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As I sit here comfortably in the Hilton Bayfront hotel next to the San Diego Convention Center, things are starting to finally heat up here at Comic Con. In addition to being the first official day of the event, the stars of Twilight are about to arrive and thousands of screaming fans are lining up for their chance to see Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. But before the chorus of high pitch screams begin in Hall H and echo around all of Southern California, the cast and filmmakers are set to speak at a press conference, and, lucky for you, I’m here to catch all the details.
Keep refreshing this page as I update you minute by minute on all of the goodies coming out of this heavily-populated press room!
9:10: It begins! Cast and crew is slowly coming coming one by one. This is apparently just the first wave.
9:11: Ashley Green and Booboo Stewart among the members of the supporting cast on stage.
9:12 The cast members are talking about their experience so far at Comic Con. Most of them are here for the first time and have been effectively surprised by all of it.
9:13 The people on stage include Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Booboo Stewart and Julia Jones.
9:15: The group is talking about how they first got the news of signing on. Apparently it took awhile for Booboo to hear the news and he thought he didn't get the gig.
9:16: Reaser is her talking about the final night on set. Apparently even Bill Condon.
9:17: Question asked if Breaking Dawn will be the end of the franchise. The cast says that they really don't know, but it seems Stephanie Meyer has moved on to other characters.
9:18: Bill Condon helped keep everything straight while filming two films at the same time
9:19: Reed says her character and Bella will start finding a common ground.
9:20: Nikki Reed: "I used to be a bit theatrical back then." - her favorite line from the franchise.
9:21: Booboo: "I don't have very many lines in Eclipse. Maybe when I call 'Jake!'"
9:22: Nikki says she wasn't a fan of vampires before Twilight.
9:24: Cast says days were the most fun when everyone got to be together. This includes the wedding scene in Breaking Dawn.
9:25: Booboo says it was freezing cold on that day.
9:26: Nikki apparently did a Wonder Twins skit with Peter Facinelli (talking about potentially dressing up for ComicCon). Booboo would be a zombie. Ashley would be Batman.
9:27: What would they camp up for? Booboo says Lord of the Rings. Ashley says she doesn't know, but has a lot of respect for the fans. Elizabeth says she would go for The White Stripes.
9:28: Booboo really liked working with Maggie Grace because he is a big fan of the movie Taken. Asked her about working with Liam Neeson.
9:30: Elizabeth took a pair of socks from set. Ashley took some American Apparel sweatpants. Julia took a ton of makeup. Nikki got a pair of shoes that Kristen got for her. Booboo took a lot of craft service, but if he could have taken something it would have been his shoes (apparently they were really comfortable).
9:32: Apparently Julia once saw a woman dressed in pajamas, pasted with feathers and painted with bruises. Apparently she was Bella mid-coitus. Wow.
9:33: Booboo once took a picture with a fan (a lady) and then she asked him if she wanted to make out. Wow. 9:34: Ashley is talking about her wig. Wanted to make it a bit more modern. Every installment of the saga they've been trying to get it right. Felt they were pushing their luck, but she loved working with Bill Condon and the hair and makeup team.
9:35: The first press conference is over. Now waiting for the second wave.
9:37: Taking a break from Twilight to speak with Veronica Roth, the author of the book "Divergent"
9:39 Book description from Amazon:
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.9:37: Apparently the book was optioned for a movie when she was only 22.
9:41: Relationship with the screenwriter: she hopes to meet with him later today, but there hasn't been an opportunity to meet with him yet (apparently he was just hired). She assumes he knows what he's doing.
9:42: The society was formed because of the hope of eradicating character flaws. Selected the virtues by logic.
9:43: Interested in seeing a scene in which a character jumps off a building into a net as a way of exiting the old world and entering the new world.
9:44: Second book is currently being worked on and should be published early next year. Should be a trilogy.
9:45: She's really open about how the movie will be different from the book because she understands they are different mediums. Even strange to hear the audiobook for her.
9:46: While writing the book at Northwestern she kept it fairly secret because of the college's focus on adult literature.
9:47: Now waiting for the next press conference to begin.
9:48: Now it's the author of the book Warm Bodies, Isaac Marion, which is being made into a film starting this September.
9:49: The book, a zombie romance, started as a short story and the person that convinced him to make it into a novel apparently also made way for the movie.
9:50: Very happy with the casting of Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer.
9:51: He wants to be on set as much as possible, but is kind of scared about the premiere of the film. Thinks seeing it with a crowd would be best.
9:52: Doesn't know if he can pick the one line he wants to see come from the book into the movie. Nothing springs to mind.
9:54: Marion hasn't read Breathers: A Zombie's Lament, which is also being turned into a movie. He says his book is less tongue-in-cheek and more serious.
9:54: Had dinner with Stephanie Meyer to talk about the book while she was on the set of Eclipse.
9:55: Marion says that the book is actually somewhat autobiographical.
9:56: Jonathan Levine will be directing the project. Marion saw The Wackness before he was selected as the director and is happy with him as the selection (Levine will also be writing the script.)
9:58: Challenge in getting people to sympathize with a zombie. At the start the main character is killing people, but has a distaste for it all. He doesn't have a worldview or identity. Mindless repetition and doing stuff they shouldn't do: common in our world.
10:00: Another press conference down. Waiting for the next one now.
10:02: Yet another author of an upcoming adaption: Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus"
10:03 From Amazon:
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.10:05 Apparently the story came out of her writing a story and then sending her characters to the circus. It turned out that the circus was more interesting than anything else in the story, so she stuck with that.
10:05 There are no clowns in this circus. That's the best kind of circus.
10:06 Period setting came out of her own fascination with the 19th century. She likes top hats and corsets.
10:07 One of the Harry Potter producers, David Heyman, is currently in talks to sign on as a producer.10:34: What was it like filming in Brazil and what does it feel like to be loved all over the world? They enjoyed shooting on location and straight from the streets.
10:35: Time for Bill Condon, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner!
10:36: Apparently there was an extra in Brazil who looked exactly like Taylor. They had to place him in the back of the scenes so that he wouldn’t be distracting.
10:37: Proposed sequel from Robert Pattison: Twilight: Breakfast Time. Stephanie has said this is the end of the Edward/Bella story, but they might revisit the other characters.
10:39: Apparently security during the wedding scene was intense. Had to use a Volturi cloak to cover the wedding dress so pictures of it wouldn’t get out.
10:40: Sadly have to run to another press event, but stay tuned for Katey’s Twilight coverage straight from Hall H!
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