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Twilight Thursdays! Vol. 1, Issue 20

Only 12 days till Eclipse and some big news was confirmed this week. Breaking Dawn has broken and will be split in two. NPR reports,

Twilight fans will have twice as much to sink their teeth into for the saga's final chapter, with "Breaking Dawn" to be released as two movies.

Summit Entertainment, which is releasing the wildly popular vampire franchise based on Stephenie Meyer's books, said part one would come out Nov. 18, 2011. The script is being written now, with stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner returning. Production is set to begin this fall.” 

Two new TV Spots! I have to admit, I do get shivers of anticipation…
 
 
 
Summit released a few new clips & photos this week to continue to whet your whistle!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wonder what was up with that “kiss” during Rob & Kristen acceptance speech for MTV Best Kiss Award? Kstew gives you the details
 
Also, LOVE this shot of them at the MTV MMAs! And the woman in the background between them! She just looks so indignant! LOL
 
 
 
Some Eclipse B-Roll
 
Twilight Examiner reports there was an IMAX screening of Eclipse on June 12. Those invited to attend can’t say much, but there allowed to tweet some thoughts:
 
·                                 Twilight Lexicon: "The Whole admin team just got to see Eclipse in IMAX. All of us agree 100% with Loris post Oprah Show review!"
·                                 Twilighters Anonymous: "Promise no spoilers, but I will say Eclipse is the best of the three. Very well done and the fight scene will give you goosebumps."
·                                 Taryn Ryder, E! Online: "know im not allowed 2 tweet ab eclipse.but since it's good does that not count?100% best 1 so far,very very pleasantly surprised"
·                                 BUZZNET: "We just saw a screening of Eclipse. It was pretty funny for an emo love story. Will live tweet the interviews w the cast tomorrow. Tune in!"
·                                 Joshua Horowitz, MTV: "I've seen "Eclipse" and I don't think I can say much more than that. I'll risk execution and say it's the best of the 3."
·                                 Steve Weintraub, Collider.com: "Eclipse in IMAX looked great. Best action of series.Also wolf effects much better than new moon.Fans are going to love it"
·                                 George Roush, LatinoReview.com: "#Eclipse is the best of the #Twilight movies. The CGI was a lot better and the fights were pretty cool. And they talked about love and s---."
 
 
The entire cast of Eclipse are going on tons of junkets for the release of the movie. I’m going to post as many as feasibly possible!
 
 
There was a huge press junket for the Twio in LA this past weekend and Hollywood News was kind enough to post their videos
 
 

 
FearNet has a great article, Ten Truths Uncovered at the 'Twilight: Eclipse' Junket where they delve into the mysteries of:
 
·        In the real world, Kristen Stewart wouldn't approve of Bella Swan's complicated love life.
·        Robert Pattinson has seen Twilight twice, and the first time was… last week?
·        Contrary to popular belief, Taylor Lautner isn't afraid of acting with a shirt on.
·        Kristen can't wait to get married!
·        It's hard to hate Robert Pattinson.
·        Rob got a kick out of watching Taylor wolf it up in gray spandex.
·        Kissing Taylor is difficult. (Yeah, right.) 
·        Rob had fun fighting a girl.
·        Tough, hunky werewolves -- they're just like us!
·        Who's the better kisser, Rob, Taylor, or… Dakota?
 
 
 
 
Collider has a slew of Eclipse interviews with the cast & Stephenie Meyer. We hear from the Twio all the time, so I’ve posted Bryce Dallas Howard’s (Victoria) & Ashley Greene’s (Alice) interviews. To see the rest, check out ColliderVideos
 
 
 
Myspace has announced that they will be hosting live streaming coverage of the red carpet arrivals on June 24th. 
 
Viewers will be able to witness all of the red carpet action for themselves in real-time and follow the live-stream to post questions or comments to the Official Eclipse Myspace page.  Your question or comment might be offered to the celebrities during the live coverage of the event!  The live-stream will begin at 5:30 PT on Thursday June 24 at www.myspace.com/Twilight.
 

 

Peter Facinelli, Liz Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone and Ashley Greene (The Cullens) Video Interview THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECL from ColliderVideos on Vimeo.

 
The appearances aren’t over yet! Want to catch some of your favorite TwiStars on your TV? Just check out this list of tv stops from Gossip Cop:
 
June 14 – Robert Pattinson – “The Today Show”
June 15 – Robert Pattinson – “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”
June 28 – Taylor Lautner – “The Today Show” and “Live with Regis and Kelly”
June 28 – Kristen Stewart – “The Late Show with David Letterman”
June 29 – Kristen Stewart – “The Today Show” and “Live with Regis and Kelly”
June 30 – Kristen Stewart – “Lopez Tonight”
July 1 – Taylor Lautner – “The Late Show with David Letterman”
July 6 – Nikki Reed – “Live with Regis and Kelly”
July 7 – Bryce Dallas Howard – “Live with Regis and Kelly
 
 Here's two more you might've missed!
 
 
Bits of Breaking Dawn
 
So how do our TwiStars feel about the split? KStew had this to say during last weekend’s monster junket:
 
“I feel like it’s so obvious where you break it up. It’s as soon as she turns,” Stewart told AP Television at a weekend publicity event for the third “Twilight” film, “Eclipse,” opening June 30. “Gosh, you open your eyes to this different world, right? That would be amazing.”
 
Stewart said she’s looking forward to her character’s development in the final two films, the first of which is set for release Nov. 18, 2011.
“It’s such a crazy concept though,” she said. “I’m going to be playing a wife and a mother and a vampire. I haven’t read the scripts … but I don’t see where else it could split other than when she turns. … I’m really curious as to what I’m going to be doing in the next six months.”
 
 
Kristen & Rob sat down with Access Hollywood for some Breaking Dawn talk. I love the awkward conversation about the lovemaking in the next film.
 
                                   
What would YOU like to see in Breaking Dawn? What would you prefer they skip over? Let us know below! If you’re not sure, PopSugar has some suggestions. SPOILER ALERT!
 
FearNet has an excellent interview with Eclipse & Breaking Dawn producer Wyck Godfrey. He talks about why David Slade & Bill Condon were chosen as directors and if we can expect any feathers in Breaking Dawn. Click the link for the full interview.
 
Why was David Slade the right choice to direct Eclipse?
Honestly, I loved Hard Candy. Ever since I saw that movie I was sending him everything I had. I loved the performances he got from Patrick Wilson and Ellen Page, I loved the filmmaking and the way he kept one small house, and many times one small room, alive and tense and exciting for an entire movie. And then, I saw 30 Days of Night and liked the genre elements of that, and how he had a real vision for how he wanted that world to look. That was kind of the perfect combination: his ability to tell a story and elicit amazing performances in Hard Candy, and to create a world in 30 Days of Night, which were sort of the combined qualities we were looking for in a director.
 
So, coming off of Chris [Weitz], who is a really classic filmmaker and creates beautiful imagery, but very romantic imagery, we wanted to go in a little bit of a different direction and create something that had a little bit more anxiety and edge to it, as Bella really struggled with her choices, between Jacob and Edward, between becoming a vampire and staying human… we thought [David's] style would bring a lot to all of that stuff.
 
Along those lines, what makes Bill Condon right for Breaking Dawn?
The themes and the story of Breaking Dawn are very mature; Bella and Edward are going through very adult things, from marriage to childbirth, motherhood, parenthood, and the evolution of their relationship into something that is a partnership, which is not the way Edward has viewed this relationship with her before.  Bill's a very mature filmmaker; he's dealt with very difficult themes and stories in his career.  He's also gotten Academy Award nominations for actors in the last three films that he's done.  And from a performance standpoint, Kristen's going to be diving into stuff that she hasn't been through. It's one thing that she can remember first love and falling in love and being torn between two guys, probably, but the idea of dealing with some of these issues and having a filmmaker that can really help them as actors was vital to Breaking Dawn. Also, the visual nature of Dreamgirls made us feel like he could create something with a real scope and grandeur to it.
 
There's also his earlier work: Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, Sister, Sister…
He's a genre guy! That's really exciting, that in some ways he'll be coming full circle and utilizing his early roots with the stuff he's been doing recently. I think that'll be fun for him.
 
 
Eclipse, very importantly, features a speech by Bella in which she asserts her confidence and her newfound maturity. Was that a response in any way to criticisms of Bella's passiveness in the first two films?
 
No, I think it was a response to her journey in this movie, where you felt like if she starts the movie with the decision 'I'm going to become a vampire, this is what I want,' and you take her through a series of conflicts and obstacles that force her to call that choice into question, at the end of it she needs to have come to a place where she not only goes, 'Okay, I'm going to become a vampire' but also that she has a heightened understanding of what that means. We all felt that we needed to articulate that and make it clear, not only to Edward, but also to the audience.
 
Do you think non-fans who may not know and love the characters as well may reject both Edward and Jacob as unhealthy romantic choices for Bella, both not good for her in different ways?
I don't know -- what do you think? Is one of them a really bad boyfriend option?
 
Let me first say that I am firmly on Team Edward… but I think some might see him as being very controlling, while Jacob is emotionally manipulative in what he does, specifically in Eclipse.
I think the thing that is very relatable whether or not you've read the books is that men are completely flawed, one way or the other, and women have to choose the best qualities out of one man knowing they've got deficiencies in other areas. [Laughs] So Bella's going through what every girl goes through.
 
Well, I can't argue with that. Now, you and I have talked before about Breaking Dawn and how it would never go beyond a PG-13 rating, but recently rumors of an R-rating have sprung back up. Would you care to set the record straight again?
NC-17. We're going full on X. [Laughs] Do they have triple-X anymore? I believe fully, I'm unwavering in my belief that these will be PG-13 movies. And really, I say that not because I know what we're shooting but because I feel that they should be. I feel like the audience of the books and the movies, many of them are under 18; my ten-year-old son goes to these movies, I can't make an R-rated conclusion to the franchise.
 
Is your ten-year-old son going to understand pillow-biting and feathers strewn everywhere?
By the time it comes out, he'll be 11 and a half, and I think that's all that was on my mind!
 
Fans around the world seem to have one big request, and that is: Feathers. Lots of feathers.
We have feathers currently being grown on geese around the world so that we can steal them for our pillow-biting feather eruption!
 
Earlier today, Kristen said Breaking Dawn will start shooting in October -- is that right?
November. She starts training in October. And we'll probably shoot [the two parts] together, as one long story.
 
And how might you use 3D in either part of Breaking Dawn?
We have considered it, and everything's being discussed, but I know that part of a way to differentiate the two movies would be to have one be in 2D, and when she becomes a vampire we move into 3D. But we haven't really gotten far enough to decide what we're going to do. I'm of two minds of it, frankly, and I think everyone is; I don't want to chase the format if it's not organic and appropriate. If we think it is, we will.”
 
 
 
I, for one, am extremely curious as to how screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg will adapt Breaking Dawn from text to screen. There is so much in the book that I can’t imagine being on film that it’s just daunting! Fortunately, Rosenberg gave the answers to the LATimes Blog
MoG: Speaking of which, [spoiler alert!] fans are crazy over Bella losing her virginity, the graphic birth of her and Edward's child, and her vampire transformation. Any idea how you'll handle such serious imagery?
MR: On the fan site, on Facebook, all the comments are "It has to be R rated! You have to show the childbirth! Gore and guts and sex!" For me it's actually more interesting to not see it. You know, you can do childbirth without seeing childbirth ... it doesn't mean it's any less evocative of an experience.  
MoG: Kristen Stewart arguably has the most work to do in the final films. Is she up to the challenge?
MR: Kristen Stewart is really, I think, tremendous. And one of the reasons why we got Bill Condon. And Chris Weitz, for that matter; they all want to work with her.
MoG: A lot of the fans credit you with giving Bella more backbone in the films than she has in the books. Was that something you did actively? 
MR: That's something I did very consciously. What's interesting is that it's all there -- the strength was there, it was just kind of tearing away some things. You know, she's human. She doesn't have the physical strength of Edward and all of them. So how do you make the character strong when she's physically vulnerable? There really is a goal to give her stamina and other strengths. She really is a role model.
 
 



TwiFun Time!
 
Kellan Lutz & Ashley Green each graced the cover of Men’s Health & Women’s Health respectively. Check out these photos!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The OFFICIAL TwiCon was held last week in LA. Here are some pictures & interviews with our TwiStars
 
 
 
 
Taylor Launter is featured on GQ’s cover and huge photo spread inside.  Check out some of these stills! {GQ}
 
 
 
Don’t get to used to these topless Launter shots, though. He’s not your cheap beefcake eye candy! {MTV}
 
“Taylor Lautner takes off his shirt a lot in "New Moon" and "Eclipse," which comes out on June 30. But, as he told MTV News earlier this week, he still feels awkward stripping for those scenes as Jacob in the "Twilight Saga," and he's not about to show off his abs for just any role.
"Originally I was supposed to take off my shirt [in 'Valentine's Day,']" Lautner says in the July issue of GQ, on newsstands June 22. "The script said we were walking into school and 'Willy takes off his shirt.' I said, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa. Time out. He's gonna take off his shirt in the middle of school? No, no, no.' The reason I took off my shirt for 'New Moon' is because it's written in the book that way. And there's reasons behind it."