Saturday, December 13, 2008

Something Is Missing In Summit's Press Release

Larry Carroll from MTV analyzes Summit's press release & points out an omission:

"The release also offered, for the first time, the studio's official synopsis for the sequel: "In 'New Moon,' Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black. Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested. Production on 'New Moon' is scheduled to begin in the coming months and the studio is planning to release the film towards the end of 2009 or early 2010."

Sharp-eyed Twilighters may have noticed that although Stewart and Pattinson's name appears in the synopsis after their characters, Taylor Lautner's does not. This can't be welcomed news for the 16-year-old star of the first film, particularly following on the heels of concerns that he's too small to continue playing Jacob, and rumors that other actors are being considered as replacements..."


Read the rest of the article here.

Well that's an interesting point.

~K

Box Office Totals From Box Office Mojo

Domestic Total as of Dec. 12, 2008

TOTAL LIFETIME GROSSES
Domestic: $144,645,000 80.7%
+ Foreign: $34,578,536 19.3%
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= Worldwide: $179,223,536

See more details from Box Office Mojo here.

~K

Summit's Official Press Release

CHRIS WEITZ TO DIRECT
SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT'S NEW MOON

Los Angeles, CA, December 13, 2008 - Summit Entertainment announced today that filmmaker Chris Weitz has been hired to direct the second film in the studio's TWILIGHT film franchise. The film, NEW MOON, is based on the second book in author Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster book series. The announcement was made by Erik Feig, Summit's President of Production.

Weitz, an Acadamy Award®-nominated writer, director and producer, has a proven track record working with a broad range of material dealing with youth-oriented characters, fantasy and action. As such, he has the potential to bring alive in NEW MOON the dimensions and depth that fans will demand in the next installment.

Feig stated, "We love Stephenie Meyer's fantastic TWILIGHT series. Thinking long and hard about how to turn NEW MOON into the amazing movie we know it will be, and working with Stephenie Meyer to find the right candidate, we are thrilled to announce Chris Weitz as director of the film. Chris very much understands the world of NEW MOON and has the skill set required to bring the book to glorious life as a movie. We think he will be an excellent steward of Stephenie Meyer's vision."

"I am honored to have been entrusted with shepherding NEW MOON from the page to the screen," said Weitz. "The extraordinary world that Stephenie has created has millions of fans, and it will be my duty to protect on their behalf the characters, themes and story they love. This is not a task to be taken lightly, and I will put every effort into realizing a beautiful film to stand alongside a beautiful book."

Weitz previously penned ABOUT A BOY, which led to an Academy Award Nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2002, and adapted and directed THE GOLDEN COMPASS (2007), which was nominated for two Academy Awards and won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Additionally, Weitz co-wrote the 1998 animated film ANTZ and went on to produce the major box office success AMERICAN PIE and executive produced the film's two theatrical sequels. Weitz also produced IN GOOD COMPANY starring Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace and executive produced AMERICAN DREAMZ starring Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid and Mandy Moore.

In NEW MOON, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black. Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested. Production on NEW MOON is scheduled to begin in the coming months and the studio is planning to release the film towards the end of 2009 or early 2010.

Feig will oversee NEW MOON for the studio along with Summit Entertainment's Director of Production Gillian Bohrer.

Weitz is represented by WMA and by Alex Kohner of Morris, Yorn, Barnes & Levine.

About the TWILIGHT film series
The TWILIGHT film series stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and tells the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan who moves to the small town of Forks, Washington to live with her father, and becomes drawn to Edward Cullen, a pale, mysterious classmate who seems determined to push her away. But neither can deny the attraction that pulls them together...even when Edward confides that he and his family are vampires.

The action-packed, modern day vampire love story and blockbuster success the first film in the series entitled TWILIGHT was released in theatres on November 21st grossing $69.6 million domestically during its first weekend. To date the film has grossed over $142 million domestically.

~K

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Twilight # 2 On IMDb Movie Meter Top Films Of 2008



"That screaming sound you hear is the thousands -- nay, millions -- of fans who waited with bated breath for the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's runaway vampire bestseller. "

Twilight came in second only to Dark Knight. Go here to see the complete list.

~K

Market Watch Article On Chris Weitz

"Summit Entertainment announced today that filmmaker Chris Weitz has been hired to direct the second film in the studio's TWILIGHT film franchise. The film, NEW MOON, is based on the second book in author Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster book series. The announcement was made by Erik Feig, Summit's President of Production.

Weitz, an Academy Award(R)-nominated writer, director and producer, has a proven track record working with a broad range of material dealing with youth- oriented characters, fantasy and action. As such, he has the potential to bring alive in NEW MOON the dimensions and depth that fans will demand in the next installment.

Feig stated, "We love Stephenie Meyer's fantastic TWILIGHT series. Thinking long and hard about how to turn NEW MOON into the amazing movie we know it will be, and working with Stephenie Meyer to find the right candidate, we are thrilled to announce Chris Weitz as director of the film. Chris very much understands the world of NEW MOON and has the skill set required to bring the book to glorious life as a movie. We think he will be an excellent steward of Stephenie Meyer's vision."

"I am honored to have been entrusted with shepherding NEW MOON from the page to the screen," said Weitz. "The extraordinary world that Stephenie has created has millions of fans, and it will be my duty to protect on their behalf the characters, themes and story they love. This is not a task to be taken lightly, and I will put every effort into realizing a beautiful film to stand alongside a beautiful book.""

Go here to read the full article.

I especially like that quote above by Chris Weitz. I hope you do protect it Chris.

~K

SM Site Update: She Confirms Chris Weitz

Hey guys,

There's been a lot of worry and speculation on the boards lately, and I want to let you know what's going on.

First of all, like you, I'm sad that Catherine is not continuing on with us for New Moon. I'm going to miss her, not just as a brilliant director, but also as a friend. She has such a distinct, authentic voice that did amazing things for Twilight. I'm looking forward to every movie she does in the future.

And she didn't leave us empty handed. We still get the benefits of her amazing casting and the beautiful visual world she created. This foundation puts us in a good place for New Moon.

Summit Films is moving forward with a new director for New Moon. They've asked Chris Weitz, director of American Pie, About a Boy, and The Golden Compass, to join us, and I am very pleased to announce that he's agreed to be a part of our Twilight world. I've had the chance to talk to Chris, and I can tell you that he is excited by the story and eager to keep the movie as close to the book as possible. He is also very aware of you, the fans, and wants to keep you all extremely happy. (Torches and pitchforks are not going to be necessary.)

I'm excited to work with Chris and I think he brings a lot to the table, not the least of which for me is that he wrote the screenplay for and directed one of my favorite movies of all time, About a Boy. I'm really looking forward to seeing his vision for New Moon.

Below is a letter from Chris to you. I think you'll get a glimpse in this note of how cool it's going to be having Chris as part of our community: Go here to read the letter.

One more thing, unrelated but fun: I finally got around to posting a few pictures from the premiere on the Twilight movie page.
--Stephenie


~K

Friday, December 12, 2008

Rope Of Silicon Article

Brad Brevet of Rope Of Silicon.com asks, "Is Summit Intentionally Torpedoing the 'Twilight' Sequel?":

"Entertainment Weekly has a new report on the upcoming Twilight sequel New Moon, which includes a tentative release date of Nov. 20, 2009 and word that the director replacing Catherine Hardwicke needs to be in 'Vancouver by Dec. 15 to begin 12 weeks of preproduction before a mid-March start date." What the hell are they trying to do?"


"I am starting to think Hardwicke had a much larger role in her departure than I originally speculated. No director in their right mind would agree to such terms and if Summit actually wanted to make anything resembling a good movie they would have been much smarter to stick with Hardwicke considering she at least has a reasonable understanding of the material and what worked and what didn't with the first film"

"One of the other complaints over the first film was the rushed script by Melissa Rosenberg who was working against a deadline as the writers' strike loomed. One of the good things about the sequel was Rosenberg would have time to turn in a properly penned story. Considering it was officially announced Rosenberg would be penning both New Moon and its follow-up, Eclipse, on November 22 that means 24 days later Summit wants pre-production to begin. I sure as hell hope she was working on that script beforehand."

Go here to read the full article. It's a zinger. I cheered audibly while reading it! Amen is all I can say.

~K

Rob's Hair Philosophy...



Rob explains his hair & this is why I love him. Especially look for the "scalp disease" line. ROTF!!

Thanks T

~K

SAG Strike Worries

The LA Times has an article about a possible Screen Actors Guild strike....

"Now the Screen Actors Guild is pondering its own walkout, possibly as early as next month. But the deepening recession has dampened the militant pro-labor sentiments many celebrities freely espoused last year. With the entertainment business and its tens of thousands of workers still reeling from the three-month writers strike -- and with the larger U.S. economy shedding more than half a million jobs last month alone -- many top performers show little enthusiasm for another smackdown with the studios."

If their is a strike it could affect the filming of NM.

~K

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Muse TW Contest

MUSE, the musical artist that we all know and love (from what may be the best baseball scene ever!) is putting on a contest! They've built a widget and they want you to put it on your facebook, myspace, blog website, etc so that you can share MUSE and Twilight with the world!

One lucky winner will get a MUSE prize pack that includes a rare sticker sheet, a bunch of posters, a copy of their latest CD - Black Holes and Revelations, and a Collectors Edition Muse/Twilight poster! How cool is that?! Here's how to enter:

Click "get & share" on the bar underneath the widget (click "read more" below to see the widget!). Select the place where you want to put it, like Myspace, etc. (If you want to put it on your Facebook, go here: http://apps.facebook.com/musetwilight)
Place the widget on your page and make sure that it plays and works.
Take a screenshot of the widget on your page. Don't know how? Instructions for PC (http://www.wikihow.com/Take-a-Screenshot-in-Microsoft-Windows) and Mac (http://www.wikihow.com/Take-a-Screenshot-in-Mac-OS-X)
Email your screenshot to musetwilight@gmail.com along with your first and last name, the Twilight site you found this contest on and your mailing address.
The contest ends on Friday, December 19th, so get started now! We'll be checking the winners page too, so make sure the widget is there for at least a week.

It's that easy! Then you're in the running for a MUSE Twilight prize pack just in time for the Holidays.



~K

EW Is Reporting Chris Weitz Will Direct New Moon


"There will be a new director atop the Twilight franchise: and he'll be a man. Sources tell EW.com that Summit Entertainment is about to hire Chris Weitz.....

While Summit insists "we have not yet signed Chris Weitz to do New Moon," and Weitz's agency says no deal has been signed, other sources say the deal is imminent, and that Summit has stopped negotiations with other potential Moon directors. Summit had planned to announce this hiring decision on Sunday, Dec. 14, and could have Weitz in Vancouver, B.C. as early as Monday to start pre-production on the film."

Go here to read the the full report.


~K

Evil Iguana Spoofs TwiCon



Evil Iguana will be at TwiCon & here is a spoof they made about it.

~K
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Robert & Kristen Play A game On The Le Grand Journal



This is adorable!

~K

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Cam modeling for Gap

Sorry, but I had to post this. Cam is modeling for Gap. You can check him out in your local Gap stores. They have huge posters of him modeling in the stores!
~MC
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Is Taylor out on New Moon?



Part two of the franchise remains un-helmed since Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke's departure, but with a tentative release date set for November 20th, 2009, whoever ends up coming onto the project would have to be in Vancouver by December 15th to prepare for a mid-March production start date.

The mad rush to feed off of Twilight's franchise potential may only exacerbate some of the problems that have already arisen for New Moon.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the fledgling Summit studio does not want to re-hire "baby-faced" Taylor Lautner as Jacob. They don't think he has what it takes to play the werewolf love interest/lead in New Moon.

And, in a desperate attempt to keep the role, Lautner's agent has reached out to the special effects people who did Brad Pitt's new Benjamin Button film to see what wizardry they could do to bulk up Taylor.

Another obstacle is finding Native American actors to portray Jacob's werewolf clan, which was difficult in the first film. Lautner himself is not completely Native American.

With only a slightly increased budget of $50 million and breakout lead actors to pay more, shoots in Italy, and shiny new special effects, Summit is going to have to cut corners somew
here.
Rumor has it that Summit has approached Golden Compass' Chris Weitz to direct.
Inside sources say that Hardwicke would have loved to direct the Twilight sequel, if given the license to take her time to make it better than the first, but "it ­became clear that Summit didn’t have those same priorities."

It all sounds like Summit is setting up its Twilight franchise for a sloppy sequel in order to cash in as quickly as possible on its box-office-busting success.

Despite all the dramz, brutal production timeline, and potential for total crap filmmaking, Summit shouldn't have a problem nailing a director soon because, as an insider put it, "We are in a recession. It’s a hit franchise. Whoever steps into it is guaranteed a $100 million gross. Everyone wants this movie."

An executive at another studio added, "You’d have to have a very high standard for art, hate the movie business, and hate ­money to walk off this sequel."

~MC
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More TW DVD Details!

MTV's Larry Carrol has part three of his interview with Catherine Hardwicke, her last in depth interview as the 'Twilight' director.

In it Catherine reveals many new details about what is in the DVD including: There will be 'sexy vampire biting', Kristen's favorite scene - one where Rob bites Kristen's finger, there's a montage called human hi-jinks, a scene with Edward & Bella saying 'I love you', & the DVD should be released just after Valentine's Day 2009.



Go here to read the article.

~K

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Letters To Summit

Here is Summit's address if you would like to write to them. Remember you can share your feelings & concerns while still being respectful. Individual written letters can have a big impact! We also have an area in our forum if you would like to post your letter that you send in.

Summit Entertainment, LLC
1630 Stewart Street, Suite 120
Santa Monica, California 90404
Atten: Twilight Saga Concerns


*The Twilight Lexicon also has a post in their news on this subject. To read it click here.

~K

New Moon Tenative Release Date Nov 20th 2009

EW has new details on New Moon:

"Summit Entertainment has tentatively slated Nov. 20, 2009, as the release date for New Moon, the Twilight sequel, which means any director who signs on to replace Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke has to be in Vancouver by Dec. 15 to begin 12 weeks of preproduction before a mid-March start date."

They also say this:

"Two sources tell EW the studio doesn't want to rehire baby-faced Taylor Lautner (pictured) as Jacob, though Lautner's agent has apparently reached out to the ­imaging company behind The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in an attempt to demonstrate to Summit how a digitally bulked-up Lautner could work. (Summit says it won’t make a decision until a new filmmaker is on board.)

They also state Summit's budget for NM is $50 million & that Chris Weitz has been offered the job as director.

Go here to read the full article. This article will give you lots to think about.

~K

Peter's Fanbolt Interview



Did you actually bite Rob? And was that weird at all for you?

Peter: I did sink my teeth into Robert, but it wasn't weird. I was coming from a place of a vampire. It wasn't like I was kissing his neck (laughs). Rob and I actually talked about that scene in particular. How it happened, and how it went down. I thought it was interesting to whisper something to him before, and in the movie they kept that... and then I bit him. And no one will ever know what I whispered to him which I thought was really cool. It's between me and Rob.

Go here to read the full interview.

~K

For Our Austrailian Friends....


Hoyts is offering a Twilight/Volvo Watch & Win competition. Purchase a ticket to 'Twilight' any time during its theatrical release at Hoyts, and enter the draw to win a Volvo C30. Go here for the details.

~K

Possible New Role For Jackson



EW is reporting that Jackson Rathbone is in talks to play Sokka, in M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Last Airbender', a live action film based on the Nickelodeon anime-inspired cartoon series. It's not scheduled to open til July 2010.

~K

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Twilight Berore Christmas

"When you can give forever, who do you give to?"

Take180.comview


This is a must see!!

~K

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TV Guide Channel Interview's Billy Burke

Billy discusses meeting KStew, the TW phenomena, working with Rob & vampires among other things.



Is Billy Burke cool or what! **If this video doesn't show up for you go here to watch.

~K

New Moon Articles

There have been a lot of articles on the recent events surrounding New Moon. Here are a few:

MTV: Who Should Direct NM?

EW: Should A Man Direct NM?

Reelz Channel: Who Should Replace Hardwicke?

The LA Times: Why 'Twilight's' Director Got The Boot.

What Does Catherine Hardwicke's Exit Bode For NM?

Nikki Finke: 'Twilight' Sequel Offer From Summit Out To Director Chris Weitz?

Chicago SunTimes: 'Twilight' Stars See Red

~K

Rob and Kristin on Le Grand Journal


~MC
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Rolling Stone Interview with Rob

Click here to read the Rolling Stone interview. It is a good one.

~MC
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Kellan Excited For New Moon

MTV caught up with Kellan Lutz at the Kiss FM Jingle Ball this past weekend. He tells them he's looking forward to New Moon & his funny lines. He also talks about how the TW cast is like a family.



Go here to read the article.

~K

Monday, December 8, 2008

Summit Release About the New Director

This was sent to Twilight fans that signed up for the News Updates on TwilightTheMovie.com.

- OFFICIAL TWILIGHT THE MOVIE NEWS UPDATE - As most of you have already heard, Catherine Hardwicke will not be returning to direct NEW MOON. Summit and Catherine worked hard to make schedules work, but ultimately the decision to bring the fans the next chapter as soon as possible would not fit with Catherine's schedule. We will miss Catherine's involvement, but please know that Summit and Stephenie Meyer will make sure the next director to take the reins will have the same devotion and respect for the property and the fans. It is our priority at Summit to make sure the TWILIGHT saga proceeds with the fans in mind. We appreciate the overwhelming support you have given us, and look forward to working with you on NEW MOON. Thank you! Official Twilight movie web site: www.TwilightTheMovie.com

Thanks to our member vosburghe for sending this to us!!

Twilight In Paris









Pics of Rob, Kristen & Catherine in Paris for the TW premiere.

~K

Rob & Kristin talk about New Moon


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All four movies by 2012!

Los Angeles, CA, December 04, 2008 - Summit Entertainment and Showtime Networks Inc. have entered into an exclusive output agreement in which up to forty-two of Summit's films to be theatrically released between 2008 and 2012 will air on the network. The agreement includes the studio's box office hit Twilight and future installments in the newly-minted franchise. The announcement was made today by Matthew C. Blank, Chairman and CEO, Showtime Networks, and Rob Friedman, Co-Chairman and CEO of Summit Entertainment.

Even when this is not a confirmation (they don't say we'll see the 4 books into movies by 2012, they just say "and future installments" and that can be "and future installments we''l finish by then') we cross our fingers so we can have the 4 installments by 2012. That way we'll have a movie per year (New Moon 2010, Eclipse 2011 and Breaking Dawn 2012)...I'll just say...OME!

~MC
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New Moon & Eclipse To Be Filmed Back To Back

Auditions have been announced for Eclipse. This comes from Acting 411 the same place that announced the New Moon auditions:

"Summit Entertainment has started preparing the sequel New Moon, based on Stephenie Meyer's second book in the series, and to contain costs, the studio is filming the third book, Eclipse, back to back using the same new director. On Sunday, December 7th, Summit Entertainment confirmed that Catherine Hardwicke will not direct the films New Moon or Eclipse. Filming begins on New Moon in March, 2009, and will continue right through completion of Eclipse."

Go here to see the audition info.

~K

Sunday, December 7, 2008

It's Official Catherine Hardwicke Is Out


SUMMIT BEGINS SEARCH FOR NEW MOON DIRECTOR

Los Angeles, CA, December 7, 2008 - Summit Entertainment and director Catherine Hardwicke jointly announced today that the filmmaker will not be directing the next installment in the newly minted TWILIGHT film franchise. Summit's targeted end of 2009 or early 2010 release of the film, NEW MOON, does not work with Ms. Hardwicke's required prep time to bring her vision of the film to the big screen. Thus as has been done before with many successful film franchises, the studio will employ a new director for NEW MOON.

"I am sorry that due to timing I will not have the opportunity to direct NEW MOON," said Hardwicke. "Directing TWILIGHT has been one of the great experiences of my life, and I am grateful to the fans for their passionate support of the film. I wish everyone at Summit the best with the sequel - it is a great story."

"Catherine did an incredible job in helping us to launch the TWILIGHT franchise and we thank her for all of her efforts and we very much hope to work with her on future Summit projects," said Erik Feig, Summit's President of Production. "We as a studio have a mandate to bring the next installment in the franchise to the big screen in a timely fashion so that fans can get more of Edward, Bella and all of the characters that Stephenie Meyer has created. We are able to pursue an aggressive time frame as we have the luxury of only adapting the novels into screenplays as opposed to having to create a storyline from scratch."

Well there you go. I really liked her.

~K

Kellan Attends The Kiss FM Jingle Ball

Kellan attended the 2008 Kiss FM Jingle Ball on Dec 6th at the Honda Ctr in Anaheim CA.



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Rob Signing Autographs In Germany



Where ever he goes the crowd is amazing. He says it's all because of Edward. I beg to differ.

Source: here & betulbeeet (youtube user)

~K

EW Poll: Best & Worst Of 2008

Twilight is nominated in 3 categories of Entertainment Weekly's poll The Best & Worst Of 2008.

In the Movie Category: Favorite Movie Of The Year & Best Cameo Appearance for Stephenie Meyer. Go here to vote.

In the Books Category: Best Novel Of The Year & Which Would You Rather Have? Go here to vote.

In the Music Category: Which movie soundtrack did you listen to the most? Go here to vote.

Go vote for Twilight! The issue will hit newsstands Dec 19th.

~K

Rob's Own Page On People.Com


The fans have spoken! Rob won People.com's poll on what celebrity should get their own page.
His page is full of articles, pictures, & news all about ROB! View his page here.
~K

Pics From the TW Premiere In Germany