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Breaking Dawn update from Bill Condon

Bill Condon, Director of the Breaking Dawn films, has provided an update to fans about the films. See his letter below via the Twilight Saga Facebook page.

Hello fans!

Has it really been five months (and a day) since my last dispatch? In my defense, they’ve been five months spent immersed in the world of TWILIGHT – something I’m sure you can all appreciate. We’re in the thick of pre-production now, juggling everything from casting to storyboarding to location scouting, getting it all ready to go, but I do want to take a moment to announce to you exclusively a few of the amazing production team members who are hard at work alongside me, bringing these movies to life. I hope you’ll be as excited about them as I am:

Guillermo Navarro, who won an Academy Award for the beautiful PAN’S LABYRINTH, is our cinematographer. Guillermo and I have been painstakingly planning each shot, with a team of very talented storyboard artists.

Michael Wilkinson, our costume designer, is bringing his brilliant vision to the styles of all your favorite characters. Michael’s created fantastic looks for 300, WATCHMEN, and the upcoming TRON: LEGACY – just wait ’til you see his take on the vampire witnesses who come to Forks from around the globe.

Jean Black, our makeup designer, has worked extensively with the Coen Brothers and David Fincher, most recently making exquisite, award-winning contributions to THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON. I’m honored to be working with her.

Richard Sherman, with whom I made GODS AND MONSTERS and KINSEY, is on-board as our production designer. Richard’s one of my oldest collaborators and a terrific designer, and you may be interested to know that he also happens to be a lifelong vampire aficionado.

Our Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor John Bruno has been responsible for some of the most memorable special effects ever, with his groundbreaking work on display in everything from POLTERGEIST to AVATAR. He and his team are working intensely to develop solutions to the host of special effects challenges that Stephenie created for us in BREAKING DAWN, including that remarkable kid…

Wonderful, imaginative people all and very exciting, intense times for us. Even with the months of work we’ve already put in, we’re barely underway on the journey, and I do hope to get back to you much sooner next time with more news. Until then, thanks for your warm reception and continued support!

Very best regards,
Bill

October 3, 2010 at 11:21 am | Bill Condon, Breaking Dawn | No comment

Denali Coven cast

According to Summit Entertainment:

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN—The Denali Coven Casting Update

Summit Entertainment announced today the following have been cast in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN for roles in The Denali Coven as outlined below.
* The Denali Coven is comprised of Christian Camargo (THE HURT LOCKER, Dexter) as Eleazar; Casey LaBow (Moonlight) as Kate; Mia Maestro (Alias, POSEIDON) as Carmen; MyAnna Buring (DOOMSDAY) as Tanya; as well as previously announced Maggie Grace (Lost, TAKEN) as Irina.

* The Denali Coven is the only other “vegetarian” vampire coven in the world, considered cousins to the Cullens.

* The next chapter of THE TWILIGHT SAGA will be released as two separate films with the first of the two slated to be released in theatres on November 18, 2011 and the second coming to theatres on November 16, 2012.

* Academy Award® winner Bill Condon will direct both films starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. The project, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, is currently being written by Melissa Rosenberg with Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Stephenie Meyer producing.

* THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.

via BellaandEdward.com

October 3, 2010 at 11:20 am | Breaking Dawn | No comment

University Twilight course

How cool is this? According to Twilight Examiner, California State University, San Marcos is offering a Twilight course whose course description reads as follows:

Topics in Women’s Studies: Twilight: The Text and the Fandom
Examines the Twilight saga and the resulting fandom. Explores Twlight in relation to the social and cultural construction of gender and gendered identities in contemporary U.S. culture. Using an intersectional lens emphasizing gender, race, class, sexuality, and belief, provides students with the conceptual and analytical foundations to think more deeply about popular culture and its impact. Covers vampire lore, the romantic core of the series, female characters and fans, the depiction of men and masculinity, religious contexts, race and white privilege, the franchising of Twilight, and various cultural contexts such as abstinence only education and the rise of internet fandoms. This course carries General Education certification in area CC.

The professor of the course, Natalie Wilson, is also updating the public about the course on her Seduced by Twilight blog

September 21, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Twilight | No comment

Eclipse DVD & Blu-Ray release

Twihards — mark your calendars and start planning your midnight DVD & Blu-Ray release parties now. Looks like Eclipse will be released on Saturday, December 4, 2010!

Read more from clevver TV here

September 11, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Eclipse | No comment

Visit the Breaking Dawn set

As part of the Stand Up 2 Cancer charity auction, a visit to the Vancouver set of Breaking Dawn is being auctioned off on ebay. Check out the description of the set visit below:

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Vancouver Set Visit

Be a part of a one-of-a-kind, “never been done before” experience when you and a guest take part in a visit to the set The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn in Vancouver! Winner will receive two FIRST CLASS tickets from anywhere Virgin America flies plus VIP car service from Seattle to Vancouver. Experience first-hand the biggest pop culture phenomenon of the decade as you and a guest spend a day on the set. Breaking Dawn is the fourth installment in the Twilight Saga franchise, based on the popular, best-selling novels by Stephanie Meyer. Breaking Dawn is directed by Bill Condon and stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and Dakota Fanning.

At the time of this posting, the current bid is at $8600. If you have some cash to spare for a good cause, visit the ebay auction page and place a bid.

September 8, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Breaking Dawn | No comment

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