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Eclipse Not Doing Reshoots

Posted in Eclipse with tags , , , on April 15, 2010 by chasingcullens
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse."

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.”

Credit: Summit Entertainment

// Rumors and gossip have followed the “Twilight Saga” ever since the first film created an uproar at the box office a year and a half ago.  From the personal relationship between the stars to who will direct which sequel, it’s been a non-stop job for Summit Entertainment to put out one fire after another.  That continued today.

This morning Canadian gossip site Lainey Gossip reported that reshoots of two key scenes for the forthcoming “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” were occurring in Vancouver next week.  The pundit also floated that because of “creative differences” with the studio director David Slade wouldn’t oversee the reshoots and that former helmers Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”) and Chris Weitz (“New Moon”) could step in instead.  Because the outlet is based in the city and has been correct on a number stories regarding the franchise before, many media took the report with a hint of credibility which was a mistake.

HitFix has learned that Slade, who is currently overseeing the film’s score in London, would be headed to Vancouver himself to film what are obvstentively pick up shots, not reshot scenes. Pick up shots are cut into already completed scenes and can be necessary because of anything from bad lighting, a faulty print or a missing expression or line that was determined in editing.  Reshoots insinuate a completely new scene being inserted into a picture.

Additionally, a Summit spokesperson told HitFix that the shoot has been planned for months, the picture is not in “trouble” and, in fact, the studio thinks it may be the best of the three so far. Considering, this writer has heard praise for “Eclipse’s” script, that’s easy to believe. The spokesperson also noted that reshoot timing is three days or less, is not a lot of material and furthermore, they do not involve the meadow scene or any action scenes whatsoever.

Fans will be able to decide their opinion on Slade’s vision for “Eclipse” when the film opens nationwide on June 30.



Twilight Among Most Pirated Downloads

Posted in Movies, twilight with tags , , on December 30, 2009 by chasingcullens

Pirated Movies

Remember the big debacle with the Wolverine piracy stunt?  It stirred quite the debate across the net between classic respectful consumers vs the modern-day internet consumer with the oddest of excuses for what is known as stealing.  But then the movie still made its money.  They all make their money no matter what pranks people pull.

Me, in case you didn’t know…  I actually pay for the products I use.  It’s the old fashion thing to do!

But what of pirated movies?  Was there a more popular movie to steal than Wolverine? There certainly was and we have the list of the top 10 most pirates movies of the year along with top 10 lists for total domestic box office earnings and top DVD sales.



The most pirated movie out there was J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, edging out Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with almost 11 million illegal downloads. The 3rd most downloaded film was Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla.

With RocknRolla, people wonder if the mere $26 million it made could have been more if WB actually marketed it properly or if people had actually gone to see it instead of steal it. But alas, you know how we here at Screen Rant feel about the matter.

The article on THR esq. makes a great debate about how the process of a movie release potentially contributes to the process instead of just releasing everything at the same time to the theater, DVD etc.

So what were the top 10 illegally downloaded movies?

Movie Est. Downloads (Mil) Worldwide Box Office ($Mil)
Star Trek 10.96 385.5
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 10.60 835.0
RocknRolla 9.43 25.7
The Hangover 9.18 459.4
Twilight 8.72 385.0
District 9 8.28 204.6
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 7.93 929.4
State of Play 7.44 87.8
X-Men Origins: Wolverine 7.20 373.0
Knowing 6.93 183.3

For those who have made a habit out of stealing, they’ll pitch their argument that the movie still made money.

It’s an interesting top-10 list, that’s for sure.  And if these movies were the most illegally downloaded, does this portend to a brand new kind of top-10 list we have to start reporting on?

So this got me to thinking.  How do the illegal downloads add up with legitimate sales numbers?  Is there a trend in theft that can be applied to legitimate numbers?

Let’s take a look and see what we see:

TOP DVD SALES Sales Revenue for 2009 ($ millions)
1 Twilight 175.3
2 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 187.2
3 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 107.0
4 Up 101.4
5 Bolt 80.9
6 Monsters vs. Aliens 73.8
7 Star Trek 60.6
8 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 70.3
9 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 68.8
10 The Proposal 66.5

chart source: The Numbers


TOP U.S. BOX OFFICE B.O. for 2009 ($ in mil)
1 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $402
2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $302
3 Up $293
4 The Hangover $277
5 Star Trek $258
6 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $231
7 Monsters vs. Aliens $198
8 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $197
9 X-Men Origins: Wolverine $180
10 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian $177

chart source: The Numbers

Closing Thoughts

Star Trek was the top grossing illegal download, but Star Trek was 7th and 5th in the DVD and Box Office Charts.  Hmm.  I’m starting to think that some of you who say you’re previewing a film illegally to know you’ll buy it, aren’t following through on that line.  Yet it looks like Transformers then contends in the other direction.  Then The Hangover looks to go in either direction.  The Hangover was 4th on the illegal download chart, but non-existent in the top-10 of DVD purchases while it was 4th in 2009 of Box Office performers.

