Kristen Stewart spotted back in Twilight action with Renesmee Cullen actress,new clip. Recently, this new clip (below) for the new Twilight Forever Blu Ray/DVD set ,showed up on the net, and this one, gives us a new look at Bella Swan hottie, Kristen Stewart's dynamic with Renesmee Cullen starlet, Mackenzie Foy. Apparently, Kristen felt really close to Mackenzie while on set,because she reminded Kristen of her when she was at that age. Throughout the clip, it shows Kristen and Mackenzie just talking it up and giggling together. It was pretty adorable. They also show a couple of short interview clips with Kristen, the director Bill Condon, and some other people that worked on the film. Kristen also revealed that she would happily work for Mackenzie one day when she becomes a movie director. Check it out,below. The Blu Ray/DVD set is in stores, now. »
Bill Condon is moving from the three-ring spectacle that is Julian Assange to not one, but two circus acts. First up, The Fifth Estate helmer is directing a reimagining of the cult Broadway musical Side Show at La Jolla Playhouse, featuring music by Dreamgirls composer Henry Krieger and scenic design by David Rockwell. The show officially opens Nov. 17 and runs through Dec. 15.
After that, he will begin rewriting 20th Century Fox's contemporary musical The Greatest Showman on Earth, which will star Hugh Jackman as P.T.
- Tatiana Siegel
Five-year-old FilmNation Entertainment — a key player in the independent sales-financing-producing world — is officially part of the American Film Market for the first time.
FilmNation will be selling international markets for a quartet of projects — Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight”; Alejandro Amenabar’s “Regression,” which the Weinstein Co. has bought; Bill Condon’s Sherlock Holmes tale “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” starring Ian McKellen; and Anton Corbijn’s “Life,” starring Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson.
In the past Afm, FilmNation execs still conducted meetings at Afm as it saw steady growth while acting as a producer, financier and sales agent. For CEO Glen Basner, it makes sense to formally be at Afm this November as the major studios continue to cede mid-budget and specialty films to the indie sector. Buyers, he said, have grown more discerning.
“If you have a film that people want to see, you can do terrific business, »
- Dave McNary
When it comes to movies, we’ll take practical effects over CGI any day, but in the case of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, a certain practical effect was banned from the set due to its utter creepiness. We’re talking about baby Renesmee — the half-human, half-vampire daughter of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. Since Renesmee has an otherworldly look about her and reaches her full physical maturity around seven years old (when she appears to be about 17), director Bill Condon thought it best to use a “real" baby. He went with an animatronic puppet, which you can see in this video clip we spotted on Badass Digest. The doll was dubbed “Chuckesmee,” because it’s terrifying. Actress Nikki Reed, who plays Rosalie Hale in the film...
- Alison Nastasi
The scenes involving the baby Renesmee in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" featured a CG infant that seemed slightly creepy rather than otherworldly.
However, it was a massive improvement over what they had on set. Producers originally had commissioned an animatronic baby for use in scenes, but its appearance was so unsettling that director Bill Condon cut it from the picture.
It was odd enough that it was dubbed 'Chuckesmee', referring to the Chucky doll from the "Child’s Play" films. In an interview last year, Condon called the doll: "A giant misfire on all fronts. Truly, it was one of the most grotesque things I’ve ever seen... There was one shot where I call, ‘Cut!’ and suddenly she turns her head and mechanically stares right into the camera. It was incredibly disturbing."
Now, an amusing featurette just released in the new "Twilight Forever" box set showcases the »
- Garth Franklin
Are you ready to have haunting nightmares starring a creepy animatronic doll? Say hello to Chuckesme.
Chuckesme is the not-so-affectionate name given to the animatronic doll that was supposed to stand in for Bella and Edward's daughter, Renesmee, in "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2." Director Bill Condon wanted to use practical effects rather than CGI to depict the girl -- whose vampire/human hybrid nature makes her mature much faster than a regular baby -- in order to make her interactions with cast members seem more lifelike.
Unfortunately for Condon and co., that decision turned out to be terrible. The doll is absolutely horrifying -- hence its "Chucky"-referencing nickname -- and was ultimately scrapped and replaced by special effects in the theatrical version.
