Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year 2012

Hey guys,

We just wanted to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. We hope 2012 brings us lots to report on in the world of Twilight and beyond and we hope you get everything you want, or need, or dream of.

We all lead very busy lives so I, (Bee) just wanted to pay special thanks to Jess, without whom the blog would have died months ago when I became ill. Mel and Anna too. I have a propensity for gushy-ness (and making up new words apparently) but they know I love them dearly.

Anywhoodle, here's to a great 2012.

Slainte (Cheers/ Health)

Love from,

Bee, Jess, Mel and Anna.


Friday, December 30, 2011

Scan: Cosmopolis in Total Film 's "2012 Movie Preview List"

Daniel Cudmore on Breaking Dawn

Charlie, Ashley and Daniel
The fourth installment of the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn: Part 1, hit theaters on Nov. 16 and the money its grossing doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon. The franchise is doing better than ever and its not even the end yet. So don't you worry trihards. 

Bella Thorne
 has turned into a vampire and there's so much more action to look forward to. Especially when it comes to the Volturi. Ology got the chance to chat with actor Daniel Cudmore recently, who plays Felix in the films. He began working on New Moon and will be featured a lot more in Part II when it comes out in 2012. Some of his other credits include playing Colossus in X-Men and acting in the highly anticipated The Baytown Disco. 
Daniel was great to talk to because he seemed very appreciative of the opportunity he was given with these films. He detailed on everything from his audition process, how the cast celebrated Rob Pattinson's birthday in Vancouver, what his favorite moments on the film were and what the last day on set was like. I mean really, he was the complete opposite of his character on screen. But that was to be expected. 

Read more after the break!

The Guardian: Life after Twilight

The Guardian has posted about the huge 'Harry Potter' and 'Twilight' Franchises finally coming to a close in 2012, and have previewed what Rob, Taylor and Kristen have coming up next! 
The final Twilight instalment Breaking Dawn: Part 2 screens in November. In the meantime, Stewart's big vehicle is Snow White and the Huntsman (released 1 June), an action-movie twist on the traditional tale (not a million miles away from the retooled gothic of Twilight). Lautner – the series' beefcake – is gunning for similar status, even if last September's Abduction was a flop; he's used his Twilight cash to sign up Gus Van Sant, for an as-yet secret project.

Arguably, it's Pattinson who looks to be making the most interesting moves. At 25, he's the oldest, and cut his teeth as Cedric Diggory in the Potter films. In the past he has demonstrated a literary/artistic bent (he played Salvador Dalí in his last pre-Twilight film, Little Ashes), and he's going down that road again next year, with Bel Ami (released 2 March), an adaptation of the Maupassant novel. Later in the year we should be getting Cosmopolis, another literary adaptation (of Don DeLillo's 2003 novel), which has Pattinson as a mega-rich asset manager stuck in a limo for 24 hours. The director is David Cronenberg, so chances are this will be pretty special.

To read the rest of the article, please go to the Source.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

New Still Of Ashley Greene in "A Warriors Heart"

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Jackson Rathbone's Travel Hazards

Jackson Showing us his injury - :(
The actor Jackson Rathbone stars in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1, in theaters now, and the web series, Aim High (US only), which he co-produced with McG. Next year, he will head back out on tour with his band, 100 Monkeys. Here, her writes about how her got that black eye as part of our Winter Issue's Travel Tales feature

It was the spring of 2010 and I was in love. The girl who had stolen my heart was a black 2006 custom Gibson Les Paul. We had met in the City of Angels on my 25th birthday. She wanted to come home with me, and I could tell this would be more than a one-night stand. This was love -- not my first -- but the last in a long line of broken strings and humbuckers. Our love was electric. She sang to me, and I knew her name was Betty.

I had been on the road with my band, 100 Monkeys, playing shows across North America. On this leg of the tour, we were playing dive bars and juke joints, caravanning with a small trailer lugged by an old Ford van, followed by a small white Scion xB. It wasn't luxurious by any means, but we were able to connect with our fans on a personal level.

The end of the tour brought 100 Monkeys back to our home state of California, to San Francisco specifically. We had one day off to explore the city, but we spent it in a dingy rehearsal space near the main piers on the industrial side of town. We were writing new songs for our return to Los Angeles in preparation for our future album, Liquid Zoo. After all, music was why we were there, and we had already driven by the famous Haight-Ashbury, now home to a Gap. We preferred to keep playing as opposed to sightseeing.

After rehearsal, we began unloading in a rather disorderly fashion -- joking, sipping beers and passing back instruments and gear, which we lined up along a dimly-lit, one-way alley. I was humming the still half-written lyrics for our future song "Prayer," while directing our tour manager as he backed the van-trailer through the narrow street. Though I was on "night watch" duty, I (admittedly) lost focus of our precious instruments and gear. I would soon learn to never ever make that mistake again. My beloved Betty was gone.

I was in a panic, my senses fully alert. I could taste the salty San Franciscan air, polluted with sticky-sweet carbon dioxide, and my own fear. I could smell the bay, miles away, lapping against the shoreline like an excited Jack Russell terrier. Then, from the corner of my eye, I saw a shadow. I turned: "Hey!" A singular exclamation that meant: "You son of a bitch! That's my guitar! Get your ass back here before I cut off your sticky fingers and shove them so deeply into every known orifice that your parents will reel back and choose to never consummate that moment of lust years ago when you were merely a swimming little spunk in your father's left testicle!"

The shadowy figure started running, and so did I.

There are moments you will always remember, and then there are moments when you awaken flying through the air in a fury of righteous anger and indignation, where physical bodies impact much like comets in the cosmos, exploding upon impact, each chipping away at the other and wrestling over a freshly painted guitar case containing a sleeping object of ebony, mahogany and my bleeding, beating heart. I tackled the shadow and it swung back, wild with elbows and fists. My hands bit into concrete to cushion my fall. I held onto the guitar case amidst the writhing and the swinging limbs, as blood began to flow from my temple. Suddenly, the shadow was gone. I began to breathe again. I was alone with my love in my arms.
AWH!! JACKSON!!! I just wanna give him a hug :)
Who's with me?!

SWATH poster of Kristen Stewart & the dwarves in HQ

Scans: Breaking Dawn in Best Movie Magazine

Click the images to make 'em bigger :)


Nick Frost Talks Kristen & ‘Snow White and The Huntsman’

Frost said he was drawn to the project because of another unconventional choice in Rupert Sanders as its director.
“I think what interested me about Snow White was the fact that Rupert Sanders, who directs it, had never directed a feature before,” Frost explained. “That’s exciting! I mean, Jesus Christ, you’ve got a big budget – Thor’s in it, for God’s sake, and Charlize, and then you’ve got Ray and Bob and Ian. It was interesting for me to see how he would do this.”

Frost indicated that the dwarves brought some levity to the film, but said that he was excited to watch Stewart’s transformation into a more empowered Snow White.
“We’ve seen ten or fifteen minutes of it on set, and it’s great,” he revealed. “It’s very gothic, and I think the dwarves try to bring a little comedy into it, and there’s heart to it, and Kristen Stewart’s great as Snow White. On the one hand, she’s fragile, and you want to kind of give her a cuddle. But on the other hand, she wears armour, and wields a sword like any warrior. I like that, and I think that’s quite unique, really, that you can do that. She can, on one hand, be one thing, and literally on the flip of a coin she can turn into this other thing. So I think it should be pretty good – I’d like to think it’s going to be pretty good, anyway.”

You can read the full article by clicking here

Two new Breaking Dawn Wedding Stills

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Janelle Froehlich Shares Her Twilight Experience with Pattinson Post

Actress Janelle Froehlich plays the character of Yvette, a member of the French Coven in the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, arriving in theaters on November 16th, 2012. She recently attended the Red Carpet premiere in Los Angeles forThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 . We [Pattinson Post] were fortunate to be able to interview her after this event.

In our exclusive interview below, she talks about a variety of things, including what it was like to work with Robert Pattinson. She also shares a bit about the French Coven that she is part of with actor Amadou Ly. Neither of their characters were in the original Stephenie Meyer book, but were created for Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Pattinson Post: What led you to audition for Breaking Dawn? How did you find out you got the role?
Janelle Froehlich: This is an interesting story. I had just graduated with my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, and accepted a job offer to work as a therapist at a high school in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, throughout graduate school in Los Angeles, I was also auditioning and working as an actor. But, I decided to move and pursue my career as a therapist – until I got the phone call. 
Two weeks before I was supposed to start my job, my acting manager called and asked me, “Do you still want to take that job in San Francisco? You’ve been booked on Breaking Dawn.” 
Needless to say, I hopped on a plane for filming in Baton Rouge, LA. In fact, my supervisor at the high school (where I would have worked) was a big fan of The Twilight Saga, and encouraged me to go for it!
According to my manager, they had been looking for an actor to play Yvette for quite some time – I came in on a final casting session. I am blessed to have fit the vision of the writers, director, and producer.
Just when you think your life is headed one direction -it takes a sharp turn. I couldn’t have planned that if I tried!

PP: You play Yvette, a character from a French coven that is not in the book, but was created for the movie. We also know that Amadou Ly plays Henri from the same clan. Can you tell us anything about the clan or these characters?
JF: That’s right! The “French Coven” is not in the books. Melissa Rosenberg and Stephanie Meyer collaborated, creating new vampires for the final film. I am so thankful, and so grateful to have the opportunity to play one of their new characters . The writers have given us a tremendous gift.
Hmm, what can I tell you? This is always a tricky question. Well, Henri and Yvette are loners, but we stick together- until forty vampires convene from around the world . I counted and that’s quite a few vampires! Having been around for centuries, we all have history with one another. And when we come together- no matter what side we’re on – you can expect some definite excitement!

PP: Did you have any scenes with Robert Pattinson? What was he like on set?
JF: Amadou and I do have scenes with Robert Pattinson. He’s a very dedicated, gifted, and talented actor. It was a pleasure working with him, and with the entire cast. We all had a wonderful time working together on set.

PP: Your character is in Part 2 and not Part 1. Can you give us any information about the second and final movie?
JF: As a fan of the books, it was so exciting to watch the writing come to life! The film stays incredibly true to the story. Director Bill Condon has done an incredible job. What can I tell you about the second and final movie? For starters , there are a lot of new vampires to get to know. Okay, that may sound cheesy, but it’s true! If you stuck around for the final scene following the credits in Breaking Dawn – Part 1 , you know that the Volturi are on the move. Perhaps that’s where we begin in Part 2 . . .

PP: We have heard from Myanna Buring, Toni Trucks and a few other cast members about the now “infamous West Side Story dance” joke that was played on Director Bill Condon. Were you part of that joke? Can you tell us how this all came about ?
JF: Yes! Now, Bill Condon wasn’t the only one who was surprised. You mentioned that it is now the “infamous West Side Story dance joke.” Before people knew it was a joke, there was speculation that there was going to be a choreographed dance routine in the film! Whether we were the “surprisers” or the “surprised” – it all ended in dancing- for everyone!

PP: You recently were at the Los Angeles Red Carpet premiere for Breaking Dawn and also were interviewed by Yahoo Movies. What was that experience like?
JF: How do I answer that? As an actor, you always dream of what it would be like to walk the carpet at a premiere . . . and then when it happens? And it’s the premiere for Twilight ?! I had to keep pinching myself- so did my family. They have supported me every step of the way, and I am so thankful.
In fact, I took my sister as my date to the premiere. While we were on the carpet, she watched the Yahoo! Movies live feed in the theatre. She said, “You know, I was watching all the interviews . . . and then when you came on, I thought . . . oh, home movie!” I thought that was so great!
I don’t think it gets any bigger than a Twilight premiere! I was overwhelmed by the fans love and support. It was so incredible to be able to talk with fans, and spend some time with them. The fans of Twilight are unlike anything I have ever seen -they are amazing.

PP: The Twilight fandom is very dedicated. What has it been like to be part of the Twilight Saga and to experience the fans’ reaction ?
JF: I feel so loved and included by all the fans, and am so grateful that they have let me into their family. The fans have made Twilight what it is today and I look forward to getting to know them more. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, thank you for all of your support. Again, this is your franchise, and you have made the story what it is. It cannot happen without you. Thank you for including me in this very special family.

Cinematographer Guillermo Navarro talks about making 'Breaking Dawn - Part 1'

 Cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, who has worked with Bill Condon on both The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, has given a few fascinating tidbits about his experience working on the two films and what it took to make the angles just right for certain important moments from each film.

Speaking to Kodak, he talked about the Part 1 birth sequence, which he described as "extreme and strange" and challenging in the sense that his job for that moment was to "pull the audience in so they really feel like part of the event."

Here's what he had to say about approaching that moment in the film:

"The camera was pretty much positioned from her point of view, with everybody interacting with the lens as the drama takes place.
And then we just cut to her, taking everything in . . . Our lighting was similar to a set-up for a surgical procedure.
I would go in and out, and then bounce from that out to what you could not see.
There are things you don’t see, but you imagine. It puts the viewer in a very strong, uncomfortable state of mind."

You can read the full interview by clicking here .

Twilight Examiner via Twilightish

Kristen Stewart to Empire Magazine:
"Snow White Has ‘True Heart’"

Check out the transcript of a recent Snow White and the Huntsman article that is featured in the current issue of Empire Magazine;
"This is not a girl by a well with tweety-birds" says Director Rupert Sanders. "I actually wanted to do a war movie" It's clear that Sanders take on the Snow White storey will be as grim as it is Grimm. While competing 2012 Snow White project, Tarsem Singh's Mirror Mirror goes for fairy tale bright colours and high camp scheming, this one shows its Snow (Kristen Stewart) in armour, and promises less sweeping and dusting and more sweep and dust-ups.

Charlize Theron is the Evil Queen who consumes young women to keep herself young and beautiful; Stewart's Snow White is the big prize who will keep her that way forever; Chris "Thor" Hemsworth plays the fearless Huntsman ordered to hunt Snow through the big, scary forest; and On Stranger Tides Sam Claflin is the Prince (How charming he is remains to be seen).

The eight dwarves (yes, eight. Disney holds the copyright on seven) are played by some of the best British character actors around, from Nick Frost and Ian McShane to Ray Winstone and Bob Hoskins.

You wouldn't know it to look at him - or the budget - but Sanders is a first-time feature director. He is, however, one of the highest-profile commercial men around and a look at his Halo, Call of Duty: Black Ops or Nike spots suggest that the action won't even make him break a sweat.

Stewart, Speaking in LA recently, sounds as fired up as her director. "It's a true telling of the fairy tale, a little bit closer to the Grimm stories than other versions." That puts it in direct contrast to Mirror Mirror's more child-friendly approach; where this one goes for the look of Gladiator or Robin Hood, that Julia Roberts/Lily Collins effort chooses a more farcical, knockabout tone in a clearly artificial world.
Which one could debate which of the pair is more faithful to the original, there shouldn't be much danger of confusing the two - as Stewart acknowledges "The great thing about having such a brass-tacks base is you can rethink who your characters are within the fairy tale and still remain completely true to it because they are fairly undefined. You have really basic attributes and in this case we are bringing it out, I think, un-expected things"
"A lot is expected of me on this" Adds, Stewart, who's been training intensively. "being strong will not be just an aesthetic thing. I need to have endurance. "Snow is someone who has a lineage of leadership in her blood, and she has been beaten down, along w/ her entire kingdom and her people. I know it sounds really obvious, but it's a story that should champion people who aren't obsessed with vanity, someone who has a true heart. It's a really simple story but it really knocks me out"
Check out  the SWATH Trailer below!

First Official Cosmopolis Poster!

Monday, December 5, 2011

‘Breaking Dawn – Part 1′ DVD to go on sale February 11th, Valentine’s Day packaging in the works

From Hypable:

Thanks to an entertainment distributor, today we’re learning more details about The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1′s DVD/Blu-ray release.

It will be hitting store shelves earlier than thought, and special Valentine’s Day-packaging is in the works. 
Saturday, February 11th, 2012 is the release date for the United States. 
Word is that the official announcement will be coming January 3rd. 

Although details and final artwork aren’t available at this time, Summit is also working on a version with Valentine’s Day packaging (since the release is just three days before the Holiday). 

This way fans can receive the set from their loved ones!!
Click here for a sneak peek at the cover art!

Are you looking forward to getting the DVD? :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Breaking Dawn -
Still Number 1 in the Irish Box Office (2nd week running!)

Breaking Dawn is still top of the Irish box office - for the second week in a row - and has accumulated €1,965,957 so far!
Go Ireland!! :D

Check out the figures below courtesy of IFTN.

This Week:

Last Week:

Julia Jones talks 'Breaking Dawn' on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Part 1 Part 2

Robert Pattinson's Dog makes Peoples 'Best Pets' list!!

It seems that Robert Pattinson's pup, Bear, is moving up the fame ladder -
winning an award that we all know Rob will never have the chance to achieve! :P
PEOPLE Magazine Best of 2011 - New Star Pets

The Twilight heartthrob saved his new pup Bear from euthanasia at an animal shelter earlier this year, and hasn't stopped showing him just how charmed celebrity life really is.

The Twilight Boys Imitate Rob and Kristen for Zooey Mag

 Omg this is hilarious... Rob and Kristen won't be impressed ;)
Zooey Magazine is in shops now, with Anna Kendrick on the cover!


HQ Detagged Taylor Lautner Outtakes For L'uomo Vogue


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Ashley Greene’s ‘PanAm’ Debut: Get Her ’60s-Chic Look

Ashley Greene is currently filming for a guest appearance on the ABC show PanAm (which airs in Ireland every Monday on RTÉ 2), where she looked super ’60s chic in a black dress detailed with a tweed skirt, black gloves and a neck full of pearls. 
Ashley looks sassy and sophisticated just like a modern day Jackie-O, all dolled up in her 1960′s-inspired outfit.

