Monday, March 30, 2009
So last night I discovered 4 new pages of Edward's thoughts on Stepheniemeyer.com. We actually get to "see" how he was living without Bella in New Moon....and we get to hear what was going through his head at the time. It. Was. AWESOME. I felt like recovering gambler who finds a million dollar winning Lotto ticket under the couch cushions. All the sudden - there it was - NEW EDWARD - right in my hot little hands. And seeing as I am the lover of all things New Moon, I was beyond verklempt. Rosalie - again - is a vile non-human. I just have the hardest time finding any redeeming qualities there. Seriously. She's only out for herself. Whatevs. "Ignore Rosalie; I always do". Another tremendous Edward line...
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I also LOVED when he's telling her what a killer he is and he's up in the tree and she climbs up and gets in his face to say she knows he won't hurt her - and he's literally taken aback and backs away from her - like she's the strong one and he's afraid of her for a split second. That. Was. Awesome.
OK I LOVE the way Edward jumped out of the sky onto Bella's truck and she told him to pipe down because she's got neighbors. That was the first glimpse we got of these two actually behaving like a couple, other than them walking into school together with his arm around her. But he was the only one smiling, so it doesn't quite count. She was still a little too robotic.
Do you not laugh every time Jasper's got a close-up? Because I
do. And I'm pretty certain every woman in the room the night
I first saw the movie did as well. I am thinking he was the hardest to get across to the movie audience had they not read the book? Mr Calm Friends and Influence People? And...well...I've made no secret of how I feel about his hair.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
So I'm watching Bella's second day at school and the hummer pulls in - and there is Emmett - STANDING UP right smack in the middle. And I have such a laugh every time I see it. I once posted a small post that just said "I love Emmett" and short and sweet is so fitting for him. He's absolutely an adorable character because he's just so simple.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I saw the film with a bunch of girlfriends at my friend Andrea's mom's amazing house. She has a home theater you could land Air Force One in. I was front and center - in the most plush seat you can imagine - with my feet up, a glass of wine and Edward. It was heaven. And I was a resident Saint.
I have to say, the movie really got started for me when the Cullens walked into the cafeteria. I loved how it was done. And having Edward walk in last - a few seconds behind the rest of them? Priceless. Totally drove home the point before we even got to see his face.
I loved the movie. And I truly didn't think I would. It stuck to the story quite well. And I came out loving the Cullen family more than I did while reading the books. I am going to have to see all the sequels in the theater though. Take Eclipse. When Bella rolls her eyes at Alice's sleepover - and refuses to sleep in Edward's new bed? I'm going to have to throw popcorn at the screen, and that would be rude to do at Andrea's mom's house.
One thing I noticed... Why did they put things from other books into the first film? Because they didn't know if they'd get a chance to have a second film? James and his crew and all the killings....reminded me of the killing in Seattle in Eclipse. Esme and the Cullens making Italian for Bella? I loved the scene - but it reminded me of Esme ordering Bella Italian "the good stuff from Port Angeles" in Eclipse as well.
Things I loved:
~Edward sparkling. Sigh. That...was...amazing.
~ Edward walking Bella into school with his arm around her.
~ The spider monkey comment.
~ The bedroom scene when he flies back into the wall.
~ Edward getting verklempt and walking away from Bella a la Napoleon Dynamite when she asked if he got contacts.
~ The Cullens making Bella dinner. Oh holy HELL. I'd have shut Edward up so fast when he said I already ate. Then I'd have sat my ass down, shoved every bit of Italian down my throat that I could possibly shove. Then I'd tell Rosalie's witch ass how great her stupid salad was, all for the sake of making a good impression. And oh my god - when Edward wanted to dance with me? I'd have run down the hall and borrowed Alice's tap shoes from her 17th go round in a high school play.
The new scenes were actually what I liked about the movie. It was fun to experience something new that never happened in the book. I was a little bummed when they cut the scene with Esme telling Edward to play the piano...but I got over it mighty quickly when he started to play. My god that lullaby goes through my head on a daily basis. It was beautiful.
OH and that's another thing; the music. I downloaded the soundtrack a few weeks ago and wasn't immediately bowled over by anything. Then I saw the movie. Wow. Rob Pattinson's songs were PER-FECT in the film. And frankly, I really didn't love them when I heard them on iTunes. It just goes to show what a magical thing it is to put music together with video. Incredible.
A few things I wish:
I wish they'd have kept in the scene with Carlisle and Esme watching Edward climb the tree with Bella. It said SO MUCH in what - 20 seconds?
I wish they'd explained more about Edward's eyes being dark when he was thirsty. Not that I don't understand it - but anyone who didn't read the book (aka my husband) didn't really get that.
I wish they'd have shown Edward in Bella's bedroom, watching her sleep and hearing her say his name in her sleep the first time. I guess I'm coming at this from the Midnight Sun point of view....but I felt that was really powerful - and finally got it across to Edward that Bella actually dug him as much as she did.
OK so my niece Caitlin and her friend Rud just called because they're in Philly and they wanted me to recommend a good cheesesteak place. I sent them to Mama's in Bala Cynwyd, PA (outskirts of Philly) because their cheesesteaks are heaven on a plate. But unfortunately my train of thought has gone a little off track...so I'll have to come back and blog later when I've got Twilight on the brain. Stay tuned...
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Read about it here. Great article from TheImproper.com.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Robert Pattinson's HILARIOUS commentary on the film from the DVD.
Catherine Hardwicke (Director) was at Blockbuster in Frisco, TX last night at Midnight.
Rachelle Lefevre (Victoria) was in Salt Lake City last night at Midnight.
Ashley Green (my girl Alice Cullen!) was in LA last night at Midnight.
Peter Facinelli (Carlisle Cullen) was in Fort Lewis, WA last night.
According to the above article, Nikki Reed (Rosalie, the vampire formerly known as Carol) was in Chicago and Solomon Trimble (Sam Uley) was in Oregon.
More as I get it!
Friday, March 20, 2009
BUT - I have to say how cool it is that, not only does Andrea's mom have a home theater in her house... but she's also got CUP HOLDERS in the seats. I met her today and she was asking what kind of snacks to have for Tuesday night's showing of Twilight to 16 or so moms in her home. How awesome is that? My god I feel like we should bring our roller skates and Duran Duran posters! LOL
ALSO - speaking of my favorite vampire movie.... Beth came over last night after we got back from the aforementioned dinner (by the way - Bonefish Grille - yum - we had a tuna sashimi that was TA DIE for) and I finally - FINALLY - got to show her the first two episodes of "True Blood". You see, before I was a Vampire Edward fan, I was a Vampire Bill fan. And I've been a little worried, while immersed in Twilight, that I wouldn't be as into True Blood when it comes back to HBO in the Spring. But much to my happy surprise, I was positively GIDDY watching it. WOW I miss that show. And Bill is as dreamy as Edward - just in a different way. Probably in an "I'm not 17" way. Which - let's face it - is a good thing for us not-so-17 year olds. ;)
Monday, March 16, 2009
I think I'm going through some sort of weird grieving process that all Twilight Freaks go through. You read the books at warp speed. Then you read Midnight Sun - feeling guilty all the while, because you know Stephenie Meyer doesn't want you to read it. But you tell yourself that she put it out there... and it is, after all, a drug. A very powerful drug. And by now you are sickeningly addicted and in need of more. And Stephenie, herself, put you on drugs. She got you hooked. So how can she possibly ask you to stay away from the one thing you need more than anything on the planet, while she's dangling it there in front of you on her own website. So you read and read and fall even more maddeningly in love with Edward than you were before, which you hadn't imagined possible. And then... out of nowhere.... the story ends. So what do you do?
I'll tell you what you do. You do exactly what I'm doing now. You reread parts of Midnight Sun...and then you whip out Twilight...and start cross-checking certain scenes. And then you think "Oh holy hell I've gone and LOST my damn MIND over VAMPIRE FICTION." And you don't care. Because Edward's your drug and you NEED MORE COWBELL. And then...the longing starts. You keep reading in Twilight....past the part where Edward stops talking in Midnight Sun. And you find yourself DYING to know Edward's thoughts. His thoughts on Bella's admission that her favorite color today is Topaz because that's what color his eyes are today. (Can you imagine? He must have gone ape shizzle all OVER that admission!) His thoughts on her getting no sleep that night. (Was he there? Did he have to hide when she kept waking up? Was he waking her because he just had to touch her face while she slept? WHAT WHAT WHAT?!?) His thoughts about their 2nd day of Lorenzo's oil, when he pushed his chair farther from hers. (Was he reciting the Declaration of Independence to himself so as not to be tempted to touch her face again?) Seriously. These questions are too much for me. And we're only FIVE pages into Twilight, past where Edward stopped talking in Midnight Sun!!! Can you imagine his thoughts on the rest of the book? My God! It's exasperating!
OK so what's my point? I'm getting a little disenfranchised by the whole film adaptation business. It's too easy to get wrapped up in who Rob Pattinson is dating (or not dating)....or who is directing Eclipse...or what movies Kristin Stewart has coming out this week. And next thing you know, you're looking at these actors as if they're truly the characters. And they're not.
<-------Case in point. Is this your image of Edward? Really? REALLY? Because it's not mine. Nothing against Rob Pattinson. I think he's absolutely adorable. Who doesn't? But unless he's in character on the movie set, he almost couldn't be less Edward. Look at this hair! It makes me giggle. And I have no doubt in my mind it would make Edward giggle. I realize Edward had messy hair. But I don't picture it like this. This? This is muppet hair. I bet Edward would see this hair and roll his eyes and make some snide old-fashioned remark that would make him even more endearing to my not-so-20-something self.
OK so again, get to the point, Carol. It is only too easy to get caught up in the lives of the actors who play our favorite characters...and it's really not a smart thing to do. They don't appreciate it...and it takes away from the film and the characters they portray. And I often wonder what these studios and productions companies think about these actors being seen and photographed with cigarettes or silly hair, etc.
One actor who seems to be completely into his role and not wanting to do anything that would jeopardize it is Taylor Lautner, who plays Jacob. How adorable is this kid? He's always smiling and sweet in the media and seems eager to please... and even more eager to give a good impression. Probably because his job was almost on the chopping block due to the fact that Jacob has to grow into a BIG sonofabeotch. I'm starting to think that you can tell which actors are more like their characters...and this kid definitely seems to be a lot like Jacob. Smiling and happy all the time. I remember reading New Moon and Eclipse and wanting to drop kick Jacob all the way to the beach from his front yard. And yet, when Breaking Dawn came along, I came to look forward to Jacob's sense of humor and started really liking him. And look at this picture? He is probably as close to Jacob as you could get. For now, that is. Until he's a young 20-something and is chased by the paparazzi like Rob Pattinson. Then maybe he'll be wearing his hair like a muppet, too. And still getting all the girls!
My thanks to the LA Times Blog The Dish Rag by Elizabeth Snead and gracefulboot.com for the photos.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
The Story Behind Twilight
I get a ton of questions about how I came up with the story of Twilight and how I got it published. I may be killing my FAQ page by doing this, but here is the whole story:
(Warning: there are Twilight spoilers contained in the following; if you don't want to ruin the suspense, stop reading.....now. Warning #2: As you might have guessed from the length of my book, I can't tell a short story—this is going to take a while. You have been warned.)
The Writing: I know the exact date that I began writing Twilight, because it was also the first day of swim lessons for my kids. So I can say with certainty that it all started on June 2, 2003. Up to this point, I had not written anything besides a few chapters (of other stories) that I never got very far on, and nothing at all since the birth of my first son, six years earlier.
I woke up (on that June 2nd) from a very vivid dream. In my dream, two people were having an intense conversation in a meadow in the woods. One of these people was just your average girl. The other person was fantastically beautiful, sparkly, and a vampire. They were discussing the difficulties inherent in the facts that A) they were falling in love with each other while B) the vampire was particularly attracted to the scent of her blood, and was having a difficult time restraining himself from killing her immediately. For what is essentially a transcript of my dream, please see Chapter 13 ("Confessions") of the book.
Though I had a million things to do (i.e. making breakfast for hungry children, dressing and changing the diapers of said children, finding the swimsuits that no one ever puts away in the right place, etc.), I stayed in bed, thinking about the dream. I was so intrigued by the nameless couple's story that I hated the idea of forgetting it; it was the kind of dream that makes you want to call your friend and bore her with a detailed description. (Also, the vampire was just so darned good-looking, that I didn't want to lose the mental image.) Unwillingly, I eventually got up and did the immediate necessities, and then put everything that I possibly could on the back burner and sat down at the computer to write—something I hadn't done in so long that I wondered why I was bothering. But I didn't want to lose the dream, so I typed out as much as I could remember, calling the characters "he" and "she."
From that point on, not one day passed that I did not write something. On bad days, I would only type out a page or two; on good days, I would finish a chapter and then some. I mostly wrote at night, after the kids were asleep so that I could concentrate for longer than five minutes without being interrupted. I started from the scene in the meadow and wrote through to the end. Then I went back to the beginning and wrote until the pieces matched up. I drove the "golden spike" that connected them in late August, three months later.
It took me a while to find names for my anonymous duo. For my vampire (who I was in love with from day one) I decided to use a name that had once been considered romantic, but had fallen out of popularity for decades. Charlotte Bronte's Mr. Rochester and Jane Austen's Mr. Ferrars were the characters that led me to the name Edward. I tried it on for size, and found that it fit well. My female lead was harder. Nothing I named her seemed just right. After spending so much time with her, I loved her like a daughter, and no name was good enough. Finally, inspired by that love, I gave her the name I was saving for my daughter, who had never shown up and was unlikely to put in an appearance at this point: Isabella. Huzzah! Edward and Bella were named. For the rest of the characters, I did a lot of searching in old census records, looking for popular names in the times that they'd been born. Some trivia: Rosalie was originally "Carol" and Jasper was first "Ronald." I like the new names much better, but every now and then I will slip up and type Carol or Ron by accident. It really confuses the people who read my rough drafts.
For my setting, I knew I needed someplace ridiculously rainy. I turned to Google, as I do for all my research needs, and looked for the place with the most rainfall in the U.S. This turned out to be the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. I pulled up maps of the area and studied them, looking for something small, out of the way, surrounded by forest... And there, right where I wanted it to be, was a tiny town called "Forks." It couldn't have been more perfect if I had named it myself. I did a Google image search on the area, and if the name hadn't sold me, the gorgeous photographs would have done the trick. (Images like these of the Hoh Rainforest (a short drive from Forks). Also see forks-web.com ). In researching Forks, I discovered the La Push Reservation, home to the Quileute Tribe. The Quileute story is fascinating, and a few fictional members of the tribe quickly became intrinsic to my story.
All this time, Bella and Edward were, quite literally, voices in my head. They simply wouldn't shut up. I'd stay up as late as I could stand trying to get all the stuff in my mind typed out, and then crawl, exhausted, into bed (my baby still wasn't sleeping through the night, yet) only to have another conversation start in my head. I hated to lose anything by forgetting, so I'd get up and head back down to the computer. Eventually, I got a pen and notebook for beside my bed to jot notes down so I could get some freakin' sleep. It was always an exciting challenge in the morning to try to decipher the stuff I'd scrawled across the page in the dark.
During the day, I couldn't stay away from the computer, either. When I was stuck at swim lessons, out in 115 degrees of Phoenix sunshine, I would plot and scheme and come home with so much new stuff that I couldn't type fast enough. It was your typical Arizona summer, hot, sunny, hot, and hot, but when I think back to those three months, I remember rain and cool green things, like I really spent the summer in the Olympic Rainforest.
When I'd finished the body of the novel, I started writing epilogues...lots of epilogues. This eventually clued me in to the fact that I wasn't ready to let go of my characters, and I started working on the sequel. Meanwhile, I continued to edit Twilight in a very obsessive-compulsive way.
My older sister, Emily, was the only one who really knew what I was up to. In June, I'd started sending her chapters as I finished them, and she soon became my cheerleading section. She was always checking in to see if I had something new for her. It was Emily who first suggested, after I'd finished, that I should try to get Twilight published. I was so stunned by the fact that I'd actually finished a whole, entire book, that I decided to look into it.
Getting Published: To put it mildly, I was naive about publishing. I thought it worked like this: you printed a copy of your novel, wrapped it up in brown paper, and sent it off to a publishing house. Ho ho ho, that's a good one. I started googling (naturally) and began to discover that this was not the way it is done. (Movies lie to us! Why?! A side note: you will not be able to enjoy the new Steve Martin version of Cheaper by the Dozen when you know how insanely impossible the publishing scenario it contains is.) The whole set up with query letters, literary agents, simultaneous submissions vs. exclusive submissions, synopsizes, etc., was extremely intimidating, and I almost quit there. It certainly wasn't belief in my fabulous talent that made me push forward; I think it was just that I loved my characters so much, and they were so real to me, that I wanted other people to know them, too.
I subscribed to WritersMarket.com and compiled a list of small publishers that accepted unsolicited submissions and a few literary agencies. It was around this time that my little sister, Heidi, mentioned Janet Evanovich's website to me. In her Q and A for writers section, Janet E. mentioned Writers House, among a few others, as "the real thing" in the world of literary agencies. Writers House went on my wish list as the most desirable and also least likely.
I sent out around fifteen queries (and I still get residual butterflies in my stomach when I drive by the mailbox I sent the letters from—mailing them was terrifying.). I will state, for the record, that my queries truly sucked, and I don't blame anyone who sent me a rejection (I did get seven or eight of those. I still have them all, too). The only rejection that really hurt was from a small agent who actually read the first chapter before she dropped the axe on me. The meanest rejection I got came after Little, Brown had picked me up for a three-book deal, so it didn't bother me at all. I'll admit that I considered sending back a copy of that rejection stapled to the write-up my deal got in Publisher's Weekly, but I took the higher road.
My big break came in the form of an assistant at Writers House named Genevieve. I didn't find out until much later just how lucky I was; it turns out that Gen didn't know that 130,000 words is a whole heck of a lot of words. If she'd known that 130K words would equal 500 pages, she probably wouldn't have asked to see it. But she didn't know (picture me wiping the sweat from my brow), and she did ask for the first three chapters. I was thrilled to get a positive response, but a little worried because I felt the beginning of the book wasn't the strongest part. I mailed off those three chapters and got a letter back a few weeks later (I could barely get it open, my hands were so weak with fear). It was a very nice letter. She'd gone back with a pen and twice underlined the part where she'd typed how much she enjoyed the first three chapters (I still have that letter, of course), and she asked for the whole manuscript. That was the exact moment when I realized that I might actually see Twilight in print, and really one of the happiest points in my whole life. I did a lot of screaming.
About a month after I sent in the manuscript, I got a call from Jodi Reamer, an honest to goodness literary agent, who wanted to represent my book. I tried really hard to sound like a professional and a grownup during that conversation, but I'm not sure if I fooled her. Again, my luck was tremendous (and I don't usually have good luck—I've never won anything in my life, and no one ever catches a fish when I'm in the boat) because Jodi is the uber-agent. I couldn't have ended up in better hands. She's part lawyer, part ninja (she's working on earning her black belt right now, no kidding), a pretty amazing editor in her own right, and a great friend.
Jodi and I worked for two weeks on getting Twilight into shape before sending it to editors. The first thing we worked on was the title, which started out as Forks (and I still have a teeny soft spot for that name). Then we polished up a few rough spots, and Jodi sent it out to nine different publishing houses. This really messed with my ability to sleep, but luckily I wasn't in suspense for long.
Megan Tingley, of Megan Tingley Books, of Little, Brown and Company, read Twilight on a cross-country flight and came back to Jodi the day after the Thanksgiving weekend with a preemptive deal so huge that I honestly thought Jodi was pulling my leg—especially the part where she turned the offer down and asked for more. The upshot was that, by the end of the day, I was trying to process the information that not only was my book going to be published by one of the biggest young adult publishers in the country, but that they were going to pay me for it. For a very long time, I was convinced it was a really cruel practical joke, but I couldn't imagine who would go to these wild extremes to play a hoax on such an insignificant little hausfrau.
And that's how, in the course of six months, Twilight was dreamed, written, and accepted for publication.
Things keep getting crazier, what with the movie deal and all the pre-publication attention that Twilight continues to receive. Though I've gotten impatient from time to time, I'm glad I've had the last two years to try to come to terms with the situation. I'm greatly looking forward to finally having Twilight on the shelves, and more than a little frightened, too. Overall, it's been a true labor of love, love for Edward and Bella and all the rest of my imaginary friends, and I'm thrilled that other people get to meet them now.
Friday, March 13, 2009
So of course I just ordered a "Bite Me" t-shirt from Twilightteez.com....so I can wear it to Andrea's house. But that's not even the extent of my sickness. Tonight... I actually pulled out my copy of "Twilight" (purchased after I read the book, just so I could "have it") because I wanted to CROSS CHECK it with a scene in Midnight Sun. CROSS CHECK! You know...the lab scene where the teacher turns on Lorenzo's Oil... and both are loving the fact that the lights are out and they're all up next to each other, wanting to get friendly, but crossing their arms over their chests instead. Yeah. I had to revisit Bella's reaction after (re) reading about Edward's. How POSITIVELY SAD is that?
Eh. Whatever. I'm having too much fun to care!
One thing I'm happy about ----> this blog post mentions that Stephenie Meyer is very much involved with "key creative choices" on the films. Never before have I cared as much about a film series being as close to the novel series as possible. It would just be a slap in the face if these films veered too far from the original content of the books. It would be - in a weird way - like... insulting Edward Cullen. Or the entire Cullen family for that matter. And nobody wants to do that. Fictitious vampire family or not.
From the LA Times Blog, "The Big Picture" from Patrick Goldstein:
Summit hires new 'Twilight' director, right? Wrong!
I hate to be the skunk at the picnic, but Summit Entertainment has not -- I repeat NOT-- hired "Orphanage" director Juan Antonio Bayona to direct "Eclipse," the third film in the wildly successful “Twilight” series. That would be the exact opposite of the "news" you read earlier today, first in Nikki Finke’s post on Deadline Hollywood and later in Dave McNary's seemingly authoritative Variety story, which baldly stated that Summit "has tapped Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona to direct 'Eclipse.' "
By sheer coincidence, I had lunch today with Erik Feig, who’s president of production at Summit and the man most involved with managing the hit series of films. ("New Moon," the second film in the series, begins production later this month with Chris Weitz at the helm.)
Feig was shocked to see the media reports saying Summit had hired Bayona, since -- ahem -- they’re not true. "The 'Eclipse' directing job hasn’t been offered to Juan Antonio or anyone else," he told me. "We’ve met with three or four talented filmmakers and we’ll be meeting with three or four more other candidates before we make any decision. No one has been offered the job."
Feig added that no one even bothered to call to check out the rumors before printing them, something that has become an all-too-often occurrence in the Wild West free-for-all that constitutes today’s Web-based entertainment coverage. "Nikki never called Summit or any of the producers, and Variety ran it off her blog without calling us either, which I find doubly irresponsible." (In fairness, McNary did call Summit’s PR rep, who would not confirm the story.)
The fact that the initial stories were erroneous didn’t stop everyone else on the Web -- including many of my favorite blogs -- from not only linking to them, but rewriting them in a way that repeated the falsehood. That includes everyone from the Vulture, whose post was headlined "Juan Antonio Bayona to Direct 'Twilight 3,' " to our own Hero Complex, which led its account by saying: “It’s official, according to the trades, the filmmaker behind the hypnotic horror film, 'The Orphanage,' will be brought in for the third 'Twilight' film."
I mean, if you can’t trust the Hollywood trades, who can you trust, right? As it turns out, Bayona was in town and had a Wednesday meeting with Summit execs, who are certainly impressed by his resume. Bayona has also met with "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer, who has a lot to say about any key creative choices made on each film in the series. On the other hand, Bayona has told friends that he isn’t sure he wants to tackle the film. Though he also admires the series, he's concerned about how much creative involvement he would have coming in to direct the third installment in a series, where most of the casting and character development is already in place.
The real lesson here: The madcap pace of the Web, where everyone gets hits by linking to newsie items about cultural hot buttons, is creating an environment where you have to check stories out before you reprint them -- or you end up with egg on your face. (Trust me -- it's happened to me too.) This is just the latest example of a story that was good but, alas, too good to actually be true.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
From today's LA Times:
'Twilight' fans, beware: The third film just got a LOT creepier
It's official, according to the trades, the filmmaker behind the hypnotic horror film "The Orphanage" (shown above) will be brought in for the third "Twilight" film. The second movie in the franchise, "New Moon," is due in theaters in November and the third, "Eclipse," is two years out. Here's an excerpt from Dave McNary's story:
Summit Entertainment has tapped Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona to direct "Eclipse," the third pic in the "Twilight" vampire series.
Summit, which had no comment Wednesday, is expected to make the official announcement soon. The minimajor recently gave "Eclipse" a release date of June 30, 2010.
Bayona's a protege of Guillermo Del Toro. He directed the Spanish-language horror-thriller "The Orphanage," which was exec produced by Del Toro, and is attached to helm the Universal thriller "Hater," with Del Toro and Mark Johnson producing.
This promises to take the franchise into some very interesting directions. "Twilight" fans, check out my in-depth 2007 feature on Bayona and the "The Orphanage" to get a sense of the dark place your favorite vamps are headed ... and here's the trailer for "The Orphanage"...
-- Geoff Boucher
Photos: "The Orphanage." Credit: Picturehouse Entertainment
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Is Team Twilight ready to ratchet up the fright factor?
The latest name to emerge in the directing derby for the bloodsucking franchise's third installment, Eclipse, is Spanish helmer Juan Antonio Bayona, a protégé of Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) best known for the stylish scarefest The Orphanage.
Although he's never directed an English-language film, Bayona apparently is being considered for his ability to handle the horror genre. Eclipse features an army of newborn vampires hunting down Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), culminating in a showdown with Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and the werewolves.
After piloting Twilight, Catherine Hardwicke dropped out over producer Summit Entertainment's desire to rush production on the follow-up, New Moon, and Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass) signed on to direct the sequel, which is set to unspool in November.
No word when a final decision on an Eclipse director will be made. Reports from a Twilight fan site that Paul Weitz was a done deal are not true.
I'm going to get a little serious on you here....so just bear with me for a minute or two. I've told a couple friends about one way the Twilight series has affected me....and I suppose it's only fair to share it here. I won't go into details...but suffice to say, I lost my first boyfriend when we were 17. And every year, I get older....and he remains forever 17. That aspect of the Twilight series really bothered me....Edward being forever 17 and the possibility of Bella going on with life and aging without him. And when we were kids, I was a Stevie Nicks fanatic..and one of the songs I always loved...because it reminded me of this boyfriend...was - you guessed it - Beauty and the Beast.
I realize the Twilight films are going to be full of teen angst music (forgive me as I do not mean to offend with that description). But I cannot tell you how much I'd love to see this song involved somewhere in this film. Where Edward leaves Bella....or soon afterward while she's lying in the forest...devastated. Or even at some point in the middle of the film, where she's not letting herself think of him....maybe she has a nightmare and wakes up crying and this song would be running in the background. Or even during the fountain scene, where he's thinking he died and does have a soul afterall. It doesn't even have to be Stevie's version (although hers will always be my favorite). I'd also love to see Edward's piano involved somehow with the song as it has some beautiful piano throughout. OK - I'm rambling - but you get my point. Here are the lyrics...and make sure you click the title above and watch the youtube video of Miss Stevie singing the song at a concert in 2006. You won't be disappointed....
Beauty and the Beast
Written by Stevie Nicks.
You're not a stranger to me
And you... well you're something to see
You don't even know how to please
You say a lot but you're unaware of how to leave
My darling lives in a world that is not mine
An old child, misunderstood, out of time
Timeless is the creature who is wise
And timeless is the prisoner in disguise
Oh who is the beauty? Who the beast?
Would you die of grieving when I leave?
Two children too blind to see
I would fall in your shadow, I believe
My love is a man who's not been tamed
Oh my love lives in a world of false pleasure and pain
We come from different worlds but we are the same
I never doubted your beauty; I've changed
Who is the beauty?
Where is my beast?
There is no beauty
Without my beast
la bete la bete
Where is my beast?
My beautiful beautiful beautiful
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
So I was reading today that Drew Barrymore is one of the people being considered to direct Eclipse. Hmmm. Not sure how I feel about that. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Drew Barrymore and am usually the first in the theater to enjoy her latest endeavor (except Charlie's Angels. Spit Cough Sputter). But Drew Barrymore for Eclipse? I don't know if that would jive. She's usually so comedic. I'm also bummed Catherine Hardwicke isn't directing New Moon. Will the movies "match up"? Why are they playing Musical Directors with one of the greatest novel-to-film sagas of all time?
Sunday, March 8, 2009
OK more questions...
Does Twilight make you want to go to the Pacific Northwest? It makes me want to jump on a plane. Sadly, I have only been out there once - to Seattle - and I absolutely loved it. Friends who live there told me I picked the greatest two days of the year, as it was sunny the whole time I was there.
Where does Jacob get money? He doesn't have a job. His dad doesn't have a job. His sister is in college.
As far as the movie goes - I have been wondering why Jasper's hair is so long, because he was a soldier. But I was forgetting he was a soldier in 1863. I couldn't figure out why he didn't have short hair because I am assuming they all have the hair they had when they were turned. That's how it usually works with vampires. Look at poor Vampire Bill from True Blood. He's stuck with his Civil War soldier hair and his pork chop sideburns for the rest of his un-life. Even when he was burned beyond recognition by the sun, he still phased back together with that Civil War hair. So Jasper's hair is pretty consistent with the time period in which he was turned.
OK so here's something... I just read one one of the (millions of Twilight) blogs and someone was saying Edward's mother knew Carlisle was different and begged him to "save" Edward, knowing it would not be the usual saving. I didn't get that. Did you? I pretty much took the story at face value and didn't do much digging to satisfy my own sadness that Carlisle changed a 17 year old, rendering him powerless to his own self-loathing he'd experience when he met Bella. To say his mother knew Carlisle would turn him? I don't know. I think that's reaching to make yourself feel better. But who knows - I might have misinterpreted the story, which I've done frequently in these books - ie - not even realizing Jacob imprinted when the story was presented to me. Duh.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
At any rate, I can only hope Stephenie Meyer is somewhere right now, typing away, and giving more life to Edward Cullen than ever before. It is my opinion that Midnight Sun is better than any of her other books. I want to tell her not to worry about a few silly typos....as if they could ever make a difference when one is reading Edward Cullen's painfully raw thoughts. Hardly. That rough draft was absolutely beautiful....and she doesn't even know it.
Friday, March 6, 2009
~Edward Cullen - upon sitting in Bella's room for the first time, hating himself for being a "monster" and suddenly hearing her call his name in her sleep.
My god, Stephenie Meyer is a genius.
So I just lent Breaking Dawn to my friend Ellen at school. She had this look in her eye... a look you can make out across the parking lot... one many of my friends have had lately. That scared, slightly deranged look that says "I've finished one book and I can't find the next!" When I found myself in that spot last Friday, I called Booktowne in Manasquan and promptly drove over and bought Breaking Dawn. Problem solved. So what if I could take the family to Surf Taco for what I paid for it? It would be well worth going hungry. And I am thrilled to be able to loan it out and spread the word of Edward.
So before I took the book to Ellen, I flipped through the birth scene a bit, because I knew I'd missed a lot due to my spazziness and wanting to know what happened. It's only too easy to read too fast with a "yeah yeah - Jacob's mad - whatever" attitude when you're trying to find out if Bella lives or dies. And when I was reading, I laughed heartily out loud when Renesmee bit Bella and Edward says "Renesmee - No!"....and Jacob says it was as if he was trying to teach the monster manners. HOW FRIGGIN FUNNY IS THAT?! I was also very impressed with Edward. I don't know that I realized how well he took charge and delivered that baby all by himself. Way to go. I'm thinking the two medical degrees came in handy. That also lead me to think Bella should go into medicine, seeing she's so good at being around humans. Rosalie caved like JFK stadium in Philly once she saw the blood. Whatever- I can't be mad at her for it. She truly came through in the end. I really thought she'd try to keep that baby from Bella once she came around...but she never did. That was tres decent of her.
LASTLY - I never - NEVER - realized Jacob imprinted - until after Bella came around. I originally read that last page of his side of the story at lightning speed so I could find out what happened to Bella. So today I was blown away when I realized "Oh holy &^% - he really did imprint the second he saw her. I just thought he was upset that Bella was dead. DOH! I'm not a smart man (said like Forrest Gump).
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wow. I just never realized the level of Edward's torture while I was reading Twilight. Who knew he was flipping out in his mind over the two weeks between meeting her...and saving her at the truck. Unbelievable. And when they had that commentary right afterward - where she asked him to explain how he got over to her so fast....at a later date....and he said "fine" and she said "fine" right back at him. UGH! I mean...I got it...but I didn't "get" it. When you read Twilight, he just seems annoyed. But when you read Midnight Sun, you realize "holy shit - this guy is in PAIN". I also like learning the details about when and how he truly fell for her. All books should be like this! At this point, I'd like to resurrect Shakespeare and make him write "Romeo and Juliet" from both of their perspectives!!
As I sit here reading Midnight Sun, I can't help but think of one of my favorite songs from Duran Duran, off their Medazzaland album. (Oops, I said "album". I'm showing my age. Clearly I'm not a teen Twilight fan.) I cannot believe Edward was this wound up over Bella. It's fascinating. He can't even stay in Spanish class, and she's not even in that class! Emmett's so funny. He truly never knows when to shut up. At any rate, if Edward is this captivating so soon after meeting Bella, I can't imagine what he's going to be like when they start flying off to the meadow together. I can only beg of Stephenie Meyer that she continues this rough draft, all the way to Breaking Dawn and beyond. And I thank her mother for making her write it!
Here are the lyrics to "Midnight Sun" from Duran Duran (click to give it a listen). I would LOVE to hear this played in "New Moon" when we finally get to see the hell Edward was living through when he left Bella. Remember when he said it had gotten day to day - and that he'd have been back soon because he couldn't stand it anymore? I can see him lying on a bed with a horribly sad, brooding "Edward look" on his face, with this song playing eerily in the background...
As I watch you flickering slowly
In the shadows nothing to hold
Its as if I don't recall our time before
And would it be so wrong
Not to remember
There are times I look at you differently
Like Ive never seen you before
Funny, after all we've done
You could be someone I don't know at all
I don't know you at all
Catch me, I don't want to fall
But you pull the mountain from under me
Look, I'm dangling up in the blue
And its a cartoon kind of eternity
Before I drop down to you
What am I supposed to do now?
There is something beautiful shining
In the hollow knot of your head
Funny, for a while it seemed to come from the sky
But its in your head
Yes it fills your head
You and I don't always fly
Let me down, I want to fall
Deep into the dark
But I'll come back to you
And I'll always know how to find you
cause you shine like the midnight sun
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Damn! I cannot BELIEVE I have once again been SUCKED IN by Edward Cullen. Have you read Midnight Sun? UGH! I heard about it - the stolen manuscript that depicts Edward's side of Twilight. And I thought "Eh - I've already read Twilight - what will make me want to read this? I'll probably just skim it - let's have a look." Next thing I know, I'M ON PAGE 40 and SO upset that I have to go to bed. And that it's not a book I could take upstairs with me and read if I wake up in the middle of the night. The answers coming from this thing are incredible. I almost wish I'd parallel-read it along with Twilight - chapter for chapter - so I'd have had a really detailed sense of what was going on. So far, I'm finding it fascinating that Edward really hated Bella the first day they met, because of the scent of her blood. When you read Twilight, you're not realizing how deep his vampire desires run...and that he hasn't been human in 80+ years. So you end up confusing vampire thirst - for human lust. And then you read Midnight Sun and realize he has zero desire for her as a woman - or person - or human. He didn't even really find her attractive on Day 1. He just wanted her blood. It's FANTASTIC. Completely vampirific, in every sense of the (completely made-up) word. And as I mentioned to some friends this morning, the one thing I missed about Edward through books 2, 3 and 4 was his...I don't know what you'd call it - brooding? His almost evil stare and disposition. So....here I go again. Because this book is BETTER than Twilight. I can only hope we get more from Edward's perspective (with the exception of that little whimpering session in Breaking Dawn). PS - I miss the Cullens. I need a Book 5. From ANYONE'S perspective. Hmmm. Renesmee's, perhaps?
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I can't believe it. I finished it this afternoon. I was so intent on finishing today because I couldn't stand the suspense any more. I had to know if they lived or died. So right after school, I set my kids up with a snack, turned on Noggin and disappeared to the family room where I could read - and cry - in peace. Waiting for the Volturi showdown in the clearing was much harder than waiting for the Victoria showdown in the clearning...probably because I knew there was another book after the Victoria showdown. So it wasn't just the outcome of the book; it was the outcome of their lives. When Edward said "goodbye" to Jacob and called him "my brother...my son" I nearly convulsed. That was extremely powerful to me. And more than anything, I was so thrilled to see m'girl Alice come back and take charge of the situation, like only Alice can. She is the most kick ass character I've come across in a long time. I knew she would never abandon her family like that...and I was surprised Edward and Carlisle didn't realize it, too.
This book was tough to get through because I knew it was the end. But I could not have asked for a better ending; better closure. I certainly got what I needed out of the series. Edward's happiness was really my need from the beginning....once his story was revealed and I knew how lonely he'd been for a century. My only complaint was that he was a little iffy there while Bella was pregnant. I wanted to slap him like Cher slapped Nicholas Cage in Moonstruck. "Snap out of it!" I would have liked to have seen Edward have a good cry at some point, and then get the sadness out of his system. Instead of moaning while Bella rubbed his cheek - like a little lap dog. I'd rather he'd lost it and cried his eyes out to Bella (in front of a roaring fire, of course...perhaps while wearing nothing but his Valentino boxer briefs) and then gotten up and punched a wall or something. I just couldn't stand his reaction to her being pregnant. I realized he was upset but come on dude....butch up. OK we've visited this already, no need to rehash it. Anyway - he was so great once Bella was turned, wasn't he? Loved the hunting....loved the cottage...loved how he came around and became "Edward in Charge" again.
I have a lot of googling to do. I've been avoiding all Twilight websites - especially Stephenie Meyer's....because I didn't want anyone to spoil the endings. But now I am ready to explore the books, characters, actors, music, locations, etc etc. I want to take it all in. I also want to read Midnight Sun, which I'm told is Edward's version of meeting Bella. Or at least the first 200 pages or so, until some DOUCHE leaked it to the internet. What a dumbass. We could have had another book by now. But noooo. Now I've got to squint at my computer screen to swoon over Edward in between Facebooking and shopping for new rugs. But, whatever. For Edward, it doesn't seem like a difficult task.
One more thing - here's my prediction. I think we're going to see prequels galore. Hell, you could do a trilogy on Carlisle, alone. How about a book about how Carlisle was turned....and then a book about each of the Cullen children being turned? Except Rosalie. I don't think I'd care. And something tells me Esme's got a powerful story, too....even though she wasn't usually at the forefront in this series.
My sincere and heartfelt thanks to Stephenie Meyer for being such a gifted writer. And for bringing such a wonderful story into my life at a time when I really needed something to come in and stir things up a little. I am forever grateful....
Monday, March 2, 2009
Look at this funny picture. There are so many comments to be made. Remember when Esme had no face on Grey's Anatomy? Something tells me she has traded up from Justin Chambers. Not that Alex isn't cute but come on. Carlisle? Smokin'. Now look at Rosalie. Hello? Most beautiful woman in the world? Seriously? If I could get past her Members Only jacket for five seconds, I might be able to see more clearly. And I'm thinking my hair looked like that at my 8th grade graduation. Alice, I've got to give props to. She's adorable and still quite possibly my favorite character in the series. OK now we have Jasper. One word. ROFLMAO! What's with the 'do?! It looks like my Dorothy Hamill in the 4th grade! OK let's move on to Emmett, shall we? Totally adorable, but I like him with his blonde hair much better. Guess they had to dye it for the film. And last, but furthest from least, we have Edward. Sigh. Wince. Cover your heart in pain as if someone threw an arrow through it while you were sitting at the table, minding your own business and eating your grilled cheese. He's not exactly "my Edward" in this picture, but close enough.
All is right in my world. I am happy. I can now put the book down for short periods. Last night, after the kids went to bed, I curled up on the couch in the living room with a blanket, far away from the noise of the TV in the family room. And I read like there was no tomorrow. I read the last of the annoying "Bella on the couch " scenes. I read the last (I hope) of Edward's annoying worrying. And then the roller coaster started all over again. WHAT A FRIGGIN RIDE! The birth scene was unbelievable. I can only imagine what that will be like on the big screen. I actually cried for Bella, thinking she was really dead (and not "undead") when Jacob was saying she was dead. Going forward, into her new life, I absolutely LOVED how Bella's words started again as she was being made vampire. I loved the burning and her not being able to move. I loved her waking up and thinking Edward was 10 times the kickass hottie we all already know he was in the first place. I loved reading about the dust motes and the particles of light and everything she was taking in. And I even loved the hunting, which was something I really didn't know if I'd be able to handle. It's all been done so well. OK I was a little bummed that there wasn't a serious "bodice ripping" scene (as my friend Linda calls them) in the woods, but I got over it. It happened in my mind, and that's really all that matters, I suppose. Damn teen novel.
I knew Jacob imprinted as soon as Bella woke up and they said he was still there. What an interesting concept. That is going to be fun to watch. Although I'm no dope; I know there is danger on the horizon. I'm assuming the Volturi will be getting involved - and since Beth said the ending was gut-wrenching, I'm assuming somebody dies. Either that, or the roller coaster is going to get crazy and sad before it ends, happily, I hope? Either way, I don't think I can NOT read this book at the same pace I've been reading since Day 1. I know a lot of people who have said they had to stretch it out, knowing the Cullens would be out of their lives forever once the book is over. But I need to know what happens. Put it this way, I knew the sex of both of my children before they were born. I'm just that person who "needs to know".
Sunday, March 1, 2009
OK - I can't believe I'm saying it, but I'm really starting to cheer for Team Jacob. Talk about saving the day. Even when Bella's at her worst, Jacob comes around cracking jokes and making everyone smile. Even Edward. And on yeah...about Edward. I love the character with every fiber of my being. COMMA HOWEVER. He is truly on my last nerve, laying at Bella's feet and whimpering like my 6 year old when she gets a paper cut. BUTCH the F UP, my friend! He definitely lost a few points for his less-than-stellar behavior through this whole pregnancy nonsense. I realize he's in pain and scared upset and and and....but still. Where's the cocky attitude now, Edward? Where's Mister "I can change my class schedule because the women in the office love me"? Where's Mister "I can drive and run and speak faster than everyone on the planet"? Where's Mister "Hop up and I'll fly you around the Pacific Northwest on my rock hard shoulders"? Nowhere to be found. Gone - almost like when he was gone in New Moon, only to be replaced by a tiny shadow of himself. I say GET UP - beat the CRAP out of Rosalie - tell Emmett to STEP the F BACK - and have Carlisle do what he needs to do. And while he's at it, he should tell Bella to shut the hell up, too. She is a menace to society. Certainly to all who love her. She's torn apart the Cullen family...and now she's torn the Pack apart as well. Is anyone ever going to stand up to her and call her out for the selfish beotch she truly is? I'm thinking no. But maybe Jacob will surprise me even more than he already has. Stay tuned! PS - I want to predict that Jacob will imprint on Leah (or is it the other way around?) but that sounds a little too predictable - and Stephenie Meyer likes to take you to the water and then rip you away before you drink. Wouldn't it be FANTASTIC if he imprinted on Rosalie? Now THAT would be SICK FUN!