While Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart fall in love in this midsummer day's dream, director David Slade is busy at work on the Twilight Saga: Eclipse score. On his Twitter page, he tweeted the following on April 15 '10: “In London overseeing the film score with Mr Howard Shore and enjoying all the gossip flying around. Onwards to the Eclipse!!"
I'm assuming the gossip Slade was referring to has nothing to do with rumors that paired poor Robert Pattinson with Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester, when Pattinson wasn't even in the country – and Pattinson and Meester have apparently never even met.
The flying gossip Slade mentioned is probably the one that took wings yesterday. According to that tale, the Eclipse director had been at odds with Summit Entertainment and was refusing to (or being prevented from) direct(ing) reshoots for Eclipse a mere few weeks before the film opens on June 30. Chris Weitz (New Moon) or Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) might then be called in as replacements.
Shortly after that rumor began, it was officially explained that the work to be done in Vancouver had been planned a long while ago, that shooting would be very minor – “pickups” – and that Slade was definitely going to be behind the camera handling Pattinson, Stewart, and whoever else is needed.
Schedule issues may have been a concern simply because Robert Pattinson has been busy working on Bel Ami throughout Europe. He's been in London and Budapest, where he was besieged by numerous highly enthusiastic fans. Pattinson took it all in stride, signing autographs and even speaking a few words in Hungarian.
Photo: Summit Entertainment
Eclipse Twilight movie Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart meadow scene photo. When I read reports that the meadow scene in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse would have to be reshot I found that hard to believe. The sequence, as seen in the released Eclipse movie images and teaser trailer, looks flawless in terms of ambiance and romance. True, you can't discern the level of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's acting just by looking at the photos, but the Edward Cullen-Bella Swan chemistry feels “genuine.”
Edward and Bella's on-screen chemistry is even more palpable in the brief meadow clip found in the Eclipse movie trailer, when Edward promises Bella he'll love her for all eternity. (As far as I'm concerned, Jacob Black / Taylor Lautner's promise to fight for Bella until her heart stops beating sounds more creepy than romantic. But some people may be into that sort of stuff.)
Eclipse meadow scene not to be reshot?
Now, a Summit Entertainment representative has reportedly dismissed the claim that parts of the meadow sequence would have to be reshot. The rep also added that David Slade, not rumored replacements Chris Weitz (New Moon) and Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), would direct the brief – and, according to Summit, long pre-planned – Eclipse reshoots (or rather, “pickup shots”) some time in the next few weeks.
Adapted by Melissa Rosenberg from Stephenie Meyer's novel, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens on June 30. Meyer's Twilight Saga novels, I should add, are #5 among the “most challenged” books of 2009. “Challenged” as in books that some would like to have removed from libraries.
Eclipse movie cast
Also in the Eclipse cast are Dakota Fanning, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Michael Welch, Booboo Stewart, Alex Meraz, Daniel Cudmore, Sarah Clarke, Cameron Bright, Kiowa Gordon, Charlie Bewley, Jodelle Ferland, and Julia Jones. Cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe (New Moon / The Sea Inside / Vicky Cristina Barcelona).
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart / Edward Cullen and Bella Swan Eclipse movie meadow scene picture: Summit Entertainment.
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Those photos of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart at play in the fields of the Twilight are quite eye-catching. What I most like about those images is that the “pretty” scenery isn't just “pretty” – it's not even “just” beautiful. The lighting, the green, the different hues of the flowers all add up to something almost otherworldly – much like the romance between a human being and a vampire.
I'm not a twihard, a tweenie, a twit, or totally twisted person into interspecies affairs. What attracts me to the Twilight stories and the romance is their “forbidden” aspect; that innate fear of giving all of oneself to another being – whether he has fangs or regular canines; and even if he looks like Robert Pattinson.
I'm taking Stewart/Bella's point of view here because that's basically how the story works. But things aren't easy for Pattinson/Edward, either. I never quote Shakespeare, but I think the little verse “the course of true love never did run smooth” applies here – as in life. Unless you're very, very lucky.
Well, no wonder the beautiful image above could have come straight out of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. (Javier Aguirresarobe, who also shot New Moon, is the Eclipse cinematographer.)
Directed by David Slade from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, which in turn was based on Stephenie Meyer's novel, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens June 30.
In addition to Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, Eclipse also features Taylor Lautner, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Dakota Fanning.
Photo: Summit Entertainment.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in bed together in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. There was a time, a long, long time ago, when my (and perhaps your) great-grandparents were around, probably in diapers, that a scene such as the one pictured above would have gotten movie censors foaming at the mouth.
Whether the foam would be the result of erotic desire, religious terror, or a mixture of both no one can tell. But what's known is that such a scene would never have made the film's final cut. That's probably the way it still is in certain parts of the world, where a man and a woman displaying affection or desire for one another is considered abhorrent, sinful, disgusting, or worse.
But really, unless you're a total, out-of-control prudish freak, you'll find this Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart photo totally harmless. That is, unless Pattinson's Edward Cullen decides to bite Stewart's Bella Swan's neck and drain all her blood. But that's not gonna happen.
Photo: Summit Entertainment
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and a few others back for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse reshoots in Vancouver sometime “in the next few weeks” when Eclipse is supposed to open on June 30 – which happens to be ten weeks away? Does that spell trouble? Well, keep reading.
The source for this bit of news is a site called Lainey Gossip, which I was totally unfamiliar with until I read reports elsewhere quoting from it just now.
The author of the piece – there's no byline – claims that “multiple sources have confirmed to me” that the sequences to be reshot are those showing Edward and Bella in the meadow (a great-looking scene; why would they have to reshoot that?) and “a few fight sequences.”
The article also asserts that David Slade had priorly been at odds with Summit Entertainment – now, that would be easy to believe, considering that Slade's editor Art Jones was replaced several weeks ago by Nancy Richardson, who had edited the original Twilight film.
So, as the story went, with Slade possibly out of the picture, New Moon's Chris Weitz and the original Twilight's Catharine Hardwicke were approached to tackle the reshoots, which have been delayed because of Robert Pattinson's schedule. Pattinson has been filming Bel Ami in Europe for the last several weeks.
In order to accommodate Pattinson's work on Bel Ami, what initially would be shot in one week would have to be crammed into three days, with the crew working 18 hours a day. That would all take place in Vancouver.
Having said all that, another site with the name Gossip on it – and that I was just as unfamiliar with until now – Gossip Cop to be exact, says that although there will be Eclipse reshoots the rest of the story found on the other Gossip site is false.
According to The Cop, a Summit representative has stated that “the reshoot was planned for months, like it is with the majority of films.” The representative added that David Slade will be directing the reshoots and that “none of the meadow or action scenes are being reshot.”
The shoot should indeed last two-and-a-half to three days, but that's because “very little” will be redone.
As for the rumors, The Cop quotes the Summit rep remarking, “Reports much like the one earlier today are ploys to drive traffic without any merit and without any support from the studio on what is actually going on or true.”
Photo: Summit Entertainment
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart kissing: Fans' 'Twilight' highlight
The image above showing Edward and Bella kissing in Twilight is a follow-up to the one posted earlier. As I explained in that article, the Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart kiss was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Movie Kisses ever in a Los Angeles Times magazine article that included films released from 1896 to 2009.
True, the lips aren't quite touching in the photo above, but they're pretty close. And Bella's nose is clearly touching Edward's cheek.
Now check out the Twilight clip below.
Similar Pattinson, different Stewart
Apart from the images of Robert Pattinson in Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's Bel Ami, he hasn't changed much in the last two years – in terms of looks, that is. Well, except perhaps his hair style, which varies depending on when and where you see him.
But Kristen Stewart has changed a lot. Though partially obscured by the light coming from behind her in the clip above, Stewart's Bella looks like a child in Twilight, but not so in New Moon.
'Weirdo in the best sense'
New Moon director Chris Weitz's most revealing remark in his brief Time essay about Robert Pattinson, one of the magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2010, was the following:
And though I am continually impressed by the aplomb with which he handles the hysteria, I occasionally think he would take it all back if given the chance. Because essentially, Rob, 23, is a reserved, bookish sort of specimen, a guy who'd rather spend the night at the corner table in the pub with friends – a bit of a weirdo, frankly, in the best sense.
Perhaps that's why Pattinson was able to incarnate Edward Cullen, another “bit of a weirdo in the best sense,” so believably.
'New Moon': DVD hit
In the video clip above, Pattinson talks about Edward – particularly his relationship with Bella (Kristen Stewart) – in New Moon, which has recently become the second biggest DVD hit of 2010, right behind James Cameron's Avatar.
“Edward, I think, throughout the whole series is continually making mistakes,” Pattinson begins. “He thinks he's doing the right thing by leaving, and then I guess he realizes it's such a stupid idea to try and run from the thing which you want, just through technical reasons.
“And trying to be reasonable and logical about love; it doesn't really work at all. And he knows that he can't live without her, without Bella. I think he realizes that in the end. He has a lot more strength in his faith in himself.”
'Eclipse' next in line
Robert Pattinson will next be seen in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which opens June 30, '10. David Slade directed this third installment of the Twilight saga from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on Stephenie Meyer's novel.
The world premiere will be held at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on June 24. The talent involved in the film is expected to attend the event.
Besides Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart – in addition to Taylor Lautner and Bryce Dallas Howard (replacing Rachelle Lefevre as the vampire Victoria) – the Eclipse cast features the following:
Xavier Samuel. Billy Burke. Ashley Greene. Jackson Rathbone. Nikki Reed. Kellan Lutz. Anna Kendrick. Elizabeth Reaser. Peter Facinelli. Catalina Sandino Moreno. Booboo Stewart. Sarah Clarke.
'Eclipse' pickup shots: Actors in Vancouver
Speaking of Eclipse, photos of Robert Pattinson in Vancouver for the film's pickup shots have already surfaced online. According to reports, both Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner have also arrived in town from Los Angeles.
The reshoots are supposed to last only two or three days. A Summit representative dismissed an earlier report that the stunning-looking meadow scene featuring Edward and Bella would have to be reshot.
Director David Slade, who at one point was rumored to have been ditched from the project by Summit Entertainment, flew from Britain to Canada to work on the film.
“Arrive safely on Canadian soil,” he tweeted on April 22. “The Ash Cloud Apocalypse abates.”
Howard Shore music
In a previous tweet, Slade informed his followers (with accompanying photo):
Howard Shore composer and conductor at Abbey Rd Studios with Orchestra. Our sound score recording is complete and there are no words to describe it. The film just got more exciting.
Image of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart kissing in Twilight: Summit Entertainment.
Clips of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart making out in Twilight and Pattinson discussing Edward in New Moon: Summit Entertainment.
Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner Eclipse image: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment.
Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner confrontation in 'Eclipse'
Robert Pattinson a.k.a. Edward Cullen is confronted by Taylor Lautner a.k.a. Jacob Black in one emotional moment in David Slade's upcoming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
“You have to consider the idea that I might be better for her than you are.” The “her” here, of course, is Kristen Stewart a.k.a. the adolescent Bella Swan, who, in order to become one with the centenarian vampire Edward, will have to undergo a radical transformation.
Needless to say, Edward isn't too happy about what Jacob has just told him, but at the same time it's clear that he believes – at least to a certain extent – that what he has heard has some truth to it.
Lots of vampire-werewolf-human drama ensues.
Will Edward allow Bella to become a vampire? Will Jacob allow Bella to become a vampire? Will Bella allow either Edward or Jacob to decide what is best for her?
Edward knows best
“I know the consequences of the choice you're making.” That's what Edward Cullen tells Bella Swan in a good scene found in the Eclipse trailer.
What makes this intimate moment between Robert Pattinson and fellow player Kristen Stewart so effective is that the actor, in a few seconds, quietly whispering one brief, single line, is able to convey both his deep concern and his boundless affection for the person lying next to him.
And he doesn't even look all that great in the scene because of all that white powder on his face.
Robert Pattinson is only in his early 20s, and many have derided his acting abilities. He was even up for a Worst Supporting Actor Razzie Award earlier this year for his performance in Chris Weitz's New Moon. (A good way for the Razzie guys to get some publicity.)
I've mentioned before that Kristen Stewart has matured as an actress and will probably surprise those who have found her “bland” before. I believe the same will happen when Pattinson is seen in Eclipse.
Also, I must admit that I'd love to see Twilight naysayers – who hate it because they see it as “chick lit” and/or “chick flick” – bite their collective, prejudiced tongues if Eclipse and its actors turn out to be at the very least moderately well-received by film critics.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens on June 30, '10. The final Eclipse trailer will be shown on Oprah next Friday, April 30.
Besides Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and Kristen Stewart, experiencing all this transformational drama are the following actors:
Bryce Dallas Howard. Xavier Samuel. Peter Facinelli. Elizabeth Reaser. Dakota Fanning. Kellan Lutz. Ashley Greene. Nikki Reed. Jackson Rathbone.
Billy Burke. Daniel Cudmore. Michael Welch. Jodelle Ferland. Cameron Bright. Booboo Stewart. Christian Serratos. Kirsten Prout.
Charlie Bewley. Justin Chon. Julia Jones. Alex Meraz. Sarah Clarke. Jack Huston. Chaske Spencer. Gil Birmingham. Kiowa Gordon.
Tinsel Korey. Tyson Houseman. Leah Gibson. Iris Quinn. Paul Jarrett. Justin Rain. Cainan Wiebe. Ben Geldreich. Alex Rice. Bronson Pelletier.
Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, 2009).
Best Actress Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace, 2004).
Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight, New Moon) adapted this third installment of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling literary fantasy series.
Images of Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson in Eclipse: Summit Entertainment.
If the final, official, end-all Twilight Saga: Eclipse trailer is an accurate sample of the film itself, Eclipse will be quite different from its predecessors.
While the teaser trailer released several weeks ago focused on the Edward-Bella-Jacob (Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart-Taylor Lautner) romance, the final trailer's raison d'être is the war pitting the vengeful vampire Victoria and her army of new-born vampires against the Cullen clan and the werewolves. The complex romantic triangle gets short shrift here.
Clearly, that's Summit's marketing ploy to attract more male moviegoers; those who aren't man enough to admit they enjoy love and romance as much as the giddiest of teen girls. And that's most guys out there. (And, really, what sane human being doesn't appreciate love and romance?)
Whether or not that marketing maneuver will work I don't know. Twilight has gotten a reputation of being a “woman's picture” (or even worse, a “girl's picture”). Could that change by way of “sneak previews” and a trailer?
Perhaps David Slade's name will make a difference, making the project sound more gender neutral.
One good thing about the trailer is that it does make Eclipse seem darker than previous installments. If more suspense and thrills can be added to the film, I'm all for it. On the other hand, I only hope that such an approach won't push the drama aside. After all, the Edward-Bella-Jacob triangle is the very core of the tale. Else, Eclipse would merely be turned into an action flick like myriad others out there.
Whenever in the past I've expressed my hope that Eclipse would be a darker, more intense movie, I wasn't thinking only in terms of atmosphere or a sense of dread. I particularly meant that the film should delve deeper into the darkness the permeates Bella and Edward's love.
Hopefully, Slade, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, and editor Nancy Richardson (who worked on the first Twilight) have managed to strike a good balance to create a profound love story that also thrills.
P.S. Someone should make a short movie about that: two closeted male romantics who accidentally meet one another at an Eclipse screening. They try to hide, horrified they will be discovered and become the laughingstock of all their beer-drinking, football-watching buddies. Before the final credits, however, they come to the realization that it's perfectly okay to be both a guy and a romantic, whether or not they drink beer or watch football.
As seen on Access Hollywood, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson talk a little about Eclipse. Just a little. This isn't exactly the most informative of interviews (at least in this clip; I don't know what was edited out), as the couple of questions posed to them have nothing to do with the making of the movie, working with their fellow actors or with director David Slade, or how they would compare the Twilight movie adaptations to the Stephenie Meyer novels.
Now, credit (of sorts) must given to the interviewer for not asking Pattinson straight out if he and Stewart are an item. Instead, she takes a roundabout way that actually attempts to make a valid point: does the fact that millions of fans believe Pattinson and Stewart are off-screen lovers help the Twilight movies at the box office? What if it was revealed that Pattinson and/or Stewart was/were dating someone else? Would that affect the box office prospects of future Twilight entries? Would their on-screen romance feel less real?
