On Tuesday night, Robert Pattinson was a guest at Jay Leno's The Tonight Show. He chatted with Leno about this and that while promoting David Slade's upcoming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third installment of the Twilight franchise in which Pattinson co-stars with Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Eclipse, which opens in various countries on June 30, also features Bryce Dallas Howard, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, and Julia Jones.
The clip above doesn't offer much movie information. Pattinson talks about his father (sitting in the audience with Pattinson's mother) and replicates a hand-grabbing-wrist gesture that French show business icon Yves Montand made at the Oscars. (Montand sang and danced at the 1960 Academy Awards ceremony; that year, his wife, Simone Signoret, won the Best Actress Oscar for Room at the Top.)
On The Tonight Show, Pattinson also talked briefly about appearing naked in Bel Ami, in which he co-stars with Uma Thurman and Christina Ricci, and about working on Eclipse. Of late, Pattinson has been working on Francis Lawrence's Water for Elephants, opposite Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz.
Also on The Tonight Show, Emma Roberts (Valentine's Day) remarked that she preferred Taylor Lautner's Jacob to Pattinson's Edward, to which Pattinson replied, "You've just revealed yourself to have absolutely no taste."
At TheWrap, Brent Lang explains how tracking Twitter users may be more reliable than more old-fashioned tracking systems such as the Hollywood Stock Exchange.
According to Bernardo Huberman, who co-authored a study about the Twitter box office effect, "If you looked at what happened with New Moon and The Blind Side, you might see the same trend. There was a lot of activity on Twitter leading up to New Moon, but the amount of negative feedback increased after the opening weekend when people saw the film. The opposite was the case with Blind Side, which saw its second-weekend numbers increase."
In another piece, David Frankel tracks box office tracking – which has been way off lately.
Addendum: Toy Story 3 is currently "trending" – thanks to a promotional plug by Disney-Pixar. Proof of Twitter Power...