Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
From Ted Casablanca's 'The Awful Truth' at E! Online (in what has become a daily Twiight/Robsten update):
Like we've said, everything is very chill up north (on and off the set, for once), but don't think that has come easily. Security has very much been pumped up, not only to keep a little more suspense this time around, but also, of course, to keep the cast feeling safe.
"We had to," dishes our well-placed source, somewhat annoyed that the Fort-Knox-esque steps were taken. "It was unavoidable."
Glad to know those snitty suits are taking better care of R.Pattz and crew this time around—which is what it's all about. It's not at all about keeping us from seeing things, but just protecting the very lives of their virtual cash cows known as Rob and Kristen Stewart. Say moo if you love Robsten, too!
But that's the thing, folks. People on the set are putting all their effort into keeping Rob—mainly, but K.Stew, too—happy (not that Rob requires that much attention). As for the other castmembers? Uh, not too much of a priority...
When we were chatting with Deep Twi 'bout how Nikki Reed was not only out of the picture, but lettingRobsten be, one of our very favest insiders sassed back that if your name wasn't "Robert" or "Kristen," forget being priority numero uno. And they were very emphatic about that. Very.
We have to pretend and be sad here that that edict unfortunately includes our luscious, pumped werewolf Taylor Lautner. While he definitely is one of Summit's go-to guys, the studio's become far more concerned lately with making sure Rob and Kristen are happy—forget what you see in cheesy, staged photo ops.
Quite the change from several months ago when they were calling in emergency meetings to plan how to keep Robsten apart. Glad everyone is playing nice. Not to mention smart.
Oh, and Deep Twi insists—again—Robsten's carousing is not on lockdown. They are "completely free" to do what they want. Of course, that's easy to say knowing what they want is for the public (and media) not to know what exactly the ef is going down between them. Although thankfully, they are doing less of a good job of hiding it. It's win-win right now for both parties.
Especially those of us who are in love with rebel love!
Are you happy things are almost drama free in Twilight land? Or do you naughty fans kind of miss the forbidden romance? And I'm not just talking about who Nikki's sneaking in to her trailer.
Alright all you Twilighters out there, for those of you who are already preparing your trip to the movie theater to see The Twilight Saga: New Moon this November, you can now do so safe in the knowledge that you’re guaranteed a seat. Tickets for the midnight screenings of New Moon have now gone on sale more than two and half months in advance.
Carmike Cinemas are offering tickets for midnight showings of New Moon on November 19th, at 63 of their 247 theaters. This “early sell” campaign is happening much in the same vein as the (WAY) advanced sale of tickets for James Cameron’s Avatar. Early word is that the Avatar pre-sales are being described as “healthy.”
[Update: Regal Cinemas has added 348 locations, see updated list below]
Even though Avatar has been the talk-of-the-town in the “fanboy” movie community over the last few weeks, it appears that New Moon is leading the way in regards to early ticket sales. The latest weekly poll on Fandango - the site that’s selling the early New Moon tickets - puts the film as anticipated most by 39% of readers, with Avatar coming in second with 23%, and the disaster flick, 2012, coming in third with 16%.
You can never underestimate those Twilighters!
If you want to buy your New Moon tickets in advance here is a list of cities and theaters for which you can buy tickets NOW!
We've got a new still of Rosalie from New Moon! She's looking fierce as always. The Cullen eyes are really golden this time around, don't you think? Why couldn't Summit get a good wig like that for Bella in Eclipse???
Questions by:HisGoldenEyes, Twilighters Anonymous, Twilight Lexicon, TwilightMOMs, Twilight Source, Twilight Series Theories
Transcript by KOG TMChris: Where Bella meets Laurent in the meadow, it was a two day scene and in between the two days it snowed and so we arrived in the morning at 6:00 and it was snowing, about 4 inches of snow. So, we had to scramble to shift our schedule around. Do all kinds of stuff.
Q: How do you deal with lighting continuity when you are dealing with such drastic weather situations?
Chris: Well of course what we hope for in all cases is gray weather. We’re in this weird position of wanting bad weather. We want light rain or gray at all times. We don’t always get it, so when we don’t, we use gigantic scrims hanging from big condors to block off as much as we can. But then there’s this continual torture to Javier our DP (director of photography) because you can sort of shade off an area where actors are acting but in the background we bright—shafts of light coming through—and of course there’s vampire weather as well. Sometimes we can get away with a sunny day in Forks, but never on a day when Edward is around because we don’t want to give away the diamond stuff. So, it really, you know I’ll be so happy when we get to a stage in about a week and we can stop worrying about the weather.”
Q: So, you’re moving to an interior set?
Chris: We’ll be moving to the interiors in a week from today. So there‘s just only one more week to freak out about the weather a bit. We’ve been knocked around a bit. There’s like a Twilight weather curse, slightly. You end up not getting the weather you want on a given day. It will be sun on the day you want rain and then the one day you want sun…
Q: So is all this [indicating the Bella’s house set] going to stay up though?
Chris: You know it’s funny I’ve been knocking it around in my head what the best thing to do would be. I would imagine what they are going to do is to disassemble it. Because I mean you know it looks great, but it’s not really up to code. I’m not sure that it would withstand a BC winter and everything. I think probably what they’ll do is take it apart and put it into storage and build it back up again while still I imagine maintaining a rent on this land would be my best guess.
Q: So we can see that people can actually go in the house?
Chris: Yeah well the interesting thing is in certain angles it is perfectly dressed. But if you were to look at other angles you could see that it is just an empty core. So that when Jacob jumps in the window, which he is going to do eventually, then we have enough to be inside the window to have Bella step back as he comes in, but you wouldn’t see the other way around into the window- then we flip to the interior- but hopefully when it all comes to the movie and editing it will all be seamless in the way it comes together. You’ll never notice that kind of stuff so its a smooth cut.
Q: Was it intimidating coming into a fandom with such intense fans?
Chris: Yeah- I mean on the one hand it is, but on the other hand I really feel like everyone wants the movie to be good and everyone has been very encouraging and supportive there haven’t been… things have felt very positive toward me- of course I have been avoiding the internet because I don’t want to get to caught up-
My responsibility is to the readership, and my responsibility is not to the internet-no matter what you guys are doing- I’m addressing the same people you are but I don’t want to get caught up in any controversy that’s going on online or whatever people have to say about me when I was selected- I did that on Golden Compass once- and there was a vote as to who they would rather have as director and “other” beat me- I didn’t want to be in that situation
Q: I think it was great when the press release went out about how committed you were to the film that all of that really died down right around then.
Chris: Well that’s good- I think that its great to have this kind of inbuilt audience of fans, and I feel that they are extraordinarily supportive. They really want things to be good, and the cast wants this to be good- kind of the same kind of commitment to getting the books right…and that’s how I feel.
Q: Which is so greatly appreciated.
Chris: That’s good. It’s great that there was a first movie that was so successful, but to me the book is the Bible for it. And so when I read the book, I read it at a gallop so that I had a similar experience to when people first reading it did. I didn’t want to chop it into pieces immediately. I wanted to just read it in one go- then I kind of went back in you always have to select what your moments are going to be- it’s a 600 page book- eventually you are going to disappoint people- but I think if you do it from the attitude that my loyalty has to be to the readership, and what they experienced more so than even to the fans of the first movie. Although, there has to be some consistency from the first movie to the second movie. It’s really about the readersQ: What did you do to make the tone darker? - Have you done anything specific to make it darker as a film?
Chris: Yeah, I think it’s just not to be afraid of the tonalities of the acting and in the tone of the piece. Not, because obviously with a big studio film and a lot of money at stake, you know one can be afraid that if you don’t have people smiling and laughing all the time that you’re gonna be in big trouble. But I think that part of the appeal of this is that it really digs into that melancholy that people experience when they are broken up with: when they lose somebody, when they yearn for somebody, and just not to be afraid of that.
And in terms of the palette of how the world is represented, just to get technical, but for example the blacks are very crunchy there will be very deep shadows, very deep blacks, and literally and metaphorically it makes the colors stand out more.
There will be a period during the movie when things are quite dark and somber, but then there will be kind of this explosion of color when you get to Italy. And there is this kind of ecstatic - and there’s this kind of happiness before and then it loses it all…. and it’s sort of try in every way even in terms of design in different sets and stuff to make sure that each bit, each detail, is a metaphor for where the character is in the book, and you follow Bella’s journey.
It’s also not taking the focus off of Bella’s POV. The book is narrated through Bella. We have to have this very fine balance between having too much and too little Edward. If you have too much Edward, it will be a terrible thing because you want the audience to experience that longing as well, and if you have too little Edward…I’ll be hunted down and killed. It’s just a fine balance that has to be hit basically.
Q: Have you talked to Stephenie Meyer- has she given you any tips?
Chris: Oh yeah we speak all the time. We email back and forth all the time. She’s been to visit the set, and I went down to Arizona to hang out with her. Yeah I’m running stuff past her constantly so that the mythology of the series isn’t violated. I don’t want to pull any fast ones or make any mistakes in terms of things that I present which don’t make sense in her universe. You would have to ask her, I don’t want to make any claims, you’d have to ask her to the degree to which she is satisfied. At least she says to me that she feels the film is very beautiful, and that’s not a credit to me that’s more Javier Aguirresarobe the DP who does absolutely beautiful work. And the idea is to try to make as elegant and beautiful a rendering of the book as possible.
Q: Is that hard as a creative person to take your own vision of the film and match it up with her vision of the film- or her vision of the book?
Chris: In a sense it’s easier because you aren’t working with a totally blank canvas you know I’ve got sort of these tools to work with and I inherited this wonderful cast, and that’s great, and I’m very happy working in the genre of literary adaptation, which is how I see this really. And I don’t really believe in the austere theory where the director creates everything, and I don’t think that’s accurate. You’ll see just from hanging around here, that there are 100 people working here, and each one of them has good ideas. And there’s a director of photography who understands light better than I do. There are cameramen who understand focus better than I do and all these things I’m sort of a glorified traffic cop….
Q: I was going to say conductor-
Chris: Conductor is always the nice sounding…way…and I’m coordinating all of their efforts. So no it doesn’t bother me at all. I actually really enjoy it. I have a standard to stick to that’s already there. Whereas if I write something just on my own, I never really believe my own creations. They sound like made up characters to me. Whereas Bella, Edward and Jacob are already there and we just try to get those things right with the actors. So I don’t have a problem with that at all.
Q: How is the transition from your version to Catherine Hardwicke’s film? Sometimes when directors change there is a big change. You can tell from the style. What kind of style do you bring to this film?
Chris: I think the biggest change would be that I am a bit of an old fogy. I’m old-fashioned and I think Catherine is very “fashion forward” and conscious of a pop sensibility. I am more tied to the old-fashioned romantic films. So that would be, if you were a film nerd, you would notice the palate of the film, the camera work. I am a lot less likely to use hand-held cameras than Catherine Hardwicke is. Things like that, they are more stylistic differences than my kind of “taking it and throwing it away.”Obviously I owe her a lot, because she cast this great cast [so] I kind of inherited this cool “toolbox” and this extraordinary fan base.
Q: Was there anything from the first film that you felt you had to change?
Chris: No, I don’t. I think the key things that worked with the first movie are the relationships and the feelings of the main characters are the [same] things will work about this. Everything else is just bells and whistles. I mean, there are a lot more special effects in this film so the fact that I had a lot of experience in that area kind of helps. But it shouldn’t feel so different. It shouldn’t suddenly as though you are in an action movie or a visual effects movie. It is wrong if it feels that way. It is only right if the visual effects convey the feeling that is in the books in the first place. The world of the book expands naturally, like with the Volturi. Obviously, they weren’t in the first movie at all but that has been an organic development.
Q: Do you have a favorite scene that you are anxious to see?
Chris: I am excited about scenes with Taylor and Kristen. I am excited about the final showdown with Taylor, Kristen and Rob because I feel that the chemistry is just fantastic. Their relationships are just fantastic. They work the way they are supposed to. That you can understand exactly what they are supposed to. You can understand exactly why Bella would be tempted to, I guess, “settle” would be a better word for Jacob, or to take that option that there really is a love triangle. That is really getting established there. That feels really good. We shot a lot of that stuff already. We haven’t shot the Volturi stuff yet, but I think it will be pretty extraordinary. I have seen the set taking shape and it is just amazing.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
LOS ANGELES — Sure, if you want to kick it old-school, you can gush over Taylor Lautner or spend your days wishing Robert Pattinson would bite you. But if you're a cutting-edge Twilighter, you've already turned your lusty gaze toward the wolf pack — Jacob's Quileute kinfolk who will be introduced in November's "New Moon" and feature prominently throughout the rest of the series.
Our vote for breakout beefcake is Kiowa Gordon, the Hollywood newcomer who portrays Embry Call in the upcoming films. Smart, friendly and a big fan of Stephenie Meyer's work, he's the guy who spilled the beans on the "muffin scene." Now, Gordon returns with more delicious "New Moon" details about his native heritage, tattooing the fans and how you can tell the wolves apart.
MTV: You and the other wolves are new to the "Twilight" series. Did you look to Taylor for inspiration, since he'd already been through a movie?
Kiowa Gordon: Yeah. And he's really buff, so we look to that too. [Laughs.]
MTV: You looked to his buffness for inspiration? We've seen you guys without your shirts on, so obviously it helped.
Gordon: Yeah, well, when we showed up, they were like, "We got you a personal trainer. You guys are gonna train hard!" And so we were like, "Sweet, we get to work out!" And it was really fun.
MTV: Now that filming is done, how do you think "New Moon" is going to turn out, particularly your scenes?
Gordon: Well, our scenes were the most fun, I think, out of the whole movie, probably. I'm looking forward to seeing it in completion, because it looks great from what I've seen — all the photos, everything looks awesome.
MTV: The "Twilight" series has done a good job so far of hiring actual Native American actors to play the Quileute tribe. Can you tell us about your background?
Gordon: I am Hualapai. We are located in Northern Arizona, at the Grand Canyon. We own the Skywalk area. When I was growing up, my mom tried teaching us [the language], all my seven siblings and I. But we just laughed at her, because it sounded funny to us. Now, I'm kind of sad that I couldn't learn it, because it's a dying language. So, hopefully, I'll get to learn it sometime soon.
MTV: Do you have any scenes in "New Moon" with Kristen or Rob?
Gordon: No, nothing with Rob. We don't meet the vampires yet. We know [the Cullens], and we don't like them, so we don't like playing with them. But Kristen and Taylor, we have a couple scenes together.
MTV: You're joining this big, massive fanbase with an already-tight group of stars. How accepting were they of you rookies?
Gordon: We had a big dinner together, the whole cast and the director and the producers. And we all got to know each other and just become friends, basically. Now I have some friends for life. It's really awesome.
MTV: How about the fans?
Gordon: I guess I've been welcomed with open arms. A couple weeks after getting announced out there to the public that I got the role, a girl actually tattooed my name on her back with a paw print!
MTV: Your real name, not Embry's?
Gordon: Yeah! It was like, "Whoa!" And now I have my own team of supporters, for some reason.
MTV: The movie hasn't even come out yet! Does that put extra pressure on you to make sure your performance doesn't suck?
Gordon: Yeah, then they're gonna [want to remove the tattoos]. Maybe she'd cut it off. [Laughs.]
MTV: We've seen Taylor as a wolf in the "New Moon" trailer, but what are the rest of you guys going to look like?
Gordon: Well, we all look like brothers, so [we'll look similar], but we all have our own colors, so you can [tell which is which]. It's distinctive.
By their own admission, only one-fourth of Death Cab for Cutie have actually read anything from the "Twilight" series (guitarist Chris Walla, we're looking at you), but that hasn't stopped them from penning the first single from the upcoming "New Moon" soundtrack, "Meet Me on the Equinox."
And that hasn't stopped them from weighing in on one of the series' central conflicts — the whole Team Edward vs. Team Jacob thing — when we visited the set of the "Equinox" video in Toronto on Wednesday.
"OK, so again, having only finished the second book, I feel like I'm sort of out on a limb a little bit, because I haven't started the third book," Walla told MTV News. "So I'm really excited to see the film and sort of see if I feel like I'm still out on a limb. Like, I love Jacob. He's great. In the middle of the book, he's the one who's taking care of Bella, and, like, where's Edward? What is he doing? What an a--hole! But he comes through in the end, and, you know, we'll see what happens."
So there you go: Chris Walla thinks Edward Cullen is an a--hole. And that wasn't the only revelation Walla had for us on the "Equinox" set. Apparently, there currently exists a five-hour version of the "New Moon" film — and, no, he hasn't seen it either.
"We were invited to see a cut that was five hours long. It didn't have any effects or Foley or music or anything in it. And we couldn't make the schedule work, because it was five hours long," Walla laughed. "We haven't seen anything more than anyone else has seen. We've seen the trailer, and that's really about it. ... I think the trailer looks great. There was the one scene where Jacob explodes into the werewolf, and it's like, 'How are they gonna pull that off? What are they gonna do?' And it looks great. So I feel like the whole thing is really going to work."
And while we'll have more information about the "Equinox" song — which premieres September 13 on MTV.com — and video in the coming days (trust us, it looks great), there's still one more bit of information we'd like to leave you with: Walla wants you to know that he's planning to finish the "Twilight" series very shortly. So if you run into him on the street, don't reveal how the whole Jacob/Edward thing plays out, OK?
"I'm a big fan of everything I've read so far. I've read both the first books, and it's kind of perfect for me, because I stopped after 'New Moon,' and I'm waiting to pick up on the next book," he said. "As this thing kinda gets going, I think I'm actually gonna dive into the third book. I really can't wait to see how it all ends up."
You know how when you miss your significant other, you tend to look at old photos to remind you of them? And the longer you’ve been apart, the more you tend to look at those pictures? Even with quick weekend visits and video chats, e-mails and IM conversations, that terrible pain of separation doesn’t get any easier.
Well, that’s kind of how we feel about“Twilight.” Sure, we’ve had public appearances, relationship rumors and quick interviews, but with the one-year anniversary of the release of "Twilight" (and subsequently the long-awaited release of “New Moon”) we’ve found ourselves missing the artistic side of the cast of "Twilight" more and more — and we’re sure you are too!
To help carry the both of us through the next two and a half months until we can be reunited with our beloved vamps again (or at least through the next week till they show their pretty faces at the VMAs!!!), we’ve put together a selection of our favorite photos Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. We’ll be sure to have more nostalgic posts over the next few weeks, but for now, this is helping to ease the pain.
Take our poll after the photos and let us know which one is your favorite or leave a comment for us on our Twitter page!
From Vanity Fair, November 2008 (see the full image on vanityfair.com)
Teen Vogue, reportedly from early 2009 though we're not sure if they ever actually appeared in the mag! (see the full image at Kristen Stewart Central)
From InStyle, October 2008 (see the full image on instyle.com)
From Entertainment Weekly, July 2008 (see the full image on ew.com)
From The MTV Movie Awards, May 2009