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Keeping BD PG-13

Posted in Breaking Dawn with tags , on April 7, 2010 by chasingcullens

Obviously, I mean screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. We all know that Stephenie Meyer wrote the books. And this is all assuming that Summit Entertainment actually goes ahead and greenlights “Breaking Dawn.” Because, you know… they could just cap the series with “Eclipse,” right?

Kidding of course. The news is that Rosenberg — Melissa, not me — has been talking “Breaking Dawn.” And the things she’s been saying have been very interesting. Like promising a PG-13 rating for the movie while not sacrificing any of the book’s plot points. Idle talk or heartfelt promise? You decide. Check out the full story on MTV.com.

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Melissa Rosenberg Talks Breaking Dawn

Posted in Breaking Dawn with tags on March 26, 2010 by chasingcullens


Melissa Rosenberg – AP Photo

A question still lingering on the lips of just about everyone who knows anything about Twilight is “What is the status of Breaking Dawn on film?”

At least, that seems to be the case in cast, director, and – in this instance – screenwriter interviews.

Melissa Rosenberg, screenwriter for Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, talked to KOMO about where things stand on her end in the Breaking Dawn world, and she revealed an expectation that Breaking Dawn would be challenging for her as a screenwriter but that she was prepared for some negative feedback and flack she might get for it.

It’s the big one, it’s gonna be a big challenge, and I guarantee you that not all of the fans will be happy, and I guarantee you some of them will be. You have to give up the ideal of making everybody happy, it’s just not gonna happen, but you hope you make the majority happy. Again, for that last book it is about taking that specific character Bella on her journey. It’s a big journey, it’s a massive change for her, and you hope to realize that.

As for where on the timeline of filmmaking Breaking Dawn lies? Rosenberg stated that things were still in pre-production limbo but that it couldn’t last too much longer since “vampires aren’t supposed to age, so you know.”

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CGI Renesmee?

Posted in Breaking Dawn, stephenie meyer with tags , , on January 13, 2010 by chasingcullens

Breaking DawnThe Twilight series continues this June with The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, but all eyes (golden or otherwise) are on Summit Entertainment while they devise a plan for the fourth and final book, Breaking Dawn.

Rumors have persisted that Summit is preparing to split Breaking Dawn in two parts, similar to Warner Bros’ decision to separate the seventh Harry Potter.  At over 750 pages, the controversial book has the most material to adapt.

In an interview with the LA Times, Twilight saga producer Wyck Godfrey confirmed ongoing discussions about two more movies, but said, “The issue [of whether there will be one or two movies] is not going to be resolved until we get the full treatment and see whether it’s organic.” Melissa Rosenberg, who scripted the first three films, is writing the fourth.

There were rumors (stemming from an E! blog) that Stephenie Meyer, the author of the Twilight novel series, was against the possible split.  She clarified those false reports today in a blog post on her official website, StephenieMeyer.com.

Here’s an excerpt: “My personal feeling is that it would be very difficult to cram the whole story into one movie, but if a great way of doing that surfaces, I’m all for it. Two or one, whichever way fits the story best is fine by me, and everyone I’ve spoken with at Summit seems to feel the same way.”

Godfrey suggested a tentative Fall 2010 start date for the production, which confirms what Robert Pattinson said in November.  No director has been hired yet, and regarding the rumors of a Chris Weitz return the producer said, “I think everyone would be happy and excited if he came back, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

Minor spoilers below:
The LAT also asked how Summit plans to include Renesmee, Bella and Edward’s half human/half vampire baby that possesses the ability to grow faster than the average infant.

“I keep having visions of ‘[The Curious Case of] Benjamin Button’ in my head,”Godfrey said, adding that Renesmee will almost certainly be an actor blended or affected with CGI. Benjamin Button“I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being a full CG creation, but it also may be a human shot on a soundstage that then is used to shrink down.” It’s a natural comparison since the characters of Benjamin and Renesmee are in similar fantasy predicaments.

2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button won the Oscar for visual effects using a technology called “Contour,” a futuristic camera system created by former Apple engineer Steve Perlman.  Contour allowed director David Fincher to capture the detailed facial movements of Brad Pitt, not just plotted points, and transfer the digital, photorealistic images to computers. However, it’s highly unlikely Summit will land Fincher, for various reasons the least of which is his busy schedule.

The visual effects will depend on the director’s take on the Renesmee character and his/her familiarity with the technique.  More importantly, will Summit fork over the budget for something that advanced?

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Melissa Rosenbery Blogs New Moon Experience

Posted in New Moon with tags on November 24, 2009 by chasingcullens
Melissa Rosenberg, The Twilight Saga: New Moon screenwriter
Photo: Associated Press

If there’s one universal noise currently coinciding with the thanks for The Twilight Saga: New Moon director Chris Weitz’s work on the film, it’d be a tipping hat to screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg for the same.

Rosenberg, who also penned Twilight and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, has been given the virtual thumbs up from Twilight fans who are very pleased with her on-screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s New Moon.

Rosenberg, though, still issued a bit of surprise at the positivity surrounding the first screening of The Twilight Saga: New Moon at the L.A. premiere last week in a blog she did for Entertainment Weekly. “It’s so gratifying to see one’s work playing well to an audience,” she said.

She also talked about what it was like to catch back up with the crew inside the grandiose theater.

The excitement in the theater is tangible. It’s like a reunion too, seeing people I haven’t seen in a while. I finally find Stephenie [Meyer] who looks stunning in Carolina Herrera — so great to see her radiant smile. It’s been far too long since I’ve seen her. We see Jamie Campbell Bower, who we spent time with in Rome, Michael Sheen, the gorgeous Edi Gathegi, all the incredibly talented New Moon producers.

The tale certainly makes for an interesting read into the life of a Twilight star in her own right!

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Melissa Rosenberg Talks Eclipse

Posted in Eclipse with tags on November 24, 2009 by chasingcullens

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]

The Awesome-ness Behind NM

Posted in New Moon with tags , , on November 18, 2009 by chasingcullens

Chris Weitz’s interview with ET.