Friday, July 31, 2009

Twilight Hips Might Lie for Shakira, 'She Wolf,' and New Moon Soundtrack
Shakira and “She-Wolf” is the latest musical New Moon rumor to come down the Twilight pike. The soundtrack for the Twilight Saga sequel New Moon is picking up online Twilight steam and now that Twilight word has it that Shakira could be considered for the New Moon soundtrack. On recent Twilight weeks regarding the New Moon soundtrack, everyone from Coldplay to Kelly Clarkson have allegedly been considered for the New Moon soundtrack despite a lack of official Twilight confirmation.
But let’s take a look at this Shakira New Moon soundtrack music through a grounded Twilight eye.
With an upcoming album in the works, Shakira is making a new moon of her own with the release of her latest single, “She-Wolf.” Now one could make the Twilight and New Moon assumption that since the title is “She-Wolf’ that it MUST be under consideration for the New Moon soundtrack. Obviously New Moon has Twilight werewolf layers and the Shakira song is named “She-Wolf,” but that doesn’t mean anything. Does it mean that Shakir

Our Twilight question related to the New Moon soundtrack and the new Shakira song is: If this was under consideration for the New Moon soundtrack, why is it being released five months before the New Moon hits theatres? By the time Shakira releases her new album in October, one month ahead of New Moon, “She-Wolf” will have lost the immediacy of its fresh popularity and clout to help sell the New Moon soundtrack. To us it feels like it would be a wasted song slot on the New Moon soundtrack by that time. Although we don’t know for sure, this one seems like the words New Moon and the word “Wolf” from the new Shakira song are being linked together unnecessarily. Something Twilight doesn't feel right.
After so much talk of Twilight vampires, the New Moon shift to the werewolf aspect is a welcome Twilight change after so much emphasis has been placed upon the Robert Pattinson embodied Edward Cullen, who is the lead vampire setting hearts a-flutter aside from the Kristen Stewart embodied Bella Swan since the debut of Twilight in 2008. Although the Stephanie Meyer penned Twilight Saga has been the hot topic of the internet, it is nice to see Twilight focus turn to the werewolf, which includes Taylor Lautner and Jacob Black, since the vampire theme has also been dominating Twilight related internet searches. Although Shakira has a huge Latin American fan base that’s also in love with New Moon, the hips might lie on this one.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Another Jacob Black and Bella Swan Photo!

Die-hard Twilight fans (otherwise known as "Twi-hards") are already lining up outside of Hall H for tomorrow's New Moon panel, a Comic-Con launching event that will surely give last year's packed Twilight presentation a run for its money. Adding fuel to the Twilight fire, Summit has launched the official website for The Twilight Saga: New Moon, where you can take a virtual tour of the Cullen family house, download wallpapers and icons, and watch the trailer. Best of all? You get yet another new image of Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) together!

Twilighters with passes to Comic-Con are already in line at the San Diego Convention Center -- yes, a full 24 hours early -- in anticipation of tomorrow's huge New Moon panel. (Shout out to TwiFans, Tweeting from the line as we speak.) Yours truly will be there, reporting and tweeting all things Twilight, and will be in attendance at an exclusive New Moon press conference preceding the panel.
In the meantime, head over to the newly unveiled official website for The Twilight Saga: New Moon, where you can pore over every trailer and photo that has been released to the public AND get a preview glimpse of the infamous "birthday party scene." (If you thought Jasper looked like he was in pain in Twilight, get a load of him now!)


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Kristen & Robert Explain Why ‘Twilight’ Is So Great

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, the stars of “Twilight” and “New Moon” explained why Stephanie Meyers novel come to life is such a success in the video interview (below) with ctv just before “Twilight” came out.

Kristen starts off by saying it’s because most girls can relate with Bella,and Rob says that people really feel like they know the characters. Then Robert talks about his Edward character,and told a story that most fans said they liked Edward because he’s so sexy.then another fan said it was because of the way Edward loves Bella.

