Bella’s wedding: Behind the scenes
Feb. 1, ’12: The The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 video below (please scroll down) shows a couple of brief behind-the-scenes moments from Edward and Bella’s wedding (played by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson).
Also in the video, from the Breaking Dawn - Part 1 DVD Special Wedding Feature, director Bill Condon explains that he shot the scene through Bella’s emotional viewpoint – even while using the camera objectively, i.e., we see Bella walking down the aisle instead of seeing the aisle and everything else through Bella’s eyes as she approaches Edward.
‘Breaking Dawn - Part 1’ cast
Adapted by Melissa Rosenberg from Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novel, Breaking Dawn - Part 1 also features Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Dakota Fanning, Anna Kendrick, Michael Sheen, Maggie Grace, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Christopher Heyerdahl.
Facinelli, Reaser, Lutz, and a few others can also be spotted in the wedding scene. The Breaking Dawn - Part 1 DVD, by the way, comes out on Feb. 11, ’12.
‘Part 2’ extensive cast
In addition to the actors mentioned above, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 features numerous new characters, mostly vampires from various parts of the globe. The extensive cast list also includes the following, among old-timers and newcomers:
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens Nov. 16, ’12.
Update: The original Yahoo video is gone from the source. Here’s another one, also featuring behind-the-scenes bits from Bella’s wedding.
Image of Bella’s wedding featuring Kristen Stewart and Billy Burke in Breaking Dawn - Part 1: Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate.
Feb. 13, ’12: Studios have been complaining about decreasing DVD sales in the last several years. Perhaps they should put out more DVD/Blu-ray versions of The Twilight Saga. Despite marked-up prices, this pre-Valentine’s Day weekend the Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson-Taylor Lautner blockbuster The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 sold 3.2 million DVD/Blu-ray units – an 18 percent increase over the previous Twilight release. David Slade’s Eclipse, which came out in December 2010, sold 2.7 million copies on its first weekend out.
It gets better: Breaking Dawn 1 resulted in 50,000 digital copies sold and 80,000 rentals via Video on Demand, representing increases over Eclipse of 47 percent and 142 percent, respectively.
Now, Chris Weitz’s New Moon sold 4 million copies in March 2010 and Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight sold 3.8 million copies in March of the previous year. That’s about 20 percent and 16 percent above Breaking Dawn 1‘s sales, respectively. Since I couldn’t find digital copy figures for either title, it’s unclear whether digital purchasing/renting was as widely available for those two titles when they came out on DVD. If not, that might help to explain the drop in hard-copy sales. Also, Breaking Dawn 1 comes in two formats: two-disc special package or single-disc Blu-ray; previous movies had also be released as a (slightly more affordable) single-disc DVD.
Directed by Bill Condon and adapted by Melissa Rosenberg from Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novel, Breaking Dawn 1 has grossed $702.15 million worldwide. Breaking Dawn - Part 2, shot in tandem with Part 1, opens next November 16.
In addition to Stewart, Pattinson, and Lautner, Breaking Dawn 2 features an extensive cast including regulars Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Dakota Fanning, Anna Kendrick, Michael Sheen, and Billy Burke.
In addition to: Maggie Grace, Jamie Campbell Bower, Christopher Heyerdahl, Mackenzie Foy, Lee Pace, MyAnna Buring, Angela Sarafyan, Booboo Stewart, Cameron Bright, Rami Malek, Joel Anderson, Noel Fisher, Alex Meraz, Christian Camargo, Mia Maestro, Julia Jones, Ty Olsson, Charlie Bewley, Daniel Cudmore, Kiowa Gordon, Omar Metwally, Casey LaBow, Bronson Pelletier, Erik Odom, Guri Weinberg, and Lisa Howard.
Usually, plays are turned into movies, e.g., My Fair Lady, A Streetcar Named Desire, Romeo and Juliet. Sometimes, however, it’s the other way around. That’s the case with Twilight: The Musical an off-Broadway production that pokes fun at both the Twilight movies and the Harry Potter movies. The show’s makers describe it as “a parody of the Twilight saga in the vein of Urinetown and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” [Photo: Jared Zirilli as Jacob Black kissing Meghann Fahy as Bella Swan in Twilight: The Musical.]
Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley are the three villains in Twilight: The Musical. Tellingly, Hermione’s theme song is “Die, Bella, Die.”
