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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.




Posted in Eclipse, New Moon with tags , , , on March 29, 2010 by chasingcullens

Meanwhile, below is the New Moon DVD launch interviews.

Chris Weitz Calls Himself A Liar

Posted in New Moon with tags on March 22, 2010 by chasingcullens


There are no deleted scenes on the “Twilight: New Moon” DVD, as director Chris Weitz had promised earlier.

He tells NBC New York’s Popcorn Biz, “I’m basically a big, fat liar. I put it out there that there are deleted scenes, but I just realized there aren’t. It was an honest mistake.”

It turns out that Summit Entertainment is going to release the deleted scenes over the course of the various DVD releases — undoubtedly so that Twihards will have to purchase as many copies as possible to get all the extra goodies.

Weitz also told Popcorn Biz that he’s most excited about a deleted scene featuring Rachelle Lefevre’s Victoria “on her way to Forks, just generally being a bad a** and killing the passenger of a very fast car.”

Sounds awesome! Guess we’ll have to buy two copies of “New Moon.” That ought to tide us over until the release of “Twilight: Eclipse” on June 30, 2010. Also, you can check out a couple “New Moon” deleted scenes on YouTube.


Collider Talks To Chris Weitz

Posted in New Moon with tags on March 8, 2010 by chasingcullens

Collider: Yes. How are you doing today, sir?

Chris Weitz: I’m very well thank you. How are you?

I’m doing very well actually. Thank you for giving me some time today.

Chris:  It’s my pleasure.

So have you been doing a lot of press today?

Chris:  Well you are the 5th on my list, so not so much that my brain has turned to Jell-o yet.

So I will jump on in. I let a lot of people know that I was going to be talking to you and when I say a lot of people I’m talking about Twilight fans.  So I was given a whole bunch of things to ask you, so here we go.

Chris:  Okay.

The first thing though is a lot of people wanted to know…you might not remember me at the junket for New Moon. I’m the one who followed you up in the elevator and sort of…I sort of talked to you about what to expect on the DVD.

Chris:  I remember we spoke, yes.

And you told me at that point that there was going to be about 10 minutes of deleted scenes and there was going to be a commentary with Kristin, Rob and Taylor.

Chris:  I know and they blew me off. (laughter) By the time it came to record the commentary, I think that they were so exhausted because they had done even more press than I had. And I recall….we did it in New York and they were either on their way there or, you know, getting ready for some fancy function that evening and it just wasn’t going to happen. And so even though I think it’s probably terribly disappointing it’s just me and editor talking about things, but actually I think we’re rather funny.

So basically you’re telling me that the reason why the actors are not on it is due to time or just…

Chris:  Just due to time. It’s funny, you know, you sort of have to plot out amongst all the bejillion other things that they’re doing including getting ready to shoot Eclipse. Whether there is two hours for them to get to the studio to watch the film and then talk through it or not. And it just didn’t work out that way.

Okay, but this now leads to the next things which is forgetting about the actors, you mentioned about 10-12 minutes of deleted scenes. I looked at the DVD last night and I’m going to be honest, I couldn’t find those deleted scenes.

Chris:  No?

Were they on the DVD?

Chris:  Yeah. Well you’ve got a scene with Victoria in the car. Let me see…I’m trying to think…

Are they put back in the movie?

Chris:  Oh are they put back in the movie? You know to be honest with you, you have to tell me because I haven’t seen the final DVD menu. It might be separate or they might have been put back in the movie. I can’t answer that because I’m unaware of the final format.

I will…by the way I’m not criticizing or anything.

The Twilight Saga New Moon Blu-ray

Chris:  Oh not at all. You’re trying to confirm.  I know that there is at least 10 minutes of extra material. Whether they’re actual entire scenes that got cut-probably not very many entire scenes were cut, but that’s a good thing. It’s because we were kind of happy with what we’d shot. But there are extended scenes which have more to them that ended up in the theatrical version.

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Tent Scene Will Be Steamy

Posted in Eclipse with tags on March 5, 2010 by chasingcullens
Tent Scene in 'Eclipse' Will Be 'Very Steamy'

Admitting to have read the script for ‘The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse’, ‘New Moon’ director Chris Weitz says he looks forward to see the sleeping bag scene between Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner.

” won’t only bring more actions but also more intimate moments to the big screen. Having read the script for the third installment, “” director Chris Weitz told fans to expect a “steamy” scene between ‘s Bella and ‘s Jacob.

[SPOILER ALERT!] The 40-year-old helmer spilled the beans when talking about what he looks forward to see in the David Slade-directed movie

. “I’m looking forward to the sleeping bag scene, I gotta say. That’s going to be very steamy,” he told People Magazine when referring to the tent scene where Jacob warms up freezing Bella by squeezing into her sleeping bag.

Weitz went on to say he is also eager to see Elizabeth Reaser and get into some actions. “I have a special interest in seeing Peter and Elizabeth tear people’s heads off,” he shared. “Knowing them, and how kind of kooky and delightful they are, I’m going to find seeing them being ultra-violent very interesting indeed.”

“The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse” finds Bella once again being surrounded by danger. Knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob. This third “Twilight Saga” movie is scheduled for a U.S. release on June 30.

returns to reprise his role as Edward. Joining him in the cast ensemble are some of the original cast, including , and . comes in to take over Victoria from . Xavier Samuel, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Jack Huston are among the new members.


Chris Weitz Discussed Rob’s Chill Attitude

Posted in Movies, New Moon with tags , on March 5, 2010 by chasingcullens

“Twilight: New Moon” director Chris Weitz talked exclusively with The Dish Rag about Robert Pattinson‘s noticeably more relaxed interview skills on his recent New York media tour for “Remember Me.”

The actor wowed NY talk show hosts with his off-the-cuff amusing remarks about how sexy Betty White is on “The View,” telling the “Today Show” that he offered to do a nude photo shoot for Details, revisiting his lady parts allergy, even good-naturedly climbing up a tree for a “Bothered” video with Jimmy Fallon.

The guy is becoming a younger, wittier, even more self-deprecating George Clooney.

“I think that he is probably happy to to be talking about a non-vampire role, because he’s so much more than that,” Weitz reveals during our chat about the cool extras in the upcoming “New Moon” DVD, coming out on Mar. 20. (Much more on that later!)

“While he’s perfect for the “Twilight” role, Rob is so much more than Edward Cullen. I think he is someone who can work in all kind of film genres,” Weitz said, adding, “So I bet there’s a huge degree of relief.”


Chris Weitz Won’t Direct BD

Posted in Breaking Dawn, New Moon with tags on March 5, 2010 by chasingcullens

For months on end there has been speculation about “Breaking Dawn,” and who would direct the final chapter of the saga.

Gossip Cop has received official confirmation from Chris Weitz’s rep that he will not be directing the film(s).

Fans had hoped for some time Weitz, who directed “New Moon” (and “The Golden Compass” and “About A Boy” before that), would helm “Breaking Dawn,” but it’s a no go.

Weitz is next slated to direct a personal project about an undocumented Mexican laborer that he himself is partially funding. That film begins next month.

So loved was Weitz there was even a rumor – albeit false –  that stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner had written a joint endorsement, urging Summit Entertainment to lock down the director for the final installment.

Ultimately, it was Weitz’s decision.

As Gossip Cop reported last month, though officially no decision has been made about whether to split “Breaking Dawn” into two films, a well-place source said dividing the final book into two movies is “the direction that it’s going in.”

We’re also told Summit is currently looking at top-tier directors to helm the final “Twilight” film(s).