http://www.mtvasia.com/News/200901/30017425.html, Jocelyn Vena
Believe it or not, there is another actress – in addition to Dakota Fanning – up for the part of Jane in Twilight sequel New Moon. That great distinction belongs to Lucy Hale, star of the CW’s Privileged. She spoke about her auditions and her belief that, at this point, Fanning is a shoo-in for the role.
“Well, I did read [for the role of Jane]. We had some talks about it. But I think they just offered it to Dakota Fanning, the role I was interested in,” the teen told Twist magazine. “Which is great – I’m a huge fan of her! So I think she’ll probably take that. And I mean, as of right now, I’m not sure if it’s going to work out. But I’m definitely still going to see it!”
The casting notice that had been floating around the Internet called for Jane to be a “petite blonde with a … Botticelli angel-like face … [and] crimson irises,” a description that dark-haired Hale doesn’t really fit. But there is one character she thinks she might have the look for, and that’s the raven-haired Leah Clearwater.
“I’d take any role!” Hale told the magazine. “Leah Clearwater, but I think there’s already talks with somebody else. I think they’ve already offered it to someone. I mean, we’ll see. If not, it’s all good.”
When she was reminded that High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens was already up for the part, Hale said, “Right, right, right! Yeah, I wasn’t sure if that was true or not, but she’d be great for it!”
Good news about New Moon from director Chris Weitz:
I’m very happy to announce that Taylor Lautner will be playing Jacob Black in New Moon and that he’s doing so with the enthusiastic support of Summit Entertainment, the producers, and Stephenie Meyer.
The characters in Stephenie’s books go through extraordinary changes of circumstance and also appearance; so it is not surprising that there has been speculation about whether the same actor would portray a character who changes in so many surprising ways throughout the series. But it was my first instinct that Taylor was, is, and should be Jacob, and that the books would be best served by the actor who is emotionally right for the part. I think that fans of Twilight the book and the movie will be surprised by the Jacob Black that Taylor will bring to the screen in New Moon; and I’m looking forward to working with him and the rest of the cast in realizing the film.
I’d just like to add that I was very much a part of this decision. My first priority was always what was best for New Moon—what was going to give us the best possible movie. I’m truly thrilled that Taylor was the one who proved to the director, to Summit, and to me that he is the best possible Jacob we could have. And I’m very much looking forward to seeing what he’s going to bring to Jacob’s character this year.
To spend my freedom over 1 precious day of my long weekend, I & Nadine went to my former school. Before that, I went to Nadine’s house, where I met Raisin & Mocca. Thanks to Nadine’s super kind mom, we could go to school without taxi.
Recess time, I met my gorgeous bffs, Santika, Michelle, Stella, Kim, Kristel, Kriska, etc, and my bf ( I gave him “Pocky” for his belated birthday present). The bell rang.
I & Nadine spent like forever waiting for a taxi to go to Puri. But then, Nadine decided to stay at school, waiting for their school to ring this week’s final bell in library.
The bell rang. I’ve received like one fourth bag of chocolates from him, thanks to Santika. Finally, I got home (thanks to Michelle’s “Cinderella cart”).
It was so much fun. I even forgot to ask for yearbook refund (my class’ layout is destroyed by the superficial drama of bitches, long story).
I wish Chintia was there. She could be in her very own personal playground of bliss and happiness.
Oh, and Jow texted me. She’s still struggling and she misses home. Good luck Jow!
Hope you guys enjoy your Friday.
As time goes by, there’ll always be changes revolve around all of us.
For me, these 6 months are pure madness.
A lot of things are kept changing.
– I transferred school, to a suburb. So, I have to wake up before the sun even rise (that explains these eye bags) and took a bus (ironically, I often being late).
– My best friend, Jow, stuffed her belongings into massive bags and (I believe) are still trying to settle in her new home in Australia. We’ve lost touch for weeks. I miss her.
– My best friends & sweet schoolmates, Chintia and Nadine are depressed, mostly about school, how things change badly.
– A friend of mine (also my other schoolmate), Ivonne, has moved on, too moved on I think. We feel like she’s forgetting her old friends (she prefers to sleep than to visit her old friends)? Obviously. Her first bf? Well, duh.
– My boyfriend. Time isn’t seemed enough. We broke up once. Is it me or we’re starting to get colder and colder?
– My hair. I cut it short, as short as Jenny Humphrey (GossipGirl season 2)
– the list goes on and on…
These things are absolutely messing up my mental health!
What doesn’t kill us simply makes us stronger right?
I hope so.
Release date : March 6
Cast: Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Stephen McHattie, Matt Frewer
“Watchmen” is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity… but who is watching the Watchmen?”
Release date: March 20
Casts: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Tom Wilkinson
Michael Clayton’s writer/director Tony Gilroy helms this dramatic caper re-teaming Closer stars Julia Roberts and Clive Owen as two lovelorn ex-spies who join forces to swipe a valuable product from the big-business corporate landscape.
Release date: April 17
A political thriller set in Washington, D.C., starring Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren and Rachel McAdams, and directed by “The Last King of Scotland’s” Kevin Macdonald – hey, we’re there. Crowe stars as a reporter investigating a series of brutal murders that lead him to top politicians. Mirren is his tough editor and McAdams plays Woodward to his Bernstein.
Release date: May 1
Hugh Jackman rates a movie of his own in this epic tale of how his Marvel Comics character, Wolverine, came by his healing powers and retractable claws. Look for encounters with legends of the X-Men universe, including Wolverine exacting revenge from ultimate bad guy Victor Creed, played by Liev Schreiber.
Release date: May 15
Trouper that he is, Tom Hanks grew his hair into a mullet to reprise his role as religion authority Robert Langdon in this sequel to “The Da Vinci Code.” Instead of hooking up with a beautiful Frenchwoman to battle an evil ancient secret brotherhood, this time his equally beautiful partner is an Italian, played by Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer.
Release date: May 22
While Arnold Schwarzenegger is otherwise engaged, the franchise goes on, with this installment introducing Christian Bale as John Connor, the leader of the opposition to Skynet and its army of Terminators. When he uncovers a plot to annihilate humankind, the question becomes: Can he do anything about it? We’re betting he can, and that the Terminator will be back.
Release date: June 26
Leave it to Hollywood to turn a line of toys into a movie that’s so successful it rates a sequel. And here it is, back with original cast members Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and Tyrese Gibson. LaBeouf joins forces with the Autobots against their enemies the Decepticons. If you don’t know what that means, check your local toy store.
Release date: July 17
Harry Potter fans were furious when this adaptation of the sixth Potter book was moved from fall 2008 to summer 2009. Hopefully, it will be worth the wait to see Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry face the fact that Hogwarts is no longer the secure haven it once was. Both Harry and buddy Ron find themselves in romantic entanglements. Almost all the gang of Britain’s finest actors reprise their roles from previous Potter films.
Release date: July 31
Writer-director Judd Apatow captured the much-desired 20-to-40-year-old market with “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up.” This time he brings Adam Sandler into the mix as a famous comic with a terminal illness who wants to help someone out while he’s around. Apatow regular Seth Rogen plays a novice comedian who is the beneficiary of the dying man’s desire.
Release date: Nov. 6
Benicio Del Toro re-creates the Lon Chaney Jr. title role from the 1941 “Wolf Man,” generally considered one of the best horror films ever. Del Toro is a haunted nobleman helping to search for the beast who’s been brutally murdering local villagers. Anthony Hopkins plays his father and Emily Blunt is his brother’s fiancee.
Summit Entertainment has tentatively slated Nov. 20, 2009, as the release date for New Moon, the Twilight sequel, which means any director who signs on to replace Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke has to be in Vancouver by Dec. 15 to begin 12 weeks of preproduction before a mid-March start date. Reports have speculated that Hardwicke was fired for being difficult on set, but sources close to her suggest Summit’s aggressive production schedule turned her off. “She’d love to do the sequel if she could do it better than Twilight,” says one. “It became clear that Summit didn’t have those same priorities.”
Indeed, at press time the second movie appeared to have little more than a rough first-draft working script. As Summit’s production president Erik Feig told EW during Twilight’s record-busting first weekend, “There is that first…script. All the finesse that turns a screenplay into a movie hasn’t happened yet.” Two weeks later, Summit is saying it’s happy with screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg’s progress.
Another of Hardwicke’s primary concerns was that hunky vampire Edward remains MIA throughout New Moon’s middle portion. In her own opening-weekend interview, she told EW, “You have to get the chemistry as strong between Jacob and Bella as it was between Bella and Edward. You also have to do something with that arc: She’s in love with somebody, he disappears, she falls in love with someone else, and the first guy comes back. Movies like Pearl Harbor have tried it. It absolutely didn’t work.”
With or without Hardwicke, Summit faces other snags. Two sources tell EW the studio doesn’t want to rehire baby-faced Taylor Lautner (pictured) as Jacob, though Lautner’s agent has apparently reached out to the imaging company behind The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in an attempt to demonstrate to Summit how a digitally bulked-up Lautner could work. (Summit says it won’t make a decision until a new filmmaker is on board.) There’s also the matter of finding a cast of Native American actors to play Jacob’s werewolf clan — a difficult challenge Hardwicke was also faced with before settling on Lautner, who isn’t completely Native American. And with a slightly increased budget of $50 million — much of which is assumed will go to leads asking for heftier paydays, location shoots in Italy, and ramped-up F/X — Summit will have to scrimp somewhere.
So what director would want to take on such a big headache? Well, at press time, an offer was out to Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass), who put Summit on the map years ago when its foreign sales operation made tons of cash off of his first film, American Pie. (One source says Weitz has already had conversations with below-the-line crew for New Moon.) “We are in a recession,” reminds one Hollywood insider. “It’s a hit franchise. Whoever steps into it is guaranteed a $100 million gross. Everyone wants this movie.” Adds an exec at another studio, “You’d have to have a very high standard for art, hate the movie business, and hate money to walk off this sequel.”