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Ok, yeah, I went back to Lainey Gossip to see if there were any more New Moon goodies. Sure enough! In a shot or two Kristen is holding a camera.

It looks to me like they’re actually rolling here or at least setting up for a shot. If that’s the case then I think this must be when Bella brings her new camera to school to take pictures for her new scrapbook.

I hope they are filming. It would be nice to see Bella smile and laugh, and maybe even blush. Just as long as the happiness doesn’t go on too long, if you know what I mean.

Edit: Click on the pics to get to the site. That last one didn’t completely show up because it’s in landscape format. I’m to busy looking at pics to fix it.  🙂

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April 12, 2009 Posted by | Actors, Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, Kristen Stewart, New Moon, Robert Pattinson | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Moon Director

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edit this on December 8, 2008 at 11:24 pm ’86 Rabbit
New Moon Director

Again, my apologies to Catherine Hardwicke if any of my posts have been overly harsh. I did love Dogtown, and so did my mother, by the way, which was shocking. I still just don’t think we see eye to eye on what Twilight is. I would have liked to have seen what you did with New Moon on a bigger budget, but I think I’ll be happier with what another director can do on the same budget. I hope.

Now MTV posted a list of potential directors. If these are my only options I choose David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club, Curious Case of Benjamin Button). I like both the pros and the cons listed for this choice–they’re all pros in my book. My favorite words were “obsessive meticulousness”. And the cons are that teenage girls will have nightmares about Edward contemplating suicide? Having nightmares about Edward is better than no Edward at all. Besides they’d be just like Bella, it would be cool. Ok so what the article actually said was that the twist ending would be RPattz’s bloody death scene, but surely that would just be a DVD extra. I mean he’s already signed for Eclipse. Who I don’t want to see directing New Moon from this list is…well if I can only pick one it’s Ang Lee. I’d rather Catherine Hardwicke did New Moon with a low budget and not enough time. I just can’t sit through something like Hulk again.

How do I envision New Moon? Obviously it’s dark for me if I’m choosing the director of Seven for the list. I think we should all have our hearts ripped out of our chests early on in the movie and have to sit in our seats holding ourselves together.

I want it very firmly grounded in reality. No crazy camera angles. No crazy lighting. For heaven’s sake, please, no more close-ups on eyes. No voice overs, unless it’s just the very opening for continuity’s sake. Show, don’t tell. If there is mist in the room it better be because someone left the windows open and not because someone thought it would be cool if it looked like Fabio would come strolling in at any moment. Ease off on the wire work. Why have harnesses for running when you can do the cool speedy effect like when Edward came around the side of the car to open Bella’s door. The effect looked way better, and used conservatively it doesn’t have to be that costly, does it? Besides, often you just have to suggest the effect, use a sound effect instead, and just the hint of a visual to get the point across.

Of course I want a bigger budget. Let’s get a real Volvo, and clothes Alice would approve of. Now, Summit, don’t get nervous. There are ways to save money. I don’t want to see a single wolf that doesn’t look absolutely real. If that means you use real wolves instead of horse-sized CGI ones, so be it. I want realism. Camera tricks can make the wolves look bigger or the people smaller. It worked for the hobbits, elves, and dwarves in Peter Jackson’s LotR. Maybe it could work for you too. Speaking of LotR, if the wolves don’t look as least as good as Gollum, don’t do it. Get cracking on the CGI though. You’ll want the horse-sized variety for the big battle I imagine.

Speaking of horse-sized, let’s talk about other adjectives. Ms. Meyer chose her words carefully. Let’s use them when writing the screenplay. Use her dialogue when possible, and that should be most of the time. She has described her characters pretty faithfully. Let’s be equally faithful. Alice describes Bella as “exuberant”. Bella is also controlled. She keeps secrets so is quiet around humans. She’s trying not to make vampires uncomfortable and also trying not to become a meal, so she’s careful around them as well. She does lose control now and then though because of her exuberance, which is why there’s the running “Oops” joke. Kristen Stewart will of course to a great job at being depressed Bella in New Moon, but she should be encouraged to stretch herself. Bella is happy with Edward, if insecure that she’s not good enough for him. She should smile and blush. Her being careful around Edward should not be confused with being depressed.

And speaking of Edward, he should be allowed to dazzle us. Don’t relegate fun, happy, loving conversations between Edward and Bella to montages and “dream sequences”. Let us see the happy times, not just the drama. Dazzling leads to sparkling. He should look like diamonds, not MySpace Glitters. If you can’t accomplish that, don’t put Edward in the sun. I think it doesn’t have to be constant. It would probably be more believable as a shimmer just when he moves, just like a ring sparkles more when moved about in the light. Whatever you do, don’t forget to give a little of that highlight to Bella’s scar if you end up showing it.

And what do we do about Edward being gone for most of the movie? That’s a tough one. Summit, I know you don’t want to lose your heart-thRob but we need to stay true to the book. I would suggest that when Bella hears hallucination-Edward that we see kind of a ghost of him standing behind Bella. That way she’s not seeing him, she’s only hearing him, but the audience gets a peek. I also read a suggestion online that I liked. Show a scene or two with Edward while he’s away tracking Victoria. I would go a long way toward showing us the pain is not one-sided. I know Bella wasn’t aware of that consciously in the book, but it would be a nice compromise, especially if it adds drama to the love story.

Italy. You. Have. To. Do. This. No scimping here. If Volterra is not an option, there are other Etruscan cities to choose from. I will know if you cheat. So will a lot of others.

When in Volterra do as the Volturi do. That scene had better be scary. It doesn’t have to be horror film scary, but there should be nervous tension. We should feel the threat. I would like to be able to see in Edward’s face that he is never going to leave Bella again. I would like to see in Bella’s face that she knows this is her last moment with Edward and that she’s not going to waste a moment of it sleeping.

I want so many things. Can’t I just write the screenplay?

Bugger. It’s past my bedtime again. I’ll write more in this lengthy list of deman…desires later I imagine. It’s going to be a long year or so.

 

  • I’m still up. I realized when I was checking the links I added that David Fincher directed Panic Room, which Kristen Stewart was in. I was impressed with her at the time. I just watched some clips of Panic Room, and also Zathura. She was much more expressive in these films. Fincher had nothing to do with Zathura as far as I know, but this shows that the right direction might change how she plays Bella.

     

  • On Chris Weitz

    MTV posted the following synopsis of New Moon:
    The release also offered, for the first time, the studio’s official synopsis for the sequel: “In ‘New Moon,’ Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black. Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested. Production on ‘New Moon’ is scheduled to begin in the coming months and the studio is planning to release the film towards the end of 2009 or early 2010.”

    I’m sure the new fans of Twilight appreciate the spoilers, MTV and Summit Entertainment. I thank you on their behalf. Why didn’t you just tell them on what page Edward comes back, or that Edward and Bella end up together with a beautiful baby girl for that matter?

    Anyway…Seriously, Summit, Chris Weitz? I love American Pie as much as the next person, but it can’t compare to the task of adapting a beloved novel to film. Weitz has attempted this task with another novel, The Golden Compass, and failed miserably. Not only did he direct that one but he wrote the screenplay. I saw the movie before reading The Golden Compass. I was entertained, but left with questions I should not have been left with. It was visually stunning, but there seemed to be something missing. It made so much more sense when I read the book and saw everything that was left out. This was not a good adaptation. As far as I know you have not chosen him to write the screenplay, and that you are instead going with the same writer that did Twilight. This does not instill confidence. I thought Twilight was poorly adapted, awkward rather than rife with sexual tenstion, and the dialogue was terrible.

    So, here’s what I see. A director of a poor adaptation will be directing another adaptation, written by a writer who just finished another poor adaptation in the very same series. That The Golden Compass was visually stunning is of little comfort. The Golden Compass had a budget of $180M. New Moon will only have $50M and from what I understand a chunk of that is going to pay increases for the now star talent.

    I’m not all doom and gloom here though. The camera angles will no doubt be better, and I would be surprised if there were all these wacky close ups on everyone’s eyes. I am hoping there will be a new composer, but I’ve not heard anything on that subject. More money is good, even if it’s not enough money.

    For the record, again, I think David Fincher would have been a better choice for New Moon. Maybe I’ll write something more coherent later. I’m late and have to dash.

    PS You’re seriously not keeping Taylor Lautner? I hope you’re planning on ditching the other skinny boys playing werewolves from Twilight. Good luck finding huge, super-buff Native Americans who can act to play the pack. You better be as meticulous with the rest of the story.

     

  • FYI to Summit Entertainment- it’s impossible to find an actor that can start off at a height of 5″9 only to grow throughout the movie to a staggering 7 feet. YOU NEED SPECIAL EFFECTS TO ACCOMPLISH THIS. I genuinely do not understand the fuss over Taylor Lautner- he should absolutely stay on for the remaining films.

     

  • Thank you!

  • March 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

    Good on ya, Kristen

    Previously I wrote that Kristen Stewart is being treated like The Other Woman. I think she’s reached the point in that particular drama when she’s thought about leaving the gossipy small town behind to lick her wounds, but has decided to face her fears and protect her dignity by staying put. If her recent interviews are any indication, she seems to have made a choice to stick with the Twilight Saga films. If this is true she makes this decision knowing what she’s getting herself into this time. I think we owe her improved attitude in her interviews to her new perspective. I say good for her! She actually looks happy.

    AccessHollywood interview about Taylor and Dakota.

    MTV interview about Adventureland, but the clip talks about Bella’s cliff dive.

    And her interview with Jimmy Kimmel, where she gets to talk about New Moon and The Cake Eaters.

    March 17, 2009 Posted by | Actors, Bella Swan, New Moon, Twi-Media | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    KStew Is The Other Woman

    A few month ago, Robert Pattinson was being painted in the media as someone on the verge of a break-down thanks to all the attention he was getting from fans and the media. He was scorned for not playing nice, or for freaking out “unnecessarily” over fears of getting stabbed or shot. When I first started watching all the fan vids and blogs in summer of 2008, it seemed like Kristen Stewart was definitely the more cooperative of the two. They seem to have reversed roles. These two articles were posted the same day. They show Kristen in a very poor light and Rob as the very professional and very cooperative darling.

    Kristen Stewart: ‘I’ve Thought About Quitting Twilight.’
    By Adam, March 3 2009
    Kristen Stewart

    Kristen Stewart says it would be “so easy” for her not to appear in anymore Twilight films.

    The 18-year-old actress – who is due to reprise her role as Bella Swan alongside Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen) in Twilight sequel New Moon – says she’d drop out of the popular movie franchise to send hundreds of teenage girls into a “frenzy”.

    She explains, “I’ve totally had the thought; it would be so easy for me to send so many hundreds of girls into such a frenzy by saying I want no part of any future [Twilight] movies.

    “It took a long time for me to admit that I was too bogged down by the first book, to admit to these girls that I wasn’t as… I’m just as obsessed as they are; I read it from an entirely different perspective and had to live it for three months.

    “Yeah, I have thought, many times. “What could I do?” It’d be so easy.”

    Not a very nice portrayal. Remember, questions were asked. The writer chooses not to let us know what those questions were, though, so we don’t really know what the context of her statements were. This interview is the equivalent of a sound bite, and we all know how damning those can be.

    Robert Pattinson: ‘I Connected With Kristen Stewart’
    By Adam, March 3 2009
    Robert Pattinson

    Robert Pattinson believes he landed his starring role in Twilight because of his connection with costar Kristen Stewart.

    The British actor plays vampire Edward Cullen in the smash hit movie franchise.

    And Pattinson is adamant it was his inability to be “Prince Charming” during his audition for Twilight that got him his part in the film.

    He explains, “I was one of the last people they saw.

    “I just went in and I had a connection with Kristen. I think it was because I so expected it to be different to how it turned out and expected the girl who played Bella to be so different to Kristen, that I was so genuinely shocked when she did her performance.

    “I just thought it was going to be a real damsel in distress actress. And I couldn’t pretend to be the Prince Charming to some dippy girl! Not that that is how the book is.

    “But I thought that was how the film would turn out. And of course Kristen is tough, smart and a good actress, and so it completely changed my opinion and so I ended up playing him as a kind of a wreck. That was how that happened.”

    Pattinson and Stewart reprise their roles as Edward and Bella, respectively, in Twilight sequel New Moon, which is due out later this year.

    When I watched the Comic-Con interview and the MTV Twilight Tuesdays interviews I got a definite Sally Field, “You like me, you really like me,” vibe from both of them. Rob seemed a little put off by the attention, I think mostly due to all the squealing girls mobbing him. You have to admit, if that SQUEE were directed at you, you would be intimidated to say the least. Kristen seemed to be shy about the attention. She often deflected the attention to someone else, but generally cooperative.

    It wasn’t until the Hot Topic tour that I started to notice another Kristen taking shape. Early interviews I read showed me a girl that was hurt that her fans were turning on her. I saw many interviews in which either Kristen or other actors on the tour noted that girls were saying, “We’re not here for you. We’re here for Rob,” to Kristen. If it were me, I would not have known what to make of this and I would have been hurt. Here I am playing Bella, the main character, the narrator, and the fans hate me?

    It’s very unfortunate for Kristen that the books were labeled as Young Adult fiction. That makes Bella’s fanbase 11-19 year-olds. As readers they can picture themselves as Bella, having an epic romance with Edward, and flirting on the side with Jacob. It’s a very personal experience for them. As movie-goers, these 11-19 year-olds transform into something else–tweens and teens. I’m sure you’re aware, tween and teens can be, well, not so nice. Suddenly someone very real and physical will be playing Bella. They can no longer picture themselves as Bella. Someone else will be kissing their Edward. That makes Kristen Stewart The Other Woman.

    In the months since the Hot Topic tour we’ve seen a different Kristen in the news. She’s now a pot-smoking, sullen, fan-hating, indie-snob who is so over Hollywood she could die. I think some of this might be her, but I think a lot of it is how the media approach her. I am sure that she’s angry and bitter about how supposed Twilight fans have treated her. If she’s anything like me, and I suspect she is, she’ll have a hard time not showing that in interviews. The media has a choice in where to lead the interviews though. I believe a large part of Kristen Stewart’s new image is the media turning her into a harpy. Why would they do this? Well, it sells. They are now writing down to the fans–11-19 year-olds.

    What happens when a man cheats? Well, we are mad at the man at first (Rob was scorned for being afraid of the fans), but then that is too painful. We don’t want to blame our man; we love him. So we turn our fury on The Other Woman. And behold a star is born a pot-smoking-sullen-fan-hating-indie-snob-who-is-so-over-Hollywood-she-could-die is born.

    March 5, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 5 Comments

    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”.

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

    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