I started here at MTV in May 2009. It's funny looking back now; at the time, I really didn't know anything about "Twilight" outside the name. I'm still not a fan, but I respect the fanbase that's built around it and am well-versed enough in the series to talk about character relationships, main story beats and so on.
I decided shortly after getting here that I wasn't going to read the books so I could experience the movies as standalone efforts, just another average Joe plunging into Stephenie Meyer's universe with little more than a basic understanding of vegetarian vampires and skin that sparkles in the sunlight. Well I saw "Eclipse" last night and I figured I'd take some time today to share my thoughts on it. This will be more spoiler-light than spoiler-free, so consider yourself warned. Read More...
I had hoped to cover this last week, but wasn't able to fit it in. "Eclipse" stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart gave an interview to EW's Hollywood Insider on Wednesday. In it, Pattinson fired out some critical statements about the culture of online entertainment news reporting. It's best if you just read it in his own words, but here's some general context: Stewart recently compared paparazzi intrusions on celebrity private lives to rape, drawing a fair amount of heat from pop culture observers. Said Pattinson:
"None of those [sexual assault awareness] associations came out and gave a statement [criticizing Kristen] without being called upon by the media first — who were doing it specifically to get hits on their websites. That whole system of Internet journalists, where no one is called to account, is almost entirely about hate. All these people get away with doing it because they have no responsibility to anyone. All they need is to get a salacious headline and people click on it, because it’s easy. And it’s quite good being part of these Twilight films because you have to give so many interviews all the time, you can defend yourself. That’s the only way. All of us stick together, as well. There are so many little nerds behind their computers, on their little blogs."
I've got to admit, the dude makes an eloquent point. I'm not a "Twilight" fan, so the Team Edward/Team Jacob debate really doesn't hold much interest for me. But after reading this... is it okay if I side with Team Robert? Read More...
There was a time awhile back when "Knight and Day" director James Mangold was rumored to be in the running for the job of directing "Breaking Dawn," a gig that has since gone to Bill Condon. MTV's Josh Horowitz spoke with Mangold recently about this week's Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz-starring action-comedy, and he managed to squeeze in a question about what happened there with those "Breaking Dawn" rumors.
"I guess they must have been seriously considering it, but I don't know how I got into that," Mangold said with amusement. "A lot of times in the trades what happens is people... they think you'd be good for something, so they actually tell the reporter that you'd be good for it. And somehow that evolves into you doing it." That said, the director has nothing at all against Stephenie Meyer's uber-popular vampire series. Read More...
The bulk of you aren't going to be seeing "Eclipse" until next week, but a lucky lineup of celebrities and VIPs are getting to feast their eyes on it tonight. Not only is MTV there to witness the red carpet arrivals, we're going to be streaming the coverage to you LIVE. So many faces you recognize are going to be at this thing. The tip sheet for the red carpet is staggeringly long. And it's all about to get started, so hit play, open the Hollywood Crush live blog in a separate window and enjoy the festivities!
There are "Twilight" fans. And there are "Jersey Shore" fans. Is there much crossover between the two though? I don't know. But they've been mashed together now, thanks to Jimmy Kimmel. And so, Twilighters, I give you... "Friggin' Twilight." Good morning.
Folks, this is synergy at its finest. You've got an insanely popular book adaptation hitting theaters next week and another, equally fan frenzy-creating adaptation coming in November. It's an easy pairing. And now it's official: the next trailer for the first part of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," which hits theaters on November 19, will run in front of "Eclipse" when it opens on June 30, also known as next Wednesday. Fanpeople who are sad at missing the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter last week -- my hand is way up high in the air on that front -- can take solace in knowing that sweet "Deathly Hallows" goodness isn't too far off.
What do you hope to see in the new trailer?
MTV Movies managing editor Josh Horowitz isn't here today. He's on a plane, zooming off to Los Angeles (again-- I think this makes three trips in three weeks?). This trip is all in the name of "Twilight" though. Specifically, "Eclipse," which premieres tomorrow night at the Nokia Theater in the City of Angels.
There's going to be a doozy of a red carpet, with every star of the film in attendance, along with a dizzying range of famous names, from Jamie Foxx to Emilie de Ravin to Kourtney Kardashian. Not only will Josh be covering it, but he'll be doing so with help from Kimmy West, who runs "Twilight" fan site His Golden Eyes. BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
Starting at 9:30pm ET, Josh and Kimmy will be broadcasting LIVE from the red carpet, bringing you answers to all sorts of questions AS THEY HAPPEN! It'll be streaming to you right here on MTV.com, so make sure you tune in to Movies.MTV.com for the coverage!
Did you know that "Eclipse" is out next week? A LOT of people in Los Angeles do. A bunch of 'em are lined up for the premiere tomorrow night, which MTV will be covering in a big way (more on that in a little bit). It's actually a pretty amazing sight, seeing a mass of proper camping tents assembled on an LA sidewalk behind police barriers.
That's how producer Dana Brunetti felt when he saw the camped out line in the City of Angels the other night. Brunetti, for those who need a refresher, is a longtime Kevin Spacey collaborator. Together, the two founded Trigger Street Productions. They produced "21," "Fanboys" and the upcoming Facebook biopic "The Social Network," among other things. No "Twilight" though. So forgive him for mistaking the line for an iPhone 4 campout. Read More...
Jimmy Fallon is a big fan of your boy, "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson. The nighttime talk show host is so taken that he's adopted the brooding persona Pattinson affects in his role at Edward Cullen. And right now, with all of the fervor over soccer/football, Fallon's Robert is bothered by the World Cup. Brace yourselves, vuvuzela-lovers.
Taylor Lautner is something else, right? He was little more than a bit player in the first "Twilight" movie. Then there were rumors that he wasn't even going to be invited back for "New Moon." Now, the Shirtless One is a celebrity on par with his co-stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. What's more, he's kind of keeping busier than either of them. Lautner has a ton of stuff coming up, as he was more than happy to discuss with MTV's Josh Horowitz at the recent press junket.
"'Abduction' [shoots] in three weeks," he said, though it's now more like one week. "So 'Abduction,' 'Breaking Dawn' and hopefully ['Stretch Armstrong'] after that." To think that also was attached, as recently as a few months ago, to another pair of action flicks: "Max Steel" and "Cancun." The former is done, but Lautner admits that "Cancun" is still a possibility. Read More...