Written by Ashley Griffin, directed by Gabriel Barre, and featuring songs composed by Griffin, with lyrics by Jeremy Ezell, Ashley Griffin, Sean Mahoney, David Mallamud, and Michael Sutherland, Twilight: The Musical had a one-night-only presentation on Monday, Jan. 16, at the New World Stages. The eight-person show, staged as a “concert reading” (actors kept their scripts onstage), raised money for the charity Blessings in a Backpack.
According to MTV News‘ Amy Wilkinson, the moment that got the biggest laugh in the production was “when they’re going on the biology class field trip and Alice Cullen is asking Bella if she’s going to ride on their bus. In the movie Robert Pattinson’s Edward is kind of like, ‘Oh no, she’s not,’ but in the production I saw, Colin Hanlon, the guy playing Edward, turned around and yelled as loud as he could, ‘SHE’S NOT COMING!’ I don’t know what it was about that, but the entire audience nearly died.”
As mentioned above, Colin Hanlon plays Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen. Meghann Fahy plays Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan. Jared Zirilli plays the shirtless Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black.
Catherine Hardwicke directed the original Twilight, released in fall 2008. Chris Weitz directed New Moon, David Slade directed Eclipse, and Bill Condon directed Breaking Dawn: Part 1 and the upcoming Breaking Dawn: Part 2. Melissa Rosenberg penned the screenplay adaptation for each movie, based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novels. Also in the cast of the Twilight at some time or other (or every time) were/are Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, Bryce Dallas Howard, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Cam Gigandet, Anna Kendrick, Booboo Stewart, Julia Jones, and Christian Camargo.
Twilight: The Musical photo via the play’s Facebook page.
Although Bill Condon’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is supposed to be the final film in the Twilight movie franchise, Lions Gate Entertainment, currently in the process of acquiring Summit Entertainment for $412.5 million, may want to stretch things out quite a bit further. Much like Warner Bros. with the last Harry Potter book – which became David Yates’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2 – Summit was no slouch in when it came to milking as much as possible out of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books: though split into two parts at the movies, Breaking Dawn is one single book. [Photo: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart in Breaking Dawn 1.]
As reported in the Los Angeles Times, when asked if Twilight could linger even after Breaking Dawn 2, Lions Gate chief executive Jon Feltheimer responded: “It’s hard for me to imagine a movie that does $700 million-plus doesn’t have ongoing value. It’s an amazing franchise that they have done a great job of maintaining with absolutely no deterioration. So the simple answer is ‘Boy I hope so.’"
The four Twilight movies – Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight, Chris Weitz’s New Moon, David Slade’s Eclipse, and Condon’s Breaking Dawn - Part 1 – have earned a worldwide total of approximately $2.5 billion. The first film stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. The following ones added Taylor Lautner to the romantic mix.
Kellan Lutz, who plays Pattinson’s older “brother” Emmett in the Twilight movies, had previously expressed interest in reprising the role in a Twilight Saga spin-off. Whether that’ll happen is unclear, but one possibility, as explained in the Times, is that Lions Gate’s television production unit may want to transform The Twilight Saga into a television series.
Regarding that particular possibility, Feltheimer said, “I would certainly hope so.” It seems highly unlikely that at this stage in their film careers, Stewart, Pattinson, and/or Lautner would want to commit themselves to a television series. Now, as for at least some of the Twilight franchise’s supporting players, that wouldn’t be impossible. Either way, it’ll give a chance for twihard and twihaters alike to keep on discussing the vampire-human-werewolf phenomenon.
Directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, Breaking Dawn 2 also features Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Dakota Fanning, Anna Kendrick, Michael Sheen, Maggie Grace, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Christopher Heyerdahl.
Additionally, Breaking Dawn 2 features numerous new characters, mostly of the blood-sucking kind. The extensive cast list also includes the following, among oldtimers and newcomers: Billy Burke, Mackenzie Foy, Lee Pace, MyAnna Buring, Angela Sarafyan, Booboo Stewart, Cameron Bright, Rami Malek, Joel Anderson, Noel Fisher, and Alex Meraz. Also: Christian Camargo, Mia Maestro, Julia Jones, Ty Olsson, Charlie Bewley, Daniel Cudmore, Kiowa Gordon, Omar Metwally, Casey LaBow, Bronson Pelletier, Erik Odom, Guri Weinberg, Lisa Howard. Breaking Dawn 2 opens Nov. 16.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn photo: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment