NEW MOON STARS ANSWER FAN QUESTIONS
www.moviesblog.mtv.com: “New Moon” mania took over the Hollywood & Highland Center on Friday night, as one of the first stops on the movie’s nationwide Hot Topic promotional tour kicked off with an event featuring concerts by bands from the film’s soundtrack, laughs with the cast, and a special appearance by the film’s three biggest stars.
“Thank you to you guys,” gushed Robert Pattinson, taking the stage alongside Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner in front of hundreds of shrieking, black-T-shirt-clad fans. “Without you, ‘Twilight’ wouldn’t be anywhere.”
INTERVIEWS WITH THE VAMPIRES (I MEAN, THE VOLTURI)
Q: Dakota, as such a fan of the series, you’ve said in many interviews before that you were really excited about this so what were the highlights of playing Jane and do you get to do more in the next movie?
Dakota Fanning: I think the highlight of playing Jane was getting to wear that costume and to have the red contact lenses — I was really excited about that – and getting to play an evil character. The next movie I already finished doing, Eclipse, and it’s about the same. It’s still not very much in the movie.
Q: What did you think when you saw yourself for the first time with the red lenses in?
Dakota Fanning: I know. It’s really scary. I think it makes anyone look automatically evil. But yeah, it was really fun. You get used to them after a while. You can see pretty good, but it’s still kind of weird.
Q: Michael, I wanted to know what you were saying into that tape recorder, but secondly, I wanted to know about you finding your voice. You mentioned the Blue Meanie. Did it take you a while to come up with that or was that kind of an instant thought when you read the script?
Michael Sheen: No, it was from Stephenie in the book. She describes Aro as having a voice like feathers, so that made me think about what would it sound like if someone had a voice like feathers. And then, as I was starting to play around with it, I reminded myself a little bit of the Blue Meanie. You remember the Blue Meanie in Yellow Submarine and the hand that goes with it? And then I was also thinking about characters from when I was a kid watching stuff that really freaked me out and the Blue Meanie really freaked me out. The Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – you know, “Lollipops” and all that…
Q: Jamie, can you describe what the Volturi are?
Jamie: We are basically the vampire government. We’re there to keep all the vampires in check. People keep describing us as evil. I wouldn’t say we’re evil necessarily. We’re the government, and not everybody likes the government, which is fine. Without us, it would turn into complete vampire anarchy. And, we’re there to keep the Cullens in check, in particular.
Q: Cameron, can you talk about your character and your relationship to Dakota?
Cameron: Me and Dakota are the henchmen, and Dakota is the most feared out of all the Volturi. She’s the one with the worst power. We do what they say. For me, as Alec, I’m the only one that isn’t quite afraid of Jane, but I still am. I’m not afraid to say what I want, where everybody else is always watching their words, as far the henchmen go. Jane just looks at them and they just shut up and don’t say anything. We’re brother and sister. We don’t fight at all, or else I’d be in trouble.
STEPHENIE MEYER TO BE ON OPRAH!
I wanted to apprise you all of a few upcoming things.
You know I’ve been doing the hermit thing this last year, in so far as media is concerned, and I’m not changing that now, but I am making an exception. I’m doing this for a good reason: I am so pleased and amazed and thrilled with what Chris Weitz has done with New Moon that I want to talk about it, and to show my support for him. And since I’m only doing one interview, better make it big. Really big. So….I will be on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Friday, November 13th. Check the local listings on Oprah’s website to find out what time it will be on where you live.
Of course, most of the questions for Oprah will be designed for a broader audience than just die-hard Twilight fans, and I imagine people who read this site and other fansites will already know most of the answers. To rectify this, I’m going to answer your more specific questions on-line. The official Twilight Saga website (www.TheTwilightSaga.com) will be taking any New Moon movie-related questions you might have for me, and then I’ll answer those most frequently asked. I’ll post the answers on the Twilight Saga website and also here on my own site…
I’m so very excited that you’ll all get to see New Moon in just two weeks! Then you’ll see what I’m going on about. Until then, think up some good questions for me.
SUBMIT QUESTIONS FOR STEPHENIE MEYER!
www.thetwilightsaga.com: From now until tomorrow, November 10th at noon (EST), members of TheTwilightSaga.com can send in their New Moon movie questions for Stephenie Meyer by emailing them here. Please note, questions sent any other way (like as a comment to this post), will NOT be sent to Stephenie. And as we are expecting a huge response, please note, Stephenie will only be able to answer a select number of questions.
THE MAKING OF NEW MOON
www.moviesonline.ca: Wyck Godfrey, producer for both films, was adamant that The Twilight Saga: New Moon be not merely another sequel. Like the book that inspired it, the film takes Bella Swan and Edward Cullen’s fledging relationship to a more intense and dangerous level, and reveals a conflict that will haunt Bella as the story continues: the age-old rivalry between the Quileute tribe and the vampires, played out between Bella’s best friend, Jacob Black, and her love, Edward. “The challenge was to not simply repeat what the first movie delivered,” says Godfrey. “As the story progresses, the world opens up.
The books were such a phenomenon. My first job was to respect the love that the fans of the books have for the book, and the love they transferred to the movie. There was no need to completely remake the world. We go different places this time, but we still retain respect for the fans.” The director consulted the author regularly, even on minor issues, according to Meyer. “He was interested in the smallest things, like can this person wear shoes?” she says. “He checked on all the details.
TWILIGHT COMING TO SHOWTIME IN JANUARY
www.hitfix.com: Did you miss “Twilight” during its blockbuster theatrical run? How about during its initial best-selling DVD release? Seriously, what are you waiting for? TV? Well, Showtime finally has a premiere date for you.
DONNIE DARKO DIRECTOR CONSIDERS TWILIGHT MOVIE?
www.reelmovienews.com: Richard Kelly’s The Box hit theaters today, and already there is speculation on his next project. Would the man who brought us Donnie Darko and Southland Tales be up to the task of Breaking Dawn, the fourth chapter in the Twilight saga?
There is no official word on who will be directing Breaking Dawn, and certainly no formal offer to Kelly to direct it, but the auteur is looking to collaborate on projects that are not of his own creation.
“Now, more than ever, I think I’m open to doing something that isn’t an original or that’s something from another script,” he explained. “I’m just trying to keep my mind open to any possibilities that might present themselves.”
JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER COMPARES TWILIGHT WITH HARRY POTTER
www.movies.about.com: Bower plays Caius, a member of the Volturi, in New Moon, a role he’ll reprise if/when the finalTwilight book, Breaking Dawn, is made into a movie. And in Harry Potter #7 and #8 Campbell Bower portrays Gellert Grindelwald, a character who makes his first appearance in the series as theHarry Potter franchise winds to a close.
“He’s an old friend of Dumbledore’s, a possible lover,” offered Campbell Bower at the LA press day for New Moon.
Asked to compare the experience of working on Twilight with working on the Harry Potterfranchise, Campbell Bower said, “The Twilight phenomenon cinematically is relatively young so there’s still a lot of growth there to go with the film, and there’s still a lot of connections to be made between cast and crew and stuff, whereas with Potter they’ve been going for 10 years now. It’s a machine, Potter. You go in, you do your thing, and then you go on. Whereas with this, it’s a lot more finding out about everything and a lot more exploration to do in general.”
PATTINSON ON ECLIPSE
www.hitfix.com: The 23-year-old joked about how he may just keep working as much as possible because the seclusion of shooting allows him a somewhat “normal life” and went in depth about the differences between working with his “Twilight,” “New Moon” and “Eclipse” directors. He also made some particularly intriguing comments about the last “Twilight” installment in particular.
NEW MOON’S EVIL JANE SPEAKS!
www.scifiwire.com: Summit Entertainment has released this behind-the-scenes video for The Twilight Saga: New Moon, featuring interviews with Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Christopher Heyerdahl and Cameron Bright, who play the vampire Volturi.
UTAH HOTEL CREATES TWILIGHT ROOMS
www.deseretnews.com: There are Stephenie Meyer fans out there who practically eat and sleep the “Twilight” series.
FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT NEW MOON YOU DIDN’T KNOW
The Swans Have a Not-So-Extreme Makeover
As any good Twilighter knows, the original film was shot in Portland, Oregon, but the sequels were moved to Vancouver, necessitating re-creations of such key locations as the Cullen house and Forks High. When production designer David Brisbin oversaw the “rebuild” of Charlie Swan’s house, he studied the original location obsessively and created exactly what he had seen — with one key addition.
Hell Hath No Fury
Actor Chaske Spencer stands 6-foot-2 and put on 15 pounds of muscle to play Sam Uley in “New Moon.” Kristen Stewart is 5-foot-5 and barely weighs more than 100 pounds. But when a pivotal scene called for her to punch and push him, Spencer left the set covered with black-and-blue mementos. “We did this scene and Kristen, she has a mean right hook,” laughed the muscular Spencer.
Don’t Go Booking That Flight
We don’t want to accuse anyone of product placement, but when Bella and Alice head to Italy in a hurry near the end of “New Moon,” let’s just say it’s very obvious that they’re flying Virgin America airlines.
A Little Light Reading
Moments after arriving on set, each “New Moon” actor was handed a 20-page pamphlet written by director Chris Weitz, who envisioned them as “orientation guides” for the cast and crew.
Black and Right and Red All Over
In the original “Twilight,” fans never saw Jacob’s house. But in “New Moon” the run-down home on the Quileute reservation needed to be glimpsed several times, which had the filmmakers searching until they found an appropriate-looking shack near the forest where Jacob and the wolf pack would spend much of their time. The only problem? The house they found was green, but it had been described in Meyer’s novels as a red house. Intent on keeping the franchise’s obsessive fans happy, the whole place was painted red just for the movie.
So, what do you think of today’s Twilight Saga news?