Saturday, December 19, 2009

SPIN Magazine Weighs In On Kristen Stewart's Singing In 'The Runaways' Teaser Trailer

Kristen Stewart, the sought after 19-year-old actress the world knows as "Bella" from the Twilight series, has a new image: a badass rocker who breaks beer bottles, sings sexual punk anthems, and has a questionable hair-do. Get the first look at KStew -- and a grown Dakota Fanning -- in the trailer for The Runaways below.

But first, a little history for non-music nerds: The Runaways were a short-lived all-girl punk band from L.A. that broke up in 1979 after releasing a handful of successful albums -- including their 1976 hit "Cherry Bomb" -- and toured with bands like the Ramones and Cheap Trick. Stewart portrays Joan Jett, the quartet's co-founder and de facto leader, while Fanning plays vocalist/keyboardist Cherie Currie.

The trailer for the film (out March 19) starts with some hyper-dramatic narration ("In 1975, rock was a man's world. Until…"), then segues into the juicy bits: KStew getting rowdy, throwing a chair and hurling a beer bottle in a recording studio, telling the story of an out-of-control band hooked on rock's excesses (read: drugs and sex). But that's not even the best part. That comes when Stewart sings. Yep: the revamped music of "Cherry Bomb" features lead vocals from the vampire-lover herself.

So, SPIN readers, does KStew have a future career in music?

TDG Note: Umm...isn't it Cherie Currie that's singing that part in Cherry Bomb?

Kristen Stewart's 'Adventureland' Makes EW's 10 Best Films Of 2009

Photo: Abbot Genser


Remember that summer job you had in college — the cruddy one that somehow coincided with growing up? Greg Mottola's lovely comedy about an earnest, virginal liberal-arts geek (Jesse Eisenberg) working at an amusement park in 1987 brings you right back to those wistful summertime blues. It's also the first film that captures the '80s — not just the clothes, music, hair, and slang but the vibe — with the sublimely nostalgic texture that Dazed and Confused brought to the '70s and American Graffiti to the end of the greaser era. Eisenberg proves a true star, finding a way to make insecurity sexy, and if you think Kristen Stewart is a one-trick Twilight pony, just check out her work here. She's saucy and gorgeous.

The Votes Are in: Best Celebrity Trendsetter Of 2009 Is Kristen Stewart

She's had a whirlwind year and more hair and makeup changes than a Britney Spears concert, so it's no surprise that Kristen Stewart topped our readers' list of trendsetters for 2009. While we love Kristen, those of us at Sugar HQ have a soft spot for someone whose beauty antics were endlessly entertaining and inspiring — the one and only Lady Gaga. We know she's wild and wanton, and we adore her for it. Baby girl is single-handedly bringing the avant-garde back to pop music, and we wholeheartedly approve.

A Reality Show Based Around The 'Twilight' Hometown, Forks, Could Be Coming To TV

Thanks to author Stephenie Meyer, the once little-known Western Washington hamlet of Forks has become a hotbed for "Twilight" mania. We already looked at how the franchise saved the small town from economic hardship. And documentary filmmakers recently turned their lenses on the logging community for the film "Twilight in Forks," which will be released on DVD alongside "New Moon." So it seems like the next logical step is a Forks reality show, right? Anyone?

A casting call has gone out for Forks residents (yes, you must permanently live in the town!) to try out for a proposed reality show, reports the Forks Forum. Little information was given about the nature of the show, which left us imagining what some of our favorite reality shows would look like if they were given the Forks treatment...

"Survivor: Forks"

The coven has spoken! Two teams of unwitting humans are released into the vampire- and werewolf-invested forests of the Olympic Peninsula. The last contestant standing with all his/her blood and limbs in tact wins.

"Real World: Forks"

This is the true story, of seven strangers (not all entirely human), picked to live in the woods and have their lives taped, to find out what happens when vampires stop being polite and start getting real ... real bloody.

"Fork of Love"

One lucky lumberjack must date 15 logger groupies, eliminating one each week until he finds his one true Fork of Love. Weekly challenges include tree climbing, chainsaw juggling, and a flannel bikini contest.


EW's The Best & Worst Of 2009 - 'The Big Bang Theory' Cast Recreates New Moon

The cast of the Big Bang Theory recreated the most memorable moments from 2009 in the new issue of Entretainment Weekly. New Moon was one of them.

Jim Parsons (Sheldon in TBBT) is Edward, Kayley Cuoco (Penny in TBBT) is Bella and Johnny Galecki (Leonard in TBBT) is Jacob.

Taylor Lautner & Taylor Swift Canoodling In New 'Valentine's Day' Trailer

and are starring as high school sweethearts in "", and a peek at how they are so into one another has been teased in the film's newtrailer. Coming out courtesy of Moviefone, the promo video captures the characters the two Taylors portray declaring their love to one another in an interview with local news.

The trailer also manages to reel in a look at other characters and scenes.
's Reed Bennet popping the question to 's Morley Clarkson, 's Grace Smart telling Shirley MacLaine and Hector Elizondo's Estelle and Edgar Paddington she is going to have sex, and 's Julia Fitzpatrick having a date with a ten-year-old are only few of the scenes unveiled.

Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift take on the homecoming queen and king characters named Tyler Harrinton and Felicia in this romantic comedy. Back on December 3, the two who are rumored to have an off-screen romance were captured
doing some re-shooting for the movie. They were seen cruising around the streets of Los Angeles inside a black Porsche.

"Valentine's Day" itself has "Pretty Woman" and "The Princess Diaries" helmer, Garry Marshall, serving behind the lens. The initial screenplay was written by Katherine Fugate with a rewrite by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein.
Patrick Dempsey, ,, and are among the star-studded cast. The movie will see its U.S. release on February 12, 2010.

"Valentine's Day" Trailer:

Moviefone's Top 25 Movie Moments Of The Decade - Edward Saving Bella In 'Twilight' Comes In At #4

4. Edward saves Bella from a car accident in 'Twilight' (2008)

The movie that propelled a phenomenon, this scene had pre-pubescent girls and middle-aged women equally putting their hands over their eyes.

How awesome is it that Twilight made it so high on this list???

Friday, December 18, 2009

Bryce Dallas Howard Promises A 'Juicy' Bloodsucker In 'Eclipse'

— Last summer the proverbial something hit the fans when beloved "Twilight" star Rachelle Lefevre was shockingly dropped from the series, Golden Globe nominee Bryce Dallas Howard was announced as her replacement, and a real-life story line, as dramatic as anything in Stephenie Meyer's best-selling novels, erupted. But as the months have gone by, Lefevre has moved on to other gigs, Howard has received favorable reports from her new co-stars, and "New Moon" made a boatload of money.

On June 30, "Eclipse" brings the "Twilight Saga" back to the big screen with plenty of familiar faces, but a new one for Victoria. And when we caught up with 28-year-old beauty Howard, who stars in the new drama "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," she told us that she couldn't wait to unveil her take on Meyer's villainous vamp.

MTV: It's no secret that you entered the franchise under less-than-ideal circumstances. What kinds of things did the other actors say and do in those early days?

Bryce Dallas Howard: What's so great about that group of people is that they feel so genuinely blessed by this experience. Just by the response of the fans. But they've remained so grounded, and their friendships are genuine. I just felt really, really fortunate to get to meet all these wonderful people.

MTV: Kristen Stewart recently told us that you were "such a good actress" during the "Eclipse" shoot that "it was easy to be scared" of you. What were your thoughts working with her while she continued to develop such an iconic role?

Howard: Kristen is fantastic and so, so passionate about this role and this character. First, as a fan of the books it was such a relief to go onto set and see how seriously everyone was taking it. And, yeah, Kristen was incredible to work with, incredible.

MTV: You were a "Twilight" fan before you even got the role. In your opinion, which of Stephenie Meyer's books is the best?

Howard: I love these books, and "Eclipse" for me is [the best one]; I'm partial to "Eclipse." And that was true even before "Twilight" came out.

MTV: Tell us about your take on Victoria, as opposed to Rachelle's. What will be different? What will stay the same?

Howard: Victoria is a wonderful character. ... It's awfully juicy to play a villain. To play someone that's just evil; Victoria is evil. And I think with "Eclipse," it ends with quite a huge battle, a big spectacle, and it's very scary. It's a very, very scary book and very terrifying set of circumstances, and I think the Cullens are in jeopardy in a way that they never really have been before. It was a really, really exciting world to be a part of, because it was so scary and the stakes were so high.

MTV: Would you say you studied Rachelle's performance, to factor it into your own?

Howard: Well, I have seen "Twilight" innumerable times, innumerable. And yes, of course, I saw "New Moon" before doing "Eclipse," because the continuity of the character is critical, and Rachelle had done a really exquisite job creating Victoria. It was really important to base all of my work on that. She set a very high bar, and I wanted to reach for that.

MTV: In your mind, what were the critical elements of Victoria that needed to be maintained from the book to the script to Rachelle to yourself?

Howard: Well, the visual continuity of the character Victoria is really important, because such a distinctive character had been created, one that the fans and audience really connected to. She's described perfectly in the book. And that's really important to everybody, that there's an authenticity to bringing these characters to life that's not really an interpretation, just a true representation of what's been written on the page.


Entertainment Weekly 'New Moon' Exclusive: Chris Weitz Reveals 5 Secrets In The Film

1. Hidden wolves
''Look for an upside-down engraving of a wolf in the shot of the bowl in which Carlisle burns his first-aid equipment; on Jacob's T-shirt when he meets Bella in the school parking lot for the first time; and a wolf trinket on the dream-catcher that he gives her.''

2. Vampire elevator music
''When Edward, Bella, and Alice get into the elevator on their way to see the Volturi, the music playing in the elevator is from Strauss'
Die Fledermaus (a.k.a. The Bat).''

3. Emotional baggage?
''When Bella is looking for the meadow where she and
Edward are seen lying down together, she carries a golden compass clipped to her backpack — part of my baggage!''

