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Water for Elephants: Romantic notion of what circus life

Water for Elephants: Romantic notion of what circus life

In realizing Francis Lawrence’s vision of circus life during the Great Depression, the director and his design chiefs worked to merge the rigorously authentic with the hauntingly romantic. “Everyone that came on board this movie loved the era and loved the circus,” notes Lawrence. “We wanted ‘Water for Elephants’ to be real and genuine, but we also wanted to convey a very romantic notion of what circus life was like in the 1930s.”

The principal set was constructed in Piru, California. The Southern California location was chosen for its close proximity to the exotic animals required by the story, as well as for its access to railroad cars and tracks. The company also filmed in various other Southern California locations, including the Twentieth Century Fox backlot, which was home to a glorious circus parade. The production also made a quick stop in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to make use of some period trains.

The physical layout of the massive Piru-based production encompassed tents for the big top, a menagerie, a tent for the “Coochie Girls,” a star tent for Marlena, and several other smaller tents. The largest tent – the Big Top – measured 160-feet by 100-feet; its bleachers could hold up to 800 people. “One of our goals [in creating the fictional Benzini Bros. Circus] was to create our own version of a backlot where we would have complete freedom to shoot wherever we wanted and have lots of depth and authenticity,”

Water for Elephants: Romantic notion of what circus life

Lawrence explains. “But we built our circus just as a second rate circus would have built theirs, back in its day. The tents were put up with the same rigging; the train cars were outfitted with the appropriate accessories; the costumes were all period-authentic; and the casting for our circus employees was top notch. All of these elements came together to create a beautiful, authentic atmosphere that inspired us. It was like time traveling to the ‘30s, every morning.”

The filmmakers already had been given a head start in their design work, courtesy of the sharp detail and descriptions in Sara Gruen’s novel, many of whose readers felt like they were experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of a struggling ‘30s circus. Production designer Jack Fisk, whose frequent collaborations with renowned filmmaker Terrence Malick are noted for their creations of natural, real and textured worlds; director of photography Rodrigo Prieto, whose meticulous attention to visual and dramatic detail are evident in such films as Amores Perros, Brokeback Mountain and the recent Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; and costume designer Jacqueline West, a two-time Oscar nominee, most recently for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, were instrumental in making WATER FOR ELEPHANTS’ Benzini Bros. look unlike any other fictional big screen circus.

When arriving each day at the set he had designed, Fisk shared Francis Lawrence’s feeling of having traveled through time. “There were moments when I walked into our Big Top – and with the practical lighting, the bleachers we built, and the smell of the animals – it was like going back in time. Those are moments I live for. That tent was alive.”

That realism stems in large part from Fisk’s prodigious research. He spent hours combing through books about the circuses of the era, and through tens of thousands of period photographs. “Those old black-and-white photos of the canvas tents were beautiful because they’re lit in a beautiful tungsten light, but you can see the mold, dirt, footprints, grass stains, mud and dust,” Fisk recalls. “It looks very real and tactile, and that’s what we were aiming for with our circus.”

The work of costume designer Jacqueline West was instrumental in creating the dichotomy between the circus glitter and the world outside the big top in Depression-era America. West’s designs for the principals, including August and Marlena, were vibrant with color, while the background audience wore a more muted, Depression-appropriate palette. “I wanted all the color and glitter to jump out of the circus itself, away from the more monochromatic crowd,” notes West.

Marlena’s outfits were based on those worn by 1930s film stars, as well on those that adorned real circus women of the era. “As Marlena, Reese’s outfits included a beaded evening dress and parade costume with marabou feathers made from vintage antique pieces put together in a patchwork. Her evening gowns reflect those she saw at the movies, worn by some of the period’s top stars, including Jean Harlow, Carol Lombard and Constance Bennett.”

A testament to the sets’ mix of period realism and glamour – as well as to the filmmakers’ devotion to the novel – was Sara Gruen’s reaction when she visited the set. “I was speechless,” she remembers. “You know, a few years ago, all of this was entirely in my head, and now here it is. It’s so close to what I had imagined. It’s a very surreal experience.”

From the scripting stage to pre-production, through production and the final touches of post production as “Water for Elephants” neared its worldwide release, the filmmakers endeavored to bring to life this world, its characters, and a story of a forbidden attraction that becomes a lifelong love. “People have always wanted to have their ‘day at the circus’ – a joyful moment taking them outside their everyday lives,” notes Reese Witherspoon. “I hope that’s what we’ve done here: create something that people will enjoy.” Adds Francis Lawrence: “One of the reasons I did ‘Water for Elephants’ is because it has love, wish fulfillment, redemption, magic and beauty. I hope audiences latch on to all of those things.”

Related Link: Read full production notes for Water for Elephants >>

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Shooting Diaries

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Shooting Diaries

Principal photography on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 began on November 7, 2010 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and shooting continued on the film, concurrently with production of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, for six months in three countries. The multi-national crew shot primarily in and around: Rio de Janeiro and Paraty, Brazil; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; as well as Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and Squamish, BC, Canada – all creating the world of Forks, Washington; Isle Esme, Brazil; and Volterra, Italy. (Due to the global scope of particularly the second film, multiple countries were recreated in the various locations.) Additional shots for the Brazilian honeymoon sequence for Part 1 took place in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 begins as an intimate story about a wedding and a honeymoon, the details of which are so breathlessly debated, anticipated, and sought after by Twilight devotees that extreme security measures had to be adopted to keep them secret. The resulting pregnancy ignites so much controversy that the film expands in scope with both obvious, as well as surprising, visual effects challenges and an explosive third act action sequence where the Cullens and the wolves openly battle each other for the first time. With much of the film’s narrative taking place inside and outside the Cullen house, filmmakers built two full-scale versions of the home.

While honoring the established elements of the novel and the previous three installments, filmmakers still left their interpretive mark on a contemporary love story involving humans and supernatural beings, which included several flashback and nightmare scenes. Like all Twilight films, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 utilized many forested settings that feature the expected character specific gloom and rain, but cast and crew also faced unexpected weather anomalies that dogged the production at often remote locations throughout the extended shoot. In addition, the largest cast of the saga required an army of experts – including craftspeople in make-up, hair/wigs, contact lenses, costumes and props – to achieve the elaborate looks described in the book, details sure to be fact-checked by the eagerly waiting fans.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Shooting Diaries

One Story, Two Movies

The added challenge of making two epic motion pictures, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and the even more ambitious The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, at the same time and in two major production centers, forced filmmakers to often concurrently prep sets many thousands of miles apart. The production set up two home bases – one in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where most of the interior shooting was completed; and the other in Vancouver, BC where most of the exterior work of the Pacific Northwest-based story was shot. The project also required a field trip to Brazil, which required yet a third production team, known as The World Unit. While the main shooting company started filming in Louisiana, crews in Canada (many returning to the franchise) were scouting remote wilderness locations and constructing the large-scale Cullen house and various other sets.

Following twenty weeks of prep, production used block shooting for efficiency in terms of locations, actor availability, looks, props, set dressing, and sets. “At the very early stages of development, we had to address all the things that create the signature of the character looks; wigs, make-up, contact lenses, and wardrobe; and then also the sets themselves. Bill and I sat down and went through the whole list, covering every character, every set, every venue, and every location,” shares co-producer Bill Bannerman.

“However, the homework that has to be resolved for Part 2 is very different from the homework that has to be resolved for the beginning of Part 1, and you had to have all those issues addressed before you start filming,” says Bannerman. “But Bill Condon is a genius – highly intellectual to the point that he’s able to comprehend every facet of production, both from a creative vision and a physical execution perspective. Bill looks at the grand canvas and understands the various colors and how you execute those elements.”

The main unit alone logged 101 shooting days. “The logistical demands of this chapter alone are high,” admits Bannerman. “The logistical demands of the two parts put together have been even greater… three countries with multiple units – main unit, second units, action units, plate units, effects units, and aerial units. We had to break it down into these dynamics just to make it a very difficult, but challenging chess game.”

“We wound up leaving only the exterior scenes to Vancouver in winter and early spring. So, that turned out to be a real challenge because we didn’t have anywhere else inside to go when it either rained or snowed, and that’s what it did most every day,” laughs Condon. “So, that turned out to be a hidden price that we paid for doing so much of the work down in Baton Rouge.”

“From the beginning, Bill Bannerman tirelessly worked out a plan for how to shoot these two movies together and in a time frame where we could split the shoot between stages (and some locations) in Louisiana, and then all of our exteriors, where we’ve always shot in the Pacific Northwest,” explains producer Wyck Godfrey. “But, it’s created other challenges. When we got to Vancouver, we didn’t have as much cover (inside work) as you would like, but it was important in terms of utilizing the tax credits in Louisiana. It was a complicated mix. Plus, your lead actress having to bounce, sometimes daily, between being human and being a vampire.”

Kristen Stewart comments, “We’ve approached the project as a whole. Everything’s being shot like one big movie, since the book is not broken up into two different stories. It’s been as confusing as anything shot out of sequence, but very long.”

“Literally some days we would film a scene from the beginning of the first movie in the morning, have lunch, and then film a scene from the end of the second movie in the afternoon. It was crazy,” comments Taylor Lautner. “All of the characters change so much from the first movie to the second. Jacob changes a ton, so it was tough to keep track of where Jacob is in his journey. But we had Bill Condon to help, as well as Stephenie and all of the cast. It was challenging, probably one of the most challenging things so far in this franchise.”

“From a creative standpoint, the nuances of it for Bill and the actors are that they each have to create their own emotional journeys for two separate movies. From a production standpoint, you’re worried about post-production on movie 1, just focusing on making sure all of the elements for movie 1 are in the can by the April wrap for a November release, and 98 percent of the elements for movie 2,” adds Godfrey.

Producers assembled a talented and celebrated core team of department heads to surround director Bill Condon to bring his vision for the final two films to the screen including: Oscar® winning director of photography Guillermo Navarro, ASC, production designer Richard Sherman, costume designer Michael Wilkinson, and returning 2nd unit director E.J. Foerster. With only a year from the start of filming to the release of the first epic film, a massive visual effects team led by Oscar® winning visual effects supervisor John Bruno, plus editor Virginia “Ginny” Katz, and Twilight Saga veterans, music composer Carter Burwell and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, began their work when the films were still shooting and worked tirelessly through a breakneck six-month post-production schedule to complete the first film for a November release date, marked on the calendars of millions of fans worldwide.

“For me it’s been a lot of fun to help arm Bill with a great visual team, that will take him into areas that he hasn’t gone before. This has tons of visual effects, with a more expansive palette than Bill’s worked with before. So first I wanted to make sure we got Bill an amazing director of photography and an amazing visual effects supervisor. Guillermo Navarro’s shooting the film, he’s won an Academy Award®; John Bruno’s our visual effects supervisor, he’s won an Academy Award®… we’ve pretty much stacked the deck,” says Godfrey.

“We were fortunate to get John Bruno just coming off of Avatar. I had worked with him before and he’s one of the best visual effects supervisors in the world,” states Godfrey. “He’s so knowledgeable about what can be accomplished digitally and with other techniques. Then we went after Guillermo Navarro, who is Guillermo del Toro’s cinematographer. He’s fantastic and is somebody I’ve tried to work with before and he’s never been available. The three of us went to breakfast and Guillermo spoke with such a sense of magic. Plus he understands, not only how to beautifully light and shoot two people in an intimate setting, but also how to create large environments.”

Another Twilight Saga veteran – 1st assistant director Justin Muller – returned to help organize the mammoth project. “This core group came together in the very early stages of prep and we spent a lot of weeks fine-tuning, to make sure that everybody would understand not only Bill’s vision, but ramp up his vision, to take Breaking Dawn to a whole new level. Justin is the day-to-day mechanical skipper of the ship,” explains Bannerman. “On every project, especially when you’re dealing with multiple units and multiple countries, you need an assistant director who can drive it all forward, and Justin enables me to take care of the multiple other elements that are taking place at the same time. Justin is a very well organized individual, who articulates direction, scheduling and the logistical shuffling in a way that very few people can do. It’s a very refined art to basically juggle a thousand different things and yet not drop anything. He’s able to bring together a lot of people and make them fight the same fight with the same passion and camaraderie to keep positive momentum.”

When the production moved to Canada, a large percentage of rank and file crewmembers from The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse returned to finish the saga. “It felt like it was a family reunion, that we’d gone on recess for about two weeks and we’re all coming together after a vacation,” laughs Bannerman. “There is a trust level there too, and that’s really cool and very unlike any other project I’ve been involved with. We all protect each other, because it’s a long investment that we’ve put into these films. When you’re away from your families for long extended period of time, everybody wants to feel like they’re home, and we’ve created a great home.”

