking Dawn actress Maggie Grace supports Global Green

Global Green USA celebrated its 8th Annual Pre-Oscar party on Wednesday night at the Avalon Hollywood, raising funds and awareness for Global Green’s national initiatives to fight climate change. More than 1400 people attended the star-studded event featuring musical performances by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Best Coast, and Portugal. The Man. “Greener Cities for a Cooler Planet” was the theme of the evening which benefited Global Green’s initiatives to promote smart solutions to climate change by creating healthy, green communities.

It's for real Peter Facinelli wants your blood... for a good cause.

Actor Peter Facinelli played as the patriarch of vampire Cullen family known as Dr. Carlisle Cullen has joined the blood drive of Community Blood Council of NJ for emergency blood supplies.

"There's an irony in a vampire asking for your blood," said Peter Facinelli, perhaps better known as Dr. Carlisle Cullen of the blockbuster film "Twilight" and "The Twilight Saga."

"I always think it's a good fit," Facinelli said.

On March 5, from noon to 5 p.m., Facinelli will visit Quaker Bridge Mall to spend time with fans and promote two charitable organizations focusing on two distinct causes: Alex's Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer and the Community Blood Council of NJ for emergency blood supplies.

Facinelli will spend the day in the mall's lower level center court for a meet-and-greet and autograph session, as well as a "Twilight"-inspired blood drive, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. just outside of Sears.

The star will sign autographs for $25 and take photos with fans for $40, plus $10 per additional person, in the afternoon, with part of the proceeds benefitting Alex's Lemonade Stand. More information can be found online at www.quakerbridgemall.com.

Those fans wishing to donate blood should contact the Community Blood Council of New Jersey at (609) 883-9750 ext. 145, or visit www.givebloodnj.org. Donors will automatically be entered to win a private dinner later that evening with Facinelli, and the first 25 donors will receive an autographed T-shirt.

"It's a day where fans and I get to get together and have fun," Facinelli told The Times in a phone interview yesterday, "but also, we're helping to save lives at the same time. Everybody wins in that respect."

Along with contributing to two great causes, he said he is looking forward to meeting some of his fans.

"It makes me excited to meet them," he said. "It's a long day, but no matter how tired I get, (I) get fed by the energy of the crowd."

And according to Marian Kapp, marketing director at Quaker Bridge Mall, there will be plenty of fans on hand.

"Fans as far as Virginia and Florida are planning on traveling to meet Peter Facinelli," she said.

Mary Moore, recruitment account manager for the Community Blood Council, said she hopes the event will be a win-win, where fans get to visit with a celebrity and the blood council receives donations.

"The winter months have really produced a lot of shortages for us," she said. "We're hoping that it brings in blood."


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