Breaking Dawn - Part 2 trailer
Sept. 8 update: The Breaking Dawn - Part 2 trailer – the final one – has been released online. (Please scroll down to check it out.) Two days ago, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner introduced a 90-second trailer of the trailer at the MTV Video Music Awards, which also made its way online. (That evening, Kristen Stewart was at the Toronto Film Festival plugging Walter Salles’ upcoming On the Road, in which she stars opposite Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley.) [Photo: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn - Part 2.]
So, what does Breaking Dawn - Part 2 promise? Judging from the trailer – stark, snow-covered fields dotted with black-clad vampires – it looks like the second Breaking Dawn (cinematographer: Guillermo Navarro) could possibly turn out to be the most visually striking of the five Twilight Saga movies. (Having said that, Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight – courtesy of cinematographer Elliot Davis – had the appropriate dark, brooding atmosphere both the supernatural tale and the gloomy setting require.) [See also: “Breaking Dawn - Part 2 teaser trailer.]
Whether or not Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will also be the most dramatically satisfying of the Twilight movies remains to be seen. Breaking Dawn - Part 1 was the franchise’s weakest entry by far – a dramatically flat movie director Bill Condon; screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg; and producers Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt, and Stephenie Meyer (also the novels’ author) aimed solely at the Twilight Saga‘s die-hard fans.
Breaking Dawn - Part 2: breaking from the source material?
Yet, I am curious to check out Breaking Dawn - Part 2. That’s because I want to see how Bill Condon and Melissa Rosenberg have handled the novel’s anti-climactic finale. (Having taken a class on film adaptation in college, the subject is of particular interest to me.)
People kept wondering about how Condon and Rosenberg would translate the novel’s birth and sex scenes in Breaking Dawn - Part 1; personally, I found those less interesting. What I kept wondering was: how on earth are they going to come up with a cinematic action / dramatic climax (in Breaking Dawn - Part 2) while adapting a literary work that purposefully lacks one?
The trailer apparently provides an answer to that. When the fateful time comes, it seems that Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will radically depart from its original source. If so, I’d say that’s a good thing.
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast
Besides Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 features Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Maggie Grace, Mackenzie Foy, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Mia Maestro, Christian Camargo, Julia Jones, and Booboo Stewart. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens on November 16.
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 final trailer: Summit Entertainment.
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan-Cullen / Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen photo: Summit Entertainment.
The Twilight Saga movie marathon in November
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, officially opens in North America on November 16. But some Twilight fans will be able to catch the final installment of the movie franchise at 10 p.m. on November 15. That’s because on that day a number of North American theaters will be hosting Twilight Saga marathons that will culminate with late-night screenings of Breaking Dawn - Part 2. (Breaking Dawn - Part 2 photo: Kristen Stewart as powerful newborn vampire Bella Swan-Cullen gives Kellan Lutz a workout. Lutz plays the big, brawny, bicep-y – but decades-old – vampire Emmett Cullen.)
So, if two hours of vampire vs. vampire drama (with werewolf touches) just ain’t enough for you, or if you want to refresh your memory – who was Bella dating halfway through Eclipse, Edward or Jacob? – on Nov. 15 Summit Entertainment will give you the chance to watch every single Twilight movie, beginning with Catherine Hardwicke’s 2008 sleeper blockbuster and ending with Bill Condon’s Breaking Dawn - Part 2. In-between: Chris Weitz’s New Moon, David Slade’s Eclipse, and Condon’s Breaking Dawn - Part 1.
Breaking Dawn - Part 2: The Twilight Saga ends in sheer bliss or sheer mayhem?
Well, November 15 at 10 p.m. That’s when some of us will find out if newborn-vampire Bella Swan-Cullen (Kristen Stewart) and centenarian vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) will find everlasting happiness. Or if they’ll be torn to pieces and burned to ashes by the mean-spirited Volturi (Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, et al.), who mistakenly believe that Bella and Edward’s offspring, a precocious hybrid baby named Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), is a baby vampire out to do away with their livestock (humans).
Ah, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will also let us know whether the teen werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) will find everlasting happiness with the hybrid child Renesmee – the object of his imprinting – in Forks, Washington, or if they’ll have to move to Rio de Janeiro to live in eternal carnival-like bliss.
You know, those people who claim that Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books are all conventional goo and stuff clearly weren’t paying close attention to the various plot developments.
Now, this sort of all-in-one-day movie marathon is nothing new: just this past July, some theaters screened Warner Bros.’ Batman Begins and The Dark Knight prior to the release of The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. One key difference: The Dark Knight Rises did open at midnight Friday. Another key difference: Summit will present “exclusive interstitial content” between films. A third key difference: “a special event-only lanyard” given to Twi-ttendees.
More information on the five-movie Twilight marathon will be made available in the near future. And I’m sure fans will be hoping for surprise appearances by cast members as well. We’ll see.
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast
Directed by Condon from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, in addition to Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 features an extensive cast: Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Christopher Heyerdahl, Daniel Cudmore, Cameron Bright, Jamie Campbell Bower, Charlie Bewley, Billy Burke, Mia Maestro, Christian Camargo, MyAnna Buring, Maggie Grace, and Booboo Stewart.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan) Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen) photo: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment.
Kristen Stewart Florabotanica Balenciaga ‘Making Of’ Video
Kristen Stewart stars for Florabotanica Balenciaga in a behind-the-scenes, “making of” video. Though, of course, a “making of” video isn’t a movie, this glimpse into the creation of the Florabotanica Balenciaga commercial, directed by Steven Meisel in New York City in January 2012, has quite a few elements in common with the “making of” featurettes found on DVD releases. (Please scroll down to check out Kristen Stewart in the Florabotanica Balenciaga video.)
Back in August, shortly after the Kristen Stewart / Rupert Sanders “cheating scandal,” it was widely reported – including in the increasingly tabloidized The Huffington Post – that the Twilight Saga and Snow White and the Huntsman star had been dropped by Balenciaga. Apparently, those rumors were just that.
After the stories began spreading all over the Internet, New York Magazine published the following paragraph from a post-scandal Balenciaga press release: “Balenciaga muse and actress Kristen Stewart will also be featured in the national print campaign this Fall as her rebellious style perfectly embodies the Florabotanica spirit.”
Kristen Stewart movies
At the movies, Kristen Stewart will next be seen in Bill Condon’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, co-starring Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the last installment in the Twilight movie franchise, opens on Nov. 16. And on Dec. 21, Stewart and her “rebellious style” will also be seen (in North America) in Walter Salles’ On the Road, in which Stewart gets to fool around with Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley.
Kristen Stewart Florabotanica Balenciaga image: Making of video screengrab.