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Interview with a vampire: Twilight’s Robert Pattinson

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

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Robert Pattinson (Twilight’s Edward Cullen)

Canada.com has this indepth interview with Robert Pattinson who plays the gorgeous vampire, Edward Cullen the upcoming Twilight.

Chances are someone in your life is in love with Edward Cullen. It may be your daughter. It could be your tween niece. Perhaps it’s your 50-something coworker. It seems women of all ages are besotted by the fictional hero of Stephenie Meyer’s blockbuster young adult book series, which makes the leap to the big screen this Friday when Twilight opens in theatres.

Not that Edward is your typical teen movie hero. As a 107-year-old vampire, he’s unfailingly polite, resolutely chaste and the picture of chiseled perfection. But in his quest to woo Bella Swan, an ordinary teenage girl, Edward also exhibits a dark side rarely seen in films aimed at the under-18 set. He can be jealous and moody, he sneaks into her room at night to watch her sleep and, oh yeah, he’s constantly fighting his nearly irresistible urge to drain her blood. In other words, he’s no Zac Efron.

“No one seems to see that,” says 22-year-old British actor Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward in the film. “If Edward was not a fictional character and you just met him in reality, you know, he’s one of those guys who’d be like an axe murderer. He’s ultra-polite and really formal all the time and like, ‘Let me open the door! Let me carry the bags!’”

Pattinson shakes his head, adding with a laugh, “Literally, you can just tell he’d freak out one day and shoot someone.”

While the actor is surprised by teen girls’ idolization of his character, he’s downright bewildered when it comes to their obsession with him. Almost overnight, the lanky actor has gone from being known only for playing a minor character in the Harry Potter films to Hollywood’s hottest heartthrob. Though his co-star, Kristen Stewart, is getting some attention for her role as Bella, most of the Twilight fan frenzy has landed squarely on Pattinson’s reluctant shoulders. Last week, an autograph signing at a San Francisco mall was cancelled when the out-of-control crowd left at least one youngster bruised and bloodied, while a recent cast appearance at MuchMusic quickly dissolved into fandemonium, with Pattinson’s soft-spoken answers drowned out by the high-pitched sequels of 2000 girls, some of whom camped out for two days just to catch a glimpse of him.

“I don’t really process it; I just accept it,” he admits from the safe confines of a downtown Toronto hotel hours before the MuchMusic mayhem. “Well, now I do. Before I used to get all overwhelmed and kind of like emotional about it and everything and now I’m just like, I just have a very strange job where I just get put on a plane, sent to somewhere and everyone screams and then I go somewhere else and do it again.”

That’s not to say he’s fully comfortable with his new status as a teen pinup. He readily admits to being astounded at landing the role of Edward – who Meyer describes in the book as “devastatingly, inhumanly beautiful” – and claims he’s too self-conscious to watch himself on film. He’s especially mortified by the thought of seeing Twilight’s pivotal romance scene, in which Edward reveals his immortal secret to Bella by stepping out from the shadows into a sun-drenched meadow to expose his inhuman, sparkly skin.

“That whole scene…just having to take your shirt off for a guy when you’re not exactly like a gym bunny, especially when you’re supposed to be, it was one of the most embarrassing days of my life,” he admits with a cringe, raking his fingers through his trademark messy hair. “So I don’t want to see it. Unless I’m just literally like, you can’t even recognize me as a human, then I don’t want to see it.”

It’s that kind of self-deprecating shyness that makes it easy to understand the attraction he holds for teenage girls. But it’s Pattinson’s insistence on adding depth and layers to the source material – which, no offense to Meyer, is a highly entertaining series that amounts to little more than literary junk food – that is casting a spell on older fans. Much has been made about his clash with the movie studio over his desire to play Edward as a manic depressive, and he openly talks about his determination to steer the film out of fairy tale territory (“I tried to make the end of this more ambivalent but I think people wanted more of a happy ending”). Pattinson admits that he even locked horns with the author herself when they first began discussing his approach to the character.

“[Stephenie] was saying that he was happier than I thought he was and he enjoyed certain aspects of his supernatural abilities, and I just thought he wouldn’t at all,” he explains. “I was just thinking how much, if I was in his position, I’d just think ‘Wow, I can jump really high. Great. But I have to kill people in return.’ But you know, I can see where she was coming from. It’s her creation at the end of the day.”

It will be interesting to see how Pattinson’s commitment to his character’s integrity will come into play if the film spawns sequels (which, judging by Twilight’s brisk ticket pre-sales and inescapable media hype, is almost a sure thing). In the next book in the series, New Moon, Edward (spoiler alert!) leaves Bella a few chapters in, and doesn’t return until near the end. But will the studio – knowing they have in Pattinson teen girl catnip – allow his character to disappear for more than half of the film, or will New Moon be re-jigged to give the audience a glimpse at what Edward was up to on his world travels?

“Oh no, I hope not. I really, really hope not,” Pattinson says with a shudder. “That re-entrance scene, the comeback scene could be really amazing if they just left it the whole time. I haven’t seen the new script, but that’d be silly if they put in little vignettes [about Edward's whereabouts].”

A Twilight sequel that doesn’t prominently feature Edward Cullen and/or Robert Pattinson? Now that’ll give the girls something to scream about.

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Coraline Movie Posters

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

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Release date: January 2009 /Friday February 6, 2009
Genre: Animation/Family
Director: Henry Selick
Studio: Alliance Films
Screenplay: Henry Selick
Producer(s): Claire Jennings, Mary Sandell
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane, Keith David, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French
Official Site: coraline.com
Rating: None
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Synopsis
high-definition stop-motion animated feature – the first to be originally filmed in 3-D – with spectacular CG effects, based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book. A young girl (Dakota Fanning) walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life – only much better. But when this wondrously off-kilter, fantastical adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit parents (including Other Mother [Teri Hatcher]) try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home – and save her family.


Seven Pounds Movie Posters

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Seven Pounds

Release date: Friday December 19, 2008
Genre: Drama
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Screenplay: Grant Nieporte
Producer(s): James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Todd Black, Will Smith
Cast: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Michael Ealy, Barry Pepper, Madison Pettis
Official Site: sevenpounds.com
Rating: PG-13 for thematic material, some disturbing content and a scene of sensuality
Available film art: Seven Pounds movie posters

Synopsis
Academy Award® nominee Will Smith stars in the drama “Seven Pounds,” re-teaming with the director and producers of “The Pursuit of Happyness” for the emotional story of a man who will change the lives of seven strangers.


Video Interview: Twilight

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

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Todd Goldchrist of IGN, interviews three cast member from the upcoming Vampire film, Twilight.

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Star Trek Movie Commercial – TV Spot 1

Monday, November 17th, 2008

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Newly released commercial TV spot of the upcoming Star Trek XI.

The film explores the origins of James T. Kirk, Spock and the crew of the USS Enterprise from the original “Star Trek” series and how these iconic characters came together. According to rumors, the story involves an elder Spock (Nimoy) and a group of Romulans (led by Nero, played by Bana) being transplanted into the past where Spock must prevent the Romulans from irreparably damaging the timeline. To do so, he will have to enlist the assistance of his younger self (Quinto).

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Twilight Movie Interview: Catherine Hardwicke

Monday, November 17th, 2008

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We have a video interview with Catherine Hardwicke the author of Twilight.

Bella Swan has always been a little bit different. Never one to run with the crowd, Bella never cared about fitting in with the trendy, plastic girls at her Phoenix, Arizona, high school. When her mother remarried and sent Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she didn’t expect much of anything to change. But things do change when she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen. He’s nothing like anyone she’s ever met. He’s intelligent and witty, and he seems to see straight into her soul. In no time at all, they are swept up in a passionate and decidely unorthodox romance – unorthodox because Edward really isn’t like the other boys. He can run faster than a mountain lion. He can stop a moving car with his bare hands. Oh, and he hasn’t aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he’s immortal. That’s right – VAMPIRE. But he doesn’t have fangs – that’s just in the movies. And he doesn’t drink human blood, though Edward and his family are unique among vampires in that lifestyle choice. To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for – a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. And what will they do when Laurent and James, the Cullens’ mortal vampire enemies, come to town, looking for Bella?

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Twilight opens in theaters, November 21.


Twilight Sequels

Monday, November 17th, 2008

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Melissa Rosenberg (screenwriter for Twilight) will be back to script the adaptations of the bestsellers, New Moon and Eclipse.

Twilight fans will be happy to learn that the screenwriter of the first film will be back for Summit Entertainment’s two planned sequels.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Melissa Rosenberg is set to script the adaptations of Stephenie Meyer’s bestsellers New Moon and Eclipse. Rosenberg is not attached to adapt the fourth book, Breaking Dawn.

Reports that Summit was developing a film version of New Moon surfaced last month.

Meyer’s official site offers the following synopsis for Eclipse, the third book in the Twilight series: “As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob—knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?”

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Twilight arrives in theaters, Friday November 21, 2008

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Preorder: Dr. Zaius Premium Format Figure – Sideshow Collectibles

Friday, November 14th, 2008

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Description:
The Dr. Zaius Premium Format figure is a stunning 1:4 scale museum quality piece. Each piece is cast in high-quality polystone, then hand-painted and hand-finished to exacting standards. The figure is dressed in an amazing miniature replica of the costume, constructed of real fabrics and leathers, and the base is individually hand-numbered for authenticity. This stunning figure is the ultimate representation of Dr. Zaius, an outstanding addition to any collection.

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A Christmas Story: Leg Lamp Prop Replica

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Leg Lamp

Light up your living room or home theater with this comical 20″ leg lamp from the much loved A Christmas Story. Our leg lamp is signed by 5 cast members and deserves a special place in your home. Click on the link below to get yours now:

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Movie Review: Slumdog Millionaire

Friday, November 14th, 2008

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Slumdog Millionaire may be one of the best film’s of the year.

MINOR SPOILERS FOLLOW. Slumdog Millionaire follows Jamal Malik, a teenage orphan from the ghettos of Mumbai who is one question away from winning 20 million rupees on the Indian version of the trivia game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. As a “slumdog,” though, there are those who believe that Jamal must have cheated to have come so far on the show, namely the police.

As Jamal is relentlessly grilled by a no-nonsense police inspector and his brutal, porcine subordinate, the young man relates how he knew the answer to each question. Proving that life experiences count for as much if not more than learned knowledge, Jamal recounts how he and his older brother lost their mother when they were children to an anti-Muslim mob. Left to fend for themselves on the streets of Mumbai, Jamal and Salim turn to hustling and petty crimes to survive. Along the way they meet another young orphan, the fetching Latika, whom Jamal falls in love with and will spend the next several years chasing.

Jamal and Salim encounter a benefactor who turns out to be a ruthless criminal and they soon make a desperate escape from his clutches. Latika, however, is not as lucky and, as he matures, Jamal makes it his mission in life to locate and save her. His brother Salim, meanwhile, grows more brutal with age, eventually becoming an outright gangster while Jamal gets a legitimate job as a tea boy at a call center. It is while working there that Jamal lands a spot on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

It becomes clear As Jamal relates his story to the inspector that the youth has no real interest in the fortune that he stands to win. So what’s driving him? As Jamal gets closer and closer to the jackpot, he becomes an overnight celebrity and a beacon of hope for the millions of viewers who live the same hardscrabble life he has thus far led.

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