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Edward Cullen: Robert Pattinson vs. Henry Cavill & Shirtless Taylor Lautner vs. Climate Change

Edward Cullen Twilight Robert PattinsonEdward Cullen a.k.a. Robert Pattinson ready for his 'Eclipse' close-up.

Edward Cullen Twilight: Robert Pattinson handsome photo

May 4: In the promotional image above, Robert Pattinson is seen as the vampire Edward Cullen in the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. That's an unusually good picture of Pattinson as Edward. The make-up isn't overdone, the hair isn't overdone, the lipstick isn't overdone. Edward looks like he could pass for human if humans were supernaturally beautiful. That's pretty much the way Edward Cullen is described in Stephenie Meyer's books.

Edward Cullen: Robert Pattinson vs. Henry Cavill

Stephenie Meyer initially wanted Henry Cavill (Charles Brandon in The Tudors) to play Edward Cullen, but by the time Summit Entertainment optioned Twilight in 2007, Cavill was already 24 and thus too old to pass for the 17-year-old-looking vampire.

After Robert Pattinson was cast as Edward, angry Twilight fans wanted “anyone else” but him. Some found Pattinson too ugly (or not good-looking enough) for the role; others found him merely inadequate. Others yet associated him with Harry Potter and nthe Goblet of Fire's Cedric Diggory.

“The books have a huge following,” Robert Pattinson told the London Evening Standard around that time, “and I've already got bags of letters from angry fans, telling me that I can't possibly play Edward, because I'm Diggory. I hope I can prove them wrong.” Apparently, he has.

'Twilight: Eclipse' cast

Directed by David Slade from a screenplay by Twilight and New Moon screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the U.S. on June 30, 2010. Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan and Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black are Robert Pattinson a.k.a. Edward Cullen's fellow players.

The Eclipse supporting cast includes Bryce Dallas Howard (replacing Rachelle Lefevre) as the vampire Victoria, Xavier Samuel as the newborn Riley; Cullen Clan members Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, and Kellan Lutz; plus Dakota Fanning, Daniel Cudmore, Julia Jones, Sarah Clarke, Charlie Bewley, Cameron Bright, Alex Meraz, and Booboo Stewart.

Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen in Twilight: Eclipse image: Summit Entertainment.

Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Bella Swan and Jacob Black, Eclipse
Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner: Bella Swan and Jacob Black together in Eclipse.

Film Independent has announced that the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival will feature the world premiere of David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on June 24, 2010, at the Nokia Theater at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and other cast and crew members are expected to attend the Eclipse premiere.

According to previous reports (including those found on this blog), Eclipse was to have opened at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Last October, the 7,000-seat Nokia held the debut of the Michael Jackson documentary This Is It.

Now, even though the Los Angeles Film Festival is using Eclipse to promote itself, the screening isn't actually of the public festival. In fact, Eclipse is described on the LAFF site as a “bonus by invitation screening.” In other words, you can't buy tickets for it (and don't expect to get an invitation, either).

But considering that this year's LAFF will be held in downtown Los Angeles, away from the Los Angeles Westside for the first time in five years, the festival will surely need all the publicity it can get to attract Westside patrons. Eclipse is the ticket for that. (Westwood traffic can be chaos; but it's nothing compared to downtown LA.)

The 2010 edition of the Los Angeles Film Festival begins on June 17 with the LA premiere of Lisa Cholodenko's Sundance hit The Kids Are All Right, starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as two lesbian moms who (sort of) adopt the biological father (Mark Ruffalo) or their two adolescent children.

The world premiere of Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's animated 3D Despicable Me, featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Miranda Cosgrove, Danny McBride, Julie Andrews, and others, will be the festival's Closing Night Gala presentation.

Call it the Invasion of the (Wrist)Band-Snatchers.

All those hundreds of people camping outside the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles aren't out-of-work victims of the ongoing economic Recession.

Instead, they're Twilight aficionados, waiting for the chance to get one of 9,000 wristbands allowing them into the fan area for the world premiere of David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. The Eclipse premiere will take place on Thursday evening.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Kellan Lutz, Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, Daniel Cudmore, Anna Kendrick, and Jodelle Ferland.

In addition to: Charlie Bewley, Gil Birmingham, Kirsten Prout, Sarah Clarke, Christian Serratos, Chaske Spencer, Booboo Stewart, Julia Jones, Michael Welch, Kiowa Gordon, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Tyson Houseman, Cameron Bright, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

Melissa Rosenberg adapted Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel.

The third installment in the Twilight franchise, a Summit Entertainment release, will open in the United States and a number of other countries on June 30.

Photo: Summit Entertainment

Twilight-ish areas of the Internet have been abuzz with rumors that Robert Pattinson and Eclipse director David Slade had a serious falling-out while filming “pick-up shots” in Vancouver last week. That Pattinson arrived a day late from London and screwed up the reshoots – or pick-ups – for the film's meadow scene.

That's the meadow scene featuring Edward Cullen (Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), in which Edward declares his eternal love for Bella – a sequence that looked flawless (okay, in the brief teaser trailer) and that a Summit representative had previously affirmed would not be reshot.

Also according to those sources, there were intense behind-closed-door meetings, Pattinson furiously storming off, and all that good stuff that makes both online and supermarket tabloids get hits or sell copies because people enjoy reading about other people's problems so they can feel better about themselves.

On the other hand, elsewhere those rumors have been dismissed as just that: rumors; malicious gossip. According to Summit representatives, Pattinson arrived in Vancouver when he was supposed to and did what he was supposed to have done while in town. The “meadow scene” shot in Vancouver wasn't the meadow scene with Edward and Bella, but another outdoor sequence featuring Bella and Jacob (Taylor Lautner).

Previous rumors had Summit Entertainment and David Slade hating each other so much – Slade's editor had been replaced by Twilight editor Nancy Richardson a while back – that the director was being passed over for the pick-up shots. Either Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) or Chris Weitz (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) would be handling the three-day Vancouver shoot. That didn't happen.

Some have been doing their best to make Eclipse sound like a troubled production. It's one of the most eagerly awaited movies of the summer. It's part of one of the most popular literary and cinematic franchises of the early 21st century, starring three of the hottest stars of the moment. Many would love the movie to fail.

So, perhaps some of those rumors are true; quite possibly none of them is. Either way, I'm eagerly looking forward to Eclipse – and the bits I've seen in the two trailers look great. As I've said again and again, I just hope the powers-that-be at Summit won't ditch the Edward-Bella love story so as to expand the action scenes. That would be a monumental mistake. Eclipse, after all, is a neo-Gothic love story with some action and suspense, not an action-suspense thriller with a bit of romance thrown in.

Now, sometimes I wonder if Summit – or David Slade, or Robert Pattinson, or Kristen Stewart, or Taylor Lautner, or author/Breaking Dawn co-producer Stephenie Meyer, or all of them as an ensemble – should come out in the open to talk about what was actually done in Vancouver. Explain to people that sixteen-hour shoots are hardly uncommon – much to the contrary; when movies are being shot, everyone usually has to put in long hours. Tell people what those pick-up shots actually involved. And perhaps add a picture of Pattinson and Slade buddying it up at a London pub somewhere.

Else, the malicious rumor mills will churn more dirt, however groundless. That surely wouldn't be good for Eclipse. (Not that the pub pic would be absolutely necessary, but Pattinson photos are always welcome.) That I know of, the most that has been done in terms of “damage control” – or perhaps “rumor dispelling” would be a better way of putting it – are a couple of David Slade tweets:

So strange, I go away for three weeks and return to all these upsetting completely fabricated rumours. Who makes this stuff up as news.

REAL NEWS: last 3 weeks have gone fantastic, pick up shoot felt more like a reunion. Rob, Kristen,Taylor the crew & I gave 110 percent. Onwards!

On his Twitter page, Slade has also added a tirade in which he talks about the future, making snide remarks about bloggers (without naming any names). An unintelligent generalization, but I guess Slade must have been furious because of all the rumors. I'll post his full rant shortly. It's worth reading, even if much of it is incoherent. And ironic as well, as he dismisses bloggers after telling us to believe his “REAL NEWS” on Twitter of all places. See below.

David SladeFurther below is David Slade's Twitter rant posted yesterday. Those loosely connected tweets are clearly a response to negative The Twilight Saga: Eclipse rumors that can be found on the Web.

Said rumors insist that Eclipse, a Summit Entertainment production starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, is in trouble.

Reshoots – or “pick-ups” – were done just last week in Vancouver, though Eclipse is scheduled to have its world premiere in Los Angeles on June 24 and its general release on June 30.

As I've explained in a further above, some of those rumors have proven to be wildly inaccurate in the past. The current rumors have been denied as well by Summit representatives and by Slade himself.

Here are the initial Slade tweets (dated May 2), directly addressing the negative rumors:

So strange, I go away for three weeks and return to all these upsetting completely fabricated rumours. Who makes this stuff up as news.

REAL NEWS: last 3 weeks have gone fantastic, pick up shoot felt more like a reunion. Rob, Kristen,Taylor the crew & I gave 110 percent. Onwards!

So, further below are Slade's follow-ups tweets, in which the filmmaker discusses the future, denigrates bloggers, gives the impression that non-blogging online (or print?) publications actually carry “real news” (Twitter too?), worries about contagious iPads, and mentions Einstein's much (mis)quoted statement about human beings using only 10 percent of their brain.

The Cullen Family, Eclipse, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, and Peter Facinelli
The Cullen Family in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Peter Facinelli

My favorite Slade tweet is the ominous: IN THE FUTURE – all by itself.

In other words, Slade wanted you to use your imagination. What will THE FUTURE be like? Of course, it could also be that he pressed the send button before he was done tweeting, but I prefer the option that he wanted us to stop and ponder.

Now, Slade doesn't say if IN THE FUTURE there'll be tweeters tweeting. Will the “online ai [artificial intelligence?] grading” also get rid of tweeters such as Slade himself – or Ashton Kutcher, Oprah Winfrey, and Conan O'Brien? Now, that got me thinking about THE FUTURE.

And was that GPS remark a shot at James Cameron's insistence that Avatar's Na'vi performance capture was real acting, as opposed to ai-ungraded, cgi blogger-quality acting?

Slade's quotes can be found below. They're great. David Lynch could make a movie out of them:

If you only use 10%* of your brain, then what percent of your iPad will you use?

the 10 percent of your brain Albert Einstein quote is a complete myth. But it does makes for great rhetoric.

In the future, touch screen devices will lead to the dystopia of science fiction when virulent diseases are spread by disease laden iPads.

IN THE FUTURE artificial intelligence google apps will tell us whether we are indeed reading real news or just a blog.

IN THE FUTURE ai apps will be grade online journalism for its accuracy, poignancy, grammar and quality of writing.

IN THE FUTURE online ai grading will lead to the demise of blogging and the new rise of quality journalism.

IN THE FUTURE actors will have tiny GPS trackers positioned all over their skin so they can act in performance capture anywhere they want.

IN THE FUTURE there will be no need for actors.

IN THE FUTURE there will be no need for directors.

IN THE FUTURE there will be no need for you or me. But we will still be here.

IN THE FUTURE painting will still be a dead medium, and people will still paint.

IN THE FUTURE our children will be born more intelligent than we could ever be.

IN THE FUTURE

IN THE FUTURE everyone will be happy all of the time.

IN THE FUTURE everyone will lie to each other each and every minute of the day, and everyone will know.

IN THE FUTURE there will be no context for anything, and nothing will be in context.

IN THE FUTURE there will be no shades of grey, just facts.

IN THE FUTURE no one will know anything, and everything will be subjective and all facts will be true, in every sense.

