Video: Jackson Rathbone Talks Bill Condon at Comic Con

Hit Fix caught up with Jackson Rathbone at Comic Con.

Photos: Bill Condon Receiving His Lion and Lamb Trophy

Yesterday we shared with you the story on how we gave Bill Condon a trophy called the Lion and Lamb Award (AKA The Lambie) for all his dedication to the Twilight fandom. Today we have photos from Twilightish, Team Twilight, and Jack Morrissey(the photo seen left) who were all able to take pictures while we did the video recording.

I realize that I left out one crucial detail yesterday when I described how it all went down. We gave him the trophy and there was a card to go with it. He opened the card first. It was a Breaking Dawn card that Elena from Twilightish (who has awesome scrapbook skills)managed to modify because it was originally a birthday card. She recovered the inside so it was blank. Then, all of us signed the card representing our sites and the fans who visit them.

So Bill goes to open the card and surprise it’s a musical card! It starts playing Christina Perri’s 1000 Years. He started laughing and so did his editors who you see in the background of the photos. Then after that, he dove in to the wrapping paper and pulled out the trophy.

Bill really really loved it. They are putting it up in the office where they are currently editing the movie. Everyone there got a kick out of it.

Via Twilightish here’s a shot of Bill posing with the award (more shots on Twilightish)

Here’s Bill in the unwrapping and reading process courtesy of Sheila of Team Twilight (see more photos on Team Twilight).

In case you missed the full story. We posted it yesterday. Below is the video we shot as it was going on.

Video: Thank You to Bill Condon From All Twilight Fans

Those of you who follow us on Twitter were probably aware yesterday that Laura and several other Twilight site websmasters got the chance to meet Bill Condon, and to talk to him about Breaking Dawn part 2. We can’t quite talk about what we discussed yet, but it was almost a 40 minute Q&A.

At the end of the Q & A we had a surprise thank you for Bill Condon. By the time Breaking Dawn part 2 comes out, Bill Condon will have been involved with Twilight for over two years. That’s a lot of time and dedication. What’s really generous is just how much Bill has embraced all things Twilight, not looked down on the franchise or fans, and really taken it all seriously.

So even though we know know that Bill won’t get nominated for an OSCAR for this film, we didn’t was him to go unrewarded. SO, we cooked up a bit of a scheme to give him a trophy that we dubbed the first ever Lion and Lamb Award affectionately known as The Lambie.

There was a lamb on the top of the trophy and inscription and then the sites’ names underneath.

The inscription on the award reads

Line # 1: TO
Line # 8: JUNE 2012

The sites participating were

Bella and
His Golden Eyes
Letters to Twilight
Team Twilight
Twilight Examiner
Twilight Guy
Twilight Facebook
Twilight Lexicon
Twilight Moms
Twilight Series Theories
Twilight Source

Bill Condon Doing Side Show post Twilight

If you are a Broadway aficionado you have heard of the musical Side Show that everyone was talking about in theatre circles back in 1997, but alas it didn’t get the audience it hoped for at the time largely do to a marketing campaign that didn’t quite know what to do with itself and The Lion King and the Caberet revival coming out in the same year and sweeping every award known to mankind.

In any case it’s a fabulous show that’s been embraced by regional theatre ever since and now it’s being brought back to the La Jolla Playhouse and The Kennedy center by Bill Condon.

According to NPR

Side Show may not have made bank, but it made two stars: Alice Ripley (who’d go on to Tony glory in Next to Normal) and Emily Skinner (The Full Monty). And it made history: For their extraordinary performances, Ripley and Skinner became the first actors ever jointly nominated for a leading-player Tony.

So the news that a first-class revival is coming down the pipeline will have the show’s cultists — and they are a vocal lot — in tailspins. It’s apparently been substantially overhauled in workshops; the director attached is Oscar-winner Bill Condon, who’s known better for his movies (including a couple of the Twilight films, though he’s done much classier fare as well). Alas, we’ll have to wait a bit to see the result; it’ll open at the La Jolla Playhouse in California in the fall of 2013, and won’t come to the Kennedy Center until June 2014.

See more on NPR

Breaking Dawn 2 Extra Filming to Include Michael Sheen

Bill Condon announced to the fandom that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart would be returning to Vancouver to shoot additional material. It now looks like Michael Sheen will be there too. Jack Morrissey, Bill Condon’s partner revealed the following on his regular podcast.

“It’s less than a week, and we already know that Rob and Kristen will be there; I just tweeted yesterday that yes, there will be wigs involved, but I did blur the line by pointing out that Michael Sheen will also doubtless be spotted throughout the Vancouver airport to reprise for one last time his part of Aro the leader of the Volturi . . . As Bill mentioned in his letter to the fans, Rob and Kristen will be donning their gold contacts one last time . . . She’s donning both [red and gold], and Michael Sheen will be donning red.”

