The castmembers of the new X-Men movie had to flee a Montreal, Canada hotel early on Saturday (04May13) when they were awoken by a fire alarm. Reports suggest Patrick Stewart, Adan Canto and Daniel Cudmore and others had only just returned to the hotel after shooting nearby until 4am when they were evacuated as firefighters arrived to put out a small blaze.
Stewart documented the incident on Twitter.com, writing, "Nothing like an early start to the weekend - though not when your hotel is on fire."
He added, "all mutant super heroes safe. Thank you Montreal Fire Brigade."
Co-star Booboo Stewart also assured fans he was OK after the drama, tweeting, "Super Heroes having to be saved by real heroes, thanks fireman (sic)."
If there's a cinematic alchemy award to be given this year director Bill Condon deserves to take it home after magically turning the tedious Twilight franchise into entertainment gold. 2011's Part 1 was a horror camp romp that turned the supernatural love triangle — the naval gazing trio of Bella Edward and Jacob — on its head. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 continues the madcap exploration of a world populated by vampires and werewolves mining even more comedy thrills and genuine character moments out of conceit than ever before. The film occasionally sidesteps back into Edward and Bella's meandering romance (an evident hurdle of author Stephenie Meyer's source material) but the duller moments are overshadowed by the movie's nimble pace and playful attitude. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will elicit laughs aplenty — but thankfully they're all on purpose.
Part 2 picks up immediately following the events of the first film Bella (Kristen Stewart) having been turned into a vampire by Edward (Robert Pattinson) to save her life after the torturous delivery of her half-human half-vampire child Renesmee. She awakes to discover super senses heightened agility increased strength… and a thirst for blood. One dead cougar later Bella and the gang are able to focus on the real troubles ahead: Renesmee is rapidly growing (think Jack) and vampiric overlords The Volturi perceive her a threat to vampiric secrecy. Knowing the Volturi will travel to Forks WA to kill the young girl (a 10-year-old just a month after being born) The Cullens amass an army of bloodsucking friends to end the oppression once and for all.
Packed with an absurd amount of backstory and mythology-twisting plot points (some vampires can shoot lightning now?) Condon and series screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg mine revel in the beefed up ensemble of Breaking Dawn - Part 2 and thanks to a wildly funny cast it never feels like pointless deviation. Along with the usual suspects Lee Pace adds swagger to the series as a grungy alt-rock vampire Noel Fisher appears as a hilarious over-the-top battle-ready Russian coven member and Michael Sheen returns has Volturi head honcho Aro and steels the show. Flamboyant diabolical and a steady stream of maniacal laughter Sheen owns Condon's high camp vision for Twilight and he lights up the screen. There are a few throw away nations of vampires — the oddly stereotypical Egyptian and Amazonians sects are there mostly there to off-set the extreme whiteness — but the actors involved bring liveliness to a franchise known for being soulless. Even Stewart Pattinson and Taylor Lautner give personal bests in this installment — a scene between Bella and her dad Charlie (Billy Burke) is genuinely heartfelt while Jacob's overprotective hero schtick finally lands.
Whereas Breaking Dawn - Part 1 stuck mostly to the personal story relying on the intimate moments as Bella and Edward took the big plunge into marriage and sex Part 2 paints with broader strokes and Condon has a ball. Delving into the history of the vampires and the vampire world outside Forks is Pandora's Box for the director. One scene where we learn why kids scare the heck of the Volturi captures a scope of medieval epics — along with the bloodshed. Twilight might be known for its sexual moments but Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will go down for its abundance of decapitations. The big set piece in the finale is something to behold both in the craftsmanship of the spectacle and in its bizarre nature.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 had the audience hooting hollering and even gasping as it twisted and turned to the final moments. There's little doubt that even the biggest naysayer of the franchise would do the same. No irony here: the conclusion of Twilight is a blast.
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 brings Boo Boo Stewart and Julia Jones, who spoke with our correspondent Heather Huntington about the challenges of being in the Wolf Pack and the drawbacks of having telepathic powers:
Click here for yesterday's interview with Ashley Greene and Jackson Rathbone.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 opens everywhere November 18, 2011.
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Some of our favorite Twilight stars gave fans at Comic-Con something they could really sink their teeth into -- quite literally. There were over a thousand fans who waited overnight to catch a sneak preview of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 at Comic-Con this morning and some of the Twilight cast thought they needed a little treat after all the long waiting.
Cullen vampires Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed and Elizabeth Reaser showed up to thank their fans just after dawn by handing out muffins and signing autographs and movie posters and they were later joined by werewolves Julia Jones and Boo Boo Stewart. Fans were ecstatic and took to Twitter (as one so often does these days) and wrote, "So we got a little treat! Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene and Booboo Stewart came to visit us! #SDCC." Another Twi-hard commented, "Ashley Greene aka Alice Cullen is 12ft away from me!!!!!" And here I thought all vampire's hearts were made of stone. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner are also in San Diego to preview the movie, but did not venture outside to greet anyone. I can only imagine the level of screams that would erupt if those three started passing out muffins to the crowd -- probably a sound only dogs (or perhaps vampires) would be able to hear.