IN THE FUTURE, the future will be out of fashion.

IN THE FUTURE the future will be in fashion, but just for 15 minutes.

I give you THE FUTURE, and goodnight. DS

Photo: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Summit Entertainment)

Directed by Slade from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the United States on June 30.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Kellan Lutz, Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Gil Birmingham, Kirsten Prout, Jodelle Ferland, Michael Welch, Cameron Bright, and Academy Award nominees Anna Kendrick (for Up in the Air earlier this year) and Catalina Sandino Moreno (for Maria Full of Grace, 2004).

Photo: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment)

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Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) playfully embrace in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are done with the “pickup” shots for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which David Slade directed in Vancouver last week. Taylor Lautner, who plays the werewolf Jacob Black, also had to travel to Canada for those.

In addition to Pattinson, Stewart, and Lautner, the Eclipse cast includes Bryce Dallas Howard (click on the link to see Howard trying to unscrew Pattinson's neck), Xavier Samuel (click on the link to see Samuel leading the mean-looking Newborn Vampire Army), Kellan Lutz (click on the link to see Lutz in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010), Peter Facinelli (click on the link to see Facinelli, donning a blond wig or dyed blond hair or both, as Dr. Carlisle Cullen, standing in the Forks woods with his worried-looking vampire family), and Dakota Fanning, who plays a creepy-eyed vampire in the film. Fanning also introduced the final trailer on Oprah Wrinfrey's show a couple of weeks ago.

Also to be found in Eclipse are Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Gil Birmingham, Kirsten Prout, Michael Welch, Cameron Bright, and Academy Award nominees Anna Kendrick (for Up in the Air earlier this year) and Catalina Sandino Moreno (for Maria Full of Grace, 2004).

Melissa Rosenberg has been the screen adapter of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling book series. Some fans haven't been too happy with her work, complaining that key elements found in Meyer's book – especially those involving the Edward-Bella romance – have been missing from the movies.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the United States on June 30. The world premiere will be held at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on June 24. Pattinson, Stewart, Lautner, and others involved in the making of the film are expected to be there.

Photo: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment)

Dakota Fanning, the Volturi clan, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

In The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Dakota Fanning, one of the stars of War of the Worlds, Hounddog, and The Runaways, plays Jane, a member of the creepy Volturi clan, an ancient vampire family akin to royalty among the blood-thirsty undead. Jane and her companions are out to get Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), who have been misbehaving.

If you saw those four coming your way, you'd run for your life. Or perhaps you'd just drop dead. Personally, I'd tell them to move aside so I could admire the beautifully moody surroundings found in this screen grab.

The more I see of Eclipse, the more I hope that Javier Aguirresarobe will get an Academy Award nomination and an American Society of Cinematographers nod for his work on the film.

Back to Fanning/Jane: The creepy girl with the burgundy/reddish eyes is there to remind Edward and Bella that the Volturi are neither very tolerant nor very patient. No second chances for the star-crossed couple. As if they needed more trouble.

Directed by David Slade from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the US on June 30.

Photo: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Summit Entertainment)

May 1

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Eclipse ClimaxKristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in 'Eclipse' climax: Edward vs. Victoria.

'Eclipse' climax image: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson vs. Bryce Dallas Howard

In the image above from David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, enamored vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) attempts to shield the equally enamored human Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) from the vindictive vampire Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard), hanging precariously on top of a tree. Said tree will not be standing for long.

This screen grab from Eclipse is one of the many screen grabs that have been circulating on the Internet. As mentioned before in previous posts, Summit Entertainment is clearly doing its best to ensure that moviegoers realize that Eclipse offers lots of action.

For the film's sake, here's hoping it'll have as much emotional depth as suspense and thrills. Else, Summit will end up alienating fans of the Stephenie Meyer novels. These fans, after all, form the core of the Twilight Saga's moviegoing public. The studio has to strike a fine balance between attempting to reach the widest possible audience while maintaining Eclipse faithful to the book's spirit.

Cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe

Much like the meadow setting featuring Bella and Edward making love, this snow scene looks quite beautiful. Javier Aguirresarobe – whose credits include Alejandro Amenábar's The Others, Pedro Almodóvar's Talk to Her, and Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona – is truly a master of his craft. (I'm assuming that Aguirresarobe, not some second-unit cinematographer, shot both scenes.)

Adapted to the screen by Twilight and New Moon scribe Melissa Rosenberg, Eclipse opens in North America on June 30, '10. The world premiere will be held at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on June 24. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and others involved in the making of Eclipse are expected to attend the event.

Besides Pattinson, Stewart, Lautner, and Bryce Dallas Howard (replacing Rachelle Lefevre), the Eclipse cast includes:

Xavier Samuel. Dakota Fanning. Billy Burke. Ashley Greene. Jackson Rathbone. Nikki Reed. Kellan Lutz. Elizabeth Reaser. Peter Facinelli.

Best Actress Academy Award nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace, 2004). Best Supporting Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, 2009). Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves, 1990).

Bill Condon to direct 'Breaking Dawn'

Oscar winner Bill Condon – whose credits include Gods and Monsters, Kinsey, Dreamgirls, the 2002 Chicago screenplay – has been announced as the director of the next installment of the Twilight Saga franchise: Breaking Dawn. Melissa Rosenberg is penning the screenplay adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel, the last (to date; possibly ever) in the series.

Breaking Dawn should start filming in the fall.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Eclipse image: Summit Entertainment.

May 3

Robert Pattinson Bryce Dallas Howard Xavier Samuel Eclipse deadly brawlRobert Pattinson against Bryce Dallas Howard and Xavier Samuel: 'Eclipse' deadly brawl.

Off with his head: Robert Pattinson vs. Bryce Dallas Howard, Xavier Samuel in 'Eclipse'

The kind-hearted, vegetarian vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is up to his neck – quite literally – while engaging in a fight to the death with the newborn vampire Riley (Xavier Samuel) and the vindictive vampire Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) in the third installment of the The Twilight Saga franchise, Eclipse.

Now, is that just a publicity shot or an actual scene from the film? Will Riley and Victoria try to break Edward's arm or his neck? Both?

Either way, Robert Pattinson is wearing way too much white powder on his face.

Mascara-plastered Mortal combat

Perhaps that's the actual reason Edward looks so distraught in this shot. In other words, he is not afraid of having his vampire head torn from his body; instead, he's terrified the white powder around his nostrils will get into his lungs. But then again, Twilight vampires don't breathe and newborn vampires are super strong… so maybe Edward is worried about that mind-reading head of his.

Anyhow, here's hoping that on screen Robert Pattinson's/Edward's face will look more naturalistic than in some of the images that have been released and/or screen-grabbed online. Come to think of it, Pattinson looks fine in the trailers. So, we'll have to wait and see.

Mind reader

Now, back to Edward being nabbed by Riley and Victoria: Some Twilight Saga fans have complained that this isn't quite the way things happen in Eclipse. Part of the reason is that Edward can read minds – well, except for Bella's – and as result he can tell when and where his enemies will strike.

Once again, we'll have to wait and see who will be grabbing whose neck.

'Eclipse' movie cast

Besides Robert Pattinson, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Xavier Samuel, the Eclipse movie cast features:

Kristen Stewart. Taylor Lautner. Peter Facinelli. Elizabeth Reaser. Xavier Samuel. Dakota Fanning. Kellan Lutz.

Jackson Rathbone. Ashley Greene. Nikki Reed. Booboo Stewart. Billy Burke. Daniel Cudmore. Michael Welch.

Jodelle Ferland. Cameron Bright. Christian Serratos. Kirsten Prout. Sarah Clarke. Tyson Houseman. Jack Huston.

Charlie Bewley. Kiowa Gordon. Justin Chon. Julia Jones. Alex Meraz. Chaske Spencer. Gil Birmingham. Alex Rice.

Tinsel Korey. Leah Gibson. Iris Quinn. Paul Jarrett. Justin Rain. Cainan Wiebe. Ben Geldreich. Bronson Pelletier.

Best Actress Academy Award nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace, 2004).

Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, 2009).

Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight, New Moon) adapted this third installment of Stephenie Meyer's popular fantasy book series. Directed by David Slade, Eclipse opens in North America on June 30, '10.

See also: “Twilight Meadow Madness, Muse Music.”

Robert Pattinson, Xavier Samuel, and Bryce Dallas Howard Eclipse image: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment.

Taylor Lautner Jacob shirtless Eclipse

Taylor Lautner shirtless again, in a screen grab from David Slade's upcoming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Looking at where he's standing, I'd say Jacob Black, werewolf or no, should be wearing not only a shirt but a very thick jacket, too. Or at least Taylor Lautner, the actor, should. He must have been freezing.

Jacob, of course, doesn't look too happy in the shot. It could be that Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan has just told him that she's gotten engaged to Robert Pattinson's Edward Cullen. In the final Eclipse trailer, the shirtless Jacob bit appears a few moments after we get to see a (very quick) close-up of Bella's engagement ring, which has caused a sensation online.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens on June 30. The world premiere will be held at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on June 24. Pattinson, Stewart, Lautner, and others involved in the making of Eclipse are expected to be present.

Oscar winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey, Dreamgirls) has been announced as the director of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Melissa Rosenberg is writing the screenplay adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel. Breaking Dawn should start filming in the fall.

Photo: Summit Entertainment

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Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson: Bella and Edward's (near) kiss in Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight

Robert Pattinson's Edward Cullen and Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan kiss in Twilight was included in the Los Angeles Times magazine's top 50 movie kisses ever. Okay, so a) they were placed at No. 49 (well, the list is chronological) b) it's old news (Feb '10) to everyone but me and perhaps a handful of secluded aborigines in Papua New Guinea.

But I love the photo and decided to mention the (old) news here. Above is that crucial moment before Edward's and Bella's lips actually meet. Those precious pre-smooching seconds can be even more arousing – emotionally, I mean – than the actual kissing. At least that's my opinion.

In case you're wondering: the Times magazine list begins with the 1896 short film The Kiss and ends with the Carey Mulligan-Peter Sarsgaard kiss in An Education. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of kisses are from Hollywood productions, but there are a handful of international kisses as well.

Among the other iconic kisses on the list are those found in Son of the Sheik (Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Banky), Gone with the Wind (Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh), Notorious (Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman), Duel in the Sun (Jennifer Jones and Gregory Peck), and From Here to Eternity (Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster).

Also, Lady and the Tramp (the two doggies and the spaghetti), Planet of the Apes (Charlton Heston and Kim Hunter under simian make-up), Sunday, Bloody Sunday (Peter Finch and Murray Head), Titanic (Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet), and Brokeback Mountain (Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal).

May 3

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart intimate momentRobert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart share an intimate moment in 'Eclipse.'

Bill Condon writes letter to 'Twilight' movies' fans

Oscar-winning director-screenwriter Bill Condon, whose next project is going to be The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, has placed a greetings message on the Twilight Saga Facebook page, addressing the various Twi-factions. Twilight Dads, however, must be heartbroken, as they were wholly ignored. The same goes for Team Bella, Team Volturi, and Team Victoria.

In his missive, Bill Condon invites visitors to post questions and suggestions about his approach to Breaking Dawn, which should begin shooting in the fall. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner will be reprising their roles as, respectively, the vampire Edward Cullen, the transmogrifying Bella Swan, and the werewolf Jacob Black.

Condon, best known for penning the Best Picture Oscar winner Chicago (directed by Rob Marshall) and for writing and directing Beyoncé Knowles in Dreamgirls, says that “no, there won't be any musical numbers.” (Condon's Oscar was for the adapted screenplay of Gods and Monsters; he also directed this 1998 non-musical about Hollywood filmmaker James Whale.)

