Saturday, October 30, 2010
"I'm about to play an emaciated pregnant vampire, so I've stopped using as much butter as Paula Deen – just until Breaking Dawn is over."
– Twilight star Kristen , who's cutting out recipes from the Southern cooking diva to prepare for the franchise's fourth film, to PEOPLE
"Pushing Daisies" actor Lee Pace is joining the "Twilight" cast for its epic series finale, as Garrett in Breaking Dawn, and told Niteside at the Edison Ballroom Wednesday night at GQ's Gentlemen Ball that he's super psyched. He's already tried on his red eyeballs.
The President of the Rio Film Commission has finally confirmed that Breaking Dawn production is headed to Rio (google translate version):
Dawn will be shot in Rio in November. With full support of the Rio Film Commission. For security reasons I can not say when and where.
The Mayor and Governor Eduardo Paes Cabral directly engaged to enable the filming of Dawn in the River Plate Gol!
An estimated investment of U.S. $2 million into the economy of Rio seems all right to come and Dawn team is filmed here.
Can not say anything else. I count on your understanding. I think Rio is consolidating as a destination for international productions!
All security measures will be taken to ensure a smooth shoot. The City Council and Gov. of the State will provide needed support.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Robert Pattinson Practicing For ‘Breaking Dawn’ Honeymoon Scene With Boat Lessons On Louisiana River!
It’s one of the most romantic scenes in Breaking Dawn — Edward and Bella’s honeymoon — and we know how R-Patz is getting ready for it — and where!
Robert Pattinson has been spotted on a Louisiana river learning how to drive a speed boat, and you Twi-hards are going to swoon when we tell you why!
An eyewitness tells HollywoodLife.com that Rob was on a river in Baton Rouge early this morning, driving a “speed boat” with an instructor. We’re told by another source that he was followed by a rescue boat with certified scuba divers — just in case. This is Rob Pattinsonwe’re talking about, after all.
It’s one of the most momentous scenes in the entire Twilight tetralogy — the moment when Edward and Bella take off for connubial bliss at Isle Esme. Clearly, Rob wants to be fullyconfident at the helm when he takes Kristen Stewart on the water.
TDG: The source is Hollywood Life...so grain of salt.
Kristen Stewart is an extremely talented young actress who may well get an Oscar nomination some day -- if she manages to appear in a successful movie outside the "Twilight" franchise. Awards buzz surrounded her performance as a runaway-turned-hooker in "Welcome to the Rileys" when it opened at Sundance in January. Nominations aren't going to happen, though. Because like a number of her non-"Twilight" films, "Rileys" is a challenging little indie getting only a token theatrical run prior to its DVD debut. Stewart's ongoing performances as the romantically conflicted Bella Swan -- which have received much higher praise than the "Twilight" movies themselves from critics -- have made her perhaps the best-known actress of her generation, and she gets offered plenty of parts.
Talented Kristen Stewart is a highlight of films other than "Twilight."
Just not in movies that turn out to be hits so far. "Twilight" and its sequels aside, none of her films has done anywhere near the $80 million North American gross of "Panic Room" (2002), in which she first drew attention as Jodie Foster's diabetic daughter. A long string of forgotten flops followed, including "Cold Creek Manor" (2003) as Dennis Quaid's daughter, a lead in the family flick "Catch That Kid" (2004) and a supporting role as the older sister in the fantasy "Zathura" (2005). Stewart -- who is currently filming "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn," the final installment of the franchise -- drew notice for her one-scene role as a free-spirited teenager in "Into the Wild," which struggled to gross $18 million in North America. Her four other 2007 releases fared far worse. "Twilight" (2008) finally made her a star, but it didn't help sell her two later releases -- "What Just Happened," and "Adventureland." The release of the road movie "The Yellow Handkerchief" was delayed by more than two years after its debut at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival -- partly in the hope of cashing in on Stewart's burgeoning stardom. Her performance as Joan Jett in "The Runaways," also released this spring, was hailed as "brilliant" by several critics. But neither fared well at the box office.
Stewart's adventurousness as an actress may eventually pay off at the box office and with an Oscar . . . but it may take years.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Mr. Cobb. A vampire?….Well that explains why he doesn’t age. And if Edward Cullen (aka Robert Pattinson of the Twilight series) says so, it must be true. Mike, a three-sport varsity captain, and Neve, who does it all—they can’t be human. So Pattinson and Peter Berg ’80 decide it’s time to shut Taft down.
No one thought Headmaster Willy MacMullen could top last year’s Headmaster Holiday announcement. But director/producer Peter Berg came through yet again, filming a video message with Pattinson in a Baton Rouge cemetery.
Berg recapped his theme of unfairness from last year (headholiday09), reminding students that he didn’t have what they have at Taft now. “You guys are continuing to dominate, “ he says to the camera, “and I’m going to deal with it.”
The tradition of a Headmaster Holiday goes back more than a century, to the election of William Howard Taft, whose son was then a student. Knowing Taft’s son would want to attend the inauguration, Horace Taft declared the first Headmaster Holiday--allowing both Horace and his nephew to attend the ceremony.
"I love this tradition,” said MacMullen. “Every student and teacher needed a break from our labors, but the seniors needed it the most, and it is a really great class. Needless to say, when the film was shown, it was deafening! Peter Berg has directed another blockbuster hit! I thought we were going to have to call in the medics--several of the girls looked as if they were about to have a heart attack!"
Of course the stakes have been raised now. "To top this year's video, I have a few requirements for the announcement of the headmaster's holiday for my senior year," middler Cassie Willson emailed the headmaster shortly after. "I'm going to need Paul McCartney in person in Bingham, and he will announce the day off and then pull me on stage to perform an impromptu concert for the school. You can make that happen, right?"
As if the cast of "Breaking Dawn" weren't big enough already, eight new actors have just been added to the "Twilight" finale. Summit didn't specify which of the twenty-odd characters left to cast each one will play, but we're pretty sure we can figure most of them out on our own.
Take for instance Ty Olsson (pictured). The 36-year-old actor best known for his work in "2012" and "X2" is a dead ringer for the balding, middle-aged attorney James Jenks that Bella deals with several times over the course of "Breaking Dawn." He has a fairly important part in the story, so it makes a lot of sense that an established actor would be cast in the role instead of a newcomer, like some of the new vampires were. Keep reading after the jump to see the other seven actors cast and which of the remaining roles—Isle Esme employees? J. Jenks and associates? Volturi posse?—we think they'll be playing.
Then there's Wendell Pierce, a seasoned actor thanks to roles in "The Wire" and "Treme" who seems to match the vague description given for Jenks's in-between man Max. He is described as having "crinkly black hair" and "dark skin" that was "smooth and perfect," a contradiction to his teeth that were "white and straight." Though his age isn't given, it can be assumed that an older man (like Wendell) would be working for Jenks, and not someone younger.
Then there are two of the most important characters in the second half of "Breaking Dawn": Nahuel and Huilen. Nahuel is described as having skin that is an "impossibly rich, dark brown," "warm teak" eyes and hair that was "black and braided, too, like the woman's, though not as long." Amadou Ly might not have that hair in the pictures we've seen online, but the 22-year-old Senegalian actor definitely satisfies Nahuel's description in every other way.
It seems very likely that Hispanic actress Carolina Virguiez will be playing Huilen, who is (based on the information in the book) probably in her 20s or 30s and is described as a "small olive-toned female vampire with a long braid of black hair." Since Huilen is Machupe, an indigenous inhabitant of south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina, Carolina seems like a perfect match, but she also could be playing Kaure, a Brazilian employee at Isle Esme described as being "a slight female" with a face "creased with lines."
Brazilian actor Sebastiao Lemos seems the most likely choice to play Gustavo, the other Brazilian employee at Isle Esme. He is described as "a round man" whose face is also "creased with lines." We're a bit more sure about his casting than we are Carolina's.
We have a gut feeling that Olga Fonda, who has had bit roles in "Melrose Place" and "How I Met Your Mother," will be playing Renata, Aro's shield vampire. Renata doesn't get a physical description in the book (or many lines), but there's something about the way Olga carries herself that makes us think she'd be totally badass as Renata. That makes Janelle Froehlich, best known for "Hacienda Heights," the best choice to play Chelsea, one of the Volturi guard who is important in "Breaking Dawn" because of her ability to change others' loyalties. Like Renata, she doesn't get a physical description, but she spends a lot of time with Alec and Jane and we figure she'll probably look physically younger, like they do.
That leaves Japanese actor Masami Kosaka as the last of the eight actors, who has the lucky role of being the man to make Edward and Bella husband and wife. Who else would he be playing but Angela Weber's father, Mr. Weber, who conducts the wedding ceremony at the beginning of the film. Coincidentally, Masami also worked alongside Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in "The Runaways" as "Japanese journalist." At least he'll be a bit more memorable in "Breaking Dawn: Part 1"!
Now for the characters still to be cast. Depending on who Carolina is playing, either Huilen or Kaure are still up for grabs, and there's also the final Amazonian vampire Kachiri to be cast. We're unsure whether European Nomads Charles and Makenna are being included in the films, and there are a couple new wolves and Volturi available for actors just looking to be seen and not heard.
Check out our flipbook of the entire "Breaking Dawn" cast...so far!
Do you think our casting selections are accurate?
It's frustrating to say the very least there has not been a Seattle press screening of Welcome to the Rileysas it is set to open in New York, Los Angeles and Boston theaters tomorrow, October 29. I've read a smattering of opinions on the film, both good and bad, and of all things it seems like it is a bit of an emotional ride. However, I'd love to have an opinion of my own to share with you, but while I don't have that, at least I have something to share…
The film stars Kristen Stewart, in a massive departure from the Twilight franchise, as Mallory, a 17-year-old prostitute who forms a platonic bond with Doug (James Gandolfini) during his business trip to New Orleans. Doug and his wife Lois (Melissa Leo) have a marriage that's on the rocks and as he extends his stay to help Mallory, it may end up being the one thing that brings he and his wife back together.
Just below is an exclusive, 92-second red band (definitely not safe for work) clip from the film featuring Mallory and Doug having an argument after one of Mallory's tricks goes bad and she is left empty-handed on the side of the road.