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Is Bella’s Dad Being Cut Out of ‘Twilight’ Sequel? We’ve Got the Scoop!
April 17, 2009, 2:26 am
Filed under: Billy Burke, Charlie Swan | Tags: , , , ,

On Tuesday afternoon, Summit Entertainment officially released the names of the new “Twilight” stars joining the franchise for this year’s “New Moon,” along with an official confirmation on the return of the Twilighter fan favorites.

But, was someone missing?

“Rejoining the movie are Ashley Greene as Alice, Peter Facinelli as Carlisle, Elizabeth Reaser as Esme,” read the announcement posted on Summit’s website. “Kellan Lutz as Emmett, Nikki Reed as Rosalie, Jackson Rathbone as Jasper , Edi Gathegi as Laurent and Rachelle Lafevre as Victoria.”

Um, hello? Where’s Billy Burke?

Almost immediately, Twilighters began speculating on whether Burke – who endeared himself to fans with his charismatic, comical take on Bella Swan’s police officer dad Charlie – had been cut from the sequel.

Before the rumors spread too far out of hand, however, we’ve got the scoop on some good news for Twilighters.

An inside source has confirmed to MTV that the veteran actor is indeed in the “New Moon” cast, and will be returning as Bella’s father. Despite Billy Burke’s omission from the press release, Kristen Stewart’s family will look exactly the same when they hit theaters everywhere on November 20th.

And in case you missed it, here’s Summit’s official synopsis of the “New Moon” plot: “In ‘New Moon,’ Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love Edward (Robert Pattinson). But her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). Suddenly, she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and she finds her loyalties tested.”


Charlie’s Angels
February 5, 2009, 12:20 am
Filed under: Billy Burke, Charlie Swan | Tags: , , ,

TwilightHeaded.blogspot.com has some kind words for Charlie/Billy Burke.

I wish to declare today as Chief Swan Day. Why? Well, I challenge anyone to deny that Billy Burke stole every scene he was in (yes, even the two that He Who Makes Me Swoon was in). So, here’s to you Chief Swan! Go have yourself an ice cold brew and some fish fry because you did what is virtually impossible otherwise: you made me notice that someone else was in the room with Edward Cullen: YOU!

I totally agree, Spank. I was annoyed at how much Charlie was on Edward and Bella’s case in the book, like why is he trying to stand in the way of TRUE LOVE and why in the name of everything that is holy would he try to get Bella to ditch Edward and spend more time with Jacob?! But when I saw Billy Burke on screen, I loved him. LOVED him. I loved how awkward he was with Bella, how protective he was of her and especially loved the gun-cleaning part where he snapped his rifle together before agreeing to meet Edward. And yes, my heart broke for him when Bella said those mean things to him before leaving to get away from James. That whole…”But I just got you back.” Gah. Kills me every time. Mainly I just want Charlie to be my Dad. Charlie? Can you be my Dad? Is it even legal to adopt a 30 year old married woman with young children? I don’t know, but I’m gonna make some phone calls tomorrow and find out. I’ll even bring you your beer and will pretend it’s not weird that you have beer in almost every scene of the movie or that you nickname it “Vitamin R”. Will you love me enough to give me a can of mace too?

I appreciated both Charlies, Book Charlie and Movie Charlie. Book Charlie was able to win us over slowly with his understanding and quiet compassion. Movie Charlie had me at “played by Billy Burke.” In fact, my only gripe with Movie Charlie is this: how could you subject Bella to Buttcrack Santa? If only you’d had Bella cook for you at home, like Book Charlie, we never would have had to endure his “kids love the tiny bottles” line.

When I read Twilight (the first time) I wasn’t feeling all the love for Charlie. I mean, he kinda seemed like a slave driver to me. But then, hello, Billy Burke rocked it. Big time! That was one of the things that impressed me most about Twilight (not counting every single scene that Edward is in.) But I was a little annoyed at the first conversation outside when the Blacks came to deliver the truck to Bella. Could they use the word “here” once more?? Yikes…. “ole billy here, ole charlie here…..” Hopefully they’ll be able to weave him in as much if not more in New Moon. He added so much, so much, so much, what’s the right word… oh BEER!

Twilight’s “Charlie Swan” Added to the Bill at 2009 TwiCon Fan Conference
January 29, 2009, 10:14 pm
Filed under: Billy Burke, Charlie Swan | Tags: , ,

Billy Burke – who appears as “Charlie Swan” in the Summit Entertainment film “Twilight” – has confirmed his attendance at TwiCon ’09 – which will be held July 30-Aug. 2, 2009 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel and Convention Center. The convention is an homage to the series of books authored by Stephenie Meyer.

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) January 29, 2009 — The glitz of Hollywood will hit Dallas next summer, as no fewer than six stars of the blockbuster film “Twilight” will attend the nation’s largest fan convention devoted to the vampire romance series.

Billy Burke – who appears as “Charlie Swan” in the Summit Entertainment film – has confirmed his attendance at TwiCon ’09 — which will be held July 30-Aug. 2, 2009 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel and Convention Center.

Adding to the excitement of today’s announcement is the unveiling of a new contest that will award two fans the chance to be front and center at the star-studded question-and-answer session during the TwiCon event. Fans are asked to submit a commercial as a “video response” to TwiCon’s official YouTube announcement of the contest. TwiCon organizers will narrow down the top five entries, and the public will select one winner who will earn the front row spots at the Q & A with the stars. Fans MUST be registered to attend TwiCon to be eligible to win the video contest, so sign up now (and view complete rules) at http://www.TwiCon.org.

Other stars already confirmed at TwiCon include Peter Facinelli – starring as Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the fall blockbuster; Jackson Rathbone – who portrays Jasper Hale; Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen), Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen) and Mike Welch (Mike Newton). The stars will join the Mitch Hansen Band; series expert Bailey (NoMoreMarbles); bands Twilight Music Girls and The Bella Cullen Project; Kaleb the Twilight Guy; and parody group Evil Iguana Productions as special guests at the fan fest. Additional appearance announcements regarding the cast will be made at http://www.TwiCon.org throughout the coming months.

Organizers of TwiCon expect more than 2,500 registrants to descend on Dallas for the fan fest, sponsored by Twilight Teez and Manic Panic, among others.

TwiCon 2009 is the premiere unofficial conference celebrating Stephenie Meyer and the Twilight saga. The event is expected to feature a Twilight movie screening, live Twilight inspired band performances, the Volturi Masque Ball, opportunities to meet Twilight cast, dozens of breakout sessions, panels, workshops and more, as well as a Vendor Hall where dozens of vendors will offer items and collectibles inspired by the Twilight books and movie. The event also will feature an Artists’ Alley fan exhibition of handmade art and goods. With “New Moon”, the sequel to “Twilight” and the second book in the series, slated to begin filming soon TwiCon anticipates a surge of interest from fans and media alike.

All-inclusive tickets for the convention are $255 and available at http://www.TwiCon.org. Those interested in participating as a vendor at the event may purchase their booth space for $750 through the http://www.TwiCon.org website.


100th Post

Woo 100th Post !

I saw Twilight for the 10th time last night… I really noticed Billy Burke and Peter Facinelli while I was watching. Billy was really good, and Peter is kinda hot ! And also Jasper is awesome.
But still, Edward is just pure awesome (:

Bad Review / Blog of Twilight
January 19, 2009, 8:33 am
Filed under: Bella Swan, Carlisle Cullen, Charlie Swan, Jacob Black, Robert Pattinson | Tags: , ,


*breathes in*

Note to self: Never never never never never ever watch a movie made for teenagers in the theater on a Sunday afternoon again. Ever.

(I would like to apologize beforehand for the rant that is inevitably going to follow.)

Boy, was that annoying! I was never like this as a teenager. And I’m not just saying that.

Okay, so what happened? I went to see Twilight. See, I’ve never seen this theater in Cologne close to sold out except late on Saturday evenings. Because usually German teenagers aren’t interested in watching movies in English. Well… obviously a whole lot of German teenage girls wanted to know what Robert Pattinson sounds like in English. And giggle and whisper and sigh whenever he says something. Or moves his head. Or his eyes. Or just… is.

See, I am like Charlie. I like my solitude. I like things simple and quiet. I don’t like the crunchy popcorn or the doritos with cheese sauce. I enjoy a movie best when I can sink into it and forget that I’m sitting in a stuffy room with a couple hundred other people. Kinda hard to do that when you’re trapped in between two giggly 16-year-olds on the left and five or six even gigglier 16-year-olds on the right, and more in front of you and behind you. You don’t know how much I’m looking forward to watching Twilight again on DVD in a few months–alone, where there is no teenage snickering ruining every scene that Edward is in.

Having said that… let’s take a look at the actual movie. (Oh, and by the way, this contains spoilers.) My first impression? I liked it quite a lot. But I didn’t love it unconditionally. I’m trying not to let my annoyance with the teenage ruckus cloud my opinion, because I still did enjoy the movie a whole lot. But… I have a few buts.

But #1: Robert Pattinson. This time I don’t mean the effect he had on the girls. I just didn’t connect with Edward the way I think I should have. I would even go as far as saying I don’t think Robert is a very good actor. (To his defense, I’ve only seen him in Harry Potter and Twilight so far.) Most of the time, especially in the beginning, it was like Robert was overdoing it. Edward felt fake, didn’t feel natural. Of course you could argue that a vampire isn’t supposed to feel natural, but all the other vampires felt way more natural than Edward.

While we’re talking about feeling natural, Mike Newton felt natural. Jacob Black felt natural. Charlie felt natural. Bella felt… natural enough. She wasn’t clumsy enough, if you ask me. But I guess it would have been weird for the movie if she’d tripped over her own feet all the time.

But #2: The score. I think when you watch a movie and it has a good score, you’re either supposed to not notice it much or notice it in a positive way. Not here. There were a few times where I frowned because I didn’t think the score fit the scene or the atmosphere. I can’t even really say why or recall when exactly, I can just say that it didn’t feel right more than once. Though I did quite like that they picked Linkin Park as the end credit song.

But #3: The angles. Some of it was filmed at weird angles and had weird camera pans and cuts to the point where it felt choppy. It’s hard to put your finger on, but some of these cuts were like something out of a large-budget action movie. Twilight isn’t supposed to feel like an action movie. The scenes where they showed Edward’s superhuman speed were a little over the top. The tree-climbing? Didn’t work for me. Edward’s a vampire, not a monkey.

But #4: And this isn’t even a true but. Carlisle. Whoa. He was probably the character that surprised me the most visually. I had pictured him TOTALLY different. For one, I thought he would look older. Not like an aged man or anything, just… older. I also thought Jasper’s hair was bordering on the ridiculous. It got a whole lot of giggles out of the girlies too. I wanted to look away whenever I saw him because the hairdo was so bad. I don’t know what they were trying to do. Make him look unhumanly beautiful? Sorry, but that obviously failed–at least on me. Actually, I also thought Edward’s bird’s nest hair also looked kinda weird.

So let’s talk about the things I liked. Michael Welch. He was wonderful. Goofy. Natural. Cute. He owned Mike Newton. And he had more screentime than I thought he would have. Not so much in the last half of the movie, but he was in the first half quite a few times. I also liked Billy Burke as Charlie. And I loved Taylor Lautner as Jacob. I’m really glad he’ll be back for New Moon. He’ll have a whole lot more screentime in it too.

As for the movie itself, cinematographic hiccups aside, the atmosphere, the feel, the setting, that all fit very well. I was positively surprised by the Cullen’s house, in my imagination it had been more like a huge palace, like an old, refurbished mansion. But I quite liked what they showed in the movie. Also, Edward’s Volvo? I thought it would be more like the V50 or V70. The C30’s nice too, though. I loved the scenes where they showed Edward’s skin glittering. If only the girlies hadn’t giggled through all of it, I might have been able to fully enjoy the kind of magical beauty of it. Oh, and I LOVED the baseball game. So much better than what I had pictured when I read the book.

Maybe I should say a word or two about the bad guys. Cam Gigandet as James didn’t quite do much for me. He was just… there. I mean, yes, of course he was menacing when he attacked Bella. He just wasn’t… special. I loved Victoria, though. She certainly had a presence (if it wasn’t for that ridiculous fake, white furry rag she was wearing). I’m not all that impressed with the wardrobe for the movie, I have to say.

Oh, and uh… Kristen? Please eat. You look like you could use a pound or two more on your bony frame.

What still weirds me out when I think about it is seeing Mike Welch on the big screen and then thinking back to how we sat at The Waffle in LA, having dinner with him and his mom last October. It’s kinda strange that I know the guy in person, and knowing he knows who I am (which he might have forgotten in the meantime…).

Last but not least, did I think the movie lived up to the book? No. Did I think the movie did the book justice? Yes, as much as a 90-minute movie can do a 434 page book justice. Which isn’t to say it couldn’t have been made into a better script, but it certainly felt well executed and, I guess, as true to the book as possible.

All in all, I’m looking forward to buying the DVD and to watching it again. I’m also looking forward to the sequel (NOT on a Sunday afternoon). If I had to rate it, I’d give the movie a 7 out of 10.