“Absolutely, and as a pro-choice feminist, that was certainly my concern going in. No matter what, I would not have done this movie if it violated my own beliefs — I would have just walked away — so I had to find a way into it that was in line with my own thinking and yet not violating anyone else’s beliefs. So that was probably one of the initial challenges of it. I’ve also heard the comment that Bella is the one who’s constantly sacrificing, and wow, I never saw her as someone who sacrificed anything. If anyone’s sacrificing anything, it’s Edward, because from the very beginning — and certainly in this film — she knows what she wants and goes for it, hell or high water. She’s perhaps even a little selfish because she’s so driven for what she wants. ‘Okay, so I die and Edward’s broken-hearted for the rest of eternity? Well, tough luck, I’m going for it anyway.’ She’s very clear, and frankly, I see her as a very strong character. Do other people see her as someone who sacrifices? Absolutely, but I’ve never written her that way, and it actually took me by surprise.”
— “Breaking Dawn” screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg (who also wrote the three previous flicks) on a debate in this film between the Cullens about whether to call the vampire-thing in Bella’s belly “baby” or a “fetus.” Keep reading »
When I heard that Diablo Cody had signed on to write the big-screen version of my beloved Sweet Valley High series, I died a little inside. In a good way. You see, I’m such a hardcore SVH fan that I collect the series and read them on the regular. I am still not over the butchering that occurred when SVH became a TV show, starring a bunch of losers who had no business tainting Francine Pascal’s vision. However, Diablo Cody I trust. Mostly. I’m thrilled to learn that the film will be taking place in the ’80s, which means it will, hopefully, be inspired aesthetically by the original book covers, recognizable by their soft-focus-colored pencil drawings. However, I’m concerned that Diablo might need help casting the film. I’ll never forgive her if Lila Fowler is played by, shudder, Megan Fox, or Bruce Patman’s brawny bad boy is ruined by faux badass Shia LeBeouf. Diablo, I hope you are reading.
The Dixie Chicks share their life stories through their songs. If you can’t get enough of these female phenoms and their music, you’re going to want to hear the inspirational tales behind their biggest hits on the new DVD “Dixie Chicks Storytellers” due out November 29. Recorded live in 2006 for VH1, their performance at the Los Angeles Theater was the grand finale in the whirlwind that surrounded the release of their album, Taking the Long Way. The DVD includes personal anecdotes and never before seen performances from the original broadcast.
WIN THIS! “Not Ready To Make Nice”, one of the Dixie Chicks biggest hits, is perhaps their most irreverent. Tell us in the comments about a time in your life when you were too mad to back down and stood up for what you believed in—the tales that inspire us the most will win the grand prize package, which includes “Dixie Chicks Storytellers” DVD, The Essential Dixie Chicks CD, and a signed poster. Two lucky runners up will receive a DVD and signed poster. Enter by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. We’ll pick our favorite responses and announce the winners on Wednesday, November 30. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. (Read the official rules here.) Good luck!
Well, I suppose we should have known this was coming, as much as we may have wished that Rebecca Black’s horrible “Friday” was but a bitter, distant memory. The song, which became a sensation this summer for hell only knows what reason, is not being used by Kohl’s to advertise their Black Friday sale, the day after Thanksgiving. I shudder to think of how many extra dollars Rebecca Black suddenly has to spend as a result of this deal.
It seems like Beyoncé only gets fiercer with every passing year. If you can’t get enough of Bey’s powerful voice and mesmerizing performances, you’ll be thankful for her new DVD, “Live At Roseland: The Elements Of 4,” due out November 29. This deluxe, two-disc set features the complete Roseland concert, bonus offstage footage, a 20-page booklet and a video anthology that includes seven videos from her latest album, 4. (You can check out the DVD trailer here!) As if that weren’t enough Beyoncé to be grateful for, the concert documentary is filled with never-before seen footage and stories of her personal journey from eager five-year-old music fan to fierce entertainer and mother-to-be who is in control of every aspect of her life and career.
WIN THIS! Beyoncé says that the album 4 is all about her defining life moments. Tell us in the comments about the most defining moment in your life—the two tales that inspires us the most will win copies of “Live At Roseland: The Elements Of 4″ DVD/CD set. Enter by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. We’ll pick our two favorite responses and announce the winner Wednesday, November 30. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. (Read the official rules here.) Good luck!