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Catherine Hardwicke And Edi Gathegi Teach Students ‘Twilight’ Secrets
March 19, 2009, 9:42 pm
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‘Twilight’ director Catherine Hardwicke in talks for young-adult film ‘If I Stay’
February 24, 2009, 11:41 pm
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Summit Entertainment is trying to make lightning strike twice. The studio behind the Twilight movie series has plans to adapt a buzzy young-adult novel called If I Stay with Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke at the helm, EW has learned exclusively. The studio would not confirm the plan; a Summit insider said the parties are negotiating and a deal is not yet complete.
The book, from author/journalist Gayle Forman (Sisters in Sanity), doesn’t hit shelves until April 2 but was scooped up by Summit last month. The project centers on 17-year old musician Mia who, after a violent car accident, finds herself watching her damaged body taken from the wreck. She must decide whether or not she has the will to live.

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Not helming New Moon sucks: Director
February 16, 2009, 9:18 pm
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Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke has expressed her devastation over not being able to be a part of the smash hit film’s sequel New Moon.

Despite being so upset, Hardwicke insists it was her decision to pull out of the running, contactmusic.com reported.

“I was devastated. I really did feel a strong connection to the people around the world that liked the movie – and to Stephenie (Meyer, Twilight author) and the actors. But I just didn’t think I could make a good movie under those circumstances.”

American Pie director Chris Weitz has been chosen to direct upcoming flick New Moon.

At least Catherine’s going out on a high note. She made history by being the first female director to ever score the biggest debut when the movie raked in almost 70 million dollars in late November.


Catherine Hardwicke to Twilight Studio: ‘You Can’t Fire Me, Because I Quit!’
February 12, 2009, 11:58 pm
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Despite the fact that Catherine Hardwicke transformed the ham-fisted prose of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novel into a genuine cultural phenomenon (one that’s raked in some $356 million in worldwide box office), Summit Entertainment summarily dismissed her when it came to direct the second film, in favor of some penis-having, fantasy-franchise-destroying dude named Chris Weitz. Or did they? According to an interview she just gave to Entertainment Weekly, Catherine Hardwicke claims that the shoe was actually on the other foot and that she was the dumper to Summit’s dumpee.

Painting a starkly different picture than the one that was leaked to Vulture buddy Nikki Finke back in December, Catherine Hardwicke tells EW that she was eating crêpes* and drinking wine with Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson in Paris when Summit called her up and offered her “more money than I or anyone in my family has ever seen” to direct New Moon (a.k.a. Twilight 2). However, the enormous salary came with a catch: The studio was asking her to rush the film into production and turn it around on a dime. At that point, she gave them the Heisman:
“I was devastated,” [Hardwicke] says now. “I really did feel a strong connection to the people around the world that liked the movie — and to Stephenie and the actors. But I just didn’t think I could make a good movie under those circumstances.”

While we’ll likely never know what really went down or who actually zoomed who, we’re glad to hear Hardwicke finally came out publicly to defend her reputation and her work (while also casually insinuating that Chris Weitz is a money-grubbing director-for-hire along the way). As far as the fate of Twilight 2 is concerned, we guess we’ll have to wait until the film’s release in November to see if teenage girls still think that abstinence is cool.

*We made up the “eating crêpes” part. But that’s what one does while one is in Paris, right?

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Robert Pattinson: Twilight Director’s Diaries!
February 12, 2009, 11:56 pm
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Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke gives EW a first look at her diary from the smash hit in this week’s issue – and talks about why she left a franchise she loved.

She had been negotiating a way to direct the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s monster-selling sequel New Moon, and the talks had reached the breaking point. Summit Entertainment offered her a queenly sum to resume her place at the helm – “more money than I or anyone in my family has ever seen,” says Hardwicke – but told her she’d be working with a tight deadline and a modest budget.

Regretfully, she told the execs they needed to find themselves a new director. “I was devastated,” she says. “I really did feel a strong connection to the people around the world that liked the movie – and to Stephenie and the actors. But I just didn’t think I could make a good movie under those circumstances.”

(Click inside to continue reading about the “Twilight” Director’s Diaries…)
Hardwicke first began discussing Twilight: Director’s Notebook with Meyer’s publisher last summer, and then Twilight went on to gross over $350 million worldwide (so far). “When the movie made enough money, they thought it was worth it,” says Hardwicke. “They said, ‘Now you have three and a half weeks to do it!’ And I was like, Okay, I’m just going to keep writing until they rip this out of my hands!”

New Moon is already deep into pre-production under new director Chris Weitz but Hardwicke notes the irony that her replacement is enjoying a better deal than she’d been promised. “I know the budget they were talking about with me – they’ve already gone way beyond that,” she said. But she’s done nursing her broken heart. “I’m optimistic that it’s going to be great, and I’m sad that it didn’t work out for me to do it,” she said. “But I’ll do something else cool.”

Hardwicke’s diary includes Kathy’s original watercolor of Edward with long hair and brown contacts: “I thought he would look good with long ‘timeless’ hair, so Rob [Pattinson] spent 8 hours in the chair. Nicole Frank, assistant hair stylist, put in extensions. Rob HATED them. The next day Nicole yanked them out and she and MaryAnn and Rob started working on the now-famous Edward hairstyle.” More at EW.com.


