Archive for July, 2009

Summit Entertainment Statement Regarding Victoria Recasting for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Posted in News on July 30, 2009 by Gryphon08

Twilight Lexicon has received a statement from Summit Entertainment concerning the recasting of Victoria in the third Twilight Saga film Eclipse. After Summit’s Press Release on July 28th that Bryce Dallas Howard would be taking over the role of Victoria in Eclipse several speculations and statements have been made about the issue, including the statements from Rachelle Lefevre herself. Below is a segment of the statement from Summit, you can read the full article at TwilightLexicon.com.



It was not until July 20th that Summit was first informed of Ms. Lefevre’s commitment to BARNEY’S VERSION, a commitment we have since been advised she accepted in early June.  Summit had acted in good faith that she would be available to fulfill her obligations both in terms of rehearsals and shooting availability for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE. We feel that her choice to withhold her scheduling conflict information from us can be viewed as a lack of cooperative spirit which affected the entire production.

Contrary to Ms. Lefevre’s statement, it is simply untrue that the Studio dismissed her over a ten day overlap.  It is not about a ten day overlap, but instead about the fact that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE is an ensemble production that has to accommodate the schedules of numerous actors while respecting the established creative vision of the filmmaker and most importantly the story.

The fact remains that Ms. Lefevre’s commitment to the other project – which she chose to withhold from Summit until the last possible moment – makes her unfortunately unavailable to perform the role of Victoria in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.

Edit: YAHOO! Movie News and Gossip also has an article up about the Victoria recasting issue.


“Summit Blames Rachelle’s ‘Lack of Cooperative Spirit’ for Eclipse Diss”



Rechelle Lefevre on Eclipse Recasting

Posted in News on July 29, 2009 by Gryphon08

Summit Entertainment’s Tuesday July 28th press release stated that Bryce Dallas Howard will be taking on the roll of Victoria in the third Twilight Saga installment Eclipse.

“I was stunned by Summit’s decision to recast the role of Victoria for ‘Eclipse,’” Rachelle said in a statement to Access Hollywood.

“I was fully committed to the ‘Twilight’ saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria,” Rachelle continued, explaining the turn of events that led to the casting change. “I turned down several other film opportunities and, in accordance with my contractual rights, accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules. My commitment to ‘Barney’s Version’ is only ten days. Summit picked up my option for ‘Eclipse.’ Although the production schedule for ‘Eclipse’ is over three months long, Summit said they had a conflict during those ten days and would not accommodate me. Given the length of filming for ‘Eclipse,’ never did I fathom I would lose the role over a 10 day overlap. I was happy with my contract with Summit and was fully prepared to continue to honor it. Summit chose simply to recast the part.”

The star concluded her statement with a regretful tone.

“I am greatly saddened that I will not get to complete my portrayal of Victoria for the ‘Twilight’ audience. This is a story, a theatrical journey and a character that I truly love and about which I am very passionate. I will be forever grateful to the fan support and loyalty I’ve received since being cast for this role, and I am hurt deeply by Summit’s surprising decision to move on without me. I wish the cast and crew of ‘Eclipse’ only the very best,” she said.

Original Article from Access Hollywood “Rachelle Lefevre ‘Stunned’ over Eclipse Recasting”

From my stand point it really does not seem that Summit Entertainment is willing to work with actors/directors; they’d just rather replace them to prevent any minor impediment on their strict schedule.

Behind the Scenes of 9 at Comic-Con 2009

Posted in News on July 29, 2009 by Gryphon08

Check out the new behind the scenes look at  9 along with an all new extended trailer that was presented at Comic-Con 2009.

9 hits theaters 9/9/09.


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Head over to SciFiMafia for a G4 interview with Elijah Wood.

