The nominations for the 33rd annual Razzie Awards were announced late last night, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 lead the nods, with 11 in just 10 categories. Ouch. Not that harsh criticism is anything new to the Twilight community, but it still stings, right? Especially when you see the other movies nominated: They’re either big overblown vehicles for giant movie stars that flopped (Battleship, Total Recall), terrible comedies (That’s My Boy, One for the Money) or obscure movies we totally forgot about (Oogieloves, Atlas Shrugged: Part II). Breaking Dawn, on the other hand, was always meant to be a faithful “love letter” for the fans, not critics and not everyone else who’s obviously not in the target demo.
Should Eddie Murphy’s performance in A Thousand Words be in the same category as Robert Pattinson’s last appearance as Edward? Well, we’re eager to let you guys vent about this one.
Here’s the full list of nominations. The “winners” will be announced on February 23, the day before the Oscars.
Around this time last year, we made this list a roundup of our favorite vampires of 2011 — though we named Bella Cullen as our fave, it was Damon Salvatore who ruled your hearts. This year, we took a look around at our favorite movies, TV shows and books and discovered that, while the bloodsuckers of True Blood, Twilight and The Vampire Diaries were still among our faves, they had some competition from other supes, too. There were the characters wielding magic for good or evil — Snow White and the Huntsman’s Queen Ravenna, Beautiful Creatures‘ Lena, The Mortal Instruments‘ Magnus, TVD’s Bonnie. We had a nice crop of werewolves — Teen Wolf’s Scott and Derek, Nightshade’s Calla, True Blood’s Alcide. And then, of course, there were gods, genetic mutations, time travelers and Shadowhunters. Whether they were on the page, the screen or both, these beautiful, dangerous, ever-seductive heroes and villains made us feel a little bit inadequate for being mere humans. But there’s one power we have that they don’t: the ability to vote on which of these 25 characters was our favorite of the year. Take a look at the gallery and then vote!
“The Big & Best of 2012: A Year End Celebration Presented by T-Mobile” goes LIVE at 12 p.m. ET on 12/12/12. Watch at BigAndBestOf2012.com for eight hours of live performances from stars like Bruno Mars and Miguel, surprise guest appearances, prize giveaways, special editions of “RapFix Live,” “Big Morning Buzz Live,” “MTV After Hours,” “You Oughta Know” and much more!
Stick with MTV as we count down the Best of 2012, including the Best Songs of 2012, Live Performances, Movies and EDM Videos of the year.
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The Twilight stars look particularly yearbook-y in this photo from Comic-Con.
Even the most amateur of movie biz followers knows that stars of mega-franchise movies face a huge hurdle when it comes to finding work later But then again, for every Elijah Wood or Mark Hamill, there’s an Emma Watson or Harrison Ford. Which category will the Twilight cast fall into? We’re taking a close look at all the movies our favorite vampires and werewolves have lined up here, and while we were a bit surprised to see who’s dance card is all filled up and whose IMDb page is looking a little blank at the moment, we’re also choosing to see those empty calendars as great opportunities. Especially now that casting directors must be noting all the cash that Breaking Dawn – Part 2 brought in over the weekend. In the meantime, here’s what we’re looking forward to from the cast next:
Robert Pattinson: Rob seems hellbent on defying any and every box you might want to place him in, post Twilight, so his range of projects is vast. In pre-production, he’s got Mission: Blacklist, in which he’ll play a military interrogator who helped find Saddam Hussein; Hold On to Me, in which he’ll play the love interest of Carey Mulligan, who’s plotting to kidnap the town’s richest guy; The Rover, about car thieves in the Australian Outback; and Queen of the Desert, about early-20th-century archaelogist Gertrude Bell (played by Naomi Watts). Then it looks like he’ll be re-teaming with Cosmopolis helmer David Cronenberg for something called Maps to the Stars. We’re breathless after just summarizing all that.
Kristen Stewart: By contrast, KStew found herself telling E!, “I’m kinda desperate to get a job right now,” on the BD2 black carpet last week. After the release of On the Road in December, she’s got nothing official on her plate. But there are three possible flicks for her: Snow White and the Huntsman 2, which she might star in after all, despite rumors the movie was going in a different direction. Also, there’s Focus, the heist movie starring Ben Affleck. She’s also said to be in the running for Lie Down in Darkness, based on a novel by William Styron about a seriously screwed up family living in 1950s Virginia. On the other hand, Kristen had a very busy 2011, so we can also picture her taking a bit of a break — maybe perfecting her sax skills — and then making something huge a little later down the line.
Taylor Lautner: We think the disappointing box office take of Abduction may have caused Taylor (or his people) to opt for a breather before grabbing all the offers coming his way. We think his decision to make the comedy Grown Ups 2 his next movie is brilliant, though. We’ve seen in the Twilight movies and a number of little videos along the way that he’s got comedic chops to go with those abs. But then he’ll use those abs again in Tracer, which is, no joke, a parkour movie.
[Warning: Everything in this video and post is SPOILER-Y!]
As VH1′s resident Senior Twilight Reporter/Critic, I filmed a review of the Breaking Dawn: Part 2 just an hour after seeing it back in October. That video, in which I appear giddy, flustered and without makeup, is above for your viewing enjoyment. It is seven minutes – about six minutes and thirty seconds too long, so apologies in advance for the word vomit. But I has feels!
I saw the Twilight marathon last night. I saw all five movies of the saga and furiously wrote down my thoughts in real time for you to read. I am not a Twilight fan, I haven’t read the books and up until last night had not seen any of the films. (Okay, okay, I saw the Breaking Dawn – Part 1, but I wasn’t paying attention and I didn’t know who was who or what was going on. So I’m saying it doesn’t count.) I’m not some kind of cynic ready to tear Twilight a new one. I love almost any movie I see in the theaters. I almost wept when Cher sang “You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me” in Burlesque when I saw it opening night, so yeah, I am not a hard sell when it comes to the magic of the movies. So whether you saw Breaking Dawn – Part 2 last night or haven’t seen any of the films in years, please join me on my fantastically long life-blogging adventure. It’ll be like you’re there, except you don’t have to remain seated for eight hours after spilling soda into your crotch. Or maybe that’s how you roll too. No judgment! (Along the way, I’ll also introduce you, via video, to the other marathon viewers who joined me last night. They were a very diverse bunch.)
11:38 a.m. Say what you want about Kristen Stewart (and I’m sure a lot of you have!), but she plays everything completely natural, and I think it’s what keeps Twilight from going completely over-the-top. (Also, nobody was booing Kristen at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13.0) You know what is over-the-top though?
11:40: Taylor Lautner‘s flowing mane (Insane Wig #1). Taylor looks about 14 in this movie, but I love that genuinely awkward moment when Bella accidentally opens a car door into him after seeing Jacob for the first time in a decade.
11:43: Whether it was director Catherine Hardwicke or the book that set it up first, I immediately feel protective of Bella when the high school kids hate on her old truck. You kids can go to hell!
Didn’t we just saw that Kristen Stewart‘s stylist was going nuts, but in a good way? So far nude Zuhair Murad in L.A., a black, sequin-and-lace jumpsuit, also by Zuhair Murad in London, and earlier today, a very cool navy-and-white Julien McDonald dress at the photo call in Madrid, with strappy black Jerome Rousseau heels. We were curious to see what her team would pull out of their closet for the Breaking Dawn – 2 premiere which was scheduled a couple of hours after the press conference. And they’ve done it again. We’re amazed by this neon yellow, beautifully fitted Dior mini dress. More so because of the neutral, glowing makeup and braid that doesn’t take away from the statement color. But more than anything, we’ve fallen head over heels (pun totally intended) for her black-and-white ankle-strap (don’t miss the spikes) pumps. We felt the same way when we saw Emma Stone‘s Ferragamo houndstooth pumps a couple of months ago. Here’s a closer look at Kristen’s heels.
See what we mean? So edgy! We totally don’t mean to ignore Robert Pattinson (who looks like a deer caught in headlights, always — adorable) and Taylor Lautner. But put a great pair of shoes in front of us and we get tunnel vision, so excuse us!
[Photos: Splash News Online]
On tomorrow’s live Very VH1, MTV News’ Josh Horowitz will be joining us for an in-depth chat about covering the Twilight franchise. Tune in tomorrow at 2PM EST and share your thoughts! Check out the video below to watch the show and click on the comment icon in the upper right hand corner to participate in the chat!
At this hour, only one member of the VH1 Celebrity team, Kate Spencer of course, has seen The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and she has dutifully avoided spoiling that big old surprise twist at the end for the rest of us. Except when I was watching her interviews, she couldn’t help alluding to a few spoilery things while talking to some of the Cullens. I tried to hold my ears and sing over that part, but it made transcribing a little difficult. And during Monday night’s big premiere live stream, it seemed to me like the Yahoo! reporters were hinting a little too hard at what goes down. If I’m nervous about the big surprise getting leaked, I can’t imaging what it’s been like for the cast, who’ve managed to hold their tongues about it for almost two years now.
“It just terrifies me that one report might ruin it for someone out there!” Jackson Rathbone told us. But here’s what he could say to tease the mood of this ending, which is something of a departure from the book: “What [director Bill Condon] really brought to this final film is a romantic aspect of just looking back. It really speaks [to me] as an actor … it really kind of brought a lot of fond memories.”
The HuffPo has published a running diary of a Breaking Dawn – 2 screening in New York on Wednesday that wasn’t so much interesting for the story — it’s rather snarky for our taste — but because of the descriptions of the fans’ reaction to the movie. It’s important to know how fellow Twi-hards are responding to this movie to end all movies. Like, we’d be wolf whistling every time Taylor Lautner came on screen. It’s going to happen, so future seat-mates, beware. “As the lights dim, a young female lets out a very loud audible groan,” the post’s author Mike Ryan writes. “Not a groan of displeasure, one of, ‘I physically can’t wait one more second.’ ” That young female is now our soul sister. Someone who really is not our soul anything is this guy or girl: “As Kristen Stewart‘s name is displayed across the screen, one fan took this opportunity to unleash a very loud, ‘boo.’ ”
What’s the deal, people? Who in their right mind would boo Kristen? Is this actually happening in theaters across the world now? Is it part of that whole misogynistic witch hunt that took place over the summer, still spilling over into the movie? Or was someone just joking about the misogynistic witch hunt? (It was a New York screening, people could be acting annoyingly ironic.)
This is where you come in, dear fans. What’s going on around you while you’re watching the movie? Are people booing? Applauding? Screeching? You’re the gauge of how successful and loved these movies actually are, and you’d be doing us, and fellow fans, a solid by writing in and sharing your experiences in the comments section below, or tweet us @VH1Celebrity. (By the way, we’ve sent our own Halle Kiefer to today’s all-day Twilight Marathon, so expect a very different kind of report on that tomorrow morning!)
The moment has finally arrived, Twi-hards. We are armed with boxes of tissues to take with us to the theater tonight for probably the first of many viewings of Breaking Dawn – Part 2. But despite all our preparation, and our vows to move on to new obsessions, we’re not entirely ready to say goodbye to Twilight. And we’re pretty sure you aren’t either. Which is why we’re so happy to have found the above supercut of Edward and Bella giving each other all those looks, from Twilight through BD1. From that first awkward sniff in biology and that one time in Volterra, to their honeymoon and that gruesome childbirth scene, there are so many ways these two can look at each other and send shivers down our spines.
We think you’ll agree, it’s the perfect thing to watch when you need just a little fix of epic romance to tide you through the day. And much less expensive than tattooing quotes on your arm, too.
By the way, if you love supercuts, head over to our sister sites: Film.com’s got a very silly one of Robert Pattinson staring, while MTV’s “Save Bella” video had us in stitches.
[Photo: Summit Entertainment]
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