Catherine Hardwicke—the director behind both “Twilight” and the new movie, “Red Riding Hood“—has an interesting method for casting her leads. She has them make out. “Starting with ‘Thirteen,’ my known technique is to cast the lead, then find someone with whom they have incredible chemistry,” she says. Last week, she explained to us that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson had “electricity” the first time they met—in her kitchen, before moving into her bedroom to rehearse a kissing scene. “The same was true with Amanda [Seyfried in "Red Riding Hood"]. I wanted her to be on fire with the person,” Catherine said. Keep reading »
“[Kristen] felt connected to [Robert] from the first moment. That electricity, or love at first sight, or whatever it is … [I told Robert] ‘You’ve got to realize that Kristen is 17 years old. She’s underage. You’ve got to focus, dude, or you’re going to be arrested.’ I made him swear on a stack of Bibles.”
—original “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke talks about Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart‘s auditions for their iconic roles. They apparently met for the first time in Hardwicke’s kitchen and rehearsed a kissing scene on her bed. [People]
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“I couldn’t get an interview even though my last movie made $400 million. I was told it had to be directed by a man — am I crazy? The Fighter‘] is about action, it’s about boxing, so a man has to direct it. … But they let a man direct ‘Sex and the City’ or any girly movie you’ve ever heard of.”
— “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke exposes sexism in Hollywood against female directors and this notion that they can only direct certain types of films. The directorial job on “The Fighter” went to David O. Russell and Hardwicke agreed he did a good job. But it’s complete BS, as she said, that she was told “The Fighter” had to be directed by a man. Keep reading »
“It’s always awkward in a way if you’re doing it with anybody. It really depends on how it’s staged and stuff. It’s like doing Twister.”
—Robert Pattinson is not the biggest fan of filming sex scenes. Here’s what he had to say about his big one with Kristen Stewart in “Breaking Dawn.” A 12 hour game of Twister does sound awkward. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
I’m not exactly sure who The People are who end up casting votes for The People’s Choice Awards. Maybe they’re related to The Man? Based on last night’s award’s show, I’m guessing that most of them are—OH MY GAWD—obviously under the age of 14. A select few of the award winners seemed totally deserving. Like Neil Patrick Harris (who caused quite a kerfuffle when he told host Queen Latifah that she was giving a B+ performance), who we’ll co-sign on for Favorite TV Comedy Actor since, even after years on the air, he is still amazing as straight sleezeball Barney Stinson on “How I Met Your Mother.” I can also get down with Gregory House/Hugh Laurie for Favorite TV Doctor because, well, I can’t think of another TV doc at the moment. But most of last night’s winners made me think, “WTF?” After the jump, the winners that left me scratching my head in confusion the hardest.
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A dorky thing I love—listening to the cast and crew commentary on DVD editions of movies and TV joys. I always enjoy hearing the behind-the-scenes tidbits, and getting an insider’s perspective on whatever I’m watching. So I’m happy to hear that the DVD of “Eclipse” contains commentary with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison, which is mainly the two of them bantering about Kristen’s wig and how inappropriate Robert thinks it is that Bella pursues a friendship with Jacob while she and Edward are together. A sample moment, from when Bella meets the wolf pack, sans shirts: Keep reading »
When I was a kid, I wanted to name my first daughter Madison. Why? Because I’d just seen “Splash” and thought Daryl Hannah was just the awesomest. Little did I realize that zillions of other women were thinking the same thing and there was a big spike in the number of Madisons born that year. Pop culture can have a big impact on names, and the effect is pretty obvious looking at this list of Baby Center’s 100 most popular babe names for the year.
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Behold, the first official image from “Breaking Dawn.” Director Bill Condon decided to go a little arty with it, rather than just show you Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson‘s purdy faces. So what’s going on here? Bella and Edward have just gotten hitched, and as they, uh, consummate the marriage, Edward bites a pillow. Hence, the feathers and K-Stew’s curled-in-ecstasy hand. [EW] Keep reading »