All for The Fans

“When we wrap production on Breaking Dawn, we will have completed – from start to finish – five movies in three years and three months,” reveals Godfrey. “From the first day of shooting on Twilight, to the last day of shooting on Breaking Dawn, it’s only been basically three years! That’s a pretty amazing achievement. I don’t know that any other franchise has been able to pack them in together as closely.”

“Obviously we had to do that, because vampires don’t age, but actors tend to. So, it’s been a whirlwind… those of us on the production side have spent almost two years away from home within that three years,” shares Godfrey. “It’s been frantic and exhilarating at times, draining at other times… but now that we’re shooting the last two movies, it’s the first time that we’ve actually had a little bit of nostalgia. You’ll be sitting in between set-ups reminiscing about a really wet day in Portland. Everyone’s actually taking a breath and enjoying the fact it’s coming to a close.”

When Stephenie Meyer began writing Twilight in 2003, she never imagined it would become a series of films. “Being involved with making movies is a very strange and unexpected thing,” admits Meyer. “On a day to day basis, you get used to putting on all the rain gear and going back to work, but then you take a step back and say ‘we’re making a movie that’s going to be on the big screen.’ I’m kicking back and talking to Kristen and that’s cool. You stop and think she is one of the biggest movie stars in the whole world right now, and we’re just sitting here, swapping stories. So you have that little moment of ‘wow, that’s weird.’ It’s weird today because we’re shooting the wedding. Seeing hundreds of extras getting dressed up to go to Bella and Edward’s wedding is touching. Doing this for the past three and a half years has been life changing. It’s a different experience than I was ever expecting.”

“How often do you get a chance to be part of an anomaly of this scope? Very, very rarely,” answers Bannerman. “Other than Star Wars, where else do you see a fan-base that passionately supports a franchise to the point where they’ll wait in line for five nights just to see the actors walk down a red carpet? They wait for days on end just to get tickets to early screenings, or to go to a convention where the actors sign autographs… it is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.”

“Years from now, we’re always going to look back on this filming period as being cool. The irony is we’re not allowed to talk about anything while we’re doing it,” laughs Bannerman. “We don’t want to let out the secrets, so the fans can have a fresh experience when they go to the theater. It’s been a real challenge for three years, not to tell anybody you’re working on one of the most exciting projects on the planet.”

“The fandom of these movies is unbelievable and never ceases to take me by surprise,” agrees Godfrey. “Going down to Brazil was an extraordinary experience because of the outpouring of love from the fans, they were rabid. There were at least 250 people with signs outside of Kristen and Rob’s hotel, around the clock, screaming and doing cheers. I’m sure it drives them crazy, but I keep telling them to take a step back and recognize that you may never get this unique energy again in your careers.”

While filming in Louisiana, local fans created a Facebook page called Twilight Takes Over Baton Rouge that gained nearly 10,000 followers. “In the Southern way, everyone was a little bit more reserved, and allowed the cast to go where they wanted. Baton Rouge was a little bit more controlled than it has been in Vancouver, or in bigger cities around the world, so I think somebody must have said, ‘Let them do their work here or they may never come back,’” laughs Godfrey.

“When I was 16 and Star Wars was the coolest thing, the Internet and the viral world didn’t exist,” comments Bannerman. “You didn’t know about anything until the movie was released. Now, because of the multimedia platforms and the amount of information that’s out there, the fans gets so much information, whether it’s intentionally disclosed or not, and that puts more of a spotlight on what we’re doing. I’ve never dealt with this level of fan-demonium on any other project… the excitement, the media attention, and the hype… that comes with this anomaly known as Twilight.”

Bannerman adds, “The level of attention is unique, but it does cause me to put a lot of energy into protecting the working environment. When you have a 400-person crew and a cast that ranges anywhere from two to fifty or more on a daily basis, it’s a very big world. So as we move from location to location and country to country, it becomes a challenge into itself to create a world where we can focus on the task at hand, without disrespecting the fans who embrace this franchise.”

With shooting on the epic saga drawing to a close, filmmakers continued to feel responsible to the fans expectations. “The journey that Bella takes into the vampire world holds a lot of surprises and wonder. It is a rollercoaster of excitement for the fans anticipating what would it be like to feel the bite. What does she feel as the venom works through her body? On every level, they’re going to be so satisfied, but they will want more,” comments Bannerman.

“One of the interesting things about making a Twilight movie is so many people know this material so well, that you take any decision to change something very seriously,” comments Condon. “In the editing it becomes more complicated to do what happens in the normal process of putting together a movie, which is to streamline. There are a number of scenes that hit the editing room floor that are going to be on the DVD. Some are favorite fan moments – the fun snarking back and forth between Jacob and Rosalie that ends with him throwing a hot dog in her hair. You hope people understand that brilliant moments from the novel that we put in the script and shot because the fans love them, and yet ultimately they just don’t fit in the film. We had over 15 minutes worth of that on this movie. But you really have to weigh the fan expectation more than you would on another movie.”

As Part 1 is about to be in theatres, Condon is deeply involved in post work on Part 2. “For me, it’s been an intense experience for about a year and a half now. Jumping in with developing the scripts, prepping two movies, and shooting the two movies. Then, a very tight schedule to get the first movie released,” shares Condon. “With the second film, the scope is much bigger and we’ll have the culmination to all of it… we cross over into the life of a vampire.”

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn wrapped principal photography just before dawn the morning of April 23, 2011 on a St. Thomas beach in the Caribbean. Second unit stunt work wrapped at the Stawamus Chief Provincial Park just south of Squamish on April 29, 2011, with the aerial unit cherry-picking a handful of ideal weather days in the weeks that followed to complete shooting on the saga.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 is in theatres on Friday, November 18, 2011.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is in theatres on Friday, November 16, 2012.

Read the Full Production Notes for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

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Robert Pattinson Career Milestones

Robert Pattinson Career Milestones

Born: Robert Pattinson
Birth Date: May 13th, 1986
Birth Place: London, England, UK

Robert Pattinson is best known for his portrayal of the vampire Edward Cullen in Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, as well as in the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. He gained industry notice at 19 years of age when he joined the Harry Potter franchise in Mike Newell‘s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire playing Cedric Diggory, Hogwarts’ official representative in the Triwizard Tournament.

Earlier this year, Pattinson starred in Water For Elephants, joining director Francis Lawrence and co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz in bringing the New York Times bestselling novel to the screen. Currently, Pattinson is at work on his next film Cosmopolis directed by David Cronenberg.

Recently Pattinson starred opposite Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper and Emilie De Ravin in the drama Remember Me, directed by Allen Coulter. He also shot Bel Ami, a film based on the novel of the same name written by Guy de Maupassant. Pattinson plays a young journalist in Paris who betters himself through his connections to the city’s most glamorous and influential women, played by Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci.

Pattinson began his professional career with a role in Uli Edel’s Sword of Xanten opposite Sam West and Benno Furmann. He also appeared in director Oliver Irving’s How to Be, winner of the Slamdance Film Festival’s Special Honorable Mention for Narrative Feature. Pattinson also played the lead role of Salvador Dali in Little Ashes, directed by Paul Morrison. His television credits include “The Haunted Airman” for the BBC.

As a member of the Barnes Theatre Group, Pattinson played the lead role in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” Other stage credits include Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” “Tess of the D’Urbevilles,” and “Macbeth” at the OSO Arts Centre.

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Twilight stars became part of Hollywood Boulevard

Twilight stars became part of Hollywood BoulevardTwilight stars became part of Hollywood Boulevard

Thousands of “Twilight” fans lined up on Thursday to get a glimpse of the film franchise’s heartthrobs (L-R) Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner. The three became part of Hollywood Boulevard forever at their Hand and Footprint.

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Theatrical Trailer

Bella Swan is getting ready for her wedding. During the reception, her best friend, Jacob Black the werewolf returns after hearing about Bella and Edward’s engagement. While dancing with him in the woods, away from everyone else, Bella admits that she and Edward plan to consummate their marriage on their honeymoon while she’s still human. Jacob becomes furious, knowing that Edward could easily kill Bella. The other wolves restrain him and leave.

The couple spends their honeymoon on Isle Esme and they make love for the first time. The next morning, Edward realizes that Bella has numerous bruises and is mad at himself for hurting her, though Bella insists she enjoyed the experience. Edward swears not to make love again until she becomes a vampire. Two weeks into their honeymoon, Bella realizes that she is pregnant with a half mortal half immortal child.

Edward is terrified by the news, knowing that she may not survive the delivery. He says that Carlisle will remove the monster. She refuses, as she wants to keep the baby and convinces Edward’s sister, Rosalie, who has always wanted a child, to help protect her baby. They fly back home to Forks, Washington. She has only been pregnant for two weeks, but the baby is growing very fast.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Theatrical Trailer

Jacob rushes over to the Cullen’s mansion and finds Bella already heavily pregnant. He is angry, saying that they should remove it as soon as possible. Bella says that it is her choice. Jacob is disgusted by this. As Bella gets bigger, the quality of her health declines then rapidly improves as she starts drinking human blood to satisfy the baby’s vampiric thirst.

Edward comes to love the baby as much as Bella does as he reads its thoughts, learning that his child loves Bella in return and doesn’t want to hurt her. Soon after, Bella drops a cup of blood and as she bends down to pick it up, the baby breaks her back. She almost dies giving birth. To save her life, Edward injects Bella’s heart with his venom to transform her into a vampire, but nothing seems to happen and Bella is thought to be dead. Greatly distraught, Jacob attempts to kill the baby, but stops when he realises he has imprinted on the baby.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Theatrical TrailerThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Theatrical Trailer

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (commonly referred to as Breaking Dawn – Part 1) is a 2011 American romantic fantasy film directed by Bill Condon and based on the novel Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. The first part of a two-part film forms the fourth and penultimate installment in The Twilight Saga film series, and is the beginning of the 2012 film Breaking Dawn — Part 2. All three main cast members, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, reprised their roles.

Wyck Godfrey and Karen Rosenfelt served as producers of the film, along with the author of the series, Stephenie Meyer; the screenplay was written by Melissa Rosenberg, the screenwriter of the first three entries. It was released in theatres on November 18, 2011, and released to DVD on February 11, 2012 in the United States. The film grossed over $712 million worldwide. Though the film gained predominantly negative critical reviews, it was a box office hit.

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Kristen Stewart talked about shooting sex scenes

Kristen Stewart talked about shooting sex scenes

Kristen Stewart says footage with Robert Pattinson originally earned “Breaking Dawn” an R rating.

The original sex scenes between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 were much too racy for moviegoers, according to the film’s leading lady. “We originally got rated R,” Stewart, 21, tells the December issue of Glamour UK. “They recut it.”

The headboard-breaking, pillow-biting honeymoon romp was a new experience for Stewart and her real-life love, 25. “There are two big sex scenes in the two [final] films, and we did them fairly early,” she says. “It was so weird.”

“It didn’t even feel like we were doing a scene within a Twilight film,” she explains. “I was like, ‘Bella! What are you doing? Wow! What is happening here?!’ It was very surreal.”

Stewart says the watered-down theatrical version makes sense, given the Twilight franchise’s younger fan base. “[The ratings board] knows who our audience is, and can be like, ‘Hmmm guys, just cool it a little.’ It’s funny because in the book, you don’t see anything. It’s everyone’s imagination, so it’s entirely subjective. I hope it’s good!”

The actress adds that she was equally nervous when the time came to film the highly-anticipated wedding scene. “I had to be shrouded in secrecy the entire two days of filming. It was crazy,” she laughs. “I was on full lockdown, as if I was wearing millions of dollars worth of diamonds, and I’m so excited for the wedding dress to be revealed.

“It was one of those moments you go, ‘This is something to remember,’ and you want to put yourself in the experience so that it doesn’t pass you by,” she gushes. “It ended up being great for everyone, I think.”

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Theatrical Trailer

Bella and Edward, plus those they love, must deal with the chain of consequences brought on by a marriage, honeymoon, and the tumultuous birth of a child… which brings an unforeseen and shocking development for Jacob Black.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, commonly referred to as Breaking Dawn, is an upcoming two-part romantic-fantasy film directed by Bill Condon and based on the novel Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. The two parts form the fourth and final installment in the popular The Twilight Saga series. Wyck Godfrey and Karen Rosenfelt will serve as executive producers for the film, along with the author of the series, Stephenie Meyer; the screenplay will be written by Melissa Rosenberg, the screenwriter of the first three entries. All three main cast members, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, will reprise their roles.

