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Bronson Pelletier

According to Carrier Talent Management:

Congratulations to BRONSON who scores a lead role in the highly anticipated “Twilight” feature film sequel “New Moon”. It’s rumored he will be co-staring with Dakota Fanning.

According to HollywoodChicago.com:

Canadian Actor Bronson Pelletier Cast in ‘Twilight’ Sequel ‘The Twilight Saga’s New Moon’

CHICAGO – An actor from the Canadian series “Renegadepress” and Discovery Kids’ “Dinosapien,” Bronson Pelletier has been cast in the highly anticipated “Twilight” sequel “The Twilight Saga’s New Moon,” which is based on the book “New Moon” by Stephenie Meyer.

Bronson Pelletier
Bronson Pelletier
Photo credit: Discovery Kids

Pelletier joins the already announced Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Ashley Greene for the sequel. “The Twilight Saga’s New Moon” will be directed by Chris Weitz.

Vanessa Hudgens, Dakota Fanning, AnnaLynne McCord and Lucy Hale have been rumored for other roles. An open casting call in Canada recently brought in hundreds of hopeful “Twilight” fans looking for a role in their favorite franchise.

Carrier Talent Management, which is Bronson Pelletier’s management, broke the news on its own Web site with a posting that read: “Congratulations to Bronson who scores a lead role in the highly anticipated ‘Twilight’ feature film sequel ‘New Moon’. It’s rumored he will be co-starring with Dakota Fanning.”

As Summit Entertainment has yet to officially confirm the casting news, there’s no saying what role Bronson Pelletier will play.

“Twilight,” which stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Ashley Greene and Taylor Lautner from director Catherine Hardwicke, has grossed $189 million in the U.S. and $363 million total worldwide. This quickly put “The Twilight Saga’s New Moon” into production and has spawned many casting rumors. Other books in the Stephenie Meyer series include “Eclipse” and “Breaking Dawn”.

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February 25, 2009 Posted by | Actors, New Moon, Twi-Media, Twilight | , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

I SQUEED my pants!

On the subject of the Academy Awards…

I watched the red carpet. I watched the whole show. And I commandeered OMB’s TV to do it. He was a good sport until Rob showed up and I involuntarily SQUEED my pants. He made a snarky comment about shaving for the Oscars. I replied that Rob did shave, which earned a very confused look from OMB. Then he said something about Rob over-acting! I was so stunned that I don’t remember how or why he said it. What was his problem? Being #2 next to a guy I’ll probably* never meet is practically like being #1. It can’t be jealousy, can it?

*I’m still waiting for an interview/audition for my application to be his Kept Woman.

February 25, 2009 Posted by | Actors | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No Contacts

I’ve seen an interview or two with Robert Pattinson in which he said he had problems with the contacts and didn’t want to wear them in New Moon. I can relate. I wore contacts for about two years, and my eyes never really adjusted. They’re just too sensitive. I can’t imagine having to convey emotions and subtle reactions with my eyes, to be blown up on the big screen and scrutinized, when they feel like there is sand in them at all times. And I didn’t even have colored contacts. On top of the pain distracting from the scene, I’m sure the colored bit partially obscuring your vision would make it extremely difficult to react to the others in the scene. I’ve seen movies in which people were wearing colored contacts, and at times their eyes didn’t seem to be looking in quite the right direction. I didn’t notice any scenes like that in Twilight, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a problem on set, only that none of those shots ended up in the film. Here’s hoping he doesn’t have to wear them, and Edward’s eye color can just be done with CGI.

February 19, 2009 Posted by | Actors, New Moon, Uncategorized | , , , | 4 Comments

Rick Mugrage and the New Moon Soundtrack

There’s a post on The Snarky Sparrow about indie artist Rick Mugrage. He’s a Twilight fan who would like to be considered for the New Moon soundtrack. Check out the musical Unicorn!

February 18, 2009 Posted by | New Moon, Twilight, Twilighters | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Twilight at the Oscars

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Latifah to sing “I’ll Be Seeing You” during the In Memoriam portion of the Oscars

First, I already know I’m going to cry at the In Memoriam part. The combination of Queen Latifah, I’ll Be Seeing You, and photos of people we lost this year will undoubtedly do me in.

What I’m really looking forward to is whether RPattz and KStew will make the Best or Worst Dressed list. Not that I normally pay attention to such things, but they seem to draw the wrath of the fashionistas more than most people do. It should prove entertaining. I hope they show everyone and look absolutely fabulous. If only Mr. Blackwell had held on just one more year.

February 15, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Is Twilight a Bad Influence?

I don’t believe it is. Do strange, creepy things that people should be on the lookout for in real life happen? Yes, but I think a more important question to ask is: Should parents monitor what their children are reading and give feedback to ensure their children are learning from both positive and negative behaviors in books? You know they should. We have ratings for movies, television, and music. I’m not saying we should rush out and create a rating system for books now, but I am suggesting that parents use some common sense. Know what your kids are reading, like I hope you know what they are watching and getting into online. Don’t assume that just because your kids are reading, and reading is a wholesome pastime, that they are comprehending the themes of the story or that they understand that just because the heroes are the good guys that they always do the right thing. One of the things I love best about Twilight is that the characters are flawed. By that I mean that the characters are flawed, not the writing. Their flaws make them more believable, more relatable. Readers in their formative years need to learn how to spot when a good person is doing a bad thing. It’s the parent’s job to teach this, not the book’s.

The following is a list of things I’ve read over the last several months about how Twilight is bad for young readers, and my feelings of course.

Bella is weak. One day I’ll write a whole essay about why she is not weak. For now I’ll just say this. Bella knows what she wants, she goes after it, and she won’t take No for an answer. She has the second largest coven of vampires on Earth ready to sacrifice their lives for her. Ultimately the largest coven on Earth is powerless against her. Bella is not weak.

It’s Lust not Love. This sets a bad example for our youth. It’s Romeo and Juliet. The star-crossed lovers met, fell in love, and died for each other in the span of, what, five days? We consider this one of the greatest love stories of all time. The name Romeo has become synonymous with a great lover. The Twilight Saga takes place over approximately two years. Edward and Bella are together for approximately a year and a half of that time, in which they spend most of their time together. In that time they battle evil and jealousy, they learn to cope with each others’ strengths and weaknesses, and maturely negotiate sex and marriage. Lust does not survive such tribulations. This is Love if you ask me. But for argument’s sake, suppose it is Lust. It is ridiculous to assume that only people who live perfectly can be good role-models. There are no perfect people, so we must learn our lessons where we can, make lemonade out of lemons, so to speak. When you were a child, did you not once say, “When I am a parent, I’ll never…”? Yes, sometimes it’s just something petty, but not always. In that case you learned to do something positive by watching a negative behavior. Fiction would be so boring if all the heroes were perfect paragons of virtue. That’s why our fiction has evolved away from the good guys wearing white hats. It’s not realistic. Instead we can look at Bella and Edward and say, “Look, they’re confused about their attraction for each other. They know that this might not be the healthiest thing, but they are communicating. They are sharing their fears, and they are working it out.”

But Edward is a stalker! How can Bella love him? There is a fine line between stalking and courting. Basically, it’s the difference between whether the object of affection is receptive. If the answer is Yes, then the suitor’s behavior is considered romantic. If the answer is No, then the suitor is labeled a stalker. Bella is concerned about this behavior but her gut tells her she is gut tells her she is not in trouble. More importantly, her heart tells her she want Edward there with her. So the answer is Yes, and Edward can stop beating himself up for stalking Bella. She has moved him into the Suitor column. Again, I refer back to Romeo and Juliet. Romeo, our favorite lover, is also a stalker until Juliet considers him otherwise. Perhaps you are confused by the pretty language: “But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the East, and Juliet is the sun! Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon who is already sick and pale with grief…See how she leans her cheek upon her hand! O, that I were a glove upon that hand, That I might touch that cheek!” Romeo is a Peeping Tom. He has stalked her to her home, and is standing outside her bedroom window, watching her, and fantasizing about touching her. Yet, we consider it romantic because Juliet ultimately said Yes.

Twilight sets the Feminism back decades! Do you mean, that movement that says a woman shouldn’t rely on any man, should go out and get an education and a job, and should live her life before giving it up for children? That movement never really existed. The Feminist Movement was about a woman’s right to choose. We fought for the right to vote and be equal to men. We fought for a voice. What we choose to say with that voice is up to the individual. Bella chose to be a wife and mother first. She has an eternity to be a career woman, if she chooses.

Twilight bashes parents. I can see why people would think that, but instead why not look at it as a sign of the times? Parents are somewhat absentee now compared to past generations, especially when both parents need to work to make ends meet. There’s no shame in it. I think the pressure to raise perfect people is insane. You keep your kid as safe as possible. You love them and provide for them. You teach them right and wrong, and hope they stay out of trouble. You can’t raise a kid that has no problems to work through as an adult. Not only is it impossible, but that’s just not what life is about. Life is about your own personal struggle, about learning from mistakes–either your own or others’. If you’re an absentee parent your kid might grow up to resent it. If you’re a soccer mom who schedules every minute of your kid’s day, your kid might resent it. It doesn’t just depend on the parent. It depends on the kid, too. Ask two kids who grew up with the same parents, same rules. They’ll have different issues because they have different personalities, and will see their upbringing differently. At no time during Twilight does Bella bash her parents, Charlie Swan and Renee Dwyer. She loves them both dearly. She feels protective of them. Better yet, she recognizes their faults and loves them anyway. She appreciates what they have both done for her, and doesn’t waste time whining about how she’s in this mess because of her upbringing. She has learned from both their faults and their virtues. The end result is an adult who accepts responsiblity for her own actions.

