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