July 12 update: Stephenie Meyer Midnight Sun: the unfinished Twilight book to be completed? Stephenie Meyer may or may not finish Midnight Sun, the Twilight book that allows readers to follow the story through the eyes of vampire Edward Cullen. (Image: Robert Pattinson as Edward in Eclipse poster.) A few years ago, Meyer had been working on Midnight Sun when she discovered that her unfinished manuscript had been leaked online. She gave up on the novel at that time.
Earlier today, a Twilight fan at Comic Con 2012's Breaking Dawn - Part 2 panel asked Stephenie Meyer if she intended to return to Midnight Sun. After joking that Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward in the Twilight movies, should finish it himself, Meyer added that she's sort of – I'm paraphrasing here – vampired out. Yet, according to iamrogue.com, the author “didn't entirely rule out an eventual return to the oh-so profitable world of Twilight at some point.”
Stephenie Meyer: The Host
In addition to plugging Breaking Dawn - Part 2 at Comic Con 2012, Stephenie Meyer is also plugging the movie adaptation of another of her novels, The Host. Directed and adapted by Gattaca's Andrew Niccol, The Host is a sci-fi thriller à la Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Frances Fisher, William Hurt, Jake Abel, and Max Irons star. The Host opens on March 29, 2013.
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens Nov. 16. Also in the cast of the last installment in the Twilight movie franchise are Peter Facinelli, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Booboo Stewart, Christopher Heyerdahl, Daniel Cudmore, Cameron Bright, Billy Burke, and Jamie Campbell Bower. Melissa Rosenberg adapted the second half of Stephenie Meyer's (to date) last Twilight book.
Comic Con 2012 continues until Sunday.
“Edward Cullen's TWILIGHT Book: Stephenie Meyer MIDNIGHT SUN ” / Edward Cullen / Robert Pattinson picture (from the movie Eclipse): Summit Entertainment.
New 'Twilight' movie gets Comic-Con sneak peek
In other Twilight-related news, “much screaming” greeted Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson as they got up on stage at the Comic-Con 2012 Breaking Dawn - Part 2 panel held earlier today at the San Diego Convention Center. Before all the screaming, however, a moment of remembrance (and I assume silence) was held in memory of Gisela Gagliardi, the Twilight fan who died two days ago after being struck by a car outside the Convention Center.
ComingSoon.net has live blogged the event. The source used for the information found in this article about Comic Con 2012's Breaking Dawn - Part 2 sneak peek was Silas Lesnick's posts. (ComingSoon refused to reveal Lesnick's gender. All they would say is that s/he is, quite appropriately, a vampire. Unclear if a newborn, vegetarian, nomad, or what.)
Of note, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 director Bill Condon wasn't present because he's currently scoring the film in London, but both Mackenzie Foy (the hybrid baby Renesmee) and author Stephenie Meyer were in attendance.
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 sneak peek: the first seven minutes
The Breaking Dawn - Part 2 sneak peek at Comic Con 2012 consisted of the film's first seven minutes. As per Lesnick's account, BD2 starts where Breaking Dawn - Part 1 left off: Bella Swan-Cullen (Stewart) opens her eyes and realizes she's now a vampire. She embraces Edward Cullen (Pattinson), who winces in pain, as Bella is a super-strong newborn. Before she is allowed to see Renesmee, she must hunt so she can gain some strength. (And perhaps not feel tempted to chew on her half-human baby daughter.)
While running through the woods, Bella hears / sees a deer. She's about to have her lunch when a mountain climber in the vicinity cuts his hand. Bella smells the human blood, and races that way. Edward stops her. Good vampires don't kill people, people do.
Bella returns to the poor deer. Conveniently, a mountain lion is about to eat the deer – which reminds us that nature is vicious and that (good) vampires are no more cruel than other animals (and much less cruel than human hunters who kill for the pleasure of killing). Ultimately, the mountain lion gets the life sucked out of him/her. The deer escapes (unlike the beautiful creature at the beginning of the first Twilight movie).
Edward and Bella return home where they're approached by Jacob Black (Lautner). Jacob mentions Renesmee, which puzzles Bella, who then remarks that her former almost-lover does indeed stink (like every werewolf worth its fur).
In a second clip, Bella is taught how to act human. She has trouble doing things as lethargically and weakly as, say, Arnold Schwarzenegger in his Pumping Iron days (will he be at Comic Con for The Expendables 2)?