The video concludes with them telling how they will deal with all the fame once the movie comes out.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

'New Moon' soundtrack selections confirmed by director Chris Weitz

HitFix is reporting that The Twilight Saga: New Moon director Chris Weitz has officially selected songs from Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Bon Iver to appear on the film's soundtrack.
While we learned earlier today at the Comic-Con event that Remember Me star and former soundtrack double-appearance-maker Robert Pattinson would not be contirbuting to the soundtrack, we now know some who will.

Weitz spoke about his soundtrack choices before, stating that Radiohead, Band of Skulls, and Muse would be appear on the album.


Monday, July 27, 2009

New Moon Set for Twilight Premiere in Tennessee 
Twilight Saga fans can now set their sights on the state of Tennessee since the Twilight spotlight will be on Knoxville for the U.S. premiere of New Moon. Knoxville, Tennessee is in for one of the biggest cinematic releases of the year as it plays host to the premiere of the Twilight sequel New Moon. New Moon is set for theatrical release on November 20, 2009 but the exact Twilight premiere date is still undetermined.

The Twilight guest list for the premiere of New Moon is unconfirmed but Twilight Saga promoters are hoping that Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and Kristen Stewart will all be on board for the New Moon premiere, which will thrust Knoxville into the Twilight media spotlight.

As reported around the web, the New Moon premiere will take place at Regal Cinemas’ Pinnacle 18 in Turkey Creek. In 2008, Journey to the Center of the Earth made its debut at Regal in an effort to raise funds for Variety – The Children’s Charity of Eastern Tennessee.

Twilight Saga fans have already started to scour the web for Twilight tickets to the New Moon premiere in the hope of seeing the Twilight and New Moon stars live and in the flesh.
Let the blood bath for Twilight tickets begin.


Sunday, July 26, 2009

'Twilight' trio offer views on 'New Moon'

While thousands of fans lined up outside the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday morning, hoping to get into one of Comic-Con's most anticipated panels, a session devoted to a little franchise called "Twilight," the series' stars spent some time with the media at the nearby Hilton Hotel.

The trio -- Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner -- arrived a fashionable 30 minutes late. Lautner looked a good 20 pounds bulkier than he did last year, Pattinson seemed less shell-shocked, and Stewart was made up like the second coming of rock goddess Joan Jett (whom she's playing for the independent film "The Runaways," about Jett's early all-chick band).

"I think last year Comic-Con was the big eye-opener for us," said Lautner, the only actor who appeared genuinely awake and visibly excited to promote the next film in the series, "New Moon." "It's awesome that we get to see them all waiting for us again a year later."

Pattinson had a different take on the story's rabid fans, acknowledging up front that "there's no pleading ignorance [with the press] now. You actually have to have something to say."

So what did the cast have to say? None of them had seen the completed film. And journalists were warned by Summit Entertainment head of PR Vivian Mayer-Siskind at the outset not to even think about asking questions about the reported romance between Pattinson and Stewart. (Mustached online personality and Comic-Con vet Bob Stencil did anyway: "What's the off-screen chemistry like, Rob and Kristen?" The actors didn't have time to open their mouths before Mayer-Siskind shut that down.)

The stars did divulge that Edward would be much more of a presence in "New Moon" than he is in the book, which follows the breakup of Bella and Edward when he leaves her early in the story and reappears only in the final fifth of the novel.

"He's in it!" Stewart said as if to reassure skeptics. In "New Moon," Bella begins hearing Edward's voice after he leaves. In the movie, she'll see him as well.

"It would look probably pretty cheesy if it were just my voice, so they've done these hallucinations, semi-visible apparitions," Pattinson said.

"It's a severely emotional movie," Stewart said as if to explain why she stuck with the teen franchise. "I like it best just in terms of how far I was able to push myself this time. It's not about discovery or falling in love. It's, like, low. Bella is a manic-depressive, basically.

"After 'New Moon,' it's pretty much smooth sailing for her," Stewart said.

The third film, "Eclipse," begins production in mid-August, and Lautner called it "the high point in the series." Pattinson couldn't pinpoint the drawing power of vampire stories -- "When I play it, I try and eliminate the vampire element as much as I can," he said -- but said they obviously had "some sort of power."

"I found myself bizarrely invested in the 'Twilight' story after my first audition -- and I hadn't even read the books yet," he said.

Lautner was a little more upbeat. "The werewolves definitely step up the action in this movie," he said. Of course, he gets to play one.

The 17-year-old also divulged that he'd bulked up by "eating everything" for months and working out nonstop with a personal trainer to keep him locked into the role of Jacob, Bella's werewolf suitor.

(Before "New Moon" began production, it had been thought the actor may have been too slight to play Jacob in the second and third films, in which the character is supposed to have radically transformed.)

Just don't ask him to growl like a werewolf for you. "I really don't enjoy doing that," Lautner said. "Please don't. Just wait for the movie."

-- Denise Martin 'Alice' plus a view of Depp, Burton

Comic-Con attendees expecting surprise appearances from big-name movie stars weren't disappointed Thursday morning at Disney's 3-D panel when Johnny Depp, gallantly dressed in a white shirt and black vest, showed up to support director Tim Burton, who unveiled a teaser trailer for his upcoming "Alice in Wonderland."

The film, which stars Depp and is due out in March, draws from a cross section of Lewis Carroll's writing, including his "Jabberwocky" poem.

The trailer footage prominently featured Depp's flame-haired Mad Hatter as well as a variety of fantastic images that Burton has assembled for the movie, which combines live action and animation.

At the urging of moderator Patton Oswalt, the trailer was shown three separate times to a wildly enthusiastic crowd. "John and I worked together many times, but he has never done a character with orange hair," Burton dryly observed from the stage about the Hatter's unusually colored coiffure. "We scalped Carrot Top and took his hair."

Disney also showcased early footage from Robert Zemeckis' "A Christmas Carol" and its "Tron" reboot.


Saturday, July 25, 2009

New Moon Motorcycle Sneak Peak!

Friday, July 24, 2009


Let's take another look at this awesome New Moon Sneak Peek! :)

Official 'New Moon' Movie Site Launches
As the New Moon stars poise themselves to descend on San Diego for the Comic Con convention, their fans are getting an early treat.

On Wednesday, the official website for the movie was launched delivering teasers and sneak peaks for the film set to be released on November 20. There is plenty to get excited about from new photos to sound clips (yes, you can hear dreamy Rob Pattinson as Edward Cullen!) and other fun features. Want to refresh the background on your computer screen? Get some new Twilight wall paper on the site and stare at Taylor Lautner’s chiseled abs all day.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Twilight Cast Confirmed Breaking Dawn!

Twilight Cast, MTV Movie Awards

After Robert Pattinson confirmed he was signed on for the fourth Twilight installment, Breaking Dawn, back in Cannes, we've all been dying for more juicy deets on the hypersexualized film. (More on exactly how much naughtier the flick will be, next week.)

Yes, we know we're getting overeager since the script for the third flick, Eclipse, which starts shooting Aug. 17, hasn't even been finished yet.

"I haven't seen a page," exclaimed Ashley Greene, who's heading back up to Vancouver to shoot the third Twi flick this summer.

Even though we're getting a tad ahead of ourselves, we tried to pry any dirt out of Ashley and Billy Burke last weekend on what's in store for the final movie.

Read on:

"All I know is that, as of now, I only signed on to do three," B.B. told us. Coyly played Billy. Maybe he's just trying to keep all Twi dirt on the down-low, or it could be that the secondary castmembers haven't started negotiations. Rob and Kristen Stewart are locked in (after so much drama you have no idea—but you're not interested in that, right?), so that's all that matters.

But Breaking Dawn isn't exactly as far away as you all would think.

"We're going to start right after Eclipse," says Ash.

That doesn't come as surprise to us, as we exclusively told you how Summit would be pumping out this franchise as fast as possible to avoid any "bumps" in the road.

So will we see any repeat directors for the fourth film?

"I don't think so," says Ms. Greene. "[Eclipse director] David [Slade] and [New Moon director] Chris [Weitz] will both be busy in postproduction, and Catherine [Hardwicke] will be doing Hamlet."

Well, like we said in last week's Truth, Lies, & Ted, there's no friggin' way Catherine would be back even if it was possible! Despite all the success and money C.H. brought Summit, insiders insist she's so crazy she wouldn't get the gig if Robsten themselves demanded it.

