NIKKI REED & KELLAN LUTZ TALK DISGUISES
www.hollywoodcrush.mtv.com: “We were just making a little independent film in Portland,” Nikki said of the movie that changed her life. “I don’t know what happened. We’ve lived this entire year in shock.” But along with the Saga’s staggering success has come constant fan and paparazzi attention, something Kellan goes to great lengths to avoid.
“I used to love going to local high school football games near my house,” he told the mag. “And I can’t really go there anymore, without being wise.” And by wise he means, in disguise! Though he wouldn’t divulge his go-to get-up to Nylon (for obvious reasons) he did describe a now-failed costume. “I wanted to walk around Comic-Con this year, so I dressed kinda homeless. But someone recognized me and posted it online. I was like, ‘Thanks. Now I can’t wear that again.’”
Another consequence of the franchise’ popularity were some tough casting choices, including whether to keep Taylor in his break-out role as Bella’s bud Jacob Black. Both Nikki and Kellan couldn’t help but gush about the transformation the 17-year-old underwent to secure the role.
“He devoted himself to that transformation for a year,” Nikki recalled. “But it’s not even about how he looks—although he is gorgeous and sexy and shirtless for most of the film. He’s just so, so good as Jacob. And he can handle the pressure.” Kellan couldn’t agree more: “There was a concern about Taylor, as Jacob is bigger and stronger in the second book. But he hit the gym and gained 30 pounds of muscle. He looks amazing.” Coming from beefy Kellan, that’s quite the compliment indeed.
CHECK OUT THE NEW MOON MOVIE BOOK COVER
www.gather.com: At first glance, it may appear to be the movie poster, however, in this version, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is looking sad and ashamed, with his eyes pointing downward. This contrasts with the movie cover when he looks anxious and agitated, staring at Jacob (Taylor Lautner) with Bella (Kristen Stewart).
ASHLEY GREENE TO STAR IN APPARITION
www.cinemablend.com: According to Variety, Twilight’s Ashley Greene is in talks to star in The Apparition, Todd Lincoln’s ghost story about a young couple who are haunted after they release a spirit during a college experiment. The film is based on “true” events. Lincoln will write and direct.
This will be Todd Lincoln’s first project, so it’s hard to say what to expect from it, but haven’t there been enough horror films based on true events? We get it. Strange things happen in the world, and you think a film that over-exaggerates the supernatural aspects of the event is a better idea than figuring out the logical explanations for the incidents. Enjoy your ghosts!
FAN QUESTIONS REVEAL SECRETS FROM TWILIGHT STARS
Q: What’s the one place you can go to relax and get away from all the crazy and hectic situations you find yourself in as a “Twilight” star?
Burke: Well, if I want to get away and do nothing and try to think about nothing, I will go and sit at a poker table. That’s what I do. That is my do-nothing leisure time. Other then that, I have a little room in my house that I lock myself in sometimes and — I don’t get enough time to do this anymore — but I lock myself in there and write songs. Still, there’s a little area of that river that’s still going someplace in my life, and I still play guitar and piano, sing and write songs and do that stuff.
MTV: Do you ever get to record anything? Is there anywhere fans can find your stuff?
Burke: Yes, as a matter of fact I will soon be putting up some stuff for people to hear. I have an iPhone app.
Q: What music is on your iPod?
Lutz: A lot of Kings of Leon. But my favorite song is [T.I. and Justin Timberlake’s] “Dead and Gone.” I play that every morning when I wake up and listen to it as much as I can.
Q: What is the craziest thing you were dared to do, and then actually did?
Reid: A year and a half ago, right before we shot “Twilight,” a friend of mine said, “You don’t know the value of money.” And I was like, “OK, well, I grew up really poor, and in fact, I definitely know the value of money.” Their argument was that I had never worked a minimum-wage job and I could in no way relate to a huge portion of the country. So I moved out of my house about a year and a half ago. I put everything I had up on Craigslist for free, and I moved to this little [Hawaiian] island called Kauai and worked in a clothing store. I didn’t answer the phone to any of my agents and made 9 dollars an hour.
10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW THE TWILIGHT SERIES
1. The first film, Twilight, was released in 2008 and is based on the novel of the same name by American author Stephanie Meyer.
2. The idea for the book came to Meyer in a dream, where a vampire was in love with a human girl but also thirsted for her blood. It took her only three months from having the dream on 2 June 2003 to completing the first novel.
3. Romantic interest Edward Cullen, played by Pattinson in the film series, was turned into a vampire aged 17 to prevent him dying from flu. Meyer drew on classic leading men Edward Rochester (Jane Eyre), Mr D’arcy (Pride and Prejudice) and Gilbert Blythe (Anne of Green Gables) when creating the character.
4. Officially there are four Twilight books: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. Midnight Sun was to be the fifth novel in the series and would have retold events from Edward’s perspective but was abandoned by Meyer when 12 chapters of the book were leaked on the internet.
5. The first novel was released in 2005 and the four books have won multiple awards, most notably Breaking Dawn picked up the 2008 British Book Award for Children’s Book of the Year.
HEY TWILIGHTERS IN GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN…CHECK THE PAPER!
www.mlive.com: Hello again, “Twilight” superfans: By now, you’ve surely found the third question of our “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” contest — in Friday’s Your Life section of The Grand Rapids Press — which means you need to know what to do next:
1. E-mail your reply to email@example.com, with “New Moon — Question 3″ in the subject line.
2. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number and age in the e-mail.
3. Read the Nov. 8 Entertainment section in The Press for the fourth question. In case you missed them, the first question was in the Nov. 1 Entertainment section, and the second was in the Nov. 6 Your Life section. You don’t need to answer all four questions, but if you do, it will help your cause.
MICHAEL JACKSON VS EDWARD CULLEN: WHO WILL BE VICTORIOUS?
www.examiner.com: November could provide one of the most interesting months in recent years at the box office.
Beginning November 20th, and for only a short period of time, it will be the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, squaring of the undead and gorgeous vampire Edward Cullen played by Robert Pattinson.
Although the hype surrounding the release of New Moon precedes the death of Michael Jackson, millions of fans are continuing to support “This Is It” and keeping it locked firmly at the top spot of international ticket sales.
Preparing to exit theaters just as New Moon arrives, Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” will briefly contend with Robert Pattinson at the box office. And, interestingly enough, it is not yet clear who will come out on top.
TWILIGHT FANS RETRACE EDWARD & BELLA’S ITALIAN STEPS
www.latimesblogs.latimes.com: Thanks to “The Twilight Saga,” Volterra, Italy, is having its day in the sun, so to speak.
Twilight fans are swarming this small Tuscan city to retrace the lovers Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward’s (Robert Pattinson’s) steps.
In one of the most romantic moments in “New Moon,” Bella races through the town to push her suicidal vampire lover into the shadows so he won’t break bloodsucker laws and be killed by the Volturi vamps.
USA Today reports that Twilight freaks are exploring the walled city, hitting souvenir shops for calendars, mugs and T-shirts bearing photos Robert Pattinson.
The main site is the Piazza dei Priori, the town square anchored by a clock tower where the undead Volturi live, for lack of a better word.
The Volterra tourism office sells a themed map of the city and even introduced a “New Moon” weekend package that includes a walking tour — “Hot on the Trail of Edward and Bella.”
But here’s the kicker. In reality, while the scenes in the book are set in Volterra, the actual movie was not filmed there. Producers picked Montepulciano, which looks a lot like Volterra, but is less than 100 miles southeast, for the shoot.
Now the tourism battle is on and USA Today reports that Volterra is spending more on promotion that sleepy Montepulciano.
Volterra reportedly sent a team of colorfully dressed flag throwers to the Rome Film Festival, walking the red carpet behind the “Moon” actors.
So, what do you think of todays Twilight Saga news?