Morrissey further clarified that the shots being done do not involve dialogue and are all items from the second until. Usually second until is background footage, or things not involving one-on-one dialogue with the principals. In other words some typical examples would be long shots, action sequences, sweeping vistas. For example, during our New Moon set visit we saw Chris Weitz shooting the scene where Sam brings Bella back to Charlie. This was first unit director work. On that very same night, the second unit was in a different location shooting Victoria running through the woods. The was no dialogue but a lot of hoisting Rachelle Lefevre and her stunt double up and down in wire rigs.

As we previously reported, shooting additional footage has occurred on every film and is fairly common in the industry. Catherine Hardwicke reshoot part of the meadow scene in California after filming had wrapped. Chris Weitz shot the Cullen flashback scene after filming had wrapped. David Slade had to reshoot portions of the tent scene and. And not exactly a reshoot, but Bill Condon ended up shooting in the Virgin Islands on the last days of production when stormy weather mucked up honeymoon shots in Brazil.

You can see a summary of the podcast here on Twilight Examiner and you can listen to then entire podcast (not it’s not PG-13 and you probably want to skip the Smodcast intro if you are at work, it wouldn’t be considered worksafe at my place of business) here.

EDITED: I just spoke with Jack Morrissey who read your comments and he believes he spoke out of turn by stating Kristen would be in gold contacts. he now believes it’s red contacts only.

Bill Condon Writes Message to Fans About Reshoots

Bill Condon posted the below letter to the Twilight fans on the official facebook page. You may remember that David Slade had to do similar reshoots as did Chris Wietz. Reshoots are fairly commonplace in the filming industry and can happen for any number of reasons from damage to original footage, to lighting not being the quality they wanted , to needing an extra scene not initially thought of, things not matching in continuity between close ups and long shots, sound being too dodgy to fix in adr, etc.

Hello Twihards!

Greetings from Los Angeles, where we’re hard at work on BREAKING DAWN, PART TWO. It’s truly crazy to think that it’s been a year since we wrapped production in Vancouver, since for those of us in the editing room the work has never stopped.

A film is a lot like a puzzle, with each piece – each shot, no matter how brief – needing to fit exactly with the ones around it. Our Part Two puzzle is finally coming into full view, and in a few weeks we’ll be heading back north to pick up some additional shots – the last tiny missing pieces. We’re not shooting any new scenes or dialogue, just some technical work with some of our cast and stunt actors.

I am really looking forward to being back on set with some of the friends I’ve made on my Twilight journey, like the great Guillermo Navarro, our cinematographer, and his crew. And yes, Rob and Kristen will be there too, to pop in those gold contacts one last time…

I’m excited to report that before too long we’ll have another trailer for you to decode. And wait until you see the first posters — they’re unlike any “Twilight” images you’ve seen before. And then November 16th will be upon us and the final film will be yours!

Until then, have a very happy spring, and I’ll check back in with you soon.

Best wishes,


Next Movie’s Male TwiHard Reviews the Breaking Dawn Part 1 DVD

The Male TwiHard has chimed in with his opinion about the Breaking Dawn Part 1 DVD:

I was looking forward to Condon’s commentary, because he got short-changed during his panel discussion at the Twilight Convention, when he was onstage with KStew, RPattz and Lautner. And the native New Yorker doesn’t disappoint.

Right out of the gate, he talks about how the film didn’t originally begin with Jacob receiving the invite to Bella and Edward’s wedding and running angrily off into the pouring rain. The first scene was Aro receiving the invitation, right after the Volturi have massacred 50 people. It was supposed to remind the audience of the looming threat of the vampire elite, but was cut because Condon felt “Part 1” is more about Bella’s struggle inside than the outside threats. Luckily, Condon also says that scene will show up on an extended cut at some point.

Condon is intelligent and gives a number of great insights — way too many to note here — but I will tell you that he says the original sex scene between Bella and Edward was more graphic. Unfortunately, the MPAA threatened an R rating unless it was scaled back, so we got what we got. And, there is no Bella nipple. I was wrong before. Trust me, I checked a few times.

See more on the Male TwiHard’s Column.

Video: Bill Condon and Stephenie Meyer Talk About Working Together

Summit sent over this exclusive for the fansites.

Video: Bill Condon on the Ease of Understanding Breaking Dawn Pt. 1

A movie critic from News 12 released his press junket interview with Bill Condon today. They discuss how easy Breaking Dawn Part One is to follow in spite of how much material the film covers. Tell us in the comments if you agree that Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 was the easiest of the films to follow.

Video: Gino Sits Down With ‘Breaking Dawn’ Director Bill Condon

Bill Condon: Hollywood Should Take Notice of Female Fans

Lori Joffs interviewed Bill Condon on the Breaking Dawn red carpet. He talks Kristen Stewart exceeding expectations and Hollywood needling to take women seriously!