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The Us phenomenon that is Twilight hits UK cinemas on 19th December and we catch up with its director and star to talk about the soundtrack.Based on Stephenie Meyers teen vampire romance novels Twilight tells the story of 17 year old Bella who falls in love with Edward who as a vampire trying to live a normal life among humans has to overcome his natural desire to kill her. With a huge following in the Us Twilight fans include Hayley Williams from Paramore who wrote two new tracks exclusively for the soundtrack Decode and I Caught Myself. Director Catherine Hardwicke also got her friend Perry Farrell to come up with another song written specially for the movie Going All The Way.The most notable inclusions in the films score are Let Me Sign and Never Think written and performed by Edward himself actor Robert Pattinson Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire Little Ashes. »
While the four movies Catherine Hardwicke has directed have each explored very distinct subject matter, they’re all united by a focus on youthful concerns. Perhaps best-known for her controversial 2003 drama Thirteen, Hardwicke certainly knows how to get inside a teen’s head.
She followed up in 2005 with Lords Of Dogtown, a skating flick starring the late Heath Ledger, and then with 2006’s The Nativity Story, about Mary and the birth of Jesus. Her latest—and certainly most popular—project, however, is Summit Entertainment’s vampire romance Twilight, based on the best-selling novel by Stephenie Meyer and opening on a wave of advance publicity and anticipation. “In my mind, all my films are different from each other,” Hardwicke says, “but they all have teenagers in the lead. And Twilight is the third one I’ve done with a teenage girl in the lead.”
Actor Emile Hirsch once intimidated several unsuspecting onlookers - after venturing off a film set with a temporary tattoo on his face.
The 22-year-old was required to shave his head and wear a tattoo of a zipper on his skull while filming the 2005 skateboarding drama Lords Of Dogtown - and he was stunned to see how people reacted to his bizarre appearance while out and about in Los Angeles.
He recalls, "There were days when I would leave the tattoo on and walk into bars. I thought it's be fun to walk into these places with a tattoo on my face and a shaved head, and see people's reactions.
"Everyone responds, and you get even more of a reaction than if you were, say, walking around with a celebrity!" »
Peter Facinelli (Riding In Cars with Boys, Damages), Elizabeth Reaser (The Family Stone) and Jackson Rathbone (The O.C) have been cast as vampires opposite the two main characters. Nikki Reed (Lords of Dogtown) Ashley Greene (Shark) and Kellan Lutz (The Comeback) have also joined the cast. All will play vampires in the movie's Cullen family.
Twilight, a vampire tale that also contains strong elements of a high-school romance, tells the story of a girl (Stewart) who moves to a small town in Washington state to live with her father and is drawn to a mysterious classmate named Edward Cullen (Pattinson) who turns out to be a vampire. She then encounters the entire Cullen family, all of whom are creatures of the night.
Catherine Hardwicke will direct based on a script by Melissa Rosenberg. »
The script, written by Hess and his wife, Jerusha Hess, follows a high school outcast who attends a camp for writers where his story gets ripped off by a legendary fantasy novelist.
Angarano plays the teen, while Clement is the author named Ronald Chevalier. Rockwell will play the fictional story's title character who appears in book-come-to-life sequences under two guises: one in the teen's story and one in the author's story.
Production is due to start in March.
Angarano, whose credits include Lords of Dogtown and Sky High, next stars in The Forbidden Kingdom opposite Jet Li and Jackie Chan. He also appears in the ensemble drama Snow Angels. He is repped by ICM and attorney Alan Wertheimer.
Movie star Heath Ledger has been found dead in his Manhattan, New York apartment. The actor was declared dead by medics at his Broome Street, SoHo home at 3:30pm on Tuesday, according to the New York Police Department. A police spokesperson reveals Ledger was discovered by his housekeeper, after he failed to answer the door to a masseuse he had booked to give him a massage. While prescription drugs were found at scene, there were no illegal drugs discovered. The Australian Brokeback Mountain star, 28, was just about to start promoting the Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight, in which he plays movie villain The Joker. Born in Perth in 1979, Ledger made a name for himself in a series of brooding roles on the big screen; he was nominated for a 2006 Oscar for his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in the gay-themed drama Brokeback Mountain. Fiercely private, Ledger has openly spoken about his public shyness, but he hit the headlines for romances with Heather Graham, Naomi Watts and his Brokeback Mountain co-star Michelle Williams, the mother of his two-year-old daughter Matilda Rose.
A star field hockey player and athlete, Ledger turned his attentions to drama in his teens and, when a friend headed to Sydney, Australia to chase an acting dream, the star-to-be went along for the ride. He landed a break as a gay cyclist in 1996's Sweat - a TV drama about a group of Olympic hopefuls - and then he portrayed the best friend of a rapist in low-budget 1997 movie Blackrock. Hedger left Australia to find acting work in America in 1999 and landed the lead in Aussie director Gregor Jordan's crime thriller Two Hands. That film helped him land the lead hunk role in teen movie hit Ten Things I Hate About You. He went on to play Mel Gibson's son in The Patriot and Billy Bob Thornton's troubled offspring in Monster's Ball. Both roles earned Ledger high praise from critics. But then came a string of critical flops - A Knight's Tale, Ned Kelly, The Four Feathers, The Order, Lords Of Dogtown, and The Brothers Grimm. But then followed Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain in 2005, which Ledger has often described as a major turning point in his professional and personal life. As awkward cowboy Ennis Del Mar, Ledger regained his position as one of Hollywood's top stars. The role led to a Best Actor Oscar nod and the coveted role of The Joker in the upcoming The Dark Knight, for which he's already receiving great acclaim. Ledger has also won acclaim for his role as Robbie Clark in quirky Bob Dylan-inspired movie I'm Not There. The tragic star was last seen publicly on the London set of director Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus on Saturday. »
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