Michael Welch Letter to 'Twilight' Fans, 'Breaking Dawn 2' Cast Interview & Kristen Stewart to Return as Snow White?

Robert Pattinson Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn - Part 2 interview

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 MTV interview: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner

Nov. 1: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2's Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner together again – for another MTV interview with Josh Horowitz. It's a typical MTV interview, with questions such as, “Which one of you is most likely to Google yourselves”? (Robert Pattinson hasn't heard of Google, as can be attested by the above image. Kristen Stewart is sitting next to him. Please scroll down to check out the MTV interview.)

Kristen Stewart, who doesn't seem to enjoy going down memory lane, has just said that her favorite scene in Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is the moment when Taylor Lautner's Jacob Black takes his clothes off in front of Bella Swan's cop father, played by Billy Burke. Robert Pattinson, for his part, says he hasn't seen Breaking Dawn - Part 2's vampire-on-vampire sex scene (though there have been stories about Pattinson recently calling the sex scenes in Twilight “ridiculous”). He then proceeds to compare it to the pottery scene (Demi Moore working with her hands) in Ghost.

Keeping 'scandal talk' at bay

Needless to say, Horowitz steered clear of anything that could be potentially uncomfortable, though a few of his questions about the actors' future – together or apart – hit close to the Kristen Stewart-Rupert Sanders “scandal” that became world news about three months ago, thus making Breaking Dawn - Part 2 even more “eagerly anticipated” than before. (Notice Kristen Stewart's remark that it's silly Summit Entertainment has been sending only one actor at a time to promote the film at various locales; e.g., Stewart in Japan, Pattinson in Australia.)

Best line: Robert Pattinson remarking, “You can say whatever you want in interviews.” Yes, you can. Just ask any politician in action. The scary part is that people will quite likely believe it, too.

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 release date

Directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, itself based on Stephenie Meyer's bestseller – Meyer, by the way, makes a guest appearance in the interview – Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens November 16. In addition to Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, the final installment in the Twilight movie franchise features Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Booboo Stewart, and dozens of others.

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart screen shot via MTV.

Nov. 8

Michael WelchMichael Welch.

Michael Welch Twitter account: Open letter to Twilight fans

Michael Welch, Mike Newton in the Twilight movies, has written (via Twitter) an open letter to fans of the blockbuster movie franchise. The letter isn't addressed to me, as I'm not a Twilight fan (or hater, for that matter), but it's a good read all the same chiefly – in my view – for what Welch has to say about the casting process for the first Twilight movie, sometime in 2007. (Image: Michael Welch.)

For instance, Welch explains that he had been initially tested for the role of Edward Cullen, which eventually went to Robert Pattinson. He later tried out the role of Eric Yorkie, but that went instead to Justin Chon. Finally, he auditioned to play Mike Newton, the somewhat goofy high-school dude who has a crush on Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan.

Here's a snippet from Michael Welch's letter, referring to his first Mike Newton audition for Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke:

That's when I met Kristen, Justin, Christian [Serratos], and Anna [Kendrick]. I just had fun with it. I knew what I had to offer that role. They were either going to connect with my take on it, my flavor, or the other actor auditioning for Mike, a great young talent named Hunter Parish [sic]. Hunter and I were actually big fans of each other and talked in the waiting room for a long time before going in. I even expressed my admiration for Hunter to Catherine after my audition and told her I would have no problem losing out to him.

Now, had Weeds' Hunter Parrish been cast as Mike Newton, Bella would have had a radically different human suitor than the one Michael Welch brought to life in the first four Twilight movies.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 release date and cast

Directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the second half of Stephenie Meyer's fourth and final Twilight book, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, opens on November 16. Besides Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, the extensive Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast includes Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Mackenzie Foy, Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, and Jackson Rathbone. [See Kristen Stewart Bella Swan Breaking Dawn - Part 2 poster.]

Also: MyAnna Buring, Billy Burke, Maggie Grace, Booboo Stewart, Ty Olsson, Kiowa Gordon, Omar Metwally, Lee Pace, Guri Weinberg, Cameron Bright, Rami Malek, Lisa Howard, and Erik Odom.

If Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast listings are correct, Bella Swan's high-school friends Michael Welch, Anna Kendrick, Justin Chon, and Christian Serratos are absent from the final installment in the Twilight movie series.

Michael Welch has the last word

Back to Michael Welch and his Twitter account, here are two recent Welch tweets that I'm (sort of) retweeting here:

“Just watched a half an hour of Al Jazeera news and it brought me to the conclusion it usually does… This world is f**ked up.”

Gay marriage, legalized pot, 20 women Senators?! What happened to the good ol' Norman Rockwell America that never actually existed?"

Also, Michael Welch is a supporter of The Thirst Project, described as “a movement of High School & College Students raising awareness of & bringing solutions to the global water crisis.” Because of their association with Drake Bell, who tweeted that Justin Bieber didn't merit a biodoc such as Justin Bieber: Never Say Never because he's too young, The Thirst Project has been in the news lately as a result of continuous harassment from wacko Bieber fans.

Further confirmation that this world is indeed f**ked up.

Michael Welch photo via michaelwelchonline.com.

Nov. 12

Rami MalekBreaking Dawn - Part 2 World Premiere: Live Streaming Online

Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens November 16 in North America and several other countries, but the World Premiere of the last installment in the Twilight movie series is taking place right now in Los Angeles. Please scroll down to check out the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 premiere live streaming online via Yahoo Movies. (Image: Rami Malek, Benjamin in Breaking Dawn - Part 2)

On the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 red carpet (or somewhere nearby), Elizabeth Reaser called the final Twilight movie “epic,” adding that she usually doesn't steal things from the sets on which she has worked, but she did take home Esme Cullen's socks, which she may or may not auction off one of these days. Not an “epic” bit of news, but at least that's something for future chroniclers of the Twilight Saga phenomenon to use in their all-inclusive tomes. Also, a journalist just whispered that “I hear Robert Pattinson doesn't wash his hair.” That's another one for future Twi-chroniclers to dissect.

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast

Melissa Rosenberg, who was just now briefly interviewed, adapted Stephenie Meyer's novel. The Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast includes Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Mackenzie Foy, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, and Jackson Rathbone.

Also: Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Maggie Grace, Billy Burke, Christian Camargo, Mia Maestro, Jamie Campbell Bower, Christopher Heyerdahl, Julia Jones, and Booboo Stewart. Here are a few more: Erik Odom, Noel Fisher, Lee Pace, Alex Meraz, Bronson Pelletier, Casey LaBow, Cameron Bright, MyAnna Buring, Rami Malek, Angela Sarafyan, Daniel Cudmore. And finally: Charlie Bewley, Guri Weinberg, Kiowa Gordon, Chaske Spencer, and Masami Kosaka.

Photo: Rami Malek at the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Word Premiere.

Oct. 30

Robert Pattinson Madame Tussauds' Wax Statue: Is that Val Kilmer?

Robert Pattinson Madame TussaudsRobert Pattinson is now a permanent guest at Madame Tussauds' abode. Well, following a reported international tour, that is. And no, this has nothing to do with Pattinson's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 promo tour, though the timing for the unveiling of his wax statue is probably connected to the upcoming Breaking Dawn - Part 2 release.

According to examiner.com, this particular Robert Pattinson, straight out of Vincent Price's House of Wax, took four months to make at a cost of $240,000. Clearly, the powers-that-be at Madame Tussauds are expecting a lot of visitors in the coming months to justify the expense. (By the way, this is not Madame Tussauds' first Robert Pattinson wax statute.)

But does Tussauds' Robert Pattinson look like the man who became a worldwide star after playing Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies? Well, the hair is surely Pattinson's. But the statue also bears some similarity to both Val Kilmer and Colin Farrell. Maybe with a touch of Shia LaBeouf and Charles Bronson.

The Robert Pattinson wax statue was unveiled at the U.K. resort town of Blackpool. The waxy Pattinson will spend the rest of November there, before traveling the world.

Robert Pattinson movies

Directed by Bill Condon, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens November 16. Pattinson's co-stars are Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and the (mostly) usual Twi-crowd, including Kellan Lutz, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Maggie Grace, and Jackson Rathbone.

Also worth mentioning are Pattinson's recent non-Twilight movies, Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnellan's Bel Ami and David Cronenberg's Cannes Film Festival entry Cosmopolis. Upcoming projects include Mission: Blacklist and The Rover.

Madame Tussauds' Robert Pattinson wax statue image via examiner.com.

Nov. 19

Kristen Stewart Snow White and the Huntsman 2Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman 2? Rupert Sanders gone from the sequel?

Kristen Stewart will be returning as Snow White in the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel planned by Universal, reports the online gossip rag Radar Online. Director Rupert Sanders, however, won't be coming back. (Image: Kristen Stewart Snow White and the Huntsman.)

