Saturday, December 5, 2009

Paps: The Fans Fight Back “He Doesn’t Want This, Neither Do We”

We woke up this morning to a very unpleasant surprise. The obtrusive pap pics of Rob from last were the straw that broke the camel's back for a lot of us. We are thrilled to join up with Thinking of Rob to promote a fan movement saying enough is enough. And to be honest, we'd had enough of this a long time ago.

We are proud to be a paparazzi free site. We love Rob, and the rest of the cast just as much as the next person, but no one should be put through this kind of stalking. A celebrity owes us exactly what we pay them for.

Just in case you're confused, that means they owe us their time on the screen, the stage, the court, the field, etc. When they are "off the clock" they owe us NOTHING.

I have yet to grasp why the fact that someone is well known means that they should have no privacy. If someone treated your average citizen the way that celebrities are treated, they would be considered stalkers and peeping toms.

Due to recent paps pics of Rob that came out today and inva­sive ones taken before (chas­ing Rob while he’s dri­ving, tak­ing pic­tures of him from rooftops), the fans are stand­ing up and fight­ing back. We want the paps to know that we don’t want to see pics like these, so stop tak­ing them. Stop invad­ing his pri­vate life. Enough is enough. Because no per­son deserves this, celebrity our not. There are lim­its and you have gone too far. He doesn’t want this, nei­ther do we!

Here’s our way of fight­ing back, in less than 24 hours we were able to get 500+ pics of fans pos­ing with their arms over their face to show their protest. This is our way of say­ing leave him alone. We’re hop­ing this mes­sage gets across to the paps. Fans from all over the world sent in pics and trans­lated quotes.

Check out all the great fans and other sites working together to spread the message! Thanks again to ToR for starting this campaign.

***NOTE*** Apparently there is some misunderstanding here. We were never intending for anyone to believe those are pictures of Rob. And yes, those are my "short, fat, ugly fingers" that bring this blog to you, along with Kerry who is pictured at the top. I encourage you to go to the Thinking of Rob post and read all about the campaign.
We agree that the best way to fight the paparazzi craziness is to stop posting their vids and pics. That policy has been in effect here at Eyes of Amber for quite some time. We appreciate your support.
If you would like to contribute to the campaign, you may still send your pics in to ToR at thinkingofrob@hotmail.com.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Rob's thoughts on having children...

This is one of my favorite interview clips to date. He always does so well in Japan.
We all know Rob can be quite the joker. I hope for his sake, saying that his child will agree with everything he says is a joke. Otherwise, the adjustment to being at the center of all the Twilight fame will seem like a walk in the park compared to the rude awakening actually raising a child will be.

Thanks to Robert Pattinson...Who? for the clip.

Kerry saw Sam & The Men in Seattle!!

These are the pics that she's sent me on her phone! Sorry I missed you guys!




****Kerry here. This was an amazing show! This was my first time getting to see Sam and the Men perform live, and I'm so glad I went! They did most of my favorite songs, including Too Far Gone, Whiskey, Passport and Sea Blue, as well as a number of others I wasn't as familiar with, but every bit as good. 45 minutes of Sam just wasn't enough though! More Sam Please!

Afterwards, I did get a quick moment to talk to Sam and the guys and get a few posters signed. Yay! My big accomplishment for the night? Forming complete coherent sentences! Go me! Sam is very sweet, as are the rest of The Men. I managed to get a picture of the four of them. Unfortunately, all I had was my phone for a camera, so that's why the quality sucks. But it's them. Honest!


The first opening act, Elizabeth and the Catapult, were also very very good. Elizabeth has a beautiful voice!.

The headliner was Justin Nozuka, who I was also unfamiliar with. I wasn't able to stay for the full set, as my evening out was about to turn into a pumpkin, but also enjoyed, he definitely had quite the following in the crowd, also. I have to say though, no one beats Sam, I think, even if I had been unfamilar with all three acts, he still would have been the highlight of the evening.

Thank you, Sam, for the music and the laughs, I had a blast!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Win a call from a cast member!

There's a new contest announced today on the official Summit twitter. You can win a call from a cast member!

You must be a US resident and age 13 or older.

All you have to do to enter is tweet

@Twilight I've seen New Moon ___ times! #SeeNewMoonAgain

Thanks to Bella and Edward.com

Wolf Pack Attack on Jay Leno


Who knew being a wolf was so dangerous?

