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2008年08月30日 (10:06)

'Twilight' reshoots: Why is Catherine Hardwicke filming again?

Aug 29, 2008, 05:58 PM | by Nicole Sperling

Categories: Movie Biz

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke confirms to EW.com that she's currently overseeing reshoots on her adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's book (now opening Nov. 21). "It's pretty cool," Hardwicke e-mails from Pasadena, Calif., where she's filming the new material. "We got to shoot some things I really wanted." While reshoots often hint that there may be a problem with a movie, that doesn't appear to be the case with Twilight, whose initial 44-day Oregon production faced multiple weather-related difficulties.

Thus, a few key aspects of the production are getting further attention. One redone scene shows Edward (Robert Pattinson) playing Bella's lullaby. During the movie's initial shoot, Pattinson performed the scene while improvising with his own music; now he's playing the actual song, which has been written by veteran film composer Carter Burwell (best known for working with the Coen brothers). "[Pattinson] is a great pianist, long vampire fingers," Hardwicke says. And if that doesn't whet your appetite, Hardwicke also reshot the bedroom kissing scene on Thursday. The first time around, Kristen Stewart, the actress who plays Bella, was still 17, and between juggling three hours of school work per day plus numerous camera setups, the scene was never finished. Hardwicke also shot a few new scenes: more of Jacob, more on the Cullens' backstory, and more footage in the meadow. Says the director, "It's all just icing on the cake."

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2008年08月29日 (23:12)

Every little bit Phelps: Swimmer set for 'SNL,' VMAs

LOS ANGELES (AP) ― He does comedy, writes books, mixes it up with the hottest stars in music and Hollywood. With all this, who needs swimming?
Certainly not Michael Phelps ― not anymore, at least. But as a presenter at the 2008 Video Music Awards, all that fresh Olympic bling will certainly help.

The swimmer who took home a record-breaking eight gold medals from the Beijing Games joins Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan and Ciara as presenters at the Sept. 7 VMAs telecast from Los Angeles. British comedian Russell Brand will host.

It's been a busy week for Phelps, who announced he'll write a book about his road to Olympic history (to be released in time for the holidays) and plans to host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live.

Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and Corbin Bleu of the High School Musical franchise will also present at the VMAs, as will Twilight actors Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, MTV said Thursday.


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2008年08月29日 (23:05)

New Images from TWILIGHT!

New Images from TWILIGHT!

Written by Stephanie Sanchez
Thursday, 28 August 2008
TWILIGHT starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart is due out in theaters November 21 from Summit Entertainment.

Italian movie site, Badtaste.it got a few scans from an Italian movie magazine with some new images from the film including one from the prom scene!

Here is a rough (really rough thank you google translator) translation of what the site had to say including some info on a rumor of a pretty nasty character showing up at the dance,

The Best Movie Italian magazine published pictures you can see below, in an article by five pages dedicated to Twilight.

If you intend to buy the magazine, you can go in that there are some spoiler on the second novel / film, New Moon. The first photos (click on to enlarge) shows Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) in the final scene of the film, the dance school.

The second image instead portrays Charlie (Burke Billy) and Billy (Gil Birmingham).

In stretches are also a rumour: it seems that in the scene of dancing may also appear Victoria, the vampira "bad" in there we have already shown a picture.

Check out the images below (low quality scanned from a magazine) and click through to view the entire posting and larger images over at Badtaste.it!

TWILIGHT is an action-packed, modern day love story between a teen-aged girl who falls in love with a "good" vampire who must protect her from the "bad" vampires while resisting his natural instincts.

BELLA SWAN (Kristen Stewart) has always been a little bit different, never caring about fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix high school. When her mother remarries and sends Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesn't expect much of anything to change.

Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful EDWARD CULLEN (Robert Pattinson), a boy unlike any she's ever met. Intelligent and witty, he sees straight into her soul. Soon, Bella and Edward are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance.

Edward can run faster than a mountain lion, he can stop a moving car with his bare hands - and he hasn't aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he's immortal. But he doesn't have fangs, and he doesn't drink human blood; Edward and his family are unique among vampires in their lifestyle choice.

To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for - a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. But what will Edward & Bella do when JAMES (Cam Gigandet), LAURENT (Edi Gathegi) and VICTORIA (Rachelle Lefevre), the Cullens' mortal vampire enemies, come to town, looking for her?


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2008年08月26日 (21:23)

'Twilight' Tuesday: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart And Taylor Lautner Will Present At The VMAs

For months now, "Twilight" Tuesdays have been bringing you your weekly fix of news about Stephenie Meyer's vampire series and Catherine Hardwicke's movie adaptation. This week, we're also bringing news about our own little venture, the MTV Video Music Awards, where stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner will be presenting an award.

(That won't be the first time the Edward/Bella/Jacob love triangle will reunite in coming weeks. Read about why the cast is back on the "Twilight" set here.)

Back in May, Pattinson, Stewart and Cam Gigandet graced the MTV Movie Awards preshow before we debuted the first completed scene of the film. But it looks like their profiles have risen quite a bit in the past three months, because when the VMAs air live September 7, the actors will get the prime-time treatment.

"I've watched the VMAs in the past, and the presenters are always, like, these mega-stars like Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner," Lautner, who plays werewolf-to-be Jacob in the movie, told MTV News. "And now, you know, for me to be doing that, I'm really lucky and excited and looking forward to it."

The 16-year-old, whose only other big credit is 2005's "The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl," is gradually getting used to the limelight. He said the cast has been going to a lot of magazine shoots recently (including one for Vanity Fair), and they're all ramping up the publicity now that the movie's release date has changed to November 21. And perhaps after facing the screaming hoards at Comic-Con, his "craziest experience" so far, the VMAs will be a piece of cake.

The budding teen star is going to the show as a fan too. "I've watched some of the videos this year, and one of my favorites that's going to be up as a nominee is Chris Brown's 'Forever,' " he said. "It's a really, really cool video, and Chris Brown ― he's like an acrobat, like me. I do a lot of flips and tricks, and he does too."

This year's VMAs, hosted by British comic and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" co-star Russell Brand, will feature just-announced live performances from Rihanna, T.I., Pink and Paramore, alongside previously announced performers the Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne and Kid Rock. The big show will be broadcast live at 9 p.m. on September 7 from the legendary Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood.

Lautner said he'll be trying on some spiffy outfits from John Varvatos for the show, but it's going to be tough to squeeze the fittings into his schedule. In addition to his "Twilight" duties, he's also shooting his role in the new NBC series "My Own Worst Enemy," on which he plays Christian Slater's son.

"Christian Slater's character has two lives: He's like the clumsy family man, and then in his other life, he's like this assassin superspy," Lautner explained. "I have the blood of his assassin side. They don't know where it comes from. All of a sudden, I'm this star soccer player, and I'm really good at martial arts."


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2008年08月21日 (23:27)

Interview with Twilight Author Stephenie Meyer

Interview with Twilight Author Stephenie Meyer

By Jeff Otto

Twighlight Author TalksHow did a Mormon housewife go from diapers and PTA meetings to the New York Times Best Seller list? It all started with a dream -- one hot, steamy, fantastic dream featuring vampires, werewolves, and the fantastic landscape that would eventually make up the Twilight universe.

And an extremely popular universe it is. Tween girls everywhere dragged their parents to midnight release parties when the fourth book in the series, Breaking Dawn, was released earlier this month. The first Twilight movie won't be out until November 21 but already fan anticipation has hit a fevered pitch. Its stars -- Rob Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and Cam Gigandet -- have become pinups. Fans are already discussing a sequel. Anything other than a huge box office hit seems hard to fathom.

ReelzChannel.com sat down with Twilight scribe Stephenie Meyer recently to discuss the phenomenon. The unassuming Meyer looks like the suburban housewife she still purports to be -- that is, when she's not flaming the ever-escalating Jacob vs. Edward debate and promoting a movie. She also bears an unmistakable resemblance to the book's heroine, and to Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella in the movie.

"It's a very strange and surreal thing," says Meyer. "Most mornings I get up and don't think about it at all. And then I come some place like [Comic-Con] and I'm not allowed to walk in the front doors. I have a very normal life, so when I have to step out of that and realize that I have all these readers and there is all this excitement, it's weird. It's great, but it's really strange."

Meyer hasn't let the stardom go to head just yet. "My life is pretty much the way it was before. I'm all about my kids. So right now it's getting ready for school and all that. Then, every now and then, I have to step out of my comfort zone and be Stephenie Meyer."

While aspiring authors might not want to hear this, Meyer sort of fell into her novel success. "It was an actual flash. I was not planning to write. I had no aspirations to be a writer. I had this really fantastic dream and I wrote it down so I wouldn't forget it. Then one day I was hooked on writing -- to take this dream and make it concrete and real. And I could go back and revisit it. I was hooked."

"When I was [first] writing this, I was not writing this for anyone else to ever see. Even my husband didn't know what I was doing. I was just having fun. It was 'What if you could just create your own little world? What if she could see the future? Well, that would rock. What would happen if they played baseball?'" (Laughs)

The Cullen clan may have the largest fan base, yet the author has worked hard to sympathetically present the plight of her villains, who see humans as little more than meals. Which character does she most enjoy writing? "I love them all in different ways and I can totally see Victoria's perspective and James' perspective. I have a really hard time preferring one to the other. Obviously the Cullens get the spotlight most of the time, but I really have a fondness for my bad vampires."

Breaking DawnWhen asked if other vampire tales have influenced her work, Meyer seems almost embarrassed to admit that she hasn't read any. "See, here's the thing," she says while placing her hands on the table for emphasis. "I'm not a vampire person. Before I started writing about them, I'd never seen a vampire movie. I'd seen pieces of them, but I'd never been to a vampire movie. I've never read a book about vampires. I'm really not into horror, so I don't know the genre."

"I think it's why [my books are] different. It's not a genre where I know what the walls are. I break through them because I don't know that they are there. But I think it's more about developing an ordinary person that people can relate to."

Like other authors who've taken the book-to-movie route, Meyer was understandably worried that her words would not be faithfully adapted. "I lost a few nights of sleep over it," she admits. "More adaptations than not turn out badly. There are a few that are amazing, but most of the time it's not a good thing. But then on the other side, I saw the book very visually when I was writing it and to see one scene of it on the big screen, that was alluring. I didn't care about anyone else going to see it, that was about me alone in the theater getting to see it and having it be real. That's what swayed me."

"As an author, you can't try to control that kind of project. First of all, as an author, they won't let you. Second, it's a different medium and I don't know how to work in that medium. I was very much [of the opinion that] Summit knows what they are doing and when they had questions for me, I was ready to answer them and I really loved seeing what was going on. I have not seen the whole thing yet, but from the script and from the days that I was on set, the goal was to make this as close to the book as possible given the time constraints of a film."

Now that Twilight is about to hit the big screen and cast images seem to be everywhere -- especially on the endless Twilight fan sites -- I asked Meyer if it has changed the characters for her. Is she able to stick to her original visions when writing or do cast images compete in her head? "Luckily I got a head start. I'd finished Eclipse before Twilight ever came out in stores. And with Breaking Dawn, I already knew exactly what I was going to write. I had the outline [and] I knew where I was going, so it hasn't been influenced by fan reaction or by the movie. Although, I will admit, when I read it now, I'm picturing Rob and Kristen doing this stuff."

Meyer has three young children, ages six, eight, and 11. Have her kids taken advantage of her "cool factor?" She laughs at the question. "[The 11-year-old] is getting there. He's right on the cusp of being able to say to some pretty little 11-year-old girl, 'Hey there, want a signed book?'"

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2008年08月19日 (23:24)

'Twilight' Actor Michael Welch Auditioned For Edward Cullen But Found Right Fit With Athletic Geek Mike Newton

'As much as I appreciate my representatives thinking that I could pull off hauntingly beautiful ... it's not quite me,' actor jokes.
By Larry Carroll

SANTA MONICA, California ― How much do Twilighters love Michael Welch? So much that when MTV News missed the 20-year-old actor during our set visit, fans began online petitions for us to give him the proper Twilight Tuesday treatment. Spider monkeys, consider your wish granted.

We had always hoped to catch up with "Mike/Mike" (as he has called himself ever since landing the role of Bella Swan admirer Mike Newton), so we were thrilled when he showed up at our studio all by himself, eager to hang out and even pose with the "Twilight Dad" sign that a Twilight Mom made for yours truly. Once we got down to business, we dished about superfans, his audition for the role of Edward Cullen and what it's like to be the Shia LaBeouf of this winter's "Twilight" movie.Read what Welch thinks about one particularly enthusiastic online admirer in the MTV Movies blog.

MTV: Believe it or not, there might be somebody out there who still doesn't know what "Twilight" is. So if you could, explain Mike Newton.

Michael Welch: Mike Newton is a cool guy. He's a fun character. He is hopelessly obsessed with the new mysterious, interesting, beautiful girl in high school. He's got some contrasts [because] on the one hand he's this athlete, a basketball player, and on the other hand he's a geek and socially awkward. He's like how "Family Guy" describes Shia LaBeouf: When Peter was like, "Not quite the nerd, not quite the hunk ― Shia LaBeouf!" That's how I feel about Mike.

MTV: So he's the Shia LaBeouf of Forks.

Welch: Sure. That's fair.

MTV: How did you get the gig?

Welch: Actually, I originally auditioned for the role of Edward. And as much as I appreciate my representatives thinking that I could pull off hauntingly beautiful ― the most gorgeous creature you will ever see on the planet ― it's not quite me. ... Then I auditioned for the role of Eric. ... I auditioned for pretty much every role before Mike. When we got to Mike, it really did seem to be the best fit. We went in and [director] Catherine [Hardwicke] held what's called a "mix and match" session, where she gets a bunch of actors, we all stand in the same room together and read together to see who has the best "chemistry," whatever that means.

MTV: Had you read Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" books?

Welch: I had not read the books; I was completely unaware of the franchise before auditioning, which is a good thing. If I had known exactly how big this project was, it would have put a lot of pressure on me. ... When I was told I got the job, I started looking into it, and the moment that it was mentioned that they were making the "Twilight" film, there were 50,000 posts on IMDb.com within 48 hours! That was my first taste of how big this could potentially be.

MTV: So you went out and bought the books then?

Welch: I've read the first book, but I haven't read the other books yet. There's a possibility that there's gonna be more movies, depending on if people show up and see this one, so I didn't want to get ahead of myself.

MTV: You've encountered some enthusiastic fanbases before, having worked on "Stargate SG-1," "Joan of Arcadia," "The X-Files" and "Star Trek: Insurrection." How do the Twilighters compare?

Welch: I actually think the Twilighters are very similar to "Stargate" fans, just a very fun group of people. They're very serious about these characters and about this story but still understand that it's a story, and you're supposed to have fun with it. [The Twilighters] are a great group of people. I've been having so much fun with them. I've been keeping in touch with the online community, doing various blogs and things. They're fun to play with.

MTV: But you've got to be careful too. At one point, you referred to "Twilight" as the "Hannah Montana of vampire books," and some fans took offense to that.

Welch: I did. In that first blog, I referred to it as the Hannah Montana of vampire books, which I meant in the best way possible, just in the sense that this thing is huge in the way that Hannah Montana is huge! I wasn't necessarily comparing the two. Actually, from what I understand, Hannah Montana was okay ― it's "High School Musical" that they don't like. [Laughs.] You've gotta stay away from that; that's where they draw the line.

MTV: Maybe you could get Miley Cyrus a cameo in one of the later movies to make it up to everyone.

Welch: Sure. [Laughs.] Anything goes, man.

MTV: IMDb has a thing called "Starmeter" that ranks the career heat of every actor in Hollywood, from Johnny Depp to Tom Hanks. You're currently the 13th most popular actor in Hollywood?

Welch: Yeah, and I hit #6 at one point, which is ridiculous.

MTV: How do you feel when you walk into an audition and the casting director is thinking, "This guy's hotter than Will Smith!"

Welch: I will say that, at the time, eight of the top 10 were people from "Twilight." [Laughs.] So it's not me, it's this crazy thing that I'm a part of. I'm sure people within the industry, when they look at that, they notice that kind of thing.

MTV: Yeah, Taylor Lautner had a few days where he was #1.

Welch: That's my point. [Laughs.] God, this business is just so crazy. ... If I'm a part of something that makes me in-ish right now, that's great, man. Keep it coming.


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2008年08月18日 (23:47)

Twilight Film to Come Out in November

Written by: Jessica Mccumber

The release date of Twilight movie moved to November.

According to Variety.com, the movie, Twilight, based on Stephanie Meyer’s popular books involving a young girl’s romance with a vampire, is set now to be released on November 21, instead of its original release date, December 12.

Apparently, the announcement of the move of the next Harry Potter movie release date Thursday had something to do with the change. Summit Entertainment co-chairman and CEO Rob Friedman said, “With a giant franchise like ‘Harry Potter’ in the market, we had to stay clear of it.”

Friedman goes on to say, “Their move created an opportunity to bring the movie to fans three weeks earlier, who have continued to show their enthusiasm, from Comic-Con to the giant Breaking Dawn book sales. We felt we had to take that opportunity.”

The film will be starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and is directed by Catherine Hardwicke. The script for the film was written by Melissa Rosenberg.

The pushed forward release date will surely be welcome by fans. Reportedly, loyal fans of the “Twilight” series will have the opportunity to see the film as it is planned to be released in more than 3,000 theaters.


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