Friday, October 1, 2010

A Special Note From 'Breaking Dawn' Director Bill Condon

Hello fans!

Has it really been five months (and a day) since my last dispatch?  In my defense, they've been five months spent immersed in the world of TWILIGHT - something I'm sure you can all appreciate.  We're in the thick of pre-production now, juggling everything from casting to storyboarding to location scouting, getting it all ready to go, but I do want to take a moment to announce to you exclusively a few of the amazing production team members who are hard at work alongside me, bringing these movies to life.  I hope you'll be as excited about them as I am:

Guillermo Navarro, who won an Academy Award for the beautiful PAN'S LABYRINTH, is our cinematographer.  Guillermo and I have been painstakingly planning each shot, with a team of very talented storyboard artists.

Michael Wilkinson, our costume designer, is bringing his brilliant vision to the styles of all your favorite characters.  Michael's created fantastic looks for 300, WATCHMEN, and the upcoming TRON: LEGACY - just wait 'til you see his take on the vampire witnesses who come to Forks from around the globe.

Jean Black, our makeup designer, has worked extensively with the Coen Brothers and David Fincher, most recently making exquisite, award-winning contributions to THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON.  I'm honored to be working with her.

Richard Sherman, with whom I made GODS AND MONSTERS and KINSEY, is on-board as our production designer.  Richard's one of my oldest collaborators and a terrific designer, and you may be interested to know that he also happens to be a lifelong vampire aficionado.

Our Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor John Bruno has been responsible for some of the most memorable special effects ever, with his groundbreaking work on display in everything from POLTERGEIST to AVATAR.  He and his team are working intensely to develop solutions to the host of special effects challenges that Stephenie created for us in BREAKING DAWN, including that remarkable kid...

Wonderful, imaginative people all and very exciting, intense times for us.  Even with the months of work we've already put in, we're barely underway on the journey, and I do hope to get back to you much sooner next time with more news.  Until then, thanks for your warm reception and continued support!

Very best regards,


Amy Adams Talks About Working With Kristen Stewart In 'On The Road'

Kristen Stewart, Amy AdamsBryan Bedder/Getty Images; Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage
Amy Adams was very popular recently with the young people in her life.

You see, she recently spent four days in New Orleans shooting On the Road with Twilight star Kristen Stewart

"I got requests for autographs, and I didn't ask for a single one," Adams told me yesterday at Variety's Power of Women luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where she was honored for her work with the Bronx-based Ghetto Film School.


Adams may be a 36-year-old two-time Academy Award-nominee and mother of one, but when it comes to teen, she said, "I guess I'm getting to the point in my life where I'm suspicious of teenagers and I'm intimidated a little bit."

Yes, Adams knows Stewart is 20 years old. "She's not a teenager but she's close enough and I was very intimidated," Adams said.

Adams is a fan of Stephenie Meyer's vampire book series. "I told [Stewart] I read the books and she was like, 'You've read the books?,' " Adams recalled. "She couldn't compute it, but you have to imagine I was playing this sort of bedraggled drug addict so I'm she was like, ‘That doesn't seem like the audience.' But she was incredibly gracious and lovely."

The Variety luncheon was Adams' first red carpet appearance since giving birth to her and fiancĂ© Darren Le Gallo first child, daughter Aviana, on May 15.

"I don't think she recognized me when I was leaving the house," said the new mommy, who will next be seen opposite Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter, a drama about real-life boxer "Irish" Mickey Ward out in December. "I'm so done up and she's used to seeing me in sweats."


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Denali Coven Casting Announcement For 'Breaking Dawn' From Summit

Denali clan cast for 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' (exclusive)

Tanya, Carmen, Kate, Irina, Eleazar

Twihards, take note: The vampire coven known as the Denali clan has been cast for Summit’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn,” which is being adapted into two movies to be directed by Bill Condon.
MyAnna Buring -- the star of “The Descent” who had her own coven in “Lesbian Vampire Killers” -- Mia Maestro and Casey LaBow are the female members of the undead family. Christian Camargo is the patriarch.
Buring and LaBow will join the recently cast Maggie Grace as a trio of Russian vampire sisters of the Denali coven. Buring is playing Tanya, a rival to Kristen Stewart’s Bella for the attention of Edward (Rob Pattinson), while LaBow will play Kate, who has the ability to produce an electric current that can shock opponents. (Grace is playing villainous Irina.)
Maestro portrays Carmen and Camargo is Eleazar, the two Spanish heads of the coven, which in the “Twilight” universe is the only other non-human-feeding vampire clan besides the the Cullen clan.
A November start is being prepped.
The first of the “Breaking Dawn” movies is slated to be released in theaters Nov. 18, 2011, with the second one coming Nov. 16, 2012.
Buring, repped by Ken McReddie Associates and Elevate Entertainment, also appeared in Neil Marshall’s “Doomsday” and was featured in Edgar Wright’s fake trailer “Don’t,” which was part of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s film “Grindhouse.”
Maestro, repped by ICM and Tavistock Wood Management, is best known for her work on “Alias.” 
LaBow, who has appeared in “CSI: NY” and an episode of the short-lived vampire TV show “Moonlight,” is repped by IFA Talent.
Camargo, repped by Innovative Artists, may be best known for playing a serial killer on Showtime’s “Dexter.”

