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|In Friday, May 1, 2009|
|Moviefone – Robert Pattinson Interview|
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When we talked to Robert Pattinson about his upcoming biopic ‘Little Ashes,’ we first ran through some internet rumors with the ‘Twilight’ star. Now we are pleased to present part 2, the rest of our breezy, candid interview.
The remarkably generous and self-effacing actor played along, answering our questions — about doing an indie, stripping for nude scenes, filming ‘New Moon’ — with a refreshing dose of candor and complete lack of any diva-tude.
After chatting with Pattinson, we have no qualms in pledging our allegiance to Team Edward.
1. How was filming ‘Little Ashes,’ which is such a small production, compared to doing the ‘Twilight’ movies?
I kind of like small productions ’cause there’s not so much waiting around. And it’s strange, there are little things on ‘Little Ashes,’ like we didn’t have stand-ins, so we’d just kind of sit or stand around the set, which I initially found kind of bizarre but after a while it’s great, because you can just kind of stay in character the whole time. And also you can be much more a part of the set up of the shot, so I kind of liked that. I don’t know, it was, I would say, a very different energy. [But] there’s not a huge amount of difference, really. You’re just inside your head anyway most of the time, so you don’t really notice stuff.
2. I read that you were really nervous about filming the nude scenes and the explicit scenes, how did you prepare yourself for those?
[Laughs] I had so many ridiculous answers just come into my head [more laughs]. I had a penis implant! I don’t know, I just kind of, it’s funny because Spanish people are so … have no problem with nudity at all, I mean at all, and English people obviously do have, like, the most enormous problem with it. It’s like little things, like when I saw my father getting changed for swimming I got, like, traumatized by it … I don’t really know what I did, I just kind of freaked out a bit. [Laughs]
3. So was that the most difficult thing about filming this movie?
No, I mean, a lot of it was quite hard. I guess in a lot of ways, the more I read about Dali the more I kind of liked him, and liked what he tried to make himself stand for. I guess the hardest thing was that I didn’t want to disrespect his memory, especially when I met a lot of people who he knew and stuff. People were very, very fond of him, so that was probably the hardest thing. [Laughs] I didn’t want to mess it up!
4. You were playing a real person — how did that affect your preparation? Did you study up a lot on Dali?
Yeah, I mean it’s nice. There are certain things like studying photos. I never really concentrated on my body in a performance before, well not to such an extent, and there were tons and tons of photos of him and he had quite strange posturing … There was one photo where he’s pointing at something, and I guess it’s quite nice, and I was trying to figure out “How do you point like that?” Then you realize “Oh, shit. You get your arm and ohhh…” and suddenly it clicks into place. And then when you realize you’re walking right and stuff, and people — Spanish people! — know who you’re playing, without the moustache, they know immediately just by looking in your eyes, it’s very satisfying. I like the idea of that; I’d quite like to do it again. And I’m always quite attracted to playing real people.
5. Kristen Stewart is going to be playing rock icon Joan Jett. Is there a rock icon that you’d like to play?
I’d love to play Van Morrison, but I doubt I would get the part [laughs].
6. Who would you love to tour with, if you were going to do a tour as a musician?
Rob: I’d quite like to tour with Kings of Leon. I think they’re pretty cool.
7. If you couldn’t be an actor or a musician, what do you think you would be doing?
I’d quite like to be a political strategist and like a spin doctor. [Laughs] I’d really, really like to do that. I think I will end up doing that at one point.
8. Can you talk about the movie you’re signing on, or about to sign on, called ‘Memoirs’?
It’s not final yet, but I think if it does happen it’ll be a fantastic movie. It’s an amazing script. I think Jenny Lumet [who's writing the script] is incredible and Allen Coulter [who's directing] is also. I think it could be. I was quite excited about it. I was working in New York on the script a few weeks ago, and we came up with some really cool stuff.
9. How are you handling the massive, instant fame and the craziness?
It’s quite stressful in a way, but it’s only when you’re by yourself. When I have my friends around it doesn’t make any difference. I just spend a lot of time by myself, and I used to walk around the block by myself in various different cities, and I don’t know, you start to feel a bit vulnerable, I guess. [Laughs] Well, not vulnerable, I don’t know … for paranoid people it does allow your imagination to run rampant, so it’s a little strange. You end up going out a lot less [laughs]. But I guess it’s so early now I’m really still thinking about it in terms of getting good jobs and stuff, so I haven’t really had a chance to be objective about my life, because every single day there’s something new happening in my life. In my eyes, everything just seems ridiculous, like every single day it’s like you’re walking on the street, and then suddenly you step on something and it just starts moving really, really fast, and you’re not entirely sure what direction it’s going in, but you can feel the force of it. That’s about it.
