Breaking Dawn director, and thus our imaginary best friend, Bill Condon, is so effusive in his praise about his actors, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. He’s already said that Kristen is, “an incredible warrior goddess” in the movie and that, even though there was some apprehension about playing a mother onscreen and she was, “nervous to show the maternal side because it’s something that hasn’t happened for her yet,” she came through and “it got turned on immediately when Mackenzie Foy showed up.” Sweet, right? What he says in the clip above is even more awesome. He was asked what Rob and Kristen’s dynamic was with Mackenzie as her celluloid parents and his answer came straight out and sounded so sincere. “Oh my God,” he exclaims. “They were so parental with her. I mean, Kristen especially because she had been a child actor before, so she was so protective of her. It was great to watch.” Then he added the part that made our ovaries squee in agreement. He brought up Robert’s deal as a dad, saying, “And Rob, oh my God! Anytime there was a baby around, it was amazing.” Amazing was stretched out, so Condon is letting you know that Rob is already Dad of the Year, without actually being a dad. He was also asked if Rob would be a fun father, and he replied with, ” Yeah yeah he would be. But actually, more serious about it than you would think.” Oh … we’ve though about it. It’s serious alright!
In our sit-down with Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon, he told us that Kristen Stewart was “nervous to show the maternal side because it’s something that hasn’t happened for her yet. But it got turned on immediately when Mackenzie Foy showed up.”
He compared the bond the actresses shared to that of Kristen and her Panic Room co-star, Jodie Foster, and said, “The idea that she was seeing this daughter, in a way, go through this experience of making a movie for the first time, made her incredibly connected to Mackenzie.”
Awww! Bill also called Kristen, “an incredible warrior goddess” in the film, and said her “real achievement” was shifting between vampire and human Bella, as the two films were shot simultaneously. Kristen returned the praise, telling us that Bill totally gets the Twilight fandom, and that he, “had his finger on what keeps this thing going. He didn’t shy away from the romantic elements of it, without making them…sentimental boring BS.”
Bill Condon says that the vampire sex in Breaking Dawn Part 2 was “easier” to figure out than the vampire-human sex in Breaking Dawn Part 1 (yes, I’m bring you all the hard-hitting news in this post). “All we know about vampire sex is that it’s really, really good in a way we can’t even imagine. So it was more abstract.”
The director – who is an absolute delight to chat with – credits Rob Pattinson for coming up with the vampire sex scene’s most pivotal lovemaking move. “Rob had the absolute best idea for it,” he says. “He was like, ‘you know what her real erogenous zone is that I really want to start with? It’s right here on her neck, because that’s the classic place where a vampire bites somebody, so it’s the one place he’s never been able to kiss her before, because he can’t trust himself. So now that he’s a vampire he can finally attack that neck.’”
Bill adds, “It was a great way to get started.”
Um, yeah it was. Now, as Bill was telling me this, my pervy fangirl brain was buzzing between how hot it is that Rob was basically directing where on his girlfriend he wanted to kiss first in the sex scene and how sad I was that he chose Kristen Stewart‘s neck over her arm pit. But you know, beggars can’t be chosers, right?
We’ve seen the vampire sex and are dying to talk with you all about it. Let’s discuss on November 16th, shall we?
For some of you, the pinnacle of all things Twilight was the honeymoon scene in Breaking Dawn – Part 1. Personally, I’ve been dying for the ultimate Cullen-Volturi showdown since, oh, August 2008. It sounds like the folks behind the film were looking forward to it too. In an interview with MTV News, director Bill Condon gave a few details about some of the effects that they’re employing to illustrate the vampires’ various supernatural abilities. And we thought we couldn’t be more excited for this movie.
“Oh man, there are so many [effects] that are so beautiful,” he said. “I love the way, it’s very creepy, but I love the way that Alec’s mist looks. He has that mist that can make you blind, deaf and dumb, so that’s looking really good. It feels like the best Hammer [horror] movie you’ve ever seen. It’s a little different [type of mist] and sort of has tentacles that can get inside you and all that stuff.”
Ooh, that does sound creepy. So does the effect their using to show of Renesmee’s (Mackenzie Foy) special skill. “Her power, she touches somebody and she can show them what’s in her head and that you develop. There are some visual things, but a lot of that is done through Carter Burwell’s score, but then just recently in the mixing Dane Davis, who is a brilliant sound designer, he did The Matrix and so many other movies, he had her just speak and read poetry and things like that, and he’s turned it into hundreds of tracks. You don’t actually hear words but it becomes the chattering of her [voice], it’s a very abstract effect that I’ve never heard before. It’s really cool.”
“The fact is, these are actors playing parts, and maybe it’s not such a bad thing that people be reminded of that,” Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon told Entertainment Weekly in the magazine’s Fall Movie Preview issue, referring, of course to Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s real-life relationship woes.
We are torn as to how to interpret Condon’s words. The cynic in us could read that as: He thinks their entire relationship was staged, just for the benefit of the Twilight franchise. Or he could be saying actors who play onscreen couples don’t belong together, so their breakup is a good thing. Third: People need to back off and be reminded that their on- and off-screen love affair are two separate things, and our only business is with the former. And, OK, maybe what he said after that supports our last theory:
“Both of these actors gave heart and soul to the Twilight movies, not only during shooting, but also by navigating so graciously the whole life-in-a-fishbowl aspect of the phenomenon,” he said. “Above all they have always shown great respect for the fans who made these movies such a success. Now it’s time that some of that respect be returned to them.”
Either way, this other quote from the issue is super depressing. At a roundtable interview, Pattinson talked about how annoyingly rational Edward remained through any crisis. And when Stewart in turn asked him what he learned from that, he replied, “Don’t be pragmatic. Be an emotional idiot.” Oh, dear.
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 was beloved by fans for a lot of reasons: the wedding, the honeymoon, the honeymoon, the honeymoon, and a whole lot of drama and blood and guts at the end. But it was still lagging behind its older Twilight siblings in box office numbers. New Moon had a bigger opening weekend ($142.8 million vs. $138.1 million), and both Eclipse and New Moon had bigger overall domestic box office grosses (Eclipse raked in $300.5 million, New Moon $296.6 million, Breaking Dawn Part 1 $280.3 million), according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.
But per Deadline, Summit announced that the global box-office gross for the fourth flick is $701.3 million so far, and once the final tallies are in, including the receipts from China and Japan, it will top New Moon’s $709.8 million worldwide gross. So is that a big vote for Bill Condon from the international audience? Does it reflect the gradual growth of Twilight fandom over the years (we imagine young kids catching onto their older sisters’ enthusiasm, friends giving into other friends’ relentless endorsements, etc.)? Is it the lure of Edward and Bella finally doing it? That extra foreign boost usually goes to big, explosive action movies that don’t need a whole lot of translation, and Eclipse was the movie with all the big battle scenes, so we’re curious about this number. Share your theories in the comments and on Twitter! And while you’re at it, let us know what you’re excited to rewatch when Part 1 comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray on February 11.
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Breaking Dawn Part 1 didn’t quite bring in as much box-office cash as the biggest Twilight movie so far, New Moon, but its $139.5 million opening places it at #5 of the all-time biggest debuts. It’s hard to remember that this mega franchise comes from humble indie roots — but one of the biggest reminders of that is how some of the stars are planning their post-Twilight futures.
Take Nikki Reed, for example. The actress who first came to Hollywood’s attention as the 13-year-old co-writer and co-star of Catherine Hardwicke‘s Thirteen wants to return to her first passion, writing.
“I’m working on a screenplay now,” she told TheFABlife last week. “It’s not autobiographical, but it’s based on a distant, distant family member. And I’m writing music with Paul, and I write on my blog all the time. And I’m thinking about a novel idea right now, so writing is probably my number one priority.”
After all the kerfuffle over Nikki’s quote in Seventeen magazine about not being best friends with the entire cast, we asked which co-stars and directors she’s dying to work with again.
“All of them for different reasons. Right now I’m such a huge fan of Bill Condon‘s, that’s right there in the forefront of my mind. He’s so talented. I was a fan of his long before the series. But all of them for different reasons — Chris Weitz is so talented, David Slade, Catherine Hardwicke who I’ve worked with numerous times. Being in Breaking Dawn and having so many great scenes to work on with Kristen was so great. She and I have been close for many years. It was really exciting to be able to do that with her. And Elizabeth Reaser and Michael Sheen. It’s like, gosh, I don’t know. There is not one!”
[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!
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This job can be very difficult sometimes. We practically need to file for worker’s comp after this one: We’ve gathered every quote we could — from Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and a couple of special guests — about the Breaking Dawn sex scenes. Beginning with the latest, from KStew in her cover story for Glamour U.K.:
“It was so weird, it didn’t even feel like we were doing a Twilight film. I was like, ‘Bella! What are you doing? Wow! What is happening here?! It was very surreal. We [originally] got rated R. They re-cut it.” — Kristen in Glamour U.K.
“You just get lubed up and jump right into it! Everyone always says it about sex scenes in movies — it’s really awkward and blah, blah, blah — but it is! You’re playing Twister.” Robert to MTV News
What’s that awful, high-pitched sound, you ask? Why it’s your FABlife team squeeing in unison over the new Entertainment Weekly that just came out today. Because, as many of you have noted on Twitter: we are fangirls. We love this image for many reasons — the gorgeous couple is wet, Bella’s making her best f*ck me face, her hair looks real, there is wedding ring action. The accompanying interview is even better; Rob and Kristen “shush” each other like an old married couple and they seem energized by the project and director Bill Condon‘s enthusiasm for the film and the creative process. (Yep, we fangirl Condon too.)
But we’re particularly intrigued by Edward’s face of fear on the cover. While Bella looks like she’s about to lay some sexy smack down, Edward looks paralyzed with terror (sexy terror, we should add). So what exactly happened to elicit such a reaction from the 108-year-old vampire? We’ve got our guesses below. What are yours?
- Mike Newton showed up to test out some gear from his family’s camping store.
- Bella whispered in his ear that she’s into BDSM and wants to tie him up.
- A really delicious-looking deer pranced over to sip water at the edge of the falls.
- Someone played him Rebecca Black‘s “Friday” video for the first time.
- Esme just called to tell him that the headboard in the master bedroom is a family heirloom and realllllly important to her.