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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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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.”