In celebration of this Friday's release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, we're running exclusive interviews each day this week with castmembers from the latest chapter in Stephenie Meyers' blockbuster vampire saga. Today we've got Peter Facinelli and Elizabeth Reaser, who play the parents of Robert Pattinson's sensitive vampire protagonist, Edward Cullen. They talked with our correspondent Heather Huntington about the impact the franchise has had on their lives and how they feel about it nearing its conclusion:
Click here for Monday's interview with Ashley Greene and Jackson Rathbone, and here for yesterday's interview with Boo Boo Stewart and Julia Jones.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 opens everywhere November 18, 2011.
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Take a cup of Romeo and Juliet, a tablespoon of West Side Story, a dash of Dark Shadows, a sprinkling of Beverly Hills 90210 and a bucketful of teen angst and you have The Twilight Saga.
With close to $1.8 billion in worldwide box office, the second biggest single-day gross ($72.7M - New Moon), the third biggest single-day gross ($68.5 million - Eclipse), the fourth biggest weekend opening ever ($142.8M - New Moon) and a level of anticipation nearly unrivaled in the world of film, you have all the proof you need that the hunger for vampires and werewolves is very much alive and well in the 21st century.
Based on the massively successful novels by Stephanie Meyer, the Twilight series struck a major chord with teens all over the world and was perfectly positioned for big screen treatment. Casting for the first film was vital to the franchise’s enduring popularity and the choice of Kristen Stewart as brooding teen Bella Swan and Robert Pattinson as the charismatic and sensitive Edward Cullen was a match made in movie heaven. The two instantly became the “it” couple and Pattinson became a teen idol almost overnight as teen girls seemingly devoted their every waking hour to information about the star in magazines and on fan sites around the world. Taylor Lautner as the werewolf Jacob (and Edward's blood enemy) would become a bigger factor with audiences (and a teen heartthrob) as the series progressed and his role expanded.
On Friday, November 21, 2008 Summit Entertainment unleashed the first film, simply titled Twilight, on the world and it debuted to huge box office numbers and left analysts and journalists scratching their heads. With no real reference point, speculation was all over the place as to how the film might open. $69.6 million gave the film a number one debut and showed that teen girls could rule the box office if they rallied behind a film and that their increasing clout at the ticket window was no longer in question. Nearly $400 million in worldwide box office by the time it closed theatrically, it was a foregone conclusion that the second novel would be made into a film and give the franchise its first sequel. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke the first film achieved huge success, but her tenure as director was over and Chris Weitz (About a Boy, The Golden Compass) was brought in to direct the second installment and the box office results would be breathtaking.
A double-take was in order as The Twilight Saga: New Moon posted a single-day gross of $72.7 million. The date was Friday, November 20, 2009 and after an astonishing and at the time record-breaking $26.3 million in midnight screenings, the film obliterated all existing single-day records and made believers out of those that may have thought the success of the first film was a fluke. Saturday was no slouch either, with a whopping $42.3 million in domestic revenue and a Sunday that added another $27.8 million. The final weekend tally was $142,839,137; at that time the third biggest opening weekend in history and the biggest non-summer debut ever! The worldwide weekend figure was equally impressive with $260.9 million with the final global total reaching $709.7 million. The love triangle hinted at in the first film was brought to the forefront as Taylor Lautner and his newly-found (and cinematically exploited) six-pack may have been responsible for countless millions in additional box office revenue.
Of course this meant that the third film would be put on the fast track with only seven months separating the two (as opposed to the full-year between Twilight and New Moon). Eclipse would now become a full-fledged summer tentpole and another director change seemingly invigorated the franchise with David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night and Stone Temple Pilots video for “Sour Girl”) at the helm. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse boasted more action, pathos and humor than the other films and therefore was another huge hit with audiences. With a then-record $30 million plus in midnight screenings, the film debuted on Wednesday, June 30 2010 with the then-second biggest single-day gross of all-time of $68.5 million (2011's Harry Potter 7, Part 2 and its record breaking single-day of $91.07 million has shifted this now to third place). The film then earned $64.8 million for the F-S-S weekend period and a whopping $176.4 million in its first six days of release and ultimately $693.4 million in global box office.
The Twilight Saga has already established itself as one of the most successful movie franchises in box office history and when Breaking Dawn, Part 1 opens at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 18, that reputation should be further solidified with an opening weekend well in excess of $100 million, huge lines of fans, more press reports of fan fever and massive box-office numbers. All that and then we have Breaking Dawn , Part 2 to look forward to when it opens in about a year on November 16, 2012.
The couple tie the knot as young lovers Bella Swan and Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part I, and Pattinson admits the scenes of the nuptials were more official than he expected.
Teasing fans, he says, "The wedding scene's funny because we used a real priest. So technically we are already married because he did all the things you would do in a normal ceremony. So we don't have a civil union in law, but I guess in the church we are actually married."
Stewart confirmed longrunning rumours of a romance between her and British hunk Pattinson during a recent interview for Britain's GQ magazine, conceding it's hard to keep her personal life private when both actors are in the public eye.
She said, "So much of my life is so easily Googled. I mean, it's like, 'Come on guys, it (their relationship) is so obvious!'"
I'm not a big fan of the Twilight movies, but find myself eager to check out the latest installment, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1. The trailers are selling me—unlike the past films that have tried to turn the franchise into a sweeping romance, heavy drama or action-packed supernatural who-knows-what, director Bill Condon appears to be working all those avenues, while having a boatload of fun doing it. Sure it's romantic, dramatic and thrilling, but the previous trailers have just enough winking to the camera, a tone of gleeful camp (Edward breaks the bed in the heat of passion—incredible), that keeps the movie from looking too serious.
I hope I'm right, because I'd love for the series to go out with a bang and make the most of their heartthrob cast. Who knows if Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner have the range to pull off projects other than Twilight—but right now, it doesn't matter. If they can go wild in this final movie, I'll give them the deserved praise.
Seven new stills have been released and they're exactly what I hoped for: colorful, cheerful and a little goofy. I want this whole movie to have a "vampire carrying a tree" vibe.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 hits theaters November 18.
Nobody has been able to stop talking about Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson since 2008. When the Twilight movies hit theaters, kids and adults couldn't get enough of RPatz's dashing good looks and Kristen's....well, I'm honestly not sure what they see in her but let's go with courage in the face of vampire danger. The point is, their cinematic love story made us want them to become a real life couple. But these celebs never discuss their relationships publicly...at least until now.
We've suspected it for years, but only recently did Kristen finally admit that she and Rob are a full-fledged couple. Well, kinda. It was a little bit like pulling teeth and she didn't really mean to say anything, but we'll take what we can get from these two. During her photo shoot for the November issue of British GQ magazine, the actress commented she hoped to explore more of the UK while filming Snow White and The Huntsman, "because my boyfriend is English." Oh, really?!?! But when the writer asked Stewart to clarify the English boyfriend comment, she wasn't as eager to open her mouth and coyly replied, "I never would have said that if I knew you were interviewing me."
But Stewart is smart enough to realize her relationship status was never much of a secret in the first place, saying, "So much of my life is so easily Googled. I mean, it's like, 'Come on guys, it's so obvious!'" Regarding her ties with Rob, the starlet added, "I don't think you realize what a big deal it is for people. Well, it is a big deal. They would be 'Oh. My. God.' There would also be still a 50/50 split. Some people would still be, 'See, told you they're not together.'" Those people are probably just in denial because they want Edward Cullen all to themselves...not that I'm speaking from personal experience or anything. Don't expect Kristen to open up much more about her dreamy beau in the future though, because even though she let this detail of her life slip, she remains a very private person. She said, "I'm selfish. I'm like, 'That's mine!' And I like to keep whatever is mine remaining that way. It's a funny little game to play and it's a slippery slope. I always say to myself I'm never going to give anything away because there's never any point or benefit for me."
So there you have it. If you had any doubts before, you can rest easy tonight knowing this romance exists both on and off screen. I'm actually pretty surprised KStew opened up as much as she did during this interview, since she usually acts like she's above it all. But when you're in the spotlight for so long and the paparazzi follow you around like lost puppies, then I guess there's only so much you can do before the truth comes out one way or another.
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Source: US, British GQ
In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, the actress' character Bella Swan marries vampire Edward Cullen, played by her rumoured real-life boyfriend Robert Pattinson.
Stewart was overwhelmed when she first saw the setting for the climatic scene and was wracked with nerves because she felt like she was marrying Pattinson for real.
She tells Britain's GQ magazine, "I was nervous for the wedding scene. When I looked at the set, with the pews and the lights, and I could see everyone there in their outfits, I cried. It felt incredibly ceremonial. It felt like a real wedding."
I've seen all the Twilight movies and while they aren't really my cup of tea, I can understand why they're unfathomably popular. They strike the right chord with folks, the perfect blend of romance and the fantastical. But my biggest problem with the series thus far? Mopey faces.
You know what I'm talking about. If you had the power to climb up trees real quick like or sparkle in the sun or to rip off your shirt and turn into a werewolf then you'd probably be ecstatic. But the cast of Twilight..they just state at each other. Disaffected. They're all in love but can barely muster a smile. What gives?!
Thankfully, that appears to have changed for the two parts that comprise the final installment Breaking Dawn. Now that Kristen Stewart's Bella and Robert Pattinson's Edward are hitches, it's emotion aplenty. It's a little startling, to tell you the truth. To keep us grounded, Taylor Lautner's Jacob still looks like his usual, pissed off self. Phew.
Check out these brand new photos of the Twilight gang and prepare yourself for the biggest wedding, honeymoon and vampiric childbirth of the decade when director Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 hits theaters November 18, followed by Part 2 in November 2012.
UPDATE: In addition to the nautical debauchery depicted below, we've got two more innocuous photos featuring Pattinson and Stewart. While I find it hard to believe that either one of them knows how to play chess, they sell the whole "shocked phone call" thing like a charm.
EARLIER: This new Entertainment Weekly cover gives you a look at Twilight's star-crossed, and soggy, lovers. We've seen the first posters for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 before, but this is a closer look at Bella and Edward in action. Plus, it's the first appearance Robert Pattinson in a wedding ring,for the marriage-minded gals, and a shot of Kristen Stewart in a bra, for any straight guys/gay ladies in the audience.
The partially-clad shot is a newly risque turn for the teen-oriented series, which stresses the evils of premarital sex. But know that Edward liked it so much he put a ring on it, at the end of the last film, it's okay for the pair to get up to whatever water-based, baby-making shenanigans they feel like. It doesn't quite compare to True Blood's infamous nude Rolling Stone cover, but for the series so far, it's positively raunchy.
Expect more promotional photos to come, as BD-Day draws ever nearer. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1: Return Of The Jedi hits theaters November 16.
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The Harry Potter series may be over, but the Twilight saga is still going strong and there's one thing that all Twi-hards want to know for the upcoming film of Breaking Dawn Part 1 -- the details about the highly anticipated sex scene of course! First comes love, then comes marriage, and now it's time for the moment every Edward and Bella fan has been waiting for - sex! Robert Pattinson commented on that particular part of the film at Comic-Con this week saying “It’s funny because things like the love scene aren’t really in the book, I guess people will be kind of surprised or interested in what they end up like.” And it sounds like fans aren't going to be disappointed. Kristen Stewart hinted, “All of the really iconic bits, like the first love scene [are in the movie]...I’ve seen the movie… it’s very, very close to the book. And we add a few things too, yeah, there’s a few little surprises.” Let's hope so, we've waited long enough!
Stewart also made mention that she had an unusual amount of access to the author while filming the love scene commenting, “It’s actually the most Stephenie has been on set, every single day I was able to talk to her all the time, any time I wanted to." The actress adds, “She’s always been incredibly involved, but not to that extent. So she’s defiantly really infused into this one in sort of an amazing way.” She probably just wants to make sure the fans aren't robbed of the juicy details that were disappointingly skipped over in the book. Now's her chance to make up for it. Fans are thirsty for more!
The first installment of Breaking Dawn hits theaters on November 18, 2011 and and Part 2 will premiere the following year on November 16, 2012. November seriously can't come soon enough!
Source: Access Hollywood
Actress Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella in the film franchise, reveals the fictitious big day was a Secret Service-style event - the studio was locked down and all mobile devices were confiscated.
During a panel chat with fans at the Comic-Con convention in San Diego, California on Thursday (21Jul11), Stewart said, "It was insane... The crew was completely inconvenienced; there was no cell phone or email.
"I said thank you so much, because if this (wedding) dress gets on the internet, I'll die!"
She admits it was a terrifying day for her: "When I got to set I was as nervous and terrified as I expected myself to be... I had to be locked into the dress to protect it."
Stewart was joined by Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and director Bill Condon, as they discussed part one of the movie, which will hit cinemas this November (11).
Other co-stars thrilled fans outside Comic-Con's fabled Hall H early on Thursday when they showed up unannounced to meet and greet devotees queuing up outside.