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Interview: Kellan Lutz

Here’s an older interview with Kellan Lutz, found at

Kellan Lutz says he isn't tired of playing Emmett in the Twilight saga.

Kellan Lutz is a busy guy. The 25-year-old has been working nonstop since finding fame in the Twilight series. He’s the new face (and body) of Calvin Klein underwear, he just wrapped a romantic comedy with Mandy Moore, he’s currently shooting The Immortals with Mickey Rourke in Montreal, and he’s got two more action films on tap (Warriorand Death Games), not to mention the concluding Twilight two-parter,Breaking Dawn. In fact, he’s so busy he doesn’t even have time to take a break from doing interviews for Twilight: Eclipse to grab a little breakfast in private.

“Sorry about this,” he says before tucking into a healthy-looking omelet with a side of mixed berries at a downtown Toronto hotel suite. He’s just about to launch into a story about the MMVAs when he wrinkles his nose and smells the food. “Wait, is this yogurt or sour cream? I can’t even tell the difference any more,” he says before handing the bowl to his publicist. “Taste this for me.” An official food taster; he has arrived.

Not that Lutz comes off as a diva who’s high on the perks of fame. Despite his breakout star status, the actor is a lot like the character he plays in the Twilight franchise: easy-going, loveable and just a little bit mischievous.

How do you prepare for that intense fan reaction that seems to follow you wherever you go?

For me, I never really experienced it until Twilight. I think the biggest extreme from zero to 100, as far as realizing what I’ve gotten myself into, happened at the premiere of Twilight. I was just like, “There’s a line of people. Who are they waiting for? Wait, is that my face on a poster?!?” It was so surreal. After that, you kind of get an understanding of what it’s like to feel like a Beatle. To have fans screaming your name and crying and running after you; you kind of embrace it.

So it doesn’t freak you out?

I just go into it open-armed now. I’m such a people person. I love hanging out with the fans and doing the conventions and Q&As. I did a Calvin Klein meet-and-greet at The Bay yesterday and the fans were so great. To hear their stories and hang out; it’s really humbling to know that they enjoy and they appreciate your work.

Did you have any crazy fan encounters at The Bay?

There was a guy Max who is such a big teddy bear, kind of like Emmett. He was like “What about all the men who came for you, Kellan?” He was awesome! I actually ripped my jeans onstage because I was giving a little girl a hug…

Oh, I’m sure the crowd didn’t hate that.

[Laughs] It was funny – I was like “Oh, now you get to see my Calvins!” So I changed my jeans and I gave my old ones to Max, ’cause he just cracked me up. But everyone is just so loving. I’m really glad that the loving fans sit on the streets and wait to see us at events for three days versus the haters.

So have you seen Eclipse yet?

No! Have you?

Yeah. It’s good; definitely my favourite of the three.

Awesome! That’s what I’ve been hearing. It was my favourite book. It was my favourite to shoot, mostly because it’s such an action-packed movie. And my character actually does stuff. He has more than four lines! I understand about the first ones; I knew that getting into it, you can’t really change the books. So it was funny when fans go, “Oh, I wish there is more of you in the movies.” There’s nothing you can do about it.

There’s so much action. I think this is the one that girls are going to be able to bring their boyfriends to and the guys won’t complain.

I know! I annoyed the producers since Day 1 on Twilight, trying to do all my own stunts. And for insurance reasons, they said no. But for Eclipse we did six weeks of mixed martial arts training – jujitsu, kung-fu, boxing. It’s such an epic battle. The stunt guys were brilliant. They really depicted each of our characteristics, with me being the bulldozer who just runs through people. While Jasper and Alice are quicker; they’re stealthy. Rosalie’s kind of dirty, so she’ll throw stuff. With each of us having a different fighting style, it really gave it a unique vibe when they put it all together.

It sounds like you loved the physical aspect of this film.

I loved doing stunts; I don’t have tattoos and I always say that my scars and bruises are my tattoos. I just did this movie called The Killing Game and we had real machetes and my chest got cut up by accident. My agent was like “That’s your money maker! You can’t ruin that!” [Laughs]

So you’re hoping for action movies in your future?

I love action movies; I want to work with Sylvester Stallone one day. I was supposed to work on his movie The Expendables. I auditioned for it and I got the role, but the scheduling didn’t work out with New Moon. And I was just like, “What a bummer.” It has seven of my favourite action stars. Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Randy Couture…it’s such an all-star cast. If the name “Kellan” would have been up there with them, I would have died happy.

You have a pretty intense fight scene early on in Eclipse where you face off against a werewolf. What’s it like acting against CGI?

That was tough because when I’m doing stunts, I need someone to push me to act against. But with the wolf, I just had to fake it. It’s just really funny when you have a cardboard cutout that you’re acting against. And that river was freezing! It was so cold and I was like “But vampires can’t breathe.” And David was like “Just use it as if you’re mad at the wolf.” So I’m like [mimes shivering and shaking]. All the actors playing the wolves have the easiest job ever because they get to hang out shirtless and then they don’t fight! [Laughs]

What was it like working with David Slade?

He’s really cool. I’m really a big fan. 30 Days of Night is such a great, epic vampire movie, and Hard Candy is such an intense mental movie, so he’s a great director for this kind of dark, edgy movie. He was never stressed and he always had this dry sense of humour that I loved. Some people didn’t get it, like Rob [Pattinson] would just not understand his jokes, which made me laugh even more.

This movie is much darker than the other ones, but Emmett is still the film’s most happy-go-lucky vampire.

My character is such an extremist; he is certain that nothing can hurt him. But he’s also a kid at heart and loves life to the fullest. And when he’s messing with Bella, I love that he can crack jokes in a jovial way instead of a mean way. He just likes to pick on her and then he shows his dimples. Like me growing up. I come from a big family. And I got away with stuff ’cause I’d just smile and be like, “I didn’t do it!”

In Eclipse, we see Jasper and Rosalie’s backstories. Where’s Emmett’s?

I know! There’s an excerpt that Stephenie [Meyer] wrote called “Emmett and the Bear” that she posted on her website. It really shows what the story is with Emmett and his relationship with Edward and how they became really close. I wish that we could show that. I’d love for Stephenie to write the Emmett chronicles.

Would you consider doing an Emmett spin-off?