And as much as everyone adored Chris, that's not going to happen because of "scheduling conflicts," we're told.

So there ya have it. Who do you all think should do the fourth one?


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Kristen Stewart Can Sing!

We've already seen some clips of Robert Pattinson singing, but did you know Kristen Stewart can sing too? We wonder how much beautiful music these two make together. But seriously, Kristen Stewart isn't bad at all.
How do we know? We just viewed this clip of Kristen Stewart singing from the 2007 biographical drama, Into the Wild. And she sounds pretty amazing; much better than we expected.
So now the question is, will Kristen be singing in her upcoming Joan Jett biopic, The Runaways? Her Into the Wild song is super mellow and slow and Joan Jett is much more rock and roll, but we think Kristen can pull it off. And we would love it if she sang in the movie!
And then if she and Robert Pattinson did a duet, of course. Do you see Twilight the Musical in Kristen Stewart's future?


Saturday, July 18, 2009

'Harry Potter' vs. 'Twilight': Who's more popular?

Who's more popular: Harry, Ron, and Hermione, or Bella and Edward? According to a recent comparison, the Hogwarts kids have the edge -- except in soundtrack sales, where the folk of Forks, Washington have them beat. That might be because the Twilight soundtrack is pop songs, and the Potter soundtracks are the films' John Williams scores. Maybe.

Comparing book sales, the Potterverse is way out ahead, with a total of over 53 million books sold since 2001 -- and Sorcerer's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban,and Goblet of Fire all came out before then, so the actual number is even higher. The Twilight franchise has sold around 25 million, but it has three fewer books and fewer years on the shelf. Since 2008, though, Twilight totally wins: 1,767,272 HP books have been sold, while 22,975,112 Twilight ones have.

At the box office, Harry Potter's cuisine reigns supreme; even though Twilight brought in $36 million its opening day, that doesn't beat Sorcerer's Stone or Chamber of Secrets when their results are adjusted for inflation. Still, it's not as if a $191.4 million haul is anything to scoff at. Chin up, Twihards!
In the end, both franchises are mega-ultra-super-beloved, right? Doesn't that mean we're all winners, PopWatchers? Or can there be only one?

What's your choice, guys? :)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Kristen Gazes At Taylor In Latest ‘New Moon’ Photo put up this latest movie still from “Twilight Saga : New Moon” movie. It shows Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan) and Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black) gazing into each other’s eyes while sitting in a car,and I must say it looks pretty intense.

For this very moment, it looks like Jacob could sweep Bella from Edward,but I know all you “Team Edward” fans would beg to differ. The 2nd movie trailer for “New Moon” is reported to be coming during the showing of the new comedy “Bandslam” on August 14,2009.

The “Twilight Saga” cast will be heading back over to Vancouver in August 2009 to start shooting the third installment of the “Twilight Saga” series entitled “Eclipse”

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Twilight Dolls for the fans

Twilight has a lot of fans. Fans of all ages. So Mattel figures why not capitalize on some of the fame and make some Twilight dolls in the likes of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. But we have a feeling it's not going to be only kids buying these dolls.

Girls go crazy over Robert Pattinson's Twilight character, Edward Cullen, so why wouldn't they want a doll that looks just like him? And then once they have the Edward doll, they're going to need Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan doll as well. You know, so they can have them go out on dates and kiss and stuff.

Mattel's Edward Cullen and Bella Swan Barbie dolls will be available at Toys R Us in October. Right before the release of New Moon! It's been said that the Edward doll will be "luminescent with a shimmering complexion and trademark gold eyes." And Bella is "dressed in her signature outfit from the movie." The dolls will sell for $34.99.

If the dolls sell well (which they will), we wonder if Mattel will start making other Twilight characters. We'd like a Jacob Black ourselves.

We have a feeling a lot of adults will be purchasing these Twilight dolls for collectors items. And maybe to snuggle with a little bit.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

'New Moon' Secret and Details Included in New 'Twilight' Special-Edition

More details of the upcoming "" have been shared through "Sexy Stars of Twilight" book from Us Weekly. In a 72-page homage to "" stars, the secrets of "New Moon", photos from the vampire drama's set as well as some photos of the Quileute wolf pack are unraveled.

The special edition book, which is available for $9.99 on newsstands Friday, June 26, and for order on Barnes & Noble, contains an essay on the Bella and Edward's love story as well. Four posters of heartthrob , one of , one of Rob and , and one for the cast are also featured in addition to cast interviews and a look at the new stars such as and .

Aside from the "New Moon" stuff, the book also shares a peek at the stars when they're living their lives off-set. In it, pictures of Kristen's rise to Hollywood are also compiled.

"The Twilight Saga's New Moon" revolves around Bella Swan as she is left devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire lover Edward. But, her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black. Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and she finds her loyalties tested.

An adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's second novel in her "Twilight" series, this "Twilight" sequel has wrapped up its principal photography and fallen into its post-production. Penned by "Twilight" screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, it is directed by "" helmer Chris Weitz. The vampire drama movie is targeting a U.S. release on November 20.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Jackson Rathbone Talks Up THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON

Jackson Rathbone is literally in the TWILIGHT of his career—and that’s a good thing for the 25-year-old actor. The first film based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling book series opened to big business last November and ended up grossing more than $190 million at the U.S. box office. In the second film, NEW MOON, THE GOLDEN COMPASS’ Chris Weitz takes over for Catherine Hardwicke as director, but Bella, Edward and the rest of the Cullen clan return. The eagerly awaited movie doesn’t debut until November 20, but Rathbone (who plays Jasper Hale, a member of the Cullen family) has a few things to say about making the first film and what to expect in the sequel—including the introduction of the werewolves.

“TWILIGHT was one of Summit’s first films [as a fully independent studio],” he says while relaxing on the set of a forthcoming project. “So it was like a bigger-budget indie movie, and it felt like an indie film—just the way we were all making the film together and the way Catherine Hardwicke directs. It was a really fun vibe on the set. It was also a little bit stressful because as we kept filming, the press and the fans kept getting more into it and all these websites started popping up and TWILIGHT Moms and all these things. It was amazing. It was like, ‘Oh, wow! This is going to be something else.’


Friday, July 10, 2009

Twilight Release of Eclipse Facing Competition in 2010

The Twilight release date for Eclipse, the third film in the Twilight Saga following New Moon, is set for June 30, 2010 but has been crammed into a very busy summer period for big-budget releases. The Twilight Saga film, Eclipse, starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner won’t have a Transformers movie or another Harry Potter to contend with but the upcoming Twilight film will have M Night Shyamalan’s Avatar: The Last Airbender to face two days after Eclipse hits theatres on July 2, 2010.
The July 4 weekend is a busy time at the North American box office and the Twilight inclusive 2010 looks to be no different. After the Twilight Saga release of Eclipse, the long in-development hell comic book project, The Green Hornet has finally been given a release date of July 9, 2010 but the Seth Rogen movie is still in pre-production and filming hasn’t gotten underway.
Can Eclipse keep the Twilight Saga momentum going as strong as it currently is for New Moon? The rapid production and release of all three Twilight Saga films has led many to believe that the overwhelming Twilight and New Moon media attention could burnout Eclipse before it has time to hit theatres. It’s not a matter of if, but …
Related to the bevy of films around the release of The Twilight Saga Eclipse, Toy Story 3 will be released on June 18, 2010. Executives at Summit Entertainment are hoping there will be enough time between Eclipse and Toy Story to avoid an overlap. Filming on Eclipse is set to begin in August in Vancouver ahead of the Twilight sequel New Moon, which makes its theatrical debut on November 20, 2009.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart sizzle on 'New Moon' book cover


Check out the new cover of the movie tie-in edition of “New Moon."

The book’s cover is an exclusive image of Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart from the "Twilight" franchise's second film, due out this fall.

Team Taylor fans should snag copies for posterity. Or to paper their bedroom walls. Or ceiling.
And there's even an exclusive poster inside!

As for Team Edward, they have enough photos of Robert Pattinson making out with Emilie de Ravin in New York on the set of "Remember Me" to look at.

What do you think of the book cover? Is it just us or does this look like a romance novel?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Taylor Lautner in MMVA

The MMVA’s (Much Music Video Awards) were on tonight and really the highlight of the evening other than the Jonas Brothers being the co-hosts (but I could have really cared less about that) was Taylor Lautner being there.

