WEITZ REVEALS DVD DETAILS
www.mtv.com: So what can we expect from the “New Moon” DVD? Recently, we caught up with director Chris Weitz and got the scoop on the disc you’ll soon want sitting next to “Twilight” on your shelf.
“There will be a commentary track,” Weitz revealed, saying that he’ll soon head into the recording booth with his three big stars, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. “It’ll just be us riffing off each other in our intimate way,” he grinned. “We kind of like each other, so that should be fun.”
FX GRABS THE RIGHTS TO AIR TWILIGHT
www.reuters.com: The network has acquired the ad-supported TV rights to the four “Twilight” movies in a package deal with producer Summit Entertainment that also includes the indie studio’s Oscar hopeful “The Hurt Locker,” the Nicolas Cage thriller “Knowing” and action feature “Push.”
Under the pact, FX will start running last year’s “Twilight,” the first movie in the franchise, beginning in late 2011. “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which shattered box-office projections and opened at $142.8 million domestically this past weekend, will be available in late 2012. “Eclipse,” which is slated for a June 30 release, will have its premiere on FX in early 2013. Summit has yet to green-light production on “Breaking Dawn,” an adaptation of the fourth book in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series.
TEN FACES YOU SHOULD GET TO KNOW IN NEW MOON
www.abcnews.com: Maybe you’re one of the many who helped “New Moon” break box office records and ratchet up $258.8 million in worldwide ticket sales over the past weekend. Maybe you latched onto the “Twilight” series of books and movies early, adopted it wholly, consider it not just a form of entertainment but a mindset and a way of life. Or, maybe you’re wondering what all the fuss is about.
Either way, you’re probably curious to learn more about the actors and actresses turning Stephanie Meyer’s trove of vampire literature into the most ubiquitous pop culture sensation this side of “Harry Potter.” Below, check out ten “New Moon” stars worthy of getting to know now.
Kristin Stewart, aka Bella Swan
Robert Pattinson, aka Edward Cullen
Taylor Lautner, aka Jacob Black
Charlie Bewley, aka Demetri
TAYLOR HOWLS AT THE NEW MOON
www.ifmagazine.com: No one can ignore the phenomenon the TWILIGHT movies have become and Taylor Lautner, who plays Bella’s other love Jacob, finally gets to show off his bite (and muscles) as he transforms into a werewolf for the latest installment NEW MOON.
Of course, with fame, comes the price you have to pay for being the public eye (Lautner is dating that other famous Taylor, singer Taylor Swift), so naturally, the couple are the perfect tabloid fodder.
“Honestly I try to stay away from what has been written about me because if you let that stuff get to you and it’s not true, it can drive you crazy,” he admits. “One thing that I have heard recently, which is not true, I definitely didn’t say it, I was quoted as saying ‘I will never take my shirt off for a movie again.’ I didn’t say that. If I have to, if the character requires it, I will. Who knows, in ten years, I might do that. And like I said earlier, if a character requires me to lose 40 pounds, I’ll do it. It’s just what the character requires. So that was interesting to see.”
ECLIPSE WILL BE MORE GUY FRIENDLY
www.moviesblog.mtv.com: Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few months, you’ll know that a teensy little film called “New Moon” came out this past weekend and made a blockbuster-worthy $140 million in the past three and a half days. But most of that insane opening weekend appeal can be attributed to a year’s worth of Twilighter fanaticism and marketing, and only time will tell whether “New Moon” can sustain its box office hold beyond just fan interest. In fact, most critics knocked the movie because it stayed so close to the book and didn’t deviate enough to let those not familiar with “Twilight” in.
Enter “Eclipse.” The third installment of “The Twilight Saga” has already finished filming and is slated for a June 30, 2010 release. It is arguably the best in the series (arguable because it is my favorite, obviously), but it is also the book that propelled Stephenie Meyer’s novels into the insane popularity they now have.
TWILIGHT STARS TELL US WHAT THEY WANT IN BREAKING DAWN
www.mtv.com: MTV News spoke with the “Twilight” stars last week at a New York screening of “New Moon” and asked them to weigh in on the saga’s future.
“If I had a wish list, Gus van Sant would be pretty cool,” Peter Facinelli said, mirroring Robert Pattinson’s director pick. “I just think he’d be an interesting choice for it. I mean, ‘Milk’ was phenomenal. I would just love to see ‘Breaking Dawn’ done, because I’d like to finish the whole chapter.”
Ashley Greene said she wouldn’t turn down the chance to split up “Breaking Dawn,” if that’s what the studio decides. “I think we all love being a part of this,” she said. “And if making this into two films means we capture the essence of the fourth book better, then absolutely.”
Nikki Reed agreed with Greene, noting that she just wants to see it get the green light before any other decisions are made. “It doesn’t matter to me … if they think that’s what’s best for the book, and if they don’t think they can make it in one, then great,” Reed said. “But I don’t even know if they’re making it.”
Kellan Lutz wouldn’t mind seeing Weitz back in the director’s chair. “Out of the three, I’d love to see Chris Weitz come back,” he said. “I just had so much fun shooting with him. I mean, obviously, I would just love to do [‘Breaking Dawn’]. There’s no word. … Hopefully we get that phone call, and if they want to make it into five movies, I just don’t want it to end. I love my character so much.”
So, what do you think of todays Twilight Saga news?