From The LA Times:
It may seem like “Twilight” is coming to a close — what with thousands of fans descending upon Los Angeles Monday night for the premiere of the final film.
But the journey isn’t yet over for the stars of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” who will jet to Europe this evening after attending the film’s Hollywood premiere.
“Knowing we have to go to London tonight and then to Madrid is so annoying,” said Robert Pattinson, decked out in a green Gucci suit.
Kristen Stewart seemed more taken with the present moment. Asked how it felt to know the vampire franchise was finally coming to a close, she could only muster the word “surreal.”
“I know the most go-to answer for everyone on these carpets is ‘Oh my gosh, this is so surreal,’” she said, affecting a valley girl voice. “But to be honest with you, this time is so completely surreal. I’m trying to absorb it. I’m trying to be here.”
From The LA Times
R.K.: Your next film is “Cosmopolis,” which is adapted from a Don DeLillo novel. What can you tell me about it?
D.C.: It’s the story of a young billionaire played by Rob Pattinson who travels across Manhattan to get a haircut. That’s the plot. Robert’s a very underestimated actor. I think he’ll blow some people away.
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JT: In addition to budgetary reasons, do you prefer shooting in one or two takes for creative reasons as well?
DC: I did the same with A Dangerous Method and the same with my latest movie Cosmopolis. One or two takes…if you’re working properly with your actor and your actor is properly prepared, you don’t need more than that. The idea of doing ninety-nine takes like David Fincher is supposed to have done…it’s a completely different way of filmmaking.
JT: Cosmopolis is slated for next year, which is a return to screenwriting for you and features a stellar cast. What can you tell us about it, in particular Robert Pattinson, who seems a unique choice for a Cronenberg leading man?
DC: I think he’s kind of parallel to [Knightley] really. I think he’s a very underrated actor who’s really good. And so he proved to be. I think he’s fantastic in the movie… He’s really great. You can ask Paul Giamatti who’s said that publicly, because he does a big scene with him. Cosmopolis is based on a novel by Don DeLillo. It couldn’t be more different from A Dangerous Method, except that it to has a lot of dialogue. But it’s a very different kind of dialogue. You’ll have to wait and see.
Robert Pattinson has nothing but love for his recent experience on the set of “Water for Elephants,” director Francis Lawrence’s adaptation of the popular novel that’s set to open in theaters Friday. It was a far cry from his current job, finishing the grueling six-month shoot for the back-to-back filming of the last two “Twilight” films, based on Stephenie Meyer’s final book in her bestselling series of young adult novels, “Breaking Dawn.”
Pattinson took a moment for a brief phone interview before he was needed on the set of a night shoot for the vampire mega-hit. He seemed downright exhausted. “I’m just arriving at set, thinking I’m going to work all night,” he said. “I’m kinda losing my mind.”
Question: Sorry to hear you’re so exhausted. Can you tell us what your time was like on “Elephants,” with Reese Witherspoon?
Pattinson: It’s easily one of the best experiences I’ve had making a film and it’s by far one of the best experiences in my life. It didn’t even feel like work and a lot of that had to do with Reese. She makes an effort to make it like that. I think she believes that it’s really important to enjoy your work, especially when you have to be there for so many hours every day. I made a great friend out of it.
Question: How did working with the animals impact the environment?
Pattinson: When you have totally unpredictable elements, and there are dangerous elements in every single scene, everyone is in the same boat. If you’re trying to herd up a pack of horses, it doesn’t matter who you are. There is manure everywhere and everyone was filthy all the time. It was an egalitarian set because of that. It’s quite inspiring to be around [the elephant]. It doesn’t really matter what your taste is, everyone is going to like being around an elephant. It’s not like being around another actor some people may not like.
Question: Reese mentioned that she found the paparazzi attention on you unlike anything she’s seen before. What do you think?
Pattinson: She’s trying to sound humble about all this but she’s in all these magazines every week. It’s a circus outside her marriage. Plus, I always see her [in them] buying her sandwiches and going to yoga…. I guess she’s kind of accepted it in a lot of ways…. It’s just a strange situation to be in if you’re a sane person to have that kind of attention put on you.
Love triangles are the stuff of Hollywood tradition, and the mixed-up relationships between Edward (Robert Pattinson), Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) are no exception. The “Twilight” trio has been at the forefront of triangles for a few years now, with fans taking sides, joining Team Edward or Team Jacob to back their favorite guy. The frenzy started when Bella fell head over heels for her vampire classmate Edward. But when he broke her heart, it was werewolf buddy Jacob who was there to pick up the pieces. Here’s a look at some of Hollywood’s scandalous fictional love triangles. (Spoiler heavy).
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Here’s an Eclipse cheat sheet from the LA Times. I’m posting Rob’s part and and the main cast but click here to check out all the others.
From the LA Times:
To gear up for the third feature to be adapted from the wildly popular Stephenie Meyer books, here’s a study guide for Twi-hards and the uninitiated alike. Roll over photos to learn who’s who, read about their favorite scenes and time travel with their characters into the future.
Character: Edward Cullen, the adopted son of Esme and Carlisle, adoptive brother of Emmett, Alice and Jasper, and Bella Swan’s beau. He has the ability to read minds, with the exception of Bella’s.
Back story: It has taken the brooding Edward generations to fall in love and now that he has, he feels responsible for Bella’s life — and soul—so resists turning her into a vampire, though outside forces are weighing on him to do so. In “New Moon,” after a brief birthday fiasco puts Bella in mortal danger, Edward breaks up with her and the Cullens move away as a way to protect her from further potential harm from their kind. He soon finds it difficult to live without her and returns only to find Bella is in renewed danger and, in his absence, has developed a close relationship to her friend Jacob. Needless to say, Edward and Jacob, do not care for each other.
Where is Edward 100 years from now? “Oh, God, I don’t know,” Pattinson says. “I mean, it seems like he’s gone through so many problems and the series is only over a period of like two years or something — or three years, maybe, for the whole thing. I mean, you can’t keep living like that … it’s just craziness the entire time. [Edward's] probably been killed or something.”
Character: Isabella “Bella” Marie Swan, Edward Cullen’s girlfriend and best friend of Jacob Black.
Back story: Bella desperately wants to be changed into a vampire so she and Edward can share their love for eternity. Edward, though, is determined to keep her human to save her soul. It’s a dilemma made only worse when the ruling vampire body called the Volturi discovers that human Bella knows of their existence. They force a vow from the Cullen family to turn Bella within a year or they will kill her. Bella is also being hunted by the vampire Victoria, after the Cullens killed her sadistic mate James.
Favorite “Eclipse” scene: “There were two scenes that just were very important to me and they happen one after the other,” Stewart says. “It’s when Jacob and Bella kiss and then she goes and talks to Edward about it. It was just so different from anything that I’ve played in this series so far. The movie is so very much about ultimate devotion, so to stray from that was just weird and cool and sort of makes the relationship between Edward and Bella a little bit more real because now she’s seen another side and she can actually consider something else for five seconds of her life.”
Character: Jacob Black is Bella’s best friend. He is a Quileute Native American and a member of the wolf pack.
Back story: Though Bella is still clearly in love with Edward, Jacob’s feelings toward her have grown. He has also discovered that he is one in an ancient line of Quileute werewolves — mortal enemies of the Cullens though sworn to a long-standing treaty with the family as long as the vampires don’t harm humans. Suspecting Bella’s desire to become a vampire, Jacob reminds Edward of the Quileute-Cullen treaty, implying there could be trouble if she is bitten.
Favorite “Eclipse” scene: “I liked the tent scene a lot,” Lautner says. “I had a lot of fun filming it. But another really fun one occurred right in front of Bella’s house after I kissed her for the first time … and she punched me. Edward and Jacob get into a huge fight and we’re yelling at each other and he grabs my shoulder and [Bella's father] Charlie comes storming out and breaks up the fight. It was really a funny scene to film.”
Character: Carlisle Cullen, patriarch of the Cullen family.
Back story: In “Twilight,” we’re introduced to Carlisle, a doctor in Forks, who, over the last century or so, “created” his happy, vegetarian clan of vampires (they feed on animal blood only). Pleased that Edward has finally found love, Carlisle is steadfast in his willingness to protect Bella from all threats and is in favor of turning Bella into a vampire as she has long hoped for.
Favorite “Eclipse” scene: “I liked all the action stuff. For me, the training sequence and the battle scene were the ultimate,” Facinelli says. “I mean, we did six months of training and we were finally able to take all that and put it to use. It was exciting. I’m sure the wolf pack is jealous; they have all those muscles and abs, but it’s for nothing! They don’t even get to do stunts.”
Where is Carlisle 100 years from now? “Carlisle is still doing doctor work somewhere … maybe back in Forks.”
The family that slays together, stays together.
At least that’s the case for the Cullen brood.
In “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which hits theaters June 30, Seattle is ravaged by a series of killings caused by an army of newborn vampires controlled by revenge-seeking bloodsucker Victoria. To combat the threat against Bella ( Kristen Stewart) in this third installment of the franchise, the Cullens must band together and join forces with their sworn enemies, the wolf pack.
