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News Round-Up: August 31, 2009

Starting the round-up today with a short interview with a TCP-admin favorite. Edi Gathegi talks to VH1 about being on his last Twilight series film, getting to wear SHOES for once, what cardboard animal replaced the fuzzy wolves he had to face, and his one "sparkling" regret.
Though that scene will be Gathegi's last as vampire Laurent, he said he can't be too upset about not returning to the saga. "Honestly, perspective. I'm happy I'm in 'Twilight.' I'm happy I made it to 'New Moon.' Things could be worse."
Thank you, Edi, for portraying Laurent and for having fun with the role, and just for basically being one of the happier cast! :)

People.com has the Volturi up on its site, where Chris Weitz explains his choice of actors to portray the royal trio:
Although Aro and his brothers Marcus (Christopher Heyerdahl) and Caius (Jamie Campbell Bower) have been "alive" for thousands of years, Weitz says he "deliberately" gave them a younger look in the film – for which he credits author Meyer.

"Stephenie was very keen to steer away from a kind of wizard-y look for the vampires," says Weitz. "They do look quite young, but they convey a formality and self-possession, which comes from age."
So I guess this sheds light on the mystery that is JCB's casting?

MTV has a feature on the wolf pack! Kiowa Gordon, Chaske Spencer and hottie Alex Meraz talked about preparing for their roles, the effect of reading blogs, and how things got out-of-hand on the New Moon set.
"I decided, all right, the Wolf Pack stay up all night looking for who's killing people on the res, so we don't sleep very much. So I thought it would be a great idea if I stayed up for 10 days straight." What should have been a simple scene — a confrontation between Bella (Stewart) and the Wolf Pack — became, in Meraz's mind, his "Brando moment." Wanting to try something different, the actor played the scene overly aggressive: screaming, grabbing Stewart by the throat, hurtling his line at her.

"[Director] Chris Weitz comes off-set like, 'Yeah, I like the energy Alex, but just take it down a little,' " Spencer chimed in: "Meanwhile the producers are freaking out back there."

" 'Cause nobody touches Kristen Stewart," joked Meraz.
Kind of intriguing how most of the sites that link to this article (and the title on the page itself) focus on that part. Anyway, more on the wolf pack here.

Also on MTV, Death Cab for Cutie's single on the New Moon OST, "Meet Me on the Equinox", will premiere on MTV.com, the same time as the VMAs.


Eclipse production is really on the move at the moment up in Vancouver, and updates are actually coming in via twitter-friendly director, David Slade.
DAVID_A_SLADE: Shot with Rob and Kristen today, both gave great performances. Lots of frustrating noisy planes overhead but beautiful scene regardless.

DAVID_A_SLADE: http://twitpic.com/fsbf1 - Mr Taylor Lautner. A photo I took during early camera lighting tests. Not a whisker in sight.

DAVID_A_SLADE: Rehearsals with Kristen, Billy Burke and Rob yesterday. Third week of shooting just hours away. Preparation, preparation preparation.

DAVID_A_SLADE: http://twitpic.com/fxb97 - Taylor Lautner Pic from set, yes that is him mid backflip. He does it from standing still.
A peek at Rob on-set as Edward, Kristen on-set as Bella, and the Graduation scene.

VH1 has a feature on the new guys in Eclipse, Jack Huston, Booboo Stewart and Xavier Samuel.

And speaking of new people, remember the character Vera, Rosalie's human best friend with the curly-haired baby boy that Emmett reminded her of? She's apparently going to be played by a contest winner named Sabrina Frank. Read more here.

Eclipsemovie.org also has a bit of speculation on who would be playing the part of Tanya Denali. See the pic here and tell us what you think? Is she a Tanya or isn't she a Tanya? Come to think of it, is Tanya even in Eclipse?

Edit: This just in: The Twilight Lexicon confirms it. There's no Tanya in Eclipse. Bad, rumor mill.

Twilight Beauty has officially opened its doors... web-wise, at least. The splash page and products look cool and we now have a clearer view of the Volturi crest. The question is, will it sell? (Maybe we should have a local magazine sample the products...)

Jackson Rathbone and the 100 Monkeys might be touring the U.S. after Eclipse wraps according to this news bit.

MTV's Hollywood Crush asks: Is Twilight the ONE movie you would take to the end of the world? Because poll results have yielded a resounding YES. Like the writer, though, we're not so sure that should be the case. (I personally would choose Jim Henson's Storyteller--it's cheating, I know--or Labyrinth. Puppetry is becoming a lost art, and, well, I grew up with the muppets. -minamic) But there are billions of people and lots of movies, so one can bring Twilight and the other billion will take care of the rest. Would you bring Twilight and if not, what movie would you choose to bring, to the end of the world? It's a fun question, so let us know! :)


  1. Ronald said...

    Regarding the wolves and Kristen: I personally chose to focus on the part in the article where the wolves were cuddling shirtless in the rain.

    But that's just me.

  2. Jacke said...

    that makes us two.

  3. minamic said...

    @Ronald and Jacke:

    At least you were focusing on the "happier" parts of the feature. XD

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