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When dealing with a franchise that incites hysteria on the level of The Twilight Saga, it’s best to ease into the filmic reveal, as Summit is doing with Breaking Dawn.  First a photo from the set for Christmas.  Turn up the heat with a sexy still of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.  Then simmer down with the image we have today: a photo from Isle Esme, the picturesque site of Bella and Edward’s honeymoon.

Bill Condon will direct both parts of Breaking Dawn from a script by series scribe Melissa Rosenberg.  Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed and Kellan Lutz star alongside Pattinson, Stewart, and slew of new cast members.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 hits theaters  on November 18, 2011; Part 2 follows on November 16, 2012.

Via the The Twilight Saga Facebook.  Click for high resolution.


In the highly anticipated next chapter of the blockbuster The Twilight Saga, the newfound married bliss of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world.

After their wedding, Bella and Edward travel to Rio de Janeiro for their honeymoon, where they finally give in to their passions. Bella soon discovers she is pregnant, and during a nearly fatal childbirth, Edward finally fulfills her wish to become immortal.

But the arrival of their remarkable daughter, Renesmee, sets in motion a perilous chain of events that pits the Cullens and their allies against the Volturi, the fearsome council of vampire leaders, setting the stage for an all-out battle.

The suspenseful and deeply romantic Breaking Dawn continues the epic tale of supernatural fantasy and passionate love that has made The Twilight Saga a worldwide phenomenon



The first photo of Edward and Bella on their Honeymoon that was in EW has been released today in High Resolution.

The first photo of Edward and Bella on their Honeymoon appears in Entertainment Weekly(the issue with Johnny Depp on the cover for better quality). Twitpic via FanficCrazyas seen on Access Hollywood.

Better screen cap from our friends at Twilight Poison.

Quote from Bill Condon:

Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive first look at THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1. The shot, which is only available in Entertainment Weekly’s print edition, features Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) as husband and wife…on their wedding night. “It’s one of the most anticipated scenes,” Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon tells EW. “I spent a tremendous amount of time thinking about it. The anticipation is part of it and you want to play with what people expect and maybe subvert it a little and surprise them.

Entertainment Weekly will have the photo only in their latest edition that appears on newsstand tomorrow! It WILL NOT be in their online edition.


Forbes Magazine ranked Hollywood’s Top Grossing On-Screen Couples

“Rounding out the top five are Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in the Twilight movies. While romance might take a backseat to action in many of the movies on our list, it’s the driving force in the Twilight films. It doesn’t hurt that Pattinson and Stewart are also a couple in real life. So far the movies have earned $1.8 billion at the global box office. The last book, Breaking Dawn, has been divided into two movies. The first will hit theaters this coming November.”

Check out the entire list here.

Rob and Kristen are in good company with Kiera Knightly and Orlando Bloom, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, Viggo Mortensen and Liv Tyler, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint comprising the other couples.

Via Hollywood News


According to IndieWire:

Coen Brothers and Spike Jonze regular collaborator Carter Burwell is set to return to the ‘Twilight’ since working on the first film to perform scoring duties for the final installment of the series, the two parter “Twilight: Breaking Dawn.”

Burwell has an existing relationship with the director of the final two parts, Bill Condon, having collaborated on “Kinsey” and “Gods And Monsters” and will return to the position after Alexandre Desplat followed him for ‘New Moon’ with Howard Shore stepping in for ‘Eclipse.’ Shooting began this past November all major cast members such as Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Anna Kendrick and Ashley Greene reprising their roles. The two parts will be shot as one project and will then be respectively released on November 18th, 2011 and November 16th, 2012. And in case you haven’t do so already, check out Burwell’s score “True Grit”; it’s ace.”

See the story on Indie Wire

We haven’t see this story appear any place else and the source isn’t cited. We are checking it out, but we might not be able to get a comment if the deal isn’t 100% signed off on yet.

Carter Burwell is the composer of the now well known Bella’s Lullaby cords that Robert Pattinson plays in the first Twilight movie.

Via KStewartNews


“As predators, we have a glut of weapons in our physical arsenal… much, much more than really necessary. The strength, the speed, the acute senses, not to mention those of us like Edward, Jasper and I who have extra senses as well. And then, like a carnivorous flower, we are physically attractive to our prey…We’re also venomous.”(TW20)

Strengthspeed and appearance have been discussed elsewhere in the lexicon, but there are other traits that the vampires have to entice their victim. The most obvious of these is smell; even Edward’s breath lures Bella to him. “Sweet, delicious, the scent made my mouth water.” (TW13) It literally pulls his victim towards him, so that they are entirely vulnerable to attack. As Edward states in TW13, it’s hardly necessary as he’s so strong and fast that a chosen victim couldn’t escape anyway. In that sense, he’s “the world’s best predator,” (TW13) and he knows it.

The additional “weapons” that Alice, Edward and Jasper have are clearly outlined during “Twilight”. Edward has the ability to hear thoughts, regardless of whether they are human or vampire, with just “one exception” (TW8) – Bella Swan.  Alice’s gift is to be able to see future events, although these are subject to change as the people involved make their decisions (TW14). Jasper can alter the mood around him, which is something that Bella notices the first time she meets him: “A feeling of ease spread through me,” (TW15) even though she was understandably nervous about meeting the Cullen family.

The most stereotypical weapon that a vampire has is their teeth. Meyer’s vampires are somewhat different to the vampires of legend in this regard as her “vampires do not have fangs” (PC1). Instead, their teeth are razor-sharp, and combined with their strength, it makes it very simple for them to rip their way through flesh to drink blood. The “human neck is like butter,” she explains. “This isn’t the neat-and-tidy, two-small-holes-in-the-neck kind of vampire attack that you see in other vampire mythologies.” (PC1) This leads us onto the fact that the vampires are venomous. Edward does pull away from Bella when he kisses her: “he’s just worried about her safety. Yes, the venom does pose a danger to her. It’s not like acid … it has to be in the bloodstream to cause any problems, it won’t hurt her skin. However, say she had a sore in her mouth, or that she’d bitten her tongue”. Even if that wasn’t the case, Edward’s teeth are sharp as razors. She could cut her lips or tongue on them easily.” (PC5) Venom is the thing that causes someone to turn into a vampire, and this is dealt with fully in a later section of the lexicon.


The ability to use superhuman strength is one of the characteristics that set vampires apart. Edward’s physical strength is seen in stark contrast to the fragility of human Bella: “You are so soft, so fragile. I have to mind my actions every moment that we’re together so that I don’t hurt you. I could kill you quite easily, Bella, simply by accident… I could reach out, meaning to touch your face, and crush your skull by mistake.” (TW14)

His strength leads to one of the tensions in his relationship with Bella, namely that he can never let down his guard for fear he will either accidentally hurt her, or let his vampiric nature seize the blood he so desires. He can certainly move her effortlessly, as we see when he carries her to the school nurse, “as easily as if I weighed ten pounds instead of a hundred and ten.” (TW5) Edward’s strength can be most clearly seen in the incident where he saves Bella from Tyler’s truck. Not only is he not injured himself but he even forces the metal out of the way by the pressure he exerts on it. “I had seen the” very distinct dent that fit the contours of Edward’s shoulders…as if he had braced himself against the car with enough force to damage the metal frame.” (TW3)

Yet, Edward’s “iron strength” (TW13) is nothing compared with what it would have been after Carlisle first changed him. Meyer states that: “New vampires are also immensely strong for their first year of life, also a product of the excess of blood left in the body.” (PC1) This would imply that a vampire’s strength dips before a feed, and their energy/strength levels are refuelled by hunting. When asked about this, Stephenie Meyer explained that hunting makes a “minimal difference” (PC5) to the physical strength levels of a vampire, as even a thirsty vampire is capable of great feats of physical strength. Stephenie Meyer is clear that vampire strength is very much dependent on the individual. Emmett was colossally strong as a human, and even more so as a vampire, but each individual vampire has their own personal range. However, it’s important to remember that, “skill is going to count more than strength,” (PC5) so an experienced vampire could still outwit a newborn one in a fight.

A vampire’s diet does not have a massive impact on the levels of strength. “Human blood does make them stronger than animal blood, but only fractionally. Big game (bears, wildcats, predators) makes them stronger than the “weaker” blood of herd animals.” (PC5) Ultimately, physical strength is always going to come down to the individual vampire, rather than secondary factors like their diet. Strength, of course, isn’t always physical. It is impossible for a vampire to die through physical starvation (TW15), but what the lack of blood intake does alter is a vampire’s mental state. After Carlisle realised that he had become a vampire, he tried to destroy himself. “He grew very hungry and very weak. He strayed as far as he could from the human populace, recognising that his willpower was weakening too.” (TW15)

Vampires are less capable of acting with rational thought, and therefore more likely to act through their natural animal instincts when they are thirsty. This explains why Bella is in so much danger when Edward hasn’t been hunting. Edward does show an inner strength in resisting the lure of Bella’s blood. Edward admits that at times he wondered if he was “strong enough” (TW14) to resist his natural urges. Finally, his inner strength comes to the fore as he admits “I couldn’t live with myself if I ever hurt you.” (TW13)


When vampires are changed from humans, they acquire certain superhuman abilities; speed is one of these. Edward is capable of moving so quickly that no one spots him at all. The incident where Bella was about to be crushed by the truck is one such example of Edward moving in this way: “All I know is that you weren’t anywhere near me. Tyler didn’t see you either.” (TW3)

It isn’t until chapter 13 that we see the true nature of this speed, where the distance covered in several hours of hiking is retracted in a matter of moments, with Edward carrying Bella on his back. The speed with which he races is shown to be entirely effortless, and is pure exhilarating enjoyment: “He streaked through the dark, thick underbrush of the forest, like a ghost. There was no sound, no evidence that his feet touched the earth. His breathing never changed, never indicated any effort. But the trees flew by at deadly speeds, always missing us by inches.”(TW13) This speed is terrifying to Bella, but merely “second nature”(TW13) to Edward.

We see the speed of all the Cullens again during the baseball game. Emmett is described as “a blur around the bases” (TW17) and Edward can move so quickly that he is able to intercept a ball that has been hit “like a meteor.” (TW17) Esme tells us that Edward is the fastest at running, and the baseball game certainly bears this out. Obviously, Edward becomes slower when he is carrying Bella. He is acutely aware that he cannot outrun the visiting vampires with her.

It is not just physical movement that can be exceptionally fast. Speech too can be faster than the human ear can make out. “Edward was growling something too fast for me to understand, but sounded like a string of profanities.”(TW18)

His love of speed is also picked up in his driving. As Bella puts it: “He drives like a maniac. It was terrifying.” (TW10) He enjoys the speed of the car, and grumbles that 80 is “driving slow.” (TW10). He has fast reflexes and Bella notes that it all seemed “effortless” (TW14) to him.


Edward’s eyes are a very prominent feature in the book; in fact, it is one of the first things that Bella ever notices about him. His eyes change colour very frequently, depending on how thirsty he is, or when he last fed. Bella initially notices that: “His eyes were black, coal black.”(TW1) When Edward’s eyes are so dark, his thirst for blood is at the fore. When they are his lighter “golden” (TW12) or “topaz” (TW11) colour, that reflects that his thirst is sated and he has been hunting recently.

The shared colour of the Cullens eyes is not co-incidental. It is a hallmark of the “vegetarian” vampire who does not feast on human blood. We can see the clear contrast between their eyes and those of James, Laurent and Victoria which are “a deep burgundy colour that was disturbing and sinister.” (TW18). This redness of the eyes indicates that these vampires feast on human blood. Meyer writes that, “If a Cullen were to drink human blood, his/her eyes would turn burgundy.

It takes about two weeks without blood for vampire eyes to go entirely black. If that Cullen then returned to an animal diet, his/her eyes would return to dark gold. Brand-newly created vampires are recognizable by their eyes, which are a vivid, bright red due to the massive amount of human blood (the blood that was already in the human at the time he/she was changed) that lingers in the tissues. That red fades slowly over the course of a year.” (PC1)


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