Chris Weitz Celebrity DJ

chris-weitz-tuxLexicon reader Nina wrote in to let us know:

“Thought you guys might be interested in posting a link to KCRW- Santa Monica’s Public Radio station. Their Guest DJ project will be featuring songs personally selected by New Moon Director Chris Weitz.

They also had a really nice interview with Alexandra Patsavas last year during their morning Alternative Music program, Morning Becomes Eclectic. During that interview she talked specifically about Music Supervision on the Saga series. It is archived on the site. I would not be surprised if she were featured again as Eclipse opens  given her connection to the music and film industries and her unique ability to acquire yet unpublished songs from cutting edge performers that are often already featured on their show.

Catherine Hardwicke was also featured  last March as a Guest DJ and she discusses “15 Step” by Radiohead and Robert Pattinson’s “Let me sign” how they made it into Twilight.”

Robert Pattinson: Time Magazine Influential 100

Robert Pattinson is listed in Time Magazine’s annual 100 People Who Most Influence our world. The write-up to go along with the nomination was penned by none other than Chris Weitz!

“I have to be careful about what I write here because it will be tweeted the moment TIME hits the stands. And if I say something bad about Rob Pattinson, I’m dead meat. That’s the devotion the Twilight films inspire. It’s certainly not how he planned it. And though I am continually impressed by the aplomb with which he handles the hysteria, I occasionally think he would take it all back if given the chance. Because essentially, Rob, 23, is a reserved, bookish sort of specimen, a guy who’d rather spend the night at the corner table in the pub with friends — a bit of a weirdo, frankly, in the best sense.”

See the rest on Time. Via Twilight Examiner.

CNN: Video Interview Nikki Reed and Chris Weitz

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Kaleb Nation Interviews Chris Weitz At The New Moon DVD Release

CNN: Chris Weitz Interview

chris-weitz-new-moonCNN talked to Chris Weitz about the upcoming New Moon DVD.

“Chris Weitz was determined to get the moon right. And when you have a movie about vampires and werewolves whose fans pay attention to every detail, it’s important to get the moon right.

For the director of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” though, the impetus for showing the moon phase properly in the shot that opens the film was an astrophysicist, not a Twihard.

“I went to a lecture by Neil deGrasse Tyson where he’s complaining that they’d gotten the stars in ‘Titanic’ wrong,” Weitz said. “So his voice was in the back of my head, that we had to get the phase of the moon properly.”

“New Moon,” which comes out on DVD Saturday, did a lot of things properly, indicated by the fans’ support. Though “Twilight,” the first film in the series, received respectful reviews and good box office, “New Moon” — which continues the story of lovestruck human Bella and vampire Edward — was the bigger blockbuster, outgrossing the first film by more than $100 million domestically and earning more than $700 million worldwide.”

Read it all on CNN.

Fearnet Interviews Chris Weitz

chris-weitz-new-moonFearnet has a great interview with New Moon director Chris Weitz where he talks about the commentary for the DVD and some of the choices that were made in the process of film making.  Chris had this to say about adapting a book to a movie in relation to the “months” passage of the book:

I think that the passage of time was an open opportunity for us to take something that was a literary device that works rather nicely in the book and turn it into a kind of elegant visual effects shot that doesn’t necessarily seem like a very CGI-intensive shot, but it in fact was very labor-intensive and was done over the course of half of a year. The elements that go into it, it has to be shot in numerous passes in order to get the various seasons outside the window and all of that kind of thing, and I always knew this would be a really interesting way to use a motion-control camera to show the passage of time. So that I saw as an opportunity to expand upon what was in the book.

Read the whole interview over at Fearnet.

Robert Pattinson Defends Chris Weitz

The video clip above gives a little teaser of teh interview found here. Our favorite part is quoted below:

“A lesson in anger control.
“While we were filming, one of the security guys saw me getting more and more upset with the paparazzi guys. He just sort of came up and was like, ‘Imagine going out there and trying to hit one of them while, let’s say, 40 cameras are clicking away.’ That was enough to kind of calm my frustration. But, at the end of the day, you can’t say, ‘I’m not doing it until these people go away.’ You have to keep acting. So it was definitely way more intense than any of the Twilight films.”
Maybe he skips the reviews.
“I didn’t like the way New Moon was treated by the critics. I think it was reviewed in the context of just being a big franchise movie. When something is so hyped, inevitably, there is a backlash against it. I think Chris Weitz is an amazing director. I really enjoyed the film. So the naysayers kind of annoyed me.”

Via Twilighters Anonymous