That is, if these charts could be compared to each other.  Initial review makes me wonder, but scientifically, there’s so much more that can go into this little comparison that we could go on and on for a while.

Source:  THR esq


Dakota Fanning To Star In Hardwicke’s If I Stay??

Posted in Movies, twilight with tags , on December 16, 2009 by chasingcullens

Dakota FanningDakota Fanning may be taking the lead role in Summit Entertainment’s If I Stay for Catherine Hardwicke, the director who started the Twilight saga that now generates paychecks for Fanning.

Pajiba’s source says the 15-year-old actress is in negotiations to star as Mia Hill, a young woman who gets into a car accident and goes through an out of body experience while in a coma.

I think if I was flying around outside my chiseled exterior, I’d go get into trouble, because who’s going to know and, if they somehow could, I have the perfect alibi.  “What do you mean I learned something I shouldn’t?  I was in a coma!”

While the studio replaced Hardwicke for the supposedly larger scale Twilight Saga: New Moon, they’re still in business with her for this film… for now.  Hardwicke is attached to a multitude of movies, including this, Maximum Ride, a possible feature film version of “21 Jump Street,” a re-imaging of Red Riding Hood, and Hamlet with Emile Hirsch.  Summit wants to put this in production as early as summer 2010, so Hardwicke will direct depending on availability.

The script is an adaptation of Gayle Forman’s adult novel written for the screen by Whip It! scribe Shauna Cross.  It gained enough favorite mentions by Hollywood players to make the 2009 Black List last week, which is a good sign that it will eventually get made with or without Hardwicke’s involvement.

Fanning has been trying to establish herself as a more grown-up performer lately, shirking her sweet image that gave her a career for a super-powered teen in Push and a super-powered vampire in New Moon (both Summit Entertainment movies).  She certainly shows potential though, so maybe in the hands of the right director she’ll show some dramatic chops.  Is Catherine Hardwicke that director?  We’ll see.


My Bias Review :p

Posted in Breaking Dawn, Eclipse, New Moon, stephenie meyer, twilight, vampire, Wolf Pack with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2009 by chasingcullens

To be honest, I have no expectations for New Moon, especially after Twilight. I didn’t think Catherine Hardwicke did a fantastic job. Shoot me if you must but it is my opinion.

While New Moon remains my highly anticipated movie of 2009, I wanted to watch it just as a follow through and to catch the impacts of Dakota Fanning and Michael Sheen. Despite exciting trailers, my hope remains flat on the ground.

Two hours ten minutes later?

I am planning another round of New Moon 😀

Truly Chris Weitz got it spot on! New Moon was clearly made for the fans and despite the ‘I could not care less errors’, it soared. It stayed true to the book. Fighting scenes were smooth. Cinematography and songs sequence was well done. I am still amazed by how Chris continued the saga. It was like reading the book. The way I would have visualised it. I vote him for Breaking Dawn.

The acting improved by miles. Robert Pattinson, as gorgeous as always, just proved he is Edward Cullen material. While the fight scenes put him down, brooding scenes was heart felt. Taylor Lautner is Jacob Black. Period. He is just as warmth and just as fun. Looking forward to see him in Eclipse. Kristen Stewart, with most screen time was the best of the three. Her emotions was believeable. While I didn’t feel her pain (as I only feel for Jacob, yes I’m bias), I thought she executed Bella’s heartache and love for Edward really well. Her concern for Jacob was as painful and her slap on Paul remains one of my favourite scenes. Ashley Greene is perfection as Alice Cullen. When she gets her screen time, she stood out.

Meanwhile I still have Jasper and Rosalie issues. Yeah, I’ll try get over it. Jackson was just okay for except for his hair.  Nikki is a gorgeous miscasted brunette. She plays Rosalie well. I liked her no emotion vote scene but I just don’t see her Rosalie beauty the way it was described in the book. The rest of the Cullens definitely had their presence felt. Nonetheless, the master of presence goes to non other than Dakota Fanning. It was an awesome five minutes with her. She brought Jane to life. Another Volturi worth mentioning is Michael Sheen. Had it been Johnny Depp, he would have stolen the show from everyone. No offence to Michael Sheen as he made a tremendous Aro especially playing around with emotions. The fight scene between Daniel Cudmore’s Felix and Robert Pattinson’s Edward was just as exciting.

The wolves were fun to watch too especially eating muffin scene. I thought it was light hearted. My favourite human is still Chief Swan. Billy Burke definitely pulled it off as daddy in distressed.

In a nutshell, while I have always love vampires (think Louis aka Brad Pitt in Interview With The Vampire), I’m team Jacob all the way for this one 😀 and proud of it. Leni, my partner and good friend remains Team Edward and president Robsessed :p

As a fan and an audience, I give New Moon 4 out of 5 stars. Thank you, Chris Weitz for making it for the fans. Your effort is deeply appreciated. Here’s to you returning for Breaking Dawn.

Twilight Director rewrites Robsten history!

Posted in Gossips with tags , , , on November 14, 2009 by chasingcullens
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson Fotonoticias/Getty Images

Everyone knows by now that Catherine Hardwicke is crackers. She’s got a mouth like Megan Fox, but we still love her, right?

She’s always kept it interesting when we’ve spoken with her, and she certainly didn’t disappoint in her recent interview with Time.

Cath says nothing went down between Rob and Kristen during Twilight, but confirms they’re giving it a shot now.

Hmmm, you sure about that time line, babe?

Hardwicke dishes:

“After I cast him, I told Rob, don’t even think about having a romance with [Kristen]…She’s under 18. You will be arrested.”

Interesting. What legal guru is whispering in Catherine’s ear? She continues telling Time she doesn’t think anything went down on her watch.

“I didn’t have a camera in the hotel room, I cannot say…but in terms of what Kristen told me directly, it didn’t happen on the first movie. Nothing crossed the line while on the first film. I think it took a long time for Kristen to realize, OK, I’ve got to give this a go and really try to be with this person.”

This isn’t the first time C.H. has outted Robsten as Robsten. Over the summer she spilled how she’d seen Rob and Kristen’s fascination with each other from the first time they were getting it on for Rob’s audition.

Catherine also told us she totally approves that Rob and Kristen are a real-life couple now.

So what gives on the hush-hushing of what went down during the first film? Maybe Hardwicke doesn’t really know. Hell, we don’t even really know specifics, but well-placed sources that were on set of Twilight told us “something” was going on between R and K during filming.

The whole underage thing is a huge factor in why no one would want to blab about that. Also, Kristen was in a relaysh at the time, so no one wants to think of Rob as a homewrecker. But at the end of the day, we can tell you Robsten were developing during this whole friggin’ first movie.

Rental car romps? Secret hotel room love confessions? Or just intense intellectual conversation? Maybe we’ll never really know, but we can say Twilight was where Robsten started heating up.

So for you 25 percent who said Rob and Kristen’s hand-holding pics weren’t proof enough they were dating, does Hardwicke’s most recent interview convince you at all?

Ted C

Catherine confirms Robsten’s romance.

Posted in twilight with tags , , , on November 13, 2009 by chasingcullens

Catherine chats with

By all accounts, the chemistry between the two leads was intense, maybe too intense. “After I cast him, I told Rob, Don’t even think about having a romance with her,” Hardwicke says. “She’s under 18. You will be arrested.” It was the beginning of the real-life are-they-aren’t-they, did-they-didn’t-they speculation that is now an ongoing subplot of the Twilight story. “I didn’t have a camera in the hotel room. I cannot say,” Hardwicke says. “But in terms of what Kristen told me directly, it didn’t happen on the first movie. Nothing crossed the line while on the first film. I think it took a long time for Kristen to realize, O.K., I’ve got to give this a go and really try to be with this person.”

Rob ‘hated’ working with Catherine???

Posted in Gossips with tags , , , , on November 8, 2009 by chasingcullens

Robert Pattinson and Catherine HardwickeROBERT Pattinson apparently hated working with the first Twilight director, Catherine Hardwicke.

Pattinson and Hardwicke, who was dumped for the sequel New Moon, allegedly didn’t get along because Catherine liked to rush things while Rob liked to take his time.

“Catherine and Rob didn’t exactly get along that well,” a source told FOX News. “Rob is more a method actor and likes to take time and get into his character while Catherine likes to get things moving. It caused a lot of tension between them.”

Meanwhile, it has been claimed that Rob and Kristen Stewart “devastated” their costar Nikki Reed when they started dating.

Rob and Nikki apparently dated shortly after they finished filming the first Twilight flick and she was left furious when the hunky British actor dumped her and hooked up with Kristen.

“Rob and Kristen are funny because they’re so super secretive, even with their closest friends in the cast, they’re very cryptic,” a source said. “They are together for sure because it really caused waves between Rob/Kristen and Nikki Reed.

“After the first Twilight wrapped, when Rob and Nikki were together and no one was a megastar yet, you could still see the sparks between Kristen and Rob even though they were each in their respective relationships… they always had this really intense, magnetic chemistry. So Nikki was the one to get hurt.

“Nikki was really in love with Rob, but we’re all scared to bring it up now.

“It’s something we just don’t talk about.

“Everyone is relieved she’s with Paris [Latsis, Paris Hilton’s former fiancé] because he is an amazing boyfriend to her.

“She’s happy and she’s really found someone that she can lean on through all the media hype surrounding the series.”