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Exclusive: Melissa Rosenberg on 'Eclipse,' 'Breaking Dawn,' and Feathers


News flash: The same writer who gave Dexter its shocking season finale is also the one responsible for the swoons you'll hear coming from theaters on June 30, the day that The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens across the globe. That's right -- serial killers and sparkly vampires both live in the mind of Melissa Rosenberg, who's scripted all three Twilight films to date (and is currently writing the two-part Breaking Dawn films to close out the franchise).

Rosenberg worked closely with novel author Stephenie Meyer to adapt the third book, Eclipse, in which Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) finds herself torn between Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) as a vicious army of vampires led by Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) comes to kill her. With the threat of Victoria and her protégé, Riley (Xavier Samuel) looming overhead, plus horrific flashbacks to Jasper and Rosalie's origins and a number of head-ripping fight sequences, Eclipse is by far the darkest film in the saga thus far.

I caught up with Rosenberg to discuss her work on Eclipse and the impact that critics, fans, and Stephenie Meyer herself had on the ways the film differs from the book. She also shared her thoughts on where to split Breaking Dawn into two films, how she intends to stay true to the novel's gory details, and -- oh yes -- I made sure to champion the grassroots Twi-hard campaign to see lots and lots of feathers. (Read my previous New Moon chat with Rosenberg here.

One of the additions to the movie that wasn't necessarily in the book was Bella's big "I'm confident!" speech at the end. How important was it to include a scene like that in the film?

You're the first person to notice that! The character of Bella in the movies, and as portrayed by Kristen, has taken on a life of her own in certain ways. She's a strong character, so it was about really being true to the character as it developed in the movies. She just struck me as someone for whom that would be true. It goes to the bigger theme of the movie; it's not just a choice between Jacob and Edward, it's about her choosing who she is, what kind of life she wants to lead. So it was really about addressing the bigger themes and staying true to the character of Bella as she has evolved in these films.

You've now written three full films in the franchise; how much has each script responded to critiques, from fans and/or critics, of the previous films?

I'm not sure; everybody who's involved in them, we really try to do our best to stay true to the book. There are going to be some people who don't like that and some people who do, and if you start responding to the people who don't like it you start pissing off the people who did. So you have to be true to your own creative instincts for what works and what doesn't. If people ignored the movie and boycotted it coming in and it didn't do well, then I think we would be listening. But the movies have done tremendously, so obviously somebody likes them! So we keep going with our gut.

Eclipse really ramps up the action from the previous two films -- it's darker, what with all these vampires going a-killin' and coming after Bella. When you were writing the script, how much did elements of horror factor into your vision?

They factor in a lot. The books have horror elements in them, so a lot of time for me it was threading those through from the beginning. The book lends itself to really building a suspenseful situation, keeping the threat hanging over the entire time. So it was kind of fun going down that path.

How early on did Stephenie share with you the events and character details that made it into her new Twilight novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner?

It would have been in the outline stage. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to introduce Riley; that was one of my first ideas: let's open on Riley and how he was created. Coming up with a back story for him and all of that. I think I had probably finished a draft of the outline, it was somewhere around then, and I was asking [Stephenie] about what the newborns were up to -- what was going on for them while Bella's living her life, because they're living it simultaneously? And that's when she shared it with me and I was really able to fill out some of their activities and how Riley was directing them. So it was right there in the beginning.

I read it the other weekend, because I'm a nerd --

[Laughs] You and me both!

In reading the novella, I learned so many new things about vampire science in Twilight, like how vampires re-attach their limbs -- who knew?

Exactly! I didn't until I read that. And the underwater stuff -- in the movie, there's this great sequence where the newborns come out of the water; that was her visual, absolutely. I was trying to figure out, okay so these vampires are coming after the Cullens -- how do they get there, do they take a boat, or they fly? And she's like, 'No, man…' That was her visual right from the beginning.