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Kristen Chills in L.A. Heat, While Rob Flies Home

Kristen StewartFame Pictures Inc.
While Robert Pattinson made his way back from London to LAX last night, Kristen Stewart may have already been back in Los Angeles braving the heat like only a real cool chick could do.

After finishing up duties for On the Road in Arizona, K.Stew was spotted at Peet's Coffee yesterday in Studio City by a reliable star-hanger who "swears" it was the fab chick. K-doll wore a black tee, black jeans, flip flops, no makeup and no sunglasses.

God love this girl! No shades? Hollywood take note, this is the real attitude of a star:

Our spy was standing behind the tiny babe in line where she ordered a large ice tea to go by herself. As soon as our source got to the counter he looked at the dude behind it and said, "You know who that was, don't you?"
"Who?" replied the guy who took Stewart's order.

"The girl from Twilight."

"I don't go for that vampire crap," said the guy, rather matter-of-factly.

In fact we're told "no one" recognized Kristen, or at least, no one went up and harassed her.

Too funny!

People all over the world are dying for a glimpse of K.Stew and here's a guy who spent some time chatting with her and had no friggin' clue who she was. No wonder K. likes it in the Valley so much.

After she got her tea, Kristen casually walked out of the coffee shop and hopped into a "very retro" white convertible and drove (herself) off.

Hopefully she was getting her and Rob's secret spot ready, since he got back in town from London last night with Tom Sturridge.

So, sorry, despite a few reports out there Kristen was not on the same flight as Rob and Tom. Girlfriend was already back here waiting for her man to return. Loves!


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Is Kristen Stewart Meeting 'Someone In The Dark'? Potential New Project

Is Kristen Stewart Meeting Someone in the Dark?Not a lot of details are known, but apparently The Twilight Saga's Kristen Stewart is eying her next project - Someone in the Dark, a teen thriller to be directed by Carlos Brooks for DreamWorks.
The news came in the form of a tweet from Production Weekly that simply said, Kristen Stewart mentioned for the role of Talia in the thriller “Someone In the Dark” plans are to film in March after "Breaking Dawn" wraps.
Brooks is riding high on mostly positive reviews (including ours here) for his "man-eating tiger trapped in a house with a couple of kids during a hurricane" Burning Bright. The script for Someone in the Dark was penned by Richard Blaney and Gregory Small with Brooks also signed on as Executive Producer.
As we said, not a lot to go on, but considering Stewart's bankability, we expect to hear lots more if she does indeed sign on to the project.


Robert Pattinson Arrives Back In LA Last Night With Tom Sturridge



Robert Pattinson arrived at LAX last night after flying from London with Tom Sturridge. The Twilight star's facial hair has grown since his last appearance a month ago at the Emmys afterparty. Rob's been keeping a low profile back home in England, after his PDA-filled stay in Canada with Kristen Stewart

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Newcomer Mackenzie Foy To Play Renesmee In "Breaking Dawn"


It’s a big day for Twihards. First Maggie Grace signs on to play Irina. Now has learned that little 9-year old Mackenzie Foy is inches away from signing on to play Renesmee, Edward and Bella’s vampire/human love child that’s a central role in the final installment of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
It’s not yet clear how the diminutive actress, who’s appeared in one episode each of television shows FlashForward and ‘Til Death, will portray the character who ages a full 17 years in only seven. Sources have suggested that director Bill Condon will employ similar digital effects to those used by David Fincher in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, where Foy’s face would be digitally transferred onto the face of a younger child. It’s also probable that the studio will hire a younger child in some capacity, too.
Summit Entertainment is remaining mum on the issue. But to see Foy’s angelic face, which could very well be the offspring of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, check out her website.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

