The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) Poster


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Just before Jacob almost kisses Bella, he says "Kwop kilawtley", which means "stay with me forever" in Quileute.
The film's American premiere was held on 16 November 2009, which, in the lunar cycle, is a new moon.
Each member of the wolf pack had to have papers proving their Native descent. Chaske Spencer is Lakota (Sioux), Bronson Pelletier is Cree-Metis, Alex Meraz is Purepecha (Tarasco), Kiowa Gordon is Hualapai, and Tyson Houseman, who was discovered at an open casting call, is Cree.
Actors of the wolf pack went through "wolf camp" together to get buff and bond with each other.
Summit Entertainment greenlit this sequel one day after Twilight (2008) had opened in theaters.
Dakota Fanning took the small role of Jane in order to prepare for her role as Cherie Currie in The Runaways (2010) biopic, with her co-star Kristen Stewart. She later said that the role helped her to establish the relationship between the two in real-life and characters Currie and Joan Jett, which Fanning and Stewart play respectively.
Most of Anna Kendrick's dialog when Jessica and Bella leave the movie theater was improvised. The actress has improvised dialog in Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) as well.
While Carlisle is cleaning Bella's wounds after the party, when he burns the blood-soaked gauze, the gauze forms the flower that is present on the New Moon book cover.
"New Moon" is Robert Pattinson's favorite book in the Twilight series.
Robert Pattinson refused to have his eyebrows waxed as extensively as he had in Twilight (2008), resulting in a slightly bushier look on Edward.
After months of speculation and rumors, director Chris Weitz and the novel's author, Stephenie Meyer, confirmed on her official website that Taylor Lautner would be reprising his role as Jacob Black. It was doubted as the filmmakers feared he would not be able to become fit enough in time. However, he was given the go-ahead after gaining 26 pounds of muscle.
During an argument between Bella and Edward in the truck outside her house, the Edward that got out of the truck was actually a double dressed like Robert Pattinson in the seat. Pattinson was actually positioned next to the camera but out of sight. After the double moved out, Pattinson stepped in front the camera. Chris Weitz pointed out that this was trick deliberately done to simulate how Edward moved in and out of the truck in an inhuman manner.
Michael Sheen, who portrays Aro, titular head of the Vampire species, also portrayed Lucian, leader of all Lycans (werewolves) in the popular Underworld series of films, in which Vampires battled werewolves.
The ring Bella wears on her index finger the whole movie is set with a large moonstone.
During the filming of Bella's birthday party, Jackson Rathbone got so into character that both Peter Facinelli and Kellan Lutz had to hold him back. During one of the takes, Elizabeth Reaser was knocked to the ground.
When Michael Sheen was cast as Aro, he had no clue of who the character is nor what are his characteristics. He learned as much as he could including the character's back story from his daughter Lily Mo Sheen who is a fan of the series.
In the school parking lot scene, it is Bella 18th birthday. That scene was shot on April 9 which was Kristen Stewart's 19th birthday.
Taylor Lautner hated his long-hair wig.
Ashley Greene wore a different wig than the one she wore in Twilight (2008), to portray Alice Cullen. She also cut her hair quite short so that it could fit under the wig.
The Italian sequences were shot over a period of 4 days. Red was deliberately kept out of the color palette until the Italian sequences.
A vampire's diet is revealed by the color of the eyes - the Cullens feast only on animal blood and therefore have topaz eyes, whereas the Nomads and the Volturi have red eyes indicating they feast upon human blood.
Broke the record for the biggest one-day gross in the US with $72.7 million. Former record holder was The Dark Knight (2008).
When Carlisle is cleaning out Bella's wound after her disastrous eighteenth birthday party, he drops a match into the bowl with the glass, blood gauze, etc. If you look closely, you can see that it resembles the cover of the novel 'New Moon'. This is similar to what Melissa Rosenberg did in Twilight (2008), when Edward caught the apple that Bella dropped in the cafeteria.
Because it took 36 hours to turn Nikki Reed's brown hair blond, it was reported that she would wear a wig to play Rosalie.
Jamie Campbell Bower, who stars as Volturi member Caius, originally auditioned for the role of Edward Cullen in Twilight (2008).
Throughout Twilight (2008), Kristen Stewart wears brown contact lenses in order to match Bella's eyes. The same is true of The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), except for one scene (the Jacob/Bella "break-up" scene outside of Jacob's house). In this scene, Stewart did not wear lenses. Instead, her brown eyes are actually CG applied during post-production. This was because the large amounts of rain kept affecting her lenses.
Contrary to scheduling conflict claims, Catherine Hardwicke turned down directing this film because the release date set by Summit (exactly one year after the first film's release) would not allow her to have enough time to work on the script. With Hardwicke out, the studio scrambled in looking for a replacement director until producer Wyck Godfrey had to turn to his friend Chris Weitz who eventually agreed to do the film.
When Taylor Lautner lifts the motorbike out of the back of the truck, he was actually holding a bike held up on wires by a crane. The wires were later removed digitally.
In the scene where Charlie is giving Bella her birthday presents, there is a picture of Bella and Edward from Twilight (2008) stuck in the corner of a wall decoration behind her bed.
