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Comic Con 2011: Live Blogging The Breaking Dawn Panel

Here’s an article on what went on at Breaking Dawn Panel at comic con, found at


Comic Con 2011: Live Blogging The Breaking Dawn Panel image

I’m seated in Hall H for the beginning of what’s going to be a long day of panels, and things are starting off with a shriek for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. You may have already read Eric’s liveblog of this morning’s press conference, but read below as I bring you every Team Jacob vs. Team Edward moment from the panel, which will feature stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, plus director Bill Condon and a ton of people from the supporting cast. I mean, you’ve gotta fill up the seats at that giant vampire wedding somehow.

11:27 Director Bill Condon takes the stage, and within a minute he’s referred to the movie as, in the second half, “a really cool horror movie.” Somehow that seems to actually go over well with the crowd.

11:28 Pattinson, Stewart and Lautner take the stage. Taylor Lautner is wearing aleather jacket— so far it doesn’t seem to be a tearaway jacket, but the panel just started so anything can happen.

11:30 Stewart describes being “locked into” her wedding dress for the wedding scene, which sounds mighty painful actually. In a kind of sweet way she also describes shooting the scene as “It was my day, I know that sounds lame.” Yeah, it does, but the audience doesn’t care.

11:34 The first clip is all about Jacob, and though the audience seems to understand what’s going on, I was a little lost. He runs off to the woods to meet up with the members of his wolfpack family, who have apparently ostracized him for being friends with the Cullens. He promises to destroy “the problem,” which I think might be the half-vampire baby that Bella is pregnant with. I need to track down the Twihards sitting behind me and get some information here.

11:32 Pattinson describes the rainstorms they endured in Brazil while shooting the honeymoon. “It was kind of like having a honeymoon in England. We were playing board games instead of making love on the beach.” That’s not what the audience came to hear!

11:40 They turn it over to audience questions, and demand they keep the questions to Part 1. But how does anyone know which part is which?

11:42 Pattinson gets asked which was more fun to play, Edward Cullen or Cedric Diggory. The poor guy essentially just rambles about not knowing what he was doing when he was in the Harry Potter movie.

11:43 Lautner gets asked about being an action star, and manages to work in a plug for his next film Abduction. Way to be a team player!

11:43 “We really did try to go as hardcore as we could.” That’s Kristen Stewart describing the vampire baby birthing scene. She then describes the “sheer exuberance” of seeing your baby for the first time, which really isn’t something you usually expect 20-year-old actresses to be talking about.

11:45 “Rob, I was very pleasantly surprised by your back muscles in the trailer. I believe I speak for all of us when I say ‘num num num.’ ” That’s a verbatim question from the audience. Is it going to get more awkward from here? God I hope not.
11:46 Stewart talks about wearing vampire makeup for the first time. “The contacts suck so badly.” She admits that Pattinson’s been justified in complaining about the vampire makeup all these years.

11:46 Another audience member wants to give Pattinson a CD, “because I made you one two years ago and now I want to give you another one.” He graciously accepts, though I’m not sure exactly how this handoff is going to take place.

11:48 “My mom would like to know, what was the difference between filming in Canada and Louisiana.” This audience question manages to be both awkward AND boring– a rare combination!

11:51 Stewart really seems talkative this time, which is rare. She’s talking about Bella being a fighter in the context of the birth scene, which nobody seems capable of not talking about.

11:52 A pregnant woman, holding a giant pink Starbucks drink, asks Stewart what she learned about being pregnant… while not being pregnant? While pretending to be pregnant with a vampire baby? I really hope this woman doesn’t actually relate to that experience.

11:53 A guy actually steps up to ask a question! And he wants to know what it’s like working with a cast full of beautiful women. Stewart says that’s the first time this has been asked, and Pattinson says “That’s not true! I always get asked that at some point.” Lautner asks what he says, and Pattinson waffles a while before saying “Any way you can answer this question seems inappropriate or just plain wrong.” What a gentleman!

11:54 Lautner’s very concise answer: “There could be worse jobs.” But Stewart actually beats him: “It’s so weird that we’re all so hot.” She is winning some fans here this morning.

11:55 “In my fight scenes, I’m actually a wolf. I wish I could be doing them. I’m super jealous of my CGI wolf.” Poor Taylor Lautner, just trying to become the action star he wants to be.

11:57 Several more cast members, including Ashley Greene andElizabeth Reaser, are introduced as “surprise guests,” even though they were at the press conference this morning. Still, there’s one audience member who’s unsatisfied and keeps screaming “Where’s Kellan?” Kellan Lutz, you’ve never been more popular.

11:58 Let’s pause a minute and talk about Robert Pattinson’s hair. I know the asymmetrical look is hip and all, but this is probably going too far.

11:59 A very young girl asks Robert Pattinson if he liked having the baby with Bella. He responds with a pretty genuine answer about how much he likes babies. There’s a surprising lack of swooning in the audience as a result– maybe they all feel a little uneasy about having his vampire babies?