'Breaking Dawn' Casting News: Maggie Grace Cast As Irina

Maggie GraceIt's about time we started hearing some news on the "Breaking Dawn" casting front. The last time we heard anything was at the end of August when Rami Malek was cast as Benjamin, a vampire from the Egyptian coven, but considering there are a grand total of 33 vampires included in the appendix at the end of "Breaking Dawn," we expected casting news to come a little more quickly.
Well, finally we have someone new cast, and it's one of the more significant characters.Maggie Grace, the girl you love to hate from "Lost" and "Taken" (well, at least I love to hate her), has been cast as Irina, a vampire from the Denali coven who spoiler alert is also the only character in the entire book to meet an untimely—or in this case, very timely—end.
You've probably already heard that the epic battle scene that the last third of the book builds up to is anti-climactic to say the least, but it actually doesn't even count as a battle because everything is resolved peacefully. That is, everything except for Irina, who was killed at the hands of the Volturi for giving them false information.
Irina actually triggered all of the events leading up to the Cullens' big non-violent face-off with the Volturi after she saw Bella, Edward and their daughter Renesmee walking in the woods and thought Bella had illegally turned a child into a vampire because of the fact that Renesmee looked much older than she actually was. Irina was the lover of Laurent, who was killed by the Quilette wolf pack in "New Moon," but she was under the false impression that it was the Cullens who killed him and took her revenge on them by reporting this allegedly illegal vampire to the Volturi.
Alice foresaw this and that was why the Cullens started gaining vampire supporters to come stand by them in what they thought would be a battle against the Volturi, and thus giving Stephenie Meyer leave to introduce the aforementioned 33 new characters in the book. When she realized both of her mistakes—it was the wolf pack who killed Laurent and Renesmee was not a child vampire—she accepted responsibility for her actions and Caius had her killed.
In the books, Irina was described as having chin-length silvery blonde hair and the golden eyes of vegetarian vampires, and Maggie Grace can easily fit that description. It will be nice to see her play a character with more confidence than Shannon in "Lost" and Kim in "Taken," and also play someone who can actually be considered villainous instead of just annoying and despicable (yes, I'm looking at you, Shannon). Hopefully she isn't asked to run in the film, either, because herhorrifically awkward run will totally ruin the image of "Twilight's" suave vampires.
Do you think that Maggie was a good choice to play Irina?

More here from Deadline Hollywood & E!:

EXCLUSIVE: Maggie Grace will play a new vampire threat to Kristen Stewart's Bella in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.  Grace, who played Liam Neeson's in-distress daughter in Taken, will play the role of Irina in the final installments of the Stephenie Meyer novel, which director Bill Condon is directing in two separate films.
Irina is a member of the Denali coven, considered cousins to the Cullen clan as the only other "vegetarian" vampire group. When Irina blames the Cullens for the death of her lover, her actions set in motion a terrifying chain of events. The first of two pictures will be released by Summit Entertainment on November 18, 2011, followed by the finale on November 16, 2012. Melissa Rosenberg is writing both scripts, and Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Meyer are producing. Grace just completed the Dwayne Johnson-starrer Faster for CBS Pictures and re-teamed with Taken producer Luc Besson inLockout, the outer space saga that stars Guy Pearce as a wrongly convicted man offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter (Grace) from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates. Grace is also waiting to reprise in Taken 2. She is repped by UTA and Global Creative.

Maggie Grace
Edward Cullen's got himself another enemy.
Lost beauty Maggie Grace is the latest to add some oomph to the cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, signing on to play Irina, the Denali vampire who mistakenly outs Edward and Bella's newborn babe as an immortal child—a big no-no in the Volturi's eyes.
And, like so many others, she blames the Cullens for the death of her lover.
Since being gunned down on the Island, Grace has played Liam Neeson's kidnapped daughter in Taken and appeared in Knight and Day and The Jane Austen Book Club. She also briefly resurfaced in the "third world" for Lost's final season.
The first installment of Breaking Dawn hits theaters Nov. 18, 2011—don't worry, the time will fly like a spider monkey—followed by part two on Nov. 16, 2012.

Breaking Dawn Birth Scene: "I Love the Way They're Showing It," Says Kellan Lutz

New Moon, Kellen LutzKimberly French/ Summit Entertainment
Let the countdown begin. Cameras are pretty close to rolling on Breaking Dawn.

"We start sometime in October and go all the way through to late April," Kellan Lutz says. "I just did a [wardrobe fitting] and a contact lenses test."

As for that much anticipated, hard-to-imagine birthing scene...

Lutz cracked, "I think they should show it and have Emmett in the background laughing."

Joking aside, Lutz says he knows what director Bill Condon has planned for the potentially gory sequence. "I love the way that they're showing it," he said. "I really thought that was going to be really a tough thing to show."

Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg recently told us the birth of baby Renesmee won't necessarily be gruesome. "I don't think it's about the amount of blood you show," she said. "It's about the intensity of it. It's on their faces. It's all from Bella's point of view when you're seeing what's going. It should feel visceral. I think it's going to be pretty intense."


Robert Pattinson Wins Glamour UK's 'Best Dressed Man'

 The results to Glamour UK's poll for 'Britain's Best Dressed Man' are in...and never to disappoint, Rob came in on top!

THE WINNER: Robert Pattinson
His Style: Tartan lumberjack shirts and jeans when out and about, drool-inducing tailored suits and skinny ties when on the red carpet. Robert Pattinson is certainly the crush of the moment but now he can now add Britain’s Most Stylish Man to his long list of accolades.

The lovely Emma Watson was named Best Dressed Woman.

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