In an interview included in the special features of the new "Twilight Forever" Blu-ray box set, actress Nikki Reed, who looks absolutely terrified holding the doll, asks »
- Katie Roberts
The cast and crew of the Twilight films have revealed the horrifying animatronic puppet that was once considered for the role of vampire-human baby Renesmee.
Producers wanted the offspring of Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan and her undead lover Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) to appear preternaturally intelligent, in line with the description in Stephenie Meyer's bestselling source novels. But the doll, dubbed "Chuckesmee" after the creepy doll used for the Child's Play horror movies, was ultimately deemed just too weird to use. Footage has now emerged for the first time online with the release of the DVD box set Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga, which features a number of outtakes and deleted scenes.
"Chuckesmee was a giant misfire on all fronts," director Bill Condon told »
- Ben Child
Cologne, Germany -- Prominent German celebrities, politicians and intellectuals have come out publicly in favor of offering asylum to Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden amid allegations the Nsa illegally spied on several German public figures, including Chancellor Angela Merkel. Actor Daniel Bruhl, who plays former Wikileaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg in Bill Condon's Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate, is among the group that has stepped up to support Snowden. Others include Heiner Geissler, the former general secretary of Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, the novelist Daniel Kehlmann (The Measuring of the World), the feminist activist Alice Schwarzer, and Reinhard Rauball, the president
- Scott Roxborough
Not even the Cumberbitches could save it. By all accounts, The Fifth Estate — Bill Condon’s movie about WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch — was a box office disaster. After a lukewarm reception at Toronto and opening to mixed reviews last month, the film has only made a little over $3 million since its Oct. 18 release. Director Condon told EW he blames the lackluster response on Assange.
“We were all so excited because it was just in the news recently, but the opposite might be true, that it simply wore out its welcome and that there is something about Assange. »
- Laura Hertzfeld
The famous Baker Street detective is haunted by an unsolved fifty year old case involving an angry husband and his unstable wife, a case of which he only remembers fragments. Speaking with Empire recently, he briefly discussed the project:
"It’s a charming book. That’s going to be my next job, when I’m finished on Broadway and I’m back with Bill Condon again, who I did Gods And Monsters with, and I’ll be filming in London, which will be wonderful.
- Garth Franklin
A version of this story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's November Afm stand-alone issue. Some are expecting a distinctly chilly American Film Market thanks to several films that recently have bombed or underperformed at the international box office (duds include Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, while Ron Howard's Rush hasn't lived up to expectations), leaving buyers rightly nervous. Photos: 25 of Fall's Most Anticipated Movies And just as foreign distributors prepared over the weekend for their journey to Los Angeles for Afm, which gets underway Wednesday and runs through Nov. 13,
- Pamela McClintock
"Game of Thrones" star Carice van Houten has signed on to star opposite Aaron Eckhart and Catalina Sandino in the upcoming micro-budget supernatural thriller Incarnate , says a story today at The Hollywood Reporter . Scripted by Ronnie Christensen ( Dark Tide ), Incarnate will be directed by Brad Peyton ( Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ) and follows an exorcist (Eckhart) who comes up against an evil from his past when he uses his supernatural skills to enter the subconscious of a nine-year-old boy. In addition to her role as Melisandre on HBO's hit fantasy series, Van Houten recently starred in Bill Condon's WikiLeaks movie, The Fifth Estate . Jason Blum will produce Incarnate with Trevor Engelson, Couper Samuelson and Michael Seitzman executive producing. »
Back in early September, it was announced that Magneto / Gandalf himself, Ian McKellen, would be playing an elderly Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon's adaptation of novelist Mitch Cullin's A Slight Trick Of The Mind. Speaking to McKellen for this month's issue of Empire about working on The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, we also took the time ask him about the project."It’s a charming book. That’s going to be my next job, when I’m finished on Broadway [where he's acting alongside Patrick Stewart in both No Man's Land and Waiting For Godot] and I’m back with Bill Condon again, who I did Gods And Monsters with, and I’ll be filming in London, which will be wonderful.""I’ve never had ambitions to play Sherlock Holmes, but this is Sherlock in a very particular place… he’s nearly 100 years old, and in retirement, and it’s more about being a beekeeper than it is being a detective."This »
The 10th annual New York Comedy Festival, Carolyn Quinn’s new biography of Rose "Mama Rose" Hovick, Bill Condon directing "Side Show" at the La Jolla Playhouse, Classic Stage Company's open rehearsal series presents "Julius Caesar", and cult-classic "The Wicker Man: The Final Cut" in theaters in L.A. are what we are looking forward to this week. Click Here To View Slideshow. »
Jason Statham might join Melissa McCarthy for Susan Cooper; Warner Bros. is looking to acquire the novel Blood on Snow; Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes will get back on track in 2014; John Ridley takes on MGM’s Ben-Hur reboot; Ethan Hawke and director Andrew Niccol plan to reteam; and Bill Condon will re-write The Greatest Showman on Earth.
Statham is being eyed for the role of a spy working on the same side as McCarthy’s titular character, an unlikely secret agent. ...
- Anthony Taormina
“Catherine” is not just the finest episode of Masters of Sex yet, but perhaps the best hour of television I have watched this year (and yes, I sat awestruck through the latter half of Breaking Bad’s final season). We’re only five episodes into Masters of Sex’s run and we’ve already reached, to coin a phrase used commonly by Dr. Masters, an exciting plateau in the lives of just about every major character on the show.
In terms of stinging comedy and devastating drama, “Catherine” is a crowning achievement of acting, writing and directing. I can imagine Showtime sending this episode to Emmy voters to consider both Michael Sheen for Best Actor and Caitlin FitzGerald for Best Supporting Actress next year.
About 10 minutes in, “Catherine” reaches a balance of comedy stemming from the quirky conservative sensibilities of the period and a deep level of interest in the dramatic lives of the characters. »
- Jordan Adler
Welcome to "The Fifth Estate"- the new era of journalism, the era of the electronic media.
Based on two books by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, David Leigh and Luke Harding, this biopic documents the birth of information war and the scary heights investigative journalism has scaled between 2007 and 2010.
- Leon David
With a promise to be back next year, bigger and better, the final day of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival presented by Reliance Entertainment and organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (Mami) unfolded.
After a week of celebrating cinema, the final few films screened today included Red Wedding directed by Guillaume Suon and Lida Chan, Short Term 12 by Destin Cretton, Saving General Yang directed by Ronny Yu, Hiroshi Toda’s Seventh Cat, Five Years by Stefan Schaller, Costa Gavras’s Amen and the much acclaimed Z, A Few Days More by Om Prakash Srivastava among others.
The last of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival’s master classes was conducted by the legendary director Bruce Beresford, on Preparation by the Director. “I thought I would talk about the necessity of story boarding. These days, with tight budgets and short schedules, if you don’t plan them, you’ll »
- Pooja Rao
As the old song goes, it's nice work if you can get it, and Bill Condon must be glad his phone was ringing at all. With "The Fifth Estate" getting middling reviews, and serving as one of the worst wide release openings of the year, the writer/director has licked his wounds and already landed a new gig, albeit one where he'll working with a pen instead of a megaphone. In the works since 2009, Hugh Jackman has forever been attached to the P.T. Barnum musical movie "The Greatest Showman On Earth." In 2011 commercial director Michael Gracey (who will make his feature debut with the Tom Hardy-starring Elton John biopic "Rocketman") signed up for the movie, and then not much was heard about it again, but now Condon will put his pen to the project following a first draft by Jenny Bicks ("Sex And The City"). The story will center »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hong Kong – The Mexican film “La Jaula de Oro” was named as the best international film at the close of the 15th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival on Thursday. The Silver Gateway of India trophy was awarded to “Fandry,” directed by Nagraj Manjule (pictured with Bruce Beresford,) as the best Indian film.
In the separate India Gold competition, documentary “Powerless” was named best film, with “Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost,” directed by Anup Singh as runner up. Manju Borah’s “Ko:yad” (A Silent Way) received a special jury prize.
Although hampered by budget and sponsorship issues, the festival and its accompanying market this week proved to be very honorable attempts to engage the often separate Indian and international cinema sectors in each other.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences used it as the platform to move its “Digital Dilemma” campaign on digital film archiving to India. »
- Patrick Frater
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