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Creation Entertainment Official Twilight Convention: Twi Tour In Vancouver With Catherine Hardwicke And Peter Facinelli

Today I went to check out Creation Entertainment’s Official Twilight Convention aka Twi Tour in Van – it was awesome! I could only make it today (Day 3) but it was definitely worth it to see Catherine Hardwicke (Director of Twilight) and Peter Facinelli (Carlisle Cullen in Twilight) and hear them speak about Twilight and their other projects. Twi Tour has been happening all weekend (Friday-Sunday) at the Sheraton Wall Centre hotel downtown Vancouver. Twilight cast members including Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have stayed in this hotel during filming in Vancouver so it’s kind of a cool place to check out anyways if you’re a Twilight fan.

Without further ado, check out my photos and some fun facts from The Official Twilight Convention aka Twi Tour Day 3:

The Hillywood Show Hosts Twi Tour

Sisters Hilly and Hannah Hindi were there with their Hillywood Show co-stars to host Twi Tour and introduce the guests of the Twilight Convention. They were really down to earth, friendly people who interacted with the crowd and did on-stage parodies of parts of Twilight to introduce the next events on the schedule. The Hillywood Show also fielded audience questions to both Catherine Hardwicke and Peter Facinelli who were today’s guest speakers at Twi Tour.

The Hillywood Show also debuted their New Moon Parody which was a mini movie they made mimicking and poking fun at New Moon the movie. They had their song and dance routine thing going on with songs like Pink – So What and Katy Perry – Thinking of You. Their movie featured mock clips of scenes from both Twilight and New Moon in what can only be described as an extended super music video. It was really entertaining to watch.

The Hillywood Show members use their own money to fund their projects and make their movies which I thought was really cool. Having originally found YouTube success with their Twilight parodies, they seem to have found a lot of recent success within the Twilight fandom and their hard work has payed off. The New Moon Parody was really well done and I can’t wait to see what they do for their upcoming Eclipse Parody.

Catherine Hardwicke – Guest Speaker at Twi Tour

Catherine Hardwicke was the first guest speaker of Day 3 for Twi Tour and she really was such an interesting person to listen to. She is such an open and friendly person who you can tell has this genuine passion for film making and for Twilight. She spoke a lot about her creative approach to directing and how spontaneity and collaborative efforts are very much a part of her approach. Catherine described how she auditions and works with actors: by jumping right into the scene and acting it out with them rather than watching from the sidelines. She described Peter Facinelli’s Twilight audition for the role of Carlisle Cullen and how they worked on the scene at the end of Twilight where Carlisle is helping to save a vampire-bitten Bella. Catherine literally played the part of Bella for the audition by lying on the floor pretending to be in pain while Peter leaned over and had to help her.

Catherine delved into a bit of discussion about the process behind Thirteen, which she wrote with Nikki Reed in six days straight. She described the difficult place Nikki was in at that tender age and how she was misunderstood. Knowing this, Catherine helped Nikki explore more creative activities and this culminated in them writing Thirteen together and acting out each scene as they went. A few audience members asked her about Lords of Dogtown and she spoke a bit about Heath Ledger and the loose and creative freedom he brought to the production of that film. Catherine also told the fans about her next big project to shoot in Vancouver – a modern gothic tale of Red Riding Hood which Leonardo DiCaprio is apparently heavily involved with in terms of both writing and production. Amanda Seyfried is set to star in the new movie alongside Shiloh Fernandez (who coincidently was one of the top contenders for the role of Edward Cullen in Twilight).

Catherine told some awesome stories including a more detailed account of the Twilight audition process involving Rob and Kristen. She described how Kristen came over to her house and had to kiss these random top 4 guys narrowed down for the part of Edward Cullen. The audition was focused on the bedroom scene between Bella and Edward – an important scene that would reveal chemistry or lack thereof between two actors. Once Kristen had finished auditioning with Rob, she told Catherine right away that it had to be him. Catherine reviewed the audition tape and totally agreed that the chemistry was right there from the start. It was really interesting to hear Catherine’s insights about film making and fun behind-the-scenes facts about Twilight. She is really talented and I will always admire her work in bringing Twilight to life for the first time.

Peter Facinelli – Guest Speaker at Twi Tour

Peter Facinelli, also known in The Twilight Saga as Carlisle Cullen, was the second guest speaker at Twi Tour Day 3. Peter was amazing: he connected so well with the fans in attendance, he joked with us, mingled in the crowd, and he was really honest about himself. It was interesting to hear him speak about being really shy growing up and having not had any experience with acting and theatre at a young age. Now he’s this largely successful actor with both Twilight and the TV show Nurse Jackie as current projects and he just seems to be taking it all in stride. He joked about embarrassing moments such as spilling his Starbucks coffee right that second and later almost kicking his coffee over again. He described his love of Starbucks coffee and how he finds it funny how many Starbucks there are in our city (Along Robson there’s well over 4!). Peter also said he enjoyed hanging at Tojo’s in Vancouver for Japanese food during the filming of Eclipse.

Peter gave us some insight on his hectic schedule and how he often finds the constant travel to be confusing. He was once in New York flying out somewhere and at the check-in desk when asked here he was travelling to he said New York! Peter was really humble and willing to joke around telling some other funny stories. He is the assistant coach of his daughter’s soccer team and recently walked up to what he thought was his daughter’s soccer team but it turned out to be a completely different group of girls who started asking if he was Carlisle. He then ran back to find his daughter’s team! Peter took many questions from the audience, one of which was if he would ever change his name? He said he doesn’t think his name is that striking and wants a name like John Wayne or a cool name like Johnny or Billy. He was so funny and relaxed with the questions and even went as far as to hug random audience members whose questions were “can I have a hug from you?” Peter came right over to our side section of the audience for a bit and was mere inches away from us – very cool!

Peter also shared some thoughts on Twilight the book versus Twilight the movie and his own personal stake in that. Peter has been and still is a fan of the Twilight books and he studied for the role of Carlisle to help express the literary version of that character. It was nice to see that he easily shares this personal enjoyment of the series and it really does forge a connection between him and the fans of The Twilight Saga. He joked a bit about the Twilight movie and how random it is that Carlisle drove with Edward to the ballet studio in the movie yet he doesn’t actually get in there to help until the fight between Edward and James is almost over. Peter joked that Carlisle was taking an exceptionally long time to park the car out front! He made the crowd laugh and smile, and also took the time to give some serious advice about the film industry for aspiring actors. It’s clear that Peter truly cares for both his family and his fans which is amazing to see and it really made me happy to get to see him in person and get to know a little more about who this guy really is. He’s amazing!

Twilight Merchandise and Vendors Area at Twi Tour

The vendors area of the Twilight Convention had cool Twilight merch for fans to check out. There was everything from autographed glossy photos of Twilight cast members to Twilight lunch boxes, wallets, pencil cases, pins, buttons, stickers, water bottles, bags, t-shirts, posters, candles and so much more. The Volturi collection of the Twilight Beauty Makeup was also available at a London Drugs booth in the vendors area. There was a section for Twilight makeovers, and the people from The Hillywood Show were on hand to interact with fans by their own booth. Check out a close-up of The Official Twilight Convention graphic tee below:

Twilight Charity Auction at Twi Tour

A really cool thing they did at Twi Tour was the Twilight Charity Auction with money going towards the Epilepsy Foundation which is a really good cause. Since it was the last day of Twi Tour in Van, many of the banners for the Twilight Convention were up for auction and had been signed by various Twilight stars. There was one banner that had been signed by Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart that sold for well over $600.

Twilight Lexicon Panel at Twi Tour

Widely recognized fan site Twilight Lexicon was there at Twi Tour to talk a bit about their early experience with the Twilight fandom. They told us about their set visit on the day that they were filming down at the beach where Bella and Jacob have their talk about the cold ones. They showed us their own interviews with both Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart from that day which was interesting to see because they seemed so happy and relaxed in the videos back from when they didn’t have chaos surrounding their films sets. They also revealed that Taylor Lautner was relatively unknown back then and they spent much of the day hanging out and talking to him as much of the focus back in the original Twilight movie was on Robert Pattinson and the Edward character. There was also some Q&A with Mandy who is well versed in set locations in Vancouver. Many fans wanted to know where recent Eclipse reshoots took place as well as the locations for popular places like Bella’s House and Jacob’s House. It was fun to hear some more detailed information about Twilight sets locally.

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It was interesting to note that there was quite a variety of people at the Twi Tour. I thought it would be full of young kids seeing as it was the weekend but there were people of all ages there and definitely lots of kids and adults alike. Some were decked out in costumes from the movies and others were in jeans and t-shirts. Everyone was super friendly and it was just nice to see a bunch of like-minded individuals (crazy Twilight fans) having a good time together at the Twilight Convention.

I hope you enjoyed my experience of Twi Tour in Vancouver. Please note that all photos are my own and require a link back should you share them. Thanks again for reading!