Part 1 will be released on November 18, 2011, and Part 2 on November 16, 2012. Part 1 will be rated PG-13.

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Kristen Stewart talks about ‘Breaking Dawn’ and other projects

Kristen Stewart talks about 'Breaking Dawn' and other projects

You know this character so well, what’s it like to take him through this big change when she becomes a vampire herself?

I felt good. It was really weird. It was a long process of two films at the same time, as if they are one. You shoot, of course, out of order and you keep going back and forth between speakers, vampires and dead human Bella. There are so many different versions of Bella in this area, it’s crazy. It was a strange experience walking on the set the first time I played a scene as a vampire because I looked all around me do all the time. I sound so lame, but vampire Bella is really my favorite character, she is very representative of a matriarch.

She is very intuitive about a psychic level and no one ever recognizes, which is interesting. Maybe it says something about Stephenie she does not get the respect of all his f..king amazing qualities. And it is also one of the things that appealed to me, so it’s not a strike at the, it’s something I like about it. And I think it’s nice to finally see her get what she wants. This is probably the best thing, though it seems simple and indulgent, which is why the F – king thing is criticized all the time. It’s nice to see people be happy. And she really, if I played it right is born to be where she is.

You’re shooting Snow White and the Huntsman right now imagine that Snow White as the warrior princess. What is his fighting style perfect?

Not to trivialize everything, but it’s hard to play an action hero, who is also the most compassionate person on earth. You can not hate. You embody bleeding hearts, so how the F..k you’re doing an action film like this? It is sort of the last shred of hope for his country. It has this ethereal, spiritual connection to his people, she feels a real difference and it’s like we do not really empathize. I had some of – king eye-opening experience on this film. I think that to really take care of something is not right to put you in this aesthetically and then going, “Oh my god, I feel so bad for them.”

It’s really not to think of yourself at all. The way you fight, then you must buy something that you hurt people. Basically, I am fighting against evil, and I fight against the worst motherf..kers-and that’s fine that they are being killed. It’s anxiety. It is literally f..king’s anxiety. It takes absolutely no pleasure in hurting anything. I’m exhausted right now and I thought: “The fight is of things to come, maybe that will not be so bad.” And then I realized that they will probably be my most emotional scenes because I’m killing people and I’m Snow White. This is a very f..king cool way to approach a film where so many people die. Not that I am critical of violent movies, I love them, in general, but it’s nice to do it that way.

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Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson like to ride their bike

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson like to ride their bike

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are keen cyclists! According to reports, the couple have been spotted riding their bikes together around Louisiana when not filming their scenes for the upcoming Twilight movies.

“I see Rob and Kristen riding around the parking lot nearly daily,” a source said. “Recently I spotted Rob riding out of the main studio gates on his bike and the next thing I knew, he was in front of my car at a stop sign, and Kristen was behind me.”

Rob, 24, recently admitted it was “awkward” shooting a like scene with Kristen, 20, for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson like to ride their bike

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Twilight Saga: Mackenzie Foy joins ‘Breaking Dawn’

Twilight Saga: Mackenzie Foy joins 'Breaking Dawn'

It’s official: 9-year-old Mackenzie Foy will play Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward’s (Robert Pattinson) daughter, Renesmee, in “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn,” the series’ author Stephenie Meyer confirmed on Facebook late Wednesday.

“Very excited about our new Renesmee, Mackenzie Foy,” wrote Meyer. “She’s an amazing young actress and I’m excited to work with her.” [Related: Find out who will play the Denali clan.]

The newcomer has appeared in TV shows “FlashForward” and “‘Til Death.”

Director Bill Condon is expected to use similar special effects as David Fincher in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” to show Foy aging 17 years over the span of seven years. EW.com, which first reported the story, said that Summit may also employ younger actors in scenes.

The move is set to hit theaters in two parts: the first on November 18, 2011, and the second on November 16, 2012.

Last month, it was announced that “Lost” star Maggie Grace signed on to play Irina — who blames the Cullen family for killing her lover — in the vampire saga.

Filming begins this November in Baton Rouge, La

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