Hardwicke declined huge `New Moon’ payday
February 12, 2009, 11:46 pm
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“Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke says she walked away from the payday of a lifetime to direct the sequel “New Moon” because she didn’t want to make the movie under the deadline and budget constraints that would have been placed on her.
That’s one of the key revelations in an interview she did with Entertainment Weekly in which she also discusses the forthcoming “Twilight: Director’s Notebook,” inspired by the on-set journal she kept while shooting the smash-hit vampire romance.
Hardwicke says in the interview posted on ew.com that she was having dinner in Paris with the film’s young stars, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, when her cell phone rang. She’d been in negotiations with Summit Entertainment, which released “Twilight,” about directing part two in Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling series.
Summit executives called to offer her “more money than I or anyone in my family has ever seen,” she said, but they added that she’d have to shoot “New Moon” under a tight deadline and modest budget.
Hardwicke turned them down.
“I was devastated,” she says now. “I really did feel a strong connection to the people around the world that liked the movie — and to Stephenie and the actors. But I just didn’t think I could make a good movie under those circumstances.”
Summit Entertainment had no comment on the report, spokesman Paul Pflug said.
Chris Weitz is now set to direct “New Moon,” which is preproduction. Pattinson and Stewart will reprise their roles as tormented vampire Edward Cullen and smitten high-school student Bella Swan when the movie comes out Nov. 20.
Hardwicke’s “Twilight: Director’s Notebook” is due in stores March 17, with the “Twilight” DVD coming out March 21. She had the highest opening ever for a female director when “Twilight” made nearly $70 million in its first weekend. It’s grossed about $188 million since its November opening.


Edi Gathegi’s Room Mate

Edi Gathegi describes who he would most like to share a room with:

Edi said: “Couldn’t be Kellen because eventually over time I would forget that his genetic code and metabolism is different than most human beings and I would eat all the candy he keeps in his room and end up looking like jabba the hut.
“Living with Rob would probably leave me with insomnia as a result of all the women who would probably be sliding love notes under the door or calling late night and whatnot.
“I would pick Catherine. So we could spend all night writing the next academy award winning script.”

Catherine Hardwicke knew Robert Pattinson was special
February 5, 2009, 10:55 pm
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She might not be directing New Moon but Catherine Hardwicke must be happy that she got the chance to direct Robert Pattinson before he was an international star.
Before Twilight not many people had heard of Rpattz, but now he is the hottest actor on the planet.
Catherine Hardwicke told VHM during filming: “Actually, I do feel lucky directing Kristen and Rob, because their faces are so beautiful.
“They’re expressive. Their skin is just porcelain, and sometimes I am literally watching the monitor and I’m going, “Oh, I’m so excited!” just about jumping up and down. But I don’t want to say anything, because I want to keep them in the moment.
“Sometimes I feel like I’m getting gold here. And it is very exciting.”
Kristen might not be as accident prone as Bella in real life but she still managed to pull it off.
Kristen added: “I haven’t hurt myself on set; I’ve hurt myself off-set. It’s surprisingly difficult to do it on cue. I’m not the most graceful of people, but it’s like physical comedy — it’s hard to do. Unless you’re actually tripping, it just looks fake.
“But I’m doing my best. I’m no Buster Keaton, but I’m trying.”


‘Twilight’ Helmer Catherine Hardwicke To Unveil Her ‘Director’s Notebook’
February 5, 2009, 12:34 am
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It was probably inevitable that after the monster success of Catherine Hardwicke’s feature film version of “Twilight,” that a companion book would hit store shelves. But who guessed it would be written by Hardwicke herself?

Publisher Little, Brown and Company has announced that Hardwicke will pen “Twilight: Director’s Notebook – The Story of How We Made the Movie,” with a release date of March 17. The title — mirrored after her actual notebook — will take readers through the creative process of adapting Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” for the silver screen.

According to the publisher, the book will contact “inside secrets on casting, location scouting and wardrobe to storyboard sketches, behind-the-scenes photographs, personal notes about Catherine’s favorite scenes and much more.”

“With this book, I tried to show fans and future directors some of the process that the crew and I went through filming ‘Twilight,’” said Hardwicke in a statement. “My challenge was to translate Stephenie’s powerful book and make you feel what she makes you feel when you read her works.”

“Twilight: Director’s Notebook” will retail for $17.99. It’s March 17 release date is timed to coincide with the March 21 release of “Twilight” on DVD.

Hardwicke — the director of such films as “Thirteen” and “Lords of Dogtown” — has seen her “Twilight” movie gross over $340 million worldwide. Her contribution to the franchise will end with the first film. “Golden Compass” director Chris Weitz will take over directing details for the follow-up, “New Moon.”

Twilighters, are you psyched to get an inside look at your favorite movie? Are you already planning your trip tot he book store? Chime in below.


Twilight Director Will Reveal Backstage Scoop in New Book!
February 4, 2009, 10:40 pm
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She’s making lemonade out of lemons!

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke who won’t be coming back to helm the sequel, New Moon, but she does have a book deal under her belt!

An announcement released Wednesday said she’s releasing a memoir that will detail the time she spent on the Twilight set with a book called Twilight: Director’s Notebook on March 17.

The tome reveals info on casting, location scouting, wardrobe and Hardwicke’s favorite scenes.

The book also has behind-the-scenes photos and storyboard sketches.

It is designed to replicate the director’s own personal notebook kept on set.

Will you Twilight fans be picking this up?