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Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is an upcoming romantic-fantasy film scheduled for release on June 30, 2010. It is based on Stephenie Meyer's Eclipse and will be the third installment of The Twilight Saga film series, following 2008's Twilight and 2009's New Moon. Summit Entertainment greenlit the film in February 2009. Directed by David Slade, the film will star Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, reprising their roles as Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, and Jacob Black, respectively. Melissa Rosenberg, who penned the scripts for both Twilight and New Moon, will be returning as screenwriter.
Filming began on August 17, 2009 at Vancouver Film Studios,and finished in late October, with post-production began early the following month. Because of scheduleing conflicts, Bryce Dallas Howard will play Victoria, replacing Rachelle Lefevre who previously played her. It will be the first Twilight film to be released in IMAX.


 Novel's plot
Summit Entertainment released a plot summary of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on February 20, 2009, which states:
“ As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. ”


Main cast
Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, who finds herself surrounded by danger and targeted by the vengeful vampire Victoria. In the meantime, she must choose between her love for vampire Edward Cullen and her friendship with werewolf Jacob Black.
Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, Bella's vampire boyfriend who can read minds, except for Bella's. In New Moon, Edward left Bella, and now he has returned to try to stay a part of her life.
Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black. a werewolf in whom Bella found solace during Edward's absence in New Moon. Now, Edward has returned to Bella's life permanently, and Jacob is looking for ways to prove that he is better for her.

Secondary characters
Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen, a member of the Cullen family who can see "subjective" visions of the future and who is close friends with Bella.
Peter Facinelli as Carlisle Cullen, a compassionate doctor who acts as a father figure to the Cullen coven. He is the one that created the Cullen family except for Alice and Jasper.
Elizabeth Reaser as Esme Cullen, a loving mother figure of the Cullen coven.
Kellan Lutz as Emmett Cullen, the strongest member of the Cullen family, and provides comic relief
Nikki Reed as Rosalie Hale, the most beautiful member of the Cullen family.
Jackson Rathbone as Jasper Hale, a member of the Cullen coven who trains his family on how to fight newborn vampires and can control/manipulate emotions.
Billy Burke as Charlie Swan, Bella's father and Forks' Chief of Police.
Bryce Dallas Howard as Victoria, a vampire who wants to kill Bella to avenge her mate, James.
Xavier Samuel as Riley, part of Victoria's army of vampires.
Jack Huston as Royce King II, Rosalie's former fiance.


In early November 2008, Summit announced that they had attained the rights to the remaining books in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series: New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. In February 2009, Summit confirmed that they would begin working on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. On the same day, it was announced that since New Moon director Chris Weitz would be in post-production for New Moon when The Twilight Saga: Eclipse began shooting, he would not be directing the third film. Instead, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse would be helmed by director David Slade, with Melissa Rosenberg returning as screenwriter.

Summit Entertainment revealed that they would replace Rachelle Lefevre, who played an evil vampire named Victoria, with Bryce Dallas Howard in late July 2009. They attributed the change to scheduling conflicts, and Lefevre responded by saying she was "stunned" and "greatly saddened" by the decision. Bryce Dallas Howard was initially approached to play Victoria in Twilight, but she rejected it as it was "too small of a part".
Jodelle Ferland was cast as the newly turned vampire, Bree. Other new cast members include Xavier Samuel as Riley,Jack Huston as Royce King II, Catalina Sandino Moreno as Maria,Julia Jones as Leah Clearwater, and Boo Boo Stewart as Seth Clearwater.

Filming and post-production
Principal photography began on August 17, 2009 at Vancouver Film Studios. On August 29, photos captured Kristen Stewart, Billy Burke, and other principal actors, filming a scene with graduation caps and gowns. September 2 brought Xavier Samuel together with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson filming at a soundstage for scenes at Bella's house.Director David Slade stated that they filmed a scene with a tent on September 13. He also said on his Twitter account that they filmed a kiss between Jacob and Bella on September 17. Filming wrapped up on October 29, 2009, while post production began in late November. Slade published multiple updates on his Twitter account proclaiming that editing was going well. He said the "story and the way [they] approached the film calls for a more realistic approach."In April 2010, it was revealed that reshoots to the film were needed. Both Slade and Stephenie Meyer were present at the shoot along with the three main stars.
In January 2010, an early draft of the film's script was leaked on the Internet.The script presumably belonged to star Jackson Rathbone, as his name was watermarked across each page.

Main article: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (soundtrack)
The score for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will be composed by Academy Award winner Howard Shore, who composed the scores for such films as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Aviator. The film's soundtrack will be released June 8, 2010 by Atlantic Records in conjunction with music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas' Chop Shop label. The lead single from the soundtrack will be "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)", performed by the British band Muse.
On May 11, 2010, Myspace.com announced that the full Eclipse soundtrack listing would be unveiled starting at 8 a.m. the following morning every half-hour, totaling six hours.The lead single will be "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)" by Muse.


On November 5, 2009, the American Film Market revealed the first poster for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. In late February 2010, Summit Entertainment announced that the first trailer would be attached to the studio's own film, Remember Me, which also stars Robert Pattinson. On March 10, 2010, a 10-second preview of the trailer was released online, followed by the release of the full trailer the next day.The trailer's release coincided with the launching of the film's official website. The Twilight Saga: New Moon DVD and Blu-ray Walmart Ultimate Fan Edition includes a 7-minute first look at The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. On March 23, the second poster for the film was released.The final Eclipse trailer debuted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in promotion for the movie, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, and Dakota Fanning will make a guest appearance on the show on May 13.
Nordstrom and Summit Entertainment have also joined together to sell a fashion collection inspired by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, as was done for the previous installment, The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Created by Awake Inc., the collection will be based on Ashley Greene's Alice and Kristen Stewart's Bella. The Eclipse collection will be available on June 4, 2010.


Tickets for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will go on sale on various online movie ticket sellers on Friday, May, 14, 2010.


Main article: The Twilight Saga (film series)#Production and development
Summit Entertainment announced in November 2008 that they had obtained the rights to the fourth book in Stephenie Meyer's series, Breaking Dawn. The studio greenlit an adaptation of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn in April 2010, which may be split into two films. The film's first part is tentatively scheduled for release on November 18, 2011. Bill Condon will be directing, and author Stephenie Meyer will co-produce the films along with Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey

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