May 16, 2010 Posted by | Twilight | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eclipse Soundtrack Listing: From Kristen Stewart’s iPod Playlist?

As of this morning at 10:30am, MySpaceMusic has been releasing the track listing for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack. Individual track information has been released periodically throughout the day, no doubt to generate hype and pre-order sales for the highly anticipated Eclipse soundtrack. With June 30th looming in the not-so-distant future, many Twilight fans will want to know the Eclipse soundtrack in and out before they see the film hit the big screen this summer.

Once the Eclipse soundtrack details started to pop up online and on MySpaceMusic’s twitter, @MySpaceMusic, the first thing I thought was: ok this is blatantly off of KStew’s iPod. When I hear Metric, Bat for Lashes, and Band of Horses I can’t help but think of Kristen and her favourite music. So the question on KStew and Twilight fans’ minds today is – did Kristen Stewart compile this Eclipse soundtrack? Because it really does look like it.

Don’t forget that Kristen had her say on the original Twilight soundtrack with the Iron & Wine song – Flightless Bird, American Mouth. There was a song already in place for the prom scene at the end of Twilight and Kristen suggested the Iron & Wine song instead. Low and behold, it made its way into the movie and onto the Twilight soundtrack. Maybe Kristen threw her two cents into the mix for the Eclipse soundtrack or maybe it’s pure coincidence, but this track listing will be a welcome addition for KStew fans playlists either way.

Eclipse Soundtrack Listing:

  1. Metric – Eclipse (All Yours) | @Metric | Metric MySpace
  2. Muse – Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever | @Muse | Muse MySpace
  3. The Bravery – Ours | @thebravery | The Bravery MySpace
  4. Florence + The Machine – Heavy In Your Arms | @flo_tweet | Florence MySpace
  5. Sia – My Love | @siamusic | Sia MySpace
  6. Fanfarlo – Atlas | @fanfarlomusic | Fanfarlo MySpace
  7. The Black Keys – Chop And Change| @BlackKeysNews | The Black Keys MySpace
  8. The Dead Weather – Rolling In On A Burning Tire | The Dead Weather MySpace
  9. Beck & Bat For Lashes – Let’s Get Lost | @Bat_For_Lashes | @Beck | Bat For Lashes MySpace | Beck MySpace
  10. Vampire Weekend – Jonathan Low | Vampire Weekend MySpace
  11. Unkle – With You In My Head | @UnkleOfficial | Unkle MySpace
  12. Eastern Conference Champions – With You In My Head | @ECCMUSIC | ECC MySpace
  13. Band Of Horses – Life On Earth | @BandOfHorses | Band Of Horses MySpace
  14. Cee-Lo Green (from Gnarls Barkley) – What Part Of Forever | Cee Lo Green MySpace
  15. Howard Shore – Jacob’s Theme | Howard Shore MySpace

This is the order the songs were announced in via @MySpaceMusic but that order may be different for the actual Eclipse soundtrack. All of the songs are original and new material by the above bands and artists written for the Eclipse soundtrack. This soundtrack looks simply amazing upon first glance – I think Kristen in particular will be very happy with this selection of music for Eclipse!

You can pre-order the Eclipse soundtrack via the official Eclipse soundtrack website where there are 2 versions to choose from:

  • The Deluxe CD in Panoramic Gatefold Packaging: includes 2 un-named bonus tracks that do not currently appear on the Eclipse soundtrack listing. Price – $16.99
  • The Deluxe Digital Album: includes 2 bonus tracks like the above version. Price – $12.99

You can also check out Eclipse soundtrack pre-order information for Canadian Twilight fans. The Deluxe cd is listed at $16.99 in Canada.

The track by Muse – Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever) will be available as a single on May 17th.

The Eclipse soundtrack will be widely available for sale on June 8th, just a few weeks before the theatrical release of Eclipse in theatres on June 30th. It’s going to be an amazing summer Twilight fans!

My Other Kristen Stewart Music Posts:

[Track list via @MySpaceMusic | Photo credit Summit Entertainment LLC]

May 12, 2010 Posted by | Eclipse | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

2010 MTV Movie Awards Nominees: What Will Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Twilight win?

The 2010 MTV Movie Awards are coming up on June 6th meaning that Twilight fans are going to be glued to the TV in anticipation of seeing RPattz and KStew. This kind of excitement is palpable perhaps in light on last year’s events at the MTV Movie Awards when Rob and Kristen had that epic moment on stage for their “Best Kiss” award win. Remember how that went down? Rob announces he needs to remove his gum, fans start screaming in the audience, Rob goes in for the kill, and Kristen moves away at the last second – epic!

