'86 Rabbit

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New Moon Casting Video

This is the first updated casting video for New Moon that I’ve found. Enjoy, I’m sure there will be more to follow.

(Thanks Johanne6699 for the vid)

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April 18, 2009 Posted by | Actors, Bella Swan, Kristen Stewart, New Moon, Robert Pattinson, Twi-Media, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More New Moon News

As you probably all found out before me, Michael Sheen has apparently been cast as Aro. This does not appear in IMDB yet, but has appeared on NewMoonMovie.org who quoted DailyMail. How’s that for convoluted? If this is for real, I think he’ll be great. I just hope they don’t camp him up Underworld-style.

I have to wonder about his salary if this report is true. It works out to $7.3M USD. That seems a bit high for a character that has a scene or two at most, albeit important scenes.

Image thanks to IMDB

April 12, 2009 Posted by | Actors, New Moon | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Caius is Cast

 

IMDB.com

 

MTV.com is reporting that Caius will be played by Jamie Campbell-Bower, who played in Sweeney Todd. He certainly looks the part to me. It seems Summit will be going with young actors for the Volturi. I may have to rethink my casting.

I think I like him already (from the MTV article):

Although he was quick to divulge his own casting in the movie, he said he couldn’t talk about anyone else who might be joining the cast. “I do know who else will be in it — but I can’t tell you, unfortunately. But go online and have a look at the rumors,” he said, adding, “They’re all false. You’re putting me in a terrible situation.”

March 31, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Blog Stats Fun

I have a recent obsession with my stats. I’m having fun seeing how y’all are finding my blog. Here’s the latest. Auditions, auditions, auditions!

Today

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Yesterday

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WOW! I hope that is a lot of different people suddenly going audition crazy now that New Moon filming has started. I really hope it’s not one obsessed Stage Mom trying to get her lovely daughter the Renesmee role.

Is There Really A Volturi? Seriously? Good luck in your search. If you find anything non-Twilight-related let me know…in a non-provoking-them-kind-of-way. A tip for the future. Go to Wiki, or just type Volturi into Google. You don’t have to ask Google a question; it just knows.

March 25, 2009 Posted by | Actors, Breaking Dawn, Eclipse, Twilight, Twilighters | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Volturi Casting

Relax, this isn’t anything official. These are just my picks. I know, I know, I should have made a video for YouTube like everyone else does. I’ll be honest. I don’t know how to made one of those. Gimme a break. I’m old. I have looked at YouTube vids though, and I’ve found a whole lot of Ben Barnes out there. Twilighters seem to unanimously want him to be in New Moon in some Voluturi capacity, mostly as Demetri. I like him as Aro, but what do I know? I know I’d like to hear him speak a whole lot more than Demetri does. I know that!

Since Summit decided on young Dakota Fanning for Jane, I’m going to assume they are going to try to keep as many vampires as possible within the reader demographic even those whose ages aren’t really assigned in the books. They seem intent on rushing these films to screen so I don’t suppose aging vampires will be a problem. “Bring on the eye candy!” seems to be what they are going for. With that in mind, here are my picks. Eh, screw it. I’ll post my “old vampire” picks with the “eye candy”. Of course any of these vampires could be unknowns, but what fun would casting be then?

Picks and pics after the jump.

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March 23, 2009 Posted by | Actors, Essays, New Moon, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

New Moon Director

**Moved from original blog**

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

    Eclipse

    My POV on Eclipse per artisticphilosopher’s request. I hope it’s what you were looking for, AP. 🙂

    The Twilight Saga could be looked upon as a trilogy with its Act II split into two fairly equal parts: New Moon and Eclipse. These two stories combine to create for the Twilight Saga what The Empire Strikes Back is for the Star Wars saga. In ESB you have your small victory; the heroes are reunited after a dark period of separation. But, they have been changed by their time apart. They are more on the run than ever, and their destinies follow closely on their heels. A similar thing occurs in New Moon and Eclipse. These heroes are also separated and there is a period of darkness. The reunion in itself is a small victory, but the battle in Eclipse, though a success for these heroes, still forshadows a greater threat on the horizon. These two books together quite literally say, “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” In this case that dawn would be Breaking Dawn.

    I’ve previously discussed a mistake a friend of mine thought Carlisle made in Eclipse, so I will not rehash the subject of who should have thought about using whose blood when, during the battle with the newborn army. I would, however, be happy to read any comments you might have on that subject over on that particular post.

    What I would like to discuss here is the odd relationship between Bella, Edward, and Jacob. It’s my favorite part of Eclipse. We know from Twilight and New Moon, that Edward and Bella cannot stay away from each other. They both know it is beyond reason, but they must be together. We also know (although you may need to read the Midnight Sun chapters for all the info) that Edward is forever changed by meeting Bella. Vampires in the Twi-verse are unchanging, unless an event of great significance happens to change them. Usually this event is meeting one’s mate (read: soulmate, or bonded pair). The Denalis show us that vampires can take lovers and not consider them their mate, and if Edward’s psychological warfare on Victoria is to be believed, James did not care for Victoria as she cared for him, so it would seem that vampire love can also be unrequited.

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    March 15, 2009 Posted by | Breaking Dawn, Eclipse, Essays, New Moon, Stephenie Meyer, Twilight, Twilighters | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

    Welcome, Miss Dakota!

    Thank you EW.com for posting this lovely little tid-bit. Finally some news about New Moon!

    ‘Twilight’: Dakota Fanning will star in ‘New Moon’

    Mar 7, 2009, 06:51 PM | by Joshua Rich

    Categories: Movie Biz, Twilight

    Dakota Fanning is set to star in the Twilight sequel New Moon, EW has confirmed. The actress will play Jane, a member of Italy’s evil Volturi, in the anticipated movie, which opens in November. She had been in talks to appear in the film ever since she was offered the role in January. “It would be really cool to do it,” the 15-year-old Fanning told EW at the January premiere of her most recent release, Push, which was also produced by Twilight‘s studio, Summit Entertainment. “I am a very big fan of the books. I read them all and Jane is an interesting part.” Shooting on the movie starts this month in Vancouver. People.com first reported the news today.

    Dear Miss Dakota,

    You can tell me, just between us girls, who will play Alec?

    ♥Christa

    PS I loved you in Push.

    March 8, 2009 Posted by | Actors, New Moon, Twi-Media, Twilight, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

    Hello Twilighters!

    Welcome to my blog. This is my very first post. Here I will regale you with all things Twilight.

    Here are a few quick starters, as it’s late, bordering on early, and I should be in bed:

    • The rumor that Vanessa Hudgens will be playing Leah Clearwater is still circulating. It’s not true.
    • Dakota Fanning is still not confirmed for the part of the Volturi’s Jane, but according to at least one source it still looks likely.
    • There was a New Moon casting call for Quileute boys and girls in Phoenix this weekend.
    • There is also a casting call going on in Victoria, BC this weekend.
    • Could Solomon Trimble be out as Sam Uley? I hope not and so does Team Solomon!

    G’night!

    Rabbit

    February 8, 2009 Posted by | Breaking Dawn, Eclipse, Midnight Sun, New Moon, Stephenie Meyer, Twilight, Twilight Moms, Twilighters, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment