Saturday, October 10, 2009
Monochrome grass stalks near the Swan residence.
Between takes we hung out with the Swans. (He also left a hint for the context of this photo here.)
Friday, October 9, 2009
Grab your headphones, people, because the time to sample the soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: New Moon is now upon us.
Over at Amazon, several second of listening previews are now available for each of the songs on the New Moon soundtrack!
Everything from Muse to Grizzly Bear is now live on the soundtrack page, and things are looking (er, sounding) pretty good!
A big thank you to Muse, perhaps? A nice open-armed hug to The Killers? A visual of some of the many colorful images to be seen in the film thanks to Alexandre Desplat? Yes, yes, and oh yes.
Go and take a listen now HERE at Amazon UK!
Source & Source
Exclusively from Lainey Gossip:
This is Xavier Samuel on Wednesday night shooting Twilight Eclipse soaking wet, filming in the fake rain over and over again. My source tells me he’s wearing a wetsuit under those clothes to stay dry/warm(er). This is why he appears to be a little more robust. As you’ve seen from his candids, Samuel is rather slight.
Here’s a juicy detail:
I’m told exclusively that Xavier is working on what’s currently intended (at press time) to be the OPENING SCENE in Eclipse. “Riley” in human form is being terrorised down an alley in Seattle pursued by a sinister shadow which turns out to be “Victoria”. He cannot outrun her, she attacks him, and as you can see from the exclusive video below (from PUNKD Images) he writhes in pain from being bitten.
Major coup for Xavier, non? To open the movie? Unless of course they change their minds in post. So far however, it seems as though Hollywood’s artistic interpretation of Stephenie Meyer’s drivel has far exceeded the source material. Xavier’s expanded role is a great example.
Also getting wet, but for a different reason and in a different place, Taylor Lautner went back to Los Angeles for this photo shoot yesterday. He’s in the water, he’s on his bike, he’s doing backflips, he’s trying to make you forget he’s only 17.
With the premiere of New Moon just a month away, the kids are gearing up for what’s expected to be a massive publicity campaign that will launch into overdrive as soon as Eclipse wraps at the end of October. Enjoy it while it lasts Vancouver. Because if things continue to roll the way they’ve been rolling, Twilight might not be coming back here.
The first movie was shot in Oregon. Oregon desperately wants Twilight to return for the 4th film and they’ve introduced major tax incentives etc to lure the production back. British Columbia on the other hand is getting pounded by Ontario and Quebec (other Canadian provinces with historically active film industries) as both have also pushed tax incentives forward in a bid to take back British Columbia’s business.
British Columbia however has not answered, has not presented incentives of its own to match the competition. As such, British Columbia has already lost out on several productions and now faces the probability of losing Twilight’s final installment.
The crews that are working on Eclipse also worked on New Moon. They were booked back to back well in advance, schedules held for both films. My sources tell me exclusively that the crew was informed weeks ago that they had the all clear to book new jobs when Eclipse wraps. The studio will NOT hold them for Breaking Dawn. I’m told that as of press time the intention is to begin production on the fourth and final in September. In Portland.
Things are fluid, of course. And it could change. But unless British Columbia changes its film tax structure, it’s more financially feasible for Summit to shoot elsewhere. Say goodbye Vancouver.
The latest from Ted's The Awful Truth at E! Online:
While many of you may have overlooked Spike TV's Scream Awards in the past, we predict they will get their highest viewers to date thanks to Robert Pattinson and his sexy locks.
New footage from The Twilight Saga: New Moon will premiere when the show airs in a few weeks, but right now all eyes and ears are on who will be presenting the next N.M. teaser...
There have been plenty of blog rumors that the Golden Three—Rob, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner—will come down to L.A. to introduce the clip.
We checked with Deep Twi and our other studio sources and no one would completely confirm that would happen, but they tell us it's what execs are trying to make happen. Good thing what the suits want, they usually get. Uh, right?
See, Eclipse filming is going pretty much according to schedule, but they need to get this wrapped before Robsten 'n' crew start off on their global press tour to promote New Moon.
While there seems to be lots of heated debate surrounding the did-they-or-didn't-they-snap-at-each-other Robsten video, you bet that if K.Stew and R.Pattz make it to the Scream Awards together every glance and gesture will be just as dissected as ever.
Since Rob has no permanent place in L.A., will he be crashing with Kristen? Or have they just gotten so used to their hotel room together they'll cozy up somewhere in Hollywood?
Let's hope we get to officially find out!
(But we have the feeling more than a few of us already know the answer to the above, like, let's get real.)
Thursday, October 8, 2009
If Michael Sheen isn't doing something biographical, chances are it's supernatural.
He has left his mark on the horror genre as Lucian, the leader of the werewolf rebellion against the aristocratic vampires in the Underworld trilogy.
But now he's switching teams as Aro, the head of the Italian vampire cult known as the Volturi in New Moon, the latest big-screen chapter of the Twilight saga that opens Nov. 20.
Why join the bloodsuckers?
"I wanted to see how the other half lived," Sheen explains with a grin. "Or unlived."
Actually, Lily, his 10-year-old daughter with Underworld actress Kate Beckinsale, had something to do with his decision. "She is very, very into the books. I know how obsessive she was about them, so I was already predisposed wanting to be in it."
After he read the first two books himself, Sheen realized why the literary phenom causes teen girls to swoon. "What it has tapped into, at least in the first book, is how it feels to fall in love for the first time. I don't think you have to be a girl to relate to that.
"The second book captures the utter desolation of losing that first love. I went through that myself, and Stephenie Meyer invokes that brilliantly."
So what kind of vamp is Aro? "I suppose the Volturi are like the royal family of vampires, and while he is more their spokesperson in the books, he is their leader in the film. He's got a sort of regality about him.
"I like the way director Chris Weitz describes him. On the surface, he is very charming and very warm, sort of likable and soft. But underneath, you get the sense he is a psychopathic killer. I love playing with that idea."
RAWR!!! Clicky for bigger! ;-)
Was Robsten doomed from the start?
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
On a good day, film soundtracks enhance the moviegoing experience. At their best, they transcend it. The latest sonic accompaniment to Twilight's inescapable teen-vampire juggernaut — a swooning conveyance of girl-meets-undead-boy romance, delivered by some of the best established and emerging names in the indie stratosphere — may sway even the most committed Twi-loathers.
After the success of the first installment, music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas (Gossip Girl, Grey's Anatomy) gets her pick of the alt litter here, with each contributing original, previously unreleased material: From the opening chords of Death Cab for Cutie's dusky guitar rapture ''Meet Me on the Equinox'' to the spooky robot-ennui of Thom Yorke's ''Hearing Damage'' and Grizzly Bear's gorgeous folk-pop pastoral ''Slow Life,'' New Moon rarely falters. A peacocking remix of Muse's shamelessly operatic ''I Belong to You'' becomes a Bowie-esque glam-rock stomper. In its wake, Bon Iver and St. Vincent quietly unfurl ''Rosyln,'' a duet of hushed, almost church-like beauty.
Moon (due in stores Oct. 20) yields several happy revelations from its lower-marquee names: Nordic songstress Lykke Li's nearly a cappella ''Possibility'' is a lovely little Swedish snowflake, and jokey rockers OK Go achieve an impressive sort of Flaming Lips-y quirk-gravitas on the sprawling, cinematic ''Shooting the Moon.'' Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's acoustic campfire lament ''Done All Wrong'' segues seamlessly into the jaunty, Strokes-ian guitar fuzz of Hurricane Bells' ''Monsters.'' Think of New Moon as a sort of survey course in new-now-next rock: a mixtape with teeth. A
Is There An Indie Rock Dance Party In New Moon? 3 Soundtrack Artists Speak & We Find Out Where Their Songs Are In The Film!
We’re aware of how thirsty Twilight fans are for the upcoming release of the film, New Moon, but now it seems music fans may be … hungrier. If you’re both a lover of indie music and of Stephenie Meyer’s four-part teenage vampire saga, then you must be positively aching for the impending release of the movie’s soundtrack, on October 20.
When Atlantic Records released the New Moon soundtrack listing on September 22, indie kids were both shocked and delighted to see many of their favorites contributing new, exclusive material. Big name, arena-filling artists like Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Washington darlings Death Cab for Cutie are on the roster, but so are smaller acts such as Sea Wolf, OK Go, Bon Iver, and St. Vincent, who are staples of the club circuit.
We spoke to three of the bands on the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack about their song contributions, moody lyrics, and whether they’re Team Edward or Team Jacob.
People often describe us as chamber pop, which applies to everyone from Belle & Sebastian to Arcade Fire. We’re basically a folk-rock band with sea-shanty instrumentation.
It’s a very up-tempo, peppy kind of song with a dark twist to it. It’s about a girl who is interested in me but is also wishy-washy—someone aloof. I get the sense she’s leading me on but I’m not really sure. It’s a little bit sexy.
Maybe it could apply to her character. The song does suit the movie—the vibe and lyrics, definitely.
All I know is it’s going to be in a party scene … a house-party scene.
Wow, steamy stuff. What do you hope Twilight fans will take from it?
I hope that it speaks to them in a personal way. I put a lot of myself into my songs, but I don’t want to alienate anyone. It’s a good song. I hope people [who buy the soundtrack] will like it and will hopefully seek us out and check out our other records.
How did you feel when you heard you were going to be on the soundtrack?
That it’s a great honor to be included on the soundtrack with the likes of Thom Yorke, Grizzly Bear, and Death Cab for Cutie. It’s really cool.
If you could be a werewolf or a vampire, what would you be?
I would be a werewolf because this is Sea Wolf! Also, most of the time, you could be normal. I like wolves because they’re beautiful, intelligent, misunderstood creatures.
Check out Sea Wolf’s new album White Water, White Bloom featuring “Wicked Blood,” another Twilight-friendly song about star-crossed lovers.
When did you start playing music?
I started playing when I was 12—guitar and singing.
I was really into Riot Grrl but six years after it started. I was late to the table on that one! Growing up in suburban Dallas and not really having tons of access to what could be considered counter culture, I was aware of other stuff going on, but I didn’t have first-person access to it. You’d go to your local record store and listen to music for hours. This is back when they had CD listening stations. As much as you could find out about bands, you still had to do mail order or go to the record store. You couldn’t check out music online like you can now.
If I had a soundtrack with Thom Yorke, Grizzly Bear, and Bon Iver [on it] and had been hip to that music even earlier on in life, I think I’d be better off and have a richer creative outlet to draw from at a younger age. That’s the sweet thing to me about being included on this soundtrack.
Have you read the Twilight books or seen the first film?
I saw the first movie. I went with my sisters to see it because they read all of the books. I think they walked out of it dreamy-eyed about Robert Pattinson.
How did they react when they found out you were going to be included on the soundtrack?
I pretty much got every female member of my family just beside themselves. I’ve been asked many times if I think I’ll get to meet Robert Pattinson—fingers crossed, fingers crossed. I have a nine-year-old sister who calls me constantly about it, and I also have a 39-year-old sister, and she and her kids are thrilled about it. She’s a Twilight mom. She’s got little boys, and they love Twilight, too. It really is a phenomenon.
We recorded it in July and August. It was a song Justin had been working on for a while. It was a very Internet-friendly collaboration.
It’s a melancholy, bittersweet kind of song with softer acoustic guitar and slide guitar—we kind of make up this choir of voices. It’s a somber song, for sure, very aching, longing, and beautiful. Typical Justin Vernon.
I don’t know where the song will be in the film, but I know that Edward and Bella will not have sex to it.
Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?
I’m not really hip on the whole live-forever thing. That seems like kind of a drag! I’m really happy with life, but the thought of living forever is not my bag. Do werewolves live forever? Because if werewolves don’t live forever, than I think I’d rather be a werewolf. I saw Teen Wolf [Two] as a kid … I’m Team Jason Bateman!
Check out St. Vincent’s current album Actor or see her on the road touring with Andrew Bird.
I remember when relationships felt like life or death, which is pretty great. I think Stephenie Meyer has done a wonderful job capturing that unbridled teenage lust that I’m not sure I’d ever want to go through again but every once in a while I get nostalgic for. I think the stories are genius in capturing what it’s like to be a teenager.
Well, three of the members of the band are vampires. In a broad sense you could say that we all are! I’ve started reading Twilight, yes. When I heard we were going to be a part of the soundtrack, I figured I should get to know what it’s all about. I have to say it’s a pretty entertaining read! I can see why millions of copies have been sold. It literally is on my bed stand.
It’s a story about an astronaut who tries to go to the moon but doesn’t quite make it. He has to come back and apologize for not making it.
It’s a song about trying to do the best thing but failing and then having to come back and explain. It’s about false hope.
It’s a psychedelic acoustic song. It’s different from what people have known from us before. I don’t think we’ve ever released a psychedelic folk jam! For anyone who knows [of] the band, I think it will be a pleasant surprise from all guitars all the time. There’s a heavy emotive quality to our song. I hope that people who buy the soundtrack like it. You hope that it’s a gateway to people wanting to check out more.
What can he tell ‘em now
Yes, I do. It’s a montage scene. The song itself is a thoughtful, acoustic song, and the scene they’re using it for is a moment when you see the two kids flirting with each other for the first time.
You mean Bella and Jacob?
Have you seen the film?
I did see that scene and some others, but I haven’t seen the completed film. I’m really looking forward to it.
I think you already answered this, but would OK Go be vampires or werewolves? Are you more Team Edward or Team Jacob?
Vampires have better style—they’re a bit more formal, which I appreciate. Werewolves just bust out of whatever clothes they were wearing as humans. I think three-fourth’s of this band being vampires constitutes us as a vampire house band.
OK Go’s new album, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, is scheduled for a January 2010 release.