WHO’S THE BEST CHOICE TO DIRECT “BREAKING DAWN”?
1) Bill Condon
Pro: He knows how to hit the high notes, literal and figurative, in his love stories. And movies such as “Dreamgirls” adroitly tell of misunderstood and underestimated women, descriptors that certainly fit Bella Swan.
Con: The guy does prestige dramas like “Kinsey.” And musicals. Musicals. You know, those movies in which people belt out their thoughts, not whisper tortured nothings to their paramours in-between flying chase scenes. Tonally, we don’t see it.
2) Sofia Coppola
Pro: Girl’s got talent. But she’s been a little diffuse since her breakout “Lost in Translation” came out nearly seven years ago, working slowly, and then turning out messiness such as “Marie Antoinette.” The twin facts of existing source material/mythology and fan expectation could prove the kind of discipline she needs to return to form.
Con: Coppola does smart, complex dramas, not binary, genre-tinged ones. Not saying she can’t branch out. She simply hasn’t done anything to show her skills would be best applied here.
3) Gus Van Sant
Pro: The Goth thing. If any filmmaker today can peer into the dark corners of the soul and find something new and interesting, it’s GVS. And he captured the aimlessness of high-school adolescence well in the underrated “Elephant.”
Con: Van Sant is at his best when he’s casting a sharp and cynical eye, when he’s not trying to be commercial or overly heartwarming. We loved “Drugstore Cowboy” and “To Die For.” But the world probably does not need “Finding Edward
INTERVIEW WITH “TWILIGHT” SCREENWRITER MELISSA ROSENBERG
Rosenberg makes an appearance at Bothell’s Fred Meyer for the “New Moon” DVD release tonight. She took time from her busy schedule to talk about the series.
Q: What was the adaptation process like?
A: I’m working with great source material actually. … Probably, the biggest challenge was finding ways … to externalize Bella’s internal experience and make it visual.
Q: What is it that makes Bella relatable? I mean, many girls would kill to have her problem!
A: Here is this everyday girl … clumsy, awkward, socially inept, all these things, yet this extraordinary boy sees what’s extraordinary about her. … All of us has that yearning, that longing, whatever is special about us, to be seen, loved and cherished. She is living out our dreams.
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PETER FACINELLI SIGNS ON TO PLAY BOXER VINNY PAZ
Peter Facinelli, known for his role as Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the first two installments of the “Twilight” saga, has signed on to play Cranston boxer Vinny Paz in a film about the fighter’s life.
“Paz”, will chronicle the life of Paz, his rise in the boxing world in the 1980s, the car crash that nearly crippled him the early 1990s, and his comeback.
ASHLEY GREENE’S MEETING WITH LADY GAGA
I was out with some friends when I first got back to L.A. the other night, and someone came up to me, and they were one of the owners of [L.A. hotpot] Trousdale,” she told MTV News at South by Southwest while promoting her upcoming movie “Skateland.” “I go, ‘Really, well, Lady Gaga’s over there. Can you make it happen?’
“He walks back and goes, ‘Yeah, she’d love to meet you.’ And I was freaking out,” she continued. “There’s not too many people I get starstruck by, but I think she’s such an incredible woman, and everything she touches turns to gold. So, I was starstruck.”
So, how much weight do you think there is to the rumors of the possible directors for Breaking Dawn? Do you have a favorite among the three?
I have to admit that I rather like the interview with Melissa Rosenberg. As I’ve said before, I’m not her biggest cheerleader because I felt like the first movie was really lacking in a lot of character and plot development and left people who hadn’t read the books in the dark for why this is such a big deal. However, I found her comments on her collaboration with Stephenie Meyer very interesting in this interview.
Will you be using a coupon to get your copy of New Moon this weekend? Are you planning to go to any of the midnight release parties or are you patient enough to wait until tomorrow to get your copy?
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