“The whole family is in a vulnerable position because of the love we have for Bella,” said Elizabeth Reaser, who plays matriarch Esme Cullen. “If she’s not OK, we’re not OK.”
In the past, we’ve seen the clan hit baseballs so hard that they can play only in a thunder storm, to block out the sound. And we’ve watched the buttoned-up human imposters welcome Bella into their home as the human girlfriend of one of their own — the handsome Edward.
“This time around, you get to see their true vampire-ness,” said Peter Facinelli, who plays head vampire Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the series based on the bestselling books by Stephenie Meyer.
What can we expect from the pale-faced Cullen family (which includes the Hale siblings) this go around? Here’s what the actors say audiences can expect from the story and their characters:
Robert Pattinson (as Edward Cullen): Snagging a phone interview with the brooding dreamboat — who was overseas shooting his latest film, “Bel Ami” — proved difficult. So what can we expect from the lovesick Edward? He promises to love Bella “every moment of forever,” as the trailer reveals. He’s still hesitant about her becoming a vampire. He’s determined to protect her from Victoria. And he’s vying with Jacob for her affections. Oh, the life of an antique teenage vampire.
You can read what the other Cullens talked about their characters here at The LA Times
From The LA Times:
It’s been one of the biggest questions surrounding Summit Entertainment’s uber-successful “Twilight” franchise (apart, of course, from whether stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson really are a couple off-screen) — just how the producers are going to manage to pull off a big-screen adaptation of “Breaking Dawn.” The fourth book in Stephenie Meyer’s juggernaut of a young adult fiction series about the epic love affair between high school student Bella Swan and her good-guy vampire beau Edward Cullen has plenty of heft, clocking in at upward of 750 pages, but it also has the distinction of being the most controversial entry in the saga.
When it was released in August 2008, fan reaction was intense and divided with some “Twi-hards” expressing confusion and dismay over a plot that involved *SPOILER ALERT* a recently graduated 19-year-old Bella giving birth to a half-human/half-vamp daughter named Renesmee, who grows much faster than the average mortal child and who possesses a unique way of communicating with those around her, clearly inherited from Dad’s side of the family.
Wyck Godfrey, the producer of all the films in the “Twilight” saga, admits that the creative team still doesn’t know how they’ll handle the character in the “Breaking Dawn” movie, but said that the plan is absolutely for the production to go forward — as either one or two installments — with an eye toward beginning to shoot in Vancouver this fall. All three stars are signed for “Breaking Dawn,” he said, meaning that Stewart and Pattinson will be dealing with the joys and woes of interspecies parenting and newly minted heartthrob Taylor Lautner will return as often-shirtless shape-shifter Jacob Black.
At the moment, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who’s penned all the “Twilight” movies, is working on the “Breaking Dawn” script(s). “It’s a work in process,” Godfrey said in an interview Friday. “The issue [of whether there will be one or two movies] is not going to be resolved until we get the full treatment and see whether it’s organic. If it’s not organic, I don’t think it will be done, and if it is, it will be. It really has to do with how much level of detail from the books there is, with all of these new vampires that appear in ‘Breaking Dawn,’ the whole section about Jacob… It’s a very long single movie if it does become a single movie.”
Although there’s been a great deal of online chatter about whether Chris Weitz, director of the second and most recent movie, “New Moon,” would return to helm “Breaking Dawn,” Godfrey downplayed that possibility, saying, “I think everyone would be happy and excited if he came back, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
He and the other principals are formulating a list of potential directors, “but right now,” Godfrey said, “we’re just focused on the treatment and getting that right. At that point, we’re going to see who’s available and who’s appropriate. It’s such a complicated book because you have the emotions and the intensity of the love story — so you need somebody who’s just a wonderful director of actors — and yet it’s really complicated from an action and visual effects standpoint. They’ve got to have both tools in their kit.”
A visual effects background might be particularly helpful when it comes to dealing with the character of Renesmee.
“I keep having visions of ‘[The Curious Case of] Benjamin Button’ in my head,” Godfrey said, referring to David Fincher’s Oscar-nominated 2008 fantasy about a man who becomes physically younger as he ages. “It’s certainly going to be visual effects in some capacity along with an actor. I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being a full CG creation, but it also may be a human shot on a soundstage that then is used to shrink down. I don’t know. We need a director. When we get a director, that director will need to come with a point of view of how they want to tackle it.”
The third movie in the series, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” is due in theaters June 30.
– Gina McIntyre
Source: LA Times via RP Life