Thanks to New Moon Movie

Twilight Soundtrack Nominated for a Grammy!

Congratulations to everyone involved in the soundtrack! We all know how great the soundtrack is, it's nice to see more recognition. And the Grammys are Serious Business!


Nominations for all categories were announced tonight, you can see the full list here.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sam and The Men Stories

If you're a fairly new reader to the blog, you may not know of my complete fangirl status when it comes to the music of Sam Bradley. My birthday present from my hubby this year was a trip to see Sam and The Men. I could not have asked for a better present! The show was awesome, I was privileged to get an interview and talk to the guys in addition to the awesome show that they put on.
Kerry would tell you that I never miss a chance to promote the guys on the blog, so I thought the fact she's going to see them warranted a post! Not to mention there is some great new stuff out there.
The wonderful Amber and Lili from Shack of Soul got to sit down with Sam, Dave and Jeff back on November 21 and their exclusive interview is beyond entertaining!Here's an excerpt.

Sam: It was only supposed to be for one show.

Dave: Yeah.

Jeff: I didn’t know that.

Sam: I didn’t know that either but you said that…

Dave: Then after that show we were like, ‘We should keep doing this.”

Sam: It makes a better story that way.

Read the rest here.

Also, the lovely Loren and Shaun who were the subject of my t5m article about men who read Twilight have been getting in as much Sam as possible. Here is an excerpt from their recent post
Shaun went to go get us drinks and check out Elizabeth & The Catapult and Justin Nozuka’s merchandise that was displayed, and ended up running into Sam. Sam not only recognized and approached Shaun, but remembered that he’d met him in Birmingham (like 6 months before). They talked for a few minutes about multiple things and then Sam went back to the back to get ready for the show. Shaun came back up with us to watch the show, and was already impressed with Sam at that point.
You can read all the rest here.

If you aren't already following Sam on twitter, you are missing out. Follow him here. And what's that, you didn't know that The Men tweet too? Well you must follow them here.
Have you downloaded Sam's EP, because I know if you've hung around here you've heard about it! You can get it directly from his website here. I adore this EP!

Individual pictures of Sam courtesy of Jen Cokeley. You can check out more of her great Sam and The Men pics with the SoS interview.

Kellan Lutz on The Bonnie Hunt Show

Very, very cute interview. Supposedly, there was more with his dog Kola, but I haven't found a video that includes it.

Bonnie is hilarious, flirting with him the whole time, but with good cause, watch his grand entrance!

Ashley Greene on The Ellen Show

I love when our Twi-lovelies are on Ellen! Ashley appears to promote New Moon and her Maxim cover, and to just generally look as gorgeous as always.

Oh and, the woman she talks about...it wasn't me..

Honest...








Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg on New Moon and Eclipse

Here's a little blurb with Melissa Rosenburg. She talks about getting the Twilight gig, working with Stephenie Meyer and a little about what we can look forward to in Eclipse.

For those going spoiler-free, she doesn't discuss anything that you wouldn't know if you have read the books, but otherwise, this is your warning.

Producer Wyck Godfrey on Breaking Dawn

This is pretty much the most official word so far on Breaking Dawn. I know there have been a lot of rumors and he said/she said about it, but I don't post much of that, because I'd rather bring you as official as possible news.

Here's a quick statement from Wyck Godfrey, producer of Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

MORE Vanity Fair Outtakes!

Apparently, Vanity Fair wasn't quite done blowing our minds yet. Here is a fifth set of outakes. This time I posted all of them. Because I'm generous like that.


Breakfast of Champions?

















Official Remember Me Poster

Okay, everyone close your eyes. Pretend with me for a moment that we're a Rob blog, and not a Twilight blog. This is just too cute not to post.

An official Remember Me poster: (Umm..open your eyes now!)


So adorable!

Win a signed copy of Twilight!

Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe is giving you the chance to win your very own copy of Twilight signed by Stephenie Meyer herself. Now what Twilight fan wouldn't love to have that in your collection???
Visit the blog here for all details on how to enter. Contest ends December 10! Good luck!

Twi-Theories Tuesday: Team Charlie

This post will contain major spoilers for the entire book series. Go Read.

This might not really be a theory, exactly. I just figured it was time to talk about Charlie. A few weeks ago, Amber ran an interview with my unicorn hubby on her t5m blog. One of the questions was "Which character do you identify with the most?" His answer surprised even me.

"Charlie, I always feel like I’m on the verge of seeing the big
picture, but when I finally see the werewolves, I’m not glad
I know."

Poor Charlie. The man has been through a crazy few years. In the mess that is the lives of Bella, Edward and Jacob for those couple of years, it's easy to miss what Charlie has gone through. I'd feel compassion for a man that just had his teenage daughter move in with him after 17 years anyway, much less with all the extra stuff going on!

So, let's sum up Charlie's recent history. His 17 year old daughter moves in with him, out of the blue. She gets a new boyfriend, that on paper he likes, but no sooner does she introduce him as her boyfriend, than she comes home crying and saying she broke up with him and wants to leave. Three days later he gets a phone call that says she's been hurt, and somehow the same boyfriend is there, 3000 miles away with her. A few months go by, things seem okay, then the same guy, leaves town with his family, quite suddenly, apparently having informed his daughter of this and the necessary break up in the WOODS, and left her there.

Six months later, she disappears for three days, nothing but a note, and returns, with the boyfriend! And everything appears to be all hunky-dory with them. Two months later, they announce their engagement. They get married, and leave on their honeymoon, where, apparently, his daughter contracts some bizarre South American disease. He's not allowed to see her, until one day, the son of his best friend shows up, strips naked, and turns into a gigantic wolf. Oh, and by the way, he's a grandfather. After a month.

.........

Poor Charlie.

As an officer of the law, it's his job to be observant. Granted, he's a small town cop, not much to do besides ticket speeders and break up rowdy teenage parties, but the investigator is there. Sometimes, we just don't want to know.

I wonder if he always suspected there was something different about the Cullens' and it was confirmed when he actually saw the changes in Bella, or if it just never occurred to him until moment. He knew something weird was up the day of the newborn fight, in Eclipse, he commented on Billy's odd behavior, and was very close to connecting the sounds of the wolf howls to Jacob's yelling.

He also sensed something was coming with Bella and Edward. He did plead with her to tell him before running off with him. At some level he did know significant change was happening, but was it empty nest? Or another suspicion?

He also knew there was something up between the Quileutes and the Cullens, even if he didn't know what, exactly. So my questions to you, because I have no answers this week:

Did Charlie have some idea prior to Jacob's demonstration, and the subsequent conversation?

Do you think he was happier knowing? How would you feel, in his position?


A Tangent:

I love book Charlie, but I have to admit, I love him even more since the movies have come out. Billy Burke has completely consumed the character for me, and made him even more real to me. Unfortunately, we completely missed his birthday last week. Bad Bloggers!

So..

Happy Birthday Billy! Thank you for your wonderful portrayal of Charlie, the fun tweets, and rocking the copstache!

Monday, November 30, 2009

10 Things I Loved About New Moon, The 5 Things I Missed, & The One Scene I Have Learned to Love

New Moon has been out for 10 days now, and I've been to see it four times. I'm nowhere near the record holder, I'm sure (I heard 15 from one person). Obviously, this post will contain major movie spoilers. If you haven't seen it, what the heck are you waiting for?

So without further ado, here are my lists:

10 Things I Loved:


This is by no means the only things I loved, but somethings I really enjoyed.

1. Strutward

Just like Twilight, Edward needs his grand entrance. Cheesy? Maybe a little, but oh so worth it. I loved that the beginning of the movie still gave us that dreamy feel, still in the first-love bubble, and both Strutward and the little bit of banter was great for demonstrating that, and that they were more comfortably settled in their relationship. Best part? Bella's "That's mine." smug smirk as she watches him approach.

2. Harry Clearwater

We don't see much, if any of Harry in the books, he's a background character. We hear about his famous fish fry, and we know he's a friend of Charlie's, and his death, but that's it. Making him a presence made us attached to him. Attributing his death to Victoria? Brilliant move. Makes her scary, we feel the loss of a character, and no need to invent another Buttcrack Santa. In fact, the whole sequence, back and forth between the hunt and the cliff diving was amazing.