Does this Breaking Dawn - Part 2 sneak peek sound intriguing? Well, there's much more to come. Just wait until the Volturi arrive. Not to mention the funkily dressed Amazon coven vampires. (Check out the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 trailer.)
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast
In addition to leads Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 features the aforementioned Mackenzie Foy, plus Billy Burke as Bella's father, and Cullen Clan members Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, and Jackson Rathbone.
Also, the Volturi: Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Christopher Heyerdahl, Cameron Bright, Jamie Campbell Bower, Daniel Cudmore, and Charlie Bewley. Plus Werewolf Pack members Julia Jones, Booboo Stewart, Alex Meraz, Bronson Pelletier, Kiowa Gordon, Chaske Spencer, and others.
And finally, a couple of dozen guest vampires, including Maggie Grace, MyAnna Buring, Mia Maestro, Christian Camargo, Angela Sarafyan, Omar Metwally, Casey LaBow, Rami Malek, Noel Fisher, Lee Pace, Erik Odom, Guri Weinberg, Joe Anderson, Andrea Gabriel, JD Pardo, Lateef Crowder, Judith Shekoni, Tracey Heggins, Marisa Quinn, Lisa Howard, Patrick Brennan, Janelle Froehlich, Amadou Ly, Tony Bentley, Bill Tangradi, and Masami Kosaka.
Written by Melissa Rosenberg, and based on Stephenie Meyer's book, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens Nov. 16.
“Comic Con 2012: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 Sneak Peek” picture featuring Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Foy, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart: Comic Con 2012 Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Panel. At ComicCon 2012, currently being held at the San Diego Convention Center, when asked what her favorite scenes were (apparently while filming the two Breaking Dawn movies, which were shot concurrently), Kristen Stewart responded: “Obviously, Brazil was beautiful. But my wedding was beautiful. And I'm not being cheesy here.”
The above quote comes courtesy of ComingSoon.net's Silas Lesnick, who live-blogged Comic Con 2012's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 panel. Lesnick added that Pattinson also remarked on the Brazil shoot, saying (Lesnick's words) “how incredible it was.”
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in Brazil
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were in Brazil in late 2010 to film Bella Swan-Cullen and Edward Cullen's honeymoon on Isle Esme. The locale for the fictitious island was an islet off of the small colonial town of Paraty, near Rio de Janeiro. Edward and Bella's Brazilian honeymoon is the key to further plot developments in both Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and Part 2. (Rumors to the contrary, Taylor Lautner did not go to Rio for a three-way honeymoon.)
Kristen Stewart later told the Comic Con 2012 attendees that filming the hunting scenes – when Bella stalks a deer but ends up killing a mountain lion – was her favorite part of the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 shoot. Taylor Lautner's favorite was Jacob Black's confession about “imprinting” on Renesmee, Bella and Edward's newborn daughter. (More on Jacob imprints on Renesmee.)
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson: Saying goodbye to Twilight, keeping 'it' in his pants
Much has been said about the rumor that Robert Pattinson hates Twilight. (I've never seen / heard / read him coming right out and saying so.) Now, whatever her feelings for the books / movies themselves, Kristen Stewart didn't seem too happy about the ending of the Twilight franchise: “This is sad right now, to be honest. I'm about to start crying… We got to live in this world for such a long time.”
Stewart also claimed that “Ive seen [the ending of Breaking Dawn - Part 2] four times and I've cried every time.”
Wrapping this up on a lighter note: When answering the question “If your character in Breaking Dawn could give your character in Twilight any piece of advice, what would it be?” Robert Pattinson received a round of applause after saying: “Keep it in your pants.”
For those who don't know, Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and Part 2 revolve around the potentially dire consequences of Edward Cullen's failure to keep “it” in his pants. Not that Bella wasn't both eager and willing to have “it” removed from Edward's pants … But I'll stop here so I don't turn this into an XXX post right in the last paragraph.
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens Nov. 16. In addition to Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, the BD2 cast includes Peter Facinelli, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Booboo Stewart, Christopher Heyerdahl, Daniel Cudmore, Cameron Bright, Billy Burke, and Jamie Campbell Bower. Gods and Monsters / Kinsey's Bill Condon directed from Melissa Rosenberg's screenplay, based on Stephenie Meyer's book.
Kristen Stewart quotes about the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 finale via Brian Truitt's Twitter account.
