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Power To The People

Posted in Eclipse, New Moon, twilight with tags , , , , , on February 25, 2010 by chasingcullens

As you already know, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse starChaske Spencer has been working closely with United Global Shift for the past few months.

Recently, several of his Twilight series co-stars stepped up to the plate to record a new public service announcement video for the campaign, including Gil Birmingham (“Billy Black”), Julia Jones (“Leah Clearwater”),Justin Chon (“Eric Yorkie”), Boo Boo Stewart(“Seth Clearwater”), and Alex Meraz (“Paul”).

The message from the PSA was as follows:

Due to recent storms, thousands of people are without water, food, power, and heat. The Native American people on the affected reservations are freezing and dying right now. Right here in the United States. The government’s response has been slow and inefficient. But this is not a Native American issue, this is a human issue. You can make a difference, you can make thedifference. We don’t need your money. We need your voice. To create a sustainable solution beyond the immediate crisis. We the people have to take a stand and be heard. It’ll take you a few minutes, but you can impact generations to come. Be the shift.

The speakers encourage viewers to visit BeTheShift.org as well.

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Gil Birmingham Performs In Denver

Posted in Awards/Events, Eclipse, New Moon, Random with tags on January 27, 2010 by chasingcullens

Gil Birmingham on stage at the Colorado Indian Market – Facebook

The very talented and unique Gil Birmingham (“Billy Black” in The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) made his way to Denver, Colorado this weekend for the Colorado Indian Market, on hand as a special guest and performer for the weekend’s events.

Among other things, Birmingham got on stage with several of the event’s fellow featured guests to perform music. Birmingham took the stage with Grammy winner Bill Miller, Moses Brings Plenty, Eli Secody, and the Bearshot Dancers, and he was so kind as to share some of the video coverage taken of his work at the Market.

You’ll see in the first video that part of the event included an effort to collect blankets and funds for those in need, and the Colorado Indian Market was successful in reaching its goal.

As always, Birmingham’s performances were energetic and full of life!

After his return, Birmingham updated his Facebook and Twitter followers to say “What a great group of people at the Colorado Indian Market. Thanks to all the fans who came out for a really fantastic event.”

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New Moon Stars Reacts To Avatar

Posted in Movies, New Moon with tags , , , , , on January 11, 2010 by chasingcullens

‘Avatar’ – Twentieth Century-Fox

The buzz on Avatar continues to sound, even past the film reaching the $1 billion mark in ticket sales. Avatar was released on December 18th in the U.S., and already it has earned over $1.3 billion on the world market.

Clearly, then, the film has reached the far corners of the world and has made a very blue mark upon its viewers.

The cast of The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is no exception, and they’ve been tweeting about the film here and there.

Here is a round-up of what the Twilight cast has been saying about Avatar:

  • “Avatar was like watching the entire history of the Americas in 3 hours except it ended differently.” Alex Meraz
  • “Went to see Avatar yesterday. Me likey. X” Jamie Campbell Bower
  • “Nice flick.” Gil Birmingham
  • “AVATAR! James Cameron is one of the greats.” Kiowa Gordon
  • “Just got LOST in Avatar” Charlie Bewley
  • “how does the chipmunks beat avatar in the box office” Justin Chon
  • “wait for James Cameron to do Av[a]tar 2! Av[a]tar was soo frikin amazing….please hire me!!!” Daniel Cudmore

Interesting responses, huh?

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Gil Birmingham To Appear @ Colorado Indian Market

Posted in Eclipse, Random with tags , on January 11, 2010 by chasingcullens

Gil Birmingham in ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ – Summit Ent.

Gil Birmingham, who portrays “Billy Black” in The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, will be a special guest at the 29th Annual Colorado Indian Market and Southwest Showcase near the end of this month.

The show takes place from January 22nd to January 24th at the Denver Merchandise Mart in Denver, Colorado, and Birmingham is joined by other actors and musicians such as Irene Bedard, Holly Dunn, Steve Reevis, and Moses J. Brings Plenty as a special attraction for the festival.

According to the event’s website, Birmingham is one of those which will be appearing and performing throughout the weekend (as well as joining some of the scheduled artists on-stage).

For more details on the event, see here.

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Gil Birmingham On Tay & RPattz

Posted in Eclipse, New Moon with tags , , on December 16, 2009 by chasingcullens

Twi Life Tour Next Weekend

Posted in New Moon, twilight with tags , , , , , , on November 30, 2009 by chasingcullens
Daniel Cudmore, The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Summit Entertainment

The Fantasy Twi-Life Tour, a Twilight fan convention series, is heading to Fort Lauderdale, Florida next weekend to bring the stars of The Twilight Saga: New Moon into reach for Twilight fans.

“I always thought it was cool for you to be able to meet the actors, celebrities and writers that you like and want to meet,” says Mike Broder, promoter of the tour group, to the Miami Herald.

The all-star roster for the event had to shift a bit as “Alex Meraz . . . step[ped] aside due to a scheduling conflict.” Joining the tour in his stead will be one of the Volturi actors, Daniel Cudmore (“Felix”).

Also featured on the line-up are Chaske Spencer (“Sam Uley”), Gil Birmingham (“Billy Black”), Justin Chon (“Eric Yorkie”), Tyson Houseman (“Quil Ateara”), Tinsel Korey (“Emily Young”), and Kimbra Hickey (“The Hands of Twilight“).

In addition to photo and autograph opportunities, there’ll also be a line-up of Q&As with the cast and others, musical guests, trivia, discussion panels, a cocktail party, a banquet, a prom, and other contests and activities.

Says Broder, “Access and time with the stars is only part of what the fans want. The convention is a party for the fans. We celebrate all things relating to the Twilight exerience. The line will wrap around the room for autographs and photo ops with the stars, but we’ll also run trivia events and conduct panel discussions relating to the books and movies to entertain the fans while they wait.” It’s all part and parcel of the “Twi-Life,” it seems, to this tour’s promoter.

The last time the Twi-Life tour had a show was in September’s collaboration with EyeCon Orlando. The atmosphere at these shows, to be sure, is relaxed and involved, and it seems that fans and guest stars alike can kick back and enjoy the weekend.

The show starts on Friday, December 4th, and runs until Sunday, December 6th at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six. Ticketing and other information on the show is available here. Note that I will be at the event moderating panels and enjoying the weekend as well . . . please be sure to say hello! A full report on the event will follow.

UPDATE: Twilight Lexicon has a feature on upcoming Twilight tours that you’ll want to check out as well. You can view that here.

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The Review Is In!

Posted in New Moon, stephenie meyer, twilight, vampire, Wolf Pack with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2009 by chasingcullens

The Twilight Saga: New Moon” is the second movie based on the series of four vampire-based fantasy and romance books by author Stephenie Meyer. The New Moon movie continues the story of the first Twilight movie about the ill-fated romance between mortal Bella Swan, played by Kristen Stewart, and vampire Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

New Moon finds Edward and Bella settling into life as high school sweethearts in Forks, Washington, although she’s already worrying about future complications.
She wakes on her 18th birthday from a dream in which she has turned into her grandmother while 108-year-old Edward has remained his perennially youthful, undead self.
This scenario has become common. We’ve seen variations on the theme of time playing tricks in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Time Traveller’s Wife and Dorian Gray. Welcome to the Botox generation’s nightmare…read more [Stuff.co.nz]

In the first movie, Edward memorably described Bella as “my own personal brand of heroin” and, in the months that follow, her heartbreak resembles a form of cold turkey whose symptoms include nightmares, listlessness and being followed around by a maudlin indie soundtrack.
When she discovers her ravenous Romeo’s image appears whenever she’s facing danger, Bella starts flirting with disaster, riding motorbikes and jumping off cliffs in increasingly desperate bids to see her true love one last time. Meanwhile she attracts the affections of local Indian Jacob (Taylor Lautner) who has a monstrous secret of his own…read more [Mirror.co.uk]

 

New Moon - Robert Pattinson

Under Chris Weitz’s direction, the actors have gained some confidence, and this chaste love triangle among creatures of the night has all the requisite looks of tortured longing. What it misses is any animating pulse: we just wait and wait for the bleeding obvious. The movie is best enjoyed for its dowdy sops to teen culture — vampires with email addresses, lycanthropes with six-packs — but for anyone on the outside looking in, the insulation of the characters from real danger makes it a bit of a drag…read more [Telegraph.co.uk]

Weitz brings a few more flickers of humour to the narrative, but the essential, appealing earnestness of the book remains, whole-heartedly embraced. New Moon is a story about longing, and loss, and the dangers of desire. For its screen incarnation, one of its strongest elements is the performance of Stewart. There’s a toughness and introspection to her characterisation of Bella, but there’s also something vulnerable and youthful in her depiction of the pain, the immediacy and the extremes of adolescent yearning…read more [TheAge]

Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan and Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, New Moon

Stewart is the heart and soul of the film, and not only because her Bella is surrounded by characters who literally have neither one nor the other. She gives both weight and depth to dialogue (”You’re just warm. You’re like your own sun”) that would sound like typical chick-lit blather in the mouth of a less engaging actress, and she makes Bella’s psychological wounds seem like the real deal…read more [Variety]

The acting has improved enormously since Twilight, particularly in the case of Taylor Lautner, who delivers a strong, likeable performance as Jacob and has genuine chemistry with Stewart. The plot is much more engaging this time round too, both emotionally and dramatically, though Pattinson’s legions of screaming fans may be disappointed by his relative lack of screen time.
Pattinson and Stewart are both good and there’s strong support from Ashley Greene (as Alice Cullen) and Anna Kendrick (as Bella’s non-vampire friend Jessica), whilst Dakota Fanning makes a memorable impression as Jane, a sinister member of the Volturi…read more [ViewLondon.co.uk]

New Moon Photo - Kristen Stewart and Billy Burke

It’s not exactly a celebration of female independence, but New Moon still has a handle on its young-adult audience: Hormonal frustration runs amok, and boys become attractive yet dangerous when they come of age (only the good ones keep their monsters in check). This time, we get not just vampires but werewolves, too—spectacular CG creatures that snarl and pounce before transforming back into buff, topless young studs…read more [TimeOut]

Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz, New Moon

New Moon effortlessly sweeps you along in a swirl of intoxicating passion. New Moon has one major flaw, being a supernatural adventure it seems to be packed with too much of romance. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart carry great performance from Twilight. The screenplay at times seems weak but can surely make patient characters stick to their seats.
The movie won’t disappoint the majority of its teenage fans. But it is a let down for many Twilight fans who felt that Catherine Hardwicke who had directed the first flick had improved upon Stephenie Meyer’s novel. New Moon doesn’t seem to justify why Chris Weitz was chosen over Catherine Hardwicke. At 112 minutes of runtime New Moon seems ideal for a romantic tale of this sort. Although no comparison to Twilight, New Moon is certainly a movie worth spending a few bucks on…read more [OneIndia]