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Peter Facinelli & Elizabeth Reaser + Jackson Rathbone & Ashley Greene: Expletives Explained

Peter Facinelli Twilight Carlisle Cullen Elizabeth ReaserPeter Facinelli as Carlisle Cullen and Elizabeth Reaser as his wife Esme Cullen. The “vegetarian” Twilight vampires will be returning in David Slade's upcoming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Peter Facinelli: Carlisle Cullen background

June 10: Born in England about three or four centuries ago, Carlisle is by far the oldest among the Cullen vampires. He's also the one responsible for the transformation of Edward (Robert Pattinson), a victim of the Spanish influenza epidemic, into a vampire. The other Cullen family members are adoptees Alice (Ashley Greene), Emmett (Kellan Lutz), Rosalie Hale (Nikki Reed), and latecomer Jasper Hale (Jackson Rathbone), a former Confederate soldier.

In Eclipse, the newborn vampire Bree (Jodelle Ferland), part of the newborn vampire army created by Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Riley (Xavier Samuel), almost becomes a Cullen family member as well. But fate has other things in store for little Bree, including a new novella by Stephenie Meyer.

Back to Carlisle: he was also the one who turned Esme, a near-suicide victim, into a vampire. Esme had lost her child and had thrown herself off of a cliff. As Carlisle's vampire family grew, Esme became their surrogate mother and Carlisle's official “wife.”

Peter Facinelli at MTV Movie Awards, SAG Award nominee

As far as I know, Peter Facinelli hasn't turned anyone into a vampire. All the same, he has horrified some as a result of his MTV Movie Awards acceptance speech – for Best Movie, Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon – which was peppered with expletives.

SAG Award nominee Facinelli (as part of the Six Feed Under ensemble) is one of the stars of the television series Nurse Jackie, starring Edie Falco. He is married to Beverly Hills 90210's Jennie Garth. Peter Facinelli, I should add, is not a real blond. In case you haven't noticed, he wears a blond wig in the Twilight movies (and if you didn't notice that, you need a good eye doctor – urgently).

Non-Twilight Peter Facinelli movies include Finding Amanda, Reaper, That Guy, The Lather Effect, The Scorpion King, Supernova, The Big Kahuna, and Can't Hardly Wait.

Elizabeth Reaser, for her part, has been nominated for an Emmy (for Grey's Anatomy), a SAG Award (as part of the Grey's Anatomy ensemble), and a Best Actress Spirit Award (for the 2005 romantic drama Sweet Land).

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.

In addition to Peter Facinelli and Elizabeth Reaser and the other aforementioned actors, the Eclipse cast includes Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black, Billy Burke as inept cop Charlie Swan, Dakota Fanning, Daniel Cudmore, Michael Welch, Booboo Stewart, Chaske Spencer, Julia Jones, Christian Serratos, Cameron Bright, Charlie Bewley, and 2009 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (for Jason Reitman's Up in the Air).

Twilight's Peter Facinelli as Carlisle Cullen and Elizabeth Reaser and Esme Cullen Eclipse picture: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment.

June 8

Booboo Stewart, Eclipse

Booboo Stewart (no relation to Kristen Stewart – though both were born in Los Angeles County) plays Seth Clearwater, the young werewolf (or “shapeshifter”) who befriends the vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

In Eclipse, Seth is one of the werewolves enlisted to protect Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) from the evil, vindictive vampire Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard). Victoria is after Bella because she wants to avenge her lover's death. Edward, Bella's lover, had killed him. (See Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight.) So, now it's Bella's turn to die – slowly.

That's where the newborn vampire army – in the movie led by Riley (Xavier Samuel) – comes in. They're supposed to make it easier for Victoria to achieve her goal. Seth will play a crucial role in the final battle.

Directed by David Slade, 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: Kellan Lutz, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, Daniel Cudmore, Anna Kendrick, and Jodelle Ferland.

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

Peter Facinelli, Robert Pattinson's father in the Twilight Saga movies, has taken part in some really awful talk shows, some of which you can find on YouTube. In the clip above, instead of answering nonsensical, unfunny questions about nothing whatsoever, Facinelli actually gets to discuss his roles in both the television series Nurse Jackie and in the Twilight Saga movies.

When the interview with ABC News Radio's David Blaustein was taped, Facinelli had wrapped up his work on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. He explains that Eclipse is his favorite book in the series because of the action scenes, which come to pinnacle in that book. (Funny, I'd say each book in the Twilight series has a “pinnacle” of action; for example, in Twilight, following the appearance of James, or in Breaking Dawn, when there's all that tension between the Volturi and the friendly vampires.)

