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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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Kristen Joins Julianne Moore In Backwoods

Posted in Eclipse, Movies with tags , , on March 17, 2010 by chasingcullens

Julianne Moore, who appears with Amanda Seyfried in the new film “Chloe” (opening in limited release next week), will act opposite another hot young starlet in a film titled “Backwoods.” According to Roger Friedman at Showbiz411, the four-time Oscar-nominated actress will be joined by “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart in the film, which Moore’s husband, Bart Freundlich, is directing.

All that is revealed about the plot of “Backwoods” is that it involves the end of the world, a concept Moore has dealt with previously in “Children of Men” and “Blindness,” two very different stories. I immediately presumed the actresses would play mother and daughter, but there’s no actual reasoning for this. I just think it’d be neat to have Stewart, who played daughter to Jodie Foster in “Panic Room,” now have the same role opposite the actress who replaced Foster in the “Silence of the Lambs”/”Hannibal” franchise.

Both Moore and Stewart have worked with Freundlich before, but not together. Moore met her husband on the set of his 1996 film “The Myth of Fingerprints” and went on to work with him on 2001’s “World Traveler” and 2005’s “Trust the Man.” In the time between those latter two films, Freundlich worked with Stewart in the children’s heist film “Catch That Kid.”

Given that Moore is one of our generation’s greatest actresses, I’m happy that Stewart has this opportunity to work with her. Between this pairing and Robert Pattinson getting to star opposite recent Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz, I’m hopeful for the future of the “Twilight” stars once their franchise ends.

Stewart, Moore and Freundlich are set to begin shooting this summer, possibly while Stewart’s latest “Twilight” installment, “Eclipse,” is breaking bank at the box office.

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Summit’s Successful Year

Posted in Awards/Events, Eclipse, Movies, New Moon, stephenie meyer, twilight with tags , on March 9, 2010 by chasingcullens

Six wins at the Oscars for Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq war drama, “The Hurt Locker,” capped off an extraordinary year at the cinema for Summit Entertainment. From the blockbuster successes of “New Moon” and “Knowing” to the critical triumph of “Hurt Locker,” the independent studio has firmly established itself as a major Hollywood presence with a bright future ahead of it.

“Summit has become a premier player in Hollywood after [the Oscars],” said Jeff Bock, box-office analyst for Exhibitor Relations. “To do that these days, you need two things: a blockbuster franchise and a Best Picture statuette. Well, Summit has both of those now with ‘Twilight’ and ‘The Hurt Locker.’ Once you establish a healthy line of income, and are known as a haven where artistic merit actually means something, you’ve set yourself up for a long stay in the industry.”

Coming off a 2008 that brought Summit its first breakout hit with “Twilight,” the studio stumbled out of the gate in 2009. The sci-fi action flick “Push,” starring Chris Evans, produced an anemic $10.1 million opening (debuting at #6, behind “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” in its fourth weekend) and ultimately failed to earn more domestically than its $38 million production budget. Little over a month later, the Cam Gigandet-starring “Never Back Down” again served up a heaping portion of disappointment for Summit when it debuted with an $8.6 million weekend and ended up grossing only $24.9 million.

Was the studio just a one-hit franchise wonder? Could Summit launch a commercially successful film that wasn’t based on a novel by “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer? Those questions were put to rest at the end of March with Nicolas Cage’s sci-fi thriller “Knowing.” Directed by Alex Proyas (“I, Robot”), the film opened at #1 at the box office with $24.6 million, beating out Julia Robert’s “Duplicity” and Paul Rudd’s “I Love You, Man.” The following weekend, “Knowing” dropped a less-than-average 40 percent, nabbing another $14.7 million on its way to $80 million in total domestic sales (and $183.3 million worldwide).

Summit had arrived. By the end of the year, after releasing nine new films, Summit was the seventh-highest-grossing studio with $482.5 million in sales. How did that happen? It wasn’t because the studio didn’t suffer some box-office duds. Both the animated tale “Astro Boy” and “Sorority Row” tanked. Rather, the achievement can be traced to two words: “New” and “Moon.”

In November, “New Moon” busted out the biggest opening weekend of all time. Its $142.9 million debut was a huge increase over the opening of “Twilight” ($69.6 million) and pushed it toward the fourth spot in 2009’s box-office race, closely behind “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

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Eclipse Trailer Will Be Beautiful According To Anna Kendrick

Posted in Eclipse with tags , on March 9, 2010 by chasingcullens

“Twilight” star Robert Pattinson has seen the “Eclipse” trailer set to premiere during his flick “Remember Me,” out in theaters Friday. And Kellan Lutz promised that the flick itself will be very “badass.” But it seems like Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick has yet to be treated to the trailer for the flick.

At the very least, she knows that it will look “beautiful,” based on the work cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe did on “New Moon.” “I haven’t actually [seen the trailer yet],” Kendrick told MTV News on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday. “I trust that it will look very beautiful. It’s the same cinematographer as last time, so at least we know it will look beautiful.”

Last month, when MTV News caught up with Kristen Stewart at the red-carpet premiere for “The Yellow Handkerchief,” she had a few scenes she wanted to see make the final cut for the “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” trailer. “Oh my gosh! There’s a really cool thing that happens on a cliff with Jacob that should definitely be in there,” she said. “Battle stuff. I would say the [newborn vampires]. The newborns are going to look awesome.”

Late last year, at the New York premiere of “New Moon,” Stewart said she was really excited for fans to get a chance to see the love triangle between Jacob, Bella and Edward intensify in this next film. “I’m looking forward to seeing the love triangle actually becoming a problem,” she said. “We sort of innocently touch on it in ‘New Moon,’ but it actually becomes something that is very, very real.”

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Rob Talks To Access Hollywood & MTV

Posted in Movies with tags , on March 1, 2010 by chasingcullens

First Look At The Stephenie Meyer Story

Posted in Breaking Dawn, Eclipse, New Moon, stephenie meyer, twilight with tags , on February 24, 2010 by chasingcullens

It’s no surprise that Bluewater Productions’ comic book biography of “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer sold well — very well, in fact — so it should probably be no surprise that yet another printing of the comic is headed to shelves.

Revealed exclusively to MTV News today, the publisher announced plans for a new, hardcover edition of “Twilight Unbound: The Stephenie Meyer Story,” featuring updated content and a brand new cover image. The edition will hit shelves in May before “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” arrives in theaters, and include post-“New Moon” updates on the cast and, of course, the creator of the “Twilight” books.

Read on for an exclusive first look at the new “Twilight Unbound: The Stephenie Meyer Story” hardcover edition cover, as well as the official text of the publisher’s announcement.

Twilight Unbound Stephenie Meyer comic book

Official announcement courtesy of Bluewater Productions:

TWILIGHT AUTHOR, STEPHENIE MEYER GETS LAVISH TREATMENT FROM BLUEWATER.

Vampires, werewolves and, of course, the people who love them have been very good to writer Stephenie Meyer. The writer, creator of the mega-selling Twilight series of vampire novels, has achieved that rarest of feats for modern authors: She’s become a celebrity, a household name.

Meyer’s comic biography resonated with fans of the Twilight novels and movies. Bluewater, in fact, sold out of several runs of the comic, making it one of the most successful of the company’s hot-selling line of biography comics. That’s why, this edition called “Twilight Unbound: The Stephenie Meyer Story”, will release a new hard cover version of Meyer’s story.

Last year, Meyer also became a comic-book star. Bluewater Productions in November released Female Force: Stephenie Meyer, a graphic biography detailing Meyer’s rise from unknown writer to the guiding force behind one of the book industry’s top-selling franchises.

This new version will include updates on the success of New Moon, the most recent Twilight film, and a look at Meyer’s future plans for Edward and Bella, the romantic leads of her vampire books. The book will also be stuffed with extras, making it a must-buy for Twilight fans.

The collectable version with new features will be the first hard cover for Bluewater retail for $12.99. Written by Ryan Burton with art by David McNeil, the comic is just the latest in Bluewater’s popular biography line. This series of biography comics has already highlighted such influential women as Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling, Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton. The series’ goal is to examine the lives of these important figures in an objective and balanced manner without resorting to sensationalism.

“The fan reaction to our original release of Female Force: Stephenie Meyer was amazing,” said Darren G. Davis, president of Bluewater Productions. “The positive response took even me by surprise. That’s why I’m so excited to release this new version of Meyer’s story. I hope her fans appreciate the new information and extras we were able to dig up for this edition of the book.”

Bluewater’s biography comics, which include the Female Force, Political Power and Fame lines, have been credited with bringing new readers to the comics industry. Many of these books have sold out of their initial print runs. Such mainstream media as MTV, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine and People Magazine have run stories on the books.

The book is scheduled for a release in May in time for the “Twilight: Eclipse” film. The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

For more information about Bluewater and its non-traditional biography comics, visit http://www.bluewaterprod.com.

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A Plea For Haiti From Tinsel Korey

Posted in Awards/Events, New Moon with tags , on January 23, 2010 by chasingcullens

Editor’s Note: In response to the crisis in Haiti, the world’s top stars are coming together tonight for MTV’s “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon. “Twilight” actress Tinsel Korey was eager to help in any way she could. Now, in an exclusive piece written for MTV, Tinsel gives us her thoughts on why everyone — famous or not — should watch the show, make a donation, and help those in Haiti who need our assistance. Check back after the show for Tinsel’s second column, talking about the most memorable moments of the evening.

Why should I donate? I don’t know anyone in Haiti. Those are things people might be saying to themselves.

People were wondering why I’ve been trying so hard to help out with this telethon. I don’t know anyone in Haiti personally. The only relation I have to Haiti is from listening to Wyclef’s music for years; the vibrancy in his beats and the poetic sounds of his words have always captured a part of my soul. Haiti, from what I’ve read and heard, has long been a place of struggle. So it’s more heartbreaking to think that in an instant, it has become even harder.

Many thousands of people are believed to have died in last week’s earthquake, and thousands more were injured. Governments have sent in aid from all over the world, but it’s still not enough. Then the aftershocks hit, more buildings came down, and more people were hurt. Many of us watched, feeling helpless as image after image and video after video flashed before our eyes. So what can you do?

Donating money can help get medical supplies, food and shelter to people who are without the basic necessities. As a global society, it is our job as human beings to help one another in times of struggle and times of need. Haiti needs us — right now.

To help, you can donate to Hope for Haiti Now:

» Online: HopeForHaitiNow.org
» Phone: (877) 99-HAITI
» Text: Text “GIVE” to 50555
» Mail: Hope for Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation, 1201 West 5th Street, Suite T-700, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Remember that anything you can do — as small as it may seem — will help people who are desperately in need.

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