Bill Condon thanks Twilight fans

Bill Condon, the director of the last two films in The Twilight Saga, has written a very sweet, sincere letter thanking fans of the series for their dedication, which was posted on the official Twilight Saga Facebook page.

'Breaking Dawn' director Bill Condon pens message to 'Twilight' fans

Greetings to our global Twihard family,

On the flight now from Madrid to Berlin, I wanted to check in one last time, as you’re finally getting a look at what we’ve all been working on so intensely.  It’s hard to believe that after our Berlin premiere tonight, my TWILIGHT journey will finally come to a close.  It’s been almost three years since I first wrote to you.  I’m very proud of what we’ve created together since then, and I hope that PART II fulfills your expectations for the grand finale to Stephenie’s sprawling saga. Fingers crossed that you’ve also managed to stay at least mostly spoiler-free, in order to enjoy the twists and parting gifts we have in store for you…

Thank you again for making me feel like a member of your fandom family online…for sleeping in The Line in San Diego in order to laugh with us in Hall H…for traveling great distances to join us in L.A. for last year’s Tent City and this year’s Fan Camp.  Above all, thank you for trusting me with this universe you care so deeply about – we tried to match your intensity in our attention to every detail.  That said, I don’t think I’ll ever live down the shame of being spied on by Twihard covens around the world on our very first night of shooting in Rio.  Thanks to photos shot and instantly posted online of Bella and Edward on their honeymoon, we were called out in real time for missing a certain engagement ring…  (Sorry — again!)

As with you all, what I’ll take with me from my time in Forks are so many great friendships – our massive cast of talented actors, and new creative partners such as Melissa Rosenberg, Guillermo Navarro and Phil Tippett.  I hope to know them all for years and to work with them again soon, making movies yet to be dreamed up.  At the L.A. premiere Monday night, Phil said we should make a “bloody, giant monster movie.”  But is there room for a musical number?

See you at the theatre.


How the ‘Breaking Dawn’ Finale Plot Twist Came to Be

If you’ve already seen Breaking Dawn Part 2, you know that the ending is much different than the original book!

The Hollywood Reporter talked to Stephenie Meyer, Melissa Rosenberg, and Bill Condon about how Stephenie came up with the new ending (over a steak dinner in Vancouver!) and what it means for the final film.

Here’s Melissa Roseberg’s account:

“[Meyer], at the time, was debating whether or not she wanted the fourth book to be a movie because she was concerned that the ending in the book climaxes at a very tense conversation, which was beautiful in the book — but for film, that’s not going to fly,” she continues. “We started batting around ideas and then we both had this idea at the same. I think she may have mentioned something first, ‘OK, this may be stupid, but what about this?’ And I was like, ‘What about that!’ And it was one of those moments; the light bulb came on, and we both suddenly got incredibly excited about it. That was it, we were both on board.”

Watch The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Premiere LIVE!

It’s 4:30 PM on the West Coast, which officially marks the start of Yahoo! Movies‘ exclusive livestream from the premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2!

This is the only livestream covering the event, but they’ll be covering every angle– arrivals, the main stage, the black carpet, fashion cams, fan cams, and more!

Breaking Dawn Part 2 Yahoo! Movies Livestream

Click here to watch the livestream!

Yahoo! Movies is also giving fans the chance to ask the stars their questions during the livestream! Go to their Facebook, Twitter (hashtag #BreakingDawnLive) or Yahoo! Answers to submit your questions.

Breaking Dawn Part 2 Press Conference Roundup!

The press conference for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 where held in Los Angeles today, almost every part of which was handled on an actor-by-actor basis. Page to Premiere attended the event and was awesome enough to live blog each segment!

Click the actor’s name to read the full live blogs:

Kristen Stewart

Playing vampire and non vampire at the same time, since the (Part 1 & 2 ) films were shooting simultaneously?
I was lucky playing vampire and non-vampire Bella, because I’d played human Bella for so long. I got to play a really well-rounded version of her.

If you were to take the fact she becomes a vampire completely away, it’s just a more realized version of who she’s been the whole time. It really represents that time in your life where you’re full and pumping, and has faith in herself enough to figure out her feelings and find out why they’re there. Now it all makes sense and she can say, it’s WORTH IT, and it’s really fun and satisfying. It was breaking her in like a car, how fast? How fast does it go?

Robert Pattinson

Were you sad to let him go?
Very very strange. Same frustration, same way through, it’s a strange part. On one part, a lot of the audience project their idea of him onto him, but my own instinct is to find the infallibility and weaknesses. So you’re trying to play both things at the same time, and playing this “perfect” specimen, but what is that? So you’re trying to play an archetype and a character at the same time. I just felt really frustrated…and then it ended.

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Taylor Lautner

Taylor Lautner

Line between caring and creepy with Renesmee?
It’s a fine line and I was worried about it. We were fortunate to have Stephenie on set the whole time for the last two, and she said stop overcomplicating it! It’s a lifelong bond between two people, so, it’s more of a protective thing. Like a brother and sister relationship. So I couldn’t allow myself to think ahead and go beyond that. I think Bill did a great job with it, because it is delicate.

Michael Sheen

Advice you’d tell yourself before joining the franchise?
There’s nothing like being around Kristen, Rob, and Nikki…to make you feel like an old, fat, welshman. You feel like by osmosis you’ve gotten more attractive, but then you look in the mirror afterwards and scream!

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Cullen Coven

Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz and Elizabeth Reaser

How do you feel about being able to surprise fans who have read the book so many times?
Jackson Rathbone: The last 20 minutes of the film are really going to be huge for the fans. It’s really amazing and beautiful, and brings back to the first Twilight. It’s really awesome, and exciting!

Bill Condon

Visualization of powers?
These are mental powers, like Bella’s shield or Alec’s power, you can’t actually see them. In a visual medium, you can’t make it that subtle. I didn’t want Bella’s shield to be a Wizard of Oz bubble. For Alec’s power, it was really funky. That was the darkest power, so we really tried to go after it like a horror movie, like a really nasty power. I attribute that to the talent of the actors! They all took it so seriously, they all had complete backstories and successfully managed to make their characters pop.

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The Behind-the-Scenes Team

Stephenie Meyer, Wyck Godfrey, and Melissa Rosenberg

If Renesmee and Jacob have kids, they’d be vampire/wolf/human! Can you talk about that?
Stephenie Meyer:I know exactly what would happen? There are a few characters that may have a big voice in that storyline. Maybe someday I’ll write it just for myself. I don’t know if you’ll ever see one but I’m not into permanence, so…

Stephenie Meyer Clarifies ‘Bonus Scene’ Rumor in ‘Breaking Dawn II’ Credits

Will there be a “bonus scene” in the mid credits of “The Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn Part II” afterall? Author of the “Twilight” book series, Stephenie Meyer, has recently taken time to clarify the swirling rumors which was first sparked by Kellan Lutz. In an interview with MTV News, Meyer made it clear that the said scene was actually not exist.

“That’s actually incorrect,” Meyer claimed, clarifying the long-running speculations about the “bonus scene”. She went on explaining, “What they’ve been talking about will be in DVD extras I assume but it’s not in the credits. There is no extra scene.”

Previously, Lutz started the rumor about the extra scene when telling The Insider back in September that “[director] Bill [Condon] even told me that, stay for the credits – there’s a really special thing happening.” He gushed, “They’re gonna love it.”

Back to Stephenie Meyer, the authoress admitted that she had seen the final cut of the film on Monday, October 22. “It was the first time I’ve seen it with all of the effects in place,” she said. “It had a lot of impact. Also, all the music was in, which really impacts the emotion of it.”

Commenting on the film’s ending, she dished, “There’s no way not to [be emotional] with the end of this one. [Director] Bill [Condon] has a very good sense of how to really wring your emotions. He put the end together in such a way that I don’t think you cannot have a moment. I can only imagine the fans will really appreciate that moment of reflection.”

As for some changes that have been made to the storyline, Meyer commented, “There is an element we had to change to make it more visual. The changes give us a bigger story. It’s something that me and [screenwriter] Melissa [Rosenberg] came up with over one long dinner in Vancouver. Once we had figured out how we wanted to do it everything really fell into place.”

During the chat, Meyer also weighed in on Robert Pattinson’s recent comment that the vampire sex scene in “Breaking Dawn II” will be “pretty ridiculous.” She gushed, “Yeah I saw that. I think he was talking about how it was so hard to keep a straight face [during that scene].”

“For the actors, there are 40 people in the room and most of them are inches away from you. It’s a kind of awkward menage-a-forty going on. I think when you see the scene it’s a testament to their acting ability that you don’t see any of that in that moment at all.”

via Stephenie Meyer Clarifies ‘Bonus Scene’ Rumor in ‘Breaking Dawn II’ Credits.

Breaking Dawn Part 2: New HQ Stills and Behind the Scenes Photos

A whopping 21 movie stills and Behind the Scenes photos from Breaking Dawn Part 2 were released today, featuring almost every member of the cast! A few of the photos are not actually brand new, but it’s the first time we’re seeing any of the in HQ!


MTV Sneaks Us a Peek

MTV’s “Fall Preview Week” has provided us with two new behind the scene pictures from Breaking Dawn Part Two.

Here’s some Q&A between MTV and director Bill Condon:

MTV News: How are you feeling? What stage of the post-production process are you in?

Bill Condon: We’re at the stage of mixing and doing color timing and adding that last big bunch of visual effects shots, and that’s where it gets complicated because the [most challenging] ones always come in last, so it’s just making sure that they look as good as they can, that’s the big thing right now.

MTV: Is there one specific FX shot that you’re particularly pleased with?

Condon: Oh man, there are so many that are so beautiful. 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.

MTV: I’m so excited to see all the powers! I spoke with Mackenzie Foy recently, the most adorable person the planet, and she talked about how she had fun filming her “power scenes.”

Condon: I know, she’s adorable, right? 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.

Condon’s most fun day on set?

Condon: The biggest and most fun, just because of the surprise they pulled off, we went to the top, top, top as far as you can get in this arena to get the widest shot of the [battle]field with the Volturi on one side and the Cullen group on the other and on the last take suddenly you hear the Eurythmics and they all start to do this intimately choreographed dance that they’d worked out. It was a huge day and the biggest party ever.

Condon also confirms  that the running time is 1 hour and 56 minutes, which will make it the shortest of all the Twilight films by 1 minute.

MTV: We talked about the biggest and busiest day, what about the most quiet, emotional moment?

Condon: There are a lot of those, I would say. … I don’t want to talk about one scene because that’s a surprise but you know what, the scene when Charlie meets vampire Bella for the first time and then meets Renesmee. This is a movie that really only has one fully human person, if you treat Taylor [Lautner] as a magical creature, so Charlie is our way into this whole thing. If Charlie can believe it and understand, I think the rest of the audience can too. Of course, Billy Burke is such an incredible actor who can really humanize any moment, so watching him and Kristen together in that scene, I remember everything was a total pleasure in that.

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