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Michael Sheen chats about Aro in Breaking Dawn

After a premature announcement of his involvement in the upcoming film Dark Shadows, Michael Sheen took a few minutes to chat with Collider about his continuing role as Aro in Breaking Dawn: Parts 1 & 2 of the Twilight Saga.  Here’s what he had to say…

What can you say about what you’ll be doing in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn?

MICHAEL SHEEN: It’s the same part that I played before – Aro.

Was there anything you got to discover in playing him this time around, that you hadn’t learned the last time you played him?

SHEEN: He’s more of a presence in these films than he was in New Moon, so I got to explore the character a bit more and probably fleshed it out a bit more. I don’t think that there’s anything that I learned. I just was able to go into the insanity of the character a bit more. I got to show what’s under the surface a bit more this time, which was fun.

How was Bill Condon to work with, as a director?

SHEEN: Bill was wonderful. He was terrific. He’s a very, very friendly, warm person. He obviously has a very varied and interesting body of work, and brought that to bear. He made everyone feel very comfortable. It must be quite hard, coming onto a film where people have already been together for a long time. Each film is a different director and you think, “What’s this one going to be like?” But, everyone really warmed to him and thought he was terrific. I think he did a really good job. It was a huge organizational thing. We had something like 40 new characters being introduced in this film, and the big battle scene took about four or five weeks to film. It was a huge undertaking, and he handled it brilliantly.

When a new director comes on and you already know the characters from having done previous films, do you feel like you know the characters more than the director, or does each director really bring something new out of you?

SHEEN: Personally, I was only on New Moon for two weeks, so it’s not like I got used to it. But, for the other actors, there’s probably a wariness about, “Is this person going to come along and not really get what it is we’re doing, or are they going to try to change it too much?” For a director coming on board, I would imagine there’s the pressure of wanting to make your mark and be different to what other people have done, but at the same time, not wanting to go against the flow of the whole series. I would imagine it’s quite a difficult balance to strike, but everyone seemed very happy on it and seemed to enjoy working with Bill.

What are you going to be doing in Dark Shadows?

SHEEN: I’m not in Dark Shadows.

Was that just misinformation?

SHEEN: No, it was something that got talked about, but it’s not happening. It was a bit premature.

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True Blood’s Joe Manganiello, one of the 25 Fittest Men in the World

Let’s get the week started off with some gratuitous muscle-gazing (see, Monday’s aren’t all bad!)…

Everyone’s favorite True Blood werewolf (Joe Manganiello, of course!) will soon be celebrated as one of the Top 25 Fittest Men in the World by Men’s Fitness magazine.  Being uber-fit is nearly a requirement of landing a part on True Blood lately, considering just about every major cast member has some sort of revealing scene, but Joe really took it to the next level when he started buffing up for the part last year.  He works out twice a day at least 3 days a week, then does other cardio and strength-building workouts on three additional days.  Two workouts a day… whew, that’s dedication to your physique!  And we appreciate it, yes we do.  Thank you Joe!  ❤

Also recognized, are Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga’s Emmett Cullen)…

Jason Momoa (the new Conan, also Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones & Ronin Dex from Stargate: Atlantis)…

Chris Evans (the new Captain America & Johnny Storm from The Fantastic Four)…

Also rumored to be on the list is Chris Pine, Captain James T. Kirk in the revitalized new Star Trek franchise.  Check out the June/July of Men’s Fitness for the complete list of the World’s 25 Fittest Men in 2011, due out on newstands on May 9th.  Until then, enjoy your eye candy!  *grin*

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Taylor Lautner MTV interview: Abduction & Breaking Dawn clips!

The Twilight buzz has been primarily about Rob Pattinson lately, with his upcoming Water for Elephants film release, but it was all about Team Jacob at MTV last week, as the much-anticipated MTV First interview for Taylor’s new film Abduction was released.  Abduction is a Bourne-esque action flick featuring Taylor Lautner, who finds his photo on the Missing Persons label of a milk carton, and Lily Collins as his parner-in-crime-slash-love-interest, as they run the gamut of conspiracy, chaos, and government entanglements.  Taylor also talked to MTV about Breaking Dawn and the end of filming of the Twilight Saga.  Look for Abduction in theaters on September 23, 2011.  Check out the interview clips and some stills from Abduction below!

Trailer for Abduction

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to imbed the rest.  =(  Click the links under each description for a pop-out window with the clip, then come right back!  *wink*

On smooching with Lily & how this role differs from Jacob
On doing his own stunts and his workout regimin
Flashback to a 2008 Twilight interview & Taylor’s reaction
Flashback to Taylor’s fight for the Jacob role in New Moon
On shooting the last few days of Breaking Dawn
On working with Mackenzie Foy (as Renesmee)
On the possibility of doing other “Jacob” films
On getting tossed around the Cullen’s back yard by Bella
On maybe dating a fan and singing Britney on Glee
On Kristen’s cooking, what he first sees in a girl, & travel

Still want more Taylor?  See all the clips at MTV.com!  Here are a few stills from Abduction…


Fangtastic Friday: How to host a Twilight party!

First of all, WTH is Fangtastic Friday?

It’s my new “celebrate the awesomeness of vampires” day.  Friday is a pretty awesome day all on its own, so jazzing it up with a little fang can only make it better… right?!

Read on, my friends, and check out our first Fangtastic Friday recap!

This past Sunday, my friend Monique (TxTwilightGirl) had a big Twilight-inspired birthday bash.

Now you might be thinking “ok, that’s weird”, but it’s actually pretty appropriate considering we all met through the Austin Twilighters meetup group.  That, and Monique is generally enthralled by all things Twilight… and especially Edward.  But hey, as long as he leaves his shirt on, who can blame her?!  *grin*

Anyway, the party decorations were fantastic (erm, fangtastic anyone?) so I took a few photos to share with all of you.  Sonia, a craftily talented new member of our group, did all the heavy scrapbooking and she did an awesome job.  Monique and our meetup group Coordinator, Ashley, also whipped up a yummy red velvet cake and decorated it with Eclipse-themed photo icing (purchased from this Etsy store).  To see the eye candy, check out the photos below (and above!)…

SO!  If you’re a Twihard, or are hosting a party for a TwiFan, here are a few helpful tips to get you started:

  1. Get out of your headspace and just have fun. Don’t feel silly or think you’re “too old” to enjoy the theme!  Women (and men!) of all ages love this series, so don’t be ashamed to enjoy yourself.
  2. The invites can be as reference-rich as you have the smarts to make ’em.  Monique made up a cute little rhyme for her evites (I’ll put it in the section below this) that matched the style of party she was having.
  3. Photos of/references to Edward, Jacob, and Bella are a must, but don’t forget about the other cast members! Maybe your Twihard has a Carlisle crush or keeps an eye on Alice’s fashion trends?  Feel free to go with that instead of overdoing the Holy Trinity deco.
  4. Quotes from the movies/books set in inexpensive frames (scrapbook style) can look trendy and fun and still be affordable.
  5. Table settings and other accent decorations don’t have to be “official” twilight items, nor do they have to be expensive “vampire” novelty items.  Look for things that represent items or themes from the books that are more widely available, like large chess pieces (pawns or queens) and red apples.
  6. The menu can be anything from chocolate strawberries to fresh berries and cookies to red velvet cake with photo icing.  Find out what your Twihard likes, and be imaginative!
  7. The entertainment can be anything from a sparkle-tastic poolside shindig to a cozy living room viewing of your favorite Twilight movie(s)… or anything that brings your group together!  (We voted between True Blood S3 and Van Helsing… and of course True Blood won out, because who can resist Eric Northman?!)
  8. Last, but certainly not least, find out if your Twihard is Team Edward or Team Jacob, and try to find one of those life-sized cardboard stand-ups of the character.  Comic book stores usually have these, although they can be pricey, or you may have some luck online.  If you order online, keep in mind it will probably have to be folded, so shipping might be higher (and unless you drive a school bus, you’re going to have to fold it to get it into your car anyway… 😉 ).
“How long have you been 24?”
Let’s just say…Awhile….
It’s time to bring on 25 with a brand new style!
The party’s out by the pool
where the sun is hot, and the water’s  cool.
So, don’t worry if you sparkle,
this isn’t Forks High School!
So bring your towel and your swim suit, and jump in the pool with a loud woot, woot!
I’ll have food to satisfy your thirst,
but you can bring your favorite chips or “snack” in case you’re eternally cursed 🙂
Come for food and some games,
And maybe a movie if it rains.

So, I’ll say it…OUT LOUD,
HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT!
Let me know if you’ll be part of the crowd!

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Kristen Stewart confirmed as the new Snow White but Viggo Mortensen will not fill the Huntsman role

Earlier this month, Twilight’s Kristen Stewart was confirmed to be playing the role of Snow White in the upcoming film adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.  Charlize Theron and Viggo Mortensen were also in talks for the role of the evil Queen and the Huntsman, however recent news has confirmed that Mortensen, well known for (but certainly not solely for!) his portrayal of Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will not be pursuing the Huntsman role and is rumored to be in consideration for the role of the villain in the new Superman movie.

Sad news for Twilight fans, as I’m sure there wouldn’t have been too many objections to seeing our Bella opposite the hunky Aragorn.  Hopefully the new actor cast as the Huntsman will be as good a match.


Twilight Eclipse snags 11 MTV Movie Award nominations, including 2 for Best Kiss

Team Edward beware – Team Jacob has a shot at the Best Kiss award this year too and the competition will be fierce!  This is the first time in MTV Movie Award history that one person (Kristen Stewart) has garnered two nominations for a single category from the same film.  Happily, that means double the smooch time during the award clips for Twilight fans.  😉

Below is the nominee list for the Best Kiss.  I wanted to list ALL the categories Eclipse is nominated for but there are just WAY too many nominees!  MTV is apparently more lenient with their nominee list than the Oscars…

Who do you think should win?  GO VOTE at MTV.com!

Best Kiss

Amanda Crew & Zac Efron – ‘Charlie St. Cloud’

Amanda Seyfried & Shiloh Fernandez – ‘Red Riding Hood

Amy Adams & Mark Wahlberg – ‘The Fighter’

Angelina Jolie & Johnny Depp – ‘The Tourist’

Anne Hathaway & Jake Gyllenhaal – ‘Love and Other Drugs’

Drew Barrymore & Justin Long – ‘Going the Distance’

Ellen Page & Joseph Gordon-Levitt – ‘Inception’

Emily Blunt & Matt Damon – ‘The Adjustment Bureau’

Emma Stone & Penn Badgley – ‘Easy A’

Emma Watson & Daniel Radcliffe – ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’

Jennifer Aniston & Adam Sandler – ‘Just Go with It

Jim Carrey & Ewan McGregor – ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’

Jonah Hill & Russell Brand – ‘Get Him to the Greek’

Katherine Heigl & Josh Duhamel – ‘Life as We Know It’

Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson – ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’

Kristen Stewart & Taylor Lautner – ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’

Lyndsy Fonseca & Aaron Johnson – ‘Kick-Ass’

Minka Kelly & Cam Gigandet – ‘The Roommate’

Natalie Portman & Ashton Kutcher – ‘No Strings Attached’

Natalie Portman & Mila Kunis – ‘Black Swan’

 

Notice Emma Watson & Dan Radcliffe are in there – that was a surprise for me until I remembered the scene with the horcrux amulet, and then I remembered how steamy it was!  I don’t think it can contend with Eclipse, but I’m glad to see it nominated.  We also have a few guy-on-guy and girl-on-girl smooches in the list, like Natalie+Mila from ‘Black Swan’ and Jim Carrey & Ewan McGregor from ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’.  I also really enjoyed the chemistry between Natalie Portman & Ashton Kutcher in ‘No Strings Attached’, but again I don’t think it can pull off the award.  Personally I think the biggest risk of an Eclipse upset is Black Swan, but with Team Edward and Team Jacob coming out in droves to vote, I’ll be surprised if one of the Eclipse kisses doesn’t win.

Looks like we might get our favorite Twi-hard question answered after all (no, not the “are they”/”aren’t they” rumors, although that’s a close second!): Team Edward or Team Jacob?  Well, the fans are about to speak!  Will Edward take the MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss honor for the third year in a row or will Jacob finally get his chance to take the spotlight & get the girl?  (pssst: my money’s on Edward!  That proposal scene was AWESOMESAUCE!!)  But no worries Taylor, if you lose to Rob again you still have a chance to take him in the ‘Best Male Performance’ category.  May the best *cough*vampire*cough* win!

The MTV Movie Awards will be shown live on Sunday, June 5th and 9/8c in case you want to go ahead and put that on your calendar now…  *grin*


Top 10 Sexiest Vamps & Weres of 2010

I know people normally do this at the end of the year, but *I* say it’s never too late to have a “sexiest” list!  Here are my top picks, in no particular order…

 

Alexander Skarsgård as Erik Northman & Stephen Moyer as Bill ComptonTrueBlood

 

Joe Manganiello as Alcide HerveauxTrueBlood

 

Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore & Paul Wesley as Stephan SalvatoreThe Vampire Diaries

 

Taylor Lautner as Jacob BlackEclipse

 

Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, Eclipse

 

Ryan Robbins as Henry FossSanctuary

 

Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte, TrueBlood

 

Jonathon Young as Nikola Tesla, Sanctuary

 

 

So apparently I have a thing for the TrueBlood crew.  HBO really knows how to cast ’em, eh?  *wink*  Isn’t that Rolling Stones cover TO DIE FOR?!!  <Yep, that pun was totally intended!> Seriously, it’s perfect for TrueBlood: sexy, bloody, & no-holds-barred (uh, literally)… love it!

To stay off the beaten path, I tried to steer from shirtless muscle shots in favor of professional-yet-smoldering headshots, but that Alcide one was just begging to be posted.  Muscles like that should not be hidden beneath a garment (unless it’s a tight t-shirt, then it’s ok *grin*).  Jacob Black, on the other hand, spends so much time with his shirt off in the movies that I thought I’d switch it up a bit and make him stay decent for once.  Not that we don’t all love the view…

And yes yes, I realize Nikola isn’t a vampire any longer.  This really makes me sad!  He’ll always be a vampire to me, even if he had to settle for the magnetic thing in 2010.

Yeah I know there aren’t any ladies on the list.  I tried to find at least one, but alas, the men were all just more appealing this year.  But hey, it’s *my* list!  Feel free to make your own list and comment it here!  *grin*  Enjoy the eye candy!

❤ DVK


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