12:01 The moderator asks Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed and company about their experience on the movie, because the audience doesn’t seem to have much interest in asking them. I guess Taylor Lautner needs a break from talking at some point.

12:03 Elizabeth Reaser: “I really enjoyed working with all the international vampires.” It’s like the world’s strangest Model UN conference up here.

12:05 A guy in a Captain America T-shirt asks the cast if they had a chance to see any Brazilian films while shooting in the country. Bill Condon gives a pretty good answer, and while it’s the kind of nerdy thing I’d ask in an interview, you can almost hear the audience losing interest.

12:06 The woman now at the mic is wearing a Breaking Dawn T-shirt– how’d she even get that??

12:09 Here’s a shot of the whole crew up onstage. So many long-haired brunette women!

12:09 A good question finally comes up! A girl asks what everyone will miss most about shooting the movies. Nikki Reed: “We had some really special moments actually. I think I’ll miss that feeling of being part of the community.” Ashley Greene: “It was nice being able to, personally and as an actor, learn and grow with these people.” These answers are feeling painfully generic. I’m hoping Pattinson will shake things up.

12:12 Elizabeth Reaser: “I’ll miss the weird normalcy of getting up at 4 in the morning every day.” She also says she’ll miss craft services. Wait, she’s not quitting acting entirely, is she? Are the Twilight craft services just that good?

12:14 Pattinson’s up! He claims it’s impossible to answer the question, I guess because everyone took all the good platitudes. “Everyone’s really cool, I had a great time, and after a while I get to the point where I say ‘No more!’ After the last premiere that is it!” Yup, that’s exactly the sarcasm I was hoping for.

12:16 Stewart says her favorite book was always New Moon. And she sticks up forTwilight as possibly her favorite movie– “I think Catherine did a special, weird job with it.” Oh and THEN she says “I am feeling so goddamn nostalgic”– and claps her hands over her mouth knowing she definitely wasn’t supposed to curse. She is on fire today!

12:18 A woman in the audience asks if we’re going to hear about “James and the insane asylum.” Apparently we won’t be hearing that in the book, but that’s probably the most interesting thing I’ve heard about Breaking Dawn since “vampire baby birth scene.”

12:20 Stewart launches into a story about a song that got her in the mood for the wedding scene, and then tries to stop herself halfway thinking it’s too boring. The song is “For Annabelle” by Band of Horses, for your iTunes purchasing purposes.

12:21 The tickets they handed out at the beginning of the panel allow the winners of a drawing to get a meet & greet with the cast on the red carpet at the Summit Party later tonight. The cast seems slightly terrified by the prospect, but I guess they’re pros at these awkward encounters by now.

12:26 We close things out with a screening of the teaser trailer for good measure. You really haven’t seen this trailer until you’ve seen Lautner take off his shirt while listening to 5,000 people screaming about it.


I’ll be adding more articles like this from different sites just in case any of the sites missed anything and that way I’ll have coverage of the breaking dawn panel from everyone. 

Historic View Point Inn, Location Of ‘Twilight’ Prom Scene, Catches Fire

Here’s an article on the Twilight’s View Point Inn, from the prom scene, found at

The historic View Point Inn, location of the famous Twilight prom scene, caught fire on Sunday July 10th.

CORBETT, Ore. – The historic View Point Inn in the Columbia River Gorge caught fire on Sunday, sending a plume of smoke into the sky and burning much of the building’s top floor.

The inn’s owners said two people walking around the back of the inn first spotted the flames and ran inside to alert employees.

The two people were fans of the Twilight movie.  Part of the popular movie was filmed at the inn and movie fans often stop by to visit, the owners said.

Investigators said sparks from the chimney that landed on the cedar shake roof started the fire.

Staff members tried to put the fire out with a garden hose, but were not successful.

Deputies said several guests were in the building at the time. A wedding was also scheduled for the afternoon and the guests who had arrived were sent home. A nearby facility offered the host the wedding instead.

The View Point Inn is located near Vista House in the Columbia River Gorge.

The owners told KATU they have insurance, but aren’t sure what all it will cover.

They had recently filed for bankruptcy and aren’t sure how they’ll be able to carry on.

“I love the inn, but I can’t do it by myself anymore,” said co-owner Geoff Thompson. “If Oregon wants this inn and if people want this inn, everybody’s going to have to join in and save it because I just can’t do it my myself.”

The fire burned through the roof and did extensive damage to the second floor.

“It just went up in smoke, and what was strange is it started low on the roof. It was not up at the top at all,” said co-owner Angelo Simione.

The inn was built in 1924 as a stop along the old Columbia Gorge Highway. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places and once hosted President Franklin Roosevelt.

“This is devastating,” said onlooker Betsy Lee. “This is such a landmark. It’s very sad.”



Robert Pattinson Interview With Madame Le Figaro (France) & New Photos!

Here’s an interview with Robert Pattinson, found at

Robert Pattinson

“I am not James Dean”


Interview on the occasion of the film “Water for Elephants”

At 25, the most famous vampire of the world away from the “Twilight” zone for other horizons. InWater for Elephants (1), he plays a healer of elephants caught in a tumultuous love story.Confessions of a Hollywood idol with teeth not so long and broad-minded.

It is a lunar be receiving in his continuation ofFour Seasonsin Los Angeles. A long skinny figure, a pale complexion, blue eyes, melancholy and the right hand disciplining her hair disheveled, Robert Pattinson always seems caught in some silent reverie whose extirpent his interlocutors.
Courtois, British until the end of its Dr. Martens expertly unlaced, he then resumed the course of her earthly life.
A life that the tabloids identify any event: a kiss to Kristen Stewart on the set of Twilight, Revelation , toRiode Janeiro, a birthday party at a friend’s arrival at Vancouver Airport, the acquisition of a dog whose Twitter echoes … His life is chronicled in real time, you almost forget he is an actor.
But at 25, the dandy vampire tries to make the thickness. He is preparing to tour with David Cronenberg in Cosmopolis , the adaptation of the cult novel by Don DeLillo, and is found in May in Water for Elephants *, opposite Reese Witherspoon and disturbing Christoph Waltz ( Quentin Tarantino revealed in Inglourious Basterds) , in the role of a healer of animals crazy in love with a beautiful married woman. Enigmatic encounter with an icon, a young man and old school trend, rebel and conformist, a beautiful aristocrat punk girls flowers.


“I try to bring my characters to an inner complexity”

Madame Figaro. – You shoot a lot. Besides the last two episodes of the saga Twilight , you’ll see in June in Bel Ami , Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, and soon in Water for Elephants , by Francis Lawrence. What attracted you in the role of Jacob Jankowski, animal trainer in a circus?
Robert Pattinson. – First, the book of the young novelist Sara Gruen, an incredible success in the United States, whose action is in the 20s in a traveling circus.Suddenly, with this role, I had the opportunity to leave the modern fantasy of Twilight , to live among the animals, touching the concrete things.

You seem drawn to the romantic past …
Yes, I include the history of America, I’m interested. In reading the script, I immediately hooked. It seemed obvious and easy. Jacob is a being tormented and mysterious. He lost his parents, he does not want to dig into his past and if this includes traveling circus, it is to prove himself as a veterinarian. It also ignores that he will live a violent passion and forbidden.

Your profile is accurate: that of being lonely, misunderstood and very attractive. It is a common point to all your characters.
That’s true. As if Edward, the hero of twilight , was the common thread of all these roles. Jacob sees things in black and white. As for Edward, he always distinguishes good from evil. In a sense, my characters are Manichaean. That’s why I try to bring inner complexity.

And Bel Ami , how did you work? Georges Duroy, the hero of the novel, is older than you.
It made ​​me hesitate. And then I started because Maupassant is my favorite French writer. Bel Ami is a classic unbeatable. With Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci, my playmates, we had fun. I concentrated on my game its great freedom of action.

Bel Ami is an animal, my first character is completely cynical and ironically enough honest. But it is destructive. He plays a sort of game where nobody respects the rules, where everyone has connections, a great travesty worldly where the key is to pretend. He cares, he does what he pleases, and that is precisely that appeals to women.

A bit like you after all …
Oh no! I’m no Don Juan. This is something that is beyond me and is actually quite cool, all those fans who take pictures of me, these blogs, this buzz. Frankly, I have no sex appeal. Just strolling in Los Angeles, London or Paris to find a bunch of young guys like me. I am not James Dean.

One thing you rebel, a dark side. Who are your role models, your favorite actors in movies?
James Dean only made ​​three movies, I like Giant withElizabeth Taylor . But for me, the great icon of the 60s, it’s Marlon Brando, with this kind of rage internalized, this duality between masculinity and tenderness hidden. I’m also a fan of gangster films with James Cagney and Paul Newman, especially in Cool Hand Luke . And among actresses, Isabelle Huppert and those I love the golden age of Hollywood as Ava Gardner, the arsonist, and Katharine Hepburn, whether class, so rough and so funny. Kristen Stewart, whom I admire the game, has a small side Hepburn.

Audrey than Katharine?
No, Katharine. I’m not a fan of Audrey. I know she likes girls of my generation, but I find it a bit too girly.

“Having Cronenberg was on the phone to me as if Hitchcock sought”


What kind of women you attract?
I do not hate nerds. For a girl attracts me, it must be somewhat specific, it has an idea about the meaning of life, she reads a lot. But I can not say I prefer blondes, brunettes or redheads. I like the emotional, elegant – in the sense of elegance requires knowing what you will or not. The clothes, because they are expensive, do not guarantee a good look. I think we must above all be yourself. That said, I love the Chanel look, even in very young women!