4. Speedy suitor
''We did a little trick when Edward gets out of Bella's truck and they're arguing. We wanted to show Edward moving impossibly quickly, so we put Rob right next to the camera but out of sight, and used a double dressed like Rob in the
driver's seat. When Edward gets out, it's the double, and then Rob steps in front of the camera, and it looks as if he got there faster than humanly possible.''

5. Look it up
''And last but not least: If you want to know what Jacob says before he almost kisses Bella, ask a Quileute! The address of the Quileute tribal council is I can tell you this much: He says, Kwop kilawtley.''

Want more? Come back to tomorrow for five more New Moonsecrets from director Chris Weitz.


New Clip Of Kristen Stewart In 'The Yellow Handkerchief'

I predict 2010 to be the year of KStew - The Yellow Handkerchief, Welcome to the Rileys, The RUNAWAYS & Eclipse.


New Moon, Robsten & RPattz Win PopSugar Awards 2009

Biggest Movie of 2009: New Moon

After Twilight blew up the box office a year ago, the fan base for Stephenie Meyer's vampire series exploded and suddenly everyone was rabid for developments about the sequel. So when 2009 came around and New Moon mania hit full force, whether you liked it or not, the movie and its stars were everywhere.

Pressure was on the studio to make the sequel bigger and better than the original and amidst a controversial change in director, casting rumours came fast and furious.

Everyone from Madonna to High School Musicalers were reported to be connected to the film, with big names like Dakota Fanning and Michael Sheen eventually landing roles.

As production on the film motored on, tidbits of information began leaking. Mag covers, stills, trailers; we just couldn't get enough. Team Edward or team Jacob? Are Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson dating? It was all we could talk about. So it was little wonder that by the time the premiere rolled around on November 20, the film smashed record, after record, after record. And in the end it didn't matter whether the film was actually good or not, because on hype alone New Moon was the biggest film of 2009- taking the bloodsucker phenomenom to a whole new level.

Favourite Male Movie Star of 2009: Robert Pattinson

Oh don't give me that look. With Rob and Kristen named hottest couple and New Moon as our pick for 2009's biggest flick, even my 90-year-old nan saw this one coming. The Twilight hunk's name was on everyone's lips in 2009, and with good reason. Those brooding eyes, that hair, that chest, R-Patz, as our favourite big screen vampire Edward Cullen, made the idea of a particularly violent hickey sound good. So thumbs up for a stellar year R-Patz. We can't wait to see you up on the big screen in 2010.

Rob and Kristen - Hottest Couple of 2009.

It was the are-they-or-aren't they question of 2009 — are Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart dating in real life? From their obvious chemistry at the MTV awards to their shared moment on stage in Munich and every adoring gaze in between, the pair have had everyone speculating. And though the duo still haven't confirmed whether they've done a Bella Swan and Edward Cullen and hooked up off-screen (c'mon people!) as R-Patz and K-Stew or Bella and Ed, this duo is hands down our fave couple for 2009.

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Chris Weitz Puts 'New Moon' Exclusives In 'Twilight Tracker' iPhone App & Entertainment Weekly

A little birdy has just passed along the message that The Twilight Saga: New Moon director Chris Weitz has and will post some exclusive New Moon content to two different places.

The first is iTunes with the Twilight Tracker App, where there are to be five things posted that one mightve missed in seeing The Twilight Saga: New Moon. The second is Entertainment Weekly, where another five potentially missed "Easter eggs" will be revealed.

Here are the 5 exclusives from Twilight iPhone tracker app:

Twilight Tracker Exclusive From Director Chris Weitz

Director Chris Weitz has a list of 5 things from New Moon you may have missed. Check this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly for 5 additional items, and see New Moon again to spot the hidden easter eggs!

1. You can see Volterra’s tower and the red-cloaked revelers on the cover of Bella’s copy of Romeo and Juliet when she wakes up in her bedroom.

2. In the wolf-fight, we purposely knocked over the camera when the wolves tumble towards it; you can also hear the microphone thumping, as if an actual on-set animal had run into the camera and boom.

3. Quileute culture: When prepping to visualize Jacob’s and Emily’s houses, production designer David Brisbin and his team visited La Push and met the Quileute executive council. While they were there, a young Quileute girl gave David the first drum she made (this is a Quileute custom). To show appreciation, we decided to put the drum in a prominent shot – it’s at the entrance of Emily’s house, and you see it when Bella first enters. Also the high pitched “call” that Embry and Jared give when they jump out of Bella’s car is a thing the Quileute kids do.

4. The reason the moon phases “backwards” to reveal the title is that this is scientifically correct! I moderated an astrophysics seminar for the Science and Entertainment Exchange with noted astronomer Neil DeGrasse Tyson and he complained about the number of films that get simple science wrong. (Don’t ask me to justify vampires or werewolves).

5. In the Volturi chamber, Aro speaks Italian – “La Tua Cantante” should be easy for readers of the books – he’s referring to Bella’s being Edward’s “singer,” whose blood calls out to him stronger than anyone else’s. Later, when Bella tells him that he doesn’t know anything about Edward’s soul, he replies “Fore…ne il vostro l’uno o altro” – “Perhaps…nor your either.”


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