10. What has been your craziest fan experience?
There was one quite weird thing, I was in a Blockbuster the other day, and I hadn’t realized it was the day the ['Twilight'] DVD was coming out, and there were these two — no one recognized me in that place — and there were these two 8-year-old girls who turned up with their parents. They were picking up their preordered DVDs, and they were just shaking and crying just because they got their DVD. I thought that was pretty incredible, I hadn’t seen anything like that before … I mean, I have when it’s in person, when it’s meeting me. But just to pick up a DVD, that was kind of crazy.
11. What was your take on the whole Jacob casting drama? When it was possible that Taylor Lautner wasn’t going to get the part.
12. How’s the energy on ‘New Moon’ compared to ‘Twilight,’ because for ‘Twilight’ no one was sure if it was going to do well and now, obviously …
13. Is that similar to how it was when you were filming ‘Potter’?
Oh, no, not at all. The thing about ‘Potter,’ because everyone was so young, there weren’t really any [gossip] stories. Plus, the way we were shooting it was so impossible to get any pictures or anything. It was so, so private. And by the time I was working on it, everyone working there had worked there for about five or six years anyway, so they all knew each other. So nothing was really newsworthy. There wasn’t a lot happening. It seems that on [the 'Twilight' movies], maybe because they’re a little bit older, it seems like every single day there’s a new story coming out. I also think that’s it’s because all of these sort of blog sites have become way more popular in the last few years than they were then. And I guess that’s where most of the gossipy things go to.
I think it would depend on what it is. Yeah, it really does depend on what it is. And I don’t think a lot of people would really want to see that. I think it would ruin the illusion. [Laughs]
By Angie Argabrite
|In Friday, May 1, 2009|
|Cameron Bright was dragged to see Twilight, but now he’s a fan|
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I didn’t realize I’d be doing an interview with a vampire the next time I caught up with Cameron Bright.
Bright, 16, hasn’t even started filming his scenes as Alec — part of the Volturi vampire clan and twin brother of Jane (Dakota Fanning) in the Twilight sequel New Moon – yet he has been affected by Twilight mania since the day he was cast.
“It’s going to be kind of weird,” admits the Nanaimo actor who confesses he had to be dragged to see Twilight, the first in a series of movies based on Stephenie Meyer’s popular romantic teenage vampire novels.
“All the guys were saying, ‘It’s a chick movie,’ but it was really good,” Bright recalls. “I’m glad to be a part of it.”
No sooner had news reports surfaced about Bright joining the New Moon cast headlined by Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Michael Sheen than he began getting text messages from his friends.
“Even if you’re in it for five minutes, you’re huge,” says the Victoria-born actor who made his debut in a Telus commercial. “You’re revered.”
Not surprisingly, he has also been getting more attention from female friends.
“I say ‘no’ right away, because when they walk up to me I can sense what they’re going to say,” he says, laughing. ” ‘Can you get me Robert Pattinson’s autograph?’ ”
Bright, who hadn’t read the books, says it was easy finding a Twilight fan to help him research his role.
“I said, ‘I’m going to play Alec. Do you know him? Yeah? Sweeeet! Thanks, ya did the job for me.’ ”
While he hasn’t worked with Fanning, he met her at the Critic’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles two years ago.
“She didn’t know who I was, so when I introduce myself and go, ‘Hey, do you remember me?’ she’ll probably say no,” he says, adding he should get to know her quickly on the Vancouver set. “In our first scene I get to kiss her on the cheek.”
Since his scenes are interiors, he won’t be joining her when exterior Volturi sequences are shot in Tuscany, however.
Now standing tall at 5-foot-10, with longer hair and the demeanour, vocal inflections and lingo of a typical texting teenager, Bright seems worlds away from his younger self — the cherubic youngster known for playing spooky children.
He savours the memories of getting to work with Hollywood royalty in his first two major movies. He played Adam, the sinister clone of a distraught couple’s dead son, opposite Robert De Niro in Godsend; and Sean, a solemn 10-year-old boy claiming to be the reincarnation of the late husband of a fragile New York widow played by Nicole Kidman in Birth.
The teen says he has grown used to his fame, as bizarre as it can be. He laughingly shrugs off the antics of some overzealous fans, such as one who impersonates him on MySpace.
“I think it’s a riot,” says Bright, who has even playfully posed as a fan himself and interacted with the impostor. “I go ‘Hey, how’s it going? Must be cool being in all those movies.’ ”
But he isn’t complaining, realizing it’s all part of the acting career he signed up for. “My fans make me, and if I didn’t respect them I wouldn’t be here,” says
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|In Monday, April 27, 2009|
|Twilight Screenwriter: Bring On Channing Tatum!|
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If Channing Tatum hasn’t read the Twilight books, he may want to start.
At least one very important person in the movie adaptations of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire love story thinks Tatum would be perfect to play bad-boy vampire Riley in Eclipse, the third in the four-book series.
“There’s a very big battle at the end with Riley, and I think Channing would do that so well,” Twilight and New Moon screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who is currently writing the Eclipse script, told us this weekend at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival benefit for the Writers Guild Foundation.
“And there are some complexities to that character,” she adds. “He really is tragic. He’s a puppet for Victoria [bad-girl vampire played by Rachelle Lefevre]. So he has to break your heart a little bit at the end when he realizes that she doesn’t want him. Channing could do that beautifully.”
Rosenberg also confirmed some good news for Robert Pattinson fans…
Even though Edward Cullen may not be in the New Moon novel as much as he is in the others, she promised we’ll be seeing plenty of the Brit actor in the flick, which is currently shooting in Vancouver with director Chris Weitz.
“In the book, he’s actually an enormous presence in [Bella’s] mind,” Rosenberg said.
“He’s so present in her mind throughout the entire center of the book, so we really played off that, and it kept him alive in a slightly different way, but fans will feel it’s true to the book. You can’t have a Twilight without Rob Pattinson.”
And Rosenberg says you also can’t have a Twilight movie with anything more adult than a PG-13 rating. She has yet to be hired to write the script for the fourth, Breaking Dawn, but she thinks it’s safe to assume the book’s more graphic violent scenes will be tailored to keep it accessible for Twilight’s teen moviegoing audience.
“Our fans are in the PG age range, and I don’t feel a big necessity to see violence, and to see gore,” Rosenberg said. “I don’t need to see that. This whole series is more about their relationship. It’s not about the gore. I mean, there are some scary and special elements to it, but the series is really about relationships and coming of age and owning one’s power.”
PDT by Marc Malkin at E! Online
|In Thursday, April 2, 2009|
|Kristen Stewart: Some people think they know her, but …|
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By Anthony Breznican, USA TODAY
You could leave home, disappear from the radar, have different circles of friends, and spend that hidden time figuring out who you are. Now, every move, every mistake, every shift in personality is Twittered, Facebooked, MySpaced, texted and tracked via an elaborate network of cellphones and websites.
That’s how Kristen Stewart sees it. She became entrenched in the electronic babble when she became a superstar last year playing lovelorn good-girl Bella opposite smoldering vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) in Twilight, the blockbuster adaptation of the best-selling novels.
The actress, 18, gets to explore what her life might have been like laying low a generation ago in Adventureland, opening Friday. The coming-of-age comedy about a girl and a guy who fall in love while toiling for the summer at a run-down amusement park is set in 1987 — three years before Stewart was born.
The teenage characters drink, smoke weed, lie to everyone (especially members of the opposite sex) and try their best to avoid abstinence (usually a reason for the lying).
“Movies like Adventureland remind you of a time my parents talk about when they were younger, when it seems like they were so much more independent,” says Stewart, sitting in a beachside restaurant, her back to the ocean. “My dad was living on his own when he was 18. My mom was out (of the house) before she even graduated high school.” Sometimes she wants to ask them: “God, do you guys realize —”
Her folks both got into show business, working behind the scenes. Her mother, Jules Mann-Stewart, is a script supervisor, and her father, John, is a producer and stage manager. She also has an older brother, Cameron.
Parents today, she says, “are incredibly hands-on.” Then she is quick to clarify: “Not that my parents are overbearing or anything. … Now it’s a little different because I’m getting older, but a few years ago, if my parents didn’t know where I was at a given time, that’s sort of unacceptable. And it’s very easy to track you down, considering.”
It’s not just ever-present parenting that makes growing up harder. It’s your friends — and yourself, she says. Everyone is complicit in their own surveillance, especially young people, who chronicle their lives obsessively, maybe seeking validation, which is still no easier to find.
‘Everyone knows who you are’
“You’re so connected to people and they all know how to get to you, and everyone knows who you are, so explicitly. They think they know you. It’s like, ‘You really think you know me? I don’t know me! How do you know I’m not different around someone else?’ ” Her voice gets a little loud, and she slumps back in her chair.
“It almost makes the secrets more important, those few things you actually do choose to keep to yourself,” she says quietly.
Right now, Stewart may be Hollywood’s only real teenager playing girls who are moody, reckless, cautiously sexual but still awkward, and more self-reliant than many parents would like to acknowledge.
Other stars her age tend to fall either into the fantasy realm of the squeaky-clean Hannah Montana/Jonas Brothers variety, or play teens who seem more like they’re established jet-setters, as with the campy-fun Gossip Girl.
Stewart has earned both praise and criticism for being a kind of sulky girl on-screen — the kind you can see sleeping until noon, getting into a fight with her parents and running away, only to try sneaking back in just past curfew.
Crooked games, misfit friends
In Adventureland, she’s a bit of a rebel playing Em, a quiet but tough girl who works one of the crooked games at the theme park. Jesse Eisenberg (The Squid and the Whale) stars as uptight James, a fellow lost soul and minimum-wage slave who tries to work up the courage to win over Em as they both grapple with fractured families, misfit friends and hostile parkgoers.
As James draws closer to her, he discovers that there are as many different Ems as there are giant stuffed pandas in his games booth. “For Em, no part of her lives are connected,” Stewart says. “She is a different person in every one of the circumstances.”
Adventureland was written and directed by Greg Motolla (Superbad, The Daytrippers), who based it on his own experiences working at a theme park of the same name on New York’s Long Island.
He says the girl in the story “needed to be complicated and needed to be truly conflicted. We needed an actress who can convey a really believable sense of strength,” he says. “I knew with Kristen that character wouldn’t just be a brat. With Kristen, you can’t dismiss her that easily. She’s no pushover.”
Em maybe isn’t much of a role model, but the actress says there is something true about her, and beautiful, in a way the character doesn’t even realize. “They are both unaware of how cool they are; they don’t feel worthy,” she says of the main characters. “I feel like it’s a pretty common thing.”
Stewart could be a case study. Feeling worthy of media attention appears to be a struggle. At the start of the interview, she says she’s bad at this — talking about her movies, and herself.
“Really, I’m incredibly disjointed and not candid,” she says. “Just in general, my thoughts tend to come out in little spurts that don’t necessarily connect. If you hang around long enough, you can find, like, the linear path. But it will take a second. That’s why these interviews never go well for me.”
It’s why she has been slammed by some reporters and why she had what some considered a disastrous interview with David Letterman for Twilight.
She has a reputation of being cranky, or a bit aloof. But over the course of about two hours, she reveals a kind of insecurity. She tries to say something, thinks it’s coming out wrong, stops and starts again, then finally gets frustrated — and clams up.
Another thing that makes her stop in mid-sentence: teenage girls. A group enters the restaurant, and Stewart abruptly shuts up until they pass. She apologizes, a little embarrassed, and whispers: “If those type of girls saw me talking about Twilight, you don’t understand. If I said ‘Jacob’ too loud, they’d be like —” She makes her eyes wide and sticks her hands out like claws.
“More than three girls of that certain age — run away,” she says, laughing as the threat settles in a distant part of the patio. “Girls are scary. Large groups of girls scare the (crap) out of me.”
She says Pattinson gets it worse. “They covet him. I think half of them are so jealous that they hate me,” she jokes.
It doesn’t help that many Twilight-ers want her and Pattinson to be a real-life couple. She’s actually dating Michael Angarano, 21, whom she co-starred with in the 2004 drama Speak.
“It doesn’t make my relationship harder. It’s not like, ‘Maybe I should be with (Pattinson) to make them happy and it’ll make me more popular!’ ” Stewart laughs, adding that her real boyfriend “is totally not a threatened guy. But, dude, it sucks.”
Why the adoration?
But Stewart is mostly grateful for Twilight — though she doesn’t think she did anything special.
“I’m really proud of Twilight. I think it’s a good movie. It was hard to do, and I think it turned out pretty good. But I don’t take much credit for it. So when you show up at these places, and there’s literally like a thousand girls and they’re all screaming your name, you’re like, why? You don’t feel like you deserve it.”
One person who thinks Stewart did contribute a lot to Bella is Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. The character is regarded by some as overly passive, letting her vampire paramour take control, but Meyer says Stewart, currently shooting series sequel New Moon, gives the character an inner forcefulness.
“Kristin does a version of Bella that’s very strong. And you can see that what she’s doing is maturely thought out,” Meyer says. “In a lot of ways she’s a little bit impetuous, but you get the sense that she’s very adult about what she’s doing. She comes across as a girl who’s very serious and who happens to know what she wants.”
That also describes Stewart as she navigates her way to adulthood, on-screen and off. Unlike her Adventureland character, she’s not able to hide any of it.
Contributing: Carol Memmott
Source/Credits: USA Today
|In Thursday, March 26, 2009|
|Life About To Change For ‘New Moon” Wolf Pack|
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By Celebuzz on Mar. 26, 2009 01:30 PM
Last week’s widely anticipated announcement of the New Moon wolf pack marked the official new beginning for the five Native American actors chosen for the part.
They are already the subject of feverish fan-site activity by Twilight nation. And this is just the beginning.
“These kids are kids whose life is going to change,” casting director Rene Haynes tells Celebuzz in an exclusive interview. “They are now stars.”
“And right now they are just getting the tip of the iceberg.”
Welcome to Twilight-mania, wolf pack.
Haynes handled the Native American casting for the Twilight sequel. Her final wolf pack choices include Chaske Spencer, Alex Meraz, Bronson Pelletier, Kiowa Gordon and Tyson Houseman.
“They are all good kids,” says Rene. “They have good heads on their shoulders. I think they’ll navigate these waters the best they can.”
“I’ve told them, make wise choices from here on out. This is what you’ve been working for. Don’t mess it up.”
Just to give you an idea of the fan intensity, IMDB’s star meter showed Meraz’s star ranking rose 25,566 percent in popularity this week (the shirtless picture at the top sure don’t hurt).
Haynes’ office set up an extensive nationwide search to find the actors. They searched their database of up-and-coming Native American actors. There was a call-out for video auditions, which brought in 600 tapes (“I watched them all,” she says). There was also open auditions, including one in Vancouver which brought out thousands of hopefuls. Houseman was the lucky attendee who not only auditioned on that day, but also earned a part.
“Every single aspect was successful,” says Haynes.
It was crucial to Haynes — who specializes in Native American casting − that each of the characters chosen was of Native American descent. “It was important to the filmmakers,” says Haynes. ‘That is why they hired me. And that was my job.”
Perhaps the hardest choice was that of casting Spencer. While Haynes declines to say what part the actor was cast for, fan sites have speculated Spencer is set for the part of Sam – a pivotal wolf pack leader who plays a prominent role in future installments.
“He’s someone I feel is going to be a star,” says Haynes. “I have cast him before. He’s always done lovely work. It’s awesome to know that it’s time for this young actor to have a great breakout role like this.”
It wasn’t a sure thing when Spencer auditioned, even after meeting casting director Joseph Middleton in NY for a powerful reading.
“It was a very long process,” says Haynes, pointing out there were many strong candidates for the part. “It was up and down, up and down. But he floated to the top.”
She’s now sure she’s found her man. Spencer is an experienced veteran who has worked with Haynes on a number of projects. “He’s an emerging young actor who has paid his dues,” says Haynes. “This isn’t just someone we picked off the street. He’s studied and ready for this.”
Another choice receiving a lot of buzz in the Vancouver shooting is Meraz. Haynes can see the appeal. “Alex is a professional dancer,” she says. “He is definitely a rising star in the Native American community.”
While all the actors are studly, the big question is, are they as studly as the bulked-up leader Taylor Lautner? “All the roles require a lot of physicality,” Haynes assures us. “They’re all quite fit.”