This year, Twilight is back with many nominations for the New Moon cast, as well as a couple of other nominations for Twilight actors such as Taylor Lautner in Valentine’s Day, Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air, and Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in The Runaways. Twilight has garnered 11 nominations this year in total (including projects from Twilight cast members) and let’s face it – it’s very likely to clean up this year based on how well New Moon was received by the fandom.

Check out the full list of nominees for the 2010 awards show below. I’ve bolded/starred any Twilight-related nominees…

2010 MTV Movie Awards Nominees

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hangover
*The Twilight Saga: New Moon*

Channing Tatum, Dear John
Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
*Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Saga: New Moon*
*Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: New Moon*
Zac Efron, 17 Again

Amanda Seyfried, Dear John
Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
*Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: New Moon*
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Zoe Saldana Avatar

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Helena Bonham Carter, Alice In Wonderland
Ken Jeong, The Hangover
Stephen Lang, Avatar
Tom Felton, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Ben Stiller, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Bradley Cooper, The Hangover
Ryan Reynolds, The Proposal
Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
Zach Galifianakis The Hangover

Beyoncé Knowles vs. Ali Larter in Obsessed
Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber vs. Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Logan Lerman vs. Jake Abel in Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Robert Downey Jr. vs. Mark Strong in Sherlock Holmes
Sam Worthington vs. Stephen Lang in Avatar

*Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in The Runaways*
*Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in The Twilight Saga: New Moon*
Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds The Proposal
*Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner in Valentine’s Day*
Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington in Avatar

*Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air*
Chris Pine, Star Trek
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Logan Lerman Percy, Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Quinton Aaron, The Blind Side
Zach Galifianakis The Hangover

Betty White, feeling up the bride, in The Proposal
Bill Murray, as himself, in Zombieland
Isabel Lucas and her robot tongue, in Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
Ken Jeong, booty call out of the box scene, in The Hangover
Megan Fox, projectile vomiting, in Jennifer’s Body

Alison Lohman, Drag Me to Hell
Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer’s Body
Jesse Eisenberg. Zombieland
Katie Featherston, Paranormal Activity
Sharlto Copley, District 9

Angelina Jolie
Channing Tatum
Chris Pine
Sam Worthington

Daniel Radcliffe
Johnny Depp
*Kristen Stewart*
*Robert Pattinson*
*Taylor Lautner*

It’s likely we’ll be seeing Twilight cast members repeatedly taking to the stage to receive MTV Movie Awards on the 6th, but which awards are the most likely to be won? Here’s my two cents on what the likely wins will be for our amazing Twilight cast members and their projects…

Amy’s picks for Twilight wins at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards:

  • Best Movie – New Moon: Highly likely to win for obvious reasons.
  • Best Male Performance – Taylor Lautner, New Moon: This was Taylor’s movie and I feel like he truly deserves the award on this one. He stepped up for New Moon and showed the fans he belongs in the The Twilight Saga as Jacob Black.
  • Best Female Performance – Kristen Stewart, New Moon: I’m going to go ahead and say she’s likely to get this one.. I hope she does. I’m a huge KStew fan and like I said above, this is Taylor and Kristen’s movie, it’s all them. I’d love to see them both win for these awards.
  • Best Kiss – Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning OR Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart: It’s got to be one of those two pairings for the win. Last year Rob and Kristen won this exact award, and this year they are likely to win again. Then again, people loved the DakotaStew lip-lock in The Runaways so it could go either way.
  • Best Breakout Star – Anna Kendrick: She got the Oscar nod, and she stands a good chance of getting recognized with MTV. Lots of strong contenders in this category but I think the fans will vote for Anna because not only does she have fans of Up in the Air voting, but she has the entire Twilight fandom voting too so it’s likely she’ll win.
  • Global Superstar – Robert Pattinson: I’m going to go with RPattz on this one. I kind of want Kristen to win it, but Rob is the most likely. He is the superstar of Twilight so the award is kind of fitting for him.

Don’t forget to tune in to watch the MTV Movie Awards on June 6th and see what Twilight will take home. Voting is now open on the MTV website so go and vote for our amazing Twilight stars!

2010 MTV Movie Awards Voting

[Photo via MATT SAYLES/AP PHOTO | Video via BellasAfterCarF430]

May 12, 2010 Posted by | New Moon, Twilight | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment