'Breaking Dawn' Oscar Strategy? Plus Ashen-Faced Robert Pattinson & 'Elephants' Academy Pedigree

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart embrace Breaking DawnRobert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart embrace in 'Eclipse': Expect more of same in 'Breaking Dawn.'

Oscar chances for 'Breaking Dawn'?

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, the final installment in the Twilight movie series, will be released on Nov. 18, '11, Summit Entertainment has announced (May 5, '10). Melissa Rosenberg is currently working on the adaptation of the fourth book in Stephenie Meyer's bestselling literary series.

Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon (Best Adapted Screenplay for Gods and Monsters, 1998), Breaking Dawn will once again follow the romantic and life-and-limb-threatening travails of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), and Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).

Like the upcoming Breaking Dawn, both Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight (2008) and Chris Weitz's New Moon (2009) were mid-November releases. The former grossed $396 million worldwide; the latter took in $709 million. New Moon, in fact, had a record-breaking domestic debut weekend.

'Breaking Dawn 2'?

What remains unclear at this point is whether Summit will be announcing a second date for Breaking Dawn – in case Meyer's long novel is turned into two films. Or whether Breaking Dawn will be shot in 3D or plain old (and good) 2D. Or whether the film will be have a garlicky R rating placed around its neck in the U.S.

Considering everything that takes place in the Breaking Dawn book (more on that further below), Summit, Condon, Rosenberg, and co-producer Meyer will probably have some trouble keeping the film(s) within PG-13-friendly parameters.

Thanks to the Motion Picture Association of America's warped censorship system, if Breaking Dawn receives an R, most U.S. teenagers – who can easily buy and read Meyer's novel – would be prevented from watching the movie unless accompanied by an adult.

But really, would Summit even dream of running that risk?

Fall release strategy

Now, Breaking Dawn's late fall release date could be only a matter of logistics and timing. After all, filming should commence in fall 2010; delays almost invariably happen, while quality post-production work takes time.

Also, as mentioned above, Breaking Dawn is “heavier” than its predecessors – issues broached in the novel include (the possibility of) abortion, adult-child “imprinting” (a sort of quasi-romantic bond), and all-around oblivion. In other words, a film version of the story wouldn't exactly fit into your typical summer fare.

But there may be something else at play as well.

Oscar-caliber director

Summit made a point of looking for an Oscar-caliber filmmaker for their project. Best Director Oscar nominees Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, 1997; Milk, 2008), Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, 2000; The Hours, 2002; The Reader, 2008), and Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, 2003) were all mentioned as Breaking Dawn possibilities before Bill Condon finally signed on to the project.

In the last 12 years, Condon has directed a mere three narrative features. Total number of Oscar nominations: 12 (three for Gods and Monsters; one for Kinsey, 2004; eight for Dreamgirls, 2006).

So, could Summit have hopes of getting (at least) a few Oscar nominations for their late-year release?

Think 'Harry Potter,' 'Transformers' movies

Don't laugh. If the Harry Potter and Transformers movies can receive Academy Award nominations, why can't a Twilight movie? Even if only in the “technical” categories?

(Although Condon is a remarkable actors' director. Five of his films' 12 Oscar nominations went to actors: Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave in Gods and Monsters; Laura Linney in Kinsey; and Eddie Murphy, and eventual Best Supporting Actress winner Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls.)

Neither Twilight nor New Moon earned a single Oscar nomination. In fact, they were all but ignored during awards season. We'll see what happens with Eclipse – a summer release and thus more likely to be “forgotten” by year's end.

Robert Pattinson Edward Cullen ashen-faced veggie vampire EclipseRobert Pattinson a.k.a. the ashen-faced veggie vampire Edward Cullen in 'Eclipse.'

More Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen

And finally, pictured above is Robert Pattinson a.k.a. the tomato-juice-deficient vampire Edward Cullen in another Eclipse promo image.

Admittedly, Edward looks sultrier in the other Robert Pattinson/Edward Cullen picture that has been released online. Here, he looks a little uncomfortable; Pattinson's vampire make-up looks more obvious than in the other shot as well.

Perhaps because of the flat lighting right on his face? Your guess is as good as mine.

'Eclipse' movie cast

Directed by David Slade from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg based on Stephenie Meyer's bestseller, Eclipse opens in the U.S. and Canada on June 30, '10. The film's world premiere will be held at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on June 24.

Besides Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, the Eclipse cast features the following:

Bryce Dallas Howard (replacing Rachelle Lefevre as the vicious vampire Victoria).

Xavier Samuel as the newborn vampire Riley.

Peter Facinelli. Elizabeth Reaser. Kellan Lutz. Dakota Fanning. Billy Burke. Ashley Greene.

Jackson Rathbone. Nikki Reed. Daniel Cudmore. Gil Birmingham. Michael Welch. Julia Jones.

