April 19, 2014

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Two new “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” clips shown at Comic-Con

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: “Don’t take too long, Mrs. Cullen,” says Edward in one of the two clips shown this morning at the “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” sneak preview at Comic-Con. The line appeared in Stephenie Meyer’s original book and is echoed in the film. The line was heard during the second clip shown to several thousand fans who gathered to see the preview and hear from director Bill Condon and some of the film’s stars. Here are a few details on what attendees saw:
The aforementioned clip took place on Isle Esme, and showed Edward carrying Bella over the threshold of the Cullens’ private home. On display were new (and mixed) emotions felt by Edward and Bella as they shared space as husband and wife. Alongside hesitation and shyness were joy and lust, (exhibited masterfully, with few words, by each actor). This scene shown leads up to one of the most anticipated (by fans) and most discussed (by Edward and Bella) character turning points: the consummation of their relationship. Fans particularly appreciated Condon’s injection of humor into Bella’s anticipation of intimacy with Edward, showing a mini-panic attack through extreme body language (e.g., balking at the skimpy lingerie Alice has packed); and quick, energetic editorial cuts made the scene come alive.
The other clip (which was shown first) did not originally appear in Meyer’s “Breaking Dawn,” Condon admitted, but was essential to highlighting Jacob’s predicament of deep allegiance to both saving Bella’s humanity and honoring the wolf pack and the beliefs of his tribe. The clip showed an initial interaction between Jacob, Carlisle, and Esme, during which Jacob dubiously aligned himself with the Cullens. Directly following, he was shown telling the wolves that he must break from them for the time being in order to get close enough to the Cullens to save Bella and achieve his goal. The scene showcased Jacob’s sense of duty, while highlighting, through conflict, his character’s growth.
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Twilight Saga publisher to host multi-national fan event

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: Twilight Saga publisher Little, Brown & Company recently announced the first multi-national fan event dedicated to the series. In conjunction with the April 2011 release of “The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide”, author Stephenie Meyer will host an intimate meeting with fans from eight countries around the world.
“We receive hundreds of travel requests for Stephenie from our foreign publishing partners every year,” said Megan Tingley, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. “Since it is physically impossible for one author to be in so many places, we thought this would be a great way to bring some fans to her.”
Given a focus on countries where Meyer makes few personal appearances, the United States is conspicuously absent from the list. Publishers in Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Taiwan and the United Kingdom have been approached to select the participants from their respective countries.
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Stephenie Meyer confirms “Twilight” casting on Facebook

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer took to Facebook last night to post a special note to her fans in celebration of the fact that the Twilight Facebook Fan Page (located at http://www.facebook.com/twilight) reached 15 million fans.
“You guys never cease to amaze me,” Meyer wrote in the brief missive.
The note was long enough to confirm one bit of key casting. Meyer stated that young actress Mackenzie Foy indeed has been cast as Renesmee in the upcoming two-part adaptation of “Breaking Dawn.”
“Very excited about our new Renesmee, Mackenzie Foy,” Meyer writes. “She’s an amazing young actress and I’m excited to work with her.”
And fans, all 15 million of them, are excited to see her in the role, I’m sure.
Bill Condon (“Chicago”) is currently at work on the first half of “Breaking Dawn,” which is scheduled to be in theaters almost one year from now. It opens Nov. 18, 2011.
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Entertainment Weekly names Edward Cullen among the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years

By Kim Palacios
HollywoodNews.com: It must be the new rage—popular magazines supplementing talk of real people with discussion of fictional characters. Entertainment Weekly is the most recent publication to rank one of Stephenie Meyer’s brood, having named Edward Cullen as one of the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years as part of this week’s cover feature.
“Who says vampires are scary?” the section headline reads, “Sometimes they’re just dreamy teen idols.” All this after it announces that Stephenie Meyer’s most beloved vamp ranked in at #53. Though the write-up isn’t shy about suggesting that Robert Pattinson the actor may be responsible for the memorability of Edward Cullen the vampire, both Twi-hards and Twi-haters would agree that certain aspects of his character (e.g., being brooding and mysterious, gentlemanly but unattainable, unfailingly devoted to Bella) hold the most appeal to women.
Said Pattinson of Edward Cullen “If you played it straight-out manic-depressive, every young girl watching it would have been like, “Um, I don’t know about that.’ So I tried to make it as much as possible like a 17-year-old guy who had this purgatory inflicted upon him.” One thing’s for certain—however Rob decided to approach the role, he got it right.
The Entertainment Weekly ranking comes in the wake of a recent Forbes Magazine feature naming Carlisle Cullen the wealthiest fictional character in the world. What could be next for Meyer’s characters? A Vogue feature naming Rosalie Hale the most beautiful?
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Can Bill Condon (or anybody) salvage Meyer’s “Breaking Dawn”?

By Kim Palacios
Stephenie Meyer’s “Breaking Dawn” was a disappointment to many fans, who flamed Meyer for failing to fairly resolve things she’d built up to in the first three books. The burden will be heavy for Bill Condon and “Team Summit” to install a silver lining on Meyer’s cloud. But, at this stage, is ending the series on a high note even possible?
I have written previously about my suspicions that Meyer’s involvement as producer is driven by her desire to redeem herself in the face of criticism. Unconfirmed rumors that the film will be shot in two parts (e.g., giving her more script and screen time to fix it) seem to support this hypothesis.
So, what are the key problems? “Breaking Dawn” is full of elements that fans saw as out of character or implausible. Topping many lists are the relationship that emerges between enemies, Rosalie and Bella, and the birth of Renesmee, Edward and Bella’s horribly-named half-breed love child. Plot elements, such as Jacob imprinting on Renesmee and the monumental build-up to a fight that never happens may have been mistakes on Meyer’s part, but would be difficult to gloss over in the movie.
So, what is the best that fans can expect, if it is Meyer’s intention to do cleanup? Her producer role will afford her the chance to justify what was viewed by fans as strange. By adding detail that explains her thinking (and, in some cases, by adding missing scenes that some fans hoped to see, such as those during Edward and Bella’s honeymoon), Meyer may be poised to get herself out of a pickle.
But, it won’t be easy. In addition to fixing aforementioned issues (not to mention the dozens of loose ends for which she has been criticized in the past), it must appeal to audiences of all ages. Out of the four books, “Breaking Dawn” deals with the most mature themes—and it is largely the older fans who drive the financial success of the franchise. That fan base will be looking for something more sophisticated than has been seen before.
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More Breaking News on “Breaking Dawn”: Stephenie Meyer to Produce

By Kim Palacios
This morning’s announcement from Summit Entertainment was a double-whammy for Twilight fans. Not only was Bill Condon named as the director of “Breaking Dawn”– but Stephenie Meyer has been named the producer.
This shouldn’t come as a shock to attentive followers, who have long been aware of talk about Meyer’s desire for creative control. It was widely rumored that Meyer’s insistence upon having certain conditions met was the driving force behind delays around green lighting the film production of “Breaking Dawn”.
As producer, though Meyer will not have complete creative license, she will either drive or be consulted around all major decisions related to the production of the film—not limited to ones about character and story. Given that Meyer herself created the characters and wrote all four of the Twilight Saga novels, some involvement in this capacity makes sense. Still, it is not common for the original writer of a novel to find herself in such a role in a major Hollywood film.
Fan reaction to the news of Summit’s announcement has been mixed, particularly from critics of of “Breaking Dawn”. Many Twi-hards who stand by the franchise and were pleased by the overall series were disappointed by plot elements in Meyer’s originally published ending. Some have gone so far as to speculate that Meyer’s insistence upon being more involved in “Breaking Dawn” than in the other movies stems from a desire to redeem herself in the eyes of the fans. This sentiment is aligned with rumors that “Breaking Dawn” will be filmed as two separate features. A lengthier script, more time on the screen, and this degree of control would position Meyer to tell the story she wants.
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