On Sunday, Facinelli caused a sensation of sorts as a result of his expletive-filled acceptance speech at the MTV Movie Awards, where The Twilight Saga: New Moon was chosen the best movie of the year. Facinelli later offered an “explanation” for his choice of vocabulary while thanking co-workers, the Twilight fans, and Justin Bieber.

Via EW.com: “My acceptance speech was meant as a satirical commentary to poke fun at the record breaking number of f-bombs dropped during the show. Secretly, I hope that David Mamet tuned in last night in case he's prepping a revival of Glengarry Glen Ross.”

June 11

Jackson Rathbone and Ashley Greene Twilight Eclipse

Jackson Rathbone and Ashley Greene Twilight 'Eclipse'

In David Slade's upcoming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Jackson Rathbone and Ashley Greene (photo) play Jasper Hale and Alice Cullen, lovers and members of the vampire Cullen Clan (or Coven). The other Cullens are Edward (Robert Pattinson), Dr. Carlisle (Peter Facinelli), Esme (Elizabeth Reaser), Emmett (Kellan Lutz), and Rosalie Hale (Nikki Reed).

The clairvoyant Alice, who has befriended the human Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), can see the future after someone has made a decision. That's why she has trouble “seeing” either the deadly Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) or the even deadlier Volturi (Dakota Fanning, Daniel Cudmore, Charlie Bewley, Cameron Bright). Jasper, a former Confederate soldier, can feel and influence people's moods and emotions.

Jackson Rathbone: another major 2010 release

This summer, Jackson Rathbone will be seen in M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, one of the most anticipated movies of the season. In addition to Rathbone, The Last Airbender features Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Dev Patel, and Shaun Toub.

Ashley Greene, along with Kellan Lutz, made headlines when contract negotiations with Summit Entertainment took a bumpy turn a few weeks ago. Reasons for the contention: money, obviously, but also the fact that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn could – or rather, will – be turned into two movies.

Among Ashley Greene's other upcoming film roles are those in A Warrior's Heart, opposite Lutz; The Apparition, with Tom Felton; and Butter, with Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, and Alicia Silverstone.

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

In addition to Jackson Rathbone and Ashley Greene, and the other aforementioned Eclipse cast members, the latest Twilight movie also features Taylor Lautner (as the werewolf Jacob Black), Xavier Samuel (as the newborn vampire Riley), Anna Kendrick, Michael Welch, Booboo Stewart, Billy Burke, Chaske Spencer, Julia Jones, Alex Meraz, Christian Serratos, Kiowa Gordon, Sarah Clarke, and Jodelle Ferland.

Jackson Rathbone and Ashley Greene Twilight Eclipse picture: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment.

Xavier Samuel and Jodelle Ferland, playing the newborn vampires Riley and Bree, talk briefly in this latest The Twilight Saga: Eclipse clip. The newborn, powerful, and bloodthirsty Riley has a small but important role in Stephenie Meyer's novel. He is created by Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard), a vindictive vampire who wants Bella (Kristen Stewart) dead. Riley is supposed to distract Edward (Robert Pattinson) while Victoria goes after the helpless Bella.

In David Slade's Eclipse, Riley will clearly have his role expanded: he's seen becoming a vampire in the film's trailer; leading the newborn, zombie-looking vampire army; twisting poor Edward's neck (in a photo), and now chatting with fellow newborn Bree.

Bree is another newborn that makes a very brief appearance in Meyer's novel, but seems to play a larger role in Melissa Rosenberg's Eclipse screenplay. Bree is also the subject of Meyer's recently published novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the United States and about a dozen other countries on June 30. The world premiere will be held at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 24.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, Daniel Cudmore, Anna Kendrick, and Booboo Stewart.

Taylor Lautner werewolves Eclipse poster

Taylor Lautner and his fellow werewolves – Kiowa Gordon, Bronson Pelletier, Chaske Spencer, Julia Jones, Tyson Houseman, and Alex Meraz in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

The werewolves are the protectors of the people. More and more young (or youngish) members of the Quileute group near Forks, Wash., have been turning into werewolves. The reason for that is the presence of vampires in the area. They're nice vampires – the Cullen family (Robert Pattinson, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, et al.) – but vampires, nevertheless.

Historically, vampires and werewolves haven't been the best of buddies, but the Cullens and the Quileutes will have to join forces to fight a thirsty and deadly army of newborn vampires. The aim of the newborns, or at least the aim of their leader – that's Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) – is to do away with Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), the object of affection of both a werewolf (Lautner) and a vampire (Pattinson).

Directed by David Slade, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the United States and about a dozen other countries on June 30, '10. Melissa Rosenberg adapted Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel.

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

June 24

Does Robert Pattinson, the vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies, have “real” vampire blood running in his veins?

