Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Things that Twilight Changed

Sorry for posting so late, busy weekend in RL :)
I was just thinking... there are so many little (and big) things that Twilight changed for us, Twifans. Looking at the news right now, total Eclipse, instead of being a distant, NASA-related piece of scientific information, seems quite familiar and the picture reminds me of a certain recent movie poster. Good old reliable Volvo cars all of a sudden turned into a cool vampmobile (and clever advertising people finally caught on and started riding the TwiWave for promoting their sleek piece of German engineering). Wolves, Native American reservations and the entire Washington State received a complete makeover and became hot trendy stuff. Seemingly overnight, Jacob and Isabella moved to the top of baby name charts and Edward is climbing those, steadily. Every self-respective Twihard knows by heart all the stages of mitosis, re-read Shakespeare and Brontë, and can recite Muse's discography.
I would love to hear from you, what places, objects and events have become "unconditionally and irrevocably" associated with Twilight and hence, part of your everyday life. DO TELL!

Friday, July 9, 2010

'Breaking Dawn' to be filmed in Louisiana and Vancouver!

Summit have announced this afternoon that 'Breaking Dawn' will be filmed in Louisiana and Vancouver. In a statement on the Twilight Facebook page Summit said:

"Summit Entertainment’s THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN will be filmed in both Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Vancouver over the next year starting this fall. The next chapter of THE TWILIGHT SAGA will be released as two separate films with the first of the two slated to be released in theatres on November 18, 2011.

Academy Award® winner Bill Condon will direct both films starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner along with Billy Burke as Charlie Swan as well as returning members of the Cullen Family including Peter Facinelli as Carlisle, Elizabeth Reaser as Esme, Jackson Rathbone as Jasper, Nikki Reed as Rosalie, Ashley Greene as Alice and Kellan Lutz as Emmett.

The project, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, is currently being written by Melissa Rosenberg with Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Stephenie Meyer producing.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.

The third film in the franchise, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, is currently in theatres."
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'Breaking Dawn' Part 2 - Release not set for summer 2012

MTV is reporting that Summit executives are saying that they have still not agreed the 'Breaking Dawn' Part 2 will be released in Summer 2012.  Part one is set for release November 18th 2011. 

"Summit distribution chief Richie Fay told MTV News that no such decision has been made and that the studio is still exploring multiple release dates, not just ones in the summer.
"We've targeted a number of dates, and we have yet to determine when it will happen," Fay said. "We haven't even determined that it will be the summer. It's still the source of discussions."
Of course, studios always explore various release dates for pictures, especially established blockbusters, and the fact that Summit hasn't committed the second "Breaking Dawn" to the summer season shouldn't be mistaken for confusion or indecision within studio headquarters.
But the 2012 summer movie calendar is rapidly filling up, not necessarily with films that widely share an audience with "Breaking Dawn," but with established franchises or properties in their own right. That May will offer "The Avengers," "Madagascar 3" and "Men in Black 3," while June delivers a "Star Trek" sequel. The rebooted "Spider-Man" has already nabbed the July 4th slot (occupied this year by "Eclipse"), followed closely by another "Ice Age" and a third "Batman."
Surely there's room here for "Breaking Dawn," but Summit now has experience releasing "Twilight" movies both in the summer and the fall. And, as Fay says, the studio might not be ready to pick a season for "Breaking Dawn" until "Eclipse" finishes up its theatrical run."
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Julia Jones was initimated on her first days on set!

Julia Jones who plays Leah Clearwater in 'Eclipse' has admitted to MTV that the first few days on set that she felt intimidated. 
"My first day on set was a couple days before we started filming I went for some hair and make-up tests, I got out of the van and the first person I saw was Taylor and he just introduced himself and was so nice," Julia said. "And 10 steps later was Kristen, and then, you know, you're halfway there."
Still, the big stars aren't the only element of the "Twilight" films that set them apart from normal film sets, but Julia said she had to take those inconsistencies as they came.
"I had never been on a set of that size before and just getting used to that and things like the paparazzi there all the time," she said. "There were a lot of X-factors that you have to calibrate really fast to."

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Ashley awarded PETA 'Kind Choices' award

Ashley has been awarded the PETA (People for the Ethical Treament of Animals) 'Kind Choices' award.   Ashley received the honor for becoming the face of Mark cosmetics. Mark is owned by the Avon group. In 1989, Avon became the first major cosmetics company in the world to end all testing on animals.

Congratulations Ashley!
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'The Summer House' is being released July 13th!

One of the movies Rob made long before Twilight is being released for fans to purchase via ITunes on July 13th. Director Daisy Gills spoke to MTV about the short movie and casting Rob.

The movie "was filmed for a week back in the summer of 2006, but is only hitting film festivals and iTunes this year. You can watch the trailer here.  First-time director Daisy Gills said she actually cast Rob because she was recommended him by Campbell Mitchell, who had worked on props for another of his early projects, "The Haunted Airman."  "He said, this guy is amazing, and he's really nice, and I think he'd be really up for working on a short film," Gills told MTV News. "I saw a picture of him and I thought, he's fantastic."
Up until that point, Rob's costar Talulah Riley was best known for her work in Joe Wright's "Pride & Prejudice," and hadn't yet starred in her big hit, "Pirate Radio" (known as "The Boat That Rocked" in the UK). Gills hired a cast director to find her an actress to play the short's main character, Jane, and thought Talulah was the perfect fit."

Read the rest of the article here and follow the links to  purchase the movie on iTunes or to watch the trailer here

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Latest 'Eclipse' figures

Box Office Mojo is reporting that 'Eclipse' has taken in $195, 731,290 domestically and $104,600,000 internationally. This gives the movie an overall take in of $300,331,290. The movie opens in the UK tomorrow and i know I plan on seeing it again this weekend (that would be my 4th time....) What about you? How many times have you seen 'Eclipse'? Do you plan on seeing it again?

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Bronson gets a twitter account!

Bronson has joined the ranks of 'Twilight' actors with a twitter account. You can follow Bronson HERE his handle is @sonofbrown.

'Welcome to the Riley's' full trailer finally released!

Finally we have a full trailer for Kristen's movie 'Welcome to the Riley's' the movie will be given a limited release on November 5th. Check it out below - I think it looks so good, Kristen and the rest of the cast Melissa Leo and James Gandolfini have done an amazing job!



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Dakota talks to Marie Claire

Dakota Fanning talked to Marie Claire magazine about growing up in Hollywood, kissing on screen and of course 'Eclipse'!

"The dress code at Campbell Hall, the private Episcopal school in North Hollywood, California, once attended by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and now by Dakota Fanning and her little sister, Elle, is strict: khaki skirt, shorts, or trousers, white collared shirt, navy sweater, closed-toed shoes. "You could actually wear this," says the elder Fanning — wide-set, frank blue eyes; fair hair; milk-white skin; and the wispy limbs of a John Currin painting — flouncing her skirt, a cream-colored silk pouf, and in the process gaily jangles a wristful of bangles. We are sitting opposite each other in a quiet booth at the Sunset Tower Hotel, in Los Angeles. Her skirt might be passable, I think, but that little distressed white cotton tank with the bra peeking out could be grounds for detention. Ditto the 5-inch, brown Marni wedge sandals that were a present for her 16th birthday, in February, and that add significantly to her petite, not-quite-5-foot-4 frame.
And her costumes for last spring's The Runaways would have probably gotten her expelled. The movie tells the story of the rise and fall of Joan Jett's first band, an all-girl hard-rock ensemble (dubbed "glam-punk" by some) that emerged in the mid-'70s. As the 15-year-old lead singer and Jett sidekick Cherie Currie, Fanning played part naïf, part sexed-up jailbait, in a frost-white wig, fishnet stockings, and an S&M corset. All in a moment, Fanning went from being an adorable if talented "child star" to the full-fledged genuine article, and critics took notice. Reviewing The Runaways in The New York Times, A.O. Scott gushed: "Ms. Fanning, who has shown herself a remarkably disciplined and self-aware actress almost since toddlerhood, displays heartbreaking vulnerability as well as frightening poise." The Denver Post called her performance "uncorked." The message was unmistakable: She had popped.
One lasting friendship to emerge from the experience was with Kristen Stewart, the 20-year-old Twilight lead who played Joan Jett to Fanning's Currie. According to both young women, re-enacting the intimate friendship between Jett and Currie brought them close instantly, and a mutual respect has kept them that way. "Dakota is so unfaultingly steady," Stewart says. "In most cases, I feel like she's older than me. It's only when she starts talking about boys that I remember how young she is." (No, Fanning doesn't have a boyfriend. So far, she says, there has been "nothing serious.") The two, who briefly shared the screen in Twilight: New Moon, reunited in this summer's Eclipse, the third installment of the series, with Fanning reprising her role as a diminutive child vampire in a long cape and Mary Janes. Her character, Jane, can inflict pain with her thoughts, achieved while staring intently at her victims with eyes that appear reflector-red, thanks to a pair of color contacts. Given how much actors rely on their eyes to communicate emotion, the contacts were a handicap that might well have unsettled another, less confident performer. "It's something that's always been there for me, that I have huge blue eyes — it's been something that people have always talked about," Fanning says. "But I enjoyed the red. You're automatically transformed into a creature when you put those red eyes in." Fanning (who has been reading since she was 2) tore through the Twilight books after she was cast. "They're so addicting!" she says, though her natural taste in literature tends toward the more refined: Right now she's reading Jeffrey Eugenides' novel, The Virgin Suicides."

Read the rest of the article HERE and check out the BTS video of the shoot below after the cut;

EW Behind the Eclipse wolves

Entertainment Weekly has a new article, 'Eclipse': Behind the new and improved wolves.  This is one of my favorite behind-the-scenes articles so far. I just really like hearing about the fundamental differences in the Eclipse wolves and how their scenes were planned out. Here's an excerpt...
It was important to Eclipse director David Slade that Taylor Lautner actually film that scene with Kristen Stewart so she was able to establish eye contact with him instead of with a golf ball that could’ve been used as an eyeline and painted out later. The wardrobe department dressed Lautner in a neutral grey leotard and hoodie — primarily so his skin tone wouldn’t bounce back onto Stewart and create lighting issues when Wolf Jacob was added, Tippett says. We, however, like to believe someone was already thinking about the DVD extras. That will be great, won’t it?
I'm seriously hoping to see that on the DVD too! Check out the video clip below and you can read the rest of the article here. I'm interested to hear your thoughts. Did the wolves seem really different to you this time around? Did you like them better in New Moon or Eclipse?

Robert Pattinson NY Times Outtakes

The more pictures I see of Rob in this shirt, especially without the red background, the more it grows on me. I'm told by a friend who was at the press junket that day that the color was actually wonderful on him in person.I just picked out a few of my favorites.
Thanks to ROBsessed for this beauties. You can see the rest here.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Colt Ford - Chicken and Biscuits

Colt Ford's new video for his song "Chicken and Biscuits" has a Twilight theme!
Big thanks to @MsJBell for bringing this video to our attention! None of us have ever seen it and I laughed SO hard! Country music meets Twilight!



There is also a behind the scenes video
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Win a Twilight ornament from Novel Novice

Novel Novice Twilight and Hallmark have teamed up to bring you a giveaway! Two lucky winners will receive a Bella and Edward Twilight Keepsake ornament! It will be available in stores beginning this weekend, but we all know it will NOT be easy to find!

It's easy to enter and you don't want to miss the opportunity! You can find all the details here.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Eclipse weekend actuals are in!


Gossip Cop and Box Office Mojo are reporting the actuals for 'Eclipse' are slightly up from what was originally being reported.
According to Summit, the movie’s actual four-day North American (Friday through Monday) haul at 4,468 locations was $83.6 million.
The actual 6-day cumulative North American box office stands at $176.4 million. Internationally it has raked in $100,200,000.00. Leading to a worldwide total of over a quarter of a BILLION dollars and it still hasn't opened in Britain and France!! 

The Movie has also broken the following all time movie release records!

Opening Wednesdays # 1
Single Day Gross #2
Single Day Wednesday Gross #1
Widest Releases #1
Widest Independent Releases #1
Widest Opening Releases #1
Widest Opening Independent Releases #1
Widest PG-13 Rated Openings #1
Widest PG-13 Rated Releases #1 
Opening Gross #2

Congratulations to all involved! I plan to see it at least one more time in the movie theaters, do you?

Eclipse Retro or Backward?

EW writer Owen Gleiberman reviewed 'Eclipse' for the magazine recently, read his review here, and received a bucket load of opinion both over his review and from people arguing about what the 'Twilight' series stands for. He has written a great editorial on how the movie polarizes opinions, the issues of feminism it raises and whether the phenomenon is simply be laughed at by young men because they feel threatened by the 'pop cultural juggernaut'