I had to include these pictures of Taylor on the red carpet arriving to the awards because we all know he’s a cutie pie. When I find more I’ll add them here.

[Images by MMVAS and Splash News]

Monday, July 6, 2009

‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ Shoot Dates Revealed!

This seemingly minor blip of news is going to be very exciting for a lot of you readers. The third movie entry in the “Twilight” series, “Eclipse,” will shoot at Vancouver Film Studios between August 17 and October 31 (Halloween wrap!), ComingSoon reports. The David Slade-directed adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s novel will come from a script by series scribe (and occasional “Dexter” writer) Melissa Rosenberg.

The Halloween wrap is perfectly timed to coincide with what will likely be the start of a massive publicity push leading into the release of “New Moon” on November 20. “Eclipse” is currently set for a June 30, 2010 release, a fact which I’m sure that many of you readers are already well aware of. So mark those calendars if you haven’t already, and prepare for an increasing onslaught of “Eclipse” news as the wheels spin faster and faster.


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Breaking Dawn: Will the Movie Beat the Book?

After Robert Pattinson’s announcement that Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in Stephenie Meyer’s ridiculously popular Twilight Saga, will hit the big screen, we got to thinking: Will it make a good movie? And more important, will it turn out better than the book?
Breaking Dawn is very different from the first three novels in the series (Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse) and saw numerous mixed reviews during its release week. The millions-strong fan base was divided — everyone either loved it or hated it.
We’ve come up with 10 ways the movie could either rake in major box-office bucks or epically fail in a way not seen since Speed Racer dropped off the face of the planet. Even Pattinson might not be enough to save this one.

1. Bella and Edward's Wedding

The wedding and first 100 pages of Breaking Dawn is, without a doubt, the most entertaining part of the book. It’s like old style Twilight, with every character acting as they should (except for Edward and the garter ... weird much?), and the ever-present Bella-Edward-Jacob love triangle. Unfortunately, the most anticipated event since the Millennium is over all too quickly and things start to get worse as soon as our vampire and his bride reach their honeymoon destination, the Isle Esme. When Breaking Dawn is finally made into a movie, more emphasis should be put into the wedding: It’s the last time a lot of fans felt like they were reading The Twilight Saga and not some dodgy fan-fic found on the Internet.

2. The "Sex" Scenes

Yep, you read that right. Bella and Edward finally get it on, in what can only be described as the most absent sex scene written since the 1900s. The act itself is merely implied, with the only proof it happened some broken headboards and bitten pillows. Oh, and a very bruised Bella. How they’ll portray this in the movie is anyone’s guess, and no doubt complaints of abuse and domestic violence are a big fear of everyone involved with the movie. If it stays rated PG-13 like its predecessors, ardent fans of Bella and Edward can kiss goodbye to their much adored night of passion. Sorry kids, it’s still implication only.

3. Jacob's Third of the Book

Werewolf Jacob takes center stage for a third of the book in what is arguably the best section of the entire 800-page tome. He’s funny, realistic, and probably the only one in the book to actually stay in character. If you were a member of Team Edward before, I guarantee you’ll rethink your loyalty after reading Part 2. The young Jacob Black is seriously that endearing, redeeming what is an otherwise tiresome read. Look for Taylor Lautner to take center stage on the movie posters — he’ll be carrying this one solo.

4. Renesmee's Birth

Normal births are painful, right? They hurt, they’re messy, and yet some women have them time and time again. Stephenie Meyer takes birthing to the next level in Breaking Dawn by having a giant baby literally crack its way out of mommy dearest. Bella’s spine breaks, leaving her writhing around like a beetle stuck on its back. Edward swoops in to the rescue and rips the baby out of Bella’s uterus with his bare-yet-sharp vampire teeth, then proceeds to turn his beloved into a vampire in order to save her fragile human life. PG-13? Uhh ... no, not so much.

