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My, how little Anna Kendrick has grown!
The first time we spotted her was years ago, when she made a splash at Sundance with the indie film “Rocket Science.” In the time since, we’ve enjoyed her as Bella Swan’s fast-talking friend Jessica Stanley. And now, at still only 24 years old,Kendrick is an awards-season juggernaut with her new movie “Up in the Air,”showing up on another red carpet at Friday’s (January 15) Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.
And, naturally, she had a lot to talk about. Like “Breaking Dawn,” the final novel in the “Twilight” series. Depending on whom you speak with, Stephenie Meyer’s last Bella and Edward book will either be split into two films or remain intact.
“If it is [split], great. If it’s not, great,” Kendrick insisted, saying it’s not that she doesn’t care, but that she has no control over the situation. “I understand why they would want to do that, but it’s not my call.
“I find out when the fans find out. That’s true,” she laughed when asked when she expects to be briefed on how “Breaking Dawn” will be shot. “You will find out before I find out, actually. Text me.”
Or how about the next movie in the franchise, which is due in theaters this summer? “I haven’t seen any footage from ‘Eclipse’ yet,” Kendrick said of the June 30 sequel, directed by David Slade. “I haven’t done any [post-production audio] or anything for that yet.”
One thing she can talk about, however, is the role that could take her career to the next level: playing opposite Seth Rogen and James McAvoy in “I’m With Cancer,” a drama about a 25-year-old comedian diagnosed with the disease.
“Yeah, I’m really excited about that. I play James McAvoy’s therapist,” she said of her character, who helps McAvoy’s funnyman — well, kinda. “I’m not very good at it, and I’m probably the most reluctant psychiatrist ever. But I’m really excited about working with that cast, and the script is really good.”
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It’s been one of the biggest questions surrounding Summit Entertainment’s uber-successful “Twilight” franchise (apart, of course, from whether stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson really are a couple off-screen) — just how the producers are going to manage to pull off a big-screen adaptation of “Breaking Dawn.” The fourth book in Stephenie Meyer’s juggernaut of a young adult fiction series about the epic love affair between high school student Bella Swan and her good-guy vampire beau Edward Cullen has plenty of heft, clocking in at upward of 750 pages, but it also has the distinction of being the most controversial entry in the saga.
When it was released in August 2008, fan reaction was intense and divided with some “Twi-hards” expressing confusion and dismay over a plot that involved *SPOILER ALERT* a recently graduated 19-year-old Bella giving birth to a half-human/half-vamp daughter named Renesmee, who grows much faster than the average mortal child and who possesses a unique way of communicating with those around her, clearly inherited from Dad’s side of the family.
Wyck Godfrey, the producer of all the films in the “Twilight” saga, admits that the creative team still doesn’t know how they’ll handle the character in the “Breaking Dawn” movie, but said that the plan is absolutely for the production to go forward — as either one or two installments — with an eye toward beginning to shoot in Vancouver this fall. All three stars are signed for “Breaking Dawn,” he said, meaning that Stewart and Pattinson will be dealing with the joys and woes of interspecies parenting and newly minted heartthrob Taylor Lautner will return as often-shirtless shape-shifter Jacob Black.
At the moment, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who’s penned all the “Twilight” movies, is working on the “Breaking Dawn” script(s). “It’s a work in process,” Godfrey said in an interview Friday. “The issue [of whether there will be one or two movies] is not going to be resolved until we get the full treatment and see whether it’s organic. If it’s not organic, I don’t think it will be done, and if it is, it will be. It really has to do with how much level of detail from the books there is, with all of these new vampires that appear in ‘Breaking Dawn,’ the whole section about Jacob… It’s a very long single movie if it does become a single movie.”
Although there’s been a great deal of online chatter about whether Chris Weitz, director of the second and most recent movie, “New Moon,” would return to helm “Breaking Dawn,” Godfrey downplayed that possibility, saying, “I think everyone would be happy and excited if he came back, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
He and the other principals are formulating a list of potential directors, “but right now,” Godfrey said, “we’re just focused on the treatment and getting that right. At that point, we’re going to see who’s available and who’s appropriate. It’s such a complicated book because you have the emotions and the intensity of the love story — so you need somebody who’s just a wonderful director of actors — and yet it’s really complicated from an action and visual effects standpoint. They’ve got to have both tools in their kit.”
A visual effects background might be particularly helpful when it comes to dealing with the character of Renesmee.
“I keep having visions of ‘[The Curious Case of] Benjamin Button’ in my head,” Godfrey said, referring to David Fincher’s Oscar-nominated 2008 fantasy about a man who becomes physically younger as he ages. “It’s certainly going to be visual effects in some capacity along with an actor. I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being a full CG creation, but it also may be a human shot on a soundstage that then is used to shrink down. I don’t know. We need a director. When we get a director, that director will need to come with a point of view of how they want to tackle it.”
View full sizeKimberley French/Summit EntertainmentThe possibility of sharing a set with “Twilight” stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart might lead many a teen into a scammer’s arms. All your teenager wanted for Christmas was a part in the next “Twilight” movie.
Since the first two films in the “Twilight Saga” series, “Twilight” and “New Moon,” have been released and the third, “Eclipse,” has been shot, teens all over the world are getting desperate. Their last chance to be the kid sitting in the back of the lunchroom, or the teenager behind the counter of the coffeehouse, or even the brown dot on the horizon in a crowd scene, could soon be gone.
So your teen jumps on the Internet and starts searching for audition opportunities. Or your daughter, who belongs to a “Twilight” fan site, gets an e-mail out of the blue from a “casting scout” for “Breaking Dawn,” the fourth film in the series.
Don’t fall for it.
According to Lana Veenker, who owns Lana Veenker Casting in Northwest Portland, “It’s all a scam.”
Lana should know. Not only is she a legitimate casting agent, but she’s also the casting agent who gave people real parts in the first “Twilight” movie, which was shot in Oregon and Washington.
Which puts her in the hot seat these days when teens want to know how they can be in “Breaking Dawn.”
A good number have been asking Lana about ads they’ve seen online or e-mails they’ve received offering chances to audition.
Lana says the ads and e-mails claim “the deadline is approaching to audition for ‘Breaking Dawn,’ very imminently. They say ‘on Monday,’ or ‘in a few days.’ And they say, ‘You’ll miss your opportunity unless you register now,’ and ‘it’s free for you to register.’
“But when you go there, you discover ‘register’ means you give them all your contact information.”
Lana followed the links in a few ads and in e-mails that folks forwarded to her. She got to a page that claimed to be a casting call for “Breaking Dawn.”
“It says by checking ‘apply,’ you will send a link with your profile directly to the casting agent.”
People who signed up said that once they sent photos and contact info, they started getting messages, supposedly from the casting director. But they couldn’t read the messages unless they paid for an account.
It’s all a scam, Lana says.
“Anyone who is saying click here to audition for ‘Breaking Dawn,’ or the deadline is coming up, is lying. ‘Breaking Dawn’ is not in production. No casting directors have been hired. Nobody is hiring extras.”
First of all, “they haven’t even announced what city or country they’re going to shoot in,” Lana says. “They may shoot in Vancouver again,” in British Columbia. If they do, “they’re not going to hire American extras to shoot in Vancouver. American kids wouldn’t be legal to work in Canada anyway without work permits.
“There’s no way the production company would hassle getting permits for extras when thousands are dying to be in this who live right there.”
Even if Summit Entertainment, the company that produces the films, chooses to shoot in Oregon again — and there have been rumors it might — Lana says casting directors would never sift through individual applications for extras. They’d have a casting call and check out thousands at a time.
Kids who think they could be cast in actual roles need a reality check, Lana says. In the first film, a few roles did go to actors who weren’t yet famous. “But they were known to casting directors around the country,” Lana says. “They weren’t just plucked up off the street because they were fans.”
Lana thinks “Breaking Dawn” won’t be shot until the third film, “Eclipse,” is released, which is scheduled for June. “Publicity will need the lead actors until then for press, to go to premieres all over the world and appear on shows like Jay Leno’s.
“But even if, say, they were going to start shooting on June 1, the principal casting company would be hired maybe eight weeks before then, and it will work with actors who have talent agents already. There may not be any open calls.”
So anything that says casting is “imminent” is wrong.
“And extras won’t be hired until a week or so before production.”
One last thing: “No bona fide casting director charges anyone money to audition. That’s the bottom line.”
Your kid wants to be in “Breaking Dawn”? Get him to an acting class. Get her an agent. But you’d better do it fast.
This is all pretty obvious though, that these are scams. I mean why would Summit have to advertise like that? Eh, it sucks if people are really putting their money into these things.
Although there’s been no official word about the plans to turn the fourth book in the “Twilight” Saga, “Breaking Dawn,” into a flick, sources speculate that if the film should happen, it will be split into two parts and “New Moon” director Chris Weitz may hop onboard to direct again.
But if any of that is happening, someone should tell “Twilight” star Peter Facinelli, because he currently knows nothing about the status of the movie. “No, we don’t know anything yet,” he told MTV News at Z100′s Jingle Ball on Friday. “Usually the fans know before me. I’ve been combing the Web sites to see if we’re doing a fourth movie. We’ll see.”
With “New Moon” being such an overwhelming success, there probably won’t be an issue getting another flick green-lit — but Facinelli insisted the cast is just really excited that “New Moon” was such a hit. “I haven’t heard or seen [a script yet]. I think everybody’s just kind of still on the ‘New Moon’ high,” he added. “And we’re gearing up for ‘Eclipse.’ I’m excited for ‘Eclipse.’ That’s my favorite book.”
So, if or when “Breaking Dawn” goes into production, Facinelli does know which scene he’s looking forward to shooting. “You know, there’s this scene where Bella has the baby,” he said, jokingly adding, “Like any other doctor, I’m not there at the time. I think I’m on the ninth playing a round of golf, but it’s an interesting scene. I’d like to see how that’s shot.”
Will the film actually be split into two parts? Facinelli would be cool with that. “I would love to have them break it into two parts because it’s such a thick book,” he said. “I think that’d be fantastic to split into two, ’cause there’s so much information. Whatever happens, I’m sure it will be good.”
The star would also love to welcome back Weitz as director, if the studio decides that’s what’s best. “I’d love to see Chris Weitz back,” he said. “I don’t know. I mean, I know he actually has another film he’s doing right now, so your guess is as good as mine. I’m sure they’ll get somebody very capable. I mean, we’ve had some pretty fantastic directors so far.”
If you’re psyched about the prospect of a two-part “Breaking Dawn,” you’re not alone.“They haven’t told the rest of us actors yet,” he confided exclusively to The Dish Rag at the Hollywood Foreign Press Young Hollywood party last night at Nobu.
“I have read that they are talking to Rob, Taylor and Kristen to negotiate to make ‘Dawn’ into two movies. I’d love for it to be two films,” he added.How about that “Twilight” TV series rumor? “I just heard that too. I don’t know how. You already have the books and the story’s been told so beautifully. And there’s already ‘True Blood’ and ‘Vampire Diaries,’ and they’re both great. I don’t know how it would work. Twenty two episodes?
And are you listening, Matt Damon? Because Kellan Lutz seriously wants to bro up with you in your “Bourne” action film franchise.“I’m making this checklist as an actor,” he confided. “Right now I just really want to be part of the Bourne franchise and the more I say that, maybe Matt Damon will read it and it and maybe I can play his brother.”We could totally see that. They even look a bit alike.And on the heels of his co-star Taylor Lautner‘s move into the teen superhero flick, “Max Steel,” Kellan wouldn’t mind some super powers himself very soon. “I’d love to be ‘Captain America’ someday.”He’s not sure exactly what his next project will be yet. And its too early to talk specifics. But it’s definitely going to in the action or romantic comedy genre. And what else did we learn during our chat with Kellan:Broad strokes about his upcoming projects“They’re are going to studios to get the funding, and there’s one I will produce. Most are action films and a couple of romantic comedies and I’m just thrilled with all the scripts.”On “Twilight” being his Golden Ticket
”People work 20 years to get what we have,” Kellan admits. “We really are so lucky. Its like you get a headstart and its all because of the fans. And it’s not just about money or getting offers, it’s that we can mold our careers.”On attributing “Twilight” franchise success to Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
“The rest of us, we could suck probably,” Kellan says. “It’s Rob and Kristen who have the amazing chemistry. Without those two keystones, “Twilight” could have flopped. It really could have.”What do you think? Is it all Rob and Kristen?
As the trio approaches negotiations for what may be two films based on the Breaking Dawn novel in author Stephenie Meyer’svampire saga, word has it Pattinson, Stewart and Lautner are joining forces to negotiate as a team.
Though nothing is yet on paper, there is word the huge box-office hauls of both “Twilight” and “New Moon” — and the likely success of “Eclipse,” already shot and due in June — has the three actors likely to be able to demand paychecks well into eight figures for the next two films.
They will likely have to cut a few big checks if they decided, as rumored, to split Stephenie Meyer’s final “Twilight” novel, “Breaking Dawn,” into two pictures. Sources said Summit has set Melissa Rosenberg — who wrote the first three films — to finish the series, but Summit has to clear several hurdles before Rosenberg learns how many more scripts she’ll write.
One of those hurdles is figuring out whether “New Moon” director Chris Weitz will respond favorably to overtures from the film company and the cast to shoot two more films, back to back.
Summit execs would not comment, but multiple sources said the company wants to go the two-film route, which means reopening negotiations and securing approval from the author. It also means making new deals with a principal cast that is only locked up for four films. If “Breaking Dawn” becomes two pictures, all of the key cast members will get fat raises, and the three principals — Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner — could land paydays in the eight-figure range.
That’s what happened with key cast members when Warner Bros. extended its blockbuster “Harry Potter” franchise by turning J.K. Rowling’s last book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” into two films that will be released in November 2010 and July 2011. The global success of the franchise made the paydays worthwhile.
While the solution to most of Summit’s challenges will be determined by its willingness to open its wallet, the prospect of a Weitz return is more complicated.
After feeling violated by New Line’s altering of his pic “The Golden Compass,” Weitz said he felt redeemed and reinvigorated by the success of “New Moon.” Yet, just before the film’s release, Weitz was steadfast that he would next direct “The Gardener,” a comparatively tiny film scripted by Eric Eason, with Paul Witt and Christian McLaughlin producing. At the time, he said Summit was in discussions to fund that film.
Summit hasn’t closed a deal for “The Gardener,” probably because the film company wants Weitz to postpone it and work on “Breaking Dawn” instead. Can Weitz resist the chance to finish a global franchise he helped build, even though it will mean more time away from his family for a long shoot? That’s the question the helmer and his reps will weigh shortly. Though Summit hasn’t officially made Weitz an offer, sources said the job is his if he wants it. After bringing in “New Moon” at around $50 million and keeping the cast happy, he’s the logical choice.
David Slade directed the next installment in the “Twilight” series, “Eclipse,” which bows June 20.
The two-week $481 million worldwide gross of “New Moon” has vaulted Summit Entertainment into the big leagues, but it also has created a high-class challenge for toppers Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger.
Knowing this stuff about the issues people seem to be having with this movie is really grating on my nerves, they need to etch it in stone. I’m sure after all the money New Moon and Eclipse are going to pull in Breaking Dawn should have a mass amount of money for it to be filmed properly. Criminy.