It struck me that perhaps because of the timing of your writing the script and Stephenie finishing the novella, that you included events from Bree Tanner but tweaked them a bit -- for example, in the movie Riley is more present, but Victoria and the Volturi's motivations aren't explained as clearly. How does that change the idea of authorship, where you're writing scenes that didn't necessarily happen in Stephenie's books?

I guess I'm more attuned to Stephenie's mythology as we go through, so I feel more confident to invent in her world. I'm always very cautious about not violating her mythology, and I think that's the most important thing; when you're talking about sci-fi/fantasy stories, the rules of that world have to be very solid and very intricate and very well designed, and Stephenie has done that. That is her genius. I now have a much better sense of what the boundaries of that world are, so within that world I can be let loose. She gave me permission, and I think I gave myself permission, to do that, moreso in this book than any of the others. That said, it was always very important to me to stay true to the book, so there was a little bit of give and take, but it just sort of lent itself to a little more expansion. It was very much a dance between her and I.

You two seem so collaborative at this point.

You know, it's a blessing. She could be one of those writers who's like, 'It has to be this way, this is the way I saw it,' and she's not at all. She's not precious about it. As long as it's not violating the franchise, violating the characters and the mythology, she's really open. She's just a really great creative partner. It's great having another writer to bounce stuff around with.

Jumping forward to Breaking Dawn, where are you in the scripting stage now?

Deep in the center. Kind of right in the first draft mode, dead center in the middle I'd say. Of both [parts]. I'm kind of writing them simultaneously -- writing both outlines and then writing both first drafts because we're shooting them together. [The producers] need things to prep off of, because they have to find locations, so in some ways I've been treating it as one film, but on two different pieces of paper. It's a huge challenge. It's a lot of pages!

Where exactly do you envision splitting Breaking Dawn into two parts?

We're still talking about specifically where, but I think there's kind of a natural break. You have the first half about Bella being human and a newlywed and pregnant, and the second half is about her being a vampire and a parent. I think somewhere in that transition is where it breaks. We've tried a couple of things and I think we're settling on one, [but] we're not sure.

You and I spoke before about how you stay true to the gory events of Breaking Dawn without going beyond a PG-13 rating. Is that any more of an issue, now that you're writing it?

You know, I just don't find that to be a challenge at all, honestly. I worked on Dexter, and I've said that pint for pint, there's more blood on CSI than there is on Dexter, and yet Dexter is far more disturbing. So I think it's not about how much gore you see on screen, it's more about, are you conveying the terror of the scene, the physical pain of the scene? The tension of the scene? I don't think you need to see gore to know what's going on, and in some ways I think that's actually more interesting. And I think that's true for sex as well. I think the hottest sex scenes I've ever seen are more suggestive than they are graphic. So I don't have an issue with it; I think we can do absolutely everything without having to see specific things.

Just so you know, certain fans of age would like to see lots of pillow-biting and feathers…

[Laughs] Okay! I think they may see some feathers. They may, indeed, see a few feathers.

Check back for more exclusive interviews from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse this week!



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Rob on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno







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Video From Eclipse Press Conference With Supporting Cast

Peter Facinelli, Liz Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone and Ashley Greene (The Cullens) Video Interview THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECL from ColliderVideos on Vimeo.

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Video: Rob, Kristen and Taylor on The Daily 10

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28 NEW Stills of Rob on Leno






















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Enter to Win a Trip to the Eclipse Premiere!





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Robert Pattinson talks nude scenes on “The Tonight Show


As Gossip Cop was first to report, Robert Pattinson was on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” today.

While promoting Eclipse, the topic turned to doing nude scenes. This is what Pattinson said:

“They give you a little robe….the moment where you have to take it off it’s the most…you’re wanting to throw up and your whole body starts failing. I was doing this thing where I was refusing to look at anyone and just between each take you’d be sitting there convulsing. And then suddenly I briefly turned around for one second and saw that there – 6 or 7 guys in the room — only briefly the guy looking through the camera lens even wanted to look for more than a second. And you notice every single person kinda goin’ [he looks away] and then as soon as that happens your like hey I’m sitting here naked alright now I want some respect.”


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VIDEO: Another Still and Clip from Leno - Rob reads emails from his dad

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Emma Roberts tells Robert Pattinson she's on Team Jacob and he responds

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Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart field questions about marriage


HollywoodNews.com: More than two years after they started, “are they or aren’t they” rumors about Robert Pattinson and Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart rage on, with everyone from OK Magazine to Oprah trying to get the scoop. The typical question is a direct one: journalists plainly ask them whether the rumors of their coupling are true. Yet press junket weekend interviews shifted away from dating rumors and honed in on marriage.

Said Stewart during a press junket, “I’m not ready to get married, but I have a really great family and I’d like that too someday, sure. I believe in marriage. Whatever you want to do, you know?” Commenting further to ET Online, said the star “It’s kind of sad that people cringe at the word marriage but it’s totally common. It is just our generation… Maybe if you’re in the right place, it could be the right thing for you.”

Pattinson was also on deck to answer the question–in his case for former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager, who interviewed him for The Today Show. “I don’t think settling down should be the same thing as getting married. I mean, I guess settling down just means not sleeping with everybody. I don’t like the idea of having to ‘settle’ though”.

Though some have speculated that Rob’s answer in particular is evidence that the two stars must not be dating, a close read of their answers doesn’t show them as mutually exclusive. For two stars who will barely admit they’re dating anybody, much less one another, adding marriage to the conversation is a curious turn.

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Video: Rob's Interview with 'Today Show' Australia

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Stephenie Meyer Interview - The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

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Kristen Stewart Talks THE CAKE EATERS, ADVENTURELAND on THE JIMMY KIMMEL SHOW (2009)

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FIRST PHOTO of Robert Pattinson being interviewed on "The Tonight Show


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Kristen talks ‘Eclipse’: "Bella is awkward and owns that



Kristen Stewart says her character of mortal Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga films is “awkward” but that her personality helps her show in the upcoming third movie Eclipse that her love for the vampire Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson is genuine and by choice. “She’s awkward whatever but she so owns that,” Stewart said. “I think it’s important for to make a choice to be with Edward and a choice to be a part of his world and not just hike it up to ‘Oh I have the vampire effect, it’s just taken over and I’m just going to mindlessly follow him where ever he goes.’” “So, I think it’s important for her at the end to say, ‘I’m kind of a weirdo, so I really belong here, so stop discrediting my love for you, homey,” the actress said in comments made to George Pennacchio of KABC Television, OnTheRedCarpet.com’s parent company. Swan has a “unique” relationship with Cullen as well as the third side to the ongoing love triangle – the werewolf Jacob Black, played by Taylor Lautner. Pattinson jokingly compared the showdowns between Cullen and Black to being in a nightclub. “Now their dynamic is surprising for Bella because she’s like, ‘Why do you guys even care?’ because she’s so clueless,” Stewart said. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, set to hit theaters on June 30, is “very suspenseful” but has good comedic elements, according to Lautner.

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Video from Kristen's crazy cat lady interview

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(HQ Video) Robert Pattinson’s Full Interview for Nightline

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LA Eclipse premiere will be LIVE STREAMED by MTV

Great news for all Twilight fans! MTV will be live streaming the LA Eclipse Premiere on Thursday 24th June. I’ve already asked whether UK fans will be able to watch the live stream – I’ll let you know what MTV say when a get a response!

If you’re not going to be one of the lucky few who will get the plush chance to grab, tug, pull and scream at Robert Pattinson (and the rest of his “Twilight” cast members for that matter) come June 24 when “Eclipse” premieres in L.A., then we’ve got news for you!

Hollywood Crush and MTV.com will be providing an “Eclipse” premiere LIVE STREAM from the red carpet at the Nokia Theater on that hotly anticipated Thursday night (June 24 is only nine days away!). With MTV New’s Josh Horowitz — and an accompanying camera crew — on a special platform interviewing all the famous faces as they go by, you’ll be able to watch all the action and fashion as it happens. It doesn’t get much better than this … uh unless of course we figure out a way to make our telecast 3-D. Wishful thinking!

So save the date for our “Eclipse” premiere live video (the night of Thursday, June 24th!).

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Eclipse Tent Scene was Reshot To Be More 'Erotic'


The tent scene is already a cast favorite and the most eagerly anticipated moment in "Eclipse," opening June 30. At a "New Moon" screening last year, Taylor Lautner said it was his favorite moment to film, while Elizabeth Reaser described it as a "chaste three-way."

Robert Pattinson has yet to see the final cut of his love-triangle moment with Lautner and Kristen Stewart, but he did approve of an earlier version of the scene.

"I saw an earlier cut, and I liked what happened in the tent scene when I saw it," he told MTV News while promoting "Eclipse" in Los Angeles. "But we re-shot it, so I'm not sure what the new one is like. So maybe on the DVD you'll have the old tent scene."

So what changed in the new tent scene? Apparently, it's much steamier. "Just the staging was different," he said. "I think they tried to make it more erotic."


Well, whatever they did, it certainly has Reaser all hot and bothered. When asked which scene she was most excited for fans to see in the upcoming third "Twilight" film, the Cullen matriarch went straight for the camping gear.

"The tent scene, I remember that being one of the hottest scenes in the books, so I'm excited to see that," she said when asked what fans will love most. "The tent scene is sort of a three-way — I mean, it's a chaste three-way, but it is, nonetheless, a three-way."

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Robert Pattinson Promises Many Glimpses At His 'Crack' In 'Bel Ami'


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Kristen talks working in theater and her natural hair color


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Kristen Stewart: 'I'm a Crazy Cat Lady'


"Twilight" starlet Kristen Stewart dished to "Extra's" Lauren Sanchez about being happy and content -- alone with her cat. I am totally boring," Kristen says of her life away from megastardom. "I sit in my house with my cat. I'm a crazy cat lady, just give me a couple of years," the actress joked.

On the big screen, Kristen's life as Bella is a little more complicated. Caught in a twisted love triangle between Edward and Jacob, Stewart jokes that having two guys fight over her is really "awful."
Robert Pattinson's character popped the question to Bella in "New Moon," so how would Kristen want to be proposed to in real life? "I would want it to be really random," she said. "I would literally want it to be like, 'Hey we should get married, you want to?'"

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Robert Pattinson: 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's 'macho' stuff like being in nightclub


Robert Pattinson compares the showdowns between his Twilight character, the vampire Edward Cullen, and the werewolf Jacob Black, played by Taylor Lautner, in the upcoming third film Eclipse to "being in a club in South Beach".

"One of the most difficult things is kind of doing all this macho stuff with someone else when it's so not for real at all," he said. "It could be very embarrassing if it wasn't funny."


"Doing that kind of stepping up to this guy with his shirt off - it's like being in a club in South Beach or something," Pattinson told George Pennacchio of KABC Television, OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company.
Lautner said the two ruined several takes because they "couldn't keep a straight face" during their confrontations, saying: "The most challenging thing about filming this movie is having to hate Edward, because Rob is such a nice guy."

In The Twilight Saga films is based on the books by Stephenie Meyer. The series sees Cullen and Black battle for the affections of the mortal Bella, played by Kristen Stewart, who says her character is "awkward" but that her personality helps her show that her love for Cullen is genuine and by choice.

Pattinson says unlike in the previous film, New Moon, at least two of them are in "almost every single scene" in Eclipse, which is set for release on June 30 and which is "very suspenseful" but has good comedic elements, according to Lautner.


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