It's a problem having to rely on a trashy tabloid as a source of news. It's even worse when said tabloid's sources are just that, “a source.” Unidentified. Unnamed. Unknown. Yet, those are sources who know all there is to know about behind-the-scenes goings-on at Universal, and with direct access to the minds of both Rupert Sanders (“Rupert didn't want to be a part of it to begin with because he is desperately still trying to save his marriage…”) and Kristen Stewart (“Kristen is extremely concerned about her acting career…”).

But that hasn't stopped dozens (maybe by now thousands) of online publications from passing on that bit of SWATH-related information as fact.

Of course, it could all (or at least a fraction of it) be true. And in fact, one has to admit that in regard to the Snow White and the Huntsman announcement, the tabloid's report does make sense.

Rupert Sanders movie projects

From the beginning, despite stories to the contrary it seemed absurd that Universal would proceed with a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel minus Snow White. And not that long ago, it was announced that Rupert Sanders might direct a Van Helsing reboot for Universal, starring Tom Cruise in the (not that) old Hugh Jackman role. And not long after that, it was reported that Sanders had signed on to direct the sci-fier The Juliet for Sony Pictures.

Rupert Sanders has only one body. He can't handle pre-production arrangements for and/or be on the set directing three movies at the same time. For Sanders, the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel seemed the most obvious project to get discarded. That way, the director (and Universal) could avoid more tabloid attention to the (apparent) fact that the married Sanders (to model/actress and Snow White mother Liberty Ross) would be reunited with his fellow “cheating scandal” companion Kristen Stewart, who's supposed to be Robert Pattinson's off-screen companion. You get the picture.

Kristen Stewart movie projects

Also regarding Snow White and the Huntsman 2, Kristen Stewart told The Hollywood Reporter: “No one's positive or anything, but I think there's a strong possibility.” We should get some kind of confirmation (or denial) soon.

By the way, Stewart's Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opened this past weekend in more than 60 countries, collecting an astonishing $340.6 million worldwide. Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner co-star. Stewart's next North American release is Walter Salles' On the Road, based on Jack Kerouac's novel, and which opens Dec. 21 – in time for Academy Award consideration. Stewart, who is a potential Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee, co-stars with Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley.

Kristen Stewart has also had her name connected to two other film projects: Lie Down in Darkness, based on William Styron's novel, and Focus, possibly to feature Ben Affleck.

Kristen Stewart Snow White and the Huntsman photo: Universal Pictures.

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13 Comments to Michael Welch Letter to 'Twilight' Fans, 'Breaking Dawn 2' Cast Interview & Kristen Stewart to Return as Snow White?

  1. barton

    I don't know what's going on with this whole production, but it seems like chaos reigns. The first movie wasn't very good, it was just all in all very joyless. I went in with great expectations and was disappointed. So how can a sequel be any better if there isn't even any credible story related to it, it's all been told in the first one.

  2. pink

    How is that fair? They BOTH should be fired because they BOTH are at fault. It's not fair at all if they fire only the other.

  3. James Gordon

    This is great news! I am so happy she has signed on, she is an amazing actress. Those who says otherwise have no idea what true talent is. I have seen all of her movies and I loved them, she is very unique, not fake, doesn't care what others think. Such as bad ass real life Snow White.

  4. emma roning

    Ohh…I'm so excited, the movie will be great

  5. patrice

    I think Kristen should fulfill her committment to Universal and do the sequel. She had it in her contract to do 1 sequel but Rupert didn't.

  6. starmist78@yahoo.com

    Girl, you should just drop it too. Really. SMH

  7. Angelia Pelfrey

    I Love the series and am sad to know this film is the end of the journey. Will definitely miss the anticipation of the next movie! Want to thank all the cast for a great ride! Love you all!!!!

  8. Mike

    Love it!

  9. Betty b

    Everyone seemed comfortable and *friendly* :-). Love Josh's interviews.

  10. Liz

    I think you're right about Josh Horowitz question to Kristen intimating about the affair. Anyway, it's not like they aren't going to see each other again.

  11. zac

    @Daisy Kenyon

    “You may never do any more interviews with those guys. How do you feel?” Horowitz asks Kristen Stewart — or something along those lines.

    It made me think of that whole to-do because at one point it was widely rumored that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson would not be promoting “Breaking Dawn Part 2” together.

  12. Daisy Kenyon

    How did the questions about their future hit close to home with her “scandal”? Thanks

  13. just me

    i am going to have nightmare tonight from looking at this creepy picture :) someone has to tell them this is not Robert Pattinson…. wait, how much? wouldn't it be better if money was donated to some charity?