Chris Weitz: Rotten Tomatoes Gives An Up Close Look

In today’s New Moon Monday,Jen Amato of Rotten Tomatoes takes a look at the career of the man helming New Moon, Chris Weitz.

“During our visit to the set of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, we watched from afar as director Chris Weitz ran a seemingly tidy ship. His quiet, polite mannerisms, even during take after take, and his relative expedience moving from one set up to another spoke to a sea change from the type of set Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke reportedly ran: the focused, well-mannered workman vs. the wonderfully eccentric artist. The fans will be pleased, we thought to ourselves. Weitz looks like he knows what he’s doing.”

Read the full analysis on Rotten Tomatoes. What do you think about Chris’s energy and style vs. Catherine Hardwicke’s?

Rotten Tomatoes: Best Twilight Sites

Jen from Rotten Tomatoes has a listing up of what she considers to be the best Twilight sites and we’ve made the list. As our friends in the UK would say, “We’re rather chuffed!” Here’s what Rotten Tomatoes had to say:

“For a comprehensive catalog of all things Twilight (we’re not even just talking the movies, since the site originated in response to Stephenie Meyer’s books), there is none better than Twilight Lexicon. It is just that — a veritable encyclopedia of details regarding the Twilight Saga world, containing sections of meticulously researched character bios (with chapter citations, natch), a Saga-spanning timeline, and detailed chapter summaries of every single book.”

Check out the whole article on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rotten Tomatoes: New Moon Comic Con Top Ten

Rotten Tomatoes has a top ten list on the things New Moon proved at Comic Con.  Number 9 was out favorite:

“9. Twilight fanaticism was as strong as ever this year. While nothing could top the ear-piercing and unexpected sounds of thousands of girls at the Twilight panel last year — where fan boy culture’s hold on the Con was hijacked by a vampire romance, of all things — 2009 sure came close. And Twilighters were better prepared for the challenge of getting a coveted seat in Hall H for Thursday’s panel; a few fans camped out a full two days ahead, and by Wednesday morning, Twihards were Twittering from the line.”

Check out the whole list here.

Rotten Tomatoes Set Visit Day 2

Jen Amato from Rotten Tomatoes field her second report from her day on the New Moon Set.  Jen is also going to be running a regular series on Rotten Tomatoes covering the Twilight Saga Filming. We are looking forward to her coverage.

“Stewart was mesmerizing in take after take. The repetition of it was fascinating to listen to; the 19-year-old actress seemed to open a vein with every take, then fall silent. Or she’d ask Weitz for direction, or cut herself short with an expletive or burst of laughter. The tension of the scene always brightened once Weitz called “Cut!” — a Volturi actor would give Pattinson a hand up, or Stewart might wander off, snapping out of the moment. (After one take, Pattinson turned to Greene and playfully asked, “Does it look like I’m in pain?”)

Watching the monitors revealed even deeper layers in Stewart’s performance. Stewart, who by now has nearly 20 film credits under her belt, is a uniquely emotional performer; anguish is practically written on her face. Maverick or no during rehearsals, Stewart packs an almost unrivaled intensity into her acting. Yet in interviews, she and her Twilight cast mates are hounded by gossipy questions; why not ask her about her actual craft? We would have, given the chance.”

See the full report on Rotten Tomatoes. And in case you missed part one, you can find it here.

Mainstream Media Set Reports: New Moon Filming

To make this easy, as various media outlets come online with their set reports (in other words an overview of their day and the feel they got) I’ll edit this entry and link up the info. Again this way it will be easier to find when people want to find it months from now.

Hit Fix (Greg Elwood reporting)

Rotten Tomatoes (Jen Amato reporting)

Fandango (Lizerne Guiting reporting)

MSN Superfan (Myriam Gabriel-Pollock reporting) (Katie Bain reporting)


Chris Weitz

Taylor Lautner

Wyck Godfrey Hit Fix version

Rachelle Lefevre

Michael Sheen

Jamie Campbell-Bower

Charlie Bewley

Melissa Rosenberg version

Melissa Rosenberg Hit Fix version

JJ Makaro

Cameron Bright

Michael Sheen Interview

Hit Fix, Rotten Tomatoes, and MSN Twilight Fan all hit the New Moon set the same day, and they are now filing their reports:

“I love the thing in the books that Stephenie [Meyer] wrote about how these vampires are all – well, the Cullen family – really beautiful, and that’s what lures people into their web,” Sheen admits. “And yet, Aro is not like that. She describes Aro as being not the same sort of thing. I like the idea that it’s his voice that lulls people in or his sort of demeanor rather than the way he looks, because he looks quite weird and scary. But yes, I’ve tried to go down that route [to]make him very mesmerizing to people, that his voice is gentle and soft. And yet, there’s something kind of unhinged about him.”

You can currently read the rest of the Michael Sheen interview on Hit Fix

Hit Fix, Rotten Tomatoes, Etc Interview Chris Weitz

Hit Fix, Rotten Tomatoes, and several other mainstream entertainment websites had a fantastic interview with New Moon director Chris Weitz. They did an awesome job, asking some in depth questions.

Kudos to Greg from Hit Fix for bullet pointing out the key areas.  Just some of the areas the interview covers:

*Even Weitz was surprised with how quickly Phil Tippet’s company turned around the Jacob wolf shot at the end of the first teaser trailer.  The shot has gone through numerous iterations and is much more photorealistic than that version.

*He’ll be submitting a director’s cut of the film to Summit within the next two weeks.

*Alexandre Desplat is currently working on the movie’s score.  It may include hints at Carter Burwell’s original “Twilight” theme, but will sound different.

*Thom Yorke and Kings of Leon are interested in contributing to the film’s soundtrack.

*A couple of new scenes from the film will be shown during the “New Moon” Comic-Con panel on Friday, July 25. NOTE THIS IS HIT FIX’S ERROR, panel on Thursday!

*The movie within a movie, “Facepunch,” will only be heard — not seen.

*Shooting in Italy with all of the fans that trekked across Europe to see the production was like Beatlemania.

*His vision of the Volturi is very much like the book and unlike a number of fan inspirations that have hit the web.  He also sees them as having gone slightly insane after living for 2,000 years.

*He’s met with David Slade and expects the filmmaker’s vision for “Eclipse” to be different than what he’s doing with “New Moon,” but with the same actors and visual effects team.

*He’s flattered that fans want him to direct “Breaking Dawn” without seeing “New Moon,” but thinks the fans will want Slade to do it by the time “Eclipse comes out.

*Weitz needs to turn the film in by Oct. 30 to strike prints or if not, they are in “big trouble” to make the release date.

Read the whole Chris Weitz interview on Hit Fix or if you prefer, read it all on Rotten Tomatoes