The cast (left) of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, the last of the blockbuster movies based on Stephanie Meyers popular Twilight books, took time off from meeting fans at the Comi-Con convention in San Diego to recall for HFPA members their mixed feelings about the end of what was a life- changing experience for them all.
Although everyone expressed a kinship with cast mates that they felt would endure beyond the filming itself, Robert Pattinson (Edward), lamented, “Although every single one of them is like my oldest friend in America, we can’t really hang out with the whole Twilight cast because it looks like you’re trying to do an event.”
They were all relieved to escape the continuous cold and rain of the location filming . “At the end we were shooting nights for weeks and weeks, and we all just ran away,” said Pattinson.
Breaking Dawn—Part 2 will be released on November 16.
Apart from the stars who were there to promote their movies, there were plenty of sights to be seen at this year’s Comi-Con as teams of people in franchise and bizarre costumes trolled the streets (left). A third of the crowd comes to be seen, another third comes to photograph the circus and use the opportunity to promote their product, and the final third are hardcore fans hoping for an up-close and personal with their favorite star. Police presence is upped, especially after the death of a Twilight fan, 53 year old Gisela Gagliardi, while crossing an intersection. Police cars seemed to be on every block, and security personnel stood out from the throngs . –Margaret GardinerRead More »
For forty years the HFPA has audio- taped famous actors and actresses. The world’s largest collection of its kind is now in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Library. The audios are fascinating. To stars, our HFPA journalists are family; they banter with them and speak openly and frankly about themselves and their artistry.
I’ve known Woody all my adult life, and clearly I love him. He’s hilarious and brilliant. What can I say? There are few people you get to know that well in life. That’s why I feel privileged to be in that rarified world of people who’re old news. I’ve been around forever; I’m someone he’s known forever. He can’t get rid of me. I’ll always be his friend, and that’s never going to go away.
Is he distracted by adverse publicity? He’s never distracted when he works. After all, how many years has he been doing it? Thirty? He’s very disciplined. I believe that if you lean on your disciplines, they’ll help get you through life.
It’s true of a lot of people. Francis Coppola had a horrible tragedy when his son was killed, but he continued to work. I’ve never known anyone to become hysterical while working as a director. It’s just too much responsibility. You don’t have time to let your personal life interfere.
When I went back to do Woody’s movie Manhattan Murder Mystery after a very long period of not having worked with him, I realized what a truly remarkable film maker he is.
There’s nobody like him in the world. And he’s deceptive, because a lot of the time you feel like you’re not even being directed.
People are excited to work with him because obviously he’s one of the greatest film makers America’s ever produced. Everybody wants to be in a quality product, and they trust him, so he’s done very well with actors.
Not that he’s easy to work with. The process is difficult,the expectations are very high, and it can be very nerve -wracking. After ten years, of course, I was anxious, very nervous. It’s like going back and seeing your family again.
But after a week it felt like old times.
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For forty years the HFPA has audio- taped famous and celebrated actors and actresses. The world’s largest collection of its kind is now in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Library. The audios are fascinating. To stars, our journalists are family; they banter with them and they speak openly and frankly about themselves and their artistry. Below is a Star Speaks segment. BRAD PITT
Where I’m from is a million miles away. I call it the Ozarks. A little bit of Huckleberry Finn, with rivers and lakes, trees and places to go get lost. I come from a very stable Christian family. I have a younger brother and younger sister, both married. Dad’s into the outdoors, and had a business. I’m crazy about all of them. (Pitt pictured with mother and brother Doug inset)
I just went home and spent three weeks there. There’s so much going on in Hollywood, it was good to get home for a while. It’s funny, when you’re sitting home in Missouri, you see fame, you see money, you see all these things. They’re definitely an attraction, but when you come out here it turns into something else.
If you’re going to last, you’ve got to love what you’re doing. I’m not saying I despise money, but my dream was not about the fame or the money. It was about those movies I watched sitting by myself in the dark.
Seeing films offered me a different way of looking at things. They gave me reasons why people do the things they do. They helped me realize that I could leave Missouri if I wanted to. After high school, I went to college, but I got bad grades, and I got it into my head it was time to go, so I left two credits short. Acting wasn’t available there on any level that you could respect, but once I figured out in my head that I could leave, I left two weeks later. Since then, however, they’ve called and asked me to come back.
When I first arrived in L.A., I had a million jobs. I slept the first couple of nights in my car and I lived six different places the first eight months. I met people, where I could kind of crash. The first week I started doing work as an extra, but I also I delivered chickens and refrigerators. I rented a room where I told the landlady, “It’s so small you couldn’t swing a cat.” She replied, “No problem. I don’t allow animals.”
And then, about nine months later, I got my first part in Dallas, then, episodic television and Movies of the Week until I got Thelma and Louise.
I was in this acting class, and a woman in the class had an audition with an agent. She needed a partner to do a scene. It was one of those classic stories: I did the scene with her and ended up with the agent.
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