FEARnet Talks With Stephenie Meyer, Bill Condon, and Cast

FEARnet released a string of fascinating interview from the big names involved with the Twilight Saga.

First up is an chat with Bill Condon about working with the actors and the melodrama of Breaking Dawn.

Can you think of some examples where the cast gave you some insight into their characters?

All the time. Right from the beginning. The first people who arrived were Kristen, Rob and Taylor. We spent two weeks together in a room, just talking through the script – every page of the script. I learned a tremendous amount. At a certain point, when an actor takes on a role, they know it better than you ever could. Certainly, that was true here. I met with Rob a couple months before we started. We were just having a general talk about Twilight and he mentioned something that I hadn’t known before, which was that in the first three movies, he was sort of playing a man filled with more than regret – almost self-loathing – because of an episode where he had broken away from the Cullen family when he was very young. It was the early 1930s in Chicago, and he decided to explore what it would be like to kill human beings. It was a guilt that weighed on him. He had been playing that through three movies but it was barely mentioned in those movies. It is mentioned briefly in the novels, but there is an unpublished novel called Midnight Sun, which tells the story from Edward’s point-of-view, where it is really explored. So after that conversation, I went back and worked with Melissa [Rosenberg, the screenwriter] and we put that in at the beginning of the movie so you sort of understood where Edward was coming from, and you can see him shed that because the person he cares about most sees that, understands that, and accepts him anyway, so he is able to accept himself. So much stuff comes out of working with the actors. Stephanie [Meyer, author of the novel] was around which was incredible. Before she was there during prep, we would frantically be checking Twilight fan sites because they had better timelines than anyone else. But Stephanie really… any question you had about behavior or backstory – which any actor relies on – she was there to help us out.

They talked with Wyck Godfrey, Melissa Rosengerg, and Stephenie Meyer about adapting a book into a movie.

What do you say to critics who suggest that the sexual and gender politics in Twilight are, at best, retrograde?

Stephenie: The politics are something I never think about when writing. It’s about a story that’s interesting to me. I’m not gonna say Breaking Dawn doesn’t get weird – cause it does. But these are things that, as I was exploring what it means and what it meant to be a woman – particularly being a mother – with Bella, these are things that had to, out of necessity, happen to her very young. I have always been really fascinated with the idea that, 100 years ago, if you were going to have a baby, you would literally say, “I could die. I am taking my life into my hands to do this.” There is a courage to that that we don’t have to develop. I was fascinated with that kind of woman, the woman who makes that choice to risk her life. It’s like being a soldier. It was never about the politics; it was about how, as a person, you would deal with these different things.

They spoke to Taylor Lautner about growing up in the saga and his memorable moments.

What about the imprint scene, where Jacob imprints on Bella’s newborn baby?

You had to go there. That was tough. What is imprinting? What do you look like when you imprint? Luckily, we had Stephanie [Meyers, author of the book series] on set the whole time. Trust me, I asked her a million times, “Okay, tell me again what imprinting is exactly” and “How did you envision Jacob doing that?” It was very confusing. It didn’t help that when we filmed it, they put an X on the wall and said, “This is Renesmee. You are going to walk into the room, you are going to look at the X, and you are going to imprint.” It was tough. But after seeing the final version, I am happy with it. It’s emotional and they did a really good job bringing in cool flashbacks and voiceovers. It really is a special moment but on the day, it was a leap of faith.

Robert discusses the growth of Edward’s character and filming the birth scene.

Director Bill Condon mentioned that there was this self-loathing that you told him you had been playing with for the first three movies, that had never really been presented as a plot element.

Yeah. I thought that would be the key ingredient to Edward’s character. He’s 108 years old, but he’s never achieved anything he wanted to achieve. He’s been stuck in adolescence. When you are in adolescence, you think nothing is fair – he’s been living with that for 100 years. You’d eventually get to the point of desperation. It is very difficult to portray that and a love story at the same time, unless you want to make a very different movie. So I was trying to push for that angle. Breaking Dawn is probably the happiest Edward has ever been in the whole series.

Read the full interviews here:

Bill Condon Interview

Wyck, Melissa, and Stephenie Interview

Taylor Lautner Interview

Rob Pattinson Interview





Eclipse’ Producer Wyck Godfrey on 3D, ‘Breaking Dawn,’ and More via Fearnet

I like to picture the two-part Breaking Dawn movie as a NC-17 gynecology horror flick packed with pillow-biting sex and bellies ripped open, and guess what? I’m not alone. In fact, Twilight Saga producer Wyck Godfrey is the one who brought up David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers when we met to discuss this month’s Eclipse, in which Twilight heroine Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) finds herself torn between her vampire and werewolf beaus as an army of bloodsuckers threatens to kill everyone she loves. (He also told us he’d love to cast Stewart in his remake of the brutal French-language pic Martyrs. More on that here.)
But Godfrey knows his Twilight audience, so I asked him to set the record straight on rumors that the two-part final installment, Breaking Dawn, could go for an R-rating. Over the course of a highly entertaining discussion, he explained why 30 Days of Night director David Slade was chosen to helm Eclipse, what made Dreamgirls razzle-dazzler Bill Condon right for Breaking Dawn, and how elements of horror filmmaking factor into the vampire romance franchise.
We discussed Bella’s newfound confidence in Eclipse, and how her infamous upcoming childbirth scene could possibly go down with a PG-13 rating. He mused on how 3D might be used to film part of Breaking Dawn, which begins shooting this November. He gave a compelling defense of Bella Swan’s problematic attractions to both Edward and Jacob, a love triangle that reaches a boiling point in Eclipse but develops new complexity as we move into Breaking Dawn. Most importantly, Twi-hards, Wyck Godfrey promised plenty of feathers.

Click here for the full interview!

Ten Truths Uncovered at the ‘Twilight: Eclipse’ Junket – FEARnet

Sex, Robsten, and vampire battles to the death were just a few of the juicy topics up for discussion at this weekend’s press junket for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, where stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner fielded questions on the third film in the vampire romance series. Lucky for you, I was on the scene to bring you the ten juiciest truths the Big Three shared on the eve of the Twilight franchise’s first summer opening. Who discussed sex and marriage? Who described “vicious” on-set fighting? And most shocking of all, who revealed the guiltiest of all guilty pleasures?

See the rest here:Ten Truths Uncovered at the ‘Twilight: Eclipse’ Junket – FEARnet.

‘Twilight’ Producer Wants Kristen Stewart for ‘Martyrs’ Remake – FEARnet

When I caught up with producer Wyck Godfrey this weekend, I found out that he already has one young actress in mind to star in his upcoming remake of the French-Canadian fright film Martyrs — Twilight star Kristen Stewart.

“I would love for Kristen to do it,” said the Twilight Saga producer, whose previous genre credits include I, Robot and AVP: Alien vs. Predator. Godfrey, who has a long list of titles in development with producing partner Marty Bowen, seemed particularly enthusiastic about making an English-language version of Pascal Laugier’s 2009 French-Canadian tale of two young women out for revenge. (That pic, starring Mylène Jampanoï and Morjana Alaoui, is considered part of a new wave of extreme French-language genre cinema, alongside films like Inside (À l’interieur), Them (Ils), and Frontier(s).)

See the rest here:Exclusive: ‘Twilight’ Producer Wants Kristen Stewart for ‘Martyrs’ Remake – FEARnet.

Fearnet’s 8 things to love about the new trailer!

Fearnet has a list of eight things they loved about the new Eclipse trailer.  They include a look at David Slade’s darker side of the saga, the creepiness of the newborn army, the brief hint at the tent scene, and so much more!  To read the whole story, visit their website.  Be sure to let us know what your favorite moment of the trailer was!

Also, Twi-fans has 180 screencaps of the trailer for your viewing pleasure!

Kristen Stewart on Breaking Dawn

No, there is no confirmation of if or when the movie will be filmed, but Kristen talked to Fearnet about the possibilities and what she thinks about having to give birth and become a mother should the film be made. Dakota Fanning was there for the interview and even questioned if she would be in the film at all. Showing that she does know the books, Kristen told Dakota that she was, indeed, going to be in it! Read the whole interview over at Fearnet.

FearNet: Top Five 2010 New Year’s Resolutions for Twilighters

FearNet has Twilight themed New Year’s resolutions out:

“Tired of the Twilight haters? Here are five key resolutions to make your 2010 another awesome year in unabashed Twilight obsession.

If you’re sick of the same old New Year’s resolutions – lose weight, stop smoking, watch more good horror – I have a new challenge for you: take on one or more of these Twilight-oriented goals for 2010 and see how much more respectable your secret (or not so secret) obsession with Edward Cullen can become in your everyday dealings with haters. If everyone does their part, we can all help “normalize” the all-consuming, life-altering affliction known as Twilight mania in the New Year! We’ll no longer be second-class citizens in the eyes of the film world! (Especially if ticket sales stay consistent.)”

Check out the specifics on FearNet!

FearNet: What New Moon Means For Hollywood

Jen Yamato over at FearNet explores what New Moon may mean for Hollywood movies. Unlike other reporters, Jen knows a lot about the series and because of that here analysis makes sense because she truly understands the product in more than just a cursory way.

“The Twilight Saga: New Moon opened with $142M its first weekend, earned over $230M in less than two weeks ($473M, if you count the global box office), and broke records previously held by male-oriented tent pole releases like The Dark Knight (in Single Day Sales). So now that other studios have taken note of the vampire saga as a legit and bankable franchise and not a one-off fluke, how could New Moon change Hollywood?

That’s a question pundits have been asking since New Moon’s numbers started rolling in two weekends ago, indicating that the sequel had bigger potential than anticipated. By opening day, it had already topped the entire opening weekend take of the first film ($72M over $69.6M a year ago). By yesterday, the LA Times had deemed success a “problem” for Summit Entertainment, a studio whose stock has risen as fast as the quickening pulses of a theater full of tweeners and Twilight Moms watching Taylor Lautner take off his shirt.

So how could the increasing successes of Twilight and New Moon affect how movies are made and sold? We consider what New Moon’s popularity could mean for Hollywood.”

Check the rest out on FearNet.

FearNet: 20 Differences Between New Moon the novel and the movie

Jen Yamato, one of the most Twilight savvy reporters out there, has a comparison of New Moon the movie vs. the book and how “changes” in her opinion work.

“If you’re a diehard Twilighter, you might wonder just how different New Moon the film is from the book. Below, we name 20 ways the movie deviates from Meyer’s tome – and works all the better for it.

Twilight scribe Melissa Rosenberg faced an enormous challenge adapting Stephenie Meyer’s 500+ page novel for the screen, but it’s clear that the filmmakers chose to remain steadfastly faithful to Meyer’s book. (Perhaps to a fault, considering the reviews.) Still, for fans, New Moon should feel just authentic enough to drive it toward an enormous opening weekend. So how do Rosenberg’s additions, changes, and omissions from the text affect New Moon on film, and which ones work the best?”

See Jen Yamato’s analysis on Fearnet.

Here’s Melissa Rosenberg on the red carpet talking with us about one such change.

FearNet exclusive With Jamie Campbell Bower

FearNet’s Jen Yamato talks to Jamie Campbell Bower about New Moon, The Prisoner, and Harry Potter.

You play Caius, one of the three powerful vampires who rule the Volturi. But we only get to see you briefly, at the end of New Moon. Is it challenging to infuse your character with all of the back story and motivations that he has when you have limited screen time?

Jamie Campbell-Bower: Well, it wasn’t difficult because there’s so much back story, particularly to the Volturi. We all knew what we were there for, we knew what we were doing. You know, the thing about the Volturi is that they’re introduced in the second film and then come the fourth book, that’s where the meatiness lies. So it’s an introduction, effectively. But I wasn’t disappointed; I knew exactly what I was going to be doing when I got the script. I’m just psyched to be involved in it.

You’re appearing in quite a few upcoming genre projects: New Moon, which is a vampire story, AMC’s The Prisoner, which is sci-fi, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Was this all by coincidence?

Well, if all else fails, I can just become one of those guys who goes to Comic-Con every year to have my own booth and get paid to do autographs. [Laughs.] That’s what I’m investing in – I’m investing in the end of my career.”

See the rest on FearNet.