Monday, December 19, 2011
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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 :)Source
Who's with me?!
Who's with me?!
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.”
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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.
SourcePattinson 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, 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
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"
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