Comic Con 2012 Breaking Dawn - Part 2 panel, with Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart photo: Michael Buckner, Getty Images for Lionsgate.
Robert Pattinson as James Bond? Thank heavens for British tabloids. We've just learned that Robert Pattinson (photo) is eyeing a James Bond movie project. Minor detail: the Bond movie should be made in something like 20 years. Maybe.
Another minor detail: though it goes unnamed in The Sun article, the original source of the Robert Pattinson quotes found in the tabloid (and in this article) is an interview conducted by ShortList's Jonathan Crocker.
Robert Pattinson James Bond 'plans'
“Yeah, I'd definitely like to go for Bond, but in more like 20 years,” Pattinson told ShortList. “There'd be nothing worse than, like, 'Let's get a fresh-faced Bond!' That would be the worst idea in the world.” Among the tired-faced Bonds of years past are Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby, Pattinson's Remember Me co-star Pierce Brosnan, and the current Bond, Daniel Craig.
Regarding Craig, Pattinson added, “After Daniel Craig, you have to have some baggage. I'd have to be tortured in the first few scenes. I'd have to do the first film with one arm or something.”
Pattinson shouldn't worry too much. Between 2012 and 2032 there'll likely be another six or seven James Bonds to make Craig's a distant memory from the past.
Regarding encroaching old age, the 26-year-old actor world famous for playing the ageless Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies declared: “I've got to make up for 10 years of living like a degenerate. I've suddenly become conscious of being unhealthy. You've spent every bit of free time since the age of 15 in a pub. And suddenly you're like: 'Oh God, I don't want to be this grey ghost sitting there with a pot belly. I've got to get it together.'"
One noteworthy bit of information found in The Sun: If the tabloid is to be believed, Pattinson is the United Kingdom's second richest actor. No. 1 is Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe.
Robert Pattinson 2012 movies
Robert Pattinson has three 2012 releases:
- Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's period drama Bel Ami, which did weak business at North American theaters after being initially available via VOD. Bel Ami, however, did solid business in Russia and a handful of other countries. Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman, and Christina Ricci were some of Pattinson's women in the film.
- David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis has bombed in Canada, but did perfectly acceptable business in France, considering its difficult “uncommercial” theme. Robert Pattinson's fellow players are Sarah Gadon, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Samantha Morton, Kevin Durand, Mathieu Amalric, and Jay Baruchel. Cosmopolis is scheduled to open in the United States in August.
- Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens on Nov. 16. In addition to Pattinson as Edward, Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan-Cullen, and Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black, the last installment in the Twilight franchise features Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Dakota Fanning, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Booboo Stewart, Michael Sheen, Billy Burke, Maggie Grace, Mackenzie Foy, Julia Jones, MyAnna Buring, and countless others.
Note from the editor: This article has been amended to reflect the actual source of the Robert Pattinson quotes, i.e., ShortList.
Stretch Armstrong director Breck Eisner? People complain about Hollywood producers having lost their imagination, always coming up with remakes and reboots and reworkings of previous projects. Not that things haven't always been like that – they have for as long as movies have been around. Even so, complainers should realize that Hollywood continues to pay people big bucks (one hopes) to write original stories. Even if those original stories are inspired by, huh, a toy. Stretch Armstrong to be exact.
Breck Eisner 'in talks' to direct Stretch Armstrong
According to THR, Breck Eisner, best known for committing The Crazies, is “in negotiations” to direct Stretch Armstrong for Relativity Media. Taylor Lautner, who had been initially “attached” to the project (and to a reported $7 million salary) while it was at Universal, has come unglued. Same for Nicholas Stoller and Rob Letterman, both of whom were to have worked on the Universal project as well, respectively, as screenwriter and director. But despite all those turn-arounds and false starts, Stretch Armstrong forges on.
The original screenplay inspired by the (stretching) Hasbro toy is currently being penned by Dean Georgaris, among whose credits are Jan de Bont's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, starring Angelina Jolie, and Jonathan Demme's The Manchurian Candidate, with Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep. Will Stretch Armstrong become a sort of “The Manchurian Tomb Raider”? Now, that would be interesting.
Georgaris' last big-screen screenplay credit was Tristan + Isolde (2006), starring James Franco and Sophia Myles, which failed to match the success of Romeo + Juliet. Also worth noting, Georgaris was a The Crazies producer.