In sum, Breaking Dawn won't be a Bollywood-style drama. (Speaking of Bollywood, Kristen Stewart will not be starring in the Indian movie Paani. Her representatives dismissed that rumor a couple of days ago.)

Breaking Dawn book Stephenie Meyer Bill Condon movie'Breaking Dawn' book: Stephenie Meyer bestseller to become Bill Condon movie.

Bill Condon 'stoked'

Dated April 30, '10, Bill Condon's letter to Twilight fans has been reproduced below (via the Twilight Saga Facebook page):

Greetings Twihards, Twifans, Twilight Moms, Team Edward, Team Jacob and Team Switzerland,

I just want to say hello to all of you and let you know that I'm stoked to be getting underway on the adventure of making BREAKING DAWN. As you've probably heard, I've been given a very warm welcome by Stephenie and Team Summit - who are super-focused, as you know, on getting these movies right.

I'm pretty busy bringing myself up to speed on what you already know by heart: I've read BREAKING DAWN twice, rewatched Catherine's and Chriss' [sic] movies 2-3 times each, have all four CDs playing in my car, and have Catherine's notebook, Mark Cotta Vaz's companion books, and even Volume 1 of the graphic novel here on my desk - a corner of my office is starting to look like Hot Topic. I realize that this barely qualifies me for “newborn” status in the universe you've been living inside for a few years now, but a guy's gotta start somewhere.

Like many of you, I've always been slightly obsessed with vampires, dating back to the prime-time series DARK SHADOWS, which I followed avidly as a kid. But that alone hadn't been enough to get me interested in making a vampire movie, even though my early screenwriting and directing efforts grew out of a great love for horror movies and thrillers. Since making GODS AND MONSTERS thirteen years ago, however, I've been yearning for a return to a story with Gothic overtones.

The wonderful world that Stephenie has created has obviously struck a chord with you, and I don't think it's difficult to see why. For me, her characters are simultaneously timeless, yet very modern. Rooted in a beautiful, real landscape with a great sense of place, Bella, Edward, Jacob, and the rest of the Forks/La Push menagerie, experience emotions that are primal, and universal: desire, despair, jealousy - and it all comes to fruition in BREAKING DAWN. This is a final chapter in the best sense; not just wide in scope and scale, but emotionally charged and intense throughout.

I'm a huge admirer of the already-iconic Kristen, Robert, and Taylor, and wanted to be the one to work with them as they face the challenges of bringing your beloved characters to the end of their journeys. Really, what could be more fun than that?

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section below, and I'll do my best to answer them. I hope that this will be the first of many occasions I'll get to check in with you as we set to work bringing BREAKING DAWN to the screen. I am excited and grateful to have all of you alongside me for my TWILIGHT journey.

All best,

Bill Condon

P.S. Answer #1: No, there won't be any musical numbers

'Eclipse,' 'Dark Shadows'

The next installment in the Twilight Saga franchise, Eclipse, opens in the United States on June 30. David Slade directed from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg.

As an aside, Bill Condon fave Dark Shadows was a 1960s television series featuring several vampires. It starred Jonathan Frid, Nancy Barrett, Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Grayson Hall (The Night of the Iguana, 1964), and veteran Joan Bennett (Scarlet Street, The Woman on the Beach), among others.

Bill Condon's Breaking Dawn should be coming out in late 2011.

 

Image of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart making out in Eclipse: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment.

May 6

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Kristen Stewart: Seductive & dangerous Bella Swan

Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan looks mysteriously gorgeous in this promotional image for the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. In fact, in the above photo Kristen Stewart's Bella looks just as enigmatic as Robert Pattinson's vampire Edward Cullen. I'd say she looks even more dangerous than Pattinson in his promotional shots released online.

At this point there are conflicting theories and hypotheses about where exactly the Eclipse premiere will take place. Somewhere in Los Angeles, it seems. Unless someone at Summit changes her or his mind.

To the best of my knowledge, Eclipse, directed by David Slade from Melissa Rosenberg's screenplay (adapted from Stephenie Meyer's bestseller), will indeed open in the United States on June 30. The following installment in the Twilight Saga series, Breaking Dawn, to be directed by Bill Condon, is scheduled to open on Nov. 18, 2011.

In addition to Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, the Eclipse cast includes Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Kellan Lutz, Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, and Jackson Rathbone.

Kristen Stewart / Bella Swan photo: Summit Entertainment.

Edward and Bella get serious: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart in Eclipse

Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) get all sensual in this scene from David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Bella's and Edward's intentions are clear in the photo (if you don't believe me, click on the image to enlarge it), regardless of whatever happens (or doesn't happen) afterwards.

Less clear is the story behind the Eclipse world premiere. Initially it was reported (including by myself) that the star-studded premiere would take place on June 24 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce had agreed to have streets closed, security, red carpets, and whatever else is required for major world premieres.

Then the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) announced that Eclipse would be screened “by invitation” on June 24 at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. In other words, that is where the world premiere would take place. Or so everyone thought. (Well, that's what it says on the LAFF program.)

Then comes an announcement by way of KalebNation.com, reportedly from Summit Entertainment, that the LAFF screening will not be the site of the official Eclipse premiere. That location remains a mystery as of yet.

But one thing is for certain. I think.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the United States on June 30.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Kellan Lutz, Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Gil Birmingham, Kirsten Prout, Billy Burke, Michael Welch, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Jodelle Ferland, Cameron Bright, Anna Kendrick, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

Photo: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment)

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Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: Edward and Bella's meadow scene

David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, starring Robert Pattinson as the vampire Edward Cullen, Kristen Stewart as the all-too-human Bella Swan, Taylor Lautner as the werewolf Jacob Black, plus various vampires and werewolves, had its preview screening during a taping of Oprah Winfrey's television show featuring the three aforementioned stars plus Dakota Fanning.

As to be expected, some audience members right away began tweeting about their impressions of the film. The buzz coming from those Twilight fans has been quite positive – few should be surprised by that bit of news – with some placing Eclipse ahead of both Catharine Hardwicke's Twilight (2008) and Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009).

Also, according to some reports Oprah began nosily asking Pattinson and Stewart questions about their off-screen relationship (if any). Neither one wanted to tell Oprah “Yes” or “No” – or “It's none of your business.” Especially not the third option. After all, she's Oprah. She can crown kings, make volcanoes stop spewing ash, and lure my mother-in-law into buying a pair of pants that don't fit just because she saw them on Winfrey's show. Well, Pattinson, witty as always, joked that Kristen Stewart was pregnant. Stewart's response: “If I'm pregnant, then Rob's going to have the baby.”

Oprah must have been licking her lips wishing that were true, so she could have the surrogate father and his baby on some future show. Now, watch Pattinson's joke become “news” on some online and/or supermarket tabloid or other. Or on Twitter and Facebook. In fact, the mad buzz has already begun.

The Oprah show featuring Pattinson, Stewart, Lautner, and Fanning will be aired on May 13. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will be released in the United States on June 30.

Eclipse's “official” world premiere will apparently be held in Hollywood on June 24, while an “unofficial” screening will take place that same evening at the Los Angeles Film Festival in downtown LA.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Kellan Lutz, Xavier Samuel, Jackson Rathbone, and Peter Facinelli.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse picture: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment.

Eclipse's The Cullen Men – Kellan Lutz as Emmett, Peter Facinelli as Dr. Carlisle, Jackson Rathbone as Jasper, Robert Pattinson as Edward – are discussing something mighty serious in the above photo. Perhaps Victoria's imminent attack? Because he's standing a little away from the others, Pattinson's Edward is the first one to catch our eye (even though he looks a tad blurry – click on the photo to enlarge it).

Peter Facinelli is the second one to have caught my eye in the photo (in any Twilight photo), chiefly because I find his make-up really overdone. Wouldn't someone in Forks and elsewhere have noticed that there's something a little odd about the way the venerable Dr. Carlisle looks?

In the Los Angeles Times, Yvonne Villarreal talked with Lutz, Facinelli, and Rathbone, in addition to fellow Cullen family members Elizabeth Reaser (matriarch Esme Cullen), Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen), and Nikki Reed (Rosalie Hale).

Here are a couple of snippets from the Times piece:

From Elizabeth Reaser: “Esme is still a vampire. She still wants to kill people all day long. It was interesting to get in touch with the vampire side of her in ways that haven't really been explored. Her family is in danger, and that brings out the mama bear in her.”

Kellan Lutz calls the Eclipse stunts “cool,” while Ashley Greene says that “Alice gets a little edgier with each installment…It's a reminder to the audience that even though we restrain ourselves at times, we're still vampires and we're dangerous.”

Also in the Eclipse cast: Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard (as Victoria), Xavier Samuel, and Dakota Fanning.

Directed by David Slade, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will be released in the United States on June 30.

Photo: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment)

May 7

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Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson: Most anticipated summer movie couple

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson – as The Twilight Saga: Eclipse lovebirds Bella Swan and Edward Cullen – are the most anticipated 2010 summer movie couple according to a recently released Fandango poll. Stewart and Pattinson nabbed more than one in four votes. I'm sure no one is surprised, though Team Jacob members may be disappointed.

Stewart and Pattinson were followed by Sarah Jessica Parker and John Corbett for Sex and the City 2 and, more surprisingly, Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow for Iron Man 2.

I say “more surprisingly” because I'd think people eager to watch something like Iron Man 2 are after special effects and explosions – or perhaps Tony Stark's relationship with his iron suit – but definitely not human affairs of the heart.

And getting a little technical here, Iron Man 2 is actually a spring release…

Top 10 most anticipated summer movie couples

Anyways, below are the top 10 Most Anticipated Summer Movie Couples:

  1. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Eclipse: 28 percent.
  2. Sarah Jessica Parker and John Corbett, Sex and the City 2: 17 percent.
  3. Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow Iron Man 2: 14 percent.
  4. Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem, Eat Pray Love: 8 percent.
  5. Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher, Killers: 8 percent.
  6. Cate Blanchett and Russell Crowe, Robin Hood: 6 percent.
  7. Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, Knight and Day: 5 percent.
  8. Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: 4 percent.
  9. Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, Going the Distance: 2 percent.
  10. Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer, Beastly: 2 percent.

'Eclipse' Oprah pre-screening a hit among twi-fans

In other Eclipse news, a pre-screening on Oprah Winfrey's show, which also boasted the presence of Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and Dakota Fanning, was a hit with Twilight fans as attested by their tweets. (Were there any Summit Entertainment p.r. people tweeting as well?)

And Kristen Stewart herself said that she'll be featured in Walter Salles' film adaptation (from a screenplay by José Rivera) of Jack Kerouac's seminal roman à clef On the Road.

'Eclipse' Muse

Also, a Muse song will be a part of the Eclipse soundtrack. Via Stephenie Meyer's official website:

“The first single on 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' has just been confirmed and I get to bring you the exclusive details. Stephenie's very favorite band, Muse, has contributed a song called 'Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)' and it's the first single from the project. It will be out on May 17th. I haven't heard it yet, but I am very excited. The official soundtrack will also be available on June 8th.” Seth Meyer.

'Eclipse' cast

Besides Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse also features:

Taylor Lautner. Bryce Dallas Howard. Xavier Samuel. Dakota Fanning. Peter Facinelli. Kellan Lutz.

Elizabeth Reaser. Ashley Greene. Jackson Rathbone. Nikki Reed. Billy Burke. Daniel Cudmore.

Sarah Clarke. Booboo Stewart. Michael Welch. Cameron Bright. Christian Serratos. Kirsten Prout.

Kiowa Gordon. Justin Chon. Tinsel Korey. Tyson Houseman. Leah Gibson. Julia Jones. Alex Meraz.

