Friday, January 8, 2010

We Might Be A Little Jealous of Anna Kendrick


She's cute, bubbly and sweet as pie, which is good, because otherwise we might not like her so much. When she's not stealing scenes in Twilight movies as Jessica, she's collecting awards nominations for her role in Up In The Air. And if that wasn't enough, she spent last winter/spring traveling between sets, with Rob Pattinson on one set, and George Clooney on the other.

It's a good thing we like you, Anna.

Anna was on The Ellen Show today, and talks about some of the funny teasing from going back and forth between sets. Have a look...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

People's Choice Award Winners

Twilight fans have gotten used to the movie sweeping awards shows, but it didn't happen last night. Honestly, I'm kind of glad that they didn't walk away with every award up there. They were up against some hugely established actors and actresses and I'd hate to have to listen to the choruses of "They only won because the little teeny bopper fans had nothing better to do than vote constantly." Here are the nominations along with the winners.

  • Favorite Movie Actor - Robert Pattinson - Winner - Johnny Depp
  • Favorite Movie Actress - Kristen Stewart - Winner - Sandra Bullock
  • Favorite Breakout Movie Actress - Anna Kendrick - Winner - Mylie Cyrus (I'm shocked by this one)
  • Favorite Breakout Movie Actor - Taylor Lautner - WINNER
  • Favorite On-Screen Team - The Twilight Saga - WINNER
  • Favorite Movie - Twilight - WINNER

Also, Paramore won Favorite Rock Band and Taylor Swift won Favorite Female Artist. You can see all the winners on the People's Choice site.


Vampires were a hot commodity of the night. True Blood took the title of Favorite TV Obsession and Vampire Diaries was named Favorite New TV Drama.  Kellan presented for Favorite Country Artist and Queen Latifah went out in the audience and took a picture of herself with Taylor, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman. If you havaen't seen the New Moon parody from last night that we posted earlier, be sure to check it out!

Eclipse Book Discussion: Chapter 4: Nature

This post contains book spoilers for Eclipse through chapter 4. Go read!

Nature means a few things, similarly related. The world around us, the balance between predator and prey, the whole circle of life thing. (I got you singing, didn't I?) It can also mean...just who we are. Ourselves deep down inside.

Chapter 4 begins with some understatement.
Amber: I find it hilarious that the first line of this chapter is "I was having a bad week."
Kerry
: Bella is stressed out.
Sabrina
: How very appropriate!
Bella is still in that horrid place of waiting for something bad to happen. It's a lot of waiting, with big things hovering on the horizon. Victoria is still on the loose, and her change to vampire life is mere weeks away. She does try to convince the Cullens to change her sooner, in an effort to provide some help, but they are not concerned over the seven of them being able to handle Victoria.
Sabrina: It's so odd to me that the Cullens think it's silly that she's scared.
Kerry
: they've lost the perspective of being a human in this situation.. Sabrina: Maybe they've been practically invincible so long that they've forgotten what it feels like to be vulnerable
Kerry
: they' thinking there's 7 of them and 1 Victoria, as long as they keep Bella away, it'll be fine
Amber
: and I think they're just so confident that they can protect her, the fact that she lacks that same confidence confuses them.
A minor scene in the chapter, but a great metaphor for the story. I want to take time to talk about the magnets.
Sabrina: What a lovely visual allusion to Edward and Jacob.
Kerry
: Definitely, it was a good metaphor for reconciling Edward and Jacob in her life
Amber
: and I love that they're her favorites, the big strong ones
Amber: "The last two magnets - round black utilitarian pieces that were my favorites because they could hold ten sheets of paper to the fridge without breaking a sweat."
The Cullens, with the exception of Alice, leave the following weekend to hunt. When Bella finds herself with some unexpected free time, she seizes the opportunity to go visit Jacob, figuring a split decision would allow her to cross the boundary before Alice could reach her.
Amber: Okay, so we get the note from Edward in this chapter, one of the famous quotes
Kerry
: Sweetward!
Sabrina
: Yeah, I have to admit that's pretty sweet.
Amber
: Such a romantic!
Sabrina
: And, actually very practical. He worries for her when he's gone. He thinks it might help. I like it.
Kerry
: it's some of that old-fashioned romance too...how often do people write simple love notes anymore?
Amber
: very true, and Edward is definitely an old-fashioned romantic
Sabrina
: True. Now it's love Facebook statuses instead :)
So, Bella goes to La Push. We get to see the true friendship between Bella and Jacob here. Despite the weeks of avoidance and disagreement, they are genuinely happy to see each other, and easily slip into a friendly conversation. Inevitably though, the conversation needs to turn to the issues at hand. Bella explains her reconciliation with Edward, and Jacob tells the story of the events that happened while Bella was in Florida.
Kerry: so Bella and Jake hash out some of their feelings on their separation
Sabrina: It got pretty ugly occasionally, but she did set him straight on a couple of key points.
Kerry: I like the conversation about why Edward left, that even Jacob couldn't fault him for that
Sabrina: And as Jacob understands more, so do I.
Amber: He can't fault Edward for leaving when it was all about protecting Bella
Sabrina: Funny in a way, irritating in a way. Insulting her decisions is probably not the best way to get her to change her mind.
Kerry: I don't think Jacob knows any other way though, and he's trying to rationalize it to himself. and it's easier to think it's the looks or the money, than to accept that she just really loves Edward
Amber: I don't think he's doing it to insult her, just to draw some comparison. "What does he have that I don't?'
Sabrina: Open mouth, insert paw.
Sabrina: He was just really tactless in going about it.
Kerry: Well, that's Jacob. Jacob has never been very tactful
Sabrina: I suppose he understood that he is home to Bella, and he doesn't understand how anything can compare.
Wait a minute, which one of us is Team Jacob, here? No really, I've said before that my favorite thing about these books is the humanity of all the characters. They all have their quirks and strengths and weaknesses, and we all can see them.

Jacob and Bella hash out some of their relationship, and Jacob struggles to see what Bella sees in Edward. The symbolism of the chapter title is brought out in a great metaphor by Jacob. The description of an eagle, a powerful predator circling the sky with a fish in it's talons. Predator and prey, exactly as nature intended them to be. He's equating this to Edward and Bella, a similar metaphor that Edward used with Bella once. Bella makes a joke, and that brings us back to the discussion above, but the underlying sentiment is that things don't always have to be a certain way. That with effort and love and acceptance, anything is possible.

We conclude the chapter with a look into Jacob's heart. His true case for Bella's life, and her life with him.
Sabrina: I find it so interesting that Jacob sees his condition as natural.
Amber: I think he defines it as natural because it's born in him
Kerry: and he wouldn't have changed if the vampires hadn't been around
Sabrina: Bella's remark about being stuck with Mike was hilarious. Poor Mike!
Kerry: but really...I think it's why Edward gets so annoyed with Mike. Mike isn't a bad guy
Kerry: He's just....normal
Amber: I think it's interesting here to that Jake makes a distinction between normal and natural. He tells her he never claimed to be normal
Amber: and as he points out, that doesn't apply to Bella either
Amber: when he tells her at the end that he feels human, I just break.
Jacob and Bella's conversation will continue in the next chapter, so we'll return to it next week. Share with us your feelings on the reunion and the symbolism of the "Nature" reference.
Sabrina: Can I just say that I'm very disappointed at the lack of Charlie in this chapter?

People's Choice Awards New Moon spoof - in full!



Thanks to Rob My World!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Twilight at the People's Choice Awards


Kellan Lutz and Taylor Lautner will be representing Twilight tonight at the People's Choice Awards. Twilight is up for more than a few nominations and could be set to sweep the night. They are nominated in the following categories.

  • Favorite Movie Actor - Robert Pattinson
  • Favorite Movie Actress - Kristen Stewart
  • Favorite Breakout Movie Actress - Anna Kendrick
  • Favorite Breakout Movie Actor - Taylor Lautner
  • Favorite On-Screen Team - The Twilight Saga
  • Favorite Movie - Twilight
  
Vampire Diaries is up for Favorite New TV Drama. The show will air on CBS tonight at 9/8C and I will be live tweeting! You can follow @EyesofAmberBlog or @VampDiariesXmnr as both accounts will have the same content for tonight only!

So, how many of these categories do you think Twilight will take tonight?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Jasper, Abs and Sparkles...Oh My!

Oh yes, the long-awaited Jasper is about to become a reality...thanks to @FireCr0tch of We Bite Pretty Hard for sending me the great tip on these yesterday before I'd heard about them anywhere else! Before you get too excited, these are all only currently available for pre-order and won't ship until April.


So yes, here is Jasper in the outfit from the ill-fated birthday scene. Honestly, I believe they did a better job on the hair with the action figure than on Jackson. Anyone else care to weigh in on that one?

For all the Team Jacob girls out there...Jacob Black sans shirt. Truthfully, I've been waiting for this guy since we saw the preview at Comic Con and was bummed when he wasn't in the original release of New Moon figures.

Alice will finally have her counterpart, her other half. And all of those ladies who are feeling pervy because Taylor is still 17 can take comfort in the fact that he'll be fully legal by the time their shirtless Jacob arrives at their door. Hmmm, I have to wonder if that was planned...

Now...Team Edward already had three figures. We had the original Edward in the peacoat, Edward in the sunglasses (I am in love with this one and need it desperately...just sayin'), and the New Moon Edward. What more could we possible ask for, right? A shirtless Italy Edward? Yes, that would be awesome. But wait, that's not what we got. However, these are close. You have your average, run of the mill, begging-the-Volturi-to-take-his-life Edward...

For $8 more...you can have the sparkling ready-to-die-in-Volterra Edward.

All these figures, as well as the previously released ones, are available through ToyWiz.com. You can even order these four as a set for $59.99. @FireCr0tch ordered several sets from them before and was more than happy with her experience.

So spill it, what do you think of these? Will you be ordering any of them? I must admit, I really want some sparkly Edward. The hubs said tonight, "You know you're going to eventually end up getting them no matter what you say now." I wasn't all that thrilled with the first run of the New Moon ones. I'm anxious to get my hands on these and check them out in person. I'm also looking forward to the New Moon Edward who will be arriving at my house soon courtesy of a wonderful twitter buddy @Valleegrl. Can you believe he was on clearance at Target? Oh, the horror!

Eclipse Chapter 4 Discussion Preview & Script Leak

Nature


"You see it everywhere. Nature taking its course - hunter and prey, the endless cycle of life and death. And yet, you don't see the fish trying to plant a kiss on the eagle. You never see that."

"Maybe the fish was trying. It's hard to tell what a fish is thinking. Eagles are good-looking birds, you know."

Discussion will post on Thursday. And while we're on the topic of discussions, twitter has been on fire this evening with talk of the Eclipse script leak. We will not be allowing ANY discussion of the script on the blog or in the facebook group. We thank you for respecting us and your fellow fans by following this guideline.

Rob Tops GQ's Best-Dressed List

And with this picture as an example, who's going to argue?


From GQ.com:
1. Robert Pattinson
(Last year No.39) "Extremely elegant and inspiring, the true essence of a contemporary man." Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, designers
GQ says:
The 23-year-old actor has scaled a whopping 38 places in just 12 months... How? Just type his name into Google and the nine million search results might explain this Brit actor's unstoppable rise to the top spot.

Yes, yes, we like Premiere-Rob. Hope to see a repeat for Eclipse, too.