Ashley is outfitted in Stop Staring, a brand that is responsible for all of the chic vintage silhouettes we’ve seen on the Pan Am set — and this actually isn’t the first time Ashley sported the brand! She used to model for the line — no wonder she looks so cute in her retro-wear! If you want to recreate the get-up, it can be yours for $140.
What do you think? She looks amazing, right?! :)

Production Designer, Richard Sherman talks Breaking Dawn

How did you choose the house for Edward and Bella’s Brazilian honeymoon?
RICHARD SHERMAN: We looked at pictures and found a house we loved. But two days later we learned it was going to be blown up because it had been built illegally. The next morning I got on a plane to Brazil, hopped on a boat, and went through countless islands along the coastline south of Rio. It took us four weeks to finally find the Bernardes + Jacobsen house, which had a tropical modern interior and was located near Paraty on the coast that we liked.
Did you change anything about the house?
For the movie we actually created our own exterior—what’s visible when you approach the house by boat—in the visual effects department. What you see of the real house is the front door, the steps leading up to it, the veranda, and all those glass doors. I loved the interior. We made a big open kitchen and living room. Some of the scenes that take place inside the house were actually shot on soundstages in Louisiana, where we created a courtyard, a bathroom, and the bedroom where Edward and Bella spend their wedding night. It was a seamless set—you really couldn’t tell the difference between the house and our stages.

How closely did you follow the descriptions in the book when filming in Brazil?
In some cases we really veered away from the book. What works well on the page doesn’t always work well on film. The location was challenging. Stephenie Meyer, who wrote the novels, set the honeymoon on an island in the middle of nowhere. Brazil is famous for its many islands down the coastline from Rio to Paraty. When you look out from the location where we shot, you don’t just see a horizon of water, as she wrote, but all these beautiful tropical islands. In the end it all worked out very well.

Basically the whole series has been building toward Bella and Edward’s wedding. What was your approach to designing such a momentous scene?
The way Stephenie has written it in the book, it’s a very pretty wedding—it has the white path and the white chairs that are covered in white fabric. But Bill [Condon, the film’s director] and I thought, How can we make this truly special and unique? For the people who know the books and movies, this is the wedding of the century. So we created this very organic, whimsical, fairy tale–like atmosphere—A Midsummer Night’s Dream kind of thing—with benches and seating made of branches that came out of the ground and were covered in moss and flowers. The whole forest floor was covered in moss. The ceiling was dripping flowers.
Were some of the sets recycled from previous movies, or are they all new? 
Bella’s house is the same. But we rebuilt the whole three-story set of the Cullen house in Louisiana on a soundstage, and we remade its exterior in the woods of Vancouver. We changed the interior decoration of the Cullen house subtly but completely. If you remember the original house well, you’ll notice that it is completely different. This has the same tone, but it’s a lot prettier. The other huge change is the castle of the Volturi, a group of vampires from the Roman Empire. The sets from the other movies kind of looked like—no offense to those art directors—the Four Seasons Hotel, with marble columns and sconces. So we built an old castle on stage.
Did you worry about the perceptions of the fans? 
You have to keep your fan base in mind, because they’re the real critics. They know the story so well, they know what happens, and they know the environments and the atmosphere. You hope that your sets coincide with what the audience and the fans expect. The producers, studio, director, and I were all very conscious of that.
What was it like on the set?
Everyone had a good time. The three main actors are all very fun to work with. Kristen is quite serious. Rob and Taylor are a little bit wild. Rob and Kristen are actually a couple in real life. When he’s with her, he’s a little more restrained. When she’s not around, like most guys when their wives or girlfriends aren’t around, he’s a little looser. Taylor’s a kid—he’s 19—so he was bouncing all over the place.

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MTV Interviews Breaking Dawn's costume designer
Michael Wilkinson

Michael Wilkinson
MTV Style: How familiar are you with Twilight as a whole?
Michael Wilkinson: You have to have been living under a rock not be the least bit familiar with these books, they’re so much a part of the public psyche of pop culture. You can know about them through mere absorption. That was part of the appeal of working on this for me—being involved with something that’s such an important franchise for so many people.

Right, but did you read the books?
Yes, I read them all! We tried to do as much preparation as possible. We wanted to be respectful and reverent to the source material. As a costume designer, it was fantastic because there are so many details. It’s such a blessing that Stephenie enjoys describing her characters, so there was lots of material for us to cue off of.

The most critical element with this movie is, of course, the wedding (*spoiler alert*), and this was misleading in the previews but the
re’s a dream sequence wedding and a real wedding. How did you delineate the two dresses from each other?
The script gave us a great opportunity to get inside Bella’s thoughts about the impending wedding. There’s a nightmare wedding and her perfect wedding. For the nightmare, we chose something that was a version of the dress that she would hate to wear. Something that’s uncomfortable and a dress Bella would be embarrassed in. It was stiff and had a boned bodice that showed a lot of bare skin which she’d be horrified by because she’s a bit of a tomboy.
There’s nothing very girly about her style so we had a huge, cumbersome, puffy skirt. We just tried to picture everything she’d find difficult to deal with and import that into a dress.
The real dress fit Bella like a second skin and I was really glad about how all that worked out. It reflects her simplicity and elegance. It’s not too girly, I thought it really hit the right note of having some vintage elements while working well for a modern woman. 

Details of Bella's wedding dress.
Photo: Courtesy of Summit Entertainment
That dress was stunning. I went to the midnight screening and it was an entire theater filled to the gills with girls sighing in unison. The lace panel in the back with hundreds of covered buttons, we all swooned.
That’s the great thing about Kristen, she has such an amazing physique so we thought the best thing to do was to show that. The dress really reveals curves and highlights each part of her shape but it’s all covered up and so we thought it was sexy but completely elegant.

There was such speculation for a long time about who would design that dress but it was Carolina Herrera all along, right?
Carolina had worked with Stephenie personally for events. And they’d struck up a friendship and dialogue so we talked to Carolina for the dress.
As you do…
[Laughs] Right! As you do… They’d been talking about the day that this dress would hit the big screen for a while and I was happy to help with the design as a consultant because it had to work with the rest of the film. So we needed complementary language getting the same look across.

Mind-boggling hotness front and center.
Photo: Courtesy of Summit Entertainment
You designed the other dresses? There were musings that Alice was wearing Zac Posen, how many costumes did you build from scratch?
I designed and built from scratch all of the Cullen women’s dresses. So Alice, Rosalie, Esme and Renee… it was lots of fun to start from the drawing board and think about getting all of the different personalities across. Alice has lots of fun with clothes and has a playful sense of style and a savvy approach to fashion so we wanted a modern take on a flapper. A 1920s dress makes a lot of sense for her because that’s when her character became a vampire so it’s a particularly strong era for her.
Plus, true to her personality, the ‘20s were very much a decade that celebrated female sexuality and independence.

You really did give it a lot of thought. The fans are lucky.
It’s all such a joy for me. This is gold for a costume designer, to have such great source material and these fun characters that are all so different from each other and, uh, a wedding? What’s not to love about that? You get to see the characters like you’ve never seen them before.

Let’s talk Rosalie. She has such a huge role in this movie.
Yes! I was so glad for Nikki, it was a great opportunity for her so show what a great performer she is. She’s got such different tonalities, for the wedding she obviously has a different personality from Alice so we went for something very dramatic, floor-length with a very high slit up the leg and it catches that great hourglass silhouette. We looked at the poise of the movie stars of the ‘30s and ‘40s so they were our references.
Total bombshell material.
Exactly. And it’s in the way they styled her hair and she has one of the most beautiful smiles in Hollywood, I think, which we actually get to see in this movie because in the other films she’s been a lot darker. In this one, she’s so protective of Bella and she’s at the wedding so there’s lot of different moments where she really shines and that’s a treat. Of course with Esme, she’s got that timeless understated beauty that’s so warm and appealing. It was a dream to dress them all.

Edward looked phenomenal in his tuxedo. Details on the boys please!
We put a lot of work into that too because we wanted to have them display a special, made-to-order feel. We didn’t want people to feel like you could just go out and buy them.
Well, there’s nothing off-the-rack about any of this.
[Laughs] No off-the-rack! Never. I drew up my ideal ideas for all the tuxedos. We wanted them to have a vintage feel, that sort of Edwardian turn-of-the-century vibe. Edward says, “I’ve been waiting a hundred years to marry you,” so we thought Alice would have fun riffing off of that.
But at the same time we didn’t want it to look theatrical, we wanted contemporary, young, and fresh. I drew up something that combined the lines of Edwardian formalwear and we made it up in beautiful contemporary Italian wools and gorgeous shirting materials.

Did you go into this with a list of designers you wanted to work with?
My first step is to absorb the script and get into the character’s heads to figure out how they feel about themselves and the world around them. We think colors, textures, silhouettes and fabrics and that’s my first step. 
From that I do massive amounts of research and I put up my boards with all my references for each character. I go online, do extensive research, go through magazine tear sheets and then I hit the stores and I do more research and call on my friends and contacts in the fashion industry. I try to cast the net wide. I don’t think it makes sense on camera if a certain character only wears certain designers. 

Edward's vacay clothes.
Photo: Courtesy of Summit Entertainment
Can we get onto a really important topic now? Um. Edward. IN SHORTS. Discuss.
How crazy is that?
Insane! I’d never dreamt that I’d see the back of that man’s knee.
There’s going to be so many inches of journalism written about this.
It’s breaking news. It’s MAJOR.
It’s a challenge to put an Englishman in shorts.
And Robert Pattinson is an Englishmen.
They have an instant freakout! I think it has to do with their public school uniforms that they wear as kids.
It’s all charcoal boiled wool.
Completely. Itchy, scratchy… they go, NOOOOOO long pants! We tried all sorts of different lengths but we ended up with a really classic look. My references were the Kennedys on summer vacation. That classic American summer wear. 
We went crisp with cool natural fibers, nautical navies and whites, trying to capture that classic style. More often than not, we went with a rolled-up chino but we didn’t think we could get away with not doing a short for a Brazilian scorching honeymoon so there you go. 

Members of the wolf pack.
Photo: Courtesy of Summit Entertainment
How was dressing the wolf pack different and was it difficult?
It was challenging. The choices are limited and I think it resonates as being truthful only if it reads like old clothes that they don’t care if they get ripped or destroyed when they turn into wolves. I had that as my starting point—what they have around their homes—old sweatpants, gear that they’ve painted a house in or washed a car in. I went for clothes that were disposable but even within that you have to capture the different personalities so again you’re using different colors, textures and shapes.

Speaking of textures and shapes, you know what was highly entertaining? Watching Bella arch her back and awkwardly prancing around in lingerie trying to entice Edward in that honeymoon montage.
That was such a fun moment because once you get to know Kristen, just the idea of her slipping into something black and lacy is hilarious. She has a physical aversion to it, she’s definitely your jeans and T-shirt kind of girl. I think she really didn’t find it hard to act those scenes because there’s a lot of Kristen there. And also there’s something so playful about Alice packing her bags and planting those items in her suitcase. It’s so cute.

Tell us who made the negligee and the polka dot number. I’m sure they’ll get sold out in moments.
There will be a worldwide search. I believe the negligee was La Perla, the knickers and bra was Agent Provocateur - they have the sauciest, cutest, frilliest bits of wispy underwear, so we went in and layered some things together.
But you know, I was thinking about your earlier question of what we made from scratch and we built a lot of the costumes in this movie but B.D. two, it’s SOOOOOOOO huge.

Did you just B.D. two me? La di da, B.D. two, no big deal… [Laughs]
[Laughs] Oh, come on, B.D. two, that’s what we call it.
So. Tell me THINGS!
Think about it! You’ve got the Denalis, Volturis, vampires from all over the world. We’ve got the final battle scene with the beautiful billowing Volturi capes. 
It’s just a whole vampire freak out that you’ll just have to hold on until next Christmas to see.

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Cute New 'Edward and Bella' Baby Bump Still!

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Carter Burwell On Scoring Twilight and Breaking Dawn

TRIBECA, MANHATTAN: It was like a scene out of a movie. Film score composer Carter Burwell wrote the final cue to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part I) at his piano in the country by the flickering light of an oil lamp.

“I was out at my place in Amagansett trying to finish up the score when Hurricane Irene hit and took out my power,” Burwell describes. “And it stayed out for four days. So I ended up writing the ending in this darkened, boarded up house.
Carter Burwell during "Breaking Dawn: Part I"
mixing sessions at The Body Studio, NYC.

“It was interesting and painful at the same time,” he says, with a laugh. “But it worked out.” 

Being forced to compose the old-fashioned way is not as extreme an exercise for Burwell as it might be for another composer; he does write most of his themes at the piano. 

And the storm made a perfectly dark and romantic setting in which to conjure the final scene’s music, where Burwell reprises the soaring “Bella’s Lullaby” theme from the first Twilight, with liturgical sounds. 

Without spoiling the ending, it’s a heavy, most climactic scene.

We met up with Burwell during Breaking Dawn mixing sessions at his studio in Tribeca – by contrast a very well-lit, and highly technical environment. He’d been to record the score with an orchestra at Abbey Road, and was now working through the final stages with his longtime mixer Mike Farrow and his assistant Dean Parker.

He took some time away from the mix to chat with SonicScoop about scoring for Twilight, and scoring in general…

Looking over your filmography, it seems like you haven’t scored a sequel before. You did the first Twilight but not the second and third. Can you tell me about how you came to do Breaking Dawn, the fourth of the Twilight films?

It’s true, I’ve never scored a sequel. But it’s pretty simple – I’ve worked with this director – Bill Condon – before [on Kinsey]. Bill wanted me to do the scores, but he wasn’t sure I would want to because they’re such huge melodramas, and that’s really very different than what I normally do. But he is entirely a pleasure to work with so I definitely wanted to do it.
When I was composing music for the first Twilight, I don’t think any of us knew that it would be that popular… that it would have this cultural resonance. There was such an enormous response. There have been thousands of emails people have written me, wanting to know how to play the themes on piano. And that has been really nice.