As per the IMDb, Breck Eisner has another movie project in the works: Manhunt, to star Gerard Butler. The director's last name, by the way, is no accident. He is the son of former Disney emperor Michael Eisner.
'Twilight' Fan Dies at ComicCon
Comic-Con 2012: Twilight fan dies. Comic-Con 2012 kicks off next Thursday at the San Diego Convention Center, where Hollywood stars will descend en masse to promote their teen-oriented superhero / fantasy / adventure movies. Things this year, however, may be a little more subdued than usual following a car accident that resulted in the death of a Twilight fan.
A 53-year-old woman known as “Giselle G” on Twitter was hit by a car while crossing the intersection of 5th Avenue and Harbor Drive. According to a report found at eonline.com, “she nearly ran into the path of a westbound vehicle. She tried to stop but tripped and fell into the car. She received massive head trauma.”
The woman had been camping in line for the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 panel to be held at Hall H on Thursday. Among the Breaking Dawn 2 stars expected to show up at Comic-Con 2012 are Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.
Directed by Bill Condon, and adapted by Melissa Rosenberg from Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel, Breaking Dawn 2 opens Nov. 16. BD2 is the final installment in the Twilight movie franchise. Previous entries are Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight (2008), Chris Weitz's New Moon, David Slade's Eclipse, and Condon's Breaking Dawn - Part 1. Also in the Breaking Dawn 2 cast are Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Nikki Reed, Michael Sheen, Daniel Cudmore, Maggie Grace, Kellan Lutz, MyAnna Buring, Julia Jones, Booboo Stewart, and numerous others.
Comic-Con 2012: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Panel. Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, and directed by Bill Condon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will be the opening panel in Hall H at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Thursday, July 12.
According to a brief press release found at Twilight Lexicon, Summit Entertainment “will present a sneak peek at the highly anticipated conclusion of The Twilight Saga films.” Previous installments of the Twilight movie franchise are Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight (2008), Chris Weitz's New Moon (2009), David Slade's Eclipse (2010), and Condon's Breaking Dawn - Part 1.
Comic-Con 2012 Breaking Dawn - Part 2 'sneak peek'
And what does the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Comic-Con 2012 “sneak peek” entail? As per Summit, that will include “exclusive footage” from Breaking Dawn 2, and a cast and filmmaker Q&A session “providing details on the epic finale.” The “filmmaker” in question would have to be Bill Condon, but the Breaking Dawn 2 “cast” attending Comic-Con 2012 could be anyone and everyone. A more detailed list of participants will probably be made available in the near future.
Summit adds that the Breaking Dawn 2 Comic-Con 2012 presence will also be felt at the Summit Entertainment booth on the convention floor. As per the release, “those who stop by will have the chance to attend autograph signings, participate in contests and collect free giveaways all weekend long.”
Breaking Dawn 2 is the final episode in the Twilight movie franchise. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is now a vampire married to Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and mother to hybrid baby (hyby?) Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), who is half-human / half-vampire. The werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) has “imprinted” on Renesmee, which means they have an ever-lasting, unbreakable bond that has creeped some out.
Breaking Dawn 2 plot and cast
But if you find a bit of baby imprinting creepy, how about having the Volturi (Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Christopher Heyerdahl, Daniel Cudmore, Cameron Bright, Jamie Campbell Bower, Charlie Bewley) arrive at your doorstep – or at the nearest forest clearance – with the intent of destroying your whole family, including the little daughter? If imprinting is creepy, well, that's PG-rated stuff compared to being torn to pieces and then set on fire.
Breaking Dawn 2 opens Nov. 16. Twilight Saga screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg adapted Stephenie Meyer's novel. Besides Taylor Lautner, Mackenzie Foy, the Volturi crowd, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, the Breaking Dawn 2 cast includes Cullen Clan members Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone Kellan Lutz, and Ashley Greene.
In addition to: Billy Burke, Mia Maestro, Christian Camargo, MyAnna Buring, Maggie Grace, Booboo Stewart, Julia Jones, Alex Meraz, Bronson Pelletier, Noel Fisher, Lee Pace, Rami Malek, Angela Sarafyan, Casey LaBow, Kiowa Gordon, Chaske Spencer, Erik Odom, Guri Weinberg, and Masami Kosaka.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 / Tracey Heggins, Judith Shekoni / Amazon coven picture: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment.