MTV News' Twi-Fight Saga kicks off today, with 64 of Stephenie Meyer's vampire, werewolves and humans doing battle for the title of No. 1 "Twilight" character. Each round a "Twilight" expert will weigh in on who she thinks will take the entire tournament. Today, Amanda Bell of Twilight Examiner shares her pick for victor.
Bella (Kristen Stewart) is totally going to win the Twi-Fight tournament. In "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," she steps up as a fierce mama vamp who takes care of business, and every ounce of doubt about her built up throughout the series—poof!—vanishes. Her transformation is so drastic that even the world's most powerful vampires can't help but quiver in their snow boots. This is her moment to shine (literally) in the series, and voters won't forget that.
Her biggest competition is probably Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). He's the eternal heartthrob, whose got a massive amount of devoted fans. In "Part 2," he gets to show his wife some real honeymooning, and the girls will definitely eat that up. Jacob (Taylor Lautner) probably won't take too huge a bite out of Bella's constituency, but Edward'll give her a first-hunt-paced run for her money.
With less than a month until "The Twilight Saga" draws to its cinematic conclusion with "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," we weren't expecting another trailer for the long-awaited finale. And, well, there isn't one...but there is a fresh featurette!
A two-minute clip debuted today on iTunes, and it's a nifty little look behind the scenes with saga stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Peter Facinelli, Mackenzie Foy and director Bill Condon. Much of the film footage is trailer retread, but what we bit into was the production shots, which offered a new perspective on familiar material. Here are our three favorite behind-the-scenes moments:
You've read all the books, you've seen all the movies, and come November 16th, you'll be ready and raring at a midnight showing wearing your best Team Edward T-shirt, a discreet smearing of vampire body glitter and a down-to-the-last-rhinestone replica of Bella Swan's giant engagement ring. You, sir, are ready for the end! And so, with the stage fully set for the mind-blowing final chapter of the "Twilight" story, there's just one thing left for fans to do on behalf of their beloved saga while they wait out the long final weeks til the release of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2":
GET READY TO RUMBLE.
Yep, that's right: In honor of the end of all things "Twilight," we're kicking off a single-elimination tournament in which every last character from the franchise goes head-to-head for supremacy amongst the fans—and brace yourselves for a long competition, because between the vampire covens, the shirtless wolfpack, the Cullen family and the hapless humans of Forks, there are a lot of dogs in this fight. (Not to mention that Charlie's mustache may or may not be competing in its own category.) (Okay, it's not.) (BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHY.)
Between the recently released track list and an enthusiastic endorsement from featured artist Ellie Goulding, there's no doubt that the nearly here "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" soundtrack is going to be a perfect fit for the final chapter of our favorite vampire romance—and that's even more impressive considering the inside scoop on songwriting for soundtracks that we got from the fine fellows of Passion Pit. Check it: When we caught up with Nate Donmoyer and Michael Angelakos to ask about their contribution to the music of "Breaking Dawn." Michael revealed that not only did they have to create a song just for the movie, but they had to do it sight unseen.
"You write the song before seeing the film, they don't allow you to see the film," he explained. Which makes it even more amazing that Passion Pit's track, "Where I Come From," is (apparently) eerily perfect for the movie; as Michael said, "I wrote a song about my own experiences, and it just so happened to correlate."
By now, you've likely scoured the artist list for the highly anticipated "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" soundtrack more times than Bella's tripped over her two left feet, so we probably don't need to tell you that among the amazing artists featured is Brit singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding, whose "Bittersweet" earned a top spot on the album.
Ellie stopped by the MTV News studio today to talk about that track, which was produced by her boyfriend Skrillex, and her experience with the saga.
"I'm not a Twi-hard but I take it for what it is; it's a cool thing and I can see why there's a huge fanbase," she said. "[And] they choose the best stuff for the soundtrack, so I'm really lucky to be a part of that!"
With "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" hitting theaters just one month from tomorrow, you can expect to see various "Twilight" cast members peeking out from newsstands starting right about... now! And front and center today is Ashley Greene, whose lovely face will be gracing the cover of Marie Claire's November issue just in time for the movie's release.
We've heard a lot about Kristen Stewart's tortilla soup-making skills over the past year or so, but she isn't the only member of the vampire brigade to be comfortable in the kitchen; Ashley's chef cred is front and center in her interview, which took place during a private cooking class. And while she put a swift kibosh on any discussion of her co-stars' personal lives (there'll be no dish on the Robsten affair here), she was happy to discuss her own—beginning with the difficulty of dating as a working actress.
Bella and Edward will be so proud!
The latest role-getting "Twilight" star isn't Kristen Stewart or Robert Pattinson but their on-screen daughter Mackenzie Foy, who according to Variety has landed the lead in the indie "Wish You Well."
The 11-year-old will star alongside Ellen Burstyn and Josh Lucas in the film based on David Baldacci's best-selling 2001 novel. Set in the 1940s, the coming-of-age tale centers on Mackenzie's character, who along with her brother, relocates from the bustling Big Apple to a Virginia farm to live with their great-grandmother in the wake of a family tragedy. Sounds like a dramatic role Mackenzie will really be able to bite her teeth into (heh).
If you're a "Twilight" fan who's been paying close attention to "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" buzz, you've no doubt been part of the ongoing worry and speculation about whether the book's beloved "dog bowl" scene, a climactic moment between Jacob and Rosalie involving projectile pet dishes, would survive the translation to a cinematic medium. (And if you haven't been worrying about the dog bowl scene, then shame on you. How dare you call yourself a fan?!) But while there's still no guarantee that this fan favorite moment will actually appear in the film, we can all breathe a sigh of relief thanks to Nikki Reed, who confirmed:
"We did shoot the dog bowl scene."
And there's more: "In fact, we shot it enough times for my head to hurt," the actress said, going on to explain that the repeated shoots of the scene required that she get hit over and over with "various items that I'm sure, at some point, would be CGI-ed into dog bowls."
In case you missed it, the full track listing for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" soundtrack dropped yesterday, and as any fangirl worth her O-negative could have guessed, the album is a mix of high-profile artists (Green Day), indie acts (A Boy and His Kite) and previous players (Christina Perri). Then there's Nikki Reed.
The "Twilight" actress and husband, former "American Idol" contestant Paul McDonald, will contribute the song "All I've Ever Needed" to the album. The actress took to Twitter yesterday to thank fans for their support: "We worked so hard! It's so exciting!" she wrote.
Of course, Nikki isn't the first saga star to bite into one of the movie's soundtracks. That honor goes to everyone's favorite brooding bloodsucker Robert Pattinson, who had not one but two numbers featured in the first installment.
An epic finale deserves an epic one sheet, which is exactly what "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" got on Tuesday following a worldwide countdown that culminated in the unveiling of the movie's poster.
Unlike previous key art, Edward (Robert Pattinson), Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) are depicted in motion, charging towards the Volturi during a climactic battle sequence, with the sprawling sky and Forks forest looming behind them. Fans might be surprised to hear, however, that according to one of the film's stars, the whole thing was shot on a stage and not in the snowy mountain wilds.
"I can't wait to see that whole scene; we had to really use our imaginations, because we shot that on a stage," Nikki Reed told MTV News while at the AXE Showerpooling campaign kick-off at USC in Los Angeles. "With these movies in general, we have to [use our imaginations]. With the wolves...there are these big cardboard cutouts that people carry and run with and they say, 'React! Here comes a wolf!' And you look, and there's a man holding a 10-foot wolf."