The day before David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, in which Pattinson co-stars with Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, is to have its world premiere in Los Angeles, it's revealed that Pattinson is related to none other than Vlad III Dracula, a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler.

Vlad was a ruthless, merciless Transylvanian ruler widely believed to have been the inspiration for the ever-thirsty character in Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula.

Ancestry.com is the source for this latest bit of Pattinson news. Ancestry.com researchers reached their conclusion after connecting both Pattinson and Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer to the British royal family. Prince William and Prince Harry are supposed to be Pattinson's and Meyer's distant cousins. (At least in the case of Robert Pattinson and the princes, we're talking about tenuous blood ties that date as far back as the 1500s.) Vlad the Impaler, for his part, was the princes' distant uncle.

Now, could Vlad be the princes' great-great-great-etc-uncle and not be Pattinson's direct relative? I guess so. The Ancestry.com press release doesn't provide all that many details.

According to more Ancestry.com celebrity research, Emma Watson is related to a woman accused of witchcraft in the 16th century and Madonna is Ellen DeGeneres' cousin.

Directed by David Slade (tenth cousin to Alfred Hitchcock?), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the United States and a number of other countries on June 30. Melissa Rosenberg adapted Meyer's bestseller.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Taylor Lautner, 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, Booboo Stewart, Julia Jones, and Jodelle Ferland.

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

Robert Pattinson dodges Ryan Seacrest Kristen Stewart question

Robert Pattinson's publicist yanked the actor from an interview with Ryan Seacrest at the premiere of Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon in fall 2009. The publicist didn't like Seacrest's asking Pattinson about his relationship with Kristen Stewart. Pattinson attempted to be nice by telling Seacrest and his listeners to go see New Moon.

“I can't remember what happened in that moment. It was the first on-air hook that I've received,” Seacrest said at Tuesday night's Bing Creative Minds Panel in Los Angeles, “but if anyone thinks that I'm intimidating, they're in the wrong business.” 

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 on Thursday evening at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Taylor Lautner, 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.

Seacrest quote: Los Angeles Times

Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan, Robert Pattinson's Edward Cullen, Taylor Lautner's Jacob Black, Xavier Samuel's newborn vampire Riley, and most notably Bryce Dallas Howard baring her teeth as the vindictive vampire Victoria can all be seen in this (much higher quality) The Twilight Saga: Eclipse TV spot “Legend.” (I'd already posted a low-quality “Legend” clip two days ago.)

Directed by David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the US and a number of other countries on June 30. The world premiere of the third installment of the Twilight Saga franchise will take place on Thursday, June 24, at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Melissa Rosenberg adapted Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Kellan Lutz, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, Daniel Cudmore, Booboo Stewart, Julia Jones, Tyson Houseman, Cameron Bright, Michael Welch, Kiowa Gordon, Anna Kendrick, and Jodelle Ferland.

The film version of the final book of the series, Breaking Dawn, should start filming in the fall. Rosenberg will adapt the book; Bill Condon will direct. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner will return, along with most of the supporting players in Eclipse.

Robert Pattinson, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Peter Facinelli, Eclipse
Kellan Lutz, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Robert Pattinson, Eclipse

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse director David Slade interviewed by MTV at the Eclipse world premiere at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles:

Regarding the Eclipse experience, “this was like jumping into an abyss for me. … On a daily basis, things surprised me and I had to move on my feet every single day.”

Stephenie Meyer said the tent scene – featuring Taylor Lautner's Jacob lying next to Kristen Stewart's Bella while Robert Pattinson's Edward watched – was “all on the page. So, really, you know … I think one of the toughest scenes to get through was a scene with Charlie [Billy Burke] and Bella in the kitchen when they talk about her virginity.”

Slade went on to explain that it was hard to get one take completed with everyone keeping a straight face.

“I was feeling very awkward myself for both of them, actually, particularly for Billy Burke. Because he had the mustache. … A lot of that was improvised, and I thank the actors for that.”

As for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: “Good luck to Bill Condon with that birth scene!"

Slade's advice to the next Twilight Saga director:

“You know. [laughs] Loaded question! Once you get to a certain point, it's just getting out of bed in the morning. … It's a really common – actual – thing for directors [to stay in bed smoking for 20 minutes, afraid to move]. … You gotta get your technique down. Just dive into the pool.”

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

At mtv.com, live streaming of the Twilight Saga: Eclipse world premiere at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The interviewer is currently chatting with Julia Jones, Leah Clearwater.

Starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, and directed by David Slade, 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, Kellan Lutz, Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, Daniel Cudmore,and Jodelle Ferland.

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

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, and Robert Pattinson are asked questions from three audience members at Jimmy Kimmel Live! in the clip above.

