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Shooting “Breaking Dawn”: as the rumor mill churns…

By Kim Palacios

“Can anyone put my troubled heart to rest???”, wrote a fan on a private Twilight fan message board yesterday evening. “I heard a rumor that RPattz was NOT going to do BD. Can anyone confirm or deny this?”

While I happen to think that Rpattz’ disappearance is unlikely, the author of the posting highlights an important point: in the absence of official information, what is a fan to believe?

Summit Entertainment has been notoriously tight-lipped, particularly with respect to “Breaking Dawn”—and the information vacuum has made room for unprecedented levels of speculation. Conjecture runs the gamut—from things that sound highly uncommon, such as Robert Pattinson breaking away from the fourth and final film in the blockbuster series that made his career, to things like a former Twilighted getting the nod to direct. But, the truth is, even plausible rumors remain unconfirmed.

Take the rumor that “Breaking Dawn” will be filmed as two features—to the best of my knowledge, this remains a rumor. The only difference between this one and others is that it is widely accepted as truth. One rumor that turned out to be true—the “Eclipse” reshoots in Vancouver—saw speculation ranging from contention between the studio and David Slade that was so severe that the director had been asked not to film them, to the idea that these were “emergency” shoots that had not previously been planned.

According to Gossip Cop (a web site dedicated to the balanced, sensible, and informed portrayal of rumors), both tidbits were speculation run amok. “Reports much like the one earlier today are ploys to drive traffic without any merit and without any support from the studio on what is actually going on or true,” Gossip Cop says, quoting an authorized studio rep.

If this is the case, I can’t help but wish the studio was more cooperative with respect to informing fans. Inquiring minds want to know!

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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  • April 29, 2010 | Permalink |

    I wish this were true, but what else is Rob doing? He sucked in the last Twilight movie and I’m sure he’s going to suck in Eclipse. I wish they’d get a better looking guy who can act and looks like a teenager for the last film. If he ultimately doesn’t sign on he’ll be in a London pub somewhere playing those god awful songs. His singing sounds like an animal being drowned. I can only hope that he won’t get the deal he wants and walks. Keeping fingers crossed.

  • April 29, 2010 | Permalink |

    He may not want the deal…if he does, he’ll get it.

  • April 30, 2010 | Permalink |

    cant wait for breaking dawn sssoooo excited

  • May 20, 2010 | Permalink |

    sfa….what is he doing. he just finished shooting bel-ami and now is shooting water for elephants.

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