We’re about halfway through Day 2 of of Comic-Con 2012, but it already feels like we’ve had a week’s worth of news. From the Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 panel yesterday (squee!) to the release of the new trailer for Oz: The Great & Powerful to Dawn of the Con and our chat with Rob Zombie, it’s been a whirlwind experience already. While you should be following us at @vh1celebrity to keep up with all the great stuff that our own Sabrina Rojas-Weiss and Kate Spencer are spotting in the huge hallways of the convention center, here’s a few examples of the star wattage —Michelle Williams! Taylor Lautner! The (Former) Governator!—that’s descended upon San Diego this weekend.
Here’s one of those short but sweet moments that can only happen here at Comic-Con. I spent yesterday morning and afternoon very frantically covering Breaking Dawn, but I assumed I was done with Twilight for a bit when I rolled into PetCo Park for VH1 Classic’s Dawn of the Con party. Not so! My first interview was with Rob Zombie, and for some reason the first thing we talked about as the cameras started to roll was…Kristen Stewart. Yes, I seem to bring Twilight with me wherever I go!
Kristen Stewart just can’t take a compliment — and it’s really, really cute. The actress pretended to hide under the table at the Breaking Dawn press conference when co-star and close friend Taylor Lautner complimented her transformation as Bella Swan. As if that wasn’t enough, she then mimed a shoveling action for a bit as Taylor praised her work. “Kristen has done such a good job over this whole franchise,” he said, as she hid her face. As the audience laughed, Robert Pattinson moved his head at lightening speed to figure out what was so funny.
Taylor continued: “She’s always been clumsy, awkward, and relatable,” he said of her portrayal of the pre-vampire Bella Swan. “And now she’s all of a sudden transformed herself into this sleek, sexy, vampire.” Check out Rob’s reaction when Taylor drops that line — his look of love is to die for.
Tragedy in the Twi-hard world today. Just as Kate Spencer and I are getting all worked up about which San Diego Comic-Con panels we’re going to attend this week and how we’ll manage to meet all our favorite vampires and zombies, we heard the horrible news of a 53-year-old fan known as Gisela G., who died this morning. She had been camping out for the Breaking Dawn – Part 2 panel, which takes place on Thursday afternoon, and after leaving her spot was crossing the street to get back in line when she was struck by a car. According to the San Diego Union-Times, she was in a crosswalk on Harbor St. but crossing against the light when she was hit at 9:20 a.m. PT. She reportedly tried to avoid the oncoming Subaru but tripped into it.
Twilight Examiner’sAmanda Bell has an excellent account of the tweets that flew around the Twilight community immediately after the accident. “From the moment she was hit to when the ambulance arrived and took her, she was completely unconscious,” Twilight Poison blogger Vale told Bell.
Comic-Con organizers had asked fans not to line up for the Twilight panel until setup for the event was complete today, but that did little to stop the Twi-hards. The above photo depicts Gisela G., who tweeted under the handle @mad4hugh, in a green shirt, camping with others. “#sdcc #glamping the first campers waiting for #twilight,” @morrowchris tweeted with the pic on Monday afternoon.
Fans are starting a petition to have a moment of silence at Thursday’s panel, while others are memorializing her on Twitter with the hashtag #RIPTwiFanG.
Still reeling from the reveal of Rob’s golfing hobby and the squee-tastic new trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, it’s all about vampires today at VH1. Well, let’s be real. Every day is a vampire-obsessed day … so naturally when VH1 News hit the red carpet of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, we just had to know: Who does the cast think is the hottest vampire ever to grace the silver screen?
While we admittedly were fishing for answers involving a name that rhymes with Smattinson, we were shocked and awed that not a single red-carpet attendee fell into our trap. Dominic Cooper and Jimmi Simpson rep’d their generation with Kiefer Sutherland in The Lost Boys, while director Timur Bekmambetov, writer Seth Grahame-Smith, Robin McLeavy and Abe himself Benjamin Walker went with OG vampires like Nosferatu. Erin Wasson and Mary Elizabeth Winstead left us less confused with Brad Pitt in Interview With a Vampire. Watch the interviews below and let us know in our poll who really is the hottest vampire of all-time.
Oh, Jeebus! Even though we thought that the 10 second clip of the Breaking Dawn, Part 2 trailer yesterday was the shiznit, the preview doesn’t hold a candle to the full video. What we mainly saw yesterday was a family scene involving Rosalie, Edward and Bella with Renesmee. We also saw Robert Pattinson, as Edward voices his concerns about the brewing conflict, saying, “The Volturi think that Renesmee’s an immortal child.” Kristen Stewart as the awesome vampire Bella gets worked up, answering, “She was born not bitten! She grows every single day.” We see Alice dropping a glass vase as she has a vision of the Volturi coming for them, gliding over snow, till Aro flips back his dark hood, and we realize it’s ON.
The full extended trailer has these bits, but SO much more. It opens with the voice-over we’ve heard before, in the first Breaking Dawn, Part 2 trailer, where Bella says, “After 18 years of being utterly ordinary, I finally found that I could shine.” There are also shots we’ve seen before of the ring, Edward saying, “So beautiful … We’re the same temperature now”, and Taylor Lautner as Jacob saying, “I didn’t expect you to seem so … you.” But earlier, where we saw Bella running through the woods, she’s now leaping spectacularly saying, “I was born to be a vampire.” She’s looking gorgeous and confident, walking towards Jacob as he calls her normal.
More important, we see the machinations of the plot coming together with Maggie Grace as Irina, going up to Aro and snitching, “I have to report a crime. The Cullens, they’ve done something terrible,” with a deadly-looking Aro responding, “Oh, my.” Edward starts putting the plan together, thinking, “If enough people knew the truth maybe we could convince the Volturi would listen.” He goes to the covens saying, “My family is in danger, I need your help,” and they respond, pledging allegiance to the Cullens. There are lots of cool shots interspersed between all the dialogue and it all ends with panoramic pre-battle scenes and a truly spectacular water scene that we can’t spoil for you. It’s beyond epic. This movie needs to come out now. We can’t take it any longer!
You know what’s great about informal awards shows like the Teen Choice Awards? They have complete freedom to make up categories as they go along, thus ensuring that the hottest, most fan-favoritest stars of the moment will show up and take home some hardware. And no one will complain, ever. Especially as we look at the “second round” of nominees for the TCAs, which take place July 22. You can go here to see the complete list. But we’ll give you the highlights you care about most:
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 now has 11 nods, including the Choice Movie: Romance, Actor and Actress: Romance (Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, who already have nods for Sci Fi/Fantasy), Liplock, and Scene Stealer: Male (Kellan Lutz) and Female (Nikki Reed).
The Vampire Diaries‘ count is up to eight, with Villain (Joseph Morgan), and Male and Female Scene Stealers (Candice Accola and Michael Trevino).
And, in keeping with the zeitgeist of the year, the TCAs are shaping up to be one long celebration of Channing Tatum. He’s got six nominations to his name. In addition to his previously announced nods for Movie Actor: Drama (for The Vow) and Movie Actor: Comedy (for 21 Jump Street), he’s also now nominated for Movie Actor: Romance (The Vow again), Liplock (The Vow, with Rachel McAdams), Chemistry and Hissy Fit (for 21 Jump Street, with Jonah Hill).
The biggest question now: Will a third round of nominations include a category for Best Male Stripper Movie? Oh, wait. Is that weird when we’re talking about “Teen” choice? Sorry.
We kind of feel like the Volturi right now, we’ve been staring so intently at this photo (which, btw you can only see in full if you like EW.com on Facebook, so go do that now and then come back and talk to us again). After complaining that the first images and then the character posters of Edward, Bella and Jacob were kind of just more of the same thing we’ve seen for years from the Twilight gang, it is such a big deal to get this tiny glimpse of Mackenzie Foy as Renesmee. And even though we can see only half of her face, peeking out from behind her awesome vampire mama, we’re pretty confident she looks exactly like Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart’s hypothetical offspring. Another thing we love about this photo is how much Kristen looks like a superheroine glaring at us from the cover of a YA novel — her stance, the leather jacket, those hot leggings and lace-up boots, that perfectly tousled hair all say, “I am not the fragile, human Bella you may remember, so don’t touch my baby!”
UPDATE: And here is a much better look at the family:
Just as Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have dominated the MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss category for the past four years — including last night, when KStew had to settle for a little onstage self love — their first onscreen lip lock was victorious in our own tournament last week. By an overwhelming majority of 84 to 16 percent, the Twilight kiss crushed The Notebook in our Ultimate Best Kiss Smoochdown. Judging by that vote, you guys your kisses wrought with tension and danger, but no tongue.
VH1 News hit up the Movie Awards carpet last night to find out what the stars thought was their own best kiss, and their tastes tend to differ from the typical Twi-hard.
“A five-minute Frencher is usually the go-to, and if that’s too long of a scene and people get all weird about it, then a nice, light tongue nibble on the lip kind of thing with groaning,” said Jeff Dye, the host of MTV’s hidden-camera show Money From Strangers.
“When a guy takes me out on a date and it’s a surprising kiss,” said Kirsten Prout of ABC Family’s The Lying Game. “Not like a sneak attack, pins you against the wall kind of kiss. When they dip you down low and it’s romantic and it’s like an old Hollywood movie, I’m a sucker.”
“Yeah, and I like up-against-the-wall hair pulling,” chimed in Lauren McKnight, Prout’s co-star in the My Super Psycho Sweet 16 movies.
It’s all come down to this: Of all the steamy Best Kiss winners in the 20-year history of the MTV Movie Awards, you, dear fans, have decided that The Notebook and Twilight were the absolute steamiest. Not that we’re surprised, of course. We just wanted to give you a chance to say so. Now, though, as we try to see which of the two is the end-all, be-all of onscreen liplocks — and I’m nearly out of synonyms for kisses here, so thank goodness we only did three days of this poll — things are really unpredictable. Both are between two undeniably hot actors, both onscreen pairings lead to real-life romances, both movies are based on beloved novels. Both are either regularly re-viewed on DVD in your home or frequent stops on your weekend channel surfs. And both make our hearts pound and concentration difficult as we merely think about them right now.
A few things that differ: The Notebook kiss isn’t Allie and Noah’s first, the drama is in their reunion after suffering a long separation — the result of meddling parents and World War II. And the instant Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams run at each other in the rain you know they’re going waaaay past first base. Also, rain-soaked clothing basically trumps all.
Twilight’s kiss is Bella and Edward’s first, with all the initial awkwardness that entails. But there’s an added element of danger that makes things much more exciting, especially when they momentarily forget to restrain themselves. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are all kinds of hungry for each other, and we feel physical pain when Edward launches himself backwards to prevent himself from turning this makeout session in to a feast.
So, as we fluff up our couch cushions and get the popcorn ready for Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards, you have one last chance to decide between these two delicious scenes. We don’t envy you this decision. Polls close at 5 p.m. on Sunday!