5. Renesmee Carlie Cullen

Ignore the name for now, I’ll get to that soon enough. The idea that Bella and Edward could have a half-vampire, half-human baby is absurd, but to actually follow through on that idea is not only ridiculous but unnecessary. It turned Bella into a crazy, Rosalie-dependent robot and made Edward almost non-existent (more on that later). Renesmee is an annoying character and one that I have no desire to see immortalized on a DVD disc. Her accelerated growth and intelligence could prove to be quite a problem for casting agents, not to mention the poor director who has to work with a small child. Then there’s the topic of her name: Renesmee Carlie Cullen, a mishmash of Bella and Edward’s mothers’ (Renee and Esme) and fathers’ (Charlie and Carlisle) names. Eurgh.

6. A Major Lack of Edward

We all know that Edward and Robert Pattinson are the driving forces behind this franchise, so what would happen if he ceased to exist for most of the fourth film? You’d have a problem, that’s for sure. In Breaking Dawn Edward is all but forgotten after the first 100 pages or so, and basically just mopes and moans whenever he pops up during the rest of the book. He’s a shadow of his former, chivalrous self and hardly utters a loving word to the girl he’s been waiting an eternity for. Summit would have to change this for the movie or Robert Pattinson may find himself strangely redundant. It’s no fun playing a vampire who’s lost his bite.

7. An Influx of Utterly Pointless Characters

Many new vampires get introduced during the latter part of Breaking Dawn. Unfortunately, though, none of them really do much of anything. Yes, they can be pretty entertaining at times, but they’re in no way crucial to the story development. If casting execs can only choose a handful of new characters to cast, my vote would go to Garrett, Kate, Peter, Charlotte, and Alistair. The others (yes, there are plenty more) are barely worth mentioning and should only be cast if Summit suddenly find itself with more cash, and time, than it needs.

8. The Absence of Action

Hardly anyone dies in Breaking Dawn. Come to think of it, hardly anyone fights or even breaks a sweat. The vampire Irina is the only fatality and, seeing as we’re only introduced to her in this book, no one really cares about her anyway. Meyer botched things up when it came to killing her characters, all of whom just live happily ever after. There’s no epic battle like in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In fact, there isn’t a sharpened fang in sight. It’s simple: Movies need action or the audience gets bored. It looks like the screenwriter, Melissa Rosenberg, will have to do what she’s done with New Moon and tweak some scenes here and there in order to keep the fans awake.

9. Superfluous Plot Points that Go Nowhere

Bella’s power and J. Jenks. Both of these story developments are emphasized as important and crucial to the plot, yet neither really go anywhere. Yes, Bella saves everyone with her convenient shield that not even the most powerful of vampires can break, but it still wasn’t the revelation it should have been. If this is the reason that Edward can’t read Bella’s mind, I think I’d have preferred not knowing and making my own explanation — I’m sure it would have been better than a Lily Potter-esque love shield. The movie script will need to be edited better than the book or it’ll end up as an 8-hour timesink.

10. A Vampire War that’s Won by ... Talking?

When was the last time you saw bloodthirsty vampires back down because some friendlier vampires asked them to? Never, of course. That’s just not how it works in the world of the undead. They fight, they kill, then they go and toast to their night. They don’t stand around talking for half an hour before deciding they have better things to do. It’s something that can almost be overlooked in a book, but in a movie? No way. Something has to happen to keep the audience entertained, and a friendly chat ain’t going to cut it.

Let us know your thoughts on the Breaking Dawn movie by leaving a comment below. Do you think it could prove to be the Summit’s biggest hit? Or is it more likely to fade away faster than Robert Pattinson’s hair color? Either way, it’ll be an interesting one to watch.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

New Moon Calendar Reveals First Cullen Family Image

A new image of the 2010 Twilight Saga: New Moon wall calendar has given fans a glimpse of how the Cullen family are looking in their second outing on the silver screen.

Twilight continuity looks like it's gone out of the window, with Elizabeth Reaser (Esme), Ashley Greene (Alice), and even Robert Pattinson (Edward) sporting new hairstyles and colours. It's good to know the production crew have completely ignored the undead-don't-change aspect of the books ̶ though it's not likely to escape fans' notice. No doubt there'll be a logical explanation for Edward's locks mysteriously getting shorter, and it won't just be blamed on Pattinson getting bored of his now iconic head of hair.