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TWILIGHT SAGA NEWS: APRIL 9TH

Twilight Star Ashley Greene Joins Butter

Ashley Greene (“The Twilight Saga”) has joined The Weinstein Company comedy Butter. Jim Field Smith (She’s Out of My League) will direct from a script by Jason Micallef.

Greene, who just wrapped shooting for The Apparition last week, joins Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson, Ty Burrell and Rob Corddry in the film that starts shooting next week in Louisiana.

Butter follows a young orphan who, after being adopted by a Midwestern family, discovers she has an uncanny talent for butter-carving. She eventually finds herself up against the ambitious wife of the retired reigning champion in a town’s annual butter-sculpting contest.

Greene will play a rebellious high school teenager named Kaitlen Pickler.

Garner is also producing with Alissa Phillips and Mike De Luca.

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Twilight’ star Billy Burke to release a music album this summer

Anyone who’s watched the facial expressions and subtle tone shifts offered by Billy Burke in any of his films, but especially the Twilight series as the lovable Charlie Swan, knows that the guy is just extraordinary.

So, to hear that he’s making a very serious step into the world of music is surprising . . . and quite exciting!

Yesterday, Burke announced on his Twitter page that he is planning to release an album sometime this summer, and if he can get somewhere in the range of a million followers on his page, he’d be willing to give away “a few hundred thousand singles” and “shak[e] up the labels and suits.”

Burke, who’s been in the film industry for around twenty years, assured his fans that this was not going to be the typical actor-turned-mediocre-musician situation.

Said he, “I promise it won’t be what’s expected. I realize the bad taste it can leave in your mouth when an actor decides to take a musical ego trip..”

Burke is in the process, it seems, of preparing a website for interested fans to sign up at and keep tabs on details regarding his summer record release.

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Secrets of the ‘New Moon’ DVD: Stephenie Meyer on Taylor Lautner’s Chippendales abs

The DVD of “New Moon,” the latest edition of “The Twilight Saga,” has been out for a couple of weeks, giving Twihards plenty of time to scope it out. The DVD features a pretty interesting making-of documentary, but the commentary is on the light side. One of the delights of the “Twilight” DVD commentary – Robert Pattinson’s self-deprecating, silly humor, and giggle fits – is sorely missed on this one.

Director Chris Weitz and editor Peter Lambert are fine, but their star power isn’t exactly off the charts, as they’d probably admit.

My favorite tidbits: Weitz noting that some people thinks Bella “screams like a stuck pig” in her missing-Edward angst; the fictional action flick Bella, Mike and Jacob go see is titled “Face Punch,” because practically every other dumb action title had already been used; and the scene where Taylor Lautner removes his shirt to display his spectacular six-pack used to be a wider-angle shot, held longer. They shortened it, and went to a tighter shot, Weitz says, because “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer dismissed the first version as Jacob’s “Chippendales audition.”

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Ashley Greene Previews ‘Incredible’ Footage From ‘Eclipse’

SAUGUS, California — These days, there are people who would gladly name their first-born child Renesmee if given the opportunity to see June 30′s “Eclipse” two months early. Granted, Ashley Greene has connections that give her a level of access no normal Twilighter could achieve — but recently, she saw a chunk of David Slade’s upcoming film and couldn’t help geeking out like any other Stephenie Meyer fan.

“I’m so excited about it!” Greene told us recently when we visited her on the set of “The Apparition,” a supernatural thriller that marks her first starring role.

In mid-March, Ashley was called in for “automated dialogue replacement,” a process used by movies in post-production to have actors dub in lines that need to be tweaked or added to the finished film. In order to do so, actors are typically shown the completed footage so they can time their line readings correctly.

“A month ago, I got together with David Slade and we did the whole ADR thing,” Greene recalled. “And every time I’m in ADR, I’m like, ‘Why don’t you just roll the scene? I just need to see the whole scene.’ ”

Naturally, we’re guessing any good Twilighter would do the same. As a result of Ashley’s “thorough” approach to ADR work, she was among the first to enjoy some soon-to-be-classic “Eclipse” goodies.

“I got to see a lot of footage from it,” Ashley said. “And it looks really amazing.

“For one, the werewolves just look incredible in this one,” Greene said, adding that the beastly transformations of Jacob Black and his buddies are much improved over their “Breaking Dawn” manifestations. “They looked good in the last one, but of course we’re always trying to outdo ourselves, and so they look really incredible.

“Then, the whole fight sequence that I’ve seen really looks amazing,” Greene said of another of her favorite moments in the film, which is expected to bring more action and blood than any of the previous “Twilight” movies. “We worked our tails off for it.”

Singling out one more moment, she added: “I definitely think there is one scene in particular between Jackson [Rathbone]‘s character Jasper and my character Alice that I think everyone is going to like.”

With just over two months left before the eagerly anticipated film’s release, Ashley left her “Twilight” fans with some encouraging words: “I don’t think anyone will be disappointed.”

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