Much of the Eclipse cast was there. (Too bad director David Slade wasn't around.) In addition to Lautner, Fanning, and Pattinson, also present were Kristen Stewart (who actually seemed to having a good time), Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Xavier Samuel. (Missing in action were Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, and Billy Burke.)

A young woman asked Taylor Lautner if his abs were for real or sprayed on. If they were real, would Lautner mind showing them to the audience? Kimmel cracked that it's okay for women to ask guys to take their clothes off, but it's not okay if it's the other way around. He told the young woman he'd give her a Lautner doll or something.

More to the point was the question directed at Dakota Fanning: What was it like working with Kristen Stewart in Eclipse after they'd kissed in The Runaways?

It was not the kissing part that mattered, but the fact that Fanning and Stewart had gone from '70s rockers Joan Jett and Cherie Currie in Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways to the radically different Bella Swan and the Volturi clan's Jane in Eclipse.

“It was weird,” explained Fanning. “We'd just done The Runaways and then Eclipse, so we were used to seeing each other as Joan and Cherie. So, seeing her as Bella and me as Jane was very weird for both of us. But very fun.”

Pattinson's question had to do with an old gray shirt with stitches. I couldn't figure out what that was all about.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse premieres tonight at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Fans have been camping out in the area for the past few days.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Daniel Cudmore, Anna Kendrick, Sarah Clarke, Christian Serratos, Booboo Stewart, Julia Jones, Michael Welch, Kiowa Gordon, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Tyson Houseman, Chaske Spencer, and Jodelle Ferland.

Melissa Rosenberg adapted Stephenie Meyer's bestseller. Eclipse opens in the US and other countries on June 30.

June 30

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Stephenie MeyerStephenie Meyer's The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: an Eclipse Novella has sold more than 1 million copies in the United States since it came out on June 5.

According to publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is the year's best-selling book to date.

Bree Tanner is the newborn vampire briefly seen near the end of Meyer's third Twilight Saga novel, Eclipse. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner follows Bree's trajectory from being turned into a vampire to her final meeting with the Volturi clan. In the David Slade-directed movie adaptation starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, Bree is played by Jodelle Ferland.

Little, Brown Books added that almost 100 million copies of the Twilight Saga books – Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn – have been sold in nearly 50 countries.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens on Wednesday in the United States and a number of other countries.

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, Booboo Stewart, Alex Meraz and Anna Kendrick.

From the world premiere of David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles:

About the “tent scene,” in which freezing Bella (Kristen Stewart) sleeps next to steamy Jacob (Taylor Lautner) while cold-blooded Edward (Robert Pattinson) watches, Stephenie Meyer told MTV that it had to be reshot because of what amounted to a blocking technicality: When Stewart lay next to Lautner, Lautner didn't embrace her. Hence, the reshoot.

Regarding work on Midnight Sun, Meyer said that “I want to write with joy,” adding that writing about vampires has turned into “homework.”

Meyer once again lamented the fact that Midnight Sun was leaked because it would lead to comparisons with TwilightMidnight Sun is narrated from Edward's point of view; Twilight comes from Bella. Additionally, the leak would have made the editing process more visible to those who had read the initial draft.

When asked if the anti-Twilight backlash bothers her, Meyer answered: “More than it should. … I have an extremely thin skin.”

Meyer also said that most of the time she goes around “incognito” – one of the advantages of being an author. “This is all very awkward,” she remarked about the madness surrounding the Eclipse world premiere

June 30 Addendum

The Tent Sequence in Stephenie Meyer's novel Eclipse is many twihards' favorite. It's also quite possibly the most discussed scene found in the movie version, partly because it had to be reshot in order to solve some “blocking” issues.

Although overall I found Eclipse a marked improvement over New Moon, I also found the Tent Threesome segment one of the worst sections in the novel – or in any of the Twilight novels, period.

That was chiefly due to the unconvincing chat between the vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson in the movie) and the werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner).

Freezing Bella (Kristen Stewart) is too out of it while cuddling up against Jacob's hot bod to say anything at all, but (unfortunately) she still manages to record in her head every bit of corny dialogue exchanged between her two men.

For while Bella thaws out, Edward and Jacob discuss their love for her, how they'll fight for her no matter what, and how they would actually like each other if Bella hadn't inconveniently sandwiched herself between them.

Of course, Edward selflessly wants what is best for Bella. That has been his chief characteristic from the get-go and in my view that's exactly what makes his character so fascinating and the books themselves worth reading. Even so, I felt the Tent Sequence dialogue and the blossoming werewolf-vampire connection didn't ring at all true, especially considering that Jacob comes across as a manipulative, arrogant, selfish jerk. Uneasy alliances, after all, are a part of life – without the need for “you're a nice guy” declarations.