And you, are you a fashion victim?
You see the anthracite jacket I wear today? Well, I found my home in an old suitcase. I had at 15. It is an Agnes b. , vintage 90, and she always goes. Otherwise, I’m a fan of Marc Jacobs , Proenza Schouler for girls and boys, and I buy lots of pants at Dries Van Noten .

Fashion is very important including the cinema. I think such work has doneJean Paul Gaultieron the Fifth Element : Designed by the film.

You wear a fragrance?
Mine, my body odor. (Laughter.)

What is the project that you currently taking to heart?
Well, one morning the phone rang and it was David Cronenberg on the line. He offered me to play in his next film, Cosmopolis . It was almost as if Hitchcock sought me. Cronenberg is a great director. The good news is then accumulated: Juliette Binoche give me the reply, and also the director-actor French very talented, Mathieu Amalric. The icing on the cake, it is an adaptation from a novel by Don DeLillo, one of my favorite authors. The role is very hard, a crazy day in the life of a millionaire whose life is turned upside down in twenty-four hours. I’m trying to turn it, it’s really exciting.

What do you do with your days when you are in idleness?
Well, the problem is that I know more relaxing. I turn all the time. My life is reduced to work, and besides, I’m out of my house. My home is the hotel. Obviously, your room is done every day, there are advantages, but I’m starting to feel a little rootless. I could even list the hotels that I prefer over the world:RomeIs the Bernini Bristol, a charming palazzo, and Paris, Le Crillon. Once I have an hour before me, I play the guitar but mostly I read, I devour.

Modern writers?
A bit of everything. I started Underworld by Don DeLillo and I have a predilection for the French novelist Michel Houellebecq. Within the Meaning of Combat , he wrote that sentence that resonates in me a lot: “We’ve been through hardships and desires without the taste of childhood dreams. “I feel close to the hero of Houellebecq …

Robert Pattinson

Twilight Books….Banned?!

Here’s an article on the twilight series, found at

The Twilight Series

One of the most popular series of young adult books, these vampire novels have been banned in some schools and libraries in the U.S. and Australia for sexual content and objections to the use of the supernatural.  That hasn’t kept author Stephenie Meyer from appearing on this list.

Find what other books make the list here:


Breaking Dawn Filming News: Lainey Gossip Spills The Deets!

Here’s some info on filming of Breaking Dawn, found at

This post comes along with a huge spoiler warning! If you don’t want to read the spoilers then do not continue to read!

Breaking Dawn spoiler alert 280x99 Breaking Dawn Filming News: Lainey Gossip Spills The Deets! bella swan

Please remember this is Lainey, she could be being completely truthful or maybe not so much. Take it as you will.

[Source LaineyGossip]


As for what they’ll be doing here on the West Coast, I can tell you exclusively that filming includes – in no particular order:

  • Bella’s new vampire hunting
  • teaching the hybrid child about hunting
  • some sh-t in pretend-Alaska
  • something about Romanian vampires
  • something about a movie theatre and Edward’s flashback
  • Bella kicking Jacob’s ass
  • Jacob training baby wolves (this all sounds so ridiculous to write, is it as ridiculous to read?)
  • Bella practising her mind techniques
  • the father-son “baseball” conversation between Carlisle and Edward
  • the wedding (yes, the wedding)
  • a happy future family scene when the kid is all grown up
  • and the final scene of the saga which is, unless they change it in editing, the two lovers in the meadow.


‘Twilight’ Cast & Crew Brief Fans About ‘Breaking Dawn’

Here’s an interview with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and Peter Facinelli on Breaking Dawn, found at

With the release of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse looming large on the horizon, the cast and crew of the film have spoken frequently with the press in recent weeks about the challenges of returning to Stephenie Meyer’s source material to breathe more life into the author’s now-iconic characters. But as excited as fans are for the new film, they’re almost equally eager to see what’s in store in the future – specifically, how the cast and filmmakers will successfully adapt Breaking Dawn, the supposedly batsh*t fourth book in the series, into a film that can be seen by the same audiences as its predecessors.

Cinematical joined the rest of Los Angeles’ entertainment press at the recent junket for Eclipse, where “the big three” – Kristen StewartRobert Pattinson andTaylor Lautner – were joined by many of the film’s costars and crew members. Look for an exclusive interview on the site with Eclipse director David Slade later in the week, but in the meantime, check out what the cast and crew have to say about what’s in store for Breaking Dawn.

Robert Pattinson

In Breaking Dawn, what do you think Edward’s evolution will be?

Pattinson: I haven’t read it yet! I mean, it’s weird – I’m starting it a month after this job and it’s something I’m quite glad I haven’t read it yet. I didn’t intend to not read it until now, it’s quite exciting. I have no idea, I just heard brief rumors about what happens in the story but I don’t really know what happens at all

Your current haircut is shorter than Edward’s. How are you going to go about getting your long hair back for Breaking Dawn?

Pattinson: I’m thinking maybe Edward got a haircut – it might be easier. I didn’t even think about that when I got it cut, that is a bit silly. Vampires can cut their hair though, so I like the idea of Edward having a shaved head in the last one. That [would be] pretty cool.

How long have you known Breaking Dawn was going to be two films, and have you met with Bill Condon yet?

Pattinson: I found out about Breaking Dawn when the press release came out! Bill Condon I met briefly a few weeks ago, kind of by accident just before the MTV Awards, in a bar (laughs). He seemed great. He seemed like a really really nice guy, I haven’t talked to him in detail about anything. But Gods and Monsters is an amazing movie. I think it’s going to be good. I don’t even know where they’re going to shoot it yet or anything.

Taylor Lautner

Since Breaking Dawn will be two movies, do you if one movie will be from your perspective and one will be from Rob’s?

Lautner: I do know it will be two, which I am extremely excited about. It is going to be great. Bill Condon is doing both. I it going to be awesome and I can’t wait to work with him.

Do you have a clause in your contract saying you have to keep your shirt on?

Lautner: No clause (laughs). Whatever the book says is most likely what we are going to do.

Would you ever do another film where you have to go shirtless again?

Lautner: I mean really, it all comes down to character. If I love the character, I love the story, and the character requires me to be shirtless, or if it requires me to lose thirty pounds, I’m ready to do it.

How do you think you will prepare yourself for the unique, romantic aspects that you will find yourself in?

Lautner: I haven’t started thinking about it too much right now. We are focusing onEclipse coming out. We are promoting that. Then after that I am focusing onAbduction. Then after that it will be Breaking Dawn. I’m sure as soon as we meet with Bill further down the road, we will go towards that, but that will be interesting.

Do you think the werewolves will go into a musical number?

Lautner: I think he actually already released a statement promising there would be no musical number in it (laughs). It is funny.

Kristen Stewart

Now that you’ve done three of these are there things that you wish had made into the movie from the book that didn’t?

Stewart: Yeah, totally – there are a million things. I mean every single time we watch one of the movies, especially when the cast watches it together, it’s always an incredibly frustrating experience. That’s why I’m glad that Breaking Dawn is going to be two movies, which I can finally say. So there’s going to be less of that, less of having to lose stuff. I know you want specific things but I’m trying to think of one now but I can’t.

How long have you known that Breaking Dawn was going to be two films, and how long will the shoot be?

Stewart: The shoot is going to be something like six months. We start in October. I think we’re not going to be finished until maybe March or something, maybe February. I clearly don’t really look at the schedule. I had to hold onto this forever. They’ve been talking about it for a really long time and we all definitely knew that it was going to be two movies forever now. It’s been really hard not to say that. We’re all really stoked on that.

Is there a scene that you particularly hope makes the movie?

Stewart: There are a million and we haven’t even shot it yet. I can’t wait to see [?] and I can’t wait to get married and have a kid. It’s all of that. It’s going to be crazy.

What designer would love to see design Bella’s wedding dress and if you could dream it up what would it look like?

Stewart: Well, Stephenie [Meyer] is absolutely in charge of that. I’m sure she has really specific ideas. I haven’t really thought about it. But I feel like Bella would definitely want something like really classic and really simple, too but beautiful. I have no idea in terms of designers.

Would it be white?

Stewart: Yeah, or like creamy, but definitely classic. She doesn’t want to get married and because it means so much to Edward and because he has such different sensibilities and such different values, I think because she’s going to go ahead and go through with it she’s going to give him everything. I think it’s going to be like a really beautiful and monumental wedding because he wants that. Usually it’s the opposite. Usually the girl wants it. It’s cute.

In an interview with Rob, he said in reference to Breaking Dawn that he wanted to make it rated R and stick to the book. Would you like to stick to the book and bring the rating up or do you think it should be toned down?

Stewart: I guess that everybody interprets those things differently. My guess is that it’ll be PG-13. I have no idea but I guess we’ll all see when it comes out.

Do you see an opportunity in Breaking Dawn, since it’s two films, to create two interpretations of Bella, pre-vampire and post-vampire?

Stewart: Yeah, actually. I really can’t wait to get into that because I’ve been on the outskirts of what it would feel like to play one of them. I had to think about it a lot considering that Bella is dating one of them very seriously. It’s been years of dealing with these issues and I’ve thought about it a lot and I can’t wait to actually be it. It’s going to be a trip. It’s going to be weird and I think she does change a lot. I think she’s going to be the coolest vampire out of all of them. She’s got the greatest power. She’s untouchable. Nothing can touch her and I think that literally she can protect the whole clan. She’s such a mother, too. I think it’ll be awesome to see how much she’s changed from Twilight where she’s this seventeen year old kid who really doesn’t care about whole lot other than herself. To see her become this matriarch will be really cool.

Peter Facinelli

What are you most looking forward to doing when you start shooting Breaking Dawn?

Facinelli: I’m looking forward to working with Bill Condon. He’s phenomenal. I’m looking forward to hearing what his thoughts are on the series and the movie. It’s cool because all these different directors have these different interpretations. You don’t get complacent and sit back and go, “Ok. I know these characters.” They’re always asking you different questions and getting you to think deeper.

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?”

Kristen’s full interview with Flaunt Magazine

*Warning: bad language in interview.

The actress stars in a shocking new rock biopic, carving out a niche of respect after years of teenybopper fare.

written by Gregg LaGambina

The courtyard looks like a wedding cake. Take a pickaxe to all this swept marble and you’d hit yellow sponge made from eggs, milk, and margarine. Perfect triangles of evergreen leap from topiary tubs, fountains make chlorinated arcs into shallow pools emptied of even a single tossed penny. And there in the distance is our misplaced plastic bride, truant from the cake top, a few layers down, slouched against a cream-colored column in a sunlit archway, exhaling Camel smoke. She is looking at the ground and looking everywhere at the same time.

“I knew it was going to be you,” she says cryptically, raising her head and stamping out the cigarette.

To be Kristen Stewart takes antennae. Offset from the scant groupings of hotel guests and khaki-panted walkabouts slowly roaming the manicured grounds, Stewart is hiding badly. Even if she were not that girl from Twilight, she’d be that girl over there from who-knows-where, in black jeans and a gray t-shirt, smoking and glowering and trying very hard not to look anyone in the eyes. With her invisible province breached by my approaching footsteps, her guard eases only slightly after an introduction.

Seated now near a new tree planted in freshly combed dirt, a nervous waiter takes drink orders and scurries off, all of his body language mutely bellowing “I know who you are!” Stewart is talking about Sean Penn. She knows him. She appeared in his film Into the Wild a few years ago and she just bumped into him out in front of the building. She had said, “What’s up?” He half-smirked and said, “Haiti.” They tried to linger, to smoke and talk, but in a matter of minutes, shutters were clicking, some paparazzi had gathered, and the conversation was abruptly over.

Now, freshly agitated, Stewart’s entire aspect is animated by nuisance. She winces with pain, clutching at her neck. “I must’ve slept on it wrong. Every time I look over my shoulder, it kills.” (Regardless, she’ll persist to peer behind her every so often with an audible start, turning back around with a grimace.) Everything has conspired and aligned here perfectly this afternoon for Stewart to generously, and without pause, talk shit about whatever topic merits her ire. Fame is always a good place to begin.

“If I could go to work every day and not have to be followed around by fucking fifteen gangsters trying to take my picture, willing to do anything for one… It’s not normal,” she says. “It’s funny how in America fame is placed so fucking high—above wealth, above happiness, above everything. It’s so not true. And I knew that before [I was famous]. It was so obvious to me. I don’t know how people can’t see that from an outsider’s perspective. My perspective is the same: it’s exactly what I thought it would be.”

The waiter returns with iced tea and soda, apologizing for interrupting, but wanting to let us know that the kitchen will be closing soon and if we want anything cooked, now’s the time to say so. Stewart politely declines, moving ice cubes around in her glass with a clear plastic straw. The waiter disappears like mist.

The thing is, she’s not ranting. She’s not dour, mean-spirited, or even complaining. All of this is like describing the clouds, or the leaves on the trees. They are things that exist in the world and she is talking about them. She’ll soon be 20 years old. One film almost three years ago made her the most famous teenaged actress in America and people twice her age write blurbs saying she should smile more. Or wear different shoes. Or get a new haircut. And she’s right. It’s all very fucking stupid.

“It’s very aggressive, too,” she says. “If fame is the optimum, ultimate position you could ever imagine yourself in, then you would just be the luckiest person in the world. So, anything could happen to them and you shouldn’t care. Why would you care or feel bad about a famous person? They’re famous! I really appreciate everything in my life, but that’s not why I started acting.”

In the gulf between Twilights Two and Three, Stewart is attempting to loosen the vice grip of franchise-driven notoriety by playing serious roles in smaller films. It’s an oft-played strategy of the recently fan-swarmed, but it’s no more or less calculated than the mania surrounding her as Bella Swan. It can’t be planned. It’s all dumb luck. If anything, it’s the largesse of the vampire fiends who’ve unwittingly allowed these other films to get made and maybe even seen.

In music-video director Floria Sigismondi’s feature debut The Runaways, Stewart takes on the creation myth of one Joan Jett in her earliest days as a pre-packaged punk rocker before she left and launched her celebrated career fronting the Blackhearts. Any stylist with a thimbleful of talent could’ve made Stewart look like Jett, but to fill in the fabled space of an already-made icon is something else. It takes acting and Stewart does her best in a middling film comprised heavily of the clichÈd rise-and-fall melodrama seen before in countless other movies about the same thing. It’s all about mood and lighting and wardrobe and the slow-motion snorting of drugs. In short, it looks and feels like it was made by a music-video director.

Plus, it’s Dakota Fanning’s movie, really. All tarted up and lip-glossed as Cherie Currie, she makes any gent in the room old enough to use a razor squirm in their seats damply like Humbert Humbert (if they happen to recall she’s still a full year shy of her sweet sixteenth). But Stewart is good in it. Only a few minutes in and you’re thinking of Jett not Robert Pattison and his lovingly brandished fangs. And that’s no small feat considering the gluttonous market reach of those Twilight films that have befuddled even this waiter—who’s back now, by the way—hovering with a silver tray of freshly baked cookies.

“On the house!” he announces, and just as quick, flutters away like a bow-tied dragonfly.

But it’s Stewart’s other new film that might actually do the trick. In director Jake Scott’s Welcome to the Rileys, she plays Mallory, a street-nymph lap-dancer adrift in New Orleans until the well-intentioned James Gandolfini shows up and forces her to get her fucking shit straight like only James Gandolfini can. It played along with Runaways at this year’s Sundance and it was Rileys that surprised, inspiring even the beloved Roger Ebert to wax, “Who knew she had these notes? I’m discovering an important new actress.”

“That was awesome,” Stewart says of Sundance, glaring at the newly arrived plate of baked goods like it’s a shoe that fell from the sky. “It was the most satisfying experience to be able to sit in front of 300 people who had just seen the movie. Even more so with Rileys because that girl is so broken. I couldn’t get her out of me for a while. It was scary. To be able to talk about that with people who have just seen it, that was the most insane experience.

“I was so scared of going to Sundance,” she continues. “I thought everyone would write shit reviews. I thought everyone was waiting, itching to say that I should just go back to Twilight. And no one said that. I put so much into it. I would have died working on that movie. So if they did say those bad things, then I might as well just stop now. I got really lucky because those two movies happened to be so different [from Twilight]. I choose my work instinctually. I couldn’t have a plan. I would always fall short. What I do is so impulsive. Who knows what you’re going to connect with and then be able to live up to? I can’t just read a script and say it’s great because there’s a part for me, my age, perfect—I can’t live that life. You know what I mean? That’s just not me.”

Suddenly, an overweight older woman appears tableside, gesturing at the cookies. “Ooh! Do we get some of these too?”

“No,” the waiter says, matter-of-factly, seeming to appear from the same magical finger snap that borne them both.

“What makes these people so special?” the older lady smiles and winks conspiratorially at Stewart, who is holding her neck again, with a slight grimace, exploring the pinched nerve (or whatever it is) that’s been plaguing her usually keen ability to scan for these kinds of interlopers. We push the plate nearer to the woman and her eyes widen. Gratified, she waddles off, the sound of crisp oatmeal giving way to eager teeth.

This, apparently, has created an opening, as a mustachioed black man in a yellow polo tucked into smartly pressed trousers is clasping his hands nervously and awaiting his turn to talk. “I’m sorry. I just wanted to say that I’m just a really big fan. Is this your agent? I don’t mean to interrupt. I’m just a big fan. Hello.”

“Thanks,” says Stewart, manufacturing a convincing benevolence, slightly smiling even.

The man stands there a moment or two longer, a small infinity that makes everything slow down to an awkward standoff. He finally backs away, bowing almost, and returns to his own table. [Later, the waiter will whisper to me, “Sorry about that. We’ve been having problems with him lately.” Meaning what, I’ll never know, and leaving all sorts of odd scenarios in the mind’s eye to fill in the blank left by the word “problems.”]

“He was nice, at least.”

“He was nice,” she concedes. “He didn’t ask for a picture. That’s good, because then they go and Twitter them and then the paparazzi know where I am and they drive to my location and it gets crazy. Twitter fucks me over every day of my life. Because people go, ‘I’m sitting next to Kristen Stewart right now’ and then they show up. I see people on their phones and I just want to take these cookies and throw them. It’s like ‘Get off your fucking phone and get a life!’ I get so mad. It’s like you’re trampling on someone’s life without any regard. And it’s rampant. Everyone can do it now. Buy a camera and you’re paparazzi; get a Twitter account and you’re an informant. It’s so annoying.”

So, we’re back to the beginning, talking about this again. Perhaps it’s unavoidable sitting out here in the sun in Beverly Hills where half the people are famous and the other half are asking them for handshakes (or interviews). Or a fucking cookie for Christ’s sake. Might as well embrace it.

“Have you ever punched anyone in the face?”

“No!” she says, laughing slightly. “I’ve hit people, but I’ve never clocked someone.”

“People think you smoke a lot of pot.”

“People say that all the time. People are like, ‘She’s on crack. She’s a dopehead.’”

“How do you muster the strength to even leave the house?”

“You just go into the mode of ‘Don’t give a fuck.’ Otherwise…” And that word just hangs there. Otherwise what? Someone gets punched? Cookies get thrown? The more obvious question becomes: Then why sit here and listen to questions and pose for photographs to go along with your answers? How can you possibly justify complaining after participating?

“Right,” she pauses. “I don’t have an answer for that. I guess people just want you to be so over the moon for the position you’re in that you have no principals, you have no sense of the world around you, and you’re living in a celebrity fantasyland. Is that what they want?”

I shrug. I might even nod.

“Well, I don’t want to be that and they can continue to talk shit. But that’s just scary.”

No, what’s scary is that a grown man (at least twice her age) got up from his table to tell Kristen Stewart that he’s a big fan. A fan of what, exactly? Assuming he’s referring to the films she’s appeared in—and it’s probably safe to bet he’s only seen the pair of Twilight installments—what does he want in exchange for his hello? A story, probably. Something to tell someone else that adds a discernable ounce of worth and weight to his own life, tipping the scales ever-so-slightly in his favor. Or something like that. But if I were him and he could hear what I was thinking right now, I’d tell me to fuck right off. (Or something like that.)

But the fact is, this young woman sitting at this table (the one where a cookie has gone missing) is engaging and charismatic and smart and pretty. The precision of her disdain and general enthusiasm for shit-kicking is infectious. She makes you want to root for her. Sure those high school vampire flicks can be mocked easily and often, but you’re a liar (or lack an essential levity in your life) if you weren’t entertained at least by their overwhelming eagerness to entertain.

But most of all, every time she looks over her shoulder and winces, you wince too. The vigor with which she’s clutching on to any semblance of authenticity is something you’d like to help her to keep too. Yeah, sure, she’s mostly that girl from Twilight, an idea she rightfully loathes, but an actual thing for which she seems grateful. If Welcome to the Rileys is evidence of anything, she’ll be more than that in time. That is, if a world full of fluttery waiters, cookie thieves, and dumbstruck fanboys trapped in adult bodies don’t beat down her will. Ah, fuck it. I’m a fan now too. Sorry. Throw me on the burning pile with the rest of them.

“Yeah, I definitely act differently. I’m definitely overcoming a lot of it. The only insecurity I’ve developed is just being overly paranoid about everyone looking at you when they’re not,” she admits, grabbing at the pain in her neck again, arresting herself from the unending urge to look around. “I used to love getting out and tripping around, but now I have to look at the ground. Otherwise, you’re inviting interaction every thirty seconds which is impossible to manage. But that’s not everywhere. I can still go places. It’s not sad, it just sort of is.

“I really love what I do. It’s just a different life,” she concludes, pressing fingers deeper into the tendons above her shoulder blade. “I get defensive and that has probably perpetuated people’s idea of me never smiling. I kind of shake my leg too, so people think I’m always uncomfortable. I understand why people say I’m such a negative Nancy. I can’t pretend. I’ve always been involved, very personal. I like to write too. Acting and living and writing: it’s all one and the same. It’s just consideration for other people and yourself.”

“Part of your wanting to act, to write, comes from your interest in other people?”

“Yeah, me being one of them!”

Kristen Stewart smiles. She finally drops her hand from her neck, looks up, and smiles. There’s no one around. The restaurant’s closed. There’s no one here to tweet or text. Anyone with a real camera is likely chasing Sean Penn down some nearby hallway. But goddamnit if the woman didn’t just smile and no one was here to see it. We both look around and silently decide the conversation might as well end here.

“Well, I won’t put you through any more pain.”

“Yeah, that was awful,” she says, standing up to leave.

A smile and a joke? There’s no one else left here to ask. Where is that fucking waiter when you need him?

Entertainment Weekly names Edward Cullen among the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years It must be the new rage—popular magazines supplementing talk of real people with discussion of fictional characters. Entertainment Weekly is the most recent publication to rank one of Stephenie Meyer’s brood, having named Edward Cullen as one of the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years as part of this week’s cover feature.

“Who says vampires are scary?” the section headline reads, “Sometimes they’re just dreamy teen idols.” All this after it announces that Stephenie Meyer’s most beloved vamp ranked in at #53. Though the write-up isn’t shy about suggesting that Robert Pattinson the actor may be responsible for the memorability of Edward Cullen the vampire, both Twi-hards and Twi-haters would agree that certain aspects of his character (e.g., being brooding and mysterious, gentlemanly but unattainable, unfailingly devoted to Bella) hold the most appeal to women.

Said Pattinson of Edward Cullen “If you played it straight-out manic-depressive, every young girl watching it would have been like, “Um, I don’t know about that.’ So I tried to make it as much as possible like a 17-year-old guy who had this purgatory inflicted upon him.” One thing’s for certain—however Rob decided to approach the role, he got it right.

The Entertainment Weekly ranking comes in the wake of a recent Forbes Magazine feature naming Carlisle Cullen the wealthiest fictional character in the world. What could be next for Meyer’s characters? A Vogue feature naming Rosalie Hale the most beautiful?

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