Bryce Dallas Howard Will Replace Rachelle Lefevre as Victoria in Eclipse

Posted in News on July 29, 2009 by Gryphon08

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EW reports: It looks like the villainous Twilight vampire known as Victoria is getting some new fangs. Sources at Summit Entertainment say actress Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation, Spider-Man 3, The Village) will be stepping in to replace Rachelle Lefevre, who is stepping aside due to scheduling conflicts. Lefevre originated the role of Victoria in the first film, and will be seen in the sequel, New Moon. Howard will play the part for the third installment, Eclipse. That movie is set to be directed by David Slade from a screenplay written by Melissa Rosenberg, and is expected to be released theatrically in the U.S. and Canada on June 30, 2010.

It’s always weird when another actor takes over a role, but sometimes it’s for the better — like Maggie Gyllenhaal replacing Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight.

What do you think Twilight fans?  Do you think it’s a change for the better or is this just another blow to The Twilight Saga Movies?

Check out TwilightLexicon for more information about the recasting decision and for Twilight fan opinions.

You can also read the Press Release at Summit Entertainment, where Erik Feig comments on the news.

“We are incredibly happy that Bryce has agreed to come into the franchise,” said Erik Feig, Summit’s President of Worldwide Production and Acquisitions. “Rachelle brought “Victoria” to great screen life and Bryce will bring a new dimension to the character. The franchise is lucky to have such a talented actress as Bryce coming in to fill the role.”


New Images from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Posted in News on July 28, 2009 by Gryphon08

Here are some new images from Disney’s upcoming film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time that is due in theaters May 28, 2010.

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The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan, Gemma Arterton as Princess Tamina, Sir Ben Kingsley as Nizam, and Alfred Molina as Sheik Amar.

Set in medieval Persia, the story of an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world. Which is why after the prince was tricked by a dying Vizier to unleash the Sands of Time that turns out to destroy a kingdom and transforms its populace into ferocious demons. In his effort to save his own kingdom and redeem his fatal mistake, it’s up to the prince and the princess to return the sands to the hourglass by using the Dagger of Time, which also gives him a limited control over the flow of time.

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Check out BeyondHollywood.com to visit their Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time photo gallery.

Comic-Con 2009: New Moon, Iron Man 2, and More

Posted in News on July 27, 2009 by Gryphon08

Check out YAHOO! Movies for more information about the five most anticipated movies (listed below) at Comic-Con 2009.

Iron Man 2


Avatar


The Twilight Saga: New Moon


Alice in Wonderland

“Tim Burton takes on Alice in Wonderland”


District 9

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Twilight fans can check out EW’s New Moon at Comic-Con 2009 Interviews with Director Chis Weitz, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and Ashley Greene.

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The Iron Man 2 crew returned as the conquering heroes of Comic-Con, and lucky fans got to see  about five minutes of footage, including Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury finding Iron Man eating donuts; Garry Shandling as a senator asking for control of the Iron Man weapon; Cheadle as Rhodey transformed into War Machine; Johannson as Black Widow; and Mickey Rourke as new baddie Ivan Vanko/Whiplash, complete with deadly lightning whips. Check out the full EW article for more.

Find out how Jon Favreau is going to make Iron Man 2 better than Iron Man, and Scarlett Johansson talks about her role as the Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff) at SciFiMafia.com

Plus check out SlashFilm for a dialogue breakdown of the clip shown at Comic-Con.


Watch the Iron Man 2 Panel at Comic-Con 2009.

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Check out EW’s Popwatch Blog where they covering everything Comic-Con from Chuck, Lost, Iron Man 2, Extract, True Blood, New Moon and much more.

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The EW Interview link also has more videos and interviews from Comic-Con 2009. You can also get more Comic-Con 2009 coverage at Comic-Con.orgIMDB , and with EW’s 34 star portraits at Comic-Con.

Iron Man 2 at Comic-Con

Posted in News on July 25, 2009 by Gryphon08

Below are images from Marvel’s Iron Man 2 at Comic-Con 2009, featuring Stark Industries’ Hall of Armor. For the full article and even more images check out Marvel.com.

Be sure to check out Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con 2009 Hub Page for the latest news, announcements, interviews, live panel blogging, videos, and more.

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