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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Rob Filming "Bel Ami"

As we all know, this week has Rob in Budapest filming "Bel Ami". It has been featured on Hungarian television and there are a ton of pix & YouTube videos. I also have a little collection of pix from "Bel Ami" in my folders, but I thought I would share this with you. Rob holding his 'cane' (OK, I had to go there). I will be adding a slideshow of pix on the sidebar later today, when I get home from work.

New "Eclipse" Stills

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Metro UK Talks to Rob

Pattinson: I'm picky about roles

Robert Pattinson has revealed he is extremely picky about roles and dislikes most of the scripts he is sent.

The 23-year-old actor has become a global superstar after playing brooding vampire Edward Cullen in Twilight, but his latest film is indie flick Remember Me, which he revealed stood out from the hundreds of roles he has been offered.

Robert said: "I never like anything, so it's quite easy to decide what to do - I've never felt any pressure to do anything, particularly. Even when we were shooting it [Remember Me] I never thought about the box office."

He added: "I had read tonnes and tonnes of scripts over the summer after I did Twilight, I mean hundreds, and everything seemed exactly the same.

"But this one, the way the dialogue was written, it just seemed much more naturalistic than most things.

"It's not really a feel-good movie. They don't make movies like it anymore, I think that's how I kind of choose stuff, that's the only criteria I have. There seems to be a gap in the market for something and I just try and do that."

Robert hopes his Twilight fans like the new film but revealed he would never appear in a film simply to please an audience.

He said: "Obviously you hope people like things but I think if you start doing stuff to please a certain audience then you're going in the wrong direction. I mean, you don't even know the people you're trying to please, especially if you're trying to please whole swathes of people.

"I hope they like it."

:: Remember Me is released on Friday April 2.

Message from Stephenie Meyer About Novella

March 30, 2010


I have a new book coming out. It’s called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Well, it’s more of a novella than an actual book—my version of a short story.

Actually, this has been a surprise to me, too. The reason why it’s a surprise was that I never intended to publish this story as a stand-alone book. I began this story a long time ago—before Twilight was even released. Back then I was just editing Eclipse, and in the thick of my vampire world. I was thinking a lot about the newborns, imagining their side of the story, and one thing led to another. I started writing from Bree’s perspective about those final days, and what it was like to be a newborn.

This story was something that I worked on off and on for a while, just for fun, in between the times I was writing or editing other Twilight novels. Later, when the concept for The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide came up, I thought that might be a good place for Bree. Her story is a nice complement to Eclipse; it explains a lot of the things that Bella never knew. So I dusted it off and finished it up for placement in the Guide.

At the same time, it came in handy for the Eclipse film. Melissa (Rosenberg, the screenwriter) had a ton of questions about what exactly was going on in Seattle, how Victoria managed things, what Riley was like, etc. I let her read what I had then, and later gave the whole thing to the director, David Slade. David asked if Xavier, Bryce, and Jodelle (Riley, Victoria, and Bree) could read it as well, so all the parties involved would end up having a really strong foundation for their characters before the cameras started rolling. I was pleased that this side of the story would make it into the film and was looking forward to including it in the Guide.

(Keeping it confidential: Here is Jodelle next to the bucket of waterlogged ashes that were once the pages of her copy of the Bree manuscript.)

Then I got the news: my “short story” was nearly 200 pages long when typeset. It was too long to fit into the Guide—without ending up with a tome as heavy as the Oxford English Dictionary. My publisher approached me with the idea of releasing the Bree story on its own. One of the major benefits of this plan was that it would be out before the movie, so people would get to know Bree before they saw her in the film. That made sense to me, and we decided to go ahead with it.

There was one thing I asked for: since this story had always been an extra for me, and was meant to be released with the Guide, I wanted to be able to offer it to my fans for free. You all have bought a ton of my books, and I wanted to give you this story as a gift. My publisher was awesome and embraced this idea. We still wanted to also produce a physical book with a cool cover (see below) that you can add to your set if you like, but starting at noon on June 7th until July 5th, it will also be available online at

One other aspect of this release is the plan to give a more important gift to people who really need it. One dollar of each book purchased in the US from the first printing will be donated to the American Red Cross for their relief efforts in Haiti and Chile and other parts of the world where people are in great need. We’re going to have an option online as well, so you can choose to make a donation if you want when you read the story online. I hope you will. I think that we can really help a lot of people with this.

