ECLIPSE HAS WRAPPED!
www.examiner.com: Filming of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” is over. The third movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga books now moves into post-production.
Director David Slade says filming officially wrapped at approximately 4:30am this morning (Thursday, October 29th), writing on his Twitter page that he is “physically and emotionally exhausted.”
The final day of filming (Spoiler Alerts ahead) included a romantic interlude between Bella and Edward, in which she tries to seduce him. Lainey Gossip posted on Twitter:
“A closed set, poetry, seduction, and she tries to take her shirt off.”
The scene comes directly from Chapter 20 “Compromise” in Eclipse. In the book, Bella is spending the night alone with Edward at his family’s home (her father Charlie is under another impression). They have agreed to spend the night focused on each other — and not the other forces threatening their happiness (a love triangle, a lethal vampire out for revenge, a newborn army, the Volturi, etc.). Bella — while still agreeing to these terms — also has something else on her mind. Sex.
TWILIGHT RE-RELEASE WILL ROUND OUT THE NEW MOON MANIA
www.movieline.com: Summit Entertainment has reportedly been hashing out plans to re-release Twilight in theaters on Nov. 18 — a one-night-only event that would precede New Moon’s midnight showings in the wee hours of Nov. 19. That would result in roughly a five-hour hostile tween takeover of America’s multiplexes, which exhibitors seem to be just fine with.
This seems like a slightly risky move in a way. While the Twi-hards will generally swallow whole anything their Summit masters toss their way, putting Catherine Hardwicke’s swoony global phenomenon up directly against Chris Weitz’s soapy, goofy-looking sequel would call that much more attention to New Moon’s inferiority — if it is indeed inferior, which, let’s be honest, a lot of fans are anticipating despite themselves.
OK, I just have to say…I do NOT think that New Moon will be inferior in the slightest! In fact, I think it looks MUCH better than Twilight. 😛
WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON, MICHAEL SHEEN?
www.mtv.com: We were all stunned when we got a chance to see Michael Sheen (finally!) in character as Aro. The new “New Moon” TV spot featuring the Volturi gave us a chance to see the bad vamps in action.
But Michael is one of the few actors around (the only one I can think of offhand) who has had the opportunity to play both a vampire and a werewolf. Anyone looking to see a darker modern take on vampire mythology should check out the “Underworld” series, in which Michael plays the werewolf, Lucian.
When we got a chance to talk with “New Moon” director Chris Weitz, we asked him what side Michael would fall on in the battle between the supernatural creatures: vampire or werewolf?
“I would have to say vampire,” Chris said with little hesitation. “Just because it’s his seductive calm, let’s put it that way.”
SUMMIT SUES WEBSITE OVER TWILIGHT SWAG
www.courthousenews.com: The makers of the “Twilight” vampire movies accused a Web site of helping users make tens of thousands of T-shirts, posters and coffee mugs using copyrighted “Twilight” marks.
Summit sued Zazzle.com, a Web site that helps consumers make and sell products with any image the user wants. The Web site manufactures users’ orders, displays their creations and hosts accounts where other viewers can buy the merchandise, according to the federal complaint.
Summit says it has pending copyrights on images such as the “Twilight” logo, the Cullen family crest and the phrase “Team Edward.” Zazzle has been selling products using those and other images since June 2008, the lawsuit states. Zazzle.com allegedly ignored two cease-and-desist letters — one in November 2008 and another in August 2009.
DID RELIGION PLAY TOO MUCH A PART IN TWILIGHT?
www.news.popstar.com: Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s saga is a beautiful tale of heartache, redemption, and young love interwoven with werewolves and vampires. But the taboo subject that many dare not talk about is whether or not Meyer’s religion positively or negatively impacts the saga.
It’s no secret that the Twilight Saga was written by Mormon author Stephenie Meyer. In fact, before Meyer inked the deal with Summit to bring her books to the big screen, she had a few demands. Among the three rules, the most important to her religion was that the films were to be rated PG-13, not R, so that her friends and family could enjoy them.
The Twilight Saga was so refreshing to read because for once the characters did not get bogged down by lust. Instead, they developed connections and sent a message to the youth saying it is okay to wait until you find the right person. Meyer grew up in a Mormon home, attended Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, and currently practices Mormonism. Did her roots in her religion impact Edward and Bella in any way?
It was not surprising to hear that director Chris Weitz had to spice up some of the action scenes in New Moon to draw in more excitement. Meyer does an exceptional job at building up the story, however could it be possible that her religion won’t let her climax the way that moviegoers are used to?
PARAMORE TALK NEW MOON!
www.elle.com: “Decode” was the lead single on last year’s Twilight soundtrack. What impact did that have?
Hayley: A huge impact. You have the core kids who are kind of like “We want them to ourselves,” but for the most part, those people have stuck around. And then we’ve gained all of these other fans. I’ve seen our fan base go from being16 to 20 years old when we started to everyone between 9 or 10 and like 30 to 40, and it’s amazing to know that that many people can relate to what you’re saying.
Jeremy: You know how if you have two different groups of friends, you don’t want them to clash and start fighting? I feel like with our fans—our old-school fans who were there all the time, some of whom have our personal phone numbers because we’ve been that close with them for so long, and then the fans who’ve come in from the radio side. But somehow they mix.
Are you excited about New Moon?
Hayley: We’re going to be in Nashville, and I’m going to go opening night. It’s just getting bigger and bigger, so I’m psyched. The first one was made on such a low budget, so I want to see what it’s like now. And Dakota Fanning’s in it, and I’m a big fan of her.
3 NEW STILLS FROM NEW MOON!
www.dreadcentral.com: As for New Moon, the always reliable EdwardandBella.net provided a look at three new stills for the film.
WEITZ ON THE WOLVES: “THE AIM WAS TO MAKE THEM AS FIERCE AS POSSIBLE”
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.
Well, that’s because it is different — about 500 times different.
“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.”
“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.”
FORKS TO GET A TWILIGHT THEMED RESTAURANT
www.associatedpress.com: A new restaurant set to open next year in Washington state will be called Volterra after a city in the popular Twilight vampire novels, which are set in the town of Forks.
Owners Annette and Tim Root told The Peninsula Daily News it will be a family restaurant, and they have applied for a liquor license.
Forks already has the Twilight Lounge that features concerts and other events for fans.
The Twilight books and movies have brought vampire tourism to the remote former logging town on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.
So, what do you think of today’s Twilight Saga news?