Both Pattinson and Stewart reply to the question without actually answering it. (Come to think of it, we don't get to see the wording of the question the interviewer throws at Stewart.) Stewart concluded her non-answer with the following statement: “It's not like if I give the answer away it would make my life easier.”
Personally, I couldn't care less whether or not they're an item. What matters to me is what I see on screen. I just wonder if that evasiveness comes from themselves, or if they've been coached to act that way – neither giving out an outright “yes” nor an outright “no”; or flip-flopping here and there, if certain (usually dubious) sources are to be believed – for whatever (read: a very commercial) reason.
Besides Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, Eclipse also features Bryce Dallas Howard, Xavier Samuel, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, and Nikki Reed.
Dakota Fanning, not Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, or David Slade, will be the one introducing the final Twilight Saga: Eclipse trailer on Oprah on Friday, April 23. If there'll be some other surprise guest, I'm not sure. But I wouldn't be surprised.
Also, as most Twilight, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner fans probably already know by now, Teen Vogue is offering a"premiere sweepstakes” for fans to fly out to Los Angeles to attend the Twilight Saga: Eclipse premiere. (I didn't see any mention of accommodations on the sweepstakes page, but I didn't check out the rules and regulations section.)
Before I end this piece: James Cameron's Avatar comes out on DVD today, Earth Day. It'll be a big hit, I'm sure, but I'm ardently hoping that it'll not sell nearly as many copies as The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
That'll be a victory for “chick flicks” – I hate that term – and perhaps it'll help to show Hollywood studios that women are not only an important but a crucial source of revenues for their movies. (Of course, I'm sure there are lots of guys who love Twilight, too, just like there are many women who loved Avatar. And I don't mean just gay ones – in either direction. It's just that the guys don't have the guts to come out of the twi-closet. That's how tough men are.)
Photo: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment)
Both Kristen Stewart's The Runaways and Robert Pattinson's Remember Me did better at the weekend's box office than Sunday estimates indicated. True, neither movie starring the Twilight Saga: Eclipse lovers saw their revenues double or anything even close to that – but both added several thousand dollars to their totals. For smaller movies, that's always welcome.
Starring Kristen Stewart as rocker Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie, The Runaways added $303K to its box office take – $18K (6 percent) more than initially estimated – according to final figures found at Box Office Mojo.
Directed and written by Floria Sigismondi, the biopic's cume currently stands at $2.995 million. (Cost: $10m.) Though still low, the film's per-theater average went from $1,214 to $1,250.
On the positive side, The Runaways's drop-off rate was a perfectly acceptable 35 percent. (Last week it had jumped a whopping 182 percent following the addition of dozens of theaters.)
Starring Robert Pattinson as an aimless, rebellious young man, Remember Me grossed $68.5K this past weekend – or $4.5K (7 percent) more than original estimates had it. Okay, so that's nothing to write home about; but hey, if the distributors or exhibitors don't want that money, I'll be happy to relieve them of it.
Remember Me's per-theater average rose from $408 to $436. Still very low, but at least no longer the lowest per-theater average on Box Office Mojo's chart. That dubious honor now belongs to a movie ironically called Ca$h ($98 per theater).
To date, Remember Me has grossed a total of $18.824 million at the North American box office. The romantic drama was directed by Allen Coulter, and co-stars Emilie de Ravin, Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, and Ruby Jerins.
Remember Me will be out on DVD on June 22.
Photos: The Runaways (Apparition); Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)
The mighty James Bond may have gotten blind-sided by MGM's financial woes, but apparently nothing can stop Taylor Lautner's Stretch Armstrong. Universal, which had two major flops this spring – namely, the Paul Greengrass-Matt Damon Iraq War drama Green Zone, and the Jude Law-Forest Whitaker futuristic actioner Repo Men – is moving forward with the project.
Variety reports that Forgetting Sarah Marshall's Nicholas Stoller has been called in to rewrite Steve Oedekerk's original screenplay, while Monsters vs. Aliens' Rob Letterman will be the director of this film “version” of the Hasbro toy.
Stoller and Letterman had previously worked together on the comedy Gulliver's Travels, which stars Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Jack Black, and Amanda Peet. Gulliver's Travels is scheduled to open in Dec. 2010.
Imagine Entertainment and Hasbro are producing Stretch Armstrong, to be distributed by Universal.
Photo: The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment)
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart romantic picture: 'Eclipse.'
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart share a quality moment in a gorgeously sunlit meadow in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The photo above is very similar to the very first one Summit released several weeks ago. There's also a third image set in the same green field.
I believe that's the moment when Robert Pattinson's Edward tells Kristen Stewart's Bella: “Isabella Swan, I promise to love you every moment forever.” Only a complete fool would want anything else out of life – whether finite or everlasting.
Javier Aguirresarobe, among whose credits are the Viggo Mortensen vehicle The Road, Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and Milos Forman's Goya's Ghosts, was responsible for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's lush cinematography. Aguirresarobe also shot The Twilight Saga: New Moon. (Elliot Davis was the original Twilight's cinematographer.)
The images found in Eclipse, as seen in photos online and in the film's trailer, look incredibly beautiful. Could that mean an Oscar nomination for Aguirresarobe in 2011? Considering the outstanding quality of his previous work, that would be some well-deserved recognition.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens on June 30. Melissa Rosenberg once again wrote the screenplay adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's novel.
Photo: Summit Entertainment
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart share a romantic interlude in the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The picture above is sort of like a sequel to the previous two photos Summit released of Pattinson's Edward Cullen and Stewart's Bella Swan hanging out in the fields of love & romance.
Javier Aguirresarobe shot Eclipse (and The Twilight Saga: New Moon). It's no wonder the scene looks so gorgeous, as Aguirresarobe is an excellent cinematographer.
Kristen Stewart, I should add, is on a roll. And I don't mean rolling with Robert Pattinson and getting all covered with flower petals and grass.
Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways, in which Stewart co-stars with fellow Twilight player Dakota Fanning, has expanded to 204 theaters. Expansions generally means more money overall, but a markedly lower per-screen averages. In the case of The Runaways, however, it meant both more cash (a 182 percent jump) for distributor Apparition and a surprisingly higher per-screen average (close to up 20 percent). That's really good news for Kristen Stewart (and her fans) even if the expansion wasn't nearly as wide as initially planned.
Also, Kristen Stewart was one of the worldwide trending topics on Twitter a couple of days ago thanks to her 20th birthday.
Robert Pattinson was trending too, with some announcing that he'd been handpicked by Courtney Love to play Kurt Cobain in a planned biopic of the late Nirvana performer, while others were announcing that the casting reports were untrue.
Photo: Summit Entertainment
The video above contains “official” photos and screen grabs showing Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, and other Twilight Saga: Eclipse actors.
Eclipse will have its world premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. on June 24, 2010. The announcement – or at least one of them – was made via TheLAScene's Twitter account about ten days ago:
“BREAKING NEWS! We have confirmation from Hollywood CofC that ECLIPSE movie premiere will be at GRAUMAN'S CHINESE THEATER 6/24/10!!
On June 24-25, Hollywood Blvd between Highland Ave. & Orange Dr will be closed, specifically for @Twilight Saga: #Eclipse premiere.”
CofC is the local Chamber of Commerce. The Chinese Theatre is right next to where the Oscars are held each year. They've been hosting Hollywood premieres since the late 1920s.
Update: The Eclipse world premiere will be held at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on June 24.
If you're a Twilight, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, director David Slade, author Stephenie Meyer, Edward Cullen, Bella Swan, Jacob Black, vampire, werewolf, etc. etc. fan, follower, or enthusiast – or if you're just curious to see what the fuss is all about – make sure to get there early.
Ah, a partial lunar eclipse will take place on June 26, the first of two lunar eclipses in 2010. It'll be visible in parts of Asia, Australia, and North and South America.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse picture: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in bed. Above are The Twilight Saga stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in bed in David Slade's upcoming Eclipse, the third installment in the Twilight movie series. This picture of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen lying together is quite a bit more intense than the others we've seen so far. Well, maybe not that intense. Bella looks pretty well covered up, while Edward has his T-shirt on.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: More male-oriented?
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is supposed to be a darker, more complex take on the Bella-Edward-Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) story. There are weird deaths in Seattle, while the mean-spirited vampire Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard, replacing Rachelle Lefevre) is out to get Bella, who, for her part, must decide between the vampire Edward and the shapeshifting werewolf Jacob. Either way, war may break out between vampires and werewolves, and/or between good vampires and bad vampires. Not to mention the fact that the fearsome Volturi Clan may be after the kindhearted Cullen Clan as well.
Best known for Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night, David Slade is supposed to have brought lots of action to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, as Summit Entertainment wants more guys in theaters. The Eclipse screenwriter was Twilight / New Moon's Melissa Rosenberg, once again adapting Stephenie Meyer's novel.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse cast
Also in the Twilight Saga: Eclipse cast: Xavier Samuel, Peter Facinelli, Billy Burke, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Daniel Cudmore, Cameron Bright, Booboo Stewart, Charlie Bewley, Michael Welch, Anna Kendrick, Christian Serratos, Julia Jones, Alex Meraz, and Sarah Clarke. Eclipse opens on June 30.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse / Bella Swan and Edward Cullen / Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in bed picture: Summit Entertainment.
Bryce Dallas Howard Victoria: Twilight Eclipse. Last year, Bryce Dallas Howard, the star of Lars von Trier's Manderlay and Jodie Markell's The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, replaced Rachelle Lefevre in the role of Victoria in the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. According to reports, Lefevre left the franchise because of “scheduling conflicts.”
Victoria, a role originally offered to Howard in the first, Catherine Hardwicke-directed Twilight movie, is the vindictive vampire out to get Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). But why Bella of all people? Because Victoria blames Bella's “boyfriend,” the lovestruck vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), for the death of her boyfriend, the cruel vampire James (Cam Gigandet). A neck for a neck, as the old saying goes.
Bryce Dallas Howard replacing Rachelle Lefevre
“We are incredibly happy that Bryce has agreed to come into the franchise,” Summit Entertainment's Erik Feig was quoted as saying at the time Howard joined the Twilight Saga troupe.
“Rachelle brought Victoria to great screen life and Bryce will bring a new dimension to the character. The franchise is lucky to have such a talented actress as Bryce coming in to fill the role.”
According to screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, Howard initially declined to play Victoria because she felt the role in the original Twilight was too small. But Victoria has been beefed up quite a bit since.
Twilight Eclipse cast
Directed by David Slade, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens on June 30. In addition to Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, Eclipse features Taylor Lautner, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Xavier Samuel, Peter Facinelli, Dakota Fanning, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Julia Jones, Jodelle Ferland, Daniel Cudmore, Cameron Bright, Charlie Bewley, Sarah Clarke, Alex Meraz, Bronson Pelletier, Kiowa Gordon, Tyson Houseman, Gil Birmingham, and Booboo Stewart.
Bryce Dallas Howard as Victoria picture in Eclipse: Summit Entertainment.
While doing promotion for The Runaways back in March, Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning talked about the on-the-set differences between The Twilight Saga: New Moon, directed by Chris Weitz, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, directed by David Slade.
All two films and the first installment, Twilight, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, featured Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner.
“I feel like the difference on the third one is that we all are so used to going back to this story that we fell right back into it,” Stewart told Cinematical. “… We were so comfortable with these characters that we have established a dynamic with the cast and the producers, and we would just sort of do our thing.”
Fanning says she spent about three days working on each installment of the Twilight Saga franchise, appearing at the end of filming in both New Moon and Eclipse.
One of the most anticipated movie events of 2010, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens on June 30.
Also in the cast are Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Photo: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Summit Entertainment)
In The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Kristen Stewart has to deal with a lot of difficult stuff, from being the object of desire of both a loving vampire (Robert Pattinson) and a determined werewolf (Taylor Lautner), to worrying about graduation while keeping her neck unbitten and in place – as there's a vengeful vampire (Bryce Dallas Howard) out to get her.
Stewart, as attested by her reviews for both Welcome to the Rileys and The Runaways – not to mention Adventureland – has clearly matured as an actress. Many have complained that her Bella Swan is “mopey” and “bland,” but I do believe that those who have put her Bella down in the past will be surprised when they see her next in Eclipse.
At least in Hard Candy, Eclipse's David Slade has shown himself a fantastic actors' director. Ellen Page, in particular, received raves for her performance in that film. It's hard to judge just by looking at the teaser trailer, but to me Stewart's Bella sounds more mature – even if her look is the same as in previous films.
My only fear for Eclipse is that Summit may opt to keep things as they've been because they believe that that's what their (target teen) audience wants. I think that could make any successful franchise go stale.
But perhaps I'm wrong, after all the Harry Potter movies continue to be as successful as ever even though they've generally maintained the same look and feel. Personally, I believe that a little more darkness, a little more depth, and a little more mood would enhance the next Twilight installment.
Written by Melissa Rosenberg from Stephenie Meyer's now controversial novels, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens June 30. Javier Aguirresarobe provided the excellent cinematography, as can be seen in the teaser trailer.
Also in the Eclipse cast are Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Gil Birmingham, Dakota Fanning, Cameron Bright, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.
Photo: Summit Entertainment
Taylor Lautner shirtless in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse helps to advance the film's plot in a number of ways: a) you can see why Kristen Stewart's Bella may wonder if a werewolf might be more enticing than a vampire b) it shows that Lautner's Jacob represents earthiness and sexual desire while Robert Pattinson's thin, white-faced Edward represent etherealness and spiritual love c) it shows that Jacob may be young but he's a man. In other words, you can lust after him without feeling guilty.
Lautner was the recent favorite movie actor winner at the Kids' Choice Awards held in Los Angeles last weekend. He also shared with Kristen Stewart the best on-screen couple award.
Directed by David Slade, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens on June 30.
Photo: Summit Entertainment
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner fans will be able to watch the final version of the Twilight Saga: Eclipse trailer on Friday, April 23. On Oprah.
That won't be a problem for fans of Oprah Winfrey's show, but for those of us who never watch it, or can only manage to watch 30 seconds at a time every other year… Ouch!
Why not just launch the Eclipse trailer on the film's website? Or on YouTube? Or The Jon Stewart Show? Stephen Colbert could even show up to do a mock interview with one of the cgi werewolves.
But no. Oprah it will be. Thank vampires for DVRs.
The announcement was made via Twitter by the official Twilight Twitpage. After watching the final preview of Eclipse on Oprah, Twilight fans have been invited to “visit our social networks … to chat live with surprise guests from the cast! More details to come…”
I don't know what's this deal between Oprah and Twilight. Last November she got Stephenie Meyer to talk about the series. And as reported on MTV.com, last week Oprah asked its viewers: “Are you or your kids obsessed with the Twilight series?… Tell us how the Twilight series has inspired you or your family!"
For the time being, it's unclear who will show up on Oprah. But the woman seems to be so powerful she may well make the Icelandic volcanic ash dissipate just so David Slade (currently in England as per his last tweet) and Robert Pattinson (in London or Budapest or somewhere in Europe) will come pay their respects on her show.
Photo: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment)
So, Robert Pattinson isn't fit to play Kurt Cobain (see further below). I agree. On the other hand, I believe that Pattinson would be perfect for the role of Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights.
The anti-Pattinson, anti-Twilight crowd can laugh as much as they want. But nobody broods better than Robert Pattinson, and Emily Brontë's Heathcliff is the broodingest of all brooding literature heroes. (Okay, so Pattinson is brooding above on the cover of the Italian Vanity Fair, but so what? One broods where one can.)
I'm assuming there's absolutely no chance whatsoever that Andrea Arnold (replacing Peter Webber who had replaced John Maybury), currently working on another film adaptation of Brontë's doomed love tale, will even consider Pattinson for the role of Heathcliff.
Too young? Too inexperienced? Too light-skinned? Too associated with Twilight? But with the right handling, I believe that Pattinson would be a brilliant Heathcliff. The intensity, the unpredictability, the danger are all there. True, his hair and features would have to be darkened some – but that's what make-up artists are for. If they can make his face paler so he'll look like Edward Cullen, they can also make it darker so he'll look like Heathcliff.