I really hope you all enjoy this story. I had a blast writing it. I’m glad that after all this time cooling her heels in my files, Bree finally gets her chance to shine.

Thanks for all the support,


Here is the press release direct from Little Brown:



NEW YORK, NY (March 30, 2010) – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group, has announced today that it will release the first new title from Stephenie Meyer in nearly two years. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a novella told from the point of view of Bree, a character originally featured in Eclipse. The novella (at 192 pages) will be released at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2010 in hardcover for $13.99 with a first printing of 1.5 million copies. One dollar for each book sold in the US from the first printing will be donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which supports disaster relief efforts such as those in Haiti and Chile.*

“I’m as surprised as anyone about this novella,” said Stephenie Meyer. “When I began working on it in 2005, it was simply an exercise to help me examine the other side of Eclipse, which I was editing at the time. I thought it might end up as a short story that I could include on my website. Then, when work started on The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, I thought the Guide would be a good fit for my Bree story. However, the story grew longer than I anticipated, until it was too long to fit into the Guide.”

As a special thank you to fans, Meyer is giving them exclusive access to the novel on a dedicated website,, from June 7 to July 5, 2010 where fans from around the world will be able to read the book online in English. “I’d always considered The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner as something for the fans,” said Meyer. “They have been so supportive of all things Twilight.”

Visitors to the dedicated site will also find a link to the American Red Cross website (, where they can make a donation and learn more about their relief efforts worldwide. “I have been moved by the generous outpouring of support for the recent crises in Haiti and Chile,” said Meyer. “I am glad that sales of this book will support the American Red Cross with their amazing efforts abroad.”

“Fans have been waiting with bated breath for a new book from Stephenie,” said Megan Tingley, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. “We are doubly thrilled to be giving them the opportunity to read this exciting new work as well as contribute to an important cause at the same time.”

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is the riveting story of Bree Tanner, a newborn vampire first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the world she inhabits. The novella chronicles the newborn vampire army’s journey as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.
The character Bree not only features prominently in the book Eclipse, but in the upcoming movie from Summit Entertainment. “Stephenie was gracious enough to let me read a draft of the novella while we were prepping the movie The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” said Director David Slade. “I thoroughly enjoyed the story and it gave us great insight and inspired location choices and the tailoring of scenes. I think fans are going to love the fascinating details involved in the loves, fears and actions of an emerging vampire.”

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner will also be available as an ebook beginning at 6:00 a.m. EST on June 5, 2010. Additionally, more information about the previously announced The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, including publication date, will be released by the end of the year.

In less than five years, Stephenie Meyer has become a worldwide publishing phenomenon. The Twilight Saga’s translation rights have been sold in nearly 50 countries and 100 million copies have been sold worldwide.
*Donations to the American Red Cross from the US sales of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner will continue until all first printing copies have been sold or at the end of a two-year period from the initial publication date, whichever is the first to occur.

The American Red Cross name is used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, opinion or political position.

Friday, March 26, 2010

"New Moon" Vulturi Class Picture

Here's a cute little pic that's been all over the blogs. It kind of reminds me of when you had your class picture taken in elementary school, the awkward poses (Rob & Kristen), the smiley kid (Michael Sheen), the tall kid in the back (Daniel Cudmore). How cute is this??

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Rob at Madame Tussauds

Here's Rob's new wax figure that will be on display at Mdm Tussaud's in NYC & London. There's something a little off about the face, I can't put my finger on it, but there's something. ** Update: I think it's the eyes, they're too squinty**

Monday, March 22, 2010

"New Moon" DVD

Well, it was an exciting wknd, but also a disappointing wknd for me. I got my "New Moon" DVD that I had pre-ordered at HMV, hoping that they once again were offering the 3 disc DVD, as they did last year with "Twilight". When I got my copy early Saturday morning, I found out that all they had were 2 disc DVDs that came with a collector cell of film from the 1st movie. I got Bella & Edward in the restaurant when he tells her he can read minds. There were no deleted & extended scenes on it, just the commentary and the 6 part documentary...oh, and some music videos. I was really looking forward to getting to see the deleted/extended scenes, instead of having to watch them online. I also checked out the DVD at WalMart to see if they had any "Eclipse" footage on their copies...nope. They had the 2 disc DVD with a 3D cover and it came with a poster. I am really disappointed, but happy that I can watch "New Moon" whenever I want.

