Edward and Bella kissing. That's Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in the by now famous The Twilight Saga: Eclipse meadow scene. Directed by David Slade, best known for Hard Candy, Eclipse is supposed to be a darker, more action-filled installment in the Twilight franchise.
Even so, I believe it's the meadow scene that most stands out in the teaser trailer. It's beautifully shot, incredibly romantic, and at the same time profoundly sad. Even in the brightest of sunlights, there can be that “darkness” that envelop two people (or a person and a vampire) who share an “impossible” love. It's that sort of “darkness” that I'm hoping to find in Eclipse.
I'm looking forward to the final, official Eclipse trailer to be shown on Oprah next Friday. (I'll have my DVR ready.) I'm curious to see if Summit will emphasize action over romance so as to attract a larger fan base – or rather, non-fan base – to theaters. But no matter how many fight scenes are to be found in Eclipse, or how many times Taylor Lautner parades around shirtless, I'm quite sure it's the meadow scene that is going to stay with me.
Written by Melissa Rosenberg from Stephenie Meyer's novel, Eclipse opens on June 30. Meyer's novels, as mentioned elsewhere on this site, are #5 among the "most challenged” books of 2009 – books that some would like to have removed from libraries.
Also in the Eclipse cast are Dakota Fanning, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Anna Kendrick, Catalina Sandino Moreno, and Ashley Greene.
Javier Aguirresarobe provided the great-looking cinematography. Music by Howard Shore.
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Edward and Bella kiss: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart Twilight image
I find Edward and Bella kissing to be one of the most romantic images in movies. I've become acquainted with the Twilight series – from the original to New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn – very recently. Even though I wouldn't call myself a “twihard” – yet – I gotta say that I've become enamored of the characters played by Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Gothic or semi-gothic tales about doomed or impossibly difficult love affairs have always been a weakness of mine.
Despite their modern clothing and the fact that their story isn't set in some ancient cottage on the English moors or some dark castle in Bavaria, Edward Cullen and Bella Swan appeal to me mostly because I don't see them as 21st-century teens. In fact, I see their romance as something more profound. Actually, that's not a good word. You can be a (modern) teenager and have “profound” feelings for someone else.
What I mean is that the Bella-Edward romance feels more mature, or rather, more “adult” – despite its high-school setting, and certainly despite Bella's inner conflicts and apparent selfishness. Perhaps that's my imagination at work. I'm really not sure how much of what I “see” is on the page or on screen, and how much is inside my own mind.
But think about it. How easy would it be for you to give up your life as you know it for someone else, even if that someone else looks like Robert Pattinson? Couldn't you at least to a certain extent become confused? Fearful? Perhaps even find another object of desire, however unconsciously or however tentatively? (Of course, it doesn't hurt if the “distraction” happens to look like a fast-maturing Taylor Lautner.)
If you think that adults can't – or don't – act that way, then you haven't been around many adults in your life.
As I've mentioned in a previous post, I do ardently hope that The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will live up to my expectations. That the depth (and the darkness) I find in the Bella and Edward romance will be there on screen – and not just inside my head. Well, perhaps it's time I begin calling myself a “twihard,” but I'll hold off until Eclipse comes out.
Remember, the final Eclipse trailer will be shown on Oprah next Friday. It'll probably be all over the Internet right afterwards. David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens on June 30.
Whether you like, love, hate, or don't care one way or the other about Bella and Edward, Edward and Bella: Do you have a favorite romantic movie couple? Who would that be?
Now, back to rereading Wuthering Heights.
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Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, Eclipse meadow scene
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's soundtrack compilation is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 8, or about three weeks before the movie opens on North American screens.
At this stage, what songs will be included in the soundtrack album is most anybody's guess. According to earlier reports, Muse's song for the film is out. Others have it that just about everybody, from Adam Lambert to Justin Bieber (dueting with Robert Pattinson…), will be heard on the album's soundtrack. Placido Domingo anyone? What about Joan Jett?
Band 100 Monkeys' Jackson Rathbone, who plays Jasper Hale in the Twilight Saga movies, has reportedly also offered songs from his band.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse score has been composed by three-time Academy Award-winner Howard Shore, among whose credits are the Lord of the Rings trilogy; David Cronenberg's Crash, A History of Violence and Eastern Promises; and David Fincher's Se7en. Now, that sounds promising.
Although the June 8 date is no longer on the Amazon page for the Eclipse soundtrack – it was removed sometime after it first appeared on Monday, April 19 – it is the correct release date according to MTV, which received confirmation from a representative for Atlantic Records.
Those who want to preorder the Eclipse soundtrack can already do so despite the announcement on the album's Amazon page that “a release date has not yet been set for this title.” In fact, lots of people have been doing so, as the Eclipse album currently (early hours, April 20) ranks #17 among Amazon's “music” bestsellers and #2 among its movie soundtracks.
Directed by David Slade from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens on June 30. The final official Eclipse trailer will be shown on Oprah next Friday.
Photo: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment)