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Twilight “Breaking Dawn” birth scene speculation takes on a life of its own

By Kim Palacios

HollywoodNews.com: I was immediately skeptical of “Breaking Dawn” director Bill Condon’s comment to NBC Los Angeles last month, in which he said he was “excited” to film the Renesmee birth scene. Though the article didn’t get much attention at the time, recent comments made by Robert Pattinson and Melissa Rosenberg have. Their comments revive an important question: is the scene really feasible given other information confirmed about “Breaking Dawn”?

“Other information” refers to a recent Summit rep’s comment to Entertainment Weekly, in which a target PG-13 rating for the “Breaking Dawn” films was revealed. Such a rating flies in the face of the idea that the Renesmee birthing scene would be put on film.

Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg has made mixed comments about the scene, first saying to the Los Angeles Times: “You can do childbirth without seeing childbirth. … It doesn’t mean it’s any less evocative of an experience.” She later posted an effective retraction on her Facebook page: “Not sure where some of you got the impression I intended to leave birth scene out of Breaking Dawn, but it’s inaccurate. Of course the birth scene will be in there! And the sex scenes! And the feathers! And the blood! Perhaps you misinterpreted what I said about not needing to see BUCKETS of blood.”

Even Robert Pattinson, who recently admitted that he has not yet read “Breaking Dawn”, gave an opinion based on his own limited knowledge of the scene. “The only thing I know about [Breaking Dawn] is the famous scene, the kind of cesarean scene…I do not envy Bill Condon to have to think of some way to do that.”

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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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  • June 18, 2010 | Permalink |

    come on summit this is arguably the best book in tthe sereis, I wanna see all the blood and gore and i wanna see great love scenes between bella and edward, your gonna split itnto two than leave everything in the way its meant to be, If it has to be rated R than so be it peaople are still gonna flock to the theaters to watch it no matter what the age is, please summit jeez and melissa rosenberg, bill condon, stick to the book dont let anything out !!! please!!!

  • July 1, 2010 | Permalink |

    i agree 100 percent just make it rated R i wanna see all the amazing things ive read about it and wouldnt it be better to raise the pg13 rating instead of having let-down fans…

  • July 6, 2010 | Permalink |

    I am tired of people that think that movies need to be explicit in order to be entertaining. Whatever happened to people using their imaginations? Of course these movies should not be R-rated. I doubt the books were ever intended to be explicit. The author’s religion (Mormonism) is one that takes a stand against its members getting involved with movies, books, and other forms of entertainment that have R-rated, explicit material. As I read the books, there were a few points that I admit could be more graphic, but most of that depended on the reader and their interpretation of the material (aka the reader’s own imagination).. My feeling is that good directors do not have to be explicit. They have enough tools in their arsenal to evoke feelings in their audience by tapping into the viewer’s imagination rather than simply shoving explicit content in their face. Any moron can explicit.

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