Worse yet, the Tent Sequence also sets the stage for Bella and Jacob's Kissing Scene, the most cringeworthy moment in any of the Twilight books.

I fully understand what Meyer was trying to convey by having Bella realize the depth of her feelings for Jacob and I got the Wuthering Heights parallels as well. All the same, I found it mind-boggling that an author would choose to ruin her narrator-protagonist by turning her into a wishy-washy, easily manipulated bouncing doll.

The chief problem is that Eclipse lacks the dark, borderline-psychotic dramatic intensity found in Emily Bronte's Gothic novel; hence, Bella comes across as a befuddled tease instead of a pathological case. As a consequence, she seems unworthy of someone as obsessively devoted as Edward.

Eclipse would have been infinitely more satisfying had Bella opted for her vampire and all that entailed without needing a hard-bodied, hard-kissing werewolf on the side just so she could be 100 percent sure. In fact, Bella's emotional maturity in the first Twilight book is her main appeal while it also helps readers to understand why a 105-year-old (or whereabouts) vampire would fall so madly in love with her.

While reading Twilight – which, much to my surprise, I actually liked very much despite several narrative flaws – I rooted for Bella when nomadic vampires tried to have her for brunch. By the end of Eclipse, however, I'd become an ardent member of Team Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard in the third movie; Rachelle Lefevre in the first two), who's out to tear Bella to pieces and throw away the crumbs.

Below are three interesting takes on the Tent Scene – featuring, of course, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner – in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse:

Eclipse's best scene happens in a tent where permanently shirtless Jacob and permanently pale Edward, bitter enemies till now, finally lay their cards on the table and find common ground in their love for Bella. It's a scene which could have been filled with romantic platitudes, but instead it's laid out with a kind of naïve honesty in which both characters confess their failings and decide the girl they care about is more important than whatever prejudices they hold against each other. It's also the place where Twilight finally establishes that Bella, till now mostly a bland pawn, actually has some say in things.” Josh Tyler at Cinema Blend.

“But alas, no force, no matter how utterly rational its arguments, will keep Bella from her destiny. Which, obviously, is Edward. Or is it? Eclipse goes to great pains to invent ways to perpetuate the film's romantic rivalry, inserting scenes like the one in which Bella, on the verge of freezing to death in a tent high up in the mountains, is saved when Jacob arrives to heroically spoon her body temperature back to its proper level. (Eclipse is being hyped as the first 'guy-friendly' Twilight flick, but no film which includes a climactic spooning scene can rightly claim such a distinction.) Edward, meanwhile, with his poor vampire circulation, is powerless to help.” Thomas Leupp at Hollywood.com.

“Much leads up to a scene in a tent on a mountaintop in the midst of a howling blizzard, when Bella's teeth start chattering. Obviously a job for the hot-blooded Jacob and not the cold-blooded Edward, and as Jacob embraces and warms her, he and Edward have a cloying cringe fest in which Edward admits that if Jacob were not a werewolf, he would probably like him, and then Jacob admits that if Edward were not a vampire — well, no, no, he couldn't. Come on, big guy. The two of you are making eye contact. Edward's been a confirmed bachelor for 109 years. Get in the brokeback spirit.” Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Needless to say, Ebert's take on the scene is my favorite, for Leupp's criticism doesn't feel quite right.

I mean, wouldn't most guys enjoy a “climactic spooning scene” featuring a very good-looking woman such as Kristen Stewart? Or would they rather watch Taylor Lautner's Jacob spooning with Robert Pattinson's Edward?

If so, Ebert does indeed have a point.

This The Twilight Saga: Eclipse TV spot “Something's Wrong” reminds viewers that the third installment of the Twilight Saga franchise is just two days away.

Most of the scenes shown in this spot have been seen before. Perhaps one or two featuring Bryce Dallas Howard's Victoria and Xavier Samuel's Riley are new.

Reviews from the two US-based trade papers, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, have been quite positive. Director David Slade has been praised for his handling of both the action and the actors. The Reporter's reviewer also singled out Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and particularly Taylor Lautner – the “it” guy of the 2010s.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Kellan Lutz, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, Daniel Cudmore, Anna Kendrick, Chaske Spencer, Julia Jones, Cameron Bright, Michael Welch, Booboo Stewart, Alex Meraz, Tyson Houseman, Bronson Pelletier, and Jodelle Ferland.

July 9

Robert Pattinson, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Twilight
Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Robert Pattinson, Kellan Lutz, Twilight

To be directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon, while bringing back screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, and stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn will be shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Summit Entertainment has announced. Filming should commence in the fall.

Among the other returning cast members are Billy Burke, who plays Bella's father, and Cullen family members Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone and Kellan Lutz.

Directed by David Slade, and starring Pattinson, Stewart, and Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has just crossed the $200 million mark at the North American box office after being out for only nine days.

The next and final installment of the Twilight Saga franchise will be split into two parts to be filmed concurrently.

Breaking Dawn Part I is slated to open on November 18, 2011. Part II should come out in summer 2012.

Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer will be one of the film's producers, along with Wyck Godfrey and Karen Rosenfelt.

Photo: Twilight (Summit Entertainment)

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July 5

You may find the above “Onion News Network” clip either hilarious or tasteless – or both. (Sorry, the original clip has been deleted.) Whatever your take, “Al-Qaeda Calls Off Attack On Nation's Capital To Spare Life Of 'Twilight' Author” shows the cultural impact of the Twilight phenomenon in these early years of the 21st century.

Directed by David Slade, and starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third installment in the Twilight Saga franchise, has been doing excellent business the world over.

The Onion has some fun with the Twilight madness by announcing that an al-Qaeda terror plot was foiled by the presence of author Stephenie Meyer at a Washington, D.C., mall.

In the clip, we get to hear a Muslim terrorist / Twilight Saga aficionado thrilled because Robert Pattinson or Kristen Stewart may be present at Meyer's D.C. book signing. (He is snatched right before Meyer signs his copy of Breaking Dawn.) We also learn that “al-Qaeda simply could not risk harming the woman who captured the alienation and sexual tension of adolescents so beautifully in her book series.” And that Osama bin Laden himself is an avid Team Jacob member (see bin Laden's T-shirt in the clip).

We've always heard of infighting among radical groups, but I, for one, had no idea that “there have always been factions [within al-Qaeda]; certain people believe Stephenie Meyer should be stoned to death for encumbering Jacob Black with so much heartache.” Others are die-hard Meyer fans.

While poking fun at Muslim fanatics, Twilight naysayers, and the Twihards themselves, this Onion New Network satire clearly demonstrates the worldwide cultural importance of the Twilight books and the fervor of their devotees. And how the passion for Edward and Bella and Jacob and Pattinson and Stewart and Lautner has seemingly crossed all sorts of cultural barriers

In this particular case, Twilight fervor is so strong it eclipses all other lofty causes, in the process saving lives instead of destroying them.

July 26

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Twilight near-death experiencesKristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in 'Twilight': One of Bella's numerous near-death experiences.

Stephenie Meyer 'Twilight' book passes 2 million milestone in U.K.

Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, the first book in the Twilight Saga literary (and now film) series, has become the 13th novel to sell more than two million copies in the United Kingdom in the 21st century.

According to TheBookseller.com, besides Meyer only three other novelists have achieved the same feat so far this century:

  • Harry Potter books' author J.K. Rowling.
  • The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons author Dan Brown.
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time author Mark Haddon.

Slow-burning literary hit

Curiously, Twilight was not a big literary hit when it was first published in the U.K. in 2006, selling a mere 1,684 copies as per Nielsen BookScan data.

The book only caught on in summer 2008, following the publication of Breaking Dawn, and, more importantly, a few months before the release of Catherine Hardwicke's movie version starring Kristen Stewart as the lovestruck teenage human Bella Swan and Robert Pattinson as the equally lovestruck centenarian vampire Edward Cullen. (Jacob Black, played by Taylor Lautner in the film series, became a major character only in the second installment, the Chris Weisz-directed New Moon.)

Hardwicke's Twilight became a sleeper blockbuster, grossing nearly $400 million worldwide, and eventually leading to the Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson-Taylor Lautner frenzy that shows no sign of abating.

Nearly US$75 million

Last week alone, Twilight sold 16,672 copies in the U.K., reaching a grand total of 2,005,609 books sold. Approximately 355,000 copies have been sold so far in 2010.

Meyer's books, including the Twilight novels, The Host, and the Twilight-related The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, have earned £47.7 million (US$74.33 million) in the U.K. since early 2006.

Anna Kendrick Michael Welch Christian Serratos Justin Chon Eclipse high school crowdAnna Kendrick, Justin Chon, Christian Serratos and Michael Welch: 'Eclipse' high school crowd.

'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' to debut in fall 2012

In other Twilight news, Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the final installment in the über-popular franchise about vampires, humans, and werewolves in love, will be released in the U.S. and Canada on Nov. 16, 2012, Summit Entertainment has announced.

That's nearly four years after the first Twilight exploded into the global cinematic consciousness on Nov. 21, '08, making stars out of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson as the half-undead/half-nearly-dead couple. (As you may recall, Stewart's Bella Swan almost gets bumped off just about every time you turn the page in Stephenie Meyer's book.)