Oh yeah. Even if it’s just one movie. To see Emmett and Rosalie’s relationship more would be nice. I love my character; I’ve made such a backstory in my head, and I just don’t get to show a lot of him. I can’t help it and I can’t complain, but there’s a lot that I want to do with him.

Let’s talk about Breaking Dawn. Are you excited that it’s being split into two movies?

I really am. I haven’t really sensed an ending coming up for the Twilightsaga. I don’t want it to end because I love my character. I don’t mind going through two hours of makeup and putting in those annoying contacts just to be my character, because I have this happiness when I transform into him. And to get to do two more premieres, two more press junkets and have twice as long to travel around the world to meet fans is awesome. It’s just so easy. The movies don’t take too long to shoot and it’s a nice reunion with the rest of the cast.

So you’re not getting antsy to move on from Twilight?

It’s opened up so many doors that it doesn’t seem like it’s our whole life. We shoot it, then we work on three other different movies, and then you come back and get another taste of Twilight. I’m not super-saturated with Emmett or this saga yet; it hasn’t gotten old and it’s not going to.

What are you looking forward to about Breaking Dawn?

I really can’t wait to see how they’re going to do the whole baby thing. I’m just really excited to see how Melissa [Rosenberg] is going to write it. And also when they’re going to make part A stop and part B start. Is it before Bella transforms into a vampire? I can’t wait to read the script!

‘Eclipse’ interview teaser: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner talk ‘Breaking Dawn’ and the end of ‘Twilight’

Here’s an older interview with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, found at


Entertainment Weekly sat down with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner for a feature interview running in this week’s magazine to discuss the world they inhabit within the Twilight universe — both on screen and off.  The three young stars opened up about coping under the glare of intense media spotlight, how they rely on one another to pull through, what they think of the upcoming final movie, Breaking Dawn, what lies ahead once the franchise wraps, and much more. In this preview, the three stars talk about gearing up for the final chapter of the saga that has changed each of their lives forever.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLYYou guys are about to start shooting the two Breaking Dawnmovies back to back. You signed on to this franchise before Breaking Dawn was written. When you read it, were you thinking, How is this going to be turned into a movie?
: Yeah, definitely. What is Renesmee going to look like? Is it going to be this little teeth-baby running around? It’s going to be weird.
[Laughs] “Little teeth-baby.”
Yeah, but I think it’s going to be cool. One of the main objectives of the series is to get Bella to a point where she’s mature enough to make such a hefty decision, and she goes through a lot. In the fourth one, she is going to become a wife. She is going to become a mom. She is going to become an adult and a vampire. To do it so young, it needs to be believable. So I’m really excited about playing that.

Some people read Breaking Dawn as very pro-life and Mormon because Bella decides to have her baby even though it’s endangering her life. Did any of that bother you when you read the book?
No, because it made sense. Not wanting to give up the baby is about her holding onto that last thing that she would have to give up if she was not human anymore. Right after she and Edward sleep with each other for the first time, she says, “Oh, f***, I might want to be human for a little bit longer.” The baby is just an even more intense version of that.

PATTINSON: I think people make up all these Mormon references just so they can publishTwilight articles in respectable publications like the New York Times. Even Stephenie [Meyer, author of the Twilight novels] said it doesn’t mean any of that. It is based on a dream.

The Breaking Dawn movies are the last in the series. How do you feel about all of this coming to a conclusion soon?
In terms of shooting them, they’re almost done. We’re going to be done by March.
It will be so weird, the last day of filming that last movie.
It will be sad, too. It’s been one of the most crazy, indulgent experiences as an actor, to be able to follow a character for this long.
I think stopping will be very weird.
It will just feel like a chapter has been closed.
A big chapter.
STEWART: I’m going to be like, “But wait, there’s this scene…”

For more from the three stars of the Twilight movies, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, June 25.

Stephenie Meyer Talks about Midnight Sun

Here’s an older interview with Stephenie Meyer found at

So four fan sites got to interview Stephenie Meyer. They can’t put out everything that was said till after Eclipse comes out, but they can let’s us know what Stephenie Meyer had to say about Midnight Sun.

Midnight Sun Clip

Or listen at Mevio or iTunes

If for some reason you would rather read the interview…

Meghan: What we’ll do is just start here, you’ll do one question and keep going around…

Letters to Twilight: No pressure!


Meghan: So alright, go for it!

Stephenie: Wait! Wait, wait, wait! Do you all have your tape recorders on?

All: (Nodding and saying yes!)

Stephenie: First question, because we are going to deal with this right now, is Midnight Sun! Right? So we don’t have to…

All: (Lot’s of blabbering…)

Stephenie: I know that’s what everyone cares about.  I also know that the right answer would be for me to say “Oh yah, it’s done! And it’ll be out next month!”  But that’s not true.  It’s also not true that I’ve got a ton of work done on it, and that’s what I’m working on.  What’s true is that I’m really burned out on vampires.  And, I don’t want to write it badly.  So I want to wait until I’m excited about the material again, and I’m excited about Edward, and that it’s something that’s motivating.  You know, when a story is keeping me up at night, and I’m waking up at 4 am in the morning and thinking ‘Yes! That is what is what should happen in this moment!’  Then that is when I can write with happiness! So, right now it feels like homework… it really does.  And when things feel like homework they go very, very slowly for me.  So it’s still not a “It’s not gonna happen!” I want to do it when I can do it right.  You know, I have my share of human stubbornness, and I have to tell you, it’s a little bit hard when people are like “This is the only thing you can do, and it’s the only thing we care about!”  And, you’re kind of like a three year old, you want to be like “I’m gonna do what I wanna do!” Yah.  “You’re not the boss of me!”  So my mom has backed off a little bit.  Actually, I was at The Fray concert, and I was hanging out with the guys backstage.  They’re really cool, and I was talking to Isaac about it.  He was like, “I really want you to do that!”  And I was like “Oh my gosh!  Come on!”  You know I can’t get away from it anywhere.  And, we talked about stubbornness and reverse psychology.  I have this great thing he signed for me, it says “To Stephenie, Don’t work on that stupid book! Nobody wants it anyway!”  I have it by my computer.  That really is the right direction to go with me, because I’m like “Huh!  Maybe I should do it!  I’ll show you!”   Psychology!  Anyway, that’s Midnight Sun!  so, that should disappoint everyone!

Twilight Series Theories: I don’t think so!

Stephenie: Ok!  so now we’re done!  (Laughing) So, I’ll see you guys later!

All: (Laughing)

Letters to Twilight: That’s totally understandable.

Twilight Series Theories: I would rather wait.

Twilight Source: We’re not reading it until it’s done.

Twilight Series Theories: I haven’t read it!

Letters to Twilight: You haven’t!

Stephenie: The people I worry about are the haters. You know, that like to talk about what a horrible writer I am and all that stuff.  When I do write it they’re going to say “Oh, this was worse than the first half because now she did it badly!”  No matter what I do it’s going to be that way.  There’s a mental block there.  You know what people are going to say, so I have wait until it’s just me and the book again.  Then I can feel excited about it!  You know, sometimes I’ll sit and think about the car chase, that we don’t get to see from Bella’s perspective.  I have that one completely mapped out in my head.  That one wouldn’t be hard to get down. Stuff like that, it gets exciting. Cars.  Ya know!  The first car he steals I have picked out, and then the second one.  It get’s messy!  It’s gonna be great!  You have to get excited about things!  But, that’s Midnight Sun!

Twilight Series Theories: Check!

‘Robert Pattinson is my biggest inspiration… he has no ego’: The world according to Twilight’s Ashley Greene

Here’s an older article of an interview with Ashley Greene found at:–ego.html##ixzz0vGKGYn6O

Ashley Greene‘Twilight fans are a little odd,’ admits Ashley Greene

The actress on playing saintly vampire Alice Cullen, how she reacts to hysterical Twilight fans and why she’s no fashionista

Ashley Greene has a way of making everything seem easy. Effortlessly chic, she possesses a raw acting talent that seems as natural as breathing. She advanced from total obscurity to the cover of Vanity Fair with such little fuss it’s as if it was delivered to her on a platter.

She was a complete unknown two years ago when she landed the role of saintly vampire Alice Cullen in Twilight, the first in a series of films adapted from the best-selling novels by Stephenie Meyer, which has so far grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.

She reprises her role in the third instalment, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. At 23, Greene is poised to step up to the Hollywood A-list, and the world is about to start paying attention.

Tae kwon do, kick-boxing, baseball… I’m prepared for anything.

I never rely on luck to get where I want to be. My father taught me that good things happen to you when preparation meets opportunity, so nothing is ever left to chance. I believe in being prepared at all times. In 2007, when I landed the audition for the first Twilight movie, I made sure I knew Stephenie Meyer’s novel back to front and I had a firm handle on the character of Alice Cullen. For the baseball scene in Twilight I learned how to pitch convincingly by training with a professional coach for two weeks. For the new Twilight movie I’m involved in a few fight scenes, so I worked three days a week in Vancouver with a special team who taught me to kick-box. Having learnt tae kwon do in high school, I also worked on sharpening up my Korean martial-art skills. As ever, I was fully prepared.

I got my work ethic from the marines.

More specifically, my dad, who used to be a marine so he’s got incredibly strong discipline. Then he started his own concrete business, building it up from scratch. Like him, I can’t rest up for long before I feel the need to start grafting again. I like to take holidays, but rest is always more pleasurable after a long period of hard work.

After a few days of doing nothing, with my phone switched off, I feel I’ve recharged my batteries and I’m ready to dive back into work. It helps that I love what I do, but I’d like to think I’d have a strong work ethic whatever I was doing. I can’t think of anything more boring than being on permanent vacation. I can be skiing in some of the most beautiful places on Earth, but I can only take a few days of that and I’m so ready to get back to work and be creative again.

Blood thirsty: Ashley (far left) as Alice Cullen in The Twilight Saga alongside co-star Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rothbone and Peter Facinelli

Blood thirsty: Ashley (far left) as vampire Alice Cullen in The Twilight Saga alongside co-star Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rothbone and Peter Facinelli

Education is never wasted.

Before I started acting I studied psychology at public high school – I didn’t get to be a psychologist, but those lessons have been invaluable to me. When I first moved to Hollywood at 17, I was naive and inexperienced. I had to quickly learn how to read people and how to empathise with them. I don’t have my Twilight character’s gift for premonition, but I rely heavily on my own intuition. Psychology has also been useful to me in terms of being able to read a script and get to grips with the personality of the character I’m playing. Education is never wasted.

When the going gets strange, embrace the strangeness.

When I started out as an actress I thought only about work. I never stopped to consider what it would be like to be famous. The Twilight movies attract extremely devoted fans. When they meet me their reactions are sometimes a little odd. Quite often they just stand in front of me and start crying and shaking. It was slightly terrifying at first, but I’ve learnt to accept it. So long as people are responding in a positive way, that’s a huge compliment to me and to the movies I’m in. Going through my fan mail is always a big pick-me-up, no matter how unusual the letters. I have a team that can be relied upon to filter out anything too strange. One thing that did get through was a car manual. I’m still trying to figure out why a guy would send me that in the post.

Twilight Saga: Eclipse

‘As a person, he’s not like anyone I’ve ever met in Hollywood, and as an actor he’s a complete natural’: Ashley on Robert Pattinson (above with Kristen Stewart)

Never stop learning from the people you work with.

Robert Pattinson, who plays my adoptive brother in the Twilight films, has been one of my biggest inspirations. As a person, he’s not like anyone I’ve ever met in Hollywood, and as an actor he’s a complete natural. He has no ego. Everyone loves him, but he’s unaffected by that and never seems fazed by the attention that comes his way. He’s not changed a bit since I worked with him on the first Twilight movie. He’s a great night out if you tag along with him to a pub or bar. He’s not the nightclubbing, get-up-and-dance kind of guy, but during shooting we’ll join him back at his hotel, where he’ll get out his guitar and we’ll have a loud singalong.

Taking a few risks in life can remind you that you’re alive.

A few years ago I was walking along a cliff in California with a friend and she jokingly suggested we jump in the sea. I took that as a challenge and went ahead and did it. The feeling was incredible and I was buzzing for days. Right at the top of my list of things I must do this year are skydiving and deep-sea diving. I want to do those things while I’m still young and feel a little fearless. I’m not one of life’s great risk-takers, but just occasionally I like to feel the thrill of danger.

You owe it to yourself to follow your dream.

I’ve always thought it would be completely awful to look back on my life and wonder what would have happened had I only taken a chance on something I wanted to achieve. At 15 I decided that acting was my true calling and that I needed to leave high school to pursue it seriously. Luckily I had parents who were completely supportive. I also had the confidence. I was driven to it because I knew I could make it happen. If I’d waited a few years, maybe that confidence would have evaporated. If you have a dream, then the time to start chasing it is now. Don’t wait until tomorrow.

I wear what I feel most comfortable in: The actress on the red carpet I wear what I feel most comfortable in: The actress on the red carpet

‘I wear what I feel most comfortable in’: The actress on the red carpet at last year’s premiere of Twilight: New Moon and the Teen Choice Awards (right)

I’ve signed up to the school of ‘try anything once’.

For example, food is a huge part of life’s adventure, and coming from Jacksonville, Florida, it’s not uncommon to find stuff like fried alligator’s tail on your plate. I’ve tried that a few times. I’ll try pretty much anything you care to put in front of me. The only thing I draw the line at is oysters. I refuse to eat something that looks as if it belongs up someone’s nose.

Always dress for yourself  –  never to impress.

Though I’ve been voted a Hollywood style icon, I’m no fashionista. I try not to think too much about what the clothes I’m wearing say about me. My personal style just comes down to what I feel most comfortable in. Audrey Hepburn is my style icon. She never tried too hard to look cool, but she always looked amazing. I love everything about her. She never had too much attitude – just enough. She was always perfectly understated. Everything she wore was simple but elegant. She proved that style is best when it comes out naturally from who you are and what you’re about.

Ashley Greene Talks About ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’

Here’s an older article of an interview with Ashley Greene, found on

Ashley Greene and Jackson Rathbone Photo The Twilight Saga Eclipse

June 12, 2010 – It doesn’t matter if you’re Team Edward or Team Jacob, both sides would agree ‘Alice’ is one of the most engaging – and interesting – characters in the Twilight universe. As brought to life on the screen by the gorgeous Ashley Greene, Alice is someone you’d want as your sister or best friend, despite the fact she’s a powerful vampire who can see the future.

The action heats up in the third film of the Twilight series, Eclipse, with Alice and the whole Cullen family doing battle against a gang of newborn vampires created to do the bidding of Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard). And although preparing for battle – and the continuation of the Jacob/Bella/Edward love story – is the focus of the film, Eclipse also takes the time to show the close, loving relationships between members of the Cullen family, with scenes spotlighting the origin of Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) and Alice’s relationship.

I’ve been fortunate to be able to sit down with Ashley Greene for exclusive interviews prior to the release of all three Twilight movies and, as with Alice in the films, Greene has really come into her own over the course of shooting the Twilight films. Greene’s become highly sought after by directors outside of the Twilight franchise, and recently completed work on Butter alongside Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Garner (two veteran actors who know what it’s like to be part of a popular franchise). However, despite the fact Greene’s got a lot going on professionally, this interview’s all about Eclipse with a little Breaking Dawn thrown in for good measure.

Exclusive Interview with Ashley Greene – ‘Alice’ in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Now that you’ve finished the third film of the Twilight series, is being a part of this franchise everything you expected it to be?Ashley Greene: “I don’t think I expected it to be this. It certainly hasn’t let me down in any way, but I don’t think any of us had any idea of the scale of what it would become and the phenomenon that it’s become. I don’t think you can really conjure that up in your head because when was the last time you have seen something like this happen?”

It hasn’t – not even with the cast of Harry Potter. Are you hounded all the time?

Ashley Greene: “Yes, there’s always paparazzi. I live in LA so I’m sure…I think if I lived in New York maybe, or Florida, but LA there are so many paparazzi it’s crazy. It isn’t too awful until it gets close to release dates. That’s when it gets crazy.”

Has it changed your perspective on acting in general, being part of a franchise like this?

Ashley Greene: “Not really. I love it just as much as the day I started. There isn’t anything to compare it with because I think in Hollywood, or in this profession, there’s really no plan. You’re never going to walk down the same road as somebody else, so I never had any kind of thought of how it would happen. I definitely know I’m lucky, and I definitely know it doesn’t happen for a lot of people. I’m just enjoying it right now. It’s opened up a ton of doors and I’m jumping at the opportunity and working like a maniac.”

Has your approach to playing Alice changed over the course of the three films? Do you like her better now than when you started?

Ashley Greene: “She’s a great character and I’ve always loved Alice. Of course, it’s changed since we’re working with different directors each time. This character is essentially me at certain points. You know what I mean? I’m so aware of everything little thing about Alice’s life. I’ve been immersed in this Twilight world, so sometimes there are things that I don’t notice or things I don’t think about. Because you see yourself every single day and you don’t notice if your hair is different or you don’t notice if you’ve gained or lost weight; other people notice it. Having these other directors come in is kind of nice since they give me a different perspective. She has grown a little bit in different ways with each director, I think.”

She gets to be involved in the film more than she has been in the previous films. That must be really nice for you. All this hard work and now you’re on the screen more.

Ashley Greene:New Moon was fun for that reason. And the third, Eclipse, is awesome too because we all got to interact and everyone’s part got bigger. We all kind of got a piece of the action.”

And you got to do more scenes with Jackson Rathbone. It was nice to see that relationship develop. Did you guys do anything special to get that bond, other than working on the films together?

Ashley Greene: “It’s going through this whole thing, all of us kind of created a bond that a lot of people will probably never experience in the way we have. It’s hard to explain to people sometimes what’s going on unless they go through it.”

“He made me laugh from the very beginning; from day one when we met it was instant. There was chemistry there and we knew it was going to be so simple. The more we get to know each other, the more it grows. It’s been certainly a positive being around each other versus being a negative.”

“Yes, it was totally fun to interact with him a little more on screen. I think the fans will be excited that you do get to see it. You get to see a little flirtation. You’ll get to see that with everyone in the family. There are points where we get to pick on each other, we’re showing off, we’re fighting, stuff like that. There are more playful elements to the film, thought it’s also darker. It’s very odd that we got both of those in there.”

It is darker and you get to do action stunts that you haven’t done before.

Ashley Greene: “Yes. I got a little taste of it in New Moon, just a little tease. We were all really excited to do that. I was thinking, ‘Well, I have a background in martial arts. I did a little cheer and dance,’ so I was totally ready for them to throw it on us and they did. Every day or every other day we were working at it, and I think it paid off and was totally worth it.”

The action looks good onscreen. David Slade is a lot different director than the past two, so what did he do that helped you out?

Ashley Greene: “He definitely brought…he has a dark, sarcastic sense of humor. Luckily my father is very sarcastic and so am I, so I quite enjoy David. I think Summit has done a good job of selecting directors to really compliment the tone of the film, and the tone of Eclipse is darker. It’s got a little more weight to it. We’re dealing with some crazy issues in this one and everything is a little intense in this film. I think he did a good job of honing in on that without overdoing it and making it too dramatic. He did a great job in making this a really intense dramatic, dark film without over-killing it.”

How do you think it really compares to the other two? Is it just darker? Is that what you would say is the big difference?

Ashley Greene: “Absolutely. I don’t know if intense is the right word. It’s definitely real, in this one there’s definitely no fairy tale. The first one, I mean everything from the scenery to the interaction between Bella and Edward was the result of that fairy tale element and in this, even with the love triangle there is a lot of pain. I think it’s a little more adult than the other two.”

Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, and Peter Facinelli photo

The next one is even more adult. Do you think Breaking Dawnwill still manage a PG 13 rating? Can they pull it off?Ashley Greene: “They are going to have to. Luckily we have Bill Condon, and I think he is very well qualified.” 

Have you met him yet?

Ashley Greene: “I haven’t met him yet but I know, as a lot of people know, his work. Again, Summit has not failed us yet with picking directors for the films. I’m sure he can tackle it and we are all excited about it. Luckily, I think, this is happening over the course of four years basically, so at least [the audience] is growing older with us. I think that there are some things that we might have to skip over a little bit. It’s going to have to be very specific how it’s portrayed on the screen.”

What do you think about dividing Breaking Dawn into two films?

Ashley Greene: “I’m certainly not against it. I think it’s weird that it’s coming to an end. At least we know that we have two more of these coming versus one, so we have two more premiers and two more press junkets that give us a little more time with each other. We always say we are very lucky because we don’t say goodbye, we say ‘see you later,’ and we get to come back. So it will be very interesting in the last days of Twilight.”

How are you going to handle that?

Ashley Greene: “I don’t know. I would hope that we all would stay in touch. It’s hard because we’re all busy. Twilight has given us all good opportunities that we’re all jumping at. As much as we want to hang all the time, you know, Kellan [Lutz] is in Montreal and Jackson [Rathbone] is touring around the world with his band, which makes it difficult.”

“Back to Breaking Dawn, I think, well the book is quite lengthy, basically double the size of the original, of Twilight, so I think it makes sense to be able to split it into two films.”

Is there anything from the books involving Alice, from the three Twilight films you’ve done now, that you wish would have been included in the movies?

Ashley Greene: “I’m pretty happy with it. You know what I wish that was in the original? There is a moment between Alice and Bella where Alice is talking about Bella turning into a vampire and she explains to her how Edward would be angry about it. It was this really nice moment between Alice and Bella that didn’t end up making it into the final script. That would have been cool, but I’m pretty happy with everything, with the way it is turning out. It’s a good balance that Alice has got really sweet parts, gets to be girlie and plan parties, and she also gets to kick butt in the next film. I get to see the future, what else could happen.”

Taylor Lautner Recalls Lugging Kristen Stewart Around For ‘Eclipse’

Taylor Lautner

Here’s another older article with Taylor Lautner on Eclipse, found on

‘There’s a scene where I’m carrying her, and it’s also, like, four pages of dialogue,’ he tells MTV News.

It’s a good thing Taylor Lautner spent all that time building up those much-discussed muscles of his, because it turns out he needed them during the filming of a particularly labor-intensive scene in “Eclipse.”

“There’s a scene where I’m carrying [Kristen Stewart], and it’s also, like, four pages of dialogue,” Lautner told MTV News. “So I’m carrying her, and we’re walking through the woods, and I’m talking to her, and it’s a pretty intense talk. We actually had plans, a rig that was basically going to carry her, and I was just going to pretend that I was carrying her. We got there on the day, and the rig didn’t look very natural. They were like, ‘What are we going to do?’ and I’m like, ‘I’ll just carry her. She’s like, what, 110 pounds? It’s no big deal!’ ”

So he thought. Unfortunately for Lautner, it was no quick take. “We filmed that scene all day long,” he said. “Did the wide shot, did my close-up, did her close-up, the back shot, everything. It was so hard. … It was painful.”

Something else that was painful — or looks painful onscreen at least — is a scene in which Lautner’s Jacob gets a little too forward with Stewart’s Bella and earns himself a swift punch to the face.

“It was rough,” Lautner said of the scene. “Let’s just say the second kiss was a lot better than the first.” He added that things could have been worse for him, had they let Stewart actually make contact with Lautner’s face. “I wanted her just to give me a shot, let her punch me once, and we’ll be done. Of course, we couldn’t do that, so it was some major technical thing where I had to stand there and pretend I’m getting punched and then … we had to have her fist punching a bag. It was very technical.”

Director David Slade Interview With Fearnet On Decapitations & What Scared The MPAA!

Heres another older article with Eclipse director, David Slade: interviewed Eclipse director David Slade recently.  David talked about what scene scared the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America).

After he made the gory bloodsucker pic 30 Days of Night, nobody expected David Slade’s next vampire flick to be, well, a Twilight movie. But as producer Wyck Godfrey told me, Slade’s unique background was exactly what made him the right man to helm the third film in the Twilight Saga, the scariest, most violent, and most vampire-infested installment in the franchise.

I caught up with Slade in Beverly Hills just days after he’d attended an informal Masters of Horror confab with the likes of Eli Roth, Guillermo del Toro, and Tobe Hooper, whose Texas Chainsaw Massacre Slade counts among his favorite movies of all time. An avid photographer, Slade snapped a photo of yours truly (he captures everyone who interviews him) before we got to talking about all things Eclipse.

Was directing a PG-13 Twilight film such a major change for Slade, whose previous features earned R-ratings for “disturbing violent behavior” (Hard Candy) and good old-fashioned bloody vampire violence (30 Days of Night)? What skin-ripping scenes in Eclipse were too extreme for the MPAA? How did he get Taylor Lautner to wear a skin-tight gray spandex wolf suit on set? And lastly, what message does he have for hardcore horror hounds reluctant to give his Twilight movie a chance?

Read on for my full chat with Eclipse director David Slade…

Was there a discernable transition making the jump from your earlier, R-rated genre work to the Twilight franchise?

It wasn’t that hard. We have like six decapitations in Eclipse! We smash people’s heads off, bite people’s heads off, I mean — I was amazed we got the rating we did, the MPAA only threw back one thing: we had this one part in the battle where Emmett just tears someone’s face off. The face kind of breaks off into pieces of crystal that shatter. I was like, ‘Whoa, yeah!’ But the MPAA said ‘No, you can’t do that.’ So the shot’s still in there, but you don’t see the face come off, you just see little bits of stuff breaking off.

Stephenie Meyer’s unique vampire mythology sort of helps one get around depicting graphic violence, doesn’t it? Eclipsefeatures a lot of arm-ripping, head-smashing action — and yet not too much blood.

We managed to pack quite a lot in by making the pathology of this vampire a little bit fantastic. I worked with the guys over at Imagine Engine, who are best known for being one of the main vendors on District 9, which is an amazing film. They did a hell of a lot of the alien work. They did some wolf work for us — not all of it, that was mainly done by Tippett Studios — but when we were designing some of the crystal-sparkly stuff we basically sat down and figured out how it would work. We got anatomical drawings and did human slices — not real ones, but photographs of them — and figured out which layers would be crystal and how that would work. We figured that out because we knew we had to smash them. In a way, it was going to be acceptable to decapitate the hell out of people and smash their heads off in pieces. Bite people’s arms off and leave them with stumps. [Laughs] I’m amazed we got away with that, too, [in the scene where] Riley’s arm gets bitten off.

Stephenie Meyer describes the vampire body as made of a marble-like substance; you call it ‘crystal’?

There’s a crystalline structure. Marble-crystal, yeah. We figured it was a kind of crystal because crystal slides and grows in a way that’s very similar to muscle. It could potentially, in some fantastical way, slide around and move like muscle.

How much of the previous digital and design work did you inherit and how much did you try to change?

We tried to change more than we could. Not because of anything other than schedule and finance. We started down the path to radically redesign the sparkling Edward effect, but we just ran out of time on the R&D on that and ended up augmenting what already existed. What I wanted from that effect was the idea that even though he’s this cold, soulless thing, when the light hit him it’d refract light back and reflect onto you. If you were kissing him, you’d feel the warmth on your skin. That was something emotional and nice about that effect, because I just personally didn’t like how that worked out before. There was a plasticity to it that took me out of the moment in the films. It’s not a criticism, it’s just that in terms of how I wanted to move forward I wanted a more organic approach. We tried to make the wolves as real as we could in the time that we had. We knew they’d have to grab things and smash things.

The fight sequences turned out to be very engaging. Audiences seem to like the ramped-up action and the integration of the wolves into the newborn fight in the clearing.

Yeah, it seemed to work out. But one of my favorite scenes was actually a very emotional scene with the wolves, when Bella is watching and Jacob comes up next to her.

Yes! We heard Taylor pulled on a gray spandex wolf suit to make that moment more authentic, is that right?

Yes, he did. We had these big, white, plastic polyurethane cut-out models of the wolves so that we could get a sense of scale for camera framing.

Did you have to push him to get in that suit, or did he volunteer to do it? And how did that look while you were filming?

We asked him. He said okay. I figured that his nose to his fist [stretches out arm] was the same length as the wolf’s nose to its shoulder blade, so he came in and he put out his fist, and she kind of nuzzled his fist and stroked his hair. It was great, because there was a sense of connection. A person in a gray suit, even, will make a much better connection than an orange ball on a stick. So we had guys running around all over the place with gray suits on.

When the first trailers came out, I was impressed by how gorgeous your cinematography and location photography was.

Well that was from having [director of photography] Javier Aguirresarobe.

I wondered how your own love of photography, which you’ve shared throughout production with fans on Twitter, factored into the look of that cinematography.

I am cursed and blessed with the notion that when I read a book, I have a kind of photographic image in my mind that comes out. Through 16 years of doing music videos, commercials, and then two features, I’ve gotten to the point where I can exercise knowing how to make a mental image into a photographic image. What lens to use, what the depth of field should be, how long the focal length from the film plane to the subject should be, what kind of f-stop I need. It’s a blessing and a curse because sometimes you worry that you’re falling into a pattern, which you never want to do. But the blessing is that I do see images in my mind, there is a mechanism to get the film made — and it’s a film that I’ve already seen [in my mind]. The hard part is getting it out of the head and onto a screen. So yes, very much, I have a very clear idea of composition and where the light should be and everything about the image.

You’ve spoken about using a specific cinematic language on Eclipse — framing Bella, Edward, and Jacob in tight close-ups, for example.

Yes, a cinematic vocabulary. This one had to have a more mature — not to be antithetical to ‘immature,’ I don’t think there is anything immature about the films — but it was a more advanced, more complex story, and I think it needed a more complex, more cinematic… I think I was going more for a piece of cinema than a movie, knowing full well that it would probably be distributed like a movie. So I had the license to be a little bit more edgy with my cinematography, to actually push the camera in a way that hadn’t been pushed before on these films. But none of it was done for the sake of messing around, it was all done with a specific idea in mind.

One of my favorite scenes in Eclipse is Bella’s nightmare. It’s a very dark, nightmarish scenario in which a vision of Jasper looks directly into the camera and comes for the audience.

That was our first day of shooting! I remember that, it was halfway through the very first day of principal shooting.

That scene is striking in that it bears more of a horror cinema mark than the rest of the film. Do you see yourself as a member of the horror filmmaking community?

Am I a horror filmmaker? Yes I am, I guess — I go to the Masters of Horror dinners.

That’s certainly a badge, of sorts.

But you know, Hard Candy wasn’t a horror movie. And I may not make a horror movie next. But I love horror movies, some of my favorite movies of all time, like Possession, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre — they’re all horror movies. Amongst great dramas, as well.

Considering your genre-specific fan base, how would you like non-Twilight fans to approach the Twilight franchise?

With an open mind. But it is a Twilight film, no doubt. It’s a Twilight film; it’s definitely based on the Twilight material. It’s not an R-rated movie, it is a PG-13 movie. [Pauses] But I do believe it is probably the most violent of all of them.

I would have loved to see that scene with Emmett ripping the guy’s face off!!  I hope it’s on the DVD!!  LOL!   I bet that nightmare scene with Jasper is the one in the TV spot with fierce Jasper!!  I hope there are photos of Taylor in the wolf spandex suit.   ;)

Great interview with David Slade!!

Twilight Saga Movies’ Summary Stats …so far

Charts and info found at

Movie Summary
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

New Moon

Genre Romance Romance Romance
Studio Summit Entertainment Summit Entertainment Summit Entertainment
Release Date June 30, 2010 November 20, 2009 November 21, 2008
Domestic Gross $280,909,882 $296,623,634 $192,769,854
Production Budget $68 million $50 million $37 million
Running Time 2 hrs. 4 min. 2 hrs. 10 min. 2 hrs.
MPAA Rating PG-13 PG-13 PG-13
MPAA Reason intense sequences of action and violence, and some sensuality. some violence and action some violence and a scene of sensuality
Domestic Summary The Twilight Saga: Eclipse New Moon Twilight
Total Gross $280,909,882 $296,623,634 $192,769,854
Opening Weekend* $64,832,191 $142,839,137 $69,637,740
Theaters 4,468 4,024 3,419
Average $14,510 $35,497 $20,368
Opening % of Total 23.1% 48.2% 36.1%
Second Weekend Drop -51.1% -70.0% -62.2%
Widest Release 4,468 4,124 3,649
Close Date n/a April 1, 2010 April 2, 2009
In Release 27 days / 4 weeks 133 days / 19 weeks 147 days / 21 weeks
*Note: If a movie opened in limited release and later went wide, data from the first wide weekend of release is used.
Worldwide Summary The Twilight Saga: Eclipse New Moon Twilight
Worldwide Gross $607,309,882 $709,711,008 $392,563,465
Foreign Gross $326,400,000 $413,087,374 $199,793,611
Foreign % of Worldwide 53.7% 58.2% 50.9%
Domestic Gross $280,909,882 $296,623,634 $192,769,854
Domestic % of Worldwide 46.3% 41.8% 49.1%
People Summary The Twilight Saga: Eclipse New Moon Twilight
Actor: Anna Kendrick n/a n/a n/a
Actor: Ashley Greene #2 #1 #3
Actor: Billy Burke #2 #1 #3
Actor: Cam Gigandet n/a #1
Actor: Dakota Fanning #1 n/a
Actor: Jackson Rathbone #2 #1 n/a
Actor: Kellen Lutz #2 #1 n/a
Actor: Kristen Stewart #2 #1 #3
Actor: Robert Pattinson #3 #1 #4
Actor: Taylor Lautner #2 #1 n/a
Genres & Franchises The Twilight Saga: Eclipse New Moon Twilight
Franchise: Twilight #2 #1 #3
Genre: Romantic Fantasy #2 #1 #4
Genre: Teen Romance #1 #2
Genre: Vampire #2 #1 #3
Genre: Werewolf #2 #1
Showdown: ‘Twilight’ Comp Fight #2 #5
Showdown: ‘Twilight’ Tiff #2 #1 #3
Chart Rankings The Twilight Saga: Eclipse New Moon Twilight
All Time Domestic #45 #36 #114
All Time Adjusted #190 #165
All Time Worldwide #53 #38 #128
Top Movies in the Past 365 Days #6 #5
Opening Weeks #29 #3 #54
Thanksgiving 3-day Weekends #5 #22
Thanksgiving 5-day Weekends #5 #18
Post-Thanksgiving Weekend – Biggest Drops #25 #173
Opening Day Gross #2 #1 #21
Single Day Gross #2 #1 #41
Non-Opening Friday Gross #7 #33
Non-Opening Thursday Gross #2 #47
Non-Opening Tuesday Gross #16 #15
Non-Opening Wednesday Gross #26 #5
Single Day Friday Gross #30 #1 #15
Single Day Monday Gross #8 #51
Single Day Saturday Gross #68 #9 #87
Single Day Thursday Gross #6 #58
Single Day Tuesday Gross #19 #17
Single Day Wednesday Gross #1 #24
Theater Averages (Wide Releases) – All Time #145 #4 #44
Theater Averages – Wide Opening Weekends #126 #4 #43
Friday Share of Opening Weekends #39 #3 #2
Friday to Saturday Drops on Opening Weekends #80 #6 #7
Opening Weekends #56 #3 #43
Opening Weekends – November #1 #6
Opening Weekends – Holiday #1 #9
Top 10-Day Grosses #10 #6
Top 3-Day Grosses #9 #3 #42
Top 4-Day Grosses #7 #6 #55
Top 6-Day Grosses #7 #6 #57
Top 7-Day Grosses #7 #6 #62
Top 8-Day Grosses #8 #4 #60
Top 9-Day Grosses #9 #5 #61
Twelfth Weekends #166 #144
Top 5-Day Grosses #8 #6 #61
Second Weekends #73 #30 #114
Biggest 2nd Weekend Drops #56 #231
Third Weekends #187 #129
Smallest Drops, 3,000+ theaters (Super-Saturation) #282 #464 #430
Smallest Drops, 2,500+ theaters (Saturation) #664 #985 #927
Smallest Drops, 2,000+ theaters (Very Wide) #1030 #1497 #1411
Smallest Drops, All Wide Releases #2531 #3374 #3196
Rated PG-13 #26 #22 #58
Rated PG-13, Opening Weekends #38 #3 #28
Widest Releases #1 #19 #99
Widest Independent Releases #1 #2 #4
Widest Opening Releases #1 #28 #181
Widest Opening Independent Releases #1 #2 #4
Widest PG-13 Rated Openings #1 #15 #97
Widest PG-13 Rated Releases #1 #12 #47
Fastest to $100 million #10 #1 #61
Fastest to $150 million #9 #6 #97
Fastest to $200 million #10 #4
Fastest to $250 million #14 #13
Slowest to $100 million #416 #425 #365
Slowest to $200 million #91 #97
BOM Users’ Grades #537 #357

Interview: Taylor Lautner

Here’s another older article of an interview with Taylor Lautner:
Waiting to interview one of the biggest stars in the world is certainly an odd feeling.
With remnants of coffee cups and bottled water sprawled across various areas of the waiting area, it was a far cry from other press junkets, where media are running from room to room, hoping for the next exclusive.
In this case, for the third installment of Twilight, it was a much more subdued affair. The waiting areas were quiet, and only a lone bodyguard hovered in the corridors.
So when Kristin Stewart walked past, with her trademark flick of her hair, and shyly said ‘hey,’ there was no doubt who she was talking to. I gave her a knowing smirk, and offered “hey” back.
NINE TO FIVE scored an interview with Taylor Lautner, perhaps better known as his character Jacob Black, who fights off vampires by morphing into a werewolf. Most of us know the story. Young girl falls in love with vampire, vampire leaves to protect her, she’s devastated, werewolf befriends girl and they fall in love, vampire comes back and the love-triangle deepens.
Lautner’s Australian promo-schedule was hectic. Even so, he told me he was excited to visit the country, and that the fans were very polite. But it seems everybody wants a piece of the star. One can only imagine the number of would-be clingers-on that now surround him. So how does someone so young (he turned 18 in February), deal with all this success and fame?
“It’s a matter of surrounding yourself with the people that you’ve always spent time with, your closest friends and family and just not changing that side,” he said.
“I live two different lives. I go into the Twilight world, and I do that job – and that’s what it is, a job – and then you go home, and you’re back with your family and friends and you live the same life you did before.”
But life can’t be that simple. He’s the highest paid teenage actor in the world; he has papparazi tailing him at every turn; he’s tabloid fodder, and even Oprah is a fan.
It surely can’t go back to normal that easily. There can’t be an on/off switch.
“(My life is) different; of course it’s not normal – I still can’t even wrap my head around it.
‘‘You know you’re going to step outside and there’s going to be paparazzi and fans, but it still comes as a surprise,” he said.
“The most important thing is that you can’t let it change your life and affect you too much because it will drive you insane.”
“There’ are pros and cons to everything, but the pros for me heavily outweigh the cons so I’ll take all the other stuff.”
Pros could include the millions of dollars he is making for the Twilight films, and the adoration of all those women, and men, around the world. His body is one of the most talked about subjects whenever his name comes up. His abs even made it to No. 1 in Access Hollywood’s Top Five Hollywood Abs’ list. He doesn’t get sick of the attention, but said it can get a little embarrassing.
It’s rumoured that the director of New Moon considered replacing Lautner because of the major physical changes that occur to his character in the second film, but Lautner trained extensively for a year to secure his spot in the saga, gaining nearly 14 kilos to reprise the role.
Perhaps if he had been cast as Robert Pattinson’s Vampire character, Edward Cullen, he wouldn’t have had to follow such a strict regime.
He sometimes wonders what life would be like on the ‘‘other side’’.
“Just to feel what it would be like, just because I work with the vampires, I want a little taste of it,” he said.
But vampire or werewolf, fame has afforded these Twi-stars many opportunities.
Adoration, money and perhaps even power. It will be interesting to follow the journey of these Twilight stars.
Lautner in particular, has a long career before him. From what this journalist saw, his maturity will be the key to long-lasting success.
Twilight: Eclipse is out July 1.
Taylor Talks
: About Kristin Stewart: “Kristin’s an amazing girl; we’re extremely close friends, so (the media) can say what it wants it doesn’t affect how I’ll look at her.”
: About Robert Pattinson: “He’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. He has a completely different sense of humour to me but I can’t stop laughing with him. Whenever we have to do scenes where I’m having to hate him and scream at him, as soon as they call cut I end up laughing at him so it’s hard to be mean to such a nice guy.”
: About Dakota Fanning: “She is ridiculously talented. I’ve grown up watching her films, one of my all-time favourite films she was in, Man On Fire, so it was pretty cool to have her be a part of this.”
: About the Taylor Swift/ Kanye West VMA drama: “I didn’t know what was happening. (Moments after Lautner presented Swift with a Video Music Award, West stormed the stage, taking the microphone from Swift to announce Beyonce was more deserved). I thought it was an act. When he (Kanye) got off the stage and she (Taylor) turned around and I saw her face it was the first moment where I went, I’m so confused right now. Was that real?”

Eclipse Director David Slade: New Note to Fans

Here is an older article, where Eclipse director David Slade posted a note to the fans.
Twilight Saga: Eclipse director David Slade has posted an awesome note to fans on Facebook. Here’s what he said in his note–
I want to congratulate you for reaching over 6 million fans on The Twilight Saga Facebook page.
It’s hard to fathom that it was just over one year ago that I started constructing this third and epic adventure which takes place in the town of Forks.
I want to share a story about one of our days of shooting with you.
It was a Friday night and the rain was relentless. We were at La Push to shoot the tribe’s histories, a great speech by Billy Black. We had Taylor and Kristen and the whole wolf pack around a campfire as the heavens let loose on us.
Gil Birmingham was in fine form as the rain hammered down on us all, we adjusted our lights so that the rain vanished into the black of night.
We constructed a tent over the scene to keep everyone dry as we worked, every 15 minutes or so we would have to tip it to stop the collecting rain from splitting the fabric.
For some reason still unknown, around 3am, the wolf pack stood exactly in the way of several gallons of rainwater as it was being cleared. Being the wolf pack, they just laughed it off as they stood there soaked to the bone.
We worked through the mud and the rain all night, until we had the scene perfected.
As we left, dawn was now cracking and in the dim light I passed a small army of fans who had braved the weather for the entire night, still standing there, holding drenched flowers and waiting to get a glimpse of our actors.
So, to those of you who stood behind our security, who waited in line at theatres overnight, to those of you who just love these stories, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is a love letter to you.
Each day I felt the weight of your favourite scenes, your favourite lines, your dreams and your imagination.
It has been an unforgettable journey, and now as I finalise the last prints to ready the film for your local theaters, I cannot wait for you to see it.
Sincerest Regards,