The town of Montepulciano was chosen because of its uncanny resemblance to the Italian town described in Stephenie Meyer's novel. The only difference was that its main square lacked a fountain which production designer David Brisbin duly had built from wood.
Twilight wanted My Chemical Romance to write a song for the movie but they turned it down. Many times.
Director Chris Weitz and cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe largely communicated with each other in French.
Many theaters in the US sold out their screenings two months before the film was even released.
Director Chris Weitz said this was an easier process than his other film The Golden Compass (2007) as he found "a lot less interference from Summit [Entertainment] and a lot more understanding of the books than New Line had of The Golden Compass" - which Chris said ended up being "completely re-cut" by the studio. He thinks that Summit Entertainment "understands the importance of the [Twilight] books - members of which who have read the books and appreciate them - not just see them as engines of possible profit."
The 35mm print sent to theaters was titled "The Woods."
At the entrance of Emily's house, a Quileute drum is visible there. According to the production designer, David Brisbin, this was done as an appreciation to a young Quileute girl who gave Brisbin the drum that she made (as a custom) during meeting with the La Push Quileute executive council - Brisbin was with the design team meeting them at that time while preparing to design Sam and Emily's house.
Michael Copon nearly replaced Taylor Lautner in the role of Jacob Black until the decision was made to keep Lautner after he put on 25 pounds of muscle.
Lucy Hale auditioned for the role of Jane.
Last film in the Twilight saga for Rachelle Lefevre. Summit Entertainment fired her whilst filming the third film, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), due to her scheduling conflicts. She was replaced by actress Bryce Dallas Howard for the third film.
In the book, Bella (Kristen Stewart) works part-time at a sporting goods store with Mike Newton (Michael Welch), which his family owns. In the film saga, Bella never has a job and her friendship with Mike becomes very distant.
Lykke Li saw a rough cut of the movie, before she wrote the song 'Possibility' for it.
The film contains many references to William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, which was, according to Stephenie Meyer, a major influence for her writing of New Moon.
Peter Lambert edited a portion of the film during his daily commute. This may be the first major motion picture in which the biggest portion of the first assembly of the film was edited in the backseat of a car.
When Jacob is fixing Bella's motorbike in his garage, a wolf print is shown on the rear back of his t-shirt.
Diego Luna was offered the role of Aro.
Noot Seear was painted completely white, in spite of not tanning for the previous two months.
Chris Weitz's third movie based on a bestselling book.
WILHELM SCREAM: resounds twice during the movie FacePunch that Mike, Bella, and Jacob are attending together.
Ben Barnes was considered for the role of Aro.
In the music notes, Alexandre Desplat said that the romanticism nature of the music score that Chris Weitz and him envisioned was referenced to the works Desplat's mentor, Maurice Jarre. The music note credits has a special dedication line to Jarre.
Shares filming location of Montepulciano, Italy with Diane Lane's romantic comedy Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) and the coming of age/study abroad documentary Di passaggio (2009), directed by James Kicklighter.
Catherine Hardwicke, director of Twilight (2008), was set to be the director of The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) as well. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, Hardwicke had to back out.
This is the first (and to date only) time director Chris Weitz handles a movie about vampires. However his grandmother had a lead role in the Spanish vampire film Drácula (1931) and his brother Paul Weitz directed Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009) featuring vampires.
In the scene where Bella, Mike and Jacob are standing outside the movie theatre about to see 'Face Punch' behind Kristen Stewart in the window of a store across the street you can see a poster for the 1958 film 'The Screaming Skull'.
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This film is the first sequel Chris Weitz has directed. He was signed on to direct a sequel to his previous film, The Golden Compass (2007); like this film, the sequel was scheduled to be released in late 2009.
When Bella is first brought down to meet Aro and the rest of the Volturi, Aro grabs Edwards hand and says "La tua cantante" which is the Italian expression for a human whose blood particularly appeals to a certain vampire in an extreme sense. In English, it means "your singer", but is usually shortened to "singer" whenever someone refers to her/him.
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Graham Greene, who plays Harry Clearwater, guest starred in a 2005 episode of Numb3rs (2005), where he played Chief James Clearwater.
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Every song that appears in the film and on the soundtrack is original and written specifically for the film.
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Both Robert Pattinson and 'Jamie Campbell Bower' have appeared in a Harry Potter movie. However, they did not appear in the same movie.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The scene where a near-death Bella is sinking into the depths was achieved by putting weights in the actress's pockets and letting her sink in a swimming pool. Kristen Stewart was apprehensive about this, so director Chris Weitz demonstrated, to show that there was nothing to be afraid of. As soon as he hit the bottom, he panicked, pulled the weights out of his pockets, and resurfaced, saying "We can't do that to Kristen!" They filmed her from the side and moved the camera backwards to achieve the effect of sinking.
The scene where Bella (Kristen Stewart) accepts the motorcycle ride in Port Angeles was not in the book. In the book, Bella leaves with Jessica (Anna Kendrick) after seeing the vision of Edward. In the film, Bella leaves Jessica in front of the alley and accepts a ride on the man's motorcycle in an attempt to see Edward again.

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