***December 16, 2009***
A big congratulations to everyone involved with creating the awesome Twilight Original Motion Picture Soundtrack! The Grammy nomination is fantastic and also well-deserved. It is an honor to have such talented artists and bands contributing to the Twilight film. Congrats also to Alex Patsavas for doing such an inspired job of bringing them all together.
***June 1, 2009***
Winner list of 2009 MTV Movie Awards:
Thank you, everybody who voted at the MTV Movie Awards! It was awesome to see Twilight get so much love. Congratulations to Catherine and Rob and Kristen and all of the cast and everyone at Summit and everybody on the crew! You all did an amazing job and you deserve your popcorn!
Twilight fans are the best!
***March 19, 2009*** (part 2)
This just in from Summit:
***March 19, 2009***
In case you just can't get enough of everything that has to do with Twilight the movie, I recently received the following note from Atlantic Records (the company that produced the soundtrack from Twilight the movie):
***March 17, 2009***
I just received the following information from Summit:
If you aren't able to make it to an event on Friday night, you can reserve your copy right now by clicking here to pre-order the DVD.
***February 12, 2009***
Here is another update from Elizabeth:
***February 4, 2009***
Exciting news for fans of Twilight the movie! Little, Brown will be publishing Twilight: Director's Notebook written by Catherine Hardwicke. It will be released on March 17th. This intimate look on making the movie will include inside secrets on everything from casting to wardrobe along with personal notes from Catherine and behind-the-scenes photographs. Scroll down to read the press release and here to read Entertainment Weekly's article. [Please note: I have not been able to find anyone who is accepting pre-orders for the book, but I will post a link as soon as I find it somewhere.]
February 4, 2009 (New York, NY) — Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group, will release Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight: Director's Notebook as a one-day laydown on March 17, 2009, it was announced today by Megan Tingley, the division's Senior Vice President and Publisher. This intimate look at the making of Summit Entertainment's film follows visionary director Hardwicke through the creative process. Designed to replicate the director's own personal notebook that she kept on set, readers will discover the inside secrets on casting, location scouting and wardrobe to storyboard sketches, behind-the-scenes photographs, personal notes about Catherine's favorite scenes and much more. This one-of-a-kind experience for all Twilight fans will be released in hardcover for $17.99 with an announced first printing of 500,000 copies.
"With this book, I tried to show fans and aspiring filmmakers some of the process that the crew and I went through filming Twilight," said Hardwicke. "My challenge was to translate Stephenie's powerful book and make you feel what she makes you feel when you read her words."
The movie version of Twilight has grossed over $340 million worldwide since its release on November 21, 2008. The movie debuted at #1 at the box office with $70 million, making it the highest debut for a female director. Twilight: Director's Notebook is being released just in time for the March 21st multi-million copy release of Twilight on DVD.
In three years, Stephenie Meyer has become a worldwide publishing phenomenon. The Twilight Saga's translation rights have been sold in 39 countries and over 42 million copies have been sold worldwide. The last book in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, sold 1.3 million copies in its first day on-sale, breaking publisher records.
Catherine Hardwicke trained as an architect at the University of Texas, and started in film as a production designer. She designed over 20 films, including Tombstone, Tank Girl, Three Kings, and Vanilla Sky. Hardwicke's debut as a feature film co-writer and director was the Sundance award winning Thirteen. Made for under $2 million dollars, it garnered an Academy Award-nomination for Holly Hunter. She has since directed Lords of Dogtown, The Nativity Story, and most recently, Twilight.
***January 10, 2009***
I apologize for forgetting to post the DVD release date yesterday (I didn't realize that the Amazon page doesn't have the information yet). The Twilight DVD will be released on Saturday, March 21st. Although I'm sure most of you have already pre-ordered your 'Special Edition' DVD's by now, I thought I would post the special feature information that Summit sent in case you haven't seen it anywhere else yet:
SPECIAL FEATURES — DISC ONE
SPECIAL FEATURES — DISC TWO
- Five extended scenes with director introductions
- Audio commentary (Catherine Hardwicke, Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart)
- Three music videos (Muse, Paramore, Linkin Park)
- Five deleted scenes with director introductions
- Seven-part documentary: "The Adventure Begins: The Journey from Page to Screen"
- Comic-Con Phenomenon featurette
- And more!
So, if you have not pre-ordered the movie already, you can click here to do so. Have a great day — just 10 weeks left until you can watch Twilight in the comfort of your own home!
***January 9, 2009***
Good news: the Twilight DVD two-disc special edition can now be pre-ordered! Click here to reserve your copy of Twilight (Two-Disc Special Edition)
***December 13, 2008***
Here are some pictures from the premiere of Twilight in Hollywood:
Me with my girlfriends at the premiere party:
I got to meet Seth Green, and he bit me, which was AWESOME!
My husband Pancho, me Edi and Taylor:
Pancho and I got to meet Peter's wife, Jennie. Pancho was really happy with where he got to stand in this photo.
Adding to my collection of "me with rock stars" is this great shot with Paramore before the film:
Lance Bass and friends:
I got to meet (and hug!) Kim Basinger and her daughter, but I didn't get a picture with her. My sister and sister-in-law were luckier:
Slightly blurry picture with my family. The tall guy on the far end is Seth the Webmaster:
And finally this is one from the little Arizona premiere that we did with friends and family. Can you spot a Newbery-Award-nomination-earning-author in this picture?
***December 7, 2008***
Since we always try to keep everybody informed about everything going on in movie news, here is another press release from Summit Entertainment:
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."
***November 22, 2008***
In case you haven't read about it on fansites or movie blogs, here is the news that we have all been waiting for [source: Summit Entertainment @ summit-ent.com]
SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES TWILIGHT SEQUEL - NEW MOON
Los Angeles, CA November 22, 2008 — Summit Entertainment announced today that the studio is officially moving forward with the production of NEW MOON, the second installment of its filmed franchise TWILIGHT, the action-packed, modern day vampire love story. The movie will be based on the second novel in author Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series titled, New Moon. The first movie in the TWILIGHT franchise, the self-titled TWILIGHT, arrived in theaters this weekend to sold-out showings.
Stephenie Meyer stated, "I don't think any other author has had a more positive experience with the makers of her movie adaptation than I have had with Summit Entertainment. I'm thrilled to have the chance to work with them again on NEW MOON."
Starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, TWILIGHT 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. Their unorthodox romance puts her in physical danger when Edward's nemesis comes to town and sets his sights on Bella.
***November 19, 2008***
As mentioned on the home page, I (Seth) had the incredible opportunity of attending the premiere of Twilight the movie in Los Angeles. Thank you to Stephenie for inviting me — it truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The after-party and movie were both fantastic. But, I wasn't on the red carpet (when I tried to sneak on, security mentioned something about me "not being good looking enough"). If you haven't seen pictures from the red carpet, you can see them at mtv.com, imdb.com, and about a thousand other places, and you can read a good description of the night from Larry Carroll at MTV.
Although I am not a movie critic, I feel compelled to tell everyone what I thought about the movie. The first question everyone seems to ask is "was it as good as the book?" The answer is "no". But, I can't think of one good book which had a movie made from it that was as good as the book. I think that it would be impossible to reproduce the type of experience that it is to read Twilight in two hours. Will fans of the book enjoy the movie? Absolutely. Will so-called "Twi-Hards" scream, laugh, squeal, giggle, and swoon (not necessarily in that order)? Definitely—and the chosen order will probably be repeated several times. Maybe a better question (especially for those of you who might be afraid to bring your boyfriend/husband) is if people who haven't read the book will like the movie? I say "yes". It is not uncommon for someone to feel like they don't have the time or the attention span to read a 500 page book. But, the core story of Twilight has been brilliantly preserved in the two-hour time period, and there is no reason to think that just because someone isn't an avid reader they won't enjoy a great story. Also, just like in the Stephenie's book, there is a good amount of both action and comic relief (enough even to entertain those who are "too manly" for a love story).
In case you can't tell, I really liked the movie a lot. It wasn't perfect, but it was extremely good. There are several more things that I want to tell everyone (especially about the amazing talents of several of the actors), but I don't want to give anything away. I want you to be as pleasantly surprised as I was. I did want to quickly say how impressed I was with the actors off-screen. I was able to talk briefly to several of the actors and I was astonished at how down-to-earth and nice they were. For example (and I feel bad mentioning only a few because they were all great and really seemed to enjoy talking to fans) Peter Facinelli (Carlisle), Rachelle Lefevre (Victoria), Ashley Greene (Alice), and Taylor Lautner (Jacob) are some of the nicest people you can imagine. I just think it is so awesome when good people find success. I know that a lot of time and hard work went into making this movie, and in my opinion it really paid off.
I hope everyone enjoys the movie as much as I did. I'll be excited to read your reviews and comments on fansite forums and blogs.
***November 14, 2008***
In Style Magazine has given us these exclusive images from their recent photo shoot with the cast from the movie.
Photos courtesy of Sasha Eisenman/In Style
You can see more photos in the December issue and outtakes here.
***November 10, 2008***
Twilight Movie News (and yes, there are only 11 days left!):
For those of you who have emailed me about the Twilight Talent Tour (see October 31st post), I am very sorry. I promised to post more information, and I forgot because the information was never forwarded to me. If you are interested, click here for the complete list of locations and rules.
And that is not the only thing that I feel guilty about. Over the weekend I read several movie blogs that discussed the pre-sales of movie tickets. All of the articles that I read mentioned that a lot of showings from the opening weekend are already sold out. Sites like Fandango and MovieTickets.com have been selling tickets for a couple of weeks and we have not made any mention of it on our site. Consider yourself warned!
And finally, in case you haven't heard it from anyone else, there will be an exclusive clip from the movie shown during Heroes tonight on NBC. Although I haven't heard anything about the clip, I would suggest tuning in because I think Heroes is a pretty good show.
***November 6, 2008***
Entertainment Weekly has given us permission to exclusively reveal of one of three Twilight covers hitting newsstands this weekend. Click here to see Rob Pattinson's solo cover and read the article. EW.com will reveal Kristen Stewart's cover tomorrow.
***November 3, 2008***
To celebrate the release of the Twilight soundtrack tomorrow, we are streaming this awesome song from Mutemath ("Spotlight (Twilight Mix)" from the soundtrack). [Click on the play button below to listen.][Mutemath audio player has been removed. Sorry.]
Also, the video from Paramore that was mentioned last week can now be viewed below (thanks to MTV.com). [Please note: this video cannot be viewed outside the U.S. at this time; I have been told that it will be available on Paramore.net tomorrow for everyone in the world to watch.]
***October 31, 2008***
The following information was just forwarded to me by the good people at Summit Entertainment (the movie production company). Although there is obviously some missing information, it will be posted in the next few days. And I didn't think anybody would want to wait any longer for this information. Enjoy!
TWILIGHT TALENT TOUR
TWILIGHT Cast members are coming to city near you!
November 10th - San Francisco
November 11th - Dallas
November 12th - Chicago
November 13th - Philadelphia
November 14th - Boston
Edi Gathegi/Rachelle Lefevre/Taylor Lautner
November 10th - Seattle
November 11th - Denver
November 12th - Phoenix
November 13th - Houston
November 14th - Minneapolis
November 15th - Miami
November 13th - DC
November 14th - New Jersey
Once again, the details will be added soon. No need to email anybody or search high and low for more information... we will post it very soon. I hope you have a Happy Halloween!
***October 30, 2008***
More Movie Soundtrack News (forwarded to me from the record company):
It has recently been announced that the CD booklet inside the physical CD will fold out into Twilight posters! There are 4 different posters and they are randomly mixed throughout the stores, so good luck on getting your favorite! Also, the album is now available to pre-order on iTunes—the iTunes version has 3 bonus songs including Rob Pattinson's 'Let Me Sign', plus 2 orchestral pieces from the movie, La Traviata and Clair de Lune. Click here to pre-order from iTunes now!
And while we're on the topic of the soundtrack, check out the embedded video below of Linkin Park's live performance of the song "Leave Out All The Rest" (which is on the soundtrack):
***October 23, 2008***
Here are two very cool news items dealing with the movie soundtrack:
First, we get to exclusively unveil Perry Farrell's song, "Go All The Way (into the Twilight)" for your listening enjoyment. As you know, this song will be part of the official Twilight soundtrack (in-stores November 4th). [Click on the play button on the audio player below to listen]. The Perry Farrell song has been removed from our site; we have been unable to host more than one streaming song at the same time. That may change in the future.
In other awesome soundtrack news, we have just learned that the music video for Paramore's "Decode" will be premiering on November 3rd! You can watch it all day on MTV, MTV2, MTVu, and MTV.com. Make sure to check MTV.com leading up to the premiere to see exclusive snippets and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video.
Take a look at these exclusive stills from the video below!
If you haven't already done so, click here to pre-order the official Twilight the movie soundtrack!
And if you don't want to wait another twelve days for the soundtrack — don't forget about the soundtrack listening parties this Friday in Hot Topic stores.
***October 9, 2008***
The final trailer for Twilight the movie is now available to view. You can watch the HD version at the MySpace.com Trailer Park or the regular version in the widget at the top of this page. Also, we added another new movie poster below. Enjoy the trailer, and have a great weekend.
***October 7, 2008***
Here is the new movie poster:
***October 6, 2008***
Elizabeth (Stephenie's publicist) just sent me this awesome news (containing an announcement that is exclusive to StephenieMeyer.com):
"We are excited that we've been given the exclusive track list announcement for the Twilight soundtrack (in stores November 4th). We can also confirm that every song listed below will also be featured IN the Twilight movie. The soundtrack has exclusive songs written specifically for the movie from Paramore and Perry Farrell. The Twilight soundtrack also features a song from Robert Pattinson—this is the first time Rob has recorded or released music. And, of course, no Twilight project would be complete without Muse.
Here is the official track listing:
- Muse — Supermassive Black Hole
- Paramore — Decode
- The Black Ghosts — Full Moon
- Linkin Park — Leave Out All The Rest
- MuteMath — Spotlight (Twilight Mix)
- Perry Farrell — Go All The Way (Into The Twilight)
- Collective Soul — Tremble For My Beloved
- Paramore — I Caught Myself
- Blue Foundation — Eyes On Fire
- Rob Pattinson — Never Think
- Iron & Wine — Flightless Bird, American Mouth
- Carter Burwell — Bella's Lullaby
Click here to pre-order the soundtrack."
***October 3, 2008***
Summit has let us know that there will be a new, final trailer for TWILIGHT coming soon! It will be debuting in theatres on Friday, October 10th in front of certain movies (it is at the discretion of the individual theatres). There will also be a sneak peak of the new trailer on Entertainment Tonight on Thursday, October 9th. Immediately following the sneak peak, Summit is letting the fans be the first to see the trailer online in its entirety and share it.
What you need to know:
Stay tuned for more exciting movie news!
***October 1, 2008***
We are excited to have the exclusive unveiling of Paramore's "Decode" — the official single from the Twilight soundtrack (in-stores November 4th—please note new on-sale date). [Paramore audio player is temporarily out of order... please check back later]
Hayley Williams from Paramore is a huge Twilight fan and recently talked about her love of the books and the song's title:
"Twilight is the first series of books I've ever read. I didn't get into the Harry Potter series even though I love the movies. Twilight really caught my attention and held it. I'm really excited to see the book adapted to film and excited that our band gets to be a part of the phenomenon. I chose the title "Decode" because the song is about the building tension, awkwardness, anger and confusion between Bella and Edward. Bella's is the only mind Edward can't read and I feel like that's a big part of the first book and one of the obstacles for them to overcome. It's one added tension that makes the story even better." -- Hayley Williams, Paramore
Although the names of the other songs/artists which will be included on the soundtrack will not be released for a few more days, it is already available for pre-order. Click here to pre-order the official Twilight the movie soundtrack! Stay tuned for more soundtrack news.
***August 15, 2008***
Movie News Flash!
So, many of you have heard that the release of the sixth Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, has been moved from this Thanksgiving to next summer. First and foremost, please know that this schedule change has absolutely nothing to do with Twilight, me, or Summit Films (so enough with the imdb death wishes, okay?). This is Warner Bros. decision, and it was not motivated by anything Twilight-related.
Now for the good news! Though we're all sad to have to wait for Harry Potter, this open spot at the theater creates a cool opportunity. The good people at Summit were thrilled to let me know that now Twilight fans are going to get their movie three weeks earlier than scheduled. That's right—Twilight will be released in theaters November 21st! Let the merry-making commence!
***July 31, 2008***
Many of you have asked me about obtaining copies of the recent issue of Entertainment Weekly which included articles about Stephenie and Twilight the movie. Due to the high demand, EW has decided to print more and is offering them for purchase here.
***July 29, 2008***
Here are a couple of videos from Comic-Con on MSN.com:
***July 28, 2008***
***July 18, 2008***
Summit Entertainment has released another teaser trailer for Twilight the movie. Click here to view the trailer at Yahoo Movies.
***July 15, 2008***
Here is a link to the new behind-the-scenes footage that Summit has released (which was recently played on Entertainment Tonight).
Also, don't forget to check out the new Twilight stories on the MTV Movies Blog — there are some good ones (including the footage mentioned above) (also, if you ever forget the web address of the blog, there is always the image link on the top of the page).
***July 11, 2008***
Here is a link to the awesome article about Twilight the movie that came out in this week's edition of Entertainment Weekly (it includes a few very cool pictures as well as the story... in other words, if you haven't read it yet, go read it!). Below is the cover image:
***June 3, 2008***
MTV.com is showing the first completed scene of Twilight the movie. Click here to watch it on their site (international fans: if you can't watch the video in your country, click on the blue 'Watch this in HD' button to view the clip; update: here is a special link for my special friends in the UK).
***May 19, 2008***
Here are a couple of cool links dealing with the movie:
***May 7, 2008***
As many of you have already seen, Summit Entertainment has released a trailer for Twilight the movie. Click here to view the trailer on myspacetv.com.
Also, a movie poster has been released: click here to view it along with an article about the photographer on mtv.com.
***April 21, 2008***
Here is a really interesting article about Twilight the movie, IMDb stats, and everybody reading this (as Stephenie says, "the best fans in the world!"): 'What is Twilight?' on Slashfilm.com.
In my opinion, this is the best video clip yet: Twilight on MTV.com. Enjoy!
***April 16, 2008***
I know everyone is anxious to hear some updates on the movie. I've been too crazy busy to do a lot of blogging about it, and then I've also been afraid of spoiling anything for those who want to be surprised. So I'll just tell you a few short, non-spoiler stories and give you one new picture:
This is me with the humans—who don't get enough love—and director Catherine Hardwicke in the "Forks" high school cafeteria. I got to watch the filming of several key lunch scenes, and see how amazingly well the actors were portraying those human characters. Watching them be Mike and Eric and Jessica and Angela and Tyler made it feel strangely like it all might just be real—which was a crazy feeling. So the humans get two thumbs up from me. And Greg (Tyler) wants us all to know that Bella would definitely choose a guy with an awesome van over some vampire.
Funny story: on April first, I got to watch as they shot Bella's first scene in the hospital (after the above mentioned van careened into her) with Charlie (Billy Burke) and Carlisle (Peter Facinelli). Between takes, Peter came back to the monitors where I was hanging out with Nikki Reed (Rosalie), and producers Greg Mooradian and Gillian Bohrer. Nikki and I were talking about how Kellan Lutz (Emmett) kept eating during the Cullen's cafeteria scenes (Kellan is always hungry) and how the editors would have to cut around that. Greg asked the question many of you have asked: what happens to food eaten by a vampire? (He referenced the infamous bite of pizza Edward takes in the book.) I explained the icky truth—they eventually have to cough it back up. Peter was listening to all of this very quietly, and then he and I had the following conversation (I'm paraphrasing, because I don't have a vampire's perfect recall):
PETER: So vampires would never eat food, unless they are trying to fool humans? They would never eat at home?
ME: No, of course not.
ME: Why do you ask?
PETER: Well...when we were filming one of the scenes in the Cullen house, Esme brought me a bowl of Raisin Bran. I was eating it through the whole scene. I don't think they could cut around it, because I was chewing through some of my lines... I guess that wouldn't make a ton of sense for Carlisle to do, though, would it?
ME: (slightly panicky) Er, no. It really wouldn't.
PETER: Oh, well.
PETER: And also, April Fool's.
(The part I can't convey here is how convincing he was. Peter is, after all, an excellent actor. He got Kristen/Bella at dinner, too, so I wasn't the only one.)
6 fun facts from the set:
1) While watching the playback from a very intense scene with Bella and Edward, the girl next to me literally slid right out of her chair—I think her bones melted. She also may have stopped breathing for a few seconds, too. I know I did.
2) Mike Welch can dance.
3) Hugging Kellan Lutz is the closest you can get to hugging a vampire; he is made of granite. (But please do not try to hug Kellan without his permission. Thank you.)
4) Portland is too cold. For anyone. But especially for Arizonans.
5) Jackson Rathbone can really play the guitar. Our taste in music is not exactly the same, but we found common ground with Radiohead's Creep, with which he then serenaded me.
6) As you might guess, I do a lot of internal swooning on the set. However, I have an excellent poker face.
To conclude, I would like to make a few comments about Rob and Kristen, who are the true heart of this movie. First, they are both amazing actors. Second, they are channeling Edward and Bella like nobody's business. Third, you might want to bring a paper bag to the movie, because their on-screen chemistry may cause hyperventilation. That is all.
***April 14, 2008***
Here is a link to the recent MTV News video about Twilight the movie: MTV News on mtv.com.
(I have been informed that there have been problems viewing this video in several countries outside of the United States. I can't fix this problem because it is on a different website. Sorry.)
***April 12, 2008***
We have finally been given permission by Summit to post the full cast list. I have added links to each actor's IMDB.com page — just click on their names. I don't have any more information than what is on the list above. When I am forwarded more news regarding the movie, I will post it as soon as possible. Enjoy!
|Jacob Black||Taylor Lautner|
|Mike Newton||Michael Welch|
|Billy Black||Gil Birmingham|
|Tyler||Gregory Tyree Boyce|
|Waylon Forge||Ned Bellamy|
|Mr. Molina||Jose Zuniga|
***April 11, 2008***
This is a great video clip: ETonline.com's Behind the Scenes of 'Twilight'.
***March 13, 2008***
Cam Gigandet as James:
One of the coolest things about being a writer—for me anyway—is that I get access to advanced copies of books I'm excited about. I always feel a little bit like I'm cheating—but I love it.
Imagine my excitement to find out that having my book made into a movie means that I get the same perk for movies! Long story short, Summit was nice enough to let me get a sneak peak at Never Back Down, which hits theaters tomorrow (3-14-08).
One of the funnest things about this very fun film was getting to see Cam Gigandet, who stars as the villian, being all James-y. Most of you know that Cam will be playing James in the Twilight movie, and now I can vouch for the fact that he will be awwwwwwwwesome.
Plus, I just really love a good fight sequence. And eye candy. And the bands TV on the Radio, The Bravery, and My Chemical Romance, who are all part of the viewing experience. Did I mention the eye candy?
***February 28, 2008***
Rachelle Lefevre, the actress who will play Victoria in Twilight the movie, recently was interviewed by MTV Movie News. Click here to read the article on mtv.com. Stephenie has asked me to post this link for everyone because she read the article (while on tour in Germany) and loved it.
***February 21, 2008***
My weekend on the set of Twilight the movie
Hey guys, I thought you might enjoy a couple of pictures from my weekend on the set of Twilight the movie. It was an amazing time; I had the chance to visit some of the film sites (Oregon is gorgeous!), go through the story boards (if just scanning through the sketches is so exciting, I can only imagine how much more thrilling the live action will be), watch some brief videos of stunt work (ouch! but so cool), and even catch a little bit of a vampire baseball game (look out—James is a ringer). My favorite part was dinner with some of the cast and crew. You don't know surreal until you sit down at a table with people out of your imagination. It was more than a little bit disturbing how pretty everyone was, and who knew movie stars were so nice? Anyway, if you ever get a chance to visit the set of a movie based on a book you wrote, I definitely recommend that you go for it.
***February 19, 2008*** (Official Press Release)
Summit Entertainment Welcomes the Cullen Family to Twilight
Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz Join Cast of the Thriller Romance
Los Angeles, CA February 19, 2008 — Summit Entertainment announced today that it has rounded out the cast of the Cullen family in the first installment of its filmed franchise, TWILIGHT. The family of vampires, to which the leading male character Edward Cullen belongs, will be comprised of actors Peter Facinelli as Carlisle, Elizabeth Reaser as Esme, Jackson Rathbone as Jasper, Nikki Reed as Rosalie, Ashley Greene as Alice and Kellan Lutz as Emmett.
"Finding six talented actors who can portray supernaturally beautiful, talented vampires of the sort Stephenie Meyer has created and her fans have come to know and love was not an easy task but we are happy to say we have found our perfect Cullen family," said Erik Feig, Summit's President of Production.
The credits for the actors comprising the Cullen family include popular film and television titles. Peter Facinelli (THE SCORPION KING, RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS) just completed work on the critically acclaimed first season of Damages. Reaser had roles in the comedy THE FAMILY STONE and has been seen on the hit TV series Grey's Anatomy. Rathbone was seen in PRAY FOR MORNING and also appeared in the TV series The O.C. Reed also played a role on The O.C. and also has been seen in LORDS OF DOGTOWN. Greene has been seen in both Shark and Crossing Jordan. Lutz appeared in ACCEPTED and the HBO series The Comeback.
Facinelli is represented by Paradigm and James/Levy Management. Rathbone and Reed are also represented by Paradigm. Reaser is represented by UTA. Greene and Lutz are represented by Innovative Artists.
***February 13, 2008***
There will be an open casting call this Sunday, February 17 for extras for Twilight the movie. Click here to read a PDF flyer with the details.
***February 5, 2008***
Here is a link to an interview that Kristen Stewart did on MTV's Movies Blog. Enjoy!
***January 25, 2008***
Twilight the movie was recently switched from the "Pre-Production" section to the "In-Production" section on Summit Entertainment's website.
***January 18, 2008*** (Official Press Release)
Casting Call for Jacob Black (press release)
THE SEARCH IS ON FOR NATIVE AMERICAN TEEN TO PLAY KEY ROLE IN MAJOR MOTION PICTURE. ("Twilight" begins shooting in Oregon at the end of February)
PORTLAND, ORE. Lana Veenker Casting announced today that it is seeking a 16-18 year old Native American male to play a significant role in the upcoming Summit Entertainment film "Twilight," directed by Catherine Hardwicke.
The film is based on the publishing phenomenon "Twilight," written by Stephenie Meyer, and is highly anticipated due to its popularity among young adults.
"Director Catherine Hardwicke is keen to find the right teenager for the role of Jacob," says Casting Director Lana Veenker, owner of the Portland, Oregon-based casting company. "Besides being an authentic Native American, he needs to have charm and charisma. At this point, Catherine is more concerned about finding someone with the right looks and personality, than she is about prior acting experience. And he needs to be available for sequels! This will be an amazing opportunity for one lucky teenager."
An open casting call will take place in Portland on Saturday, January 19, 2008, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Lana Veenker Casting, 2580 NW Upshur Street, Portland, Oregon 97212. Applicants who fit the age and ethnicity requirements for the role will have their photos taken and may be asked to read lines in front of the director.
Applicants who are unable to attend Saturdays open call should email their contact information and a photo to email@example.com. More information is available on the casting company website at slateplease.com or on its MySpace page at myspace.com/ lanaveenkercasting.
***December 11, 2007*** (Official Press Release)
Actor Robert Pattinson joins cast of Twilight for Summit Entertainment
Los Angeles, CA December 11, 2007 — Summit Entertainment announced today that Robert Pattinson will star as Edward in the highly anticipated feature film production TWILIGHT opposite Kristen Stewart. The thriller-romance, based on Stephenie Meyer's publishing phenomenon, is slated to begin production in February 2008 with Catherine Hardwicke directing a script by Melissa Rosenberg (STEP UP). Karen Rosenfelt (DEVIL WEARS PRADA) and Greg Mooradian will produce along with Mark Morgan via his Maverick Films banner.
Erik Feig, Summit Entertainment's President of Production, stated, "It is always a challenge to find the right actor for a part that has lived so vividly in the imaginations of readers but we took the responsibility seriously and are confident, with Rob Pattinson, that we have found the perfect Edward for our Bella in TWILIGHT."
Robert Pattinson most recently starred in LITTLE ASHES as the young Salvador Dali. Pattinson is best known for his role as Cedric Diggory in the recent box office successes HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX and HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE.
***A note from Stephenie about the casting of Robert Pattinson:
I am ecstatic with Summit's choice for Edward. There are very few actors who can look both dangerous and beautiful at the same time, and even fewer who I can picture in my head as Edward. Robert Pattinson is going to be amazing.
***November 24, 2007***
Summit Entertainment now lists Twilight as being pre-production on their website.
***November 16, 2007*** (Official Press Release)
Kristen Stewart to star in Twilight
Los Angeles, CA November 16, 2007 — Summit Entertainment announced today that Kristen Stewart will star as Bella Swan in the production of the feature film TWILIGHT, the thriller-romance based on Stephenie Meyer's publishing phenomenon. The film, which begins production February 2008, will be directed by Catherine Hardwicke, with Melissa Rosenberg (STEP UP) having adapted the script. Karen Rosenfelt (DEVIL WEARS PRADA) and Greg Mooradian will produce along with Mark Morgan via his Maverick Films banner.
TWILIGHT 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, 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. Their unorthodox romance puts her in physical danger when Edward's nemesis comes to town and sets his sights on Bella.
Erik Feig, Summit Entertainment's President of Production stated, "We at Summit are truly excited about the franchise potential of this remarkable Romeo and Juliet story. Of course, you are only as good as your Juliet and Kristen Stewart has that magical combination of being a great actress, deeply appealing, and perfect for the part."
Meyer's Twilight is a cultural phenomenon, hitting legions of readers of all ages, that has spawned two sequels including New Moon and Eclipse. Twilight is a #1 New York Times Best Seller and has been lauded by critics. Twilight's recent sequel Eclipse most recently debuted at #1 on the USA Today bestseller list unseating the newest Harry Potter.
Erik Feig along with Summit Entertainment's Senior Vice President of Production, Geoff Shaevitz, and Creative Executive Gillian Bohrer will oversee the project for the studio.
Kristen Stewart was introduced to worldwide audiences with her outstanding performance alongside Jodie Foster in PANIC ROOM. Stewart can now be seen in INTO THE WILD for director Sean Penn. She is currently shooting the female lead role in ADVENTURELAND opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jesse Eisenberg for director Greg Mottola. She will soon be seen in a starring role in the independent film THE CAKE EATERS for director Mary Stuart Masterson, the independent film YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF alongside William Hurt and Maria Bello and a supporting role in WHAT JUST HAPPENED alongside Robert De Niro and Sean Penn for director Barry Levinson.
Stewart's additional film credits include IN THE LAND OF WOMEN, THE MESSENGERS, ZATHURA, SPEAK, FIERCE PEOPLE, CATCH THAT KID, UNDERTOW, COLD CREEK MANOR and THE SAFETY OF OBJECTS.
Stewart is represented by The Gersh Agency and lawyer Joel McKuin at Colden McKuin & Frankel.
Karen Barna, Summit's Director of Business Affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of the studio.
About Summit Entertainment LLC
Summit Entertainment is a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio. The studio handles all aspects of marketing and distribution for both its own internally developed motion pictures as well as acquired pictures. Summit Entertainment, LLC also represents international sales for both its own slate and third party product. Summit Entertainment, LLC plans to release 10 to 12 films annually.
***A note from Stephenie about the casting of Kristen Stewart:
I'm very excited to have Kristen Stewart play Bella in the upcoming Twilight movie. She's an amazing actress with experience all across the board—action, horror, comedy, romance, and more. Since Twilight has moments that fit into every one of these genres, I'm thrilled to have a Bella who has practice with them all.
Summit's vision of the Twilight movie continues to dovetail very closely with mine, and I'm comforted to know that my "baby" is in the right hands.
For every actress that has been suggested as Bella in the past few years, there are always a slew of critics that cry, "But she doesn't look like Bella!" (Which can often be translated thusly: "She doesn't look like ME!") To this I would like to say: "Of course she doesn't!" Bella is a fictional character, and she looks different to everyone. As is the same with every actor who will be cast in the next few months, no one is going to match up with your mental picture exactly—or mine. The thing to hope for is a really great actor who can make us believe she is Bella (or Alice or so forth) for roughly two hours. I think we've got that with Kristen Stewart, and I can't wait to see her step into the role!
***September 26, 2007***
Catherine Hardwicke, director of the forth-coming Twilight movie, recently visited the Forks area with her team. Here are links to two articles about the scouting trip:
Forks Forum and Peninsula Daily News
And while we are posting interesting links, both Twilight (the movie) and Stephenie were recently added to IMDb.com (Internet Movie Database). Here are the links:
Twilight and Stephenie Meyer.
While there is still no new information, it is exciting to see them on IMDb and will be more exciting to check updates in the future.
***August 31, 2007***
Things continue to move forward with Summit, and I couldn't be more pleased. They have officially signed director Catherine Hardwicke and writer Melissa Rosenberg. I had a chance to sit down with Catherine and Melissa and many of the other people involved while I was in L.A. It was a fantastic conversation and they asked all the right questions—I even had a chance to mention a few of my favorite actors. I'm so excited to see what comes next, and I promise to keep you all in the loop when new things happen.
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