Paul Jarrett. Iris Quinn. Gil Birmingham. Justin Rain. Cainan Wiebe. Ben Geldreich. Alex Rice.

Bronson Pelletier. Jodelle Ferland. Charlie Bewley. Jack Huston. Chaske Spencer.

Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, 2009).

Best Actress Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace, 2004).

Melissa Rosenberg penned the Eclipse screenplay. The film opens in North America and several other territories on June 30, '10.

 

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson as the most anticipated summer movie couple via EW.com.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Eclipse image: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment.

May 8

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Bel Ami: Uma Thurman seduced by Robert Pattinson

In this Bel Ami picture, Robert Pattinson's Georges Duroy seduces Uma Thurman's Madeleine Forestier. Like fellow The Twilight Saga player Kristen Stewart, Pattinson has up to now taken the indie route when not incarnating the lovestruck vampire Edward Cullen opposite Stewart's Bella Swan.

Before bringing to life Guy de Maupassant's ambitious, amoral Bel Ami antihero, the ex-soldier Georges Duroy, Robert Pattinson played Salvador Dali in Paul Morrison's Little Ashes (though admittedly, that was before Twilight). More recently, Pattinson was the rebellious New Yorker Tyler Hawkins in Allen Coulter's Remember Me, which has done surprisingly well at the international box office, obviously as a result of Pattinson's Twilight popularity.

Next for Robert Pattinson is Water for Elephants, a 20th Century Fox release in which he'll be surrounded by Oscar winners and nominees, among them fellow players Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), and Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild, which coincidentally also features Kristen Stewart).

Directed by London stage veterans Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, and written by Rachel Bennette, in addition to Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman, Bel Ami also features Christina Ricci, Kristin Scott Thomas, Colm Meaney, and Holliday Grainger.

Robert Pattinson / Uma Thurman / Bel Ami photo: 19 Entertainment.

Robert Pattinson Georges Duroy Bel Ami

Robert Pattinson's Georges Duroy looks mighty thoughtful – and very handsome – in this photo from Bel Ami. () Is Duroy thinking about who he will be seducing next?

As I mentioned in my previous Bel Ami post, Pattinson, much like fellow Twilight Saga player Kristen Stewart, has thus far taken the indie route when not playing the devoted vampire Edward Cullen. As Guy de Maupassant's ambitious social climber, Pattinson will have the chance to be cunning, sensual, and hopefully both funny and dramatic as well.

Directed by award-winning British stage veterans Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, Bel Ami also features Christina Ricci, Colm Meaney, Holly Grainger, and Academy Award nominees Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Next for Pattinson is Water for Elephants, in which he'll be surrounded by Oscar winners and nominees, among them fellow players Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, and Hal Holbrook.

And Breaking Dawn, to be directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon and pairing him up once again with Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, directed by David Slade, opens on June 30.

Photo: 19 Entertainment

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Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner: Bella and Jacob on the beach in Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Kristen Stewart, best known for her Bella Swan opposite Robert Pattinson's Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga movies, has been cast as Marylou in the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's iconic Beat Generation novel On the Road.

Described in Kerouac's book as a “beautiful little sharp chick,” Marylou is based on Neal Cassady's first wife, LuAnne Henderson. Garrett Hedlund (of the upcoming sci-fier Tron Legacy), has been scheduled to play Dean Moriarty, the character based on the rebellious Cassady.

Sam Riley, who won numerous acting awards in Britain for his role as Joy Division's Ian Curtis in Control, will reportedly play the On the Road lead, Sal Paradise, a novelized version of Kerouac himself.

Walter Salles, whose Brazilian drama Central Station (1998) was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, has been set to direct On the Road from a screenplay by Jose Rivera. Salles and Rivera had already partnered on another road movie, The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), which starred Gael Garcia Bernal as Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, the future radical left-wing revolutionary Che Guevara.

Obviously, Stewart – like fellow Twilight Saga player Robert Pattinson – continues to aim for less commercial, indie fare, e.g., Adventureland, The Runaways, both of which earned the actress positive notices from critics. That's to be respected. The 20-year-old performer could easily have taken Jennifer Aniston's professional path.

Rumored roles in Wanted 2 and the Hollywood version of the Swedish blockbuster The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo are the two exceptions to that rule, though the latter would also be a prestigious production as it's based on a well-received bestseller and is to be directed by Academy Award nominee David Fincher. Stewart's name has been linked to both film projects, but there's no guarantee she'll star in either one. (An Education's Carey Mulligan was announced – and then unannounced – as the lead in the latter film.)

On the Road should start shooting on August 1 in New Orleans and Montreal, smack between the release of Stewart's eagerly anticipated The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and filming of Bill Condon's Breaking Dawn, the last installment in the Twilight Saga franchise, in mid-fall.

On the Road is scheduled to hit theaters sometime in 2011.

Photo: The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment)

May 19

Robert Pattinson, Ellen DeGeneres

Robert Pattinson, sporting a semi-crewcut, on a preview for Ellen DeGeneres' Wednesday, May 19, '10, television show. This time around, Pattinson is promoting David Slade's upcoming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, co-starring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner.

To call Pattinson's sense of humor “quirky” might be an understatement. So, I'm not sure how many will enjoy his joke about an infestation of gnats on his hair. But then again, it's his hair, so I guess he's allowed to joke as he pleases.

Also of interest, Pattinson is in Los Angeles shooting Water for Elephants – that explains the shorter hairdo; the story is set in the 1930s, during the Great Depression. His co-stars are Academy Award winners Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz. Hal Holbrook is also in the cast. Francis Lawrence is the director.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the United States and about a dozen other countries on June 30. Melissa Rosenberg adapted Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Gil Birmingham, Kirsten Prout, Jodelle Ferland, Michael Welch, Cameron Bright, Daniel Cudmore, Anna Kendrick, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

Photo: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

Robert Pattinson on Ellen DeGeneres' television show on Nov. 20, 2009 can be seen below (in two parts). Though old, this is actually very funny and well worth watching, especially the Oprah Mask bit. Pattinson is his usual affable self, describing the success of the Twilight movies and some bizarre fan stories. This taping was done at the time The Twilight Saga: New Moon, directed by Chris Weitz and co-starring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, came out.

For The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Pattinson will be back chatting with DeGeneres on May 19.

“We live in this Twilight Zone bubble,” Kellan Lutz, Robert Pattinson's big brother in the Twilight Saga movies, told Ellen DeGeneres also around the time The Twilight Saga: New Moon came out. Lutz then talked about (an apparently gay?) fan at an all-male spa, dogs, and the Humane Society, before doing a Jack Palance stunt onstage: push-ups. All for the sake of charity.

Lutz and fellow Twilight Saga player Ashley Greene have been demanding more money from Summit Entertainment in case The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn is turned into two movies. If either party doesn't give in, both Lutz and Greene may end up being replaced.

Also: In May 2010, Robert Pattinson, who'll next be seen in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, discussed his new haircut (makes a joke about “nits” – that's gnats – infestation) and the reason for it on Ellen DeGeneres' television show.

Pattinson is sporting a new haircut because of his new role in Water for Elephants, in which he plays a former vet student who joins the circus during the Great Depression. Pattinson's co-stars are Academy Award winners Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz. Academy Award nominee Hal Holbrook will play the older Pattinson in the movie. Francis Lawrence directs. Richard LaGravenese penned the screenplay from Sara Gruen's novel.

Ellen DeGeneres also hosted The Twilight Saga's Nikki Reed the day before. A clip featuring Reed (as vampire Rosalie Hale) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was shown.

Eclipse opens in the United States and about a dozen other countries on June 30. Melissa Rosenberg adapted Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Kellan Lutz, Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Gil Birmingham, Kirsten Prout, Daniel Cudmore, Jodelle Ferland, Michael Welch, Cameron Bright, Anna Kendrick, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

Directed by David Slade, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which reteams Pattinson, Stewart, and Lautner, opens in the United States and about a dozen other countries on June 30. Melissa Rosenberg adapted Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Gil Birmingham, Kirsten Prout, Jodelle Ferland, Michael Welch, Cameron Bright, Daniel Cudmore, Anna Kendrick, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

Jacob (Taylor Lautner) brings Bella (Kristen Stewart) to his home in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in this brief clip shown on Access Hollywood. Edward (Robert Pattinson) isn't around because he's not allowed on Quileute soil. None of the Cullens are. In fact, no vampires are, though Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) keeps breaking the rules so she can finally nab Bella.

The sequence above, which is followed by an interview with Taylor Lautner, is centered on Lautner, Kristen Stewart, and some of the actors who play the local werewolves – Kiowa Gordon, Alex Meraz, Tyson Houseman, Bronson Pelletier, and Chaske Spencer. There's some humor in it, but perhaps not exactly in the manner it was intended.

My favorite element in the scene is Julia Jones' brief but impressive appearance as Leah Clearwater, who has to deal with some tough issues that never get quite resolved in Stephenie Meyer's novels.

“If you're here to torture Jacob some more, feel free to leave,” Leah says to Bella before feeling free to leave the scene. Well, I wish Leah had stayed around longer to torture Bella some more.

And I really hope they'll beef up Jones' role in Breaking Dawn, where Leah has some good moments – though some of them take place in the background. Hopefully, in the movie version they'll be brought to the foreground of the action.

As mentioned above, the brief Eclipse clip is followed by an interview with Taylor Lautner, who explains who the werewolves are, their ranking, etc.

Directed by David Slade, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the United States and about a dozen other countries on June 30. The world premiere will take place in Los Angeles on June 24. Melissa Rosenberg adapted Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Kellan Lutz, Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, Daniel Cudmore, Michael Welch, Booboo Stewart, Anna Kendrick, and Jodelle Ferland.

Jacob Black and Bella Swan: Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart in David Slade's Eclipse

In The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Taylor Lautner plays the motorcycle-riding werewolf Jacob Black, whose body temperature is hot enough to make icebergs melt. If that weren't enough, he wears the tightest T-shirts on the market. (Click on the photo to enlarge it; you'll then be able to better see the contours of Lautner's physique.)

No wonder the human heart of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has turned to putty, though not exactly because of Jacob's body heat. Jacob was there for Bella when Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), her gentle vampire lover, left her behind in the small town of Forks, Washington.

Edward wasn't being selfish or mean-spirited: he just thought that by leaving Bella alone she would forget him and resume her human life as if he'd never existed. A little naiveté on Edward's part, perhaps?

Taylor Lautner is a pleasant, good-looking actor, but I'm hoping to see much more Bella and Edward in Eclipse than Bella and Jacob.

Directed by David Slade, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the United States and about a dozen other countries on June 30. The world premiere will be held in Los Angeles on June 24. Melissa Rosenberg adapted Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Kellan Lutz, Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Gil Birmingham, Kirsten Prout, Jodelle Ferland, Michael Welch, Cameron Bright, Anna Kendrick, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

Photo: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment)

Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson can be seen up close in this good-looking The Twilight Saga: Eclipse new poster. Personally, I think this looks better than the previous one.

In the story, Bella Swan (Stewart) has trouble choosing her vampire lover (Pattinson) over her werewolf friend/romantic interest (Lautner). Her indecision may lead to a war between werewolves and vampires. Making matters worse, there's a vicious vampire (Bryce Dallas Howard) out there out to get Bella. To top it all off, an army of newborn vampires is wreaking havoc in Seattle and may come out to get Bella in the small town of Forks.

And then there are the Volturi, unscrupulous vampire royalty who may want to pay Bella a visit to make sure she has been turned into a vampire.

Directed by David Slade, Eclipse opens in the United States and about a dozen other countries on June 30. The world premiere will be held in Los Angeles on June 24. Melissa Rosenberg adapted Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Gil Birmingham, Kirsten Prout, Daniel Cudmore, Jodelle Ferland, Michael Welch, Cameron Bright, Anna Kendrick, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

Robert Pattinson, Edward Cullen, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen in a screen grab from David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. I'm not sure what moment this is. Edward is talking to Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), and whatever it is he's telling her, he doesn't look very happy. (Pattinson's excessive white make-up makes his character look even more distraught.)

Bella and Edward could be discussing Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), always a touchy subject; the vindictive vampire Victoria's desire to annihilate Bella; an army of newborn vampires wreaking havoc in Seattle; the Volturi, vampire royalty that wants to see Bella either vampirized or very dead; or their incompatible future together as an interspecies couple.

To say that Edward and Bella are star-crossed lovers would be quite an understatement.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the United States and other countries on June 30. Melissa Rosenberg adapted Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Bryce Dallas Howard (as Victoria), Kellan Lutz, Xavier Samuel (as one of the powerful but inexperienced newborn vampires), Dakota Fanning (as one of the Volturi), Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Gil Birmingham, Kirsten Prout, Jodelle Ferland, Michael Welch, Cameron Bright, Anna Kendrick, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

Eclipse Werewolves attack newborn vampire army

Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens on June 30 in the United States and several other countries.

One of the reasons Eclipse is one of the most eagerly awaited movies of the summer is that it features Pattinson-Stewart-Lautner in a love triangle that involves kissing, selfishness, self-sacrifice, and sleeping together in a freezing tent.

Another reason is the war pitting the werewolves and the Cullen family against the newborn vampire army (click on the image above to enlarge it; Peter Facinelli can be seen going after a newborn). The army question is the work of the evil vampire Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard), who has created and unleashed the hungry newborns in Seattle. Victoria's final objective is the destruction of Kristen Stewart's trouble-magnet Bella Swan, a resident of the small town of Forks.

You know Bella will survive, as Breaking Dawn should start filming in the fall. Directed by Bill Condon, it'll bring back Stewart's Bella (causing more trouble), Pattinson's Edward, and Lautner's Jacob.

In Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel, the werewolf-vampire war takes place in the background – there's no actual description of the carnage. That's clearly not the case in the movie version.

Photo: Summit Entertainment

May 20

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Bella and Edward together: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) would like to become a vampire as soon as possible in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), himself a vampire, isn't sure that's such a good idea. But before she's turned into a vampire, Bella would like to experience sex/physical intimacy with Edward, who'll only consent to it if Bella marries him.

Part of the reason is that Edward would like Bella to postpone her “transformation” as long as possible. But Edward, though he looks 17 (or is supposed to look 17; Pattinson looks older than that), is actually a 109-year-old man (if we use 2010 as the story's time period) who believes in a few social traditions such as marriage.

Bella, who has just turned 18 and comes from a dysfunctional family, doesn't like the idea of marriage at all. But if that's what it'll take to turn her into a vampire…

Directed by David Slade, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the United States and several other countries on June 30. Melissa Rosenberg adapted Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Kellan Lutz, Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Gil Birmingham, Kirsten Prout, Daniel Cudmore, Jodelle Ferland, Michael Welch, Cameron Bright, Anna Kendrick, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

Photo: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Summit Entertainment)

Robert Pattinson's Edward Cullen confronts Taylor Lautner's Jacob Black while Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan tries to keep them apart. This is a variation of their confrontation scene found in Stephenie Meyer's novel, after Jacob (at least in the book) forces himself (a kiss) on Bella.

Bella punches him, but she's just a girl and he's a big bad werewolf (6'5” in the book) so she breaks her wrist. In part, that's what sets Edward off. No one is allowed to hurt Bella, though she's usually asking for trouble. (In all fairness, she gets in trouble even when not asking for it.)

Looking at the scene out of context, it's hard to tell how effective it is. Well, except for a couple of things: the look matches cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe's appropriate blueish hues previously seen in the Volturi sequence with Dakota Fanning and Daniel Cudmore; and I love the editing bit that has Edward approaching Jacob and Bella in the car, and in a split second he's right on Jacob's face. (Vampires can do that sort of thing.)

Overall, the acting is so-so – a little too melodramatic, as David Slade's camera keeps on circling the characters. Pattinson comes out on top, mostly in control as he forcefully delivers his lines. Kristen Stewart, however, has the toughest time playing the impossibly written Bella of Eclipse, who wants to have both the vampire and the werewolf while fully aware that her actions may cause both personal and tribal warfare. Billy Burke plays Bella's cop father.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the United States and about a dozen other countries on June 30. Melissa Rosenberg adapted Meyer's bestseller.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Kellan Lutz, Xavier Samuel, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Gil Birmingham, Kirsten Prout, Daniel Cudmore, Jodelle Ferland, Michael Welch, Cameron Bright, Anna Kendrick, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

Via RobPattzNews, which also has screencaps of the confrontation scene.

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson's rebellious Tyler Hawkins in Allen Coulter's family/romantic drama Remember Me was frequently compared – often not too kindly – to James Dean, the star of Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, and Giant.

Pattinson has previously mentioned his admiration for Dean, who died at age 24 in a car crash in 1955, and does so again in this interview published a couple of weeks ago in the Greek magazine Homme.

Below are a couple of snippets from the interview. The full text (translated from the original Greek) can be found at robpattinson.blogspot.com. (Pattinson's first answer here reminded me of his appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' television show on Wednesday, when he said he can't think “in real time.”)

Q Do you like being interviewed?

A During interviews I'm extremely nervous. I don't want to stay silent, because otherwise I would burst into tears owing to my nervousness. I just say the first thing that comes to mind. Of course the only way to protect your private life is to keep your mouth shut and not to talk about it with anyone. But, unfortunately, I have to talk. It's in the contract.

Q If you had an actor to look up to, who would he be?

A Actors don't seem to mention him that much, but I admit looking up to James Dean.

Pattinson is currently in Los Angeles filming Water for Elephants, directed by Francis Lawrence, and co-starring Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz.

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121 Comments to Edward Cullen: Robert Pattinson vs. Henry Cavill & Shirtless Taylor Lautner vs. Climate Change

  1. LA_Native

    According to Navigate Hollywood's street closure announcements, the premier will be in Hollywood on June 24th.

  2. Andrea

    “Well, I wish Leah had stayed around longer to torture Bella some more.” —-me too! Leah Clearwater is the only person to call Bella out on her selfishness. Wish there was a Leah and Bella fight in Eclipse. Leah is very important in Breaking Dawn, they better keep all her parts in the film. She is the best. Julia Jones is very pretty too.

  3. Twilighterxxx

    I cant wait!! My favourite band, with my favourite film!! Can it get much better!!???

    :)

  4. Kitty

    The only person I remember having anything really negative to say in her own “cryptic” way was Lainey Gossip and to tell you the truth I get it. She has made it very clear on several occasions that she hates Rob Pattinson and why not make everything look like Slade and Pattinson are at odds, not to mention she is so far up Kristen Stewarts (PR teams) A$$ that she couldn't find a nice word about anyone BUT Kristen in her recent blogs. She blew something out of proportion that probably was not a big deal if anything at all. The idea of Summit having everything blow up in their face and blatantly lie about it could have an infinitesimal amount of truth to it but I hardly think that they would have had the time to change the everything at the last minute to have Taylor and Kristen to be put into this arduous filming schedule if Rob had just blown off his duties. Last time I checked he was considered very professional by any of the people that he has ever worked with including Oscar nominated and winning actors. So the whole idea of that is ludicrous at best. Then to follow suit Lainey's and Kristen followers had made horrible comments about him saying he must have been smoking crack when writing the tweets or that they want to punch him in the face. I don't think that the people that make those comments can be more than 14 years old (or at least I hope not) or even grasp the concept of what he was trying to say. The only thing he really did is infer that the person or person that wrote the blogs were misinformed and kind of stupid for writing them without doing an ounce of fact checking. He might have embellished his opinion somewhat but I think under the circumstances he was just in everything he said not to mention the tweets were kind of hysterical to those of us that understood the point of them in the first place.

  5. jayzee

    @ Adam, if you read the book you can say that about his character! But I cant wait to see this movie

  6. Anonymous

    This movie is going to be fantastic. I am so looking forward to see it.

  7. Adam

    He looks like a douche.

  8. pc

    It'll be interesting to see what he does with this character. I think it's great that in between Twilight films he does little projects like that. But when does he rest? He seems to go from one to the next.

  9. mohamed

    i love twilight too mutch

  10. Miss Eli

    Robbert U r a very good actor. All the best for ur carrier. Love U.

  11. ayesha

    l love is movie alot

  12. ayesha

    this movie is so beautiful.

  13. sarah

    Good luck for you

  14. valeria

    amei a foto mais nao emtedi uma palavra se que

  15. MISSY RIFE

    MY COUSIN GOT ME STARTED ON THE SAGE. AT FIRST, I WAS SKEPTICAL OF THESE FILMS BUT AFTER WATCHING THE FIRST ONE,”Twilight”. I CANT GET ENOUGH OF THAT FELLA. HE DOES A FANTASTIC JOB. I HOPE THESE FILMS CONTINUE FOREVER. ALL OF THE ACTING IS GREAT AND I AM EVEN INTERESTED IN PATTINSONS MUSIC AS WELL. A NEW THOUGHT… WOULD LOVE TO MEET HIM. AND I LOVE THE NAME “BELLA”. GREAT PIC FOR MS.STEWART.SHE DOES VERY WELL,ALSO. MY CONGRATS TO THEM ALL!!

  16. Mandy Thompson

    Robert is perfect for The “Twilight” movies. He has piercing beautiful eyes that make the fans be crazy in love. I am looking foward to “Breaking Dawn 1”. He is an amazing actor and I'm looking up other movies that have Robert Pattison as the staring actor. <3 Mandy Thompson

  17. summer

    I think rob is a great actor. Me and my mom and sister love the movies and there great . He very cute too. <3

  18. Bella Swan

    I love you Bella Swanki kisses kiss kiss

  19. wolf accessories

    Team Jacob all the way! Can't wait for Breaking Dawn! Finally! :D

  20. Brandee

    OMG! He's built like a bitch! My black boyfriend in prison has bigger muscles than him. What's the craze with his body when everyday guys walk around built better than him!! He's in a damn movie and girls go nuts, if he worked at Whataburger, no one would give a shit….

  21. amywhite

    KStew is Marylou. Get over it! She got the part before Twilight. She looks the part and this will be another fantastic movie for her. While you're wasting away at your life, she is living her dream.

  22. sara

    So I was so stupid imagining Marylou as a beautiful blonde pin up (or at least Kate Hudson) when in fact she looks like a washed off teenage vampire.
    Omg Kristen cannot ruin yet another movie. Make her go away!

  23. RNR

    They need to make Breaking Dawn into to movies. One that goes with the book (Edward & Bella).
    But I want to know what would happen if it ended up as Jacob & Bella

  24. Michael

    I hope these guys win lots of Razzie Awards because that's all they deserve.

  25. evelien

    I think they are both different guys/ actors, but both deliver… Robert is supposed to “win” the fight and should come out on top…

  26. nena

    team edward and screw jacob !!:]]
    i cant wait to eclipse

  27. isabella

    get a room! lol lmao anyway you lookk vey sexy rob and i can;t wait to meet you mary kristen stewart this year please ur a lovely couple

  28. anya

    Just because there's a lot of fantastic things going on in “Eclipse” it doesn't make it a movie just for kids. It's a love story. Kids don't care for love stories. “How to Train Your Dragon” is a movie for kids. “Eclipse” is a movie for people with some understanding about life, love, suffering.

  29. vrgn

    I don't know who gave you the idea that this is a kid's movie. Eclipse is a movie for adults, young and old, and for teenagers. We can handle a little sensuality.

  30. jojoba

    Does anyone else see him copping a feel in this photo? I thought this was a kid's movie…

  31. jl

    >>>>>>Pattinson comes out on top? Pfft. Please stop outing yourself as a Pattinson/Edward fangirl, Ms.Lister. You go out of your way in previous articles to put down Kristen Stewart's Bella and the other female stars.

    Now, that isn't true. I've never put down Kristen Stewart or any of the female “Twilight” stars.

    I don't think Stewart is effective in this scene (or in the one with Nikki Reed), and I've said so. No one has to agree with me, of course.
    Either way, that doesn't mean I don't appreciate Stewart's talent as an actress elsewhere.

    See:

    http://www.altfg.com/blog/movie/kristen-stewart-photo-mature-bella-eclipse/

    http://www.altfg.com/blog/movie/kristen-stewart-new-bella-swan-eclipse/

  32. zhea

    I've rephrased the photo caption so there wouldn't be any misunderstandings.

    I meant “making love” as in being sensually together — without necessarily having sex. But I can see how that could easily be misinterpreted.

  33. claire

    Pattinson comes out on top? Pfft. Please stop outing yourself as a Pattinson/Edward fangirl, Ms.Lister. You go out of your way in previous articles to put down Kristen Stewart's Bella and the other female stars. Even the fandom gave Burke the props for this scene. I only visit the site for Twi and its stars news, but after reading this I'll choose one of the fairer bloggers on here.

  34. BadKitty

    They don't make love in Eclipse. The get married and then consummate in Breaking Dawn. Edward doesn't sleep with her until they're married.

  35. nola

    well kristen is going to be Marylou! yey

    love this article

  36. jennifer

    I'm a huge fan of the twilight sagas I've watched the last two a dozen. I can't wait to see eclispe. Its going to be awsome. I'm a big robertPattison fan. I'm glad its bella and him together. They make a beautiful couple.

  37. gregory

    do you think that edward can beat jakeup in werewolf vs vampire

  38. rubystwilight

    Taylor is good for the petulant brooding Jacob in this scene. The character is supposed to be a 16 year old werewolf boy who is angry that the older girl he likes doesn't want him. Robert Pattinson's acting is over the top bad. He cannot do a dramatic anger scene without causing laughter. I saw Remember Me and people laughed at the boardroom blowup he had with Pierce Brosnan. The scene where he threw pushed the little girl's desk was taken more seriously. Maybe because he didn't speak. I can't comment on Kristen Stewart because she was barely in this scene. Billy Burke has a look that conveys a lot. That's just my opinion and not to be taken seriously. I'm not professional critic, just a fan.

  39. angelina ilyas

    o………. robert u are so………… sweet and in twilight and new moon u are looking so sweet and kristen also.

  40. Jamie

    To HMZ: Really?!! Rob wasn't good in this clip? and Kristen who's barely seen in it is GOOD?!@ ya right!!! Hate much? blame it to all the cheesy lines! Eclipse isn't Taylor's first movie and yet he deliver his lines in exact the same way he did in New Moon… HORRIBLE!!! It's like you're hearing a voice in a Jap cartoon…

  41. Zaphe

    I tend to agree with the last post. Given Taylor's age, at the time of filming, he's only 17, he's heaps better than a lot of the other teenage actors/actresses. I do feel the director in New Moon tried to sexualise him a lot. Anyhow, their target audience is teenage girls, so that's expected and Taylor does a fine job in the film as the brawn attractive type. But Rob really doesn't have much of an excuse because he's 6 years older and is more experienced.

  42. HMZ

    Billy Burke and Kristen Stewart are the only good things about that clip. Granted, Kristen is only supposed to be trying to stop two guys from fighting and still out acted both of them. Billy Burke could drink a beer onscreen and still be better than the boys.

    Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner look like they're practicing for West Side Story. This is a vampire and a werewolf fighting over a girl. The director should have asked for better. At least Lautner knows he's just a pretty boy with muscles and he's only 18 so we can forgive his acting. Pattinson is older and actually tries, emphasis on tries, to act. It makes his failure to portray Edward Cullen that much sadder.

    Pattinson was nominated for a Razzie this year for worst male actor, and I suspect he will be nominated again, probably twice for Remember Me and Eclipse. Twilighters should be glad for Razzie because other than an MTV or Popsugar awards, that is all he's going to get.

  43. jl

    >>>>>>>>Lautner and Pattinson are forcefully delivering their lines equally, the only difference is the camera keeps focusing on Pattinson's face instead of both Lautner and Pattinson. That's poor directing. In fights like those from other movies, the camera focuses equally on both opponents so you get both their expressions throughout.

    To each his own. If you find Lautner as forceful as Pattinson, that's perfectly fine with me. We all have our likes and dislikes. (And no, I don't dislike Lautner, much to the contrary.)

    But the emphasis on Pattinson in this particular scene wasn't a case of “bad direction,” but a choice in the editing room.

    Different angles are shot for each scene. If the editor (and/or producers and/or David Slade — depending on who has the final say re: the final cut) felt that Pattinson's Edward was stronger than Lautner's Jacob, they'd “throw” the scene to Pattinson in the editing room.

    I could be 100% wrong, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if that's what happened. And perhaps that's also why Kristen Stewart's Bella is barely seen in it.

  44. Terri_P

    How does Pattinson comes out on top in forceful delivery of words? Lautner and Pattinson are forcefully delivering their lines equally, the only difference is the camera keeps focusing on Pattinson's face instead of both Lautner and Pattinson. That's poor directing. In fights like those from other movies, the camera focuses equally on both opponents so you get both their expressions throughout. Oh well, it's Twilight so you cannot ask for quality, too bad. Good actors bad movies.

  45. bettyel

    It never ceases to amaze me that someone as talented and successful at Robert Pattinson comes across as so insecure. He's an excellent actor and absolutely one of the most handsome (not beautiful though) men on the planet. Can't wait to see Eclipse. Already have my reserved seats for June 30th.

  46. sue

    Pattinson's good in the scene. Kristen Stewart is just terrible and Lautner over acts like mad.

  47. Twilighterxxx

    SO EXCITED FOR ECLIPSE! OMG! I CANT WAIT!!!

  48. robotsrnotcool

    Kristen Stewart is so much better than this Twi stuff, but I do love to see her on the posters and in the films. If I put everyone else on mute and just watch her I can get through them. Her best scenes are with Billy Burke. They have father/daughter magic onscreen. I will add this to my Kristen Stewart backgrounds. I will just have to photopshop out Robot Pattinson, named for his acting I hope, and then it will be all good. I'm looking forward to watching her film On the Road in August and to finally see her with another male lead.

  49. Becca

    Rob fans love his humor…He doesn't fit the Hollywood mold. He is uniquely handsome, kind, humble, self-depricating, just an all-around nice guy. He loves to shock people!(Open mouth insert foot)He never comes off as a cocky, conceited a*s. He's just WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET….AND WE LOVE HIM!

  50. Stephanie

    Don't get me wrong I love Edward and Bella and all of Twilight, but I do think it is a rare shot when he doesn't look ticked off.

  51. Swarnima

    Jacob is lukin Bella's little bro.. :D .. besides his good physique, ..he's cute. :)

  52. Qwonique

    oooooooooooh i cant wait for twilight!

  53. Jamie

    So far there are only 2 pictures of Jacob and Bella but hundreds of Edward and Bella, why the complaining about too much Jacob/Bella? Aren't you being a bit immature? They are part of the story too just as much as Edward and Bella. We love Taylor Lautner and want to see more pictures of him. You sound like a hater.

  54. TYRAH HOLMES

    OMG he is so hot with his shirt off!!!!!!!

  55. TYRAH HOLMES

    I think that this picture is kinnda cute because Jacobs in love with Bella and to see them hanging out is so cute.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. titi

    goood pic!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. Kayla

    I totally disagree with you there. I am so looking forward to Jacob much much more than Bella and Edward. Taylor Lautner forever!

  58. leipua

    i agree with luvrob, why are u even on this site commenting on it if u don't even like them. that seem kind of wierd dont u think…..maybe ur a “Twilight” lover on the down low but don't want to admit it. It's okay, everyone has their hobbies…..LOL!!!but anyways, Rob looks great in this photo, and his hands look amazing, i like guys with big hands…beats having them guys with the small hands. I think this is the photo where Edward proposes to Bella and she accepts, So he's overjoyed. Keep up the great work Robert and Kristen u two are amazing.

  59. Jasmine

    No offense to Kristen Stewart but she CANNOT be Mary Lou. To anyone who hasn't read the book, Mary Lou is supposed to be ditzy, have blonde curly hair and have smokey blue eyes and be very stupid. Kirsten may very well be capable of doing a decent job in acting, but her roles seem to be more intense, even Bella in Twilight seems more dark than the role of Mary Lou. Couldn't they find someone more fitting of Mary Lou's description to do some justice to the great American novel?

  60. OCD(obsessive cullen disorder)

    Kristen could be prettier but i think there saving that for when shes actually a vampire i think she looks ok hear but she does look kinda sleepy :) <3

  61. renate

    This is an interesting threesome . I think MR wants Bella in charge because after she is in immortal she can have both Edward and Jacob. Too bad for Bella that she got knocked up and Jacob falls for her child..Did I miss something because this is how the Movies are sat up……I think I'll skip the Movies from now on because thats not the story I wanted to see..only Rob Pattinson can make me maybe watch the DVD

  62. GinaP

    I wonder if this film will ever screen in America. With foreign films and indies struggling to get screens, it makes me think if you're outside of NYC and L.A. you might have to wait to DVD this. I have read that they want it to come out in December and there will be tons of big budget releases by then.

    I see this film playing well in Europe, but I doubt it will in the States. Most people in the U.S. will stay away due to subject matter and historical setting, which is sad. Kristen Scott Thomas, who is a brilliant actress, is also in this. She does not get enough recognition here. I'll probably be able to see this at my local indie theater in the Village.

  63. bennetsue

    What Val Said! He's Amazing!

  64. NineLivez

    I must say, this picture makes my heart skip a beat. So much more grown up, and not disgustingly gushy, just purely sexy. This should be a great film!!

  65. Indrani DasGupta

    Henry Cavill is gorgeous. But Rob looks like he comes from another world (a fact both Catherine Hardwicke and my mother agree upon!). He's more Edward than Cavill could ever have been. Edward isn't just a gorgeous guy, he's an unearthly being. One look at Rob's eyes and smile — mission accomplished.

  66. Sheri Houchins

    I can't wait for Bel Ami to come out.. It will be exciting to see Rob in this type of role.. It's great to see him taking on some challenging roles which are so different from the twilight movies.. I love the twilight movies, but it is a great step in his career.. It will rock to see his sexy side in the movie as well. Now I just wish he'd release an album and share his musical talent w/the world..

  67. Val

    Can't wait to see Bel Ami! i think it is great that Rob has done some indie films and is picky about the roles he chooses. Nice that he cares about the roles and the art and not just the money. He seems very unhollywood which is refreshing. I think he is gorgeous and talented and I hope he has a great career ahead.

  68. Jake

    See Summit! We want EDWARD and Bella NOT “jacob and bella” Get that in your heads already, you are ruining the books with showing ugly Taylor L down our throats! Stop promoting Bella and Jacob as a couple because they are NOT a couple! Edward is her boyfriend/fiancee/husband NOT Jacob!

  69. bellastwin

    Summit knows the guys are coming to this one because of the big battle between the Cullens, wolves, and newborns, so they sexed up Bella to give the guys something to ogle during the cheese sessions. I'll be there with bells on. Is it June yet?

  70. kelly

    omg rob is so hot. anything he is in would be the most anticipated thing.

  71. jo

    I personally love seeing them together especially in the movie twilight. They look so sweet together and I love the way he's sweet with her but kinda aggressive with others (in the movie)I love them in a sense.

  72. lulu

    of course they won. they are hot, and nothing beats sexy edward and bella. not even jacob ;)

  73. dj

    Duh! It's Bella and Edward aka Rob and Kristen. There is no hotter on screen couple. The Twilight love story is the best. The lullaby, the way Edward protects his Bella, and the running through the woods. So glad to have them back together. This is going to be the biggest movie of the summer. I plan to see it at least five times.

  74. Jenna

    @Belinda That was Empire's personal opinion. If he/she thinks Kristen is one of the top three of her generation, there is nothing wrong with that. I happen to agree. I can't think of another 20 year old actress that has the pedigree that Kristen has.

    She may or may not have turned down or she may actually be doing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. there are no specifics. She has never mentioned it in an interview. It was the acclaimed movie critic Ebert who suggested that she would make a wonderful Lisbeth. 'On the Road' is going to be wonderful with Walter Salles as director. I am very happy that Kristen and Sam Riley will be working together.

  75. Val

    I would definitely place Rob/Kristen as number one on my list!! I am Team Edward all the way! I am excited to see Eclipse and Breaking Dawn of course.

  76. Caitlin Douglas

    Even though they Photoshop the Eclipse promo images to death, I can still see Kristen in there. She is sexy. Love the new stronger Bella and how Summit is making her the focus. This is a smart setup because Bella is the strongest in the last book and also the hero. I can also see a little cleavage. Get it Bella! I can't wait for June 30. I already bought Imax tickets for me, the husband, our kids, and visiting relatives. Hoping this one does $200 million opening weekend.

  77. Belinda

    Mya, Roberts an honest guy. I think it's her that doesn't want people to know about the relationship. Robert is open about his life and family.

  78. Belinda

    Ms. Robinson,
    Monique is talking about “EmpireNYC's” lies about Stewart being the top three actresses of her generation and also turning down the role in the girl with the dragon tattoo, not your article.

  79. CandaceCakes

    Monique, The producer of TGWTDT, Scott Rudin, denounced the casting of Carey Mulligan. They've even changed it to just 'rumored' on her iMDB page. Kristen may not be able to film it even if it was offered if there are two Breaking Dawn films. I'm so glad that she's gaining Hollywood prestige. She deserves her spot. I know that Kerouac is one of her favorite authors. She'll be great as the beautiful Marylou. I agree with Empire about the picture. I have two teen daughters that are Team Jacob so I see him all over my house. Kudos to Ms. Stewart for taking on real movie roles. She seems like an old soul to me so it'll be nice to see her in a movie about the past.

  80. Diorgo

    There is no way they are NOT dating? If this is some kind of PR stunt, then Kristen would have traveled to Budapest, Hungary to spend her 20th Birthday to satisfy the suits at Summitt. Really?

  81. arobinson

    >>>>>>Thank you for writing this. I just wish you had of used a picture from The Runaways or Welcome to the Rileys.

    Good point. Notes taken down.

    >>>>>>>>>but the girl with the dragon tattoo she did not turn down the part so stop being tellingtales that english actress carey mulligan got the port be honest,i dislike lyers

    Did you read a mistranslated French (?) version of my text? Don't trust those automatic translators. They do a c_ppy job.

  82. monique

    firstly to me kstew is a good up comming actress okay,lets be serious i have no idea about wanted2 but the girl with the dragon tattoo she did not turn down the part so stop being tellingtales that english actress carey mulligan got the port be honest,i dislike lyers she as a good up coming actress but when you write c-p like that you will have people who know tke truth laughing at her please do not exaggerate no no! sorry about the english cannot write it to well but hope you got it

  83. EmpireNYC

    Thank you for writing this. I just wish you had of used a picture from The Runaways or Welcome to the Rileys. Sorry, I get tired of seeing a shirtless Taylor Launter everywhere. That aside, Kristen is an amazing young actress. Twilight boosted her exposure but she was acting long before then. I have never read an account of a fellow actor, director, or movie person saying that she has poor workmanship. The path she is choosing will give her longevity in an industry that usually eats up people her age.

    KStew is going from back to back Oscar winners. From Coppola to Condon. Clearly her strategy of not taking every role is paying off. She would be an excellent Lisbeth in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but I'm not sure she wants the role because the original actress is so beloved. Wanted 2 is another one that her name is thrown out with but no real evidence.

    In my opinion, Kristen Stewart is one of the top three actresses of the generation. She has a way of taking a character and making them real. Even Bella Swan is better in her hands. Once again, thanks for the article. Consider my picture suggestion next time.

  84. Mya

    that must suck…not to just be able to hang out, IF they are in fact dating. i hope they are a couple, but I'm starting to have my doubts. I think Summit wants them to keep the mystery swirling b/c it adds to the Twilight suspense. SO, it's either they are dating OR they are not dating bc Summit wants them to play this cat & mouse game with us. Because if they weren't dating, it's just so easy to say no we're not dating….sort of like Barbara Walters and Ricky Martin…..”Are you gay?….(awkard silence) + “i dont discuss my sexual orientation” = yes i'm gay. here sometimes failure to answer suggests yes…..OMG..maybe they'll come clean after breaking dawn if they're still dating then.

  85. Belinda

    “Now, watch Pattinson's joke become “news” on some online and/or supermarket tabloid or other.”
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Actually Robert Pattinson's joke WAS taken from a tabloid. An Australian tabloid claimed over a year ago that Robert Pattinson was pregnant with Kristen Stewart's baby. Pattinson brings up that ridiculous story in interviews a lot. That's what his joke to Oprah was about. Everybody knows they are dating they just don't want to talk about it. http://www.tvsquad.com/2010/03/09/tabloid-story-claims-robert-pattinson-is-pregnant-video/

  86. twilightcougar

    belles` is a vixen.She is a true heroine
    any chick who got 2 men fighting for her is a lucky
    one.

  87. Donna H

    Not a good picture. In this book she's mostly frightened about the possiblilty of Victoria coming after her, also worried about how chosing Edward will affect her friend Jacob. And yes, wanting to get it on with Edward, and worried about his conditions ( i.e. Marriage). Instead she looks sleepy, and stoned.

  88. candy

    well i think twilight saga is the best and should keep on going with more books, i think it would be so cool, that they keep on making more books as interesting as the first four. And as four the books comparing them to the movies well i honestly think they are both very well in the people that are acting and the emotion.If i were rich and you would make more books i would bay them all i really don't understand why people jugde twilight saga. if they haven't seen it and if they have well i guess they need to see it again. don't worry always your biggest fan. Brenda Soledad Jimenez from Gazales.

  89. jules

    @SCF….David Slade was following a script remember….it was written by melissa rossenberg not him. People are acting like Slade just showed up and “free-balled” the whole movie.

  90. kyle

    i agree with melchior. and twilight eclipse is a continuation of the love story….but there is an EPIC FIGHT SCENE it. so ppl just need to deal. goin out on my own limb here…the ppl who have forgotten that there is a major fight scene in the book, and don't want to see it on the screen can excuse themselves when it gets to that part, go to the bathroom and stare at a picture of edward and bella laying in the meadow. ONWARDS TO THE ECLIPSE!

    @Lisa: i agree with u, ppl are overreacting from the trailer…we have yet to see: bella's sleepover at the cullens, time on the res, graduation, flash backs on jasper/rosalie, the PROPOSAL, meadow scene in depth, edward & bella's trip to FL….just relax and wait for june 30.

  91. SCF

    The Twilight series is a LOVE story with action, not vice versa. My concern is that David Slade has made an action movie with a small love story. I think that when Summit and SM got a good look at it…now, they are all running around trying to fix it. I hope they succeed and it doesn't turn out to be a disappointment.

  92. Swarnima

    May be is d scene wen Bella accepts d ring and said “Yes” to his proposal .. and he hugs her with overjoy. It's a perfect moment. :)

  93. Belle

    Glad to hear it, Melchior. I meant no offense - I just don't want the rest of the series turned into an action film with a bit of love thrown in. The series is an epic love story that has some tension and action designed to challenge our lovers. It is not an epic tale of action with a bit of a sub plot of romance. Perhaps I am being a little cynical but I think the “Hollywood Machine” often throws a “love interest” in as a token measure. Hollywood seems enamoured of special effects and where better to display them than in car chases, blowing things up, gory battle scenes and, yes, fantastical creatures! Not as much CGI etc needed for a good, old-fashioned kiss or two people holding hands and staring longingly into each others eyes! Let's both hope they get the balance between the two right for Eclipse.

  94. melchior

    huh
    if i may say so
    i read the twilight books and i watched the twilight movies and im a guy
    so what?
    there are guys who like the books and movies
    no just gay guys but guys who like girls and like love stories
    i welcome the action scenes but tht doesnt mean thats all i likve or thats all every guy likes
    love is good
    guys like love too

  95. Alex Christopoulos

    Calling all film lovers in Los Angeles!

    On May 15th, we will be creating the trailer for this year's Los Angeles Film Festival, shooting interviews with people from all over Los Angeles about their passion for movies.

    What moves you? What's your favorite movie, scene, actor or director? Your earliest memory of going to the theatre? Your favorite action scene? Love blockbusters, documentaries, obscure French cinema? Comedy, horror, drama? Whatever your passion, we want to hear from you.

    We're not looking for actors. This is not a performance. We want you to be yourself. Tell us off the cuff and from the heart what you love, what you hate, what makes you laugh, what makes you scared, what makes you cry. Our mission is to express the diversity of people, opinions and films in Los Angeles while unifying them all under one common emotion: The passion for movies.

    Dozens of these interviews will be cut together into a series of trailers that will screen before the films at the festival.

    We are looking for volunteers, there is no pay but it is a great opportunity.

    To sign up, email with the information below. If you're selected, we'll contact you with all the specifics.

    Please submit by Friday May 7th.

    Alex Christopoulos, casting director
    laffcasting@gmail.com
    Shoot date: May 15
    Location: Woodland Hills, CA

    Please include:

    1. Name
    2. Profession
    3. Phone Contact
    4. Snapshot of yourself (no head shots required!)
    5. Top 3 favorite films

    6. What do you feel passionate about and why?

    7. Do you speak a language other than English? if so, which one?

    8. Have you attended the LA Film Festival before? If yes, describe any movies or experiences you remember fondly. To jog your memory, here's a list of highlights from the festival over the years: https://sites.google.com/site/laffcasting/home

    Thank you for taking the time to participate. We look forward to hearing from you!

    Sincerely,

    Alex Christopoulos
    Casting Director
    The Los Angeles Film Festival Trailer

  96. Belle

    Why on earth do they keep having to gear things towards a male audience? Women buy cinema tickets as well. The popularity of Twilight and New Moon are a testament to that. If a man wants to see blood, guts, violence and things getting blown up or the obligatory car chase go see things like Green Zone, Nightmare on Elm Street or Repo Man.
    The Twilight Saga is a love story that triumphs despite the obstacles thrown in its way and the mistakes of the main protaganists. It is a deeply romantic series not the flipping Bourne Identity series.
    Am so sick of Hollywood thinking the only audience that matters is the male one. Just another arena run by men for the benefit of men. One day ladies we will be truly equal.

  97. luvrob

    trish..please hide your bitterness somewhere else…this moment belong to rob…and his sten…and twilight saga romance..as romeo and juliet in the earlier century…

  98. pc

    I've been totally disappointed with the Twilight films and I'm not even a rabid fan. I just read the books and didn't see them translated well on the screen yet…. So I'm excited to see what Slade does. By that I mean does he really capture the SOUL of the book. So far it hasn't been done.

    Okay if I hear one more time how the series need to be darker and more violent to attract males, I will throw up. Men's egos, greed, & lust for violence is why this world is such a sh!tty place. Doesn't Hollywood glorify that enough? What the series is only important if it's geared toward fanboys. That's so egotistical & so typical.

  99. Swarnima

    This is d scene where Bella realizes dat she's never in her lyf been more sure of what she wants than in dis moment & stabs her hand to rescue her love Edward.

  100. Lola

    Abby-big deal, Slade made a joke about Twilight pre-director job. You realize that puts him in with the other 99 percent of men who have made similar jokes as well? Come on, this franchise is not geared for men at all.

    To hold him hostage due to one flip comment he made on an radio show is truly silly and inaccurate.

    David Slade is not as cuddly as CW, I understand this. CW is awesome. But he's a man with a definite vision of what Eclipse should look and feel like, and that excites me. I'm a fan of his, loved “Hard candy” especially - the guy can go to dark places and knows a thing or two about atmosphere and dread.

    I'm excited to see him bring some of “that” to Eclipse. It looks great visually so far.

  101. malia

    oh cut that about david slade having contempt for the franchise-he wouldn't have taken the job if he had contempt! He's got some dark, edgey material under his belt, his background is meant to bring some flavor to the franchise that thus far has come off more Mentos commercial than flavorful. CH turned Twilight into a bad 90's music video.CW tried to course correct, but in the end was almost too reverent with SM's material. But David Slade? My gut instinct as a rabid twihard is that DS is going to bring the much needed wink to the franchise that's been missing so far. A wink that shows some humor and the fact that finally, the franchise is in on the joke. And I think he's going to find a way to make the third installment more fun and worthy of repeated viewings. So bring on the madness, David, I'm waiting eagerly! Malia - Hawaii

  102. Lisa

    The final trailer was only 1 MINUTE & 39 SECONDS! So there is about 1 HOUR & 45 MINUTES of the movie we have not seen and people are literally getting all worked up from seeing .005% of the movie.
    Also, there's no need to get mad at D Slade for reacting to this nonsense….to be fair a lot of it is fueled by blogs…and fans being so anxious to know anything “twilight” they will feed into people creating news from inferences/speculation.

    So, in the end bloggers are just giving readers what they want….but @ the same time alot of this “news” includes lies + speculation + bad grammar (he speaks the truth). I don't need any chummy pics of D Slade & RPatz, or anything. I just want June 30 to get here to silence all of these temporarily confused fans….

  103. abby

    Slade had nothing but contempt for the Twilight franchise before he was hired, and said so. then after he was hired, he went out of his way to make it about the secondary characters (Victoria and Riley). He replaced the original Victoria and hired an unknown for Riley, beefing up their parts so he had as little to do with the original actors as possible and could do as much to make it his film and not much in common with the book. Summit's discovered this on seeing his final cut, and they're NOT happy, but they should have given this some thought before hiring him.

    It's kind of sad, because all it shows is that he's a sellout. If he has that much integrity, he should stay away from something he's so above. Now he's angry and lashing out at the established actors he's having to add more of, and leaking defamatory gossip about them. He's a loose cannon.

  104. Mercy

    Very handsome picture of R'Pattz

  105. Mercy

    For the past few weeks, I only read and heard about the movie eclipse were negative articles…. Maybe some were true and some were not. This movie is very much-anticipated. I agree to # 1. the trailer wasn't good. I have the strong instinct that the movie does centers to Edward and Bella's relationship it's more of the newborns. Yeah it's good that the franchise have to put some actions, but they should not forget that the twilight saga eclipse revolves to Edward and Bella. I hate that when the book is adapted into film they change everything as if they murder the heart and soul of the story.It's very disappointing as a twilight fan who have read all the books that when I watch the movies, that all the very good scenes and lines on the books are not in the movie.I'm so sad also that there were some casts have been victims of these malicious articles which don't have evidences that they are true. I know that there are are people in the Hollywood that wants the movie to fail. But then, that will never happen.

  106. Trish

    Edward/Robert has the ugliest hands and why does this picture look like he's having a pyschotic break, not a romantic moment. I really feel sorry for the directors of these movies. A director has the right to expect when a person says he's an actor that when the director says I want blah the actor should deliver it. You can tell Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have no idea what an emotion is other than being really weird or overly dramatic. Please someone make them take acting lessons.

  107. miami

    I sincerely hope all is well and we'll probably never know the truth. However, if Rob was truly upset then I'd say something is not good because he's always so calm and it would take a lot for him to be angry. I didn't like the trailer that much. It looked too much like it's about zombies instead of newborns. Obviously Melissa R., scummit, and David Slade didn't bother to read Page 290 in Eclipse because newborns don't act that controlled or look that calm. Disgusting that they can't get the little things right.

  108. Angel

    I agree with making it a two-part movie. There is just too much going on in Breaking Dawn to condense it into a 2 hour movie. The love scenes with Edward and Bella need to be in there. They were in the book and it would be a shame to skim over them in the movie. I would much rather have my daughter/son watch a love scene (and after they were married to boot)and have to explain a little, then have them watch all the sexual violence and killings on regular tv and movies that they are exposed to. The books have so much detail that the fans want more than just 2 hours, I think it would be a shame and an insult to all of us.

  109. Sandy

    I'm surprised mothers would allow their “mature” children to read “Breaking Dawn” and then whine when the movie is true to the book. I feel confident that you will put it all together just fine. You are very gifted in what you do; but I'm partial to Tim Burton. Maybe you could find a place for Tim and Johnny Depp in the werewolve's
    pack. Think about it! I hope Rob and Kristen will pattern their relationship in the Depp/Paradis style. What a beautiful couple they are!

  110. bettyel

    I think Summit strayed from a love story in order to provide “action” to entice males to see the movies. Since we cannot get enough of Robert Pattinson, and since we love the love story theme, it is my ferverent hope that you will have lots of Edward in Breaking Dawn and not cut out the romantic scenes including the wedding, honeymoon and then the cottage after Bella becomes a vampire. Action is fine if it doesn't lessen the main thrust of the story which is Bella and Edward's relationship.

  111. Sharron

    Just a comment, I hope that you keep the movie so TRUE to the book. That is the key I think to making this movie a success. If you stray from the content of the book and leave out details or not portray the intense love & feelings between Bella, Edward and Jacob, you won't leave your audience satisfied. Part of a really successful movie is making it feel like it is “real”. The book came to life with New Moon and left the fans wanting to watch it over and over,waiting anxiously for the next movie. Your guide is the novel. Follow it and Breaking Dawn will be the ultimate ending to a beautiful love story.

  112. veronica

    Will we get to see all the love scenes between Robert and kristen? I really hope we do, just because they have tried so very hard to not do anything until they get married. And they have waited. I think tweens and teens should all see this so they know that it's ok to say no until they get married and not be pressured into having sex until there both ready. I really hope this is all in movie the love and passion between Edward and Bella. They have waited long enough. I know Bill will do his best to make the movie like the book. If its rated NC17 then maybe parents should go with there kids, so if they have questions they can ask. I try to answer all the questions my 15 year old daughter ask me about dating, touching and sex, I think it's only right as her mother. Edward and Bella have endured so much pain and love for one another I think it's only fair for stefanie's book to be like the movie. I praise everyone for the movie and the writing of the books it's great. Im a mom and I love it!!!

  113. natalie

    I agree with Bibi. Breaking Dawn is the final book of how Bella and Edward's relationship evolves and all that they both endured to arrive at this point in their relationship. If the movie stays true to the book, it doesn't matter if it is rated PG13 or NC17. It needs to be done tastefully.

  114. nanci wass

    There is no way that any two hour film can properly convey the story of a 750 page book. Plus, if the producers had any interest in keeping “Breaking Dawn” true to the book at all, they would know that following the confines of a PG-13 rating won't cut it. Since money is what drives them, they will screw the book up royally with the white-washed PG-13 rating. It really doesn't matter who directs it.

    If Ms. Meyers has a problem with the film showing too much sex or brutality, the reader/film-goer can't help that because that is what she wrote and that is part of what we love about the story. Why should we pay for her conflict of conscience?Through three and a half books, the human Bella has suffered immeasurable emotional and physical pain to be with Edward. When these two are finally joined as husband and wife, it's both glorious and painful and we've all been waiting for just this moment. The tweens who have read the books know this too.

    There are so many characters in book four, what happens to them? Are the filmmakers really going to hire all these actors and develop their characters for one, two hour movie, or just leave them out as they did in “Twilight.” This could shape up to be the biggest hack job ever.

    Here an idea…

    “Breaking Dawn Part I” ends when Bella becomes a vampire. Fade to black when Edward hits her with the syringe of his venom. Film two, introduce the new set of characters (most of which appear in the second half of the book anyway) when the Cullen's gather their forces and the Volturi arrive for the showdown…

    Only in a perfect world.

  115. bibi laurence

    As one of many Twilight Moms, I hope the movie stays true to the novel. Many of us moms have used thses novels to encourage our video-focused kids to read. When the novels are transformed into film, our kids can also see the how literature is adapted and edited while staying true to the story. These novels have given 21st century parents and kids a great teaching tool because the kids love them and can relate over and over. Please keep the film close to the beautul love story created by Stephanie Meyer, but with a rating accessible to the kids that have made the films and novels so successful. As a parent, I have asked my children their thoughts into transforming the final novel into film. I've had some very interesting ideas from my pre-teens. Also, these novels teach our boys how to be loving, polite, respectful gentlemen.

  116. Carol K. Carey

    Please include many love scenes between Kristen and Rob. Close-ups of Rob. A romantic score. You're a great director and will be perfect for this film. Or films???

  117. Dawn

    Am sure the movies will not be “cheesy” and hopefully the birth and changing of Bella will be exciting and enthralling. Also, hopefully the music score will be as beautiful and exciting as Twilight and New Moon.

  118. Dawn

    How are you going to portray Renesmee as she will be growing so fast? Breaking Dawn will be the most difficult because of Bella giving birth, and I wonder how you will fare doing the scene of Bella giving birth and being changed? I know you will do a fabulour job and the movie will be exciting and enthralling.

  119. Satine

    I am hoping with the backstory of Riley and the big confrontation with the wolves, vampires, and newborn vampires that the romance of Edward and Bella is not forgotton. With the pictures that were leaked earlier of Bella and Edward in Bella's Bedroom, The Meadow, and Edward's Bedroom it looks like they are attempting to bring that back. I hope it does not get lost as it did in New Moon. Although beautifully photographed as you stated the emotional ride for us fans during the party, break-up and the reunion scenes were missing. I am nervous about Breaking Dawn. I have faith that Bill Condon will do the wedding and honeymoon scenes well I just hope the second half of the story is totally rewritten to remove the imprinting of Jacob and Renesmee. I know I sound like a broken record, but it is not necessary for the film to work. For example Jaws, the book had Brody's wife cheating on him with Hooper and Hooper dying at the end of the book by the shark. In the movie version there is no cheating and Hooper lives. The fans of the book were happy and this was the first US movie to make over 100 million dollars. Enough said.

  120. jl

    Well, I hope that tattoo helped to keep Taylor Lautner warm…

  121. Jackie

    Jacob Black is a werewolf that naturally runs hotter in skin temperature. Taylor Lautner has to be shirtless to stay true to the books. In the tent scene his body temperature is enough to keep Bella warm even though it's snowing and he is topless.