Bill Condon Says Breaking Dawn As One Movie Is Possible In The Future

Check out the interview with Collider that took place at the press junket at the Toronto Film Festival for Bill Condon’s new film, The Fifth Estate that opens October 18 in wide release. It’s already gaining ground as an early OSCAR contender. Check out EW’s take here

Stephenie Meyer Reflects on 10 Years of Twilight

Stephenie SmilingIn an interview with APP.com, Stephenie talked about how it feels to have a 10 year old franchise.

“It feels like I’m super, super old,” said Meyer, 39. “Like 10 years? Oh, my gosh, I don’t know where it went. But it’s amazing to stop and think back to my life 10 years ago and how drastically it has changed. I just wouldn’t have seen any of it coming. If you had told me back then, ‘Ten years from now you’ll be promoting a movie you produced,’ I’d have been like, ‘What drugs are you taking?’ It’s so bizarre.”

Stephenie also address the question every writer dreads: what are you working on next?

“See, back in the early days I used to tell people about all of the ideas that I had floating in my head that I assumed would become books at some point,” she said. “But then, people have the expectation that it will be out in six months, and so I really don’t talk about what I’m working on anymore because it changes a lot.

“I’ll be working on something and then another idea will drag me away. I guess that’s really my problem, committing to one idea and sticking with it. And so I’m not going to talk about what I’m working on right now.”

Read the whole interview at APP.com.

Announcing #TwilightThrowback with Catherine Hardwicke

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To celebrate the five year anniversary of the film version of Twilight, every Thursday in September, director Catherine Hardwicke is going to host a Twilight Throwback on her Twitter and Instagram accounts.  We’re not sure if she’s just sharing more stories or if she will be taking questions from fans or what.  Follow her on Twitter or Instagram to get the news as it’s happening and participate.  

 

Thanks to PagetoPremiere for the heads up!

Vote for Bella/Edward at Hypable

battleshipIt’s the final round of Battleships over at Hypable and to the surprise of no one in the Twilight fandom, Bella and Edward have made it to the very end! They are pitted against another couple from a popular vampire series, Rose and Demitri from Vampire Academy.

Voting will close at midnight Sept 1. At the time of this post, Bella and Edward had a narrow lead of 58% of the votes against Rose and Demitri’s 42%.  Visit Hypable.com to vote now!

Lexicon Austenland Review

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Being a Jane Austen fanatic for decades (and I do mean decades) I read the novel Austenland when it first came out.  I admit it, if there actually was an Austenland, I’d probably go.  I’ve read fanfic at Austen Interlude, the Republic of Pemberly, and alas, the now defunct Hyacinth Gardens. I even wrote an ultimate Jane Austen movie guide for Hypable. I consider myself something of a cross between Elinor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility and Fanny Price from Mansfield Park. I’ve seen every Austen movie, spin-off, loose adaptation. Yeah, I am one of those people. So to say I am picky about my Austen is an understatement.

When I read the novel version of Austenland, I was kind of meh about it. I loved the plot, but I didn’t really connect to the heroine. In the novel she was too much like the 30-something, NYC-overly career obsessed and struggling to find themselves women who I have to deal with in my day job.  I have to say one of the big improvements from the novel is that Jane’s backstory is streamlined, and she is infinitely more likable and quirky than the Jane of the novel. Whereas, I was so-so about the novel, I liked the movie way better.

A good deal my liking the movie Jane has to do with Kerri Russell’s portrayal. How can anyone not just love Kerri Russell!  She is vulnerable, lovable, loyal with a streak of independence. Her character of Jane also has a great way of making lemonade when she is served lemons. She doesn’t let Mrs. Wattlesbrook, played by Jane Seymour, get her down, or ruin her fun.  She’s also way more obsessed with the world of Austen than her book counterpart is.

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Stephenie Meyer described the movie as a com-rom. It’s a newly coined term for a comedy romance. First and foremost this movie is a comedy. There is the high-brow, witty comedy provided by the acerbic remarks from Mr. Nobley. He is a Darcyesque character played by JJ Feilds.  There’s also the low-brow comedy provided by Miss Charming played by the larger than life Jennifer Coolidge.  According to director/screenwriter Jerusha Hess, Coolidge was given freedom to ad lib many of her scenes.  One of her best moments is pretending to read aloud from Pride and Prejudice, only what’s she say isn’t regency. It goes in an entirely rated r fashion until Jane cuts her off with a blush and a curt, “I don’t think Mr. Darcy would ever say that.”

Secondly, the movie is a romance. Jane has two equally presented choices. Book fans will be interested to note that I did not find that the movie revealed too much about either gentleman. I saw them each as Jane viewed them, the good and bad. The question the viewer is presented with is, Can Jane find happiness, a fling, and perhaps a future with Mr. Nobley or Martin, the groundskeeper.  If she makes a choice, will she want more than either is willing to give? What might be the price for giving her heart? Is it real love, or just a vacation romance?

The supporting cast is just terrific. There isn’t a weak actor in the lot including the background actors who in various scene are lugging all sorts of period items from picnic supplies to luggage around and looking very weary in doing so, but then perking up when the upper classes observe them. One of the real standouts is Ricky Whittle who plays the over-the-top, swashbuckling Captain East. He doesn’t miss a chance to flirt with three ladies at once while showing off his 8-pack abs at the drop of a hat.

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The movie is very faithful to the novel with only minor changes. There is a slight change in the ending that I quite enjoyed. I found the novel’s ending a bit too abrupt. Without spoiling, I felt the movie let the airport scene play out more naturally with a far more satisfying and believable resolution. 

I only had minor quibbles with the film. As funny as Jennifer Coolidge is, the big, brassy, and loud thing works better in small doses.  The humor was milked too much. It’s as if the director wasn’t sure we’d get the joke so it played on too long. We get it, she has a bad accent, she’s the typical “ugly American”. It was funny the first time, not the 5th scene where it goes on too long. I realize she is supposed to be over-the-top, but it was too much for me. It was like she was trying too hard for the gag that never seemed to end. Also the scene where Lady Amelia drags Jane aside and wants to be her bosom sister and then goes crazy jealous on her was funny, but again too long for the comedy to land.

Lastly, viewers should stick around for the credits for a HILARIOUS look at the actors doing a rap lip-synch in Regency dress.  It’s like a bunch of Downton Abbey wannabes trying to be the little girls from the hood. You don’t want to miss it.

 

 

Bella and Edward VS Lizzie and Darcy

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Well this is interesting in light of the fact that Austenland is about to open! Apparently over at Hypable, the next stage of their Battleships Tournament has Bella and Edward VS Lizzie and Darcy. Get over to Hypable and vote for your favorites.

Charlie Bewley to Participate in “Sweat4Vets” Fundraiser in Nashville on Friday

chrlie bd premiereTomorrow (Friday Aug. 16, 2013) from 9:00-10:30am Charlie Bewley will be on the front steps of the Country Music Hall of Fame to “Sweat4Vets” to help his international cause to raise awareness about our vets struggling with PTSD and the film project “THUNDER ROAD” on the issue. There will be live music and a small crowd (the more the merrier), so it should definitely be a uniquely-Nashville event! Open to the public. Free.

Stephenie Meyer Talks to MTV About Being Inspired to Start her Production Company

MTV chatted with Stephenie about Austenland and Fickle Fish Films

Austenland Prize Pack Giveaway

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We have a fabulous Austenland prize pack to give away from the folks at Sony Classic Pictures. We saw the movie and LOVED it. Look for our review later today. The prize pack includes:

  • I Love Mr Darcy tote bag (movie replica prop)
  • I Love Mr. Darcy tee (movie replica costume)
  • Austenland 2014 calendar
  • Austenland novel

Just tell us in the comments what your favorite thing about Jane Austen is and we will pick a winner Friday night at 11:59pm est. International entrants are welcomed!

 

 

 

 

Stephenie Meyer Clarifies Her Remarks to Variety

On her website, Stephenie Meyer clarified her remarks to Variety about being “over Twilight” that were found in this article.

Hi everyone,

I’m just back from my short publicity tour for Austenland, and very glad to be home with my boys. I hope you all are having a wonderful summer with your families, and that you have a few more weeks to enjoy (unlike Arizona, where we were back to school last week).

With all the travelling, I only just heard about the current controversy, and I am both surprised and dismayed. I am horrified that my words could be construed in any way to mean that I am “over” the lovely people who embraced Twilight, made it such a huge hit, and changed my life. The time I’ve spent with my fans has been one of the most precious gifts of this whole experience and I will certainly never forget them or think of them with anything but immense gratitude. I was lucky enough to see a few of them Tuesday night at the Apple “Meet the Filmmakers” event, and they were so lovely! I’m always surprised and touched that people still care about my stories.

Any of you who have ever watched me answer a question live, especially to an indulgent inquirer like a fansite, know that I do tend to go on. Though I try to be as concise as possible to make editing easier for whichever news outlet I’m working with, I’m (still) not very good at it. If you look at the Variety article, you’ll notice that I’m speaking in very short statements. Of course, I didn’t actually. I spoke in run-on paragraphs and made the poor, sweet man who interviewed me comb through painstakingly trying to find a few completed sentences that he could use to convey the idea of what I was saying. Unfortunately, in shortening the interview to a usable size, some of the meaning of what I was trying to say was lost, and I believe the statements I made ended up sounding much more harsh than I meant them.

Even those of you who love Twilight the most (in fact, especially those who love it the most) have probably noticed that there’s been just a teensy little bit of backlash following the success of the books and films. I try my hardest to be thick-skinned, but I’m not much better at that than I am at brevity. So when I speak of Twilight becoming a negative place for me, it is entirely that near-omnipresent Twilight antipathy that I am speaking of. And I’m not complaining or saying it’s unfair—I totally understand and even empathize with its existence. I’m just saying that Twilight isn’t the wholly positive place for me that it once was.

Also, in regards to being “over it,” I will admit, it’s getting harder to answer the same questions about Twilight that I’ve been answering for the past decade (especially when I’m so excited to talk about Austenland). I can only imagine you are just as over reading those same answers. And the little bit about posting which characters died? That was referring to a solemn oath I made years and years ago to some cool fans. I swore I would not take to my grave the ideas I had for future stories, even if all I could to was list the outcomes in bullet points.

So please, never think I don’t appreciate the people who read, watch, and love Twilight. I am grateful for your existence every single day. Thanks for the most amazing decade!

Love,

Steph