When I see what other countries got with their copies & what promotions that were offered I feel, that we, in Canada, got shafted. I mean, they filmed both "New Moon" & "Eclipse" here in my country (for cheap) and this is how Summit Entertainment LLC. treats the Cdn Twilight fans, by giving us nothing. Shame!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Twilight Saga: Eclipse" 10sec Teaser Trailer

As promised by Summit Entertainment LLC. here is the 10 sec teaser trailer they released today. As far as I know, and I could be wrong the full version will be released tomorrow, for sure by Friday when "Remember Me" hits theatres.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

In Some Non-Rob News

Anna Kendrick (Jessica Stanley in the Twilight Sagas) is nominated tonight at the Oscars for Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in "Up In The Air" which she co-stars with George Clooney. She is the 1st Twilight Star to be nominated for an Oscar, so if she does win, will Summit raise her salary befitting an Oscar winner in "Breaking Dawn" (if they ever make up their minds about filming it)?? Good Luck, Anna.

BTW, Taylor Lautner & Kristen Stewart will be on hand to present at the Oscars this year. They will introduce someting about horror/thriller movies that made an impact this past year in film. As we all remember, Rob presented last year with Amanda Seyfried. Not bad for Twilight representing at the Oscars.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

"Bel Ami" Orgy Scene

KENT NEWS: The trustees of an old pump house which is being used to film a steamy orgy scene with Twilight heart-throb Robert Pattinson said they had no idea the shoot would be so raunchy, writes Chris Murphy. Film company Redwave Films is taking over the Crossness pumping station in Erith for three days of filming next week. Pattinson is starring in Bel Ami, and plays lothario reporter Georges Duroy who sleeps his way to the top of the business and seduces wealthy women. Kill Bill star Uma Thurman is also on the cast list, as his wife, in the film based on the classic novel by Guy de Maupassant. And Christina Ricci stars as Clotilde de Marelle, alongside Kristin Scott Thomas, both of whom fall under his spell. The crew have been on site for 10 days preparing the sets and will spend three days taking it all down again. The orgy scene will take place in a Parisian café being created in the Victorian landmark that will be open to the public later this year.

Pattinson, 23, who has also starred in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, said: “There is a lot of sex.”
He told movie bible Variety: “It’s a totally amoral character. In Paris, everybody was just going nuts. It was like the 1980s. Sex was a kind of a weapon and a tool, and it’s odd.” Of the sex scenes, he said “there’s something very mercenary about it in a lot of ways”.

The station was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1865 and is undergoing renovation helped by lottery funding, government money and £20,000 from the film company.
The station was built to pump London’s sewage into a reservoir before it was discharged into the Thames at high tide. The station houses the largest rotative beam engines in the world, built by James Watt and Sons, but these will be covered up by the film set. Both the building and the cast-iron machinery are being restored to their former glory by the Crossness Engines Trust and the station is open to the public by appointment before its general opening this year. Pump station trustee Mike Jones had no idea there was going to be a romp on site. He said: “I am on the set for one of the days, so that should be interesting. It is so cold in here I can’t think anyone would want to perform something like that. “I’m sure it will all be done in the best possible taste. I’d no idea what they were going to film, only that it was a Parisian café.” The station is being transformed into a 19th century French dining room to shoot the scene. One source said: “It will be tastefully done with lots of candlelight and lace, but it will be the sexiest thing Robert’s ever been seen in and will get his female fans even more excited.” A spokesman for the film said: “It will be really great fun filming in Kent. This is a great location.”

The movie is due out next year.

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Rebel, Rebel

The consensus is that Robert Pattinson has mastered the James Dean art of brooding as the sullen poster boy for the latest generation.

Pattinson's heartthrob status has been defined by his portrayal of the conflicted vampire-in-recovery, Edward Cullen, in the popular Twilight film series based on the Stephenie Meyer novels.

First, there was Twilight in 2008, New Moon last year and Eclipse set for release, to a great deal of anticipation, on June 30. Breaking Dawn, the finale, is expected to be released as two movies over the next few years.

In other words, the English actor is committed to the Edward sulk for at least another few films. But that doesn't mean Pattinson's become self-entitled or satisfied with his accomplishments.

His latest effort to expand on his brooding horizons arrives with his role in Remember Me, which opens March 12.

In the romantic drama, set in life-altering new millennium times, Pattinson plays Tyler, a rebellious young New Yorker who clashes with his overbearing father (Pierce Brosnan) in the aftermath of his brother's sudden death.

Only when Tyler meets up with the charming Ally (Emilie de Ravin) does he find some peace of mind and a reason to believe, though this may be threatened by Ally's protective Manhattan cop dad (Chris Cooper).

To say that Pattinson as Tyler redefines James Dean's Rebel Without a Cause angst is not an exaggeration, although the actor expresses some reservations about the assessment.

"I think it's a fairly typical state to be in," notes Pattinson of the classic rebellious posturing of his character. "And yes, I think there's that element, but I was also interested in the arrogant things about Tyler."

The good news for Pattinson is that he could protect the delicate tone and texture as a producer on the film. Yet, he's hesitant to take credit.

"I'm kind of embarrassed about the producing thing, because I wasn't really acting like a proper producer," he confesses. "I only came on after filming to help make sure the product was the product we all wanted to make at the end."

Indeed, Remember Me is precious to him, so he wanted to ensure the project wasn't modified or diminished in the post-production phase.

"The way Tyler reacted to specific things seemed very relatable to me," Pattinson admits. "I hadn't seen a character like it in a hundred scripts, so when it came available between filming New Moon and Eclipse, I went for it, because it seemed like a perfect fit."

He has lots of choices available to him, thanks to Twilight. Before his debut as a vampire, the London-born Pattinson was introduced to the modelling world by his mother, Claire, who worked for an agency in the city. He was successful as a teen and found time to get involved in a neighbourhood theatre group while performing pop music as well.

Subsequently, a TV and movie agent liked what he saw and signed Pattinson. As good fortune and timing would have it, Pattinson eventually won a high-profile cameo in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, portraying the doomed Cedric Diggory. Shortly after the release of that Potter picture, he was dubbed the next Jude Law.

"Their chemistry was instant," recalled Hardwicke just before the release of the first film. In fact, Stewart and Pattinson connected so convincingly, they have been linked romantically.

What Hardwicke didn't mention is that a determined Pattinson had to endure multiple Edward auditions to beat out more than 5,000 other actors from around the globe. He has that kind of drive.

Still, Pattinson says he never anticipated the overwhelming -- and constricting -- attention that arrived with his Twilight role. Indeed, he's still baffled by the intensity, just as he was when filming began in New York last year for Remember Me.

"The first two weeks were kind of crazy, because I was all around NYU and Washington Square Park where there would be tons of people around anyway," he says, referring to the hundreds of Twi-hards who showed up during shooting there. "I just tried to block things out."

Mind you, that's all the Twilight series and Remember Me have in common -- and Pattinson is thankful for that. He insists that he doesn't take roles "that are polar opposites of Edward Cullen," but he does appreciate the change of pace.

Currently, he's enjoying his against-type performance in Bel Ami, an R-rated drama with a racy sex sequence due in theatres next year.

"I think there's a kind of irony in Bel Ami, because a lot of the women are attracted to my character," says Pattinson, smiling ever so slightly, "and then he kind of screws them over and steals their money, which I think is quite funny compared to my Twilight character."

MTV: 5 Secrets of "New Moon"

If you're anything like the gleefully obsessed "New Moon" fans we chatted with in the days leading up to the film's release, you've already seen Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner's on-screen love triangle play out multiple times. But that doesn't mean you're not going to watch it again and again when the DVD hits stores.

In honor of the disc's release on March 20, director Chris Weitz sat down with MTV News to reveal five things you probably didn't know about "New Moon." Here's what we learned.

Going for the Gold: In "Twilight," RPattz and the rest of his vegetarian vampire cohorts have gold-colored eyes as a result of abstaining from consuming human blood. For "New Moon," the vamps' eyes were clearly more golden. Why'd Weitz have his actors switch to brighter contact lenses?

"It's a more noticeable gold," Weitz said. "I thought that in the first film they hadn't popped quite enough and I wanted to have that sense of otherworldliness carry through more."

The Silent Vampire: Actress Rachelle Lefevre was notoriously replaced in her role as the vampire Victoria following "New Moon," with Bryce Dallas Howard taking over the part for "Eclipse." In "New Moon," Lefevre is seen but does not speak. Is there a connection between her lack of lines and what happened with the casting decision?

"It wasn't so much that," Weitz said. "There was a dialogue scene with her, and eventually that will show up whenever they release deleted scenes. It was one of those scenes that, when you look back at it, it's kind of a surplus to the whole storytelling requirement of the movie. So there was no ill intent there. I wrote Rachelle and explained why that scene didn't end up in the film, and in terms of filmmaking I can't regret it, although I do regret it very much if it hurt Rachelle's feelings."

Why So Torn Up, Edward?:At one point in the film, Pattinson's Edward Cullen appears in a ripped T-shirt, but we never learn why. So ... what the heck happened?

"What it's supposed to be is that he's essentially been wearing the same clothes for several months, and that eventually they've just worn out because, as you I'm sure know, his body is like stone. So he must've rubbed up against something and it ripped," Weitz said.

Our Lord?:In its Italian-set portions, "New Moon" features a significant amount of religious iconography, and Edward certainly suffers a great deal. Is he supposed to be a Christ figure?

"I think that he is in a sense he's doomed to suffer eternally," Weitz said. "He actually thinks of himself as a damned figure, but he's wrong about that. So in some senses, yeah, he is a martyr figure."

Black Eyes: In Stephenie Meyer's book, Edward's eyes go black in Italy. Why don't his eyes turn in the film?

"It's because I screwed up!" Weitz admitted.

Really? He just forgot?

"Well, yeah, I kinda did," he said. "Well, there are two reasons. One is that I messed up. The other reason is that I actually thought that onscreen it would be quite bizarre to see his eyes go completely black, and that it would be more satisfying and less jarring to have that moment of reunion be a reunion with revivified Edward. But probably, the long and the short of it, there are many details that I did not drop the ball on, and there are some that I did."

Friday, March 5, 2010

Rob on the CBS Early Show

Gossip Cop gives us some details of Robert Pattinson’s appearance on CBS’s The Early Show. He taped the segment on Tuesday but it will air next Tuesday, March 9.

Robert Pattinson will appear on CBS’ “The Early Show” on Tuesday, March 9 in a segment he taped after the show’s regular broadcast three days ago.

A production source tells Gossip Cop Pattinson arrived at the studio at 9:30 AM Tuesday morning, a half-hour after the show finished. At 9:50 AM he sat down with co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez for about fifteen minutes to chat and promote his new film with Emilie de Ravin, Remember Me.

We hear he also joked with Rodriguez about the tabloid whirlwind he now faces, including one crazy claim in a tab that he was pregnant.

(Gossip Cop looked into it. Robert Pattinson is NOT pregnant. We repeat: Robert Pattinson is NOT pregnant.)

Another production source on the scene reports Pattinson was “charming” and “nice to everyone,” from the staff to the interviewer herself, who we’re told “loves him.”


More Pix From "Bel Ami"

Artist on Artist w/ Robert Pattinson & Pierce Brosnan

Artist on Artist with Robert Pattinson and Pierce Brosnan

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MTV "Rough Cuts"

In case you didn't get a chance to see the other "Rough Cuts" you can check them out here

Rob's Back To Work Today

IESB Exclusive Interview With Chris Weitz

One of the most talked about and most popular films of 2009, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, will be released on a two-disc special edition DVD and Blu-ray on March 20th. The special Saturday release date will allow for fans across the nation to celebrate at midnight release parties at various retailers.