3. Victoria's Silence

It wasn't until the third time I saw the movie that it occurred to me that Victoria never had any spoken lines. I don't know if it was scripted that way, or if that's how it ended up in the editing process, but I loved it. We never actually see Victoria in the book, she's just a menacing presence and to me, her silence represented that.

4. Jasper's Southern

Small detail, I know, but it endeared Jasper to me even more. Made him seem more like the book Jasper.

5. Rosalie's Speech

Another small detail, but I thought Nikki seized her moment beautifully. It's only a few sentences, but we learn so much about Rosalie's character in that moment.

6. Proposal

I was afraid at first that they were going to leave it out entirely, after all, marriage as a bargaining chip isn't exactly politically correct, and they've skimmed a lot of the politically incorrectness off the story already. However, while the timing and setting were different, I loved Rob's portrayal of Edward's thought process. Added bonus of using it as a cliffhanger of sorts.

7. Big Wolves.

I was also afraid the wolves wouldn't be big enough, but watching Sam-the-wolf step out of the trees and stand full size was dang impressive.


8. Months


The first time I listened to the soundtrack was in my car. The volume was cranked pretty high. I was taken immediately by "Possibility", and that first big chord really got me, and tears were definitely escaping. Hearing that paired with a desolate Bella staring at nothing while the time passes, killed me dead. Cue bawling Kerry in the movie theater.

9. Break Up in the Rain

I chose this one mostly because I feel kudos need to be given to Kristen and Taylor for pulling off this scene in freezing rain. Also, the complete personality shift in Jacob is great, and it makes me look forward to Eclipse, and the shifts back and forth between "Jacob" and "My Jacob".

10. Creepy Volturi

The Volturi don't occupy many scenes, but they need to be a big presence, and the amazing people they cast to fill the roles did just that. Both charming and sinister, menacing monsters and refined gentlemen (and lady). This was also one of my favorite scenes to watch Rob, and not for decorative purposes. His reactions to Aro are amazing.


The 5 Things I Missed.

1. "That's All I Needed to Hear."

That might be my favorite line in the whole book. The declaration of love, and that being enough hold on to while you sort the rest of the mess out. The reunion in Italy is beautiful and Edward's heartfelt apology back home brought tears to my eyes again, but I really missed that specific line.

2. Edward's Black Eyes

The rest of Edward's look in Italy was great. Paler than usual, the pale lips suggesting he'd not hunted in a while, the ragged clothing. I missed the black eyes, though, the biggest clue that he hadn't been taking care of himself. Bella always paid such attention to his eyes, and it was a detail that helped us understand Edward more.

3. Charlie's Ire

I really, really, really wanted to see the scene when the first get back from Italy and Charlie goes ballistic on Edward, with maybe the added bonus of a scene away from Bella where Charlie delivers the "Never walk through my door" speech. Because you know Billy Burke would have totally rocked that.

4. Missing Items

We got the scene of Edward in Bella's room, looking at the picture, but I doubt any viewers who hadn't read the book knew what was going on there. I looked specifically this last time, and I did notice that the corkboard above her desk had a lot few pictures, and there was less on the walls, but, no direct "my things are missing" reference.

5. Spilling the Beans

Lastly, I missed Bella spilling the beans about the Cullens' abilities. Jake is well aware of Edward's abilities at the end of the movie, but no idea how he knows. Maybe it's a wolf-thing in the movie. Maybe we're just meant to assume that Bella told him at some point, but I would have liked to have seen it.

The Scene I Learned to Love
Alice's Vision

Hands down, the cheesiest scene in the movie. Maybe in a lot of movies. Especially after a year of Kellan mocking Rob's run at TwiCon's all over the nation. I was thinking about it a lot, though. It really confused me. Not as to what was happening, but..why so freaking cheesy?? The movie is pretty cheese-free, with the exception of Strutward, and the vision scene is so different, completely standing out against the dark, emotional tone of the rest of the movie.

I have a lot of faith in Chris Weitz though. I know that every aspect of a movie is analyzed and edited and manipulated to convey whatever message is needed. I couldn't believe that this scene wound up so cheesy by accident. That means it had to have been done on purpose. And then it struck me. We are seeing the future, but we are seeing it through Alice's eyes. And Alice has romanticized Bella and Edward from the beginning, thus turning a smirky, smouldery race through the woods to hunt, into a romantic frolic.

The next time I saw the movie, I didn't mind it so much.

-Kerry