I may revisit this topic at a later date, as I read more criticisms online. For now I hope I have made my point known: everyone is a role-model, whether positive or negative, and it’s up to individuals, not books, to decide which is which. I think Stephenie Meyer has done a fine job of giving us wonderfully flawed characters to get to know, and root for, and show us possibilities to ponder.

February 15, 2009 Posted by | Essays, Stephenie Meyer, Twi-Media | , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

More Twilight Parodies

Thanks to Letters To Twilight for finding this gem from The Hillywood Show.

Thank you Bunny Theatre for re-enacting Twilight! Sorry, you’ll have to click on the link for that one. I can’t seem to embed it.

February 15, 2009 Posted by | Twilighters | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Kristen Stewart Radio Interview

This is one of the best interviews I think I’ve heard Kristen Stewart give. She talks about Twilight, Twilighters, Stephenie Meyer, and boyfriend and actor Michael Angarano, whom I just love. Thanks to TheTwilightFiles for the find.

February 13, 2009 Posted by | Actors, Stephenie Meyer, Twi-Media, Twilight, Twilighters, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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February 13, 2009 Posted by | Actors, Twi-Media, Twilight | , , , | Leave a comment

WWED?

**Moved from original blog**
**Midnight Sun spoilers**

WWED?

That’s right; the theme of this post is What Would Edward Do?

Mom just finished New Moon. She liked it, but had a problem with Edward and the rest of the Cullens leaving Bella like that. Who didn’t have a problem with Edward being gone, was my response, but I quickly learned that wasn’t what she meant. She thought it was out of character for Edward to leave Bella when she was in such danger.

What do you think? I disagree. I believe he explains this, but maybe he doesn’t explain it until Eclipse. Maybe it’s in Midnight Sun. Maybe I’m just so obsessed that I’m in Edward’s head, and this is what I imagined him to have said. I could look it up, but I can’t be bothered to get off the couch at the moment. Feel free to post books and page numbers if you have the time to look them up for the next fan or two that might actually read this post.

I’ll get to the point. Edward always believed himself to be a danger to Bella. He never wanted to leave her, but always felt he should. The whole time he was with her he was rationalizing that while he was a threat to her, he was not the greatest threat to her. He would not leave her as long as there was a greater threat to her than himself. If you’ve read Midnight Sun, you know there were more threats out there than James and his coven. Jasper’s old friends, Peter and Charlotte, came to visit. They are not vegetarians. Even though Edward knows they never hunt in the area, he couldn’t avoid thinking how appealing Bella is, and how Peter and Charlotte are not abstaining. So, with them about to visit how could he leave Bella?

Then of course there was James and the gang. Clearly James is a bigger threat to Bella than Edward is, so he’s obviously not going to leave now. But once James was defeated, and Victoria and Laurent had evidently left the area, why would Edward stay?

Personally, not only would I love to see Midnight Sun published, I’d like New Moon to be written from Edward’s point of view (and then not leaked…and then published quickly). I would love to know exactly what happened there. Here’s how I think it went.

For the first time since they had met there wasn’t a threat looming on the horizon for Bella. I’m sure it tore him up that he wouldn’t be able to protect her from mortal threats, such as the guys in Port Angeles, but what Edward wanted more than anything was for Bella to live her life without supernatural threats. He hated himself for dragging her into his world and placing her in more danger than she should have ever been in. He didn’t plan on Bella ever becoming a vampire herself, so she would always be in danger around him and the Cullens. Not only could one of them slip, but as long as they were there, there would continue to be vampires showing up, either friends or curious nomads.

Bella’s 18th birthday showed Edward that as accident prone as Bella is, it was only a matter of time before her blood was spilled in front of them again. He would not always be able to save her, and I wouldn’t blame him if part of the decision was based on not wanting to always be on guard against his own family. With no threats looming, Edward and his family were now the biggest threat to Bella. That’s what Edward had been waiting for. It was now or never. And so they left Forks. Thank goodness Bella lost her mind and Edward came to his senses.

Now that being said, I can tell you what Edward would not do. I’m thinking now of the previews of the movie I’ve seen. Edward would not take accident prone Bella through the damp, slippery, moss-covered treetops and let her go to crawl around in the trees on her own. I know Ms. Meyer supposedly signed off on this, and I know the scenery is going to be great, but I also know I’m going to be very distracted by visions of Bella plummeting to her death. This is not half as disturbing as seeing Bella in her panties, kissing Edward. No, no, it’s not jealousy talking. I say good for her! I’m also saying that Edward simply would not allow this to happen. We’re talking Twilight here. That they couldn’t get physical is sort of a big thing in the books all the way up to Eclipse, where Edward says, quite clearly, “Bella will you please stop trying to take your clothes off.”

February 13, 2009 Posted by | Eclipse, Essays, Midnight Sun, New Moon, Stephenie Meyer, Twi-Media, Twilight | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments