[Warning! There are spoilers in my video review.]
When my editor Mark was like, “Hey, Kate, do you want to do a video for your Breaking Dawn review?” I was all, “Sure! I love hearing the sound of my own voice, especially when it’s saying words like ‘thrusting’ and ‘ugly wigs.’ I’ll talk for two minutes, tops.”
Er, guess who talked for six straight, gushy minutes about the movie? THIS gal. But guys — it’s because the movie is so great. Seriously. I mean this. And I’ve never raved about the previous three films. I like them enough because, you know, my brain only functions in a Twilight-loving way, but I’ve never actually been completely sucked in, onboard and moved to tears MULTIPLE times. Enter director Bill Condon and the fourth Twilight film, and all that changed. That is why I tweeted a photo of myself grinning like a clown after screening the movie — which Bill told me at the premiere he saw and loved, because it was the first reaction they had to the movie. Me, guys. I was the first Breaking Dawn reaction Bill saw, and yes, you better believe this is a full on BRAG. (Bill, call me. Let’s do lunch. My treat if it’s somewhere cheap.)
It should go without saying that this is a non-review review. We all know I’m like the conductor of the Twilight train, so I walked into the theater with a major bias already in place. But perhaps that also makes me a harsher critic. I wanted desperately for Breaking Dawn to live up to my very high expectations, and it did. I was truly surprised to find myself completely absorbed in the film; I knew the story and yet it still felt entirely new to me. So if you have six minutes to spare, my Breaking Dawn fangirl review awaits you above. And if you’re reading this, you know you’re required to tell me what you thought of the movie after you see it, right? I eagerly await your @ replies (@katespencer).
We visited the Twilight: Breaking Dawn Tent City yesterday and had an amazing time chatting with fans about the books, the movies and, of course, the thrusting. Over 1200 peeps (double from last year!) have been gathered for days outside of the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles, waiting to score a spot on the black carpet of the Breaking Dawn premiere tonight. (See you there!) We hit up Tent City last year for the Eclipse premiere and we’re thrilled to find not much has changed. Fans once again told us they’re camped out for the cast and their love of the books, but also for each other. So many friendships have been forged thanks to Twilight, and Tent City is a real celebration of that — toasting both the silly and serious sides of the most massive and powerful fandom on earth.
Walk with me through the photo gallery to get a feel for the largest city of Twi-hards on the planet. And a special thanks to everyone who chatted with me, said hi and let me photograph them yesterday. You guys are lovely! See you on the carpet — follow us on Twitter at @thefablife for our live-tweets.
Ashley Greene was my last interview of the day during the Breaking Dawn press junket, and I entered her hotel suite at the Four Seasons at 5 p.m. expecting to find her as tired as I was — if not more. She had just come off the European press tour for the film and was now knee-deep in promotion stateside, a whirlwind of interviews and appearances. But the actress, who was recently named the new face of DKNY, was chipper and chatty, dressed in a silky red tank, jeans and sky-high patent-leather beige heels. When I told her I wanted to geek out about fashion with her for the entire interview but was gonna try not to, she joked, “But for a portion, at least!” Sounded good to me!
TheFABlife: What’s helped you grow your style and fashion sense over the years?
Ashley Greene: I think it’s a lot of experiences. With Twilight, there’s been a lot of red carpets, fan events, press and talk shows. I work with a stylist named Christina Ehrlich and she’s been so incredible. She’s very collaborative and never tries to force anything on me.
TFL: Have you learned from past fashion missteps?
AG: I think one of the first mistakes you can make is wearing something because someone told you to wear it. And I’ve done it! We’ve all done it. [Ed. note: Yep, we have!]
I realize I am causing your heads to hurt with this one, Twilighters. Or not. I know there are the die-hard Jasper and Emmett supporters who have eyes for no one but their chosen Cullen vampire. But then there are those of us who will have a very hard time deciding between Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone. But in honor of next week’s Breaking Dawn premiere, we are MAKING you choose.
I don’t normally go for the brawny types, but I might make an exception for Kells — that dimple and mischievous twinkle in his eyes gets me every time. His pre-Twilight modeling career gives him an advantage here, too — the boy knows how to pose. And have you seen pics of him in Immortals?
In the first Twilight, we’re not sure Jackson’s bleached hair did him any real favors, but Jasper has since learned the value of lowlights and really got to shine in battle in Eclipse. Outside of the Twi-verse, he’s got the whole rocker thing going for him. And with those warm hazel eyes and adorable cleft chin, he might be stealing hearts away from the muscle-loving Emmett fans.
This is no Jacob vs. Edward chose here, but it’s a test nonetheless. Flip through the pics and vote. Poll will close at 2 p.m. on Friday.
[Photos: Getty Images]
At last week’s Breaking Dawn: Part 1 press conference, Kristen Stewart shared that she’s ready to take some time off after shooting Snow White and the Huntsman to figure out what she wants to do next. “It’s the first time in a long time that I haven’t known what I was going to be doing,” she told reporters. “And I don’t want to know. I don’t want to rush it, because I want to have time off and figure out what I’m interested in; what my interests are. I do want a little bit of time to really figure out what I really, really want to do.”
We’re guessing that her focus will remain on her flourishing acting career, because it’s red-hot and she’s über-talented. Kind of a no-brainer. But if the star does decide to take a little break in between her big-screen gigs, we have a few suggestions of other occupations we’d love to see her try. Scroll through our (very Photoshopped) gallery below to check out six of our Kristen Stewart dream jobs. Look out, Paula Deen! Chef Stew is on your buttery heels.
[Spoiler Alert! Bill Condon talks about a scene in Breaking Dawn: Part 1 below. Read at your own risk.]
Robert Pattinson was influential in inspiring an important scene in Breaking Dawn: Part 1, says director Bill Condon. “I met with Rob a couple of months before we started,” Condon told us last week at the film’s Los Angeles press junket. “And we were having a general talk about everything about Twilight. He mentioned something that I hadn’t known before: one thing he’d been playing through out those first three movies [as Edward Cullen] was a man who was filled with regret, self-loathing.”
Pattinson’s inspiration, said Condon, grew from Stephenie Meyer‘s unfinished book Midnight Sun, which details Edward’s decision to dabble in killing humans in the ’30s. Condon explains: “[Edward] realized he’d turned into a monster, and it was something that really weighed on him. Now he’d been playing with that across three movies, but it was barely mentioned in those movies. I went back and worked with [screenwriter] Melissa Rosenberg and we put that into the beginning of the movie. So you understood where Edward was coming from and then you were able to watch him shed that because the person he cared most about said, ‘OK, I see that but I accept you anyway,’ and then he’s able to accept himself.
“So much stuff comes out of working with the actors,” added the director. We’ve seen the scene Condon is referring to and we love that it grew entirely from Rob’s research and relationship with Edward Cullen. We can’t wait to hear what other fans think!
Related: Robert Pattinson Has Future As Writer, Says Breaking Dawn Screenwriter
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Earlier this year Rob Pattinson revealed to Vanity Fair that he was adapting a Lillian Hellman story for the big screen. “It’s a secret,” he later told reporters while promoting Water for Elephants, refusing to divulge details about his writing. The actor has long been modest about his other creative talents and intellectual interests, which he often mocks in interviews. “I sound like such a snobby little sh–,” he said to VF, after discussing his passion for Japanese films.
We like Rob’s smart side, and have long wondered what was up with his secret screenwriting project. We asked Melissa Rosenberg, writer of all five Twilight movies, what she thought about Rob’s pursuits on the page. Turns out, she had no idea she’d been working with an aspiring screenwriter for four years. “Is he really?” she said, after we filled her in. “I wish him luck, it’s tough work.”
When asked what advice she would offer Rob, Rosenberg passed along these sage words. “Just understand the craft, understand structure,” she said. “You can have the talent, but do you have the craft? That’s always the challenge.”
A few days ago I wrote an essay on my personal blog called “Why Kristen Stewart Matters,” about the way the actress is presented in the press and why I think she’s a role model for women and girls. So many fans responded positively (wow!) and asked that I tell Kristen how she much inspires them. Because I’m a woman of my word, I did just that at the Breaking Dawn press conference yesterday afternoon. She knows, you guys, she knows! I also asked her if she had processed the important role she plays in the lives of her fans. Her response, which was adorably rambling and wonderfully KStew-esque, is as follows.
“I love that. That’s … it’s really hard to, it’s hard to, I don’t, um, I hate when people say, ‘What advice do you want to give your fans?’ But just to share … Oh god, I don’t even know how to explain this. People that I look up to, you find people in life that are your common, like, ‘Yeah, I’m like you.’ Everyone chooses differently. It’s just weird because this question always does sort of present: ‘So, why are you better?’ And I’m like literally the same, which is why it’s so cool. And I thank them too. The same reason they like me, I’m sure I’d like them, do you know what I mean? It’s like common ground. And because I’m like, placed on this pedestal, it looks like, ‘Wow, it’s so incredible that you can be this way,’ and it’s like, ‘Well, not really because this is so weird, trust me….there’s really no difference.”
She finished by adding: “It is hot in here.” KStew fans, what do you think of her answer? How does Kristen inspire you in your life? Tell us, and we’ll keep telling her!
Related: Kristen Stewart Has “Grown A Lot,” Says Co-Star
Kristen Stewart‘s gorgeous mug made it onto four different magazine covers this past month, each with an entirely different look. Glamour gave us girl-next-door Kristen, W won us over with gothic, ’60s-inspired glam, GQ U.K. was an homage to Old Hollywood style and Glamour U.K.’s shoot was edgy and electric, with a rock-and-roll feel. Asking you to pick a favorite is like the Sophie’s Choice of magazine covers, but we have to do it. Yes, they are all stunning and so very different, but surely there’s one that you love just a little more than the rest. Go on, vote in our poll below the jump. Because really, any cover with Kristen on it is a winner in our eyes.
Robert Pattinson arrived back in Los Angeles this afternoon after finishing up a very busy week across the Atlantic promoting The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 with co-star Ashley Greene. We couldn’t help but notice that he was pushing a cart stacked with three enormous suitcases, luggage that he didn’t seem to have in tow with him when he departed for Europe last week. Hmmmm. Did he take a brief detour to London and grab girlfriend Kristen Stewart‘s stuff to bring home to L.A.? Did he cruise through the Netherlands and grab ALL the Heinekens? Did he smuggle Bear the dog (and Jella the cat, and a member of the Brit Pack) through customs? We take a stab at some guesses below — add yours in the comments!