"Lots of things in life, including movies, are love-it-or-hate-it. But when you listen to the two clashing camps of opinion trying to shout each other down over the Twilight books and movies — let’s call them Team Rapture and Team I Can’t Stand This Garbage — you really get the feeling that its members are standing not just on opposite shores but in opposite worlds, on distant planets in enemy solar systems. You get the feeling that they’ve had, and are talking about, two entirely distinct, utterly non-overlapping experiences. It’s no wonder that the twain shall never meet, or even pretend to be civil.
To recap: Either you’re a hater or you’re a Twihard. Either you identify with Bella Swan as a fresh and noble ordinary girl who has a small touch of the extraordinary about her — a lovely wallflower who blooms under the gaze of her courtly vampire beau — or you think that she’s a drippy, passive doormat in thrall to the kind of male-centric romanticism that should have died out around the time of Gone With the Wind. Either you think that the stories are tepid, meandering, and wishy-washy repetitive, or you think that they coast along on wistful currents of yearning, loneliness, and desire. Then, of course, there’s the Great Edward Debate, which got played out here last year in the fury of responses to my New Moon post. Is he a swooningly idealized James Dean/Heathcliff/Brad Pitt figure, an amorous obsessive with just the right touch of otherworldly danger? Or is he a blood-guzzling “stalker,” an erotic harasser who will break into your house and stare at you while you’re asleep because he’s the kind of guy whom any sane girl would avoid at all costs?"

Read the full article HERE. What do you think about his comments? Do you agree that the reason people (mainly guys) have such a strong reaction against is because they feel threatened?

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Twilight stars surprise fans at the movies!

'Eclipse' cast members all made appearances in support of the movie at theaters all over the country over the long weekend.  Peter Facinelli even made an appearance in Hawaii where he was on vacation with his family!

The most exciting appearance of the weekend came at the very end last night when Rob and Kristen appeared together to surprise a theater full of movie goers in Los Angeles. Rob has been very busy shooting 'Water for Elephants' so for him and Kristen (who only has a short amount of time off before pre production of 'On The Road' begins)  to appear was very generous of them. Check out the video below of Rob and Kristen's appearance and click HERE to see pictures of the other cast members surprising fans on the Twilight Facebook page!



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EW 'Eclipse' star portraits

I missed these when they first posted and I forgot to bring them over but thought you would all like to see these EW 'Eclipse' cast portraits of the Cullens, Riley, Victoria and Jane. I think the Jackson portrait is my favorite, which is yours?

Check out the full article HERE.




David Slade says "Thank You"

@Twilight tweeted a new message from David Slade this afternoon expressing his thanks to the fans for their support.
When you put your heart and soul into something as intense as the duration of a film production, you become completely lost in it. You focus on doing your very best to get it right each day and you work on this for so long that you assume an ownership of it.

When shooting The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, I always felt an awareness of how many people this film would reach and as a result, knew that this film did not just belong to myself, the producers and the studio, but more so, to all of you, the fans of The Twilight Saga.

At the end of the day, after all the hard work is done, all that's left is the film itself, and your overwhelmingly positive and supportive responses have made me feel like we must have done something right. As a filmmaker, this is a rare and strange feeling of connection with an audience of which I will never forget and I thank you all for it.

DAVID SLADE
JULY 2010
 Like I said in my review, I think we need to be sending thank you notes to David Slade! He sent us a wonderful love letter, then topped that by giving us a film that we all can take pride in. I may have had initial reservations about him as the director of Eclipse, but I am now one of his biggest fans! I think I speak for most of us when I say, Mr. Slade, you are so very welcome!

Monday, July 5, 2010

New 'Eclipse' stills and behind the scenes images

The Twilight Saga UK Facebook account posted new 'Eclipse' movie stills and behind the scenes images on their facebook page. Some of the images may be spoilerish so they are all after the cut!
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Sunday, July 4, 2010

'Eclipse' on course for monster weekend Box Office

According to Gossip Cop 'Eclipse' has taken in $261m so far worldwide, breaking the quarter of a billion barrier in it's first five days of release!

"The latest numbers are in, and Eclipse will rake in an estimated $89 million for the holiday weekend.
So far the film has made $161 million in North America and is expected to earn $181 million by the end of the holiday weekend.
Internationally, since opening in June 30, Eclipse has grossed an estimated $100.2 million from 42 territories."

Metro.co.uk says that "The distributor also published a prediction which suggested the film would enjoy total ticket sales worth almost $200 million in its opening six days.
Should that prove to be the case, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse would beat the opening-week box office figures of its two predecessors.
It would also make it third in the all-time opening six-day figures chart, behind The Dark Knight and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

Note that the distributor predictions are always a little lower than actuals and the movie does not open in the UK for another five days (July 9th).


Congratulations to all the people who made 'Eclipse' such a success, have you seen the movie? What did you think? Check out Amber and Rashell's 'Eclipse' reviews as well!


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Focus on the Quileute tribe

Chaske Spencer, Alex Meraz and Julia Jones recently spoke about how the Quileute tribe were portrayed in the Twilight movies;

"Actor Chaske Spencer sees the “Twilight Saga” as a turning point for American Indians working in Hollywood.

Spencer and co-stars Alex Meraz and Julia Jones play Quileute tribal werewolves who can phase between human and wolf form at will. Despite the supernatural context, the actors see the Quileute portrayal as a well-deserved modernization of American Indian imagery.'

Read the full interesting article HERE.

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New 'Eclipse' TV spot - Number 1

There is a new 'Eclipse' TV spot - Number 1



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Peter hopes fans can 'change the world'

Peter has spoken to Popeater about how 'Twilight' fans can change the world by banding together to support causes like research into childhood cancers, he also spoke about his 4th of July holiday plans;

Peter Facinelli stars in one of the biggest film franchises, but he's taking his time to fight pediatric cancer.

The actor, who plays vampire patriarch Carlisle Cullen in the 'Twilight' films, is raising awareness with Cookies for Cancer to fund research for the disease. As part of the effort, Glad products has teamed up with Cookies and the actor.

Facinelli talks to PopEater about his role in the initiative, and how he wants fans to help.

"When you put all these ['Twilight'] fans together [for the films], it's a very powerful thing. I think if we can spin that towards other areas like pediatric cancer and bring that kind of camaraderie toward a specific event or group or cause, I think we can help change the world."

The 'Nurse Jackie' star also tells us about the bake sale competition he will compete in for the cause, and what his plans for the Fourth of July are.
Tell me a little about your work with Glad to Give and Cookies for Cancer?

I'm excited to be working with Glad products because they are teaming up with Cookies for Cancer, a non-profit organization. We're trying to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer through doing these bake sales. How I got involved is, I do a lot of charity work for pediatric cancer through Alex's Lemonade foundation. They came to me and asked me if I'd want to be a part of raising awareness for this as well. They are essentially doing the same thing. Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease of children under the age of 18. But half of the drugs used to treat children with cancer are 20 years old. They have new research technologies, but they don't have the money for it. What we're trying to do is just help raise awareness, help fund this research, so we can stamp out cancer in children.

How can anyone get involved?
It's a big campaign that extends all the way through the holiday. Right now, when you buy specially marked Glad products, you can enter a code online and Glad will donate a dollar to Cookies for Cancer, up to $100K. If they want to find out more information, they can go to Glad.com and learn all about the promotion and host their own bake sale. What we're going to be doing in November, there are three celebrities -- myself, Joan Cusack and Jayma Mays -- and we're going to do a celebrity bake-off competition. They are going to stream these bake sales live and the fans can donate money towards Cookies for Cancer. But also, we're going to be selling these cookies live in these bakeries, so the celebrity who comes up with the most money wins the competition.

What are you going to bake?
I have no idea yet. I'm for sure going to be going to my wife, Jennie [Garth], because she is the baker in the family. I'm going to be hitting her up for some recipes.

Do you think I'll win?

Whatever I compete against, I always try to win. I don't know if you ever saw the bet I did with my friend Rob. [Editor's Note: Facinelli bet Rob DeFranco that he could get 1 million Twitter followers. Upon Facinelli's win, Rob had to dance around in a bikini on Hollywood Boulevard, singing 'Single Ladies.']

Yes, I did.

Yeah, I don't like to lose. Even if it's something like baking, I'm going 100 percent.

What sweets are your favorite?
I like chocolate chip cookies, sometimes too much.

On a more serious note, do you feel lucky that you can use your celebrity to bring attention to causes like these?
Here's how I feel -- I don't think you need celebrity status to get things done or be a part of something. One person, to me, as clichéd as it sounds, can make a difference. If you look at the people who founded this company, Cookies for Cancer, they were parents who were inspired by their young son's ongoing fight against cancer. If you look at the people who founded Alex's Lemonade, they were just parents, who again, were inspired by their daughter's disease. These people weren't celebrities, they started these programs to make a difference. But it definitely takes a village. It does. For me, being able to use my name in order to spread that awareness and spearhead this village in the right direction ... because I feel like people want to help, they just don't know how. They want to be able to say, "Listen, I'd love to be a part of stamping out cancer, what can I do?" For me to be able to use my name to get their attention, to say "this is what we can do," just as simple as buying some cookies, I'm ecstatic to be able to do that. At this point, because of what I'm doing, because of 'Nurse Jackie,' because of 'Twilight,' people might look at what I'm doing and so my name might get some attention, so I can bring awareness to a cause or project. That to me is important, in order to be able to give back.


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Design your own Eclipse gear with CafePress

I got an email from CafePress about a really neat new Eclipse widget they have. You can use it to create your own personalized Eclipse gear! I had a lot of fun making my shirt and I'm sure you will too! You can even make a widget for your site!

We'd love to see pictures of your personalized gear when you receive it!