Oh that’s really cool – the fans genuinely engaging with the film’s score. Wow. So, in scoring this latest film, did you reprise any of those themes from the first? How did you continue that work you’d done on the first one, or did you not approach it like that at all?

Well, I did to some extent. The intervening two films were directed by different people and composed by different people and they didn’t use any of the musical themes from the first one.
But there’s this one love theme called “Bella’s Lullaby” that was on the Twilight soundtrack album and that’s the one that most people respond to from the first movie. And when I first talked to Bill Condon, he was excited to bring back “Bella’s Lullaby” – so we have brought it back, judiciously. There’s a hint of it here and there, and then in the last scene of this movie, we actually play it out. And it’s pretty dramatic.

Having worked with Bill Condon before, and having scored the first of this insanely successful series…how much actual direction did you get at the start of this project? How does it get started?

Well first we have the spotting session, where – on the one hand – we’re talking technically about where the music starts and ends. But honestly in a movie like this, it turns out that it really never ends. There’s 80 minutes of score in this movie, so the “where it starts and stops” conversation hardly entered into it. Really we spent that time talking about what is the point of this scene? What can the music say? What kind of theme can we use for this? There’s a lot of give and take in a conversation like that.

And for one thing, in a movie like this – there are (especially in the second half) a lot of special effects so when I’m looking at the screen, I won’t necessarily know what’s going on. So I have to depend on the director to say, ‘OK, here there are going to be wolves coming down this hill,’ because I cannot always tell what the important dramatic impact is when there are all these unfinished effects shots.

Mike Farrow and Burwell mixing
"Breaking Dawn: Part I" at The Body Studio
And from there, do you just start working? You have the job, so you’re not exactly pitching music… 

That’s right. As soon as I talked to Bill and we agreed I would do this, I started thinking about themes and melodies. It’s a very different story than the first Twilight. In the first one, you begin in what seems like a normal environment for a high school girl and it becomes supernatural and very intense emotionally.
Here, by this point, there’s no pretense of anything being normal. So you begin in an already a heightened emotional state, with supernatural qualities and it just gets more so…so it’s much more melodramatic. And I knew that I would need a lot more thematic material than I did in the first one. In this movie, Edward and Bella get married. They’re becoming grownups. They face different challenges. The score has to take that into account. And so their music is really pretty different.
I began working as soon as I found out I had the job because I knew that it was a huge job and I wouldn’t have that much time to write all 80 minutes of music.

Did you tap any special musicians to play on this score? I know David Torn played a role on the first Twilight, contributing a lot of that characteristic electric guitar that worked so well. Since you are based in NY, it’s cool to think there’d be some NY influence on the sound of your stuff, just based on who you get to play on it.

Well, I like to think there is. This particular score is not as guitar oriented as the first. And that’s part of the tone that’s shifted from they’re being high-schoolers to them living an adult life. This score has a little more of the flavor of a traditional melodrama in the sense that we went to Abbey Road and recorded it with a larger orchestra than what we had on the first one. We did have, in London, this guitarist Leo Abrahams play on it – and he’s a very interesting guitarist.

Cool. What about the fact that Breaking Dawn is a two-parter? Knowing you’re also going to be scoring Part II, does where the story goes from here enter into the picture at all for you? When you’re thinking of these themes?

Well, I’ve read the script, but I haven’t seen any of Part II yet. But I did have to write a theme that Edward plays on camera in Part II. Bill wanted to echo the “Bella’s Lullaby” scene from the first Twilight in the last part, and so I had to write a lullaby for that well in advance so Rob Pattinson could learn the fingering – he’s a musician and prides himself on being able to do that.
So we know that’s an important part of Part II. And we hint at that theme in Part I. But honestly, it was quite a challenge for me to get my head around the 80 minutes of music for this one. My scores are usually half that. So I didn’t give very much thought to Part II while I was doing Part I.

To read more of Carter's interview (where he talks about his other projects like True Grit) click here:

UK Bel Ami Release Date to be March 2nd 2012?

Robert Pattinson’s next film, Bel Ami, is tipped to hit UK (and Irish) cinema’s on March 2nd 2012. 
Are you all ready for gorgeous Georges DuRoy?

It's about time we got a release date for this!
It's already been just over three months since the trailer was leaked ;)

Are you excited for it? Will you be going to see it in the cinemas?

Video: David Cronenberg talks to Popsugar about Rob and Cosmopolis

Another great interview with David Cronenberg - talking about his newest film 'A Dangerous Method' and then Robert Pattinson and Cosmopolis. 
(Rob talk begins from about 1:50)
It’ll be a while until we see Cosmopolis [ READ: Over a year:( ] but having so many goodies come out to tease us has been exciting!!

Four new Breaking Dawn Wedding Stills!

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