April 24, 2014

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“Eclipse” director David Slade talks about the sparkle effect in the Twilight films

By Kim Palacios
HollywoodNews.com: Well-known for his fascination for directing films in the horror genre, “Eclipse” director David Slade knows his special effects. In a recent interview with FearNet, he commented extensively about his vision—and limitations—that arose—as he went through the process of making the Twilight film. One thing that he revealed that we won’t see in “Eclipse” is his original interpretation of the “sparkle” effect of a vampire’s skin. Nonetheless, this unrealized vision shows an interesting interpretation of Meyer’s unusual supernatural trait.
Said Slade, “We started down the path to radically redesign the sparkling Edward effect, but we just ran out of time on the R&D on that and ended up augmenting what already existed. What I wanted from that effect was the idea that even though he’s this cold, soulless thing, when the light hit him it’d refract light back and reflect onto you.
The interpretation of the sparkle between “Twilight” and “New Moon” was handled quite differently by Katherine Hardwicke and Chris Weitz. Whereas Hardwicke played it up, allowing Edward’s sparkle to show through even in the overcast town of Forks, Wetiz’s vampires sparkled only when the plot called for it (e.g. Volterra and Alice’s vision of vampire Bella).
Slade’s vision seems to surpass what either director of the first two films had in mind. “There was a plasticity to it that took me out of the moment in the [first two] films,” continued Slade. “It’s not a criticism, it’s just that in terms of how I wanted to move forward I wanted a more organic approach… If you were kissing [Edward], you’d feel the warmth on your skin.”
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More Twilighters to Receive Young Hollywood Award

By Kim Palacios
Via a tip from the Twilightish Blog, I learned this morning that Ashley Greene and Nikki Reed have each been announced as recipients of a 2010 Young Hollywood Award. On May 13th, Greene will be named “Young Hollywood Style Icon” while Reed will enjoy the designation of “Young Hollywood Superstar in the Making”.
Though most secondary cast characters are under-emphasized in the Twilight Saga films, Greene and Reed are not the first to gain wider recognition. Anna Kendrick’s Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in “Up in the Air” is the highest accolade boasted thus far by any “Twilight” star. Other notable performances include those by Elizabeth Reaser in “Gray’s Anatomy”, for which she received both Emmy and SAG Award nominations. Dakota Fanning was also nominated for a SAG award for her performance in “I am Sam”, as was Sarah Clarke for her ensemble performance in “24”.
Other awards received by Twilighters for non-”Twilight” performances fall primarily in the niche, festival, or independent realm. Robert Pattinson’s sole non-”Twilight” win was awarded by the Strasbourg International Film Festival—he was honored with a “Best Actor” designation for his performance in “How to Be”.
Nikki Reed won both acting and screenwriting (with Katherine Hardwicke) awards for her 2003 hit, “Thirteen” (most notably, an Independent Spirit Award). Speaking of Katherine Hardwicke, the “Twilight” director is a former recipient of prior year Young Hollywood Award (“Best Director” in 2009 for “Twilight”), as are Cam Gigandet (“One to Watch” in 2008, presumably for “Twilight”), and Nikki Reed once again, earlier in her career (“One to Watch” in 2003 for “Thirteen”).
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What will really happen in “Breaking Dawn”?

By Kim Palacios
It’s not a stupid question. Despite the book having been out for years, when it comes to the film rendition of “Breaking Dawn”, fans really don’t know what to expect. The schizophrenic choice of directors (Katherine Hardwicke, Chris Weitz, David Slade, Bill Condon—exactly one for each film in the series) has created an inconsistent interpretation character and story with each round.
But it’s not just the recent announcement of the fourth distinct director (rumors had swirled that “New Moon” director Chris Weitz may have been brought back) that has made fans more uneasy about “Breaking Dawn”. News of other conspicuous changes to key staff (for one, Stephenie Meyer as producer), and confirmation that screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg will still be on the job has fans unsure of what parts of the book will make it to the screen.
Though logic would dictate that the ubiquitous presence of a single writer would lend some much-needed consistency to the films, Rosenberg’s interpretation of the books has consistently come under fire. Flamed by fans as far back as “Twilight” for omitting what connoisseurs believed to be key scenes, Rosenberg has also been mocked for ad-libbing out-of-character lines that fans could not remember reading in the book(the “spider-monkey” line from “Twilight” is still ridiculed), though the “New Moon” screenplay was generally better-received.
Also adding to the uncertainty are unconfirmed rumors that “Breaking Dawn” will be shot in two installments—an eventuality that would have huge implications on the content and flow of the films.
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