CHRIS WEITZ WISHES HE COULD CUT THE FROLICKING VAMPIRE SCENE FROM “NEW MOON”
In a recent interview with BuzzSugar, “New Moon” director Chris Weitz dishes on his favorite scene from the film, responding to questions about Rob and Kristen’s relationship, what he wishes that he could have left on the cutting room floor, and questions about the possibility of directing “Breaking Dawn”.
There are lots of different editions of the New Moon DVD. Which bonus features are you particularly excited about?
I’m excited that my voice will finally be heard! For me, the fun thing was doing the commentary with Peter Lambert, my editor, because it kind of re-created the atmosphere in the cutting room. Peter’s a really funny guy, and we were able to delve into not only the behind-the-scenes moments, but to explain why certain things were shot or cut together in certain ways. So that, for me, was the most fun.
When you go back and watch it again, are there things you’d like to change if you could?
I would like to never have shot Rob and Kristen running through the forest and Kristen’s just turned into a vampire. Because everybody always laughs and it makes me feel terrible. [Laughs] I would have shot it a different way so it wouldn’t get that response. But otherwise, I’m very happy with things.
What was your favorite scene to shoot in New Moon?
I’m very fond of the memories that a lot of the scenes invoke in me. My favorite scene is probably somewhere between the very last scene, and the cliffhanger that it’s left on, and the scenes in Italy. Just the experience shooting those scenes was so magnificent. We were in this beautiful hillside town in Tuscany, and going home to fresh-made pasta every night, and surrounded by thousands of fans of the series while we were shooting it. I know I’ll never experience anything like that ever again.
We still don’t know who will be directing Breaking Dawn, but what’s your take on the rumors that it will likely be two movies, possibly in 3D?
3D seems to be the new thing that everything has to be. I think the good thing about 3D is that it can lend tremendous depth to a picture, and really make it extraordinarily lush, visually. And also that it gets people to go out to the theater. Film directors want people to see things in the theater, on the big screen, at least the first time. So that’s a good thing. As for the book being broken up into two films, I think it’s a good idea. There’s so much material in the final book that I think it’s warranted.
How would you direct Breaking Dawn?
Very carefully, because I think that you want to deliver the fans a faithful version of the book that they love. Yes, there’s a lot of extraordinary goings-on. So it’ll have to be done carefully.
KRISTEN STEWART AND TAYLOR LAUTNER TO PRESENT AT OSCARS
Last year’s Oscar ceremonies featured Robert Pattinson and Oscar producers are continuing to try to draw in the younger demographic with Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner slated to appear as presenters. The awards will be broadcast in the US on ABC beginning at 8 PM (EST). For viewers outside of the US, click here for international broadcast details.
BREAKING DAWN RUMORS ARE FALSE
Reports are going wild on the Internet that the final ‘Twilight’ installment will be in two films, according to MTV. The studio is staying quiet and not leaving comments.
The final installment in the ‘Harry Potter’ films will be split into two parts to fit everything in and now ‘Twilight’ fans have suspected for a while that the final ‘Breaking Dawn’ will be the same way.
A representative for Summit Entertainment told MTV last month that “no decision has been made” after Deadline Hollywood ran a story about ‘Breaking Dawn’ being split into two films.
AN “ECLIPSE” PHOTOSHOOT FOR IN STYLE MAGAZINE
While Robert Pattinson is busy promoting his new movie “Remember Me,” a few of his “Eclipse” costars were already making the rounds for the next chapter of the “Twilight” saga. Chaske Spencer, Tinsel Korey, Julia Jones and Alex Meraz tweeted about their day together on a photo shoot. Alex posted en route, “In a shuttle van with Chaske, Tinsel, and Julia…heading towards our destiny! Not really. Actually a photoshoot for InStyle magazine today,” while Chaske wrote while on the set: “Hanging out with Alex, Julia, and Tinsel today. Doing a shoot for InStyle Magz. in LA LA Land!!!”
DAVID SLADE’S SCARFDOG PRINTS
Fans of David Slade, the acclaimed director of cult hits including the psycho-sexual thriller “Hard Candy” and the graphic novel noirish vampire flick “30 Days of Night,” might be shocked to discover that the man has a sweeter side. While working on his third film, “Twilight 3: Eclipse,” the filmmaker has somehow found the time to fill his Fubear Studios website with intriguing illustrations and downright freaky animated films. He also has learned the art of giclee printing. Among his first available works: a quartet of prints starring Scarfdog and Duck, shown above.
Though they appear to be ideal for kids’ rooms, there is an adult story behind these cheery characters. “Scarfdog loves Duck,” Slade explains in a statement on the back of his signed, limited-edition 8.5-by-11-inch prints. “When Duck passes, she looks straight ahead, not at him. Scarfdog can only dream of a day sometime when his unrequited love is met.”
STEPHENIE MEYER AND J.K. ROWLING WERE ASKED TO CO-PRESENT AN OSCAR?!
As we pointed out in another article, Oscar producers are trying to hit a younger audience and have “Twilight” mega-stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner presenting an award at this Sunday’s ceremonies. According to an article about the show on the L.A. Times website, they also asked Stephenie Meyer and J.K. Rowling to co-present an award. According to the article, Rowling declined due to scheduling conflicts and Meyer does not work on Sundays, in observance of the Sabbath.
MUSE WILL NOT BE ON “ECLIPSE” SOUNDTRACK
The British band has contributed songs to the first two Twilight films, and even credited the franchise with introducing their music to a new teen audience.
A third track, which was to be featured in the upcoming Eclipse film, has now been pulled from the soundtrack – but the trio insist they are not angry with Meyer.
Drummer Dominic Howard tells MTV, “It’s nothing to do with Stephenie; she’s totally cool. It’s the people in the movie business, completely outside of the writers and the creative types. The non-creative types, I suppose, are the people who are quite hard to deal with in Hollywood, so it didn’t work out.”
But the group still plans to release the untitled love song.
ROBERT PATTINSON ON “THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART”
In case you missed it, here’s Rob’s interview with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” as he promoted “Remember Me”. They discussed what it’s like dealing with crowds of screaming fans, the Twilight Saga, among other things. Enjoy!
I have to agree with Chris on wishing that the “frolicking vampire” scene had been left out of the movie. It was pretty cheesy. It’s interesting to note that Chris doesn’t mention Rob, Kristen, or Taylor participating in the audio commentary. I assumed that they would be a part of it like on the first movie, but maybe not.
David Slade’s pictures are really cute. They would make a great addition to a kid’s room and the price is quite reasonable.
I think that it’s interesting that they asked Stephenie Meyer and J.K. Rowling to present. I wonder what their reaction was when she told them that she couldn’t due to her religious beliefs?
I’m bummed that Muse will not be making an appearance on the “Eclipse” soundtrack and I’m sure that Stephenie Meyer is as well.
I absolutely loved Rob’s interview with Jon Stewart! He seemed very relaxed for this one.
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