Breaking Dawn - Part 1, to be filmed along with Part 2 in Vancouver and Louisiana next fall, is scheduled to open on Nov. 18, '11 – or nearly 17 months after David Slade's Eclipse.

Eclipse, by the way, should be passing the $300 million milestone at the domestic box office within the next ten days. No wonder Summit has chosen to stretch Twilight's cash-cow endowments well into 2013 (once DVD, VOD, TV rights, assorted merchandise, etc. are all factored in).

'Breaking Dawn - Part 2': Bizarre goings-on

Adapted by Melissa Rosenberg, who has penned every Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will feature Bella as a newborn vampire, stronger than Edward Cullen and big, beefy, bulky Emmett Cullen (Kellan Lutz) put together.

She and Edward now have a daughter, a weird hybrid named Renesmee (likely a creepy CGI-created baby) who can transmit thoughts to people and who becomes the object of Jacob Black's “imprinting” affection.

More bizarre stuff happens when the Volturi clan decides to make life miserable for the Cullen family, of which Edward – and now Bella – are members.

Renesmee: Troublemaker or convenient excuse?

Renesmee is at the core of their concerns, or rather, she's the perfect excuse for the powerful Volturi to get rid of the increasingly powerful Cullens, who also happen to be a threat to the vampirical establishment because of their subversive ways – i.e., they don't kill humans and have special “talents.”

With Breaking Dawn - Part 2, twifans and twihaters alike will have their last chance to cheer/sneer at Bella's, Edward's, and Jacob's assorted entanglements. That should be an experience to be savored.

 

Information about Twilight passing the 2 million mark in the U.K. via The Twilight Lexicon.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Twilight image: Summit Entertainment.

Anna Kendrick, Justin Chon, Christian Serratos, and Michael Welch Eclipse image: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment.

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40 Comments to Peter Facinelli & Elizabeth Reaser + Jackson Rathbone & Ashley Greene: Expletives Explained

  1. annielicious14

    Go Team Jacob!!! Can't wait!

  2. gingre

    Booboo is so cute. Is he related to KStew?

  3. kayla

    he's so adorable and sweet
    team seth clearwater-all the way

  4. Tom

    I shot my own version of the tent scene and I think it really captures the characters the way I see them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cjy5ttrJ_E

  5. Dyanne Carrillo

    i love seth, he is so cute and sweet

  6. kaylene

    love is in the air so cute love it love it

  7. AngelicaMN

    I am scared. Summit cannot get wigs and makeup right for these movies and they want to tackle 3D and CGI babies? I still believe Breaking Dawn should only be one long movie. Spacing them a year apart is just wrong. Summit is too greedy. People's enthusiasm is already waning about these films. Breaking Dawn is not a good book and Rosenberg cannot write a film script. I am hoping Bill Condon can make it better. Bella is the savior and main character in the last book. There is also a huge chunk of Jacob. The imprinting thing would be bad press and people might protest, so I think they should change the movie so that Jacob doesn't imprint on Nessie until she's a teenager. She ages fast so it could happen. The way Meyers wrote it, it made Jacob seem like a creepy pedophile. Edward ends up being the weakest person ever. It's just all around bad. Basically they will need an Oscar worthy script to save it. Two years seems like a long time to wait.

  8. stormy

    Brooke.Hey! Yeah,I read something about a CGI baby.I was thinking why CGI and then I realised it would probably have to be because of the rapid growth thing.It would be hard to keep up with, using real babies wouldn't it? I hope Stephenie Meyer writes a sequel to breaking dawn.I want to see Jacob with a grown up Renesmee! That would be sweet. Who could play a grown up Renesmee?

  9. brooke

    stormy i completely agree with you. when people think of taylor lautner they think gorgeous abs. but i mean he's not a piece of meat! anyway, i hope they do make renesmee a cgi baby. it would be tricky to shoot, but it will do something to show theyre good actors.

  10. c.c

    I cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!! to see taylor lautner shirtless again

  11. stormy

    Yeah! The shirtless thing… But cc he's so much more than that! I kind of feel sorry for him in a strange way,'cause everyone is kind of blown away by his physical presence…but I feel his passion is acting and his considerable talent is almost being overlooked because of it. Much as I enjoy perving at him,and I do…oh! I do, its the way he fleshed out the role of Jacob that really gets me.I think he's gonna have to put the shirt back on so people actually realise how good an actor he is.He's brilliant!

  12. stormy

    Yeah,I can't wait.I think there will be some huge opportunities here for some really stunning visual scenes.I'm thinking of the second movie here with the Volturi face off.Unless it is visually very awesome it could come off as a huge anti-climax.It has such a huge build up in the book.The honeymoon scenes will be tricky.The Jacob and Renesmee scenes very very tricky.Can't have Jake looking like a Pedophile!!!!

  13. delle1

    God…Me too!!

  14. Huh?

    God, I hope I'm still living by 2012.

  15. James

    Although more fight action is apparent in the change from the last sequel (New Moon, 2009), to the new Twilight Saga: Eclipse, it is a film in eclipse—the story is so slow as to make you feel drained of blood, Kristen Stewart (Bella) has even fewer expressions than in previous Twilights, Taylor Lautner (Jacob) seems to have gone from a six pack to a four, and Robert Pattinson (Edward) is less James Dean than when he never had a chance to be like him anyway.

  16. James

    It's been billed as the biggest film of the year and perhaps it will be, but it has some stiff competition from the likes of Harry Potter coming this winter, so let's see if Eclipse really deserves that prestigious title.

  17. James

    I know there is a broad range of people that watched Eclipse already, but having read the books and having watched the two previous movies, I believe this is the best out of all of them.

  18. emma

    Twilight was by far the best movie of the series and the book was the best too. I get confused when people say Eclipse was the best book but I think that was probably for movie promotion purposes.

  19. sandra

    I love Twilight saga !
    bravo Meyer :)

  20. Shellie

    just watched eclipse :) and i must say, i totally disagree! for me, the tent scene was one of the best scenes in the whole movie. It was funny, romantic and edward and jacob finally talked about their issues.

    The kiss, oh my god. out of all the films i have ever watched, has to be one of my favourite kisses ever! Definatley not cringeworthy! It was so romantic, with the mountains and the tress behind them. They finally connected and it was beautiful. And the best part is, edward wasnt even angry :)

    best twilight film yet :)

  21. Lynn Kristle

    Stephanie Meyer has it right on. That scene must have been torture!

  22. Lucyan

    Omgee ! Jacob is soooooo hot ! SUPER HOT !

  23. Jellasfriend

    That was one of my favorite scenes. Kristen looked really pretty in her winter hat. Rob and Taylor were funny and I did get some homoerotic undertones. Maybe if Bella wasn't there, they may have had a moment. We all know that wouldn't happen though because Stephanie Meyers is a Mormon and hates the gays, but still a girl can hope. And yes, Stephanie and Summit are laughing all the way to their private banks that they now own. $68 million in one day means Eclipse made its budget back in just one day and more. How many movies can say that.

  24. Sandy

    After reading your review, I know Steph is crying all the way to the bank.

  25. Sandra

    David Slade made a very good movie as for twilight eclipse. wow! but as for bill condon is intention sound good but he's last movie had 1 star. chritiques were bad. I'm scared he doesn't do a great job. Why changing again? How about they work together?

  26. franklin taylor swift

    If you want to see funny, see Elizabeth in Puccini for Beginners. She is hilarious as a lesbian, hasbien and then………….one funny performance (with Uncle Andy from WEEDS-Justin Kirk). tfs

  27. sunrisewalk

    You guys are sooo lame!!! If you don't see the beauty in both, Edward and Jacob, you miss everything!!!

  28. TYRAH HOLMES

    OMG!!!!!!!!! Taylor is so hot and so is Rob but if it were me i would so go with Tay!!!!!!!!!

  29. Gday

    Taylor is the best Love him !!!!

  30. cacanpinky

    i like twilight saga,.

  31. Gday

    Taylor is hot and so is rob … iam sure ihave a connection to taylorLOL LOL

  32. Nicole

    Rob Pattinson is sexy as hell. Taylor is ugly :P

  33. I think Taylor is hot on every movie he is my worlds greatest actor in twilight…I mean I want to be with him i want to marry him.

  34. abby

    i am totally switzerland!

  35. jay

    HIs name is Pattinson not Patterson.
    I'm not going to argue with you if you think he's ugly. That's your right.
    But just because someone doesn't have a six-pack stomach doesn't mean that man has to be ugly.
    A flat-chested woman can be beautiful. A guy with a flat stomach can be very handsome.
    Bob Pattinson is ******incredibly************ handsome, whether you agree or not.

  36. kaitlin

    i dont know what yall see in robert patterson is ugly and every one knows he dont have a six pack like taylor plus taylor is so much hotter than him

  37. hetal

    Hi,rob this note is for specially u.u rock continue rocking with kristen .she suits u so much.

  38. hetal

    robert,kristen and lautner rocks in the movie.i wish the movie all the the best. stephenie meyer has written a wonderfull book.i loved it very much. thank u for giving us a visual treat.all indians are too loving the movie. uguys rock.

  39. Shaii

    ROBERT THOMAS PATTISON IZ MINE!!!!!!!!!

  40. Val

    So Excited for Eclipse. If i were Bella I'd definitely pick Edward!