Ironically, Robert Bernstein, one of the producers of the new film version, has actually told The Guardian that the new Wuthering Heights (adaptation by Olivia Hetreed) is getting off the ground thanks to the Twilight effect. (Wuthering Heights is one of Bella's favorite books. “If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”)
“It's clearly in the zeitgeist,” Bernstein remarked. “Why is anybody's guess, but people are absolutely obsessed with this doomed, romantic love that can only be achieved beyond death, or in the case of Twilight, by becoming a vampire.”
As per the Guardian piece, current possibilities to play Heathcliff's love, the willful Cathy, are Abbie Cornish, Natalie Portman, and Gemma Arterton. I'd opt for either of the first two. (Kaya Scodelario will play Cathy. See below)
Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick was supposed to play Heathcliff, at least when Peter Webber was to direct the project. Nothing against Westwick, but is he (at 22) more mature than Robert Pattinson? Does he look more like Brontë's dark – in spirit as much as in looks – hero? What about another previously mentioned possibility, Michael Fassbender? (Fassbender could actually be a good Heathcliff, too; that is, with the help of those talented make-up artists).
According to more recent reports, Arnold has been looking for an unknown – possibly of “gypsy” (Romany) origin. Personally, I believe looks are less important here than character, depth, and the ability to convey an enticing mix of passion and madness. After all, Heathcliff is a literary figure, not a historical one.
Addendum: As a couple of commenters have remarked, Kaya Scodelario has been chosen to play Cathy. After the announcement in early April, Scodelario posted the following via Twitter: “im gonna be in the new Wuthering Heights film! as cathy! should probs read the book… start filming next month,cant wait!” Now, that really sounds like Brontë's Cathy.
April 16 update: Courtney Love has told The Canadian Press that rumors about Robert Pattinson having been handpicked to play Nirvana's Kurt Cobain were “stupid.”
“Isn't that so stupid, who would cast him?” Love remarked. “That's just wrong, no offence (to Pattinson).”
“I watched the Twilight stuff very, very recently and I get it, it resonates with the teenaged girl in me, I understand epic love of that nature; I write about it all the time.
“But isn't that silly?"
Love then went on to say that she could see either Ryan Gosling or James McAvoy as Cobain.
Whoever lands the role – and in case the movie ever does get made – Love added that she would likely never get to see it because it would be too painful to sit through.
Photo: Twilight (Summit Entertainment)
Robert Pattinson: From Spider-Man to Kurt Cobain to … The next rumor is unclear. Robert Pattinson as Lord Nelson? Othello? Woody Allen?
The Internet has been abuzz with rumors about the casting of the Twilight Saga and Remember Me star as the Nirvana lead. The source for the nonsense was, as so often happens, a British tabloid.
According to the tabloid, Kurt Cobain's widow, rocker Courtney Love, had contacted Pattinson to play the her deceased husband. Love also wanted Scarlett Johansson (not Kristen Stewart!) to play herself. (That's totally weird, since Stewart reaped loads of praise for her Joan Jett in The Runaways released last month.)
Love's manager has denied the rumor about the Pattinson-Johansson casting, adding that “I'm not sure [Courtney Love] knows who R-Pattz is, but he sure is cute.”
Reportedly, Universal is planning to produce a Cobain biopic to be tentatively called Heavier Than Heaven. Casting remains a mystery.
Robert Pattinson Remember Me image: Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment.
Robert Pattinson in Twilight photo (or Eclipse photo, as per reports) (top); Dakota Fanning in Eclipse, no doubt (bottom)
Is the Robert Pattinson photo above from Twilight or The Twilight Saga: Eclipse? The image was published in a French magazine (something purportedly called “Dark Magazine”? I couldn't find it online), which featured an article about Pattinson, Remember Me (which opened in France about 10 days ago), and the upcoming Eclipse.
Note: The piece must have been published a while back, as the Pattinson photo's caption text mentions the possibility that the trailer for Eclipse would be aired during the Oscar broadcast – which took place about six weeks ago.
The Pattinson image was scanned by ROBsessed, along with several other images including the French Eclipse poster. (In France, the film will be called Hésitation; as far as I know, the word for eclipse in French is éclipse. Not sure why it has been renamed hesitation, unless it's giving viewers a hint about what Bella goes through…)
Anyhow, several commenters on another blog have remarked that the Pattinson photograph is from the original Twilight: first there's the hair, then the car. Or vice-versa.
Moving on … The final Eclipse trailer will be shown today on Oprah. Dakota Fanning will be introducing it, though there may be other “surprise” guests at Oprah's Twilight party as well. Kristen Stewart, perhaps? Or perhaps not.
And finally, according to several online reports, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn still has no start date (though fall of '10 has been bandied about), no director (Bill Condon was the latest name “almost attached” to the project), and no one knows (as far as we know) if Breaking Dawn will be one or two movies, in 2D or 3D or some other yet-to-be-invented format.
Kristen Stewart 'Eclipse' poster
Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan in her personal Eclipse poster looks just as serious as Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen in his personal poster. (See further below.) Bella, however, seems a little more blasé – or perhaps a little more lost – than Edward. It could also be that that's her seductive, “come hither” look; what's unclear is whom she is actually looking at/inviting: Edward or Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner)?
But then again, if you had…
- A mean vampire who wants you very, very dead (Bryce Dallas Howard's Victoria).
- A handsome and caring lover who happens to be both a centenarian vampire and adamant that he will not have sex with you (Edward).
- A “special friend” who happens to be both very good-looking and a hot-blooded werewolf (Jacob).
- And, to top it all of, both your school finals and a whole bunch of bloodthirsty newborn vampires are fast approaching…
How would you look?
At least Bella is still standing. For now.
Robert Pattinson poster
Robert Pattinson can be seen above in his own private Eclipse poster. Pattinson's Edward Cullen looks none too comfortable, but if you had to fight off a bloodthirsty vampire (Victoria again) and her army of newborns, in addition to trying to keep a hunky, shirtless werewolf (Jacob) away from your human love (Bella) – whose life you may destroy because of that very love … Well, how would you look if you were in his shoes?
Perhaps a little less ashen-faced? Those people at Summit must learn to go easy on all that vampire mascara.
Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed and Elizabeth Reaser 'Eclipse' character poster
Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, and Elizabeth Reaser are the stars of the Eclipse poster seen above. They're the three Cullen women, blood(-drinking) “relatives” of Robert Pattinson's Edward Cullen.
Ashley Greene, who, along with fellow Cullen family member Kellan Lutz, recently caused a furor because of difficult contract negotiations, plays Alice Cullen. Alice is the family's perky, clairvoyant, fashion conscious vampire.
Nikki Reed is Rosalie Hale, the snotty vampire who would give it all to be human again so as to be able to procreate, grow old, get some horrible disease, die, and turn to fertilizer. Rosalie both resents and envies Kristen Stewart's human Bella Swan. (Well, things take a different turn somewhat in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.)
Elizabeth Reaser is Esme Cullen, the mother figure who was saved from death by being turned into a vampire. The pacifist vampire Dr. Carlisle Cullen (Peter Facinelli) “converted” Esme – and found himself a soulmate in the process.
Directed by David Slade, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the U.S. and about a dozen other countries on June 30, '10. Melissa Rosenberg adapted Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel, the third installment in the Twilight literary franchise.
Besides Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Peter Facinelli, and Bryce Dallas Howard (replacing previous Victoria actress Rachelle Lefevre), the Eclipse cast features the following:
Xavier Samuel. Dakota Fanning. Jackson Rathbone. Billy Burke. Daniel Cudmore. Michael Welch. Jodelle Ferland.
Booboo Stewart. Christian Serratos. Kirsten Prout. Charlie Bewley. Julia Jones. Alex Meraz. Sarah Clarke.
Cameron Bright. Gil Birmingham. Kiowa Gordon. Bronson Pelletier. Tinsel Korey. Tyson Houseman. Paul Jarrett.
Jack Huston. Justin Rain. Cainan Wiebe. Ben Geldreich. Iris Quinn. Justin Chon. Alex Rice. Leah Gibson. Chaske Spencer.
Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, 2009).
Best Actress Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace, 2004).
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, and Elizabeth Reaser Eclipse poster images: Summit Entertainment.
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson are both more mature and ready for Eclipse
Kristen Stewart, who turned 20 just a couple of weeks ago, has recently told Entertainment Weekly that Twilight's Bella Swan will be different in the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
“I wasn't as tortured as I was on New Moon,” Stewart explains. “Bella really knows what she wants in Eclipse. She's not just a dumb kid talking because she's in love.”
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a “more mature Bella.” Stewart's remarks (which, in all honesty, I've just read) seem to confirm my expectations. Also, there was an 11-month gap between filming Twilight in April 2008 and New Moon in early 2009. According to MTV.com, Eclipse began shooting less than two months later.
Between the first and second Twilight films, Stewart worked on at least one project, Welcome to the Rileys; it must have been hard going from an abused, foul-mouthed pole dancer-sex worker back to Bella Swan in New Moon. The Runaways, which earned Stewart quite a bit of praise for her portrayal of rocker Joan Jett, was shot in summer '09, after New Moon but before Eclipse.
It must have been equally tough for Stewart to go from Joan to Bella as well. But on the other hand, roles such as those in Welcome to the Rileys and The Runaways surely have made her become a stronger actress – and all that even before she turned 20. (Carey Mulligan has been announced as the probable Lisbeth Salander in the Hollywood remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but I do wish that Stewart had gotten the role. Addendum: According to an online report, the Mulligan story has been denied by Tattoo producer Scott Rudin.)
Anyways, even with another, radically different role sandwiched between New Moon and Eclipse, a relatively brief hiatus – seven weeks – is excellent for an actor. It's not as repetitive as doing a stage play every night, when you have to “freshen up” your character for every performance so it won't come across as a mechanical creation. And it's much better than playing the same character again months later, after the actor has gone totally “cold.”
Once that happens, it'd be like having to start things from scratch. The actor will have to find his/her character's emotional/psychological place once again, and that can't be too easy. Again, not that it was a piece of cake to go from Joan Jett to Bella Swan; but at least Bella was fresher in Stewart's mind and, who knows, maybe she brought some of Jett's determination to her Bella in Eclipse. That would be excellent, I think.
But once Breaking Dawn begins shooting in the fall, Stewart, Pattinson, and everybody else will basically have to bring back to life characters they left behind about a year earlier. Now, that must be tough. It's a good thing the two leads are much more experienced now.
I expect the performances, especially those of Stewart and Robert Pattinson, to be much superior in Eclipse. Both have grown a lot as actors since the first Twilight was shot two years ago.
I believe Taylor Lautner will be better, too, but to date his only film work since Twilight has been a supporting role in the all-star Valentine's Day. So, it's harder to tell how much he has matured as a performer.
But I can tell for a fact that Lautner has certainly matured in terms of looks. He no longer looks like a boy. He looks like a man.
Directed by David Slade from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg based on Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the United States on June 30.
Photo: Summit Entertainment
Note: This article is a corrected update of a post published earlier today.