To celebrate and promote the upcoming DVD release, director Chris Weitz took a few minutes to talk to IESB about his experience making the second film in the Twilight Saga, reflect on working with the film's stars, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, and his plans for the future.

IESB: In doing the commentary for the New Moon DVD, was there anything that you realized you regretted having to cut, or did the final cut of the film meet all of your expectations?

Chris: I was very satisfied with the final cut of the film, personally. It was what I had set out to do.

IESB: Were there any specific parts of the film that you were most looking forward to talking about for the commentary?

Chris: I was very happy to talk about some of the more complicated shots that we did, like the roundy-round shot. That was a bit in which we took what was a series of chapter headings in the book and turned it into a motion-control shot in which the seasons passed as Kristen Stewart's character, Bella, remained in the same place. What I like to do with CG is to use it as expressively as possible, and not to make things blow up good, but to sometimes render something ineffable that would be very difficult to do in camera. That involved a lot of work, in which a motion-control camera captured the movement of our steady-cam operator. So, it was a pleasure to talk about that, and about what goes into something like that.

IESB: Having had to deal with stunts, green screen, CGI, weather, bugs and everything you had going on, what was the biggest challenge in bringing this film to the screen, so as to please as many of the fans as possible?

Chris: I think the greatest challenge was the logistical load of it. When you're talking about taking a film from beginning to end in one year, it's difficult to do that with a normal film where people are just sitting on their butts, talking to one another. But, when you add in underwater work, heavy CGI work and wire work, it becomes extraordinarily complicated. And then, you add in getting the London Symphony Orchestra to record a soundtrack, and getting 10 or so indie bands to compose songs especially for the film, there are a lot of timelines that are ticking along, at the same time, and you hope that you are able to combine it all at the right point. And, you always end up, just at the last minute, on the last day, your final CGI shot comes in. There are about 400 and something CGI shots, which actually isn't that many compared to what I've done before, but it's quite a lot. It can complicate things when you're in the editing room.

IESB: Did you have any preconceived notions, coming into this film, about what it would be like to work with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, prior to filming with them? And, was there anything you learned about working with them that really surprised you?

Chris: I think what surprised me most was how level-headed they were, given the kind of pressures that they were under from the attention of the fans and the number of things that could have taken their head out of the game, and how much they really cared about getting their characters right. In the second film, in a franchise in which you know that people are going to go see it anyway, it's very impressive to see young actors who really care about getting things just right. It's the first time I've actually been twice the age of the actors, except on About a Boy, but that was really working with a child actor. These guys are actually rather grown up. I was surprised at how old I actually felt, in comparison to them. At the same time, I was really impressed by their professionalism.

IESB: Is there a specific reason why you didn't include any commentary from Kristen, Rob and Taylor on the DVD? Were they just not available?

Chris: I just didn't want them to say anything bad about me. No. It was actually happenstance. These things are scheduled during the whole press bonanza that you're doing and, on that particular day, everyone was in motion between one screening and the next, and I happened to be the only piece of the puzzle, as well as Peter Lambert, who was in London, that was available. Now, I'm sure there will be something on the Internet about some kind of scandal where we don't like each other, or something. That will be interesting. I'll have to check Twitter for that. But, it was really a much more boring reason than that.

IESB: At what point during production did you know that you were on the right track and that things were going the way you wanted them to? Is that something you can even have a realization of while you're filming?

Chris: No, I don't think you do, until you get to sit in the editing room and take a look at things. In some ways, you can tell from the level of satisfaction of your actors. You can tell whether they film comfortable or not, and I go a lot based upon their feelings about how a scene is going. They're usually very good judges of the flow of a scene. But, you don't really know until you put it all together, and you don't really have the opportunity to do that until the very end. I knew it was a very good-looking film because (cinematographer) Javier Aguirresarobe is a genius. So, I was never in doubt of that, or of the production design because David Brisbin is brilliant. But, in terms of how it all worked when everything was cut together, you really don't have an idea until the end.

IESB: If length had been of no concern for you, is there anything from the book or the script that you wish you could have included?

Chris: Not really. I think the movie could have still been longer and fit in under the wire of how many screenings a day that you're supposed to have. But, there feels like a natural length and flow to every movie, and this one just felt right, in terms of the speed of the storytelling. There is another version that people can see eventually, in which every seen is extended and no bit of dialogue from the script is missed out, and I think that that could be very satisfying for the very hardcore fan, but this is pretty much how I planned it out to be.

IESB: Looking back on the process of making New Moon, from pre-production to the finalization of the DVD, what will you remember most about the experience? Was there anything that you learned about directing or filmmaking that you'll carry with you to future projects?

Chris: What I learned was the power of a devoted audience, in supporting the filmmaker's efforts. I felt incredibly supported by the fans throughout the process. And then, to see their enjoyment and anticipation was such a visceral experience that you don't usually get to have on a memory. What I learned, as a director, was that very early on I promised myself and the actors that I would never rush them along or expect them to do something, just because it was a movie and we had a schedule to meet, and that we could always talk things through, no matter what. When I worked with my brother, I was probably the guy who was less likely to talk with the actors, and this was a full commitment to always engaging with them, and that's something I'll always take with me.

IESB: With the reception for New Moon being so overwhelming and favorable for the final outcome of the film, would you consider coming back to helm the last film, if that were to present itself, or have you moved on from the Twilight Saga?

Chris: I wouldn't say it's so much that I've moved on. It's just a very daunting prospect for someone with a young family to imagine taking on what I think will probably be an 80-day shoot. It may have moved on from me. I think the best set-up for this series of films may be that there's a new filmmaker for each one.

IESB: After being involved with something this special, how do you follow it up next?

Chris: I like to just change things around, as much as possible, when I can. And so, the next thing that I'm going to do is called The Gardener, and it's a story of an undocumented Mexican immigrant in East Los Angeles and his son. It's a very simple story, but with some really grand themes to it. The continuity is that I'm doing it at Summit because they have shown a lot of faith and belief in me, but it is a film that is being made on a much smaller scale.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON is being released on DVDand BLU-RAY on March 20th


Rob Needs A Dialect Coach

Robert Pattinson has been playing Americans so often that he’s forgotten how to talk like a Brit.

In his latest, Remember Me, the Twilight heartthrob stars as a soulful young New Yorker attending NYU, but he insists he didn’t need any help sounding like a native.

“I’ve never had a dialect coach or anything,” Pattinson says. “Ironically, I’ve only had a dialect coach for this film I’m doing now, which I’m doing now in an English accent. I guess I’ve forgotten how to do an English accent.”

Part of what attracted Pattinson to Remember Me — a mix of love story and family drama in which two college students (Pattinson and Lost star Emilie de Ravin) fall for each other — was that it didn’t follow a traditional love story mould.

“The way the plot was structured, it didn’t fit into any kind of normal category. It didn’t seem very formulaic,” Pattinson says. “When you meet someone who you feel whatever for, it doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s a finish line — like, ‘Oh, you’ll be alright now afterward.’ People now, everyone does all of these things because they think they should be happy like all the time. Doing therapy, and taking antidepressants and all of these things.”

While he didn’t struggle with the accent, the actor admits filming on location in New York City wasn’t easy, especially with the constant attention from diehard Twilight fans and paparazzi.

“The first two weeks were kind of crazy,” he remembers. “It was annoying people as well, that all of these crowds came and disrupted people’s days.”

Pattinson has tried to harness his feelings about the constant attention to use for his performance.

“I was trying to figure out a way to use the sort of rage that was built up, but you couldn’t really use it for that character,” he says. “If the same thing had happened during this movie that I’m doing now, it would have been perfect and I could have gone around hitting paparazzi and it would have been great because I would have been staying in character.”

Consider that a warning to any photographers hanging around the set of Bel Ami, based on the French novel by Guy de Maupassant. Pattinson says he was keen on taking on the new project because it was a departure from the vampire character that’s made him an international star.

“I thought there was a kind of irony in Bel Ami, because a lot of the women are attracted to this character and then he kind of screws them over and steals their money and stuff,” Pattinson says.


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