Booboo Stewart. Kiowa Gordon. Charlie Bewley.

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

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

Robert Pattinson brooding, Remember Me
Robert Pattinson as Tyler Hawkins in Allen Coulter's Remember Me

Robert Pattinson will be surrounded by Oscar winners and nominees both in front and behind the cameras in his upcoming project Water for Elephants, directed by Francis Lawrence (whose last feature was Will Smith's I Am Legend) and based on Sara Gruen's novel.

Pattinson's co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz are both Oscar winners. Witherspoon won a Best Actress Oscar for James Mangold's Walk the Line (2005), while Waltz was this year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner for Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

Hal Holbrook, who'll be playing the aged version of Pattinson's character – a young traveling-circus veterinary during the Depression years – received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Sean Penn's Into the Wild two years ago.

Additionally, Water for Elephants screenwriter Richard LaGravenese was nominated for his work on Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King (1991); production designer Jack Fisk (Sissy Spacek's husband) and set decorator Jim Erickson shared a nomination for There Will Be Blood (2007); and costume designer Jacqueline West has been up for two Oscars: Quills (2000) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).

Rodrigo Prieto was the Oscar-nominated cinematographer of Brokeback Mountain. And finally, one of Water for Elephants' three producers, Gil Netter, was shortlisted as one of the producers of this year's Best Picture nominee The Blind Side.

Photo: Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)

Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin together Remember Me
Hal Holbrook, Emile Hirsch, Into the Wild
Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin in Allen Coulter's Remember Me, which has grossed more than $50 million worldwide (top); Hal Holbrook, Emile Hirsch in Sean Penn's Into the Wild (bottom)

Hal Holbrook will play the old Robert Pattinson in Francis Lawrence's Water for Elephants, Pattinson's next film project (along with Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn). Lawrence announced Holbrook's casting on his Twitter page.

Others in the love triangle/circus drama adapted by Richard LaGravenese from Sara Gruen's novel are Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz.

Veteran Holbrook, 85, whose wife Dixie Carter (of Designing Women) has recently passed away, was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Sean Penn's Into the Wild two years ago. (Coincidentally, Penn was originally slated for the role that has ultimately gone to Waltz, while Kristen Stewart, Pattinson's co-star in the Twilight Saga series, had a supporting role in the film.)

Holbrook was also considered as a potential Best Actor Oscar contender earlier this year, but perhaps because Scott Teems' That Evening Sun was so little seen Holbrook's performance as a determined Tennessee farmer was (unfortunately) ignored by critics' groups, the Academy, and other award-giving organizations.

In Water for Elephants, Pattinson plays a young veterinary student who abandons college following the death of his parents. He then joins a circus where he's befriended by a performer (Witherspoon) and is hated by her psychotic husband (Waltz).

Also in the Water for Elephants cast: Stephen Taylor and Renee Diamond.

Photos: Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment); Into the Wild (Paramount Vantage)


Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen in Eclipse character poster: Summit Entertainment.

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

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24 Comments to 'Breaking Dawn' Oscar Strategy? Plus Ashen-Faced Robert Pattinson & 'Elephants' Academy Pedigree

  1. Destiney

    When does pt 2 come out

  2. ANNA

    seni coxxxxx sevirem ROBERT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!en boyuk arzum seninle evlenmekdir!!!!!!!!!!!!!!insaallah safak vakti tz veriler tv-ye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!basarilarinin davamin arzuluyuram!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!seni sevirem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! anna and robert=i love you

  3. Belle

    hahahahha.you are so funny? no i dont think so..honestly guys if you read breaking dawn ,you know its a full crap..the book is so badly written..although i might say it will still earn money at the box office..but oscars i dont think so..maybe the final harry potter..it has potential and it was praised by critics…but we all know oscars does not favor fantasy movies…

  4. Fumble

    Hi Robert I just love you soo much.

  5. Deborah Rippy

    Also if I was a cougar he could handle it.Just keep posting ALL the new posters so I can add to my collection and my wall.An like I said above he is “EYE CANDY” and has never been hard on the eyes(especially when he's in makeup).

  6. Deborah Rippy

    I'm a 62 year old woman and yes I do know that Edward Cullen is not real.I own this poster and yes it is on my wall and damn he looks good there and he is definitely “eye candy”. This is the best poster to date of him thanks for making my day no my week.

  7. Nupur

    I just love him…. He is awesome..

  8. Dian Rosie

    Just wait for the next series,Rob!!

  9. Kathleen Porter

    I think either way he is just gorgeous!

  10. Fox

    TRISH, sweety. You clearly don't know Robert Pattinson. He does NOT believe he is the best and he IS NOT full of himself at all. If you've watched his interviews, if anything, he dishes out on all his imperfections, which is why the public is attracted to him. He's an honest guy with a lot of jelous haters. And for Kristen, she's getting better.

  11. Ashly

    I'm really excited that they decided to turn this book into a movie. I read it awhile ago, and it was with out a doubt a page turner. I'll have to dust it off and re-read it before the movie comes.

  12. katie

    good for him. he is making better choices. twilight put him on the map, now he has to start taking roles that show his acting. he was great in remember me. and i loved the book water for elephants, so i am really looking foward to seeing him in this.

  13. Linda

    Rob is only 24 years old and is just starting what I believe will be an extraordinary career. When Paul Newman was just starting he starred in an incredibly bad movie called The Silver Chalice. People thought he was just another pretty face too. Robs choices show that he is serious about acting and from what I have seen of him he seems humble and grateful to be given these wonderful opportunities. He's perfect for this part. I reread the book recently. I can't imagine anyone else playing it.

  14. jen

    Rob Pattinson will win a Oscar. Just a matter of time. Not a twilight fan. Not knowing who he was until I saw REMEMBER ME I was shocked at his talent.Especially at such a young age.Chris Weitz put it perfectly.

  15. riza


  16. Jayzee

    …I'm happy for Rob and for me he proved that he can “act” in the Twilight movies and more recently on REMEMBER ME.
    All I can say is we all start somewhere, he may not be an award winning actor but he's good for someone who just started acting.

  17. McMilliss

    I'm so excited about Water for Elephants (and Bel Ami); it's going to be great to see Rob surrounded by such talent and working with first class material.

  18. mel

    u always bashing rob and kris
    do you know them?
    do you know tht rob thinks hes the best on the set of his films?
    do yu know that he thins hes the greatest because of his fans?
    do you?
    if not why do u write as if u know them?
    or are u just jealous?

  19. Kerry

    Trish, why are you putting down Rob and Kristen. They are both great actors taking on excellent roles. Rob could have done a romantic comedy or some action film, but he wants to improve his acting and challenge himself so he chose Bel Ami and Water for Elephants. The casting directors for those movies must have seen something more than a 'boytoy show pony' or they would have went with someone else. It will be interesting to see how he and Christoph Waltz interact on screen. Also, Bill Condon is directing Breaking Dawn, which starts shooting in October/November, so he's another Oscar winner to add to the list. There must be a reason that all these talented people want to work with the Rob.

    On another note, Kristen Stewart just got cast in On the Road, which is produced by Francis Ford Coppola and based on the iconic Jack Kerouac novel.

    Many adults don't have the pedigree that these young people have earned. I wish Rob (and Kristen) the best of luck.

  20. ShariG

    This is the exact company Robert Pattinson should be in. I believe he is an extrememly talented actor who takes his craft seriously. I expect that this is going to be a fantastic movie based on a fantastic book and people will begin to see the raw talent that Rob Pattinson has to bring to the table. With a strong script and good direction this could be an Oscar nomination for Rob down the line. I am so excited about this film. Whether you like the Twilight movies or not, and I do, all of those preteen and teenage fans of the book could easily have turned on Robert if he was unable to portray their dream version of Edward in the movies. But he was spot on in bringing this beloved character to life. He was so good in Little Ashes and equally as good in Remember Me. As Chris Weitz says we have only just begun to see what he is capable of doing on screen. I for one am enjoying this ride and wish him much success.

  21. Trish

    I am so sorry that all those talented people have to put up with this boytoy show pony. I think it will be even more obvious how bad an actor Robert Pattinson is. Maybe he and Kristen can play a game called who's the worst.
    Robert doesn't seem to understand emotions except for being girlishly melodramatic. Robert is way to full of himself because of his fans. Robert believes he's the best on any set he is on.

  22. MPV

    I agree with Victor; though I knew Robert because of Twilight, the film or it´s saga is not the best to show his talent (even the most talented actors participating in it are wooden) but watching him in Little Ashes and Remember Me showed he can act. Bel Ami has a great cast as well.
    It seems FOX is puting a lot into Water for Elephants, they got the best company for the director for the crew and the lead cast is strong. It will be a must see when they release it.

  23. Victor

    I used to dislike him a lot(i think, mainly for that fvcking never-ending franchise) but then i watched Little Ashes(meh movie but he absolutely nailed it as Dali, one of my idols) i was really really surprised, had watched a lot of other movies about Salvador and they always over acted and got it SO worng but Pattinson was perfect. then, my girlfriend dragged me to watch Remember Me(which to be honest, looked like a Nicholas Sparks's movie) but i loved it. he was great, very very believable. the relation-shipd were soo real, i just think he has talent and is not one of those stuck-up hollywood actors, i'll be wtahcing his next movie(Bel Ami) and happy to se what a great movie could Water For Elephants(amazing book) be with all these Oscar nominees. thanks for the info.

  24. Sue

    This may finally be the script to showcase Robert Pattinson's acting abilities. He's in with some big names that are more mainstream with this film. It could be a make it or break it film for his career. Hope he does well.