Monday, December 6, 2010

Watching Water for Elephants film

There are a bunch of little things happening in the fandom. Drama mostly. I'll have my Eclipse DVD review in the next post but for now I'm going to go off on a tangent, while I still remember, and recall the time I spent near the set of Water for Elephants in mid July.

A day off + some detective work on Google + an unhealthy passion for Robert Pattinson = me going out to watch Rob's new film, Water for Elephants, film... twice.

The great thing about living in LA is that there is so much going on. Premieres, movies, sightings, etc. The only down side is an unhealthy obsessions and traffic on the freeways.

The first day I went, I went in the early afternoon but didn't get there until 2pm because I got lost and couldn't find the place. The Big Top was set up in some farmer's field on interstate 26 between Filmore and Santa Clarita, right by Piru. It's in a little tiny town and the only hint of real civilization that I saw, besides the houses, was the gas station on the side of the freeway. You drive up Main St. to a road that will eventually dead end behind the field. There is a road to the front of the field but you can't see anything of the set because of the trailers and craft tents blocking the view.

From the back you can see the main tent and smaller tents that make up the circus. You can also see the Banzini Bros circus train. The animals were corralled in the back so I could see camels, zebras, horses and even Rosie the elephant made appearances. She's huge but she's pretty quick.

I didn't know what to expect so I was hardly prepared. There were others there, of course, that were veterans at set stalking this movie. They knew the security men, the best places to see, where to eat/go to the bathroom. They were pretty much living out of their cars. So that first day, I didn't stay very long. It was cold and windy and I didn't bring a jacket. There was a whole field between us and the set so I couldn't see much and I didn't bring a chair so I was standing around or on top of my car.

So I left and stocked up on provisions. I bought binoculars, packed a few jackets, a chair, a step ladder, a cooler of drinks and snacks and roped in a friend to go with me. The second day I went, they were doing a night shoot so the principle actor's would get there until around 5pm and wouldn't stop until 5 the next morning. It was a Friday so I had the day off but I work Saturdays. The next day at work wouldn't be much fun but I really wanted to do this.

The daylight is slowing ebbing away and we're all there ohhing and ahhing over what and who we see. We see a crowd exit the tent, we see cameras on cranes move about, big lights go on and are reflected back down. I don't know if we see Rob or Reese because we're kinda far and it's dark but I think we do. They do a scene with a group of people out side a tent. I think they were doing some of the stampede scene without the animals.

There was also filming in the train. We could see lights inside and dark silhouettes move past the illuminated windows.

Everyone looked really good in their period costumes. Lots of fedora type hats for the gentlemen and Reese was probably one of only a handful of women on set. They put her in bright colors so we could easily see her.

There was a fire scare at one point. There was smoke coming from either the left end of the train or from a tent over there. It looked like production stopped and a few minutes later, a fire truck and engine arrived. They didn't stay very long, perhaps 15 minutes, before leaving.

The excitement died down and it looked like they moved filming to inside the tent. We couldn't see much from the back so we moved to the front of the set and wait for them to leave hoping for a close encounter or an autograph. Of course, my friend and I weren't the only ones there. Total, I think there were about 22 women there. My friend brought her husband and son and they were the only male representatives there. They chose to wait in the car and watch DVDs. They sure are supportive.

It got really cold. Really really cold. Fog came in and chilled everything it touched. We all moved to our cars with slightly rolled down windows to keep staring for some kind of movement. I tried to nap but it's really hard to sleep when you're freezing. Eventually we see the extras pile into shuttles and people start to leave the set. Cue mass car exodus. They've got their signs out and camera at the ready.

It's about now that I start to feel really really silly for doing this at all. My friend is uber excited that she might get a chance to get a glimpse of Rob. Secretly, I hope that he doesn't exit through the front and sees me because I'll be totally labeled "bat shit crazy" along with the 20 other women that are here and have absolutely no shame. I've talked with them through the night and they're certifiable. We see his security guard come out and check out our little desperate crowd and look for paparazzi (they hung out with us and they are absolutely the worst people in the world next to puppy killers).

Other cast members drive by and wave but not Rob. It looks like he took the back way out. I wasn't sad or disappointed in the least. I was kinda happy but really tired as I left the others and went to work. The fog slowly dissipated as the sun rose. I worked a half day then went home and slept. I don't think I'll ever set stalk a night shoot again but I have plans to go to Vancouver in Feb of 2011, to celebrate my birthday of course, and maybe see some Breaking Dawn filming while I'm there.

More pictures from my time at the Water for Elephants filming here.

Monday, November 1, 2010

November Already?!

Quick update post. I know I've been MIA for a loooong time, sorry. There seems to be new Breaking Dawn casting news all the time and I'm reading up on all of them and compiling some dossiers on them (I'm single-mindedly autistic like that). 

Mostly I've been working on my new project The Lit of Twi website and podcast (check it out on iTunes). Check it out! It's all about Twilight Fan Fiction that I'm hopelessly addicted to. 

I'm also planning a trip to Vancouver at the end of February to commemorate my birthday and if we happen to stop by the Breaking Dawn set and stalk 'em... well that's not completely out of the realm of possibility. 

I'll post my findings on the new BD cast when I get it all collected but don't hold your breath. The Lit of Twi is taking a lot of my time! =D

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Podcast experiment #1

The Lit of Twi - the podcast - Episode 1 is here! 

A giant thank you to my friend Dee for being my second in command on this episode and her music choices as well. 

Let me know what you think =D

Link to Fourteen by crimsonmarie
Link to Eternal Dawn by Lizibt

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Podcast anyone?

Hello internet, long time no blog. [This entry was updated 9/6/10]

I don't know what you're doing during this lull in the fandom but I'm either reading Twilight fan fiction, working, or listening to podcasts. Usually I'll read and listen to podcasts at work.

Anyway, I'm pretty much addicted to fan fiction and podcasts and I was wondering if I can combine the two into an awesome project. There are plenty of Twilight podcasts out there, some better than others, and a few fan fiction ones (Twi Fic Pimps, Temptation Twilight, Twigasam, etc). So it got me thinking...

Could I do Twilight Fan Fiction podcast? What would it feel like? What would I say?

Here's what I'm thinking. I don't want it to be too long because I want to keep it snappy and filled with content. All of the podcasts I've been seeing are hovering around the 1hr mark. I'm thinking of 30 minutes for each episode. I want to play music in the background that's featured in the story, taken from the author's playlist, or captures the mood of the story. Basically a fan fiction recommendation podcast. I want to summarize the story, what kind it is (AU/ AH/ WIP/ Completed/ etc.) and do a round table of why we all like it or not. There's a lot of stories that a lot of people love but then a lot of people can't get into. So I think having different opinions are important as well. I want to read an excerpt from a chapter to give the listener a feel for it as well.

I'm a fan of themes as well so if there's time, to do more than one recommendation per episode but have them relate to one another somehow. Or not. It might also be fun to feature two entirely completely different stories for contrast.

It's one thing to read recommendations but you become more interested when you hear it from someone. Do you have a friend in real life that will wave their hands about raving about this story that you have to read and you think to yourself, "Wow, that does sound really good. I think I'll give it a try."

This is what I hope to create. So what's this got to do with you? Well, I'd love to work with someone(s) as a collaborator. I'm a fairly prolific reader but there just so much out there, I really don't consider myself an elite fan fic reader. I'd love to bounce ideas off of another person. Any takers?

OR you can send me your story recommendations. Do you know of a little fic that should get more attention or think it isn't talked about enough?

I'd like to pursue AU, AH, OOC, Canon, different 'shipping, different lifestyles, paranormal stuff, etc. I want a little but of everything and not solely Edward/Bella High School stories where she's the outcast, he's the popular kid, and they normal each other out (though I make no promises =D)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Rochelle Lefevre and me

I had a day off today and it's a pretty lazy day. I woke up at noon, checked my e-mail, listened to some NPR, etc. After reaching the end of the internet, I decided to check out what's going on in Twitter land. I'm scrolling through various tweets when I see Rachelle Lefevre's (who plays Victoria in Twilight and New Moon) tweet:

When I read this tweet, it was about 10 minutes old. I live about 12 minutes away from Mission Hills so I'm thinking "If I leave the house and head over there... I can probably meet her!" I was delayed from leaving the house but I leave and make my way over there. In my head I'm thinking of things to buy so I'm not obvious in my Twilight cast stalking hobby.
I enter the store, very nonchalant, grab a basket and notice that there's a little crowd by the express lane. "Great, she's still here," I think to myself. I grab some pears, a coke, Ritz, oatmeal and some Boysenberry jam (snacks for work tomorrow) and make my way over to the express check out lane.

She's there at the end, autographing someone reusable bag that she's helping to give away. I've actually brought my own bags but my purchases and my bags are packed away in these bigger and nicer ones. I notice that she's got her stuff slung over her arms and her group that she's with is packed and ready to leave. I have my stuff in one hand and with the other I'm pulling out my camera. Meeting "celebrities" never gets any easier. My heart is pounding and my palms start to sweat. 

I make eye contact with some of the people that she's talking to and sheepishly smile at them. I go up to Rachelle and ask, "Um.. Rachelle? Can I bother you for a moment? Could I take a picture please?" Cue blush, more palm sweating and apologetic smiling. 

She's still talking to her people. I've no idea what she's saying. I'm focused on not looking like a complete idiot and failing miserably. She puts her stuff down on the counter. I ask the guy she's talking to, "Could you.. uh, take our picture?" He chuckles and says, "I was waiting for you to ask me."

We stand next to each other and I've got a shit eating grin on my face. He takes a picture but my camera decided to be a ninja that afternoon because it doesn't beep and I can't hear the shutter. We're asking.. "Did it take?" Rachelle and I giggle and take two more pictures for 'just in case'.  Here's the result:
Rachelle Lefevre and me with a WeeGee face =D

I then asked her about the reusable bags that Vons was giving out (which was why she was there in the first place). She told me that the bags were designed by Homeboy Industries and were bought by Vons to give out to promote their efforts of "jobs not jail" and to promote Rachelle's effort to support a nation wide ban of plastic bags from supermarkets. I'm in favor of this idea. She praised me for the bags that I brought in myself. Cue more smiling.

She was really nice, friendly and articulate. I had a really great experience and it completely made my day.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

This is how the Saga will end

We're several hundred days away from the release of the first part of Breaking Dawn. I imagine that this, right now, it was it's going to feel like when the entire Saga is done. It's a bit... boring in the fandom right now.

PhotobucketI can't remember what I did pre-Twilight. I read a lot of different books than I do now and I think I watched a lot more television. I don't watch any now and I read a lot of Twilight smut fan fiction.

Anyway, I joined a Twilight forum and I'm chatting with other Twilighters. We share Rob porn pictures, we joke, and right now for the summer, we're banding together to loose some weight. I've never met these ladies but they encourage me to eat healthier and get outside and exercise.

I also got addicted to another book series complete with fan sites, podcasts, fan art, fan fics, etc. What am I reading? The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This is a great series and I'm anxiously counting down the the third, and last book, in the series.

I think, when all is said and done and I still feel like blogging, I'll probably turn this into a Twilight fan fiction blog because I love it so much =) If you haven't read any or maybe you have and didn't like it, I highly recommend you give it a (second) chance. Head over to my fan fiction links on the right (--->) and find a story that strikes your fancy and tell me how you like it. I love talking about fan fics.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

My Eclipse movie review

This is going to be very long and very picture heavy. I'm putting it all after the jump.

Basically, I enjoyed it. I give it 4 out of 5. It was exactly what I expected to see so I didn't leave the theater gasping muttering ohmygodohmygod. I had very very high standards and the movie met all of them. It had all of the and important parts of the book and then some. I think that this movie could stand on its own. Non-Twilight fans won't leave the theater that it was a complete waste of time.

After the jump is really detailed re-cap and review of the movie.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rob and Kristen at the AMC in LA

This 4th of July weekend, several cast members showed up to theaters across America to say hello to the fans and introducing Eclipse. I was fortunate enough to attend one of these...

Ok, so it's hard to contain myself even hours later but literally a few hours ago after watching Eclipse in IMAX, Rob and Kristen walked into the theater. We knew before hand that "talent" would be at our theater but we didn't know who would show up. I was thinking Peter, Charlie and/or Jackson. Never in my wildest dreams would I think that Rob and Kristen would show up. But they did!

Cue freak out.

It's so crazy how this never gets easier with practice. I've seen them three times before but adrenaline is funny, it keeps flowin'. I'm chanting "ohmygod ohmygod" the entire time and panting. I have my video camera in one hand and my still camera in my other hand just holding them up and snapping photos every second. They say hello, thanks for making Eclipse have such a great weekend, and bye. There were there a total of approximately 2 minutes. I'm shaking for the next 15, still freaking out.

There was theater security, Summit security, and personal security (Rob doesn't go anywhere with out Dean). We could tell which way they left by the mob of security guards blocking an exit.

I'd have awesome pictures and video if I wasn't such an epic failure. My video camera didn't have its memory card (so I was holding it up for nothing) and my still camera didn't have the flash on so 80% of the photos I took are trashed. I managed to take 6 ok-ish ones. Still, I'm so thankful for a room full of other fans who managed to not be such big failures as I am. New pictures and videos are popping up all over the place.

To see these, I recommend you heading over to Robert Pattinson Life. I think they hire minions or something =D

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Eclipse... let's see that again!

4 days of camping out in Tent City, catching a 7 am flight the morning after the red carpet premiere, going to an all night birthday party, driving to Forks, coming back to work then immediately to the theater to see the Eclipse midnight showing left me exhausted but it's amazing what the combination of sugar, caffeine and adrenaline can do for your system.

The movie went above and beyond everything I had hoped it to be. Sure, it cut out a few things, mashed up some details to make the story travel faster, but DAMN Rob is so freakin' hot. Bella who? Taylor huh? Seriously, he is un-freakin-real. He keeps looking better and better. Sooo many money shots. Once I get the book leg DVD I'm screen caping the shit out of it and my desktop backgrounds are going to change every 5 minutes.

And Jackson! Gah!

I've only seen it once so far so I can't go into the details of my favorite parts or the parts that I wished they didn't change/leave out. But I'm happy to say that it got all the important ones. The tent scene read like it was verbatim from the book. Brilliant! I have to give it up for Taylor. He's acting his broken little heart in this movie. Bella's wig wasn't a complete disaster, it was mostly forgettable except in a few scenes where it looked like her hair lines was made out of hair plugs.

