Saturday, July 17, 2010

Twilight Afterlife, Literary Speaking...

I bet everybody who got hooked on Twilight books, inhaled them in one veeeeeeeeryyyyyyy looooooooong (yet somehow - too short) sitting, re-read them again, at the end, was left wanting more... Craving that "butterflies in my stomach" feeling of diving into a great story that catches you and doesn't let go until you're done with it. Am I right, or am I right?
Personally, I started reading Twilight when RL was not so fun around me, and I desperately needed some escapist alternative reality to stick my head into. So, when it ended... I was kinda left high and dry, no fair! Naturally, I started searching frantically for another book (series, preferably) to keep scratching my itch. First came up the "Southern Vampire Series" aka True Blood. Then, I discovered that there's a whole world of wonderful, romantic, and exciting YA lit out there. It was such a fresh diversion from the pink-covered "chick-lit" and more serious "grownup" stuff that filled my library record up until then! I read them all, vamps, wolves, fairies, oh, so many fairies, angels, knights, immortals, oy... Some better than others, some great, some not so much, but you get the drift. So, now I come to the point where I am once again, standing at the edge of magical YA universe with nothing to read. Seriously! One more series that doesn't end after 3rd installment and I might throw up a little. Another "there's a new boy in school and he's gorgeous and I am a plain geeky girl who has to have him" and I might get an "episode". I seriously need a break from the high-school crowd. I probably will come back to at least a few of the serious I still admire and would like to keep tabs on, when they come out. But for right now, I've got NOTHING! What's a girl to do? HELP!!! Should I go back to the source aka Anne Rice? Jump into the sci-fy fantasies? Give me some good recommendations, please!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Rio being considered as possible 'Breaking Dawn' Location!

The LA Times Ministry of Gossip is twittering that Rio is being considered as a third location for 'Breaking Dawn' and the Isle Esme scenes! This tip came from an interview the paper had with Melissa Rosenberg. Summit has previously announced that the book will be split into two movies and filmed in Louisiana and Vancouver.

"Rio being considered as 3rd location for breaking dawn pt 1 - where the book says Isle Esme is located. full scoop in the a.m. @mattdonnelly 

The Rio tip comes from our follow-up chat with Melissa Rosenberg. Great interview, pt 2 if you will, coming tomorrow @mattdonnelly"

What do you think  Rio as a possible Isle Esme? If they don't use Rio where do you think Summit should film the Isle Esme scenes?


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

'Eclipse' continues to clean up at the Box Office

Box Office Mojo is reporting that 'Eclipse' has taken in $235,370,815 domestically and $219,000,000 internationally. This gives the movie an overall take in of $454,370,815, heading towards the half a Billion dollar mark!

Congratulations to all involved!


Alex Meraz is supporting Defenders of Wildlife

According to Alex Meraz has joined forces with Defenders of Wildlife to help save endangered wolf packs from extinction.  Alex claims indigenous Mexican heritage from the P'urhépecha people.  “Wolves used to roam wild across Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula where the Twilight saga takes place. These magnificent animals were honored by the Quileute tribe at La Push and thrived for thousands of years throughout the United States. But growing human populations have nearly wiped wolves off the landscape. North America’s wild wolves (both in the United States and Mexico) are still being shot, poisoned and trapped by people who hate or fear these amazing creatures. We need your help to save them.”

Alex has filmed a PSA (watch below) and you can check out the Defenders of Wildlife website HERE


More 'Breaking Dawn' filming information

As we all know by now  'Breaking Dawn' is to be filmed in Louisiana and Vancouver.  We now have more details on the Louisiana filming. According to the Daily Reveille  "Summit has been scouting locations and researching Baton Rouge for “well over a month.”

"Summit is still deliberating what will specifically be filmed in Baton Rouge, Mitchell-Smith said, but the production will begin sometime this fall.  Mitchell-Smith said she couldn’t confirm specific dates, but she expects the project will  remain in the city until spring 2011.
In addition to Louisiana’s tax incentives to production studios, Mitchell-Smith said Baton Rouge offers a wide array of benefits that lure projects to the city.
“The film industry obviously spends so much money locally that another major reason you have local offices like our Baton Rouge Film Commission is so we can be aggressive promoters and marketers of our area,” she said.

The production’s prolonged presence in Baton Rouge will be advantageous for local crew members who will have work for as long as the project is in the city.  “Sometimes you’re on a show for two to three months, then you’re looking for another production,” Mitchell-Smith said. “Folks on this [project] will have consistent employment and a huge resume builder, never even having to go to California.”

Mitchell-Smith said “Breaking Dawn” will be an “enormous boost” to Baton Rouge’s economy through set building and production work, as well as the stimulus of cast and crew who stay in hotels and eat in local restaurants.  “There is a constant multiplication on the dollars the production is spending in our community,” she said.

As the “Breaking Dawn” production swoops into Baton Rouge, the city also has a chance to promote itself by offering local haunts for members of the production to sink their teeth into.“There will be so many people temporarily in town, including actors, actresses and crew, who are, in effect, visitors,” Arrigo said."

Read the full great article HERE.


New Melissa Rosenberg interview on 'Breaking Dawn'

Popsugar has a new interview with Melissa Rosenberg on 'Breaking Dawn'.  She talks about the birth scene, why the movie was split in two and Bella as a vampire;

"PopSugar: How did you feel about the decision to split Breaking Dawn into two movies?
Melissa Rosenberg: Relief, actually, because it was going to be quite a challenge to condense such a large book into one movie. That's always the challenge with all of these and, more so, Breaking Dawn. Having a little more room to breathe is nice . . . on the other hand, there's also the challenge of making sure there's enough to fill two movies.
PS: We've heard there are some scenes you want to avoid showing on screen in Breaking Dawn. For example, Bella giving birth. Can you tell us why?
MR: That was a misquote. The childbirth — all the scenes, I feel — should be on screen. I think perhaps what I was referring to was, would we actually see Edward's teeth through the placenta? I don't think so. I don't think we need to see that, and if someone needs to see that, I think they should take a look at that. [Laughs.] I believe it will be implied, but I don't think we'll see teeth in the placenta.
To read the rest of the interview about her craziest fan experience, her favorite scenes to write, and more, just read more.
PS: What responsibility do you feel toward the fans? Are they on your mind during the writing process?
MR: The responsibility I feel to the fans? Well, there's one: making them happy, of course. I want people to enjoy the movie and not feel that I killed their favorite novel! But what I've realized is, you can't satisfy all the people. But the real weight that I feel is a very heavy responsibility, knowing that a lot of women and young girls are seeing this, and watching to make sure that what's portrayed in the film is that Bella's a strong female role model. That the messages they're getting are positive ones.
PS: What's the craziest or most surprising fan reaction you've experienced?
MR: You can't call it crazy, but crazy wonderful. I just came back from Paris. I was there [for a press junket] with some of the actors: Daniel Cudmore, Edi Gathegi, Michael Welch, and Alex Meraz. At the end, there was this closing ceremony and we were told there was a surprise for us, and they led us out on the stage . . . and the entire audience was sort of standing in this darkened theater, almost as if in prayer. It was very odd. And then after a moment, Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" starts up, and they break into a dance they've been choreographing for three days. This wonderful, very unified dance, and it was amazing. We were stunned. A thousand pairs of hands all raised to the beat at the same time — it's a powerful experience . . . I wondered, could that have happened anywhere else but in France? Would American audiences have been too cool?
PS: How involved is Stephenie Meyer in the writing process and what is your relationship with her like?
MR: Stephenie is very involved. My relationship with her has only gotten better with every movie. When I met her and began to engage, I had no reason to be protective. I found her to be extremely collaborative and a tremendous resource. So I began to engage her more and that happened more on New Moon and even more in Eclipse . . . She weighs in on every draft of the outline, every draft of the script. She's on set. She's very involved.
PS: What is one of your favorite scenes from the books or films? Is there one you've especially enjoyed writing or look forward to writing?
MR: There are a number. I think seeing Bella as a vampire and her adjusting to her powers and embracing them, those are all really fun scenes to write. Particularly when you picture Kristen Stewart playing her, and the way she's embodied Bella as a sort of awkward, fidgety persona. When she turns into a vampire, all of that goes away."

How do you think Melissa should set up the controversial scenes in 'Breaking Dawn'?


'The Runaways' available on ITunes today!

'The Runaways' is available for download on ITunes today - the ITunes version has some special features and is available a week earlier than the DVD and Blu ray.

You can download the movie HERE. The DVD and Blu Ray can be purchased on Amazon.

Also check out the official movie site HERE.


'The Summer House' released today

One of Rob's earlier movies, 'The Summer House', is available to purchase via ITunes today!

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.  Here is the link to  purchase the movie on iTunes.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Fight Training Clip in HQ

If you read my Eclipse review, you know this was one of my favorite scenes. While this doesn't have the entire scene, it does contain most of my favorite parts. I have watched it numerous times now and may or may not have squeeeed a bit. This will get me through until I get back to the theater to get my next Eclipse fix.

Big thanks to our newest affiliate Strictly Rob, for sharing this one.