‘New Moon’ Director Chris Weitz Says Wolf Pack Has Gotten ‘Scarier’
www.mtv.com: For fans paying attention to the new “New Moon” TV spots that came out over the past week and a half, they would notice that the wolf Taylor Lautner’s Jacob Black transforms into looks a bit different than the original wolf in the first teaser trailer.
“Every CGI shot goes through sometimes hundreds of iterations,” director Chris Weitz explained. “Like, for instance, that first shot we put out was a work in progress. It was probably version 150 or something. That shot itself is now at version 550, I think.”
Lots of tinkering went on in the four months from when the first trailer was released until the most recent teasers, but that’s not even the final version that’s going to be seen in theaters. “We’re still tweaking them to the last possible day,” he said.
“They’re much scarier by now. That was always the aim,” Weitz said. “The aim was to make them as fierce as possible, and they just got more and more and more dangerous as time went on.”
Have they defanged Twilight’s werewolves?
www.guardian.co.uk:Last year’s hugely successful teen vampire romance, Twilight, was no weaker because its vampires resembled normal human beings who had rather overdone it with the foundation. It was an insipid, TV movie-esque exercise in ennui because the original Stephenie Meyer book is crafted from the same leaden material – unless you happen to be 14, in which case both are absolutely wicked!
Fortunately for its makers, Twilight did not require any dramatic special effects work. Unfortunately for those in charge of its sequel, followup New Moon does – a fair bit, in fact. This is because the new film, which arrives here on November 20, features a pack of benevolent werewolves charged with protecting the people of Forks, Washington, where the series is set, against the vampire threat. Their presence in the movie is the reason Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke opted out of New Moon: studio Summit were determined to get a followup to their $383m blockbuster into cinemas as soon as possible, but Hardwicke, who also directed teen drama Thirteen and skating documentary Lords of Dogtown, wanted more time in order to get the special effects sequences right.
Don’t expect a kiss between Bella and Jacob in ‘Twilight Saga: New Moon, ‘ Chris Weitz says
examiner.com: Some of the still frame images of The Twilight Saga: New Moon just might lead you to believe that there will be a kiss between Jacob and Bella (Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart) in the film – a far cry from the events in Stephenie Meyer’s original version of the story. Chris Weitz, however, has taken the liberty of clarifying that issue in a recent interview with MTV.
In the interview, Weitz was asked whether the film would include an actual smooch between the two. In response, he stated that – as fans have come to expect from Chris Weitz’s production of this leg of the Twilight series films – he’s been faithful to the book. “No one will feel that I have betrayed Edward and Bella’s relationship,” he said.
Have Fun Studying With ‘Twilight’ Test Prep Follow-Up ‘Defining New Moon’
geekofdoom.com:All the haters can say what they will about the Twilight franchise, but there’s one positive aspect about the whole phenomenon that can’t be denied — it’s prompted teenage girls to read more.
Young girls (and their moms) are not only picking up the Twilight books, but also literary classics like Wuthering Heights, and the series has sparked interest in the horror/fantasy genre in general, serving as a gateway to more books like Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire series (from which HBO’s True Blood is based) and more.
Twilight’s also become helpful in the test prep department with Defining Twilight, a vocabulary workbook to help students prepare for tests like the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT.
Now, just released this week is the New Moon-inspired follow-up Defining New Moon, with over 700 vocabulary words and synonyms found on the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT tests.
‘New Moon’ Director Chris Weitz Hasn’t Seen ‘Eclipse’ Footage
www.mtv.com: With filming on “Eclipse” wrapping up, we couldn’t resist asking “New Moon” director Chris Weitz whether he had seen any of the footage from next summer’s blockbuster. He hadn’t, he said, because he’s been busy working hard to bring fans “New Moon,” which hits theaters in less than a month. Surprisingly, he said he didn’t really want to see the footage yet.
“As a fan and a filmmaker, I’m excited to see finished stuff from ‘Eclipse’ rather than anything in progress,” Weitz said. “When you see works in progress, there’s always some guy standing in front of some big green curtain, and it’s all terribly disappointing. You really want to see the good stuff once it’s all finished.”
After “New Moon” was finished filming , Summit Entertainment announced that David Slade would be directing “Eclipse.” Weitz said he had some early chats with Slade to let him know what “New Moon” was going to look like and how he had filmed the story, and then let Slade decide how he wanted to film the series’ third installment.
Send Us Your ‘New Moon’ Halloween Costumes + Get A Peek At Our EXCLUSIVE Clip!
hollywoodcrush.mtv.com: So your love of all things “Twilight” shines every day of the year, but with “New Moon” just 21 days away, Halloween gives you the perfect opportunity to literally wear your Forks (and now Italy!) heart on your sleeve (and no, we don’t just mean by donning one of Nordstrom’s “Team Wolfpack” shirts). We already gave you the Crush-approved step-by-step instructions on how to dress like Volturi guard Jane, but we’re sure when it comes to your Halloween costume creativity (which we’ve learned runs very deep thanks to our Rob O’Lantern contest) the sky’s the limit.
So, knowing that much, we want to see your “New Moon”-inspired Halloween costumes! Are you gathering a whole Cullen clan to go partying this weekend? Will you be facing off with a gang of hairy werewolves? Inflicting pain as a group of Volturi? Skipping the robes and going instead as a Forks student? Whatever it is, upload your pictures to http://your.mtv.com/ and we’ll post the best snapshots next week!
Nikki Reed Says ‘New Moon’ Wolves ‘Bring A Warmth’ To Film
www.mtv.com: “Twilight” mastermind Stephenie Meyer describes Rosalie Hale as the most beautiful woman in the world — a tall, statuesque vampire with long, wavy, blond hair and eyes resembling violets. Onscreen, 21-year-old beauty Nikki Reed has lived up to that impossible description, endearing herself to fans even as she further antagonizes their beloved Bella Swan.
MTV: What’s your favorite scene in “New Moon”?
Reed: Anything that Taylor Lautner is in. Seriously, the kid is — he’s not a kid, he’s a young man — but he’s incredible. And I’m not saying that because he takes his shirt off in every scene. [Laughs.] Seriously, you forget that he’s half-naked in every scene, because he is so incredible. He makes this film amazing.
Brand New Official New Moon Poster
www.shockya.com: Here’s an awesome new official movie poster from upcoming film “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer. New Moon stars Robert Pattinson (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), Kristen Stewart (Adventureland, The Runaways), Nikki Reed (K-11), Ashley Greene (Skateland), Taylor Lautner, (My Own Worst Enemy), Jackson Rathbone (S. Darko) Dakota Fanning and Kellan Lutz.
Well, looks like the closer we get to Nov. 20th the more interesting New Moon news get! What do you think of the new poster? What do you think of the CGI being use for the werewolves? OBS wants to here you!