So, I saw New Moon in theaters seven times... I think I'll see Eclipse more even though NM was my favorite =D

Also in theaters is Jackson Rathbone's new movie The Last Airbender. If you've never seen the cartoon show, watch it! It's really really good. Not just for kids. I'm really excited to see this. I think I'll catch a double feature tomorrow Eclipse/Airbender.

I just started listening to the Eclipse soundtrack today and I really enjoy it. I have the deluxe version but there remixes aren't worth it and the bonus tracks aren't spectacular either so if you just have the "regular" version, you're not missing out on much. My favorite tracks is a toss up between Florence + The Machine's Heavy In Your Arms and Sia's My Love. I'm a huge Florence fan. Her album, Lungs, is suberb. I love the track Howl and of course Cosmic Love.

I'm also listening to Howard Shore's score for Eclipse. It's very... Shore-like: brass and string heavy - grandiose. The New Born theme sounds a lot like Shelob's (Lord of the Rings reference). The eerie violins scraping against the strings in disharmony is pretty creepy for a bloodthirsty vampire or a giant spider. I can also definitely hear Howard's influence in Metric's contribution to the soundtrack.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Premiere camp - Day 4

The Big One!! (that's what she said)

Risin' an shinin' at 8 am. I wake up to my friend saying "Kai came last night?" Apparently around 1:30 in the morning, Kiowa Gordon (Embry) came by Tent City with his band Touche. He and his band were doing a gig down in Spaceland but we missed it because we were too busy sleeping. Oh well.

The day before we were watching them set up the black carpet and barricades and noticed a big problem. The wooden boards that have the Eclipse logos on them were about 18 inches away from the metal barricades holding back the fans. I don't know about you but the average fan doesn't have an arm length that long. How are we going to get autographs and pictures?? It's not cool. Summit and their planning crew just keep failing the fans at every turn.

We check out of the hotel at noon and make a quick run to Target for batteries and silver sharpies. I bought 4 but only came back with one. I was lending them out to people around me whose pens were running out or dry and never got them back. =T

Around 2 pm, they're starting to line us up in sequential order according to the number on our wristbands. You really didn't have to camp out once you got your wristband, you just had to be in line on time. While waiting in line we met Ian, he's a writer but is moving to Forks and setting up a Twi-shop because it is uncanny how much he looks like Rob (see picture).

We're waiting within the barricade for about 2.. 2 1/2 hours before the first celebrities start to show. There are three areas of the red carpet. It starts off with the pappz on one side and fans on the other side. Then it loops around to the TV channels (MTV, E!) and Ryan Seacreast. Then it turns and there's more media (radio, internet, and television) on one side and fans on the other side. After they pass the media it's a short trip inside the theater.

I was in the middle of the fan area across from the media section. Not a great spot. They spend most of their time on the other side taking pictures and signing stuff for fans there and on our side, they're busy doing interviews. I have lots of pictures of their backs and hair. Some took the time to sign stuff and take pics which was really nice and appreciated. I got everyone's signature that I wanted to get except for Robs. He practically ran past us because he was taking too long and his entourage were hurrying him inside. Boo!

After everyone went inside, they were handing out tickets to the fans to get into the  theater to watch the movie. I didn't want to go and neither did my friends. Yea, sounds awesome but I was exhausted, the seats were probably in the nosebleed section and I had to catch a 7 am fight the next morning and it was already 8 pm-ish, so that wasn't happening. I have midnight showing tickets to a theater that has reserved seating so my seats are great and I can relax and enjoy the show there... fully rested and not starving. Did I mention that we didn't eat this entire day?

I did my best. I got a few good photos. I haven't looked at my videos yet but once I do I'll post them to my YouTube channel. Subscribe and be the first ones to know when I've uploaded them. =D

Premiere camp - Day 2 & 3

Day 2: The Longest Day Ever

Nothing exciting today. Just a lot of waiting and getting sunburned. Media has been crawling all over "Tent City" looking for rabid fans that want to be on camera or interviewed. Every TV station in the area has a truck out here. I could care less about being on television, I"m trying to conserve my energy. Being on camera you need to be hyped up and it's exhausting after a while.

I didn't sleep in Tent City this first night. I went home, took a shower, and came back in the late morning. Truth to tell, nobody had to camp out in Tent City. They never checked wristbands. I think they just wanted something to show the media how fanatic Twilight fans could be. It's a great story, hence all the media attention.

We were told that by 6am on Day 3, we would have to leave the Nokia Plaza and set up camp somewhere else because they needed the area to set up the carpet. So a few of us decided to stick around and camp in Tent City so that we could move our stuff. At 10 pm, the showed New Moon on the giant television for the people staying and camping out. It was great; lots of shouting and woo-hoo-ing. I was getting pretty tired at this point so I only opened my eyes for the Edward parts. The movie ended at midnight.

Day 3: Tired and Oh! Famous People!

The Nokia Plaza doesn't turn of their lights until 2am and we had to wake up at 5am to pack up our stuff to be ready to move to campsite #2. The move was fairly orderly. They moved us to more barricades on the street between Staples Center and the Theater. We set up our chairs but didn't pop up the tent, just not worth it.

The sun was out with a vengeance so we ended up spending most of the day outside tent city. We walked around downtown, got some breakfast, etc. Sometime in the late morning, early afternoon, Booboo Stewart and Tinsel Korey (who play Seth and Emily respectively) stopped by Tent-apolooza. As always, they were so gracious with their to their fans. I think they got to everybody signing autographs and taking pictures.

At three we checked into our hotel that was across the street. We all needed showers and a real bed for the last night to get ready for The Big Day tomorrow. While we were in the hotel, we were all periodicly checking Twitter because we heard word that more stars would come down to Tent City. Almost two hours later we get word that Peter Facinelli is at the Alex's Lemonade Stand.

We, excitedly, walk across the street and back to our camping area. All the fans are lined up against the metal barricades waiting patiently for him to arrive. We don't wait for too long before Peter, Billy Burke, Jackson Rathbone and Julie Jones (Carlisle, Charlie Swan, Jasper and Leah Clearwater) come out of the side of the Nokia Theater. They hand out Burger King food, sign autographs, take pictures, and do some interviews with the media that's there. They were there for a good hour, hour and a half. The boys were very playful. Jackson picked up a small kid and spun him around. As he was leaving I got a fist bump *pow* =D Once I find some time, I'll upload the video that I took of their visit onto my YouTube channel.

After the wonderful visit we head back to the hotel to download the pictures and videos we've taken. We're getting pretty hungry. We've only had breakfast so we're thinking of taking the car out and getting some yummy Indian food but then we check Twitter and we see that Charlie Bewely (Demitry) is on his way to Tent City. Could this day get any better? We're not in the room for long before we get a tip Charlie's there. We rush down and on our way to the main camp we see him by a van taking a picture, we rush over to the side camp and get autographs, photos and video of him. He then walks over to the main camp but he only has a few minutes there before he has to go somewhere else. I don't think he makes it all the way down. Eventually he runs down the line giving hi-fives but someone grabs onto his sleeve and rips his shirt. He gets kind of mad (so would I!). All it takes is one person to ruin it for the others.

Charlie leaves and the place is humming with excitement. "Is someone else going to come?" We're not sure so we walk a block to El Cholo and get some takeout mexican food. One of the servers is young, tall, handsome and single. We linger a bit but eventually walk back to the camp site to eat. We leave around 10:30 pm and walk back to the hotel to sleep. It's been a long day and it'll be longer tomorrow.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Premiere camp - Day 1

AKA: Fail Day

This day is 90 part ridiculous/crazy, 10 parts sunny/sunburned with a dash of boredom (maybe more). Word on the street is that the first person "in line" was at around 12:30 am and decided to pretty much create the line and people just stood behind them. So when I arrive around 4:30am (remember, Summit was saying that they weren't giving out wrist bands until 6am and telling people to park in the adjacent parking structure which doesn't open until 5:30am) there were already 300 people in front of me (more or less).

Alright, not the greatest of spots, do-able. At least I went to the New Moon premiere where I collected a bunch of priceless memories and autographs.

Then Summit shows up and I think it's the fault of one girl in the middle of the "line" who runs and rushes to the front that start off a panic among the sleep deprived, cold Twihards. This one person sets off a mob. Immediately everyone is running to the front for no other reason than the people around them are running. I'm thinking to myself "Is PFach here already?" (He stopped by the line last year on her motorcycle and did a drive by). Now we have a mob scene. Summit is saying 'move back to your original location' but people aren't going to move when they see people that were in back of them are not in front of them and aren't budging.

There's a kind of stand still, a "what the hell are we going to do" moment, and eventually we spread out a bit and they start letting us into the Nokia Theater Plaza area where they take our name and telephone number as they but a wrist band on us. This takes hours. Then, they change the rules arbitrarily.

Last year, you were camping out for a wristband, this year they give them to you first thing. In their notice, Summit had said that once you received your wristbands, you could leave. We're assuming that they didn't want a bunch of people camping out in the middle of down town in the mists of the LA Film Festival. But that morning as we're lining up to receive our wristbands, they tell us that no, you need be to here, camped out, until Thursday or else you forfeit your place in line. This, understandable, upsets a lot of stay at home moms, people who have a family to take care of, a job, etc. They were saying, "If you're going to change the rules, why do it the morning of and not before? Why are you [Summit] wasting our time?" This caused some people to leave. There were those that came completely unprepared to camp out, others that supplies to the nines. We're talking the Ritz Carlton of tents, pavilions, mosquito netting, inflatable mattresses, chairs, umbrellas etc.

By nine/ten-ish, it seemed that everything was situated. Most were camping out in the middle of the Plaza and I don't know where the others went.

Now if that wasn't enough drama for the day, this morning the LA Laker champion parade took place and started right in front of the Nokia Theater and traveled down the street. Barricades were set up for blocks and streets were closed off. Tens of thousands of Laker fans showed up as early as we did, to watch the parade go by. These were hard core fans all decked out in purple and gold. We were by the front of the parade to around that area, the fans in front of the barricade were around 20-25 persons deep. And that went on for several LA blocks. The noise from the crows, horns, and multiple helicopters was annoying to say the least. I thought the parade was a let down. It was a few fire engines and some double decker busses with the team on the top driving by at about 5 miles an hour. That passes our area in a bout 20 seconds and was done. It was Lame. It took around 3 hours for most of the fans to disperse and leave. People from horizon to horizon, a sea of gold and purple.

The unforgiving summer LA sun was not nice to my beautiful skin, I'm now sporting angry red spots on my arms and chest. I just hope I don't peel.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Getting ready for the Eclipse premiere

UPDATE: Summit has made in information page regarding the Eclipse Premiere here.

I'm five part excited and five parts filled with trepidation. Summit has giving us some more details and some ground rules to follow while camping out for the Eclipse premiere on Thursday.

One of the things they mentioned is the size of the tent you're allowed to bring: 4'x4' (16 sq. ft) pop tent. I have combed the various outdoor sports shops and other stores looking for something like that and besides a "Princess Camping Pack" that's meant for 7-year-olds, this does not exist. Four feet by four feet?! I haven't been four feet tall since the third grade! (I'm pretty tall).

I don't what we're going to do about sleeping. We'll mostly be in a giant square, in stead of a long slinky line, for the first two. I'll bring an inflatable mattress and a sheet. Maybe with my chair I can build a fort.

The best parking lot that I found is on the corner of S Flower St/W 8th St (entrance on Flower). It charges $7 for all day parking. It is across the street from the 7th St Metro Center and from Macy's Plaza. The bottom floor of Macy's Plaza has a Bally's Total Fitness Gym, I just signed up for my 7 day guest pass (hello showers!). The Plaza also features a handy food court with all imaginable food types.

The closest grocery story is a Ralphs on W 9th St between Hope and S Flower St. They do have a bathroom. From the entrance go to the back and far left of the store. It's in the corner by the Pharmacy.

Next to Ralphs is a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf but if that coffee (and free wi-fi) is too far for you, there is a Starbucks in the Nokia Theater plaza. Just head towards the theater.

The weather has been steady the last couple of days. It looks like it's going to be beautiful and not very cold at night. Highs are the mid 70s and lows in the low 60s. It's shorts and light jacket weather.

That's if for now. Just so you know, it sounds like they'll start handing out wristbands on a first come, first serve basis starting at 6am on Monday, June 21 (tomorrow!). I'll see you there!

I almost forgot! The LA Lakers victory parade is starting at 11am tomorrow (6/21) at Staples Center which is right across the street from the Nokia Theater Plaza. Get ready to witness even crazier people that Twi-hards! =D

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Eclipse TwiCon Day 2

The schedule for today is as follows:

10:15 am The Cullen Family Panel with Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone and Peter Facinelli.
Jackson and Peter stole theshow here. Ashley didn't really talk unless she was asked a direct question but her hair looked amazing. It was so long. Her and Nikki could have passed for sisters.
Videos here

11:00 am The Bad Vampires Panel: Bryce Dallas Howard and Xavier Samuel
Xavier has the sexiest Australian accent. It also doesn't hurt that he's extremely good looking. Bryce is a true Twifan and was so sweet and gracious and really nice. Her hair is a beautiful red too.
Videos here

11:45 am Gil Birmingham, Christian Serratos, and Daniel Cudmore
Dan is the man. He's so lovable and handsome and talkative and funny. Gil was eh. Christian also had really long and big poofy hair and she's super small and skinny and didn't really contribute much to the conversation. It was a awkward panel.
Videos here

4:00 pm Booboo Stewart and Tyson Houseman
Tyson looks a lot better in person than he does in the production pictures of him. His body looks like he's packing some heat under his shirt and he's kinda nerdy-cute with his glasses. Booboo is adorable as always. I was actually sitting near him in the hotel lobby earlier in the morning but I didn't want to stare or take pictures because I didn't want to be "that" fan.

6:00 pm The Wolf Pack Panel with Alex Meraz, Chaske Spencer and Julia Jones
This was Julia's first PR appearance and I think she was nervous, I think that's why Cheske and Alex couldn't stop touching her. They were always patting her back or giving her a wolf version of a high five. Alex is great, he did some wild flips for us. Cheske loves tossing his hair and running his fingers through it. It's really shiny. =)
Videos here

7:00 pm Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and Robert Pattinson
Oh Mah Gawd the screaming. You could tell that all three were pretty loopy because they've probably had no sleep in a while. Kristen and Rob kept whispering in each other's ears, Kristen's tics were more pronounced, Tayler was goofy and giggly as always. It was kind of annoying when people would keep randomly shout "I love you!" "Take off your shirt!" "You're so hawt!" Every pause was filled with these and then people would shush them and then more would shout in the silence. It was really hard to hear them but they had some really good moments and some memorable quotes.
Videos here

Friday, June 11, 2010

Eclipse TwiCon Day 1

Main ballroom, click to enlarge (there is actually more seating behind me from this angle)

Getting here
From the 405, exit Santa Monica Blvd (the "2") and head East (towards the sky scrapers)
Turn RIGHT onto Ave of the Stars
Turn RIGHT onto Constellation
Turn LEFT onto MGM Dr and head STRAIGHT into the self-parking structure. Valet is on Ave of the Stars at the front of the hotel.

Alternate route (might save you some time):
From Santa Monica Blvd, turn RIGHT onto Century Park W (Westfield on the corner)
LEFT on Constellation Blvd
RIGHT onto MGM Dr and STRAIGHT into the self-parking structure.

Take the elevator up to level 9
Take the bridge and follow the signs to Hotel Regestration
Once inside, take the escalators DOWN one level to get your credentials (Will Call).
Go DOWN another level to the main area.

Make sure to take a schedule of events and a booklet. The booklet has a mini map in the back that shows you where everything is. IMPORTANT: For "parking validation", go back to the Will Call booth and pick up a $12 coupon. Without this, you will be charged $24 for parking.

Main Stage
I have transcripts (more or less) of Tinsel's and Michael/Justin's time on stage but I'm only posting up my favorite quotes.

2:00 pm Tinsel Korey
She is such a sweetheart and so funny, especially when she's impersonating Kiowa. Here are some of my favorite questions and answers.
What has been your most memorable, positive, fan experience?
There was this little girl that I met in Burmingham in the UK and she has Cystic Fibrosis and she's the most positive, uplifing person I think... probably being part of this movie or one of the best experences is probably meeting her because she's got so much strength and it's really inspiring.
Can you please describe each member of the wolf pack.  
Let's go with Alex. Alex is just one of those people that can make you feel completely mental. Like, you just want to strangle him most of the time. And then when you see him, he's got that loving smile and pokes at you and you're like “ugh, I can't be mad at you”. It's got that love / hate thing. Yes, he's hot. He knows he's hot. He's always posing everywhere, doing flips and stuff.
Bronson, he just has a lot of energy. He's like the person “Let's do this! Let's do this!” And you saw it in the clip with Taylor explaining how Broson is just full of energy.
Kiowa, is just... Kiowa *flips her hair to the side covering half her face* I saw him on the MTV red carpt he's like: “Yea, I went to Nordstroms and picked this out and uh... yea, it was awesome.”
Tyson... Tyson's body got like... when he walked out I was like “What the hell happened to you?” Like he's *makes hand motions depicting a six pack* He... that boy put some effort into it because he was really skinny when he first started in New Moon and then he just started growing like crazy. Tyson's body is going. He's just really really... he's just a smart brainac type of guy.
Cheske... my nick name for him is sunshine because he's just like a big ray of sunshine. I dunno... he's great. He's one of those people who's always positive no matter what. So, “Do you wanna do this?” “Yeah! Totally! Great!”
Taylor... he's different around me than he is around the boys because they do their football thing in a small tent when it's raining outside. He's just got a lot of energy. The boy is talented, I'll give you that much.
And Booboo, for all you younger girls under 16, yea... I think he's cute. I'm glad they cast Booboo. He's just an awesome addition to the wolf pack.
Julia is awesome. People try to peg us against each other and start this war but it's just not happening because I'm glad that she's on this journey with me. She's awesome and she's super super hot.

Did you learn anything about yourself playing Emily or in any other role that you played? 

I've developed so much as a female from playing Emily. I feel like it was my role for me personally with my own growth, Emily has a lot of strenght even though she's scared, she doesn't let that effect her... she's still beautiful. To me, the great thing about Emily is her beauty comes from inside. That's what makes her radiate. It teaches you to focus on that inner stuff rather than constantly focusing on the “I've got a blemish” stuff. I found a lot of strenght playing her.
3:10 pm Kiowa Gordon
Sporting a shaggy Beiber haircut and green pants, Kiowa answered questions in his easy going manner and eventually started walking around the room.
3:45 pm Michael Welch and Justin Chon
These boys are so funny together. They bounce off each other adding more anecdotes to a story. Justin told his story of his most embarrassing moment and when he almost died while surfing and Michael did his Twilight movie Forks diner dance and did a Catherine Hardwicke impression. But here are some of my favorite questions and answers from Justin and Michael.
Justin: What has been the most embarassing thing that has ever happened to you? 
Um.. I think I told this story.. actually really recently because it's the only thing that I could really think of that was just really embarassing... well ok I'll tell you two things. One time, I got in big trouble from my dad for being really stupid in High School and he.. I don't know what kind of punishment this was, but he made me cut my own hair. And he made me cut my front hair really short and he kept going, “Shorter! Shorter!” By the time it was done I looked in the mirror and for some reason it got cut like this *motions an upside down U running from one ear, to his forhead, and down to the other ear*. I showed up to school and everybody was laughing at me.

The other embarassing moment was in fifth grade. We were in PE and we were all shooting free throws and, you know, I was a shrimp, I was so small. I was maybe 3'8” or something... and it takes me every ounce of energy from me to get the ball to the net, and it's not even gracefull.. it's like UNGH! And I remember lined up on the half court behind me and I'm about to shoot, I'm trying to prepare... I throw the ball so hard with all my might... I farted really loudly. It was like that moment where I was standing there for a second and I was like, “Do I turn around? Did they hear it?” And I did this like really sheeping look and I was like *turns his back to the audience and slowly looks behind his shoulder* And everybody is just laughing at me. It was pretty embarassing.

How 'bout you Mike? What was your most embarassing story?
That was a question for you...
That was pretty bad... at least I didn't crap in my pants. That would've been bad. I would probably walk... waddle away.
Well, you took mine.
Oh! *laughs* Michael shit in his pants.'s a problem.... I think that's why I didn't get Edward [the role]. I was going to get it... but then they're: “Dude, your pants are full of poop. You can't be Edward. It's rediculous.”
… *makes a sound effect* Sorry Bella... I sharted. I don't think I should see you anymore.

What question are you most tired of answering? 
See, that's a double edge sword question because if you say it then they're going to ask us.
Well for me it's pretty simple: “Rob and Kristen? Mmm... they doin' it?"
"Come on... you can tell me. Just between you and me."
"Is Taylor in there? Does Taylor join in?"
"No... I'm just with.. ah.. Star Magazine, you can tell me."
I just turned my recorder off. It's off, you can tell me don't worry.
That's my answer
Does Taylor watch?
*Mike immitates Taylor watching*
That's my impression of Taylor watching
I might make Michael and Justin's Q&A audio available because they are just so funny.

4:40 pm Booboo Stewart
He's grown! He's cute! I remember seeing him at the New Moon premiere and he was a wee tiny baby but now he's a tall adolescent. He also, couldn't be nicer and giggly. 

Spoiler Alert!
Extended Bella/Edward kissing scene when he's dropping her off at Jacob's here.
Eclipse behind the scenes b-roll here.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

What The Forks?!

You can listen, for free, to the Eclipse Soundtrack here as is streams until Noon June 3rd (Eastern Standard Time). I'm actually going to hold off on listening to it until I've seen the movie. I overplayed the New Moon soundtrack so when the music showed up in the movie, I was singing along instead of paying attention. Though that's not stopping me from pirating the audio. Arrg.

The track listings for the Eclipse Score, by Howard Shore, can be found here.

The Eclipse press junket will be June 12th, and June 13th. So look for lots of pictures, interviews, and videos.

It coincides with the Eclipse Los Angeles Convention (which I will be attending and hopefully posting about it daily) so my coverage will probably be done after the whole weekend is finished as a wrap up. If you can't wait, check out the links on the right side bar (---->). I recommend Everglow for all around general coverage. Rob is scheduled to be at the convention early Saturday evening (June 12th). This just happens to be the day that the UK play the US in the 2010 FIFA Wold Cup. If someone doesn't ask him about it, I will!

Someone is now the new owner of a life size silicone bust of Robert Pattinson which sold on eBay for ~$1,400. It is incredibly creepy looking. Check out this article for more info (but if creepy to the xtreme isn't your thing, skip it!)

Fan art by oxydgenesis

Thursday, May 27, 2010

What's going on next month?!

Ok so, here's what's been going on since the last time we "saw" each other. (Note: I'm random and all over the place with this post.)

The Vancouver Twilight convention took place May 14-16th. Twilight Lexicon did an interview with Catherine Hardwick, on the floor (her choice). I really couldn't care less about Catherine Hardwick. She bugs and she keeps adding her two cents to every Twilight related story whether we ask for her opinion or not.

Collectors edition of Eclipse and the trade paperback came out. Do you own the Collectors editions? I don't and I don't think I ever will. It's seems kind of silly. Is it really worth it? I was thinking of getting all the books in paperbacks, since I don't want to ruin my hardbacks, but I just got my eReader (insert huge smile here) so I'm re-thinking that bit.

Rob went on Ellen. He was adorable and sexy as all hell.

He's in Southern California now (I'm breathing the same air as him ^_^) shooting Water for Elephant. He even looks good covered in dirt and wearing his sexspenders.

There are lots of TV spots for Eclipse now-a-days. I really don't watch TV but I see them (and download them) on-line. I'm really excited now. It's getting so close!

You can listen to some of the tracks off of the Eclipse soundtrack in various places if you know where to look. Jonathan Low by Vampire Weekend, Atlas by Farnfarlo, and an article about how the bands were chosen.

MUSE's single is available to download on iTunes but I just go to YouTube and listen to it there. I've been hearing it on the radio lately and I like it more and more the more often I hear it.

A bunch of Eclipse promotional posters have also come out to grace a bus stop near you. They're ok. Jane looks like Chloe Sevigny from Big Love (pictured). Robward looks amazing in blue. He should always wear blue or go naked (guess which one I prefer?)

If you didn't know, there will be an Eclipse Twilight Convention in Los Angeles June 11-13th. I swore to myself after going to the New Moon convention back in March, I wouldn't do another again. It was ok the first time but not something I'd do twice... that is until Rob entered the picture. I've flipped-flopped on whether or not I should go and I figured, this is a once in a life time opportunity, it's just money and I can't take it with me, and I'm young so I might as well enjoy myself.... at least that's what I was chanting as I was purchasing my weekend pass for the convention. Yet more time off from work that I'll need to take off. It's worth it though. I'm going to try and get some hidden camera footage (they don't like you taking video). *rubs hands in anticipation*

I just purchased my midnight showing tickets about an hour ago. Why so late? Well I was waiting for a particular theater to start selling their tickets. They have reserved seating so no waiting in line hours before, trying to get a good seat. It was well worth the anxiety (bit a finger nail off) and the price. About $13 per ticket. Not too shabby.

What makes me extra Twi-tarded is that I also bought tickets for a double feature of Twilight and New Moon right before the midnight showing. A chance for cafeteria Edward and shirtless Edward on the big screen? Sign me up! It start at 6:30pm. There are intermissions between each film but I'll be basically spending 8 hours inside the theater. If it gets too much I'm planning on sleeping through the James bit in Twilight and the Wolf Pack bit in New Moon. I'm Edward's girl, he had dibs on my attention.

Between the red carpet premiere and the movie release, I'm going to Seattle for a cousin's 15th birthday (yes, it's what you think; I was guilt tripped into going). But we'll be up there for four days and the party is only for one so I'm thinking that a side trip to Port Angeles and Forks is in order.  Time to make the pilgrimage to where it all began. I really want to do this, hopefully my family will understand when my sister and I bail on them to drive down there.

*smacks head* I almost forgot (because, really, is so forgettable). That Bree Tanner novella is coming out June 5th. You can read it for free on Stephenie's website or buy it anywhere books are sold. I'm going to read it first then buy somewhere... preferable with a coupon. It's one of those things that falls into the "gotta have" category.

I think that's about it. If I have an awesome encounter with Jackson Rathbone tomorrow when I go see 100 Monkeys I'll let you know, otherwise here's looking forward to a long Memorial Day weekend.

Note: The MTV Movie awards are on June 6th where an exclusive Eclipse clip will premiere. New Moon has 5 nominations. You can vote for NM here.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Eclipse premiere camp out

Hurray! Summit has finally let fans know when they can start camping out:
Fans can start camping to see the event of the year - THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE red carpet premiere - is Monday, June 21 at 6am PT - Remember the premiere is at Nokia Theater!
Dude, I'm so there. A few days, that's nothing. Seriously, I was planning on starting to camp on the the 18th. :-D

I'm going to try to visit downtown before this date and do some reconnaissance. I need to find out where bathrooms, gyms (for showers), and food are near by. I was going to go today but I was tired and they were having some pre-WangoTango (SoCal radio Top 40 concert) event which means killer traffic.

5/16 UPDATE: From Summit
Allow me to clarify, and sorry if there was any miscommunication before – LA Live is not public property, and will not allow camping before that date/time. You also can not camp on the streets around LA Live. Thank you for understanding, and we hope you’re just as excited about the event as we are! Source
Is "loitering" still considered camping out? >=)

Gah! Hungry Edward is so hot. I keep watching the Eclipse Oprah episode. My face hurts from smiling. 

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Rob

Happy 24th Birthday mon amour.

Mine, immaculate dream made breath and skin
I've been waiting for you
Signed, with a home tattoo,
Happy Birthday To You was created for you

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

News News News

I want to shout this post I'm so excited. I would do a mega happy dance but I'm going to settle with a squeee into my pillow.

Eclipse Soundtrack Listing: On their Eclipse MySpace Music page, Summit released (slowly) every track that we can expect to see on the soundtrack. Here's the complete list:

  1. Metric – “Eclipse (All Yours)”
  2. Muse – “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)”
  3. The Bravery – “Ours”
  4. Florence + The Machine – “Heavy In Your Arms”
  5. Sia – “My Love”
  6. Fanfarlo – “Atlas”
  7. The Black Keys – “Chop And Change”
  8. The Dead Weather – “Rolling In On A Burning Tire”
  9. Beck and Bat For Lashes – “Let’s Get Lost”
  10. Vampire Weekend – “Jonathan Low”
  11. UNKLE – “With You In My Head (featuring The Black Angels)”
  12. Eastern Conference Champions – “A Million Miles An Hour”
  13. Band Of Horses – “Life On Earth
  14. Cee-Lo Green – “What Part Of Forever”
  15. Howard Shore – “Jacob’s Theme”

I am so excited for these bands. This soundtrack is like my indie rock dream come true. I'm UBER excited to see Florence + The Machine. She's amazing. Knowing this, it's going to make it so much harder to resist listening to this over and over and over again but I'm going to try to obstain until I see the movie.

Oprah's Eclipse episode Thursday May, 13th. Rob, Kristen, Taylor and Dakota. It's also Rob's birthday. :-)

Eclipse Convention in Los Angeles June 11-13th: Rob, Kristen and Taylor (among other guests) are slated to attend a special Eclipse Convention. More details on Creation Entertainment's website. I will be going to this one way or another. I must. It's fate. Gah.... the screaming though... totally worth it!

MTV Movie Awards, June 6th at 9pm EST. You can vote for New Moon in 5 categories: Best Movie, Best Female Performance (Kristen Stewart), Best Male Performance (Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner), Best Kiss (Stewart and Pattinson) and Global Superstar (Kristen, Robert, and Taylor). You have until June 5th to vote.

Other: The premiere for Summit's latest Letters to Juliet was last night. Guess who was there? Fucking Rob, Charlie Bewely, Peter and his wife Jenny! FML!!!

Fan art source here.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Eclipse merchandise

You can tell that Eclipse is coming out soon when there's news practically every day.

I'm so glad others have found the time to track this stuff down because I sure as hell don't. So, from the Twilight Examiner, here are a few Eclipse merchandise (ie swag you're going to buy for your imaginary niece) that I kinda want to buy for myself found interesting. A more comprehensive list in their article here.

  • Nordstrom's "Eclipse" line of clothing. Preview some of this line all this week here as it culminates to the opening May 15th on their web site and in stores. I liked their New Moon themed clothing.. I didn't buy any but maybe they're on clearance. =D
  • Hard back Eclipse Collectors Edition, May 25. I'll wait for the BD one to come and then maybe I'll buy the box set. I dunno... I already own all the hard and soft backs... do I really need another set?
  • Eclipse Board Game, May 27. I have the New Moon Board Bored Game. I know the target fan base is 12-18 year old girls but still... maybe they can have sparkle peen game board pieces for a bit of fun?
  • That little Bree Tanner book whose title is as long as my summary here, June 5. Free on-line at Stephenie's website but I'm hard core, I'll still buy the hard back book... with a coupon. 
  • Eclipse Soundtrack, June 8. I made the mistake of over listening to the New Moon soundtrack before I saw the movie. It was kind of distracting when, during the movie, I would start singing along. I'm only going to listen to the MUSE song and not any of the others until I see it in the movie. I'll let you know if that works. =)
  • Movie Companion and the Score, June 29. I wish the movie companion came out earlier so that I could take it to the Eclipse red carpet premiere and get it signed. Also, I predict that this score will not stop playing on my mp3 player nor my car stereo until Breaking Dawn comes out.
  • Scene It? The Super Mega Ultra Delux Twilight Edition, released date TBD. It combines all three movies. All that's left is booze and chocolate and it's a party!

What are you looking forward to? Going to buy any of these?

In Soundtrack News:
The bands being featured on the Eclipse soundtrack are going to be announced on the Eclipse MySpace Music page starting tomorrow at 8am PST (go west coast!!). I will be at work with restricted internet access so I'll do a wrap up and the usually "what I think" tomorrow night.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Breaking Dawn part II possible recast?

Just when you thought there wasn't enough drama in the fandom I read about salary disputes and the possibility of re-casting. Here are a few excerpts:

"Salary dispute holding up 'Twilight 5' announcement"
EXCLUSIVE: Summit Entertainment is working furiously to close the talent deals required to split Stephenie Meyer's fourth "Twilight" novel into two films... -- and could even lead to cast changes for the series' final installment.
...director Bill Condon is already signed to film two "Breaking Dawn" movies, which would be shot back-to-back starting in the fall and released in November 2011 and summer 2012, respectively. 
Deals for Peter Facinelli (who plays Carlisle Cullen) and Billy Burke (Bella's father, Charlie Swan) are done, but we're told the actors who play the Cullen kids (especially Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene) are trying to sink their teeth into bigger paydays that, at least at this point, the studio behind the billion-dollar franchise is unwilling to provide. "We may have a situation where one of them is thrown out on the street to make a point," says a source close to the dealmaking.
A deal is currently being negotiated to move the production to Louisiana (the first was shot in Portland and the second two in Vancouver and Italy). Luring "Twilight" would be a huge "get" for the state -- and, given the tax credits, a money-saver for the studio.
Read the full article here.

Louisiana??? WHAAAA?

Honestly, I'm kinda tired of the drama. I'm just about ready to sit back, relax, re-read The Hunger Games, and just wait it out (course it could all turn into a shit storm once they say they're going to re-cast Rob, there will be blood on the street!)

Also, don't forget to set your DVR for May 13th. Rob, Kristen, Taylor and Dakota's appearance on Oprah airs. This is a lovely screen capture of the Oprah promo spot on TV. Find more on Twilight Poison.

Eclipse movie and soundtrack details

Le Movie
Summit has announced that Fandango and will be selling tickets for Eclipse this Friday, May 14th. Though you might find that select theaters are already selling them in your area.

With this announcement, they also released that the total running time of the movie will be 2 hours and 4 minutes.

I'm waiting for my favorite midnight showing theater to start selling tickets. All of their seating is reserved seating. I highly recommend doing this if you can. No one wants to spend 6+ hours waiting in line.

Still no word yet on the red carpet premiere details at the Nokia Theater. Like... where do fans line up? Can fans line up? etc...

Le Music
The first single, Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever) by MUSE, will be released May 17. The album itself will be released June 8th. (pre-order version 1, pre-order version 2)

UPDATE: Well not so much as an update as I just forgot to add it here. The Latin American band Jesse & Joy will also be featured on the Eclipse Soundtrack. 
“He speaks of these emotions that make you feel a love that, at a time, consider something magical, and there is a desire that makes you lose gravity. You feel like you’re flying, and it’s all love,” Jesse said in a telephone interview major Mexican newspaper. Source
The Eclipse Score, done by the brilliant Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings), will be available June 29th. Which is the same day as The Twilight Saga Eclipse: Official Illustrated Movie Companion comes out.

I'm really excited to hear the MUSE single. My heart palpitates thinking about it.

I'm also a Howard Shore fan. I have complete and full confidence that he's going to create a wonderful score for the movie. I really enjoy Alexander Desplate's work on New Moon (I listen to it on repeat when I'm reading) and I hope to add Howard's efforts onto my play list. =D
See, even MUSE's own website is excited!

Friday, May 7, 2010

MUSE + Twilight = Heaven

Stephenie Meyer, on her site today, announced that the first single off of the Eclipse Soundtrack will be "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)" by MUSE. The single will be available May 17 with the entire soundtrack available June 8. Pre-order yours here.

I did a very loud "OH MY GAWD!" inside a theater when I heard the news. Luckily, the movie hadn't started yet.

The title of the song, Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever), which (thank god), isn't Love Spelled Backwards is Love, has the epic feel that I love about this band. I envision a melodic piano with some violins then ripping into a head banging bass line and wailing guitar riffs all while Matt is spewing out soulful lyrics about passionate love. I'm thinking it'll be Bliss, Glorious, Unintended, and Starlight all wrapped into one.

Seriously, I could not be happier. I can't wait to request this song on the radio all day, everyday.

Update: Here's a 8 second teaser/preview of MUSE's new single:

And you can see a High Quality version of their cover art here.

Visit the Eclipse Soundtrack Official site here.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Breaking Dawn News:
Very late last night or early this morning (depending on what time zone you're in), "sources" with links into the movie industry let it be known that Breaking Dawn will release into theaters November 18, 2011. It is still unclear if Breaking Dawn will be one or two movies. Filming for this movie is thought to be taking place in the fall (late October, early November).

Eclipse Premiere Update: (this will update as info comes in)
It still feels like there's lots of confusion and different info coming out of Summit and into various sources. The only thing I know for sure is that it will be June 24th. Yea, I'm banging my head on the desk and pulling my hair out about this as well.
RT @twilighterz We hope to have all Eclipse premiere questions answered by tomorrow (including whether fans can camp out, if passes/tix are avail, etc.) :)
RT @KalebNation Info about the Eclipse premiere I posted earlier has changed. It was from Summit, but they're changing stuff. I'll have answers tomorrow!
Summit to MTV Hollywood Crush: 'Eclipse' Will Premiere At The Los Angeles Film Festival On June 24
Summit to RobsessedBlog: "It's going to be at the Nokia Theater on June 24th and this is also the Red Carpet Premiere."
Summit, I want a fucking press release!

Advanced Eclipse Midnight Showing Tickets:
Moviefone is already listing Eclipse midnight release tickets in selected cities. will have Eclipse on sale May 14

Main Eclipse Cast on Oprah:
The May 13th episode was taped yesterday with Rob, Kristen, Taylor and Dakota. Here's one lucky fan's reaction when Rob shows up at her house for a segment that he did. I'm so jealous. I want Rob to make a house call to my home! Read Twitter reactions of watching Eclipse from the people who actually saw it on Robert Pattionson Life. OR read about the cast's Oprah interview from MTV via RobsessedBlog.

On a personal note... I just got my MUSE and Phoenix tickets in the mail!! Yeah baby!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Official Eclipse Premiere... NOT!

There was drama up in this fandom today. I didn't see everything that went down but I wouldn't be surprised if we Fail Whale'd Twitter with various "WTF!"s and "OMFG!"s

The Los Angeles Film Festival rolled out their line up for this summer's festival. They announced that they would be showing/screening The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Many, including myself, thought this meant that they were [world] premiering the movie as part of the festival instead of the much assumed Grauman's Chinese Theater premiere.

Kaleb Nation, in cahoots association with Summit Entertainment, let it be know that the LA Film Festival is not the official premiere. This is what he tweeted today:
"FROM SUMMIT: "this [LAFilmFest] is NOT the official red carpet premiere in Los Angeles. That is still happening." Take a deep breath :)"
"Info about the Eclipse premiere I posted earlier has changed. It was from Summit, but they're changing stuff. I'll have answers tomorrow!"
There are 55 (I don't count the rest of today) days until the release of the movie and Summit can't get their act together and give us some solid facts and details. I'm pretty sure that Eclipse is the #1 most anticipated summer movie ever. They're going to make swimming pools of money off of it and not just because of the fantastic reviews it's getting from people who've screened a rough cut of the movie.

*sigh* Now I have to tell my co-workers that the premiere may not be at the LAFF because I was skipping and bouncing off the walls all day today telling everyone about it. *facepalm*

I just want June to come quickly.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Happy Anniversary to me!

Dear fandom,

So the anniversary was actually yesterday but it was one year ago when I moved my Blog of Everything Twilight from LiveJournal to Aurora Fades. Time really does fly when  you're having fun.

A lot has happened but I'm really looking forward to the coming 365 days. There's Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, going to Forks/Vancouver, new fan fiction to read, new friends to make... you get the idea.

I'm thankful for this series, this fandom, fan fic smut, delicious Rob pictures, and you!

You are my life now,

p.s. Rob, call me. ^_-

Friday, April 30, 2010

A note to fans from Bill Condon

Greetings Twihards, Twifans, Twilight Moms, Team Edward, Team Jacob and Team Switzerland,

I just want to say hello to all of you and let you know that I'm stoked to be getting underway on the adventure of making BREAKING DAWN. As you've probably heard, I've been given a very warm welcome by Stephenie and Team Summit - who are super-focused, as you know, on getting these movies right.

I'm pretty busy bringing myself up to speed on what you already know by heart: I've read BREAKING DAWN twice, rewatched Catherine's and Chris's movies 2-3 times each, have all four CDs playing in my car, and have Catherine's notebook, Mark Cotta Vaz's companion books, and even Volume 1 of the graphic novel here on my desk - a corner of my office is starting to look like Hot Topic. I realize that this barely qualifies me for "newborn" status in the universe you've been living inside for a few years now, but a guy's gotta start somewhere.

Like many of you, I've always been slightly obsessed with vampires, dating back to the prime-time series DARK SHADOWS, which I followed avidly as a kid. But that alone hadn't been enough to get me interested in making a vampire movie, even though my early screenwriting and directing efforts grew out of a great love for horror movies and thrillers. Since making GODS AND MONSTERS thirteen years ago, however, I've been yearning for a return to a story with Gothic overtones.

The wonderful world that Stephenie has created has obviously struck a chord with you, and I don't think it's difficult to see why. For me, her characters are simultaneously timeless, yet very modern. Rooted in a beautiful, real landscape with a great sense of place, Bella, Edward, Jacob, and the rest of the Forks/La Push menagerie, experience emotions that are primal, and universal: desire, despair, jealousy - and it all comes to fruition in BREAKING DAWN. This is a final chapter in the best sense; not just wide in scope and scale, but emotionally charged and intense throughout.

I'm a huge admirer of the already-iconic Kristen, Robert, and Taylor, and wanted to be the one to work with them as they face the challenges of bringing your beloved characters to the end of their journeys. Really, what could be more fun than that?

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section below, and I'll do my best to answer them. I hope that this will be the first of many occasions I'll get to check in with you as we set to work bringing BREAKING DAWN to the screen. I am excited and grateful to have all of you alongside me for my TWILIGHT journey.

All best,

Bill Condon

P.S. Answer #1: No, there won't be any musical numbers


Ok, now I'm excited. Bill sounds like a wonderful person. I have good feelings about the future of Breaking Dawn. :0)